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Another excellent roofing review received

Posted by dave on February 8, 2015 at 11:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Another excellent review received

Many Thanks to Dave and co at D&C Roofing for another job well done. This is the 2nd time I have employed their roofing services and just like the 1st time, I have had an excellent job done, bang-on time & bang-on quotation price !! Would not hesitate to recommend their skills for any roofing issues.

Posted on our Google page

The first job we carried out a while ago was to strip re-board and felt the front elevation flat roof



   The second more recent job was to carry out felt repairs and re-paint the garage roof with aluminium solar reflective paint     


And now the sales pitch

D&C ROOFING offer a full range of roofing services from slating tiling and felting for either total new roofs, or repairs and restoration. So whatever your requirement contact us on 01253692110 (evening) 07837980512 (daytime) or fill in the form on the Contact us page

Free estimates accompanied by photos of your roof problem

so you know you’re not paying for unneeded work

and photos of completed work so you can see the job has been done right


Finding the Right Roof Repair Company in Blackpool

Posted by dave on March 18, 2013 at 1:40 PM Comments comments (0)

If you’re looking for a roof repair company in Blackpool, making the right choice can make all the difference. One of the first things you should find out is what their customers have to say about them. At D&C Roofing we guarantee our workmanship and are fully insured

Here’s what our customers have to say.

One of the next things you should consider is the track record of the company. D&C Roofing is a local company and has helped many people just like you in Blackpool and the surrounding Fylde areas for nearly 20 years

Quality materials for roof repair are a very important aspect when it comes to how long your repair will last. D&C Roofing offers the best materials and quality workmanship We take photos of your roof problems so you can be sure that you are never paying for work that doesn't need doing and photos of completed work so you can see the job has been done right

At D&C Roofing we strive to bring the top quality work, paired with excellent customer service, communication throughout your entire project, guaranteed work, we will have your project done on time and within budget.

Having a roof repaired is a daunting task for Blackpool homeowners. Even though the roof is usually made out of the most durable materials available, it also is the part of the home that takes most of the punishment. Roofing issues can occur at the worst times due to inclement weather conditions or due to old, worn roofing. our roof repair experts will fully inspect your roof, pinpoint any problems and offer you the best solution at an affordable price.

8 out of 10 roof repairs carried out are entirely due to poor maintenance. Neglecting your roof can mean that what would probably have been a relatively small problem becomes a much larger one over time, resulting in a much more significant repair becoming necessary. Having your roof checked regularly, however, can allow you to deal with small problems immediately and avoid potentially costly repairs at a later date.

D&C Roofing Contracts have been carrying out emergency roof repairs for clients all over Blackpool and the Fylde for nearly 20 years. Our experienced, friendly staff can visit your home and provide you with a no obligation quote for all aspects of roof maintenance and repair.

For free estimates and advice call DAVE ON 07837980512 or 01253692110 or email [email protected]

7 Good reasons to plus 1 my website.

Posted by dave on July 26, 2011 at 3:53 AM Comments comments (0)

Hey, Can You Help Me Out?

Hi, I have a roofing company in Blackpool England and I need all the help I can get! I need to get some Google plus one click on my websites. You look like the kind of nice person that will help. You have such a kind face. (That’s a lovely top you’re wearing by the way.) All you need to do is go to my websites and click on the plus one button. So please can I have a Google plus one?





7 Good reasons to plus 1 my website.

You will lose weight.


A renowned expert on nearly everything, (my dad) has scientifically revealed that clicking a computer mouse burns exactly 0.0000049 of a calorie. So by clicking our Google plus 1 button you will undoubtedly lose more weight than you would with most of the exercise machines and diets advertised on television.


You will become more attractive to the opposite sex.


Doing something nice for other people releases natural endorphins in the brain. These natural chemicals are responsible for your level of happiness. You will feel happier and therefore more confident. This new found confidence will immediately make you appear more attractive. Coupled with the weight loss mentioned above, you will be fighting the women/men/both off.


