Home Improvement Guides

Protect Against Storm Damage To Your Home

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If there’s one thing which can be said about the British weather, it’s that it can be unpredictable. We never quite know what the elements are going to throw at us, and every year thousands of homeowners are caught out by flooding, high winds or extreme cold which can cause considerable damage to properties. Some…

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Power Shower Buyers Guide

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Benefits of Installing Power Showers 40 years ago, the shower was just taking off in UK bathrooms. Few of us had central heating, and the routine for most families was a nightly bath rather than a morning shower. Over the last few decades though we’ve all embraced the shower as a quicker and more efficient…

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Rogue Trader – Guide To Avoid Hiring One

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Many of us have watched in shock as television programmes reveal the frighteningly common tales of rogue traders, taking hard earned money from unassuming customers and making a swift exit through the door, never to return. Quite often, rogue traders will target older people but no one is really safe, unless you take proper precautions…

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Wall Hung Toilets – Installation and Benefits

Wall hung toilets are attached to your bathroom wall rather than the floor. Most traditional toilets are attached to the floor in bathrooms. There are some very good reasons why this sort of toilet may be your best choice if you are thinking of doing up your bathroom. Having one fitted might not be as…

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Winter Home Protection – Prepare Early

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Before we know it, the winter months will be upon us and this means keeping safe, warm and protected against the ailments. Not only is it time to invest in some warm, winter clothes and put away the summer wear for another year, it is also a time to think about preparing your home for…

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Air Bricks – Everything You Need To Know

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Air bricks are those bricks which you will often see around the base of modern buildings with holes in them. The main function of an air brick is to provide ventilation under the floor of your building, or through cavity walls. These bricks can be made from clay or iron, but most modern air bricks…

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Buying a New Kitchen Guide

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The kitchen is arguably the most important room of your house. Not only do you want the pleasure of cooking, but it is also a big selling plus when you decide to sell. So what constitutes a great kitchen and when should you invest? 1. Research the market Before you start looking for kitchens to…

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Saniflo Toilets Guide

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Saniflo toilets are now very popular in a lot of people’s homes. You’ve probably caught the adverts on television promising you can install one of these toilets in smaller spaces unsuitable for conventional sanitary ware. This is because Saniflo products work completely differently to normal toilets. This means you can have that downstairs loo you’ve…

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Winter Roofing Problems

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Winter roofing problems? Over the past couple of years the main focus around preparing your home for the winter weather has been around the risks of flooding. There’s no denying that flooding causes huge amounts of damage, but it only affects a relatively small number of households every year. Although less dramatic and often less…

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Autumn Home Maintenance Checklist

Don't forget to carry out your Autumn home maintenance tasks such as gutter cleaning

It might sound obvious, but autumn and winter are the times of year when you are most likely to experience problems with your home. Frozen pipes, leaky roofs, wind damage or heating breakdown – they can’t all be avoided completely, but if you do some simple jobs around the house before the weather starts to…

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Best Apps To Inspire Your Interior Design

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Best Apps to Inspire Your Interior Design Have you ever looked at a room or a particular space in your home and wished you knew what it would look like with a completely new look or updated furniture? Technology now gives us the opportunity to virtually redesign our interiors from scratch, giving us a better…

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Guide to Plumbing In Appliances

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Guide To Plumbing in Appliances If you’ve recently invested in a new kitchen or bathroom appliance, having it professionally plumbed in can hike up the price considerably. Often, this is a job you can take on by yourself, and with the right equipment and a little knowledge, you can save yourself a considerable sum. Plumbing…

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Preparing Your Home For Autumn

Don't forget to carry out your Autumn home maintenance tasks such as gutter cleaning

How prepared are you for autumn and winter? Most of us have already thought about putting away the summer clothing and getting the winter duvets out of the loft, but is your house as ready for a cold snap as you are? Now is the time to address those maintenance issues and little jobs around…

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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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What Makes Good Plasterers?

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Maybe you have seen a plasterer in action, whether or not you have done it before, or whether or not you have hired one before or not. Does it look easy? People may argue about that one. But professional plasterers will confirm that the best in the plastering profession really do have and employ “a range of skills”. By the same token, be sure to hire a plasterer who is right for your needs, when you go looking for one. Let us discuss plastering for what it is as a tradesperson activity.

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Tiling Environmental Green Matters

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Saving the planet is becoming an increasingly urgent task for us all, with each and every one of us having to think twice before we do anything that could potentially endanger the environment and increase the effects of global warming

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What Should You Do About Bad Roofers Roofing Jobs

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All too often home improvement jobs (including roofing), go wrong. But what should you do about it? Problems with roofing jobs can range from your house being left a bit messy right the way up disastrous consequences such as your whole roof caving in (sounds dramatic but its foesible if a roofing job is done badly), to damaged ceilings, continuous leaks, water damage if a part fitted roofing job is left open to the elements. The list of consequences as a result of a bad roofer carrying out bad roofing jobs is endless.

