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The Benefits of Composite Roofing Materials

From metal to slate, it is safe to say that there are a variety of different types of roofing materials available on the market that offer property owners varying degrees of durability, quality and affordability. Here at Valent Roofing, our team are equipped with the skills and experience to deliver an outstanding installation and maintenance service. Read on as we go over three benefits of investing in a composite roof…

How durable is a composite roof?

A roof replacement is an expense that people should contend with once during their time as a property owner. As a result, it is important that high-quality and long-lasting materials are chosen that can withstand the test of time. Composite roofing is a type of synthetic roofing material that is known for its strength and durability because it is designed for longevity. In fact, a high-quality composite roof can last between 25 and 50 years!

Is composite roofing expensive?

Natural materials like slate and clay tiles have been utilised as roofing for centuries, however they tend to be much more expensive than synthetic alternatives. After all, slate must be mined from a quarry, transported from the site and then installed by an experienced roofer. Composite roofing materials are designed with lightweight qualities and are even crafted from recycled materials which makes them an affordable yet aesthetically pleasing alternative.

Are composite materials weather resistant?

Since the roof is the most susceptible part of a property, it is safe to say that weather resistance is an important quality that homeowners should look for when selecting their roofing material. Composite roofs can withstand strong winds of over 100mph without damage where a traditional slate roof would be missing tiles and require prompt repair work following such conditions. In addition to this, composite roofing is also resistant to impact and weather phenomena like hail, heavy rainfall and snow are easily brushed aside without any lasting damage.

Here at Valent Roofing, we aim to provide all of our clients with the best service that our team of roofers can provide. After all, a roof is a property’s first line of defence in the face of Mother Nature’s wrath which means that it needs to be strong and durable yet affordable and aesthetically pleasing. To find out more information, get in contact with the industrial roofing experts at Valent Roofing and speak to a member of the team today!

Industrial roofers and the threat of UV exposure

We already know that outdoor workers must protect themselves from the harmful damage that the sun’s UV rays can cause; from skin cancer and eye diseases like cataracts and macular degeneration, to premature ageing and immunity suppression.

Very few jobs require workers to be subjected to direct sunlight more than a roofer. Which makes the profession the most at risk from the negative aspects of prolonged UV exposure; when you’re building roofs, rarely is there a roof above your head.

When workers are on site they are buffeted by UVA and UVB rays from all angles. The sun’s radiation doesn’t travel in one direction, it also reflects off the ground, glass and metal surfaces meaning when you’re working on a roof the sun’s rays can hit you from every angle.

These negative effects are easy to protect against, though. Here are a few ways in which our roof installation teams keep safe from UV rays.

How to protect from the sun

  • Any exposed skin must be protected using a sunscreen with at least an SPF of 25 and should be reapplied throughout the day with the face being showed extra attention. If it isn’t too hot, then it is advisable to cover as much skin as possible with a shirt or jacket with tightly woven fabrics.
  • Sunscreen and SPF lip balm should be used even when it is overcast as clouds actually provide little protection to UV rays and even in colder months, prolonged exposure to the sun can still cause damage.
  • Regular rest breaks should be taken where roofers should retire to a shaded place well out of the sun.
  • Safety glasses with UV protection are always advised; they should have a UV rating of at least 400 and should be certified in line with EN 166 and EN 172 to ensure personal eye protection and sun glare filters for industrial use.

 When we undertake industrial roofing in Manchester our team of experienced experts know to ensure they are protected from the sun’s rays each and every time they work.

The industrial roofing industry implementation of drones

Remote controlled drones are very quickly integrating into all parts of life – from construction to policing, surveillance to delivery systems, drones are quickly opening up possibilities for a number of industries, allowing them to circumvent problems and approach challenges in new and exciting ways.

One industry that is also benefitting from the implementation of drones is ours. The industrial roofing industry has long relied on cranes and other expensive and space consuming systems in order to construct and place our industrial roofing solutions.

Drones are in their infancy at the moment. And the market is currently dominated by smaller, lighter drones but there are larger, more industry focused drones that are perfect for the roofing industry on many levels. This is because a lot of current methods for installing, inspecting and maintaining roofs are cumbersome and time consuming, requiring industry experts to inspect the property by hand by climbing on to the roof personally and taking note of the problems.

Smart investing

Drones allow industry companies to reduce costs by performing roof assessment quickly and accurately with real time data and extensive details through a single operator. By rapidly reducing personnel requirements as well as better managing the time it takes to perform otherwise lengthy tasks benefits both the industry itself and the clients.

