Is Your Roof Prepared for the Winter?

With winter upon us, this is a good time to ensure that your roof is in good condition and that you are keeping up maintenance. Your roof is essentially the first line of defence for your house, as it keeps it protected, especially against bad weather. Therefore, it is very important that your roof is well looked after and monitored so as to ensure that there is no damage and your home is not at any sort of risk of weather damage.

During winter, we tend to encounter more roofing problems than any other time of the year, and this is primarily down to poor weather conditions. Whether it is heavy snowfall or strong winds, bad weather can have a real knock on effect to your roof.


You need high quality roofing materials

As with anything, high quality materials can make a real difference in roofing. Generally when something is made with higher quality, it is able to withstand more and won’t become damaged as easily. With roofing, it also means that your roof will have a better lifespan and encounter less problems, so although it may be a more costly investment upfront, it definitely has worthwhile, cost effective benefits in the long run. Furthermore, there are materials such as EPDM rubber roofing now, which is built to be incredibly durable and flexible as well as weather resistant, which is perfect for the winter months!


Contact a professional as soon as you notice anything unusual

We always advise that you seek professional help as soon as you notice anything wrong or unusual. Stopping a problem in its tracks prevents it from becoming much bigger and more serious. This will also keep the cost lower, and it will lead to less severe damage on the rest of your house.


Have regular roofing inspections

Roofing inspections play a big role in keeping problems to a minimum. Again, this can often stop a problem in its tracks or before it develops into anything significant. You can get a roofer to conduct a professional roofing inspection perhaps once a year to keep on top of maintenance, however you can also be mindful of keeping a check on the condition of your roof visually, so that you can flag up anything unusual as soon as you notice it. 


Common problems in winter

During winter, there are several common problems caused by bad weather that we experience. One of the biggest problems is leaks. Although roof leaks can happen due to a number of reasons and at any time, they are more common during the colder months, particularly when we experience lots of rain and heavy downpours. When it comes to leaks, it is important to call a professional and get it fixed immediately, as they are very damaging to the interior of your home. 

Another problem we experience a lot during the winter, is dampness. This tends to happen if your roof isn’t very well insulated, as with the cold weather this can cause condensation, which as a result leads to dampness and mildew. If you notice this happening inside your home, we advise that you speak to a professional and get it fixed. It may even be recommended that you replace your roofing with stronger and more modern materials in order to stop this from happening. 

Something else that is caused by poor weather conditions, is broken parts on the exterior of your roof. This could be broken shingles for example, caused by strong winds. Not only does this have a negative impact on the appearance of your home exterior, but it can also lead to further problems inside your home. 

If you would like to know more or want to speak to us about conducting a roof inspection or replacing parts of your roof, simply get in touch with us via our contact page and we will be more than happy to help.