How to Make Proactive Maintenance Your NY Resolution

How to Make Proactive Maintenance Your New Year’s Resolution

How to Make Proactive Maintenance Your NY Resolution

As the new year begins, many of us will set resolutions. These are aimed at improving our lives for the better. They could be to give up a negative habit, to pick up a new hobby or skill or simply to change the way we live day-to-day. But what if you’re looking to make a resolution about staying on top of maintenance? How can you be more proactive in maintaining your home, stopping issues before they occur?

In the United Kingdom, where the weather can be unpredictable at the best of times, taking care of your property is vital. In this post, we’ll explain how you can make proactive maintenance a part of your life in 2024 and beyond!

Why is proactive maintenance important?

To begin, you’ll need to have a good understanding of why proactive maintenance is important in the first place. There’s an adage that goes “prevention is better than the cure.” You’ll find this to be especially true when it comes to maintaining your home in the UK. Wind, rain, snow and intense heat are all possibilities throughout the year and all of these can cause costly repairs down the line.

Proactive maintenance is your chance to remedy these issues before they cost you. It’s a strategy that looks to find problems before they escalate. It will not only save you money but also make you more in control of your property to give you peace of mind.

How does proactive maintenance work?

In short, proactive maintenance is all about finding problems before they occur. This means performing regular maintenance checks on different parts of your house. In the sections that follow, we’re going to cover some of these and explain the best times for you to check them.

Roofing – Roofing is one of the aspects of a house that you will need to be proactive when it comes to maintenance. Small leaks can cause big issues down the line if you’re not careful. Because of this, checking your roof ahead of time and arrange repairs is an important part of a proactive maintenance plan.

Gutters – Another aspect of your house that could cause you a lot of bother in the future are your gutters. Because of how much it rains in the UK, it’s easy for debris to build up in your gutter and wreak havoc. Blocked gutters can cause damp and leaking from your roof all the way down to the foundations of your building.

External walls – Your external walls are as exposed to the elements as your roof is. Because of this, you should make sure to regularly check these to ensure there are no structural issues. Being proactive with maintenance on your external walls can stop any water leaks and potential internal damage.

Electricity & plumbing – While these are two very different areas, they are both equally important. You should always aim to stay on top of both electrical maintenance and plumbing, as big issues with either can cause problems in your home. Keep an eye out for any damage to water pipes and for any electrical faults. Doing so will mean that you will be able to contact a professional right away to help before these issues snowball.

How to create a proactive maintenance plan

Now that we’ve covered some of the key areas of your home you’ll want to check, it’s time for us to explore how you can create a proactive maintenance plan. This can be a great way to make proactive maintenance part of your new year’s resolution. Having a plan and sticking to it is a surefire way of making this practice a new habit! Here is what you should focus on:

1. Schedule regular inspections

You should aim to schedule regular inspections for the most structurally important parts of your house. Focus on what we have defined above, including your roof, gutters, external walls and essential systems. Schedule these checks at different times in the year so that you can focus on one and not feel overwhelmed.

2. Keep records

Always keep records of any potential maintenance issues. For example, let’s say your roof has been showing signs of leaking. You should keep a record of when this began and the severity of the issue. Then, should you need professional help, you will have a comprehensive explanation of what has happened. More than this, you will be able to better understand within your house if you have a comprehensive record of its maintenance history.

3. Focus on critical areas

If you are unlucky enough as to have multiple areas of your house to fix, then you should aim to focus on the most critical issues first. Identifying these key areas for maintenance is going to help you in the long run. For example, roofing and gutter systems require frequent attention. If you have any issues with electricity or plumbing, you will need to get this fixed right away.

4. Look for professional advice

For many issues you will need professional advice. An untrained hand can often cause more damage if you don’t know what you’re doing, so it’s important to always contact experts if you are unsure about any maintenance issue. This is especially true for heating systems, electricity, plumbing and roofing.

As an example, it’s never advisable to get on your roof yourself for an inspection. You could cause damage to the roof, not to mention putting yourself at risk.

Be proactive with roof maintenance in Huddersfield

If you want to make proactive maintenance your new year’s resolution, taking care of your roof is a great place to start. Whether you need advice, a basic inspection or you believe that your roof needs some TLC, DPR Roofing is on hand to help throughout Huddersfield.

With over 30 years of experience roofing across the area, we can help with anything from roof repairs to total replacements. Get in contact with us today and let us be part of your proactive maintenance plan for 2024. Call us on 01484866772 or email at [email protected].


9 Costly Roofing Mistakes in Winter

9 Costly Roofing Mistakes in Winter

9 Costly Roofing Mistakes in Winter

West Yorkshire winters can be harsh, bringing everything from heavy rain to unexpected snowstorms to the county. For Huddersfield homeowners, the season presents a unique set of challenges, especially when it comes to roof maintenance.

If you’re looking for ways to safeguard your property and keep maintenance costs down, this guide is for you. Read on for a roundup of the top nine costly roofing mistakes to avoid in winter.

1. Neglecting annual roof inspections

One of the biggest mistakes Huddersfield homeowners can make is neglecting regular roof inspections, especially in the lead up to winter. The combination of rain, snow and ice can increase stress on your roof. Over time, this can lead to issues like damaged tiles, leaks and internal rot.

To prevent expensive repairs down the line, it's important to have your roof inspected by a professional contractor familiar with the problems faced by homes in Huddersfield. It could well save you money in the long run.

