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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.

What are the different types of roofs for homes?

Wednesday, August 26th, 2015

Whether you are carrying out extension work to your home, replacing an existing roof or simply having more minor repairs carried out, it pays to develop a good knowledge of the different types of roofs that are available for homes.

While, here at ELC Roofing Ltd., we cater for a broad range of roof types from copper roofs to zinc roofs, our emphasis in this piece is on some of the different shapes of roofs, rather than materials, that are possible.

Mansard roof

Four slopes make up this roofing – two on each of the building’s sides, with the lower slope being steeper and more vertical than the upper slope. This is the type of roof that you may choose if you wish to accommodate further living or storage space at the top of your property.


Gambrel roof

This type of roof has much in common with the mansard option, mainly differing in the inclusion of vertical gable ends and the overhang of the roof over the home’s facade. This type of roof is thought to hail from the Netherlands, as opposed to the French origins of the mansard roof.

Pyramid roof

A fairly self-explanatory roofing option, a pyramid roof has the classic pyramid shape leading up to a single point. It tends to be used on more modest structures like garages, or for smaller portions of a grander property.


Flat roof

It’s much easier to build a flat roof than many of the alternative types cited here, while you can also stand on it much more safely. Such benefits do come with the cost, however, of a greater need for maintenance given how quickly debris can accumulate on it with nowhere to slide off.

Cross gabled roof

Gabled roofs resemble triangles when the property is viewed from the front, while cross gabled roofs are popular in homes that have additional wings, which can each have triangular gabled roofing of their own.

Arched roof

Another roofing option that only generally sees use on one part of the home, an arched roof nonetheless provides a nice visual focal point when positioned among more conventional sloped roofs as part of a larger property.


Skillion roof

A single sloping roof surface is known as a skillion roof. These slightly inclined flat roofs can make a big impression when incorporated into more contemporary abodes, helping to create some potentially very interesting shapes and patterns in combination with other roofing types.

The above isn’t an absolutely exhaustive guide to the different types of roof that are possible for your home, but is nonetheless a good starting point for roof rebuilds and other work that you may undertake to this important part of your property.

5 great roof maintenance tips

Wednesday, August 19th, 2015

Roofing is one of those parts of the house that can be so easily overlooked, but which can present problems if you don’t have some kind of maintenance regime ongoing. Here are five of our favourite tips for ensuring the suitable maintenance of your roof.

  1. Inspect your roof twice a year

This frequency should be a minimum requirement, and it is recommended that you check your roofing from both the outside and inside of your loft. The former is ideally done with binoculars, from ground level and possibly from a neighbouring property if possible, as this may provide a better vantage point.

When inspecting inside the loft, any visible daylight is a sure sign that something is missing on the outside. Water staining in the loft is another telltale indication of trouble.


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  1. Look at other parts of the roof

It isn’t just the roofing tiles that you should be scrutinising – also pay close attention to the guttering, flashing and chimney stacks and pots.

  1. Bear your type of roof in mind

The given type of roof makes all of the difference – zinc roofs are not subject to the exact same maintenance requirements as copper roofs, for instance, but our own expertise here at ELC Roofing Ltd. goes much further than just these roofing types.


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Thatched roofs, for instance, are surprisingly maintenance-free, save for the occasional redoing of the ridge – lifespans of as long as 70 years are far from unheard-of. However, thatch is costly and also poses a fire risk, which can be minimised by such practices as having any working chimney swept at least twice a year, getting a qualified electrician to check the wiring every five years and keeping the chimney stacks in the best possible condition.

If you have a flat roof, meanwhile, leaks are the big hazard rather than fires, due to their often overly shallow gradients that allow the pooling of rainwater and its eventual entrance into the room below.

Such flat roof leaks can also arise if the structure or materials beneath the roof covering are inadequate, so you should keep a close eye on the covering’s condition even if the roof’s gradient is sufficiently steep.

  1. Seek clues on the ground

A problem with your roof can also be indicated by debris on the ground from shingles or broken slate tiles. If either of these do turn out to be missing from your roof, you should have them swiftly reinstated before damage can be caused to roof timbers or plaster ceilings.

  1. Get a trusted roofing company to undertake repairs

There’s only so much that you can do to maintain and repair your own roofing, which is why you are strongly advised to contact a reputable specialist in roof rebuilds, repairs and maintenance to undertake any more specialised work. Get in touch with ELC Roofing Ltd., and you’ll discover that with us, there really is no job too big or small.

What you need to know about roof insulation

Friday, August 14th, 2015

There can be few better ways to improve your home’s energy efficiency than roofing insulation.

