Keeping an eye on your roof

What you should look for

Spotting these early warning signs can prevent more expensive problems.

Tiled roofs

  • Damp or leaks may signal a cracked or slipped tile.
  • If a tile has blown off, it should be replaced quickly to prevent water from penetrating the felt underneath. Also, more tiles can be dislodged in high winds if there is one missing.

Flat roofs

  • Cracks or splits round the edges.
  • Sagging – as water builds up boards can break under the weight.
  • Damp patches on the ceiling – the roof may have a tear.

Stand back and check your flat roof from the ground periodically. If you spot uneven lumps, repairs may be needed.

Roof repairs

An experienced DIYer may be able to fix small problems on one-storey buildings.

Cleaning out gutters at lower levels will allow water to flow away, but most jobs are best left to professionals.

If you do go up a ladder, have someone with you and make sure the ladder is secure.


Annual roof surveys

It's a good idea to have your roof and gutters inspected each year. We can carry out a Inspection and clear gutter for £60