The Advantages Of Polycarbonate Roofing
Did you know that we use polycarbonate in our day to day lives? DVDS and CDs are made of it, as well as UV resistant quality sunglasses that have lenses made of this material, therefore they are resistant against impact!
Polycarbonate is a popular choice of roofing material; due to the several benefits it gives. They may be pricier, but these sheets are simple to fit, lightweight and more durable than other choices. It is 200 times as strong as glass and 30 times stronger than acrylic plastic, which makes it a highly favoured material.
Polycarbonate is beneficial for several things, but roofing is something that takes advantage of the lightweight, easy fitting, financially efficient material. It can also be cut to size, as well as adaptive to the seasons. For instance, in the colder months it can help with insulation, which is a key consideration. Sheds and conservatories tend to use this material, as well as homes. The ability to heat and cool depending on the climate, means it will let in and reflect heat, keeping the room either cool or warm. There are different types of polycarbonate sheets, such as foam-backed ones that are used for industrial properties like a warehouse. These can also be used for sheds and those with slight sloping on their roofs. Clear sheets are generally used for patios and sun rooms, as this needs sunlight to come through. They generally have a UV resistant protective layer and are resistant to the elements so should have a long life-span.
Whatever you choose to use it for, make sure you get a professional roofer to do the work safely and efficiently. Call Southern roofing for all your roofing repairs in Dorking.
The Advantages Of UPVC Doors And Windows
A common material for doors and windows is UPVC. UPVC products can be tailor made to what you want, giving a visually pleasing boost to your house with your ideas in mind. It is also low maintenance, due to not needing to be constantly looked after with a varnish and a repaint. This material can last for a long time (40-80 years) without wearing out or the need to sand it. It would just need a wipe down occasionally to remove any dirt or stop staining. It is also environmentally friendly due to being made from materials that are mostly recycled. If disposed of, the material can be reused for other items such as pipes and fittings.
Although UPVC has a very light frame, it is strong and sturdy. Combine this with a locking system and double glazed glass, it will help to deter any break ins. It is also both fire and weather resistant. The coating used can also help defend against UV, therefore the colour shouldn’t fade. The double glazing combined with UPVC will also help to increase soundproofing.
With new doors and windows, you tend to think of how warm your home will be. You will likely think about how energy efficient they are and whether or not the material will keep the warmth in. If UPVC is installed properly, it will decrease heat loss, something that is common with materials without insulating properties. On the other hand, it can also allow efficient airflow, particularly if you have a two-window adaption which can help to ventilate in a draft-free manner.
So, by using this material for your doors and windows, it can help keep you and your family safe and comfortable in your home. Call us for window repairs and all Roofing repairs in Dorking.
The Benefits of Liquid Roofing
Liquid plastic has a variety of benefits when chosen for roofing work. Technically it enhances the defence of any pre-existing roof materials, as it coats all sorts of roofs, ranging from pitched and flat, to domed. Liquid plastic (acrylic or polyurethane) creates a protective layer over them.
One of the main benefits of liquid roofing is the ability to be waterproof, becoming instantly water-repellent from the first application, even after bad weather. The protective layer has a life-span ranging from between 5 and 30 years. This will depend on what it is needed for and the environment around it, but it is a great option. You can also get protection against UV if you require it.
Liquid roofing is financially efficient. Due to the strength, it gives the roof, it can be used for several repair jobs. Money won’t be unnecessarily lost on extra roofing materials, as it can be used on the whole roof, or just one part of it. The residents of the building won’t be disturbed during the repair job, which is particularly beneficial in a professional setting. Health and safety wise, using liquid roofing means it can be used cold, which lowers the chance of a fire hazard. Make sure to get a professional to do any roofing work, as they have experience and know what risks to look out for, making sure the job is done efficiently. If you require a new flat roof or roof repairs in Horley, call Southern Roofing now!
How To Keep Your Roofline Clean
When you look up at your roof, what’s the first thing you notice? Is it lovely clean gutters or a mess of cracks, moss and paint that’s peeling? Unfortunately the summer light makes it obvious that the colder months have caused cosmetic issues and potential damage. If this is the case then you may be due an update, particularly if you have an old style roofline. Upgrading for uPVC will help it to keep intact, being more weather resistant. If you replace your gutters then make sure you look at the old pipes too, as these can also decay.
