7 Ways to (Safely) Spot a Problem with Your Roof

7 Ways to (Safely) Spot a Problem with Your Roof

7 Ways to (Safely) Spot a Problem with Your Roof

From the centuries-old castle to the landmark racecourse, Pontefract is home to some remarkable historic buildings. West Yorkshire weather keeps local maintenance teams on their toes but what many people don’t realise is that residential homes should also receive the same TLC, especially when it comes to roofs.

Whether you live in a grand Victorian manor in Carleton, a terrace home in Monkhill or a modern build in Princes Park, a proactive approach to roof maintenance is essential. If you’re a Pontefract homeowner, read on for practical tips to help you safely spot potential issues with your roof.

Why roof maintenance is important

Before we get stuck into how to safely identify roof issues, let’s take a moment to spotlight why maintenance is so important:

Protect your investment: Homes are major assets, so it makes sense to invest in maintenance. Regular roof checkups help preserve your home’s structural integrity and maintain its value over time.

Prevent costly repairs: Identifying and resolving roof issues early can help prevent minor problems from escalating into major headaches. This can help you sidestep costly repairs or in a worst-case scenario, premature roof replacement.

Safety first: Proactive roof maintenance helps identify potential hazards like loose tiles and sagging gutters.

Prevent water damage: Addressing water damage issues early can help prevent costly damage to interior walls, ceilings, insulation and electrical systems. It also keeps health hazards like mould and mildew at bay.

Improve energy efficiency: Recent energy price hikes have made Pontefract homeowners more budget-conscious than ever. Proper roof maintenance can help improve the energy efficiency of your home and as a result, reduce your bills.

Create a comfortable home: From minimising draughts to preventing condensation, roof maintenance can help improve the comfort of your home throughout the year.

Enhance curb appeal: A well-maintained roof adds to your home’s visual appeal, increases market value and makes it more attractive to potential buyers.

How to spot roofing issues

Now you know more about why roof maintenance is important, let’s dive into how to safely spot common issues.

1. A ground-level assessment

The ground is the safest place to kickstart a DIY roof inspection. Cast your eyes upward and look for visible signs of damage like missing or dislodged tiles, sagging areas or a buildup of debris, like leaves and fallen branches.

2. Pull out the ladder

With the right ladder and safety training, it’s perfectly safe to carry out a simple roof inspection. This can be a great way to inspect the condition of your tiles up close. Look for cracking or loose tiles, which can be telltale signs of weather damage or excessive wear and tear.

While it’s okay to give your roof a once over from the ladder if you’re trained to work at height, we highly recommend stopping here. Never attempt to get on your roof. This should only be done by experienced roofing professionals.

3. Venture up to the loft

Grab a torch and venture up to your roof space for a closer inspection. Check for any signs of water intrusion, such as stains, damp patches or mould growth. While you're in the loft, check the condition of your insulation. Wet or damaged insulation can be a red flag for issues like leaks or poor ventilation. Speaking of ventilation – check your roof vents are functioning well, with no blockages or obstructions. They play an important role in circulating air and preventing condensation.

4. Listen for clues

Listen carefully for any unusual sounds coming from the roof. This can be done in the house itself or while you’re up in the attic. Pitter-patter and dripping noises could indicate a leak, while scratching or scurrying sounds might suggest unwelcome visitors like rodents or birds.

5. Schedule a professional inspection

While DIY roof checks can be helpful, nothing compares to a professional inspection when identifying roof issues. Trained roofers have the expertise and tools to assess the overall health of your roof and identify potential problems that may not be visible to the untrained eye. Whether it's minor repairs or a full roof replacement, a comprehensive survey can provide peace of mind and help you make informed decisions about your roof’s care.

6. Clear the gutters

Don't underestimate the importance of gutter maintenance in roof care. Clear gutters allow for proper water drainage and reduce the risk of water damage to your roof and property. You can do it yourself though it’s usually safer to outsource to a professional. Consider installing gutter guards to stop the buildup of debris like leaves, twigs and moss. Remember, gutter cleaning and guard installation can incur costs but over time both can significantly prolong the life of your roof.

7. Interior inspection

Take a closer look inside your home for signs of roof-related issues. Check for water stains on walls or ceilings, peeling paint or musty odours – all could point towards a leaking roof. Early detection is key! Catching water damage early can prevent the issue from spiralling and save you serious time and money on repairs.

A word on safety

Safety should always come first when carrying out a DIY roof inspection. Only attempt tasks you have the training for and always wear appropriate footwear, use sturdy ladders and avoid climbing ladders outdoors when conditions are wet, slippery or unsafe. If you're uncomfortable with heights or simply aren’t confident, don’t hesitate to hire a professional.

Call in the pros with DPR Roofing Pontefract

At DPR Roofing in Pontefract, we specialise in roof inspections for all kinds of properties, from period properties in The Mount and character cottages in Knottingley to contemporary family homes in new developments like Ember Mews. We also offer commercial roofing services to local businesses in Pontefract and the surrounding areas.

Whatever your roofing needs, we have it covered with quality workmanship and unbeatable value for money. Remember, a little maintenance now can prevent costly repairs later so it’s always worth getting even the smallest issues checked out.

Reach out to our friendly team today to find out more about we can help you identify and address problems with your roof.  Call 01977 220016 or email [email protected].


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When Should I Get My Roof Inspected This Year?

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The new year provides a fresh start, so it’s no surprise that many people want to start on the right foot by getting their roof inspected. In this post, we’ll discuss when you should book in a roof inspection based on demand, the condition of your roof and when your roof was last checked.

