Roof Repair

There’s nothing worse than coming home to see your roof leaking or covered in snow. Smith & Sons Roofing Contractors are the experts you need for all of your roof repair needs. We can help with anything from water damage, fire damage, wind damage and more! No matter what type of roof repair you need to be done on your property, we are here to help you get back up and running as quickly as possible.



Roof Repair

Roof repairs in Selby

Roof repair is the complete restoration of a roofing system that has been damaged by water, fire or wind. We will assess the extent of damage and provide you with an estimate for repairs needed to return your roof to its pre-loss condition.

Benefits of repairing your roof

Repairing your roof is far more cost-effective than replacing it! We can help restore any affected areas and repair gutters and downpipes that may be blocked or leaking.

When is roof repair not the best option?

Unfortunately, on some occasions, a total replacement of the structure of your roof may be necessary. Such situations include when there is no longer a roof structure left to support any further repairs.

Types of roof repairs

Each type of damage requires different kinds of solutions. We will determine the best course of action for your specific situation during an initial inspection at no cost to you. Some examples are listed below:

Water damage

If water has penetrated your homes insulation or internal structures, this is classed as ‘structural’ damage and therefore repairing it would be uneconomical. This may require complete replacement depending on severity; however, if there is minimal penetration, drywall/ceiling replacements can provide short term alternative options until total replacement becomes necessary.

Fire damage

A professional inspection must take place to assess whether we should remove fire-damaged materials. Materials deemed fire damaged must be replaced; however, we can repair minimal or specific areas if the damage is. This may not warrant full replacement and could save you money in the long run.

Wind damage

If the wind has blown shingles/tiles off your roof covering, it will need to be replaced entirely as they cannot simply be re-roofed over top of them like with water leaks. A professional inspection should occur before any work begins to ensure no structural damage caused by the winds, which would mean repairs were uneconomical.

Snowfall damage

Snowfall damage is similar to water damage in that if there are specific areas on the roof which we can repair, it may not warrant total replacement.

Missing slates or tiles

We can replace them if you have a missing tile or slate problem. We will need to know which type of roofing material is on your property now (e.g., clay tiles) and what was initially used (usually the same).

Blocked gutters and downpipes

If your gutters or drains need clearing, this will either cause leaks into your property due to excess moisture collecting above the blocked area, or blocked guttering could mean some of the water isn’t able to drain away correctly, meaning you’re at risk of ice dams forming (ice build-up under roofs which causes further leakage).

Gutter Replacement/Repair

Most homeowners won’t know whether their gutters require replacing until they get them cleaned out, so don’t put off having yours checked because you think it doesn’t look like anything’s wrong.

Roof Tiling Installation

This is one of the most common roof repairs, but it’s also a task that can save you a lot of money! We may need to replace broken tiles or damaged sections where they meet your walls (called ‘fascia boards’) or along your gutters.

Chimney Re-Pointing

If any part of the mortar has come away from between bricks in chimneys, this will allow water into the structure, which could cause damage within your property, as well as allowing soot to escape naturally through gaps around flues. There are different types of tuckpointing, depending on what kind of brick you have.

Damaged slates or tiles

Once again, these problems are usually caused by heavy winds whipping up the debris that cause scratches along with tiled areas. The fix might be as simple as removing any dirt build-up between them before re-sealing them together tightly so water cannot penetrate through gaps in between materials/tiles/slates.

Corroded metal roofing sheets (steel, aluminium or zinc)

These types of roofs do not rust from the top but from below – where water can pool and cause corrosion. To make your property safe again, you will need to remove all pieces of corroded metal sheeting before installing a new one.

Fascias and soffits replacement

If these parts are damaged or rotten, they will have to be replaced as soon as possible because this protects external walls from rainwater that can seep in through gaps around windows/doors.

Valley repairs/replacement

Valleys collect large amounts of debris over time, preventing water from getting into gutters properly, causing them to overflow onto slates or tiles instead. This problem needs professional attention ASAP!

Leaks due to damaged or blocked gutters, fascias or downpipes

The longer you leave water seeping through your roof, the worse it can become. If this happens to you, contact us immediately!


How long will my roof repair take to complete?

Depending on how much damage there is and what needs fixing – we recommend allowing at least three days for complete repairs or replacing all damaged parts, including metal sheeting that has corroded right down into rust.

Can my roof be repaired, or does it need to be replaced?

The decision to repair or replace your roof depends on what type of damage and how extensive it is. If you’re not sure, we recommend having one of our specialist tradespeople visit and inspect the damage in person before deciding which course of action to take.

What will it cost to repair my roof?

The cost of repairing your roof will depend on the extent of damage and what needs fixing. For example, if there is only minor damage to tiling or guttering, you may be able to complete this work yourself with ease – but it’s always best to check first with us as we can give you an accurate estimate for the job.

Can I repair my roof myself?

While most homeowners with essential tools could attempt their repairs if they were confident enough, this isn’t always advisable for smaller roofs such as flat roofs where weight-bearing beams are involved (most often found over garages). There’s also the risk that DIYers might cause more problems than they solve by using inappropriate materials when fixing broken tiles etc., plus it can be very time-consuming! For these reasons, we always recommend hiring a professional roofing contractor like us to complete repairs.

How long will my roof last?

A properly designed and built roof may last a lifetime, but in most cases, roofs need to be replaced after about 20 years. This is because asphalt shingles will begin showing signs of wear long before this time has passed (typically around the 15-18 year mark). Also, keep in mind that many homeowners often neglect their roofs until something goes wrong such as missing or damaged tiles which can result in leaks etc., so it’s best to set up regular inspections with your local contractor for all types of residential properties to ensure everything remains well maintained and safe from potential problems.

What causes a roof to wear out?

The primary cause of roof failure is poor design and construction practices used when installing the initial building.