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Top 3 Commercial Roofing Materials

Here at Valent Roofing, our team are equipped with the knowledge required to keep even the most troublesome roofs in tip-top condition. With this said, there are several differences between commercial and residential roofing, such as the material, and it is important that these qualities are taken into consideration during each and every roofing project. Read on as we go over the top 3 commercial roofing materials on the market…


Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer (EPDM) is a roofing material that is primarily made from rubber. Since the majority of commercial properties are flat, the implementation of EPDM means that the likelihood of a leak is significantly reduced. In addition to this, rubber roofing is also incredibly durable which only improves its affordability factor. With this said, EPDM is not considered an aesthetically pleasing roofing material which makes it unsuitable for industrial properties that rely on well-designed architecture.


Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) roofing is made up of two layers with an extra layer of polyester between them in order to provide reinforcement. It is a popular choice for commercial properties because it can be used on both pitched and flat roofs, has a significantly higher than average lifespan and is weather resistant in the face of wind and moisture. With this said, it comes with a higher price tag than alternative industrial roofing materials.


Thanks to its versatility, metal roofing is thought to be the most popular industrial roofing material on the market. After all, consumers have an option to choose from a wide range of metals like copper, steel, aluminium and even tin in order to design the most cost-effective and functional roof for their needs. With this said, metal roofing tends to be most expensive to buy and maintain.

As the most reliable industrial roofing experts on the market, the team here at Valent Roofing work hard in order to ensure that our commercial clients are satisfied with their roof. After all, the roof of our factories, warehouses and train stations are just as important as the roofs that protect our domestic properties! To find out more information about the different types of roofing materials, get in contact with a member of the Valent Roofing team 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!

The Importance of Roofing Felt

Since the material that a roof is made from is the most visible, it is the aspect that is often given the most attention. After all, it has the potential to affect the cost, durability and longevity of a roof. With this said, there are actually several components that are implemented into the construction of a roof in order to ensure that it can protect a property from bad weather and other forms of wear and tear. Read on as we go over everything there is to know about roofing felt and why it is so important…

What is roofing felt?

When a roof is crafted, it is made up of a variety of different components in order to ensure longevity and durability. One of these layers is roofing felt which is laid between the roofing deck and the material that a property owner has chosen to install. Whilst it is often associated with domestic applications, roofing felt is an essential layer of protection for any property and any roof.

What are the benefits of roofing felt?

Crafted from natural materials like cellulose or synthetic materials like polyester, the implementation of roofing felt can increase the longevity of a roof because it repels water. As a result, a roof is more protected from moisture related damage like leaks because the layer of felt ensures that the water drains away from a roof. In addition to this, roofing felt can provide fire rating properties and ensure that homeowners and neighbours are protected in the event of a fire.

Is a roof without felt vulnerable to damage?

Since felt roofing is a protective layer in a roof, is it safe to say that a property which omits it is vulnerable to weather related damage. After all, strong winds can damage a roofing material, and this means that there is little to stop moisture from entering a property. In addition to this, a roof without a felt underlay is said to have a shorter lifespan and will therefore need replacing sooner at the expense of the homeowner.

Here at Valent Roofing, we may be specialists in industrial roofing but that does not mean that our roofers are not equipped with basic knowledge like the importance of implementing a layer of roofing felt. After all, both commercial and residential properties would not be able to withstand the rainy British weather without it! To find out more information about felt underlay, get in contact with a member of the Valent Roofing team today!

Should you Invest in a New Roof Before Putting a Property on the Market?

As the leading experts in industrial roofing, the team here at Valent Roofing understand the importance of a high-quality roof. After all, both commercial and residential properties can suffer from avoidable damage when the existing roof is unable to provide the necessary protection. In fact, it can also be harder to sell a property with an out-dated roof that needs repair work or a full replacement. Read on as we consider the pros and cons of investing in a new roof before a property is put on the market…

How much does a roof replacement cost?

The cost of a roofing replacement is dependent on a variety of different circumstances. After all, the size of the roof, the material it will be crafted from and the type of building must be taken into consideration. With this said, a roof is a beneficial investment due to its longevity guarantee which may allow sellers to make back their money without losing the interest of potential buyers.

Does a new roof add value to a property?

Selling a property is a time-consuming process and potential buyers are always on the look-out for problems that may allow them to knock down the selling price of a home. As a result, a property that requires a brand-new roof may end up selling for up to £10,000 less than a roof that has already had a roofing replacement. In fact, a roof can add value to a property and may allow homeowners to increase their sale price rather than decrease it.

How long does a new roof last?

Depending on the material it is crafted from, a roof can last between 20 and 150 years. In fact, natural materials like slate have a longevity guarantee that is impossible to obtain from man-made materials like asphalt shingles. As a result, a roof is often thought of as an investment for the future and this means that a roofing replacement can insight more buyers due to the durability of brand-new roofing materials.

It is safe to say that a roofing replacement is not a project for the faint-hearted. After all, it can be a costly and time-consuming endeavour that is often dictated by the extent of the damage. With this said, buyers tend to look for damage that can reduce the asking price and a property that requires a new roof can cause the seller to lose out on thousands of pounds! To find out more information about the pros and cons of investing in a brand-new roof on a sellable property, get in contact with the industrial roofing experts at Valent Roofing today!

