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    Raising the Roof: The Best Rooftop Scenes in Film and TV

    When it comes to film and TV, it’s fair to say that some of the most iconic scenes take place on rooftops. Whether the mood is set by stunning scenery or the height adds an element of danger to ‘the final showdown’, rooftop encounters never seem to disappoint and once you start looking, you realise just how often rooftops feature on the big screen.

    At Kingdom Coatings, roof maintenance is our forte and with this in mind, we’ve made a list of some of the best rooftop scenes in film and TV.

    Mary Poppins

    This classic film and childhood favourite contains one of the most iconic rooftop scenes of all time. ‘Step in Time’- one of many musical classics from the film- is performed by Bert and his fellow chimney sweeps on the rooftops of London and this couldn’t be a more perfect location for the performance. You can’t help but stare in disbelief at the impressive display of choreography, and the scene has an intense sense of excitement as the chimney sweeps leap from rooftop to rooftop. This jaw-dropping scene simply wouldn’t be the same in any other location, and the daring yet graceful performance coupled with the vertigo-inducing height is just the perfect combination.

    Almost Famous

    This coming of age classic features a significant rooftop scene that is often overlooked. After arguing with his fellow band members, Russell Hammond goes to a house party to forget his worries and finds himself on a rooftop shouting ‘I am a golden god.’ Whilst there are serious undertones at play, this is a predominantly humorous scene in which Hammond is trying to come up with some profound ‘last words.’ After settling on ‘I’m on drugs’ he leaps off the roof into the pool and wakes up the next day feeling a little worse for wear. Although seemingly insignificant, the roof is a platform on which Hammond is coming to grips with the highs and lows of fame, and it could be said that the roof is used to demonstrate that in this moment, Hammond’s ego has reached new heights.

    The Departed

    As previously mentioned, there is something so epic about rooftop fight scenes and this is especially apparent when watching Martin Scorsese’s The Departed. The rooftop location undoubtedly adds to the tension of this final showdown and you’re kept on the edge of your seat throughout. There’s also the descent from the rooftop in a lift which further adds to the suspense as you’re genuinely unsure how the scene is going to end. In this instance, the rooftop location is utilised flawlessly to achieve a nail-biting movie crescendo.

    Friends

    Whilst it may not be the first thing that comes to your mind when contemplating iconic rooftop scenes, ‘The One Where They’re Up All Night’ is an episode in which none of the friends get any sleep for various reasons. Arguably the most humorous storyline is Joey and Ross getting stuck on the roof and their eventful trip down the fire escape. When the fire escape gets stuck, the friends have no choice but to climb down one another which is where the scene reaches peak hilarity. So, if you’re looking for a bit of lighthearted humour, this is an episode that will undoubtedly have you in stitches.

    If you want a roof that’s fit for the big screen, rely on the experts at Kingdom Coatings. Our roof coatings will protect your property from harsh weather whilst giving your roof a fresh new look. Contact us today for more information.

    5 Steps for Waterproofing your Home: From Roof Waterproofing to Wall Coatings

    Anyone who lives in the UK knows that it’s prone to a lot of wet and windy weather, which can be unfortunately not just during the winter months, but all year round! It’s important that your home is protected from the elements wherever you live, and there are plenty of practical solutions that can help waterproof your home and keep it cosy and dry all year round. From waterproofing your roof to external wall coatings, see our roundup below for five of the best ways to waterproof your home.

    Why is it so important to waterproof your home?

    It may seem obvious, as no one wants a cold or damp home, but there are several other important reasons why it’s essential to make sure your home is waterproof all year round. An influx of damp or moisture can cause both structural and health problems, which we will look at below.

    Protect your interiors

    If damp permeates your home then it can cause a range of problems for your interior, including peeling and yellow wallpaper, condensation and cold and damp internal walls. None of these effects are pleasant to live with, and if damp is left untreated it can lead to more serious structural damage.

