• "Very friendly & good workers. Just a good job".

    Mr/s A Kippen - Milton of Balgonie

    “Very satisfied.”

    Mr C Robertson - Broughty Ferry

    "The men made a grand job of the roof"

    Mr A Patrick - Rossie, Auchtermuchty

    "Very pleased, good job well done."

    Mr/s Hudson - Bearsden, Glasgow

    “I found your staff were very thorough in doing this job.”

    Mr & Mrs D Whigham – Edinburgh

    “Very pleased with the work and staff. Polite and efficient.”

    Mr R Fraser – Motherwell

    “Absolutely brilliant.”

    Mr & Mrs Ellis - Broughty Ferry

    “Overall a satisfactory job. Well-mannered staff and very tidy. "

    Mr & Mrs MacDonald – Pitlochry

    “Easy to communicate with and very particular about the work. (walls)”

    Mr & Mrs Blyth – Monifieith

    “Very professional with a minimum of inconvenience. Overall a very good job.”

    Mr & Mrs Brooks - Dundee

  • Monthly Archives

    May 2019

    Unusual Roofing Materials from Around the World

    Here in the UK, we’re most accustomed to seeing slate tile and corrugated iron roofs, or occasionally an old fashioned thatched cottage out in the countryside. However, there’s a wide variety of interesting and unusual materials that have been used to build roofs through the ages that are still used around the world still today. From seaweed to rubber tyres, there are plenty of unusual and eco friendly roofing materials being used all across the globe. To find out more about just a few less commonly used roofing materials, see some of the examples below.

    Plastic bottles

    Over 7,000 bottles were transformed into a colourful shingle roof for a small cabin in Merton Abbey, London in 2013. Called the ‘Fizzy Bottle Project’, volunteers collected thousands of plastic drinks bottles which were then flattened and the labels removed, before being hole punched and fixed together to make roof ‘shingles’.

    Porcelain

    China’s fourth largest city, Tianjin, is home to one of the country’s more unusual tourist attractions – a house built entirely from porcelain. The Porcelain House (or China House) has a colourful mosaic roof built entirely from old ceramic vases and damaged antiques. Opened in 2007, it reportedly cost its owner an astonishing $300 million to complete.

    Rubber tyres

    A garden shed in the Netherlands was converted into a home-come-office using a range of recycled materials, including rubber tyres for the roof. Already incredibly durable, the tyres were insulated using stone wool to make them both water and weatherproof.

    Seaweed

    It’s probably not a substance you’ve ever considered, but seaweed is actually a very common roofing material on the Danish island, Læsø. Many homes here are built using a variety of seaweed known as eelgrass, which is very strong and can last up to 300 years! Homes are insulated by adding wool, which is also used to hold the seaweed roofs together.

    Newspaper

    In 1922, mechanical engineer Enis Stenman built a house made entirely out of rolled up and varnished newspaper, as a way to demonstrate how much society was wasting. The idea spread to Norway, who came up with a way to turn newspapers and solvent free glue into ‘logs’, which can then be cut and used as a roofing material just like wooden logs would.

    It’s important to protect your roof, whatever material it’s made out of, which is why at Kingdom Coatings we provide protection against the elements with our professional waterproof coatings. Our coatings are the perfect protection for tiled roofs, and ensure that your home stays waterproof and your roof remains in excellent condition for years to come. For more information about our coating options, give us a call or visit the website today.

    Top Tips to Sell your Property in a Flash

    The housing market is a cutthroat gauntlet to run through, especially when you’re looking to sell your home. No matter how many viewings or signs of interest you receive for your property, no one seems to be wanting to make an offer. This can be infuriating as it can delay any plans you may have and, if you’re already in talks with another seller, you could lose your chance to buy your dream home.

    Luckily, there are ways you can turn your prospects around and transform your selling woes into wins. With this in mind, here are our top tips to help you finally clinch the deal on your home.

    Create a great online profile

    Everything begins on the internet these days and it’s likely your property is listed on various property websites for your area. This is one of the first points of contact a potential buyer will have with your property and if it’s not up to scratch you’re doing yourself a disservice.

    Ensure that any photos of your home are professionally taken and cover all rooms of the property. This can help prospective buyers gain an understanding of your home and whether they would like to take things further.

    Give the house a clean

    Although a pretty obvious one, you might be surprised at how many sellers simply leave their property as is during viewings. A thorough clean is essential to make your property truly shine on viewing day, so be sure to clean every inch of the property.

    It’s also a good idea to try to depersonalise your property for when prospective buyers come to visit. It’s not you who’s going to be living there, so you want to give viewers a blank slate to help them imagine how they can put their own stamp on the place.

    Make any necessary upgrades

    If your home is looking a little ‘lived in,’ it might be time to give your property a bit of a makeover. Although this can be irritating, ensuring that the property is up to scratch will both sell it quicker and add value to your home.

