People in Britain are convinced extreme weather conditions are here to stay, with 85% believing it has become the norm.
Flooded roads, fallen trees and damaged fences are no longer seen as rare occurrences. In fact, a quarter of 2,000 adults surveyed admitted they had been victims of flooding in some form.
Brits also estimate they’ve spent upwards of £790 in the last five years on repairs to their homes as a result of weather damage.
And more than one in 10 have had to spend more than £2,000 on weather-related restorations.
One in five are also planning changes to their home to combat the increasingly dangerous weather conditions – with a fifth planning on using sandbags to fight bad weather conditions.
And with an estimated 3,300 homes hit by extreme floods across the UK in recent months, 73 per cent believe the government need to do more to help people who suffer damage to their home from such circumstances.
A spokesman from Andrews Sykes Hire, which commissioned the survey, said: “Diverse weather conditions are seemingly becoming more frequent in this country.
“As a result, more focus has been put on ensuring our homes are in the best shape possible to battle the elements thrown at them throughout the year.
“The numbers of people in the UK that have been affected by weather damage is quite staggering – and it highlights the importance in taking measures that are necessary to protect your property.”
The study also found seven in 10 adults believe the general weather patterns have changed locally in recent years – but 29 per cent aren’t sure if they have adequate home insurance to cover extreme weather damage.
Fence destruction, broken roof tiles and leaks were the most common damages to homes, with 22 per cent having been impacted by falling trees.
But while half of those polled are confident in taking on certain home repairs themselves, nearly a third don’t think they’ve got the skills to do a good job.
It also emerged high winds, rainstorms and flooding are among the extreme weather conditions concerning people the most according to respondents via OnePoll.
As a result, new garden fences, storing away loose garden furniture and clearing the gutters are among the jobs high on the list of changes Brits hope to make ahead of future troublesome conditions.
But after a wet winter, many are predicting a heatwave this summer, with July earmarked as the most likely month for Britain to be scorched.
It also emerged nearly seven in 10 think the unpredictable weather is a cause for concern in the next few years and beyond.
Strong gales are feared most in the next 12 months as adults expect these will cause the most damage to their property.
A spokesman from Andrews Sykes Hire, added: “Extreme weather conditions don’t always necessarily mean flooding, but often this is sadly the case.”
“As conditions continue to fluctuate between hold and cold – heating and cooling requirements are likely to change that little bit more at home and in work, too.”
“Many are keen to take on their own repair work, but regardless of whether it’s done yourself or by a professional, there are a range of products available at Andrews Sykes that will help deal with the job.”
|Extreme Weather – Survey Results|
|1. To what extent do you agree or disagree with the following statement? ‘Extreme weather conditions are now becoming ‘the norm’.’|
|Neither agree nor disagree||11.70%|
|2. Have you noticed the general weather patterns have changed in the area you live in recent years?|
|3. What kind of extreme weather conditions have you been personally affected by in the UK? Whether at home or when travelling|
|N/A – I have never been affected by extreme weather||13.95%|
|4. How have you seen extreme weather impact your local area?|
|Damage garden fences||44.40%|
|Impact local business||12.90%|
|Impact local agriculture||12.25%|
|Homes damaged locally||19.45%|
|N/A; I haven’t noticed an impact in my local area||17.05%|
|5. If you are a homeowner, have you experienced damage to your home as a result of weather (e.g. storm, flood) in the last five years?|
|N/A – I am not a homeowner||22.25%|
|6. What type of damage have you experienced to your home as a result of weather damage?|
|Fences blown over||55.53%|
|Broken roof tiles||37.02%|
|Broken TV aerial/dish||20.57%|
|Damaged front/back doors||13.62%|
|Leaking windows or doors||20.05%|
|7. How much money do you estimate weather damage to your home has cost you in the last five years? Please select the closest match in pounds|
|8. Are you currently planning changes to your home to combat more varied weather conditions? E.g. making repairs, buying sandbags, mending/building fences|
|Not sure/not able to make any changes||11.90%|
|9. What changes to your home are you planning to combat increasingly diverse weather conditions?|
|Seal entrants and exits||22.85%|
|New garden fences||41.06%|
|Increase home ventilation||18.21%|
|Improve heating system||28.48%|
|Clean the gutters||41.39%|
|Repair wall cracks||34.11%|
|Fit draft excluders||24.50%|
|Tidy the garden and store away anything loose||44.37%|
|10. If you are planning to make changes to your home, which extreme weather conditions are you planning for?|
|11. Are you confident taking on home repairs on your own?|
|Yes – I am confident with any job||18.97%|
|Yes – but only certain jobs||50.03%|
|12. Do you have the necessary equipment to hand to take on varying home repairs?|
|13. Do you have adequate home insurance to cover you for extreme weather?|
|N/A – I don’t have any home insurance||3.67%|
|14. Is your home/the place where you live at risk of flooding?|
|15. If you think there will be a heatwave this summer, which month do you think it’ll most likely fall into?|
|N/A – I don’t think there will be a heatwave||15.90%|
|16. To what extent do you agree or disagree with the following statement? ‘I’m concerned about weather conditions becoming more unpredictable in the next few years and beyond’|
|Neither agree nor disagree||23.45%|
|17. To what extent do you agree or disagree with the following statement? ‘The government needs to do more to help people who suffer bad weather damage to their home’|
|Neither agree nor disagree||21.10%|
|18. What month of the year do you think offers the best weather in the UK?|
|N/A – I don’t think any month offers good weather||11.95%|
|19. What extreme weather do you think could realistically damage your home/the place where you live in the next 12 months?|
|N/A – none in particular||30.50%|
|20. What do you think would be the best name for the next storm?|
|N/A – Not sure / Nothing in particular||40.45%|