What to Look for in A Roof When Purchasing A House

So, you’re about to make a decision on whether to buy a property you’ve set your heart on. It’s the house of your dreams, but have you really checked everything out properly? What we mean is, are there certain aspects of a property you need to look at carefully before going ahead. We’re going to be talking about that today and focusing on roofs. Why? Well read on to see what you should be looking at when it comes to the roof of your dream property.

Sagging

Take a long look at your new property from a good distance. Can you spot sagging, or bowed walls? Once you go inside do you see that in the corners the walls aren’t square and do the floors flex or bend when walked on? These are signs of something bad, basically the structural foundation of your potential new home is not in a good place and it’s going to cost you a lot of money to fix, so step away now. Also consider water damage, signs are rotten wood, peeling siding, water stains and mould.

Layers

There is a limit to how many layers of roofing material there are on the deck of your roof. The number can vary but the limit is usually around two. This consists of original roofing materials and one single layer over it. Another consideration is shingles and their quality. Your roof will maintain itself longer if it’s been made with quality shingles. In the long term it will have a beneficial effect, and it will last much longer.

Ventilation

Any decent roof should come with proper ventilation so that there’s no structural damage. Look out for poor roof ventilation in the form of crumbling, sagging and dry rot.

Get the roof checked by a professional roofing contractor

Make all these checks before you make an offer, and better still call in a professional to carry out a roof inspection, that way they can spot things you may have missed yourself. A roof inspection will give you peace of mind and help you make the decision of whether or not to buy.

J Gordon Roofing – Premier Roofers in West Lothian

We hope you’ve found our post today on what to look for in a roof really useful, and if you find you are now interested in buying a property it might be a golden opportunity to get a roof inspection. Here at J Gordon Roofing we’re more than happy to carry out roof inspections, it’s one of our most popular services. So why not get that roof checked out so you can be sure you’ve made the right decision before you buy. Contact us today.

Benefits of A Flat Roof

What kind of roof is right for your property? The style you choose can have an impact on the look of your property should you decide to sell in the future and adds to what’s known as curb appeal. Today, we’re talking about flat roofs as we know how popular they are for their stylish and contemporary look. Is this the type of a roof you should go for? It really depends a lot on what you prefer and also whether a flat roof is right for type of property, so we’ll be covering the advantages and disadvantages here.

Cost

The cost of a flat roof is one reason why it’s worth consideration, giving a modern roof that’s not cost an arm and a leg. This is might be one option you’re drawn to if you’re on a tight budget.

Storage

If you have a flat roof you can store things on it. Although this may not be a great idea if you get a lot of bad weather. You could also use it to store solar panels or create a rooftop garden. Flat roofs are versatile, and you can do what you like with them, so they give you so much more than just a mere roof.

Flat Roof Installation

Flat roofs are also quick to install so you won’t have to wait too long before moving back in. Any repairs needed in the future are easy and quick to deal with, and many roof repairs can be done in a day, even a complete re-roofing.

Safe and Easy Inspection

Another advantage is that a flat roof is safe and easy to inspect, it’s so much easier to check sidings and clean your gutters without the fear of falling off, it’s a job you can do yourself without having to call someone out.

What Are The Disadvantages Of Flat Roofs Then?

Well, although they’re very stylish, they won’t fit in very well if you live in a street full of pitched roofs, and obviously won’t look good on a house with a classic, more traditional style. We mentioned earlier that flat roofs are so versatile and there’s such a lot you can do with them, like have a garden, solar panels, storage etc. However, with all that extra room on top you lose it inside the house. You’ll forfeit living space and you won’t have an attic or loft you can convert in order to give yourself an extra room. There’s less room for insulation too so keeping the house warm may not be as satisfactory.

Drainage

Drainage can be an issue with flat roofs and additional measures may need to be taken that will add to the cost. Pitched roofs on the other hand drain much easier.

J Gordon Roofing – The Best Roofers in West Lothian

Now you’ve had the advantages and disadvantages of a flat roof, you’ll now be able to make an informed decision as to whether it’s the right choice for your home. If you’d like to talk it over with us, then give us a call and we’d be even happier if you decided to go with us for your flat or pitched roof installation. We can show you our previous work and talk to you about what it all entails. Get in touch and let’s start talking.

What is Roughcasting?

You may have heard the words roughcast or roughcasting before and perhaps you nod your head approvingly, but really you have no idea what it is. Well, fret no more, because today here at J Gordon Roofing, we’re going to be telling you exactly what it is and what it’s for, so if your home needs roughcasting, you’ll have a heads up on what it’s about.

What is roughcasting used for?

Roughcasting is a finishing methods for the exterior of your home. It consists of gravel and small pebbles which are then mixed into concrete or plaster. It’s then used as a final finish for the exterior surface of a wall. Once dried it usually lasts for many years, so it’s extremely durable and hard-wearing. Roughcasting is popular on commercial buildings, but is sometimes used for out buildings and other common buildings. It’s takes a trained eye to do this because you have to throw the gravel and pebbles directly on to the wall to create a smooth coating with no spaces.

