It was a scorcher! We really can’t complain about the heat we’ve enjoyed this summer, and although we can hope that the fair weather heralds a good winter to follow, we are sure to experience some rain, wind and cooler climes in the months ahead.
Just as we dig out our winter coats, hats and gloves as the seasons turn, it makes sense to ensure that our homes are ready to brave the elements too. One thing I always suggest at the first fall of heavy rain or on gusty day is to head outside and check that your guttering is up to scratch. If not and there are signs of damp on your home’s fascia, it’s time to consider a repair or replacement to your roofline.
Similarly, a breezy day can often reveal some shocking draughts through windows or doors which, left unattended, can see your heating bills soar during winter. There are a wide range of options to suit all budgets, so whether you need a budget solution or are looking for timber-effect sash replacement windows for a period property, we can create a stylish solution.
It’s not just your home which may need weatherproofing for winter. Be sure to check that outhouses with flat roofs and garage doors are watertight and prepared for all that mother nature can throw at them.
If you would like a free, no-obligation quote to get your home in tip-top shape for the season ahead, give us a call – we’d love to help.
OK, hands up who’s checked that their guttering, fascia and soffits are up to the worst that the next two seasons are about to throw at us? Autumn feels like it has been with us for a while, and we all know about the wind chill factor that seems to blow in to Hunstanton from Siberia during winter (I’m joking, but as a keen wind surfer that coastal breeze can be biting!).
Now, do you know your roofline? We’re often asked what’s what, and I thought a quick guide might be useful. Fascia refers to the band which runs horizontally under the roof edge, caps the rafters around a house and holds the guttering in place. The surface below this is called the soffit or eaves.
Traditionally wooden, in most houses of a certain age the weather has done its worst and, left in poor repair, the damage to a property’s masonry can be extensive and lead to damp, displaced plaster, inside and out.
Guttering helps to direct rainwater away from the roof edge and prevent damage to brickwork, but again, old materials may not be up to the job and ignoring leaks is a potentially costly and hazardous affair.
Cost-effective and durable, PVCu roofline products are a sound investment which will help protect your home and although they might not be as entertaining as a Saturday night spent watching the latest crop of Strictly stars spin their stuff, they will outperform them in keeping things in good shape for years to come. There is a range of options available for all budgets, including cast iron effect products that maintain an authentic look for period properties.
Most of us don’t like getting caught in a shower, it’s true, but next time it rains and you’re at home, it’s worth heading outside – umbrella in hand, of course, to do a quick walk around your property.
It sounds daft, but it’s surprising how many people aren’t aware that their guttering is leaking and that water is damaging the exterior (and ultimately interior) of their homes. It’s easy enough to ignore, especially if you’re nice and dry inside, but the damage to masonry, brickwork is less easy to forget.
Now, why’s a glazing expert writing about guttering, I can imagine you’re pondering. At West Norfolk Glass, we install windows, doors and conservatories, but we also provide a full range of roofline products, along with carports and garage doors. Our team often hears the comment, ‘I didn’t know you did that,’ and yet we can provide virtually maintenance-free high quality fascias, soffits, guttering and cladding, along with Firestone RubberCover flat roofing. So don’t ignore that leak!