2. Poor ventilation

Well-ventilated roof spaces allow your roof to breathe and prevent the buildup of moisture. In contrast, poorly ventilated attics or lofts can create condensation, an issue that can damage the structural integrity of your roof. Internal moisture can also promote the growth of mould and mildew, which can cause wooden beams to rot and create health issues for residents.

3. Delaying repairs

Roof issues can escalate if left unattended during the winter. A small leak or cracked tile can quickly worsen when exposed to the heavy rain and cold temperatures that come with West Yorkshire winters. Delaying necessary roof repairs can escalate damage and increase the overall cost of roof maintenance.

4. Ignoring gutter maintenance

Gutters play an important role in channelling water away from your home. During the winter, leaves, ice and debris can clog your gutters and compromise drainage. This can cause water to backup and infiltrate your roof. Regular gutter maintenance, including pre and post-winter checkups, is the best way to keep water flowing all year long.

5. Choosing the wrong roofing materials

If you're considering roof repairs or a complete replacement this winter, selecting the right materials is key. Choosing the wrong materials can compromise the durability of your roof and increase the frequency of repairs. A good contractor can help you choose materials that can withstand Huddersfield winters, as well as complement the architectural style of your home.

6. Using temporary fixes

Quick fixes like buckets and tarps just don’t cut it in the winter. While they can provide short-term relief, temporary solutions are usually a costly mistake in the long run. They can mask underlying issues and allow them to worsen over time. Instead, it’s best to identify the root cause of the problem and fix it properly before winter sets in.

7. Neglecting soffit and fascia maintenance

Most Huddersfield homeowners are familiar with materials like tiles. But what about roof components like soffits and fascia? Both are essential components of your roofing system and help protect your home from the elements.

What are they exactly? Soffits sit underneath the overhang of your roof and provide ventilation to your attic. Fascias are boards that run along the lower edge of your roof and support your gutters. Neglecting either component can lead to costly repair and maintenance issues.

8. Failing to address skylight issues

Skylights are a great addition to any home, allowing natural light to flood into your living space. However, they can also become sources of roof leaks and heat loss if not properly maintained. Winters can be especially tough on skylights due to the wet weather and cold temperatures. Leaks can not only result in water damage but allow warm air to escape through gaps and compromise the energy efficiency of your home.

If you suspect your skylights won’t hold up this winter, or you’re simply looking for peace of mind, it’s best to get them checked out ASAP.

9. Leaving replacement until the last minute

We mentioned earlier about people delaying repairs to their roof. But what if your roof is due for renewal? There are a couple of signs that your roof needs to be replaced rather than repaired:

  • Recurring leaks – A telltale sign of a roof nearing the end of its lifespan are problems that keep coming back. Eventually, it becomes more cost-effective to get a new roof compared to continually forking out to fix your existing one.
  • Its age – combined with the above, roofs that are over 20 years old will often be ready for a renewal unless they’ve been well maintained over the years.

Because roof replacement takes longer than most repairs, it’s important to keep tabs on it and book it in early. Winter is the busiest time of the year for roofers, and conditions are far from ideal, so you’ll want your replacement scheduled as soon as possible to avoid delays.

Take a proactive approach to roof care this winter

A proactive approach to roof care is the best way to stay warm, dry and free from unexpected expenses this winter. By avoiding mistakes like neglecting roof inspections, delaying necessary repairs and ignoring gutter maintenance, you can safeguard your home from harsh winter weather and avoid costly roof issues.

Yes, roof care costs will make a dent in your winter budget. But in the long run a proactive approach to roof care will prevent minor issues from escalating into serious damage. For example, the cost of replacing a dozen or so cracked tiles in late autumn is far less than the cost of addressing internal water damage caused by leaks after a wet winter.

Winter-proof your home with DPR Roofing

Ready to winter-proof your home? DPR Roofing is here to help with professional roof replacement and repairs. No matter where you are in Huddersfield, whether it’s a detached family home in Lindley, a charming character property in Almondbury or a modern townhouse in Brighouse, peace of mind is just a call away.

Don't let winter roofing mistakes take a toll on your comfort or finances this year. Instead, enlist the help of DPR Roofing and give your home the TLC it deserves this winter. Call us on 01484 866 772 to arrange an inspection and quote.

 


Roof Inspections – 11 Pros and Cons

Roof Inspections – 11 Pros and Cons

Roof Inspections – 11 Pros and Cons

Whether you have traditional slate or modern concrete tiles, inspections play an important role in property maintenance. Frequent rain, wind and snow combined with warm summers and the occasional heatwave, can take a toll on roofs.

Regular inspections are your first line of defence against serious issues and play an important role in identifying problems, preventing serious damage, minimising expenses and extending the lifespan of your roof.

Like any home maintenance job, roof inspections have a unique set of pros and cons. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at roof inspections in Huddersfield and help you decide whether checkups are a worthwhile investment.

Pros of roofing inspections

Detect issues early

Early detection of issues is one of the biggest advantages of roof inspections. Instead of waiting for a problem to arise and then calling a professional roofing contractor, inspections are designed to identify issues at the earliest opportunity. They’re an important part of proactive roof maintenance and can prevent extensive damage and costly repairs in the long run.

Roofing issues typically exacerbate over time, so it’s important to catch even the smallest problems as early as possible. For example, a cracked tile identified in a routine roofing inspection is easy and inexpensive to repair. However without an inspection the crack may lead to a leak, which could result in serious water damage to the interior of the house.

