Is Your Roof Ready for Winter?

Most roof problems occur in the winter months when there is increased rainfall and colder temperatures. This is the worst time to suffer a leaking roof because you end being exposed to the elements just at the time of year when you want your house to be a warm and dry haven.

Most damaged roofs stem from weaknesses or broken tiles that are already present. A strong storm can then take hold on the roof and cause even more damage, resulting in the need to carry out costly repairs. It may be seen as an unnecessary expense to fix  a broken tile, however, if left it can turn a relatively easy and inexpensive job into a more complex problem with high costs.

It makes sense to regularly check your roof tiles and get any potential issues fixed. This doesn’t need to be done that frequently. Roofers Derby recommend the best times to check are at the end of the summer season and after any strong storms or adverse weather. As well as visually checking the roof externally, there are other warning signs inside the property that can point to a roof problem.

If you are experiencing leaks or damp, it could be caused by a cracked tile. If a tile has been dislodged or blown off in high winds we advise it is quickly replaced to prevent water reaching the felt. If a roof tile has been blown off it could cause more nearby tiles to be dislodged causing a bigger issue.

leaky-roof

Flat roofs can get damaged if there is standing water for more than 3 days on the roof after periods of rainfall. The best course of action is to remove the water after heavy rain to prevent any permanent damage. If water has been allowed to sit on the roof for any length of time look for sagging where a board has broken under the weight of the water.

Other things to pay attention to with a flat roof are holes developing, which can go on to cause leaks and damage to the inner layers. Strong winds could lift off the top layer, which needs to be repaired before the inner layers get damaged and cause a more costly repair.

With winter fast approaching it is advisable to conduct an inspection of your roof and get any issues repaired now before further damage occurs during the winter months. A small repair is far less costly than needing more extensive repairs later on, or in the worst case needing a replacement roof.