The Advantages Of A New Roof
Buying a house is something that you want to put a lot of thought into, as you will be investing time and money into it. One thing you need to think about is the quality of the roof. Roofs are important as they not only provide warmth and comfort for you and your family but they are structurally crucial due to the stability and safety of your property. For instance, if there is a leak, then the interior can be affected. The damp that develops can create mould and mildew, which looks bad and can create health problems. There is also the risk of subsidence, which is when the foundation under a house is affected and it can start to sink.
If your roof is ageing this can create issues with the structure of your property. Constantly paying out for different jobs over time, can eventually build up a pricey financial burden. If you get a new roof then it will be more positively received by any potential buyers if you are selling. A new roof will indicate the house has been well looked after, as well as being aesthetically pleasing. This will help your home to boost in value, look better and energy efficiency will improve. You can also be assured that you and your family will feel safer and comfortable without the risks that come with a damaged roof. As well as installing New Roofing, we also replace Roof Leadwork in Aylesbury and Oxford.
The Benefits of Lead Replacement Flashing
The best materials to use for roof flashing are simple to use and light. They can be put in place with ease as they are prefabricated and welding or complicated fixings are not needed. Generally, the best materials will be good for the environment and also visually pleasing, such as flexible flashing. The material composites of flexible flashing are pliable grids of recycled aluminium, set in environmentally friendly rubber (polymer). They can also bond with most materials, such as copper, plastic, zinc, brick, concrete and steel, with only a small amount of preparation needed for permeable exteriors.
Visually, flexible flashing looks like lead from far away, which makes them a great choice for fitting to important buildings. A whole roll of this flashing can also be used (up to 4m) without having to lap for heat expansion, reducing fitting time remarkably. Lead flashing needs to be lapped after 1.5 metres each time.
Flexible flashing is supple, meaning it can be moved around and have the shape changed and then fixed, which helps with preparing the folded joints. For bigger jobs, such as a whole chimney, you can place a bend in the flashing to make a flexible joint between each measurement. These joints can be stretched up to 60% without getting broken, which means professional roofers can create a shape and fix it in place.
These flashings can have colours of grey, black and shades of brown. This is great for merging with the rest of the property. They are also unlikely to stain, so they won’t need patination oil. They are waterproof, with a defensive layer and a neat, aesthetic look, making them a great choice. If you require repairs to any roof leadwork in Oxford, call the Roof Doctor now.
Garage Roof: Repair Or Replace?
It can be easy to ignore a slight leak in your garage, as it is not an area of our property that we really think about that often. However leaving a small leak can be expensive over time, particularly if you also use your garage for storage. Keeping excess possessions in the garage may not be a good idea due to the potential damp. If a garage has damp, it can make any wooden furniture distort, papers or photos curl up and any gadgets to break and rust. It is best to fix any leaks before they get worst.
If your garage roof is a new addition it shouldn’t need replacing. A new roof should last for at least a decade, or longer if installed with a decent quality material. If it under 10 years old, it should still be under guarantee and repaired without any trouble. However if you have no guarantee the damage needs to be checked out properly.
Whether or not the roof needs replacing depends on the size of the issue. If it is a small issue then repairing it should be fine. However if the roof is old, then it may be more cost efficient to replace it, particularly if you’re worried about the winter months. It is best to have a strong, weather resistant roof to put your mind at rest.
An asbestos garage roof is something that needs tackling by professionals due to the hazardous nature. If the roof starts to decay asbestos can release into the air. This can cause fatal lung problems if you breathe it in, so if you suspect asbestos you need to contact experts. Call us today for a free quotation on your new Garage roof in Thame.
Different Types Of Flat Roofing
Felt is one of the more common types of flat roofing. Layers of felt are used to create a watertight barrier, and then glued together with bitumen. These are secure and long lasting. They are also cost efficient, use a reliable technique, and can be used for any size, but not for a footfall roof.
A professional must do this work as it needs to be done carefully with heat, which can be a potential danger if not done correctly.
Another favoured option is single-ply. This uses pliable imitation sheets of polymer, either thermoplastic or rubber (synthetic). Thermoplastic is more favoured as it can be reused again from being reheated and remoulded. Single-ply is resistant to fire, chemicals, and UV. It is also strong, but unfortunately is a pricier choice due to the materials used, and can be more difficult to install.
Liquid roofing is highly popular. It can be applied without heat, therefore reducing the risk of danger. The installing time is fast, and it can also stick to either old or newer surfaces. Again, this can be expensive but it is a favoured option. Whatever your choice, make sure to discuss it with an expert. If you need repairs to a flat roof in Thame or Oxford, call Thame roofing.
REVOLUTIONARY SOLAR PANEL WINDOW GLASS OF THE FUTURE
This new solar panel is being researched by two universities; Ghent University in Belgium and the University of the Free State (UFS) in South Africa.
If successful, other types of roofs could be replaced by the solar glass which would be incorporated into durable plastics. Researchers say that daylight will be able to enter buildings whilst at the same time also generating electricity. It is hoped that this will reduce the number of solar panels required and therefore reduce costs.
The product will hopefully be refined and available to the market within the next decade, call Thame roofing for all Oxford Roof leadwork repairs.
UK Flat roofing market expects steady growth
Recent research has shown that since 2012, there has been a steady growth in the flat roofing market and particularly in the use of waterproof membranes. There has been a recent surge in the development of brand new homes, many businesses re-roofing their commercial offices, as well as the boom in House extensions using flat roofs. Repair work on Flat roofing in private dwellings still accounts for the largest sector, however the recent demand for “Green roofs” has also fuelled the flat roofing market. Forecasts that this will continue to rise over the next two years.