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How To Provide The Best CNC Machining and Milling Services

June 17th, 2020 No comments

If you are a manufacturer dealing in CNC services, then you want to make sure that you stand out from the rest.

The best way to make this happen is by providing exceptional services to your customers. This goes a long way in building your reputation as the best in this sector, hence promoting your business.

To do this there are some considerations that you must take in place. Here are some tips to providing the best CNC machining prototype services.

  • Have a thorough knowledge of CNC

No customer would like to get into dealings with a clueless manufacturer. The products that you are entrusted to make have a wide variety of use, some of which are vital such as in defense and aerospace industry, thus guesswork is not an option.

Therefore as an employer, you should ensure that your employees are qualified to handle their respective areas. They should possess the necessary certifications from the relevant training institutions.

Make certain that the documents are legitimate. Some people hire only those who have a certain amount of experience which is still beneficial as the more experienced they are, the more knowledgeable they are.

You should consider hiring both experienced workers and newbies as the latter are straight from training hence might have learned new ways of handling things better since the field is ever-evolving.

The new workforce with fresh energy also promotes productivity. Let the more experienced personnel handle the delicate parts that require a lot of expertise and the less experienced ones handle the other parts as they learn.

  • Offer a wide range of services

Different customers have different needs, to have more consumers you should be able to offer a variety of services that cater for their needs. This requires that you have a large skill-set.

In addition to this, quality should also be high. Hence you should use the latest technologies which are effective and efficient. The technical staff should be up to date on how to implement this.

Besides that, have a team of support staff trained to treat the customers well and handle their issues. This is important as they act as intermediaries between the consumer and the company to ensure the job is done to the customer’s satisfaction.

Creating a good experience will keep them coming back for your services. Ensure rapid response to consumers’ inquiries.

  • Create a conducive workplace

The workers spend most of the day at the workplace hence it’s only fair that you make it favorable for them. This boosts their morale and that translates to increased productivity.

It can be as easy as observing sanitation, having breaks in between sessions, and ensuring compliance with safety regulations. Provide them with the necessary gear such as gloves, helmets, aprons, and safety boots.

Fire extinguishers and emergency kits should be put in place in case any mishaps occur. Regular drills can be conducted to equip them with necessary skills that will enable them to safely evacuate the premises during emergencies.

Finally, ensure that all workers have full insurance cover for any accidents that might happen in the workplace. Get the license for operations and adhere to all the set rules and regulations.

  • Choose the best machines and quality materials

This is no doubt one of the most important considerations. The quality of the job done is highly dependent on the machine. Thus you should go for state-of-the-art machinery to produce exquisite output. A few things to consider to enable you to choose the right machine:

  • Precision – it should be able to implement the specifications given to the smallest details possible. For example, the dimensions and shape should be exactly as specified.
  • Capabilities- the machines are empowered with various capabilities that might make one more desirable than the other. For instance, some can change the tool in use based on the command given.
  • Speed – it should be fast enough to get the job done in good time. This might interfere with the accuracy in some cases thus it is wise that you strike a balance or even buy a slower one to ensure accuracy.
  • Efficiency- In terms of power consumption and machine utilization it should be efficient to avoid wastage and additional incurred costs.
  • Total cost- consider the overall cost which is made up of the price of the machine, cost of delivery, and additional accessories required for its operation.

Also, make sure the machine you buy can comfortably fit in the workplace without interfering with other equipment. For the raw materials used, make sure they are of good quality too. They should be having properties such as high durability and resistance to corrosion

  • Delivery

For maximum growth and profits, your scope of operation should be covering wide geographical regions.

One can be deterred from making an order if they are located far away from you. Offering delivery services will take care of this.

You can charge based on the distance and size of the package delivered. Deliveries to surrounding places should be done free of charge.

  • Provide extra services

While your job is to provide machining and milling services, it will be advantageous to both you and the customer to provide additional services such as installations, fabrication, and prototyping. In addition, you can also provide follow-up activities such as maintenance. This further builds good relations between you and your customers.

  • Price

While machining and milling processes are not cheap, the prices you charge should be affordable. This guarantees you customers’ loyalty and also attracts new ones. You can oversee this by offering considerable discounts based on consumption. Avoid overcharging people. Click here to see a few tips that might help you to get great services.


