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Quite honestly it’s the last thing I want to spend my money on. Pouring hard earned cash into something as inanimate as a roof often feels worthless and let’s face it, dull. But as a fully fledged grown up I guess it’s something I have to come to terms with and to get on with, particularly as our 100 year old Victorian semi has a roof leak. Several in fact.
A Leaking Roof
When we moved in 12 years ago, the survey said we needed roof repairs, and probably would need a complete new roof very soon. Of course 12 years later there is still no new roof because I’m waiting until we can afford the loft conversion. What would be the point of renovating the roof now when it would need redoing should we build a dormer on the side of the house. Surely we’d replace the roof then?! Yes but the problem is we have sprung some leaks. We’ve had a few over the last few years and have managed to patch them and stop any damage to the bedrooms but the torrential rain over the last few weeks has really shown us that we need to get on and get them fixed before Winter kicks in.
Roofing and roof repairs aren’t always at the top of our priority list but leave it too long and should you need to sell your home, it will need some fast work or buyers might go running. You may not realise it but it’s a great way to add value to your home and ensure you don’t lose out on any potential sales.
When to do it
So when’s the best time to undertake roofing repairs and who should you get in to do it. It’s exactly that which we are contemplating now. It makes perfect sense that we should tackle the roof right now when the weather is warmer and mostly dry, to give the repair company time to fix the holes before the cold weather arrives. Who wants to be in a house when the roof is off and temperatures are below freezing? I know I don’t. But of course, it’s the age old problem. The weather is good so we don’t see the problems. They go out of our mind and we forget that we really should be doing something about this NOW whilst we have the chance. A couple of years ago our 25 year old boiler packed in which meant we had no heating and no hot water for about 3 weeks. Thankfully this happened in the summer which meant we obviously didn’t need to worry about the lack of heating, and could put up without the hot water for a while. But had this happeneind in the depths of Winter, it would have been a completely different story. My point is, take the opportunity to make the alterations now whilst the weather is good, and you won’t be kicking yourself in the Winter when you have rain pouring down your daughter’s bedroom walls and none of the roofing repair companies will come out and fix it.
Finding the Right Person
And where do you find the right person to do the job. We’re quite lucky in that we’re members of a Skills Exchange in our area which I’ve talked about before and we do have a very capable, well regarded roofer that we can call on. But he gets busy and there may be a wait so we’ll be looking around for personal recommendations too. If you see a house in your neighbourhood undergoing roofing repairs it’s always worth asking the owner if they’d recommend the company. Referrals go a long way to ensuring you get a reliable company to do the job.
So as it’s now raining again I’m off to check on the bedroom walls, and to make that all important phone call!
This post was written on behalf of Top Job Roofing