Roofing Specialistbased in Derbyshire
Specialist Roofing Contractor with over 30 years experience
Flat Roof Specialist – Experts in GRP Roofing and EPDM Rubber Roofing.
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We are the number 1 and most trusted roofing contractors in Derbyshire.
We’re a family-run business with a high reputation for top quality workmanship and unrivalled professional service. We always offer a fair price for the work we carry out, so we are always competitive. We don’t hide costs or charge for call outs. We also provide free written quotations, so you can be sure of our costs before choosing to work with us.
Our specialist team of fully qualified roofing contractors are here to help! With over 30 years in the business, we know what matters to you. Fair and honest prices, high quality workmanship and a trusted workforce.
Contact us today for a quotation and be sure to check out our blog below for recent work and updates on current projects we are working on.
We have been tiling and slating pitched roofs for nearly 30 years. Whether you need a tile replace or a whole roof tiled – We are able to do this.
Artificial Grass or Fake Grass is a long term, low cost solution to a hassle free garden all year round. Our grasses come with a 10 year warranty and are manufactured to have high standards of durability and longevity.
Fencing is another service we offer to our clients. We are a trained installer of Permafence® is Plastisol Coated High Quality Metal Fencing with stunning aesthetics. We believe Permafence® metal garden fence panels have been designed to be the ultimate fence.
With our expert knowldge in the building trade and a source to virtually all Flat Roof Materials we can build your new extension without the need to hire other contractors. Keeping costs low and sticking with a tradesman you can trust.
Some of our recent happy clients!
We had a leaky flat roof and the guys came out within 24 hours, sourced the leak and repaired it. Fair price and very profesional. I would highly recommend.
Really happy all round. Struggled to find someone who would replace some faulty glazing. These guys came out and replaced some glazing within a few days.
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We had a customer this summer ask us for a green roof, but when I started showing her rooflights and skylights I soon realised she didnt want to save on her electricity bills. She wanted a GREEN roof!
Sedum roofs as they are known is a living roof! They are a roof of a building that is partially or completely covered with vegetation and a growing medium, planted over a waterproofing membrane. It may also include additional layers such as a root barrier and drainage and irrigation systems.
Green roofs can improve stormwater management by reducing runoff and improving water quality, conserve energy, mitigate the urban heat island, increase longevity of roofing membranes, reduce noise and air pollution, sequester carbon, increase urban biodiversity by providing habitat for wildlife
If you are windering how much they cost, we estimate that the cost of installing a green roof starts at around £15 per square foot for simpler extensive roofing, and £30 per square foot for intensive roofs.
Planning permission? No. Most of the time where green roofs are installed on existing buildings, planning permission is not required. However, it is always advisable when making any kind of alteration to a building to contact your local planning department.
Can you have one? Most likely! But we need to take into account the following
- Climate, especially temperature and rainfall patterns.
- Microclimates on the roof top.
- Strength of the supporting structure.
- Size, slope, height and directional orientation of the roof.
- Type of underlying waterproofing.
Green roof we installed this summer! I have heard from the customer that is has grown considerably since we installed it but still requires no maintenance!
Flat roofs are usually quite straight forward, flat roof construction usually consists of timber struts, or joists as they are more commonly known. But sometimes the use of steels are needed and are laid across two parapet uprights or walls.
Steel joists or what are referred to as RSJ’s (RSJ = Rolled Steel Joist. If you were wondering) are usually fitted into one or both of the supporting walls to give a much greater stability to the roof structure itself.
Once the RSJ’s are fitted, the timber joists are then laid on top. Sometimes they are cut into the steels, but typically just laid. You need to lay the joists at specified distances apart for structual integrity, usually around 400mm is what I do but this all depends on the width or span of the roof itself. Also depending on the surface that is being laid and whether the roof will be used as a terrace or walkway for example.
Most of the time when creating a flat roof I will be using a plywood or OSB3 timber board, which is more commonly called Norboard or Stirling board.
Because we use timber in the construction of a flat roof, they need to be waterproofed or weathered. So once we have laid the OSB across the joists we then use whatever chosen waterproofing to seal the roof. We use GRP, Felt, EPDM and Liquid Coatings. They all do the same job when laid correctly, but all have their own perks. Something else we should mention is that where two OSB boards meet and the joint is not on top of a joist, tongue and grooved OSB make the joint really strong, so this is a must and this should be taken into account when planning the roof and purchasing materials.
Sometimes architects or other designers will not allow the height required for a pitched roof, most of the time this is because it obstructs a neighbours view or puts their property into shade. This is why pitched roofs may not be appropriate for an extension, but this is where Flat Roof Extensions come in!
