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    January 2019

    How Important is Roof Sealant?

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    When it comes to our homes, we all want a property that has that wow factor. A house is arguably the most valuable thing we will ever own, so it’s not uncommon to take great pride in its appearance. As a building that we spend the vast majority of our time in, making it an inviting living space is crucial. However, when we’re so concerned with enhancing the visual appeal of the interior, it can be easy to overlook the exterior of a home.

    It may not seem like a top priority when it comes to home improvements, but maintaining the roofing of your property effectively comes with numerous benefits. Aside from making your home look more refined from the outside, an appropriate roof sealant can also protect your home against the elements and even increase its monetary value. Far from being an unnecessary expenditure, having your roof painted with a specialist coating will keep your property protected no matter the weather, and will restore the exterior of your home to its former glory.

    Not entirely convinced? That’s where we come in! Here at Kingdom Coatings, we appreciate the need to understand the ins and outs of a service before investing in it. It’s all well and good being told you could benefit from a particular product, but what about the finer details? Below, we get down to the nitty-gritty of roof sealants and their benefits to ensure that you’ve got all the information you need before making that call.

     

    Protection against the elements: roof waterproofing

    We all want a roof that is going to shield us from adverse weather such as heavy rain and strong winds. However, a roof that is not properly protected can only take so much, and excessive damage can result in leaks and draughts. It’s true that small issues such as this can often be easily ignored, but what if the problem gets progressively worse? A weak or decaying roof can significantly affect the structural integrity of a property, so it’s important to nip any minor snags in the bud before they spiral out of control.

    It’s alarming to think that a roof could be one major thunderstorm away from being irreparable, so why not err on the side of caution with a roof sealant? As well as being a much cheaper alternative to a full re-tile, applying a protective waterproof coating to your roof can give you the peace of mind that you and your family will be adequately protected against adverse weather conditions for years to come. A severely damaged roof could result in all kinds of costly home repair jobs- a water stained ceiling may need to be replastered and mould from excessive dew will require specialist treatment. With this in mind, making sure your property’s roof is adequately sealed could save you hundreds of pounds down the line.

    When deciding which coating is appropriate for your home, it’s important to consider what sort of roof you have. A flat roof does not have a slope which can sometimes result in rain water collecting and puddling in certain spots. With this in mind, you must select a specific flat roof sealant that is resistant to excessive water. A flat roof coating may be made or applied differently, so it’s worth conversing with a professional in depth to ensure you’re getting the correct treatment for your roof type.

    Here at Kingdom Coatings, we use RENOTEC: an affordable microporous water-based membrane coating. It works to repel water but the pores simultaneously allow your roof to breathe, preventing a build up of condensation. To find out more about the benefits that come with using RENOTEC, click here to visit our website.

     

    Roof coating and kerb appeal

    Whether you’re looking to sell your property on, or you simply want to make it stand out from the crowd, a roof sealant will enhance the exterior of any and every home. A roof is one of the first things that someone will notice when viewing your property, so it pays to ensure that it’s visually appealing.

    Applying a protective sealant to your roof tiles will stop them being damaged by severe weather and substances such as smoke, thereby increasing their lifespan. With this in mind, you could have tiles that look brand new all year round, keeping your home looking fresh and refined. Not only will this make it more appealing to potential buyers, but it could also increase its value! In order to ensure that you’re getting the best deal possible for your property, it can often pay to spend a little on home repairs and renovation. This may seem like an expenditure you can’t afford during this time, but if it enables you to sell your property at a higher price, surely it’s a no-brainer?

    When it comes to altering the appearance of a property, it’s imperative to make sure that any changes that are made suit the building in question. It’s all well and good renovating your home to inject some life back into it, but if you implement changes that are not in keeping with the style of the house, it can be a disaster. Here at Kingdom Coatings, we stock coatings in a variety of different colours to ensure there truly is something for everyone. Our coatings also contain UV inhibitors to ensure they don’t fade or discolour over time.  A roof with a fresh finish that matches the rest of the home’s exterior will look sleek and elegant, thereby increasing its kerb appeal.

     

    Coating for external walls

    Although a roof is indeed the first line of defence against torrential rain or harmful UV rays, our homes can indeed be at risk from all angles. With this in mind, it could be worth having a wall coating applied to match your roof sealant. A strong exterior wall coating will make the entirety of your home more resistant against external forces whilst enhancing the visual appeal of the building. Although applied to the outside of your home, this coating will stop water from penetrating the bricks and will therefore protect the interior of your property as well. Damp can cause unsightly stains, facilitate the growth of mould and can even result in a wall needing to be replastered. With this in mind, damp proofing exterior walls could save you a lot of hassle down the line, not to mention time and money!