Roofing challenges through the year

A good roof is a must-have all year round. But there are some months where it faces more challenges than others.

When autumn comes around, the likelihood of storms, high winds and heavy rain increases, as does the chance of icy cold temperatures. As such, two of the most popular times for a roof inspection are before and after these months.

Getting your roof inspected after winter, in March or April, will check for any damage caused by the worst of the weather. That gives you several months to arrange repairs before the bad weather kicks in again. Of course, we always recommend getting your roof repaired as soon as you can to avoid any further damage developing.

On the other hand, a professional roof inspection in September or October will ensure your roof is prepared for the upcoming winter weather. This requires a bit more urgency with repairs as you’ll only have a matter of weeks before roofers start getting busy, which brings us to…

Roofer availability

Another factor to consider when booking in a roof inspection is roofer demand and availability. If you call most roofers in January, they’ll probably be booked up for a couple of weeks at least. That’s not to say you should put off your roof inspection, but be prepared to wait a couple of weeks unless you have an established relationship with a trusted roofer.

How does your roof look?

The next checkbox for your roof inspection is the condition of your roof. It’s never advisable to get on your roof and inspect it up close, but you can take a look from ground level. You might have to cross the road to get a better view.

Check the flashing, roof tiles, chimney stack and guttering to see if anything looks damaged or out of place. If anything looks awry, it’s worth booking in an inspection sooner rather than later. Remember, even the smallest defect in your roof can develop into a big problem, so it’s best to get a professional pair of eyes on it.

How long has it been since your last inspection?

Finally, it’s worth considering when your roof was last inspected. If it’s been well over a year, it’s probably best to book it in sooner rather than later. On the flipside, roofs that were inspected in the latter half of 2023 can probably wait a few more months.

Benefits of an annual roof inspection

The information above all sounds well and good. But do you really need a roof inspection in 2024? For us, it’s a resounding ‘yes’. Below we’ll look at some roof inspection benefits and how they coincide with the fresh start most people want from a new year…

Saving money

How many times have you told yourself you would sort out your finances in the new year? Whether it’s saving for a big holiday or just getting out of your overdraft, money is a high priority for so many people. Fortunately, a roof inspection can help in this respect.

Getting your roof inspected regularly might seem like an unnecessary expenditure, but it’s often much cheaper than a reactive approach. That’s because inspections and small repairs are much cheaper than the big repairs and extra damage.

Consider the cost to replace a few tiles on your roof compared to the outlay for a full replacement if you wait until water has penetrated your roof and damaged the trusses and battens. Not to mention the additional cost to redecorate if you wait until water is visibly leaking into your home.

Improving your mental wellbeing

Any landlord or homeowner will know that it’s a constant battle to keep everything running smoothly. From the roof, walls and windows to electrics, plumbing and heating, there are so many areas where problems can crop up.

When something does go wrong, the stress can be unrelenting. What’s caused it? Who can fix it? How long will it take? Will it get worse in the meantime? And will the problem come back in the future?

Now imagine having the peace of mind that everything is running smoothly. That’s what you can get with regular inspections. It’s the difference between getting an annual MOT for your car or waiting for your brakes to fail. We don’t have to ask which you’d be more comfortable with.

Winning back more time

So many new year’s resolutions fail because of time. That could be getting fit, learning something new or spending more time with your family. Believe it or not, being proactive with your property can give you more of that time back.

It’s hard to overstate the disruption caused by unexpected roofing issue. You’ll probably need to inspect it yourself, research what’s wrong to get a better understanding, look up contractors, call around to see who’s available, arrange quotes, compare quotes, then get work booked in.

You’ve then got to contend with roofer delays if they’re booked up and the risk that their work doesn’t fix your problems. Before you know it, you could be back to square one.

Regular roof inspections allow you to build relationships with a trusted, local roofer. There are no delays because it’s an ongoing service, and you don’t have to worry about continually second-guessing their recommendations.

Book your roof inspection in Pontefract

If you’re looking to stay on top of roofing with a professional inspection, DPR Roofing is here to help. We provide proactive roofing services for domestic and commercial customers throughout Pontefract. With our help, you can save money, minimise disruption and enjoy peace of mind with your roof.

To find out more, call us on 01924 255 677 or email [email protected].

 


Flat Roof Maintenance Guide for Winter

Flat Roof Maintenance Guide for Winter

Flat Roof Maintenance Guide for Winter

From ice to rainwater ponding, winter weather can cause all kinds of problems for flat roofs in Pontefract. Whether you live in a character property or a modern build, unexpected leaks are the last thing you want during the cold winter months.

Maintenance is the key to avoiding flat roof issues and keeping your home warm, dry and energy efficient all winter long. Live in a house with a flat roof? Read on for our expert tips on how to stay on top of flat roof maintenance throughout the winter.

A quick guide to flat roof materials

Before we get stuck into maintenance tips let’s take a moment to spotlight some of the different materials you might find on your flat roof.

Roofing felt

Roofing felt is a budget-friendly option that’s found on many flat roofs in the UK. It consists of a foundation layer which is covered with a protective bituminous substance.

There are also ‘high-performance’ options available that are a little more durable. These are sometimes known as built-up flat roofing, as they have additional layers.

However, any kind of roofing felt is going to be quite high maintenance because the material is not particularly long-lasting.

GRP fibreglass

On the other hand, there are more long-term solutions like GRP fibreglass. Short for glass-reinforced plastic, this material is highly durable and resistant to weather. That includes not only rainwater, but also extreme temperatures like the cold of winter and the high heat from direct sunlight in summer.

