1. Wind Damage
The challenge: In Quebec, as elsewhere, we will no doubt experience more tornadoes and gale-force winds.
What to watch out for: Wind can damage the roof (by ripping off shingles) and the windows (by breaking branches that can shatter the panes, for example).
2. Water Damage
The challenges: Because of glacier melt and the flooding caused by strong and sudden rainstorms, more buildings are expected to suffer flood damage or deterioration due to high humidity. Repeated freezing and thawing cycles will also contribute to this problem.
What to watch out for: Storms can weaken concrete exteriors, foundations, roofs, and cladding. Cracks could appear anywhere and will have to be filled and sealed. If the roof shingles loosen or fall off, they will need to be replaced as soon as possible to prevent serious water infiltration issues. A flooded basement will entail major renovation work.
3. Poor Air Quality
The challenge: Periods of poor air quality are occurring more regularly, not only as a result of carbon dioxide emissions, but equally because of the greater number of forest fires. The amount of airborne pollen may also rise.
What to watch out for: Installing an efficient air exchanger will become indispensable in new home construction. In the case of older residences, replacing the ventilation system will likewise be essential.