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A Guide to Fireproofing Your Roof

When it comes to your roof, the last thing you want to be worrying about is the outbreak of a fire. After all, roofing comes with its own list of potential problems to prioritise and prevent. Here at Valent Roofing we believe it is our mission to ensure that every roof we consult on has the necessary fire prevention measures in place as the occurrence of a fire in your roof cavity is incredibly dangerous. Read our guide to find out how they can be prevented… Electrics Many homes have wires and electrics that are fed through the empty cavity that is your attic and it is important to regularly check that they are in good condition. After all, broken seals, surging and overheating are all aspects that can cause a fire to break out in a matter of seconds. Chimney Sweeping Whether you realise it or not, a functioning chimney and fireplace requires rigorous upkeep in order to prevent a chimney fire. After all, the chimney runs straight through the centre of your home and comes to a stop on the roof. This means that if you don’t keep creosote under control a chimney fire can devastate your entire home, starting with the roof. Infestations More creatures find their way into your home than you think but it is when they start making themselves comfortable that the danger forms. After all rats and birds are known to chew through wires inside your attack, exposing the cables inside and a spark is all it takes to set the roof alight. If you suspect an infestation, it is important that you consult a professional immediately. Fire Protection Cladding Here at Valent Roofing we believe that fire [...]

By |June 22nd, 2018|industrial roofing|0 Comments

The Most Durable Roofing Materials

Investing in a new roof can be a stressful time. After all, the last thing you want to be dealing with two years down to road is repair bills and endless maintenance needs! That is why the team here at Valent Roofing have made it our mission to ensure that our readers choose a roofing material that will stand the test of time. Here are some of the most durable roofing materials on the market… Aluminium When it comes to metal roofing it is important to choose a metal that is able to adhere to aesthetic goals whilst providing a practical benefit at the same time. For example, aluminium can be purchased in several different colours however it is renowned for its corrosion resistance and lightweight features which makes it a great roofing material choice. Slate As a fine rock that is cut into roofing tiles, slate is excellent for places that suffer from regular rainfall. In addition to this, slate is a natural resource which means that you can form a green roof that has the durability to last for over a century when it is well cared for and correctly maintained as the process that is carried out in order to form the tiles does not result in any toxic chemicals being pumped into the atmosphere. Clay As a rather modern roofing material, ceramic is made from clay that has been dried and baked in a kiln. For homes looking to focus on aesthetics, clay ceramic tiles may just be the answer! After all, they do not discolour or fade and are incredibly durable when it comes to the ever changing weather in the UK, lasting between 75 and 100 years. As the [...]

By |June 5th, 2018|industrial roofing|0 Comments

Different Types of Roofs

As architecture and modernisation continues to develop the variety of roof designs that you can choose from increases. After all, if we all had the exact same roof the world would be an incredibly boring place. As the experts in all things roofing related the team here at Valent Roofing have decided to go over two of the most common roofing designs and two of the most modern roofing designs. Read on to find out more information… Curved The planes in a curved roof are shaped in order to create a modern and unique design that can vary from a subtle curve to an attraction grabbing arch. The main reason that people tend to opt for a curved roof is due to the weather as these designs can be great at ensuring that rainfall and snow does not settle on the surface and cause damage. Butterfly As a V-Shaped roof, the butterfly design is the most out of the box design that modernisation has created. After all, it doesn’t fall in line with traditional designs. With this said, the upper angles allow the property to be fitted with larger windows, thus providing much more natural light. Of course, it is important to consider the costs associated with a modern roofing design as it is often more expensive to have a butterfly roof constructed and the maintenance is often pricier too. Pyramid Just like a pyramid, all four sides of this roof type come together in order to create a point which means that are no vertical sides to be seen. They tend to be best suited towards small properties like bungalows however it is not uncommon to see them used in garages too. The pyramid [...]

