Do You Need a Post-Winter Roof Inspection?

Do You Need a Post-Winter Roof Inspection?

Do You Need a Post-Winter Roof Inspection?

As the snow melts, the frost disappears and the days start to get a little longer, we can all enjoy the fact that winter has passed for another year. We’ve made it through despite the cold, and our properties are in decent shape. Or so it seems.

While your roof might have held up through the worst of the weather, the biting frost, high winds and heavy rain could still have taken its toll. Read on as we discuss the importance of a post-winter roof inspection.

Winter damage on your roof

As touched upon above, there are several ways in which the winter weather can damage your roof. It goes without saying that the heavy winter rain can penetrate your roof, even if it’s held up against the lighter showers in summer and autumn.

On top of that, high winds can blow tiles, flashing or other parts of your roof out of place, especially if they were already loose beforehand. To make things even worse, the sub-zero temperatures can lead to freeze-thaw action. That’s the process where water gets into small cracks before expanding as it freezes, leaving a larger crack when it melts.

Why it should be inspected now

Despite all of the potential damage described above, your roof might appear to have made it through winter unscathed. The problem being that not all damage is visible to the untrained eye. Small problems might have emerged, and it can take a while before these turn into visible leaks inside your home.

This could be anything from a few loose tiles to a bit of water ingress. Without a post-winter roof inspection, those issues will be left untreated for the rest of the year – in which time they could get progressively worse as well as gradually letting water into your home.

When next winter comes around, and the heavy rainfall returns, you’ll eventually start to see visible signs of a leak such as damp patches on the walls and ceilings. By that time, however, roofers will typically be much busier, meaning you’ll have to wait longer or pay more.

That’s why a post-winter inspection is so important. An experienced roofing company will be able to check every aspect of your roof, from the tiles and flashing to the eaves and guttering. Any problems they find will usually be in their infancy, so they can be repaired quickly, easily and effectively. That could save you a pretty penny, compared to the higher costs of repairing long-lasting problems.

Book your post-winter inspection

Want to make sure your roof is in tip top condition following the winter chill? It couldn’t be easier with DPR Roofing. Our team of local roofers are on hand throughout Barnsley to inspect your roof and make long-lasting repairs for any issues we find.

To book your post-winter inspection, simply call us on 01226 670 008 or email [email protected].

 


4 Common Problems with Roofs in Winter

4 Common Problems with Roofs in Winter

4 Common Problems with Roofs in Winter

While the idea of snowy landscapes might be pretty magical, the reality of winter is that it’s wet, cold and testing for your property. That’s especially true for the roof, which has to bear the brunt of the weather for several weeks on end.

Unfortunately, the drop in temperatures and rise in rainfall poses a number of problems for your roof. In this post, we’ll list four of the issues we see year upon year in winter…

1.   Leaks

First – and easily the most common – are leaks. While your roof might seem to be coping fine throughout spring, summer and autumn, winter often brings heavier rainfall. A tiny crack which was letting in a small amount of unnoticeable water could turn into a significant leak.

With December (2015), January (2014) and February (2020) making up the three the wettest months since 2014, you can expect that rainfall to be more persistent too. That means leaks will be pretty unrelenting until you get them properly repaired.

2.   Poor insulation

Each year, we all try and keep the heating off for as long as possible. Most of us cave in by September or October, meaning by winter we’ll all have the thermostat cranked right up. Unfortunately for some households, that still doesn’t do the trick.

Heat can escape through your roof if it’s not properly insulated. This becomes more apparent in winter as we see some of the coldest temperatures. Investing in new loft or roof insulation can help you keep the heat in and could even bring your energy bills down over time.

3.   Freeze-thaw

Freeze-thaw action is a type of weathering, where water gets into cracks and freezes into ice. In doing so, it causes any cracks to expand, allowing more water in the next time, which can then repeat the process.

As well as affecting natural landscapes, this process can take its toll on your roof and guttering. Even the smallest crack can become much bigger over the course of winter, as temperatures fluctuate between sub-zero and above freezing.

4.   Busy roofers

More leaks, cracks and general roofing problems inevitably means that winter is the busiest time of the year for roofers. Unfortunately for those experiencing problems, that means you might have to wait a week or more for a good roofer to fit you in.

If that’s the case, you’re still better off waiting than going for someone just because they’re available. Busy roofers are busy for a reason, with those who are available usually lacking experience and accreditations. If anything, this highlights the importance of having your roof inspected annually, so you can nip problems in the bud before it’s too late.

