How to Fix a Damaged Flat Roof
For homes and buildings with a flat roof, you might be concerned about how you will replace this type of roof in the future. Our team of roofers in Buckinghamshire and South London are highly experienced at flat roof replacement and will be here to guide you through the process from start to finish. Let’s take a look at everything you need to know about flat roof options and materials to support this process.
1. How to Locate Damage to a Flat Roof
First step is to locate where the roof damage has originated from. For example, if you have a leak then determine how far the leak is from the 2 closest walls. Finding damaged areas on a flat roof can be tricky because the water tends to drip some distance before you see it. It's best to wait at least 72 hours from when the leak has dried up, preferably in the evening. Temperatures drop at night, so heat will be released from underneath your flat roofing meaning that it will gently steam.
To get an estimation of where leaks stem from, go inside your home. Find spots that look wet or discoloured from water damage, then use a tape measure to determine their relative positioning under the roof. In particular, look for any low spots with rings of dirt, which indicate pooling water was there before.
2. How to Temporarily Fix a Leaking Flat Roof
Putting in a temporary fix is great if you need to buy yourself some time, you can use this time to pack away any possessions to keep them from getting damaged. The best way to do this for a leaking flat roof is to use waterproof paint to seal over the area. It's best to check that there are not other areas contributing to the leak, otherwise this method will be pretty useless and make things more complicated for you in the future.
3. How to Properly Fix a Flat Roof
You should not attempt to climb up or out onto your own flat roof. This is incredibly dangerous and is a reason for why we exist! We highly recommend calling our roofing specialist team to come and investigate any slope areas, punctures, tears or cracks. Based on the type of damage, we will look to either seal cracks or holes, apply roof patches, reseal the roof or replace it completely (depending on the level of damage).
4. Different Ways to Repair a Flat Roof
The most common types of flat roofing we see are; Fibreglass (GRP), Rubber, Felt and Concrete. Felt being the most popular in the UK. Felt is great for roofing as it's cost effective and easy to install. That being said, it has a high risk of damage and especially leaks.
In terms of repairing a felt roof, it depends on the type you have and what the damage is. It's common to see split felt, lifting joints, impact damage, broken flashings or fissures in the surface. As it is a cheap roofing material, it's best to replace the entire roof. This will save you money in the long run, otherwise it's very likely you will have to constantly repair it over time.
The best way to repair a felt roof leak is to use acrylic-based waterproofing paint. This is a really effective method and works well on split felt and lifting joints. However, if your flashing is retreating then we would recommend redressing it to restore the waterproof seal. Long-term we would recommend using a patch of torch-on roofing felt, or adding an additional layer to your felt roof. This is something our experienced team would take care of as it can be highly dangerous due to hot flames.
5. How Much Does it Cost to Repair a Flat Roof Leak?
The exact cost of repairing a leaking flat roof will depend on the size of the problem. If you’re looking to undertake a full flat roof replacement to repair the leak, that could cost you anywhere from £200 to over £1000 depending on the size of your roof.
Need your flat roof looked at? Call us on 020 8144 9985.
As dark nights and mornings start to take over and the winter chill settles in, you may notice that snow and frost has started to settle on some roofs but not others.
This can be a sign that roof space isn't well insulated and therefore heat can escape through the loft, with a simple solution being to ensure that loft insulation is installed correctly.
It's not just the roof that you need to think about, the rest of the house is also important. We are all familiar with facing challenges of achieving comfort in winter, especially during this cost of living crisis. A lot of us will face low temperatures in rooms, cold internal surfaces, low thermal comfort and unwanted cold draughts. These combined with condensation, humidity, bad indoor air quality and increased heating costs create a highly expensive, unhappy and unhealthy winter for those suffering.
It's highly important to ensure that internal surfaces are kept warm and to limit heat loss as much as possible. You can find options for electric heaters that are cheap to run here.
As winter causes external temperatures to be lower than those indoors, the whole building envelope needs to have good thermal insulation – and good glazing if possible – to prevent heat leaking through walls, roofs and floors. For example, an uninsulated house can lose up to 60% of heat through external walls, doors and windows and up to 30% through roofs.
We understand that it can be a huge cost initially, but improving the thermal characteristics of a building, following a clear sequence of measures, starting with the airtight installation of modern windows and doors followed by the professional installation of thermal insulation on external walls and around windows, really will benefit you long term and keep costs down.
Good thermal insulation on the external side of walls, supported by heavier building material layers on the inside will achieve the most stable indoor temperatures. These measures should be followed by the installation of thermal insulation in the roof or loft and then insulation in the ground floor or basement ceiling if applicable. As a general rule, external wall insulation should be thicker than basement ceiling insulation and roof or loft insulation thicker than that of the walls.
