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Signs That Your Roof is Unhealthy

As a building’s first line of defence against the weather and other external factors that can wreak havoc, it is important to provide regular and high-quality maintenance to a roof. After all, general wear and tear can lead to expensive leak repairs and neglecting your duty as a property owner may even lead to a full roofing replacement! Here at Valent Roofing, we like to provide our readers with as much information as possible, so they are equipped with the skills to recognise a poor-quality roof. Read on as we go through three signs that your roof is in an unhealthy condition…

Material

Since the material used in a roof construction is the most visible aspect, property owners can tell a lot about their roof from the condition that it is in. For example, tearing, slipping and cracking tiles or slabs can be a sign of an unhealthy roof and this is why it is essential to call out an experienced roofer if the material is in visibly poor condition. After all, these issues can lead to leaks and ventilation problems.

Gutters

Although they are not technically a part of the roof, gutters work hand in hand with it in order to protect a property from water damage. This means that it is important to pay attention to the condition of your gutters as they could say a lot about the health of your roof. For example, if you notice that your gutters are cracked or blocked with debris then water may not be able to drain from the roof and could pool on the surface, causing water damage to the material.  

Water Damage

Although it sounds simple enough to correct, water damage is perhaps the most dangerous fault that a homeowner can spot. After all, the roof can be affected months before the signs start to show inside the property which only emphasises the importance of regular and routine maintenance. If your roofing material has started to sag or the walls are damp then this is often a clear sign that a leak as sprung, suggesting an unhealthy roof that needs immediate expert attention.

When it comes to roofing longevity, maintenance cannot be taken for granted. After all. A roof is a man-made structure which means that it will eventually deteriorate beyond repair if areas of concern are not tended to regularly and promptly. Here at Valent Roofing, we have decades of experienced to our name which means that we are more than qualified to deal with general roofing repairs. To find out whether your roof needs an inspection, get in contact with the industrial roofing experts at Valent Roofing today!

Reasons to Invest in a Flat Roof

Here at Valent Roofing, we believe that flat roofing has a rather poor reputation. After all, with the right care and attention, it can be the perfect industrial defence against the wrath of mother nature. Since the majority of property owners incorrectly believe that flat roofing should be avoided at all costs, we’ve decided to set the record straight once and for all. Read on as we go through three reasons to invest in flat roofing rather than pitched roofing…

Aesthetics

For property owners looking for a modern twist, a flat roof could be the aesthetic feature you have been looking for. After all, they are incredibly elegant and manage to improve the overall design of a properties exterior without being too overwhelming. In fact, residential properties are starting to jump on board the flat roof bandwagon as more and more people recognise the aesthetic benefits that can be gained.

Affordability

Although there is no doubt that flat roofing is more expensive than traditional pitched roofing, especially if a full conversion is taking place, many property owners prefer to see it as an investment for the future. After all, flat roofing is very easy to take care of and extremely durable which means that it is less likely to suffer from damage and require repeated repair work.

Variety

From EPDM rubber to asphalt, flat roofing can be crafted from a variety of different materials and this means that property owners are able to find the style that meets their preferences with ease. After all, every roof and its requirements are different. In fact, many industrial properties are also opting for green roofing, which aims to turn the flat space above into a ‘garden’ so that plants can survive and thrive in industrial cities.

As the most popular industrial roofing design, flat roofing is increasing in popularity with every year that passes. In fact, more and more residential property owners are starting to recognise the benefits that can be gained from an investment in flat roofing rather than pitched roofing. Here at Valent Roofing, we want help our clients make a decision that reflects the requirements of their property. To find out whether flat roofing is a suitable investment, get in contact with a member of the team today!

Essential Roofing Maintenance Tips for Spring

Taking care of a roof is a full-time job. After all, it is a property’s first line of defence against the wrath of mother nature and this means that it has to deal with the likes of storms, strong winds, heavy rainfall and even extremely hot temperatures. In order to keep your roof in tip-top condition, it is important to carry out seasonal maintenance on top of regular maintenance duties. Read on to find out how to prepare for spring…

Clean the Gutters

Spring is known for its rain, hence the term ‘April Showers’, and this means that clearing your gutters of debris is an essential part of roofing maintenance. After all, it is common for leaves and twigs to become trapped during winter but if they are not removed in preparation for the wet weather, blocked gutters could lead to a serious roofing leak as the water will have nowhere else to drain.

