4 Problems That Might Be Caused by Your Roof

Having issues with your house? Your roof might be to blame. While many homeowners see their roof as a simple, unremarkable part of their property, it actually contributes to several aspects of your home.

Read on as we look at four property problems that could be down to your roof.

1.   Leaks

Okay, some leaks are obviously down to your roof. When water is dripping through the upstairs ceiling, you can almost certainly put it down to the home’s umbrella. However, your roof should do more than simply stop water getting in at the top.

There are other leaks that could be indirectly cause by your roof and guttering. Any water that’s getting into your property – upstairs or downstairs, walls or ceilings, or even in the cellar – is likely down to your roof.

Broken guttering can cause water to pour down the side of a building, break down the pointing and seep into walls, for instance.

2.   Cold

Feeling the cold inside your house? Or is it just difficult to maintain the right temperature? This could also be down to your roof. All buildings have a thermal envelope comprising the floor, walls, windows, doors and roof. Because these components separate your home from the outdoors, they are responsible for keeping in heat.

While many homeowners will spend big money replacing their windows and doors or installing cavity wall insulation, most forget the importance of their roof. Any gaps or worn-down materials will inevitably let heat out and make it difficult to heat your home.

3.   Low valuation

We all have a ballpark figure in mind for the value of our homes, based on what we bought them for and how much other homes have risen in value. But what if the estate agent’s valuation isn’t as high as the figure expected? It could be your roof – not least because the potential buyer will need to fix it.

A roof in a bad condition can also significantly affect kerb appeal, one of the biggest influencers on a house’s value. On top of that, it could cast a bad light on the rest of your property, causing estate agents to lower their valuation.

4.   Difficulty selling

After valuation comes the sale. Sometimes, no matter how much interest you get, your property just won’t sell. If buyers are pulling out of the sale, your roof could be at fault.

As well as a basic lender’s valuation, most buyers will have the property surveyed before completing a purchase. If the survey shows that your roof is in a bad condition, many buyers will lose interest and pull out. Because they’re under no obligation to share the survey’s findings with you then you could go months without realising your roof is causing sales to fall through.

The solution – an inspection

Whether it’s a leak, cold house or problem selling, a professional roof inspection is the only guaranteed way to find out whether your roof is at fault. At DPR Roofing, we have decades of experience inspecting and repairing roofs in and around Wakefield.

If you’ve encountered any of the problems above, we’d be happy to help with a thorough inspection, advice and repairs where required.


UK vs US Roofing – Understanding the 3 Key Differences

UK vs US Roofing – Understanding the 3 Key Differences

Whether it’s baking a cake or changing a car tyre, it’s become second nature to ask Google for advice and more information nowadays. The problem? Results from the US dominate a lot of searches.

Sure, that’s not an issue when you’re searching for recipes. But when it comes to roofing, there are several differences between UK and US roofing. It’s best to be aware of these differences so you can make an informed decision about your roof, rather than being misled.

1.   Materials

One of the most common things you’ll see online when reading about roofing is the use of ‘shingles’. So much so, in fact, it’s easy to assume this is just the US word for tiles. It’s not.

Shingles are an alternative to tiles which are made of felt with a bituminous ‘asphalt’ covering. They’re a lightweight material which makes it very cheap to cover a roof.

However, they’re also inferior to real clay or concrete tiles when it comes to protecting your home, which is why this system has never really taken off in the UK. Over here, felt roofing of this type  is pretty much restricted to garden sheds.

2.   Guttering

Another key difference between UK and US roofs is the choice of guttering and drainage. In the UK, it’s become common practice to use PVC for guttering. Why? It’s durable, flexible and relatively cheap. PVC is also available in different colours, so it can be matched to the roof or property.

In the US, they use a lot of metal in their gutters. Of course, this comes at a cost and isn’t as versatile in appearance as PVC. However, it’s not necessarily bad practice. There’s nothing wrong with metal gutters if you want something more heavy duty and potentially longer lasting than PVC, which is why it should probably be adopted by more people in the UK.

3.   Longevity

With natural slate and stone roofing, the UK has some of the longest lasting roofs in the world. Our roofs last for upwards of 50 years as standard, with some lasting two to three centuries.