    Don’t forget kerb appeal

    Arguably one of the most important aspects when selling your home, kerb appeal is essential in selling your place quickly. Bad kerb appeal will nearly always equal a no sale as you only get to make a first impression once.

    Propsective buyers will want a property that looks great on both the inside and outside, so take time to ensure your home looks great. One way is to invest in quality roof coating, refreshing your roof and giving your property’s exterior a renewed shine.

    Kingdom Coatings offers comprehensive roof and wall coating services to both protect your property from excess mould and to improve kerb appeal. For more information, visit our website.

    Four Scenic Walks in Scotland for the Adventurous

    As one of the last bastions of the truly wild, Scotland remains a favourite for the more adventurous among us looking to brave the elements and explore the beauty our country has to offer.

    From the dramatic highlands to the rugged coastal trails, our stunning country has a huge amount to offer. With this in mind, we at Kingdom Coatings decided to put a quick list together of our top four walks throughout Scotland.

    Fife coastal path

    Stretching over 117 miles, the Fife coastal path has a huge amount to offer along its trails. Catering to a range of difficulties, ranging from charming and level trails to more wild and demanding sections.

    You can spend time exploring the cosmopolitan streets of St. Andrews or make your way along the rugged cliffsides and stunning beaches that the Fife area is known for; whatever your tastes, this coastal walk has it.

    The Great Glen Way

    Looking North-West, the Great Glen Way focuses around the fault line splitting the highlands and the lowlands and offering walkers a mystical trip through the forests and glens of this wild section of the Scottish countryside.

    Many walkers take the walk in stages and begin their journey from one of the towns dotted along the trail. Expect to traverse the forests around Loch Ness, Loch Lochy and the towpath of the Caledonian Canal.

    The Saddle

    At 1010 metres high, the Saddle is truly a test of endurance for the more adventurous walkers in Scotland, however, the pay-off is truly stunning for those who make it to the top.

    Not for the faint of heart, the area is famed for the Forcan Ridge, a ridgeline connecting the Saddle top to its neighbour Meallan Odhar. Once you reach the top, you will be great with magnificent views across the Five Sisters of Kintail.

    Ben Nevis

    As the UK’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis is the crown jewel for serious walkers and climbers looking for a challenge in the British Isles. Towering over the tiny town of Fort William, the walk itself will take around six to seven hours to complete, just be prepared for a few sit downs along the way!

    Kingdom Coatings – expert roof coating in Scotland

    At Kingdom Coatings, we’re extremely proud of our beautiful, rugged environment, yet with such a wild country comes pretty wild weather. With this in mind, our quality roof coatings will ensure your roof can battle the elements, making it as rugged and strong as the country within it resides.

    For more information, visit our website or get in touch on 0800 228 9436.

    The Best Ways to Insulate Your Home

    Summer may be on its way, but let’s face it – the UK weather is often unpredictable and you may find the odd cold and rainy day amongst the sunshine. Nobody wants a freezing or damp home at any time, but it can feel particularly miserable if the weather isn’t great, or you live somewhere with a cold and wet climate. Luckily, there are plenty of things you can do to insulate your home and ensure it stays cosy and dry all year round. From double glazing to wall coatings, see the list below for just some of the ways you can effectively insulate your property.

    Double glazing

    It might seem like an expensive investment, but adding double glazing can save you a lot of money on future heating bills, and add value to your property overall. Double glazing can cut heat loss escaping through your windows by half, and the double layered glass will make your windows more secure too.

    Wall insulation

    Cavity wall insulation is another very effective way to prevent heat escaping from your home; as around a third of heat is lost through your walls if they are uninsulated. It works to reduce heat loss by filling the space in between the inner and outer walls with an insulating material such as glass fibre wool, which immobilises the air in the cavity space.

    Add draught excluders

    One of the cheapest and simplest ways to insulate your home is to add draught excluders to block the gap underneath your doors. You can buy sealant strips from most DIY stores, or you can easily make a stuffed fabric draught excluder if you’re feeling crafty.

    Underfloor heating

    If draught excluders aren’t doing the job then you might want to consider underfloor heating. Like double glazing, underfloor heating can save you money in the long run, and it frees up wall space taken up by radiators – perfect if you have a smaller home. Underfloor heating is very comfortable to walk on, and can be installed underneath carpet, wood or tiled floors.

    Invest in thick curtains and rugs

    In some cases, heavy fabric curtains and some strategically placed rugs are enough to significantly warm up your home, especially in rooms with wooden flooring. Thermal curtains add a layer of acrylic foam between double or triple layers of fabric to block out sunlight, reduce noise and insulate your room from window draughts. Similarly, a thick rug can stop cold air coming up through gaps in wooden floorboards, and make a cosier surface to walk on.

    Apply an exterior wall coating

    Applying an external wall coating stops damp and moisture from penetrating the bricks in your external wall, which protects the interior of your home too. Damp can cause a lot of problems in your home, from mould to health problems and a cold, dank atmosphere, so protecting your outer walls is just as important.

