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How much does a roof cost?

December 12th, 2018 No comments

If you are hoping to find a simple, straightforward answer to the most asked question in roofing – “what does it cost” – or even just looking for a ballpark figure, you could easily be disappointed. Sadly, there is simply no single, accurate answer that can be provided to satisfy your curiosity, as there are far too many variables to take into consideration in order to arrive at an accurate cost.

However, we can discuss a few of the main reasons why roof prices can vary from job to job and inform you what factors can determine the final bill in relation to your property.

Size of the roof

We will start with the most obvious factor; it goes without saying that, the larger the surface area of the roof in most circumstances, the larger the bill.

The bigger jobs often take longer to install and therefore incur greater labour charges. These jobs may also demand more manpower in order to ensure that the structure of the roof is covered and waterproof at all times until the work is complete. Another point is that the amount of materials required would also increase.

Roof type

Regardless of the location where you live, there will be a variety of types of roof installed in that area. All of these types can differ in their shapes, sizes and life expectancies as well as the properties to which they are fitted, and these are all factors which can influence the total cost of installation.

You can find a useful guide to the lifespan of roofing tiles and slates on the Roof Stores website. On a roof, older slate is often placed with newer slate (Spanish and Chinese slate are the most common types), or a manmade slate such as Rivendale or Eternit.

In some cases, it’s also possible to strip the roof back to replace all of the older damaged slate and reinstall the good slate. Slating is an art and can take much longer than normal tiling, as slates all need to be graded first and are installed differently to roof tiles.

Slate should be installed by a specialist slater whose rates are significantly more than those of a tiler. Natural Spanish slate tops the price scale for slates that are more easily obtained in the UK, followed closely by Chinese slate, although many people believe it lacks the same quality as the Spanish slate.

Rivendale is a manmade slate which is designed to mirror the appearance of natural slates and sits in the middle of the price scale. Rivendale delivers a fantastic performance – but, in most instances, natural slate should outlast manmade slates.

Eternit is a low-cost, manmade slate with a lifespan significantly lower than that of Rivendale or natural slate. If you happen to be on a budget, Eternit can reduce your cost by thousands.

Concrete tiles, such as modern and double Roman tiles, are probably the most common tiles installed and can be reasonably priced, with a decent life expectancy when installed correctly and on the right roof.
Finally, clay tiles such as plain, pan and Rosemary tiles should have a long lifespan and are more costly to purchase than concrete tiles. Rosemary tiles are particularly small in profile, so this significantly increases the number of tiles necessary for covering a roof. As a result, it is necessary to purchase more tiles and so increase the time over which the roof will be installed.

Location

This factor can determine what type of tile may be required for your property’s roof installation. Your roof could be within a conservation area where the rules stipulate that you change like for like – and, if this is slate or clay Rosemary, you may have to dig deeper in order to fund the project.

Just as importantly, prices will differ depending on where you live in the UK. For example, labour prices in London will be greater than the cost of roofers in Edinburgh. Material costs can fluctuate across the country, so your own outlay can rely just on the manufacturer and prices in your area.

Quality of the workmanship, materials and installation

The common mantra that “you get what you pay for” certainly applies in the world of roofing. This includes the materials that are used – and you should remember that no two quotes are like for like. Different roofing firms will use alternative methods for installing new roofs, as well as have different manufacturers or suppliers and use different materials.

This is why you should always receive a method statement at the point of pricing so that you understand what you will get for your money and can benefit from a full guide concerning what work they will carry out. In most instances, the cheapest quote will not represent the best value for money in the long run.

Finally, checking that your roofers are fully trained, insured and reputable can save you a lot of hassle – as, unfortunately, there’s no shortage of cowboys and fly-by-nights in the roofing industry. A reputable firm should be able to provide you with all of the information that you need to verify their credentials before you make your decision.

Another costly part of your project will be the scaffolding required. With regards to scaffolding, the more lifts needed and the larger the property, the greater the bill will be. Additional scaffolding will be required around chimneys and dormers and on roofs with a steeper pitch.

