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.


6 Types of Weather That Can Damage Your Roof

6 Types of Weather That Can Damage Your Roof

6 Types of Weather That Can Damage Your Roof

A strong roof is hugely important to your property’s wellbeing. It protects your home or commercial building from the elements all year round. To do so, it needs to be resistant to everything that mother nature can throw at it.

In this post, we’ll discuss six types of weather and how they can damage your roof.

1.   Rain

Rain is the most common problem for roofs across the UK. It can and will get into any cracks or gaps in your roof’s covering and leak into your property. Rain can also cause damage to your gutters if they are blocked or poorly maintained, overflowing and damaging your home’s foundations.

2.   Wind

With an average speed of around 9mph in the UK, wind doesn’t cause many problems for your roof on a day-to-day basis. However, winds can reach gale force levels of above 40mph in a storm.

First and foremost, that can put serious strain on roof tiles and guttering, constantly blowing them back and forth. If anything is loose or weak before the winds, it will likely be blown off or damaged when they hit.

On top of that, wind can blow leaves and other debris into your gutters – or even onto your roof – causing blockages or other damage.

3.   Ice

When the temperature drops to zero degrees or below, rainwater will turn into ice. The main danger here is that water can get into any cracks in your roofing materials and freeze.

When it does so, it will expand and could cause those cracks to grow. That leaves more room for rainwater to get in or potentially for the whole process to happen again.

4.   Snow

While most of us see snow as a beautiful natural wonder, it does pose a potential issue for your roof. Unlike rain which runs off your roof in an instant, snow will sit on your roof and in your gutters. If that snow gets especially heavy, it will add extra pressure which could damage weak areas.

5.   Hail

Typically sized less than 1cm in diameter, hailstones accompanied by strong winds will batter your roof. As well as the issues that come from the wind, the hail could potentially damage weak parts of your roof such as the guttering.

In particularly extreme cases, where hailstones are larger than an inch in diameter, they could even cause a problem for your roof tiles.

6.   Sun

While most people assume winter is the only bad time for roofs, summer can bring its own problems. Direct heat from the sun can dry out certain roofing materials or even cause blistering on flat roofs. Put simply, that’s when pockets of air inside your roof’s membrane heat up and expand, causing the surface to crack.

Protect your roof whatever the weather

With over 30 years’ experience in roofing, DPR in Pontefract can remedy any issues with your roof caused by all types of weather. From gutter clearance in windy Autumn to flat roof repair through the summer, we’ll make sure your property is protected for complete peace of mind.

Contact us today for more information.


How Long Can My Roof Last Without Repairs?

How Long Can My Roof Last Without Repairs?

How Long Can My Roof Last Without Repairs?

Whether it’s dishes in the sink or ignoring the fuel light on your car, we’re all guilty of putting things off. For some property owners, the same is true for your roof.

You might have had a leak for some time or already noticed cracked and loose tiles. Maybe you even went as far as getting a quote for the repairs but then decided to let it fester.

In this post, we’ll discuss how long your roof can last without repairs as well as the potential problems of this approach.

Different types of roof repairs

How long your roof can last depends on the kind of work it needs. If the roof is sagging, it could be on the verge of collapse, needing urgent repair. But if it’s just a couple of loose or cracked tiles, it could technically last a lot longer.

That said, your roof will do exactly that – last. Much like your teeth will last without a trip to the dentist or your eyes without seeing an optician, your roof will last but the problem won’t fix itself and could even get much worse.

The problem with ignoring repairs

If left ignored, even the smallest problem will get worse or lead to other issues. A few cracked tiles will allow water in, which could cause more serious damage to your roof’s battens, for example. The longer you leave it, the more damage will develop and the more it will cost when you finally get it repaired.

That’s not even considering the potential damage to other parts of your property. Your roof acts as an umbrella to the rest of your building. Any damaged or weak spots could allow water in and lead to problems elsewhere.

At the very least, you will need to redecorate over wet patches in walls or ceilings. At the other end of the spectrum, you could be looking at problems with your home’s structure or even electrics.

Get it done as soon as possible

Whether it’s a small issue or major problem, we always recommend getting your roof repaired as soon as possible. Sure, it could probably last another week, month or year without repair. But at what cost? Your roof’s function is already compromised. There’s never a better option than to put it right.

