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- Easily Preventable Gutter Problems03.07.2014see more
Who wants to spend money constantly having to replace expensive items that are necessary for the upkeep on their home? No one raised his or her hand, I’m assuming. Well, like most things in life, there are plenty of easily preventable gutter problems, which can be prevented with one simple task: regular cleaning. Just like mum and dad told us when we were young, it’s important to keep the house and home clean. Much like our room, gutters must be regularly cleaned as well. There are many problems that occur when gutters are not maintained properly, which may lead to bigger and badder problems in and around your home. Clearing one’s gutters is probably most important during the foliage season. Many times, leaves settle and group inside the gutters causing blockage or clogging. This prevents the water from properly draining. When water does not drain from the gutters, the weight of the water can often cause malformations and further damage to the house. Clogging and blockage in the gutters can result in more serious problems as well, such as rust, mould, paint peeling and leaks or holes. While leaks or holes in wooden gutters may be able to be repaired, opposed to being replaced, it is still important to note that it is preventable. Caulking, although less expensive than replacing, is still best done by a professional and will result in unnecessary spending. Peeling paint is one of the more costly repairs that may have to be done as a result of constant gutter backup. In addition to being a time and money consuming restoration project, it is unsightly. Lastly, rust and mould are probably the worst of the bunch. These silent but deadly growths can lead to many problems within one’s home and on one’s property. Cleaning out your gutters is a project that you can do yourself, however, if it’s a big too late for you and your home’s gutters and restoration and/or replacement is needed, make sure to call Live Strong Gutters and Roofing, they are the best around! They specialise in gutters and roofing repairs and replacements, and are the pinnacle of craftsmanship, products, installation and professionalism.
- Give Your Gutter a Little Tender, Love and Care!03.07.2014see more
There are tons of reasons that we use professionals for at-home repairs: we want it done quickly, we want it done right, and we don’t want to do it ourselves. But, the one task that we do have to complete on our own, whether we like it or not, is knowing when to call the professionals. Strong Life Gutters and Roofing are experts in all things gutters and roofing, however, unless we know when to call them, they aren’t going to show up at our doors. That’s why they want to bring us some tell-tale signs that your gutters need a little tender, love and care in order to work properly and protect your home and surrounding property. Start by always observing what your gutters look like. Sagging, bending, and denting: all signs of gutter problems. Not being properly shaped can lead to a lot of overflow from the gutters, resulting in puddles around your property and paint deterioration or peeling on the sides of your house. But, unless your eyesight is 20/20, these malformations may be harder to spot as they are set much taller than the average human. Leaking is probably the most obvious sign, but often the most overlooked. During downpours, leaking may be harder to see, but during lighter rain, pay attention to splattering, splashing and leaking coming from your gutters. The complete opposite of leaking can also be a sign of needed repairs on your gutters. If water is “standing” in your gutters, they most likely will need some work done. The above indicators of needed gutter work are all visible to the naked eye and perhaps more commonly recognised than the following: mould and rust. Houses are made up of many different materials, some of which may either produce mould or rust when exposed to water for long periods of time. As these are potentially damaging to your health and home, it is absolutely necessary to call a professional if mould or rust is spotted in and around your gutters, basement or foundation. Fortunately for homeowners, Strong Life Gutters and Roofing is located right on Ovata Drive in Tullamarine. These professionals will not only provide expert recommendations and quotes regarding your home’s gutter based needs, but will also provide installation and superior materials to restore or replace your gutters.
