How Much Experience Should You Expect from Roofing Contractors?

When it comes to choosing a roofing contractor for your replacements or repairs, there are several factors to consider. One of those is cost, which is prioritised by a number of property owners. They will settle with the cheapest option, disregarding the other, more important aspects.

From insurance and guarantees to local recommendations and reviews, you should make sure to have as much information as possible before choosing a roofing contractor. One factor that you should prioritise above others is the level of experience the company has. But how much should you look for? Keep reading to discover just how much experience you should expect from roofing contractors.

Does experience matter?

Some people think that any trained roofer will have the skill and knowledge to repair or replace your roof. After all, they’ve all had the same training, right? Wrong. While all qualified roofers have the necessary training to carry out basic repairs, they may not have the experience to deal with complex or unique situations.

There are a wide range of different roofing materials, types of roofs and roof issues that need to be fixed, not to mention unique environments and hard-t0-access roofs. Some roofers, especially at the start of their career, may specialise in a certain form of roofing or work only with a particular material.

However, with years in the industry, roofers encounter a variety of different situations, which gives them the knowledge and expertise to carry out almost every aspect of roofing. In short, the longer your roofer has been in the industry, the better.

How much experience should you look for?

So, how much experience should you be expecting? It depends on the company and your roofing needs. If you only need small repairs, for instance, a roofer with a few years’ experience should be able to take care of your problem. On the other hand, if you’re looking for an entire roof replacement or you have a specialist material or technique in mind, you may want to look for companies with twenty or more years’ experience.

As well as taking a contractor’s experience into consideration, you should look for the company’s insurance policy and guarantees that they offer. Insurance and guarantees offer peace of mind that the roofer you’re working with is legitimate and trustworthy. Your roofer should be able to provide written proof of insurance documents, so you can rest assured that you, your property and the roofing company are protected.

Choose DPR Roofing

At DPR Roofing in Leeds, we understand how important it is for contractors to have a comprehensive knowledge of their industry. Fortunately, we have over 30 years’ experience working with homeowners and business owners in the local area. So, whether it’s a new slate roof on your home or a  flat roof for a commercial property, we can provide a reliable, long lasting solution.


7 Useful Roofing Resources for Property Owners

7 Useful Roofing Resources for Property Owners

7 Useful Roofing Resources for Property Owners

When it comes to maintaining and protecting your home or property, the roof is a priority. It provides essential shelter for your home and guards the walls and foundations from weather damage. With that in mind, there’s a lot of information property owners need to know.

But we can’t expect everyone to become roofing experts overnight once they buy a property. Not to mention that you probably feel like you’ve got enough on your plate as a property owner. Fortunately, there are all kinds of useful roofing resources out there to offer a helping hand to landlords, homeowners, commercial property owners or housing association managers.

Read on to discover some of our favourite useful roofing resources to keep you in the know and explain everything you need to know about keeping your property safe and protected.

Planning Portal

If you’re thinking about making any alterations to your home or roof, the Planning Portal website offers great guidance and advice for those in the UK. The site will tell you if you need to apply for planning permission to make any changes to your roof. Generally, this is unlikely, but it’s always important to be sure when it comes to planning permission.

You can also find information about building regulations to ensure that your home is adhering to government regulations. Remember, any violations will probably result in your renovations being removed and you’ll be back to square one. This site is great for both roofing professionals and novice property owners.

HSE

While we don’t recommend attempting any roofing work on your own, it’s useful to be aware of any issues and how to solve them. Those without proper experience and knowledge should never attempt to repair or diagnose roofing issues. It’s always best to leave it to the professionals.

The Health and Safety Executive website is a great resource for property owners in the UK. The guides and articles on HSE’s website provides advice for property owners and is regularly updated with new health and safety legislation and common roofing issues for home owners to bear in mind.

Historic England

If you’re living in a heritage property or a conservation area, you might be restricted in terms of the changes you can make. That’s why it’s useful to check if your property is listed before making any changes.

Historic England provides a database containing each listed property in the UK, so you can search for your property to make sure you’re breaking any rules. If your home is listed, you will have to apply to alter your home in any way. Quite often permission is granted, as long as the changes are necessary and maintain the appearance and character of your home.