You will save the planet.


By clicking our Google plus button you will reduce our need to advertise in the newspaper and yellow pages. This will result in a massive reduction in paper demand and allow more trees to stay in the ground. Carbon emissions will be reduced and the air will be cleaner. Climate change will (probably) instantly be halted. You will almost probably get a personal thank you card from Al gore. And that poor polar bear from “an inconvenient truth” will have somewhere to sit. And all because of one click you gave my website. Click here to save the world.


You will end the recession.


The resulting increase in roofing sales will mean we will finally be able to start paying our roofing contractors. At the moment they are so poor the only thing they see on the kitchen table are elbows. Times are so hard our roofers can’t afford to pay attention or put air in their tyres. One of them has been saving up for 6 months so he can give his wife a compliment. If we start paying our roofers it will give the alcohol and gaming industry a massive cash injection. The resulting increase in tax revenue will end the economic crisis.


Something nice might happen to you.


I carried out an extensive and exhaustive survey of all the people that have clicked our Google plus 1 button so far. I asked all of them if anything good had happened to them since clicking the button. They both said yes.

I will return the favour


If you have a website or fan page you would like us to facebook like or plus one, send us a message and you will get our vote/like.


It’s free!


All you need is Gmail or Google profile. You don’t need the new Google plus social network, just an email.


So please can I have a plus one? Click here

Or even a facebook like? click here

Simon cowham

Excellence & Quality

Posted by dave on July 4, 2011 at 3:37 AM Comments comments (0)

"Excellence is never an accident: it is the result of high intention, sincere effort, intelligent direction, skillful execution and the vision to see obstacles as opportunities." And Quality is doing the job right even when nobody is watching!!!!!!!!!!!

At D&C Roofing we take pride in what we do! contact us on (01253) 692110 OR 07837980512

Planning For A Loft Conversion

Posted by dave on July 2, 2011 at 7:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Planning For A Loft Conversion


Planning to convert any building can take a lot of time, effort, and, of course, money. There are important things you need to know before beginning such a project, and making sure you have the proper permission is the first one.

Any building conversion can be a difficult, long project to undertake. There are many things to consider when planning an addition to any building, whether it be a house or commercial building.

There are many types of home additions ranging anywhere from extending a room or just adding a new one. One of the most difficult additions, however, is a loft.

A trussed roof is one of the easiest roofs for a loft conversion. There are several changes that must take place to the building structure in order to make the loft possible.


The external brickwork needs to be extended to create adequate head room. A stairway must be constructed that will support the loft and be sturdy enough for frequent use. This is important even if you are converting an attic or room into a loft. Here, former windows or skylights can easily be added, and accommodations for these can be met.

Generally, you are not required to apply for planning permission to re-roof your house, insert roof lights, or put in skylights. You are, however, required to apply for permission if you live in a conservation area, a national park, an area of outstanding natural beauty, or anywhere else that might have building stipulations that fall outside the norm.

If you would like to build an extension to the roof of your house, or any addition which would materially alter the shape of the roof, the process is a fairly easy one. If you wish to make an addition that falls outside those planning areas, it will be necessary for you to apply for permission. The areas that fall outside the above listed criteria are listed below.

If you would like to build an addition or extension to any roof slope facing a highway, permission will likely be required. You must apply for and receive permission. This will also be required if the roof extension would be more then 40 cubic meters to the volume of any terraced house, or more than 50 cubic meters to any other kind of house. You must also apply for permission if the work would increase the height of the roof.

Call the experts on 01253692110 or 07837980512 to discuss your requirements thank you D.pearce....

How a Roof is Built

Posted by dave on July 2, 2011 at 7:09 AM Comments comments (0)

How a Roof is Built


Once the walls and interior structure of a building is complete, the roof will be built above.

The first step is to order the roof trusses. These give the roof its shape, and also provide a base for the covering. Most trusses are made to order to your specific size and load-bearing requirements, though for some common buildings such as garages they can be bought pre-fabricated.

