Fallen Tree Damaged Roof – Urgent Repairs
Has a fallen tree damaged your roof? From your guttering to your roof tiles, each aspect of your roofing is essential to keep your home warm and dry. So if it’s sustained serious damage, urgent roof repairs are required.
Here are some top tips about what to do next.
Why Falling Trees Hit Roofs
Roofs are built to withstand minor amounts of wear and tear, such as changes in temperature and weather conditions. However, that doesn’t mean they’re invincible. Trees can fall if they become old or diseased or have even been damaged themselves in severe weather. If they fall, it’s dangerous for anyone or anything placed nearby, and properties often take the brunt of the damage.
Reducing the Risks
You can reduce the risks of experiencing this type of issue by ensuring you maintain any trees around your property and taking action if they’ve become unstable by hiring an arborist to assess them. Cutting down the tree yourself can cause damage if you don’t control the way it falls. Tree surgeons use safe felling techniques such as bringing the tree down in sections.
Assessing Damages Caused to Roofing By Fallen Trees
You can often see where the tree hit the property, but sometimes you may not immediately notice if you didn’t hear the impact. You may not even realise your roof is storm-damaged if the noise outside masked the fall or if a branch has snapped off and landed in an area with poor visibility such as a flat roof.
Whether you can see obvious damage or not, it’s important to contact a professional roofer as soon as possible. If you think other systems in your house have been damaged such as pipes, you may also want to shut these off and call a plumber or gas engineer too if required. Your roofing company may also choose to contact a tree surgeon if they need specialist help to remove the tree safely.
Urgent Roof Repairs
Your roofer will assess the damage with a thorough roof inspection from both inside and out, letting you know what’s been hit and which aspects require repairs. This will include elements of your roofline such as fascias, soffits and gutters, as well as materials on you flat or pitched roof. From there, they can recommend and perform urgent repairs.
If you don’t deal with the issue straight away, it could cause further problems such as property leaks. Always check if your property insurance covers you for this type of situation, and another party may be liable if you don’t own the land in which the tree was based.
If you’ve suffered a damaged roof and need urgent help, the next step is to get in touch with Collier Roofing. We cover a wide area of London and Surrey, including Merstham, Oxted and West Wickham. Contact us now to get emergency roofing assistance.