Roofing, DIY or DI – DONT

Having your roof replaced, either on your home, your business, or even just your garage, can be an expensive job, unfortunately if you leave it in a state of disrepair, your repair bill is likely to be significantly more than if you just pay to get it fixed as soon as possible.

It’s important to know exactly what work needs doing, whether you survey and decide by yourself or pay a roofing specialist such as salfordroofing.co.uk to come out and do an initial survey and quotation for you.

You need to find out exactly what needs to be replaced, when people say they are having their roof replaced, generally they are just having the tiles or the shingles replaced, but more rarely the whole roof including the rafters may also need replaced. It’s imperative that you find out every last thing which needs replaced and have it all done at once, otherwise you’ll need to rip your roof apart again to replace a part which was missed.

Have a full inspection done on all aspects of your roof including the shingles or tiles, the flashings, the rafters and any vents and seals which may be installed. Sometimes you may choose to replace the guttering and fascia at the same time as replacing other parts of your roof.

Once you know exactly what needs replaced, you need to start getting quotes from professionals, or if you choose to DIY you need to find out some extra things such as;

What tools and equipment are needed to perform the job correctly?

There are many tools required to do a good quality roofing job. It may be possible to hire the tools you need, because some of the tools could be extremely expensive to purchase, which might actually make the job more expensive than it would be if you paid a professional roofing company to carry it out.

Disposing of the old roofing materials.

If you’re removing a roof full of tiles or shingle, it’s important to dispose of the waste material correctly. Some of it may be able to be recycled, whilst other materials should go to landfill. If you’re replacing shingles then you need to ensure they do not contain asbestos, if they do you’ll need to have it professionally handled and disposed of, and wear the appropriate safety masks and clothing – asbestos can be very dangerous to your health.

How long will it take?

The last thing you want is to have half of your roof removed and the heavens to open above you soaking your loft space, and potentially leaking through your ceilings. If you can not complete the job in a timely fashion then we’d recommend a company does this for you – they will have the manpower to get the job done much quicker than a single person diy repairing their roof, and they will also have a system in place to carry on working, or protect your home in the event of rain or snow.

Cost

Be sure you know exactly what it’s going to cost before you start the work, running out of money before the work is complete could be catastrophic.

So, should you hire in a contractor?

Consider all of the above and ask yourself whether you can tackle it or not. In our opinion, roofing work is not something which should be attempted by an amatuer, working at hight can be dangerous and one wrong move could cause serious injury. You must also take into consideration the safety of the public and your family when you consider making do it yourself changes to a structural part of your home.

Power Flushing The Oldest Two-Pipe System In The Country

When it comes to cutting edge solutions to improving heating systems, Powerflush UK have the edge over the competition. As the only company in the UK who have the necessary specialist equipment to enable them to take on large scale commercial jobs of up to 300 radiators at a single time, they are leading the way in the power flushing industry.

Power flushing is often thought of as a solution for modern central heating systems, however Powerflush UK have proved that this is not always the case. The company is one of the UK’s leading experts in power flushing systems, and thanks to their impressive modern equipment, they are able to tackle power flushing jobs of all sizes, including those on a very large scale. Recently they successfully completed an especially exciting job which was truly one of a kind.

The Trent Building at Nottingham University boasts the oldest two-pipe heating system in the UK, having been installed in this elegant building in 1928. At the time of its installation, this was the most innovative, cutting edge solution to heating, and it has remained in place until the present day. Recently, this ancient system was struggling to function correctly, failing to produce the heat necessary for a university building. Having tried to rectify the problem without success, the building management despaired of finding a solution and were beginning to consider replacing the entire system.

Luckily, Powerflush UK were able to step into the breach with their high quality equipment to perform an effective power flush throughout the building’s central heating system. Despite the enormity of the job, Powerflush UK were able to completely remove over three quarters of a century of sludge and debris, making the system as good as new once more. The management team were delighted with the results and the historic heating system has been preserved for many years to come.

A power flush is the term given to an effective cleaning process which is able to remove any debris and deposits from a central heating system. Over time, sludge, rust and other contaminants are able to build up, and as a result, the efficiency of a heating system declines. The telltale signs that a central heating system may require treatment include loud noises from the boiler, discolouration in the water when the radiators are bled, cold patches on radiators and excessive time taken for the system to heat up. When all other remedies have failed to resolve the problem, a power flush is the obvious solution.

Power flushing allows the water to circulate effectively around the system once more by removing all contaminants. By connecting a high flow/low pressure pumping unit to the system and by adding powerful cleansing chemicals including a sludge crust remover, corrosion inhibitor and a descaler, the limescale and other debris is broken down and removed from the system leaving it free to function effectively once more. Not only can a power flush lower the cost of energy bills, but it also ensures that the system produces optimal heat.

Car Warranties – what to look out for

If you’re looking to buy a car warranty or extended car warranty, you really need to do your homework. Before you even think about signing anything, you need to shop around, check what types of deals are available and compare the features which each individual company offers.

It is often a much better idea to find an independent car warranty provider than to purchase through a car dealership, as the salesman in the dealership will often be adding a very large profit margin onto the real world cost.

Dealership provided warranties can also be lacking in features, but people can easily be blinded by the convenience and sales talk given by the salesperson – don’t fall into the trap, tell them you’ll consider it and get back to them, then shop around!

So, you’ve avoided the first mistake of taking what the dealer offers you without doing any homework, but what’s next?

Well – much like car insurance, you can search online and find a huge amount of companies who’ll offer what you want, but like everything, not all companies will be equal.

The main factor you’re going to want to look at is of course price, if you are money concious, but even if you have no money worries, and can afford a more expensive package, that isn’t always going to be the best way to go either, much like cheapest isn’t always the worst, most expensive isn’t always the best.

Firstly, compile a list of companies who offer a warranty service within your price range. Once you have this, list and compare all of the features they offer – if you’re not sure on something listed on their website, don’t be afraid to ring them, you can often get a simple answer over the phone, and you can also gauge how well they know their product.

Once you have a shortlist of companies who offer exactly what you need at a price you can afford, do some research on each of the companies, simply typing their name follow by the word “reviews” can be an easy way to find out how other people have found their services.

If a company has largely good reviews, keep it on your list, one with a majority of poor reviews should be struck off, you’re looking for a service which will save you money in the long run, one with poor customer reviews is unlikely to be the best choice, and the hassle you may have should you need to claim will not be worth it.

Once you’ve got your shortlist, ring them! Start with the most expensive, tell them you are looking at a few companies and company x is cheaper, do they have any form of price match or discount available, even if they beat the cheapest price, thank them and say you will get back to them.

Repeat this process with the whole list until you have the cheapest price available, and, as long as everything else checks out – reviews, features etc, then you’ve found the best company for you.

It may take you a couple of hours but it could save you hundreds!