Scaffolding and unforeseen circumstances

Conservatories and lower-level extensions can also affect access and would most likely add to the amount of scaffolding required as well as the cost for skips, waste removal and a bumper lift.

Most importantly of all, always budget for more than what the roofing firm has estimated for your roof works in case of unforeseen circumstances. A roof that has been stripped back and exposed can throw up unexpected issues from time to time.

If your roof is particularly old and has long been neglected, don’t be surprised if you notice that water has penetrated the roof due to failures over the years. It’s not uncommon for timber treatments and replacements to be required once the roof is opened up with the aid of scaffolding.

It’s clear, then, why it is important to arrange for a professional to survey all aspects of your roof to prevent or reduce the risk of later, unforeseen costs.

The firm Findley Roofing & Building recently uploaded a YouTube video showing how woodworm had infested a roof in North Shields. Findley staff had opened up the roof and found this common, wood-eating beetle larvae.

The video also explains how Findley, which serves homes in North East England as well as areas further afield, can tackle the issue of a woodworm infestation. The firm offers specialised timber treatment whereby it can spray affected timbers internally to kill the larvae.

If you have problems or concerns with your roof or you have not had it checked for a while, you could arrange for a local roofing company to survey that roof. Findley Roofing & Building is an example of a company that offers this service for free.

Even if damage is indeed uncovered, having your roof replaced, should this be necessary, is financially easier than you might think. Findley offers a range of Newcastle roofing finance packages which allow the firm’s customers to pay cost-effectively for roof improvement.

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How Virtual Reality is revolutionising Aarsleff Ground Engineering’s workspace

December 12th, 2018 No comments

Aarsleff Ground Engineering have invested in a state-of-the-art virtual reality room to develop and enhance the knowledge and skills of its estimators and engineers. With technology already transforming how people interact and live their lives, Aarsleff Ground Engineering is taking the virtual reality (VR) technology to a whole new level.

Within Aarsleff’s head office in Newark Nottinghamshire, the Virtual Reality room – now known by its employees as the ‘VROOM’, uses three-dimensional simulation and data mapping technology to bring project drawings to life. Currently, the technology aids Estimators in their project proposals, allowing staff to visit project sites, observe site access points to determine appropriate rig type, and see the surrounding environment before ever having to step foot on site.

Aarsleff Ground Engineering have teamed up with leading UK 3D technology and software development studio Luminous Group to develop a virtual reality application that will enable Aarsleff’s clients to “virtually” visit their construction site. Users will be able to experience and interact with the ground engineering specialist’s disciplines, from the stabilisation of a slope with ground anchors and soil nails and the installation of a steel sheet or king post wall, to the driving of a precast concrete pile and the filling of an abandoned coal mine with drilling and grouting. Soon, the new application will allow Aarsleff’s existing customers and potential clients to understand the process on site.  The benefits are hoped to be three-fold – the customer’s confidence in the product should increase, as should they feel part of its production process, new employees can benefit from an engaging induction and existing staff members can be inspired by exemplary experiences within the workplace.

Managing Director Kevin Hague said: “In embracing VR, we also hope to tackle the challenge that ‘young people are not interested in construction’ by rolling out the virtual application at careers fairs and university shows. Students and aspiring engineers will be able to walk around on an Aarsleff site, helping them to understand several ground engineering disciplines and learn about the machinery operated on site – all whilst in a safe and engaging way”

Aarsleff’s Marketing and Communications Manager Jessica Banham further adds:

“The possibilities of VR are endless, and it’s really important that we engage with it now. We’re utilising the technology internally first to bring a new dimension into our estimating process, however we envisage the technology being used for company marketing, Health and Safety inductions, site training and other applications in the near future. Watch this space”.

Ben Bennett, founder of Luminous Group said:

‘We’re delighted to be working with Aarsleff Ground Engineering, they’re a terrific company who are ahead of the curve in embracing virtual reality for their sites.

