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Category Archives: Home Improvement

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 tested soft cloth and warm soapy water combination. Make sure to dry thoroughly afterwards with a lint free cloth or towel. An occasional wipe over with a light oil will also help maintain the appearance of your handles. Don’t use metal polishes or any kind of abrasive cleaner.

Black Antique

Although often coated with hardwearing finishes, iron based products will always be susceptible to rust. To reduce the likelihood of this, make sure to remove any harmful deposits that may lead to corrosion occurring, and wipe over the door handle from time to time with a light oil applied with a soft cloth.

If you can avoid doing the following, you’ll help extend the life of your door handles:

  • Don’t hang excessive weight from the handle e.g. full shopping bags
  • Don’t allow children to hang from or play with the handle
  • Don’t use the handle as a door stop against a wall – far better to install a door stop to prevent the door handle banging against the wall (you can find some great ones here).

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 factors like maintenance and appearances before making the final choices. According to the location, the preferred finishing would cast a rich ambiance. Marble down the centuries has been cherished because of beauty and grandeur. Get a chance to continue the glorious tradition in muted shades that speak of an eternity of existence deep in the earth’s womb. Marble will never let you down.

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.

The beauty of steel is that you can use it in whichever way you want. In recent years, doors were made with a steel frame but designers have become creative to mould the metal into shapes that curve. The shapes look gorgeous when placed against glass and work well with grey doors. Historically, people of nobility would show off their status by using custom metal designs.

Glass doors may be the most common modern trend up to date. Obviously, the whole door won’t be made completely out of glass for safety reasons but the idea is to allow the maximum amount of light in. This gives the house natural light during the day and warmth for the night. These entrances usually have two panels that compromise of glass. It also has an elegant style to add class to your home.

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 most color schemes.

Stone

A stone tiled floor is a wonderful finish to the traditional or contemporary styled home. Stone not only looks stunning, but is easy to maintain and super durable. However, it is a material that is very cold under your feet and quite slippery when wet. A great substitution for the real thing is the stone effect laminate. This can look extremely realistic while also being more comfortable to walk on and naturally anti-slip.

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 stored in a spring-loaded casing that’s installed on the top of side of the doorframe. This allows you to pull it down when you want to let in fresh air, and then wind it back up when you’re finished. And last, sliding doors make a good choice for patio entrances with an exterior side-sliding track.

Once you decide which type you want, set yourself a budget. This will help you filter and reduce your options, making the selection process easier. It also makes it easier to stick to a price limit and not get persuaded to buy something you don’t really need. Generally, basic low-end to mid-end selections will cost anywhere between $30 and $200, whereas mid-to-high end selections can cost up to $500 or more.

Although door sizes are generally standard, it is vital to measure and double check your measurements before buying one. Traditional models should be the same measurements as the door behind them. Most often, retractable models should match the measurements of the exterior jam it’s being installed in. Sliding patio models should be measured by the size of their panels. It is best to discuss the recommended measurements for your screen door installation needs with a licensed contractor.

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 responsible for taking care of the problem.

A very important issue with oak hardwood flooring is the installation method. If the homeowner decides to install the flooring themselves may find that they prefer a floating floor, which is a floor that will not have to be glued or nailed to the subfloor of the room. Many professional installers may decide to nail, staple, or glue the oak hardwood flooring to the subfloor, which can be hard to do.

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 work for your normal doors but it can also be used for your counters, cupboards, wardrobes, shower doors and windows. The material is so dynamic and it is affordable for anyone.

If a person is uncomfortable with completely transparent doors in their houses, the frosted effect can be applied or made. With increasing rates of crime you would feel more comfortable if all the openings were blurred so that the outside world can’t see inside the house.

It might not be the best idea to have all the windows frosted as you need to know what is happening around you, without having to open a window or a door. These are beautiful features but it is important that you are alert at all times.

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 surface and are easy to install.

How it is treated

The hardwood floor can be stained to give it a light or dark look. They can also be left untreated or natural. Other treatments can include antiquing, crackling, or whitewashing.

Types of finishes

When a hardwood floor is finished, a top coat penetrates deep into the wood or lies on the surface.

• Surface finish—this finish uses varnishes and urethanes. With this finish, you have to consider the odor, ease in application, durability, and drying time.
• Deep finish-this is the one that penetrates deep into the wood and will require an additional coat of wax to give it a shine.
• Sheen-this includes low or high gloss and satin finishes

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.