How a Flat Roof Can Effect Your Home Insurance Premiums

In this post, we look at the consider flat roofing systems and roofings in general that impact your house insurance coverage premiums.

The roofing system is your house’s primary protection against hail, wind, fire, together with other risks. This is exactly why insurance coverage companies have concerns with regards to the age, condition, material, and shape of your roofing system and alter your rate accordingly. If you need a roof repair in Walthamstow, please contact us.

Here’s how roofing types rank for a lot of states (from most affordable to the most expensive):

Long lasting and fire resistant, metal roofs are generally the most enticing to your insurance company.

Slate is resistant to fire, decomposing, and pests, and requires little upkeep. Tile may crack more quickly, however it offers quality insulation and will likely not rot or burn.

Asphalt Shingle.
The most typical roofing type determined by cost and comparatively long life expectancy, and typically will decay more easily than metal or slate roofs.

Consisted of shingles or shakes, wood roofing systems aren’t fire resistant. Some insurance firms might not cover a wood roofing or might require you to apply a fire resistant to get protection.

It goes without saying-the more recent the roofing system, the much better your home insurance coverage rate. Old roofings are insurance coverage risks, and some insurers might decline to cover an old roofing.

While it may not be as important as the product, your roofing system’s shape might likewise impact your house insurance rate. The most typical roofing system shapes are gable and hip.

How to Reduce Heat Loss in Your Home

From May till August, running your home can look like a breeze. But when the evenings darken and the temperatures fall, everybody does the obvious!  They turn on the heating, obviously. Sadly, if your home is experiencing heat loss, the heat from fires and radiators can easily escape, resulting in rising and falling temperature levels and also rising expenses.

So, what’s the answer? The good news is, there are ways to stop losing the heat.  Keep reading for some basic tips, tricks and solutions that can improve your home’s warmth retention.

1. Roof and also Loft Space Insulation

Any individual who has actually studied secondary school science will understand that heat rises. That’s precisely what it will do in your home and will continue climbing if there’s absolutely nothing there to stop it. That’s potentially an additional 25% on your home heating bills. It goes without saying, loft as well as roofing insulation will certainly pay for itself over time, with well set up insulation lasting for a minimum of 40 years.

2. Protecting walls

It’s not simply the top of the home that lets heat getaway wall surfaces can be responsible also. Along with taking a trip upwards, warmth is naturally attracted to colder locations. In winter months, that’s the exterior of your residence along with any type of chilly, unheated rooms. To prevent this, wall surface insulation can be found in 2 forms, for both main types of wall cavity walls and solid wall surfaces.

Dental caries walls consist of two layers with a tooth cavity in between. This cavity serves as an insulate layer, meaning dental caries walls by design– are much better insulators than strong walls. Nonetheless, this can be better improved by filling up the cavity with insulate materials such as mineral wool or polyurethane foam. This keeps the dental caries, but enhances its effectiveness.

So, how around strong walls? The procedure is much less simple– and costs extra as a consequence. Insulate product is affixed to the beyond a residence’s walls, as opposed to being just injected into the cavity of a wall surface. Nonetheless, it will certainly additionally save you extra on your home heating expenses. Solid wall surface insulation is expected to conserve ₤ 255 typically for a semi-detached residence, with ₤ 160 for a mid-terrace as well as ₤ 425 for detached properties.

3. Closing the door on the cold

Leaving doors open is an excellent method to allow heat out of your home. However if you’re cautious in keeping them shut, they can still allow warmth seep out and also change it with a cool draft from outdoors. Draught-proofing doors will make a visible improvement to your home as well as won’t spend a lot.

Keyhole covers, letterbox brushes and also brush or padding draught excluders at the end of the door cost just a few pounds as well as can quit the constant stream of cool air right into your house. You can also purchase wiper seals to ensure no air is getting through voids beside your door.

4. Moving onto home windows

One more problem location for many homes are the home windows. Spaces in window securing can permit air through as well as causing a bothersome whistling sound. Once again, DIY draught-proofing can enhance the situation. Self-adhesive strips can be used around the home window to stop the air coming through.

However, for some home windows the issue is a bit harder. Single glazed windows only have one pane of glass, which ends up being cool from the outdoors and also quickly transfers in. This draws warm out of your house along with causing condensation to accumulate on home windows. For all your glazing needs, contact your Emergency Glazier in Farnborough.

