Is It Safe to Get on My Roof?

Is It Safe to Get on My Roof?

Is It Safe to Get on My Roof?

If you think the roof on your Wakefield property has experienced damage following a storm or you want to clear the autumn leaves from your gutters, it can be tempting to go up there and take care of things yourself. However, getting up on your roof, or asking an employee to do so, carries many risks.

Here, we take a look at the dangers of accessing your roof and at why bringing in trained and accredited roofing professionals is always the best option.

Why is roof access important?

There are times when you might need someone to access your roof. Aside from a full roof replacement, one of the obvious and most common reasons is gutter clearance and maintenance. Checking and clearing the guttering are jobs that need doing each year as part of your annual roof maintenance. Roof access may also be required to investigate possible damage and to undertake roof repairs, such as loose tiling or issues with a flat roof.

Some of the simpler roofing tasks may seem like they could be carried out by the property owner without the expense of calling in a professional roofing firm. However, there are many reasons to think again.

What are the dangers of getting on your roof?

The obvious risk is of injury or even death if you fall off a roof. Injuries which can be sustained from a fall from height can include bone breaks and fractures, bruising and head trauma, including concussion.

When it comes to fatalities, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) notes that one in five deaths which occur during building work involve roofs. Incidents cited include falls from roof edges and openings or through fragile roofs and rooflights.

Similarly, if you run a company and an employee or an unlicensed third-party worker falls from or through the roof while undertaking work on your property, you can leave yourself liable from a legal standpoint. Incidents could lead to prosecution and a possible fine under the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974, such as this example from the HSE, which cost the employer nearly £5,000 after a worker suffered a fractured vertebrae and bruising.

Beyond the risk of bodily harm, there is the chance that an untrained person might cause further damage to the roof or make an existing problem worse, leading to more costly repairs. Indeed, as noted, many incidents involve a person falling through a fragile structure, potentially turning a straightforward repair into a full roof replacement.

What does safe roof access entail?

If you require someone to access your roof, there are certain safety measures which should be in place to protect not only those working on the roof but those below who might be injured if an object falls from height during the work.

Legally, anyone working on your roof should ensure compliance with the provisions of the Work at Height Regulations 2005. More widely, the HSE notes that incidents involving roofs could be avoided if the correct equipment is used by workers who have the right information, instruction, training and supervision. Equipment commonly used to access a roof include:

  • Scaffolding
  • Stair towers
  • Properly secured ladders
  • Roof access hatches

A further piece of equipment often used is the cherry picker, which can provide safe high level access. Any roof access equipment used should be well maintained and operated by a trained professional. When it comes to the different types of roofs, specific considerations include:

Sloping roofs

One of the key safety measures for this kind of roof is edge protection placed on the eaves at the rear and front of the property and, if applicable, neighbouring terraces. This acts as a guardrail to protect workers accessing the roof in the event they slide down the sloped surface. Scaffolding is usually put in place around the property, in case something falls from the roof, such as tiles or tools.

Flat roofs

While a flat roof might seem safer to access, this type of roof requires similar protective measures. These usually take the form of a double guardrail to prevent falls from the roof, as well as a toe board around the edge to protect against items falling from the roof on to someone below.

Fragile roofs

With fragile structures, a platform beneath the roof is often deployed to protect workers in case the roof gives way under their weight. Other safety elements might include guard rails, fall restraints and safety nets. Additional protective measures are used for rooflights, such as covers and barriers. The HSE recommends all roofs are treated as potentially fragile until a roofing expert has had the chance to ascertain its true condition.

As you can see, safe roof access is a multi-faceted process designed to ensure everyone’s wellbeing while the works are being carried out. So, it is important that a trained person or team is brought in to plan and execute the work.

Your safety is paramount

Nipping up to the roof to investigate what sounds like a simple loose tile rattling or getting out the ladder to clear those clogged gutters may seem like a quick DIY job. However, the consequences can be expensive and potentially catastrophic. So, whatever the scenario, we recommend that you never climb on to or stand on your roof, unless you have been trained to do so.

It is always better to contact a professional and accredited roofing company, which can offer advice and, if roof access is required to carry out inspections or repairs, do so safely. With DPR Roofing, you are assured high levels of health and safety compliance, guaranteeing that any work we undertake on your Wakefield roof will be completed efficiently and with the utmost care.

Call in the experts

At DPR Roofing in Wakefield, we provide expert roofing services to homes and businesses across Wakefield. Whether you need your gutters cleared out, your tiles repaired or your roof replaced, we carry out the work professionally and safely. Contact us today on 01924 255 677 to discuss your roofing concerns or to find out more about our services.


Home Maintenance Checklist for 2024

The Ultimate Home Maintenance Checklist for 2024

Home Maintenance Checklist for 2024

As we step into 2024, it’s important for UK homeowners to make sure their home is maintained and ready to face the challenges of the following seasons. Small maintenance oversights can cause big problems across time, especially when the weather turns. But how can you know what the most important home maintenance jobs are to do? It can often feel overwhelming.

We’re here to present you with the ultimate home maintenance checklist for 2024. We’re going to break down each of the most important maintenance jobs to check off so that you can go into 2024 with confidence.

Roof inspection and repairs

One of the most important parts of your house is the roof. Any leaks, water damage, missing tiles, or damp spots on your ceiling can cause big problems down the road.  That’s why we suggest you begin the year by inspecting your roof. There are two kinds of inspection you can do to make sure everything is covered.

