Is My Roof Suitable for a Loft Conversion?

Is-My-Roof-Suitable-for-a-Loft-Conversion-A loft conversion is a great way to increase your home’s living space without having to move to a new house. However, not every roof is suitable for this renovation.

In this post, we’ll look at some of the main factors to consider when it comes to your roof and a loft conversion.

What are the key considerations?

Minimum head height

By and large, most roofs are suitable for a loft conversion. The main consideration is their head height. Put simply, this will be the height of the ceiling when the room is converted.

If you have a traditional roof with inverted ‘V’ shaped rafters, you’ll need a minimum of 2.2 metres at the roof’s highest point. However, if your roof is trussed (with a ‘W’ shape) it will need to be at least 2.4 metres at its highest point. Generally roofs with trusses are not able to be converted without significant expense in renewing the whole roof and its structure.

Roof pitch

Another concern for many homeowners is the pitch of your roof. Ideally, it should have a pitch of an deal 30 degrees. A lower pitch will mean lower head height in the centre of the loft space, while a higher pitch will provide a larger roof space.

In the UK, most roofs are between 25-35 degrees, so this shouldn’t be an issue.

Floor space

As well as measuring the height and pitch, consider the floor space on offer. A loft conversion is quite an investment, so you’ll want to make sure you get a room that’s worth the effort and expense. As a general rule, we would say no smaller than 5x5 metres as you have to factor in how the roof slopes lower towards the room’s perimeter.


What’s actually in your roof space? Some roof spaces will be obstructed by the chimney stack, for instance, which could eat away at the loft space on offer. Others will store a water tank in the roof space. While not immovable, this is worth considering when planning the conversion.

Planning permission

The next issue is whether you need planning permission for your roof. In most cases, we have good news. Roof spaces can be converted without any permission and can even be extended by up to 50 cubic metres – or 40 cubic metres for terraced properties.

However, you will need planning permission if you want anything to protrude from the slope of the roof, such as a dormer or balcony. Always check with the council first before starting the journey to a loft conversion.

Listed properties and conservation areas

It’s worth noting that the permitted developments described above don’t apply to listed properties or those in conservation areas. These houses are protected from any changes to their structure, which are generally only accepted if they are in the interest of preserving the property. With that in mind, it’s unlikely a loft conversion would be approved on a listed property.

How can we help?

DPR Roofing is a team of expert roofing contractors in Leeds. If you’re thinking of converting your loft, we can assist with a new roof that maximises the space of your conversion while staying within the permitted development parameters.

We also offer domestic roof repairs, if you simply need your roof fixing when converting the loft.

Get in touch today to arrange a no-obligation quote.

8 Benefits of PVC Guttering

8 Benefits of PVC Guttering

8 Benefits of PVC Guttering

It may fly under the radar, but guttering plays a pivotal role in helping your building look sharp and perform at its best. While gutters were traditionally made from tin, aluminium or wood, modern polyvinyl chloride (PVC) technology has marked a new era of strength, durability and value for money.

Want to know more? Here's why you should consider PVC gutters for your next project…

1.   A global choice

One of the most widely produced synthetic plastic polymers in the world, PVC is an extremely versatile material. Factories churn out around 40 million tonnes of PVC every year which is used to fashion everything from shoes and raincoats to vinyl flooring and of course, gutters.

2.   Quick to install

Lightweight and easy to install, PVC gutters bring down the initial costs of labour. Each section simply snaps into place which drives down installation costs and gets your gutters secured and in place as quickly as possible. Should your PVC gutters experience any damage, the costs of repairing will also remain low.

3.   Cost effective

PVC gutters are cheaper than metal/timber which gives them a cost-effective edge. They also come in a variety of different styles and qualities which means you can customise your look to suit your budget and desired aesthetic.

4.   No painting

PVC gutters allow you to say goodbye to flaking paint, wet rot, metal scratches and rusted metal. Instead, PVC gutters are incredibly water resistant and will never rust, corrode or rot. The material is smooth and doesn't need to be painted which keeps maintenance to a minimum.

5.   Easy to clean

Attempting to clean gutters yourself can be incredibly time consuming, not to mention dangerous. It's always best to enlist the help of professionals. But it's no secret older gutters can be tough to clean and result in higher labour costs. PVC gutters overcome this problem with a set-up that's quick and easy to clean for professionals.

