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Why Does The Chimney Leak?

One of the most common issues for a roof is getting a leak. If nothing is done about it, then it can cause further problems down the line. This could be anything from mould and damp, to more serious issues like damage within the structure. Quite often, the chimney is at risk. Unfortunately it is an area of the roof which isn’t really thought about, but it is an important factor.


Sometimes a leak can appear, quite often due to permeable masonry or flashing that is worn out. It can be an easy fix, having the flashing replaced with more durable materials, along with any gaps fixed with a high quality sealant. The mortar joints can also be affected due to the excess heat from the fireplace. This isn’t as common, but cracks can appear, which can allow the damp to seep through. If damp also affects the masonry it can cause the material to break away, making the chimney vulnerable.


The crown of the chimney protects the flue and masonry from bad weather. Eventually deterioration can set in, due to the expansion fluctuations from the temperature changes. If the crown starts to crack, you may be looking at a replacement crown. However if the damage is mild then it could be simple to fix the affected areas with cement. If your chimney is open ended, you are more likely to get a leak (as well as the occasional visit from birds or other small creatures). This is when you could consider a chimney cowl to prevent this.


If you need Chimney or Roof repairs in Bentwood, call the professionals at Pickett roofing, we will arrange for an inspection, then will be able to advise you on what to do and give you the reassurance you need.


Does Your Porch Need A New Roof?

The great thing about having a porch roof, is that it’ll keep you dry from bad weather whilst you are relaxing or simply picking up your post. However you may eventually see problems that can’t be simply fixed and therefore the porch roof may need replacing. There are some things to keep an eye out for, such as the roof leaking. You may spot water marks underneath. If it’s not the roof itself, it could be the flashing causing the problem.


If you’re not sure how to give the porch roof a thorough inspection, you should ask a professional roofer as they will be able to work out the problem officially. It could be debris collecting along with damp causing problems, especially if you live next to trees. They will be able to assure you and make sure your porch roof is safe and secure, whilst having the option to replace it if repairs can’t be done. Sometimes getting a new porch roof is a better long term investment, rather than paying out constantly for small issues that may crop up. For all Roofing in Romford, call Pickett roofing today.


Does The Brickwork Need Replacing?

The brickwork of your house is important but quite often it’s not something we tend to think about. Sometimes brickwork can develop issues, such as needing to be replaced or repointed, which may not be considered until there are signs of decline. You may think the brickwork looks stable and secure, but if it hasn’t been cared for then there are some symptoms to look out for. It is importance the issues are solved, due to problems like damp seeping through, or even structural problems. Eventually brickwork can adjust to these conditions (particularly with lime mortar which can withstand better against eroding and weathering), but serious damage needs to be sorted quickly by being taken out and replaced. New bricks that are equal to the remaining ones are ideal.


If cement mortar has been used instead, then sometimes brickwork can be pointed incorrectly, therefore making it easier to damage. Damp can be trapped and not be able to escape through the joints, therefore being forced out on to the bricks. If it is cold weather then it can freeze and potentially crumble away the brickwork. A more cosmetic issue is called ‘efflorescence’, which is when a white build up can appear on the bricks, due to water with broken down salts coming to the surface. This doesn’t generally harm the brickwork practically but aesthetically it doesn’t look good and if this is an issue, then you may need to have it replaced. Call Pickett Roofing today for all your Building Services in Brentwood.


Ways To Use A Garden Room

Popular uses for garden rooms are for entertainment, socialising, hobbies or even an office space. If you want to have a garden room for socialising, then you may find that adding a hot tub could be the sophisticated, fun addition you need. It will need a strong foundation and decent ventilation to prevent damp. However if this is a worry then you could always put it outside the room and use the room as an area to get ready in. You will need a firm base (such as concrete and slabs) and a power supply. This is something to consider when fitting the garden room from the start.


Sometimes you don’t need a reason to use your garden room, other than just to relax and get away from a busy house. Some people use them to read in, with no electronics at all. You should make sure the room is insulated and weather proof to defend your possessions and keep your room safe and warm. Double glazing should also be considered, particularly if you want to use the room in the winter too. But if you find you want to entertain in the summer, then a garden bar could be something to think about!