By |May 21st, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Carrying Out a Flat Roof Inspection

It is important that you ensure your roof is inspected on a regular basis in order to keep on top of any maintenance and repairs that need carrying out. After all, leaving large gaps between inspections means that an issue can be left to develop for a long time before it is discovered. A flat roof is a design that requires a lot of care and, in this blog, we are going to tell you what you should be looking out for during an inspection… Interior A flat roof is always susceptible to moisture related damage and the inside is where you will first see evidence of it. Due to this it is important that you check the ceiling and walls for signs of water staining as this will often mean that your roof has a leak. With this said, sometimes the moisture may not show up as a stain and placing your hand on the wall to check if it feels damp can also help identify a leak. Exterior The main problem with a flat roof is that the design can often prevent water from being filtered away adequately. In fact, if the gutters do fail to remove rainwater then many issues can form so it is important that you keep your eyes open when conducting an exterior inspection of your property. Water pooling is when rainwater settles on top of a flat roof and since water can be heavy this can cause the quality of your roofing material to deteriorate. As the industrial roofing experts of our industry, the team here at Valent Roofing want to ensure that our clients know exactly what they are looking for when it comes to their roof. [...]

By |May 11th, 2018|industrial roofing|0 Comments

The Benefits of Rain Screen Cladding

Here at Valent Roofing we offer a range of different services in order to ensure that we can accommodate a variety of roofing clientele. In fact, one of our most overlooked services has got to be rain screen cladding; an essential protective measure that can be installed on a range of different buildings. The concept was first developed during 1940’s Scandinavia before quickly spreading throughout modern Europe and, in this blog, we are going to go over some of the benefits it can provide… Moisture Protection By having rain screen cladding installed you can rest assured that your property is protected from the external elements, in particular rainwater. After all, allowing moisture to enter a property can be extremely devastating to your bank balance and the structure of the building. The cladding subsequently helps to form a barrier and prevents rainwater from reaching the exterior wall of the building. Maintenance Every building requires maintenance in order to ensure that it is habitable however when the exterior is directly exposed to extreme weather conditions, deterioration can occur at a much faster rate. This is particularly important when the building is made from porous materials like cement. With this said, the implementation of rain screen cladding provides an extra layer of protection and can even help reduce maintenance in the future. Sustainability Rain screen cladding is often thought to be a pricey addition to any property however it is actually an affordable way to improve thermal performance and energy efficiency in a sustainable way. After all, other solutions to reducing moisture related damage are often too expensive or require the property to undergo serious structural changes. On the other hand, rain screen cladding is incredibly sustainable and [...]

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

5 Most Common Gutter Repairs

An important part of keeping your roof in good shape is gutter maintenance. Now we’re coming out of the back end of a long and harsh winter in the UK - one that has seen plenty of rain, sleet and snow - it’s time to make sure your gutters are properly functioning. Knowing the main causes of gutter repairs is the key to avoiding them: Loose or Missing Gutters High winds, combined with rain and snow can cause gutters to become loose or even to detach completely. If some sections have become overrun with debris, this extra weight can also cause gutters to come away from their attachments. If you do have any loose or missing gutters, they can cause serious damage to your roof and sides of your building as overflow now spills directly onto these areas. Clogged Gutters In order for your gutters to do their job they need to be clear of any and all debris. Leaves are the most common build up, but also mould, bird’s nests and vegetation can find their way into your guttering and cause a blockage. With blockages removed, gutters can allow water to flow freely and not cause any damage to your building. Leaks Rough weather, sunlight and frost can cause gutters to crack, ultimately leading to them leaking. Leaks can be easily repaired with silicone sealant applied to the inside and outside of the damaged gutter. General Wear and Tear Over time your guttering is going to face corrosion, holes, sagging and leaking. These will occur naturally due to the nature of their function. Without regularly checking your guttering and maintaining them, this will cause them to fail quickly and more often. If your system [...]

By |April 20th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Why DIY Roofing is a Bad Idea

Whilst it is true that carrying out a job yourself will save a few hundred pounds here and there it is important to weigh up the pros and cons. After all, most DIY builders do not know the first thing about the industry nor do they know the most effective methods in order to get the job done correctly. Take roofing, for example, there is a lot more to it than insulation and shingles! Here are a few reasons why roofing is best left to the professionals... Dangerous Professional roofers are not only trained to work at great heights, they have experience dealing with a range of different materials and weather conditions that they can rely on in order to ensure that the job is completed without anybody getting injured. On the other hand, a DIY roofer will not be used to such environments and this means that the risk of slipping is greatly increased. In fact, hundreds of people visit the hospital each year with roof related injuries. Experience Speaking of experience, roofers that have been in the business for a long time know how to tell a bad roof from a good roof and this means that you can rely on their input in order to ensure that the most suitable material is used whereas many DIY roofers tend to pick the cheapest material in the shop regardless of the type and size of the building and this lack of experience often results in a poor quality roof. Insurance When you carry out a roofing job on your own you are not covered if something were to go wrong whereas a professional has all the necessary legal documentation and insurance. From ordering incorrect materials to an injury on site, roofing can present a range [...]

