David Brock, managing director of the park home warranty provider GoldShield, explains how you can keep your park home in tip-top condition with regular maintenance…
In order to keep your park home in the best possible shape, it’s incredibly important that you maintain it properly. Not only will this ensure your property is always looking its best, but it will also help you to avoid any unnecessary damage that could cost you a lot to repair. Additionally, if your park home is under warranty, you’ll need to follow a maintenance schedule to prevent this from being invalidated.
To help you keep your park home in great condition throughout its lifetime, I’m going to share my top maintenance tips…
LOOK AFTER YOUR EXTERIOR WALLS
Park homes are built using marine plywood rather than bricks-and-mortar, which means their exterior walls require some special treatment.
At least every three months, it’s important that you check the outside of your park home for hairline cracks caused by natural shrinkage of the cladding. If you do spot any, you should look to fill these cracks with a good-quality exterior filler as soon as possible. In addition to this, you should clean your park home’s exterior walls at least once a year – just make sure you don’t use a pressure washer, as it could cause damage and invalidate your warranty.
Once you’ve cleaned your exterior walls, you should also replace any shrunken or missing sealant.
It’s also incredibly important that you coat the outside of your park home with a quality exterior finish within two years of purchasing the property. You should then recoat it every three years after that – this will help to ensure your home remains weatherproof throughout its lifetime.
CHECK YOUR ROOF ON A REGULAR BASIS
It’s very important that you check the roof of your park home at least once a year to make sure that its tiles haven’t been damaged or displaced. You also need to make sure your chimney flashings are intact and that, if you find any problems, you arrange for repairs to be made. Additionally, it’s vital that you ensure all the joints on the roofing material are checked. These should be resealed with quality roofing adhesive if you feel it’s necessary.
KEEP YOUR DOORS AND WINDOWS IN CHECK
When it comes to your windows and doors, it’s important that you catch and deal with any problems as quickly as you can. So, you should check the mastic joints and sealant around your doors and windows on a regular basis and make any necessary repairs or replace any defects.
For the full story please see the June 2018 issue.