DIY Roof Repairs or Order in the Roofing Professionals?

Date: 21st February 2013

 

The biggest concern when contemplating do-it-yourself roof repairs is your safety. Many an amateur roof fixer has leaned too far, causing their ladder to slide. Others lose their balance and fall off the roof, often a great height. There is a possibility that you will cause more damage by walking over your tiles and cracking more! 

These risks are all considered and controlled under the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992 by roofing professionals.

If you are determined to repair your roof, do you know the best way to fix it? It is one thing to use a bit of silicon where a leak may be and hope that's fixed it, but it is quite another to attend to loose flashings, replace broken tiles of a certain type, replace roof ridges, affix gutter supports, and myriads of other professional roof-mending solutions.

While our roofing specialists can fix concrete or terracotta tile leaks on the spot, you might spend many days trying to figure out what's wrong and source the correct materials. 

At times it's also long-term maintenance where roof repairers have the most impact. Indeed, cleaning the roof, replacing ridges and points/end caps and general maintenance can extend the lifetime of your roofing materials. One benefit of this is your home is kept nice and dry, and another benefit is your roof looks much more appealing without replacing the whole roof.


What You Can Do Yourself

A yearly inspection of your roof is quite useful to spot upcoming problems. Rather than risk a fall or damaging more tiles, you could take a quick look into the ceiling cavity / attic from the hatch.  You may be able to spot damp wood or mould on the ceiling indicating a past leak source. Also check for rusted roofing nails or black mould, indicating a possible venting problem.

Regarding the roof itself, from afar you could spot some roof unevenness perhaps and the odd missing tile. But for other problems not easily spotted you would need a more detailed inspection from a professional. Problems could include overflowing guttering, incorrectly installed downpipes, ceramic tiles lifting off, loose fastenings on dormers, blocked valleys or tired chimney flashings (lead that provides a join between the tile and chimney or building structure), and more.

Investigating potential problems before they get worse can also save your ceilings and walls from damage.


If you do decide to get a roof inspection, Roofing Works (2010) Ltd can do this, give a quote, and then carry out any roofing maintenance needed. An honest opinion will be given. If your roof doesn’t need the work we won’t do it!