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After careful consideration and based on further guidance received from the Government we have decided to re-open for business from Tuesday 14th April to provide services following strict procedures that comply with the COVID-19 guidelines.

We are still able to quote and complete all roofing problems and we are maintaining a safe distance to keep our staff and customers safe. Please note we WILL NOT enter any persons home or outbuildings to carry out quotes or works until we are informed this is safe to do so.

 We will, of course, operate within the guidelines set out by the Department of Health & Social Care (DHSC), Public Health England (PHE) and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) to ensure we continue to work safely.

 We will continue to support you, stay safe.


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Can You Split Roof Repair Costs with a Neighbour?

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Taking care of your roof is one of the most important responsibilities when you own a property. However, for houses that are semi-detached or terraced, that might be a responsibility you can share.

With your roof adjoining to one or two other homes, you could split the cost of roof repairs with your neighbours. In this post, we’ll discuss the factors involved, possible benefits and potential complications.

Which repairs can be split?

All terraced and semi-detached houses are originally built with a shared roof using the same materials. With that comes a number of shared parts.

First of all, the materials – tiles or slates – need to overlap to provide an effective covering. The guttering will also adjoin to avoid water pouring through any break between two properties. You might also share a chimney stack with your neighbour, sitting on the boundary between the two roofs.

Repairs to these shared parts of the roof will naturally need to be split, otherwise you’ll be paying for work on your neighbour’s house. However, there are also some instances where you can get work done on your roof at the same time…

Does my neighbour need work?

In many cases, you will find that your neighbour’s roof requires the same work as your own. That’s because they were built at the same time and – unless a neighbour’s property has been renovated more recently than yours – they have the same lifespan.

As an example, many pre-war houses were built without using any roofing felt – known as ‘underlay’. Some roofs were underlined with a mortar mixture bonded to the laths which eventually wears away as mortar does no adhere too well at all to timber laths. If your tiles have begun slipping out of place, it’s likely your neighbours’ tiles will be doing the same.

Cost benefits

If you’ve encountered problems with your roof, it’s always worth checking with your neighbours whether they want to have work done on their roof at the same time. Getting a shared quote for a job across the two roofs could save you money overall.

For one, because of materials. If roofers can buy the slates, tiles and other materials needed for your roof in bulk, they will be able to get a better price and pass the savings on to you.

The cost of scaffolding will also be split. While it will be a higher cost overall because of the larger area requiring scaffolding, the scaffolders only have to do one trip to put it up and one trip to take it down.

Potential complications

If you’re having repairs on your roof and your neighbour doesn’t want to have theirs done, that’s usually fine. In most cases, it simply means they will encounter issues and need repairs further down the line.

However, there are some cases where shared repairs are necessary, and your neighbour won’t ‘cough up’ for their side of the job. If this is the case, make sure you do everything you can on your side to keep things ticking. Very importantly – avoid any party wall act issues, seek advice.

Get a detailed quote from a trusted roofing company which details the costs each property owner is responsible for. That way, you can clearly show your neighbour the work that needs doing and what they need to pay.

Get a quote today

Want to take the first step towards shared roof repairs? Speak to the team at DPR Roofing. Our expert Huddersfield roofers can provide all the advice and assistance you need with shared roof repairs, from a detailed quote to the best results so you have complete peace of mind.


Can You Split Roof Repair Costs with a Neighbour?

4 Roofing Tips from the Experts

Your roof is the most important part of your property. It protects your home or commercial building from rain, wind and whatever else the weather can throw at it. That’s why it’s so crucial to keep in a good condition.

But not everybody has the same level of expertise when it comes to roofing. Fortunately, there are a few simple tips we can provide. And with over three decades of experience working with roofs, we definitely know a thing or two about roofs.

1. Invest in your roof

The saying goes, buy cheap, buy twice. Given all the harsh conditions your roof has to deal with, that’s often the case with roofing materials. From wind and rain to snow and ice, cheaper materials can buckle under the pressure or just deteriorate over time.

The cost of replacing those materials time and again could soon exceed the price of the better materials which you’ll only need to pay for once. At the end of the day, your roof is certainly worth investing in.

2. Don’t be afraid to replace

Quick fixes are sometimes necessary for your roof. If a tile has been blown off in high winds, you might simply need it replacing. However, if these problems keep happening, it could be a sign that your roof needs replacing altogether.

Similar to the above, this is an issue of false economy. While you might think it’s cheaper to keep getting small repairs, the costs could soon stack up. You may be better off in the long run if you invest in a new roof.