Long-lasting solutions for winter roofing problems

With over three decades’ experience in roofing, the team at DPR in Barnsley have seen these common winter problems time and again over the years. Fortunately, that means we also know the best way to fix them with long-lasting solutions, rather than just patching over the damage.

If you’ve noticed issues with your roof this winter, don’t hesitate to contact our team on 01226 670 008.


Why Do Roofing Certifications Matter?

Why Do Roofing Certifications Matter?

Why Do Roofing Certifications Matter?

When you’re looking for a roofer or comparing quotes, you’ll no doubt find that you can save a bit of money by going for those without accreditations and certifications. Or at least you will up front. Over time, non-certified roofers will typically cost you more through poor quality work and recurring problems.

In this post, we’ll discuss why roofing certifications matter when you’re comparing contractors.

Thoroughly vetted

Roofing certifications aren’t just handed out. Instead, companies and sole traders have to be vetted and approved before they are given a certification or allowed to join a particular group or scheme.

Roofers will be assessed for their experience, knowledge, skill, quality of work, health and safety procedures and even their customer service depending on which group or body the certification comes from.

This means you can rest assured they will work to the highest standards in each of those areas. On the flipside, choosing someone who is non-certified simply means you’re taking a gamble.

Peace of mind

Certification doesn’t end after the vetting process. Once certified, roofers become a member of the awarding organisations or bodies. This adds another level of assurance when they’re working on your property.

If anything goes wrong or you can’t get hold of your roofer, you have an established body to take up concerns with. This is a huge advantage when you consider the alternative, with cowboy roofers known for their disappearing acts after shoddy jobs.

Which certifications to look out for

There are a number of certifications and accreditations which can provide the assurances discussed above when you’re looking for a roofer.

TrustMark

TrustMark is arguably one of the most important accreditations a roofing company can have. The government-endorsed scheme ensures traders are trustworthy and working at the highest standards.

Federation of Master Builders (FMB)

Members of the FMB are inspected for their skill and knowledge in their relevant industry. They also provide information and assistance to their members to help them continuously improve standards.

Confederation of Roofing Contractors (CORC)

Unlike many of the other certifications, CORC is an organisation dedicated specifically to the roofing industry. Set up in 1985, it aims to protect the public from disreputable roofers by making sure all of its members are contractors you can trust.

Property Care Association (PCA)

The Property Care Association offers training and information to its members, many of whom are roofers. This allows property owners to choose from contractors who are at the forefront of their industry.

SafeContractor

Health and safety are critical for roofing. Not just for the roofers themselves, but for the wellbeing of your property. SafeContractor provides health and safety accreditation with thorough audits for contractors to reassure their clients.

Certified & accredited roofers in Barnsley

As the umbrella to your property, your roof isn’t an area where you’ll want to take any risks. With DPR Roofing, you don’t have to. Our team of experienced roofers in Barnsley are certified and accredited by a range of leading industry bodies and schemes, so you can always depend on us for your roof repairs, replacement or guttering.

To find out more or get a bespoke, no obligation quote, give us a call on 01226 670 008.


6 Roof Parts – And What They Do

6 Roof Parts – And What They Do

6 Roof Parts – And What They Do

Understanding how your roof works can be a big bonus to any property owner or tenant. It gives you a bit more peace of mind when you’re assessing its condition, and a bit more insight when roofers are explaining what’s gone wrong.

Unfortunately, with all the different parts, it can soon become overwhelming for some people. That’s why, in this post, we’ll list a few of the most important parts of a roof and what they do.

1.   Tiles

We’ll start with the simplest and most familiar part of any roof – the tiles or slates. This is the roofing material that acts as a covering for your roof. With the help of nails or other fixings, it makes sure rain runs off the top of your property. Tiles can be made from concrete or clay, while slate is a natural stone.

2.   Flashing

Flashing is a thin sheet of material which is fitted around anything that protrudes from the roof plane. Chimneys, vents, dormers and skylights all require flashing around the base to stop water getting in where they join with the roof. Most flashing is made from metal, with lead the most popular and effective option.

3.   Ridge & ridge tiles

The ridge of your roof is where two planes meet. This join needs to be covered by ridge tiles to stop anything getting through. Ridge tiles are made from clay, concrete or even slate, though they won’t always match the rest of the roof’s tiles.

4.   Guttering

Guttering sits around the perimeter of your roof to catch rainwater as it runs off. Your gutters guide the water down your drainpipes, which stops it running down the walls or getting to your foundations. Most guttering is made from uPVC, though it can also be made from metals like aluminium and cast iron plus timber guttering is still available though in scarce supply.

