How To Assess Your Roof For Damage Following A Storm

Feb 22, 2022 | Advice

Storms can cause major damage to any property, with such high winds, rain, and snow causing havoc with your roofing system. A roof’s primary aim is to protect property and its belongings. Following a storm, there could be some hidden damage. This can develop over the following weeks or even months later. Following Storm Eunice and Dudley, and now as Storm Franklin hits across the UK, you need to review your roof for any storm damage.  Here at Cardinal Steels, we have put together our top tips to help you spot the initial signs of damage.

Before You Start

Before you begin your roofing, inspection there are a few rules that need to be remembered. When dealing with the aftermath of a storm it can often lead to panic. Before you begin it is best to remember the following:

  • Don’t panic
  • Wait for the storm to blow over, don’t risk your own health and safety.
  • Be vigilant and careful

Check The Aspects Of Your Roofing System

While your roof tile may appear in a good condition, other parts could have suffered from the hidden damage. With this in mind, it is vital that a thorough inspection is completed. Some areas to check are to keep an eye out for cracks, tears, and loose areas such as guttering and facias.  Debris within guttering is a clear sign that your roof has experienced some damage. Furthermore, watch for nails that may have popped or bent. Not only can nails cause a trip hazard but also if they are on your drive perhaps, they can cause damage to your vehicle.

Leaks Or Water Damage

When looking at your roof following storm damage it is often easy to forget to check the inside of your building. Leaks, water damage, and watermarks often in your loft or attic can all indicate a need for repair or replacement.

Here are the most important places to check for signs of flooding, leakage, and general storm damage:

  • Guttering – often water can build up due to debris existing in your system. It is then not redirected properly and can pool. This then can lead to mould and damage to the structure.
  • Ceilings – check for water spots and yellow, copper, or brown discoloration.
  • Walls – look for signs of cracking, peeling, or bubbling in the paint or wallpaper.
  • Check your attic and basement for mould or wood rot and leaks. Often this is found due to its musty smell, which can occur as soon as 24-48 hours after a storm.
  • Flooring – check for any gaps in floorboards or sagging wood that feels soft to the touch, or expansion in wood and laminate floors.
  • Roof in general – check for any cracks, curled areas, or missing tiles.
  • Windows – lookout for any moisture build-up between glass panes.

Missing Roof Tiles

Strong winds and thunderstorms can take tiles straight off your roof. This then exposes the material underneath. If you are able to see daylight through a missing tile, there is a gap for water to enter and cause further damage and rotting.

Fallen Trees

Fallen trees can cause considerable damage to roads, roofs, and surrounding areas. When they fall onto roofs it can make a roof extremely unstable and therefore make people inside a building vulnerable. The first step, in this case, is to ensure the building is evacuated and to contact professional roofing immediately.

Dents In Roof Tiles

Hail can often leave marks and dents on your roof tiles that can cause them to lose functionality and become weakened. This can then leave them susceptible to rain and sun damage.

Cardinal Steels Box Profile Steel Roofing

If you have noticed any of the about signs, contact a professional roofer today. It is crucial to fix any damage as soon as possible to prevent any further problems from occurring. Here at Cardinal Steels, we manufacture and supply steel roofing sheets and roof cladding, across the UK.

High-quality corrugated steel sheets for various sectors including, commercial, residential, agricultural, and industrial. Our box profile roofing sheets are all available from 0.5 mm. Simple to install and are easily maintained with minimum work. Available in four different coatings including galvanised, polyester, Plastisol HP200 Leathergrain, and Plastisol HPS Ultra.

Offering a 30-year guarantee, we have roofing Sheets available from 1m up to 12m in length or make bespoke to the job. Contact our friendly team today to answer all your questions and help you, help your customer and their individual needs.