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Pitched and Flat Roofs in Durham
Our Roofing Company Explains How to Avoid Unexpected Roof Repairs When Buying a House

When buying a property, the last thing you want is to move in and discover problems with the roof, because roofing issues can lead to more serious property damage, which may have already occurred. The moving process is already stressful enough, so our Durham roofing company is here to help make sure you don’t have yet another thing to worry about. In this guide, we explain what to look for in pitched and flat roofs when buying a new home, helping you avoid having to arrange and pay for roof repairs, or even reroofing, after you move.

From solar panels to new roof installations, the roofers at Rob Little Roofing Ltd know everything there is to know about flat and pitched roofing systems. Whatever house you are looking at, you can apply these tips to avoid any nasty surprises. Of course, it is always best to hire a professional to carry out a thorough survey of the roof, but there are plenty of checks you can make yourself to give you an idea of roof condition.

Inspect from the Outside

Pitched roofs are easy to inspect from the ground. Walk around the house and look closely at all areas of the roof, including the roofline and any chimneys. Our roofing company advises buyers in Durham to pay close attention to the following, which will require roof repairs:

  • Cracked, dislodged or missing tiles

  • Loose or cracked mortar

  • Damaged lead flashings

  • Damaged or rotten fascia boards

  • Damaged guttering

  • Damaged mortar on gable end verge tiles

Flat roofs are harder to inspect without climbing up a ladder, but you may be able to get a good view of extension and garage roofs through an upstairs window. We recommended looking closely at extension roofs because these can be a key area for roofing issues.

You should inspect any roof features or installations, such as skylights and solar panels, to ensure there are no obvious problems around these.

Roof Age and Material

A basic understanding of different roof materials will help you work out how long a roof is likely to last before it needs reroofing. Ask the current owner how old the roof is and what material it is made from.
Here is a guide to materials and their lifespans:

  • Slate - 50 to 150 years

  • Clay tiles – 50 to 100 years

  • Concrete tiles - 40 to 80 years

  • EPDM flat roofs – 40 to 60 years

  • GRP fibreglass – 20 to 30 years

  • Felt – 10 to 20 years

Proper maintenance is vital to getting the maximum lifespan from a roof. You can probably tell how well a roof has been cared for, but you can also ask what maintenance has been carried out in the past, including any roof repairs and work on solar panels.

Our team in Durham and the surrounding areas also advise you to bear in mind that roofs on extensions and main properties are likely to be different ages.

Check the Loft

If possible, it is worth having a look in the loft space. You will want to examine the roof for visible sunlight, cracks and signs of damp. These can indicate underlying issues with the roof. Although not always too serious, these problems will need addressing immediately. Such concerns can also require quite extensive work, such as reroofing, to return the integrity of the roof and resolve any property issues which have occurred as a result of water ingress.

If you are unsure, always ask the advice of a reliable roofing company, such as Rob Little Roofing Ltd.

Call 07541148131 for services relating to pitched and flat roofs in Durham and the surrounding areas.