Trusses come in several designs, which have different properties. The truss design you choose will be affected by the shape and size of your building, the weight of your roof and the shape you want your roof to be. Architects can design a suitable design (or designs) for your house.

Many use special software which can plan and design a visual representation of the trusses, and how they fit on a house. This is especially useful when designing for a large house which may have a complex roof. Using computer aided design (CAD) allows the carpenter to use computer aided manufacture (CAM), which allows high levels of precision. Thus, all rafters will be the same shape and same dimensions so there will be no nasty surprises once the roof has been built! If the trusses are not equal, the roof may move, or have structural weak points, which could cause collapse. In such cases, costly repairs would be required.

When the truss is delivered, it will normally be provided ready-built, so that all you need to do is lower it into place on the supporting walls. The trusses should be placed at regular intervals on the supporting walls.

Once the trusses are in position and secured, you can start to sheath the trusses. This is typically done with a solid material such as plywood. All the rafters must be covered. The plywood must have its boundaries above a rafter for adequate support, and a surface upon which to secure the panels. The boards should also be staggered, which is normally done by cutting a panel in half, and using these half panels to start each alternate course.


For safety, during this period of the construction, it is wise to temporarily nail in a 'toe board' on the lowest panel, offering grip while securing the levels above. The toe board should ideally be a 2 x 4 piece of wood (or similar dimensions).

Once the trusses have been completely covered, you will need to remove any excess overhang. This is best done by a circular saw. Before cutting, it is advisable to mark out the line along which you want to cut, in order to make the cutting as accurate as possible, and to avoid excess wastage.

On top of the boards, place roofing felt. This is waterproof, and so acts as a waterproof barrier between the tiles and the rafters. It is important that the felt is applied in dry conditions, to avoid moisture being trapped, causing damage later. The layers must also be overlapped, to allow water to run off the layers. Ensure the felt is applied smoothly, removing all air bubbles as again they can cause problems.

Once the waterproofing material has been laid, pieces of wood called battens must be laid on top. It is these battens that tiles are laid and secured upon. The battens are usually made from timber measuring 25mm x 55mm, and are applied horizontally, i.e. across the roof trusses. Most tiles now have 'nibs', which allow the tiles to be hung on the battens. As the tiles are of a uniform size, the layout of the tiles along the batten will be regular. Previously, tiles were nailed into position, and had a small hole to enable this. They were not actually nailed into the batten; instead the nail played a similar role to the nib, in that it allowed the tile to hang from the batten.

Where roofs are fully boarded, rather than laid with battens, it is possible to nail the tiles directly into the boards beneath the tiles.

Tiles can be laid in various different ways. Tiling a roof is always done from top to bottom, however the actual there are different ways of going about this.


Horizontal Banding is when the tiles are secured horizontally along the specified course, with every row being fully secured before moving to the row above. This can cause issues when the tiler reaches about 10 courses up the roof, as he will have to stand on the battens above the tiles he just fixed, or on the tiles he just laid; neither of which is ideal.

Diagonal banding is when tiles are laid diagonally. This is a little more difficult, as each tile must be secured before moving up a course, else the tiler risks covering a nail hole with a tile from the course above. It is important to remember which tiles are secured so that they are not covered. Diagonal banding is better used on roofs with hips or valleys, as they can be laid parallel to one another. It is also little safer for the tiler, as he can stand on the batten to the side of the diagonal course.

Vertical banding is where tiles are laid in a vertical band; this is best for steep gabled roofs as it allows the tiler to stand on the battens to the side of the vertical course.

The banding method should be selected depending on the type of roof, taking health and safety into consideration. For example, horizontal banding is dangerous on a steep roof as it offers fewer methods of stability while fixing tiles. By the same token, vertical banding could be needlessly complex for a shallow roof, when diagonal or horizontal banding may be a more efficient and effective way of tiling the roof.