If you want something more family orientated then a playroom for the kids or a games room is a fun idea. Toys, video games or even a snooker table is a fun way to keep everyone entertained away from the house. However if you do this then make sure any wires or furniture are securely tied up and fitted to the walls to keep everyone safe!


The Issues With Roof Condensation

Many UK homes are affected by condensation, as unfortunately this is a common problem, particularly during the winter months. However, it can happen any time of the year, generally within the roof area or attic space. There can be quite serious damage, as it is an area we don’t tend to check on, therefore it can develop under our noses and we can miss a range of signs.


Some particular symptoms of roof condensation, are damp areas in the attic and water under the roof tiles or protective layer. Mould can turn up on furniture or the ceiling.
If the air can not travel efficiently, condensation can happen due to the moisture getting stuck. The hatch to the loft can also develop condensation due to the damp sneaking in, as it’s not insulated correctly. However, if it is installed properly it should be fine.


If the correct ventilation is not properly installed, the problems can be hazardous. This is particularly an issue with ageing buildings but can be solved by using the proper ventilation. Condensation can also be an issue if the roof area has messy storage, as items just stuffed into the room can cause the air to struggle when circulating. By fitting roof vents, such as soffit vents or roof tiles, you can help the roof with ‘breathing’, which will keep your roof healthy and lower the risk of condensation. For more advice on this and all Building services in Chelmsford, call us for a free quotation.


Should I Repair or Replace?

Sometimes it can be obvious if there is a problem with your roof, but quite often an issue can be sneaky and subtle that begins small and grows before you notice. If issues are caught in time, they can be stopped before they cause a lot of damage. A detailed survey should be carried out to assess the situation, as there are factors to think about. For instance, what is the state of the roof, how can it be accessed and what sort of roof is it. A roof made of slate can have a lifespan of hundreds of years if it’s looked after correctly. However, a concrete roof may only last for fifty years as the tiles can eventually let water through, especially if the roof is old and lacks a roof membrane.


During an inspection, the building will be checked over to see where the leak is coming in. This will let the professional know where on the roof to work on. They can then get to the roof by using a ladder if it’s safe and advise whether it needs repairing or replacing. If it is a large area of damage, then scaffolding will need to be used, which will be factored into the cost. However, if it is a large area then it may be worth just replacing the whole roof, as you would then have a long warranty. At the end of the day, it may be cheaper to just repair the roof, but on the long run you may find yourself paying out constantly unless you replace it. If you would like any advice on repairs for your Roofing in Ingatstone or Building services in Billericay, call Picket roofing.


Advantages of Having A Porch

There are several ways in which to update your house, such as repainting your living room, or sorting out the kitchen. But when it comes to upgrading your home, you should consider a porch.


Porches can provide a modern feel for the outside of your house, at the same time as merging smoothly with the original property. With a porch, you don’t want to distract from the initial characteristics of the house, but instead improve them. A porch is also practical, as it provides a clearer division between outside, and the front rooms.

A benefit of a porch is the extra space it is providing. It can help with storage, as you can put your cluttered possessions neatly within the porch, such as shoes. You can also add plants to your porch as decoration!


A porch can give you additional protection, due to the added obstacle. The extra benefit of another door separating your living space from the outside, can help give peace of mind that both your family and belongings are safe, particularly if paired with security bolts and locks with multi-point mechanics. For all your Building Services in Chelmsford call Pickett roofing today.


Homeowners Urged To Check Gutters

Over the cold season a home can face problems as it gets colder and damper. If you ignore these concerns then eventually you will find yourself faced with a large bill.


Issues with leaking pipes and gutters can have you paying out a lot more than expected if they are not taken care of over winter. Another issue is the roof, which although may seem like a small problem if there are just a couple of tiles missing, can develop and be worse over time, and turn into the whole roof being damaged.


Gutters that are obstructed with leaves and moss is not huge work as long as it is cleared frequently, as it can be a lot of money if left for too long, particularly if it needs to be fixed. Water damage can be an issue here too, and that can take longer to treat if ignored!


So make sure you get your home checked regularly by an expert, after all, you want to keep your family warm over the winter months! Get your Gutter checks done in Chelmsford by calling us today.


Importance of gutters and how blockages can occur

Gutters are small troughs or channels around the edge of roofs with the purpose of collecting rain water. The rain water collected is then disposed of into a downpipe and eventually goes into a drain.


