Getting your home ready for winter, advice from your local builders' merchants

Is your home prepared for the cold, wet months that lie ahead? Before we are subjected to winter's worst weather, visit your local builders' merchants to stock up on all the materials that you'll need to ensure that your house withstands the elements.

Here the experts at Chandlers Building Supplies and builders' merchants give their tips for getting your home winter-ready:

Insulate your home thoroughly, advise builders' merchants

With winter coming it is well worth a visit to your local builders' merchants for some insulation advice. Heat rises and a huge amount of heat can be lost through a badly insulated roof and loft space – in some cases up to a quarter of heat is lost through an uninsulated roof. Insulating your loft, attic or flat roof is a simple and effective way to reduce waste and energy bills; ramping up your insulation will also add value to your property in the long-term by increasing its energy efficiency rating. At Chandlers Building Supplies and builders' merchants we have an extensive array of products including Superglass glass fibre, Celotex PUR, polystyrene and multi-foil insulation.

A dramatic drop in temperature can cause pipes to burst, so make sure your pipes are well-insulated, paying particular attention to those which are exposed to the elements or in unheated areas, such as garages, basements and lofts. At Chandlers Building Supplies and builders' merchants we have a full range of pipe lagging, cavity closers and insulating materials in stock.


Clad your property to protect it from the elements

External wall insulation (EWI) is an increasingly popular insulation solution and at Chandlers Building Supplies and builders' merchants we have a wide variety of EWI options supplied with expert technical advice. It is possible to insulate a solid wall from the outside by affixing a layer of insulation material and then coating with render or cladding. A new weatherproof layer will also protect your home from penetrating damp for years to come and will increase the temperature of the internal surface of the wall, making it less likely that you will get condensation on your walls.

Maintain your gutters and drains

When the leaves start to fall in autumn, it is prime time for gutters to become blocked and therefore less efficient at channelling rainwater (and melting snow) away from your home. Drains should also be maintained as clogged drains can form ice dams, meaning that water which isn't drained away can seep into your home's foundations causing flooding and water damage.

Check your heating systems: boiler, radiators and chimney

Our builders' merchants experts recommend that you turn on your entire system before the coldest weather descends – this should allow you to fix any defects before you come to rely on the system. A professional technician should be used in cases where there is a problem which requires repair. If you have an open fire or wood-burning stove then you should arrange for your chimney or flue to be inspected before you have a fire each year. You should also consider fitting protective caps to prevent foreign objects and rain entering the chimney – here at Chandlers Building Supplies and builders' merchants we have a full range of products suitable for the purpose.

Check windows

With driving rain and cold temperatures it is essential that your windows are draught and weather-proof in advance of winter. The majority of properties lose a certain amount of heat through their windows but re-glazing your home is a significant financial consideration – the energy efficiency of your glazing can be improved by using a window insulator kit which should keep your home warmer whilst also reducing energy bills.

With branches throughout the south east, Chandlers Building Supplies and builders' merchants has an extensive range of top quality building products which can be utilised to make your home winter-proof. Order online or find out more at your local branch.

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