As you may know Bespoke Guttering also specialise in flat roofing. Below you will find the most common methods and styles of flat roofs:
Felt is one of the most common materials used for covering flat roofs. Out of the three flat roof materials we use, it is the most cost effective solution. If installed properly, it can prove to be a safe and reliable roofing material for a residential or a commercial property. It can be made to prevent the ingress of moisture by coating a layer of tar that acts as a water resistant. Felt roofing is also durable therefore it can cope with harsh water and wind conditions easily. Not only that, whether the surface is flat, pitched or curved, regardless of the size felt roofing can be applied.
Fibreglass is in our opinion the best type of flat roofing material. It is extremely light weight, non-absorbent and fire resistant. Fibrglass flat roofs are highly durable, weather resistant & aesthetically pleasing. Their tough durability provides full realiability throughout extreme weather conditions, which as we know in the UK is far too common an occurance. In order to complement the exterior of the house, fibreglass comes in a wide range of colors and creative designs and patters. So with all these benefits Fibreglass offers rest assured that whether it is a heavy downpour, water won’t remain stagnant out there and won’t leak into your walls damaging your home.
If your house has a low-slope or flat roof, then you should consider rubber (also known as EPDM) roofing. This roofing material brings down the labor costs to minimum as compared to other roofing options and also exhibits an extraordinary durability that provides magnificent resistance to tears and abrasion. EPDM rubber roofing enables easy repair options and low annual maintenance costs, and it comes packed with superior flexibility and immense strength. Also, the rubber membrane can easily contour to fit the varying roof shapes as it is applied without heat. This type of roofing has increased longevity, safer installation and improved weather resistance as compared to other flat roofing materials. Rubber EPDM roofing can last up to 10 years with environment friendly characteristics and tendency to withstand extremes of temperatures.
As with any improvment to your property, ensure your hire a reputable contractor to carry out the work.
Let’s find out- what are the industry-prevalent styles and methods of flat roofing right now:
There is plethora of styles that are available under the broad category of flat roofing. Take for an instance- the single-ply roofing. Regardless of whether you have chosen EPDM or TPO (Thermoplastic Olefin) as roofing material, single-ply membrane can be installed anytime. Similarly, paint-on style is gaining traction as of late. Here, you have to use, either foam insulation or roof coating, for building the top. Build-up roof style is quite another old type for flat roofing.
Fully adhered method is one of the most significant ones in the market. This requires the casing to be attached with the insulation in a straightforward manner. Mechanically attached method is another well-known procedure. This one incorporates securing of membrane rows with rivets. Among all the methods of flat roofing, EPDM is the least hazardous during the time of installation.
Low upkeep, durability and energy –efficiency are the most cherished characteristics of flat roofing. Apart from them, flat roofing has another distinguished quality-
The trend of flat roofing is still on the rise. It means it has not become wide-spread yet. This is the right time to stand apart with your flat roofed, smart looking home amidst the cookie-cutter buildings. This kind of roofing is praised for insulation. Make the roof-foundation strong during installation and you can grow your own rooftop garden later. Besides, an extended flat roof can be converted into a spacious decking area. You can enjoy your afternoon tea-party here every day.
It will come handy to learn few tricks to maintain a flat roof. Let’s discover some of the handy maintenance tips –
Learning few DIY tricks to mend small leakages or any other itsy-bitsy repair job on your flat roof would prove helpful in the long-run. In case of EPDM roofing, the membrane sometimes may off. Buy black rubber glue from the market; apply it to the casing where it’s corroded. For any minor damage, the easiest way out would be covering the roof with a plastic sheet first, to save it from harsh water or other weather condition. After that, find out the solution. On a regular basis, trim down the tree leaves that are suspended over your roof. This will slow down the accumulation of debris on the roof. Look for sudden growth of moss, as it indicates internal water seepage.
Finally, what you should do when your roof leaks? Here’s a quick comparison-
What happens when your flat roof begins to leak? You might discover a stain on ceiling one fine morning. This will surely prompt you to make a hurried call to repairing service. Refurbishing involves multiple steps- first, patching up and then, fixing up the water soaked insulation, rafters and roof deck. Lastly, the stain on the ceiling must receive fresh coat of painting.
If you calculate the estimated cost each step incurs, it might exceed your budget. So forget repairing and go for replacing the roof. This will be a much easier and inexpensive alternative.
Lets face it, your home is the biggest asset most people will have in their lifetime. Unlocking the maximum potential value in your home is a wise investment.
Installing seamless aluminium guttering to your property will certainly add to the desirability of you home, and it’s an investment which will save you money in the long term. Compare My Move are a UK based expert removal company which recently published a blog article on ways to increase the value of your home. And installing aluminium guttering was in their top suggestions.
