What Are the Wettest Months in the UK?

What Are the Wettest Months in the UK?

What Are the Wettest Months in the UK?

While the UK tends to avoid the drastic weather seen in other parts of the world, we do get our fair share of rain. That’s especially true in Yorkshire, where we’ve seen a number of flooding incidents over the past few years.

With that in mind, it’s only natural you’ll want to know when the wettest months are. As well as being aware of potential flood risks, you can make sure you’re avoiding wet spells when you’re planning days out – not to mention scheduling in those roof repairs before the wettest months arrive!

In this post, we’ll rank the wettest months in the UK based on data from the local Bingley climate station.

6. August 81.1

While it’s technically part of summer, August still makes it onto the list of the UK’s wettest months. According to Bingley records between 1981-2010, the month usually gets 81.1mm of rainfall across an average of 11.8 rain days.

5. March 81.5

The end of winter or the start of spring? Either way, March isn’t immune from a few showers, with 81.5mm of rainfall and 13.4 rainy days.

4. October 99.8

It’s quite a jump to the next wet month, with almost 100mm of rainfall seen in a typical October. The month usually associated with Halloween also has a frightening number of rain days – an average of 14.4. That means it will usually rain for almost half of the days!

3. November 105.2

Despite it not quite being winter, November is in third place when it comes to average rainfall. A figure of 105.2mm across 15.3 rain days means it’s probably not the best time to plan those outdoor day trips.

2. January 109.8

Home to the most depressing day of the year (Blue Monday), it’s no surprise that January has some pretty grim weather too. 109.8mm and 15.4 days of rainfall put it second on the list of the UK’s wettest months.

1. December 114.3

As many might have predicted, December is typically the wettest month in the UK. Between 1981 and 2010, it saw an average of 114.3mm of rainfall across 14.8 days. Interestingly, that’s fewer rain days than November and January, meaning December might have a few heavier showers in the mix.

What about the driest months?

While we’re on the topic of rain, it’s worth looking at the UK’s driest months too. July and May sit top of the pile with 63 and 65.2mm of monthly rainfall respectively. They’re followed by June and September which are level on 77.1mm.

Strangely, February is next with 77.2mm of rainfall per month – although that’s probably down to it having 2-3 fewer days than the other months. Then just about making it as a ‘dry’ month rather than a wet one, April has an average of 72.9mm of rain.

Protect your property all year round

While December is the wettest and July the driest, no month will be forgiving to an inadequate roof. At DPR Roofing, we provide essential roof repairs and top-rate replacements across Huddersfield so you can rest assured your property is protected from the weather, whatever the month.

To arrange a quote, simple call us on 01484 866 772 or email [email protected].

Spring vs Summer – When Should I Get My Roof Replaced?

Spring vs Summer – When Should I Get My Roof Replaced?

Spring vs Summer – When Should I Get My Roof Replaced?

Roof replacements are a popular investment following winter. That’s typically because the wet weather exposes problems with existing roofs, which property owners want to fix for the long term.

After three months of that weather, you’ll no doubt be ready for your roof replacement. But is it better to have it done in spring or summer? Read on as we weigh things up…


It will come as no surprise that most roofers are busiest through the winter. But that backlog of jobs doesn’t simply go away. Spring can also be a busy season for roofers, as they continue to work on jobs they’ve had scheduled for weeks or even months.

Based on that alone, summer is a preferable option. By booking a roof replacement in advance, you will be able to get a definite date for your roof replacement – and won’t have to compromise on quality to get a replacement any earlier.

If it’s a choice between a good roofer in summer and a cowboy in spring, then we’d definitely recommend summer!


Good roofers will be fully trained to work safely at height. However, part of that training is knowing when it’s simply not safe to work. Whether it’s high winds or heavy rain, bad weather can be an unavoidable delay for roofing jobs. Ironic, we know, given that you need a new roof to protect your property from that weather!

In theory, having your roof replaced in summer allows you to sidestep that bad weather. It’s unlikely that a job will be rained off in July or August, for example. While spring is hardly known for thunderstorms and blizzards, it does make rain that bit more likely.

All that said, good roofers will be able to schedule work in around spells of bad weather, so it doesn’t affect your replacement.

Roof condition

Above all else, the decision between spring and summer will come down to the state of your roof. If you’ve had your roof repaired in the past, but want to schedule in a replacement before the problem reoccurs, summer should be fine.

