Heavy Rainfall Results in Significant Boost in Enquiries

A SHEFFIELD-based roofing company has seen enquiries more than double in October 2019 compared to the previous year, following heavy rain.

Martin-Brooks has had 15 requests in the last four weeks, largely attributed to the heavy rainfall, as well as the usual requests for work to be carried out from people wanting to prepare their homes for winter.

Demand was building during the previous two months, with 103 new jobs received by Martin-Brooks in September.

Estimator, Andrew Wheadon, said, “We have seen domestic enquiries far exceed expected levels, as the region continues to be battered by heavy rain. Water ingress is an obvious indicator that a roof is failing and can cause major damage to the rooms below, so it is vital to take action at the first signs of damp. Thanks to the size of our team, we can address urgent repairs quickly, limiting potential disruption.”

Some of the most common issues reported currently include slipped slates and tiles, blocked gutters, leaks around chimneys and loose ridge tiles.

Customers warned over maintenance

Wheadon continued, “Many of the small, but necessary repairs required on domestic properties are relatively inexpensive to fix and can be completed in a matter of hours. We would urge homeowners to keep a close eye on their roof during this prolonged wet weather.

Andrew Wheadon, estimator at Martin-Brooks

“Nail fixings and mortar deteriorates over time, giving water an opportunity to work under the roof covering. The sooner it is caught, the less chance there is that a major problem will occur.”

Martin-Brooks handles domestic projects of all sizes, from small repairs to complete reroofs.

It was one of the first South Yorkshire roofing companies to join the Competent Roofer scheme and can self-certify work that would normally require Building Regulations approval

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