How to Save Money on Roofing as a Landlord

How to Save Money on Roofing as a Landlord

How to Save Money on Roofing as a Landlord

Roofing is a bit of a necessary evil as a landlord. It’s your responsibility to keep your property’s roof in good repair. While it might cost money, it does protect the rest of the property that you’ve invested in.

Want to reduce the amount of money you’re spending on roofers? Read on for our tips…

Communicate with tenants

While you’re responsible for the cost of roof repairs, tenants have a responsibility to report any issues to you. That’s why it’s important to maintain a good relationship with your tenants and encourage them to keep their side of the bargain.

You don’t have to give them your personal contact details to do so. Estate agents can act as a middleman to filter out anything you don’t need to worry about.

Don’t put it off!

Roofing problems don’t go away. If your tenant reports a leak, it’s important to get it seen to as soon as possible. If left ignored, small roofing issues can develop into bigger problems. That could be worse damage to your roof or water damage inside the property.

As well as damaging your reputation and relationship with tenants, it will cost more to repair when you do get round to it.

Book regular inspections

Not all roof damage results in a visible leak. A professional inspection is recommended once a year to check the condition of your roof. Problems can be nipped in the bud before costly repairs are needed, saving you plenty of money over time. It’s also a good opportunity to have your gutters cleared, which is required on a yearly basis too.

Bite the replacement bullet if needed

If a professional roofer recommends that you need a new roof, it’s best to take their word for it. Old roofs require so much maintenance to keep them working. That means paying out to have things patched up every year (at least). Eventually, it becomes more cost-effective to pay for a replacement.

Find a roofer you can trust

Having a reliable roofer on your side is vital to most of the tips above. Admittedly, not all roofers can be trusted when they recommend a replacement. There’s also the risk of disreputable roofers trying to bump up the price for landlords that aren’t there to inspect the damage themselves.

A trusted local contractor can take care of your property’s roof on your behalf. They won’t rip you off or recommend anything you don’t need. The result is maximum cost-efficiency, peace of mind and a good roof over your investment.

Wakefield’s go-to roofers

DPR Roofing has been working with landlords throughout Wakefield for over 30 years. From inspections and small repairs to long-lasting replacements, we provide reliable, cost-effective roofing services that are tailored to your requirements.

To find out more or arrange an inspection for your property, don’t hesitate to contact us on 01924 255 677. You can also email [email protected] and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.


hat's the Most Stormproof Type of Roof

What’s the Most Stormproof Type of Roof?

hat's the Most Stormproof Type of Roof

Seasonal cycles bring with them harsh weather conditions, including heavy rain and high winds. The recent storms that hit the UK were certainly no exception, with 122mph winds during storm Eunice.

These unexpectedly high wind speeds put even the best roofs to the test. While many stayed intact, roofs that haven’t been regularly maintained suffered the most. If you want to avoid such mishaps on your property, you may be wondering which type of roof is best in a storm. Read on as we take a closer look.

Pitched vs flat roofs

Roofs come in all different shapes and sizes and there are several benefits to each. The shape and style of your roof are important for aesthetic purposes and how they perform during stormy weather.

Pros and cons of pitched roofs

Although plenty of commercial properties have pitched roofs, they are more common on residential homes.

Pitched roofs have a wider variety of styles than flat roofs, and the slope makes drainage more efficient. Additional benefits of pitched roofs are:

  • Better weather protection
  • Wide choice of architectural designs
  • Longer lasting

Pitched roofs weather storms better than flat roofs primarily because of their superior drainage abilities. However, that does not necessarily mean that a pitched roof is a way to go for your build.

Pitched roofs are more expensive than flat roofs. Generally speaking, the steeper the pitch the more expensive the installation. So if you are strapped for cash, there are flat roof options that provide adequate storm protection.

Pro and cons of flat roofs

Although flat roofs are flat by appearance, they do have a slight slope as this is essential for drainage.

Flat roofs have a minimum roof pitch of 1:80 to prevent rainwater pooling on the surface. Therefore flat roofs are relatively stormproof. If well maintained and made from durable materials, flat roofs have a couple of benefits:

  • Lower installation costs
  • Easier repairs and inspections

The downside is that flat roofs are more prone to leaking, which can make ongoing maintenance more expensive in the long run.