Different finishes and colours

If you travel a lot you may have noticed that in some parts of the world roughcasting is done with tiny sea shells and it’s a great look for a house by the beach. You can also have your roughcasting in different colours too, and this is done by adding colour to the gravel or concrete before applying it on to the surface of the wall. In Tudor times, coloured glass was used, which is such a unique and exciting way to finish off a building. You can also colour over the roughcast after its dried on the surface, such as whitewash or a good quality exterior paint.

Sagging and matching roughcasting repairs

It’s a good idea to not have pebbles or gravel that’s too big, because if they are, they could sag and bring the coating off in parts, leaving it messy and unfinished. It’s usually best to hire a professional who know what they’re doing, as they’ll know the right technique and what materials are required.

Are there negatives to roughcasting?

The only negative aspect of roughcasting is that it can be difficult to repair in terms of matching the colour to the original casting. Sometimes, when roughcasting has become damaged it’s replaced with fresh cast, however it can be easy to detect the new from the old.

Roofing & Roughcasting West Lothian

There are certain methods which can be used to ensure a uniform application of roughcast, some of which we apply ourselves. If you have any questions about what we’ve discussed today, or if you’d like to hire us for a job that involves roughcasting then get in touch and we’d be happy to talk it through with you. We can also show you some of the roughcasting we’ve done for other clients, so you can see the standard of our work.

Checking the Condition of Your Roofing

How do you know when your roof needs repairing? The secret is simple, to check its condition on a regular basis and make some simple, preliminary investigations, which in the long run will save you hundreds of pounds.

We’re going to be talking about that in today’s post, what should you be looking out for when checking the condition of your roof?

Attics

Check from the inside first. Start with your attic, so watch out for any sagging, dark patches, water, and of course, see if you can spot any sunlight shining through. These are all bad signs, and a good indication of your need to carry out repairs. It is important to consider hiring a professional, because DIY repair may cost you more money than you realise. If you get it wrong, you could be forking out more to repair the extra damage you’ve done yourself.

Ventilation

Ventilation is something else you should check. Poor ventilation within your attic will lead to a build-up of moisture and some condensation. Check all vents for any blockages and obviously remove anything that is blocking them, such as leaves or moss.

Are there any loose and damaged tiles on the roof?

Tiles do become loose, broken and cracked. You’ll need to inspect how bad it is so you can assess whether you need to call in a roofing expert. Always make sure you’re well prepared before you get up on a roof by using the right equipment. A ladder, safety harness, strain rope and shoes with a grip are all essential items.

If you’re going to try and repair the tiles, always remove them carefully first and then attach the new tiles and use an adequate roof seal to stop it from leaking. If you don’t have adequate equipment to go up on the roof, always hire a roofing expert who will have all this stuff to hand as part of his job.

Flashing

Flashing consists of metal strips which seal objects on your roof, such as satellite dishes, skylights, chimneys and vents. Check these and make sure there are no gaps, if you do find any, use a safe, strong waterproof sealant.

Gutters

If your gutters are damaged or blocked they can lead to serious damage to your property. Always check if there’s any water build up, or any leaks down the walls externally. Clear any debris you find in your gutters and also check that your gutters are securely fastened to the wall.

Moss

Any moss needs to be removed as the moisture from it can cause damage to the roof tiles. Wait until you’ve had successive days of dry weather and then simply use a brush to get rid of it.

We hope we’ve helped you today with our guide on checking the condition of your roofing. At J Gordon Roofing, we only employ roofers who are trained, experienced and qualified. If there’s any questions, if you’re unsure of anything, or if you’d like us to take a look at your roof, why not get in touch and one of our team can come and take a look.

Choosing the Right Roofing

If you’re going to have your house re-roofed, you need to make sure you have the right type of roofing. Getting it wrong first time means there’ll be many more times you have to have it repaired and perhaps completely reset by someone else, and that will be expensive.

Your Roof is Your Shield

Your roof acts as a shield for your home and it’s important that it’s made from the right materials, and of course the right techniques to lay it. So basically, you need an experiences team of roofers and top quality materials matched to the needs of your property.

The materials used for roofing vary, they can be anything from metals, asphalt, wood and plastics. You’ll need to think about durability and how long they’re going to last and keep your house safe. You’ll also have to consider cost and weight too.

Roofing Cost

When you’re choosing roofing for your home you’ll be influenced by the cost of materials and installation, and you may have a tight budget you need to work with. You’ll find the shape of your house influences the cost as well and other things such as any intersecting roof lines.

Roofing Materials

If you have a flat roof then you’ll need different materials to those used for a sloping one, and you’ll need to make sure that if you use tiles and slate, they’re strong enough to hold the roof. For those on a tight budget, asphalt shingle is good, the prices vary, but it’s cheaper than many others, and it’s a great all weather material.

Metal Roofing

Metal is a new material that’s been introduced in recent times and both can provide durability and resistance to the inclement weather. However, the downside is they can be expensive, as can slate which is also a durable material.

Roof Weight

You also need to think about whether the roof is the right weight for the house, if it isn’t then it could collapse and that again will cause you extra cost in repairs, not only to the roof but the rest of the house as well.

Roofing Durability

If you need durability, then you may have to consider spending more than you can afford, because if the roofing is cheap with poor materials, you’ll be paying to have it repaired a lot sooner, and this is a false economy. You won’t really be saving any money in the long-term.

Will your roof be strong enough?

