Blacketts Doors: Internal & External Doors

Blacketts Doors: Internal & External Doors
Internal doors and external doors, glazed & solid. Blacketts Doors  of Newcastle upon Tyne offer quality discounted internal & external wooden doors & door furniture for your Home. With many door styles available in oak, ash, cherry, red hardwood, pine, pitch pine and HDF white primed, having options in pre glazed or un glazed, internal & external doors. We are unable to supply composite or PVCu doors.

With a large collection of all types of doors including traditional doors, external wooden doors, glazed doors, internal doors, together with a large selection of quality door furniture and hardware. Our range of internal wooden doors are found here. For more information please visit the Blacketts Doors website or call us today on 0191 2734073.

DIY Online Sales Increase in September

DIY Online Sales Increase in September
Some 22.4% of retail sales took place online in September, the highest proportion since January this year, according to the BRC– KPMG Retail Sales Monitor for September. The rise from 21.5% in September 2016 came as online sales of non-food products grew by 10.7% in September, above average for both the last three months (10.0%) and 12 months (8.8%).

The index found that during the four weeks from August 27 to September 30 overall retail sales grew by 1.9%, on a like-for-like basis that strips out the effect of store openings and closures; up from 0.4% growth recorded in September 2016; while total sales grew by 2.3% in September 2017. Although online sales of non-food products grew, in-store sales fell by 1.5% in total and by 2% on a like-for-like basis.

“September saw a second consecutive month of relatively good sales growth which should indicate welcome news for retailers and the economy alike,” said BRC chief executive Helen Dickinson. “Looking beneath the surface though, we see that much of this growth is being driven by price increases filtering through, particularly in food and clothing which were the highest performing product categories for the month. Retailers have worked hard to keep a lid on price rises following the depreciation of the pound but with a potent mix of more expensive imports and increasing business costs from various government policies, something had to give at some point.

“From a consumer perspective, spending is still being focused toward essential purchases but shying away from big ticket items such as furniture and delaying the renewal of key household electrical goods. Online has been the biggest beneficiary of the resilience in consumer spending capacity in the past two months, sustaining a return to double digit year on year growth figures as shoppers responded well to discounts and the on-going investment by retailers in improving the mobile shopping experience.

“September’s overall growth may increase the likelihood of an uplift in interest rates in November. So with stronger headwinds brewing, it’s vital government keep a tight lid on those costs under its control which impact on retailers, the cost of doing business and ultimately consumers. The Chancellor has a great opportunity to do just that in his upcoming budget by not adding yet another rise on the business rates bill of every retailer in the country.”

KPMG UK head of retail Paul Martin said: “September’s performance will have left many retailers with smiles on their faces, with sales up 1.9% on a like-for-like basis compared to last year. “The August bank holiday and favourable autumnal weather lent a helping hand to non-food sales;

Online sales continued to soar with double digit growth, outpacing the uptick seen on the high street. “However, with potential interest rate rises on the horizon, shaky consumer confidence and ever increasing levels of household debt, uncertainty remains. We’re now moving into the final quarter which will ultimately define whether 2017 has been a good or bad year for retailers.”

Thinking of Changing your Internal Doors

Thinking of Changing your Internal Doors
Thinking of changing your internal doors and are looking for some inspiration? Look no further than Blacketts Doors of Newcastle upon Tyne. With an extensive collection of doors and door furniture to choose from, our internal doors range includes classic moulded, pine, contemporary white-primed, stunning feature doors, innovative folding doors and fire doors. Our typical moulded door is constructed with a honeycomb core for a strong and robust finish. These doors are available with a solid timber outer frame, fielded panel and a timber insert for locks.

Simply by fitting new doors you can create quite an impression within your home or workplace. Doors are touched and seen close up every day, so don’t just go for the cheapest replacements, look at the rest of your furniture and fittings, what are you trying to achieve.

