Tired Of Trying To Maintain Your Lawn?

Here Are The Benefits Of Artificial Grass

Owning a lawn is not as easy as it sounds. The cost of maintaining a lawn in good shape is rather high. Lawn maintenance requires you to purchase pesticides and chemicals that could be harmful to the environment. You would also need to invest in garden equipment. And finally, you would also need to devote your precious time in taking care of the lawn.

artificial garden lawnBy choosing to install artificial grass in Birmingham from the well respected company Phoenix Lawns you get to save moneyand time as you wouldn’t need to invest in any garden equipment which means no more lawn mowers!. The best part about artificial lawn is that it remains lush and green throughout the year with very little maintenance. The fact that the artificial lawn is eco-friendly makes them sell like hotcakes.

The 60s is when this type of artificial grass was first introduced. These days, with improvements in technology, artificial grass looks much more real when compared to how they looked in the 60’s or 70’s. There are many other reasons as to why you need to consider installing an artificial turf. A few are discussed below.

artificial lawnsNo maintenance required

When you have a real grass lawn, it gets extremely difficult to maintain especially if you have erratic work schedules. The lawn needs mowing, watering and weeds need to be removed. This will take up most of your weekends. With artificial grass installed you can make sure to spend quality time with your loved ones during the weekend as there is very little maintenance required.


Real grass will have patches that are bare as a result of walking on them and due to weather problems. With artificial grass you wouldn’t need to be concerned about damage at all. They remain the same throughout the year. Since these are non-toxic they are safe for pets and children. Also they are made in such a way that they can withstand any kind of wear and tear.


Whatever your requirements, you would find an artificial grass product to suit your needs. They can also withstand any kind of weather.

Safe to the environment

Unlike real grass that requires pesticides for maintenance, artificial grass doesn’t need pesticides. They are eco-friendly and some products are even found to have been made from recycled products.

The look good quotient

Artificial grass helps you save money, is eco-friendly and is low on maintenance. Apart from all these qualities it is also beautiful to look at. You would be surprised to see some of the world’s best golf courses use synthetic grass.

Metal Roofing & If Its The Right Choice

Choosing the right metal roofing style

For so long metal roofing has been associated with a zinc sheet tacked to shed roofs or as a fancy finish on architect-designed house. Metal roofing sheets has come a long way and there are now some terrific options available from Phoenix Steels. More information on roofing materials can be found on their website along with images and tutorials on how to make the water tight and perfect roofing construction. Id highly recommend if you are in need of advice to get in contact with them by calling them or emailing their support team sales@phoenixsteels.com.

Types of Metal Roofing Materials

The type of metal for your roof is a major consideration in terms of look and cost. One of the more affordable options available is Aluminum and is good value for money due to its durability and longevity whilst Galvanized steel has a proven long life. Zinc is always an option and is far more attractive than the shed roof sheet but there are also some different choices to think on including copper and stainless steel. Metal Shake is a style that has the look of authentic wood which comes in a variety of finishes and is naturally longer lasting than the wood it is mimicking. Metals with a faux stone finish are also available. If you have environmental concerns there are roofing options made from so called natural metals which develop a patina with age and naturally blend into their surroundings and are 100% recyclable.

Metal Roofing Sheets 1Styles

As well as the range of metals available, there are plenty of style options for your new metal roof. No longer restricted to corrugated sheets, there’s a whole range of different types of metal paneling – ribbed, plain, snap locking and these usually come with the option of visible or invisible fixing. As well as panels and to complement the full range of metals and the colours and finishes that these metals now present, there are tiles and shingles with a whole slew of designs to provide your house with traditional or contemporary look. If you want a house with a roof that looks like it is made of Spanish tile or welsh grey slate, with a metal roof you can have it.

Metal Roof StyleThe Benefits

As well as giving your home a brilliant look, there are many practical benefits to metal roofs. Straight off, metal roofs are quick and easy to install especially if panels are used. They are also a lot lighter than conventional roofs being up to seven times less weighty per square metre than roof tiles. This makes metal roofs especially suitable for fragile buildings.

The other benefits are:

• Longevity and durability
Metal roofing doesn’t crack or rot and it doesn’t warp or curl. Neither panels or shingles split or break, they don’t break or burn nor are the finishes prone to peeling. Metal roofing is also the most resistant to freezing and thawing, snow, hail, wind and fire.

• Low maintenance costs
Other than maybe the occasional brushing down if leaves stick there is no maintenance required. If you have painted over the metal roofing’s natural finish that will require looking after or replacing in exactly the same way as any other painted surface.