Regardless of the type of tile; its camber, clay, concrete, or whether it is hand or machine made, it is important to ensure tiles are mixed. Ideally, if you have 3 pallets of tiles, the tiles should be mixed to ensure the colours are mixed, so that particular areas or bands on the roof do not have obvious colour differences. This is less important if you know all the tiles are from the same production run, however it is a good habit to get into as it prevents patchiness. While tiles may all look the same, they each have subtle differences in their width, length, hanging length, thickness, camber, colour and texture.

Call the experts on 01253692110 or 07837980512 to discuss your requirements thank you D.pearce.........

Preventative Maintenance For Your Roof

Posted by dave on June 30, 2011 at 7:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Roof maintenance is an essential part of building upkeep. There are many roofing companies that offer such programs, and it is a good idea to shop around to find one who does before putting on that new roof.

There are many elements that could cause a problem with your roof. Storms, floods, and other disasters can cause extreme damage, and most of the time, will mean necessary repairs.

Other situations can also cause damage to your roof, such as improper construction, or inadequate care. There are, however, preventative measures you can take to ensure minimal damage to your roof.

A roof is one of the most expensive upkeeps on a building, so it is important to get the longest life possible out of this investment. Because of this, many roofing companies offer a roof maintenance program, which is made available to them should they choose to accept it.

This scope of work can include the items listed below.

Many companies offer inspection of chimney flashing, roof valleys, pipe vent roof jacks, roof to wall flashing, attic dormer vents, and roof drains. These are all essential to the protection of your home or building, and care should be taken to ensure they are up to standard.

Another inspection would be for to inspect roof covering for slipped, missing, or broken tiles. If neglected, any of these problems can lead to leaks, and the repair cost will be higher than it would have been had they been inspected.

Also inspected are flat built-up roof systems for blisters, clogged interior drains, and flat, spongy areas of roof deck.

The eaves should also be checked for water stains, and exterior walls should be inspected in case discoloration occurs. While this refers mainly to pebbledashed walls, it is advised other types of wall materials be checked as well.

There are many other areas of inspection that will likely take place with such a maintenance program, and this is definitely worth consideration. The inspections will take place on a regular basis, and are very important to a long roof life.

For free estimates and advice call the best roofers in blackpool 07837980512 or 01253692110 or email [email protected]


Posted by dave on June 30, 2011 at 7:23 AM Comments comments (0)

D&C-Roofing are specialist domestic and commercial roofing contractors.

A roof refurbishment is an overhaul of the existing roof covering.

Refurbishment restores the existing roof to a weather/waterproof state and ensures the roof is free from defects.

A refurbished roof will have an extended lifespan. Any roof defects will have been identified and appropriately fixed to prevent further damage.

Roof Refurbishment is appropriate for slate, tile and lead roofs.

Typically roof defects will have alerted home and business owners to general concerns with the roof covering or structure.

At other times a refurbishment will have been required at times of transition, such as prior to house valuation for sale or a transfer of use.

By having your roof professionally refurbished it will be guaranteed to be faultless This provides property owners with both reassurance and lower costs over the long term.

Typical Refurbishment Process

Identify and isolate any defective areas such as broken, cracked, missing tiles or slates.

Strip the effected areas to remove the defective covering and assess the underlying roof and membrane structure.

Reinstate the areas with new or reclaimed materials to match existing roof covering and weather-tight seal.

Reslating Process

Erect scaffolding for access and safety

Strip and store slates by length, size and thickness

Re-felt the roof with waterproof breathable membrane. This allows water vapour to move through whilst remaining water and airtight to protect against wind pressure on the underside of the slates.

Re-batton to rafters with softwood batten boards are secured at each end and at points along their length to prevent bounce when driving in the slate or tile nails. battons are square sawn and butt-jointed at rafter centres. Splicing between supports would weaken the roof and allow battons to cantilever

Reslate - Verge overhang, eaves up, overhang, top and ridge tiles

Refixing lead flashings chimney aprons

Dry fix - Replace dry verges, hips and ridges

Wet fix - Verge pointing and far ends - ridges, hips, crested, finals

Call the experts on 01253692110 or 07837980512 to discuss your roof refurbishment requirements thank you D.pearce


The top reasons why a flat roof leaks

Posted by dave on February 28, 2011 at 3:32 PM Comments comments (0)

The top reasons why a flat roof leaks are:

1.Bad design - Not having an adequate fall on the roof or adequate outlets for water to drain from the roof.

