FRegular Visual Roof Inspections Save Money | Roofing Bloglat Roof Specialist Advice – Regular Visual Inspections Save Money

Although I am a flat roof specialist in London, I get involved in all aspects of roofing and give advice too, about minor roof repairs that can be carried out ‘DIY-fashion’.  I am interested in giving quality information about how costly repairs and roof replacement can be avoided for as long as possible through preventative measures or ‘early-warning’ signals!

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How to Carry Out Simple DIY Flat Roof Repairs

Easy DIY flat roof repairs that can save time and costly professional intervention.  For DIY flat roof repairs, I can wholly recommend an excellent product that can be stored for up to 2 years and used over and again for simple repairs and even for preventative maintenance, as the product, once applied has an estimated ‘roof life’ of 10 years.

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The Trouble with Flat RoofingThe Trouble with Flat Roofing

The biggest problem with flat roofing is not always what it is covered with, but why it is leaking in the first place.  If you can determine the reasons why, after a visual inspection, you can help to avoid leaks recurring.

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Make Gutter Cleaning a Thing of the Past with a Hedgehog Gutter Brush

Gutter cleaning can be a difficult and treacherous task and sees you perched on a ladder leaning over to reach those few elusive leaves at the end of the gutter.

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Do You Have Asbestos in Your Home? – Awareness & Considerations

Asbestos awareness is a critical factor to consider when buying a renovation project or whether you are planning on remodelling your home.

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Flat Roofing Training CourseEPDM Permaroof Training Day – Learn How to Fit EPDM Roofing Membrane with the Experts

Although EPDM roofing membrane is easy to fit, anyone who is going to do more than one roof can benefit from the EPDM Permaroof training day.

 

 

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How to Perform an Emergency Roof Repair to Damaged Roofing

Sometimes it is necessary to carry out an Emergency roof repair to your damaged roof to prevent further damage in a storm before you can attend to the damage properly or call a professional in to help you.

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mechanically fixed roofing systemsMechanically Fixed Roofing Systems Parts, Fixings & Fasteners

The trouble with mechanically fixed roofing systems is that older fixings can be subject to corrosion and weathering and will need to be replaced at some point, especially during a renovation or roof covering replacement.

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Roofing Organisations for Complaints About Roofers

We hear the horror stories on ‘Cowboy Builders’ and other such consumer programmes dealing with complaints about roofers, and all hope that will never happen.  I am often outraged, being an experienced and reputable roofing specialist that these ‘tradesmen’ get away with so much shoddy workmanship.

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epdm roofing membraneEPDM Roofing Membrane vs. Tradition

EPDM roofing membrane manufactured by Firestone has to be the most flexible, durable and cost-effective roofing material that I have used.  I would say that there is no better covering for a flat roof on the market today.

 

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Grow Herbs on Green RoofingGreen Roofing – What is it?

As a roofing specialist I get asked about all kinds of roofing, but just lately, I have been asked quite often about green roofing.

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How to Clean Moss from Roof Tiles

Watch this video that gives some ideas for how to clean moss from roof tiles. A simple job that can save you money in costly damage to the interior decorations and roof repairs.

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Sedum - Popular Green Roof IdeasGreen Roof Ideas, Images and Thoughts

As promised in a previous post, I have been browsing green roof ideas to bring you a taste of the possibilities of green roofing.

 

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Buy a Shed Roof Kit OnlineReplacing a Shed Roof – A Fast & Easy DIY Option

When it comes to replacing a shed roof, there is an easy option for the DIY-er, which will avoid costly professional help or buying a new shed!

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Regulations for a Green Roof – The Green Roof Code

Are there any regulations for a green roof? The answer appears to be pretty vague at the first stage of my research – which is by no means completed. Find out more…

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res_img1Building a Green Roof – Structure & Membrane – Part One

Today we will take a look at the preparation stages of building a green roof – structure and roofing membrane to ensure that the base is watertight.

 

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Building Green Roofing - Gravel Layer for DrainageBuilding Green Roofing – Drainage Layers – Part Two

In part one of building green roofing, we talked about the roofing structure and the waterproof membrane.

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17058506_90x90Installing a DIY Green Roof – More Drainage! – Part Three

In our series of tips about installing a DIY green roof, we have covered the first few layers of membrane and drainage, of which there is plenty.

 

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Construction of a Green Roof – Moisture Retention

The construction of a green roof is long-winded and hard work, but in the long-term will be rewarding, eco-friendly and attractive to wildlife.

