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What Qualifications are Available in Roofing?

May 5th, 2016

Life as a roofer isn’t for everyone – these guys (and gals) require a real head for heights, as well as a good level of fitness and awareness of health and safety. One other thing that many of the most reputable roofing professionals have, of course, is relevant qualifications.

qualified roofersChoosing the best-qualified professionals really is vital

It goes without saying that roofers need to have the right credentials – a complete roof replacement, perhaps one of our copper roofs or zinc roofs, is a very significant investment for a homeowner, and when such work is poorly carried out, it can set you back many thousands of pounds in rebuild, repair and maintenance costs.

Here at ELC Roofing Ltd, we know how important it is to feel reassured about your choice of roof rebuilds specialist, which is why we only employ experienced tradesmen who possess relevant National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs) in leadwork, flat roofing and/or pitched roofs.

Our roofers do have certain other courses, cards and certifications under their belts that we will explain further below, but before that, we’ll ask the question… what qualifications can one actually get in roofing and what do they represent?

The qualifications and courses that can make all the difference

There are many ways in which roofers typically enter our industry, with many starting out as roof labourers before gaining the relevant on-site experience, while Apprenticeships with building or roofing companies may also be offered, their availability dependent on the local jobs market.

Those wishing to become roofers may also take college courses in general construction skills or those related to a more specific area, such as the Level 2 Diploma in Roof Slating and Tiling.

Already-employed roofers may be encouraged to train for such additional industry qualifications as the Level 2 Diploma in Built-up Felt Roofing and Level 2/3 NVQs in Roofing Occupations, Mastic Asphalting (Construction) and Cladding Occupations (Construction).

Introducing Eastern Region Roof Training Ltd

As you may have already seen on our homepage, our seasoned roofers here at ELC Roofing Ltd hold relevant NVQs from Eastern Region Roof Training Ltd.

Eastern Region Roof Training Ltd is one of the most renowned roofing training providers out there, having served a diverse range of roofing firms throughout Suffolk (where we are located!), Cambridgeshire, Norfolk, Essex, Hertfordshire, Northampton and Bedfordshire since its establishment in 2001.

The company’s already-excellent reputability has been further enhanced over the years by strong links with such manufacturers, federations and institutions as the National Federation of Roofing Contractors (NFRC) and Institute of Roofing.

NVQs are highly trusted, lifetime qualifications and Eastern Region Roof Training Ltd continues to offer a wide range of them at Level 2, including in Roofing Lining Systems, Built-up Bituminous Roofing, Single Ply Roofing and many other key subject areas.

Have you contacted us yet about your own roofing?

Don’t forget that the process of choosing the right roofing company doesn’t just come down to the qualifications that its roofers hold, although they are nonetheless a strong factor. Our own tradesmen, for instance, have also completed asbestos awareness courses, in addition to holding the appropriate Health & Safety cards related to working at height.

Our roofers even possess certificates from the lead sheet association for working on the copper roofs and zinc roofs that have been so crucial to building the reputation that we enjoy as a company today.

Simply send us an email or give us a call if you would like to learn more about the qualifications that we hold and their relevance to ensuring the impeccable quality of all of the roofing work we do, from minor repairs to our renowned and comprehensive roof rebuilds.

5 Design Ideas for New Roof Builds

April 30th, 2016

As homeowners throughout Suffolk and the other parts of England immediately surrounding our Sudbury base know, here at ELC Roofing Ltd, we love to undertake all manner of roof rebuilds, drawing upon our decades of collective relevant knowledge and experience.

Skylight CeilingSometimes, we create entirely new roofs for more modern properties, while on other occasions, we are called upon to carry out sensitive restoration work on older and listed buildings.

So, we thought we would use some of that knowledge and experience to suggest five great design ideas that you may not have considered for your own home’s roofing.

  1. Gambrel roof

There are a lot of more unusual or elaborate designs that you could apply to your property’s roofing. However, we have always especially loved the sophisticated look of the gambrel roof, which is a normally symmetrical two-sided roof with two slopes on each side – the upper slope positioned at a shallower angle and the lower slope, a steeper one.

  1. Saltbox roof

This is such a fascinating roof design to look at. It is a long, pitched roof that slopes down the back of a property, to such an extent that the building may be a one-floor building towards the back, but a two or even three-floor one at the front. We love the folklore story that this design arose in the early 18th century due to Queen Anne’s taxation of houses greater than one storey, although it sadly isn’t true.

  1. Skylights

Skylights have a long history themselves and remain a key design feature of the roofs of many old and new buildings alike. Of course, it’s nice to have a bit more natural light flooding into your home, especially given the well-known health benefits of sunlight. However, a skylight can also reduce your energy costs and consumption, meaning lower costs, with one that is capable of opening also a potentially invaluable passive air conditioner. A well-designed and made skylight is also visually impressive, adding interest to all manner of spaces within the home.

  1. Flat roof

Once upon a time, you may have only opted for a flat roof if you were investing in a home extension. These days, though, many modernist and postmodernist roofing designs incorporate flat elements, although it’s true that relatively few ‘flat’ roofs are completely flat, given the need for an incline for water and debris to run off. The top of a well-made flat roof could even be decked out and turned into a brilliant outdoor living space in its own right.

  1. Curved roof

This type of roofing is often seen on more recent buildings, on which they tend to represent a cutting-edge contemporary design statement. That said, many traditional structures also incorporate curved roofs, with various copper roofs that we have installed for clients here at ELC Roofing Ltd being curved, making the most of the ductility and malleability of this material.

Whatever form or features you can imagine creating for your roof, the chances are that it can be made a reality with the help of ELC Roofing Ltd’s well-trained and highly experienced professionals! Just contact us now for a discussion about how our knowhow in roof rebuilds could help to transform your home.

10 Cool Ideas to Make Use of Your Roof

April 25th, 2016

rooftop poolIt’s so easy to underestimate the wealth of possibilities for such a practically important, but often forgotten-about part of the home as your roof. Take a look below at just 10 of our suggestions for how you can make better use of the top of your property – some of them more feasible for the average English homeowner than others.

  1. Create a rooftop terrace

It’s the ultimate way to make use of your roof for recreational purposes, and it could be more attainable than you first presume, at least according to this Time Out London article, which suggested you could make it possible with change from £10,000.

  1. Install solar panels

There are many widely recognised advantages of having solar panels fitted to your roof, including the opportunity to protect yourself against rising energy costs for many years to come.

  1. Introduce a skylight… or several

Skylights may look gorgeous, but they can also be very practical, with opening ones available as well as those you can safely walk on if you would like to incorporate a few into your roof terrace.

  1. Alternatively, try a dormer window

If you fancy something a bit more traditional-looking for allowing more light into your home, with the same visibility that any other conventional window would offer, a dormer window could make the perfect skylight alternative.

  1. Have your roof insulated

The energy-saving advantages of roof insulation are well known, and when you have your own roofing insulated by ELC Roofing Ltd, you can take advantage of any of a range of highly rated material options, including – but not limited to – Triso, Celotex and Rockwool.

  1. Convert your loft

In today’s age when so many people are forced to ‘improve rather than move’, it’s surely a no-brainer to have the largest unused space in your house converted into a livable area such as a study, games room or lounge.

  1. Make a roof garden

Rooftop gardens seem to have become ‘in vogue’ in recent times among urban professionals who want to bring a little of the rural life to their abode. If you are one of them, the roof may be the only area of your home where you can indulge this passion!

  1. Expose your roof from the inside

Are you interested in combining a roof rebuild with an attic conversion? Take a look at how architect Thomas Croft created a beautifully exposed boarded roof in this gorgeously airy conversion.

  1. Invest in natural wood materials

Did you know that ELC Roofing Ltd doesn’t just provide the likes of copper roofs and zinc roofs, also constructing stunning roofing in such natural wood materials as oak shakes and cedar shingles? Simply drop us a line to receive more information about these enchanting roofing options.

  1. Build a rooftop swimming pool

Fair enough, so this one is especially outlandish – if you want to know just how outlandish, take a look at this Forbes article, “Rooftop Pools To Make Your Head Swim“. Ah well, you could always just salivate at the photography…

Has your imagination been fired by this list of (admittedly not always realistic) ideas? If so, get in touch with the skilled and qualified professionals at ELC Roofing Ltd today, and you may find that certain ambitions you have for your roof aren’t as unattainable as you initially thought.

What Makes a Good Flat Roof?

April 25th, 2016

Flat roofing sounds like the kind of roofing that would be inherently quite simple to construct, thereby not requiring much forethought by those needing to ensure the best such roof for their own property. Alas, this isn’t quite the case, with flat roofing actually often associated with a wide range of problems when it isn’t installed by well-trained and reputable professionals.

With that in mind, here are the qualities that you should make sure are apparent in your own choice of flat roofing.

flat roofingThe ability to withstand the elements

It’s easy to presume that the less complicated outward appearance of flat roofing would make it a relative doddle to maintain compared to pitched roofing, but unfortunately, these roofs are no less vulnerable to damage over time from rain, snow, sun, frost and wind.

This is a big reason why so many flat roofs aren’t actually flat, but instead slightly inclined, in order to allow any water or debris to run off. Draining the roof to one or two edges is advisable, with conventional gutters preferable to internal outlets. If you do opt for internal outlets, they should be the right size to cope with storm conditions, in addition to being fitted with leaf and gravel guards.

The National Federation of Roofing Contractors (NFRC) recommends that the waterproofing for flat roofs extends no less than 150mm (6in) up adjacent walls from the roof surface in all cases, as well as that the waterproofing system’s top edge is protected by a cover flashing appropriate to the membrane.

You can learn more about the NFRC’s guidance on how flat roofing can be made to withstand a wide range of environmental conditions in its informative The Householder’s Guide To Flat Roofing.

A robust choice of covering

This is an especially renowned aspect of our own flat roofing here at ELC Roofing Ltd! Our choice of felt ensures maximum durability and longevity, with the three layer ICOPAL Lasergold mineral that we use being guaranteed for 15 to 20 years and insurance backed.

Not only are three layers of felt used, but your flat roof’s longevity and strength are further ensured by high tensile polyester re-enforcements with low melt SBS bitumen modifications.

Although you could theoretically minimise the price of your flat roofing by using the cheapest felt for the aforementioned layers, the relative affordability of even the best quality felt compared to other material options – together with the longevity factor – often makes it advisable to opt for the more expensive materials.

