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How the Weather Can Affect Your Roof

October 12, 2017

With the weather turning colder and winter approaching, it is the perfect time to think about how you will protect your home. Your roof acts as the first line of defence when it comes to protecting your home against various weather elements. However, we are all aware of the risk that weather poses to your roof, but some may not know exactly how it is affecting the structure of the roof.

 

 

The weather in the United Kingdom isn’t always blessed with beautiful sunshine, and as winter is approaching, it is essential that you realise what kind of impact it can have on your home’s roof. Below, you will find a guide which will help you understand how the different elements affect the structure of your roof and cause damage.

 

Wind

 

Strong winds can wreak havoc and is one of the most common causes of a damaged roof in residential and commercial structures. When the wind becomes stronger, roof tiles and shingles become loose and can fall off of your roof, which can leave your home with leaks and other dangers. High winds don’t only damage your roof, but can also damage the wooden frame within your home.

 

After the winds have passed, it is advisable that you check the condition of your roof, or hire a professional. If there is any visible damage, it is advisable that you seek the help of an experienced roofing company to do a thorough inspection and get the damage repaired as soon as possible.

 

Rain

 

One of the main purposes of a roof is to protect your home from the rain, but this doesn’t mean that your roof cannot sustain any water damage. While roofs are rarely damaged by rain alone, if there are already missing tiles on your roof or cracked shingles, this could cause water to leak into your home. If your roof is not in a good condition, heavy rain will cause further damage.

 

It is important that you regularly check your roof for any potential damage, regardless of whether there has been heavy rain recently or not.

 

Heat

 

The United Kingdom isn’t exactly known for its scorching temperatures, but that doesn’t mean that your roof can’t become damaged by the sun’s rays. Due to the prolonged exposure of the sun’s heat, your roof can actually age faster. The damage can occur in both the inside and on the outside of your roof, which can cause your tiles or shingles to curl up, tear or crack.

 

This isn’t likely to happen unless we are ever blessed with a heatwave over the summer months. However, if you do notice any changes within your roof structure, such as tile or shingle position or a rise in indoor temperatures, you should speak with a professional.

 

Storms and weather cause damage on your roof, but the damage may not be immediate in average conditions because it will happen gradually, particularly if roofing inspections are not done regularly.. It’s always important to have your roof checked by a roofing professional after a storm or any extreme weather. If water enters your home, it may cause serious structural damage that will be expensive to repair.

 

Here at D & C Roofing, we have an experienced team of roofers, Tiverton, who will be able to assist you with any issues you may have regarding weather damage and more.

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