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Why It Is Necessary For Flat Roof Homes To Undertake Spring Maintenance 

While flat roofs are the easiest roof type to maintain, it also needs more regular maintenance, especially during the spring season. The constant rain and fluctuating temperature can put a lot of stress on flat roofs and eventually lead to damage.  Knowing basic maintenance cleaning and repair skills is beneficial and can save you money from hiring roof contractors. However, without the skills and right equipment, you might not be able to spot and solve some hidden issues and end up paying for costly repair or replacement in the future.  So why is spring cleaning necessary for your flat roofs? Below are the reasons why. Learning about these reasons will help you make spring maintenance a top priority. 
  1. Unnoticeable yet exhaustive drainage problem 
 Pooling water is one of the most common yet dreaded problems that flat roof homeowners encounter during spring, especially with older roofs. But property owners with newly installed flat roofs are not spared with this problem.   Water can stick longer than it should if your new roof is poorly installed and has drainage problems. Large debris from your roofs, such as leaves and twigs, can form a barrier when washed into the drain pipes, causing the drainage process to slow down or even stop. More debris will be collected if left untreated and eventually cause the pipelines to become clogged and damaged.  It would be advantageous and cost-effective to learn how to unclog drains on your own. But if you don’t have the skills and time, yet you want to address the problem right away to avoid the hassle, you should ask for help from professional roofers. These experienced professionals can safely and efficiently perform cleaning and inspection on your roof.   
  1. Prepare for the summer season 
One of the advantages of having a flat roof is that you can use it as an extension of your home during the summer season. Inviting your friends over to hang out and chill on your flat roof would be very fun. It can save you money and energy for the preparation, not to mention that this can make your home look more trendy and eye-catching.  To keep your flat roofing ready to use whenever possible, you have to keep it in excellent condition at all times. Prioritise having professional roofers come to your house to perform inspection and do some repairs if necessary.   
  1. The winter weather can damage your flat roofs 
We all know how harsh the winter weather can be, especially here in the UK. No matter how we prepare our roofs for the winter, the heavy snowfall, freezing cold, and animal depredation can take a toll on the quality of your roofing system.   As soon as the winter season ends, it would be necessary to check your roofing for any signs of damage, even small holes and tears, and fix them. If left untreated, these small holes and tears can develop into leaks and other related problems.   Don’t hesitate to contact our team if you want to keep your roofing system at its best throughout the year. We are experienced in all aspects of roofing works. We can guarantee nothing but only the best solution to your roofing needs.        

September 2020 Projects

Have you ever considered turning your flat roof into a pitched roof? 🤔 While it might sound like an intensely complicated process, an immaculate end product can be achieved more easily than you may think!

A flat roof can be converted to a pitched roof using the (relatively!) simple technique of a trussed roof with two angled planes. Additional valleys, angles, and gables can also be built into such converted structures as well, creating an altogether different aesthetic! 👌

Overboarding is the process of fitting a new sterling board on top of an existing roof deck, in order to completely renovate the appearance of the roof and improve the overall aesthetics 👌 The key benefit of overboading, rather than re-roofing entirely, is that it puts much less stress on the roof rafters. This stress is usually caused by the process of stripping a flat roof and can often result in cracks to the ceilings and coverings that may sit underneath. As overboarding doesn’t require this invasive ‘stripping’ process, works can be completed with much less impact on your existing roof structure.

Soffit & Fascia – Things You Need To Know

Soffit and fascia are probably two of the least familiar parts of a roofing system. Unlike shingles and chimneys, which are easily recognisable, soffit and fascia are not very well known, but they are equally important.  These two roof components help you stay safe and warm but can also be dangerous if not handled correctly. You should not try to fix it yourself if you don’t have the training and experience.  In this article, we will get to know about fascia and soffit, what they usually look like, as well as their importance not just for your roofing, but for your entire house.  FASCIA  It is the long straight board under the edge of your roof. It is usually made of wood and is connected to the rafters, the area where the roof and gutters meet.   Fascia plays as the barrier between the roof’s perimeter and nature. Once it is damaged, you could get water, and unwelcome guests, like squirrels and raccoons, could enter your home. It is the reason why you need to keep it well-maintained.  On the other hand, fascia also plays a role in your roof’s aesthetics. It comes in different colours. Choosing the right colour and installing it in a precise way will make your roofing look fantastic.  SOFFIT  Derived from the French word, which means something fixed underneath, soffit is the surface underneath the fascia that makes up the rear end of the overhanging portion of the roof.   A soffit usually comes with small holes dispersed in its surface. These holes promote even airflow and eliminate heat and moisture from the attic, thus preventing molds and rot. Another importance of soffit is that it improves the building’s overall quality, which is also good for your family’s health. The most durable types of soffits are made of water-resistant materials such as uPVC and vinyl. The same with fascia, soffits also add aesthetic appeal to your home. Choosing the right colour and design will give your home more life.   On the other side, the small holes on the soffit can become an entry point for bugs and other small animals. You should call professional roofers if you notice any sign of problem to prevent it from worsening.  Feel free to contact us at Severnside Roofing. We will help you secure your roof by identifying and fixing the problems right away.

August 2020 Projects

The lockdown period has heralded the busiest time ever for us on flat roof repairs and installations, which looks set to only continue! 🤓 Here, at this property in Saint Michael’s Close, Madeley, we installed a brand new EPDM flat roof over a window bay. EPDM is a type of rubber roofing that is an excellent alternative to asphalt or felt as it is extremely long-lasting and can withstand a host of adverse weather conditions 🌨️ We recommend EPDM rubber for use on summer houses, window bays, porch roofs and garage roofs 👍

Reasons Why You Experience Winter Roof Leaks

Roof leaks are among the most dreadful things to experience during the cold winter season. Some of these leaks only happen in the winter and are gone as the dry season arrives, but other leaks can cause tremendous damage to your roofing system if not taken care of.

What are the most common reasons why roof leaks happen?

Faulty roof seams

Most roofing problems start with the roof seams, especially in cases of bad workmanship. The seams are vulnerable to water infiltration. The winter will eventually leak your roof if the seams between panels are already faulty. Days after a heavy snowfall is when bad seams are very noticeable. As the temperature rises, the snow melted snow infiltrates to the bad seam and eventually leaks.

Clogged Gutters

The purpose of your rain gutters is to move water away from your home, if your gutters are clogged with leaves, dirt or other debris it’s time to clean them out immediately. When water is allowed to stay in them for too long, it can lead to rust. This can damage your roof and lead to costly, hazardous leaks.

Clogged gutters can also encourage water to sit on top of your roof for too long causing water to drip from your ceiling.

Ice dams

Ice dams usually form at the edge of the ridged roof and are among the most common causes of winter roof leaks. It traps the melted snow water into your roof. As it happens, the water will enter any small hole into your roof and then enter the building.

Vulnerable flashings

Even if your flashing works securely with rain, it might work differently with the winter weather. The blowing snow can move in different directions and can enter the flashing. When the snow melts, you can experience a winter roof leak even if you have a new and well-built roofing system.

Fractured roof membrane

Your flat roof membrane can keep the water out during the rainy season. But as the winter comes, your roof membrane becomes vulnerable to cracks and leaks because of the weather’s freeze-thaw cycle.

More than any other parts of your home, your flat roofing system receives a lot of stress during the winter. Make sure to prepare your home from the harsh winter weather by performing repairs as soon as you discover leaks and other problems on your roof. If you need professional help in making sure that your roofing is safe and protected before the cold season arrives, feel free to contact us at Severnside Roofing. We will help you secure your roof by identifying and fixing the problems right away.