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    Roof Maintenance

    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.

    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.

    Three common roofing problems and how to spot them

    icicles from corrugated roof

    You may often forget it’s there or take it for granted, but a building’s roof is one of its most important elements. Without a strong and sturdy roof, our properties wouldn’t be protected against the elements, and rain, snow, wind and sunlight would cause irrevocable damage to our homes and offices.

    With this in mind, it’s essential to ensure that you’re clued up on common roofing problems and how to spot them. Here are just three roofing problems to be aware of:

     

    Leaking roofs

    With such unpredictable (and often rainy) British weather, it’s no surprise that leaks are one of the most common roofing problems in the UK. Although they’re built to stand the test of time, constant exposure to the elements, from the hot, drying rays of the sun to drizzle and frost, can eventually take its toll.

    Fortunately, leaks are often easy to spot and can, therefore, be repaired quickly and efficiently before they cause too much damage. Look out for discoloured ceilings and a build-up of moisture in your upstairs rooms – signs that your roof may be leaking.

     

    Blistering

    Roof blistering is a common problem that can affect shingles. They look, as most blisters do, like raised bumps under the surface of your roof shingles, and can vary in size and gravity. Blisters are caused when trapped moisture is exposed to sunlight and begins to expand. Roofs with poor ventilation systems are especially vulnerable to blistering, as, without adequate airflow, shingles can get hotter and hotter until they blister.

    Unfortunately, if blisters aren’t dealt with, they can leave your roof prone to water damage. Unless you have access to your roof you probably won’t spot them, so make sure to get your roof inspected regularly by a professional.

     

    Moisture build-up

    If rainwater doesn’t drain from your roof properly it can collect and seep through to your building, causing a variety of problems from soaked insulation to water damage in the home. This is a common problem for flat roofs, however even sloped roofs can experience issues with moisture build-up if their drainage systems aren’t functioning properly.

    It may not be easy to spot pooling water unless you have access to your roof, but there are some tell-tale signs of internal water damage to look out for. These include discoloured walls and ceilings, pools of water inside the home, a leaking chimney breast and damp in each room.

    From blistering to leaking chimney breasts, it’s clear that moisture is one of the largest threats to roofing in the UK. That’s why it’s important to take steps to protect your home from water damage with a waterproof roof coating from Kingdom Coatings, based in Scotland. We can help you protect your home from the elements with protective roof tile coatings designed to keep your roof in full working order. For more information about our range of microporous, water-based membrane coatings, get in touch with the experts at Kingdom Coatings today.

    Kerb Appeal: Does Your Home Have It?

    Rolferfor water proofing rooftop.

    First impressions count when it comes to home, and whether you’re trying to sell your property or just impress visitors, there are many things you can do to give a positive impression. Estate agents often call this ‘kerb appeal’, which basically means the impression that your house gives from the outside. This can involve lots of factors, from whether the house looks well-maintained, perhaps with a nice roof coating to make the roof look like new, to decorative touches such as plants and pretty landscaping. So, what steps can you take to boost the kerb appeal of your home?

    Exterior maintenance

    Any part of your home that’s poorly maintained will soon stand out for all the wrong reasons, but you don’t need to spend a lot of money to get it looking like new. For example, roof coating systems are an easy way to upgrade your roof, making it look newly-installed, while also protecting your home. Some other maintenance jobs you could consider include:

    • Wall coatings – both attractive and add protection to your home
    • Jet washing your brickwork and pathways
    • Cleaning your windows
    • Paint your front door
    • Replacing gutters and flashing

    Just a few small jobs can bring your home up to date, making sure it is at its best and looks well looked after.

    Light the exterior of your home

    Exterior lights aren’t just for Christmas. A few tastefully placed lights can showcase your home and make it noticeable from the street, ideal for when you are trying to sell. Once your roof coating has been applied and your home is looking at its best, adding some small exterior lights along the pathway, or framing your front door, can transform your house into a show home.

