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How to Fireproof a Residential Roof

Here at Valent Roofing, we believe that roofing safety is an important maintenance responsibility that property owners should take into consideration, however it is often forgotten about in favour of affordability and longevity. Since the roof is the backbone of any property, it is important that it is crafted with fireproof materials in mind in order to try and contain the flames in the event of a fire. Read on to find out more... Class Ratings There are certain locations in a city where a property is considered to be more at risk of fire related damage and subsequently, certain building codes require the compulsory use of fireproof materials. In fact, there are so many different materials on the market that they have been categorized based on the speed that a fire would spread when coming into contract with them. For instance, class A materials like clay tiles, metal sheets and fibreglass asphalt shingles have the highest resistance and can endure substantial damage; class B materials can withstand moderate exposure to an active fire but are often treated to make them more fire retardant; and class C materials like regular shingles, felt, and thatching offer a very little amount of fire protection and put a roof at serious risk of collapse. Remove Vegetation Although a class A roofing material is an essential step towards fireproofing a roof, it is important that homeowners look at the surroundings of their property too. After all, dry vegetation can fuel a fire and actually allow it to spread to a building, putting the roof at more risk than it otherwise would be if a fire started inside. As a result, cutting down or felling trees that overhang will ensure [...]

By |September 14th, 2020|industrial roofing|0 Comments

3 Benefits of Zinc Roofing

As the industrial roofing experts on your side, the team here at Valent Roofing want to emphasise the benefits of metal as a roofing material. After all, many property owners are unaware that there are actually dozens of different metals that have the ability to provide the protection that is expected of a high-quality roof. In fact, we’ve decided to focus specifically on zinc. Read on as we go over three benefits of investing in zinc roofing… Weather Resistant As one of the most durable metals on the market, zinc is extremely resistant to corrosion which makes it an excellent choice for roofing. In fact, it also has ‘self-healing’ properties which means that it can recover overtime without any human intervention if it is scratched. This low-maintenance characteristic coupled with its ability to hold its ground in the face of Mother Nature’s wrath makes zinc an incredibly effective roofing material choice, come rain or shine. Longevity With a lifespan of 80-100 years, zinc roofing is almost as durable as a slate roof, which has a longevity guarantee of 100-150 years. This makes it an incredibly cost-effective investment as zinc is also a low-maintenance material and this allows property owners to reap the benefits of longevity without having to constantly worry about the risk of damage. With that said, it is still important to routinely inspect your roof regardless of the material is it made from. Eco-Friendly In comparison to alternative metals, zinc takes a lot less energy to produce because it has a significantly lower melting point. As a result, it is considered an environmentally friendly material, which is emphasised even further by its longevity guarantee as this means that property owners are investing in [...]

By |September 2nd, 2020|industrial roofing|0 Comments

Common Misconceptions About the Roofing Industry

In the eyes of many, the roof is the most important aspect of a property and should be constructed with the utmost attention to detail by an experienced and licenced professional. The roofing industry is not for the faintheart as it involves a lot of climbing and requires tradesmen to work with heavy and specialised tools. Read on as we go over some of the misconceptions that many people tend to have and set the record straight once and for all. Roofers aren’t trained The majority of roofers are introduced to the industry through an apprenticeship program. This provides all the knowledge and expertise a person could ever need to succeed and ensures they are able to obtain the skills necessary to carry out even the most complex roofing projects to the high-quality standard that a client expects. As a result, the misconception that roofers aren’t properly trained couldn’t be further from the truth as they are actually one of the most qualified working professionals. A new roof is purposely expensive Although there are some roofing companies out there who aren’t afraid to rip off their customers, the majority of roofers are ethical, trustworthy and reliable. With this said, there is a common misconception that the industry inflates the price of a roofing project for their own benefit. In reality, the cost of a new roof can differ considerably depending on the type of roof, the materials that are being used, and the length of the project. All of these aspects are taken into consideration in order to try and provide each client with a quote that will meet their budget as closely as possible. Roofing creates a lot of mess It’s no secret that [...]

