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2022 Roofing Trends To Think About

These are a few trends that are making their way up the favourite list for 2022. One that is popular is having metal roofing, using materials such as zinc, aluminium, copper and steel (such as stainless and coated). These roofs have become very popular due to their beneficial nature. They are durable and resistant against the elements. They also have longevity and depending on the material you use their lifespan can average around 40-70 years. Aesthetically they can be available in a variety of colours and can make a bold impression. Another trend that has actually stemmed from the years of being conscious about the environment is eco-friendly roofing. Roofing materials with this in mind are synthetic and made of recycled resources, which can produce a great roof with a low carbon footprint. Green roofs are also an option, looking good whilst having eco-friendly vegetation on top, though they can be pricey.

Roofs don’t have to be in one simple colour any more either, such as just grey, black or brown. The trend this year is having a variation of colours to choose from, with home owners having a bold, stylish, aesthetic roof, which is pleasing to the eye, call us for Emergency repairs or if you need a Roofing Company in West Sussex.

The Importance Of A Roof Inspection Before You Buy

It is important that you check the roof of a house before planning to purchase it, to ensure everything is safe and issue free. After all, it is a big investment and not doing so could leave you with lots of problems down the line, which can be very expensive. Having an inspection means you can check for more noticeable damage, such as with the tiles. Tiles can have cracks and broken areas, or they may have moved and need replacing. If they’ve slipped then water will easily get in and cause damp, which in turn causes mould and mildew and other issues inside the building. An inspection can also show whether the chimney stack is in good condition. It is important to check the stability, particularly if the stack has been worked on.

If your potential new home has a flat roof, you need to make sure the condition is good, as well as the roofline. An inspection will tell you if the guttering needs replacing or if they are blocked. You don’t want to be buying a home that has issues from the very start. It is also particularly important in an inspection to make sure the structure of the roof itself is strong. This is crucial, so knowing any existing problems will ensure you make the right decision when buying, call us for a roof Inspection from a professional Roofing Company covering Guildford.

How To Take Care Of Your Flat Roof

When it comes to a roof choice, flat roofs are favoured due to their durability, simple maintenance and affordability. Even though the maintenance is simple, it still needs to be done to keep the roof healthy and safe. The more you do it, the less likely you'll have to pay out for repair work. It is best to get a professional to service the roof annually. They'll be able to give advice for any problems that may arise. You'll get the assurance you need, even if there aren't any existing issues. However inspection wise, you should try and get it done two to three times each year. The best time for this would be the beginning of the autumn months (to check if there are any issues from the heat) or the beginning of spring (to see if the winter has built up any problems).

Things to look out for are gutters being blocked, roof tiles missing, drains with issues or any decay. A professional will do this thoroughly to ensure nothing has been missed. You should also get any overhanging trees trimmed back by a professional tree surgeon so they don't cause further damage to the roof. By keeping an eye on these issues regularly, your roof will carry on keeping your home safe and dry. Call us for all your Flat roof repairs in Guildford and the South coast.

The Advantages Of Having Dormer Windows

Having dormer windows installed can be beneficial for a number of reasons, as not only do they look good but they can bring in more sunlight to your home. They can also benefit a pitched roof due to the extra head space they can provide. If you have a loft conversion then you can have a bigger area to walk in, due to the box shape. If you have a bigger window, then you have the option to attach railings for safety.

You may find that your energy bills portray how much warmth you lose from the roof space. By having dormer windows fitted, you will find that the double-glazing will help to store the heat and air, therefore becoming more energy efficient. This will help to control the temperature and you’ll notice you’re paying out less. This works both ways as in the summer, when you want it to be cooler, they can also help to ventilate the space and are easy to fully open and close. You may be concerned about the security of having these windows but due to the strong glazing and durable locking systems, you will find safety is a priority.

Design wise, there are several options and colour choices. You don’t have to settle for just one size or style. Depending on the material that is used the cost should be affordable. UPVC frames don’t cost as much as metal or timber materials, so you can get lovely designs that are financially efficient. For Windows and all roofline services, call a professional Roofing company in Winchester, Jones Bros roofing.