    Prevent health problems

    A damp environment can cause or range of health problems (or worsen existing conditions) including asthma, chest infections, allergies and respiratory issues. Damp causes mold and condensation to form, and it’s the spores from these which can lead to health problems. Waterproofing your home to prevent the chances of this is especially important if you live with the elderly, young children or anybody with an existing health or immunity condition.

    Save money

    The initial cost of waterproofing your home might seem daunting, but it’s more than worth it when you consider the cost of repairing potential problems that can be caused by damp. Prevention is better than cure, and fixing your roof or applying coating for external walls is far more cost effective than repairing structural damage caused by damp.

    Avoid structural damage

    Unwanted moisture in your home can cause serious problems over time, especially if the building contains a lot of wood. Rising damp can destroy plaster and rot timber within your home, especially around window frames or wooden beams.

    Waterproofing methods

    There are many good reasons to waterproof your home, as discussed above, but you may not know where to start or which preventative methods are the most effective. Here, we will discuss five waterproofing methods for your home and how they can help prevent damp and moisture from causing problems.

    Roof coatings

    A waterproof roof coating protects roof tiles from the elements, including extreme heat, frost and moisture. They are also available for asphalt or metal roofs, and help protect against the growth of mould and mildew which can be caused by rain and damp. Roof coatings are made from a micro porous, water based membrane, and it remains watertight while allowing air to circulate which prevents condensation from forming under your roof.

    A waterproof roof coating also helps regulate temperature, ensuring your roof stays warm in winter and cool in summer, making it an energy efficient way to waterproof your roof.

    External wall coatings

    Waterproof coatings are also available for your external wall as well as your roof, and they can approve your home’s appearance as well as protecting it from the elements. Wall coatings are very durable, and work to effectively prevent moisture, mould and condensation from permeating the external walls and entering your home.

    Wall coatings can be clear, or in a range of neutral colours, so they can give your home a welcome update if needed. Like roof coatings, damp proofing your exterior walls can also help to regulate temperature and keep your home warmer in winter, thereby saving money on heating bills. Many coatings are also ultraviolet fade resistant, and can be used on a variety of natural materials including brick, limestone, sandstone and more.

    Basement tanking

    Basements and cellars can be particularly prone to rising damp, but basement tanking is one effective way to counteract this. Basement tanking involves applying a liquid waterproof coating to the walls and floor, keeping your basement dry and sealing it against moisture. Walls need to be exposed and free of and free of any previous coatings, plaster or paints in order for the coating to be effective; and ideally two coats should be applied for the most effective result.

    Having a fully functioning, waterproof basement can add significant value to your property, as well as providing useful space for a home office, playroom, extra bedroom or simply just extra storage space.

    Foundation crack injections

    Damp and moisture can seep through even the smallest crack in your home’s foundations, so it’s vital to have them sealed as soon as you notice any breach in your home’s foundations. One way of repairing any cracks is by using crack injections; these can be either high or low pressure depending on the size of the crack. One of the most common materials used is a type of polyurethane foam; this can be injected into the crack and it then sets, forming a watertight seal. This type of injection is incredibly durable, and in most cases won’t need to be repaired again.

    Repair your roof and gutters

    As you might expect, damaged tiles or holes and cracks in your roof is one of the easiest ways for water to enter your property, so it’s essential to get any damage repaired as soon as possible. Securing your roof also prevents heat from escaping, keeping your home warm and dry during the colder months. Ideally you should inspect your roof once or twice a year, and it’s worth hiring a professional roof company to do so to ensure no issues are overlooked.

    Maintaining a building’s gutters is also an important part of keeping your home waterproof; if gutters become clogged then excess rainwater from the roof has nowhere to escape, potentially causing leaks as the water builds up and pools on the roof. Gutters should be cleared of all leaves and debris, ideally twice a year or more often if trees and greenery hang overhead. Gutters should be cleared, and any cracks should be filled in or repaired. You should also check the joints and brackets to make sure no leaks are coming from these areas.