In contrast, many US roofs will last a couple of decades. That’s not because of shoddy workmanship or faults, it’s simply the accepted lifespan when using materials like shingles.

This is probably the most important distinction between UK and US roofs, as highlights a fundamental difference in the roofing industry. US roofs are installed and replaced quite frequently. Over the course of a lifetime, you could expect to have two, three or even more roofs.

In the UK, roofs are built to last. If you have a new roof installed by a reputable roofing company, it’s not unrealistic to expect it to last a lifetime with the right care and maintenance.

Roofs built to last

If you’re looking for advice that’s specific to your roof, DPR Roofing can help. We’re a team of trusted roofing contractors in Wakefield with over three decades of experience. When it comes to roofing repairs or replacements, we work for the long-term rather than patching things up with quick fixes.

Whether it’s guttering, flat roofing or a repair on your home’s roof, we’re on hand to help throughout Wakefield and the surrounding areas.

Can Roofers Work in Winter?

Can Roofers Work in Winter?

Can Roofers Work in Winter?

Winter is the most challenging time of the year for your roof, with colder temperatures and more rainfall than any other season. However, those conditions also make it tricky when it comes to repairing or inspecting your roof. Bit of a vicious circle, right?

In this post, we’ll look at whether roofers can work in winter – and any limitations.

Yes we can

The good news is that, by and large, roofers can work in winter. Despite the generally bad conditions, it’s possible to complete most jobs in the winter, especially as the UK’s weather isn’t particularly extreme.

Most important of all, roofers do work in the winter. After all, not many of us have the privilege of taking three months off work! That said, there are a few things to consider with winter roofing…

Weather permitting

There are some instances where it will simply be too wet or windy to complete a job. Not only would this risk the safety of the roofers working on your home, it could lead to a substandard job or unnecessary damage to your roof.

Don’t worry. Any good roofer will bear this in mind, letting you know as early as possible if they’re unable to complete work on your roof.

Shorter days

Another consideration is the lack of daylight in winter, with the sun setting at around 4pm at the peak of winter. Needless to say, roofers need light to get the job done. While artificial lighting is an option, it’s not really best practice.

Put simply, with such short days in winter, you can expect roofers to have a bit less time to fit you in.

Extra demand

On top of that, roofers will typically get a lot more calls in winter as the temperatures drop and the rain starts falling. After spending most of the year thinking their roof is fine, people will realise that their roof isn’t in the best condition and call on their local roofer to help.

That’s fair enough. But it does add to the issue of roofers being booked up throughout winter.

Get in early – choose spring summer or autumn and not winter

Given that roofers are extra-busy, with less hours of daylight and have to work around the weather, our best advice is to get in early. Wherever possible, book a thorough roof inspection rather than waiting for leaks to occur.

Or, if you’ve noticed that your roof is leaking, make sure to get on the phone straight away. We can guarantee that a small repair now will be quicker, easier and cheaper than whatever happens if you ignore the problem. Water will just continue to get in, spread and cause further damage.

Here to help Wakefield’s residents & businesses

If you’re searching for a local roofer this winter, DPR Roofing in Wakefield is a team of roofing specialists you can depend on. We provide a wide range of roofing services, from small repairs to full replacements, so you can get things sorted quickly when the weather gets bad.

Get in touch with our team today on 01924 255 677 to arrange an inspection and quote.

Why is There Moss on My Roof?

Why is There Moss on My Roof?

Why is There Moss on My Roof?Having moss on your roof can be a real eyesore. Not only that, it poses a range of problems for your property. But why is it there in the first place? And is there anything you can do to prevent it developing? That’s exactly what we’ll explore in this post.

The problems with moss

Moss does far more than simply ruin the appearance of your home. It stops rainwater flowing off your roof and can even hold that water after the rain has stopped.

Depending on the species, moss can hold up to 20 times its dry weight in water, which keeps moisture on your roofing materials and can weaken them over time. Naturally, this also means a lot more pressure on your roof from the added load.

