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Roofing – Why It Makes A Difference

We have been focusing recently on how to improve the external look of your home. Today, we are focusing on something that will certainly improve the exterior of your property but it will also make a significant difference to the inside of your home too. We are going to be talking about the importance of a decent roof.

Considering a new roof is probably not the most exciting prospect in the world and depending on the age of your home it may be something that is not required. However, if your home is over 30 years old and it has never had so much as a tile replaced it may be a good idea to at least get someone in to take a look. We recently asked a trusted roofer in Liverpool to take a look at one of the properties we manage in the city and what we were told was staggering. There were actually 3 small leaks that we didn’t know about and the house was so poorly insulated it was costing us in excess of £300 in energy costs each and every year.

So, we got to thinking about the benefits of a new roof and this is what we found:

Energy Savings

As we have already stated, the energy savings can be astronomical when you add them up over the years. Even a modest £100 saving a year over 10 years adds up to £1000 and when you consider a new roof will probably cost you anywhere between £3000 and £5000 it is not a bad investment to make. The likelihood is that you will save much more than £100 each year if you have a roof that is 40 years old or more so it could almost pay for itself.

Opportunity For Solar

You may even be able to get money back if you invest in solar panels at the same time as having your roof updated. It does not make sense to add solar panels to an old roof but a new roof is perfect for adding these energy generating panels to. You could find all your electricity costs covered by a few solar panels and depending on how many people are living in your home you may even be able to sell some of your surplus energy back to the energy company as part of a feed in tariff.

Adding Space

If you have considered a loft conversion to either add space or value to your home (and it is great for both) then considering doing this as part of re-roof could be a good idea. By going further than simply re-tiling or re-slating your roof you could increase the height or the pitch of the roof to add more space. You may even want to add a dormer window at the same time. Over time, a re-roof and loft conversion will probably end up costing you nothing as the re-sale value will pay for itself.

Improving The Appearance

You have probably noticed some of your neighbours have lovely new roofs if you live in a street that has older houses. You will also have noticed the significant impact this has on the overall look of the house. A new roof will not only keep you dry and well insulated, it will also add heaps of kerb appeal to your home and help you to keep up with the Jones’.

How Block Paving Can Add Real Style To Your Home

When it comes to adding real style to your home there are many options. You could almost spend an unlimited amount of money on keeping your house up with modern styles so when an opportunity comes along for a style that is almost timeless, it is perhaps something that has to be considered.

Today we are looking at a type of home renovation that has been around since the 1970’s at least but it is one that has stood the test of time. Whilst fashions have changed a little over the decades, even older versions of this kind of home decor still look the part today – so long as they have been well maintained.

We are of course talking about block paving driveways. From as little as a few thousand pounds you can transform the entire frontage of your humble abode to scream sophistication and ooze style – just thanks to a few neatly positioned paving stones.

Times have moved on from the 1970’s and 1980’s though as there are now much more elaborate designs and styles that can be used. Indeed, entrance patters (as they are known in the trade) are all the rage and mean you can add pretty images, icons or even letters in to the pattern of your driveway using different coloured bricks. We might urge caution when using letters such as your own initials as this could be problematic should you wish to sell the property – but a pattern certainly adds something a little different.

You may have heard of problems when using block paving that arise from weeds growing between the stones, but if you keep it well sanded and use appropriate bonding materials to keep it well maintained then you can enjoy a driveway that will stand the test of time for years and years – most likely decades.

Why Invest In A Driveway?

You may think that spending a lot of money on a new driveway is a cost you could well do without – and while it is true that there are probably a million and one other things you could spend your money on, it is also a wise investment.

Housebeautiful.com have reported that adding kerb appeal to your property can increase the value of your home by up to £55,000! That is astonishing and whilst a driveway alone may not add that much value it will certainly go some way to generating more interest in your home should you wish to sell.

If you have a large grassy area that looks unkempt or your have a tired old tarmac driveway that could do with some TLC then it could be the perfect investment. You may well find that choosing a block paving driveway will also save you time as it will be time saved on weeding the flower bed or mowing the grass. Opting for low maintenance borders with bark or decorative stones is a great way to save time on the upkeep on the front of your house. You can even use block paving in the rear garden to create a lovely patio area and if you have a path joining why not give a great flow from front to back by using it for your path too.

We think that investing in your drive is a great way to add value to your home and improve that kerbside appeal.