What are Building Service Charges?

Service charges are usually paid by the leaseholder of a flat. They are payments that are made to the freeholder, or the person who owns the building. This money could go directly to the freeholder, or it may go to the property agent that is used by the freeholder. If the building has a residents’ association who also own the land and building, service charges will go to them.

The service charges paid by flat owners (or indeed house owners, if the plot of land is leasehold) are used to maintain the building and carry out any repairs. These could include window cleaning, gardening, cleaning of corridors, maintenance of building entry systems etc. It will also include the day to day running costs of the building, such as central heating.

Service charges will usually be enough to cover repairs and maintenance, though sometimes a bigger job like a roof replacement may cost more.

Commercial Cleaning for a Healthy Building

Commercial buildings cannot be tackled by an inexperienced or untrained cleaner. Commercial buildings require a special level of cleaning that cannot be replicated by anyone other than a professional. Cleaners who work in commercial environment will have had special training and they will have a good degree of experience. They will also have the right insurance to work in these kinds of environments, a factor that cannot be ignored.

For commercial buildings, it is worth hiring a cleaning agency who can then send qualified and experienced people out to your property. They will be able to work around you, making it easier for you to stick to a cleaning schedule that works for you and your staff. Professional cleaning agencies offer very good value for money and you will get a thorough service when you choose to work with them They will use professional grade products, including cleaning agents and floor cleaners, making them much more effective.

How to hire a buildings contractor in Banbury

One of the important things which create a good environment to work and stay is the quality of electrical equipment used in a building. When a building is being constructed, there are several things which need to be kept in mind and one of them is electrical connections. To install switches, fans, power points and other equipment, you need to hire a professional Banbury contractors for your home. In the case of buildings for industrial use where the scale of work would be higher and more complicated, industrial electrical contractors Banbury will know what to do. Contractors are professionals who will make sure that everything electrical is in place and that there are no problems like loose wiring. Read More

Outdoor Wall Copings and Cappings

The function of copings and cappings are aesthetic as well as protective. The appearance of a wall may be dramatically changed by altering the coping or capping

The protective function is against vertical water penetration and in shedding rainwater clear of the face as effectively as possible. The ideal coping should be durable and waterproof weather and the brickwork and constructed preferably with interlocking units. The overhang should include a throating recess or a drip not less than 13 mm wide.

In many instances for aesthetic or functional reasons, it is necessary to use a brick-on-edge capping. Such a capping will perform reasonably well, provided that it is constructed in accordance with the recommendations of regulations. Suitable galvanised steel, stainless steel or non-ferrous metal anchors.

A minimum weight of 1.5 kN/m2 is preferred for copings with concrete or stone units. Some brick manufacturers can supply their own capping system which incorporates a dpc.

 

Free-Standing Brick Design Walls For Homes

Free-standing brick walls are widely used for boundary demarcation, landscaping, screening, security and noise barriers. When properly constructed, free-standing brick walls have proved to be extremely durable and pleasing in appearance.

There are many examples of brick walls which are hundreds of years old, and apart from occasional pointing and attention to coping require no other maintenance.

By modern standards, most of these old walls built by rule of thumb are clearly over-designed. However since the turn of the century and particularly after the Second World War, financial constraints and the phenomenal growth of mass housing estates produced some very unsatisfactory examples of free-standing walling.

As strange as it may seem, walls are not subjected to statutory control. An exception to this is within the inner London area where approval is required when the height exceeds 1.83m (6ft) above ground level. It is therefore not surprising that in the majority of cases, walls are put up rather than designed and all too frequently prematurely deteriorate or blow over.