On top of all that, the moisture held by moss can cause cracks to emerge when the temperature drops. Water can get into cracks and expand when it freezes, creating even bigger problems for your roof and your property.

There are also additional problems for your gutters, whether it’s moss falling into them or growing directly within. Moss will create a blockage in your gutters which could lead to an overflow of water onto walls and foundations.

Why it’s there

In most cases, moss gets onto your roof when you live near a lot of trees. Unlike money, moss frequently grows on trees – their trunks, branches and the area surrounding them. It can easily spread to nearby homes and begin developing on your roof.

However, moss can also grow in areas where trees aren’t such a common sight. The flowerless plants can be directed up to a mile away from tree laden areas. That’s why it’s such a common problem in the UK, as most homes are situated within a mile of trees.

How to deal with it

Given that moss literally grows on trees, it’s not something you can prevent by making a small change to your property or your lifestyle. However, you can stop it in its tracks when you see it developing.

The best course of action to prevent moss from becoming problematic is simply to have it removed. No – we don’t mean DIY removal. Any work involving your roof is dangerous to both you and your property without the proper training.

Instead, you can have your roof inspected annually by professionals. That way, they can deal with any moss that’s grown over the course of the year and check for any other problems at the same time.

Can we help?

If you need to have moss removed from your roof in Wakefield, DPR Roofing can help. We provide a comprehensive range of professional roofing services for commercial and domestic properties in Wakefield and the surrounding areas.

Our team of expert roofers will perform a thorough inspection of your roof and get rid of any moss in an instant. Call us today for a no-obligation quote.

4 Key Considerations for Roofing Battens

4 Key Considerations for Roofing Battens

4 Key Considerations for Roofing Battens

Used as a base for fixing tiles and slates in place, battens play a pivotal role in the quality, strength and durability of your roof. They lay the initial foundations of your roof which means investing in high-quality materials and choosing the right company for the job is an important process.

Want to know more about what to consider for your next roofing project? Read on for our top tips on what to look for.

1. Opt for industrial pressure treated battens

Installing roofing battens is a big job which means you'll want your materials to last. For a high-quality finish opt for industrial pressure treated battens that stand up against the elements, including water damage and rot. This is particularly important in the UK, where wet weather is expected for much of the year.

Roofing battens that haven't undergone industrial pressure treating can jeopardise the quality of your roof. This could not only affect the safety and stability of your home but also the resale value.

Following updates to the BS 5534 code of practice for slating and tiling, it's no longer possible to grade wooden battens on the worksite. This means that in most cases your home will always be fitted with factory graded battens that meet BS 5534 standards.

2. Choose a trustworthy company

Battens are the bread and butter of your roof which means it's important to enlist the help of a company you trust during the installation process. Start by checking out the testimonials and browsing case studies on the company website.

You should also look for accreditations from organisations such as Confederation of Roofing Contractors (CORC), Federation of Master Builders (FMB), TrustMark and Safecontractor . Of course, calling the company and taking the time to chat to an expert and gauge their level of knowledge and customer service is also important.

3. Be ready to invest

When it comes to roofing battens you get what you pay for. In some cases, cutting corners or opting for cheaper materials can be a great way to save during the construction process. However, when laying the foundations for a solid roof, you want a product that doesn't scrimp on quality.

Dishonest companies can often win jobs by using cheap materials and offering rock-bottom quotes. While this means clients end up with a smaller invoice, the final product is roofing battens that simply aren't up to scratch. QUALITY IS REMEMBERED LONG AFTER THE PRICE IS FORGOTTEN.

4. Enlist the help of professionals

Installing roofing battens can be a complex and time-consuming job, which means it's best to leave the hard work to the professionals. Not only will you save yourself time and stress, but you can also rest assured that your roofing battens will be installed to the highest of standards.

This means no leaks, no slipping tiles and watertight safety. From an aesthetic perspective your roof will also have a neat, streamlined look. Repairs can also be difficult, so it's also worth enlisting the help of an expert for smaller jobs.

Can we help?

If you’re looking for advice and assistance with roofing battens, the team at DPR Roofing in Wakefield are only too happy to help. We have over 30 years’ experience repairing and installing domestic roofs, so you can rest assured you’re in the best hands.