There are many types of internal doors on the market but arguably the most commonly fitted doors would include panel doors, moulded doors and fire resistant doors. Here is a summary description of each of these door types.
Panel Doors These doors are typically of the four-panel type finish, but there are many variations and a specialist supplier such as Blacketts should be able to match the new door to the rest of your doors. These doors have solid soft or hardwood frames and panels so you can cut and plane them down to fit a particular frame.

Moulded Doors. These copy the style of a traditional panel door but cost less. The shaped surface can be formed from wood, plastic or manmade board, sometimes with a wood effect or coloured surface.
Fire-Resistant Doors.

Loft and garage access doors are required by the Building Regulations to be fire-resistant but more and more new homes are fitted with this safety feature throughout, as are newly upgraded period properties. The doors are thicker than normal (44-54mm) and are rated with a fire resistance time between 30 minutes and one hour.

You can choose between flush, moulded or even glazed patterns. This type of door has a dense compressed core material and the extra weight means they need a strong frame and special hinges as well as a closing mechanism.  Replacing your standard internal door with a fire-resistant type is a job for a joiner, as the frame may need to be changed to include a sealant strip that seals the room against smoke in the event of a fire.

Blacketts doors are a North East based DIY store. They have a large collection of all types of doors including traditional doors, external wooden doors, glazed doors, internal doors, together with a large selection of quality door furniture and hardware. Our range of internal wooden doors are found here. For more information please visit the Blacketts Doors website or call us today on 0191 2734073.

10 Different Ways To Decorate Your Windows

10 Different Ways To Decorate Your Windows
Depending on your style, window dressings are a great way to make a statement or subtly compliment the room’s furnishings. The decorating options for windows are endless nowadays, so you don’t have to resort to boring old vinyl blinds anymore. Make your windows work for you with these ten creative options for decorating windows.

1.    Venetian Blinds
Venetian blinds are a great option for rooms that get a lot of sunlight; their thick slats can be closed to block out sunlight completely, or tilted any which way to direct sunlight (like at the ceiling to diffuse the heat and glare). You can choose from a variety of materials depending on your needs; wood is a stylish choice that will make a room feel warm and rustic, whereas faux wood is perfect in rooms with moisture, like kitchens or bathrooms. A new stylistic feature of Venetian blinds is called Top Down Bottom Up—you can move the blind upwards from the bottom and downwards from the top to truly control the amount of privacy and light in each room.

2.    Roman Shades
Another stylish option for reducing sunlight in rooms is the Roman shades: this is a window covering that gathers together as you raise the shade, but smooths out as you lower it. You can get a thick, light-proof material to completely block out any light, which is perfect for apartments or homes in cities. They come in tons of patterns and colors, so you’ll have no trouble matching them to your room’s décor.

3.    Valance
A valance is a classic window treatment that’s back in style thanks to its clean lines and simple style. Valances are perfect for concealing messy window hardware for blinds or shades, while adding eye-catching detail to windows. If you’d rather leave your windows bare, valances are a subtle way to link the windows to your decorating scheme: a simple piece of fabric at the top of the window can accent and complement the rest of the room.

4.    Motorized Shades
Motorized shades are becoming increasingly popular because of their ease of use: you’ll never have to use a stepladder again to reach those pesky high windows. They add instant luxury to any room, and they eliminate the need for messy cords that can be dangerous for children and pets.

5.    Café Curtains
Café curtains bring a touch of sweet nostalgia to kitchens and sunrooms, and are perfect for rooms that need as much natural light as possible. This type of curtains let you maintain some privacy by positioning them a third of the way up the window, while still allowing in tons of sunlight. The fabric and rods are readily available in most stores, so you’ll have a ton of options to choose from.

6.    Woven Wood Shades
Woven shades are made of natural materials like bamboo, reed, grass and jute to make rooms feel down-to-earth and warm. The shades naturally filter light through the openings, giving you a much more organic diffusion of light than other shades or blinds. They come in so many different textures, designs, and stains to set exactly the tone you want.