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Finishing a Green Roof Project with Roof TrimPlanting & Finishing a Green Roof Project

At last we find ourselves finishing a green roof project that we all began weeks ago. We are finally at the stage of planting and applying trim around the edge of the flat roof to give us a clean look and that all-important watertight exterior.

 

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Fast Flat Roofing Quotes with the Latest Edition of The Scaffolding Contract

Construction Industry Publications has launched the latest edition of The Scaffolding Contract, making light work of producing scaffolding contracts and fast flat roofing quotes.

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moss-in-sunlight-1370247-mGreen Roof Advice & Suppliers

Over the past few months we have learned much about Green Roof installation, from planning to inception, through to installation and planting.

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Roofing Industry Gathers Momentum

It is with a collective sigh of relief that we notice the roofing industry not only recovering, but gathering momentum as we approach the middle of the second quarter.

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17058485_90x90New Android App for Roofing Materials to Revolutionise Quotes

A new App for roofing materials has been developed by Permaroof that is set to revolutionise the way we can produce roofing quotes. Using the app for roofing materials calculation is going to save hours in its simplicity.

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roofing safety measuresHarsh Reminder about Roofing Safety

Roofing safety is an issue that never goes away when you are a roofing contractor. The nature of our work means that roofing safety is at the forefront of every job that is undertaken, not just for ourselves, but also for any employees and homeowners that may be involved.

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Joining an Accredited Roofing Group can Help your Business Grow

Today, we are going to look at why joining an accredited group can help your roofing business grow stronger and be more productive in an increasingly competitive industry.

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safety-helmet-logo-1401830-mWork at Height Regulations Reminders

Last month we spoke about Work at Height Regulations and how we really need to take a serious view of the way we work for ourselves and for our clients.

 

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Roofing Skill ShortageRoofing Skills Shortage According to FMB Survey

According to a survey conducted by the Federation of Master Builders, the alarming roofing skills shortage within the building industry could affect the trend of current economic recovery.

 

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HSE Compliance – Risk Assessments & Method Statements

As professionals, we are all familiar with the words ‘HSE Compliance’ – sometimes accompanied by that cold, sinking feeling in the pit of the stomach! Read more about obligatory requirements…

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Garage Roof Replacement – Felt or EPDM?

When faced with a garage roof replacement, panic levels can soar. You’ve patched it and cleaned out the gutters, but replacement is now inevitable – which road do you take?

 

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Great YouTube Channel for Flat Roofing Tips  

I am always happy to give out flat roofing tips, in the hope of offering you alternatives to expensive flat roof repairs. Prevention of a leaking roof can help you to avoid costly emergency call-out fees and can ultimately add longevity to any flat roof installation.

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computers-1-71221-mNew Eco-Roof Apprenticeship Launched – Plan to get the next generation back into class!

Everywhere we look in the roofing industry at the moment, there is increasing concern about the shortage of skilled workers, particularly in specialist areas. As the UK construction industry enjoys a boom in house-building, that shortage is becoming more and more obvious.

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Breather Membranes Can Help Reduce Energy Rating

The installation of breather membranes can make an enormous difference to your roof replacement project. For what is costs initially, it is well worth it. You can save up to 25% roof space heat loss with a breather membrane!

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rubber paving supportInnovative Rubber Paving Support Makes Life Easier

Recently I had a flat roofing job that required laying paving slabs. The roof deck also needed lights and so involved cabling, which had to be hidden from view. Find out about the little rubber product that made the job a whole lot simpler…

 

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Time-zone changes could benefit roofersTime-Zone Devolution Debate Includes Roofers

As we approach the winter, we roofers begin to reschedule our jobs to allow for darker evenings to negate the risks of continuing roofing in the dark. It is with interest that I saw this article from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) this week as they ask William Hague, who is chairing a new committee charged with examining the options for English devolution, to include time-zones in his constitutional changes.

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Fitting Metal Counterflashing to Waterproof and Winterise Your Flat Roof

Flat roof repairs are taking up much of my working week at the moment as my customers have been checking their flat roofing as winter fast approaches. It is the very best time to make crucial checks and repairs before the bad weather sets in.

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UK Government Launch Consultation for Zero Carbon Homes

The proposed zero carbon homes policy will mean that from 2016 all UK new build homes must meet the requirement of no carbon emissions from heating or lighting installations.

