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No matter what kind of roof you have, there is always the possibility it may get damaged.

Built with tiles, felt, fibreglass, or even a green roof, every kind of material comes with issues that can arise.

While there are ways you can slow down the occurrence of issues, there is no real way to eliminate them altogether.

So, with that in mind, the team at Roofpro have written this guide on everything you need to know about roofing repairs, and what to do if you find issues of your own.

Let’s take a look.

Signs Your Roof Needs Repairing

We’ll start at the beginning.

How do you know if your roof needs repairing?

Well, there are two ways you can find this out.

Firstly, you can find the problems yourself, or alternatively, you can wait for the problems to come to you.

While the former is the best way of doing things, it’s not always possible.

How to Check for Problems Yourself

This is much easier when you have a flat roof, as you often have a vantage point from which you can look down onto the roof and assess it for damage.

If you have a pitched roof, it is trickier. While you may be able to see issues (broken tiles for example) you won’t be able to get a close look from the outside. If you can access your loft, you will be able to visit this though and look for signs of water dripping through or bursts of sunlight that are obviously breaking through a gap.

A roof should be clean, so if you are noticing build-ups of things such as moss, this can be hazardous and can lead to a build-up of moisture.

Similarly on flat roofs, if water is pooling in one spot, it is a sign your drainage isn’t working and this needs dealing with before the water causes real damage.

Depending on when your roof was built, it is a good idea to keep the lifespan of your roof in mind, and getting a professional check when the time is up is always a good choice to make sure your roof is still in good health.

Signs of Roof Damage That Come to You

Of course, you may not have the means or the time to check your roof thoroughly, and in this case, you may find the signs of damage come to you.

If you’re laying in bed and hearing a dripping noise coming from the attic, or you can hear the wind whistling, this could be a sign of cracked or broken tiles.

You may also find your gutters looking blocked and damaged, or you may even wander past your home today and spot some loose or broken shingles.

Some signs of damage are obvious, and some are harder to spot. All of them are hazardous though, and the longer they’re left, the worse the damage may get.

Flat Roof Repair

While flat roofs are a lot quicker and more cost-efficient to install, they can often be harder to fix.

Some common problems with flat roofs are caused by the fact that materials such as GRP expand in the heat and shrink when the weather turns colder. It is vital you keep an eye on your roof and get a professional team to install it so to avoid the changes in temperature causing issues.

Some other issues you find on roofs made from felt and GRP fibreglass are tearing and bubbling, which can both be caused by extreme weather conditions.

For roof repairs on flat roofs, you must try and use as similar a material as you used on the original build.

While green roofs do come with plenty of benefits, they can be tricky to repair.

There is a lot of weight and moisture on a green roof, and it is a big job to repair as the area that contains the damage needs to be removed and the repair needs to be made before laying the roof again.

Whilst the common issues on flat roofs may be slightly more damaging than on a pitched roof, the fact that you can access the roof to carry them out is a big positive.

Pitched Roof Repair

Pitched roofs are often seen as a luxury, especially when using tiles made from slate or concrete.

While these do come with huge life expectancy, often around 100 years, this doesn’t mean problems can’t arise.

Most of the problems here come from the tiles.

If these have not been secured down properly, are too old, or have been subject to extreme weather conditions such as wind or snow, then they may become loose or cracked.

When this happens, the tile may need replacing or securing back into place.

While this sounds like a simple job, the logistics of getting on top of the roof make it difficult, and safety measures such as installing scaffolding are often needed.

If you can access your loft, this is a great place to look out for rotting timbers, and with some professional help, you may be able to make some changes to your roof from the inside as well.

If you have a window on your roof, this may also need repairing at some point. If this does happen, this is another tricky job and may require professional help to make sure it is done in a safe manner.

The Importance of Regular Checks

There’s nothing more important to keeping a roof healthy than performing regular checks.

Whether your roof has a lifespan of 30 years or 100 years, something can go wrong at any time, and it is vital that you react quickly when it does.

If left unresolved, bubbling and blistering on a flat roof can burst and lead to a much bigger job. Broken or loose tiles are not just hazardous to the roof as they let the elements in underneath, but they’re also dangerous to the public who may be unfortunate enough to be passing under the roof when the tile eventually comes loose and drops.

A check can be in the form of standing outside your home with a pair of binoculars, looking down on your roof from a higher vantage point, or even wandering around it in the case of a flat roof. If you can’t do either of these, it’s worth getting in touch with a professional team to help you.

