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Most Common Roofing Issues

Anyone who has ever had to deal with a faulty roof will know how stressful it can be to come up with a solution to the issues that have been caused. After all, most roofing problems arise without warning and have to ability to cause a lot of damage that is either unrepairable or extremely costly to fix. In order to raise awareness the team here at Valent Roofing have decided to go over some of the most common issues that seem to occur…

Leaks

As the most common complaint from homeowners, warehouse owners, flat owners and property owners it is safe to say that an undetected leak has the ability to cause all sorts of havoc and can be a nightmare when you get the price for the fixtures. Always be on the lookout for signs of moisture occurring where it shouldn’t be.

Neglecting Maintenance

As good as it would be, it is impossible to have a roof installed and then forget about it as this will lead to a whole range of issues. In fact neglecting your responsibility to carry out maintenance is an issue itself as this simple task can help source minor issues before they become disastrous and costly.

Ponding

Water is heavy, especially when it is left to pool and sometimes this weight can be too much for a roof to bare. In fact, this is a common problem that flat roofed buildings face and after particularly heavy rainfall it is always wise to check your roof for signs of ponding.

Here at Valent Roofing we put customer safety and security above everything when we are constructing a roof which is why we think it is necessary to ensure that everybody understands the ins and outs of taking care of what they are paying for! For more information about industrial roofing speak to a member of the Valent team today!

The Lowdown On Inspecting Your Roof

Generally, you should try and make a habit of inspecting your roof in the autumn just before winter starts to set in. It is probably one of the most crucial times that we should be check for any signs of damage or issues before they progress and become worse. Here at Valent Roofing, we’re going to go over the lowdown when it comes to inspecting your roof and talk you though what you should look out for…

How Often to Inspect a Roof

The rule of thumb that many home owners and industrial roof owners tend to do is to inspect annually or bi-annually, depending on certain factors. For example, if there has been no extreme weather around your area, checking once a year should be suffice enough although this can differ from place to place.

What to Look Out For

It is sensible to assume that walking onto the roof, having a browse around then leaving will not be enough. When inspecting your roof, you need to know what specific things you are looking for. Here are a couple:

  • Check for flashings, which are the metal pieces in a roof. If there is significant damage, flashings will appear. You should call in the professionals with these as they must be attended to immediately. An inadequate flashing will allow melted snow to gain access to the indoors, which is a problem nobody wants to have.

 

  • Metal roofs like the ones we tend to provide here at Valent Roofing have a design life span of roughly 50 years- however this doesn’t mean that they cannot undergo wear and tear over the years. Check for pitting, rusting and corrosion as well as any open seams that may give way to a leak.

If you’re looking for the best of the best when it comes to industrial roofing repairs, get in contact with the team here at Valent Roofing! We’d be happy to help!

3 Causes of Roof Damage

Maintaining a healthy building has a lot to do with the quality of roof care and the time that we put into inspecting its health. When a roof becomes defective due to damage, a lack of inspections can mean that the problem is able to develop to the point where it is either impossible or expensive to fix. Here are the 3 most common causes of roof damage so you know what to do to prevent it…

  1. Poor Maintenance

As we mentioned above, inspecting your roof on a regular basis is just as important as paying the bills because, without regular check-ups, you are going to end up with one massive bill on your hands. Even fixing small leaks and minor repairs as you go along is known to prevent major problems in the future.

  1. Ice Damage

Ice and snow is one of the most problematic kinds of weather when it comes to a roofs lifespan. This is because they both tend to thaw on a roofs surface, meaning that water particles are free to settle under the shingles. As the water refreezes, the shingles lift which paves the way for water damage, allowing corrosion to occur slowly.

  1. Wind Damage

As a roof is outside, it is usually the weather which affects it the most. Wind is known to weaken the shingles, nails and materials which keep a roof together. In fact, harsh winds are known to completely tear roofs off a building and send them flying through the air. Fixing this can be very costly and, most of the time, a new roof needs to be installed. Always inspect the quality of your roofing materials after particularly heavy winds.

Here at Valent Roofing, we want to ensure that our customers get the most out of their roof. Knowing what to look out for and how often to inspect their building means clients are able to endure peace of mind with their purchase. Get in contact with the experts in industrial roofing today to find out more information!

3 Big Benefits of Rain Screen Cladding

When it comes to designing a new building, the importance of your roofing cannot be overestimated- particularly when it comes to a commercial premises. Your roof will constantly be exposed to the elements and is actually the most vulnerable part of your premises, meaning that it’s important your roofing is constructed to a high standard.

