Keeping up with maintenance jobs at home is beneficial for two main reasons. Firstly, you can reduce the risk of needing to pay for expensive repairs, and secondly, you can ensure your home remains in tip-top condition for as long as possible. In this guide, we’ll explore some essential tasks to cross off your list.
Roof work and clearing gutters
Looking after your roof is critical to reduce the risk of damage that could cause leaks and an increased risk of damp. If your roof is old or you’re worried about storm damage or wear and tear, it’s wise to contact a reputable roofing company like Gerry’s Roofing and ask an experienced roofer to take a look. Roofing requires skill and expertise and it can be dangerous with a high risk of falls. Resist the temptation to clamber up a ladder and try to remedy problems yourself. Another task to cross off your list is keeping gutters clear and replacing or repairing cracked or broken sections. If your gutters are packed with leaves or debris, water won’t drain away properly.
The weather can take its toll on our homes all year round. Changes in the temperature, sudden, heavy downpours, snow and ice and extreme heat can all cause damage. If you live in an area that is susceptible to storms or significant changes in the temperature, it’s beneficial to try and weatherproof your home as best you can. You can opt for weather-resistant materials when choosing doors and windows or renovating, and you can also reduce the risk of damage by keeping up with general maintenance. Inspect external walls, roofs and pathways on a regular basis and seek advice if there are cracks, signs of wear or holes.
Damp and mold
Damp occurs when excess moisture penetrates the external structure of the house. The most common signs are a musty smell and discolored patches on walls and ceilings. Damp can increase the risk of mold forming, particularly in parts of the house that tend to be more moist or humid than others, such as the bathroom. If you do spot warning signs, seek expert advice. It is possible to protect against and treat damp.
Keeping your flooring in good condition is important to enhance the aesthetic of your home and lower the risk of accidents such as slips and trips. It is often possible to repair damaged flooring but if there are signs of severe damage, or you think there is a high probability of the same problems occurring again, it may be more cost-effective to replace your floor. It’s best to choose durable materials that are easy to clean such as vinyl if you have children or pets. If you have wooden floors, you can reduce the risk of wear and tear by varnishing the wood and avoiding wearing high heels.
Many of us take great pride in our homes. Keeping up to date with maintenance jobs can help to enhance the aesthetic appeal of our homes as well as reducing running costs and the price of repairs.