How Can I Protect My Home Against The Elements?

How Can I Protect My Home Against The Elements?

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The question of how best to protect your home from the elements has been one that has troubled humanity since time immemorial. Biting winds, unending downpours and prodigious snowfall stand out as the most trying conditions that the weather has thrown at us for thousands of years, yet there remains no definitive consensus on how best to combat them. There are, however, a number of tried and tested methods that are proven to preserve your home (and its occupants) in the face of tumultuous weather. Here are just a few of many:

Weatherproof coatings

A single additional layer of protective coating on your home’s exterior can have a profound effect on its ability to withstand the weather - a quality weatherproof coating service can guarantee an unscathed exterior for up to 25 years. With a short and simple application process acting as the only thing standing between an entire home exterior and an extra line of defense against the elements, it is easy to see why more and more homeowners are forgoing traditional paints in favor of reinforced alternatives. After the application process is complete, wall coatings form an astute microporous protective sealant that will repel incoming water without barricading accumulating moisture within the home in.

Stucco/Rendering

Occasionally, additional coatings are merely stopgaps masking a more fundamental problem. Barring severe structural weaknesses, this more fundamental problem tends to be cracked or worn down render. For the unfamiliar, render is a mixture of aggregate, water and binder that comes together to form the first layer of a home’s exterior before painting - but you may be more familiar with it as ‘stucco’. Thanks to its ability to insulate your home, as well as its resistance to rain, wind, hail, sleet, snow and anything else the weather can throw at it, properly prepared exterior rendering is a prerequisite for any homeowner.

Cladding

Arguably the most effective protective measure but inarguably the most expensive, cladding is the most extreme alteration you can make to your home’s exterior. Depending on your property’s makeup and your own aesthetic preferences, cladding materials can vary from timber to metal. And while cladding’s physical size does result in impressive insulation, it also makes it vulnerable functionally. Condensation can accumulate behind cladding, leading to dampness and even rotting in the worst cases and, if you do elect to go for cladding, you should be sure to select one that incorporates a rainscreen of some kind.

Expense and effectiveness separate these three disparate types of exterior coatings but they are all equally viable and popular choices today. It is always important to first assess the state of your home’s exterior before settling on the correct course of action to take. Before you can even begin considering the merits of cladding or even weatherproof coatings, your render has to be in working order, and for many that is the best place to start.


Topics: Building Green, Exteriors, Lumber and Structured Panels, Maintenance & Repair, Remodeling, Siding, Thermal Envelope


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