  1. Check yourself – Take a quick look at your roof for any signs of water damage. These can take the form of leaks or growing damp spots on your ceilings. If you find evidence of these, there’s a good chance your roof will need fixing.
  2. Get a professional roof inspection – If there is any sign of water damage, you may need a professional roofer to come and check your roof for you. They will be able to advise you on how to mitigate issues before they begin.

Window and door checks

Going into the new year, you’ll know how important it is to have both security and warmth in your home. This is why windows and doors are an important aspect of your house to check.

You should firstly check if there are any noticeable draughts around your windows and doors. If there are, this could be a symptom of a larger problem that can cause cold air to enter your house. The other aspect of your doors and windows to check is their locks and hinges.

Gutters

Forget gutter maintenance and you might find some big problems down the road! To avoid serious water damage issues in your home, you need to make sure that water flows away from your home. You can do this by checking to see if there are any blockages. You can also install gutter guards to help stop the build-up of debris, saving you a lot of trouble in the future.

Heating systems

During the cold months of the year, your heating system is of vital importance. You should begin 2024 by scheduling an annual boiler service to make sure that your boiler is up and running.

Another part of caring for your heating system is to bleed radiators (remove trapped air) and to replace or clean filters in your heating systems. The exact steps for cleaning specific systems can vary, so if you’re unsure always contact a professional.

Pest control

Even if there are no signs of pests in your home, getting on top of checking for them is a good way to prevent them ever causing damage to your property. You should begin 2024 by inspecting your property for signs of pests.

If there are any obvious entry points from outside, try to seal these as quickly as possible. If you begin the year with signs of pests in your home, then you may need to contact a pest control service as soon as possible.

Exterior wall care

Just like with your roofing, it’s good practice to start the year with a maintenance check of your exterior walls. Check them for cracks, gaps or other structural issues. You can also check for any staining or flaking paint – which can lead to bigger problems down the line.

If it’s been a while since you’ve had a fresh coat of paint on your exterior walls, then 2024 could be the perfect time to give them some love. A new coat of paint not only looks better but helps to protect your walls from the elements.

Plumbing maintenance

Issues with your plumbing can be costly if you’re not careful. It’s important to check for leaks around your house. While you won’t be able to check every hidden pipe in your house, some good places to check are around appliances that use water and any taps you have installed.

Another vital maintenance tips to keep on top of your plumbing is to ensure no pipes freeze during the cold months of the year. You can do this by insulating your pipes with central heating. Frozen pipes can lead to big issues in your home.

Electrical maintenance

Equally important as plumbing maintenance are your wiring and electrical appliances. Electrical safety is an important aspect of a secure home, so you’ll need to do some small checks to ensure everything is working as it should be.

Some of the most common electrical maintenance checks include inspecting your plug sockets for damage, testing ground fault circuity interrupters to make sure they work and searching for any other issues that may be occurring with your electric.

A word of warning here – some electrical maintenance checks can be potentially dangerous, so you should always seek professional help if you are unsure. Also, remember to always turn off your power when inspecting electrical plug sockets or appliances.

Check roofs of your list with local roofers in Wakefield

If you’re looking to start your year of with some essential maintenance checks, roof checks are one of the most important aspects of your house. Whether you want a simple roof inspection or you need help with a total roof replacement – DPR Roofing can help across Wakefield.

Our roofers have over 30 years of experience in the local area, helping homeowners with everything from roof repairs to new installations. We have the experience and knowledge to make sure the roof of your home stays solid in 2024 and beyond. Give us a call on 01924255677 or email [email protected] for more information.


Will My Leaky Roof Last the Winter?

Will My Leaky Roof Last the Winter?

Will My Leaky Roof Last the Winter?

From light snow flurries to serious storms that warrant amber alerts from the Met Office, West Yorkshire experiences all kinds of winter weather. This presents a unique set of challenges for cities like Wakefield, where you’ll find a variety of architectural styles.

Leaky roofs are one of the biggest problems faced by Wakefield properties and as winter approaches, many homeowners are asking themselves if they should act now or wait until the warmer months to start repairs.

The answer isn’t something you should leave to chance. In this article, we'll explore the potential consequences of neglecting a leaky roof and why it's critical to address the issue promptly, especially in the wet winter months.

The Wakefield winter challenge

From handsome Victorian homes in Sandal and character properties in Horbury to detached bungalows in Outwood and modern builds in Calder Grove, Wakefield boasts a mix of historic and contemporary neighbourhoods. No matter what era your home, wet winters present the same challenge to all property owners – a leaky roof during the winter months.

What causes leaks in the winter?

Roof leaks during the winter are all too common in West Yorkshire. So, what’s behind the issue? Below, we take a closer look at some of the key drivers of a leaky roof in winter.

Snow accumulation

Excessive snowfall can increase weight and stress on your roof. This can put additional pressure on roofing materials and lead to leaks.

Condensation

During the winter months, temperature differences between the warm interior of your home and the cold exterior can create condensation on the underside of the roof deck. Over time, this moisture can seep into the attic or insulation and cause leaks.

Poor insulation and ventilation

Subpar insulation and ventilation in the attic can allow warm air to escape from your living space and heat the roof. This can melt snow and ice on the roof, which can fast-track issues like condensation and ice dams.

Aging roofing materials

Over time, roofing materials can deteriorate. Cold temperatures and wet winter weather can accelerate this process and make your roof more vulnerable to leaks. That’s especially true if water gets into cracks and expands when it freezes. This can cause even the smallest crack to get larger over time.