    Similarly to roof sealants, an appropriately coloured water repellent wall coating will significantly add to the external appeal of your home. As well as being resistant against all sorts of water damage, the coating has a special finish that stops dirt and dust particles from settling. With time and excessive bad weather, external walls can begin to fade and look tired. However, a protective coating eliminates this worry as it is resistant to discolouration and weather damage, enabling the outside of your home to look fresh and clean all year round.

    Here at Kingdom Coatings, we pride ourselves on our affordable and durable roof and wall coating services. Being based in Scotland, we are extremely familiar with the detrimental effects that adverse weather conditions can have on a property. That’s why we strive to make sure that whatever the season, your home is protected all year round.

    Our coatings are offered with a 10 year guarantee and they come in 8 different colours to ensure that the style of your home is not compromised. Far from simply shielding your property from the elements, our coatings will make your home look sleek and stylish and when it comes to selling up, you may even be able to make a profit! If you’d like to find out about the services we offer in more detail, don’t hesitate to contact us and one of our team will gladly answer any questions you may have. For a roof restoration service in Scotland that truly leaves no stone unturned, look no further than Kingdom Coatings.

     

     

    Three common roofing problems and how to spot them

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    You may often forget it’s there or take it for granted, but a building’s roof is one of its most important elements. Without a strong and sturdy roof, our properties wouldn’t be protected against the elements, and rain, snow, wind and sunlight would cause irrevocable damage to our homes and offices.

    With this in mind, it’s essential to ensure that you’re clued up on common roofing problems and how to spot them. Here are just three roofing problems to be aware of:

     

    Leaking roofs

    With such unpredictable (and often rainy) British weather, it’s no surprise that leaks are one of the most common roofing problems in the UK. Although they’re built to stand the test of time, constant exposure to the elements, from the hot, drying rays of the sun to drizzle and frost, can eventually take its toll.

    Fortunately, leaks are often easy to spot and can, therefore, be repaired quickly and efficiently before they cause too much damage. Look out for discoloured ceilings and a build-up of moisture in your upstairs rooms – signs that your roof may be leaking.

     

    Blistering

    Roof blistering is a common problem that can affect shingles. They look, as most blisters do, like raised bumps under the surface of your roof shingles, and can vary in size and gravity. Blisters are caused when trapped moisture is exposed to sunlight and begins to expand. Roofs with poor ventilation systems are especially vulnerable to blistering, as, without adequate airflow, shingles can get hotter and hotter until they blister.

    Unfortunately, if blisters aren’t dealt with, they can leave your roof prone to water damage. Unless you have access to your roof you probably won’t spot them, so make sure to get your roof inspected regularly by a professional.

     

    Moisture build-up

    If rainwater doesn’t drain from your roof properly it can collect and seep through to your building, causing a variety of problems from soaked insulation to water damage in the home. This is a common problem for flat roofs, however even sloped roofs can experience issues with moisture build-up if their drainage systems aren’t functioning properly.

    It may not be easy to spot pooling water unless you have access to your roof, but there are some tell-tale signs of internal water damage to look out for. These include discoloured walls and ceilings, pools of water inside the home, a leaking chimney breast and damp in each room.

    From blistering to leaking chimney breasts, it’s clear that moisture is one of the largest threats to roofing in the UK. That’s why it’s important to take steps to protect your home from water damage with a waterproof roof coating from Kingdom Coatings, based in Scotland. We can help you protect your home from the elements with protective roof tile coatings designed to keep your roof in full working order. For more information about our range of microporous, water-based membrane coatings, get in touch with the experts at Kingdom Coatings today.

    Do I Need Exterior Wall Coating On My Home?

    There’s no denying that as the weather turns wetter and colder, we look for added protection from the elements for our homes. Rain, wind, ice and the drop in temperature can all affect the exterior of a home; both aesthetically and in more serious ways if there isn’t adequate protection. Weakened walls or roofs can let in rain and damp, weakening the structure and making your home more uncomfortable if it’s cold and draughty.. Rather than investing in costly roof replacement or spending a fortune on heating bills; consider exterior wall and roof coating to help maintain the appearance and energy efficiency of your home. Read on to discover exactly what it is, how it works and the benefits it could bring to your household.

     

    What is exterior wall coating?

    Exterior wall coating is a specialist waterproof coating designed to stop moisture from penetrating the bricks that make up the outer walls, which then provides added protection from the elements to both the exterior and interior. One of the most popular choices is ProPERLA, a hydrophobic coating which repels water, to provide the highest level of protection possible. Coating for external walls can be clear – and suitable for use on brick, sandstone, concrete and stone – or a two coat coloured facade for use on mineral substrates that need a coloured exterior wall coating. Exterior wall coatings are self cleaning and super hydrophobic, but still breathable.

