The Benefits of Garage Door Servicing and Maintenance

As a cornerstone of security, convenience and beauty of your home, garage doors need a little TLC to keep them performing well and looking great. Regular maintenance and servicing is the key to restoring the quality of your garage door and avoiding any problems down the line. This article was written by Doormatic Garage Doors, experts in both installing new doors and providing garage door maintenance services across London, Surrey, Kent and the South East of England.

Is garage door servicing worth it?

The sure answer is, yes! Looking after a valuable element of your property will always be advantageous for its longevity, quality and performance. The benefits of garage and maintenance include:

Cost-Effective

Ensuring that simple and regular maintenance tasks are carried out on your door a few times a year is much cheaper than needing to replace an entire garage door, should faults be neglected. A bi-annual servicing by a professional is recommended, along with regular visual checks performed by you, the owner, on a regular basis.  

Enhances the Safety of Your Family and Vehicle

Garage doors are heavy machines with lots of mechanical components keeping them operational. Should a door malfunction at the wrong moment, it has the potential to injure nearby people and animals, as well as your vehicle. Regular maintenance and checks can reduce the likelihood of malfunctions occurring.

Protects the Security of Your Property

A main function of garage doors is to act as a strong, reliable barrier between the contents of your garage and potential thieves. That’s why you should try not to allow weak spots and potential entry points to go unnoticed, and make sure you catch problems early to avoid break-in risks.

Avoids DIY and Amateur Mistakes

There is no harm in performing occasional visual checks of your garage door to try and spot issues, but correction of real issues should always be undertaken by a professional – even the most technically-adept DIY enthusiast may worsen the problem, or risk injury to themselves, in an attempt to fix the door.

Warning signs you garage door may need servicing

Is your garage door making a bizarre sound? Perhaps it is a little stiffer, looser or slower than normal? While these signs could see minor, they should never be ignored as they may be signs of garage door deterioration or damage, which could eventually transform into an unsafe situation. Surefire signs that you may need the assistance of a garage door specialist include:

  • Unusual noises
  • Door closes too quickly or too slowly
  • Door will not close completely
  • Door will not stay open
  • The outside has cracks or gaps in door

Contact a reliable local company who can inform you of what’s involved in a garage door service, and how they can help diagnose, maintain and repair your garage door.

Skip project

A skip for any project

Taking on any project, whether it’s commercial or domestic, can be chaotic and there will no doubt be an abundance of waste materials. From soil and rubble, to plasterboards, fixtures and fittings; it all needs to be transported to a licensed waste site.

For that reason, a skip is the ideal solution to your problems. No matter how much waste you have – or intend to produce – there is a skip for any project.

 

Small skips – 7-12 yards

Whether you’re planning on doing some landscaping work while the good weather holds, or you want to tear out your old bathroom to remodel it, small skips will save you a lot of back and forth from the local authority site.

Skip hire of 7 to 12 yards in size can take garden waste, mixed waste and rubble from home extensions and other small building projects. These are often small enough to be left on your drive or elsewhere on your property, avoiding the need for a permit, and can be delivered and collected at times to suit your project.

Roro 20 yard

Got a commercial project where you’re producing general mixed waste, bricks and aggregates? Then a 20 yard roro could be the right choice for you. These robust and large skips can handle your waste and allow your to keep your site clean. You don’t need to wait around for waste to be moved out of the way, so you can stick to the timeline scheduled for your project.

Perfect for those smaller commercial projects, but where you have enough waste to dispose of, this 20 yard skip will save you having to order multiple over a long period as it is able to take a lot more waste than a regular skip.

Roro 40 yard

If you are operating on a large scale , a 40 yard RORO will be your best option. This skip container allows you to pile the waste high and is great for construction waste.

You can also throw your light recyclables and bulky waste in a 40 yard roro and probably have room to spare. Your site might otherwise become messy with piles of waste, or could become congested with vehicles if you regularly have to order fresh skips in a smaller size.

