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Posted by on Aug 18, 2017 in Uncategorized |

What’s The Most Durable Flooring You Can Install?

You need durable flooring because you have children or dogs. Kent Flooring Contractor can give you some great advice for this. Or maybe you just want a floor that will not scratch, gouge, and dent, requiring replacement every five years. Rated from best to worst, these floors are the most durable you can buy.

Bamboo

Summary: This grass, incredibly difficult to remove from your yard, looks surprisingly attractive when turned into flooring. If you have ever tried to hack bamboo out of your yard, you know how tough this grass can be. The secret to bamboo flooring’s sky-high durability ratings lies in three factors: stalk placement, added materials, and quality of bamboo.

Stalks/Construction: Most off-the-shelf bamboo flooring is made by laying the bamboo grass stalks cross-direction. Strand bamboo flooring is often called woven strand bamboo flooring for a good reason: strands of the bamboo stalks are pulled apart and more tightly integrated with the adhesives.

Adhesives: But the thing that truly makes a bamboo floor hard is the adhesive. Bamboo flooring is stuck together by man-made adhesives. More adhesives mean a tougher bamboo floor.

Bamboo Type: Unfortunately, this factor is difficult, if not impossible, to determine when shopping for bamboo floors. Better-quality, later-harvested bamboo is more durable than younger bamboo that is rushed to harvest.

Natural Stone

Summary: If stone weathered well in the mountains for thousands of years, it can weather your kitchen or bathroom. Travertine and other natural stones are neck-and-neck with concrete for durability, though some stones like marble can wear down faster than you might expect.

Resilient Flooring

Summary: Resilient flooring may be a term invented by flooring companies to market their product. But the term describes the product well. Also known as vinyl flooring this classic product is like Tupperware for your floors: 100% moisture resistant and laboratory-engineered to last for a very long time. Sheet vinyl is your best bet if pure resilience is your priority. In small rooms, you can skate by with just one seam or, if the room is small enough, no seams at all. Because seams are one factor that contributes to flooring deterioration, reduction of seams becomes an important point.

Plank resilient and tile resilient run a close second because of the seams.

Ceramic and Porcelain

Summary: Durable in some ways–but categorically not in other ways–tile wins out over other types of flooring because of its appearance.

Tile is durable against scratches and spills; tile lives for those kinds of emergencies. But drop a jar of pickles and it will undoubtedly crack. Balanced with tile’s sheer good looks and the creative “blank slate” that it offers, most homeowners are happy to take the chance of the occasional dropped jar or small appliance.

Also, good installation helps. An improper sub-floor or voids remaining below tiles contribute to cracking. Poorly grouted tile, too, will introduce moisture below the tiles, swelling sub-floor systems and creating a kind of “frost heave” that cracks the tile.

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Posted by on Jul 24, 2017 in Uncategorized |

Replacing Your Front Door: A Guide

Getting your front door replaced is no easy task. You can consult with companies like www.apollotradewindows.co.uk/solidor for help with installation and booking in a time to consult with them for the best type of door for your home. it shouldn’t take too much time for you to get a good quote and go from there. But there are a few questions you need to sort out first before you go ahead and ask a company for help, namely because they will ask you the same questions and it’s good to have the right answers so you can get on with things! First, ask yourself

  • Is your front door looking worn or scratched?
  • Have you noticed any cracks along the side of it?
  • Is it difficult to open or close?
  • Is it difficult to lock/unlock?
  • Is the door protecting you from the elements?
  • Is it letting in water or drafts?

If you answered yes to the above then there’s a good chance, your door is past its peak.  Maybe it’s time to put it into retirement and start shopping around for a replacement. A new door collection could be exactly what you’re looking for!

So what’s on offer?

Traditional or Contemporary

The door range is packed with a beautiful collection of traditional & contemporary door styles.  There are 54 in total, and every one features a solid timber core. Companies can even turn your chosen style into a French or stable door. They’re made to measure you know!

How Many Colours?

An industry leading 20!

From scrumptious Peacock Blue to delicate Painswick, there’s definitely a colour to suit any style of home.  And with Front door you can even go for a different colour inside and out!

With the 20 door colours and the 9 frame options there are a whopping 11,000 colour combinations leaving you spoilt for choice. 

Security

Naturally you’ll be wanting a new door that keeps you, your family and your home safe. Rest assured that with Front door you will be getting unparalleled levels of Security.

From our solid timber core construction, top of the range Ultion cylinder, through to the tough laminated glass and multipoint locking systems, you’ll never feel so secure.

Complete the look

With an new front door you’ll also be able to choose from a variety of exquisite door accessories & glass styles. These perfectly compliment your choice of door style.

There’s an array of designer, traditional, and contemporary accessories to set your door apart from the rest and give your neighbours a real case of door envy!

Front door also has a dedicated glass workshop, where our skilled craftsmen can create something truly bespoke for you and your home.

