What to Do When You’re Waiting for a Roofer

What to Do When You’re Waiting for a Roofer

What to Do When You’re Waiting for a Roofer

There’s nothing worse than putting up with a leaky roof. While contacting a trusted roofer is always the best option, they can’t always fit in your roof repairs immediately. In this post, we’ll discuss some of the steps you can take in the meantime to minimise damage to your roof.

How long will I need to wait?

Good roofers are usually busy throughout the year. As a result, you might have to wait for them to fit in the repairs or replacement for your roof. But how long should you be waiting? It’s reasonable for roofers to have a waiting list from a few days up to 3-4 weeks.

Naturally, this depends on a number of factors. Roofers are busiest in winter when rainfall is heavier – causing more leaks and leaving less days to safely work at height. Waiting time can also be increased for bigger jobs, with replacements taking upwards of 2 days, compared to repairs which can be done in a matter of hours.

Whatever the case, it’s best to get written confirmation about when work will take place. Otherwise, some less reputable roofers could string you along and take on other jobs. Above all else, remember that it’s better to wait for a good roofer than simply go with whoever is available.

1. Minimising water damage

If your roof is scheduled in for repairs or a replacement, it means you could have a few days or weeks where water is still getting in. It’s important that you take a few steps to stop that water causing more damage to your property.

Invest in some buckets to place underneath any leaks and put down plenty of old towels around the affected areas. Be sure to check on the buckets and towels at least once a day to empty out rainwater and replace or wring out towels that are damp.

2. Speak to your roofer

While roofers can’t always fit in the full job immediately, they might be able to pop by and patch things up for the time being. That’s especially true for local roofers, who won’t need to go too far out of their way to stop by at your property.

Alternatively, they could offer some advice on how you can minimise damage. Either way, there’s no harm in mentioning this when you’re getting a quote.

3. Don’t try to repair it yourself

We’ve covered the “do”s when waiting for roof repairs. Now for the big “don’t”. Don’t try to repair your roof yourself.

Tampering with your roof tiles, timbers or other features will likely cause more damage than its worth. On top of that, any attempt to get on your roof for a closer look will put your safety at risk – as well as risking more damage to your property.

Taking a proactive approach

Hindsight is a wonderful thing when your roof is leaking. While you can’t undo the damage to your roof, you can avoid the tricky situation repeating itself in future. The best solution is to take a proactive approach to roofing with regular inspections from a trusted roofing company.

Having your roof inspected annually will identify any issues before they develop into serious leaks – or at the very least ensure you’re booked in with your roofer nice and early. That means no more days and weeks emptying buckets and wringing out towels.

At DPR Roofing, we provide dependable roof inspections, repairs and replacements throughout Wakefield. To book in your inspection or arrange a quote, simply call us on 01924 255 677.


Is My Roof Letting the Cold in?

Is My Roof Letting the Cold in?

Is My Roof Letting the Cold in?

When the temperatures drop from October onwards, it becomes inevitable that you switch on the heating to keep your home comfortable. Some homes will warm up nicely and stay warm. Others simply won’t.

This isn’t something you should put up with – and, yes, your roof could be to blame.

Heat out, cold in

There are several components that affect how heat is kept inside a building. Broadly speaking, they are the walls (including doors and windows), the floor and the roof. Because they are less substantial than the others, doors and windows are often the first port of call for escaping heat.

You can usually tell when your doors and windows are letting heat escape because it will be noticeably draughty and colder around them. Older wooden doors and single-glazed windows are particularly susceptible.

If this isn’t the case, and your home is still proving difficult to heat, the roof could be the culprit. We all know that heat rises. If that heat is being kept inside a building quite well, then it will indeed rise up to the roof. If there’s no insulation stopping it from passing through, the heat will easily get out of your home, which is what’s often seen as letting the cold in.

How to fix it

If your roof is letting warm air out and cold air in, it’s well worth investing in something to stop it happening. The solution is loft and/or roof insulation.

Loft insulation

Loft insulation generally refers to insulative material like mineral wool, which is laid over and between the joists in your loft. It stops heat rising into the loft space before it has a chance to escape through the roof. For that reason, it’s also known as cold roof insulation,.

This kind of loft insulation may not be practical for some homes, where the loft is being used for storage or as a living space. That’s because the recommended 270mm of insulation may not allow boards to be laid on top – and laying boards which squash the mineral wool will impair its insulative qualities.

