With the weather taking a turn for the worse this season, it is definitely a good time to start thinking about any risks it can have to your home. There are many different situations that can put you in danger of having a damaged roof. To ensure that your roofing products are long-lasting and perform well, you should keep an eye on any potential threats that can cause instability and leaks, whilst drastically shortening the life span of your roofing.
At B&M Henderson, as top roofing company in Lancashire, we have tips to ensure that your roofing materials stay in tip-top condition and are provided with complete protection over the winter months:
Wind: In the UK, strong winds have caused havoc for properties. High winds can also lift the edges of roofing materials, allowing access to water and other debris. As soon as the wind has calmed down and it is safe to do so, your roofing material should be assessed for any damage and repaired.
Rain & other moisture – Roof slates have proven to be extremely durable materials that are not susceptible to rot, however, if water gets underneath, it can pose a massive threat to the structure. Dampness caused by rain and other moisture can cause issues within your home, with potential damp and mouldy walls, but also a negative impact on your insulation and electrics.
Snow and icy conditions – An often overlooked danger is in the refreezing of melting snow – gutters and drains may fill with water and quickly refreeze, potentially causing irreparable damage as water builds up.
Condensation – If your attic is particularly warm or humid, it can cause condensation that can lead to decaying wood rafters, window frames and potentially cause significant structural damage. You can avoid this by creating more ventilation in your loft and trying to match it up closely to the outside temperature.
Flashing leaks: Often leaky roofs are really caused by a lack of solid, tight flashings around vents, framing, windows, chimneys and roof junctions. As top roofing company in Lancashire, we recommend that these are checked a twice a year as part of roof inspections and gutter cleaning.
If you would like any more information on roofing materials or interested in investing in top quality roof slates for your home in time for the New Year, please do not hesitate to contact us.