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If you think you may have an issue with your roof and want some advice or a free, no-obligation quote on fixing it, then get in touch with Roofpro today.

With years of experience working with many different types of roofs, we’re sure to be able to provide a quick and cost-efficient response if you live in the London area.

We look forward to hearing from you.

If you’re looking to extend on your home, or simply looking for something a bit different, then you’re going to need the help of some professional roofing contractors.

But before you ring in a quote, you first have to decide which roof is best for you. There are plenty of options of different materials that can be used to build your roof, but when it comes to the shape, there are two main ones to choose from.

Flat or pitched.

So how do you choose which shape is best for you?

Well, we’ve created a handy guide to help you, so let’s take a look.

Pitched roofs

Pitched roofs are roofs that are built to slope downwards. These are often seen with a ridge in the middle, where two or more opposite facing slopes point outwards from the centre towards the end of the roof.

To get technical, a pitched roof is any roof that slopes at an angle of 10 degrees or more. Any less than that and the roof is classed as flat.

Materials Used on Pitched Roofs

If you’re looking for a pitched roof extension, then chances are you will be using roof tiles.

Some common materials these tiles are made out of in the United Kingdom are slate and concrete, although other common tile materials are clay, metal and asphalt.

These tiles are often laid in rows and each one should be secured down with a nail. Each row will overlap the one in front to stop rainwater from getting into the tiles and for increased security and durability.

Benefits of Pitched Roofs  

1. Easy to Maintain

One thing you definitely get with a pitched roof is a strong and durable structure.

The shape of the roof means that water and snow will fall off it and also leads to a pitched roof needing minimal cleaning.

When it comes to issues with the roof, a lot of these can be fixed relatively easily, such as replacing cracked tiles or securing more tiles down.

2. Maximise Inside Space and Light

A pitched roof provides space underneath. This can be ideal if you are looking for extra storage space, or even want to add an extra room to a house in way of a loft extension.

Not only does this create more room, but it can also increase the value of your home.

Pitched roof windows can also bring in some extra light and air to your home. And if you’re looking for skylights for pitched roofs, here’s a guide to help you choose the perfect kind for you.

3. Long Lifespan

As mentioned earlier, pitched roofs are often covered in tiles.

These can offer great long-lasting protection for your home.

Slate and concrete tiles have a lifespan of 100 years or more, and this makes installing these on your pitched roof a great investment.

Not only that, but due to the shape and lack of maintenance required, a pitched roof shouldn’t need regular checks to ensure it is staying strong.

It is often strong enough to care for itself.

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Negatives of Pitched Roofs

1. May Need Added Support

A pitched roof is a big structure and this can put some strain on a building.

This added pressure can be so large that extra support is needed on the framework of a building to make sure it is safe.

This can mean that installing a pitched roof isn’t always an option unless footings for your property are deep enough to withhold the structure.

Not sure on if it will work with your home? Get in touch with an expert who will be able to give clear guidance.

2. May Block Views

A pitched roof by nature is a large structure that takes up much more external space than a flat roof.

While this can be visually appealing, there is the chance that it could block some of the view from your, and your neighbour’s, homes.

This can lead to a lack of direct sunlight and disputes with nearby homes that also suffer the same fate.

Planning permission is required when installing a roof so make sure that everything is okay to go ahead before getting to work.

Flat Roofs

The alternative to a pitched roof is a flat roof.

This is an option that is becoming increasingly popular as a versatile way of installing a low-cost and accessible roof.

A flat roof is often actually not completely flat, as they do have a tiny slope that helps to drain away rainwater. This slope is often unnoticeable to anyone looking or standing on the roof though.

A flat roof can be quick to install, and if you want to know more about the structure of a flat roof, why not read our handy guide.

Types of Flat Roof

There are many different types of material used for a flat roof, and they are used all over the world.

Some popular flat roofing methods are single ply roofing, felt roofing, lead roofing, GRP fibreglass roofing and green roofing.

Flat roofing can be used as an outside space, or can be inaccessible, and are often found on structures like garages and sheds.

Benefits of Flat Roofs

Hugely Versatile

However you want to use it, having an outdoor space on which you can walk can be a huge benefit to a homeowner, especially one who lives in a city and has limited outside areas in their house.

Whether you want to have a green roof which can act as a garden, or you just want somewhere for extra storage or to dry your washing, the fact you can have a door or window that opens up and allows you to access your roof can make a big difference.

A Quicker Build

A flat roof can be a lot quicker to build, with less framework needed to install a roof. Of course, the times vary for which type of material you are using.