Safety

By eliminating the need for workers to constantly be required to climb structures in order to inspect them drones are able to increase worker safety. Drones can report a full assessment of conditions without a worker ever having to leave the ground. Because drones are able to increase the speed in which preventative assessment can be undertaken, the work can be performed more often, greatly reducing the chance of noticing the beginning of a major incident.

For more industry news on Industrial roofing in Manchester, contact the team at Valent Roofing today.

What is cladding used for?

After the events at Grenfell tower, June 2017, the word ‘cladding’ has been mentioned heavily in the media. The role that unsafe cladding played in the rapid spread of the fire has unfortunately led many to believe that all cladding is unsafe. We want to shine a light on some of the myths around cladding.

Few people know exactly what cladding is or what it is used for. But we want to make sure that people don’t worry about cladding, as it is actually a useful building application used on walls and roofs for both residential and commercial buildings.

Cladding is actually the application of separate materials over the top of each other. Construction cladding, the likes of which we install on walls and rooftops, is used to provide thermal insulation, weather resistance and to help improve the aesthetic of a building. Cladding can also reduce noise pollution by reducing noise leaving and entering a building.

What is cladding made from?

Cladding can be made up of a number of different materials – from wood, metal, brick and vinyl, to composite materials that can include aluminium, wood, blends of cement and recycled polystyrene, even wheat/straw and fibres.

As materials are layered on top of the other, a slight space is left between the cladding and the wall to allow rainwater to flow down and prevent it from entering the building or building up on the exterior walls.

Here at Valent Roofing we provide reliable cladding solutions as well as industrial roofing in Manchester. Our team will visit your site and advise you on the best cladding application for you and for your property.

For more information, contact the team today and we’ll be happy to run through our entire cladding packages that we have on offer. Industrial cladding should always be installed by a trusted team of professionals. Not only does this provide you with the peace of mind that your cladding is safe, it will also be built to last.

Why you should consider a new industrial roof in 2020

Here at Valent Roofing we install, repair and maintain industrial roofing across the UK throughout the year and we believe that if your current roof is becoming a little dated, then the start of 2020 is the perfect time to invest in a quality new roofing system.

We are currently at the pinnacle of cutting-edge roofing installation technologies and installation techniques, allowing us to design, fabricate and install bespoke roofing systems to fit any commercial property quicker and easier than ever before. These modern systems reduce the dramatic costs of older installations that utilised dated and uneconomical approaches, helping you save money on the initial stages of production. And also helping you save money in the long run.

Modern industrial roofing is also some of the most economical in terms of insulation and energy saving additions. Where old roofing systems were poor at maintaining constant temperatures that were either comfortable enough for workers during winter and cool enough for certain types of perishable products during the summer months, newer innovations in roofing means that they are as well insulated as they have ever been. Not only are they much more efficient at maintaining interior temperatures, they are able to help companies cut down on their energy uses, helping reduce those energy bills and allowing companies to become greener in the process.

Most companies looking to install a new roof tend to do so in the summer months. This creates a backlog as companies become inundated with applications, meaning you may be waiting longer for your roof installation to get underway.

The start of the year is a quieter time for roofing installation, which makes it the perfect time to get the ball rolling and have your roof installed in time for summer. As it is a quieter time, you may also be able to secure a deal on your installation costs when you look for a new roof.

If you want more information on industrial roofing in Manchester then get in touch with our team here at Valent Roofing now.

Digital leak detection can help speed up roof management checks

One common problem that affects all roofs – both flat and pitched – is that of leakages. Modern industrial flat roofing utilises modern technologies, cutting edge construction methods and state of the art tools to create the most watertight roofing solutions ever, but unfortunately, the voracity of nature is never ending and strong weather conditions will always be able to cause a leak to occur over time, usually at the most inopportune time.

Regular roof checks are an essential part of any building manager’s timetable, ensuring that any leak that may occur is identified quickly and dealt with in the timeliest manner.

The problem is, sometimes leaks can be very difficult to see at a glance, and if a leak is not identified and is left without treatment, they can cause thousands of pounds worth of damage, not just to the roof itself but to the interior of the building, machinery and products.

Leaks left to worsen are able to cause extensive damage and have also been known to force company warehouses to close down for a period of time until the leak is dealt with. Something many companies cannot afford to do.

A new way to check for leaks

One system that can be used on any industrial flat roof is an electronic leak detection system. This is a non-invasive means of detecting even the smallest pinhole leaks in a flat roof membrane. With an electronic detector in place, any leak that occurs can be identified within millimetre accuracy immediately. This way repairs can begin almost immediately from the onset of a leak occurring.

