Roofing Services Wakefield

Why is it important to clean your guttering regularly?

When conducting a roof check, many homeowners scramble to inspect things such as broken tiles, cracked or broken flashing and a build-up of water-retaining moss or lichen. Whilst these may be the most immediately apparent problems to a roof, cleaning your gutter is equally as important to your roof’s wellbeing.

Why is my gutter important?

It may not be the most glamorous part of your home, but your guttering system has the extremely important job of making sure rainwater flows into your drain and doesn’t back up in to home via the roof edge.

A blocked or cracked gutter can result in water soaking through your gutter in to your home through the walls, causing costly roof repairs in the short term and serious structural damage in the long term. An unkempt gutter can also pose a dangerous health risk to you and your family; dampness can result in mould that can onset respiratory problems, skin conditions, fevers and nausea, all of which are easily avoided by a regular gutter check.

How do I maintain it effectively?

There are multiple things you should look out for when inspecting your gutter:

Unblocking debris

This is the most obvious part of the check and also the most important. Leaves and twigs are one of the biggest causes of blocked guttering and, resultantly, expensive roof repairs. Aim to have cleared your guttering as soon as you notice it becoming clogged – your wallet will thank you later.

Trim your trees

One of the biggest causes of gutter debris is overhanging branches, as these are the primary source of both leaves and twigs. You should, therefore, aim to trim any overhanging branches within a ten feet radius of your roof so that any falling debris lands on your garden floor and not in your gutter.

Clean your roof

An essential part of maintaining your gutter is clearing any debris that’s collected on your roof itself, as this may also fall into your guttering system and result in cracks or blockages. Always engage a roofer and do not attempt such works yourself.

Run water along your roof

Once you’ve had your gutters cleared your gutter of any debris, you need to ensure that your fallpipes aren’t blocked. The easiest way to do this is to run a hosepipe along your roof; this will not only make sure there aren’t any internal blockages in your pipes, but it’ll also allow you to identify if your gutter is at a steep enough incline to allow water to run down it effectively. Check for leaks at joints and also if it overflows as will suggest the gutter is falling the wrong way.

Need more help? For advice or to arrange a professional gutter clean speak to our friendly team today. Call 01924 255 677


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Frequently Asked Questions

Q. How soon will I get my quote?
A. faqOnce we have carried out a full survey of your property we will send you a detailed quote within 48 hours.faq
Q. Are you insured?
A. faqYes. DPR Roofing Leeds are fully covered for public and employers liability.faq
Q. Is your work guaranteed?
A. faqAll work is guaranteed. The guarantee length is dependent on the type of work being undertaken and range from 1 year to 10 years. Please ask for more details.faq
Q. Can we buy equipment from you?
A. faqWhilst we provide the roofing materials for work we carry out, we are not a stockists of roofing materials and thus you cannot buy roofing supplies from ourselves and do it yourself.faq
Q. Do you sub contract your work out?
A. faqNo all of DPR's team are professionally qualified in all areas of roofing work and therefore we have no need to sub contract. We only sub contract when any additional work requires a specialist professional e.g. electrician etc.faq
Q. What if the weather is bad on the date of my works?
A. faqThe safety of our staff and your property is extremely important to DPR and therefore we would postpone any work until a more suitable day.faq
Q. Do I need to take time off work?
A. faqFor your initial survey it may be necessary for us to have access to the inside of your property e.g. to look at leak areas. However any external works where access is not required would not need you to be present.faq
Q. How long will the job take?
A. faqRepairs are usually completed within a day and renewals can be a number of days. DPR will provide you with an accurate works completion date after the survey is undertaken.faq
Q. Can we pay by credit or debit card over the phone?
A. faqYes. We take all forms of paymentfaq
Q. When are you open for business?
A. faqWe are open from 6am to 5pm Monday-Thursday (6am to 4pm on Fridays) for office enquiries and 7 days a week for emergency works. We offer 24 hour emergency assistance.faq
Q. Do you carry out insurance works?
A. faqYes we carry out insurance works for all the major providers.faq
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An Introduction to Hot Melt Roofing for Commercial Properties

1/10/2018

Using the right material is crucial to your roof’s appearance, performance and longevity. And when it comes to commercial properties, one of the popular options is hot melt roofing. But what is it? When is it suitable? And what should you consider before installing hot melt roofing? This post looks at everything you need to know about hot melt roofing.

What is hot melt roofing?

Hot melt roofing is a type of roofing that uses a hot liquid to cover a roof’s surface in a single layer. It is applied to a structural deck, providing waterproof protection for the roof. Most commonly used on commercial properties, or flat roof extensions on domestic properties, hot melt roofing has a wide range of benefits:
  • Affordable – Hot melt roofing is an affordable way to cover the typically large roofs of commercial properties
  • Speed – With the right training, holt melt roofing is quick to install. That also minimises installation costs.
  • Waterproof – It provides a water-tight membrane that keeps all rainwater out of your property.
  • Durable – The membrane is also UV resistant and can withstand any temperatures, so your roof is protected all year round.
  • Flat – With hot melt roofing, it’s possible to create a roof that’s completely flat. With the right drainage, this could be useful either for appearance or to adhere to certain building regulations.
  • Long lasting – If it’s installed well, hot melt roofing can last several decades. So, it’s by no means a compromise on the quality of other roofing materials.

When is hot melt roofing suitable?

The next thing to consider is whether hot melt roofing is suitable for your commercial property. Firstly, you need a flat roof, as hot melt roofing isn’t suitable for pitched roofs. Other than that the material is highly versatile. It can even be used on existing roofs to revitalise them with a waterproof layer. Fortunately, there’s no need to worry about the time of the year as hot melt roofing can be applied in any season. The super-hot liquid can be used in temperatures well below freezing, so a winter installation is no problem. Another important consideration is the roof on which hot melt roofing is being applied. Your commercial roof needs to be able to bear the weight of the hot melt roofing, so it will need to be inspected by reliable roofing contractors before proceeding.

Leave it to the specialists

No roofing project is suitable for DIY. That’s particularly the case for hot melt, which involves materials above 150 °C. To avoid any damage to yourself or your property – and get high-quality, long-lasting results – it’s best to get professional roofing contractors with plenty of experience. DPR Roofing is a team of expert roofers, based in Wakefield. We offer a range of commercial roofing services including robust single ply membranes for longer life and better weather resistance. Whether it’s a repair, replacement or new installation, you can rely on use to provide the best results every time.Read More
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