Visualise your Dream Door

Why not try designing your dream door using the Front door designer tool?  You’ll be able to swap and change the style, colour, glass and accessories until you’ve found the one that’s perfect for you and your home.

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Posted by on Jul 13, 2017 in Uncategorized |

Repairing A Damaged Roof

The source of most roof leaks is hard to find because it originates away from where the leak shows up. In order to find the source of a leak, follow a roofer’s advice and “think like water.”
Water typically comes in through worn, broken, or missing shingles; where nails have worked loose; or through corroded or poorly sealed roof flashing around vents, skylights, or chimneys or along the intersections of roof planes. Once water passes the roofing, it flows along the sheathing, roof rafters, or topside of ceilings until it finds a place to drip down—inevitably onto your favorite piece of furniture. Look for a roof leak during the day. Go into the attic with a bright flashlight; step only on secure framing members and never on the insulation or topside of the ceiling below—neither of these will support you! Start above the place where the drip has occurred and work your way uproof, looking for wetness along the framing members.

If the weather has been dry for a while, look for water marks, stains, or discolorations on the wood made by moisture. Then switch off the light and try to find a hole where daylight shows through the roof. (With a wood-shingle roof, you’ll see many such places, but while the overlapped shingles let light show through they shed water.) If it’s still raining, put a bucket under the leak in an area with proper support. Let the bucket collect the drips and fix the leak when the weather clears. You can also use a company like roofbuildhomeimprovements.co.uk to sort the leak for you, if you don’t have the tools

When installing shingles, make sure the nails are embedded securely into the felt and sheathing. Over time, the sun’s heat will cause the roof and shingles to expand, making the nails pop out of place and thus increasing the risk of a leak. Because the roof is sloped, make sure you layer the shingles from bottom to top, overlapping the top set with the bottom. This will ensure your roof is protected from all the weather elements.

Rent a nail gun. Most can be rented for about $20 a day. The gun usually comes with a measurement guide that can save a lot of time. The standard width between each row of shingles is 5 inches.

After cleaning the debris and reframing the roof, lay down a base (sheathing). Eight-foot, 1/2-inch-thick plywood is standard sheathing material. Measure the opening of the section of roof to be shingled, cut the plywood to size and nail to roof rafters. Stagger the sheathing in a brick pattern for extra strength. Do not place an entire 8-foot section of plywood onto roof. Such a long piece is structurally unstable in the middle. Continue to install in brick pattern, staggering the plywood seams until the open area is covered. Start by stapling the 6-inch starter strip at the bottom section of roof leaving a 1-inch overhang on the eave to ensure drainage into the gutters. Going from bottom up, lay and nail the remaining felt layers with a 2-inch overlap. Be sure to nail the tar strip on each felt layer to ensure maximum hold. Companies like roofbuildhomeimprovements.co.uk will always be on hand for good advice when repairing a roof.

Lay the first row of shingles starting at a bottom corner of the roof. Place a base row of shingles following the chalk lines on the felt and move upward in a pyramid shape. Use six nails per shingle to ensure maximum hold, and be sure to always nail on the tar strip. Continue working your way across and up the roof, following your initial pyramid base. If repairing a section of damaged roof, be sure you layer the existing shingles on top of the new. This will ensure a uniform and seamless look.

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Posted by on Jul 13, 2017 in Uncategorized |

Cruise VS Holiday Resort

If you’ve been abroad on a fabulous holiday abroad at a great resort or on a cruise sailing across the Mediterranean, you’ll know the absolute joy and peace time away can bring. Choosing a holiday however, can actually be stressful! Booking a holiday is now something of a difficulty given the sheer choice available now so we’ve divided it down between the two most popular holiday choices, a cruise or a holiday resort.

Holiday resorts have a distinct advantage in that they give you the choice from self-catering to all-inclusive and everything is in one place. If you’re looking to stay in one place and explore one region then a holiday resort holiday can be easier. Travelling with small children is also a consideration as after a flight the last thing most want to do is then travel even further than their destination. Are you interested in a geographic range of choices? Then a cruise is likely the best option for you as it’s practically a floating holiday resort given the sheer size of the ship and what it has to offer. Travelling across different areas of the world full board and with many activities on board you get to have your entire holiday and everything you could want right at your fingertips.

The sheer design of holiday resorts today mean that hotels and apartments are far more attractive than they used to be. Being able to have the choice of a suite versus a room on a resort can mean the difference as to whether you have a balcony or not with your room. While wrought iron railings along balconies are a feature in old hotels and country manors, most holiday resorts have upgraded themselves to glass balconies and balustrades. Unparalleled when it comes to style and chicness, glass balconies offer an uninterrupted view. Companies like capitalinteriors.co.uk offer anti-scratch glass or decorative glass designs and planners who use these on hotel or cruise ship balconies can quite clearly see the market that they are designing for.

