Wettest May on Record – Time to Check Your Roof

If you get through the winter without your roof leaking, you might think you can breathe a sigh of relief. In some ways, you can – the worst is over, after all.

However, the UK weather is far from predictable. Heavy rain can fall at any time of the year, as we saw in May 2021 – one of the wettest Mays on record. Read on as we look back at a May to forget weather-wise, and how to make sure your roof is in good nick.

May, May, go away…

When you think of May, you usually associate it with springtime, sunshine and the odd after-work barbecue. Not in 2021. Continuing with the unprecedented theme we’ve become accustomed to, May 2021 was one of the wettest Mays on record.

Just two weeks into May, we’d seen 91% of the rainfall that’s usually expected over the entire month. And it wasn’t until the final week of May that we saw some of the sunshine we’ve come to expect from the spring season.

What it means for your roof

For most people, wet weather simply means putting their plans on hold and grabbing the umbrella before heading out. But if your roof isn’t up to scratch, things can be a bit more serious.

The levels of rainfall we saw in May were similar to those normally associated with the winter months. That means they were enough to put your roof to the test if it’s not in the best condition.

Normally, the best time to check your roof’s condition is before winter (to make sure it’s prepared for the worst) and after winter (to check for any damage from the bad weather). However, after one of the wettest Mays on record, it’s well worth checking your roof again to see how it’s fared.

How to check your roof

Without a doubt, the best way to check your roof’s condition is to arrange a professional inspection from a trusted roofing company. They can safely access your roof to inspect every corner up close and make sure even the smallest issue is identified and repaired.

That said, you can also perform a few checks yourself without the need to get onto your roof:

  • Inspect your loft, ceilings and the top of walls for leaks or damp patches.
  • Go up to your loft in the day time, turn off the lights and check for any daylight passing through your roof. If light can get through, so can rainwater.
  • Look up at your roof from ground level and check for:
    • Cracked, loose or missing tiles.
    • Loose or damaged flashing.
    • Blocked, cracked or leaking gutters.

Book a roof inspection today

If you want complete peace of mind when it comes to your roof, you can’t do better than a professional inspection from the team at DPR Roofing.

Operating throughout Leeds for over 30 years, we know domestic and commercial roofs like the back of our hand. In short, we can spot roofing problems a mile off and, most importantly, we know how to repair them for good.

To arrange an inspection for your roof, call us on 0113 335 0043 or email [email protected].