Roof Leak Repair & Storm Damage
Oxfordshire, Berkshire and Wiltshire
Common Signs of a roof leaking due to storm damage:
A roof is the main protection for any property and its contents, so if you suspect a leak there are some common signs to look out for and what action you will need to take …
1. Damp patches on ceilings or water pooling in the attic.
2. Missing roof tiles ie slates , concrete tiles, plain tiles, stone, ridge tiles, hip ridges.
3. Loose or damaged lead flashing.
4. Water settling in the centre of the roof causing sagging in the middle.
5. Water signs on exterior or interior walls.
6. Dampness on rafters or around the chimney.
7. Full guttering – Don’t allow leaves and moss to build up as water left in gutters will start to seep into the walls .
8. Movement of tiles and running water from the gutters or roof.
What to do next –
1. Get us to do a full assessment of your roof to confirm any suspected damage, using all our safety equipment to conduct the search.
2. Decide wether the roof needs to be replaced or a repair can be done.
3. Provide a quote and book any repairs all in the same time as our visit.
Glossary of roofing terms
Batten – A length of timber that is mounted horizontally across the rafters to secure the tiles and slates.
Counter Batten – A batten is mounted vertically up the roof lines of the rafters – normally used where the roof frame is boarded to give space.
Dormer – A vertical window built into the slope of the pitched roof.
Eaves- This is the area built at the bottom of the roof which includes the fascia, soffit and guttering .
Flashing – A weather seal, usually lead or zinc made where part of the roof abuts a vertical surface.
Gable – The vertical wall at the end of a pitched roof, an inverted V.
Hip – A sloping ridge formed by the junction of a pitched roof and hip end.
Hip End – A sloping end to a pitched roof which is covered with slates and tiles.
Rafter – A vertical, sloping timber used to form the shape of the roof – the side of the truss.
Ridge – The horizontal line at the top of a pitched roof – applies whether there is a sloping roof on both sides or if there is just one.
Ridge Tile – Normally a semi-circular or angled tile used to seal the top of pitched roofs (and also hips). Usually the tile is secured by mortar and covers the fixings and top edge of the tiles /slates on both sides .
Soffit – The horizontal board used to seal the space between the back of the fascia and the wall of the building – traditionally timber, or cement board nowadays usually UPVC with air vents .
Truss – Factory made roof frame.
Underfelt – A layer of material between the back of the slate/ tiles and the roof frame providing slight insulation and an extra waterproof barrier for any moisture. Generally lighter and more durable and breathable and more advanced Tyvek felt.
Valley – The internal angle formed where adjacent pitched roofs meet.
Verge – The wall ( or rafter) under the edge of a roof where it tops a gable end. The sides of the tiles down the verge were traditionally cemented, nowadays closing strips are available.