Any kind of extreme weather can cause damage to your roof and to your property. Harsh winds are no exception. Even if there is no snow, hail, or torrential rain, high winds can still cause trouble with your roof.
The UK has some very windy times of year. This wind damage can build up and cause your roof to deteriorate. When your roof is subjected to harsh winds, here are 3 ways that it can make you need to call a Durham roofing specialist.
Potentially the most obvious way that harsh winds can damage your roof is through debris. Your roof could withstand the wind itself and be in fantastic condition, but even this won’t stand up to a fallen tree!
Even if a tree does not fall on your roof, moving tree branches can still create weak spots when they are blown into your roof. The constant scratching will gauge holes into your tiles, making them less likely to stand up to heavy rain and snow.
To make matters worse, if your tree is too close to your home, you might not be covered on your home insurance. To avoid debris damage to your roof from your trees, make sure to cut down any that are too close.
Most people assume that strong winds can immediately blow the shingles off your house, but that isn’t always the case- a lot of the time, it is a process that occurs over a long period of time. Over time, constant wind damage can cause shingles on your roof to become loose.
This means that harsh winds can make it more likely for is more for one of your tiles to fall off, which will make your roof less watertight. Once your roof is anything less than 100% watertight, you are opening your home up to the possibility of water damage.
Flashing or Gutter damage
Water can be a roof’s worst nightmare, stagnant water can damage your roof over time, which is why we always install flashing and guttering to ensure functional drainage. However, harsh winds can cause a lot of damage to your roof fixtures.
High winds can cause your flashing or guttering to be blown out of place or loosen the gutters and downpipes. This will not only increase the chances of water damage, due to the damaged drainage system, but it can also cause damage to the bricks and roof where the fittings were attached.
What to do if your roof has wind damage
If you see any signs of roof damage, it is important to get in touch with a professional as soon as you can. Roof damage may look small to begin with, but untreated could lead to severe problems with your walls, ceiling, electrics, and even your foundations.
A Durham roofing specialist can take a look at your roof to assess the damage that has been done, and explain the necessary remedies, so that you can get your roof fixed before your leak turns into something worse. Remember- it is better to be safe than sorry.
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