Roofing Health And Safety Part 1

As a building owner or roofing Liverpool based company, what should you do regarding health and safety on your roof?

Before work starts:

  • Our roofing in Liverpool company would recommend that an assessment should be made. Importantly, it should be made made by a compent person.
  • Plan the work properly and in advance, using a contractor with sufficient expertise.
  • Specify non-fragile assemblies for new and replacement roofs.
  • After work starts: Make sure the contractors have adequate time to safely carry out the work once it begins
  • Ensure the planned safe system of work is implemented.

What is a safe system of work?


Obviously having the ability for workers to avoid going onto a roof at all is the preferable method. This allows profiled roof sheets and roof-lights to be fixed or replaced from underneath or from a platform.  This isn’t always possible and with domestic builds is rarely the case even with commercial.

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Before You Attempt Your Own Roofing

Here at James Roofing Liverpool we want to issue a warning. Beware! Falls through fragile roofs and fragile roof lights cause death and serious injury. They account for almost a fifth of all the fatal accidents which result from a fall from height in the construction industry.

Who is in danger?

As Roofing Contractors Liverpool we know that these types of accidents are caused by lack of awareness in relation fragile surfaces. They mainly occur in the building maintenance sector and particularly when carrying out small and short-term maintenance and sometimes cleaning. 7 people on average are killed and many more hurt, when falling though roofs or fragile roof lights. These accidents can occur on any roof, commercial, domestic and even more some on farm and outhouse.

Which surfaces present a particular risk?

These are common seen as likely to be most fragile:

■    Roof lights, particularly old one;
■    Old liner panels on built-up sheeted roofs;
■    Fibre cement sheets, that aren’t reinforced;
■    Metal sheets, corroded;
■    Glass (including wired glass);
■    Rotted chipboard; and
■    Slates and tiles.

Remember: Fragile roof incidents are not inevitable. They can be prevented by careful planning, using trained and experienced workers with suitable equipment and employing a high level of supervision.

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It’s Beginning To Look At Lot Like Christmas

Here at James Roofing Liverpool, we’re excited as it’s getting close to Christmas! You’ll probably getting the family round for the festivities.

The problem is their maybe snow on the way… it’s certainly cold enough!

This may not seem like a problem yet!

As dependable roofers Liverpool we’re aware that if your roof has any leaks or is potentially vulnerable to weather you’ll soon find out.

What To Look For…

Stains on interior ceilings and walls – This can be caused by inadequate or faulty shingle under-layment allowing leakage. It may also be a sign of inadequate ventilation.

Missing cracked or curling shingles – This may be caused by low grade shingles that have been previously installed or simply, shingles that have exceeded their expected lifespan.

Roof Shingle Deterioration, Cracking, and Cupping – This could be caused by a variety or factors but is most likely due to a build up of heat due to poor attic ventilation.

Peeling, Bubbling, or Blistering Exterior Paint – The possible cause for this could be poor attic ventilation trapping moisture in the house.

Dark, “Dirty-Looking” Areas on Your Roof – Very common and can will be caused by environmental pollutants; lichen, algae, fungus or other environmental growth.

This blog was written to highlight the importance of visual checks and the need for a little roofing maintenance now and then. We’ve always been huge advocates of spending a little now so that you don’t have to spend a fortune in the future. So have a look as getting your roof repaired at a greater cost later, isn’t what any of us really want.

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What Services We Offer

James Roofing offer the usual services that other Roofing Companies Liverpool may offer, but we do have some additional that you may not be aware of!

Guttering Liverpool

As we’re often climbing safely over peoples roof’s, we’ve become experts over the years in spotting problem guttering. We’re very much aware that poorly installed or often broken guttering can have such a detrimental effect on your home or business. For example, a guttering system that causes brick damage or even roof damage, if not properly checked or replaced will end up costing a fair few pennies in the long run. If not properly maintained. We’ve seen what you may consider minor erosion turn into major building work. As we always say, get it dealt with early and you’ll save in the long run.

We also replace guttering for all manner of reasons from aesthetic value, broken or simply poorly functioning guttering.

Solar Panel Installation

Do you want solar panels on your roof? The tariffs may have changed, but for the vast majority with the applicable roof’s, this is still a viable option. We are experienced with installation, and at the very least have partners who can help you decided if it’s economically viable to your home or business.

