The professional builder never uses the wrong tool for his or her job. Building supplies are as important at home as they are at work.
To give you an example – if you fill cracks in your masonry with the wrong kind of filler, i.e. non weatherised or non waterproof compounds, then you will get a pretty nasty surprise when the first rains come.
And if you are anything like the average man or woman in the DIY store, you probably know very little about the right or wrong kind of Chatham building supplies to use for each task.
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With summer constantly threatening to make its presence felt, and one or two good barbecue weekends already having passed, a DIY enthusiast's thoughts turn irresistibly to decking. A decking area adds value to the home, it means you have less lawn and earth to worry about maintaining, and it provides an excellent area to eat too.
But what decking should you choose? And what other building supplies do you need in order to finish the project off nicely?
Classic, traditional and contemporary decking ranges are made from a variety of woods, easy to treat and fit. Pick classic decking for a simple, timeless look. Choose traditional decking for a smart rural look. Or pick contemporary decking to add a touch of urban flair to your outside space.
It isn't just the flooring part of the deck you need to think about of course. Your decking options need steps and rails. Building supplies merchants sell a selection of styles and types including modern metal look railings; plastic-clad metal wire fencing; glass panels; and of course carved and simple wooden posts and fencing options.
The look you choose depends on the atmosphere you wish to achieve – but it also depends on the overall look and style of your home. For instance, a beautiful country cottage would probably look better with traditional decking, unless you were modernising external aspects of the property to fit with a contemporary feel.
Location plays a big part here as well. A cottage in a rural inland area looks better when you use traditional or classic decking; while cottages and properties next to the sea often benefit from a more contemporary feel, with glass sidings to allow an uninterrupted view of the coastline.
Building supplies extend from the biggest lengths of the treated or untreated word to the smallest screw and nail.
There is nothing more annoying than being halfway through a job and running out of building supplies – particularly where the job is an outdoor one, dependent on good weather to have it finished. Building up a stock of the things you need most regularly will ensure this doesn't happen