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.


How to Sidestep Scaffolding Costs on Your Roof Repairs

How to Sidestep Scaffolding Costs on Your Roof Repairs

How to Sidestep Scaffolding Costs on Your Roof Repairs

Organising roof repairs can be time consuming and stressful at the best of times. Things get even more complicated if your property needs scaffolding in order for repairs to be completed. But is there a way around this complication?

Read on to see how you can sidestep scaffolding and the associated complexities on your roof repairs.

Why is scaffolding needed?

We’ve all seen scaffolding up as we pass buildings in the street. But why exactly is it there? In short, it’s for safety. Scaffolding provides a steady working platform to increase stability and hugely minimise the risk of accidents when working at height.

It’s highly recommended for jobs over a long period or those where conditions aren’t ideal. While roofers can access and work on most domestic roofs safely, for instance, they might not be able to do so with a ladder if the roof is several storeys high.

Similarly, if they need to work on part of your roof for several days at a time, it might be best to install scaffolding, so they don’t have to spend prolonged periods up a ladder or on a sloped roof. The HSE guidelines are to use scaffolding with edge protection wherever possible and practical.

The downside of scaffolding

Scaffolding clearly has its merits. However, there are also some downsides when it comes to roofing. For one, it adds significantly to the price of the job. Whether roofers install scaffolding themselves or outsource it to a scaffolding specialist, they will pass the cost directly onto you – which should be clearly outlined in your quote.

On top of that, there’s the time element. Domestic scaffolding will typically take a few hours to install. For larger, commercial projects, you could be looking at a couple of days. Whatever the case, it will add to the total time it takes to get your roof repaired completely and could cause further disruption to your day to day life. There is the added security risk that you now have a perfect ‘climbing frame’ for would be burglars.

Sidestepping scaffolding

Fortunately, scaffolding isn’t the only option or your roof repairs. Most roofs that are difficult to access can be reached by a powered access boom. This has the clear advantage of being much quicker than designing and installing scaffolding on your property, providing a stable platform for workers in a matter of minutes.

The only potential downside is that many roofers don’t have their own powered access boom. To hire one specifically for your repairs, you could be looking at a hefty price tag.

DPR’s powered access boom

At DPR Roofing in Wakefield, we have our very own powered access booms for use on particularly high or difficult to reach roofs. Our state-of-the-art booms provide stable access for two workers when work needs to be carried out quickly. Because we own the equipment, there’s no extra costs passed onto you for rental and we can make sure it’s available when required.

If you want to arrange repairs without the hassle, cost and delays of scaffolding, we’re on hand to help. Give us a call on 01924 255 677 to arrange an inspection and quote from one of our expert roofers.


4-Problems-That-Might-Be-Caused-by-Your-Roof

4 Problems That Might Be Caused by Your Roof

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

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

1.   Leaks

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

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

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

2.   Cold

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

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

3.   Low valuation

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

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

4.   Difficulty selling

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

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

The solution – an inspection

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

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


UK-vs-US-Roofing-–-Understanding-the-3-Key-Differences

UK vs US Roofing – Understanding the 3 Key Differences

UK vs US Roofing – Understanding the 3 Key Differences

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

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

1.   Materials

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

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

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

2.   Guttering

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

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

3.   Longevity

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

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

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

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

Roofs built to last

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

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


Can Roofers Work in Winter?

Can Roofers Work in Winter?

Can Roofers Work in Winter?

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

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

Yes we can

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

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

Weather permitting

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

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

Shorter days

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

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

Extra demand

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

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

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

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

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

Here to help Wakefield’s residents & businesses

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

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


Why is There Moss on My Roof?

Why is There Moss on My Roof?

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

The problems with moss

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

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

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

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

Why it’s there

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

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

How to deal with it

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

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

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

Can we help?

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

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


4 Key Considerations for Roofing Battens

4 Key Considerations for Roofing Battens

4 Key Considerations for Roofing Battens

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

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

1. Opt for industrial pressure treated battens

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

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

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

2. Choose a trustworthy company

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

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

3. Be ready to invest

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

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

4. Enlist the help of professionals

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

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

Can we help?

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

 


How Do You Make Sure a Roof is Waterproof?

How Do You Make Sure a Roof is Waterproof?

How Do You Make Sure a Roof is Waterproof?

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

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

Leaking ceiling

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

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

Checking your roof space

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

Damp

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

Mould

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

Light

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

Call in a professional

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