You need to make sure the roof is strong enough to withstand natural disasters, although we may be protected by these to a certain extent because we live in the UK. However, heavy rains, thunder storms and torrential rain can all do serious damage as can extreme wind, so your roof materials need to be strong.

Sloped Roofing

Metal and asphalt will be the two best materials for a sloping roof and with steeper ones you could use slate or clay tiles.

Finally, you’ll naturally want your roof to match the house and complement it, as this will add value to your property. Ideally, you want a roof that’s durable and functional, while also remaining stylish.

J Gordon Roofing – Reliable and Local Roofers in West Lothian

If you’re thinking of having your roof repaired, then get in touch. Here at J Gordon Roofing we’re a team of professional, experienced roofers in West Lothian and we’re more than happy to discuss your requirements and talk you through your choices. Give us a call today.

When to Replace Gutters


Your gutters sit there in the background where you rarely give them a second thought. However, your gutters play an important role in diverting water away from the windows, doors and walls. It pays, therefore, to take care of them and to make sure they are always working properly. If neglect your gutters, then the damage they cause could be catastrophic, costing you far more than a new guttering system.

Maintenance and Check-Ups Are Crucial

Looking after the maintenance and the condition of your guttering could make all the difference in preventing your house from serious water damage, damage that could cost you thousands of pounds to repair should it get into the house. By not replacing your guttering when needed you could end up with even worse problems than you started out with, such as rotting fascia’s, flooding and damaged landscaping.

Peeling Paint and Rust on the Gutters

One of the most important signs to look for is peeling paint or rust. If you see any, make sure you do something about it as soon as you can. You should paint them regularly, but if you see cracking this could be a more serious problem and it may be due for replacement.

Gutter Splits and Cracks

You can’t really leave a split or crack alone and forget about it. It can quickly become a much bigger problem if you do nothing at all It could even have an impact on the foundations of your home, as well as causing internal flooding.

Gutters Pulling Away and Sagging

If your gutters are pulling away or sagging then you need to be careful, this can be a sign they have become full of water and are now weighed down. It could be down to lack of regular maintenance, or simply that the guttering system is inadequate and it’s not providing your house with adequate drainage.

Overflow and Leakage

There may be signs beneath your gutter that it’s overflowing and leaking water. Look out for signs of mildew and puddles of water. If you think your guttering is damaged and not really working as it should, then it’s a good idea for you to do something about it now before it becomes an even bigger problem.

J Gordon Roofing – Experts in Guttering

If you find problems with your guttering or would like them inspected then get in touch with us here at J Gordon Roofing. We have many years’ experience working with roof guttering and we always do a thorough job on all the properties we work with. We can replace parts of your guttering system or all of it, depending on how bad the problem is. Get in touch today and let’s sort those gutters out.

Roofing in Winter

A British winter can be unpredictable and vicious, it’ll be calm with mild temperatures and light rain one minute, and then the next it’s frost and snow. That’s why it’s important to carry out roof maintenance in winter as well as summer. It’s in the winter that your roof will see the worst weather and you don’t want to leave any damage long-term.

Bad Weather Causes Problems For Your Roof

If there are problems which have been caused by bad weather, or were already there and have been made worse by the frost or rain, then leaving it until the warmer season to repair could cause you bigger problems. If you have cracked shingles, then moisture could enter through the roof, and mean your homes loses heat.

Temporary Repairs

Even temporary repairs to carry your through winter is better than just leaving it to get worse. A new roof, or even just new parts will mean your roof is better able defend itself against harsher weather giving you the peace of mind that it’ll stay intact throughout winter.

Off-Peak Prices

Another advantage of dealing with your roof in winter is that it’ll cost you less because you’re getting off-peak prices. Doing it in the unpopular winter months will secure you a cheaper quote and get your repairs done in time for the freezing weather.

Snow on the Roof – Bad News

One of the many hazards of winter is snow, especially if you end up with a thick layer on your roof. If you notice this on yours, then you will need to deal with it immediately rather leave it till spring, otherwise parts of your roof could collapse. It’s not always a great idea to try repairing it yourself though, as this could prove hazardous, always call in a team of professionals.

Leave Repairs to the Professionals

Of course, it’s not a great idea to carry out repairs in bad weather, blizzards and snow storms. This is where a professional team of contractors come in, who will know when it’s safe to go up on a roof and when it isn’t, and will be able to take the necessary steps to create quality workmanship.

J Gordon Roofing – Roofing Specialists

If you have any winter roofing problems, then get in touch with us here at J Gordon Roofing. We’re the roofing experts and whatever it is you’re grappling with, let us take over and repair safely and efficiently. We’re a friendly team of professionals, so whatever the problem is, we’re here to help.

Why it’s Important to Keep Your Roof Moss Free

All year round general roof maintenance and minor roof repairs is important because prevention is always better than cure when it comes to your roof. Leave things unattended for too long and you’ll be paying a heavy price – from your wallet.

Moss especially is a problem and it isn’t something you can simply ignore or just jet wash away quickly. Jet washing can cause irreparable damage to your roof tiles so this sort of procedure should be avoided. Check the tiles on your roof before you do anything else.