The structure of your roof is also key

While the covering for your felt roofing is an important factor, the underlying structure is even more so, with timber roof joists needing to be sufficiently substantial to resist sagging over time. If this does occur, your flat roof can become more vulnerable to standing water that makes its way into your home through the smallest pin-prick.

For similar reasons of sagging over time, we would suggest that you do not use chipboard as a decking material – this being a particular problem when it is softened by condensation from below.

So, there you have it – a rundown of the qualities that you should expect in any flat roof that you invest in for your property. If you want to ensure that all of those expectations are met, you know what to do – simply contact ELC Roofing Ltd’s professionals today for a discussion about your needs, followed by a competitive, free, no-obligation quote.

A Guide to Green Roofing

April 25th, 2016

green roofNo, we aren’t referring to environmentally friendly roofing with our use of the word “green”, and nor are we talking about merely switching the colour of your roof tiles! What we are referring to, is how roofs can be made literally “green” with vegetation – and it’s fair to say that the results could be spectacular when you get the right roofing professionals to work on your own home’s green roof.

According to The GRO Green Roof Code of Practice for the UK 2014, “A green roof is created when a planting scheme is established on a roof structure. The roof can be at ground level, often with an underground car park beneath, or many storeys higher.

“Green roofs can be designed as recreational spaces to be enjoyed by people, as visual, sustainable or ecological features to support wildlife or a combination of both.”

Why may you invest in green roofing?

There is a wide range of reasons why you may wish to introduce a green roof to your own home. You may want to do your bit for the environment, contributing to a more sustainable world of greater biodiversity, or you may have caught onto the recent craze for rooftop gardens and want to indulge your green-fingered side in your urban home.

It has even been said that green roofing has financial benefits, as its cooling nature can heighten the amount of power produced by any Solar Photovoltaic (PV) panels that you install.

What are the important design considerations for green roofs?

If you are to design a successful green roof, you will first need to establish why you are creating such roofing and whether the intended site for it is suitable.

As far as the latter is concerned, you will need to take into account location factors such as the regional and local climate and the amount of rainfall and sunlight that the area typically sees. You should also establish how exposed the roof will be to the likes of wind, frost and snow.

The structure of your roof – including its load capacity and pitch – also needs to be right if it is to be converted into a green roof. Also, is there a safe way to access your roof so that a green roof can be installed?

Remember that the plants that you intend to have on your green roof will also have a certain draught and shade tolerance and require a given depth of substrate. Various other issues concerning habitat creation and the wider environment can affect the suitability of your intended site and how you approach the design of your green roof, so don’t be afraid to contact ELC Roofing Ltd today for more specific guidance.

A wide range of factors to consider

There are many more aspects to bear in mind when you are seeking to have a green roof created, not least of which is waterproofing, which really does need to be of the best quality, with the roof being leak tested prior to the installation of landscaping.

You will also need to ensure that your chosen drainage can cope with intense rainfall, and then there’s the small matter of deciding on a landscape design that suits your motivations for having a green roof created in the first place.

Could a green roof be the right solution for your home? Don’t forget that when you get in touch with ELC Roofing Ltd, we will happily provide you with a free, competitive, no-obligation quote for your required roofing work, making the most of our extensive background in roof rebuilds and minor repairs alike.

Revealed: the best ways to add value to your home

April 1st, 2016


Here at ELC Roofing Ltd, we love to carry out all manner of roof rebuilds, repairs and other improvements, for all manner of reasons – including to fulfil certain aesthetic or practical requirements, as well as for simple homeowner peace of mind.

However, there’s one other very common reason for people to approach us about roof improvements – the chance to add significant value to their properties.

The incredible financial benefits of a new roof

You may be actively looking to sell your home, and therefore want to ensure that its roof is in the best possible condition before you put it onto the market. Alternatively, you may have decided to ‘improve rather than move’ in light of the UK’s continued high property prices, and therefore wish to have your current roof replaced or repaired so that it looks the part while also delivering the greatest possible energy efficiency and insulation performance.

Whatever the exact nature of the work that you would like to have carried out on your property’s roof, we can almost certainly do it here at ELC Roofing Ltd! Our well-trained, skilled and experienced roofers can undertake everything from tiling and slating to carpentry work, lead work and loft insulation.

Whether you require us to install a roof made from tile, slate, copper or zinc, as well as whether the property in question is a listed building, church, barn or any other roofed structure, we will carry out the work to the most fastidious professional standards.

Discover the many amazing ways to bolster the price of your property

Even if you don’t intend to move home any time soon or for many years, having your roof replaced can still make plenty of long-term financial sense. According to one recent analysis, roof improvements bring a homeowner an average profit of £2,600 when they come to sell, equating to a 63% return on investment (ROI).

All of this rather begs the question… is a new roof the only way to make your home more valuable for prospective purchasers? The short answer is, definitely not! Indeed, we decided to look ourselves at the many popular ways of adding value to a property, from installing solar panels and introducing an extra bathroom, right through to undertaking a loft conversion and building a conservatory. What improvements bring the greatest financial benefit?

For the results of our analysis, check our informative infographic below. Some of our findings were surprising, while others were much less so. While it might not exactly shock you to learn, for example, that investing in a loft conversion and extra bedroom can add a lot of value to your home, we didn’t expect the figure to be quite as high as 10%. Meanwhile, we discovered that an extra bedroom could add as much as 6% to the value of a property, but also as little as 1%.

Talk to ELC Roofing Ltd about your roof improvement needs!

There are many more home improvements covered in our insightful infographic, including even the likes of a swimming pool and extra parking space. However, if you decide that it is work on your roof that you would like to start with first, you have certainly come to the right place here at ELC Roofing Ltd.

Our seasoned tradesmen know that home improvements like those to your roof are an absolutely vital investment, but that they won’t deliver the added value that you need them to unless they are of the absolute highest quality. So, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us today for a free no-obligation quote for our truly industry-leading roof improvements.

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Born in a Barn: Our Pick of the Top 10 Barn Conversions

March 29th, 2016

Barns aFlatford Mill Pond Farmre those utilitarian buildings that so many of us love to make the focus of our roof rebuilds and refurbishment projects – there’s just something about them that so often oozes charm. To inspire you with your own prospective barn conversion, here are 10 of our personal favourites.





  1. Flatford Mill, Suffolk

This Georgian former watermill near East Bergholt is far from your typical barn conversion, having appeared in a number of paintings by the celebrated British artist John Constable – indeed, it was also once owned by the Constable family.

Although no longer accessible inside by the public, Flatford Mill has since been lovingly restored and remains a working building, by virtue of the residential courses that take place there.

  1. Cosawes Barton, Cornwall

If you can’t exactly enjoy the interior at Flatford Mill as a mere visitor, it’s a very different story at the gorgeous historic estate of Cosawes Barton in the rural village of Ponsanooth, Cornwall.

That’s because the agricultural barns here have been converted into holiday lets that show exceptional attention to detail, elements of traditional rustic preservation being complemented by subtle contemporary touches.

  1. Addingham, West Yorkshire

Head up north, and you can find Overgate Croft Barn in more than two acres of sumptuously landscaped gardens, providing the perfect combination of strong transport links with Leeds and Bradford – courtesy of its closeness to Ilkley – and stunning views over the Wharfe Valley.

  1. Shenley, Hertfordshire

Showing that even the oldest of old barns can be the subject of stellar conversions, this 16th century property has been split into a four-bedroom house and two-bedroom cottage. It offers remarkable character in its large rooms, thanks to the likes of traditional oak panelling, a massive inglenook fireplace and exposed beams and brickwork.

  1. Underhill House, Gloucestershire

If you require any inspiration to save an old barn that you might have presumed to be beyond rescue, you only need to look to this astonishing eco home in an area of outstanding natural beauty.

This derelict 300-year old stone barn in open countryside featured on Channel 4’s Grand Designs, and was an ingenious answer to the difficulties of obtaining planning permission in this delicate location. Indeed, it produces 90% fewer carbon emissions than the average home.

  1. Feering Bury Farm Barn, Essex

Even a very large barn can be given a jaw-dropping new lease of life – this timber-framed barn, with its 16th century central structure and 18th century aisles, now housing a family home and artist studios.

This particular barn is also a demonstration of how incredible modern barn roofing can look, the original roof materials – probably thatch – having been lost many years ago and replaced for the conversion by corrugated material with no visible rooflights, in line with the wishes of local authority conservation officers.

  1. Church Farm Barn, Suffolk

However, barn conversions don’t need to be colossal to turn heads, as shown by this more modest transformation of two Grade II listed barns in a Suffolk village into a charming five-bedroom home that also preserves much of the original buildings’ fabric.

The result is a delightful property that combines time-honoured materials like lime render and oak framing with modern comforts and conveniences such as super-efficient insulation, underfloor heating and an air source heat pump.

  1. Quaker Barns, Norfolk

Again, this complex of farm buildings has been converted into dwellings that you can rent at any time of the year, enabling you to see for yourself the intelligent use of local materials like brick and oak, alongside such recycled resources as fibreglass, car window seals and straw bale.

It’s not exactly the most conventional combination of materials that you will ever find in a barn conversion, but the results certainly wooed us!

  1. Denne Manor Barn, Kent

Surely, barn conversions can’t be state-of-the-art in appearance, even if they could be described that way ‘under the skin’ – after all, wouldn’t that miss the point?

Here’s one barn conversion that might challenge your existing thinking on just how modern-looking such an undertaking can be. Think the very latest computerised light, electrical and audio-visual technology and stunning custom-built glass spiral staircases, which still somehow fit in perfectly with the preserved 17th century structure.

  1. Tile Barn, Oxfordshire

We also love the look of this recently converted Banbury barn, with its huge rooms, pale oak flooring and plentiful natural light on the inside, and five-acre grounds – complete with an oak-fronted car port and workshop – on the outside.

This six-bedroom property is another that embraces the latest technology in just the right ways, incorporating the likes of ceiling-mounted speakers, mood lighting and remote control operated Smarthome wiring.

Has all of the above inspired you? If not, we suspect that nothing will! Get in touch with our experts in barn roofing right here at ELC Roofing Ltd today, and we can soon show you the considerable potential for your own barn conversion.

