Types of Storm Damage
As most Brisbane residents are well aware, summer storms can cause significant chaos, with rain, hail and winds damaging homes, cars and even bringing down power lines. Unfortunately, your roof and gutters are no exception.
1. Wind Damage
Strong winds can be devastating to older, neglected roofs. Over time your roof skirting will weaken. This allows wind to blow tiles or metal sheets off your roof and gutters.
Strong wind can blow loose items such as tree branches and debris onto your roof; this can cause blocked gutters, broken tiles and excess weight to your roof.
2. Water Damage
Heavy rain can find its way into any damaged sections of your roof and gutters, entering your home causing internal water damage or overflowing gutters and downpipes.
3. Hail Damage
Large hailstones can cause your roof and gutters to crack. Older or worn roofs are especially vulnerable to hail. Hail can also damage structures such as skylights and whirlybirds.
How to prepare your roof for storm season
When it comes to protecting your roof, prevention is always better than cure! With storm season fast approaching, we recommend following these steps to give your roof the best chance against mother nature.
1. Clean your roof and gutters
Blocked drains and damaged gutters and roofs can cause significant water damage to your home. If your gutters and downpipes are clogged, water backs up and sits on your roof, increasing the likelihood of water leaking into your ceiling, walls, and other internal structures.
Thoroughly cleaning your roof, gutters and downpipes are essential to preventing water build-up and damage. If you aren’t confident cleaning your gutters and downpipes, KWR Roofing can do this work for you.
2. Inspect your roof interior
Your home should allow for access into your roofs interior, either through an attic or simple crawlspace. We recommend checking this space on a sunny day and assess if there is any light from outside. Light shining through is an indication of damage to your roof, allowing water to leak into your home’s interior during heavy rainfall.
A professional roof inspection can assist with finding any other hidden damage and provide a detailed plan to repair the damage and keep your roof protected.
3. Consider additional water protection
Moisture protection is a key concern during storm season. You can protect your roof from heavy rainfall by upgrading your roof with additional water barriers, such as waterproofing membranes. A professional roof inspection will determine the best type of water barrier for your home.
Investing a little effort and money in your roof now can save you much heartache and money during the Brisbane storm season.
If you experience storm damage, contact KWR Roofing for a free evaluation and high-quality repairs.
If you would like to further explore the best suited roofing options available for your home, get in touch with the professionals at KWR Roofing. Contact us at email@example.com or (07) 3847 1031.