Storm damage and roofs
Whilst the country is getting to grips with Storm Hector and the recent passing of Storm Georgina, its safe to say that the UK has to tolerate a whole mixture of weather fronts. It can be bright sunshine then in an instant the heavens could literally open up. This is why making sure our homes are well maintained is essential, starting at the roof.
The various conditions can have quite a detrimental effect on our roof – coupled with natural ageing, it is imperative to keep your roof in tip-top condition, after all the roof is what protects the rest of the house from the elements.
The latest storm
The UK weather bomb was named Storm Hector by Met Éireann northeast to the UK last night.
Met Office Chief Meteorologist Will Lang said yesterday: “Storm Hector will deepen further tonight, allowing winds to strengthen during the early hours of Thursday morning.
“The strongest winds are expected to coincide with rush hour in Northern Ireland and later in the morning for southern and central Scotland.
According to the latest weather forecast, strong gusts of 50 to 60mph are likely.
Some areas may even experience a massive 70mph.
What to look out for
You can do some basic home checks yourself…
Debris and visual
From the outside of your home – do a visual inspection of the roof looking for any broken or missing tiles. Its also an idea to scout the surrounding area for any fallen debris. Looking to see if there are any foreign objects on the roof such as branches etc. These items may of caused damage that you can’t see. If you can not fully see all of your roofing you may need a roofing inspection. We can help with scaffolding.
Inspect the attic
Looking at the inside of the attic is a good idea. From here you can see if there are any wholes or dampness. Make sure to view the whole of the roof structure from the eaves to the ridge. Its also a good idea to feel your way to check for any damp getting through.
Inspect all of the flashing – flashing is the seal between the roof and the main structure although it can also be used as a water guide. Keeping moisture out. Therefore, it is another important area to be checking to avoid further and costly damage.
We recommend that you visually check the roof of your house and all the points listed above on a regular basis this means that your roof is in the best condition possible meaning that the potential for damage during storms will be less likely.
Of course, not everyone is able or capable of carrying out routine inspections which is why you can contact us for further advise.
Flat roofing is usually found at the cap for ground floor structures such as garages – therefore it is not always possible to inspect these from the ground. We suggest that you check the roofing from the inside, again for any dampness or holes.
If you are able to access the flat roof itself, you should check for a number of things:
Flashing – Check the waterproof seal for any flashing that is loose or missing.
Water – If your flat roof is harbouring a pool of water this can have a negative impact as the water may rot away the wood underneath – especially on older roofs.
Felt condition – Check the condition of the felt including the joins. Felt can easily tear or rip and won’t last forever!
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If you suspect you have roof damage or require a general inspection, then take a look at our website here.
At GMD roofing and scaffolding services, we are specialist, premier providers of all aspects of roofing and scaffolding. From pitched roofs to flat roofs. Tiles to slate we have expertise in it all. In addition, we have our own in-house scaffolding team which means we can offer the very best pricing available.
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