    Clear a path

    When people pull up to your home, there needs to be a clear path to the front door, so make sure your pathway is tidy with raked leaves and trimmed hedges. If you don’t have a proper path, install one, it can make a big difference to your home. If you’ve made improvements such as adding a roof repair coating, it’s much easier to appreciate these upgrades when the façade of your house is clear and clean, and its nice to come home to.

    Get planting

    While many people have paved over their front gardens to provide more parking space, it’s worth trying to fit some plants in the space if you can. Even some small flowerbeds can make a big difference to your kerb appeal, and it makes your house seem homelier and loved. If you’re trying to sell your home, it makes it more likely people will want to see what’s inside.

    If you want to improve the look of your roof or exterior walls, get in touch with Kingdom Coatings of Unit 1 & 2, Block 2, Ward Street, Alloa Industrial Estate, Alloa, FK10 1ET. Simply call us on 0800 228 9436 or e-mail info@kingdomcoatings.co.uk and we’ll get right back to you.

    Why Summer is a Great Time to Check Your Roof in Scotland

    selection of coloured tiles

    When it comes to checking your roof, many homeowners don’t think about it much until the winter months, when the Scottish snow and rain can show up any leaks or missing tiles. However, your roof is important to your home all year round, so there’s no one time that you should maintain it.

    Summer can be an excellent time to add a waterproof roof coating in Scotland, which will protect your home from the elements, and provides a cost-effective way to upgrade an old or new roof. Here are some reasons why now is the time to look at roof coatings.

    Scottish summers are unpredictable

    Summer in Scotland unfortunately doesn’t guarantee months of sunny days. Unfortunately, it can sometimes mean sudden showers and, at worst, torrential rain! This doesn’t just affect your house, it can also lead to leaks in places such as sheds and storage rooms. Adding a metal roof coating in Scotland can add an extra layer of protection, whether it’s during a much longed for heatwave, or during the worst of the summer showers.

    It’s easier to apply

    There are many reasons why home improvements are easier during the summer months:

    • Coatings can dry quicker
    • There are no delays caused by weather changes
    • There are longer sunlight hours
    • It’s often the time when people want to make improvements

    It’s worth taking advantage of the better weather to look at making changes to your home. By looking for roof coating systems in Scotland, you can upgrade your home without lots of hassle and inconvenience, and it’s more affordable than you might think.

    You look at your roof more often

    In the summer months, you spend more time outside, which means you look at the exterior of your home. A roof repair coating in Scotland won’t just protect your home, it also instantly changes the look of your property. You can even change the colour of your roof to give your home a whole new look and add wall coatings to completely make over your property. This means, when you’re sat in your garden, you’re more likely to like what you see.

    They’re self-cleaning

    The summer months can often bring dry dirt and debris to your roof, and as the sun shines, this can lead to a grubby, grimy roof. Adding a rubber roof coating in Scotland can make your roof self-cleaning. As soon as there’s a rainy day, the dirt just slides off, so you don’t have to take out the pressure washer or find a way to clean your roof. It’s amazing how a dirty roof can make your whole house look a little grubby, so a self-cleaning roof can really improve its overall look.

    For a range of roof and wall coatings that help protect your home, contact Kingdom Coatings, Head Office, Unit 1 & 2, Block 2, Ward Street, Alloa Industrial Estate, Alloa. FK10 1ET.

    Simply call 0800 228 9436, or e-mail info@kingdomcoatings.co.uk to find out more.

    4 Roof Maintenance Tips for Scottish Homeowners

    Very, very mossy roof

    Living in a country with unpredictable weather can mean lots of stresses and strains on your roof. Scotland often has long, icy winters, which are a key time for roof damage, due to expanding and contracting ice, and rainy days can mean dreaded leaks.

    Without proper maintenance, you can end up looking for asphalt roof coating repair in Scotland or might not get the lifespan out of your roof that you expected. Therefore, Scottish homeowners should follow these simple tips to protect their roofs and keep them in great condition.

    1. Clean your gutters

    Gutters that become full of debris can get blocked easily. This means that come the inevitable rainy weather, water can get into your home, causing leaks and damp. It’s important to regularly check your gutters, perhaps when other work is being carried out such as installing roof coating systems in Scotland. If your gutters are too high for you to reach, you might want to consider bringing in the professionals, especially after a leafy autumn.