‘We’re just at the beginning of our journey with them and it’s great that they’ve already identified so many potential areas that our technology can aid them with, and there’s no doubt there are likely applications that haven’t even been thought of in the industry yet. VR really is the future of several sectors and construction is certainly one of them.’

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Get more done with GPS time and location tracking from Hubstaff

December 5th, 2018 No comments

The construction industry has seen a decrease in productivity in recent years. Aside from labor shortages and outdated safety standards, ineffective project management is a huge obstacle to a more efficient workflow.

According to PlanGrid’s report on construction productivity, an alarming 37% of respondents reported wasting too much on administrative tasks. That’s partially due to a reliance on paper-based processes.

Constantly monitoring a team’s progress consumes a huge chunk of the project managers’ time and effort. On top of that, owners and managers have to make sure that every hour is accounted for, and that the project doesn’t go over the budget.

From a bird’s-eye perspective, it’s easy to see that not making use of modern digital tools can cause major setbacks to unlocking better productivity.

This is why time tracking and productivity software like Hubstaff was created: to help construction teams overcome these challenges and increase their work efficiency.

Accurate tracking of hours down to the second

 

Manual time tracking methods are unreliable. Not only are they difficult to organize, but they are also susceptible to discrepancies caused by human error.

At the core of Hubstaff is an accurate time tracking app. It easily eliminates the trivial and draining task of going through paper time cards to make sure that everyone is clocking in eight hours per day. Track time from your browser, desktop, or mobile, even when you’re offline.

Hubstaff’s time tracker is remarkably simple to use. It’s a start-stop button with a list of all the tasks assigned to that team member. With Hubstaff, you can view specific team members’ work hours, along with all time tracked toward a project, and everything in-between. Streamlined time tracking ensures that every hour worked is recorded and paid.

Easy-to-use scheduling and online timesheets

 

Scheduling is a central component of construction projects. It dictates how quickly you can get a job done, and who is available without hitting overtime. Scheduling can also become time-consuming if not closely monitored.

You can create team schedules right in Hubstaff. These include one-time and recurring work hours, as well as holidays. Hubstaff also sends alerts when anyone is late or has missed their shift.

The online timesheets that Hubstaff generates are easy to understand. They can be accessed by account owners or managers anytime they need verification on which employee has worked how many hours. Hubstaff’s online timesheets remove the guesswork from the process, which is often one of the more stressful aspects of being a manager.

GPS location tracking to monitor team progress

 

Checking in to see what the construction team is doing throughout the day will burn through precious work hours. And asking each and every team member what they have accomplished for the day is a tedious task.

Due to the nature of work in construction, team location tracking is an ideal time-saver. Hubstaff monitors where everyone on the team works or has worked via GPS location services. This can then be accessed by the business owners and the project managers at any time.

For business owners, a history of where the contractors have worked can assure them that schedules are being met and a project is on track. For contractors, on the other hand, location data and time tracked gives a clear, easy record for their workday. They don’t have to keep mental track or remember to fill out a paper timesheet at the end of the day. Hubstaff takes care of it for you.

Automated payroll and invoicing

 

The inconveniences that come with outdated time cards and paper-based processes extend beyond inaccurate hours. Per this article by Zlien, it takes an average of 73 days for construction companies to get paid. That’s more than two full months.

With Hubstaff, the payment contractors will receive is based on their hourly rate and the hours they have worked. This is processed automatically by the app. You can even add timesheet approvals so that you see every timesheet before it’s paid.

Invoicing with Hubstaff is also organized and accurate. It allows contractors to create a list of their clients and set unique billing rates for each. From there, Hubstaff will automatically compute the total charges. All that’s left is for the contractor to send the invoice and the work is done.

Effective project budgeting and cost management

 

It’s important to constantly check if the team is operating well within the budget. However, keeping track of time and expenses can become more difficult over time. This leads to miscalculations, which can lead to delays in schedule.