These options do require some maintenance, which this article covers. But fortunately, you’ll find it’s a case of simple inspections and small upkeep jobs, rather than continual repairs to keep your roof functioning properly.

Why winter maintenance matters

Flat roofs come with a unique set of challenges, especially in the winter when Pontefract is pelted with rain, wind and occasional snow. Roof issues can quickly lead to serious structural damage, which is why it’s so important to stay on top of maintenance.

In most cases, a proactive approach to maintenance can help prevent major issues. If you do run into trouble, problems should be addressed as soon as possible to prevent further damage.

Top flat roof maintenance tips

To keep your flat roof in prime condition and ensure it continues to perform throughout the winter, here are some essential maintenance tips:

Clear debris

Debris can quickly build up on flat roofs, which can block drainage systems and lead to water pooling. Both these scenarios can cause leaks. Prevent this issue by regularly removing leaves, branches and other debris from your flat roof.

Inspect for existing damage

Before winter sets in take the time to visually inspect your flat roof for any signs of damage. This could include cracks, blisters or loose seams. If you see any issues, it’s best to get them checked out by a professional roofing company.

Check flashing and seals

Flashing is a key component of any roof and designed to prevent water from seeping into vulnerable areas such as joints, chimneys and vents. It is typically made from thin, weather-resistant materials like metal - usually aluminium, copper or galvanised steel. Flashing can also be made from synthetic materials. Damaged flashing can cause leaks, so it's important to keep it in good condition, especially during the wet winter months.

Monitor for leaks

Visible signs like dripping water or water stains on your ceiling are telltale signs your flat roof needs TLC. Act fast to prevent extensive damage. This is particularly important given that rainwater expands when it freezes. If the temperature drops, ice could make existing cracks worse through continual freeze-thaw action.

Consider snow removal

While heavy snowfall is relatively rare in Pontefract, it’s always a possibility. Snow can put extra pressure on flat roofs and cause all kinds of issues, from structural stress to the formation of ice dams. Some homeowners feel confident using a roof rake to remove heavy snow, especially around the roof edges and gutters. Others may prefer to call in a professional roofing company, especially after heavy snowfall.

Trim tree limbs and branches

Overhanging tree limbs can pose a risk during winter storms and potentially cause damage to your flat roof. Before the worst of the winter weather arrives consider trimming branches that extend over your roof. This will also help minimise debris like leaves and twigs.

Check any protrusions

It’s especially important to check areas where fixtures protrude from your flat roof. We’re talking about flues, chimneys or even skylights. Flat roofs are especially prone to leaks as water can pool around seals and flashing. A quick inspection is the best way to assess the condition of your skylights and determine if they’re winter ready.

Schedule a professional inspection

A professional inspection allows you to take a proactive, as opposed to reactive, approach to flat roof maintenance. Instead of waiting for problems to arise and then act, experts will help you identify and fix issues before they cause problems.

For example, a professional roofing company can advise on how regularly you need to clean your gutters. This will prevent blockages and leaks down the line, which inevitably cost more to fix than a simple gutter inspection and clean.

Call your local roofing experts

West Yorkshire winters can be beautiful, but it's essential to take precautions to protect your flat roof from the elements. Whether you're considering a simple flat roof inspection or something more technical like a repair, replacement or new installation, DPR Roofing is here to help.

We have the knowledge and expertise to ensure your flat roof remains in great condition and continues to perform throughout the winter. Call us on 01977 220016 or email [email protected] for an inspection and quote.


How Often Do Gutters Need Replacing?

How Often Do Gutters Need Replacing?

How Often Do Gutters Need Replacing?

Like the rest of the UK, things can get wet in West Yorkshire. The region receives around 650 millimetres of rainfall annually, making gutters a critical element of any roofing system in Pontefract.

In this article we’ll answer one of the most common questions asked by homeowners – how often do gutters need replacing? But first, we’ll take a closer look at the role of gutters and the different types available in the UK.

The role of gutters

Gutters play an important role in in managing rainwater runoff. That’s especially true in the north of England, which can experience rainy conditions throughout the year. Installed onto the sides of roofs, gutters collect rainwater and direct it into downspouts and away from the building. The key goals of gutters are:

  • Collect rainwater as it falls and direct it away from the structure via downspouts
  • Prevent pooling on the roof, which can cause damage to external materials
  • Prevent damage to the internal structure and foundation of the building

Frequent rainfall means it’s important to proactively maintain gutters in Pontefract. This includes keeping them free from debris as well as carrying out general maintenance like repairs and realignments. Gutter maintenance can also involve replacing individual components or the entire system.

Types of gutters available in the UK

Now you know more about the role of gutters, let’s take a look at the different systems commonly used in Pontefract and across the UK.

PVC gutters

Lightweight and affordable, PVC gutters are a great option for cost-conscious homeowners. They’re easy to install and do a great job of redirecting rainwater away from the property. PVC gutters are also resistant to rust and corrosion, making them ideal for rainy climates.

While practical and cost-effective, PVC gutters aren’t as durable as other materials. This makes them suitable for use in areas with mild weather conditions, like Pontefract. They may not be capable of withstanding heavy snow loads, strong winds and rainstorms without the need for regular replacements.

Aluminium gutters

The anticorrosive properties of aluminium gutters make them popular across the UK. They’re tough, durable and can last for years with a good maintenance schedule.

Copper gutters

The aesthetic appeal of copper gutters makes them popular with style-conscious homeowners. Over time, they oxidise and develop a beautiful green patina. This is particularly desirable for period properties and character homes in Pontefract.

