After a relatively calm – but wet – weather period, high winds have hit Melbourne resulting in an increase in calls for roof maintenance work. In this post we’ll look at the ways in which the wind can damage your roof, what to look out for and how to get your roof fixed if you do run into trouble.
How can the wind lead to roof issues and maintenance required?
While generally your roof provides a tough and durable barrier between your Melbourne home and the elements, there are several ways that strong winds can cause issues. Some of these issues may be obvious from the ground, while others won’t be and roof leaks can occur during the next period of rain.
The most common ways that your roof can be damaged by winds are:
- Damage from debris is perhaps the most obvious way that wind can cause damage to your home. Strong wind can cause nearby tree branches to fall on your roof and will almost always cause issues. Even a roof in good condition is likely to be damaged if a branch falls on it. The wind can also cause items on your roof, such as an antenna, satellite dish or solar panel to move, potentially resulting in roof damage.
- Strong wind can lift and move tiles. Generally, they won’t move far, although it has been known for strong winds to blow tiles completely off Melbourne roofs. A roof tile doesn’t have to move much to cause issues, however. Even a small gap between tiles can cause water to enter your roof cavity.
- Winds can also cause the bedding cement, most often used on the ridgeline of tiled roofs, to crack, move and sometimes to be dislodged altogether. Generally, this will occur over time, with harsh sun and rain also playing a part. Once the integrity of bedding cement is weakened, the wind is more likely to shift your ridge tiles, which will result in water damage if left undetected.
- While most metal roofs in good condition will withstand practically any wind the Melbourne weather can throw at it, over time the wind can lift a metal roof sheet partially or fully off.
- Edges, corners and the ridgeline of your roof are particularly vulnerable to wind damage, because the wind does not hit the surface of your roof equally.
- Strong wind will result in more leaves and other debris to enter your gutter system, where it’s likely to stay until it’s cleaned away. If you don’t clean your gutters regularly, your gutters and downpipes can become clogged, causing water damage to your Melbourne home.
What can you do about wind damage?
There’s not a lot you can do to prevent the wind, but thankfully there are things you can do to prevent damage to your roof:
- If you do have trees near your home, have a specialist inspect them regularly to make sure they are safe. A tree that falls over in a high wind, or drops branches, is a danger not only to your roof and home, but also to your family.
- Clean your gutters regularly to prevent your gutters and downpipes from getting clogged and causing an overflow during rain.
- After a significant wind event, it’s a good idea to inspect your roof. While you can do this from the ground, there will be things you won’t see unless you get up to roof level. Keep in mind, however, that ladder safety is all important.
- What should you look for when inspecting your roof? The bullet points in the previous section provide some key hints. Focus on things like tiles that have moved, lifting metal sheets, cracked bedding cement and gutters and downpipes that may need cleaning. Also look for rust in metal roofs, cracks in polycarbonate roofing, seals around pipes, chimneys and other items on your roof, and damage to the timber fascia behind your gutters.
- A regular roofing inspection by a professional is a terrific idea. A professional can spot issues that you wouldn’t and get them fixed before they cause any damage. While a roofing inspection will cost you money, it could save you hundreds and possibly thousands of dollars of costly repairs in the long run.
Roof maintenance in Melbourne
Whether it’s damage caused by strong winds or another issue, eventually every Melbourne roof will require maintenance.
Oates Roofing Maintenance can inspect your entire roof, gutters and downpipes and fix any issues that we find. Whether it’s a tile that has moved, bedding cement that has cracked, a metal roofing sheet that is lifting, or damage from debris. At the same time, we can clean your gutters so they’ll be ready for the next rains.