How Many Days Does It Rain in the UK?

How Many Days Does It Rain in the UK?

How Many Days Does It Rain in the UK?

While we do enjoy a couple of weeks of sun in the summer, the UK is hardly renowned for its tropical climate. Instead, most Brits are used to drizzly days and unexpected downpours.

The result is some of the world’s muddiest festivals, a national love of board games, and an instinctive urge to take a coat everywhere, just in case. Let’s not forget the heightened risk of leaks at home if your property isn’t well maintained.

But just how much does it rain in the UK? And how can you avoid some of the problems that come with it?

Rain, rain, go away

When you’re continuously seeing sports events called off or getting caught in a shower without a coat, it’s easy to think it rains in the UK more often than not. In fact, you wouldn’t be too far from the truth.

According to 2019 statistics, the UK had approximately 164.6 rain days – defined as days in which at least 1mm of rain fell. To put that in context, that’s around 45% of the entire year. Needless to say, it varies each year, with the year 2000 seeing a whopping 178.6 rain days on average.

It also varies from place to place. With mountainous landscapes and a northernly location, Scotland is the wettest country in the UK, while England is actually drier than its neighbours. However, when it comes to urban locations, England has its fair share, with Leeds, Bradford and Preston all making the top 10 rainiest cities.

Protecting your home from leaks

Some people look forward to the summer all year. Others love the magic of frost and snow in winter. But hardly anyone sees rain as their idea of fun. The wet stuff is enough to put a dampener on holidays, cancel days out and soak through anyone who’s not prepared.

But on a more serious note, it can create issues for your property. Worries about the number of rainy days are amplified if you’re in an area that’s at risk of flooding. Alternatively, you might have a roof with recurring problems, that’s just one heavy spell of rain away from another leak.

In September 2020, the government extended its grant scheme, which allows property owners to apply for up to £5,000 for flood protection. Properties flooded in November 2019 now have until 31st December 2021 to apply, while the deadline has been extended to 1st July 2022 for those flooded in February 2020.

Thankfully, things are much simpler when it comes to your roof. No matter how heavy the rain, or how many days it rains for, a well installed roof will protect your home from the elements all year round.

Is your roof rain-ready?

If you’re concerned about the state of your roof, the best way to know for sure is with a professional inspection from a trusted roofing company. With over three decades of experience in Barnsley and the surrounding areas, DPR Roofing can provide complete peace of mind when it comes to your roof.

Our fully trained roofers will inspect every aspect of your roof and recommend the best course of action to keep your property protected from the rain. Contact us on 01226 670 008 or email [email protected] to get the ball rolling.


Scaffolding vs Powered Access Boom – Which is Best for Your Roof?

Scaffolding vs Powered Access Boom – Which is Best for Your Roof?

Scaffolding vs Powered Access Boom – Which is Best for Your Roof?

Reaching high or inaccessible roofs can be a tricky business. Scaffolding has been solving that problem for centuries, but powered access booms are a modern alternative rapidly growing in popularity. Which is best for your roof?

The pros of powered access booms

Also known as cherry pickers, powered access booms are a highly versatile solution which afford the opportunity to reach great heights and difficult-to-access parts of your roof with ease. With a slimline mobile base unit, the powered access boom from DPR Roofing can squeeze into tight spaces and extend to roof height, allowing roofing specialists to manoeuvre them into position quickly, easily and effectively. As such, they’re the perfect option for performing emergency repairs on a leaky roof, since there’s no time-consuming setup process involved.

That makes them suitable for initial consultations or minor repair works, as well. After all, it’s not practical to spend hours erecting a scaffolding system, only to use the structure for a matter of mere minutes to perform a quick touch-up job on faulty tiles or slates – especially if the repairs are time-sensitive. The efficiency of a powered access boom can drastically reduce the time and costs that scaffolding entails.

A time and a place for traditional scaffolding

Having said that, there are many situations where scaffolding is more appropriate. It’s the most commonly used method of high access due to the reliability and stability it offers, ensuring a safe working environment for roofers, glaziers and other professionals who need to work at heights.

Scaffolding is the number one solution for longer-lasting projects such as roof replacements, since it offers maximum longevity and accessibility to all angles of the affected area without the need to reposition it.

Of course, it’s imperative that any scaffolding structures are put in place by a competent and qualified company who have experience in installing and dismantling structures safely. At DPR Roofing in Barnsley, we only work with the best scaffolders in the business, so you can rest assured all work on your roof is completely safe and secure.

Picking the right solution for you

It’s important to take into account the unique circumstances of each project when deciding which high access solution is appropriate. Arriving at the right choice will involve considering the type of repairs required and the amount of time they’re likely to take, as well as the dimensions of the property itself and the available ground space around it. And of course, the costs attached to the project are always a key factor in any decision-making process.

Thankfully, at DPR Roofing, we have plenty of experience with both scaffolding and powered access booms throughout Barnsley. With engineers capable of setting up scaffolding at the drop of a hat and a state-of-the-art access boom at our disposal, we can assess the conditions at your property and provide our expert opinion on which solution suits you best. With DPR, you can rest assured that we’ll recommend the safest, strongest and most cost-effective option, every single time.


How Long Do Roof Repairs Last?

How Long Do Roof Repairs Last?