The Importance of Protective Guttering

Metal guttering tends to be more protective than standard guttering, as it can defend against the elements for a lot longer. If you find rainwater running down your house, then it is time to think about changing your gutters.

It is quite common to have plastic guttering, as it is cheaper initially. However, overall, you may find yourself paying out if there are any problems. Metal guttering is stronger and won’t need to be changed as much. Once it is fitted, you can be assured that it will be protecting your home.

Metal guttering looks good on your property, so aesthetically it is a plus. So not only will your home be defended against bad weather, the exterior will also improve visually. Also, depending on the metal material you choose, it can last for around 20 years. Aluminium is a common choice due to the light material and simple handling. However, they’re not as hard-wearing as other materials, so they can dent more. If you want to go for a material that is unlikely to dent, then steel layered with zinc (galvanised), copper or stainless steel is a good choice. They may be pricier but they will last longer and keep their aesthetic appearances for longer, due to being unlikely to develop rust. If you’re not sure what material to go for, talking to a professional will assure you what the best thing to do is, to help protect your home. For more advice and answers on questions call Jones Brothers roofing, the roofing company in Surrey.

How to Clear Moss from Your Roof

The structure of a roof can be damaged if moss is left to grow there for a long time. Roof tiles can be affected by damp mould, potentially causing issues for the rest of the house. This could develop into a serious problem so it’s best to tackle it as soon as you notice moss developing.

Moss can flourish within a damp environment. If a patch of moss is particularly damp, it can absorb the water and potentially cause the tiles to decay. If it’s cold, the water can freeze. When it starts to thaw, it can damage the material and cause cracking.

Brushing your roof with a long-handled brush can help with minor moss growth. However, if it’s stubborn, try not to be harsh when you scrub. This can damage any decaying tiles. Particularly stubborn moss may need chemical moss remover, but this must be handled with care and with protective gear.

Stopping moss before it even exists is the best way to prevent it, with regular checks and cleaning. Professionals suggest twice a year, but if you have a busy schedule it could be worth getting copper ridges fitted. These can help to prevent moss growing as the rain falls on them and goes over the roof, leaving copper residue.

The best thing to do is to get a professional to check over your roof for you, especially if chemicals are needed or anything needs fitting. They have the experience and skill to do a safe and thorough job. If you require any form of Flat roofing in West Sussex, call Jones Brothers Roofing.

Advantages Of Fibreglass Roofing

In the UK, Fibreglass roofing is a highly favoured choice for flat roofs due to the many benefits. Not only is it financially effective, it is low maintenance. They are tough and long lasting, which makes them a good choice for new buildings, particularly as they look smart and aesthetically pleasing, and can last for many years as can outlive most flat roof materials.

Fibreglass is a strong and thick 5 layer material comprising of matting, resin, trims, topcoat and supporting tools. When a roof is replaced with fibreglass, the current roof is stripped back to the support joists, and then the new one is formed on top.

A benefit of using fibreglass is that it can provide smart finished lines when trims are added. Once the key components of the roof are applied then the strong layer created will have no joints. The topcoat is polyester, which is a strong defensive layer that can also be whatever colour you want. This roof will be easy to look after and wash, simply from brushing or using the hose, making it easy to take care of. If you would like a fibreglass quote for your flat roof in Winchester, call Jones bros roofing.



Open letter thanks the Construction Industry for continuing to work on 31st March 2020

Alok Sharma, Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pays tribute to construction workers. However it follows controversy after photos of busy construction sites in London were posted on social media, showing that workers were not abiding by the 2 metre rule. The minister finished his letter by saluting them for their enormous efforts in supporting the UK economy. For more information regarding repairs to asphalt roofing in Guildford and throughout Surrey, call Jones bros roofing today.

MARKET STREET GATEWAY CORRIDOR

The city developed a conceptual plan in 2008 for the Market Street Gateway from Kearsarge Street to Russell Street. The following goals were developed:

  • Traffic safety improvements
  • Wayfinding
  • Memorable gateway to downtown
  • Useful public spaces
  • Streetscape
  • Develop historic identity
  • Enhance cycle/pedestrian activity

Phase 2 is currently underway with the public park project renovations expected to start this summer. If you need advice on any type of roof repairs in Portsmouth call Jones brothers roofing.

