Why August Is The Time To Fix The Roof

The old saying ‘fix the roof while the sun shines’ is a well-worn phrase, but it is all too often the case that people will wait too long to check their roof and get any necessary work done on it.

That is why August is the best time to get roofing Contractors in Wolverhampton to carry out any necessary repairs and make sure that when September comes round and autumn begins, your home is prepared for the changing seasons.

A number of things need to be checked on any roof to establish if it is ready to deal with all that autumn will throw at it.

Firstly, it is worth noting that even a small issue needs addressing. If there are small cracks now, they can widen when the weather gets colder as freeze-thaw kicks in. Similarly, a missing tile or two might seem nothing to worry about, but it is when it lets water in.

An important step for owners of sloping roofs is to check their attic space from the inside. If you can spot signs of damp such as mould and rot, that is a clear indication that there is something wrong outside. You should also clear any debris from attic vents.

You should also look to clear away any debris that might clog up drains or cover your flat roof if you have one, as there will be far more of this on the way when the leaves start falling, potentially causing blockages and water overflows.

There may have been a heatwave to contend with in July, but autumn and winter is when big storms are likely to hit, with their potential to send loose roof tiles flying and infiltrate every gap that will let in water.

Between November last year and the end of February this year there were seven named storms designated by the Met office and the next autumn and winter could be just as bad. In addition, there will be many more days of wet, windy or cold weather when you will have good reason to be glad that you really did fix the roof when the sun shone.

Most Popular Extension Styles Of 2022

Building an extension is becoming more and more popular among homeowners who want to avoid costly stamp duty fees on a bigger house or getting into the currently super-competitive buying market. 

If you’re interested in expanding your property, here are some of the most popular styles of extension for 2022. 

  • Retain similar house style

It might be tempting to add an uber-modern extension on to your home, but if you have a Victorian terrace or a 1930s semi-detached, this might look out of place. Instead, the trend is now to stay in-keeping with the original style, so it remains sympathetic to the rest of the property. 

  • Use natural materials

Thanks to the growing trend towards sustainability, homeowners are choosing to make the most of natural materials as much as possible. Homes And Gardens reports oak, brick and stone lend themselves to the “rustic look” and can really bring a garden room extension to life. 

  • Light and bright

When planning an extension, do not just consider the benefits of having more space in your home, but also being able to increase the amount of light in your living spaces. Use this as a chance to add more windows to your property, whether you opt for bi-folding doors or a skylight.

“Light is a vital consideration for extensions – and glazed doors, windows and skylights can be game-changers,” the publication states.

  • Glass side returns

If you have space to the side of the house that you normally just store garden equipment or garden bins, you are missing the opportunity to build a stylish glass side return. 

“With minimal building chaos, the kitchen is doubled in size and flooded with natural light,” Ideal Home recognises

For more information about building a house extension in the West Midlands

How A Home Extension Could Boost Your Home’s Value

There are many reasons for people to build house extensions in the West Midlands. It might be the desire to create some more storage space, a response to having a growing family, or to add a ‘granny flat’ for an elderly member of the family to live in.

It is also worth bearing in mind the impact an extension can have in adding value to a home, something worth considering when regional trends in house prices are examined.

Like the rest of the UK, the West Midlands has seen prices rising significantly over the past couple of years and while many experts are predicting a cooling of the market as inflation takes its toll and growth slows, the fact is that, for now at least, the market remains hot.

However, the latest UK House price Index published by the Office For National Statistics (ONS) and the Land Registry this month showed that, while prices in the West Midlands were up 11.8 per cent per cent year-on-year, this was comparatively weak when set against other English regions. Only the north east (10.7 per cent) and London (7.9 per cent) fared worse.

While the overall English average was only a little higher than the West Midlands at 11.9 per cent, dragged down as it was by London, other parts of the UK did much better; Scotland and Wales both experienced increases of 16.2 per cent.

How much value an extension will add will depend on various factors, such as the area, the nature of the extension – for instance whether it is a larger kitchen, a new bathroom or an extra bedroom – and its aesthetic quality.

However, a broad guide can be found in the ONS extension value calculator. For instance, a 25 sq m extension to the typical home in Birmingham would add £43,650, while the figure for Wolverhampton would be £34,875.

This could prove invaluable if, as expected, the weaker wider economy starts to cool the housing market soon.

What To Consider When Planning An Extension

Extending your home may be the next move you make in creating your dream property, but there are several important questions you must consider before going ahead with the project. 

The first question to consider is the reason for your extension. If you are extending your home in order to maximise the space you have at your disposal, think about the long term first. If you plan on moving in the coming years, spending the money on an extension may be a costly venture that you won’t be able to enjoy.

