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The Signs of a Moisture Damaged Roof

The roof of a property is exposed to the elements all-year round which means that it is vulnerable to general wear and tear and must be regularly maintained to keep it in tip top condition. After all, neglecting your roof may be an easy solution but it can lead to serious repercussions as the materials that they are made from will deteriorate rapidly, particularly if they are exposed to continuous moisture. Read on as the team here at Valent Roofing go over three signs of a moisture-damaged roof…

Blistering Shingles

Since the material that your roof is made from is the first component that will come into contact with rainfall, it is important that homeowners carry out routine inspections. After all, blistering is the first sign that moisture is having an impact, particularly when it comes to cheaper materials like shingles. This causes the material to raise up, allowing further moisture to penetrate deeper into the structure of a roof.


Pitched roofs are designed to transport water away from the surface and prevent moisture damage, however this is not possible in flat roofing. As a result, many commercial and industrial buildings are susceptible to ‘pooling’ which occurs when rainwater settles on top of the material, gradually weakening it until the roof collapses. Since pooling can cause serious damage and puts the safety of workers at risk, it should be dealt with immediately.

Blocked Gutters

The gutter is a shallow trough that is fixed to the exterior of a property beneath the edge of the roof in order to carry rainwater away in a safe and reliable manner. With this said, they can become blocked with debris such as leaves and twigs fairly easily which will affect the efficiency of rainwater removal and puts the health of the roof at risk. As a result, homeowners should ensure that their gutters are regularly cleared.

Moisture can wreak havoc on both external and internal aspects of a roof which is why property owners should carry out regular inspections. After all, finding a problem early will reduce the amount of damage that takes place and will also make the necessary repairs much more affordable. To find out more information about preventing moisture damage, get in contact with the industrial roofing experts at Valent Roofing today!

Reasons to Invest in Felt Roofing

The roofing industry is inundated with choice when it comes to the materials that properties owners can choose from and this means that our experts have an incredibly important job in order to ensure that every project is afforded the same level of care. In fact, the Valent Roofing team work closely with each client and assess the needs of their property so that we can implement the most suitable material every time. Read on as we go over a few reasons why felt roofing is considered a good investment…


There are many factors to take into consideration during the design process of a roof, and the material that it is made from plays an incredibly important role. After all, the structure must be able to support its weight. Luckily, felt is a very lightweight material which makes it an effective option for weaker structures like sheds, garages and external housing extensions. After all, these structures tend to be too basic for valuable alternatives like metal and shingles.


As one of the most affordable materials on the market, felt roofing can be implemented without breaking the bank and is a popular option for those who are operating in accordance with a strict budget. With this said, there are usually different varieties of felt that will differ in terms of their quality and durability which means that the price may inflate or deflate depending on which particular type a client would like to invest in.


The roof is the most important part of a property as it provides protection from the elements. As a result, it is vital that regular inspections and routine maintenance is provided as neglecting ones’ responsibilities can reduce the longevity of a roof, regardless of the material it is made from. Felt roofing is very easy to maintain and any damage can be repaired with ease by implementing a patchwork approach.

Here at Valent Roofing, we strive for unbeatable quality and conscious affordability with each project that we are entrusted with. After all, every is client is different which is why our roofing experts are trained to deal with each enquiry as effectively as possible. Felt roofing may not be suitable for industrial application, however its affordability certainly makes it a popular residential option for sheds and garages. To find out more information, get in contact with the industrial roofing experts at Valent Roofing today!

The Benefits of Copper Roofing

Metal roofing is an umbrella term that is often used in order to refer to a particular type of roofing style. With this said, many property owners are unaware of the sheer variety of options that are available on the market when it comes to the particular metal that they would like to opt for. After all, aluminium, zinc and steel are just three examples! Read on as the team here at Valent Roofing go over 3 benefits of investing in a copper roof…


As a premium material, copper is thought to be a more effective option for roofing than traditional materials like slate and asphalt. After all, it is incredibly affordable and comes with an impressive longevity guarantee of around 50 years as long as it is provided with routine maintenance and inspections. As a result, a copper roof is often seen as an investment for the future.

Weather Resistant

It is safe to say that a copper roof manages to tick all the boxes when it comes face to face with the wrath of Mother Nature. In fact, it can stand its ground against heavy rainfall and strong winds as well as hail and mildew without becoming dented or discoloured. In addition to this, a copper roof is also incredibly resistant to thermal increases and decreases which means that a roof won’t deteriorate or change shape throughout the hot summer months.