But if your roof is still letting water in, it’s best to get it sorted as soon as you can. As mentioned above, spring still has plenty of wet weather – and it’s much more cost-effective to have your roof replaced, compared to repairing it now and replacing it in a few months’ time.

Roof replacements tailored to you

Whether you want to replace your roof in spring or book in advance for summer, the team at DPR Roofing will do our utmost to fit your roof replacement in at a time that suits you. Operating throughout Huddersfield for over 30 years, we’ve earned a reputation for our first-class service and flawless end results.

Want to put us to the test? Give us a call on 01484 866 772 to talk about your roof replacement in more detail and arrange a no obligation quote.

DIY Roof Inspection in 3 Simple Steps

DIY Roof Inspection in 3 Simple Steps

DIY Roof Inspection in 3 Simple Steps

Your roof is the umbrella to your property, protecting it from the elements and preventing more serious issues from developing. That’s why it’s important to inspect your roof, identify any issues and get them repaired as soon as possible.

That said, it’s understandable that not everyone has the same know-how about roofing as a professional roofer. In this post, we’ll provide a bit more information about roof inspections and list three simple steps to check your roof’s condition.

DIY vs professional inspections

First of all, it’s worth clarifying the difference between a DIY inspection and the comprehensive assessment you’ll get from a professional roofer.

Under no circumstances should someone try to access their own roof without the right training. The steps we’ll provide in this post allow you to get a broad idea of your roof’s condition without the need to risk your own safety or risk any damage to your property.

If you spot any issues, the next step is to call a trusted roofing company who can take a closer look. Because they have been trained to work at height, roofers can get up close and personal with your roof to spot even the smallest issues and nip them in the bud. Needless to say, they also have a better understanding of what roofing problems look like before they turn into something serious.

Finally, it’s worth noting that DIY checks are not a replacement for professional inspections. While DIY checks can provide a bit more peace of mind about the condition of your roof, we recommend having your roof professionally inspected at least once a year.

3 DIY roof inspection steps

Water ingress check

The most obvious sign that your roof needs repairing or replacing is when water is getting in. While you might think you would notice a leak, some are far more discreet than others.

To begin with, take a look at your ceilings and around the top of walls at the top level of your property. Check for damp patches or discolouration.

Loft check

If you can safely access your loft or roof space, you can repeat the checks above to see if water is getting in.

Another useful tip is to switch off the lights and look for any daylight coming through your roof. This is a sign that your roof’s covering is broken, which will inevitably allow water through.

Ground check

Finally, check your roof from outside your property. There are a number of visual clues which can indicate problems with your roof or act as warning signs for problems to come:

  • Tiles or slates – check for any tiles that have cracked, come loose or completely fallen out of place.
  • Flashing – look for any damage or looseness on the flashing around your chimney or skylight.
  • Gutters – make sure your guttering is up to scratch. If gutters are cracked, blocked or coming away from the roof, you’ll need to get them seen to.

Book an inspection

Whether you’re concerned about a specific part of your roof or you just want complete peace of mind that everything is working well, the team at DPR Roofing is on hand to help across Huddersfield.

On a detailed inspection, we’ll assess every part of your roof and highlight any problem areas. We’ll provide no-obligation advice on the best course of action. Then its up to you to make an informed decision about your next steps.

Arrange an inspection today by calling 01484 866 772 or emailing [email protected].

Could a Roof Inspection Actually Save You Money?

Could a Roof Inspection Actually Save You Money?

Could a Roof Inspection Actually Save You Money?

Keeping your roof in top condition should be a priority for any homeowner. The trouble is, most people don’t address any issues until they arise – by which time they can cost an arm and a leg. Regular roof inspections can avoid those unexpected and extortionate expenses by nipping issues in the bud.

Priority number one

Providing for your family means, first and foremost, putting food on the table and keeping a roof over their heads. While the latter is often used metaphorically, it’s also incredibly relevant in a literal sense!

As the umbrella which protects your home, its inhabitants and your belongings from the elements, your roof is one of the most structurally important aspects of your property. For that reason, it’s imperative you ensure it remains in excellent condition.

Regular roof inspections can help to achieve that goal. Unfortunately, many people baulk at the expense and inconvenience of arranging such maintenance visits, instead preferring to put it off until the roof develops a visible issue.

