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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!

Which roofing materials are the most fire retardant?

Not only do roofing materials need to be able to withstand adverse weather conditions, they also need to be able to withstand the heat of a fire in the event of an emergency. There are a number of roofing materials, all with varying levels of fire resistance, each classified by specific fire ratings so they can be easily identified.

These are a few of the most common roofing materials alongside their classification of fire resistance:

Metal Tiles

Even under extreme heat from flames, metal does not ignite. And with the addition of a fire-resistant barrier it earns a Class A certification. The range of metal roofing materials is diverse; copper, steel and zinc are some options available with varying aesthetic differences available to constructors. Metal alloys are another option. Alloys are a mixture of separate metals to give varying benefits depending on location.

Not only do metal tiles provide great fire resistance, they are also non-corrosive, giving them a longevity guarantee that far exceeds other materials.

Slate

Slate has been used for roofing solutions for centuries. The natural material is inherently resistant to fire and is also awarded a Class A rating. There are different types of slate that are available, some can be used for flooring or walls, but the slate used for roof tiling is slightly different; it is thicker and heavier than other tiles and it is this thickness which helps it earn its Class A rating as thick slate cannot be easily chipped and penetrated by fire.

Although slate is a more expensive roofing option, the material itself is perfect for roofing and can last a very long time. Some historic buildings fitted with slate roofs have lasted more than 70 years without the benefit of modern building techniques.  

Clay

A lot of residential homes make use of clay or concrete tiles. They are heavy, durable, fireproof, and affordable and have become one of the safest roofing covers available. Clay not only resists flames but can easily dissipate heat evenly and quickly. Properly installed they also achieve a Class A rating. Although not as durable as slate tiles, clay tiles can easily last upwards of 30 years thanks to modern manufacturing methods.

At Valent Roofing we ensure all our projects of industrial roofing in Manchester uses the very best materials with Class A rating to protect from any fire damage that may occur.   

The Importance of cleaning your roof

Roofs are made of stern stuff. Modern materials and developing techniques mean our roofs are able to stand up to some seriously harsh weather conditions, whether it be snow, hail, sleet, rain or high winds and baking heat, a quality roof should be able to brave the storm and keep your interior dry and warm.

That doesn’t mean that your roof isn’t without some requirements. Like the inside of our homes, which we clean diligently to make sure everything is ship shape and shiny, our roofs can also benefit from a little TLC.

Because our roofs tend to be out of sight, our responsibilities tend to be out of mind. But ensuring that your roof is kept clean can help extend its longevity guarantee and avoid damages from occurring that will incur costly repairs or replacements.

What are the benefits of cleaning my roof?

Keeping your roof clean and tidy doesn’t just provide functional benefits. Allowing moss to grow on your roof is a definite eyesore that depletes the aesthetical value of any property. When it is allowed to grow unchecked, it becomes the first thing people see as they approach your property creating an unwanted focal point.

Not only can moss create an eyesore, it can also grow into your roof and cause damage that won’t be easily identifiable due to the coverage provided by the moss itself. Having a regular cleaning schedule for your roof also brings you into close proximity with the roof, allowing you to keep an eye out for any problems that may be developing. This way you can catch anything unusual before it develops into something more costly.

How can I clean my roof?

The main reason that roofs tend to be one of the most overlooked parts of a building is the lack of accessibility. Fortunately, as we mentioned previously, roofs are hardy, requiring little maintenance so won’t need to be cleaned very frequently. Most roof cleaning schedules suggest once a month or even longer between cleaning, but we suggest developing a schedule as regular as possible to develop the habit of consistent cleaning and maintenance checks.

It is best to clean your roof in clear weather – you don’t want your cleaning products to be washed away before they can have any cleaning effect on your roof. Algae and moss are also much easier to clean away when it is dried which also emphasises the importance of exposing your roof to direct sunlight as often as possible.

Luckily, moss and algae, leaves and other debris are easy to clean off any roof. Most can be simply swept away but there are plenty of products available that will give your roof a deeper clean, without damaging the roof itself and leaving it looking better than ever. Always make sure you are clearing debris off completely and it is not getting caught in your guttering systems as this can just cause further problems.

