How to prepare your façade for winter with Cedral.

In winter, you want to be warm inside, protected from the elements outside. That’s why you need to give your façade a critical look and do the necessary repairs before the cold and the rain kick in. Or if you have some more time before your façade needs renovation, winter is a great period to plan for a new look.

Make sure that your doors and windows are air- and watertight. Joints in poor condition might reduce the performances of your ventilated façade.

Inspect your façade like a pro

Autumn is a good time to inspect your façade for damage. To see best how your outer walls are doing, we recommend that you clean them before inspection. Depending on your wall cladding, a broom or wet cloth will do. Or get out the high-pressure cleaner. Have a closer look during daytime, so that you have perfect visibility.

Check your gutters and make sure that leaves are not blocking them. This might result in leaks that will damage your façade over the winter.

What to look for?

  • Check for damages in your façade: cracks in the plaster, broken weatherboards… Determine how bad it is by knocking on the damaged parts.
  • Remove any plants that might have grown behind your wall cladding to keep optimal ventilation. The air layer between supporting structure and cladding insulates your home.
  • Fill any cracks or holes. If they collect water and temperatures fall below 0 degrees, the water will expand into ice and make the cracks even bigger.
  • Test if doors and windows are air tight. If they leak, the heat of your home will escape and moisture comes in. Replace the rubber seals if necessary.
  • Clear the rain gutter of fallen autumn leaves. Look for possible moisture spots under your gutter and rain pipes. Check the welding and joints and repair any holes or leaks.
  • Last but not least, if you have** outdoor water pipes**, make sure that they are emptied before winter so that they don’t freeze and burst.

We recommend you also inspect your roof. We show you how to do so here.

Before you start any outdoor work, please verfify that the temperature is above 5°c.

Need for any repairs?

Prevention protects against complex repairs and high costs. So the sooner you fix your façade, the better. But always remember the 5 degrees limit for outdoor work. Below this temperature, it becomes difficult to apply building materials such as assembly foam, concrete or plaster. Painting does not make sense either, as the paint does not set.

When temperatures are higher, a coat of paint for plaster and the impregnation of wooden façades can easily be applied in autumn. The advantage of an autumn coat of paint: the sun burns less, and the paints, glazes, varnishes, and oils do not dry out as quickly. Always take the necessary safety precautions e.g. against slipping or cold.

Cedral fibre cement weatherboards can be installed at low temperature.

Ready for a new façade?

If your façade check reveals the urgent need for a new outer layer, you do not have to wait until spring. Ok, you cannot re-plaster your walls in winter, but frost-resistant ventilated house cladding can be processed even at low temperatures.

Clinker, ceramics or modern fibre cement panels moreover require little maintenance. These sidings are weather-resistant, frost-proof, non-combustible and resistant to rot and corrosion. The diverse formats, colours, surfaces and laying methods offer extensive design possibilities, from classically elegant to timelessly natural to expressively extravagant. Material combinations with glass, clinker and wood are possible.

Cedral cladding can also be installed vertically. Why don’t you set the façade trend for this winter?

Some practical planning tools

To plan your new façade design, upload an image of your home in the visualization tool and you will get an immediate impression of what your favourite colour looks like. Or ask some samples to help you with the final decision. The calculation tool determines the material requirements, which simplifies the financial planning. Up to you to do the installation yourself or contact to a professional installer.