Frequently Asked Questions 2

What are shingles (roof tiles)?

Shingles are a flat covering element for a roof. Shake shingles are a wooden shingle that is made from split logs and a roof shingle, is a roof covering consisting of individual overlapping elements. These shingles can be roof tiles or wood.

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What is roofing felt?

Roofing felt has been around for over a hundred years. Originally roofing felt was made from old rag but today roof felts are made of recycled paper products (usually cardboard) and sometimes sawdust. The most common felt product is the so-called #15 roofing felt.

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What types of roof windows are there?

There are three main types of roof windows. Firstly normal window can be installed in a gable end of a roof. Secondly a dormer window can be added, these add additional head room into an attic or loft space and require part of the roof to be replaced by an enclosure to allow the window to be installed. Finally there are sky lights, the most popular of which are Velux windows.

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What about cleaning gutters?

Guttering is an integral part of your roof and proper gutter maintenance will help your roof do its job. Regular gutter cleaning is therefore a necessary part of your roof maintenance as blocked or damaged gutters can lead to damp.

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What type of roofing materials are there?

There are a wide variety of roofing materials available and each has its own uses in terms of functionality, how hard wearing it is, how it looks and of course cost. Roofing materials include: cladding, roofing sheets, lead flashing, corrugated roofing sheets, polycarbonate roofing, corrugated roofing, roof trusses and upvc cladding or pvc cladding.

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Should I insulate my roof as well as my loft?

Loft insulation is a popular way of conserving energy in the home. Typically the insulation covers the ceiling of the upper floors of your home. However if you use your loft space regularly or have a fixed opening to this area, you might wish to consider adding roof insulation as this will insulate your loft space against the elements and add to your existing loft insulation.

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Are Assured Roofing roofing contractors?

To all intents and purposes Roofing Contractors and Roofers are amongst many terms to describe people who repair, maintain and replace roofs. Assured Roofing are fully insured and have over 15 years experience making them specialists in many areas of roof repair maintenance contracting.

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