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How to Figure Out What is Causing Your Roof Leak

Friday, 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

Monday, 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

Wednesday, 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?

Aesthetics

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.

Safety

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

Wednesday, 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.