Examine for Water Damage

Due to the increased levels of rain throughout spring, it is important to always be on the eye out for water damage and actually inspect for it on a regular basis. After all, most cases of water damage begin subtly and manage to infiltrate a property without the owner knowing. This means that the problem could conflict serious damage by time it is discovered if a property owner is not actively watching out for it.

Inspect the Roofing Material

It is no secret that winter weather can be particularly brutal on a roof and that is why it is highly recommended that all property owners, residential and industrial alike, inspect their roofing material for signs of damage as the spring season approaches. This way any damage can be rectified sooner rather than later and will be much cheaper too.

Here at Valent Roofing, we believe that regular maintenance is the key to roof longevity. After all, it is only expected that a roof will show signs of wear and tear at the hands of mother nature’s wrath and without human intervention, this damage will only get worse to the point where a full replacement is the only solution. By taking care of your roof seasonally, you can help ensure that it is strong enough to withstand every obstacle. To find out more information, get in contact with the industrial roofing experts at Valent Roofing today!

How the Freeze/Thaw Cycle Can Affect a Roof

As a property’s first line of defence against the elements, the roof will undergo a significant amount of stress throughout its lifetime. In fact, there is nothing more damaging than the freeze/thaw cycle and this natural weather occurrence can be exacerbated by a lack of maintenance. Here at Valent Roofing, we believe that taking care of your roof is incredibly important during spring as this is when the freeze/thaw cycle commonly takes place. Read on to find out how it can affect your roof…

Small Holes

When the weather is still cold, rainwater can seep into small gaps that form in a roof and freeze throughout the night as the temperature drop. The following day, these ice formations will thaw due to a spike in temperatures and the running water can affect the inside of the roofing structure. Since the weather during spring is constantly changing, this freeze/thaw cycle can lead to the gradual splitting of roofing materials as the water constantly freezes and melts.

Ice Dams

Uneven heating throughout an attic whilst the eaves remain cool can lead to the formation of ice dams. In fact, they are typically caused by snow on the roof which melts and drains towards the eaves due to warm internal temperatures, however, the cool eave’s temperatures means that the water quickly refreezes and forms a ledge. This can cause a build up of water to collect underneath the roofing materials and even lead to a devasting leak. In fact, sometimes the roofing material can actually buckle under the sheer weight of an ice dam.

Thermal Shock

Known as the number one cause of premature roofing damage, thermal shock takes places when a heat gradient causes different parts of the same piece of material to expand differently. As a result, splits and cracks can form quickly that can require attention from a professional roofer, especially since the materials that are most commonly affected include steel, wood, concrete and asphalt. This can occur during the freeze/thaw cycle when the temperatures increase rapidly throughout the day, placing a lot of stress on the materials.

Here at Valent Roofing, we have seen first hand how damaging the freeze/thaw cycle can be and that is why it is important to regularly inspect your roof as the winter season merges into spring. After all, the constantly changing temperatures that take place as the weather gets warmer are what causes the cycle in the first place. If you think that your roof may be affected by the freeze/thaw cycle, get in contact with the industrial roofing experts at Valent Roofing today to find out more information.

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…

Materials

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.

Purpose

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.

Expertise

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!

The Importance of Roofing Cladding

Put simply, roofing cladding is an extra layer that is added to the exterior of a roof in order to give it the best chance against the elements. After all, the roof is a property’s first line of defence against the brutality of mother nature. Here at Valent Roofing, we offer a variety of different roofing solutions, including cladding, and in this blog, we have decided to go over a few reasons why it is so important…

Insulation

By helping to regulate internal temperatures, installing cladding to a roof is a brilliant way to insulate a property without breaking the bank. In fact, it can also be used in order to add soundproof insulation too as the extra layer on the exterior will reduce the amount of noise that is able to escape, and this can be particularly beneficial for industrial businesses.

