Rooflights – Common Questions

Rooflights are the ideal choice for rooms in your house that regular windows simply can’t illuminate. Rooflights are holes in roofs created specifically to let light through. Although the description is straightforward, it actually refers to a wide range of goods with various uses and prices that are hardly ever made by companies who make typical vertical windows. A rooflight can frequently be placed without obtaining planning approval because it falls within the category of permitted development. It is important to check with your local authority if they extend more than 15 cm from the roof slope or if you live in a conservation area. Prior to the introduction of pitched rooflights in the 1970s, the primary method of illuminating roof spaces involved dormer windows, which may be large, pricy,... Read More »

House Survey Common Problems

When buying a property a survey is a vital step in the process. Its purpose is to reveal any issues. Here are some of the most common issues and how you could deal with them should they arise.  Asbestos – Once praised for its durability, asbestos is now condemned. If asbestos is highlighted in your survey, you will need an appropriate specialist to contain or remove it.  Structural Movement – In extreme cases, parts of your home collapse. This can usually be spotted by cracks or other structural damage, and you would need to speak to a structural expert if flagged in your report.  Damp – This issue can vary in severity. You can instruct a specialist for a deeper specialist survey. This would give you more information on the... Read More »

House Rendering Explained

Rendering is a process to cover the exterior wall surface with either a mineral, silicone or acrylic coating. This gives the house protection against weathering and erosion. In the case of brick-faced homes, the bricks are manufactured with a form of glaze to offer some protection however when under constant attack from the weather after a few years the brick face can become eroded. The mortar joints between the bricks can also start to fail, these together can result in expensive repairs.  The cost to have your house rendered is going to be influenced by the size of the wall area, the current condition of the wall, access, and timescale to name but a few. According to Checkatrade.com, the cost is between £30-£60 per square metre.  It’s also worth considering... Read More »

Is the plumbing trade booming?

It’s well documented that experienced plumbers get paid a very good salary in the UK. In fact, the average plumber earns around £40,000 per year. But what about those who are just starting out in the trade? Are they doing as well as their more experienced counterparts? It seems that the answer is yes. According to a recent survey, the average salary for a newly qualified plumber is around £25,000 per year. This is a very good wage, especially when you consider that the median salary for all workers in the UK is just over £22,000. So, it seems that if you’re thinking about becoming a plumber, you can expect to earn a very good wage. And with the demand for skilled tradespeople continuing to grow, there’s no reason why... Read More »

How can an awning transform your garden?

If you’re like most homeowners, you probably think of your backyard as an extension of your living space. Maybe you use it to relax in the sun, have a picnic or just hang out with friends and family. But what if you could do more with your backyard? What if you could use it to increase your home’s value and make it more comfortable and attractive? You can, with the help of an awning. Elegance An awning can add a touch of elegance and class to your home, no matter what style it is. If you have a modern home, a sleek and simple awning can complement its lines. If your home is more traditional, you can choose an awning with more ornate details. Either way, an awning can give... Read More »