The World’s Greatest Residential Conversions

The World’s Greatest Residential Conversions

With space for new houses becoming more and more sparse, builders and architects are turning to old, unused buildings and converting them into modern, new homes. This is great for two main reasons. 1. Older buildings have so much more character then new builds, so renovating them, or in this case converting them, into new…

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All roofs were performing like new—after up to three decades in the field

The long-term weathering test recently finished proves that 30-year old EPDM flat roofs are consistently performing well. The ability of EPDM single ply membrane to resist the potentially damaging effects of various climates extremely well. A properly designed, installed, and maintained EPDM roofing system can successfully withstand extreme weather conditions throughout its life. These tests…

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Making the most of rainwater run-off from a flat roof

The baffling weather of recent years has done plenty to reinvigorate interest in rainwater harvesting systems in the UK, but there is often an assumption that flat roofs will not be suitable. This is not true. For those that are unsure: rainwater harvesting is the process of recycling the water that falls on a property….

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Reducing condensation within a flat roof structure

Condensation can cause a number of problems within a building, particularly interstitial condensation, which can occur inside the roof’s structure. Over time, this excess moisture can lead to the unseen decay in roof timbers and fixings. It can also have an effect on thermal insulation materials, as the measured thermal performance reduces when increased moisture…

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RubberBond Flat Roofing Durability Tests

Puncture tests When you are looking for the best materials to use, it helps to see proof of which direction you should be heading. In the case of EPDM flat roofs, that evidence – happily – exists for all to see. No matter why you are looking into EPDM flat roofs – whether you are…

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Rubber roofing tips: advantages, applications and adaptability

Until recently, it was widely acknowledged that British weather consisted of grey skies and rain clouds. However, in the last few years, it has become more unpredictable. If it’s not torrential downpours in June, then it’s mild temperatures in October – we’ve even seen snow in April. One thing is certain, you can never entirely…

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Labour councils building twice as many affordable homes

Labour councils are building twice as many affordable homes as their Tory counterparts. Figures gained from a Freedom of Information request by shadow local government secretary, Hilary Benn indicate that Labour-run constituencies have built an average of 403 council houses since the last election, compared with just 201 in Tory-held authorities. According to insidehousing.co.uk, this…

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Autumn/winter guide to roof maintenance

With the winter weather fast approaching, it is essential that homeowners ensure their roofs are watertight. Even the smallest of issues can develop into bigger problems given the repeated battering that buildings can receive during cold, wet conditions, so ensure your roof is in good condition before the great British weather ensues. Here are some…

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Construction sector grows at fastest rate since 2007

The British construction industry has unexpectedly taken a turn for the better, experiencing its fastest growth since the economic crash in September 2007. The Markit/CIPS construction PMI rose to 59.4 in October, outdoing economists’ predictions of it remaining at Septembers high of 58.9. According to reports from theguardian.com, the house building market experienced the biggest…

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