Why should you check your gutters this Spring?

Spring is now in full swing. The plants are blooming and the temperature is starting to heat up. But before you unpack the BBQ, there are some maintenance jobs you should consider tackling, to keep your property in full working order. One of these, is checking the gutters. But why should you check your gutters this Spring? And what should you be looking out for? Well, here at Gilston Building Services, we are Preston’s leading building professionals. From brickwork to guttering, we provide high quality, effective services. As a result, we have produced this guide to the importance of checking your gutters.

Why should you check your gutters this Spring?

  • The weather- Over the winter, snow and ice are expected. But in the spring, one thing you can usually be sure off are strong rain showers and downpours. If your gutters are blocked, or have been damaged by the winter weather, they will be unable to effectively transport water away from your roof, and this can cause water damage to your external brickwork.
  • Plants and flowers- gutters that are not regularly maintained can become home to a range of weeds and plant-life. In spring, this will all begin to grow again, leading to blocked pipes and water build up, which could cause physical damage to the guttering, or to your external brickwork. It could also lead to burst pipes, which can be expensive and challenging to repair.
  • Leaves and debris- its not just living plants that cause an issue. Leaves and debris that have built up from last autumn are the most common culprits of blocked downspouts and guttering problems. These can be transported from the guttering, into the pipes, simply by the power of heavy rainfall.

For more information or for professional gutter repair, get in touch with the team today, here at Gilston Building Services.

Spring maintenance jobs to tackle today

With Spring just around the corner, and the weather beginning to change, it is the perfect time to take care of your spring maintenance. All buildings, large and small, domestic and commercial, need some maintenance work each year. Especially if you want to keep your property in tip top condition. Here at Gilston Building Services, we are leading building industry experts. And this is our guide to the key spring maintenance jobs to tackle today.

Spring maintenance jobs to tackle today

  1. Checking the roof- for flat roofs, winter can cause problems with freezing and thawing cycles. You should check your roof over for signs of damage. You might also notice some standing water, and this will need to be seen by a professional. For pitched roofs, you want to look out for missing slates, and gaps in the flashing or pointing.
  2. Checking the gutters- winter might be wet and cold, but April is often one of the wettest months. Making sure your gutters are not blocked is essential to be able to clear the water. Otherwise, you could find that your building suffers from water damage, or water ingress, which could be very problematic.
  3. Checking your brickwork- again winter can be a challenge for your brickwork. In fact the freeze and thaw cycle can lead to cracks developing, which could damage your building.


If you notice any issues when checking your property, you should seek immediate, professional support. Any damage to the outside of your property, no matter how small, can cause a lot of expensive destruction in the long run.

For professional assistance or repairs to your building this Spring, get in touch with the experts today, here at Gilston Building Services. From brickwork to paving, roofing to plastering, we are the team you can count on. Get in touch today.

Why should you hire a professional tradesman?

When it comes to odd jobs around your property, it can be tempting to simply do it yourself. But, whether you’re a homeowner or a landlord, DIY is a shortcut you should avoid, especially when it comes to paving, roofing, brickwork and plastering. Just some of the professional, high quality services we can provide here at Gilston Building Services. So, why should you hire a professional tradesman?

Why should you hire a professional tradesman?

Hiring a professional tradesman is essential for a range of building projects. And working with a professional is much likely to secure positive results. The advantages for each type of project include:

  • Paving- a professional will have a range of experience and skills, developed from time in the profession. This means that they can offer more decorative, visually appealing paving solutions for your driveway or paths, that will result in a better end product. They also have the tools and equipment necessary to solve a range of potential, unforeseen problems.
  • Roofing- Working at height is dangerous. So naturally, working on your roof, whether it’s single story or higher, can be risky. Changes in weather conditions, and blocked leaves and debris can catch you by surprise, resulting in falls, and potentially death. A professional roofer has the experience to manage these dangers, and solve a range of roofing problems. From flashing and pointing, to replacing a tile, professionals will be safer, and complete the job more accurately, and effectively.
  • Brickwork- Professional builders and bricklayers know how to lay any brickwork pattern, and how to apply the perfect amount of cement, evenly, for a professional finish. So for quality results, and a safe build, hire a professional!
  • Plastering- Professional plasterers have the ability and the knowledge to deliver any type of plastering service, to a high standard. DIY plaster is often to wet, or too dry, causing a range of problems from crumbling plaster to wall cracks.

For a range of high quality, professional building services, get in touch with the team today, here at Gilston Building Services.

What are the different types of damp?

With the temperatures plummeting, and the snow expected to keep flooding in, looking after your property should be a number one priority. Damp can be a common occurrence, and it makes your home feel colder than it really should. Not what you need in this weather! Damp can also seriously reduce the value of the property. So if you notice moisture patches and damp in your home, what can you do about it? Here at Gilston Building Services, we are experts in all aspects of building services, including damp proofing. These are our tips to help you recognise damp types, and deal with this common problem.

