Maintaining Exterior Surfaces in Winter

Winter conditions, particularly in areas with severe weather, can be tough on a home’s exterior. Snow and ice accumulation can cause structural damage, while fluctuating temperatures can lead to cracks and splits in various materials. The following is a guide to help you maintain your exterior surfaces during the cold months, ensuring they stay in top condition year-round.

Inspect regularly: Regularly inspect your home’s exterior throughout the winter. Look for signs of damage and make any necessary repairs as soon as possible. The faster any issues are dealt with, the better. For outdoor repairs to brick, render, stone and most other building materials, use our Ready Mixed Masonry Filler.

Protect your roof: Your roof is particularly vulnerable during winter. Prevent ice dams by ensuring your attic is well insulated, keeping heat from escaping and melting snow on the roof.

Winterise your doors and windows: Windows and doors are critical to maintaining your home’s heat efficiency. Caulk any gaps and install weather stripping to prevent cold draughts. Double-check that windows and doors close securely to keep out the cold air and potential moisture intrusion. Now would also be a good time to give your door a fresh coat of paint if needed.

Repair any leaks: Your trim should also be inspected and repaired before winter. Any cracks or gaps can allow moisture to enter, potentially leading to mould and structural damage. Consider applying a fresh coat of paint or sealant for additional protection against the elements. Our advanced Wood and Metal trim paints allow you to protect and beautify. Our Rapid Dry range is tough and durable, and dry in only two hours, making it particularly useful during the wet winter month!

Ensure your walls are shielded: Exterior masonry walls are particularly vulnerable to damage during the winter months, primarily due to the freeze-thaw cycle where moisture seeps into the bricks or concrete and then expands as it freezes. This cycle can cause cracking, spalling, and deterioration over time. Protecting these surfaces is essential to maintain the structural integrity and appearance of your property. Sandtex® Microseal® masonry paint is microporous and provides sealing attributes that protect the coating against water ingress. This means that the coating allows the surface to breathe and moisture to evaporate whilst at the same time protecting the coated surface from water penetration. With a range of colors to choose from, not only does it offer robust protection, but it also enhances the look of your property, ensuring your masonry walls remain both functional and visually pleasing for years and years to come.

Remove potentially dangerous growth from pathways and patios: In the cold, moist conditions of the season, pathways can become breeding grounds for fungi, mould, and algae, leading to slippery surfaces and increased risk of accidents. Applying Sandtex Fungicidal Wash prevents this growth, effectively killing existing spores and inhibiting new ones. This treatment, combined with regular cleaning to remove debris and standing water, ensures that your outdoor walkways remain safe and accessible throughout winter, while also preserving their aesthetic appeal.Top of Form

Maintaining exterior surfaces during winter is crucial for protecting your investment and ensuring your home remains safe and comfortable. Regular inspections, timely repairs, and preventative measures can go a long way in keeping your home in good condition throughout the winter months. With these tips, you can enjoy the winter season knowing your home is well-prepared for whatever the weather brings.

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