UK Weather Disasters & Rubber Roofing

Over the past 50 years, the UK has seen some treacherous weather conditions. From the wettest April in 100 years to the hottest day in history since records began. It is safe to say that we have been through our fair share of extreme weather conditions. Here at Rubber4Roofs, we’ve taken a look at some of the most memorable weather disasters over the past 50 years.

1990: Burns Day Storm
This disastrous wind storm caused major disruptions to travel, schools and caused huge destruction with falling trees, collapsing buildings and power cuts. As one of the strongest windstorms on record, the UK faced hurricane-force winds with strong gusts of up to 104 mph. The total estimated damage was over £2bn. As you can imagine, for many people their homes suffered damage too, from roof damages to power cuts. Many pre-existing structural problems were also brought to the forefront during this storm, such as damaged or leaky roofs. However, those with an EPDM flat roof weathered the storm as rubber roofing is capable of withstanding high winds and cold temperatures down to -40°C.

2003: Hottest day in UK history
Many may remember the hottest day on record in August 2003, temperatures reached a sweltering 38.5°C. This broke all records for the hottest day in the UK since records began in 1875. People flocked to the coast to soak up the intense sunshine and enjoy the British beaches. All tourist destinations in the UK were flooded with people and tourism for the day flourished.

Unfortunately, hot weather also has its disadvantages. With huge commuter delays, health risks include dehydration and sunstroke, as well as melting roads and structural issues to buildings and homes. With felt roofs fairing the worst in hot weather, the sun can cause bubbles and blisters which can crack and cause splits and leaks. EPDM rubber membranes fare extremely well in hot weather, with superior elasticity making it resistant to cracking or splitting and can withstand temperatures of +120°C.

2019-2020: Floods
Between November 2019 and February 2020 we saw a snowball of severe winter flooding. With
excessive rainfall we saw the wettest February since 1766, that is 254 years! Over 6.5inches of rainfall fell causing destructive damage to property, businesses, the environment and the economy. With one in six homes in England at risk of flooding or water damage to their homes, it is vital to prepare yourselves and your property. Ensuring your flat roof is watertight and secure is one way to start. EPDM rubber roofing provides exceptional resistance to the effects of weather by being puncture resistant and waterproof. The roofing membrane also has a life expectancy in excess of 50 years, making them highly cost-effective and environmentally friendly.

As well as being extremely weather-resistant, there are a whole host of benefits with single-ply rubber roofing, such as:

  • Easy to install & long-lasting
  • Life-span of up to 50 years
  • Airtight construction
  • Exceptional weather resistance
  • Protection in all temperatures
  • Durable with resistance to tears and punctures
  • Lightweight ability

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For more information on the right roofing system to suit your specific needs, speak to one of our expert team on 024 7666 7234. One of our specialist team members will assess your specific requirements and advise you on the most suitable roofing system for you.

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