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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

The Key Differences Between Commercial and Residential Roofing

When it comes to roofing, it is important to understand the several different methods of approach. After all, there are a range of characteristics to take into consideration before a roofing project can even be planned. Here at Valent Roofing, we want our readers to understand the differences between commercial and residential roofing and how it can impact the way a roofing project is approached. Read on to find out more… Materials The most obvious difference between a commercial and residential roof is the type of materials that are used to construct them. After all, industrial properties like factories and warehouses tend to be much larger in size in comparison to residential alternatives and this means that they require strong and durable materials that are cost-effective like metal or EPDM (Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer). On the other hand, residential roofing tends to be fitted with more readily available and cheaper alternatives that aren’t suitable for commercial builds, such as tiles, asphalt and slate. Purpose The way that commercial and residential roofs are designed often reflects their purpose. For example, residential roofing is designed to retain heat whilst protecting a property from the elements and that is why it uses materials like shingles, whereas a commercial roof is designed in order to reduce noise pollution, especially when it comes to factories. As a result, soundproofing materials like rubber and metal tend to be the most suitable. In addition to this, residential roofing is also pitched, whereas industrial roofing is often flat and the roofing materials designated to each are often easier to work with for the style of roof. Expertise It is no secret that roofing is an industry that requires great expertise, however, experts say [...]

By |March 21st, 2019|Uncategorized|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

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

New Year Roofing Tips

The new year means new opportunities which is why a lot of people create a New Year’s resolution in order to help them stay on track and achieve everything that they would like to over the next 365 days. With this said, it can often cause us to put important odd jobs that need doing to the back of our mind and when this comes down to things like our roof, it can have disastrous consequences. Here are a few roofing top tips for the new year….   Gutters It is very important to ensure that your gutter is clean and cleared as a blockage will cause any excess rainwater to sit on top of your roof and this can result in the material weakening. After all, the last thing you want to deal with is a complete collapse of your roof down to irregular gutter maintenance and cleaning when it can be very easily avoided.   Pressure Washing Having a clean roof is not always the first thing on most people’s mind however for some it is a necessity. With this said, you should never pressure wash your roof as it can cause the decay process to kick in, loosen the material and remove its protective surface layer and a weak roof is not going to protect your home or business building very well.   Maintenance  Every so often throughout the year you will notice that your roof requires the odd job or professional assistance. Whilst it may not look like a big deal, it can be very important that you completely fix them sooner rather than later. This is because little problems can very easily become a big problem if you choose to [...]

By |January 18th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Making Your Roof Energy Efficient

Far too many people turn a blind eye to the damage that is inflicted upon the environment due to human activity. Not only are we on a journey towards making our planet inhabitable in the future; we are destroying wildlife, preventing new growth and literally sucking the life out of the earth. Luckily, there is still time to make a change and energy efficient roofing could be a positive step in the right direction. Read on to find out a few ways you can alter your roofing decisions in order to help the environment rather than destroy it… Colours The colour of your roof can play a big role in the amount of energy that you use and in order to ensure that this power consumption is environmentally friendly it is wise to make a few changes here and there. For example, in a colder climate it is wise to opt for a dark roof colour as this this absorbs as much heat as possible, keeping the home warmer and therefore requiring less energy and electricity. Insulation A good contractor will be able to provide high quality insulation when you require a brand new roof. After all, your roof is the first layer of defence against the external elements and a lack of insulation makes you vulnerable to the wrath of mother nature in all kinds of different ways. Insulation also works to regulate the temperature of the home so that you can use just the right amount of power and avoid pumping unnecessary gases into the atmosphere. Sustainability An energy efficient roof is also about the construction and the choice of materials that are used. After all, some materials are able to conserve more [...]

By |January 5th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

The FAQ’s of Roof Repairs

If you discover some pretty detrimental damage to your roof you will likely have to consult the help of a professional in order to organise a repair. After all, the longer you leave this damage the more expensive it will be to fix it. When it comes to a roof repair, it is likely that you may have a lot of budding questions and here at Valent Roofing, we love providing answers which is why we put together this FAQ blog… What needs to be repaired? Each roof repair is unique which means that your damage may be significantly different than a friend’s and the things that need to be repaired will differ from one another. For example, if you have a leaky roof, you will likely need to replace the material used and address the interior damage that was caused. On the other hand, missing slats will only require a replacement. What signs of damage should I look for? Catching roof damage before it become serious is the best thing that you can do however in order to do this you need to know what you are looking for. On a regular basis, check the shingles to see if there are any missing, especially after a storm. This way you can organise a replacement before a leak occurs. Can I repair my own roof? The roofing industry is a dangerous one which is why everyone who carries out work on them must be qualified. Due to this, nobody should try to fix their own roof. Not only do you not have the knowledge and experience necessary to complete the job, you can end up causing yourself a serious injury. Always call in the professionals [...]

