Green Roofs: What Varieties Are There?


If you want to have an eco-friendly roof, but not sure which one to go for, here is a brief overview of the variety of green roofs that exist. For instance, an extensive green roof. These are great for a low maintenance choice and are generally the most common, due to their beneficial eco-friendly natures. Quite often sedum plants are chosen for these roofs, as they can survive in harsher conditions. These roofs can be built for new properties, or adapted to properties that already exist.


Semi-intensive roofs tend to have plentiful and rich substrates and better drainage than an extensive roof. This means you could choose a wider variety of vegetation. These roofs are usually chosen for an area with a high visibility, due to the visually impressive display. Compared to the extensive roof, semi-intensive roofing needs more maintenance due to the extra greenery and work involved. An intensive green roof is also known for the aesthetic aspect, replicating the look of a classic garden or park. This generally involves landscaping, so would be good for somewhere with high visibility. There are usually perennials, tropical vegetation, shrubs and herbaceous plants as greenery.


One more option you could choose, is biodiverse roofing. These are chosen for the eco-friendly advantages. These gardens use materials that can be recycled, such as logs and rubble, which can be offered as habitats for tiny insects like bees. They are created to assist the environment, not just for their visual aspect. Call us for more information on Flat roofing in Lincoln.


How Important Are Emergency Roof Repairs?

Making sure you are prepared for any potential problems is important, as it decreases the chance of severe issues developing in the future. This is why after an emergency (such as a storm), contacting a professional swiftly is your next move. Leaving something to get worse is not a good idea, particularly if it consists of damp, broken tiles, gutters or even structural problems.

Getting the roof assessed by a professional should be the first priority. Even if you don’t think you can see a problem, it could be underlying. Getting an emergency repair done can be more financially beneficial, as leaving it to become a bigger problem can result in being very expensive. Leaving them can also cause permanent damage to your property, therefore you may have to pay for a full replacement of the roof. It’s best not to wait, so you should get hold of a contractor as soon as possible. The roof is important to your homes well-being, so it’s best to keep it safe, call us for all Emergency roof repairs in Lincoln.

What To Look Out For After A Storm


Our weather tends to be unpredictable, so we should always give our roofs regular checks. Rain is an expected type of weather here and unfortunately the issues caused by rain is the most common. There can be excessive damage from rainwater over time, which can cause the roof to become weaker, particularly when the roofs membrane starts to become vulnerable. One issue you may notice is mould and mildew developing, after your home gets damp. Rooms with excessive moisture such as the bathroom and kitchen, will be affected the most. Unfortunately, this can affect both the structure of the house and our health and safety if it is left for too long. You may find the wood in your roof area also develops rot, which is difficult to get rid of once it has set in, so it is integral you sort out any potential leaks.


Your roof can also be affected by heavy winds, as the tiles or shingles can shift and fall off, which can be dangerous. Any broken branches that may have fallen on the roof from surrounding trees can also cause issues, as well as any problems with the roofline. Hail can also damage your roof tiles from dents and cracks, which can let water in the next time it rains.


You may think it is easy enough to fix any smaller issues yourself, but if you are concerned and want to make sure you and your family are safe and secure inside your home, you should consider getting a professional to take a look and do the work, as they will be experienced and be able to check what damage has been caused. If you need help after a storm with Flat roof repairs in Lincoln, call Allen roofing for a free quote.


What Are Common Flat Roof Defects?

One of the main problems with flat roofs is how they manage water. As long as the roof is designed properly, it should have good drainage and no pooling. Unfortunately, if a flat roof develops pooling it can cause substantial damage. This is usually due to an unsuitable fall in the roof, as a decent one can stop the leak from the start. Pooling water can also escalate the potential of blockages.


A flat roof should at least have a finished fall of 1:80, although green roofs and those with tapered roof insulation should have 1:60. It is a good idea to plan a finished roof with twice as much fall, to allow for any deflection that may occur.


A flat roof has an important job and can be vulnerable due to being more exposed. It is integral that the planning and use of materials is done correctly with experienced work. The materials should be water resistant (being checked properly after being fitted) and match building standards. Issues can still crop up with waterproof qualities, but that is generally down to poor planning and inexperienced work. Work should be done by a professional roofer to prevent these issues from cropping up and ensure the job is done thoroughly and safely.
Call Allen roofing for all Flat roof repairs in Lincoln.


How To Check Your Roof For Storm Damage


Bad weather can create potentially costly issues for your roof, even just from the wind itself. The main job for a roof is to defend your home, so after a storm you may find your roof has some subtle damage that you may not have noticed. If this isn’t dealt with straight away, it can get worst over time.


During a particularly bad storm, your roof could lose some tiles. If this happens it will reveal the material beneath, leaving it vulnerable. You may find you can see light coming through from the inside, which means if it rains water may come through, causing damp and mildew.


After a storm you may find damaged branches and trees that have fallen have caused substantial problems to the roof structure. This can be very risky for the people living in the property, so staying somewhere else temporarily would be the safest option. If your home has a fallen tree, then you need to make sure an expert roofer is contacted straight away to survey the issue and begin the repair work.