Energy Efficiency

An investment in copper roofing is also an investment in the environment. After all, metal reflects heat rather than absorbing it and this makes it much easier to control the temperature inside a property throughout the year. As a result, less energy is wasted and property owners may even find that they save money over time too.

Here at Valent Roofing, our team of specialist roofers know everything there is to know about the roofing industry, especially when it comes to metal materials. After all, copper is just one option in a market that is inundated with choice. To find out more information about the benefits and versatility of metal roofing, get in contact with the best industrial roofing Manchester has to offer at Valent Roofing today!

How to Prevent a Roofing Leak

An active leak is the last thing that any domestic or commercial property owner wants to discover. After all, it is often caused by an issue with the roof and the cost of rectifying the damage can depend on the amount of time the problem has been allowed to fester. Here at Valent Roofing, we want to ensure that our readers recognise the signs and understand the importance of preventing a roofing leak. Read on as we go over everything there is to know…

Regular Inspections

Since the material that a roof is made from is the component that is subjected to damage, it is vital that a roof is regularly inspected by roofing professionals and the property owner themselves. After all, replacing missing shingles will prevent moisture entering a property through the roof and ensures that the structure remains in tip top condition for as long as possible.

Clean the Gutters

Although a roof is installed in order to protect a property from the outside, it is important that property owners understand the role that the gutters play in the removal of moisture. After all, rainwater and melted snow will travel down the sides of a pitched roof into the gutters where it is transported away from the structure through pipes in order to prevent a leak. With this said, failure to clear gutters of debris can cause them to become blocked, preventing adequate moisture removal and causing a nasty leak to develop.

Prompt Repairs

Missing shingles and general wear and tear are two of the most common causes of a leaky roof, however both can be rectified by the implementation of prompt repair work. After all, neglecting one’s maintenance duties and allowing a roof with noticeable damage to fester will lead to extensive damage that is often expensive to rectify and also increases the likelihood of moisture entering a property via the roof.

A roof is the most important aspect of a property because it is the first line of defence against the wrath of Mother Nature. With this said, neglecting the maintenance that a roof requires leaves it vulnerable to moisture related damage and increases the risk of a nasty leak. To find out more information about the steps that can be taken to prevent a roofing leak, get in contact with the industrial roofing experts at Valent Roofing today!

What to do if you find asbestos in your commercial property

Asbestos was once one of the UKs leading building materials across both residential and commercial properties. Not only did it provide excellent heat and fire protection and sound insulation, but it was also incredibly affordable to produce.

In modern construction, asbestos is a completely restricted material. It has been illegal to use asbestos in any form of construction or refurbishment on any building since 1999 due to being recognised as a significant health hazard to anyone who inhales the small particles that are released when it is worked with.

Even though it is illegal to use the long fibrous materials, it still exists in a number of buildings. Asbestos can be found mixed into a number of other materials including cement, drywalling and sealants, and when it is in good condition there is little reason for alarm. If the materials should become damaged in any way, however, particles of asbestos can become aerosolised and it is these small particles which can be inhaled causing extensive and long-term respiratory damage.

The signs of asbestos

Asbestos is not easily discovered due to the practices of mixing it into other materials. Manufacturer’s labels are the only way to be certain that a material contains asbestos but, as is the case with most older buildings, these labels are long gone. If you suspect your building to contain asbestos, it is important that you take no chances and treat it as though it does; immediately contact someone who can perform a lab test to confirm whether asbestos is present or not.

Why do we need to have asbestos removed?

Each commercial property’s dutyholder is under obligation from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) under the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 (CAR) in effect as of 6 April 2012 stating: the dutyholder is responsible for determining whether asbestos is present or likely to be present and that any asbestos should be managed accordingly.

Any breach of CAR constitutes a criminal offence, punishable by an unlimited fine and/or up to two years in prison.

The effects of asbestos

Airborne asbestos particles are released when the material is damaged in any way. These particles become embedded in healthy cells when inhaled and with no way for the human body to remove these particles a build up occurs.

These particles lead to inflammation, scarring and even genetic damage to the cells themselves. This cell damage can lead to mesothelioma, a severe type of cancer.

For industrial roofing in Manchester, contact the team at Valent Roofing today for a full quotation.

Benefits of industrial partitioning

For offices and warehouses that want to better utilise their space, industrial partitioning can provide the perfect solution. From simple dividing walls to segregating several areas, partitioning can do it all.

As businesses grow it is important that they can expand their team, adding new team members or even adding whole new divisions to their operation to deal with new challenges that face growing companies. You don’t want your employees to be packed into a small space, it does little to promote a good work environment and can leave your workforce feeling squeezed in and unproductive.