    If you’re after an external wall coating for your home, get in touch with Kingdom Coatings. Based in Scotland, we’re well aware of how cold and rainy the weather can get, so protect your home against damp with our professional external wall treatments. For more information about our wall coatings, give us a call or visit the website today.

    The Most Amazing Roofs Around the World

    Our planet is home to some truly spectacular architecture, from the ancient to the modern, and there are guaranteed to be stunning buildings to visit in almost every town or city across the world. While many buildings boast spectacular interiors with impressive paintings, mosaic floors or sculptural designs, there can be just as much beauty found if you remember to look up to the sky. A building’s roof is its crowning glory, and it can often be the most ambitious and interesting element of a building’s design. With this in mind, see the list below for a few of our favourite stunning roofs around the world.

    Sydney Opera House, Australia

    You can’t make a list of amazing roofs without including arguably one of the most famous roofs in the world, and one of the most recognised buildings of the 20th century. Completed in 1973, architect Jørn Utzon says he took inspiration from nature for the roof’s design; namely walnuts, oranges and bird wings.

    The Grand Palace, Thailand

    This is one building that doesn’t do subtledly, the roof of Thailand’s Grand Palace in Bangkok is brightly coloured with intricate gold plated details. Built in 1782, the palace was home to the Thai King and Royal Court for 150 years, and remains one of Thailand’s most popular tourist spots today.

    ACROS Fukuoka Prefectural International Hall, Japan

    This spectacular roof design in Fukuoka City features over 100,000 square metres of greenery, spread over 15 terraces that form the sloping roof. Designed by architect Emilio Ambasz in 1995, this green roof provides vital natural space in a busy city, and helps make the building more environmentally friendly by reducing heating and cooling costs.

    Taj Mahal, India

    Another instantly recognisable building, the Taj Mahal remains one of India’s ‘must see’ attractions. Commissioned by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in 1632, it houses the tomb of his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal. The stunning building is topped off with a white marble dome at almost 35 metres high, with lotus patterns and smaller domes adding to the splendour.

    St Basil’s Cathedral, Moscow

    One of Russia’s most famous landmarks is hard to miss with its incredible patterned and brightly coloured design. The roof is no exception, featuring eight domed spires in various incredible pattern and colour ways. The domes were added between the 1680s and 1860s, and reflect the changes as Russian style evolved over the years.

    We believe all roofs are important here at Kingdom Coatings, whether you live in a palace or a semi-detached family home. We offer premium waterproof roof coatings to protect your home from the elements and ensure it stays in excellent condition for years to come. To find out more about our roof coating services and how they could enhance your property, give us a call or visit our website today.

    A Brief History of Roofing

    The interesting thing about history is that everyone and everything has one; this is the same for the humble roof. Since the beginning of human history, we have benefited from some form of roofing. Whether made from adobe mud bricks or solid steel, roofing is essential in sheltering us from the elements.

    Yet, this humble yet essential component to our homes has changed immensely over the thousands of years we have been building them. With this in mind, here is a very brief history of how roofing has developed.

    Roofing origins

    Roofing has always been vital to survival and protection from the elements and our ancient ancestors knew this. At a time when daily life was a constant battle to survive, homo sapiens looked for new ways to adapt and innovate.

    The earliest known roofing material was created from the dried skins of woolly mammoths, with the earliest example dating back to around 40,000 BC in Siberia. These makeshift tents were especially easy to dismantle, offering hunter-gatherers shelter whilst on the move.

    Thatch

    Still used today throughout the English countryside, thatched roofs have been a part of European roofing culture for thousands of years. As hunter-gathering declined and humans began setting foundations, homesteads began to become more permanent.

    Because of this, the first thatched houses began springing up throughout northern Europe, offering a superior level of protection and insulation. These proto-thatched roofs were less efficient as the ones we see today which began appearing around 735 AD.

    The beginning of roof tiles

    Whilst tribal societies were building their thatched buildings throughout central and Northern Europe, the Romans were experimenting with new roofing ideas, culminating the first roofing tiles, created in 100 BC. The iconic orange roof tile became a staple throughout the Mediterranean and Rome’s conquered lands.

    However, it wouldn’t be until the 12th century that tiling truly came into its own. During the reign of King John, a decree was made that buildings in London need to replace their thatched roofs with tiles.

    This began the inexorable rise of the superior material and, with the industrial revolution making mass tiling manufacturing easier, tiles became the standard for homes throughout the world.

    Roofing today

    These days, roofing still relies heavily on tiling and is the main method of creating a quality roof. However, there are new ways to help keep our roofs looking great and carry out the job of protecting us from the elements.

    Here at Kingdom Coatings, our bespoke, industry-leading roof coating process has given countless happy customers a refreshed and renewed roof for their home. Coating helps to repel mould growth whilst restoring it to its former glory.

    For more information, visit our website or get in touch with our team on 0800 228 9436.