(FAQ) Frequently Asked Questions


Welcome to our comprehensive FAQ page, where we delve into the essential aspects of home maintenance, covering rainwater guttering, fascia, soffits, downpipes, cladding, roof replacement, decorating, landscaping, Hardie cladding, and gutter cleaning. Understanding these elements is crucial for homeowners seeking to preserve the integrity and aesthetics of their homes.

In addition to exploring the intricacies of each component, we’ll shed light on effective maintenance practices and offer insights into resolving potential issues. To provide peace of mind, we’ll also discuss the CPA insurance-backed guarantee, ensuring that homeowners are well-informed about the protection and reliability of their investments.

Our goal is to simplify the complexities of these systems, making it easier for you to navigate the realm of home maintenance. Whether you’re a seasoned homeowner or a first-time buyer, this FAQ article is designed to address all your questions, providing detailed information and optimal solutions for a well-maintained and resilient home.


Roofline Roofline Replacement

  • Is uPVC environmentally-friendly?

    UPVC is a great choice because it’s a long-lasting material that is also energy efficient.

    It’s also very effective in preventing heat loss which helps to reduce the amount of energy used to heat a home.

    As a result, using uPVC in buildings can help to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. Additionally, it can also help to reduce the amount of water used in construction.

    This is because uPVC is waterproof and doesn’t require any additional sealing, making it a very efficient option for construction.

    Furthermore, uPVC is also a great choice for conserving energy because it has excellent thermal insulation properties.

    As a result, the amount of energy required to regulate a building’s temperature can be significantly reduced.

    In addition, uPVC also has the ability to reduce noise pollution which can help to create a more peaceful environment.

    All of these advantages make uPVC a great choice for both the environment and the people who live in it.

  • What is an eaves protection system?

    Also known as EPS & Eaves support tray, eaves protection system is a rigid uPVC sheet which is fixed under the eaves course of tiles to give support to the roofing membrane and prevent it from sagging.

    An eaves protection system is a system designed to prevent water from entering the eaves of a building.

    It consists of a series of components which can be used to protect the exterior walls and eaves of a building from water damage, as well as helping to reduce energy costs by preventing heat from escaping.

    The system involves the installation of eaves guards, which can be made from metal, plastic, or other materials, and are placed around the perimeter of the building.

    These eaves guards act as a physical barrier between the building and the elements, preventing water from entering the eaves and walls.

    Additionally, they can be used to redirect rainwater away from the building, helping to reduce the potential for water damage.

    In addition to eaves guards, an eaves protection system may also include a rain gutter system, which is designed to funnel rainwater away from the building and into a drainage system.

    This helps to prevent water from pooling around the building, which can cause structural damage and increase energy costs.

    An eaves protection system is an important part of any building and can help keep it safe from water damage and energy loss.

  • What finishes are available on roofline products?

    uPVC fascias and soffits are available in a variety of colours and in both smooth and grained finishes.

    uPVC gutters and downpipes come in a selection of colours too, including cast iron effect which is textured.

    Our sectional aluminium gutters are available in matt, gloss, satin and leatherette finishes in an array of colours. We also offer aluminium seamless gutters for a smooth, sleek finish.

  • Should I Repaint It?

    If that is the case you may well consider having your fascia and soffit replaced with good quality UPVC, which not only looks better and more modern but it will last for 40-50 years, possibly more.

    You have to weigh up the cost of replacing the timber against the cost of replacement with UPVC, adding in the cost of painting that you will save over the years.

    So in conclusion, it is important to assess the condition of your fascia and soffit before making a decision.

    If it is rotten, you will need to replace it. If it is in good condition, you can save money by repainting it rather than replacing it.

    However, if you want to save money and not have to repaint regularly, replacement with UPVC is the best choice.

  • Can I have just the soffits or fascias replaced?

    In theory, these can be replaced individually, however, we wouldn’t recommend this as it makes more sense to replace them at the same time.

    This is because they are all attached to one another. So, if you have new fascias fitted and subsequently want the soffits replaced, we will have to remove the new fascia, which can cause damage to it meaning it needs replacing again.

    Just replacing all the soffits on your property and leaving the existing fascia and gutter is difficult to do and often involves changing the fascia in any case.

    Please call us for free, friendly advice as each home needs to be assessed individually.

  • What About Overcapping?

    When you overcap, you are not replacing and so you are not removing any potential issues that could be present due to age, weather damage or lack of maintenance.

    Overcapping gives a false impression of newness and can quickly delaminate, discolour and peel, leaving you with a worse job than you started with.

    In addition, when you go about replacing fascia, soffit and bargeboard areas, the area is stripped right back to the rafter feet, so any potential issues are removed entirely.

    This is a much more thorough job and ensures you are getting the best results possible. It is also much more cost effective in the long run.

    So, if you are considering replacing your fascias and soffits, it is always best to go with the total replacement option.

    We believe this is the only way to ensure the best results and the highest quality of finish.

  • Does it make sense to replace your roofline before your windows?

    When it comes to improving the exterior of your home, it’s important to consider which upgrades to prioritise.

    While windows are often the first thing people think of when it comes to improving their home’s exterior, it may actually make more sense to replace your roofline prior to investing in new windows.

    Replacing your roofline will not only give your home an updated look, it will also help protect the interior of your home from water damage and other elements.

    A new roofline can also add significant value to your home, making it a worthwhile investment.

    Furthermore, it is important to make sure the roofline is in good condition before spending money on windows.

    If the roofline is not properly sealed, it can cause water damage to your windows and other parts of your home.

    In addition, if the roofline is old and worn, it can be difficult to match new windows to it. If the roofline has to be replaced anyway, it may be better to get new windows that will match the new roofline perfectly.

    Overall, while windows are often the first upgrade people think of when it comes to improving the exterior of their home, it can make more sense to replace your roofline before investing in new windows.

    Doing so ensures that the new roofline is in good condition, adds value to your home, and makes it easier to find windows that match.

  • When should you replace fascias and soffits?

    Fascias and soffits form an essential part of the roofline of a house, but they can be vulnerable to damage due to weather, wear and tear, and age.

    Generally, fascias and soffits should be checked and replaced if they show signs of deterioration.

    If they become cracked, discoloured or have holes, they should be repaired or replaced.

    It is also important to check for signs of wood rot, which is caused by moisture trapped in the wood, as this can occur due to the accumulation of water and debris in the guttering.

    If rot is present, the affected area should be replaced as soon as possible as it can spread to other parts of the roofline.

    In addition, if the fascias and soffits are made of wood, they will need to be replaced regularly, typically every 5-10 years.

    This is because wood tends to warp and crack over time, making it necessary to replace the materials.

    If they are made of uPVC, they may last longer but should still be checked and replaced if they become cracked or damaged.

  • How much maintenance do my Fascias and Soffits require?

    This will help ensure that your fascia’s and soffits stay looking new and fresh for longer.

    If you live in a coastal area, you may need to clean your fascia and soffit more often to prevent build up of salt and other particulates, which can shorten the lifespan of the product.

    It is also important that you check your gutters regularly to make sure they are clear of any debris.

    This will help prevent any water build up which can cause damage to the fascia’s and soffits.

    You should check the seals around any joints to make sure they are still watertight, and if not, replace them with sealant or contact a professional to do this.

    All in all, our PVC fascia’s and soffits require very little maintenance, but it is always best to keep on top of cleaning and checking your roofline products to ensure they stay looking their best.

  • What is the difference between the cladding and a facade?

    Façade is the face of a building, the first thing that people see when they look at a structure.

    This includes the exterior design, colors, and materials of a building.

     Cladding is the material that is used to cover the exterior of a building, usually to protect the structure from the elements.

    It can be made from a variety of materials such as UPVC, stone, metal, wood, and Fiber Cement Board.

     When it comes to functionality, cladding is used to protect a building from the elements, provide insulation, and enhance the aesthetic appearance of a structure.

    On the other hand, a façade is an important part of a building’s overall design and can be used as the focal point of a structure.

    It is used to create an inviting atmosphere and can be used to enhance the overall look of a building.

    In conclusion, the difference between a façade and cladding is that a façade is used as a design element and a cladding is used to provide protection to a building.

  • Is there a difference between fascias and bargeboards?

    Both are used to cover the exposed ends of rafters and are an important feature of roofing construction.

    Fascias are usually made from uPVC or wood and are used to protect the rafters from the elements, whilst bargeboards are often decorative and are used to enhance the look of the property.

    Both can be used to hide any exposed ends of rafters and provide an aesthetically pleasing finish.

    Both fascias and bargeboards serve an important purpose in roofing construction, but their functions differ slightly.

    Fascias are used to protect the rafters from the elements by covering the exposed ends, while bargeboards are used to enhance the look of the property with their decorative design.

    Whilst fascias are usually made from uPVC or wood, bargeboards can be made from a variety of materials such as plastic, metal, or even stone.

    Regardless of material, both fascias and bargeboards are essential components of roofing construction, providing a neat and aesthetically pleasing finish.

  • What distinguishes a Soffit from a Fascia?

    The Soffit itself is normally made from uPVC or Plywood, but can also be made from any other material.

    The Fascia is the vertical board that is attached to the rafter ends, usually at the same level as the Soffit.

    It is used to support the guttering and provides a neat finish between the roof and the walls.

    Usually, the Fascia is made from uPVC, but can also be made from other materials such as timber or aluminium.

    It is important to note that the Fascia and Soffit should be made from the same material, to ensure they look consistent and neat.

    The main difference between the two is that the Fascia is the visible board on the outside of the house, while the Soffit is hidden away.

    The Soffit is important to allow ventilation to the roof, and the Fascia is important to provide a neat finish and support the guttering.

  • What tell-tale signs indicate my Fascia’s need replacing?

    Minor repairs can be done to extend the life of the product, however in some cases the product must be replaced. When it comes to fascia, there are a few tell-tale signs that it is time to replace it:

    If there is rot, damage from storms, or if the fascia is warped, cracked, or deteriorating then it should be replaced.

    Other signs are if the wood is soft, if there are signs of insect or animal damage, or if the paint is peeling. If any of these signs are present, the fascia should be replaced as they can lead to further damage to the roof, walls, or other structural components of the home.

    In addition, replacing fascia can improve the overall look of the home’s exterior. Replacing fascia can be a difficult and time consuming job, so it is important to make sure that the job is done by a professional contractor in order to ensure that it is done correctly and all of the necessary precautions are taken.

    This also applies to Soffits as well

  • Do Soffits need to have ventilation?

    Building Regulations 2000 Part C2 stipulate that all newly build properties must have ventilation installed to prevent moisture build up in the roofing space.

    This does not apply to properties built before the Building Regulations came into rule. We recommend installing them regardless to prevent unwanted structural damage

    Over-Fascia ventilation is the preferred option as this allows for a more efficient flow of air.

    Soffit vents can still be installed, however, this can be time consuming and the short-term effect is often minimal.

