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Roofer in St Albans

When you need a reliable and professional roofer to do some work on your St Albans home, T. J. Copping Roofing Ltd are a roofing company that you can trust. We are always on hand to take on any roofing project.

We don't only repair roofs, we build them from scratch and even maintain them once they have been built.

Roof cleaning in St Albans

T. J. Copping Roofing Ltd is quite simply a one stop shop for roofing in and around the St Albans area. We have a team of dedicated professional roofers and we can even follow up with a roof cleaning and maintenance service that is second to none. Because we are professional roofers, we know what we are doing. Many clients have had their roofs damaged badly by companies who clean their roofs but know nothing about the strength or integrity of the roof they are clambering over.

Our roofers clean and maintain roofs

When you've had your roof repared or replaced, you'll want to keep it looking good. By following a detailed roof cleaning process, professional roofers are able to effectively remove algae mould, mildew, lichen and moss from roofs. Removing these deposits is vital as it can substantially extend the life of a roof. The longer your roof is covered in these deposits, the weaker it can become and will not be as effective at keeping the elements on the outside of your home. The last thing you want is rain water getting in and causing expensive damage to the interior of your home.

Algae and other types of build up often form on the north and west parts of roofs that are shaded or receive less sun, and they really reduce the life of a roof. The presence of moss and other dirt can affect how much sunlight is absorbed by a roof and thus the amount of heat a building absorbs. Our St Albans roofers may even want to fit zinc strips near the peak of the roof, as this can reduce the regrowth of algae and moss.

Cleaning apparatus used by our St Albans roofers

Because we are roofers first and foremost and know how easily a roof can be damaged, we do not use high pressure water sprays. A high pressure cleaning system should never be used on asphalt shingles as it can damage the shingles and possibly void your manufacturers warranty. Our roofers will physically get up on the roof and manually remove the unwanted build up of moss and other contaminents. This also gives us the opportunity to inspect the integrity of the roof and suggest any action that may need taking to avoid costly repairs in the future, as the saying goes, a stitch in time saves nine!

T. J. Copping Roofing Ltd: Roofers in St Albans

Our dedicated team of roofers are building experts who specialise in everything to do with roofs. Our St Albans roofers use their skills to build, clad and waterproof any roof structures and install rainwater goods and lead flashings.

We will get up onto the roof of your house in St Albans and fix any leaks, ensuring your family stay warm and dry throughout the year. Our roofers operate through all the seasons so you don't have to wait for the warmer months to get the work done.

Our St Albans roofers usually work on four main types of roofs. Some roofers only specialise in one particular type of roofing, but ours cover the lot, we have:

  • Shinglers: These primarily install shingles, shakes, tiles, and other nailed on products on roofs with 5:12 pitches or above.
  • Metal roofers: These focus on metal roofing panels.
  • Single ply or flat roofers: These focus on roofs such as single ply or foam roofs.
  • Hot roofers: These roofers work using heated tar based roofing products.

T. J. Copping Roofing Ltd also specialise in some of the more unusual roofing techniques such as thatching or leadwork. In short, no matter what type of roof you have in St Albans, our roofers will be able to help.

A fair proportion of our roofers time will be taken up repairing roofs. Removing and replacing broken tiles measuring, cutting and fitting roofing materials, and finishing off joints to make them watertight is our bread and butter. Our roofers also check to make sure that roofs are structurally sound. A completely new roof is well within our capabilities, so give us a call today.

Roof maintenance advice from a Roofer in St. Albans

As probably one of the oldest towns in Hertfordshire, St. Albans is a wonderdul place to live, work or visit. There is a huge diversity in the architecture and a very interesting mix of old and new.

There are also quite a lot of building that have been around for centuries that are now put to more modern uses. There are various alms houses that are private dwellings today and the Maltings shopping centre is a popular destination for shoppers in the area.

Owing to the age of St. Albans, there is a glut of old style ceramic tiles and slate roofs within the town. We have conducted many home surveys in St. Albans for residents and a good deal of our work in the town is taken up with roofing repairs and maintenance.

What not many people realise is that you can self-diagnose a good deal of problems to do with roofs. We are not suggesting that everyone attempts to scramble up a ladder, although a quick look at the roof may be all that's required to identify a problem. Once these problems have been identified, that's the time to call in a professional roofing specialist such as T. J. Copping Roofing Ltd.

