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Everything you need to know about sustainable timber

sunlight-between-trees-in-woodlandLast month we talked about the various types of wood that are available to help you better understand the choices you have and how the different options apply to different uses – from window and door joinery to large and small pieces of furniture. This month we want to tell you more about the sources of wood – in particular, the ones that are more sustainable allowing you to make an informed choice of material for your home with a much lower impact on the environment.

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Guide to wood types

wood-grainWood, perhaps the most common building material anywhere. As a natural product it is easy to find and fairly straightforward to work with. And while we may not build our homes and furniture almost entirely out of bamboo like they do in some parts of the world, we do rely on it a lot as a building material. So what options are available to us? What are the pros and cons of each? We take a closer look at wood this month and try to answer some of these questions in order to help you make a decision on the right wood type for whatever it is you may need it for.

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Timber joints and summer maintenance

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It’s been pretty hot lately and we have all been feeling it! What’s more, it is still only July, so if this record summer heat is to continue we could have more hot spells over the next couple of months. Our homes are feeling it too, particularly those areas that have natural materials such as timber which will react to changes in temperature and humidity. How can we look after them so that they are not stressed with the large change between our very cold winter and our super-hot summer? Let’s take a look at the properties of timber, how it is used in our homes, and what we can do to look after it well.

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How secure are bi-folding doors?

lady-looking-out-of-bi-fold-doors-on-to-gardenThinking of installing bi-folding doors but not sure about how secure they are? Fear not, as they are as secure as any other type of door! This month we look at bi-folding doors, why they are a great addition to any home – internally or externally – and what in-built features they have to make them a secure option for your home.

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Finding the right carpenter

carpenter-using-carpentry-tools_Whatever job you need done at home, it is important to find the right professional to do it for you. When it comes to carpentry, this need not be a difficult thing to do, you just need to know what to look for when looking for a carpenter.

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The benefits of wood in construction

new-house-being-constructed-using-timberWe recently talked about how to best preserve and maintain the wood within you home. For a quick reminder, here is the relevant article. That may have got you thinking… What are the benefits of wood over other materials and is it still something that is widely used in the construction of homes and their constituent parts? So we are taking a step back this month and looking at this a little more closely: what are the benefits – and disadvantages – of wood as a construction material?

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