4 Winter Prep Tips For Your Timber Frame House

As the harsh winter weather is here, we have found some helpful advice to help you keep your house in excellent condition during the colder winter months.

The Snow-covered House.

One of the most commonly used materials in housebuilding is wood – and no doubt there are many of you out there already comfortably ensconced in your very own timber frame houses. But with the harsh winter weather now fully upon us, you do need to make sure you keep an eye on all that wood so your house survives until spring. Here are some prep tips from us here at Southern Timber Frame to help you keep your house in excellent condition during the colder months.

Look out for wood rot

Wood can be prone to rot, which will eventually lead to the breakdown of the timber if it’s not treated properly. There is both wet and dry rot that you’ll have to look out for, so it’s important you know what the warning signs are.

For dry rot, look out for peeling paint, cracks in the wood itself, a smell of mushrooms and even fungus growing here and there. For wet rot, keep your eyes peeled for localised fungus growing on the wood, soft and spongy timber, bleached wood, flaky paint, a musty kind of smell or timber cracking and crumbling into fine dust.

If you spot any of these signs, you’d be wise to get in touch with a qualified professional to help you deal with the problem. If you leave it, you may find the structural damage becomes so bad that it’s a costly job to repair.

Waterproof your exterior wood

The best protection you can give your wood at home is waterproofing and these days you can buy coatings that help to prevent both mould and fungus, while still letting the timber breathe. You should really do this waterproofing in the autumn or even summer if you’re feeling diligent, but if you haven’t done it yet pick a dry day and get to it.

Clear up outside

You want to keep leaves and other debris away from your buildings to prevent mould and damp from building up. So head out with the garden rake once a week at least and go around your property to see if anything needs sweeping up.

Use a humidifier

At this time of year, when the weather is bad, it’s tempting to shut all the windows and doors, and turn the thermostat up. But doing so can have a big impact on the wood at home because the moisture is drawn out of it as the air inside dries out.

Take a look at the wood near your vents or heaters – is there any cracking or shrinking?  This suggests that you may have a problem. To counteract this, you could use a humidifier which will keep the moisture in balance at home.

By following these steps each year, your house should certainly stand the test of time… but don’t forget that it pays to be vigilant as well, when considering problems that may arise with your timber.

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