    If you have an existing property that does not have any ventilation, we would suggest installing over-Fascia vents as this offers a longer-term solution.

    Installing soffit vents can be a good option, however, they will require regular cleaning due to the dirt and debris that can accumulate over time.

    Over-fascia vents allow for better air flow and are much easier to clean.

  • What is the difference between fascia and soffit?

    The soffit can be made of wood, vinyl, aluminum, or other materials. Fascias are typically wider than soffits and are used to cover the ends of the rafters.

    They are generally made from wood, PVC, aluminum, fiber cement, or other durable materials.

    Fascias are typically designed to be decorative and will often have molding or trim added for additional visual interest.

    Soffits, on the other hand, are generally more utilitarian.

    They are designed to provide ventilation and to protect the eaves from the elements.

    Soffits are typically made from vinyl or aluminum and are usually vented.

    They are also designed to be unobtrusive and blend in with the rest of the house.

    The main difference between fascias and soffits is that fascias are meant to be decorative, while soffits are designed to provide ventilation and protect the eaves of the house from the elements.

  • What are Roofline products?

    Our Roofline products are available in a wide range of colours, from traditional black and brown to contemporary grey and white.

    All our Roofline products are built to last and come with a 10-year guarantee for added peace of mind.

    Our Roofline products are designed to protect your home from the elements, and will help keep your home looking beautiful and well-maintained for years to come.

    They are also cost effective, easy to install and maintain, and are backed by our experienced team of professionals.

    So, if you’re looking for a quality, long-lasting roof trim solution that will protect your home from the elements, then our Roofline products are the perfect choice for you.

  • How much will replacement gutters cost?

    If you are looking at a full replacement, this may affect the cost.

    The cost of installation of the new guttering system will include materials, labour and waste disposal. It is best to talk to us for a more detailed estimate.

    Some factors to consider include the type of guttering material, the size of the job, labour costs, and additional work that may need to be done.

    The guttering may also need to be painted depending on the material used, and the cost of labour and materials for this would need to be taken into account.

    If you are replacing guttering due to age, it may be worth considering a gutter protection system, which would reduce the need for future replacements. This could be a cost-effective solution in the long run.

  • How much will replacement soffits and fascia cost?

    The cost of the replacement fascia and soffits will also depend on the type of material you choose, such as UPVC, aluminium, wood or composite.

    UPVC is the most economical option and our team can advise you on the best route to take.

    It’s difficult to give an exact cost without a free quotation, but in general, replacement soffits and fascias will cost anywhere from £2,000 to £4,000.

    We recommend taking advantage of our free quotation to get a more accurate cost.

    We have a team of experienced professionals who can advise you on the best materials to use and the most cost-effective route for your replacement soffits and fascias.

    If you are replacing your fascias and soffits, you should consider replacing other parts of your roof trim at the same time, as it works out more cost effective, when consolidating the time, materials and people involved.

Guttering & Downpipes

  • What issues are caused by blocked gutters/downpipes?

    Blocked gutters and downpipes can cause a variety of issues.

    If left untreated, the water that accumulates in the gutters and downpipes can cause the gutters to overflow, possibly leading to flooding of the roof and surrounding areas.

    Water backing up in the gutters and downpipes can also cause the gutters to pull away from the house and cause damage to the fascia boards.

    This can lead to other problems, such as the rainwater not being able to escape the roof and allowing moisture to seep into the house.

    Blocked gutters and downpipes can also cause structural damage to the roof if the weight of the water becomes too great and causes the roof to sag or collapse.

    In addition, if the water is left standing for long periods, it can lead to the growth of mould and mildew, which can cause health problems.

    Finally, blocked gutters and downpipes can attract pests such as mosquitoes and rats, which can also pose a health risk.

    To ensure that these issues do not occur, it is essential to have regular gutter and downpipe cleaning to keep them free of debris and ensure they are functioning properly.

  • What is the best way to clean downpipes, gutters and cladding?

    Although pressure washers can be a great tool for cleaning exterior surfaces, they are not the best way to clean downpipes, gutters and cladding.

    These areas tend to be delicate and can easily be damaged by the high-pressure stream of water from the washer.

    Instead, the best way to clean downpipes, gutters and cladding is with a low-pressure, soft-bristle brush and a mild detergent solution.

    Start by soaking the area with the solution and then gently scrub away dirt and grime. After you have finished scrubbing, be sure to rinse the area with clean water to remove any residue.

    This method is safe and effective for cleaning these areas without causing any damage.

    Alternatively you can consider using our gutter clean services.

    Our experienced team of professionals can quickly and safely clear your gutter of any debris that could be causing you a problem.

    We use the latest equipment and techniques to ensure that your gutter is completely clean and free from any blockages or overflowing.

    We understand the importance of maintaining clean gutters, as this can help to protect your home from water damage and costly repairs.

    Our gutter clean services are designed to give you peace of mind and a worry-free solution to any gutter related problems.

    We make sure to do a thorough job, so you can rest assured that your gutters are as clean and safe as possible.

    We can also provide you with advice on how to maintain your gutters in the future, so you can reduce the risk of further problems occurring.

    Our gutter clean services are affordable and reliable, so contact us today to find out more.

  • How often should gutters be cleared?

    It is important to keep your gutters clean to ensure that water is being directed away from your home and not pooling around the foundation.

    If you live in an area with trees, you should consider cleaning your gutters twice a year.

    This will help to ensure that your gutters are not blocked and are able to efficiently drain water away from your home.

    It is also important to check your gutters for signs of damage or corrosion and to repair any damage that you find.

    This will ensure that your gutters stay in good condition and are able to continue to effectively direct water away from your home.

  • Can I use a leaf blower to clear gutters?

    Additionally, wet leaves can be very heavy and could cause damage to the gutter if blown out by a leaf blower.

    Furthermore, since gutters are usually high up, using a leaf blower in this situation could be potentially dangerous.

    You would be better off using a gutter scoop or a gutter vac to remove the debris.

    This will help you to make sure that your gutters are properly and safely cleared.

  • How often should a Hedgehog Gutter Brush be checked?

    It is important to check the effectiveness of the brush twice a year to make sure that it is still in good condition and able to prevent water from entering the gutter and causing possible damage.

    It is also important to check to ensure that the bristles are not clogged with debris, as this can block water from flowing freely through the gutter.

    In addition, any sagging or leaning of the brush should be addressed to make sure that it is securely in place in the gutter. If the brush is not properly secured, it could be at risk of becoming detached from the gutter, which could lead to serious water damage.

    Finally, you should also check the brush for signs of wear and tear, as this could affect the effectiveness of the brush. If any of these issues are noted, it is important to replace the brush to ensure that the gutter is properly protected.

  • What does a free gutter survey involve?

    After the completion of our gutter cleaning service, a free gutter survey involves a highly experienced professional inspecting the gutters and downpipes on your property.

    They will check for any blockages, damage, or deterioration, as well as assessing the condition of the gutters and downpipes to ensure they are in good working order.

    They may also check for any signs of corrosion or wear and tear. This survey will also highlight any potential areas for concern, such as leaks or any other issues that may need to be addressed.

    This is a great way to identify any potential problems before they become major issues.

    The surveyor may also suggest preventative maintenance or potential solutions to any existing problems, such as replacing worn or damaged sections of gutter.

    They will also advise you of any further work that may be necessary to keep your gutters and downpipes functioning properly.

  • Why does my gutter leak constantly?

    If your gutter is leaking constantly, it is likely that it is in need of repair or replacement.

    Gutters are essential for preventing water damage to your home because they collect and divert water away from your home, so it is important to address the leak as soon as possible.

    Common causes of gutter leaks include clogged gutters, damaged gutters, improper installation, and age of the gutter.

    Clogged gutters occur when leaves, pine needles, and other debris accumulate and cause a blockage. This blockage can cause water to back up and leak out of the gutters.

    Damaged gutters occur when the gutters are not properly secured to the roof or when they are damaged by storms, animals, or debris.

    Improper installation can cause water to leak from the seams of the gutter or from holes in the gutter. Over time, gutters will deteriorate and become weak, causing them to leak.

    If your gutter is leaking constantly, you will want to inspect it for any of these issues and contact a professional for repair or replacement.

    Your gutter might be leaking for many reasons, such as:

    • It may be full of moss and debris. We recommend an annual check, paying particular attention to any downpipe bends or joints between neighbouring properties
    • If it’s clear and still leaks it may not have a high enough capacity for the volume of rain which it is being faced with.
    • The seals between lengths and corners may have perished.
    • The gutter may simply not have enough of a fall towards the downpipes.

    Whatever the problem our experienced surveyors will diagnose your gutter and offer suggestions and improvements wherever possible to protect your home from the unpredictable British weather.

  • What is cast-iron effect uPVC guttering?

    Cast-iron effect uPVC gutters are designed to look just as good as real cast-iron gutters but they are lighter in weight and will not rust.

    This uPVC system is low maintenance, robust and designed to withstand the best and worst of the British weather, making them the perfect replacement for traditional cast-iron guttering.

  • What is the difference between gutter styles?

    Aside from differing in appearance, the style of gutter has an impact on the amount of water that is able to be diverted.

    For example, round gutters offer the lowest water flow rate and they are suitable for most domestic properties.

    Whereas, Deepflow and Ogee gutters can carry more water so are ideal for use on bigger roof sizes, such as those on commercial properties or large, detached homes.

  • How often should I clear my gutters?

    We recommend you clear your gutters at least once a year but should aim to clear them twice if you can. However, gutter clearing can be messy and time-consuming so if you’d rather not do it yourself, you should consider our professional gutter clearing service.

  • Can gutters be attached to a rainwater harvesting system?

    Yes, they can. When fitting new downpipes, the Enhance Exteriors team can install them so they feed into a single water butt or several of them. This is part of our commitment to sustainability.

  • My downpipes keep getting blocked. How can I stop this from happening?

    Balloon leaf traps can easily be fitted into them, which will prevent your downpipes from becoming blocked.

  • What is the difference between a soil pipe and rainwater pipe?

    A rainwater pipe, also known as a downpipe, takes water from your gutter down to the drainage system. Whereas, a soil pipe takes waste away from your home.

  • What are the main types of gutters?

    There are three general types of guttering commonly used: parapet gutters, valley gutters and eaves gutters — the most popular type.

    • Parapet gutters â€“ drainage channels for flat roofs with parapet walls. Channels water through a gap in the wall and into a downpipe.
    • Valley gutters â€“ lengths of metal flashing installed along any junction where two roofs meet, or where there is a change in direction of the roof.
    • Eaves gutters â€“ that run along the edge of your roof and channel rainwater into a downpipe where it is deposited into a drain.

    Eaves gutters are the most recognisable type, and the type most of us are interested in when it comes to DIY projects. For information about the different types of eaves guttering, see the our service page.

  • Do I have to have my gutters cleaned?

