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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

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

How to Prevent a Roofing Leak

An active leak is the last thing that any domestic or commercial property owner wants to discover. After all, it is often caused by an issue with the roof and the cost of rectifying the damage can depend on the amount of time the problem has been allowed to fester. Here at Valent Roofing, we want to ensure that our readers recognise the signs and understand the importance of preventing a roofing leak. Read on as we go over everything there is to know... Regular Inspections Since the material that a roof is made from is the component that is subjected to damage, it is vital that a roof is regularly inspected by roofing professionals and the property owner themselves. After all, replacing missing shingles will prevent moisture entering a property through the roof and ensures that the structure remains in tip top condition for as long as possible. Clean the Gutters Although a roof is installed in order to protect a property from the outside, it is important that property owners understand the role that the gutters play in the removal of moisture. After all, rainwater and melted snow will travel down the sides of a pitched roof into the gutters where it is transported away from the structure through pipes in order to prevent a leak. With this said, failure to clear gutters of debris can cause them to become blocked, preventing adequate moisture removal and causing a nasty leak to develop. Prompt Repairs Missing shingles and general wear and tear are two of the most common causes of a leaky roof, however both can be rectified by the implementation of prompt repair work. After all, neglecting one’s maintenance duties and allowing a [...]

By |March 19th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

What to do if you find asbestos in your commercial property

Asbestos was once one of the UKs leading building materials across both residential and commercial properties. Not only did it provide excellent heat and fire protection and sound insulation, but it was also incredibly affordable to produce. In modern construction, asbestos is a completely restricted material. It has been illegal to use asbestos in any form of construction or refurbishment on any building since 1999 due to being recognised as a significant health hazard to anyone who inhales the small particles that are released when it is worked with. Even though it is illegal to use the long fibrous materials, it still exists in a number of buildings. Asbestos can be found mixed into a number of other materials including cement, drywalling and sealants, and when it is in good condition there is little reason for alarm. If the materials should become damaged in any way, however, particles of asbestos can become aerosolised and it is these small particles which can be inhaled causing extensive and long-term respiratory damage. The signs of asbestos Asbestos is not easily discovered due to the practices of mixing it into other materials. Manufacturer’s labels are the only way to be certain that a material contains asbestos but, as is the case with most older buildings, these labels are long gone. If you suspect your building to contain asbestos, it is important that you take no chances and treat it as though it does; immediately contact someone who can perform a lab test to confirm whether asbestos is present or not. Why do we need to have asbestos removed? Each commercial property’s dutyholder is under obligation from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) under the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 [...]

By |November 15th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Benefits of industrial partitioning

For offices and warehouses that want to better utilise their space, industrial partitioning can provide the perfect solution. From simple dividing walls to segregating several areas, partitioning can do it all. As businesses grow it is important that they can expand their team, adding new team members or even adding whole new divisions to their operation to deal with new challenges that face growing companies. You don’t want your employees to be packed into a small space, it does little to promote a good work environment and can leave your workforce feeling squeezed in and unproductive. Why should I choose industrial partitioning? Partitioning can better utilise space that is already available to a company without having to move to a completely new office, which can be a costly and time-consuming endeavour.Partitioning installation is not a disruptive or lengthy process. Our team install partitioning quickly and efficiently with additional soundproofing qualities. This is a major benefit to noisy warehouses that need to help reduce their noise pollution levels for both staff health and safety and for those that live nearby.Partitioning is also key in providing privacy and separating work environments for key personnel and to prevent any cross contamination, which can be a key point to warehouse operations.Not all partitions need to be opaque. We also include glazed partitioning units to allow natural light in.Partitioning can also be installed on mezzanine floor areas, better utilising floor space below. All of our partitioning systems come with fire retardant options which can delay the spread of fire by staving off hot flames for 30-60 minutes, creating a life saving barrier in the event of an emergency in your workplace. To top it all off, partitioning is also aesthetically [...]

