Anyone who lives in the UK knows that it’s prone to a lot of wet and windy weather, which can be unfortunately not just during the winter months, but all year round! It’s important that your home is protected from the elements wherever you live, and there are plenty of practical solutions that can help waterproof your home and keep it cosy and dry all year round. From waterproofing your roof to external wall coatings, see our roundup below for five of the best ways to waterproof your home.
It may seem obvious, as no one wants a cold or damp home, but there are several other important reasons why it’s essential to make sure your home is waterproof all year round. An influx of damp or moisture can cause both structural and health problems, which we will look at below.
If damp permeates your home then it can cause a range of problems for your interior, including peeling and yellow wallpaper, condensation and cold and damp internal walls. None of these effects are pleasant to live with, and if damp is left untreated it can lead to more serious structural damage.
A damp environment can cause or range of health problems (or worsen existing conditions) including asthma, chest infections, allergies and respiratory issues. Damp causes mold and condensation to form, and it’s the spores from these which can lead to health problems. Waterproofing your home to prevent the chances of this is especially important if you live with the elderly, young children or anybody with an existing health or immunity condition.
The initial cost of waterproofing your home might seem daunting, but it’s more than worth it when you consider the cost of repairing potential problems that can be caused by damp. Prevention is better than cure, and fixing your roof or applying coating for external walls is far more cost effective than repairing structural damage caused by damp.
Unwanted moisture in your home can cause serious problems over time, especially if the building contains a lot of wood. Rising damp can destroy plaster and rot timber within your home, especially around window frames or wooden beams.
There are many good reasons to waterproof your home, as discussed above, but you may not know where to start or which preventative methods are the most effective. Here, we will discuss five waterproofing methods for your home and how they can help prevent damp and moisture from causing problems.
A waterproof roof coating protects roof tiles from the elements, including extreme heat, frost and moisture. They are also available for asphalt or metal roofs, and help protect against the growth of mould and mildew which can be caused by rain and damp. Roof coatings are made from a micro porous, water based membrane, and it remains watertight while allowing air to circulate which prevents condensation from forming under your roof.
A waterproof roof coating also helps regulate temperature, ensuring your roof stays warm in winter and cool in summer, making it an energy efficient way to waterproof your roof.
Waterproof coatings are also available for your external wall as well as your roof, and they can approve your home’s appearance as well as protecting it from the elements. Wall coatings are very durable, and work to effectively prevent moisture, mould and condensation from permeating the external walls and entering your home.
Wall coatings can be clear, or in a range of neutral colours, so they can give your home a welcome update if needed. Like roof coatings, damp proofing your exterior walls can also help to regulate temperature and keep your home warmer in winter, thereby saving money on heating bills. Many coatings are also ultraviolet fade resistant, and can be used on a variety of natural materials including brick, limestone, sandstone and more.
Basements and cellars can be particularly prone to rising damp, but basement tanking is one effective way to counteract this. Basement tanking involves applying a liquid waterproof coating to the walls and floor, keeping your basement dry and sealing it against moisture. Walls need to be exposed and free of and free of any previous coatings, plaster or paints in order for the coating to be effective; and ideally two coats should be applied for the most effective result.
Having a fully functioning, waterproof basement can add significant value to your property, as well as providing useful space for a home office, playroom, extra bedroom or simply just extra storage space.
Damp and moisture can seep through even the smallest crack in your home’s foundations, so it’s vital to have them sealed as soon as you notice any breach in your home’s foundations. One way of repairing any cracks is by using crack injections; these can be either high or low pressure depending on the size of the crack. One of the most common materials used is a type of polyurethane foam; this can be injected into the crack and it then sets, forming a watertight seal. This type of injection is incredibly durable, and in most cases won’t need to be repaired again.
As you might expect, damaged tiles or holes and cracks in your roof is one of the easiest ways for water to enter your property, so it’s essential to get any damage repaired as soon as possible. Securing your roof also prevents heat from escaping, keeping your home warm and dry during the colder months. Ideally you should inspect your roof once or twice a year, and it’s worth hiring a professional roof company to do so to ensure no issues are overlooked.
Maintaining a building’s gutters is also an important part of keeping your home waterproof; if gutters become clogged then excess rainwater from the roof has nowhere to escape, potentially causing leaks as the water builds up and pools on the roof. Gutters should be cleared of all leaves and debris, ideally twice a year or more often if trees and greenery hang overhead. Gutters should be cleared, and any cracks should be filled in or repaired. You should also check the joints and brackets to make sure no leaks are coming from these areas.
If you’re looking for an effective way to waterproof your home, get in touch with Kingdom Coatings. We offer high quality, energy efficient wall and roof repair coatings that can withstand the harshest of weather conditions. Our coatings come with a 10 year guarantee, and help eliminate moss, prevent water damage and enhance the look of your home. Our roof coatings are even self-cleaning and water repellent, ensuring your roof stays looking its best for years to come.
For more information about our range of coatings, give us a call today or find more information on our website.