Confederation of Roofing Contractors

The Confederation of Roofing Contractors (CORC) is one of the most renowned roofing trade associations in the UK. Established in 1985, the group ensures all members are masters of their trade, with stringent entry requirements and continuous audits to check for technical competence and health and safety adherence.

As a result, the CORC is the ideal place to find a roofing contractor you can trust. Their ‘Find a Member’ tool allows you to search by location, for CORC-accredited roofing contractors near you.

DPR Roofing

With over 30 years’ experience in the roofing industry, DPR Roofing in Leeds is one of the leading roofing companies in the area. Our blog features a range of roofing articles, from how to reduce your energy bills with a new roof to gutter cleaning advice. Take a look at our our blog to learn more about all things roofing and gain a new insight into the industry. With topics covering both domestic and commercial roofing, all property owners can benefit from our expert advice.

Expert roofing services

While there are plenty of resources out there for regulations and roofing advice, there’s no resource that can match the experience and expertise of a professional roofing contractor. Whatever roofing problem you have encountered, DPR Roofing can identify the root cause and provide a long-lasting solution for your property.


4 Common Pitfalls of a Poorly Installed Roof

4 Common Pitfalls of a Poorly Installed Roof

4 Common Pitfalls of a Poorly Installed Roof

If you’re having trouble with your roof, the first step is to weigh up whether you need repairs or a full replacement. Repairs will suffice if it’s just a one-off issue. However, poorly-installed roofs will often have recurring problems, meaning it’s better to invest in a new roof altogether.

Unfortunately, with the increasing number of cowboy roofers and inadequate companies, poorly installed roofs are becoming a more common occurrence. The question is – how do you know if your roof falls into that category?

In truth, there are a number of things that can go wrong when installing a new roof without the right expertise and experience. To help you determine whether your recent roof installation is going to stand the test of time, we’ve put together a handy list of the top 4 most common pitfalls of a poorly installed roof.

1. Shoddy tiles

While you may not be able to spot improperly placed tiles on your roof, you’ll soon be made aware if you suffer from leaks, falling tiles or even a draught. Tiles can slip and move around if they’re not fitted properly, for instance. If your roofer is rushing, being sloppy or is simply unaware of how to properly fit them, your roof could begin to leak and get worse over time.

2. Improper ventilation

Ventilation is vital for roofs, especially with the constantly changing weather in the UK. Without proper ventilation, your property could get a build-up of moisture and even develop structural issues. If you notice areas of damp in your loft, start to get mould or mildew at the top of walls or your home doesn’t warm up as easily as it should, you may want to call in a roofing professional to survey your roof.

3. Flashing concerns

Flashing is another important aspect of roofing, which seals off any joining or protruding areas of the roof, protecting them from water ingress. Needless to say, your roofer should install flashing properly, ensuring it is fastened securely and correctly aligned.

Without properly installed flashing, your roof is vulnerable to weather damage and leaks, which could develop into more serious problems.

4. Inadequate materials

An inexperienced, unprofessional roofer may not have access to high-quality roofing materials – or even have the knowledge of them. Low-quality or unsuitable materials are more susceptible to wear and tear and will deteriorate much quicker than a roof installed with the best materials. That’s why it’s so important to choose the right suppliers and use the right products. If your roof is constantly developing issues, it could be down to cheap or unsuitable materials.

Professional roofing company in Leeds

If you’re worried that your roof was poorly installed, DPR Roofing in Leeds are here to help. We can identify the root cause of any recurring problems on your roof, and resolve them with expert domestic roof replacements.


How Much Can a New Roof Save Me on Energy Bills?

Can a New Roof Reduce My Energy Bills?

A new roof may seem like a daunting and costly investment. But with improved insulation, better ventilation and less maintenance, could the energy bill savings even out the cost? Read on as we discover just how much you could save with a new roof…

Insulation

The number one place you’ll notice a saving is on your heating bills. Just like with walls and windows, the exterior of your home is highly important when it comes to the maintenance of the interior.

With proper insulation and a sturdy new roof, on the other hand, the heat has nowhere to escape. You’ll notice an improvement across your entire property, heating up faster, staying warm for longer and needing less energy to maintain a comfortable temperature.

By tackling scarce areas and poor insulation, you’ll find yourself losing up to 20% less heat than with a tired old roof.

