A build-up of cold and wet weather throughout the wintery period can cause damage to many exterior features of a property. It’s therefore important to keep an eye out for any damaged items and repair or replace them swiftly so that they stay fully functional and don’t cause further damage to your home. Lili Wang and Jamie Johnson, product managers at IronmongeryDirect, give their advice on what particular features to think about during the winter months.

Throughout the colder months it’s vital to stay on top of those exterior features of a property that are particularly susceptible to corrosion, rust and general wear-and-tear. For example, front door furniture, gate and shed hinges, locks and latches are all susceptible to damage during intense periods of wet weather and colder temperatures.

When exterior items, such as hinges and latches, are not maintained properly they can become damaged and broken. This can then prevent the furniture to which they are attached from working properly. Serious damage can be avoided by ongoing maintenance of these features and by making sure they are repaired or replaced when necessary.

As the old saying goes, prevention is better than cure. It is much better to prevent the damage from happening in the first place than trying to fix it once it has happened. Therefore, before the wetter and colder months take hold, make sure you‘re choosing the best products that are most resistant to the elements. This will ensure you avoid the onset of weather damage and can maintain your properties upkeep with minimal effort.

Hinges, catches and latches

Hinges, catches and latches are integral parts of all exterior features including front doors, fences, gates and sheds. In order to prevent weather damage to these features try opting for architectural ironmongery that is particularly good at resisting the elements.

For your front door, for example, try the Enduro Twin Ball Bearing Hinge which is exceptionally hard wearing and easy to maintain. These particular hinges are manufactured from grade 316 stainless steel and are resistant to oxidation, wear and abrasion. This means they are ideal for external doors, damp areas and even marine locations.

For properties located in areas that experience frequent bad weather the Rebated Storm Proof Hinge – Stainless Steel is ideal for exterior doors and windows that require hard-wearing fixtures. The storm-proof hinge is made from grade 304 stainless steel and includes ball bearings that ensure a quiet and smooth operation.

Gates are often subjected to even more cold and wet weather than other exterior features as they are generally more exposed to the elements. For that reason, it’s important to choose the best products in order to combat any ongoing damage. Galvanised gate hinges are perfect for exterior use as they are rust resistant and simple to maintain. For example, the Heavy Duty Reversible Gate Hinge – Galvanised is a popular choice among homeowners. It is hot dipped galvanized for superior rust resistance, making it ideal for exterior use.

When it comes to securing your exterior features, such as sheds, garages and gates, opt for an enhanced anti-corrosion resistant padlock such as the Rustproof Padlock. The solid brass lock body provides high internal and external corrosion resistance, which means it’s a perfect choice for outdoor use.

Wood fillers, glues and repairs

Continuous snow or rain combined with the colder temperatures can take its toll on wooden gates and sheds and eventually cause damage such as imperfections and holes. Wood fillers are for filling in small and medium sized holes and imperfections and are suitable for use under most types of wood finishes.

The Timbermate 1 Part Wood Filler is ideal for repairing small holes and minor imperfections in wooden components and takes approximately 140 minutes to cure making it ideal for small repair works on wooden gates, fences and small sheds. Once dried, the filler can be sanded, drilled, nailed and stained so that the repaired part looks neat and is in-keeping with the rest of the feature.

Adhesives such as the Polyurethane Wood Glues can be used to bond all common wood types together. They are fast setting and fully waterproof making them ideal for exterior use. For example, the Evo-Stik Polyurethane 5 Minute Wood Adhesive is a clear adhesive that cures in five minutes making the job at hand quick and easy. The instant grab, high strength bond and waterproof adhesive has an extreme sticking power and can be used for interior and exterior projects.

Maintenance sprays and lubricants

Lubricants and maintenance sprays are extremely successful in protecting fixtures, as well as lubricating them to ensure they stay fully functional. The Soudal range of sprays and lubricants are perfect for both lubricating the joint, as well as protecting it from rust and corrosion.

The Soudal Multi-Spray protects metal from corrosion and coats it in a waterproof protective layer ensuring it stays free from rust. Perfect for use during periods of snow and rain it lubricates moving parts and keeps the metal clean. For any existing rust or corrosion use a high quality penetrating oil-based product similar to the Soudal Degrip All Penetrating Anti Rust Oil.

A renowned lubricant used by many homeowners is WD-40. These products displace water, prevent rust and remove grease, grime and other marks from most common surfaces, making it a perfect all-round product for interior and exterior use. WD-40 Multi-Use Can is a popular choice for penetrating stuck parts, displacing moisture and lubricating joints in addition to protecting metal from corrosion.

For lock mechanisms try the WD-40 3-IN-ONE Lock lubricant specially developed for maintenance on all types of lock mechanisms around the home, garden and garage. Its silicone and grease-free formula penetrates into the locking mechanism without clogging it up. It lubricates moving parts and permanently protects them from rust, making it perfect for outdoor conditions.

For more information, please visit www.IronmongeryDirect.co.uk



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