3. Inspect, inspect, inspect

If there’s one thing we’ve learnt over the last 30 years, it’s that a proactive approach is always better than a reactive one. Rather than waiting for big problems like a leak or visible damage, it’s best to have your roof inspected on a regular basis.

An annual roof inspection can flag any problems, allowing you to get a quick repair that’s usually far more affordable. It will also give you peace of mind all year round, knowing that your roof is doing its job.

4. Leave it to the professionals

We can’t stress this enough. Don’t try to get on your roof and fix things yourself. While there are plenty of things you can try your hand at around the house, roofing simply isn’t one of them.

The best-case scenario is a sub-standard job that needs redoing in a matter of days or weeks. However, given the risky nature of working at height, you could easily cause damage to your roof and even put your own safety at risk.

Roofing professionals have the health and safety training and roofing expertise to fix things properly.

Get the experts on your side

Want to benefit from a wealth of roofing expertise? Get in touch with the team at DPR Roofing in Huddersfield. With over 30 years’ experience in roofing, we can assist with anything from small repairs to full replacements.

Whatever the job, we only use the best materials so you can rest assured your roof will stand the test of time. Get a no obligation quote today by calling our team on 01484 866 772.


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Domestic vs Commercial Roofing: How the Materials Differ

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When you’re looking for roof repairs or even a replacement, it’s best to know as much as you can about the different types of roof. It’s no good basing your search on what you know about commercial roofing, for example, when you need a new roof for your three-bedroomed semi.

In this post, we’ll explore some of the key differences between commercial and domestic roofing, and the materials used for both.

Comparing the roofs

The differences in roofing for commercial and domestic properties stem from some key variations in the types of roof associated with these buildings.

The vast majority of domestic properties have pitched roofs. This is the most effective roof structure as it naturally lets water run off its surface. It’s also useful as it offers a bigger roof space, which can be used for storage or converted into an additional bedroom, for example. Pitched roofs are also a practical option for domestic properties because they’re generally less than 2,000 square feet in size.

In contrast, commercial roofs are typically much bigger than those on domestic properties. That makes it more difficult and more expensive to install a pitched roof for the entire surface. In many cases, the best solution is a flat roof. This allows you to cover much more surface area at a lower cost.

All that said, there are many commercial properties, like domestic-to-commercial conversions, with pitched roofs. Likewise, lots of domestic properties will have a flat roof on their garage or extension.

How the materials differ

Pitched roofs on domestic properties will generally use clay tiles, concrete tiles or slate. Slate is naturally non-porous, while clay and concrete are heated to become hard and water-resistant. This works with the slope of the roof to allow water to run straight off and into the gutters.

Given that most commercial roofs are flat, however, they don’t use tiles or slate. For one, because these materials would leave a lot of weight sitting on the roof’s surface. But also, because the cost of these materials would soon stack up over a larger surface area.

Instead, flat roofs have a range of coverings, from bituminous waterproofing to more robust single ply flat roof membranes and GRP (glass reinforced plastic) systems. These materials are designed to maximise water resistance without too much concern for the style.

Understandably, bituminous materials or single ply membranes aren’t suitable for most domestic roofs as they are designed specifically for flat roofs. However, they can be used on extensions or even modern domestic properties which are built with a flat roof.

Commercial and domestic roofing experts

DPR Roofing in Huddersfield offers a wealth of experience when it comes to both commercial and domestic roofing. Whatever your needs, we’ll provide a tailored solution with the right materials and the best solution for your property. Get in touch today on 01484 866 772 to speak to a member of our team.


Help! My New Roof is Leaking

Help! My New Roof is Leaking

Help! My New Roof is Leaking

Having a new roof installed should rid your home of any roofing problems. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case. Sometimes, within months or even weeks of a roof renewal, you can find yourself with water ingress and leaks.

Find out why that’s the case and the best course of action.

Sudden leaks on a new roof

Nobody ever expects their roof to start leaking. That’s especially true when the roof has been newly installed. However, there are a range of issues with the installation that could lead to a leak

  • Cheap materials – If your roofer has cut costs with cheap materials, they will often fail the minute they’re tested by heavy rain.
  • Poorly laid tiles – Just a single tile poorly fastened or out of place can allow water into your roof and cause a leak inside your home.
  • Flashing – Flashing is used on any joins in the roof to stop water getting in. Unfortunately, some roofers are too slap-dash with this important aspect, leaving gaps for water to penetrate your roof.
  • Punctures – Your roofer may have simply been careless while working on your roof and damaged it in the process.