Getting to correct advice from a professional St. Albans roofer

T. J. Copping Roofing Ltd have been in the roofing trade for many years and pride themselves on offering a quality, professional service at a reasonable price. We are also happy to offer free advice relating to roofing maintenance or repairs in St. Albans. Below are a few tips to help you make an informed decision should you require a roofer to conduct a repair or maintenance to your roof.

Before you start, please remember to stay safe and not go up a ladder unless you have help or are used to working at height. Be aware that ladders, attic spaces and roofs present certain hazards if you are in any doubt, please consult a reputable roofer.

  • You can conduct an inspection through the loft hatch yourself. You may see daylight in the roof void that would suggest missing roofing felt or damaged roof tiles.
  • Wet walls or ceilings may indicate that there is a leak in your roof.
  • Moss and other organic waste can block gutters and retain a lot of moisture. This can damage the roof covering in frosty weather so removal is important.
  • Debris on the ground could be from broken slates or tiles and this indicates that there may be a problem.
  • Inspect your roof twice a year from ground level. You may be able to use a neighbouring property to get a better view of your roofs condition.
  • Leaning chimneys or pots may need attention. Also check for any smoke escaping through the brickwork if you have an open fire.
  • Roofing materials can become detached in windy weather if the pointing is not in a satisfactory condition. Check in your in gutters on low roofs or on the ground near to the property for signs of mortar droppings.
  • Remember that a quick bodge up with inferior materials will lead to more expensive repairs down the line. Always consult an experienced roofer in St. Albans if in any doubt. This is particularly important if you have a thatched roof or other specialist roofing material.

Roof maintenance in St. Albans

Repairing or replacing your roof can be a very expensive project to undertake. This is why we suggest that you should spend a few minutes a couple of times a year looking closely at your roof to see if there are any issues that need addressing. Doing this will identify any roof maintenance requirements that will help prevent costly repairs at a later date.

When should you check the roof on your St. Albans property?

As long as you inspect your roof twice a year, usually in spring and again in the autumn, you should notice any obvious problems before they are able to become major headaches! Often we are called after a home owner has been cleaning their gutters and have noticed a slipped or missing tile. Another time we get a call is following a particularly bad storm.

This twice yearly check will identify any obvious wear and tear to the roof, or any missing or damaged tiles, slates or other roof coverings. The old saying of a stitch in time saves nine really does apply to making an early diagnosis of roofing issues.

A big problem for many is the accumulation of moss or algae on the roof. If your roof is starting to collect moss or algae, we can install zinc or lead control strips to help keep the problem at bay.

If you see any signs of leaking, such as dark spots on the ceiling, or mould or dampness in your loft area, it would be wise to contact a professional roofer as soon as possible. Leaks in roofs will only get worse, and it will be better to spend a small amount on roof maintenance now, rather than a lot on a big repair later on.

A little St. Albans history

St. Albans is a real hotbed of history as there was an Iron Age settlement known as Verulamium, Verlamion, or Verlamio, near the site of the present location of St. Albans. The name Verulamium is Celtic, meaning settlement over or by the marsh. It is believed that the tribal capital was moved to the site by Tasciovanus in about 25 to 5 BC.

The Roman city of Verulamium, was the second largest town in Roman Britain after Londinium, developed from the Celtic settlement and was granted the rank of municipium around AD 50, meaning that its citizens had what were known as Latin Rights, a lesser citizenship status than a colonia possessed.

St. Albans grew to a significant town, and as such received the attentions of Boudica, who sacked and burnt the town. St. Albans grew steadily and by the early 3rd century, it covered an area of about 125 acres, behind a deep ditch and wall. Verulamium contained a forum, basilica and a theatre, much of which were damaged during two fires, one in 155 and the other in around 250. St. Albans was rebuilt in stone rather than timber at least twice over the next 150 years. The occupation by the Romans ended between 400 and 450.

St Alban himself was probably buried outside the city walls in a Roman cemetery near the present Cathedral. His hillside grave became a place of pilgrimage. Recent investigation has uncovered a basilica there, indicating the oldest continuous site of Christian worship in Great Britain. In 429 Germanus of Auxerre visited the church and subsequently promoted the cult of St Alban.

There are still a few remains of the Roman city visible, such as parts of the city walls, a hypocaust still in situ under a mosaic floor, and the theatre, which is on land belonging to the Earl of Verulam, as well as items in the museum. More remains under the nearby agricultural land which have never been excavated were for a while seriously threatened by deep ploughing.

So if you live in the St. Albans area and need a roofing specialist, why not contact T. J. Copping Roofing Ltd for a free, no obligation quote.

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