The Importance of Church Repairs

March 22nd, 2016

The image of churches seems to wax and wane with the times, with particular renewed focus being thrown on their supportive role within their communities during times of crisis, such as natural disasters or terrorist atrocities.abbey church

Contrary to popular perceptions of a decline in organised religion, the number of churches in the UK is thought to have increased in recent years, to more than 50,000. However, with so many of our churches also being older buildings, they can be vulnerable to deterioration without the right regular maintenance and repairs.

If you have responsibility for the upkeep of a church, you may be interested in the following reasons why the right repair work really is critically important.


  1. Churches are particularly vulnerable buildings

Did you know that as of 2007, 45% of all Grade I listed buildings were places of worship? Although not all listed buildings are especially old, their listed status is nonetheless a reflection of both their importance and – in many cases – their vulnerability.

Necessary repairs to listed places of worship are said to cost £185 million a year, according to research by English Heritage, and as many church buildings with especially complicated needs continue to age, that cost is only likely to escalate to even higher levels in the years ahead.

  1. Prevention is much better than cure

There are many problems that can easily develop with the fabric of a church. There may be structural issues, fungal or insect infestations can take root and even previous repairs may turn out to have been a mere ‘quick fix’ failing to slow down a church’s ongoing decay.

Whatever the exact problems that affect your own church, you can be sure that carrying out remedial work at an early stage is far preferable to leaving those issues to deteriorate further, thereby creating the need for much more fundamental rebuilding or even permanent demolition.

  1. Roofing can be a particular problem spot

With so much church roofing having had little attention paid to it since the construction of the building on which it sits, it can also be one of the first parts of a church to exhibit obvious problems.

Thankfully, here at ELC Roofing Ltd, we have a highly skilled, well-qualified and experienced team able to carry out the full range of work that your church’s roofing may require. Our renowned lead workers, tilers, slaters, flat roofers, carpenters and builders can oversee minor church repairs just as confidently as much more extensive roof rebuilds.

  1. Churches play a vital community role

Another reason why church repairs are so important is simply the great importance that the church often has to its community as a whole. In a time of ageing and increasing lonely populations, churches remain a vital source of spiritual refuge.

Even today, churches remain significant venues for all manner of social and community activities, being used by those of every religious allegiance and none.

Here at ELC Roofing Ltd, we possess considerable experience and knowhow in church repairs, with an appreciation of the often highly specialised requirements of places of worship. We have an excellent track record of undertaking repairs to church roofing in such areas as Cambridgeshire, Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex, and eagerly await your call.

Keeping Your House Cool For The Summer Months

March 18th, 2016

House with shuttersAs temperatures and daylight hours gradually edge up, so for many homeowners, the focus is turning from keeping warm to keeping cool. It’s easy to presume that the answer to spring sweltering is to simply crank up the air conditioning, but there is actually a wide range of ways to keep your house cool as we heat towards the height of summer.

Close the windows and draw the curtains

Your instinct on those balmy summer days may be to throw open the windows. But if you really care about keeping cool, the opposite approach is the way to go at the warmest time of day, as it’ll prevent the entrance of hot air into your home. Then, by night, open the windows again for some much-needed cool breeze.

Switch from warm to cold foods

The kitchen generates more heat than any other room in the house, so you might want to avoid using the oven too much. Instead, opt for cold foods like salad, and leave the dishwasher alone in favour of drying your plates in the warm air. If you absolutely insist on cooking, at least place lids on your pans.

Avoid long daytime showers

If there’s one room that can be almost as culpable as the kitchen when it comes to domestic heat generation, it has to be the bathroom – at least when you take those long, hot showers that can produce so much steam and humidity. If, then, there’s any time of year to take swift, cold showers, it is now!

Paint your roof white

It may sound like a slightly drastic method for cooling your home, but the general principle that white reflects heat has informed the colour choice for many a Mediterranean villa, and it could be similarly useful for your own home, too.

That said, as experts in roofing here at ELC Roofing Ltd, we would strongly advise against climbing onto your roof to paint it if you aren’t a professional roofer, for safety reasons above all else. This may make the fitting of white curtains or blinds a more sensible idea.

Invest in roof insulation…

Most of us associate roof insulation with the retention of more heat within a home during the winter, rather than keeping heat out during the summer. However, home insulation can actually be just as effective at keeping your home cool as it is at keeping it warm.

How so? Well, the way insulation works is by slowing the movement of heat between two spaces, so if it’s hot outside, that layer of Triso, Celotex or Rockwool could be just the thing for preventing such heat from getting into your home, meaning that you won’t need to pay so much for air conditioning.

Even better news is that according to the Energy Saving Trust, loft insulation is effective for at least 42 years and should pay for itself many times over – so it really is a great investment for many summers to come.

…or a whole new roof

With every passing year and decade, roofing design and technology are becoming more and more sophisticated, which equates to increasingly energy-efficient homes.

If you are looking into roof rebuilds anyway, you may therefore simply talk to our experts in zinc roofs and all manner of other roofing types here at ELC Roofing Ltd, about a brand new roof that could help to make your property almost as good at keeping out heat during the summer as a brand new home.

Follow the aforementioned tips to help keep your home as cool as possible this summer, and remember – if you think your roofing could be partly at fault for your overheating home, our seasoned professionals here at ELC Roofing Ltd are happy to investigate further and give you the benefit of our informed and impartial advice.

5 of London’s Most Unique Listed Buildings

March 18th, 2016

LondonYou shouldn’t need our experts in roof rebuilds here at ELC Roofing Ltd to tell you that the English capital is a rich focal point for architectural treasures. It should not exactly surprise you, then, to learn that there are 600 listed buildings in the City of London alone, to say nothing of the many thousands to be found across the wider capital.

But everyone knows about the likes of Buckingham Palace and St Paul’s Cathedral. What are the more unusual buildings in the capital that have also been bestowed with listed status?

  1. Victoria Coach Station

Given that most of us who travel in and around London don’t usually stay for long at the capital’s largest coach station, generally being much more interested in boarding our scheduled coach, it’s easy to forget to look up and admire this 1930s Buckingham Palace Road building’s distinctive Art Deco style.

Only in 2014, however, was it finally given listed status, culture minister Ed Vaizey then declaring that it “harks back to another – more stylish, perhaps – era in public transport.”

  1. Trellick Tower

Who could ever forget the sight of this 31-storey North Kensington tower block, designed in the Brutalist style by the man – Erno Goldfinger – whose name later inspired a James Bond villain?

Completed in 1972, the 120-metre (394 foot) tall complex with its unmistakable communications mast was not always popular, but its residences are now highly sought-after, while the wider building has become a cult design icon.

  1. Stockwell Garage

Observers at the time of this 1950s bus garage’s construction would have surely never imagined that it would once be preserved for posterity – but sure enough, in 1988, it was given Grade II* listed status, in acknowledgement of its importance in postwar architectural and engineering history.

When this otherwise unassuming garage was first opened, in fact, it was capable of housing 200 buses and was the largest unsupported roof span in Europe.

  1. No. 78 South Hill Park

We had to include another private residence on this list somewhere, and it’s certainly not one with the most conventional roofing – or the most conventional anything else, for that matter!

No. 78 South Hill Park in Camden was designed by architect Brian Housden as his own family’s home in 1958, and subsequently built between 1963 and 1965. It was an embodiment of his personal vision, incorporating every influence from the then-emerging European modernism to classical and ancient African traditions. It finally became a listed building in November 2014.

  1. Railings to churchyard of St Paul’s Cathedral

Everyone knows about the truly stunning St Paul’s Cathedral, Sir Christopher Wren’s domed masterpiece being nothing less than one of the most iconic buildings in the world – but did you know that the railings outside it have their own separate listed status?

Nor should that be any real shock, given that they are – after all – the original 1714 heavy cast iron railings, making them among the capital’s earliest cast iron railings. They were made at Lamberhurst, Kent and granted well-deserved listed status in 1972.

Perhaps you own one of the many listed buildings to be found in the area of South East England that ELC Roofing Ltd serves, covering the likes of Cambridge, Colchester and Chelmsford, or maybe you would simply like to contact us for guidance related to copper roofs and zinc roofs for your next big property renovation project? Whatever your exact needs in roofing, we can cater for them.

How to Figure Out What is Causing Your Roof Leak

February 12th, 2016

Find out what is causing your roof leakRoof leaks routinely cause immense frustration and worry for homeowners, in part due to the great damage that they can cause to a property if left un-remedied, but also the difficulty of spotting what exactly is causing them.

It’s easy to think that you’ll know you have a roof leak as soon as one occurs – surely, water will be pouring through your ceiling, or there will at least be telltale spots or marks? While the above can be true, it can also be extremely difficult at times to spot that a roof leak is happening at all until it becomes a more serious issue.

Look to the most vulnerable areas first

Don’t presume that the source of your roof leak is necessarily in the same place as the evidence – water can often travel some way down the roofing from the point of entry before showing up through your ceiling. This can make it even tougher to determine a roof leak’s cause.

Nonetheless, one good pointer is to focus first on the most commonly vulnerable areas of a roof, such as at the joints around your roofing flashings and sealants.

Frequently check the seals around the perimeter of your roof, as it is these that tend to take the most punishment from adverse weather, due to the vulnerability for weak spots to develop where there is a change from one roofing material to another.

What else could be causing your roof leak?

Sometimes, you only need to step outside to identify the obvious cause of a roof leak, such as missing roof tiles. However, in most cases, it takes much more effort to pinpoint the exact point at which water is penetrating your roofing.

Complicating the matter is the fact that water staining on ceilings doesn’t always have anything to do with the roof at all – it may be condensation, for example, although this will still require attention, so it is helpful to be able to distinguish between the two causes.

If condensation is to blame, the offending stain will take the form of a series of small circles, generally white in the middle and darker on the outside, and located on the ceiling near an exterior wall – such as in the corner of a room. Leak water stains, meanwhile, can surface anywhere on the ceiling and tend to present in a concentric ring pattern, with the darkest ring in the centre and the lightest circles on the outside.

Get in touch with us about your roofing worries

Even with all of this guidance, however, it can be very difficult and time-consuming to locate the source of a roof leak in your home. That’s why so many homeowners turn immediately to a roofing specialist like ELC Roofing Ltd.

We employ highly professional and qualified personnel who know the most vulnerable spots on a roof and can therefore quickly pick out the source of a problem, in addition to providing suitably tailored guidance on what to do next.

Call ELC Roofing Ltd today for help with your own roof leak!

Technological Advances in Roofing

February 8th, 2016

Technological Advances in RoofingOf all of the sectors to have been impacted by the steady march of technology, roofing might not be the most obvious – and yet, it might just be among the most profound.