Equipped with a fully automated budgeting capability, Hubstaff makes project cost management easier. Contractors can set expense and hourly limits, effectively preventing employees from working excess and unnecessary hours. The time limit can be overridden in case someone in the team is required to put in extra work.

Hubstaff will send notifications if the project is nearing its budget limit. Instead of constantly worrying about the project costs, managers can instead pay closer attention to the team and make sure that they are working efficiently.

Why construction teams love Hubstaff

 

A lot of the work in construction project management is time-consuming, tiring, and repetitive. Hubstaff automates these processes and delivers quicker, more precise results. It ensures accuracy in the time and work put in by the team, simplifies payments, and mitigates budgeting problems.

With its features built for contractors, Hubstaff is a complete team management software that’s excellent for mobile teams. Hubstaff enables project managers to focus on more relevant tasks, while streamlining the way a construction team works.

By having more time to invest in more impactful responsibilities, construction teams can operate more smoothly and take a significant step toward better productivity.

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Top Mini-Golf Courses Designed by Architects

December 4th, 2018 No comments

Top Mini-Golf Courses Designed by Architects

If you are looking to create a bespoke course for your clients, it is understandable that you turn to the professionals in the field. There are many ways to present a crazy golf experience to your audience but if you want to be seen as unique, providing a mini-golf experience like no other, an architect designed course is likely to be a fantastic option.

When you think about the number of top crazy golf courses in London, some are working hard to stand out from the crowd. There are many ways that a mini-golf business can differentiate itself, look at plonkgolf.co.uk to see a business which offers fun and excitement, and the layout of the course is one of the variables.

Hiring a well-regarded architect to design a mini-golf course could be expensive, but it all depends on what you deem to be value for money. If you think that the experience created by the architect will see people choosing your golf course over rival courses, it could be money well spent.

A challenging golf course promotes itself

Aficionados of mini-golf may know the names of the leading architects and the best-designed courses, but it is likely that a challenging or fun golf course will sell itself. In the social media era, you will have people lining up to share images and video content of a fantastic golf course, and this will provide you with the chance to reach new people and market yourself.

User-generated content is fantastic for many businesses and if your mini-golf course has content provided by your customers, you should take advantage of it. Share this content and tag the customers into the post, as this will make it more likely they will share your posts. This will place your golf course in front of more people while acting as a personal recommendation.

People want to see images and video clips of interesting mini-golf courses

In the social media era, it is natural that many people are wary of promotional claims and activities. However, there is a lot to be said for word-of-mouth reviews or praise which appears to come from a person. User-generated content fits this bill and having a fantastic looking or challenging mini-golf course can provide you with a greater level of interest that you would have received from a standard mini-golf course.

One time when London came alive with crazy golf courses designed by famous names and leading architects happened in 2016 for the London Design Festival. This event saw famous design names like Zaha Hadid, Mark Wallinger, Tom Dixon and Paul Smith create a hole of their own.

Given the respect that these names are held in, many people would attend just to see what they have created. However, given that these are names of people highly regarded for their design skills and strengths, there is no doubt that people will want to play on golf courses devised by these people.

You may not necessarily associate architects with designers but there are some fantastic mini-golf courses that have been designed by famous names and highly skilled professionals.

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KEEPING YOUR SITE SECURE OVER CHRISTMAS

December 4th, 2018 No comments

KEEPING YOUR SITE SECURE OVER CHRISTMAS

Winter is upon us, Christmas looms and many sites are preparing to shut down for an extended break. Then January and February come round with the worst of the weather, especially in the northern part of the country, which can cause temporary site shutdowns in a freeze or snowy conditions. But are you prepared???  Leigh Hooper of site security experts, Clearway, has some simple reminders to keep your site secure and protected over the holiday break or through a winter freeze when work might be put on temporary hold.

Did you know, according to the last survey by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB)1, two of the most common forms of crime in the construction industry are theft and vandalism? These crimes contribute to the sector suffering millions of pounds’ worth of losses every year, not just due to the financial cost of replacement or reparation, but also the resulting extra penalties such as increased insurance premiums and project delays.