As much as 25% of an uninsulated home’s heat is said to escape through its roof, and by installing insulation, you can introduce a barrier that not only prevents heat leaving your property during the winter, but also stops too much heat getting into the property at warmer times of year.

Whether you call it roof insulation, loft insulation or attic insulation, these basic principles are much the same, and it’s also a much easier and potentially more affordable DIY job to undertake than you might expect.



Deciding between ‘warm’ and ‘cold’ loft insulation

The choice between ‘warm loft’ and ‘cold loft’ insulation needs to be made right at the start of the process. The former involves the implementation of insulation immediately beneath the roof, keeping the actual loft space warm as well as the wider house.

‘Cold loft’ insulation, meanwhile, is placed right above the ceiling of the building’s top storey, with an emphasis on preventing heat from your home reaching your loft.

If you are one of the majority of people who only use their loft space for storage, ‘cold loft’ insulation will more than suffice. However, some people do use their loft as a living space such as a home study or games room, thereby often necessitating the installation of ‘warm loft’ insulation.

What else should I be aware of?

The ‘cold loft’ insulation option is the simplest and most affordable option of the two. It involves the installation of insulation between and over the wooden joists right above your top floor ceiling, and is also generally the only option for which you can hope to receive an energy-efficiency grant.

You’ll probably be paying more for a warm roof solution. However, you shouldn’t necessarily dismiss it out of hand, as this option can give better heat retention while also being more suitable if you wish to store more temperature-sensitive items, given how hot ‘cold roofs’ can become at warmer times of year.


Recommended depths for roofing insulation

It is recommended to install 250 to 270mm of blanket style insulation in your roof. This is somewhat higher than previous recommended depths of 200mm and (before then) 100mm, and back in the 1970s, as little as 25mm of insulation was often installed.

It is for these reasons that you are always advised to check the depth of your existing insulation prior to having any new insulation installed – indeed, you are likely to need to dispose of any current insulation that is less than 100mm anyway.

Are you considering the options for insulating your own home in Cambridge, Colchester, Ipswich or elsewhere in the local area? If so, feel free to get in touch with our roof insulation experts here at ELC Roofing Ltd., as we can give you advice on precisely what those options are, in addition to providing a competitive quote.

New lead vent design by ELC Roofing Ltd

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

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New Tudor roof in Ingatestone, Essex

Thursday, June 25th, 2015


New Tudor roof and Insulation in Ingatestone Essex.

Caption by ELC Roofing Ltd, Sudbury, Suffolk.

Tudor Tile roof in Ingatestone, Essex.

Thursday, June 25th, 2015


Re-Roof in new Tudor Tiles and insulation  in Ingatestone, Essex.

Caption by ELC Roofing Ltd, Sudbury, Suffolk.


Job in Ingatestone, Essex.

Thursday, June 25th, 2015


Nearing completion on a 4 month job in Ingatestone, Essex.


Caption by ELC Roofing Ltd, Sudbury, Suffolk

Recent Trocal Roof

Thursday, February 26th, 2015

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A recent Trocal Rubber Roof carried out in Great Cornard.

Zinc Roof in Manningtree

Thursday, February 26th, 2015


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Zinc Roofing work being carried out by ELC Roofing Ltd in Manningtree, for Maple Building Services.


ELC Roofing Ltd – Getting Started at Ingatestone

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015


Work has now started at Ingatestone for ELC Roofing Ltd

Ingatestone Project

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015


Another angle of the job ahead for ELC Roofing


ELC Roofing Ltd – Ingatestone Project

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015


New project we are about to start at Ingatestone

ELC Roofing Ltd – Radwinter project completed

Friday, November 28th, 2014

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Another photo of Radwinter from a different angle






ELC Roofing Ltd – Radwinter project completed

Friday, November 28th, 2014

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Another angle of the completed project at Radwinter

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Friday, November 28th, 2014


Re-roof now completed on this Grade II Listed property in Radwinter



ELC Roofing Ltd – Radwinter project completed

Friday, November 28th, 2014


Re-roof to Grade II Listed property now completed




ELC Roofing Ltd – Grade II Listed Property in Brent Eleigh

Friday, November 28th, 2014

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ELC Roofing Ltd currently working on this historical Grade II Listed property in Brent Eleigh


Recent chimney re-build in Brockley by ELC Roofing Ltd

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014


ELC Roofing Ltd re-build of a chimney in Brockley near Bury St Edmunds





Chimney re-build by ELC Roofing Ltd

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

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Radwinter chimney re-build.