5.   Rafters and decking

Rafters are the wooden beams which sit underneath your roof to provide its structure, with more substantial ridge boards used along the ridges. They’re sometimes topped with decking boards or felt underlay for extra protection.

6.   Eaves, fascia and soffit

To provide a full covering for your property, roofs typically have a slight overhang past the walls. This is known as the eaves.

Underneath this overhang, you’ll find the fascia and soffit. These boards work to bridge the gap between the roof and walls, preventing pests and birds from entering while providing support for your gutters.

Speak to our roofing experts

This guide aims to cover some of the basic parts of every roof, so you have a better idea of what’s working or not working on your own property. That said, it would be impossible to explain all the ins and outs of roofing in a blog post of any size.

If you have any more questions or issues, it may be time to get in touch with the experts at DPR Roofing. Operating throughout Barnsley and the surrounding areas, our team of roofing specialists can uncover the problem with your roof and recommend the best course of action with a no-obligation quote.


How Long Do Roof Repairs Take?

How Long Do Roof Repairs Take?

How Long Do Roof Repairs Take?

If your roof is leaking or looking worse for wear, roof repairs are probably the only way forward. It’s best to get these sorted as soon as possible to avoid any further damage. But how long will they take?

This is one of the most frequently asked questions when quoting for a job, with customers understandably wanting to get a better idea of when their roof will be sorted. Read on as we provide some answers…

Will they be done in a day?

Like many things, the duration of a roofing job depends on what exactly needs doing. More complex jobs will obviously take longer, while simple fixes can be done faster than you might expect.

The good news is that most roof repairs can be completed within a day. Broadly speaking, the average roof repair takes between 1 and 8 hours. In other words, it can be fit into the typical 9-5 for a professional roofer.

What’s important here is to make sure that your roofing quote is for the entire job, rather than being charged by the hour or for a set number of hours. You don’t want to be hit with extra costs if your roofing company needs to spend more time than expected. Our costs are for the job and not for the time spent doing the job. We do get clients asking for a discount if the job is quicker than what THEY expected but we never have a request for a price increase if the job takes longer than what they expected! To summarise the price remains as quoted unless additional works come to light.

What about availability?

The other issue when it comes to time is how long it will take a roofer to fit you in. Needless to say, you’ll want the repairs doing as soon as possible. But unfortunately, this isn’t always an option.

When the rainfall becomes heavier and more frequent in winter, many roofers become much busier and even booked up. If you don’t report your roof’s issues until the colder months, you might have to wait for days or possibly weeks before a roofer can fit you in.

Obviously, the smaller the job, the more likely they will be able to fit it in sooner. This also highlights a key benefit of local roofers, who can sometimes get to you after completing another job nearby.

The importance of inspections

Having to wait for roofers to be available in winter can be frustrating. Fortunately, there’s a solution – namely, a roof inspection. Having your roof checked by a professional will identify any issues, in many cases before a leak has developed.

This will allow you to stay ahead of the game and get problems fixed without having to wait for days or weeks. Additionally, it will make repairs simpler – and potentially quicker – because it will nip the problem in the bud, minimising the damage caused.

Professional roof repairs

Whether it’s a quick 1-hour fix or a full-day repair job, the team at DPR Roofing are on hand to help throughout Barnsley and the surrounding areas. With over three decades of experience, our team of professional roofers can get your problems sorted quickly and effectively with long-lasting repairs.

Email [email protected] for a quote or call 01226 670 008.


5 Signs You Need New Gutters

5 Signs You Need New Gutters

5 Signs You Need New Gutters

Working gutters are an important part of your property’s protection from the elements. While clearance and repairs often do the trick, there comes a point when you will need to replace your gutters. But how do you know when that is?

In this post, we’ll look at five of the most common signs you need new gutters.

1. There are visible holes or cracks

Having visible holes or cracks in your gutters means that they are about as effective for holding water as a sieve and these are two common reasons that gutters need replacing. Some small cracks or holes may be able to be repaired, but they can also can reappear in weak areas and spread.

In these instances, it can be easier to replace the gutters than keep patching them up. A roofing professional will be able to tell you if this is the best solution when they inspect the gutters.

2. Sagging, buckling or sloping

Another common sign that you need new gutters is when they are sagging, buckling or sloping. This is usually a result of poor installation or pressure on the gutters. Pressure can be caused by a build-up of debris like moss, twigs and leaves in the gutters. As water tries to travel through, pressure can build, which causes gutters to sag or buckle.

