No matter how much you take care of your car, or camera, in time they are going to depreciate – usually from the minute you buy them!It is not the same for a house. A well-maintained house, regardless of the construction materials, is an excellent investment, increasing in value nearly every year! It can last for up to 100 years without major attention – as long as you never skip the home maintenance that is needed!
Here are some useful tips for making sure your wood house is a well maintained one.
External Wood House Maintenance
Maintaining your home externally not only preserves its life-span, maintaining value, but also keeps it looking good, making you proud and your neighbours envious!
Any external woodwork must be re-painted or re-stained every 4 -6 years, and it must be done properly according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
Plastic components – doors, windows, gutters, fascias, etc. – must be cleaned annually. There are products on the market which will increase their weather resistance. They may have to be replaced because, as a component of your house, they do not have the life span of the structure.
Brickwork may need to be re-pointed once the mortar joints begin to deteriorate in order to maintain the resistance to penetration by rain. External render may need to be re-decorated with exterior masonry paint, or repaired if it shows signs of cracking.
On average, a family of four in a house releases 10 litres of water vapour into their home each day. This comes from breathing, cooking, laundry, showers, plants, etc. To avoid this water vapour forming as condensation, it has to be removed from your wood home by ventilating it adequately. This is why frequent ventilation is extremely important. Our suggestions for maintaining adequate ventilation are one or more of the following:
Use of extract fans in the dampest rooms such as the kitchen and bathroom.Choose windows with in-built vents – ventilation system. The doors and windows manufactured by HoneyWood’s partners companies recommend these. Make sure you keep these vents open expect when the winds are very strong.If you are after energy saving and don’t mind the initial expense, fit heat exchange vents.In case you have not chosen any of the above, here are several tips for home maintenance:In the wintertime, ventilate your whole house, morning and evening, by opening all the windows for 5 minutes. This just changes the air in your home and the fresh air quickly warms up. It doesn’t give time for your contents or structure to cool off. In the summertime, ventilation may be continuous simply by leaving windows open to keep a comfortable temperature for you.Ventilate the bathroom thoroughly every time you have a bath or shower. Just close the door to keep the rest of the house dry and stop the water vapour from spreading.Do not cover the radiators with laundry or curtains. This will stop the heat given off from circulating the air and may allow condensation and mould to form in places.Never let the inside temperature go down below 16°C as this will stop condensation from forming anywhere.For the same reason, never place your tumble dryer in a cold room. Always try to have it vented to the outside.Now we do realise that your Architect will let us know what is required for compliance with Building Regulations for your new HoneyWood home, but these are still good tips!