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How the Weather Can Damage a Roof

Since a roof is on the very top of a property, it is vulnerable and exposed to the ever-changing weather conditions, especially in the UK. In fact, the different weather conditions can affect your roof in a different way, so it is important to ensure that you keep on track with your maintenance requirements. Read on to find out how the most common weather conditions can damage your roof… Rain In the UK, we get a lot of rain, so it is important to prepare your roof. After all, water damage is the worst repercussion to come from heavy rainfall and maintenance neglect. If your tiles or shingles have cracks in them, the moisture from rain can lead to the growth of mould and that is the last thing that you want to be dealing with. Always keep up to date with roofing maintenance in order to prevent moisture damage to your roof. Wind Strong winds can be a homeowner’s worst nightmare. After all, they have the strength to tear away shingles and slate with ease and this can leave the property vulnerable to water damage and animal infestations. In fact, the materials that are blown away can also put other people in danger too! As a result, it is important to check your roof after a windy storm for any missing shingles. Snow Although it looks harmless, snow can be a silent cause of roofing damage. Not only is it heavy for a roof to bear when it is thick, when it melts it can seep into the small cracks in your roof and slowly but surely cause a lot of preventable damage. It is important to have your roof inspected in the run [...]

By |September 20th, 2018|industrial roofing|0 Comments

Reasons to Replace Your Roof

A roof replacement is not a decision to make lightly. After all, they are a costly, yet important, investment that should only be carried out by a licenced professional. In fact, there are many different reasons why property owners may choose to replace their roof. Here at Valent Roofing, we have dealt with a wide range of different customers and, in this article, we are going to go over the most common reasons why people may invest in a roof replacement… Selling Up If you are selling your property, then the buyers may request a discount on the price if they find that there are too many problems that will require fixing. After all, it is no secret that a roof replacement can be expensive. With this said, making the investment yourself can allow you to maintain a higher asking price and could even see you gain some profit. Energy Efficiency A poor-quality roof is the biggest cause of heat loss. After all, they are insulated in order to retain heat, especially during the winter months. With this said, general wear and tear can cause a roof to become ineffective at preserving energy, which can lead to expensive electricity or gas bills. As a result, it can be more pragmatic to invest in a roof replacement, as well as high quality insulation. Damage Like any man-made construction, a neglected roof is subject to wear and tear. With this said, damage can also occur as a result of bad weather and a roof replacement could be the only cost-effective way to rectify the problem. After all, heavy winds have the strength to rip away slate much easier than people think! Whether your shingles are looking worse [...]

By |September 14th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Lowdown on Roofing Battens

Roofing is not as simple as it might seem at first glance. In fact, many accidents and injuries take place when cowboy builders and DIY hopefuls try to carry out roofing work without the experience or knowledge that is required. Here at Valent Roofing, we believe that every property owner should always consult the help of a professional when it comes to roofing related queries. After all, guesswork almost always leads to mistakes! Read on to find out everything you need to know about roofing battens… Definition Also known as roofing lath, batten are horizontal slats of timber that provide a fixing point for a roofing material to be applied to. They are incredibly important in creating rigidity and supporting a roofing material which is why they should be installed by an experienced roofer who knows what they are doing. Underlay Although battens are important, an underlay should be installed first in order to provide a waterproof barrier between the property and the roofing material. In addition to this, they also add an extra layer of insulation that can improve energy efficiency. After the underlay layer has been applied, roofing battens can be installed on top using a nail that is at least 65mm in length. Spacing Since battens play such an important role in the overall appearance and weather protection of a roof, it is important to ensure that they are correctly sized and spaced before they are installed. The spacing, however relies on the span of the rafter and the material that is going to be mounted on top of them so there isn’t a one-glove-fits-all rule to follow. With this said, the guidelines suggest that they should be at least 1.2 metres [...]

