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Why is it important to insulate your roof?

Whether you are having a new roof fitted or you have had the same aging roof for years, insulation is an important part of the job it does to protect your home. Having your roof properly insulated by professionals can be a cost-effective way of saving money on your energy bills and keeping heat in your home for longer. As such, it is a worthwhile investment for the long term of your property. Allow us to talk you through why roof insulation is important and some things to consider before having it installed.
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Is your roof suitable for solar panels?

With electricity bills going through the roof, many of us are looking for ways to become more energy efficient and to find a new source of energy. An option that has grown in popularity in recent years is solar energy. An effective way of reducing energy bills and carbon footprint, solar panels have been seen more often on the roofs of residential properties throughout the UK, but is it the right option for you? There are numerous pros and cons of solar panels depending on the type of property you own, so allow us to help you find out if they are suitable for you.
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How can you keep your flat roof clean?

A flat roof can often be more difficult than a pitched roof to maintain and keep in good condition, due to the fact that standing water, moss, and algae can build up more easily on these roofing systems. There are some methods of cleaning that are more effective than others to remove any debris and restore the appearance of your flat roof. Pressure washing and using special cleaning solutions are our most highly recommended methods of keeping your roof in its best condition. We suggest cleaning your flat roof on a regular basis will help avoid any build-up of debris and damage to the surface. Allow us to provide further detail on how to maintain your flat roof.
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Dealing with unwanted pests in your roof

If you are hearing noises coming from your roof or you have noticed that some type of pest has made itself at home, you may be concerned that they could be causing damage. Even worse, you could be at risk of pest infestation. In which case, there are some steps you can take to deal with the problem before it becomes more severe. Whether its mice and rats or bees and wasps, you will have to adopt a different approach depending on the type of pest to remove them from your roof before the problem becomes more serious. (more…)

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What is roof flashing and why do you need it?

Flashings are an important part of every roof and play a key role in ensuring your roof remains watertight even in the most adverse weather conditions.There are various different types of roof flashing, and it will usually be fitted anywhere where the roof joins to the wall, such as chimneys, roof valleys, or any other parts of your house.It serves an important purpose for your home, so it is important you find an experienced roofer to ensure flashing is installed correctly to protect your property. Allow us to explain the purpose of flashing and the fitting process further… (more…)

How to remove moss from a roof

Now that the new year has begun, many of you will be planning home improvements to give your property a fresh, revitalised look. One of the best ways to do this can be through cleaning your roof and removing any moss and algae that may have become prominent. There are numerous techniques that you can use to clear your moss-covered roof, some that you can do yourself and some that are best carried out by roof experts. Below we will provide some further detail on the techniques you can use to combat moss growth and transform your roof this new year. (more…)

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How regular roof maintenance saves you money

It’s that time of year where we will all be setting our new year’s resolutions, so you may be considering how you can save up for a holiday or home improvement in 2022. One of the ways you can do this is by avoiding costly roof repairs and having regular maintenance carried out. It is easy to forget about your roof as it is difficult to tell when there is damage that needs attention but keeping it in its best condition will allow you to prevent small problems developing into larger ones and save you money in the long run. Let us talk you through some of the benefits of regular roof maintenance.
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Checking your chimney this Christmas

If you are expecting Santa to be coming down your chimney this Christmas, you will want to ensure it is in its best possible condition. Being exposed to the winter elements once again will test the durability of both your roofing and chimney stack, so you should keep an eye on things to ensure there is no additional damage which could affect the rest of your roof. There are a few ways you will be able to tell if your chimney is damaged without having to go up to the roof. Then, if required, you will need to call an expert to carry out repairs… (more…)

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The safest way to decorate your roof this Halloween

As we approach spooky season, many of us will want to get in the spirit by carving pumpkins and hanging decorations around the house. If you are looking to go that extra mile, roof decorations can give your home a haunted mansion feel that wows any trick-or-treaters in your neighbourhood. If you do decide to decorate your roof with giant spiders or Halloween lighting, it is important to take extra care to ensure you are completely safe throughout the process. Allow us to walk you through some of the steps you can take to be safe this Halloween. (more…)

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Choosing the right material for your roof [a guide]

When the time comes for you to replace your aging roof tiles, or you are constructing an entirely new home and want to choose the most suitable materials, there are various factors you will want to consider before making a final decision on which is the most appropriate choice for your property. If you decide to opt for an entirely new pitched roof, allow us to talk you through the options to make your choice more straightforward. (more…)

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Which type of roof is best for your extension?

