Storms, like those that have battered Britain lately, can cause devastation. There’s been heavy disruption, flooding and unforeseen damage to homes and businesses. And, of course, it’s often buildings that bear the brunt of the storm.
At face value, it may be hard to see what damage has been caused to your property, and to what extent. To help you, we’ve put together a handy guide of the most common problems as a result of adverse weather, how to spot them and what you must do to fix them.
Look out for dirt on your facade
Dirt and debris can accumulate quickly on the walls and roof of your building. The problem is particularly prevalent when there have been high winds, which bring with them an increased amount of residue. If your building is coastal, sand and salt spray can magnify the problem.
Allowing dirt and debris to build contributes to corrosion and other damage in addition to causing visible wear and fading. At Cladding Coatings, we combat this problem with specialist cladding cleaning equipment to remove dirt build-up and refresh facades. We can even repair only small areas of cladding, if necessary.
Identify gutter build-up
Your guttering is essential for your building as it diverts water away from your roof. However, gutter build-up is common, especially in adverse weather with greater chance of blowing debris combined with more heavy rainfall. Dirt, foliage and other materials cause blockages that prevent the flow of water from your roof. The build-up of standing water results in unwelcome pressure and increased likelihood of damage.
See if you can identify any unwanted build-up in your building’s guttering. If you can’t view the systems safely, ask our team to come take a look for a free on-site survey. If there’s problematic build-up, our gutter cleaning service can be done quickly, easily and without the need for cumbersome access equipment.
Check for leaks
You may be surprised to learn that small leaks may, initially, go unnoticed. Yet a small area of damp can quickly become a huge problem if left untreated.
Problems like this usually occur when there’s damage to the external cladding. This often presents as cut-edge corrosion, where the edge of the metal sheeting breaks down and peels back, exposing the interior to the elements. In adverse weather, this means increased rainfall, hail and snow is an even greater problem.
Can you identify any leaks, and see where they may be coming from? If so, it’s time to talk to us about cut-edge corrosion repair. We use trusted paint systems with highly-protective anti-corrosion properties to repair the damaged cladding before it’s too late (at which point, expensive cladding replacement becomes your only option).
Of course, this list is non-exhaustive and you may uncover problems that you weren’t expecting to see. Or, indeed, the storm damage may be more extensive and further spread, leaving your building needing urgent attention.
With over ten years in business, you can rest assured that we’ve tackled a breadth of issues and are well-equipped to support and advise you. Contact our team today for a no-obligation chat.