Lighting, especially led lighting, not only save money but also can improve the interior and exterior of your property. Mood lighting is fast becoming a trend amoung UK homeowners.
Another simple way to improve the value of your home is to ensure the exterior of your property is in excellent condition. Regularly maintaining your gutters is essential to keeping your home in excellent condition. The exterior is often the “shop window to your home” First impressions no doubt count.
Ever noticed the roofline to your home? Well, the roof of your home has a little more detail to it than you might know. Normally, we only notice the most prominent features of a roof such as large slopes and overlapping tiles, but there are several other elements that form a roof and are essential to its function. There are three main elements that are an essential part of any roof: Soffits, Fascias and Barge Boards – when used in combination with guttering, their role is crucial in keeping your house pest free and free of any leakages.
These core features are essentials to any roof and therefore a well maintained roof will keep your home warm and dry for years. Fascias, soffits and bargeboards are commonly used to tone up the look of your roof, and make your property visually appealing to visitors. These features are situated at the roofline, particularly the area where the edge of the roof’s slope meets the upper part of the exterior walls. So, you will find fascias, soffits, bargeboards and guttering, as they all play their respective roles being a part of your roof.
As most people are not familiar with these terms, let’s see what they are, what their purpose is and how they function.
Running horizontally across the roofline, fascias are long boards of plastic or wood that are fixed onto the exterior or exposed roof rafters, or at the top of the outer walls. These fascia boards cover the edges of various fittings, and waterproof the gap. It sort of wraps up the edges so it can protect the inside materials, and on the outside serves as an aesthetic function. They come in various colours and patterns to be found easily in the market.
They also serve to provide concrete support to the last or lower row of roof tiles, to hold them together in place. Besides, guttering is usually fixed onto these horizontal boards, so they are carriers to manage the weight of rainwater too.
Underside of fascia boards, Soffits are the boards that extend underneath, bridging the gap beneath the top of the exterior wall as well as the fascias to further guard the roofline. Soffits can barely be seen from a bird’s eye view because they run under the fascia boards, but they are visible from the floor level. These often integrate vents to allow for the cool air flow into the inner areas of the roof. It is advisable to inspect whether they should be placed as they prevent condensation inside the roof and may lead to damp, decay and leak issues. Soffits are also quite exposed to weather causing them certain damage from rain, wind, snow or hail.
Bargeboards are firmly fixed to the edge of a roof’s gables and make a significant impact on the look of a home. Their primary purpose is to serve visual aesthetics on a roof, which is again an important function. Bargeboards are commonly made of wood and follow the roof’s pitch to cover up and protect any exposed fitting materials. These are available in numerous design patterns and also in plain colours to match the look of your home.
At Bespoke Guttering we supply and install a wide range of Bargeboards, soffits and fascias to all properties throughout the UK.
From the above points, we got to learn the definitions and positions of fascias, bargeboards and soffits. Let’s find out more about the buying and maintenance tips for each of them.
Cypress is one of the most in-demand materials for producing fascia boards. Cypress wood is averse to decaying in the long run. In addition, its grain texture permits Cypress fascias least-prone to bending or splitting. There is a plethora of fascia boards in the market, in terms of style and color. Does your house require bull nose fascia board or the square one? Just in case, you are clueless to decide by yourself, don’t hesitate to call up an expert. Fascias are also available in multiple colors like white, mahogany, and cream to name a few.
Proper nailing is by far the most effective care you may give to the fascias. Instruct the carpenter/contractor to not nail the fascia board towards the end of the grain. It would be best, if there are pre-drilled holes on the fascias before fastening the boards finally.
It might require time and physical labor to take utmost care before hammering the nail on the right places of fascias, but it will definitely save the boards from internal leakage. The classic galvanized ones or the stainless steel nails should be the ideal choices for the longevity of these boards.
Barge boards’ purchase and maintenance resemble that of fascias. You will find square, bull nose, flat – the popular choices for barge boards in the market. The most typical mistake house-proprietors do whereas repairing barge board is that- putting up a capping over the old one. This eventually accelerates the decaying process of the prevailing board (and most of the times, the fascia along with it) more.
In case, you are craving for cheaper substitute and have little patience for high-maintenance, then opt for plastic barge boards.
Repairing soffits involves multiple steps. Rotted soffits affect rafters, shingle molds and fascias. This decaying can stem from various factors- from excess down pouring leading- to- water seepage to nesting by birds over or inside eaves. Anyway, DIY replacement is not recommended and it’s perpetually advisable to ring up a housing expert to first examine the degree of rot of the soffits. Ensure that post-replacement, the soffit edge should be covered with water- resistant sealer, protecting it from further damage.
