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Month: December 2016

Be Safe Round The Fire This Christmas

Be Safe Round The Fire This Christmas

We at Archadeck Outdoor Living cannot believe it is already September! Nights are getting longer and cooler as we move towards the fall months. Just because the temperatures are dropping doesn’t mean we have to move indoors though! Fall is a great time to spend outside and custom outdoor fireplaces and fire pits are a great way to extend your time outdoors. If you are considering adding a wood-burning fire feature or have one in your yard, make sure to practice these safety tips.

Consider proper placement. Fire features, especially open fire pits, shouldn’t be placed on the property without thought. Because of the heat and fire, they need to be set away from the house, a minimum of 10-15 feet. You’ll also want to look up and see if there is any tree overhang right over the fire itself. If there is low over hang, it’s not a good spot for a fire.

Look at what is beneath or around it. Fire features are pretty versatile, but need to be constructed properly as not to damage the surrounding landscaping around it. When set on a patio there is less concern about burning grass than when it’s set into the middle of the yard. Make sure there is some type of flame resistant barrier which holds the flame in if you have a wood burning pit.

Be careful what you burn. You may think that burning yard debris is the best way to get rid of it, but it can be a safety hazard. Dry leaves, for instance, create a lot of smoke making the area unsafe. Many municipalities don’t allow leaves to be burned for this reason alone.

Be prepared to put the fire out. When it’s time for you to go inside, NEVER leave a fire going unattended. Dirt, sand or water can be used to safely put out the fire. If you are investing in a fire pit, make sure you have a way to stifle the fire as well.

At Archadeck Outdoor Living, we design and build custom fire features for homeowners regularly. They are a great way to keep people outdoors throughout the year and truly make your backyard feed like a living space. When starting a project that includes a fire pit or fireplace, we’ll discuss gas versus wood-burning, size, and material. As with any garden rooms project we want to make sure the fire feature doesn’t look like an afterthought but instead looks like it’s always been part of the design.

Business Ventures with AVA

Business Ventures with AVA

We have had a special offer just for our site from a company called avatravel who are a Coach Hire Lancashire company. They are in partnership  with another company that specialize in smaller parties so they have access to vehicles to fit all your needs. Whether is be getting to or from the airport, your works do, college, or a full blown vacation they have you covered. If you get in touch with us here at wedaair we can get you a discount but for a limited time only.

Here at Avacoach, we provide a reliable coach hire service across Lancashire from our Taxis Leyland base. Affordable Coach hire services operate from Leyland, Preston, Chorley and other destinations across the North West and around the UK.

Avacoach is a sister company of Avacab Taxi’s and together have been in service for over 20 years, transporting passengers to all corners of the UK. Operating a fleet of coaches ranging in size from mini-buses to luxury coaches. Here at Avacoach we specialise in private coach hire and european tours.

Our growing list of satisfied clients typically ranges from leading tour operators to private individuals, schools, colleges, universities and clubs.

Here at Avacab, we provide a reliable taxi hire service across Lancashire from our Leyland base. Affordable Taxi hire services operate from Leyland, Preston, Chorley and other destinations across the North West and around the UK. Avacab is a sister company of Avacoach and together have been in service for over 20 years, transporting passengers to all corners of the UK and Europe.


Your Wooden Flooring

Your Wooden Flooring

How do you choose a wood floor, and what price should you pay? This week’s consumer test reveals huge price variations on top-name brands, with savvy buyers able to save more than £1,000 on identical flooring tools by shopping around.

The style choice is bewildering; take your pick from ash, bamboo, beech, cherry, iroko, maple, merbau, oak, walnut and many others. Walnut is currently the most fashionable for contemporary homes.

The next choice is between laminate, engineered and solid wood. Beware cheap laminates; they are to this decade what swirly carpets were to the 1970s – a design disaster that will reduce the value of your home and will be instantly ripped out by new owners.

In this price test we looked at two of the best-known and best-selling brands in the real wood market, Kahrs and Junckers. Many other brands compete, and DIY stores deal in own-brand products, too, but these two appear to have the widest number of stockists and strongest market position. But don’t fool yourself about the final cost; fitting and accessories can easily add £30 per square metre to the bill.

Need to know

Laminate vs engineered vs solid: A laminate is a piece of plastic with a photographic image of wood grain, mounted on MDF. They cost as little as £5 a square metre and although scratch-resistant, once damaged are non-repairable. Engineered flooring has a veneer of real wood, usually 3-7mm thick, that can be sanded up to five times. It is particularly suitable for use over concrete floors and in kitchens. Solid wood is one piece of wood from top to bottom. As it needs to be nailed to a permanent floor, a concrete base is a problem. Some newer floors can be floated on underlay.

The extras: Foam underlay starts at around £1.50 per square metre rising to £3-4 if you need sound-proofing. A damp course membrane (about £20 per room) may be needed on concrete floors. The big sting is wood trim if you’re not prepared to lift the skirting boards and run the floor under. It costs around £10 a metre, or about £120-£150 for the standard living room. Delivery costs are typically up to £50, although if you buy in bulk – much above £350 – delivery should be free.

Fitting: Most laminates are sold as do-it-yourself click-together products. Laying engineered or solid wood requires a high level of DIY competence. But fitters are very pricey; the rule of thumb is to take the basic price per square metre and double it once fitting and accessories are included. At £30 per square metre, a wood floor in a 5m x 4m lounge would cost £600. Add fitting and it soars to £1,200.

The grades: Most real woods are sold under “grades” describing its look rather than durability. “Rustic” tends to be cheapest as it has the most knots. Select or prime grade has the fewest defects and the highest price.

The strips: Engineered real wood is sold as one-strip, two-strip or three-strip, and in differing lengths. The main difference is the width of the wood; three strip is the narrowest. Single strip (or plank) is the most expensive. Longer lengths also go for higher prices.

Unfinished or finished? Unfinished floors give you almost unlimited colour stain options. But they must be sanded and finished after installation, which typically puts the room out of service for several days. Pre-finished floors have a factory-applied finish, so the room can be used within hours of installation.

Lacquered or oiled? Lacquered floors have an acrylic varnish which gives them a sheen and makes them relatively easy to clean. Oiled floors are becoming more popular, looking more “authentic” but need to be oiled twice a year, depending on the wear they receive. They also cost about £2-£3 more per square metre.

Do you need an “expansion” gap? Yes. A 10mm gap around the perimeter of the room must be left to allow the boards to expand and contract. If you don’t, it may buckle or leave gaps.

Bathroom floors: Most manufacturers caution about laying a real wood floor in a bathroom, particularly beech, which is more sensitive to moisture. If the room tends to get very wet and humid, solid wood is likely to be inappropriate. Laminate or lacquered engineered floors may be more suitable. Don’t leave wet bath mats and towels on the floor.

Kitchen appliances: You should install flooring under kitchen appliances, but be careful when you slide the appliances over the floor.

Toilets: It is not advisable to fix any object through a floating wood floor.

Guarantees: Most floors come with a minimum of a 10-year guarantee, although some are up to15 years.