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Roofing Services Flat Roofing

Priory Roof Hammersmith

circa 1982

Red Bud Roofing have been providing roofing services and working all over London and the home counties for over 34 years with Private Homes, Church and Bible colleges.

Lots of our work is mainly throughout London and the home counties covering areas such as Putney, Sheperd's Bush, Earlsfield, Clapham Common . Our cliental need's range from an inexpensive repair's to new roof's. We have re-roofed and repaired many properties even for the Houses of Lords and Ladies with Roof Terraces, New Slating and Tiling, and New Flat Roofs and Repairs.

Just remember it can be very costly when you get the wrong roofer working on your home. Most of the roofing work we do did not need to be done so soon and should have lasted longer. This company is proof that roof’s can last when they are done properly.

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Most of the time the theory behind knowing something and then being able to do that thing can get lost when attempting the practical application of producing a product or giving a service.

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Without the practical experience of manual participation in this trade, that then provides the variety of experience and relevant knowledge necessary to successfully fix roofs for decades to come the only service offered to customers is the patch and run method.

Many trades OTHER than
Roofing, Flat Roofing, Tiling, lead work and especially the skills for fixing Leaking Roofs around Skylights or Chimney Flashings have to hand decent forms of training attached to them.
A few years ago Redland Roofing Tiles offered a bursary to train as a roofing contractor for general tiling, very few places were taken up by any school leavers.

Why train as a roofer when the same money can be made doing less hard physical work and you can pick up cleaner more socially acceptable work in the ever expanding job market that is the services industries.

The pool of blue collar workers shrunk in the eighties for future tradesmen that were going to be needed for Victorian properties that are getting older and suffering from ever increasing urban decay.

Leaking Slate Roofs

Failing Flashing Abutment’s

Flat Roofs

Skylights that were falling apart

Guttering and Fascias that eventually rotted

Hip and Ridge Tiles becoming loose as the wind and rain batter the mortar that held them in place for over a hundred years.

Life’s changed since the Victorian values for tradesmen work, those values required it seems a greater sense of responsibility for what was produced throughout a persons working life.

With perhaps little chance of becoming wealthy for most people and a more moral society doing bad work was harder to get away from and a reputation gave you more meaning to your life. The value of doing things over knowing things.

Roofs on much older properties tended to stand up better to the battering and hammering of the environment than modern roof’s. Tradesmen handing down skills to younger men of that day was a way to secure the future income for eager apprentices and provided the necessary pool of skill’s for future housing booms of the past centuries.

Todays large house builders employ the majority of decent roofers required to build the home's for today’s need’s. They provide secure employment whatever the weather much better working conditions and a safer working environment for all types of manual skills that are needed to build up the housing stock.

But what of the workman to repair and renew the older roofed properties that started to decay. If the workforce in general is heading towards services industries and much more appealing higher education and non skilled jobs paying a comparable salary why get on a roof?

What incentive can new workers have to take up roofing, exposed to all weathers meaning no work in the rain= loss of income for both smaller individual firms and building contractors.
Better to take up an indoor trade such as carpentry or plumbing and enjoy a better standard of living makes more sense if you pick a trade as a career.
Some of the above reason’s and i am sure there are others help to reveal the reason that roofing has such a bad reputation in the service sector.
As a roofing contractor myself, fixing things and not just knowing about them gives me first hand knowledge of the failures that are common when people do not have enough education and experience in this field. Many premature roofing failures are to do with
materials used and the manner in which they are constructed by contractors when attempting to deal with roofing problems for repairs and new roofing.
lord Taverne Terrace roof

When problems arise there’s not much that can be done in a market that does not contain enough skilled workers.

This gap is of course filled by people able to take a chance at trying there hand at roofing and are indeed helped by temporary
roof repair methods. With materials such as temporary repair tape’s or short term flexible mastic paint which can be blindly applied and sold as long term remedy’s for unsound structural problems.
This allow's the client to part with large sums of money only to have to deal with the roofing problem again and pay out twice or more for the same job. Remember very few people can get on a roof and so work done is hidden from view unlike buying a new piece of furniture.

Below is an idea on what usually goes wrong on roof’s and the proper method of doing the job properly.


As you can see if you look on the page for
slating there is a certain way to lay slates within the set parameters of the roof.

When you start to slate against a roof abutment if you did not work out the width of each slate and then calculate the size of the last slate on each line the gable end slate may be to small to be able to fix securely to the battening or there may be not enough slate to safely take a nail into the timber to prevent the wind from lifting the slate and breaking it.

So setting the roof out correctly is called gauging the roof out and that applies width ways and length ways. Just look at what happens when it’s not set out properly on the page for
Slating page.

What can you do when things go wrong, Not much i am afraid because slates and tiles are nailed and every coarse on top of the one below it is nailed as well and is hidden from view hence for large areas impractical to repair without removing all the slates first when things go wrong.

A few slates slipping on a fairly new roof is sign that the job was not done properly in the first place and unlikely to last in the long run. This will mean that short term fixes can be made but
re-roofing again is the only real chance of securing the roof for future watertightness.

Here are some helpful questions to ask a roofer to find out if he is on the ball or near there.

(1) Find out if they understand the gauge that is required for the slating on your roof and ask them to explain what they think it is. This wont mean anything to you but it's a harder enough question to answer for people who don’t know enough about roofing. The typical roof will be gauged at 200-250mm. (8”-12”)

Generally lots of slipped slates will mean you need a re-roof, so if you have lots of clip’s on the roof that is what it means. If however there is only a few on each flank of the roof your not there yet and don’t let any one tell you otherwise.

Please feel free to contact me about any roofing need’s in the meantime this site will continue to be developed as i find the time.

39 Joseph Avenue
London W3 6LN