If you are looking to expand the living space in your home, then you will already be considering how you to put your extension to good use. What you may not have considered is the type of roofing to opt for on this new area of your property. The two main choices you have will be a pitched roof and a flat roof, with the main aspects to consider being practicality and appearance. Depending on the type of property you have, you may be leaning towards one or the other, but allow us to go through the benefits with you to help clarify your decision. (more…)

Guttering and why it is important for your home

Guttering can be seen across many rooflines on homes throughout the UK, but why? The facts is, guttering is actually essential and it serves purposes that we may not even be aware of. So, lets delve into the world of guttering and explore the benefits it has for your home. Who knows, it may even prompt you to give yours some (possibly much-needed) TLC! (more…)

What factors can alter the lifespan of your roof?

As we know, the roof above our properties, garages or outhouses are extremely important in providing shelter and security to the building beneath it. However, like many things, there are factors – including some that can be out of our control – which have the ability to affect its health. Because of this, it can be difficult to judge the age or lifespan of particular roofing in different locations, but by acknowledging the various factors, you may be able to protect yours. (more…)

What is the age of your roof? [A guide]

Each month, we spend our time sharing handy tips and tricks to help you maintain your roofing, preventing unwanted damage and costly repairs from occurring, but one factor which could limit the effect of the efforts you go to is the age of your roofing itself. Whilst we spend so much time implementing actions that could prolong its lifespan, these efforts may go unnoticed if yours is reaching its final years – but how can you calculate its age? (more…)

4 ways to avoid unwanted roofing damage

Taking care of your roof is a factor of home maintenance which should remain imperative to protect the condition of your property as well as the health of your family. It goes without saying that irregular roofing checks and natural weathering combined could result in an unknown and unwanted problem occurring over your property, but many homeowners remain unaware that there are three simple but very effective steps that can be carried out to prevent this. Allow us to introduce you to them.
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The seasonal risks for your roof: Spring

As evenings become lighter and the return of normality draws closer, your roofing may be the last thing on your mind. However, after the winter months we have experienced, with heavy winds, long-lasting snow and ice, combined with the rainfall of early spring we are to endure, it is crucial that you inspect and monitor the condition of yours to prevent the occurrence of any arising damaging factors.
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Should lead roofing be replaced?

Lead roofing remains top of the pick for large statement or long-standing historical buildings throughout the UK but, as with all other roofing types, uncontrollable elements may disrupt the durability of the lead over time. Does lead roofing require repair or replacement services to keep its working performance at its optimum, and if so, how often? (more…)

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How often should soffits and fascia’s be replaced?

The roof of your property, shed or garage are open to the elements all year round, so it is important to keep yours in good condition, ensuring that no problems unravel further down the line. As well as your roofing tiles and guttering, this also includes your fascia’s and soffits. Although they are built for purpose and produced in a way which allows them to withstand weathering, like all other things, they will need a bit of care over time. This care often comes in the form of a replacement, but how can you tell that their time is up, and how regularly should this action take place? (more…)

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The seasonal risks for your roof: Winter

2020 has been a crazy year, one full of endless surprises and challenges for everyone, so we thought now may be a good time to inform you (with some level of notice) of the damage that winter weather can cause to your roof. With no desire for further unforeseen surprises coming your way, here are the main dangers to keep watch of throughout the end of 2020 and early 2021. (more…)

Simple ways to maintain your roof and guttering

The roof over your home plays a vital role in keeping you safe, warm and dry, so it is only right to ensure that you look after it in return. There’s an array of simple yet effective ways in which you can maintain your roofing and whilst you’re there, it would make sense to do the same with your guttering too. Not surprisingly, this is an element which is often forgotten in roofing maintenance. Without the correct level of observation and care, you could find your home experiencing issues which are primarily preventable. Allow us to walk you through a few steps which you should carry out this winter. (more…)