Types of damp

Firstly, you will need to identify the type of damp you have, as there are different treatment methods for different types of damp. The three types of damp include:

  • Condensation-If there is not enough ventilation in your property, condensation damp can occur. This results in pools of water collecting and leaving damp patches. This can cause mould as well. To solve this, simply open more windows in your property, especially in the kitchen or bathroom where steam can be an issue.
  • Penetrating- This type of damp is damp that is penetrating your property, either from roof problems, guttering issues, or from old brickwork. Simply by fixing the exterior problem, you can solve your damp problem quickly and easily.
  • Rising- Rising damp is the type of damp that causes the biggest problems. This is caused by moisture rising through the ground, through porous bricks underneath, and to solve the issue, you will need to speak to an expert. Like us, here at Gilston Building Services.

Preventing damp this winter

This can be prevented from reoccurring by:

  • regularly checking the roof and gutters
  • using extractor fans in the kitchen and bathroom to increase ventilation
  • implementing a damp proof course

Damp is an issue that requires professional attention. Here at Gilston Building Services we are available for expert advice and support. Our trained and qualified professionals are on hand to identify and treat any damp issues, quickly and efficiently.

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Install a new driveway this New Year

It’s New Years Eve, and if you’re looking for a New Year resolution, what about making some home improvements? Outside or inside, home renovations and improvements can be incredibly beneficial, increasing the value of your property, as well as the usefulness for you and your household. One popular option is to install a new driveway this New Year. So why should you choose a new driveway? Well, here at Gilston Building Services, we are leading building experts. As a result, we have produced this guide to help you decide to install a new driveway this New Year.

Install a new driveway this New Year

So why should you choose to install a new driveway? Well, there are many advantages to installing a new driveway. And these include:

  • increasing the curb appeal of your home- the first thing anyone will see about your home is the driveway and the outdoor area at the front of the home. If this is poorly maintained or unappealing, people will associate this with the inside of your home too. So if you want to sell or rent your property, or even just improve it’s value, a new driveway can help.
  • brightening up the outside of your property- a new driveway can be created to add style and character to your home. With different driveway patterns and choices of materials, your driveway could be as individual as your home, and we can create something to suit the character or personality that best matches the rest of your property.
  • installing a more suitable surface for your vehicle- some vehicles do better on different surfaces to others. So choose a driveway material that will suit your vehicle.
  • installing a more suitable surface for your household- driveways aren’t just for vehicles. They are also used by yourself and any visitors you might have. Installing a new driveway will provide the opportunity to consider any requirements you or your household might have. This could include removing steps in favour of a sloping path.

For more information or advice, get in touch with Gilston Building Services today.

Weatherproof your home for winter

Now that winter has arrived, it is a good idea for home owners and landlords to check over their property and make sure it is fully weatherproof. From frozen pipes, to cracks in the rendering or brick work, winter weather can have a serious impact on buildings, including your home. Here at Gilston Building Services, we are building experts. From driveways and brickwork, to roofs and gutters, we provide a range of top quality, effective building services. As a result, we have produced this guide to help you weatherproof your home for winter.

Weatherproof your home for winter

There are a number of steps you should take to weatherproof your home for winter. These include:

  • Fill in any exterior rendering cracks- While having this professionally repaired is the best options, even a temporary solution will be better than leaving a crack in your external render. This is because if water gets into the crack, and freezes, the force will expand the crack, and it will get bigger and bigger. This leaves more of your brickwork open to the elements.
  • Protect external pipework- Frozen and burst pipes can result in no hot water, or no heating. Which can be a nightmare that nobody wants to deal with over the colder months. It can also cause water damage to brickwork and pointing, so you should also fix any leaks.
  • Empty your gutters- if you didnt follow our autumn maintenance guide, and remove the leaves from your gutters, you really should do it now. Leaving the leaves in the gutters can cause them to freeze and cause blockages in your pipes. This makes the water gush over the top of the gutter, and causes water damage to your home or property.

For more information or for professional building repairs or maintenance, get in touch with the experts today, here at Giltson Building Services.

Repairing your roof tiles this Autumn

We recently brought you the ultimate guide to autumn property maintenance, to help you get your home or building prepared for the cold, wet weather. But there is one final step that is essential for the health and happiness of your property, and even the inhabitants. This final step is to check over your roof. And if you have any repairs or work that neeeds to be carried out, now is the time to fix it. Here at Gilston Building Services, we are leading building service providers. And we specialize in brickwork, paving and roofing. As a result, we have produced this guide to repairing your roof tiles this Autumn.

