Common Ways to Reinforce Your Home
It can seem as though many of us these days are hyper-aware of all the dangers we face on a daily basis. Whether it’s another sensationalist news report trying to terrify us about crime statistics, or hearsay we have heard in the pub regarding the latest disease that is supposedly going round, we seem to expect danger at every corner. That is, except, for within the home. For some people their home is the only place in which they feel truly safe and where they feel able to relax. However, not every property is truly as safe as the homeowner may think. Unless you built your home from scratch yourself, you don’t really have any clear idea about its internal workings and how well it has been put together. Usually this shouldn’t cause you too much of an issue – after all, every home has to pass certain structural requirements in order to be deemed safe. But certain problems can sometimes arise which could, under certain circumstances, put you and your family at risk. Here are some of the most common ones and what you can do to reinforce the home you love.
Windows that don’t fit the frames
We all know how heat can make certain materials inside the home change in size and shape, and your windows are no exception. In a particularly old home you may find that you notice cracks or gaps around the edges of your windows that let in a bit of a draught. Annoying at best, and making your house feel cold and insecure at worst. You can solve this issue through various means, with the cheapest and most cost-effective one being with window sealant. However, if you want to implement a more long-term solution, it may be worth looking into getting your windows replaced.
Poor insulation and structural support
If you’re living in somewhere that is frequently subjected to extreme weather, you may hear your house creak from time to time. Usually this is nothing to worry about, even if it does freak you out a little bit when you’re home alone! But if your property is unusually cold and you feel like things are moving in ways you don’t think they should, you could have a more serious structural issue on your hands. A viable solution for many people is the installation of timber cladding, which acts as an insulator and a reinforcer for the structure as a whole.
Chipped brickwork and loose tiles
Those cracked tiles on your roof are always the kind of thing you keep meaning to get fixed, but you never actually get round to it. However, by not doing so, you could be inadvertently putting your family at risk. All it takes is for one gust of wind to blow that loose tile onto the ground below, and it could hit someone in the process. Unless you’re experienced, never go on your roof yourself to fix anything – always hire a professional.