Roof-Friendly Christmas Tips
Christmas time will be here very soon and many people are putting up their exterior decorations! However one thing you may not think about, is the potential damage they can actually have on your roof. There are ways to limit the risk of this happening. For instance, don’t use points on the roof that aren’t weight baring or use shingles to hang lights from.
If you need to go on to your roof then you must be very careful. Heavy traffic on roofs (particularly pitched roofs) can cause damage and the risk of crushing the tiles. Using a ladder can help, though you must have the right height for it to be safe. It is important that you don’t overstretch to try and reach, as you can fall. You also have the risk of leaning on the roof, which can cause damage if weight is put on one area. Remember to make sure someone is helping by holding the ladder to keep you safe.
When you go to take the lights down after Christmas, make sure you take care. You shouldn’t just force them down, as ripping the string away can damage tiles, move shingles away and even rip wooden bits out of the roof. Unfortunately damage can happen, so you need to get a professional to give the roof a check over and solve any issues that may have occurred that could cause bigger issues in the future. Call us for all Roofing Services in Exeter.
The Benefits Of Cladding
In the building world, cladding is done by coating a construction material with a separate one in order to create a protective layer relating to something functional, visually pleasing or a safety aspect. Materials used in cladding have several options, such as plastic, wood, metal or imitation stone.
Cladding is used during construction due to the protection it can give to a property. It helps to improve durability and defence against bad weather such as rain and hot weather. Properties that include cladding, have more defence against cracks that are created from temperature fluctuations, damp, heat and pollution. Cladding can also protect against mould too.
A benefit of using cladding is it lowers the need for maintenance. A surface that has been painted will generally need to be cleaned and repaired often, whereas usually cladding only needs a wash to keep it looking visually neat and clean. It doesn’t matter what material is used to have low maintenance, the durability helps to keep it resilient and defensive. You could use aluminium cladding, which is used for roofs and canopies, or vinyl material that only needs the odd power wash to keep it clean. If it ever needs replacing, it is easy to measure and fit. Brick and stone cladding is great for lowering maintenance but it can be pricey initially.
Cladding is generally a practical choice but it can be an option on an aesthetic level. Cladding can change the look of a property, improving the features and potentially raising the value. By choosing a visually appealing material, you can give your house the practical boost it needs. Call today for a free visit and quotation on all cladding and Flat roofing in Exeter.
The Benefits of a Velux Window
There are many advantages to having Velux windows. For instance, installing a Velux window can help to boost circulation of the air. The letters ‘VE’ in Velux means ‘ventilation’. The interior of your property will feel a lot fresher, with the crisper air. If you improve the circulation of the air, it will help decrease the probability of condensation, which can cause damp and therefore mould and mildew.
In Latin, the letters ‘LUX’ mean light. Velux windows have narrow frames which help sunlight to come through. This is preferred to light that is artificial, as it can raise moods and help boost mental health, as well as physical.
Velux windows are visually pleasing, with many options for design and aesthetics. They can help to boost the overall look of the home. The sunlight coming in will help the space feel larger and more roomy. The extra sunlight sneaking in means you don’t have to put the lights on so much. This means your electricity bills will be lower, therefore making it less costly and gives a financial boost. Velux windows are great at keeping in the warmth in the winter, meaning your heating bills will be less expensive and your family and property will stay warm and safe. Call us for all Velux windows and Roofing in Exeter.
Which Roofing System Should You Choose?
Commercially, certain materials are more favoured than others with roofs. Most go for the material that is weather resistant and strong, with longevity. Metal is a common material used due to these factors, as well as being cheaper and simple to fit. Metals used are generally aluminium or steel.
Another material known for being strong, as well as being UV, heat and fire-resistant is thermoplastic roofing. It is also pliable and resistant against weather, being able to fight against heavy winds, as well as lasting for 20 years minimum.
EPDM roofing is even more robust than thermoplastic, considering EPDM is made from rubber that is synthetic. This is also simple to repair, fit and take care of.
PVC roofs are thought to be the most hard-wearing materials in the UK. They have fire-retardant ability, meaning they can stop fires from spreading, as well as being strong and sturdy.