For example, if you’re installing a green roof this will take longer to build and implement than a felt roof, but you could assume that all of these options are quicker than building and tiling a pitched roof.

Easily Accessible

Being able to access a roof isn’t just a benefit for versatility as mentioned above, it also makes it much easier to maintain the roof and fix any issues that do arise.

A flat roof is also a lot easier to inspect than a flat roof, which is important as this kind of roof needs regular checks to make sure the roof isn’t bubbling, cracking, and that water isn’t pooling.

All in all, the accessibility of the roof makes things easier. If you want to change something, fix something, or alter the look of something, you can get on and do your work without the need for as many safety measures.

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Negatives of Flat Roofs

Higher Chance of Damage

While it is easier to fix a flat roof, there is more of a chance of damage.

Despite the fact that flat roofs are built with a slight slope, there is still the possibility of drainage issues, much more so than when compared to a pitched roof.

There are also issues with tearing and cracking as many materials that are used to build a roof expand and contract depending on the weather.

While the roof may be less cost to build, this kind of damage will cost you a lot more to fix than a few broken tiles.

Require More Maintenance

A pitched roof can be pretty much left alone, but the same can’t be said about a flat roof.

With a lifespan of around 15 years, this kind of roof will not last anywhere near as long as a pitched roof.

It will also require much more maintenance, especially if you have something like a green roof which will constantly have to be watched.

This extra maintenance can be a burden if people are looking for something low-maintenance and long lasting.

Repairs can be More Costly

Surprisingly, fixing a flat roof is often more costly than fixing a pitched roof.

This is because the common issues with flat roofs are a lot more damaging than the common issues on a pitched roof, such as loose tiles or cracks.

If your roof is bubbling, or sagging, or your material has ripped, this can sometimes require a lot of work to fix and therefore can be costly.

With the shorter lifespan also factored in, over the years the cost will add up for a flat roof, much more than it would for a pitched.

Final Thoughts

If you’re looking for an extension, both flat and pitched roofs come with plenty of benefits.

If you’re looking for something quick and low-cost to build and easy to access, then a flat roof may be for you. Alternatively, if you’re thinking more long term, then maybe a pitched roof is the best option.

Whatever your needs, Roofpro will love to hear from you.

Get in touch for more information or a quote on your project.

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Taking a walk around London, the chances are you will spot plenty of flat roofs.

This type of roof is common in commercial buildings and comes packed with benefits, including being energy-efficient and long-lasting.

Want to know more about flat roofs?

Then you’ve come to the right place, as our team at Roofpro London are experts in installing, repairing, and replacing flat roofs.

Here’s our handy guide on the essential things to know about this kind of roof.

What is a Flat Roof?

Now, you would think that a flat roof is called that because it is flat.

Well, you’re right and wrong.

While flat roofing is designed to be as near to flat as possible, there is still a small degree of a slant. This is so rainwater can naturally fall from the roof and not puddle on the top.

Flat roofs are growing in popularity over the years, with many people enjoying the fact they can be turned into a living space that looks modern, and also embracing the efficiency they provide, in cost, flexibility, and space.

So, now we know what a flat roof is, how do we build them?

How to Build a Flat Roof

Flat roofs are often built across timbers that span the area of the roof. To gain the perfect level needed to seem flat but also make sure water runs off, it’s a good idea to taper the timbers.

This is the frame of your roof and using steel joists to help place your timbers is always the best practice, especially when constructing something heavy such as a green roof.

So, once you have your timber frame in place and it is sturdy and secure, it’s time to lay down the roof, which is often made from plywood.

Place some boards across the timbers and then finally place your roofing material across the boards. You must make sure the roof is clean before doing this, and also that any extra insulation measures have been put under the boards.

Secure the roofing material down (often rubber) and your roof is complete.

Now of course, this is a heavily simplified run-through, and if you are looking to add a flat roof to your property, the best idea is to get in touch with the professionals, such as the team at Roofpro London.

The Best Flat Roof Materials

There are several materials that can be used on a flat roof, and here’s three of the more popular choices.

Felt

Using felt on a flat roof is a great choice.

It is durable (lasting a whopping 30 years) and cost-effective. What’s not to like?

Felt is often made from modified bitumen and is regularly combined with fibreglass or polyester as a way of strengthening it against the elements.

GRP Fibreglass

Another great choice for flat roof installation is fibreglass.

