November 4, 2020

How to Prepare your Roof for Storm Season

Spring in Brisbane means temperatures are on the rise and storms are on the way. But don’t panic! There are some simple steps you can take to prepare your roof and gutters for storm season.

Types of Roof and Gutter Damage Caused by Storms

As most Brisbane residents are well aware, summer storms can cause significant chaos, with rain, hail and winds damaging homes, cars, and even bringing down power lines. Unfortunately, your roof and gutters are no exception.

1. Wind Damage

Wind can cause damage to your roof and gutters in a number of ways:

  • Blowing metal roof sheets or tiles off your roof and gutters – or even your entire roof in really severe weather
  • Blowing loose items such as tree branches onto your roof and causing damage
  • Ripping other hardware such as whirlybirds and aerials off your roof.

2. Water Damage

Heavy rain has a way of finding any damaged sections of your roof and gutters, and either entering your home causing internal water damage, or overflowing gutters and down pipes.

3. Hail Damage

Large hailstones can cause your roof and gutters to crack, and older or worn roofs are especially vulnerable to hail. Hail can also damage structures like skylights and whirlybirds.

How to Prepare Your Roof for Storm Season

As the old saying goes, prevention is better than the cure, and roofing is no exception. There are a number of simple steps you can take to prepare your roof and gutters for storm season.

Step 1: Clean Your Roof and Gutters

As mentioned above, blocked drains and damaged gutters and roof can cause significant water damage to your home. If your gutters and down pipes are clogged, water backs up and sits on your roof, increasing the likelihood of water leaking into your ceiling, walls, and other internal structures.

Thoroughly cleaning your roof, gutters and downpipes is essential to preventing water build up and damage. If you aren’t confident cleaning your own gutters and downpipes, a professional Brisbane gutter cleaning company can do this work for you.

Step 2: Trim Back Overhanging Tree Branches

Trimming overhanging tree branches can reduce the risk of damage during a storm.

Walk around your home and identify old, broken and overhanging trees and branches that could potentially blow off and cause damage during a storm.

Taking the time to trim or remove hazardous branches or trees could mean you avoid damage and an expensive repair bill.

Step 3: Book a Roof and Gutter Inspection

If you believe your roof may be vulnerable (or you haven’t had it inspected recently), and you’re not confident identifying issues yourself, organise a roof and gutter inspection by a professional roofing contractor. They can conduct a thorough inspection of your roof and gutters, identify any damage and conduct repairs if necessary.

A professional will examine areas including:

Rusty gutters can cause havoc during heavy rain and storms.
  • Flashings
    Flashing is roofing material (usually aluminium or galvanized steel) — that’s used over joints in metal and Colorbond roofs and wall construction to prevent water seeping in and causing damage.
  • Roof Battens
    Insect timber battens for roof leak damage.
  • Membrane
    roofing membrane is a seal that is wrapped around a roof for water/weatherproofing purposes.
  • Repointing
    Inspecting roof tiles for any mortar damage, a primary point of leaks in terracotta tile roofs.
  • Whirly Birds, Roof Vents, Aerials, Skylights
    Equipment mounted / secured on the roof – to ensure the seals around whirly birds, skylights etc., are undamaged and watertight.
  • Gutters and Downpipes
    To ensure all gutters, drains, and downpipes are correctly properly attached and flowing to the proper location.

Choose an experienced Brisbane roof and gutter company that offers roof and gutter inspections and fast quotes.

Step 4: Ensure Your Insurance Is Current

Despite our best efforts, sometimes storm damage is unavoidable. Ensure your house and contents insurance is up to date and covers you for any damage to your home and possessions.

Be Prepared

Investing a little effort and money in your roof now can save you much heartache and money during the Brisbane storm season.

If you do experience storm damage, contact Gutter and Roof Repairs for a fast evaluation, emergency repairs and a fast, no obligation quote.

Further Reading: 

What To Do If Your Roof Is Leaking

The Best Way to Tarp a Leaking Roof in an Emergency

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