Protection

Roofing cladding is waterproof and this means that it can add an extra layer of protection against the elements. After all, when bad weather strikes it is often the roof that bears the brunt of the damage. By investing in high-quality cladding, commercial property owners can help keep their roof in tip-top condition for longer, reducing maintenance requirements and giving people the peace of mind that their business is not vulnerable during a storm.

Aesthetics

There is a common misconception that roofing cladding can affect the aesthetics of a property when it can actually do the opposite. After all, there is an abundance of different colours and styles available on the market and most roofing companies are able to custom-make a design that matches the exterior of your property. This means that there is no need to sacrifice important aspects like cladding in place of aesthetics.

Here at Valent Roofing, we recognise how confusing the specialist terminology used by our experts can be. After all, there is no doubt that cladding is an important and essential addition to the roof of a property, but we also want our clients to have full confidence in the skills of our team too. To find out more information about cladding without the jargon, get in contact with the industrial roofing experts at Valent Roofing today!

The Lifespan of Different Roofing Materials

As the best experts in the industry, we know how important longevity is when it comes to roofing. After all, a roof refurbishment is not a simple investment, which means that homeowners are well within their right to enquire about the range of roofing materials that are available on the market. Luckily, that’s where we come in! Read on as the Valent Roofing team go over three of the most popular roofing materials and how long they are expected to last…

Asphalt Shingles

Many homeowners presume that shingles are a singular category when it comes to roofing materials; however, they can actually be subcategorised by material too. The most popular type of shingles are asphalt shingles and these can last anywhere between 20 and 50 years depending on the quality of maintenance that they are provided with. For a premium asphalt shingles product, homeowners should expect to pay more than usual.

Metal Roofing

For industrial properties like warehouses and factories, metal roofing is a staple addition to the exterior. After all, residential alternatives just aren’t suitable for these types of properties. Interestingly, The Metal Roofing Alliance states that a high-quality and well-installed metal roof can last anywhere between 40 and 80 years.

Slate

As a type of a metamorphic rock, slate is easily split into smooth, flat plates that are perfect for use on residential roofing. In fact, they are said to be the most effective roofing material on the market due to their ability to take the brutality of Mother Nature in its stride. In fact, a well looked after slate roof can last for a century, making it the perfect lifelong investment.  When it comes to roofing longevity, it is important to remember that these figures are based on roofs that receive high-quality, regular maintenance. After all, without the intervention of an experienced roofer to spot potential problems before they develop into something more serious, the average roof wouldn’t last a single decade! To find out more information about roofing longevity, get in contact with the industrial roofing experts at Valent Roofing today!

The Importance of a Healthy Roof

Here at Valent Roofing, we want to educate our readers and ensure that they understand the importance of high-quality roofing maintenance. After all, it may seem like something that can be pushed aside; however, neglecting your responsibilities as a property owner can have serious repercussions in the future. Read on as we go over three reasons why it is important to keep your roof in a healthy condition…

First Line of Defence

The roof of your property is it’s first line of defence against the wrath of mother nature. From strong winds to heavy downpours, it is important to ensure that your roof is in a suitable enough condition to be able to withstand a wide range of brutal weather conditions. After all, if your roof is damaged then it can lead to things like leaks and these often come with costly repair jobs that could’ve been prevented.

Increases Home Value

If you ever decide to sell your home then it is important to know that the asking price is often determined by the quality of the property. This means that potential buyers will look for specific problems in order to request a reduction on your price and site repair work as the reason. Although a roof can be a costly investment, they can last for decades at a time with the right maintenance and you are within your right to ask for a higher asking price if your property comes with a well-maintained roof.

Saves Money

A roof that is in poor condition with a lot of repair jobs mounting is less economical than a brand-new roof. After all, there may be a large upfront cost by investing in a roof replacement, however, they are statistically more likely to need regular repair work as long as they are maintained and serviced. On the other hand, the cost of regular repair work can mount quickly and is often unaffordable for many businesses in the long term which means that a healthy roof can help you save money.