Flashing issues

Flashing – the material used to seal gaps and joints in the roof – can deteriorate over time. Performance can also slip if flashing is improperly installed. This can lead to leaks around areas like your chimney, skylights and roof vents.

Clogged gutters

From snow and ice to leaves and storm debris, clogged gutters are one of the most common causes of roof leaks in winter. Blockages cause water to backup, which can create leaks.

Storm damage

Wild winter weather events like Storm Ciara can take a toll on Wakefield homes. Whether it’s heavy snow, hail or strong winds, damage to roofing materials can lead to leaks.

Is my winter roof leak serious?

If you’ve noticed a visible leak or suspect your roof may be compromised, it’s important to act fast. Even minor leaks can quickly escalate into major issues. Here’s why even the smallest leaks should be taken seriously:

Interior damage

A leaky roof is a direct route for rainwater to enter your home. As the winter progresses, water continues to infiltrate your home and can cause serious interior damage. Stained ceilings, damp walls and soggy insulation are just a few of the problems you may encounter. Moisture can also accelerate the growth of mould and mildew, which can create health risks for residents.

Increased energy costs

A compromised roof allows warm air to escape from your home, an issue that can increase your heating bills. With energy costs higher than ever in the UK, a leaky roof is a problem worth addressing.

Structural damage

A leaky roof doesn’t just cause aesthetic issues. Over time, water damage can weaken your home's structure. Wooden beams and supports can rot, which can lead to costly repairs that go beyond the roof itself. Whether it’s a simple tile repair or a complete replacement, the cost of fixing a leaky roof is usually far less than the cost of fixing serious structural damage down the line.

Unpleasant living conditions

Winters should feel warm and cosy, not drafty, damp and unpleasant. Roof leaks can affect your quality of life, which means it’s best to address issues as early as possible.

Bolster your roof this winter with DPR Roofing

Now you know more about the key causes of roof leaks and the associated risks, let’s take a look at how DPR Roofing can help. As your local Wakefield roofing specialists, we have the knowledge and expertise needed to repair and replace roofs across the city. We have a wealth of experience working with local architectural styles, making us the contractor of choice for Wakefield homeowners.

Why choose DPR Roofing?

Why trust DPR with your winter roofing project? Here’s a few reasons why we’re one of the top-rated roofing companies in Wakefield.

Local expertise

We’ve been serving Wakefield and surrounding West Yorkshire areas for years, making us privy with the roofing challenges specific to the region. From grand Victorian homes to character cottages, we have the expertise to create tailored solutions that match the unique needs of your property.

Prompt response

Time is everything when it comes to fixing a leaky roof, especially as winter approaches. At DPR Roofing, we pride ourselves on quick response times. This ensures your home is protected from the elements without delay.

Comprehensive services

DPR Roofing offers a wide range of services, including repairs, maintenance and full roof replacements. Whether you need a minor fix or a complete overhaul, our team is equipped with the skills and resources to get the job done.

Quality workmanship

When it comes to your home's roof, quality workmanship is non-negotiable. At DPR Roofing we’re all about top-notch craftsmanship. A combination of high-quality materials and skilled professionals ensure your roof is not only watertight but built to last.

Competitive pricing

Budget shouldn’t deter you from addressing your leaky roof. That’s why we offer competitive pricing and strive to create quotes for all budgets.

Ready for a quote?

If you’ve decided it’s time to fix your leaky roof, don’t hesitate to contact our team. You can call us on 01924 255 677 or email [email protected].


Ladders vs Scaffolding vs Cherry Picker – Which is Best?

Ladders vs Scaffolding vs Cherry Picker – Which is Best?

Ladders vs Scaffolding vs Cherry Picker – Which is Best?

From minor repairs to full replacements, roofers rely on specialised tools and equipment to complete projects safely. Working at heights brings a unique set of requirements to the roofing industry and makes equipment like ladders, scaffolding and cherry pickers indispensable.

In this article, we’ll explore the advantages and disadvantages of each option and take a closer look at which is best.

Ladders: portable and practical

Ladders aren’t just a staple on roofing construction sites. You’ll also see them stashed in garden sheds across the UK. They’re easy to use, portable and relatively inexpensive, which makes them ideal for small to medium-sized roofing projects. They offer easy and instant access to single or double-story structures and buildings with low-pitched roofs.

While most British households purchase ladders from local hardware stores, the ladders you’ll see on roofing construction sites are generally higher quality and more specialised. Professional roofers also have the skills and expertise to properly set up ladders. This includes tasks like secure anchoring and safe positioning.

When ladders step up:

  • Accessing roofs to assess projects and build custom quotes
  • Performing minor repairs
  • Carrying out general inspections

The limitations of ladders

  • Not necessarily the safest option for higher roofs
  • Can lack stability
  • Zero platform space

Scaffolding: stable and versatile

It’s hard to compete with scaffolding when it comes to stability. Scaffolding is also highly versatile and can be customised to match the unique needs of different projects. Structures are built from the ground up which makes scaffolding ideal for roofing projects of all sizes and complexities.

One of the biggest benefits of scaffolding is the addition of secure, stable and spacious platforms. This allows roofers to carry out complex tasks, transport equipment and access hard-to-reach areas without compromising on safety. For projects that involve multiple roofing professionals, scaffolding is considered best-in-class.