Remove Moss When it’s Dry

If you’re going to remove moss yourself, then the best time to tackle it is when it’s dry. You’ll get rid of it far easier if it’s as dry as possible, and once you’ve removed it you can treat it, which will help prevent any new growth. If you don’t treat it, then the moss will creep back into view in the near future.

Concrete Tiles

If your roof is covered in concrete tiles then you’ll find they’ve been specifically designed to shed water. If they get covered in moss, then this is bad news, as they can’t absorb moisture and eventually this leads to leakages. Concrete does have some advantages; they are quite light, so they’re much easier to get up onto your roof. When concrete tiles are brand new, they’ll have a special coating so they can repel water, however, over time this coating wears off, and when it does they become porous and start to hold water. This is perfect breeding ground for moss, algae and lichen spores.

Once You Have Moss, What Then?

If your house is quite old then it may be more prone to moss, and any coating will have worn off by now. Too much moss leads to more water on the roof, which in turn leads to permanent damage. The moss as it becomes thicker and denser, can also fall into the guttering which can then cause a blockage.

Moss Removal Specialists

If you’ve been able to get up on to your roof and get rid of moss while it’s dry, then that’s great, you’ll now be able to apply something to stop it from returning. However, if this is something you really don’t feel confident about doing yourself, then that’s where J Gordon Roofing come in.

We’re experts in moss removal and maintenance and we have wide variety of tools at our disposal which we can use on your roof safely to remove moss, lichen and algae from each roof tile, without causing any damage to the rest of your roof. Once the moss has been removed your roof will look better and it’ll offer your home better protection from the elements.

J Gordon Roofing - Roof Repairs & Maintenance

If you have any questions or you’d like us to come and take a look at your roof, then get in touch and one of our professional team will be happy to talk to you regarding roof repairs and maintenance.

The Importance of Keeping Your Gutters Clear

In today’s post we’re going to be discussing the importance of keeping your gutters clean. You need to check them on a regular basis so as to avoid anything more serious happening that you will cost you more in time and money to solve.

What are gutters for?

You may not really be aware of exactly what gutters do and if this is the case, then you won’t realise how important they are. Once they become broken or clogged, you end up with structural damage to the house, and as a result damp, which could have an impact on your family.

Regardless of what your gutters are made of, they should be cleaned once a year to keep them in working order. This way there’s less chance of them becoming more seriously damaged.

What can you do throughout the rest of the year to keep gutters free from damage?

There are things you can do to keep your gutters free from harm. Watch out for sagging, leaking and blockages, and act quickly. What causes the damage are things like blockages, which can get worse and worse if they’re not cleaned away, which then leads to the gutters sagging, then cracking, which leads to leakage. Blockages are often caused by simple thing like natural debris, leaves, twigs, moss, even dead animals.

If you check your gutters regularly and then clean away anything that you find, then you’re keeping your gutters in a clean and healthy state. This helps to avoid sagging and leakage.

Clearing Away the Blockages

If your gutters have reached the point of no return, then you’ll find that you’ll have to call someone in to clear away the blockage. If you call someone from J Gordon Roofing, then we’ll send someone round who will help remove the pieces of debris which are causing the problems.

They may use a combination of tools with methods which are both safe and reliable. They will test to see whether the water is now running smoothly through the gutters, prior to this the water may have been running down the side of the house.

It may be the case that the gutters have reached a state of such disrepair that you’re going to have some repairs done which are more than just clearing a blockage. Any holes may need to be blocked off with a sealant.

First Class Roofers in West Lothian

If your gutters are blocked and you don’t think you can repair them yourself, then get in touch. We can send round a member of our team who can then check out your gutters and make an assessment of what needs doing next. We’d also advise an annual check by one of our team too, who can make sure your gutters are in good condition. That way you can avoid more serious and more expensive problems later on. 

Summer Roof Maintenance Tips

Britain has four seasons, and there’s nothing more beautiful than the changing weather, but with that comes with it some strong weather conditions, such as flooding, strong winds and snow. With that in mind, it’s a good idea to carry out summer roof maintenance so you’re prepared for when the summer months come to an end.

In this post we’re going to be covering some roof maintenance tips so you can take care of those niggling problems you’ve been putting off, so your roof is all ready for the coming winter season. Even in the summer the changing temperatures can create problems for your roof with cracks and warping and this can be especially problematic once the rains come.

Summer Roof Checks

Even during the summer then, it’s a good idea to check the roof at least once a month. If you don’t feel confident doing this, then it might be a good idea to hire a roofer, and it may prove safer as they know what they’re doing.

Birds’ Nests

The law requires that active bird’s nests are protected until the young have left. Your roofer will be able to advise you on what to do if you do have birds’ nests on your roof, it may be the case that you’ll have to find a new nesting site if you close up certain parts of your roof where there are live nests. Wild birds are protected by the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.

Moss, Cracked Tiles or Shingles

Moss can collect on a roof and eventually cause leaks as the tiles become misaligned. It absorbs moisture and eventually causes roof decay. However, there are solutions to getting rid of it, one of these included blasting it off the roof using a pressure washer or removing it manually by hand. You can use a weed killer and you could also use it in areas where the roof has been affected in order to prevent it from forming again.

Tiles and Shingles

If shingles or tiles become loose then it’s important you replace them as soon as you can so your roof maintains its weatherproofing. Seal all cracks with cement or silicone until you can replace the whole thing, then replace it as soon as you can, don’t leave it.