The great thing about having a new plastic roofline, is that there isn’t much maintenance involved. It is worth having them checked occasionally to make sure they are free from moss and dirt, as this will ensure they don’t get blocked.
The fascia, soffits and gutters can be cleaned with a gentle detergent solution. This can help it to look like new, which is ideal if you’re planning to sell your house. Cleaning regularly keeps your home looking appealing and helps it to stay strong and less likely to need repairing. Having your roofline cleaned professionally every few months can ensure any potential damage is spotted, if you have problems and need your roof repaired in Horley, call Southern roofing.
Roofers And Material Shortages 2021
If you asked a roofer what their worries were for the year, most would say shortage of materials. One particular material being roof tiles, followed by slates, timber and insulation. Unfortunately some found this also brought about inflation of price when ordering in supplies. However, even with these concerns, the end of 2020 brought a positive work increase. Calls for maintenance and repairs were higher over the UK, both commercial and domestic.
Even with recruiting sometimes being difficult, and struggles of the last year, there is a great deal of optimism that there will be a good increase in work this year, particularly in domestic settings, with a number of future projects and bookings across the building industry. Call if you need a roofer on Horley.
Roofing report on use of lead in new Roofing
The UK Health & Safety Executive has now published a report regarding the potentially harmful effects posed by the exposure to lead and lead alloys. Much of this advice relates to heavy processing of lead in manufacturing, where lead has been used in paint and other materials, and also construction workers, who may have been exposed to high levels while disposing of it.
The good news for the roofing sector, is that while high levels of exposure may cause some health problems, for roofing workers, the absorption of lead can easily be prevented, or can be eliminated or substantially reduced. We now know that lead can only be absorbed by inhalation, for example by breathing in dust, or by ingestion caused by eating or passing lead traces from hand to mouth. This is not likely to be something that workers in the Roofing sector are likely to experience. For more information on Roof repairs in Redhill. call Southern roofing.
New HSE Report released for Safe Scaffolding Practice
The new guide intends to make clear when scaffolding is required as well as the level of training for those inspecting, supervising, erecting, dismantling, and altering scaffolding operations.
The Scaffold Checklist provides an in-depth breakdown of the correct procedures to follow. It also highlights the recognised standard of configuration which should be adhered to by all scaffolded sites, as well as the requirements of the Work at Height Regulations.
This report should ensure scaffolders follow the correct procedures to provide safe working conditions on site.
You can view the guide freely on the HSE website, or call Southern roofing for all your Roof repairs in Redhill.
Batsafe mesh launched
Bats are a protected species in the UK and play a major part in the ecosystem. Bats are often found living in roofs and up until now, only bitumen IF felt underlay has been used. An uninsulated IF felt roof can omit 10 tonnes of CO2 per year and if insulation is used, it creates considerable extra cost as extra rafter space is needed. By replacing IF felt with breathable membrane and extra insulation between rafters, emissions of CO2 can be reduced by 57%. This makes a large impact on climate change and global warming, thus greatly helping the environment.
It was of major importance to find a product that would protect bats, as well as allowing builders and architects to stay within the required Building Regulations whilst refurbishing properties.
TLX Batsafe was invented by TLX Insulation. They are the UK’s leading expert in insulating breather membranes and applied polymer science. TLX Batsafe has a protective mesh which allows bats safe contact, as previously their claws could become caught in the fibres. TLX Batsafe is much lighter, stronger and easier to install, and the protective mesh allows the breathable membrane to function, keeping the bats safe as well. For more information on roofing services in Redhill and Sussex call Southern roofing.
Roofer fined after scalding woman and child with hot bitumen
A roofer in High Wycombe has been fined £1,335, ordered to pay £1,100 in costs and £120 victim surcharge after a slip on his ladder caused hot bitumen to fall on a woman and her grandchild.
The incident took place on June 9th after the roofer was contracted to felt a flat roof using the scalding substance.
Having melted the bitumen on the ground before transporting it up the ladder several times, the woman, carrying her grandson, greeted the roofer from the base of the ladder asking if he would like a cup of tea.
The ladder, missing one rubber foot with the other worn down, slid causing the hot bitumen to fall directly onto the woman and her grandson.
The grandmother required skin grafts on both hands and a foot, also burning her face and head.
The child suffered burns to his chest, forehead, face, lips and his right arm – both required extensive hospital treatment.
For a roofing company that takes the proper safety precautions, contact Southern Roofing.
