Are solar panels causing damage to your roofing slates?

Once a little seen sight – it’s now more and more common to see solar panels adorning the roof tiles of homes across Lancashire and Manchester. If you can budget to have them installed, there are certainly a lot of positive arguments for them – after all, who doesn’t want cheaper electricity bills each month?

However, what you may not have considered, when weighing up the pros and cons of installing solar roof panels to your home, is the effect that they could have on the health of your roof.

Of course it is always a complex decision to have any roofing materials installed to your home – even with guidance from your chosen roofing company – but with some advice from B&M Henderson, you will be better informed as to whether or not to go down this route.

There is no reason that solar panels should cause damage to your roof, but it is important to know that this is a possibility, and something that you should research very thoroughly.

One important factor to consider when assessing whether your roofing slates will be suitable for solar panel installation, is that often the professionals installing these systems do not have a background in roofing. They could be unaware of the impacts on the roof performance, or indeed of the costs that can be incurred in maintaining the roofing slates.

As a roofing company in Lancashire – we have had many clients come to us from all over including Manchester, following a solar panel installation that has caused their roof to leak. In order to attach the panels, the installers have to puncture holes in the roof. While this is not a cause for concern in itself – if improperly installed, there can be lasting repercussions for your roofing slates.

Our roofing company in Manchester recommends that you have your roof assessed by a trained roofing professional, prior to any consideration of solar panels.

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Avoid a Christmas Disaster – Winter Roofing Advice from Roofing Company near Manchester

roofing company BurnleyWinter is here and so begins the season of wet weather, freezing temperatures, high winds, and the return of our good old friend, snow. We find that it always seems to be the winter months where unwanted problems in your roof may begin. In this article we offer our advice in preparing for the bad weather ahead. If you are looking for a roofing company Manchester, Burnley, Blackburn or Lancashire wide – we cater for all your roof tile and slate needs.


Cracks in the roof appear and causes leaks from the downpours of rain, roof tiles fall off from the relentless gales of wind, and gutters get blocked with debris. It’s not too late to start checking and maintaining your roof for this winter. We at B and M Henderson, offering roofing company services to Manchester, Burnley and across Lancashire, have come up with a guideline of steps to take when checking your roof to avoid any unwanted damages or hazards this winter.


  1. Inspect for cracks in the roof/water leaks – You can either go on to your roof or safely begin a visual check of your roof by simply going into your attic. You should be on the look out for water leaks into your attic. Check for dripping water, condensation, dark water stains. Make sure you check the ceiling, walls, and floors as a sign of water leaking indicates there is damage to your roof.
  2. Insulate your attic – Whilst conducting checks in your attic, have a look at the insulation in your attic and check to see if it is well insulated and not damaged. Proper insulation in your attic can save you up to twenty percent on your home energy bill. The attic is where a lot of heat can escape through so it is important to make sure your attic is well insulated before any extremely cold weather hits to avoid the attic freezing, which can lead to internal damage of your house.
  3. Clear your gutters - It may seem like a job which only has to be done in autumn with the falling leaves, but overflowing water can cause damage regardless of the time of year, so ensure that your gutters are clear of any debris.  Make sure that you do this on a monthly basis, especially throughout the autumn months.
  4. Check your chimneys – Making sure that your house is water tight is the key to roof maintenance.  Because of this, make sure you check the mortar on your chimney is still in great shape, so that water cannot sneak through. Make sure the chimney is securely attached to your roof. Make sure there aren’t signs of rust or any other kind of deterioration. Look for water damage – which isn’t just harmful to your chimney, but your whole house. Don’t forget about your chimney when you are preparing your home for winter because if it is in top shape it will help keep the family safe and decrease energy bills this winter.


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It is important that you check the state of your roof in preparation for the winter months ahead to prevent any further possible damage to your home. If you do find that you are in need of a roof tile supplier then contact us today because we stock a wide variety of roofing products that will help maintain your roof. Get in contact with us today at B and M Henderson, your Roofing Company nr Manchester.

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