Roofapedia on the road - Grand Designs Live - 28/08/2012

In May we were lucky enough to attend Grand Designs Live at ExCel, London. This was a great opportunity to meet world-class experts in building, design and, most importantly, roofing! Presented by design guru Kevin McCloud and sponsored by Direct Line, this was the show’s 8th consecutive year.
Posted: 28/08/2012 09:00:00 by Tyler | with 5 comments
Filed under: Econoloft, GrandDesignsLive, HanseHaus, KevinMcCloud, PVSolarSolutions, RegalRooflines, BurlingtonStone
 

Guest blog post - Be Energy Smart - 09/07/2012

My mates over at Be Energy Smart have kindly written a blog post for us!

The much publicised feed-in-tariff (FIT) debacle has made people begin to question whether reasonable financial returns can be made from fitting solar photovoltaic (PV) panels to their roofs.  Of course, the question is really what is a reasonable financial return. This depends as much on the current economic climate and investment alternatives as it does on your roof.
Posted: 09/07/2012 09:00:00 by Tyler | with 227 comments
Filed under: FeedInTariff, FIT, Solar, SolarElectric, SolarPanels, SolarThermal, BeEnergySmart

Guest Blog - Knauf Insulation - 02/07/2012

My mates over at Knauf Insulation have kindly written a blog post for us!

The average home loses a huge 25 per cent of its heat through an uninsulated roof.  As a result, insulating a roof or loft is one of the most efficient and cost effective ways to reduce energy bills.  In fact, it could save you up to £175!
Posted: 02/07/2012 11:57:25 by Tyler | with 12 comments
Filed under: Knauf, KnaufInsulation, RoofInsulation, ThinkInsulation, Insulation

Roofapedia on the road - part 2 - 21/05/2012

Following on from our last post about the Ideal Home Show, we also attended the Homebuilding and Renovating Show last month. We were particularly excited about attending this show as a lot of the people who visit Roofapedia and submit questions are building their own home and want to find out what they need to know when it comes to building their roof from scratch.
Posted: 21/05/2012 09:00:00 by Tyler | with 9 comments
Filed under: Eon, Exhibitions, Homebuilding&Renovating, MarkBrinkley, MyBuildingProject, Blog

Roofapedia on the road - part 1 - 09/05/2012

March was a top month for anyone interested in home renovation, maintenance or self-build projects as we were not only treated to the Ideal Home Show in London but also The Homebuilding and Renovating Show in Birmingham!
Posted: 09/05/2012 09:45:09 by Tyler | with 5 comments
Filed under: BeEnergySmart, Blog, Exhibitions, IdealHomeShow, B&Q

Top Ten Tips for a Tip Top Rooftop in 2012 - 30/04/2012

Read around!

If you’ve vowed to embark on a spot of home maintenance this year and want to ensure that you focus on the parts of your home that really count, here are my top ten tips of what to look for on your roof and in your loft space.
Posted: 30/04/2012 09:00:00 by Tyler | with 191 comments

Top Ten Tips for a Tip Top Rooftop in 2012 - 23/04/2012

Look to your neighbours for ideas!

If you’ve vowed to embark on a spot of home maintenance this year and want to ensure that you focus on the parts of your home that really count, here are my top ten tips of what to look for on your roof and in your loft space.
Posted: 23/04/2012 09:00:00 by Tyler | with 8 comments

Top Ten Tips for a Tip Top Rooftop in 2012 - 16/04/2012

Know how to tackle a leak!

