Are you maximising your profit as a buy-to-let landlord?
Buy to let has become an increasingly popular form of investment in the last 10 to 15 years. However, being a property landlord does not just mean buying a property, renting it out and waiting for the money to roll in.
As a landlord you have certain responsibilities in relation to the property you have bought and rented out, in particular maintenance of the exterior. While the tenant may be responsible for internal maintenance, you are responsible for making sure that the property is dry and sound. While you can certainly offset the cost of property maintenance against rental income in order to reduce your tax liability, this doesn’t mean maintenance is free.
It goes without saying that to maximise your investment, you not only need to look after the property, but you also don’t want it to be a money pit where you are continually spending good money after bad trying to keep it in reasonable condition.
One of the mistakes a number of property landlords make is to continually repair tired and rotting fascia boards, leaking guttering and dodgy downpipes. If you do the maintenance yourself, this can eat up valuable time, time you could be better spent doing something else. If you have to employ somebody to do this maintenance, then it is your pocket that hurts afterwards. So, the best plan, is to minimise your annual maintenance budget.
Where the outside of your property is concerned, replacing wooden fascia boards and old cast-iron guttering and downpipes with plastic fascias, plastic guttering, plastic downpipes and using plastic building materials wherever possible will drastically reduce your maintenance liability and, over not too long a period of time, will save you time and money.
If you’re a property landlord you would do well to either call us or pay us a visit at our outlets in Yate, near Bristol, Bath, and also in Hereford where you may be surprised to see just how economical building plastics are.
Everything You Need to Know about Guttering for your Home
Installing a gutter system on your home is not the most glamorous of tasks, but it is an essential one. If you have a downpour and inadequate guttering in place, you will soon realise this fact, when you start seeing damp patches on your walls.
Each and every house will have its own individual guttering needs, for example, some homes with large overhangs that allow the rain to drip off may not need gutters, but the majority of houses will benefit from good gutter installation.
Think about materials
There are a few things that you need to consider when purchasing a gutter system, including which material you should opt for. Some are listed below:
uPVC is easy to cut and is cost-effective for those on a budget. Suitable for mild climates this is easily the most popular material. With a good range of colour and shapes.
Steel is a popular choice for those living in an area where the weather is particularly brutal. It is long-lasting, but can be expensive.
Aluminium is easy to work with, and reasonably cheap compared to steel gutters. Its a good looking material that will last well.
Once you have decided on what material you would like your gutters to be, it is now time to think what shape and size you would like.
The best shape and size
Square guttering offers good flow and is one of the most popular styles of guttering for houses that live in areas that experience lots of rain.
Ogee guttering has decorative sides and a flat bottom to maintain a steady flow and it is one of the most attractive styles of gutter. It can take a higher volume of water that square and half round.
Half-round guttering is the most traditional, but not as popular as square or Ogee guttering, as they tend to overflow and do not perform as well during heavy rain.
Deep Flow guttering is a useful style for buildings that are more exposed to rainfall. They have the biggest capacity over all the other shapes.
All styles of guttering come in a variety of sizes that will need to be chosen dependent on how much rain you generally experience in your part of the country.
Maintenance is important
Once installed, all guttering must be maintained. Therefore it is worth investing in a strong gutter brush that is both easy to use and will clear away leaves and debris.
To reduce the number of leaves that get trapped in your guttering, investing in a leaf guard will save a lot of hassle. Some people prefer to hire a firm to clean gutters professionally, which could also be a wise investment in the long-run.
It may be beneficial to speak to a local guttering specialist to ensure you buy the correct materials for your house. You can speak to one of our customer service experts through our online form, or at one of our UK branches.
While to some degree greater emphasis is being put today on leisure time, it seems that more and more of us are spending more and more time at work and that valuable leisure time seems to become shorter and shorter. Particularly with summer being upon us and the evening’s being longer, we have greater options as to what we can do to enjoy ourselves. As a consequence, the last thing you ideally want to be doing is spending all your spare time on property maintenance.
If you are one who tends to shy away from brand-new modern properties and instead prefers something a little older and with a bit more character, the chances are when you buy the property of your dreams you will be faced with the option of replacing tired and scruffy external fixtures and fittings such as fascia boards, guttering and downpipes. It is surprising how many of these today are still made of galvanised steel, undoubtedly covered with 20+ coats of Hammerite or some other metal paint, making any temporary repairs next to impossible.
Eventually there comes a point where you have to look at the time you spend maintaining external features to your property and it begins to dawn on you that there has to be an easier way. Here at Kents Building Plastics we have all the solutions you need to help you cut down on the external maintenance of your property with an extensive range of building plastics, including plastic rainwater goods, plastic guttering, plastic fascia boards and plastic roofing panels, all at extremely competitive prices.
With units in Bristol, Bath and Hereford, why not call in and see us or call us for a price on any of the products we sell.