Roof insulation

If the above applies to your home, roof insulation can be used as an alternative – or simply to bolster the insulation for your roof space. Roof insulation is applied to the underside of your roof, and comes in various forms such as mineral wool held in place with wooden battens, polystyrene panels or expanded polystyrene boards.

When installing roof insulation, it’s important that some form of ventilation is kept in place below the roof tiles to avoid moisture build up.

Check your roof first

If you’re adding insulation to your roof, it’s essential that the roof itself is in good working order beforehand. A leaky roof will damage the insulation, leaving you back at square one. Your insulation might also mask issues with your roof, which would leave more time for the water to get in unnoticed.

DPR Roofing can provide a thorough roof inspection to make sure your roof is insulation ready, and advise you on the best course of action. To find out more, contact our Wakefield team on 01924 255 677.


Will I Have to Wait to Get My Roof Fixed?

Will I Have to Wait to Get My Roof Fixed?

Will I Have to Wait to Get My Roof Fixed?

There’s not many bad home feelings that beat a leaking roof. That feeling of anxiety every time the rain starts to fall, knowing that some of it will make its way into your property. That’s why you’ll want your roof to be fixed promptly.

Unfortunately, that’s not always the case. In this post, we’ll discuss how long you could have to wait to get your roof fixed.

Responding to a leaky roof

As well as the anxiety it causes, it’s important to get a leaking roof fixed as soon as possible to avoid any further damage.

Once water penetrates your roof, it can get to the supporting timber, causing decay and rot. It can also leak through your ceiling, damaging the plaster and decoration. At its worst, it can even get into your property’s electrics which poses a serious threat to your safety.

First and foremost, this means you should always get a roofer in as soon as you can to inspect the damage and provide a quote for repairs. The more quotes you can get the better, as some roofers will only patch things up rather than repairing the root cause.

The waiting list

Good roofers are in high demand. That means they might not be able to repair your roof straight away. So, how long will you have to wait? In short, it depends on the size of the job. Bigger jobs require roofing companies to set aside more of their time, which increases the chance it will clash with a job they’ve already taken on.

Small repairs

For small repairs, like replacing a few roof tiles, you can expect to wait a few days. This is where a local roofer can be a huge advantage, as they might simply be able to pop over after completing another job nearby.

Big repairs or renewals

On the other hand, bigger repairs and renewals can have a waiting time of up to six weeks. As well as finding the time to fit the job in, roofers will need to arrange scaffolding, book skips and get the materials for the job.

Be proactive with your roof

A longer waiting time will be more likely in winter, when roofers are even busier than usual. Unfortunately, this is the worst time to be waiting for roof repairs, with the heaviest and most frequent rainfall from November to February.

The good news is that you don’t have to be constantly waiting around for repairs. By booking in an annual inspection, ideally before winter, you can make sure your roof is in a good condition in time for the bad weather.

Arrange your inspection or repairs

Whether you want to be proactive with an inspection or reactive with repairs, the team at DPR Roofing is here to help throughout Wakefield. Our local team can be with you in next to no time to identify the problem and recommend the best course of action.

We’ll then do our utmost to fit your repairs in as soon as possible, at a time that suits you. To find out more, call us on 01924 255677 or email [email protected].


Looking After Your Roof in Autumn

Looking After Your Roof in Autumn

Looking After Your Roof in Autumn

For some, autumn is the most beautiful time of the year. For others, it’s simply the months leading up to Christmas. Whatever the case, it’s an important time for your roof. Autumn marks the end of summer, which means a change in the weather – not to mention all the leaves coming off the trees.

In this post, we’ll discuss the challenges autumnal weather poses for your roof, looking at 3 ways you can look after your roof in autumn.

1.   Gutter clearance

Ask most people about autumn and it won’t belong before someone mentions the falling leaves. In contrast to spring, which is the season of new life, autumn is a time when trees start hibernating and let their leaves fall to the floor.

Unfortunately, the floor isn’t the only place they fall. Any buildings with trees around them will likely end up with leaves on their roofs and in their gutters. Leaves can also be blown onto roofs from further afield, so there aren’t many roofs that are exempt.

