House Roofing offers domestic and commercial roofing services in Bristol, Bath, WSM and surrounding areas.
We have compiled the most frequently asked questions (FAQs) in our industry.
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Roof Repair FAQ includes Roof Repair Cost, DIY Roof Repair, Roof Life, Roof Hail Damage, Water Leak Detection, Roof Replacement, Roof Types etc.
What Color Roof Should I Get?
The colour roofing you select should complement the rest of your home. This should be a secondary consideration to what type of material you choose for your roof. Be sure to get a colour guide or brochure for the type of shingle you select to see what is available.
Finding a Contractor:
How Can I Choose the Right Roofing Contractor?
Be sure to get a detailed quote from your roofer, and make sure it shows everything that was discussed on it. You should also ask for referrals and speak to some former customers. Make sure that the roofer cleaned up after themselves, finished the job when they said they would, addressed any issues in a timely way, and kept to the contract. Make sure that you trust whoever you hire to do the job correctly the first time.
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What are the most important things to consider when replacing or choosing a new roof?
Pitch : to determine what products you can use, determine the pitch of your roof. If you need help working out the pitch of your roof, give us a call.
you must make sure that the product you wish to use meets local planning requirements if applicable.
Weight : structural support may be required depending on which material you want to use for your new roof. Taking the weight of your chosen roof covering into account before making your final decision, can save you time and money. Slate is beautiful but very heavy.
How much does a new or replacement roof cost?
This depends on a variety of different factors such as size, complexity, location, product, fittings etc.
As an example, re-roofing a typical semi-detached property with clay tiles could cost anything between £3,500 and £5,500.
To get the best deal, get a range of quotes from several roofing companies and ensure you know exactly what you are being quoted for. If you like the look of a particular product for your new roof, don’t be afraid to ask for it.
What are the different types of roof covering?
There are many different types of roof coverings that are available to you, and all of them have designs and properties that are best for different styles of house. The main types of roof covering are:
Interlocking Tiles – Reduces the need for overlapping
Clay Tiles – Great for curves and intricate details
Stone Tiles – Thicker and more expensive than conventional tiles
Concrete Tiles – Vast range of colours and textures
Slate Tiles – Simple, economical, and widely available
Metal Roofing – Durable and adaptable
Thatched Roofing – Traditional and sustainable
Shingled Roofing – Rustic and can be aged
If my roof is leaking, do I need to get it completely replaced?
Just because your roof has a leak, does not mean it needs a complete re-fit. A leak usually stems from a loose or broken roof tile. However, a complete roof system failure, or a generally unsafe roof, will need a complete re-fit.
What are the warning signs that my roof needs replacing?
There are quite a few different signs that your roof is on its last legs. If you believe your roof is showing any of these signs, then it’s time to call in the experts.
Your roof has not been replaced in 20-30 years, which is the average life of an asphalt shingle roof.
Your tiles or shingles are cupping (the shingles turn upwards) or clawing (the edges stay flat but the middle starts to turn upwards).
There are entire tiles or shingles missing from your roof.
There are roof granules in your gutter.
Your tiles or shingles are cracked.
Light is coming through your roof and can be seen in your attic
The roof is sagging in an area, which could indicate a structural issue
How long will it take to re-slate my roof?
It really depends on how big the roof is. It could take up to three weeks on a standard semi-detached property.
Will I have to move out of my home while the roof is being repaired?
Only in very exceptional circumstances, such as when the roof is very structurally unsafe. Otherwise, you can stay at home.
How can I as a homeowner recognise when a roof system has problems?
Leaks are often the first sign that something is wrong. Make sure you inspect your roof and gutters twice a year. Look out for cracked, warped or missing shingles or excessive surface granules accumulating in the gutters – these can all be visible signs that your roof has a problem. Indoors you should look out for bubbled or peeling wallpaper, cracked paint, discoloured plasterboard or anything out of the norm. Remember, the longer you leave a problem the more expensive the solution is likely to be.
Can I do work on my roof myself?
Most work should not be done by you. Even cleaning gutters can be dangerous. And please don’t use a jet wash to clear moss off your roof (it may not be dangerous for you but your tiles won’t like it). Professional roofing contractors should carry out most works as they are trained to safely and effectively repair or replace roofing systems. You could damage or further damage your roof by attempting to carry out the work yourself and possibly cause yourself injury doing so.
What should I do if I notice cracked tiles on my roof?
Cracked or broken tiles are unfortunately a common occurrence. When they do occur we recommend that they are removed and replaced as soon as possible to minimise damage to sub-structures. When replacing damaged tiles, it’s important to use tools such as cat ladders and crawl boards to spread out your weight so as not to damage any more tiles. We also recommend that you do not put yourself in any danger, so call a professional roofing service (like us!) to ensure your safety and that the job is done properly.
Do I need planning permission to re-roof my property?
In normal circumstances, it’s unlikely you’ll need planning permission to re-roof your house or to insert lights or skylights. The permitted development rules allow for alterations subject to the limitations and conditions below:
Any alteration to project no more than 150 millimetres from the existing roof plane.
No alteration to be higher than the highest part of the roof.
Side facing windows to be obscure-glazed; any opening to be 1.7m above the floor.
The permitted development regime for solar panels has different limits on projections and in relation to protected areas.
There are exceptions. If your house is within a conservation area or world heritage site, then there are stricter guidelines to follow.
Q: How does rain run off a flat roof?
A: Flat roofs are generally built with a slight incline so that rainwater can drain away into the gutters. Basically flat roofs aren’t always absolutely flat.
Q: How do I maintain my flat roof and what should I inspect?
