With so much at stake, you need a roofing services contractor that you can trust.
Checkaroof offers peace of mind, providing highly qualified professional roofers with the correct safety training. You can rest in the knowledge that your roofing work will be completed to the highest standard, with minimum fuss and no hidden extras.
Whatever your roof project, from minor leak repair, replacing broken roof tiles, to installing new roofs, Checkaroof ensures that the job is carried out in a professional and competent manner.
We believe that quality should never be compromised and that your roof should be able to withstand whatever nature throws at it. That's why you can be sure that our roofing services are second to none.
Across the UK we get around 34 inches (86 cm) of rain every year. While that might not seem a lot, it can cause severe damage to roofs, as it isn't just the volume of water but the speed at which it falls, known as 'rainfall intensity'.
This is what caused the Boscastle flash flood in 2004 when just 3 inches (75 mm) of rain fell in just two hours, which led to about 20 million cubic metres of water flowing through the village in one day.
Fortunately, there were no reports of major injuries or death, but the damage was estimated at around £15 million. This gives you some idea of the devastation that rain can bring, whether long term or in sudden, heavy downpours.
Generally, properties in the North of the country face lighter, prolonged periods of rainfall, while those in the south are more likely to experience heavier rain in short bursts.
Thankfully, events like that at Boscastle are rare, and the village's unique location added to the problem. But we rely on our roofs for protection from the elements, and it is vital to keep them in good repair so that they continue to perform well, especially as we are frequently warned that extreme weather is likely to increase in the UK. Whether or not this happens, the last thing you need is for your roof to fail at any time! At Checkaroof, we believe that all roofs should be of excellent quality, however harsh the environmental conditions are in your area.
If you're new to the world of roof repair and need some advice, then this guide will help you to understand what's involved and what to expect.
We're starting with flat roof repairs as this type of roofing has a history of being troublesome. If you're lucky enough to have a new flat roof fitted, then you'll be less likely to encounter problems, as modern flat roofing materials are far more hardwearing and durable, lasting 50 years or more.
Older flat roofs tend to be prone to pooling and often leak. Ice dams occur when the standing water begins to freeze, adding extra weight and causing damage to brickwork, lead flashing and guttering. Water can then run under the shingles, which is bad news.
A leaking roof isn't just an inconvenience. Roof leaks can ruin your personal belongings and create other problems, such as damp and dry/wet rot. As well as the financial burden of replacing items and the heartache of losing items with sentimental value, you may have the additional cost of damp treatment or even structural repairs.
In many cases, total roof replacement is a more viable option if the flat roof is very old. Replacing the entire roof might seem excessive, but if installed correctly by competent professional roofers using good-quality materials, a new flat roof will last as much as 50 years if it is properly maintained.
In the UK, new flat roofs usually cost between £700 and £2,000, depending on the type of roof (high-end materials will obviously cost more) and whether it is on a garage or extension, although this is only an approximate figure (and you can generally add an extra £300 to £500 if you live in the London area). Roof repair costs are usually charged by the square metre plus labour costs.
Aside from materials and labour costs, you need to be aware of any hidden extras such as the cost of removing the old roof, providing a temporary cover (if the job takes several days), repairing a chimney or damaged flashing, erecting scaffolding, and skips for the waste material.
Of course, you may not need to have the roof replaced. It may be that you just have a few small tears or cracks in the felt, the felt has come away from the wall where an extension joins onto your house, or water has leaked where the felt meets the guttering. In this case, you may get away with some simple flat roof repairs that cost only a few hundred pounds.
However, it is essential that the problem is assessed properly to ensure that it is dealt with correctly, or you may be setting yourself up for more problems in future.
Checkaroof can assist you in finding a professional roofer to advise you honestly and accurately as to the best course of action.
There are several types of roof tiles used in the UK, but each one is prone to damage over time from sun, rain, ice, snow, and high winds. In addition to the tiles themselves, chimney stacks can cause problems as mortar decays and crumbles, or lead flashing deteriorates. Broken tiles can remain undetected for months, if not years, before telltale signs of leaks begin to show.
