New Permaroof Product Catalogue Launched for 2018

2018 Permaroof Product Catalogue now available | DIY Flat Roof NewsThe 2018 Permaroof Product Catalogue has now arrived and it’s bigger and better than ever!

Download your copy now from our resource library, and enjoy 48 pages of high-quality products and information, including:

  • Firestone EPDM – custom-cutting, rolls and special use membranes
  • Firestone and Permaroof branded adhesives
  • Trims and accessories
  • Tapes and outlets
  • Fixings and EPDM tools
  • Flat roof kits
  • Permaroof500 liquid waterproofing systems
  • PermaLawn artificial grass

Permaroof UK Ltd offers an incredible range of EPDM and liquid flat roof systems, accessories, tools, EPDM and liquid training and resources. Our unmatched product range promises high-quality and performance, and our customer service values are second-to-none.

Most of our products are covered by an incredible next day delivery service – you really can buy today and fit tomorrow with Permaroof!

If you would prefer a glossy copy of the 2018 Permaroof Product Catalogue, simply call us on 01773 608 839, or email us at sales@permaroof.co.uk, and we’ll get one out to you as soon as we can.

Leading Liquid Waterproofing Training from Permaroof UK

The Permaroof500 liquid waterproofing system is fast-becoming one of our most popular flat roof systems, with its high-quality, long-lasting and durable finish. Have you thought about adding liquid waterproofing to your range of flat roof services?

At our headquarters in Derby, Permaroof offer industry-accredited training courses, so that you can offer your clients this incredible, effective system. Check out the video below to find out more.

What can you expect in your liquid waterproofing training?

You will arrive at our purpose-built training centre at around 9am to have a coffee and join other participants in our classroom. There you will learn about the Permaroof500 liquid waterproofing system; its benefits, how you can apply your training and how you can market the system to your customer base.

You will enjoy demonstrations by fully-trained and experienced professionals, and have your chance to test your skills and apply what you have learned.

During the training day, you will be served a buffet lunch, and also enjoy a chance to network with your fellow trainees during regular breaks, in which tea or coffee will be available.

At the end of the training day, which is expected to finish mid-afternoon, you will take away a unique certificate, a flash drive containing all your Permaroof500 liquid waterproofing training guides and video tutorials, in addition to some marketing material and liquid samples.

Permaroof training days are intensely packed with practical and academic training to ensure you can be fully confident to provide liquid waterproofing as an additional service to add to your flat roofing business.

Liquid waterproofing training for DIY

Our courses are also suitable for the DIY homeowner who wants to take some practical training before applying the Permaroof500 system at home.

You don’t need to be a trade professional to take our training days!

Contact us to find out more, or book your place on the next liquid waterproofing training day at Permaroof.

Women in Roofing Awards – Still Time to Nominate

Women in Roofing Awards | DIY Flat Roof NewsThere is still time to get your nominations in for two newly-launched awards from Women in Roofing (WinR) – the closing date is tomorrow, 28th February 2018 for The Maureen Johnson Rising Star Award and The Ellie Coulter Business Excellence Award.

The two awards have been introduced to the roofing industry in honour of two well-respected women in roofing who sadly passed away last year – Maureen Johnson and Ellie Coulter.

The award winners will be selected by a panel of judges, and shortlisted candidates will be invited to the WinR Conference on 14th March 2018 at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Derbyshire.

The Maureen Johnson Rising Star Award

Nominations are open for under 25s who have undertaken an industry training programme and have shown ‘strong potential for continued growth within the industry’.

Criteria:

  • Under 25 – working in the roofing industry for five or fewer years
  • Has participated in, or is currently an apprentice, trainee or management programme participant
  • Can provide evidence of development and growth within an organisation
  • Has exceeded the expectations of employment responsibilities

The Ellie Coulter Business Excellence Award

Nominations are open for members of the roofing industry who strives for and champions the pursuit of excellence in all areas and shows true leadership.

