Maintenance

How to clean and maintain composite decking

Wood plastic composite decking isn't the same as timber decking - and while it's likely to require far less maintenance than timber decking, it still needs to be cared for and cleaned properly to ensure that it lasts.

Decking maintenance

Decking maintenance

Not all decks require that much maintenance. With wood plastic composite (WPC) decking and uPVC decking, for example, it's almost a matter of install-and-forget.

How to restain a deck or pergola

Over time, decks may lose their colour and lustre. Find out how to choose the right stain for your deck, and safely restain it to the best effect.

How to clean and oil a deck

Properly cleaning and oiling your deck will help to bring out its natural colours and make it look like new. Find out the best way to go about it.

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What's a building envelope?

What's a building envelope?

If you're having a house designed for you, chances are that you've heard the phrase 'building envelope' being thrown around. Find out what this means, and why it's so important.

Lighting
A rail mounted light fitting

Light fittings

Light globes connect to your house's electrics through light fittings. Read about how fittings work, the different types that are available and where they should be positioned.

Lighting

Daylighting options

Daylight is a crucial part of any lighting design, and when used properly can help save you money and cut the size of your carbon footprint.

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