    2. Inspect your roof from the ground floor

    There’s no need to climb a ladder to do a quick roof inspection. Stand in your front garden and look for signs of problems, such as:

    • Missing tiles
    • Damage to the flashing
    • Broken or saggy gutters
    • Debris falling into the garden
    • On metal roofs – any missing or damaged fasteners

    These things can often point to an issue with your roof, and will allow you to resolve it quickly, before permanent damage such as leaks. You can often prevent problems by using a waterproof roof coating in Scotland, which will add protection from the elements, as well as adding an attractive finish to the outside of your home.

    3. Look out for moss

    Moss is often a common site on roofs, so small patches of moss might not indicate a problem. Unfortunately, moss can be like a sponge, making your roof moist which then rots your wood and leads to endless problems such as damp and structural damage. Using a roof repair coating in Scotland can help prevent the growth and spread of moss, although if you already have it on your roof you should get it removed first before the coating is applied.

    4. Add a weatherproof coating

    Adding a roof coating is particularly important for Scottish homeowners as it helps elongate the life of their roof. A rubber roof coating in Scotland will protect your home from the elements, whether you live in a city such as Edinburgh, or the Lanarkshire countryside. It’s especially important in areas hit by the more extreme weather, such as rural locations, as it can often help you avoid those expensive repair bills after a snowy and icy winter, keeping your home warm and protected.

    Find out more about Kingdom Coatings range by contacting Head Office, Unit 1 & 2, Block 2, Ward Street, Alloa Industrial Estate, Alloa. FK10 1ET. You can call the team on 0800 228 9436 or e-mail info@kingdomcoatings.co.uk.

    Getting Your Roof in Scotland Ready for the Winter Months

    icicles from corrugated roof

    We all know how hard the Scottish winters can be, and it’s important that your home is ready for those colder months. As spring arrives, it’s a great time to get winter ready.

    One of the most important things that protects your home is your roof, and it’s important to regularly check it and carry out maintenance before the coldest weather hits.

    Here are a few hints to get your property winter-ready.

    Check for leaks and damp

    Any damage to your roof can cause issues such as draughts, damp and cold. The problem isn’t always as obvious as missing tiles are – sometimes the roof might need to be properly sealed. Look for a waterproof roof coating for Scotland, which will help prevent damp and water damage, as the country’s unique weather strikes. Some signs to look for include:

    • Water stains in your loft
    • Constant dripping
    • Moss growth on the roof or walls
    • Missing or cracked tiles

    If you spot any issues, then getting your roof fixed as soon as possible is important – this will protect the structure of your home. Damp can cause all sorts of issues, and make your home feel colder, so any extra protection such as a roof coating can make a big difference to your home.

    Clean your gutters

    Your gutters are an essential part of your roof, as they take water away from the house, preventing the damage caused by damp.

    If you are thinking of adding a new roof coating, then it’s certainly worth getting your gutters cleaned – before or after the work. This will help water drain from your property. We all know how relentless the rain can be during a Scottish winter, and with a water-resistant coating and the right guttering, you can ensure your property is safe and dry.

    To avoid gutters getting clogged, you might want to add a mesh guard which can stop big pieces of debris from entering the pipes and causing problematic issues. Freezing gutters can also be an issue in Scotland during the coldest days – ice causes significant blockages. Make sure your gutters slope properly, so there’s nowhere for water to build up, and on the coldest days use rock salt to stop ice from forming.

    Check your roof insulation

    A large percentage of heat that escapes from your house comes from the roof – and proper insulation can make a big difference. Without it, Scottish homeowners could face big energy bills and will find that a lot of heat gets wasted.

    It’s not just the inside of your home that you can insulate. Look at roof coating systems in Scotland, which add a layer of protection to the outside of your home. When combined with insulation these can make a big difference to the warmth of your property.

    Want to find out more about how roof coatings can protect your Scottish home? Call Kingdom Coatings today on 0800 228 9436, or e-mail info@kingdomcoatings.co.uk to learn more about our products.