Flat roofs can last as long as pitched

The ease of construction and affordability make flat roofs an obvious choice where budgets can be tight. Pitched roofs may disrupt existing sightlines whereas flat roofs can keep the height of a building to a minimum.

Flat roofs are versatile and are suitable for a wide range of projects but have gained a reputation for being high maintenance, usually due to poor maintenance or installation.

A professionally installed and well-designed flat roof can easily last as long as a pitched roof and have minimal maintenance requirements, for all Flat roof repairs in Guildford call Jones Brothers roofing on 02392 463211

Storm Ali Damage

Storm Ali has created havoc across the UK this September, from falling trees across roads to the devastating incident of a woman asleep in her caravan as it was blown off a cliff.

The storm has caused damage to the roofs of many properties across the country, from things as minor as guttering damage to trees collapsing onto roofs and causing extensive damage beyond repair.

Ali comes as reminder as we enter storm season in the UK that home owners should be undertaking maintenance of their property and roof as well as having access to an emergency repair company if necessary.

Jones Bros will happily undertake maintenance or repair works to your roof for a reasonable price, in preparation for storm season.

Save yourself future worries by getting in touch with Jones Bros Roofing today.

Roofers Take to the Skies

In a competitive market, some roofing companies are taking to the skies to find new business.

Aerial maps are being used to generate leads, estimate accurately, quote and win business faster. With the high quality and constant updating to current aerial maps, it is no surprise that roofers are exploiting the photography to find business for themselves. The maps can provide the roofers with an insight into the work needed on a building without the need to travel to the building in person.

They can scan large areas and communities for opportunities and contact and respond to real time enquiries faster. Now, when a customer calls for a quote, a roofer can search the property and provide an accurate quote minutes later.

In future developments, 3D imagery may soon be available to industry professionals to navigate around a property and inspect details of the roof.

To find out about roofing services in your area, get in touch with Jones Bros Roofing Ltd.

Permaroof product launch

Permaroof have launched an innovative new temporary water proof blanket to protect modular buildings such as sheds, garden offices and temporary buildings. The blankets have a high performance design and can be cut to size offering temporary protection for all types of modular building. These waterproof blankets are a useful temporary solution until a permanent repair can be made by a professional roofing company. For all your Flat roof repairs in Winchester, call Jones Bros roofing.



Roofing Repairs

Engaging a tradesman to carry out work on your property is always a little worrying, unless you have used the company before, how can you be sure they will do a good job? The police are always warning householders to be wary of people that turn up on your doorstep looking for work and advise that these people should be avoided at all cost.

So how do you find someone you can trust to work on your home? There are several ways you can do this.


  • Ask your friends and family for recommendations
  • Find out if the company is affiliated to a reputable trade organisation
  • Can they give you references?
  • Do they guarantee their work?
  • If they ask for cash in hand definitely avoid them!

Roofing repairs is an area that can be exploited by disreputable people. If you are considering a new roof or a flat roofing repair in Portsmouth call Jones Bros Roofing for a quotation.


Hazardous roof waste

Asbestos is a natural mineral that was mined for thousands of years. Initially used to strengthen and insulate pots it wasn't until the late 19th and 20th centuries that large scale mining began as manufacturers discovered more and more applications for it. Interestingly people were already raising concerns over its impact on our health but these were largely ignored. Mining stopped in 1983 and its use banned in the UK in 1999. Finally in 2003 a worldwide ban was introduced.

Asbestos was used in a wide range of building products, including insulation materials and roofing tiles so care needs to be taken when repairing or renovating any property built before 1999 as damaging asbestos during removal is when the main dangers arise. Once asbestos is cut, sawn or torn the tiny fibres that are part of its makeup are released into the air and can be inhaled. These tiny fibres irritate and damage the lungs causing chronic illness and lung disease.

Care should be taken to select respected and established tradesman to undertake your maintenance or repairs as they will be fully conversant with all the latest legislation and be suitable trained in the safe removal and disposal of any asbestos found during the works. For a full report on any asbestos or waste roof materials call a quality roofing company in Hampshire , such as Jones Brothers roofing.


