Why choose a composite door for your home?

Composite doors North Wales are the current most popular front door choice for homeowners. Composite doors, as the name suggests are made up of multiple materials to give an incredibly strong and durable structure. Here are some of the main reasons you should consider a composite door for your new front door. 

 

Easy Maintenance

Do you want a door that is super easy to maintain? Look no further than a composite door; they are robust and durable enough for you to not worry about them cracking like a uPVC door might, and you don’t need to worry about the hassle of having to varnish, paint and seal them like a traditional hardwood door. All the maintenance required is a simple damp cloth, mild cleaning solution and some warm water. 

 

Thermal Insulation

Thanks to the highly dense and insulating foam core of a composite door, heat cannot easily escape from your home. It also blocks the cold from entering. This will undoubtedly have a positive impact on your household energy bills – many homeowners choose to have a composite door fitted specifically to help reduce energy costs. A composite door can help to reduce your household energy consumption as you will need to rely on your central heating system less. 

 

Durability

Due to the strong and rigid framework, composite doors are inherently suitable as a choice for your front door. They are extremely resistant to intrusion, and provide more than adequate security for your home. Composite doors are also weather resistant, no matter if it’s blowing a gale outside or even heavily snowing, your composite door will keep your home dry and comfortable. With their tight weather and waterproof seals, nothing can get in.

 

Suitability

Composite doors can have a timber-look outward appearance and can come in a range of well-known and recognised heritage colours – making a composite door an ideal choice for a period property. They can also be customised in order to look in keeping with more modern homes with a contemporary style.

 

The Wow Factor

The front door of your home is the first impression that many of your visitors will get. A composite door with its unrivalled performance, stunning aesthetics and style is the perfect home improvement to make in order to boost your homes kerb appeal. Choosing a composite door in an inviting colour will also help if you plan on selling your home, people are more likely to be enticed inside if the front door looks exciting. 

How to Use LED Strip Lights in Your Home

LED strip lights are a new type of lighting technology which can be used in new and exciting ways. As LED technologies have continued to develop, resulting in the capability to emit enough brightness and quality of light for general illumination applications. Here we will explain what exactly LED strip lighting is, and how can you get started using it in your own home. 

Definition of LED strip lighting

LED strip lights are a linear array of LED chips which are mounted onto a long and narrow electrical circuit board. The circuit board is typically flexible, and the LED strips are usually packaged into reels. Most types of LED strips can be cut and trimmed using regular scissors to the particular length required. 

Double-sided adhesive backing tape typically comes pre applied onto the backside of an LED strip, allowing you to simply peel the paper backing and stick and then mount the LED strip onto virtually any surface.

What kind of light can an LED strip emit?

The type of light that an LED strip emits is determined by which type of LED has been mounted onto the LED strip. There is a wide variety of both white and coloured LEDs that are available on the market. White LEDs can range from warm white (2700K), which gives off a yellowish, warm and comfortable glow, to cool white (6500K) which offers a crisper, more energizing bluish light which is closer to natural daylight.

Some LEDs have the capability to emit multiple colours, such as an RGB LED strip, and by using a specialised electrical controller, virtually any colour can be created. 

How much light can an LED strip emit?
A variety of factors influence the brightness of an LED strip, and this can then vary widely depending on the design and the quality. A single LED strip can emit as low as 300 lumens, or as much as 2000 lumens per meter, which is approximately equivalent to the amount of light a standard 1.2 meter, 40W fluorescent tube emits. 

An important factor to bear in mind with this comparison is that an LED strip generally emits light in a 120-degree angle, whilst a fluorescent tube emits light in all directions – so the LED strip might appear brighter despite having the same lumen rating. 

Where to use LED strip lighting?

Some of the biggest advantages of LED strip lights are that they are flexible and use low voltage. This means that any length of it can be placed in locations of objects that are not flat or straight, and with sufficiently considered safety precautions, can come into reasonably close contact with materials such as fabric or paper without burning.

Here are some ideas to use LED strip lights in your home:

  • Ceiling coving or cornice
  • Stairs
  • Furniture
  • Mirrors
  • Shelving
  • Sink and bathtub rim
  • Screens
  • Under cabinets, toe-kicks and in drawers

Make Your Small Kitchen Work for You

Like most homeowners, at some point you will have wished for more kitchen space. Those of us with small kitchens know just how difficult it can be to get these spaces to be efficient for our kitchen needs. Whilst it might seem more difficult to design a small kitchen which is functional and aesthetically pleasing, it isn’t impossible. Kitchens Colwyn Bay have experience with designing truly beautiful small kitchens which tick all the boxes. With some careful planning and forethought, you can easily create a space which caters for your needs. 