Another key advantage of scaffolding is safety. Unlike ladders which simply get roofers from A to B, scaffolding provides a stable working platform compete with guardrails. This significantly minimises the risk of falls.

When scaffolding steps up

  • Ideal for projects that involve multiple workers
  • Well-suited to larger or longer roofing projects
  • Offers flexibility for complex roof designs with hard-to-access areas
  • One of the safest options for roofing projects

The limitations of scaffolding

  • Can be time-consuming to build and set up, compared to ladders
  • Professional knowledge and experience are needed to safely assemble and dismantle scaffolding
  • More expensive than ladders

Cherry picker: fast and efficient

Also known as an aerial work platform (AWP), mobile elevating work platform (MEWP) or boom lift, cherry pickers provide easy and instant access to rooftops. They combine the easy setup and practicality of ladders with the safety and flexibility of scaffolding.

In terms of safety, cherry pickers are top rated. As well as basic measures like railings and barriers, the latest models are equipped with high-tech safety features like fall arrest systems. Once at height, cherry pickers provide roofers with a stable and sturdy platform to carry out work.

When cherry pickers step up

  • Ideal for roofing projects with high elevation
  • Can be manoeuvred into tight and hard-to-access spaces
  • Quick and easy setup, compared to scaffolding

The limitations of cherry pickers

  • Specialised training is needed to safely operate cherry pickers
  • Not always a cost-effective option for small scale roofing projects
  • Can be delays if roofers don’t have their own

Choosing the right equipment for your Wakefield roofing project

Ultimately, choosing between ladders, scaffolding and cherry pickers will depend on the unique needs of your roofing project. All three options have their advantages and limitations, meaning a one-size-fits-all approach doesn’t always work.

Instead, professional roofing companies have the skills and expertise to assess every project individually and choose the right equipment for the job. They’ll consider a variety of factors, including the following:

Height of the roof

The height of the roof often plays a crucial role in the decision-making process. While ladders are often suitable for single-storey homes and other low-rise projects, many projects will require more specialised equipment like scaffolding and cherry pickers.

Size of the project

The size and complexity of the roofing project will often determine whether ladders, scaffolding or cherry pickers are best. For example, ladders may be faster to setup, but the extra cost and time associated with scaffolding may be a more efficient option for larger projects.

Safety considerations

Safety should always be a top priority on roofing sites. While ladders, scaffolding and cherry pickers are all considered safe options, credentials can vary depending on the specific needs of the project. It’s important to assess every project individually and make decisions based on the unique nature of the job.

Accessibility

Some roofs are easy to access with ladders and others require a more complex setup like scaffolding. Professional roofing companies will take the time to assess the accessibility of each project and choose practical equipment that allows employees to work safely and efficiently.

Budget restrictions

Budget can often influence the type of equipment used for a roofing project. Ladders are generally the most cost-effective option, especially for smaller projects with easy access. Cherry pickers can result in larger invoices as they’re highly specialised and bring a mechanical element to the table. They also require special training and certification which can push up costs. Scaffolding sits in the middle and can be a great alternative to both ladders and cherry pickers.

The importance of contractor accreditation

Whether your project involves ladders, scaffolding, cherry pickers or a combination of equipment, choosing a reputable roofing contractor is essential. Companies with accreditations from leading bodies such as SafeContractor and Construction Line will always prioritise the safety of employees, clients and the general public.

These types of accreditations are valuable indicators of a commitment not only to exceptional workmanship and customer service, but to overall health and safety in the workplace. Accredited contractors will carefully assess every project individually, then select equipment based on the advantages and limitations of each option.

Looking for an accredited roofing contractor in Wakefield? DPR Roofing provides exactly that for domestic roofing and commercial projects. Give us a call today on 01924 255 677 to discuss your needs and get a no obligation quote.


Guttering FAQs – Your Questions Answered

Guttering FAQs – Your Questions Answered

Guttering FAQs – Your Questions AnsweredMaintaining guttering is often one of those ‘I’ll get around to it’ jobs. However, regular clearing and maintenance can prevent a host of problems for your roof and property.

While the concept of guttering is pretty simple, there are often a host of questions that crop up regarding guttering and downpipes that can cause confusion. Below, we delve into the most asked questions on the topic.

What’s the most common type of guttering?

On most properties, you’ll find eaves guttering. This is the type of system that runs along the edge of the roof, and the rainwater runs along into a downpipe and into a drain below.

Eaves gutters come in various designs and materials to suit your home. Some of the most common include:

Half-round guttering

You’ll see this style of gutter on most properties, and it’s a half-pipe design. This is one of the most affordable options and is ideal for standard properties.

Deep gutters

For areas affected by heavy rainfall frequently, deep guttering is a great option. It’s similar in design to the half-round version but is deeper and handles higher volumes of water.

Box or square gutters

This more modern gutter design is just as the name describes due to its angular shape. This provides a deeper channel for water flow. Plus, this system is straightforward to install due to the straight edges on each side.

Ogee or K-style gutters

Another modern style is the ogee or K-style gutter. It has a flat back, but the front has a slightly decorative look, and they are deeper to channel more water flow.

What types of downpipes are available?

The downpipe joins to your guttering and allows the water to flow to the drain below. There are two common types of downpipe to accommodate the above gutter styles – round and square.

What material is best for guttering?

There are two common materials used for guttering and downpipes – plastic and metal. Both are considered a great choice for your home, depending on the aesthetic you are looking to achieve.