This is also known as GRP (glass reinforced polyester) and is a mixture of polyester resin and fine mat glass fibres. Combined, these result in a laminate which can be spread over a flat roof to provide a strong and long-lasting cover.

Similar to felt, the benefits of GRP fibreglass roofing are that it is quick to lay, simple to fix, and lasts a long time (again, around 30 years).

Green Roofing

If you have limited garden space and desire somewhere to sit out in the sun, then why not install a green roof?

These are a really popular choice as they are environmentally friendly, visually stunning and could add value onto your home.

A green roof is basically a garden on top of your property, and you can fill it how you like. Turf, flowers, grass, the possibilities are endless.

And the benefits don’t end there, with green roofs also being brilliant at keeping in warmth and keeping out unwanted sounds.

While more expensive and tougher to maintain, a green roof is a great option for any nature lover.

Lead Roofing

Lead is a really strong choice to cover your flat roof.

Not only that, it also looks really good, offering a sleek and stylish appearance.

When fitted correctly, lead comes with some great benefits, including the fact that it can be moulded and shaped to make sure the perfect fit is achieved for your roof.

While being an expensive option, lead roofs can last for long over 50 years, which makes them a brilliant option for your flat roof construction.

How do you Repair a Flat Roof?

So, what happens if your flat roof gets damaged?

Well, this all depends on the material you are using.

For example, with GRP roofing, you need to give it space to move. This kind of roof expands in the heat and shrinks back in the colder months. If your roof hasn’t been installed correctly then this could lead to cracks.

To fix this, you must lay as close to the same resin as possible to repair the cracks.

It is a similar operation on felt roofs, where you often get tears caused by weather damage. Another thing to keep a close eye on with felt roofs is bubbling, which can be repaired easily if spotted quickly.

If not, the bubble may burst leading to a hole in the roof which is much tougher to fix.

With lead roofing, new sheets can be used to repair any cracks or tears that have formed. Again, the most common reason for these is poor installation.

A green roof is tricky, as it is much harder to spot any roof damage, and also tough to reach the roof under a heavy and thick covering.

In most cases, if there is structural damage to a green roof, it must be partially removed until the repairs have been made.

What is vital in all flat roofs, is that the installation is done in the right way, and that’s why it’s important to consult professionals to construct your roof, and this means you should avoid any issues or repairs.

How to Replace a Flat Roof

Roof’s do have a certain lifespan, and when it is reaching the end, it is time to replace.

So how do you know when your flat roof needs replacing?

Well, there are several tell-tale signs, such as leakages, flooding, blistering and sagging. Especially in felt and GRP roofs, if you notice cracks and the roof is beginning to look shrivelled (known as alligatoring) it may be time to replace.

The process of replacing a roof sound simple, but is far from it.

All of the material on the roof needs to be removed. This can sometimes be done with a spade, in which everything is scraped off until the roof is bare and ready to be laid on again, or sometimes involves melting away some of the material on the roof.

No matter what your roof, safety is paramount, and it is always the best choice to consult a professional before undertaking the task.

The Benefits of Flat Roofs

1. Easy to Maintain

Flat roofs are much easier to care for than pitched roofs.

You have the benefit of easy accessibility. This means you can just inspect your roof with ease by simply climbing on top of it, and also it is much easier to spend time working on repairs.

Keeping a regular eye on a roof is the best way of minimising large amounts of damage and being able to perform regular checks is a great way of doing this.

2. Can Be Used in Different Ways

Another way a flat roof is sometimes preferable to a pitched roof is the versatility it offers.

You can access it and stand on it, meaning if you want to sit and enjoy the sun or read a book, then you can.

Also, you can choose to have a green roof and really bring nature to where you live. If you reside in London, then it can be tricky to find garden space, so having a space you can enjoy that is outside and surrounded by nature is a huge plus.

3. Efficient in Many Ways

A flat roof is always an efficient option.

Firstly, in terms of cost, flat roofs can be quick and easy to repair and construct, often taking around three days, which makes them a cheap way of covering your property.

They are also energy-efficient, providing great insulation when built right.

This is never truer than with a green roof, which provide a thick covering for your home with keeps loud exterior noise and cold weather out.

How Roofpro London can Help with your Flat Roof

If you’re looking for a flat roof, or you already have one and would like it repaired or replaced, then Roofpro London would be glad to help.

Our team of trained roofers are experts in using many different materials to create wonderful flat roofs for you.Get in touch today for a quote.

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A roof is an integral part of a house, but it is also one of the most vulnerable.

