Winter has started and after a relatively dry summer and Autumn punishing winds and debris have been taking their toll on roofs across the UK. We would recommend property owners and site teams should be building in post-storm checks to their maintenance routines before the challenges of winter set in.
Here are a few tips that the team at PPM recommend to ensure that you are aware of the state of the properties in your portfolioL
Inside: Begin in the attic, if it’s accessible, during the daytime.
- The first and surest sign of a problem would be sunlight showing through the underfelt or under deck which may indicate serious holes in need of repair.
- If there are no obvious holes, use a flashlight to inspect the decking for dark stains or streaks, as well as sagging, all of which could be caused by moisture.
Outside: You may be able to see most, if not all, of your roof from ground level. Walk around your property or access safe external areas to examine the roof for these signs of damage:
- Missing and cracked slates should be replaced as quickly as possible.
- Gaps or tears in the membrane of a flat roof can allow water directly into the building and should be repaired as soon as possible
- Bent or detached flashing. Flashing helps keep water from chimneys, vents, and other roof penetrations and should be thoroughly sealed to prevent water intrusion.
- Debris. A branch on the roof may not seem like a big deal, but over time, it can rub the coverings from your slates, disturb the lay of the roof cover or may even be covering a crack or tear that it caused as it landed
- Missing or moved ridges and hips can cause a major H&S risk as well as let moisture directly into the building. Also check the state of the mortar, does it look sound or is it crumbling with areas missing
- Damaged Gutters can lead to leaks and ice around your building. Is your guttering all straight and when you look up can you see daylight through the gutter run? Damaged gutters can leas to water ingress and degredation of the underfelt for example
- Full gutters stop water flow away from the roof and allow water ingress together with sediment build up that can block drains and lead to internal bursts
We offer a full exterior survey with all of the works we carry out, so if you have any concerns about the condition of your roof, please give us a call.