Hiring Skip Companies Guide

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Hiring A Skip Company Hiring a skip company. There are many reasons why you might need to hire a skip, including domestic reasons such as disposing of waste from moving home, decorating or gardening, or simply just to give your home a good clear out. If the waste is substantial enough that it won’t fit…

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Hiring Scaffolding Companies Guide

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There are many reasons why you may need to hire a scaffolding company, including making alternations to the home, such as extending or converting areas. You may also need one if there is any work required in the home, such as with the roof or the window. Any exterior alterations may also require the services of a scaffolding company. Commercial companies may also require the use of scaffolding companies for alterations in or around the building. There are many companies like this around, so it is important to make the right choice. When considering hiring scaffolding companies, you should take the following into consideration.

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Options when you are not allowed to install double glazing

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For the majority of homeowners in the UK, there are no restrictions on them changing whatever windows they have at present for double or even triple glazed units. However, for a minority of people who own a listed building, or who live in a conservation area, there are strict rules about what they can do to their homes, both internally and externally. These homeowners want to save money on their energy bills just like the rest of us, and they have several options when it comes to their windows

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Is Triple Glazing Better Than Double Glazing?

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It seems common sense that if double glazing is better than single glazing, then triple glazing is better still. In other parts of the world, triple glazing is sold as standard, although it tends to be most popular in countries like Scandinavia or Canada where it gets a lot colder through the winter. If you are thinking about replacing your windows, is triple glazing really better than double?

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Hardwood or uPVC Conservatory – What’s Better?

When it comes to choosing a material for your conservatory, the only two options are uPVC or wood. Even if you have low brick walls making up part of your conservatory, you will still have to choose between these two materials for the frames surrounding the windows or the roof panels. For some people the choice will be instinctive and they know immediately what they want, but each material has advantages and drawbacks, and it is important to consider these before committing your money one way or the other.

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Difference Between Victorian and Edwardian Conservatory

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If you are thinking about adding a conservatory to your home, one of the first things you will have to decide is what style of conservatory to go for. Sometimes the choice will be constrained by the space you have available or your budget, but if you have a wide range of options to choose from, the decision can be bewildering. By far the most popular styles of conservatory in the UK are Edwardian or Victorian, so understanding the basic differences between those two key types might make the decision easier.

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Installing A Walk In Shower In Your Bathroom

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In the last few decades we have completely embraced the shower here in the UK, with the percentage of homes with a shower increasing from 20% in the early 1970s to 85% or more today. Showers don’t take up as much room as a bath and save water too, but installing a shower doesn’t have to mean a small shower tray stuck in the corner of the bathroom. For a really luxurious and contemporary look, think about having a walk-in shower fitted.

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Lighting Ideas For Bathrooms

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Good lighting in the bathroom is so important, but it’s something we often neglect when it comes to giving the bathroom a makeover. Many homes just have a single ceiling light in the bathroom, or even worse, a fluorescent strip light which doesn’t give off enough light to see properly when you’re doing your make-up or brushing your teeth. Increasing the light level doesn’t just mean sticking a more powerful bulb in the socket, as these days there are lots of very clever and innovative lighting solutions.

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Installing A Heated Towel Rail In Your Bathroom

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Getting the design of a bathroom right can be very tricky. Most of the problems come from the fact that the location of the sink, bath and loo are pretty much fixed, unless you want to go through costly and disruptive plumbing work. Freeing up some of the wall space can make the way in which you use your space more flexible, and one of the best ways of doing this is be replacing a bulky radiator with a heated towel rail.

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Can I Use Laminate Floor In The Bathroom

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We’re rapidly transforming from a nation of carpet lovers to a nation where hard floors are king. Sales of carpet have fallen 24% in the last decade, and have been in decline since IKEA first hit the UK retail parks in the late 1980s. Carpet used to be the default choice for a bathroom, now it seems outdated and unhygienic. Laminate might appear to be the obvious choice, but are all laminates suitable for using in a bathroom? You may be thinking can I use laminate floor in the bathroom.

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Bathroom Ventilation

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If you are experiencing problems with damp, mould, condensation and mildew in your bathroom, then the chances are that poor ventilation is to blame. A build-up of steam and damp air in the room is the perfect breeding ground for mould and fungus, and these can cause health problems as well as looking dirty and unattractive. There are several ways of increasing ventilation in your bathroom, and it needn’t cost a fortune either.

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Family Bathroom or Trendy Wetroom?

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If you’re thinking of modernising your bathroom, then one of the first things to consider is whether you want to keep the layout traditional, or go for a more up to date feel. Wetrooms have been all over the pages of the glossy home interiors magazines for years and have many benefits when compared to bathrooms. But is the expense of creating a wetroom in your home worth it?

