How does the weather affect my roof?

Posted on 21 August 2023

Over time, the weather can have a significant impact on your home’s roof. With sun, rain, wind and snow all affecting its performance, appearance and lifespan. If you’re wondering “How does the weather affect my roof?” and what you can do to mitigate potential damage, read on.

The impact of the weather on your home’s roof

The weather in the UK can experience different extremes throughout the year. While the UK generally has a temperate climate, it is well-known for its variability and occasional extreme weather events that range from storms and flooding to freezing temperatures that bring snow and ice. Keep reading to learn the answer to the question “How does the weather affect my roof?”.

Rain and moisture Roofers in Grimsby

The UK is often considered to be one of the rainiest countries in the world. With a relatively high average annual rainfall compared to many other countries. This makes rainwater a common cause of roof issues. When roofs are exposed to rain for a prolonged length of time, leaks and water damage can occur, along with the growth of moss or algae. To protect your roof, you should ensure that rainwater is being effectively directed away from your home. 

Sunlight and high temperatures 

Prolonged exposure to sunlight during the summer months can result in damage to roofing materials over the years. UV damage can cause cracking, blistering or fading that could shorten your roof’s lifespan. To help mitigate the effects of sunlight on your home’s roof, we recommend opting for UV-resistant materials, applying protective coatings, and ensuring the roof has adequate ventilation.

Wind  

Whilst roofs in the UK are designed to withstand strong wind, over time it can have a destructive impact on your roof. Wind can lift up shingles and tiles, loosen flashing and eventually cause serious structural damage. Regular roof inspections can help to identify any damage caused by strong winds and determine which repairs are needed.

Snow and ice 

Two of the biggest threats to your home’s roof are snow and ice. When snow collects on your roof, it can place a huge amount of weight and stress on the structure. Plus, when the snow melts and then re-freezes, ice dams can form, resulting in water backup and potential leaks which can cause serious water damage. Since snow and ice can have such a major impact on your home’s roof, it’s a good idea to have it inspected at the end of winter to check for damage.

Roof inspections after severe weather events 

If there have been severe weather conditions in your area such as heavy rain, strong winds or a snowstorm, it’s a good idea to schedule a roof inspection. Even though roof inspections are advisable annually, it’s particularly important to book one after a period of bad weather. Bad weather conditions can cause serious damage to your roof, potentially resulting in loose or missing shingles, leaks, and structural issues.

At Raven Roofing, we recommend scheduling a roof inspection at least once a year. These regular inspections help identify any potential problems early on and allow for timely maintenance or repairs. For older roofs or those in areas with harsh weather conditions, more frequent inspections, such as every six months, may be recommended.

Common roofing repairs after storms 

Storms can cause damage to roofs, with rain, hail and wind all having a significant effect. It’s important to assess and address any storm-related damage as quickly as possible. Some of the most common roofing repairs after storms include: 

  • Replacing shingles. Strong winds can lead shingles to become loose or completely blow them off the roof. Replacing missing or damaged shingles is essential to prevent water leaks and maintain the roof’s structural integrity.
  • Fixing leaks. Heavy rain and hail during a storm can cause roof leaks. We’ll identify the source of the leak and then seal or patch up the damaged areas to prevent water from finding its way into your property. 
  • Repairing flashing. Storms can cause flashing, which is the material that seals the joints on the roof, to become damaged or dislodged. Damaged flashing can allow water to penetrate the roof, which means it needs repairing as soon as possible. 
  • Gutter repairs. Storms can result in gutters and downspouts becoming clogged, which can affect water drainage. Debris needs to be cleared and any damaged sections repaired or replaced right away. 

Do you need a roof replacement in Louth?

In some cases, an inspection may determine that a roof needs to be replaced. Some of the most common signs that a roof has reached the end of its life include: 

  • Leaks or water damage
  • Curling, cracked or missing shingles
  • Excessive loss of granules
  • Sagging roof surface
  • Mould or rot 
  • Soaring energy bills indicating poor ventilation in the roof

Most roofs have a lifespan of between 20-25 years, depending on which materials are used. With this in mind, if your roof is around this age, there’s a good chance that it will need replacing soon. For a roof replacement in Louth, look no further than Raven Roofing and Repairs. 

We are one of the leading roofing companies in the area, serving hundreds of local home and business owners. We’re well-known for carrying out our roofing work to the highest standards and at a fair price, providing our customers with a real value-for-money service.

Contact us 

If you’re still wondering “How does the weather affect my roof?” or you’re dealing with roof damage due to severe weather, get in touch. Our roofing experts are on hand to answer all your questions and provide you with a competitive quote for any work you require. Call us on 01507 640 072 or send a message via our website to reach our team and discuss a roof replacement in Louth.

