When a storm hits, the wind blows hard and for a long time. High winds and falling debris can easily damage a roof in a storm.
There are many damages that you can prevent during this type of storm. Below, I share 5 short tips on how you can avoid storm damages and identify it early.
- Regular maintenance of the roof
Sometimes we see that many roofs have not been maintained for a long time. By regularly keeping your roof maintained, damage can be prevented ahead of time.
- Roof Tile: Loose or crooked roof tiles
By regularly inspecting your roof, you can prevent damage caused by fluttering roof tiles. If pans are loose or skewed, place them back as quickly as possible. A crooked or loose roof tile can easily come loose in a gust of wind.
The pressure of the roof tiles above can also cause a whole row of roof tiles to come loose. Roof tiles can be straightened if they are not damaged and there is no further damage to the tile battens. Proceed with caution and in particular, also support the overhead tiles during straightening.
- Lead Roof: Upright and loose lead roof
A lead roof can usually be found in places where the wall and roof are connected. This is possible both with a flat roof on, for example, an extension and with the finishing of a sloping tiled roof.
Do you see the lead rise or be detached from the jointing? Then take immediate action to prevent worse. Wind can further damage the lead and also allow water to blow under the lead. Preferably let a specialist look.
Do you want to get started yourself? Then use a special kit that is available for this to repair. Equipment and other sealants contain components that help you with this. Otherwise, you can contact us and let our professional do the hard work.
- Flat roof: loose and curling edges
The most damage on flat roofs starts at the edge of the roof. Regularly, take a look at your flat roof and clean it occasionally. From the roof itself or above, you can see the edges of the roof tile clearly.
Damage is usually the first visible at the corner where the roof covering can become loose or curl up when the wind comes under this can pull the roof covering off the roof. Proper distribution of the roof gravel can help prevent this.
- Chimney: masonry and jointing
For brickwork chimneys, regularly check the brickwork and jointing visually for cracks. This is because cracks can indicate loose brickwork, which can cause stones or cement to become detached from the chimney in a strong wind. Often, the fireplace will also contain lead at the connection to the roof, see the tip above.
In summary: check your roof regularly
By regularly taking a look at your roof, you will quickly see if something deviates from the normal situation and you can take immediate action. Check the roof especially after extreme weather, and take immediate action at the first signs of damage. Contact us for professional roofing works!