Rust and Oxidation

There may be materials in your roof that are susceptible to rust and oxidation. Check carefully on a regular basis, it could be things like steel panels or components that are the culprit. Even small amounts of rust can cause problems with wet weather. Either you or a roofer should try using a rust remover sprayed over the rusted areas. Make sure that what you use is compatible with the rest of your roof so there’s no damage.

J Gordon Roofing & Roughcasting – Professional Roofers West Lothian

If you need someone to come and take a look at your roof, then one of our professional team will be more than happy to come round and take a look. We can carry out repairs, give advice and help you to maintain your roof all year round. Get in touch today.

What Makes a Good Flat Roof?

If you’re thinking of having a flat roof installed, then naturally you want to make sure it’s good enough to last through inclement British weather and give you many years of wear. Flat roofs, if poorly made, can give you years of repair work which will only add to the original bill, so it’s important to make sure you have a good quality flat roof construction.

If you don’t know anything about flat roofing it can be a nightmare, so the first port of call should be a good quality builder. We’d be more than happy if you chose us, as we’re a professional team of well-qualified builders. However, what makes a good flat roof and what should you look out for?

Flat Roofing – A Reputation That’s Improved Over Time

Although flat roofs have had a bad press in the past, due to better materials and an improvement in workmanship, flat roofs are now back in fashion, and in demand. A flat roof helps to waterproof the roofing area and allow water to run off into a gutter system.

Ask Your Roofer about the Following to Ensure a Quality Flat Roof

A suitable deck in essential because it is the foundation which the flat roof depends. It needs to provide sufficient support to what’s going to be loaded on to it.

Ventilation is important, so that air is able to freely flow between the joists, as well as having the insulation. This helps to prevent moisture to condense and lead to damp, without that, there’s a fair chance you’ll need to remove the insulation.

You need falls in the structure of your roof so it can clear surface water quickly, it needs to be created within the roof in a number of ways, you can adjust the height of the beams or they can be cut into the slope of the joists.

U values are important, so much so, that the Building Regulations insist that they must be included in flat roofs that are new and for those that are refurbished. You need to make sure that there are U values in accordance with these Regulations, so check this out with your builders. You’ll need a membrane fitted by a trained builder as part of the installation so that you have the foundations of a good quality flat roof. You’ll also need quality covering that will help your flat roof endure all sorts of weather conditions so it’ll be durable and last a long time. You need one that comes with a guarantee of at least between 15 and 20 years in total.

J Gordon Roofing – Flat Roof Construction at its Best

If you’re looking to have a flat roof installed, or even to have an existing one refurbished, then please consider J Gordon Roofing & Roughcasting, get in touch today.

Finding the Best Roofers West Lothian Has to Offer

Today we're going to talk about choosing a roofer in West Lothian with care. We're going to offer tips on how to go about choosing someone who's trustworthy and really good at what they do. Choose in haste, and you could come to regret it later once you've settled the bill.

A poor job will mean more expense for you down the line and result in you having to pay someone else to come and repair the parts that weren't done properly the first time round. You're also putting yourself and your family in danger if the work has resulted in a botch job, putting your possessions and occupants at risk.

To avoid this there's a simple process you can go through, a tick list if you wish, of things you should look out for before you hire someone.

What's their story?

Always check for references. Also, ask around, word of mouth is a popular method that tradesmen use to get work, and you should try and get around three references from satisfied customers. If each person you ask in your area refers you on to the same person, then you'll know he's good.

However, even if you end up with three very different names, check out all three. If you've seen someone you fancy hiring, then ask your friends whether they've used him, or if you know of someone that's used him/her in the past. If they seem reluctant to recommend that person, then it's a sign to stay away.

A permanent address is something else worth looking out for and confirms the fact that the firm is well established. You need to know their phone number, and you can also check their tax identification number and business license.

What roofers insurance do they have?

You must make sure you ask about insurance, roofing carries its own risks as you can imagine and its important they have valid insurance that will last for the duration of their time with you. If they're not insured, and they have an accident on your property, you could find yourself liable for any injuries he/she may sustain. They should also be fully trained in health & safety, and all their training and qualifications should be up to date.

Roofers Proposals

You should get a proposal from each of the three recommended roofers in West Lothian and choose from the best. The proposal should be detailed and list everything they're going to do and a breakdown of the costs. It should also have an estimate of the date of completion, with details of the way you've agreed to pay and how.

In summary you should make your decision on who to work with based on their work history, quality of their work, references, memberships of trade bodies and a clear and concise detailed proposal.

Quality Roofers West Lothian

We are a reputable firm of roofers in West Lothian, with many years experience. Get in contact with us today if you'd like us to work on your roof repairs.

Tips For Choosing the Right Roofers in West Lothian

If you need to hire a roofer in West Lothian for your house, and you want the work they carry out to be fault free and without problems, then you're going to find someone reliable. There's only way to guarantee this, and that's by making sure you hire someone who's good at what they do, have a great reputation, and who come with positive recommendations from people you trust.