If you’ve vowed to embark on a spot of home maintenance this year and want to ensure that you focus on the parts of your home that really count, here are my top ten tips of what to look for on your roof and in your loft space.
Posted: 16/04/2012 09:00:00 by Tyler | with 4 comments

Top Ten Tips for a Tip Top Rooftop in 2012 - 09/04/2012

Find a reliable contractor

If you’ve vowed to embark on a spot of home maintenance this year and want to ensure that you focus on the parts of your home that really count, here are my top ten tips of what to look for on your roof and in your loft space.
Posted: 09/04/2012 09:00:00 by Tyler | with 7 comments

Top Ten Tips for a Tip Top Rooftop in 2012 - 02/04/2012

Know your options Part 2 - Battens

If you’ve vowed to embark on a spot of home maintenance this year and want to ensure that you focus on the parts of your home that really count, here are my top ten tips of what to look for on your roof and in your loft space.
Posted: 02/04/2012 09:00:00 by Tyler | with 12 comments

Top Ten Tips for a Tip Top Rooftop in 2012 - 26/03/2012

Know your options - part 1

If you’ve vowed to embark on a spot of home maintenance this year and want to ensure that you focus on the parts of your home that really count, here are my top ten tips of what to look for on your roof and in your loft space.
Posted: 26/03/2012 09:00:00 by Tyler | with 11 comments
Filed under: RoofTiles

Top Ten Tips for a Tip Top Rooftop in 2012 - 19/03/2012

Consider going solar!

If you’ve vowed to embark on a spot of home maintenance this year and want to ensure that you focus on the parts of your home that really count, here are my top ten tips of what to look for on your roof and in your loft space.
Posted: 19/03/2012 09:00:00 by Tyler | with 5 comments
Filed under: Solar, SolarThermal, PV

Top Ten Tips for a Tip Top Rooftop in 2012 - 12/03/2012

Learn the vital components that make up your roof!

If you’ve vowed to embark on a spot of home maintenance this year and want to ensure that you focus on the parts of your home that really count, here are my top ten tips of what to look for on your roof and in your loft space.
Posted: 12/03/2012 09:00:00 by Tyler | with 4 comments
Filed under: Eaves, Hip, Ridge, Tiles, Valley, Verges, Abutments

Top Ten Tips for a Tip Top Rooftop in 2012 - 05/03/2012

Ventilate!

If you’ve vowed to embark on a spot of home maintenance this year and want to ensure that you focus on the parts of your home that really count, here are my top ten tips of what to look for on your roof and in your loft space.
Posted: 05/03/2012 09:00:00 by Tyler | with 3 comments
Filed under: Ventilation

Top Ten Tips for a Tip Top Rooftop in 2012 - 27/02/2012

Check your roof!

If you’ve vowed to embark on a spot of home maintenance this year and want to ensure that you focus on the parts of your home that really count, here are my top ten tips of what to look for  on your roof and in your loft space.
Posted: 27/02/2012 09:00:00 by Tyler | with 3 comments
Filed under: Condensation, Maintenance, NFRC, Professional, Ventilation, blog

Now your roof is in great condition - Enjoy a very Happy Christmas - 25/12/2011

Have a brilliant Christmas everyone!

Posted: 25/12/2011 09:00:00 by Tyler | with 2 comments
Filed under: blog

Thinking about a change in the new year? - 24/12/2011

If you’ve been following our blog posts throughout December and have got the home maintenance bug, there are plenty more bits and pieces scattered over Roofapedia.

Posted: 24/12/2011 09:00:00 by Tyler | with 2 comments
Filed under: Maintenance, ContractorLingo

Don't be afraid to ask questions - 23/12/2011

It's critical that, when you encounter a problem with your roof, you ask plenty of questions.

Posted: 23/12/2011 09:00:00 by Tyler | with 45 comments
Filed under: Professional, Roof, ContractorLingo

Know how lead free roofing can benefit your property - 22/12/2011

Lead has been used for hundreds of years due to the flexibility and durability of the material that enable installers to create complex waterproof seals at roof junctions.

Posted: 22/12/2011 09:00:00 by Tyler | with 30 comments
Filed under: LeadReplacement

Don't give in to spray foam insulation promotions - 21/12/2011

Despite spray foam insulation being a good solution for older roofs and can improve the thermal efficiency of your roof, there is growing concern that it could increase the cost of future re-roofing.

