As we settled on our next blog at Rawlins this week, ‘Roof Renovation and Emergency Roof Repairs’, we could not help but be influenced by two things: Watching a video on social media and hearing traffic cascade through the rain on the street outside. More about the video to come.
The weather has taken a dramatic turn this month and we have been subjected to constant rainfall as of late, something that looks set to become the norm. It got us thinking as people rushed from one shelter to another outside – Thank goodness we have a roof over our heads.
Roofs can seem a little daunting when it comes to renovation, but they shouldn’t. After all, they deserve to be looked after for all that they do. Just imagine your home or business without a roof for a moment – they are incredible things!
For this reason, roof damage frequently falls into the ‘emergency repair’ bracket and this is something we shall look at for when a quick but definitive fix is needed due to unforeseen disfigurement.
You can avoid the degradation of roofs by renovating and restoring them before the worst happens of course. It can be less costly, offer better weather protection, decrease energy bills and look great.
Around Autumn, the weather in the UK starts to challenge roof integrity with a vengeance. Pounding rain can alert you to unnoticed leakage, winds can strip away loose tiles on pitched roofs and dirt builds up that can be hazardous. Ponding on a flat roof has the potential for internal and external damage too.
- Cleaning Roofs
- Emergency Roof Repairs
- Resealing and Revitalising Pitched Roofs
- Resealing and Waterproofing Flat Roofs
- We are here to help!
Before addressing any of the above, it is imperative to clean your roof area before starting work. All of the products we discuss in these blogs have Product Data Sheets, and it is advisable to read what preparation product they would recommend. The last thing you want to do is skimp on the preparation and have to do it all again after the result wasn’t as comprehensive as it offered to be.
Emergency Roof Repairs
If your roof suffers storm damage or heavy rainfall, it can make you address a problem you didn’t even know about and you’re going to want an instant fix.
One of the eye-catching benefits of Rust-Oleum Fillcoat Fibres Repair Kit is that it can be applied quickly and easily in bad weather. It is a waterproofing paint with added fibres that allow immediate protection. It has an elasticity of 1300% and can be applied to flat or pitched roofs. It works on a huge selection of substrates, the list of which (along with further features) can be found here. Porous substrates must be primed with Rust-Oleum Mathys Primer 44 HS.
For damages you can reach that need immediate attention, Rust-Oleum LeakSeal is an aerosol that can fill and seal leaks and cracks. Available in black, white, aluminium and clear it needn’t stand out as a repair and can be top-coated with water-based or oil-based paints after 24hours. The newly formed seal prevents moisture, rust and corrosion.
For a standalone silicone treatment, GacoPatch cuts down on costs and time with its one-step application. It remains permanently flexible, even under permanent ponding water, and bonds to a long list of existing substrates. GacoPatch is not a “short fix” either, it resists degradation and will not become brittle or break down.
Resealing and Revitalising Pitched Roofs
Pre-empting potential damage and pre-striking the area of concern is never going to do harm, but could certainly prevent it. One positive about the tumultuous weather in the United Kingdom is that we all know it’s inevitable! So there is no excuse if you have the time to ensure your building’s safety and security.
If you are going to revitalise your roof, then it’s fair to want a fresher look as well as the additional protective features. Britannia Tilecoat Advanced offers just that, coming in 5 colours unique to the brand that can augment that curb appeal. As well as great aesthetics it improves durability and offers protection from algae with excellent adhesion. If your tiles are still functioning but look tired and under attack from dirt and pollutants, this is a great paint for you.
Another good-looking product for your tired roof is Rust-Oleum Mathys Dac Hydro Plus, protection available in Brown, Black, Tile Red, Red Brown, Rustic and Slate. It is microporous, weather resistant, elastic that accommodates temperature changes. If you’re looking for a fully-functioning, new-look roof without the cost of installing a new one, this product is ideal.
The video that inspired this blog on roof renovation was a fantastic bit of wizardry in action – a pitched tile roof being professionally cleaned with minimal manual labour. We appreciate not everyone will have access to this type of machine but it demonstrates the type of preparation that would be required prior to the application of the two products from Rust-Oleum and Britannia covered above.
So no reason not to restore that roof now!
Resealing and Waterproofing Flat Roofs
Ponding water can be problematic, and our products can address the issue immediately before any water begins to seep through your roof.
Rust-Oleum Mathys Dacfill HZ offers protection from ponding water, 200% elasticity and creates a vapour permeable system in just one hour. Its built-in fleece supplies the waterproofing, whilst the elasticity resists extreme variations in temperature, protects from UV, pollution and is self-extinguishing making it perfect for a zero degrees roofing system in a city centre.
To see just how easy it is to apply, watch the video below!
For 20 years of waterproof silicone protection, GacoPro Roof Coating is a professional grade paint for pitched or flat roofs. It is single pack, protects against leaks and ponding water, and reduces roof temperatures in summer – saving your cooling energy costs. It can also be applied at any temperature between 1°c and 40°c, therefore easy to apply any time of the year. No primer is needed, but careful surface preparation will be. Be sure to check the Data Sheet.
For a comprehensive, proven full system revamp, Tor Elastaseal offers a variety of multi-layer systems that will protect your roof in the bleakest of conditions. Tor Elastaseal Z is a moisture activated elastomeric coating that can be applied to flat or pitched roofs to create a fully reinforced weatherproofing system. It is available in cold, warm, inverted or green roof application that comply with the Building Regulations ‘Part L’ (Conservation of Fuel and Power). For more information, the brochure can be found on our website, as can the full range.
We are here to help!
If you have any questions about our blog or your project, which of these products would be best for you or wish to seek some general advice, please do not hesitate to contact us on 0113 245 5450.
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