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Historic Park Gatehouse Renovation In Exeter

After conservation work has been finished for bats, the historic park gatehouse in Exeter is to be repaired after being vandalised. Pinces Gardens gatehouse (dating back to 1912) is being renovated, repaired and cleaned up by the Council. Work was meant to be finished this summer, but due to the conservation work that is a legality, the work has to be completed under Natural England’s licence, therefore delaying it until the autumn months. The Council have agreed to keep the area safe and improved for the conservation of bats, by putting a bat box in Pinces Gardens grounds. Bat tiles for access will be installed in several areas of the roof. Unfortunately, due to the vandalism the gatehouse roof needs repairing.

The gatehouse in Pinces Garden is a popular landmark which is where you enter Pinces Garden. Originally bought by the City Council, it was then a nursery purchased by William Lucombe, operating between 1720 until the building deteriorated in 1890. After being sold to several buyers, it was purchased for £1900 by the Council. Eventually some of the land turned into Pinces Garden and the rest turned into housing (Wellington and Waterloo Road) and allotments. For more information on this and other roofing problems, call your local roofers in Exeter.

Never Ignore a Leaking Roof!

Finding a leak in your roof can be concerning but you should never ignore it. It can get problematic very quickly and as it grows it can cause risks and possible damage to your roof, which means financially it can be a drain, particularly during the wet and windy months.

Recognising the leak is important, so you need to keep an eye out for wet spots, changes in colour and any bulging. If this happens in your ceiling, it can cause pressure and weight to grow, meaning water can leak through. You should leave something under it to catch any excess water, like a bucket. A water-resistant sheet can be put on the floor in case of more bad weather.

Releasing any pressure that has built up is the next thing to do, as bulging means there is water trapped. By creating a small tear, it can help drain the water out. You may be nervous about this but you shouldn’t leave the ceiling as it is, as it could collapse. An expert should have been contacted by this point, as the ceiling needs to be checked and where the leak has formed should be confirmed. They can then give you advice on what to do next.

Keeping an eye on your roof on a regular basis, means any new issues will be spotted quickly, such as sunlight sneaking through or issues with your roofline. By finding these issues quickly, a professional will have a better chance of reversing the damage. If you have a leaking roof and want professional advice from a roofing company in Topsham, call us today.



Commercial Flat Roof Repairs: What You Should Know

A popular roof for a commercial property is a flat roof, due to being easy to look after and afford. It can also be used for residential buildings too, such as a home extension or if you have a conservatory.

A flat roof can have a long lifespan if it’s taken care of properly and fitted correctly. However, even being long-lasting doesn’t mean they can’t develop problems down the line. One of the first things you should keep an eye out for if a leak starts, is where it came from. Knowing where the source is will be helpful for anyone working on it. You should use a professional, especially if there is significant damage and excessive signs of the material being worn out. Safety wise you won’t have to worry about the work and by letting the professionals do it, you can be assured the job will be done efficiently.

You may want to save money when it comes to materials for your roof, but it will be recommended to go for the durable and resistant types. It may be expensive initially, but a great quality material will help to lower the chance of repairs, saving you money overall. If you also think about how it looks, aesthetically you could raise the value of the property.

At the end of the day, by maintaining it correctly you will limit the need for repairs in the first place. Having it checked regularly means it will last longer and will keep defending your property from bad weather and the cold. Call us today if you need and Flat roof repairs in Teignmouth or a roofing company in Topsham.

Keeping An Eye On Your Gutters Can Defend From Subsidence

Taking care of your guttering is important as a homeowner, as your roofline is a layer of defence against potential subsidence. This is when your home can start sinking into the ground after the foundation is affected. One way the structure of your home can be affected is from excessive damp, so it is important this is taken care of as soon as possible.

If your gutters are not checked regularly, and left to run down, then water can come through any cracks in the walls, affecting the plaster. Eventually the soil underneath your home can be affected, as it will constantly be sodden. This can gradually affect the foundation, and need repairs quickly to mend any issues. By checking the gutters and updating them when you need to, you are helping to avoid any large costs along the way.

With the bad weather we tend to have, it is best to make sure your roof is in decent condition, and this also includes the roofline. The soffit and fascia can help to stop mould and mildew from developing, help with supporting the gutters, and protects the home by sealing the roof.

So by keeping an eye on the gutters and roofline, you can quickly defend your home from damage and help keep your family safe and warm, call LMH for all Roofing services in Sidmouth and Exmouth.

Man arrested after stand off on pub roof

A man has been arrested and taken into custody after triggering an alarm at the Black Horse Pub in Exeter.

The local man broke into the pub during the early hours of the morning before climbing to the roof of the four-storey building.

Police, and ambulance, fire crews and a police negotiator all attended the scene for over an hour before the man came down via the ladder.

The 33-year-old was arrested on suspicion of burglary and criminal damage.

To hire a qualified roof climber in Exeter or Exmouth, contact the roof repair specialists at LMH Roofing.

