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.


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How to Make Your New Roof More Sustainable

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The environment is big on everyone’s mind at the moment – and rightly so. When investing in something new, it can often feel like you’re instantly making a negative impact. That’s no different for your roof.

Fortunately, there are ways to make your new roof more sustainable and minimise the impact on the environment…

Make it long lasting

Whether it’s fast-fashion or throwaway technology, there are far too many things we buy with a view to disposing. Why? In most cases, it’s driven by cost savings. Buying cheaper gives you what you want now, but it will probably need replacing much sooner.

In most ways, the approach is the same with your roof. A well-maintained concrete tile roof will last around 40 years, rising to 60 years with clay tiles and upwards of 100 years for slate. That’s reflected in their cost. Slate is the more expensive of the three but will offer better longevity and improved sustainability as a result.

Make it energy efficient

On top of that, your new roof can reduce your impact on the environment by improving your home’s energy efficiency. Every building has a thermal envelope, comprising the walls, windows, doors, floor and roof, which come together to keep heat inside.

If any of these elements are weak, they’ll compromise the thermal envelope and let heat out. With that in mind, an old roof can often make it harder to heat your home. Over time that will cost more in energy bills, but also increase your carbon footprint.

A new roof can make your home more energy efficient and reduce your energy usage over time. That benefit can be heightened if your roof uses the best materials with expert installation.

Get the right materials

Not all roofing materials are equal when it comes to sustainability. Not just because some last longer either. Cement – a key component of concrete tiles – poses numerous environmental problems, not least accounting for 10% of global man-made CO2 emissions.

Similarly, extracting the clay used to make clay tiles can contribute significantly to air and water pollution, soil erosion and geo-environmental disasters. In both cases, the energy used to heat the tiles in production will further impact their sustainability.

In contrast, slate has a relatively good reputation when it comes to the environment. It’s 100% natural and doesn’t require any damaging chemicals for production. Combined with its superior longevity, it’s clear slate is the most sustainable option for your new roof.

Choosing the right suppliers

Whatever materials you choose, you can improve the sustainability by choosing reputable suppliers. At DPR Roofing in Barnsley, we use the likes of SIG Roofing and Burton Roofing for all our roofing materials, so you can rest assured all materials are sustainably sourced wherever possible, minimising the impact on the environment.

If you would like to talk more about the sustainability of your new roof, we’re on hand to help. Our team of specialist roofers can provide the most eco-friendly and sustainable solution for your roof. That includes expert installation to maximise energy-efficiency and boost longevity. Put us to the test today!


4 Benefits of a Professional Roof Cleaning

4 Benefits of a Professional Roof Cleaning

4 Benefits of a Professional Roof Cleaning

You get your car cleaned. You probably get your windows cleaned. Plenty of us even get our bins cleaned now too. So, what about your roof? In truth, roof cleaning is far more important than all of the above.

In this post we’ll look at four reasons it’s well worth having your roof professionally cleaned.

1.   Appearance

First of all, much like window and car cleaning, roof cleaning will make sure your roof looks its best. That will dramatically improve kerb appeal, which will always help if you come to selling your property.

However, unlike your windows or car, it’s not something you should try yourself. Whether it’s for repairs or cleaning, getting on your roof is a dangerous task without training.

2.   Get rid of moss

Growing in areas with plenty of moisture, moss can easily develop on your roof. When it does, it’s both an eyesore and a potential problem with the way your roof works. Moss holds moisture on your roof, which can cause discolouration and even degradation of roofing materials over time.

If it’s left and ignored, it could cause serious damage. A professional roof cleaning service will make sure all moss is removed from your roof, leaving it looking great and functioning fine.

3.   Cleans your gutters

Where required, a professional roof clean will also take care of your gutters, which is vital for your roof’s function. Gutters need to be fully cleared so rainwater can run freely through them and down your drains.

However, over time, they can become built up with leaves and other debris. These blockages will cause water to overflow and add weight to your gutters which could lead to cracks and breaks. In short, it’s better to keep them clear so they can work properly all year round.

4.   Good time for an inspection

Any roofer worth their salt will make sure they check over your roof while it’s being cleaned. If they notice a broken or missing tile, loose flashing or worn-down pointing on your chimney, they can let you know or even fix it in the process.

That could prove invaluable in the long run, as it means you don’t have to fork out for costly repairs further down the line.

How often you should get your roof cleaned?

