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How to improve industrial roofing checks

An industrial roof checklist is essential for every building manager. These maintenance checks are important in ensuring that faults and damage don’t bring a company’s day-to-day operations to a standstill; that minor problems with simple solutions don’t develop into more costly repairs; and that the general aesthetic of the property is kept to a high standard for the sake of visitors. We understand that a building manager’s responsibilities are extensive and that industrial roof checklists can be complicated and time consuming, so we constantly work on developing examination routines in order to streamline the process as much as possible whilst retaining our high standards of checks so potential problem is overlooked. These are a few important approaches that we advise to all of our clients to ensure that maintenance checks are carried out swiftly and safely: Install roof lighting The winter months in the UK are infamous for a lack of sunlight and cold weather that can cause site managers to hold off from checking the roofing until the weather becomes clearer. Whilst we advise that your yearly checks take place in the summer months for safety purposes, it is important that you give your roof some checks during winter as this is the time of the year that roofs receive the most damage; and if this damage is left for too long it can develop into a much bigger problem. By having roof lighting installed it makes it much less likely that any damage to the roof is missed due to poor visibility and also speeds up an otherwise lengthy task. Maintenance contracts If your roof is prone to minor damages, requiring you to call out a professional each year for repairs, a maintenance [...]

By |December 5th, 2019|industrial roofing|0 Comments

Can you convert a flat roof to a pitched roof?

Whilst flat roofing is a great option for a lot of industrial properties, it isn’t always perfect for all of them. Things like climates, location and budgets can all have an influence on whether or not a flat roof is the best option for any given property, and even if a property already has a flat roof, it can still be changed. The alternative to a flat roof is a pitched roof. Pitched roofing is much more common on residential properties, most notably houses, due to the nature of the building and its requirements. Houses have much different heating requirements, as well as very different needs when it comes to adverse weather patterns. Pitched roofs also add some extra benefits; added storage space and reduced maintenance costs to name just a few. Pitched roofing conversions could also be the answer to a number of structural problems that are common with flat roofs. If your industrial building currently has a flat roof in place but you feel as though a pitched roof could be more beneficial, don’t worry. Here at Valent Roofing we provide the service of transforming roofs from flat to pitched, and it isn’t as complicated as it initially sounds. How is a roof converted from flat to pitched? There is no one-size-fits all when it comes to roof conversions. The most common technique is a straightforward process of removing the existing roof and fitting new framing to create a pitched roof space. With your average household roofing, the weight of the pitched roof is supported by the exterior walls. The reason flat roofing is preferred for most industrial properties is due to the size of the buildings. Large buildings require added supports to [...]

By |November 28th, 2019|industrial roofing|0 Comments

Understanding your business EPC rating

Every building in the UK, both residential and commercial, now has to have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC). These certificates are required so that a building’s energy efficiency rating is clearly stated. The rating system is graded from A to G - A being a very efficient rating and G being a poor and inefficient one - and are required on any building built, sold or rented, or if the building has a roof and walls and uses energy to condition the interior temperature. For buildings that contain separate units, like blocks of flats, an EPC is required for each individual unit. Some buildings are excluded from requiring an EPC; these are places of worship; temporary buildings; stand-alone buildings with less than 50-square-metres of floor space; industrial and agricultural buildings with low energy requirements; protected buildings where energy efficiency compliancy would unacceptably alter their character or appearance; rented dwellings occupied by the same tenant since before October 1, 2008, and buildings that are suitable for demolition. The EPC rating system was brought in to ensure that government environmental targets are being met and carbon footprints are being reduced. A lot of buildings were given an estimated EPC rating when it was first brought in due to a shortage of assessors. With many locations currently rated higher than they should be it is important that building managers and owners put measures in place to ensure that their building is given an accurate EPC rating and that attempts are made to bring that rating as close to A as possible. Installing quality industrial roofing in Manchester is a key aspect in ensuring a commercial property maintains a high EPC rating as they are responsible for providing efficient [...]

By |November 21st, 2019|industrial roofing|0 Comments

Which roofing materials are the most fire retardant?