However, one benefit of extending your home even if you plan on moving is that it can increase the value of your home. Extra space is extra money and having a large home increases its potential and may make it more appealing to future buyers. 

If you plan on remaining in your home, an extension may be just what you need to create your dream house if you have the extra land space to do so, adding additional room to your property is a fantastic way to get the most out of your home. 

Another important issue that must be considered is the time it takes for these projects to happen. Ensuring you are having work done by a reputable and trustworthy company means taking the time to research and decide on who you are trusting with such a big job. 

Extensions don’t happen overnight, so be prepared to deal with the transition period from foundations to finish. 

With proper planning, the right construction and time spent planning and designing, an extension can be a fabulous way to maximise your space, giving you and your family more room to spend quality time together, to host guests, or simply to relax in your (almost) brand-new home. 

Considering a house extension for your Telford home? Call  Meyrick Builders And Roofers today. 

Home Bars Climb Homeowners’ Wish List

Forget a new kitchen, re-painting or a loft conversion, what property owners want these days is a home bar.

According to a study by Rated People, one in 13 households in the UK intend to create a home bar this year, spending an average of £13,939 to do so.

This is larger than the amount they have allocated for a new kitchen (£12,057), a home gym (£13,574) or porch (£11,252), Homes and Gardens revealed.

Adrienne Minster, chief executive of Rated People, said this is down to the fact that “our priorities are shifting”.

“Homeowners [want] to use more of their money on creating new spaces for at-home socialising instead of spending it on staples like a new kitchen,” she stated, adding: “2022 is definitely the year of the home bar.”

There are many ways to build a bar at home, such as keeping it in a concealed floor-to-ceiling cupboard with bi-fold doors, so you can hide it away during the day and open it at night. Alternatively, you could fit it in an awkward space, such as a niche, adding character to the bar with a metallic-effect backsplash.

Some homeowners might prefer to build a garden bar, maximising use of the outdoors and creating a sociable space for friends and family.    

The Improvement Trends Report 2022 also revealed building an extension was the most popular thing for homeowners to do this year, at an average cost of £18,580.

If you’re interested in a house extension or other home renovation projects, get in touch with us.

Why Now Is The Time For A New Driveway

Many a household will be looking at their driveway in the spring and think it has seen better days. Over time the wear and tear of heavy rain, freeze-thaw, cars rolling over it and other bumps and impacts will take its toll.

Now is certainly a good time to be looking at having the work done. Late spring is without doubt the most optimal period to carry out the work of driveway repairs or even getting a whole new driveway fitted.

Firstly, this means you will be starting after the cold of winter and the frosts of early spring have come and gone. There will be no freeze-thaw to disrupt the work and while there are remote mountainous places that can suffer unseasonal cold snaps, that’s not something any Telford driveway company can report having had to deal with!

Secondly, it also means that you are getting the work done during warm, sunny weather that ensures the new driveway is filly established well before the cold weather returns in the latter part of the year.

In addition, because the weather is warmer, everything should dry a bit faster too, making the whole process of getting the lovely new driveway in place much faster. 

At the same time, delays can happen. But if you start on the project earlier in the year, this allows more times for these to be resolved, which means there is not likely to be any panic that summer is ending and the new driveway isn’t ready yet.

Also, there is a practical benefit of adding yourself to the list of jobs for your driveway contractor. It means you get ahead in the queue before the summer kicks in and things get really busy, which means you aren’t trying t get the work done at the same time as nearly everyone else.

Finally, by getting the work out of the way you may find there is plenty of time to enjoy outdoor summer activities like barbecues or sitting in the garden without any ongoing work taking place around you.

That’s why now is a great time to – pardon the pun – spring into action.

What Are The Different Types Of House Extension?

Extending a house can be the perfect way to create extra space, avoid the upheaval of moving, and add value to your property. If you are thinking of having an extension built, here is an overview of some the different ways in which it can be done.

Rear house extension

This is one of the most popular types of extension. It’s built at the back of the property, taking up some of the existing garden or yard. They are often used when the inside space is being reconfigured to include an open-plan kitchen and living area. A single storey extension won’t normally require planning permission, but a two-storey extension may do.

Side return extension

Side extensions make use of dead space that runs along the side of the house. It might not seem worth the trouble at first, but because it runs the whole length of the building, it can make a surprising difference, and really open up a living space. They work well to convert a cramped kitchen into a more workable area.

Wrap around extensions

This combines the side and rear extension, to form an ‘L’ shape, and really maximises the floorspace of your home. They can be used to create an open family living area, or to add a utility room, or a sun room.

