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We are now Safecontractor approved!

We are now Safecontractor approved!

You might have noticed a new logo has been added to our website recently. This is to show Wirral Roofcare is now Safecontractor approved.

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The aim of the Safecontractor scheme is to provide a health and safety audit service for contractors. We have committed to the scheme to show our customers and clients that we are serious about the wellbeing of our contractors, clients and customers.

Why we chose Safecontractor

Safecontractor have over 10 years of experience delivering accreditation services, backed up by a team of highly skilled in-house health & safety auditors. These auditors use their specialist knowledge to assess our accreditation questionnaires. They are one of the leading health and safety assessment schemes currently operating in the UK. With over 300 clients and nearly 27,000 contractor members. Some of the largest organisations in the UK use Safecontractor to reduce operational risk. Now here at Wirral Roofcare we are able to say the same.

The Best Time of Year to Repair Your Roof is Summer

The Best Time of Year to Repair Your Roof is Summer

At Wirral Roofcare we had our fingers crossed, hoping for a long hot summer. This is because the warm, dry conditions are perfect for making repairs to or replacing a roof. As JFK said “The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining.”

Prevention is better than cure. It is a more prudent and cost effective approach to properly maintain your roof when compared to simply waiting for something to go drastically wrong. Just because you cannot see any water leaking through into your house at present, doesn’t mean there aren’t problems building up. Repair bills of thousands can be avoided with low cost roof maintenance programmes or small repair jobs. Something as simple as a tile out of place or missing, which we can fix quickly, can be the start of a much bigger problem if it is ignored.

Most people associate the winter months as when their roof takes the most punishment. While this is true to an extent, there are 4 times as many thunderstorms in summer than in winter. The total amount of rain that falls in the summer months is less, it is the torrential downpours which occur during these storms which can be a problem. Your roof and guttering must be in peak condition to prevent a build-up of rainwater which can put undue stress on the roof.

A further benefit is that having a roof repaired in summer is a less intrusive process to you personally compared with the winter. Anyone who has had winter repairs take place will be able to tell you how the wind and rain can have an effect on the temperature inside your house. Having the roof fixed in summer will avoid this, you won’t need to keep your heating on constantly to stay warm! The weather also helps with the repair job itself. Less moisture in the air makes it easier for our contractors to gain that important watertight seal, and warmer temperatures means that adhesives will dry quicker. This means that jobs undertaken over the summer will not take as long to complete!

Contact us any time to discuss any queries you may have regarding your roof.

 

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The UK’s worst Summer Storms

2012 Great Britain and Ireland Floods. On the 27th, 28th of June and 7th of July heavy rain and powerful thunderstorms travelled across mainland Britain. Severe weather warnings and numerous flood alerts were issued by the UK Environment Agency. Many areas were overwhelmed by flash floods which cause considerable damage to properties and caused power cuts.

2007 United Kingdom Floods. June 2007 was one of Britain’s wettest ever months. The average rainfall across the country was more than double the June average. Some areas received a month’s worth of rainfall in 24 hours! Severe flooding occurred across much of Northern Ireland, England and North Wales.

Great Flood of 1968 brought exceptionally heavy rain to much of the South of England. 7 inches of rain fell on the village of Chew Stoke in just 18 hours, that’s double the monthly average in one day! Properties in the surrounding area were submerged under up to 8 feet of water, and a railway viaduct was so badly damaged it never reopened.

Slate Roof Tiles

In this article we are going to look at the traditional British slate roof tile. Slate can often be considered as not very “green” and even prone to damage or need of constant repair. Let’s look at these common misconceptions and see how they stand up.

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Slate roof tiles a brief history and why they are so popular.

Slate has historically been an idea material for roofing. The slate industry in Wales has been producing roofing slates since the 16th century. It is so common because it can be cut or split into thin sheets making idea for roof tiles. Slate has a water absorption index of less than 0.4%. Which in layman’s terms means its waterproof. It’s is also fireproof and impervious to extreme weather conditions including frost. If you want to know more about roofing slate this is a great resource https://roofingslate.wordpress.com/category/slate/

Slate is an energy efficient and green roofing material

Slate is also energy efficient as it behaves the same in all temperatures. Due to the fact it is easy to produce slate and recycle old roofing slates it’s considered a fairly green building material. This despite the fact it is an “extracted” natural resource. If you are considering using slate as a roofing material then source the tiles from a local supplier. This is because slate is a very heavy material and transportation costs decrease its green and sustainability credentials. Luckily for us the United Kingdom produces some of the best slate in the world. However over 90% of Europe’s natural slate used in roofing materials originates from Spain.

Slate roofing tiles are very durable

Durability is one of slates strongest benefits. It’s often considered to be a poor material by consumers as they have seen old tired slate roofs. Its a misconception that slate roofs are difficult to maintain.  Some of the slate roofs that you see are indeed old and tired. Often 100 years old. But they are still standing and waterproof. Testament to the durability and longevity of a we ll fitted and maintained slate roof. If you consider that clay or concrete roof tiles have an estimated life span of 30 to 50 years you can understand why slate is considered such a highly durable roofing material.

