Protecting Exterior Surfaces from Winter Elements

With winter here, the dropping temperatures and harsh weather conditions pose a significant challenge to the exterior surfaces of our homes and buildings. From heavy rainfall to snow and hail, the elements can wreak havoc on different materials, leading to damage that can be costly to repair. Preparing and protecting these surfaces is crucial for maintaining the integrity and appearance of your property. Here are some essential tips on how to shield your exterior surfaces from the rigors of winter.

Regularly inspect your interiors: Conduct a thorough inspection of your property. Look for cracks, peeling paint, loose shingles, and any signs of wear and tear. Addressing these issues early on can prevent more significant damage down the line.

For outdoor repairs to brick, render, stone and most other building materials, our Ready Mixed Masonry Filler is easy to use and ideal for use on fine cracks and holes. For deeper cavities, it can be applied in layers.

Use a fungicide on pathways and patios: Fungicide helps prevent the growth of unsightly and potentially dangerous moulds, mildews, and fungi, which thrive in damp, shaded areas often found in outdoor spaces. These organisms not only mar the appearance of these areas but can also lead to the degradation of materials, shortening the lifespan of your hardscaping. Surfaces covered in mould and mildew can become safety hazards, particularly when wet, as they turn extremely slippery and increase the risk of falls. Sandtex Fungicidal Wash is a ready to use solution for the treatment of organic growth on exterior walls, paths and patios.

Use protective exterior paint: The use of a high-quality protective paint on exterior surfaces is especially crucial during the winter months due to the harsh weather conditions these surfaces are exposed to. Winter brings with it extreme elements like freezing temperatures, heavy rainfall, snow, ice, and sleet, all of which can cause significant damage to unprotected exteriors. A good quality protective paint serves as a vital barrier, shielding surfaces from moisture penetration, which can lead to problems like cracking, blistering, and peeling. Investing in a durable, high-quality protective paint not only preserves the aesthetic appeal of your property but also extends the longevity of its exterior surfaces.

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Protect your wood surfaces as well: Wooden surfaces, such as decks and fences, are particularly vulnerable to winter weather. Use specially formulated stains and sealants to protect the wood from moisture and UV damage. If possible, cover outdoor furniture or store it in a dry place. For all your exterior and interior timber needs, turn to Sadolin.

Consider your landscaping: Protect your landscaping by wrapping shrubs and trees in burlap, particularly those that are young or vulnerable to cold winds. Also, ensure that your landscaping does not direct water towards your home’s foundation.

Preparing and protecting your home’s exterior surfaces for winter is an investment in the longevity and appearance of your property. By taking proactive steps now, you can minimise damage from the harsh winter elements, ensuring that your property remains in excellent condition throughout the season and beyond. Remember, a little effort now can prevent a lot of trouble and expense later. For all of  your exterior needs, call into your local Sandtex stockist.


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