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Wood and Beyond Blog

  • Is it time for New Garden Decking

    When summer arrives, there’s nothing nicer than a weekend spent out on your garden decking. Whether you’re enjoying a meal, watching the kids play, or reading a book, it’s wonderful to have an outdoor oasis in your home. If you’re looking to refinish your deck or even build a new one to take advantage of the summer months, you may be wondering where to shop. A wood flooring store may not be your first thought, but flooring experts also know a lot about garden decking, too! Although wood has long been a popular material for decks, it can be difficult to care for, requiring regular refinishing and sealing to prevent water damage and discolouration. For that reason, many people have turned to composite materials for their garden decki ... READ MORE >

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  • Oak Flooring Adds Value to Your Home

    If you’re remodelling your home with an eye to beauty and resale value, look no further than oak flooring. Oak is a classic hardwood flooring material that adds a touch of class to any home it’s installed in. Why choose oak over other hardwood options? It can easily be argued that oak is the best choice because of its beauty, durability, and the wide variety of finishes available. Benefits of Oak Flooring Oak has long been associated with wealth and luxury. It has a beautiful natural woodgrain, and its color only improves with time. Because it’s available in so many finishes, it’s equally at home in the restoration of a Victorian home and in the new construction of a modern house. Home buyers love oak because it speaks to quality. ... READ MORE >

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  • Laminate Wood Flooring – Sustainable and Beautiful

    When it comes time to choose materials for your home project, your thoughts may turn to sustainability. Most homeowners love the look of wooden floors, but hardwood brings with it concerns of deforestation. What If you could have the look of hardwood, while still being kind to the planet? Laminate wood flooring is a popular choice for environmentally conscious contractors and homeowners. While hardwood floors require the harvest of old-growth trees, laminate is made with the byproducts of the lumber industry and other post-consumer materials. Made from Sustainable Materials Laminate wood flooring is a composite material made of sawdust, wood chips, and other post-consumer wood products. A wood-grain image is applied over the top of this c ... READ MORE >

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  • Co-Extruded Composite Decking Explained

      If you’re planning a decking project, you’re probably in the process of debating the benefits of solid wood decking over composite decking. Even if you’ve already made the decision to choose composite decking boards, there are still further decisions to be made. One such decision is whether to choose co-extruded decking or normal composite decking. At Wood and Beyond, we know that these decisions can be tough if you’re not living and breathing decking day-in and day-out like we are. That’s why we’ve created this co-extruded composite decking guide. What is co-extruded decking? Co-extruded decking, in short is a particularly high-tech decking option that boasts even higher performance than normal composite decking. The ... READ MORE >

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  • Buyers Guide to External Porcelain Tiles

      More and more people in the UK are enjoying an all-year-round indoor-outdoor living experience – and that really is great news. Decks, terraces, efficient outdoor heating and effective outdoor lighting mean that even in the winter months we can enjoy the great outdoors a whole lot more than was ever possible before. At Wood and Beyond, we’re renowned for the quality of decking we’ve supplied over the years and continue to supply to this day, but one of the things we’ve been asked for more and more often recently is external porcelain tiles. For anyone who’s a close follower of our blog, you’ll know that it’s not all that long ago that we started stocking porcelain tiles. The reason for that is that we take our flooring ... READ MORE >

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  • Threshold is an Essential Flooring Accessory - Here’s Why

      Are you planning a new floor? Have you just fitted a new floor? Are you over the moon with the results? Or are you pleased with most of the job but noticing there are little finishing touches required? The right accessories can make a world of difference One of the big things that people often forget about when they’re planning a new floor is how they’ll transition their new floor with the floor in the adjoining room. If you’re not running the same floor throughout your home, achieving a seamless effect can be a real challenge. Unless you’ve got one of these. T Thresholds A T Threshold like this can make the difference between a nice job and a fantastic job. Using one of these is the perfect way to make one floor sit effor ... READ MORE >

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  • Laminate Flooring Structure

      It’s not so very long ago that we started to stock laminate flooring at Wood and Beyond. Prior to that, we had held off selling laminates because we hadn’t found an option that we were truly happy with. We now have! Since we’ve been stocking laminate flooring one of the questions we most commonly get asked is “What is laminate flooring made of?” That’s why, in this article we want to show you how our laminate floors are made up – in other words the laminate flooring structure. That said, it’s important to stress that not all laminate floors are the same. Ours truly are top quality. Here’s what a laminate floorboard looks like when it’s taken apart     The top layer – The AC Overlay As you will see, ... READ MORE >

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  • Introducing Apollo Porcelain Tiles

      Apollo Porcelain tiles truly are a tile option with a difference. Available in matt and gloss, they are highly affordable but at the same time look undoubtedly top end of the market. You can see our full range here, but in this article we want to dig deeper on each of the 5 options we currently have in stock. We want to share some great ideas on where to use these tiles so you get maximum effect for your investment. Calacatta     Calacatta Apollo Porcelain tiles have a really glossy finish to them as well as a traditional marble colouration, which means that this sort of tile will add luxury and glamour to even the smallest and humblest of homes. Available in oversized squares (60 x 60), neat rectangles that measure 30 ... READ MORE >

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  • Comparing Luxury Vinyl Tiles vs. Laminate Flooring

      For a long time vinyl flooring got a hard time. In some ways it was justified, but what is less justified is giving it a hard time today. Vinyl has come a long way since it first took our floors by storm in the 1960s and beyond. The thing about luxury vinyl flooring today is that it is very similar in look and price to laminates, which often makes it a challenge to choose between the two. In this article we’ll explore the pros and cons of each with a view to helping you make an informed choice. How they’re made Both luxury vinyl tiles and laminate flooring are man-made, but it’s how they’re made and what they’re made of is what makes them different. Vinyl tiles are made 100% of plastic and laminate is made of a mix of MDF ... READ MORE >

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  • Grip Levels in Bathroom Floor Tiles Explained

      At Wood and Beyond we are conscious that while you know you can install wood flooring in bathrooms and kitchens, many of you still prefer tiles as your first choice. This is at least part of the reason why we’re now stocking a great selection of both bathroom and kitchen tiles. You can find our complete range here. We’re sure you’ll agree that each and every one of these tile options looks great. And when people make a choice about their tiles, one of the most important factors they consider is how the tiles look. That’s completely understandable. But after great looks, safety is usually high on most peoples’ agenda. When it comes to safety, grip levels are what you need to be thinking about. And like most technical elemen ... READ MORE >

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