Extends the lifespan of your roof

Roof replacements are one of the biggest costs associated with home ownership. While all roofs need to be replaced eventually, inspections can drastically extend the lifespan of your roof. Instead of addressing issues as they arise, inspections actively prevent early deterioration. Over time, small but regular repairs are generally far more affordable than a complete roof replacement.

Cost savings

Yes, roof inspections are an investment. But compared to the high costs associated with serious roof repairs they’re well worth it financially.

Prevents water damage

Water damage is one of the biggest threats to British homes. Moisture can not only cause serious structural damage but can promote the growth of mould and other pathogens. Your roof is the first line of defence against leaks which means it’s important to stay on top of maintenance. Regular inspections are the best way to do this and can help identify water damage in the earliest possible stages.

Insurance requirements

Some insurers insist on regular roof inspections as part of your policy terms and conditions. Staying compliant will ensure that any roof-related claims are covered.

Maintains or increases property value

Roof inspections can help maintain the value of your property and in some cases, increase the assessment. A well-maintained roof not only improves the kerb appeal of a property but can make the home more appealing to potential buyers. Similarly, a roof that hasn’t been properly maintained can compromise curb appeal, turn off buyers and drag down the value of the property.

Safety

From loose tiles to leaks that cause mould and mildew problems, roof inspections help keep your home safe and liveable.

Cons of roof inspections

It’s hard to argue with the clear benefits of roof inspections. However, there are a few cons associated with professional inspections.

Cost

Cost is one of the biggest barriers to regular roof inspections. Like scheduling regular dental checkups when you don’t have a toothache, some homeowners can find it difficult to justify the cost of a roof inspection if no immediate issues are noticeable.

This is a faux pas as roof issues are often invisible to the naked eye in the early stages. As explored earlier, roof inspections play a critical role in identifying minor issues before they become serious and costly to fix.

Frequency

Many homeowners simply aren’t sure when or how often to schedule roof inspections. As a general rule, a once-yearly inspection is a good starting point. That said, frequency will depend on a variety of factors, including the age of the roof, current condition and local climate. A trusted roofing company can help you determine how often your roof should be inspected.

Disruption

The disruption associated with roofing inspections can put homeowners off. At times they can be noisy and inconvenient to schedule. The good news? Enlist the help of a professional contractor and roofing inspections are generally fast and discreet.

Unnecessary repairs

Overservicing is a genuine issue in the roofing industry and can create mistrust and anxiety for homeowners. The best way to get around this issue is to enlist the help of a trusted contractor.

Look for companies with accreditation from nationally recognised bodies like TrustMark. The Government Endorsed Quality Scheme uses a strict vetting process to certify reputable and trustworthy companies. As a homeowner this gives you the peace of mind that quotes are fair and ethically priced.

Tips for streamlining your roof inspections

While there are some drawbacks to roof inspections, the pros far outweigh the cons. In the long term, inspections from qualified professionals can prevent serious damage, save you cash and extend the longevity of your roof.

To maximise the benefits of roof inspections while minimising the downsides, consider the following tips:

Enlist the help of a professional

While DIY roof inspections are possible, there’s no substitute for experience. Hiring a professional roofing contractor is the best way to accurately identify and diagnose issues. You’ll also eliminate the personal risks associated with DIY roof inspections.

Schedule regular inspections

Over time, annual roof inspections are significantly more affordable than the high costs associated with major repairs.

Carry out regular maintenance

Combining regular roof inspections with proactive maintenance tasks like pressure washing, gutter cleaning and seal checks can help minimise long term costs and extend the longevity of your roof.

File all documents

Make things easier for yourself and your contractor by keeping records of all inspections, as well as maintenance and repair dates, findings, quotes and invoices.

Choose a reputable contractor

Not all roofing contractors offer the same standards when it comes to workmanship, quality and customer service. As well as hiring a roofing contractor with accreditation from recognised UK bodies like the Federation of Master Builders (FMB), take some time to read reviews and chat to locals about their experiences.

Book your roof inspection today with DPR Huddersfield

Looking for a reliable and trustworthy contractor to carry out your roof inspection? Call us on 01484 866 772 to find out more about our commercial roofing and domestic services in Huddersfield and the surrounding areas.


What Insurance Should Roofers Have?

What Insurance Should Roofers Have?

What Insurance Should Roofers Have?

All tradespeople and professional companies providing a service should have insurance. This covers various elements to protect the business and customers while conducting jobs.

In the case of a roofer, it’s extremely important to get the right cover for the work carried out on domestic and commercial properties. This is due to the job being one of the most dangerous professions with statistics showing that ladders account for 40% of all falls from height.

For customers, roofer’s insurance protects them while companies work at the property and also covers any disputes relating to the work carried out. So, what insurance should roofers have to cover most eventualities? Below, we look at the different policies that should be considered.

What insurance do roofers need?

There are different types of insurance that cover varying aspects of roofing projects. Some are legally required for the job, but others are a recommended addition to provide further cover. These include:

Public liability insurance

This type of insurance helps to protect roofers in the event members of the public get injured due to their work. You might be surprised that it’s not legally required to conduct roofing projects. However, not having it in place could cost a company significant sums of money if anything happens on the job.

In many cases, public liability is recommended, and if you’re conducting public sector projects, it will be required to complete the work.

This insurance doesn’t just cover claims for compensation. For example, if something falls and damages public property and a claim for the money is made. It also provides cover for legal fees and management of the claim, providing additional peace of mind that everything is taken care of.

