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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

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|industrial roofing|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|industrial roofing|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|industrial roofing|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|industrial roofing|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