 

As you can see, there are a range of skip sizes which you can take advantage of depending on your project, but if you’re not sure which one will best suit you, or if you want to know what type of waste you can dispose of in a skip, contact the professionals at Powerday for more information. With skips available for those carrying out work at home as well as for larger commercial operations, they can discuss and arrange skip hire with you.

5 cheap ways to increase the value of your home

If you’re looking to sell your home while the market is still relatively buoyant, but you’ve been disappointed by recent valuations from estate agents, you needn’t despair. With these five cheap ways to increase the value of your home, you could command a figure more in-line with your expectations.

Everyone wants to get the best price for their home, but it is important to be realistic. There are very few things you can do to add tens of thousands of pounds on to the value without spending large sums, but take a look at our simple tips to spruce up your home and maximise what you get for it.

Paint your kitchen

Unless you have an unusually large kitchen, you shouldn’t need too much paint to give things a freshening up. You don’t need to paint the whole room either, simply choose to paint the cabinets or the walls a different colour, whichever needs brightening more.

Kitchens are one of the key rooms people are interested in, so keeping it fresh and inviting will help to boost how much value estate agents place on it. The less work potential buyers would have to do, the better.

 

Buff the bath

If you love a good bath, then you’ll understand the importance of buffing up your bathtub. Over the years they can become worn and grimey, but by giving it a good scrub, your tub could be made to look new. If a deep clean doesn’t work, you might consider investing in a new, cheap tub to give it the look and feel of a new suite.

Bathrooms, much like kitchens, are an area of the home people place a lot of value in, so presenting a clean and sharp bathtub will be a good investment.

 

New Caulk

Carrying on from the last point, with the knowledge that a bathroom is a prized part of any home, investing in new caulking is a wise move. Over the years you might have accumulated mould on your caulk or it may have become worn and discoloured. Applying a new layer of caulk after stripping out the old one is a simple task which quickly brightens up a bathroom once again.

Whether it’s around the shower tray, the bath or both, caulking won’t break the bank and will have an instant impact.

 

Declutter your home

Think back to when you viewed your property when buying – you were probably trying to imagine where furniture might go and what you would use certain rooms for. That logic applies when selling your home, since you want prospective buyers to see the potential it has and pay more to get it.

Declutter your home by getting rid of items you don’t need and tidying away those you don’t regularly use – rent space in a storage facility as an interim option if you have to, the cost will hopefully be surpassed by the extra amount added to the value of your property when it’s tidy and open.

 

Clean the carpets

We become so familiar with our homes that we sometimes fail to see the impact that time has on things. A carpet will be stepped, shuffled and possibly stamped on every day, so it stands to reason that they’ll become a little dirty and jaded looking.

With a professional clean, your carpets can be brought back to life and this will up the potential value of the home as they won’t look like they need replacing. You can hire a company to clean the carpet or simply hire the machinery and do it yourself.

 

Once your property is sold and you need help moving, look no further than clockwork Removals. With experienced removals teams, they can help you wherever you are in the UK and can even take care of international removals, helping your move go as smoothly as possible.

Useful tips for using ladders when painting and decorating

 

It’s tempting to approach a painting job as if it is child’s play. Truth is, there are one too many things that can go awry with your interior decorating, especially if you do not do your research and properly prepare before you start. This is also the case if you lack the right tools, equipment, and experience to complete your redecorating project. Let’s begin by stating the obvious, you cannot do everything all at once, so arm yourself with a bit of patience and devote an entire day or so to various painting preparation tasks before moving on to the project itself. When it comes to redecorating at home,we will all have that basic checklist of materials we need before we get started; paint, brushes and rollers, dust sheets, masking tape, not forgetting a step ladder.

Ladders certainly make the job of  painting easier but they must always be used with safety in mind. When using ladders for  painting either inside or outside, there are a few helpful tips to give you better traction to keep you safe.

  1. Your ladder should be set up within easy reach and set just below the area that you are looking to paint
  2. Always keep one hand on the ladder whilst painting with your free hand. It is important that you never step above the top 4 rungs because one hand must always stay on the ladder
  3. The most convenient ladders for painting have a tool tray or hook that you can place your brushes and even hang a can of paint from. If your ladder isn’t equipped with a tool tray or hook there are a range of inexpensive accessories that may be able to help.

