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Popular Internal Door Types

By Garry / February 18, 2020 / 0 Comments

Internal doors are an integral aspect of most homes. Not only can their style affect the entire look of your home but they act as a partition between living areas offering not only privacy but noise protection between individual rooms.


Internal doors are available in a range of materials such as metallic, wood glass or MDF. They also come in a range of styles such as French doors, Bi-fold or contemporary ones. In this article, we are going to look at some of the more popular internal doors available.

1 Internal Contemporary Doors:

Internal Contemporary Doors come in a range of styles here are some examples:

A. White doors are minimalistic and sophisticated. They are elegant with a unique style and won’t break the bank.

Contemporary white internal door.

B. Oak doors are strong, light and durable. Glazed versions of these doors come with toughened safety glass.

C. Walnut doors are essentially a warmer or darker version of oak doors. They can be glazed or unglazed and unfinished or prefinished.

2. Flush Doors:

Flush doors have the simplest of designs. They feature a smooth back and front, with a sleek, contemporary look which can be seamlessly integrated into any home. They have no panels or patterns but offer strength, durability and proofing options.

3. Double Doors:

Double doors come in a wide range of styles with various glazing options and finishes. French doors and sliding barn doors come under this category.

They come in a range of materials such as solid oak, walnut, PVC, white framed and pre-finished doors.

4. Panel Doors:

These are one of the most common types of internal doors. Their simple design mixes well with almost any interior style. These doors can be glazed or unglazed and each door has between two and 12 panels on it.

5. Glazed Doors

Glazed doors come in a range of options. Allowing you to select from frosted or clear panes with single, double or triple glazed versions. The glazing can also be frosted allowing extra privacy.

6. French Doors:

Internal French Doors are a popular option for closet doors. They open wide outward providing a great closet view and adding a classic touch to your room.

7. Sliding Doors:

Sliding doors work better where space is limited. They come in two main styles:

A. The Typical Sliding Door. These are modern, clean-lined and have no patterns or intricate designs.

B. Internal Barn Doors. These doors come with some hardware which is typically hung above the doorway allowing them to slide in and out.

8. Pivot Doors:

Pivot doors have a great contemporary look and save valuable floor space. The hinges are placed at the top and bottom of the frame allowing the door to pivot open within the frame. These doors do require some special knowledge to install.

9. Pocket Doors:

These doors come in compact sizes and are perfect for homeowners without much space. The doors actually slide into the wall and hence use no floor space at all. These doors also require a certain level of skill to fit.

10. Accordion Doors:

These doors lend themselves well to dividing larger floor spaces. They comprise of multiple panels which become stuffed together at one end when the door is opened.

There are more types of internal door and if the type you are interested in is not listed here and you are in the Surrey area and would like a quote or have further questions regarding internal doors please click here.

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Concrete Fence Posts, Timber Fence Posts & Concrete Spurs

By Garry / February 18, 2020 / 0 Comments

When it comes to aesthetics timber posts produce a much more natural look than concrete spurs. It is relatively easy to match them to your fence panels and create a wooden perimeter that looks consistent. They blend in better with trees, vegetation and decking and can have an ornate timber fence cap added.

Wooden Fence Panels

However, concrete is an incredibly durable building material requiring minimal levels of maintenance. Concrete spurs last for around 25 years compared to 10 to 15 years for treated spruce. If untreated the spruce may need replacing in under 5 years. Once they begin to rot they also start to pose a safety risk if not replaced soon. Concrete, however, is not immune to damage over time. Wind and rain will cause concrete posts to crack and chip. Eventually, this process will expose the interior wire which will rust and weaken the structure eventually causing its own health and safety issues.

Once concrete fence posts are installed they require no treatment and only minimal upkeep for their entire lifespan. The biggest challenge with concrete posts is to make sure that water doesn’t get into the foundations of the posts as freezing water can expand and over time loosen the fence post. Timber fence posts will require treating every 1 or 2 years depending on the timber. However, it should be noted that concrete posts are almost always supporting wooden fence panels which will need treating regularly anyway and you can just include timber post treatment in your usual panel maintenance.

Due to concretes weight installing a concrete fence post or panel will generally require more than one person to fit. Timber is much lighter and it is often possible to be installed by just one person depending on the type of wood used and the size of the post.

