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  • Damp-proofing a listed building: what you need to know
    Newton Waterproofing
    Damp-proofing a Grade II listed building Newton Waterproofing staff have been approached with the following question: "I have a Grade II listed building that I intend to convert into habitable space. The age of the building means that the walls do not incorporate any form of damp-proof course. The walls are a combination of brick and stone...
    Article, 04 May 2017
  • Damp-proofing versus waterproofing: applications
    Newton Waterproofing
    What is the difference between damp-proofing and waterproofing? Damp-proofing is designed to keep soil moisture out of a structure and waterproofing is designed to keep both soil moisture and liquid water out of a structure. Waterproofing: applications Waterproofing, or a waterproofing system, should be used in projects where there is the...
    Article, 17 January 2013
  • Window installation and energy efficiency standards
    Andrew Swift, technical advisor for foam sealants supplier ISO-Chemie, offers advice for installers about achieving energy efficiency installations and the benefits of using foam tape sealants for longer lasting performance. While window systems have to comply with certain FENSA and CERTASS requirements there are no meaningful standards governing...
    Article, 17 November 2014
  • What low pitch roof slates and tiles are available?
    Marley Eternit
    What low pitch roof slates and tiles are available? Due to the increase in domestic extensions with low pitch roofs the demand for low pitch roofing solutions is greater than ever.Marley Eternit offers two fibre cement products, two clay products and one concrete slate-effect product that are suited to low pitch roofing applications....
    Article, 18 August 2017
  • Flood damage strategy and rapid reoccupation
    Newton Waterproofing
    The winter of 2013-14 has been one of the wettest on record and, in many areas of the UK, this has resulted in the flooding of both commercial and domestic properties on a scale not seen before. The post-flood clean-up can be frustrating for the occupiers, as getting the property habitable again can take longer than expected. There are a number of...
    Article, 03 April 2014
  • 5 Top Tips for specifying the right balustrade system
    Delta Balustrades
    Specifying the right balustrade for your building demands a detailed understanding of the requirements of its specific use and construction, which is why it is always beneficial to work with a trusted balustrade specialist to ensure compliance whilst meeting budgets and systems are in-keeping with the aesthetics of the building. There are several...
    Article, 29 November 2016
  • Stainless steel in coastal and swimming pool areas
    BA Systems
    Effects of corrosive environments on stainless steel coastal areas and swimming pools are very exacting environments for any construction material including stainless steel. It is important to remember that even 316 marine grade stainless steel with a polished finish is still 'stainless' not 'stain-free' and a regular cleaning regime needs to be...
    Article, 25 September 2017
  • Oak Framed Buildings & Listed Properties
    Round Wood of Mayfield
    Oak Framed Buildings & Listed Properties We recently advised members of the Listed Property Owners' Club on the issues around constructing an oak frame within the curtilage of a listed building. In an article published in their monthly magazine, various topics were covered, including how to approach the planning stages and liasing with...
    Article, 18 December 2014
  • Why a green roof needs winter maintenance
    Harrowden Turf
    It's a frequently overlooked fact that extensive green roofs need maintenance in order for them to deliver all of the benefits they were installed to supply. A simple maintenance regime requires two visits to the roof per year; one in the Spring to check plant health and apply fertiliser if necessary; one in Autumn / Winter to remove debris and...
    Article, 01 December 2015
  • Where are coloured clay tiles used?
    Marley Eternit
    Where are coloured clay tiles used? It is perhaps not surprising to find that clay tile usage closely correlates with areas where suitable clay is found, with clay plain tiles used to cover roofs for over 1000 years in regions including the south east of England and the Midlands. ...
    Article, 15 August 2017
  • Balustrades: health and safety - who's responsible?
    Delta Balustrades
    The installation of balustrades is intended to prevent the risk of falls from stairs, terraces and balconies, however even the smallest of design errors can result in health and safety failure. So who has design responsibility? For architect-designed schemes with a named balustrade specialist, responsibility for safety of design and installation...
    Article, 02 May 2017
  • FAQs about sliding doors – a trade guide
    Runners Sliding Door Systems
    Tradesman often get asked lots of different questions regarding the various types of sliding door systems available, how they work and what their benefits are. These are all valid points and to help answer these enquiries, Runners Sliding Door Systems has devised this helpful trade guide. Q: Is there more than one type of sliding door? A: Yes ...
    Article, 26 April 2016
  • Does a re-roof or extension need to comply with BS 5534
    Marley Eternit
    Does a property Re-roof or extension need to comply with BS 5534 With smaller domestic pitched roofing contracts being awarded to independent tradesmen, it’s never been a more important time to look at the current standards set out for existing builds and extensions....
    Article, 14 August 2017
  • Combined waterproofing systems: what you need to know
    Newton Waterproofing
    BS 8102:2009 and combined waterproofing systems As of November 30th 2009, BS 80102:2009 – the code of practice for “The Protection of Below Ground Structures from Water From the Ground" – has been in effect. It incorporates significant changes that affect those designing and installing waterproofing systems. The new standard supersedes BS...
    Article, 17 January 2013
  • Design considerations for roof hatches
    Bilco UK
    Bilco provides specification advice for roof hatches as part of its Bilco Assist service. When specifying a roof hatch, consideration should be given as to how often the hatch will be used and if tools or equipment will be taken onto the roof. Where frequent access is required and where space allows, it is recommended that a companionway or a...
    Article, 10 November 2017