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mossy-roof-3-1062440-mGreen Roofing Projects Advice

As the year draws to a close, work is slowing down for me and many other roofers around the country. I have just a couple more weeks of roof repair jobs as my customers also prepare to hunker down for the Christmas break without the concern of leaking roofing.

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roofing safetyRoofing Company Reported to HSE by Customer

As you know, I loathe hearing about roofing companies taking risks with health and safety. There is so much guidance out there in our industry, and a great deal of H&S involves the use of basic common sense, which I am pretty convinced is rather thin on the ground.

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How to Recover a 6×4 Flat Roof for less than £500

As you know, I am a great advocate of EPDM membrane, a fantastic product that could revolutionise flat roofing with a sustainability that we roofer have been waiting for. Using the EPDM system, I can tell you how to recover a 6×4 flat roof for under £500!

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Raising Industry Awareness for Young RoofersRaising Industry Awareness for Young Roofers

The National Federation of Roofing Contractors are playing their part in raising industry awareness for young roofers with the running of competitions for apprentices all over the UK. As an industry, we all know about the alarming shortage of the next generation of contractors, particularly in the roofing sector, where shortages in the future could spell big trouble.

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Kit Builder App Goes Mobile

Remember we talked about the great Permaroof flat roof kit builder app a few months ago? I have been using this online consistently ever since, but the other day I read an email about their launch for mobile devices and this is fantastic news. I’ve included the video in the post so you can see the details of the launch.

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Warm Work Shirts – The Shacket

I am just getting over a bout of ‘man-flu’ and it has made me realise the importance of staying warm. Roofers of course work outside and most of us forget what our mothers told us when we were young about ‘keeping our chests warm’.

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Replace a Shed Roof for Under £100How to Recover a Shed Roof for Under £100

Following a great response to my post a couple of months ago regarding covering a flat roof for under £500, I thought I would give you some more ideas that can be tackled at home with a little DIY know-how and a complete kit.

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Revisions to BS 5534 Now in Force for Roofing Industry

The roofing industry has been awaiting the changes to the BS 5534 standard since it was first announced back in August last year and now they have arrived. Contracts agreed or in progress by March 1st 2015 can be completed within a ‘timely period. However, NHBC sites must adhere to the new standard for all roof projects from July 1st onwards.

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planning-permission-solar-panelsPlanning Permission for Roofing Projects

Seeking planning permission for roofing projects is an important step in the entire process and one that can be overlooked by many. Planning permission is not always necessary, but it really isn’t worth taking a chance.

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Find Approved Roofing ContractorsThe Importance of Approved Roofing Contractors

Finding approved roofing contractors is critical when you begin the planning process for your roofing projects at home. As we often see in the news and in consumer studies, homeowners can be left with terrible problems when they engage contractors for crucial works who let them down.

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Flat Roofing Training CourseTraining Course for EPDM Flat Roofing

Training is an important part of the construction industry, particularly if you are self-employed. Customers today expect to see paperwork and accreditations from respected training professionals are vital if we are to continue growing our businesses in new areas. Find out where I trained…

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New Tool BagNew Tool Bag the C.K. Magma – Best Tool Box I Ever Had!

I had a birthday last week and have had to share with you the best tool box I have ever owned. After managing for years with a tool case and various tool belts, and after grumbling almost incessantly about them, my Wife decided to buy me a new one.

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Free EPDM OnlineHow to Get a Free EPDM Sample

We have discussed at length the benefits of EPDM roofing membrane, manufactured in the U.S. by Firestone. The rubber-polymer-based membrane has far superior waterproofing properties to felt and can outlast it by a phenomenal timespan with its expected life cycle of more than 50 years.

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HSE Fine London Roofing Firm for Breach of Work at Height Regs

You all know by now that nothing makes my blood boil more than hearing time and time again about roofing companies failing to employ basic Work at Height safety measures for their employees. Read details of  the latest HSE fine…

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Change the Way You Work on Flat Roofs with Water-Based AdhesiveChange the Way You Work on Flat Roofs with Water-Based Adhesive

Traditionally, flat roofs require hot bonding, bitumen and often felt roofing materials to make good a leaking roof. EPDM uses cold, water-based adhesive and can change your working life.

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A Trip Around Fenchurch Street’s Sky Garden – An Inspiration for Green Roofing

It isn’t often I get a chance for time off during the week, but a client of mine was inspired for a green roof by Fenchurch Street’s Sky Garden, a development in London that incorporates a three storey equivalent space at the top that has to be seen to be believed.

