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04/08/2020

The Arnold Laver Essential DIY Safety Tips Guide

At Arnold Laver, we are dedicated to helping our customers to achieve their DIY dreams. Whether you’re putting up a timber fence or decking in your garden, replacing a kitchen worktop or even transforming your home with a new staircase, we have all of the helpful hints and tips to aid you.  When starting a new DIY project, safety should be your first concern, no matter the plan or goal. While accidents can happen, you can largely prevent them by being cautious, responsible and by following our basic DIY safety... Read More

04/08/2020

What Type of Garden Decking is for Me?

At Arnold Laver, we believe that you should feel just as comfortable in your garden as you would inside your home and that taking care of your property shouldn’t stop at the back door. Make sure you can enjoy your home from the outside just as much as the inside, with stylish and sleek decking that will transform your outdoor space. Whether you’re looking to create a patio area perfect for an outdoor seating arrangement or want to maximise the space in your garden with various levels, every option is... Read More

how to clean and treat oak doors 10/01/2020

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

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

15/08/2019

How To Clean And Protect Wooden Garden Furniture

From al fresco dining to picnics or BBQs with friends, there’s nothing quite like summers spent in the garden. High-quality garden furniture is a must-have throughout summer, allowing you to unwind and relax in your very own homemade Eden.   However, once summer is over, how do you ensure your garden furniture is protected throughout the winter months? And how do you clean and restore old wooden garden furniture ready for the new season?  Join us at Arnold Laver as we run through everything you need to know to restore, clean... Read More

fire-door-test-arnold 01/08/2019
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Timber Doors Exceed Performance Requirements in Fire Safety Tests

Timber fire doors have been given a major safety endorsement after every single one aced stringent fire tests that were ordered by the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government (MHCLG) following London’s Grenfell Tower tragedy. One of the UK’s leading suppliers of timber and construction materials, Arnold Laver, provided a wide range of door sets for furnace testing between October 2018 and March 2019, and they were all found to exceed the minimum burn time requirement of 30-minutes. The testing of 25 timber doors, from Arnold Laver along with... Read More