The CNC industry is a competitive one and so you have to be competent enough to thrive in it as a service provider. Consumers should be satisfied with the job you do. To ensure this, you must have proper skills, work equipment, and high-quality at the core of your operations. All these come at a high price hence you should be economical and use cost-reduction methods. Buy cost-effective machines and materials. Create and maintain an inward traffic flow of customers by using the tips above.



December 17th, 2018 Comments off


TIMco, one of the UK’s largest independent wholesale suppliers of screws, fixings, ironmongery and power tools accessories, has introduced the new innovative Ram Board Range, which will sit as part of their existing SHIELD range. The range will be dual branded as TIMco SHIELD Ram Board. TIMco has been awarded exclusivity to distribute Ram Board throughout the UK to independent builders merchants.

The Ram Board heavy-duty, temporary floor protection is engineered for contractors. It has been designed with both cost and efficiency in mind, lays out quickly and easily and is also re-usable and recyclable. It is also made from recycled material. Ram Board is non-staining and utilises its exclusive Flex-Fiber & Spill Guard technologies allowing for the curing of new floors on job-sites while resisting water, paint, mud and more. It also helps contractors looking to protect new or existing concrete, wood, tile, stone, linoleum, vinyl composition tile, epoxy and most other floor types, and supports waste packaging on sites.

Launching alongside the heavy duty floor protection will also be a selection of accompanying products; the first of which is a Seam Tape. With a generous width of 3 inches, the tape has plenty of allowance for joining the heavy-duty floor protection seams. The Kraft backing also makes it easy to tear off and install as well as making the product recyclable. Another product launching within the Ram Board range is the Multi-Cutter, used for the safe and accurate cutting of Ram Boards during fitting. The concealed integral blade reduces risk of personal injury and prevents damage to the surface being protected beneath the Ram Boards. Protecting door frames has become an essential part of renovating, moving and even new construction, and so the third product to launch alongside this collection is Ram Jamb – a heavy-duty door frame protector. Ram Board’s door frame protection is flexible and re-usable, with no tape or adhesive necessary.

Sales Director of TIMco, Simon Rance comments: “Over recent months, we have seen an increased demand for protective products for use on construction sites and for renovators and that’s why we decided to extend our SHIELD range by introducing the innovative Ram Board. This product is both easy to use and re-usable, making it a very cost-effective solution for construction sites. We are confident it will be a popular addition to our SHIELD range. We look forward to building our relationship with Ram Board and growing the TIMco SHIELD Ram Board brand.”

Ram Board is now available to purchase and features in TIMco’s 2018/19 catalogue.



December 14th, 2018 Comments off

The Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, the Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP has taken a strong stance on the issue of cladding and forcing the removal and reinstatement of a safer product.  For months James Brokenshire has been warning landlords of at-risk properties to get on and remove dangerous cladding.

Yesterday Brokenshire announced a change to the housing health and safety regulations to force the landlords to make good these works with no apparent financial risk to the leaseholders.

The Association for Residential Managing Agents (ARMA) welcomes the move as it has been lobbying for Government intervention ever since the Grenfell Tower tragedy.  Immediately after the tragic fire, ARMA flagged to Government the problem under leasehold as to who would likely pay for the cost of fire safety remedial works and that this could seriously delay remedial works.  ARMA has publicly asked for Government loans to be make available and for remediation to be taken into a national programme to avoid such delays as the safety of residents must always be the uppermost concern.

Dr Nigel Glen, Chief Executive Office of the Association of Residential Managing Agents (ARMA), comments:

“We congratulate the Government for taking this strong approach to ensure remedial works on affected buildings can get under way immediately. People need to know they are safe and able to live their lives.  We have always said time is of essence here and work should be completed first and then worry about who pays later. The costs to cladding removal has given many residents grave anxieties and now some headway should start to be made more quickly.

“The Secretary of State has said that ‘leaseholders must not pay’. We keenly await details of how that will work in practice given the structure of leasehold. For example, in the case of Citiscape in Croydon, the First tier Tribunal Property determined that the leaseholders were liable for the costs under the terms of their lease. That may well be the case across all the buildings under discussion, depending upon their leases.  And where Landlords are not the guilty party re installing the cladding is it fair that they will be expected to pay? Clearly there is more work to be done but this is a welcome and significant step.”