Ventilation

Adding air vents to your freshly insulated attic may seem counterproductive. But having a consistent supply of fresh air is important to maintain the health of your new roof. Without proper ventilation, stale hot air can gather in your loftc and cause damage to your roof tiles or shingles, as well as encouraging moisture to gather.

While air conditioning isn’t a common feature in UK properties, our homes can get hot in the summer months, particularly the loftc. Good ventilation will keep your home at an ideal temperature all year round.

Quality roof replacements

Most importantly, when it comes to saving money with a new roof, you need to make sure your roofer is going to do a quality job. This way, you won’t need to fork out for maintenance over and over again, meaning you could save even more with your new roof.

DPR Roofing are experts in roofing. Our comprehensive roof renewal services allow you to save money on energy bills and maintenance costs long into the future. Having worked in the industry for 30 years, we know exactly what it takes to install a high quality new roof that will stand the test of time.

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Is It Safe to Hang Christmas Lights from the Roof?

Is It Safe to Hang Christmas Lights from the Roof?

The most wonderful time of the year is just around the corner and we’re all busy making sure we’re prepared. For many, a beautifully decorated house is high on the list of priorities. Lights, ornaments, inflatables, trees – the list of outdoor decorations is endless. But is your roof really strong enough to hold all of your Christmas favourites? And is it safe for you to hang lights from the roof yourself?

Safety concerns

The first issue with hanging lights from your roof is the risk you post to your own safety. Climbing up a ladder or onto your roof to hang Christmas decorations is a recipe for disaster. Doing so in winter, with all the rain and icy conditions, makes things even more dangerous.

If you’re not prepared with the correct safety equipment and training, one bad move could seriously damage both yourself and your home. That’s not even mentioning the strength of your roof, which could easily break as you hang lights.

Protecting your roof

Unless you’re a professional roofer, it’s almost impossible to spot a weak roof before it’s too late. Your roof may appear to be in good working order, but once you’ve fixed in the first Christmas light, you might begin to see otherwise.

Christmas lights can even cause problems on a strong roof. Many people attach their lights to the base of their roof or the guttering. This can create breaks and weak spots, leading to leaks and damaging your property.

Leave it to the professionals

Nobody should attempt to climb onto or attach anything to their roof without having a professional inspection beforehand. A professional roofer can differentiate between a good and bad roof, or where is safe to decorate. Until then, maybe it’s best to keep the Christmas spirit indoors and keep yourself and your home safe.

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How-To-Fit-Guttering

How to Fit New Guttering

Gutters are a vital feature of any property, guiding water away from the walls and foundations. If your guttering is old or broken, however, it won’t be able to do its job properly. Your property could be damaged, leading to expensive repairs.

Fortunately, if you keep up to regular cleaning and maintenance, your guttering should only need replacing every 20 years or so. But when it comes to the all-important fitting of a new guttering system, its useful to know what you’re doing to avoid making the situation worse.

Safety first

Fitting new guttering is not an easy task and needs to be done with care and consideration. Any mistakes could cause damage to your property and yourself. First things first, you’ll need scaffold-ladders to reach the guttering. Make sure the ladder is on firm ground, not tilting, and the bottom quarter is placed away from the base of the house at a good angle.

Also, be sure to have someone holding the ladder from the base, maintaining a balanced posture inside the rungs. Try not to lean over or stretch out if you can’t reach something within arm’s length. This is one of many reasons why DIY guttering is a bad idea. It’s always best to call in the professionals for complete safety and the best results unless you have the correct training.

Removing old guttering

The type of guttering your property currently has will determine how easy it will be to remove. Plastic guttering is relatively easy to remove but if you have cast-iron gutters it can be a little tricky. Cast-iron guttering is heavy, and the edges can be sharp, so it’s unadvisable to go it alone.

Before starting the task, it’s important to assess the layout and joints in the guttering to be aware of which areas will come down when.

Hammering large nails into the fascia board underneath the section of guttering that is being taken down is one way to keep it in place. This will stop it falling as the bolts holding the sections together are cut.

Fitting new guttering

Once the old guttering is removed, the new system needs to be installed pretty quickly – especially with the UK weather! With that in mind, the new system and its layout needs to be planned properly beforehand. That includes setting the new guttering to correct falls from removing the old ones.

