Progression Of a Pitched Roof
It has been a natural human habit for many years to protect ourselves against the rough elements. This stretches back to the primitive world, where some of the first materials used were parts of an animal (also used as clothing at the time), clay and timber. Basically, anything they could get their hands on at the time could’ve potentially been a roofing material!
After hundreds of years, clay material was used for tiles, as well as thatching. Clay tiles are still used today. Many old, heritage properties use these types of tiles due to their durability and endurance if they are fitted properly. You may find that on an old roof of around 100 years, about half the tiles can be used again.
Another type of tile that lasts a long time is slate. Wealthy customers would also consider fitting lead, which also lasts a long time but is more expensive.
Due to the cost, mass producing concrete tiles is common as it is a cheaper option than clay tiles, as well as job times being lowered. Concrete tiles are a cheaper option and have a range of colours, shapes and sizes, but their life span isn’t as great as slate or clay tiles.
Nowadays a roof must have a breathable layer before any tiles are fitted. As we are looking to make our homes more energy saving, this layer is critical in the job to prevent condensation problems. Roofs are now being made more energy efficient and cheaper and sometimes the more traditional methods are still better at keeping your roof durable and strong. For more information and Roof repairs in Calne, call RG Wise roofing.
What Could Happen If You Don’t Clean Your Gutters
Cleaning the gutters is a necessary job, due to the potential damage to the home that could occur, if nothing is done to clear it. During the cold and wet months, gutters will often have built up moss and leaves.
The main job of a gutter is to help water to drain away. If they are clear, then they will defend the home and roof against any damage from water. The garden can also be affected, due to any heavy rain water from storms. Any flowers or soil can be washed away, ruining any work. Storm water can also create discolouring on decking, damaging it.
The structure of a house is important, and if a gutter is blocked it can affect it badly. If the water within the structure freezes, it can make cracks when it has expanded. This can cause the foundation under the building to wear down.
If your house has a basement, and you get any water coming through, then eventually a musty smell and mildew will appear. Too much water can make a flood, creating a potentially expensive repair job. So make sure you get your gutters cleared regularly, to prevent these potential hazards, call Wise roofing for all roofline services in Tadley.
Caring For Your Roof
The roof can be a root of financial stress for some homeowners. It is imperative that it is looked after, in order to keep it a source of comfort for your family,and keep them dry and warm.
The weather, particularly in the winter months, has been wet and windy. This can sometimes be a concern to those with roofing problems.
In order to take care of your roof, one thing you should do is have it professionally checked yearly, as well as regularly by yourself after any bad weather.
Make sure your gutters aren’t full of leaves and moss, and any big branches aren’t dangling over.
Energy efficiency is important, so insulating the loft is a good step to help with energy costs as it will make the roof work at its best.
If in doubt, the best thing to do is get a professional to repair your roof. Don’t try to do it yourself, as it is a risk to take. After all, the most important thing is the safety and health of your home. Call for all Roof Repairs in Calne.
Moss on the roof
Moist and cool areas are where you will find moss thriving. The many species of moss have common characteristics such as not having flowers or seeds, needing a damp, sometimes shady, environment to grow as they do not have a root system, and they are usually very green with tiny leaves. Moss grows very well on hard surfaces such as roof tiles and grows optimally at a pH level of 5.0 – 5.5.
To kill the moss you need to take away the shade, moisture or water that it is growing in and turn its environment into a base environment of 7 pH or above, or turn it extremely acidic. For more information on Roof Moss and Roof repairs in Calne call RG Wise Roofing.
Bat product launched
Bats, a protected species in the UK and playing a major part in the ecosystem, can often be found living in roofs but up until now only bitumen IF felt underlay has been used. If insulation is needed there is a significant cost as extra space is required in the rafters, and in older buildings this is often not an option. An uninsulated IF felt roof can release 10 tonnes of CO2 per year.
Breathable membrane, and additional insulation between rafters, can replace IF felt resulting in reducing CO2 emissions by 57%. This greatly helps the environment, having a large impact on global warming and climate change.