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

These are the questions you should ask before hiring a roofing company

Any type of roofing work, whether domestic or industrial is a serious financial commitment. When money is on the line you want to make sure that the company you hire to do the job is trustworthy, reliable and efficient. We’ve all heard horror stories of inept roofing contractors that end up creating more problems than they solve. Poor quality roofers can even affect your insurance coverage and liability for any worker’s injuries that may occur once the job is complete.

Before any job you need to ask yourself the following questions. By doing so you will have a clear picture of the process as well as a good understanding of the scale and timeframe of the work:

What is the timeframe the work will be completed in?

After an initial examination of the roof the contractor will be able to give you a good estimate of how long the work will take. This gives homeowners and businesses a clear timeframe for them to work around; some businesses may need to change their opening hours or close entirely, whilst homeowners may have to organise temporary accommodation whilst work is taking place.

Are you covered by liability insurance?

If a roofing company doesn’t provide insurance for its workers and they get injured whilst working on your roof, you may be liable for workers compensation. This is why you should always ask to see proof of insurance before committing to any particular company.

Can I see your references?

As with any type of construction company you should always ask for recent references for jobs similar to yours so you can gain an unbiased opinion on their finished work. A contractor that is unwilling or unable to provide at least three recent references could be a red flag as you can’t gain any insight into their previous experience.

What is the estimated cost?

Of course, one of the most important questions on everybody’s lips is – how much does it cost? Once the contractor has studied your roof they can offer you an estimate. The estimate may differ slightly from the final cost depending on a number of factors, including unforeseen problems that couldn’t be identified on first viewing. Once the contractor has produced a written estimate, never pay the full balance upfront – the deposit itself should never be more that 25% of the estimate.

Where do I sign?

Never settle for a verbal contract. Always have a written agreement between you and your contractor that you have fully read and understood all elements to, before signing.

For industrial roofing in Manchester, contact the team at Valent roofing today.

Are flat roofs better protected from storms?

With the UK in the midst of one of its stormiest summers on record, more and more people have been asking if their flat roofing solutions are secure enough to stand up to such severe weather conditions.

The UK is currently seeing large amounts of rainfall all across the country. This wet and windy summer is straight off the back of last year’s summer that saw unprecedented heatwaves, where the UK saw some of its most minimal rainfall and some parts of Britain going two months without any rainfall at all. The summer of 2018 was so dry that forest fires ravaged up and down the UK and droughts caused havoc for farmers.

The current heavy rainfall has seen a number of towns flooded, with residents having to evacuate their homes; most notably, the residents of Whaley bridge who had to evacuate their homes as emergency work was required to repair the Toddbrook Reservoir dam in Derbyshire as up to 300 million gallons of water threatened to burst through and destroy the town.

It is no coincidence that the storms in the UK all have names, this is part of an initiative by the Met Office called ‘name our storms’ which aims to raise the general public’s awareness of impending severe weather. With such diverse and damaging weather patterns becoming increasingly popular across the UK, it is important that our flat roofing solutions are able to withstand the punishment brought on by mother nature.

Can flat roofs withstand gale force winds?

Flat roofs are able to avoid a large amount of the punishment from gale force winds which slanted roofs have to bear.

We don’t just ensure all our roofs are constructed to the best standard, but that they are also regularly maintained so no new damage can threaten the integrity of the building.

If a roof is not kept in good condition, it opens itself up to further damage from adverse weather conditions. Some damage can be difficult to spot; if your flat roof’s membrane has suffered any damage then water may be able to penetrate it and soak into the building below. And with such heavy rainfall currently continuing to fall, this can quickly escalate into a much more expensive problem to fix.

All our roofs are made from high-quality and durable materials so that you will be safe in the knowledge that even through the harshest storms that nature can throw at us here in the UK, you will remain safe and dry underneath your industrial roofing in Manchester.  

Why you should only use a roofing company with a CHAS accreditation

Valent Roofing gained CHAS accreditation on 6th May 2010. When you are looking for a roofing contractor you should always make sure that they have one, but what actually is a CHAS accreditation and what does it mean?

CHAS, or the Contractors Health and Safety Assessment Scheme, is one of a number of health and safety assessment schemes available – primarily to the construction industry – to review the standards of health and safety the business is operating by. Any construction company that can claim CHAS standard can equip the logo onto their vehicles, company website, stationary etc.

