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Selling your house this Spring? Get a new flat roof before the survey is done!

If you are selling your house this Spring, it’s a good idea to have the repair to your flat roof done before the surveyor comes round.

A good surveyor wil be able to tell if your flat roof is in a bad condition and should put it in the report. For the few hundred pounds it cost to fix, it makes sense to get it done. House buyers will negotiate the money off your selling price anyway.

So if you are in Reading or near by make sure you give me a call and I’ll pop round and give you a quote for a repair or new flat roof.

If you have a shed that needs a new roof and it is visible to the potential purchaser, let me know too as this often takes less than an hour to put a new felt roof on it and is well worth it.

Cheers, Carl Clark

Flat roof problems – Leaking because they have been damaged by ice and frost

If you have a flat roof, you may notice that it leaks over the next few weeks. That’s because with the low night time temperatures we’ve been having, it’s possible that a crack or hole has been filled with ice repeatedly and so this expansion has caused the hole or crack to get bigger.

It’s often the case that ice expands and breaks the flat roof or makes a small hole much bigger. It’s the same as pot holes on the road. The frosts cause holes to get bigger – and in Reading, you can really see them!

So when it rains after a really cold period and you have a sudden leak from your flat roof, it’s probably because of the expansion of water from ice.

If you have a problem then please give me a call and I’ll pop over and give you a friendly fixed price quote.

All the best, Carl Clark, Park Lane Roofing, your specialist roofing company.

Repair or Replace a flat roof – what’s best?

Repairing an Old Flat Roof – Worth it or not?

Sometimes it can be worth repairing a roof rather than replacing it.

So what sort of repairs might be worthwhile.

Sometimes the felt has come loose from an adjoining wall or it has come loose where it overhangs into the gutter. Sometimes it is damaged by a falling tile.

If these are the case then it may be cheaper and efficient to patch the roof. But if your roof is old and is suffering from cracks then a patch is not a good long-term solution.

If you have a pooling water situation that is leading to a sagging roof then you will definitely need a replacement flat roof!

Cal me for any advice for flat roof replacement or repairs in Reading.

Why Flat roof quotations for Reading, Tilehurst and beyond are not always guaranteed

When you want to have a new flat roof, (because it’s leaking or damaged in some way) you might think that all the quotations you receive are equal.

Well, that’s not the case. You see some people, (not me) add some “extras” on to the job after they have completed it. And they don’t tell you about it. That’s called Sharp Practice where I come from and it’s something we don’t do here at Park Lane Roofing.

I believe that when you come and take a look at a roof, an expert will know what’s wrong and will give you a binding quote for the work that is specified. Only if there is something exceptional that is found during the job, that couldn’t have been seen otherwise, will a quote change, and only then if the customer agrees to any additional work.

Being a specialist flat roofer is not just about being good technically, it’s also about how you treat your customers.

I have been in business for 25 years now and I have lots of recommendations. That’s because I am honest, fair and do all my own work. So you are not working with a big “brand”. You are working with Carl Clarke.

I don’t do huge commercial jobs, (although I did do the McDonalds in Reading because they somehow heard about me!) and I generally stick to domestic and small sized commercial properties. That means you probably won’t have to wait too long for me to get started on your job.

So if you have a flat roof that needs repairing or renewing, please give me a call and I will promise to my quote does exactly what it says on the paper.

Flat roof repair quote guaranteed for Reading area.

Flat roof and Winter checks

Flat roof problems are often evident in winter. It’s because sitting water can often freeze and then expand, causing cracks to get bigger and then water to seep into the fabric of the house.

One thing that is worth doing is to get a check done on your flat roof before the worst of the winter weather comes in. Quite often, wear and tear can be seen before it causes a problem and a patch can be applied to any problem areas.

This sorts out any bigger problems occurring, particularly by paintwork and walls getting damaged if the flat roof is over an interior area, such as a porch.

If you want a flat roof check in the Reading area then let me know and I’ll pop round.

I can do repairs as well as new flat roofs, so whatever you might need eventually, I can make it happen.

Best Flat Roof Company in Reading?

When you choose a flat roof repair company you are either going to choose someone on recommendation or you are probably going to look online and make a decision based on price.

I always think that you should actually meet the person who is going to fix your roof before you make any decisions.

You see, gut instinct rarely lets me down when I make a decision and most of my clients pick me based on gut instinct. Sometimes I am cheaper than others and sometimes I am more. But when I ask why I was chosen, my clients always say, “Carl, we just felt you were the right person for the job”.

After 20 years of fixing flat roofs, I have made a lot of friends in Tilehurst and Reading and I hope that gut instinct will continue to play a part in me getting more work.

Of course, my work is guaranteed, I do it all myself without subcontracting and I will do a good job.

If your gut instinct tells you I am the right man for the job, then use my £47 money off voucher when you call me to get a quote or for me to visit.

Carl

How to choose a good flat roof company in Reading, Tilehurst, Caversham and Earley

First things first. The main problem about choosing the right flat roof or company is finding out why the roof is leaking in the first place.

Lots of Reading flat roofs are too flat and they are saggy in the middle, which means you get a pond effect and this water then eventually finds its way in through the smallest of holes.

A “flat” roof should be a gradient of 1-in-80, for rainwater to run-off, and have a decking of marine or WBP plywood.

 Reinforced torch-on felt is my personal preference for the covering because when it is applied properly it can have a 50 year life expectancy. EPDM rubber might not last this long because it hasn’t been proven yet….and it’s often just used to go over a leaky roof as a sticking plaster – not good!

Building Regulations state a flat roof being re-covered must simultaneously be insulated to the current standard. The best way of doing this is to employ a roofing contractor registered with one of the government’s “self-certification” schemes.

Flat roof company Reading – advice for checking your roof

As a flat roof company we often get a call from someone asking us if it is possible for someone to repair their own flat roof.

The answer to this question is yes providing you know exactly what to do…

However, knowing what to do is where being an expert generally helps!

For example, the first problem an amateur may have is falling through a flat roof because the leak has caused the boards to rot away over time!

The timbers may not be strong enough to hold your weight, even if you walk on boards you have put up to help spread your load. So this is the first thing to worry about.

Secondly, you may not be able to find the leak. Just because you have found out where the wall or ceiling is wet or damp, it doesn’t mean you know where the leak is.

Thirdly, you may not have the skills to use bitumen and the lit gas burner to repair your roof! (I’m not joking!)

Unless you are a very experienced DIY expert, I’d recommend getting an expert roofer in to have a look at your problem. Even if you don’t choose me to fix your flat roof in Reading, I can always take a  quick look and advise you on what your outcome might be if you do it yourself. (Of course I’ll leave you with a quote too, just in case you want to save yourself the time and hassle of doing it!).

 

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