• Long term warranties
Thanks to the longevity and durability of the materials used in metal roofing, manufacturers and installers are happy to provide very long warranties and guarantees.

• Efficiency
Metal roofs help you save money with reduced heating and cooling costs and some materials have been shown to present costs savings of 40% compared to conventional roofs.

• Increased resale value
The use of metal means that no future delipidation factor has to be built in for the roof and potential buyers know they never have to think about a new roof in the house’s lifetime.

• Increased aesthetic appeal and curb value
With a range of style options, a metal roof perfectly complements any type of home and fits with any neighbourhood. They are also ideal for historic buildings that require replacement roofs as they can bring the building right up to date whilst retaining the original look.

• Environmentally friendly
As well as being energy efficient in their production, saving energy when in use, metals used in roofing are completely 100% recyclable and do not add to landfill sites.

• Ease of fitment
A new metal roof can also be laid over an existing roof without the need to remove the shingles or tiles that are already there. This will help reduce the cost of a new roof installation and save in a lot of mess having to be cleared up before the job can start proper.

Naturally, anything that has advantages has some downsides too.

The disadvantages

Contrary to what you might imagine, noise is not a disadvantage of roofs made from metal. The materials and method of installation means there is plenty of sound insulation. One disadvantage though comes should the roof become, albeit unlikely, damaged. It is much easier to refix or replace a broken tile or shingle than it is to replace a large metal panel.

Perhaps the biggest disadvantage is the cost. These installations are more expensive than other roofing types however, with the low maintenance costs, a reduction in energy bills, reduced insurance premiums and a potential increase in house value, the initial expense is easily offset by the future benefits.

Other minor disadvantages include the fact that walking on metal roofs is dangerous because they become slippery when wet and although most metal roofs are hardy and resistant to the elements, sever hailstorms may result in dents on roofs made of the softer metals like Aluminum and Copper.

The advantages of a metal roof far outweigh the disadvantages and choosing one is a fantastic addition to your home that will last a lifetime.

Apollo Soul the UK’s No.1 Wedding band perform at Moxhull Hall

Birmingham’s No.1 Wedding Band Hire

Apollo Soul performed last night at the stunningly presented Moxhull Hall in the picturesque Sutton Coldfield Birmingham countryside. This refined Victorian mansion set in expansive grounds has been beautifully renovated to the highest standard, presenting a chic feel whilst upholding the beautiful characters of the original Victorian features. Apollo Soul are part of the wedding band hire agency Apollo Live and are a must see for all live entertainment requirements.

Apollo Soul were here for the whole day, providing a bespoke entertainment package that prepared entertainment for the wedding ceremony, drinks reception and evening entertainment. This package is called the ‘Gold Package’ and is tailored to give guests an experience of the finest luxury entertainment on the market.

The bride and groom married in the stunning private gardens where if you follow a winding path through mature manicured gardens you reach an open ceremonial space with a beautiful wooden structure at the end of an isle. This space has to be seen to be believed.Wedding Band Hire

Andy and Victoria from Apollo soul set up the keyboard and PA near the back of the space and performed low key back ground music for the guests as they sat ready for the marriage. The  cue for the entrance music was given by the wedding co-ordinator as the bride waited with her father, bridesmaids and groomsmen. The song choice was beautiful, performed elegantly by Andy and Victoria. Crazy by Aerosmith led the bride down to her nervous Groom who stood facing the front with their large dog who was super excited when he caught a glimpse of his mother – the bride.

Following the ceremony, lead singer Corey proceeded to play the bride and groom up the isle with a request called Free Fallin’ by John Mayer.

Proceeding the ceremony was the point of which Corey, Lukas and James entertained guests with 2 x 40 minute sets of live lounge style arrangements which on a beautiful summers day created a classy and luxurious experience for guests whilst enjoying canopes and prossecco overlooking the extensive gardens.

The evening entertainment was set up discretely behind a curtain the separated the dance floor with the dining area in the stunning marquee. The marquee at Moxhull Hall is beautifully presented and boasts its own outside space for guests to enjoy.

The evening started with the first dance, the band were happy to invite some of the couple’s friends and family to perform the first dance before the first set commenced. Apollo Soul kept the dance floor full all evening performing hits by artists such as Whitney Houston, Lionel Ritchie, Beyoncé and many others. The bride and groom were thrilled with the bands personal touch at the end of the evening by performing Your Song by Elton John for the special couple.

A fantastic day and evening of entertainment was provided by Apollo Soul. The Gold package certainly brought a touch of elegance to the day time proceedings and the full band on the evening kept the party going all night long.

Apollo Soul are the leading wedding band birmingham specialists.