 

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Shawn Bosworth
Chris and his apprentice were brilliant! Came out in the miserable rain and made my roof water tight again. I had several quotes from other roofers, cowboys trying to milk my desperation for silly money. Chris was honest, fair and reasonably priced. Highly recommended, thanks!
mark appleby
Extremely Happy with Job!Chris, Quickly assessed the roof and gave options on what could be done.Once Date Agreed, delivered on time with a very professional looking job. Job was in Feb and Chris and Team went out of their way to get the job done even though weather was bad at end of week. They left Work area very clean. Highly reccomend them!
Bev Barley
Thanks for doing a first class job would highly recommend Chris for a job well done
Robert Meadows
Mike Downs
Fantastic, would recommend to anyone who needs roof work. Polite, helpful and super fast. Thanks so much.
Lisa McMahon
Had a leak from my roof. Chris came out the same day althoughthe weather wasn't good. He surveyed the roof and found the problem immediately (a tile had slipped), took photo's before and after replacing the slipped tile. I asked how much I owed him - he said there was NO charge as it was a quick repair. What a lovely, kind, genuine guy! Would highly recommended him and his company.
Roland Packer
We recently had the roof on our extension replaced by raven roofing. Chris and his young helper couldn't have been more helpful. Work done to a very high standard. Quote honoured to the penny. Genuinely nice people and a real pleasure to do business with. Will definitely call them for the services they offer, when needed.
Michelle Packer
Can’t recommend this company enough. Did a great job on our roof , very friendly team , punctual, good quality work and good value for money . Many thanks
Carol Howden
Very friendly team and carried out a great job. Arrived and just got on with the job. Looks great
andrew engeham
Competitive price and excellent workmanship.Highly recommended.
Keith Brown
Great company great service
John Hornsby
Came on time very Satisfied with wat was done. Will be using them again if needed
Omer Khalifa
renegade jokerrr
Fantastic service! Nice and friendly guys! Very quick work! Great customer service! If I need any repairs in the future i will use Raven again.
Margaret Dabb
After being let down by another firm i rang Chris in desperation. Within an hour he arrived, looked at work, discussed, priced and booked a date. Arrived on time, everything ran like clockwork even in the awful heat they had to work through. Very well organised, very tidy, would have no hesitation in recommending his work. Many thanks
Zoe Gibbons
Can’t recommend Chris and his team more, they were all friendly, polite and efficient and left my patio tidier than it was before! Nothing was too much trouble and good quality work and price. I’d definitely recommend Raven Roofing to all my friends and family.
Alan Grosschmidt
Would Recommend Raven Roofing.We had new gutters and facias fitted all round the house.We were really pleased with the completed job.I did point out a minor oversight, which Chris promptly dealt with.The quote for the job was very competitive and I doubt you could get it done cheaper.So deserves 5 Stars.
Andrea Goforth
Was very happy with the prompt, professional, and friendly service provided by this company . They were so quick to help me out and repair a badly storm damaged roof. It is such a joy to have a service provider come when they say they will! Reasonable price and good quality workmanship too . Thank you, Raven Roofing .
Mandy
We had the tiles down the gulley re-bedded.Very professional and cleaned up afterwards. Really friendly and very kind guy and we will definitely be using Raven Roofing again in the new year to do our guttering! Thanks Chris 👍🏻
Mike Prior
they repaired a dislodged tile free of charge. Just asked To be remembered for other works and telling my friends
Sally Melton
Had a skylight fitted. Excellent service, fitted my job in even though extremely busy. Was absolutely delighted the attention to detail was perfect. Made sure everything was tidied up and taken away. Thank you again. Would highly recommend.
Ali Wickham
Peter Hogarth
These guys did a great job repointing my roof gulleys
Pamela Blow
Samantha Blow
Excellent service, I would highly recommend :)
Derek Coates
Chris promptly repaired the front guttering which is now ok.
Lee Popham
Rang raven to come and fix my roof after last months storm, came next day and repaired, very happy with service and price, will definitely use again.
Mark Barnard
Very good reliable service all work guaranteed
kevin langley
When we needed urgent roof repairs, Raven Roofing & Repairs came to the rescue. Great quality work undertaken by true professionals.
Steve Nowell
I recently had repairs done to my roof. The response and service were excellent, nothing was too much trouble and the work carried out effectively and efficiently
Kelly Brewer
Excellent service, recently had repairs carried out on my house roof, Chris was really friendly, work carried out to a great standard at a great price 🙂
AerinB
We have used Raven Roofing several times for small repairs as we didn't want to go to the expense of a new roof, but recent torrential rain forced us to accept we needed a new roof. We were dreading the bill but Raven Roofing were very reasonable (not sure if I'm allowed to say how much).The scaffolding arrived and was put up promptly, Raven Roofing arriving a couple of days later to start work, the only delays were due to bad weather and Raven Roofing contacted us to let us know about any delays which we really liked, usually builders don't bother. Raven roofing were polite, friendly and courteous at all times.Out roof was completely stripped and replaced in a week, all rubbish was removed and the gardens left looking tidy.The roof itself looks fantastic...we are very very pleased and highly recommend Raven Roofing.
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