Extremes of weather can be destructive and expensive, and anyone who has ever experienced tiles flying off the roof can know how much stress it causes too. Taking some precautions before the event can mean you have the skills and tools to foresee problems and deal with them rapidly.
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Many of us are living in houses where trees were planted decades ago, and what started off as a small conifer in the garden is now a large tree which blocks out the light and dwarves the size of the house. Strong winds can and do blow trees over, and if you have a tree which could potentially come down and damage your roof, it would be wise to have it removed by a tree surgeon before it causes a problem. This will cost a few hundred pounds, but it is still cheaper than replacing a roof as insurance companies may refuse to pay out if you have trees within a certain distance of your home.
We’re all guilty of ignoring minor problems with our home in the hope that they’ll go away by themselves or just because we haven’t the time to deal with them. If you set aside a morning every few months to deal with those small problems, they won’t get the chance to turn into big problems. Replace broken or cracked tiles or slates as soon as you spot them, and make sure you clear out guttering and clear moss off the roof so that when there is heavy rain, the water drains away as efficiently as possible. If you don’t fancy getting out on the roof yourself, hire a local handyman to do the job for you.
If there is a sudden storm and you lose tiles or slates from your roof, the first call you should make is to the insurance company. They will advise you whether to contact a local roofer or will organise to send someone over, but in the aftermath of a storm there will be hundreds of homes needing attention and you may have a considerable wait. It is a good idea to keep some rubber membrane, plastic sheeting and other roofing materials such as Firestone bonding adhesive in the shed or garage so that while you wait for the professionals you can patch up any gaping holes by yourself and minimise further damage to your house. If you have a loft or attic, it is usually better to try to mend holes from the inside rather than struggle on top of a roof with a large sheet of rubber and a pot of bonding adhesive, not to mention much safer too.
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