North East roofing firm's demand for work rockets ahead of storm season

Roofing firm issues a warning ahead of storm season to get ‘pre-emptive’ work done now or risk facing months of delays and sky-high repair costs.

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Roofing firm, Findley Roofing based in Washington and covering South Shields has revealed demand for ‘pre-emptive’ roofing work has rocketed ahead of storm season.

Last year Findley Roofing had over 400 storm damage enquiries after deadly Storm Eunice battered Britain, while staff visited one ‘apocalyptic’ street where a dozen chimneys had collapsed.

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Now many are rushing to ‘storm proof’ their homes ahead of winter after the country was battered by a series of deadly winds.

It comes as Britain prepares for Storm Agnes to hit, with heavy rain and winds of up to 80mph forecast to sweep across Britain.

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Richie Carrigan, sales and marketing manager for Findley Roofing said: “On the morning of Storm Eunice, we had 405 enquiries about storm damage – that was 405 homeowners who had left it too late.”

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“In some cases, the damage was almost apocalyptic in nature. Our staff visited properties where the whole roof had ended up in the back garden and on one street, a dozen chimneys collapsed.

“With the climate change crisis in full swing, winter weather is probably only going to get even more extreme, so that’s why so many people are trying to get ahead of the curve and storm proof their homes before the worst weather arrives this winter.”

“It is far cheaper to take a step before the event than to pay for a major repair job after your home has been wrecked, and the demand for pre-emptive work suggests that message is now starting to get through to the public.”

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Weather experts are already forecasting a colder than usual winter, while in a grim precursor to storm season, the Met Office recently revealed there are over 20 names already assigned for UK storms during the cold months.