The only issue is money. Not everyone has the funds available to pay for roof repairs. That can leave you in a tricky situation if the cost of the job continues to rise the longer you put it offer. Fortunately, there is a solution…

Have you considered roof financing?

At DPR Roofing in Pontefract, we offer flexible roof financing options to help customers pay for their roof repairs or replacement when they need it. Rather than having to save up for one lump sum while your roof gets worse, you can get the work done and pay for it on a monthly basis.

With fair interest rates and manageable monthly payments, you could save money in the long run – avoiding the major problems that come from putting off repairs. To find out more, give our team a call on 01977 220016.


4 Steps to Replacing Your Roof

4 Steps to Replacing Your Roof

4 Steps to Replacing Your Roof

Looking to replace your roof? It’s fair to say the idea can be overwhelming as a whole. However, if you break it down into manageable steps, you could soon be on your way to having a beautiful new roof protecting your property. In this post, we’ll look at four simple steps you’ll need to take to replace your roof.

1.   Deciding what you want

First things first, you’ll need to decide what kind of roof you want. Is it pitched or flat? If it’s flat, do you want GRP or a simple bituminous covering? If it’s pitched, what kind of tiles would best suit your style and budget?

These questions might not be something you’re sure about, so it’s best to do your research online or by speaking to your local roofing company.

2.   Checking permission

Once you know what you want, the next step is to check the relevant permissions for your property. First of all, is your property a listed building or located in a conservation area? If so, there will be lots of restrictions in terms of what you can change and the materials you can use.

To check if your property is in a conservation area, get in touch with your local council – which you can find through Gov.uk. You can find out if your property is listed by simply searching the National Heritage List for England.

On top of that, you’ll need to consider planning permission. For the vast majority of roof replacements, this won’t be an issue. However, you may need planning permission if you want to:

  • Alter the existing roof plane by 150 millimetres or more
  • Make any alteration higher than the highest part of the existing roof
  • Install any dormers

3.   Comparing contractors

After that, it’s time to compare roofing contractors. You may already have a company in mind if they have provided good advice for your plans so far. Even so, it’s worth getting a few quotes to see how each company would price things up and if there’s anything included in some quotes that others miss out – such as warranties or guarantees.

Be wary of significantly cheap quotes as these may involve cutting corners or using cheap materials. That could cost you more in the long run as your new roof needs repairing or even replacing.

4.   Installation

Finally, installation. For a standard domestic roof, this will take between one and three days. Of course, this depends on the size of the job and any other complexities such as access (it can take longer if scaffolding is needed) or weather conditions.

Most reputable roofing companies will be able to give you a time estimate for the job when they quote for it. They should also be able to work around your schedule as much as possible.

Expert roofers in Pontefract

If you’re considering a roof replacement, DPR Roofing is on hand to help every step of the way. Whether you’re choosing between materials, applying for planning permission or just want a no-obligation quote, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our Pontefract roofers on 01977 220016.


4 Ways to Prepare Your Property for Cold Weather

4 Ways to Prepare Your Property for Cold Weather

4 Ways to Prepare Your Property for Cold Weather

Winter is here, which means – amongst other things – an inevitable drop in temperatures. As well as making everything a bit chillier, that cold weather will have an impact on several elements of your home.

Rea on to find out four ways to get your property winter-ready…

1. Garden

Once the daily temperatures drop consistently below 10 degrees Celsius, your grass will stop growing. But if you leave it too long over winter, it will become seriously damaged with the rain and snow.

That’s why it’s best practice to do a final cut in October-November, leaving your grass around 2-3 inches long for the colder months. You should also make sure you clear up any plants that have died and dig up any lingering weeds.

2. Insulation

When the weather gets cold, most people’s first concern is staying warm. Not just with coats, scarves and gloves outside, but also staying warm inside your home. But you don’t want that to cost over the odds through heating bills.

That’s where insulation comes in. Wall and loft insulation are both effective ways of improving your home’s thermal efficiency. Making sure your windows and doors and draught-sealed will also help you keep the cold out and the warm in.

3. Roof

We all remember from high-school science that heat rises. If you want to keep your home warm, it’s important that your roof is fully sealed off. Any gaps, however small, will let the heat escape from your home, which could render any other insulation obsolete.

If you want to make sure your roof is ready for the cold weather, be sure to get a professional roof inspection. That will also highlight any issues before all the rain hits in the winter months.

