Five exterior projects to tackle before winter

As the colder months approach, it’s a good idea to work on fortifying your home’s exterior to withstand the challenges of winter weather. Tackling essential exterior projects not only ensures the safety and protection of your property but also helps prevent potential damage.

Here are five key projects to prioritise before the winter sets in.

Seal and insulate: Inspect doors, windows, and exterior walls for any gaps or cracks that might let cold air in or warm air escape. Caulk and weatherstrip as needed to seal these openings. For cracks in your walls, we recommend using Sandtex Ready Mixed Masonry Filler. This product is easy to use and ideal for outdoor repairs to brick, render, stone and most other building materials prior to painting. Consider adding insulation to attics, crawl spaces, and exterior walls to improve energy efficiency and keep your home cozy during winter.

Inspect your roof: Complete a thorough inspection of your roof. Check for damaged or missing shingles, signs of wear, or potential leaks. Addressing these issues now can prevent water damage from rain, snow and ice during winter storms. Clear gutters and downspouts of debris to ensure proper drainage, reducing the risk of ice dams.

Maintain exterior surfaces: Inspect the exterior surfaces of your home for any signs of deterioration or damage. Check siding, paint, and woodwork for peeling, cracking, or rot. Repair or repaint these areas to safeguard against moisture intrusion and protect the structural integrity of your home. Sandtex Masonry Paint is the ideal option for your home. Our masonry paint is crafted with durability in mind, ensuring that your exteriors remain shielded and vibrant year after year. Engineered with high-quality ingredients and advanced formulations, our range of paint is designed to withstand the elements and protect your surfaces against weathering, moisture, and UV damage. Our selection of prep and maintenance products also ensures the best and longest lasting finish for your home.

Prepare your garden: Give your garden area a final once-over before winter arrives. Trim trees and branches that could potentially pose a risk during heavier storms. Clear leaves and debris from around your home as these can smother grass and become problematic if left for long periods of time. Check garden structures such as fences, trellises, and supports to ensure they are secure and can withstand winter weather. Clean and store garden tools properly, and consider oiling metal tools to prevent rust.

Ensure you have proper lighting in place: As the darker evenings of winter set in, illuminating your exterior becomes not just a matter of aesthetics but a vital safety measure. With reduced daylight hours, well-lit pathways and entryways are essential to ensure safety and prevent accidents. Adequate lighting along walkways, driveways, and entrances not only enhances the visual appeal of your property but also minimizes the risk of trips and falls on icy or uneven surfaces

Taking proactive steps to address these exterior projects before winter arrives is essential for maintaining the integrity and safety of your home. By investing some time and effort into the steps above, you can confidently brace your home for the challenges that winter may bring, ensuring a secure and well-maintained property throughout the colder months. For everything you need for your next exterior project, visit your local Sandtex stockist.

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