The rainy season in Australia can be long and wet and it’s something everyone needs to prepare for. Unfortunately, rainy seasons in many parts of the country can be unpredictable and can occur at virtually any time of the year.
No matter where you live in Australia or what time of the year it is, you need to prepare for the rainy season and here is some upgrade advice to help you get ready. Let’s look at five upgrades for your home to prepare for the wet season ahead.
#1 – Install Retractable Awnings
Retractable awnings can be used above windows, to create shaded and protected areas for patios and they can even be used on verandas. The cool thing about this style of awning is it can be opened or closed at will, either with a manual crank or a motorised system.
During the rainy season, with awnings in place, you still get to enjoy some outdoor time without getting wet. You can chill out on the patio with a cup of coffee and a good book while listening to the rain patter on the awning above.
There are many different types of awnings you can have installed in your home’s outdoor spaces, so talk with your supplier about the best options for you.
#2 – External Shutters
Some window shutters are designed to be installed internally within the home, but if you want an added layer of protection for your windows against the wind and rain, then having external window shutters installed is a wise idea.
During periods of bad weather, the external shutters can be closed, both protecting the window glass from wind, heavy rain, hail and other debris, as well as offering a layer of insulation in hot or cold weather.
Having shutters installed on the windows also helps to block out some of the noise that often accompanies stormy weather.
#3 – Blinds and Fly Screens
Every Aussie home should have fly screens installed to keep mosquitoes, flies and other critters out when the windows are open. In periods of inclement weather, fly screens enable you to have some fresh air coming in through the windows when the climate is hot and humid. When fly screens are used in conjunction with awnings, they also help to keep out the rain when the windows are open. As an upgrade to standard fly screens, you might consider having security screens installed for added peace of mind and protection.
Also, consider installing window blinds and outdoor blinds for even more protection against the elements. For example, roller blinds are commonly used to expand outdoor spaces while offering both protection from the elements as well as privacy. Blinds can also be used externally for the windows. These blinds are particularly useful when you have sliding glass doors that you want to keep open.
#4 – Roof and Guttering
Before the rainy season kicks in, you’ll want to call in a roofing professional to inspect both your roof and guttering system to ensure there are no leaks and no damage. What you won’t want is to wait until it’s too late to discover a leak in your roof or dilapidated guttering that simply can’t handle the volume of water during a downpour. Gutters also need to be cleaned so they are free of debris and operate without obstructions.
Have your roof, gutters and downpipes inspected before the rain arrives and any repairs that are needed can be carried out in advance.
#5 – Check Doors and Windows
You’ll want to make sure that all the doors and windows in your home are in good shape and that there are no leaks or damage that needs to be repaired. If you perform this inspection before the wet weather sets in, you can have any repairs or replacements made before any water damage can occur. Doing this will save you money in the long term and will also give you peace of mind.
Getting ready for the rainy season is all about planning and preparation. If you follow the tips in this article, not only will your home be protected, but you’ll also be able to enjoy the outdoor time during wet weather.