Investing in some thick, thermal drapes is one way to take on the trouble, including a layer of insulation between the space and also the home window recess. If you’re seeking an extra permanent service– as well as one which takes on condensation as well– think about double or second glazing for your residence.

5. Efficient heating

All of the above factors concentrate broadly on stopping warmth leaving your house after it has actually warmed up. However what regarding the home heating itself? Radiators and fires have particular style failures which can stop them warming your residence appropriately.

Fireplaces need a chimney to eliminate waste gases. Nevertheless, this also indicates a great deal of warm is shed via the chimney. Oven followers as well as blowers can avoid this. They are particularly made to press warm air out from the fire, with some additionally pulling in cold air from the space.

Radiators additionally shed warm, however in a much different means. Since they are connected to the wall surface, some of their warm goes directly into the wall. This might not be a problem if you have a cavity or strong wall insulation, as it will still be maintained in the residence. But for uninsulated wall surfaces, the warm will be shed. Professional radiator aluminium foil– or even simply tin aluminium foil– can be acquired to fit behind your radiators, which will certainly keep the warmth in.


It’s that time of year once again when the dark winter season nights are drawing in around Fleet in Hampshire.

Sadly robbers are out in force again this year and once again Fleet Glaziers have found double glazed systems are being targeted to gain entry to homes.

Among our latest call outs was to a house in Fleet. Our clients remained in bed, when they heard extremely loud banging. At first, they thought it was fireworks outside. Due to the events this time of year with Halloween and Bonfire Night/Guy Fawkes Night.

On this occasion the 6.4 laminated safety glass (just like a car windshield) was proving really difficult and impossible for the robbers to break. If laminated safety glass was NOT installed within the existing window frames. The property owners would have come face to face with 2 burglars within their home. An extremely frightening experience for anybody to have to handle, specifically a couple with a young kid or senior surviving on their own.

Fleet Glaziers advise that all ground floor windows and doors are updated from strengthened safety glass to laminated safety glass.

The glass specifications have 2 pieces of 3mm glass, bonded together with a 0.4 mm interlayer. Making the glass significantly more difficult to break through, as when broken, the glass remains bonded together by the centre interlayer.


Upgrade your ground floor doors and windows today with our cost effective glass replacement services. The glass can make all the difference.

Remember, Fleet Glaziers only change the panes, never ever the frames, no requirement for pricey frame replacements. Your house might already have security laminated glass inside the existing frames.

For all your Glazing needs, contact your Local Emergency Glaziers in Fleet.

Improving Your Front Door Security

Falling victim to a break in can be a traumatic experience for anyone, even after the ordeal is over the trauma is long felt afterwards. We’ve put together a number of tips to help prevent this from happening by improving your front door security.

Upgrading your Lock

Although it seems obvious it is a point that is often overlooked by most people. Make sure your locks are not old, low quality or vulnerable is one way you can improve your front door security. Ensuring you have British Standard 3621 locks installed not only guarantees you have a high-quality lock on your front door, but it also means that it will be insurance approved. Millions of properties in the UK have locks installed on their property that do not conform to BS3621, if you were to have a break in with a lock like this in place, it is quite possible that your insurance company will not pay out for any damage or any goods that have been stolen.

Checking the door strength and your door frame strength

Wooden doors are particularly susceptible to being kicked open by burglars, so even if you have an expensive high security lock, it’s useless if the door frame is also not secure. It is possible to have your wooden door reinforced by inserting a strike plate made from metal which is then attached with long screws that are then drilled into the studs. Strike plates are available from most hardware shops or you can get them on the internet. 

Making sure the door frame is securely screwed down can also improve the security of your front door. Hinge bolts can also be used, these are specifically designed to stop someone from forcing the door off its hinges.

Install a deadbolt to your Wooden Door

Having a deadbolt installed to your front door will also drastically increase the security of the property. It’s important that your deadbolt extends deep into the door frame to ensure anyone that tries kicking it will not be able to kick it off. There are a vast range of deadbolts out there to choose from all with varying protection. If you are interested in inquiring about having a deadbolt installed please do not hesitate to contact Crawley Locksmiths for a FREE No Obligation quote.

