Need some help with your roof?
Of course you do - youâ€™re on a roofing website! You didnâ€™t pop in here for advice on what to feed your goldfish did you??
Joking aside, if youâ€™re looking for the best local roofing contractors that Liverpool can offer?
Youâ€™re in the right place, as we have been repairing roofing problems and fitting roofs across Merseyside for over 30 years.
Which means that we understand that when you need help with your roofing work, it can be a little daunting knowing where to look - especially as you canâ€™t always see for yourself what the problem actually is.
It takes a LOT of trust.
Building projects or roof repairs both need expertise that most homeowners don't possess - how many people regularly get up onto their own roof to check what state it is in?
It's often a case of â€˜out of sight, out of mindâ€™ where your roof is concerned, so it's not until you have a storm or something goes a little wrong that you are reminded that it may need a little TLC.
Just watching any DIY programme nowadays will show you exactly how far roofing systems have come.
There used to be a time where the gorgeous state-of-the-art roofs were reserved for the affluent, but technology advancing at the crazy rate that it now does has meant that these beautiful designs can be afforded within more realistic budgets.
However, with such a wide range of roofing systems and roofing materials available to you now, it can be totally overwhelming to know how to finish off your project.
This is where our years of experience and expertise will come in handy.
Our team of highly experienced roofing specialists can confidently advise you on the best roofing systems for your needs, whilst bearing in mind your budget and any regulations your roof will need to comply with.
There are so many decisions when choosing your roof that it can feel like a total minefield.
Are you looking at flat roofs? Slate roofs? Ridge Tiles? Will you need any lead work?
See what we mean? And thatâ€™s just the tip of the iceberg!
Using experienced contractors who know where you can afford to cut costs without compromising the quality if youâ€™re trying to minimise your budget, is vital to ensure your roof is going to do its job for many a year to come.
Knowing you will get a top quality service offering expertise at competitive prices instead of just trying to cut corners, can be the difference between your project being simple or running into a few snags.
Donâ€™t wait until youâ€™ve started your project before you seek our advice though so please contact us before making any major roof choices.
We know from experience that you can save yourself a LOT of time and money by speaking to experts at the planning stage - rather than having to alter work you've already done because the town planning department has rejected what youâ€™ve done.
We can provide you with free estimates on how much you will realistically need to allow for your roof so donâ€™t worry that weâ€™ll tie you into anything - our quotes are all provided on a no obligation basis.
You don't need to panic that weâ€™ll inflate your quotes to make a quick buck either - our reputation for being honest and reliable is keeping us very busy already.
Our advice is more geared towards realistic pricing and making sure you allow plenty of time for our reputable and popular contractors to be able to fit you in within your timescales.
Unfortunately we know that it's not always an exciting new project that is the reason that you get in touch with us.
Roof repairs are the most regularly requested roofing services we offer - especially during a great Merseyside Winter with any given day bringing us anything from snow to sunshine and the occasional storm or two in between!
Rather than waiting for a storm to do itâ€™s damage, if you are concerned that your roof might not survive this next Winter intact, it may be worth getting in touch for a roof check.
We will only ever quote for work that is actually necessary and can give you a quote for the life expectancy of your roof as a whole.
If you have bought an older property it is sometimes a worry as to how long your roof has left before it may need replacing. Getting a quote from one of our roofing experts could bring you some peace of mind knowing that you still have a good 5 or 10 years left on your current roof.
Itâ€™s also handy to get a roof check if you are looking at purchasing a property over a certain age. Knowing that a period property you have your heart set on for instance can be a risky commitment if youâ€™re clueless on how long the roof has left before youâ€™ll start needing to conduct repairs.
Even if the property needs some roofing work, receiving a quote in advance gives you the opportunity to factor the cost of this into the purchase price rather than having a scary unexpected outlay once youâ€™ve signed on the dotted line.
So, if you need help with anything at all from flat roofing repairs through to chimney stacks or entire roofing systems, simply leave your details in our contact form and one of our friendly roofing contractors will get in touch to arrange your free no obligation quote.
The material used to cover a flat or low-pitched roof is known as the membrane and the main function of these membranes is to waterproof your roof. Given the nature of our weather here in Liverpool, popular choices for membranes in the UK are Felt and Asphalt which are quite traditional materials as theyâ€™ve been successfully used for many years.
Some more recent introductions are EPDM (Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer) which is a type of rubber, liquid roofing and GRP Fibreglass (Glass Reinforced Plastic). Weâ€™ll always discuss your options with you as itâ€™s important that you consider factors such as cost, lifespan, exposure etc before deciding which is best for your roof.
Unfortunately this one isn't so easy to answer as there are so many variables to consider. How large is your house? How large is the roof? Is it a repair or do you need a roof replacement? What would be the best material to use for where the roof is located?
It would be very easy to quote a price per square metre so that you could try to work this out, but most people don't know the area of their roof (it's not exactly somewhere that you visit often is it?!) plus the materials vary drastically in cost.
