Advantages of installing a skylight to your home

If you are looking to expand your attic and transform it into a useable room, then adding a skylight is a fantastic way to flood the room with natural light without reducing the structural integrity of your roof. That is not the only benefit though, adding a skylight is able to transform your home in a number of ways:

Boost your mood
Flooding your room with sunlight not only helps to brighten it, but it can also help to increase your mood. Natural sunlight ensures your body receives important vitamins, such as Vitamin D, which helps to release serotonin and increase your happiness.

Establish a sleeping pattern
A skylight can help you to regulate your sleeping pattern. An artificially illuminated room keeps you detached from the outside world, making it harder for your body to fall asleep or wake up in a natural manner. As night arrives, our bodies release melatonin, which helps us to fall asleep, and natural light ensures our body is able to regulate this more efficiently.

Increase property value
A skylight doesn’t just help to improve your mood and sleep, but it can also increase your property’s value. Turning your attic into another bedroom or a home office can significantly increase your resale price and make your home more appealing.

Increased airflow
A skylight will also help you to increase the airflow through your attic and your roof, meaning stale air is able to be carried outside, and fresh, clean air can flow in.

A skylight is a fantastic addition to any home and gives your property a new lease of life. If you are looking to install a skylight, or need to repair, or replace your roof, get in touch with our experienced team today.


What can reduce your roof’s lifespan?

Your property’s roof is one of the most crucial parts of the building and is essential in keeping you safe and protected from the elements. That is why it is vital you utilize high-quality materials and a professional installer to ensure that it can last as long as possible.

However, there are a number of factors that can reduce the lifespan of your roof, and some of the key factors include:

Where your property is located is one of the most significant contributing factors to increasing or decreasing the lifespan of your roof. If you regularly face fluctuating weather, or a harsh environment, then you might need to repair and replace your roof more frequently.

Weather is a major cause of damage. The UV rays from extensive sunlight can cause can cause your tiles to crack and weaken, while strong winds can damage tiles or even remove them completely. Heavy rain is also highly damaging and can cause significant water damage to your property’s foundations.

Infestations from pests can see them gnawing through your roof and creating structural problems or requiring large parts of your roof to be replaced. Equally as damaging are nearby trees, which can cause damage as branches snap off in adverse weather.

No maintenance
Although roofs are relatively low maintenance, you do still need to carry out some care each year. This includes things like cleaning your gutters, repairing any damage, and carrying out annual inspections.

As experts in roofing, we cover both commercial and residential properties, so if you want to maximize your roof’s longevity, require repairs on your existing roof, or you are in need of a full replacement, get in touch with our experienced and friendly team today.


Extend the lifespan of your roof with these simple steps

Installing a new roof to your property is a huge expense that no homeowner will want to face if they can avoid it. Yet, despite the cost to replace or repair a roof, many homeowners do not focus on extending the lifespan of their existing structure.

With some simple and regular maintenance duties, you will be able to maximize your roof’s longevity and keep it as healthy as possible:

Clean your gutters

This might seem a simple tip, but ensuring that your gutters are operating as efficiently as possible will prevent any blockages. When they become blocked, water begins to pool on the roof, and the weight can cause significant structural damage, so ensuring your gutters are clear from debris will allow water to flow freely through them.

Remove debris

You should not just keep your gutters clear, but focus on ensuring that your entire roof is free from debris and organic growth such as moss. By doing so, you will be keeping the materials of your roof in the very best condition.

Vent your attic

During the warm summer months, the temperature in your attic can climb very high, which places a significant amount of pressure on your roof. Increasing the airflow through the house will help to reduce this temperature and prevent any moisture build-up.

The best way to ensure that your roof is remaining in the very best condition, however, is to carry out an annual inspection by a professional roofing firm. This will ensure that any potential problems or causes for concern are spotted in advance and can be fixed before they cause significant damage.


What to do if your roof is leaking

Have you noticed a damp spot on your ceiling? Are your gutters not draining water correctly? Whatever the reason might be, every homeowner dreads that moment when they notice a leak in their roof. A leaky roof can be a considerable expense to face, but while it might be tempting to leave a small leak for the time being and hope it’s just the result of a heavy rainstorm, in the long-term, this is a serious problem and cause significant structural damage.

If you have spotted a leak in your ceiling, the first thing you should do is to remove any of your belongings in the affected area and take off any pictures or paintings you might have on the walls.

Once you have done that, you should try and ascertain where exactly the leak is coming from. Sometimes, this is a straightforward process, but other times it can be very hard for untrained people to spot the exact cause as water could be running down interior structures of your roof.

The most common causes of a leaking roof include:

  • Missing or damaged tiles
  • Improper ventilation
  • Pooling water on the roof (caused by a blocked gutter)
  • Worn or exposed nails
  • Plumbing vent flashings
  • Damage to your chimney

Sometimes, the leak might not be coming from damage to the roof, and it might be caused by faulty plumbing or an infestation from some form of pest. If you have been able to locate the source of the leak and are confident you can repair it, you should. However, if the source remains a mystery or you are worried that the leak might have caused significant problems to the rest of your property, then do not delay and call in some expert advice.


