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Door Handle Care

Polished Brass

Whilst you may have spent hours helping your grandparents polish the fireside companion set, when it comes to your door handles, the best way to keep your polished brass door furniture looking shiny is with plain and simple warm soapy water and a soft cloth. The polished brass ranges we supply have all been treated with a special lacquer, and the use of metal polishes or other abrasive cleaners will damage this and cause it to wear away far quicker than it would under normal use. Eventually after a good few years of use, this lacquer may well breakdown, at which point, you should remove the door handle or pull, and treat it with an acetone thinner applied with a soft brush. Dry well with a soft cloth and then polish up with a metal polish. Regular polishing thereafter will keep them looking great.

Chrome

Nice and easy, and low maintenance, the best way to keep your chrome handles looking great is to dust them and give them a quick wash over with the tried and

Marble Floors

A Honed Finish

Crema Marfil Marble to flatter the feelings
Honed finishing is achieved by using a rough surface that removes little bits of stone from the surface. What you get is a gently smooth feel. Unlike the polished surface, honed will not scratch easily. Yet the surface being exposed in little bits makes it more porous and exposed to staining. Crema Marfil Marble floors with a honed finish in the living room displays a serene, welcoming aura.

The Tumbled Finish

Celebrate with Emperador Light Marble and Royal Beige Marble
How is that naturally worn appearance created? Simple! The marble tiles are tumbled in a drum along with rocks and sand. The impact makes the marble soft to the touch. Tiny chips are created in the marble as a part of the tumbled attractiveness. If you are in search of the rustic, traditional and antique atmosphere, create it with the tumbled magic.

Smooth to the feeling, but giving a good grip nevertheless. Like Emperador Light Marble, the tumbled fits in well into shower surroundings and other moist areas like the kitchen.

Consider several

Front Door Trends

The black door is a perfect example of the classic home. This exterior beauty was always around and has never left the option list for most home owners. Even though many people consider black as an odd colour to have on the face of your walls, the door will actually complement the colours of the bricks or paint job and make the green of the garden stand out. It also has the appearance that makes one feel closer to nature because of the rich colour of the wood.

A big door is a generic term for the wider door. However, in this case when we refer to a big door, we mean large. The standard width of a door is about a meter but with the new trends such as a pivot door, the sizes can be up to twenty to thirty centimetres wider. You might not think that is a big difference but when you see it up front you will notice. Big doors also include double front entrance doors which are quite wide and create a classic look.

Using Stone Look Floor Products

Tough

The next benefit of using stone look products is its durability. This is possible since it is non-porous, which allows it to be more resistant to dirt, mould and grime. Plus, this floor product is made from the best materials to provide you with the best floor finish for a long period of time.

Wide selection of colours

Another benefit in using stone look floor products is it can easily complement the style of your existing home since it comes in a wide selection of colours. One of the issues homeowners encounter when improving homes is choosing the suitable colour of floors. And, this task is quite stressful since some products have limited options. Fortunately, reliable stone look product providers can offer you with wonderful colours and styles.

Suitable for any concrete flooring

Finally, stone look floor finishes are suitable on any concrete flooring. These include kitchens, family rooms, garage as well as showrooms and cafes. Other than that, homeowners can also find other products that can make concrete finishes more appealing by looking for reliable providers.

Types of Laminate Flooring

Walnut

The walnut laminate is atmospheric and dark to help create the perfect ambiance in the home. The laminate can be made to look much like real wood with its unique grain and knot detail. The natural dark color means a room is given a neutral base for greater freedom to decorate and style the walls and furnishing. Also, it helps to add a touch of warmth to a room which makes it a practical choice for the bedroom.

Hickory

The hickory laminate is a great way to introduce a warm tone to the home. This flooring is available in several shades including the grays, beige and warm reds. It is a very stylish and classic option that will look perfect in any home receiving a modern makeover.

Chestnut

The chestnut laminate has a traditional look and gives the classic look to any living space in the home. It has a very distinctive grain detail which helps to enhance its all-round authenticity. Also, this type of laminate can be finished with a worn look to create a feeling of yesteryear. The classic look makes it an extremely versatile option and easily goes with

Screen Door Installation

Although the terms, “screen” and “storm” are used interchangeably to describe the traditional screen door, there is a subtle difference you should be aware of in order to make a better decision. Storm doors are built to be more sturdy and rugged in order to shield your front door from inclement weather such as strong winds, rain, hail, and snow. Often times, they are designed with a metal or vinyl frame and sliding-glass windows, and then a secondary screen inside. Screen doors are not designed for heavy-duty shielding. They are best applied as a means to keep bugs out and let the cool breeze in.

