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The largest roof repair in history

Friday, 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.

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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.

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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?

Friday, 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.

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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

Tuesday, 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.

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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

Friday, 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?

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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.