Fixing their work

If a new roof is leaking, you’re within your rights to ask the company that installed it to put things right. This will be covered in any guarantee you have, as they typically apply to parts and installation. Unfortunately, there are some instances where this won’t be the solution.

Firstly, some roofers don’t offer guarantees and won’t return to fix your roof, even though they’ve clearly done a bad job. Others will return to fix it but won’t do a good job of that either, leaving your roof still leaking or patched up to leak another day.

Time to switch roofers

If either of the above applies to you, it’s time to cut your losses and switch roofers. Leaks can cause serious damage to your roof and your home, and the longer you leave them, the more damage they can do. When time is of the essence, it’s not always worth waiting around for shoddy contractors to come back and try another quick fix.

Make sure you only choose a reputable roofer, so you don’t end up in the same mess again. Check their experience, accreditations and reviews or testimonials to get a good idea of what they’re like. They will recommend the right repairs to stop the leak completely and provide a fully costed quote.

Need help with your roof?

If your roof is leaking, there’s no time to waste. Contact DPR Roofing in Huddersfield to get things sorted for good. We’re a team of expert roofers with over three decades’ experience in domestic roofing.

Whether it’s recurring problem or a leak you’ve just spotted, we’ll provide a prompt response and a solution that stands the test of time. Call our team today on 01484 866 772 to arrange an inspection.


How Are Roof Tiles Fixed in Place?

How Are Roof Tiles Fixed in Place?

How Are Roof Tiles Fixed in Place?

Roof tiles do a great job of keeping the rain out of your property. They also look great as a complete covering on top of your home. But how are they fixed in place? It’s not something many homeowners will think about, perhaps until there’s an issue…

Fixing roof tiles

Most roof tiles are fixed in place using nails. Whether it’s aluminium, steel or copper, the nails attach tiles to roof battens, which are laid horizontally across the surface of your roof. It’s important that these nails aren’t driven in too much, as the force from the hammer could cause damage to the roof tiles themselves.

Because the nails are used at the top of the tiles, they’re usually hidden by the overlapping tiles above. To keep your roof completely waterproof, roofing tiles are overlapped from bottom to top, so each row slightly overlaps and covers the row below it.

Of course, there are also some tiles in unique positions like the valley or ridge of a roof. In some cases, these tiles are pointed with mortar, rather than fixed with nails.

Not all tiles need to be fixed

It’s a common misconception that every tile needs to be fixed in place. However, with the overlapping structure and natural strength of the tiles, the majority of your roof’s tiles can hold their own without nails.

Tiles in certain areas of the roof, like eaves and verges, will need to be nailed in place. However, on the main roof covering, only every 3-5 tiles will need to be nailed in sequence to keep the whole roof structurally sound.

Can they fall out of place?

Whether it’s due to poor installation or just wear and tear, tiles can sometimes fall or be knocked out of place. This might be down to the nails corroding, which often happens with durable materials like slate. Why? Slate can last over 100 years. Some nails, which are susceptible to corrosion will simply wear away over this time and need to be replaced. This is called ‘nail fatigue’

However, it may simply be that the weather has forced a tile and its nails out of the roof. A loose tile will inevitably catch more wind, which will continually pull the tile and the nails away from the roof.

Above all else, this highlights the importance of regular roof inspections. If a roofer can spot a loose tile before it falls away, it’s a much simpler job than replacing it altogether. That also means there’s no chance of any leaks or damage in the meantime.

Fixing your roof tiles

Concerned that your roof tiles aren’t properly fixed? Or maybe you’ve noticed one or two already out of place? That’s no problem for the team at DPR in Huddersfield. We provide prompt, effective roofing repairs for homes throughout Huddersfield and the surrounding areas.

From Halifax to Holmfirth, we’re on hand to professionally inspect your roof, replace nails or even replace tiles altogether where required. Get in touch with our team on 01484 866 772 to arrange an inspection.


Can I Convert My Flat Roof to a Pitched Roof?

Can I Convert My Flat Roof to a Pitched Roof?

Flat roofs have become a common feature on homes across the UK. While pitched roofs are the most popular choice for the main roof, extensions, garages and even bay windows can be covered with a flat roof. The question is – can you convert these flat roofs into their pitched counterparts?

In this post, we’ll look at the planning permission involved, the benefits and whether it’s the best choice for your home.

Planning permission

The short answer is yes, you can convert a flat roof to a pitched roof. But it depends on planning permission. To remain a permitted development, new roofs on a home need to:

  • Stay within 150 millimetres of the existing roof plane
  • Have no alteration above the highest point of the existing roof

Needless to say, a pitched roof will break both of conditions, as it will rise well above the existing plane and high point of a flat roof. So, you will need to apply for planning permission before doing any work on your flat-to-pitched conversion. Even with permitted developments you should check first.