     

    Roof coating

    For added protection you might also consider waterproof roof coating; a similar product designed to protect tiles from prolonged exposure to frost, sunlight and moisture. The coating used is a unique, micro porous, water based membrane, which is both wind and water tight for superb protection from the elements.

     

    How does it work?

    Exterior wall coatings help to insulate buildings by reducing how much water is absorbed into the bricks or other mineral materials. The coatings form a super hydrophobic surface, which in basic terms simply means they are extremely difficult to get wet!

    A material is classed as super hydrophobic if it causes water to form droplets or ‘beads’ – the surface repels the water which means it ‘sticks’ to itself instead and runs off the surface, making it very difficult to absorb moisture. Something becomes super hydrophobic if the contact angle of the water hitting the material exceeds 150 degrees, which allows droplets to bounce back like an elastic ball. This has also been named ‘the lotus effect’, named in honour of lotus flower leaves, which are also extremely super hydrophobic.

     

    The process

    Each job will depend on the building, but a reputable wall coating company should follow roughly the same process below when preparing to coat your walls.

    First, all external building repairs will be dealt with, including fixing cracks, re-rendering or repairing loose bricks, so that there’s a lovely smooth surface ready to be coated. If your house is already painted then the old, flaky paint is usually removed before repairs are made, even if the coating being applied is clear. Some companies will also pressure clean your walls to make sure the surface is clean and fresh.  The coatings are then applied in one or two coats by a trained applicator with professional spray equipment to ensure an even covering. Depending on the temperature, the coating will be dry in around 6-8 hours and will then need a second coat if required.

    The process to prepare a roof for coating is very similar; the roof will also be pressure cleaned to remove any lichen, moss, dirt or other buildup from the guttering like leaves and sticks. This will be bagged up and removed so the team have a clean surface on which to apply the coating. Like the walls, any professional agency should include a restoration surface; fixing or replacing any broken tiles and replacing any loose or cracked mortar. In some cases a fungicidal treatment is applied before the roof coating to kill off spores and prevent any algae or similar regrowing on your roof. Finally, the roof coating is applied using specialist airless spraying equipment to ensure all tiles are covered.

     

    The benefits

    There are so many benefits to gain from investing in protective wall coatings or a roof sealant, see below for just a few of the reasons why.

     

    Weather protection

    Wall coatings are designed to withstand even the harshest of weather conditions, and can protect your home from rain, wind, frost and snow – perfect for those living in the north of England or Scotland where the weather can be extreme during winter. As mentioned above, the application process also involves making any existing repairs that are needed, sealing any weak spots in your walls and ensuring your home is protected from the elements for years to come. Most coatings are able to penetrate up to 17mm deep into the brick or wall material, keeping damp out on a surface level but also preventing penetrative damp from seeping into the walls.

     

    Added insulation

    Tests have shown that a damp content of just 5% in a plain brick wall can lower insulation performance by up to 50%, so maintaining dry walls can make all the difference to how much heat remains inside your home. A damp wall acts as a ‘bridge’, enabling heat to transfer from the inside out twice as quickly, however some leading wall coating products can reduce water absorption by more than 95%, resulting in less heat loss.

     

    Aesthetically pleasing

    External wall coatings can completely transform the exterior appearance of your house, even if you choose a clear option. The pre-treatment involved means that your brickwork will be cleaned and repaired, and some wall coatings are available in a range of colours to compliment your existing decor. The super hydrophobic material also repels water and dirt, so the walls are effectively self cleaning, as well as resistant to UV rays. All the above ensures that the facade of the building will remain clean and be slower to display age or general signs of wear and tear.

     

    Saves money

    As discussed, the insulation benefits of wall or roof coating can lead to a reduction in heating bills – if less heat escapes then there’s no need to have the central heating on for as long or turned up as high. Waterproof roof coating is also a fantastic preventative measure; it could extend the lifespan of your roof by years, and is great value for money compared to the costly task of retiling your roof.

     

    Adds value to your home

    Even if you’re not planning on moving anytime soon, the 10 year guarantee on wall and roof coatings can add value to your home if you decide to sell in a few years. Waterproof roof coating extends the life of your tiles and ensures quality for added kerb appeal, whereas exterior wall coating can make your property look like new. The added protection and security that comes with exterior coating is very attractive to potential buyers, not to mention the money they’ll save on heating bills.

