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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

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

03/04/2018
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How To Choose The Right Shed

A shed is a great addition to any garden, offering a versatile solution for garden storage needs. To many, a shed is just a shed, but at Arnold Laver we love looking for new ways to update your garden with sheds that are much more than a simple wooden hut! In this blog we’re going to explore the different types of sheds available what you need to look for when choosing a shed and the best types to suit your outdoor space. What do you need it for? The type... Read More

31/01/2018

Sheet Materials: Tips For Using MDF

  Working with different sheet materials for home improvements or on a construction site, whether you’re a novice or a professional, can be a great basis to creating something long lasting and looking brilliant. Today at Arnold Laver we’re covering some simple tips for using MDF in order to help your projects run as smoothly as possible! Our sheet materials are the perfect place to start any DIY or construction project, as we provide a multitude of different types and finishes – you’re bound to find exactly what you’re looking... Read More

30/11/2017
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How To Refinish A Door

  Whether you want to update the look of your door with a fresh lick of paint, it’s good to start right at the beginning. Stripping the first layer of paint can reduce the danger of adding another layer of paint which may cause blistering. At Arnold Laver we have a dedicated department for all kinds of doors for interior and exterior use, with many suitable for refinishing with stains, paints or varnishes. How To Strip A Wooden Door There are many different ways to strip a door to its... Read More

30/10/2017
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How To Insulate Your Doors

Insulating your internal and external doors is imperative to keeping your home free from unwanted draughts and chills any time of the year, but it’s particularly important during the colder months. Late summer or early autumn is an ideal time to take a look at the current effectiveness of the insulation of your doors and improve their efficiency. Why is it important to insulate doors? Insulation for your entire home is important, including windows, floors, walls and doors, as a means to keeping the home energy efficient! The most known... Read More