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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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