With all the rain, wind and debris your roof faces, we recommend getting it cleaned at least once year. As mentioned above, you can combine this with a full inspection and even gutter cleaning to make sure your roof is fully serviced and ready for the year.

Professional roofing services in Barnsley

Whether you’re looking for roof cleaning, guttering services or a professional inspection, DPR Roofing in Barnsley is here to help. We’re a team of fully trained roofers with expertise across the board. Whatever your requirements, domestic or commercial, we’ll provide roofing services that are tailored to you. Give our team a call on 01226 670 008

 


The Benefits of a Flat-to-Pitched Roof Conversion

The Benefits of a Flat-to-Pitched Roof Conversion

The Benefits of a Flat-to-Pitched Roof Conversion

In recent years, we’re seeing more and more flat roofs being converted to pitched. Why? Many people kept their roof flat when adding an extension or installing a garage to reduce costs, and now want to upgrade them.

But, as with any home renovation, it’s important to weigh up the benefits, costs and any potential drawbacks. In this post, we’ll look at the benefits of converting a flat roof to a pitched roof – and whether it’s the best option for you.

Why would you want a pitched roof?

While flat roofs have a slope of less than 10 degrees, pitched roofs are typically upwards of 40 degrees. This naturally makes it easier for rain to run off them as it falls and makes pitched roofs less prone to leakage.

Another benefit of pitched roofs is that they provide extra space in a room. This is especially the case with large buildings, which can have the roof space converted into a usable loft. However, smaller garage or extension roofs can also be used for storage when pitched or just to give the room an airier feel.

All that said, the main benefit of a pitched roof has to be its appearance. Pitched roofs are far more pleasing on the eye. As well as a more stylish shape, they can be constructed from clay or concrete tile in various colours, or even natural stone and slate.

Are there any reasons against a conversion?

Of course, it’s not all one way when it comes to a pitched roof conversion. Firstly, there is the cost. Adding a pitched roof to an existing structure will set you back thousands of pounds.

On top of that, there’s the complication of planning permission. To be considered a permitted development, new roofs must not exceed the highest point of the existing roof or protrude more than 150mm above the plane of the existing roof.

However small, any pitched roof will undoubtedly go against both of these requirements. That means you’ll need to apply for planning permission before starting the conversion. As well as eating away at your time, the application will cost you £172 – or £166 in Wales.

What’s the best solution?

If your flat roof has become leaky and hard to maintain, it’s likely you’ll need to replace it. However, replacing a flat roof doesn’t have to mean installing a pitched roof. In terms of function, you could get a lot more for your money with an upgraded flat roof.

The latest flat GRP roofs are incredibly watertight as they are a one-piece roof with no seams or joints at all.  Despite costing less than a pitched roof and requiring no planning permission, they can even outlast a pitched roof such as a concrete tiled roof.

New roofs in Barnsley

If you want to upgrade your flat roof in Barnsley, DPR Roofing can help. Whether you want the water resistance of GRP or the style of a tiled pitched roof, we’ll recommend the best solution for your budget and install a strong, long-lasting roof.

Call our team on 01226 670 008 to arrange a no-obligation quote.


3 Benefits of Annual Roof Inspections

3 Benefits of Annual Roof Inspections

3 Benefits of Annual Roof Inspections

Annual roof inspections are a great way to check your roof is in working order. But there are still many property owners, commercial and residential, who don’t have their roof checked. Why? Maybe it’s cost, or maybe they just keep putting it off like a trip to the dentist. And that’s how you end up with bad teeth, right?

In this post, we’ll look at the benefits of annual roof inspections and why you should get yours booked in soon.

Servicing your roof

Having your roof inspected is a bit like servicing your car. It’s an annual check to make sure everything is in working order. Most importantly, it makes sure the car or roof is ready to perform over the coming year.

Ask car owners, and you’ll struggle to find many that ignore their car servicing. Why? It’s a valuable asset to them. If it breaks down, their life will be put on hold and they’ll have to fork out to get it fixed at short notice.

So why do so many ignore their roof servicing? All of the above is equally true for your roof, which is the umbrella to your property. If there’s a leak, your life will be thrown into limbo until it’s fixed – not to mention the damage to your possessions or other parts of your property.

Wouldn’t it be easier to have an annual inspection? Here are three of the key benefits…

1.   Protection

Your roof is there to protect your property, your possessions and the people inside. By keeping water out, it makes sure there’s no problems with your home’s structure or electrics and keeps everyone safe.