Even if your roof looks alright, you should still have it properly assessed. Some of the concealed issues could become worse, so you should watch out for tearing and cracks on certain parts of the roofline, such as the fascia or gutters. You should also look out for dents in the roof tiles, as these should be the best they can be, or else they lose their purpose. At the end of the day, the safety of your family is the main priority, call us for all Roof Repairs in Lincolnshire.


What Is The Best Material For Your Roof?


When starting a new project or replacing your roof, you need to make sure you’ve thought about your options. You don’t want to invest in an expensive roof, and
then realise it doesn’t have the right material!


One option is using a clay tile, something often seen in Spain or Italy. However it has transferred over well in the UK due to it’s warm colour and style. A clay tile roof can also last a long time.


Concrete tiles are a financially favoured choice. They are water resistant and look similar, so are often chosen to imitate clay but at a cheaper price. Unfortunately they aren’t as long lasting as clay but they will still last a long time.


Slate is generally the top choice for most houses. For a well looked after slate roof it can last for over 100 years. Unfortunately natural slate is one of the more expensive materials, so it’s best to think about the cons and pros of all options, and when in doubt, talk to an expert. For all your Roof repairs in Lincolnshire, call Allen roofing today.




The University of the Free State (UFS) in South Africa, as well as the Ghent University in Belgium, are both researching a revolutionary new type of window glass that acts as a solar panel.


The new solar glass, if successful, could be incorporated into durable plastics that could be used as a replacement for various roof types. According to researchers, the solar glass will generate electricity whilst also allowing daylight to enter buildings.


It is hoped that this product will be brought to market within the next decade, for more details speak to the specialist roofing company in Lincolnshire.




BMI UK & Ireland is sponsoring the New Young Roofer Awards 2019. This award will recognise the contribution to the roofing sector, made by the nominee. Young roofers are the future of the industry and BMI invests through its National Training Centre as well as its colleges and Apprentice competitions.


Nominees must either be currently completing a roofing qualification, be an apprentice, or be a qualified roofer with no more than three years’ experience. There is also a prize draw of £125 of Amazon vouchers for anyone who makes a nomination.


All nominations must be entered by 29th March 2019 via the NFRC website and the winner will be announced at the UK Roofing Awards 2019 on 10th May at the InterContinental London – The 02.


Council fines roofer £300 for keeping crisp packets

A roofer in Waltham Forest has been fined £300 by the council for keeping a bag of empty crisp packets, sandwich boxes and drinks bottles in the back of his van.


The roofer is refusing to pay the fine and says it is ridiculous that he should need a rubbish license to keep his own litter in his van.


Stewart Gosling, 43, kept a bin bag of his lunch litter in the back of his van, until a routine check from council workers enlightened him about rubbish licenses.


Gosling admits to keeping the rubbish in his van but is not willing to pay the fine saying “£300 is a bit harsh for some crisp packets”.


For neat and tidy roofers in Lincoln, contact Allen Roofing.


Scaffolding Risk Management

The scaffolding industry remains in the top three most cited occupational safety violations, with the most frequent violation being “Each employee on a scaffold more than 10 feet above a lower level shall be protected form falling to that lower level.”


The nature of scaffolding work means when erecting and dismantling scaffolding, scaffolders are exposed to the risk of a fall – a risk increased by frequent rain, high winds and icy conditions at work.


V-TEC have created a scaff hook/karabiner that attaches quickly and easily to horizontal, vertical or joining scaffolding. Attached to a self-retracting lanyard, the durable technology involves energy absorbing material to keep scaffolders safe at work. The Scaff hook is also suitable for ladder work and is recommended by the National Access and Scaffolding Safety Confederation in the UK.


For a safe roofing company in Lincoln, contact Allen Roofing.


Heritage Lottery Back Major Roof Repairs

Across the country, repair work is constantly undertaken to maintain and repair the rooves of historic and heritage buildings.


In Hull this week, a £775k overhaul of Beverley Minster has been backed by the Heritage Lottery Fund. The ambitious plans for the building are to repair the leaking roof and bring to light the town’s amazing history through the Minster.
The currently leaking roof sits above the famous Saxon sanctuary stone chair, which will be a focal point for the new project. The roof repairs will be a major element to the overhaul to ensure protection for the Minster and the artefacts for the foreseeable future.


At Allen Roofing, our excellent reputation means we work regularly on heritage sites, churches and listed buildings alike the Beverley Minster project. To view some of the work we do, visit Allen Roofing Ltd.


Roof repairs in Lincolnshire

If you own a period property in Lincoln and find your roof needs a repair or re-roof, you need to find a local company that can source the right materials to reinstate your roof to its original glory.


Tile and slate manufacturers have become more sensitive to the problems encountered by owners of these older properties and now manufacture a wider range of roof tiles and slates that can be used on these buildings. Working with your local roofing company and their suppliers is essential to maintain the look and fabric of your property.