By |September 7th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Benefits of a Flat Roof

In the roofing industry, flat roofing tends to have a bad reputation. After all, it is an untraditional design that can go either way depending on the building you are dealing with. In fact, warehouses and factories are often topped with a flat roof due to the sheer enormity of them, however, statistics show that more residential properties are beginning to invest in them too. Here are a few benefits that a flat roof can provide… Energy Efficiency The design of a flat roof means that there is less empty space for energy to be lost through. After all, a pitched roof, such as those found in traditional residential homes, comes with an attic and this space is where most heat is lost. Luckily, a flat roof turns a property into a rectangular shape which makes it much easier to heat and cool. Versatile A flat roof that is well reinforced can be utilised in a range of different ways. For example, the space can be turned into a garden, pool or even a place to store solar panels in order to generate environmentally friendly energy. In addition to this, there are dozens of different materials to choose from when it comes to flat roofing, only adding to the versatility of the roofing type. Maintenance Flat roofing may be vulnerable to damage such as pooling, however, they are incredibly easy to maintain. After all, they can be accessed very simply without the need for ladders, which means that property owners are less likely to put off maintenance and servicing requirements, therefore ensuring that any repairs are taken care of swiftly. Although flat roofing is often overlooked in comparison to a traditional pitched roof, the experts [...]

By |August 29th, 2018|industrial roofing|0 Comments

How Roofing Maintenance Saves Money

The benefits of maintenance in every industry cannot be overstated. After all, routine servicing is a fool proof way to ensure that any problems are found and dealt with in a timely manner. Here at Valent Roofing we believe that maintenance is not only important, it can help you save money too. Read on to find out how… Ventilation Taking care of your roof involves more than the basics if you want to keep in it good condition for many years. In fact, many property owners tend to forget about ventilation because they think that it won’t extend the lifespan of their roof. In actual fact, heat and moisture will build up in your roof if you don’t invest in high quality ventilation and this can actually cause the materials to degrade much quicker, thus requiring costly repairs on a regular basis, whereas focusing on ventilation during maintenance will ensure that your roof stays in good condition. Repairs Maintenance is not only necessary to handle problematic areas of your roof, it is also there to ensure that any subtle repairs are carried out too. After all, a small problem can become a big problem if it is left to develop without being assessed by a professional. In addition to this, smaller problems are often more cost effective to fix which means that repairing them sooner rather than later can save you money in the long-term. Longevity A roof is a long term investment which means that it is in your best interest to ensure that it lasts as long as possible. Many roofs require replacing before they have reached their guarantee due to a lack of maintenance and negligence which is why it is important [...]

By |August 17th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Spotting a Roofing Conman

Here at Valent Roofing we believe that it is our responsibility to ensure that our clients are happy with their roofing results. After all, there are many cowboy builders that give legitimate roofers a bad reputation in order to make a quick buck. If you are considering having some repairs carried out on your roof it is important that you carry out some research before you hand over your hard earned cash. Here are a few ways to spot a roofing conman… Documentation When you a hire a roofer to carry out paid work it is important that you ensure they know what they are talking about as many conmen will learn the basics in order to sound convincing. If you have any doubts then you should ask the company for any relevant documentation that could help provide legitimacy. In addition to this, you should never hand over cash until the work has been completed as many cowboy builders will ask for full upfront payment then vanish without carrying out the job. Reviews Another way you can ensure that a company is qualified enough to carry out a particular job is to look at their reviews. After all, these will be able to tell you whether or not you should place your trust in a roofer or not as reviews from legitimate customers are often honest and straight to the point. A collection of negative reviews may be all the warning you need to find an alternative company to carry out the work. Case Study Most of the time it is vulnerable members of society who fall victim to cowboy builders. In fact, a 51 year old man from Birmingham was jailed in July 2018 [...]

By |August 8th, 2018|industrial roofing|0 Comments

How Summer Can Affect Your Roof

Despite the increase in temperatures and social acceptance of spending an entire Sunday in a beer garden, summer can be a rather problematic season for roofing maintenance. After all, unusually high temperatures bring about a range of problems that you don’t have to deal with during winter. As the experts in the industry, the team here at Valent Roofing are on hand to help you with any woes and worries you may have about summer roofing care. Read on to find out more… Moss Growth Summer offers the optimum conditions for moss and algae to survive and thrive and this means that your roof can end up becoming a home to it. The issue with this is that moss is water based which means that the excess moisture can wreak havoc on your roofing materials and cause it to deteriorate. In fact, if you don’t keep on top of it then the only thing that may remove it is a pressure washer. UV Rays With global warming on the rise, summers are getting hotter than ever which means that many roofing materials become vulnerable. In fact, shingles are known to dry out and crack whereas metal roofing can warp under the intense UV rays. It is important that you regularly inspect your roof during summer for signs of heat related damage as it can lead to further problems such as leaking. Unpredictable Weather Whilst the summer season is known for heat waves, it is also possible for the odd storm to hit too. In fact, unpredictable weather conditions like strong winds and heavy rainfall can be much more damaging in summer than other seasons because they are overdue. This means that it is important to [...]

