Flat roof repair

When the roofs at Britvic Soft Drinks’ distribution centre in Norwich began to fail, a quick high performance waterproofing and repair system was necessary. Britvic turned to Acrypol, the UK’s leading manufacturer of cold applied acrylic polymer waterproof solutions and coating.

Britvic needed to repair both roofs, as they were suffering from deterioration, including holes causing water ingress to roofing joints. They didn’t want to replace the roofs and were looking for a less costly substitute. It was also critical that the distribution centre stayed operational throughout the repair process to check productivity would not be compromised.

Thanks to a comprehensive repair system supplied by Acrypol, comprising System 15 and Metal-Kote, the two roofs with a combined size of 3,759m2 now look and perform as good as new – at just a fraction of the cost of replacement. For this to be achieved, the specification of Acrypol’s System 15 and Metal-Kote proved ideal with effortless installation processes, both cold-applied over existing surfaces, causing minimum interruption to the business.

As it is appropriate for a eclectic range of applications, Metal-Kote, was specified to allow waterproofing and repairs to the metal surfaces. Metal-Kote was applied straight on to the surface after an thorough pre-application cleaning process of the roofing surfaces, including gutters and joints. It provides a 100% watertight seal that also prevents any existing rust from spreading.

1,725m2 of Metal-Kote was spray-applied to the profiled sheet metal roofing. With one application, it has dramatically enhanced and reinvigorated the tired metal roof, returning Britvic’s roof to its former glory, without the cost or trouble of a roof replacement.

System 15, which comes with Acrypol’s 15 year guarantee, was specified to deliver an unrivalled waterproofing integrity whilst offering convenience, safety and long-term performance. Taking a fraction of the time and cost of other refurbishment and replacement systems, 2,034m2 of the economical, yet highly trustworthy, acrylic waterproofing system was applied to the existing rooftop, roofing joints and 380 linear metres of guttering.

Following the application of Acrypol’s comprehensive roofing repair system, phase one in Britvic distribution centre’s renovation programme is now concluded. Starting from the top the employees of one of Europe’s biggest suppliers will have a workplace that is of the highest standard.

Ipe Wood Decking- A Truly Impressive Home Improvement Idea

Homeowners always want to make their home more appealing and valuable. People often choose some innovative ideas to add luxury and beauty to their home. It does not the matter how you previously maintained your home in terms of interiors or exteriors what matters is how you can provide a new look to your house now. Some small modifications can provide your home with a truly good, new and improved appearance and style.

From hundreds of home improvements options, you must choose a good home improvement idea which is unique and stands out from the crowd. Wood decking can be a good option which will provide your home with a usable, more appealing and valuable look for years.

Building a hardwood deck or patio can provide you and your guests with an impressive surrounding. There are ample reasons available to opt for hardwood deck, some of them are:

Outdoor enjoyment with your family- Hardwood decking can serve you with many memorable moments with your family. Imagine the royal look and real luxury that an ipe deck can add to your home.

Durability and beauty- Ipe decking is real wood which provides unsurpassed durability and beauty because a hardwood Ipe deck naturally resists rot, insects, and decay. Ipe decking naturally weathers to a silver gray or you can maintain the original color with the use of a quality finisher with ultraviolet inhibitors.

Low costs when compared to composite decking – Ipe wood decking costs less when compared to composite decking. The volatile oil market increased the rate of composite products. So, it becomes very clear that an Ipe wood deck will provide maximum return on your investment because of its low pricing, long term durability and beauty.

Brazilian wood decking provides long lasting beautiful results without the use of dangerous chemicals or plastic composites. Advanced Building Supplies, Inc is a premium Brazilian hardwood decking provider in the USA. At Advanced Building Supplies, Inc we offer truly impressive class and style wood decking options including Ipe decking, Cumaru decking, Jatoba decking, Tigerwood decking, Garapa decking, Massaranduba decking and Deck accessories for long lasting beautiful results. We ship all over the US, Central America, and Europe. So, if you want to build a deck for your next home improvement, and would like to see the hardwoods that are available for you new deck, we have samples of our Brazilian wood decking. Contact us to place an order today at 404-549-4840 or 352-508-4990!

Green Roofing

Continuing the theme of the importance of sustainable gardens, here we will discuss what are known as Green Roofs, the different types available and why they have become such an integral part of modern horticultural planning.