Employers’ liability insurance

All businesses that have employees or hire subcontractors to carry out roofing projects are legally required to have employers’ liability insurance. This covers employers in the event an employee has an accident while at work or suffers a condition from the type of work carried out.

Again, this insurance provides cover for legal fees and any compensation claimed. The legal requirement for cover is £5 million. But, there are other levels of cover depending on how many employees you have and the type of projects undertaken. This ensures sufficient cover to protect the roofing company and its employees.

Before employing their first staff member, it’s essential that roofing companies have this cover in place, as there are hefty fines if not. Every day without a suitable policy in place could result in a £2,500 fine daily.

What other types of insurance do roofers need?

There are a few other types of insurance that roofers may consider to protect any work carried out, such as:

Contracts work insurance

Roofing companies that undertake large projects may need to consider contracts work insurance. This provides cover if the work is affected by elements out of your control, such as fire, storms, flood, malicious damage and theft.

In these cases, it’s sometimes expected that the project will still go ahead, and as a company, they have to foot the bill. This could cause serious financial issues for businesses and affect future projects, so contracts work insurance covers the time, materials and fittings needed to rectify the situation.

Self-employed roofers insurance

If roofers are self-employed, there are a range of insurances designed to help protect their work and income. If they subcontract or have employees, the same insurance obligations apply to their business. Plus, it’s always a good idea to have sufficient public liability insurance.

However, there are a few other policies that will protect other areas of the company, such as:

  • Income protection insurance
  • Critical illness insurance
  • Business life insurance

The benefits of roofers insurance for customers

While a roofing business pays for insurance to protect them in a number of situations, there are a number of benefits this cover has for current and future customers.

Improves consumer confidence

With the cost of living increasing, consumers want to know they are protected if something should fall short during roofing work. So, having the necessary cover for the job provides a deeper level of confidence for customers.

In some cases, you might assume a company has the relevant insurance in place. But it’s a good idea to find those credentials on their website or quote, or ask about them specifically.

Protects your property

When roofers have sufficient public liability cover, if there’s an accident, it can be sorted out as soon as possible. Of course, cases are accidental, and while it’s inconvenient for you as a customer, you can feel more confident of a resolution if the necessary insurance is in place.

Why it’s important to hire an insured roofing company

Unfortunately, some roofing companies out there cut corners to make a quick buck. This can have a knock-on effect for customers as they get a shoddy job completed and sometimes lose money due to no-shows and cowboys.

To avoid these scenarios, choosing a fully insured professional roofing company is essential. If you want to check their credentials, reputable roofers are more than happy to show you a certificate of insurance and any accreditations they have to support their work standards. If you come up against a barrier here, then it’s best to look elsewhere to save yourself any hassles later on.

Professional and fully insured roofing services in Huddersfield

Selecting the right roofing company for repairs or new roof installations is a big decision. So, having all the information you need to hand and not just a list of quotes is helpful.

By choosing an experienced and fully insured roofer such as DPR Roofing in Huddersfield, you have confidence in a high-quality service from start to finish. Plus, with tons of recommendations and over 30 years of experience under our belt, you can rest assured of a job well done.

For more information about our roofing services, contact us on 01484 866 772.


7 Simple Tips To Make Your Roof Last Longer

7 Simple Tips To Make Your Roof Last Longer

7 Simple Tips To Make Your Roof Last Longer

Most roofs are designed to last 20-25 years. But, if you don’t do regular maintenance or repair work, this timeframe could reduce significantly.

Roofing is hardy and is built to withstand the elements and protect your home from water ingress. However, it also needs TLC from time to time, which typically requires the help of a professional.

So, how can you make your roof last longer and avoid big repair bills? Check out our tips below:

1. Annual inspections

While it’s possible to get an idea of the state of your roof from ground level, you might not get the full picture unless you get a professional inspection. To the untrained eye, you probably won’t see the common areas that need attention before they develop into larger issues. So, hiring a roofing contractor to come and inspect your roof is a great investment.

Ideally, you should get an inspection annually, especially after the winter season, as this time of the year can see the most problems.

2. Check your property inside

One of the first ways you can tell there may be an issue with your roof is if you see tell-tale signs in your home, particularly upstairs rooms. For example, if you see water stains on the wall, this could indicate a small leak, which dries up once the weather changes. Again, mould growth on ceilings can show an insulation issue or membrane problems as dampness is getting into the property.

If you see any of these issues, it’s essential to get them sorted as soon as possible. While they don’t seem pressing at the time, over time, it could lead to more significant and costly problems.

3. Get repairs done promptly

Roof repairs can be expensive depending on the scale of the job. However, it’s vital not to put off this work when recommended, as leaving issues for longer will lead to further problems down the line.

Roof problems don’t just affect your exterior – they can cause damage to the inside of your home, whether that’s the brickwork and plaster or electrics. So, preventing further damage is more cost-effective.

4. Opt for a durable roofing design

Replacing the roof is not sometimes typically done when they move into a house unless it’s needed. However, when the time comes for replacement, it’s typically best to choose a roof design that is built for durability, for example, a pitched roof.

Pitched roofs slope down from a point of elevation and are constructed so water runs straight off into the gutters. The material used on this type of roof is also hardy. Slate and clay tiling is commonly used alongside other waterproofing membranes.