If you’re having repairs on your roof, it’s understandable that you’ll want a rough idea of how long they will last. After all, the longevity of repairs will have a major impact on how cost-effective they are over time.

In this post, we’ll discuss some factors that affect the lifespan of your roof repairs and how to decide what’s best for your roof.

The materials being used

As with any job, the materials being used can have a big impact on how long your roof repairs last. Top quality slate can last a lifetime, for instance, whereas concrete tiles have a lifespan of around 40+ years.

But it’s not just about the main covering on your roof. From the battens and flashing down to the nails, if your roofer goes for cheaper materials, you can generally expect the repairs to degrade quicker.

Unfortunately, there’s no way of guessing whether they will do that – and roofers aren’t likely to admit they use poor quality materials. That’s why it’s important to choose a trusted roofer with accreditations like TrustMark, the Confederation of Roofing Contractors and the Federation of Master Builders.

Who is repairing your roof?

The main factor in how long your roof repairs will last is who is carrying them out. On top of their choice of materials, roofers who are experienced, trained, accredited and well-reviewed will always provide a higher standard of work – which is more likely to stand the test of time.

But that’s not the only reason. Hiring a top-rate roofer will also mean you get better expertise when it comes to the repairs they recommend for your roof. As an example, a roofer looking for a quick job might simply suggest replacing a few tiles when they’ve fallen off. A more experienced roofer will identify and tackle the root cause, whether that’s rotten timbers or worn nails.

The age of your roof

Above all else, roof repairs can only last as long as the roof itself. While pitched roofs have a lifespan of several decades with the right maintenance, flat roofs generally last between 10-15 years. With that in mind, you can typically expect pitched roof repairs to last longer than flat roof repairs.

As an example, repairs on a flat roof that was installed 5 years ago could last around 5-10 years. On the other hand, high-quality repairs on a slate roof could last several decades.

It’s also important to know when replacement becomes a better option than repairs. If your roof is coming to the end of its lifespan, repairs will start to become more frequent and temporary. Eventually, the cost of repairs starts to stack up, making roof replacement a more cost-effective long-term option.

Long-lasting roof repairs in Barnsley

Unfortunately, there’s no one-size-fits-all answer for how long roof repairs will last. At DPR Roofing, we can provide an estimate of how long repairs will last on a case-by-case basis.

Rest assured, our team is committed to providing long-lasting solutions for roofing problems, rather than cutting corners or patching things up. We will also provide honest advice about the lifespan of your roof and whether a new roof would be a better option.

Contact us today on 01226 670 008 to talk more about your roof and how we can help.

 


We’re all familiar with the sound of birds in the morning. But sometimes, you’ll notice that sound getting a bit louder than usual. When it’s paired with a gentle pitter patter from above, it could mean that birds are nesting on your roof.

Can Birds Damage Your Roof?

We’re all familiar with the sound of birds in the morning. But sometimes, you’ll notice that sound getting a bit louder than usual. When it’s paired with a gentle pitter patter from above, it could mean that birds are nesting on your roof.

We’re all familiar with the sound of birds in the morning. But sometimes, you’ll notice that sound getting a bit louder than usual. When it’s paired with a gentle pitter patter from above, it could mean that birds are nesting on your roof.

It’s only natural to wonder whether they’re doing any damage while they’re up there. After all, you don’t want the first sign of trouble to be water leaking in. Read on as we discuss whether birds can damage your roof.

Are there birds on my roof?

If you can hear birds chirping and they sound pretty close, the answer is most probably yes – there are birds on your roof. In the UK, there are a number of species including swifts, sparrows and starlings, which tend to nest in chimneys or under eaves.

If you want to know for sure, you can look up at your eaves from the bottom of your house. You should be able to see some signs of nesting or just a small gap which they have used as an entry point. Alternatively, you can go up to your loft to see if there are any nests within your roof space.

Can they cause damage?

The good news is, birds don’t tend to cause damage by nesting in or around your roof. According to the RSPB, it’s the existing damage you should be worried about. Rather than causing damage, birds will actually exploit damage when searching for a spot to nest.

Whether it’s loose flashing, a cracked tile or a gap in the eaves, birds will use that as a point of entry, then set up their nest in the space they can access. Even though most birds won’t do any damage, the sound of them moving around and chirping can be a major disturbance – especially early in the morning.

However, once birds have set up a nest, you can’t damage or destroy it until the young have left – all bird nests are protected by law. What you can do is prevent them being set up in the first place.

How to prevent birds nesting

The legal protection for birds’ nests only applies to active nests. Birds typically flee their nests between October and February, providing a window to repair your roof and eliminate the problem area which allowed them access in the first place, including:

  • Replacing cracked, loose or missing roof tiles
  • Identifying and repairing any gaps in flashing
  • Cleaning out and sealing holes in your eaves

All that said, the RSPB stresses that roofs are vital sanctuaries for birds, because of the loss of natural nesting spots. If you’re looking to seal off your roof to birds, they encourage the use of nest boxes under the eaves.

Roof repairs in Barnsley

If you’re concerned about damage to your roof which has been exploited or even caused by birds, the team at DPR Roofing is on hand to help. With over three decades of experience in roofing, we can identify and seal off any damage and points of entry to prevent birds nesting in the future.

To arrange an inspection, give us a call on 01226 670 008 or email [email protected].

 


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.