Fortunately, here at Valent Roofing we provide a wide range of excellent roofing services that are dedicated to ensuring that our clients are given a top quality roof. One such service is our rain screen cladding, which can be successfully applied to a brand new build or on top of cladding that has already been installed.

Rain screen cladding provides a number of benefits, making it an essential part of many industrial roof installations, and we’re here to run you through 3 big ways it could be beneficial to you.

  • Improved Insulation

At this time of year, the cold weather can really become a nuisance, and many people will find themselves constantly reaching for a thick jumper or gloves due to the lack of warmth. For large industrial properties, attempting to keep the interior warm will soon rack up large energy bills and will prove to be very expensive, and so many businesses will endeavour to battle through the cold.

 

However, rain screen cladding provides a certain amount of thermal insulation, meaning that heat finds it much harder to escape and will eventually create a warm, toasty environment. This will ultimately make it more comfortable to spend time in the structure and ensure that you’re kept warmer this winter!

 

  • Maintenance

Perhaps the biggest advantage to rain screen cladding is the fact that it will reduce the amount of maintenance work needed on your roof. As it protects the other roofing materials from the bombardment of wind, rain and even snow, rain screen cladding ensures that your roof is kept safe. Due to this added protection, you’ll find that you no longer have to keep calling out for maintenance- which will obviously save you time and money in the long run!

 

  • Long Term Investment

By reading the previous two rain screen cladding benefits, this last one should be fairly self-explanatory. Of course, the installation of rain screen cladding will incur an upfront cost, however you need to take into account just how much money it will save you in the long run. With the improved insulation and the lack of required maintenance, this means that rain screen cladding will be an incredible investment that will most certainly pay dividends!

Here at Valent Roofing, we are the experts when it comes industrial roofing, and please get in touch for any further information on the services that we provide!

What Are The Advantages of Industrial Cladding?

Industrial cladding is one of the most important aspects of the building or renovation process for industrial properties. While the need for this particular method of external reinforcement is generally less immediately evident than the need for adequate industrial roofing, for example, the truth is adequate industrial cladding can play just as important a role in ensuring the longevity and protection of an industrial property.

This is why industrial roofing and cladding experts, such as the ones working for Valent Roofing, tend to advise their customers to devote as much attention to their cladding as they generally do to their roofing. It is essential that factory owners and industrial property managers are aware of how best to go about choosing and installing industrial cladding in their newly-built or refurbished buildings; and yet, more often than not, specialists working for companies such as Valent Roofing find these types of professionals have but a passing notion of the importance of cladding to the longevity and protection of an industrial property.

Indeed, one of the most frequent questions the team here at Valent Roofing gets asked by both existing and prospective clients has to do precisely with the role cladding plays in an industrial building, and the reasons why specialists recommend it be installed in such a facility. That is why we have taken it upon ourselves to dedicate this month’s blog post to answering that question. The lines below will go over the benefits carefully chosen and adequately installed industrial cladding can have in terms of protecting an industrial property from external factors and prolonging its lifespan.

What are the advantages of industrial cladding, then? The paragraphs below hold the answer!

Increased Longevity

The first way in which industrial cladding can impact an industrial building or facility is by prolonging its longevity and lifespan best site.

Being more often than not located on the outskirts of large towns or in isolated areas in the countryside, industrial buildings are even more subject to wear and tear deriving from external factors than commercial or residential properties located within urban areas. The average industrial building is subject to such damaging external agents as weather conditions and wildlife, and with materials such as brick or stone being quite easy to damage, many industrial buildings begin to appear run-down only a few years into their lifespan.

Industrial cladding is a good way of preventing, or at the very least minimising, this effect. The characteristics innate to most of the common types of cladding available on the market ensure they retain a relatively sleek, well-kept appearance even over the course of time, and as a result, contribute to make any building they are applied to appear in better condition than it might have done without outward cladding.

The impact industrial cladding has on the outside of a building is, however, more than simply aesthetic. As noted above, certain types of cladding panels actively protect the walls of a building from elemental wear and tear, as well as any other damaging agents, effectively ensuring the premises enjoy a longer lifespan. Not only that, cladding panels are easier to maintain and care for than traditional building materials, which can also positively impact the longevity of industrial premises.

It is, therefore, easy to see how the installation of adequate industrial cladding can impact the durability and lifespan of the exterior of an industrial building; however, this method also has considerable impact on the inner area of a property, and that impact will be explored in the lines below.

Added Protection

Even more so than for increasing the longevity and durability of the outside walls of a factory or industrial installation, industrial cladding is renowned for the protection it offers to the inside of this type of building.

As noted above, industrial buildings tend to be set in out-of-the-way areas, and as such, exposed to the elements, as well as a number of other external damaging agents. These have an impact not only on the outside, as described above, but also on the inside, namely because repeated wear and tear deriving from atmospheric conditions or wildlife inevitably leads to such issues as breaches, infiltrations and damages to the structural integrity of the building.

The reason industrial cladding is considered such an important asset to these types of buildings is because it can prevent this type of issue. Appropriate cladding, carefully selected to cope with the circumstances and conditions each building faces, can offer an additional layer of protection and insulation to a building, therefore reducing the risk of breaching or infiltrations occurring, and thus also the risk of damage to the interior of the building.

This is particularly important insofar as the interior areas of industrial premises tend to house items of heavy machinery, highly specialised appliances and often technologically advanced devices, all of which are vulnerable to infiltrations, mould, or any other damaging agents resulting from wear and tear to the outside walls of the building. Industrial cladding thus plays a major role within the construction or renovation process, often spelling the difference between a durable, safe industrial building and one which will rapidly become run-down and prone to infiltrations or structural damage. This, in turn, constitutes another reason why factory managers and industrial real estate owners should pay particular attention to this aspect when building or renovating their property.

Conclusion

The lines above have sought to give an overview of the many ways in which industrial cladding can help preserve the outer condition and structural integrity of factory buildings and premises, and of the advantages of considering this option when building or renovating industrial property.

What are the advantages of industrial cladding, then? As the article above has demonstrated, this type of material is beneficial not only from an aesthetic perspective, but most importantly, where insulation and protection of the structure itself are concerned. In other words, not only will industrial cladding allow a building to look better for longer, it will also actively contribute to protect its structure from the effects of the elements, and minimise the risk of leaks, cracks and other structural damage deriving from natural wear and tear.

When those functions are taken into account, it becomes easy to see why industrial cladding is worth investing in; we can only hope this article has contributed to make more industrial property managers aware of the benefits this type of technique can bring to their premises, and motivated them to invest in it!

The Different Types of Industrial Roofing Sheets

The Different Types of Industrial Roofing Sheets

Industrial roofing is one of the key components of any industrial building. Essential in shielding the building and its contents from the elements, as well as occasional hazards posed by flying animals or other airborne fouling agents, the roof is an element which must definitely be given the appropriate amount of importance and consideration when first building or renovating an industrial building.

Sadly, many industrial property owners and managers are not aware of just how important this element is, and tend to neglect or rush their choice of industrial roofing. This, in turn, results in the roofing sheet inevitably damaging, bringing about the need for additional roof repair, and the added expenditures that brings about.

As such, it should be evident why it is important for industrial property owners to know how to pick the right type of industrial roofing for their factory or plant; and a good place to start when attempting to ascertain which might be the right type of roof for any given property is to become aware of the different types of industrial roofing sheets available on the market, and the different characteristics each one possesses.

It is in that spirit that the present article attempts to make potential customers aware of precisely that factor. The paragraphs below will aim to introduce less knowledgeable customers to the different types of industrial roofing sheets they can choose for their factory or plant, so as to help them make an informed decision when making a choice of covering for their property.

EPDM Rubber Roofing

Of all the different types of industrial roofing sheets available on the market, EPDM rubber is one of the most popular and widespread, having been used as the covering for factories the world over for over four decades. Ethylene propylene diene monomer, the type of synthetic rubber used in this type of roofing, possesses several traits which make it a firm favourite among contractors and factory managers alike, and which have earned it its status as the most popular type of industrial roof covering in modern western society.

Perhaps the main trait making EPDM rubber roofs particularly suited to cover industrial sites such as factories and plants is the fact that the material is especially treated to ensure long-lasting life and service. Built from oil-based by-products and treated with stabilising and modifying products for optimal performance, EPDM is highly resistant to some of the main hazards typically faced by industrial roofing, such as UV exposure, inclement weather, roof traffic (from birds as well as humans,) puncturing and impact. These roofs are also able to retain their pliable nature and ability to withstand structural movement even under extreme weather conditions or heavy usage, further contributing to make them highly regarded among industrial roofing specialists.

