Checking Your Roof For Winter Damage

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After a wet and windy night, checking your roof for damage is probably a good idea. Water can often find ways to get into your house over the winter and discovering any leaks or other issues sooner, will help you to avoid any further damage and expenditure. Plus, as the sun will be coming out for spring (one day) this is also a good time to check for damp before it evaporates, and you don’t realise there is a problem until autumn.

Check For Roof Problems Indoors

The first and obvious place to start looking for any potential roof damage should be indoors. Often when the roof is damaged, you will notice it fairly quickly as you may get damp patches on your walls or ceilings, especially after heavy rain. Some more subtle signs of water damage and leaks are discolouration’s to your walls or, when you feel them, they are slightly damp to touch. These signs often precede the appearance of mould or actual puddles on the floor.

Additionally, you should go up into your loft to check for any signs of damp or damage. Don’t worry if your loft is much colder than the rest of your house – this is not usually a sign of damage, just a signal that your insulation is working very well. Look for cracks of light showing through, obvious signs of water entry or other signs of potential problems – you will know it when you see it!

Surveying Your Roof From Outside

Safety is paramount when checking your roof so before you start anything, make sure that you know exactly what you are doing and have all the right safety equipment needed. Start by looking at your roof from ground level. You should be able to see if there are any missing tiles or suspect areas quite easily from down here.

Using a strong, stable ladder, climb up to the roof to have a look at the tiles. Wear a pair of gloves to give you more grip. If possible, always work with a partner who can hold the ladder steady at the bottom. If you can avoid it, try not to step onto the roof itself; just look from your ladder.

Have a look at your tiles to see whether any have formed cracks or have shifted in position, or worse still are missing completely!

While you are up there on the roof or ladder, take a little time to look in your gutters as well. Over the winter months plenty of muck and fallen leaves will accumulate here and may cause an overflow that could be the source of a damp problem inside. These areas may also be affected by snow and ice, which could cause the plastic to buckle or loosen the connection to the roof.

Hire A Roofing Expert

A better alternative to all of this however is the hire a roofing expert to come check it out for you and to make any repairs required. This is the most efficient and safest way to make sure that your roof has survived the terrible weather intact!

The Best Roofing Contractors

Give yourself a stress-free experience by choosing the best roofing contractors in your local area. By choosing a trustworthy and reliable team you can save yourself time and money as you will not need to look elsewhere. With an unrivalled reputation for quality workmanship and excellent customer satisfaction, you can rely on us to complete your project.

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