Roof Repair

Most roofing types are challenged by the Scottish weather – from the storms causing cracked tiles or loose slates to the sun (on those rare occasions) beating down onto bitumen and heating it up just enough to lower its strength as a roofing material.

Generally speaking, water coming into the property is usually due to a fault in the roof.  This could be caused by missing slates, tiles, teared up felt, blocked gutters, blocked downpipes, missing ridges, missing verges, holes in the zinc valleys, holes in GRP valleys, holes in lead valleys or zinc, GRP or lead upstands.

When we first arrive at a property with an unknown problem with the roof, the first thing we do is introduce ourselves, show our qualification identifications and ensure that there’s a safe environment for us to work in.

We’ll check inside first of all – heading into the roof space to check where the water is penetrating from.  This should let us understand the source of the problem.

Once we’ve sourced the problem inside, it’s time to do an exterior roof inspection.  Once on the roof, we’ll be able to check the source of the problem, which will then allow us to start working on a solution.

The solution will depend on a number of factors including the age of the roof, the condition of the felt, and the quality of the original workmanship.

Old roofs

Generally need maintained regularly – because sometimes there’s no felt (or it has deteriorated) – this means that the water penetrating could seriously damage the structure of the property if not dealt with quickly.

New roofs

Option to bypass – more time generally available to repair (depending on workmanship).

We’ll recommend and carry out the repair work necessary to get your roof back to the standard it should be at, protecting your home and the valuables within.

Types of roof.

We’ve dealt with almost every type of roof that Fife has to offer, from slate and tiled to asphalt and felt.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you do insurance work/repairs?

Yes – we’ve worked with all major house insurers and are happy to undertake this type of work.

Do you do structural work?

Yes – all aspects of roof repair, from the roof truss makeup to the slate/tiles/felt on the roof.

Do you supply written quotations?

Detailed written quotations are supplied and agreed before work commences.

How long will it take?

Factors include, the condition of the existing roof, its age and its size. Some repairs can be completed in a day, others take much longer depending on the complexity of the job – we’ll do our best to give you an estimate before the job starts, but please bear in mind a lot of the work is weather dependent!

Do you guarantee your work?

Yes – all the work is guaranteed (parts and labour) – the length of the guarantee depends on the roofing material you choose, as each has a different expected lifespan:
12 years for felt roofs
15 year guarantee for tiled roofs
20 years for slate roofs
(Please note we don’t include storm damage in our guarantee)

Any claims made to guarantees given will require a hard copy to be shown before any works will be carried out. It is the customer’s responsibility to keep these guarantees safe. Shepherd Roofing and Slating will not be responsible for providing duplicate hard copies.

Can you match my existing roof tiles/felt/slate?

Yes – we can match almost any existing roof material.
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