Roof Info


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.


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…)


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…)


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.


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…)


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…)


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…)


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.

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.


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…)


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…)


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…)

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…)

Clean roof

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.


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.


Roof tiles

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…)

Lead Roof Flashing

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…)

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…)


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…)


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…)


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…)

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…)

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:

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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