4. Guttering

Your gutters are responsible for guiding water down the drain as it runs off your roof. However, they need to be fully clean and clear so water can run freely through them. That’s important all year round, but even more so in cold weather.

If water gets blocked and sits in your gutters, the cold temperatures could cause it to freeze. That will be even worse if there are any cracks in your gutters. When water freezes, it expands by almost 10%, which could turn small cracks into big breaks. Needless to say, it’s best to get your gutters checked before the cold weather sets in.

Professional services in Pontefract

While you might be a dab hand at gardening, DIY on your roof or guttering is never a good idea. As well as putting yourself at risk, you could cause serious damage to your home. If you want complete peace of mind when the temperature drops, DPR Roofing in Pontefract offers a range of expert services for both roofing and guttering.

From tile and flashing replacement to gutter clearance, we’ll make sure your roof is ready for the cold weather, so you have one less thing to worry about.


How Much Value Will a New Roof Add to My Home?

How Much Value Will a New Roof Add to My Home?

How Much Value Will a New Roof Add to My Home?

A new roof is a great investment for any home, not least because it eliminates leaks and makes your property more thermally efficient. But, as with any investment, it’s important to consider what it will add to the value of your home too.

In this post, we’ll look at the value a new roof both financially and otherwise when it comes to selling your property.

Why value is important

Some home improvements – like redecorating or decking the garden – can improve the property for you, but not necessarily add value for others. For most of these, the original cost is quite low, so it doesn’t matter than you won’t get much back financially.

However, there are some aspects of a home which are universally valuable. A new kitchen, loft conversion or a conservatory, for instance, will add value to almost any home. That provides an added incentive when homeowners are investing in these improvements.

It’s easier to make the call on a new £10,000 conservatory if you know it will add around £20,000 to the value of your home when you come to sell it.

What about a new roof?

While kitchens and bathrooms are certainly an attraction for buyers, your roof puts them in the shadows – literally. Buyers will always be attracted to the prospect of not having to replace a roof in their lifetime. On a typical semi-detached house, this can add up to £15,000 to a sale.

Of course, this depends on the sale price of similar properties in the area and the condition the rest of the house is in. But as a ballpark figure, it’s certainly an attractive investment.

Non-financial value

It’s not just extra money that a new roof can offer in a property sale. Having your roof in a good condition can make the sale much quicker and more hassle free. First and foremost, it improves the kerb appeal so more buyers will be interested in your home. As one of the first things potential buyers see, a new roof can put a positive light on the rest of your property.

It will also make things easier once a bid has been accepted. So many HomeBuyer Reports highlight work that needs to be done on the roof. This leads to back and forth between solicitors, buyers and sellers about who will pay for it.

At the very least that’s going to delay the process, and in some cases, it can even lead people to pull out of a purchase. After all, you don’t want to take chances with a dodgy roof. On the flipside, a new roof will keep everyone’s mind at ease and make sure everything goes to plan.

New roofs in Pontefract

From the survey and design to professional installation, DPR Roofing can help with every step of the roof renewal process for your home. Using the best materials and years of experience, we’ll install a roof that maximises the value of your home for years to come.

We even offer roof financing, so you can spread the cost while you reap the rewards. Want to find out more? Give us a call on 01977 220016.


3 Common Symptoms of Old Roofs

3 Common Symptoms of Old Roofs

3 Common Symptoms of Old Roofs

We all benefit from a health check every now and then. It allows doctors to spot any niggling issues, make a diagnosis and provide treatment before anything get worse.

Your roof is no different. With regular checks and repairs a quality roof can last a lifetime. Without ongoing TLC, treatments might come too late and a replacement might be needed.

Much like a personal illness, it’s best to know the symptoms so you know when to act. In this post, we’ll look at three common symptoms of an old roof.

1.   Rotten timbers

New or old, roofs can start to leak at any time in their life cycle. That could be down to a missing tile, broken flashing or just poor installation. Whatever the case, it can be spotted and rectified.

However, with old roofs, what you tend to see is slower leaking. Because the materials are older and worn down, water penetrates the roof over time. This causes hidden wet rot to timbers. If it’s allowed to develop, it could add a lot more expense in the long run.

Unfortunately, this isn’t a symptom that’s visible to the untrained eye. If you suspect your old roof has hidden wet rot, it’s best to have an inspection.