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NFRC Members Urged to Enhance ReputationsNFRC Members Urged to Join Which? Trusted Traders

The National Federation of Roofing Contractors (NFRC) are speaking out as a part of their ‘Get wise, get savvy, get NFRC’ campaign, to encourage their members to join the Which? Trusted Traders program.

 

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UK Construction Week 2015 in Birmingham

Fancy a trip up to Birmingham? This year will see the biggest construction trade event at the NEC called UK Construction Week and will be held in October. Entry is free with online registration for trade applicants and will include entrance to nine seminars.

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Brett Martin Skylights for Flat RoofingNew Glazing Frame from Brett Martin

I have long been a fan of Brett Martin Mardome skylights and have recommended and fitted many dozens of them for clients over the past few years. Find out how I discovered the new Clickfix glazing frame.

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Planning Applications on the Rise in 2015 | Roofing Blog2015 Planning Applications on the Rise for Home Improvements

There is no doubt about it – work levels have increased this year significantly. There has been little sign of a slow-down, even as we approach what is a traditionally quieter time of the year for the construction industry. My diary is still full until the end of November.

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Can You Lay New EPDM Membrane Over an Old Flat Roof?

Laying a new EPDM membrane over an existing waterproofing system is referred to as the ‘overlay’ method. This method of installation requires mechanically fixing the membrane with trims when completed, to ensure full waterproofing across the entire installation.

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Single-Ply Roofing MembranesSingle-Ply Roofing Membranes Increasing in Popularity

Last month we discussed the growth in our sector of the construction industry. An interesting report has been released by AMA research looking at that growth in terms of the supply and demand of roofing materials.

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Roofer Jailed After Overcharging Pensioners

It will take a Bishop Auckland couple a long time to recover from the actions of a local roofer who charged them £3,000 for simple roofing and gutter repairs, later estimated by a building expert to be worth just £425.

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Three Tips to Expand Your Roofing Expand Your Roofing Business in 2016 | Roofing BlogBusiness in 2016

At the end of each year I usually take some time to consider how to expand my business to ensure the following year is at least as successful. It is always wise, in any business, to take a look at the market to determine how market trends are changing, and how we can meet any new demands that our customers may have.

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What is a Warm Roof? Construction Methods Explained

In flat roof construction there are two main differences – warm roof and cold roof. Today we will look at what is involved in warm roof construction and later in the month we will examine the cold roof technique.

Warm roof construction is the easiest method and is often cheaper. The key to the two different methods is the way in which the insulation is installed.

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what is a cold roofWhat is a Cold Roof? Construction Methods Explained

Earlier this month we looked at warm roof construction. Today we will discuss cold roof construction and look at the biggest differences between the two methods.

Cold roof construction is a more expensive and time-consuming method of building a flat roof for an extension project.

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Black Country Roofing Fraud Totals £8 Million

It has been revealed that a Midlands-based scam has taken £8 million from Black Country pensioners in three years for ‘thermal roof paint’ that simply did not deliver on its promises.

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flat roof marketing packEPDM Flat Roof Marketing – How to Save Money

I don’t know about you, but I tend to spend a lot of time in January planning any marketing that needs updating. I found a great deal on a flat roof marketing pack to help me push flat roofing in 2016. Find out more…

 

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Specialist Single Ply Roofing Insurance for Customers of SPRA Members

The Single Ply Roofing Association (SPRA) has recently launched a new scheme with GGFI Ltd insurance brokers to offer specialist roofing insurance to the domestic customers of SPRA members.

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After EPDM Rubber Roofing Installation | Roofing NewsThe Difference EPDM Rubber Roofing Can Make

Roofing contractors around the country are realising the benefits of EPDM rubber roofing for flat roof projects, and now, as the single-ply roofing membrane sector gathers momentum, it appears that homeowners are beginning to as well.

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Midlands Roofing Company Directors Jailed After UK’s Longest Trading Standards Investigation

In yet another example of a Midlands roofing company defrauding consumers, a good result was achieved after the longest UK Trading Standards investigation that lasted for three years.

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UK Green RoofThinking About a Green Roof this Year?

The Green Roof is a concept that is tempting for many of us, particularly if we live in a city suburb. What better way to create an aesthetically-pleasing and environmentally friendly construction? But what about the installation process? Can you Do-it-Yourself?

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Shed Roofing Materials to Replace a Felt Roof

Traditional felt roof coverings are fast becoming a thing of the past, as we look towards sustainability and seek shed roofing materials that will last.

