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Digital leak detection can help speed up roof management checks

One common problem that affects all roofs – both flat and pitched – is that of leakages. Modern industrial flat roofing utilises modern technologies, cutting edge construction methods and state of the art tools to create the most watertight roofing solutions ever, but unfortunately, the voracity of nature is never ending and strong weather conditions will always be able to cause a leak to occur over time, usually at the most inopportune time. Regular roof checks are an essential part of any building manager’s timetable, ensuring that any leak that may occur is identified quickly and dealt with in the timeliest manner. The problem is, sometimes leaks can be very difficult to see at a glance, and if a leak is not identified and is left without treatment, they can cause thousands of pounds worth of damage, not just to the roof itself but to the interior of the building, machinery and products. Leaks left to worsen are able to cause extensive damage and have also been known to force company warehouses to close down for a period of time until the leak is dealt with. Something many companies cannot afford to do. A new way to check for leaks One system that can be used on any industrial flat roof is an electronic leak detection system. This is a non-invasive means of detecting even the smallest pinhole leaks in a flat roof membrane. With an electronic detector in place, any leak that occurs can be identified within millimetre accuracy immediately. This way repairs can begin almost immediately from the onset of a leak occurring. Electronic leak detection tests have been shown to be one of the most accurate and timely methods for inspecting roofing. [...]

By |December 13th, 2019|industrial roofing|0 Comments

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

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

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