Some believe metal slightly pips plastic to the top spot for guttering, as it’s more durable and less prone to major damage. However, plastic guttering is made with modern PVC, so this is flexible, weather resistant and durable, plus it’s cheaper to install.

Choosing which option is best is often down to personal preference and factors such as the property’s appearance and environmental aspects.

How long does guttering last?

Fortunately, guttering, whether plastic or metal, can last many years if properly maintained. Both materials are durable and weather resistant. However, if they’ve never been cleaned, have leaks, or you spot cracks in the surface, then it’s time to think about getting a professional in to repair or replace the affected sections.

Rust can be a major issue for metal guttering. But it’s possible to keep this at bay with sealants and weatherproof paints.

Why do you need to clean gutters?

While it’s natural to think that rainwater is the only thing your gutters collect, other things can end up accumulating in the system. For example, the moss from your roof may roll into the channels or nearby trees shedding leaves could blow into them. It’s surprising what you could find in them, especially as you can’t see from ground level.

Over time, this debris builds up, and if you’re unlucky, it’ll start to block the downpipe section so the water cannot flow away. Water pooling here can lead to roof issues and create damp in your walls, which could cost a significant sum to fix if the gutters aren’t cleaned regularly.

How often should you clean guttering?

There’s no hard and fast rule about when you should clean guttering. We recommend doing it at least twice a year. However, that could be more, depending on where you live.

This is particularly important if the area has experienced heavy storms, rainfall or snow, as debris is more likely to be dropped into the gutters during these times.

How do you clean gutters?

It’s possible to clean your gutters with some simple products and equipment. However, the risk of undertaking this task at height can make it trickier to do a thorough job.

The best solution is to hire a professional to come and clean your gutters. They have specialist equipment and tools and ensure a complete clean to remove debris and blockages before they become a bigger problem.

Getting a professional to do the job also helps to identify any issues that may need resolving. For example, if the guttering is misaligned or repairs are required, they can recommend solutions to reduce the need for expensive replacements in the long term.

When does guttering need replacing?

Guttering can last many years if it’s maintained properly. However, there are some instances where repairs might not cut it. For example, if the system has large cracks and holes, it’s usually time to replace it.

This is particularly true for older metal systems where there is a lot of rust. In this case, it’s not just important to remove degraded sections to reduce leaks and water flow issues, rusted pipework can break and fall, which may cause damage to anything nearby.

Can the guttering be repaired?

Yes, it’s possible to repair gutter sections depending on the extent of the damage. Smaller cracks and holes can be filled with specialist sealants. However, this only lasts for a limited time before more remedial work is needed.

Gutter clearance services in Wakefield

Cleaning your gutters doesn’t have to be a chore if you opt for a professional gutter clearance service such as DPR Roofing in Wakefield. From regular maintenance to cleaning and repair work, our team have over 30 years of experience in domestic and commercial guttering services.

So, if you need advice on gutter cleaning or would like a quote, contact us at 01924 255 677, and we’ll be happy to assist.


8 Pros and Cons of Cherry Pickers for Roofing

8 Pros and Cons of Cherry Pickers for Roofing

8 Pros and Cons of Cherry Pickers for Roofing

Whether you require work on a domestic roof or a commercial building, the roofline can be an awkward place to access and work on. Most roofers use a variety of methods to get to these areas, such as scaffolding. But cherry pickers are now a handy piece of equipment that many contractors now possess.

At DPR Roofing in Wakefield, we have invested in a state-of-the-art powered access boom that allows easier access to roof spaces. It’s not just ideal for domestic properties – it’s perfect for larger commercial building projects too.

So, what are the benefits of using a cherry picker for roofing? Check out the pros and cons of this equipment below:

Pros of using a cherry picker for roofing projects

There are several advantages of using a cherry picker, such as:

Safety at heights

By definition, roofing jobs are completed at height, and there are numerous health and safety aspects to consider in this type of project. Using a cherry picker makes this element safer for a number of reasons:

  • They can be used at different levels and are steadier than a ladder, for example.
  • There is a cage around you while you work at heights – reducing the risk of falling.
  • You can stand in a comfortable position rather than leaning or balancing on ladders or scaffolding.

Safety at height is a priority in roofing work. Using a cherry picker reduces the risk of accidents if used properly.

Mobile and adaptable

The challenge with roofing work is the ability to reach everywhere you need without having to manoeuvre equipment constantly. With a cherry picker, you have more mobility and accessibility to roof spaces, even those areas in awkward spots.

You have increased reach when comparing this equipment to a ladder or scaffolding. For example, climbing a ladder only offers you an arm’s length and limited positions along the roofline. Scaffolding does provide better access, but this takes time to set up.

The difference with a cherry picker is you can easily reach spaces, and the setup is practically instantaneous. It also means the workers don’t need to be in high positions for lengthy periods as work may be completed quicker.

Versatile equipment

A cherry picker is a versatile piece of equipment, and more contractors are using it to carry out different projects. Not only does it make roofing projects easier, especially in awkward and very high areas, but you can also use it for other at-height jobs. For example, storm damage requires a quick response, particularly to make buildings safe in public areas.

In addition, contractors can make assessments from a better viewpoint and conduct surveys more efficiently.

Ideal for awkward spaces

Roofs are rarely a straightforward job to complete. Many have awkward areas or challenging rooflines that ladders and scaffolding make it difficult to reach. However, a cherry picker opens this access and allows a simpler and more efficient way to get to hard-to-reach spots.

