Most homeowners do not know much about their roof and tend to ignore it unless there is a problem. As it is a bit of mystery to people, here are just some of the common questions we are asked about roofing problems and maintenance.
How can I find a leak from outside?
Unless there is a gushing torrent, then it can be hard to pinpoint where the water is coming from. Wherever you notice the problem, it is important to find the source as soon as possible. From outside you may be able to use binoculars to have a close look at the roof to find any slates or tiles that have slipped or cracked. For parts of the roof that can’t be seen from the ground, a drone is great way of having a look without resorting to ladders.
How can I spot the leak from inside?
The easiest way to find a leak from indoors is to wait until it is raining and go up to the loft and look for any drips. Take a torch and the water will reflect the light, showing you where it is getting in.
Should I remove moss from the roof?
Depending on your point of view, moss on a roof can be either an eyesore or add a rustic charm to your property. Some people will tell you to get rid of the moss and others will say it doesn’t do any harm and it’s best to leave it alone. If you do choose to remove it, a moss killer and a brush is preferred to jet washing, which can damage the tiles. Try asking advice from a roofer who has local experience and they will be able to offer you different solutions to the moss problem.
Can I fix it myself?
Roofing is different from other forms of DIY, for a start it is a long way off the ground and very dangerous if you do not have appropriate training and equipment. It may be tempting to try and save yourself some money, but the truth is you are more likely to cause further damage that will cost more to repair when you finally get a professional roofer in.
How much will a new roof cost?
This will depend on the size of the roof and the materials you choose, costs start at around £5000 for a pitched tile roof on a 3 bedroom semi-detached, slightly more for a slate roof. The more expensive slate will protect your home for up to 125 years, slightly cheaper tile will last around a century but both are a good investment. A new roof will reduce your energy bills and add value to your home as well as keeping the wind and rain out, so it can be a wise move to have it replaced.
The experience and knowledge gained by Randles Roofing and Building Services over their 6 decades in roofing and building qualify them to answer any other questions you may have. Our family run business can advise you on what’s best for your roof, so please contact the office and we will get back to you as soon as possible.