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Telltale Signs Your Roof Needs Refurbishment

Thursday, 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

Thursday, 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

Thursday, 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.