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How to Protect Your Roof Against Bad Weather

08.18.2017

Having to carry out emergency repairs on your roof after damage from storms, rain or severe wind is expensive and stressful. Fortunately, there are many ways that you can avoid having to deal with this, which will keep your roof in great condition year round.

Follow our recommendations below to protect the roof over your head:

 

Insulate

If your roof is not insulated then you have less to protect you from the elements. In addition, this means that the roof space and ceiling will be much colder in winter and therefore more vulnerable to leaks, mould and other damages caused by moisture being held in cold air. Not only will an insulated roof help to keep your house at a comfortable temperature year-round, but it provides an extra layer of protection to your home.

 

Maintain Gutters

Gutters are designed to keep water away from your roof and walls to prevent water damage, but they can only do this job if they’re properly maintained. This means regularly inspecting them for clogs, leaks and damage and carrying out repairs before problems worsen. If you know that heavy rains are due to hit your area, then check your guttering (before the weather hits) to keep your home protected. 

Consider installing gutter guards to prevent debris build up, so you don’t have to worry about autumn leaves or winter rains harming your drainage system.

 

Beware of Rust 

Winter rains can cause rust to develop on older metal items so make sure to check regularly for discolouration and damage. This doesn’t just apply to your main roofing but any fascia, downpipes, guttering, vents and any other roofing accessories. If you do find any rust the remove it straight away to reduce the risk of spreading.

 

Repair and Replace 

If you notice a small problem or minor damage on the exterior of your roof, it may not seem like something that needs urgent attention. However, small issues such as these can often be indicators of a more serious underlying problem, and one which could suddenly present an emergency issue when a storm hits. Rather than risking weather damage to your roof, practice preventative care to keep your property safe no matter what the forecast.

 

Check Interiors

Roof damage can be visible on the interior even when there’s nothing to see from the exterior view. Check interior walls, ceiling and attic space before winter sets in to be sure there’s no leaks, water staining or internal cracks that could be worsened by rain and winds.

For more advice on protecting your property from winter weather or for a free quote on roof repairs or replacement, call Hamilton Roofing now on 1800-766-346 or visit our contact page for more ways to get in touch.

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