Clifton Hill Closure

With the shock closure of the Clifton Hill Sports Centre in Exeter due to the poor condition of the roof, it draws attention to the importance of maintaining your own roof. It may sound obvious but the roof is often overlooked but it is the most important factor of your building protecting the whole structure.

A roof is a pretty inaccessible place for most property owners, but signs of a leaking roof will become apparent as the water works its way down to the ceilings and walls of your home. Calling in a reputable roofing company to repair or sometimes replace your roof should be a matter for urgent attention.

Working within a 30 mile radius of Exeter LMH Roofing are experienced in all areas of roof repair and replacement.roof repair and replacement.

Benefits of a Green Roof

In an ever environmentally conscious world, green roofs are a naturally beautiful and effective helping hand to making your home greener. Here are some benefits a green roof could have on you.

Firstly, they are naturally beautiful. Aesthetically they are designed to help a house blend in to an area of outstanding natural beauty as well as helping meet legal requirements of beautiful areas. Equally, within a city, green roofs add an eye-catching splash of green to an otherwise grey environment.

Secondly, green roofs provide an undisturbed habitat for wildlife. With a wilder green roof, insects such as butterflies, bees and all manner of critters will create undisturbed homes for themselves.

Thirdly, in a noise rich environment, green roofs can actually provide noise reduction, acting as a natural insulator. Research suggests 12cm of greenery can cut sound down by 40 decibels, nearly completely eliminating traffic noise.

With Exmouth in Bloom making such a positive difference to the community, find out how you can play your part by contacting LMH Roofing.

Flat roof repairs Gatwick North Terminal

The latest liquid waterproofing system KEMPEROL® 2K-PUR by Kemperol has been used to refurbish the 2500 sq ft flat roof of the Gatwick North Terminal.

As water was leaking into the retail units below an urgent solution was required. The product is the first solvent and odour free waterproofing solution which means it can be applied where it would be undesirable to use traditional products with strong fumes and smells. For all roof repairs in Exeter call LMH Roofing.



The summer is an ideal time to assess the condition of your roof before the winter weather sets in. A simple inspection can identify any problems before they cause serious problems to the fabric of the roof.

Arranging for a professional to survey your flat roof will quickly reveal any remedial work that may be necessary, a reputable company, such as L M H Roofing will provide a detailed report on the condition and plans can be put in place to restore your roof to its full weatherproof state. For all your roof repairs call the expert roofers in Exeter, LMH roofing.



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Householders should always be wary when someone turns up on your doorstep offering to repair your guttering or the slipped tile on your roof.

A few common-sense precautions can make sure you don’t get taken advantage of.
A few simple precautions can keep you safe:

  1. Ask for references
  2. Have they got a business card or sign written van?
  3. Make sure they guarantee their work.
  4. Do they want cash? A genuine firm will invoice you.

A bona fide business will not knock on your door and ask or offer to do work for you, no matter how plausible their excuse.

If you need work on your roof or a repair in Exeter to your guttering, ask your friends and family to recommend an established local company such as LMH Roofing, who are a well established and experienced company.


Removal of hazardous material

Asbestos removal is a specialist operation and should only be undertaken by bona fide roofing and building companies that are suitably trained and aware of the hazards.

In the UK asbestos was a popular choice for its insulation properties and strength and was used extensively by the construction industry up until 1999. A naturally occurring mineral it has been mined for thousands of years but became popular during the late 19th and 20th centuries.

Asbestos does not pose a threat to health as long as it is contained, but as soon as it is damaged, cut or torn, tiny fibres are released into the air which can be breathed in potentially causing lung disease and chronic illness. Asbestos exposure is the biggest occupational risk faced by construction workers.

Many UK buildings still have asbestos as part of their construction so it is very important that any alteration works undertaken on your property are carried out by competent, skilled tradesmen.

Asbestos has been used extensively in the form of roof tiles or insulation and due to the hazards of working with asbestos it is a legal requirement that the procedures stipulated by law are followed to ensure the safe removal and disposal of any asbestos found. For more information on removal of roof materials visit our website.

Brief History of UK roofing

The history of British roofs is long and varied and shows a definite preference for slate roofs as opposed to clay and more recently concrete.

This is due primarily to the abundance of slate that occurs naturally throughout the UK. Where it was not locally available Thatch was often used as it was not economic to transport slate more than a few miles due to its weight.

The Romans introduced clay tiles to England but once they left the art of making them was lost until sometime in the 12th Century. The tiles from this time were simple rectangles of clay, around 10 1 / 2 ” x 6 1 / 2 ” which were easy to use and also a convenient size to handle. As always there were variations in size as unscrupulous manufacturers discovered they could save money by making them smaller, this led to an Act of Parliament in 1477 by Edward IV stipulating the minimum legal size for the tiles. This standard is still used today for plain tiles, although there are exceptions to the rule. York has many old building where the standard roof tile was 12” x 7”, fortunately bespoke tiles can be accommodated by some manufacturers. Following the Great Fire of London in 1666, thatched roofs were banned from London so clay tiles became more popular in the City.

