How to avoid winter roofing issues05 October 2015


As the weather becomes cooler and the nights draw in, there’s no denying that the winter months are fast approaching. With this in mind, it’s important to prepare your property for the decrease in temperature and cold weather so it can withstand the elements and remain in top working order. The top tips featured in this article will discuss the types of issues which can arise from the decrease in temperature and cold weather, offering advice on how to solve these issues before they escalate into bigger, more costly problems.

What are the most common roofing problems during the winter?

Much like any aspect of your property, your roof can suffer from problems at any point throughout the year. However, if they are not identified and fixed straightaway, the harsh weather conditions during the winter can cause them to quickly worsen. A few of the main issues include:

 

  1. Leaks and damp

The severe winter weather conditions can contribute towards the development of leaks and damp on your roof. Rain, snow, sleet and frost can cause moisture to accumulate on your roof, ranging from mild damp to major leaks and standing water. Not only can this cause major damage to the roofing materials, it can also create a breeding ground for mould, rot and mildew within the structure.

When inspecting your roof for any traces of damp, leaks or moisture, pay close attention to any missing tiles as damp can easily permeate the roofing materials beneath.  

 

  1. Cracks and blistering

Shrinkage of the roof membrane on pitched roofs can create cracks in the upper layers of the roofing. These cracks can quickly become deeper and wider, causing the under layers of the roofing to become damaged by the outside elements.

Those with tiled roofing must be vigilant with such problems as any cracks or blistering can cause the tiles to split and erode, rendering them useless.

 

  1. Fallen tree branches

If there are any trees situated near your home, you must make sure there are no overhanging branches which could wipe off your roof tiles during a stint of bad weather. Fallen tree branches caused by strong winds and heavy rain can seriously damage your roof, forcing you to shell out a hefty price for expensive repairs or an entire roof replacement.  

 

Which roofing material is most suitable for the cold weather?

The durability of metal roofing means it can help prevent water damage and withstand the extreme winter weather for many years to come. Not only that, investing in a metal roof means you will be saving money in regular maintenance compared with alternative roofing materials which will most likely require a number of repairs over their lifetime.

 

How can my property benefit from roofing insulation?

Over a quarter of the heat produced in your property escapes through the roof, showing how important it is to have adequate roofing insulation fitted to help retain the heat. The versatility of insulation means it can either be fitted to your existing roof or you can have an entirely new roof installed with the insulation built in, helping to keep your building warm during the upcoming winter months.

 

As one of the leading roofing contractors, here at Morgan Asphalte we have a wealth of experience in the repair, maintenance and installation of lead roofing throughout the London area. Furthermore, we also offer a professional and efficient roofing insulation service to help improve heat retention levels in your property. For further information or to arrange a free, no obligation quote, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our friendly team today.

 


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