Timing Your Roof Repairs Autumn vs Winter

Timing Your Roof Repairs: Autumn vs Winter

Timing Your Roof Repairs Autumn vs Winter

The kids are back in school. The summer sporting events are done and dusted. And we’re all trying to make the most of the final few sunny days. Yes, summer is over for another year. That means it’s time to make sure your roof is ready for the wet weather ahead.

So, when is the best time to get your roof repaired?

Sooner rather than later

When it comes to roofing, it’s always best to get repairs sorted sooner rather than later. If you’re concerned about your roof, or you already know there’s a problem, then it’s best to get on the phone with a reliable roofing company as soon as you can.

Roofing problems never go away on their own – and the sooner something is repaired, the quicker, easier and cheaper those repairs will be. If a small leak, missing tile or broken gutter is left untreated, it will undoubtedly get worse.

That applies throughout the year, but even more so as we head into autumn and winter when the weather is colder and wetter. As well as there being more rainfall to cause issues with your roof, bad weather means fewer days where roofing work can safely be carried out.

Autumn vs winter

On top of the general ‘ASAP’ rule of thumb, there are a few additional reasons why autumn is a better option than winter for your roofing repairs…

Worsening weather

First and foremost, the weather is typically wetter, colder and windier in winter compared to autumn. As above, that means a few more days ruled out for roofing work. But it also means more damage to your roof and the rest of your property if it’s not fully watertight.

Roofer availability

As the weather gets worse, more people become aware of issues with their roof. While those problems may have been hidden through the year, they’ll definitely become apparent when the rain gets heavy. The result is most roofers being booked up, reducing the chance of a quick repair job for your home or commercial property.

Further damage

With less availability comes longer waiting times. If water continues to penetrate your roof while you’re waiting for repairs, you could risk more serious problems with your building’s structure or electrics – not to mention more of the stress and unrest that leaks cause in general.

Costs

On top of everything above, you could end up paying more. For one, because it will cost more to repair the damage if it’s left to get worse. But also because of supply and demand and many increases of materials across the spectrum. With more demand for roof repairs and replacement, some roofers could increase their prices over the busy winter period.

Book your autumn roof repairs today

The verdict is in – autumn is invariably better than winter for roof repairs and replacements. If you’ve noticed an issue with your roof, or just want to book an inspection for complete peace of mind, don’t hesitate to contact the team at DPR Roofing.

We’ve been providing expert roof repairs and replacements for domestic and commercial customers across Huddersfield for over 30 years – and we can do the same for you this autumn. Call us today on 01484 866 772.


Soffit, Fascia & Barge Boards – What’s the Difference?

Soffit, Fascia & Barge Boards – What’s the Difference?

Soffit, Fascia & Barge Boards – What’s the Difference?

If you don’t know about the different parts on your roof, it can feel like a shot in the dark trying to figure out what’s going on up there – not to mention deciphering what roofers are talking about after an inspection.

Soffits, fascias and barge boards are a case in point. You probably know that they’re situated around the edge of your roof.  Yet, you might not be clear on what they do and how they differ. Read on as we clear things up…

Fascia boards: the basics

Fascia boards come down from the edge of your roof and sit horizontally around the perimeter. They protect the edge of your roof’s rafters, as well as providing a base onto which guttering can be fixed.

If your roof has a slight overhang, fascia boards will be attached with a gap between the boards and your walls. However, if your roof has flush eaves, they will be fixed directly onto the walls.

What about soffits?

As mentioned above, roofs that overhang exterior walls will have a gap between the wall and the fascia board. That’s where soffits come in. They are flat boards which cover the gap from the underside. Attached to the bottom of fascia boards, they provide added protection for the edge of your roof, as well as covering up unsightly gaps.

Together, fascia and soffit boards create a box shape against the wall, which requires ventilation to avoid a build-up of moisture. However, many have ventilation built in.

How barge boards differ

Unlike fascia and soffit boards, barge boards are used on the gable of a property. In short, that’s the triangular piece of wall that sits between the slanting sides of the roof - in contrast to the eaves, which are parts of the roof that slope down and overhang the wall.

Because this part of the roof doesn’t have gutters, barge boards are simply used to protect and support the gable edges of your roof – as well as making it look a bit nicer.

Looking after fascia, soffit and barge boards

While they might seem trivial, all three types of board contribute to the appearance and function of your roof. With that in mind, they need to be regularly inspected and properly maintained to avoid more serious issues developing.

Damage to your fascia, soffit or barge boards can leave the edge of your roof exposed to the elements. This can lead to moisture ingress and decay. It also provides an opening for birds, insects or other creatures to nest within your roof, which could cause further damage.

Speak to the experts

To keep your roof looking good and working well, fascia, soffit and barge boards should be regularly inspected, adequately ventilated, and fully sealed off. Suspect you might have issues with the boards on your roof? Don’t hesitate to get in touch with the experts at DPR Roofing in Huddersfield.

