How to deal with storm damage

When nature's in a bad mood your roof can suffer the effects. Rainwater leaking through your roof may cause structural problems, so always check for damage after a major storm.

Roof Damage

When nature's in a bad mood your roof can suffer the effects. Rainwater leaking through your roof may cause problems, so always check for damage after a major storm.

How to check for roof damage

It's not a good idea to climb onto the roof surface as it may be structurally unstable after a storm. A safe way to check for possible damage is to survey the roof using binoculars or field glasses.

Try to get as close to the roof as possible either by using a ladder or ascending an adjacent building. If in doubt, call in a professional to make sure everything is as it should be.

What to look out for;

  • Torn or missing roof shingles

  • Exposed fibreglass in asphalt shingles

  • Dented metal roof vents

  • Missing metal roof panels

  • Broken or out of place tiles

  • Signs of water caused by leaks through the roof deck into the attic

How to repair roof damage

Working up high can be dangerous and the work can be quite tricky. Consider arranging a professional to repair your roof. To avoid further damage while waiting for the fix, you should:

  • Lay plastic sheeting over any possessions that are below a leak

  • Make sure roof drains and hoppers aren't blocked up

Tree Damage

Storms can also have a lasting impact on the trees around your house. If the damage is severe it’s best to call in a tree surgeon but if you’re feeling up to the job, check out our tips below.

Trunk Damage

If your tree has split at a weak fork in the trunk, decay can develop around this area and the tree may become structurally unsafe. Call in a professional to confirm whether the tree should be cut down.

Branch Damage

A few lost branches after a storm won't affect your tree's main structure so there's no cause for worry. However, if large branches are hanging loose you should call in a tree surgeon to trim the tree.

Clearing up damaged trees

Damaged trees need to be dealt with by a qualified tree surgeon. Cutting up fallen branches with a chainsaw is dangerous unless you're professionally trained and are wearing appropriate protective clothing.

Trees sway in high winds

Trees naturally sway in the wind, but after extreme winds you should inspect your trees for any signs of storm damage.

Tree is leaning

If the symmetry of the tree has been damaged by gales, a professional tree surgeon can tidy up its shape. This is especially important if the tree or one of its branches is now hanging over into the road or a neighbour's property. It’s always best to try and fix the problem before you get any complaints.

Dealing with protected trees

If a tree that's protected by a Tree Preservation Order (TPO) suffers storm damage, you can carry out whatever work is necessary to make it safe without delay. Any additional work will require an application to your local council.

Once the area is safe, you'll need to get in touch with your local council and let them know what's happened.

It will be your responsibility, if asked, to prove that any work you've carried out was essential to make the tree safe. For this reason it's a good idea to take a photograph of the storm damage before you began work on it.

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