Frequently Asked Questions
Signs that a roof system may be compromised, or in need of repair are often very subtle. An obvious hole caused by storm damage is easy to spot, but the British weather can wreak havoc with even the strongest roof system over time, and the signs of structural damage can often go unnoticed for years. If this happens, the consequences can be severe.
For this reason, we recommend that homeowners (and business owners alike) opt for an annual roof survey, conducted by a professional roof survey team. The costs of this can easily be recouped by implementing preventative roof repair work that can avoid major structural damage and the associated costs, further down the road.
Basically, this will depend on the structural integrity of the underlying roof system. If this is sound, than a re-cover of the existing structure can be performed. This would entail removing the existing covering and applying a new one.
Should the underlying structure be compromised, it may need to be completely replaced. This is a much more extensive and intrusive process, which obviously involves higher costs.
However, in both cases, cost savings can be made depending on your choice of materials (shingles, tiles, slate etc) and design. A professional roofer will always be able to discuss these options with you to fit your budget requirements.
If you a competent and trained roofer, or a skilled DIY expert, then it could well be possible for you to tackle a leak yourself. However, most people do not fit into these categories, and an attitude of ‘let’s go for it’ can often lead to disastrous results. The roof of your home (or business) is a vital part of it’s structural integrity, and the reason for a leak may be something that needs professional attention, if major repair work is to be avoided.
For this reason, we would recommend that you contact a professional roofer to at least do a roof survey and assess the level of work required, before attempting to tackle a leaking roof yourself. As far as roof repair goes, an attitude of ‘better safe than sorry’ will serve you well.
Around 20 years is the short answer. However, the longevity of a roof (residential or commercial) will depend on many factors. Not least, the choice of materials used, and the quality of the installation of those materials.
In a residential setting, clay tiles, and slate can often last the longest. Commercial roofing like EPDM, metal and sedum mat green roof systems can also be very durable and long lasting, although regular inspection and maintenance is recommended in all cases. Doing this can extend the life of a roof system considerably.
In most cases, this will produce a substandard result. Old commercial roofing systems are prone to multiple points of inefficiency, which can lead to a lack of integrity, and compromise the new system.
Water can find its way in through the old system, without being immediately detected. This can often lead to underlying damage of the new membrane, as well as internal leaks that are very difficult to trace.
It may seem like a greater expense to remove the old roof first, but in the long run, it will probably prove to be a wise commercial decision.
Essentially, a green roof system is a layer of soil and plants, over a waterproof membrane, although there are several different variations and styles available. The main difference is whether the system is extensive or intensive. An extensive green roof can be constructed from panels of sedum mat containing plants embedded in a growing medium. This is a fairly thin structure that has a lower load bearing requirement.
An intensive green roof system is constructed with a greater depth of soil, allowing for much more creative and elaborate planting. This type of green roof system is often irrigated and maintained as a rooftop garden for personnel to use as a recreational space.
Both systems have significant benefits to offer in a commercial or industrial setting, and some local authorities will even offer support to businesses and organisations who opt for a green roof on their building.
Where Nature And Technology Meet.
An industrial green roof can revitalise a commercial property, and vastly improve it’s carbon footprint at the same time.