Stormy weather can hit when least expected, so it’s important to make sure your roof can withstand the elements all year round. Strong winds can be surprisingly brutal, causing lots of property damage, especially when it comes to roofing.

Luckily, there are lots of things you can do to help your roof stay as weatherproof as possible. Here’s some of the best wind protection for roofs.

If you know your roof has come to the end of its lifespan or you notice a lot of wear and tear, upgrade sooner rather than later. It’s often much less costly to replace a roof than rectify property leaks, extensive water damage and storm damaged roofing.

Ask your roofer about the most durable materials for roofs. They can advise you about modern materials used to make roofing as long-lasting as possible, helping your roof stay wind resistant. This includes EPDM rubber and GRP fibreglass roofs.

Check your roof tiles

Securing your roof area is one of the best ways to improve wind resistance, preventing damage while protecting those below who could get hit by airborne debris. Roof tiles are one of the main areas to check if you know there are high winds on the way.

Warning signs of an issue with your roof tiles include cracks, curling, rotting materials, moss growth or even small sections of slate material present on the ground around your property or in its guttering. You should also check inside your loft if it’s safe to do so, looking for areas of light shining through, dark spots (indicative of damp) or more obvious water damage.

Book roof inspections

Unfortunately, there’s no magic wand you can wave to stop issues in their tracks without knowing they exist. For example, if roof slates and tiles have become dislodged or loose, you may only find out about it after it’s too late and strong winds have caused lots of damage.

Therefore, it’s a sensible idea to book regular roof inspections (e.g. twice a year or before bad weather) to make sure you keep an eye on any minor issues forming. This will catch problems early while getting to know your roof better, saving you time and money.

Trim garden trees

Extreme winds and stormy weather don’t just damage roofs but areas of your garden and outdoor spaces too, whether it’s fences, sheds or trees. If you have a tree growing close to your property, you may want to consider its condition.

Trees in bad health may topple in storms, damaging anything in their way if they fall. Strong winds can also cause more movement than usual, so if you think its branches may hit your property, ask a tree surgeon about pruning the crown.

Secure your roof with expert help

If you want to make sure your roof is as weatherproof as possible, get in touch with South Thames Roofing. We perform roof maintenance, repairs, inspections and upgrades at properties across South London and Surrey, including Purley and Wandsworth.

For a free consultation and quote, contact us now.