While UK roofing materials are made to withstand all weathers, storms can bring extreme conditions which could leave your roof vulnerable. If you suspect you have storm damaged roofing after bad weather, here are some steps to follow.
How Does Storm Damaged Roofing Occur?
There are lots of ways your roof can become damaged in a storm. The first is when any minor issues you haven’t noticed, such as small cracks, blocked gutters or loose tiles become worse when they face harsh winds, rain or hail. This is why it’s a good idea to schedule a roof inspection before the stormy months hit your local area so that you can keep on top of small repairs.
However, even the most robust of roofs can become damaged in harsh weather. This is usually through airborne debris hitting the slates or tiles at high speeds in strong winds. Other structures falling (such as storm-damaged trees) could also fall and hit your property.
Spotting Roof Issues
After a storm, it can be hard to know whether your roof has been damaged.
Always check your property interiors for signs of a roof leak after heavy rainfall. This will usually show itself through watermarks or discolouration on the walls or ceiling. If it’s safe and easy to do so, you could also venture into your attic or loft space to look for issues such as damp patches, wet rafters or light coming through.
If you want to stay safe when inspecting your roof from the outside, try to spot any issues from the ground. This could include tiles that look out of place, a crumbling chimney stack or the sight of any debris sitting on your roofing.
If you do suspect there are issues, try to make the area around your property as safe as possible by warning others in your household and neighbours. If you’re a business, you may even have the resources to cordon off the affected area of the building and put safety notices in place.
Get a Professional Inspection
The best way to get your storm damaged roof properly assessed is to ask for a professional roofing company to take a closer look. They have the right PPE and safety equipment to work at height and inspect your roof. They’ll also be able to pinpoint the main cause of any leaks. Hopefully, the issue can be fixed quickly and easily, including replacing missing slates, fixing loose tiles or reapplying lead flashings.
If the damage was caused by the acceleration of existing issues, you might need more complex work, but your roofer can talk you through your options if this is the case. They may also recommend involving other professionals if work is needed to your property, especially if a falling tree has hit windows or internal pipes.
Always contact your local roofer as soon as possible after a storm, as they may get lots of calls post bad weather.