Britain is a nation of animal lovers and there must hardly be anyone who either doesn’t have a pet or would love to have one in their home. The trouble is, animals take a lot of care and many people no longer have the time to take dogs out for walks or keep letting the cat in and out. Unfortunately this means that ‘accidents’ are much more likely to happen, and when they do they may not be cleaned up for some time.
The obvious solution is to take up the carpets and install a laminate, wood or vinyl floor instead. But we’re British! We’re not used to having a floor that isn’t made of carpet. And besides, it won’t be very comfortable for the dog to lay on. Read more »
Hardwood floors are both beautiful and hardwearing, their richness of colour and warmth underfoot combined with their natural durability makes them perfect for floors throughout the house.
However, being a natural product, they are susceptible to water damage. If left wet for long periods any damage can become quite serious. So, because of the wet summers, and more specifically the wet winters we’ve been having over the past several years, it’s important to know how to care for your hardwood floor after it has been exposed to water.
Older wooden floors will be particularly vulnerable as treatments and surfacing will be worn down and corrupted buy strong sunlight. As well as flooding, a problem that is becoming annual in many places around the UK, floors are often damaged by leaking roofs, open windows and burst pipes. If dealt with quickly, then no long lasting damage will be done.
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Now isn’t the best time to be trying to sell your house. With the pound being weak against other currencies and insecurity over Brexit, people are wary of making any large investments. That being the case, those who do want to buy expect to get a bargain, so what can you do to make sure you get the best price for your property?
First Impressions First
Kerb appeal is key to making a good impression. A neighbour could be selling their house which is identical to yours but get thousands less if the garden is scruffy and the paint is chipped and flaky. Have a tidy-up, fix up any aesthetic problems which might put a buyer off.
You’d be surprised how much time you actually spend in the kitchen, not just at parties. Making sure the cabinet doors are all straight and close properly, buying new, fashionable handles and resurfacing worktops are easy(ish) and relatively inexpensive ways of giving your kitchen a boost that will make it a more desirable place to be in.
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Swinging On The Seaside
Worthing is going to be home to the Gorilla Circus Flying Trapeze once again this summer.
Go along to watch, or, if you’re the adventurous type, have a go! Gorilla Circus is unique in Britain as the only outdoor trapeze school, teaching everything from simple tricks to leaping from one swing to another. If you’re not brave enough to take such a leap, you can go along to the shows on Lancing Green at 8 pm on Friday and Saturday of the last weekend of August and the first weekend of September. On the other hand, if you do want to get into the swing of it, classes are priced at £30 and are available to anybody over the age of 8. Read more »
You’ll know when you need a new floor. You’ve cleaned, buffed and polished all you can and it never seems to look any better, it’s worn out, tired, possibly torn or broken. It’s got wrinkles and it pops up in places. You need a new floor, and badly!
So what are you options and what do you need to know when deciding on the new flooring that you’re going to fit? Simply answer these three questions to find out which laminate, tile, carpet or hardwood would be best suited to your needs.
1, What is the room going to be used for?
When you’re choosing your new floor, you’ll need to consider the kind of traffic the surface is going to have to stand up to. If it’s a floor that has people coming straight in from outdoors you’re going to need something that’s far more durable than the product you’d choose for your bedroom. Is the floor going to be exposed to a great deal of moisture or spills, pets or children?
Tiles are perfect for a bathroom as they resist water sitting directly on them while vinyl is less durable but warmer underfoot. Laminate is well suited to the kitchen as is has fewer nooks and crannies and can be wiped down and cleaned.
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The UK Slip Resistance Group is hosting a Slips Trips and Falls conference in October. The conference is aimed at bringing to people’s attention the latest research and solutions regarding slippery surfaces, trip hazards and dangers when traversing level floors, steps, stairs, and falls from heights.
A Well Laid Plan for Safety
Throughout the world, trips and falls constitute the biggest cause of unintended injuries. Many of these injuries are naturally unavoidable, however, many of them will be caused by poorly maintained, badly laid flooring, or flooring that’s not appropriate for the area and the type of foot-traffic for which it is being used. People who this conference is particularly aimed toward are those who work in the architecture, planning, resourcing, environmental health, health and safety and purchasing fields. Although, anybody who has an interest in providing a clean, safe and secure environment for employees, clients, guests and visitors should be interested in the take-aways the conference is offering.
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If you’re able, it’s a really good idea to come to the showroom where you can get a real feel for the flooring we provide. The photos we have on our website are great for giving you the idea of the range of products that we have available but they can’t get across the difference between a laminate or vinyl floor, the warmth, durability and texture under foot. We have samples of all the floors we use so you can feel the texture of the carpets, how our stone effect flooring is actually warm to the touch and the really convincing textures that modern flooring can recreate.
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The school holidays are fast approaching and it’s time to make plans to keep the kids from getting bored and under your feet.
When you’re an adult 6 weeks is just a month and a half, but to the kids, it seems like an entire summer, stretching out ahead of them. The first couple of weeks are a utopian idyll, the middle weeks are much the same but by the end of the holidays even the most school-resistant child is starting to grudgingly look forward to getting back to school and spending time with people their own age.
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Look in any interiors magazine today and you’ll find that white and neutral is the flavour of the month. Walls and ceilings are bright and fresh as they make a space feel bigger and much brighter.
Yet when it comes to floors fashions move more slowly. A new floor is a much bigger investment than a fresh coat of paint or papering a feature wall, both in terms of cash and permanence. It’s easy to freshen up a look when it’s just a case of stripping back some wallpaper, it’s a whole different story when it comes to tearing up a well laid floor.
Darker floors are becoming more popular with householders as they allow for a greater variety of tones in a greater degree of richness. And although your floor might be dark in colour, choosing a gloss or semigloss finish will send light back up into the room, which means that you get the richness without the room ever feeling gloomy.
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We all thought it was such a shame that the Worthing Birdman had to be cancelled this year thanks to a lack of sponsorship. It was a really fun event that drew people from all over the UK and well beyond. Hopefully it’s only for this year and a new benefactor can be found to support it again in 2017.
But you’ve got to look on the bright side, haven’t you? So, we thought we’d take a quick look at a tiny sample of the other events that are taking place in Worthing and the surrounds, because although it was fun, Birdman was by no means all the Worthing and Adur area have to offer in the summer.
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