Many homes may experience some mustiness in winter. However if you own a home with monolithic or plaster cladding, it’s important to check that external moisture is not penetrating the protective paint layer.
In addition to regular painting to keep moisture out, Surecoat recommends you perform a comprehensive check of the plaster cladding. Maintenance checks should be done at least once a year and during the wet winter weather is a great time to do so.
Early defect detection and repair can prevent rot and mould from setting in. This can in turn, save on costly and extensive repairs in the future.
Not all weathertightness issues are easy to spot but areas known to fail include:
- Flat roofs, or roofs without soffits/eaves
- Roof to wall junctions
- Pergola fixings
- Handrail fixings
- Lack of flashings to windows and penetrations
- Decks over living areas
- Balustrade to deck or balustrade to wall junctions
- Clearances at bottom of claddings
- Level of ground outside is above interior floor level
Check any of these features for cracks, sealant failure, impact damage or paint deterioration which could allow moisture to get in.
If you find any areas of concern or need a comprehensive cladding maintenance plan get in touch with the experts at Surecoat.