Monthly Archives October 2013

The Metal Roof Myths: What Not To Believe

It would be fair to say that metal roofs have progressed a lot over the last few years and if you were to analyse most of the ‘contemporary’ homes that are popping up around the country, you’d probably notice that a lot of these benefit from a roof of this type. Nevertheless, they are still one of the least popular coverings in the construction market. In fact, it could be said that many people don’t even consider using a metal roof, with the industry plagued by various myths that are simply no longer true. Roofing professionals like Jacksonville roofing can help clear up any of your misconceptions about metal roofing and help you decide if it is the best option for you. Here, we’ll take a look at some of these myths to highlight the fact that metal roofs do have potential and deserve to be used more in the current industry.

Myth #1 – Metal roofs are expensive Some would argue that there is an element of truth in this as it cannot be argued that metal roofs are more expensive than the typical shingle or tile roof. However, the point we’re trying to make is that prices are coming down and when you think about the lower maintenance costs and the longer lifespan, the overall figures don’t actually look that bad.

Myth #2 – Metal roofs are noisy This is a perfectly legitimate thought as if you were to stand under a sheet of metal during a downpour, it would unquestionably make a considerable racket. There was once a time where metal roofs were incredibly noisy, but modern construction techniques means that this is no longer an issue. Most metal roofs have considerable insulation underneath, meaning that you’ll barely be able to tell the difference between these and your standard tile roof from a noise perspective.

Myth #3 – Metal roofs are poor from an energy efficiency perspective The fact that most people in the US purchase a metal roof to cut their air conditioning costs immediately dispels this myth. Of course, AC units are hardly common in the UK household, but the general consensus is that metal roofs will help retain a building’s heat which could actually save on energy bills.

Myth #4 – Metal roofs rust quickly This myth has arisen from the main maintenance issue with these roofs, rust. Ask any roofing contractor what their main problems are in relation to these roofs and they’ll probably to struggle to name several. Rust is the only serious concern for the metal roof owner but as long as it is coated in the right preservatives, it still isn’t a major issue and it certainly isn’t fair to attribute this as a big problem.

Myth #5 – Metal roofs promote lightning strikes This is perhaps the most ridiculous myth of the lot, but some people still speculate that metal roofs can increase the chances of your home being struck by lightning. While it is true that a metal roof would conduct electricity, it doesn’t make the likelihood of your home being hit any more serious. Even if the worst did happen, the structure of the roof means that it would not be affected and stories of them bursting into flames or anything else along those lines are completely fictitious.

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Could Mezzanine Floors Be the Answer for the Modern House?

They were once reserved for industrial buildings, but mezzanine floors are now slowly making their way into homes up and down the country. The fact that they don’t require planning permission and provide a homeowner with additional space that once didn’t look possible means that they are becoming increasingly popular. If you take a look at these designs you’ll see just how much glamour the typical mezzanine floor can inject into a house, as we now take a look at some of the common instances where homeowners opt to install one of these into their property.

When that loft conversion isn’t possible…

It’s no secret that loft conversions are the big renovation project at the moment. While the property market is improving, many homeowners are still looking to reap as much value from their existing building. A loft conversion proves the perfect way to achieve this, although there are some cases in which it’s not structurally possible to convert this area. Usually, this will be because of the shape of the roof and means that that the conversion would only realise a small amount of space, that would not be economically viable.

Therefore, a mezzanine floor can be the perfect alternative. You’d still suffer the same problems with space, but you could at least position it to create it into a gallery which overlooks another room.

When you reside in a listed building…

Listed buildings can be absolute pains to own and the amount of restrictions you’ll have to deal with will be bordering on the ridiculous. One of the big drawbacks about these buildings is that they generally have very low ceiling beams, which cannot be removed due to their listing. This is where the mezzanine floor can be the perfect solution and even if some of these beams are preventing you from creating a full second floor, you can use the mezzanine to just build around the beams and take advantage of the space that is available.

When you are building your home in stages…

If you ever manage to build your own home, especially in the present economic climate, then you will have achieved something that a lot of people could only dream of. There’s no doubt that it takes a huge financial commitment and for some people, it’s just not possible to construct their house immediately. This is why building and designing a home in stages has become much more appealing, with many constructing the ground floor before progressing onto the upstairs when their finances permit.

This is prime time for a mezzanine floor to be appropriate. While you will have to take advice from structural engineers and architectural metalwork specialists, you can install a mezzanine floor in the near future rather than waiting years for that full-scale second floor extension. Additionally, as a mezzanine only covers a small portion of the room, you’ll be able to comfortably occupy the ground floor of your home while the construction work commences.

When you just want to add a unique touch to your home…

Alternatively, some will just turn to this option when they want something unique to shout about. While we have noted examples of mezzanine floors acting as direct replacements for the whole of a second floor, a lot of homeowners simply turn to the solution to add a unique touch to their property. If constructed correctly, they can make fantastic additions to both modern and traditional dwellings. Many simply use them as a gallery to overlook other areas of the home, but the possibilities within mezzanines are terrific and if you do have the budget and property to invest in a ‘premium feature’ – they should definitely be considered.

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5 Considerations before Purchasing Your New Windows

One of the biggest drawbacks associated with the lightening progression of construction technology is that building, or altering a home, has become so much more difficult. In relation to windows, which is what this article is going to largely concentrate on, the situation is much different to what it was a couple of decades ago and the amount of available options is frightening.

Something that can make the decision making process that little bit easier is to decide exactly what you want to achieve from your windows, both from an aesthetics and usability point of view. We’ve therefore put together five factors you should consider if you are on the hunt for some new or replacement windows.

Type

The biggest decision you’ll have to make relates to the type of window. There are now countless varieties on the market such as bi-folding doors, and PVCu windows – or if you are looking for something in between, perhaps consider French doors. Alternatively, for those homeowners who are looking simply for a window, there are now casements, tilt-and-turn, sash or just standard fixed options on the market. Each one holds its own pros and cons and for a more in-depth view on which will work for your home, perhaps consider taking a look at this article which covers the issue more thoroughly.

Frame

Once you have established the type of window you’re going to opt for, it’s all downhill. This next consideration simply relates to the style and while the most common choice is now PVCu, some people may opt for aluminium or solid wood. We should state that the latter is particular expensive and for cost and maintenance reasons, PVCu does generally trump all other frame finishes and the fact that you can now purchase it in multiple colours and finishes means that its popularity has surged again.

U-Value

While it might not be at the forefront of your mind during the buying process, the thermal efficiency of your windows should be a key factor. During the middle of winter, when you’re sat by your new windows, you will certainly regret not paying attention to the U-values of the product you purchased. Additionally, the stringent nature of Part L of the building regulations means that your windows must have a minimum U-value rating for your property to be legal.

Trickle Vents

If your home suffers from a lack of ventilation or condensation, you should undoubtedly consider purchasing windows with trickle vents. The vents are positioned just above the main pane of glass and can be left open or closed, while you’ll barely notice a difference if it’s the former. They can practically eradicate any condensation and most homes which have had new heating systems installed can benefit tremendously from them.

Glazing

As you may have gathered from a couple of paragraphs ago, the building regulations now do not permit single glazed windows. Therefore, you need to consider whether you will opt for the now-standard double glazing, or opt for something that’s even more efficient in the form of triple glazing. Needless to say, the latter will hit your wallet harder, but for heat retention and sound insulation reasons it can make all the difference.

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