What is a Roof Soffit?

A roof soffit protects and seals the rafter feet by sitting between the outer margins of your roof and the neighbouring wall of your house. If your roof has a soffit (which not all do), you may see it by standing underneath the overhang and looking up.

Most modern soffits are composed of uPVC. Soffits and fascias made of UPVC are long-lasting and resistant to moisture. Wooden soffits are a popular rustic or historical feature, but they rot and deteriorate quickly, jeopardising the structural stability of the rest of the roof.

A roof soffit and fascias are necessary because they shield the bottoms of your roof rafters from the elements and wildlife, increasing their life and lowering maintenance and insurance costs.

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Concrete vs Clay Roof Tiles: Which should you Choose?

Concrete versus clay roof tiles is a common question among individuals who are self-constructing, expanding, or remodelling. And, because the subject of what sort of roof tile to utilise must be addressed early in your project, the pressure is on to make a decision.

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There are many other types of roof coverings, but for most people, the decision is between concrete and clay roof tiles.

The selection is frequently influenced by the budget, the style of the house, the surrounding location, and planning constraints. However, there are other factors to consider, such as how long you want to stay in the property and the overall aesthetic you want to achieve.

Advantages of Clay Roof Tiles

  • A natural, rustic appearance that will enhance with age and colour that will not fade
  • A variety of sizes are available to accommodate all roof types and characteristics
  • Price points range from low to high, with machine-made at the low end and handmade at the high end.
  • Long lifespan – some clay tiled roofs that were installed over a century ago are still in use today.
  • Low maintenance
  • Ideal for traditional construction and renovations.

Disadvantages of Clay Roof Tiles

  • In severely cold conditions, it is possible for it to crack
  • When compared to other tile kinds, it is more expensive
  • Because they are smaller, they take longer to lay

Advantages of Concrete Roof Tiles

  • A low-cost roofing material
  • There is a wide variety of colours available
  • Large format tiles result in fast installation times
  • Long warranty times
  • A consistent look that is appropriate for modern homes
  • Low maintenance

Disadvantages of Concrete Roof Tiles

  • Because it is heavier than clay, the roof may require additional support
  • Colour fades over time

So, there you have it. Depending on your needs, requirements, and preferences, you may opt for concrete or clay tiles. Both have a small number of drawbacks but, overall, offer a high quality roofing solution that will last the test of time.

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Wet Ridge vs Dry Ridge System

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Wet ridge systems have been around a very long time composed of mortar bedded ridges they are a cheaper option and quicker than installing a dry ridge system. However, they are not as effective neither do they have the lifespan of the dry ridge system. On a wet ridge system the mortar is exposed to the elements and can deteriorate over time which may mean that they need rebedding again in years to come.

A dry ridge system is highly effective and requires little to no maintenance. As a result, they are more expensive than the wet ridge system. but they are fitted mechanically meaning they don’t use any mortar and will often last as long as the roof itself.

They are available in a vast array of colours shapes and sizes to suit your needs giving a modern look it is a far superior product compared to the wet ridge system.

If you have any issues regarding your roof ridges or anything else please get in touch with our specialists at Ark Roofing Preston for a free no obligation quote.

Why is my Chimney Leaking?

Chimney Repairs

A leaking chimney is a common problem that homeowners come across especially in the winter months when there is abundant rain. Not  dealing with it in time can cause  a whole lot of problems inside your home Including damage to masonry damp problems and damaging the interior too all of which can prove costly.

Here are some of the reasons your chimney maybe leaking. Chimneys are one of the things that are always open to the elements wind rain snow.

The top of the chimney have caps on if these are incorrectly fitted or are of the wrong size then water can get through and make its way down into your home.

If your chimney is a 100 years old then there is good chance the bricks are eroded to some extent and may well be in need of a chimney rebuild.

Mortar can become crack and eroded and doesn’t serve the purpose anymore over time.

Lead flashings will erode over time and become damage they are a barrier to stop water coming down if they are not fit for purpose they may well need replacing.

If you have any issues with your chimney or roof In general then please get in touch with our specialists at Ark Roofing Preston for a free no obligation quote.

Why is Water Ponding on my Flat Roof?

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Many homeowners come across problems with a flat roof when water starts ponding or gathering in one spot if it does not evaporate within 48 hours then it could well mean  you have a underlying issue that if not dealt with can start leaking into your home causing serious damage. Timbers may become rotten and the interior of your home could be damaged too.

There can be a few reasons why water is ponding or gathering in one place a incorrectly fitted roof maybe one reason all flat roofs should have a low slope the minimum required slope is 1/4:12 meaning that the roof will slope at a minimum 1/4 of a inch for every 12 inches of length a lot of The times when water gathers on one spot of the roof the reason is that there is not a low slope on the roof.

Ponding can also occur when a flat roof is walked on frequently and the insulation beneath becomes compacted.

If you have issues with or need a new flat please get in touch with our specialists at Ark Roofing Preston for a free no obligation quote.

Natural slate or Synthetic slate

Natural slate is millions of year’s old coming from the ground being natural they come with an array of benefits they are very strong and highly durable coming with a asthetic look they are known to last up to 200 year’s they are the more expensive option but are well worth it.

Synthetic Slate is the cheaper option they are bigger in size meaning that you won’t need as many to cover your roof when compared to natural slate they have a lifespan of around 30 years. Being synthetic they do have there downfalls when compared to natural slate Uv days from the sun can affect there looks and colour overtime and they can become brittle and break many homeowners do go for synthetic slate as they have a modern look which is quite suited to new build houses.

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If you need your roof slating please get in touch with our local specialists  at Ark Roofing Preston for a free no obligation quote.

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Please feel free to have a look around to see some of the roofing work we have completed, along with the services that we provide our customers throughout Preston, Chorley, Leyland, Bamber Bridge, Blackburn, Wigan, and all nearby areas.

If you would like to get in touch regarding our range of roofing services, please contact us today on 01772 439095 and we would be happy to discuss your requirements.