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The Difference Between Industrial and Residential Roofing

To the untrained eye, a roof is just a roof. As long it is well cared for then there isn’t any point differentiating one from another, right? Wrong! Here at Valent Roofing, we want to educate our readers so that they are aware of the key differences between the two leading roof types in the roofing industry so that they can apply the information to their maintenance responsibilities where and when appropriate. Read on to find out more information… Materials When a roof is constructed, the materials are chosen in advance depending on the climate, budget and roof type. After all, residential and commercial roofs have different requirements that determine the materials that are most suitable. For example, wood, slate, plastic, shingles and ceramic tiles are common residential roofing materials whereas industrial roofing tend to opt for EPDM rubber, asphalt rolls and metal sheets made from copper, aluminium, tin or stainless steel. Design A residential roof differs in design when compared to an industrial roof. For example, the latter tends to be entirely flat and much larger which means that it is important to choose a material suited to this design. On the other hand, residential roofs are pitched which means that they have a steep slope that meets in the middle, making them easier to maintain, repair and replace. Specialities As well as being easy to maintain, a residential roof is almost fairly simple to install for an experienced roofer. After all, the only obstacle is the chimney. Contrastingly, constructing an industrial roof is considered a skilled speciality due to the technicalities that have to be taken into consideration. After all, the contactor should be familiar with how air flow systems, external piping and [...]

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

Why Roof Ventilation is Important

There is more to roofing than attaching materials to wooden beams. In fact, there are other important aspects to take into consideration like insulation, guttering and ventilation. The majority of residential and industrial properties are ventilated as is important in order to ensure that your roof is able to meet its longevity guarantee, however the quality of this ventilation is often poor. Read on as we go through why ventilating your roof is so important… What is it? Ventilation is the supply of fresh air through the room of a property. Most rooms in a residential home or industrial building are well ventilated however attics tend to be neglected. After all, they are closed away out of sight and out of mind. Luckily, it is possible to ventilate your attic/roof by ensuring that outside air is allowed to pass through, removing excess heat and moisture at the same time. Lack of Ventilation The majority of roofs are poorly ventilated or have no ventilation system in place at all which can be incredibly counterproductive. After all, there are many problems that can arise due to a lack of ventilation. For example, the process helps remove excess heat so if there is no fresh air moving through, the entire property can start to overheat which can lead to the development of mould. In fact, this heat transfer can actually damage your roofing materials and cause wood beams to warp out of shape. Another major issue that can arise from ventilation neglect is moisture damage as steam rising from things like pots, pans and showers can condense in the attics where it destroys your insulation and makes you even more vulnerable to mildew. Here at Valent Roofing we [...]

By |November 14th, 2018|industrial roofing|0 Comments

Why Your Commercial Roof Needs Constant Repairs

A commercial roof is much larger than your average residential roof which means that it requires more attention to detail. After all, any well cared for roof will be able to carry out its purpose without any unexpected issues, as that is what maintenance is used to detect. If you have noticed that you are calling out the experts several times a month then there may be something more serious going on. Read on to find out a few reasons why your commercial roof may be requiring constant repair jobs… Hidden Leaks Moisture damage is no laughing matter which is why it is important to ensure that you respond swiftly if you discover evidence of a leak. After all, it can damage your roofing material, cause wooden beams to rot and even allow mould to develop inside a property. If you find that you are calling out the professionals to deal with these issues but they keep reappearing, a leak could be the culprit. Poor Installation Sometimes the cheapest deal on the market really is too good to be true and if you don’t vet your roofing contractor, you could end up with a cowboy roofing job. After all, a well installed commercial roof shouldn’t need the expertise of a professional for many years to come when it is well maintained. If you are carrying out constant repairs relating to your roofing material, a poor installation job could be the cause. Blocked Gutters Although it is technically not a part of your roof, your gutter should be given just as much attention. After all, if you don’t take care of them then they can start to have a nasty ripple effect on the health of [...]

