The combination of gusting winds and driving hail present a major test for any roof. Larger hailstones can shatter tiles or tear through roof membranes whilst high winds are easily capable of ripping away coverings. This risks both your home’s structure and the safety of people walking by.
For these reasons, it is crucial to pay close attention to any signs of damage to your roof when you inspect it. Loose or broken tiles should either be refitted by a professional or removed and replaced. Likewise, small holes in flat roof membranes should be carefully patched, while major tears may require a new membrane to be fitted.
If you find that tiles are regularly coming loose, then it may be worth considering having your tiles refitted with storm clips. These metal clips fix directly from the tile to the battens, providing dependable resistance against stronger winds.
Bear in mind that many older tiles are not tested to withstand more significant forces. For this reason, if you need to replace broken or lost tiles, it is worth considering modern alternatives. In many cases these can be colour matched to your existing roof tiles.
Handling water is perhaps the most fundamental task for any roof. In addition to the actions already discussed, another way to lower the risk of moisture getting into your home is by ensuring gutters, down pipes and all other drainage channels are free from potential blockages.
This is particularly important on flat roofs because if water does not drain, it will begin to pool on the roof surface. Over time, this can cause the roof surface to bow, worsening the ponding and potentially putting the entire roof structure at risk.
In most cases, leaves, dirt and other debris can be simply removed by hand, allowing water to flow freely. If you find there is still an issue with ponding when the drains are clear, then it may be that the fall (gentle slope) of the roof is insufficient. In these cases, you will need to call a specialist roofer and have a new surface installed to the correct angle.
If you discover any serious issues, then it is best to get professional support.