Maintaining guttering can help protect your home

Gutters may not be the first thing that comes to mind when considering maintaining a roof, but all roofers know they play a critical role in protecting the structure of a building. They channel water off the roof and prevent it from seeping into walls and foundations, ensuring your property remains dry and secure. However, neglecting gutter maintenance can lead to many problems that can be avoided by employing affordable roofing services.

What happens to neglected guttering in Luton

Blocked gutters can become a breeding ground for seeds, moss, and weeds and attract insects and vermin, especially if you have overhanging trees. Over time, debris accumulation can cause gutters to deteriorate and break, leading to water damage, flooding foundations and leaking roofs. Not only does this damage the property, but it also reduces its value. In addition, clogged gutters can lead to mould growth, wood fascia damage, and damage to doors, walls, and patios.

How long does guttering last?

The lifespan of gutters relies on the type of guttering used. Plastic guttering lasts up to 30 years, while aluminium, copper, and steel gutters last around 20 years. Regular maintenance by roofers, such as removing blockages, replacing lost clips, and inspecting joints, can extend the lifespan and durability of gutters.

Who should clean and maintain the guttering?

Hiring a professional roofing contractor has several benefits. A roofing contractor will use specialised tools and equipment to thoroughly clear out debris and restore and revive the external look of the guttering. They also have the experience to identify problems, stay safe while working, and complete the job faster and more efficiently. If you own a property in Luton and want your guttering inspected or cleaned, contact us today for high-quality and affordable professional roofing services.

How to make the most out of tarmac driveways

There are numerous advantages to having a tarmac driveway installed at your property. These include notable benefits such as its cost-effectiveness, durability and low maintenance. Unfortunately, tarmac driveways don’t deliver the kerb appeal of block paving or imprinted concrete when laid as a uniform block, but there are ways in which you can create a more engaging look.

Use edging blocks

One guaranteed method to improve the look of tarmac is to use edging blocks that only increase the overall cost of the driveway a little. There is a large selection of varying colours, shapes and sizes of edging blocks that you can have laid to complete the driveway look. The blocks help break up the monotone appearance of the tarmac and produce a more attractive and appealing driveway finish.

Accentuate the entrance

Using block paving along the edge of the driveway works incredibly well in conjunction with pavers laid at the entrance for a decorative style that not many associates with a tarmac driveway. With a paved entrance to a tarmac driveway, you can use as many or few pavers as you desire and go as deep into the driveway as taste and budget dictate. It really is your opportunity to create something unique for your property.

Once you’ve decided how to decorate your tarmac driveway at the borders and entrance, placing perennials around the driveway in pots is a fantastic way to keep your driveway looking spectacular all year long. Get in touch if you want an expert team to assess your driveway and provide a competitive quote.

How to successfully remove different types of stains from block paving

Removing unsightly stains and spills from your block paving can help restore your driveway or patio to its former glory while protecting its lifespan. Various blots and spills can affect paving; this blog will look at how you can treat them. When applying a treatment or solution to your paving, it’s advisable only to use it on a small, discreet area in case of any problems.

Removing moss and lichens

Moss and lichens tend to proliferate in shady, damp areas. First, remove any large clumps, and then apply a weed killer. The weed killer will slowly work to eradicate the moss and lichens and deter regrowth.

Treating oil spills

If you mop up an oil spill immediately, it will not stain block paving. However, if left, it will seep into the paver. Light oil stains can be cleaned using a powerful detergent, a stiff brush and warm water. If the stain is more obstinate, you can use an emulsifying degreaser to remove the blight.

Cleaning rust stains

Rust stains caused by leaking guttering are straightforward to remove using a ten per cent hydrochloric acid solution. However, you must take great care to follow the manufacturer’s guidelines, as the acid can corrode the surface.

Mopping up paint spills

If you spill paint on block paving, the first step is to mop the paint up rather than wipe, as wiping will spread the stain. To clear the affected area, use a solvent solution and clean the paving with a detergent.

Dealing with tyre marks

If you are impatient and can’t wait for time and the weathering effect to remove tyre marks, crack out the strong detergent again and work with a brush and warm water.

It’s important to remember that any of these cleaning products can damage your paving if not used correctly, so always follow the guidelines and try to treat the source of the stain to prevent further issues.

The importance of maintaining your guttering

As a specialist roofing contractor in Luton and Dunstable, we don’t solely focus on roof repairs such as chimney repointing, tile replacement or ridge re-bedding; we also provide services for gutter cleaning. In this article, we will explain the reasons why it’s essential to maintain clean gutters for your home or business in Luton or Dunstable and how we can provide an affordable and expert service to keep your guttering clear and working as expected.

Why do gutters need clearing?

