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Drafts, Winter, Cold, Repairs

What to consider in the winter months

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Winter is here and with winter comes cold, the festive season and then, it gets even colder!

Depending on where you live hazardous conditions could be a concern of yours. This means that you may need to add some extra protection to your home so that you can keep that Cold Air in the Home out.

Here’s What to consider in the Winter Months:

Hold back the drafts

What to do about drafts?

One step that should be taken in order to keep out the cold is to close the gaps on the exterior of your home.

A report by the department of energy suggests that the average home leaks enough the fill a two-foot square hole!

There are ways to close those gaps. First of all, check where the gaps are, frequent places are windows and doors. If your home is old then this will be a more frequent issue. Not to worry though, if you need any Repair Work Edinburgh give us a call on 0131 447 5327 and we’ll see what we can do for you! Or why not head to our contact page and send us an enquiry through the contact form!

A village in the UK during Winter time

Your roof and walls

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Winter is here and during the winter months, we all spend a lot more time indoors. It’s not surprising that this is when a lot of indoor house renovation projects are hatched. When sitting around your home you may start to notice the kitchen units are past their day, or the bathroom is really showing its age, and you may think it’s about time to change the colour of the walls.

Outside of your property

As exciting as it is to start planning some of the changes you’ll make in the spring, this is a good time of year to give some thought to the outside of your property. Our winters in Scotland can be pretty harsh and the exterior of your home can take a real pounding from the wind, rain, sleet and snow.

High winds are not unusual and can loosen or lift roof tiles or slates. The combination of wind and driving rain can erode the fabric of the building and although lying snow looks pretty, it can cause structural damage over time. It’s easy to take the outside of our homes for granted and wait until we get a leak, lose some slates, or masonry falls off, before we call in the Builders UK.

The roof, exterior walls, doors and windows are our shield from the elements, so next time there’s a weather window of opportunity, check to see everything is as it should be and if anything needs repaired, get expert help.

At George Hardie & Son, we’re Local Joiners in Edinburgh and we’ve been helping people care for and improve their properties in and around Edinburgh for over 130 years. We are happy to offer expert advice. Get in contact with us today to see what kind builder and Joiner Work we can do for you!

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Keeping your home healthy against mould

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Mould in the home

Mould is a serious issue. It isn’t nice to look at when going about your day and it certainly isn’t doing your home any favours in the long run. Some people think that that a little bit of mould won’t harm them or their home, but it can cause long-term health issues and major structural damage to your home. In order to counter act the effects of mould, you might need to get in touch with a builder and joiner. With that in mind, What Causes Damp & Mould? Here are three ways that you can protect your house against mould growth.

Extractor fans

You should have multiple extractor fan installed in both your kitchen and your bathroom, and make sure that you use them every time you cook or have a bath or shower. Cooking and bathing produce moisture, which then settles on surfaces which causes condensation and ultimately mould. Therefore, using an extractor fan to remove this excess moisture reduces the possibility of Damp In The Home.

Ventilation

Ventilation really helps in preventing mould growth. You need to ensure that there is a good flow of air throughout your house, especially in areas where lots of condensation can build up, such as your kitchen and bathroom. You can do this by opening windows whenever possible, and making sure that all air vents are open and unobstructed.

Dry wet clothes outside

Wet clothes are yet another major source of mould growth in the home. Many people will dry their wet laundry inside, usually either nearby or on top of their radiators. This is a critical mistake to be making. You need your radiators to be unobstructed in order for them to work properly and reduce mould, and putting wet clothes on them simply increases the amount of moisture in the air in your home, causing more mould growth.

If you need any Mould Removal services and would like to get in touch give us a call on 0131 447 5327

Scaffolding for an extension on a house

Conservatory & Kitchen Extensions

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When adding improvements to your home it brings new life into a property and simultaneously adds value to property. When thinking about Property Extensions there is always the thought of where to put it and the Cost of Building An Extension to your property.

Kitchen

Kitchen extensions are especially good at adding value and improving your home. Many young families will want the kitchen to be the heart of the property; this goes to show that kitchens really do sell houses!

Conservatory

A conservatory is another option to consider when you want to add extra space to a home. Conservatories can often be cheaper to build to a single storey extension and are a brilliants way to increase living space in the home.

We would recommend checking with the local planning authority before any extension work is commenced as some properties are in a conservation area or their property is listed so they will need permission. If you start Building Without Planning Permission, there would be complications further down the road.

Please get in contact with us to see how we can help to provide bespoke window and door frames for the extra living space you want in your home!

Call us on 0131 447 5327 today!

New tiles being put into place on a floor

Wall & Floor Tiling

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Throughout this blog we’re going to go through what wall & floor tiling entails for the joiner and why it could be a good move to Tile Your Walls & floors.

Tiling work can be done both inside and out, this includes homes of customers, small projects like Tiling A Bathroom Wall or big projects tiling numerous big rooms. Plus, building in all weather conditions. The work is performed on houses, industrial and commercial buildings, churches, and out installations, swimming pools and more.

The work is laid out through drawings similar to architecture, for example, all the measurements need to be marked and set out so that the tiler knows what to do and so that the finished product is of a high standard for the customer.

Why would I need Tiling?

The facts are; you might not need to re-tile your floor / wall(s). However, if you want or need a fresh look for your home or business then you need to ask yourself, Rip out or replace? Both of these are viable options, it just depends on your preference.

Here at George Hardies we offer Tiling Jobs to our customers.

Give us a call on 0131 447 5327 today!