To learn more about how insulation can make your home more comfortable, not just in the winter months, continue reading.
When talking about insulation and comfort, many people think of the regulation of a building’s temperature – helping to keep it warm in the winter months and cool in the summer.
How does insulation work for comfort?
Insulating areas in a building where there could be potential air leaks helps to prevent uncontrolled condensation, and it is also a cost-effective way to cut heating and cooling costs. Air leakage contributes to moisture problems and condensation can develop into mould, spores, mildew or microbial organic compounds that can affect occupants’ health and the structure’s durability. According to the NHS, this can lead to respiratory problems, such as asthma, or even affect your immune system.
Therefore, a well-insulated, airtight building improves comfort and creates a healthier indoor environment, providing the insulation is installed correctly and it is combined with a controlled ventilation system to maintain air quality.
Where should I insulate my home?
It is important to insulate all elements of a building’s external fabric to prevent air leaks and condensation from occurring.
Scotts Roofing Limited: Emergency Roof Repair in Buckinghamshire & South London Areas
Requests for roof repairs have started to ramp up for us these past few weeks, with more heavy rain settling in roof leaks and other issues are expected to rise all over the country. Not only is it a huge inconvenience, but it can also cause a lot of damage to the inside of your home, making it extremely dangerous (especially around electrics).
We know how distressing this can be, but we're here to help.
Whether your roof has just started to leak, causing damage to your home, or you feel your home runs the risk of new or further damage then call us today on: 020 8144 9985
We provide roofing services in the following locations and their surrounding areas: High Wycombe, Beaconsfield, Gerrards Cross, Denham, Seer Green & Jordans, Cookham, Maidenhead, Windsor, Wimbledon, Twickenham, Croydon, Balham, Fulham, Clapham, Tooting, Richmond.
1. What is a roofing emergency?
A roofing emergency is damage to a roof that requires immediate attention.
Of course, these are the most extreme roof repairs that we see. You may also need urgent roof repairs if you have lost some tiles from your roof due to high winds and heavy rain. Maybe you’ve noticed a couple of cracked tiles that will soon let water in and damage your roof, or that your gutters are overflowing due to a blockage somewhere in the system?
2. Types of emergency roofing repairs
With many years of experience working on all types of roofs, we know a thing or two about repairs.
EMERGENCY ROOF SEAL
Due to the variety of different roofs now adorning buildings and homes and the variety of materials used, the team at Scotts Roofing come prepared for all eventualities. The two most common types of roofs that we receive emergency calls for include pitch and flat.
EMERGENCY FLAT ROOF REPAIRS
Water lingering and pooling on flat roofs is the main issue that often causes considerable damage to properties. If gutters and drainage systems are blocked, water can often pool around and form on flat roof structures, which in some instances can leak into the property. That’s why flat roofs must be robust and durable, with gutters cleared and clean of all leaves and debris. A quick temporary roof repair in this instance can include putting a tarp over the top of the roof before a full and more robust repair can be carried out.
EMERGENCY PITCHED ROOF REPAIRS
Often vulnerable to extreme weather conditions, pitched roofs can fall victim to fallen branches or trees that cause damage to tiles and even to the roof’s overall structure. Our expert professional team is always on hand to offer solutions and repair any problems. Note: It’s always important to make sure there are no overhanging branches or trees within easy reach of your roof.
Depending on the damage, type of roof, and current environmental factors will depend on whether we can provide you with a temporary fix or a full repair. However, we will always guarantee to secure your roof structure and will never leave your roof stranded or in worse condition.
We aim to stop you from suffering additional losses through roof damage while keeping costs to a minimum. We cover all eventualities, and we’re ready to assist you day or night, seven days a week, 365 days of the year. Our team prides itself on our extremely high level of service and our high-standard emergency roof repairs.
How to Avoid Unwanted Roof Damage
Damage to your roof is something that none of us want to experience. When a roof does become damaged, this can impact your family’s health and cause further damage to the inside of your property. Of course, you’ll want to regularly inspect your roofing for any damage, especially after severe weather conditions. However, by following the tips listed below, you can reduce the chance of unwanted roofing damage.
1. Deal with Overhanging Trees
Weather conditions have a huge impact on roof damage, which can be heightened by overhanging trees. By maintaining or removing dangerous greenery nearby your property, you will reduce the chance of it potentially falling onto your roof and/or breaking any guttering. Doing so will also protect any tiles from breakages and mould growth that may lead to leaks and further interior damage.
2. Use Starter Shingles to Protect from Extreme Weather
Think ahead where you can to protect your roof, even if it means checking the weather forecast. If you spot any loose shingles then you can add roof cement below individual segments to prevent them from falling off during a storm. You could also use starter shingles, these are placed at the edge of the eaves and gutters of your home. They are specifically designed to resist wind damage and protect the edge of the roof and to provide a guide for the correct placement of all the other shingles.