Benefits of a pitched roof

Traditionally speaking, a pitched roof has a range of benefits compared to its flat counterpart. Flat roofs have a slope of less than 10 degrees, while pitched roofs are typically around 25-40 degrees. That makes it much easier for rainfall to run off.

In many cases, pitched roofs are also made from stronger materials than flat roofs, meaning they require less maintenance. On top of that, they can provide more room at the top of a property, and have a more sought-after appearance which could add value to your home.

Benefits of a flat roof

All that said, the advancements in flat roofs have made them much better competition for pitched roofs in recent years. Higher end flat roof materials are now more durable, long-lasting and low maintenance.

For less price than a pitched roof, you can now get a superior flat roof such as GRP. This can easily outlast materials like concrete tiles, making the distinction between pitched and flat less about function and more about appearance.

What’s right for you?

With flat roofs offering better longevity for a cheaper price, a pitched roof is certainly an expensive alternative. Throw into that the need for planning permission, and you may be better off simply upgrading your flat roof.

However, there is no doubt about the visual appeal of a pitched roof. All in all, it’s a question of how much you’re willing to pay for the appearance of a pitched roof. If you’re working to a budget, it’s always best to prioritise the strength and durability of the roof.

Get the roof that’s right for your property

At DPR Roofing in Huddersfield, we offer bespoke roofing solutions for homes and commercial properties locally and  across the surrounding areas. Whether you want to upgrade your flat roof, or replace it entirely with a pitched roof, we’ll provide you with expert advice and a solution that fits your needs and your budget.

Give us a call on 01484 866 772 to arrange a survey with a no-obligation quote.

 


How to Keep Your Gutters Working in Autumn

How to Keep Your Gutters Working in Autumn

How to Keep Your Gutters Working in Autumn

Autumn is easily the worst time of the year for guttering. The falling leaves can clog your gutters and leave them completely out of action. Needless to say, this has repercussions for your home, which could become damaged by the extra water on its walls or foundations.

So, how can you make sure your gutters keep working throughout the autumn months and into winter?

Gutters in autumn

Running from mid-late September to just before Christmas, Autumn accounts for some of Britain’s wettest months. September, October, November and December were beaten only by January in 2018 in terms of overall rainfall.

At the same time, the change in weather and loss of light leads to leaves falling off trees across the UK. We don’t need to remind anyone of primary school science…

A perfect storm

This combination of leaves and rain creates a perfect storm for your gutters. When wet, leaves can clog a gutter in a matter of minutes. If the rain is heavy when they do, the blockage can even be pushed into the downpipes.

As the rain keeps falling, your gutters won’t be able to deal with it as they no longer have a free flow down the drain. The result is water gushing out of your gutters. In some cases, gutters can even break from the added weight as wet leaves and water build up.

Water damage from gutters

Both of these outcomes let water onto your property’s walls and even foundations, which can cause much more serious damage. One of the smaller problems is water simply seeping in through your walls and creating damp within the property.

However, if it gets to the foundations, it can even cause permanent structural damage. Over time, your home may begin to shift under its own weight and sink slightly into the ground.

Keeping gutters clear

When it comes to guttering issues, prevention is always better than the cure. It’s quicker, easier and costs much less for you as a homeowner to simply keep your gutters clean and clear.

Properties that have trees nearby should have their gutters cleaned at least once a year. October is typically when the leaves start to fall, so this could be the best time to book in a full gutter clearance.

However, properties with trees directly above can sometimes require two or three cleans per year. Remember, autumn isn’t the only time of year when leaves and other debris can fall.

Domestic guttering services

DPR Roofing provides a range of guttering services for homes in and around Huddersfield. Whether your gutters have been damaged by rain and leaves or just need a clearance, we can repair, clear and even replace gutters to keep your home protected from the rain.

Contact us today for a no-obligation quote.


Ex-Emmerdale Star Fined for Shoddy Roofing

They say never meet celebrities. You probably shouldn’t trust them with your roof either. In a scandal that proves the importance of a job well done, former Emmerdale star Kirk Smith has left a friend's house "uninhabitable" after installing a roof that failed to meet industry standards.

Off-screen drama

Well-known as trucker Pete Collins in the popular British TV series, Kirk Smith went on to establish a roofing company called 5KC Ltd following his TV days. After father-of-two Peter Hallwood had the roof of his family home in Runcorn severely damaged during a winter storm, he enlisted 5KC Ltd to carry out the repair work.