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Hexham Pensioner Conned Out of £3500 for Roof RepairHexham Pensioner Conned Out of £3500 for Roof Repair

Northumbria police are warning locals to be aware of the risks of engaging cold-calling doorstep sales representatives, following a recent case when an elderly Hexham resident was conned out of £3500 for roof repairs that were not carried out.

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Tragedy Strikes in New Hampshire Roofing Accident, But Firefighters Restore Faith in Humanity

Another sad story emerged this week, as a New Hampshire pensioner fell while making repairs to his roof, and later died in hospital from his injuries. Find out how Merrimack firefighters restored our faith.

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Free EPDM Rubber Roofing Toolkit | Roofing News UKGet a Free EPDM Rubber Roofing Toolkit

We love freebies here! So we just had to share this, and a few others with you. How about a free EPDM rubber roofing toolkit when you spend £250 or more with one of the UK’s biggest EPDM suppliers.

 

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Finding a Recommended Local Roofing Contractor Just Got Easy

It seems our confidence in reliable contractors is still no greater, as we still hear horror stories about unscrupulous ‘roofers’ overcharging for work, failing to turn up or not even being able to do a decent job. Finding a recommended local roofing contractor (and not just recommended by his mates) has always been tough – until now.

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ResTec Flat Roof System for Roofing and Balconies | Buy OnlineLiquid Flat Roof and Balcony System with Fire Protection

As a flat roof installer, I keep myself up-to-date with the latest, greatest and most innovative systems on the market, to ensure my customers get the flat roof system that best suits their needs. Check out the latest liquid flat roof system.

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B&Q Stock Firestone DIY Shed Roof Kits

B&Q are now offering Firestone EPDM membrane shed roof kits via Permaroof, the UK’s leading importer of EPDM. Permaroof created a shed roof kit to enable trade and DIY to buy everything they need to get the job completed without having to be concerned that the membrane is the right size, they have ordered enough adhesive and so on.

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Roofing Industry Growth in Spite of Brexit | Industry NewsRoofing Industry Growth Despite Brexit Uncertainty

In a recent report, conducted by Plimsoll from a poll of some of the UK’s largest roofing contractors, the industry is still enjoying a healthy profit, in spite of concerns arising around the country’s Brexit referendum.

 

 

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Secret Stash of Tutorials for EPDM Flat Roofing Installers

Shh! Don’t tell anyone, but I have just found an amazing ‘secret stash’ of EPDM flat roofing tutorials hiding quietly online and waiting for us. Read the full article and find yours!

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UK Housebuilding Survey Shows Uncertaintly After Brexit Vote | Roofing NewsUK Government Sets Unrealistic Housebuilding Targets According to Survey

According to a recent Build Show survey of the UKs housebuilders, 74% believe that the latest government aim to complete one million homes is not only unrealistic, but unachievable. Find out more.

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Rubber Roof Kits Prove Worth in DIY Sector

Rubber roof kits are taking DIY roofing to a new level, as enthusiasts realise the benefits and cost-efficiency of EPDM roofing membrane. Find out more.

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Financial Impacts on Construction Businesses Through Injury

It has been revealed, in a study conducted by Safeaid Supplies, that injuries in the construction industry workplace can result in significant financial losses for businesses in the sector.

CPA Survey Shows Growth for Construction Materials, For Now

It has been revealed by a recent trade survey for the second quarter of 2017 by the Construction Products Association (CPA), that although manufacturers have experienced growth for the past 17 consecutive quarters, on the whole, they do not expect it to last.

NFB Remind UK Government About House Building Targets

The UK’s National Federation of Builders (NFB) has been saying that the UK should be constructing 300,000 homes per year to tackle the issue of housing shortages in all regions across the country for years. This is not new news, yet despite repeated requests for action and investment, the NFB finds itself tackling the subject yet again.

Why EPDM is the Best Flat Roof Material for DIY Roofing

Installation of a flat roof is not the traditional type of job a DIY enthusiast would begin to tackle, yet the introduction of EPDM membrane has made it easy for today’s DIYer.

Get a Free Sample of Artificial Grass | PermaLawn UKThe Latest in Artificial Grass Better than the Real Thing

Today’s developments in artificial grass can have you questioning yourself, as it gets harder to tell the difference between it and the real thing. We have been looking at the options for artificial grass and weighing up the benefits for homeowners preparing to tackle the lawn during the summer months.

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