Guide to fixing roof damage during storms

Harsh winter weathering will be bracing itself on many countries soon. The cold winter season brings blustery winds, low temperatures and rainfall which means the possibility of your roof suffering damage increases.
During stormy conditions, tiles can become cracked and loose, and slates can fall off. It is extremely important that you fix them immediately because leaving it will only result in a hefty repair bill in the future.
A damaged roof can cause a leak which over time brings about dampness. What might be a simple repair job could deteriorate into a full replacement. But it’s not only the property that needs protecting; passers-by also need safeguarding from loose tiles. All it takes is a gush of wind and the cracked slate could tumble off the roof onto an unsuspecting member of the public.
So it is imperative that you fix the damage as soon as possible. Here is an expert guide:

• Emergency repairs
Falling tiles can be extremely hazardous so seek emergency repair services fast. Relands Roofs (Bristol) offers a feature online where you can search for reputable tradespeople in your local area that can be at your house swiftly.

• Scan the roof to assess the damage
Stand on the other side of the street and scan the roof for any damage. The sooner you can spot a problem the quicker it can be resolved. Do not climb on top of the roof yourself to assess the damage as this is dangerous. What is your roof’s material? Metal roofs tend to be quite resilient in storms in contrast to asphalt which can be easily dislodged.

• Broken tiles
What might start out as a small leak can quickly become a flood so if you do inspect the roof and find cracked or missing slates, call someone out immediately to patch up the hole. To prevent any water damage, cover all the electrical appliances in the home with plastic sheets. You may need a dehumidifier to reduce the dampness caused by the leaking roof.

• Insurance
Before you fork out any costs, check with your insurance company to see if you are covered. If there has been an accident during the storm and a tree has fallen onto the roof, then you will probably be covered but normal household insurance doesn’t cover you if a leak is the result of a badly maintained roof. If it is a result of age, it’s unlikely it will be covered but examine the policy for more details.

• Tree fallen
If a tree has fallen onto your roof during the storm, make sure you take pictures of the interior and exterior damage before moving anything. They will be needed as part of the claims process with the insurance company. Pack the necessities and leave the property for your own safety; the tree could move if another storm was to occur and therefore people inside would be at risk.

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