Spring is finally upon us, and, after what feels like the wildest winter on record, we could not be more pleased to welcome its arrival. With longer days and blue skies on the horizon, there has never been a better time to tackle some Spring maintenance on your roof. As we have touched upon in our recent blog articles, Autumn and Winter can be extremely tough on your roof – from blocked outlets caused by falling leaves in Autumn to wind uplift and slower curing times in Winter – and this year more than ever. First came Storm Arwen in November 2021, soon followed by the fierce trio: Storm Dudley, Storm Eunice, and Storm Franklin, which rattled through much of the UK throughout February.
As seasoned roof repair experts, we have seen some extreme Winter damage over the recent months, even on roofs that seemed well protected against the elements. With over 40 years’ experience in the business, we cannot stress how important it is to have a roof maintenance schedule that includes regular inspections. Never assume that because you have a well-maintained roof, you will automatically be protected from the wrath of winter; it always pays to check your roof after the winter period to identify any damage that may be brewing above. Failure to spot this early on can impact the lifespan of your roof, leading to costly repairs and even replacement.
While the clouds may be beginning to part, Spring weather can also be unkind. In a recent LinkedIn poll, we put our follower’s weather knowledge to the test, asking them to identify which of the following months typically had the highest level of UK rainfall? A question that even had the team here at Tor divided, but after a spot of research, we can confirm that the answer is, of course, April.
It is true what they say, April showers bring May flowers, but they can also bring forth unwanted leaks, especially on roofs with damaged membranes, blocked outlets or cracked surfaces.
Why Spring is a good time to check your roof?
People often ask us when to check their roof and schedule their maintenance services. In truth, the answer depends on several factors – whether the roof has experienced any recent issues, the age and condition of the roof and also the weather. That said, Spring is a great time to check your roof. So, if you’re someone who takes pride in a spot of Spring cleaning, make sure roof maintenance is high up on your list too. It’s also a good idea to inspect your roof in Autumn before the leaves begin to fall and the harsher weather sets in.
How to Spring clean your roof?
If you have a flat roof (and it is safe to do so) you may want to climb up and inspect for any obstructions to the roof’s drainage system or look for tears in the seams between the weatherproof membrane. If access is limited or you feel uncomfortable with heights, one of our experts will be more than happy to carry out a free site survey and work with you to resolve any issues. Whether you’ve got a leak, are suffering from cut edge corrosion or a damaged membrane, our protective coating systems have you covered.
What can you do to extend the life of leaking or weathered roofs?
Our high-quality roofing systems, Elastaseal Z and Unicover work to repair damage, prevent leaks, increase building efficiency, reduce energy demands and dramatically improve the performance of roofs, delivering long-lasting protection for years to come.
Available in 10, 15, 20, 25, and 30-year systems, Elastaseal Z is the complete solution in roof liquid waterproofing for every need and budget. Providing long-lasting protection in as little as two coats that is breathable and seamless, helping to improve the thermal protection of your roof. Adding to its list of features, Elastaseal Z is also highly cost-effective and can be applied as a wet-on-wet system, dramatically saving time and costs for clients.
If you’re concerned about your roof and want to talk through your options, contact a helpful member of our team today. Alternatively, if you would like to find out more about our roof waterproofing systems, please click here.