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DM Construction's core business is comprehensive refurbishment services. We are a dynamically developing company from Southend on Sea. Thanks to the experience gained, we provide the highest quality renovation and construction services. Our professionally selected team of qualified employees guarantees reliable work performance. DM Construction company in the field of modern interior renovations and exterior refurbishments, helps the investor to choose the right renovation technologies. We hope that our proposals will meet with your interest. Bearing in mind the well-being of our clients, we are always ready to help in the field of technical solutions and we are happy to advise you in case of any questions. We invite you to familiarize yourself with our offer and use our services. Refurbishments - Maintenance - General Building

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Reviewed by Franko on 21/9/2019

“Dawid and team did an excellent doing a floor for me, i used him long time ago, decided to use again as i know hes hardworking, today they finish job for me, thanks again

With over 25 years experience in the building industry, we offer a variety of carpentry & refurbishment services to the commercial and domestic markets and take pride in our reputation for prompt, professional service and quality workmanship.

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Reviewed by Alexander on 15/3/2019

I was late back from work so Tony did some extra bits around the house, very happy with the doors, have asked him to look at some at pricing some more work around the house.

Hi im a fibreglass flat roofer with over 15 years experience in the trade, we offer a great service at very competative prices, all our roofing work comes with 25 year guarentee,

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Reviewed by Phillippe on 4/10/2019

Have had a long time leaking flat roof and several roofing contractors have been paid to fix it. Still it leaked. Employed Micky Rate and finally have found a tradesman who takes a prode in his work. I unreservedly recommend First Rate Flat Roofing to carry out your flat roof re fit or repairs

Rubbertech

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Rubbertech is a family run business which specialises in flat roofs. And waterproofing them with firestone EPDM Rubber membrane. Most flat roofs can be done in one single sheet with no need for any joins. The membrane has a life expectancy of 40+ years. I have public liability insurance upto 1 million pounds from mmac and if you want the policy number please ask and I will be happy to provide it

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Reviewed by Hilary on 5/9/2019

Great job, thank you Barry and Son! ??

family business 60 year's father son and grandson ,flat roofing in Northern Ireland,

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Reviewed by Gerard on 23/8/2019

My rating is given because Tommy was off his word from start to finish.His work on the roof I needed done was exactly what I wanted and I was up on the roof earlier and it's perfect again as good as new to .I would recommend Tommy for any one I know off in a similar situation to the one I was in without question .I was very pleased to with quote to it was with in my budget and a figure that suited all are pockets which is key in anything and everything in life .5 stars all the way to for this tradesperson.

Coastal Roofing and Building is a reputable roofing and building company We pride ourselves on providing high-quality work at competitive prices Our skilled craftsmen are highly reliable, friendly and professional. We ensure complete customer satisfaction

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Reviewed by Lauren on 10/10/2019

Very prompt and efficient

CRB Services

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Classic Roofing is a family run business. We are a member of The Guild Of Master Craftsmen and are a highly approved company. We specialise in all roofing work, UPVC, Fascia, Soffits and Guttering. All work carried out is fully guaranteed as we are also a member of Fairtrades, which is goverment approved.

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Reviewed by Karen on 5/10/2019

A really nice guy who cleaned and fixed our guttering, installed two new down pipes, re-pointed the ridge tiles and replaced some slates. Nothing was too much trouble for him and I would recommend Classic Roofing to anyone needing this type of work done.

hi we are small family business with over 20 years experience in all aspects of roofing from small repairs to full replacement. Dry ridge system,dry verge caps. Dry valleys. mortar work.UPVC installation.Chimney repairs.please feel free to contact us for a free quotation many thanks

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Reviewed by Dominika on 10/10/2019

Fantastic work ethic, very punctual and reliable! The work they've done was great.

jhtbuilders

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Hello we are a firm that's been in the building trade for 14 years. Were well known for charging reasonable prices on all building work. Aspects of the building trade we cover are brickwork,blockpaving,roofing,fascia/guttering ect.

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Reviewed by Rob on 20/9/2019

Very happy with the work (shed refurb) and James was very personable. Only deduction is for turning up a bit late, though this was not a significant problem.

Brock Roofing

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Established for over 40 years Brock Roofing work to the highest quality standards and we pride ourselves in providing an exceptional roofing service to the highest standard.