Posted: 21/12/2011 09:00:00 by Tyler | with 1 comments
Filed under: SprayFoam, SprayFoamInsulation, Insulation

Consider solar panelling - 20/12/2011

Despite the recent reduction in the FIT, solar panelling remains a useful, low carbon method of providing your home with energy for heating, hot water and electricity. It also has the added benefit of being renewable and supporting the environment.
Posted: 20/12/2011 09:00:00 by Tyler | with 3 comments
Filed under: Solar, SolarElectric, SolarPanels, SolarThermal, FIT

Dry Fix v's Wet Fix - know the difference - 19/12/2011

Before we start on this topic, the term ‘dry fix system’ refers to roof junctions that avoid using mortar and are fixed mechanically. ‘Wet fix’, on the other hand means the use of traditional mortar.
 
Posted: 19/12/2011 09:00:00 by Tyler | with 10 comments
Filed under: DryRidge, DryRoof, DryValley, DryVerge, DryFix

If your insulation looks like this, chances are your roof is not insulated effectively - 18/12/2011

Your roofer will be able to ensure you have an efficient, effectively insulated roof.

Posted: 18/12/2011 09:00:00 by Tyler | with 1 comments
Filed under: Insulation

Thinking about battens? - 17/12/2011

Whether you’re building a new house, refurbishing an old property or replacing an old, tired roof, you will be choosing from a wide and diverse range of coverings and battens will be a major consideration.

Posted: 17/12/2011 09:00:00 by Tyler | with 9 comments
Filed under: RoofingBattens, Battens

Think you might have a leak in the roof? Here are a few things to investigate...... - 16/12/2011

There are a number of reasons why your roof might leak. Here’s a quick run down of them.

Posted: 16/12/2011 14:31:13 by Tyler | with 2 comments
Filed under: Extensions, RoofWindows, Slate, Tile, Underlay, Ventilation, Condensation

Look out for slipped tiles - 15/12/2011

While you’re taking a look at your roof, look for missing, broken or cracked tiles too and scan the junctions (where the roof meets a wall) for visible signs of damage.

Posted: 15/12/2011 14:14:05 by Tyler | with 2 comments
Filed under: SlippedTiles, Maintenance

Where to start with genuine slate? - 14/12/2011

Slate is a roofing material that has been used in the UK as far back as 1296!

Posted: 14/12/2011 09:00:00 by Tyler | with 15 comments
Filed under: Slate, NaturalSlate

Where to start with genuine slate? - 14/12/2011

Slate is a roofing material that has been used in the UK as far back as 1296!

Posted: 14/12/2011 09:00:00 by Tyler | with 8 comments
Filed under: Slate, NaturalSlate

How to remove moss from your roof - 13/12/2011

Have you spotted a patch of moss on your roof that you don’t like? Before I explain how to rid your roof of moss, I should point out that there is every chance that it will have little to no impact on the function of your roof and roof tiles.

Posted: 13/12/2011 09:00:00 by Tyler | with 3 comments
Filed under: Moss

Get Planning Permission - 12/12/2011

As mentioned in the 9th entry to this advent calendar (which we hope you’re learning plenty from!), you may well need planning permission if you are making any changes to more than 25% of your roof.

 

 

Posted: 12/12/2011 09:00:00 by Tyler | with 9 comments
Filed under: PlanningPermission

Understand the lingo your contractor is using - 11/12/2011

Do you know your Batten Voids from your Fascia boards? If the answer is no, you’re not alone!

 

 

Posted: 11/12/2011 09:00:00 by Tyler | with 3 comments
Filed under: ContractorLingo

Ventilate your roof - 10/12/2011

It’s important that, as well as insulating your home, you must ventilate the roof space to ensure that the roof space does not retain moisture.

Posted: 10/12/2011 09:00:00 by Tyler | with 3 comments
Filed under: Ventilation

Hire a professional - 09/12/2011

It’s a common mistake among homeowners to just select the first name in the Yellow Pages when finding a roofing contractor, but it’s of the utmost importance that you hunt around, get at least 3 quotes, request references and ask plenty of questions.