In the 16th Century overlapping tiles were first introduced from the Netherlands. The Dutch had discovered that by changing the shape of the tiles to an S-shape rather than a plain flat tile they could prevent water seeping through the joins in the tiles. Although it seems like a simple idea, the actual construction of the tile is more complicated than it would appear as they need to be overlapped sideways as well as vertically. These tiles gradually became known as ‘Pantiles’. A major advantage of using pantiles instead of standard overlapping tiles is economy. To cover 1 square metre with plain tiles will take 60 tiles, but to cover the same area in pantiles only 15 are required, which is a considerable financial saving.

Gradually through the centuries entrepreneurs saw the need for manufacturing in bulk and set up factories to provide a service. Daniel Defoe the author became the owner of a factory based at Tilbury on the Thames to manufacture clay pantiles. These clay pantiles were often used on less important buildings as the technology produce the tiles to the necessary quality was still not available.

Natural slate tiles remained popular throughout this time and is a roof tile which gradually became used more and more. Following the development of the railways in the mid 19th century the tiles became used outside of their local area due to the ease of transportation and they were used widely used for ordinary housing projects, where they had only previously been used on the more expensive kinds of property.

Technology advances during the first half of the 20th century lead to modifications in the basic pantile design with the addition of raised weather bars the tiles became more efficient providing better protection and allowing architects to design roofs with a lower pitch.

Concrete tiles had been introduced in the 1920’s but were largely overlooked until the huge rebuilding programme that took place after the 2nd world war. By the 1960s concrete tiles were being manufactured in larger sizes and were preferred by builders. This put pressure on the British Clay manufacturers who could no longer compete against their modern competitors. For a quality Roofing company in Sidmouth, call us today.
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Today clay tiles and natural slate tiles are becoming popular once more, competing favourably against foreign imports. For all your roof repairs in Exeter call LMH roofing on 01392 986 686.

New products launched

Some new products have recently been launched by Roofing Manufacturers Redland and Marley.

Redland has introduced a new colour to its Rosemary Clay Craftsman Tile range. The new tile, Craftsman Victorian tiles have been made to resemble original Victorian tiles, with pitted surfaces, black patterning, irregular front edges and a varied hanging length. The aim is to imitate a weather tile which is still very durable.

Marley Eternit has added some new slates to its Birkdale range, Flame Grey and Flame Brown. The slates are multi coloured to imitate natural slate and have a smooth surface. They also have an A+ environmental rating. If you have a leaking roof and require a roofing company in Sidmouth, please call LMH Roofing today.

A recently released report by AMA Research has shown that the Flat Roofing Market in the UK has grown by 3.5% and covered an area of approximately 28,000,000 square metres in 2014 alone.

Demand has been highest for new roofs in various commercial sectors, particularly schools, offices and warehouses. This is expected to see continued growth as further budget reductions in public sector spending make flat roofing a more affordable option.

Bitumen has the largest market share but PVC single ply membranes and liquid roofing have proved popular due to choices available as to colour, the speed at which it can be installed and lower cost.

The marketplace for maintenance and repair remains buoyant with a healthy market for flat roofing repairs to garages and industrial buildings. If you are looking for an experienced and reliable Roofing company in Exeter , please give us a call.

Work begins to provide new roof for London Olympic Stadium

Work is underway to install a new roof on the 2012 London Olympic Stadium. The new roof will be twice the size of the original at around 45,000 square metres. When finished will be the longest cantilevered roof of its type in the world and will cover every seat in the Stadium.

The venue will become the permanent home of West Ham United Football Club. The Stadium will also become the new national competition centre for athletics, with UK Athletics having use of the venue from the last Friday in June to the end of July every year under a 50 year agreement.

Providing enough support for the new roof has required substantial strengthening work to the main roof truss, which was originally designed to be taken down after the Games. The extra work meant that Balfour Beatty’s contract value had to be increased by £35.9m to £189.9million. The extra costs were met by the London Legacy Development Corporation and are thought to have been also shared in part by Balfour Beatty themselves.

The roof has also been designed to improve acoustics and the spectator experience for football matches. This new roof design will create a much more focused noise and atmosphere in the seating bowl because it is a solid roof. It will focus all of the noise between the tier and the roof and really attenuate the noise, particularly from the upper tier and force it forward towards the pitch and field of play.

Work on the roof, and brand new floodlights that it will support, will be completed ahead of the five Rugby World Cup 2015 matches taking place in the Stadium in September. For more information on Roof repairs in Exeter visit our website.

  • Eight kilometres of cable net ranging in width from 60 to 105 millimetres was lifted and connected over a four week period.
  • The cable net weighs around 930 tonnes.
  • There are 5,423 pieces of steel in the roof, weighing 3,900 tonnes.
  • The longest roof rafters are 38 metres long and it will take 27 weeks to install all the steel.
  • The roof panelling to the rear of the roof is an insulated system using a profiled lower deck with an insulation layer and covering for weather protection.
  • The roof panelling to the front of the roof is formed of transparent polycarbonate corrugated sheeting.
  • It will take 26 weeks to install the roof panelling.

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