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Protecting Brickwork From Weather: Top Tips And TricksBy admin
Tuesday, 6 August 2019
The UK is no stranger to weather extremes, with the summer of 2018 already standing as proof of just how hot the weather can get. Then there’s the other side of UK weather… rain, sleet, and snow.
After the heavy snowfall in early 2018, it’s difficult to deny that freezing temperatures aren’t a big problem up and down the UK. While these extremes can cause chaos in our everyday lives, they cause a special kind of chaos to our homes.
Protecting brickwork from weather extremes is of the upmost importance, both to combat the temperature and to prevent serious damage, like ice expanding and causing cracks to appear in exterior walls.
Thankfully, there are multiple solutions to combating the threat of the weather damaging our homes. Here are our top four tips and tricks to keep the weather at bay and protect your brickwork:
Protecting Brickwork From Weather Top Tips
Top Tip One: Use Coping Stones to Top Exterior Walls
The exterior walls of a house need protection but so does the brickwork that is elsewhere in your property, including garden walls.
Often, the top of a garden wall is left exposed, which can put them under threat from rain and ice infiltrating the brick. One of the best ways to deal with problem is coping.
Coping stones are used to cap exposed brickwork, giving them additional protection from the top.
These stones are practical and decorative, helping you to really bring your garden to life.
As soon as you notice a crack in your render or brickwork, it's important to get it repaired as quickly as possible. This may involve using a sealant to fill the crack, or re-rendering parts of your wall to get a full coat of protection
Top Tip Two: Regularly Assess the Condition of External Walls
An unavoidable prevention measure to stop exterior damage to brickwork, is regular assessment of the wall condition. As part of your regular exterior maintenance, you should include checks of your brickwork and render, if you have it.
Cracks, erosion, and de-bonded render, all pose a risk to the security of your exterior walls.
Where there is evident damage to your walls, the weather has plenty of opportunity to strike!
Just a quick check every now and again, could save you a long list of expensive repairs down the line.
Top Tip Three: Fix Any Cracks in Rendering Quickly
As soon as you notice a crack in your render or brickwork, it’s important to get it repaired as quickly as possible. This may involve using sealant to fill the crack or re-rendering parts of your wall to get a full coat of protection.
A crack of any size is the perfect entry point for water to seep into your exterior walls. As soon as that water gets in, your home is going to start costing more to heat. A dry wall is an energy efficient wall!
A wall coating acts to defend a home against water penetration by creating a 17mm bonded layer with the exterior wall. This layer will stop more than 95% of rain water being absorbed by the wall
Top Tip Four: Use Coatings for Comprehensive Weather Defence
The number one weather protection tip is to have a wall coating applied to your exterior brickwork or render. This comes with a whole host of benefits, particularly when faced with the weather extremes in the UK.
A wall coating acts to defend a home against water penetration by creating a 17mm bonded layer with the exterior wall. This layer will stop more than 95% of rain water being absorbed by the wall.
Despite this exceptional decrease in water absorption, your exterior walls will still retain their breathability. Air and water vapour will be able to escape from the inside, while all that damaging rain is kept at bay.
For winter comfort, you’ll enjoy a warmer home as the wall coating acts as a form of insulation. It’ll keep cavity wall insulation dry and decrease the thermal conductivity of your walls, so heat can’t pass through as easily.
With our professional wall coatings, you're getting additional insulation, damp prevention and property protection-all in one go!
Keep Your Exterior Walls in Good Condition with Help from Home Logic
At Home Logic, we value those home improvements that improve the quality of your living enviroment in more ways than one. With our professional wall coatings, you’re getting additional insulation, damp prevention, and property protection-all in one go.
You can wave goodbye to hours cleaning dirt, grime, and algae off your walls, with the wall coating’s ability to stop dirt clinging to the surface. In fact, heavy rain will become your wall’s best friend, as it washes away dirt for you.
If you would like more information about protecting your home from the weather, you can give us a call on 0800 1700 636 and we’ll make sure that your home is always protected! Alternatively, simply click the button below to get the ball rolling today!Related Home Logic Living Articles
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