Wind damage – Don’t wait for the storm to blow over!

 

Why should we worry about a bit of a breeze?

Two words: wind damage. When strong winds are forecast, we naturally look to batten down the hatches and stay safely indoors as much as possible. Whilst your home is your shelter from storms, a good battering from high winds can damage your property in many ways – some expected, some not. A home generally has 4 weak spots in these types of extreme weather conditions. Here is some advice about what to expect and how to cope:

  • Windows

Unsecured windows can be damaged easily, with single panes cracking and breaking or coming away from the hinges. With windows out of the frame as it were, the wind is free to blow through your house causing more chaos. You should shut, lock and cover your windows as best as you can.

 

  • Doors

Similar to windows, open doors can be damaged by clattering into walls – and so can the walls. Glass in doors windows can also crack and break. Even if there isn’t a window, doors that aren’t shut properly can be pushed open by the wind, leaving it free to wreck your belongings and the interior of the house. Keep your doors locked and bolted. A weighted draught excluder is also a good investment – you’ll want to keep warm as well as safe.

 

  • Roof

We naturally think of shingles and tiles coming loose due to a storm. However, roofs are especially vulnerable to wind damage if there is a point of access into the property due to a damaged door or window, as the wind against the walls creates pressure going upwards, increasing uplift force upon the roof. Some roofing parts can be secured or bolted down by a roofing expert. The National Federation of Roofing Contractors may be able to help you find a local roofing specialist.

 

  • Garage

Extreme winds can pull a garage door off its tracks, or even bend or break it with the intense pressure. Double doors are most vulnerable due to the larger surface area. It’s worth speaking to the company that installed your garage doors or a reputable contractor about inspecting them and advising on the best course of action if repairs are needed.

 

How we can help

 

It’s good to be prepared – if you know repairs are needed, get in contact with us as soon as possible. We can check your home’s exterior and interior for any risks, and help to put away or tie down any garden furniture, and your garden shed.

When the winds have stopped, it’s best to check over your property. We can help with this too – we have experience with hidden structural damage and assessing for danger. Our handyman team are skilled in fencing repairs and can give you an obligation free quote. Give us a call on 0300 323 0700, or send us an email at info@wecr.org.uk. Our office is open Monday to Friday, from 10am until 4pm.

Getting your home ready for winter

Home Winter - Handyperson

Get help to prepare your home for the winter months

As the nights draw in and the temperatures drop, it is worth making sure your home is ready for the cold winter months ahead. Freezing temperatures, cold rain, hail and snow can all damage your home so you will need to have the exterior checked for any possible gaps in its defences.

Prevention is always better than cure so it makes sense to hire a trusted handyman or handywoman to do some basic home maintenance to prepare your home for winter. By getting some help now, you can save on potentially costly damage to your home, plus you can also ensure that you stay safe, warm and cosy over the season. Having someone check your house could also help to reduce your heating bills, by ensuring that there are no gaps for the cold to get in and that your home is properly insulated.

Our award-winning handyman service is ideally suited to help with this sort of home maintenance. We have been helping people to protect their homes for the last 30 years and our service is Trading Standards approved.

There are various things to consider to prepare your house for the winter, we can send round a handyman or handywoman to assess what needs to be done, but they will look to do things such as:

  • Clearing the gutters: water in places it shouldn’t be will damage your property, so we can ensure the gutters are clear of all obstructions including leaves and any debris
  • Check the roof: we will inspect the roof for wear and tear. We can check for leaks and gaps and ensure the flashing around skylights, pipes and chimneys are intact.
  • External water pipes: we can check these and consider wrapping them in heating tape to save energy and prevent them from freezing.
  • Fire safety: if you have a wood burning stove we can inspect, clean and make any repairs needed. We can also get chimneys swept.
  • Attic insulation: we can check your attic is insulated properly.
  • Check for drafts: we can check around all doors and windows for any drafts. Caulk any cracks or install weather stripping to prevent cold air coming in and heat being lost.
  • Outside taps: we can ensure that any outside taps are insulated. If you have an isolator valve, we will close the valve and open the tap so that if the water left in it freezes, it has room to expand.
  • Paths, patios and driveways: damaged paths and driveways are a hazard anyway, but worsened in freezing temperatures, so we can ensure you go into the winter with a smooth exterior and fix any damaged areas. We can also clean patios, paths and driveways with a pressure washer so they do not become slippery when wet.
  • Outside lights: we can make sure any outside lights are working correctly so you can see clearly on the dark mornings and afternoons.
  • Tidy the garden: the autumn is the time to cut back any trees, shrubs and bushes. Not only because it’s better for them but also to prevent any damage to the house. We can also pop over during the autumn to clear up the leaves as they drop.

 

How We Care Home Improvements can help

Our handyman service is set up to help with exactly this kind of home maintenance, and we have been helping people with their homes for over 30 years. You can completely trust our handymen and handywomen, who are all Trading Standards Approved.

 

Get in touch

Our customer service representatives can often provide a quote over the phone. If not, we will arrange for a Handyman or Handywoman to visit you and complete a quote that way.

 

  • Give us a call on 0300 323 0700 for a no-obligation chat with our team. We are open Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm.
  • Or, ask for a free quote and we will get in touch with you.

 

 

Problems with your roof? We can help you stay on top

Problems with roof

How to know when you’ve got problems with your roof

Your roof is your home’s first line of defence against the weather, it has to work harder than any other part of the house to protect the rest of it, so it’s crucial to avoid any problems. Small issues that go unchecked can lead to big, and ultimately expensive, repairs.

Often the first time you’re aware of problems with your roof is when you see evidence of water coming in. Other signs to look out for are:

  • Cracked and / or missing tiles
  • Loose pointing to chimney stacks
  • Damaged flashings (the covering on joints and angles)
  • Evidence of rot to wooden fascias and soffits (the boards that cover the ends of roof rafters)

Perished roof felt is another common cause of problems and tiles may deteriorate with age.

As well as maintaining your roof, guttering should also be kept clear. We recommend doing this once a year. Visit our Handyperson service for help with this.

Have your roof assessed by a professional

It’s very important to have your roof assessed by a professional you can trust to ensure you’re getting the right job done. Sometimes a smaller repair such as repointing the chimney stack or replacing the felt at the roof edge is all that’s needed. However, depending on the condition of your roof more extensive work or a complete roof replacement could be a better solution and prevent more problems further down the line.

Getting the right roofing contractor for the job

When you are asking contractors to quote it’s important to do some research to find the best contractor for the job. Look for reviews or testimonials from other customers who have used them or you can visit the National Federation of Roofing Contractors for a list of approved contractors.

Worried about costs?

An assessment of your roof will help you to determine the best course of action. You should also:

  • Check with your insurance company whether your policy might cover any of the costs. If there is storm or water leak damage there may be some assistance available. If it’s just wear and tear however, it’s unlikely they will be able to help.
  • Ensure quotations are itemised so you are clear on what is included in the price and that quotations obtained are comparable.
  • Ask questions – it’s important that you feel comfortable with and can trust the contractor you choose.
  • Check if there are different options according to your budget.

 

How We Care Home Improvements can help

We are specialists in major housing repairs in the Bristol, Bath, North and North East Somerset, Gloucestershire and South Gloucestershire areas. Plus financial options for roofing works may be available.

If you think you may have problems with your roof or you haven’t had it checked for a while, please get in touch by:

Let us keep on top of your roof so you don’t have to.