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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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When should you replace your roof?

It is a question we get every so often, and typically when there is a problem. It usually comes with a grimace as homeowners realise they have to fork out lots of money to fix something that if caught earlier could have been easier and cheaper to fix or they could have been more prepared. So this month we decided to take a look at the top things to look out for when it comes to roof problems so that you are not caught unaware. What are the warning signs that tell you your roof may need to be replaced? (more…)

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Checking your roof after the snow fall

The ‘Beast from the East’ made its presence felt for quite a few days last month, one of the worst cold spells in the UK for a number of years. It led to widespread transport problems and resulted in the closure of most schools around the country. It also had most of us out playing in the snow. But for some it may have led to roof problems which may not manifest themselves for a while to come and which could result in costly repairs. This month we take a quick look at how to avoid them and what you can do to prevent them now and in the future. (more…)

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Slate or tile roofs?

When installing a new roof you are will be faced with a choice: slate or tile? The main difference between the two materials is that slate is a natural stone which is mined, while tiles are manufactured and therefore man-made. However you can also get a fibre cement slate, otherwise known as a man-made slate, which is an alternative to a natural slate. This month we take a look at the differences between these two materials and offer some thoughts on the most suitable applications for each to help you make a decision for your own home. (more…)

Can you install solar panels on your roof?

Can you install solar panels on your roof?

With the increasing cost of electricity and the falling cost of solar panels, more and more people are considering installing them. The payback period has dropped significantly and there are still significant savings to be made in the medium to long term on electricity bills. There are a few fundamental things that you need to consider about your roof though before determining whether or not you can install solar panels, including: (more…)

Which flat roof covering is best for my property

Which flat roof covering is best for my property?

Last month we looked at the differences between pitched and flat roofs and the pros and cons of each. This month we are looking in a little more detail at the most popular types of flat roofs and consider the benefits and disadvantages of the three:

  • Three-layer high-performance felt
  • EPDM (also known as rubber roofing)
  • GRP (also known as fibreglass roofing)

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Flat vs pitched roofs – what to choose?

Flat vs pitched roofs – what to choose?

When building or renovating, whether it’s your home, a garage, or an extension, you will have to make a decision fairly early on about what type of roof you want to include in your design. There are two main types of roofs: flat roofs and pitched roofs. Both have benefits and disadvantages and to help you decide we have put together an easy-to-use guide on what those are:
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Look after your chimney to stay warm this winter

Look after your chimney to stay warm this winter

It’s getting to that time of the year when you are thinking of getting the fire going for a cosy evening indoors. You have checked and cleaned the grate and flue, bought the wood and kindling, and are ready to throw those logs on and get a roaring fire started. But have you inspected your chimney from the outside as well? Before you light that fire there are a couple more things to think about and check so that your fireplace and home are safe throughout the winter.

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How to pest-proof your home

While it is great to see wildlife in your garden and in local parks, when animals find their way into your home and make it their home too it can be a different story altogether. Many animals will seek out a warm home in which to build their nests, but this can cause significant damage to your house in a number of ways. (more…)

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