Fascias and Soffits Tameside
How To Storm-Proof Your Roof
The UK has been hit by quite a few storms in the last few months and the one thing you can bet on is the unpredictability of the great British weather. As a homeowner, there’s nothing worse than having to deal with roof repairs. It can be very costly to complete the work and the stress and worry of having a leak can really take its toll – so it makes sense to storm-proof your fascias, soffits and other parts of the roof so you know it’ll withstand even the strongest of winds.
While we’re not prone to hurricanes and tornados in this part of the world, it’s still a good idea to take a few tips away from places that are susceptible to such bad weather. For example, you could make use of hold-downs, tie-downs, lateral anchors and embedded connectors to make your roof a lot stronger. Roofs can be fragile and in high winds, tiles can come flying off – leaving great big holes. Strengthening this part of the house will help protect the overall structure of the building.
Keeping an eye on the weather reports is always a good idea, especially if you know your roof needs a bit of work. Before bad weather hits, head up to the attic to have a look at the underside of your roof. Basically, if you can see daylight through your roof, then water can and will get in. Call out a roofer while the weather is dry to come and have a look.
Look out for water spots on your walls and ceiling, as these can be an indication of a roof leak. Find the source and make sure you have it fixed as soon as possible to stop it from getting worse.
It’s also advisable to check your flashing where the roof meets a wall and where the sloped part of your roof comes into contact with a wall. Loose flashing will need to be resealed, but if it’s corroded then it will need to be replaced. Finally, make sure that your gutters and downspouts are clear of any debris so that if heavy rain does come down, the water has somewhere to go. Trim back any big trees that come near your house so you can help prevent the amount of leaves and twigs that fall into your gutters.