Not only do roofing materials need to be able to withstand adverse weather conditions, they also need to be able to withstand the heat of a fire in the event of an emergency. There are a number of roofing materials, all with varying levels of fire resistance, each classified by specific fire ratings so they can be easily identified. These are a few of the most common roofing materials alongside their classification of fire resistance: Metal Tiles Even under extreme heat from flames, metal does not ignite. And with the addition of a fire-resistant barrier it earns a Class A certification. The range of metal roofing materials is diverse; copper, steel and zinc are some options available with varying aesthetic differences available to constructors. Metal alloys are another option. Alloys are a mixture of separate metals to give varying benefits depending on location. Not only do metal tiles provide great fire resistance, they are also non-corrosive, giving them a longevity guarantee that far exceeds other materials. Slate Slate has been used for roofing solutions for centuries. The natural material is inherently resistant to fire and is also awarded a Class A rating. There are different types of slate that are available, some can be used for flooring or walls, but the slate used for roof tiling is slightly different; it is thicker and heavier than other tiles and it is this thickness which helps it earn its Class A rating as thick slate cannot be easily chipped and penetrated by fire. Although slate is a more expensive roofing option, the material itself is perfect for roofing and can last a very long time. Some historic buildings fitted with slate roofs have lasted more than 70 [...]

By |September 20th, 2019|industrial roofing|0 Comments

The Importance of cleaning your roof

Roofs are made of stern stuff. Modern materials and developing techniques mean our roofs are able to stand up to some seriously harsh weather conditions, whether it be snow, hail, sleet, rain or high winds and baking heat, a quality roof should be able to brave the storm and keep your interior dry and warm. That doesn’t mean that your roof isn’t without some requirements. Like the inside of our homes, which we clean diligently to make sure everything is ship shape and shiny, our roofs can also benefit from a little TLC. Because our roofs tend to be out of sight, our responsibilities tend to be out of mind. But ensuring that your roof is kept clean can help extend its longevity guarantee and avoid damages from occurring that will incur costly repairs or replacements. What are the benefits of cleaning my roof? Keeping your roof clean and tidy doesn’t just provide functional benefits. Allowing moss to grow on your roof is a definite eyesore that depletes the aesthetical value of any property. When it is allowed to grow unchecked, it becomes the first thing people see as they approach your property creating an unwanted focal point. Not only can moss create an eyesore, it can also grow into your roof and cause damage that won’t be easily identifiable due to the coverage provided by the moss itself. Having a regular cleaning schedule for your roof also brings you into close proximity with the roof, allowing you to keep an eye out for any problems that may be developing. This way you can catch anything unusual before it develops into something more costly. How can I clean my roof? The main reason that roofs [...]

By |September 12th, 2019|industrial roofing|0 Comments

These are the questions you should ask before hiring a roofing company

Any type of roofing work, whether domestic or industrial is a serious financial commitment. When money is on the line you want to make sure that the company you hire to do the job is trustworthy, reliable and efficient. We’ve all heard horror stories of inept roofing contractors that end up creating more problems than they solve. Poor quality roofers can even affect your insurance coverage and liability for any worker’s injuries that may occur once the job is complete. Before any job you need to ask yourself the following questions. By doing so you will have a clear picture of the process as well as a good understanding of the scale and timeframe of the work: What is the timeframe the work will be completed in? After an initial examination of the roof the contractor will be able to give you a good estimate of how long the work will take. This gives homeowners and businesses a clear timeframe for them to work around; some businesses may need to change their opening hours or close entirely, whilst homeowners may have to organise temporary accommodation whilst work is taking place. Are you covered by liability insurance? If a roofing company doesn’t provide insurance for its workers and they get injured whilst working on your roof, you may be liable for workers compensation. This is why you should always ask to see proof of insurance before committing to any particular company. Can I see your references? As with any type of construction company you should always ask for recent references for jobs similar to yours so you can gain an unbiased opinion on their finished work. A contractor that is unwilling or unable to provide at [...]

By |September 5th, 2019|industrial roofing|0 Comments

Are flat roofs better protected from storms?

With the UK in the midst of one of its stormiest summers on record, more and more people have been asking if their flat roofing solutions are secure enough to stand up to such severe weather conditions. The UK is currently seeing large amounts of rainfall all across the country. This wet and windy summer is straight off the back of last year’s summer that saw unprecedented heatwaves, where the UK saw some of its most minimal rainfall and some parts of Britain going two months without any rainfall at all. The summer of 2018 was so dry that forest fires ravaged up and down the UK and droughts caused havoc for farmers. The current heavy rainfall has seen a number of towns flooded, with residents having to evacuate their homes; most notably, the residents of Whaley bridge who had to evacuate their homes as emergency work was required to repair the Toddbrook Reservoir dam in Derbyshire as up to 300 million gallons of water threatened to burst through and destroy the town. It is no coincidence that the storms in the UK all have names, this is part of an initiative by the Met Office called ‘name our storms’ which aims to raise the general public’s awareness of impending severe weather. With such diverse and damaging weather patterns becoming increasingly popular across the UK, it is important that our flat roofing solutions are able to withstand the punishment brought on by mother nature. Can flat roofs withstand gale force winds? Flat roofs are able to avoid a large amount of the punishment from gale force winds which slanted roofs have to bear. We don’t just ensure all our roofs are constructed to the best [...]

