25 Jan 2016

At PBS we have already explained how to fix your guttering when its overflowing or leaking. The main function of guttering is to stop water from running down the walls of your house and eventually causing damage to your property

Here are several reasons gutter maintenance is important.

 

INSECTS

When your gutters don’t have the proper maintenance, water builds up in them and attracts insects. Mosquitoes, earwigs, spiders will nest near your gutters, which can lead to damage to your property.

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ANIMALS

Small animals like birds, mice, rats, squirrels like to nest inside the guttering, creating debris. Small animals like to chew their way through the guttering, looking for the warmness of the house. If you keep you gutters clean, there will be no chance they can nest in them.

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DAMAGE TO THE PROPERTY

  • When water overflows it can make the painting of your walls start peeling off
  • Also overflowing can cause damage to the foundation of your walls, causing cracks. The cracks on the wall can turn into a very expensive repair bill.
  • Leaking near the roof may eventually lead to its collapse. It can also lead to filtering water into the basement, which can cause mold and expensive water damage.
  • Damage to your garden

 

FUNGAL

Moss acts as a sponge,  it holds water close to the structure of your house. Moss, mold and fungus are dangerous to your health and home.  It is a toxic and expensive problem that can be avoided by keeping  your gutter clean.

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ROTTING WOOD

Debris in your gutters can lead to rotting of the fascia boards.  The water level in the gutters doesn’t need to be high for the rotting to take place. That’s because the debris can transfer water from  your gutters to the fascia and soffits.  It’s an expensive problem that simple and easy maintenance can prevent.

 

 

At PBS we offer high quality guttering systems, we have over 20 years of experience in roofing.  For more information on our roofing or cladding services, please contact us

 

13 Jan 2016

At PBS we know that the world of cladding can sometimes be a bit overwhelming. That is why we have prepared a list of basic terminology so you don’t get scared of future roofing projects.

1.     Bargeboard

It refers to the material or board that protects the ends of your roof from weather exposure.

2.     Fascia

The fascia is the long thin band running under your roof’s edge.   They are available in a range of finishes, colours and designs.

3.     Soffit

The soffit is the surface between the siding on your house and the roofing.  it sizes varies from  several centimetres to 1 meter or more, depending of the style your house has.

4.  Cladding

Cladding, is the layer that covers and weather proofs exterior and interior structures. It can be made in wood (which is the less durable option) or in PVC

4.1  PVC cladding: is when the material of the cladding is made from  Poly(vinyl chloride.) It is flexible, durable and very resistant to weather, fire and insect damage. It comes in a wide range of colours and types.  PVC cladding is effective and it looks great.

5.  Eaves

The eaves are the edges of the roof which overhang the face of a wall, their main function is to keep rain water off the walls. The eaves may also protect a pathway around the building from the rain, preventing the erosion of the footings, and also reducing splatter on the wall from rain as it hits the ground. They can be highly decorated  as part of an architectural style

We hope this will  help you get started on some roofing vocabulary, which  may help you feel more confident about your next cladding and roofline project.  Whatever you decide, at PBS we are here to help you

06 Jan 2016


EASY STEPS TO UNBLOCK YOUR GUTTERING

The exterior of any house is exposed to the constant inclemency of the weather, especially wind, rain, snow. This can take a toll in your guttering and may be the cause of the block or any issue they are suffering.

If your guttering is over flowing or leaking, you should try to fix it as soon as possible.

 

Step 1: Security first

Secure the structure you are going to be working on.

Stabilize the ladder you are going to work with, make sure there is someone with you when you are working. Security first.

Step 2:

Disconnect the downspout from the underground pipe (if you don’t have an underground system, skip this step)

Step 3:

Once you have secured your ladder. Its time to clean! Find the location in your gutter that is farthest from the downpipe. Use gravity in your advantage.

Be aware that you may find: leaves, mud, insects, dead animals (such as mice and birds) and even debris. An easy way to scoop then out is cutting the base of a plastic bottle, its ideal to take out the debris and the leaves from the guttering.

Step 4:

Work safely along the gutter to remove the debris. Place the ladder safely every time it needs to be moved

Step 5:

To make sure the gutter has been unblocked, run water at full pressure. If water doesn’t run down freely, try to find the part where the water is obstructed and focus on that area.

 

Only if the gutter it’s still obstructed.

 

Step 6:

Dissemble the downpipe. Remove the top pipe of the gutter carefully, separating the pieces that make the pipe with a screwdriver

Step 7:

Remove the debris and the blockage.

Step 8:

Rebuild the downpipe  and attach it to the gutter.

Step 9:

Pour water from the top of the gutter to make sure its no longer blocked.

Another option we offer is to skip all of these steps and prevent of cleaning them in the future its to use one of our Hedgehog Gutterguard. Its a continuous polypropylene brush which prevents the build up of wind-blown debris.  Quick and easy to install, doesn’t need maintenance and its virtually indestructible. It fits 95% of domestic guttering including Standard Half Round and Square, Deep Flow, OG and Classic Profiles. It is available in different colours.