The Fight Against Rogue Roofers
Reputation is everything in the building trade and roofing companies get a bad press with rogue traders giving the trade a bad name. A recent survey by Which magazine has revealed that 46% of homeowners were afraid of being ‘ripped off’ by cowboy tradesmen. So how do you go about employing company that you can trust to do a good job? Recommendation is always the best and most reliable way, and associations like Checkatrade vet their members and ensure the information they supply is correct and can be verified. Customers review their work and their comments are published online for everyone to see.
Southern Roofing, who work throughout London, have been members of Checkatrade since 2010 and have established an enviable reputation. They are also Surrey Trading Standards approved.
Reduce the Risk of Chimney Fires
Hampshire fire and rescue service have recently put together a checklist of tips to help prevent chimney fires in the home. Some of the top tips to take from the list are:
- Sweeping the chimney before use if you do not use it on a regular basis
- Use sparkguards to prevent serious property fire
- Ensure a fireguard is used in front of the fire at all times
- Extinguish the fire before leaving the house or going to bed
- Never use petrol or Paraffin to light your fire
They also recommend cleaning your chimney up to three times a year dependent on the type of fuel used.
If you are worried about a chimney in your home, contact Southern Roofing to speak to the experts in chimney repairs.
Roof Repairs in Reigate
The severe weather and high winds we’ve been experiencing in the UK this winter may have caused damage to your roof, causing a tile to slip or the guttering to leak. Engaging a professional roofing company registered with Trading Standards will ensure your repair is carried out properly and safely.
There are still rogue companies around that will try to deceive and trick you into paying for services they haven’t provided. Always get a proper quote from at least three companies and ask your friends and neighbours for recommendations or look for companies registered with a reputable trade association before engaging anyone. Call Southern Roofing for all types of Roof repairs in Reigate.
Properties built before 1999 may have been constructed with materials containing asbestos, particularly roofing and insulation materials. When repairs or renovations are needed on your roof it is important to select a roofing company that is fully aware of all the dangers and legislation in place to protect their workforce and you.
Absestos is a natural mineral and our ancestors first discovered that if they added it to their pot making clay the pots were resistant to fire and heat. Industrial scale mining began in the late 19th century and early 20th century when manufacturers realised the versatility of asbestos and how it could be incorporated into a wide range of building materials.
Even before large scale mining began people were noticing that asbestos had an adverse effect on people's health but these were ignored for many, many years until finally in 2003 a worldwide ban was introduced.
Asbestos has to be handled correctly to avoid the real threat to health that it poses. As long as it is whole and contained it is safe, but once it is broken, cut or torn the fibres that cause the lung damage are released and these can be breathed in by anyone in the area causing serious and chronic illness. It is a fact that the biggest danger building workers face is from asbestos removal. For advice on all roofing repairs in Redhill call Southern roofing.
Uk tiled roofs
Britain's roofs like the buildings beneath them have evolved over time to what we see today. Slate has been used for centuries as it is widely available, easy to quarry, can be cut and fixed without too much effort, but it is heavy to transport and in areas of the country where it is not found alternatives such as thatch became popular.
Thatch can be grown nearby and is easy to move and handle, and making it a popular choice in areas where there is no slate. The drawback is, of course, it's vulnerability to fire and after the Great Fire of London in 1666 thatch was banned from the city. This led to the popularity of Clay tiles.
The Romans introduced Clay tiles to Britain. However, once they returned to Rome the skills needed to make them was lost. It wasn't until the 12 th century that they were reintroduced. Many areas of Britain have clay occurring close by so the industry was revived and their use grew becoming a popular choice. A Standard size of10 1 / 2 " x 6 1 / 2 " developed, this was easy to make and handle. However it wasn't long before some manufacturers realised they could save money by making smaller tiles and sell them for the same price. Edward IV passed a law in 1477 to prevent this and thereby created an industry standard.
By the 16th century the Dutch had improved the standard clay tile and designed an 's' shaped tile. By overlapping the tiles vertically and horizontally created a better seal to keep out the weather and required less tiles to cover the same area, by up to 75%. In the 18 th Century they were being manufactured in London and other parts of Britain but the expertise needed to manufacture tiles of a consistent thickness and quality had not yet evolved, so the tiles were mainly used for inferior quality buildings such as farm buildings. These pantiles as they are known are still used today, but modern technology allows the production of consistent tiles which can be used in any situation.
