In the Press

Below you can find a selection of quotes and links to articles written by the press, government bodies and on web forums. Some of these links refer to specific companies or rogue traders while other articles refer to the products and how useless they often are.

Yet Another Conviction!

We are pleased to report that there has been another conviction in the fight against roof coating scammers. Business owner and self-employed salesperson both plead guilty to offences.

Read more about “Restore a Roof” and how they misled consumers.

12 Month Prison Sentence for Director of Roof Coating Company

In a seperate case, company Director and salesman are both sentenced to 12 months in prison. After the court case, Herefordshire Council’s head of consumer and business protection, Mike Pigrem, said:

I believe this is a landmark case exposing the ‘roof coating scam’ which has taken hold in the UK over the last decade…..In our opinion there is no doubt that moss causes no damage whatsoever to tiles and the roof coating process is a wholly unnecessary treatment.

Source: Herefordshire Council Website

Hereford County Council Warning

Herefordshire Council’s principal trading standards officer, Tim Thorne, said:

Cold calling for roof coating services is one of the biggest scams to have swept the UK in recent years. Moss does not damage your roof and should never be washed off in this way. Painting the tiles serves no useful purpose whatsoever and the whole process is simply unnecessary work.

Source: Herefordshire Council Website

Dudley Council Warning Against Roof Cleaning Companies

Dudley Council and local police issue a warning against roof cleaning companies who claim that moss and lichen can damage roof tiles. They also advise homeowners to be wary of claims about “thermal roof coatings”.

The article can be found here and Dudley Council have even created a pdf help leaflet.

Derbyshire Trading Standards Warning

Here is an extract from the Derbyshire Trading Standards team:

 Roof tiles are designed to allow air to circulate in the roof space, so simply painting the tiles will provide no benefit to your homes’ thermal efficiency.  In addition, the use of high-pressure hoses to clean the roof can actually damage tiles and force water in to the roof space.

Source: Derbyshire Trading Standards

Warickshire Trading Standards Warning

This article contains information about a specific roof coating scammer, but also contains the following advice:

Roofing experts warn that roof tiles should not be subject to high-pressure washing. To do so can potentially damage or break the tiles and remove any aesthetic granular tile finish. Further, pressure washing can also force water between the tile and roofing felt, spraying water in to the roof space/loft.

Source: Warickshire Trading Standards

Telegraph and Daily Mail Newspaper Articles

Article in the Telegraph newspaper written by Jeff Howel, great info on the tricks some coating companies use.

Daily Mail article about how a group of scammers painted roofs red and conned £250,000 from elderly people.

National Federation of Roofing Contractors Warning

Here is a press release from the NFRC:

Most ‘techniques’ that we have come across to remove moss, are often achieved by ‘violent’ means such as power-washing, which may cause damage to the roof, especially when combined with unnecessary foot traffic often leading to cracked or broken roof tiles.

More information can be found here.

BBC Rogue Traders Programme

BBC Rogue Traders investigation into a roof coating company charging high fees for a useless product. Note how the company flooded the loft space by using pressure washers on the roof. You can read my article on why a roof should never be pressure washed.

Aquashield Customer

Article written by a disgruntled Aqushield customer, includes photos showing how the roof coating washed off in the rain.

 

3 Responses to “In the Press”

  1. MSOctober 25, 2013 at 23:10 #

    Concrete roof tiles contain pores that hold water. Water has a high thermal conductivity and removes latent heat when it evaproates.
    Coating roof tiles with a bitumen/oil paint fills at least part of the surface pore space with a water resistant paint. This reduces the amount of water in the pore space. The hydrophobic oil based paint also causes the water to form into droplets, so that more water is shed from the roof.
    This can only meant that a coated roof looses less heat.
    I also noticed that when roof tiles are coated any broken tiles were replaced.

  2. The truthJanuary 5, 2014 at 10:54 #

    Roof coatings work, tiles deteriorate over the years as tiles become porous with age and weathering.
    In the winter when the old tiles are holding water and they freeze the water expands in tiles which causes them to break down, crumble and even crack.
    Roof coatings prevent this from happening and make them waterproof preventing deterioration.
    Moss creates dams on roof and stops water free flowing.
    Who ever says moss creates no problems is retarded.
    Check guarantees on new tiles.
    Moss takes away warranties.
    And tiles do deteriorate or no one would ever need a new roof.
    Roof coatings work just like paint on wood.
    When the sand surface comes off tiles which is usually after warrantee is void the tiles will hold water which obviously means it will deteriorate faster than what it when it had protection.
    Roof coatings protect tiles and make water proof or they would not have been produced…

  3. TomFebruary 17, 2014 at 21:39 #

    I see we have no evidence that pressure washing damages roof tiles. All this website is based on is poor quality work and pressure selling. Something, which is a problem with all trades. Maybe we should all think twice before getting and extension or new windows fitted too as there are also cowboys in those trades.

    It states here that water could ingress into the roof space. Any reputable trader would check that roof felt is installed before the quote is given. Most roofs after 1990 will have roof felt. Claims that the house price will increase by 10% or your heating bill will be reduced by 25% after the coating applied are obviously completely false, and these companies need to be fined. But there are many companies (including myself) that do a good job, at a cheaper rate than most companies that scrape it off, as pressure washing is much quicker. As the tile is completely clean, the moss will take much longer to return. Purely scraping leaves dirt, bird muck and spores still on the tile. Moss killer applied or not, the roof is still dirty and a breeding ground for future growth. Also a scraped roof look awful!

    THE PUBLISHER OF THIS WEBSITE ACTUALLY OWNS A ROOF CLEANING COMPANY, WHO’S CHOSEN METHOD IS SCRAPING. HE EVEN PROMOTES A MOSS KILLER PRODUCT USED BY ROOF SCRAPERS. THE INFORMATION ON THIS SITE IS BIASED AND DOES NOT HAVE THE PROS AND CONS OF BOTH SYSTEMS.

    I know he has links from other sites but any tile manufacturers have carried out no independent research. All statement from councils and police are articles written about cowboy traders, obviously the roof was damaged, as the job wasn’t carried out correctly

    I have contacted the tile manufacturers asking for independent research to back up these claims and will be making my own website to publish my findings. I will make sure the SEO is just as good as this site, with bank links, anchor text etc.

    Thanks for reading and i hope people see that this site is pure biased propaganda

    Tom.
    Prothos Services Ltd
    http://www.roofrestorer.co.uk