Introducing Arktek Heating

Introducing Arktek Heating
Arktek Heating a North East based Gas Safe accredited installer and emergency repair company specialising in premium boiler installation and all aspects of maintenance and repair work, ranging from routine annual servicing to 24/7 emergency breakdowns.

They offer a carefully selected a range of boiler brands and models that meet the company’s high standard of service delivery based upon, quality reliability, service support and length of warranty. All of their boilers are A-Rated energy efficient boilers and come supplied with a manufacturer’s warranty, which ranges from 2-10 years, which covers any breakdowns, repairs or full replacements for the duration of the warranty.

They understand the importance of maintaining a reliable heating and hot water system in your home and, should you have any problems, are there to help you 24/7, and 365 days a year. They can also help you extend the life of your central heating system and protect your investment with servicing and maintenance by their team of professional, fully qualified engineers.

Unlike many gas installer and service provider, you don’t even have to think about servicing as they will call you to remind you when your next service is due and arrange a suitable time, day or night to complete your service.

For further information about the range of replacement gas boilers available or the landlord emergency repair and maintenance services, please call 0191 516 6911 or complete the online form. We will be in touch with you as soon as possible.

Search Engine Optimisation & Your Business

Why SEO is Good for Your Business
There are people out there searching for your products and services and because of this it makes sense that you want to appear as high in the search engine rankings as possible for a target phrase. However, there are other reasons you would like to rank well in the Search Engines, other than just because you want them to click through to your website. In fact, there is a certain amount of value in simply appearing in search results for terms directly related to your business.

SEO Provides Your Business Credibility
It is known that people searching the likes of Google, Yahoo or Bing (and others) make mental notes of the rankings for the terms they enter into Google and other search engines. Even if they don’t consciously realise it they do. And in the minds of consumers, your ranking is a vote of confidence: “Google says this business is relevant, so that must be the case.”

Effective SEO Brings Your Business Traffic
The better your website is ranked within the major Search Engines, the more potential visitors you will receive. It’s that simple… By optimising your website and then promoting it properly, your website can open the door for your business to new site visitors, which can equal new business enquiries and more sales.

The Direct Submit Approach to Effective SEO
Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) is the process of affecting the visibility of a website or a web page in a search engine’s unpaid results, often referred to as “natural,” “organic,” or “earned” results. Effective SEO is often an involved and often time consuming process that requires a good deal of expertise, research and modification of your website. This process helps the likes of Google and Bing knows your website exists and hopefully ranks it well for the selected key phrases.

Our approach to SEO typically is built around:

» Key Phrase Research

» Website Analysis & Compliance

» SEO Promotion & Marketing

» Linking Strategy

» On-going Monitoring & Maintenance
Time to Get Your Website Noticed
Direct Submit prides itself on the underlying process by which we approach each and every SEO project we are involved with. We understand that each client will have specific, individual needs and our approach in creating and implementing the correct SEO strategy is vital to the success of the SEO project. This approach and attention to detail is what has helped Direct Submit become a leading Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) company. Call us today on 0845 2722350 and get your website working harder for your business.

Sound Insulation Testing

Sound Insulation Testing
What can APT Sound Testing do for you? At APT Sound Testing, we offer Airborne and Impact Sound Insulation Testing in accordance with Part E of the Building Regulations and, where required sound testing on Schools BB93 & BREEAM. Under Part E of Building Regulations, this is a requirement for new and converted dwellings where there is a separating partition wall or floor. The sound insulation testing of existing buildings is carried out to assess current levels of sound insulation and to allow for the design of remedial measures, where the performance needs to be increased.

The buildings that currently require sound testing are:

1. Dwelling-houses, flats or rooms for residential purposes created by conversion of existing buildings or new build rooms for residential purposes will need to be tested if work starts after 1 July 2004.
2. New build dwelling-houses and flats will need to be tested if work starts after 1 July 2004.
Sound insulation testing is carried out to ensure that minimum standards of sound resistance have been met to ensure the well-being of new tenants is not compromised by adverse sound transmission.

The testing checks that the dividing partitions have not been compromised by poor workmanship and poor design. We use the latest sound testing equipment as shown below:

You are normally required to undertake sound testing to each type of construction, i.e. if you have a mixture of brick, blockwork, timber and metal studwork walls all four types would need to be tested, followed by a 10% sample of that type. For instance, if you have a project with 25 flats you would be required to do 3 x 6 pack of tests – 18 tests in total. Each 6 pack contains 2 airborne wall, 2 airborne floor and 2 impact sound tests; however if any test failures occur, then the number of sound tests may need to increase on the development.

We are also able to provide an acoustic design service, consisting of consisting of a new-build or conversion design reviews and site inspections, to ensure that proposed acoustic constructions and detailing of a new building will comply with the acoustic targets of the development.