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Bidets – Installing A Bidet In Your Bathroom

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Here in the UK, you’d be hard pushed to find a modern bathroom which is built with a bidet. Only 5% of UK homes have a bidet, unlike Italian homes where over 97% have a bidet fitted. There are lots of good reasons why you should think about installing a bathroom in the family bathroom, and getting one fitted isn’t as expensive as you might think.

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Bathrooms and Energy Efficiency

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The annual water bill in the UK is now over £400, and that’s just for the cold water we use. When we add in the electricity or gas we use to heat water for baths and showers, the annual cost of water is many times more. Everyone knows the simple ways of saving water such as not leaving the tap running when brushing teeth, but there are several other tips and gadgets which can help you save water – and save money too.

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Dealing With Emergency Bathroom Repairs

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Apart from a house fire, water and flooding does more damage to our properties than almost any other event. Even a relatively minor incident such as a tap left running and overflowing basin can cause thousands of pounds of damage, so it’s important to know where to go in an emergency so that you can get someone in to sort the problem as soon as possible and minimise damage.

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Vinyl Flooring Guide

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When it comes to cost-effective and practical options for flooring in your bathroom, vinyl is hard to beat. Vinyl flooring ticks all the boxes for hygiene, durability and practicality, and modern vinyl products are miles away from the inflexible and cold flooring we might remember from our childhood. Replacing a vinyl floor is a quick and inexpensive way of updating the look in your kitchen or bathroom, but what should you be looking for and how much should you expect to pay?

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Can I Install My New Bathroom Myself?

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As a nation, we’ve never had such an appetite for DIY. We devour home improvement and building programmes on television, and every Bank Holiday weekend the DIY shops are full to bursting with people buying paint or new bathroom tiles. Most of us are confident that we can tackle the small DIY jobs around the house such as putting up shelves or decorating the spare bedroom. But what about larger projects like replacing a bathroom suite and you’re contemplating “Can I install my new bathroom myself”?

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Bathroom Adaptations

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Families come in all shapes and sizes, and it’s more common than ever before to have three generations all living together in the same house. The traditional bathroom set up isn’t always ideal for elderly people or small children, and people with disabilities have additional problems trying to use standard showers and baths. There is a whole range of different bathroom adaptations which can be done to accommodate different needs, from adding a couple of grab rails to fitting the whole place out as a wet room.

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Bathroom Alternative To Tiles

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Most UK homes have tiles in the bathroom, and they are a practical and efficient way of keeping the water away from your walls. Over time though tile can crack or the grout can get dirty, and replacing tiles is a fairly major job. In recent years there have been many developments with new products on the market which provide a great bathroom alternative to tiles, and are not necessarily and more expensive.

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Bathroom Trends

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If it’s been a while since you injected a bit of style into your bathroom, bring it instantly up to date with some of the hottest new trends in bathrooms on the market.

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Bathroom Renovation Trends

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Having a stunning new bathroom will not only make your home a pleasure to live in, it can add substantially to the value of your house too. If you’re considering renovating your bathroom, then think about some of the major renovation trends and see if you can adapt them for use in your house.

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Bathroom Fitters Prices Across The UK

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Fitting a new bathroom is a fairly major job, and although some keen DIY enthusiasts are happy to take on such a large project, most of us get the professionals in to do the job for us. Setting a budget for the overall project is difficult if you have no idea how much you should expect to pay for someone to fit your bathroom for you, and the factors which will affect the overall price.

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Bathroom Mirror Styles

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Even if you only use it for making sure you’re cleaning your teeth properly every morning and evening, a bathroom mirror is an essential part of the daily routine. There are lots of different options for bathroom mirrors, and some rules and regulations which you have to be aware of when buying and fitting them.

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Bathroom Sink Styles

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Changing your bathroom sink can make a huge difference to the appearance of your bathroom and is a relatively cheap way of updating your bathroom’s style. There is a huge range of different sinks on the market, and the style which you choose will depend on budget, and the look you are trying to achieve

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Wetrooms

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If you are thinking about doing up your bathroom, or building a new extension with a bathroom in it, then a wetroom can be a great choice. A wetroom differs from a bathroom in that it is fully waterproofed, making the whole room function like a shower enclosure.

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Popular Bathroom Designs

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We have all become more conservative when it comes to bathrooms in recent years. Gone are the days of the paisley patterned wallpaper and brightly coloured suites. Just take a look in the aisles of any bathroom retailer and you’ll be faced with acres of white bathroom suites and white or beige accessories. Finding your own style can therefore be a bit difficult, but if you take time to look at what other people are doing in their bathrooms you could pick up some valuable pointers.