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Reviewed by Mark on 23/8/2019

Fantastic job from Brock Roofing today. Kept me informed of what was happening before and during the job. Turned up on time and left the place very tidy. Roof looks great. Highly recommended.

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Flat roof- installation / repair specialists - what you need to know

There are many reasons you might be looking at a flat roof – from planning restrictions through to budget, architecture and even thermal efficiency. Whatever your motive, modern flat roofs are neat and can be an elegant, cost-effective solution for a single-storey extension or garage.

The name “flat roof” is actually slightly misleading – all so-called flat roofs need a slight angle or “pitch” to allow rain water to drain. Puddles are the enemy of any flat roof, as standing water can cause leaks or damp.

Flat roofing systems require a level base, or roof deck, to apply a waterproof membrane to. The deck layer is usually created using timber or plywood for domestic roofing, but might also be made from metal, concrete, or a composite.

If your tradesperson uses plywood, it should be at least 18 mm thick, with sheets fixed to joists along their longer edges and staggered for greater stability. A membrane will then sit on the plywood deck, allowing for an expansion gap (if necessary). Typically, membranes consist of asphalt, EPDM, or bitumen on older roofs

Cost of flat roofing

  • Budget (felt roofs): £40 average price per sqm
  • Medium (rubber or fibre glass roofs): £80-£90 average price per sqm
  • Expensive (lead bay roofs): £300+ average price per sqm

What materials are flat roofs made from?

Flat roofs consist of a few layers, each using a specific material for a specific purpose. As we’ve mentioned above, the deck layer will be constructed using plywood, sheet timber, metal, concrete, or a composite.

Vapour control and thermal layers may also be required, sitting between the deck and the waterproofing membrane. Vapour control is provided by sheets made from polymeric foil, bitumen sheet, or polyethylene membrane, while the thermal layer is typically standard insulation – fibreglass or mineral wool.

There are a number of options for the top waterproof layer, such as bitumen-based felt or asphalt, EPDM rubber and PVC systems. Stone chippings or a mineral finish are usually added to protect the waterproof layer.

Can flat roofs be repaired?

Most flat roofs can be fixed by a professional with the right expertise. It’s worth noting that running repairs may be an ongoing cost consideration if you own a property with a flat roof. The most common issue you’ll face is the build-up of dirt which prevents rain from draining – causing standing water and leaks. Cleaning away dirt is an easy issue to solve.

Provided there isn’t extensive damage to the roof, typically repairing blistered felt, splits or cracks, and replacement flashings can solve the problem. A roofing expert will be able to find the issue and advise you regarding whether a repair is cost-efficient (and likely to last). 

Don’t be tempted to try to repair a flat roof by yourself though. Even roofs that aren’t too old may not be as stable as you think, and it can be dangerous to clamber around with rotten areas or weak points.

The qualifications your tradesperson needs

There’s no legal requirement for a flat roofing tradesperson to hold a specific qualification or accreditation. It’s advisable to opt for a roofing specialist, rather than a general builder, and specifically one with generous flat roofing expertise.

A number of City & Guilds and NVQ qualifications are available, specific to flat roofing. While these are an advantage, they’re not compulsory. Similarly, the National Federation of Roofing Contractors (NFRC) is a trade body that some roofers will have a membership to, but it’s not crucial.

Planning permission for flat roofing

Flat roofing is often a solution to planning concerns, but you should always check with a planning officer rather than assuming your project won’t need additional permission. The main concern with a flat roof is the structure it sits on top of – an extension or a new garage may require planning permission, even if they are only single storey.

If your property is in an area that features older buildings, or a neighbourhood that has homes with a specific architecture, visual amenity (in other words the “style” of your project) may come into consideration too. While modern flat roofs are unobjectionable, the quirks of local government can always spring a surprise.

Read the full list of planning permission considerations on the planning portal website, and if in doubt speak to your local council.

Insurance for flat roofing work

Alongside public liability insurance – crucial to protect you and your property against any damage a tradesperson causes – ask for a warranty on the roof. The last thing you’ll want is a leak which leads to a downpour inside your home, and an outpour from your wallet.

Questions you should ask your flat roofing specialist

  • What materials would they use for your flat roof, and why?
  • Can they provide a warranty for their work?
  • Can they show you their public liability insurance?

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