How to Install Solar Panels on a Roof

Here at Valent Roofing, we have noticed that solar panels are increasing in popularity with residential and commercial property owners alike. After all, they utilise renewable energy from the sun in order to heat and run a property at a fraction of the cost than traditional electricity. Read on as we briefly explain the process that is involved in a high-quality solar panel installation... How are solar panels fixed into place? Contrary to belief, a solar panel is not attached directly to the material on a roof but rather the supports below it. In fact, tiles are typically removed in order to allow the mounting brackets and rails that hold the solar panels to be fitted into place and then are replaced in order to ensure that the integrity of the roof is not impacted. Should solar panels be installed by a professional? Although the process of solar panel installation may sound simple, it is a job that is best left to the professionals. After all, the panels must be mounted on top of a bracket and this bracket must be installed with the integrity of the roof in mind in order to ensure that the roofing material isn’t impacted in the process. In addition to this, climbing onto a roof without the proper training and experience can be dangerous. How are solar panels maintained? Solar panels get their energy from the sun in the form of photons which are converted into electricity and can be used within a property. With this said, it is important that property owners regularly clean the panels as dust can affect their ability to harness the photon energy. In addition to this, solar panels should be regularly inspected by [...]

By |February 11th, 2020|industrial roofing|0 Comments

The Importance of a Fireproof Roof

From cladding to fire-resistant materials, there are many different ways to promote fire safety in the design of a building. In fact, both industrial and residential properties can benefit from the implementation of these features. Here at Valent Roofing, we believe that fire safety is incredibly important which is why we encourage every property owner to invest in cladding and fireproof materials at every opportunity. Read on as we go over the importance of fire-resistant roofs... Can a fireproof roof prevent a fire from spreading? Although it is impossible to stop a fire from spreading, a fireproof roof can help contain the flames and make them easier for the fire brigade to extinguish. After all, it can take hours to put out a fire that has managed to engulf an entire residential or commercial property which means that property owners can reduce the damage that is inflicted on their building and save lives by investing in fire-resistant roofing materials. Which roofing materials are fireproof? Since metal roofing is the lightest option on the market, it is thought to be the most fire-resistant for both domestic and commercial properties. After all, a roof made from heavy materials like tiles will become compromised much faster in the event of a fire and collapse when the structure becomes too unstable whereas metal roofing can withstand the flames for a longer period of time. In fact, many firefighters are instructed not to enter properties made from poor fire rated roofing materials as they can lead to fatal injuries should the roof collapse. How expensive is fireproof roofing? As the most popular commercial roofing material on the market, the cost of metal roofing can differ considerably depending on a variety [...]

By |February 4th, 2020|industrial roofing|0 Comments

3 Top Tips to Save Money on a Roofing Replacement

Although the roof is one of the most important features of a home, it is also one of the most expensive. After all, a replacement project can cost thousands of pounds unless a homeowner does their homework beforehand in order to source the best price without sacrificing on quality. Luckily, the Valent Roofing team are the experts to trust! Read on as we go over three top tips that will help homeowners replace their roof on a budget... Shop Around Due to the importance of the roof, it is vital that property owners remember that the cheapest price may not always be the best price. By researching a company and ensuring that they have the skills to carry out a job to a high-quality standard, a client can ensure that the discount they are receiving isn’t too good to be true. In addition to this, it also allows people to recognise when they are being overcharged as a roofing replacement quote should always be formulated with a budget in mind. Materials A roof can be crafted from a variety of different materials and some are often cheaper than others. As a result, a property owner often decides to settle for a more cost-effective material in order to reduce the price of their replacement. Luckily, every material is implemented with quality in mind which means that even the cheapest are still able to provide the quality and longevity that a property owner expects. Discounts Depending on the type of damage that has led to a roofing replacement, sometimes it is possible for home or property insurance to cover the cost of a replacement. In addition to this, many roofing companies will advertise off-season discounts that clients [...]

