Roofing Contractors

We at B A Boyle & Son LTD are a specialist roofing company, with roofers carrying out work on new, residential and commercial projects as well as listed or period style properties.

GRP – THE RIGHT ROOF OVER YOUR HEAD

  • Level roofing made from 3-4 layers of Glass Reinforced Polyester (GRP / Fiberglass) and resin.
  • Completely seamless and finish available in multiple colours.
  • Hard wearing – Guaranteed for 15-40 years depending on chosen type.
  • Stylish finish – Even on the largest roofing projects.
  • Quick installation – Fits over all existing flat roof structures.
  • High insulation – Saves on your heating bills.
  • Highest regulation specifications for roofs – Quality assured.

Our GRP roofing comes in 2 formats to suit your needs:

ULTRAFLEX

  • Follows your house’s natural movements to reduce stress on the structure.
  • Fastest roof installation with no bordering required.

TOPSEAL

  • Premium GRP Roofing system with up to a 40-year guarantee.
  • Certified local roofers – assured professionalism.
  • Insurance backed guarantees – for your peace of mind.
  • Over 45 years in site experience.
  • Friendly and customer focussed team of roofers.

Tile & Slate Roofing

When it comes to re-roofing, fitting new tiles or slate; First, we must determine the pitch of the roof. Every slate or tile has its own pitch requirements, and this must be considered when choosing the finished product.

There are many kinds of slate all of which have their own benefits and range massively in price. For example, Welsh slates do not fade in extremes of temperatures or UV light setting it aside from other types. It is important when choosing your desired tile or slate you book an appointment with one of our roofers to discuss your options.

Listed & period style property

We believe strongly in restoring older style properties back to their former glory, it is important where possible to maintain the originality of a listed property. This can be achieved by carefully selecting quality reclaimed tiles achieving the desired quality while maintaining the historic look of the roof.

Our team of roofers have many years’ experience repairing and replacing roofs of period style properties! Whether your listed home has slate, tiles or leadwork our team can provide a comprehensive service tailored to your needs.

Lead work

Our team of roofers are highly trained in lead burning (welding), with vast experience in a wide variety of lead applications, we can guarantee the aesthetically pleasing finish you desire.

Lead Roofing is one of the oldest and most durable roofing materials in the industry. Lead roofing is a reliable system that offers low maintenance, great appearance, and lasting reliability. This product had been known to last almost 200 years. In the hands of skilled professionals such as our team, lead work can really enhance the appearance of a building while keeping the weather out for many years.

We employ only the very best lead workers in Suffolk. All of which carry relevant certification in the lead sheet association and lead contractor’s association.

Sarnafil

Sarnafil is a highly durable flat roofing system used to replicate seamed metal roofs (lead). This is achieved by a variety of powder coated metal trims imitating facia, barge, soffit and even baton roll details found on traditional roofs. However, unlike some other flat roofing systems, Sarnafil comes with guarantees of up to 20 years.

Our team of roofers are highly trained in sarnafil roofing, from hot air welding to powder-coated trim work we can create the perfect finish any style you desire.

We also offer a low-cost alternative to Sarnafil which we also provide a guarantee for. Please ask one of our friendly team for more information about this product.

Roofing Contractors

We Take Our Roofing Seriously

Delivering Excellence And Building Client Relationships.

B A Boyle & Son LTD based in Ipswich, Suffolk, is a family run roofing company with over 45 years’ experience in roofing.

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Roofing

FAQ’s

How much does it cost to re-roof a house?

Roofing costs vary greatly depending on a number of factors, including square footage, and type of covering or slate used. With this being said, the UK national average roof replacement cost sits at approximately £5300, with the majority of homeowners surveyed spending between £2300 and £7300. Scaffolding, labour costs, and supply costs must all be factored into this price.

If you’re looking to replace your roof, but aren’t sure of where to start, contact B.A. Boyle & Son for a free roofing consultation, during which our expert roofers will provide you with a variety of options, and work to establish an approximate price point.

How long do tile roofs last?

Tiles are a highly favoured roofing material in the UK, due to their durability, and longevity. Those moving into a house with a tiled roof may not have to re-roof the property for the duration of their tenancy. The lifespan of roof tiles is influenced by a high number of factors, including tile material, conditions, and maintenance. Well maintained tiles used to roof an average home in the UK are thought to last up to 60 years. Whilst the aforementioned factors play large roles in tile longevity, the tile underlay is an incredibly important aspect of both tile maintenance, and the roofing system as a whole – this must be replaced approximately every 30-40 years to ensure roof integrity.

How long do slate roofs last?

Natural slate is known for its unique finish, and extreme longevity, with tile installed on period properties seen to last up to 200 years. In an average home, the typical lifespan of a slate roof is thought to be between 80 and 100 years when properly maintained following installation.