When sailing on a cruise ships, the outdoor cabins and suites generally have balconies with sheer glass to allow for an excellent view and is strong enough to resist impact and stresses and is highly aesthetic. A lot of older hotels and resorts are complimented by the standard wrought iron railing balconies but people tend to prefer the cleaner, more modern look of glass and the structural glass offers a frame less look.

When choosing a holiday, people are attracted by the ‘packaging’ in the same way Marks and Spencer package differently to other supermarkets to be more aesthetically pleasing. Most holiday makers are looking for hotels or cruise ships that look attractive. No one wants to pay for a holiday with no decent windows or painted bright pink with purple spots. Companies online supply toughened glass and this is used and designed on things like frame less balconies to withstand the weather and the play of toddlers.

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Posted by on Jul 13, 2017 in Uncategorized |

Five Ways to Upgrade Your Home

Whether you are planning to release some money out of your home for upgrades or unlocking some of your property wealth to enjoy a cash boost, it makes sense to keep your house in the best condition you can. Regularly renovating and upgrading the home and garden can make such a difference to the value of the home and it’s a good way to invest some of your hard earned money. The higher the value of the home the greater the equity will be available to you and there are some very good ways of adding value to the property.

  • Adding a bedroom. When you carry out either a loft conversion or build a bedroom over the garage, adding a bedroom can really create value to the home. Investing in a company like jpglass.co.uk means you can ensure your windows of the new bedrooms are done professionally as well as the doors you install.
  • Build an extension. If you’re in a bungalow adding a whole floor to your home can really add some value. Obviously you have to have the right planning permission but this can be the most expensive way of adding value to your home. If it’s done well and in keeping with the rest of the property the return on your investments can be well worth it in the end.
  • Upgrading the kitchen. Usually the kitchen is the hub of the home and as it’s where you do most of your entertaining keeping it updated is important. You can get the windows and doors done through jpglass.co.uk or a similar company and that way you can add a decent percentage to the value of your home.
  • Upgrading the bathroom. Another way of adding value to your house is by bringing an outdated bathroom to life. A new suite, flooring and tiling will transform the room and adds a good bit of money to your home. You can even add in an en suite to your bedroom and this will drastically change the value of the home as a lot of families – especially new parents – appreciate what a second bathroom can add to the house.
  • Companies such as jpglass.co.uk can install conservatories to the home to be enjoyed by everyone whatever the weather. If it’s under a certain size you won’t even need planning permission and even a small conservatory can add value.

You can have a chat with your mortgage provider as well as someone independent to come out and value your property for you and they should be able to tell you whether the changes you have made have been worth it for the house. Your home can be the most important asset you own and especially when you get to retirement. Your home could be the future inheritance for your children and adding value to it now will mean something amazing for your family in the future.

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Posted by on Jun 20, 2017 in Uncategorized |

Why You Need Home Insurance

Did you know that most insurance companies now insist that you have adequate home security? Maybe your home insurance company has come through with its insurance renewal and if you are one of those who unquestioningly renew each year, throwing the paperwork into a drawer until next year, you should dig them out this weekend and check your small print. You are at risk of being rejected when it comes to making a claim – and if your home is broken into, not only will you have that to deal with but you’ll also have the bellyache of an insurance company that will not pay out.

Insurance companies up and down the country are changing policies to include the fact that you may now need to have the right locks on the windows and doors and you have to find good Purchasing burglar alarms in newcastle to get the right alarms in throughout the house. If you decide not to read new clauses or small print you are risking your home and your policy not paying out for you if you ever need it.

The trouble here is that insurance companies rarely explain policy requirements in common English and insurers are quick to use such terms to deny a burglary claim if the customer fails to double lock the front door, or put on the alarm, if these are the conditions of the policy. What you should do about security really depends on where you live and how much you are insuring. Households in low burglary areas are rarely required to have alarms as a condition of insurance. However, if you seek a high level of cover – like more than seventy five thousand pounds worth of goods – insurers often want an alarm. Insurance application forms tend to ask whether an alarm is fitted and how it’s monitored. Sometimes, householders will obtain a small discount because they have an alarm, but not always.

Make sure that whatever alarm you have installed, it’s done by a NACOSS/SSAIB approved installer but if you already have an alarm installed and your installer is no longer trading then it’s anyone’s guess as to whether they were certified. If you do not use the alarm and get burgled, well I hate to say it but not only are you inviting trouble by being lax in your vigilance, your insurer could turn down a claim. You can, as a householder, appeal this with the Financial Ombudsman Service if you feel it wasn’t made clear at the time of the policy sale or in subsequent communications.

Some insurers out there say that alarms have to be switched on at night time for all the rooms where no one is sleeping, which causes issues if you have a cat or dog as they can turn on the alarm when moving around. If your home policy requires night activation, contact your insurer and ask for the clause to be removed. There are insurers out there that don’t require the alarm to be used but just installed as they hope the existence alone is enough of a deterrent.

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