By |September 22nd, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Felting a Shed Roof

Here at Valent Roofing, we pride ourselves in our knowledge when it comes to roofing and although a shed roof isn’t exactly the type of industry we are in, we believe that is it an essential maintenance tip that all homeowners should at least have a basic idea about. Here is the lowdown when it comes to felting a shed roof… What You Will Need Felting a shed can be daunting when you have never completed the task before, however, it is actually more straight forward than people think. Before the process can begin, there are a few things that you will need: A stable ladder Hammer Felt nails Wood nails Felt adhesive A tape measure Step By Step Begin by getting rid of all the old felt from your shed. It can be easily removed with a knife however you should be careful when doing it. Keep the wood deck to one side so that you may use it again. Use the tape measure to see how much felt you will require. It should cover the ensure area of the roof and also have extra around the edges. Around 7.5cm will also be needed for use on the gable ends. Most sheds will require the felt to be cut into three separate pieces. The laying of the felt should begin with the side pieces. Make sure to pull it tightly and nail it into the wood at 10cm intervals. Once this is completed, add the adhesive to the ridge. Finally, clean up any overhanging felt with a craft knife in order to ensure that the finished appearance is nice and tidy. Now you know how to deal with any mishaps on your shed roof, [...]

By |July 21st, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Tips for Metal Roof Cladding

Roof cladding is generally an additional form of roofing that is added in order to provide an extra layer of protection for the home. As well as serving as a waterproof layer and preventing other weather elements from destroying the interior of your home, roof cladding can also be used decoratively. In this blog, the team here at Valent Roofing are going to provide you with some expert tips and tricks when it comes to metal roof cladding… In order to form a perfect weathertight metal roof clad, sealants should always be used. In fact, they are the most practical solution and are preferred due to the trend of lower pitches. The practice is carried out by sealing the end laps of roofing sheets together.   During installation of a metal roof and metal roof cladding, it is extremely important that all debris and drilling swarf is disposed of as it can be a cause of rust stains in the future if materials like broken off pop rivets, for example, are left to corrode on the surface.   It is common for some methods of sheet cutting can be damaging to the sheets and this in turn can affect the appearance and performance of a building’s roof. It is not wise to make precision cuts with an abrasive disk as it is hard to get a clean line and thus, damage to the coating is more likely. Roof cladding is one of the exciting services we offer here at Valent Roofing which is why we decided to dedicate a blog to provide our readers with a few industry tips! For more information when it comes to industrial roofing, get in contact with a member of [...]

By |July 6th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

How Long Should Each Roof Material Last

Even though it is hardly seen, the roof is easily considered the most important aspect of a home and keeping it in tip top condition is essential to ensuring that the rest of your home is healthy. There are a wide range of different roofing materials available on the market and choosing one can be difficult, especially when you don’t know the pros and cons. That’s where we come in! The team here at Valent Roofing have put together a blog on the topic to giving your decision a helping hand… Asphalt As the most popular type of material used for roofing, it’s easy to assume that many people are aware of asphalt, however the team here at Valent are still going to go over some of its advantages and disadvantages. For example, it is a relatively cheap material and is considered low maintenance but it doesn’t have as long as a lifespan as other materials. Metal Sometimes metal roofing gets a bad rep because people can’t imagine it being beneficial however their design has come a long way and many now consider it the most durable material on the market, especially for industrial roofs. With extremely low maintenance and a 20-40 year guarantee there are many reasons to choose metal roofing. Tile Depending on the quality of the tile you use, a roof made from this material is said to last for 50 years or more with only the odd job of upkeep. As one may expect, the cheaper the tile, the less quality material you will be purchasing so be sure to source where it comes from extensively. Now you know what each material is like, it’s time to get in contact with [...]

By |June 15th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments