Take some proactive steps to ensure your property is wet weatherproof, writes Catherine Nikas-Boulos
Tips to ensure your home is wet weather proof
After a long, hot summer, a reprieve from the heat is welcome. But before you embrace the cooler change, some home maintenance might be in order.
In recent years, severe storms have become almost commonplace on the east coast of Australia, with the Insurance Council of Australia declaring parts of North Queensland a catastrophe following storms earlier this month.
While you may not be able to prepare for every outcome, you can prevent damage to your home, such as soggy carpets and damaged ceilings, with the right preparation.
Checking the condition of your roof is a great place to start. Boral roofing marketing manager Harry Tanner says you should examine your roof every three to five years for wear and tear.
“If you have any broken tiles, water will make its way down and damage the ceiling, so you want to minimise that and make repairs before it impacts any other part of the house,” says Harry.
The other most obvious roof concern is the ridge capping, which is supported by a sand and cement based mortar.
“It’s not uncommon for the tile pointing compound [tile adhesive] to become loose,” Harry says. “If that happens, a quality roofing contractor can repair that to support the ridge.”
But that’s just the start.
FIRST LAYER OF DEFENCE
The exterior of your house will take a beating in bad weather, and while much has been made of the harsh UV rays destroying paint lustre, colder months lay into exterior paint too.
The surface of the home naturally expands and contracts in extreme weather, and with rain and humidity at high levels, moisture can seep into the paint allowing mould to grow.
Dulux senior exterior brand manager Briana Keenahan says using the correct paint could save you thousands of dollars in the long run.
The company’s Weathershield product contains the MaxiFlex stretch technology, which is trademarked to Dulux, and allows for flexibility in cold weather.
“You get flaking and cracks because a paint product isn’t flexible enough, so you need a something that has a flexible coating and can contract and expand with the elements. It’s just common sense,” says Briana.
“Also, we have less water in our paints. When you paint the surface the first thing that evaporates is the water and all that’s left is the other ingredients. With less water, there is more paint left on the surface to protect the house.”