Guttering faces all year-round exposure to the elements, resulting in detritus making a nest in your gutter tray and downpipe, including leaves, moss, twigs and much more. When a gutter becomes too congested with debris, it will eventually cause rainwater to pool as it can’t effectively drain away. Gutters are not designed to hold water, merely to allow it to drain away, and once this happens, it can cause issues for your property.

Preventable harm

As experienced roofing contractors in Luton and Dunstable, we encounter a lot of properties with preventable damage due to overflowing blocked gutters. Rotten fascia boards and mould spores from water flowing over brickwork are common problems with clogged gutters. In rare cases, pooling water at the base of the building can damage the foundations. So, how do you prevent this from happening?

Leave it to the professionals

Some people may be tempted to climb the ladder and clear the gutter themselves, but you should always call on specialist roofing contractors. They can clear the gutter safely and assess the trays, connectors, and downpipes for any structural damage before confirming it’s all clear. Contact us today if you own a property in Luton or Dunstable and would like a roofing contractor such as ourselves to check and maintain your guttering for a competitive price.

Why is block paving so popular?

There are many types of different paving on display outside of Luton and Dunstable homes and businesses, but one of the most enduring sights is block paving. Block paving has been used for decades in Britain and for many good reasons, which we will explore in this blog.

Visual appeal

The most notable aspect of block paving is its stunning visual appeal. It’s a paving method available in a wide array of colours and patterns that all look great, including the classic herringbone design where the blocks are assembled in an ‘L’ shape and the common stretcher bond. The versatility of block paving allows you to create a distinct look for your property in Luton or Dunstable.


Whether you opt for clay or concrete blocks, you can guarantee that both will provide a long-lasting paving solution for your driveway or patio. Concrete pavers endure significantly well in colder climates, but regardless of what shape or material of block you use you can expect them to last around twenty years if well-maintained.

Little maintenance required

One of the features many customers like about block paving is how little maintenance is required and how easy damaged blocks are to replace. They are designed to withstand weathering, so a quick brush with warm soapy water will be sufficient to keep your driveway or patio looking fantastic. Similarly, if one or more blocks need replacing, it’s simply a case of lifting out the broken brick, laying a new one, and adding a touch of sealant. Contact us today if you own a property in Luton or Dunstable and want a free, no-obligation quote for block paving.

How to care for tarmac driveways in extreme heat

The UK has just experienced its most intense heatwave in recorded history, and while people in Luton and Dunstable will have been making efforts to keep themselves cool, they will have probably given little thought to their tarmac driveways. However, at just 25 degrees Celsius, tarmac can begin to soften, causing it to sink or crack. We’ll explain the signs to be aware of and the measures you can take to protect your driveway.

Cracks and fading

The most apparent sign of driveways needing some restoration is when cracks form. Cracks can appear in cold weather, but extreme heat can soften tarmac resulting in gaps that need repairing; even if they are small, they can lead to more significant cracks that cost more to restore, so be proactive. Intense UV light, such as experienced in Luton and Dunstable this week, can also cause the colour of the tarmac to diminish and fade, which is a clear sign that your driveway requires extra protection.

How are driveways restored?

If your driveway has faded, the first step is to call in a professional driveway specialist who can apply a layer of sealant to the driveway. The sealant will provide a layer of protection to prevent further fading and weathering. Ideally, your driveway will need a new layer added every three years. The areas where the driveway has faded can be repainted, and an asphalt patch can be applied to cover any cracks that have formed. Contact our team today if you own a property in Luton or Dunstable, and your driveway requires repair or maintenance.

Hiring a dependable and trustworthy roofing contractor

The process of finding a roofer to fix your leaky roof or damaged tiles isn’t always the most exhilarating of tasks, and it can be challenging to find the right roofing contractor who is competent and affordable. Below we’ve provided some handy tips to help in your search.

Assess the damage

If it’s safe to do so, or if you know someone handy you can rely on, it’s always beneficial to assess the level of damage before contacting a roofer to provide an estimate. Although rare, some dishonest traders will overestimate the cost leaving the customer out of pocket.

Gauge the roofing contractors experience level

One of the most systematic ways to measure the experience and capability of a roofer is to ask a multitude of questions. Ask if they have encountered similar issues to one you’re experiencing with your roof, and even enquiring of past projects will provide an excellent guide to their ability and knowledge.

Establish their credentials

When you have a roofing contractor in mind, it’s wise to check they can do what they claim they can. There are a plethora of online directories of vetted tradespeople, including Checkatrade and TrustATrader, which allow customers to leave honest reviews. Alongside these, a reputable roofer is usually a member of a recognised association such as The Guild of Master Craftsmen.