Most properties in the UK have a traditional pitched roof with ceramic or slate tiles. With the right care and maintenance, they should last between 80 and 100 years. However, they can be damaged by falling branches or 'third party' actions (vandalism, burglary, accidents, etc.). Ice dams can also be a problem with pitched roofs when water freezes in the gutter, cracking them or dragging them down completely.
Houses with two roof slopes have an added risk of experiencing problems because water, snow, and ice can accumulate in the 'roof valley' where the roof slopes meet. The repair cost for this type of roof is usually more because of the added difficulty of reaching the site and providing a safe working platform for the roofing contractors.
If it's a simple case of replacing broken roof tiles, then your roof repair cost will be minimal. The average roof repair cost in the UK is between £300 and £1,100, though the average is around £600. This should always include the cost of replacing roof felt beneath the tiles.
If, however, the timber frame has been affected, then the internal structure could be at risk of collapse. This is why it is vital to have a professional roofing contractor in to assess the extent of any roofing repairs needed.
As well as assessing the tiles and joists, roofing contractors should advise you as to any other necessary roof repair needed, such as chimney repairs, damage to the fascia board and barge boards, new flashing where the tiles meet brickwork, and so on. In severe cases, they may advise that the entire roof needs to be replaced. It is essential that the roofer makes the right call, which is why you need to be able to trust them.
And that's what Checkaroof is here for.
How do you know when you need roof repairs or perhaps a new roof?
One of the sure signs is a sagging roof, which usually means that the roof structure is compromised. The main cause of this is water damage, which causes timber to rot over time. The rafters and joists simply can't take the weight, and the timbers begin to bow. This can also be caused when the original tiles have been replaced with heavier ones in the past, making the roofline sag below the height of the gable ends.
Sagging roof repairs costs can be significant. Much depends on the extent of the damage and how much rotten timber needs to be replaced. A roofing contractor might recommend that you need additional joists, or that you need a completely new roof, which could cost between £2,000 and £6,000.
Another sign that you need roof repairs is slipped, missing, or broken tiles. You might also notice damp patches, and in extreme cases, you'll see water dripping through the ceiling. Clay and concrete tiles have an expected lifespan of around 60 years, so if yours have exceeded this then it is reasonable to expect that you might need to consider replacing it soon or at least look into adequate roof repairs in the short term.
If water has been leaking through over a long time, then you might need to have timber joists replaced where they have rotted through. This can be quite costly as it will require the removal of some, if not all of the tiles.
However, if it's a simple job that takes no more than a few hours, perhaps just replacing a broken tile or two, then it should only cost around £200 or so.
It's true that most of us don't spend too much time looking up at our roofs unless there is a problem. However, it pays to check them out once in a while, even if you don't have cause to suspect that there are any issues. Catching a problem early enough could mean the difference between minor roof repairs such as replacing tiles or fixing a small leak, and paying out for a new roof.
Aside from the obvious signs on the outside of your house, you should check your loft or attic space. These areas are often neglected and unused, which means that a leak can remain undetected until the damage is done. However, even a loft conversion isn't immune from problems, and this can be even more expensive when it comes to roof repair costs, as you may have the added expense of replacing furniture and fittings that have been affected. Dormer windows can be a culprit here, as damaged flashing allows water to leak through into your loft.
This is near impossible because the water will always find its way in via another route because roofs are designed to allow the flow of water down or across. Once water gets under this layer then it will find unprotected gaps.
With all the different roof types and materials there is just too many variables to answer this properly but in general you want it to be fixed as soon as possible to reduce the risk of damage to other parts of the home.
Roofs often tend to leak only because of a poor install and generally around the seams but they can also be damaged by the weather, other work in the vicinity.
First, you need to seriously assess the scale of damage and if your capable of safely carrying out the work. Then you would repair all the cracks and holes of the roof surface and then use a waterproofing solution on the inside.
If it has been caused by severe weather, then there is a good chance your insurance will cover it and any other damage caused. However, if the damage has been prolonged because of neglect or lack of maintenance then they might not cover it.