A home owner living in a conservation area of a historic village of Denham, dating back to the Domesday Book was able to use Marley Canterbury clay tiles on their self build project to ensure the build complemented the existing buildings.


The specialist handmade Canterbury clay tiles have been designed for exactly this type of project where local planning stipulations require strict compliance in style and design.


Roofing companies specialising in heritage and conservation work will be aware of local planning guidelines and work closely with their clients to ensure repairs and renewals are in keeping with the local area. For roofers in Lincolnshire call Allen roofing today.


Choosing a quality roofing company is vital
Choosing a suitably qualified and experienced roofing company to carry out repairs and renovations is always a good idea, but if the property is built before 1999 it becomes even more essential as the property may contain asbestos as part of its construction and will need specialist and careful removal and disposal.


Asbestos has been mined for thousands of years and its effect on people’s health was observed too, but due to its versatility, strength and insulation properties these dangers were ignored and in the later 19th century and early 20th century industrial mining began and the product was incorporated into all kinds of building materials, including insulation and roofing materials.


As long as asbestos is whole and contained it is safe, but once it is broken, cut or torn the fibres that cause lung damage are released. These tiny fibres are easily breathed in by anyone in the area and can result in serious and chronic illness. It is a fact that the biggest danger building workers face is from asbestos removal. In 1999 the UK banned asbestos us and in 2003 a worldwide ban was introduced. To get the best advice on asbestos removal when carrying out flat roof repairs in Lincoln call Allen roofing.


A brief Tile history
If you compared British roofs to our counterparts in Europe you would find a marked difference in their construction. Today most of our modern roofs, 60% have concrete roof tiles, those with slate roofs make up 20% and clay tiles are only used on 10% of new building.


It hasn’t always been this way. Britain has a mixed history with regards to the type of roofing medium used. Slate was widely used for hundreds of years. Slate can be cut to various sizes, is easy to fix and works well to keep out the elements. Slate quarries occur in many areas of Britain but it is extremely heavy to transport so initially was only used locally.


Thatch on the other hand can be grown nearby, is a good insulator and was widely used throughout the Country. It has one major downfall and that is its vulnerability to fire. Following the Great Fire of London in 1666 thatch was banned from the city.


An alternative was needed and clay tiles were an attractive choice. Clay is found in many areas of Britain, including London. The Romans had used clay tiles extensively but once they returned home the skills and techniques needed to make a quality tile were lost. The industry was reintroduced around the 12th Century. A standard tile was established 10 1 / 2 ” x 6 1 / 2 ” this was the perfect size not only to make but to handle and use on the roofs. The size was written into Law in 1477 by an Act of Parliament after some manufactures tried to charge the same price for smaller, thinner tiles of inferior quality.


The next innovation was the introduction of a new kind of clay tile by the Dutch in the 16th century. These tiles were called pantiles and instead of being flat they were shaped like an ‘s’ and could be overlapped vertically and horizontally which meant better weather proofing, plus fewer tiles were needed to tile the same area. Although innovative at the time, the skills required to produce a quality tile repeatedly was still not available and consequently the tiles at this time were mainly used for low quality farm buildings where a leaky roof was not such a problem!


Once the railway was developed it became possible to move large heavy loads around the country. This meant that Slate, particularly welsh slate was made available throughout the country. Slate, which had always been considered expensive was now used on mass housing as well as the quality housing it had always been used on.


Following the Second World War there was a massive rebuilding programme throughout the Country and a cheaper more readily available roof tile was required. Concrete tiles had first been introduced in the 1920’s but had not been popular. Now they came into their own. The skill shortage in Britain at this time meant that Builders were looking for solutions for their lack of skilled labour. These larger concrete tiles were easier to fix and due to their large size it was quicker to complete a roof, resulting in a cost saving.


Today there is a huge range of roofing options available, so for all your Roof repairs in Lincoln call Allen Roofing.


More choice for Roof Tiles

More choice for Roof TilesRoofing Manufacturers Marley and Redland have both added new tiles to their product range.


Marley Eternit has added two new slates to its Birkdale range, Flame Grey and Flame Brown. The slates are multi coloured to imitate natural slate and have a smooth surface. They also have an A+ environmental rating.


Redland has launched a new tile, Craftsman Victorian which has been designed to resemble original Victorian tiles. The pitted surfaces, irregular front edges, black patterning, and a varied hanging length replicate an original weathered tile. For all call us today.


Flat Roofing is currently experiencing a period of growth according to Market Researchers, AMA Research. With over 28,000,000 square metres of roofing laid in 2014 alone the industry has seen growth of 3.5% and this is predicted to continue over the next four years.


A solid market place exists for maintenance and repair and bitumen still has the largest market share but more products with more choice of finish which are more cost effective are coming into their own.


The biggest demand recently has been for new roofs, particularly in the commercial sector, with new builds of offices and warehouses. It is predicted that as capital spending budgets are squeezed by Government, Local Authorities and Public Sector businesses will be willing to look at alternative ways of making their cash stretch a little further. For all your flat roof repairs in Lincoln call us today.