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The Lowdown on Roofing Condensation

There are several different layers that make up high-quality roof, and each one must be implemented accordingly in order to provide property owners with the necessary protection from the elements. After all, the omission of just one of these layers can lead to devastating and expensive repercussions. In fact, insulation and ventilation play an important role in the prevention of condensation within a property. Read on as we go over everything there is to know about roofing condensation and why it is so damaging... What is condensation? When water changes from a gaseous form, known as water vapour, into a liquid form, the process is scientifically known as condensation. It commonly occurs on the inside of windows in residential properties when the warm air inside rises, cools and then loses its ability to hold water vapour. In fact, condensation can affect a wide range of different locations within a property as well as the windows, such as behind radiators, inside wardrobes and even on walls themselves. Is condensation in a loft dangerous? Since hot air rises, condensation can also occur in the loft where the water vapour will eventually settle into a liquid. With this said, the process is often more serious in these circumstances because it can affect the support beams that hold up a roof and lead to the development of dry rot, wet rot and black mould. As a result, the discovery of condensation should be followed by an in-depth investigation by a licenced roofer. How can roofing condensation be prevented? There are many reasons why condensation may be present inside a roof, such as too much insulation which may restrict the natural flow of air, hot water tanks releasing steam into [...]

By |April 16th, 2020|industrial roofing|0 Comments

The History of Slate Roofs

Here at Valent Roofing, we want our readers to understand the ins and outs of what it takes to complete an industrial or residential roofing project which is why we work closely with each and every client when they are selecting the material for their roof. After all, there are dozens of different options available on the market that can meet the budget and aesthetics of each and every individual. Read on as we go over everything there is to know about the history of slate roofing... In layman’s terms, slate is a metamorphic rock that is composed of clay or volcanic ash and is created during a process known as regional metamorphism. It is known for being incredibly malleable as it can be split into thin but incredibly durable pieces known as sheets. According to historical documents, the first recorded use of slate as a roofing material can be dated back to 1300 A.D in Wales, England. With this said, the material was incredibly difficult to obtain which made it a luxury typically reserved for castles and churches. During the 19th century, Spain began to create deep quarry's that made slate available in abundance and this made it a popular material for residential roofing. After all, it comes with a promising lifespan and durability guarantee, which is why around 90% of European properties have a slate roof. Interestingly, the first slate roofs were installed during the 17th century in America, almost 200 years before Europe, however the first mine did not open until 1745 which meant that the material was still considered a luxury for the rich. To this day, slate remains a popular roofing material for residential properties all over the world. After [...]

By |April 14th, 2020|industrial roofing|0 Comments

The Different Layers of a Roof

There is a common misconception that the roof is the easiest aspect of a property to construct, however they are more complex than they appear as each one has at least 5 layers that must be implemented by experienced and qualified professionals. In fact, it is not uncommon for domestic roofs to incorporate several extra steps such as flashing and air vents! Read on as the team here at Valent Roofing go over the different layers that make up a high-quality roof... Rafters: Aside from providing the structure of a roof and giving it the support that it needs to stand, the rafters also determine the material that will be installed at the very end in order to protect a roof from the wrath of Mother Nature. As a result, they should always be crafted by experienced professionals. Insulation: Placed in between the joins of a roof, insulation is an important implementation for energy efficiency in order to ensure that it does not cost property owners an extortionate amount of money to heat their property. After all, insulation repels heat in the summer and confines it in the winter to create an optimal temperature all year round. Felt: Also known as underlay, roofing felt is the first official layer of a roof that is installed on top of the rafters and its job is to prevent moisture from entering a loft. With this said, it should never actually be utilised as long as the roofing material is installed correctly. Batten: For roofs that implement asphalt shingles, batten is required in order to give a stable structure to serve as a nailing surface. These are thin pieces of wood that are installed perpendicular to the rafters [...]