7.    Sheer Curtains
If you love a beachy, breezy vibe, then sheer curtains are right up your alley. They let in lots of sunlight while maintaining your privacy, and you can double or triple layers of the sheers to suit your needs.

8.    Floor-Length Drapes
Heavy, floor-length drapes are a stunning option to any room, and can quickly dress up furniture, wallpaper, and windows. There’s infinite patterns, textures and colors to choose from, and they also have a practical side: in winter, the heavy curtains can act as insulation, preventing heat from seeping out through the window panes to save you money.

9.    Window Finishes
Screw messing around with annoying curtains and shades: defy what’s normal, and get interesting window finishes to treat your windows. There are so many unique options to choose from: frosted glass can completely protect your privacy while letting in a moderate amount of light, while decorative adhesives let you customize your windows as often as you’d like. If you love an over-the-top look, stained glass is a striking option that will truly make your windows stand out.

10.   Creative Alternatives
When it comes to dressing your windows, think outside the box: herb gardens make great and practical options for window sills in kitchens (think green living!), and living rooms can become super chic with paintings hung in front of windows. Vintage neon signs hung over windows make great talking pieces, while retro maps or posters can be made into stunning roller shades.

Blacketts Doors of Newcastle

Blacketts Doors. Interior & Exterior Door Specialists

Blacketts Doors are a family run business and was formed in 1946 by Robert Blackett under the name of  Blackett & Sons to provide new internal & external wooden doors, plus building services to those residing in Newcastle upon Tyne and the North East of the UK. Blacketts Doors pride themselves on not just being an internet company and you can be assured that you are dealing with a bricks and mortar company with a well stocked showroom, run by  people who have many years of experience dealing in commercial and domestic joinery products, particularly internal and external doors.

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Providing a High Customer Service
People who will always be available to provide information on the types of door available, a quality service and backed up by our commitment to holding good stock levels of both internal and external doors to always try and meet your requirements on demand.  We know a lot about all types of doors and we can provide you with technical help and support on doors and door furniture should you need it. Our team is very proud of our achievements to date and our business is recognised by many of our customers and manufactures for providing the best in quality, choice and service.

We supply to house builders, interior designers, joiners and to the general public from our shop and via this web site. It is our desire to always be part of a very enjoyable industry and to realise our ambitions. As well as offering all types of doors for sale, Blacketts Doors also offer a local door fitting service.

Offering a Range of Quality Wooden Doors
We are committed to sourcing and providing you with quality doors and fittings, including internal and external doors and offering you a quality service. You, our customers are the driving force behind our success and every person within our company will always recognise that customer service is the key to our future. We also recognize that people are very important to our success and that without a good team of people to provide you the service you demand, our company would struggle to exist.

Internal Wooden Doors
Blacketts Doors are committed to sourcing and providing you with the quality range of internal doors including oak internal doors, fire doors and all other types of internal door from glazed doors to solid. All available in a wide range of sizes and finishes, offered at the very best prices direct to the customer.

External Wooden Doors
As with all our other products, our range of external doors are all of the highest quality, available in a wide range of sizes and finishes, offered at the very best prices direct to the customer. Our portfolio of external doors includes wooden external doors, security doors and all other types of external door.

Contact Blacketts Doors of Newcastle
For further information on the range of interior and exterior doors available from Blacketts, please telephone 0191 273 4073 or contact us using the online form available at our website.

Fire Doors to Protect you Property

Fire Doors to Protect you Property

Blacketts Doors offer a range of high quality Fire Doors from their Newcastle showroom. To put it simply, fire doors save lives and are specialist doors tested against the elements and purpose-built to withstand roaring fires for as long as possible. Fire doors include vital safety features and really can be the difference between life and death.