Make Sure You Choose at Least Three Reputable Roofers Initially

To start off your search for reputable roofers in West Lothian try choosing three from a list that's been recommended by friends and family. They can tell you about the roofers they used and whether they're any good. Once you have your golden three, you then need to go through them with a fine tooth-comb to decide on which one you're finally going to go with.

Ask the Right Questions

Make sure that for each of your three traders, you have a series of questions to ask. What kind of materials will they be using and how long do they think the job will take? Make sure you get quotes and that each of them is able to account for what the money is being spent on, ask for a breakdown of the cost. It's also quite important that you ask for a guarantee, you need to be covered should anything go wrong.

Is Their Work Guaranteed?

If the roofer starts work and there's more to the job than originally thought, the original quote given can change to accommodate any new problems. Make sure you budget for this, the roofer should have warned you about any potential surprises at the beginning before they start work. You may have to give a deposit upfront as well, and for your deposit you need to know what you're getting.

Do You Need Planning Permission?

If you need planning permission then you'll have to find out beforehand whose responsibility it is for finding out, usually it's the owner of the property that has to obtain this information. However, it really depends on what you're having done, if you're simply having repairs to your existing roof, then shouldn't be necessary.

J Gordon Roofing – Premier Roofers in West Lothian

If you're looking for reputable roofers in West Lothian, then you won't find better than J Gordon Roofing. Please feel free to ask questions about our reputation, about our previous customers and we'll be happy to answer all your questions. We wouldn't want you to hire us unless you were 100% happy, so make sure you ask us all the relevant questions you feel are important before making a decision. We're used to this sort of thing and we're used to being asked about our previous work, so don't feel shy about asking. We're here to help, contact us today.

Common Factors That Can Damage Your Roof

You probably take little notice of your roof, and unless you're one of the too few people who go up and check their roof regularly, you won't notice when something goes wrong – until it's too late. There are certain factors which can damage your roof and it's important we know what they are so we can do something about it, before irreparable damage takes place. You can carry out simple roof repairs yourself, but only if you're vigilant throughout the year before a problem becomes too big.

Damage That Make Roof Repairs Necessary

Trees and Branches

Storms and bad weather create all kinds of problems for our property. One big factor in winter, are tree parts that fall and land on your roof due to the inclement weather. If you have trees close to your property, then check to see how healthy they are, if a branch is diseased then it 's more than likely going to come away at some point. You don't want your property to be in the way.

Collected Debris

Debris could also collect on the roof as a result of tree parts, with leaves and small branches forming a pile that, as it gets wetter and wetter, creates a mulch which can have a detrimental effect on the structure, resulting in a need for roof repairs.

Animals and Birds

When you see birds on the roof, although you may take little notice of them, they can create problems, problems that could turn into bigger ones over the long-term. Other animals that can cause issues are bats, mice and squirrels. Keeping a careful eye on your roof will help you identify any problems early on.

Gutters and Down-Spouts

Another thing you should keep your eye on are the gutters and any down-spouts, because if they are poorly maintained they will not be able to channel water away successfully from your roof. Water will seep into it if this happens. So keep debris away from gutters and clean them out occasionally to avoid needing roof repairs.

Wind, Rain, Ice, Hail and Snow

Naturally, the weather is a big factor in roof damage with the wind being the main culprit. Once the wind has shifted tiles or shingles from your roof, you're left with rainwater seeping into the ceiling and down the walls. Hail and ice are both bad news for your roof too, and both can shorten its lifespan and the materials protecting it.

Chimney Flashing

You need to keep an eye out for the roof flashing that sits around your chimney protecting it. If it becomes damaged, water will seep through the roof and into your home. The sun can also create problems with UV damage being the culprit. Once part of the roof has dried and cracked, bits can then fall off, leaving your roof vulnerable and needing roof repairs.

Prevention is Better Than Cure

All of the things we've mentioned above can cause problems for your roof and lead to moisture and wetness getting in. This is really bad news and can cause a lot of damage that requires roof repairs. If you take care of the problems we've mentioned here, then you can prevent water from seeping in and damaging not just the roof, but the loft, ceiling and walls of your home.

J Gordon Roofing – Roof Repairs & Maintenance Experts

If you have problems with your roof, or there's something you're not sure of, then get in touch. Our friendly team of experts can help you solve the problem and we're more than happy to come out and take a look if that is what's required. 

Common Causes of Roof Leaks

If you're experiencing a roof leak in a part of your house, then you're probably wondering how to solve it. It's not always simply a case of filling in a hole with plaster, it's often hard to ascertain where exactly the leak is coming from before you can do anything about it.

With this in mind, our team of roofers in West Lothian have come up with a guide on some of the more common causes of roof leaks, and hopefully this should prove useful should you find one in your roof in the foreseeable future.

Roofing Underlay

The thing about tiles and slates is that while they're good at keeping out rain, it's the strong winds that can send the rain seeping in through any gaps. The underlay beneath is designed to stop the rain from getting through and and carry it away to the guttering. Over time however, the underlay gradually loses its ability to prevent rain from seeping through due to rot and this naturally leads to leakage.

Displaced Slates and Tiles

If a tile or slate slips then rainwater will get through and put the underlay under even more pressure, this can result over time with pools of water that builds up and then eventually leaks into the roof.