This long-awaited product allows architects and builders to work within the required Building Regulations whilst at the same time protecting bats.
TLX Insulation are the UK’s leading expert in polymer science as well as insulating breather membranes. They invented TLX Batsafe which has a protective mesh, allowing bats to have a safe contact and not become caught within fibres. Some other advantages of TLX Batsafe are that it is much stronger, lighter and easier to install. For more details call your Roofer in Reading.
How long should my roof last?
There are many factors to consider with regard to the lifespan of a roof. The type of material used, the local weather conditions, the slope of the roof, ventilation and the installation to name a few.
For a long lasting roof slate is the best option with an estimated life of 80-100 years. Although we have all seen ancient roofs that have clay roofs which appear to be still functional.
Good maintenance is important to prolong the life of your roof, with any repairs carried out swiftly to maintain the integrity of the roof.
Modern slates and tiles that are made from composite materials should come with a manufacturers estimate of their life expectancy.
The important factor is to make sure you employ a skilled craftsman to advise, maintain or install your roof, look for a skilled professional company that can offer a 10-year guarantee for their work. Wise Roofing based in Reading have more than 20 years experience in the trade.
Bats in the Roof?
When you start to think about having some building work carried out on your property probably the last thing you think about is whether your home is also home to bats!
The Bat Conservation Trust have branches throughout the UK and can give practical advice on what to do if you believe bats are inhabiting your property.
Bats are a protected species and some are very rare. If bats are discovered on your property you are legally obliged to accommodate their habitat. If you are replacing or erecting a new roof it is best to consider employing a professional, experienced roofing company such as R G Wise Roofing who will have encountered resident bats many times and will be able to take the necessary steps to protect them.
Exterior Painting Tips
Spring has finally arrived in Britain and that can mean many home owners head outside to renovate their homes exterior. If you’re planning a project like this, it’s worth taking a few minutes to consider these tips from the experts.
1. Consider the weather
Just because it’s a sunny day, doesn’t mean your house is primed for painting. Allow ample time following a damp period for your home to dry out.
2. Paint Quality
The most important step to a quality paint job is using quality paint. A higher quality paint can ease application and keep your home beautiful for longer.
In most cases, exterior walls won’t need priming, but some spots where bare wood is exposed will need priming. Using a quality primer should ensure your paint doesn’t fail again.
Talk to the professionals in exterior painting and roofing services in Tadley at Wise Roofing.
The UK has experienced quite severe weather recently, with gale force winds, driving rain and snow and ice all likely to cause damage to property. All these elements can seek out loose roof tiles and allow damp to penetrate your roof and living space.
A roofing company in the UK has called on the Government to make it illegal for unqualified persons to attempt a roof repair due to the number of people that are hurt or killed trying to locate a leak or repair their roof. More than 100 people die each year and many hundreds are injured, some permanently.
It’s always better to be safe than sorry, always engage a professional roofing company to carry out any work on your home. Call RG Wise roofing for all your Roof repairs in Reading.
An innovative new tile has been developed by Marley Eternit and with the completion of a small development in rural Leicestershire it looks like being a very successful addition to the Marley Eternit range.
The tile, the ‘Lincoln’ is an interlocking clay tile. The design of the tile means it is very adaptable and easy to install, saving expensive labour time. The tile is particularly suitable for use on buildings where it is important to use traditional materials and be in keeping with the surrounding environment.
The Marley ‘Lincoln’ clay pantile should definitely be considered if you are thinking of renewing your roof in the Reading area.
Natural slate roofs have been popular in Britain for many years due to their ease of availability and protective qualities, following the ban on thatched roofing in London after the great fire of 1666.
Natural slate now became popular in large scale house building as the railways became more extensive, making it possible to transport the slate from other parts of the country.
After the Second World War the country started to gear up for large scale building projects and the use of concrete tiles became more popular. Clay tiles and natural slate tiles are still sought after in the UK, so if you are looking for roofing services in and around Reading call Wise Roofing.
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