Pitched roofs can be really expensive too as they require a lot more material to construct! Roof valleys or box gutters for water drainage adds to cost. Where as a flat roof allows water to run easily away from the building into new gutters which can be connected to existing drains.
Glass and the use of glass in home improvement has become more and more popular over the last 20 years. With stunning designs becoming a reality on TV programmes such as Grand Designs, we are all looking to incorporate more glass into our homes.
Glass has many benefits – Natural daylight which saves us money on energy bills and also benefits our health believe it or not. And the cost of glass is becoming more affordable, but there are hidden costs that a lot of people dont think about when planning to install large areas of glass.
Glass is heavy! And this requires the use of lifting machinery and as we found out on our last project you may even need to hire the use of a crane!
With over a ton of glass required for our last project we needed to hire a crane and these things are not cheap! Especially when the only place to set the crane was in the road next to the propery, we needed a road closure permit for the day – Something none of us expected.
On the low end you could be paying £150 an hour to hire a 12 tonne franna crane, whereas a tower crane could cost you around £10,000 to hire for a month.
Even if you have a single Rooflight, the weight of this will need to be taken into account. A simple Flat Glass Rooflight at 2000 x 1000mm can weigh 150KG and depending where this needs to be installed you will need to plan how you are getting it there. A single storey extension as you may be able to hoist it up which wont cost a fortune if your builder or roofer has a hoist. But anything higher and you may need to invest in something else to aid in getting it to the roof.
The finished project, so much glass! Rooflights, windows, bi-folds. But tons of natural daylight!
Bathrooms aren’t typically something we take on, but when the winter days are here we will take the oppertunity to be inside!
As well as flat roof repairs, we’re also designing bathrooms and en-suites this year. But who knew that designing and installing a new bathroom is a serious job and can be actually quite tricky. Designing and fitting a bathroom requires an array of fittings and technical skill, and in most cases in the UK you are often in a very small space. This is why you really need to plan the design carefully to avoid spending more than you need to.
There are a few free planners online where you can simply input your dimensions and it will give you a 3d render of the finished bathroom (CAD). You’ll begin by using your own room measurements to create a 3D model of your bathroom. You can then try out different design ideas by adding products, paint and tiling to your room
There’s a lot more to designing a bathroom than choosing taps and tiles but if you get it right, you will have something beautiful that you wont want to leave (Especially in these winter months)
But if you are not confident, you could get it wrong, and you could end up with a bathroom plagued by impractical niggles or, worse, that needs to be completely refitted. So invest in a good bathroom fitter!
The finished bathroom, with porcelain tiles and stunning bath. Something we dont typically undertake but are more than capable of doing. We had a lot of fun designing and installing this!
As well as roofing we also undertake some landscape projects. Something we enjoy doing in the summer months is landscape design.
Fencing is something that has come a long way over the last few years, with new innovative ideas being launched.
This year we installed a fence that really blew our minds, PermaFence is the name. So what’s so special about it? Well, instead of the traditional timber fencing its actually a metal fence. Metal fence? Ew! Nope, this metal fence is actually quite stunning and unless you get up close and give it a touch, you probably wouldnt know.
The fence is powder coated, there are various colours and styles that suit everyones tastes and design ideas. Being a metal fence it wont rot out and the powder coat finish is very durable. ( Powder coating is a type of coating that is applied as a free-flowing, dry powder. Unlike conventional liquid paint which is delivered via an evaporating solvent, powder coating is typically applied electrostatically and then cured under heat.)
The fence costs a little more than traditional timber fencing, but if you work out the long term cost its actually great value for money. I really dont expect the fence to need replacing for at least 30 years, which is better than any other type of fence on the market.
Something similar to PermaFence was ColourFence, but this cost more and from what we could see it didnt have much difference in terms of design or quality.
ColourFence has a similarly visionary construction. It combines a core of corrosion-resistant Zincalume steel with a conversion layer that ensures the colour coating is permanently bonded to the core. Finally, the durable coloured topcoat is baked onto the steel, creating a completely different kind of steel fence… no need to paint or maintain, suitable for all settings from classic to contemporary and guaranteed for 25 years.
Manufactured from Colorbond steel, this component fence system comes in an unparalleled range of heights and colours, including trellis topping, that ensures a maintenance free, long lasting and perfectly engineered metal fence expertly manufactured in a range of shades to suit all circumstances.
The finished garden, stunning artificial grass and metal fencing!