Concrete Fence Posts

There is a potential security risk when installing concrete fence posts with timber fence panels. Potentially intruders could compromise the fence barrier merely by sliding the fencing panel out of position. Timber fence panels can be screwed directly to the timber posts once installed. Timber fence caps can also add an additional element of security as the caps would also need to be removed to move the fence panel. Fixed timber fence posts and panels also provide the additional benefit of not rattling in the wind.

Concrete posts are slightly more expensive than timber. However, when you factor in the cost of treatment, maintenance and their shorter lifespan the long term savings in concrete often make them cheaper over the life of the fence.

Concrete spurs provide an economical alternative to replacing wooden fence posts that have rotted away at ground level. They are also suitable for use with new timber posts, concrete spurs enhance the life of the post. To install concrete spurs you must dig a hole next to the post for the spur, bolt the spur to the post and secure it by filling the hole with cement. They are resistant to moisture and rust, the post will reinforce the fence for a long period. Spurs are considerably cheaper than new posts and can make ageing or wind damaged fences a whole new lease of life.

Concrete Spurs

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Flat Pack Assembly Services

By Garry / February 18, 2020 / 0 Comments

Assembling flat-pack furniture can often be a stressful event. Not only can it require a lot of lifting and bending. The instructions are often inadequate and many of the parts can look the same. If you are not proficient in assembling flat pack furniture you can often find yourself installing the wrong part in the wrong place or the wrong way up. If you are looking to save time and ensure a solid, reliable and hassle-free build maybe you should consider a handyman flat pack assembly service.

Flat-Pack Furniture

Using a handyman to assemble your flat-pack furniture removes the need for you to supply any tools. Surrey No. 1 Handyman specialises in self assemble furniture from Amazon, Argos, Asda, Aspace, Benson for Beds, B&Q, Dwell, Feather and Black, Futon Company, Homebase, Ikea, John Lewis, Made, Mamas & Papas, Next, PinToys, The Costwold Company, The Range, Tesco, Wayfair, Wickes and many more: just get in touch with the details and any flatpack items can be assembled. With considerable experience of working with wooden furniture products. They include a number of professional carpenters and cabinet makers giving you peace of mind that your flatpack purchase will be assembled quickly, efficiently and at a time to suit you. Our team of flatpack specialists are carefully selected for their experience and mature approach to their work. Our team pride themselves on being punctual, well-presented, reliable and thoroughly professional.

Examples of indoor flat pack assembled furniture include:

Wardrobes
Chest of drawers
Book Cases
Beds
Cabinets
Tables
Chairs
Storage Units
Coffee Tables
Office Desks / Chairs
TV Stands
Dressing Tables
Children’s Cribs / Cots
Children / Toddlers beds

Examples of outdoor flat-pack furniture include:

Outdoor tables
Barbeques
Hammock
Gazebos
Garden Storage
Deck Chairs
Loungers
Trampolines
Climbing Frames
Swings
Playhouse / Wendyhouses
Activity Centers
Slides
Loungers

“If it comes in a box we build it!” So even if you can’t see your item listed above just ask us for a quote. We even assemble sheds. So if you are based in the Surrey area and would like a quote or have further questions regarding flat pack furniture assembly please click here.

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Choosing The Perfect Roof Window For Your Home

By Garry / January 23, 2020 / 0 Comments

Maybe you are converting a loft or building an extension. Either way, roof windows provide an amazing way of allowing natural light into areas where standard windows don’t reach or cannot be installed. With roof windows, you can transform dark areas into fantastic liveable spaces that will almost certainly increase the value of your home.

Centre Pivot Roof Windows

Centre Pivot Roof Window

There are various types of roof window design and a very popular one is the centre-pivot roof window. This is because they are one of the cheapest ways to install a window. They are opened by either the top or bottom of the sash and as they pivot in the middle half of the windows enters the house whilst the other half pivots outside.

Top Hung Windows

Top Hung Window

With top hung windows, the pivot is placed at the top of the window. As the window opens outward no part of the sash ever enters the room. This type of windows is usually installed at eye level and allows people to enjoy the view from their loft conversion. This type of windows maximises light coming into the room, they block out the rain more effectively than centre pivot windows and can be rotated in the middle for safer and easier cleaning.