By this time, water damage could have been occurring in your home for weeks or even months, compromising the structural integrity of the roof and potentially inviting other problems to develop, such as mould or pest infestations.

A stitch in time saves nine

The logic behind scheduling annual roof inspections is the same that underpins the famous phrase: “a stitch in time saves nine”. If you address a problem before it has a chance to fester and deteriorate, the effort (and financial outlay) required to solve it will be much smaller than at a later date.

Applying that mantra to your roof is a sensible approach to home maintenance and will ensure you encounter any potential issues long before they become full-blown disasters. After all, a routine roof inspection is likely to take no longer than an hour or two and it can catch broken or missing tiles, drainage issues, plant growth or any number of other minor niggles with your roof.

On the other hand, you’re unlikely to notice these issues on your own until they present unignorable symptoms of leakage, by which point the damage will already be done and the roof repairs required will be considerably more expensive. What’s more, commissioning a professional to conduct a thorough roof inspection will also greatly aid in any insurance claims you need to file, since you’ll have official documentation ready to hand.

A proactive approach

With all of the above in mind, it’s highly advisable to conduct roof inspections at least once a year. You can even perform cursory check-ups yourself by scaling a ladder and surveying the state of your roof, or else looking out for tell-tale signs of wear and tear from inside your loft.

One handy trick is to turn all the lights out in your loft and look up at its structure during the daytime. If any sunlight is able to penetrate through the roof, you have a problem that needs looked at. Having said that, there’s nothing quite like a professional opinion to provide a comprehensive check-up on your property and put your mind at ease.

DPR Roofing in Huddersfield have years of experience in carrying out routine roof inspections on all kinds of properties, from bungalows to townhouses to tower blocks. We can quickly, efficiently and affordably offer you an insight into the state of your roof today, so that you can save time, money and a whole lot of headaches tomorrow. Get in touch with our friendly team to arrange an appointment now on 01484 866 722 or [email protected]

4 Ways Weather Can Affect Your Roof

4 Ways Weather Can Affect Your Roof

4 Ways Weather Can Affect Your Roof

The primary purpose of any roof is to protect the property below it from the outside world. In most cases, this means the ever-changing British weather. But as it works to protect your property, your roof can also become the victim of that weather – in more ways than one.

In this post, we’ll look at four types of weather that can affect your roof.

1. Rain

Rain is the most obvious enemy for any roof – and it’s the worst type of weather to get into your building. Put simply, rain will attack every last crevice of your roof and make its way through even the smallest cracks.

If it penetrates the surface of your roof, rainwater can cause more serious structural problems. Once your roof’s rafters, beams or battens get wet, they can weaken, decay and rot over time which could impair the structural integrity of your roof.

2. Wind

Wind is another type of weather which can pose problems for roofs that haven’t been well maintained. But we’re not talking about a gentle breeze.

From autumn through to spring, it’s not uncommon to see wind speeds rising above 30mph in the UK. When this happens, it puts several parts of your roof to the test. Anything that’s loose – whether it’s flashing, tiles or guttering – will be made worse or even blown out of place by the strong winds.

On top of that, wind can blow debris into your gutters. That becomes even more problematic in autumn as the trees shed their leaves. Professional gutter clearance is a simple way to stop those leaves blocking your gutters, preventing leaks, water ingress and further damage to your guttering.

3. Snow and ice

The first snowfall of the year is usually pretty exciting – not least because it’s synonymous with Christmas. But it’s also a sign that temperatures have dropped to near or below zero, which could cause issues for your roof.

While UK temperatures are relatively mild, the formation of ice can still lead to freeze-thaw action on your roof. In short, water gets into cracks then expands as it freezes. This makes the crack slightly bigger, before the ice melts and the water escapes. When it happens several times in the same spot, it can cause tiny cracks to become much bigger and allow water through your roof.

4. Sun and heat

Most people are well aware that the colder months are the trickiest for your roof. But unfortunately, it’s not always plain sailing when it gets to summer. Constant exposure to the sun’s UV rays can cause some roofing materials to crack, blister and wear down.

This is generally an issue for flat roofs, which simply need to be recoated or resealed to protect them from the UV rays.

