September 29

When To Replace Your Roof

A roof will generally last a long time if it is maintained regularly and repaired when problems arise. However, a roof will not last forever and there comes a time when it is preferable to replace the roof. When to replace the roof very much depends on what it is made of because some materials will need to replaced sooner than others.


Tile roofs have a long lifespan with most lasting up to 100 years. Tile roofs should be regularly inspected though to check for broken or cracked tiles. Replacing the broken tiles will keep the roof in a good condition and negate the need to replace it entirely. This substantially saves money because the cost of a repair by a specialist roofer, such as Derby Roofing Services, is far cheaper than the cost of a new roof.

A concrete roof should last indefinitely, however, if there are cracks these need to be addressed. It may be that the damage is far too extensive to repair, so it is very important to get cracks inspected by a professional as soon as they are noticed. This vastly improved the chances that a repair can be successfully done.

Cedar roofs have a rather short lifespan, lasting only up to 20 years and is affected by the climate. In dry regions the roof will split and fall apart and in wetter regions a lot of moss will grow. It is very likely that a cedar roof will need to be replaced if it does split, however, it is always best to have a roofer assess the damage and recommend the best course of action.

When choosing a new roof, it is important to consider the climate of the area you live in and choose roof materials that are going to last. Wood or shingles may not be a good choice if there is a hot climate prone to forest fires because they are more prone to catch fire.


Tile and slate are a lot more expensive, but they last a considerable time, making them a very good material. These materials are also very fire resistant and look very attractive. There are a vast number of tile finishes available, meaning you can choose a look that matches your personality and style. The major preventative factor in selecting these types of roof is the weight of the slate and tile. If the house frame is not very strong it will not support the weight of the roofing materials.

Simple inspections of your roof twice a year, in spring and autumn will prevent most issues from even developing. This is the best course of action to avoid having to deal with the inconvenience and expensive of water damage. Observing your roof for broken tiles can be done from ground level if possible.

May 18

Staying Cool This Summer

The summer can be a difficult time for dogs with the hotter weather. This is especially the case for specific breeds, both those with thick fur and those with short hair. This is the case with Boxers for example, whereby this breed overheats easily in the summer. There are a number of steps you can take to ensure your pet is more comfortable and is able to enjoy the outdoors with you on the hot summer days.

swamp cooler dogs Firstly, ensure there is fresh water available at all times and if you are going out for the day or even just for a long countryside walk, make sure to take a bottle of water. You can sit in the shade if you take a rest or make sure there is some shady area in your garden for you dog to relax in. This will reduce the chance of overheating in the first place.

If you are going to be out for a few hours you may consider investing in a dog cooling vest. These are specially constructed dog coats that you soak in water. The water then cools the air as it hits the coat, before passing to your dog, keeping them cool. There are a number of these jackets on the market, however, not all of them will be as effective and the duration that they provide the cooling will differ widely. To make sure you get value for money and buy a coat that will cool your dog for long enough, the Ruffwear Swamp Cooler is the best choice.

If you are going hiking, you could choose a route that includes a lake or walking along part of a river or stream. This will provide your dog with both a source of water for a quick drink and a chance to take a dip and cool off. If your dog loves to swim you could combine this with a game of fetch. Remember not to throw sticks for your dog, as this could cause a serious injury. Instead, buy a water toy, there are many floating dog toys available from most pet shops.

Finally, if your dog really suffers with heat, the best decision might be to leave them at home. You can still connect with your pet, by watching them on a pet monitoring system, like the one below in the video. This system also takes the room temperature in your house, so you can be sure your dog is not getting too hot at home.



Category: Summer
April 23

Working from Home

For some of us it is a dream to be able to quit our day job and earn an honest living from home. However, it doesn’t have to stay a dream, it can be a reality too. It’s not easy getting started and it can be hard work to balance both the day job and start building your own business at the same time. It is difficult to sacrifice the little spare time left in each day and the weekends of course, especially when you are used to relaxing and taking time to chill out or partake in hobbies. Despite this, it is imperative to your success that you do make huge sacrifices in the start.

Work-at-HomeThere are a number of ways to effectively and quickly make money from home, with the most popular and easiest being adventuring into the online world. It all comes down to finding the right course to learn the essentials to get your started and far enough down the line that you are able to earn that first dollar. Once your first earnings start to trickle in, you will gain momentum and find that more and more money starts flying your way. Eventually you will be able to give your boss the finger and start working from home on a permanent basis.

The other day I came across a course that really caught my attention and I was so taken by it and the principles of what it offered that I thought I would share it here. It is aptly named the Foolproof Cash Flow and basically involved reverse engineering successful sites to make your own equally or even more lucrative website. It is a fact that by looking at what is working now and copying it, we are able to learn and as we do it more and more, we are able to build up a solid picture of what to do to guarantee success.

It doesn’t all have to be about building sites and trying to get free search engine traffic to make money though. You could drive paid traffic to your website or even to your Facebook page. This is really quite simple to do if you know how. It is important to get it right, which can mean saving literally hundreds of dollars. Beginners should be sure to look at the Facebook Ads Cracked 2 course, which goes in great depth about how to really leverage Facebook to fill your pockets.  Although, training is offered from Facebook partners, it is extremely expensive. This is because they expect you to run on a budget of $50 or more a day and most of the work is done by their own staff, so you don’t properly learn in inside secrets and how to make the best out of the budget.

Category: Business
March 21

Welcome to Somgraphic

Hello and Good day! I’m Andy and I am looking forward to writing some interesting reports on here. I will be show casing my expert opinions and some humble thoughts. I sometimes like to just get things off my chest, so some of my posts might seem like a bit of a rant. I do apologise in advance, but it does make me feel so much better putting pen to paper, although silly me I am stuck in the dark ages, that should be finger to keyboard. Anyway, I hope you find something here of interest and don’t forget to leave a comment if you do. I would like to hear your thoughts on my subjects.





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