Most homes in the UK will have suffered in some shape or form during the recent cold snap, especially during the heavy snow caused by the so-called ‘beast from the east’. A huge number of homes were left without hot water or heating because of uninsulated boiler pipes freezing, and then without running water because of the pressure caused by the ice and snow thawing. Your roof may have suffered too, particularly if it is quite old. Some older guttering and pipes may have cracked after the cold weather. If this has happened to your property, then you should get it fixed as soon as possible because, otherwise, there will be excess water running onto your property, putting it at risk of moisture-related damage.

Guttering maintenance guides - have your gutters cracked in cold weather?Why does guttering crack in cold weather?

The primary job of gutters and drainpipes is to transport rainwater away from your home. As such, there is a lot of moisture within these pipes, and this can freeze when a cold snap hits. As the water freezes, it expands quite significantly, which can cause fragile guttering to crack from the pressure. This is particularly the case with older guttering, which is made from weaker materials that cannot withstand the pressure as well as newer materials.

What’s the problem with cracked guttering?

If your guttering has a crack in it, then it won’t be able to transport water away from your property. The water will remain in the vicinity of the property, and maybe even leak into your home. Over time, this can cause a great deal of damage and require repairs. It will start by forming a leak or damp patches in your home, and could end up being as significant as causing the timber beams in your roofing structure to rot and, eventually, start to weaken.

How to replace your guttering

If you’ve noticed that your guttering has cracked, you should replace it as soon as possible. The longer you wait, the more the problem will escalate. Replacing your guttering is a quick, simple and affordable task for roofing experts, so there’s really no reason to put it off. You can also ensure that a similar problem doesn’t occur in the future, as roofing experts will make sure that your new guttering and drainpipes are made of stronger and more robust materials that can cope with the cold weather more efficiently than your older guttering.

Now’s the time to replace your cracked guttering, so contact us at South Thames Roofing today to book a replacement. If you live in Wandsworth, Kingswood, Wimbledon or another area of London or Surrey, we’ll happily provide you with a free, no-obligation quotation.