By |April 3rd, 2020|industrial roofing|0 Comments

Top 3 Commercial Roofing Materials

Here at Valent Roofing, our team are equipped with the knowledge required to keep even the most troublesome roofs in tip-top condition. With this said, there are several differences between commercial and residential roofing, such as the material, and it is important that these qualities are taken into consideration during each and every roofing project. Read on as we go over the top 3 commercial roofing materials on the market... EPDM Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer (EPDM) is a roofing material that is primarily made from rubber. Since the majority of commercial properties are flat, the implementation of EPDM means that the likelihood of a leak is significantly reduced. In addition to this, rubber roofing is also incredibly durable which only improves its affordability factor. With this said, EPDM is not considered an aesthetically pleasing roofing material which makes it unsuitable for industrial properties that rely on well-designed architecture. PVC Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) roofing is made up of two layers with an extra layer of polyester between them in order to provide reinforcement. It is a popular choice for commercial properties because it can be used on both pitched and flat roofs, has a significantly higher than average lifespan and is weather resistant in the face of wind and moisture. With this said, it comes with a higher price tag than alternative industrial roofing materials. Metal Thanks to its versatility, metal roofing is thought to be the most popular industrial roofing material on the market. After all, consumers have an option to choose from a wide range of metals like copper, steel, aluminium and even tin in order to design the most cost-effective and functional roof for their needs. With this said, metal roofing tends to [...]

By |March 26th, 2020|industrial roofing|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

The Importance of Roofing Felt

Since the material that a roof is made from is the most visible, it is the aspect that is often given the most attention. After all, it has the potential to affect the cost, durability and longevity of a roof. With this said, there are actually several components that are implemented into the construction of a roof in order to ensure that it can protect a property from bad weather and other forms of wear and tear. Read on as we go over everything there is to know about roofing felt and why it is so important... What is roofing felt? When a roof is crafted, it is made up of a variety of different components in order to ensure longevity and durability. One of these layers is roofing felt which is laid between the roofing deck and the material that a property owner has chosen to install. Whilst it is often associated with domestic applications, roofing felt is an essential layer of protection for any property and any roof. What are the benefits of roofing felt? Crafted from natural materials like cellulose or synthetic materials like polyester, the implementation of roofing felt can increase the longevity of a roof because it repels water. As a result, a roof is more protected from moisture related damage like leaks because the layer of felt ensures that the water drains away from a roof. In addition to this, roofing felt can provide fire rating properties and ensure that homeowners and neighbours are protected in the event of a fire. Is a roof without felt vulnerable to damage? Since felt roofing is a protective layer in a roof, is it safe to say that a property which omits [...]

By |March 16th, 2020|industrial roofing|0 Comments

Should you Invest in a New Roof Before Putting a Property on the Market?

As the leading experts in industrial roofing, the team here at Valent Roofing understand the importance of a high-quality roof. After all, both commercial and residential properties can suffer from avoidable damage when the existing roof is unable to provide the necessary protection. In fact, it can also be harder to sell a property with an out-dated roof that needs repair work or a full replacement. Read on as we consider the pros and cons of investing in a new roof before a property is put on the market… How much does a roof replacement cost? The cost of a roofing replacement is dependent on a variety of different circumstances. After all, the size of the roof, the material it will be crafted from and the type of building must be taken into consideration. With this said, a roof is a beneficial investment due to its longevity guarantee which may allow sellers to make back their money without losing the interest of potential buyers. Does a new roof add value to a property? Selling a property is a time-consuming process and potential buyers are always on the look-out for problems that may allow them to knock down the selling price of a home. As a result, a property that requires a brand-new roof may end up selling for up to £10,000 less than a roof that has already had a roofing replacement. In fact, a roof can add value to a property and may allow homeowners to increase their sale price rather than decrease it. How long does a new roof last? Depending on the material it is crafted from, a roof can last between 20 and 150 years. In fact, natural materials like slate [...]