Side Hung Windows

Side Hung Window

Side hung windows open outwardly just like top hung windows. They are attached by a pivot on either the left or right. Side hung windows give you a great view of the outside world, perfect for a room with a view.

Glazing options

Double glazing is probably the most popular choice when it comes to roof windows although there are a range of other options that you can choose from. If you live in a noisy urban area you might want to consider installing noise reduction glazing. This has specially laminated layers of glass which also makes it much harder to break. In the event that for any reason your window is broken the laminated layers will help prevent glass from falling into your house.

If your roof window is fitted into a bedroom or bathroom you may also wish to consider installing opaque glazing for additional privacy. There is also enhanced security glazing which prevents glass removal via a reinforced lock and hinge system. This type of glass is particularly suitable for ground floor extensions.

During the winter poor glazing can cause a lot of heat to escape from your home. By using triple glazing you can keep your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer. They also reduce condensation and prevent noise.

Frame Materials

Window frames with a timber core allow you to paint your windows to the colour of your choice. White polyurethane frames also have a wooden core, however, they are protected by a white polyurethane (PU frames) finish making them moisture resistant and suitable for kitchens and bathrooms.

White uPVC frames have no timber core making them easier to clean and maintain. They provide great insulation, durability and strength. They also represent great value for money.

Lacquered pine frames are also available for your roof windows. These have a warm look that suits traditionally decorated loft bedrooms well.

If you are based in the Surrey area and would like a quote or have further questions regarding roof windows please click here.

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Choosing Your Fencing

By Garry / January 23, 2020 / 0 Comments

Choosing Your Garden Fence

Your choice of fencing can dramatically affect the look of your garden. It is often one of its main features. Not only does it demark your properties boundaries, maintain your privacy, but it also makes a difference in helping your plants and bushes stand out. Those of you who have pets or young children may have to take this into account when choosing what type of fence you want. You must consider what you want to keep, both in and out of your garden. You also want to consider if your fence is needed to look good on both sides.

It’s not only aesthetics that need to be taken into consideration when choosing a new fence. You need to look not only at where it will be installed and consider what type of functionality you want it to have. You also have to respect legal guidelines regarding fence heights and safety.

Security

When it comes to security a solid fence provides the greatest benefit. It also offers the best privacy and can provide some noise reduction. They are also best suited to keep your pets inside your boundaries. Slatted fences are also strong but offer less privacy, some more light and less noise reduction. Trellis fences are much more open, they let light flow into your outdoor space whilst providing a great framework for your plants to climb upon.

Location
Where your fence will be placed is a key consideration when deciding on fencing. With, for example, front gardens having shorter and more welcoming fences generally than rear gardens.

Size

You need to consider how your fence will impact the amount of light and wind in your garden. If you are in an area prone to strong gusts you may want to consider a slatted fence to allow some air to pass through. If your garden is already in a shady area or a small size you may wish to consider what effects overly tall fencing will have on it.

Any fence over 2 metres high requires planning consent in the UK and it is advisable to check with your local council for permitted heights in your local area. You must also consider that protective topper will increase the height of your fence and could push you over certain limits.

You should also consider if the purposes that your fence will serve may change in the future.

Timber

Your style of fence is important, but more importantly, you want to be assured that the product you purchase will serve ifs purpose for years to come. Using pressure-treated wood can ensure that fences last longer and ensuring your fence can withstand strong winds means that you will spend less money maintaining and replacing your panels.

Types of Fence

Close-board / Featherboard Fencing

Close-board / Featherboard Fencing

Pros

Ideal for most gardens
Robust and long-lasting
Its height provides security and privacy
It deters intruders
It’s good for pet owners

Cons
It can be expensive
Its closed-up boards can be prone to wind damage, however, it is stronger than a larch lap fence panel
Maintenance is required

Larch-Lap Panel Fencing

Larch-Lap Panel Fencing

Pros
It’s suitable for most gardens
It’s cheaper than close board
It provides privacy
It deters intruders
It’s ideal for homes with pets
It lets light through and doesn’t block your view
It’s less prone to wind damage

Cons
It doesn’t provide privacy
It doesn’t provide much security
It would not contain some dogs
Some maintenance required to protect the timber will be required