Preventing weather damage on your roof

From the wind and rain to ice and even sun, the UK weather can be pretty unforgiving for your roof. That said, roofs that are well maintained should have no problems dealing with all kinds of weather to protect your property.

At DPR Roofing, we provide roof repairs and replacements across Huddersfield that you can depend on in all conditions. With our help, you can rest assured your roof will protect you rain or shine for complete peace of mind. To arrange an inspection or quote, give us a call on 01484 866 772.


Can Roofers Work in Winter?

Can Roofers Work in Winter?

Can Roofers Work in Winter?

In the astronomical calendar, winter runs from December 21st to March 20th most years. Things are slightly different with the meteorological definition, where winter starts on 1st December and ends on the last day of February. Whatever the case, it covers the most challenging time for your property.

The cold, wet and windy weather means everything from your central heating to your doors and windows will be put to the test. That’s no different for your roof, which is arguably the most important part of any building’s protection from the weather.

Unfortunately, the rise of bad weather brings a number of problems to the fore when it comes to roofing. That leaves many people in need of roof repairs or even a renewal during the most challenging season. So, will you be able to find a roofer to help with it?

Roofing in winter

The good news is that the vast majority of roofers will still be available throughout winter. Most roofers are hardy folk, who won’t let a bit of cold or rain stop them from working. However, there are some concerns when it comes to health and safety, and the practicalities of the job.

Stormy weather, heavy snow and high winds can all make working at height unsafe. This kind of weather could also be unsuitable for completing the job, given that parts of your roof will be exposed.

With this in mind, any good roofer will be able to schedule work in around particularly bad weather. Of course, this could mean a slightly longer wait for your repair or renewal to be started and completed.

Don’t rush your roof repairs

Because winter is the worst time for weather, it’s also the busiest time for roofers – with so many people calling up about leaks and other problems. Again, this could mean a slightly longer wait for your job to be fit in.

Our advice here is that it’s always better to wait for a good roofer than just go with whoever’s available immediately. Roofers who are always available are usually low on work for a reason. They might be able to patch things up for the time-being, but their shoddy work could end up costing you more in the long run.

While you might need to wait a couple of weeks, a good roofer will be able to advise you on how to minimise damage to your roof in the meantime. Most importantly, they’ll be there when agreed and the job they do won’t need more work in a few months’ time. Remember that accreditations like SafeContractor can give you peace of mind that everything is being done safely, whatever the weather.

Roofing experts all year round

At DPR Roofing, we understand that your roof doesn’t have time off – and neither does the rain. That’s why we’re available throughout the year for top-rate roof repairs and replacements.

Winter, spring, summer or autumn, our team is committed to providing long-lasting solutions for roofs in and around Huddersfield. We’ll always provide a detailed quote with clear pricing and an honest timeframe.

Want to find out more? Give us a call on 01484 866 772.


Will My Roofer Leave a Mess?

Will My Roofer Leave a Mess?

Will My Roofer Leave a Mess?

Whether it’s a two-bed terrace, three-bed semi or a larger detached property, everyone wants their home to look great. That’s why it’s only natural to be concerned about mess when contractors are making repairs or improvements.

Roofing is no exception, with homeowners worried about their loft as well as the area surrounding their home. In this post, we’ll discuss the mess caused by roofing and how to make sure it doesn’t become your problem.

Mess is inevitable

There’s no two ways about it – roofing is a messy job. Whether it’s repointing your chimney, pulling off old guttering or replacing old tiles and rusted nails, there’s bound to be some dirt, dust and debris lying about at the end of a roofing job.

This could be in your loft directly under your roof, or around your property, such as your garden or driveway. Whatever the case, it shouldn’t be up to you to clean it up. A trusted roofing company will always set aside time at the end of a job to make sure any mess is cleared, leaving your home exactly as they found it – albeit with a perfectly functioning roof.

Avoiding a messy situation

Unfortunately, there are some roofers who will happily leave your roof space, driveway or garden covered in debris. This can include rusty nails, which are obviously a hazard for children, pets or even yourself.

If they’re happy to leave it that way, chances are they won’t be keen on coming back to clean up if you get back in touch. The result is you having to spend hours sweeping around your home or up in the loft – not to mention cleaning anything you had stored in there.

With that in mind, it’s best to make sure your roofer is committed to cleaning up any mess before you agree to let them work on your roof. Ask them whether cleaning is included in your quote – and make sure they add it in if not.