    If you’re looking for an effective way to waterproof your home, get in touch with Kingdom Coatings. We offer high quality, energy efficient wall and roof repair coatings that can withstand the harshest of weather conditions. Our coatings come with a 10 year guarantee, and help eliminate moss, prevent water damage and enhance the look of your home. Our roof coatings are even self-cleaning and water repellent, ensuring your roof stays looking its best for years to come.

    For more information about our range of coatings, give us a call today or find more information on our website.

    The Benefits of Concrete and Clay Tile Roofing

    If you’re building a home, moving into a new property or simply looking to make some home improvements to your current property, you may be tempted to upgrade the material used for your roof. When it comes to roofing, there’s a whole host of different materials to consider and they often have different properties and benefits. Here, we discuss the specific benefits of choosing concrete or clay tiles.

    They Last a Long Time

    Something to pay attention to when choosing the material for your roof is how much longevity the material has. Both concrete and clay tiles perform well in this category, as they provide natural ventilation and water resistance. Clay and concrete tiles are expected to last between 50 and 100 years, although you can extend their lifespan with a protective coating from Kingdom Coatings.

    They’re Energy Efficient

    As well as lasting for decades, tiles are also relatively energy efficient, so they will cost you less on your annual energy bills once they’ve been installed. The materials used have natural thermal resistance and the overlapping of the tiles to create the roof also creates ventilation that helps to form a natural thermal barrier. This ventilation that occurs underneath the tiles, combined with a pitched roof, creates a cooling effect in the summer and retains heat in the winter.

    They Stay Strong Even in Extreme Weather

    Finally, tiles retain their strength even when faced with extreme weather like high winds. If you live in an area of the country that routinely gets battered by strong winds and storms, tiles are certainly a choice to strongly consider as they can withstand winds of up to 150 miles an hour.

    We Can Coat Your Concrete or Clay Tiles to Give Them Longer Life

    At Kingdom Coatings, we can give your concrete or clay tiled roof a brand new lease of life with a protective coating. This coating can restore your roof’s appearance and functionality so it will be almost as good as new.

    To find out more, contact us today. You can find us at Kingdom Coatings, Head Office, Unit 1 & 2, Block 2, Ward Street, Alloa Industrial Estate, Alloa. FK10 1ET, call us on 0800 228 9436 or email us at info@kingdomcoatings.co.uk.

    Different Types of Energy Efficient Roofs

    Making sure that our homes are as energy efficient as possible has become a crucial priority for many homeowners across the world. From the type of insulation to the energy you use, there are a number of different ways that you can optimise the efficiency in your home. Roofs are no different and can create an impact on how efficient your home is. Read on for some examples of different types of energy efficient roofs.

    Green Roof

    A green roof is, as you’d imagine, a roof covered in green vegetation. Also known as a ‘living roof’, these roofs help to retain much of the heat generated inside of the house due to their membrane of soil. They also help to create cleaner air around the home and improve drainage by soaking up water rather than allowing it to run off into the urban area and create flooding.

    Solar Tiles

    Solar tiles are one of the most innovative roofing options available today on the market. They’re almost invisible, are very durable, won’t interfere with the design of your home and also provide you with clean energy. Although these tiles would require a complete roof replacement, making them very expensive, in the long term they will improve your efficiency and boost the value of your home.

    Cool Roofs

    Cool roofs are excellent if you live in a warm climate with lots of sunshine. These roofs work by improving the reflectiveness of the roof so that the heat generated by the sun reflects from the home and doesn’t permeate through to the house. This means that your home will stay colder for longer and you won’t have to turn on your air conditioning as much.

    Coat an Old Roof

    If you’ve got an old roof that has lost much of its efficiency, covering it with a protective coating can be a much cheaper option than having it replaced. Working with a company like Kingdom Coatings means that we can restore both the appearance and functionality of your roof.

    We’re a Highly Trained, Local Team of Exterior Coatings

    At some point in your roof’s life, no matter what material it is made from, there will come a time when it will start to deteriorate and lose its colour. However, you don’t need to let your roof decline beyond repair as we can help restore the appearance and functionality with a protective coating.

