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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