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Guttering & Fascia / Soffit Cleaning Services

Guttering & Fascia / Soffit Cleaning Services.

Birmingham Roof Repair Company realise that the vast majority of the population here in the UK are not able to do our own “Gutter Cleaning” or indeed anything to do with our roof i.e. “Roofing Repairs” or “Fascia & Soffit Replacement” etc.

Only by paying a reputable local Birmingham or Solihull roofing professional can one get the work done in an honest and affordable manner. As a matter of fact, according to a number of high profile research documents, ‘Window cleaning is the most dangerous job in the UK”.  The threat arrives from an individual falling off a ladder. This is given as the main reason for ranking the job so highly in a league table of the most risky professions.’

Therefore it follows that actually cleaning out guttering can be even more of a risk. The reason for this is that the person charged with carrying out the actual cleaning of the guttering, has to work at even greater heights than a residential window cleaner.

One should always have the guttering maintained. By not doing so, you the homeowner, could receive a large bill in the future. By having your guttering regularly checked and cleaned out by Birmingham Roof Repair every year you can be sure that no nasty bills are just around the corner.

The main purpose of rain guttering is to protect your building’s foundation by redirecting all rain water away from the base of the building. In addition guttering also helps to reduce erosion to the brickwork, whereby reducing the moisture absorbed into the structure of the property. This keeps the brickwork dry and free of moss, slime, algae etc.

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Therefore why not leave the maintenance of your upvc guttering to your local West Midland Gutter Cleaners.” We carry out the work so you don’t have to and why not have your fascias and soffits cleaned at the same time, to keep all your upvc plastic looking like new.

So to get an instant quote from Birmingham Roof Repair gutter cleaning services – simply email me telling me with the type of property you own and exactly what service you require.

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Roof Maintenance Tips

Roof Maintenance Tips. The primary reason for premature roof failure is due to lack of periodic roof maintenance. The following is a list of maintenance procedures that can be performed without contracting a roofing professional. 1. Removing debris from roof surface 2. Cutting back overhanging READ MORE…


How To Find The Right Roofer

How To Find The Right Roofer

Installing new roofing can often feel like a grudge purchase, something you need but take for granted. Plus, people don’t usually comment on how nice your roof is. In some parts of the US new roofs go on every 5-7 years, fortunately ours tend to last a longer.

Here is a list to help you save money and aggravation if you have to put on a new roof.

Before you call:

Compare hourly rates or job rates of several roofers.
To the best of your ability, contact a roofer during the off season when it is not snowing or raining. It can be a mess if you call a roofer when you realize your current one can’t turn water.
Compare the base price of different roofing material, e.g. asphalt shingles, slate tiles, cedar shakes.

Ask to see projects your roofer has completed in your area and talk to the homeowners.

Consider skill and experience over a cheaper hourly rate. Having an inexperienced, inexpensive roofer who doesn’t apply the roof correctly, will just cause you to hire another roofer to fix his mistakes. Avoid those situations by hiring quality first.

Roofing Contracts:

Consult with your roofer about which material would be best for your roof. If possible, try to secure a warranty or even a guarantee on his work.

Agree to how long your roof will be off and how long their equipment will be on your property.

Come to terms about who is responsible if the roof leaks within a certain period of time from the install.

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Roof Inspections

Roof Inspections.

Although in this country we don’t tend to see a lot of snow, we do see our fair share of rain.  So when buying a home it is usually a good idea to have the roof inspected. As a matter of fact, many lenders required this to be done before they will cut a check. In most states, a properly ventilated roof can last 20 years or more. In states where the snow is heavy, they often have to be replaced every five years. While having a secure roof is one of the most important parts of a home, it can also be a very expensive investment, especially if you bought a home under the guise that everything was on the up and up.

Roofing Inspections.

Roof inspections are simply inspections that determine the integrity of a roof, how long it may last, and when it will need to be replaced. Roof inspectors are not going to climb up on your roof or the roof of a home you are thinking of buying and pull up shingles or tiles. Roof inspectors have special procedures wherein they can determine the lifespan of a given roof without tearing into it. At first glance it might seem that roofing inspectors would have to pull up part of the roof to do a thorough examination, but if you consider your own roof, you would not want anyone tearing holes in it just to see if it was in good shape.

Roof Inspectors.

Roof inspectors also have super-technical techniques like infrared roof inspections where they don’t even have to touch the surface of the roof itself to determine a roof’s integrity. This process uses infrared rays to locate parts of a roof that are at higher or lower temperatures than the rest of the roof. These “hot spots” can show a roof inspector just exactly where heat is escaping.

Roof Inspections.