 

Use Every Inch

When you are working with less square footage, it goes without saying that you absolutely have to make the most of what you have available. Where small kitchens are concerned, and where there are countless pots, pans, dishware and cooking ingredients that need to find a home, it is even more crucial. 

In order to fully ‘use every inch’, make a list of all the empty areas in your kitchen, and we mean every single area. These days, storage options are much more flexible, back walls can easily be used for extra storage space. Once you know where you have some extra space, do a bit of research – find some creative storage solutions, take a look at sites like Instagram for inspiration!

 

Embrace Minimalism

This is probably the most unpopular tip, but it’s very important to mention. The harsh reality with having a small kitchen is that you just won’t be able to store as much as your friends with large kitchens. One of the best things you can do to make your kitchen area as functional as possible is to commit to storing on the essentials. 

Sort your kitchen items into three categories; frequently used, occasionally used and rarely/unused items. Donate or recycle those in the rarely used category, then it’s just about finding homes for the rest. You’ll want to make sure that your frequently used items are easily accessible. 

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Blend Storage & Aesthetics

Those beautiful pictures of kitchens on Pinterest and Instagram might have you under the misconception that everything should be hidden away when it’s not in use. In reality, this is very rarely the case. Particularly when you are working with limited space, it is important to embrace the idea that displaying your kitchen utensils and appliances can add some personal flair.

Think about utilising space that would otherwise be dis-used; how about hanging some pots above the stove, or fixing a knife block to your splashback? This is a great way to use space that is often overlooked or just forgotten about. Hanging things underneath shelving, or above appliances, or just simply left out on the countertop. It would be wise to add these storage solutions in one at a time, too much at once can look a little chaotic – find which works best for you and the practicalities in your kitchen.

 

Multi-functional

Whenever and wherever possible, include space solutions that can be used for multiple purposes. Pieces that offer you additional storage are a great fit for this; how about adding in a dining bench that allows for storage underneath it. If you have a kitchen table used for dining, don’t be afraid to use it as extra worktop space when things need to be spread out!

Small kitchens are a source of annoyance for many of us, renters and homeowners alike. However, making them work for you isn’t quite the monumental task you first thought. 

Tips and Tricks for a Great Paint Job

As we all know, a room can be greatly improved with a fresh lick of paint. However, if you have a strained relationship with painting, you’ll want to keep reading for some top tips and tricks on how to paint efficiently in order to finish with a beautiful end result. You might even learn to love painting by the end of your project!

If you’ve already decided that DIY painting definitely isn’t for you, don’t worry – painters Llandudno have years of expertise and knowledge, and will be able to complete the job to perfection – with no stress for you. 

Planning and Preparation

The job will be more enjoyable and a lot less stressful if you have everything you need together from the start. Think about organising a tool station in the middle of the area you’ll be working in – gather your paint, brushes, hammers, plastic bags and drop cloths. 

Don’t even think about getting everything done in one day; use the day before you want to start painting as a designated prep day. This is the best time to remove all possible furniture from the room, this includes anything hanging on the walls, and carefully patch any cracks or fill in any holes in the walls. It might seem easy to paint around door knobs or cabinet hinges, but unless you’re an experienced painter, you are bound to get drips all over the place. Remove all the hardware, and clearly label them so pieces don’t get misplaced.

Get Yourself Ready

No matter how careful you think you’re being, you are bound to get drips (or more) of paint on whatever you’re wearing. So, remove all jewellery, and put on some old clothes you don’t mind getting paint splatters on. If you’re painting a ceiling, think about putting an old baseball cap or even a shower cap over your hair to avoid annoying paint splodges in your hair. 

Don’t Just Paint Over Problematic Walls

If your walls have cracks or holes in them, these need to be fixed properly before you even think about putting that first coat of paint on. Fixing these imperfections in your wall will give you a much better end result than if you left them alone. 

Choose the Best Equipment

Having the right tools for the job is crucial for painting success. You’ll need to figure out which tools are going to be the best fit for your painting job. In terms of brushes, you’ve got a choice of natural or synthetic brushes, foam brushes and rollers, pad painters and paint rollers. There is also the choice of paint, whether it is water-based, latex or oil-based. 

Wrapping Up Your Paint Project

Even if you’ve done a great job, some cleanup is going to be required. You’ll have some touch ups to do and you’ll need to put everything away.

  • Keep your brush ready, just in case you find any bits that need a touch up
  • Have plenty of rags for wipe-ups, you wouldn’t be a proper painter without a stash of rags for emergencies
  • Extra paint, this can be kept safe for the next refresh
  • Razor blades, these are perfect for scraping off excess paint or drips from windows, tiles or glass.