What about materials?

What your roof is made from is just as important as its ergonomics. Generally speaking, it’s a case of the more you pay, the more durable (and stormproof) a product you’ll get.

Pitched roofing materials

For pitched roofs, the main choices are slate, clay tiles and concrete tiles. Slate is the most expensive roofing material, but it’s also the most durable, lasting over 100 years with the right care. On the flipside are concrete tiles, which can last upwards of 30 years but are significantly cheaper. In the middle, you’ll find clay tiles, which typically last around 50 years. Slate will stand you in best stead during a storm, but it obviously comes at a cost.

Flat roofing materials

On the other hand, two of the most popular options for flat roofs are felt and glass reinforced plastic (GRP). Again the level of storm protection comes down to cost. Well-installed GRP roofing can last more than 30 years and stand up against the harshest weather. Flat roofing felt usually lasts about half that time, so bad rain or wind could start to affect it after around 15 years.

Maintenance is key

No matter which roof type or materials you choose, no factor is more important than maintenance. If it’s been well looked after, there’s no reason why any kind of roof should be affected by high winds and heavy rain.

At DPR Roofing, we’re committed to providing complete peace of mind to customers throughout  Wakefield and the surrounding areas. Our team will recommend a new roof that’s suited to your budget and preferences, then make sure it’s properly installed to protect you for years to come.

If you’d like to get the ball rolling, give us a call on 01924 255 677 or email [email protected].


Why Does My Roof Only Leak in Heavy Rain?

Why Does My Roof Only Leak in Heavy Rain?

Why Does My Roof Only Leak in Heavy Rain?

Roof leaks are always concerning. But if your leak goes away when the weather is dry or just a bit drizzly, it can leave you unsure what’s actually wrong. In this post, we’ll provide some answers why roofs might only be leaking in heavy rain.

What’s actually happening

First of all, it’s worth clarifying what’s really happening when roofs ‘only leak in heavy rain’. In most cases, they’re actually letting water in whenever the heavens open. However, it’s only in heavy rain that the leak becomes visible.

When the rain is spitting or drizzling, water will still be getting in. That could be through a small break in your flashing or the gap from a cracked tile, for instance. With light rain, that small amount of water can seep into your ceiling, walls or roofing timbers without creating a visible leak.

Crank up the precipitation, and the leak will show. When it settles down, you’ll go back to ‘normal’. Misinterpreting that as a roof that only leaks in heavy rain can be problematic, as discussed below.

And why…

The reason your roof only appears to be leaking in heavy rain is probably as you expected. The damage isn’t quite as bad as a roof that is constantly dripping. Before you ask, no that doesn’t mean it can be left untreated.

Even the smallest roof leak will eventually develop into a constant drip or flow of water if it’s left ignored. Once water penetrates your roof, however little, it can weaken the materials holding everything in place. Invariably the damage gets worse, and more water will get in.

Another possibility is that you have a very particular break in your roof’s covering that isn’t impacted as much by rain coming straight down. Loose flashing around your chimney, for example, may only be penetrated by wind-driven rain (blowing horizontally). In this case, water would only get through in stormy conditions. But again, it’s not something to ignore as the problem could get worse.

What to do

Having a roof leak that’s only noticeable in heavy rain is actually a bit of a benefit. It gives you an early warning that your roof needs to be inspected and repaired. As with any roofing problem, the best course of action is to contact a local, trusted roofer to take a closer look.

There are some things you can do to get a better idea of what’s wrong. Looking up from ground level or within your roof space might reveal where the water is getting in. At the very least, that allows you to put a bucket and some towels underneath it to minimise the damage it causes.

However, do not attempt to access your roof for a closer look. Doing so is dangerous to yourself and your property.

Leave it to the experts

Whether your roof has been leaking intermittently or you’ve just noticed a drip during a storm, get in touch with the team at DPR Roofing in Wakefield. With 30 years of roofing experience, we’re best placed to identify what’s wrong with your roof and provide long-lasting repairs.

Don’t delay – call us on 01924 255 677 as soon as you spot a leak.

 


How Much Value Will a New Roof Add to My Home?