The Production Process of Slate Roofing Tiles

As one of the most popular roofing materials on the market, slate has been used within the roofing industry for hundreds of years! With this said, many homeowners tend not to question the process that is undertaken in order to obtain slate and utilise it to protect a property from the wrath of Mother Nature. Luckily, the team here at Valent Roofing want to educate our readers which is why we have decided to go over everything there is to know about the product process of slate tiles from quarry to roof. Read on to find out more information…

What is slate?

By definition, slate is a metamorphic rock that comes from a shale-type sedimentary rock and it is formed over millions upon millions of years during a process known as bedding. In fact, intense geological forces involved in the creation of mountain ranges were also integral to the formation of slate as this allowed the minerals to become metamorphosed.

How is slate removed from the earth?

Since slate is a naturally forming rock, it must be extracted from deep within the earth from a quarry with the use of specialist machinery. Contrary to belief, slate is not mined as the tiles that are placed on a roof and is generally obtained from a quarry in the form of a slab. It is then cut into smaller blocks that can be easily transported to a nearby factory.

How is slate treated after mining?

After slate blocks are removed from a quarry, they are categorised based on quality and potential and sawn into an appropriate shape. The slate that is destined for roofing is then transported to a shaping craftsman who will hand split the blocks to the desired thickness of a roofing tile before bevelling the edges.  The very end of the production process is completed with a quality and classification inspection before the slate tiles are packaged for delivery.

Here at Valent Roofing, we believe that affordability, longevity and sustainability are the secret to a high-quality roofing material. Luckily, slate is a naturally occurring rock and a high-quality roof made from the tiles can last for over a century with the right attention to detail and maintenance. To find out more information about slate and other eco-friendly roofing materials, get in contact with the industrial roofing experts at Valent Roofing today!

The Benefits of Roof Insulation

Here at Valent Roofing, we see far too many residential and commercial properties that have suffered due to a lack of insulation. After all, many people presume that the roofing material will be able to provide all the additional benefits of insulation when they are actually two separate implementations that must be installed effectively in order to work together in harmony. Read on as we go over three benefits of investing in roof insulation…


It is safe to say that a property with effective preservation measures in place will last much longer than one without. After all, insulation ensures that a home is protected against the ever-changing UK weather and that the rain, wind, snow and sunshine doesn’t damage both the interior and exterior. As a result, the implementation of insulation can help prolong the lifespan of a roof and the material it is made from.

Energy Savings

Running a property can be expensive and it is important to find the most suitable energy usage value. With this said, a lack of insulation can make this process harder as heat energy rises and will be able to escape through a poorly insulated roof. As a result, many homeowners may find that they spend more money trying to keep their property warm, particularly during the winter. Luckily, insulation can improve energy usage and even help property owners save money overtime.


A high-quality insulation installation is not for the faint-hearted, however many property owners choose to see it as an investment for the future. After all, insulation is also a protective feature that can help a roofing material withstand the brutality of Mother Nature. As a result, insulation can improve the durability of a roof and contribute to its protective qualities.

Although we do not specialise in the implementation of roof insulation, the team here at Valent Roofing recognise how important it is. After all, a lack of insulation or poor-quality installation can have lasting damage on a roof and the material that it is made from and this can leave property owners out of pocket. To find out more information about insulation, get in contact with the industrial roofing experts at Valent Roofing today!

Top 3 Eco-Friendly Roofing Materials

A roof made from the right materials can last a lifetime with the right maintenance and here at Valent Roofing, we believe that eco-friendly alternatives are the best choice for both commercial and residential property owners alike. After all, there are a wide range of different materials to choose from available on the market. Read on as we go over the top three…


As a natural material, slate is thought to be the most environmentally friendly roofing material on the market. After all, the tiles are incredibly durable which means that a slate roof can last over 100 years with the right maintenance and attention to detail. In addition to this, slate doesn’t need to be manufactured which means that there are fewer toxic components put into the environment.


For durability and security, metal is the most effective roofing material. In fact, it is also eco-friendly because it comes with an impressive longevity guarantee of around 50 years depending on the frequency and quality of maintenance it is provided with. In addition to this, recycled metal can also be used in order to craft metal roofing which means that fewer resources are required, and this preserves the environment as a result.


Although shingles like asphalt are a man-made roofing material, they have been used for a very long time due to their affordability, durability and ease of installation. With this said, they are petroleum based which means that they can damage the environment when they are not disposed of in the right way. As a result, homeowners looking for a cost-effective roof should opt for recycled shingles which are still suitable for use but have been removed from an existing roof for one reason or another.

When it comes to the material that a roof is made from, it is important to take the manufacturing process into consideration. After all, man-made materials like shingles require a lot of energy in order to be crafted from scratch and many property owners dispose of them incorrectly when they decide to invest in a new roof. Luckily, there are a variety of eco-friendly alternatives on the market. To find out more information, get in contact with the industrial roofing experts at Valent Roofing today!       

