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!

Contact us TODAY 


Universally trusted – now on Checkatrade!

After a few technical difficulties, we’re back on and with a new partner Check a trade!

We’ve passed the rigorous process and you can see our listing here:

More news coming later – we just wanted to let you know that we haven’t gone anywhere and we’re ready to help you bring your property up to scratch before the winter.

Universal Landscaping Services
Universal Landscaping Services on Trust a trader

5 Stars and 50 Reviews!

Since the weather turned for the better, we’ve been asked by lots of customers about landscaping and garden renovation services and many are surprised to learn that we can help. We’ve always been happy to take on landscaping work but we’ve never really advertised it.

That’s why we added Universal Landscaping Services to our list of services offered.

If you have no idea what landscaping means, have a look here:

Being in the building game means that we understand the nature of hard-landscaping and whilst we are not what you may call ‘green fingered’, we can certainly assist in creating the correct landscape in which your garden can flourish. Rockeries, walls, fences and manu other options are also available.

Here’s a job we did recently involving removing lots of debris and rubbish to restore the garden back to a useable area. Mulch (chipped tree bark) was laid to prevent weeds and provide a good useable surface, just what the customer needed!

Universal Landscaping Services image 1Universal Landscaping Services image 2

If your garden is in need of a little attention, why not ask for a quote? We’ll have a look and offer you a free, no obligation quote and you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how competitive we can be. We get great prices for all landscaping materials from our suppliers so we’re able (and happy) to pass that saving on to our customers and offer good value for money.

We can build walls, repair damaged areas, install patios and design areas exactly how you want them. Are you entertaining family and friends this summer?

You can find ways to contact Universal Landscaping Services on this page and we’ll call you back promptly if you leave us your telephone number – at a time that suits you.

Universal Landscaping Services – For your summer 2015 outdoor haven

Universally insured for Flat Roofing!

Yes, you heard it right – we’re insured for flat roofing!

Universal Roofing are now officially insured for flat roofing using 3 layer bitumen felt systems.

Heat insured for flat roofing

Heat needs to be applied to fuse the bitumen layers together, forming a watertight bond.

What does that mean?

This means that we have now added ‘heat’ to our insurance policy enabling us to work on roofs with flame guns and bitumen burners. We are indeed insured for flat roofing again!

We started out as flat roofing specialists so we are no strangers to the process. We have lots of experience and you can rely on the system to seal any leaks – permanently.

That’s 3 layers of bitumen felt, fused together to make one very watertight surface.

Why is ‘heat’ insured for flat roofing?

Universal Roofing - insured for flat roofingFor traditional flat roofing systems, you need to apply a lot of heat to the bitumen roofing materials and this increases the risk of fire, insurance companies charge a high premium for this additional level of cover. You can’t mess around with fire on a roof!

With demand growing again for this traditional flat roofing system, we have made the decision to go back to our roots and offer this ‘craft’ as one of our services. We can install complete new garages & roofs or repair existing bitumen installations.

If you have a bitumen felt roof that needs attention, we’d be happy to have a look at it. You’ll be surprised at the price compared to some systems, that’s why it’s making a comeback nowadays.

Due to market changes we are able to source felt at very competitive prices.

Contact Peter directly: 07901 668482 or use the contact form to send us a message

Universal Roofing is expanding!


Here’s our latest addition to the Universal Roofing fleet.

Reliable vehicles are important to ensure that we can remain on the road and roofing throughout the winter months.

photo 2 photo 3

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…

21 Reviews and still 5 stars for Universal Roofing in Medway

Where do you find a 5 star roofer? Universal Roofing in Medway can help…

With 21 Reviews and 5 stars at for Universal Roofing in Medway we think you found us!

Seriously, how do you choose who works on your home?

Word of mouth? Yellow Pages? Radio adverts? Google?

More and more people are choosing because they trust the way the site works. Here’s what they say about the selection process:

Universal Roofing in Medway

How it works

New to TrustATrader? Let us show you the ropes.

If you’re looking to get a job done properly, you want to find a trader you can trust to do a good job for a fair price. TrustATrader allows you to quickly find a tradesperson in your area who can be trusted to provide a high standard of work. Source:

Universal Roofing in Medway come highly recommended. We value our customer reputation.

It’s generally a good idea to spend time researching who you appoint for works, especially roofing and building works as there are many firms that set up who don’t always have the right skills to do the job. Trust a trader ensure you only receive quality workmen.

Another great options is this:

Once your job has been completed, leave a review on TrustATrader to let others know the quality of work done by the trader. You can also pay your trader online.

This encourages a continued high standard and helps others to find tradespeople they can trust.

Does it matter whether I leave a review or not?

You don’t have to leave a review, but it only takes a minute and we’d like to think you’d want to reward a job well done to allow others to find traders most deserving of business.

Find out more about paying your trader on

Have a look around BEFORE you book your trader and read the reviews left by customers.

Since we joined the site, we’ve worked for estate agents, schools, medical centres and even completed a few driveways! We’re building and roofing specialists so don’t be afraid to ask about our other services. Universal Roofing in Medway are happy to help.

When you’re ready to talk to us, we’re ready to talk to you.


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.

You can Trust Universal Roofing

We are proud to announce our membership to the TrustATrader website.

This means our clients can leave reviews about our work and others can see feedback before using our services. There’s also a list of trades we are happy to undertake.

Click the image below to visit our listing and feel free to leave a review.


If you’re looking for a quality roofer in Medway – you found the right roofing and building company in Medway.


2 comments Categories: Site News
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.

Next Page