If you want something more eco-friendly, then a green roof is a good choice. They are flat and covered in greenery. This plant life absorbs the heat from the sunlight, as well as keeping the roof and property protected. They are nice to look at in an aesthetic sense too, which is a bonus! Call Ayre roofing for EPDM flat roofing in Exeter.
Why You Should Regularly Check Your Roofline
Do you ever wonder how a water resistant roof is attained and kept that way? It’s due to taking care of the roofline, something that isn’t just for show. A roofline is the gutters, soffits and fascias of a house, which can be a layer of protection against bad weather, as they help control rain flow and keep your house dry and safe.
Any damage can affect not only the exterior, but the interior too. For instance, damp, mildew, and damaged plaster. If these aren’t fixed, the issues can get worst and be disastrous. So by having regular checks, you will ensure your house and roofline is secured.
A regularly maintained roofline can raise the value of the house, as potential buyers will see your home is looked after, making it more likely they’ll invest in it. You’ll also find that from taking care of the roofline, it’s less likely you’ll need to replace the roof, therefore saving money on the long run.
The closer it gets to the summer, the better the time to replace or fix the roofline. It’ll be easier for the work to be done with less weather fluctuations, and it’ll ensure your home is kept safe and warm, in time for the colder months. If you require any new roofline products or require a Roofing Service in Exeter, call Ayre roofing.
Signs of Roof Damage
Usually one of the more obvious signs of a roof being damaged are leaks and damp spots, usually in corners of the room along with mould and a musty smell, particularly if it’s been there for a while. Sometimes the leak may be subtle and isn’t noticed straight away, particularly if it’s an older build. This can be linked with any moss that may gather over time and create damage and spots where water can come through.
Occasionally a reason for a leak is if the roof tiles are cracked or have moved. This can be from being worn or be affected by the weather, such as a storm. However tiles that have become misshapen will normally need replacing by a professional.
You may find that light comes through the roof if there are any cracks, or if a tile needs replacing. A way to tell is to go to the highest point of your home, such as the loft, and switching of the light. If light comes through, like above, it is best to get a professional to check. Having an examination done often will reduce any worries you may have. If you need help with a roof repair in Exeter then call Ayre Roofing.
Inspect your roof
A yearly inspection of your roof is advisable, as well as after severe weather, and before the winter sets in. Finding problems earlier, rather than later, can mean that they can be fixed before the problem worsens and becomes expensive to fix.
By looking in the loft or using binoculars from the ground, you can spot any problems, such as missing tiles. If you suspect there are problems it may be wise to hire a professional to carry out a detailed inspection.
Look out for the following when inspecting your roof:
1. Missing, dislodged or cracked tiles
2. Mortar that is damaged around the chimney
3. Blocked or broken gutters and downspouts
4. Overload of algae or moss
5. Rusty spots on flashing and rusty nails in tiles
Roofing needed to sustain the UK’s increasing harsh weather conditions
Having a pitched roof constructed is the primary means of protecting your home or building from the UK’s elements. Heatwaves, unusual snowfall, flooding, droughts and severe gales are all looking more likely to increase in the future due to climate change.
If using roof tiles, it is very important to use good quality ones which are frost, wind and rain resistant and to check that the correct installation standards are being followed. Thus, your roof tiles, as well as associated products and systems, should withstand the UK climate and stay durable and watertight. Call Ayre roofing for all your roofing in Exeter.
ROOFCERT Accreditation Programme
The roofing industry has been under scrutiny in recent years with fundamental changes to improve the quality and safety of buildings, as well as attempting to encourage a new generation of workers into the industry.
Despite the plethora of experienced roofing contractors like Ayre Roofing who deliver quality work day in and day out, there are many other under qualified and inexperienced people setting themselves up in business and damaging the reputation of the industry.
To combat this, ROOFCERT Accreditation will certify a contractor’s competency to carry out work and will help to create a more formal process and a clearer path into the industry, professionalising roofing.
Quality tradespeople like Chris and the Ayre Roofing team rely on positive customer referrals and reviews as well as accreditations like ROOFCERT to be able to contend in the industry.
To support professional, local tradespeople in Exeter, get in touch with Ayre Roofing Contractors.
Ayre Roofing Contractors can supply and install Fascias, soffits and gutters to homes and businesses in and around the Exeter postcode areas, just call for a free visit and quotation.