As we enter the Spring and the weather starts to improve, many of us begin to consider home improvements. Whether it is to improve the kerb appeal of our homes, increase property value or it’s simply a question of “keeping up with the Jones’ “. Roof repairs are a great way to go. According to studies in the UK, a new roof can have a 63% return on investment ( This is Money ) while drastically improving the appearance of your home. What’s more, nearly 70% of potential buyers say that kerb appeal is a huge factor in the buying journey.
So, by repairing or replacing your roof you will simultaneously make it look fresh and increase the value of your home. It is a win-win situation. But you need to get in right!
Whether you choose to repair the roof yourself or contact a local tradesmen, this guide will help you spot and avoid the most common mistakes when it comes to roof repairs.
Are Roof Repairs A DIY Project Or Do I Need A Professional Roofer?
DIY roof repairs can appear at first glance a relatively simple and quick task to perform, especially if only a few tiles need replacing. How hard can removing and replacing roof shingle be? So before you unpack your ladder just yet, or contact a local roofing contractor, let’s explore the most common mistakes when it comes to roof repairs. More importantly, let’s see how you can avoid them.
1. Identifying where a leak starts
Spotting a leak or a damp patch is a typical tell-tale sign that your roof has been compromised. However a lot of property owners fail to recognise that a leak coming from a ceiling doesn’t always pinpoint the epicentre of the damage. The water may have entered from a totally different spot. It can then travel along your pipes and internal structures before it reaches a flat surface. It can then start to pool and penetrate your ceiling.
So, although the damp patch shows where the water is now, it doesn't show how it's getting into your home.
2. Misdiagnosing the root cause of the issue
If we take the example above, replacing a broken roof tile may appear to solve the problem. However that could be only a cosmetic fix. While you may have found where the leak started, you have to consider that you didn’t know there was a broken tile in the first place.
You may have only noticed the damp patch recently, but the possibility that there has been further damage is likely. For example while the water may have entered through a broken tile, the root cause could be that the underlayment is damaged thus allowing the water to travel deep inside your home potentially causing costlier structural damage.
3. Ignoring the loft space
If a leak has found its way into your living areas it stands to reason that on it’s journey it travelled through your loft. This makes checking the loft imperative. What you see as a small patch of damp in one room could be a full blown disaster in the loft space.
If your internal structure has been exposed to water for extended periods of time it’s possible that wood rot has set in.
Wood rot can lead to mould which spreads quickly and can be harmful for you and your family. Mould spores can attack the respiratory system and while it’s not fatal, it is extremely unpleasant to think you are breathing in mould spores. Not to mention mould is unsightly and costly to remove.
4. Lack of experience & poor workmanship
Whilst we all like to save money, skimping on quality craftsmanship can come back to bite you in the long run. If you are inexperienced and opt to go down the DIY route you are asking for trouble. Not to mention risking your safety!
If you don’t know what you are doing and take shortcuts you will inevitably require further roof repairs and incur a greater cost down the line.
If you decide to hire an unlicensed roofing contractor you might also be asking for trouble. Ask yourself whether you would rather pay for multiple cheap fixes where the problem is only masked and not remedied. Does this really sound like a suitable and cost effective solution?
Sure, you might save a few quid doing it yourself or by using an unlicensed contractor. But think about how easily it could go wrong. A few minor mistakes could cost you thousands of pounds worth of damage.
Do you really need that kind of stress when it could be done right the first time?
Are you considering repairing your roof?
Hopefully this short guide will have given you some basic but important knowledge when it comes to handling roof repairs. If you are considering contacting a local roofing contractor then it’s highly advised to seek the services of a roofing company accredited by the Competent Roofing Scheme to ensure you are in safe hands
This guest post was submitted by Dan Maxwell of Bristol roofing contractor Clifton Roofers Ltd