     

    Breathable

    As mentioned above, exterior wall coatings also prevent penetrative damp, while still allowing the walls to breathe. This means that air and moisture can still escape out, and won’t become trapped allowing a build up of condensation or mildew. This clever technology allows your house to stay warm and dry without becoming stuffy. It also helps regulate the temperature so you stay cosy in winter but cool during the warmer months.

     

    Resistant to mildew and other pollutants

    The super hydrophobic surface makes it difficult for moss, lichen or algae to grow on the walls or roof of your property. This keeps the building looking presentable and attractive, as well as reducing the likelihood of structural damage or damp caused by adverse weather conditions.

    If you want the best in energy efficient wall and roof coatings, Kingdom Coatings has you covered. Based in Scotland, we’ve developed our methods to protect your home against the very best and worst of the Scottish climate; from boiling hot summers to the harshest winter conditions. All of our coatings come with a 10 year guarantee for added peace of mind, so visit our website today to request a free quote and see how our friendly and professional team could help enhance your property today.

     

     

     

    Why Roof and Wall Coatings Are a Good Choice for Your Scotland Home This Winter

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    The winter is now well and truly here. The nights are getting longer, the days shorter and, of course, it’s getting much colder and wetter. With that in mind, it’s about that time of year for us all to make some home improvements to protect against the elements. Particularly in Scotland where, as we all know, the weather can be particularly unkind!

    Heavy rainfall can cause some significant damage to the roof of your home. In the winter, it’s likely that the battery of rain and snow will be pretty consistent and this consistency over an extended period of time will begin to wear down the shingles and tiles on your roof. If this results in gaps in the roof through lost or broken tiles, then moisture can work its way through the roof and into the underlay.

    When this happens, it can damage the structural integrity of the entire home through rot or mould which can put you, your family and your possessions in harm’s way. If you’ve got a sloping roof, then water can collect in the areas where the parts of the roof connect and overlap and this can also cause significant problems.

    This is all also true when it comes to walls. When extensive moisture is present on either the roof or the walls then it can spell trouble. Mould can be hazardous to your health and can lead to an allergic reaction, rashes, asthma attacks and sneezing. If you have a young child or live with an elderly member of the family then it’s particularly important to ensure that this doesn’t happen as these members of the family might feel the effects more.

    With all of this in mind, before the weather gets too bad, it’s well worth considering protecting your roof and walls from potential damage. By using a water-repellent coating, like RENOTEC, on your roof you can make the tiles resistant to moss, improve thermal resistance and reduce the effects of frost damage.

    Similarly with walls, by introducing a protective coating you can help mitigate the damaging impact of rain, wind, smog, mildew and prevent the growth of moss spores.

     

    Choose Kingdom Coatings

    Kingdom Coatings is Scotland’s premier roof and wall coatings company. We specialise in restoring roofs strewn with dirt and moss back to their former glory. This process is a surefire way to improve the appeal of your roof, extend its lifeline and protect it from the elements.

    To find out more, contact us. You can find us at Head Office, Unit 1 & 2, Block 2, Ward Street, Alloa Industrial Estate, Alloa. FK10 1ET, call us on 0800 228 9436 or email us at info@kingdomcoatings.co.uk

     

    3 Ways Having a Roof Coating can Save you Money

    Roofs take a fair amount of punishment, especially here in Scotland where the weather isn’t particularly forgiving to our poor houses. In light of this, although the roofs of our homes are designed to withstand the test of time, there will likely come a point when our roofing begins to fail. Maybe you’ve noticed a few tiles missing or a draught blowing through one of the upper rooms, whatever the case, you might currently be looking at the costly and time-consuming process of roof replacement.

    However, there is an alternative that can save you from loads of unneeded hassle in the form of roof coating. Negating the need to spend over the odds for a time-consuming roof repair or replacement service, roof coating can be a great option for those looking for top quality roofing solutions at a much cheaper rate.

    Aside from the lower cost of roof coating, there are actually a variety of ways the process can end up saving you money. With this in mind, we at Kingdom Coatings have put together a list of the three best economic benefits you can gain from investing in roof coating.

     

    The roof coating process

    Before looking at what roof coating can offer, it’s useful to understand how the process is carried out. Before the coating is applied, your roof should be cleaned thoroughly, cleared of any debris that may get in the way, and then left to completely dry. The drying process is done to ensure that the coating is applied successfully and is essential for the process to run smoothly. If you decide to do the cleaning yourself, make sure to take care, especially when using a pressure washer. Disturbing the lap seams or the underlying roof membrane can cause further problems so if you’re not completely sure, it may be best to hire a professional. After the roof has been completely dried, your chosen roofers will spend time fixing any of the failures and inconsistencies on your roof in order to create a perfect surface for the coating.

