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what is composite decking 27/02/2020
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What is Composite Decking?

Offering the attractive appearance of hardwood with the added bonus of increased durability, composite decking is becoming an increasingly popular alternative to traditional wood decking. But what is composite decking exactly? Here at Arnold Laver, we’ve created a complete guide to composite decking to answer your questions. From its materials and cost to its many benefits and even how to clean it, we’ve detailed all you need to know before deciding if it could be the right choice for your garden. What is Composite Decking Made Of? Composite decking is... Read More

27/02/2020
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How to Paint a Fence

Whether it’s a brand new garden fence or an old one that needs sprucing up ready for summer, a fresh lick of paint or wood stain can make all the difference to the appearance of your garden. As well as enhancing your garden’s aesthetic, fence paint can also play a large role in the maintenance of your timber fence, helping it withstand the elements and all the external weather conditions such as rain and UV rays and that can cause rot and fading. Regardless of your DIY prowess, painting a... Read More

what is CLS timber? the benefits of CLS timber 07/02/2020
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What is CLS Timber?

Working on a construction project and considering CLS timber for the job? Strong, durable and well-shaped for a variety of uses, CLS timber has become a popular choice for many internal structuring jobs. To help you decide whether it best suits your purposes, here at Arnold Laver, we’ve broken down all you need to know about the popular timber wood, including its characteristics, its qualities and its most common uses within the construction industry. What is CLS Timber?  First thing’s first, what is CLS timber? CLS timber is created from... Read More

how to paint skirting boards, painting skirting boards, best skirting board paint 07/02/2020
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How to Paint Skirting Boards

Skirting boards in need of a fresh lick of paint? It’s often the small details that make a big difference in a home and ensuring your skirting boards are neat and tidy can play a large role in the overall aesthetic of your walls. Luckily, painting skirting boards is easy once you’ve picked up a few tips and tricks.  From the preparation beforehand to choosing and applying your skirting board paint, here at Arnold Laver, we’ve created a simple guide with all you need to know about how to paint... Read More

how to clean and treat oak doors 10/01/2020
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How to Clean Oak Doors: Tips for Treating and Finishing

Interior oak doors make a beautiful addition to any home, creating a naturally classic aesthetic that works harmoniously with practically any interior style. You simply cannot beat the look of a solid oak door, but like any natural material, they need a little TLC to keep them looking their best. Whether from fluctuating seasonal temperatures or simply from the wear and tear of family life, oak doors are subject to damage and staining as the years go by, so we at Laver Online have compiled an easy guide on how... Read More

heating a shed in winter 10/12/2019
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Heating a Shed in Winter: Tips and Solutions

Sheds, summerhouses and outbuildings are notoriously tricky to heat and maintain during the winter months. Mainly used for storage or summer activities, they lack the same levels of insulation and infrastructure as houses and are, therefore, prone to becoming cold, damp and generally unpleasant to be in. While this isn’t such a huge problem for outbuildings used only for storage, sheds or outbuildings that are used throughout the year will require heating and a little extra maintenance in winter. To help things along, we’ve compiled a list of top tips... Read More

what is chipboard used for? 29/11/2019
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What is Chipboard and What is it Used For?

Understated and incredibly versatile, chipboard is one of the most widely-used sheet materials in the world, providing affordable and convenient solutions for many DIY and building needs. But what exactly is chipboard and what can it be used for? If you’re on the lookout for sheet materials for your next DIY project, read on to find out whether chipboard might be the perfect material for the job. What is Chipboard? Chipboard – also sometimes referred to as Particle Board or Low Density Fibreboard – is made by mixing small wood... Read More

Snow on decking, how to stop decking from being slippery in winter 08/11/2019
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How to Stop Decking Being Slippery in Winter [5 quick methods]

Slippery decking can pose a serious safety risk, particularly in winter when you add sub-zero temperatures, ice and snow to the already-wet conditions. Knowing how to prevent and treat slippery decking surfaces can make all the difference as the adverse weather conditions begin to close in, so we’ve put together a list of five easy tips on how to stop decking being slippery to help you prevent any nasty slips and falls this winter.  We’ve also added a bonus option at the end for long-term slippery deck prevention. So, let’s... Read More

11/10/2019
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What is Plywood? How To Use, Treat & Paint Plywood

If you’ve ever partaken in a DIY project or you’ve been involved in construction, you’ll have no doubt worked with plywood. This popular material has a whole host of benefits that make it great to work with, from its advantageous characteristics including strength through to its vast versatility and cost-effectiveness.  Whether you’re dealing with plywood for the first time or you’re looking for a little more information about this useful material, you’ve come to the right place. Here at Arnold Laver, we’re talking all things plywood, answering your FAQs and... Read More

11/09/2019

What is MDF board?

While it’s likely you’ve heard of MDF, you may not know exactly what it stands for or how it is best used. MDF is an extremely common material for building or DIY projects, yet one that is often misunderstood when it comes to quality – largely due to its lower price point. If you’re partaking in a DIY or building project and are debating whether to use MDF, you’ve come to the right place. Here at Arnold Laver, we’re answering all of your MDF FAQ’s, running through exactly what MDF... Read More