Welcome to the first in a new series of occasional columns for our Property supplement called A Surveyor Speaks with Chris Battye from Shire Surveyors, which opened in Church Street, Harborough, above the James Sellicks office in August.
In this column Mr Battye discusses flat roofs.
How is your flat roof?
Carrying out a home survey recently I climbed my ladder and found this sorry looking flat roof (two pictures, inset).
It displays all the signs of a poorly-designed roof and neglect.
Despite being called a “flat” roof, such roofs are in fact meant to have a slight slope on them.
This is to allow for rainwater to run off them into a suitably positioned gutter.
Such a slope is no good if you allow the gravel chippings which are meant to protect the felt on a roof like this to pile up.
Moss and other plants will then add to the problem.
The first time most homeowners realise they have a problem with a flat roof is when they spot water leaking in.
Fortunately, in this instance this was a garage roof.
But imagine the damage and disruption if it was your lounge extension ceiling the water was coming through?
The answer is for you or your builder to check your flat roof every now and then.
This can often be done safely from an upstairs window with no ladder required.
Taking a look at on a rainy day is the best time. Make sure there are no tell-tale puddles, piles of leaves and so on.
Often a little preventative TLC can avoid a more costly repair or replacement job later on. Remember, prevention is better than cure!
Column by Chris Battye of Shire Surveyors in Church Street, Harborough.
For more details about the firm, see its website at www.shiresurveyors.co.uk.