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Bathroom Building Regulations Guide

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Many homeowners think that as long as they are not making changes to the outside of their home that they don’t have to inform the Council about work which is being carried out, but this is not the case. Although planning permission will not be needed unless you are building your bathroom in a new extension, Building Control may have to be involved, depending on what you are doing. Here’s our simple bathroom building regulations guide. Always remember, of course, to keep in touch with your local authority building control office at all times throughout the course of your bathroom refurbishments.

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Bathroom Design Ideas

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Gone are the days when the only choices for your bathroom was a boring white bathroom suite and plain tiles on the walls. You only have to walk down the aisles of a bathroom showroom to see the range of products and styles on the market. With such a wide choice it can be hard to know what will work in your home, but here are a few bathroom design ideas to get you started.

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How To Create An Extra Bathroom

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You can never have too many bathrooms, and 80% of buyers put the number of bathrooms right at the top of the list when it comes to choosing a new home. If you have a growing family putting pressure on your bathroom, or just a partner who takes hours over brushing their teeth in the morning, then adding another bathroom to your home could make life far more pleasant and boost your property’s value as well. Here’s our simple guide on how to create and design an extra bathroom for your home.

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How Can I Make My Roof Greener

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According to the experts, almost 40% of all the heat in our homes escapes up through the roof. Most of us have already taken steps to insulate loft space, and this certainly helps. Having any sort of roofing or building work done at home has an impact on the environment, but for those who are interested in not just reducing their fuel bills but in being more environmentally friendly as a whole, there are lots of green options for your roof.

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Cowboy Roofers – How Do I Know My Roofer Is Not A Cowboy?

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Unlike smaller jobs around the house which may need done every couple of years, replacing a roof or having it repaired is something most of us do once in a blue moon. This means we just don’t have the chance to build up the relationship with local tradespeople that we do when we are looking for a painter or decorator. Most of don’t know anything about roofing either, so it’s perhaps no great surprise that in the past the roofing industry has attracted more “cowboys” than other sectors of the building market. There are however a few simple steps which will help ensure that you’ve got one of the good guys on your roof rather than someone who wants to rip you off.

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Roofing Styles

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If you’ve never put much thought into it, you’d be forgiven for thinking that a roof in Aberdeen is pretty much the same as a roof in London or Cardiff. However there are significant differences between the sorts of roofs which are most common across the UK and this can be very important when it comes to putting a new roof on your home and choosing the best roofer to do the job.

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Installing Roof Windows – Options

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The benefits of having lots of natural light in your home are well known. Daylight flooding into a room makes it brighter, more cheerful and is something many buyers are looking for when they view a property. Sometimes, especially if you live in a very built-up area with lots of properties around you, it can be difficult to get enough natural light in through the windows. One of the best ways of getting light into your home is by installing roof windows and skylights and modern production techniques means this sort of window can be used whatever the type of roof.

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Roofs Planning Permission And Building Control

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There’s a great deal of confusion about what you can and cannot do with your home without informing the local Council or getting their permission. The situation is complicated further by local variations to the rules depending on where you live in the country, and often the best people for being in the know about the local situation is your local roofing contractor. There are though some basic rules which apply across the country.

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Roofing Tips To Keep Roofs In Good Condition

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Roof repairs can be expensive compared with other jobs around the house, so looking after your roof can pay dividends in the long run. Here are a few top tips for looking after your roof, finding the best contractors in your area and minimising expense.

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Lead Flashing Alternatives For Roofs

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Flashing is the name given to the material which roofers use to seal the gap between the surface of the roof and the upright wall. Effective flashing is very important as joins and junctions are some of the most common places for leaks to occur. Traditionally in the UK we have used lead for our flashing, but times are changing and new, equally effective products have come onto the market. Alternatives to lead flashing were originally designed for commercial buildings, or buildings such as churches which often suffered from thefts of their valuable lead flashing. However an increasing number of homeowners are choosing alternatives for their lead flashing too.

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Common Winter Boiler Problems

It’s hardly surprising that winter is the time of year when your boiler is working at its hardest, and as such it’s the time of year that it’s most likely to develop a fault or suffer a breakdown. It’s a very worrying situation, as your source of heating and hot water has just packed in during a cold spell and boiler repairs can often cost a small fortune.

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Orangeries – Buyers Guide

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Lots of people are hearing about orangeries at the moment, and while they might have a vague idea about an orangery being a type of conservatory, they probably don’t know much more about this increasingly popular type of extension.
The term has been adopted recently to describe a wide range of brick and glazed structures used to extend the living space in a house. The modern-day orangeries are very different from the first examples, which proliferated in the 17th century, and this is one of the reasons that people are wondering exactly what they are.

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