Why should I choose industrial partitioning?

  • Partitioning can better utilise space that is already available to a company without having to move to a completely new office, which can be a costly and time-consuming endeavour.
  • Partitioning installation is not a disruptive or lengthy process. Our team install partitioning quickly and efficiently with additional soundproofing qualities. This is a major benefit to noisy warehouses that need to help reduce their noise pollution levels for both staff health and safety and for those that live nearby.
  • Partitioning is also key in providing privacy and separating work environments for key personnel and to prevent any cross contamination, which can be a key point to warehouse operations.
  • Not all partitions need to be opaque. We also include glazed partitioning units to allow natural light in.
  • Partitioning can also be installed on mezzanine floor areas, better utilising floor space below.
  • All of our partitioning systems come with fire retardant options which can delay the spread of fire by staving off hot flames for 30-60 minutes, creating a life saving barrier in the event of an emergency in your workplace.
  • To top it all off, partitioning is also aesthetically pleasing, transforming your workspace into a more enjoyable and appealing location without having to break the bank in order to do so.

For more information on partitioning and industrial roofing in Manchester, contact the team at Valent Roofing today.

How to locate a roof leak

Roof leaks can differ in size from a small, barely noticeable trickle, to a business halting, costly deluge. Roofs leak for a number of different reasons; from dislodged shingles and tiles, gaps in the joinery, small holes in the roofing caused by adverse weather conditions, acts of God or even from general wear and tear that damages your roof slowly over time.

Both domestic and industrial properties can suffer from a leaky roof. Domestic properties have the benefit of being under the watchful eye of those that live under it and therefore leaks are usually spotted quite easily. Especially as the roofs tend to be slanted, making them much more visible from the ground.

Industrial roofs, on the other hand, tend to be much larger. They may have more people underneath on a daily basis but most of these will be too preoccupied at work to take much notice of what is going on above their heads. And the major problem with industrial roofs and spotting leaks is that industrial roofs are almost always flat. Not only are these too difficult to see from ground level, they are also far above the heads of those inside. For an industrial roof to be checked, someone needs to go out on to the roof itself.

If you suspect your property’s roof is leaking then it is wise to send someone who knows what to look for to inspect. Because of the added danger of walking around on top of a large commercial structure, it is recommended that you hire a professional roof inspector or contact your roofing contractor to carry out the inspection for you.

However, there are a few things you can do to keep an eye on your roof and spot leaks that do occur, identifying them before they have time to escalate into a serious problem.

Signs of a leaky roof

Water stains are always the clearest indication that rainwater is permeating your roof. They are most prominent on wood, which makes it easy to spot in domestic properties but slightly more difficult when it comes to industrial roofs which are made up mainly of metal.

A better way to spot an industrial roof leak is via water spots. These are much easier to spot as they are noticed inside the building. You can use these water spots to judge where your leak may be originating from; hint, it is usually directly above.

Check your roof shortly after a bout of heavy rain to see if any water is leaking through. If you suspect your roof has a leak but the weather is dry you can spray the roof with a hose pipe to mimic rainfall and check for any leaks.

The location of the leak on the roof may be separate from where any evidence of the leak culminates. Water can run between the shingles before exposing itself inside the building so you may have to follow the water trail before finding where the water is getting in. Once you have located the leak, contact your roofing contractor and have the problem remedied as soon as possible. The longer a problem like this is left, the more damage it can do. Valent roofing provides industrial roofing in Manchester, for more information on leaks, contact the team today.

The Lowdown on Rain Screen Cladding

The process of constructing a building involves many different layers in order to ensure that the internal features are protected from the wrath of Mother Nature. After all, strong winds and heavy rainfall can wreak havoc on the roof of a property, never mind the external structure. As a result, the design of most buildings will use a tool known as cladding in order to offer an extra layer of protection against the elements. Read on as the team here at Valent Roofing go over everything there is to know about rain screen cladding…

What is rain screen cladding?

In layman’s terms, rain screen cladding is a type of covering that is applied during construction to a new building or added over the top of existing cladding to a building that is already fully built. It is designed with a weather resistant finish in order to support the interior of the building and ensure that it remains well-ventilated without affecting the exterior aesthetics.

How cost-effective is rain screen cladding?

Although the concept of rain screen cladding sound complicated, it is actually incredibly simple to install as long as the pressure equalisation is taken into consideration. After all, trapped air will affect a property and its ventilation efficiency. In fact, investing in this type of cladding offers property owners a noticeable return on investment (ROI) as a well-maintained exterior can last for decades at a time which makes it a very cost-effective option.

What are the benefits of rain screen cladding?