By |November 4th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

How to locate a roof leak

Roof leaks can differ in size from a small, barely noticeable trickle, to a business halting, costly deluge. Roofs leak for a number of different reasons; from dislodged shingles and tiles, gaps in the joinery, small holes in the roofing caused by adverse weather conditions, acts of God or even from general wear and tear that damages your roof slowly over time. Both domestic and industrial properties can suffer from a leaky roof. Domestic properties have the benefit of being under the watchful eye of those that live under it and therefore leaks are usually spotted quite easily. Especially as the roofs tend to be slanted, making them much more visible from the ground. Industrial roofs, on the other hand, tend to be much larger. They may have more people underneath on a daily basis but most of these will be too preoccupied at work to take much notice of what is going on above their heads. And the major problem with industrial roofs and spotting leaks is that industrial roofs are almost always flat. Not only are these too difficult to see from ground level, they are also far above the heads of those inside. For an industrial roof to be checked, someone needs to go out on to the roof itself. If you suspect your property’s roof is leaking then it is wise to send someone who knows what to look for to inspect. Because of the added danger of walking around on top of a large commercial structure, it is recommended that you hire a professional roof inspector or contact your roofing contractor to carry out the inspection for you. However, there are a few things you can do to keep an [...]

By |November 4th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Lowdown on Rain Screen Cladding

The process of constructing a building involves many different layers in order to ensure that the internal features are protected from the wrath of Mother Nature. After all, strong winds and heavy rainfall can wreak havoc on the roof of a property, never mind the external structure. As a result, the design of most buildings will use a tool known as cladding in order to offer an extra layer of protection against the elements. Read on as the team here at Valent Roofing go over everything there is to know about rain screen cladding... What is rain screen cladding? In layman’s terms, rain screen cladding is a type of covering that is applied during construction to a new building or added over the top of existing cladding to a building that is already fully built. It is designed with a weather resistant finish in order to support the interior of the building and ensure that it remains well-ventilated without affecting the exterior aesthetics. How cost-effective is rain screen cladding? Although the concept of rain screen cladding sound complicated, it is actually incredibly simple to install as long as the pressure equalisation is taken into consideration. After all, trapped air will affect a property and its ventilation efficiency. In fact, investing in this type of cladding offers property owners a noticeable return on investment (ROI) as a well-maintained exterior can last for decades at a time which makes it a very cost-effective option. What are the benefits of rain screen cladding? As well as being friendly on the bank balance, rain screen cladding also offers property owners a variety of exciting benefits. For example, there are a variety of different colours and finishes to choose from [...]

By |October 4th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

When to Replace a Roof

Every property owner will know that taking care of a roof is a full-time responsibility. After all, it is a man-made feature which means that it requires regular maintenance to keep it in tip top condition for as long as possible. With this said, the day will arrive when the roofing contractor mentions the word ‘replacement’. Known for being expensive and time consuming, the team here at Valent Roofing have decided to set the record straight once and for all. Read on as we go through three scenarios where a replacement job may be the best solution.... Old-Age The lifespan of a roof is difficult to pinpoint because the exact figure depends on a variety of different characteristics such as the material used, the amount of maintenance provided and the quality of the installation. With this said, a roof that is looking worse for wear is very likely in need of some high-quality care and roofing replacement could be the perfect solution, especially if a roof is pre-existing on a new house purchase. Damage Whilst maintenance and servicing can help extend the lifespan of a roof and ensure that a property is protected all year round, it is important to take general wear and tear or weather-related damage into consideration. After all, the wrath of mother nature is difficult to tame and this means that a heavy downpour or particularly strong winds can result in serious damage, making a full roofing replacement the only option. In addition to this, missing shingles or damage roofing materials could also be a sign that it is time to consider a replacement too. Leak When it comes to roofing damage, the last thing that a homeowner wants to discover [...]

By |April 23rd, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments