How To Make Sure You’re Using the Best Natural Slate
Slate can be one of the toughest and aesthetic roofing materials you can get (as well as flooring and cladding). It is a natural material though, so it can still come under pressure and hot weather over the years, producing different results over time. Depending on the sort of slate, it can be defensive against wear and tear with a long life-span, able to keep the aesthetic qualities for a long time. However, some slate can get rusty, fade or get stained and damaged after only a while in the environment.
Natural slate isn’t man-made; therefore, it is eco-friendly. It can be sourced from several countries and differ from each other in quality and look. However, not all material found can be used for roofs, so it has to be carefully selected. In the UK slate roofs are one of the most popular, rising from 1.2% of sales in 1980 up to 10% by 2016. Nowadays, the largest request for slate is from Europe, particularly mainland.
When sourcing slate, a number of factors have to be noted, due to the bad quality material sometimes sold. For instance, it needs to be able to meet ‘UK Building Regulations’ and won’t be sold if it doesn’t have the right BS EN number, which proves it has been through all the right tests.
A couple of factors to note are how it absorbs water and the amount of carbonate. If it stops water getting through, then it prevents delamination and damp. The less carbonate, the more unlikely it is that the slate will wear out, giving a longer life-span. If you require replacement roof slate or Leadwork in Exeter, call Bailey and sons roofing.
The Problem With Roof Condensation
Condensation is an issue that unfortunately affects many UK homes. This tends to crop up during the colder months, but it can happen any time, usually affecting the loft or roof space. The damage can be quite substantial, as it is a part of the house we don’t often notice. This can mean you might miss any symptoms of condensation until it’s too late.
Some more obvious signs are damp patches in the loft or attic, and water under the tiles and membrane of the roof. Mould and mildew can appear on the ceiling and any furniture that may be there.
Condensation can happen if air is not able to move around properly, causing the moisture to get trapped. This can also happen with the loft hatch itself, as moisture can get in if it’s not insulated properly. If the loft and hatch insulation is fitted correctly this shouldn’t happen.
If proper roof ventilation is not fitted properly, the issues can be damaging. This can be a problem with older properties, but can be rectified by adding the correct ventilation. Condensation can also be a problem if the roof space is used to store possessions in an untidy manner, as the lack of space can also cause loss of air circulation. A way of helping the roof to ‘breathe’ is to install roof vents, such as roof tile or soffit vents, which can help to ensure your roof is healthy and reduce the chance of condensation. For all Leadwork and Roof repairs in Exeter, call Bailey and son roofing for a free quotation.
When Should You Replace Your Flat Roof?
Sometimes repairing your flat roof isn’t enough to save it, particularly if the problems are recurring. One problem can be water that collects and pools, which can wear away at the roof, creating cracks and developing moss. As time goes by, the level of the roof may change, therefore water can fall into any dents, which need to be cleared to prevent leaks.
Any blisters that may appear on the flat roof can be full of water. This needs to be fixed quickly as they can become too big to deal with, potentially popping and leaving roof damage.
If the water has nowhere to run, it can cause mildew and water damage which can eventually ruin the top coat. An expert roofer will be able to give advice, and examine the roof routinely.
You may feel repairing is the way to go, but on the long run this will be a constant fight with your roof. Small problems can eventually build up to the point where it’s more cost efficient to replace the roof, and is probably the safer option. If you require a flat roofing specialist in Exeter, call Bailey and sons roofing.
WILL SOLAR GLASS REPLACE VARIOUS ROOF TYPES IN THE NEXT DECADE?
A new type of window glass, that acts as a solar panel, is being researched with the idea that if successful, it could be incorporated into durable plastics and used instead of various roof types.
This new revolutionary type of window glass is being researched by both the Ghent University in Belgium and the University of the Free State (UFS) in south Africa.
This new window glass would act as a solar panel and, according to researchers, it would also allow daylight to enter buildings as well as generating electricity.
We may well see this new product brought to the market within the next ten years. Speak with a specialist in Fascias and soffits in Exeter, such as Baileys roofing.
NFRC Young Roofer of the Year Award announced
An apprentice called Blake Edgell, who works for a company in South Wales, was presented with his award at the UK Roofing Awards on the 10th May, 2019, after being chosen from many other quality entries.
23-year-old Blake was rewarded by the judges for his exceptional hard work in taking on extra training courses, being extremely dedicated, and for completing his NVQ course ahead of schedule.
If you have a leaking Roof and would like to speak with a quality Roofing Company in Exeter, call us today.
DMR TRAINING Academy opens in Wigan
Industry standards are on the rise Nationally, and the demand for fully qualified tradesmen in the Roofing sector has been identified by DMR training. They officially announced their new Roofing Academy in Wigan this week, with a short speech from the Managing Director Dave Radley who said “I’m really delighted to be officially opening the Roofing Academy today. This region needs a flexible training facility that will work around employer’s needs right through the year and help to recruit the next generation of roofing professionals. “We’ve had fabulous support, not just from CITB who can fully fund businesses’ apprentices through their NVQ Level 2, but also from across the industry. “Without the support from BMI Redland, Klober, Hambleside Danelaw, SIG Roofing, Midland Lead and Velux, our students would not get such up-to-date products to train with, or the specialist support to correctly install such a wide range of roofing materials
For the very best quotation on new roofing and roof repairs call Baileys Roofing Contractors in Exeter.
Exeter roofer ordered to pay £2,000 compensation
An Exeter roofer working under the business name J&H Roofing Services has been ordered to pay £2,000 compensation to a dissatisfied customer.
42 year old John Isaacs of J&H Roofing was called to the home of an Exeter resident in October 2011 to replace her fascia boards, install new guttering and replace the flat roofing on the garage and porch of her property.
Mr Isaacs charged £2,200 for the work and claimed a ’50 year life expectancy’ and ’20 year guarantee’ for the repairs.
Upon inspection, the customer withheld £200 of her £2,200 payment before discovering further serious faults and shoddy workmanship. Mr Isaacs failed to respond to his dissatisfied customers pleas for help following the work.
Devon County Council Cabinet Members said “We find it appalling that a trader would breach the trust of a customer in such a way, and ignore their pleas to come and correct their shoddy work”.
After investigation by DCC, Mr Isaacs was ordered to pay £2,000 in compensation.
To guarantee quality craftsmanship on your roof repairs, get in touch with Bailey and Sons Roofing in Exeter today.
What is the ROOFCERT Accreditation Programme
The roofing industry has come under more scrutiny in recent years with fundamental changes to improve the quality and safety of our buildings, as well as attempting to encourage a new generation of workers into the industry.
Despite the plethora of experienced roofers like Bailey and Sons who deliver quality work day in and day out, there are many other under qualified and inexperienced people setting themselves up in business and damaging the reputation of the industry.
To combat this, ROOFCERT Accreditation will certify a contractors competency to carry out work and will help to create a more formal process and a clearer path into the industry, professionalising roofing.
For professional roofers in Exeter, contact Bailey and Sons Roofing today.