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  • The Different Types of Flooring for Your Home

    There are many different types of flooring that can be used around the home and making the right choice for each room can be difficult. In this article we take a look at a range of the most popular types of house flooring available today to help you select the best option for each room. But first let’s take a look at what might influence your final decision.   How to choose the right flooring for your rooms Every house, family, lifestyle and budget are different – that’s part of the fun! With that in mind, it isn’t really possible to give a clear comparison of the pros and cons of various flooring types applicable to everyone’s situation. But here are some of the criteria to keep in mind: What furniture and fittings are in the room. Whether the room will be heavily trafficked or hardly used. What the base will be below the flooring. Whether the room opens to the outside...

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  • How to Choose A Paint Colour Scheme for Your Bedroom

    If you're wondering how to choose a colour scheme for your bedroom then don't worry - you're definitely not alone! Painting a bedroom is no easy task – from moving furniture, preparing surfaces, filling holes, masking up fixtures, protecting carpets, not to mention cleaning up afterwards – so make sure it is worth your while by picking a paint colour you love. This post will help you do just that by running through some of the factors that can be taken into account next time you need to choose a bedroom paint colour scheme.   Choose which walls and ceiling Firstly, make sure you’re clear about which walls you need painting and whether or not you’ll do the ceiling too. You don’t need to paint them all the same colour – it is quite common for bedrooms to have a feature wall that is a different colour to the rest of the room and people also often paint the ceiling a...

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  • Laying Laminate Flooring Yourself, A detailed step-by-step guide

    Laminate floor boards are a great and simple option for your new flooring because it is easily accessible and can be fitted yourself - only after you have read this article of course. Laminate can also be hard wearing because it has a strong surface. That makes it very scratch resistant and in turn an extremely popular choice.   Types of underlay vs type of floor The best option is to remove all floor coverings that are currently in the room where you want to lay your laminate. Also note that you can’t lay it on carpet or on top of vinyl. Choosing your underlay is also an important option because the Underlay needed will depend on type of room and your preferences in terms of warmth, sound reduction and therefore your budget too. Read our article to find out more about the type of underlay you need: What is the best underlay for laminate flooring or engineered wood floor? Now...

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  • How to level a concrete floor Before laying your carpet or laminate

    If you’re laying new carpet or laminate and your concrete subfloor surface is uneven, it’s worth taking the time out to level out any of the marks, scuffs or even dips and imperfections. The best product to use for levelling a concrete floor is a Floor levelling compound. That’s because it will help you to achieve a smooth and even surface. It’s fairly easy to do when you use the right tools and equipment. That’s where this guide come in. We are going to show you exactly how to level out your concrete floor ready for laying your new underlay and carpet or laminate and wood flooring. We also give you tips on preparing the area and how long you need to wait before using the area for walking on or placing the furniture. Not sure which underlay you need either? Don’t worry. We have you covered on underlay too - simply head over to our Best Underlay FAQ’s page or our product...

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  • How to Fit New Carpet In Your Home - Step-by-Step

    If you take on the challenge to fit carpet yourself for the first time, it’s important you have a full understanding of the tools needed, the tasks required and any potential pitfalls. This article gives a clear overview of the requirements when laying your own carpet. Let’s dive right in. Here’s another recommended article that will help you with the planning How to measure carpet for stairs and landing Here are the essential steps you need to take to get the job done - click the links to go straight to each section   Carpet Laying Tools Needed How to remove your old carpet how to remove your old underlay How to lay the grippers How to lay your underlay How to fit your carpet (on Concrete or Wood)     Carpet Laying Tools Needed Carpet Fitting Kit Knee pads Broom Heavy duty gloves 8mm thick timber Hammer Gripper Adhesive (if nails don’t go into...

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  • How to Remove & Prepare Laminate Flooring - Tips & Advice

    If you're thinking of laying  laminate flooring yourself, a bit of planning will go a long way. For example, where do you want it to go - which room(s)? Do you want the room to look wider or longer? Will you have a floating, glued or nailed floor? In this post, we will address the key questions related to planning, removing, buying and fitting your laminate flooring. We also give advice on which laminate underlay you will need. But first, here's how to plan the look of your floor in different rooms.   Laying Laminate in the kitchen or lounge There are things to be aware of when laying laminate in the kitchen. Firstly, do you use the kitchen as an in-out room to the garden - i.e. is your back door leading straight into the kitchen? If that's the case, then you probably want to choose a dark coloured floor. That way, you won't see all the marks as the family are traipsing dirt in...

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  • How much should underlay actually cost?

    If you’re unsure about how much you should be paying for your underlay, then you’re in the right place. In this article, we are giving you both an overview and more detailed insights into how much you should expect to be paying for underlay. That way, you can make a better decision as to which product to purchase. We will address subjects such as Cost per square metre Delivery costs Good Underlay - is it worth it? Specific Brand Comparisons We also have a specially designed room calculator on each product page that will help you work out the total square meter of your rooms   Underlay Cost Per square meter Underlay per square meter should cost you between £3 and £8 per square meter, including delivery. The actual price per square metre depends on a number of variables, but you should expect to see prices per square meter of underlay that range between £3 and...