Source your tiles from a reputable supplier

Like most products you purchase slate comes in different qualities or grades. Lower grade slate can appear more attractive due to its lower price. But it will often end up costing you more in the long run. Lower grade slate is more prone to damage during installation, meaning you will need more of it due to wastage. It is also known to have more impurities, often iron based, which lead to rust and eventually damage.

Slate quarries are not as environmentally damaging as you may believe

Slate quarries are relatively small affairs compared to the larger strip mining operations. When choosing roofing slates make sure they are from a respectable source. You should be able to find out how your slate was manufactured and its quality from reputable suppliers.

Conclusive evidence that slate tiled roofs are a viable option

Slate tiled roofs will give you a durable roof with minimum maintenance if fitted correctly. They are also very attractive and complement all types of architecture from the ancient to the modern.

If you are considering a slate roof or would like to have your current  roof surveyed, maintained or need slate roof repairs please contact us.

 

 

 

 

Flat Roofs Infographic

Flat Roofs Infographic

Need help understanding the benefits and common misunderstandings surrounding flat roofs? Wirral Roofcare have created a useful and easy to understand infographic that will give you a good basic understanding on all things flat roof.

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The real cost of flat roof repair

Flat roofs have a bit of a bad reputation. However this is unfounded as they offer many advantages for buildings. Here we discuss the real cost of flat roof repair and how you can maintain a flat roof to prevent such unnecessary repairs.

One such advantage is they can be better at keeping properties warmer by absorbing more sunlight than a traditional slanted roof. Flat roofs are also far more accessible than a slanted roof and allow for easy inspection and repair. If you’re still not convinced then consider cost, as flat roofs are easier to install they are normally considerably cheaper than a slanted roof.

Flat Roof

Now you’re on side with the fact that flat roofs are great idea, it’s time to consider how and why they have such a bad reputation to begin with and how to avoid and reduce flat roof repair costs. Let looks at common problems with flat roofs and how they can be avoided.

Flat roofs should not be ignored, just because it’s out of site doesn’t mean a flat roof should be out of mind. Property owners often don’t inspect a flat rook or maintain it until there is a problem. Prevention is the key to a flat roof and if you know what you’re looking for then it’s easy to keep a flat roof in good repair indefinitely.

Here are Wirral Roofcare’s top five reason for flat roof repair in the UK.

  1. Probably the easiest to spot and the cause of most flat roof repair work is standing water. It is estimated that standing water can start to damage a flat roof if left for 72 hours, so you need to check your flat roof at least every week in wet weather. Standing water is normally caused by one of two things.
  2. The first cause of flat roof repair is more often than not caused by poor drainage such as a blocked or broken drain which can cause water to back up and remain standing on the flat roofs surface. The second reason is your flat roof is too flat! The name flat room is a bit of a misnomer, flat roofs should always have a slight incline to allow water to drain away naturally and reduce the risk of water standing on the roof.
  3. Not as easy to spot as standing water but still visible to the naked eye is blistering. Blistering is caused by moisture being trapped in the flat roof membrane. This can lead to the membrane separating from the material below. Blistering is a very common flat roof problem and gets worse in daylight hours as the suns heat can make the moisture trapped between the membranes expand. So it is a good idea to inspect your flat roof for blistering on a warm day.
  4. At number three we have Thermal Movement. Building materials should have the ability to expand and contract with hot and cold conditions. If they don’t then damage will occur and water and moisture will be able to penetrate the flat roof membrane and cause damage. When inspecting a roof look for cracks along edges which could be caused by thermal movement.
  5. Worn areas of a flat roof are caused by heavy traffic, not just from you going up on the roof every week to inspect for damage but the lovely British weather that the roof has to deal with during the winter and summer. Look out for wear and tear on the flat roof and make sure that there are no loose objects that could cause wear and tear such as branches, old tyres or loose cables.
  6. Due to the importance of good drainage on a flat roof the final cause of flat roof repair we need to look at is flashing. Flashing is used to cover the joins and junctions on your flat roof. Flashing can become worn or damaged and often appear cracked over time.

All of these flat roof problems can be repaired relatively easily if found early. This highlights the importance of regularly inspecting your flat roof for any of these defects. It’s also worth considering having a full survey carried out on your flat roof. Such surveys use thermal imaging to locate trouble spots that cannot be seen with the naked eye.

Different Types of Roofs for your Home

There are various different types of roofs for your home, which you’ll start to see when you begin to pay more attention to roofing. Most of us just think in terms of flat roofs or pitched roofs but there are many different gradations and styles of each. And this doesn’t even take into account the different options for roofing material.

