A strong, well-maintained roof is essential to keep your property protected throughout the year. While most people keep on top of their property’s main roof, it’s easy to forget about the extension. How often should you have your extension roof checked? What kind of problems are common? And do you need a new roof for your extension? Read on as we explore extension roofing.

Extending your home

With the cost of moving home rising, it’s no wonder more and more homeowners are choosing to extend their property to get the extra space they need. When doing so, the roof is an important consideration. Like with other parts of your home, it will protect your extension from the elements – whether that’s rain, snow or debris like leaves.

Types of extension roof

Homeowners can choose between a flat or pitched roof for their extension. Flat roofs are cheaper than pitched roofs and quicker to install. However, they do require replacing more and don’t match the appearance of the rest of your home – unless the rest of your home has a flat roof too which is pretty rare in the UK. In contrast, pitched roofs add an element of style to your extension. They match the rest of your roof and improve the appearance of your home overall. However, they do cost more and take a bit longer to install. If your roof is due a replacement, it could be the ideal time to change from a flat roof to pitched roof. This will add to the value of your property and mean you don’t need to replace it for several decades. (Planning consent may be needed)

New roof for your extension

The type of roof on your extension is central in how often it needs work. A flat-roofed extension will typically need replacing every ten years or so but can be much longer if it’s a modern roof such as GRP. You might also need occasional repairs on the flat roof, depending on the quality of the installation. If your extension roof is pitched, however, it can last around up to 100 years, or even longer if quality materials were used. Materials like slate could last upwards of 100 years if they’re well-installed and properly maintained. Homeowners who have had their own extension constructed will know when their roof was installed – and can use this to calculate when it should be replaced. However, in many cases your extension will have been in place when you purchased the property. If this is the case, you can search by postcode online to find when planning permission was granted for the extension. A lot of extensions don’t require planning permissions, however, because they are classed as a permitted development. It might be worth having the roof inspected to assess its condition.

Start with a survey

Sometimes your roof can be repaired to save money, while in other scenarios you’ll be better off in the long run by getting a new roof for your extension. In any case, a thorough survey is the best way to get an idea of the state of your roof. At DPR Roofing, we provide expert inspections, repairs and roof replacements for properties across Barnsley. Get in touch today to arrange your survey and quote.