In terms of durability, copper gutters offer incredible lifespans of up to 100 years when installed correctly. Not to mention minimal maintenance, except when it comes to routine cleans. While exceptionally durable, copper is one of the most expensive materials used for guttering.

Steel gutters

Strong and durable, steel gutters are more than capable of withstanding harsh weather conditions. However, unlike other metals they’re prone to rust which makes regular maintenance essential.

Ultimately, the type of gutters installed in your home will play a big role in determining how often they need to be replaced.

Other factors that influence gutter replacement timelines

The type of material used in your gutters isn’t the only factor that influences replacement timelines. It’s also worth considering variables like:

How regularly your gutters are cleaned out

Regular maintenance is one of the easiest ways to improve the lifespan of gutters. This includes cleaning out debris like leaves, moss, algae and twigs at least once a year.

Local weather conditions

Variables like annual rainfall, snowfall and average temperatures can all play a role in determining how often your gutters may need to be replaced. Excessive wind and rain exposure, as well as unseasonably cold winters, can decrease the lifespan of some gutter types.

Proximity to the coast

Exposure to saltwater can accelerate the deterioration process. Pontefract is around 60 miles from the coast, which means saltwater exposure isn’t an issue here, thankfully.

The quality of the initial product installed

The quality of materials can have a big impact on the overall life of your gutters.

The quality of workmanship

Like materials, the quality of workmanship can influence the lifespan of your gutters. Systems installed by experienced professionals typically last far longer than DIY jobs or uncertified contractors. Poorly installed gutters can lead to issues like leaks, sagging and flooding.

Age

As with all construction materials, the age of your gutters can affect performance and replacement timelines.

When to consider replacing your gutters

Roofing professionals don’t generally use a yearly timeline when it comes to gutter replacements. Instead, inspections are used to detect issues and determine if gutters need to be replaced. Here are a few red flags that may indicate it’s time to consider replacing your gutters:

Leaks

If your gutters are leaking even after being cleaned out, it could be a sign they need to be replaced. It’s important to address as soon as possible as water damage can lead to serious issues down the line.

Sagging

Factors like age, deterioration and incorrect installation can lead to gutter issues like sagging and warping. It’s worth getting checked out as misshapen gutters can no longer effectively channel water. They could also collapse altogether and cause damage to the home.

Visible damage

From cracks to rust, visible damage to your gutters can indicate anything from simple repairs to a full replacement.

Flaking paint on exterior walls

If you notice peeling paint or stains on your exterior walls, it could be worth taking a closer look at your gutters. These issues can be caused by water damage, a telltale sign it’s time for a gutter replacement.

Keep your gutters flowing with DPR Pontefract

The best way to determine if your gutters need to be replaced is with a professional inspection. Best case scenario, a little TLC will get them back up to scratch. If it turns out you need to invest in a brand-new gutter system, DPR Roofing has you covered with high quality materials, professional workmanship and gold-star customer service. For more information on our professional guttering services in Pontefract and West Yorkshire, call us on 01977 220016.


How Long Do Commercial Roofs Last?

How Long Do Commercial Roofs Last?

How Long Do Commercial Roofs Last?

One of the most prominent questions businesses ask roofers is regarding the lifespan of a new roof on a commercial building. Of course, this is a key consideration for many companies as the cost to replace your roof is a significant investment. However, it’s not always possible to give a definitive answer, as there are many factors in play that can affect its longevity.

For example, it depends on the material, as each has a different lifespan, and there’s also the consideration of maintenance to factor in. If you’re thinking about replacing a commercial roof or are wondering how long your existing installation will last, learn more below…

How long should my commercial roof last?

Most larger commercial properties have a flat roof. This is one of the most common roof types, but some smaller commercial properties have elevated or pitched roofs instead.

The design of flat roofs and the materials used allow them to last many years while still being relatively cost-effective. As an estimate, a flat roof will last around 20-25 years. But it’s possible they can still last longer depending on a range of factors.

The material used is one of the main elements of how long a commercial roof will last.

Types of commercial flat roof

There are a range of common roof types used for commercial buildings, these include:

Ethylene propylene diene monomer (EPDM)

This material is one of the most commonly used for flat roofs. It is highly durable and resistant to UV light and water. Plus, its composition does not contaminate rainwater run-off.

EPDM is a type of synthetic rubber, so its lifespan is excellent for commercial buildings. The typical design life of this material is 20 to 30 years, but in some cases it can last 40+ years.

Thermoplastic polyolefin (TPO)

Another common material used for commercial roofing is TPO. This material has been used within the car industry for many years and has since spread to the construction sector due to its durability and usability.

It’s highly resistant to UV light and chemical exposure and is extremely durable – making it perfect for roofs. While it doesn’t have quite the same lifespan as EPDM, it still lasts an average of 20 years and even more in some circumstances.

Asphalt

Asphalt and its many derivatives have been a popular roofing installation for many years. It is a well-understood system that can last for many years if maintained well. However, unlike TPO and EPDM, it does require additional thermal protection. But the upside is this material may last around 60 years with sufficient care.

Glass-reinforced plastic (GRP)

Also known as fibreglass roofing, this type of roofing material is made of resin with glass or other fibrous strands. It is highly resistant to corrosion and has an excellent strength-to-weight ratio. GRP roofs have been reported to last over 50 years and don’t require much maintenance.

Metal

Some commercial buildings, such as warehouses and agricultural structures, have a large surface area to cover, and metal sheets can be a great option for this. They are cost-effective and are resistant to temperature changes. They are also versatile and don’t rot like other materials. The downside is they tend to be noisy when the rain hits the surface. However, in larger buildings, this doesn’t affect the usefulness of the material. Overall, this type of roofing could last 50 years or more.

