Roof Surveys and Inspections
Why Roof Surveys and Inspections are important?
Roof surveys and inspections are essential to the safety of both residents and tenants. This is done to make sure that there is no damage to the roof. If you have a flat roof that has got damaged, then it can affect your whole home or building if not dealt with properly. Most people have experienced leakage problems in their flats when it rains. This usually happens when the roof got damaged from a storm or accident and it is time to call a professional flat roofer to your home or building to do some repairs before things get worse.
For you to be sure that you have a sound roof, you need to have regular checks done so as not to cause any form of damages to your home or building. You need an inspection and survey of your roof before you go ahead and replace it altogether with a new one. Your survey will determine the state of the current roof which you can then work on in order not to waste money replacing something that is still good.
What is a roof survey?
A roof survey is also known as a building structure survey. It is an inspection that is done to the entire building's infrastructure to determine its current state. Building structure surveys are not necessary when buying or selling a residential home but they are very helpful for commercial buildings, especially in cases where there has already been some visible damage to the property.
Is a roof survey necessary?
Roof surveys are necessary for both residential and commercial buildings where there have been some noticeable problems. This is vital for the party that will be occupying the building. It is also often considered by property owners who wish to either rent or sell their properties.
What does the roof survey include?
A roof survey includes an assessment of any damage or wear and tear to the building's roof. It aims to determine where exactly this damage has occurred, whether it needs immediate repair, what repairs are needed and how much the cost would be for these repairs. The survey will also often include recommendations on how to prevent further damage from occurring as well as advice on cleaning methods.
How would a surveyor inspect a roof?
A surveyor will climb onto the roof and walk or use a scissor lift to get an overall view of the exterior. They will look for any problems such as leaks, loose tiles, damage to flashings and rusting on metal parts. They will determine if there is any work needed in these areas and provide advice on how to fix any problems.
In some instances, a house surveyor will not want to risk getting up onto your roof. They are trained not to go on roofs for safety reasons. As many roofs can be dangerous even for the most skilled of individuals, it would not be fair of them to put themselves at risk trying to check out your roof.
What does a survey cost?
As with all building work, the price is dependent on the size of the roof and what type of work (if any) needs to be carried out. A simpler inspection may only take an hour of the surveyor's time, whereas more complex surveys can last anything from three to five hours. The price of a roof survey is around £200 to £300 for a simple inspection or roof condition report, with an additional £75 to £100 per hour if work needs to be carried out.
What can I do myself?
People often attempt to fix problems themselves when their roofs require attention. However, the disrepair of roofs is not always visible from street level. Repairs can cause serious problems if work is not done to a professional standard or if materials are incompatible with each other (e.g. roof tiles and roofing felt).
The risks of attempting home repairs include:
How often should a roof be inspected?
Most people have a roof inspection once every five years. It is advisable to have your roof inspected by a qualified roof surveyor before you embark on any significant work (e.g. extensive re-roofing, major repairs or alterations).
A roof is the largest part of a building that is hidden from view and its condition can be easily overlooked for many years. It is not always apparent when damage has occurred. It may well show up as cracking to interior walls or ceilings or misaligned doors & windows. If the problems are not addressed in time you may find that more extensive work will be required which could cost you much more than if structural damage had been identified earlier.
Should I have a roof inspection after adverse weather?
Early warning signs of weather damage are not usually apparent, even to the homeowners. By providing a professional roof inspection, these problems can be detected earlier before they can turn into larger more expensive issues.
Does a house survey check the roof?
A house survey is a detailed inspection of the entire property. Most house surveys include free roof surveys or inspections. This means an up-close visual check of the condition of your homes' roof and chimneys both inside and out. It will also lookout for any signs to indicate current or future problems.
Why should I get a survey?
A roof survey is the best way to very quickly determine if there are any major or minor issues with your home that you might not be aware of. Most house surveys, which will include a roof inspection, come complete with an easy to understand report on everything found no matter how big or small so you can make any decisions around work required.
Contact the team at Cheltenham Roofers for a free no-obligation roof inspection quote or if you have any questions about your roof.