How Do You Make Sure a Roof is Waterproof?

How Do You Make Sure a Roof is Waterproof?

How Do You Make Sure a Roof is Waterproof?

Here in the UK, we’re pretty used to the rain. With an average of 156 days of rain each year, we’re constantly stocked up with wellies, waterproof coats and umbrellas. But while we all prioritise keeping ourselves warm and dry, many of us don’t consider the damage the constant rain can do to our roofs.

From leaks and drips to mould and mildew, any rainwater making its way into your home can leave costly damage in its wake. That’s why it’s so important to make sure your roof – the umbrella of your home – is waterproof, to protect you and your home from the rainy English days. Keep reading to find out how to make sure your roof is waterproof this summer…

Leaking ceiling

The easiest way to check whether your roof is waterproof is to look for leaks around your home. When you notice a leak, it means water has penetrated your roof and made its way into your home. In most cases, you won’t have to go looking for these leaks. You’ll simply notice water dripping where it shouldn’t be.

However, there’s always the chance that water could be leaking behind furniture or in a discreet corner of the room. If you spot anything that looks out of the ordinary, call in a roofing contractor to inspect your roof and find the underlying cause.

Checking your roof space

Water doesn’t always make its way in through your ceiling. If you want to catch leaks earlier, it’s best to check the roof space. Again, if you see any water dripping through, it’s clear that your roof isn’t watertight. However, there are also some less obvious signs to look for.


While water might not be visibly dripping into your home, it could still be getting into your roof space. Look for damp patches on the timbers of your roof and around all the corners of your roof.


Over time, damp conditions can allow mould to develop. If you spot any mould in your roof space, it usually means water is getting in. Again, be sure to get this checked by a professional.


Another tell-tale sign of poor waterproofing is light. Take a look in your roof space when it’s nice and bright outside – but keep the lights off. If you can see beams of daylight coming into an otherwise dark space, it means your roof isn’t watertight. After all, if there’s a gap for light, there’s a gap for water.

Call in a professional

Concerned that your roof is letting in water? DPR Roofing in Wakefield are a team of roofing specialists that can put things right. With over 30 years’ experience, we have the knowledge and training to keep your roof safe, secure and completely waterproof. With our help, you can make sure your flat roof or tiled roof is providing complete protection for your home throughout the year.


Selling Your Home in 2019? Here are 5 Things to Spruce Up

Are you thinking of upping sticks and moving in 2019? Whether you’re moving around the corner or across the world, getting the most money for your property is the best way to set yourself up for the move.

Baking bread, banning the pets and kids, putting away muddy shoes – there are a number of small things you can do to increase the appeal of your home to potential buyers. But what about the bigger things? What should you put at the top of your to-do list for increasing your home value? Keep reading for the top 5 things to spruce up when selling your home in 2019…

1. Windows

One of the first things potential buyers will see when looking at your home is your windows. Bright, open and gleaming? Or are they more cloudy, dull and worn? If they are the latter, you may want to spruce them up a little before inviting visitors to look around your home.

We’re not talking about getting the window cleaner and sponge out. Window replacements are a great way to improve the look of your home, whilst adding value due to their energy efficiency and security.

2. Garden

If your property has a garden, that’s a huge bonus when it comes to selling. Add a well-kept, attractive and spacious garden into the mix, and you could make a few extra thousand on the sale of your home.

If your garden is currently overgrown and messy, think about cutting the weeds back and mowing the lawn before putting your property up for sale as this could put a number of potential buyers off before they even get through the door.

3. Re-decorate

One of the easiest, but most effective ways of sprucing up your home for a sale is to add a lick of paint to the walls. This doesn’t have to cost a fortune and can be done in one weekend – if you rope in a few friends and family members! But the difference it can make is astonishing.

Adding a fresher, more open feel to your home and making it look as good as new will wow potential buyers and give them a clearer idea of what their home would look like.