Is your home ready for summer storms?

The summer months are here and although that does mean long hot sunny days, it can also mean heavy rain and thunder storms. Your roof goes through a lot during the winter months, seeing fluctuating temperatures and cold snaps; which can cause significant damage to the structure and its overall efficiency.

Alongside the temperature changes, the winter months can see debris such as leaves and twigs clog up your guttering system; preventing rain water from properly washing through the system. Whatever the cause might be, a failing roof can be catastrophic for your home or business and a very expense fix.

We’ve put together our top tips to help you examine your roof and make sure it is ready for those summer storms…

1) Check your gutters

Examine the downspouts to see if there are any granules being washed through, as this will be an indication that the asphalt on the roof is failing. Equally, you should check for any blockages which could cause problems further down the line.

2) Check your shingles 

As your roof ages, the asphalt can begin to deteriorate and your shingles can become loose. If you are able to climb up to your roof conduct a visual inspection to look for any that might have become loose or been damaged over the winter.

3) Check your interior

A clear sign that your roof is failing is water damage inside the home. Check your attic and walls for any signs of dampness.

Not sure what to look out for?
If you are not sure, or are not confident in climbing onto your roof, then call in our experienced team of professionals today to carry out an in-depth inspection of your property. Proactive checking now can help you to quickly fix any small issues before they become a major fault.


Getting your roof spring ready

Your roof often goes through a lot during the winter, with fluctuating temperatures, snow, wind, rain and hail all capable of causing significant damage to your property. The colder weather in particular is most dangerous, as when water freezes it expands and can cause cracks to your roof and tiles.

As the weather begins to improve, spring is the perfect time to survey your property and ensure your roof is in perfect shape for the summer months. To help you give your roof a health check, we have put together three key points you should look out for:

  • Look for damage

This might seem like an obvious tip, but examining your roof and looking for signs of damage or potential damage is a great preventative measure and can stop you from facing unexpected bills when something goes seriously wrong.

You should examine the whole roof, including the gutters, tiles, fascia and also any chimneys and vents that you might have. Look for clear signs of damage as well as any signs of water damage or leaks.

  • Clear your gutters

When debris builds up in your gutters, it can cause water to build up and pool; which in turn can create significant water damage to your roof and foundations. As the weather begins to turn better, clean our any debris that has built up and also check that the gutter system itself is still functional and working.

  • Check your shingles

Make sure they there are not any missing or beginning to show signs of damage – any that are should be quickly replaced or repaired. Also check for any loose nails or debris that might have built up which could cause damage to your roof.

If you are not comfortable with climbing your roof or are unsure of what you should be looking for, get in touch with a professional today who will be able to help you ensure your roof is ready for summer!


Protecting your roof from storm damage

With summer just around the corner, for many people in America it means the arrival of hurricane season. Even if you’re not living in an area prone to hurricanes, summer storms are always a risk and those high winds and heavy rain can cause significant damage to your property.

You will want to ensure that your home is adequately protected against being damaged by a storm and starting with your roof is one of the most important aspects – after all, your roof is what’s keeping the rain off your family’s head!

One of the first things you should do to protect your roof is to trim any foliage and overhanging trees that might be covering areas. Whilst having that large tree looking over your roof is picture perfect, in a storm those branches could come crashing down and cause significant damage to your property.

Equally as important is ensuring your gutters are kept clean. When leaves and debris build up, they can create a blockage which means the rainwater during a storm will pool on your roof – leading to serious structural damage and if that water goes stagnant it can also lead to mold growing on your property.

If you are confident enough, you should climb a ladder and inspect your roof for any loose tiles or possible areas of weakness which could deteriorate further during a storm. The only way to truly be able to examine the roof is to get up there, so if you are not confident enough to undertake this yourself or you want to ensure your roof is as structurally safe as it can be, then use the services of a professional who can inspect your roof and advise on any areas of improvement.


The importance of removing snow and de-icing your roof and gutters

Winter is well and truly here. That means the days are getting colder and the chance of snow and ice is increasing. If you are living in an area prone to wintery conditions, then you need to know the importance of keeping your roofing and gutter network as clear as possible.

Keeping your roof de-iced and clear of snow might seem like a chore but it is incredibly important to maintain the integrity of it and reduce the risk of significant damage. On average, a square foot of roofing is designed to hold between 15-20 pounds of weight – however a cubic foot of snow can weigh up to 15 pounds; meaning your roof is facing a significantly larger amount of weight than it was designed to.

This is a slightly generic overview and it does depend on the pitch of you roof, the materials used and the structural design of your home; however it is still always a good idea to remove any built up snow and ice.

To remove it, there are certain tools out there to help you. One useful tool is a snow rake; working much like a standard garden rake except it has an extra-long handle that helps you to drag the snow off your roof safely. Another option is to use a chemical solution which helps to break down the ice and snow safely. Calcium Chloride Tablets are a popular choice for many home owners.

To stop a dangerous build up, there are a number of preventative measures that you can implement into your roof to stop you needing to clean your roof. These include adding heated cables into the roof, helping to improve the slightly less insulated areas of your roof and reducing the amount of snow and ice that can build up.

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