Black Friday’s Top Tips

With Black Friday later this week, everyone is offering deals to save you money. With Autumn in full flow and Winter well on its way, rain and wind can cause expensive damage to your home.

 Whilst we have no deals for Black Friday, we will offer you the opportunity to save yourself money throughout the years. The pictures used below are the result of failing to act early. 

As a Black Friday treat, we are going to post our Top Tips for inspecting your own roof. 

To assess your roof, the best place to start is indoors.

  • First, look at the ceilings and look for any damp patches, dark marks, or bubbling of the plaster/paper.
  • Next check the loft area, ideally during sunlight. Missing tiles, holes in the roofing felt, etc., can be seen easier during sunlight, and will appear as bright spots. It is also important to check the timber work whilst in the loft. White water trails/marks can appear on rafters. Also notice if any of the timbers are starting to sag, or have darker spots on them.

Figure 1 – A stained ceiling caused by a damaged roof


 After checking the inside, you need to check the exterior, which can be done from the floor. Use a pair of binoculars to help you see the roof in greater detail.

  • Look for any missing, slipped, or broken tiles. Tiles can slide into the gutter, so looking along the gutter line is an easy way to quickly check for obvious missing tiles.
  • Tiles start to flake and disintegrate, particularly during cold weather. Water enters small cracks in the surface of the tile, before it freezes and expands. This is seen by small orange flakes scattering the tiled roof.
  • Freezing water can also cause mortar to crack and disintegrate. Check all mortar work (such as ridges and hips) to make sure that the cement hasn’t disintegrated away from the tiles. This can result in a loose ridge tile which can cause damage to the rest of the roof, particularly in strong winds.
  • It is also important to regularly check and clean the gutters. Leaves, dirt, debris, and even tennis balls can all end up in a gutter, causing it to block. A blocked gutter can cause a leak due to the overflow of water needing somewhere to go.
  • Additionally, moss can cause a problem to your roof. Moss has the tendency to cling onto tiles, and burrow its roots deep into the tile. Moss can hold a vast amount of water. This then adds to the probability of a tile cracking.

Figure 2 – Flaking, broken, and missing plain tiles.

Whilst looking at the roof, it is also important to check the leadwork. 

  • The lead must be sealed properly in a brick chase. Missing mortar, or sealant, is a sign that it is not sealed sufficiently. The lead flashing will also start to slip or pull away from the brickwork.
  • If possible, check to make sure that the lead has not started to crack and/or tear. This can happen as lead expands and contracts over time due to temperature changes. If lead is used in a long piece, this movement can cause the lead to split.

Figure 3 – Lead flashing with a split down the centre. Mortar from the above brick join is disintegrating.

If you notice any of these problems, do not hesitate to contact us. You can do so by completing our online form; emailing; or ringing the office on 01342 835181.


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