UK roof tile history

Britains roofs are unique in Europe. The majority (60%) of modern roofs have concrete roof tiles, 20% have slate roofs and approximately 10% have clay tiles. However, this has not always been the case and these figures do not represent the numerous changes in our roofs over the years.

Slate has been used for centuries to keep out the weather. Widely available throughout Britain it can be cut and quarried relatively easily but it is heavy which was a challenge for our ancestors. Thatch was an attractive alternative for centuries as it can be grown nearby which avoids the need to move it long distances. However after the Great Fire of London in 1666 thatch was banned from the city due to its vulnerability to fire.

People turned to clay tiles, which had been introduced to Britain by the Romans originally. Clay is found in many areas of Britain, so problems regarding transport were not an issue. The art of making clay tiles had been forgotten and it wasn't revived until the 12 th century that they were once again considered as a roofing medium. Early Britons developed a standard size of 10 1 / 2 " x 6 1 / 2 " for their tiles. They were the perfect size to make and fix easily on the roofs. Unscrupulous manufacturers tried to take advantage of the market by making the tiles smaller and thinner for the same price, this resulted in an Act of Parliament in 1477 to stipulate the size and thickness of the tiles and create an industry standard.

The Dutch developed a new type of clay tile in the 16 th century – a pantile – which shaped like an ‘s' and can be laid in a different way to normal tiles. These tiles overlap horizontally and vertically, this prevents water seeping in and also uses fewer tiles. Their popularity grew and by the 18th Century they were being made in factories in London and elsewhere in Britain. This wasn't without its challenges as the expertise and technology needed to create a uniform tile, that didn't twist and warp in the kiln had not been developed. This meant the tiles were not used for any prestigious buildings but were used mainly on poor quality buildings.

Things changed again with the birth of the railway. Now it was possible to move heavy loads easily around Britain. Expensive slate which had always been only used on expensive buildings could now be used for everyday housing.

Concrete tiles were developed in the 1920's but they didn't become popular until after the Second World War .This was due to the need to rebuild large areas of the country following the War. Concrete tiles were cheaper and they were being made in larger sizes so were easy to handle and lay. There was a massive skill shortage in Britain during this time and Builders were looking for ways to utilise the unskilled workforce.

Today there is a growing shift towards natural products, particularly Welsh slate and also clay tiles.The current range and availability of roofing tiles means there is a product to fit every roof.For all your Flat roofing repairs in Guildford call Jones Brothers Roofing.


Schools could turn to their roofs to provide playground space

MAC, Mastic Asphalt Council, are suggesting that one solution to the growing need for space to play for UK schoolchildren could be by utilising the roof space.

Pupil numbers are rising throughout the UK and it is predicted that at least 130,000 more places will be required in the school year 2017/2018. With space at a premium the problem of providing adequate space to play as well as classrooms has added to the problem of cash strapped Local Authorities. Innovative school architects have identified school roofs as a possible solution. Mastic asphalt is quick to lay, strong enough to provide a suitable surface for a rooftop playground, waterproof, non toxic and non flammable.

The environmental impact of mastic asphalt is minimal. 100% recyclable as it can be used as hardcore or used in mastic asphalt screeds when it comes to the end of its original use. To get a free quotation from a professional flat roofing company in Guildford call 02392 463211.


New products launched

Roofing Manufacturers Redland and Marley have both added new products to their range of roof tiles.

Redland has launched a new tile, Craftsman Victorian which have been designed to resemble original Victorian tiles, with pitted surfaces, black patterning, irregular front edges and a variable hanging length. The tile has been designed to imitate an original weathered tile which is still very durable.

Marley Eternit has added two new slates to its Birkdale range, Flame Grey and Flame Brown. The slates are multi coloured to imitate natural slate and have a smooth surface. They also have an A+ environmental rating. For all asphalt roof repairs in Portsmouth call the professionals on 02392 463211

Flat roofing has always been popular and recently it has experienced a 3.5% increase in growth and is predicted to continue growing over the next 4 years according to a Research document released by AMA Research.

With over 28,000,000square metres installed in 2014 its popularity is increasing. Advances in the market with new products now available, has demonstrated the wide range of solutions that are on offer.