Factors that influence commercial roof longevity

Alongside the materials used for commercial roofing, there are other factors that affect its lifespan. These include:

Installation

The installation of your roof is one of the most important factors in how long a commercial roof will last. Professional and experienced roofers will know the best way to install the materials suited to the area. Otherwise, errors at this stage will cause costly issues further down the line.

It’s important to consider the best value option, not the cheapest.

Maintenance

Another crucial area that affects roof longevity is how well the area is maintained. As you’re spending a significant amount of money on a new roof, you’ll want it to last as long as possible. So, as they say, prevention is always the best cure. Annual inspections will ensure any problems are identified quickly and resolved to keep the roof in the best condition possible.

Weather

You can’t control the Great British weather, and depending on your commercial building’s location, you may feel the force of some extremes such as wind, rain and snow.

Choosing the best roofing option and material is a great way to prevent weather-related issues. However, this aspect may also affect its longevity in some cases compared to places with milder climates.

Ventilation

The area underneath the roofing material is also an important aspect to consider to improve its lifespan. The space under the roof should have sufficient airflow to avoid moisture build-up. If you have condensation in this cavity, it may form mould and start to rot the materials. So, while you might have the best roof for the property, inadequate ventilation may affect other parts of the building, upping the costs of repair.

Water pooling

While a flat roof is much like it sounds, this roof type does have a slight pitch to avoid water pooling. However, if any low spots start emerging on the material, it could lead to pooling that doesn’t easily drain away. If this happens, it’s more likely to create leak issues and damage to the roof over time. However, with proper maintenance, you can avoid this.

Commercial roofing specialists in Pontefract

Commercial roofing lasts many years, and with professional and experienced installers, you will get a cost-effective service to meet your property needs. At DPR Roofing, our team specialise in commercial roof installation with over 30 years of experience in Pontefract and the surrounding areas. To find out more about how we can help you, contact us on 01977 220 016.


How Long Does It Take To Install a New Roof?

How Long Does It Take To Install a New Roof?

How Long Does It Take To Install a New Roof?

If you are considering replacing your roof, you might wonder how long it takes to complete this type of work. Of course, the length of time and the cost are always questions high on the agenda, but unfortunately, there’s no one size fits all answer for this.

Instead, homeowners should look at the factors that make up a roof replacement project and how this might likely affect the timescale and costs.

Here are some factors that affect how long a roof replacement takes:

Size of the roof

The size of your house and roof area offers some insight into how long it might take. This also depends on whether you have some repair work or a full-scale replacement. For example, repairs to a smaller home might take two to three days to complete. However, replacing the roof on a larger property could take upwards of a week.

Commercial vs domestic roof options

The timescale of roofing projects also depends on whether it’s a domestic or commercial job. But, again, this factor relates to size, as a house will likely take less time than a larger commercial property.

Commercial roof replacements may also have a mix of roof types, such as pitched and flat roofs. So the construction may add time depending on the type of roof chosen.

Roof type

The type of roof also contributes to how long a replacement will take. The two main designs typically preferred by homeowners and businesses are pitched and flat roofs.

Pitched roof

A pitched roof is a design that slopes from an elevated point. This is a common roof type in the UK as it provides long-lasting protection from the elements. Typically these roofs last around 20-25 years or longer if proper maintenance is done.

Due to the complexities of the design and structure of a pitched roof, they typically take longer than other options.

Flat roof

This roof type is a good option for garages, extensions and larger commercial buildings as it’s simpler to install and quicker. However, this type of roof doesn’t usually last as long as a pitched style. So, this is another consideration when weighing up time, cost and longevity.

Replacement type

The type of roof replacement you have also affects the timeframe. There are different scopes of work that should be taken into consideration. For example, if the covering is just being replaced, then this will shorten the timescale compared to a total replacement. If you have everything replaced, such as the roof timbers, this timescale will be extended. Again, size also factors into this.

Access

Getting access to a roof can affect how long it takes to complete a project. Generally, replacement roofs require scaffolding to enable contractors to carry out the work. However, other equipment, such as high-level access booms, may be needed if there are awkward spots or hard-to-reach places.

You also have to factor in the accessibility of scaffolding and equipment, as there are sometimes waiting periods when hiring the necessary resources.

Weather conditions

In a country with rainfall around 160 days of the year, the weather can throw a spanner in the works when planning a roof replacement project. Contractors typically monitor weather forecasts and advise when it’s not suitable to carry out the work.

In a perfect world, major roofing jobs would be completed in the warmer months when there is little rainfall forecast. However, sometimes these jobs are urgently required even in the height of winter.

As some of your roof space may be subject to the elements, contractors will work around this to protect properties during the work. But, in some cases, delays may occur as the weather makes it impossible to carry out the job safely. This then increases the completion date.

Availability of roofing contractors

Naturally, when you make the first call to a roofing contractor, you won’t be able to get the work started immediately. Reputable roofers have a healthy customer base, and fitting you in may take a few weeks from your initial enquiry.

There’s also the process of finding a good roofer that adds to the project time. You have to factor in the following:

Researching suitable roofing companies

There are generally a variety of roofers in your local area, and it’s essential to choose the right one for the job. When looking for a good contractor, there are a few things to consider such as:

Experience – How much experience do they have in replacement roofs, and can you see previous examples?

Reviews and recommendations – Do they come recommended, or do you have to read reviews about their work?

Equipment for the job – Do they have the necessary equipment and resources to complete the job, or does this need to be hired?