Theft alone is estimated to cost the UK construction industry more than a staggering £800m annually4 according to statistics from insurer Allianz Cornhill at the end of last year, although it’s hard to get an accurate figure as the CIOB believe many of these crimes go unreported. However, the CIOB survey highlighted theft as the most common construction industry crime with one fifth of responders experiencing it weekly and a shocking 92% affected weekly, monthly or annually.  Most responders were unable to put a specific cost on theft and vandalism to their individual business but 1 in 10 reckoned it was at least £100,000 pa.

With the uncertainty of Brexit causing fluctuations in the financial markets and on the Pound, thus impacting on the cost of materials, and concern around the future availability of skilled foreign tradespeople in the workforce, and the deadline for withdrawal almost upon the UK, the impact that losses such as this could have on some companies in the construction business, and the tight margins common in the industry, could be the tipping point for some.

Construction sites can be easy targets. The main reason is that they typically lack proper security and loss prevention practices. Studies have shown that simple security lapses are among the leading causes of construction site theft:

 

 

  • Poor overall site security
  • Open cabs, sheds, or containers providing easy access to thieves
  • Multiple pieces of equipment sharing the same keys or keys kept in obvious locations
  • Unsecured jobsites, particularly at night and over weekends or holiday shutdowns

Thieves target materials like copper and other metal supplies as much, if not more than they do equipment, although tool theft is currently at an all-time high according to the Federation of Master Builders in their latest report in October 20183 and there are over 7,000 reported metal related thefts per month.

No matter what they are attempting to thieve, most criminals have been conditioned to believe that construction sites are easy targets. The sad truth is that, for the most part, they’re correct. If you don’t want your site becoming a costly statistic, you might want to try implementing some of these preventive measures either over the Christmas break, anticipating possible restricted working in January or February bad weather, or indeed for the duration of the development.

  • Keep your site illuminated even when it’s closed

Thieves count on being able to remain inconspicuous. They like dark, unprotected jobsites where they can get in and out undetected. Bear in mind that most construction site thefts are committed by employees or other people with enough access to the site to know their way around in the dark. Even if they think someone might be watching, most thieves will seek out easier targets, especially knowledgeable employees, so don’t make life easy for them.

  • Plan ahead

Don’t keep an excess of supplies sitting around. If you can, purchase or delay delivery of what you need for when you need it so it isn’t sitting there waiting to be stolen for weeks at a time. This obviously requires good planning and communication between you and your suppliers but why leave temptation lying around?

  • Have a fortress mentality

Ensure your perimeter fencing and access gates are strong and as secure as possible and  carry prominent warning signs that CCTV is in operation.  The fewer access gates, the better.

 

 

  • Remove temptation

Lock all tools and small or valuable equipment or materials away securely, or remove from the site to safe storage if possible.

  • Keep out!

Consider temporary concrete barriers to block entry to the site. This will prevent ingress of vehicles and make it more difficult to load any heavy or bulky materials. They can be easily  and quickly  positioned and removed and are such a simple solution for a closure of a couple of weeks or so.

  • We’re watching you!

Install a mobile CCTV camera tower.  There has been endless ongoing debate about the value of CCTV in the prevention and solving of crime but there is no doubt it definitely works.  In fact the College of Policing reckons it can be most valuable in deserted or open spaces, e.g. car parks2, where figures have shown a demonstrable reduction in vehicle break-ins and theft, and it’s most effective in partnership with good site lighting. Why would thieves target a difficult to access site that is well lit, with remote cameras and movement sensors surveying everything, when they can find a dark, unsecured alternative?

For construction sites, mobile surveillance units using solar powered camera towers are an ideal solution for temporary use and MSUs can be moved as the construction site transforms throughout the project. For more extensive sites, designate areas to park vehicles and store equipment and materials and target those locations with the camera tower. The cameras give virtually 360? coverage with movements sensors and those from Clearway run with an extensive battery life and are remotely monitored 24/7 so any intrusion is immediately spotted and reported to either police or mobile security patrol units to deal with.