Repairing your roof tiles this Autumn

It is currently a good time to check out your roof, so that you can repair any damage before the really harsh weather sets in. You should be on the look out for:

  • missing roof tiles- these do blow off in high wind and bad weather, and it will leave the underlayers of your roof exposed to the elements. Which can cause a lot of problems in terms of water damage. And of course, your energy usage will also increase, as you lose heat through the hole in the roof.
  • flashing- overtime, flashing is often warn away completely, or it comes lose. Either way, this means that it is not protecting the joins on your roof, and water could easily be leaking into your home, and into your wall cavities. Over time, this will cause damp areas and patched inside, and this can be expensive to resolve. Simply fixing your flashing earlier, could prevent this damage,

For more information or advice about repairing your roof tiles this Autumn, get in touch with the professionals today, here at Gilston Building Services.

Checking your property this Autumn

As the weather begins to turn, and the nights are starting to draw in, it’s currently the perfect time to start your autumnal maintenance routine. Autumn is a month that can be difficult to judge. From cold, crisp mornings, to heat waves in October, Autumn really is a mixed weather bag. But before the winter arrives, you need to pay special attention to your property. Here at Gilston Building Services, we are Southport’s leading building specialists. From roofing, to paving, to brickwork to plastering, we can provide a range of top quality building services. As a result, we have produced this guide to checking your property this Autumn.

Checking your property this Autumn

As part of your maintenance this Autumn, you should thoroughly check over:

  • your gutters and down pipes- any trapped leaves or debris can cause havoc over winter, resulting in damp patches and insufficient drainage
  • external lighting- you probably haven’t had to use it much through the light nights of summer, but if you have exterior security lighting, or just exterior lighting, Autumn is a good time to test it. And make sure it is in good working order. Replace any bulbs or batteries as necessary. And makes sure it is fully sealed and waterproof
  • lag your pipes- makes sure all your pipes are lagged in the garage, the outhouse, the attic, the basement and outside. This will prevent burst pipes in the Winter, and prevent lasting water damage
  • check your driveway- When water gets into cracks it freezes, expands, and can make the crack even bigger. Enough small cracks can turn into big cracks, and eventually the concrete can crumble. So check your driveway for tiny cracks and fill them in, before Winter arrives!

For professional help with any potential issues that may arise, like fitting new gutters, or replacing your driveway, get in touch with Southport’s leading building specialists, here at Gilston Building Services.

What is felt roofing?

If you are about to build an extension, an outhouse or a garage, you might be thinking about different types of roof available. Felt roof should be one of your top options. But what is felt roofing? And what should you know about it? Well, here at Gilston Building Services we offer a variety of high quality roofing services. This includes built up felt roofing, and high performance felt roofing. As a result, we have produced this guide to felt roofing.

What is felt roofing?

Felt roofing involves laying a mat of fibres, coated with a bituminous coating, over the structure of your roof. For a built up felt roof, more and more layers are added to this. Each of the layers added will be bonded to the next, and this will create a water tight, weather proof and durable roof. Then a final coating of grit, chippings or sand is added to the top. This is to protect the roof from the sun. Although a mineral cap sheet can be a better idea.

High performance felt

Different types of felt are available, including high performance felt. This is felt roofing that is made from polyester, rather than glass fibre. As a result, it is more flexible, and will last around twice as long as normal felt.

Advantages of a felt roof

So why would you choose felt roofing? Well, felt roofs do offer some advantages, including:

  • it is a light weight material so it can be used on weaker structures easily, as well as extensions and garages
  • it is the cheapest roofing option available
  • it can easily be repaired
  • it is a flexible material that can cover any space

If you have any more questions, or if you are looking for a building company you can trust, contact us today at Gilston Building Services.

Do you need a plasterer?

When it comes to professional plastering, we are experts here at Gilston Building Services. Whether you need a professional float and skim, or you would rather install dry lining, we provide a range of professional plastering services. But when do you need a plasterer?

When Do You Need A Plasterer?

Plasterers can be contacted and involved at all stages of home renovation or redecoration, or simply when an incident occurs. As professional and high quality plasterers, we are often called out to:

  • Plaster walls and ceilings during redecoration and renovation projects- we provide both wet plastering and dry lining options and are usually called after the plumbers and electricians have finished laying cables and pipes through the walls of the home.
  • Repair damages- Over time damage to your plaster work can occur. We are here to help put it right, and simply to plaster over the damaged area, so it matches seamlessly with the rest of the wall.
  • Add decorative finishes to give your house more style.

Why should you hire a professional plasterer?

Plastering is a challenging task that takes time and practice to get right. If you hire a handyman or simply try to plaster the wall yourself, you are much less likely to end up with a smooth finish ready for painting or wallpapering. In fact, your wall will likely end up lumpy.

In addition, trying to plaster your walls or ceilings yourself will probably result in needing to hire a professional to repair the damage caused. And this means the total expenditure will be a lot more than it would have been, if you hired a professional in the first place.

Finally, a professional plasterer will provide a professional finish, of the highest quality. And it will take less time for a professional to work in a range of circumstances, because of their experience and skillset. So your project will be completed faster.

For more information about our plastering services, get in touch today, here at Gilston Building Services.