There are several benefits of a pitched roof, including:

Higher gradient – This means water is less likely to sit or pool in places on your roof, reducing the risk of water ingress and leaks.

Long life span – This type of roof is constructed with hardwearing materials such as slate, so they usually last longer than a flat roof.

Additional roof space – The pitch and elevation of the roof allow for space at the very top of the house. This can be utilised if required. For example, extra rooms or storage is a great option.

Ideal for different types of homes – Pitched roofs look great on all kinds of homes, such as houses, bungalows and cottages. This design is also one of the most common in the UK.

Pitched roofs aren’t the only option when you’re deciding on a new roof – flat roofs also have benefits, particularly for garages and extensions. While they don’t last as long as pitched designs, there’s a variety of materials that create a long-lasting barrier to the elements. For example, materials such as Thermoplastic Polyolefin (TPO) and Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) offer a weatherproof barrier that provides a cost-effective way to replace your roofing.

5. Clean gutters

Gutters are designed to help take water away from your home. So, if they’re filled with dirt, leaves and debris, it makes it harder for the water to escape. This means it’s essential to clear gutters regularly, especially during the winter months and if you’re home is surrounded by trees.

If blocked gutters create water pooling, this can get into your home. During icy weather, ice dams can also form and start to affect tiling and membrane quality. So, it’s essential to clear your gutters to keep everything flowing freely.

6. Trim nearby tree branches

Trees are a lovely addition to your garden, but they can also cause havoc during bad weather, especially trees close to your home. If you have overhanging branches, get these cut back to reduce branches scratching roof tiles or potentially falling onto the roof in windy weather.

Cutting trees back isn’t just helpful for avoiding falling debris – it also prevents pests from having a handy route into your home. Unfortunately, branches can provide a path for bugs to enter, so eliminating this will avoid pesky critters degrading your roof space.

7. Clean the roof

Cleaning a roof is often one of the last jobs on a to-do list. But it’s pretty important as moss and algae start to grow over time. Due to the height of your roof, it’s best to call in professionals to undertake this job. They will have specific products and methods to clean the tiles without causing damage to the material. Avoid blasting the roof with a pressure washer, as this can damage the tiles and create water ingress.

Roofing repairs and replacement services in Huddersfield

Maintaining a roof is a top priority for homeowners. Regular checks and repairs, when recommended, will help keep it in better condition for longer. If you require assistance with roof repairs or replacement, DPR Roofing in Huddersfield is happy to help. We have over 30 years of experience in domestic roofing and are on hand to provide maintenance when required.

For more information on our roof maintenance and repair services in Huddersfield and surrounding areas, call us on 01484 866 772.


Why Spring is the Ideal Time for a Roof Inspection

Why Spring is the Ideal Time for a Roof Inspection

Why Spring is the Ideal Time for a Roof Inspection

When it comes to home renovations at the start of the year, spring cleaning is on everyone’s list. A new kitchen or painting the bathroom will be another priority. But if you really want to keep your property at its best, there’s another task to keep in mind.

A roof inspection is the way forward to protect and maintain your home for the year ahead. Fortunately, spring is also the ideal time for a roof inspection – read on to find out why…

The importance of roof inspections

So, why are roof inspections so important? The answer is they can help you to maintain a proactive approach to your roofing.

There are two ways to take care of your roofing – with a proactive or reactive approach. If you deal with roofing issues as and when they appear, that’s a reactive approach. Whilst it might initially seem like a money-saving option, it’s usually much more expensive in the long-run. That’s especially true if a roofing issue is letting rainwater into your home.

Meanwhile, there are many benefits to the proactive approach.

  • Fast resolution – It’s tempting to wait until issues arise, but that often means costly repairs. Alternatively, roof inspections can nip roofing issues in the bud before they become a problem.
  • Regular routines – To keep your roof at its best, you should have a roof inspection at least annually or, if possible, every six months. Having a proper maintenance routine means that your roof is kept in shape all year round.
  • Roof replacements – If your roof is beyond repair and in need of a replacement, professional roofers can easily spot the signs. They’ll be able to provide expert advice and install your new roof when the time comes.

DIY vs professional inspection

Spring is the perfect time for a roof inspection – whether you’re doing it yourself or hiring a professional. Here’s what you’ll need to keep in mind…

DIY inspection

First and foremost, don’t attempt to get on the roof yourself. Instead, conduct a check of your roof’s condition from ground level. Are any tiles missing or visibly broken? Is part of the roof sagging? These are clear signs that roofing repairs are needed.

Next, take a look inside your loft space. Are there any damp spots or leaks? Is sunlight shining through your roof’s covering? If so, then it might be time to give professional roofers a call.

Professional inspection

DIY inspections often only reveal the most obvious issues. Unfortunately, that leaves some roof damage hidden away, which can lead to further problems down the line. That’s why it’s best to bring in the experts for a professional inspection.

They’ll be able to check your roofing for any issues – and whether it’s cracked tiles or guttering maintenance, you’ll be able to immediately book any repairs that are needed. Ultimately, that means less hassle and expense for you in the long run.

Why spring is the ideal time for a roof inspection

It’s clear that roof inspections are essential to the upkeep of your roof. But why should they be done in the spring? There are some major benefits to a spring roof inspection – and these include…

Checking after winter weather

Winter brings some of the most tumultuous weather that the UK has to offer. That includes everything from strong winds to rainfall and even snow. Unfortunately, that brings new hazards for your roofing, including tiles broken by heavy wind.