Commercial or domestic, we provide professional roofing and guttering services to customers throughout Huddersfield and the surrounding areas. By inspecting your roof up close, we can identify any problems with your fascia, soffit or barge boards. Then we’ll provide you with long-lasting repairs to suit your needs.


How to Stop Water Pooling on Your Flat Roof

How to Stop Water Pooling on Your Flat Roof

How to Stop Water Pooling on Your Flat Roof

Pooling water is a common issue for flat roofs. In short, it refers to any puddles of water you might see sat on your roof. As with many roofing problems, it’s best to nip it in the bud before it causes further issues. Read on as we explore how to stop water pooling on your flat roof.

What you need to know about pooling water

First of all, let’s be clear about what is classed as pooling water. While pitched roofs typically have a slope of between 25 and 45 degrees, flat roofs have a much lower slope of less than 10 degrees. Because of this, water will naturally take a bit longer to run off them.

If you simply notice water on your flat roof after it has rained, it might be completely harmless. However, when water forms a small puddle and stands on the roof for more than two days (or 48 hours), it’s probably a case of pooling or ‘ponding’.

How to eliminate pooling water

There are a few different ways to get rid of pooling water on your flat roof. These depend on what exactly is causing the water to pool…

Debris

Whether it’s sticks, stones or leaves, debris can make its way onto any roof. If it builds up on the surface of your flat roof, you might get a bit of water pooling around it – which can increase over time as the materials below wear away.

Alternatively, debris can build up in your gutters, making it harder for water to run off. Whatever the case, it’s important to make sure your roof and gutters are free from debris to avoid water pooling.

Low spots

Whether it’s down to poor installation or gradual wear and tear, low spots can develop on a flat roof over time. These are simply points where your roofing materials or underlying substrate have worn away.

In some cases, they can be eliminated by a professional roofer without the need for a complete replacement.

Roof cricket

Sometimes, ponding water can gather around areas where objects protrude the surface of your roof. That could be a skylight, chimney or flue, for example.

If that’s the case, a roof cricket can be used to divert water away from that area. Put simply, a roof cricket is a small, V-shaped peak or ridge that sits true to the protrusion.

Roof replacement

If water is pooling quite badly on your flat roof, or the problem continues to come back after small repairs, it might be time for a replacement.

Flat roofs generally have a lifespan of up to 20 years with the right maintenance. Re-pitching the roof, replacing the membrane, and then re-covering is the best way to stop water pooling for years to come.

Flat roofing repair and replacement

Based in Huddersfield, DPR Roofing has a wealth of experience in all types of flat roofing. Whether it’s a standard flat roof felt or a high-performance liquid roofing system, we’ll repair your problems or install a new flat roof to stop water pooling for good.

Get in touch with us on 01484 866 772 or email [email protected] for a no obligation quote.


What Are the Wettest Months in the UK?

What Are the Wettest Months in the UK?

What Are the Wettest Months in the UK?

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

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

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

6. August 81.1

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

5. March 81.5

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

4. October 99.8

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

3. November 105.2

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

2. January 109.8

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

1. December 114.3

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

What about the driest months?

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

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

Protect your property all year round

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

Availability

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

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

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

Weather

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

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

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

Roof condition

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

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

Roof replacements tailored to you

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

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


DIY Roof Inspection in 3 Simple Steps

DIY Roof Inspection in 3 Simple Steps

DIY Roof Inspection in 3 Simple Steps

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

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

DIY vs professional inspections

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

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

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

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

3 DIY roof inspection steps

Water ingress check

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

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

Loft check

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

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

Ground check

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

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

Book an inspection

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

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

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


Could a Roof Inspection Actually Save You Money?

Could a Roof Inspection Actually Save You Money?

Could a Roof Inspection Actually Save You Money?

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

Priority number one

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

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

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

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

A stitch in time saves nine

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

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

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

A proactive approach

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

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

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


4 Ways Weather Can Affect Your Roof

4 Ways Weather Can Affect Your Roof

4 Ways Weather Can Affect Your Roof

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

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

1. Rain

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

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

2. Wind

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

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

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

3. Snow and ice

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

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

4. Sun and heat

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

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

Preventing weather damage on your roof

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

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

 


Can Roofers Work in Winter?

Can Roofers Work in Winter?

Can Roofers Work in Winter?

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

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

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

Roofing in winter

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

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

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

Don’t rush your roof repairs

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

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

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

Roofing experts all year round

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

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

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

 


Will My Roofer Leave a Mess?

Will My Roofer Leave a Mess?

Will My Roofer Leave a Mess?

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

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

Mess is inevitable

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

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

Avoiding a messy situation

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

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

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

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

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

Clean, tidy and ready to go

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

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

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