How to repair a roof in the rain

Now the weather seems to be turning, and when the rain never seems to end, you may wonder how you’ll ever get a roof repair or re-roof job done.

Fortunately, it is possible to work on a roof, even if it is raining, with the exception of a flat roof repairs.

This blog aims to explore the benefits of roofing in the rain, and how to work when you’re faced with the British summer rain.

The benefits of working in the rain

There are actually benefits to roofing in the rain, including:

Assessing water drainage – By working in the rain, you are able to correctly assess how the water is draining from a roof, and quickly work out the root cause of any leaks without any unnecessary repairs to other areas of the roof that are not affected. This could include areas where water seems to be pooling, or assessing if the damp inside the property is worse on rainy days, and whether or not there is a roof leak at all.

Keeping cool – Working on a roof can quite warm, particularly when in direct sunlight and in layers of clothing required for correct PPE. Cooler days and rain can be a blessing in the summer, provided that it is safe.

How is it possible to roof in the rain?
Work in small sections

The key to any roofer that needs to work in the rain is to assess and repair the roof in small sections.

This can be done either through repairing section by section, or if doing a complete re-roof, using a tarpaulin to reduce any exposure to the rain in the areas still yet to be worked on.

Working on a roof in small sections allows for the areas to be re-tiled/slated before moving onto the next section. It’s difficult to predict how the weather can change day by day, so by ensuring a roof is done in sections, the risk to the roof being exposed to the elements is reduced.

Risk assessment

An element of best judgement when assessing the weather conditions prior to carrying out any job and determine the risk of slipping. If the risk is high, no work should be carried how, however if the risk is low both on the roof itself as well as the scaffolding around, and the rain isn’t excessive and heavy, work should be fine to continue.

Wear correct PPE

Correct PPE should always also be used by a contracted roofer to ensure they are protected and seen.

Make sure you have the right tools for the job at reach

Reduce the amount you are climbing up and down the ladder by making sure you have all the tools and materials you need with on site when you need them.

How can we help?

If you have a client in need of a roof repair, we can help! Here at Bromsgrove Roofing Supplies ltd, we can provide a free no obligation quotation for roofing materials and tools you need. Contact us today to see how we can help you!

Tel: 01527 864944


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