How Much Value Will a New Roof Add to My Home?

How Much Value Will a New Roof Add to My Home?

Are you looking to sell your home? If so, it could be a good idea to re-evaluate the condition of its roof. As one of the first thing that a prospective buyer will see from the outside – as well as a chief contributing factor to the longevity and energy-efficiency of a property – the roof is all-important in determining the selling price of your house.

While it might seem like a new roof is an expensive and time-consuming undertaking, it’s helpful to consider it more like an investment. That’s because the value it can add to your home often far exceeds the outlay you must part with initially. For those interested in learning more, here’s a deeper dive into the specifics of the subject.

A healthy return on investment

For many people looking to use a home improvement to add value to their property, the first things that come to mind are often renovating the kitchen or bathroom. It might surprise you to learn, however, that a new roof can be far more profitable than either of those projects when it comes to selling up.

That’s according to research conducted by peer-to-peer platform Zopa, which concludes that replacing the roof on your house can afford you a 63% return on investment (ROI). That’s considerably more than the 49% and 48% ROIs of kitchen and bathroom renovations, respectively. What that means in concrete terms is that if you spend the average amount of £4,150 on replacing your roof, you can expect to enjoy around a £6,750 increase in the selling price of your home.

Of course, the above facts and figures are rules of thumb and are not applicable to all situations. The exact ROI and increase in value that a roof will contribute to your property will depend upon a number of factors, including the size of the roofing area, the materials and style chosen and the quality of the work.

Other ways a new roof can enhance your selling potential

When a prospective buyer visits your home, they will be on the lookout for defects as well as strong points in your property. A faulty, aging or unsightly roof can therefore detract from the price they’re willing to pay, since they will likely factor in the cost of replacing the roof themselves.

But in addition to adding potentially thousands of pounds to the price your property can command in the market, there are a number of other benefits that hiring a professional roofing contractor to conduct the work can bring. These include:

  • Safety and longevity – Over time, what start out as minor issues can accumulate and severely compromise the structural integrity of your roof. Things like dry rot, damp and cracked tiling are prime examples of such niggles. Replacing a new roof solves them in a single stroke, while the average lifespan of 70 years for slate and tile roofs and 50 years for flat roofs means it will stand the test of time, too.
  • Energy-efficiency – Did you know that the biggest source of heat loss in your home is through the roof? A new roof fitted by experienced professionals will incorporate adequate insulation and ventilation, keeping heat in and preventing humidity or dampness. This, in turn, will result in reduced energy consumption around the home, which translates to lower energy bills for you and whoever lives in the property after you.
  • Selling time – All of the aforementioned benefits that a new roof can bring can contribute to a faster selling process, as well. That’s because with enhanced curb appeal, improved energy-efficiency and greater peace of mind about the roof’s durability, the whole property will become that much more attractive to prospective buyers. In today’s competitive market, you can expect a house with a new roof to sell far more quickly than one without.

Professional roofing replacement in Wakefield

There’s no point in spending thousands of pounds on a new roof if the work is substandard. Thankfully, DPR Roofing have been providing roof replacement services for homes throughout Wakefield and the surrounding area for many years, boosting their value in the process.

Our work comes with a guarantee of up to 10 years, which means you can rest assured it is covered in any eventuality. With more than three decades of experience and umpteen glowing customer reviews behind us, we’re the premier choice for new roofs in Wakefield and get beyond. Start the ball rolling on a new roof for your home by calling 01924 255 677 or sending an email to [email protected].


Gutter Sizes: What You Need to Know

Gutter Sizes: What You Need to Know

Gutter Sizes: What You Need to Know

Whether you’re fitting new gutters or just concerned that your existing guttering is inadequate, gutter size is an important consideration for any property. Read on as we take a closer look at gutter sizing, why it matters and how to get it right.

Why gutter sizes matter

While it might seem trivial, having the wrong size gutters can lead to a lot more problems further down the line.

Too small

Firstly, gutters that are too small won’t be able to handle the amount of rainfall running off your roof. They’ll overflow whenever the rain gets heavy, or you’ll even see rainwater running straight past them if they’re too narrow.

