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Roofers will work on a variety of different structural roofs, including flat, slate and tiled, metal and thatched roofs. Most of the work they do is aimed at protecting your home from the elements so that water can't get inside and cause damp. They'll carry out jobs like replacing lead sheeting, re-slating and tiling a roof. They can also fit new guttering and deal with the rainwater pipe to make sure that water's not running down the outside wall of a home and damaging the structure.

As well as protecting your home by carrying out repair work, they can also help you get more natural light inside by fitting a skylight window in a converted loft or above a kitchen island.

What a roofer can help with

  • Repairing or building a chimney(s).
  • Re-slating and tiling a roof.
  • Replacing fascias, soffits or cladding.
  • Fitting Velux or skylight windows.
  • Replacing lead sheeting.
  • Fitting new guttering or rainwater pipes.

To inspect the roof, it needs to be looked at from both the inside and outside. If you can see sunlight coming through a gap in the loft, you might be missing a roof tile or slate. A water stain in the loft can be a sign of a roof covering problem, and other parts of the roof, like flashing and chimney stacks can cause leaks when damaged which you should be able to spot from the street with a decent pair of binoculars. Because of this, the roof should be inspected twice a year – once in summer when you can take advantage of the sunlight and once in autumn/winter, as it's easier to spot a leaking roof after it's been raining.

How can I tell if my roof needs repairing or replacing?

Flat roofs tend to have a slope or pitch of less than 10 degrees and have a reputation for leaks. Sometimes the gradient isn't steep enough meaning that it can sag and allow rainwater to pool on the roof, before making its way into the room below. If a roof's more than 20 years old, it's probably due to be replaced. Newer roofs can still get damaged which is why they should be inspected twice a year. Thatch roofs tend to last a lot longer – between 20 and 70 years – however they face additional fire risks. To reduce this risk, you should have chimney stacks inspected and sweep the chimney regularly.

Costs for common roofing jobs

We surveyed our tradespeople to give you an idea of the amount you can expect to pay for common roofing jobs. The costs below are an approximate national average and based on a 3-bedroom property.

Some typical jobs Low High
New flat roof (where the roof's the main roof) £2,500 £4,500
New slate/tiled roof (where the roof's the main roof) £4,500 £7,000
Flat roof repairs (pooling water) £400 £800
Flashing repairs/replacement £200 £400
Laying woodchip or gravel £250 £650
Slate/tiled roof repairs (missing or slipped slates/tiles) £100 £300

Different types of roofs

If there's a leak in my roof, does the whole roof need to be replaced?

Whether your roof needs replacing depends on the location of the leak. It might look like there's a leak in one place but water can make its way to a different part of the roof. If there's a leak, a roofer will be able to determine what needs doing. Often, it's the flashing and not the roofing material itself that's damaged, so a roof may only need to be swapped for a new one if it's old and likely to need replacing sometime soon.

Planning permission for roofing jobs

Roofs can be altered without planning permission as long as:

There are different rules that apply when you extend or alter a roof beyond these conditions. They come under "the enlargement of a dwelling house consisting of an addition or alteration to its roof" and tend to apply to loft conversions. You can find more information on these rules and rules for other projects at the Planning Portal.

Building regulations for roofing jobs

If you want to repair or re-cover less than 25% of a pitch or flat roof, you won't normally need to submit a building regulations application but you will need approval if:

Info correct at time of publishing, head to the Planning Portal to check the most up to date information.

Insurance for roofing work

There's no legal obligation for roofers to be insured but many choose to purchase public liability insurance so they're covered in the case of an injury or accidental damage to a property.

Questions you should ask a roofer

See the latest questions that homeowners have been asking roofers

Roofing tips

Find more tips on protecting your home from water damage and how to maintain your roof in spring and autumn. For design tips, discover how to increase your home's natural light with skylights.

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    Roofer

    Guttering leaks

    Added 23/03/2017

    Guttering at rear of house is leaking - it needs fixing.

    £250
    NE30, Tynemouth

    Roofer

    Replace cracked roof tile

    Added 23/03/2017

    Services required: Slate / Tiled roof repair Repair: missing / broken tiles/slates On: the...

    £100
    ME13, Abbey

    Roofer

    capping chimney pot

    Added 23/03/2017

    capping chimney pot on roof and sealing it so no water can come down

    £100
    TN35, Fairlight

    Roofer

    Lead flashing

    Added 22/03/2017

    Lead flashing needs replacing on single storey extention roof

    £250
    B65, Langley

    Roofer

    Replace slipped roof tile

    Added 22/03/2017

    Services required: Slate / Tiled roof repair Repair: slipped tiles/slates On: the main part...

    £100
    MK10, Middleton

    Roofer

    Roof tile

    Added 22/03/2017

    Services required: Slate / Tiled roof repair Repair: slipped tiles/slates On: the main part...

    £100
    PE24, Thorpe St Peter

    What other homeowners are saying

    Roofer
    Posted by Linda on 03/24/2017

    Friendly and professional did a great job. Would recommend. Was here within time stated and the job was completed within an hour. First class

    Roofer
    Posted by Jon on 03/24/2017

    Professional quote, did exactly what they said they were going to and didn't charge any extra. Actually had to do more work than was originally quoted but did it without charging me any extra. Would certainly use them again.

    Roofer
    Posted by Lianne on 03/24/2017

    I was really impressed with the service, PDM kept me informed, they were reliable and hardworking. I would certainly recommend them to a friend/ family

    Roofer
    Posted by Nathan on 03/24/2017

    Neil gave a good and fair price for the job to be completed, the chimney repair job was completed quickly and efficiently within 2 days to a high standard, I would definitely recommend R Pillings & Sons they trustworthy and I wasn't asked for any money until the job was finished which is always an extra vote in confidence. I had a few different quotes from various builders but went with Neil in the end because I felt he was the right man for the job! Great Service would use again

    Roofer
    Posted by David on 03/24/2017

    If only all tradesmen could be like Matt. He was prompt polite and efficient. He detailed everything in writing and his price was very reasonable. I would have no hesitation in recommending him and would definitely use him again.

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