Although Bitumen still has the largest market share newer PVC single ply membranes and liquid roofing which is available in a choice of colours is proving popular due to the speed at which it can be installed and the lower cost.

Budget restraints imposed by Government on Public Sector and Local Authorities means they are more willing to look at different ways to stay within their budget and still achieve their capital programmes. For all your roofing requirements including Flat roof repairs in Hampshire call Jones brothers roofing.


Has your roof come through the winter unscathed?

Now that the spring's approaching, it's time to check that your property is up to scratch, as a well maintained property will not only reduce the chances of potential problems, but will save you money in the long run. To begin your inspection, it makes sense to start at the top of the property with your roof. While hiring a professional roofing contractor is the most reliable way to ensure that your roof is in good condition, we appreciate that you may want to perform an initial inspection before you call in their services, so here's a few tips to get you underway.


Prior to inspection

Before you commence your roof inspection, always remember these important ladder safety tips:

  • Check the ladder for any damage before use
  • Ensure that it's placed on firm, level ground
  • Secure it at the top to prevent any slippage
  • Extend the ladder at least 3 feet above the guttering
  • Use both hands when climbing the ladder

What should you be looking for?

  • Tiles which are broken, damaged or slipping
  • Loose material around chimneys, pipes and gutters
  • Missing pointing or ridge tiles
  • Excessive amount of roof material in the guttering
  • Use both hands when climbing the ladder

Finding the best roofing company for you

If you do see signs of damage, to find the best roofing company Portsmouth has available and ensure that you're getting reliable contractors, check the following:

  • Their business details, including experience and qualifications
  • Do they have full liability insurance?
  • Do they belong to a trade association or Checkatrade?

You may also find it helpful to read recommendations and testimonials from previous customers, as they'll provide invaluable feedback on the quality of roofing Winchester companies offer as compared to roofing services in Portsmouth and the surrounding areas. With this information at hand, you'll then be better placed to find the best roofing company in Hampshire for you.


Shameless Thieves Target Lead from theSaint Salvador Church

The Hilltown community church in Dundee has recently found itself in the crosshairs of low-life petty criminals. Many thousands of pounds worth of damage has been caused over 2 separate attacks. Not only is this costly for the church but the delicate interior of this holy building could be under threat from water damage. In recent years many similar crimes have also been reported all over the country, including thefts from Flat roofing in Guildford. But for this particular case the real victims were some of the neediest members of Scotland.

It is believed that the two thieves initially gained access to the roof via a drainpipe during the early hours of the morning. The roof that joined the church hall to the main body of the church was then stripped of its essential lead tiles. The devious duo proceeded to remove all the lead they could before dumping it into the backyard of the church. However, they realised they had been clocked by security cameras and motion sensing equipment and fled with a mere single tile. No more than three days after the initial assault, the thieves decided to return and successfully stripped off another 10 panels of lead (measuring 1.6m x 60cm each).

The greatest fear is of further damage from water ingress before the roof can be sufficiently repaired. The interior, described by many as splendid, is in serious danger. The building itself is unique for Scotland and damage to the interior will deliver a painful blow to the local community. The church even operates a regular food programme, currently helping to feed 100's of people in the local deprived urban area. This crime cannot be described as victimless, the already deprived people have been robbed and the country's cultural heritage has been pillaged.


Torch-on roofing

With a growing concern within the roofing industry over the increasing number of roof fires caused by gas torches used in torch on systems, the National Federation of Roofing Contractors has stepped in to try and reduce the danger. A checklist has been introduced so that accidents and fires on sites can be reduced, as all the contractor needs to do is just run through this checklist and if there are any ticks in any of the boxes, then they should not use a torch-on system. The Health and safety executive have also approved the checklist and have circulated it to all executives for guidance. Most contractors agree that torch on systems will still be used in many areas and are mostly safe, however in certain situations they do represent a significant fire risk and it is these situations that the checklist will help to Identify.


New Scaffolding Alternative Helps Cut Costs

The working at height specialists Easi-Dec have developed an online calculator which is designed to help installers and contractors cut the often sky high cost of scaffolding. The calculator compares the cost of conventional scaffolding with the cost of their newly developed Easi-Dec roofline platforms. The calculator doesn't just calculate based on the outlay cost, it also takes into account the installation time, project cost and retained profit. The only information that is required is the scaffolding rent cost and the number of projects being carried out per year.