While leaves might look nice in their various colours, they can be a serious issue for your gutters, especially when they get wet. If your gutters get clogged up with leaves, they will overflow and this could lead to water ingress. The leaves will also add unnecessary pressure to your gutters.

To keep your property protected, you’ll want your gutters to be clear in autumn. With gutters on the perimeter of your roof, this isn’t a job to be doing yourself. Instead, find a local gutter clearance service that will do the job safely and efficiently.

2.   Check for leaks

It’s easy to assume your roof is in tip-top condition throughout spring and summer. Lower levels of rainfall mean that smaller issues might not rear their heads from April to August. But that doesn’t mean they’re not there.

When autumn comes around, rainfall typically increases. This makes it the ideal time to check for the first sign of any leaks. Take a look around your ceilings and the top of your walls for any damp spots or discolouration.

If possible, go into your loft and inspect the roof space from inside, looking again for drips or water ingress. You can also do a daylight test, by heading up to your roof during the day and keeping the lights off. If you spot any light coming through, it usually means there’s a break in your roof’s covering.

Have a look at your roof from outside your house at ground level too. If there are any missing tiles, or if anything looks out of place, you’ll want to get it sorted sooner rather than later.

3.   Book an inspection

While a DIY check from the ground and inside can spot any obvious issues, the best way to protect your roof in autumn and beyond is by getting a professional inspection. An experienced roofer will be able to safely check every aspect of your roof and flag any problems – or potential problems that could develop in the future.

They can recommend the best course of action to put things right and get the repairs sorted once you’re happy with the quote. By doing this in autumn, you’ll avoid the winter rush and make sure your roof is prepared for the wintry conditions.

Autumn inspections and repairs

If you want to make sure your roof is at its best this autumn – and ready for winter – don’t hesitate to contact DPR Roofing. Our team of roofing experts in Wakefield have over 30 years’ experience in repairs, replacements and gutter clearance.

Give us a call on 01924 255 677 to arrange an inspection or discuss the problems you’re having with your roof this autumn.


Can My Roof Slate Be Reused?

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.


Will a Missing Roof Tile Cause a Leak?

Will a Missing Roof Tile Cause a Leak?

Will a Missing Roof Tile Cause a Leak?

Keeping your roof in working order is essential if you want to protect your home from the elements. While a professional inspection is a good idea at least once a year, there are some things you can spot yourself.

One of those is certainly a missing roof tile. You’ll be able to spot missing roof tiles from ground level, with some tiles even falling off the roof to alert you to the problem. Sound familiar? You’ll no doubt be wondering whether a leak is the next step. Read on as we take a closer look.

What causes missing or slipped tiles?

There are a few different causes of missing tiles or slates on your roof. The first is obviously weather. When wind and rain gets high and heavy, it can pull tiles out of their place, especially if they weren’t fixed in securely.

Secondly there’s the possibility of nails wearing away. The nails that hold your tiles or slates in place can eventually rust and wear away, leaving them too weak to hold the tiles. In some cases, tiles can even slip out of place because the wood has weakened. Water damage to roof battens, for instance, means there’s less integrity holding onto the tiles.

Will it cause a leak?

The short answer is yes. A missing roof tile can definitely cause a leak in your roof. Even if it doesn’t leave a visible gap in your roof’s covering, that missing tile creates a break in the roof which the weather can penetrate.

It’s also worth considering the knock-on effect. Allowing wind and rain to penetrate your roof makes other tiles more susceptible to damage. You could soon see more tiles slipping out place, which will only increase the cost of repair.

Alternatively, you might see more tiles slipping out of place simply because of the root cause. If it’s down to corroded nails or wood damage, there’s nothing stopping other tiles slipping for the same reason.

Fixing the problem

With all that in mind, it’s definitely worth having your roof inspected if you spot any missing tiles. Repairing your roof could be as simple as replacing the tile, or you could need a few replacing and fixing back in place.

However, you might also need a full re-roof to stop the problem reoccurring. On many old roofs, the tiles have been back-pointed to hold them in place and eventually this wears away, causing several tiles or slates to slip out of place over a few months or years. It’s usually much easier and could even save you money on repairs if you bite the bullet and get the full roof redone.

Missing tiles in Wakefield

Based locally in Wakefield, DPR Roofing can provide fast, efficient repairs for your missing tiles. Whether it’s one, several or a recurring problem, we’ll identify the root cause and make sure the problem is fully rectified.