Velux Lighting and Sun Tunnels

These have become very popular in recent years, if correctly installed and maintained they’re highly effective. Many houses have bathrooms, hallways and other rooms where daylight only enters when you open the door. Dim and dark, these rooms are unwelcoming places until you turn on the light. Now that has all changed! Velux Sun Tunnel signals the end of dim and dismal spaces in the home. It brings natural light into even the darkest and most isolated spaces through a specially designed tunnel from roof to ceiling.

Call us for more information.

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Checking The Condition Of Your Roof

A visual inspection can really help to understand you roofing problems. Have a look over this quick guide in what to look for…

Start Inside

Roofing companies Liverpool will tell you that if the inside of your roof in unlined, you can check for cracks. Any daylight that is showing indicates that those areas will need a closer inspection. Check all the timbers to see if they’re wet or if they have water stains. If you find a stain, it would be helpful to try and trace its source. Obviously after or during a heavy shower is the best time as it’ll be easier to trace. All tiles deteriorate with age so keep a look our for cracks.

Ground Level Checks

Look for colour changes, they could indicate a tile that is newly exposed. If you feel you might need roof repairs Liverpool, this check should easily help you spot slipped tiles from a ground vantage point. Look along the ride on the skyline for gaps and the flashing around the chimney stacks. Fallen pieces of mortar on the floor or gutters also requires closer inspection.

Roof Level

We wouldn’t recommend any of our readers to get on the roof for inspection. Firstly you’d need the right ladders, including a roof ladder, that would help protect the roof from damaging slates.

Call James Roofing for a free quote

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It’s All About The Weather

If you’ve been reading the weather forecasts, we’re in for heavy rain, flash floods and thunderstorms.  We’ve been told that this assault on Liverpool is the result of the jet stream, and a series of low pressure areas.

Weather like this causes havoc not just for roofing companies Liverpool but in all over the country. We’ll undoubtedly loose more than a couple of roofs and probably as is always the case people will end up getting hurt. Forecasts are predicting more rain with week and hopes from summer sizzler as we had a few days in April.

The technical bit

“Waves” in the jet stream which moves weather systems across Britain mean areas of low pressure have lasted longer and created far more rain than normal, explained the jet stream usually pulls weather systems along but because it was not sitting straight, it had been holding the low pressure in place.

Rain is produced when low atmospheric pressure rises and gathers and as various weather systems have been moving across the country in the past few weeks, it can happen quickly. Being involved with roof repairs Liverpool, we know gaps in this weather system will occur, but contact us and we’ll be able to help get you back on your feet should any leaks or blow offs happen.

In a side note, today’s flooding had been caused by persistent, heavy rain in comparison to last week’s mini storms, which were more isolated and only lasted a couple of hours.

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Poor Installation Spotted By Roofing Companies Liverpool

As Roofing companies Liverpool will testify, we often see poor installation and unsatisfactory workmanship

We quite often see really poor workmanship once we’re pricing up our roofing in Liverpool . Faulty installation dramatically increases the likelihood of problems and reduces a roof system’ s life expectancy.

Poor workmanship is a common problem, the reason problems crop up at some point are usually a direct result of this, and reduce the life of the roof.

Adhesion problems result from poor cleaning and drying. The area wasn’t primed properly prior to installation. The major issue is that visually, without knowing what you’re looking for, it would be almost impossible to see. Future problems that may occur from this are premature aging and full roof system failure.

What you really need and what James Roofing can give you is a guarantee.

Phone us for a free quote and an explanation of our guarantee

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Blow-offs, tenting, reduced wind uplift resistance, and billowing

Blow-offs, tenting, reduced wind uplift resistance, and billowing

Here at Roofing in Liverpool you would be naive to think that leaks are the only problem that can result from flashing that is badly installed.

Open seams and laps that can on some occasions cause your titles or even your entire roof to blow off can be a consequence of poor work on hot bituminous roofs.

You may have poor puncture resistance, and gravel embedment issues cause by an inadequate amount of fasteners in the base sheet during application of the roofs

Here is the technical bit – ‘Wind uplift resistance can be reduced greatly if seams are not cured adequately on cold-applied systems’. This basically means that seams made with cold adhesives do not have good integrity until the adhesive has cured. If they aren’t properly cured and then they get exposed to the elements (Wind and rain), then moisture will certainly get in and the whole roof system will be damaged as membrane becomes ineffective.

As Liverpool Roofing, we know a roofer must adhere to the substrate in single-ply roofs or you’ll seriously risk a roof blow off or at the minimum some billowing.

A single-ply roofing membranes do a little more to hold things in place, but as with everything an improper job will end up with tenting,flashing problems and membrane damage

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