Electronic leak detection tests have been shown to be one of the most accurate and timely methods for inspecting roofing. Because it is non-invasive and requires little man power, a complete check can be completed in almost no time at all, considerably speeding up the process of  checking a roof and freeing up building managers to get on with other things, safe in the knowledge that industrial roofing in Manchester is completely water tight.

How to improve industrial roofing checks

An industrial roof checklist is essential for every building manager. These maintenance checks are important in ensuring that faults and damage don’t bring a company’s day-to-day operations to a standstill; that minor problems with simple solutions don’t develop into more costly repairs; and that the general aesthetic of the property is kept to a high standard for the sake of visitors.

We understand that a building manager’s responsibilities are extensive and that industrial roof checklists can be complicated and time consuming, so we constantly work on developing examination routines in order to streamline the process as much as possible whilst retaining our high standards of checks so potential problem is overlooked.

These are a few important approaches that we advise to all of our clients to ensure that maintenance checks are carried out swiftly and safely:

Install roof lighting

The winter months in the UK are infamous for a lack of sunlight and cold weather that can cause site managers to hold off from checking the roofing until the weather becomes clearer. Whilst we advise that your yearly checks take place in the summer months for safety purposes, it is important that you give your roof some checks during winter as this is the time of the year that roofs receive the most damage; and if this damage is left for too long it can develop into a much bigger problem.

By having roof lighting installed it makes it much less likely that any damage to the roof is missed due to poor visibility and also speeds up an otherwise lengthy task.

Maintenance contracts

If your roof is prone to minor damages, requiring you to call out a professional each year for repairs, a maintenance contract may be the more valuable option for long-term plans. Rather than constantly paying for repair work to be carried out, a maintenance contract provides peace of mind as a professional will visit your site on regular intervals to carry out a thorough examination of the entire roof system and repair any problems immediately.

We check industrial roofing in Manchester and the surrounding areas. If you think a maintenance contract may be something you are interested in, contact the team today for more information.

Can you convert a flat roof to a pitched roof?

Whilst flat roofing is a great option for a lot of industrial properties, it isn’t always perfect for all of them. Things like climates, location and budgets can all have an influence on whether or not a flat roof is the best option for any given property, and even if a property already has a flat roof, it can still be changed.

The alternative to a flat roof is a pitched roof. Pitched roofing is much more common on residential properties, most notably houses, due to the nature of the building and its requirements. Houses have much different heating requirements, as well as very different needs when it comes to adverse weather patterns. Pitched roofs also add some extra benefits; added storage space and reduced maintenance costs to name just a few. Pitched roofing conversions could also be the answer to a number of structural problems that are common with flat roofs.

If your industrial building currently has a flat roof in place but you feel as though a pitched roof could be more beneficial, don’t worry. Here at Valent Roofing we provide the service of transforming roofs from flat to pitched, and it isn’t as complicated as it initially sounds.

How is a roof converted from flat to pitched?

There is no one-size-fits all when it comes to roof conversions. The most common technique is a straightforward process of removing the existing roof and fitting new framing to create a pitched roof space.

With your average household roofing, the weight of the pitched roof is supported by the exterior walls. The reason flat roofing is preferred for most industrial properties is due to the size of the buildings. Large buildings require added supports to accommodate pitched industrial roofing in Manchester, which inevitably drives up the costs of both the labour and the materials required.

Understanding your business EPC rating

Every building in the UK, both residential and commercial, now has to have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC). These certificates are required so that a building’s energy efficiency rating is clearly stated.

The rating system is graded from A to G – A being a very efficient rating and G being a poor and inefficient one – and are required on any building built, sold or rented, or if the building has a roof and walls and uses energy to condition the interior temperature. For buildings that contain separate units, like blocks of flats, an EPC is required for each individual unit.

Some buildings are excluded from requiring an EPC; these are places of worship; temporary buildings; stand-alone buildings with less than 50-square-metres of floor space; industrial and agricultural buildings with low energy requirements; protected buildings where energy efficiency compliancy would unacceptably alter their character or appearance; rented dwellings occupied by the same tenant since before October 1, 2008, and buildings that are suitable for demolition.

The EPC rating system was brought in to ensure that government environmental targets are being met and carbon footprints are being reduced. A lot of buildings were given an estimated EPC rating when it was first brought in due to a shortage of assessors. With many locations currently rated higher than they should be it is important that building managers and owners put measures in place to ensure that their building is given an accurate EPC rating and that attempts are made to bring that rating as close to A as possible.

Installing quality industrial roofing in Manchester is a key aspect in ensuring a commercial property maintains a high EPC rating as they are responsible for providing efficient insulation, even in large properties.

Make sure your property’s roofing is up to date by contacting the team at Valent roofing today for a full, no-obligation consultation.

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.

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