2.   Higher costs

When a roof is kept in a good condition, it won’t need constant repairs. An annual inspection and basic maintenance, like gutter clearing or replacing a cracked tile, will keep things working well.

That’s certainly one way that old roofs differ. The older a roof gets, the more often it will need repairs simply to keep it working. If your roof is costing noticeably more to maintain, it could simply be because it’s getting on a bit. Much like an older person, no treatment is going to totally restore its youth.

As the costs start to stack up, there comes a time when you should consider a roof replacement. A well-installed roof would save you all the money you’re spending on repairs for years to come.

3.   Difficulty selling

Struggling to sell your property? It could be down to your roof. With the roof responsible for protecting the rest of the house, it’s no wonder buyers put it top of the list when they’re looking for a new home. There’s no point having flawlessly decorated rooms, for instance, if they’re vulnerable to leaks.

The same goes for lenders, who will assess the state of a property’s roof before agreeing to lend money against it. If potential buyers can’t get enough money from the bank, they won’t be able to buy your property.

Struggling to sell your property is another common symptom of old roofs – and the best remedy is a full replacement.

New roofs in Pontefract

Whether you suspect hidden rot or you’re tired of paying out for repairs, a new roof can remedy the problems associated with old roofs.

At DPR Roofing in Pontefract, we provide end-to-end solutions for new roofs. From survey and design to materials and installation, we’ll make sure your new roof is exactly how you want it and ready to protect your property for years to come.

Get in touch with the team today to talk more about replacing your roof.


Why You Should Avoid Doorstep Roofers

Why You Should Avoid Doorstep Roofers

Why You Should Avoid Doorstep Roofers

Knocking on doors to offer your services seems like a friendly, traditional approach. While that may be the case for milkmen or window cleaners, it’s not quite the same for roofers.

In this post, we’ll explore why doorstep roofers should be avoided at all costs…

Knock knock – anybody in? (We want your money!)

Most of us have been there. Someone knocks at the door to tell you something is wrong with your roof. They explain that they offer roofing repairs or even replacements and leave you with a (usually cheap) business card or leaflet. Often they want to do the job straight away for quick cash rewards.

So, should you give them a call back if they leave a flyer or card through your door?

Probably not. Many doorstep roofers are out to make a quick profit. Are they fully committed to the quality of their work? Or will they happily move onto the next client straight after “finishing” your roof?

How do doorstep roofers operate?

One of the key problems with doorstep roofers is the way they’re getting business.

Most roofing contractors will get plenty of business through word of mouth. You do a good job on someone’s roof and they’re more than happy to pass your name on whenever their friends or relatives need help with their roof. This is how we operate - and it’s a great way for our customers to know they’re going to get great results before we even start.

So why do these roofers need to knock on doors? In short, it’s because they can’t get business by worth of mouth. Ask yourself – why is nobody recommending their services?

Why do they need to find new customers who don’t know any of their previous clients? Are they literally going to a different area a few miles away each time and knocking on doors?

Watch them knocking

Another clue to the reliability of doorstep roofers is how many doors they knock on. Watch them as they leave your property. Chances are, they’ll knock on every door on your street. Surely it would be a massive coincidence if every roof on your street needed repairs.

This is another problem with doorstep roofers. If they can find a fault with every single roof shouldn’t their motives and integrity be questioned?

The proof is in the pudding

Of course, the main reason to avoid doorstep roofers is simply because their work is never good enough. Unfortunately, many homeowners only find this out when it’s too late. You’ll have a roof in the same or an even worse state that it was before.

Try to ring them again to put things right and you might just find that your doorstep roofer is long gone. And once they’ve got your money, they’ll be off knocking on more doors.

Don’t chance it

When it comes to something as important and valuable as your roof, our advice is not to chance it with doorstep roofers.

DPR Roofing in Pontefract has over 30 years’ experience in domestic roofing with a long list of happy clients. If you suspect something is wrong your roof, don’t wait for a knock at the door. Give our team a call on 01977 220016 to arrange a professional survey.


8 Benefits of Concrete Roof Tiles

8 Benefits of Concrete Roof Tiles

8 Benefits of Concrete Roof Tiles

Choosing a roof material is one of the most important decisions you'll make when designing or renovating a building. While in some cases the choice will be made for you with heritage restoration laws or neighbourhood aesthetics, quite often the decision will be left up to you.