Our brilliantly trained, knowledgeable and seasoned roofers here at ELC Roofing Ltd are well placed to appreciate that – after all, we deal with many such technologies every day as part of our regular services for homeowners like you!

So, without further ado, here are a few of the recent technological developments that no one involved in roof rebuilds has been able to ignore.

Materials for the solar age

Solar power has never been more ‘in vogue’ than it is now, as is clear from the frequency with which roofs now incorporate solar panels.

However, there have been so many more ways in the last few years in which roofing specialists have come to better harness the sun’s rays, from tile solar roofing and solar shingles to photovoltaic roofing systems and modules. Such measures have helped to reduce energy bills for families around the world.

A broader range of colours

Whereas  in the past, the colour of your roof was dictated simply by what colour your chosen roofing material came in, technological advances have now enabled a broader choice of hues to be offered.

Many homeowners are now even opting for a roof colour on the basis of how much heat it absorbs from the sun, with darker colours tending to absorb more, and lighter shades less. But even in areas where the sun (or lack of it) is less of an issue, such expanded choice certainly allows homeowners to flaunt their individuality through their abode.

Flat roofs are getting sophisticated

Long gone are the days when flat roofs were nasty things that harboured puddles of damaging standing water and were only associated with cheap prefabricated buildings. Today, technology has helped to make flat roofs – already increasingly desirable due to their low cost and ease of installation – a more popular option than ever.

Just ask our experts here at ELC Roofing about the up-to-the-minute felt roofs that we now provide, courtesy of our three layer torch-on system that uses ICOPAL Lasergold mineral. This solution is combined with high tensile polyester reinforcements and low melt SBS bitumen modifications to deliver a life expectancy of up to 20 years.

Never underestimate our contemporary roofing!

Even if you are most interested in our staffers’ expertise in seemingly more traditional zinc roofs or copper roofs, we can provide you with unashamedly modern, high quality products as part of the most up-to-date service.

Simply get in touch with our team here at ELC Roofing Ltd for more information on how we really can bring you tomorrow’s roofing solutions today.

The Benefits of a Roof Rebuild

February 3rd, 2016

Benefits of a new roofA good roof above our heads is one of those things that most of us probably don’t appreciate until it is suddenly no longer there. There are also many reasons why your roofing can fail, such as an especially adverse weather event, a leak that quickly deteriorates into a bigger problem or even just general wear and tear.

Whatever – for what reasons should you contact our experts in roof rebuilds about not just having some minor repair work carried out, but your roof entirely replaced?


Sometimes, homeowners simply dislike the look of their roofing and would like to give it a visual overhaul. Perhaps the materials chosen for the roof by a previous owner did not fit the appearance that you would like to give your property now, or maybe various repair jobs over the years have resulted in a mismatching ‘patchwork quilt’ of tiles? In these circumstances, you may decide to start afresh – remembering that an impressive-looking roof will also help to sell your home quicker.

Home value

Related to the aforementioned point, new roofing can add significantly to the price that you fetch for your house when you come to sell. A brand new roof has immense ‘kerb appeal’, but as with other major home improvements like loft conversions or house extensions, you will need to ensure that any roof rebuild has been done well, by the most reputable roofing specialists, in order to see the benefit. Nonetheless, according to peer-to-peer platform Zopa, a new roof could give you £2,600 profit and a 63% return on investment.


Sometimes, roofing can simply deteriorate to the point where the safety of the building’s occupants is imperilled. Do you want yourself or members of your family to be vulnerable to an outright roof collapse while they are inside the home, or even to flying tiles or debris while they are standing outside the house? A roof rebuild gives you vital peace of mind in this regard.

Energy efficiency

With every passing year, the materials that are used in roof rebuilds are becoming steadily more energy efficient – and that’s before we even mention the further advantages in this regard of loft insulation. Here at ELC Roofing Ltd, we are proud to offer Triso, Celotex and Rockwool insulation options. Still unsure? Read this Energy Saving Trust guide to how much money loft insulation can save you.

Saved money

Old roofs in particular may require constant repair work if you are to keep them up to scratch, the costs of which can easily add up to more than that of a whole new roof. So, why not just get that roof rebuild done so that you don’t need to think about much additional repair or maintenance work for potentially decades to come?

From zinc roofs to copper roofs, our well-qualified, skilled and experienced personnel possess the in-depth knowhow in different roof types that is required to undertake the widest range of roof rebuilds without a hitch. Give them a call now to discuss your own property’s individual requirements.

Flat and Felt Roofs: Pros & Cons

February 3rd, 2016

flat roofDeciding on the right roofing type for your property can sometimes be very easy, with certain circumstances potentially dictating your choice of, for example, zinc or copper. But on other occasions, you might have to choose between roof types that differ markedly from each other.

This is very much the case when our customers need to choose between felt roofs and flat roofs. The two are not direct opposites of each other – for example, felt is routinely used on a flat roof – but it is nonetheless instructive to know the differences between the two and their respective advantages and disadvantages.

What do you need to know about flat roofs?

Before you ask, it’s true that the very term ‘flat roofing’ can be something of a misnomer, with even ‘flat’ roofs tending to have a several-degree pitch so that rainwater can drain off them.

Whether flat roofs really are entirely flat or incorporate a slight incline, they are less complicated, labour-intensive and expensive than pitched roofs, which also enables them to be installed much quicker and be walked on more safely than pitched roofs.

However, such roofs also come with certain clear disadvantages compared to their pitched counterparts. Their flatness can cause them to take more of a beating from the weather, shortening their lifespan, while they can also be susceptible to leaking and require more monitoring and maintenance in general than pitched roofs, due to such hazards as debris, water and clogged drainage systems.

The advantages and disadvantages of felt roofs

Roofing felt has existed for more than one hundred years, and was originally conceived as a form of temporary waterproofing for a roof after the removal of shingles. However, felt has become increasingly widely recognised as a fine roofing material in and of itself.

Advantages of felt include the reliable moisture barrier that it provides between the underlying wood decking and (should you specify them) the overlying shingles, as well as the wide range of widths and colours that you can select from here at ELC Roofing Ltd, including red, green, grey, white and blue/purple.

Indeed, the ICOPAL Lasergold mineral that we use as our own felt is laid in three layers to maximise durability, in addition to being insurance-backed and guaranteed for 15-20 years. Such measures as the use of high tensile polyester reinforcements with low melt SBS bitumen modifications help to allay probably the most common worry people have about felt roofs: that they simply won’t last long enough to be worth the money.

Ask us for advice on the best roofing type for you

Like other roofing types, flat roofs and felt roofs undoubtedly have certain pros and cons that you will need to carefully consider in the context of your own property. Nonetheless, a torch-on felting system like ours makes sense for even older flat roofs.

If you have any questions about the suitability of certain structure or material options in respect of your own individual requirements, simply contact ELC Roofing Ltd’s experts in roof rebuilds for more tailored guidance.

Why a Roof Rebuild Can Help When Selling a Property

January 20th, 2016

roof tilesWhen you are looking to sell a property, chances are that you will hear from all kinds of sources – friends, family, maybe websites like this one – about things that will help to boost its value and make it easier to sell.

Sometimes, though, you don’t have the luxury of considering a glamorous kitchen refurbishment or loft conversion to increase your home’s allure to prospective buyers, as there may be rather more fundamental, basic repairs to carry out.

One such, highly visible part of your property that may need to be repaired or replaced prior to selling is the roofing. Sure, if there is a gaping hole in your roof, getting in touch with a roof rebuilds specialist like ELC Roofing Ltd is obviously a good idea – but what about situations that are slightly more ambiguous?

Never underestimate the impact of roof rebuilds

As aforementioned, there are definitely more exciting major improvement projects that can be carried out on your house than a roof rebuild – or at least, that is what most homeowners probably think. Here at ELC Roofing Ltd, we suspect that one look at some of the gorgeous zinc roofs and copper roofs that we have rebuilt in the past might be enough to change your mind!

Nonetheless, even if you struggle to get excited about the idea of new roofing, you should certainly take an interest, given that a worse-for-wear roof can quickly become a negotiating point in any sale.

Are there circumstances in which I should sell ‘as is’?

Contrary to widespread perceptions, it certainly isn’t impossible to sell a home with a roof that has seen better days, but much depends on a wide range of factors – not least the nature of the damage itself. Even a seemingly tiny hole in your roof can quickly deteriorate, drawing the elements into your home and even – in a worst case scenario – potentially making your attic structurally unsafe.

If, however, your roofing is structurally fine, with any deterioration being largely cosmetic, you may decide to simply advertise your home at a lower price that takes into account the cost of a rebuild or ongoing maintenance.

Talk to us about a comprehensive roof rebuild

In many circumstances, however, it really is well worthwhile to have your roofing replaced so that you can compete equally with other selling homeowners in the local area. A property that has had its roofing completely rebuilt by a highly capable specialist firm like ELC Roofing Ltd looks incredible and will give your buyer that all-important additional peace of mind.

With your home’s roof being one of its most prominent and important parts, a highly extensive and professional roof rebuild can bring you a much better return on your investment than you might think. Get in touch with ELC Roofing Ltd today about a replacement roof that will really show off your home to maximum advantage when you put it on the market.

Preventative Maintenance For Roofing

January 15th, 2016

Moss on roofAlthough a good roof can last for 20 years or more – indeed, in some cases, even a lifetime – its lifespan is likely to be much longer if it is maintained appropriately. Sometimes, even the smallest maintenance touches can make a big difference to preventing more substantial, longer-term problems.

This is very much the principle of preventative maintenance. With full roof rebuilds tending to cost many thousands of pounds, you don’t necessarily need to do much to get maximum value for money from your home’s roofing.

You can start within and outside your home…

A big part of effective preventative maintenance for roofing is simply checking your roof often, so that you can contact a roofing repair specialist like ELC Roofing Ltd to provide a suitably quick and professional remedy for any problems that you spot.

Start by grabbing some binoculars and observing your roof from ground level or a neighbouring property for any obvious visual signs of problems, such as sagging gutters, missing or damaged tiles, growing moss or leaning chimneys.

Don’t forget to look down, too, for pieces of broken tile or other debris on the ground, as well as to head into your loft and check for any daylight penetration, as can occur in the event of missing or damaged covering or flashings.

What else should I know, do or look out for?

