Everything you need to know if you are having problems with your roof
Even if you look after your roof with regular maintenance, you will likely still need to replace it. If you’re having persistent problems with your roof it will need to be replaced at some point. Its lifespan will depend on the material it is made from and the weather conditions where you live.
Problems to look out for with your roof include tiles that are missing or don’t lie flat, or if the roof is drooping or sagging, or you have a leak that cannot be repaired. A professional tradesperson will be able to assess any damage. They’ll let you know if the damage can be repaired or if you need a completely new roof.
It seems daunting as it is such a large part of the house, but it’s actually a relatively straight forward process to replace your roof. To help, we have compiled a handy checklist of everything you need to go through in the process of getting a new roof.
Here’s what you need to do
- Assess the damage
You will need a professional to come and assess the work that needs to be done. It may be possible to renovate the roof and avoid replacing the whole thing. For example, they might be able to fix the damage by retiling either the entire roof or a partial replacement. If the timber frames have been damaged then the only option is to have a completely new roof construction.
- Home insurance
You need to review your building insurance on your home insurance policy and check if the work needed is covered. Check your documents and speak to the insurance company to find out the process of making a claim. This will make an impact as they may have to sign off on any work.
- Hire a professional
From your quotes, you can decide which company you would like to complete the work. There are many factors to consider such as price, are they trustworthy and reliable, do they have good customer testimonials? Check their payment terms as well and make sure that you are paying some of the money upon completion of the work.
Work with the company to consider ways that you can save money such as reusing existing roof tiles where possible or even a roof overlay, where the new roof is installed on top of the old one to save the cost of removing the old one.
- Organise accommodation
You will need to decide whether you want to stay in the house when the roof is being replaced. It is normally possible but if you are retired and at home during the day, it is not advisable. Perhaps you can organise staying with family or friends for a few days, or even book a holiday!
How We Care Home Improvements can help you
Roof repairs and replacing a roof is something that our Trading Standards Approved handyperson service is able to take care of. We can even advise you on the whole process. We are an approved supplier to Bristol, Bath and North East Somerset and Gloucestershire councils. This means you can be sure that our work is always to the highest standard.
So, if you need any help or advice with your roof or any other home repairs, please call us on 0300 323 0700 for a no-obligation chat with our team.