By |March 22nd, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Commercial Roofing vs Residential Roofing

Whilst the basic rules and aims of roofing are universal there are a few variations depending on the type of roof you are looking to invest in. After all, a residential roof is meant to protect a home from the wrath of the weather whereas a commercial roof is marketed towards businesses that operate in and out of warehouses. Here are a few differences between the two… Materials Many residential roofs tend to have slopes on either side which means that they are best suited for materials like shingles, slate and clay as they are affordable and come with a low maintenance guarantee whilst providing the best protection for your home. On the other hand, commercial roofs are often flat and level, which means that they work well with industrial materials like metal in order to cover and protect the entire surface area. Weather The style of residential roofs are an advantage as the slopes are incredibly beneficial when it comes to the weather. This is because heavy rainfall will simply run right off and into the gutters, provided that they are kept in good condition. Since commercial roofs have a flat design this means that they could be at risk of issues like pooling, where rainfall has no escape so it just sits on top of the material. With this said, commercial roofs are often stronger than residential ones and can withstand high winds without much sign of wear and tear. Maintenance Commercial roofing is installed on large buildings like warehouses and factories which can make maintenance and repairs much more difficult in comparison to residential roofing, where the problems can be very easily rectified due to the smaller size of the roof in [...]

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

Potential Problems With Metal Roofing

Although it comes with its downfalls, a metal roof is not only considered an extremely durable choice of material, it is thought to be one of the most eco-friendly options available on the market. With this said, metal roofing require little maintenance however some people mistake this for no maintenance and a roof that is neglected often presents with a range of different issues. Here are some of the potential problems that a metal roof can develop… Leaks Whilst a leaky roof is not an issue that only occurs with metal roofing, it is a much more common problem in comparison to alternative roofing materials like shingles. This is because it is largely down to poor quality installation where gaps have been left in between and therefore allowed rainwater to get into a property. Minor leaks can be fixed easily however if they are not dealt with promptly a minor leak can quickly become a large one. Punctures Metal roofing is not invincible so if it is not taken care of properly it can lead to range of different issues that could have been avoided with simple and regular maintenance. Take puncture holes for example; low quality metal, harsh weather conditions and even general wear and tear can lead to holes forming in a metal roof and this paves the perfect entrance for anything from water to animals. Ponding Many warehouses and factories are equipped with a flat roof which means that ponding is always going to be a potential issue, especially during heavy rainfall or snowfall. Ponding occurs when water has no way to run off a roof so it settles in a pool or pond on top. Not only can this weaken the [...]

By |March 2nd, 2018|industrial roofing|0 Comments

What is the Purpose of Roofing Felt?

Whilst our roofing expertise is mainly industrial, the Valent team recognise that all properties must have a roof in order to be deemed habitable which is why we like to lend our expertise to the homeowning and property side of things. Roofing felt is something that is implemented into every roof design and serves a very important purpose. Read on to find out why this simple material is so important… What is it? When a roof is constructed it is made up of many different layers however many of us are vastly unaware of this. For instance, you have the strong wooden beams that serve as the structure and building block of a roof (which is often replaced with metal in industrial warehouses), insulation in order to keep the property warm, followed by the felting material and finally your chosen roof type is laid on the very top. Why is it needed? Having an extra layer on your roof means that it is protected from the elements in a much more efficient manner. In fact, roofing felt is known to repel water which means that your home becomes incredibly leak proof, preventing moisture-related damage like rot and mould from occurring as a result. In addition to this, it has been proven that roofing felt can actually prolong the life of your roof and help it endure the brutality of mother nature. After all, the weather in the UK is hardly predictable so it always best to employ another level of protection. In the event of a particularly bad storm that pulls away your roofing shingles, you can be certain that your roofing felt will provide a short term back up until you can get the [...]

By |February 23rd, 2018|industrial roofing|0 Comments