- Strong Life July 2014 Newsletter28.06.2014see more
Welcome to the July 2014 Edition of the Strong Life Home Improvement Newsletter. The torrential rain and strong winds that were about last week brought in a host of calls for the team at Strong Life to service. We are pleased to report that none of our callers or their families were injured. We spent a significant part of the week visiting properties and inspecting their guttering and roofing for damage; some properties came off worse for wear than others. With more severe weather forecast for the upcoming weeks, it is a good idea to inspect your guttering and roofing for any signs of weather damage or wear and tear. If you are uncertain as to what you should be looking for or how to perform an inspection, please give our friendly team a call on (03) 9310 4455, and we will send out one of our reputable tradesmen to assist. If you are looking for inspiration for how to spruce up your home in Spring then head to our website blog for handy tips, information and advice. It is a good idea to get ahead and start your planning now. By doing so, you’ll save yourself time and money! Finally don’t forget you can ‘like’ the Strong Life Facebook page, ‘follow us’ on Twitter or ‘join us’ on Google + for daily news and information. Until next month, Todd Jordan Owner
- How to create a cosy sanctuary outdoors02.06.2014see more
With Winter looming, it can be hard to see how you can continue to enjoy your outdoor spaces. Between the rainy weather and the slight chill in the air; being outside stops being so, well...appealing. But this needn't be the case – and we're going to show you how you can still enjoy the outdoors and transform it into a cosy, warm sanctuary. Decking area: If you have an uncovered decking area, then you may think that Winter means it's off limits; but there are still some easy improvements you can make to ensure you keep on using it rain, hail or shine. 1. Get your decking in tip top condition Winter weather can be harsh on wood so you need to protect the timber from the elements. Clean off the deck using a deck cleaning solution. A power washer may seem like a fast and easy option, but it could damage the wood – so you'll be better off doing this by hand. Once it's all sparkling clean you can check for any damage. You may want to replace some sections of your decking if there are any sign of rot, although you may just need to sand it back and then either repaint or stain. Finally, we'd recommend applying a coat or two of water repellent. This will not only help protect it against the elements, but could also improve the lifespan of your decking in general. 2. Let there be light There are all kinds of way to use lighting to brighten up a dark and gloomy day. From a few artfully draped LED string lights, to solar powered bulbs that you insert into the decking itself. With almost limitless options, you can create an atmosphere that allows you to dim lighting, control which lights are on, add some lights along a garden path or go funky with multi-coloured bulbs. If you're worried about using solar powered – don't. The sun is still out there and can still power your lights during the daytime. 3. Heat it up! Outdoor heaters are a great way to add some warmth to the occasion and you can select from a huge array of styles and types. Chimeras are traditional outdoor stoves that radiate charm, but not much heat (unless you buy a huge one!). Solar powered or electric outdoor heaters are much better at giving off a respectable amount of heat; they're safe, are generally more contemporary in style – mostly chrome and metal, but also quite bulky so you'll need to have the free space on the decking. Wood-burning outdoor stoves are gorgeous and eco friendly, but you'll need to ensure that you have a suitable (metal) air duct attached and make sure everyone knows not to touch either the stove or the ducting. Always use protective gloves when handling the stove. 4. Add some colour Adding a few pots with evergreen plants and hardy winter flowers can really help create the illusion of life – even if the rest of your garden is in hibernation. Make sure that the flowers you choose can withstand the cold and rain though. You'll also need to make sure you bring them inside or store in a shed if things get windy. 5. Get sheltered If you've really got some cash to splash – then you could turn your decking into a veranda. This does require some building work in terms of getting the supports in place, and then adding the glass sheets – so unless you're a pro, we'd recommend you get a professional in. Alternatively, you could look for an all-weather awning. These can be retractable or static, and come in a variety of fabrics to suit your taste. All that's left now is to furnish with comfy pillows and cushions (with weatherproof covers). Don't give in to Winter – keep your outdoors yours. Strong Life also provide patios, carports and verandah solutions, please call 9310 4455 to discuss your requirements.
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|All gutters and downpipes will need to be replaced at some point in time. Rusted, leaking and poorly maintained gutters and downpipes are common problems for many home owners. Strong Life gutters offer a variety of gutter replacement and gutter installation solutions for homes in Melbourne. As homes come in different shapes and sizes, Strong Life offers a range of different gutter types and colours for your guttering replacement and guttering installation job to compliment your home. Strong Life offers the following guttering services to homes across Melbourne; seamless aluminium guttering, downpipes, cast iron gutters, sectional aluminium guttering and stainless steel guttering.see more||Roofs are quite often the forgotten part of a home, out of sight out of mind. However overtime your roof will inevitably become damaged and worn. At Strong life Gutters, we not only provide gutters replacement and installation solutions for Melbourne homes we also offer iron roof replacement solutions. Regardless of what types of existing roof you may have, we can replace it with the finest COLORBOND™ Steel on the market. You will have the peace of mind that your new metal roof replacement will be resistant to chipping, peeling and cracking for many years. One of our qualified assessors will visit your home to provide the best solution to meet your roofing requirements.see more||A tile roof restoration can not only instantly improve the look of your home but can also dramatically increase the value of your home. A tile roof restoration will give your tired looking roof a fresh and long lasting feel for many years to come. Coupled with your Strong Life guttering solutions quality of work, you can be sure your whole roofing system will never let you down. Strong Life Gutters and Roofing have roof tilers that can come to any home in Melbourne. Whatever the problem, leaky, cracked or broken roofs need to be dealt with either by a tile roof restoration or tile roof replacement before the situation gets worse! Strong Life Gutters undertake a seven step process for tile restoration on homes including; replace any broken tiles, relocate, high pressure clean, re-bed, repoint, replace valley irons, prime, seal and apply colour.If your roof is too old to warrant our tile roof restoration services, you may need our tile roof replacement services. Strong Life Gutters and Roofing can provide a wide range of affordable tile roof replacement solutions for your home.see more||Strong Life Gutters and Roofing not only provide gutter replacement, gutter installation and roofing solutions for homes in Melbourne, but can also provide roller shutters for your home. Strong Life has been working on Melbourne homes for over 15 years and because of this understands what a home needs to improve its value, security and safety. Strong Life Roller Shutters offer original multipurpose aluminium shutters so you can insulate your home, secure your property, protect your family and safeguard against extreme weather.see more|