At Wirral Roofcare we had our fingers crossed, hoping for a long hot summer. This is because the warm, dry conditions are perfect for making repairs to or replacing a roof. As JFK said “The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining.”
Prevention is better than cure. It is a more prudent and cost effective approach to properly maintain your roof when compared to simply waiting for something to go drastically wrong. Just because you cannot see any water leaking through into your house at present, doesn’t mean there aren’t problems building up. Repair bills of thousands can be avoided with low cost roof maintenance programmes or small repair jobs. Something as simple as a tile out of place or missing, which we can fix quickly, can be the start of a much bigger problem if it is ignored.
Most people associate the winter months as when their roof takes the most punishment. While this is true to an extent, there are 4 times as many thunderstorms in summer than in winter. The total amount of rain that falls in the summer months is less, it is the torrential downpours which occur during these storms which can be a problem. Your roof and guttering must be in peak condition to prevent a build-up of rainwater which can put undue stress on the roof.
A further benefit is that having a roof repaired in summer is a less intrusive process to you personally compared with the winter. Anyone who has had winter repairs take place will be able to tell you how the wind and rain can have an effect on the temperature inside your house. Having the roof fixed in summer will avoid this, you won’t need to keep your heating on constantly to stay warm! The weather also helps with the repair job itself. Less moisture in the air makes it easier for our contractors to gain that important watertight seal, and warmer temperatures means that adhesives will dry quicker. This means that jobs undertaken over the summer will not take as long to complete!
Contact us any time to discuss any queries you may have regarding your roof.
The UK’s worst Summer Storms
2012 Great Britain and Ireland Floods. On the 27th, 28th of June and 7th of July heavy rain and powerful thunderstorms travelled across mainland Britain. Severe weather warnings and numerous flood alerts were issued by the UK Environment Agency. Many areas were overwhelmed by flash floods which cause considerable damage to properties and caused power cuts.
2007 United Kingdom Floods. June 2007 was one of Britain’s wettest ever months. The average rainfall across the country was more than double the June average. Some areas received a month’s worth of rainfall in 24 hours! Severe flooding occurred across much of Northern Ireland, England and North Wales.
Great Flood of 1968 brought exceptionally heavy rain to much of the South of England. 7 inches of rain fell on the village of Chew Stoke in just 18 hours, that’s double the monthly average in one day! Properties in the surrounding area were submerged under up to 8 feet of water, and a railway viaduct was so badly damaged it never reopened.