Replacing or installing new roofing is often more cost-effective than getting roof repairs, especially if your property has recurring issues or existing structural damage. However, like any building work, roof installations can see various challenges that your contractor will need to overcome.

While a new roof provides many benefits, it’s good to be aware of potential pitfalls that may arise during the installation and how to overcome them.

Adverse weather and roofing challenges

One of the most unpredictable factors affecting roofing projects is the Great British weather. Adverse conditions, such as heavy rainfall, strong winds, ice, hail or extreme temperatures, can impact the work.

For example, rain can seep into vulnerable areas, compromising materials and causing leaks. High winds can even displace roofing materials or damage the structure if it isn’t secured properly.

To mitigate these challenges, your roofing contractor should keep you informed throughout, letting you know about any delays and securing your roof with waterproofing if the work isn’t finished yet.

Roof access issues

The importance of good roof access is underestimated, but it’s essential to the success of a new installation. Limited access can lead to delays, rising costs and safety concerns. If your property has obstacles or lacks a proper access point for roofing materials and equipment, the installation process becomes more complex.

To avoid roof access issues, a professional roofing contractor should carry out a site survey and plan accordingly. They’ll often recommend scaffolding for a safe project and can liaise with neighbouring properties for you.

Damage to your existing roof structure

A roof replacement involves working closely with the existing structure. Unfortunately, your roofer may discover unexpected damage while removing old materials that wasn’t obvious during the initial survey.

Common roof concerns found include rotting timbers, hidden water damage and structural issues. A good roofer will inform you of any findings as soon as possible and outline the options, including costs and schedule changes to perform the repairs.

Checking your new roof has been installed correctly

After the installation, you should always verify the new roof has been installed correctly. Insufficient attention to detail or shortcuts taken may lead to long-term problems, such as leaks, poor insulation or even premature failure of the entire roof. That’s why it’s so important to hire a reputable roofing company.

If you suspect there’s a problem with your replacement roofing and can’t get answers from your contractor, ask another reliable company to perform an inspection. They’ll check everything from ventilation and sealing to alignment of roofing materials. Identifying issues early will give you more evidence about the previous company’s workmanship and catch problems before they escalate.

Get a free new roofing quote

Need a sound roof replacement? Contact Radlett Roofing for a free quote. We operate across Hertfordshire locations like Hoddesdon and Kings Langley.

To speak to our experienced roofing team, please call 01923 961 055 or email