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How to Prepare Your Roof for Storm Damage in Melbourne


On Tuesday the 13th of February 2024, a huge storm hit Victoria, causing major power outages in numerous towns and suburbs which lasted up to a week for some people. The storm ignited criticisms of the state’s outdated transmission lines and the government’s lack of planning to prepare for future extreme weather events driven by climate change. During the power outages, many people had to throw away food or went without running water, and others had their roofs battered and their homes damaged. So, what should you do to prepare yourself for a storm? And what should you do after the carnage?

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The simplest thing you can do to prepare your roof for future storms is to book a professional roofing contractor every three years or so to check your roof for weaknesses or damage and to ensure that you keep up on roof maintenance. Roof maintenance may include undertaking basic tasks, like regularly cleaning your gutters and clearing back large tree branches from your roof line. The latter will reduce the risk of branches being ripped off and landing on your roof during high winds, while cleaning your gutters reduces the risk of water flowing back into your home or acting as fuel during a bushfire. Also, be sure to check for any loose ridge caps or cracked tiles, regularly. 

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But what if you do get caught in a storm and your roof sustains significant damage? For emergencies, it is best to contact the S.E.S on 132 500. Emergencies that the S.E.S can help with include removing fallen tree branches, assisting with the flooding of your home, placing tarps over damaged walls or roofs that are exposed to the elements and getting you out of your home if debris is blocking the exits. If anybody’s life is in danger, it is always best to call 000, so the police, fire brigade or ambulance service can assist.

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If it is not an emergency, you can call your insurer and make a claim. Your insurance will either send a roofing contractor out to quote the repairs for the damage, or you can arrange to organise quotes yourself. If you are organising the quotes yourself, be sure to find a reputable roofing company who are registered building practitioners with the VBA (Victorian Building Authority). The VBA are working to improve standards across the building industry and to eliminate unlicensed or unregistered scammers from taking advantage of unwary customers by undercutting qualified and licensed professional roofing companies.

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Top Glaze Roofing Systems® are a licensed and experienced roofing company that have been servicing Melbourne and its surrounding suburbs since 1987. Top Glaze Roofing Systems are licensed building practitioners with the Victorian Building Authority (VBA). By law, all roofing companies in Victoria must be registered with the VBA in order to uphold a high standard of work quality across the industry and to provide customers with protection from scammers. Be sure to use a registered VBA practitioner to conduct roofing work at your home. To organise a professional assessor to come out and provide a free no obligation roof report and quote for all your roofing needs, call 1800 88 77 98 anytime.


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