If it's the case where you regularly spot shingles falling off your roof, we would recommend completely re-roofing your home. We can provide high-quality shingles, which offer improved wind resistance, a stronger water barrier, and are UV light-resistant.
3. Check Your Loft
If you're only going into your loft once a year to get the Christmas decorations down, we suggest you reconsider. Loft spaces are generally safe and easy to inspect, doing so can help you discover any potential damage to your roof. Check for light spots coming through the roof from outdoors when your lights are off, this will help you to identify any cracks in your roof, which may cause leaks during bad weather. We also recommend checking your insulation for any signs of wear and tear, this can happen as a result of leaks; you can read more on insulation here.
4. Regularly Inspect Your Roof
We naturally do it, but try not to abandon your roof until you notice a big problem. It's always safer and better in the long-run to arrange regular professional assessments. This can save you a lot of time and money as you can maintain good up-keep of your roof and avoid emergency roofing call outs. This is where we can help, our team are available to carry out routine checks, we can schedule this in for you via enquiry form, email or phone.
Please do not attempt to climb onto your roof yourself, this is highly dangerous. Our team have years of experience and health and safety training under their belt to carry this out in the safest way possible. During their visit, they’ll complete an assessment on your roof and complete any required small repairs. If they do find a major issue, they’ll discuss the available options so you can decide whether a replacement or repair is the best solution.
We recommend having someone come out to your home once or twice a year to check on your roof; Autumn and Spring are usually the best times for these checks. Outside of these checks, if you notice any damage to your home, or it has been subjected to severe weather conditions, it's best to call our roof repair specialists straight away.
5. Consider the Age of Your Roof
We have experienced many cases where new home owners have not considered the age of their roof when moving into their property. In general, roofs are designed to last between 20 to 30 years, after that you'll begin to notice more unwanted roofing issues. To keep in mind the age of your roof, you will be able to provide it with the care and attention it needs for the next few years.
When moving into a new home, always ask the previous owners if they’ve had the roof replaced or if they know when it was last inspected or replaced.
Preventing unwanted roofing damage is something that any homeowner today should be considering. This can save you a fortune in the long run while also protecting the inside of your home from further damage. We always encourage you to book a regular roofing assessment at least once a year, which can help to identify any damage to your roof and prevent further issues from occurring.
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The UK is set to experience some extremely cold weather in Winter 2022/23. While this unusually cold and damp weather can be enjoyed in the day, many of us struggle to sleep in uncomfortably cold bedrooms at night. We're here to help you understand how insulating your loft or roof can help you save on energy bills.
Why does my home get so cold in Winter?
Lofts get very cold in the winter, with temperatures often -5 degrees Celsius. As the sun rarely shines directly onto the roof’s dark surfaces throughout the short days, heat is absorbed and radiated into the roof space. Without adequate insulation, this temperature accumulated in the daytime can quickly transfer into any bedrooms on the upper floor.
How does insulation help me save on energy bills?
Insulation offers many benefits, reducing heat loss, minimising energy bills and improving our contribution to protecting the environment. By adding insulation to walls, roofs, ceilings and floors, you will be able to reduce your energy bills as it will help your home retain up to 80% of the heating and cooling that would otherwise be lost. It enables you to stay warm in the Winter and cool in the Summer.
Is the cost of installing or repairing insulation worth it?
The answer is yes, the money you save in the long term will be substantial.
How can you stay warm in the winter?
Minimising condensation and moisture is a good starting point for keeping warm in the winter. Insulation of hot water pipes and boiler connections to hot water cylinders will help manage internal gains.
How can I insulate my home?
To insulate a cold house, the best thing to do is purge heat through ventilation. Although easier said than done – particularly in an urban setting – doors, windows and rooflights should be opened to encourage a cross-breeze that replaces the air in the building. This is best done at night, when the air outside is more likely to be cooler than the air inside the house.
We also recommend measuring your existing loft insulation. It should be at least 270mm thick. Next, check that the insulation is laid evenly across the loft space and by redistribute it if necessary. If any areas still need a top up, our specialists are on call, so get in touch and we will allocate one of our loft insulation installers to schedule a free onsite inspection and quote.
What are other ways I can save on energy bills?
You can find ways to save energy in your home with this Gov.uk energy saving tool which gives recommendations for home improvements that could make your property cheaper to heat and keep warm.
Do Scotts Roofing Limited offer roof insulation services?
At Scotts Roofing Limited, we offer insulation solutions for roofs and lofts that contribute to thermal efficiency, fire safety, acoustic performance, and comfort of buildings. We are committed to making your home or building more comfortable for its occupants.
If you want to learn more about how you can create a more comfortable home or workspace then contact our team today.
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