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- These wooden houses need some care
This is a typical worker cottage, which is a smaller and a cheaper version of the Queenslander, but they both need some care, they need to be painted outside to keep the timber from rotting.
These wooden houses need some
Dear readers, this post is the continuation
of our last post, the Queenslander house, which is a large wooden house, built
for the deeds that we have here in Queensland. Now let me explain their maintenance
needs. You see, just as most of us thought, when we saw the first time these
wooden houses, they need some maintenance and care.
For those people that have not own or lived
in timber houses before, they should ask questions about them, before they get
involved in owning one of these houses; perhaps the first question that would
come to their mind is: are these houses safe to live in, and how long these
houses can last? And then, what sort of maintenance they require? You see, they
have a right to know that, so, let me try to explain this timber housing
Timber houses need more maintenance that masonry
houses; because first of all, you need to paint them for the timber to last
longer, otherwise the timber on the outside walls will slowly rot away, but
then, there are also some advantages because, you see if you want to change
something, it can be done easily and cheaper than if you have a masonry house,
therefore, it is a lot cheaper also to do some alterations, so, it can work
well after all.
Having said that we need also to say, that
these wooden houses have some problems of their own, apart that they need to be
painted for the external timber to last longer, they also have some vermin problems,
which are the enemies everywhere in the houses, because the timber is more
vermin friendly than masonry and bricks and cement, but the normal vermin are
not a big problem for the house structure itself.
The greatest enemy of these wooden houses are
the termites, or white ants, as some of us calls them; The white ants, can
really destroy entire buildings by eating the wood from the inside, a lot of
times, people don’t even know, that the white ants are there eating their
houses away, while they are living in them; you see, unless you know what you
are looking for, it is hard to see any sign of them from the outside. So, one
day suddenly, one can find out by toughing or putting some pressure on a spot,
where the white ants have eaten the wood from inside, and here one can have a
great shock to see this happen, as everything starts collapsing inward and
where there was a wall now there is a big hole.
Therefore, it would be worthwhile to learn
how to recognize the signs, if there are white ants; and call an expert to
check the building if you are going to buy it.
I think I have said enough in this post, so,
see you with our next post, how to defend our homes from white ants.
See you soon.
Genzano it story These wooden houses need some care IS GOING TO BE CONTINUED; Next time with, how to defend our homes from white ants. ------------------------------