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

Wednesday, 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.

Moisture

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.

Roof

Wildlife

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

Wednesday, 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.

Barn Roof

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.

Flat Roof Building

Four Common Gutter Problems & How to Solve Them

Wednesday, 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.

Rain Pouring Over Gutter

 

  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.

Gutter

 

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