Performing the aforementioned roof inspection twice a year should be enough to pinpoint and address the majority of common roofing problems before they become serious. Not all apparent issues – such as leaning chimney stacks – necessarily require actual repair, although you should always seek the advice of an expert to be sure.

There are various other things that you can look out for, such as detached hips ridges and flashings, as can occur in windy weather if pointing hasn’t been maintained – so watch for signs of mortar droppings in gutters or gullies.

Meanwhile, if you use a fuel fire, you may also want to keep an eye out for smoke escaping from the base of pots or through brickwork – for which pointing and reflaunching may be required.

Remember: safety first!

One of the problems with preventative roofing maintenance is that there’s only so much the layperson can usually do. The use of quick-fix materials or unskilled labour can so easily make a problem worse rather than better, and then there’s the personal safety angle.

A job like cleaning out your guttering, for instance, may be a DIY job if you are able to get up a ladder – fixing the top of the ladder to a point at height and having someone foot it at all times – but if you are at all in doubt, we would always advise that you entrust the work to a team of professionals.

Such professionals certainly do not come more experienced or qualified than those here at ELC Roofing Ltd! We really do mean it when we say that “no small is too big or small”, so don’t hesitate to contact our friendly team for your full range of roofing preventative maintenance needs.

Roofing: The Truth About Leaks

January 10th, 2016

roof leak in the rainLeaking roofs are an understandable subject of consternation for many UK homeowners, particularly as they can be difficult to spot until they become a more serious problem – to say nothing of how hard it can be to ascertain the cause.

The ELC Roofing Ltd team therefore thought that it would compile an article on the most important things that you need to know about roof leaks.

Do roof leaks necessarily indicate a problem at all?

There is inevitably a spate of roofing leaks reported in local areas whenever especially heavy rainfall strikes, and sure enough, it’s not completely unheard-of for leaks to occur even when there’s nothing strictly wrong with the roof.

Real slates and some old clay tiles, for instance, are not absolutely impermeable. Tiled and slated roofs work on the basis that as long as the pitch at which they are laid is sufficient, most of the water will run off, with the modest amount that the tiles absorb drying out once the rain stops.

It’s also far from impossible for your roof to leak if it simply rains too hard for your gutters to be able to efficiently dispose of the resultant volumes of water.

The problems that could give rise to a roof leak

However, it is also vital to appreciate that a roof leak – especially if it is serious enough for you to actually notice it – certainly can indicate a problem that needs to be swiftly remedied if it is not to eventually pose a more serious threat to the very structural integrity of your roofing.

When it rains, most of the water that falls on a home should be repelled by the roof tiles and slates, and even in the event of strong winds causing water to find its way underneath the tiles, the underlay should carry it away to the guttering. However, if underlay is continually exposed to rain over time, it can eventually rot and ultimately fail, causing a roof leak.

Your roofing’s underlay can come under particular pressure from rain in areas where tiles or slates have slipped, especially given the tendency for pools of water to build up where the tile or slate once was.

The cause of a roof leak isn’t always obvious

However, roof leaks have also been attributed in the past to the likes of damaged roof junctions, lean-to extensions and even condensation. While the latter does not directly damage your roofing, condensation forming on the underside of the tiles or underlay in a badly ventilated roof space can eventually turn into water droplets leaking through your ceiling.

As you can see from the above, roof leaks can happen for all manner of reasons and have all kinds of effects, which is why it is so important to get in touch with a roofing professional – like those of ELC Roofing Ltd – as soon as you spot the telltale signs.

Our seasoned and qualified experts will work closely with you to help identify the exact cause of a roof leak so that the appropriate – and only the appropriate – remedial action can be quickly carried out.

How Do I Know Whether I Need a Zinc Roof or a Copper Roof?

January 5th, 2016

roof plateWith so many different options available for a metal roof, it’s understandable that you may have a hard time deciding between a zinc roof and a copper one.

Here at ELC Roofing Ltd, we are continually asked about the comparative benefits and disadvantages of these two roofing materials in particular, so we decided to put together a quick guide to hopefully ease your decision.

What do I need to know about zinc roofs?

It isn’t difficult to understand the appeal of zinc roofs – for starters, they look simply stunning, not least given the wide range of finishes that we can supply here at ELC Roofing Ltd, from natural grey and blue/grey to graphite, anthracite and quartz.

The sheer versatility of zinc as a building material is also undoubted, it frequently being formed into spectacular shapes and curves and used as flashing around dormer windows and chimneys. Zinc is also extremely durable to the point of being self-healing, the material recovering over time if it is scratched. Hardly any maintenance is needed for zinc, which is also recyclable and very long-lasting.

With no obvious disadvantages as a roofing material, we would always strongly recommend zinc.

So, why might I choose a copper roof instead?

It’s no surprise that homeowners often struggle to decide between copper roofs and zinc ones, given the many advantages that the former shares with the latter, even if those advantages manifest in slightly different ways.

Copper, like zinc, boasts incredible longevity as a roofing material, potentially amounting to hundreds of years. As you might therefore expect, durability is another strong suit – there are hardly any materials that we can think of that resist damage quite as strongly, with the weathering of the roof over time causing it to develop a protective patina or shield against the elements.

If there’s just one reason why you might opt for copper instead of zinc, it is surely the former’s astonishingly unique appearance, its initial gorgeous golden hue giving way over time to a distinguished green, aged look.

As for why you may go for zinc rather than copper… well, the latter is admittedly extremely expensive, although the biggest fans of copper would insist that you get what you pay for.

Do you need help with choosing the right roofing material?

ELC Roofing Ltd’s informed and experienced professionals know what big jobs roof rebuilds are – after all, they carry out them out every day. If you are unsure of the right roofing material for your own property, simply get in touch with us now for more suitably tailored advice and guidance.

How Do I Know Whether I Need To Upgrade My Guttering?

January 5th, 2016

broken gutteringYour gutters are very much ‘unsung heroes’ of your home, playing a crucial role in diverting water away from your property’s windows, doors, exterior walls and foundations. Without guttering, you would probably have much more to worry about with regard to water damage in and around your home.

It is for precisely these reasons that you should take seriously the condition and maintenance of your guttering. The failure to repair or replace guttering that has deteriorated could land you with such much bigger problems as the erosion of your home’s landscaping, rotting fascias and interior flooding due to poor drainage, so get in touch with ELC Roofing Ltd today if you see any of the following signs.

Paint peeling or signs of rust

While cast iron gutters offer amazing longevity, they do need to be painted regularly to ward off the threat of rusting. Fail to do this, and you may eventually see indications of peeling paint and the telltale flecks of orange rust. These could also be signs of other problems, such as cracking, as they often occur in the first place due to longstanding water in the gutter.

Cracks or splits

You might think that a small crack in your gutter can be left alone, but unfortunately, that small crack can very quickly become a big one that wreaks havoc on not just the gutter itself, but also your roof tiles, fascia boards behind the gutters and even the foundations of your home.


Whereas you may need a ladder to even notice many of the other guttering issues on this list, any sagging or pulling away from the house should be obvious from the ground. These problems tend to occur when the gutters become full of water and consequently weighed down.

If it is not just a section, but the entire guttering system that seems to be suffering such problems, there may be issues with improper draining or blockage-causing debris that will force you to reconsider the suitability of your whole guttering design.

Water damage, pools of water or mildew

Can you see water damage or marks beneath your gutter that may indicate overflowing or leaking water? What about pools of water or signs of mildew around the foundations of your property?

These can all suggest that your guttering is damaged or functioning improperly, so if you want to avoid the much bigger headache of a far more substantial repair or replacement being needed at a later stage, you are advised to take action straight away.

From fascias and soffits to downpipes and bargeboards, as well as – of course – the zinc, cast iron or aluminium guttering itself, here at ELC Roofing Ltd, we can carry out the full range of guttering repair and replacement services for homes in such areas as Cambridge, Ipswich and Colchester. So, don’t hesitate to get in touch for a swift and professional remedy to your own guttering problem!

Telltale Signs Your Roof Needs Refurbishment

December 10th, 2015

roof refurbOf all of the parts of your home that need to be checked regularly and remedied if anything is amiss, the roof may just be the most important of all, given the protection that it gives you against the elements. Here are some of the biggest indications that it’s time to call our fully-qualified roofing professionals here at ELC Roofing Ltd.

It’s simply too old!

From thatched and copper roofing to slate and zinc roofing, there are many different types of roofing out there, each subject to different lifespans. However, as a general rule, when a roof reaches between 20 and 30 years of age, you will need to be especially vigilant to signs that it needs to be replaced.

Water damage

You might be surprised by how much damage water can wreak on your roof structure, which may eventually become unstable and susceptible to collapse, thereby endangering you and your family. As soon as you see the signs of extensive water penetration of your roof structure, you will know it is time for an out-and-out replacement.

Missing roof tiles

Even just one missing tile from your roof enables water to reach into the roof structure, potentially significantly weakening it. Extreme weather events can cause particular problems in this regard, with strong winds potentially ripping off weak or old roof tiles and heavily rainfall damaging the inside of your roof structure.

Shingle granules

It isn’t always easy to ascertain the condition of your home’s roof from the outside, but the guttering may offer some clues. Shingle granules – which resemble grains of sand – indicate that your roof tiles have become significantly worn down and may even be disintegrating. If that’s the case, you shouldn’t hesitate to request a full roof replacement.

Sunlight visible from the loft

You shouldn’t need us to tell you that this is a bad sign, given that any sunlight reaching into your roof structure also suggests that snow, rain or the simple cold could do the same. If it’s a small hole, you might be able to patch it, but if it is larger, the roof is especially old or there are signs of structural damage, you may be best advised to replace the roofing altogether.

The whole roof is sagging

A sagging roof can be an alarming sight, and although it doesn’t necessarily pose imminent danger, it does indicate a fundamental structural issue, such as with your attic decking or the supports in the foundation. Whatever cause you may suspect, you should get it checked out quickly, as sagging roofing will only become even more difficult to deal with if it deteriorates.

Take swift action when you see any of these signs by contacting ELC Roofing Ltd’s seasoned experts in roof rebuilds, and you can have the problem fixed all the sooner while protecting your roof structure and the safety of you and your family.

New Year, New Roof

December 10th, 2015

roofing tilesThe New Year is when many of us traditionally come up with our ‘resolutions’ for the 12 months ahead. These tend to be in reference to such long-held ambitions and dreams as getting fit, taking a course, clearing debt, getting that dream job… or replacing our home’s roofing.

