Things to keep in mind when fixing the roof

1. Add an underlay screen.

The HPV (Highly Permeable to Water Steam) underlayment screen helps to waterproof your roof with air and water while allowing water vapor to escape. It reduces pressure-depression phenomena of the roof, responsible for the flight of tiles during storms, which allows the installation of tiles on lower slopes. It finally avoids the penetration of powdery snow, dust, pollen. How to choose the screen? Everything depends on the frame, the spacing of the rafters, the type of coverage, but also the presence or not of attics.

Only a professional can judge the feasibility of the operation. Opt for a quality product and thick enough because it is made to last. Once installed, the screen is exposed to the risk of aging, firstly because of UV rays (before the laying of the cover), then hot weather under the cover in summer (they can exceed 80 ° C). Some membranes have a metallized surface and therefore reject some of the heat in summer, while reducing winter energy losses and allowing water vapor to escape.

2. Install roof windows.

Quality roof windows (with good thermal and sound performance) provide appreciable solar energy in converted attics. Peripheral connections must be perfectly executed to ensure reliable sealing and thermal insulation. Today there are models suitable for classified buildings, metal or wood.


3. Opt for a green roof.

It can be installed flat roof or sloping, regardless of its size. It offers good thermal and sound insulation. The professional must check if all the requirements for the installation are met. In the north of France, the green roof will generally be lighter than in the South. The abundant rains will feed the plants, so the watering system is less complex. It will be necessary to provide a high-performance waterproofing membrane (a conventional under-roof screen is not suitable because it is permeable to water vapor). The attic, them, must have an effective and adjustable ventilation to avoid condensation. Last tip: choose a system whose plants are mostly mature when laying.

4. Install photovoltaic tiles.

More aesthetic but more expensive than large panels, the “tiles” photovoltaic (in fact, small stackable panels) adapt well to slate or terracotta roofs. The watertightness of the roof must be guaranteed and provide good ventilation of the roof, because the panels generate a real overheating, too often neglected. This overheating is also detrimental to the performance of the photovoltaic panel. For a zinc cover, the integrated panels are specific because the contact between different metals causes an accelerated oxidation. It is better to go to a QualiPV zinc fitter and opt for products that have received a technical opinion (issued by CSTB).

Understanding landscaping

Landscaping doesn’t necessarily require skills, all it takes is your interest in the field and application of creativity. In as far as professionals are required from time to time to handle the complex landscape designs, the non-complex work can be done by anyone who has an appreciation for art.

Landscaping has health benefits. This comes from the environment created after a thorough landscaping. The free flow of air and the soothing flow of water from the water features is soothing and relaxing enough which calms the brain, enabling you to concentrate and even calm yourself which play a great role health wise.

Landscaping is a form or architecture that is widely accepted all over the world. One can use, flowers, stones, water among other features in various designs to enhance the architectural design.

What do you love most about your lawn and other surroundings in your home? In the event, you don’t like how any item near you, you can easily change it to suit you better, make you feel better, and more especially beautify your surroundings. Check out the new landscaping techniques and make your choice.

A guide to landscape slope

Understand the area’s drainage system

Landscaping slope is quite an involving endeavor, but it is more fun, without regard to the tiredness that comes with the work. To create a good design, however, you need to first understand the drainage system of the area, or rather that of the home so as to design the slope appropriately. The slope will go a long way in preventing erosion and enhancing the drainage system.

A poorly designed and constructed slope may cause unrepairable damage to the drainage system of the home or the entire estate. In times of heavy rain, for instance, it could carry downslope, rock and soil debris from the upper parts of the landscape and deposit them on the lower parts; hence blocking the drainage system and subsequently destroying the property if not corrected in time. There are two commonly designed drainage systems for different yards. The grate; where drain grates are used, draining water is directed underground to another location and utilized appropriately; whereas with the use of swales draining water is redirected over the land to a lower point where it can easily drain.


Upon understanding the drainage system, then take the time to calmly and slowly design the appropriate design for the landscape. Here the expertise of a professional is necessary, while at the same time, the will of the property owner is also put into consideration. The professional use these bases to design that which is appropriate for the land; they choose the most appropriate way for water to drain of the slope. They could even create drains, but then plant some flowers, or shrubs to hide the swales. However, if there is need to interfere with the drainage system or even change it, an expert in the area has to be consulted first.

Plant or decorate

After formation of the slope, it doesn’t look quite attractive just to leave it bare. Moreover, rain can easily erode the structure, carrying away the soil downstream which could end up being problematic in the future. You now have the chance to decorate the area all you can. These could be through planting various flowers of your liking or even shrubs. Those with fibrous roots are especially encouraged to ensure that they hold the soil firmly preventing erosion in the future. Rocks could also be used as a form of decoration and future insurance against erosion.