By |July 19th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Maintaining an Industrial Roof

Often found within warehouse and factory designs, it is safe to say that an industrial roof differs from a residential roof considerably. After all, the space is much larger, the designs are essentially opposites and the materials are required for different purposes. Here at Valent Roofing, we like to think that our knowledge makes us an expert in the industrial roofing field, which is why we are going to go over a few ways you can ensure that you are following maintenance guidelines correctly… Speedy Repairs Keeping an industrial roof in tip top condition is all about your response to a problem. For example, if you ignore a minor leak, it is only going to get worse over time. By reacting swiftly and calling in the experts to kickstart any repairs, you can ensure that your industrial roof remains healthy and safe. Regular Inspections The roof is essentially the backbone of a property and regardless of whether it is residential or industrial, it is vital that you carry out inspections on a regular basis in order to ensure there are no hidden problems developing. With this said, industrial roofs are often flat which means that they are susceptible to more damage than a residential roof, making these inspections all the more important. Professional You should never leave the safety of your roof to chance by carrying out any repairs yourself. After all, DIY will never live up to the handiwork of a professional roofer and most of the time DIY is incorrectly or poorly executed. In order to maintain an industrial roof, it is essential that you consult the expertise of someone who knows what they are doing. Maintenance is an essential part of property [...]

By |July 12th, 2018|industrial roofing|0 Comments

Why Metal Roofing is Better Than Shingles

If you are considering updating your roof, it is important that you research every aspect carefully and ensure that you make an informed and educated decision. After all, there is nothing worse than spending thousands of pounds on a project and loathing the outcome. As the experts in the industry, the team here at Valent Roofing want to explain why metal roofing is superior than classic shingles… Lightweight Aluminium roofing metal is a material that doesn’t weigh very much which means that it can be installed incredibly easily. After all, heavy materials require a lot of man-power and labour which means that it can cost more for the installation. In addition to this, a heavy material can place unwanted stress on the roofing structure and that is something you want to avoid. Lifespan Shingles are often thought of as a temporary roofing material because they don’t last very long and will require replacing after a decade or two. On the other hand, metal roofing is incredibly durable and can last anywhere from 50 to 100 years, making it an incredibly cost-effective investment. Weatherproof In comparison to other roofing materials like shingles, metal roofing is the one that is able to stand up against the brutality of mother nature. From strong winds to heavy rainfall, the strength of a metal roof makes it practically weatherproof whereas other options would certainly suffer under the pressure. Pro-Environmental Taking care of the environment means recognising where changes are possible and that is why more and more companies are starting to craft metal roofing from recycled sources rather than depleting natural reserves. In addition to this, old metal roofing slabs can also be recycled and reused too! When it comes to [...]

By |July 9th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

How to Respond to a Damaged Roof

Discovering that your roof has been the victim of mother nature’s wrath can be a big shock. After all, whether it be a gaping hole in the shingles or a nasty leak, a damaged roof is a costly affair. Here at Valent Roofing we believe that calling in the experts to assess the situation is the most important thing you should do. With this said, there are many components involved when it comes to roof damage. Here is how to respond correctly… Don’t Attempt D.I.Y The biggest mistake that people will make upon discovering damage to their roof is presuming that they can rectify the issue with a bit of DIY. Your roof is the most important aspect of your property which means that there are important steps that must be followed in order to ensure that it is in a suitable condition. Attempting to fix the problem yourself can actually do more harm than good so it is vital that you call in a professional instead. No Climbing Sometimes it may not be possible to see the full extend of the damage from the ground and you may be tempted to dig out the ladders to try and get a better view. Not only is this incredibly reckless, it can be dangerous too. After all, a damaged roof is a weak roof and climbing onto it can cause further disturbance. In fact, simply leaning on a damaged roof from the ladders can be problematic. Evacuate Depending on the extent of the damage, it may be necessary to evacuate the property. After all, not all roofing damage is the result of a small leak and you would be surprised how often a fallen tree onto [...]

By |July 2nd, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments