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Why a Roof Rebuild Can Help When Selling a Property

Wednesday, 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

Friday, 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

Sunday, 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?

Tuesday, 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?

Tuesday, 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.

Sagging

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!