House renovation – Choosing the right building contractor

If you own or are considering investing in a rundown property that requires repair, it’s critical that you take the time to select the right contractor to tackle any roofing work. Many empty buildings will suffer from deteriorating roofs due to lack of maintenance. When the damage is extensive, it will usually require a roofing specialist with experience and expertise to conduct a thorough assessment and carry out a professional job.

St. Albans based Stanleys Roofing & Building Ltd. is a trusted roofer and driveways contractor that can deliver such a job.

Roofing Work

When buildings fall into disrepair, some of the most common parts of the roof that require inspection are the tiles, chimney stacks and pots, valleys and the guttering. An attentive contractor will always fully assess a job, determining which areas they can repair and which will need replacing. Once the check is complete, and an itemised quote agreed to, all re-pointing and other remedial work will be completed to a high standard. Any items that need replacing, such as ridge tiles, should be in keeping with the existing roof.

Patios and Driveways

As with roofs, driveways and patios can also exhibit a sorry condition after a period of inoccupancy at a house. New hard material driveways, in either tarmac, gravel or block paving, can breathe new vibrancy into a tired looking property. Similarly, patios can also help create a fresh feel to a house and increase it’s rental or resale value.
If you are looking to renovate a property in St. Albans, and you seek a reliable, hardworking and moderately priced contractor, contact Stanleys Roofing & Building Ltd.

Stanleys Roofing and Building – St. Albans

If you are planning to renew or replace your driveway or patio, give us a call.
We at Stanleys Roofing and Building here in St. Albans have many years of experience in the laying and construction of driveways and patios.

We will visit your home, assess your situation and help you to decide what your best options are, whether it be repairing your current driveway or patio, or constructing a totally new one.

We ensure that you are made aware of the current regulations in order that you can make an informed decision about your best way forward.

We offer a wide range of materials, including tarmac, concrete, gravel and block paving, so you will be able to choose exactly the right finish.

We pride ourselves on our capacity to provide the highest possible standard of workmanship, thereby guaranteeing that your patio or driveway will enhance your property for many years to come.

We have an enviable reputation in St. Albans and the surrounding area for expertise in every aspect of roofing. We undertake the repointing of chimneys, the replacement of missing or broken tiles, the repair or replacing of guttering to completely replacing your roof, whether it be pitched or flat. No job is too big or too small!

Our team of roofers work to the highest of standards and endeavour to cause as little disruption as is possible whilst completing their work.

Once they have finished, they will remove any discarded materials, ensuring that your property is left in a clean and tidy state.

Stanleys Roofing & Building Provides Roofing Services for St Albans

Stanleys Roofing & Building provides roofing services in St Albans and the surrounding areas, covering buildings of all kinds and construction, from homes and businesses to civic buildings, churches and schools.

Our team of roofers is well qualified and able to carry out any work needed on your roof. We have expertise in flat roofing systems, as well as standard pitched and tiled roofs.

Chimneys: Our services include repairs to chimneys; re-pointing chimney stacks and re-bedding chimney pots.

Guttering and downpipes: We can replace and clear guttering and downpipes, ensuring the effective removal of water away from your house.

Tiles: We supply and replace standard and ridge tiles. Clay and slate supplied.

Flat roofs: Our roofers can undertake re-felting and re-batten flat roofs, as well as install newer roofing systems.

Other Roofing Services

We supply and fit upvc fascias and soffits, clean roofs and conducts regular health checks for you roof.

When a flat roof at a local clinic started to leak, the building manager called Stanleys Roofing & Building. Our technician spotted a problem with the seal around a sky-light, which is a very common problem, and after considering our quote the customer agreed the work. The repair was relatively simple: we replaced the flashing, which had been affected by wear and tear, and advised the manager that she needed to keep the roof free of debris so that water would drain away properly.

Customers benefit from our efficient approach to small repairs and problem solving – we like to get these sorted ASAP, just as you do. More often than not a faulty roof can be mended with a spot repair that won’t cost a fortune and may prevent further damage in the long run.

Get in touch with Stanleys Roofing & Building for any roofing job in St Albans; our team will welcome your call and are happy to talk through your roofing needs.
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Tips and Considerations for Planning Your New Driveway

If you are thinking of improving your drive or would like to create an area in front of your house suitable for one or more cars, there are various things to consider.

At Stanleys Roofing & Building we regularly lay drives, paths and patios in Harpenden, St Albans, and Dunstable, making us a great source of information for all things tarmac, paving and gravel.

Planning

When you are planning the paved area, you may need to consider whether planning permission is required. This was introduced following flooding in 2007, and aims to deal with increased heavy rainfall in areas where more and more front gardens are paved or surfaced.

Permeable materials such as gravel or permeable concrete are allowed, and there are allowances for traditional materials where rain gardens or soak ways to the side of the drive are included in the design.

Why not ask us for more information about how we can ensure your drive meets planning requirements.

What type of surface would be best for you?

Gravel: gravel is a traditional surface that will allow rainwater to pass through, and which complements many styles of home. Will need topping up from time to time.

Tarmac: this is a tough material that can be laid by hand or machine. Perfect for the all year round surface.

Block Paving: this can allow you to express yourself with whatever design suits you best. Blocks come in a variety of colours and patinas, and are easy to maintain as damaged blocks can be replaced individually.

Concrete: a hard wearing substance that is great value for money and simple to lay.