The three most common types of screen doors to choose from include traditional, retractable, and sliding screen doors. They come in a variety of styles, textures, sizes, and colors. Traditional models fit directly into outer door jams and open outwards. Since they are purely-functional and basic, so they are mostly used for back and side doors, however there are fashionable ones on the market that would suit a front door entrance just fine.

Retractable models are popular choices for front doors because they work similar to a pull-down blind. They are

Oak Hardwood Flooring

Before making the final decision you need to decide if you want engineered or solid oak hardwood flooring. The difference between the two is that engineered oak flooring is made with veneer. It is then layered onto a base. Engineered flooring does not wear as well as the solid floor plus engineered floors contract and expand less. With solid oak flooring, it is made from plank or solid strips of wood. There is also a variety of floor widths to look at and consider including narrow strips to planks. You can also get it in parquet, which is flooring that made of several pieces of wood that fit together like a puzzle.

Check to see if the hardwood flooring has a warranty, what it covers, and how long it lasts. The longer warranties are often found with floors that are prefinished and the unfinished ones have a shorter warranty. Most homeowners will hire a company to put down their hardwood flooring so be sure to hire a reputable company. You should check to see if they offer any warranties or guarantees if something goes wrong on the job, which if it is their fault they will be

Frosted Glass Doors

Stained glass doors used to be the desired style for front doors many years ago. It was unique, elegant, artistic, and stylish; and it showed status. Today stained glass doors are not found as often but frosted glass doors are more the craze.

It is often seen that frosted doors are installed as a front door. Alternatively, the sidelights of these solid wooden doors have the frosted effect. Stylish as they are, this type of door can easily be used as an interior feature. Because the frosted effect is not transparent people have been known to have them for their bathrooms and bedrooms.

The best part about these doors is that you are given your privacy but at the same time have natural light emitting into the room. The opaque look allows you to have style without a big disadvantage.

This glass is easily cleaned and would be ideal for your bathrooms where constant water is being used. It will make the cleaning process a lot easier and with the amount of light entering the bathroom you won’t have to worry about having to switch a light on.

Not only does the frosted glass

Types of Hardwood Floors

How it is laid out and size of material

• Strips-this is generally measured in long pieces of wood of various size widths from 1.5 inches to 2.25 inches
• Planks-these long pieces of wood are wider than a strip and measure at least three inches wide.
• Parquet floors-this is an intricate pattern that uses pieces of wood, to configure a geometric pattern. It will often take the form of small strips that produce small squares. The squares usually alternate directions but can have other designs such as a zigzag look.

Installation methods

Many hardwood floors are fastened to the sub floor, which is the floor below the hardwood floor, by using staples, nails, or glue. There is also a floating floor, which is not attached to the subfloor. To protect against moister and to absorb sound a foam underlay is put on top of the subfloor. The hardwood floor is not attached to the foam underlay or subfloor. They either snap or glue together in a tongue and groove fashion. The entire floor “floats” above the sub floor. This type is often preferred because they can be put over nearly any type of

Maintaining White Gloss Kitchen Doors

sparkling. Here are some tips that can help you remove the yellow tinge from the kitchen:

The first method is to make a mixture of vinegar with two cups of warm water. Add one tablespoon of baking soda to this mixture. Use this mixture to clean the cabinets on a monthly basis and your kitchen doors will remain sparkling white.

Another method to clean the white gloss doors is to use warm water with a mild dish washing liquid. Use a soft cloth to clean the surfaces. Once the stains and yellowness have been removed, wipe the surface with a clean and slightly damp cloth followed by wiping with a dry cloth.

You must take care to not use an abrasive cloth or material to clean the kitchen doors as this will leave scratch marks on the surface and even make them appear dull and drab.

Stains are easily visible on white surfaces. So it is recommended that you clean the stain or blot immediately so that it does not penetrates or seeps into the surface.

