The cost of roof repairs

Your roof is your first line of defence against the weather.  A minor leak can quickly escalate into a major problem – and one that can prove very expensive.

It’s often not the roof repair itself that costs the money, but the knock-on costs of repairing interior ceilings, insulation and even furniture that gets damaged when rainwater finds its way in.

Roof repairs may be covered by insurance, but often they are not, so it really is up to you to make sure you regularly check the condition of your roof and act immediately if you think there is a problem.

Check your roof regularly (and particularly after high winds).   Use binoculars to get a close-up view.  You are looking for any missing or cracked tiles, any chunks of mortar falling off and any suggestion that your chimney has started to lean.

You should also check gutters and downpipes.   The most common cause of damp patches in walls is leaf-choked gutters or blocked or damaged downpipes.

If you do spot any damage, get a specialist roofing company to check it out at once.  A minor leak left without attention can lead to rot in the roof timbers surprisingly fast.

Unless the problem is very straightforward (such as a blocked gutter) it is worth asking the roofing contractor to check the condition of the whole roof.  If it is nearing the end of its life (and roofs do not last for ever) then it may not be worth repairing just one section. 

For major roofing jobs, always get more than one quotation and ask the contractor to itemise the quote in detail so that you know exactly what you are buying and so that you can compare quotes accurately.

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