Managers and owners are entitled to a peaceful break, or any time away from their sites  without having to worry about what they’ll find, or rather not find, when they get back to work… and having a sense of security is so easy to achieve.  There’s a simple security solution for everything, you just need to consult the experts!

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TIMco BECOMES UK SUPPLIER FOR PASLODE

December 3rd, 2018 No comments

TIMco, one of the UK’s largest independent wholesale suppliers of screws, fixings, ironmongery and power tools accessories, has become the UK supplier of Paslode nails and fuel cells, for use in nail guns.

Paslode, a division of Illinois Tool Works (ITW), is a manufacturer of innovative fastening solutions and services. As the pioneer of fuel powered cordless tool technology and patented fastener technology, Paslode delivers a broad range of performance-proven, high quality fastening solutions.

The partnership stems from TIMco’s desire to provide a wide range of product alternatives, taking both competitive price points and system driven solutions into account.

Sales Director of TIMco, Simon Rance comments: “We are committed to delivering the very best quality products in the market to our customers, and the Paslode range supports our desire to do just that. We recognise that consistency of delivery is very important for many of our customers who already purchase Paslode branded nail guns and so we’re delighted to be offering them the option to purchase Paslode branded nails and fuel cells along with our growing FirmaHold range. A huge advantage of the advantage of buying Paslode from TIMco is that one box can just be ordered. We look forward to introducing this quality product to our existing customer base and have every confidence that it will be a success.”

Paslode will be available to purchase from November 2018 and will feature in TIMco’s 2018/19 catalogue.

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5 Great Challenges You’ll Face During Any Bathroom Remodel (And How To Solve Them)

November 30th, 2018 No comments

5 Great Challenges You’ll Face During Any Bathroom Remodel (And How To Solve Them)

 In a home renovation, the bathroom is often subject to a sharp intake of breath from project planners, labourers and homeowners alike. It goes without saying that a bathroom remodel is one of the more challenging aspects of renovation, fraught with challenges and potential disaster.

In this post, we’ll draw on some interior design expertise to outline how you can solve these issues during the remodel, leading to a stress-free new bathroom for any type of property.

Challenge #1: Dodgy plumbing

It’s not unreasonable to expect that the previous owners’ plumbing work isn’t the best, so you should prepare for a longer-than-expected bathroom remodel if some pipes are leaky or rusty.

Make sure you budget for these setbacks and they won’t be nearly as annoying when they arise mid-project with half a bathroom torn out and a family’s home life totally upended.

Challenge #2: Damp, mould and horrors untold

A large percentage of the UK’s housing stock is very old indeed. 20% of homes in the UK were built before 1919, so it follows that such homes might have some issues with damp after standing proud for 99 years or more.

Ground floor bathrooms might suffer from rising damp, which seeps up from groundwater – but they’re more likely to suffer from damp resulting from some less-than-perfect plumbing following almost a century of use.

For your bathroom remodel, you should first wipe up any mould with bleach-based spray, then think about ventilation solutions such as a more powerful extraction fan (if your bathroom doesn’t have a window, common in some converted Victorian terraced houses) or even some anti-damp sealant that’ll banish the problem for the long term.

Challenge #4: A drainage disaster

An improperly fitted drainage system can make the above problem a whole lot worse, and is often the source of great plumbing peril. An aesthetic upgrade to a bathroom can be ruined by an old shower drain blocked up with decades of hair and other detritus, so your first port of call is to unblock and clean, as this may well give it a few more years of use.

If you have to replace the whole bathroom drainage system, make sure you have a professional in to do it properly. This will ensure that the process happens a lot more quickly and disruption in the home can be massively reduced. A proper drainage system is a cornerstone of a damp-free, hygienic home – so don’t do it on the cheap.