Type of work covered – What services do they offer?

Getting quotes

Once you’ve researched suitable roofers in the area, it’s time to gather quotes for the job. However, it’s important to remember that the cheapest isn’t always the best choice for your project. Make sure the quote covers all the work needed, including equipment hire. Some may also provide quotes for different outcomes of the job, for example, both repair work and an entire replacement.

Be sure to compare contractors based on the services they provide and not just the cost aspect. The quote may also give you an approximate timeframe to help you decide how quickly it needs to be completed.

Roof replacement services in Pontefract

If you’re considering replacing your roof, it’s helpful to call roofing specialists to give you an idea of how long this type of project might take. At DPR Roofing in Pontefract, we will assess your roof and provide a comprehensive quote and any advice you need to decide. We also have equipment to hand for those awkward roof areas to help keep your project running smoothly from start to finish.

Find out more about roof replacement services by calling the team on 01977 220016.


A Beginner’s Guide to Flat Roof Replacement

A Beginner’s Guide to Flat Roof Replacement

A Beginner’s Guide to Flat Roof Replacement

Flat roofing offers many benefits with its contemporary, minimalist style. However, like all roofs, they eventually need replacing. Whilst most roofs feature a sharp slant, flat roofs usually only have a pitch of 10 degrees or under.

This makes flat roof replacement confusing for most homeowners. What are the requirements for replacing a flat roof? How long will your flat roof last? In this post, we’ll provide answers to all your questions, so you can make the right choice for your roofing.

How long do flat roofs last?

Naturally, an important consideration is how long your flat roof is likely to last. This will vary depending on the materials used. For example:

  • Felt flat roof – Arguably the most affordable option, these roofs can last between 10-15 years, or longer if maintained well.
  • GRP (Fibreflass) – Much longer lasting than traditional felt, DPR offers a 20 year leak-free warranty with a life expectancy in excess of 50 years.

At DPR Roofing, we offer a variety of different options for your flat roof replacement, so you can choose the perfect material for your home and budget.

The lifespan of your flat roof will also depend on its maintenance. By keeping your flat roof clean and arranging for regular inspections, you can prevent damage to your roof, as well as leaks. This all serves to extend your roof’s lifespan.

Does my flat roof need replacing?

Even the most robust flat roofs need repairs on occasion. But how can you tell when it’s time to replace your roof altogether?

One indication is that repairs are becoming more frequent – and more costly. If you’re often having to fork out for roofing repairs, and the issues keep coming back, this could be a sign that it’s time to replace your roof altogether.

If your roof is reaching the end of its average lifespan – for example, 15 to 20 years for felt roofing – this could be another sign that it’s time to replace your roof.

How much does it cost?

Costs for a flat roof replacement can vary depending on several factors, including…

  • The size of the roof – Naturally, if your roof covers a larger area, it will cost more to replace. This is down to the costs of materials, along with time and labour.
  • The materials – The type of material you choose for your flat roof replacement will also impact the costs. For example, felt flat roofing is generally the most cost-effective option.
  • The contractor – You’ll also need to factor in how much your contractor charges for their work. It can be tempting to go with the cheapest option, but you need to be clear on the contractor’s qualifications and reputation.
  • Accessibility – Issues with accessing the roof to carry out the works could also potentially add to the costs.

How long does it take?

This will largely depend on the scope of the project and the type of materials used. Some materials are more complex to work with and will require more time to install. Any issues accessing the roofing can add to the time taken – as can poor roof maintenance.

For domestic extensions, garages and similar constructions, 1-2 days completion time is a good ballpark estimate for how long you can expect the work to take.

What’s the best material for a flat roof replacement?

DPR Ltd usually recommend a GRP (fibreglass) flat roof option in most cases. It is an excellent choice if you are looking for a seamless, long-lasting flat roof that is both durable and aesthetically pleasing.

Professionally installed flat roofs in Pontefract

When the time comes to replace your flat roof, you need to know your roofing is in expert hands. At DPR Roofing, we have 30 years’ experience installing flat roofs for domestic and commercial properties across Pontefract and the surrounding areas.

If you’ve noticed an issue or your roof is reaching the end of its lifespan, don’t hesitate to get in touch. Speak with our friendly team today on 01977 220016 to arrange a no-obligation quote.


Winter Roof Surveys: What You Need to Know

Winter Roof Surveys: What You Need to Know

Winter Roof Surveys: What You Need to Know

Roof surveys are often recommended around wintertime for both domestic and commercial properties. But if you’ve not had one before, or it’s been a while since your last survey, it’s only natural to have a few questions.

Below, we aim to answer some of the most frequently asked questions about winter roof surveys…

What do they look for?

Winter roof surveys are a comprehensive assessment of your roof. They check the condition of every roofing component, including:

  • Roofing materials – clay tiles, concrete tiles or slate for pitched roofs (or other flat roofing materials)
  • Roof joins – ridges and valleys where two planes meet
  • Flashing – metal weatherproofing around protrusions
  • Guttering – around the edge of your roof

On every part of your roof, surveyors will be looking for anything that is damaged or cracked, loose or out of place, or just not doing its job.

Who can do them?

Even if you’re a DIY aficionado, roofing surveys shouldn’t be on your to-do list. Getting on a roof to inspect it still counts as working at height. As such, it requires the right health and safety training. Attempting a roof survey yourself, or getting someone unqualified, could damage your property – as well as putting yourself or themselves at risk.

But aside from safety, surveyors need the right training and experience to know what they’re looking for. Put simply, winter roof surveys should only be carried out by qualified roofers.