6.   Strong and durable

PVC gutters are made from moulded plastic which makes them significantly stronger and more durable than their metal and wood counterparts. The lack of welded seams means you eliminate the risk of corrosion and instead enjoy the durability of a single unit. The added strength also means PVC gutters are more capable of withstanding the weight of snow and ice. In fact, PVC gutters are manufactured to flex and bow with extra weight.

7.   A neat and tidy aesthetic

If you value clean lines and a streamlined aesthetic, PVC gutters are just the ticket. Unlike metal gutters they aren't prone to bends and dents. Instead, they're flexible and durable which means your property will continue to look immaculate.

8.   A customisable choice

Because they’re made from plastic, you can also customise the shape and colour of PVC gutters to suit the style and finish of your building. While custom orders will likely increase the overall cost, the flexibility is often worth the extra outlay for many clients.

Guttering in Leeds

With so many benefits on offer, it's no surprise PVC gutters are gaining popularity across the UK. If you’re looking to repair, replace or simply clear your gutters in Leeds, DPR Roofing can help. We’re a team of roofing experts, offering a range of professional guttering services to Leeds and the surrounding areas.

Why Summer is the Perfect Time for a New Roof

Why Summer is the Perfect Time for a New Roof

Why Summer is the Perfect Time for a New Roof

If your roof is in desperate need of repairs, the earlier you can get it done, the better. However, if there’s no rush, you can choose the ideal time for you. What about summer? In this post, we’ll explore why summer is the perfect time for a new roof…

Less chance of rain

In the UK, we can never really rely on the weather to be completely dry. But the chances of it raining in summer are significantly lower than they are during the winter months. On top of that, the cold winter weather can cause frost and freezing issues, cracked tiles and disrupt the installation of a new roof.

So, not only will the summer make it easier to install your roof, the installation is more likely to get completed on time, with minimal disruption to your life.

Reduce your costs

In the winter, a healthy roof can reduce your heating bills and increase the energy efficiency of your home. By replacing your roof in the summer, your home will be completely winter-ready. That could save you hundreds on your energy bills in the upcoming months.

On top of that, the longer daylight hours and better weather in the summer gives roofers more time to work on the project, meaning the roof can be installed quicker. Whether you have to take time off work or arrange a neighbour to be around for your installation, you can spend less time at home with your roofers and more time at work earning money.

Convenient timing

Autumn is generally the most popular time for homeowners to replace their roof. But if you replace your roof in the summer, you’re far more likely to be able to choose a convenient time for you, without worrying about fitting into the contractor’s busy schedule.

Most homeowners may postpone their roof replacement until after the summer holidays, when their children are back at school. Instead, you can make the most of the freed-up schedule and choose dates that fit around you.

Safer to repair

Without the rain, wind and cold winter weather, repairing roofs can be much safer in the summer. We don’t advise anyone to attempt to replace their own roof without proper training and experience, as there’s a massive risk of injury and a bad job been also. However, even with roofing contractors’ extensive training and experience, the whole job will be safer in dry conditions.

Local roofing experts

At DPR Roofing in Leeds, we have over 30 years’ experience replacing roofs for domestic and commercial properties in the local area. Whether it’s a single home or multiple offices, our local team of roofing experts can make sure your property is at its best with a new roof this summer.

Gutters are something that many property owners put to the back of their mind. After all, they’re just troughs draining rainwater, right? Wrong. Gutters play a vital role in keeping your property safe and structurally sound. But despite their importance, homeowners still cut back on the cost of gutter cleaning.

Why Having Your Gutters Cleaned Could Pay for Itself

Gutters are something that many property owners put to the back of their mind. After all, they’re just troughs draining rainwater, right? Wrong. Gutters play a vital role in keeping your property safe and structurally sound. But despite their importance, homeowners still cut back on the cost of gutter cleaning.

Gutters are something that many property owners put to the back of their mind. After all, they’re just troughs draining rainwater, right? Wrong. Gutters play a vital role in keeping your property safe and structurally sound. But despite their importance, homeowners still cut back on the cost of gutter cleaning.

In this post, we’ll discuss why having your gutters cleaned should be at the top of your to-do list – and how it could even pay for itself in the long run.