Heavy wind and rain can be tough on a roof. If you’ve sat through a heavy wind and heard the sound of roof tiles being dislodged, or sat during a rainfall and heard the dripping of a leak coming through your roof, then it is time to act.

Every roof has a life expectancy. But not all roofs are the same.

Different materials and different shapes all have an effect on the longevity of a roof, and by assessing yours, you can gain a clear idea of how long your roof should last.

Let’s take a look.

The Different Materials

There are many different materials that are used to make roofs across the world. In the UK, the most common are clay, slate and concrete tiles.

Knowing the material of your tiles is important as you will get a clearer idea on how strong your roof is against the elements.

Clay Tiles

A clay roof should last for around 60 years.

Clay is a hugely popular choice in the UK due to its longevity and durable nature. It is also one of the more cost-efficient options when making repairs.

Though not as strong as some other options, clay tiles do hold their own against tough weather, and boast some resistant qualities when it comes to mould and water damage.

They also look great, in the famous terracotta shade and a wide range of curved shapes to really make your roof stand out.

Slate Tiles

Slate costs a bit more than some other options, but due to its toughness, great look and longevity it is often worth every penny. Used for centuries across the world, slate roofing is a popular choice in the UK.

Slate is often seen as a luxury and is sure to be a huge plus when it comes to selling your home, but with a life expectancy of more than 100 years, it is always a worthwhile investment.

It is also easy to maintain and keep clean which helps to maintain the stunning visual benefits.

Concrete Tiles

Another popular choice in the UK is concrete tiles.

This is another choice that is tough and durable against all weather, and can easily last 100 years on top of your roof.

Rarely susceptible to leaks and environmentally friendly, using concrete tiles ticks many boxes.

Like the tiles above, this option is also low maintenance. It is also a good choice if you are looking to save money, costing much less than many other roofing alternatives. There’s a reason concrete tile roofing is so popular across the UK. They are efficient in every sense of the word and are sure to last a long time.

Metal Roofing

A metal roof is predicted to last around 50 years.

Despite some benefits, metal roofs are often seen more in hotter countries due to their ability to reflect heat and keep the inside of a home cool.

While not as strong as the tiles mentioned above, metal is good at deflecting water and is better suited to battling strong winds than tiles which are susceptible to coming lose.

Metal is a costly roofing option and this can be off-putting to many people, but when it comes to a tough material that is strong against extreme weather conditions, it is a good option.

Green Roofing

A green roof is hugely beneficial for the environment and can provide a great outdoor space for people living in cities such as London.

With a life expectancy of around 40 years, they are also a long-lasting option.

Great to look at and energy-efficient due to the thermal mass that a green roof entails, green roofs are increasing in popularity as more and more people look to go ‘greener’. Whether picking intensive or extensive green roofs, you are always getting a material that can soak up the worst of the weather with minimal damage, and if cared for can last for a long time.

Slightly more expensive than other options due to the extra weight that is needed to be supported, but a great choice for anyone living in London or other surrounding areas who want to do their bit for the environment.

Felt Roofing

A cheaper alternative to all of these options is felt roofing.

Most often used on flat roofs due to its ability to stay watertight, a felt roof should last around 30 years.

Despite not having the longevity and durability of the other material options, a felt roof does have some benefits.

It does the job it is made to do well, and at a low cost. It is also easy to replace and maintain, meaning any issues can be dealt with quickly without breaking the bank.

Felt roofing isn’t used on a huge scale and is only advantageous for small roofs, but it is a great option and does exactly what it needs to against wet and windy weather.

How long does a Pitched Roof Last?

When it comes to the shape of the roof there are two options, pitched and flat.

A pitched roof has some advantages over its flat rival, most notably in longevity and durability.

For example, some of the materials mentioned above such as slate tiles are known to last for a century, whereas flat roofs don’t last as long.

A pitched roof will last for a long time if it is cared for and checked regularly so any issues are quickly resolved.

How long does a Flat Roof Last?

Flat roofs do have some advantages over pitched roofs though.

Firstly, they can be constructed quickly and are much easier to maintain. They are also a much cheaper option than installing a pitched roof.

Despite only having an average lifespan of 20 to 30 years, a flat roof won’t cost a huge amount when the time comes to fix and repair it.

They also provide a great look and have grown in popularity as a way to make your property, or a part of it, really eye-catching. There are various materials you can use when building a flat roof, but felt, lead and green roofs are some popular options.

When is it Time for a New Roof?

So now you know how long each roof should last, what checks can you carry out to know when its time to replace yours?