Hold on a minute… replacing our home’s roofing? Yes, that’s right, some people really do aspire to bring in the New Year in style with a new roof for their humble abode, and it’s a much easier dream to make a reality than you might think.

Could I really have a new roof this January?

Whereas getting fit or switching job requires considerable motivation and effort, professional roof rebuilds entail very little work from you. Indeed, it is advisable not to carry out any such work at all, other than determining your need for a new roof before calling actual roofing experts like those of ELC Roofing Ltd.

Some people wonder about the logic of having zinc, slate or copper roofing installed at this time of year. But when you think about it, it’s actually perfectly logical for many of us.

Let’s imagine, for example, that you suddenly discover a hole in your roof from the attic, along with a damp patch or water staining. With the cold winds, rain and snow that are so typical at this time of year, you will have plenty of opportunity to observe such damp patches or other signs to determine the extent of any developing situation.

You might need to have a new roof this January

More importantly than that, though, is that you might have to take swift action to prevent any further deterioration in the condition of your roofing and its underlying structure.

By the time the spring or summer roll around, your roof may be sagging, more roof tiles may have been lost and in a worse-case scenario, a weakened structure may be prone to collapse – thereby posing a real danger to you and your family.

Any thoughts of practical matters making it harder for your roof to be replaced – for example, bad weather hampering workmen – may therefore have to be abandoned in favour of simply getting the all-important work done.

Contact ELC Roofing Ltd about your ‘New Year roof’

In any case, you can rest assured that our roofing experts are just the people to ‘get the all-important work done’. We have extensive experience in undertaking all manner of roof rebuilds of various levels of scale and ambition, with our work also encompassing everything from the erection of scaffolding and skip hire to the disposal of materials.

Whatever type of roofing and other requirements your property has or requires, when you desire a ‘New Year roof’, there’s only one company to contact: ELC Roofing Ltd.

Affected by Winter Storms? We Can Help

December 10th, 2015

snow on roofWe may not be as used to really vigorous winter storms here in the UK as many of our counterparts across the Atlantic are, but that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t be aware of the considerable havoc that they can wreak with your roofing.

Blighty being Blighty, winter storms often hit us when we least expect it, and whether they take the form of snow blizzards, intense hailstones, pelting rain or even just gale force winds, they can easily exacerbate existing, perhaps thus-far hidden problems with your roofing, in addition to potentially causing new ones.

How can you protect your roofing against the worst?

When you hear that your area is set to see heavy snow or a strong blizzard, there are certain things that you can do to protect the rest of your home, such as covering the garden plants and making sure your gardening tools are locked up in the shed or garage.

But what can you do to protect your roof? Not much – it’s very much your home’s first point of contact with the elements, so the best that you can do is regularly inspect it to make sure that any problems are swiftly remedied, instead of being allowed to deteriorate into a more fundamental issue that could actually imperil the safety of you and your family.

The very real dangers that winter storms can pose

Winter weather can pose particular dangers to your copper, slate or zinc roofing that don’t necessarily apply at other times of year. Sitting snow on a roof, for instance, can be very heavy, and therefore very dangerous to your roof structure if it has already been weakened over the rest of the year.

This is why it is so important to carry out an annual winter inspection of your roofing, from both the inside and outside. When observing from the outside, pay attention to the guttering as well as the actual roof, for signs of worn-down tiles such as shingle granules, which look like grains of sand.

An internal inspection, meanwhile, will allow you to spot any holes that could be worsened by melting snow leaking through. Even once the winter has passed, problems with your roofing can emerge gradually, so don’t forget to inspect it again during the spring.

Request our help with your roofing!

If there’s any company that knows about all things roofing, it is most definitely ELC Roofing Ltd. Our experienced tradesmen undertake the complete range of work relating to roofing, from the installation of roof insulation to comprehensive roof rebuilds.

You shouldn’t hesitate, therefore, to get in touch with our professionals if you have any concerns about the condition of your roof after recent winter storms. We can investigate your roof, suggest any remedies that may be required and carry out all of the actual work to the very highest standard.

Keeping You Warm This Winter: We’ve Got You Covered

November 25th, 2015

In our comfortable modern world, it’s often easy to forget how much we rely upon the roofs above our heads, especially when winter comes around. Unfortunately, our dependence can come flooding back should anything go wrong during the frosty winter months, so make sure you take advantage of our services to ensure that you’re completely covered.


Rain, snow, and sleet are all common weather conditions during the winter, and each one can contribute to issues of damp. Heavier rainfall often means that your roof is tested like never before, and both ice and snow can easily build up. Unfortunately, that ice and snow will melt when heat comes through your roof.

If moisture penetrates it can seriously damage the roof’s structural integrity, often leading to mould and rot. Let us take a look at yours – particularly if you notice any loose tiles – to make sure this doesn’t happen.



The weather isn’t the only thing from which your roof takes a beating. When winter comes, small animals and insects begin to seek out any cracks, holes, or areas of rot where they can hunker down and wait out the season, and they’re particularly good at finding those spaces in your roof.

This can cause a surprising amount of damage. Insects will quickly infest the home, while larger creatures will make cracks and holes bigger and bring additional materials inside the structure. Another good reason to ensure that your roof is in good condition.

Wildlife on Roof

Ice and Snow

Your roof should have been designed to withstand the additional weight of snow. However, it’s worth remembering that problems can still occur. Structural failuresdue to snow can occur when snowfall is excessive, the workmanship was inferior, or due to inadequate drainage.  Remember, climate change is making heavy snowfall during the UK winter harder to predict.

If any of these problems have made your roof less able to handle the weight of snow and ice, it will be in danger of breaking this winter. Call in a professional if you’re concerned.

 Snow on Roof

A roofing problem during winter can fill your home with cold air and moisture, a situation that no homeowner wants to risk. If you’re not 100% confident in the quality of your roof, contact one of the team at ELC Roofing today.

Barn roofs vs flat roofs: pros & cons

November 18th, 2015

When you are considering the roofing option that would best suit your own property, you will need to consider a wide range of factors. Some of these will likely relate to your specific individual circumstances, such as your budget and appearance preferences, but there are also many more universal parameters that you will need to think about when selecting a particular type of roof.

If, for example, you are contemplating the choice of a barn roof or flat roof, you may wish to read these pros and cons first.

Barn roofing – the ‘traditional’ look

There is, of course, no universally accepted measure of what shape a barn roof should take, although when most people refer to such a roof, they are referring to the more traditional ‘pitched’ roof design.

This form of roofing – characterised by its multiple slopes rising to meet at a point – has the obvious advantage of creating lots of usable space in the attic area. A well-constructed pitched roof will also probably last much longer than a flat roof, while its appearance may help it to better blend in with any nearby buildings of a more time-honoured style.

On the negative side, however, the more complicated design of pitched roofs – necessitating additional building materials and man-hours – does tend to add significantly to their expense when compared to flat roofs.

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Why you may – or may not – consider a flat roof

A flat roof may appeal to you even for a barn, not least on account of its sheer low cost, with both the materials and labour required being much lower than is the case for a pitched roof.

You also have a lot of material options for a flat roof – here at ELC Roofing Ltd, we use a three layer torch-on system (ICOPAL Lasergold mineral) that is guaranteed for 15-20 years, which is a good lifespan for a flat roof, albeit somewhat less than that of a typical well-made pitched roof.

Flat roofing is often chosen for smaller structures like dormers, porches, garages and extensions, and although many people fear that their flat roof will hold too much standing water, in practice, many flat roofs are actually slightly pitched in order to avoid this.

Does that last fact mean that deciding between a traditional pitched barn roof and a more contemporary-looking flat roof isn’t as black-and-white a choice as you might think? Perhaps. If you are finding it difficult to decide which roofing option would make the most sense for your building, feel free to contact our experts here at ELC Roofing Ltd at any time for the most tailored advice.

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Four Common Gutter Problems & How to Solve Them

November 4th, 2015

The gutters might seem like a fairly insignificant part of your house, but a small problem with them could lead to serious issues with the rest of the building. That’s why you should always keep an eye out for these common problems, sorting them out as soon as possible to avoid serious damage further down the line.

  1. Clogged Gutters

This is probably the most common problem of all. Even properly constructed gutters can become clogged with leaves, twigs, and subsequently with standing water. The excess weight quickly creates enough strain to make your gutters sag and begin to pull away from the fascia.

Luckily, this problem can be avoided by simply cleaning the gutters at least once a year, or twice a year if you happen to live near lots of trees. This can be done alone, although it’s often safer to call a professional if your roof is particularly high or your gutters reach into lots of corners.

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  1. Poorly Pitched Gutters

Gutters need around a quarter inch of slope every 10 feet to keep water flowing properly. If you notice that they seem to be clogged or sagging, but you’ve already cleared away debris, get a ladder and check for standing water. If it’s there, the gutters probably aren’t pitched properly.

Correcting this by yourself can be tricky and time-consuming, so it’s almost always going to be better to call in a professional.

  1. Leaking Gutters

Leaking can occur due to poorly sealed joints or holes in the tubing itself – though the former is more likely. All you need is some caulking on the joint in order to make it watertight once again, a task that can be easily completed by yourself.

Small holes can be similarly sealed, but larger ones will often require the replacement of a whole section.

  1. Sagging Gutters

If standing water and collected debris aren’t a problem, sagging is normally caused by a problem with the hangers. Hangers secure the gutter to the fascia, but they can become deteriorated over time. Additionally, they may have been spaced too far apart to support the full weight of your gutters.

Luckily, hangers and fasteners are quite cheap, although this is a more complex job that normally demands the attention of a professional.



Remember, gutters perform a vital role, so it’s always important to keep them in a good condition.

How We Can Help Your Leadwork Needs

October 11th, 2015

Lead sheeting is among the oldest of roofing materials, and it’s still used today due to its superb durability and ability to be worked into all kinds of shapes. In fact, it’s been known to last over 200 years when laid down correctly, and can still be seen on older buildings such as churches, cathedrals, and castles.

Today, leadwork is used even for residential houses, being fitted around certain areas in order to provide additional protection against the elements and an aesthetically pleasing appearance. However, faults can arise when certain rules of good practice are ignored, or when the professional responsible has failed to develop a strong understanding of the material.