The certificate is a clear indication of quality to potential clients but is also beneficial to the companies themselves when reaching out to clients. The CHAS even offer those accredited with unique working opportunities that would otherwise be unavailable.

Is CHAS necessary?

Here at Valent Roofing we provide a lot of roofing applications for public buildings such as schools, council buildings and other public sector bodies. In order to acquire a contract to provide roofing solutions to any pf these sectors, we require a CHAS accreditation to show that our work is guaranteed to be of a high standard.

The main role of the CHAS accreditation is to immediately demonstrate to our clients that we are competent in our health and safety approaches. In the past, when people took on a roofing contractor, they would have to go through extensive research to assess contractors, which could only be done on an individual basis.

The CHAS helps reduce the time it takes by producing a fully detailed health and safety process. Seeing the CHAS logo is proof that the company you are dealing with has passed an assessment, providing evidence of their quality work structure in the meantime.

Every application goes through an assessor who reviews each company and gives feedback, ultimately having the final decision as to whether a company has passed or not. On average, only 20% of contractors pass on the first attempt.

For CHAS accredited industrial roofing in Manchester, contact the team at Valent today.

Alternative Roofing Materials To Bitumen

Bitumen has been used in flat roofing for a long time because of its longevity and durability. Bitumen, however, is a by product of oil production, usually made from petroleum. With roofing companies looking to the future and at how they can produce roofing membrane using less toxic and environmentally damaging materials, with some producers of roofing materials claiming the future of the industry may be in the development of a 100% biobased roofing membrane which recreates all the same technical and functional characteristics of bitumen.

Bitumen has long been influenced by fluctuating oil prices. With oil costs set to rise further due to the demand and difficulty in processing fossil-based fuels, renewable and more affordable resources have been boosted to the top of roofing companies lists in order to be affordable to their clients.

A non-profit organisation in Netherlands, TNO, have found that integrating Lignin, a component of plant biomatter, with bitumen at a molecular level rather than simply mixing the two together could reduce the amount of bitumen required by as much as 50% – a positive start in developing a better environmental profile.

Roofing materials using biobased ingredients can also be specially designed for warmer and cooler weather conditions by using different amounts in their formulations to prevent the material from becoming too tacky or brittle.

Here at valent roofing, our industrial roofs are specially designed for each building and we are looking to the future of the business to make sure the materials we use are the best quality, especially from materials produced using biobased foundations that can help reduce the requirements for fossil based materials such as bitumen. 

For industrial roofing in Manchester, or if you have any more questions about the materials in which we use, feel free to contact the team here today and one of our experienced team members will be happy to talk to you.

How an industrial roof can help your business save money

Cost-saving infrastructure is something every business strives for. With so few ways for a business to help reduce their costs, it is important that roofing companies do their part to help improve these options.

Few businesses will think of their roof as anything other than a roof, but in fact, an industrial flat roof can notably reduce a company’s yearly costs, even helping them become a greener and more eco-friendly company in the meantime. Here’s how:

Cost

We start simply, with the cost. For larger buildings such as warehouses, flat roofs are much more cost effective to install than a traditional sloped roof. This is due to the fact they require less materials, the materials in question are cheaper, and the entire process is much quicker and easier than with sloped roofs.

Commercial solar panels

Commercial roofs – like domestic roofing – can also benefit from the addition of solar panels. These panels are able to harness the energy from sunlight and transfer the energy into useable electricity within the building itself. By being able to harness their own energy, they can greatly reduce their reliance on electric tariffs, reducing their yearly energy costs and in some cases, be able to completely supply their own clean energy. Any unused energy can be sold back into the Grid; giving businesses who produce enough solar energy the chance to not only save money, but to make money too.

Insulation

Properly insulated flat roofing can help reduce the 25% heat loss that occurs from other roofs. Adequate insulation doesn’t just work to keep your building warmer in winter either, adequate insulation can help reduce air-conditioning costs by reducing the amount of heat able to enter through the roof via the sun’s rays.  

For money saving industrial roofing in Manchester, get in touch with the team at Valent Roofing today.

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