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5 Top Tips To Prepare Construction Sites For Winter

5 Top Tips To Prepare Construction Sites For Winter

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Yes winter is coming sadly and for construction workers the most important thing is Health and Safety.

And winter means snow, ice and cold temperatures.

For companies like us, we do not shut down for the season so we need to make sure that our working area is safe as possible.

This blog will outline 5 top tips to ensure your sites are safe for winter:

5 Top Tips To Prepare Construction Sites For Winter

5 Top Tips To Prepare Construction Sites For Winter

#1 Prevent Workers From Slipping On Icy Surfaces

At LC Joinery Roofing and Building Work we like to make sure that our workers have the correct footwear for icy conditions.

Have you got the correct footwear for icy conditions?

#2 Operating Vehicles And Equipment Safely

Because we have workers working in areas such as Aberdeen this means they need to travel up there on a weekly basis.

To ensure that they are fit for purpose we make sure that they are stocked up on emergency items like flasks, blankets food and water.

Vehicles are also checked before heading off to make sure that tyres and lights are working to full condition.

#3 Ensuring Structure Of Materials

Winter construction cold-weather operations aren’t just about safety. While most construction tasks can be carried out with enough strategically placed warming equipment, some operations — such as concrete and masonry-related work, painting and drywall finishing — can take much longer and even fail if the proper precautions aren’t taken.

Contractors should follow manufacturers’ guidelines to ensure that the finished product functions as expected.

#4 Keep Track Of Weather Forecast

In Scotland we can get 4 seasons in one day so it’s a good idea to track the weather when heading out to work.

Because we cover all aspects of roofing, this is one area we need to be careful on in the winter.

Roofs can freeze over and make it difficult for repairs/replacements to be carried out.

Monitor the temperature and make sure you know when its safe for workers to be outside.

#5 Review Work Sites Every Day

Before work begins, they should monitor area to make sure it is safe to work.

Things to look out are snow and ice.

Over To You …

We’d love to hear from you.

How do you make sure your sites are safe for winter?

Have you ever had any disaster?

Pop your comments below.

How Much Does It Cost To Renovate A Kitchen (Cost/Price)

How Much Does It Cost To Renovate A Kitchen (Cost)

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This of course is always one of the first questions you will think about when considering renovating your kitchen.

Cost matters, and will certainly dictate what supplier/contractor you will decide to use for supply and fit of your new kitchen.

So how much will it cost you?

The answer to this question is that is depends.

Getting a new kitchen can be expensive and sometimes way over your budget, and it all depends on the following three factors:

  • Shape (design layout)
  • Size
  • Appliances

Kitchens can vary from roughly £7,000 to anything over £10,000 depending on what you are looking for, but if you are looking to keep your costs low, then the following tips will help you get started.

Related content:

Should You Use A Local Builder

How Much Does It Cost To Renovate A Kitchen (Cost/Price)

#1 Set A Budget Before You Start Planning Your New Kitchen

This is the most important thing to do before you start planning your dream kitchen.

Although you will have your heart set on what you want, sometimes it does not always work like that and we need to consider what our budget actually is.

#2 Research Appliances & Worktops

Research is the second most important thing you should consider when trying to keep your costs down low.

Are you looking for standard products? Or are you looking for something more expensive which is rounded or has a glass inlay in it?

Are you considering granite, marble or laminate worktops?

You may be able to negotiate with suppliers on prices, but the most expensive part of a kitchen is the appliances.

So where do you start?

#3 The Flooring

Laminate or vinyl would be the best tip from us if you are trying to save money.

This would give you extra money to spend in other areas if the flooring is something that you are not too fussed about.

And last but not least …

#4 Use A Local Kitchen Fitter To Renovate Your Kitchen

Local kitchen fitters have great relationships with kitchen specialists too so this may allow you to get discount on units and worktops which again will save you money.

Kitchen fitting is something that we specialise in for our customers and would be more than happy to install a new kitchen for you.

Get in touch with us today on 01592 747047 – we make sure you get what you want.

 

 

 

Should You Use A Local Builder Or National Builder? Local VS National Builder

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When you are looking for a builder to carry our a project how do you know which one is right for you?

There are a lot of options to consider when trying to decide weather a local or national builder is better.

This blog post will outline the following

Local builders

National builders

What is the difference

What one is right for you

A key decision in the process of choosing a builder is working out if you would like to work with a local or national one.

So what are the key things you should look out for?

Local Builders VS National Builder: Which One Is Right For You?

Local Builders: Are They The Right Fit For You?

A local builder is normally a small building group of about 10-20 workers.

They mostly carry out work in a local area but some can also cover other parts of the country or perhaps all.

A lot of people find local builders a better option to go with for many reasons:

  • They can start your job quicker as they don’t have as much work on their hands as national builders
  • As they are local you can see some of the jobs they have done yourself and speak to people in your area to get a reference.
  • If there happens to be any issues after the job, they are close by so they can more or less see your job straight away
  • Local builders don’t have as much money going out as national builders so there prices may be more ideal and suit your budget.

National Builders: Are They Right Fit For You?

National builders are bigger building groups and can be anything from 20-100 workers.

They normally cover a whole country or more and again there are many reasons people find national builders a better option to go with such as:

  • Regional and local builders are similarly diverse in their level of options.
  • Larger builders are more likely to have a design centre where you can make your selections, but small builders can usually allow you to see your options on display in a model home or recently completed homes.
  • Regional builders often have a good sense of local design trends and will display them in their models.

Local Builder VS National Builder: What Is The Difference

So you are probably wondering what one is best for you right now, but there are some key considerations you should make when deciding who is the best fit for you.

Local Builder – You Get More Of A Say

National builders typically have established floor plans with set choices.

By working with a local company like LC Joinery Roofing & Building Work, you may have more of a say in the overall design concept.

You can have a greater role in the building process and you may be able to request changes to meet your specific needs.

Accessibility

National builders have local representatives, but ultimately they report to the home office.

With a local builder, the representatives and crew building your home are based nearby.

A local builder like LC Joinery Roofing & Building Work is focused on constructing high-quality homes for residents of Fife, Edinburgh and the surrounding areas.

Local builders rely on happy customers.

Your satisfaction and ability to interact with members of the business is invaluable.

Cost

Yes probably  the most important one for everyone.

Local companies tend to have leaner structures and less redundancy.

On a national level, with more offices and greater payroll, many of the costs built into the construction of your home are necessary to cover overhead.

So What Is Best For You? Local VS National

There are no right or wrong answers here, and you will have your decision for a reason but we’d love to hear from you so

Have you ever worked with a local builder? What was your experience? Did you like it?

In summary, when you work with a local builder this can completely strengthen your relationships within the community, so we would love to hear from you.

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