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Redesigning Your Driveway

Tarmac driveways are an excellent alternative to the concrete or block paving alternatives. Tarmac driveways are even more financially viable because homes or offices with a large piece of land for a long drive offer a cheaper solution than block paving or concreted drive ports.

Therefore, the bigger your driveway is, the more cost effective tarmac will be as opposed to alternative solutions. But there are those who have a need to make their front garden more inviting and add kerb appeal to the street. Many will reconsider tarmac driveways because they find the black colour of the aggregate a little too formal. Well, there is some great news for those who don’t like the idea of a black driveway – have it coloured!

Colours & Styles

Tarmac driveways can just as easily come in a range of colours from green, red, blue and even yellow, if that’s what really takes your fancy? Tarmac driveways can be made to resemble a different colour by adding coloured aggregates. However, it is well worth considering that any oil leaks you might have underneath your car will stain badly on a garish-coloured driveway (it’s just worth a thought when you come to redesigning your tarmac drive). read more…

Commonly Asked Questions About Double Glazing

When buying double glazing the majority of homeowners have said that their main aim was to either increase the warmth of their home or to lower their energy bills.  When asked, around 41% of people said that warmth was a key factor, with 44% citing energy bills as their top reason for purchasing their double glazing.

However, double glazing is a big expense so it is vital that you make the right decisions based on your individual needs.  In order to help answer all of your most burning questions we surveyed thousands of homeowners and asked them for their honest opinions regarding the double glazing firm they chose for their own homes.

We received reviews for the top double glazing companies including Everest, Anglian and Safestyle.  So before you make that crucial decision be sure to check our results.  With customer scores ranging from 64% at the very top right down to 54% for the bottom scorers it is well worth taking the time to do some essential research.

What are the benefits of double glazing?

A single glazed window is just one layer of glass compared to double glazing where two panes.  In between the two panes of glass there is a layer or either air or a gas such as argon.  Double glazing has a number of key benefits:

  • Warm air is kept inside, resulting in fewer drafts, and because your property is well insulated, it helps reduce heating bills.
  • Noise reduction – double glazing will reduce the amount of noise you hear from outside.
  • Less condensation will form on the inside of windows.
  • It is more secure – double glazing is tougher than single glazing and a lot harder to break.
  • When looking for the most efficient form of double glazing choose the brands that have gas (eg, argon) in between the panes of glass.  Also check for Low-E – low emissivity glass.  This type of double glazing uses a reflective coating to keep sunlight inside the home.

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10 Ways to Update Your Conservatory

A conservatory is a majestic way to add space to your house in numerous ways. From spending quality time with guests to building an ideal environment for plants and flowers to grow and flourish, this multipurpose room can become a genuine asset to your house. Updating your conservatory with stylish frames and a solid roof is gaining popularity. Here are the 10 ways to update your conservatory.

  • Replace with brilliant I-Shaped profiles

The glass or polycarbonate roof is only backed up by windows from glazing beads. Replacing the beads with firmer I-Shaped patterns that have a broad top rim adequate to support the new roof is the fundamental element of the project.

  • Make a retreat with slackened seating

You can add a stylish swing seat to your conservatory as a reading spot. You can finish this natural style with meadow-inspired throws and cushions.

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About Me

Hello there! Im Jane Holland from Birmingham, U.K., i’d like to give you a warm welcome to my home improvement website/blog. I’m 42 years old and have an infectious passion for design and home improvement ideas. I put a great deal of work into my articles to make sure they are as informative, understandable and digestible as can be for all readers.

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