Additional Measures

Even if you have taken all of the above steps to improve the security of your front door there are still other things that you are able to do. One such this is having a chain installed to your door, this provides additional protection when you and your family are in the house and when you are answering the door it helps stop potential burglars forcing their way in.

For all your home security needs, type in ‘Locksmith Near Me‘ in your Google search.

Welcome to my St Albans Blog

St Albans Map

Hi, welcome to my St Albans blog. I hope to educate you or maybe you can tell me more about St Albans, either way we all win, because it will be documented on this website. We will go through the history of St Albans, leading through to the modern day.

I will talk about things to do and local services and basically be a guide to the area. I do hope you like what I do and get involved. I will be happy to answer questions and get involved in discussion.

So here goes, a new day a new blog, this one about the wonderful St Albans and boy has it some history.

A Brief History of St Albans

Roman Times

History of St Albans

St Albans history goes back a long way, back to the Celts when they built their capital city there in 20 BC. It was a town of wooden huts with roofs made of thatch.  The capital was surrounded by a ditch with a rampart made of earth and a palisade made out of wood on top.

The Roman invaded Britain in 43 AD, they attacked St Albans, won over the settlement and renamed it Verulanium.

In 61 AD Boudicca burned St Albans when she attacked the Romans. But the resilient Celts got to task and rebuilt the town and the wooden structures were replaced with stone buildings, I guess they were done with being attacked and being burnt down.

In St albans run by the Romans, there was a theatre with capacity for six thousand people. And the continuing move to stone buildings and structures continued into the 3rd century and made a great difference to the town.

In 304 AD St Alban was executed there, he was the first British Christian martyr.

The Romans began to decline in the fourth century and by 407 AD the Romans had vacated Britain. But St Albans was growing well and St Germanus cam to St Albans in 429 AD. Following that the people in the town went away to the local countryside and St Albans was abandoned later in the 5th century.

Saxon Times

The Saxons moved in when the Romans left and invaded from Germany in the 6th century. And became Christians in the 7th century. Later on in the 8th century and abbey was built in dedication of St Alban and a village grew in the local vicinity and was named St Albans.

Close by a settlement was built, it was named Kings Burg (old name for fort – but renamed to Kingsbury later on) and was built by a Saxon king. This new settlement of Kingsbury grew fast and became larger than Sy Albans. In the 10th century St Albans was turned into a town and enlarged by an abbot. The abbot was determined to grow St Albans, so he bribed new settlers and he started a market, which was the centre of ost settlements as it was the only place to sell your produce.

But there was simply not enough trading for 2 towns so close, the inhabitants of Kingsbury worked and made their money from their local pool, which had fish in it. The abbot who was determined to male St Albans the prominent town purchased the pool and drained it. The pool was bought from the king and when it was drained the good people of Kingsbury lost a lot of income. And so determined was the abbot, he bought Kingsbury and basically knocked it down. So St Albans was the town that was left and the abbot had won, some of the people of Kingsbury moved into St Albans.

However there was not enough trade for two towns. The people of Kingsbury made much of their livelihood from a large fish pool. An abbot purchased the pool from the king and drained most of it thus depriving the people of Kingsbury of a vital source of revenue. Finally in the early 11th century an abbot purchased the whole of Kingsbury from the king and leveled it. Some of the inhabitants may have moved to St Albans.

And to add even more traffic and commerce to St Albans, an abbot closed Watling Street that was nearby and created a diversion through St Albans, thus creating more opportunities to sell their wares.

Middle Ages

By 1086 there a total population of 500 as recorded in the Domesday Book, which seems small but remember it was jus a settlement in the middle of England and settlements were this size in those days. Villages had around 125 people living there in that time. By the 1500’s St Albans had grown to 1,300.

There was a few new abbots during the years and the abbot in 1077 who was a Norman took the abbey down and built a new one and this was consecrated in the year 1136.

In 1077 the new Norman abbot demolished the old abbey and rebuilt it. The new building was consecrated in 1136.

In settlements in the middle ages they had very similar craftsmen, which basically kept the settlements going; blacksmiths, bakers, butchers, carpenters and St Albans was no different. St Albans’ was manufacturing woollen cloth in those days, once it was woven it was pounded in water and clay by wooden hammers in water mills to thicken it and clean it. This was known as fulling.