With the advent of the railway, Natural slate was now available throughout Britain. This meant that slate could now be used on ordinary housing not just the more prestigious buildings.
The 1920's saw the development of concrete tiles but these really came to the forefront during the massive rebuilding programme that took place after the Second World War. Their popularity grew as larger sizes were manufactured and became favoured by builders in the 1960's. A lack of skilled roofing workers meant unskilled workers were expected to fill the gap and the tiles were easier to fit. During this period, clay tile manufacturers found it difficult to compete and many went out of business.For all your Roofing repairs in Redhill, call Southern Roofing.
New roofing products launched
New roofing tiles have recently been launched by Roofing Manufacturers Redland and Marley. Redland has introduced a new tile to its Rosemary Clay Craftsman Tile range. The tile, Craftsman Victorian tiles have been made to resemble original Victorian tiles, with pitted surfaces, black patterning, irregular front edges and a varied hanging length. The aim is to imitate a weathered tile which is still very durable.
Marley Eternit has added some new slates to its Birkdale range, Flame Grey and Flame Brown. The slates have a smooth surface and are multi coloured. They are designed to imitate natural slate and. These slates have an A+ environmental rating. If you need any type of roof repairs in Redhill , please call us at Southern Roofing for a free quotation.
Over 28,000,000 square metres of flat roofing were installed during 2014 according to a recent report by AMA Research.
The Flat Roofing market place has grown by 3.5% and this is predicted to continue over the next 4 years. One of the main reasons for this growth is due to the flexibility and cost effectiveness of a flat roof. Since2012 there has been an increase in demand for the product from schools, warehouses, leisure facilities and commercial offices.
With Government restrictions on all Public Sector spending, Local Authorities and the NHS have to be more creative and look at other less expensive options when allocating their diminishing budgets.
Advances in technology mean that new products with higher performance and more choice are now available to the discerning buyer.
Maintenance and repair is a significant area of activity and as more new roofs are installed will continue to grow. For all Roofing repairs in Dorking call Southern roofing.
New guidelines come into force in March which should ensure that Britain's roofs are more resistant to the extremes of wind and weather that we now seem be experiencing.
There are three major changes to the standard:
- Every single lap tile will have to be mechanically fixed, with a degree of clipping required on most roofs
- Mortar alone is no longer deemed sufficient on its own to secure tiles and their associated fittings to a roof, so areas including ridges, hips and verges will now require mechanical fixing as well
- BS 5534 also introduces new requirements to secure lightweight underlays and prevent a recent problem of 'ballooning', caused by wind deflection, which has been known to place a load on the underside of the roof covering, capable of dislodging it.
From 1st March all new pitched roofing work using tiles, slates and shingles should be specified to the recommendations of the new standard, BS 5534:2014. For Roofing repairs East Grinstead contact Southern Roofing on 01737 400445.
Private Sector Driving Growth
Its been the private sector that has driven housing growth in the country over the last quarter, according to the latest figures. The total number of new homes registered in both the private and public sectors in the UK totalled 36,858 , which is a rise of 3% over the same period last year . These figures also reveal that this steady growth has been entirely driven by the private sector, recording a healthy 9% year on year, while the public sector reported an 11% drop in registrations.
Across the Country in the last quarter, the South East experienced a 50 % increase compared to the same period last year, with the East Midlands also considerably up at 38% for the quarter. New house building is expected to slow over the first quarter, due to the recent bad weather, where many roofing contractors are unable to cope with the demand for both scaffolding and roof repairs in Crawley.
Storm damage throughout Southern England
Widespread storms along the South Coast of England have caused a massive demand for Roofing services in every town, with many companies quoting on over 100 repairs a week, many customers cannot find a good reliable company to call. Southern Roofing are willing to visit all locations in the Reigate, Horley, Leatherhead and Kingston areas and in to London, providing free, competitive quotations for insurance claims. All work undertaken will be done with a minimum of disruption, to a high standard with a guarantee on work.
Daily Telegraph report
People will no longer have to live in "rabbit hutch homes" under planned changes to building standards. Ministers are poised to unveil a consultation which will scrap dozens of unnecessary measures imposed on house builders by councils and government. A key measure will be a proposal to introduce a minimum space standard for people's homes to recognise that rooms cannot be too small. The consultation, due to be published in the next few days, will propose bringing in the new standard for the homes of old and disabled people, however sources said it could be expanded to all new homes.
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