Testing your system

Once the new system is installed, a water test needs to be carried out to check that everything is running smoothly. This can be done by simply running a hose inside the guttering, so water will run through it. Once the water is running, the guttering can be checked for leaks around your property’s perimeter.

Leave it to the professionals

A poorly installed guttering system will inevitably lead to costly problems in future. If you’re unsure about any stage of fitting new gutters, we are here to help. DPR Roofing provides expert guttering services to make the job quick and simple, and most importantly provide long-lasting quality.

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How Do I Know If My Roof Has Been Fixed Properly?

How Do I Know If My Roof Has Been Fixed Properly?

After forking out for a roof repair or replacement, the last thing you want is to discover the job has been done poorly. Roofing is a tricky job for those without proper training and experience and should only be done by those qualified to do so.

Roof issues can often be clear and visible to homeowners, such as loose or missing tiles. But in some cases, the problems run deeper and aren’t as noticeable. So, it’s not always easy to know if your roof has been fixed properly. Luckily, we’re here to help…

The home

If you’ve recently had work done on your roof, you should immediately start to notice a difference. Whether you were suffering from damp, leaks or a lack of proper insulation, those issues should start to clear up as soon as your roof has been fixed properly.

If those problems continue once the roof has been ‘fixed’, chances are you need a second opinion. Like we’ve already discussed, some roof problems aren’t as obvious as a leak or light coming into your attic. If you suspect your roofer hasn’t done a quality job, a professional roof inspection is the only way to discover hidden issues.

The roofer

There are a few signs to look out for that suggest your roofer may not be as trustworthy as you’d like. First of all, if they claim to be a ‘jack of all trades’, they typically won’t have the skills or man power necessary to perform a good job.

If they’ve completed the job quicker than you’d expect, for much cheaper than you’d think, or you’ve not heard anything from them after attempting to get in touch, the roof repairs may not be up to scratch.

Roof inspections with DPR Roofing

DPR Roofing offers high-quality, professional roof inspections to ensure your home is in good working order. We can also repair any issues that arise, providing a safe and secure roof going forward.

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A Guide to Buying Fixer-Uppers – Why the Roof is Key

Why the Roof is Key When Buying 'Fixer-Uppers'

Whether you’re renovating and selling or just want a cheaper way to get on the property ladder, a fixer-upper is a great option. Put simply, it’s a property which needs a lot of work to make it inhabitable.

But with that comes a serious investment of both time and money, so you need to be prepared for a whole range of issues. Easily the most important, however, are the foundations and roof are easily the most important.

The roof protects your property from the outside world and its ever-changing weather. If it’s not in good shape, as is the case with so many fixer-upper properties, you could suffer from a range of issues making the home uninhabitable.

Want to know more? In this post, we explore why it’s essential to give plenty of attention to the roof on fixer-uppers.

Increased value

Even if you’re not planning on selling your home once the renovations are complete, a good roof adds a lot of value to a property. A house susceptible to leaks, colder winters and continued repairs will be worth much less than one without any issues.

If the roof is kept in good shape, without moss, algae or sags, a potential buyer can safely assume that they rest of the house has been well cared for, too. Resulting in higher valuations when it comes to selling your home.

Energy efficient

Not only will a good roof make you more money when it comes to selling your property, it will save you money in the meantime. The roof is a key component of a property’s thermal envelope. Translation? A strong, well-insulated roof will protect your home from the cold outside and keep more heat in your property.

This will make it easier to heat your home through the winter, reducing your energy bills. It’s also useful for those living in busy areas or near to an airport or motorway, as a solid roof can help to keep out some of the outside noise.

Easy on the eye

As well as keeping the inside protected, a well-built roof can transform the look of your home. After all, you don’t want people to see your house as a fixer-upper after work has been completed. DPR Roofing in Leeds can make sure your new roof is designed and constructed using the right materials to complement your property’s appearance to a tee.

Does your roof need some care?

Now you know the importance of a good roof on your fixer-upper, it’s useful to know what state it’s currently in. Roofs tend to last a fairly long time, especially with consistent maintenance. By nature, however, fixer-uppers have lacked that maintenance for some time, leaving them in quite a bad state.

While there is no substitute for having a professional roofer inspect your roof for signs of damage, you can take a look yourself for any obvious problems:

  • Do you have any damaged or missing tiles?
  • Can you see light coming into your loft/roof space?
  • Do you have any stains or marks along the top of your interior walls?
  • Is the roof sagging?