The Easi-Dec Roofline platform can be erected in just 30 minutes. It only requires a one off purchase and can be used over and over again. It offers a quick and easy alternative to scaffolding whilst still keeping safety at the forefront. It's aluminium construction keeps it lightweight and it can be easily stored, making it the ideal accessory for any building or roofing company who use scaffolding on a regular basis.

Soni Sheimer, General Manager at Easi-Dec explains, "We pride ourselves on the fact that our Easi-Dec access platforms are a cost saving effective alternative to scaffolding. The system has been designed to provide a safe access to the roofline, without the costs of erecting scaffolding. Thus greatly reducing the time spent on a project."

The Easi-Dec Roofline platform system is ideal not only roofers but also guttering specialists, window fitters, solar panel fitters or satellite dish installers. The mechanism consists of two platforms with a catwalk joining the two to create a working platform of 8m or 10m. It is supported by telescopic legs which can be height adjusted in increments of 30mm, meaning that it can remain supportive and sturdy even on uneven ground. It requires no tools for assembly meaning that it is easy and quick to install at a moment's notice. The standard legs have a maximum height of 3.3m - 5.5m and the super legs from 4.5m – 6.8m. There are also many other leg options, for example the bungalow legs for lower access.

Thanks to its innovative structure, the Roofline system can pass over the top of obstacles such as bay windows, porches or conservatories. It also comes with a range of accessories which help in more particular situations. These can include an end support frame for areas with difficult access, a corner kit, and a standoff kit. A rolling window bar can even be used as an alternative to the standard wheels, providing a stable platform support for even load distribution. Considering all these options there really are no jobs that the Easi-dec Roofline platform cannot be used for.

Jones Brothers Roofing are a specialist roofing company and can provide quotes for flat roofing in Guildford, Hampshire, West Sussex and London. With over 40 years of roofing experience and all the relevant health and safety and insurance requirements, Jones Brothers can help, whether it is for domestic asphalt roofing in Chichester or lead work in London.


Polyroof announce Elastex

Recently launched by the roofing manufacturers is Elastex a highly flexible covering system ideal re-juvenating old and ageing metal roofs, it seals the seams to make the roof completely watertight and very importantly nowadays eliminates the risk of theft of the metal itself. Elastex works by bonding with the metal substrates and can be applied with only a minimum surface preparation. Elastex has already been approved by the BBA and various guarantees of up to 25 years are available dependent on the current condition.


Flat roof coverings

With an increase in the number of projects banning ‘hot' lay bitumen roofing due to health and safety concerns, a gap has appeared in the market for cold lay systems. A range of systems are now available such as an easy to use ‘catalyst activated' unsaturated polyester resin and top coat systems. The resin and topcoat are brush or roller applied separately at different stages, by roller or brush and bond without heat needing to be applied, not only can these systems be used on flat roofs but can also be used on pitched and other roofs. For all your repairs to flat roofing in Petersfield call Jones brothers roofing.


The Importance Of A Roof Inspection Before You Buy

It is important that you check the roof of a house before planning to purchase it, to ensure everything is safe and issue free. After all, it is a big investment and not doing so could leave you with lots of problems down the line, which can be very expensive. Having an inspection means you can check for more noticeable damage, such as with the tiles. Tiles can have cracks and broken areas, or they may have moved and need replacing. If they’ve slipped then water will easily get in and cause damp, which in turn causes mould and mildew and other issues inside the building. An inspection can also show whether the chimney stack is in good condition. It is important to check the stability, particularly if the stack has been worked on.

If your potential new home has a flat roof, you need to make sure the condition is good, as well as the roofline. An inspection will tell you if the guttering needs replacing or if they are blocked. You don’t want to be buying a home that has issues from the very start. It is also particularly important in an inspection to make sure the structure of the roof itself is strong. This is crucial, so knowing any existing problems will ensure you make the right decision when buying, call us for a roof Inspection from a professional Roofing Company covering Guildford.

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