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Do I need to connect my veranda to storm water

Short answer, yes.

Some exceptions

There are few exceptions to needing to connect your veranda to storm water drains. And one of those exceptions would be the pergola. A typical veranda is covered, by definition if it has a roof cover it is collecting rainwater. A pergola is an open frame, and therefore an exception because rainwater is not collected.

Council Requirements

The requirements of just about all councils right across Australia is that if a roof collects storm water, it needs to be diverted to storm drains.

Can I use a storage tank?

Sometimes we will get clients ask us questions like, ‘can we collect the water off the roof and put it into a rain water storage tank?’ That is a very very good option and a win-win situation. Why wouldn’t you use for water that you get off your roof for free? But even then, the requirement is that the overflow of that tank be connected to storm water.

Let us deal with it.

We will come out and have a chat with you, so we can go through that issue very solidly. We take into consideration how much water is falling on your existing roof.

  • Do we divert that to your existing storm water?
  • Do we collect water into one down pipe?
  • Do we divide it amongst 2 or 3?

We will get that bit right. So leave it to Install A veranda, we will get that storm water issue fixed.

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Tips for Maintaining Your Roof

Looking after your roof isn’t just important for extending the life of the roof itself, but also for keeping your house safe from pests, fire and moisture hazards.

Here are some of the key maintenance activities you should be doing to keep your roof in good condition for as long as possible.

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Clear away leaves and debris

Leaves, litter, dead birds and other objects can get trapped between roof shingles and structures. If these are not removed, they can trap moisture, promote mould and weed growth, and make your home more vulnerable to fire – especially if you live in an area that’s prone to bushfires.

You should be able to remove this debris using tools such as leaf blowers, rakes or soft brushes. If you need to apply water, use a regular garden hose rather than a pressure washer, as these can cause damage to the roof.

Trim overhanging branches

If the leaves that accumulate on your house or patio roof are due to overhanging branches, cutting these branches back will make roof maintenance a lot easier. This also prevents nearby branches from hitting your roof in strong winds, and keeps small animals and birds from gaining easy access.

Clean your gutters

It’s not just the roof itself that needs to be kept in good condition – leaves and other debris clogging your gutters can corrode adjacent roof materials and spread moisture and mould. Gutters and downpipes can be cleaned using a garden hose, and installing protection systems such as gutter guards will prevent larger objects from getting into your drainage system.

Check for damage after storms

You should routinely check your roof for signs of damage after strong winds and storms, as any damage caused needs to be dealt with as quickly as possible before it becomes more serious and expensive to repair.

Only check the roof after the storm has passed and the roof has had a chance to dry, looking for loose or missing shingles and damaged flashing around vents and openings. If you can see your roof from ground level, inspecting with binoculars is more convenient than climbing a ladder.

Replace your old roof

If you have an old or unsuitable roof that needs frequent repairs, replacing it could be the more economical option, not to mention less annoying. A new roof can be expensive, but it’s also a long-term investment in your home, as long as you buy a quality roofing product made from durable materials and designed for your climate.

Install quality roofing products today

Install A Veranda is Australia’s leading supplier of verandahs, patios and other outdoor living products from the Stratco Outback range.

To find out more and get your free quote, contact our friendly team on 1800 000 504.

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The importance of gutter cleaning

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When was the last time you checked your gutters for blockage or damage? Most people don’t spare a thought for their home’s drainage system, but ignoring your gutters until it’s too late can be costly and a serious hazard.

Why are blocked gutters dangerous?

Gutters are essential for safely directing water away from your property, but if they become blocked by fallen leaves and other debris, their effectiveness will be greatly reduced and put your home at risk.

Clogged gutters can lead to:

  • corrosion and rotting around gutters and roofing.
  • mosquitoes and other pests attracted by standing water and moisture.
  • basement leaks, cracked foundations and sagging driveways as water accumulates.
  • fire hazards as dry leaves and debris build up.

How to clean your gutters

Gutters and downspouts should be inspected and cleaned at least once a year, ideally before the winter when pipes are most prone to cracking.

It’s recommended to have your gutters cleaned by a professional company, but if you are confident in your own abilities, you should first remove all large debris, check that screws and brackets are still tight, and make sure there are no hazards present such as electrical cables.

Gutters should be cleaned in a linear fashion using a hose and tightening any loose sections as you go along, starting from the end furthest from the downspout. When you reach the spout, check that it’s clear by spraying with the hose and observing the discharge. If your downspout is blocked, it may need to be disassembled to reach the debris.

Protecting your gutters

The best way to reduce gutter maintenance in the long term is to install a protection system such as gutter guards, which prevent leaves, birds and other large objects from getting into the system. However, gutter guards will need to be removed if your gutters need to be unblocked in the future.

