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Cowperthwaite Roofing’s low-tech, low-cost tips for keeping warm this winter

Cowperthwaite Roofing Auckland-Top Tips for winterJune means the official start of winter in New Zealand. For Auckland residents this means several months of chillier, damp, windy weather. We hope that the following hints & tips will help to keep you toasty over the next few months.

  1. Warm yourself first

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It’s easier to adjust your body temperature than your room temperature, so layer up. And not just with your clothes, but with your bed too. Ideally, thicker blankets should be closer to your skin, with thinner, denser blankets on top.

  1. Switch your energy supplier

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How long have you been with your energy provider? Are you sure you couldn’t get a better deal from a different company? Use comparison sites such as What’s My Number or Switch Me to check.

  1. Exclude those drafts

This is a proven way to keep you warmer and save you money. For windows, use some self-adhesive foam strips to seal the gaps. For doors, you can either buy ready-made draft excluders or have a go at making your own. Old pairs of tights stuffed with socks might not be the prettiest, but they’ll do the job!

  1. Let the sunlight in

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Throw back the curtains and make the most of natural heat. It’s free, and it helps to counter any dampness. Be sure to draw your curtains as soon as the sun fades in order to retain that warmth.

  1. Leave doors open

It might sound counter-intuitive but, during the day when the sun’s streaming through the windows, you want to spread that free heat around as much as possible. Similarly if you’re cooking in the kitchen – let the dry warmth travel.

  1. Cut off the spare room

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If you’re not using a room, don’t heat it. Switch off the heater, and shut the door (being sure to check for drafts.) Make sure you have a good de-clutter too; you don’t want piles of paper or clothes to attract moisture or mould.

  1. Use tin foil

Pop some heat reflective aluminium foil behind wall-mounted heaters. This is especially handy if you’ve radiators on external walls. You can buy foil that’s designed specifically for this purpose, or you could choose good quality kitchen foil (but that probably won’t be quite as effective.)

  1. Move your sofa

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In fact, this applies to any piece of furniture that’s positioned right in front of a radiator. It’s just blocking the warmth. Have a shift around and make sure you feel the full effect of the heater.

And a couple of bigger projects for a warmer, more energy-efficient house…

Check your roof

Standing at ground level, and using a camera with a zoom or a set of binoculars, check for areas of weakness. Please don’t ever climb up there to have a walk around. Especially in cold, damp conditions this is way too dangerous. We don’t want anyone slipping and injuring themselves. If you’ve any concerns at all with your metal roof, contact Cowperthwaite Roofing so that we can carry out an inspection on your behalf.

Insulate, insulate, insulate

Cowperthwaite Roofing Auckland-Insulation-Winter tips

Once your roof is secure, help it to work efficiently by putting in adequate insulation. You should feel the benefits immediately. And remember, if you own a rental property, you’ll need to get this insulated too before July 2019. You can read more about the legislation changes in this article from the NZ Herald.

The Energywise website has more information about the NZ Standard for installing insulation.

Cowperthwaite Roofing’s tips compiled from information on: energywise.govt.nz, mentalfloss.com, mirror.co.uk, bbc.co.uk.

Please note:  “Cowperthwaite Roofing’s low-tech, low-cost tips for keeping warm this winter” is written in good faith and for general purposes only. You should not rely on the tips given here as an alternative to specialist advice. If you have any questions about any issue covered, you should consult with an appropriately qualified professional.

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The Health & Safety Reform Bill

The Health & Safety Reform Bill – what it means for Cowperthwaite Roofing, our staff and our clients

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Nothing is more important to Cowperthwaite Roofing than the well-being of our customers, staff and contractors. We already ensure that all our jobs are carried out in accordance with the Best Practice Guidelines for Working on Roofs (published by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment in co-operation with the Roofing Association of NZ.)

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On 4th April 2016, the Health & Safety Reform Bill comes into force. This Act was drawn up based on recommendations from the Royal Commission on the Pike River Coal Mine tragedy and the Independent Taskforce on Workplace Health & Safety.

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It’s part of Working Safer: a blueprint for health and safety at work which aims to reduce New Zealand’s workplace death and injury toll by 25% by 2020. All employers are affected by this legislation, not just those within more high risk industries, such as construction.

Under the Act, a PCBU (Person Conducting a Business or Undertaking) – usually a company rather than an individual – has primary legal obligation to ensure the health and safety of its staff and contractors, and anyone else affected by its works. It is worth mentioning that property managers, commercial property owners /landlords, commercial tenants and body corporates are all classed as PCBUs.

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One of the key goals of this Bill is to encourage an attitude of shared responsibility amongst all those involved (employees, suppliers, site visitors) for health and safety. If everyone plays their part – recognises what is within their control, takes a common sense approach, communicates concerns, acts appropriately – it is hoped that accidents and incidents will naturally be reduced.

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It should also be noted that some rules concerning asbestos are changing too. Shockingly, more than 170 New Zealanders still die each year from asbestos-related diseases. Clearly, more stringent controls are required and, from 4th April, the majority of asbestos removal work requires a licence, and suitably appointed Supervisors need to oversee the work. Whilst in the process of acquiring our Class B Asbestos Removal License, Cowperthwaite Roofing will continue to work with other licensed contractors to efficiently fulfil clients’ projects.