This is a must when you’re comparing different roofing quotes, as you won’t want to go for one that’s cheaper only to be left with a messy home when the work’s complete.

It’s also worth checking if anything needs to be moved to avoid damage or dirt. That could mean pulling things down from your loft, covering them up or just moving your car off the driveway.

Clean, tidy and ready to go

At DPR Roofing, we don’t cut corners when it comes to your home. Every roofing job we take on is completed to the same sky-high standards to make sure your roof stands the test of time. That extends to a rigorous clean-up at the end of every job.

When you choose DPR, you can rest assured your home, roof space and the surrounding areas will be free from any dirt or debris. So, you can carry on with life as normal, with a roof that protects your home from the elements.

Want to find out more or arrange a quote? Call us on 01484 866 772 or email [email protected].

What’s the Best Material for Flashing?

What’s the Best Material for Flashing?

What’s the Best Material for Flashing?

While it’s easy to think roofs are simply made up of tiles or slates, there are lots of smaller components that contribute to the covering and protect your property from the elements. Flashing is a case in point.

Whether you’re getting your roof repaired or replaced, it’s best to know as much as you can so you can make an informed decision about the materials being used and the contractors you choose. In this post, we’ll take a closer look at flashing, what it does and which materials are best.

The importance of roof flashing

To understand the best materials for flashing, it’s worth considering what it actually does. Flashing is a thin material that sits between joins in the roof. This is usually where features protrude from the roof’s pitch, such as a chimney or dormer.

The job of the flashing is simply to prevent water getting through. With all of this in mind, flashing needs to be malleable so it can be properly installed, waterproof to direct water away from the joins, and durable to stand the test of time.

Flashing materials

There are a range of materials to choose from when it comes to flashing, with most being types of metal. Galvanised steel, aluminium and copper are all reasonably strong and water-resistant options.

That said, lead is by far the most common material for roof flashing, and for good reason too. Lead is superior when it comes to waterproofing, flexibility and durability. With the right installation, this type of flashing can last in excess of 100 years.

The alternatives to lead include modified bitumen rolls with a metal grid for structure. While this does offer a decent balance of rigidity and flexibility, the longevity simply doesn’t compare. There’s a reason it’s become known as ‘lead alternative’.

The only benefit with lead alternatives is that they have no metal scrap value, meaning they won’t be targeted by thieves. This makes it suitable for some commercial properties which may be concerned about lead stripping, but it’s really not that much of a problem for domestic properties, particularly on upper roof areas.

What’s best?

The type of flashing that’s best for your roof depends on what exactly you want from it. If you’ve had lead flashing stolen before, you might prefer a lead alternative with the understanding that you will need to replace it every decade or so.

If you’re looking for longevity and quality, there’s no doubt that lead stands above the rest. At DPR Roofing in Huddersfield, we swear by code 4 lead sheets as the best option for flashing. They’re the ideal fit for our long-lasting roof replacements and repairs, giving you complete peace of mind long into the future.

Quality across the board

A chain is only as strong as its weakest link. For roofs that stand the test of time, you need top quality from every component. That’s exactly what we provide at DPR Roofing, using only the best roofing materials for customers across Huddersfield.

Combined with over 30 years of roofing experience, this allows us to ensure our customers are protected from the elements all year round. Get a quote online today to put our team to the test.

How Much Does Scaffolding Cost for My Roof?

How Much Does Scaffolding Cost for My Roof?

How Much Does Scaffolding Cost for My Roof?

Scaffolding is an essential requirement for almost every roof replacement. It’s also a must for larger roof repairs. But how much will it set you back? Read on as we discuss the factors involved in scaffolding costs and how much you can expect to pay.

Some ballpark figures for scaffolding

Much like your roof itself, the cost of scaffolding depends on the type of property and its size. Terraced houses will only have scaffolding at the front and back, and are typically smaller than semi-detached or detached homes. With this in mind, you can expect to pay around £400-700.

If you have a larger, detached home, it will usually need scaffolding around the entire perimeter, giving roofers access to every part of the roof. Along with the larger size of the home, this could see the cost of scaffolding rise to £2,000 or even more.