How long do they take?

The duration of a roof inspection depends primarily on the size of the roof. Small domestic properties like houses and bungalows typically take around an hour. However, it will take longer for HMOs and flats or commercial properties like office blocks or large shops.

Another factor that can affect the duration is access. If your roof is particularly high or just tricky to get to, it may take roofers longer to access it in the first place, which adds to the total survey time. However, this additional time can be minimised using a high-level access platform, which allows fast, safe access to the roofs in question.

How much do they cost?

Given that surveys don’t require materials, roofers will be charging purely based on their time, which comes at a premium because of their knowledge and experience. So, much like the duration, the cost of a roof survey will depend on those same two factors – size and access.

For most domestic projects, you can expect to pay in the region of £200-300. But it will be more for large commercial roofs or those that require high-level access, for example.

Whatever the case, make sure you get a quote before arranging your survey – ideally with a copy sent to you for your records. This will avoid any miscommunication, confusion or unexpected costs after the survey has taken place.

What are the benefits?

We mentioned before that roof surveys are often recommended before and during winter. But not everyone is sold on the idea. Here are the benefits of booking a winter survey for your roof…

Spot issues early

For some, it seems unnecessary to survey your roof when you haven’t had any issues – after all, wouldn’t you notice a leak if there was a problem? Not always. In fact, having a roof survey when everything seems fine is the best way forward. It allows professionals to spot small issues before they turn into big problems – and before water has even penetrated your roof.

Save money

As well as avoiding the stress of a bad leak, spotting things early could save you money. It’s much easier to replace one or two tiles, for example, than it would be to replace several once the wind takes hold and loosens the surrounding area. A quicker job also means less disruption to your home or business.

Get assurance

Anyone that’s had a leaky roof will agree, there’s not much worse than the stress it brings. Constantly worrying when the heavens open or continuously checking for damp patches and leaks. That could be you if you’re unsure about the condition of your roof. Alternatively, a winter roof survey will give you much-needed assurance, throughout winter and the rest of the year, that your roof is doing its job.

Increase lifespan

If you book winter roof surveys every year, as recommended, they will undoubtedly extend the lifespan of your roof. Remember, a roof is a big investment for an individual or a business, so it makes sense to look after it and keep it working for as long as possible. Roof surveys do exactly that, nipping small niggles in the bud so they don’t turn into something irreparable.

Get repairs in before high demand

When problems do go wrong with your roof, one of the worst things is waiting for a roofer to fit you in. Whether it’s a small repair or full replacement, good roofers can be booked up for several days or even weeks with the high demand in winter. When you arrange a survey, roofers will already be on site for small repairs – and will generally put you top of their list for replacements, given that you’re an existing customer.

How does the process work?

When you arrange a winter roof survey, you’ll be given a date and time that roofers will inspect your roof. You should also be given a quote with a fixed price for their time. Some roofers will ask for payment up-front, while others will take payment at the time of the survey.

As mentioned earlier, surveys will be done on one day with most completed in a couple of hours. After the survey, you’ll get a clear explanation of your roof’s condition with any issues brought to your attention. In most cases, this will include photos of the areas of concern.

You will usually be given a quote for the necessary repairs, which can be completed on the day or scheduled in for larger jobs.

Book your winter roof survey

If you’re ready to enjoy the benefits of a winter roof survey, DPR Roofing can help throughout Pontefract. Equipped with over 30 years of experience, our team of roofing contractors can make sure your roof is in tip-top condition this winter, explain any problems we find in plain English, and provide a fixed quote for repairs if necessary.

To book your survey, give us a call on 01977 220016 or email [email protected].


6 Expert Roofing Tips for 2023

6 Expert Roofing Tips for 2023

6 Expert Roofing Tips for 2023

The new year has given many people fresh motivation to look after their homes. Your roof should be number one on that list, given that it protects every other part of your property from the elements.

So, what should you be doing about your roof in 2023 and beyond? In this post, we’ll provide six expert tips that will keep you in control of your roof.

1. Arrange an annual inspection

First on the list is to get your roof inspected professionally on an annual basis. Ideally, we’d recommend six months – but once a year should do the trick for most domestic roofs.

While some roofers might be happy for you to let your roof go downhill until it’s time for a replacement, we advocate a proactive approach. That means staying on top of your roof’s condition and making small repairs as necessary, to keep it in tip-top shape.

In the long run, this proactive approach with yearly inspections will prolong the life of your roof, save you money by nipping issues in the bud and provide much more peace of mind that your roof is working when the rain starts to fall.

2. Check it yourself periodically

Even with an annual inspection, there’s no harm in checking your roof yourself if you want to make sure it’s holding up during the worst weather. A good time to do this is after a particularly bad storm or just at the six-month mark between professional inspections.

Instead, you can look up from ground level outside your property. You might need to cross the road to get a proper view of your roof. Look for anything that’s out of place – tiles, flashing, ridges or even gutters. A loose gutter could have been knocked by a falling tile.

You can also check from inside by looking at the top of walls, ceilings and inside your loft or roof space for signs of water ingress. If you go up to your loft in the daytime, turning off the lights will reveal any breaks in the roof as you’ll see daylight getting through.

Find anything awry? Make sure you contact a roofer to get it checked professionally in good time.

3. Never get on yourself!

One thing we certainly don’t advise is getting on the roof yourself. That’s highly dangerous for anyone without the right training to work at height – even more so if it’s during bad weather.

Whether you want a closer look at a problem area or you think you can handle a quick tile replacement yourself, it’s not worth the risk. The same applies to anyone else untrained who thinks they can lend a hand.

