Storms are a common occurrence in Scotland, particularly in the winter months. The most recent storms, Isha and Jocelyn, have caused havoc across the whole of the UK damaging buildings, trees and powerlines. Powerful winds and heavy rains can be particularly damaging to roofs. That’s why quickly identifying any storm damage to your roof and calling a roofing company is crucial to ensure your home is made watertight as soon as possible. This will prevent any costly internal damage. Here are the most typical signs that your roof needs immediate attention.
1. Missing or cracked tiles
One of the most visible signs of storm damage is missing or damaged roof tiles. High winds can lift or tear tiles off the roof, leaving the underlying structure vulnerable to water penetration. After stormy weather, it is a good idea to walk around the outside of your property checking for obvious missing or cracked tiles. If this is not possible, or the building is too high, look for tiles or bits of tiles on the ground. This is a sign that something isn’t right on your roof, even if you can’t see anything from below.
2. Leaks and water stains
The easiest to spot sign of a damaged roof is water stains on internal ceilings or walls. After a storm, go around each room checking carefully for any signs of water damage, as leaks may not always be immediately apparent.
3. Bent or dislodged flashing
Flashing around chimneys, vents, and skylights is crucial for preventing water penetration. High winds can bend or dislodge flashing, creating an opening for water to seep into the roof structure. You can check from below or look from upstairs windows to check that these look ok.
4. Loose or clogged gutters and downpipes
The volume of water that accompanies storms can often overwhelm gutters and downpipes, causing them to become clogged with debris or even become detached. If water can’t drain away quickly it can lead to water pooling on the roof and leaking into your home as well as causing costly structural damage over time.
5. Damaged flat roof
Flat roofs are especially susceptible to storm damage, due to their limited drainage capacity and increased accumulation of debris. Firstly, check that there are no loose areas around the edging of the flat roof caused by the strong winds getting underneath the structure. Then check for excess water pooling on the roof which may suggest drainage problems. Finally, do a thorough inspection for gaps or cracks in the membrane, particularly along seams as these will need to be dealt with immediately to stop water penetration.
In Scotland, storms are a very natural part of our weather. Being proactive in identifying and addressing storm damage to your roof quickly is essential for maintaining the integrity of your home. In addition, to make sure your roof is in good shape, we would also recommend that a roofing professional inspects your roof annually. With regular inspections, timely repairs, and collaboration with a trusted roofing company your roof should remain in great shape for many years to come, whatever the weather throws at it.