Recent weather conditions and storms will have tested your roof to the max. The thing is, for many of us it can be a case of out of sight, out of mind. You’ll instantly see if storm damage affects, say your fence, but because you can’t see all the impact a storm may have had on your roof, problems can go un-noticed for some time.
As a matter of course we should check our roof regularly and especially after a spell of potentially damaging weather conditions. But what should you be looking for?
After high winds
The effect of the wind can be particularly damaging and some of the conditions we’ve experienced recently have been particularly fierce. Some of the most obvious issues relate to shingles and tiles that may come loose and ultimately fall off. Either situation can greatly increase the risk of leaks, which apart from other obvious issues can compromise the wooden frame of the roof itself.
After heavy rain
Generally speaking roofs were designed with idea of keeping the rain off your head. However, once the wind has done its work in cracking or removing tiles or shingles, rain can begin to seep in beneath creating damp patches and leaks.
After tree damage
Trees near to your home can be susceptible to high winds and should they fall or experience branches shearing off, impact with your roof can damage or break tiles quite easily. After a storm have a look at the trees around your building and look for any obvious changes. Even if all you notice is the smallest of branches lying around on the ground, make sure you check your roof, you should never put off small repairs that may be needed before they escalate into something much worse.
During heavy snow
It may be fair to say that in general, winters have not been as harsh in recent years. But, it’s still worth remembering the impact heavy snowfall can have on your roof. It’s likely that if our building is situated in an area more likely to receive regular snowfall your roof will have been designed and installed with this in mind. However, do you actually know how much weight your roof can withstand? The fact is that during a prolonged period of snowfall the initial cover is unlikely to cause too much of a problem. But, fresh snow falling onto previously, already packed snow suddenly becomes twice as heavy. An extendable rake that will allow you to dislodge snow whilst you remain on the ground may be a useful piece of kit if snow is of concern where you live.
The bottom line is that small repairs can easily escalate in greater problems if not dealt with quickly. It’s important to ensure that just because you can’t see it easily, that all is still ok with your roof. Although your roof will have been designed to be as strong as possible it is still your building’s first defence against the elements. Mother nature has a habit of being able to find any weakness and certainly possesses the tools to exploit them. Doing all you can to maintain and check you roof regularly will help to avoid issues that can easily become difficult to fix and extremely costly.