Roof repair is the process of fixing roof leaks, roof damage or roof corrosion. It can also involve replacing tiles or slates that have been damaged by weathering and general wear and tear over time.
Benefits of repairing your roof
There are many benefits to roof repair, including:
It is less expensive than roof replacement for minor repairs. For more significant repairs, it costs the same as a complete roof replacement would cost – though you may end up with better quality materials in some cases if more work needs to be done on the existing structure under the new shingles/tiles/slates etc.
You don’t need planning permission since there isn’t any building work taking place (unlike when installing a completely new roof).
If you come to us for roof repair, we will thoroughly check your property’s roof structure before doing any work. This is because roof inspection can help identify damage that might not be visible from the ground. Having a thorough roof inspection can save you money since it allows homeowners/roofers to spot problems with the roof structure, so they don’t have to replace it more than necessary.
When is roof repair not the best option?
There are some situations where repairing or replacing your roof would both cost less in materials and labour hours – especially if there has been substantial damage done over time by weathering and general wear and tear. Some examples include:
• A leaky flat or tiled roof that is less than 25 years old
• A roof with broken tiles or slates, missing shingles and damaged flashing. This type of roof will require a complete roof replacement instead of roof repair because replacing the entire roof structure reduces potential water damage to your home in the future.
Types of roof repairs
Water damage can be identified if you have leaky windows or rusted metal somewhere in your house where it shouldn’t be (i.e., under an overhang). The extent of this kind of damage varies widely depending on how long ago there was any significant rain/snowfall near your property. Sometimes, even just one heavy rainfall event can penetrate through multiple layers! A thorough inspection by our roofers will reveal the extent and cause of any roof leaks, and we can recommend a solution to fix it.
Fire damage is one of the most common causes for roof replacement because fire often burns away large portions of your roofing structure; not only does this ruin existing tiles/slates but also weakens nearby roof structures such as rafters, joists and purlins (the beams that support your roof). This kind of water damage requires immediate professional attention to prevent further structural failure or even collapse!
Most people think the wind is only a problem in coastal areas, but wind damage can also occur inland. Damage from high winds is most common when roof tiles are loose or missing, although even if your roof tiles are intact, they’ll be vulnerable to the powerful gusts of an oncoming storm.
Roof snow damage can cause roof collapse if left untreated, which is why roofing specialists are often called in to assist during the winter months. This type of damage usually occurs when roofs have an insufficient overhang or no insulation at all – however, even insulated ceilings aren’t safe from this kind of roof repair issue
Blocked gutters and downpipes
Blocked rainwater drainage systems pose a significant risk for any building with a clay tiled roof due to heavy water pressure built up on the tiles themselves. If you notice your home has an accumulation of debris around sills, gutter seams or roof valleys, then it is likely that there will be some degree of ingress causing leakage through damaged areas such as cracked/missing slates or tiles, roof tiling installation and damaged slates/tiles
Guttering repairs can involve replacing damaged sections, fitting new downpipes and clearing blocked gutters. If your roof’s guttering is rusted or has poorly been installed, then it may be time for a replacement
Replacement of roof tiling
If the weather conditions have broken your roof tiles over recent months/years, there will come the point when they need to be replaced. For one thing, this will stop water from penetrating through the roof itself, but also any missing slates on roofs with clay tiles are dangerous as debris could fall into them, causing further damage or injury
If you have noticed that moisture has built up in the mortar joints of your chimneys, then it’s likely that they need re-pointing to prevent further deterioration due to weather conditions.
Missing slates or tiles
Don’t wait until you leak replacing them if your roof has problems with missing slates or tiles.
Damaged slates or tiles
If the weather conditions have damaged the roof tiling, then it not only looks unsightly but there are safety implications as well!
Corroded metal roofing sheets (steel, aluminium or zinc)
Corrosion is a natural process that occurs when steel roofing materials are exposed to water and oxygen over time.
Fascias and soffits replacement
Roof fascias or fascia boards provide a protective barrier between your roof covering, gutter system, insulation and the wall of your home.
Your roof valley is where two roof surfaces intersect at an angle (typically with shingles) to direct rainwater away from the intersection; this prevents damage due to leakage.
Leaks due to damaged or blocked gutters, fascias or downpipes
These types of leaks are generally caused by poorly maintained roofing materials.
How long will my roof repair take to complete?
We can fully assess your roof and provide you with an accurate outline of the work needed to restore it to its optimum condition. Typical timeframes are usually between three days up to two weeks, depending on the extent of damage or repairs required.
It might not always be necessary for a complete replacement job, so sometimes only part of the roof needs repairing while other areas can receive some attention – this also depends on current weather conditions, which affects how quickly the fixing process may proceed.
Can my roof be repaired, or does it need to be replaced?
The answer to this question is mainly dependent upon the roofing material. If your roof has a metal or asphalt shingle roof, then it can be repaired by removing just one layer of that roofing surface and re-covering it with relatively little disruption to you.
What will it cost to repair my roof?
As a professional roofer in Dewsbury, we provide this service at an affordable rate compared to the high price tag associated with full-scale replacement jobs. Naturally, other factors come into play here, such as size, shape and location on top of any repairs required.
Can I repair my roof myself?
Of course, roof repair is not something that amateurs should attempt, especially if you are considering a roof replacement.
How long will my roof last?
A reasonably new roof can be expected to function for around 30 years before it needs replacing. Of course, this also depends upon the type of roofing material installed and how well it has been maintained over its lifetime.
What causes a roof to wear out?
Asphalt shingle roofs are particularly vulnerable to humidity which weakens these materials unless they have had any protective sealant applied or some other kind of surface coating added during installation. These types of roofs see their lifespan reduced by 50% when exposed on an annual basis, so regular applications are preferable!