With decades of roofing experience under our belts, the Valent Roofing team are the most qualified professionals to deal with your questions and queries. After all, there is nothing worse than having to foot the bill of an expensive repair job! To find out more information about how you can ensure that your roof stays healthy no matter the weather, get in contact with the industrial roofing experts today and speak to a member of the Valent Roofing team!

The Different Types of Metal Roofing Materials

Choosing the right roofing material is not a decision that should be made lightly. After all, there are a wide variety of different options on the market, so it can take time and the keen eye of an experienced roofer in order to ensure that your industrial building is well protected against the wrath of mother nature. Read on as the Valent Roofing team go over three types of metal roofing materials…

Steel

As the most used metal roofing material around, steel is much heavier than the alternative choices on the market. With this said, steel is incredibly durable and sturdy, so it is recommended for properties in areas that are susceptible to extreme weather. In regard to maintenance, there are a number of coatings that can be applied including zinc, which prevents rust; an epoxy-primer, which provides adhesion; and an acrylic top which gives the metal its colour and adds further protection against the elements.

Aluminium

Metal roofing has an industrial reputation; however, aluminium sheets are commonly used on residential roofing due to its extreme light-weight qualities. In fact, it isn’t susceptible to rust which makes it the most perfect low maintenance and aesthetically pleasing material on the market. With this said, it must be coated using the same options as steel in order to protect it from the elements. After all, aluminium is a soft material, and this means that it is more susceptible to damage in comparison to steel.

Copper

Known as a high-end metal roofing material, copper has been used in the roofing industry for centuries. After all, it comes with a variety of highly sought-after qualities. For example, there is no finish to scratch off, it does not rust and it will gradually weather in order to reveal a beautiful design known as ‘verdigris patina’. With this said, copper is an extremely expensive material and a roofs suitability should be taken into consideration before a purchase is made.

Whether you are making an investment in your industrial property or want to improve the aesthetic value of your roof, the team here at Valent Roofing can help! After all, our team has a combined 70 years’ experience in the roofing industry which means that we know everything there is to know about the variety of materials on the market when it comes to metal roofing. To find out more information about how we can help you improve your industrial roofing, get in contact and make a consultation with the Valent Roofing team today!

Signs That Snow Could Be Damaging Your Roof

When bad weather strikes, it is important that your roof can withstand it. After all, heavy rain, strong winds and snow are hard to predict with absolute certainty in the UK and your property may be vulnerable to damage without the correct defences in place. Here at Valent Roofing, we want our readers to be armed with all the knowledge they need in order to take care of their roof during every season. Read on as we go over a few signs which suggest that snow may be damaging your roof…

  1. Sagging

When snow falls in large quantities, the weight of it can put a lot of pressure on your roof. In fact, it can even cause a roof to cave in on itself. Even though this is statistically unlikely, it is important that both residential and industrial property owners are able to recognise the signs of damage. Luckily, sagging of the roofing material from inside is the most obvious sign that heavy snow may be causing damage and you should have your roof inspected immediately if you discover it.

  1. Leaks

Snow is not only a problem when it falls in large quantities. After all, even the smallest layer will eventually melt, and if your roof has not been maintained adequately in order to prevent moisture damage, you could find that snowfall causes a leak in your roof. In fact, melting snow can actually do more damage than rainfall because it can invade your property via your roof and cause a lot of gradual damage over time.

  1. Cracks

Although it is rare, the weight of snow can actually damage the interior of a property too. This is often found in old residential properties where the sheer weight of the snow on the roof and surrounding structures can put pressure on the walls; this causes cracks to develop in the plaster around windows and door frames. Although cracks can be caused by other issues like subsidence, after heavy snowfall it is important to question whether your roof may be the cause.

Although there are weather conditions that are far more brutal than snow, it is important that property owners recognise how damaging it can be without the necessary precautions and expert knowledge. After all, spotting the signs of a leak early on can make a roofing repair much cheaper and easier to carry out! To find out more information, get in contact with the industrial roofing experts and speak to a member of the Valent Roofing team today!

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