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.

Materials

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

Time

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.

Waste

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.

Access

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.


Broken Gutters – Repair vs Replacement

Broken Gutters – Repair vs Replacement

Broken Gutters – Repair vs Replacement

When it comes to looking after your gutters, many people don’t know where to start. The most common queries around gutters are how much they need maintaining and at what point the gutters will need to be repaired or replaced.

Gutters can last up to 50 years in some cases if they’re made from a durable material and are given the right amount of care. However, any gutters can be subject to issues so it’s important to know what to look out for.

Why are gutters so important?

Gutters are an essential part of keeping your building dry by providing rainwater with an effective drainage path away from the walls or foundations. Avoiding and addressing issues like cracks, sloping or rust allows you to prevent further problems like damp or mould caused by water seeping into the building’s structure.

When do gutters need to be repaired?

Gutters can require repairs for a number of issues. The most common reasons are cracks in the material that the gutters are made from, holes caused by rust or leaks caused by gaps in the joints. The latter can happen when uPVC expands due to temperature and pops parts of the joints out of place.

However, it can be hard to determine whether your gutter will need any repairs by yourself. You should check your gutters by looking at them when they’re dry and when it’s raining to try and spot any signs of damage in all conditions. However, hiring a professional is the best way to get a thorough inspection carried out safely.

When do gutters need to be replaced?

There’s only so much repair that gutters can go through before it becomes necessary to replace them. Even with the correct amount of maintenance and thorough cleaning of debris and blockages, no gutters will last forever.

If small cracks continue to reoccur, there’s clearly an underlying problem. That could simply be the age of your gutters, with the material weakening over time. Alternatively, you might have found larger breaks in the guttering that simply can’t be repaired.

Another issue that warrants replacement is when your gutters have been installed incorrectly to begin with. That can place stressed on the seams and repeatedly cause them to separate. At this point, it may be easier to replace the system with seamless gutters than trying to keep fixing them.

The right solution for your gutters

The best way to determine the severity of an issue and the right course of action is with a professional inspection. The team at DPR Roofing has worked with gutters across Huddersfield for over 30 years, so it’s fair to say we know what we’re dealing with.

Our roofing experts will let you know exactly what’s wrong with your gutters and provide a free no-obligation quote to put it right.

 


COVID-19 Customer Update

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.