Damage to heritage roofs can be a major problem for owners of listed buildings and other older properties. Not only do you face the costs and aggravation that come with having a damaged roof and arranging for its repair, but you’ll often find that you’re severely limited when it comes to the repairs you’re allowed to make. That can make the repair process longer and more expensive than it would otherwise be. It’s therefore even more important to avoid damaging your roof. We’ve listed the five factors that most commonly cause damage to the roofs of heritage and listed properties and some steps you can take to avoid them.
The first factor to consider is, of course, the weather. Wind, snow, rain and hail can play havoc with a heritage roof. At first, it may seem almost impossible to avoid the type of damage that mother nature can cause but the best thing you can do is to ensure that your roof is regularly maintained. A roof that is in poor condition is much more likely to be damaged in the next passing storm.
The risk of accidental damage
You’ll want to make sure whoever does that maintenance takes care to avoid our next problem, accidental damage. Many heritage roofs are fairly weak and that means they can’t take the weight of people walking all over them. Be very careful before you climb on to your heritage roof and make sure you understand just how sturdy it is before carrying out any work.
Potential damage from surrounding objects
Another factor to consider is damage from surrounding objects. Trees falling or shedding branches, flying masonry from other buildings and even birds can cause significant damage to your heritage roof. If there is a tree near your roof that looks like it could cause a problem then it could be well worth taking action before it has a chance to cause any harm.
Risks from animals
The penultimate factor to consider is potential damage from animals. Squirrels, rats, foxes and other pests can get up into the area underneath your roof and do an immense amount of damage by chewing or burrowing through surfaces or supports. A solution to this would to either install pest control devices or hire out a professional company to deal with it.
Day to day wear and tear
The final potential hazard that anyone dealing with a heritage rooof should consider is regular wear and tear. Any roof, whether it is old or new, will decay over time and heritage roofs, particularly on listed buildings, need to be taken care of. That may mean getting a specialist round once in a while to have a look over it and make sure that everything is still in good shape. There will be a cost to this, but it will be far lower than anything you’d have to pay should the worst happen.
The key to keeping your heritage roof in good shape is being aware of the damage that could happen and taking action to prevent it when you can. Caution should be your watchword here and it’s worth taking a little time every year to make sure that your roof isn’t hiding any nasty surprises.
If you are having any issues in regards to heritage roofing, the experienced team of roofers here at Cumbria Roofing can help. Get in touch today on 01946 823300 and we will be more than happy to help.