Sloping gutters can happen over time, or they may have been installed incorrectly which means water can’t drain away effectively. In this instance, new gutters may need to be installed, which sit flush against the walls of the building.

3. Water ingress, mould and damp

Water ingress is the term used when water seeps into the walls or structure of a building. This is often caused by leaks and poor drainage and can cause issues like damp, mould, wood rot and even weakened walls. If you experience these problems more than once, it is a sign that the gutters need to be replaced rather than repaired.

4. Flooding

Flooding of the lower floors or cellar is a severe result of poorly performing gutters and a definitive sign that you need new ones.

If water cannot drain away from the property, it may pool around the base and enter the foundations. Walls can become weakened or soaked through and rooms can become flooded.

The best way to prevent this is to have a roofing specialist examine your gutters. They can spot signs of major cracks or water pooling before they become serious and will recommend that the gutters are replaced as soon as possible.

5. Re-occurring issues

Sometimes minor issues can be repaired, like small cracks or joints popping out of place and this may fix an issue for a while. However, if they keep happening and you keep experiencing poor drainage, mould or wood rot, it’s time to give up repairing them and replace the gutters.

Attempting to patch up gutters repeatedly can be like sticking a plaster on a leaking boat and can also be more expensive than getting new gutters installed.

Gutter replacement and repairs

If you want to find out for sure whether your gutters need replacing, speak to the team at DPR Roofing. With over three decades of experience with gutters, our expert roofers can determine the best course of action and provide and repairs or replacements to get you back on track.

 


How Old is My Roof?

How Old is My Roof?

How Old is My Roof?

Unless you purchased your house when it was newly built, you probably won’t know exactly how old your roof is. While it’s not essential information, it can help you anticipate certain problems and give you an inkling as to whether it’s time for a roof replacement.

In this post, we’ll discuss how to find out the age of your roof.

What is your roof made of?

In some cases, your roof’s materials can give you a rough idea of when it was installed.

Firstly, in terms of the covering. Slate roofs can last upwards of 100 years with the right maintenance, while clay tiles have a typical lifespan of 70 years and concrete a bit shorter. If your roof has clay or concrete tiles, that usually means it’s less than 70 years old.

Digging a little deeper, you can also get a clue from the use of roofing felt. Many roofs installed before the second world war (and some after) didn’t have felt underneath the tiles. Instead, tiles were back-pointed to keep them in place. (Mortar applied in the attic space)

If your roof doesn’t have felt, you can be pretty sure it’s been in place for upwards of 60 years. As a result, many of these roofs will have tiles slipping out of place over time as the pointing wears away.

All that said, the materials can only give you a rough estimate. Here are some ways to get a better idea of your roof’s age…

1. Ask the previous owners

Moving day doesn’t have to be the last time you speak to the previous owners. It’s useful to keep in touch with them at the very least so you can contact them about any of their post you get.

If you still have their number or email address, they usually won’t mind answering questions about the roof. They might have owned the house long enough to know when the roof was installed, or they could be able to point you in the direction of the previous owners.

2. Check the deeds

Your house’s deeds show the chain of ownership for the property you own. In some cases, they will include records of work that’s been done on the house, which could give you more information about the new roof – especially if it required planning permission.

However, the deeds can also give you information about previous owners if you’re looking to get in touch with them about the roof.

3. Get a roofing company to estimate

Having worked on hundreds of roofs over the years, experienced roofing companies know a fair bit about the age of a roof.

With a proper inspection, they will be able to give you a reliable estimate of a roof’s age and any issues you might be facing, those you can expect to face in the coming years and what you can do to protect your home.

Age is just a number

It’s important to consider the condition of your roof as well as how old it is. It could be 5 years old but in a poor condition due to shoddy installation – or 60 years old but still in good condition.

At DPR Roofing, we work with roofs of all ages throughout Barnsley, giving each job the same high level of care and attention. If you’re concerned about the age or condition of your roof, we’re only a phone call away. Contact our team today on 01226 670 008.


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.


How Can Storms Damage Your Roof?

How Can Storms Damage Your Roof?

How Can Storms Damage Your Roof?

As the umbrella to your property, your roof is in place to protect your home or commercial building from the weather. However, when the weather gets severe, it can actually cause damage to your roof, which in turn stops it doing its job.

As with any kind of damage to your property, the more you know the better. Read on as we look at three ways storms can damage your roof.

Rain damage

Rain exploits any pre-existing issues with your roof. It gets through cracks in tiles or slates, runs down gaps in the flashing and seeps into poorly pointed chimney stacks.