Call us on 01924 255 677 to arrange an inspection for your roof with a no-obligation quote from our experts.


Why Are My Gutters Leaking?

Why Are My Gutters Leaking?

Why Are My Gutters Leaking?

When it comes to maintaining your property, looking after the gutters can often fall to the bottom of the list. However, they are an essential element of keeping a building dry, directing water away to prevent leaks. Having leaking gutters is not only an inconvenience, but it can even cause major structural problems if it isn’t addressed in time.

Read on as we discuss what’s behind the leak and how to get it fixed.

What is causing the leak?

As with many roofing problems, there’s no one-size-fits-all answer for the cause of a leaking gutter. That said, it’s usually down to one of a few natural or structural factors.

The most common source of gutter leaks is a blockage, which can be caused by an accumulation of twigs, moss, leaves or general debris. These build up over time and cause water to spill over the edges of your gutters as it can’t flow freely past the blockage and down the drain.

Alternatively, it could be down to structural causes like a crack or break in the gutter’s material. That simply allows water to leak out as it flows over the crack. Leaks can also be caused by poor alignment, where the gutters don’t run true, leaving gaps between two pieces where water can escape.

Problems caused by leaking gutters

If your guttering doesn’t direct water away from your house, you could risk damage to your walls or foundations. Water running down the walls can damage your pointing and lead to water ingress, damp and mould.

Even worse, it could pool at the base of your home and cause damage to the foundations. Given that this could cost thousands to repair, compared to mere hundreds to get your gutters fixed, it’s clear that gutter repairs are the most cost-effective option.

How to fix leaking gutters

If your gutters are leaking, don’t try and investigate the issue yourself. Instead, you can determine the cause by getting a professional roofer to safely examine them. They will check for any blockages that may be causing water to run into the house instead of properly through the gutter and clear any build-up that is present.

Even if a blockage isn’t the cause, it is still recommended that gutters are cleaned out at least twice a year, once in Spring or Summer and once in Autumn or Winter to get rid of any debris and minimise the chance of them becoming clogged up in future.

Structural issues

If a build-up or blockage isn’t behind the issue, your roofer can check to see if any structural damage has occurred which has led to the leak. Damage such as any separation between sections of the guttering, cracks or splitting in the material are often at the root of the problem.

However, if the guttering was not installed correctly, or the gutter was installed many years ago and has become weakened with age, poor alignment can also prevent water flowing in the right direction and cause leaks to occur. After a specific type of damage has been identified, your roofer can then determine which parts need to be fixed, replaced or realigned and correct the issues.

Gutter maintenance and repairs in Wakefield

If you’ve noticed a leak, or you want to make sure your gutters are maintained properly, speak to the team at DPR Roofing. We provide dedicated guttering services throughout Wakefield, including both repair and clearance, so you can eliminate any issues and prevent them from reoccurring.

 


COVID-19 Customer Update

After careful consideration and based on further guidance received from the Government we have decided to re-open for business from Tuesday 14th April to provide services following strict procedures that comply with the COVID-19 guidelines.

We are still able to quote and complete all roofing problems and we are maintaining a safe distance to keep our staff and customers safe. Please note we WILL NOT enter any persons home or outbuildings to carry out quotes or works until we are informed this is safe to do so.

 We will, of course, operate within the guidelines set out by the Department of Health & Social Care (DHSC), Public Health England (PHE) and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) to ensure we continue to work safely.

 We will continue to support you, stay safe.


Can Hailstone Damage My Roof?

Can Hailstone Damage My Roof?

Can Hailstone Damage My Roof?

The Great Storm of 1987. The Beast from the East in 2018. Storm Ciara in 2020. Whatever the year and whatever the name, there’s always some sort of bad weather striking the UK over winter. In most cases, that includes spells of hailstone pounding down.

While you can take shelter from the tiny chunks of ice, your roof can’t. In fact, it’s your roof that provides that much-needed shelter for you. That leaves many people wondering whether their roof will cope with the constant battering.

In this post we’ll take a closer look at the dangers of hailstone for your roof. But first…

What causes hailstone?

While snow simply requires the atmosphere to be cold enough, the formation of hailstone is a bit more complex. Hailstones are created when water droplets are carried into freezing atmospheric conditions by an upward current of air – or updraught.