Why choose Stanleys Roofing & Building for your drive?

We are all round experts in laying flags, tarmac and in roofing too, and as a local family run firm, we genuinely value each and every customer. We welcome all enquiries, so if you want any further information about any of our services, feel free to give us a call.
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Do Really want your home’s appearance to stand out? A New Driveway makes all the difference

The driveway is the first thing that a visitor sees when they enter your home and everyone appreciates a beautiful, well constructed driveway. A cracked, tatty drive makes your whole property look run down and getting the job done well can give you decades of good service. So if you want your home to really stand out you can start with the driveway first, then why not consider these options too!

Install a gate that compliment it

It’s obvious that when one enters your home the first thing they’ll notice is your gate. There are numerous choices of material eg metal or wood and you can also have electric options too – really creating the wow factor.

Line your Driveway

If your driveway is long then flowering shrubs compliment this piece concrete / tarmac / block paving. You can plant different types and colours of flowers to make it look more attractive and if you’re not keen on flowers, you can try solar lights on stakes.

Enough money? Build a fountain

If you have a big budget, why not have a fountain – especially if it is a courtyard or circular driveway. It puts your home on another level.

Paint a Decorative Turning Point

If you do want plants to maintain or you do not want a fountain, you can always be creative with paint or the arrangement of your block paving driveway. If you’re going for pattern-imprinted concrete then you can have a specific pattern to this effect.

Minimal

If you’re into a more minimalist approach then opt for hanging baskets or potted plants.

With years of experience in Dunstable, Harpenden, St Albans and surrounding areas, Stanleys Roofing & Building Ltd has built a reputation second to none. We are committed to customer satisfaction through high quality workmanship and all at a competitive prices for your roofing and driveway work. Contact us today for a free quote 01582 464 046 / 01727 613 017.
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Protecting your asphalt driveway

Paving is a popular way for homeowners to create attractive outdoor patios and driveways. They are usually one of the first things people notice when coming to your home. There are different types of driveway paving options available like concrete, asphalt, gravel and block paving. Each one of these has benefits and depending upon the your own requirements / property, you can opt for the one of your choosing. Asphalt is an affordable, safe and attractive surface for paving your driveway, and has several advantages:

  • It will not flake like concrete and is much less likely to crack.
  • Cracks in the asphalt driveway can easily be fixed.
  • Asphalt can be recycled and reused, so it is Eco friendly.
  • Replacing an asphalt pavement can be an expensive and time consuming task. Over time, most driveways begin to crack, showing signs of wear and tear where the material becomes worn. By using good maintenance principles, one can double its life span and save £££’s. Here are some maintenance tips that will help prevent water damage to your asphalt:

    Seal coating
    This is one of the most popular methods to protect asphalt from sun wear, snow or fluids. It acts as a “barrier coat” between asphalt surface and destructive elements. When asphalt is exposed to sun or water the asphalt hardens and pavement become more brittle. As a result of this it will crack when exposed to traffic and temperature changes. A seal coat combats this situation by providing a waterproof membrane to slow the oxidation process. Moreover, a sealcoat increases the pavement resistance and increases the surface friction properties. We would recommend sealing your asphalt once every three to five years, depending on its use and condition.

    Crack filling
    Once cracks have formed in the driveway, they create a way in for water which weakens the base. Water softens the surface which also leads to more cracks. Filling Asphalt Cracks in your asphalt driveway is an important part of extending the life of your asphalt surface. A popular product is a Rubberized Asphalt Crack Filler. This product comes in a ready to use cold formula as well as a Hot melted version. Another reason you should fill the cracks in your asphalt is vegetation. As the roots on vegetation get bigger, the plant root can actually push the pavement up and create even more damage.

    If you are thinking of improving your drive or would like to create an area in front of your house suitable for more cars, there are many factors to consider. Our designers can help you through the maze so contact us now for a free quotation.
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    When should I replace my flat roof?

    A flat roof is different from pitched roofs. They give a modern, minimalist feel to your home and if built properly, their composition prevents water coming into the home.

    If you have a flat roof and are wondering when you should you replace it, these points may help:

    • If made from GRP, the chances are that it will last for over 20 years.
    • If it is made from traditional materials like, Asphalt or felt, then it is more likely that you will need to inspect and maintain it properly. Even with regular upkeep, you will need to replace your roof more quickly than GRP.

    Here are some basic things to look out for to see if your roof needs replacing. (Always seek professional help).

    Before winter
    There is nothing worse than winter arriving and you notice your flat roof has problems. During autumn some flat roofs can be damaged and it is a good idea to inspect your roof regularly to prevent emergency work. Winter gives us the most damaging weather your roof will have to endure, so if your current flat roof won’t withstand upcoming conditions, its time to ask the professionals for a replacement quote.

    Large rips and tears in the material
    Tears and holes can lead to more serious and expensive problems further down the line. If the damage is slight, a repair may suffice but on the other hand if more extensive a replacement would be advised.

    The cost of constant maintenance on a roof can become expensive when you factor in both labour and materials. So if your roof is in need of regular repair work the money is better used towards a new roof.

    Extensive pooling of water
    This is a tell tale sign that a flat roof may be in need of attention, those pools of water should drain away or problems may occur. A Roof slope can be used to add a pitch to your roof which can eliminate the problem of roof pools or alternatively different materials.

    If you have any questions, or if you are interested in flat roof replacement, please feel free to contact us.