How Rain Water Affects Your Roof

Good old England is not known for it’s exotic weather. Quite the opposite actually. Greyness. That’s okay though. It stops us burning on top of a roof all day. So it’s not all bad. Last Summer saw scorching temperatures and records for our country. Let’s hope for the same this year. It’s not always sunshine and rainbows though (literally), other businesses like farmers suffered due to the lack of rainwater. There are actually people designated to monitor how much rainwater is coming each year to make sure we have enough reserves in place.

As you probably know, water damage is one of the biggest destroyers of roofs out there. With recent storms, we are sure this is fresh in customers’ minds. We were getting so many calls that we couldn’t quote for all the work that was coming in. Following our recent storm, we’re on the road to Summer and hopefully make it there without a another large downfall. However, with the hot weather that will come usually has flash floods and sudden rain that follows.

For anyone that HAS experienced damage to their roof, when looking for roofer in Cambridge, you can be sure that we will sort our your problem quickly and efficiently. A heavy downpour on your roof combined with these temperature changes can be terrible for your roof. That is why we have written this article, so that you know the kind of problems you should look out for.

Firstly, how does rain-water damage happen? 

Well, different roofing materials and roofing technology differs on how water can impact it. Some are more susceptible, some are less susceptible. Let’s take clay tiles, for example. They are good at absorbing water which can be good. However, when the temperature suddenly changes, they are filled with water and crack. Slate and concrete, however, are not porous nor do they become so over time. This is just a myth that is spread around for some reason.

The big problem with slate and concrete tiles is the gaps in between where water can seep through. Wind contributes as the wind blows the raindrops so they are not falling straight onto the roof but being blown in-between the gaps to cause issues.

The bright side is: a good (especially new) roof will drain water quickly so you don’t have loads of water sat there. Believe it or not, leaks occur more frequently in the summer when the stagnant water gets evaporated. The combination of sudden rains and then hot sun is a big problem and we might see it this year again if the temperature predictions are accurate. Following our recent storms, some customers across Cambridge city centre have been getting in touch about leaks. Hopefully it doesn’t happen to you, nor should it happen on multiple parts of your roof. Don’t get caught slipping as the weather changes!

The other thing to think about is your flat roof. Flat roofs don’t drain quite as well due to their shape. But you should get a good draining system going. A flat roof not draining well is going to collapse, especially under heavy rainfall.

What should you do if you have a roof leak?

If you notice water getting into your home, make sure to stop the leak. Move anything away that needs to stay dry, like electronics etc.

You can also cover any furniture that you don’t want getting wet. A nifty little trick is to put a long piece of material where the leak is coming from, which will help to absorb and direct the water to an exact spot. Now to get to the leak. If you know what you’re doing and have some DIY roofing solutions… Go for it. Or you might want to call experienced and skilled roofers based in Cambridgeshire to help you with your problem! We can get to you quickly and start getting the leak resolved immediately. Especially if you are looking at an emergency roofing striation whereby things could get a lot worse very quickly. This usually doesn’t give you time to do things like check reviews of roofing companies, but rest assured, we are well placed to help you out! We will be able to find out exactly where the leak in your roof is to give it the attention it needs.

Making sure to protect your roof

We won’t sit here and prescribe that you should check your roof every single day. You have your other tradesman saying you should check whatever service they do. If you added it all up, you wouldn’t have a life! Just be walking around your house checking everything all day!

Anyway a bit of maintenance goes a long way, whenever you have the time. Obviously, staying on top of problems will mean less roof repair in the future and mean savings for then. The volatile weather in England does not help us and it means maintenance never goes a miss. Do the usual. Check your gutters and clear those out at least every couple of months. Get rid of twigs, leaves and dirt. You can always get a good sealant for small repairs on things like leaking gutters and little cracks in tiles. A sealant is also good just as a preventative, they waterproof the area and stop mould. It’s also relatively easy to get onto your roof, flat roof or guttering and it’s also pretty cheap. Not a bad little tool to harness on one of your house’s most important barriers!

That’s it for today. Make sure you are looking after your roof, doing a bit of maintenance (eight times a day!) and see if you can stop any damage from happening before it even get a go at it. As you’ll see, we post our social media links below so you can check us out on any of those and as always, stay tuned for the next roofing article!

Thanks and we hope everyone is staying safe during this pesky Corona virus that is going round. One thing we have going for us is that we aren’t in a confined space. Being up on a roof means being up with the fresh air so we feel for those who are working on offices and such. COVID-19… Be gone and done already!