The construction of gutters is usually simple half-piping positioned just underneath the roof edges so as to collect the running water from your roof. One of the main problems with guttering being open is that it can become blocked by debris which can cause major problems if left unchecked. When blocked, the water overflows and can damage bricks and mortar on outside walls and can seep through bricks causing damage to household paintwork and furnishings. Windblown seeds can also lay root in the debris, allowing weeds to grow in your guttering adding to the blockage call Pickett Roofing for all your gutter repairs and roofing in Billericay.


Checking your Gutters is really important.

If you can’t remember when your gutters were last checked, then it is time to do so. Gutters play a large role in the structural integrity of your home and can create a potentially costly expense if they are not kept clean. It can be all too easy to not think about your gutters until something goes wrong.


Gutters are very important as they direct rainwater from your roof, straight down through the drain. Broken or clogged gutters can cause serious problems such as damp and structural damage. To keep them performing properly they need to be cleaned annually and this will help stop the need for repairs in the future, for all Emergency roof repairs in Chelmsford call Pickett roofing today.


The world’s first bat-friendly breathable membrane has been launched by TLX Insulation.

Up until now, only Bitumen IF felt underlay has been used if bats have been found habitating roofs. Bats play such an important part in the ecosystem and are a protected species in the UK. This becomes a considerable cost as extra rafter space is needed if insulation is used, and in old buildings this is not often an option. 10 tonnes of CO2 per year can be released through the fabric of an uninsulated IF felt roof.


Emissions of CO2 can be reduced by 57% by replacing IF felt with a breathable membrane as well as extra insulation between rafters. These changes help the environment by making a large impact on global warming and climate change.


It was extremely important that a product be invented to protect bats as well as allowing architects and builders to refurbish properties whilst keeping within the required Building Regulations.


TLX Insulation, who are the UK’s leading expert in applied polymer science as well as insulating breather membranes, invented TLX Batsafe. This has a protective mesh which allows safe contact for bats, as bats were previously trapped by their claws in the fibres. The protective mesh enables the breathable membrane to function, protecting the bats at the same time. TLX Batsafe is also much stronger, lighter and easier to install.


Inside Ingatestone’s Lounge Bar and Grill

Following a huge facelift by its new owners, The Lounge Bar and Grill has opened its doors to show off its new appearance and new menu.


The newly-renovated business will hopefully attract new and old customers, with its new menus catering for breakfast, brunch, lunch, afternoon tea and supper.


The Lounge hopes to compete with businesses in Chelmsford and attract children from the six surrounding schools to stay local.


To appeal to their new clientele, the owners have introduced waffles, pancakes, milkshakes and smoothies as well as USB ports for customers to charge their phones while they relax.


Are you thinking of undertaking a building project in Ingatestone? Get in touch with Pickett Roofers and Builders for a quote.


Bats in the Belfry!

When you start to think about having some building work carried out on your property probably the last thing you think about is whether your home is also home to bats!


Essex County Council’s Place Services division recently held a four-hour training, Bats and Buildings in Chelmsford, Brentwood and Billericay, aimed at those responsible for managing or developing buildings to explain what to look for with regards the presence of bats before they begin any building work.


As a protected species if you do have bats on your property you are legally obliged to take steps not to destroy their habitat. Most reputable companies offering building services in Chelmsford will have experience of dealing with these tiny, harmless creatures and be able to advise and get in touch with the relevant experts in order to progress with the project.

Grenfell Towers review update

Former Health & Safety Executive chair Dame Judith Hackitt says that the construction industry’s regulatory system is not fit for purpose and contractors are taking short cuts, with little or no quality monitoring. In essence, contractors are out of control. Dame Judith Hackitt was appointed by government to lead an independent review of building regulations and fire safety following the lethal Grenfell Tower fire in June. She has published her interim findings today (18 Decmber 2017)

The interim report sets out six broad areas for change:

  • ensuring that regulation and guidance is risk-based, proportionate and unambiguous
  • clarifying roles and responsibilities for ensuring that buildings are safe
  • improving levels of competence within the industry
  • improving the process, compliance and enforcement of regulations
  • creating a clear, quick and effective route for residents’ voices to be heard and listened to
  • improving testing, marketing and quality assurance of products used in construction.


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