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What To Do About Bad Decorators

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All too often home improvement jobs (including decorating), go wrong. But what should you do about it?
Problems with decorating jobs can range from your house being left a bit messy right the way up to atrocious decorating work, damaged wallpaper which needs to be replaced, damaged furniture and floor, wallpaper not hung straight, overlapping wallpaper, gaps between wallpaper, the possibilities of bad decorating jobs are endless.

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How To Extend Your Kitchen Space

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If you are not happy with the way your kitchen looks or if it is cramped or impractical then looking to change the style and give yourself more space is a must. Knowing how to extend your kitchen in the right manner can save you money by minimising time consuming mistakes and making it less stressful. If you are ready to implement change into your kitchen, please contact a local tradesperson for advice.

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Choosing Tiles For Your Home

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There’s more to choosing the right tiles for your kitchen and bathroom than the colour or design and it can be one of the most important design decisions you make.
While you may think one tile is very much the same as the next, you’d be wrong. And matching the wrong type with the wrong space can lead to problems and frustration.

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Garden Pest Control Guide

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How to get rid of wasps Getting rid of wasps is something you need to think about carefully before diving in. It can be a dangerous job if you get it wrong so precautions are necessary. Wasps come in two main types: social and solitary. Solitary wasps do not pose much of a threat as…

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How To Get Rid Of Rats

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Rats are very dangerous to health and carry diseases such as salmonella, E-Coli, tuberculosis and foot and mouth disease. They also give a home to disease carriers like ticks and fleas. The rat population currently stands at approximately 60 million in the UK; and there are no signs of it decreasing.
It is therefore no surprise why we are so keen not to have them around. There are various ways of getting rid of rats but you will need to know a little first in order to put those methods into practice.

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Kitchen Electrics

Electrical

Every year in the UK, people are injured through faulty electrics and bad wiring. In most cases, it’s better to call in an electrician than tackle electrical DIY yourself. If you are fitting your own kitchen, here are some important points to remember when considering kitchen electrics.

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Conservatory Buying Tips

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Take you time to consider which conservatory you want. It’s a big investment and you will have to live with it for a long time. Get as many brochures as possible, speak to people who have had conservatories done recently, visit showrooms and use the internet for expert help before you buy. Only use trusted suppliers – visit Top Tradespeople for rated trades in your area.

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Buyers Guide To Window Blinds

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There are so many different types of window blinds available to suit all kinds of windows and styles, that it can be difficult to choose. Read on to discover the different types of blinds you can buy and their benefits.

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Bathroom Electrics

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We all know that water and electricity is an extremely dangerous combination, which is why the bathroom is perhaps the most important room in your home when it comes to electrical wiring and fittings. That’s why there are special regulated requirements for bathroom electrical installations.

Any electrics to be fitted in a bathroom must have a certain built-in level of mechanical and moisture protection. This is indicated on the product by an Ingress Protection or IP number. Two numbers are shown, one for the mechanical protection and one for the appliance’s resistance to moisture. The bigger the number, the better the level of protection. Items with an IP number include any lighting, extractor fans, shower pumps and heating devices.

Remember that mains sockets are not permitted in bathrooms or shower rooms, apart from shaver supply sockets. What’s more, shaver units must be placed at a safe distance from the shower or bath to avoid being in splash range. Lighting must be enclosed and are safer than pendant lights, which hang down from the ceiling. You cannot fit a wall-mounted switch in the bathroom. Instead, a ceiling pull-down cord will prevent wet hands from coming into contact the electrical switch.

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What Makes A Good Tiler

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When you are next looking for a tiler to carry out tiling jobs of any kind such as wall tiling, floor tiling, tiling repairs or simple regrouting tiles or applying a new silicone sealant seal to your shower tray, you will want to know what things to look out for when employing the services of a local tiler. What makes a good tiler?

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Hiring And Rewiring Your Kitchen

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Perhaps you have a brand new build and are thinking about getting your kitchen wired up for all those carefully thought-out appliances. On the other hand, it could just be time to take out your old wiring system and get a new one put in. Appliances these days are at a standard that some wiring fitted over 30 years ago is simply not up to the job.

You will need to have a qualified electrician to look at your system as this is not something a novice can try to do with the risks involved.

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Choosing Conservatory Blinds

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An important aspect of making your conservatory a comfortable and pleasant place to be is in choosing the right blinds. These tips will help to save you money, time and make sure that you get the right conservatory blinds for your space.

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Kitchen Appliances – Our Top 5

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Everyone knows the importance of having great kitchen appliances. Whether it is for practicality, being contemporary, or just for show, your choice of kitchen appliances can be the difference between a five-star culinary masterpiece, or a dingy, backroom that nobody wants to eat in. In this article, you will see some of the best, must-have gadgets of the cookery world.

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Buying Air Conditioning Units

There are numerous types of air conditioning unit available which can leave you feeling a little overwhelmed if, like many of us in the UK, you are not familiar with methods of coping with the heat.

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