If you need any help inspecting or improving your roof, DPR are always on hand. We provide professional domestic roofing services in Leeds and the surrounding areas. Whatever the job, our team of experienced, fully-trained roofers can provide a cost-effective, long-lasting solution.

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How Often Should I Clean My Gutters?

How Often Should I Clean My Gutters?

Guttering is important to the wellbeing of any property, because it keeps water away from the walls and foundations. But it can only do that if it’s clean and clear, allowing water to run freely through and down the downpipes.

The solution? Keep your gutters clear with regular cleaning. This post looks at how often gutter cleaning is required and some important factors to consider.

Why they need to be clean

It’s not just proper function that makes cleaning your gutters essential. Leaving debris like leaves and twigs to build up will create extra weight and pressure for your gutters, which becomes worse as water is held within the blockage. This can lead to gutters cracking, sagging or pulling away, which will cost more to repair than a simple gutter clearance service.

Having your gutters cleaned is also the perfect opportunity for a health check. When professionals are clearing out your gutters, they might spot a small crack or sag emerging, which can easily be remedied when it’s caught early on.

How often to clean gutters

As a rule of thumb, gutters should be cleaned once a year to keep things running smoothly. This requires a suitable ladder, thick gloves and tools to actually clean out the gutters. A proper job will ensure water can flow freely through your gutters and prevent any problems developing in the near future.

While some property owners think it’s a good idea to clean their gutters, it really isn’t something you should try yourself. Cleaning gutters is a simple job for professional roofers, meaning they can do it quickly and safely at minimal cost. Attempting it yourself, on the other hand, could risk damage to your gutters, your roof and yourself.

Important considerations

While annual gutter clearance is suitable for most properties, your gutters may need cleaning more frequently if there are trees nearby. Trees are the most common source of debris in gutters, with leaves and twigs falling – especially in autumn.

If your property has trees in close proximity, or even around it where leaves could be blown into your gutters, it’s best to get them cleaned every six months.

You may also encounter problems if your guttering is particularly high or hard to reach. Even professional roofers could struggle to access it with ladders alone. And it’s really not worth having them try without the right equipment, as it will risk their safety and the condition of your property.

If this is the case, be sure to find a roofing company with access to an elevating work platform. This will allow them to access your gutters safely and clean them properly without any complications or unnecessary delays.

Professional gutter clearance

Gutter clearance is a simple job with the right equipment and expertise. At DPR Roofing in Leeds, we tick both boxes, with over 30 years’ experience in roofing and guttering. Our gutter clearance services will keep your guttering in the best condition, preventing any problems developing in the future.

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3 Ways to Get Your Landlord to Replace Your Roof

3 Ways to Get Your Landlord to Replace Your Roof

Along with the walls, your roof is the only thing standing between your home’s interior and the outside world. That means it needs to be in a good condition to make a home inhabitable. As a tenant, you’re well within your rights to request repairs or a replacement from your landlord.

Whether you’re experiencing leaks, sags or poor insulation, it’s the responsibility of a landlord to provide a safe and stable home for their tenants. It’s up to you to let them know properly.

That’s where this post comes in. We understand that asking for home improvements can be daunting, so we’ve put together our top tips for getting your landlord to replace your roof, making your life that little bit easier…

1. Put it in writing

The Tenants’ Voice recommends putting all requests or reports in writing (or email) to meet the legal obligations of your tenancy. Having a copy of your email or letter will always help in case of refusal or denial of the request.

2. Take photos

If your poor-quality roof is causing damage to the property or you’re finding damp around your home as a result, photo evidence is useful when making a case. Make sure you include a time stamp of the photos and note the date.

3. Complain elsewhere

If you’ve made your case to your landlord and they’re refusing to help, it may be time to take your complaint elsewhere. If the faulty roof is causing damp in your home, you can complain to Environmental Health, who will then encourage your landlord to make the change.

Professional Roofing in Leeds

Whether you’re a tenant in need of professional advice or a landlord looking for a roof replacement, DPR Roofing is here to help. We have years of experience fixing, replacing and maintaining roofs around Leeds and offering a wide range of domestic roofing services.

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For expert help and advice or for a more accurate quote speak to our friendly team today.

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