Roof Junctions

If the flashing junctions are damaged or its been installed incorrectly then this can result in a leak. Even if the damage is only minor, it can become a bigger problem over time resulting in something far more serious if it's not dealt with quickly.

Condensation

If your roof is poorly ventilated then this could create condensation underneath tiles, or the underlay even. Droplets of water will then leak through the ceiling making it look like your roof is leaking.

Lean to Extensions

If you have one of these, then what can happen is that the water will discharge onto it from the main roof of your house, and your underlay and tiles won't be able to cope with the deluge, of course your underlay will collapse at some point, resulting in a leak.

Keep mind that with time, your roof and the materials its made of deteriorate with time and everything needs replacing at some point. What you need to do is to carry out occasional inspections and keep an eye out for any damage, especially following extreme weather. If you see anything suspicious then contact a reputable roofer right away. If you don't, then any job that seems minor now, could become a major job later on and cost you more to repair.

J Gordon Roofing – Reputable Roofers West Lothian

Are you looking for reputable roofers in West Lothian? If you are, in then J Gordon Roofing are reputable roofers with an impressive clientele. We are fully trained and qualified and over the years we have developed an expertise on roofing that makes us the first choice for problems with roofing in West Lothian.

Contact us and we're happy to come and inspect your roof, and give you a no obligation quote on any work that may need doing. Don't leave it to chance once you recognise the potential problems in your roof, get in touch with us and let us fix it before it gets worse. That's what we're here for.

Roof Inspection Tips

You hear experts saying that it’s important to inspection your roof, but no one really says what it is you’re meant to do once you’re up there. What exactly should you be looking for when you’re on the roof and how often should you be doing it?

In this post we’re going to be looking at roof inspections, how often, and what you should you be looking for.

Roof Inspections – How Often?

You should be inspecting your roof at least twice every year, and by giving your roof a thorough inspection, you could be extending its life up to 25 years.

Of course it all depends on what type of roof you have which will determine what kind of inspection you give it. Let’s take a look and see what you should be looking for once you’re up there.

Flat or Sloped Roofs – Inside

Look inside the roof as well as outside, check the insulation. Check the timbers and look out for any worm holes or water penetration. Check to see if there are any missing sloping timbers, also known as struts. There should be underfelt beneath the slates or tiles.

Is the chimney breast (inside the attic) in good condition or is it cracked? Check to see if there are any bricks missing.

Flat or Sloped – Outside

Flat – Look for holes, ponding, or punctures. Check the drains and flashings and see if there is any damage. Check for fungus as this can cling to the flashing and eventually cause leaks.

Sloped – Check for curling, bending and any sign that anything up there is at the end of it’s shelf life, are there any displaced tiles, any cracks? The slates or tiles should be smooth so any broken tiles or cracks should be looked at by a professional roofer. If you catch it early on, you may have a good chance of just having to replace the individual tiles instead of the entire roof.

You should also check for:

Deformities, debris, water or blocked or broken gutters. Once you’ve found something like this you should get it repaired immediately by professional roofers in West Lothian.

Make sure you take a look at the external condition of your chimney as well as internal. If there are any leaks from the chimney, or skylights if you have them, could result in serious damage over time. Prompt action could result in expensive repair.

Remember that any damage you find externally or internally should be noted down and reported to a professional roofer in West Lothian. Any water leaks or broken parts to the roof must not be left to linger.

Experts in Roofing

If you’ve given your roof an inspection and you’ve found problems that need further investigation, or you’re still unsure about inspecting your roof and you have questions, then please get in touch with us here at J Gordon Roofing & Roughcasting.

We’ve been in the roofing business for many years now and we know a lot about roofs. We can help and advise you and we’re happy to come out and take a look. If it looks like you do need work, then you won’t find better than J Gordon Roofing, we’re the premier roofers in West Lothian and most of our work is through recommendation – that’s how good we are.

Winter Roofing Care

Bad weather approaches as we go deeper into the winter months. It’s all very pleasant to look out from the warmth of a sitting room with a hot drink, however, it’s a very different experience for the exterior of your home. It really is on the receiving end of some violent weather, we’re talking wind, rain, snow and hail.

Your roof is especially in danger of becoming damaged – in some cases beyond repair. However, there are some things you can do to avoid having to have your entire roof replaced due to winter weather. In this post, we’re going to talk about winter roofing care, so you can help avoid roofing disasters before they happen.

Inspect your roof before winter sets in

Carry out an inspection ASAP of your roof before the winter weather hits. Look for any existing damage. Checking inside is a good idea because you can look for cracks and exposed parts of the ceiling, anything that can lead to problems later on.

Where the surface meets the walls, there may be some damage, water can get in and once you have heavy rain, this could find its way into the house. Therefore, it’s important to check the caulking, if you have cracks, seal them.

Get rid of debris

While you’re up on the roof checking for any damage, it might be a good idea to get rid of any debris you find. This could be leaves, twigs or any other waste products that have made their way onto your roof.

It can become wet and soggy and eventually turn into mulch, which isn’t very good for your roof. This may not seem too much of a problem to you now, however it could cause damage your roof’s protective coating later on.

Drains

Check drains as well as your roof. Make sure no debris is collecting in there as it could cause a blockage at some point. Use a hose to spray the drains clean. The water needs a clear way to travel during snow or heavy rainfall.