A: Inspect the roof twice a year in March and November – ideally soon after rain or snow so you can check that the water is draining away. Before you attempt any inspection ensure that access is safe. If you’re unsure of the condition of the deck do not step on the roof. If you do need to step on the roof use a sheet of OSB3 or Plywood to distribute your weight evenly.
Q: My flat roof is leaking. Can it be repaired, or do I need a whole new roof?
A: If it’s obvious what’s caused the leak, and the rest of the roof is okay, then a minor repair is probably okay. This sort of random patching up isn’t guaranteed though. That said, if the whole roof is in poor condition, or you need a warranty, then a full replacement (or possibly an ‘overlay’ – see below) is the best thing to do.
Q: How do I find a reputable contractor?
A: Asking around for local roofers with a good reputation in the area is a good place to start. Ensuring they are members of the appropriate trade association or the competent Roofer scheme is also advisable.
Q: The contractor wants me to put insulation onto my roof – do I need to? If so, where does it go?
A: Thermal Insulation reduces heat loss through the roof, and saves energy during the winter. It also keeps your house cooler and more comfortable in the summer. This is now a requirement of Building Regulations (Part L:2006). If you are putting up a new building or a new extension, or you’re repairing or replacing more than 25% of an existing flat roof area, then YES – you do need to upgrade by including a layer of thermal insulation.
What is an EPDM Rubber Roof?
An EPDM rubber roof is an exceptionally durable roof made from a synthetic rubber roofing membrane. An EPDM roof is usually fully adhered onto a flat surface and has a proven life expectancy of 50 years.
How long should a Rubber Roof last?
Because an EPDM rubber roof is made from rubber, the material cannot be affected by the sun’s UV and ultraviolet rays as well as standard weather conditions such as snow, rain and wind. If maintained properly, an EPDM rubber roof can last in excess of 50 years.
How do you fit a rubber roof?
Fitting an EPDM rubber roof is an easy and simple process; however, steps have to be taken to make sure the rubber roof is effective. With the use of adhesives and sealants, the EPDM rubber roof is bonded onto the surface, with wrinkles gradually smoothed out.
Are EPDM roofs any good?
EPDM rubber roofs offer a wealth of benefits that traditional roofing materials don’t offer. The main benefits of an EPDM rubber roof are that they’re incredibly long-lasting, extremely easy to maintain as moss and algae don’t grow on it and it’s environmentally friendly as the EPDM is made from recycled rubber and materials.
Can EPDM be used on a pitched roof?
Flexi Proof EPDM rubber roof can be used on low, pitched roofs. Our installers are experts in bonding the rubber membrane on low-pitched roofs. We’ve successfully installed countless EPDM rubber roofs onto pitched roofs.
How much does an EPDM roof cost?
The cost of an EPDM rubber roof is dependent on the size of the roof and the Thickness you want to use. Our 1.14mm Flexi Proof EPDM membrane costs £7.25 + VAT per square metre. With our EPDM flat roof kit calculator, you can get a better understanding of how much an EPDM rubber roof costs.
I have a leak from my roof, can it be repaired or do I need to have it replaced completely?
The majority of the time yes it can be repaired, Leaks can appear from loose sections where the roof has been damaged. However, if the roof has been installed incorrectly from outset or using the wrong materials then the damage is usually unrepairable. This will require the replacement of a full roof system.
What causes a roof to wear out?
There are a number of factors that can cause this, Severe weather, Direct Sun, Algae and mildew growth and hailstones to name but a few.
Do I need to pull my roofing membrane tight if it isn’t supported?
When you leave a drape it creates natural valleys for any excess water to run to the eaves and away from any nail penetrations on the rafters. This is one of the reasons it is recommended against pulling your membrane tight if it isn’t being supported advise a nominal 10mm drape as per BS 5534.
Should I replace my roof before I list my home?
According to Better Homes and Gardens, a whopping 40 percent of a home’s curb appeal is due to the condition and aesthetic of the roof. When selling your home, if your roof is in bad shape or in need of major repairs or a replacement, you may have a lot of trouble getting people to bid on your home.
A lot of buyers these days are on a budget and don’t want to spend money on major repairs after they just bought a house. Replacing your roof before you sell can help you get ahead of trouble while still recouping most, if not all, of the costs when you sell.
What is the best time to replace a roof?
While there is no official “roofing season” and roofers work all year round, summer and fall are usually busier months for most roofing contractors. Factors like snow, rain, ice, and sleet can impact how quickly roofers can safely and effectively get your roof finished, which is why dryer, warmer months are when most people opt to get their roofs replaced.
However, replacing your roof in the winter or spring could result in a quicker install due to more availability and less demand.
Can the Firestone RubberCover™ EPDM membrane be ballasted?
Yes, it is possible to cover the membrane with gravel, pavers or bankirai wood but the membrane must always fully adhere to the substrate. Firestone recommends the use of a protective geotextile (polyester 300 g/m²) between the membrane and the ballast.
Can Firestone RubberCover™ EPDM be combined with a Green Roof System?
Sedum vegetation can be placed over the RubberCover EPDM membrane, provided that a root resistant geotextile is used between the vegetation and the membrane. A distance of 30 cm must be taken in account between the vegetation and every roof installation detail.
Can I walk on a Firestone RubberCover™ EPDM roof?
The roof can be accessed for periodical maintenance. In the case of regular roof traffic, the membrane must be protected with pavers.
Are any precautions required during installation?
Firestone Bonding Adhesive and Firestone QuickPrime Plus can only be used in well-ventilated areas. Both products must be kept away from ignition sources. Do not smoke when using. Firestone recommends wearing gloves when applying Firestone QuickPrime Plus. For further information, please consult the Safety Data Sheets and/or the information shown on the product labels.