Luckily, in the United Kingdom, it’s very rare that we experience severe weather conditions such as hurricanes, tornadoes or blizzards. However, the weather that we do experience throughout the entirety of the year has many different effects on your roof and this is why it’s so important to keep on the maintenance of your roof to reduce the need of you having to replace your roof altogether on your property.
S&J Roofing has put together a comprehensive guide to help you know how different weather conditions can affect your roof and how to identify if it needs replacing. If you would like more information on our roofing services in Bath please get in touch with a member of the team today on 01225 951 223.
How Cold Weather Affects a Roof
Since we are in November we thought we should start off with the colder weather. As we are all aware the colder months bring shorter days, less sunlight, bitter temperatures, rain and on occasion snow.
Gone With The Wind…(Literally)
High winds can loosen, move, sometimes lift up loose tiles which will cause a chain of damage across your roof and could also cause severe harm to anyone who is underneath the property at the time.
The best way to prevent this is to check a few times a year if your roof has loose or missing tiles and have these repaired or replaced where needed. It is usually best to do this in the Summer months, so you are fully prepared for Autumn and Winter.
Rain, Rain Go Away
In the United Kingdom, rain is the most common weather experienced and this is even more apparent over the winter months. If the rain is constantly hammering down on your roof it can begin to take its toll after a few weeks or months of constant rain.
It is very important to make sure that all of your guttering is clear of leaves and debris to prevent blockages or overflowing. As part of your maintenance, you should also check that your downpipes are centred over drains with no chance of leaks or spills that could potentially create icy walkways.
The team at S&J Roofing team cannot stress enough how important it is that your roof has effective drainage if you do it reduces the weight of water that would otherwise collect on the surface of the roof.
If you don’t check the drainage of your roof the moisture will usually build up between the tiles which as a result can cause mould and moss growth. Keeping on top of your roof maintenance will help you to prevent leaks, moisture ingress, damp, rot and mould in your attic.
Let it, Snow
With the wetter weather and temperatures dropping, the snow is usually never far behind. Snow doesn’t drain off a roof very easily and can be very weighty on unmaintained or old roofs. Although many homeowners allow snow to melt naturally, those who want to clear snow from their roofs should ensure that they do it properly, in order to not cause further damage.
For example, using a shovel to do this can cause damage to tiles, knock them loose or even remove them completely. Some other homeowners use rock salt which can react negatively with materials on your roof which could require even more expensive repairs in the future.
If you are concerned about the weight of snow building up on your roof, give us a call today and we can give you advice on the best method of removal.
How Hot Weather Can Affect A Roof
You may be thinking, the sun can’t do that much damage to my roof right? And yes in comparison to the winter months it’s not as bad but there are still things you need to look out for.
Roofs are unshaded and there is usually no level of protection between the roof and UV rays from the sun. Overexposure to UV can start to dry out your roof, cause shrinkages, as well as wood structures, can weaken and even crack. Tiles with long UV exposure can also buckle or slit cousin them to become loose and potentially fall off.
During the Summer months, the heat can encourage moss and mould growth on roofs which will spread rapidly over your roof and could even find its way into your attic. It is imperative that you treat your roof regularly to remove any growth to reduce the likelihood of spread.
If you are working from a height, please only do so if you feel confident and know how to utilise the correct safety equipment. Falls from a roof can cause life-changing injuries or even death. With that in mind, call a professional when you do not feel confident in carrying out checks or maintenance yourself.
Roof Repairs & Replacements In Bath
S&J Roofing are your local roofing specialists covering Bath & the surrounding areas. The team provides high-quality standards of work at competitive prices. With over 30 years experience our team of experts will be able to identify and fix any problems that you have with your roof as quickly and efficiently as possible. We take pride in delivering a first-class service on time and to a budget. If you would like more information on our roofing in Bath please get in touch with a member of the team today on 01225 951 223 today.