When gutters don’t catch rainwater, it can run onto your exterior walls or even around your foundations, which will cause much more expensive problems than any guttering repairs.

Undersized gutters are also more susceptible to blockages from leaves, twigs and other debris. As a result, they’ll require more frequent cleaning to keep them doing a sub-par job at best.

Too big

So, just go big, right? Wrong. Gutters that are too big will look unsightly on your home. They’ll negatively impact the kerb appeal, which could put off buyers further down the line. Above all else, larger gutters will put a bigger hole in your pocket, when there’s really no need.

Consider the size of your roof

The right size of gutters for your home will depend on both the size and pitch of your roof. Needless to say, larger roofs will have more rainwater running off them, while steeper roofs will let rainwater run off quicker.

Firstly, measure your roof. You should calculate the surface area of each roof plane – that’s each individual flat surface on your roof – then add them all together.

Next, consider the pitch of your roof. This essentially adds to the size of your roof in terms of how much rainfall the gutters will need to deal with:

  • 3:12 or 15° (or less) – Stick with your original figure
  • 4:12-5:12 or 18.5-22.5° – add 5 percent
  • 6:12-8:12 or 26.5-33.5° – add 10 percent
  • 9:12-11:12 or 37-42.5° – add 20 percent
  • 12:12 or 45° (or more) – add 30 percent

Get guttering that works for your roof

Size is the first hurdle when it comes to gutters. Next, there’s the correct position and slope, before the small matter of installation. At DPR Roofing, we’ll make sure every aspect of your guttering is spot on, so you can rest assured it is guiding rainwater down your drains and safely away from your building.

If you’d like to find out more about our guttering services in Wakefield, give us a call on 01924 255 677 or email [email protected].

 


How Do You Realign Gutters?

How Do You Realign Gutters?

How Do You Realign Gutters?

If your gutters aren’t doing their job properly, poor alignment may well be the root cause. Realignment is a relatively simple process which can put that right. Read on as we discuss how it’s done.

Types of gutter realignment

The first step for any gutter realignment is to determine what exactly is wrong with your gutters. In most cases, it will be one of three issues:

  • Gutters with an incorrect slope – This is where the slope or fall of your gutters is too steep, too level or uneven, meaning water doesn’t flow at the correct rate.
  • Sagging gutters – Parts of your guttering have sagged over time due to excessive pressure from rainwater or debris, or insufficient support from the brackets holding the gutters in place.
  • Loose gutters – Gutters can also come loose from your roof or walls, which allows water to bypass them as it comes off the roof.

Incorrect slope

To realign your guttering system with the correct slope, the gutters will need to be removed, along with the brackets that hold them in place. Gutters should have an even slope of around 1cm for every 3.5 metres of their length. That’s roughly a third of an inch for every 10 feet, or a gradient of around 1:350.

Once the right slope has been calculated and marked out, the brackets should be reattached and gutters repositioned. A water flow test can be performed to check that the realigned gutters are working properly.

Sagging gutters

Sagging occurs when too much pressure is placed on a section of your guttering. That could be down to debris like leaves, twigs or moss, which falls off your roof and becomes heavy when it soaks up rainwater. If that’s the case, you’ll need to replace the damaged section and keep on top of gutter clearance going forward.

Alternatively, it could happen because of a lack of support from the brackets. Gutter brackets should be spaced evenly apart with a gap of around 60cm to a metre. Anything more could put too much pressure on the part of your gutter furthest from the bracket, leading to sagging. To combat this problem, brackets will need to be removed and realigned with proper spacing.

Loose gutters

Finally, there’s the problem of gutters coming away from your walls. When this happens, it leaves a gap for rainwater to fall through, potentially rendering your gutters redundant.

The key question here is ‘why has it happened?’ In some cases, gutters will become loose because the rate of water flow off the roof is too heavy for them to cope with. If that’s the case, you’ll need bigger gutters that are proportionate to the size and slope of your roof.

On the other hand, and perhaps more commonly, it could be that the fittings holding your guttering in place have worn down over time. A simple realignment with new brackets and nails or even fresh fascia boards will combat the problem.

