Tips on Building Maintenance

Buildings require upkeep, of that there’s no doubt; the constant battering of the harsh British climate is never ending, and in order to maintain the structure, regular repairs are necessary. If you are new to property ownership, here are a few aspects of a property that require remedial work.

  • The Roof – The most important part of the home, the roof should be inspected annually, to see if any roof tiles are missing, and the best builders in Edinburgh would give you a detailed written report on the status of your roof.
  • Timber – Door and window frames require a fresh coat of paint every couple of years, and timber on the fascia and soffit also needs protection. Gating and fencing also have to endure the bitter climate, indeed, anything made from wood should be inspected regularly.
  • Protective Coatings – The best way to protect your exterior walls is to have them coated with a special sealant, which is elasticated and moves with the building. The coating comes in a range of attractive colours, and the extra layer improves insulation, keeping your home warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer.
  • The Driveway – If your driveway has seen better days, it might be a good time to have block paving installed, and with a choice of attractive colours and an endless list of patterns, you can create a unique feature.
  • Damp – This is always a risk in the moist Scottish atmosphere, especially if your property is old, and your local builder could do a damp inspection, specifically looking for signs of rising damp, wet and dry rot and anything else that needs attention.

Your home is likely to be the biggest single investment you will ever make, so it makes sense to carry out essential repairs in a timely manner.

Post Author: Hiram T. Derosa

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