The first thing to do is perform visual checks. Either from inside your loft or from outside your house, it is vital that you take a look every now and then to check all tiles are still in places and there are no rips or holes. This is especially important after a heavy wind or rain storm.

Another thing to look out for is moss or mould. This may seem innocent, but can actually be a sign of trapped moisture. If your roof is retaining water, then something has gone wrong and this should be looked into by a professional.

A roof should stop any light and water from breaking through into your loft space, so if there are signs of this, then it is a sign that something is wrong.

From blocked gutters to broken tiles, keeping an eye on your roof regularly is the best method to make sure your roof is healthy and to know exactly when it may be time for a new one. Of course, if you aren’t confident in your knowledge but believe something may be wrong, calling a professional to give some expert advice is always a good idea.

How to Extend Your Roof’s Life

Keeping a roof healthy is all about keeping it well maintained.

If you can make sure there is nothing that may be about to damage your roof such as heavy snow or large piles of leaves that are stuck, you can avoid issues. By keeping your roof clean, you are keeping it healthy.

And of course, don’t forget your gutters. Keeping these clean means you are not risking heavy blockages pulling on your roof and causing damage.

Of course, things do happen to roofs. Tiles break and felt rips. What’s important is that when this does happen you act quickly and seek professional help. Problems left unsolved only grow and before you know it what would have been a quick fix turns into a huge job.

Prevention is the best cure, so if you keep an eye on your roof regularly, at least once a year for example, you can be sure to stay on top of any issues that risk the health of your roof.

Summary

No-one wants to have to pay for a new roof, but it is often necessary.

A new, well-structured roof can boost the energy-efficiency of your home massively, as well as fixing errors with damp and leakages. If you have issues with your roof and want some professional advice, get in touch with RoofPro London today. No matter your roofing needs, our team of professionals can provide assistance and quotes for any job that needs doing.

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We’re all used to seeing green areas when we stroll through London, but not always when we’re looking up.

Well, that is all about to change, as the popularity of green roofing is rising.

With more focus on the environment, less outside space available for many homes, and energy bills rising, the benefits of having a green roof are beginning to look more and more attractive.

At Roofpro, our team of skilled professionals specialise in green roof installation and repairs across London.

Still need convincing?

Well, this blog will provide seven benefits of installing a green roof in your home.

But before we get there, let’s look at what exactly a green roof is.

What is a Green Roof?

A green roof can mean a lot of things, but essentially it is greenery (grass, vegetation or plants) that is laid on a flat roof.

Sounds simple?

Well, it’s not. A green roof needs to be laid on a waterproof membrane, as well as be on a roof that is strong enough to hold plenty of weight.

A green roof can be as simple as a rolled out green carpet or can be something more resembling a jungle. The possibilities are endless.

There are two types of green roof that Roofpro offer.

Extensive

An extensive green roof is used for roofs that are less accessible, and therefore not planned to be used as somewhere to relax or grow things on.

These are smaller in height and require much less maintenance and time in installation.

Intensive

An intensive green roof is much bigger, reaching 1500mm in height in some circumstances, and is the best option if you are looking for more of a garden.

This is a great choice for someone searching for a more natural and habitable roof.

So, now you know what a green roof, let’s look at the seven key benefits that they can offer.

Green Roof Benefits

Positive Environmental Impact

First up is probably the main reason that most people opt for a green roof.

In built-up areas such as London, having a space in the middle of a busy, residential area, that is a natural environment is a great way of promoting cleaner air.

Some built-up areas suffer from the heat island effect. This phenomenon occurs when urban areas get much hotter than rural areas, sometimes by as much as 5 degrees. With green roofs, the effects of urban heat islands can be much lower, due to lowering the air temperature much more than a normal roof would.

Not only for humans, but green roofs often provide a great spot for wildlife to live and to prosper.

Birds and bugs will find it pretty hard to come by plants and dwellings in the middle of London, so a green roof can be a haven for these animals.

With so much focus being given to the fight against climate change, having something that promotes greater air quality, whilst also cutting down on the energy it takes to run a house, is a definite positive.

They’re Quieter

Urban areas can often be noisy. Cars driving by, horns beeping, and pubs and bars playing music until the early hours of the morning.

If you install a green roof though, it doesn’t have to be that way inside your home.

This type of roof is thick. With vegetation forming a layer across the roof of your building, you are not just installing a roof garden, you are also getting a roof with some great soundproofing qualities.