Posted: 09/12/2011 09:00:00 by Tyler | with 2 comments
Filed under: Guarantees, NFRC, PlanningPermission, Professional, Estimates

Understand the style of your roof - 08/12/2011

There are numerous different styles of roof which all suit different sizes and shapes of houses.

 

 

Posted: 08/12/2011 14:02:45 by Tyler | with 2 comments
Filed under: Gabled, Pitched, RoofStyles, UpandOver, DuoPitch

Got crumbling verges? - 07/12/2011

Have you noticed that the mortar in your verges (where the sloping part of your roof meets the wall) is breaking away in places?

Posted: 07/12/2011 09:00:00 by Tyler | with 7 comments
Filed under: DryRidge, DryVerge, Mortar, DryFix

Different roofing materials and their uses - 06/12/2011

Despite roofing materials not changing drastically over many decades, the form and function has evolved somewhat in recent years.

Posted: 06/12/2011 09:00:00 by Tyler | with 7 comments
Filed under: Metal, Reconstituted, Recycled, Slate, Stone, Thatch, Clay

Educate yourself on building regulations - 05/12/2011

It’s important that you check the building regulations relevant to your roof and property before commencing any improvements or maintenance.

Posted: 05/12/2011 09:00:00 by Tyler | with 11 comments
Filed under: BuildingRegulations

Know your tile history - 04/12/2011

A great man once said “learn from the past, prepare for the future, live in the present”. What better place to start that by looking at the history of roofing tiles in order to know how to preserve and maintain your roof in the present and prevent any problems in the future?

Posted: 04/12/2011 09:00:00 by Tyler | with 6 comments
Filed under: Concrete, Courtrai, History, Marseille, Pantile, PlainTile, Clay

Check your roof regularly - 03/12/2011

It is a good idea to inspect the inside of your roof annually.

Posted: 03/12/2011 09:00:00 by Tyler | with 9 comments
Filed under: Maintenance

Keep the tile and weight the same when replacing your roof - 02/12/2011

It’s worth noting that it’s not just an increase in weight that could be dangerous to your roof, lighter roof tiles could mean the roof structure becoming lifted in high winds so it’s best to stick to the original loading.

Posted: 02/12/2011 09:00:00 by Tyler | with 2 comments
Filed under: Structure, Weight, Re-Roof

Get to know your tiles - 01/12/2011

Do you know the difference between Plain Tles and Pantiles? It’s the first lesson in roofing school to learn what sort of tiles are on your roof and what options you have when looking for a change.

Posted: 01/12/2011 09:00:00 by Tyler | with 0 comments
Filed under: Pantile, PlainTile, RomanTile, Slate, TileTypes, Natural

Recycle, Re-use and Revitalise - 28/11/2011

I was able to recycle most of the old materials from my roof – it’s surprisingly easy, not to mention rewarding.
Posted: 28/11/2011 09:00:00 by Tyler | with 233 comments
Filed under: RecycleTiles, Recycle

Coming full circle: the complete dry roof - 22/11/2011

It might sound stupid saying you want a dry roof – but in technical circles, this refers to the verges, valleys and ridges. Now that we’re talking about the verges, valleys and ridges, it’s clear we’ve come full circle in the roofing project. What began with me noticing mortar crumbling from the verges has turned into a large-scale re-roofing project that will leave me with a brand new, efficient roof.
Posted: 22/11/2011 09:00:00 by Tyler | with 6 comments
Filed under: DryRidge, DryRoof, DryValley, DryVerge, LeadReplacement, Mortar, ReRoof, Ridge, Valley, Verge, DryFix

Lets get technical......sort of - 18/11/2011

You should never be afraid to ask the roofer how he intends to fix your tiles - and there is no reason why you can’t specify how you, as the homeowner, want your tiles fixed. The choices are usually nail or clip, or both. Some roofers don’t even nail all the tiles, so a good starting point is to insist that every tile be fixed.
 
