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  1. Best Shoes For Roofers

    Roofing Shoes

    Whenever you’re about to partake in a DIY project, it’s always best to make sure you have the right kit before making a start. Nowhere is this more apparent than when planning roofing projects, as the lack of the right items – be they tools, materials, or clothing – can quickly cause your project to come to a sudden halt.

    In this guide, we’re going to be looking at one of the more important pieces of equipment on any building site – footwear. Your shoes will need to endure a wide range of conditions, though it can be difficult to know where to start when it comes to the best shoes for certain projects.

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  2. Five Ways to Weatherproof Your Home with EPDM Roofing

    weatherproofing with epdm roofing

    Many words can be used to describe the ‘Great British Weather, and one of those words is most certainly ‘unpredictable’. Homeowners up and down the country could spend weeks on end with no rain only to have a months-worth fall within the space of a day - with potentially devastating results for your property. Snow can fall in mid-to-late spring, winter days can easily enter double-digit degrees, and high winds are a year-round occurrence.

    So, how can you go about protecting your home and property from these natural hazards? Well, the short answer is, that there are hundreds. Today, however, we’re going to be focusing on one material in particular that can be used across your property in several ways – EPDM rubber roofing.

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  3. Different Parts of a Roof Explained

    Different Parts of a Roof Explained

    When you look up at your roof, what do you see? You may be thinking, well… roof tiles, shingles, a chimney or maybe even a few pigeons here and there. And you are right, a roof is made up of all of these things (minus the pigeons), however, there are far more layers to your home’s roof structure than you may think. 

    Each part of the complex roof system contributes to the protection and structural support of your home. It’s important to recognise and understand the importance of each to ensure you never overlook any potential problems and won’t be left in the dark should you ever need to hire a roofing contractor down the line.

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  4. The Complete Guide on EPDM

    The Complete Guide on EPDM

    As with all materials, when scarcity and price put the commonplace out of reach most builders and homeowners will seek out an alternative. This is as true today as it was in the 1970s when, with the cost of asphalt roofs increasing by the day, consumers sought out a new up-in-coming roof covering which promised even better protection. EPDM, more commonly known as rubber roofing.

    This simple alternative took the market by storm. And today, with decades of development under its belt, it is still widely considered one of the very best roof coverings that money can buy.

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  5. Midland Lead Flashing Price Guide

    Midland Lead Flashing Price Guide

    Robust, malleable, and brilliantly low-maintenance, lead flashing is the key to an enduring water and leak-proof roof structure. It creates an incredibly long-lasting and high-strength seal for your roof or chimney, with a myriad of ways in which it can be dressed and shaped for the most effective protection possible. There are numerous sizes and thicknesses available, allowing widespread installation on a range of flat & pitched roofs as well as within cladding installations too.

    As with any roofing renovation or construction project, cost is always at the fore-front of the planning process. Whilst the cost of a lead flashing installation may seem like an expenditure best left untouched, damaged flashing and/or a leaking roof can lead to some major long-term structural issues that could leave you worse off financially in the end. So, whether you are taking on a repair or venturing to the heights of a new-build, understanding the costs of lead flashing is a great way to maximise

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  6. Firestone Rubber Roofing Price Guide

    Firestone Rubber Roofing Price Guide

    It’s been almost 60 years since we first started using EPDM to protect our roofs and today it is still one of the most popular choices for professionals and homeowners alike. It is long-lasting, low-maintenance, environmentally friendly, lightweight and best of all one of the most cost-effective materials on the market.

    Thanks to its popularity, there are quite a few brands of rubber roof to choose from, but perhaps none quite as well-known as Firestone whose rubber membrane boasts a life expectancy of over 50 years.  With their commercial-grade RubberGard™ the system of choice for a number of large-scale international projects, including one of Air France’s hangars, it is difficult to argue the quality of their products. The big question is then, ‘how much would this cost me?’

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  7. Breather Membranes: Complete Guide

    Breather Membranes: Complete Guide

    Membranes see use on buildings up and the UK, offering a variety of benefits not least of which is helping to ensure our roof's longevity. Breather membranes are one such example. They are one of the most important elements of any roof, and as such, it is important to know as much about them as possible, whether that be related to installation and ensuring your membranes have been applied properly, or the key benefits to having a fully functioning breather membrane system.

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  8. Benefits of Choosing SuperFOIL to Insulate Your Loft

    Benefits of Choosing SuperFOIL to Insulate Your Loft

    In addition to space, location and fixtures, energy efficiency is one of the (if not the most) important elements in any home. Enough so, that Part L of the Building Regulations sets out precise requirements for new builds and refurbs to make certain that you are not only kept warm but safeguarded against bill increasing heat loss. With this in mind and considering that as much as a quarter of this heat loss can be attributed to your roof, the loft is a great place to start with your insulation.

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  9. The History Of Lead Flashing

    The History Of Lead Flashing

    Lead flashing is a staple of many homes, both modern and traditional. It has been used for hundreds of years, and to this day is considered one of the most effective ways to weatherproof certain sections and joints on a structure. In all its years of use, it remains the most popular way to weatherproof a home, with few alternatives proving anywhere near as durable or long-lasting.

    But what is the history of lead flashing? Where did it originate from, and what came before it? Have we since discovered products or materials that perform more effectively than lead? These are just some of the questions we will be looking at answers to in this look into the origins and historic developments of lead flashing.

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  10. How to Clean Lead Flashing

    Lead flashing on large roof

    Like any product designed to last, lead flashing does require a certain level of maintenance if its lifespan is to be maximised. Ensuring your lead flashing is clean is by far one of the most effective ways to do this, and the process can be carried out reasonably quickly and efficiently with only a few basic tools and products.

    But how is it done? What will you require and how should the process be carried out? Will you have to make any prior preparations, and will maintaining your lead flashing in such a way decrease the risk of damage and wear? This guide aims to answer these questions and more, so let’s jump in.

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