By |January 28th, 2020|industrial roofing|0 Comments

The Benefits of Composite Roofing Materials

From metal to slate, it is safe to say that there are a variety of different types of roofing materials available on the market that offer property owners varying degrees of durability, quality and affordability. Here at Valent Roofing, our team are equipped with the skills and experience to deliver an outstanding installation and maintenance service. Read on as we go over three benefits of investing in a composite roof... How durable is a composite roof? A roof replacement is an expense that people should contend with once during their time as a property owner. As a result, it is important that high-quality and long-lasting materials are chosen that can withstand the test of time. Composite roofing is a type of synthetic roofing material that is known for its strength and durability because it is designed for longevity. In fact, a high-quality composite roof can last between 25 and 50 years! Is composite roofing expensive? Natural materials like slate and clay tiles have been utilised as roofing for centuries, however they tend to be much more expensive than synthetic alternatives. After all, slate must be mined from a quarry, transported from the site and then installed by an experienced roofer. Composite roofing materials are designed with lightweight qualities and are even crafted from recycled materials which makes them an affordable yet aesthetically pleasing alternative. Are composite materials weather resistant? Since the roof is the most susceptible part of a property, it is safe to say that weather resistance is an important quality that homeowners should look for when selecting their roofing material. Composite roofs can withstand strong winds of over 100mph without damage where a traditional slate roof would be missing tiles and require prompt [...]

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

Industrial roofers and the threat of UV exposure

We already know that outdoor workers must protect themselves from the harmful damage that the sun’s UV rays can cause; from skin cancer and eye diseases like cataracts and macular degeneration, to premature ageing and immunity suppression. Very few jobs require workers to be subjected to direct sunlight more than a roofer. Which makes the profession the most at risk from the negative aspects of prolonged UV exposure; when you’re building roofs, rarely is there a roof above your head. When workers are on site they are buffeted by UVA and UVB rays from all angles. The sun’s radiation doesn’t travel in one direction, it also reflects off the ground, glass and metal surfaces meaning when you’re working on a roof the sun’s rays can hit you from every angle. These negative effects are easy to protect against, though. Here are a few ways in which our roof installation teams keep safe from UV rays. How to protect from the sun Any exposed skin must be protected using a sunscreen with at least an SPF of 25 and should be reapplied throughout the day with the face being showed extra attention. If it isn’t too hot, then it is advisable to cover as much skin as possible with a shirt or jacket with tightly woven fabrics.Sunscreen and SPF lip balm should be used even when it is overcast as clouds actually provide little protection to UV rays and even in colder months, prolonged exposure to the sun can still cause damage.Regular rest breaks should be taken where roofers should retire to a shaded place well out of the sun.Safety glasses with UV protection are always advised; they should have a UV rating of at least [...]

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

Why you should consider a new industrial roof in 2020

Here at Valent Roofing we install, repair and maintain industrial roofing across the UK throughout the year and we believe that if your current roof is becoming a little dated, then the start of 2020 is the perfect time to invest in a quality new roofing system. We are currently at the pinnacle of cutting-edge roofing installation technologies and installation techniques, allowing us to design, fabricate and install bespoke roofing systems to fit any commercial property quicker and easier than ever before. These modern systems reduce the dramatic costs of older installations that utilised dated and uneconomical approaches, helping you save money on the initial stages of production. And also helping you save money in the long run. Modern industrial roofing is also some of the most economical in terms of insulation and energy saving additions. Where old roofing systems were poor at maintaining constant temperatures that were either comfortable enough for workers during winter and cool enough for certain types of perishable products during the summer months, newer innovations in roofing means that they are as well insulated as they have ever been. Not only are they much more efficient at maintaining interior temperatures, they are able to help companies cut down on their energy uses, helping reduce those energy bills and allowing companies to become greener in the process. Most companies looking to install a new roof tend to do so in the summer months. This creates a backlog as companies become inundated with applications, meaning you may be waiting longer for your roof installation to get underway. The start of the year is a quieter time for roofing installation, which makes it the perfect time to get the ball rolling and have [...]

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

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