When preparing for the big wedding day it is easy to forget about the important day to day maintenance jobs. It is easy to do, as we found out the hard way when we had neglected a broken tile on our roof, that turned in to a huge leak, causing expensive damage and a costly repair job.
It is not often that we pay attention to our roof, especially when there are no problems with leaks or mould inside the house. We may just occasionally glance at the roof when coming or going from home. However, it is vitally important to regularly inspect your roof for any broken tiles or potential issues that could cause a greater problem if left alone.
The main advantage is cost; a small repair now will cost considerably less than a large repair later on. If a cracked tile is left because it is not causing any problems today could cost ten or twenty times the repair cost if water starts to get inside or other tiles nearby slip or break. For homeowners, a well maintained roof is important when it comes to selling your home and can keep the value on your house.
Inspecting your roof doesn’t need to be done that often, just twice a year. The best times to take a peek at it are in the spring and autumn. The inspection should be started in the loft by looking for warning signs that the roof has issues. The following things need to be looked for:
Sagging from the roof
Water marks indicating water damage or a leak
Dark patches and lines
Holes, which can be clearly identified by seeing the outside light through the roof
Once the inside is done it is time to venture outside and up on the roof. Please ensure you use an appropriate ladder that is long enough to reach to the roof and always have someone support the ladder while you climb up. There are a few things to look out for on the external side of the roof, including:
Look for signs of damage to the flashing and lead work (typically found around the chimney breast)
Check for damaged or missing tiles or shingle.
In the case of a shingle roof, look for patches that are curling off or blistering.
Check for rot and algae on the tiles, which is characterised as dark or green stains
Check for loose debris around vents and chimneys
Check the guttering is not cracked, broken or blocked
Look out for signs of rot and mould
This may seem like a lot to inspect, but really it isn’t and should only take you an hour at most to check both the loft space and climb up on the external roof. We hope this helps to identify any small problems before they start to burn a hole in your pocket. If you are local to the Derbyshire area, our recommended roofers derby was the company that recently repaired our roof. They offer competitive prices and did a great job on our roof taking a lot of the stress away allowing us to concentrate on finalising our wedding arrangements.
Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life and it is only natural that you may want to include your family pet in the celebrations. This can be in a number of ways, from taking on the all-important role of being the ring bearer to just being present as a special guest. It is important that your dog does not get forgotten in the midst of the chaos and events of the day. We will cover some of the ways you can ensure your dog is happy, yet doesn’t become a burden and demand too much attention.
It is advisable to provide a resting area for your pet, that provides a quiet place for him to relax, yet still be close to everything that is going on. This is important because it still includes your dog without forcing him to become overwhelmed by everything happening and all the other guests. The easiest way to provide a resting area is to bring a comfortable bed to lie down on. It is not always practical to bring the existing bed from home, however, there are dog travel beds that will do the job just right and are compact and easy to transport to the wedding. The Ruffwear dog beds are our favourite and being specially designed for travel, include all the features and comfort you would expect from a premium brand.
You will need to provide the basics, which include food and water. It is especially important that your pet has access to clean water at all times and if it is a sunny day this is essential. You should also buy your dog a new toy or bring his favourite toy from home. Chuckit Uk supply a wide range of durable dog toys and there is sure to be something that will appeal to your dog. With these toys being almost indestructible will allow your dog to be left alone with the toy in those times when everyone is too busy to entertain him.
Finally, if you are lucky with the weather and it is a hot day then it is highly advisable to use a swamp cooler for dogs. This will provide lasting coolness from the heat and help keep your dog from overheating or getting too uncomfortable in the sun. This is especially useful of your dog has a thick coat or is short coated. Believe it or not some breeds of short coated dog are more prone to overheating in hotter temperatures.
Above all else, you can have the perfect wedding and include your dog if you wish to do so. By providing a few simple basics for your dog, he can have an enjoyable day too and be included in your very special day.