Gutter realignment in Wakefield

If your gutters are loose, sagging or poorly sloped, DPR Roofing can help. We provide professional guttering services, including realignment and repair to get them up and running, along with gutter clearance to avoid any issues with debris build-up.

We’ve been providing our services to both domestic and commercial customers across Wakefield for over 30 years. To join our long list of happy customers, simply get in touch on 01924 255 677 or email [email protected], and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.


Why Roof Inspections Are Vital After Storm Arwen

Why Roof Inspections Are Vital After Storm Arwen

Why Roof Inspections Are Vital After Storm Arwen

Storm Arwen wreaked havoc on the UK in November, with high winds and snow across Scotland, Northern Ireland and the north of England. In this post, we’ll take a closer look at the impact of the storm and how a roof inspection can protect you going forward.

How bad was Storm Arwen?

Snow is often a welcome surprise as we head towards Christmas. Unfortunately, that wasn’t all that came from Storm Arwen. While temperatures dropped to 8°C, below the November average, the most notable impact came from the wind.

According to the Met Office, Arwen was “one of the most powerful and damaging winter storms of the last decade”. The storm brought winds which gusted widely over 69mph, peaking at 98mph in Northumberland.

That caused trees to fall across northern parts of the UK, which had a number of knock-on effects. Over a million homes were hit by power losses. Ferry and rail services were severely disrupted. That was topped off by serious road disruption, including overturned vehicles. Sadly, there were also three fatalities when people were struck by falling trees.

Bad weather exposes problems

With Arwen abating on 27th November, the main impact of the storm has thankfully passed. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the end of its legacy. In early December, for example, the BBC reported how thousands of homes were still without power due to falling trees bringing down power lines.

However, there’s also the issue of unnoticed damage. If wind is strong enough to fell trees, it’s capable of damaging a building too. As the umbrella to your property, your roof is one of the most critical areas to check after any storm.

High winds can get hold of any loose parts on your roof and blow them out of place. That could be guttering, flashing or the tiles themselves. Alternatively, larger pieces of debris can be carried by the wind and cause parts of your roof to break.

The importance of a professional inspection

If your roof has been damaged by Storm Arwen, you might not notice at all. It’s hard to spot minor issues or even cracked tiles from ground level, and it’s never advisable to go up on your roof without the right training – especially when the weather is still pretty bad.

If problems aren’t identified and repaired, they will only get worse. Even the smallest break in your roof’s covering will let water through, and even then, you might not spot it immediately. The result is weeks or even months of water ingress and the problems that come with it.

Not with a professional inspection. An experienced roofer can safely access your roof to check every last inch of it up close. Any issues that have been caused by Storm Arwen – or other weather throughout the year – can be dealt with to make sure your property is protected.

Book an inspection today

If you would like to arrange an inspection for your roof in or around Wakefield, don’t hesitate to contact the team at DPR Roofing. With over three decades of roofing experience, you can trust us to spot any problem areas and provide long-lasting repairs.

Call us on 01924 255 677 or email [email protected].


4 Roofing Jobs Where a Cherry Picker is Best

4 Roofing Jobs Where a Cherry Picker is Best

Cherry pickers are a useful asset for any roofer, providing a quick, versatile and often cost-effective alternative to scaffolding. However, not all jobs require a cherry picker – and in many cases, scaffolding is best.

In this post, we’ll look at four types of roofing job where a cherry picker comes out on top.

1. Hard to access

If a property or its roof is difficult to get to, it’s also tricky to erect scaffolding around it. That could be down to nearby outbuildings, narrow passageways, or just surrounding trees. In these instances, a cherry picker can make things easier.

Cherry pickers can extend out from different angles to navigate around obstacles and provide access to hard-to-reach roofs.

2. High buildings

Another instance where cherry pickers are useful is with particularly high roofs. If a building is more than 2-3 storeys high, scaffolding poses three main issues:

  • Firstly, it takes much longer to erect scaffolding at such a height.
  • Secondly, erecting such a vast amount of scaffolding would also be a lot more costly.
  • Additionally, it’s more difficult (and potentially less safe) for roofers if they have to climb up and down larger ladders to get to the top of the scaffolding.

With a conventional cherry picker, roofers can be quickly and safely transported to roofs of up to 90 feet. That’s approximately nine stories high on an average building.

