Take ac­tion:

Take some proac­tive steps to en­sure your prop­erty is wet weath­er­proof, writes Cather­ine Nikas-Bou­los

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - DELICIOUS - More: bo­ral.com.au; du­lux.com.au

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.


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.”

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