But what about when it comes to decorating those hard to reach areas such as high ceilings and stairways? In this instance, the general step ladder which most of us will have in our homes will not suffice. Online research into solutions for this will throw up plenty of ‘lash-ups’ using sections of  of extension ladders, steps and scaffold board however it is recommended that you get something that is specifically built for the job.

If you are just painting with no wallpaper involved then you may be able just to get away with using an extended roller which might help you to get to those difficult to reach areas  however it is always important to consider safety first and so the ideal solution would be a combination ladder which is designed specifically for this job.

Combination ladders can be set up in several different ways so that you can reach all parts of the stairwell safely. It can be a straight ladder, a stepladder with unequal legs, or a flat work platform if used with a short section of staging as a deck. Combination ladders also allow you to extend your  ladder to a suitable safe working height so you should be confident that you can work safely up there. The beauty of a combination ladder is that they collapse down so they are small enough to fit into your car boot so transportation and storage is not a problem.

To reiterate an earlier point, it’s safety first when it comes to using ladders. Always check that there are no overhead cables, especially electrical cables, as you lift and move the ladder about, likewise,  never work too close to cables where you may lean onto cables. Only one person should be on the ladder at a time (except if they are ‘footing’ it for you at the bottom) as ladders do have a maximum weight and exceeding this could lead to an accident. Finally, make sure the ladder is suitable for the job and in good condition, for example not broken or damaged.

 

Top 5 Tips for Small Gardens



We know your pain. You’ve moved into a new home and you’re eagerly anticipating making it feel like your own. You can’t wait to get out into the garden and start making changes and planting new flowers and shrubs. But you get out there and find that your green space is smaller than you remembered it, or it doesn’t quite have the room you expected for all your grand garden plans! Fear not – we are here to give you our top 5 tips for getting the most out of small gardens. From useful lawn care advice to planting tips, we’ve got it covered.

Make the Lawn Beautiful

The lawn is the absolute centrepiece of any garden. It is what you notice first and if it isn’t cared for, it will drag down the look of the whole space. No matter whether you have acres or a few feet, if you make your lawn beautiful it will make your garden more inviting and a more enjoyable place to spend time in. You can achieve a lush lawn in a number of ways, but it boils down to DIY or hiring a professional. Both have their benefits, but if you want to have the most stunning lawn and consistent treatments throughout the year, we would recommend leaving it to an expert. However, if you want to get your green fingers on your lawn, there are plenty of DIY guides out there. Make sure you regularly rake, mow and water your garden for the nicest lawn that will have your neighbours green with envy!

Keep it Simple

Try not to overpower or over-plant your garden if you are struggling on space. Sticking to a few statement plants or trees will not only make your garden look more stylish and chic, but it will give the impression of space and openness. Make a few trees or plants the central focus of your garden and then create symmetry around this. If you have a lot of plants it can quickly appear cramped and make your small space even smaller. Having fewer plants also means you can take a little less time tending to the garden and more time enjoying it.

Use Height to Your Advantage

Climbing plants, multi-layered planters, garages and walls are the friends of small gardens. Anything that you can do to extend your garden upwards is a good thing. This gives you considerably more space to be creative. Having plants growing upwards will also give you more privacy from neighbours if you are living in close quarters with other flats or homes. There are many structures available that allow you to plant fruit, vegetables or flowers in a multi-storey way. Hanging baskets are also an easy option when adding plants to your garden at different height levels. Take advantage of all these options and don’t be restricted to the single level landscape of your small garden.

Furniture with Multiple Uses

If you have room to add some seating to your garden, ensure it has multiple purposes that can be used throughout the year. If you don’t do this, you are missing out on a huge space-saving aspect of your garden. There are benches available which double-up as storage boxes, for you to pack away gardening equipment or other garden accessories. If you are getting chairs for the garden, make sure they are stack-able or fold away to become smaller. It is also better to buy garden furniture which can be left out all year round, as you may not have the storage room to put them away during winter months.