4. Exterior walls

If you’ve lived in your home for a while, or you purchased an older property, the external walls may look a little tired and worn. Can you spot cracks in the mortar? Or perhaps gaps in the bricks? Whatever the issue, repointing your house’s walls can make a huge difference when it comes to the sale of your property. Whether you do it yourself or hire a professional, you can transform the look of your home instantly with repointing.

5. Roof

The roof is the umbrella of your property. Keeping the elements out and the warmth inside, a well-kept roof equals a well-kept property in buyers’ minds. Take care of any roof issues or replace your roof entirely before putting your home on the market to add value and increase appeal.

At DPR Roofing in Wakefield, we have over 30 years’ experience replacing and repairing the roofs of residential and commercial properties in the local area. We can increase your property’s value, gain extra interest and improve your chances of securing a sale.

5 Parts of Your Roof in Need of Some Spring Maintenance

5 Parts of Your Roof in Need of Some Spring Maintenance

5 Parts of Your Roof in Need of Some Spring Maintenance

Cold temperatures outside contrasting warm temperatures inside, with harsh weather for weeks on end – it’s fair to say that winter can be hard on your roof. These conditions can lead to a number of problems, making spring the perfect time for a bit of TLC.

In this post we’ll look at five parts of the roof that commonly need maintenance in spring.

1. Gutters

Your gutters are vital for a healthy roof and safe property. They guide water and debris away from your home and safely down the side of the property. But the cold winter temperatures, snow and ice can all cause a build-up of debris or even broken pipes.

In spring, it’s best to have gutters completely cleaned and inspected to see if any repairs are necessary. Otherwise, the summer showers could cause a few tricky issues for your home.

2. Flashing

Roof flashing connects the different elements of your roof, making sure water doesn’t get in through the joins of skylights, dormers or roof planes. Over time, especially in bad weather, flashing can wear away and – if left untreated – cause huge problems for your home.

Fortunately, it’s an easy problem for professionals to rectify. Flashing may need repairing, or replacing altogether. Either way, it’s best to tackle it sooner to avoid any damage to the rest of your roof.

3. Soffits and fascias

If you take a look up at your home, you’ll notice pvc or wood panels running along the underside of your roof and along the roofline. These are the soffit and fascia boards, both of which are crucial for a healthy roof. Even if they look in good shape to you, you won’t know until you’re up there. That’s why a roof inspection is important to check for soft spots, holes or cracks, which could lead to leaks and roof damage.

4. Flat roofs

All roofs can benefit from an annual spring inspection, but none more so than flat roofs. Flat roofs can develop splits in the winter, with frost and snow fall damaging the structure of the roof. If left untreated, these frost-related splits can lead to structural damage, broken tiles or even an entire roof collapse. That’s why spring is the best time to book in a roof inspection and arrange any repairs you may need on your flat roof.

5. Tiles

Your roof’s tiles are the most important aspect when it comes to aesthetics. They are what most people see when looking at your home, and any broken areas or built up debris can be unsightly. But they’re not only important for your home’s appearance. Any broken, loose or worn tiles can eventually allow water into your roof, resulting in leaks, draughts, damp and mould.

Protect your home

Spring is the ideal time to repair any roofing damage from the winter and set yourself up for a long, care-free summer. If you’re looking to repair or replace your roof this spring, DPR Roofing provides a wide range of services, covering both domestic and commercial properties. With over 30 years’ experience in the industry, we provide roofing solutions you can trust, with complete peace of mind.

Roofing Inspections – Free vs Paid

Roofing Inspections – Free vs Paid

Roofing Inspections – Free vs Paid

Is your roof suffering from leaks, draughts or weather damage? Perhaps you’re in need of a roofing survey on your potential new property? Or want to make sure your roof will last through the winter? Whether you’re taking precautions or wanting to assess the damage, a roofing inspection is a great way to understand exactly what is going on up there.

There are a number of roofing contractors out there offering inspections for a range of price points. Some may even offer a roof survey for free. But will a free inspection end up costing more in the long run? Should you fork out for a survey that you could get for free? Keep reading to discover the difference between free and paid roofing inspections.

New home checks

Often, when moving homes, you may want peace of mind that your new home is as perfect as you think. The last thing any of us want is to move into our dream home, only to suffer from leaks, cold nights and mould. A comprehensive roof survey can ensure that everything is in good working order before you sign the contract.