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  • How to choose the best Engineered Wood Flooring - How much does it cost to install

    When you’re decorating or renovating your home with wood floor, choosing the right products is a huge decision. With so many options on the market and thoughts on ‘what’s fashionable’ evolving all the time. How do you make the correct choice yourself? That’s where this article comes in. It’s super important that you read this before making your big decisions. This article will take you through the detailed insights when choosing engineered wood flooring. First, we look at what it is and how it compares to laminate. Then we take a dive into the potential costs and available materials/finishes. As well as showing you how your decision can impact the resale value of your home. Third, we explain the important decisions about when engineered wood flooring should and shouldn’t be used. At the end, we give you a few tips on fitting the same style of product in all your rooms and...

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  • Which Carpet Backing is best? And does it really matter?

    Carpet Backing is one of those things that can cost a lot of money, but once the it is down - you won't even see it. So is it worth being picky over which backing to choose and use? This article will take a detailed look at the different types of carpet backing and help you decide which backing really is best for your floors. The first question is... Does Carpet Backing Matter? If you're going looking for new carpet in the choosing carpet in the stores, then this is a very important question to know the answer. That's because we've witnessed salesmen trying to put the price up based on the backing and therefore make it sound like that's what you should be interested in. In reality, most carpets will do the job of making your carpet look good in your home. Captain Carpet claims that the backing is guaranteed to be fine 99% of the time, but there's a couple of things to be aware of....

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  • Best Underlay for Concrete with Laminate or Carpet

    When you think of a concrete subfloor, your first thought might be that it’s going to feel cold and hard. So you immediately want to buy a thick, insulating underlay but that’s not always the best type of product to go for. There are more factors to consider that make buying the best underlay for concrete a little bit more complicated. As well as potentially being cold and hard, concrete subfloors can also cause moisture which can be problematic for certain types of flooring. In this blog post we’re going to talk through a number of scenarios which include: laminate, carpet and underfloor heating so you can find the best underlay to suit your needs. We are also going to explain how to check and prep a concrete subfloor ready for new flooring. Laminate Underlay for Concrete with Moisture Barrier Carpet Underlay for Concrete Subfloor Underlay for Concrete Subfloor with Underfloor...

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  • How to Choose Carpet: type, material, style, room and underlay

    Choosing a carpet isn’t easy, after all it’s a big investment that’s hopefully going to last years. You want to make sure that you get it right, which is why we’ve written this useful Guide to Carpets. Not only will we cover the different types, materials and styles but also which carpet is right for which room too. We will end the post by explaining the different types of carpet underlay which will ensure you get the most out of your new investment.   A guide to carpet types, materials, colours and style Types of Carpet Carpet Materials Styles of Carpet How to Choose Carpet by Room Best Carpet for Stairs, Hallway and Landing Best Carpet for Bedroom Best Carpet for Lounge How to Choose Carpet Underlay Best Carpet Underlay for Stairs, Hallway and Landing Best Carpet Underlay for Bedroom Best Carpet Underlay for Lounge Best Carpet Underlay for the Whole House...

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  • How to Choose Laminate Flooring: style, type, thickness, colour, underlay

    Laminate was originally designed as a cheaper alternative to wood but as technology develops, the benefits go beyond price. As well as looking extremely lifelike, laminate is also very durable, easy to maintain and it’s also straightforward to install. But as laminate has grown in popularity – so has the number of options available. Laminate can mimic almost any type of wood as well as concrete, tiles and even marble. This, along with the practical factors such as thickness, durability and method of installation, can make choosing laminate flooring difficult. A Guide to Laminate Flooring and Underlay To help make the decision process a little easier, we've put together this useful guide to laminate flooring that will cover type, style, thickness, colour and finally, underlay. Types of Laminate Flooring Construction of Laminate Flooring Explained How to Choose Laminate Flooring...

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  • How to Keep Heating Costs Down in Winter

    The cold is beginning to seep into our homes and as the Christmas decorations go up, so do the heating bills. People are always trying to come up with ways of retaining heat to keep their homes cosy and the cost of heating bills down. Some of these methods have been proven to work, so here we’ve compiled what we think are the best ways to keep your property warm this winter – without cranking the thermostat!   Make your radiators more efficient Starting with our craftiest suggestion, cover a sheet of card in tin foil and place it behind your radiator. Once your DIY reflector has been correctly placed, it will effectively return the heat emanating from the back of the radiator into the room. If you don’t feel confident in your abilities, you can purchase foil insultation which can be used instead. Make your own draught excluders too. If you’ve already been wrapping foam...

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  • Hidden Costs of Buying a House in the UK - Every First-Time Buyer Should Watch Out For

    As consumers we have grown ever more cynical. Everything from air travel to pet insurance incurs a hidden fee, and we now almost expect it. Yet when it comes to buying a house, there are a whole host of other unexpected costs. Purchasing a new home presents an abundance of disguised fees – and that’s not including the ones that catch buyers in the early stages! Stamp duty, valuation fees and estate agent fees are all hidden costs of buying a home that are discovered early on and can be prepared for with savings. But what really trips up first-time homeowners is often the expense of running a property – the bills that no one budgets for once they’ve moved in. Let’s explore them.   Hidden Costs of Essential maintenance work To a certain extent, unnecessary maintenance work can be avoided. Provided that the survey conducted at the buying stage picks up on any leaks or...

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