Cherry pickers also make both indoor and outdoor roofing projects easier for commercial buildings. They can be moved inside, such as warehouses, to repair or replace roofs without too much disruption.

Perfect for assessments and surveys

Carrying our surveys and assessments on roofs is typically challenging due to the height and sometimes-awkward areas not visible via traditional access methods. However, a cherry picker makes light work of surveys, and you can get the job done more quickly.

Quality

Another bonus of using a cherry picker is roofing contractors can work to the highest quality, as work doesn’t have to be rushed due to height issues. Work can also be completed more efficiently as access is easier. This can speed up the job without adding additional risk.

Cons of using a cherry picker for roofing projects

While using a cherry picker for a roofing job is mostly advantageous, there are a few areas to consider for this piece of equipment:

Costs

Sometimes hiring a cherry picker does cost more than other access methods, such as scaffolding and ladders. However, this is typically balanced out by other factors of the project. Using a cherry picker reduces time and adds benefits such as mobility and easy access to the work. So, the benefits may outweigh the added cost.

Another factor of the cost depends on the job. For example, it may cost less for some projects to hire a cherry picker, as you only need it for a few days. In comparison, setting up scaffolding for the same timeframe may be more expensive due to the setup time.

If a roofing contractor has a cherry picker as part of their service, this can bring the cost down compared to hiring one. However, if the equipment has to be hired, aspects such as VAT, cherry picker size, and transport costs must also be factored in.

Delays and availability issues

The availability of cherry pickers for a project could cause issues if there are limited numbers available to hire in your area. This is rectified easily if you choose a roofing specialist with high-level access equipment. For example, DPR Roofing offers this service with a 2-man powered boom that is available for a range of domestic and commercial roofing projects.

Having to wait for available cherry pickers could delay a project, or you may have to compromise on other methods, which could take longer.

Professional high-level access roofing services in Wakefield

If you think you’ll need a cherry picker for your roof repairs, it’s helpful to turn to professionals with the equipment available immediately. At DPR Roofing, our investment in high-level access equipment means we can complete jobs quickly and efficiently and carry out repairs and replacements even in hard-to-reach areas.

This equipment also enables us to provide a timely emergency call-out service to rectify issues in safe conditions for our team and those around the site. Want to find out more? Contact our team on 01924 255677 to arrange a quote.


Pitched vs Flat Roofs – Comparing the Pros and Cons

Pitched vs Flat Roofs – Comparing the Pros and Cons

Pitched vs Flat Roofs – Comparing the Pros and Cons

If you’re considering a new roof installation or replacement, there are two broad types of roof to choose from – pitched and flat roofs.

There are several advantages and a couple of disadvantages to consider with each roofing structure. However, with the right choice, your roof will last many years and save you lots of stress by protecting your home from the elements.

Learn more about the pros and cons of each below to help you decide:

What is a pitched roof?

A pitched roof is a roof that slopes down from a central ridge. The pitch refers to its steepness, and this is measured from its vertical rise divided by the horizontal span.

This roof type is common in homes across the UK, so let’s check out the pros and cons.

Pros of a pitched roof

Higher gradient

The steepness or gradient of a pitched roof means water runs straight off into your gutters. This design reduces issues such as dampness and moisture ingress as water is not standing or pooling on the roof surface.

Installed with durable materials

Pitched roofs are designed to withstand the elements. So they need durable materials to withstand wind, rain and snow. Common materials for this installation include slate and clay tiling, which are hardwearing and long-lasting.

Longer lifespan

This roof design is known to last longer than other roofing solutions. This is down to the gradient, materials used and installation. Hiring a professional roofer will ensure it’s completed properly to improve its durability. You can expect several decades from most pitched roofs.

Increased roof space

Homeowners are always looking for more space at home. A pitched roof is a great way to increase this. The roof area allows for a number of options, from an extra bedroom to storage space or an office area.

Perfect design for different house types

A pitched roof is a familiar aesthetic on homes throughout the UK. This design looks great on most properties, including houses, bungalows and cottages, and sits well within the appearance of neighbouring properties.

Cons of a pitched roof

Higher investment

Due to the design and materials used for a pitched roof, the expense is more compared to other options. However, this is a great investment due to its longevity and durability, so this is often a decider when weighing up the options.

Longer to install

Pitched roofs have a more complex design and structure, so they take longer to install than other solutions.

Planning permission may be required

If your current roof is not pitched, then planning permission may be required to change the elevation of the roofline. You may also need to get approval if the roof is changing height, even by a small amount.

What is a flat roof?

A flat roof is like it sounds, flat or with a slight gradient (less than 10 degrees). While they are designed to look level, this installation actually ensures water can run off to a lower side. Flat roofs are common in the UK and are often used on home extensions, outbuildings and apartment blocks.

Pros of a flat roof

Cheaper to install

One of the most common reasons to choose a flat roof is they cost less than a pitched roof. This is because the design uses fewer materials and has a more straightforward concept for installation. Plus, repairs and maintenance typically cost less too.

Quicker to install

Due to their simpler design, flat roofs are quicker to install and often cause less disruption during installation.

Ideal for extensions or garages

Installing a new roof is a significant investment, so when you’re building an extension, outbuilding or garage, a flat roof helps to keep costs down.

Versatile use

Flat roofs have a versatile design, so you can use this space for other things, such as solar panels, more easily. On commercial properties, reinforced flat roofs also present an opportunity for outdoor space, such as roof terraces. Eco-conscious home or business owners may also prefer a living roof installation in this area.

