Friday, 31 August 2012

Houses into Homes Scheme in Wales

Loans to improve empty North Wales property Those who are looking to improve and develop empty properties in North Wales will have the option to apply for financial help in a ploy to ease the housing shortage in the area. The Welsh government has set up a “houses into homes” scheme that provides interest free loans of up to £25,000, which can be used to improve houses and flats. Ministers have agreed a £5 million fund to support the schemes, which targets houses in the whole of Wales.

The scheme wants to tackle the 20,000 lying empty across Wales and hopes to meet the growing demands for properties, to help secure places for people to live. Within the North Wales area, there is £2.35 to share between homeowners and developers in the area, which is good news for many of the run down and empty properties, opening opportunities for people looking to get onto the property ladder for the first time. For a property to be eligible for investments and improvements, it must have been empty for at least six months. Each property has been outlines to have a limit of a £25,000 loan, whereas each applicant can take up to £150,000 in order to develop empty properties.

Councillor David Smith, Denbighshire’s cabinet lead member, who has responsibility for the housing in the area welcomed the loans into the country, making it good news to the area for residential property developments, that will aid people who are first time buyers and others who are looking to relocate. The aim is to turn empty derelict properties into warming homes for those across the country, at affordable rates. These loans are to be applied for by homeowners and landlords through their relevant local authorities. The Welsh government hope that this investment will help develop the area in a positive way.

To find out more information about the scheme contact your local council or local Estate Agents in North Wales and other regions of Wales

Monday, 6 August 2012

Benefits of Cavity Wall and Loft Insulation

Benefits of Cavity Wall & Loft Insulation Cavity walls and Loft insulation are considered to be two of the best methods you can have done to your home to save money on bills, as your property will retain heat a lot better than without.

Cavity walls are external building walls that incorporate an air gap which may be within the wall structure itself, or between two solid walls. Many older houses do not have cavity wall within the structure, leaving a space between the inner and outer wall of the house. The idea of cavity walls is to fill this gap with insulation, which will keep the warmth that has been generated within the house inside. This in turn, will save money on your energy bills. These cavity walls also help keep your property warmer in the winter and helps prevent condensation on the walls and ceiling of your home. In those summer months, where we may experience very warm days, you will be pleased to know that cavity walls will help reduce the heat build up from the sun, keeping your home cooler. You are also doing your bit for reducing the carbon footprint and the effect of global warming by having this energy saving method put into place.

Generally, those houses that are built within the last 20 years are built with cavity walls included. To find out if you have cavity walls already installed, you can either ask a registered installer for a boroscope inspection, whereby they will come along and drill a small hole in the external wall to see if your walls are hollow or filled. Having cavity wall insulation installed is easy. There are grants throughout North Wales and the rest of the UK allowing homeowners to have cavity wall installed for free, so keep an eye out for those. The process is easy, quick and simple, but requires professional knowledge and equipment, so don’t try it yourself! Loft insulation is a very similar version of cavity wall insulation. As we know, heat rises, there for an uninsulated home will lead to you losing at least a quarter of your heat through the roof. Insulating your loft, attic or flat roof is a simple and effective way that will help you to reduce waste and your heating bills.

Loft insulation will be effective in your home for at least 40 years, so it is most definitely worth having it done, as it can save you money from bills year in and year out. For more information on Cavity Wall and Loft Insulation in North Wales and the rest of the UK contact CarbonZeroUK for more information.

Roof Trusses

As you may know, Roof Trusses are a vital part of any sturdy and safe housing construction. Although not visible when complete, they are an essential part of the construction of a well structured building. These Roof Trusses are usually triangular shaped and are connected together with timber or galvanized metal shapes and can span between block work, or be built in the wall construction.

The Roof Truss supports and stabilizes the roof, helping to distribute the weight of the roof away from the exterior walls of the building. When roof trusses are used in residential projects, they are usually made of wood, as opposed to steel, which is more commonly used in commercial buildings. Alternative names for a roof truss are ‘pitched trusses or a ‘common truss’. Roof trusses are designed in a triangular shape, in because the shape has the natural ability to disperse strain through its complete structure, which makes it extremely stable, rigid and strong.

Roof Trusses come in various different designs, which is due to several differentiating factors that include; the property owners aesthetic preferences, the size of the space the roof truss will be positioned in and the weather conditions that the roof truss is likely to face in the coming years. It is extremely important that when designing and constructing the building, that it is not designed to suit aesthetic preferences alone, as this will affect the structures safety upon completion. An architect or engineer will be able to advise you upon deciding what type of truss you are going to need.

When choosing a roof truss, it is best to get professional help. Different types of buildings and structures require different structures. You must get the correct truss for your needs, so making the best possible decision is vital. A professional will use the latest, proven technology and their own knowledge to carry out the requirements. Aber Roof Trusses are a very well regarded and established company that can produce up to 100 trusses per week.

Plant Hire North Wales

Hiring the important equipment that you may need for the completion of important tasks, both on and off the construction site is generally the best way to go about it. Rather than buying the equipment- which can be very expensive, is a pointless thing to do if you will not be making the most of it all year round. When working out what equipment you will need, you are able to approach a company that will hire out the specific machinery and equipment with details of the tasks and processes that are to be undertaken. This will allow the plant hire company to acknowledge your work and allow them to use there expertise to advise and guide you into what specific types of equipment and machinery is most suited to the job.

 A plant hire company will generally have a great range of machinery that is available for hire. A good company should have something to cater for your every need. Some of the most commonly requested and required equipments and machinery that a company is asked for included:

 • Dumper Trucks
 • Forklifts • Cherry Pickers
• Cranes
 • Generators
• Excavators (Diggers)

As you can imagine, some of the equipment and machinery listed above would be expensive if purchased. There is no real way of avoiding using this machinery if you are planning to undertake some effective and solid construction, as they are extremely useful and good for what they are designed to do. This means that using a plant hire company is regarded as the best possible solution to the classic problem. At affordable rates, Plant Hire North Wales leases top quality equipment that will help you and your team completes literally any job you have set your efforts on. With a wide range of different types and models within each machinery category, you should find the equipment or machinery that is most suited to you and your needs.