Prepare exterior facades for winter
Bad weather, the effects of time ... All these factors that can degrade your facades and woodwork. However, the maintenance of the exteriors of your home is not to be taken lightly. To help you prevent signs of wear, House side interviewed professionals to help you.
A crack in the crepit, a scaly stain on the shutters, your facades are tired and start to show signs of wear? Some simple actions can help you delay the intervention of a professional. Waterproofing, anti-foam, or simple gutter cleaning, professionals share their expertise for maintenance of the exteriors of your home.
Regular maintenance of exterior facades
If your home is over 25, it has suffered wind, rain and natural wear of time ... No need to be alarmed, simple gestures can save you the trouble of hiring a professional. Bernard-Henri Vissac, Artisans of the Façade, explains that "by regular non-aggressive cleanings with an anti-foaming product, for example "prevent the proliferation of fungi and lichen ... Despite a regular care, the work to be expected on an exterior facade vary greatly depending on the region." You can rest easy for 25 years or on the contrary only 10 years. Everything depends on prevailing winds, climatic conditions ... There is no real definite frequency", details the craftsman.
The cleaning of the facades and the maintenance of the woodwork is done "either in the spring or in the fall", explains Alexandre Lipp, product manager exterior paint and painter accessories at Castorama. every year or every two years, depending on the exposure of your facade and the way it clogs. "It is possible to re-waterproof a house if it is subjected to a lot of bad weather, then a protective treatment is given, usually every 5 years.However, this kind of process is not done on a new house, or that would just come from to be coated, "he continues. Remember to check the condition of your gutters. "If they are filled with dead leaves, the risk is to see a dirty water dripping on the facade and therefore dirty it.You could even see mold," he says. Go around the property from time to time.
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Detect signs of wear that require intervention
Wanting to maintain its facades is one thing, knowing to spot the signs of wear is another. What details should you pay attention to? Alexandre Lipp recommendsexamine facades for porosity. "If your façade is coated with plaster, plaster, facing stone or even brick, then it will require re-waterproofing," says the product manager. Yes, but now, it's not easy to spot anomalies when you're not a professional.
If the facade is damaged, most often, you will see infiltrations in your home. Be careful, sometimes they are not visible. "For stop infiltrationsapply a colorless facade repellent to the sprayer, brush or paintbrush. Be careful that the product is compatible with the facade of your home, especially for houses coated. Water repellency could alter the color. "For the brick facades, says Lipp. check is that the joints have not jumped. "The water seeps into the joints if they are too worn, the only recourse would be to redo them," decrypts the product manager.
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More generally, it will be easy for you to notice cracks or micro-cracks rather than infiltrations. In this case, you can re-seal them with special sealants. "Many small jobs are accessible to individualsIf you take the necessary safety precautions, "says the project manager," in terms of feasibility, it's easier to hire a professional to redo joints on a brick facade, especially if you do not feel comfortable. comfortable with this kind of work. "Someone in the business will be able to make a quote and adapt during the work if new problems arise," adds Bernard-Henri Vissac.
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Maintain his woodwork
Painted, stained or varnished finish ... Check the condition of wooden shutters is a necessity if you want to spare them. "If the paint is peeling, the protection is no longer valid.The risk is that the water impregnated in the wood, inflate and deteriorate over the long term," says Alexander Lipp. In the case of stained shutters, remember to check that molds are not developed. If this is the case, you will have to treat your shutters with a specific product for wood. In order to maintain and give a facelift to your shutters, nothing more simple: "begin by sanding the remains of stains or paint, then dust and clean your surface", details the craftsman. When repainting, you can choose a stain, for a natural wood rendering or a painting, which offers a greater variety of colors. You can also change over the years. Repainting on a stain will be simpler than the reverse.
As for the maintenance of the facade, no rule of wear is applicable and deterioration will vary with natural hazards. "Manufacturers offer a guarantee in terms of protection, but the hue will be the first element to deteriorate.Today, the paint and stain of major national brands like Syntilor or V33 are of very good quality. Tollens offers a wide variety of colors and finishes, "says Alexandre Lipp.
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