Ideal for commercial buildings

Large commercial buildings have a vast roof space, and opting for a pitched roof on this type of property will be a hefty outlay. Instead, a flat roof is a more cost-effective solution and reduces the costs of maintenance and repairs.

No planning permission required

If you already have a flat roof in situ, no planning permission is needed to update or replace your current roof. However, any changes to elevation may require approval.

Looks good on modern properties

The aesthetics of a flat roof can look great on a modern property as the lines complement the style of the building. The materials used for flat roofing also present a clean finish when looking out at it.

Cons of a flat roof

Shorter lifespan than pitched

Flat roofs don’t tend to last as long as pitched roofs although DPR GRP flat roofs have a leak-free warranty of 20 years with a life expectancy around 50 years. Although an incredible lifespan, this does not match up to what you could expect from a pitched roof.

No roof space

If you want additional roof space, a flat roof doesn’t give you this option. This design has no elevation or pitch, so you can’t utilise it for storage or extra rooms. However, its surface can present some usable space, for example, for solar panels or air-conditioning units.

Pitched and flat roofing in Wakefield

Selecting the best roofing option for your home can be challenging. There are benefits of pitched roofing and flat roofs. Weighing up the pros and cons will help you decide which is more suitable for the project.

If you require any assistance, the experienced team at DPR Roofing Wakefield is on hand to guide you through each option. For more information or to book an inspection, call us on 01924 255677 or email [email protected].


How to Give Your Property a New Year Health Check

How to Give Your Property a New Year Health Check

How to Give Your Property a New Year Health Check

Keeping your property well-maintained is important to protect your long-term investment and prevent disruption to your day-to-day life. While many people know that their property is overdue for a health check, it ends up on the back burner simply because of how busy life can be.

Of course, in the new year, everyone has that bit more motivation to get things done. To make things easier, we’ve put together a guide to giving your property a health check, so you have all the different areas to cover in one place.

Start with your boiler

Let’s start with that old familiar foe that’s known to cause problems in winter – your boiler. If you haven’t had your boiler serviced for a while, now is as good a time as any to get it checked over.

That’s especially true if it’s been causing you problems over the turn of the year. A proper inspection by a trained professional will identify what’s wrong, with repairs recommended (or potentially a replacement) to keep your property supplied with heating and hot water when it’s needed.

But it’s still worthwhile if your boiler seems to be running smoothly. From wearing parts to poor pressure, there are plenty of invisible issues with your boiler that could be a ticking time bomb, or just making it less efficient.

Having your boiler serviced in the new year is a good way to prevent issues throughout 2023 and beyond – and could even save you money on your energy bills over time.

Get your electrics checked

Electrics are another crucial part of any property that is easy to ignore. Your electrical installation is in continual activity, powering everything from your fridge to mobile phone chargers. That makes it a constant threat if anything is awry – with electric at fault for 53.4% of all accidental dwelling fires.

An Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) is a legal requirement for landlords every five years. As a landlord, you’ll obviously have to keep up with that obligation. But as a homeowner, this can also provide a useful indication of how often your own electrics need checking. If your electrical installation hasn’t been inspected in the last five years, make it a priority in 2023.

Also known as a Periodic Inspection Check, an EICR will identify any degradation of your wiring, make sure past DIY modifications are safe and check for any damage to sockets or switches. Quick repairs can then be made, keeping your electrical installation safe for you and your family.

Onto the roof (not literally!)

Next, it’s onto the umbrella for your property – your roof. With winter in full swing and the weather at its worst, the start of the year is a great time to make sure your roof is in a good condition.

For one, water could be getting in without you realising it. Alternatively, high winds and heavy rain may have taken their toll on your roof, sowing seeds for problems further down the line.

There are some checks that you can do yourself before arranging a professional inspection:

  • Inspect the top of walls, your ceilings and your loft or roof space for damp patches or visible leaks.
  • Check your loft with the lights off during the daytime to look for any light getting through (if light can get through, so can water).
  • Look up at your roof from ground level to look for any signs of damage, such as loose flashing, missing tiles or anything else that’s out of place.

Whatever you do, don’t get on your roof yourself. A qualified roofer will be able to access your roof safely to take a closer look. They can identify even the smallest issues, which can then be nipped in the bud with quick roof repairs before they become larger, more expensive problems to fix.

A professional roof inspection is recommended every 12 months, making the new year an ideal time to book one in.

Next are your gutters

There’s another vital feature of your property situated around the edge of your roof. Gutters are designed to catch water as it runs off the roof and guide it safely down your drains. In doing so, they stop it running down your walls or getting to the foundations of your property.

Put simply, gutters are a cheap way to prevent very expensive problems. But they’re often taken for granted. Over time, gutters can become blocked by moss, leaves and other debris. They can also crack or come loose if there’s too much pressure on them – usually because of such blockages.

When water leaks out of your gutters, it’s easy to think that it’s just heavy rain – or just not notice it at all. However, leaving it ignored could allow your gutters to get worse or cause other issues with your property.

With all that in mind, you should have your gutters regularly cleared and fully inspected as part of your new year’s health check. A professional contractor can make sure your entire guttering system is fully functional, so you don’t have to worry when the heavens open in 2023.

Finally, the walls

Last but not least are your walls. Start inside, looking for any signs of water ingress. You can then head outside, checking for any gaps or cracks in your pointing or render. Repointing or re-rendering is the best course of action if you find issues inside or outside, though it’s always best to get a professional opinion.

