Your home should be the place where you can go to be protected from all types of precipitation. What happens, then, when your home can’t protect itself from precipitation? If precipitation is allowed to invade your home, your home will, slowly but surely, begin to deteriorate. To prevent this from occurring, here are three ways to protect your home from precipitation, in all its various forms.
Your home’s roof is its first line of defense against all types of precipitation. If your roof is compromised in some way, then, the rest of your house is potentially in danger. One unexpected way this can happen is if the plywood sheathing that is underneath the shingles is compromised due to the shingles themselves being worn out. If enough water makes it to the sheathing, it can weaken it, lowering its weight-bearing capability.
If this occurs, and you live in a climate that can see heavy snow, you may end up with a collapsed roof due to the compromised structural integrity of the sheathing. Be sure to regularly inspect your sheathing for any signs of water damage. If you do notice any damage, be sure to have your roof repaired as soon as possible.
If your roof is in good repair and isn’t absorbing the precipitation it receives, then that precipitation is being diverted to your gutters. That’s why it’s so important to have strong, durable guttering installed around your home. It’s also important to ensure that the water is properly diverted once it reaches the ground so that it doesn’t have a chance to sit by your home’s foundation. Of course, keeping your gutters free from debris is another important step to preventing damage to your home from precipitation.
If you have exposed wood anywhere around your home, it’s important to protect that wood in some way to prevent any ill-effects from precipitation. One of the best ways to protect wood is to paint it. That way, you can add personality to your home while protecting it from precipitation, as well. Just be sure to regularly check the paint to ensure it’s not peeling or cracking, as these breaks in the paint will allow precipitation to penetrate the wood. If you don’t want to paint the wood, you can use a water sealing product that provides a clear barrier against precipitation.
In general, one of the best ways to protect your home from precipitation is to be vigilant. Changing weather conditions can alter how well your home is protected, meaning you need to check your home regularly to ensure none of its protective systems have been compromised. This constant awareness will help you notice other potential issues with your home, as well, allowing you to keep your home in the best shape.