01 May 5 weather related roof problems
The good old British weather can cause a number of serious problems when it comes to your roof. Here are five of the most common weather-related roof problems we see, and why it’s important to get them fixed as early as possible.
1. Damaged flashings
Regular exposure to wind and heavy rain can cause flashings to move, bend out of shape or even crack. This allows water to seep underneath your roof into the wall, which can cause damp and other structural problems inside your home.
Fixing damaged flashings requires the mortar to be removed and re-pointed. This is why it’s essential to inspect your flashings regularly.
Poorly-insulated roofs are often vulnerable to condensation. This is a build-up of moisture which happens when warm air meets cooler air. If condensation gets into your roof, it can damage the roof’s structure and cause damp and mould to enter your home.
This issue can be fixed by ensuring your roof is properly insulated and has the correct ventilation.
3. Blocked gutters
Blocked gutters often occur in the autumn, when leaves are blown into the gutters and gather there in clumps. When it rains, the water can’t flow naturally through the gutters, so it pours over the top. This can lead to water pooling next to the foundations of your home, which can ultimately seep in, causing damp and even structural damage.
It is vital to check your gutters regularly for blockages to prevent this happening.
4. Loose shingles or roof tiles
These problems are usually caused by strong winds, which can loosen your shingles or even complete roof tiles, especially on older roofs.
Obviously, this can be extremely hazardous, as it poses a serious threat to anyone walking underneath. This is why it’s absolutely vital to have your roof inspected regularly.
5. Water pooling on a flat roof
Flat roofs, if they haven’t been constructed to the very highest standards, can sometimes prevent rain water from draining properly. This means that after a lot of heavy rain, pools of standing water can collect on the roof. This can cause a number of serious problems including leaks and sagging.
The problem can sometimes be solved by fitting additional drains. In other cases, the roof may have to be re-pitched. Either way, it is a job for a professional.