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

Things to Know Before a Roof Replacement

A full roof replacement is not a decision that you should jump into blindly. After all, it is a time-consuming commitment and it is important that you recognise the importance of the investment that you are about to undertake. Here at Valent Roofing, we like to work closely with our clients that are considering a replacement in order to ensure that they are completely prepared. In fact, we have put together a brief article on some of the most important things you should know before work begins… Contractor Research Before you part with your hard-earned cash it is highly advised that you do some preparation. After all, the roofing industry is filled with cowboy builders and conmen looking to make quick money. Unfortunately, these people will not hesitate to dupe trusting property owners, so you should always carry out research to validate the accountability of a company. Layering or Stripping Shingles With a shingles roof, there are two options in terms of a replacement. For example, you can have a new layer placed on top of the existing layer or you can have the existing layer stripped away and the new layer installed in its place. Whilst layering your shingles can be a great way to save money in terms of installation costs, it can only be carried out once. With this said, you should always be given the option during your roofing replacement. Time Frame A roof replacement is not a simple task which means that you should be prepared for contractors to be on your property for one to three days. In fact, the estimated time frame for a roof replacement depends on several factors such as the size of the roof, the [...]

By |October 31st, 2018|industrial roofing|0 Comments

The Cause of Commercial Roofing Leaks

When it comes to roofing, you should ensure that you give it the full attention it requires. After all, neglect is a one way road to an unexpected repair bill or a full roofing replacement. Here at Valent Roofing, we deal with commercial roofing leaks on a regular basis, many of which can be easily prevented, and in this blog we have decided to go over some of the most common causes of this type of roofing damage. Read on to find out more information… General Wear and Tear As a roof ages, it begins to show signs of wear and tear that is expected by the roofing experts. After all, man-made items are susceptible to damage from the effects of mother nature. As a result of things like gaps in the roofing material , water is able to trickle into a property and cause moisture related damage. If your roof is particularly old, it may be more cost effective to consider a full replacement in order to prevent leaks. A Lack of Maintenance On the other hand, a young roof can begin to leak due to neglect and a lack of maintenance. As a property owner, it is your responsibility to call out the experts on a regular basis in order to ensure that your commercial roof is in full working order. The problem is that 70% of people do not do this, leaving their roof vulnerable to damage that goes undetected for months, or years, at a time. In fact, it is this damage that often results in leaks. Pooling Since the majority of commercials roofs are flat, they are vulnerable to something known as pooling. This occurs when rainwater is unable to [...]

By |October 25th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Specialist Jargon Used in the Roofing Industry

Your roof is the most important aspect of your property, so it is important to keep it in good condition. With this said, it is not uncommon for contractors to get carried away with the jargon they use, unintentionally alienating their clients. That is why the team here at Valent Roofing have put together some of the most common terms that are used within the roofing industry. Read on to find out everything you need to know… Flashing: As the most common specialist term in roofing, flashing is a type of protection that covers joints and edges in order to prevent leaks. It can be made from a wide range of materials including copper, lead, aluminium, stainless steel and rubber. Green Roof: Generically, a green roof is a type of flat roof where the extra space is being repurposed and used to grow organic material like plants, crops and flowers. It can be a great way to improve the aesthetics in overly urban areas. Fascia: In roofing, a single strip of wood known as fascia is used in order to separate the roof from the wall. In fact, this panel is what the gutters are usually attached too. Interestingly, many roofers are choosing to swap out wooden fascia in favour of uPVC fascia due to its superior quality. Parapet: Used for safety reasons, a parapet is a low wall that is installed along the edges of a roof. It is typically used in flat roofing designs in order to prevent people falling. They are often very low and tend to have a railing installed on top of them too if the roof is open for public use. Dormer Roof: Since mortgages have become much more [...]