The value of scaffolding

Cutting corners can be costly in the long run when it comes to your roof. Scaffolding is a definite case in point, which is why it’s best to consider the value that scaffolding provides for the cost you pay.

Roofers require scaffolding for three main reasons – safety, efficiency and performance:

Safety – Above all else, scaffolding allows safe access to your roof over much longer periods than any ladder.

Efficiency – Roofers can complete jobs much quicker if they have a solid structure to work from at height. There’s no need to go up and down ladders, with a space to keep materials and tools much closer to your roof.

Performance – Having that safe structure to work from allows roofers to achieve the best results. Nothing will be rushed or compromised, giving you the best roof possible for the price you’re paying.

Should I get my own scaffolding quote?

Scaffolding costs will typically be included in a quote for your roof. Some roofing companies may put up their own scaffolding, while others will have a trusted scaffolding company they use on all jobs.

If scaffolding isn’t clearly outlined in the breakdown on your quote, it’s worth making sure it’s included to avoid any added costs further down the line.

In theory, you can get your own quote directly from scaffolding companies and some roofers may even request this. However, this isn’t really a common practice. Roofers will be much happier working with a trusted scaffolder seeing as it’s them who will be using it to work at height.

On top of that, you would just be adding unnecessary work for yourself. If you’re working with an established roofing company, you can rest assured they will get a fair price and simply cover the cost of scaffolding in your quote.

All bases covered for your roof

With over 30 years’ experience in the industry, DPR Roofing can cover all bases when it comes to your roof repairs or replacement. From scaffolding to the best materials and a flawless finish, we’ll provide a fair, detailed quote that ticks every box and gives you complete peace of mind. We even have our own powered access boom for jobs where scaffolding won’t suffice!

To arrange an inspection and quote in Huddersfield or nearby areas, feel free to contact our team.


How Much Does a New Roof Cost?

How Much Does a New Roof Cost?

How Much Does a New Roof Cost?

A new roof is the ideal way to protect your property from the weather and remove the hassle of ongoing repairs. It also adds to your home’s kerb appeal and increases its value. But just how much will you need to set aside?

Like any work on your home, the cost of a new roof can vary massively, from £4,000 to upwards of £10,000. In this post, we’ll look at some of the factors that impact the cost of a new roof.

Size and shape

The first thing that affects the cost of a new roof is its size. Naturally, bigger roofs require more materials to cover and more labour to complete.

The same is true for the shape of the roof, which can add to the materials and labour required. A gable roof, which has two planes and gable ends, will be slightly cheaper than a hip roof with four – a plane on each side. The cost is increased for either type of roof depending on how many valleys they have.

It’s also worth noting the difference in cost between flat and pitched roofs. Because they’re quicker and easier to replace, a new flat roof will be much cheaper than its pitched counterpart.


As with any renovation job, materials play a big part in the cost of a new roof. Concrete tiles are one of the cheapest options to cover your roof, with clay tiles slightly more expensive. Slate is a premium option with a lifespan of over 80 years, compared to around 50 years for tiles.

In some cases, some of your existing materials might be suitable for reuse on your new roof. That’s often the case with slate, which outlives the nails holding it in place. Depending on how many of your existing tiles are in good condition, you might be able to knock off some of the cost.

Other factors


When does your roof need doing? And how quickly does it need to be done?

If your roof needs to be replaced in winter, some roofing companies will charge more simply because they have so much work on at that time of year. Similarly, if you need the job to be done quickly, requiring more workers, this could come at a premium.

Added extras

Whether it’s the guttering, fascia boards or pointing and cowls on your chimney, there are several other parts of the roof that could bump up the cost.


Installing a new roof means removing the old one, which comes with a lot of waste. Most roofing companies will factor in the cost of a skip and moving the waste from high up on the roof in to the skip, but this is definitely worth looking out for in your quote.


Most new roofs need scaffolding for easy access. Again, this will be factored into the cost, but could cost more for larger properties. Alternatively, a powered access boom would make the job quicker but would likely add to the cost and slow things down somewhat.

Get a quote for your new roof

The best way to find out the cost of a new roof is to get a quote from your local roofing company. Operating throughout Huddersfield, DPR Roofing can provide a detailed, no-obligation quote for your roof replacement that covers everything from the size and materials to skip hire and scaffolding.

Call our team on 01484 866 772 to discuss your new roof with a member of our team.