Having your roof inspected once a year will make sure it’s doing exactly that. Remember, prevention is always better than the cure.

2.   Cost

As well as being more effective than acting afterwards, preventing problems is cheaper. A roof inspection is a single manageable cost that you can account for each year. On the flipside, if there’s an unexpected issue with your roof, you may have to fork out hundreds that you simply don’t have.

Once water penetrates your roof, it can cause problems with your property’s structure or electrics and damage contents. Repairing and replacing these adds even more to the cost, all of which could have been avoided with an inspection.

3.   Peace of mind

In some cases, you could get lucky and have a year without any problems. But without an inspection, you’ll spend that year worrying. Whenever the rain gets heavy, you’ll be thinking about your roof and whether it can cope with the rainfall.

Is that constant unease really worth it to save a bit of money in the short-term?

Don’t ignore your roof!

Nipping small repairs in the bud can save a lot of unease, stress and money compared to ignoring them and waiting a serious problem to develop. If you want to look after the very thing that protects you and your home, the team at DPR Roofing can help.

We offer professional roof inspections and repairs across Barnsley. With over three decades of experience, you can expect a thorough survey of your roof with repairs that stand the test of time.


6 Reasons Why You Should Remove Moss from Your Roof

6 Reasons Why You Should Remove Moss from Your Roof

6 Reasons Why You Should Remove Moss from Your RoofWhile professional roof inspections are always safer and more thorough, there’s no danger in inspecting your roof from ground level every now and again. When you do, one of the problems you might see is moss. The question is: how much of a problem is it?

In truth, it can be a nightmare if it’s left to develop.

Read on as we look at six reasons why it’s important to get moss removed as soon as possible.

1.   Obstructing rain flow

All roofs – flat or pitched – are designed with a slope to let water run directly off. It goes into the gutters and runs down the drains away from your property. When moss is growing on your roof, it creates an obstruction, stopping rainwater from flowing as it should. Under a heavy downpour, this water can soon get backed up under the slates or tiles and make its way into the roof space or loft area. You may not know that the water is soaking all the timbers holding the tiles in place as it is trapped between the tiles and the underfelt. Only with time will the catastrophe reveal itself when it will be a whole new roof instead of just moss cleaning.

2.   Holding water

Moss grows into a dense clump on various parts of your roof. As well as obstructing rainwater, it can even hold it on your roof. This can damage roofing materials as they’re not supposed to have moisture constantly held against them. Over time they will weaken, become porous and discolour, even after moss is removed.

3.   Extra weight

On top of all that, the moss will add considerable pressure to your roof when wet. While moss itself is relatively light, it can hold up to 20 times its dry weight in water. For weaker roofs, this could be the straw that breaks the camel’s back.

4.   Freezing and cracking

Having water held on your roof is one problem – what if it turns to ice?

As the temperature drops, the water held by moss seeps into roofing materials or open joints and freezes. When it does so, it expands by around 10%. That’s enough to form cracks or turn existing cracks into bigger holes.

5.   Clog gutters

As well as sitting on your roof, moss can fall or be blown into your guttering. This will block your gutters and cause water to overflow, spilling onto your property’s walls and letting moisture into your home. If it makes its way to the foundations, it can even cause serious structural damage.

6.   Looks bad

On top of everything else, moss just looks bad. It’s a sign to your neighbours, potential customers or just anyone passing by that you don’t care for your property. As mentioned, it can also discolour your roofing materials permanently if it’s not removed promptly, which could significantly reduce your home’s kerb appeal.

Moss removal in Barnsley

If moss is developing on your home’s roof, there’s no use waiting around. The problem will only get worse and lead to other issues like roof damage and water ingress.

DPR Roofing provides domestic roofing services across Barnsley. With our team of professional roofers, you can have moss removed from your roof in no time, leaving your home secure and looking its best. Contact us today for more information.


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Which Roofing Material Lasts the Longest?

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In some cases, shortcuts and hacks can be a great way to save time and money. Not with your roof. When it comes to roofing, quality is key. Materials that are sturdy, durable and long-lasting run circles around cheaper alternatives and always promise better value for money.

So, what should you choose for your next project? Read on for an introduction to some of the most durable roofing materials on the market.

Welsh slate

In terms of durability, nothing compares to Welsh slate. While contemporary materials like concrete tiles offer a lifespan of around 50 to 60 years, Welsh slate boasts an impressive 200+ years of performance.