Criteria:

  • Any individual working within the roofing industry for a manufacturer, merchant, contractor or training group
  • Demonstration of exceptional personal qualities and leadership abilities, such as integrity, the ability to work with diverse groups, a record of motivating or mentoring others and exemplifying the values and ethics of a distinguished leader in their organisation and field of work
  • Significant professional contributions such as:
    • Industry involvement beyond the focus of employment responsibilities
    • Exemplary achievement in accomplishing a major task or project

View the full criteria and how to nominate here.

Press Release: Permaroof Announce Launch of Technical Thursdays

Don’t miss your chance to get your questions answered live by the experts!

Permaroof, Derby: Permaroof UK Ltd is pleased to announce the launch of Technical Thursdays to give its customers yet another fantastic way to get the answers they need to all their questions about flat roofing, green roofing and more.

Every Thursday, visitors to the Permaroof UK Facebook page, Twitter followers and website visitors will be able to ask their questions and have them answered by the teams of experts and professionals at Permaroof headquarters.

The Permaroof teams can answer your queries about:

  • EPDM flat roof membranes and installation
  • The latest liquid waterproofing innovations
  • Green roofing and planting
  • And much more!

Don’t forget that customers can currently find out more about flat roofing and EPDM installation in the extensive online resource library, including downloadable guides, data sheets, technical specifications and videos.

About Permaroof: Permaroof UK Ltd is the country’s leading provider of genuine Firestone EPDM systems, training, flat roof resources and award-winning customer service support. Diy-flat-roof.com is fast-becoming the industry go-to for EPDM resources and advice.

The Go-To Resource for DIY Flat Roofing

We stock genuine Firestone RubberCover EPDM | PermaroofDIY Flat Roof is currently undergoing some changes and updates as we aim to become the UK’s number one ‘Go-To’ resource for all your DIY flat roofing needs.

We deliver a wide range of resources for you to use for free in PDF format available to download and keep, or with the option to view online on any device. We are currently adding more every day and aim to have a complete resource library very soon.

We also offer a range of DIY flat roofing tutorial videos, including comprehensive instructional videos for a complete EPDM flat roof installation and many more detailing specific tasks, such as:

  • How to perform an EPDM flat roof repair
  • How to fit Permaroof Plus flat roof trim
  • How to prepare the roof deck before application
  • Termination to adjacent flat roof detail
  • And much more.

Our new downloads section will also offer a selection of safety and technical data sheets, in addition to our PDFs and tutorials, to ensure a full and clear understanding of the technical specifications and safety testing carried out.

What else can we offer the DIY flat roof visitor?

Permaroof UK is the largest importer and stockist of Firestone EPDM roofing membrane and we have introduced the DIY flat roof kit to make flat roofing that much easier. Available in standard or custom-cut sizes, we can deliver a flat roof kit to suit every project with everything included to ensure no fuss, no waste and no problem!

If tutorials online are simply not enough, then Permaroof provide first-class training at our headquarters, in a purpose-built, Firestone-approved training centre. Reasonably priced, and running every week, our EPDM flat roof training could be just what you need to give you the extra confidence to be able to tackle your job. Find out more about training here.

For the DIY flat roof visitor, and the professional flat roofer alike, our website could prove to be an invaluable resource for all your flat roofing requirements. You can read testimonials, the latest flat roofing news and recommended products from around the world.

What are you waiting for? Head on over to our recently-rewritten FAQs section, then bookmark us and check back to see how we’re doing!

Flat Roof Installation Videos and More for 2018

Happy New Year from us all at diy-flat-roof.com!

This year we will be sharing more flat roof news, views, great products and tutorials with you in our blog, and we hope you will join us.

To start off the year, we wanted to share a great YouTube channel with you. As DIY roofers, you will find a range of fascinating videos, addressing all types of flat roof installation with EPDM rubber roofing. There are dozens of videos in the channel, many of which give excellent, easy-to-follow instructions to handle application issues such as how to remove creases from your EPDM rubber roofing membrane, and some hot tips to help fit your EPDM membrane around vent pipes and other extrusions.