Generally, most roofing contractors will charge for a new home survey as they are often quite extensive and require a lot of work. By paying a little extra for a proper inspection, you could end up saving thousands in roof repairs later on, or even getting a reduced price for the property to cover the costs of repair.

Commercial inspections

Carrying out surveys on commercial buildings often involves high level access, which carries risk for the roofing company. If a contractor is using a cherry picker, upping their insurance or using multiple roofers, you should expect to see a reflection of this in their pricing. If you don’t, this may be a warning sign that they aren’t properly insured or using the right equipment.

Paid inspections, whether they’re on a commercial or domestic property, tend to be thorough and extensive, checking each and every part of your roof for any issues. This can save you a lot of money in the long run, as you will be alerted to any smaller issues early on before they develop into something that will cost a lot more to repair.

Free inspections turn out to be the opposite of just that. A roofer doing an inspection for free is on the lookout for works to cover his time so may well ‘invent’ items of work that a paid for survey will not raise. The paid for surveyor is happy as his time is covered by the fee. As a general rule, those who offer free inspections for homebuyers/sellers are short of work and will do anything to get a job out of nothing. Pay for it – it makes logical sense in the long run.

Accurate quotes

Before carrying out any work on a property, a good roofing contractor will inspect the area first to gain a full understanding of the problem at hand. Missing out or skimming over this step could mean the work carried out is unnecessary and could even damage your roof further.

At DPR Roofing in Wakefield, we offer complete roofing surveys for a range of purposes. We have over 30 years’ experience dealing with and resolving roof problems, so we know what to look out for, whether it’s a simple repair or an entirely new roof.

5 Benefits of Commercial Gutter Cleaning Services

5 Benefits of Commercial Gutter Cleaning Services

5 Benefits of Commercial Gutter Cleaning ServicesMaintaining clean gutters is vital to protect your property and business from damage. Despite that, most people put gutter cleaning to the bottom of their list. It gets ignored until it creates more serious problems that cost a lot more to fix.

In this post, we’re going to take a look at just why you should take your guttering seriously, with the top 5 benefits of commercial gutter cleaning services.

1. Protect against damp

Damaged gutters and drains can lead to blockages, which will quickly cause excess water to accumulate. With nowhere to go, this water could cause cracked foundations, leaks and damp inside and outside your property. It’s especially dangerous for businesses that keep valuables or documents in the building, as they could be damaged or destroyed by the excess moisture.

2. Safeguard your structure

Not only will clogged gutters put your valuables at risk, they can also cause costly damage to your property itself. Even the smallest leak or crack could cause major issues for your business, costing both time and money. Without properly maintained gutters, excess water has nowhere to go but down. It will build up around your building’s foundations, eventually penetrating them and weakening the structure of your property.

3. Saving money

Some companies avoid gutter cleaning services as they see them as a waste of money, or simply an unnecessary job. This couldn’t be further from the truth. By regularly checking and clearing your gutters, you can avoid paying huge charges further down the line. Gutter cleaners can also check for structural issues, pre-warning you to avoid surprise costs.

A small annual charge for gutter cleaning is nothing when compared with the thousands of pounds it costs to repair the damage caused by leaks.

4. Prevent pests

Excess water retention and damp provides the perfect conditions for a number of different pests. Moisture is wood’s worst enemy, quickly causing rot and decay which rats, mice and insects love. These pesky creatures can damage your building’s structure as well as seriously damaging your working environment. Properties typically need to be closed to deal with pest infestations. However, this can all be avoided with regular gutter maintenance.

5. Professional maintenance

While there is nothing stopping you from attempting to give gutter cleaning a go yourself, a professional can get the job done safely, quickly and to a much higher standard. At DPR Roofing in Wakefield, we have over 30 years’ experience maintaining and repairing commercial gutters in the local area.

We aim to complete every commercial gutter cleaning service quickly and efficiently, with minimal disruption to your business. Whether your property is in the education, construction or retail industry, we have the experience necessary to protect your building and maintain a clean, safe working environment.