As well as being friendly on the bank balance, rain screen cladding also offers property owners a variety of exciting benefits. For example, there are a variety of different colours and finishes to choose from which means that a building’s exterior can be designed with aesthetics in mind without becoming a carbon copy of another building that may be located nearby. In addition to this, the composite aluminium panels used by Valent Roofing are lightweight yet suitable for curved surfaces and are also fully recyclable once they reach the end of their lifespan.

Here at Valent Roofing, we are the industrial roofing experts to trust and that is why we are known industry wide for our professional yet practical approach to roofing. In fact, our expertise spans far and wide as we know how important the implementation of cladding is in industrial properties. In fact, rain screen cladding can even be used in new builds or existing ones! To find out more information about cladding, get in contact with a member of the Valent Roofing team today!

When to Replace a Roof

Every property owner will know that taking care of a roof is a full-time responsibility. After all, it is a man-made feature which means that it requires regular maintenance to keep it in tip top condition for as long as possible. With this said, the day will arrive when the roofing contractor mentions the word ‘replacement’. Known for being expensive and time consuming, the team here at Valent Roofing have decided to set the record straight once and for all. Read on as we go through three scenarios where a replacement job may be the best solution….


The lifespan of a roof is difficult to pinpoint because the exact figure depends on a variety of different characteristics such as the material used, the amount of maintenance provided and the quality of the installation. With this said, a roof that is looking worse for wear is very likely in need of some high-quality care and roofing replacement could be the perfect solution, especially if a roof is pre-existing on a new house purchase.


Whilst maintenance and servicing can help extend the lifespan of a roof and ensure that a property is protected all year round, it is important to take general wear and tear or weather-related damage into consideration. After all, the wrath of mother nature is difficult to tame and this means that a heavy downpour or particularly strong winds can result in serious damage, making a full roofing replacement the only option. In addition to this, missing shingles or damage roofing materials could also be a sign that it is time to consider a replacement too.


When it comes to roofing damage, the last thing that a homeowner wants to discover is a leak. After all, they are able to creep into the home subtly and create a lot of damage before they are even discovered. In fact, flat roofs are more susceptible to serious water damage because the water can pool on the surface, causing the material to weaken and eventually buckle under the weight. As a result, a leak could the final calling card for a poorly maintained roof and often leads to a replacement.

Here at Valent Roofing, we want to help our clients with all their roofing woes and worries and that is why we like to clarify some of the grey areas in our industry. After all, a roofing replacement is a big commitment and it is important that property owners make a decision after every avenue has been investigated. To find out whether your property could be destined for the replacement route, get in contact with the industrial roofing experts at Valent Roofing and speak to a member of the team today!

The Key Differences Between Commercial and Residential Roofing

When it comes to roofing, it is important to understand the several different methods of approach. After all, there are a range of characteristics to take into consideration before a roofing project can even be planned. Here at Valent Roofing, we want our readers to understand the differences between commercial and residential roofing and how it can impact the way a roofing project is approached. Read on to find out more…


The most obvious difference between a commercial and residential roof is the type of materials that are used to construct them. After all, industrial properties like factories and warehouses tend to be much larger in size in comparison to residential alternatives and this means that they require strong and durable materials that are cost-effective like metal or EPDM (Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer). On the other hand, residential roofing tends to be fitted with more readily available and cheaper alternatives that aren’t suitable for commercial builds, such as tiles, asphalt and slate.


The way that commercial and residential roofs are designed often reflects their purpose. For example, residential roofing is designed to retain heat whilst protecting a property from the elements and that is why it uses materials like shingles, whereas a commercial roof is designed in order to reduce noise pollution, especially when it comes to factories. As a result, soundproofing materials like rubber and metal tend to be the most suitable. In addition to this, residential roofing is also pitched, whereas industrial roofing is often flat and the roofing materials designated to each are often easier to work with for the style of roof.


It is no secret that roofing is an industry that requires great expertise, however, experts say that the installation of commercial roofing is often more advanced than the installation of residential roofing. This is because most roofers start out in the industry by dealing with residential properties which means that they get the chance to perfect this skill, only later moving onto commercial roofing installations. As a result, it is important to source and hire a roofer appropriately based on the services you require.

In order to understand the differences between commercial and residential roofing, it is important that a roofer takes the time to sit with their client. After all, shingles and slate just aren’t suitable materials for industrial properties due to their specific roofing requirements. To find out more information about what it takes to construct industrial roofing, get in contact with a member of the Valent Roofing team today!


Valent Roofing, 500 King’s Rd, Stretford, Manchester, M32 8JT
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