Although often associated with unkempt student houses and dingy hotels, damp and mould are two problems which can affect any and every building. A build-up of moisture can result in unpleasant patches of damp and mildew in the home, which can, in turn, lead to wallpaper lifting, carpets appearing wet, and air conditioning units working overtime. Exposure to damp and mildew can even have a negative impact on your health; mouldy environments have been linked to nasal and throat irritation, itchy skin and even lung infections.
With this in mind, it’s clear that protecting your home or office against damp should be one of your top priorities – especially during the colder months when rainfall is high and chilly temperatures are persistent. Here are our top tips for doing so:
Keep your building warm
Keeping your home nice and toasty is one of the simplest yet most effective ways to prevent the onset of damp and mould. Damp occurs as a result of moisture build-ups, so making sure that your home is warm enough to stay dry with an efficient central heating system and double glazed windows is essential to protecting it against condensation and lingering moisture.
Keep your building ventilated
In addition to keeping your home warm and dry, you’ll need to make sure that it’s well ventilated, too. Making sure you open windows regularly and make the most of extractor fans – especially in rooms where humidity levels are high, such as kitchens and bathrooms – will encourage air to move through your home and prevent moisture from becoming condensation.
Prevent leaks in your home
In order to keep your home protected against damp, you’ll need to ensure it’s protected against the elements. This includes making sure that your roof is in full working order and that any cracks in your walls are repaired quickly and efficiently to prevent leaks from causing water damage to your home. If you’ve noticed stains or watermarks in your upstairs rooms, especially in rooms which are joined to the chimney breast, then you may have a leaking roof on your hands.
Install a waterproof roof or wall coating
If you’re looking for a cost-effective alternative to having your roof re-tiled or your rendering touched up, a waterproof RENOTEC roof coating or proPERLA wall coating could be the ideal solution for you. Waterproof coatings not only give your home a heightened kerb appeal but also protect your roof and external walls from rain, snow and sunlight. They’re able to prevent moisture from seeping through your bricks and tiles and are a great investment for all homeowners. So, what are you waiting for?
For the best quality external wall coatings and waterproof roof coatings in Scotland, look no further than Kingdom Coatings. As Scotland’s leading roof and wall coatings company, we’re experts in transforming homes with wall and roof protection solutions built to last. For more information about our range of services, get in touch with the experts at Kingdom Coatings today.