‘Big Freeze’ Preparation This Autumn from Burnley Roofers
The doom and gloom of weather forecasters may appear to be a yearly tradition – an annual hollow threat that dominates headlines. However, forecasters are predicting December 2015 looks set to be a carbon copy of 2009/10’s ‘Big Freeze’, thanks to the strongest ‘El Nino Phenomenon’ since 1950! The El Nino phenomenon refers to the band of warm ocean water that develops in the central Pacific, which in turn can lead to long, snowy winters here in the UK.
If we’re on course for a repeat of the aforementioned Big Freeze, the UK can expect to see an average temperature of just -1 degrees celcius throughout December, with heavy snowfall and transport chaos to boot. But what does all this mean for your home or business? And what can you do to lessen the impact of subzero temperatures? As experienced Burnley roofers, we’ve outlined some tips to put into action this Autumn to prepare your homes, businesses and roofs for the frozen foreseeable future.
- Before the icy chill takes too firm a hold on Lancashire and the Ribble Valley, ensure all central heating and heating equipment is in good condition and operating efficiently.
- It may be best to make sure you have portable heaters to give problem areas of the house a little TLC.
- Add the following supplies to your disaster supplies kit: rock salt (to melt ice on driveways), sand (to improve traction), and snow shovels (or other snow removal equipment).
- Keep an eye on rooftop snow accumulation, both for thickness and weight. Summer heat may have cracked tiles, leading to potential pitfalls in roof safety. Even small amounts of damage can lead to bigger problems later down the line…
- Insulation options such as Multi Foil can melt away central heating woes by minimising draughts, keeping your property warmer and cutting costs.
How Does Your Roof Shape Up?
Often roofing companies construct roofs that are almost completely flat, with shallow gradients angled just enough for rainwater to run off. Flat roofs are inherently more susceptible to snow buildup and incurring subsequent damages.
It’s not just homes that are in danger, heavy wet snow can collect on top of warehouses and factory roofs – although it may not appear to be thick coverage, wet snower is dense and heavy, putting strain on certain areas of your roof, particularly when snow doesn’t fall evenly. If you spot any early warning signs, such as strain, sagging or cracks, now’s the time to call in a roofing repair company.
Roof Repairs Burnley
Almost all of the major roofing mishaps can be caused by a culmination of construction and design errors, a failure to re-roof or repair in time, combined with unpredicted snow or ill-preparation. Should a roof begin to crack, sag, collapse or break apart, it can have a huge impact on the structural integrity of the entire building.
Finally, all buildings should be assessed every year, with repairs carried out in a timely manner if required. Extra attention should be paid after a hard winter, hot summer or after a lengthy rainy period (something we are used to in our neck of the woods!). Shifts in temperature, years of snow, ice, wind and sun damage can weaken or corrode your roofs, exacerbating structural flaws, weaknesses and leaks.
Our dedicated team offer roof repairs Burnley wide, with additional offices based across Lancashire and the Ribble Valley, catering to those requiring expert roofers in Clitheroe or Blackburn. For free advice, or to speak to a member of our friendly team, contact us today!