14 Feb

'Damaged roofs lead to large costs'

'Damaged roofs lead to large costs'

More than 1.5 UK properties' roofs were damaged as a result of strong winds in 2007, according to new figures published by Halifax Home Insurance.

The bank's survey of damage found that the average cost of such events stood at £2,000, which was a collective figure of £4.5 billion.

Over Britain, 200 million roof tiles had to be replaced as a consequence of the storms, something that was not good news for UK builders, Halifax noted.

Halifax Home Insurance senior claims manager Martyn Foulds argued that consumers could act now to ensure that they are not hit financially.

"The damage caused by high winds runs into billions of pounds each year. Immediate action is vital if householders are to avoid seeing the problem exacerbated by water coming in through missing or broken tiles," he commented.

He added that homeowners could carry out an inspection of their properties if the house is battered by winds.

Abbey has also suggested in recent times that erratic weather in the UK has led to a greater deal of storm damage.ADNFCR-1222-ID-18468018-ADNFCR

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