What to expect from quality building contractors in St Albans and Harpenden

Understandably, some people can be reticent when employing the services of a building firm. The numerous scare stories of rip-off merchants and inferior quality work give the industry, in most cases, an undeserved and unwelcome reputation. At Stanleys Roofing and Building, we uphold the ethos that the customer is paramount, so we will always thoroughly discuss your requirements before supplying you with a fair quotation for an honest day’s work. Below we will present our primary services for roofing, patios and driveways in St Albans and Harpenden.

Expert roofing in St Albans and Harpenden

We can carry out all manner of roofing in Harpenden to an exceptional standard. £1million liability insurance guarantees all of our work, should anything out of the ordinary occur. Through our services in the local area, we receive a lot of work through customer recommendations thanks to our value for money offer. The main roofing jobs we undertake include:

  • Roof replacements and repair – If you have a leaking roof, or if the shingles have torn and are beyond repair your roof may need replacing. We will conduct a thorough assessment before advising the level of work required. We can quote for roofing in St Albans for pitched or flat roofs, no matter the size of the project. We also provide a roof cleaning service to avoid the build-up of mould and moss.
  • Tiles – As part of our services for roofing in Harpenden, we can supply any roofing tile and also repair them. We can replace and repoint ridge tiles, chimney stacks and beds, and roof valley channels. We will always attempt to repair existing tiles before considering a replacement.
  • Guttering, soffit and fascia – Blocked guttering can have a damaging effect on roofs. Gathering water can lead to the development of mould that can penetrate shingles and sheathing. We can clear or replace blocked downpipes and guttering to ensure rainwater runs into the correct channels. We also supply and fit uPVC soffits and fascias to protect against weathering and keep your roof in good condition.

Quality driveways in St Albans and Harpenden

The driveway of a property, whether commercial or domestic, can have a lasting impact on peoples impressions. An untidy driveway, with cracked tarmac or broken block paving, can detract from the appearance of a property. At Stanleys Roofing and Building, we deliver high-quality driveways in Harpenden using several different methods and materials.

  • Tarmac – Traditional and used universally, a tarmac driveway is an excellent approach to creating long-lasting and clean looking driveways in St Albans. Tarmac can withstand the weight of multiple vehicles, and we can lay it by hand or machine, depending on the access to the area.
  • Block paving – We have laid block paving for many driveways in Harpenden. It delivers an attractive, robust and durable driveway that is easy to maintain. The layout of block paving is almost unlimited, with many variants of colour and designs available. We can work with you to conceive a look that will complement your property, and possibly add value to it.

In addition to tarmac and block paving, we can also construct driveways using gravel, sandstone, shingles and concrete. As experienced and multi-skilled builders, we will rectify any problems concerning drainage.

Outstanding patios in St Albans

A patio is a marvellous way to create functional outdoor spaces in your garden. Having a patio can provide options for your garden that may not be viable with a lawn. They can provide a stable surface for garden furniture for when you have gatherings, or even as a base for a hot tub.

We can use the same materials for laying a patio as we do for driveways. Block paving is a popular method for creating patios because of their appearance and ability to construct bespoke looks.

Why choose Stanleys Roofing and Building?

We are a building firm that offers a comprehensive ‘one-stop-shop’ for all of your building requirements. All of our employees are highly-skilled and trained, and we never use sub-contractors for any aspect of our work. We work with care, diligence and professionalism to ensure that all of our customers are wholly satisfied. For more information on how we can deliver outstanding building work for your property, contact us today.

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.

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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