    To find out more, contact us today. You can find us at Kingdom Coatings, Head Office, Unit 1 & 2, Block 2, Ward Street, Alloa Industrial Estate, Alloa. FK10 1ET, call us on 0800 228 9436 or email us at info@kingdomcoatings.co.uk.

    Does a Hot Summer Affect Your Roof Waterproofing?

    For many of us, winter is the time that we tend to worry about the state of our roofs. From heavy rainfall and cold temperatures to strong winds and the possibility of snowfall, our roofs have a lot to contend with in the colder months and these conditions can start to take their toll after a few years. Winters in Scotland can be harsh to say the least, which is why many opt to apply a waterproof coating to their roof tiles.

    This solution is specially designed to form a protective barrier between roof tiles and the elements, ensuring your tiles stay strong even in extreme weather conditions. When deciding to have a waterproof coating applied, we’re all aware that this covering will stand up to severe winter weather- but what about summer?

    Whilst it may seem unlikely, hot weather can actually cause a roof to deteriorate over time and with this in mind, roofing needs a protective layer that will shield it come rain or shine. Below, we discuss why a waterproof coating is worth investing in along with the importance of having your roof inspected periodically by an expert.

    Will a roof waterproofing solution protect your home in the summer?

    In short, a waterproof roof coating will protect your home in summer. As previously mentioned, roof sealants offer a protective layer to shield your roof tiles from damage. They work by forming a water-based membrane over the surface and the coating has tiny pores, ensuring your roof is protected whilst simultaneously being able to breathe.

    As the name suggests, a waterproof roof coating is like waterproof paint for your roof, making it resilient to wet winter weather, however, this is also applicable to summer weather. Hot or humid conditions can cause a build-up of condensation and when this happens, the stability of a roof can be compromised. Lengthy exposure to hot temperatures can cause roof shingles to slowly decompose and with this in mind, a protective roof sealant is essential.

    As well as endangering the structural integrity of a roof, condensation can also cause a growth of substances such as mould and mildew, both of which can be dangerous and will likely affect your home’s aesthetic appeal.

    A waterproof coating will defend against rainfall, snowfall and condensation caused by humidity. In fact, these sealants are designed to withstand more or less all weather conditions to ensure they are reliable all year round and stand the test of time.

    In addition to acting as a shield against humidity, a roof coating will also be extremely effective in dry heat. Extremely hot temperatures can cause roof shingles to become brittle and when this happens, they will be more vulnerable to cracks and erosion. However, with a protective coating acting as a barrier, you can guarantee your roof will be able to withstand both dry heat and humidity.

    Will a roof sealant maintain its visual appeal in hot weather?

    In addition to protecting our properties from the effects of severe weather, a roof sealant can also give your tiles a glossy and refined finish, ensuring your home maintains its kerb appeal all year round. Coatings also come in a wide variety of colours to suit any and every property and they are highly resistant to fading no matter how much rainfall they see- but will they be equally resistant to the summer sun?

    Many roof coatings have built-in UV inhibitors and as a result, they don’t fade or change colour over time. When the sun beats down on roof shingles, this can cause them to go into thermal shock and when this happens, the roof will expand in the heat and then contract as it cools down. Over the years, this can take its toll on even the strongest roof and can significantly compromise both its stability and aesthetic appeal. However, with a roof coating, you can guarantee the UV inhibitors will protect your roof from decomposing, ensuring it looks good and is functional all year round.

    The importance of regular roof inspections

    Whether you currently have a roof coating in place or you’re considering having it applied, it’s advisable to have your roof checked by a professional regularly. After all, the tiles have to withstand damage from animals and general wear and tear as well as adverse weather conditions, so it’s essential to have it inspected by a professional every so often. Not only will this give you peace of mind that your roof is in tip-top condition but also, in the event that any minor issues are uncovered, these can be nipped in the bud before they begin to affect the structural integrity of your property. A reputable roofing expert will thoroughly clean and repair your roof if needs be, leaving you with a flawless covering that’s bound to enhance the overall look of your property.