The seasonal risks for your roof: Autumn

With autumn creeping up on us, the change of nature’s colouring and the vibrant atmosphere can be enough to distract us from setting aside some time for those vital checks on our homes, especially our roofs or gutters. To best ensure that you are aware of the health of yours, we have set out a few small and simple tasks to take a note of. (more…)

Why you should keep check on your chimney stack

Much like the roofs of our house, our chimney stacks are exposed to all of the elements up there above our homes. From battling winds and flying debris, to rain and heat exposure, they remain standing through it all. Or… so they should do! It is important to keep check of your chimney stack regularly to ensure that it can remain standing. We have created a guide of the top three things to look out for surrounding your chimney, allowing yours to remain in the greatest condition for years to come. (more…)

How to know if your roof is suffering from sun damage

Your roof is a part of your home that provides protection, day and night, to you, your family and your belongings. It is important to check regularly that it is still of good quality and will perform it’s best against the elements. We have already learnt that wind and rain can potentially damage your roof, but are you aware that it could also suffer from sun damage? With only a few tell-tale warning signs, it is important to know what to look out for. (more…)

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To repair or replace?

Being out of sight, roofs often become out of mind. We are not always certain of the age and life span of our roof or who may have fitted it, but the truth is that these are the factors which could cause faults for us over time. When damage does occur, there is always confusion over opting for repair work, or choosing to have a full replacement. Today, we will guide you through four highly common faults that appear within roofing and what is required to fix them. (more…)

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Why you should keep your roof clean

When it comes to your roof, cleaning it isn’t always at the front of your mind. However, by giving it a general once-over each year, you will either be able to rest assured that there are no problems occurring up there or jump onto ones that are – of course alerting a professional if needed. Your homes kerb appeal could also skyrocket with that much-wanted algae free roof. Here are some reasons as to why keeping your roof clean is important for your home in the long run. (more…)

How to protect your gutters from leaves

If you don’t want your gutters to leak, you need to protect them from leaves. Leaves have an uncanny knack of finding their way onto your roof, where they happily lodge in your gutters. Before you know it, your gutters are blocked, putting your home at serious risk of drainage problems and water damage.

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What makes a good flat roof?

Flat roofs have been making a comeback in recent years, thanks to design innovations that offer extended life-spans, ease of maintenance and resistance to the often unpredictable British weather. In the past, flat roofs were often regarded as poor alternatives to traditional sloping roofs. These days, flat roofs are back in style and are a favourite of leading designers and architects.

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How long will my roof tiles last?

How long will your roof tiles last? It’s an important question. If you are buying a new home, a new–old home, or building one yourself, the roof is one of the key things to check and know the condition of. You may be replacing part or all of your existing roof and the decisions you make on materials can be important in determining what its life expectancy will be. This month we delve into roofing materials to help you decide what is best for you and your home. (more…)

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What is roof flashing?

Have you heard the term ‘roof flashing’ and not been sure what it means exactly? Don’t worry, you’re not alone! Unless you have had a problem with it you may not have come across it and you’re certainly not alone in that – it’s a question that we hear from time to time from clients. To help, we have put together a comprehensive guide on what it is and why you need it. (more…)

How to felt a shed roof

With all the rain that we have had recently, you may have noticed that the felt on your shed roof is showing signs of wear and tear. It may look a little tired or you may have spotted cracks, tears or holes in it. Worse, you may have found that your shed is leaking if the damage has gone through to the roof structure itself. For those DIYers amongst you we have put together a quick guide on how to re-felt your shed roof and protect it from the elements. With the sun now beating down on it, you want to avoid any further degradation and be ready for the winter when it comes back around. (more…)

How to detect flat roof leaks

Finding the source of a leak on a flat roof can be a frustrating job. Approach it methodically, though, and it need not be too difficult or frustrating. It’s always trickier to find the source of a leak on a flat roof than on a pitched one because water can flow in any direction on a surface that has no incline. As with any water leak, you want to find it early on before it turns into a much bigger one that can lead to more serious problems inside your property. We take a look at how to go about finding that leak this month. (more…)

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Fascia and Soffit: what are they and why do I need them?