In our experience the usual areas of concern are:

a. Dividing Wall Partitions – Through the wall partition if the insulation has not been installed correctly or isolation strips have not been used within the wall construction.
b. Dividing Ceiling Partitions – Above and Through the Ceiling Space (where an adequate acoustic break has not been carried on through the ceiling void)
c. Dividing Floor Partitions – Through Floor and Floor Joist Space (if insulation has not been installed or direct fixing to joists without a drop ceiling below the partition under test)
d. Shared Structural Building Components – Floor Boards, Floor Joists, Continuous Drywall Partitions, Continuous Concrete Floors, and Cement Block Walls.
e. Through Structural Steel (structural steel beams are often a major cause of noise transmission as plasterboard is often fixed directly to the steel without sound breaks)
f. Plumbing Chases – Junctures Between the Walls & Floor Slab Above or at the Exterior Wall Juncture (this should be filed with mortar etc. to add mass to this weakened area)
g. Through Windows (if they are not double glazed or have secondary glazing as a minimum)
h. Minimal dimensions between windows – if windows are built very tight to the dividing wall/floor partition this can be a weak point.
i. Fixtures & Outlets – Light Switches, Telephone Outlets, and Recessed Lighting Fixtures (if penetrations have been cut back to back with the opposite dwelling under test)
j. Structural Joints – Perimeter Joints at Wall & Floor, Through Wall & Ceiling Junctures (these should be filled with acoustic mastic)
k. Around the End of the Partition Through the Adjacent Wall (acoustic mastic should be used to seal this junction)

We can also undertake reverberation time assessments – and testing where required) for communal areas, as required by Document E of the Building Regulations. Excessive reverberance is a common problem in large spaces such as community halls etc. leading to poor audibility or speech intelligibility negating the room’s effectiveness for meetings etc.

If you are unsure whether the Regulations apply to your development or if your site needs sound insulation testing, please call your local office on 01525 303905 or visit the APT Sound Testing website where our team will be happy to discuss all aspects of acoustics or sound insulation within buildings, and explain the testing procedure.

Looking for Quality Conservatory Roof Blinds

Looking for Quality Conservatory Roof Blinds
Adding conservatory roof blinds is an excellent way to really make the most of any conservatory but finding good quality blinds for a reasonable price can be difficult, especially if your conservatory has an unusual design.  If you have been considering adding blinds to your conservatory but haven’t found anything suitable taking a look at the excellent range of conservatory roof blinds available at Instyle Blinds could help you find exactly what you are looking for.

With many styles and designs of conservatory roof blinds available no matter what you may have in mind for your conservatory at Instyle Blinds you will find plenty of inspiration, with choices of style including venetian blinds, vertical blinds and woodweave blinds and with a wide range of colours and patterns on offer as well you will be certain to find the perfect roof blinds to help you create a conservatory that you really love.

With a made to measure and professional fitting service available getting beautiful blinds for your conservatory is made really easy with Instyle Blinds, all you need to do is give them a call to let them know what type of blinds you are interested in and they will be able to give you all the help and advice that you need. With a friendly and knowledgeable sales team available to answer any questions or queries you may have they will be able to help you select the conservatory roof blinds that are most suited to your needs and help you make sure that you are completely happy with any order that you make.

So if you want to transform your conservatory into an attractive and comfortable living space that you can enjoy all year round get in touch with Instyle Blinds to see what they can do to help, you may be surprised how easy it can be to create the conservatory you want, with the expert service, competitive rates and high quality blinds they have on offer at Instyle BlindsThe inStyle Blinds and Shutters Company has been manufacturing bespoke blinds for homes across the UK for over 30 years.

Our price match offer, lifetime guarantee, local production, green manufacturing practices, price match offer and lifetime guarantee ensure that you will have the best possible customer experience and, once the installation is complete, you will fall in love with your conservatory all over again. For more information or to book your free appointment, call us today on 01642 762497 or visit www.instyle-blinds.com

Tree Surgery Services for the North East

Tree Surgery Services for the North East
As the warmer weather begins to get closer many of us are starting to prepare for the summer to arrive by wiping away the cobwebs and having a really good spring clear out, but many of us overlook the garden until the hot weather really starts. If you would like to spend your summer enjoying your garden by having barbeques with your friends, tending your flowers or just simply relaxing while you sunbathe why not get your garden nice and tidy now before it has a chance to grow and get any more out of control?

If you have recently moved into a new property or have had a problem area within your garden for some time certain tasks can feel overwhelming or out of your control but don’t worry, with the right help and advice any garden issue can be solved with far less time and trouble than you might first think, leaving your outside space looking organised and far more spacious.

If you feel that there really is too much to do you may want to consider bringing in a professional tree surgery service such as Stan Timmins and Sons Ltd to help you get the job done. Problems such as ivy and other deep rooted weeds, diseased trees and massively overgrown areas within your garden can be difficult to solve if you don’t have the skills and equipment required to make sure the job is done safely and properly at Stan Timmins and Sons Ltd they cover a wide range of heavy garden tasks alongside an excellent range of tree surgery services so they will be able to help you solve any issues you may have within your garden or other outside space.

With a wide customer base across Newcastle and the North East you can take a look at some of the excellent reviews and testimonials that have been left as well as finding out more about the wide range of professional and fully insured services that they have on offer, so if you really want to make the most of your garden this summer why not get in touch with Stan Timmins and Sons to find out they can help you?

