The maintenance of your home goes hand in hand with its ownership. The fabric of any building is liable to deteriorate with age which is why routine maintenance is essential to keep it performing well and in turn keeping you safe and dry.
In this article, we’ll outline the most common types of building maintenance and how they can improve the performance of your home.
Your roof forms an integral part of your property. Whether you live in a detached dwelling with a pitched roof or an apartment building with a flat roof, maintenance is essential to avoid leaks.
The typical materials found within any pitched roof are said to have a lifespan of around 25 years. This of course can vary but individual components and coverings may start to wear out at this age. The average pitched roof is constructed from:
- Timber rafters and joists which can only be seen from the inside of your property. These planks of wood are responsible for keeping your roof intact and are susceptible to damp and rot.
- A water proof membrane will be present which is designed to keep out moisture. These membranes tend to last for a long time but can still become damaged.
- Vinyl coverings form another vital part of your roofs structure and can weaken and tear with age.
- The final roof covering is usually a roof tile made from clay or slate. These tiles are resilient but can crack if impacted by heavy objects such as tree branches.
As you can see, there is potentially a lot to go wrong. If you’re in doubt as to whether you roof is performing as it should, conduct a survey that will identify any remedial work that needs to be carried out.
Rising Damp and Condensation
The presence of excess moisture is enough to see off many building components, especially those you find on the interior of your home. Damp can be caused by a variety of problems but one likely issue is that of a failed damp proof course or DPC. A DPC is located within an external wall and is responsible for preventing water from entering and sitting in your walls cavity.
If the DPC fails or is breached, this water will penetrate your cavities and then sit against your internal wall of blockwork, causing damp on the inside of your property. This is a recipe for disaster and should be rectified immediately.
Call the Experts
Thankfully, you don’t have to sit and suffer in silence. There are several competent and qualified building firms that operate across the UK who can be of assistance. Property repair services in Scotland are available through one of many contractors so we would suggest performing a web search or consulting a directory to find someone suitable. Costs can vary quite dramatically so always obtain more than one quotation.
With the right care and attention, there is no reason why your property shouldn’t serve you well for years to come.