Trick the Eye

One way to make your garden appear bigger than it is, is to use elements which accentuate and enlarge your garden. Think reflective surfaces, shiny plant pots and light colours throughout. If you are having some paving or gravel, make sure it is beige or a similar shade to open up the space and make it feel lighter. Mirrors in the garden not only make it feel more stylish and add an element of interior design, they also make you think there is more space than there really is. As much light and reflection you can bring to your back garden, the better. It’s all about the illusion!

 

5 Important Factors to Consider Before Hiring a Self-erecting Crane

Self-erecting cranes are indispensable items of equipment used on construction sites that are of short duration and often with space restrictions. They are designed to lift and move heavy supplies and equipment that are too hefty and bulky for other machines to carry.

A self-erecting crane is  one of the most expensive pieces of equipment around and you may have to shell out extra money for additional features.

The good news is that if you need a self-erecting crane for a construction project, you do not have to empty your bank account or apply for several loans to get one. The total self-erecting  crane rental cost is more manageable than its sale price and, as such, is a better option, especially if you only typically need this machine for the short term.

Renting the Right Self-erecting Crane for Your Project

While hiring a self-erecting crane is indeed a more cost-effective option, note that it will still require a considerable investment. To be sure that you will rent the best self-erecting crane to fulfill your requirements, consider these factors first before hiring the equipment:

  1. The work or project site

Having a clear picture of the location and environment where the self-erecting crane will be used will help you understand which type will fulfill your requirements.

Some of the more important details about the work area where the equipment will be placed that you should take note of are:

  • The overall size of the area
  • Number of Building floors, as well as each one’s height
  • Possible causes of obstruction
  • Capability of the crane to move in a 360-degree radius
  • Ground and typical weather conditions

2. The primary use or uses of the equipment

When shopping around for a self-erecting crane to hire, think about the kind of materials it will need to lift and move frequently. It will also help if you already know if the equipment will be used to lift and move large numbers of small loads regularly or only once or twice for really heavy and bulky supplies or machinery.

There are different types of self-erecting cranes and anticipating the load capacity that the crane will be lifting regularly, as well as the height it has to cover, will help you choose the best one. This, in turn, will enable you to get the most out of the machinery, and your investment.

3. The reputation of the crane rental company

Although self-erecting cranes are made of durable materials and are built to last, poor maintenance can cause them to sustain damage and make safety a concern.

As such, before hiring a crane from a particular company, read up on the most trusted brands and types of self-erecting cranes. Look into their safety records or history. When dealing with the crane rental company’s sales staff, ask for access and go over the equipment maintenance and safety records.

If you will be hiring an operator from the company, check their operators’ credentials, background, and safety record as well. See if their team of operators regularly take related health and safety courses; this would mean that they work on staying updated with the best and latest industry practices.

Take the time to visit the company’s office or warehouse to inspect the equipment as well. It is important that you see for yourself how well-maintained and fully functional their self-erecting cranes are.

4. The type of control suitable for your operator’s work style

In case you already have a crane operator, consider your employee’s experience and preference in operating the equipment. Some operators prefer using a crane with a fixed control station. Other operators prefer the remote control features of the newer models of these cranes.

To be certain you will hire a crane that your operator can properly and comfortably handle and will thus be useful in your worksite, talk to your employee first.

5. The cost

Lastly, make sure you will hire a machine that you can afford. Many companies charge self-erecting crane rental by the week. You can try negotiating with the company, though; they might give you a better price, especially if you will be hiring the equipment for a longer period.

Although you may have set a budget for the rental cost, you still need to be flexible. Keep in mind that when it comes to hiring specialized machinery, you get what you pay for.

AUTHOR BIO

Hermann Buchberger is the Founder and CEO of Active Crane Hire. He’s taken the company from start-up to Industry Leader offering the largest fleet of construction cranes in Australia. ACH launched a new type of crane previously unheard of in the Australian market: electric tower cranes. The company’s infrastructure and associated services now comprise a fleet of trucks and trailers, a crane-rigging team, mobile crane technicians, a fleet of service vehicles, and an extensive range of crane spare parts.