Gutter function

To understand the importance of guttering, it’s best to explain exactly what gutters do for your property. Essentially, the pipes surrounding your property act as a protective tool, keeping rainwater and debris away from your home. The primary function of gutters is to collect rainwater from the roof and guide it safely away from the foundations of your property.

So, if your gutters have a blockage, whether that’s leaves, a tennis ball or even a dead animal, the water simply won’t have anywhere to go. The gutter will then fill up with rainwater, eventually overflowing onto the foundations of your property, leading to serious complications.

If the water level is excessive or your foundations are weak, the water could get into your basement or roof space. At this stage, wet floors are the least of your problems. Foundation repair is extremely expensive, and leaks open you up to the risk of mould, leading to further health and property complications that are costly to fix.

Cleaning frequency

Getting your gutters cleaned is extremely important to protect your property. With further issues coming at a much higher cost, you could save yourself thousands with regular maintenance. But just how often should you ring the professionals for a clean?

The frequency of gutter cleaning is dependent on a number of factors. If you have a number of trees hanging over your property, for instance, you’ll need to increase how often you clean your gutters as they may get clogged up more frequently. Typically, however, most professional roofers and guttering companies will recommend you get your gutters properly cleaned twice a year – once in the spring/summer and again in the autumn/winter.

DIY or professional?

For some, the cost of hiring a professional to clear their gutters may seem redundant. But attempting to go it alone can be risky for those without experience. Gutters tend to be high off the ground, putting you at risk of a fall, or even leaving your gutters in a worse state than they were to begin with.

Hiring a professional will save money in the long run. At DPR Roofing in Leeds, we can clear your gutters quickly, effectively and without breaking the bank. With our years of experience and knowledge, we can repair any damages and ensure your gutters and roof are in great shape for the upcoming seasons.

A Brief Introduction to Skylights

A Brief Introduction to Skylights

A Brief Introduction to Skylights

Skylights are an attractive addition to both new and existing homes. They’re an excellent source of natural light, and a great way to make your home look more spacious. However, they don’t come without their potential problems.

In this post, we discuss the pros and cons of skylights and how to keep yours well maintained.

What is a skylight?

A skylight is any overhead window that allows natural daylight into your property. They are built into the roof, creating an open space and letting in an abundance of light. Skylights have been a feature in properties for over 2000 years, with the oldest skylights being found in Ancient Roman buildings.

In those days, skylights were seen as a sign of wealth, luxury and opulence, installed on religious, royal or ceremonial buildings. Today, however, skylights are much more popular in all types of property.

Pros and cons of skylights

Of course, just like all other building features, skylights have their fair share of pros and cons…


The biggest benefit of skylights is that they let in plenty of natural light, which gives spaces a more open, airy feel. The addition of a skylight can make small rooms appear much larger, make dark rooms brighter and make humid rooms airier and better ventilated. Modern skylights can also improve the aesthetics of your home, giving it a contemporary, stylish look. Another major benefit is an emergency fire escape which could save lives.


Despite the obvious advantages of skylights, they can cause homeowners some grievances. Low quality or old skylights, including glass or iron fittings, can cause UV damage on furniture, wallpaper or flooring in the room. They are also prone to condensation and leaks. Even well-fitted, modern skylights can leak over time if they’re not maintained.

How to maintain skylights

If you’ve weighed up the pros and cons and decided that a skylight would suit your home, there are a few maintenance factors to consider. Firstly, as skylights are highly prone to leaks, you need to make sure you get regular roofing inspections to prevent property damage.

Consider the materials and installation of the skylight too. Velux fittings are the most commonly used option, but are prone to installation mistakes which can result in leaks or condensation.

Poorly installed flashing around the skylight can also contribute to the likelihood of leaks, so it’s important to ensure everything is properly installed, maintained and regularly inspected.

Speak to an expert

If you’re considering having skylights (Velux windows) installed, it’s important to do your research and make sure your home is suitable. Many companies may claim to know what they’re doing but when it comes to it, leave you with a costly and damaging roof feature.

The team at DPR Roofing in Leeds have over 30 years’ experience maintaining properties in the local area. We can carry out comprehensive roof inspections, checking that your roof is suitable for a skylight or ensuring your skylight has been properly installed and maintained.

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.


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…


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.


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.

Need More Help?

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

Call us on 0113 335 0043

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.

Need More Help?

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

Call us on 0113 335 0043