How much does a roof cost?

December 12th, 2018 Comments off

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.


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.


Does a tradesman really need insurance in the UK?

December 10th, 2018 Comments off

Working as a tradesman can be quite a perilous career choice. After all, whilst you may choose to solely work on housing projects, if you go into public projects, you can face heavy equipment, electrical rerouting, structural problems and potential hazards that could actually become a public threat or cause an accident. That is why you truly need to consider how helpful Tradesman Insurance can be to make sure that you and your workers are fully covered during all of your present and future projects.

Non-Negotiable Insurance

Whilst you may not think that you or your workers need insurance, it is important to keep in mind that over 64,000 non-fatal injuries happend to trade workers each year in the UK. If you want to take this risk, then you do not have to buy insurance. However, the government has made it a legal necessity to always possess Employers Liability Insurance  when you hire employees to work with you on your projects.

This insurance will make sure that your employees are fully covered if they are injured or become ill due to the work. This can be on or off site and you may even find that your former employees attempt to claim compensation for previous incidents. Not only can this save you from a hefty compensation bill, but it can also help you avoid the government from fining around £2500 a day for refusing to purchase this insurance.

Additional Insurance Options- Tradesman Insurance

Although you are only legally required to purchase Employers Liability Insurance, Tradesmen insurance ensures you’re covered whilst working and will give you peace of mind knowing that your finances will remain safe if you are asked for compensation. Your Tradesman Insurance can include:

  • An Employers’ Liability Extension
  • Tools and Equipment
  • Contract Works
  • Hire and Own Plant
  • Vehicle Insurance

If you are looking for a form of tradesman insurance which can be personalised to fit all of your business needs, why not start by looking online for an insurance comparison websites. Each of these websites will allow you to choose insurance policies that you can personally fit to your business.

Additional Liabilities

If you are looking for the essential insurances to include within your tradesman insurance, then you may also want to consider investing in Public Liability Insurance and Professional Indemnity Insurance. Not only will these policies protect you from any accidents that may happen to the public or your clients whilst you are on the job, but should your clients accuse you of any damage or any additional problems that have come about as a result of your work, then you will be financially covered if these complaints become lawsuits.

How much insurance do I need?

The amount of insurance that you will need will depend on the level of any future jobs that you undertake either as a sole trader or through a company. Your cover should reflect how much risk your projects actually pose to you, your employees and the public. The more risk there is, the more insurance you should have.


The Future Workplace: 4 Key Design Considerations

December 10th, 2018 Comments off



Building a workplace fit for the current working landscape and beyond is certainly a design challenge, but one that’s inevitable considering the changing face of work in the modern era.

This post will explain some key design considerations that construction companies and designers should be aware of, to make sure that workplaces are fully optimised in the future.



Place eco-friendliness at the core

No ifs ands or buts – new buildings must be eco-friendly. Whether you’re using less carbon or even striving to carbon-neutral status, offices, like other buildings, need to be built in harmony with the environment. This will lead to businesses having less of an impact on climate change – as well as benefiting from lower energy bills.

From the construction stage onwards, there are numerous ways you can reduce your building’s impact. Modular construction techniques, for example, outsource a lot of the actual construction to factories, so the immediate impact on the site’s surrounding area is reduced. In terms of design, eco-friendly windows and ventilation can help workers to keep cool (and avoid overuse of air conditioning in the process).

Promote wellbeing amongst workers

Many studies have been conducted that conclude with the same uncomfortable fact – working in an office is not beneficial to our long-term health. In order to combat these scary stats, new office buildings must leave ample room for various features that’ll improve health and wellbeing amongst workers.

From a quiet room where workers can find respite from a busy sales floor to a shower and changing area where active commuters (either cyclists or runners) can get ready for the working day, there are possibilities galore. This room could also be used as a secure space to store commuters’ cycling equipment, reducing the risk of theft when cycles are parked on the street outside.

Make it a flexible space

The age of the wholly open-plan office is coming to an end, following a recent groundswell of opinion against such workspaces. What should replace the open-plan era? Something flexible that allows for collaboration as well as singular focus.

Designers should consider walls that can be rolled back at will, to allow the space to be adapted for different circumstances and applications. Are half the team swamped by a high-pressure project? Create a room so they can focus, while the rest of the office can collaborate on other important issues.