    Next, the coating is applied, usually with a roller, brush or spray depending on the sealant used. The coating specialist will have the tools and knowledge necessary to ensure your roof is completely protected and, after the coating has dried, your roof will now be fully shielded from the elements. The process can be done in about a day and causes minimal disruption to your life. Therefore, roof coating processes can be a great benefit for those who haven’t the time or money to spare on large-scale roof repair.

    Roof waterproofing protects your home from the elements

    As we’ve said, Scotland isn’t particularly well-known for its sunny, temperate weather. Whether you’ve just moved here or have spent your whole life in the frigid north, you’ll agree that we can get some pretty intense bouts of rain, wind and snow. As a result of this, we need our roofs to be strong enough to withstand the elements whilst still remaining pleasing to the eye. Roof coating is the perfect answer to this problem, creating a comprehensive barrier to counteract our inclement weather whilst giving your roof a well-deserved restoration; all without breaking the bank.

    Many of the roof coating products used in today’s industry are hydrophobic, meaning that they actively repel any moisture they come into contact with. This can have a variety of cost-saving benefits. For example, it can lessen the chance of leakage in your property’s roofing, meaning you won’t have to spend as much time getting repairmen in for fixes. This can be especially useful for roofs with a flat surface as a flat roof sealant can help to deflect pooling water.

     

    The hydrophobic nature of the coating also has the added benefit of discouraging the growth of mould and moss on your roofing. If left unchecked, a build-up of moss can have adverse effects on your roof and can quickly turn into a more serious and costly problem. As it acts as a sponge, moss can collect large amounts of water and create a significant amount of rot which, in turn, can cause costly damage to your roof. The waterproof nature of roof coating, however, can help to inhibit the growth of moss, meaning no more clambering on the roof with weed killer.
    Roof sealants are energy efficient

    As the weeks get colder and the nights draw in, the use of central heating becomes inevitable. As we’re all aware, heating bills during winter aren’t exactly cheap, and with gas prices slowly rising each year, everyone is looking to find new ways to keep their heating bills to a minimum.

    With this in mind, roof coating can be a great option to help cut the cost of fuel bills due to its great ability to insulate your home. Roof coatings are usually frost-resistant, which means that if we’re hit with another especially chilly winter, your roof is less likely to accumulate excess frost or snow which is a big factor when it comes to keeping your home warm. And, as 25% of heat is lost through the roof, investing in a rubber roof sealant creates another layer of protection to help keep your home cosy throughout.

    In the summer, white coloured roof coating is a great way to reflect UV rays from your property. The sun’s rays are one of the most destructive problems for your roof, causing it to become brittle and far less effective.  Darker roofing in particular actively absorbs UV rays which can overheat your home and force you to resort to air conditioning to keep cool. Quality roof coating, however, contains UV blocking pigments which work to repel the damaging rays, both keeping your roof in good condition and helping you to save money on electricity bills.

    For more eco-minded individuals, keeping your bills down by investing in roof coating also has the additional benefit of lessening your carbon footprint and the process uses fewer materials than conventional roof repair.

     

    Accruing home value

    Aside from simply saving money by lowering heating bills and minimising the possibility of repair work, you can actually add value to your home by using roof coating. If you’re looking to sell your property, letting prospective buyers know that the roof will need minimum maintenance can be a real positive for those deciding whether or not to put an offer down.

    Also, roof coating can have a pretty significant impact on your ‘kerb appeal’. This basically covers how your property looks to passers-by and is a pretty important factor for people looking to invest. As your roof makes up a substantial amount of the front of your property, it is in your best interest to make it really stand out. With coating, you can give your roof a makeover, restoring any tired tiles to a brighter more attractive sheen.

     

    Consider exterior wall coatings

    Your roof isn’t the only part of your house that can benefit from a coating. Exterior walls take just as much punishment from the elements as your roofing and, to an extent, need more protection to prevent the infiltration of excess rainwater into popular rooms in the house. With this in mind, wall coating can offer you all of the cost-saving benefits that roofing sealant can give, and the creme used in production can make a stunning addition to your property’s walls.

     

    Work with the professionals at Kingdom Coatings

    There a variety of benefits you can gain from investing in roof and wall coating, from its cost to the time you can save. However, it’s important that you work with professionals who can get the job done right.

    So, if you’re currently looking to invest in the best roof coating solutions in the country, then look no further than Kingdom Coatings. As Scotland’s premier coating company, we have helped countless happy customers achieve gorgeous walls and roofs that will be able to stand the test of time.

    For more information on our range of services, feel free to get in touch with our friendly team on 0800 228 9436 or request a free quote on our website.