Laid directly onto the roof, slate is unwavering to rot which plays a major role in its durability. The heavy nature of slate makes it incredibly resistant to high winds. In the UK, slate also wins points for its timeless aesthetic, which makes it a winning choice for both historic and contemporary buildings.

It's no surprise that Welsh slate continues to endure as one of the most hard-wearing roofing materials on the market, with the fine-grained metamorphic rock quarried and mined in the country since Roman times.

Today, you'll see centuries-old slate at Caernarfon Castle, a historic fort that traces its history to 1283. Depending on your project, you can invest in new or reclaimed slate for a traditional look or opt for modern and more affordable alternatives such as synthetic or reconstituted slate.

Sheet lead

Another material that's been used in the UK for centuries, sheet lead offers exceptional longevity. It's often used as an outer layer to protect delicate materials like stone and is 100% watertight, as well as resistant to corrosion, UV damage and rot.

Extremely flexible, lead sheeting can be moulded and stretched to cover unconventional shapes and surfaces. Think church steeples, domes, gabled roofs and other historic buildings. It's also a popular choice for modern builds and looks especially striking against masonry work.

Lead sheeting expands and contracts with fluctuating temperatures which makes it a great option for withstanding the unpredictable and often harsh British climate. Depending on the thickness, lead sheet roofing can last for more than 100 years. Looking for an environmentally friendly option? A high recycling rate and low melting point give lead sheet roofing an eco-conscious edge and low carbon footprint.

Concrete and clay tiles

While they don't hold up as well as Welsh slate and sheet lead, concrete and clay tiles are still an excellent choice if you're prioritising longevity. Both have been used in construction for thousands of years and offer lifespans of 50 to 100 years, as well as benefits such as resistance to fire and rot. Choose a traditional look or take advantage of modern manufacturing techniques that produce concrete and clay tiles in a myriad of shapes, colours and styles.

The best material for you

If you're all about doing it right the first time, upgrading to materials like Welsh slate, sheet lead and concrete or clay tiles is well worth the outlay. At DPR Roofing, we help clients choose the best material for them in terms of their budget, preferred appearance and longevity. Our Barnsley-based team has over 30 years’ experience installing new roofs, so you can rest assured you’re in safe hands.


Do My Gutters Need Clearing in Summer?

Do My Gutters Need Clearing in Summer?

Do My Gutters Need Clearing in Summer?

With warmer, drier weather, many homeowners push gutter clearance to the back of their mind. If it isn’t raining as much, your gutters don’t need as much attention, right?

In fact, summer is one of the most important times of year to make sure your gutters are clean and clear, with plenty of space for water to run. In this post, we’re going to take a closer look at why your gutters need clearing in the summer.

Prevent blockages

Without regular maintenance, your gutters can easily become clogged with debris, which can soon lead to blockages. That stops gutters fulfilling their primary function – to direct water away from your roof and the foundations of your home. Without clear gutters, you may find your gutters leaking and dripping, allowing water to damage those crucial areas.

That’s especially the case throughout the summer months. Branches and leaves can easily get trapped in your gutters. Moss also thrives in damp environments, so it could be growing in and around your guttering. Without regular cleaning, this will grow and soak up rainwater that runs down your gutters.

Avoid nesting birds

In the UK, our birds tend to start to nest between February and August. Your gutters can provide the perfect spot for birds to start their families through the summer, especially if they are blocked with moss, leaves and twigs.

While baby birds setting up home near your home may sound adorable, your gutters won’t thank you in the long run. Once the eggs have been laid, it can be very difficult to safely remove them. It’s best to avoid the problem from arising in the first place.

One of the easiest ways to prevent birds from nesting in your gutters is to make sure they are clean and free from debris, giving birds no materials to create their nest.

Spot any leaks

Your gutters are designed to direct water away from your home. Any cracks or breaks in the pipes will stop them doing so. With the typical British rain throughout the summer, it’s important to keep your gutters in the best condition all year round.

Having your gutters cleaned provides the perfect opportunity for your roofer to inspect your gutters for any leaks, breakages or cracks that could result in more serious issues later down the line. So, while you’re having your gutters cleaned over the summer months, be sure to ask your roofer to check your guttering for any potential problems.

Can we help?

At DPR Roofing in Barnsley, our friendly team of experts are on hand to help you prevent any roofing issues and make sure your gutters are clean and clear this summer. Get in touch with us to discuss your requirements and get a no obligation quotation.