As one can ascertain from the name, the basic premise of a Green Roof is to bring plant matter, and therefore greenery, to our otherwise barren rooftops and thereby take best advantage of the dead spaces in and around our gardens, in order to better support our fast degrading environment.

Due to the nature of photosynthesis, Green Roofs are characteristically easy to establish and maintain because, by their very design, they are in the optimum position for the reception of sunlight and rainwater. The concept is not new ancient dwellings often used turf as a roofing material, but, in modern times, the Green Roof concept has once again been implemented in many commercial and architectural sectors, not to mention the broad following it has in the residential market. Rolls-Royces factory in West Sussex has one of the largest, commercial green roofs in Europe, covering over 32,000m2, and the green roofing project at the Ethelred Estate in London is another good example of the concept being taken more seriously.

The ecological ramifications of projects like these are self-explanatory, more green biomass equates to an increase in the conversion of CO2 to oxygen through photosynthesis, not to mention the purification of air borne moisture that comes into contact with the site. However, there are also great financial gains to made, which are probably best exemplified by the US Postal Distribution building in New York City which saves over $30,000 a year in heating and cooling. The project itself is designed to sustain itself for 50 years, which suggests a total of $1,500,000!

However, were getting ahead of ourselves – very few of us have the space and resources to oversee a project of such scale but, lest we forget, this is effectively an act of charity toward mother nature, and all charity begins at home.

Before you embark on a Green Roof project, it is imperative you check whether youll require planning permission to do so, and what regulation youll have to abide by. However, it is unlikely that youll be bound by many restrictions, as the state encourages their ecological benefits, particularly the green corridor it will provide for local wildlife. Regulations aside, the Green Roofs domestic applications are copious, including a cheap and sustainable form of insulation and greater control over storm water runoff. Research by the Centre for Sustainable Development at the University of Cambridge has found that “a layer of vegetation can reduce heat loss from buildings, cutting the wind chill factor by 75% and heating demand by 25%”, and the variety of plants you can grow are many – providing colourful coverings for otherwise boring, plain, or ugly roofs.

There are three categories of roof garden: extensive, semi-extensive and intensive. These are defined primarily by the depth requirement of their soil, thus dictating which plants are suited to each.

Extensive Green Roofs

Extensive category green roofs are characterized by their primarily artificial soil combinations that normally integrate materials such as perlite, rockwall, sand and concrete and, as such, they are best designated to drought resistant plants that are in need of good drainage rather than regular moisture. The planting medium is ordinarily supplemented by a filter layer, drainage layer, root barrier membrane and insulation and waterproofing respectively. Readymade Sedum mats enriched with substrate are a good choice for this environment. The planting medium itself should be no fewer than 2 inches deep.

Semi-extensive Green Roofs

The semi-extensive project needs a slightly deeper growing field (4-8 inches) as it should be able to support small perennial plants, though not the beds, trees and shrubs of the intensive green roof. Good plants to try here would be Knautia macedonica, Centaurea scabiosa and Origanum vulgare. As with the extensive roof, you will require all the standard drainage and waterproofing faculties that underpin the soil structure. A semi-extensive roof can take anywhere between twelve and eighteen months to establish and will require regular maintenance, particularly if it is situated at an unorthodox angle or position in relation to the sun. Regular weeding, watering and feeding are all a must, and even then you might find some areas may fail.

Intensive Green Roofs

An intensive Green Roof is that type which is most reminiscent of orthodox gardening, as it is often structured around three dimensions, including raised beds and box crops, and with a much wider range of suitable plants. However, these can only be supported by a richly organic growing medium and plenty of depth to become established – usually around 12 inches. It is important when constructing these raised beds that you use lightweight materials to ensure that the roof itself can support them. There are many other tricks that can be utilized to reduce the weight of the roof garden, such as the bulking out of compost with perlite, and using polystyrene rather than broken pots to crock the bottom of planters being used. However, as we know, the lighter the compost the less sturdy it acts as a plant anchor and pots and planters can easily fall over, but you can overcome this issue with clever placement of plant supports, such as wires and staking.

Floral and Hardy are experts in this field so if you would like to turn your unused flat roof into a colourful alpine meadow or an exotic Mediterranean-style vista, or you just want your own Hobbit house, just get in touch!