How to Install Solar Panels on a Roof

Here at Valent Roofing, we have noticed that solar panels are increasing in popularity with residential and commercial property owners alike. After all, they utilise renewable energy from the sun in order to heat and run a property at a fraction of the cost than traditional electricity. Read on as we briefly explain the process that is involved in a high-quality solar panel installation…

How are solar panels fixed into place?

Contrary to belief, a solar panel is not attached directly to the material on a roof but rather the supports below it. In fact, tiles are typically removed in order to allow the mounting brackets and rails that hold the solar panels to be fitted into place and then are replaced in order to ensure that the integrity of the roof is not impacted.

Should solar panels be installed by a professional?

Although the process of solar panel installation may sound simple, it is a job that is best left to the professionals. After all, the panels must be mounted on top of a bracket and this bracket must be installed with the integrity of the roof in mind in order to ensure that the roofing material isn’t impacted in the process. In addition to this, climbing onto a roof without the proper training and experience can be dangerous.

How are solar panels maintained?

Solar panels get their energy from the sun in the form of photons which are converted into electricity and can be used within a property. With this said, it is important that property owners regularly clean the panels as dust can affect their ability to harness the photon energy. In addition to this, solar panels should be regularly inspected by a licensed professional in order to ensure that the roof is still able to support their weight and that the electrical components are in tip top condition.

Although solar panels may look unsightly to some, they can help homeowners save hundreds of pounds in energy bills each year. With this said, it is vital that they are installed correctly by a qualified professional. After all, a botched job can damage a roofs material and lead to an expensive roofing replacement. To find out more information about solar panels, get in contact with the industrial roofing experts at Valent Roofing today!

The Importance of a Fireproof Roof

From cladding to fire-resistant materials, there are many different ways to promote fire safety in the design of a building. In fact, both industrial and residential properties can benefit from the implementation of these features. Here at Valent Roofing, we believe that fire safety is incredibly important which is why we encourage every property owner to invest in cladding and fireproof materials at every opportunity. Read on as we go over the importance of fire-resistant roofs…

Can a fireproof roof prevent a fire from spreading?

Although it is impossible to stop a fire from spreading, a fireproof roof can help contain the flames and make them easier for the fire brigade to extinguish. After all, it can take hours to put out a fire that has managed to engulf an entire residential or commercial property which means that property owners can reduce the damage that is inflicted on their building and save lives by investing in fire-resistant roofing materials.

Which roofing materials are fireproof?

Since metal roofing is the lightest option on the market, it is thought to be the most fire-resistant for both domestic and commercial properties. After all, a roof made from heavy materials like tiles will become compromised much faster in the event of a fire and collapse when the structure becomes too unstable whereas metal roofing can withstand the flames for a longer period of time. In fact, many firefighters are instructed not to enter properties made from poor fire rated roofing materials as they can lead to fatal injuries should the roof collapse.

How expensive is fireproof roofing?

As the most popular commercial roofing material on the market, the cost of metal roofing can differ considerably depending on a variety of different factors. After all, the property owner must take the labour and materials into considerations as well as the type of metal that they want to invest in because copper is considered a luxury material whereas stainless steel is much more affordable.

Here at Valent Roofing, we abide by a strict safety policy which is why all of our roofs are installed by skilled and experienced team members. After all, an unsafe roof can put lives in danger and clients out of pocket. In fact, a fireproof roof may never need to be utilised but the sheer implementation of metal sheets or asphalt tiles can be incredibly effective in the event of a fire. To find out more information, get in contact with the best industrial roofing experts on the market and ask a member of the Valent Roofing team about our cladding services today!

3 Top Tips to Save Money on a Roofing Replacement

Although the roof is one of the most important features of a home, it is also one of the most expensive. After all, a replacement project can cost thousands of pounds unless a homeowner does their homework beforehand in order to source the best price without sacrificing on quality. Luckily, the Valent Roofing team are the experts to trust! Read on as we go over three top tips that will help homeowners replace their roof on a budget…

Shop Around

Due to the importance of the roof, it is vital that property owners remember that the cheapest price may not always be the best price. By researching a company and ensuring that they have the skills to carry out a job to a high-quality standard, a client can ensure that the discount they are receiving isn’t too good to be true. In addition to this, it also allows people to recognise when they are being overcharged as a roofing replacement quote should always be formulated with a budget in mind.


A roof can be crafted from a variety of different materials and some are often cheaper than others. As a result, a property owner often decides to settle for a more cost-effective material in order to reduce the price of their replacement. Luckily, every material is implemented with quality in mind which means that even the cheapest are still able to provide the quality and longevity that a property owner expects.


Depending on the type of damage that has led to a roofing replacement, sometimes it is possible for home or property insurance to cover the cost of a replacement. In addition to this, many roofing companies will advertise off-season discounts that clients can take advantage off in order to save a few hundred pounds here and there.

Here at Valent Roofing, we specialise in all things industrial roofing related including cladding, damage repair and replacement projects. After all, we know how important a healthy roof is for any industrial business as neglecting one’s maintenance responsibilities can lead to an unexpected and costly roofing replacement. To find out more information about investing in a brand-new roof without breaking the bank, 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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