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Monthly Archives: December 2015

31 
Dec

Which Type Of Roofing Material Is Right For You?

It may not be the most exciting part of your house, but on average the roof makes up 20%-30% of its visible area, and a faulty roof can cause serious damage, cost and inconvenience. Therefore it is important that when choosing a roofing material you make sure that you consider all of the available options carefully and make your decision based on more than just cost. Have a look at our round up of some of the most common roofing options and then why not give the friendly Bolton builders of Wisecraft a call and get us round for a free, no obligation consultation?

Interlocking tiles

This modern type of tiled roofing system comprises of tiles that are shaped to securely interlock. This reduces the need for overlap that you find with some of the more traditional tiling systems and so can reduce both cost and weight. Interlocking systems are weather tight and easy to lay and can be manufactured to replicate the look of traditional tiles including slate.

Clay tiles

Clay has been a traditional material for roofing for centuries and can have an extremely long lifespan. In fact clay tiles have been found on some buildings dating back to the 14th century. Clay tiles can be formed into many different shapes and styles and so can be a great choice for period buildings which can take advantage of dramatic ridge tiles, finials and fish-tail and bull-nose shapes. If you are considering clay tiles ensure that they meet the UK’s frost requirements as the British winter weather classically has repeated cycles of freezing and thawing which can take its toll on some poorer quality clay tiles.

Concrete

Concrete tiles are one of the most common types of roofing material in the UK. They are available in a vast range of styles, shapes and colours and so can be used to create or match a heritage look at a reduced cost. Concrete tiles are also available in interlocking formats which improve weather proofing and can also be used on shallower roof pitches. However the disadvantage of concrete tiles can sometimes be their longevity, resulting in higher maintenance costs and the need for expedited re-roofing.

Slate

Due to a plentiful and local supply of slate, many areas of the UK have slate as their most common roofing material. However traditional slate requires higher overlaps to achieve waterproofness and is most effective on simple shaped roofs rather than curves etc. Many companies are now producing composite lookalike versions and recycled slate which can be more cost effective.

To discuss your roofing options further contact the experts at Wisecraft Ltd  today.

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Published Date: 31st December 2015
Category: Handy Tips, Roofing


 

15 
Dec

Get Your Home Ready For Christmas

Yep, you can’t escape it, Christmas is definitely coming! And for many of the good people of Bolton that means that along with the big fella himself, comes the invasion of family members near and dear (hopefully!). And as much as Aunt Marge’s teary eyes during the Queen’s Speech is thoroughly endearing, her critique of all of your home’s little imperfections can be thoroughly infuriating! So why not get the Wisecraft experts in to give things a good sprucing up?

Electrics

We have a team of dedicated and qualified electricians who will come and comprehensively inspect your home’s current wiring and can make sure that everything is up to date and as safe as possible. A high percentage of house fires each year are caused by faulty electrics, and so getting a simple survey, replace or repair now could keep you and your family safe this Christmas. And also why not consider getting some extra sockets (both internal and external) installed to run all those Christmas lights from? Much easier and much safer than acres of trailing wires and overloaded extension leads.

Painting and Decorating

With the insurgence of extra guests at Christmas also comes the yearly ritual of finding them all somewhere to sleep. Opening up your little used spare room is great, but subjecting your guests to faded wallpaper and peeling paint in a room that hasn’t been used for decades is not the most gracious method of hosting. However a quick lick of paint can make all the difference. But let’s face it, who has got time in the run up to Christmas to start decorating? So give yourself a break and let the professionals at Wisecraft spruce up your home instead.

Brickwork and Pointing

No one wants their Christmas ruining by leaks and/or damage caused by faulty brickwork and pointing, so let our highly trained professionals get it all sorted for you before the festive period hits properly. Repointing and brickwork repair can be a long and difficult job to tackle on your own, but our team can get your brickwork looking spick and span in no time.

Merry Christmas from everyone at Wisecraft Ltd.

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Published Date: 15th December 2015
Category: General, Handy Tips


 

14 
Dec

How To Save Money On Your Heating Bills

“It’s (nearly) the most wonderful time of the year”! Yes, you can hardly fail to avoid it; Christmas is just around the corner. The shops are heaving with all of their Christmas stock (and some have been since September!), there’s already panic about what this year’s must-have toy will be and the hard-core Christmas fans amongst you will have already broken out the mince pies. But what else does Christmas bring? Cold, that’s what. And in the colder weather our thoughts inevitably turn to keeping warm and cosy in our homes. However along with all of the other expense of the looming festive period, there’s also the worry of looming heating and energy bills.

So what can you do to try and avoid your winter heating costs spiralling out of control? As trusted builders in Bolton, here are some of our top tips.

Only heat what you need, when you need to heat it

Ignore all of those myths that leaving your heating on low all the time will save you money in the long run as it will avoid the boiler having to power up and get up to temperature throughout the day. The main issue here is heat loss and even the best insulated homes will lose some heat whenever the heating is on. So remember that when your heating is on you are also spending money on heating the outdoors. The best thing to do is to ensure that you have an energy efficient boiler that is controlled with both a timer and a thermostat. This will ensure that your heating is only on when you need it and that it will shut off as soon as you reach temperature. Also fitting radiators with individual controls will mean that you don’t need to waste money heating rooms that you don’t use and that you can ensure that bedrooms etc can be heated less than, say, the living room.

Keep the heat where it should be

Even though a small amount of heat loss is inevitable, it is amazing just how small that amount can be if you ensure that your home is efficiently insulated. Here at Wisecraft we have extensive experience of installing highly effective insulation solutions. This can include loft or roof insulation, cavity wall insulation and under floor insulation. We can also provide highly energy efficient UPVC windows and doors that are fitted with 100% seals that will ensure that no heat is lost due to draughty window frames and poorly performing glazing.

Don’t waste electricity

It may sound obvious but a great way to save money on your energy bills is not to waste electricity! Simple actions like unplugging chargers when they aren’t in use can save you around £30 per year, as even when they’re not being used these continue to draw down energy. Also simply using energy-saving lightbulbs will save the average house up to £60 per year.

To find out more about saving money on your heating bills by eliminating heat loss from your home, contact the trusted Bolton builders, Wisecraft Ltd Bolton Builders today.

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Published Date: 14th December 2015
Category: General, Handy Tips


 

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