It’s important to note that slate roofs may still require significant maintenance – especially in older homes. Although slate can last for centuries, the supporting beams underneath it may give out before this, meaning significant repairs may be required.

What is Sarnafil?

Sarnafil is a highly durable flat roofing system used to replicate seamed metal roofs (lead). This is achieved by a variety of powder-coated metal trims imitating facia, barge, soffit, and even baton roll details found on traditional roofs. However, unlike some other flat roofing systems, Sarnafil comes with guarantees of up to 20 years.

Our team of roofers are highly trained in Sarnafil roofing, from hot air welding to powder-coated trim work we can create the perfect finish any style you desire. We also offer a low-cost alternative to Sarnafil which we also provide a guarantee for. Please ask one of our friendly team for more information about this product.

What is GRP?

GRP stands for ‘Glass Reinforced Plastic’, a modern roofing material composed of a polyester resin, and reinforced by chopped strand mat glass fibres. GRP Is commonly used in roofing and construction due to its strength as a composite, and its lightweight. Though it has been in use from the 1940s, GRP has been further developed to function as a durable, lightweight, flexible, fully reinforced, and waterproof material capable of being moulded to any shape.

Today, GRP is most commonly used in the creation of flat roofs, offering an easily repairable, flexible, fast-drying, fully waterproof roofing surface.

What is the difference between hard slate and soft slate?

There are two primary types of slate used in roofing – hard slate, and soft slate. Hard slate is the most durable of the two materials and is one of the most hardwearing roofing materials on the UK market. Resilient to a variety of extreme weather conditions, and strong in the face of wear and tear, hard slate does not absorb water, and will not warp. These factors help hard slate last for up to 200 years when applied to a standard roof.

Whilst soft slate is inevitably less hardwearing than hard slate, it is still considered to be durable, lasting on average from 50 to 125 years, and possesses the same weather-resistant and fireproof traits as its counterpart.

Does replacing the roof increase property value?

Roofs are often a point of focus in property value and sales – a poorly maintained roof can significantly impact property value in a negative manner – as repairs are known to be an expensive and lengthy process. In addition to this, properties with damaged roofs are often thought to have suffered from further damage or be poorly maintained. For these reasons, making a good first impression with your roof is integral – a well maintained, or recently replaced roof can add substantial value to your property.

If you’re looking to replace your roof, but aren’t sure of where to start, contact B.A. Boyle & Son for a free roofing consultation, during which our expert roofers will provide you with a variety of options, and work to establish an approximate price point.

What is Flashing?

Flashing is the primary method used by roofers to decrease water penetration along roof ridges, and around chimneys. Prior to its invention, roofers used angled shingles, ridge chimneys, and chimney steps to divert the flow of water. The introduction of flashing, particularly lead flashing, lead to a significant decrease in the amount of water penetration at joints.

In the present day, roof flashing often consists of a metal sheet composed of aluminium, copper, or lead, and maybe positioned to be concealed, or exposed. Modern flashing incorporates expansion joints, preventing warping or malformation caused by expansion and contraction.

What is the difference between slate and tile?

The primary distinction between tile and slate is their status as a manufactured and natural product respectively – however, their differences run deeper than this. Slate roofing is made of a fine-grained rock, and is incredibly hard-wearing, boasting a lifespan of up to 200 years. Slate is most often fixed to a roof using nails. Most commonly found in a variety of deep grey shades, slate is the more traditional, and expensive option of the two.

Tile is a common roofing material, composed most often of concrete, or clay. The lifespan of tiles is significantly lower than that of slate – however, its price tends to reflect this. Tile is more commonly found on modern homes across the UK, and uses an interlocking system for installation, reducing construction and repair times.

How do I know if my roof needs replacing?

Though roofs do not commonly need to undergo repair or replacement, it is important to check them on a bi-yearly basis for any signs of damage or wear. This regular inspection can assist in spotting issues early, and reducing potential repair costs. Some of the primary signs of roof damage or age are;
• Water damage – damp patches, watermarks, and mildew are all signs of water damage caused by a worn or damaged roof
• Moss and mould – moss and mould growing on the exterior of roofs can force tiles or slate apart, allowing water in
• Visible light – light shining through the roof (visible from the property exterior) is a strong indicator of holes or roof damage
• Loose or fallen tiles – missing tiles allow water into the infrastructure of the roof, weakening it quickly
• Damaged flashing - damaged flashing can cause water leaks in walls, ceilings, and chimneys.
• Sagging - the vast majority of roofs should form a straight line along their ridge –sagging here may be a warning sign of extreme structural damage.
• Rotting underlay – underlay is an essential part of roof waterproofing. Underlay tears or rotting underlay may allow significant water leaks to take hold.