Orangery or conservatory

A conservatory is a glazed structure which can create a bridge between the indoor and outdoor space. An orangery combines large glazed areas with brickwork and full roof with a lantern, and is easier to use as an extra room to the house.

Garage conversion

This is not technically an extension, but if you don’t use your garage for any great purpose, and you need extra living space, it is well worth having it converted and incorporated into your home.

If you are looking for bathroom fitters in Telford, talk to us today.

Budget Offers No Help For Homebuyers

Homeowners who were hoping the government would announce measures to help the property market in its most recent Budget might be inclined to give up on their moving plans and consider a loft conversion in Telford instead.

This is because Chancellor Rishi Sunak failed to provide any further help to property buyers or sellers in the Spring Budget, announced last month (March 24th 2022).

His decision to focus on other agendas is likely to be due to the long break from Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) the government introduced during the pandemic, which helped so many homebuyers get on, or move up, the property ladder.

Michael Bruce, founder of estate agent Boomin, told Property Reporter: “The stamp duty holiday introduced during the pandemic was probably the biggest bone the government has thrown homebuyers in recent times, so to expect another to come so soon after the final December deadline is certainly wishful thinking.”

The government provided relief on SDLT for residential homes bought between July 8th 2020 and September 30th 2021, meaning there was no tax to pay on homes worth up to £500,000 during this period.

In comparison, homebuyers would have normally had to spend £15,000 on tax for a property worth £500,000. Therefore, this helped keep the property market moving, as it became significantly more affordable to purchase a home than before.

However, those who missed out on this window will be disappointed to hear there is not going to be another opportunity to save so much money.

Instead of moving, property owners wanting more space will be more inclined to put their money towards extending their current residence and avoid having to pay a bigger mortgage in the long-run.

Three Questions To Ask When Planning Your Loft Conversion

When it comes to permitted development and expanding the space in a home, space comes at an absolute premium.

Because of this, a surging number of people have asked about loft conversions. For some, it is about getting the extra space for a home office or bedroom, but for others, it is about increasing the value and desirability of a home.

Before you go ahead, however, it pays to be prepared, and with that in mind here are three questions to ask yourself first before you go ahead with your conversion.

Would Your Loft Support A Conversion?

Not every loft can be converted without significant modifications to the roof, particularly if you have a home with a shallow roof.

The best way to tell is to measure the height of the room from the floor joists to the highest point of the room. The target height you are looking for is at least 2.2 metres.

As well as this, you need to ensure you have space for a comfortable staircase to work its way up from the floor below.

A good rule of thumb to check is to look at similar houses near to you and see if they have loft conversions; if they do, there is a good chance you can have the same, and if they let you have a look around you can get an idea of what to expect.

Do You Need Planning Permission?

Loft conversions are typically covered under permitted development rights, but as with any construction project, it is worth checking with your local planning authority to ensure there are no special orders in place that may complicate your plans.

As well as this, if your conversion involves a wall you share with a neighbouring building you may need to get a party wall agreement. Architects, builders and loft converters you work with can help you with all of these issues.

How Much Light Can You Add?

The difference between a good loft conversion and a great loft conversion is how much natural light you allow into the space. Light makes a space inviting, helps with wellbeing and helps the uniquely shaped space look bigger.

For more advice and assistance from builders in Wolverhampton, get in touch today.

Important Facts To Know Before Investing In Solar Panels

With people spending more time at home and the potential for energy bills to increase for many people, homeowners are considering the benefits and costs of installing solar panels on the roof of their homes.

Photovoltaic panels, better known simply as solar panels convert the light and heat of the sun into electricity. This electricity is then stored and either used in your home or exported to the national grid as a source of revenue.

Here are some facts you need to know before investing in solar panels.

What You Need To Start

A standard solar power system consists of between 10 and 15 photovoltaic panels, which generate an average of 275W each, and the more panels on the roof the more energy that can be generated at a time.

Typically, the average installation bill for a solar panel system is £6,000, although this cost is highly dependent on the availability of roofing experts and photovoltaic panels.

You will also need a solar battery, which stores the electricity generated.

The Best Way To Install Them

Solar panels should ideally face south, affixed to a roof with a 30-degree angle. This provides the most energy, with north-facing roofs being so inefficient as to be impractical in the UK.

For the most part, solar panels are considered to be under permitted development rights, which means that they do not need planning permission, although it is important to check with your local planning authority just in case.

You will also need to inform your Distribution Network Operator for your area that you have a solar system, and in some cases, larger systems will need to apply for permission from them.

One myth that should be debunked, however, is the idea that solar panels do not work at all on cloudy days. Whilst they only work at 25 per cent efficiency, they do still generate electricity.

For more information on roofing issues and roof repairs in Wolverhampton, get in touch today.