While I’m not saying it will drown out every sound, it will certainly be quieter than with an average roof.

If you live nearby to something that is noisy, such as a train track or a construction site, having a green roof can make your home feel much quieter and far away from the noise pollution outside.

They Keep Your House the Perfect Temperature

While a green roof may keep sound out, it also regulates the warmth inside.

When covering your roof in vegetation and plants, you are ensuring that half of the sunlight that hits your roof is absorbed. This doesn’t just make it cooler outside, but also inside.

In warm weather, you may think having such a thick roof would make your house hot, but instead it has the opposite effect, due to the nature of the plants that occupy the roof.

So, what about winter? Will your house be cold?

Well, no is the answer. While a green roof has a cooling effect against the sun, it also has a warming effect during the winter, when the thick layer of vegetation can provide a blanket of greenery for your building.

It’s a Nice Space to Relax

For many people, a major downside of living in an urban area is lack of a garden.

With spaces for outside areas few and far between, maybe it’s time to think outside the box, and turn that flat roof that’s currently empty into your own outdoor haven.

If you love nothing more than sunbathing with a book and a cold drink, then setting up a green roof somewhere that gets plenty of sunlight for them warm summer days is the perfect solution.

If you want to grow your own fruit and vegetables, then a green roof can provide an area from which you can do this.

When friends come over on a hot day, no one wants to be sat inside. A roof garden is perfect for lighting up the barbecue and socialising until the sun goes down and the party can go inside.

You don’t need to buy any more land, or pay out for an allotment, when everything you need may be right outside your window.

Save Money

Okay, the first thing to say on this topic is that green roof installation isn’t cheap.

While it may be a big outlay to begin with though, it will certainly save you money in the long run.

Firstly, energy bills are greatly reduced by the temperature altering qualities of a green roof. Cutting down on your heating over the winter and your air conditioning in the summer can have a huge effect on your annual bills.

Secondly, it gives you a space to grow your own fruit and veg, therefore saving you money that you would have spent in the supermarket.

It’s a long-lasting investment that over time could even pay for itself.

What’s not to love?

Boost your House Value

While we’re on the topic of financials, green roofs are also known to boost the value of a house.

Firstly, they provide a huge boost to a property’s curb appeal. Seeing a nice, colourful roof garden instead of an average roof can be a huge plus for a potential buyer before they even step foot in the house.

It also offers nature lovers the chance to own a home that is doing its bit for the environment, as well as the opportunity to do a bit of birdwatching from your own home.

And finally, people know that a green roof can slash the price of energy bills, which can be a huge appeal to many potential buyers. Not only this, but they also know it has a long roof life, and they shouldn’t have to fork out for repairs any time soon, especially if the roof is relatively new.

They Last a Long Time

The final benefit of installing a green roof is that they last a long time.

The average life expectancy for a roof of this kind is around 40 years. That is a huge amount of time that such a roof can last for if looked after and only plays into the idea that this is an investment that will pay for itself in it’s lifetime.

When compared to other roofs, a green roof is high on the list when it comes to life expectancy. If you choose an extensive roof that is easy to maintain, you will require minimal effort to keep your roof in tip-top condition for a period of many years.

If you opt for intensive, then you may have to do a little work keeping it in order, but the benefits, as listed in this blog, are vast and varied.

Roofpro Green Roof Installation and Repairs

If you are interested in installing a green roof in your home, then Roofpro may be the company you’re looking for.

With trained experts in installing, repairing and maintaining a green roof on hand, we can offer our service throughout London.

Get in touch today to speak to one of our friendly team on what we can do for you.

Roofs are made to help protect a properties interior from damages.

A roof should be routinely inspected to avoid major wear and tear or damages to occur. If you wait for something to happen before getting your roof checked, it could end up costing you way more than a regular inspection.

At Roofpro we are qualified to give your roof a professional and in depth inspection.

Here are a few signs you should definitely get a roof inspection.

Indicators of a Damaged or Lost Tile

Tiles are increasingly popular amongst domestic properties.

If you notice a leak from your ceiling or damp patches, this may be due to a cracked or lost roof tile. Water could have slipped through the gap and into the underlying felt and if left, this could case major damage.

Damp Patches

Not even flat roofs are immune from water penetration. If you are experiencing damp patches in your ceiling it may be due to a tear or crack in the roof. To be able to really tell what is causing the issue, it is vital that you consult a professional.

You won’t be able to catch it from ground view, so letting someone get onto your roof for a thorough look could save any future damage from happening.

