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Are flat roofs better protected from storms?

With the UK in the midst of one of its stormiest summers on record, more and more people have been asking if their flat roofing solutions are secure enough to stand up to such severe weather conditions. The UK is currently seeing large amounts of rainfall all across the country. This wet and windy summer is straight off the back of last year’s summer that saw unprecedented heatwaves, where the UK saw some of its most minimal rainfall and some parts of Britain going two months without any rainfall at all. The summer of 2018 was so dry that forest fires ravaged up and down the UK and droughts caused havoc for farmers. The current heavy rainfall has seen a number of towns flooded, with residents having to evacuate their homes; most notably, the residents of Whaley bridge who had to evacuate their homes as emergency work was required to repair the Toddbrook Reservoir dam in Derbyshire as up to 300 million gallons of water threatened to burst through and destroy the town. It is no coincidence that the storms in the UK all have names, this is part of an initiative by the Met Office called ‘name our storms’ which aims to raise the general public’s awareness of impending severe weather. With such diverse and damaging weather patterns becoming increasingly popular across the UK, it is important that our flat roofing solutions are able to withstand the punishment brought on by mother nature. Can flat roofs withstand gale force winds? Flat roofs are able to avoid a large amount of the punishment from gale force winds which slanted roofs have to bear. We don’t just ensure all our roofs are constructed to the best [...]

By |August 29th, 2019|industrial roofing|0 Comments

Why you should only use a roofing company with a CHAS accreditation

Valent Roofing gained CHAS accreditation on 6th May 2010. When you are looking for a roofing contractor you should always make sure that they have one, but what actually is a CHAS accreditation and what does it mean? CHAS, or the Contractors Health and Safety Assessment Scheme, is one of a number of health and safety assessment schemes available - primarily to the construction industry - to review the standards of health and safety the business is operating by. Any construction company that can claim CHAS standard can equip the logo onto their vehicles, company website, stationary etc. The certificate is a clear indication of quality to potential clients but is also beneficial to the companies themselves when reaching out to clients. The CHAS even offer those accredited with unique working opportunities that would otherwise be unavailable. Is CHAS necessary? Here at Valent Roofing we provide a lot of roofing applications for public buildings such as schools, council buildings and other public sector bodies. In order to acquire a contract to provide roofing solutions to any pf these sectors, we require a CHAS accreditation to show that our work is guaranteed to be of a high standard. The main role of the CHAS accreditation is to immediately demonstrate to our clients that we are competent in our health and safety approaches. In the past, when people took on a roofing contractor, they would have to go through extensive research to assess contractors, which could only be done on an individual basis. The CHAS helps reduce the time it takes by producing a fully detailed health and safety process. Seeing the CHAS logo is proof that the company you are dealing with has passed an assessment, [...]

By |August 22nd, 2019|industrial roofing|0 Comments

Alternative Roofing Materials To Bitumen

Bitumen has been used in flat roofing for a long time because of its longevity and durability. Bitumen, however, is a by product of oil production, usually made from petroleum. With roofing companies looking to the future and at how they can produce roofing membrane using less toxic and environmentally damaging materials, with some producers of roofing materials claiming the future of the industry may be in the development of a 100% biobased roofing membrane which recreates all the same technical and functional characteristics of bitumen. Bitumen has long been influenced by fluctuating oil prices. With oil costs set to rise further due to the demand and difficulty in processing fossil-based fuels, renewable and more affordable resources have been boosted to the top of roofing companies lists in order to be affordable to their clients. A non-profit organisation in Netherlands, TNO, have found that integrating Lignin, a component of plant biomatter, with bitumen at a molecular level rather than simply mixing the two together could reduce the amount of bitumen required by as much as 50% - a positive start in developing a better environmental profile. Roofing materials using biobased ingredients can also be specially designed for warmer and cooler weather conditions by using different amounts in their formulations to prevent the material from becoming too tacky or brittle. Here at valent roofing, our industrial roofs are specially designed for each building and we are looking to the future of the business to make sure the materials we use are the best quality, especially from materials produced using biobased foundations that can help reduce the requirements for fossil based materials such as bitumen.  For industrial roofing in Manchester, or if you have any more questions [...]