By |September 1st, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Signs of a Moisture Damaged Roof

The roof of a property is exposed to the elements all-year round which means that it is vulnerable to general wear and tear and must be regularly maintained to keep it in tip top condition. After all, neglecting your roof may be an easy solution but it can lead to serious repercussions as the materials that they are made from will deteriorate rapidly, particularly if they are exposed to continuous moisture. Read on as the team here at Valent Roofing go over three signs of a moisture-damaged roof... Blistering Shingles Since the material that your roof is made from is the first component that will come into contact with rainfall, it is important that homeowners carry out routine inspections. After all, blistering is the first sign that moisture is having an impact, particularly when it comes to cheaper materials like shingles. This causes the material to raise up, allowing further moisture to penetrate deeper into the structure of a roof. Pooling Pitched roofs are designed to transport water away from the surface and prevent moisture damage, however this is not possible in flat roofing. As a result, many commercial and industrial buildings are susceptible to ‘pooling’ which occurs when rainwater settles on top of the material, gradually weakening it until the roof collapses. Since pooling can cause serious damage and puts the safety of workers at risk, it should be dealt with immediately. Blocked Gutters The gutter is a shallow trough that is fixed to the exterior of a property beneath the edge of the roof in order to carry rainwater away in a safe and reliable manner. With this said, they can become blocked with debris such as leaves and twigs fairly easily which [...]

By |August 21st, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Reasons to Invest in Felt Roofing

The roofing industry is inundated with choice when it comes to the materials that properties owners can choose from and this means that our experts have an incredibly important job in order to ensure that every project is afforded the same level of care. In fact, the Valent Roofing team work closely with each client and assess the needs of their property so that we can implement the most suitable material every time. Read on as we go over a few reasons why felt roofing is considered a good investment... Lightweight There are many factors to take into consideration during the design process of a roof, and the material that it is made from plays an incredibly important role. After all, the structure must be able to support its weight. Luckily, felt is a very lightweight material which makes it an effective option for weaker structures like sheds, garages and external housing extensions. After all, these structures tend to be too basic for valuable alternatives like metal and shingles. Affordable As one of the most affordable materials on the market, felt roofing can be implemented without breaking the bank and is a popular option for those who are operating in accordance with a strict budget. With this said, there are usually different varieties of felt that will differ in terms of their quality and durability which means that the price may inflate or deflate depending on which particular type a client would like to invest in. Maintenance The roof is the most important part of a property as it provides protection from the elements. As a result, it is vital that regular inspections and routine maintenance is provided as neglecting ones’ responsibilities can reduce the [...]

By |August 12th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

How to Improve the Longevity of a Roof

Here at Valent Roofing, our team strive to provide each and every client with a roof that can withstand the test of time. After all, a slate roof may have an average lifespan of 150 years but this figure is heavily dependent on the care that homeowners provide it with. As a properties first line of defence against the wrath of Mother Nature, it is vital that a roof is given the attention to detail it requires to keep it in tip top condition. Read on as we go over three ways to improve the longevity of a roof... Ventilation The beams that make up a roof are just as important as the material that it is made from, however a lack of ventilation can lead to condensation. Overtime, this excess moisture can damage wooden features, reduce the stability of a roof and force homeowners to invest in a replacement sooner rather than later. Luckily, this can be easily rectified by investing in an exhaust fan. Gutters Pitched roofing is known for its slopes which are able to effectively reduce moisture and prevent water build-up. The gutters then funnel this water away from the roofing material so that it cannot cause unnecessary damage. With this said, a lack of gutter maintenance can cause them to become clogged with debris, preventing the rainwater from being removed. In order to ensure that a roof outlasts its longevity guarantee, it is vital that the gutters remain clear at all times as this will reduce the likelihood of moisture related damage. Maintenance A roof is only as good as the maintenance it is provided with. After all, it may be in perfect condition when it is first installed but [...]

By |August 5th, 2020|industrial roofing|0 Comments

The Benefits of Pitched Roofing

In layman’s terms, a pitched roof is a type of roofing design with two parts that slope downwards at an angle from a central ridge point. They are a common installation in residential properties because they provide addition storage space and allow homeowners to insulate more effectively, but are often replaced by flat roofing in industrial and commercial buildings. Read on as the team here at Valent Roofing go over some of the benefits of pitched roofing... Aesthetics A pitched roof comes in a variety of shapes, designs and sizes which means that homeowners should always be prepared to maintain each roof slightly differently. With this said, this versatility makes them an incredibly aesthetical roofing option as the slopes provide an additional charm that the industrialisation of a flat roof just cannot master. In addition to this, pitched roofs can also be made from a wide range of different materials such as slate, shingles and metal sheets. Longevity Due to their lack of natural drainage system, flat roofs are constantly at risk of leaks and this makes them a high-maintenance roofing solution. In addition to this, they often require replacing much more frequently. On the other hand, pitched roofs are noticeably easier to repair and maintain in comparison and have a longevity guarantee of 30-150 years depending on the material that they are made from. As a result, many homeowners see them as an investment for the future. Affordable It is important to note that pitched roofing is often more expensive to implement due to their characteristic slopes, however it allows homeowners to revel in significant savings in the months and years that follow. In fact, insulation is a key component of pitched roofs and [...]

