Surviving Storms: How To Prepare Your Roof For Upcoming Storms

Australia is notorious for powerful storms during the winter months and occasionally even during the summer.  Below are a number of checks you and/or your roof plumber can perform to ensure you’re ready for upcoming storms.

Lighting in a storm coming down on a roof

Is your roof ready for a storm?

Before a storm approaches it’s always good to cast your eye over your tiled or metal roof to look for any potential issues. Below are a few tips to help you prepare for a storm.

Do you have any loose tiles or roof sheets?

Loose tiles or roof sheets that may be prone to lift or dislodge during the high winds of a storm.  If you have a tiled roof it’s also good to check for any broken tiles or ridges because rainwater could enter your roof space through such gaps in the tiles.

Are your gutters clear of debris?

Cleaning gutters before a storm

During a storm, it’s important that rainwater can flow quickly and efficiently from your roof, into your gutters, and down into your drains. 

Therefore it’s important to check that your gutters are free of any debris or leaves that are likely to block or clog up your gutters and downpipes during a storm. 

Key areas to focus on are at the bottom of your roof valleys and around the downpipes as it’s these areas where the rainwater needs to quickly disperse.

Are your roof flashings secure?

Roof flashings are known as adjoining materials used where fixings on your roof (such as vents, whirlybirds, or air-con units) extrude your roof or by where your roof adjoins a wall.  

These flashings can sometimes become loose or sealant can deteriorate along the joins of the flashings hence always worth checking your roof flashings before and after a storm.

Are your skylights closed?

Rain falling on a skylight that is slightly opened

This seems an obvious one though you’ll be surprised how many people forget to fully close their skylight windows prior to a storm. 

During a storm, rainwater can easily penetrate the seals of skylight windows that are not fully closed so be sure to check this before a storm.

Do you have an active insurance policy?

This is not related to your roof specifically, though as a majority of accidental roof damage is covered by your building insurance it’s always worthwhile to touch base with your insurance company to ensure your policy is up to date and active.

Professional Roof Inspections

Professional Roof Inspector inspecting a roof

Roof plumbers across Australia provide roof inspection services, hence if you are concerned about your roof, then contact a roof plumber who can assist in inspecting your roof prior to a storm occuring.

What should I look for after a storm?

Check out our post storm roof damage checklist for a list of items to assess after a storm to ensure your roof and drainage system is in good health.

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