Roofs are made to help protect a properties interior from damages. Roofs should be routinely inspected to avoid major repairments or damages to occur. By waiting for something to happen before getting it checked could end up costing you way more than if you were to get an inspection before. At Roofpro we are qualified to give your roof a professional and in depth inspection.

Here are a few signs you should definitely get a roof inspection

Indicators of a Damaged or Lost Tile

Tiles are increasingly popular amongst domestic properties. If you notice a leak from your ceiling or damp patches, this may be due to a cracked or lost roof tile. Water would have slipped through the gap and into the underlying felt.

Damp Patches

Not even flat roofs are immune from water penetration. If you are experiencing damp patches in your ceiling it may be due to a tear or crack in the roof. To be able to really tell, getting a professional inspection is essential. You won’t be able to catch it from ground view.

Safety

It’s always better to get professionals to check your roofs as it may not be safe to ascend a ladder to do it yourself. At Roofpro we have years of experience navigating roofs and climbing those heights in a more controlled way.

Also if you have no knowledge or experience you could be doing more harm than good to your roof. Also handling certain chemicals and materials can be damaging if not handled correctly.

Weather

When the weather is warm it is best to get an inspection or roof repairs. Not only is it safer for roofers but it’s also the best time for certain roof types to be installed.

Roof is More Than 10 Years Old

If you’ve never checked your roof since you moved into the property and it’s over a certain amount of years old, it’s best to get it inspected. This is for your safety and to ensure you wouldn’t need to pay out more if any major damages occurred. Likely over a course of a certain amount of years the roof will need replacing or repairing.

Have you noticed any of the above? Or just want an inspection just in case? Get in touch today and book your inspection now.

skylight installation

Whether it’s for style or lighting up a room there are plenty of reasons to install a skylight (often used interchangeably as roof lights). However, choosing the right one for your property can be overwhelming. After all, it’s important for you to figure out which light is best for you and the environment to achieve the perfect look and feel for your home or commercial setting.

In this blog, we’ll break down everything you need to know before choosing to install a skylight.

What is a Skylight?

A skylight is designed to maximise the amount of natural light entering a building – often achieved through a glass or polycarbonate pane taking up part of, or the entire roof.

Skylights also have the added benefit of lowering your carbon footprint and electricity bills, along with the bonus of getting more air circulating through a particularly stuffy room. However, there are multiple things to consider before buying a skylight.

Roof Types

Firstly, does your property have a flat roof or a pitched roof? A flat roof lends itself to more styles: Opening, fixed, walk-on, lantern style lights etc. On the other hand, a pitched roof is far more suited to Velux and Conservation style lights.

Types of Skylight Materials

The two most common materials which are best suited for a skylight are glass or polycarbonate. Glass is the most popular choice, favourited for its clean aesthetic and quality. Polycarbonate is the more cost-effective choice, and is mainly popular within commercial properties due to its price and durability/toughness. In terms of the frame, you can pick metal, timber or PVC. Metal is popular amongst period properties, barn conversions and contemporary houses. The main metals being steel and aluminium. Timber is common but, getting onto the roof to maintain the timber can be tricky. However, timber-aluminium composites, can offer the look of wood inside but are lower maintenance outside. PVC is a low-maintenance option; however, this will not provide the slim frames that metal is capable of or the natural look of wood.

Types Of Skylights

Time to breakdown the different types of skylight and how they can improve the look and feel of your property.

Pitched

Having windows in a pitched roof instantly transforms the space inside. Not only does it reduce the need for artificial lighting but brings a rare openness to your living space. Pitched roof windows happen often with a loft conversion and turning an existing loft space into a habitable room with a view. How the environment looks is dependant on placement of the window and where the sun is facing.

Velux Style Conversion

This type of window opens on a pitched roof like a door. Perfect for loft conversions, open air showers and more. They’re really good for those summer months where you can create an open-air shower effect in your bathroom!

Flat

Flat skylights are a good way to add lots of extra daylight into a room. They are suited more to rooms with flat roofs above. Flat skylights are quite flexible in terms of shapes, sizes and specifications.

Fixed

A fixed skylight works like a basic roof window that typically won’t open. It is an attractive feature to have in the home to naturally get more light in a south-facing room, whilst being a hugely cost-effective option.

Opening

This type of skylight works like a basic window fitting – it props up open to allow more light into your room. A perfect step up from a fixed light if you want a similar effect. Also, it allows some fresh air to circulate through the room.

Walk-On

A walk-on skylight is a larger pane of glass that usually doesn’t open. It’s sturdy enough to walk over from the top and is commonly used in commercial properties.

Lantern Style

This is a pitched and pointed rooflight in the style of a lantern. A stylish, modern option for those trying to get as much light into a room as possible.

 

Hopefully, this has helped you reach a decision on what skylight would suit your home best. If you’re looking for help with skylight installation in London, RoofPro can help. We’ll ensure the best service across the capital, so get in touch today for your free, no-obligation quote.