By |October 17th, 2018|industrial roofing|0 Comments

Choosing a Roofing Contractor

The roof is the bread and butter of your property which is why it is important to keep it in good condition. After all, it only takes a tiny hole to allow rainwater to seep through your roof and even a first time property owner knows that moisture damage is the worst possible discovery to make. Here at Valent Roofing, we want to ensure that that our readers have all the facts they need in order to choose a roofing contractor that will deliver results. Read on to find out more… Ask Questions When you are looking for a contractor to complete work for you, it is important that you feel comfortable enough to ask questions. After all, you are the employer and will be paying for the services that you receive. For example, it way may wise to ask whether the company uses subcontractors, which are often paid per job which can result in rushed work, and whether or not the price beats roofing competitors in the area. Request References A licenced and professional roofing business will not hesitant to provide potential customers with references from previous clients. After all, references are an excellent way to gain an insight into the quality of work that the contractors are able to produce from an unbiased source. In fact, we tend to look at reviews before we purchase items from a store so a reference is the roofing contactor equivalent. Qualifications Not all roofers have been trained in the industry which means that they may not be equipped to deal with some of the delicate issues. After all, the roof is an important part of a property that must be well taken care of and this [...]

By |October 10th, 2018|industrial roofing|0 Comments

Famous Roofs Across the Globe

We have been placing roofs on the top of buildings since the beginning of time. After all, scouring for shelter from the elements is all part of human survival and some of the most intricate designs in the history of roofing were crafted hundreds of years ago, cementing their place as the most famous roofs across the globe. Read on to find out more about the roofs that managed to make our top three… The Sydney Opera House, Sydney, Australia Adorned with unique curved panels, the Sydney Opera House has got to be one the most famous designs in the history of architecture. After all, it took 14 years to build and cost over 100 million Australian dollars. Interestingly, the panels are formed from concrete and covered with tiles from Sweden, which give it the distinct glossy appearance it is known for. St Stephen’s Cathedral, Vienna, Austria Tourists are often shocked to discover the statistics behind St Stephens Cathedral in Austria. After all, it is made up of at least 230,000 multicoloured tiles and uses 600 metric tons of steel in order to support it. The famous spectacle was completed a very long time ago in 1160 and is a must-see symbol of the city for any visitor in Vienna. Domed Blue Roofs, Santorini, Greece Providing both aesthetic and practical value, the domed blue roofs that can be found in Greece are a wonder to behold. In fact, they have reflective abilities which serve to keep people inside cool in the hot climate. Plus, the dome shop is also effective at allowing rainwater to roll off and be caught so that it can be repurposed during the Grecian summer. Whilst our industrial roofing here at [...]

By |October 3rd, 2018|industrial roofing|0 Comments

The Benefits of Shingles Roofing

If you are thinking about investing in your property, it is important that the roof is taken into consideration. After all, the majority of property owners tend to focus on the aesthetic features rather than the practical features, which means that the kitchen ends up getting revamped whilst the roof slowly falls apart above. Residential properties tend to benefit from long-life materials like shingles and, in this article, we are going to go over a few benefits of shingles roofing… Affordable A roof made from shingles is incredibly popular due to its affordability factor. After all, it offers much more value for your money in comparison to other roofing materials on the market and is also one of the cheapest materials to choose from. This means that taking care of your roof doesn’t have to require a loan from the bank or a declaration of bankruptcy! Durable A well-installed shingles roof can last for at least 30 years, which means that it is ideal for property owners looking to make an investment in their roofing. This lifespan is the result of the light weight of the shingles, their resistance to fire and their ability to withstand the brutality of weather conditions like strong wind- which is often to blame for the deterioration of residential roofing. Sustainable Shingles are an eco-friendly material which can actually be recycled and repurposed when they reach the end of their lifespan. Ultimately, this makes them a very sustainable choice for roofing as the environment is able to benefit from this type of residential roofing rather than be damaged by it. There are so many different types of roofing materials available on the market that the team here at Valent Roofing [...]

By |September 26th, 2018|industrial roofing|0 Comments

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