What Can Happen to a Roof if Storm Damage is Left Untreated?

Grant Findley of Findley Roofing & Building takes a look at the tell-tale signs of roof damage to look out for that are likely after a storm.

FEBRUARY 2020 – or, more to the point, its storms – have been pretty brutal on roofs up and down the UK. According to research mentioned by the Independent, over a third of the country’s 27.2 million domestic properties could have sustained damage from Storm Ciara alone.

This means that Ciara could have ultimately been responsible for over £7.75bn of damage. Furthermore, the longer that roof damage is left, the costlier it can be to repair – for these reasons…

Tiles can become dislodged

Once a particular tile has loosened, it could be relatively straightforward for you to secure it back into place for a customer. Unfortunately, though, in high winds, secured or dislodged tiles might not stay on a roof for long. They could, for example, damage a nearby property, says The Telegraph.

As for the original roof, even if you replace its missing tiles, that roof could start looking like something of a checkerboard, as the new tiles are unlikely to visually match the old ones.

Gaps can open up in the roof

Naturally, this can happen if, as previously acknowledged, some tiles go AWOL. However, a homeowner might not realise that this has happened until they notice sunlight streaming into their attic. That’s when they might give you, their local roofer, a call.

As for whether that roof will need merely fixing or completely replacing, a roof inspection, like a free one from a Findley’s roofer in Washington, North East England, could help to clarify matters.

Tiles can crack

Naturally, strong winds commonly feature with storms, and such winds are often the culprit for cracks in tiles. When inspecting a customer’s roof, you might only come across a few cracked tiles – in which case, you can easily replace them.

However, if more cracks are left to form until they look randomly located around the roof, it could be necessary for that roof to be replaced within just a few years.

The whole roof is sagging

Hopefully, you won’t come across this issue often when checking customers’ roofs. However, if you do pick up on the problem, a structural issue will probably be to blame.

The onus would be on you, or another roofer or roofing firm to which you have contracted out work, to trace the underlying problem, which could be with the attic’s decking or the foundation’s supports. Either problem would be especially time-sensitive, and so could struggle to justify delays.

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