Frequently Asked Questions
What are the most common problems with roofs?
- Badly installed roofs are going to see problems sooner, because poor workmanship can be the number 1 cause of a leaky roof. Poor tile placement can give access to water allowing it into roof spaces and this can cause damage to your roof.
- Screws or nails placed in the wrong place, or not enough used to hold down the tiles, can result in breaking and slipping. During bad weather is when this is most likely to occur.
- Guttering can be installed incorrectly and can misdirect water to internal or external areas where it can cause damage.
- Flashing that’s meant to protect valleys and protrusions like vents and chimneys can cause a leak into your building if not fitted correctly.
- To avoid problems always make sure you have your roof installed by a reputable roofing company. Look for assurances such as CheckaTrade reviews, Google review, or a Which Trusted Trader.
- Trees can be a problem for your roof. Not only is there the danger that wind will blow it onto your roof, but its possible branches can rub against your roof tiles. This can cause movement and therefore leaks. This also means the tiles are much more likely to have weather damage. If you have a tree with branches that over hang your roof, you should get a professional to clip back the tree. Also any nearby tree can shed leaves and particulates over your roof and block up gutters.
- Weather conditions (such as wind and hail) can puncture your roofing material, creating entry points for water to seep into your home. It is important to check your roof regularly for any holes or gaps to avoid the water damage that can occur as a result.
- Your guttering system is designed to transport water away from your roof to your drains. This plays a very important part in looking after your roof. This essential step prevents pooling which could lead to a roof collapse. Blocked drains and guttering are usually caused by a build up of fallen leaves, dirt, dust and silt. It is therefore important to check your drainage system and gutters regularly, especially during the autumn months as this is when there are the most falling leaves.
How much does a new or replacement roof cost?
- This can depend on a variety of different factors such as complexity, location, size, product, fittings etc... To give you an accurate quote please give us a ring on our 24 hour mobile number below. Or contact us here 24 Hour Emergency Mobile 0771 924 8933
What choice of roof covering can I have?
Interlocking Tiles – Less need for overlapping the tiles.
Stone Tiles – Much thicker than conventional tiles
Clay Tiles – Great for intricate details and curves.
Concrete Tiles – You can choose from a range of colours and textures
Slate Tiles – Most common, economical, and easily sourced.
Metal Roofing – The most durable and great for industry because of low maintenance
Shingled Roofing – Very rustic and can be aged
Thatched Roofing – Traditional and sustainable but needs maintenance
What are the signs that my roof needs replacing?
There are tiles or shingles missing from your roof.
There are granules in your gutter from the roof.
Your roof has not been replaced in 25 years, which is the average life of an asphalt roof.
Your tiles are cracked or loose.
You can see light through your roof, and it can be seen in your loft.
The roof is sagging in the middle, this could indicate a structural issue.
- Your tiles or shingles turn upwards or clawing. Or the edges stay flat but the middle starts to turn upwards.
Do I have to move out while my roof is being fixed?
The simple answer is no but in very extreme circumstances this may be required.
How do I recognise that my roof needs replacing?
If you have a leak or can hear dripping this is the first sign something is wrong. You must inspect your roof and gutters two times a year. Look out for cracked tiles or granules in your guttering. There should be visible signs that your roof has a problem. Inside your house or flat you should look out for bubbling or peeling wallpaper, cracked paint, or discoloured plasterboard. Remember, the longer you leave a leak the more expensive the solution is likely to be.
Do I need planning permission to re-roof my property?
It’s unlikely you’ll need planning permission to re-roof your house. Even if you install lights or skylights. The permitted development rules allow for alterations, the rules are below:
- No alteration to project any more than 15 centimeters from the existing roof plane.
- No alteration can be higher than the highest part of the roof.
- Side facing windows are to be obscure-glazed; any opening to be 1.7m above the floor.
- The permitted development for solar panels is different and has limits on projections and in relation to protected areas.