Because replacing a roof can be quite an investment, insurance companies and lenders require that this has been checked off. It makes sense for these companies to protect their investments, but you as the homeowner should want this to be secured as well. You don’t want to be stuck with a bill that you weren’t expecting, and you also don’t want to sell a home to a family and put them in the same spot.


Do You Need a New Roof?

Do you need a new roof?

Here are some ways to tell you if you do.

How often do you look at your roof? If you’re like me, you run in and out of the house, shuttle the kids back and forth, and glance up at the roofline only occasionally as you back out of the driveway.

But inspecting your roof regularly and making little fixes as needed can prevent some costly repairs down the road — and keep those raindrops from falling on your head. There’s another benefit, too: Keeping your roof in good condition will also be a big plus if you decide to sell your home.

Take it from the top

So, what should you look for when inspecting your roof? The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) recommends you do a roof inspection at least two times a year — spring and fall. The best place to begin is inside your house — grab a flashlight and make a trip to the attic.

Here are four things to look for on the inside:

1) Places where the roof deck is sagging

2) Signs of water damage or leaking

3) Dark spots and trails

4) Outside light showing through the roof.

Exterior check

When you take a look at the exterior of the roof, pay attention to such things as damaged flashing, missing shingles, curling, blistering, buckling, rotting and algae growth (which occurs most often in humid climates and appears as dark or greenish stains).

The HomeTeam Inspection Service offers these tips on what to check on the outside:

5) Visually inspect your roof for cracked, torn, bald or missing shingles.

6) Scan the roof for loose material or wear around chimneys, vents, pipes or other penetrations.

7) Watch out for an excessive amount of shingle granules (they look like large grains of sand) in the gutters — this is a sign of advanced wear.

8) Check for signs of moisture, rot or mold. Note that wet spots may not be directly under your faulty shingle; water can travel down to its lowest spot before it drips. Mold, fungi and bacteria can grow quickly — within 24 to 48 hours of a water-related problem.

9) Examine the drainage, and make sure gutters and downspouts are securely attached. Also ensure all drains are open and allow water to exit, and all gutters and downspouts are free of debris.

10) Check that all bath, kitchen and dryer vents go entirely outside of your home, not just into the attic space.

What’s the roof made of?

Dean Bennett, president of Dean Bennett Design and Construction, Inc. in Castle Rock, Colorado, says determining when you need a new roof also depends on roofing material as well as the part of the country in which you live. With that in mind, he offers tips on the following roofing materials:

Cedar: A cedar roof in need of repair or replacement will split and fall apart in dry climates. In moist climates, it will get mossy. The lifespan of a cedar roof is about 20 years.
Tile: “Look for broken or cracked tiles,” Bennett says, “but don’t walk on the roof to do so or the tiles will break. Tile roofs can last up to 100 years, but individual tiles can break. They can be replaced, but only by a specialist.”
Concrete: should never need replacing

If you have a roof with wooden shakes, you should also watch out for damage from termites, carpenter ants and/or other wood-boring pests.

Check the simplest solutions first

If your roof has water damage, don’t jump the gun and assume you need to start all over with a brand new roof. The California Contractors State License Board says that if your roof was properly installed and is less than than 15 to 20 years old, it can often be repaired rather than replaced.

Contact a licensed roofing contractor — or three — to find out what they think needs to be done and to get an estimate.

Starting over

If you do decide to go ahead and replace the whole roof, keep weather and other issues specific to your locality in mind when choosing materials.

For example, wood and asphalt shingles aren’t especially fire resistant — and this could be a problem if you live near a lot of dry brush and trees. Slate, tile and metal are more expensive materials, but they are a worthwhile investment because of the extra protection they offer against fire.

If, on the other hand, snow loads are an issue where you live, you might want to consider a durable and lightweight standing-seam metal roof. These can typically cast off the snow before it becomes a problem.

But before setting your heart on slate or tile — and we know they look really gorgeous — realize that these are very heavy materials. Some house framing just isn’t strong enough to support the extra weight of this sort of roofing.

Start now — before you have no choice

Don’t wait until water is unexpectedly pouring into your home by way of a leaky roof. Start protecting your home by using some simple observation skills. If you find problems, it doesn’t necessarily mean you need to replace your roof. Many repairs can be made before a major rebuild is necessary.

If you do need a new roof, be aware that this isn’t an average “do it yourself” type of project. It’s tough work — especially if you’re taking off the old roof — and can be dangerous, too. (Roofs slope and are up high… need we say more?)

It’s all looking up

Most people list “Having a roof over my head” as one of life’s essentials — and there’s a reason for that. It’s not just a matter of practicality or aesthetics (though both of those play a part). Your roof is what keeps you and your family safe from the sun and snow, lightning and rain.

So cozy up with the knowledge that once your roof is in tip-top shape, it will stay that way for years to come.