    The Importance of Regular Gutter Maintenance

    Gutters are an often overlooked aspect of home maintenance, but neglecting them can have costly consequences. As the seasons change and winter approaches, it becomes even more crucial to prioritise regular gutter maintenance. In this article, we will explore the potential issues that can arise from clogged gutters, the specific problems that winter can exacerbate, and the implications on home insurance.

    The Dangers of Clogged Gutters

    Clogged gutters can lead to a plethora of problems, such as excess moisture and the risk of dampness and flooding. When gutters are obstructed, water can overflow and seep into the foundation, causing structural damage. During winter, the situation worsens as the trapped water freezes, potentially leading to cracked or damaged foundations. Additionally, the build-up of autumn foliage, moss, and ice/snow can further clog gutters, exacerbating the issue.

    Impact on Home Insurance

    Home insurance policies typically require homeowners to perform standard property maintenance, which includes gutter cleaning. Neglecting to maintain clean gutters can potentially invalidate your home insurance, leaving you without coverage in the event of damage. It is vital to understand that regular gutter maintenance is not only crucial for home protection but also for insurance compliance.

    Action Steps for Maintaining Clean Gutters

    To prevent the above-mentioned issues, it is essential to take proactive measures and regularly maintain clean gutters. This involves thorough gutter cleaning to ensure free-flowing water and the removal of debris, leaves, and moss. Additionally, you can take precautions to prevent ice and snow build-up by installing gutter guards or heating cables.

    Conclusion

    The importance of regular gutter maintenance cannot be overstated. Neglecting this aspect of home maintenance can result in costly damages and even invalidate your home insurance coverage. As winter approaches, prioritise gutter cleaning to protect your home from the harmful effects of clogged gutters. Don’t wait until it’s too late; take action now to keep your home safe and secure.

  • How often should gutters be cleaned in the UK?

    The Ultimate Guide to Gutter Cleaning in the U.K.

    The unpredictable weather conditions in the U.K. make regular gutter maintenance indispensable. In this comprehensive guide, we will explore the frequency of gutter cleaning, the best time to get them cleaned, and provide a recommended cleaning schedule.

    Frequency of Gutter Cleaning

    When it comes to gutter cleaning, it is recommended to clean them at least four times a year based on seasonal changes. However, unique factors such as unexpected weather changes or building modifications may require additional cleaning to ensure optimal gutter functionality.

    The Best Time to Get Your Gutters Cleaned

    The end of autumn is a critical time to prioritize gutter cleaning in the U.K. This is when natural debris accumulation, such as leaves, twigs, and moss, is at its highest. Neglecting gutter cleaning during this period can have severe consequences due to the wet weather, which can exacerbate gutter blockages and cause overflowing or flooding.

    Several factors influence the cleaning frequency of gutters in the U.K., including the age of the property and guttering, proximity of trees to the property, and the ever-changing weather conditions.

    Recommended Cleaning Schedule

    To ensure the longevity and functionality of your gutters, it is highly recommended to clean them at least twice a year. The first cleaning should be conducted during the autumn season to remove the build-up of leaves and other debris. The second cleaning should take place in the spring season to clear any accumulated debris from the winter and ensure gutters are ready for the rainy season.

    It is important to be vigilant and look out for signs that indicate an immediate need for gutter cleaning, such as sagging, bowing, or the gutter pulling away from the building. These signs often indicate severe blockages that can lead to water damage if not addressed promptly.

    Conclusion

    Regular gutter cleaning is crucial for the maintenance and longevity of your gutter system in the U.K. With the unpredictable weather conditions and the prevalence of natural debris, neglecting gutter maintenance can lead to costly damages. By following the recommended cleaning schedule and keeping an eye out for warning signs, you can ensure that your gutters remain functioning optimally, protecting your home from potential water damage.

Roofing

  • What is the cost for flat roof replacement?

    The overall cost of a flat roof replacement will depend on the size of the roof, the complexity of the roof, and the type of roofing material being used.

    If you are replacing an existing flat roof, the total cost will also depend on the condition of the existing roof and any additional work that may need to be done, such as replacing rafters or the removal of existing roofing materials.

    Generally, the cost for a flat roof replacement will range from ÂŁ2,500 to ÂŁ8,000 depending on the size of the roof and the type of roofing material being used. 

  • Can moss damage my roof tiles?

    Additionally, if the moss is allowed to grow unchecked, it can lift the edges of the tiles creating a gap where water can get in and cause further damage to the roofing structure. Also moss hold’s water, which can potentially freeze and cause cracks to occur in the mortar and or tile.

    To prevent moss from damaging your roof, it is best to remove it as soon as you spot it. You can do this by using a garden hose with a pressure nozzle or a moss remover. Make sure to avoid using any chemical solutions as this can damage the tiles. I

    t is also important to regularly inspect your roof for any signs of moss growth and take action if necessary. Taking preventative steps to remove moss from your roof can help keep your roof in tip-top shape and prevent costly repairs down the line.

  • What is that noise coming from my roof?

    A noise coming from your roof might be caused by a number of things, including:

    • A loose tile or section of lead flapping, either of which can create an entry point for rainwater if left unattended.
    • The felt under your eaves tiles has been left a little long and is flapping in the wind.
    • A loose gutter or downpipe bracket could be causing a knocking sound
  • What is GRP?

    GRP roof replacement is a specialised service offered by Enhance Exteriors of Letchworth, designed to provide high-quality and durable roofing solutions.

    GRP, or Glass Reinforced Plastic, is a composite material that offers numerous advantages for roof replacements.

    The team at Enhance Exteriors utilises their expertise and extensive experience to seamlessly install GRP roofs that are resistant to corrosion, highly waterproof, and offer exceptional durability.

    This type of roof replacement ensures long-lasting protection against harsh weather conditions such as heavy rains, hailstorms, and strong winds.

    Furthermore, Enhance Exteriors prioritises precision and attention to detail during the installation process to guarantee a seamless finish that enhances the aesthetic appeal of any property.

    Clients can trust in the professionalism of Enhance Exteriors’ team to deliver superior GRP roof replacement services that provide peace of mind and add value to their property.

  • What is EPDM?

    EPDM roof replacement, offered by Enhance Exteriors of Letchworth, is a professional and efficient solution for homeowners and businesses seeking to upgrade their roofing systems.

    EPDM, or ethylene propylene diene terpolymer, is a synthetic rubber material known for its exceptional durability and resistance against weather elements such as rain, UV rays, and extreme temperatures.

    With years of experience in the industry, Enhance Exteriors is equipped with the knowledge and expertise to provide a seamless roof replacement process.

    Their team will thoroughly assess the existing roof’s condition and develop a tailored plan to remove the old roofing materials and install EPDM membrane efficiently.

    This ensures a long-lasting solution that not only protects the property from leaks but also enhances its aesthetic appeal.

    The professionalism demonstrated by Enhance Exteriors guarantees quality workmanship while ensuring minimal disruption during the project – making them an excellent choice for anyone seeking top-notch EPDM roof replacements.

  • What is Hardie® VL Plank?

    Hardie® VL Plank is a high-quality siding product installed by the preferred Hardie installers at Enhance Exteriors of Letchworth.

    This innovative plank offers exceptional durability, style, and versatility for any exterior application. Made with a revolutionary fiber cement material, Hardie® VL Plank is resistant to impact, fire, pests, and extreme weather conditions.

    Its superior strength ensures long-lasting protection for homes or commercial buildings. Moreover, this plank comes in a wide range of colors and styles that can be customised to suit any architectural design or personal preference.

    With its precise engineering and advanced installation techniques employed by the skilled team at Enhance Exteriors of Letchworth, clients can trust that their property will benefit from an aesthetically pleasing and highly durable cladding solution that enhances both curb appeal and overall value.

Cleaning

  • My downpipes keep getting blocked. How can I stop this from happening?

    Balloon leaf traps can easily be fitted into them, which will prevent your downpipes from becoming blocked.

  • What is the difference between a soil pipe and rainwater pipe?

    A rainwater pipe, also known as a downpipe, takes water from your gutter down to the drainage system. Whereas, a soil pipe takes waste away from your home.

  • Do I have to have my gutters cleaned?

    The Importance of Regular Gutter Maintenance

    Gutters are an often overlooked aspect of home maintenance, but neglecting them can have costly consequences. As the seasons change and winter approaches, it becomes even more crucial to prioritise regular gutter maintenance. In this article, we will explore the potential issues that can arise from clogged gutters, the specific problems that winter can exacerbate, and the implications on home insurance.

    The Dangers of Clogged Gutters

    Clogged gutters can lead to a plethora of problems, such as excess moisture and the risk of dampness and flooding. When gutters are obstructed, water can overflow and seep into the foundation, causing structural damage. During winter, the situation worsens as the trapped water freezes, potentially leading to cracked or damaged foundations. Additionally, the build-up of autumn foliage, moss, and ice/snow can further clog gutters, exacerbating the issue.

    Impact on Home Insurance

    Home insurance policies typically require homeowners to perform standard property maintenance, which includes gutter cleaning. Neglecting to maintain clean gutters can potentially invalidate your home insurance, leaving you without coverage in the event of damage. It is vital to understand that regular gutter maintenance is not only crucial for home protection but also for insurance compliance.

    Action Steps for Maintaining Clean Gutters

    To prevent the above-mentioned issues, it is essential to take proactive measures and regularly maintain clean gutters. This involves thorough gutter cleaning to ensure free-flowing water and the removal of debris, leaves, and moss. Additionally, you can take precautions to prevent ice and snow build-up by installing gutter guards or heating cables.

    Conclusion

    The importance of regular gutter maintenance cannot be overstated. Neglecting this aspect of home maintenance can result in costly damages and even invalidate your home insurance coverage. As winter approaches, prioritise gutter cleaning to protect your home from the harmful effects of clogged gutters. Don’t wait until it’s too late; take action now to keep your home safe and secure.

  • How often should gutters be cleaned in the UK?

    The Ultimate Guide to Gutter Cleaning in the U.K.

    The unpredictable weather conditions in the U.K. make regular gutter maintenance indispensable. In this comprehensive guide, we will explore the frequency of gutter cleaning, the best time to get them cleaned, and provide a recommended cleaning schedule.

    Frequency of Gutter Cleaning

    When it comes to gutter cleaning, it is recommended to clean them at least four times a year based on seasonal changes. However, unique factors such as unexpected weather changes or building modifications may require additional cleaning to ensure optimal gutter functionality.

    The Best Time to Get Your Gutters Cleaned

    The end of autumn is a critical time to prioritize gutter cleaning in the U.K. This is when natural debris accumulation, such as leaves, twigs, and moss, is at its highest. Neglecting gutter cleaning during this period can have severe consequences due to the wet weather, which can exacerbate gutter blockages and cause overflowing or flooding.

    Several factors influence the cleaning frequency of gutters in the U.K., including the age of the property and guttering, proximity of trees to the property, and the ever-changing weather conditions.

    Recommended Cleaning Schedule

    To ensure the longevity and functionality of your gutters, it is highly recommended to clean them at least twice a year. The first cleaning should be conducted during the autumn season to remove the build-up of leaves and other debris. The second cleaning should take place in the spring season to clear any accumulated debris from the winter and ensure gutters are ready for the rainy season.

    It is important to be vigilant and look out for signs that indicate an immediate need for gutter cleaning, such as sagging, bowing, or the gutter pulling away from the building. These signs often indicate severe blockages that can lead to water damage if not addressed promptly.

    Conclusion

    Regular gutter cleaning is crucial for the maintenance and longevity of your gutter system in the U.K. With the unpredictable weather conditions and the prevalence of natural debris, neglecting gutter maintenance can lead to costly damages. By following the recommended cleaning schedule and keeping an eye out for warning signs, you can ensure that your gutters remain functioning optimally, protecting your home from potential water damage.

  • How do you clean the gutters?

    Gutter Vac Clearance System: A Detailed Workflow Guide

    Introduction

    Our Gutter Vac Clearance system is a breakthrough solution for maintaining clean and efficient gutters. With its unique features, including a mounted camera for ground-level gutter inspection, this system offers numerous benefits that ensure convenient and hassle-free gutter maintenance.

    Workflow Overview

    Using the Gutter Vac Clearance system is a straightforward process with several simple steps. Here’s a breakdown of how it works:

    1. Inspection and Consultation: Our trained professionals begin by conducting a thorough inspection of your gutter system, using the mounted camera to assess its condition from the ground level. This allows us to identify any blockages or issues that need attention. If ladder climbing is necessary for additional services like ivy removal or gutter repairs, we will consult with you prior to undertaking those tasks.
    2. Gutter Vac Clearance: Once the inspection is complete and any necessary consultations have taken place, we proceed with the Gutter Vac Clearance process. Our team will use our advanced equipment to remove debris, leaves, and other substances causing blockages in the gutters. This efficient process eliminates the need for climbing ladders, ensuring both convenience and safety.
    3. Camera Inspection and Verification: After the Gutter Vac Clearance process, we conduct another inspection using the mounted camera system. This provides us with before and after shots of the guttering, allowing us to review the effectiveness of the service and address any outstanding concerns.
    4. Additional Services: If during the camera inspection we identify any additional services, such as gutter repairs or the need for any extra gutter-related maintenance, we will consult with you and provide clear communication regarding what is required. Our trained professionals will be able to address these additional services promptly and efficiently.

    Benefits and Features

    The use of our Gutter Vac Clearance system comes with a range of benefits and features:

    • Convenience and Safety: By utilizing the Gutter Vac Clearance system, you no longer need to worry about climbing ladders to clean your gutters. Our ground-level approach ensures both convenience and increased safety during the maintenance process.
    • Mounted Camera System: Our innovative mounted camera system provides visual evidence of the condition of your gutters both before and after the service. This transparency allows you to see the results and have peace of mind about the effectiveness of the service.
    • Clear Communication and Consultation: If additional gutter services are required, our team will communicate clearly and consult with you before proceeding. This ensures that any necessary repairs or maintenance tasks are addressed promptly and efficiently.

    Customer Experience

    Using our Gutter Vac Clearance system provides a seamless and stress-free experience for our customers. From the initial inspection to the completion of the service, our trained professionals handle the entire process, allowing you to sit back and relax. The mounted camera system adds an extra layer of transparency, enabling you to see the before and after shots of your gutters and ensuring your satisfaction with the service.

    Contact us

    Don’t let your gutters become a headache or risk your safety by climbing ladders. Take advantage of our Gutter Vac Clearance system and experience the convenience, safety, and transparent process it offers. Contact us today to schedule your gutter service and enjoy peace of mind knowing your gutters are well-maintained.

Decorating

  • How do I choose the right wallpaper for a room?

    Consider the room’s function, lighting, and scale when selecting patterns and colors.

  • What are some tips for staging a home for sale?

    Declutter, neutralize colors, and highlight the home’s best features.

  • How do I hang wallpaper correctly?

    Measure accurately, apply adhesive evenly, and smooth out bubbles as you go.

  • What should I consider when selecting lighting for a space?

    The room’s purpose, natural light availability, and the desired ambiance.

  • How do I properly clean and store paintbrushes?

    Clean brushes with the appropriate solvent, reshape bristles, and hang to dry.

  • What are some common color schemes for creating a relaxing atmosphere?

    Soft blues, greens, and neutrals are typically calming and serene.

  • How do I handle painting around fixtures and fittings?

    Remove or cover fixtures, and use a small brush for precision work.

  • What’s the best way to paint over dark colors?
  • How do I fix paint drips or runs after they’ve dried?

    Sand the area smooth and touch up with a small amount of paint.

  • What are some eco-friendly decorating options?

    Use paints with low VOCs, sustainable materials, and upcycle when possible.

  • How can I make a small room appear larger with paint?

    Use light colors and paint the Skirting and walls the same color to create a seamless look.

  • What’s the best way to remove old wallpaper?

    Score the wallpaper, apply a stripping solution, and gently scrape it off.

  • If I get Enhance Exteriors to decorate the interior of my house do I have to provide the paint, brushes, rollers etc?

    No, when you hire Enhance Exteriors to decorate the interior of your house, they will typically provide all the necessary supplies, including paint, brushes, rollers, and any other tools required for the job. This is a standard practice for most professional painting and decorating services. The cost of these supplies is usually included in the overall price quoted by Enhance Exteriors.

    By providing all the necessary materials, Enhance Exteriors ensures that the project is completed to the highest standard and in a timely manner. They have the expertise to select the appropriate type and quality of paint for your specific needs, as well as the right tools to ensure a smooth and professional finish.

    Additionally, hiring a professional service like Enhance Exteriors eliminates the need for you to go through the hassle of purchasing and storing large quantities of paint and all the necessary equipment. It saves you both time and money, as you won’t have to worry about buying the wrong type of paint or investing in expensive tools that you might not use again.

    However, it’s always a good idea to discuss these details with Enhance Exteriors before hiring them, just to ensure that both parties have a clear understanding of what is included in their services. They will be able to provide you with a detailed breakdown of what they will provide and if there are any additional costs or requirements.

  • What’s the most efficient sequence for painting a room?

    Start from the top down: ceiling, walls, trim, and then the floor if necessary.

  • How do I avoid brush marks when painting?

    Use a high-quality brush, apply paint evenly, and avoid over-brushing.

  • What are some tips for achieving straight lines when painting edges?

    Use quality painter’s tape and remove it while the paint is still slightly wet to prevent peeling.

  • How can I ensure paint color consistency throughout a project?

    Mix all cans of paint together in a large bucket to ensure color uniformity.

  • What’s the best way to prepare a surface for painting?

    Clean, sand, and prime the surface to ensure the best adhesion and a smooth finish.

  • How do I choose the right paint finish for different surfaces?

    Consider the durability and sheen level; flat for ceilings, eggshell for walls, and semi-gloss or gloss for Woodwork and high-traffic areas.

  • How do I choose the right paint finish for a room?

    The right paint finish depends on the room’s use and the look you want to achieve. For high-traffic areas, a semi-gloss or gloss finish is durable and easy to clean. For a more subtle look, an eggshell or matte finish might be preferable.

  • Will you protect any items of furniture or carpeting while you are decorating?

    When undertaking a decorating project, it is crucial to take the necessary precautions to protect any items of furniture or carpeting in the area. Decorating can be a messy and potentially damaging process, with paint, dust, and other materials posing a threat to the surfaces of these items. To ensure their safety, there are several steps that can be taken.

    Firstly, it is advisable to remove as much furniture from the room as possible. This will not only eliminate the risk of damage but also provide more space and freedom of movement during the decorating process. Large pieces of furniture can be cumbersome and hinder progress, so storing them in a separate location temporarily is a wise decision.

    For items that cannot be moved, such as heavy bookshelves or built-in cabinets, protective coverings should be utilized. There are various options available, including plastic sheeting or specialized furniture covers that can be easily purchased or rented. These coverings act as a barrier against paint splatters, dust, and other potential hazards.

    In addition to protecting furniture, carpeting should also be safeguarded during the decorating process. Implementing drop cloths or protective plastic sheeting on the floor will prevent any spills or drips from staining or damaging the carpet. It is important to ensure that these coverings are securely in place and properly positioned to provide maximum coverage.

    Furthermore, extra care should be taken when painting near furniture or carpeting. Using painter’s tape along the edges of these surfaces can create a clean and defined boundary, minimizing the risk of accidental paint splatters or smudges.

    Overall, protecting furniture and carpeting while decorating is essential to maintain their condition and preserve their aesthetic appeal. By taking proactive measures such as removing furniture, using protective coverings, and employing painter’s tape, individuals can successfully complete their decorating projects without causing any harm or inconvenience.

  • Do I need to remove all furniture before you start re-decorating?

    When it comes to re-decorating a space, one of the common questions that may arise is whether all the furniture needs to be removed before starting the process. The answer to this question depends on various factors such as the extent of the re-decoration, the type of furniture, and personal preferences.

    In some cases, it may be necessary to remove all furniture to ensure a smooth and efficient re-decorating process. This is especially true if the project involves painting walls, installing new flooring, or making significant changes to the layout of the space. Removing furniture allows for better access and maneuverability, making it easier for the decorators or contractors to work efficiently. It also protects the furniture from potential damage that can occur during the re-decoration process.

    However, there are situations where removing all furniture may not be necessary. For minor re-decorating projects such as changing curtains, adding new accessories, or rearranging existing furniture, it may be possible to work around the furniture without having to remove it completely. This can save time and effort, especially if the furniture is heavy or bulky.

    Ultimately, the decision to remove all furniture before re-decorating depends on individual preferences and the specific requirements of the project. It is important to consider factors such as the size of the space, the type of re-decoration involved, and any potential risks or inconveniences that may arise from keeping the furniture in place. Consulting with a professional decorator or contractor can provide valuable guidance in determining the best approach for your specific re-decoration project.

  • Are you able to carry out external decorating during the Winter months?

    Yes, we are able to carry out external decorating during the Winter months. While the Winter season may pose some challenges for exterior painting and decorating projects, it is still possible to achieve excellent results with proper planning and execution.

    One of the main challenges during Winter is the weather conditions. Cold temperatures and wet weather can affect the drying and curing process of paint, leading to poor adhesion and durability. However, with the right products and techniques, it is possible to overcome these challenges.

    For example, using specialised winter paints that are formulated to withstand low temperatures can help ensure that the paint properly cures and adheres to the surface. These paints are designed to have a lower freezing point, allowing them to dry even in colder conditions.

    Additionally, it is important to choose the right days to carry out the exterior decorating work. It is advisable to avoid days with extremely low temperatures or heavy rainfall. Finding a window of milder weather, such as a dry and sunny day with temperatures above freezing, can be ideal for achieving the best results.

    Moreover, proper surface preparation is crucial for exterior decorating projects during Winter. This includes thoroughly cleaning and drying the surfaces before applying any paint or coatings. It is also essential to inspect and repair any damaged or deteriorated areas, as Winter weather can exacerbate existing issues.

    In conclusion, while Winter poses some challenges for external decorating, it is still possible to carry out these projects successfully. By using specialised winter paints, choosing optimal weather conditions, and ensuring proper surface preparation, you can achieve excellent results even during the colder months.

Cladding

  • What is the best way to clean downpipes, gutters and cladding?

    Although pressure washers can be a great tool for cleaning exterior surfaces, they are not the best way to clean downpipes, gutters and cladding.

    These areas tend to be delicate and can easily be damaged by the high-pressure stream of water from the washer.

    Instead, the best way to clean downpipes, gutters and cladding is with a low-pressure, soft-bristle brush and a mild detergent solution.

    Start by soaking the area with the solution and then gently scrub away dirt and grime. After you have finished scrubbing, be sure to rinse the area with clean water to remove any residue.

    This method is safe and effective for cleaning these areas without causing any damage.

    Alternatively you can consider using our gutter clean services.

    Our experienced team of professionals can quickly and safely clear your gutter of any debris that could be causing you a problem.

    We use the latest equipment and techniques to ensure that your gutter is completely clean and free from any blockages or overflowing.

    We understand the importance of maintaining clean gutters, as this can help to protect your home from water damage and costly repairs.

    Our gutter clean services are designed to give you peace of mind and a worry-free solution to any gutter related problems.

    We make sure to do a thorough job, so you can rest assured that your gutters are as clean and safe as possible.

    We can also provide you with advice on how to maintain your gutters in the future, so you can reduce the risk of further problems occurring.

    Our gutter clean services are affordable and reliable, so contact us today to find out more.

  • Will replacing my cladding make my home more efficient?

    Replacing your existing cladding with a modern, up-to-date version may improve the energy efficiency of your home.

    It is important to consider the type of cladding you choose, as some materials may be better insulators than others.

    Installing cladding with insulation behind it will allow you to capture and retain heat in your home, reducing the amount of energy you need to heat your home and saving you money in the long run.

    In addition, replacing your cladding will improve the appearance of your home, giving it a more modern and stylish look.

    If you’re looking to make your home more energy efficient, considering replacing your cladding with a more energy efficient alternative is a great way to start.

    The new cladding will also help to protect your property from the elements, protecting the underlying structure from rot and decay as well as reducing the risk of damp.

    The cladding will also help to reduce noise from outside sources, such as traffic and neighbours, creating a more comfortable living space.

    In addition to all of these benefits, replacing your cladding will also help to increase the value of your property, making it more attractive to buyers if you are looking to sell.

    All in all, replacing your cladding is an excellent way to make your home more efficient, improve its appearance and increase its value.

  • What is cladding?

    Cladding is an important part of the homes construction as it offers insulation and weatherproofing.

    It is the materials that are attached to the exterior walls of a building to provide additional protection from the environment.

    It is typically made up of wood, metal, brick, fibre cement, Upvc, stone or composite materials. There are several types of cladding, the most common being composite cladding, metal cladding, brick cladding, and timber cladding.

    Composite cladding is a mix of two or more materials and is a popular choice due to its ability to repel water and provide insulation.

    Metal cladding is a popular choice for modern homes as it is strong, fireproof and long-lasting. Brick cladding is an attractive option due to its durability, insulation, and low maintenance.

    Timber cladding is a classic choice with its natural aesthetic and insulation benefits.

    Cladding is an important part of the home’s construction and provides both protection from the elements and a decorative finish.

    It is important to choose the right type of cladding for your home to ensure it lasts and protects your home from the outside elements.

  • Will replacing cladding add value to my property?

    Tired looking cladding will almost certainly affect a buyer’s view of your home in a negative way, which might lead to a devaluation of your property.

    Whereas, a smart exterior gives the impression that your home has been well taken care of.

    This is an appealing prospect for any potential buyers and is likely to make your home appear more valuable in their eyes.

  • How do I choose the right cladding option for my home?

    Every cladding solution from us requires minimal upkeep and is designed to provide your home with a stylish, weather resistant and durable façade.

    Determining which option is best for you, however, might be the one that is most complimentary to your existing architecture.

    It’s also worth considering which one best fits within your budget.

  • Does cladding replacement come with a guarantee?

    10 year installation guarantees are available from Enhance Exteriors . For cladding installations that qualify for this guarantee, get in touch with us for more information.

  • Which cladding option is the most sustainable?

    In terms of sustainability, there is no clear winner amongst our cladding solutions.

    Our uPVC cladding has received BES6001 certification as evidence that it is responsibly sourced.

    It’s also fully recyclable and can last up to 60 years.

    Coastline cladding is constructed from sustainably sourced composite material that is also 100% recyclable, so it’s also remarkably eco-friendly.

  • What is the cost of cladding?

    The price to clad a home will depend on numerous factors, including the type of cladding, the amount that is required and the amount of preparation that’s needed.

    Additionally, ease of access to the property also has an effect on pricing.

    As there are so many factors affecting price, there is no standard cost for cladding a home.

  • What is Coastline composite cladding?

    Its features include a woodgrain finish so it looks just as good as natural timber, minimal expansion and contraction and exceptional resistance to the weather.

    It also has a simple interlocking mechanism so it can be fitted quickly and we can minimise the amount of disruption to your everyday life

    Coastline composite cladding is a sustainably sourced, lightweight cladding solution that is suitable for any application.

    Its features include a woodgrain finish so it looks just as good as natural timber, minimal expansion and contraction and exceptional resistance to the weather.

    It also has a simple interlocking mechanism so it can be fitted quickly and we can minimise the amount of disruption to your everyday life

  • What is Hardie Wall Plank Cladding?

    Hardie wall plank, offered by Enhance Exteriors of Letchworth, is a top choice among preferred Hardie installers for its outstanding durability and aesthetic appeal.

    This siding solution is made from a unique mix of cement, cellulose fibers, and finely ground sand, resulting in a product that is incredibly resilient to various weather conditions and practically immune to rotting or warping.

    The Hardie wall plank also boasts an authentic wood-like appearance that enhances the overall curb appeal of any property.

    Available in a wide range of colors and textures, it can be customized to fit different architectural styles and personal preferences.

    Furthermore, the installation process conducted by the preferred Hardie installers at Enhance Exteriors ensures precision and expertise, leaving homeowners with a long-lasting, low-maintenance siding solution that not only enhances the look of their homes but also provides excellent protection against the elements.

  • What is Hardie® Panel?

    Hardie® Panel, offered by the trusted and preferred Hardie installers Enhance Exteriors of Letchworth, is a remarkable siding option that sets new standards in durability, aesthetics, and long-term value.

    This innovative fiber cement panel is meticulously engineered to withstand harsh weather conditions while maintaining its flawless appearance for decades to come.

    Crafted with superior technology, Hardie® Panel not only resists rotting, warping, and fading but also stands strong against fire hazards and the detrimental effects of pests. Its unique composition, comprised of cement fibers combined with sand and cellulose fibers, ensures an exceptionally Hardy construction that guarantees a timeless beauty accompanied by incredible strength.

    Beyond its impressive resilience, this siding solution offers customization options that suit diverse architectural styles.

    Whether one seeks a sleek modern look or desires to emulate classic charm, Hardie® Panel can be seamlessly tailored to meet individual preferences.

    With these qualities in mind, it’s evident why Hardie® Panel by preferred Hardie installers Enhance Exteriors of Letchworth emerges as the ideal choice for those seeking dependable and aesthetically appealing exteriors for their homes or establishments.

Guttering

  • What is the best way to clean downpipes, gutters and cladding?

    Although pressure washers can be a great tool for cleaning exterior surfaces, they are not the best way to clean downpipes, gutters and cladding.

    These areas tend to be delicate and can easily be damaged by the high-pressure stream of water from the washer.

    Instead, the best way to clean downpipes, gutters and cladding is with a low-pressure, soft-bristle brush and a mild detergent solution.

    Start by soaking the area with the solution and then gently scrub away dirt and grime. After you have finished scrubbing, be sure to rinse the area with clean water to remove any residue.

    This method is safe and effective for cleaning these areas without causing any damage.

    Alternatively you can consider using our gutter clean services.

    Our experienced team of professionals can quickly and safely clear your gutter of any debris that could be causing you a problem.

    We use the latest equipment and techniques to ensure that your gutter is completely clean and free from any blockages or overflowing.

    We understand the importance of maintaining clean gutters, as this can help to protect your home from water damage and costly repairs.

    Our gutter clean services are designed to give you peace of mind and a worry-free solution to any gutter related problems.

    We make sure to do a thorough job, so you can rest assured that your gutters are as clean and safe as possible.

    We can also provide you with advice on how to maintain your gutters in the future, so you can reduce the risk of further problems occurring.

    Our gutter clean services are affordable and reliable, so contact us today to find out more.

  • How often should gutters be cleared?

    It is important to keep your gutters clean to ensure that water is being directed away from your home and not pooling around the foundation.

    If you live in an area with trees, you should consider cleaning your gutters twice a year.

    This will help to ensure that your gutters are not blocked and are able to efficiently drain water away from your home.

    It is also important to check your gutters for signs of damage or corrosion and to repair any damage that you find.

    This will ensure that your gutters stay in good condition and are able to continue to effectively direct water away from your home.

  • Can I use a leaf blower to clear gutters?

    Additionally, wet leaves can be very heavy and could cause damage to the gutter if blown out by a leaf blower.

    Furthermore, since gutters are usually high up, using a leaf blower in this situation could be potentially dangerous.

    You would be better off using a gutter scoop or a gutter vac to remove the debris.

    This will help you to make sure that your gutters are properly and safely cleared.

  • How often should a Hedgehog Gutter Brush be checked?

    It is important to check the effectiveness of the brush twice a year to make sure that it is still in good condition and able to prevent water from entering the gutter and causing possible damage.

    It is also important to check to ensure that the bristles are not clogged with debris, as this can block water from flowing freely through the gutter.

    In addition, any sagging or leaning of the brush should be addressed to make sure that it is securely in place in the gutter. If the brush is not properly secured, it could be at risk of becoming detached from the gutter, which could lead to serious water damage.

    Finally, you should also check the brush for signs of wear and tear, as this could affect the effectiveness of the brush. If any of these issues are noted, it is important to replace the brush to ensure that the gutter is properly protected.

  • What does a free gutter survey involve?

    After the completion of our gutter cleaning service, a free gutter survey involves a highly experienced professional inspecting the gutters and downpipes on your property.

    They will check for any blockages, damage, or deterioration, as well as assessing the condition of the gutters and downpipes to ensure they are in good working order.

    They may also check for any signs of corrosion or wear and tear. This survey will also highlight any potential areas for concern, such as leaks or any other issues that may need to be addressed.

    This is a great way to identify any potential problems before they become major issues.

    The surveyor may also suggest preventative maintenance or potential solutions to any existing problems, such as replacing worn or damaged sections of gutter.

    They will also advise you of any further work that may be necessary to keep your gutters and downpipes functioning properly.

  • Why does my gutter leak constantly?

    If your gutter is leaking constantly, it is likely that it is in need of repair or replacement.

    Gutters are essential for preventing water damage to your home because they collect and divert water away from your home, so it is important to address the leak as soon as possible.

    Common causes of gutter leaks include clogged gutters, damaged gutters, improper installation, and age of the gutter.

    Clogged gutters occur when leaves, pine needles, and other debris accumulate and cause a blockage. This blockage can cause water to back up and leak out of the gutters.

    Damaged gutters occur when the gutters are not properly secured to the roof or when they are damaged by storms, animals, or debris.

    Improper installation can cause water to leak from the seams of the gutter or from holes in the gutter. Over time, gutters will deteriorate and become weak, causing them to leak.

    If your gutter is leaking constantly, you will want to inspect it for any of these issues and contact a professional for repair or replacement.

    Your gutter might be leaking for many reasons, such as:

    • It may be full of moss and debris. We recommend an annual check, paying particular attention to any downpipe bends or joints between neighbouring properties
    • If it’s clear and still leaks it may not have a high enough capacity for the volume of rain which it is being faced with.
    • The seals between lengths and corners may have perished.
    • The gutter may simply not have enough of a fall towards the downpipes.

    Whatever the problem our experienced surveyors will diagnose your gutter and offer suggestions and improvements wherever possible to protect your home from the unpredictable British weather.

  • What is cast-iron effect uPVC guttering?

    Cast-iron effect uPVC gutters are designed to look just as good as real cast-iron gutters but they are lighter in weight and will not rust.

    This uPVC system is low maintenance, robust and designed to withstand the best and worst of the British weather, making them the perfect replacement for traditional cast-iron guttering.

  • What is the difference between gutter styles?

    Aside from differing in appearance, the style of gutter has an impact on the amount of water that is able to be diverted.

    For example, round gutters offer the lowest water flow rate and they are suitable for most domestic properties.

    Whereas, Deepflow and Ogee gutters can carry more water so are ideal for use on bigger roof sizes, such as those on commercial properties or large, detached homes.

  • How often should I clear my gutters?

    We recommend you clear your gutters at least once a year but should aim to clear them twice if you can. However, gutter clearing can be messy and time-consuming so if you’d rather not do it yourself, you should consider our professional gutter clearing service.

  • Can gutters be attached to a rainwater harvesting system?

    Yes, they can. When fitting new downpipes, the Enhance Exteriors team can install them so they feed into a single water butt or several of them. This is part of our commitment to sustainability.

  • My downpipes keep getting blocked. How can I stop this from happening?

    Balloon leaf traps can easily be fitted into them, which will prevent your downpipes from becoming blocked.

  • What is the difference between a soil pipe and rainwater pipe?

    A rainwater pipe, also known as a downpipe, takes water from your gutter down to the drainage system. Whereas, a soil pipe takes waste away from your home.

  • What are the main types of gutters?

    There are three general types of guttering commonly used: parapet gutters, valley gutters and eaves gutters — the most popular type.

    • Parapet gutters â€“ drainage channels for flat roofs with parapet walls. Channels water through a gap in the wall and into a downpipe.
    • Valley gutters â€“ lengths of metal flashing installed along any junction where two roofs meet, or where there is a change in direction of the roof.
    • Eaves gutters â€“ that run along the edge of your roof and channel rainwater into a downpipe where it is deposited into a drain.

    Eaves gutters are the most recognisable type, and the type most of us are interested in when it comes to DIY projects. For information about the different types of eaves guttering, see the our service page.

  • Do I have to have my gutters cleaned?

    The Importance of Regular Gutter Maintenance

    Gutters are an often overlooked aspect of home maintenance, but neglecting them can have costly consequences. As the seasons change and winter approaches, it becomes even more crucial to prioritise regular gutter maintenance. In this article, we will explore the potential issues that can arise from clogged gutters, the specific problems that winter can exacerbate, and the implications on home insurance.

    The Dangers of Clogged Gutters

    Clogged gutters can lead to a plethora of problems, such as excess moisture and the risk of dampness and flooding. When gutters are obstructed, water can overflow and seep into the foundation, causing structural damage. During winter, the situation worsens as the trapped water freezes, potentially leading to cracked or damaged foundations. Additionally, the build-up of autumn foliage, moss, and ice/snow can further clog gutters, exacerbating the issue.

    Impact on Home Insurance

    Home insurance policies typically require homeowners to perform standard property maintenance, which includes gutter cleaning. Neglecting to maintain clean gutters can potentially invalidate your home insurance, leaving you without coverage in the event of damage. It is vital to understand that regular gutter maintenance is not only crucial for home protection but also for insurance compliance.

    Action Steps for Maintaining Clean Gutters

    To prevent the above-mentioned issues, it is essential to take proactive measures and regularly maintain clean gutters. This involves thorough gutter cleaning to ensure free-flowing water and the removal of debris, leaves, and moss. Additionally, you can take precautions to prevent ice and snow build-up by installing gutter guards or heating cables.

    Conclusion

    The importance of regular gutter maintenance cannot be overstated. Neglecting this aspect of home maintenance can result in costly damages and even invalidate your home insurance coverage. As winter approaches, prioritise gutter cleaning to protect your home from the harmful effects of clogged gutters. Don’t wait until it’s too late; take action now to keep your home safe and secure.

  • How often should gutters be cleaned in the UK?

    The Ultimate Guide to Gutter Cleaning in the U.K.

    The unpredictable weather conditions in the U.K. make regular gutter maintenance indispensable. In this comprehensive guide, we will explore the frequency of gutter cleaning, the best time to get them cleaned, and provide a recommended cleaning schedule.

    Frequency of Gutter Cleaning

    When it comes to gutter cleaning, it is recommended to clean them at least four times a year based on seasonal changes. However, unique factors such as unexpected weather changes or building modifications may require additional cleaning to ensure optimal gutter functionality.

    The Best Time to Get Your Gutters Cleaned

    The end of autumn is a critical time to prioritize gutter cleaning in the U.K. This is when natural debris accumulation, such as leaves, twigs, and moss, is at its highest. Neglecting gutter cleaning during this period can have severe consequences due to the wet weather, which can exacerbate gutter blockages and cause overflowing or flooding.

    Several factors influence the cleaning frequency of gutters in the U.K., including the age of the property and guttering, proximity of trees to the property, and the ever-changing weather conditions.

    Recommended Cleaning Schedule

    To ensure the longevity and functionality of your gutters, it is highly recommended to clean them at least twice a year. The first cleaning should be conducted during the autumn season to remove the build-up of leaves and other debris. The second cleaning should take place in the spring season to clear any accumulated debris from the winter and ensure gutters are ready for the rainy season.

    It is important to be vigilant and look out for signs that indicate an immediate need for gutter cleaning, such as sagging, bowing, or the gutter pulling away from the building. These signs often indicate severe blockages that can lead to water damage if not addressed promptly.

    Conclusion

    Regular gutter cleaning is crucial for the maintenance and longevity of your gutter system in the U.K. With the unpredictable weather conditions and the prevalence of natural debris, neglecting gutter maintenance can lead to costly damages. By following the recommended cleaning schedule and keeping an eye out for warning signs, you can ensure that your gutters remain functioning optimally, protecting your home from potential water damage.

  • How do you clean the gutters?

    Gutter Vac Clearance System: A Detailed Workflow Guide

    Introduction

    Our Gutter Vac Clearance system is a breakthrough solution for maintaining clean and efficient gutters. With its unique features, including a mounted camera for ground-level gutter inspection, this system offers numerous benefits that ensure convenient and hassle-free gutter maintenance.

    Workflow Overview

    Using the Gutter Vac Clearance system is a straightforward process with several simple steps. Here’s a breakdown of how it works:

    1. Inspection and Consultation: Our trained professionals begin by conducting a thorough inspection of your gutter system, using the mounted camera to assess its condition from the ground level. This allows us to identify any blockages or issues that need attention. If ladder climbing is necessary for additional services like ivy removal or gutter repairs, we will consult with you prior to undertaking those tasks.
    2. Gutter Vac Clearance: Once the inspection is complete and any necessary consultations have taken place, we proceed with the Gutter Vac Clearance process. Our team will use our advanced equipment to remove debris, leaves, and other substances causing blockages in the gutters. This efficient process eliminates the need for climbing ladders, ensuring both convenience and safety.
    3. Camera Inspection and Verification: After the Gutter Vac Clearance process, we conduct another inspection using the mounted camera system. This provides us with before and after shots of the guttering, allowing us to review the effectiveness of the service and address any outstanding concerns.
    4. Additional Services: If during the camera inspection we identify any additional services, such as gutter repairs or the need for any extra gutter-related maintenance, we will consult with you and provide clear communication regarding what is required. Our trained professionals will be able to address these additional services promptly and efficiently.

    Benefits and Features

    The use of our Gutter Vac Clearance system comes with a range of benefits and features:

    • Convenience and Safety: By utilizing the Gutter Vac Clearance system, you no longer need to worry about climbing ladders to clean your gutters. Our ground-level approach ensures both convenience and increased safety during the maintenance process.
    • Mounted Camera System: Our innovative mounted camera system provides visual evidence of the condition of your gutters both before and after the service. This transparency allows you to see the results and have peace of mind about the effectiveness of the service.
    • Clear Communication and Consultation: If additional gutter services are required, our team will communicate clearly and consult with you before proceeding. This ensures that any necessary repairs or maintenance tasks are addressed promptly and efficiently.

    Customer Experience

    Using our Gutter Vac Clearance system provides a seamless and stress-free experience for our customers. From the initial inspection to the completion of the service, our trained professionals handle the entire process, allowing you to sit back and relax. The mounted camera system adds an extra layer of transparency, enabling you to see the before and after shots of your gutters and ensuring your satisfaction with the service.

    Contact us

    Don’t let your gutters become a headache or risk your safety by climbing ladders. Take advantage of our Gutter Vac Clearance system and experience the convenience, safety, and transparent process it offers. Contact us today to schedule your gutter service and enjoy peace of mind knowing your gutters are well-maintained.

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  • Does real grass drain water? 

    Yes, real grass absorbs water, which helps to prevent runoff and maintain soil moisture levels.

  • How can I ensure paint color consistency throughout a project?

    Mix all cans of paint together in a large bucket to ensure color uniformity.

Enhance Exteriors

  • Who are Enhance Exteriors

    Enhance Exteriors of Letchworth, led by Tim Mann as the proprietor, is a highly esteemed family-run business specialising in providing exceptional exterior home improvement services.

    With a notable presence within the industry, this professional company has earned an impressive reputation for their commitment to quality craftsmanship and customer satisfaction.

    Through their extensive expertise and dedication to detail, Enhance Exteriors offers a comprehensive range of services including roofing, guttering, cladding, and decorating.

    Their team of skilled professionals utilises state-of-the-art technologies and premium materials to deliver durable and aesthetically pleasing solutions tailored to meet individual requirements.

    Moreover, their emphasis on establishing lasting relationships with clients ensures that each project receives personal attention and meticulous execution from start to finish.

    Whether undertaking small-scale repairs or complete remodels, Enhance Exteriors prides itself on its adherence to high standards while maintaining competitive pricing and effectively meeting deadlines.

  • What forms of payment do you accept?

    When it comes to payment, we accept several forms of payment methods, including credit cards, debit cards, cash, and electronic transfers. Please let us know which method works best for you.

  • Why should I choose Enhance Exteriors?

    Enhance Exteriors is a top choice for all your home exterior needs. With years of experience and a commitment to quality, Enhance Exteriors provides exceptional services that will enhance the value and appearance of your home.

    They offer a variety of services including roofing, siding, gutters, and windows, all of which are performed by skilled professionals who use high-quality materials.

    Enhance Exteriors is also dedicated to customer satisfaction, ensuring that every job is completed to perfection.

    If you’re looking for a reliable and trustworthy company to handle your home exterior needs, Enhance Exteriors is the way to go.

  • What is The CPA?

    Enhance Exteriors uses the services of the Consumer Protection Association (CPA) to provide added peace of mind to their customers.

    The CPA protects customers in several ways. They provide insurance-backed guarantees for home improvement companies that are part of their membership scheme.

    This means that if a customer has any issues with the work carried out by a member of the CPA, they can make a claim on the insurance policy provided by the CPA.

    Additionally, the CPA offers a dispute resolution service that aims to resolve any issues or complaints that customers may have with their member companies.

    Finally, the CPA conducts regular assessments of their member companies to ensure that they meet the required standards of service and quality.

    This ensures that customers can have confidence in the companies that are members of the CPA and that their interests are protected.

    With the backing of the CPA, Enhance Exteriors can offer their customers a level of protection that is unmatched in the home improvement industry, ensuring that the work carried out is of a high standard and that any issues are resolved in a timely and efficient manner.

  • What does it mean to work with Enhance Exteriors, a member of the CPA?

    Working with Enhance Exteriors, a member of the Consumer Protection Association (CPA), means that you can be assured of high-quality workmanship and excellent customer service.

    As a member of the CPA, Enhance Exteriors is committed to providing its customers with the highest levels of protection, ensuring that any issues are resolved in a timely and efficient manner.

    Additionally, the work carried out by Enhance Exteriors is backed by insurance-backed guarantees provided by the CPA, giving you added peace of mind.

    When you work with Enhance Exteriors, you can be confident that you are dealing with a reputable and trustworthy company that is committed to providing you with the best possible service.

  • What does an Insurance Backed Guarantee cover?

    An Insurance Backed Guarantee (IBG) is a type of protection that is essential when you are having improvement works carried out on your property.

    The IBG acts as insurance coverage in case your installation company ceases to trade.

    In such a situation, you would be able to make a claim under the terms of the IBG insurance, which covers the original guarantee provided by the installer.

    The IBG is available for a period up to 10 years, depending on the work carried out, and is underwritten by an authorised insurer.

    However, it is important to note that you must apply for your Insurance Backed Guarantee within 28 days of the contract being completed to your entire satisfaction and once you have paid the CPA member.

    The Consumer Protection Association, which has been in business for 30 years, is a leading authority, protecting you and your property with home improvement insurance.

  • What is deposit protection?

    When it comes to home improvement projects, paying a deposit upfront is common practice.

    However, this can be a risky move if you don’t have deposit protection insurance in place.

    At The CPA, we offer deposit protection schemes that act as insurance for the deposit you initially pay for work to be carried out on your home.

    These schemes typically cover up to 25% of the agreed price with your chosen home improvement company, or up to ÂŁ7,500, whichever is lesser.

    The deposit protection ensures that your money is protected in the unlikely event of the installation company folding due to bankruptcy, retirement, or death.

    While most home improvement installers arrange deposit protection, it’s important to check that your chosen builder or installer offers this protection before work starts on your home.

    The deposit protection schemes generally cover you for up to 90 days from the date of initial deposit payment.

    The CPA holds an exclusive database of certified, CPA-member tradesmen who can offer you a quality deposit protection scheme, giving you extra peace of mind about your investment.

    By choosing a CPA member to complete your home improvement project, you are selecting a tradesman whose standard of work has been checked and verified, and you can be confident that your deposit will be secure throughout the process.

  • How do I register for a Guarantee?

    To register for a guarantee with the CPA, you need to follow a few simple steps. First, make sure that you have received your insurance backed guarantee (IBG) certificate from Enhance Exteriors.

    Once you have your IBG certificate, you can register your guarantee by visiting the CPA website and clicking on the “Register Your Guarantee” button, or click here.

    This will take you to a page where you will need to enter some details, including your name, address, and contact information, as well as the details of the installation company, the work carried out, and the date of completion.

    You will also need to upload a copy of your IBG certificate.

    Once you have submitted your registration, you will receive a confirmation email with your registration number.

    It’s important to note that you must register your guarantee within 28 days of the contract being completed to your entire satisfaction and once you have paid the CPA member.

    If you have any questions or need help with registering your guarantee, you can contact the CPA directly through their website or by phone.

  • How do I apply for my deposit protection and guarantee insurance?

    If you are planning to have Enhance Exteriors carry out work on your home, it’s essential to protect your investment by registering for deposit protection and an insurance backed guarantee (IBG) from the CPA.

    The CPA offers these essential forms of protection to ensure that your money is safeguarded in the unlikely event of unforeseen circumstances.

    You can easily apply for deposit protection and an IBG on the CPA website by clicking on the “Apply Now” button or (click here) and providing the necessary details about yourself and your project.

    The CPA will guide you through the process and help you choose the right type of protection for your specific needs.

    With deposit protection and an IBG in place, you can have peace of mind knowing that your investment is protected and that you are working with a reputable and trustworthy contractor like Enhance Exteriors.

    If you are interested in other types of insurance products to protect you and your property, the CPA offers a range of insurance products, including home improvement insurance and insurance backed guarantees.

    You can apply for these products by visiting the CPA website and filling out an application form.

    Alternatively, you can get in touch with the CPA directly by phone or email to discuss your insurance needs and get advice on which type of insurance is right for you.

    Although the CPA will not provide you with a personal recommendation as to whether insurance is suitable for your needs, they can help you choose the right insurance product for your individual circumstances.

    Don’t wait until it’s too late – apply for deposit protection, an IBG, or other insurance products from the CPA today to protect your investment and give yourself peace of mind.

  • What areas do you cover, travel to?

    If you are interested in knowing the areas covered by Enhance Exteriors, please visit our Areas Page and make use of the search feature to check if we can travel to your location to work on your property.

GRP

  • What is GRP?

    GRP roof replacement is a specialised service offered by Enhance Exteriors of Letchworth, designed to provide high-quality and durable roofing solutions.

    GRP, or Glass Reinforced Plastic, is a composite material that offers numerous advantages for roof replacements.

    The team at Enhance Exteriors utilises their expertise and extensive experience to seamlessly install GRP roofs that are resistant to corrosion, highly waterproof, and offer exceptional durability.

    This type of roof replacement ensures long-lasting protection against harsh weather conditions such as heavy rains, hailstorms, and strong winds.

    Furthermore, Enhance Exteriors prioritises precision and attention to detail during the installation process to guarantee a seamless finish that enhances the aesthetic appeal of any property.

    Clients can trust in the professionalism of Enhance Exteriors’ team to deliver superior GRP roof replacement services that provide peace of mind and add value to their property.

EPDM

  • What is EPDM?

    EPDM roof replacement, offered by Enhance Exteriors of Letchworth, is a professional and efficient solution for homeowners and businesses seeking to upgrade their roofing systems.

    EPDM, or ethylene propylene diene terpolymer, is a synthetic rubber material known for its exceptional durability and resistance against weather elements such as rain, UV rays, and extreme temperatures.

    With years of experience in the industry, Enhance Exteriors is equipped with the knowledge and expertise to provide a seamless roof replacement process.

    Their team will thoroughly assess the existing roof’s condition and develop a tailored plan to remove the old roofing materials and install EPDM membrane efficiently.

    This ensures a long-lasting solution that not only protects the property from leaks but also enhances its aesthetic appeal.

    The professionalism demonstrated by Enhance Exteriors guarantees quality workmanship while ensuring minimal disruption during the project – making them an excellent choice for anyone seeking top-notch EPDM roof replacements.

Hardie® Panel

  • What is Hardie® Panel?

    Hardie® Panel, offered by the trusted and preferred Hardie installers Enhance Exteriors of Letchworth, is a remarkable siding option that sets new standards in durability, aesthetics, and long-term value.

    This innovative fiber cement panel is meticulously engineered to withstand harsh weather conditions while maintaining its flawless appearance for decades to come.

    Crafted with superior technology, Hardie® Panel not only resists rotting, warping, and fading but also stands strong against fire hazards and the detrimental effects of pests. Its unique composition, comprised of cement fibers combined with sand and cellulose fibers, ensures an exceptionally Hardy construction that guarantees a timeless beauty accompanied by incredible strength.

    Beyond its impressive resilience, this siding solution offers customization options that suit diverse architectural styles.

    Whether one seeks a sleek modern look or desires to emulate classic charm, Hardie® Panel can be seamlessly tailored to meet individual preferences.

    With these qualities in mind, it’s evident why Hardie® Panel by preferred Hardie installers Enhance Exteriors of Letchworth emerges as the ideal choice for those seeking dependable and aesthetically appealing exteriors for their homes or establishments.

Hardie® VL Plank

  • What is Hardie® VL Plank?

    Hardie® VL Plank is a high-quality siding product installed by the preferred Hardie installers at Enhance Exteriors of Letchworth.

    This innovative plank offers exceptional durability, style, and versatility for any exterior application. Made with a revolutionary fiber cement material, Hardie® VL Plank is resistant to impact, fire, pests, and extreme weather conditions.

    Its superior strength ensures long-lasting protection for homes or commercial buildings. Moreover, this plank comes in a wide range of colors and styles that can be customised to suit any architectural design or personal preference.

    With its precise engineering and advanced installation techniques employed by the skilled team at Enhance Exteriors of Letchworth, clients can trust that their property will benefit from an aesthetically pleasing and highly durable cladding solution that enhances both curb appeal and overall value.

The CPA

  • What is The CPA?

    Enhance Exteriors uses the services of the Consumer Protection Association (CPA) to provide added peace of mind to their customers.

    The CPA protects customers in several ways. They provide insurance-backed guarantees for home improvement companies that are part of their membership scheme.

    This means that if a customer has any issues with the work carried out by a member of the CPA, they can make a claim on the insurance policy provided by the CPA.

    Additionally, the CPA offers a dispute resolution service that aims to resolve any issues or complaints that customers may have with their member companies.

    Finally, the CPA conducts regular assessments of their member companies to ensure that they meet the required standards of service and quality.

    This ensures that customers can have confidence in the companies that are members of the CPA and that their interests are protected.

    With the backing of the CPA, Enhance Exteriors can offer their customers a level of protection that is unmatched in the home improvement industry, ensuring that the work carried out is of a high standard and that any issues are resolved in a timely and efficient manner.

  • What does it mean to work with Enhance Exteriors, a member of the CPA?

    Working with Enhance Exteriors, a member of the Consumer Protection Association (CPA), means that you can be assured of high-quality workmanship and excellent customer service.

    As a member of the CPA, Enhance Exteriors is committed to providing its customers with the highest levels of protection, ensuring that any issues are resolved in a timely and efficient manner.

    Additionally, the work carried out by Enhance Exteriors is backed by insurance-backed guarantees provided by the CPA, giving you added peace of mind.

    When you work with Enhance Exteriors, you can be confident that you are dealing with a reputable and trustworthy company that is committed to providing you with the best possible service.

  • What does an Insurance Backed Guarantee cover?

    An Insurance Backed Guarantee (IBG) is a type of protection that is essential when you are having improvement works carried out on your property.

    The IBG acts as insurance coverage in case your installation company ceases to trade.

    In such a situation, you would be able to make a claim under the terms of the IBG insurance, which covers the original guarantee provided by the installer.

    The IBG is available for a period up to 10 years, depending on the work carried out, and is underwritten by an authorised insurer.

    However, it is important to note that you must apply for your Insurance Backed Guarantee within 28 days of the contract being completed to your entire satisfaction and once you have paid the CPA member.

    The Consumer Protection Association, which has been in business for 30 years, is a leading authority, protecting you and your property with home improvement insurance.

  • What is deposit protection?

    When it comes to home improvement projects, paying a deposit upfront is common practice.

    However, this can be a risky move if you don’t have deposit protection insurance in place.

    At The CPA, we offer deposit protection schemes that act as insurance for the deposit you initially pay for work to be carried out on your home.

    These schemes typically cover up to 25% of the agreed price with your chosen home improvement company, or up to ÂŁ7,500, whichever is lesser.

    The deposit protection ensures that your money is protected in the unlikely event of the installation company folding due to bankruptcy, retirement, or death.

    While most home improvement installers arrange deposit protection, it’s important to check that your chosen builder or installer offers this protection before work starts on your home.

    The deposit protection schemes generally cover you for up to 90 days from the date of initial deposit payment.

    The CPA holds an exclusive database of certified, CPA-member tradesmen who can offer you a quality deposit protection scheme, giving you extra peace of mind about your investment.

    By choosing a CPA member to complete your home improvement project, you are selecting a tradesman whose standard of work has been checked and verified, and you can be confident that your deposit will be secure throughout the process.

  • How do I register for a Guarantee?

    To register for a guarantee with the CPA, you need to follow a few simple steps. First, make sure that you have received your insurance backed guarantee (IBG) certificate from Enhance Exteriors.

    Once you have your IBG certificate, you can register your guarantee by visiting the CPA website and clicking on the “Register Your Guarantee” button, or click here.

    This will take you to a page where you will need to enter some details, including your name, address, and contact information, as well as the details of the installation company, the work carried out, and the date of completion.

    You will also need to upload a copy of your IBG certificate.

    Once you have submitted your registration, you will receive a confirmation email with your registration number.

    It’s important to note that you must register your guarantee within 28 days of the contract being completed to your entire satisfaction and once you have paid the CPA member.

    If you have any questions or need help with registering your guarantee, you can contact the CPA directly through their website or by phone.

  • How do I apply for my deposit protection and guarantee insurance?

    If you are planning to have Enhance Exteriors carry out work on your home, it’s essential to protect your investment by registering for deposit protection and an insurance backed guarantee (IBG) from the CPA.

    The CPA offers these essential forms of protection to ensure that your money is safeguarded in the unlikely event of unforeseen circumstances.

    You can easily apply for deposit protection and an IBG on the CPA website by clicking on the “Apply Now” button or (click here) and providing the necessary details about yourself and your project.

    The CPA will guide you through the process and help you choose the right type of protection for your specific needs.

    With deposit protection and an IBG in place, you can have peace of mind knowing that your investment is protected and that you are working with a reputable and trustworthy contractor like Enhance Exteriors.

    If you are interested in other types of insurance products to protect you and your property, the CPA offers a range of insurance products, including home improvement insurance and insurance backed guarantees.

    You can apply for these products by visiting the CPA website and filling out an application form.

    Alternatively, you can get in touch with the CPA directly by phone or email to discuss your insurance needs and get advice on which type of insurance is right for you.

    Although the CPA will not provide you with a personal recommendation as to whether insurance is suitable for your needs, they can help you choose the right insurance product for your individual circumstances.

    Don’t wait until it’s too late – apply for deposit protection, an IBG, or other insurance products from the CPA today to protect your investment and give yourself peace of mind.

Hardie Wall Plank

  • What is Hardie Wall Plank Cladding?

    Hardie wall plank, offered by Enhance Exteriors of Letchworth, is a top choice among preferred Hardie installers for its outstanding durability and aesthetic appeal.

    This siding solution is made from a unique mix of cement, cellulose fibers, and finely ground sand, resulting in a product that is incredibly resilient to various weather conditions and practically immune to rotting or warping.

    The Hardie wall plank also boasts an authentic wood-like appearance that enhances the overall curb appeal of any property.

    Available in a wide range of colors and textures, it can be customized to fit different architectural styles and personal preferences.

    Furthermore, the installation process conducted by the preferred Hardie installers at Enhance Exteriors ensures precision and expertise, leaving homeowners with a long-lasting, low-maintenance siding solution that not only enhances the look of their homes but also provides excellent protection against the elements.

Finlock Gutters

  • What are Finlock gutters?

    Finlock gutters are a type of gutter system that consists of concrete blocks that are joined together and then lined with a waterproof material, such as mineral felt or bitumen. These gutters were first introduced in the UK during the 1950s when there was a steel shortage and were seen as a cost-effective and durable alternative to steel gutters.

  • Why were Finlock gutters phased out?

    The reason for their discontinuation was their lack of durability as they tended to last for only about thirty years. Once the lining failed, the concrete would start to absorb water instead of draining it away, which was a significant problem. Additionally, their aesthetic appeal was not remarkable, which was one of the reasons why they fell out of favor.

  • What problems can Finlock gutters cause?

    If the lining of your gutters wears away and the concrete begins to retain water, over time, this can result in water seeping into your property through the walls, leading to dampness. Additionally, it can also create thermal bridging between the bricks of your home and the blocks of the gutter, which can cause internal damage to your house similar to damp.

  • What should I do if my home has Finlock gutters?

    If your home has Finlock gutters, it is recommended that you replace them with a more modern alternative, unless you want to maintain the historical or listed building’s appearance. If you do wish to retain the Finlock gutters, you can have the concrete lining replaced entirely or only in sections where signs of damage are visible by hiring a company that specializes in Finlock guttering.

  • What are the alternatives to Finlock gutters?

    Concrete style guttering has mostly been replaced by alternative materials such as PVC, aluminum, or steel. These alternatives are more durable and visually appealing.

  • How much does it cost to replace Finlock gutters?

    The cost of replacing Finlock gutters varies based on property size and specifics. For full removal of concrete guttering and replacement with uPVC guttering, the cost is approximately:

    • ÂŁ1800-ÂŁ2000 for one side of the property
    • ÂŁ2600-ÂŁ3000 for two sides of a property
    • ÂŁ3400-ÂŁ4000 for three sides of a property
    • ÂŁ4200-ÂŁ5000 for four sides of a property

    Please note that the cost may vary based on the existing gutters’ condition and specific job requirements.

Artificial Grass & Real Grass Installations

  • Is real grass suitable for children and dogs?

    Yes, real grass is safe for both children and dogs. However, it can be damaged by heavy use.

  • Can real grass be repaired?

     Yes, damaged areas of real grass can be reseeded or replaced with new sod.

  • Can artificial grass be repaired?

     Yes, damaged sections of artificial grass can be replaced. However, it can be difficult to match the color and texture of the new grass with the existing grass.

  • Is real grass environmentally friendly? 

    Real grass improves air quality, reduces soil erosion, and provides a natural habitat for wildlife, making it an environmentally friendly option.

  • Is artificial grass environmentally friendly?

     While artificial grass doesn’t require watering or fertilizing, which can be beneficial for the environment, it is made from synthetic materials and its production and disposal can have environmental impacts.

  • Can real grass be recycled?

    Yes, real grass clippings can be composted and used to enrich soil.

  • Can artificial grass be recycled?

     Yes, some types of artificial grass are recyclable. However, not all recycling facilities accept artificial grass, so it’s best to check with your local facility.

  • How long does real grass last?

     Real grass can last indefinitely with proper care and maintenance. However, it may need to be reseeded or replaced if it becomes damaged.

  • How long does artificial grass last? 

    With proper care and maintenance, artificial grass can last for 15 to 20 years.

  • Does real grass require maintenance?

    Yes, real grass requires regular watering, mowing, and fertilizing to maintain its appearance.

  • Can I install real grass myself?

    Yes, with some knowledge of gardening, you can install real grass yourself. However, it can be a labor-intensive process.

  • What is artificial grass?

    Artificial grass is a surface made from synthetic fibers designed to look like natural grass. It’s often used in arenas for sports and is also used in residential lawns and commercial applications.

  • Can real grass be installed on slopes? 

    Yes, real grass can be installed on slopes. However, it may require more maintenance to prevent erosion.

  • What are the benefits of real grass?

     Real grass improves air quality, reduces soil erosion, and provides a natural habitat for wildlife. It also has a natural look and feel that some people prefer.

  • What is real grass? 

    Real grass is a natural ground cover plant that grows in many parts of the world. It requires regular watering, mowing, and fertilizing to maintain its appearance.

  • Does artificial grass require maintenance?

     While artificial grass requires less maintenance than real grass, it does need some basic care such as removing leaves and debris regularly.

  • Does artificial grass require maintenance? 

    While artificial grass requires less maintenance than real grass, it does need some basic care such as removing leaves and debris regularly.

  • Can I install artificial grass myself?

     Yes, with basic DIY skills, you can install artificial grass yourself. However, professional installation is recommended for the best results.

  • Does artificial grass drain water?

     Yes, artificial grass is porous, allowing water to drain through it.

  • Is artificial grass suitable for children and dogs?

    Yes, artificial grass is safe for both children and dogs. It’s non-abrasive and doesn’t contain any harmful chemicals.

  • Can artificial grass be installed on slopes? 

    Yes, artificial grass can be installed on most slopes. However, additional fixings may be required to prevent any movement.

  • What are the benefits of artificial grass?

    Artificial grass is durable, low maintenance, and cost-effective. It doesn’t require watering, mowing, or fertilizing, making it an environmentally friendly option.

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