While you’re outside, you can also assess the general condition of your walls. Cracks in brickwork can be a bigger cause for concern, as they may be a sign of subsidence. However, smaller cracks are usually superficial. It’s also worth keeping an eye on any plant growth on your exterior walls, as they can worsen cracks as well as cause damp issues.

Protect your property in Wakefield

The new year is the perfect time for some much-needed maintenance on your property. With a wealth of experience in roofing and guttering, DPR Roofing can help you tick off some of the most important parts of your 2023 health check.

Our experienced team will inspect your property and recommend the best course of action for your roof and gutters, as well as provide long-lasting repairs or replacements as necessary. To book an inspection, call us on 01924 255 677 or email [email protected].

 


Is Your Commercial Roof Safe for Winter?

Is Your Commercial Roof Safe for Winter?

Is Your Commercial Roof Safe for Winter?

Winter might include the most wonderful time of the year. But it’s also the most important time of the year for your commercial roof. In this post, we’ll outline how to ensure your commercial roof is safe for winter, starting with the challenges posed in the colder months….

Winter challenges for commercial roofs

It goes without saying that weather is the main thing that makes winter so tricky for commercial roofs. They’re the umbrella to your business or tenants, shielding them from the elements all year round. In winter, that means more rain, higher winds, and even snow, hail and ice.

Roofs can sometimes get through most of the year with little flaws and faults going unnoticed. But not in winter. Even the smallest crack, tear or missing component will be exposed:

  • Heavy rain will make its way through
  • High wind can lift any loose parts
  • Water can freeze in small cracks – expanding when it becomes ice to make defects bigger
  • Heavy snow, albeit rare, can add extra weight and pressure on your roof, which could be the straw that breaks the camel’s back if it’s not in a good condition

More time away over Christmas

But weather isn’t the only quirk offered up at the end of the year. There’s a reason Christmas is known as the holiday season – most commercial sites have a bit more downtime over the festive period.

Whether that’s a two-week break or a couple of bank holidays, it’s an extra opportunity for a leak to break out while nobody’s there. Undetected leaks can be even more problematic for your commercial site because the weather has more time to cause further damage.

As above, wind, rain and ice can worsen existing roofing problems. When water gets in, it can also cause structural damage to wooden fixtures or even interfere with electrics. There’s also the visual damp on walls and ceilings, plus the potential for mould to develop.

Let’s face it. There’s not much worse than coming back after the Christmas break to find a leak has been wreaking havoc on your commercial property. The result is an unsafe working environment, disruption for your business or your tenants, and more cost for you with emergency repairs.

Is your commercial roof safe?

You don’t want to be worrying about leaks while you’re tucking into your Christmas dinner. Or feeling anxious whenever the heavens open – which is pretty often in winter. To give yourself peace of mind, the best course of action is to ensure your roof is winter-ready before leaks cause safety problems.

Performing an initial assessment

The first thing you can do is inspect your roof yourself. No, we don’t mean getting up there and putting yourself at risk. Instead, you can look up from ground level outside, checking for:

  • Loose, cracked or missing tiles
  • Loose or damaged flashing
  • Any irregularities with ridges or valleys

Of course, we understand that lots of commercial roofing is flat – where the pitch is less than 10 degrees. As such, you can’t see it from outside unless you’re up there, and many of the features above won’t be relevant.

Some flat commercial roofs are safely accessible. You can usually tell which roofs are designed for walking on as they have a short wall or safety barriers around the edge. If that’s the case, you can look for any damage on the roof such as cracks or tears in the roofing material and damaged flashing around protrusions.

If it’s not safe to access the roof, your best bet is to check from the inside. Head up to the top floor of the building and look for any signs of leaks or water ingress around the ceiling and top of walls. If you spot anything at all, you can contact a roofer to get it fixed.

Getting a professional opinion

As you can imagine, the checks above are far from exhaustive – especially if you have no way of actually assessing your roof’s condition from the outside. They’re a good first step so you can point roofers in the right direction, but even if everything seems fine, it’s worth getting a professional opinion.

Because they’re fully trained to work safely at height, professional roofers can access your flat or pitched roof without any issues. That alone allows them to undertake a more in-depth inspection of every component on your roof. Crucially, they also have the training and experience to spot anything awry and identify the underlying cause.

This is the most the critical step in preparing your roof for winter – a professional roof inspection is recommended at least once a year for commercial properties. Roofers can then advise you on the best course of action for your roof with a quote for any necessary maintenance work.

Don’t forget your gutters

While we’ve talked about the main structure of your roof, it’s important to note the role that guttering plays for commercial buildings. As water runs off your roof, gutters guide it safely away from the building and down the drainpipes. In doing so, they stop excessive amounts of rainwater getting to your walls and foundations.

When preparing your commercial roof for winter, it’s a good idea to check the condition and function of your gutters – as well as asking a professional to do so. All too often, gutters become blocked by leaves and other debris through autumn, which leads to overflows, excess weight and sagging or cracks.

Over time, water running down your walls or pooling at the bottom of your commercial property can lead to damp and structural issues. To avoid this, you should have them repaired and cleared before or during winter to make sure they’re ready for the worst weather.

Keep your commercial roof safe this winter

A watertight roof is essential if you want to maintain a safe working environment through winter. DPR Roofing provides commercial roofing and guttering services in Wakefield to keep your property protected from the elements.

To arrange a quote or talk more about your requirements, simply call us on 01924 255 677 or email [email protected].


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.