Waterproofing

If you haven’t done so already, you should waterproof your roof. You can do this over your shingles and also underneath it too. If you want to place waterproofing under your shingles, this will have to be done while your roof is either being installed or during a repair.

Therefore, you may find that waterproofing over your shingles is the only option. However, keep in mind this will help a lot when the heavy rain falls. Our roofers in West Lothian can take care of all your roof waterproofing if required.

J Gordon Roofers West Lothian

If you have any questions about your roof and you need them answered, then do get in touch with us here at J Gordon Roofing. We are qualified and trained and we love what we do. Most of our work is on recommendations from satisfied customers.

If you’re looking to check your roofing in West Lothian, then contact us at J Gordon Roofing and we can answer your questions via phone or email, or we can come over and give your roof an inspection if you can’t. We’re here to help.

 

Tips for Finding the Right Roofer

There’s lots to think about when trying to find roofers in West Lothian. Have you chosen an honest and reliable tradesmen? If you do your research beforehand, you won’t have to live with any nagging doubts that you received a poor service or substandard work. Get roofing in West Lothian that you can be proud of, and that will last for many years to come, by remembering to ask these simple questions.

How long will my project take you?

Roof repairs and entirely new building work can be very disruptive processes. You want to know how long you are going to have to plan your life around the fact that you will have workmen in and around your home. Don’t judge a company or tradesmen entirely on their speed though: completing roof repairs in West Lothian too fast could create you more problems than it solves if corners are cut and issues are overlooked.

What sort of guaranteed you offer?

Any respectable company should guarantee their roof repairs in West Lothian. If you choose a roofer who does not offer a warranty you are taking a gamble. A roofer who is unwilling to vouch for the quality of their workmanship could be trying to con you. Put simply, if a roofer knows they are going to do a good job, they should have no qualms about providing you with a written warranty.

Do you handle the clear up?

The last thing you want is for your roof repairs to be completed and the roofers to disappear, leaving you with a large pile of debris to clear up. Try to find roofers in West Lothian who take their mess away with them. It is better to have to pay slightly more to a roofer who will also remove all the building waste than having to cover the cost of getting someone else in to clear it away for you.

How much will it cost and when do you need to be paid?

Price may be one of the first things on your mind, but it’s at the end of this list of considerations for a reason. When it comes to roof repairs, cheap doesn’t necessarily equate to good. You want to make sure that the low price isn’t reflective of the quality of work being undertaken. It’s far better to pay twice as much upfront for work that will last decades that it is to pay half as much for something that will only last years.

As well as finding out the cost you also need to know the payment schedule. Without knowing the payment schedule of your roofers in West Lothian you could get caught out by an unexpected bill.

Are you accredited, licensed, and insured?

Accreditations and licenses show that you are working with roofers in West Lothian who follow the building regulations and work to the highest of standards. You also want to make sure that they have adequate insurance, not only to protect you, but also protect them in the event that they are injured on your property.

Still have questions about roofing in West Lothian? Get in touch with us today.

Signs That You Need Roof Repairs Carried Out

How can you tell that your roof is in need of repair?

We’re going to look at all the signs that you require roof repairs, so you can be on top of any problems before they get on top of you. It’s crucial to make sure you look out for any potential problems as soon as they’re spotted, otherwise they can be costly to repair.

Missing or Worn Out Roof Tiles

When the weather’s dry it’s probably a good idea to check for any roof repairs you need. If you do then you’re likely to spot problems before they get worse and before the bad weather sets in for winter.

If there’s a crack or a leak, check it thoroughly, you may need a completely new roof, or just a few tiles replaced or repaired. Get it sorted out now before it becomes an even bigger problem. You’ll need a professional to replace them. If you check in enough time, you may avoid the need for a new roof. Big jobs can be avoided if you’re paying attention.

Water Damage

If you find signs of water damage then it’s important to get it looked at by professional roofers as soon as possible before it gets any worse.

What should you look out for with regards to potential water damage?

If you start to find damp patches on the upper floors, mildew and watermarks, then get this checked by a professional promptly. For roofing in West Lothian, you’ll find that J Gordon Roofing & Roughcasting are perfect for these types of issues as we have many years’ experience in this field.

Is Your Flat Roof Sagging?

A flat roof can be vulnerable to bad weather. It can lead to the roof became unsafe as it buckles under the weight of water. This is something that needs immediate attention from a professional.

Flat roofs can also be prey to puncture holes, cracks or splits as a result of the weather. Address the problem quickly and you’ll stop it from developing into something worse.

Roof Repairs West Lothian – Any Roof Repairs, Big or Small

We are the premier roof repair company for West Lothian, and we accredited members of the National Federation of Roofing Contractors. We serve the community throughout West Lothian and we pride ourselves on a job well done for all our clients. We come with many years’ experience under our belts and we know that if you come to us, we’ll do a first class job.

Don’t leave your roof repairs to chance, you’ll only land yourself with a more costly roof repair. If you call in a professional early on, chances are you can avoid costlier jobs that could entail having your entire roof replaced.

Here at J Gordon Roofing & Roughcasting we’re reliable, honest and hard working. Get in touch if you spot problems in your roof and we’ll be more than happy to come and take a look and provide you with a free, no obligation quote for roof repairs.