Though our winter weather isn’t quite as drastic here in the UK as it is in some other countries, we still get our fair share of harsh weather throughout the colder months. This can be quite problematic when it comes to your roof, as the poor weather can actually cause some significant damage. Not only is this very costly to repair, but it can also lead to further damage within your household if it is not seen to straight away.
As winter is only a few months away now, we thought it was important to share some tips on how to ensure that your roof is ready for winter. We would always advise getting things checked and having anything fixed, no matter how small, before we are faced with the harsh winter weather and your roof is therefore more at risk, but also, professional roofers such as ourselves tend to be a lot busier.
Get a roof inspection
The best way to ensure that your roof is in good condition and prepared for winter, is to have a professional roof inspection. This will draw attention and flag up anything unusual or concerning so that you can have it repaired and sorted out in time for winter and before it gets any worse. Being prepared is the best way to make sure that you are equipped to deal with the winter weather and that it is unlikely you are going to encounter any problems with your roof.
Furthermore, we would advise having a professional roof inspection around once a year just to be safe and to get on top of any problems before they escalate into something bigger. However, the perfect time to do this is ahead of winter.
Invest in quality
Investing in high quality roofing materials provides you with a lot of security in your home and ensures that your roof is strong, reliable, and able to cope with the force of the harsh winter weather. Materials such as UPVC and lead are highly durable, environmentally friendly, and great value for money. Not only are they very practical and help to keep your roof in top condition, but these materials also have a really good lifespan, meaning your roof is strong and secure for many years to come.
Have any small problems fixed
Though you may think something isn’t a big problem and doesn’t require immediate attention, you should always have any faults fixed before they turn into something bigger and more serious. This especially applies during winter, as when we are faced with heavy rainfall and freezing temperatures, this can lead to bigger problems with your roof and have a bigger impact than usual.
Don’t neglect your gutters
The role that gutters play becomes a lot more significant and important during the winter. The main purpose of gutters is to drain the rainwater and direct it away from your house. However, when gutters are broken or aren’t functioning properly, this can lead to poor consequences. For example, if your gutters become blocked, this will cause the water to overflow, and this can also happen if your gutters become frozen. Furthermore, if they are broken, or have cracks or damage, this will impact the way the rainwater is controlled, and as a result you could potentially face leaks and damage to your roof.
For more information and advice or if you would like to speak to us about ensuring that your roof is ready for winter, simply get in touch with us via our contact page and we will be more than happy to help.