Preparing your flat roofs for winter

Preparing your flat roofs for winter

With October over, and a slight chill in the air, it is clear that the winter season is just around the corner. Whilst winters in the UK are less severe than they used to be – the Met Office recorded the winter of 2015/16 as the warmest winter since records began in 1910 – they are also getting much wetter.

Last winter, there was a total of 529mm of rain, much higher than the long-term winter average of 330.4. This increased and, at times, heavy rainfall has a big impact on a part of the house that is often overlooked: flat roofs.

The flat roof is much more susceptible to rainfall damage than a pitched one due to its even surface. Heavy rainfall over a short period can cause water to collect on the roof without a direction to run off. This standing water can cause further problems such as damage to the roof, if the water puddle freezes and expands, and subsequent leaks if the roof has been weakened by the heavy weight of the collected water.

However, by preparing ahead of the wet weather it is easy to avoid these problems. Preparing your roof before any of these issues arise is much easier and more cost effective; it could save you from expensive repairs, health and safety concerns such as mould and rotting, or even the cost of a new roof.

There are waterproofing roofing kits that you can buy to protect your roof, preventing unnecessary worry when the winter weather arrives. These roofing kits might consist of an EPDM rubber membrane to install on your roof, a very durable material that can last up to 50 years, or other waterproofing tools such as waterproof sealants and adhesives.

The task of preparing your roof for the season doesn’t have to be daunting. Rubber Flat Roof provide various roofing kits and can provide a quote for you, via our Roof Quote Tool. This quote can be completed in several easy steps online and will help you to calculate exactly what you need to prepare your roof, and get an immediate idea of what it will cost.

Source, Met Office: http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/news/releases/2016/winter-statistics