Top Tips for Cleaning UPVC

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Once people buy UPVC windows and doors, they generally think the hard work is over, when it comes to maintaining them. Don’t get me wrong they are much easier to maintain than traditional wooden fittings, but there is still a degree of work that needs to be put in to keep them looking great.

More and more people are choosing PVC building products over wooden in this day and age. This is mainly due to its fantastic insulation properties that can give you huge savings on insulation costs over the year. In this article I will be giving you some of my top tips for maintaining your UPVC windows, doors and plastic guttering. Continue reading

5 Tips To Select And Install A New Front Door For Your Home

new front doorChoosing to purchase a new door for the front of a home offers many benefits that go beyond the simple act of improving the look of the residence. A new door may offer better security than an older door, and may also improve the energy efficiency of the home by reducing cooled or heated air that escapes.

Not only do today’s front doors come in beautiful styles and colors, but it’s not just wooden doors that are popular these days. Iron doors are particularly popular today as are doors offering a combination of glass or wood. The following considerations should be on the table during any front door search.

1. Determine The Door Budget

Installing a door is a process that can be rather inexpensive and straightforward or it can be a substantial project. When the installation requires nothing more complex than the hanging of the new door, the overall project cost won’t be much more than the cost of the door itself.

Changing the size of the doorframe takes a professional contractor’s help as the structural integrity of the house will need to be maintained. Despite the work required of such a project, increasing the size of the entryway with a larger door or a set of double doors can offer a dramatic improvement to the home’s appearance.

2. Choose The Door Type Or Material

Before considerations of design and color, the home owner should decide what type of material would be best for the door. Perhaps an iron door with etched glass features would be the best choice for one home while a traditional wood paneled door might look best on another home’s facade.

Other considerations of door type may include whether the door might swing inward or outward or whether the handle needs to be on the right side or the left.

3. Choose The Door Style And Finish

The type of finish or design of the door may depend on the material used to manufacture the door, but other considerations may include paint and varnish. An iron door probably won’t require painting, but with a wooden door, a home owner might need to consider how various stains might look with the color of the house.

4. Consider Door Accessories

Once the style and type of the door is chosen, other elements to consider will include choices of hardware for the door handle, the locking mechanism and a door knocker. Doors may also be paired with panels installed to the left and right of the door or a window accent installed above the door. Such accents usually require some construction or contractor assistance.

5. Arrange Door Installation

Most doors will require some level of help regarding installation as it’s usually too difficult to lift an exterior door without help so as to hang it properly. Obviously a project involving structural change will need to be arranged through a contractor, but even a basic door installation requires a little planning and might benefit from the involvement of a local handyman.

Getting the right door for a home usually involves more than answering the single question of what color to purchase. All of these decisions need to be made within the budget allotted for the project.

Paul Gilbert has worked as a general contractor for the past 9 years. You can find more front door installation tips at

Cost Effective Home Improvement Projects for the DIY Enthusiast

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When looking to make some form of cost effective home improvements, you can kill 2 birds with one stone by selecting to install new gates and railings around the perimeter of your home. This is because this form of project will not only provide much needed additional security to your home but will also create an aesthetically pleasing design statement that will increase your homes kerb appeal.

Whilst installing new gates or fencing may seem a little daunting at first glance, the job is really easy and is something that the average DIY enthusiast is capable of completing over a single weekend with very little effort.

Choosing the Design

In order to make the right choice when selecting the design that will best suit your homes architectural style look at a few key areas of the home to see if you can draw inspiration from there. By this it is meant that should you have a period property with decorative detailing, then a similar style of gate will work really well. In comparison, modern and contemporary homes will benefit more from a simplistic approach of an uncluttered design that will mirror the straight lines of the home. Simply take your time, look at all the options and you are sure to find something that will work for you at a price to suit your budget.

Measuring the Space

Once you have chosen the design you wish to go for, then it is simply a case of taking all the required measurements and passing them onto your supplier who will be able to have them made to your size requirements. Be careful to ensure measurements taken are accurate otherwise you may find yourself having something made that will not fit when it arrives. In addition to this, should you require posts to fix the gates off, remember to factor these in aswell.

Fitting the Gates & Railings

Installing a simple garden gate is easy and requires only a few tools that most people will already have inside their garage. Simply place the gate within the opening it is to be located, ensure it is vertical and level, mark the fixing locations and drill into place ensuring everything is fastened up tightly and the job is done.

Where railings are to be installed the job is the same however you will need to make fixing holes at both sides of the opening to secure them into place. One point to note is that when fitting a railing, be sure it is level otherwise it will be noticeable to everyone who passes by and will ultimately detract from the look of your property.

In conclusion, by adding a new layer of security to the boundary of your property you will not only reduce the chances of being the victim of crime but will also give your home a facelift when viewed from the street so long as the right style garden gates and railings are selected.

Article been contributed by Garden Gates Direct, a leading independent supplier of high quality garden gates and railings suitable for all residential applications no matter how big or small.