You can also learn some great marketing strategies in the Permaroof channel, as we are happy to talk about how you can grow your flat roof business with us. We have trade opportunities, industry-leading support and award-winning customer service and what’s more, we are the UK’s number one importer and stockist of genuine Firestone EPDM rubber roof systems. Why would you go anywhere else?

Have a look at a quick sample of what’s on offer…


We will be staying on top of the latest flat roof industry news this year, and will bring you the news about Health and Safety, legislation changes, new initiatives and some general ‘What’s On’ posts, so that you don’t miss out on this year’s trade shows.

Join us this year, follow our blog and look forward to finding out even more about flat roofing in 2018.

There are plans afoot for more videos this year, so watch this space, and subscribe to the Permaroof Online channel on YouTube. We have some great shots of our headquarters too, and offer some behind-the-scenes glimpses of the incredible space we have in Derby, where we also have our purpose-built training centre for EPDM flat roof installation and liquid waterproofing.

What is EPDM Rubber Roofing and How it is Changing Flat Roofing

Finished EPDM Rubber Roofing Installation | DIY Flat RoofThe introduction of EPDM rubber roofing has undoubtedly changed the way that flat roofing is approached for both trading roofers and the DIY community, but how? In this article, we will explore what EPDM rubber roofing is, and how and why it has revolutionised the flat roof industry forever.

Traditional felt roof coverings are outdated, and the roofing industry has for many years been searching for a sustainable alternative that will last, and outperform traditional roofing methods and materials.

What is EPDM rubber roofing?

EPDM is a synthetic rubber roofing membrane manufactured by Firestone in the US. It is not a brand-new product, but its longevity is only now being realised to the fullest, as the product continues to prove itself as a revolutionary material in terms of performance, weatherability and its lasting power. To date, millions of square metres of EPDM rubber roofing have been applied all over the world, and the performance of the product in all climates has been nothing short of astounding.

Made from a synthetic rubber compound, and combined with high-performance polymers and carbon black, EPDM rubber roofing can withstand high and low temperatures, elongate up to 300% and maintain flexibility over its lifespan, which currently is expected to be more than five decades, while remaining completely inert and UV stable.

How is flat roofing changing as a result of EPDM?

Historically, flat roofing has remained a ‘specialist subject’ in terms of application, due to the use of hot bituminous products and a need to make sure installation is seamless. Flat roofs can be far more susceptible to water ingress than a sloping roof, and the joins in traditional roofing materials have created vulnerable points across the surface of the roof deck, problems with which can also lead to pooling.

EPDM rubber roofing is installed typically in a single piece, particularly in domestic installations such as:

  • Garage roofs
  • Shed roofs
  • Garden office buildings
  • Flat roof extension projects
  • Green roofing

Laying the membrane in a single piece across the entire roof deck removes the necessity for joining membranes, which gives the whole installation an immediate benefit for the DIY installer with superior waterproofing even before adhesives are applied!

Using water-based adhesives and simple tools, such as sponges and rollers, has changed the way the average DIY enthusiast thinks about flat roofing, and now, with EPDM rubber roofing, and the introduction of off-the-shelf, ready-to-install flat roof kits, DIY flat roofing is more than do-able for even the most inexperienced self-builder.

More and more people in the UK are considering working on their existing homes, rather than moving to a new house, and with innovations abound in the DIY market, homeowners are gaining confidence and working towards extending living spaces, while spending renovation funds on getting the jobs done that they can’t.

Find out more about DIY flat roofing with EPDM rubber roofing now, or contact us for further information, and start thinking about your new flat roof project.

NHBC Proposals Accepted by the CMA on Structural Warranties

New NHBC Proposals Accepted by CMA for Structural Warranties | Construction NewsBack in March last year, The National House Building Council (NHBC) began its new proposals on structural warranties to replace previous undertakings given in 1995, to update the current insurance regulations that protect against defects in new properties.