If concrete tiles have your attention, here's a few reasons why they could be the best material of choice for your roof…

1. Cost effective

Concrete tiles are simple and easy to fabricate, a cost-effective perk that's passed on to customers. Plus, when you factor in the long lifespan of concrete tile roofs, the pricing benefits are even more profound.

2. Durable and robust

When it comes to durability, concrete roof tiles run circles around some of the alternatives. Installed properly, concrete tiles offer excellent long-term performance and hold up against high winds, heavy rain and other wild weather.

3. A long lifespan

The average concrete tile roof has a lifespan of around 50 to 70 years which makes the material extremely cost effective in the long-term. Concrete tiles are virtually impervious to damage from rot and insects which means you won't have to worry about decay.

4. Quick and easy installation

Labour costs are one of the biggest expenses associated with renovating or installing roofs. Quick and easy to install, concrete tiles overcome this challenge and offer customers excellent value for money.

5. Customise colours and styles

Incredibly versatile, concrete tiles can be customised to suit any architectural style. This makes them a great choice for projects of all shapes and sizes, whether you're renovating a historic English farmhouse or building a modern home. Choose from a variety of different styles, including flat, fluted, curved or interlocking. Concrete roof tiles can also be tinted to suit your colour palette.

6. Minimal maintenance

Concrete roof tiles require little to no maintenance which means you and your bank account can rest easy. They’re also quick and easy for professionals to replace should a tile become cracked or damaged.

7. An eco-friendly choice

Not only does the long lifespan make concrete roofs an eco-friendly choice, they're also constructed from natural materials and minerals which means you're not contributing to chemical pollution. Should your roof ever need to come down the concrete tiles can be ground down and recycled instead of sent to landfill.

8. Energy efficient

Thanks to the heavy thermal mass, concrete tiles also offer an energy efficient edge, helping to trap heat during the winter and regulate indoor temperatures. This means you can turn down your central heating and save on your energy bills.

Concrete roofing in Pontefract

With so much to love about concrete roof tiles, it's no surprise they're popular for both homes and commercial properties. If you’re comparing roofing materials for your property, be sure to get in touch with the team at DPR Roofing. Based in Pontefract, we offer a range of domestic and commercial roofing services. Whatever the case, we’ll recommend the best materials for your budget, requirements and preferences.

 


How to Keep Your Roof Looking Great in Summer

How to Keep Your Roof Looking Great in Summer

How to Keep Your Roof Looking Great in SummerSummer is officially here. Now that we’re all making the most of the good weather and long summer days, it’s time to start preparing your home for the warm months. You’ve probably got your spring clean out of the way and started sprucing up the garden. But what about the umbrella of your home? Have you considered your roof?

The dry heat of summer paired with frequent British showers, can wreak havoc on your roof. When you’re inviting family and friends around for a barbecue in the sunshine, you want your home to look its best. With our handy guide to keeping your roof looking great in the summer, you don’t need to worry about your home looking worn and tired…

Inspect your roof

The summer is the perfect time to have your roof inspected. A professional roofer will inspect your tiles, fascias and flashing among other areas, looking for any potential issues and making sure everything is in proper working order.

If you can arrange a roof inspection early into the summer months, you’ll be able to tackle any problems as soon as possible. That means complete peace of mind for the rest of the summer. Even better? A summer inspection and repairs will leave your roof protected for the rest of the year, through the tough winter months.

Clean your gutters

Clogged gutters can cause a number of problems for your roof and the rest of your home. If the excess water can’t get through your pipes and into the drains, you may suffer with leaks and a build up of mould and mildew. Both of which can leave your home looking and feeling its worst.

With the beautiful flowers and leaves in full bloom, your gutters can quickly become overrun with loose debris from nearby trees. Arrange a professional gutter clean at the start of the summer so those typical English showers won’t do too much damage to your home.

In the summer, moss can also become a problem for both the appearance and health of your roof and gutters. The flowerless shrub tends to grow in damp, shady locations, making your gutters the ideal spot to set up camp. Moss can quickly grow into a large mass, blocking water from making its way down your drains. So, it’s important to check your gutters and roof for moss and clear all blockages before the summer gets underway.

Keep your roof in tip-top condition

At DPR Roofing in Pontefract, our team specialises in preserving and protecting the homes in our local area. From complete roof inspections to gutter clearances, we can take care of everything, leaving your home looking and feeling as good as new this summer.