Free written quotation

A general rule of thumb is to try and obtain three written quotes and not necessarily opt for the most economical option. A written quote should itemise the work to be carried out and how the cost has been calculated. If further work is needed after the initial price is agreed upon, it should be submitted as a written quote.
Contact Stanleys Roofing and Building Luton for a complete roofing service from a local, family-run business.

Types of flat roofing materials available

Flat roofing systems have come a long way in a short time, and now UK roofs can be covered with more than just felt. Below we’ll explore some of the main alternatives and how they can benefit your home or business.

Built-up roofing

Known in the US as ‘tar and gravel’ flat roofing structures, built-up roofing is ubiquitous across the UK and has been in use for decades. It works by laying multiple layers of tar and grit before sealing the roof with a waterproof coating. Built-up roofs have longevity, durability and periodic maintenance, but they aren’t the cheapest option for flat roofing.

Modified bitumen

Modified bitumen is very similar to built-up roofing in that it requires sheets of bitumen to be layered but then heated by a blow torch or some other heating process. It is more straightforward to install, cheaper and easy to repair but ultimately doesn’t last as long as a built-up roof.

Rubber roofing

EPDM (Ethylene propylene diene monomer) represents a good value for money choice for any flat roofing structure. Constructed from artificial recycled rubber, EPDM can last up to fifty years, has superb insulating properties and resistance to UV rays and isn’t in any way toxic. As the most environmentally friendly option, the benefits offset the slightly more significant expense.


A fibreglass roof has many favourable properties shared by other methods, but its appealing aesthetic sets it apart. They are also sturdy and have a high impact resistance which means their lifespan matches any other type of material.
Contact Stanleys Roofing and Building for any roofing requirements, including routine maintenance for reliable and skilled service.

Flat or pitched roof?

If you are building an extension to your house or a garage, then one of the crucial decisions to factor in is whether to opt for a flat or pitched roof. Opinions will vary from one roofer to another, but from our many years of experience in the roofing industry, we have compiled a list of advantages and disadvantages of each roofing style.

Flat roofing advantages

Compact design – If you are planning an extension to your house, then flat roofs feature a compact design that is easier to design and fit. They can provide an ideal solution for small kitchen extensions or new garages and can be swiftly constructed.

Small slope – Flat roofs are still constructed with a slight slope to prevent the pooling of rainwater on the surface.

Economical – Due to fewer materials used and shorter construction time, flat roofing tends to be a much cheaper alternative to having a pitched roof.

Flat roofing disadvantage

A flat roof doesn’t have the long lifespan that a pitched roof does but technological advancements in the materials used in flat roofing has meant the average lifespan has increased. A well constructed flat roof should last at least 40 years if properly maintained.

Pitched roof advantages

Sloped – The large degree of slope on a pitched roof allows rainwater to run away into the drainage system smoothly. Which is just as well if you live in rainy Dunstable or Luton.

Durability – Becuase of the hardwearing nature of the materials, pitched roofs tend to have a longer lifespan than a flat roof and requires less ongoing maintenance for a roofer to undertake.

Aesthetics – Again it is down to personal taste, but a pitched roof is generally considered to be a more attractive feature than a flat roof

Disadvantages of a pitched roof

Cost – A pitched roof is considerably more expensive to construct because of the increased labour costs and a higher amount of building materials used. However, the durability and lifespan of a pitched roof do counterbalance the price.

If you live in the Dunstable and Luton area and require any roof type, give Stanleys Roofing and Building a call today for more information.

Choosing the right driveway

Are you considering removing turf to put in a path or are you sick and tired of repairing your existing driveway? If it’s yes to either, then this article will detail the assessment process Stanleys Roofing and Building in Luton and Dunstable will provide for all prospective clients.

What is the intended use of the driveway?

If you intend your driveway to just store cars and other vehicles, then a simple yet classic tarmac surface will be sufficiently strong to withstand the weight. Due to its colour, oil stains from cars will be less visible, and the maintenance required for a tarmac driveway is minimal.

If you desire your driveway to incorporate a pathway to your garage or front door, then block paving or gravel might be a more suitable material choice.

In keeping with the property

If your property has a distinctive look that might be disturbed by a tarmac driveway, then block paving might be a better solution. The many available designs and colours for block paving allow them to be designed in a unique way to suit any property. You may also consider block paving for beautiful patios for gardens or forecourts.

What is the potential size of the driveway?

The area that requires covering will have a significant bearing on the overall cost of the job. If you are working to a tight budget, and you have a large area to cover, then gravel will probably be the most cost-effective solution. Smaller spaces and patios may benefit from the personal touch that block paving offers.

If you live in Luton or Dunstable and have any further questions relating to driveways and patios, then contact us through our website or call our friendly sales team.