Safety

It’s always better to get professionals to check your roofs as it may not be safe to ascend a ladder to do it yourself.

At Roofpro we have years of experience navigating roofs and climbing those heights in a more controlled way.

Also if you have no knowledge or experience, you could end up doing more harm than good to your roof.

If handling a roof repair yourself, be careful what you are using to do the repairs. Handling certain chemicals and materials can be extremely dangerous if not handled correctly.

Weather

When the weather is warm it is best to get an inspection or roof repairs.

Not only is it safer for roofers but it’s also the best time for certain roof types to be installed.

Roof is More Than 10 Years Old

If you’ve never checked your roof since you moved into the property and it’s over a certain amount of years old, it’s best to get it inspected.

This is for your safety and to ensure you wouldn’t need to pay out more if any major damages occurred. Likely over a course of a certain amount of years the roof will need replacing or repairing.

Get In Touch

Have you noticed any of the above? Or just want an inspection just in case?

Get in touch today and book your inspection now.

skylight installation

Whether it’s for style, or for lighting up a room, there are plenty of reasons to install a skylight (often used interchangeably as roof lights).

But choosing the right skylight for your property isn’t easy and can often feel overwhelming.

After all, it’s important for you to figure out which light is best for you and your home to achieve the perfect look and feel for your property or commercial setting.

In this blog, we’ll break down everything you need to know before choosing to install a skylight.

What is a Skylight?

A skylight is designed to maximise the amount of natural light entering a building. In fact, studies have found a skylight can emit more than 3 times the light of a same sized vertical window.

A skylight often consists of a glass or polycarbonate pane taking up part of, or the entire roof.

Skylights can be a real boost to any room they are put in, adding natural light whilst also lowering your carbon footprint and electricity bills. Another bonus of a skylight is that you can get more air circulating through a particularly stuffy room.

However, there are multiple things to consider before buying a skylight.

Roof Types

Firstly, does your property have a flat roof or a pitched roof?

A flat roof lends itself to more styles: Opening, fixed, walk-on, lantern style lights etc. On the other hand, a pitched roof is far more suited to Velux and Conservation style lights.

Types of Skylight Materials

The two most common materials which are best suited for a skylight are glass or polycarbonate.

Glass is the most popular choice due to its clean aesthetic and quality. Polycarbonate is the more cost-effective choice, and is mainly popular within commercial properties due to its price and durability/toughness.

In terms of the frame, you can pick metal, timber or PVC. Metal is popular amongst period properties, barn conversions and contemporary houses (the main metals being steel and aluminium).

Timber is common but getting onto the roof to maintain the timber can be tricky. However, timber-aluminium composites are a great choice as they can offer the look of wood inside but are lower maintenance outside.

PVC is a low-maintenance option; however, this will not provide the slim frames that metal is capable of or the natural look of wood.

Types Of Skylights

Time to breakdown the different types of skylight and how they can improve the look and feel of your property.

Pitched

Having windows in a pitched roof instantly transforms the space inside. Not only does it reduce the need for artificial lighting but brings a rare openness to your living space.

Pitched roof windows happen often with a loft conversion and when turning an existing loft space into a habitable room with a view.

How the environment looks is dependant on placement of the window and where the sun is facing.

Velux Style Conversion

This type of window opens on a pitched roof like a door. Perfect for loft conversions, open air showers and more. They’re really good for those summer months where you can create an open-air shower effect in your bathroom!

Flat

Flat skylights are a good way to add lots of extra daylight into a room. They are suited more to rooms with flat roofs above. Flat skylights are quite flexible in terms of shapes, sizes and specifications.

Fixed

A fixed skylight works like a basic roof window that typically won’t open. It is an attractive feature to have in the home to naturally get more light in a south-facing room, whilst being a hugely cost-effective option.

Opening

This type of skylight works like a basic window fitting – it props up open to allow more light into your room. A perfect step up from a fixed light if you want a similar effect. Also, it allows some fresh air to circulate through the room.

Walk-On

A walk-on skylight is a larger pane of glass that usually doesn’t open. It’s sturdy enough to walk over from the top and is commonly used in commercial properties.

Lantern Style

This is a pitched and pointed rooflight in the style of a lantern. A stylish, modern option for those trying to get as much light into a room as possible.

Hopefully, this has helped you reach a decision on what skylight would suit your home best. If you’re looking for help with skylight installation in London, RoofPro can help. We’ll ensure the best service across the capital, so get in touch today for your free, no-obligation quote.