3. Emergency repairs

It’s always best to get your roof repaired as soon as possible to avoid more serious issues developing - as well as to provide you with peace of mind. Still, there are certain situations where time really is of the essence.

If the roof is leaking on a shop, every minute without a repair is another minute with a potential slipping hazard for customers – or even downtime for the business altogether. The same is true for hospitals, schools or offices, where a leaking roof can see parts of a building out of use until the issue is fixed.

In these instances, constructing scaffolding could take several hours, which means more downtime or safety risks for the premises. With a cherry picker, roofers can reach the problem area in a matter of minutes to make the necessary repairs.

4. Bad weather

High winds and extremely heavy rain can take their toll on roofs, especially those which already have small, hidden issues. Bad weather doesn’t immediately disappear once your roof has storm-damage. That means it’s unsafe to access your roof with a ladder during this time.

Fortunately, a cherry picker allows roofers to access the roof safely, so they can make repairs and prevent serious damage to your property, even in wet and windy conditions.

Finding roofers with a cherry picker

If you want a roofer to use a cherry picker, it’s always best to look for a company that has access to their own. For one, they don’t have to arrange to hire one and spend time picking it up, which can all add to the total duration of the job at hand.

It’s also cheaper, as they own the cherry picker outright. That means there’s no hefty rental costs to be passed onto you – just a quick, cost-effective solution for your roof.

At DPR Roofing in Wakefield, we have invested in a state-of-the-art, two-man powered access boom, in fact they have 2 cherry pickers, so we can carry out all of the roofing jobs listed above. If you’d like to find out more or arrange repairs with our cherry picker, call us on 01924 255 677 or email [email protected].


Can My Roof Slate Be Reused

Can My Roof Slate Be Reused?

Slate is the most high-end roofing material available, with Welsh slate in particular renowned for its quality, natural beauty and longevity. That’s why those lucky enough to have slate roofs will no doubt be wondering whether the slate itself can be reused.

In this post, we’ll discuss the ins and outs of reusing slate.

How long does slate last?

Slate comes from quarries where it has existed for millions of years, so it’s fair to say it won’t be going anywhere soon. As the most hard-wearing roofing material, slate can last upwards of 100 years on your roof with the right maintenance.

That said, there are a variety of other issues that may develop on your roof in that time. The nails holding your slate tiles in place can wear away as the slate outlives them. Alternatively, there could be a structural problem with your roof where the battens or rafters need replacing.

Can I keep my slate?

If you’re getting your roof replaced because of a problem with the structure or other materials wearing away, there’s no reason you can’t keep your slate. This obviously depends on the condition of the slate itself. Some tiles may have cracked which will need replacing.

Whether or not you should keep your slate depends on how much of it can be reused. If the majority of your slate tiles need replacing, it might be better to simply replace them all. It’s very difficult to find slate that’s an exact match, meaning the finished result could look a bit odd if you’re keeping half.

The benefits of reusing slate

The main benefit of reusing your slate is cost. As a premium roofing material, slate can be very expensive. Reusing it can vastly reduce the cost of your roof renewal as it will slash the price of materials on the quote.

Another benefit is that you can retain your home’s character. Rather than opting for concrete or clay tiles because of budget restraints, you can keep the same classic look that comes with slate. This will stop your home looking like the odd one out, given that most nearby properties have similar roofs.

Because of the high value of slate, it’s also worth considering where it’s going if you’re changing the style of your roof. If you’re opting for clay tiles on a reroof or just a different type of slate, your existing slate might still be in a usable condition. This is worth discussing with any roofer providing a quote, as they could reuse or sell the slate and knock some of the cost off your quote as a result.

Slate re-roofs in Wakefield

If you’re looking to get your roof replaced in Wakefield using the original materials, the team at DPR Roofing is on hand to talk you through your options.

With over 30 years’ experience in roofing and TrustMark accreditation, you can depend on us for a reliable assessment of your slate and honest advice on the best way forward. Whether the slate is reusable or needs replacing, our friendly team will provide a no-obligation quote leaving you to make an informed decision about your roof.


Can Roofers Work in Winter

Can Roofers Work in Winter?

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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.