New Bi-Fold Doors in Home

Space-Efficient

Bi-folding doors are a very space-efficient entrance/exit solution. Traditional doors swing directly inwards or outwards. Not only does the full width of the door stick out into the room or the space just outside of your home, but it also requires a clear route throughout its swing. If any object is in the way, such as a pair of shoes or a plant pot, this will prevent it from opening fully and this can be a pain. Because they fold, and because they slide within the door frame rather than swinging outwards, bi-fold doors do not require as much clearance in order to open and close fully. This is convenient for just about every kind of home, but especially for those with a lack of space or where you want to make use of the area immediately surrounding the door.

Long-Lasting

A good-quality folding door will last for a long time and provide you with a lengthy service life before eventually needing to be replaced. However, cheap bi-fold doors can be problematic, as they have more moving parts and more intricate and complex mechanisms than standard doors. Nonetheless, good, well-made uPVC bi-fold doors will

When Get Locked Out,

1) You walk out the door, leaving your keys inside and the door closes behind you,
2) you have the key but it won’t open the door, and
3) you left your keys in your office or you simply can’t remember where you left them.

Now if you find yourself in scenario number 1 where you have just rushed out your apartment to catch the 8:30 am train to the city and locked yourself out, please don’t panic. Stop! Think! Yes, you can help yourself before calling a locksmith. 90% of the time you can use your credit card and shim your door open by placing the card between the door and frame right where the latch is located. Chances are you will be able to open the door. OK, let’s say you have tried and still didn’t get the door open, what do you do then? Well my advice is the same, don’t panic. If you have your phone, search the internet for a locksmith. The first page of your search will have at least ten listings. Don’t even bother choosing the first three because chances are that those three companies are not local and are

Replacing Front Door

UPVC Doors

The majority of people nowadays opt for uPVC front doors as standard. They use modern materials to create doors that are more resilient, long-lasting and weatherproof than traditional wooden ones. They are available in a choice of styles, including various shapes, sizes and numbers of glass panes. Despite the use of modern materials, there are some very traditional styles available as well as contemporary ones and doors can also be personalised with decorative glass panes, either subtle or elaborately ornate, to further enhance the door’s look.

Composite Doors

Composite doors are so called because they contain a number of different materials, and are a composite of them all. These traditional and modern materials are assembled to create a very robust door with a long lifespan. They offer many of the same advantages as their uPVC counterparts, and are also highly secure doors as they tend to be very strong and resistant to break-in attempts using force. However, despite offering the same modern advantages they can be made to look a lot more like traditional wooden doors.

Stable Doors

While uPVC and composite doors are both types, distinguished by their materials and

Natural Beauty of Wood Flooring

Overview of Basic Flooring

There are two basic categories of floors: factory engineered and solid. Factory engineered consists of multiple layers or veneers made up of different types of wood or composite. The veneers are layered in opposite directions to increase stability and to resist the expansion and contraction that comes with temperature and humidity fluctuations. This type is well-suited for basements and rooms with less stable environments. Depending on the thickness of the top layer, it can be sanded and refinished, but no more than two or three times.

What is Factory Finished Flooring?

Wood flooring can be purchased and installed either factory finished or unfinished. Finished products are generally the easier way to go since it will be complete and ready to walk on immediately after installation. Depending on where it will be installed, unfinished wood can be beneficial. It comes without stain or a topcoat, making it ideal for matching existing floors or for obtaining a specific, custom color. After it’s installed, it will be sanded, stained, and finished with multiple coats of varnish that will both protect it and give it a radiant shine. An unfinished product will require some time

Cleaning Stone Floors

A tip to ensuring that your product selection is appropriate for your floor is to test it on an inconspicuous area. Never use bleach and always apply the cleaning agent with a soft cloth or mop. Try not to over wet the floor and ensure that all residue is rinsed away. Residue left on the tiles will attract dirt and the result will be dirtier tiles than you started with.

Specific brushes are available to deep clean grout lines. Be careful when cleaning the surface of your tiles as dirt can easily be pushed into the grout lines. Grout is porous, so this means it will get dirty very quickly. The dirt gets ingrained and can be a real challenge to remove. Grout brushes work to clean the grout without damaging it.

Stone floors, whether manmade or natural do experience general deterioration over time. This may mean that the surface seal has been degraded. Therefore, a stone sealer may need to be applied to ensure the tiles are equipped to repel daily wear and tear once again.