By |August 3rd, 2020|industrial roofing|0 Comments

3 Traditional Roofing Materials

The roofing industry has taken many different routes throughout history which has allowed us to perfect the trade and learn which materials are suitable for which purpose. Here at Valent Roofing, our team of dedicated roofers want to provide each and every client with a service they can trust which is why we make it a point to ensure that the correct material is installed on their property. Read on as we go over three traditional materials that were popular during the early days of roofing and remain an industry favourite today... Clay Tiles According to historians, clay tiles have been used for roofing purposes since 10,000 B.C and even has roots in China. This roofing material is still incredibly popular today, however modern technological advancements means that it is no longer susceptible to damage like warping and twisting like handmade traditional tiles were. In fact, they can be mass-produced very easily today and this means that roofs made from this traditional material are incredibly cost-effective. Thatch Although straw roofs are never used in industrial roofing, they are a popular rural option and date all the back to the year 5000 B.C! Known officially as thatched roofing, this type of roof makes use of materials like straw, reeds and grasses which are cut and dried in order to form ‘yelms’. Surprisingly, it has a longevity guarantee of around 30 years, however it tends to be considered a health and safety risk due to how flammable dried straw is. Stone There are dozens of different stone related materials that can be used in roofing, including but not limited to limestone and sandstone, and that is why it has been a popular option for thousands of years. [...]

By |July 24th, 2020|industrial roofing|0 Comments

How to Maintain an Industrial Roof

Contrary to belief, there are several differences between residential roofing and commercial roofing. After all, the former is usually pitched in order to create an attic space that can be used for storage and this tends to require insulation, whereas the latter is often flat and utilises more robust materials like metal or rubber. Read on as the team here at Valent Roofing go over everything there is to know about maintaining an industrial roof... Regular Inspections Most of the time, an industrial roof is incredibly large and this means that there is a higher probability of damage occurring without it being immediately noticeable. As a result, it is important that these roofs are inspected on a regular and routine basis by an experienced roofer who knows what to look for and understands how commercial roofing may be damaged by wind, rain or general wear and tear. Swift Repairs The longer that a roof is left to suffer with existing damage, the more it will deteriorate and this means that it will be much more expensive to repair and will need replacing sooner rather than later. After all, it is more beneficial to repair a damaged roof when the problem is minimal because this ensures that the full structure will not become compromised overtime. Moisture Control The majority of industrial roofs are flat and this means that they require attention to detail in order to ensure that they do not become waterlogged after heavy rainfall. After all, pitched roofing is designed in such a way as to ensure that water runs off the edges, however flat roofing is susceptible to pools on the surface. Overtime, the weight of the water can actually damage the roofing [...]

By |July 15th, 2020|industrial roofing|0 Comments

The Benefits of Copper Roofing

Metal roofing is an umbrella term that is often used in order to refer to a particular type of roofing style. With this said, many property owners are unaware of the sheer variety of options that are available on the market when it comes to the particular metal that they would like to opt for. After all, aluminium, zinc and steel are just three examples! Read on as the team here at Valent Roofing go over 3 benefits of investing in a copper roof... Longevity As a premium material, copper is thought to be a more effective option for roofing than traditional materials like slate and asphalt. After all, it is incredibly affordable and comes with an impressive longevity guarantee of around 50 years as long as it is provided with routine maintenance and inspections. As a result, a copper roof is often seen as an investment for the future. Weather Resistant It is safe to say that a copper roof manages to tick all the boxes when it comes face to face with the wrath of Mother Nature. In fact, it can stand its ground against heavy rainfall and strong winds as well as hail and mildew without becoming dented or discoloured. In addition to this, a copper roof is also incredibly resistant to thermal increases and decreases which means that a roof won't deteriorate or change shape throughout the hot summer months. Energy Efficiency An investment in copper roofing is also an investment in the environment. After all, metal reflects heat rather than absorbing it and this makes it much easier to control the temperature inside a property throughout the year. As a result, less energy is wasted and property owners may even [...]

By |July 9th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments