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Monthly Archives: June 2016


Summer Home Maintenance Tips

Yes! It’s finally happened! The sun’s out – even here in Bolton! However, it’s not all barbecues, UPVC Windowsbeaches and beer gardens (although a few of these are definitely allowed!), it’s time to give your home its summer maintenance check. It’s not just winter that can be bad for our homes, summer can throw up a few issues too, not in the least suddenly being outside in the daylight and being able to see for yourself the ravages that winter has played. But don’t worry, there a few simple things that you can do for yourself to see whether you need to get Bolton’s Most Loved Builder 2011 and 2012 (accolades of which we are inordinately proud!) in to come a do a bit of routine summer property maintenance.

Check Your Roof

In many cases a simple visual inspection of your roof will highlight any issues that have been left over from winter. Dislodged, missing or cracked roof tiles can be obvious signs that your roof is going to need further attention. However we do not recommend you then doing this yourself. Working at height is a dangerous job and should only be undertaken by trained professionals. For example between 2001 and 2010 there were nearly 10,000 claims resulting from falling from ladders, so just don’t risk it. A simple roof inspection and spot maintenance can be a relatively quick and inexpensive job and could save you from encountering further and more serious problems come winter.

Inspect Window and Door Seals

One of the most common issues with windows and doors is faults in the seal between the unit and the house, so keeping a regular maintenance check of your seals can be a very wise plan. Regardless of if your window and door frames are wood, aluminium or UPVC small issues in the sealant can usually be easily and cheaply rectified. Whereas if you leave the problem to get worse it could result in complete window and door replacement come next spring.

Point Out Your Pointing

The winter of 2015 was an especially bad one, with high levels of rainfall and some cases of extreme temperatures, all of which can have an effect on the pointing between your brickwork. Damaged pointed can lead to water ingress into the interior of your house, causing serious issues with damp and mould. However again a simple visual inspection and then getting Wisecraft in to repair any areas of damaged pointing can save you serious time and money in the future.

To find out more about maintaining your house for summer, contact the friendly experts at Wisecraft Ltd. Bolton today.


Published Date: 24th June 2016
Category: General



Dormer Loft Conversions: What You Need To Know

Amongst some of our many specialisms (even if we do say so ourselves!) is creating amazing new living spaces from some of the unloved, and maybe even unlovable, parts of your home. One of the most popular ways of extending houses is through loft conversions, although there can be issues with the amount of actually useable living space that is currently present in many standard lofts. You might be able to stand up right in the centre, but take more than a step either way and you’re hitting your head on the eaves. So what can you do?

One answer is to install a dormer loft conversion. These take the form of a structural extension which projects vertically from the plane of a sloping roof which significantly increases the amount of useable spaces, whilst also bringing in lots of natural light from windows on the vertical sides.

Types of dormer conversions

The most popular type of dormer conversion features a flat roof. This is both the often the cheapest type of dormer to build and offers the most headroom and so is understandably a popular choice. However other types of dormers include; shed dormers – which feature a flat planed roof that is angled slightly downwards, gable-fronted dormers – which are built onto gable ends and hipped roof dormers – which have three planed roofs converging at the ridge of the dormer.

Pros of dormer conversions

  • Offers more space (especially flat roofed dormers) than any other type of loft conversion.
  • Allows the maximum amount of light into what otherwise can be a dark space.
  • Suitable for almost all property types.

Cons of dormer conversions

  • Flat roofed dormers can sometimes be seen as unsightly.
  • More attractive types of dormers, such as gable-fronted and hipped roof dormers are more expensive to install.

Will I need planning permission for a dormer loft conversion?

In many cases the addition of a dormer loft conversion comes under the rules of permitted development, in which case you will not need to gain specific planning permission for it. However there are a number of cases in which you would need to gain approval for a dormer loft conversion, for example if your house is listed, sits on designated land or the volume of the new addition exceeds the limits of permitted development. For more information we would recommend contacting your local planning office who will be able to advise you further.

For more information about installing a dormer loft conversion to your property, contact the experts at Wisecraft Ltd. today.


Published Date: 6th June 2016
Category: Loft Conversions


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