These hailstones can then grow as more water freeze onto them, eventually becoming too heavy for the updraughts to carry. That’s when they fall from the sky and, amongst other things, onto your roof.

Can it damage your roof?

The simple answer is yes. Hailstones are sized around 5mm in diameter and can travel at speeds of up to 100mph. Constant battering from them can cause surface damage.

That said, roofing materials in the UK are pretty hard-wearing, and our hail isn’t as bad as it can get in places like the US where they regularly see golf ball sized hailstones, so a well-maintained roof should be able to cope.

Across the pond, they tend to use cheaper materials like asphalt tiles. Paired with hail stones larger than an inch in diameter, it’s fair to say their roofs are vulnerable when the hail starts falling.

Wind, rain and ice

The main concern with hailstone is the weather that comes with it. As mentioned, high winds are something of a pre-requisite, so whenever you see hail you can expect a side serving of strong winds. These gusts of wind can really test your roof and cause damage to any weak spots like loose tiles or guttering.

That’s accompanied by the freezing temperatures associated with hailstone and a lot of rain when the hail subsides. While these conditions can’t cause damage themselves, they can worsen existing issues. During a hailstorm, it’s not unusual for a cracked tile to turn into a big gap in your roof’s covering with a sizeable leak, for instance.

Protecting your roof from hailstone

The best course of action to protect your roof from hailstone is to make sure it’s in tip top condition before the bad weather begins. Hailstone and high winds will struggle to overcome a well-maintained roof, but they can certainly target weak spots.

Having an annual roof inspection in November-December is a good starting point to check your roof’s condition and highlight any issues.

Roof repairs after bad weather

If hailstone, wind or freezing temperatures have left your roof worse for wear, DPR Roofing can provide the much-needed roof repairs to get you back on track. Whether you’ve noticed some missing tiles, or you’ve just got a leak after the storm, we’ll identify the root cause and put things right.

Call our team of expert roofing contractors on 01924 255 677 to arrange an inspection.

 


How to Deal with Leaks from a Neighbour’s Roof

How to Deal with Leaks from a Neighbour’s Roof

How to Deal with Leaks from a Neighbour’s Roof

A leaking roof is nobody’s idea of fun. On the upside, it’s something you can get fixed without too much hassle. But what if the leak is actually coming from your neighbour’s roof?

In this post, we’ll look at some of the ways your neighbour’s roof could cause a leak in your property and what steps you should take to get it sorted.

Why is my neighbour’s roof leaking into my property?

Every property has its own roof directly above. However, there are some problems that can lead to leaks coming across from your neighbour’s roof if you live in a semi-detached or terraced house. That’s because the roofs need to be adjoined with materials overlapped to provide a continuous, uninterrupted covering.

Missing or broken tiles near the boundary of the two roofs could cause water to leak into both properties. Additionally, your neighbour’s guttering might be leaking, which could cause water to leak onto your property, break down the pointing and allow moisture to seep in through the walls.

Another issue with adjoining properties comes from the chimney. Semi-detached and terraced houses will usually have a shared chimney stack crossing the boundary between the two properties. Water can get into the chimney stack either through poorly maintained pointing or uncapped pots, which can then seep into the houses either side.

What should you do?

As with most issues, the first step is flagging the problem. Get an experienced roofer in to inspect the damage and confirm that it’s not a problem with your roof. Take pictures or invite your neighbour in to show them the damage and explain the situation using a quote or report from the roofer.

Your neighbour might simply pay for the repairs and apologise for the inconvenience. If not, that’s where it gets more complicated.

In some cases, it’s possible to fix the problem from within your house. Experienced roofers might be able to find a way to stop the water getting into your house without actually fixing your neighbour’s roof. Of course, that does mean you’ll have to pay for the work, which isn’t ideal.

It’s always advisable to save court action as a last resort. This can be costly and will inevitably lead to greater tensions between you and your neighbour. However, it’s best to take pictures of the damage at each stage and keep all quotes or reports from roofers just in case.

Expert roofers on hand in Wakefield

Whether you need repairs on your roof or just a thorough inspection to identify the root cause, DPR Roofing is on hand to help with domestic roofing services across Wakefield.

With more than 30 years’ experience in roofing, our expert team can provide the advice and critical repairs you need to avoid unnecessary damage to your property. Give us a call on 01924 255 677 to arrange an inspection today.