Other options

Other than planting, terracing can be as good an option to flowers and shrubs. Here you have an option to consider both your favorite architectural designs and artistic designs. The size of the wall will differ based on the slope, while you also consider the materials to use so as to blend with the surrounding. On the other hand, you have the capability of exploiting your creativity to enhance the beauty of your surrounding and working on either creating a good landscape or a great garden in your yard, but don’t forget to communicate with experts constantly.

Window protection: A Guide

When we want to install a protection for its windows, we often think of the shutters but there is another alternative with the blinds: indeed, this product makes it possible to ensure a very effective solar protection especially with the UV. It is a product that also beautifies and enhances a home, to better enjoy an outdoor living space as a terrace with refinement and elegance, without any embarrassment, with ease of use.

The blinds can, of course, be installed outdoors to protect against the sun, rain, moisture, heat but also indoors, such as shop windows, windows on the terraces.

Advantages of blinds

The advantages, as we have seen, are many with the installation of blinds, it effectively reduces the internal temperature by 2 to 5 degrees; this accessory consists of a frame, a canvas and any accessories such as a remote control for a motorization is the perfect product to always benefit from invigorating freshness.

Types of blinds

Different types of blinds exist according to the needs and expectations of everyone, whether a professional or an individual, depending on the type of architecture. The awning can be installed either against a wall or on a ceiling. Which blinds should you buy? That really depends on your goals.

First of all, there is the awning for the windows, with their different models, namely the vertical awning, which is installed parallel to a glazing, and the projection awning (called the Italian blind), which offers a reduced space requirement.

There is also the side blind or privacy screen for the terraces and protects from prying eyes but also wind and sun.

The other best-known blind is surely the awning that is used outdoors to protect from the sun and bring freshness.

Finally, for indoor blinds, there is roller blind or roller blind that offers perfect insulation and increased safety.

The Journey Begins…

Fault Line Living are recipients of the 2010
‘Go Beyond’ bursary from The Royal
Geographical Society (with IBG) and Land
Rover. It is a 15,000 mile expedition and
multi-media project exploring the lives of
people living on fault lines. We’ll be talking
to schools, scientists, geologists, residents,
and city developers to explore what life is
like living on a fault line. We’ll travel from
Iceland, through Denmark, Germany, Italy,
Greece, Turkey and Iran exploring what it’s
really like to live in these danger zones, from
the ordinary to the extraordinary.

We’ll be posting much more information in
the next few weeks and once we’re on the
road we’ll be uploading material on a daily
basis. Thanks for your support, and please
come back soon when we have more for you
to look at.

Vital Stats…

Start date: 31st July 2010

Estimated distance of proposed route:
15,000 miles

Countries visited along the fault line:
UK – Denmark – Iceland – Denmark –
Germany – Italy – Greece – Turkey – Iran

The Team:
Tamsin Davies, Serena Davies and Adam Whitaker

Why you need a French drain

The French drains have reshaped the landscaping industry providing a way to deal with the run of water, handling surface water causing soggy lawns, dealing with water going into the basement or when construing a retaining room on the hill side.

Dealing with Surface water

When it rains, due to the poor drainage in some areas or the nature of the land, a lot of water is retained on the ground. This could slowly drain, and it takes a lot of time to do so. In some instances, it causes damage to valuable items. To avoid this, however, the French drain is the option for you. It will facilitate the fast drainage of water in your property hence safeguarding your items.

Safeguard well-being of a retaining room on a hill side

Being on a hill side; it’s bound to be at risk of destruction by the accumulating water. Therefore, upon the construction of the first stone block, build a French drain. This will help prevent accumulation of water at the course which could eventually weaken the course and subsequently the entire room.

Prevention of basement leaks

Install deep French drains

At times basement leaks go beyond minor leaks; water gets into your basement. The only option here is to construct a deep French drain to reduce the water getting into the house. This has since drawn the name footing drain. Since it runs along the footing level of the house, all around the perimeter of the house as it intercepts water before it can enter your basement. Well, as you construct the house be sure to consult on the matter so that the French drains are installed during the construction period. Installation of a French drain is much cheaper during construction as opposed to later.

Interior French drain

If however, you bought or constructed a house that doesn’t have the French drains and you are experiencing problems with water entering your basement, then an interior French drain could be your only alternative. An interior French drain intercepts water as it enters the basement. Hence to install it, some interior walls may have to be torn down to facilitate this process.