It is always wise to seek the assistance of a professional stone cleaning and restoration specialist. The reason

Carpet Warranties

Warranties to Consider

An appearance warranty or guarantee is one of the best offers available. Some carpet companies actually offer you a certain number of days to consider your new carpet. And, if you decide it doesn’t look right you can have it replaced at little or no cost. But, one of the best things you can do as a consumer once you’ve found the carpeting you love and want for your home, is to educate yourself on the company’s warranties. Ask for a written explanation of the carpet warranties they provide and what they cover.

In the end, it is important to invest in quality carpeting from a reputable company. High quality carpeting can really be the key to long-lasting, durability and style for your home’s carpeting. Inferior carpet does not wear well and can end up costing more in the long run. Everyone wants to save money. There are plenty of places to cut costs on home renovations, but a quality carpet is not something to skimp on. And remember, a great carpet from a trusted company may just be the best warranty out there.

Not Get Floored by Flooring

1. Laminate Flooring: Commonly known as a “cheap version of wood” laminate is truly a workhorse. As a very durable material, it rarely fades, is resistant to stains and most importantly, is pretty easy to install (Means even a total noob can do it after a few instructables, though not advised). Though laminate flooring has its ups, it doesn’t generally add up to your home’s worth from a buyer’s perspective. And in the rare case of discolouration, it’s not possible refinish the material. Another downside is its high susceptibility to water Damage, making it a very bad choice for washrooms, or a home with kids.

Ideal for: Those looking for durable and versatile flooring option in a budget.

2. Hardwood Flooring: Hardwood Floors is one of those things that will actually be a selling point if you ever decide to put your house up for sale. This type of flooring, even if it’s old and worn has another positive – you can refinish it. The only issue with hardwood flooring is that while it gives off an inviting look, since it’s sensitive to warping from too much moisture, it may become a problem. Also, hardwood flooring

Sliding Door Repairs

If you find the door you are using is currently made out of very cheap parts, then it might be worth replacing the door with something better.

One of the most common things we see is this.

You may have recently bought your new home and with a year or two, you notice one or two of the doors no longer slide like they used to.

Old style doors used to be quite heavy. In fact, even the modern sliding glass doors are quite heavy.

But at some stage, the original owner may have done a home sliding door repair job and replace the rollers with cheap parts.

It is these cheap parts which are causing the issue.

The cheap rollers cannot withstand the weight of the sliding glass or aluminium door and as such start to disintegrate and erode.

You will find they get chipped, cracked or just become loose.

If you have ever had a sliding door that jumps out of its track, this is the most likely cause.

So the most important thing you can do is get it repaired correctly.

Often, the door itself

Shower Doors

Umpteen styles and designs of homes are built all across the globe today, and every corner of the room is made in the most appealing way. For instance, bathrooms of a modern home do not look like a place for refreshing. Rather they do not look less than any room of A-grade hotel as everything from flooring to accessories to bath tubs and shower doors, everything is very classy.

The entire look of your home depends upon your choice actually. Moreover, a wide variety of bathroom accessories are available so you can choose all according to your needs and desires. No doubt, other bathroom accessories are very important, yet when it comes to choosing a door for the shower, you have to be very choosy as the entire look and feel of your bathroom is decided by the door.

Basically, there are two options available for the home owners: Firstly, they can get a door installed in their bathroom or can use a shower enclosure. The major difference between the two is; enclosures make the bathroom a single unit while doors make things to appear different.

For homes with ceramic tiles, single doors are usually

Bathroom With 3D Tiles

  1. Lots of Options – When it comes to 3D bathroom tiles, they come in so many varieties that you don’t have to compromise at all. Get the best one! With so many colours and designs available for you to choose from, you can satisfy yours as well as your family member’s preferences.
  2. Great Design and Looks – Do you want your bathroom to look stylish and classy? Or you want more of a vintage look? Or may be you are the fan of something different and twisty. Whatever may be your preference you can achieve it through these 3D designer bathroom tiles. Have fun with your bathroom remodelling and give it a brand new appearance.
  3. Crack Resistance – Usually, one of our biggest concern regarding tiles are that they fade very soon and easily gets cracked. Right! But no more tension as these 3D tiles are crack resistance. So, no more ugly cracks on your tiles that make you spend money on them again and again or going through the embarrassment of having your guests see your cracked and ugly bathroom tiles.
  4. Highly Durable – Another amazing benefit of these bathroom tiles is that they are highly durable meaning you don’t