Enhance your outdoor space today

Contact Install A Veranda on 1800 000 504 to find out about our full range of quality outdoor living products from Bluescope Steel and Stratco Outback.

Get your free quote and consultation.

 

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Home Fire Safety Checklist

Whether you live in an area at risk from bushfires or you just want to be confident that your loved ones are safe, learning how to identify and avoid common fire hazards around the home, check your smoke alarms and prepare a home escape plan can save lives.

Follow this simple fire safety checklist to make your home a safer environment for everyone.shutterstock_132955442

Electrical hazards

  • Replace any damaged or faulty electronics as soon as possible
  • Install additional power outlets rather than using power boards
  • Clean out the lint filter before operating the clothes dryer
  • Leave enough space for airflow around washing machines and dryers
  • Switch of all appliances when not in use

Heating and cooking hazards

  • Never leave active cooking appliances or open flames unattended
  • Install safety guards around heaters, stoves and open fires
  • Clear at least one metre of space around heaters
  • Carefully inspect gas cylinders and hoses before lighting BBQs
  • Make sure BBQs are supervised by an adult and are located away from grass or wooden decks

Other fire hazards

  • Keep lighters and matches away from children
  • Store chemicals and fuels away from heat sources
  • Make sure mowers and other vehicles are cool before refuelling
  • Clear away leaves and litter from around your home and clean our your gutters regularly
  • Never smoke in bed

Smoke alarms

  • Install smoke alarms on every level of the building
  • Install alarms outside all sleeping areas
  • Test all alarms at least once a month
  • Change all alarm batteries at least once a year
  • Clean all alarms at least once a year to keep them free from dust

Fire safety equipment

  • Keep fire extinguishers and fire blankets close to your kitchen and other high-risk areas
  • Check that fire extinguishers and fire blankets meet Australian Standards
  • Shake fire extinguishers regularly toprevent the chemicals from settling
  • Replace fire extinguishers after every use
  • Install an electric safety switch on your switchboard

Home escape plans

  • Make sure there are two exit points from every room
  • Designate a safe meeting point outside the house in case of emergencies
  • Practise your home escape plan with the whole family on a regular basis
  • Make sure every member of the household knows your full address and nearby street names
  • Never deadlock doors when the home is occupied

Get your free verandah consultation

Install A Veranda is Australia’s leading verandah specialist. We only use the best quality Bluescope Steel Colorbond and Stratco Outback products, which have been designed specifically for Australian conditions and bushfire-prone areas.

ind out more by calling 1800 000 504 and arrange your free consultation today.

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How to Create a Safe Play Area For The Kids

The world was a lot simpler BC–Before Children. Remember when you used to be able to leave things around the house without concern that any little people would eat it, injure themselves with it, injure each other with it or otherwise damage the home? Not so once kids come along–everything becomes a consideration for their safety, and everything is seen in a new light. That chic modern coffee table is now a death trap, the unfenced yard now a liability and the long grass now a hidey-hole for any number of creepy crawlies that could harm your precious babies. Of course, we wouldn’t give them up for the world (most days!) so we create spaces in our homes and lives where we can be sure they are safe. A must-have is a safe, fun and spacious play area for the kids to run around and burn off that energy. Pergolas or other shaded areas are perfect for this purpose, as they’re close enough to the house that you can keep an eye on them, and provide shelter from the elements. Here are a few tips for creating a safe play area to keep the kids happy and the parents sane!

Designate a Kids Space

One of the issues that frustrates parents is that a play area, if not contained, can quickly take over the entire house. While you may start off with a section that’s ‘kids only’, fairly soon you’re finding toys, bikes and mud-pies from one end of the back yard to another. It is important for the backyard to be a space the entire family can enjoy, which is why designating a kid’s area–and enforcing the rules–is essential. Make sure the kids understand that in their special area they can play to their hearts content, but any toys and equipment taken outside of the area need to be put back in their place as soon as they’ve finished. Not only will this free up some space for you to relax and enjoy, but it will teach them a valuable lesson about responsibility!

Visibility and Safety

Another benefit of having a dedicated kid’s play area is that you can control the environment. Make sure that the area is visible from the house without too much effort, and easily accessible if you need to step in. It’s also a good idea to make sure pavers or grass are kept neat and maintained to prevent too many spills, as you’re definitely not going to be able to convince the kids to slow down!

Shade

In the harsh Australian sun, it’s vitally important to make sure kids are protected from sunburn. As little as ten minutes in direct sunlight during a hot day can cause damage to your little one’s skin, and with studies showing links between childhood sun burn and adult skin cancer, you can never be too careful. Therefore, creating a shaded space with a pergola or veranda is the best way to ensure that your children stay safe and cool.

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