While some roofs can hold out against the usual day to day rainfall, the heavy and prolonged rainfall in a storm makes it much harder for them to withstand the damage. During Storm Dennis, for example, many locations saw almost a month’s worth of rain fall in just over a day.

When that rain gets through your roof’s covering, it can cause damage to your roof space and the structure of your roof such as the timbers. On top of that, it could leak into other parts of your property and even cause ceilings to collapse.

Damage from wind

There are also several issues with your roof that can be caused by wind. Storm Ciara was the most severe example of this over the past few months, with winds as high as 97mph. It’s not uncommon for these gale-force winds to blow off any loose part of your roof.

Loose tiles can be blown off, leaving parts of your roof poorly covered. Or perhaps your guttering wasn’t securely fixed and is now hanging off.

Of course, the higher the winds get, the more serious the damage. During Storm Ciara, there were several reports of roofs which had actually been blown off. Entire sections of some roofs were lifted off in the high winds, leaving buildings completely out of use.

What about ice?

Snow and ice go hand in hand with many storms. Fortunately, snow isn’t a massive concern. While heavy snowfall can add weight to the surface of your roof, the levels we get in the UK are rarely enough to pose a serious threat.

However, the freezing temperatures themselves can cause damage. Water can get into even the smallest gaps or cracks in your roof. When that water freezes into ice, it expands in size. This can cause cracks and gaps to get worse, as well as damaging the pointing on your chimney. As this process happens again and again, it can eventually lead to serious issues with your roof.

The best course of action

Whether you’ve spotted missing tiles and loose guttering or you just want to check your roof’s condition following bad weather, the best course of action is to arrange a professional roof inspection.

With over three decades of experience in roofing, the team at DPR Roofing in Barnsley know exactly what to look for when inspecting a roof. We’ll check over every aspect of your roof and recommend the right repairs to keep your property protected.


Can Roofs Really ‘Blow Off’?

Can Roofs Really ‘Blow Off’?

Can Roofs Really ‘Blow Off’?

Leaks and poor insulation are common worries when it comes to roofs. However, they’re really put into the shadows by the nightmare idea of having your roof blown off! In an instant, you’re hit with massive repair costs, potential danger and the risk of further damage to your home or commercial building.

Not to mention that anyone inside the property will no longer have ‘a roof over their head’. It’s fair to say any property without a roof will be out of use for at least a few days.

In this post, we discuss whether roofs can actually blow off and what to do if the worst happens to your property.

UK wind speeds

With an average wind speed of around 9mph, the UK is mostly safe from roofs blowing off or even small-scale roof damage on a normal day. However, when a storm hits, things can change very quickly.

Gale-force winds, a term commonly used by weather forecasters, refers to winds of above 40mph. But that’s far from the worst of it. The Met Office recorded winds of 80mph when Storm Ciara was in full force, equalling the wind speeds of Storm Atiyah which hit the UK and Ireland in December 2019.

That can get even worse in high or coastal areas, with wind speeds of 118mph, 124mph, 142mph and even 173mph recorded over the past few decades.

Blowing the roof off

The question is: can these gale-force winds actually blow off parts of your roof? Unfortunately, the answer is yes. That extends to both commercial and domestic roofs.

The roof of a Sainsbury’s in Cornwall was partly blown off in December during Storm Atiyah. A couple in the Welsh Valleys faced a similar fate when their roof was blown off by Storm Ciara.

In both cases, the disruption was massive. Sainsbury’s had to close for two days while the roof was replaced, while owners of the home in Pen-y-Graig were left with a house that just wasn’t safe to stay in.

Protecting your house from gale-force winds

In truth, a strong roof should be able to hold out against even the strongest winds. Gale-force winds will take advantage of any weak spots on your roof, whether that’s loose tiles and flashing or poorly installed decking.

Whatever the case, the best course of action is to have your roof regularly inspected by a team of professional roofers. That way, any problems will be identified and rectified before the bad weather has a chance to make them worse.

Expert roof repairs

Sometimes, big problems with your roof are unavoidable. Maybe, like the home in Wales, you had your roof renewed but couldn’t tell that it was a bad job until disaster struck. Whatever the case, DPR Roofing are on hand to help across Barnsley and the surrounding areas.

Our team of roofing experts has been providing dependable roof repairs and new roofs for over three decades. Best of all, we offer a 24/7 emergency call-out service to existing customers, so you’re covered if anything does go wrong when the bad weather hits.

Give us a call on 01226 670 008 to find out more about our reliable roofing services.