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has discovered, during evidence gathering, and a Government consultation on the subject, that the NHBC is still highly competitive, although house builders are buying structural warranties from other providers, and has accepted the new proposed arrangements.

In a review of administrative legislation that was launched in March 2017, evidence was gathered over the following three months by the CMA, and reviewed at length during a Government consultation at the end of the autumn. Notice of acceptance of the new undertakings was given at the beginning of December 2017, and the superseded regs are now in force for the next 15 years across the UK.

What will change under the new proposals?

The revisions to the current structural warranties market will modernise the system, and further encourage competition, while strengthening the protection offered.

The NHBC must now display on its website, clear information to member builders that they can source structural warranties from the NHBC or another provider. The new regs will also ensure that the NHBC will not be required to oversee other structural warranties delivered by its competition.

The new proposed structural warranties undertakings will remain in place for the next 15 years, and will supersede previous undertakings.

UK 2017 Budget Delivers a ‘Budget for Builders’ Says FMB

UK Chancellor Delivers Budget for Builders | Construction NewsThe Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has commented today on the UK Budget 2017, delivered by Philip Hammond, saying that it is a ‘budget for builders’.

Following plans to set a target of building 300,000 new homes every year by the mid-2020s, industry experts doubtfully acknowledged the government’s pledge, due to underfunding, lack of support for the industry, and most critically, the skills shortage faced throughout the country. However, this budget’s announcements have strengthened opinions about achievability, due to the additional financial support expected for small and medium-sized enterprises – hence why a budget for builders.

The Chief Exec. Of the FMB, Mr Brian Berry, said ‘The Chancellor appears to be putting his money where his mouth is with the announcement of £44 billion of capital funding, loans and guarantees. In particular, a further £1.5 billion for the Home Building Fund to be targeted specifically at SME housebuilders can play a significant role in channelling crucial funding to this sector.’

The commitment of the 2017 budget to training within the construction industry is a promising announcement, one which is warmly welcomed by the FMB, as Mr Berry continued, ‘With Brexit around the corner the next few years will bring unprecedented challenges to the construction sector. The Government will need to make sure that the sector continues to have access to skilled EU workers, but we are pleased that the Chancellor has today listened to the needs of SME builders.’

Also wading in with support for this commitment is Steve Radley, Director of Policy at the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB), who said ‘The right skills will be critical to deliver this change, so the £34m funding for construction training is a vital investment. The focus on digital skills is essential to developing a workforce which exploits the benefits of the digital revolution, aiding modern methods of production and boosting productivity.’

He remains sceptical about the skills crisis, however, and added, ‘there is no quick fix to the skills shortage and construction skills must be of a high standard. We look forward to working closely with employers and Government to ensure these promising new measures deliver for our industry.’

UK Housebuilding Output Falls Again in Q3

New Housebuilding Output Falls in Q3 2017 | Roofing News UKIn a report published by the ONS this week, figures have again demonstrated a decline in construction housebuilding output in the third quarter of 2017. The figures also demonstrate a further-than-expected slide in output, as in August, the estimated fall would be 0.7%, when it actually was closer to 0.9%.

Industry experts are hailing the further fall in housebuilding output as a ‘construction recession’, especially following the 0.5% decline in Q2, although experts also say that on the whole, construction and housebuilding output is still at higher levels than those of a year ago – with figures recording an overall 1.1% increase on last year and 7.1% higher than the recorded figures of Q3 2015.

Experts do agree, however, that performance-by-sector results are encouraging, with output for private housing rising 1.8% to a record high level. This is also encouraged by the announcement last month that an extra £10 billion in funding for the government’s Help to Buy scheme may strengthen and maintain the house building sector, while additional certainty provided by affordable rent-setting plans is set to deliver greater building plans from the housing association market.

A clear area of weakness highlighted by the report is private commercial building, which has experienced falling orders for three consecutive quarters. Public sector projects are coming to an end, and there is no clear plan for additional projects to replace those completed. Hospitals and schools projects have ended, and significantly lower volumes of contracts are being put out to tender.

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