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Choosing the Right Roofing Contractor

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Choosing the right roofing contractor

In a country where it rains and then pours, it might make sense to invest in a good roof. However, this is easier said than done. There are enough charlatans who will leave you with a pesky drip or a persistent leak. Which is why it’s important to do your homework when choosing the right roofing contractor.

Several of the following points may seem obvious, but it’s a known fact that the simplest advice is the one most easily forgotten. For example, it’s often tempting to choose the cheapest roofer without stopping to consider just why his rates are so low. Perhaps his materials are cheaper, and therefore not quite up to the mark?

  • Go for roofing contractors recommended by friends and relative, or by suppliers of roofing materials. Or you could look up on the internet or in trade adverts. As a rule avoid door-to-door salesmen.
  • Whatever route you take, vet the company yourself. See how the representative is. Are they quietly confident and knowledgeable? Are they willing to provide you as much information as you need? Or are they pressuring you to make a decision before you are ready?
  • Make sure you ask representatives for company details (so you can check if they are bonafide) and also for references from other customers. Ask for a portfolio that shows off their best projects (and hopefully happy smiling customers). See if you could personally go and check out the work they have done in the past.
  • Make sure the company is registered in a national trade association, such as the NFRC (National Federation of Roofing Contractors) or the CRC (Confederation of Roofing Contractors).
  • Check their insurance. Your contractor’s policy should cover Employers Liability, Public/Products Liability and Contract Works and you should be able to see it.
    Finally, ask for their quotes (usually given free of charge). Get a few in, so you can compare. Three is ideal.
  • While looking at the quotes be material savvy. Do your own research. For example, imported slate is very expensive, locally sourced slate is more economical, and manufactured slating, like fibre cement, is cheaper still.
  • Bare in mind that estimates for refurbishment work can change once the tiles or slates have been removed to expose the sub-structure underneath.
  • When you have honed in on the one you want to go with, make sure that the contract is in writing. Ensure this includes start and end dates, materials, work hours, safety precautions, warranties, any terms and conditions, deposits, and the right to cancel. Also, if it will involve any third parties, and lastly if they will clean up after themselves.
  • Be careful on upfront payments as it may be difficult to get anything back. Contractors offering cash/VAT-free deals are not easily tracked down if things go wrong.
  • Ask for a guarantee on new or refurbishment work. NFRC offers guarantee schemes, which back up, but are independent of, the contractor’s own guarantee. So if your contractor goes out of business, you are covered.
  • Remember that a property owner is responsible for any planning permission that may be required. When carrying out refurbishment work to 50% or more of a roof’s area, a Competent Roofer (from the Competent Person Scheme for roofing) must be employed. Otherwise, your Local Authority Building Control must be contacted prior to work starting so as to meet thermal requirements of Part L of the current Building Regulations.
  • Finally, before work starts make sure you clear enough space for building materials. Then, sit back relax and look forward to having the best roof over your head.

Roofs – A Ticking Bomb

Roofs – A Ticking Bomb

Despite British homes often being ravaged by high winds and inclement weather, 86 per cent of UK home owners neglect to periodically inspect their roofs for possible damage, according to a new survey conducted by consumer advice. Just over three per cent of homeowners check their roof once a year, while more than 40 per cent admit to never checking their roof. It has been proven that annually inspections of your roof covering can reduce the risk of storm damage by over 75%, Call us now for your free roof check.

CSCS Card Qualifications

CSCS Card Qualifications

Roofcare are very proud to announce all supervisors and foreman have all now received their CSCS digital prove of qualifications from the CITB. Berlinda Mullins Head Of HR Comments:- For all our field technicians and supervisors to have now received their CSCS qualification cards has been a major step forward, the digital cards are legal prove of the qualifications of our workforce, this re-assuring our clients that all our technicians are fully trained and qualified to produce technically correct and quality workmanship at all times.

Claire House Summer Fair

Claire House Summer Fair

The Claire House summer fair was another smash hit this year with thousends attending to support the fanastic charity. The roofcare stand was a smash hit raising hundreds of pounds with the paintball firing range and Helicopter Flight raffle. Many Thanks to everyone who attended.

Testimonials

  • May I congratulate you and your company for some of the best customer service and communication I have experienced, this made my task much easier. With the house being able to dry out I am now looking forward to making my sister`s life a lot more comfortable and pleasant. Many Thanks

    Mr Heath, Bebington

  • We would like to take this opportunity to thank Scott and the technicians whom completed our works for their speedy response in such poor adverse weather conditions. Many Thanks

    Mr Evans, Wallasey

  • Would you kindly pass on our compliments to the operatives whom completed our works, they were extremely courteous, friendly and professional throughout.

    Mrs Maclay, Wirral

  • May I take this opportunity to express my thanks to your company and the staff whom completed my works in particular. They worked so hard and non-stop. They cleaned up so well one wouldn’t of known they had been on my property, they are a credit to your company. I shall have no hesitation in recommending your company to anyone who has a roof problem.

    Mr & Mrs Tipton, Wirral

Accreditations

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