Fascia and Soffit. Two parts of the roof build up that many may have never heard of, but both can play an important part in reducing your roof / home maintenance. Also known as eaves or rafters, essentially they are the underside below your roof overhang. Your Fascia and Soffit are located at the base of your roof overhang, normally forming the front and underside of what looks like a box. The Soffit is the underside and the Fascia is the front section, both providing that seal between your walls and roof. Why are they so important? We explore the reasons why in this month’s article. (more…)

Porch roofs: what are the options and what needs to be considered?

When you think about roofs, one for your porch may not be the first thing that comes to mind. But bear with us, there’s logic to this… Whether it is a front or back porch, an entryway porch or a comfortable semi-outdoor space for you and your family, a porch can be both an aesthetic part of your home as well as a functional space. Installing a porch cover could mean that you make so much more use of it than you otherwise would. (more…)

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Can a roofing company fix my chimney?

If you have a fireplace, and therefore a chimney, in your home there will come a time when some small repairs may be necessary. If you have recently bought an older property or would like to bring in an old fireplace into use again, it may be that the chimney needs a little restoration work to get things working properly again. A question that we are regularly asked is whether as a roofing company we do restorations. The simple answer is yes! (more…)

I have pests in my roof – what do I do?

Ever hear that unsettling sound of something moving around in the attic above you? It could be nothing, but then again it is possible that animals have managed to squeeze in and either become trapped or built their home in your warm roof or attic space, particularly if it’s cold and wet outside. (more…)

Snow on a flat roof – what you need to do

With winter well underway, the inevitable conversations about whether it would be a white Christmas started a while ago. We all tend to enjoy that first flurry, but irritation creeps in for some of us as train journeys are delayed, pipes freeze, and driving conditions become a little treacherous. (more…)

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Guttering: why it is crucial for your home

Most of us don’t think about the gutters in our homes unless there is a problem. Which is usually while it’s pouring with rain outside! By the time the rain storm is over, we have often forgotten about them again. It’s easy to forget, or not appreciate, just how important guttering is for our homes though until that problem grows and ends up costing us a lot of money to put right. Before the winter season truly sets in, we take a look at how guttering keeps our home safe and what quick maintenance checks we can do regularly to keep on top of any problems before they escalate. (more…)

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Can the hot weather damage my roof?

Enjoying the sunshine and warm weather – or should that be heatwave – this year? If you’re anything like us, you’ve loved it for a while but now you are happy that it has cooled down a little. Your roof may be feeling the effects of the hot summer too and could be hoping for a little relief. Which is why we thought we would put together a short guide on how the summer sun can affect it and what you can do to manage that this month. Read on for all the details… (more…)

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Lead vs artificial flashing

Roof flashings are not something most people think about unless there is a problem and they need to be replaced. While it may not be at the forefront of your mind, flashings are a critical element of any roof. Roof flashings are designed to create a seal between your roof coverings – such as slates, tiles or flat roof materials – and the roof penetrations and abutments, i.e. chimney stacks, parapet walls and property walls. Properly installed roof flashings are designed to protect your home by providing cover, and channelling water away from potential leaky areas. While lead has been used for many years, new alternatives are now available on the market so our focus in this month’s article is on the pros and cons of both lead and synthetic alternatives to help you make an informed decision when the time comes to have your flashing repaired or replaced. (more…)

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Is my flat roof covered by my home insurance?

With lots of home extensions over the years and many more homeowners considering them as an alternative to buying a new property and moving home, flat roofs are being seen more and more in homes around the country. This often leads to the question from many of our clients around whether or not a new flat roof will be covered by their insurance, as there is some conflicting advice out there. To help put things into context and dispel some of those myths, this month’s article focuses on insuring a flat roof. (more…)

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My roof is leaking, what do I do?

With winter over it’s time to breathe a sigh of relief and look forward to the summer. With the hottest bank holiday on record, you may have already started the summer season and forgotten all about your roof – after all, it was fine over the winter so there’s nothing to worry about. But the abrupt changes between hot and cold temperatures can play havoc with your roof joints, or the age of your roof may mean it is starting to show signs of wear and tear. We have had a lot of rain as well and let’s be honest, the UK summer does typically mean rain at times. This month we focus on those little new leaks that you may find and how to deal with them immediately to avoid them getting any worse. (more…)

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