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Gutters and fascia’s are often overlooked when it comes to home maintenance, but they are actually an important aspect of keeping your home in good shape. It’s important to keep them clean, but this task can be time-consuming and difficult. That’s why investing in professional gutter and fascia cleaning services is a great idea. Here are the benefits you can expect from doing so.

Prevent Damages to Your Home
Your gutters and fascia’s play an important role in protecting your home from water damage caused by rain or snow runoff. When they become clogged or damaged, it can cause water to overflow which can lead to serious issues like roof leaks, foundation cracks, landscaping erosion, and more. Regularly cleaning your gutters will help ensure that these problems don’t occur. Professional gutter and fascia cleaning services provide a thorough inspection of your system and clear out any debris that might be causing blockages or other issues.

Prevent Unwanted Visitors
When gutters are not cleaned regularly, they become the perfect breeding ground for pests like mosquitoes, cockroaches, rats, birds, wasps, etc. These unwanted visitors can easily find their way into your home if you don’t keep up with regular gutter cleaning services. Not only are these pests irritating but they can also carry diseases like West Nile Virus which is dangerous for both humans and animals alike. Investing in professional gutter cleaning services will help ensure that these pests stay away from your home while also providing peace of mind that everything is functioning properly.

Save Time And Energy
Cleaning out your own gutters is a time-consuming process – not only do you have to climb up on a ladder but you also have to manually remove any debris that has built up over time. Hiring professionals eliminates this hassle as they have the right tools and techniques for the job – meaning less time spent on ladders and more time doing other things! Plus, you won’t have to worry about accidentally damaging any parts of your house since the professionals have experience working with all types of systems.

Gutters and fascia’s may not seem like something that needs regular maintenance but it’s actually essential for keeping your home in good condition – both inside and out! Investing in professional gutter cleaning services will help prevent damages such as roof leaks or foundation cracks while also keeping unwanted pests at bay. Plus, it saves you time and energy since the professionals have all the right tools and techniques needed for the job! All in all, investing in professional gutter and fascia cleaning services is well worth it if you want to keep your home safe and sound!

If you want peace of mind knowing that your home is taken care of properly then get in touch with Keay Roofing Services Ltd –Your trusted local roofer for expert roof repairs, maintenance and replacement–to find out more about how we can help you with all things related to roof maintenance!  ​​​​​

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Why small developers hold the key to the failing housing target?

In 2004, the UK was set a target of building 270,000 new homes each year. Nearly 15 years later, this is a figure developers are still failing to hit.

The actual total has averaged less than 150,000 new build homes since 2007 – leaving the UK’s housing deficit standing at a whopping 1.2 million.

In another blow to the sector, in June of this year, it was revealed that a third of local authorities in England are forecast to miss two or more government housing targets. The targets include:

  • Adopting a local plan
  • Identifying a five-year land supply for housing
  • Passing the newly created housing delivery test

According to Savills’ planning performance index which has looked into projected housing delivery by 2019, 110 of a total of 326 councils will fail on two or more of these counts. These local authorities account for 37% of the national housing need and if Savills’ predictions do transpire, they risk losing control of where housing development will take place.

Why the industry needs more small house developers

As the UK continues to struggle to hit its housing target, questions are being asked about why this is. Although there is of course plenty of dispute regarding the topic, the industry is largely in agreement that the over-dominance of big house builders is creating a huge problem.

Last year, MPs even called for an end to the big eight house builders’ dominance in a bid to fix the housing market.

Committee chair from the Commons Communities and Local Government Committee, Clive Betts warned:

“The housing market is broken; we are simply not building enough homes. The sector is over-reliant on an alarmingly small number of high-volume developers who are driven by commercial self-interest and have little incentive to build any quicker. If we are to build the homes that the country so desperately needs, for sale and for rent, then this dominance must end.”

A target of 270,000 new homes each year is a huge milestone to reach. Unless there is a huge increase in public sector building (which is unlikely), it’s the private sector that will have to deliver and it hasn’t consistently built this many homes in a year since the 1930s when interestingly, the market was dominated by small building developers.

There are plenty more reasons why the industry needs more small house developers including:

  • They ensure the market stays competitive.
  • The business model of big house builders results in homes that are often badly located and poorly designed.
  • The big builders bank land and sit on their supply for as long as possible so that prices stay as high as possible.
  • Unsurprisingly, the houses they build are intended to turn a profit rather than meet social needs or high environmental and design standards.
  • Standards do of course vary among house builders, whatever their size. There are some great schemes run by the big firms and some bad houses built by SMEs. Evidence does however suggest that smaller firms tend to build better homes with more energy efficiency and designs that take the local vernacular into account.
  • Towns across the UK are experiencing an influx of almost identical houses to that of their neighbours. While this is understandable as economies of scale helps developers to offer customers more affordable homes, many communities are frustrated that they’re losing character. Small housing developers on the other hand tend to be more passionate, entrepreneurial, creative and flexible when it comes to providing new, bespoke homes.
  • They employ local tradesmen – as well as providing more jobs locally, it means that they can keep to their timescales without compromising on the quality of work

Keay Roofing is delighted to announce that we are just about to start a project with a small to medium-sized housing developer. You can follow us on Twitter to stay up-to-date with the project or alternatively, feel free to get in touch to find out more.

Published: September, 2018

Commercial

Industrial roofs can be built using composite panels, pre-cast galvanised roofs, fibre cement sheets and industrial cladding.

The supporting structure of an industrial roof usually comprises beams that are long and of strong, fairly rigid material such as timber, and since the mid 19th century, cast iron or steel. In countries that use bamboo extensively, the flexibility of the material causes a distinctive curving line to the roof, characteristic of Oriental architecture.

Timber lends itself to a great variety of roof shapes. The timber structure can fulfil an aesthetic as well as practical function, when left exposed to view.

Stone lintels have been used to support roofs since prehistoric times, but cannot bridge large distances. The stone arch came into extensive use in the ancient Roman period and in variant forms could be used to span spaces up to 140 feet (43m) across. The stone arch or vault, with or without ribs, dominated the roof structures of major architectural works for about 2,000 years, only giving way to iron beams with the Industrial Revolution and the designing of such buildings as Paxton’s Crystal Palace, completed 1851.

With continual improvements in steel girders, these became the major structural support for large roofs, and eventually for ordinary houses as well.

Another form of girder is the reinforced concrete beam, in which metal rods are encased in concrete, giving it greater strength under tension.

We provide all type of Industrial roof installation from composite panels to pre-cast galvanised roofs, repairs, and maintenance.