We believe at Stan Timmins Tree Surgeons that we can provide you with the quickest and most accurate tree surgery, to suit whatever work you need done. We offer the advantages listed above and we have had many customers who have praised us and thanked us for our work. You can see these customers at our Testimonials page.

For further information on the range of gardening and tress surgery services available please call 07966 207280 or visit the Stan Timmins Tress Surgery website today.

Conservatories Blinds Direct. Making More of your Conservatory

Conservatories Blinds Direct
If you want to give your conservatory a lift and make it into a room that you can really enjoy spending time in getting some new conservatory roof blinds could be a really good idea, at Conservatory Blinds Direct they offer an excellent range of high quality made to measure blinds that you can have delivered directly to your home.

No matter what type of conservatory you may have you will have no problem finding the type of conservatory roof binds that you may require, and with fittings designed for many types of conservatory available at Conservatory Blinds Direct you can be sure to find everything that you need to make your conservatory look absolutely fantastic.  With an excellent measuring guide available giving you all the information you need to be absolutely certain your measurements are correct and you have all the materials your require regardless of whether you have a P-Shaped conservatory, an Georgian conservatory or a Lean Too Design creating the design you want couldn’t be easier.

With an impressive selections of designs on offer if you are looking for inspiration or are looking for something really unique at Conservatory Blinds Direct you are certain to find something that will complement the rest of your conservatory perfectly.   Whether you are looking for a design that is patterned or completely plain with so many choices and colours available you are sure to find the perfect shade or pattern to match the rest of your decor, and with so many types of blind in stock including venetian blinds, roller blinds, pinoleum roof blinds, vertical blinds and pleated blinds you may find it hard to make a choice, you can also add extra items such as bi-fold door blinds to really complete the look.

Adding conservatory roof blinds to your conservatory will not only make it look more pleasant it will also enable you to control the temperature more effectively making it comfortable to use all year round, at Conservatory Blinds Direct they use Advanced Solar control technology in the fabrics that they use, this special coating reflects radiation from the sun helping to cut heat build-up by up to 66%, adding blinds can also help keep you conservatory warmer during the winter months by preventing cold air from entering and helping to keep the warmth in so you can enjoy your beautiful conservatory no matter what the weather may be like outside.

Ordering conservatory roof blinds direct to your door couldn’t be easier with Conservatory Blinds Direct, with a full fitting service available as well all you need to do is choose the blinds that are perfect for you, supply the measurements you require and they will do the rest of the hard work for you, and if you do find you need a bit of extra help or advise their friendly team of customer service staff are always available to answer any questions or queries that you may have.

So if you really want to make the most of your conservatory why take a look at some of the excellent blinds available at Conservatory Blinds Direct? With such a wide range of choice, easy ordering process and competitive pricing you definitely won’t be disappointed.

Conservatory Blinds Direct is part of the InStyle group, a well-established supplier of conservatory roof and window blinds throughout the UK. All of their Conservatory Blinds Direct products are made from the finest components and materials available, they are so confident in their products they are able to offer an industry unheard of 5 year Parts & Labour guarantee on all blinds made. As a leading UK manufacture to the window blind trade and now they are offering the chance for you to cut out that middle man and buy direct from the manufacture saving you hundreds and in some cases thousands of pounds over retail prices.

We are always happy to help and our friendly team will be happy to help you if you have any questions regarding an order, measuring, fitting or any of our products. Simply call on 01642 762497 or visit the Conservatory Blinds Direct website for more information.

Compliance for Server Room Integrity Testing

Ensuring Compliance for Server Room Integrity Testing
Air leakage and smoke ingress are detrimental to an installation’s firefighting capabilities and can result in massive failure of your critical asset. Ensuring compliance for server room integrity testing compliance should be at the top of the agenda for all facility management companies.

The effectiveness of a gaseous fire suppression system can only be guaranteed, if the enclosure surrounding it is air tight. Unfortunately if the system does not operate effectively, by maintaining the correct concentration for an effective time period,- usually 10 minutes) it may cause the whole system to fail resulting in critical system failure.

Previous studies have revealed that the predominant cause of failure of gaseous extinguishing systems is inadequate room sealing to the building envelope. It is also found that room integrity performance reduces with time, usually due to changes in construction, mechanical and electrical services as well as a natural breakdown of sealing materials such as mastic and/or sealing foam etc.

Ensuring good room integrity should be shown the highest priority. And once the room/enclosure has passed its annual server room integrity test, it should be carefully maintained throughout the year. Any extra works undertaken to the room envelope within the annual test period may result in the need to undertake another integrity test.

The room integrity door fan test is undertaken in accordance with the general requirements specified in BS:ISO 14520, NFPA 12A, NFPA 2001 and isroutine practice for most major companies. The insurers and regulatory authorities usually insist on annual room integrity testing. It is worth noting in the event of a critical failure of your protected enclosure, if you don’t have complaint certification you may void your buildings insurance.

If you require more information in regards to a server room integrity test, please do not hesitate to contact us on 07775623464 or email us at: www.aptsoundtesting.co.uk