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The Wrath of Ice and Snow

Whilst the weather is hardly dependable in the UK it is important to remember that snow and ice is going to strike eventually and if we aren’t prepared it has the potential to cause mayhem on the roads, pavements and even your roof! In fact, there are certain maintenance requirements that have to be carried out in the run up to winter in order to ensure that your roof remains in tip top condition… Heavy Snow When it snows in the UK it tends to fall in quite a large amount which means that it is very easy to be greeted with a thick layer one morning. Whilst this doesn’t usually last very longer, the weight of this snow can be extremely heavy and disastrous for your roof. The stress that large amounts of snow places on the structure of a roof can actually cause it to weaken and whilst the roof may survive the snow itself, heavy rainfall or strong winds in the future could be what causes serious damage. In addition to this, snow can also freeze and thaw which can damage the materials since it allows moisture to creep into places it shouldn’t be. Icicles We don’t tend to get cold enough weather in the UK to deal with a lot of icicles however it is not uncommon for them to make an appearance, especially in the colder regions of the country. Not only are icicles incredibly dangerous if they snap and fall, they can be quite heavy on your gutter too. One way you can deal with them is to get a chisel and remove them yourself before they cause any serious damage. Here at Valent Roofing we want our readers [...]

By |November 29th, 2017|industrial roofing|0 Comments

Flat Roof Related Problems

With modern design taking over, more and more people are choosing to style their home with a flat roof. After all, it has the potential to look trendy and can match some serious aesthetics. On the other hand it can also be the biggest mistake of your life, especially if you do not carry out the correct research beforehand. In order to offer a helping hand, the team here at Valent have decided to put together a few of the problems that can occur with a flat roof… Leaks Due to the way it is designed it is not uncommon for a flat roof to suffer from leaks more often than a regular shaped roof due to the fact that they are practically parallel to the ground. This means that the water is less likely to run off. In order to prevent this you should ensure that you check regularly for leaks. Buckling Asphalt Most flat roofs tend to be sealed with a membrane of asphalt that is designed into order to help protect the roof from water damage and radiation rays however over a prolonged amount of time this asphalt can shift, causing the membrane to buckle. If it is not tended to quickly, a bucked asphalt layer can be a costly pay-out to fix. Standing Water Similar to the idea of leaking, a flat roof does not allow much wiggle room when it comes to allowing rainwater to run off and sometimes standing water pools can develop. They are most common after heavy rainfall and storms. If you allow these pools to sit for several days, the material your roof is made from can become damaged and need replacing. Here at Valent Roofing, [...]

By |September 13th, 2017|industrial roofing|0 Comments

Roofing Terminology

Here at Valent Roofing, we understand how difficult it must be as a client when the experts in a particular industry begin using their own internal jargon to discuss things related to your project. That’s why the team here have put together a list of the most used phrases within the roofing industry… Angled Fasteners: These are roofing nails and staples which are driven into the decks at specific angles instead of being parallel. Blistering: This is what bubbles/pimples in roofing materials are called. The occurrence of blistering is usually related to moisture. Eaves: A separation between the roofs edge to the fascia which is used for storage. Generally, the first 3 feet across a general roof is called an eave. Hand Sealing: A method that is used in order to assure shingles are sealed on very steep slopes, areas with strong wind and when installation is being completed during cold weather. Nesting: When a second layer of shingles aligns with the original roof, it is called nesting and helps to avoids shingle cupping. Step Flashing: The name for the installation of metal flashing pieces located at the sidewalls and on chimneys in order to weatherproof the roof. Valleys: The area when two slopes on the roof planes intersect and form a  ‘V’ shaped depression in the roof. Now you’re up to date on all the popular terms we used, get in contact with the best of the best in industrial roofing today! Our team would be happy to answer any questions you may have!

By |May 3rd, 2017|industrial roofing|0 Comments