As well as being durable and resistant, typically with a lifespan of several decades, EPDM roofs also stand out for being easy to install. The process of installing an EPDM rubber roof is relatively straightforward, and requires no specialised equipment; rather, the roof is simply glued to the deck by way of an adhesive, after which the seams are sealed using special tape. This easy, quick installation process is another major selling point in favour of EPDM roofs where builders and factory managers are concerned, and when combined with the sturdy nature of the material, contributes to make this type of industrial roofing the most common and widespread in the western world nowadays.

PVC Roofing

EPDM rubber is not, however, the only material commonly used as industrial roofing; in fact, this type of covering has one major ‘competitor’, which has been around for just as long and is almost as popular.

This is, of course, PVC roofing, a type of industrial roofing developed in the 1960s, precisely as a response to the perceived shortcomings of EPDM rubber roofing. Initially developed in Europe, this type of roofing quickly caught on the world over, and has been the main alternative to EPDM roofs ever since.

A typical PVC roof is made up of a single-ply, polyester-reinforced membrane, with hot-air welded seams. This membrane is subjected to a series of treatments during the manufacturing process in order to enhance its stability, flexibility and resistance to tearing and breakages, ensuring the longevity of the material. The hot-air seams further help make the roofing membrane pliable and water-tight, even under extreme weather conditions, thereby protecting the roofing from common issues such as ponding water, dampness, fungi, bacteria and alkali. In addition, PVC roofing tends to be resistant against UV radiation, fire and chemicals, ensuring well-rounded protection for any industrial property it is applied to.

If there is one downside to PVC-based industrial roofing as opposed to its EPDM counterpart, it is that it is slightly pricier. This is offset, however, by the fact that it is also, in every regard, superior to it: sturdier, longer-lasting, more environmentally friendly and offering superior protection, an important aspect when dealing with sensitive equipment or heavy machinery, such as tends to exist in industrial premises.

Comparison

Ultimately, the choice between EPDM and PVC-based roofing comes down to the personal preference of each factory owner. Both of these materials tend to be warranted for a minimum of ten years, with their lifespans often extending to a second decade, and both offer perfectly adequate protection to any industrial building they are applied to.

PVC tends to be, overall, slightly sturdier and less prone to leakages and other defects in the long run, but is also somewhat pricier, which may be a determining factor for property managers on a budget; on the other hand, EPDM rubber is an affordable and well-rounded option for its price, but also slightly more likely to damage in the short run and with a slightly shorter lifespan. As such, the decision between one or the other ultimately comes down to the factory manager’s expectations; if they do not mind springing for a replacement in the medium term, and would rather spend less in an initial stage, EPDM is an excellent choice; otherwise, PVC should be preferred to this alternative.

Regardless of which material a factory manager goes for, however, it will no doubt come as a relief to know that either of the different types of industrial roofing will offer adequate and comprehensive protection for their industrial facility!

Keeping up to Date with Industrial Roofing

It’s no secret that within the world of industrial roofing, there are always going to be brand new developments in both technology and the techniques. Therefore it is vital for those in the trade to keep up. Technological innovations can always be applied in the creation of industrial roofing and cladding, and we here at Valent Roofing are always striving to stay at the very forefront of industrial roofing.

As you might have guessed we always make full use of all the latest tools as soon as they make themselves available to us. Our team is comprised of experts that really know their stuff when it comes to the newest innovations in industrial roofing and cladding technology, so don’t miss out on what they could do for you and your property. We’ll give you something aesthetically beautiful and impressive, sure to give the right impression to anyone coming to visit your building, but we’ll also make sure that even the very worst of the weather won’t be a problem for your industrial roofing or industrial cladding.

In addition, we’ll work with you to create the industrial roofing or cladding that you might have originally had in mind, accepting design plans and sketches in just about any format to help us get as close to your original vision as possible while still putting in all the latest and greatest industrial roofing components. Our many years of experience combined with a vast knowledge of the trade allows us to pick out the very best material choice for your industrial roofing or cladding project, providing advice and ensuring everything is soundly designed before we go ahead constructing it.

So why not pick up the phone, or drop us an email? If your property could do with industrial roofing and cladding which uses the very latest products and innovations to create something that’ll be truly spectacular for years and years to come, why not get in contact with the team here at Valent Roofing? We’d love to hear from you!

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