A flexible workplace needn’t necessarily have a standard array of desks – you could opt for a ‘coffee shop’ style atmosphere instead, with collaborative tables and moveable furniture to encourage the free exchange of ideas. Make sure there’s high-quality Wi-Fi up for grabs throughout the building, as well as plenty of power sockets so that laptop-bound workers’ flows aren’t interrupted by a lack of power.

Make it accessible & ergonomic

A purpose-built office shouldn’t feel cramped or suffer from poor sight lines or a lack of access for disabled workers. Make sure there’s plenty of room for wheelchair turning circles, and that multi-level areas have ramps rather than steps.

In the same vein, the office should also be welcoming and bright – so leave plenty of room for floor-to-ceiling windows that allow generous amounts of light.


Following these forward-thinking considerations will lead to a workplace that is functional and future-proof – a winning combination at the heart of every successful office development.





Author bio:
Alex Jones is a features writer for Start Fitness – providers of running, cycling, gym, football and outdoor products.



Event Design: Constructing A Memorable Exhibition

December 6th, 2018 Comments off

Put in its simplest terms, event and exhibition design is focused on the reconstruction of a space, transforming it into a place that inspires and indeed optimises the overall attendee experience, whatever that might be.

When done correctly, a well designed and constructed event space can generate an atmosphere tailored for engagement and subsequent success, so today we’ll be focusing on all the essential core elements of event construction to ensure your next event goes off without a glitch.



Let’s start at the beginning, shall we? The space in which you’re working is the fundamental building block of your event, and every little nook and cranny should subsequently be explored and detailed.

A thorough understanding of the features and dimensions of your space will allow you to start planning all the logistics, being able to visualise key elements such as guest entry and exit points. Space management becomes a crucial part of the construction process here, with importance placed on finding a positive balance between furnished and empty space to create a seamless equilibrium that contributes to a hassle-free visitor experience.



Lighting is a key element of any event space and can be utilised to further the purpose of your event or exhibition.

The general atmosphere and mood of a space can be heavily impacted by lighting, so it’s vital that this isn’t a simple afterthought of the construction process. Experiment with external light sources to see what fits best with the purpose of your event – with options ranging from LED strips to spotlights, there’s bound to be something that fits the bill.

This doesn’t mean you should underestimate the use of natural light, however. Look at the entry points for natural lighting and consider how this will change throughout the day, optimising your layout plan to make the most of natural light entry points to enhance or alter your event’s overall aesthetic and mood.


You can further influence the tone and atmosphere of an event through a carefully constructed colour scheme. Tap into colour psychology to subconsciously influence your attendees and encourage active engagement with your exhibition.

Remember, a colour scheme should complement a room, not overwhelm it. Come up with a scheme that accents the represented brand and the overall purpose of an event, incorporating it into fundamental spacial elements such as lighting and signage. If there are multiple brands attending the event – for example, at a tradeshow – try and implement a neutral colour palette so that brands don’t feel they’re fighting against an obtrusive venue house style.


The most successful events pander to the senses – after all, we’re sensory beings. Consider a mixture of patterns and textures across the event to keep the senses of attendees tingling.

There are a variety of ways you can achieve this, once more depending on the overall purpose of the event in question. Whatever direction you ultimately decide upon, the eventual is the same – stimulation.

Use of music, either through playback devices or (if the budget allows it) performed live is a great means of engagement. Bear this in mind during the construction process, ensuring the logistical demands of either option are able to be accommodated.


For visual stimulation, consider embracing technology through large interactive screens, or bring in an eye-catching exhibition trailer for that extra ‘wow factor’. Whichever avenue you decide to explore further, it’s vital that you plan its incorporation well in advance, as the success of any event – and particularly one with interactive elements – depends partly on its pre-planning.

Following these construction tips will help you design an event or exhibition guaranteed to attract and engage, keeping people talking for days (or even weeks) to come.





Author bio:
Justin Isles is the Director of The Events Structure, the UK’s only single-source provider of state-of-the-art exhibition trailers, promotional vehicles and other event marketing solutions.

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

November 30th, 2018 Comments off

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.


How to avoid winter roofing issues

November 29th, 2018 Comments off

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.


Engineering sector’s astonishing gender pay gap

November 28th, 2018 Comments off

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 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.”