Chimney re-build by ELC Roofing Ltd

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

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Chimney built by ELC Roofing Ltd

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Tuesday, November 4th, 2014


Close up of finished area at Radwinter, also showing our chimney re-build

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Tuesday, November 4th, 2014


Another view of current work being carried out on Grade II Listed property at Radwinter

Current Grade II Listed Project by ELC Roofing Ltd

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014


One finished side and re-built chimney at Radwinter

Grade II Listed property by ELC Roofing Ltd

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014


Peg Tile Roof at Radwinter, currently being finished off


Progress at Radwinter by ELC Roofing Ltd

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014


Peg Tile Roof on Grade II Listed property in Radwinter, coming along nicely

Recently completed by ELC Roofing Ltd

Friday, October 31st, 2014


Work completed recently in Glemsford for a local builder









Lead work to Bell Tower by ELC Roofing Ltd

Friday, October 31st, 2014


Bell Tower in Little Henny by ELC Roofing Ltd




Lead being welded by ELC Roofing Ltd

Friday, October 31st, 2014


One of our lead guys welding lead on one of the dormers in Bury St Edmunds





Lead Dormer in Bury St Edmunds by ELC Roofing Ltd

Friday, October 31st, 2014

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Another angle of lead dormer recently completed in Bury St Edmunds

Lead Dormer in Bury St Edmunds by ELC Roofing Ltd

Friday, October 31st, 2014


Side on view of recently completed lead dormer in Bury St Edmunds



Lead Dormer in Bury St Edmunds by ELC Roofing Ltd

Friday, October 31st, 2014

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The Front of one of the lead dormers we have recently finished in Bury St Edmunds

Two First Class Chimneys built by ELC Roofing Ltd

Monday, October 27th, 2014

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Two of our guys hard at work in Radwinter

Monday, October 27th, 2014

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Dave and Shaan working on a Peg Tile Roof in Radwinter near Saffron Walden

Ongoing project in Radwinter

Monday, October 27th, 2014

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ELC Roofing Ltd working on a current project in Radwinter near Saffron Walden

Lead Dormer by ELC Roofing Ltd – Bury St Edmunds

Monday, October 27th, 2014

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Lead work currently being carried out in Bury St Edmunds by Ian at ELC Roofing Ltd

Pegtile Roof – Sellands Farm, Radwinter – Early Stages

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014






Repair work in progress

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

Toby on a Ladder

ELC Roofing Ltd also carry out all repair work.

Lead Hip by ELC Roofing Ltd

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

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Gulling Green Farm – Brockley – Finished Aug 2014

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

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ELC Roofing Ltd – Lead Work at Dunmow

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

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Recent work carried out in Dunmow by ELC Roofing Ltd.



Stortford Road, Dunmow – Lead work

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

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Lead Flat Roof by ELC Roofing Ltd – Patinated in Patination Oil


Gulling Green Farm, Brockley, Bury St Edmunds – Hand-made Tudor Plain Tiles

Friday, June 6th, 2014

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One of the members of our team at ELC Roofing Ltd.


Restoration to Fire Damaged Property

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

This is an on going project, we are undertaking at present.

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Zinc Technical Training Centre

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

The images below are of some work we carried out, whilst at the Zinc Training Centre.

We regularly send our members of staff here to continue learning different methods and shapes, to increase their skills and constantly improve our high standard of work.



These two photo’s are of work on standing seam hips, completed and passed.

Well Done Colin!!



Zinc Roof – Ridgewell

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

The below Photo is of a Zinc Roofing job we carried out recently in Ridgewell, Essex.

For this particular job we used VM Quartz Plus Zinc.

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Ipswich Town Football Club – Saving The Day!!!!

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

Following an emergency call from Ipswich Town Stadium Manager Greg Pillinger on Friday 3rd January.  We are delighted to say we were able to help the club out of a difficult situation. Below is a copy of the following weekend’s Matchday Programme and the article in the local paper.

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Re-roofing at Wentford Cottages, Poslingford. (Near Clare, Suffolk)

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

Due to the age of the original roof and a leak discovered by one of the owners, we were called in to re-roof the properties pictured below.

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Loxton Barn, Hartest, Suffolk.

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

Loxton Barn is located in the small village of Hartest which is between Sudbury & Bury St Edmunds, along the winding Suffolk back roads. When we arrived at this job the barn was in a poor condition, and was unsafe. This was a very challenging project, to restore the barn to it’s former glory.


The Ryes, Little Henny, Sudbury, Suffolk.

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

The photos below show restoration work to the lead bell tower at The Ryes in Little Henny.

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