By |March 10th, 2020|industrial roofing|0 Comments

The Production Process of Slate Roofing Tiles

As one of the most popular roofing materials on the market, slate has been used within the roofing industry for hundreds of years! With this said, many homeowners tend not to question the process that is undertaken in order to obtain slate and utilise it to protect a property from the wrath of Mother Nature. Luckily, the team here at Valent Roofing want to educate our readers which is why we have decided to go over everything there is to know about the product process of slate tiles from quarry to roof. Read on to find out more information… What is slate? By definition, slate is a metamorphic rock that comes from a shale-type sedimentary rock and it is formed over millions upon millions of years during a process known as bedding. In fact, intense geological forces involved in the creation of mountain ranges were also integral to the formation of slate as this allowed the minerals to become metamorphosed. How is slate removed from the earth? Since slate is a naturally forming rock, it must be extracted from deep within the earth from a quarry with the use of specialist machinery. Contrary to belief, slate is not mined as the tiles that are placed on a roof and is generally obtained from a quarry in the form of a slab. It is then cut into smaller blocks that can be easily transported to a nearby factory. How is slate treated after mining? After slate blocks are removed from a quarry, they are categorised based on quality and potential and sawn into an appropriate shape. The slate that is destined for roofing is then transported to a shaping craftsman who will hand split the blocks [...]

By |March 2nd, 2020|industrial roofing|0 Comments

The Benefits of Roof Insulation

Here at Valent Roofing, we see far too many residential and commercial properties that have suffered due to a lack of insulation. After all, many people presume that the roofing material will be able to provide all the additional benefits of insulation when they are actually two separate implementations that must be installed effectively in order to work together in harmony. Read on as we go over three benefits of investing in roof insulation... Longevity It is safe to say that a property with effective preservation measures in place will last much longer than one without. After all, insulation ensures that a home is protected against the ever-changing UK weather and that the rain, wind, snow and sunshine doesn’t damage both the interior and exterior. As a result, the implementation of insulation can help prolong the lifespan of a roof and the material it is made from. Energy Savings Running a property can be expensive and it is important to find the most suitable energy usage value. With this said, a lack of insulation can make this process harder as heat energy rises and will be able to escape through a poorly insulated roof. As a result, many homeowners may find that they spend more money trying to keep their property warm, particularly during the winter. Luckily, insulation can improve energy usage and even help property owners save money overtime. Durability A high-quality insulation installation is not for the faint-hearted, however many property owners choose to see it as an investment for the future. After all, insulation is also a protective feature that can help a roofing material withstand the brutality of Mother Nature. As a result, insulation can improve the durability of a roof [...]

By |February 20th, 2020|industrial roofing|0 Comments

Top 3 Eco-Friendly Roofing Materials

A roof made from the right materials can last a lifetime with the right maintenance and here at Valent Roofing, we believe that eco-friendly alternatives are the best choice for both commercial and residential property owners alike. After all, there are a wide range of different materials to choose from available on the market. Read on as we go over the top three… Slate As a natural material, slate is thought to be the most environmentally friendly roofing material on the market. After all, the tiles are incredibly durable which means that a slate roof can last over 100 years with the right maintenance and attention to detail. In addition to this, slate doesn’t need to be manufactured which means that there are fewer toxic components put into the environment. Metal For durability and security, metal is the most effective roofing material. In fact, it is also eco-friendly because it comes with an impressive longevity guarantee of around 50 years depending on the frequency and quality of maintenance it is provided with. In addition to this, recycled metal can also be used in order to craft metal roofing which means that fewer resources are required, and this preserves the environment as a result. Shingles Although shingles like asphalt are a man-made roofing material, they have been used for a very long time due to their affordability, durability and ease of installation. With this said, they are petroleum based which means that they can damage the environment when they are not disposed of in the right way. As a result, homeowners looking for a cost-effective roof should opt for recycled shingles which are still suitable for use but have been removed from an existing roof for [...]

By |February 14th, 2020|industrial roofing|0 Comments