If you have recently moved into a new house and have found that your garage is in need of repair or is downright dangerous due to visible asbestos fibres, you might consider a new garage. A new garage is not such a big job for a builder and if there is already a garage on the property, then planning permission will probably not be required as long as it falls under the following Scottish Government Rules on garage planning:
1. Asbestos is dangerous
Asbestos garage roofs were very popular in the 50s, 60s and 70s. Asbestos was a newly discovered material that was found to be insulating, strong, heat resistant and cheap. As well as garage roofs it was used in a whole host of other things such as flooring tiles, fire blankets, brake pads, artex, roof insulation. If it is in good condition and left alone asbestos isn’t dangerous. However if it is contained in a cement that is degrading or is disturbed by being cut or sanded, fibres can be released into the air. These fibres can then be inhaled and once in the lungs are known to cause serious and even fatal diseases to develop many years later.
There are a number of different reasons why it is a good idea to replace your garage roof. The signs that your garage roof is in need of repair are very easy to identify as damage is often visible and wide spread. If you see the following issues with your own garage roof then it is highly advised that an inspection is carried out to determine which areas of the garage require attention.
For some people a garage is just somewhere to store your car, garden equipment and stuff that doesn’t fit in your house. This is a real shame because with a bit of love and attention a garage can be so much more. If your garage is in good condition with a secure, watertight garage roof then it can easily be made to work a bit harder for you this summer.
6 Garage Gifts
Garages in Scotland sometimes become forgotten in the long dark days of winter and especially at Christmas, but we have some good reasons why you should remember them this Christmas.
You should check how secure your garage is regularly.
Good storage can transform a garage and how you use it.
For many people they can barely get into their garages without tripping over bikes and scooters and gardening tools. Garage storage ranges from amazing DIY ideas to companies that will come out and refurbish your garage with storage units and hanging rails.
We have created a Pinterest board that may inspire you to get some storage for your garage.
Owning a bike is more popular now than ever and many keen cyclists own bikes that are worth as much as a small car. Bike theft in the central belt of Scotland has grown as rapidly as bike ownership has grown. Along with securing your garage you should also consider securing the bikes in your garage to a device such as a ground anchor. We have created a useful Pinterest board that shows you a selection of bike security devices.
If Santa is likely to bring new bikes this Christmas, then be prepared and buy some security devices to keep them safe too.
Weatherproof your Garage
Everything we have suggested before is only worthwhile spending money on if your garage is actually weatherproof. If you are getting any leaks or can see some wet or damp patches on the roof you should get your garage roof fixed first. At Garage Roof Scotland we can repair or replace garage roofs quickly and efficiently normally within 1 day.
If we have persuaded you to treat your garage this Christmas and need the roof inspected, repaired or replaced then please get in touch. We do also install brand new garages if you have decided that a double garage is what you really need!
By Paul Mclean
Position of Solar Panels
On a house roof that faces South with nothing to block out the light. Right?
The ideal place for solar panels in cities like Edinburgh or Glasgow is on a south facing roof with a clear view and a tilt of approximately 45 degrees. However, if you don’t have a suitable south facing roof, there are other options available. Farmers with large areas of land often mount them on the ground. Even if you have a flat roof, mounts can be built to give the panels the optimum tilt.
If you live in one of Scotland’s cities you won’t have suitable land and you may find that your house roof is either unsuitable due to it facing the wrong way, having windows installed in the roof, or it being shadowed by other buildings or trees. But don’t give up!
Solar Panels on a Garage Roof in Edinburgh
Paul Mclean has 14 years as an agent for LidgetCompton selling and building garages. Now offering a garage roof replacement service.