Roofing can be one of the most costly repairs required during storm season but with correct preparation damage can be controlled and even avoided. Adrian Buttress, Managing Director of PermaGroup, shares his advice on how to protect roofs, both commercial and domestic, from failing.

With the storms much of the UK experiencd last week never has it been more important to utilise high quality products.

In such severe weather, roof failures are one of the first incidents to occur if not prepared correctly.  

There’s more to the specification of a roof than people may think. For example, if the landscape around the building – be it domestic or commercial - has changed since it was originally built, this can impact the strength of winds and how severe weather will affect the structure. 

While it’s not possible to fully eradicate the risk of damage, particularly when we’re due to experience heavy storms, there are several factors that can help to avoid complete failure or minimise the disruption. 

The key to a long-lasting commercial roof lies in the design that takes place before installation. This includes wind calculations of the building’s postcode, which will measure historic wind levels and turbulent wind uplifts. By gathering this information at the beginning, it ensures the correct specification therefore minimising the likelihood of failure or damage. 

When it comes to residential roofs, it’s important to bear in mind that a higher, upfront cost is likely to save money in the long run as it all but eradicates the risk of premature failure, which is something consumers need to consider. This is crucially important during storm season when our roofs are put under more pressure than ever. 

At PermaRoof, we strongly believe ‘prevention is better than cure’ so for anyone concerned about how their roof is going to fare against the ongoing storm season, it’s always worth seeking specialist advice.

A simple roof survey will be able to identify any weaknesses or issues hiding below the surface and may be able to be rectified before a failure takes place. If you’re already experiencing issues, an emergency roofer will be able to support in preventing further damage.