The bill came to roughly £5,000. However, on completion the roof had severe leaks and left the house unfit for habitation. Hallwood was then forced to pay another company to repair the damage and also took 5KC Ltd to small claims court.

"I've known Kirk as a family friend and he has done work for me before so we trusted him," said Collins in an interview with the Liverpool Echo. "He said he wouldn't use scaffolding, which he had quoted me for, or the internal work. He said he would cut back and because I was a friend he would do it for £5,000."

The importance of a quality roof

While Collins was able to claim back almost £9,000 plus £900 in costs from 5KC Ltd, the experience highlights the importance of hiring the right company for the job. While it's possible to take shortcuts on bathroom tiles, scrimp on flooring materials or save money with a DIY paint-job, roofing is something that should never compromise on quality.

After all, a roof protects a building from the elements and ensures your home is safe, stable and most importantly, habitable. Without a quality roof you're not only jeopardising the quality and safety of your home but also its resale value which can be a huge blow when your property hits the market.

How to choose a reputable company

A roof is the crown of any home which means it's important to find a company you trust. Browsing the company website and reading testimonials is a great way to get a feel for what a company offers. You can also check out case studies which often feature photographs and comments from previous clients.

On top of that, consider the official accreditations and endorsements from organisations such as Confederation of Roofing Contractors (CORC), Federation of Master Builders (FMB), TrustMark, Safe Contractors Scheme and The Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

Take things one step further and look at Google reviews, Facebook and Trustpilot. Of course, getting in touch with the company via phone or email and discussing your project is also important. This will give you a chance to gauge their level of knowledge, professionalism and customer service.

Qualified, experience roofers

Enlisting the help of a reputable company that's qualified, experienced and committed to a job well done is the absolute best way to ensure your roof not only meets, but exceeds industry standards.  That’s exactly what we offer at DPR Roofing in Huddersfield.

Our domestic roofing services cover everything from new roof installations to simple roof repairs. Whatever the case, we make sure your roof will stand the test of time – both with its appearance and performance.


Will the Summer Heat Damage My Roof?

Will the Summer Heat Damage My Roof?

Will the Summer Heat Damage My Roof?

Summer is upon us now. With that comes longer days, warmer evenings and plenty of hot weather. While days out in the sun, barbecues in the garden and fun with the family are great for us, our roofs can suffer in the summer heat.

In this post, we look at ways the sun can damage your roof, and how to keep your property protected.

Damaged tiling

Occasionally, when facing prolonged sun exposure, some roof tiles/slates can start to warp and bend. The heat and UV radiation exposure extracts oils and moisture from some tiles making them dry, brittle and coarse. This can lead to warping, cracking and splitting, leaving your roof open to further damage.

Damaged tiles won’t fare well in the upcoming autumn winter months, giving you more issues when the cold and wet weather starts to move in. That’s why it’s important to have regular inspections both before and after the summer months, to make sure your roof is in good working order, ready for the winter.

Poor insulation

When your home and roof becomes hot, the supporting wooden beams in your attic can start to expand and contract, radiating heat into the rest of your home. Without the right amount of insulation in your attic, your home may heat up quickly, becoming hotter indoors than it is outside.

This can lead to a hot, uncomfortable summer, with little relief from the heat. That’s especially the case if you have a dormer or attic room. By ensuring your roof is properly insulated and maintained, you can reduce the risk of excessive heat seeping into the rest of your home.

Poor loft insulation can also result in mould, mildew, rot and poor ventilation. As well as causing issues with your home’s structure and stability, this could lead to health complications for those living in your home, especially if they suffer with breathing and respiratory issues.

Thermal shock

With the English temperature bringing such highs and lows through the summer, your roof can reach hot temperatures during the day before dropping down rapidly to chilly temperatures as soon as the sun goes down. These sudden changes in temperature can cause roofing materials to expand and contract quickly, weakening their overall structure in the long term.

This is particularly prevalent with metal roofing materials (flashings for example), which can warp out of shape and produce large gaps due to thermal shock. That could leave you with significant holes in your roof which can result in mores serious issues later on. By repairing any problems in the summer, when repairs can be carried out quickly and effectively, you can rest assured that your roof will be strong and protected throughout the winter.

Summer roof repairs in Huddersfield

Maintaining your roof’s structure throughout the summer is essential to prevent costly issues and damage during the winter. The experienced team at DPR Roofing is on hand whenever you need us to repair and replace roofs throughout Huddersfield and the surrounding areas.