For any professional organisation, compliance with the new Health and Safety at Work Act is a given. For those who fail to take their health and safety responsibilities seriously, the penalties are severe – and quite rightly so.

Are you ready for the Health & Safety law changes?

Got a question about the Health & Safety At Work Act (HWSA)? Get answers and have the myths dispelled.


Whether you need a roof repair, a re-roof or a new build, you can trust Cowperthwaite Roofing to deliver a first class job, on time and on budget. We work hard to maintain our reputation for quality projects and outstanding customer service. To know more about any of the roofing services offered by Cowperthwaite Roofing, please either e-mailenquiry@cowperthwaites.co.nz or phone (09) 525 3095.

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Getting your home ready for autumn in Auckland

Believe it or not, autumn officially begins in New Zealand on March 1st. It’s a beautiful season in NZ, with long settled spells of weather, crisp mornings and sunny days. That’s just as well, because there’s a long list of tasks to do around the house and garden. This therefore is Cowperthwaite Roofing’s Quick Guide to Preparing your Home for Autumn. We hope you find it useful.

Inspect your windows and doors

Are your windows and doors closing tightly? Not only can small gaps allow in cold draughts of air, but it’s widely acknowledged that mice can fit through a crack just the width of a pencil. So now’s the time to get busy with your caulking gun or draught excluding strips.

Clean your fireplace and chimney

By all means have a good clear out of the charred remains in your fireplace, but it’s best to leave the flue cleaning to a professional chimney sweep. While they’re busy doing that, you could begin to bring in the firewood for this winter. The weather’s only going to get damper, so sooner is better than later.

Empty your gutters

Autumn leaves look beautiful, so many shades of red, gold and ochre. They’re not so beautiful however when they’re a rancid mulch in your gutters and downspouts, causing rainwater overflows and creating potentially dangerous and damaging pools on the ground.

 Check your roof

It’s important to assess the condition of your roof before the winter weather sets in, but please do this safely. See what you can from ground level; use a camera with a zoom or binoculars to help you. Don’t endanger yourself by clambering up there and walking around; it’s just not worth the risk.

If you’ve any concerns at all with your metal roof, contact Cowperthwaite Roofing so that we can carry out an inspection on your behalf.

Sort out your garage

Unless you’re blessed with a large water-tight garden shed, chances are that your deck furniture, umbrellas, barbecue and the kids’ outdoor toys are going to spend the chillier months in your garage. This means having a good sort out, to reclaim the space which might have been lost to “stuff” over summer.

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Wash down the barbecue

Don’t just bung the barbecue under its cover, shove it in the garage and forget about it. The leftover scraps and drips of fat and sauce from that amazing rack of ribs you cooked last Sunday are going to be absolutely rank in no time. And, they’ll be a magnet for cockroaches and other vermin. So scrub hard now – you’ll be relieved in spring that you did!

Keep busy in the garden

There are so many jobs to be done, that it’s impossible to give you a quick list here. Instead here are a couple of links to specialist gardening websites which should help you keep on top of everything: Garden Grow for what to plant and when, and Palmer’s for more general monthly checklists. With luck, your autumn will be a season of abundant fruit and vegetable harvest.

Get rid of junk and garden waste

What exactly was taking up that space in the garage? Is it anything you need to keep – or is it your old fridge and the leftover timber from your shelving project? You’ll likely have a fair amount of garden waste accumulate over the next few weeks too. Don’t leave this in piles around your property. It’ll get damp, it’ll rot and it’ll attract all sorts of unwelcome visitors… which then bring their own set of problems. Whether you choose to take it to your local waste transfer station, a Green Bin collection service or a junk removal firm, the quicker you get this stuff shifted, the better.

Please note:  “Cowperthwaite Roofing’s Quick Guide to Preparing your Home for Autumn” is written in good faith and for general purposes only. You should not rely on the tips given here as an alternative to professional advice. If you have any questions about any issue covered, you should consult with an appropriately qualified professional.

 


Whether you need a roof repair, a re-roof or a new build, you can trust Cowperthwaite Roofing to deliver a first class job, on time and on budget. We work hard to maintain our reputation for quality projects and outstanding customer service. To know more about any of the roofing services offered by Cowperthwaite Roofing, please either e-mailenquiry@cowperthwaites.co.nz or phone (09) 525 3095.

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Cowperthwaite Roofing and the environment

At Cowperthwaite Roofing we are committed to recycling as much as is possible. So you’ll probably be pleased to know that if you used us to re-roof your home, we would recycle your old roofing material, this includes metal, plastic, paper and glass.
In fact each month we save over 5930 kg of scrap steel, 480 ltr of paper waste and 480 ltr of plastic/glass waste from going to landfill. This helps ensure we keep New Zealand clean and green for future generations.

Another thing you’ll notice if we work on your roof, is we keep the site clean and tidy. This means no rubbish or screws or other metal fixings lying around that could cause damage or look unsightly. Protecting New Zealand’s environment is critically important to us but so is protecting your home environment.


Whether you need a roof repair, a re-roof or a new build, you can trust Cowperthwaite Roofing to deliver a first class job, on time and on budget. We work hard to maintain our reputation for quality projects and outstanding customer service. To know more about any of the roofing services offered by Cowperthwaite Roofing, please either e-mailenquiry@cowperthwaites.co.nz or phone (09) 525 3095.

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