Advice Centre Articles — Roofs

Roofing problems can be among the most significant and costly that a householder may face. For this reason it’s critical to diagnose roofing issues early and to take effective remedial action before the problem escalates. Regular, preventative maintenance, such a gutter cleaning, is also important and a modest outlay here can save considerable expense down-the-line.

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Solution to a vexing Velux situation

We need to replace the roof of a “lean-to” type extension with two Velux windows at the rear of the house. The flat-tiled roof has a pitch of only 9 degrees, which meant we have had leak problems over its 15-year life. The roof size 30ft wide x 10ft deep. We would appreciate any advice on any replacement options available to us.

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How can I fix my leaky conservatory?

When it rains, water is centrifuged up under the flashing on our conservatory roof and we have to place buckets under leaks. We have tried to have the flashing fixed, to no avail. The flashing is moulded across risen beams that hold the glass roof up, so this naturally creates gaps. What should we do?

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Noisey attic water tank

A horrible noise can be heard around my home whenever the loft tank is refilling. The problem is particularly embarrassing whenever we have guests over. What would you recommend that I do?

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Will insurance cover removal of bees’ nest?

A swarm of bees has got into our house under one or more roof tiles this summer. We suspect there is honey just below our roof which is very difficult to get at. Our house is insured. If it is costly to correct the problem, is it likely to be covered by our insurance?

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I have an issue with my attic when the temperature plummets. Should I change the felt on the roof, which would mean removing the tiles?

I have an issue with my attic when the temperature plummets. I upgraded the loft installation two years ago and since then have noticed water droplet build-up on the felt. I have installed ventilation tiles into the roof but the issue still persists. The last solution suggested to me was that I should change the felt on the roof, which would mean removing the tiles. Have you ever heard of this?

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Our roof tiles are covered in moss

Our house is 30 years’ old and the front faces north. The roof tiles are covered in moss and look very unsightly. We are wondering if there is any solution to this, and if there is a product that deals with this problem.