Luckily, ELC Roofing employs only the finest construction professionals; each one of our teamisfully skilled in both lead bossing and burning (welding) and has achieved an NVQ in leadwork. They can provide assistance whether your current leadwork is in need of attention or if you need completely new leadwork added to your property.

If your current leadwork is in need of repair, our team boasts the experience and knowledge necessary to diagnose the problem and make an appropriate recommendation. If the leadwork is in mostly good condition with only a few minor problems, then it is usually easy enough to repair what is there. More serious or extensive issues will necessitate the replacement of the leadwork. Our team will be able to decide which option is best, and will also be able to assess whether any adjacent materials require additional work.

These skilled tradespeople have gained experience working with lead dormers, gullies, lead flat roofs, front aprons, back gutters, cladding, capping, flashings, valleys, bell towers, spires, and welding. With such a comprehensive level of expertise, we guarantee that they’ll be able to complete your job to the highest possible standard.

Remember, working with leadwork is always going to be tricky, so it is never something you should adopt a ‘Do it Yourself’ attitude for. If you notice any signs that your property’s leadwork might be in need of professional attention – such as signs of corrosion or rusting – don’t delay in contacting one of the team at ELC Roofing today. We’ll discuss the issue, send a professional tradesperson to diagnose the issue, and then see that the job is completed as quickly as possible without sacrificing reliability.

The largest roof repair in history

September 25th, 2015

While there is no official record for the biggest roofing repair that the world has ever seen, we’ve certainly not heard of any larger roof rebuilds than that seen in New Orleans in the United States, following the devastation of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The repair in question was undertaken to the mammoth 273-foot dome of the iconic Louisiana Superdome, the home of the New Orleans Saints American football team.

Now officially the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, the venue – which was first opened in 1975 – has played host to plenty of local highs and lows down the years, including not only such sports as football, baseball and basketball, but also performances by celebrated musicians like the O’Jays, Earth, Wind & Fire, The Allman Brothers and Al Hirt. The dome was also used as a shelter from two previous hurricanes, Hurricane Georges in 1988 and Hurricane Ivan in 2004.


While the stadium proved robust to the weather on these past occasions, when Hurricane Katrina struck, the high winds peeled off a large section of its outer covering, exposing the concrete underneath. This necessitated the closure of the stadium a few days later for a year of repairs. More than 100 roofers were called upon to carry out a rebuild costing $32 million in materials and labour – certainly more impressive figures than we have seen for any other roof repair in history!

Over more than 10 months, 10,463 pieces of metal decking were applied to the Superdome, the roof being covered with half a million gallons of foam and five layers of polyurethane paint – two layers of grey primer, then three layers of white polyurethane – sprayed on the roof to restore its familiar white topping. With little rain occurring during the critical May and June period, bad weather accounted for a mere six days’ lost work, allowing for all of the heavy labour to be done by the end of June.


While officials considered painting the roof a new colour to symbolise its post-Katrina recovery, after listening to architects and the management company concerned that a darker roof would absorb a greater amount of heat and drive up energy bills, they eventually settled on the traditional white. At least as important, however, was the redesign of the roofing to withstand even the most intense hurricane winds.

The monumental scale of the roof replacement has led to it being described as the Mount Everest of roof rebuilds – and here at ELC Roofing Ltd., we would certainly struggle to disagree with that!

How do I know if I need a roof repair?

September 18th, 2015

It’s easy to overlook problems with your roof, probably because you simply aren’t used to paying much attention to this part of the home.

Often, you will only realise the need for repairs to your roofing when it has reached a dire state – so what can you do to pick out the signs of impending disaster, and what are those signs that require you to get on the phone to a roof rebuilds specialist like ELC Roofing Ltd.?

Check your roofing regularly

First of all, never underestimate the importance of periodically keeping an eye on your roof.

Not only does spotting damage early mean that you can order the remedial action necessary to prevent much greater expense at a later date, but in more extreme cases, a poorly maintained roof could even cave in on you – not a danger that you should be exposing yourself or your family to.


Problems with tiled vs flat roofs  

The exact signs that you need to look out for can differ depending on the type of roof that your property has. If your building has a tiled roof, damp or leaks are possibly the most obvious signs from the inside, potentially indicating a slipped or cracked tile.

Tiles blowing off your roof can enable water to penetrate the underlying felt, potentially leading to much greater damage – hence, the need to take action as soon as you identify an issue. A missing tile also increases the likelihood of more tiles being lost in high winds.

If your property has a flat roof, meanwhile, you should keep an eye out for such signs as cracking or splitting around the edges, sagging or damp patches on the ceiling – the latter possibly indicating a tear to the roof.

Other issues that may arise

Water damage is a sufficiently vague symptom as to be conceivably caused by something other than your roof – rainwater simply blowing in from an open window, for instance. However, such is the further damage that can quickly occur if it is indeed your roof to blame, you should be sure to check the roof straight away.

The need for repair work may also be indicated by such symptoms as the growth of moss or mould, light coming in from the roof, loose roof tiles, debris in gutters or damage to flashing, which is the material surrounding protruding roof objects like chimneys.

If you are in any way unsure as to whether a particular issue could be specifically attributed to your roof, you are welcome to get in touch with our capable and experienced roofers here at ELC Roofing Ltd. for more personalised advice.

With expertise encompassing copper roofs, zinc roofs and all manner of roof rebuilds and repairs, we are the team to approach when you require assistance with your roofing in the south of England.

Roof repairs FAQ

September 15th, 2015

With roof rebuilds, repairs and maintenance being a sometimes overwhelming area for those who suspect that their own roofing may be in need of some TLC, here at ELC Roofing Ltd., we thought we’d compile some of the common questions that arise about this subject, with corresponding answers from our expert team.

How do I know my roof requires repair?

There are all manner of problems that can arise with copper roofs, zinc roofs and roofing made from all manner of other materials – and the earlier they are spotted, the sooner remedial action can be carried out and more serious damage avoided. Common issues include damp, leaks, cracks, splits and sagging. If you are in any doubt, don’t hesitate to contact our skilled roofers for immediate advice.

Does my roof need to be replaced?

This is something that we can advise on when you call us, and depends very much on the nature of your roof and the problems accompanying it. However, our short answer to this question would be: “not necessarily”. A minor leak, for example, may only require repair to a small section of roof.


Can I carry out roof rebuilds or repair myself?

We would strongly advise against a ‘do-it-yourself’ (DIY) approach to most roofing repair, replacement or maintenance. Our own professional roofers are highly trained to carry out essential work to your roof both safely and to a high standard, possessing NVQs in such relevant areas as leadwork, flat roofing and/or pitched roofs.

By contrast, if you attempt to undertake such work yourself without the required experience and training, you risk causing damage to your roof through inappropriate techniques, or even sustaining serious injury by falling off or through the roof.

There are some exceptions to this – for example, small problems on single-storey buildings may be fixable by experienced DIYers – but as a general rule, most serious roofing work is best entrusted to professionals.

What are your own areas of specialism?

Here at ELC Roofing Ltd., we can provide roof maintenance, replacement and repair services relating to the full breadth of roof types and materials – from flat roofing to pitched roofs, encompassing zinc roofs, copper roofs, chimneys, leadwork, listed buildings, barns, churches and more.

In which parts of the country do you operate?

We cover a wide range of geographical areas surrounding our Sudbury, Suffolk base, including Suffolk, Norfolk, Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire, Essex and North London. The many towns and cities in the south of England that we serve range from Colchester, Ipswich and Chelmsford to Peterborough, Cambridge and Milton Keynes.

What are your prices?

Get in touch with our team now for a free no-obligation quote, tailored around the exact roofing work that needs to be carried out.

Zinc roofs vs copper roofs

September 11th, 2015

When you are seeking longevity in your choice of roofing, there really is no better option than metal. Roof rebuilds that use metal over more traditional materials can last for many decades longer, meaning that they could outlast even you.

Although there are many material options for a metal roof, the ultimate choice so often comes down to zinc or copper. So, what do you need to know about these popular metals for roofing, and which might be the best choice for your own home or commercial building?


Copper roofing

One of the biggest undoubted reasons to install a copper roof is its ‘kerb appeal’ – this timelessly beautiful metal is so often the roofing material adorning the most distinguished historic homes, although it also lends itself well to more contemporary building designs.

The natural weathering of copper does cause a gradual change in colour over time, from its original orange-brown into a blue-green patina. However, far from an inconvenience, many homeowners and property developers very much love this transition, and here at ELC Roofing Ltd., we can even supply the roofing in its final green stage.

Copper is also known for its extraordinary robustness as a roofing material, with even the most severe weather conditions able to be withstood. Copper roofs never catch on fire, require very little attention by way of repair or maintenance and even last in impeccable condition for an immensely long time – centuries, in fact.

Zinc roofing

With copper offering such prestige, visual appeal and durability, it’s easy to overlook a zinc roof’s own remarkable qualities. Zinc certainly gives little away to copper as far as aesthetic appeal is concerned, with its crisp, clean lines and ability to be formed into various dynamic shapes and curves making it a potentially more suitable roofing material for ambitious new buildings.

Nor is zinc exactly too much of a slouch in the longevity stakes, with a century-long lifespan by no means unrealistic. Weatherproof, corrosion resistant and able to withstand Ultra Violet (UV) light without degradation, zinc is also often more affordable than copper.

Some of those contemplating zinc for their roof rebuilds also often fail to realise its strong eco-friendly credentials, which are attributable to not only the sheer longevity of the metal, but also its complete recyclability and the fact that it takes much less energy to produce than copper.

So, which is best?

There is, of course, no straightforward answer to this question – while copper is a very much proven and prestigious roofing material option, zinc offers an impressive level of durability, versatility and visual appeal in itself.

Here at ELC Roofing Ltd., we are happy to advise you on your options if you are uncertain, to help ensure that you choose only the most suitable roofing material for your own project.

Why zinc roofs are the way forward

August 27th, 2015

Zinc is just one of the many roofing material options that we are proud to offer here at ELC Roofing Ltd., and indeed, metal roofs have long been a specialism of ours. You might also enquire to us about copper roofs, for example – so why is zinc arguably the way forward as a roof material?


While zinc shares with other metal roofing options an extremely high level of corrosion resistance, it also distinguishes itself in its ability to self-heal, with scratches tending to diminish over time. Zinc is the ideal roofing material for those who wish to install it and then think little more of it, with its required maintenance being very low compared to many of the alternatives.


