Utah has a generally mild climate; the winters aren’t too harsh, and the summers generally aren’t blistering hot. One downside to the climate in Utah is how dry the air is. It wreaks havoc on skin, hair, and your home. The dry air isn’t something you’d think could have an affect on the longevity and life of your home, but it does. The biggest issues lie with trying to maintain your landscaping because the environment doesn’t really lend a hand in the way of retaining moisture.
Wood and lumber materials
Some types of wood do better in dry climates than others. For each type of wood, there is a specific moisture content percentage that you want to strive for. If you can’t maintain that moisture content, because it’s either too dry or too moist, then you’ll want to pick a different material. Some great types of wood to use in your home in Utah are Oak, Walnut, Cherry, and Pine. These woods are more likely to withstand the dry air and lack of humidity in Utah.
Insulation is the key to maintaining your home in a dry climate. Proper insulation keeps the heat out in the summer and the heat in during the winter. Essentially, it keeps you and your entire home a comfortable temperature all year old, which will help you cut down on the cost of utilities. Your insulation should be replaced/replenished every five to ten years.
Protecting outside materials
When you’re using lumber materials outside, you’ll want to make sure that all of your materials have the proper sealant on them, in order to help preserve the integrity of the wood. Because even though Utah weather is generally pretty dry, we still experience a short monsoon season and snow during the winter months. This sealant will need to be reapplied every few years to keep the materials looking nice and prevent splintering and breaking.