By |August 9th, 2019|industrial roofing|0 Comments

How an industrial roof can help your business save money

Cost-saving infrastructure is something every business strives for. With so few ways for a business to help reduce their costs, it is important that roofing companies do their part to help improve these options. Few businesses will think of their roof as anything other than a roof, but in fact, an industrial flat roof can notably reduce a company’s yearly costs, even helping them become a greener and more eco-friendly company in the meantime. Here’s how: Cost We start simply, with the cost. For larger buildings such as warehouses, flat roofs are much more cost effective to install than a traditional sloped roof. This is due to the fact they require less materials, the materials in question are cheaper, and the entire process is much quicker and easier than with sloped roofs. Commercial solar panels Commercial roofs - like domestic roofing - can also benefit from the addition of solar panels. These panels are able to harness the energy from sunlight and transfer the energy into useable electricity within the building itself. By being able to harness their own energy, they can greatly reduce their reliance on electric tariffs, reducing their yearly energy costs and in some cases, be able to completely supply their own clean energy. Any unused energy can be sold back into the Grid; giving businesses who produce enough solar energy the chance to not only save money, but to make money too. Insulation Properly insulated flat roofing can help reduce the 25% heat loss that occurs from other roofs. Adequate insulation doesn’t just work to keep your building warmer in winter either, adequate insulation can help reduce air-conditioning costs by reducing the amount of heat able to enter through the roof [...]

By |August 2nd, 2019|industrial roofing|0 Comments

The importance of rainwater drainage for your industrial flat roof

With the UK seeing an average yearly rainfall of 750mm, any roof: both domestic slanted roofing and industrial flat roofing, needs to be properly equipped with adequate drainage, guttering and downpipes. The drainage also needs to receive ongoing, regular maintenance. Adequate drainage is necessary in preventing water damage which can cause havoc upon a building, especially upon flat roofing that gives water very little direction in which to travel once it lands. Flat roofs are also susceptible to ponding, which can lead to detrimental problems for the entire building, not just the roof. Because of their flat shape, they also require much different drainage solutions compared to other sloped roofing shapes.  What drainage options are available for flat roofs? Flat roofs are required to keep large-scale industrial buildings economical. These flat roofs require specific drainage requirements to ensure that rainwater is properly moved and not left to pool. Some of the most effective drainage options include: Internal Drains An internal drainage system is constructed of a pipe system hidden underneath the roof itself with drains positioned in specific areas. The roof is constructed to direct the water to these drains which is then transported directly to the sewer through the internal pipework. Internal drains don’t require any gutters or downspouts, can be installed with a custom filter to prevent clogging and are able to be installed in useful positions specific to the building’s construction. Scuppers For railed rooftops a drainage system known as scuppers are used to drain off rainwater. Scuppers are essentially small openings around the perimeter of the parapet walls that move rainwater into a gutter or downspout. Gutters and Downspouts The most readily available drainage system is the simple combination of gutters [...]

By |July 22nd, 2019|industrial roofing|0 Comments

Why You Should Always Use Approved Roofing Contractors

We see many people stung by the mistake of hiring unapproved roofing contractors, all sucked in by their one single appeal: they are cheaper. With all roofing, from basic repairs to complete installation, it is tempting to try and keep the budget to a minimum by turning to unaccredited tradesmen, but the problem is these choices put your roof in the hands of untrustworthy contractors. It is important that you are able to recognise the signs and avoid the problem of hiring an unapproved roofing contractor, because once you have been stung, the cost of that leaky roof will cost you what the original scammers charged you, plus the cost of hiring an accredited, professional contractor to remedy the problem. Under-qualified roofers aren’t just unaware of industry standards, they can also put lives at risk. Under a scam roofing contractor your roof will be constructed using low-quality materials, and the roofers themselves generally lack insurance and a company registration which helps protect you and other workers in the face of any accidents. Also, they are unable to supply you with a guarantee upon completion, meaning your faulty roof that you paid for, is now completely out of their hands, so don’t expect them to come back for any follow up visits or to amend any problems that may arise in the future. How to avoid unapproved roofing contractors When you are on the lookout for a roofing contractor, there are a few sure-fire ways to guarantee that you are getting the right team for the job in hand: recommendations are also a guarantee of quality and service, if you can get one. Word of mouth from a trusted colleague or friend is one of the [...]

By |July 18th, 2019|industrial roofing|0 Comments

3 Reasons Why a Building Needs a Roof

The roof has been a staple of property design for centuries and it doesn’t look like the industry is showing signs of slowing down. After all, there are a variety of different materials, designs and styles available on the market for people to choose from, which means that there is no need for property owners to settle for a carbon copy of their neighbour’s roof. Here at Valent Roofing, we know everything there is to know about the installation and maintenance of a high-quality roof, however, we want to emphasise the reasoning behind their whole existence. Read on as we go over three reasons why every building needs a roof... How does a roof protect against the weather? A roof is the perfect way to protect a property against the elements and Mother Nature’s wrath and is perhaps the number one reason why they are essential. After all, a well-designed and expertly installed roof can last between 20 and 100 years depending on the type of material that is used and the quality of the maintenance that is provided. This means that a roof can protect against heavy rainfall, strong winds and even torrential storms. Does a roof promote energy efficiency? Heating a home is getting more and more expensive each year, however, the energy companies are not always to blame. After all, it is vital that a property is designed with energy efficiency in mind in order to reduce costs and retain heat. In fact, this concept starts with the roof as hot air rises and a lack of high-quality roof insulation can lead to avoidable energy loss and force homeowners to use more energy to get the same results. Luckily, a well-designed roof [...]