But in terms of materials alone, youâ€™re usually looking at around Â£2000 to Â£5000 for an average sized flat roof replacement so you can see that if you are looking to fix your roof yourself, the materials are where the bulk of the costs actually are. You'll also start to see that it's quite a mammoth task and it's not one that you want to get wrong. A waterproof membrane needs to be fitted properly as you want it to be waterproof don't you!
Making mistakes could be quite costly if you need to replace a poorly fitted roof you've attempted yourself, so our advice it youâ€™re looking to repair or replace your own roof, is to price up your materials but also to get a free quote and youâ€™ll be able to gauge which to go for from an educated stance.
As water canâ€™t run off a flat roof like it would on a sloped roof we need to be a little more creative. Obviously it helps to create a tiny slope which stops puddles of fluid just sitting around on your roof.
If this option is limited though, using a few coats of elastomeric coating will protect the roof from water as well as insulating the material and reducing heat loss. Itâ€™s crucial that before applying elastomeric paint that you measure your roof properly and clean it up thoroughly to allow for a long lasting coating.
A properly installed flat roof can last up to 25 years if itâ€™s really well looked after. There are many factors which are outside of our roofing companyâ€™s control once weâ€™ve installed the roof though so the guarantees donâ€™t last the full 25 years.
We take this into account and can offer 10 to 20 year warranties on our flat roofs depending on the work youâ€™ve had done and the materials used. Some materials have a longer life expectancy than others but they will naturally cost more to install so this will be reflected in the period we can guarantee your new flat roof for.
Calling this type of roof â€˜flatâ€™ is actually slightly incorrect as no flat roof is ever designed to be totally flat. Flat roofs need to be slightly sloped to facilitate proper drainage.
Flat roofs are usually slightly sloped towards either the middle of the roof or more commonly towards the edges to allow water to drain away properly. Flat roofs need regular maintenance to ensure the seals remain watertight and many flat roofs develop leak problems due to poor drainage, so this is where that subtle slope makes a difference in the long run as surface water left unchecked can really weaken the membrane.
One of the biggest advantages by far of opting for a flat roof is the expense. If you look at the materials required for a pitched roof for example, you can see just where the savings can be made. The cost of materials used for a flat roof can vary depending on what you opt for but the most widely used materials in covering flat roofs are much cheaper by comparison than those for a pitched choice.
If you look at savings on structure alone, you can start to see what a saving youâ€™re making with a flat roof. When you then look at how much more youâ€™d pay for materials such as slate tiles to cover your pitched roof, it soon becomes a significant outlay.
The most well known issue with a flat roof is the limited drainage. Whilst flat roofs do drain, itâ€™s not nearly as efficient as those with a pitch do. The problem then is that the surface water tends to puddle on the roof and can start to break down the roofing material. This will eventually lead to leaks in the waterproof membrane particularly along the weakened membrane seams.
Another disadvantage is that roofing material options are fairly limited. Many flat roofs use some type of rolled roofing in one way or another; rubber, EPDM, TPO, or bitumen. The advantage of these materials is that they are relatively inexpensive materials as well as easy to install but usually have a limited lifespan of 10 to 15 years.
Weâ€™d always recommend taking a look at the various options from a long term perspective to really understand what is the best solution for your circumstances.
Unless your flat roof is being used as a frequently accessible space, your roof is often â€˜out of sight, out of mindâ€™. But the key to extending the life of your flat roof is regular maintenance, so here are a few things you can do to help with thisâ€¦
Itâ€™s worth taking a look at the age of your flat roof as it is would be prudent to take a good look at the general state of it around the ten year mark. This is when some of the wear and tear may start to show and possibly start letting in water. The reason itâ€™s worth taking a look in detail at this point too, is that many roof warranties expire after 10 years, so itâ€™s worth trying to spot any potential issues while the warranty is still in place.
If the flat roof has been maintained well, itâ€™s likely to still be in good condition. The materials used for the roof will be one of the biggest factors though. A built-up membrane flat roof can last up to 30 years due to the granules within it which will protect the roof from weathering more efficiently.
A fairly common issue with flat roofs is that they can develop leaks. A flat roof by default doesn't have anywhere for water to go but straight down meaning that the moisture can seep into the roof and cause mold and fungus or damage the structure.
Leaks donâ€™t always mean that the whole roof needs replacing though, but it can be tricky to work out whether you need to get it replaced altogether or just make a few minor repairs.
One of the problems is identifying whether itâ€™s an isolated fault, or whether the roof membrane is starting to perish as itâ€™s nearing the end of its life expectancy. If you do notice a leak in your flat roof you can call us for a roof inspection and we can diagnose leaks and repair your roof as necessary. We can also give you an expert opinion on how long you can realistically expect your roof to last so you can assess whether to pay out for repairs if a total replacement is what is actually needed.
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