This slide presentation showcases the range of services offered by Garage Roof Scotland to customers throughout the country.
At this time of year it is good to know that your garage roof is secure and watertight. If it is not, find out how our garage roof replacement service can help.
When you first discover that your garage roof has a small leak or damp patch it is easy to ignore. Replacing or repairing a garage roof takes time, effort and money. However this may cost you more in the long run as most people now use their garage to store (along with the car) stuff they can’t fit in the house. However a recent article in the paper from Good Housekeeping, ‘Don't keep your clutter in the garage’, pointed out that this is far from ideal. Damp garages can cause wood furniture to swell or contract, make paper in books and photo albums curl and electrical items to end up broken and rusty. So in the end, it may be more cost effective to sort a leaking garage roof sooner, rather than later.
So how do you know whether your garage roof needs repaired or replaced?
If the garage roof is relatively new then it is unlikely that it will need to be replaced. We would expect a new garage roof to last for at least 10 years and if it has been fitted correctly with a good quality roofing material then usually much longer than that. If the garage roof is less than 10 years old check to see if it is still under guarantee. A reputable garage roof company should provide this kind of guarantee with a new garage roof and will be happy to repair any problems that occur during this time. If you have been unlucky enough to not have a guarantee then you will need to start by accessing the damage yourself.
How to access the damage to your garage roof
The first thing to do is to take a close look inside the garage to try and determine which area(s) the damp/leaks are affecting. Then walk around the outside of the garage concentrating on these areas to see if one of the tiles or panels has come loose. A lot of problems can be caused by just one loose roof clip/screw. Replace the missing clip and the problem can be easily solved. If you cannot find the source of the leak, the garage roof is leaking in many different areas or you think that you may have an asbestos garage roof, you will need to call in the experts to access what is causing the problem and what can be done.
Repair or Replace?
The age together with the extent of damage to a garage roof will determine the best course of action and a good garage roof company will be able to advice you. For a one off small problem, then a repair will probably suffice. However for garage roofs over a certain age, a series of repairs may well end up costing you more in the long run. It is also good to have peace of mind that the roof on your garage is secure and watertight, particularly as winter approaches.
How much will it cost to replace or repair a garage roof?
The cost of a new garage roof will depend on various factors including the type of garage (Apex or Pent), the size of garage and the type of roofing material. If you give us a call or contact us with the type and dimensions of your garage we can provide you with a free no obligation quote.
Also, if your garage roof is damaged due to stormy weather, the cost of repairs or replacement may be covered by your home insurance policy. Over the years we have dealt with many households affected by storm damage. We can get a free quote out to you very quickly to start the process of claiming for damage.
Asbestos Garage Roof
Asbestos is a very hazardous substance and is often found in many older garage roofs. An asbestos garage roof is completely safe if in good condition but once the cement roofing panels start to decay the asbestos fibres can be released into the air. If these fibres are breathed in, they cause fatal lung diseases. If you think you may have an asbestos garage roof it is better to leave all repairs and replacement to the experts. Garage Roof Scotland is SEPA (Scottish Environment Protection Agency) licensed to remove and dispose of asbestos safely.
If you are thinking about repairing or replacing your garage roof and would like some advice, we would love to hear from you. Please give us a call on 07932637646 or get in touch.
There are a number of different reasons why it is a good idea to replace your garage roof. The signs that your garage roof is in need of repair are very easy to identify as damage is often visible and wide spread. If you see the following issues with your own garage roof then it is highly advised that an inspection is carried out to determine which areas of the garage require attention.
One of the biggest reasons to replace your garage roof is age. If you have never had it replaced before then you may not have a clue about the age of the garage. The most common indicators can include roof sheets falling apart through wear and tear or extensive rust damage. Another indicator is if the nails of the garage roof are affected. If nails begin to loosen over time, moisture can build up and cause damage to the timber structure of the garage building. An old garage roof can be extremely dangerous. Any weight that is put on to a fragile area (i.e. somebody walking across the roof) could result in injury, so it is best to call an expert to inspect your roof.
Another reason that your garage roof needs replacing is by listening for noise. During windy days (and there’s sometimes lots of these in Scotland) if the sheets on the roof make a loud banging sound or flap in the air, then this indicates that the nails are lifting. If the problem is not sorted then as more windy days occur you will risk damaging your roofing structure in the long term.
Water damage through leaks is another indicator that your garage roof needs attention. Rain is endemic in Scotland as we all know. Water damage is easy to spot and hard to miss when you see water running down the side of your interior garage wall. Maybe you never noticed a leak until a splash of water decided to cosy itself in your hair when it plummeted from above.
One of the most serious consequences of a leaking roof is the build-up of mould and mildew, which can spread through the structure of the garage and travel through vents or target carpets, furniture and clothing. Mould is a very serious problem and, in some instances, can lead to a number of health issues such as, nasal congestion, inflammations and asthma. A leaky roof could also be a fire hazard especially if your garage is full of electrical equipment, thus it is recommended that electricity to the area is turned off if you suspect a leaky roof.
Many garages that were built in in the 1960s and the 1970s were made of asbestos cement sheets. If you have a garage that was built during the period between the 60s and 70s it is may be possible that your garage roof was built with asbestos. It was a very popular material as it was strong and very weather proof, but it was later discovered that inhaling asbestos fibres could be fatal and cause serious diseases. Thankfully, asbestos is now banned from being used in building materials. If you want an asbestos garage roof to be replaced then it is recommended that an expert is called in to safely deal with the matter.
If you identify anything of the above with your own garage roof then do not hesitate to contact us. We can inspect, repair and replace your garage roof if any of the issues are affecting you.
Replacing a Compton Apex garage roof normally takes no longer than a day. We start by stripping the old sheets and then lining up the new sheets and attaching them to the steel trusses with Avon roof clips.
With a new garage roof we always advise replacing like for like. Beware of roofing companies who suggest using the cheaper option of roofing felt as a replacement on this type of garage. The roof structure of your garage may not have the purlins and trusses to provide adequate support for the necessary plywood lining.
Non-asbestos fibre cement sheets are best
Paul Mclean has 14 years as an agent for LidgetCompton selling and building garages. Now offering a garage roof replacement service.