Posted: 18/11/2011 13:23:47 by Tyler | with 6 comments
Filed under: TileFixing, Nails

Insulate. Save Money. Simple. - 08/11/2011

Insulation is a key issue, as it's essential to meet the changing standards when undertaking any roofing project. However, it’s a good thing and starts saving you money on your bills straightaway because it keeps the warmth in the house, which saves energy.

 

Posted: 08/11/2011 10:59:18 by Tyler | with 4 comments
Filed under: Insulation

A weighty conversation - 31/10/2011

When undertaking a full re-roofing project, there is one thing that is suprisingly easy to forget - weight!

  

Posted: 31/10/2011 14:11:17 by Tyler | with 9 comments
Filed under: Structure, Weight, Re-Roof

Planning & Building Consent - 24/10/2011

You don't normally need planning consent to change the roof tiles on your roof, but before carrying out work like this, you should always check with your Local Authority to find out if there are any local planning constraints on your house.

 

Posted: 24/10/2011 09:49:04 by Tyler | with 7 comments
Filed under: LocalAuthority, PlanningPermission, Insulation

Underlay, Underlay - 17/10/2011

The British weather is being temperamental as always. Which isn’t helping either the progress of my roofing project or my mood.

Posted: 17/10/2011 11:15:46 by Tyler | with 11 comments
Filed under: Underlay

Manners cost nothing - 06/10/2011

Just a quick one – it’s important to appreciate the impact any work you do on your roof has on the homeowners around you.

Posted: 06/10/2011 11:37:10 by Tyler | with 15 comments
Filed under: DeliveryTrucks, Roof, RoofTiles, Delivery

No excuses for shoddy workmanship - 20/09/2011

On close inspection, the workmanship on my roof is pretty dire. It's fairly typical of big house builders to cut corners, but I wasnt expecting so many mistakes.

Posted: 20/09/2011 09:29:14 by Tyler | with 8 comments
Filed under: Mortar, NFRC, Valley, ValleyBoards, Blog

Specification, Specification, Specification - 06/09/2011

It’s easy to leave the choice of roof tiles up to the roofer, or to make a choice based on colour and cost. These are all important – you should ask your roofer for recommendations, but you should also do some research yourself, as selecting the tile will be the single biggest decision you have to make when re-roofing your home.

 

Posted: 06/09/2011 15:19:05 by Tyler | with 204 comments
Filed under: Clay, Concrete, Slate, Blog

Raise your standards, not just your roof - 31/08/2011

Taking off an entire roof might sound like a nightmare situation, but with every cloud comes a silver lining.  

 

Posted: 31/08/2011 11:42:33 by Tyler | with 8 comments
Filed under: Fatigue, Insulation, Nail, Re-Roof, Underlay, Blog

The view from the roof isn’t always pretty - 23/08/2011

When you get high up on a building you might think the view of the valleys would be a welcome sight. Not if the roof you are talking about is the roof on my house, and the valleys you are talking about are the mortar valleys that form a critical part of the roof.
Posted: 23/08/2011 10:19:35 by Tyler | with 8 comments
Filed under: Re-Roof, Ridge, Scaffold, Valley, Verge, Blog

I've got a bad feeling about this...... - 18/07/2011

I saw mortar dropping from the verges of my roof the other week, I knew I needed to take a closer look and check it wasn’t a sign of a bigger problem. At the very least, they needed re-bedding. Anyway, I’d been meaning to re-paint or replace the fascias for a long while.

Posted: 18/07/2011 10:53:41 by Tyler | with 198 comments
Filed under: Verge, Blog

Hello - and welcome to my brand new blog - 28/06/2011

Hello - and welcome to my brand new blog.

Posted: 28/06/2011 15:37:32 by Tyler | with 2 comments
Filed under: blog
 
 
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