Although most of the weather Lanzarote receives is excellent, the island can still chuck a bit of the nasty stuff at you and your home.
Climate change is now accepted by consensus, and although it´s too early to say with any certainty what effect it´s having on Lanzarote´s weather, the island has been increasingly conscious of adverse weather conditions since the unprecedented tropical storm of 2005.
So far, a mild rise in overall temperature and an increase in calima dust storms seem to be the main symptoms, but the thing about climate change is that it can´t be predicted. The change is not stable and gradual; it’s volatile and unpredictable.
All this means that, despite the island’s generally sunny climate, making your home as tight as a drum is almost certainly a wise idea.
Wind, of course, is a fact of life on Lanzarote; parching heat is also frequent and we’ve already had a couple of downpours this year – and when it rains seriously on Lanzarote, you’ll certainly know about it.
Leaks on Lanzarote often happen, almost certainly because the prevailing fine, dry climate fools residents into thinking there’s no risk. But the saying “Fix the roof while the sun shines” has never been more apt than here. Rain is scarce here, when it does happen it can be surprisingly heavy and can lead to a problem many of us thought we’d left well behind – damp.
The solution is to ensure your roof is well waterproofed and guttered, and to treat external walls with waterproofing treatments. Regular, thorough interior ventilation is also a strong protection against damp.
Window and door fittings should also be kept in good shape to prevent the entry of both rain and unwanted draughts. While the traditional materials used on the island are wood, this will require frequent maintenance. Aluminium and plastic fittings have now proved to be far more durable and every bit as attractive.
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