Sure, it could save you a bit of money if it all goes to plan. But it could also cost you a lot of money if you slip and damage your roof. Or even worse, it could cost you your well-being if you fall off the roof entirely.

If there’s one tip you take away from us in 2023, it’s to leave roofing to the professionals.

4. Get your gutters cleaned

While they’re not tiled or pitched, your gutters are another vital part of the roofing system. The essential purpose of a roof is to stop water getting through and it’s the gutters’ job to collect it as it runs off your roof. They guide rainwater down your drains to protect your walls and foundations – or at least they’re supposed to.

Gutters can become blocked over time, commonly by moss, leaves and other debris. As well as causing overflows themselves, those blockages hold more water and add more weight to your gutters. Eventually, that can cause gutters to become misaligned, leading to a cycle where they hold even more water and so on.

The simple solution? Get your gutters cleared. It’s so much quicker and cheaper than getting them replaced a couple of years down the line. You could even get it sorted as part of your annual inspection to save a little bit on the callout fee. With the right maintenance, gutters can easily last a lifetime.

5. Don’t just go for the cheapest option

When you’re getting contractors in, a good rule of thumb is to get three quotes. Roofing is no exception. As well as giving you a good idea of the going rate for the job, it will allow you to compare the different repairs that are being recommended, and what each contractor is including.

That brings us to our next tip – don’t just go for the cheapest option. Take some time to properly look through the quotes, what’s included and crucially what isn’t.

If one is cheaper but doesn’t include scaffolding or a skip, for example, that’s worth taking note of. Either a roofer is planning to cut corners, or they’re going to pass that cost onto you at a later date. The same goes for a guarantee, which is worth its weight in gold for peace of mind.

On top of that, there’s the reputation of the different companies. From training and accreditations to reviews, years of experience and even the equipment they use – there’s a lot that separates roofing contractors beyond the prices they offer.

6. Bite the replacement bullet if needed

Finally, a tip specifically for those with older roofs. If problems have started recurring on your roof and 2022 was full of uncertainty during bad weather, it might be time to bite the bullet when it comes to roof replacement.

Replacing your roof can actually save you money over time, as your old roof becomes more of a liability rather than a protective shield for your property. If money is the main obstacle, roof financing can help you spread the cost without cutting corners for your roof.

Here for all your roofing needs in 2023

Whether it’s a routine inspection, gutter clearance, repairs to stop a leak, or a new roof altogether, DPR Roofing is on hand throughout Pontefract to help both domestic and commercial customers. If you need expert assistance with your roof, simply give us a call on 01977 220016 or email [email protected] and we’ll get back to you shortly.


A leaking roof isn’t anybody’s idea of fun. Once you’ve got over the initial frustration, you’ll no doubt be wondering how much it costs to fix. The cost of repairing a roof leak depends on a number of factors, as this post explores…

How Much Does It Cost to Fix a Roof Leak?

A leaking roof isn’t anybody’s idea of fun. Once you’ve got over the initial frustration, you’ll no doubt be wondering how much it costs to fix. The cost of repairing a roof leak depends on a number of factors, as this post explores…

A leaking roof isn’t anybody’s idea of fun. Once you’ve got over the initial frustration, you’ll no doubt be wondering how much it costs to fix. The cost of repairing a roof leak depends on a number of factors, as this post explores…

Pricing up your roof repairs

The overarching factor in the cost of fixing a roof leak is where the leak is coming from. If your roof is leaking because a tile has slipped out of place, the cost could be as little as £100-300. However, if there’s a more serious, underlying problem, you could be looking at more extensive work which costs upwards of £1,000.

Here are some related factors that are taken into account…

Materials

Replacing materials is usually essential to stop your roof leaking. That could be anything from tiles and fastenings to metal flashing, timbers or even chimney cowls. Roofers will include the cost of materials in their quote, ideally broken down for each item.

The cost of labour

Next there’s the cost of a roofer’s time. Professional roofers are skilled workers, meaning their time comes at a premium. You can expect an average of £30 per hour or around £200 per day, but it can vary depending on experience and accreditations.

Of course, the cost for time will also depend on how long the job takes. Quick repairs can be made in a matter of hours, while more extensive work will take several days. For the latter, the size of your roof could also impact the overall cost.

Equipment hire

Don’t worry – a professional roofer will have their own tools! However, they may need the assistance of other services or equipment to assist with their work.

If your roofer can fix a leak within a day, their ladder will usually suffice. However, for bigger jobs where they need access to the roof for longer, scaffolding may be a necessity. This can vary from £40-150 a day depending on the size.

Another requirement for larger jobs, where old or defective materials are being removed and replaced, is a skip. Again, this can add upwards of £200 to the repair costs, depending on the size of the skip and how long it’s needed.

If your leak needs to be fixed as an emergency – or is particularly hard to access – a cherry picker is the best option for fast, safe repairs. This could add a significant amount to the cost of roof repairs, although some roofing companies do have their own to minimise expense.

Roof leak repairs in Pontefract

As above, the cost of fixing a roof leak can vary quite a bit. But one thing is for certain – the sooner you get your roof repaired, the cheaper it will be. Ignoring a leak in your roof will lead to more damage, bigger problems and a more expensive repair job.

If you’ve noticed a leak in your roof, it’s best to contact the roofing experts at DPR Roofing in Pontefract as soon as you can. With 30 years’ experience on both domestic and commercial projects, we can diagnose exactly what’s wrong with your roof and tackle the root cause with long-lasting repairs. Give us a call on 01977 220016.