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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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  • 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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  • How to Add Value to Your Rental Property - Quick Fixes for your Buy-to-Let

                      Owning a Buy-to-Let (BTL) property doesn’t always provide you with the instant ‘armchair landlord’ lifestyle you’d hoped for. A number of things can be a barrier, including that seemingly never-ending period when tenants are moving out. A way around this is to ensure your property is the very best that it can be, so that existing tenants will want to stay as long as possible – and you’ll experience no difficulty attracting new ones. Here we will go through a few quick fixes that will add value to your Buy to Let property: Increase storage to keep tenants happy If your property is essentially a few empty rooms, your tenants may find themselves outgrowing the space, and the idea of purchasing storage items can be off-putting to potential residents too. One idea is to place multi-functional storage units in the...

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  • Renovating a Period Home - 4 Steps To Success

    A well-restored period home is a marvel to look at. The work that goes into the restoration of certain structural elements can really drive the value of the home up, far outweighing the house renovation costs. And the properties themselves present a ready-made canvas for those that are new to development to learn their trade. However, there’s a certain expectation when working on a period home. Aside from the legal implications of altering a listed property, the home must look a certain way in order to be considered a satisfactory restoration. With this in mind, we’ve provided the four steps to your own successful renovation project.   Invest time in surveying the property If your property is listed that means it is legally protected against unauthorised modifications. Therefore it falls down to you, in the early stages of surveying the building, to research its history and...

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  • 5 Brilliant Ways To Reinvent Your Spare Room

      Peace and quiet isn’t the only thing you gain when your children finally leave home – you’ve got a spare room too. It’s very easy for it to become a dumping ground or a ‘junk room’ but why not transform it into a room you love instead? If you’re looking for some inspiration, we’ve got plenty of spare room ideas to share with you. Turn your spare room into a home office Perhaps the most obvious thing to do with your spare room is turn it into a home office. At the moment, your computer might be in the corner of the dining room or maybe you find yourself working on your laptop from the sofa instead. Even if you don’t work from home regularly, having a dedicated space where you can do ‘life admin’ and store your important files and documents can make a huge difference. The Decoist have written a fantastic article on how to create a healthy and relaxing home...

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  • Best type and style of carpet for hallway, stairs and bedroom

    Choosing carpet for the stairs in your home is a tricky task: as well as the normal choices like colour, thickness and design, there are plenty of other factors you'll need to take into consideration. Here are all the things you'll need to think about when making your choice - and some suggestions for the carpet types that work best. 1. Stairs are high traffic areas In most homes, the stairs - along with hallways - are an area that sees the most traffic. It's not just that they're used regularly: the impact of feet on a staircase is generally heavier than on regular carpeted floors, thanks to gravity when we're descending. For this reason, you'll need to choose carpets of a material that's highly durable and designed to last: the carpet you choose for your bedroom will not last nearly as long on a stairwell. It may also be worth buying extra carpet at the time, to ensure that you can...

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  • Do you need underlay for Artificial Grass

    Is artificial grass worth trying? Why not try new artificial grass, no more lawn cutting, no more sad looking lawns. The lawn comes with a 9 year guarantee and is available 4 meters wide. It can be used in any of these locations: Gardens, Swimming pool surrounds, Patios and verandas, Balconies, Greenhouses, Terraces and roof gardens, Lounges, Houseboats and yachts and Caravans and mobile homes. Benefits Quick and Easy Installation, with a natural appearance, UV-resistant and extremely durable. So you can have a lush green garden all year round which feels like natural grass with minimal maintenance and withstands all weather conditions. We do recommend you call a professional to carry out the installation of the artificial grass, however understanding that you may wish to take on the project yourself, hope you find the following guidelines helpful. Before You Start When determining...

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