2.Bad workmanship - The roof covering not being installed to the manufacturer's specifications.

3.Settlement - The roof holds water because the timbers supporting it have sagged and now allow water to pond on the roof.

4.Lack of maintenance - Solar-reflective stones or paint haven't been applied regularly to prevent the sun from blistering and splitting the surface.

5.Puncturing - People walking and working on the roof without taking care.

6.Poorly installed flashing's - Flashing's not dressed to the surrounding walls correctly or incorrect use of flashing materials, such as lead not being used correctly.

Green Roof Installation and Construction Blackpool

Posted by mark on July 24, 2010 at 11:42 AM Comments comments (0)

What is a Green Roof?

A Green Roof is a roof, flat or pitched, which is covered with living vegetation of some kind. This vegetation is laid over a waterproof covering to keep the water from entering the property.

What are the benefits of a Green Roof?

•A Green Roof will reduce heating costs by adding mass and thermal resistance to a roof. This means your house will stay hotter in cooler periods and cooler in hotter periods.

•With a green roof you can grow flowers and even vegetables providing a completely different outlook to boring concrete tiles of felt coverings.

•A Green Roof will help to insulate your building against sound. The soil on the roof is able to block out noise at low frequencies while the plants help stop noise at higher frequencies.

•Your Green Roof helps to filter many pollutants out of the air as well as removing quantities of Carbon Dioxide.

•The Soil in a Green Roof soaks up a lot of rain water which is used by the growing vegetation. This reduces the amount of storm water channeled into gutters and drains, taking the burden of our sewer system.


 Are there different types of Green Roof?

There are two main types of Green Roof although a third is a mixture of the other two.

Intensive Green Roofs: These are roofs which require fairly intensive maintenance. The soil is deeper than an extensive roof and the vegetation is usually larger or more intense. Intensive Green Roofs can hold larger plants and small trees etc and are usually for larger buildings and, again usually, allow for access, walks etc. A good use for an Intensive Green Roof is a herb garden.

Extensive Green Roofs: Extensive roofs require the minimum of maintenance and are laid on a much thinner layer of soil. The plants used are usually of the Sedum species which are very hardy with water storing leaves. The extensive way of laying a Green Roof is excellent for a DIY Green Roof and it is the Extensive kind of Green Roof which is found on most domestic properties.

How can I lay my own Green Roof?

DIY Green Roofs are surprising easy with the help of Permaroof UK Ltd. A rubber sheet is laid on the roof first. This sheet is called an EDPM sheet (Ethylene Propylene Diene M(class rubber) and is hugely weather resistant. Just as well as it spends half of it's life under water!

Then edging strips are laid to stop any soil or vegetation washing into the gutter or onto the ground in bad weather.

A vegetation mat is then laid over the DPM and cut (by hand) into little nooks and crannies to give 100% coverage. The vegetation mat supplied by Permaroof UK is a recycled (CFC free) mat profiled with integrated clay minerals and plant feeding elements which act as slow release fertilisers. The mat offers structural protection as well as filtering out pollutants. It also stores large volumes of water.

An extensive substrate soil is then poured over the vegetation mat. The substrate contains many organic elements needed in ecological cycles. A 40 litre sack of substrate mix will cover an area of 1 square metre at 40mm deep. This is the ideal depth for an extensive Green Roof.

The Sedum shoots are then sown into the substrate mix. Permaroof supply Sedum in a mix of 5 to 10 different types of seed for extensive Green Roofing. The shoots are scattered evenly over the leveled substrate and the roof is watered. No further maintenance required!


You can order all of your DIY Green Roof materials from Permaroof UK