If you have a roof inspection in autumn or at the start of winter, you still have the worst of the weather to come. If the weather causes damage to your property during this time, you’ll likely have to fork out for another inspection come springtime – or pay for expensive repairs as the issues arise.

Meanwhile, with a spring roof inspection, all of the worst weather will be out of the way, so professional roofers will have a clear view of any repairs that need working on – saving you time and money.

Calmer skies

There’s another benefit that comes with the change in weather. In autumn and winter, there’s a heightened risk of your roof inspection being delayed due to the weather. For example, your inspection might be rained off or delayed due to high winds.

This can be frustrating when you know your roof needs inspecting ASAP. Choosing a springtime inspection can help to reduce the likelihood of these delays.

Better availability

Another factor that can speed up your roofing inspection in springtime is the improved availability of professional roofers. During the height of winter, roofers are always fully booked due to the sheer volume of leaks and other roofing issues that arise.

In the spring, their availability will open up again, giving you more opportunity to book a roof inspection at a date and time that suits you.

Winter preparations

Whilst some homeowners scramble to book their inspections before the winter weather arrives, that doesn’t allow much time for repairs to be put in place. Once your inspection is complete, if something needs repairing, you’ll usually need to book the repairs in advance. In winter, that puts your roof at risk.

Getting your roof inspected in the spring gives you plenty of time to arrange the necessary repairs before the bad weather of autumn and winter is in sight.

Arrange a roof inspection this spring

Don’t wait until the busy winter months to book your roof inspection – spring is the perfect time to get your roofing into shape. Whether it’s for your home or commercial property, DPR Roofing is on hand to help in Huddersfield and the surrounding areas.

With over 30 years’ experience, you can rest assured that your roofing is in expert hands. Whether it’s slate roofing or a flat roof, our local roofers will inspect your entire roof, advising you on repairs as and when needed.

If you’d like to book an inspection, give our friendly team a call on 01484 866 772 or send us an email at [email protected].


Why Proactive Roofing is the Best New Year’s Resolution

Why Proactive Roofing is the Best New Year’s Resolution

Why Proactive Roofing is the Best New Year’s Resolution

What’s your New Year’s resolution for 2023? For most people, it’s one of the usual candidates – save more money, lose a bit of weight, or finally get around to some much-needed home improvements.

The problem is that we rarely say how we’re going to do those things. With a whole year to get them done, there are over 50 Mondays we can push it back to. And the end result? Nothing gets done, so the same resolution gets echoed the following year and the one after that.

At DPR Roofing, we have a better idea – a resolution you can stick to. Read on as we explain why proactive roofing is a great New Year’s resolution, and how it can make a difference to your life in 2023 and beyond…

What is proactive roofing?

Proactive roofing refers to the way you approach roof maintenance and repairs. In short, you can be proactive or reactive. The latter means reacting to problems with your roof, such as leaks or missing tiles, getting them repaired as and when they crop up.

In contrast, proactive roofing means staying in control of your roof with the following cornerstones:

  • Regular inspections – roofs should be inspected at least once a year, but ideally every six months. This allows roofers to identify any changes to your roof and put them right before they develop into a serious problem.
  • Prompt repairs – why put off important repairs? Once water and wind penetrate your roof, it’s a matter of time before problems worsen. Getting repairs done as soon as possible allows you to nip issues in the bud.
  • Routine maintenance – small, simple jobs like gutter clearance and moss removal can keep your roof functioning properly and prevent problems developing. They can be completed quickly and easily during your regular inspections for complete convenience.
  • Replacement in good time – professional roofers can tell when a roof is coming to the end of its lifespan. Rather than getting into a cycle of recurring problems and repairs, a proactive choice is to replace your roof in good time and sidestep these issues entirely.

Why make it your New Year’s resolution?

While it might not make the list of popular resolutions, there are several reasons why proactive roofing should be your major change in 2023…

It could save you money

Saving money is one of the most popular resolutions year upon year, beaten only by more exercise, losing weight and eating healthier. While it can’t help you shed the pounds on the scales, proactive roofing can indeed save you a few pounds financially in the long run.

By continually having your roof inspected and protected by professional roofers, you’ll typically pay for small repairs before any major damage is done. That could be a couple of tiles that need replacing or a quick fix to your flashing.

Now let’s tot up the alternative. You don’t notice a problem on your roof, allowing water in, which causes more materials to come loose. Eventually, you have to pay a premium for an emergency roofer at short notice, fork out for large repairs to a bigger section of your roof, and repair the damage inside your home, such as the loft, walls or ceiling.

In 2023, the cost-of-living crisis is expected to leave the average household 3 percent worse off. That’s a drop of over £2,000 over the two years, which the crisis is expected to last. Now more than ever, households need to make changes to save money – and believe it or not, proactive roofing is one of those changes.

Roofing is the ultimate home improvement

Home improvement is another phrase that’s bandied about at the turn of the year, with people looking to extend, remodel or just redecorate in line with the latest trends.

But you shouldn’t run before you can walk. Before focussing on the inside of your property, it’s important to make sure the outside is in good nick – most specifically, the roof that stops the outside coming in!

Roofing is the ultimate home improvement because it protects everything else you do to your home. Without a good roof, those new carpets or freshly plastered walls could be ruined by rainwater getting in.

That would mean even higher costs overall, as you’d need to go back and undo the damage – as well as pay for roof repairs, which could be more expensive with a reactive approach.

