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What to Look for when Purchasing Security Front Doors September 30, 2017

Purchasing doors is never an easy undertaking. This is why most people would instead leave this job to the repairman. This is often accompanied with regret when the door fitted is not what you were looking for. The choice of an entry door is a matter of balancing your needs regarding style, security, and durability.

The good thing is that there is a wide range of door styles available to suit any household. You will be spoilt for choice, and it is possible to get better than what you expected. The front door is among the most important parts of your house. It should be stylish and well maintained to create a good impression to visitors and guests. Whatever type of security front doors you finally settle upon, it must be sturdy, tasteful and easy to maintain.

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Choosing the Right Rooflights for your Building September 2, 2017

Rooflights and skylights can be fitted into most buildings in some way. There are plenty of different options for you so it’s a matter of choosing the right one for you. Here are some thoughts to guide you in the right direction:

  • Choose rooflights that are the right pitch. Check in the specification, as some will only be suitable for flat roofs.
  • Ask the supplier. A good supplier will know all about the products and rooflights they sell. They can also advise you on installation.
  • Look at online galleries. This will give you an idea about the types of products that are on the market and what kind of look you are going for.
  • Think about functionality. Do you need smoke vents? Do you want your rooflight to be hinged to allow for extra ventilation?
  • Decide on glass or polycarbonate. Glass is more premium and is usually used in homes.
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Can you Make Use of Suntubes? August 29, 2017

Natural light is really important for any building. It is important that you bring in as much light as possible, helping to make a pleasant home or working environment depending on the nature of the building. You may think there is no way you could bring light into certain places but this is a common misconception. The best way to use light in hard to reach places is with suntubes.

Suntubes are used to direct light from roof level into a space below. They are different to rooflights in that they are much smaller and can be fitted into virtually and roof space. This makes them ideal for helping to bring more light into areas like hallways, stairwells and landings. The light is directed down reflective tubing into the room and it may surprise you just how much difference this supposedly small amount of light can make – you will never regret installing suntubes.

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Smoke Vents and Automatic Opening Vents July 17, 2017

Smoke vents and automatic opening vents (AOVs) are important facets of smoke safety systems. They should be installed in all commercial buildings where the fire regulations say that they are required. Often, they can be installed anyway to make a building even safer. They can all be linked together with the rest of the fire safety system in order to make sure all the different parts are working together to ensure the ultimate protection for people inside a building.

AOVs can be linked up to fire alarm systems and will open when they sound. They can be set to open in other situations as well, creating a way for smoke to exit a building. Smoke vents perform much the same function. AOVs might also be used for access to a roof area or another hard to reach part of the building, making it easier to get in and out.

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Visiting UK Cities with Great Architecture March 12, 2017

You don’t have to be an architect to appreciate great architecture. A city that has some impressive buildings, whether old or new, can be a really enjoyable place to spend time and take some photographs. The good news is, you don’t actually have to leave the UK to see some really unique and interesting buildings. Here are some cities you can visit if you are looking for some impressive architecture:

  • London. The mix of old and new in this city makes it an incredibly interesting place to explore. The modern part of the city has many skyscrapers where you can enjoy a cocktail and a great view over London.
  • Glasgow. This city features lots of the work of the great architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh. The Glasgow School of Art is one of his great masterpieces.
  • Bristol. The old houses and flats in and around Clifton are beautiful and architecturally very interesting but the new parts of the city, like the shopping malls and entertainment centres, are also very impressive.
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