Need a Devon Roofer? How do You Choose?

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Most people who own their domestic or commercial premises in Devon are likely to have the need to employ a roofer at one time or another. Although the weather in the South West is reasonably mild compared to the rest of the country, we are still exposed to some powerful weather conditions coming off the Atlantic and it is not unusual for our properties to be subjected to extreme winds and fierce storms. Inevitably, this type of weather gives rise to the possibility that the roofs of our properties are subject to damage, which can sometimes be severe if, for example, it is caused by a falling tree. This creates an urgent need to engage a roofing contractor to carry out the necessary remedial work. Even if you are fortunate enough to avoid sustaining weather damage to the roof of your property, most roofs will begin to show signs of deterioration over time. If further deterioration (and expense) is to be avoided it is necessary to attend to the defect as soon as possible. Finally, you may be one of those more prudent property owners who have their roof inspected periodically to avoid the type of problem which, if attended to immediately, … Read More

Working Safely on Devon Roofs

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Working on your Devon roofs is a highly risky because it entails working at height. Working on commercial and industrial buildings or on the roof of a tower block can be especially hazardous because of the heights involved. Almost twenty five percent of workers who are fatally injured after falling from a height at work are roofing contractors. Roofers at constantly at risk of falling through fragile roofing materials such as skylight and asbestos sheets and this is the cause of more fatalities than any other single source. In addition to the many fatalities there are also numerous cases every year where a roofer is very seriously injured. Because of the risks that roofers face when working at a height certain regulations, known as the Work at Height Regulations 2005, were introduced to minimise these risks. These rules provide that anyone planning a piece of work that involves working on at height has the following responsibilities: To plan for the work without the need to work at height if it is possible. Obviously, in the case of roofing work it is almost impossible to avoid the need to work from a height. To make use of work equipment or take … Read More

Local businessman is top entrepreneur under 30

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A businessman from Torquay has been named as one of the best entrepreneurs in the UK who are under 30. The list was compiled by FreeOfficeFinder, which is a website you can use to find office space, and features 10 fantastic young business talents. Included in that list was Tom Birbeck, who is the founder of Arc-Marine, who make artificial reefs to help increase marine life. Tom was also interviewed in the Herald Express about Arc-Marine and how it’s going so far. See the full post at http://www.freeofficefinder.com/article/10-inspirational-uk-entrepreneurs-under-30  

Dormer Roofs

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There are many properties in Devon with a dormer roof. This type of construction add valuable space and height to the roof space of a house and every Devon roofing company will have experience in the installation of a dormer. Dormers come in a variety of shapes, sizes and styles. The most popular of these are listed below. Gable Dormers A gable dormer is arguably the most popular type of dormer construction. This is likely to be because they are relatively straightforward to construct yet are capable of adding the greatest amount of additional head room. Gable dormers are frequently found in groups of two or more along the range of the roof. Shed Dormers Another popular style of dormer is the shed dormer. In this style of construction, the dormer often extends across almost the entire line of the roof. For this reason, the shed dormer, which adds valuable space and light to the house, can often be mistaken for a complete upper storey. Hipped Dormers With a hipped dormer, also known as a hip roof dormer, the roof of the dormer slopes on its front and sides. Unsurprisingly, this style of dormer is frequently seen in houses where … Read More

Five Good Reasons for Inspecting Your Roof

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Renewing your roof can be an expensive process, even if you employ roofers who charge a reasonable rate. That is why maintenance and prevention are always going to prove better than cure. In order to ensure that the necessary remedial steps are taken involves carrying out regular inspections of the roof so that any problems that appear to be arising can be nipped in the bud. In this article, we set out five good reasons for taking the precaution of regularly checking your roof’s condition. Weathering and Aging Most roofs have a shelf life of around twenty to thirty years in the case of multi -ply roofs and fifteen to twenty years in the case of single ply roofs. Every roof in the world is subject to the effects of weathering and aging and, fortunately, these effects are normally visible on inspection of the roof. The most obvious evidence of aging and weathering are openings in the roof that may lead to the infiltration of water. When these openings are discovered, on inspection, it enables the carrying out of repairs before the infiltration of water occurs or becomes a serious problem. Storm Damage Strong winds, hailstones and other weather conditions … Read More