Zinc’s weatherproof qualities and resistance to UV degradation help to make it exceptionally long-lived, as demonstrated by many century-old roofs in Belgium and the Netherlands. It is partly for these reasons of longevity that zinc also makes a lot of economic sense for roof rebuilds. However, it can also be more affordable to purchase from the outset than other metal options, with its complete recyclability even giving it stronger eco-friendly credentials than you might think.


However, there’s a certain other very powerful reason to choose zinc roofing… it so often simply looks better than any of the alternatives. Real metal roofs tend to incorporate crisp, clean lines that catch the eye and flatter a building. Here at ELC Roofing Ltd, we can further enhance that visual impact with a wide choice of finishes for your zinc roofing, from blue/grey or quartz to natural grey, graphite or anthracite.


Nor should you ever underestimate zinc’s versatility as a roofing material, as the ELC Roofing Ltd. team knows well, given the wide range of shapes that we can adapt it to and the strips in which it is applied. Zinc can even provide a great foundation for finer detailing on your home’s roof. Many of the most ingenuous roofing designs in modern buildings, incorporating the most spectacular swooping curves, are made possible by zinc, which is suitable for pitches from 5 to 90 degrees and is thin enough to follow all manner of angles and curves.

All of these factors in favour of zinc roofs make it unsurprising that it can also add significant long-term value to your home. When you are seeking a great roofing material that makes a big visual impact right now while also making practical sense for the long term, you simply can’t beat zinc – and here at ELC Roofing Ltd., we are only too happy to carry out the highest quality zinc roof rebuilds for your own home.

What are the different types of roofs for homes?

August 26th, 2015

Whether you are carrying out extension work to your home, replacing an existing roof or simply having more minor repairs carried out, it pays to develop a good knowledge of the different types of roofs that are available for homes.

While, here at ELC Roofing Ltd., we cater for a broad range of roof types from copper roofs to zinc roofs, our emphasis in this piece is on some of the different shapes of roofs, rather than materials, that are possible.

Mansard roof

Four slopes make up this roofing – two on each of the building’s sides, with the lower slope being steeper and more vertical than the upper slope. This is the type of roof that you may choose if you wish to accommodate further living or storage space at the top of your property.


Gambrel roof

This type of roof has much in common with the mansard option, mainly differing in the inclusion of vertical gable ends and the overhang of the roof over the home’s facade. This type of roof is thought to hail from the Netherlands, as opposed to the French origins of the mansard roof.

Pyramid roof

A fairly self-explanatory roofing option, a pyramid roof has the classic pyramid shape leading up to a single point. It tends to be used on more modest structures like garages, or for smaller portions of a grander property.


Flat roof

It’s much easier to build a flat roof than many of the alternative types cited here, while you can also stand on it much more safely. Such benefits do come with the cost, however, of a greater need for maintenance given how quickly debris can accumulate on it with nowhere to slide off.

Cross gabled roof

Gabled roofs resemble triangles when the property is viewed from the front, while cross gabled roofs are popular in homes that have additional wings, which can each have triangular gabled roofing of their own.

Arched roof

Another roofing option that only generally sees use on one part of the home, an arched roof nonetheless provides a nice visual focal point when positioned among more conventional sloped roofs as part of a larger property.


Skillion roof

A single sloping roof surface is known as a skillion roof. These slightly inclined flat roofs can make a big impression when incorporated into more contemporary abodes, helping to create some potentially very interesting shapes and patterns in combination with other roofing types.

The above isn’t an absolutely exhaustive guide to the different types of roof that are possible for your home, but is nonetheless a good starting point for roof rebuilds and other work that you may undertake to this important part of your property.

5 great roof maintenance tips

August 19th, 2015

Roofing is one of those parts of the house that can be so easily overlooked, but which can present problems if you don’t have some kind of maintenance regime ongoing. Here are five of our favourite tips for ensuring the suitable maintenance of your roof.

  1. Inspect your roof twice a year

This frequency should be a minimum requirement, and it is recommended that you check your roofing from both the outside and inside of your loft. The former is ideally done with binoculars, from ground level and possibly from a neighbouring property if possible, as this may provide a better vantage point.

When inspecting inside the loft, any visible daylight is a sure sign that something is missing on the outside. Water staining in the loft is another telltale indication of trouble.


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  1. Look at other parts of the roof

It isn’t just the roofing tiles that you should be scrutinising – also pay close attention to the guttering, flashing and chimney stacks and pots.

  1. Bear your type of roof in mind

The given type of roof makes all of the difference – zinc roofs are not subject to the exact same maintenance requirements as copper roofs, for instance, but our own expertise here at ELC Roofing Ltd. goes much further than just these roofing types.


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Thatched roofs, for instance, are surprisingly maintenance-free, save for the occasional redoing of the ridge – lifespans of as long as 70 years are far from unheard-of. However, thatch is costly and also poses a fire risk, which can be minimised by such practices as having any working chimney swept at least twice a year, getting a qualified electrician to check the wiring every five years and keeping the chimney stacks in the best possible condition.

If you have a flat roof, meanwhile, leaks are the big hazard rather than fires, due to their often overly shallow gradients that allow the pooling of rainwater and its eventual entrance into the room below.

Such flat roof leaks can also arise if the structure or materials beneath the roof covering are inadequate, so you should keep a close eye on the covering’s condition even if the roof’s gradient is sufficiently steep.

  1. Seek clues on the ground

A problem with your roof can also be indicated by debris on the ground from shingles or broken slate tiles. If either of these do turn out to be missing from your roof, you should have them swiftly reinstated before damage can be caused to roof timbers or plaster ceilings.

  1. Get a trusted roofing company to undertake repairs

There’s only so much that you can do to maintain and repair your own roofing, which is why you are strongly advised to contact a reputable specialist in roof rebuilds, repairs and maintenance to undertake any more specialised work. Get in touch with ELC Roofing Ltd., and you’ll discover that with us, there really is no job too big or small.

What you need to know about roof insulation

August 14th, 2015

There can be few better ways to improve your home’s energy efficiency than roofing insulation.

As much as 25% of an uninsulated home’s heat is said to escape through its roof, and by installing insulation, you can introduce a barrier that not only prevents heat leaving your property during the winter, but also stops too much heat getting into the property at warmer times of year.

Whether you call it roof insulation, loft insulation or attic insulation, these basic principles are much the same, and it’s also a much easier and potentially more affordable DIY job to undertake than you might expect.



Deciding between ‘warm’ and ‘cold’ loft insulation

The choice between ‘warm loft’ and ‘cold loft’ insulation needs to be made right at the start of the process. The former involves the implementation of insulation immediately beneath the roof, keeping the actual loft space warm as well as the wider house.

‘Cold loft’ insulation, meanwhile, is placed right above the ceiling of the building’s top storey, with an emphasis on preventing heat from your home reaching your loft.

If you are one of the majority of people who only use their loft space for storage, ‘cold loft’ insulation will more than suffice. However, some people do use their loft as a living space such as a home study or games room, thereby often necessitating the installation of ‘warm loft’ insulation.

What else should I be aware of?

The ‘cold loft’ insulation option is the simplest and most affordable option of the two. It involves the installation of insulation between and over the wooden joists right above your top floor ceiling, and is also generally the only option for which you can hope to receive an energy-efficiency grant.

You’ll probably be paying more for a warm roof solution. However, you shouldn’t necessarily dismiss it out of hand, as this option can give better heat retention while also being more suitable if you wish to store more temperature-sensitive items, given how hot ‘cold roofs’ can become at warmer times of year.


Recommended depths for roofing insulation

It is recommended to install 250 to 270mm of blanket style insulation in your roof. This is somewhat higher than previous recommended depths of 200mm and (before then) 100mm, and back in the 1970s, as little as 25mm of insulation was often installed.

It is for these reasons that you are always advised to check the depth of your existing insulation prior to having any new insulation installed – indeed, you are likely to need to dispose of any current insulation that is less than 100mm anyway.

Are you considering the options for insulating your own home in Cambridge, Colchester, Ipswich or elsewhere in the local area? If so, feel free to get in touch with our roof insulation experts here at ELC Roofing Ltd., as we can give you advice on precisely what those options are, in addition to providing a competitive quote.

New lead vent design by ELC Roofing Ltd

July 1st, 2015

Lead work

New Tudor roof in Ingatestone, Essex

June 25th, 2015


New Tudor roof and Insulation in Ingatestone Essex.

Caption by ELC Roofing Ltd, Sudbury, Suffolk.

Tudor Tile roof in Ingatestone, Essex.

June 25th, 2015


Re-Roof in new Tudor Tiles and insulation  in Ingatestone, Essex.

Caption by ELC Roofing Ltd, Sudbury, Suffolk.


Job in Ingatestone, Essex.

June 25th, 2015


Nearing completion on a 4 month job in Ingatestone, Essex.


Caption by ELC Roofing Ltd, Sudbury, Suffolk

Recent Trocal Roof

February 26th, 2015

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A recent Trocal Rubber Roof carried out in Great Cornard.

Zinc Roof in Manningtree

February 26th, 2015


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Zinc Roofing work being carried out by ELC Roofing Ltd in Manningtree, for Maple Building Services.


ELC Roofing Ltd – Getting Started at Ingatestone

February 24th, 2015


Work has now started at Ingatestone for ELC Roofing Ltd

Ingatestone Project

February 24th, 2015


Another angle of the job ahead for ELC Roofing


ELC Roofing Ltd – Ingatestone Project

February 24th, 2015


New project we are about to start at Ingatestone

ELC Roofing Ltd – Radwinter project completed

November 28th, 2014

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Another photo of Radwinter from a different angle






ELC Roofing Ltd – Radwinter project completed

November 28th, 2014

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Another angle of the completed project at Radwinter

ELC Roofing Ltd – Radwinter project completed

November 28th, 2014


Re-roof now completed on this Grade II Listed property in Radwinter



ELC Roofing Ltd – Radwinter project completed

November 28th, 2014


Re-roof to Grade II Listed property now completed




ELC Roofing Ltd – Grade II Listed Property in Brent Eleigh

November 28th, 2014

Brent Eleigh

ELC Roofing Ltd currently working on this historical Grade II Listed property in Brent Eleigh


Recent chimney re-build in Brockley by ELC Roofing Ltd

November 5th, 2014


ELC Roofing Ltd re-build of a chimney in Brockley near Bury St Edmunds





Chimney re-build by ELC Roofing Ltd

November 5th, 2014

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Radwinter chimney re-build.