10 Essential Roofing FAQs Answered

How often should my roof be inspected?

Ideally, inspect your roof at least twice a year, in spring and autumn, to ensure it's in good condition and to address any minor issues before they escalate.

Can I repair my roof myself?

Minor roof repairs might be manageable, but for safety and quality reasons, it's best to hire a professional roofer for more significant issues.

How do I know if my roof needs replacing?

You may need a new roof if signs include extensive leaking, sagging, missing or broken tiles, and daylight shining through roof boards.

What's the lifespan of a typical roof?

Depending on the material, roofs can last: 30-40 years without needing to be replaced.

How long does it take to replace a roof?

A complete roof replacement can take anywhere from 2 to 14 days, depending on the size of the roof and the materials used.

Will a new roof lower my energy bills?

Yes, modern roofing materials are designed to improve home insulation and ventilation, which can help reduce energy costs.

Do I need to be home during roof work?

No, but make sure the roofer has access and knows about any specific instructions or concerns.

How much will a new roof cost?

The cost of a new roof varies widely based on the size of your roof, materials chosen, and labor. A detailed quote from the Harpers Roofing team will be given upon inspection.

Is a roofing permit required?

In some cases, yes. But we will handle obtaining the necessary permits for your roofing project.

What is the best material for my roof?

For UK homes, slate and tiles are popular choices due to their durability and resistance to the British weather. The best option depends on your home's style, your local climate, and budget considerations. Slate offers a timeless appearance and longevity, while tiles provide versatility in colour and design.