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The Answer May Be Underneath Your Nose, Or At Least Your Feet – Cellars!

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In recent years, properties with a usable cellar space have become a valuable asset to homeowners. A conversion isn’t just ideal for adding value to your property, but also an extra-dimension you can use to make your home a happy one. For families needing more living space, the idea of a cellar conversion is often easier (and cheaper if you already have a cellar to convert) than adding an extension to your home, especially if you are on a small plot or don’t want to lose precious garden space. 

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Flowing Screed levels the playing field.

In some European countries flowing screed (liquid screeds that are fluid and need only a small amount of work by a screeder) accounts for up to 80% of the screed market. Here in the UK, however, this type of screed hasn’t been as successful in taking over the marketplace. This does seem quite surprising given the obvious benefits of improved productivity, superior product properties, especially when it comes to underfloor heating, and of course being much easier to lay. It is particularly effective for larger flooring spaces as flowing screed remains strong and is self-levelling.  Continue reading “Flowing Screed levels the playing field.”

Designers are pouring over concrete flooring trends

The flooring world is hot for concrete right now. Not only is it cheap to maintain, but it is also proven to be a popular choice, being the most used man-made material on the planet! So how many ways can you utilise concrete as a flooring choice? Similar to the tile trends that we wrote about last month, we’ve listed a few designs that have caught our eye throughout 2018 so far.

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Tiling Inspiration for 2019!

As the end of 2018 draws ever closer, like anything else, tile market trends are changing all the time. Much like any room, decorating your walls or floor adding stunning tiles is one of the easiest ways to create a visual impact. What we choose to put in these areas affects the overall view of the home to a visitor. This year, several designs caught the eye, and below we’ve listed a few that have gone above and beyond the average imagination. Continue reading “Tiling Inspiration for 2019!”

Traditional vs Calcium Sulphate screeds – which one is right for you?

Whilst traditional screeds continue to hold 80% of the market, calcium sulphate has been a big grower in recent years. This growth comes despite a lack of understanding from some quarters about its benefits and, in some cases, limitations. What does this mean for your own on-site use? Continue reading “Traditional vs Calcium Sulphate screeds – which one is right for you?”

Why should I soundproof my home?

For many people, noise is generally accepted as an everyday inconvenience, but by affecting people’s daily routine, health and quality of life, it is vitally important to protect our acoustic comfort. Not only is noise often unwanted and disturbing, it can also affect our health and overall well-being affecting many aspects of our lives, from communication to sleep and concentration. According to the World Health Organisation, there are at least seven adverse health effects as a result of noise pollution, some of which can be severe.  Continue reading “Why should I soundproof my home?”

Insulation – an energy efficient way to keep your home cool this summer.

 

Insulation is often thought of as a large blanket that helps keep your home warm in winter. Despite this being true, many people are unaware of the benefits that insulation can bring to your home all year round. With Britain experiencing the longest heatwave in five years, and May and June’s temperatures reaching the highest on record, insulation could be your solution for avoiding a sweaty and uncomfortable home this summer, or for summers to come! 

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Traditional radiators vs under floor heating

For the past eight decades, radiators have been the standard heating system for homes throughout the UK but with their ugly, outdated, and often inefficient presence underfloor heating is on the rise, regularly seen in new builds and renovations throughout the country. But is underfloor heating, really worth the extra cost and hassle?

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Spotlight on… CMS Danskin and Thermal Economics

 

“In vain have you acquired knowledge if you have not imparted it to others.” – Deuteronomy Rabbah

This year, we are working on building a ‘technical hub’ for our website where we can share our technical knowledge with you. We are incredibly lucky to have some serious technical whizz’s on our team, as well as lots of lovely contacts in the industry, who are all too happy to lend us a technical hand when we need a little extra help on specific products or areas beyond our own range of knowledge. It has always been our aim to impart this knowledge to our customers, website visitors and newsletter subscribers, and we are now in a position to be able to start putting this into practice. Regular customers of ours will know that we have always been there to help with technical queries over the phone, but it’s great to finally be able to get some things down in writing, which can be shared with a wider audience.

This month, I have been writing an article all about acoustics and sound control in buildings – now, as much as I have picked up some basic knowledge of this area in my time here, I couldn’t, in all honesty, say that I have the technical knowledge to confidently pass on, so luckily I had some help from two experts in the field, Thomas Snaylam, Area Sales Executive for CMS Danskin and Graham Lyon, Technical Manager at Thermal Economics.

As a thank you for their time, I felt it was only right to give a shout out to these companies, and give a little bit more information about them for this month’s blog post.

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Spotlight on… Screeding in cold weather

If you are a subscriber to our newsletter, you will be well aware that we covered this issue in this month’s edition, but it is such a relevant topic right now, I thought I should share it here too for the whole world to see! Before I go any further, I should really point out that if you aren’t already signed up to the newsletter, you are missing out  – it’s full of great educational content, special offers and written by yours truly! I don’t think you need any more reason to sign up than that – go on, you know you want to…you can sign up at the bottom of this page 😉

Back to the matter in hand, in typical January fashion, the weather is pretty rubbish right now, and set to get worse. As you are almost certainly aware, these cold conditions can wreak havoc on site. But fear not, as I (with a little help from director Andy) have put together a little piece on our top tips for avoiding mishaps. Hope you enjoy…

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