The abbots through the ages were very powerful and actually created St Albans and have held on to power the whole time and the middle ages was no different. The people of St Albans were forced to use the abbots mill to full their wool, and they wanted to build their own mill but with the abbot owning the mill, they had no choice. He also owned the local flour mill, which they had to use, he was in complete control and would charge for all his services.

The good people of St Albans didn’t want the abbot to rule as he did and fought against this rule of the abbot and his agents. There were many arguments between the people and the abbot and his men throughout the middle ages.

In St Albans there were fairs and markets throughout the year, these would bring in people wanting to buy and sell from as far away as London as well as the surrounding area of Hertfordshire. There were 3 fairs a year and a market every week.

In the 15th century, there were the civil wars and in 1455 and 1461 there were battles between the 2 warring sides in St Albans. These civil wars were called the Wars of the Roses as were between Yorkshire & Lancashire.

16th and 17th Century

There were no more pilgrims coming to St Albans in 1539 as Henry VIII had the the abbey closed and therefore the abbot was also gone. And abbots had ruled St Albans for hundreds of years and this was a chance for the people of St Albans to be free at last. And in 1553 it had its first charter, giving the people their own rights. They had a mayor, independence and a corporation.

There was a plague in 1604 and earlier in 1556 in Romeland, the Protestant George Tankerfied was martyred.

Next came a civil was in 1642, this time the King and Oliver Cromwell were at war and the Herfordshire High Sheriff came into the Market Place and asked the people of St Albans to back the king, this was in 1643. But unfortunately Oliver Cromwell’s troops arrived and there was a battle in the high street. Oliver Cromwell’s troops won and the High Sherif was taken.

From then on until the war ended St Albans was run by parliament and the good people of St Albans built defenses of earth to protect themselves from whatever was coming next.

St Albans was described thus “There is a very large street to the Market Place. It is a pretty town taking all’ by Celia Fiennes in the 1600’s, who was a travel writer.

18th Century

There was a population of 3,500 in St Albans in the Georgian era but it was very successful due to the fact it was on the road to the Midlands and the Northwest from London. There several inns and shops in St Albans and lots of stagecoaches went through on the way north and south.

The London Road had  to be rebuilt as traffic grew and this was achieved in 1796. Almhouses were built in the same year by the Duchess of Marlborough, Sarah in Hatfield Road in 1736 and they employed someone to clean the streets, known then as a ‘scavenger’.

19th Century

In 1900 the population was 16,000, which is 4 times the amount at the beginning of the century. There was the first silk mill in St Albans in 1802 and also cotton mills and straw mat manufacturing, but this didn’t last that long. Also they started printing and brewing, showing how far St albans had come.

st albans straw hat manufacturer

There was street lighting in 1824, gas of course and a town hall was built for the first time in 1831. And the police were created for the first time in St Albans in 1836. In 1857 there was a corn exchange and in the 1830’s piped water without sewers were built. The first real sign of plumbing in St Albans.

St Albans became a city in 1877, in 1881 the library a public one was opened. Clarence Park in 1896 became part of the city and owned by the city. In 1899 St Albans had its first museum. And a cemetery alongside Hatfield Road was opened in 1882.

The railway arrived in Victorian St Albans, which made an enormous change as it linked it to London in a way never before considered, this was in 1868. So no more stagecoaches but the population rose. And middle class people commuted to London in the latter part of the century. In 1835 and 1879 the boundaries of St Albans were extended.

20th Century

The 20th century arrived and things improved for St Albans, there was a cinema in 1908, busses arrived in 1909 and council houses were built in 1920, lots more in 1945 were built.

Straw plaiting ended as did the silk industry in the 1930’s, but during the world wars St Albans built aircraft and electrical appliances. St albans was lucky in he 1930’s and escaped a lot of the depression.

As ever St Albans was on the outlook to grow and tried to get new people to come and live there after the wars. In 1950 Valley Road Industrial Estate was built but St Albans has remained a commuter town to today.

A new civic centre was opened in 1961. The Abbey theatre opened in 1968. The Maltings shopping centre opened in 1988. A new Crown Court was built St Albans in 1993. Today the population of St Albans is 63,000. And they have all the services and trappings of a modern society, wow what a journey.

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