Do you have a spacious roof and a tight budget? Then hollow soffit must be the ideal solution for you. Another winning factor of hollow soffits is- they are pretty simple to set-up. An experienced DIY enthusiast might want to attempt replacing the old soffits on his/her own. Make sure you have safety gears in that case, though it’s next to impossible to get pro-finish.
For nitpicky home proprietor, who is always alert for the roofline condition, pre-ventilated soffit can be an excellent selection.
This board flaunts pre-drilled ventilating holes. Lastly, solid soffit will always be there, on the off chance you are a fan of basic and age-old alternative. This is definitely the most commonly used soffit.
If you live in a cold weather region you may be looking forward to the spring. With spring comes huge amounts of water which can wreak havoc on homes which have experienced damage in the cold weather months. The problem with weather damage is that it is often not realized until signs begin to show. By then, it can really get out of control quick. Even a small trickle of water can cause thousands of pounds of damage if not caught early.
The freeze, thaw cycle of the cold weather regions can really be hard on your roof. When you experience snow and ice, it is possible for it to get up and under the roofing material. When it freezes it can expand the materials, and then when it thaws, it can get into your home. Just the smallest of leaks can do some significant damage. When the snow and ice begins to melt, it is imperative that you watch for signs of damage to the roof before they get out of control. If you are concerned about what the winter has done to the exterior of your home, hire a roofer to inspect your roof and put your mind at ease.
Not all roofers are the same. Before hiring one make sure that they are reputable. You will have no way to verify what they tell you about the condition of your roof, so it is best to ask for pictures. Since you won’t be getting up on the roof yourself, if they can provide proof, that is always best. If they do suggest that work be done, try to get several opinions and estimates. There are always many different ways to tackle roofing problems. Some roofers may want to repair, and some replace.
If it has been a while since you have had roofing work done, you may want to consider replacing your roof. A quick patch up roof repair or even repairs on a roof that is quickly becoming old and dated, may just lead to more problems than it is worth. Water damage can be a very expensive thing to a home. Sometimes it is cheaper to just replace the roof to avoid damage to it. Before having any work done, make sure to get a contract in writing. Check to make sure they have the proper licensing and insurance to protect yourself. The more research you do, the more you are insuring that the work will be done correctly. At bespoke guttering we offer a wide range of flat roofing solutions. All our work comes with workmanship guarentees for added peace of mind.
There are some solid steps one may take to ensure longer roof well-being.
Damaged roof tile is number one adversary for room damage. This is important to carry out periodic check-ups of roof-tiles, for putting your fingers on loose or cracked ones. Once you have spotted one, don’t postpone replacing it with a new one.
Despite the fact that the replacing process may sound too easy to carry out on your own, it’s not advisable to do it for safety hazards. Instead, take help of a professional. Ensure that the new tile should be coated with water-proof sealant.
When there is moss growth on your roof-top, rest assured that it will splash the tiles and woods underneath. To remove it- scrape the moss off with a broom. For extended moss growth, application of some chemical solutions is needed. Buy a moss-removing solution that has potassium salt in it. Remember, that moss growth reaches its peak during summer.
Side note: there is moss and there is spread of black algae. Many inter-mix this two but the glaring contrast lies in the way that- while black algae look ugly, they don’t affect the roof health.
Does your house have chimney? Do you have satellite dish looming over the roof-top? Then both of them must be covered with silicone sealant- called “flashing”. Any crack or crevice on the flashing may let the water enter into it and start internal seepage. Crack on flashing mainly takes place during harsh summer, stormy weather or when it’s snowing outside.
Similarly, unclogging of gutter is a must-to-do step for ensuring life-span of roof. In any case, water is pooled underneath of eaves, gutter almost tearing away from roof or sagging in various parts- call up a pro for the fix.
If the vents are clogged with tree leaves, old nests or cobwebs, then it will definitely block the air to pass freely. It will lead to moisture build-up from inside of the roof. That’s why time-to-time ventilation examination is mandatory. Unblock the vents with an old paint brush swiftly.
In case your shingles are showing signs of contorting or cracking, then it might stem from poor ventilation. The best part is that- you can install vents any time you need. It doesn’t matter if they were not set-up during roof installation.
Does your roof have overhanging tree branches on it? At that point, always trim the twigs about 10 ft away from the roof. Fallen tree branches can do irreparable damage to the attic, especially during stormy weather or downpour. If there is a small leakage on the roof, then sometimes, it can be possible to patch it up on your own.
First, remove shingles from the affected area, spread on a felt layer and then start re-building up the shingles from bottom-up. Ensure that you have all safety gears in places. Most importantly, you need to have an expert supervision while doing this job. Best would be to contact to a specialist.