Regardless of what industry you work in, you will no doubt often come up against issues. Whether large and significant or small and manageable, they can be planned for and dealt with accordingly. Yet, working in roofing, or any profession that involves being outdoors, there’s one thing you cannot even plan for, let alone change…and that’s the great British weather!

 

Often when we think of difficult weather conditions, rain, snow or thunder storms come to mind; we don’t tend to consider wind as being a massive issue. But in our industry it is wind that can often prove most hazardous to the long-term integrity of a roof.

Wind Uplift on the Rise

Following the alarming increase in the number of wind uplift cases, this issue is one that needs to be addressed by the roofing sector’s delivery chain in order to avoid the threat of serious injuries to members of the public and ensure that there is no unnecessary damage to the building, not to mention expensive repairs costs.

 

This means understanding best practice design requirements when it comes to specifying a roofing system.  

Specification, Specification, Specification

The health & safety considerations for mitigating the risk of wind uplift should begin at specification stage. Many manufacturers don’t consider the suitability of the existing substrate or cover this element as part of their guarantee so therefore do not see the need to include this as part of their design requirements.

 

Regardless of the fixing method, there can be risks with any system that is installed incorrectly, this can be magnified if a wind load calculation hasn’t been completed with sufficient expertise. For example, if you undertake the calculation using general measurements instead of the ones specific to your installation or the geographic location of the project.

The Benefits of a Liquid Applied System

Quality liquid systems with a high bond strength are designed to adhere securely to the substrate, often, with no additional fixings, because of this a liquid applied membrane is often a more favourable system.

 

Working with a manufacturer with the technical expertise to advise on the suitability of a particular system for the substrate involved in the specific scheme is also an important part of mitigating the risk of wind uplift. They should always consider compatibility of the adhesive or fixing and the substrate, this is especially relevant when working on overlay schemes.

 

No matter your chosen method, appropriate specification, quality products, sustained technical support and skilled installation all remain essential to successful installation of any roofing system.