Challenge #5: Being unrealistic

Your dream bathroom might be a luxurious, spacious affair with plenty of indulgent touches. However, you might end up having to compromise with regards to space, as bathrooms, especially in older houses, tend to be on the small side.

Some bathroom supply companies have started to use AR smartphone apps so that potential buyers can visualise exactly how that new toilet or whirlpool bath will fit in the bathroom, solving this problem. However, for now, a foolproof option is measuring out the whole space and working out the ergonomics of everyday use, so you’re not left with a new bathroom that’s awkward to navigate.

 Once these challenges have been addressed, you’ll be free to embark upon a bathroom remodel that’ll leave your clients with a superb, long-lasting and functional part of their home.

Author bio:

Moosa Adam works at 1 Click Bathrooms, the UK’s online one-stop shop that helps homeowners build their dream bathroom piece by piece.

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How to avoid winter roofing issues

November 29th, 2018 No comments

How to avoid winter roofing issues

Sometimes, when we think about winter and getting the house ready for it, the last part of our properties that we think of is the roof. We’re far too excited about getting the Christmas tree out of the loft and whacking the heating up full blast.

But just stop for a minute to think about what could possibly make or break the heat in your house – the roof. Heat rises naturally, so the quality and state of your roof can really make a difference to how warm you are this winter.

Sometimes, there is just no competing with the weather or nature, but hopefully, we can help you to find a way around it. Here are some of our top tips on how to avoid winter roofing issues and make sure your roof is truly ready for the coldest and most adverse time of year.

If you think your roof could be in need of professional help, have a look at these roofers in Newcastle upon Tyne.

Clear your gutters of clutter

This may be a step you’ve never even thought of, but it’s very simple and surprisingly effective in keeping your roof in tip-top shape this winter. All that you need to do is clear the gutters and roof of any debris such as leaves and dirt, and check regularly.

This will prevent water issues from within your pipes, and can also stop the impact of wintertime icicles from being so great. If icicles are left to grow, they can be a danger to the homeowner themselves and the quality of their pipes.

Invest in a high standard of ventilation

Condensation in the attic doesn’t just look unsightly – it can also cause significant damage if left to build up. We therefore suggest investing in a proper ventilation system that will help to prevent condensation and maintain heat, as well as cut down on your repair costs in the future.

Keep an eye and ear out for snow damage

One of the most common problems for roofs during the winter is the build-up of snow and ice, which if you’re from the North East, is a problem you’ll know all too well.

Problems usually start when the snow level reaches approximately two feet. The weight from snow can cause significant problems for your roof, including structural harm, ice dams and even potentially roof collapse.

Some things to look for regarding this issue are cracks, sagging or leaking. Listening out for sounds of popping or cracking is also a good indicator of damage, as are doors that stick.

Be mindful of the scope for wind havoc

Strong winter winds can also have a majorly negative impact on your roof. If the winds are strong enough, they can cause all sorts of wintertime debris to potentially puncture your roof.  A puncture in your roof can be extremely damaging and certainly will not keep your house warm!

If such problems occur for you, make sure you get in touch with suitably qualified and experienced roofers in Newcastle upon Tyne.  Don’t delay when this happens, as it is better to sort out a problem as soon as it appears and nip in it in the bud.

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Engineering sector’s astonishing gender pay gap

November 28th, 2018 No comments

Research conducted by one of the UK’s largest accountants has revealed that men in engineering earn up to 30% more than women in the same roles.

Hemel Hempstead-based SJD accountants has analysed salaries of both male and females in the sector revealing some astonishing figures.

According to the analysis females with job titles such as mechanical engineer or maintenance engineer earn almost a third less than males with the same occupation.

Derek Kelly, CEO of Optionis which owns SJD Accountancy said: “The gender pay gap has been a topic of increasing conversation, putting the difference in salary into real terms has been shocking.

“This information now highlights the genuine impact that this can have not only on employees but their families and long-term prospects.”

The gender pay gap has been an increasingly important and developing conversation for a number of years within the media and government.