By |June 27th, 2019|industrial roofing|0 Comments

The Pros and Cons of a Pitched Roof

A healthy roof requires a keen eye and regular inspections from a dedicated property owner in order to ensure that any problems are found and repaired sooner rather than later. With this said, the most appropriate approach to maintenance can depend on the type of roof in question as flat roofing and pitched roof have very different requirements when it comes to damage prevention and longevity guarantees. In fact, this can play a big role in a homeowner's decision to invest in either one. Read on as the team here at Valent Roofing go over some of the pros and cons of a pitched roof... Is pitched roofing aesthetically pleasing? With a traditional appearance, a pitched roof offers property owners a tried and tested roofing solution that is very unlikely to disappoint. After all, we have been building this style of roof for centuries and this means that a brand-new pitch roof will look just as aesthetically pleasing in 30 years' time because the design never goes out of style. How expensive is a pitched roof? A pitched roof is slightly more complicated to construct due to the slopes and this means that it is a significantly more expensive investment in comparison to alternatives like flat roofing. With this said, this design is much more efficient at draining rainwater away which means that the roof is less likely to need costly repair work in the future caused by severe water damage. Are pitched roofs easy to maintain? Since the sides of a pitched roof are sloped, this can make it more difficult to inspect compared to a flat roof, which allows experts to literally climb on top and walk around, however, the efficient water drainage [...]

By |June 20th, 2019|industrial roofing|0 Comments

How to Maintain a Flat Roof

It is safe to say that the roofing industry is overflowing with abundance when it comes to the different styles and materials that are available to property owners. In fact, flat roofing is quickly becoming one of the most popular options on the market thanks to its sleek, elegant and modern aesthetic. Despite this, many people fail to realise that they are rather reliant on maintenance in order to keep them in good condition. Read on as the team here at Valent Roofing go over everything you need to know about maintaining a flat roof... How often should a flat roof be inspected? Just like any roof, it is important that the exterior and interior is inspected on a regular basis in order to ensure that there are no areas for concern. In fact, most experts recommend that a property owner invests in an inspection from a licenced roofer every 6 months as this ensures that any damaged cause by seasonal changes is accounted for and appropriately repaired as soon as possible. Is pooling a serious issue? Although moisture damage is a problem that can affect every type of roof, it is more dangerous when it comes to flat roofing due to their design. After all, if there isn’t an effective drainage system in place then heavy rainfall can lead to something called ‘pooling’, which is when water collects on the top of the surface. Over time, the weight of the water can damage the roofing material and may even lead to a roof replacement if it is not rectified promptly upon discovery. What are the best materials for flat roofing? There are many different materials that can be used in order to craft a [...]

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

Signs That it is Time to Replace Your Roof

Taking the time to assess the quality of your roof is an important part of property ownership. After all, both commercial and residential roofs are subject to natural wear and tear and this means that a replacement is almost inevitable. With this said, a project this big requires attention to detail and careful preparation and that is why it is important that property owners asses the condition of their roof regularly to spot the signs of irreparable damage. Read on as the team here at Valent Roofing go over a few signs that it may be time to bite the bullet and organise a roof replacement... Is the Roof Affected by Moisture Damage? As the leading cause of early roofing replacements, moisture damage can wreak havoc on the stability of a roof. After all, it invades a property subtly which means that it already manages to weaken a roof long before its presence is even discovered. As a result, a property owner that discovers severe moisture damage, such as pooling on the surface of a flat roof, should consider a replacement as it is often more cost-effective than trying to repair the problem. How Many Years Old is the Roof? Over time, every roof will suffer at the hands of Mother Nature’s wrath and that is why it is important to take its age into consideration. After all, every roof requires replacing eventually and an inevitable act like this tends to do more harm than good because an older roof is often less stable and more susceptible to damage. As a result, a roof that is nearing the end of its lifespan and appears to be irreparable should be replaced sooner rather than later. Are [...]

By |June 5th, 2019|industrial roofing|0 Comments