Put simply, proactive roofing means you can improve your home as you see fit, with the assurance that your roof will provide a waterproof umbrella for complete protection. A good roof will also protect the value of your home, which is the end goal of many home improvements.

Get total peace of mind

We’ve conceded that proactive roofing can’t help with physical health goals. But it might be able to improve your mental wellbeing.

Anyone that’s lived with an old, dilapidated roof will know the stress it causes almost every day. The minute the heavens open, you’re worrying about whether water is getting in. And when high winds hit, you’ll find yourself wondering whether your roof will make it through.

That’s no way to live, especially in a country where it rains or snows on 159 days a year – over 43% of the days in a year.

Thankfully, it’s avoidable with a proactive approach to roofing. If a trusted roofer inspects your roof and gives it the go-ahead, you can rest easy through the worst of the British weather. Wave goodbye to unexpected leaks and disruption to your day-to-day life – and say hello to total peace of mind.

Take a proactive approach to your roof

If you want to take a proactive approach to roofing in 2023, DPR Roofing can make it happen with professional roofing services tailored to your requirements. With over 30 years’ experience on domestic and commercial roofs, you can count on us to keep your Huddersfield property protected all year round.

Sound good? Give us a call on 01484 866 772 or email [email protected].


11 Causes of Roof Leaks in Winter

11 Causes of Roof Leaks in Winter

11 Causes of Roof Leaks in Winter

Why is my roof leaking? It’s one of the most common queries from people throughout winter – and an important one too. Knowing what’s caused your roof leak is step one in repairing it to stop water getting in.

In this post, we’ll break down the potential roofing issues that create leaks – as well as the factors that can cause them in the first place.

What causes roof leaks?

First things first, here are some of the problems that might occur on your roof to allow water through…

1. Loose tiles

One of the most frequent causes of roof leaks in winter is tiles coming loose. It can go unnoticed because they still blend in with other tiles – not to mention that people don’t look at their own roof very often.

Take a look up from ground level outside your house (across the road might be best), and check whether all tiles are straight and uniform.

2. Missing tiles

After coming loose, tiles can slip out of place altogether. Again, you might not notice because tiles typically overlap – so there won’t be a visible gap in your roof. However, it can still let water in and cause a leak.

Tiles won’t always fall to the ground, where you would notice them. In many cases, they’ll fall into your gutters – which can cause issues in itself by blocking the flow of water or cracking the guttering.

3. Cracked tiles

While roofing tiles all have a lifespan of several decades, the materials can eventually weaken and break. That’s more common for concrete tiles, which are expected to last around 30 years, while clay tiles stay intact for about 50 years and slate for up to a century.

Even the smallest crack will allow water through, which can cause the crack to get bigger if it freezes and expands repeatedly.

4. Flashing

No, we’re not talking about lights. Flashing is the material that stops rain getting in around protrusions on your roof. Usually made from metals like lead, steel or copper, it’s used to weatherproof things like chimneys, skylights and flues.

Over time, it can come loose, allowing water to seep in around those protrusions

5. Roof joins

Protrusions aren’t the only area where roofs have to be well sealed. There are also the joins between different roof planes. On a simple two-plane roof, that will be the ridge at the top of the roof. However, larger, more complex roof designs can have several ridges and valleys – all of which need to be properly joined and waterproofed.

6. Chimney issues

Aside from the structure of your roof itself, chimneys can also have a range of problems that lead to leaks. If chimneys aren’t adequately capped, an excess of water can get in, which eventually makes its way to your roof space. Alternatively, the brickwork may be letting water through due to worn down mortar or wind-driven rain.

And what causes those issues?

The issues listed above are often seen as the cause of roof leaks. While they are the reason water is getting in, they’re not the root cause of the problem. Here are some reasons why the problems above may have occurred…

7. Poor work

It will come as no surprise that poor workmanship is one of the most common underlying causes of roofing problems in winter. The likes of missing tiles, loose flashing and leaking chimneys shouldn’t be recurring issues. If they are, it may be down to your roofer making quick, inadequate fixes and – funnily enough – not identifying the root cause of your roof’s problems.

8. Lack of work

While poor work is one issue, another is a lack of work altogether. A good roof can last several decades, but it needs the right maintenance. And inevitably, there will come a time when it needs replacing. All too often, the true cause of roof leaks is simply the neglect of your roof.

Recommended annually, a professional roof inspection will nip small issues in the bud with affordable repairs to extend the lifespan of your roof. Alternatively, you can get the sudden news that your roof needs to be replaced, well before you were expecting it.

9. Rooftop equipment

As well as being the umbrella to your property, your roof may be home to some additional equipment like aerials or solar panels. The installation or maintenance of these items sometimes requires tradespeople to get on your roof, meaning that they can cause roofing problems if they’re not careful.

In some cases, leaks could even be caused by an untrained roofer who was meant to be fixing a problem, not causing one!

10.  Nature

Nature is all around us and it can sometimes cause your roof to leak. In high winds, branches can be carried through the air and damage your roof by cracking tiles or even breaking through the roof altogether. We’ve all seen those horror stories of trees falling into roofs.

Birds have also been known to cause issues to roofs when nesting – though this only applies to roofs with pre-existing problems for birds to exploit.

11. Weather

Last but not least there’s the weather. High winds and heavy rain can cause roof leaks throughout winter, simply because they’re worse compared to other times of the year. While this is seldom the original cause of leaks, it explains why the leaks often become apparent in winter – despite the actual break in your roof being present before that.