By |August 29th, 2019|industrial roofing|0 Comments

Why you should only use a roofing company with a CHAS accreditation

Valent Roofing gained CHAS accreditation on 6th May 2010. When you are looking for a roofing contractor you should always make sure that they have one, but what actually is a CHAS accreditation and what does it mean? CHAS, or the Contractors Health and Safety Assessment Scheme, is one of a number of health and safety assessment schemes available - primarily to the construction industry - to review the standards of health and safety the business is operating by. Any construction company that can claim CHAS standard can equip the logo onto their vehicles, company website, stationary etc. The certificate is a clear indication of quality to potential clients but is also beneficial to the companies themselves when reaching out to clients. The CHAS even offer those accredited with unique working opportunities that would otherwise be unavailable. Is CHAS necessary? Here at Valent Roofing we provide a lot of roofing applications for public buildings such as schools, council buildings and other public sector bodies. In order to acquire a contract to provide roofing solutions to any pf these sectors, we require a CHAS accreditation to show that our work is guaranteed to be of a high standard. The main role of the CHAS accreditation is to immediately demonstrate to our clients that we are competent in our health and safety approaches. In the past, when people took on a roofing contractor, they would have to go through extensive research to assess contractors, which could only be done on an individual basis. The CHAS helps reduce the time it takes by producing a fully detailed health and safety process. Seeing the CHAS logo is proof that the company you are dealing with has passed an assessment, [...]

By |August 22nd, 2019|industrial roofing|0 Comments

Alternative Roofing Materials To Bitumen

Bitumen has been used in flat roofing for a long time because of its longevity and durability. Bitumen, however, is a by product of oil production, usually made from petroleum. With roofing companies looking to the future and at how they can produce roofing membrane using less toxic and environmentally damaging materials, with some producers of roofing materials claiming the future of the industry may be in the development of a 100% biobased roofing membrane which recreates all the same technical and functional characteristics of bitumen. Bitumen has long been influenced by fluctuating oil prices. With oil costs set to rise further due to the demand and difficulty in processing fossil-based fuels, renewable and more affordable resources have been boosted to the top of roofing companies lists in order to be affordable to their clients. A non-profit organisation in Netherlands, TNO, have found that integrating Lignin, a component of plant biomatter, with bitumen at a molecular level rather than simply mixing the two together could reduce the amount of bitumen required by as much as 50% - a positive start in developing a better environmental profile. Roofing materials using biobased ingredients can also be specially designed for warmer and cooler weather conditions by using different amounts in their formulations to prevent the material from becoming too tacky or brittle. Here at valent roofing, our industrial roofs are specially designed for each building and we are looking to the future of the business to make sure the materials we use are the best quality, especially from materials produced using biobased foundations that can help reduce the requirements for fossil based materials such as bitumen.  For industrial roofing in Manchester, or if you have any more questions [...]

By |August 9th, 2019|industrial roofing|0 Comments

How an industrial roof can help your business save money

Cost-saving infrastructure is something every business strives for. With so few ways for a business to help reduce their costs, it is important that roofing companies do their part to help improve these options. Few businesses will think of their roof as anything other than a roof, but in fact, an industrial flat roof can notably reduce a company’s yearly costs, even helping them become a greener and more eco-friendly company in the meantime. Here’s how: Cost We start simply, with the cost. For larger buildings such as warehouses, flat roofs are much more cost effective to install than a traditional sloped roof. This is due to the fact they require less materials, the materials in question are cheaper, and the entire process is much quicker and easier than with sloped roofs. Commercial solar panels Commercial roofs - like domestic roofing - can also benefit from the addition of solar panels. These panels are able to harness the energy from sunlight and transfer the energy into useable electricity within the building itself. By being able to harness their own energy, they can greatly reduce their reliance on electric tariffs, reducing their yearly energy costs and in some cases, be able to completely supply their own clean energy. Any unused energy can be sold back into the Grid; giving businesses who produce enough solar energy the chance to not only save money, but to make money too. Insulation Properly insulated flat roofing can help reduce the 25% heat loss that occurs from other roofs. Adequate insulation doesn’t just work to keep your building warmer in winter either, adequate insulation can help reduce air-conditioning costs by reducing the amount of heat able to enter through the roof [...]

By |August 2nd, 2019|industrial roofing|0 Comments