Artificial grass offers an easy and quick way to transform your outdoor space, without having to hire a gardener or spend precious hours striving to keep on top of unruly grass.
The grass can be laid on top of almost any surface, including concrete, decking, and tarmac, which is great if you have just moved into a new home and want to get it up to scratch quickly.
Make use of our 50% off offer throughout August to upgrade your garden.
Benefits of artificial grass
Here are just some of the benefits of installing artificial grass in your garden:
No need to worry about hosepipe bans as the grass doesn’t need watering
Perfect for underneath children’s swings and trampoline, with little wear and tear
No tiring mowing the grass
No slippery mud patches when it rains heavily
No need for weed killers filled with toxins
Low maintenance and easy to clean
Good for the environment
Comes in a variety of sizes to suit all gardens
Perfect for public spaces
If you spend a lot of time making your house look perfect when you have friends over, the same attention to detail should be paid to the outside. Just think of long summer evenings with the BBQ on the go and a glass of wine in hand, without the hassle of having to cut the grass before you can kick back and relax.
Suited to everyone
If you have been holding back on purchasing artificial grass as you think it will look ‘too fake’, you can rest assured that you can choose from a variety of natural looking grasses of varying piles, so that you can mix several kinds of grass to achieve an authentic look.
Artificial grass is now so popular that is has been making appearances at the Chelsea Flower Show over the past few years, and it is adored by celebrities across the globe who love its low maintenance appeal.
Whether you are a young couple with a busy schedule, a family that likes to be outdoors as much as possible, or an older person who cannot garden as much as you would like to, artificial grass is a perfect option.
Custom grass options
Kents Building Plastics offer our customers four different grass options—a natural look and garden look in two different sizes. All of our grass is fire retardant and has been checked for UV stability and comes with a guaranteed level of durability. With competitive pricing and an easy installation guide, what are you waiting for?
To discuss your artificial grass needs in more detail, do not hesitate to get in touch with us today to find out how you can achieve your dream garden in a matter of days.
The end of each board has a tongue and groove which click together and seal against the elements. Apart from that it is fixed by the same methods as any other PVC cladding. Also these boards come as a 3.2 metre length, in a pack of 6. This means the boards are less flexible, lighter and easier to fit. In stock now and ready for dispatch!
Also, as well as the introduction of a new cladding, we are pleased to announce that the rest of the Cladding range is being updated too. We now offer the full range of Fortex cladding and the very popular Anthracite Grey shiplap cladding. The must have colour of the year.
Want to change the look of your house or even build a new shed? Make a custom one and cover it in PVC cladding and it will outlast any Timber shed!
We have taken a proper beating this year with the storms that keep coming. Chances are you have been unlucky enough to have something damaged by them. I had some roofing felt fly over into my garden from a neighbours dilapidated shed. It ended up in my apple tree!
Roofing felt on a shed typically is thin and is only going to last for a few years.
Bitumen corrugated sheets are the answer.
They are light, strong, easy to fit and long lasting. They also come in 4 colours to add a new dimension to your shed. Fitted properly they wont come off in a storm, they have been proven to sit tight in 120mph winds!
How has your house stood up to Storm Gertrude? Suffered any storm damage?
Rain and winds of this ferocity will show up all the faults in any rainwater system. Joints can stop sealing, gutters can over flow and poor fitting fascias can literally blow away!
You may be looking out the window now, watching Storm Henry do its thing, thinking that you don’t really want to be on top a ladder in this weather, but failing to correctly expel all rainwater to drains and soak-aways can lead to major structural issues. The last thing you want right now is excess rainwater finding its way behind dodgy house render and blowing it off when we get the next cold snap.
You should book in a professional to come and replace all faulty parts as quick as possible. Or if you are handy with a ladder and hammer, order up the replacement bits online then wait for the weather to pass and use the weekend to keep everything watertight and looking shipshape.
Here at Kents we can get new Rainwater goods and Fasica’s out to you in double quick time, order online, pay by Card or PayPal. Its easy.
It was time to replace our shop front at Hereford. It was timber and showing signs of disrepair.
Paul from Ketrel Windows fitted them for us. We used a upvc Veka profile which is the same as we would supply to our customers.
We blocked the entrance for the morning to safetly remove the old doors and windows.
This was a fairly straight forward job and left a fairly clean opening for the new frames to sit into.
Working from one side Paul fixed each frame to each other, the wall, floor, and the ceiling.
French doors going in. Notice the Dog bone reinforcements between frames. This was a wide opening and these do a brilliant job of firming them up. They hardly move at all now.
One man band Paul does a good job of employing clamps to help position and hold in place frames.
All finished apart from the glazing, it looks 100 times better now than it did before.
And now from the outside, tiny bit of snagging to do but I think you will agree that it looks excellent. Its somewhat brightened up the dark ‘porch’ like look of the front and really lights up the showroom from inside.