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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

Re-Roof Vs New Roof

The majority of people who look into the roofing industry for the first time will often hear the terms ‘re-roof’ and ‘new roof’ used interchangeably, however contrary to belief, they actually have two different meanings. Deciding whether you want to invest in a brand new roof can be a troublesome task and hearing different definitions for roofing terms only adds to this confusion. Here at Valent Roofing, we’re going to tackle these issues head on by defining the difference between the two terms once and for all… Re-Roofing This is the term given to the process of laying new shingles of the top of an old set. Although it should only be done once as the layers will become too thick for nails to penetrate with a third set, re-roofing is a less time consuming and cheaper way to revamp your roof and provide it with some much needed TLC. New Roof A new roof is what it sounds like; stripping away your old roof and opting for a complete roofing replacement! There are several reasons why one may decide to opt for this route, including water damage, missing shingles and a large area of moss. A new roof is the perfect solution to tackle such issues- however unlike re-roofing, it is a big affair and comes with a costly bill. Factors to Consider When deciding between these two roofing options, there are several factors to consider. For example, in terms of the materials, shingles are easier to re-roof than metal, however you may save money in the long run by replacing a roof with metal. In addition to this, the home ventilation must not be cut off in the attic if you are planning [...]

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

The History of Roofs

Man has been around for a long time now and over the years we have endured a great deal of development. It’s strange to think that in such a technology driven world we didn’t even have a public supply of electricity 136 years ago! In fact, the very first telephone call between Alexander Graham Bell and his assistant took place 5 years before we even had public electricity in 1876! Man’s tendency to build and create began a long time ago and here at Valent Roofing, we’re going to go over the history of roofs… Cavemen are said to have covered their structures with earth and plants and whilst they were not particularly waterproof, they provided very effective insulation against the elements.   In around 735 AD, thatched roofs, which is a roof built with materials such as straw, were created. Around 300 years later, wood shingles were introduced.   It has been discovered that the first known use of clay tiles occurred around 5,000 years ago in China and in 100 BC, the Romans brought variations of it to England.   Due to the easy spread of fire, King John of England issued a law in the 12th century which stated that all London inhabitants had to replace thatch roofing with clay tiles.   With industrialisation taking hold, clay roofing was industrially produced at the beginning of the 19th 100 years passed and concrete roof tiles were used for the first time too. In the early 1900’s, a pigment was added to the concrete to help it appear more aesthetically pleasing and in the 1970’s Germany began to develop green roof systems.   Over the years, we have come a long way in terms [...]

By |April 26th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments