Since we started providing names, our winter season storms appear to have actually become more frequent and more fearsome than ever.
So even if you’ve got away the worst of it so far, it’s most likely worth inspecting your house for indications of damage before the next one hits– particularly to roofings, eaves and any walls that are exposed to the full force of the weather.
Smashed roof tiles in the driveway are a telltale sign, naturally. Less apparent are loose or damaged fascias and soffits that can lead to leakages and long-term water damage to your home.
Fascias are the long boards that run along the bottom edge of your roofing system where it fulfils the walls (when they’re connected to the roofing at the gable end of a house, they’re often referred to as bargeboards). Soffits are the horizontal boards that fit in between the bottom of the fascia and the wall.
Known collectively as ‘roofline’, they add an attractive ending up touch to your home and protect the woods in your roof from the aspects.
Roofline boards that are old or rotten, however, can quickly be loosened up by high winds. Even PVC-U boards, particularly older types that frequently become brittle with age, can divide and fail.
When that happens, water will quickly discover its method into the roof space, producing the ideal conditions for moist and rot in your beams and rafters.
What to watch out for
In some ways, you can count yourself unlucky if a storm does serious damage to your roofline; a fascia or soffit that’s left hanging by a nail is simple to spot and fix.
More problematic are the divides, cracks and loose fittings you can’t see from the roadway, but which allowed water for months and even years without you knowing– till it’s too late and you’re taking a look at a pricey roofing system repair.
A pair of field glasses is a safe and efficient method to scan for suspected damage. Look for peeling or blistered paintwork, rust streaks that may suggest a broken screw or bracket, animal droppings or nests, overflowing rain gutters and water marks. All could be a sign that your roofline needs fixing or replacing soon.
If you still can’t see where the problem lies, then you may have to get out the ladders and take a look for yourself. However please, if you’re not comfortable at heights, hire the professionals instead of risk your own security.
What if your roofline requires replacing?
Any credible contractor will perform an examination of your roofline and provide you a reasonable evaluation of its condition. If they’ve reached their sell-by date and need changing, search for an NFB signed up contractor to do the job and request for recommendations before the work begins.
Nowadays, many people prefer to replace existing wood boards with low upkeep U-PVC roofline that provides the same level of security, without the annual repainting ritual.
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