    Further to this, it’s important to note that whilst roof coating is made to stand the test of time, it won’t last forever. Typically, a roof coating will remain effective for around 10 years or potentially more, however, to ensure your roof coating is functioning as it should, it’s advisable to have it checked regularly so that it can be reapplied when necessary.

    In addition to providing both you and your property with protection from external elements, a roof is something that offers aesthetic appeal to the exterior of your property. Damaged roofing tiles have the power to make a home look rundown and tired and with this in mind, it’s essential to keep yours in prime condition and a waterproof coating is a simple and affordable approach to achieving this.

    For maximum protection, why not also invest in a protective wall coating? These work much in the same way as roof sealants as they act as damp proofing for exterior walls, keeping your property dry whatever the weather. From torrential rainfall to excessive moisture, these coatings are robust enough to withstand both extreme cold and hot weather and they come in a broad range of colours to ensure the beauty of your home doesn’t have to be compromised.

    So, as well as having your roof regularly inspected by a professional in the field, it’s advisable to have a wall coating to accompany your roof sealant. This will guarantee your home is protected from all angles, ensuring it continues to look great and function at peak efficiency for years to come.

    Whether you need coating for external walls or a protective roof sealant, the experts at Kingdom Coatings have got you covered

    At Kingdom Coatings, our team of wall and roof coating specialists are dedicated to ensuring your property is both fit for purpose and aesthetically appealing whatever the weather. From cleaning and maintenance work to repairs and, of course, roof coating, we leave no stone unturned when it comes to treating your property.

    We use a RENOTEC coating system that has been proven to last for 10 years or more and it comes in a variety of different colours to suit all design preferences. This micro porous, water based coating protects your property from adverse weather conditions whilst keeping it ventilated, making it one of the best roof coating products on the market today.

    For more information on our roof leak repair sealants, contact us today and make your property stand out from the crowd with Kingdom Coatings.

    How to Protect Your Home From Water Damage

    Rather than just a little bit of an inconvenience within the home, water damage can cause more serious problems. With water damage developing into mould, mildew, damp and rot, these can cost a lot of money to repair and, if neglected, can also cause health problems and unnecessary stress and worry. As one of the most common and most costly defects within a home, there are so many simple things you can do to help protect your home from water damage – here’s how.

    Clean your gutters

    Ensuring that your home has a good drainage system is essential, especially if you’re looking to protect your home from water damage. If your gutters overflow and your drainage system isn’t working efficiently, you run the risk of water weakening your foundation which will then lead to cracking and moisture finding its way underneath and inside your home. Get on a ladder and spend an afternoon clearing out your gutter systems to stop any overflows – it will improve the appearance of your home too!

    Consider double or triple glazing

    If you’re finding pools of water or experiencing bad condensation within your property, consider double or triple glazing. Condensation can be a serious problem, particularly in older homes, as it causes mould and mildew. In some more serious cases, it will also rot timber window frames. All these things can begin to damage both yours and your family’s health. Double and triple glazing works to reduce excess moisture on your window panes, whilst also saving money on your energy bills.

    Seal your windows

    Sealing your windows regularly is one of the easiest ways to protect your home from water damage. Try to apply sealants to bathtubs, drains, faucets and other plumbing fixtures to keep water from seeping in where it doesn’t belong, thus helping to stop any lasting damage.

    Check your pipes

    Aim to inspect all the pipes in your home at least once a year as, over time, pipes gradually corrode, rust, and decay. All these defects can result in gradual leaks. If this is left to develop and neglected you could experience more extensive and expensive damage to your home in the form of flooding or raw sewage.

    Get a roof and wall coating

    Your property can suffer from the elements over time, and rainwater can really cause water damage, seeping through any cracks and vulnerable spots through the roof or walls. With a quality roof or wall coating, you can help protect your home from water damage caused by the elements, as well as add a layer of insulation too.

    At Kingdom Coatings, we supply energy efficient roof and wall coatings to homes across Scotland. For more information, contact us on 0800 228 9436 or request a free quote today.

    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.