Slatted Fence Panels

Pros
It’s available in a range of heights and styles
The horizontal slats can make your garden appear longer
Gaps between the slats allow wind through, reducing resistance and improving longevity

Cons
They don’t offer complete privacy on a boundary
They can let weeds grow through

Hit & Miss Fencing

Hit & Miss Fencing

Pros
It looks good on both sides
It offers good security and privacy
Gaps between the boards allow wind to pass through creating less wind resistance
A Vertical hit and miss style is also available

Cons
Higher maintenance – it has difficult to reach boards on the inside of the panel when painting
Gaps between boards can be a route for persistent weeds on the other side
It can be expensive.

Timber Palisade / Picket Fencing

Timber Palisade / Picket Fencing

Pros
It’s a good option for front gardens
It’s great for protecting ponds or swimming pools
It provides a good boundary marker
It lets light through and doesn’t block your view
It is less prone to wind damage

Cons

It doesn’t provide privacy
It doesn’t provide much security
It would not contain some dogs
Some maintenance is required to protect the timber

If you are based in the Surrey area and would like a quote or have further questions regarding fencing please click here.

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Composite Decking VS Wood Decking

By Garry / January 22, 2020 / 0 Comments
Composite Decking VS Wood Decking

Composite wood decking was developed during the late 1980s and is comprised of wood fibres that are encased in plastic so is sometimes also referred to as “composite wood decking”. It has many advantages over traditional wood decking and this high-performance product soon became a popular product available at home and garden stores.

Whilst traditional wooden decking remains the choice for some due to its availability and seemingly cheap pricing in the long term it can often cause more problems. Issues such as splinters, rot and comparatively high maintenance can often lead buyers to wish they had chosen composite decking in the first place. Composite decking is much easier to maintain and due to advances in the manufacturing process now more accurately than ever rival the natural, rich look of wood without many of the problems that plague wood.

Modern composite decking is available where each panel has its own slight variations in colour and texture almost perfectly replicating that real wood effect. A randomised embossed grain ensures that no two boards are exactly alike.

One of the primary issues with traditional wood decking is the ease with which it absorbs water. To combat this one must regularly apply stains, sealers or paints. This can also lead to traditional boards warping. As these boards age, they become susceptible to issues such as splintering, cracking and rotting. Composite decking, on the other hand, does not suffer from these issues and high-performance composite decking such as those available from Trex are fully moisture-resistant allowing them to be used in very high moisture conditions without the fear of decay. Trex offers fade and stain warranty on their high-performance products.

Whilst wood decking owners perform regular maintenance to extend its lifespan in the face of water, composite decking owners only need to sweep and wash their boards to keep them looking in top condition.

An example of composite decking of an outdoor area.

Over time, all wood decking will eventually start to splinter. This is not true of composite decking which is made with small wood fibres that are encased in plastic. This offers benefits when walking barefoot and is safer for pets and children whose feet can be more sensitive. Modern composite decking has also been designed with temperature in mind. Timber has traditionally held an advantage over composite decking when it comes to heat absorption but modern materials have significantly decreased this advantage.

One area where composite decking does not seem to be able to compete with traditional wooden decking is cost. A quick look at the initial purchase cost shows that wood decking is significantly cheaper than composite decking. This is more true of softwood than hardwood and also as composite decking is not a structural material it means that joist will need to be placed closer together to support the decking and prevent sagging and breaking. When all of these factors have been taken into account the additional requirements the initial cost of composite decking can be around double the cost of a traditional wood-based deck.

However, this is not the whole picture. When looking at the total cost of wooden decking vs composite decking we need to take into account both the upkeep cost and the expected lifespan of the project. It is commonly accepted that only a few years into owning decking the cost of maintaining traditional wooden decking will significantly erode those initial cost benefits. By the end of the deckings life if you look at the total cost you will see that the composite decking has worked out cheaper than its traditional counterpart.

Modern composite decking has a lifespan of over 25 years. However, it cannot be sanded down and it is more difficult to repair superficial issues such as scratches as you cannot simply sand it down and re-stain it. It is cheaper and easier to repair a timber board and if maintained properly a hardwood timber deck can last a lifetime.

If you are based in the Surrey area and would like a quote or have further questions regarding decking please click here.

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