Taking Care of Your Devon Tile Roof

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Top quality roof tiles are hard wearing, often remaining protective for many years. It is unusual, therefore, to have widespread problems with your roof unless the original installation was carried out incorrectly or the tiles that were used were of a substandard quality. Spending a little more money on finding a professional and proficient roofer and on good quality tiles will prove to be cost saving in the long run. Despite the fact that widespread problems with tile roofs are rare, there are occasions when one or more individual tiles require attention and the two most common reasons for this are the cracking or breaking of a tile or tiles and the accumulation of debris. In order to avoid these problems becoming worse, attention should be paid to the state of the roof and the necessary remedial action taken. Cleaning Your Roof Tiles One of the biggest reasons for the accumulation of debris on the roof tiles is the proximity of a tree or trees.These will produce moisture, which can lead to moss growing on the tiles. It is essential, therefore, to keep all overhanging trees cut back so far as is possible, to prevent moss and/or algae from accumulating. … Read More

Devon Roofing Tips: Why Use Slate Roof Tiles?

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When you are considering having the roof of your home renewed you will need to decide which material you want the roof tiles to be made from. One option is to use traditional slate. Slate roof tiles have been around for many years and continue to be one of the most popular materials for covering the roofs of houses and other properties. There are many advantages of using slate tiles and, in this article, we look at the most popular of these in demonstrating why so many home owners chose slate when they are having their roofing renewed. The Advantages of Slate For most people the biggest advantage of slate is its cosmetic appearance. Slate is a natural stone, which many home owners consider make it far more attractive than a man made tile. Slate has an individual appearance, although there are still several options, in terms of size, shape and colour. Durability is the second reason for so many home owners choosing slate. As long as the tiles are fitted correctly and are properly protected and maintained, it is likely that they will last for many years. This represents a significant saving on repair and renewal costs compared to other … Read More

Devon Roofers Tips: Roof Design to Provide a Habitable Loft Space

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When we are asked to build a new house for one of our many customers, we need to know what they intend to do with the roof space when the house is completed and, in particular, whether they want the space to be a habitable part of the house. This is an important question because it will dictate several important aspects of the construction, namely the pitch of the roof, the number of storeys in the overall construction and the roof design. Roof Pitch If the customer wants to make the attic space one that is to be used as a bedroom or other habitable room, the pitch needs to be somewhat greater than the standard 35 degree angle of most domestic properties. This is because a pitch of this level is too low to permit easy occupation of the attic space. An additional pitch of around ten degrees will make the roof space more comfortable but it will also result in the house looking somewhat overshadowed by the roof. We closely consult with our customers about what their preference is and the extent to which they value comfort above appearance and vice versa. There are two alternative options that … Read More

South Devon Roofers: Take Care of Your Tile Roof

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Top quality roofing tiles are long-lasting, often surviving without the need for any repairs for decades. If the tiles are fitted correctly, are properly maintained and are of a reasonably quality, it is unlikely that you will have to replace or renew them for a long time. This means that the additional outlay involved in installing a tiled roof will be worthwhile. The two most frequent issues with tiled roofs are the cracking, slipping or breaking of individual tiles or the build up of external debris such as moss and algae on the tiles. Keep the Roof Clean One of the main reasons for the build up of roof debris is the proximity of a tree. If the branches of a tree overhang the roof it is likely to result in an accumulation of moss and algae. If it is possible, therefore, to preserve the integrity of the roof overhanging trees should be cut back. The reason that moss and algae growth needs to be prevented is that it can build up in the gaps between the tiles. One possible consequence of this is that water backs up underneath the tiles resulting in water infiltration into the house. The source … Read More

How Devon Roofers Price Their Roofing Jobs

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When our Torquay, Newton Abbot, Exeter and South Devon roofers are asked to price a job there are various factors that are relevant to the pricing. It should be stressed that, because no two roofing jobs are identical, there is no standard cost for carrying out roofing work. What you need to be done may even differ from your next door neighbour because the size and pitch of their roof may be different and yours may have suffered more from wear and tear and weather damage. Therefore, when you are looking for a quote for roofing work you should ask the contractor to set out the exact dimensions and pitch of the roof and any other special features that may affect the amount of the quote. Needless to say, you should also get quotes from more than one firm of roofers. At The Roofers SW we always provide free, detailed quotes for our potential customers. Factors That Influence Roofing Costs The Type of Job The most obvious factor affecting the price of roofing work is the type of job. A minor roof repair is bound to cost less than a complete roof build or replacement. The Size of the Roof … Read More