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Kentish Gazette Canterbury & District - East Kent Property - - DIYLIVING -

If you haven’t al­ready done so, now’s the time to win­ter-proof gar­den wood. Try us­ing Ron­seal Ul­ti­mate Pro­tec­tion Deck­ing Oil in Nat­u­ral Oak (from £35 for 2.5ltr, B&Q) for a sub­tle fin­ish. This oil slightly dark­ens the wood with­out greatly chang­ing its ap­pear­ance. Avail­able in nat­u­ral and sev­eral colours, Ron­seal Ul­ti­mate Pro­tec­tion is de­signed to pre­vent wood split­ting and grey­ing, and also re­sists mould and al­gae growth. It even re­stores nat­u­ral wood oils lost through weath­er­ing, and of­fers UV and wa­ter­proof­ing pro­tec­tion. Best of all at this time of year, it’s rain­proof in just 90 min­utes, so as long as you keep an eye on the fore­cast and the clouds in the sky, your hard work shouldn’t be ru­ined by the weather. Ideally, the floor/ground lev­els on ei­ther side of bi-fold doors should be the same. This may in­volve some work in the gar­den, but it will im­prove the in­doorout­door flow and in­crease the wow fac­tor, es­pe­cially if you use the same, or sim­i­lar, floor­ing on both sides. Engi­neered or solid wood floor­ing in­side and deck­ing out­side works well. Bi-fold doors are of­ten fit­ted in new ex­ten­sions, but if you’re retrofitting them, you’ll prob­a­bly have to re­plas­ter, re­dec­o­rate and move things like ra­di­a­tors, sock­ets and switches to make space. Off- the-shelf bi-fold doors are avail­able, but doors are of­ten made to or­der. Un­less you have an ex­ist­ing win­dow/door that’s the same as, or big­ger than, the size of the open­ing re­quired for the bi-fold doors, a new lin­tel will have to be fit­ted above the open­ing for sup­port. Your first step (at the plan­ning stage) should be to con­sult a struc­tural en­gi­neer, or use a rep­utable win­dow and door com­pany, to sup­ply and fit the doors. They should carry out a sur­vey and do what­ever’s nec­es­sary to make your home struc­turally sound. Plan­ning per­mis­sion isn’t usu­ally needed for If you get a builder to fit the bi-fold doors, it’s im­por­tant to get the work checked and signed off by a build­ing con­trol in­spec­tor (ei­ther from your lo­cal coun­cil or a pri­vate firm) to en­sure it com­plies with build­ing reg­u­la­tions. The eas­i­est op­tion is to have the doors fit­ted by a win­dow and door com­pany that can self-cer­tify that their work com­plies, such as com­pa­nies be­long­ing to FENSA (www.fensa.co.uk). If the man­u­fac­turer fits the doors, you should get a guar­an­tee and their help if any­thing goes wrong with them, but if they only sup­ply them and your builder fits them, you may be left with prob­lems no one wants to take re­spon­si­bil­ity for.

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