Category Archives: Roofing Tips
Roof inspections for new homes

Roof inspections for new homes

Roof inspection

When you look into buying a property, you want to make sure everything is in order.

The roof can be an expensive outlay if there are structural defects or hidden problems that need fixing. These are the things you need to know before you buy!

  • Roof covering – Age – expected longevity – condition comparable to similar properties – suspected leaks
  • Ridge tiles – Mortar condition – ridge iron check – ridge tile condition
  • Guttering and rainwater systems – Type – life expectancy – problems or blockages – damage or cracks – leaking joints or unions
  • Valleys and gulleys – Fatigue splits – life span – poor repairs – mortar condition if present
  • Chimney stacks – Brickwork and mortar condition – loose chimney pots – worn chimney flaunching – flashings type and condition
  • Flat roofs – Flat roof condition – flat roof decking checked for soft spots – roof covering and life expectancy
  • Roof windows and Skylights – Install quality – flashing check – cracked glass or fogging of units
  • Dormer roofs – Covering – condition – longevity
  • Roof structure – External and internal checks for – roof sag – roof spread – Purlin support and condition – internal light – condensation issues – ventilation – wall plates – tie bars and condition

Nobody wants to be surprised with a £20k bill for roofing works, so why not stay one step ahead of the game and order your roof inspection with Universal Roofing?

We’ll even refund the cost of your inspection, should you decide to use Universal Roofing to take out any work on your new property.

We can’t say fairer than that!

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Are you prepared for the coming winter?

It’s been a nice year for weather so far but we have to face it, the long summer days are dwindling and winter begins it’s steady march back as we enter September 2014.

It’s not all bad though,  we have cosy nights in, fireworks, scary halloween masks and the big guy with the white beard will be spreading joy across the land (but only if you’ve been good all year!)

If you’re a homeowner, you’ll know that it’s wise to keep an eye on maintenance. One very important part of your home is your roof. Your roof is the first defence against the elements so we need to make sure all is well before the cold temperatures really hit.


Here’s a few tips that will help ensure you are protected against the elements:

Roofline: Check your gutters are flowing freely, your soffits are sealed to avoid birds nesting and your roof tiles are all sound. Think about using mesh or gutter guard to prevent leaves from blocking your gutters and pipes. You can also get ‘bird cages’ to place over your running outlets.

Brickwork: make sure your pointing is not crumbling and allowing damp to enter your property and have a look at all exposed areas. Some walls see a lot more action than others, depending on which way they face.

Ridge Tiles: Make sure all your ridge tiles (the highest ones) are secure as these can become loose over time. There are dry fix options available.

Patios and driveways: Check for loose block-paving and make sure your drains are flowing well. Remove any weeds.

Santa needs a safe way to bring your gifts this year…

Fibreglass Roofing Solutions from Universal Roofing

Are you thinking about using fibreglass for your flat roof?

This video from CureIT will help you decide if it’s right for you.


We’ll happily quote and advise you the best solution for your flat roof problems.

uPVC Replacement or over-clad fascia and soffit?

For our first post, we’ll be talking about your ‘Roofline‘ area.

It’s called roofline because it’s the area at the base of your roof and runs around the property perimeter. In most houses, you’ll usually find the guttering screwed to the fascia boards. The soffit boards are the area under the fascia board and are sometimes vented. Venting can also be placed above the fascia, called ‘over fascia vent’.

Have a look at the image below:


When it come to replacing fascia and soffit, there are two main methods;

Method 1: Nail 10mm ‘L’ shaped coverboard over the existing timber fascia.

Method 2: Remove the existing fascia and replace with a minimum of 16mm thick uPVC fascia boards

Method 1 should only be used if the existing wood is sound and has been well maintained. If the timber is rotten, you will only be adding to the problem by increasing the load on the boards.

Method 2 is always a better option as sometimes the rot cannot be easily seen. 16mm thickness and above are suitable to nail directly to the rafters and can support the weight of guttering without additional support.

Be careful of traders offering to replace your fascia when they only ‘cap over’ the existing boards. You could be paying too much and only delaying future problems as opposed to solving them. In some extreme cases, it has been known for traders to fit 10mm as replacement – this thickness board is simply NOT SUFFICIENT to directly nail guttering to (the minimum is 16mm thick). Swish Building Products are one manufacturer and can be found here:

Remember: 10mm is for capping over, anything over 16mm is for replacing. Make sure you know what material is being used on your roof! It’s not the brand that’s important as most manufacturers use similar materials to produce uPVC boards, it’s the thickness of the boards and their correct application. The boards are usually fitted using 50mm or 65mm ‘ringshanked’ nails with white heads to match the boards.

At Universal Roofing and Building, we always try to advise our customers in their best interests to ensure your roof is well protected and well maintained. If you need advice, contact us using the menus above.

Our NEW ‘Roofing tips’ category

Thanks for taking a look at this new area.

We’ll be bringing you handy maintenance tips on how to keep your roof performing the best way possible and things to look out for. The roof is the most vulnerable part of the property and yet it’s the most important part to take care of but don’t worry, we’ll help you keep things working as they should and we’re happy to give our customers free advice without obligation.

We care about our work and we care about our customers!