26th July 2021
20s vs 20s - what's changed in 100 years?
The 20’s has rolled around again, so we thought we’d look back to the interior and exterior ironmongery trends from the last 20’s, look at how trends have evolved, and how you can bring some 1920’s twists in to a 2020’s home.
23rd July 2021
Building a Pergola with IronmongeryDirect
As part of our Outdoor Projects series, we walk you through this step-by-step guide to create a beautiful outdoor socialising space for your clients in the form of a Pergola.
20th July 2021
Making the most of the outdoors with IronmongeryDirect
Now that summer is in full swing and people are looking to make the most of the outdoors, there’s never been a better time to familiarise yourself with the product solutions available for outdoor projects. In this blog we have identified the key projects trending this summer and the products available on our site to ensure tradespeople have the products needed for the job.
19th July 2021
What you need to know about wire balustrade regulations
Wire Balustrades are the perfect way to provide unobstructed views without compromising on providing a barrier between a raised element of any home or commercial building and the ground below. But what some may not know is that these Balustrades must adhere to strict regulations to ensure the safety of those making use of it and the security of the building itself.
14th July 2021
The perfect playlist for each trade revealed
Whichever industry you work in, it’s common for people to listen to music whilst they get on with their daily tasks, and tradespeople are no exception.
12th July 2021
Traders guide to van security
For any business or sole trader, a van is an essential means to get you and your tools from A to B. However, statistics show that your trusty transport could be vulnerable to burglary, theft and vandalism, putting your equipment and your livelihood at risk. We explore the best ways to protect your van to keep the burglars at bay.
9th July 2021
The Best Practices For Sealing and Draught-Proofing
We take a look at some common sealing missteps, how they can affect a home or business, and most importantly, how to adopt better practices going forward.
5th July 2021
Guide To At-Home Storage Solutions
Over the past year, many parts of the trade have been forced to switch to an at home approach, with some parts of the trade having to stop completely at times.
2nd July 2021
Bathrooms - Accomplished
Following on from our expert tips on kitchen upgrades and renovations last year, we share our knowledge once again to show you how you can better your bathroom.
30th June 2021
BS 8300 Buyers Guide
Regulations are an important part of any project, ensuring that certain standards are met so that any building is safe and functional, as well as meeting the specific needs of the occupants.
28th June 2021
Ironmongery Glossary: 30 terms you need to know
All of the terminology and jargon in the world of ironmongery can get confusing at times, this is why we have created a glossary of the lesser known terms so that you’re always in the know at every job. Whether you’re learning for the first time or brushing up on terms for a specific job, you’ll be sure to wow your customers with your extensive knowledge.
25th June 2021
CE Certification Marking Changes: what you need to know and what this means for you
For the past 36 years, the CE marking on everything from ironmongery to medical equipment has been a strict requirement for any product being sold on the European Market. However, with preparations for the UK to completely break away from the European Union well under way, this certification is set to change. We take a look at what these changes mean for the trade and all of the important information you need.
21st June 2021
Pocket Door Kits vs Start From Scratch: The Best Solution For You
Pocket Door Systems are a great addition to any residential or commercial building, combining aesthetics and functionality to create a stand out fixture as well as space saving benefits.
17th June 2021
UK construction companies increase R&D spend by £70 million
To help businesses understand what R&D is and how they can claim for it, we’ve partnered with Peter Corley, Associate Director at Gateley Capitus, to reveal the key facts you need to know about the initiative
9th June 2021
Choosing the right vent for your project
No matter the building or structure, ventilation is crucial to ensure a project lasts as long as possible. As well as improving air quality, ventilation often plays an important role in preventing damp, rot and other structurally detrimental decay. However, not all vents are created equal – each vent has its own specific purpose. If you’re not sure which vent you’ll need for your next project, you can learn more about air bricks, as well as floor, hit and miss, louvre and slotted vents below.
1st June 2021
Bank holiday construction: how loud is too loud?
Falling on weekdays, sometimes a bank holiday can occur slap bang in the middle of a project. Whether you’re looking to get ahead of schedule, or didn’t plan for the break in work, you might be wondering if you can continue construction on a bank holiday.
24th May 2021
Door Knocker 101: Which Door Knocker Is Right For You?
Door Knockers have come a long way since their invention, with new practical and aesthetic features being added to create a selection of multi-purpose front door furniture. We take a look at some of these decked out Door Knockers and help you figure out which of these features will have the greatest benefit to you.
7th May 2021
Working with Mind to raise awareness of mental health in the trades
We have collaborated with Mind to highlight the growing problem of declining mental health in the trade, find out how we did our part to raise awareness and how we contributed to improving vital resources to tackle this important issue.
4th May 2021
Immaculate Ironmongery – How To Clean Your Hardware After Installation
Finished a project to be proud of? Don’t forget to add the finishing touch – a gleaming finish that makes your hardware pop. But one size doesn’t fit all – cleaning hardware post installation always depends on the materials and finishes you’re working with.