Stop your roof leaking in winter

If you want to stop your roof leaking this winter, there are two options to choose from:

  • Reactive repairs to fix the cause of leaks when they become apparent
  • Proactive maintenance to prevent leaks happening in the first place

At DPR Roofing in Huddersfield, we can assist with both. Whether you want your roof inspected before the worst of the weather hits or you need help with an existing leak in your roof, our team is on hand with 30 years of experience and a wealth of roofing know-how.

To get the ball rolling, simply call us on 01484 866 772 or email [email protected].


What’s Worse for Your Roof – Wind or Rain?

What’s Worse for Your Roof – Wind or Rain?

What’s Worse for Your Roof – Wind or Rain?

Robust roofs should be able to weather the worst of wind and rain. But no matter how well your roof stands against the elements, as your roof ages, weak spots will begin to develop.

Our roofs take the brunt of bad weather and put up most of the fight against torrential downpours and gale-force winds. Wind and rain are the twin demons of British weather. But which is worse for your roof?

Here are the effects of wind and rain on your property’s umbrella, and what you can do to protect your roof…

Wind and your roof

Wind can affect your roof both directly and indirectly.

Direct damage

Direct damage is caused by strong winds blowing off loose tiles, or exerting upward pressure that further loosens any damaged materials making your roof more vulnerable and weak.

Wind also puts downward pressure on your roof and seeks out weak spots that can also crack your tiles.

Indirect damage

Besides direct damage, wind can indirectly damage your roof by blowing debris onto it and cracking tiles or loosening weak ones.

Even small pieces of rubble when blown onto your roof can do damage, not to mention storms that can blow over trees and telephone poles that can do serious structural damage if they hit your roof.

Rain and your roof

Rain is less risky than the wind when it comes to a well-maintained roof. The outdoor materials are designed to let rainwater slide off your roof and into the gutters. The problem here is if you have any pre-existing cracks or holes in your roof that can let rainwater in.

If rainwater penetrates the surface layer of your roof, it can cause dampness and rot your timbers. This is a serious issue that affects the structural integrity of your entire roof.

Wind and rain combined

When wind and rain team up against your roof, further problems can occur.

If the wind blows debris onto your roof which is then carried down to your gutters by the rain, this can result in clogging in your downpipes. Overflowing guttering and downpipes can affect the foundations of your building.

As you can see, proper maintenance of your roof and gutters is essential. Roofing should be checked, and gutters cleared at least once a year.

How to protect your roof against wind and rain damage

Prevention is always better than a cure when it comes to your roof. Serious roof repairs can be costly. That’s why a regular maintenance plan that makes sure your roof is in a good condition is the best and cheapest way to protect your roof from wind and rain damage.

DPR Roofing is a leading roof expert in Huddersfield. Not only can we repair your roof, but we also conduct thorough inspections of your entire roof structure and correct issues before wind and rain can take advantage of any weak spots.

Contact us today on 01484 966 772 or [email protected] to find out more about our roofing services and how we can protect your roof from the worst of wind and rain.

 


How Do You Temporarily Stop a Roof Leak?

How Do You Temporarily Stop a Roof Leak?

How Do You Temporarily Stop a Roof Leak?

Even the most careful homeowner will face a roof leak at some point. Because roofs are always directly exposed to the elements, their materials are particularly prone to deteriorating. Snow build-up, heavy rains, or windy storms are among the most common causes of water leaks.

Properly repairing a roof leak is particularly dangerous, so let’s get this out of the way – please keep all on-the-roof work to professional contractors.

That being said, a temporary fix could potentially save your ceiling. As you’ll find out below, stopping a roof leak is all about damage control. After all, it is extremely likely that the minor drip coming from your ceiling is only the tip of the iceberg. But don’t worry, because we’re here to help you buy some time before the heavy artillery arrives.

Divert and relieve water pressure

The last thing you want is water building up between your ceiling and your roof. With this cost-effective and simple trick, you will stop water from spreading to other areas.

First of all, locate the point where the water is accumulating. A sagging lump in your ceiling will immediately give it away, but there are also less obvious signs such as mould patches.

Once you have located this focal point, it’s time for action. First, place a large plastic container just below the focal point (a big pan will also work, but remember that the noise of water slowly dripping into a pan is basically a form of torture).

Then, poke a hole right in the middle of the area. You don’t need a power tool to do this – even a screwdriver will do the trick. It seems counterintuitive, but this tip will actually save you a lot of headaches. The new hole will allow water to drip smoothly into your container, relieving pressure and preventing further damage to your ceiling.

Let the hole dry

Impatience can lead to disasters. This short step seems obvious, but this is actually where a lot of homeowners go wrong. Before even trying to patch things up, make sure the water has stopped dripping and that your ceiling has dried up.

Time to seal

Once your ceiling is dry, use some chalk to make a circle around the problematic area. This will buy you some valuable time once you hire a contractor for a long-lasting repair.

Then, apply a decent amount of waterproof roof sealant, which you can find at most DIY shops. Use a scraper to ensure that the patch is covering the whole area. Once dry, caulk any remaining holes or cracks.

Prevention and repairing

Again, please keep in mind that this is only a temporary solution to a roof leak. If you really want to wage war on mould and dripping water, hiring a professional is the best course of action. That’s where DPR Roofing can help. We provide reliable roofing services for commercial and domestic properties throughout Huddersfield.

To find out more, call us on 01484 866 772 or email [email protected].