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…)
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…)
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…)
Although many loft extensions will fit into the existing space within your home and require no change to your roof shape, there are still several reasons for why it may be beneficial for you to consider replacing your original roof tiles at the same time. (more…)
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…)
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…)
Having a hole in your roof can be worrying. Just bear in mind that in most cases your roof can be repaired. The most important thing is to identify the cause of the problem and get it fixed before it gets worse. Don’t hesitate to seek professional help – it will almost always save you time and money in the long run.
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.
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.
GRP fibreglass roofing is one of the most popular options for weatherproofing flat roofs. It can also be used for pitched or barrel-vaulted roofs. GPS roofing is often seen on extensions, porches, balconies, garages and sheds.
So what is a GRP roof and why choose one? (more…)
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…)
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…)
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…)
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…)
Like summer heat, the winter cold brings challenges for our roofs as well. Whether you have a pitched or flat roof, it helps to be aware of the potential dangers cold weather can have on it, so we are focusing on what you need to look out for during winter this month. (more…)
Most people don’t think twice about their roof unless there is a problem, such as a leak. But leaving things to escalate to that point means that there would have been warning signs that, if spotted sooner, could have led to much less costly and disruptive repairs. (more…)
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…)
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…)
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…)
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)
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:
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…)
Gutters are an essential part of your home. It seems that guttering only seems to go noticed when a problem arises, but for the remainder, it remains largely unnoticed. By being unnoticed, it often means they are likely to be doing their job well, or the warm summer months are leaving no reason for concern. (more…)
In terms of home maintenance, one aspect that is often neglected is the roof. More often because if it’s out of sight, than it is out of mind. However, maintaining your roof is important as it can help to prevent costly future repairs that affect more than just the roof. (more…)