Increasing pressure has been put on businesses to disclose their gender pay gaps and redress the balance to aim for more equal pay.

The survey by SJD Accountancy saw more than a 1,000 contractors questioned, and data gathered on their salaries to create a better picture of which sectors are closing the gap and which are still struggling to find parity.

To find out more details about your industry and the gender pay gaps SJD has launched an interactive tool, visit www.sjdaccountancy.com/gender-pay-gap-tool for more information.

Mr Kelly added: The tool helps to give workers, whether in permanent or temporary roles, more of an insight into the pay gap within their industry. This improves understanding of the pay issues within certain sectors.”

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Timber championed with the launch of WoodFest

November 26th, 2018 No comments

The North East will celebrate everything built with wood as the first WoodFest comes to Newcastle in December, with an exciting line-up of events organised by the UK timber industry’s campaign, Wood for Good.

WoodFest Newcastle will bring together architects, engineers, placemakers, planners, developers, contractors, politicians and local businesses specialising in timber to promote the innovative and striking ways that wood can be used in the built environment in the North East.

Christiane Lellig, Wood for Good campaign director, said:

“The first in a series of regional WoodFests, this as a fantastic opportunity to bring all those involved with the built environment to explore what industry and politics can achieve together.

“Each event is a chance to learn and share about the use of timber in architecture, particularly around health and wellbeing and offsite construction. It provides a platform to discover what’s happening in the region and to be inspired by timber design.”

The week begins with a behind-the-scenes tour of wood-based materials manufacturer, Egger’s site in Hexham on 10 December. In the evening, Dr Oliver G.F. Jones, architecture professor and expert in human-environment interaction at Northumbria University, will give the keynote speech at a seminar on wellbeing, residential design and healthy homes. Taking place at Ryder Architecture’s home in Cooper’s Studios, Westgate Road, Newcastle, Dr Jones will be joined by a panel of experts including local housing providers and design professionals to explore biophilic design, light, space and air quality among other issues.

Offsite construction steals the show on 12 December with an evening seminar debating whether modern methods of construction are the future for homes in the North East. Hosted by Ryder at Cooper’s Studios, an expert panel will explore Home England’s strategic plan incorporatin g offsite construction and will ask if it’s the silver bullet to deliver much-needed homes.

A site visit to the unique self-build home, Shawm House, takes place on 11 December. Designed by Newcastle-based MawsonKerr Architects, the timber home won four regional RIBA awards, a national RIBA award and was shortlisted for Grand Designs ‘House of the Year’ in 2017. This is a rare opportunity to hear the homeowner’s story and experience the house for yourself.

Taking place throughout the week is an exhibition at Cooper’s Studios, exploring healthy buildings and driving the design and construction quality agenda through the use of modern methods of construction.

The finale for WoodFest Newcastle is the Superwood Conference on Friday 14 December at Northumbria University, hosted by Confor. Looking at how forestry and timber can drive a low carbon economy, the conversation will explore the opportunities for increasing forestry in the North East and the lessons that can be learned from Scotland.

Speakers include Paul Brennan, MEP for the North East, Adam James from Ryder Architecture, Councillor Peter Jackson, leader of Northumberland County Council, Dr Dan Ridley-Ellis from Edinburgh Napier University, Beccy Speight from the Woodland Trust, Neil Sutherland from Makar, Stuart Goodall from Confor, Simon Hart from Egger Forestry and Christiane Lellig from Wood for Good.

WoodFest Newcastle is organised in collaboration with regional partners Constructing Excellence, Egger, Mawson Kerr, RIBA North East, and Ryder Architecture.

Book your place for the WoodFest Newcastle events here: https://woodforgood.com/index/woodfest-newcastle/

More information will be released soon about other regional WoodFests taking place throughout the country in 2019.

If you would like to get involved in WoodFest please contact Wood for Good campaign director, Christiane Lellig, at christiane.lellig@woodforgood.com

www.woodforgood.com

 

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