So what is a fire door? A fire door is a door with a fire-resistance rating (sometimes referred to as a fire protection rating for closures) used as part of a passive fire protection system to reduce the spread of fire and smoke between separate compartments of a structure and to enable safe egress from a building or structure or ship. For a private premises, it is advised to install fire doors where the risk is most imminent, for example the kitchen, or rooms which house lots of electrical devices. If your property is a new build, it should have been subject to regulations ensuring certain doors are fire doors – check this with the developer.

To view the range of fire doors available from Blacketts Doors, visit our DIY Services website or call 0191 2734073. We offer FREE advice and will be happy to do our best to help you.

DIY Retail Sales Improve in June

Retail Sales Improve in June
Compared with May 2017, the volume of retail sales increased by 0.6%, with non-food stores providing the main contribution, up 1.8%. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) reports that warmer weather boosted clothing sales for retailers, however, household goods stores saw the biggest increase across all non-food retailers, with volumes up 3.3% for the month and a 2.7% rise the amount spent by consumers. Prices also held, with just a 0.3% drop in average store price.

‘Other stores’ within the non-food category, which includes carpet and floorcovering retailers, reported a 1.5% increase for June, with the average store price down 0.5% for the month, in line with the non-food stores category as a whole.

Average weekly spending online was £1.1 billion in June; an increase of 15.9% compared with June 2016. The amount spent online accounted for 16.2% of all retail spending, excluding automotive fuel, compared with 16.0% in May 2017

Online sales of household goods, saw the smallest year-on-year growth across the non-food store categories, up 8.7%. Department stores, meanwhile, reported a 15.6% year-on-year jump in internet sales, accounting for 14% of sales as a proportion of all retailing. Across all non-food store categories, online sales growth was +12.8% in June, accounting for 12% of all retailing.

In the three months to June 2017, the volume bought in the retail industry is estimated to have increased by 1.5%, with increases seen across all store types.

The growth for Q2 (Apr to June) 2017 follows a decline of 1.4% in Quarter 1 (Jan Mar) 2017, meaning we are broadly at the same level as at the start of 2017.

Commenting on today’s official retail figures, Office for National Statistics (ONS) senior statistician Kate Davies said: “Today’s retail sales figures show overall growth. A particularly warm June seems to have prompted strong sales in clothing, which has compensated for a decline in food and fuel sales for the month. “Looking at the quarterly data, the underlying trend, as suggested by the three-month on three-month movement is one of growth, following a fall in quarter 1, suggesting a relatively flat first half of 2017.”

Blacketts Doors Quality Internal & External Doors

Blacketts Doors Quality Internal & External Doors
Blacketts Doors offer a range of high quality joinery wooden internal and external doors, in a range of solid and glazed styles. A North East (UK) based family business, established for over 50 years, we can supply a vast selection of quality glazed internal wooden doors, external wooden doors door furniture, door frames and architraves and delivered anywhere in mainland UK (some Scottish Highland exceptions). We pride ourselves on exceptional customer service and competitive prices on all doors, offering a like for like price match guarantee.

We know a lot about doors! Our staff are always available to answer any technical queries on doors and door furniture you may have. With good ex-stock levels of both internal and external doors and a huge variety of products: pine internal doors, oak internal doors and more. Our team is very proud of our outstanding customer service which is recognised by many of our customers and manufactures for providing the best in quality, choice and service.

Internal Doors
Blacketts Doors are committed to sourcing and providing you with the quality range of internal doors including glazed internal doors, solid doors, fire doors and all other types, all available in a wide range of sizes and finishes, offered at the very best prices direct to the customer.

External Doors
As with all our other products, our range is of the highest quality, and includes glazed external doors and solid doors, available in a wide range of sizes and finishes, at the very best prices. Our portfolio includes wooden external doors, security doors and all other types of external door.

You will find a wide range of internal & external wooden doors in our online store for each and every room within your property, and of course we stock a great range of stunning wooden front doors and beautiful wooden patio doors designed to help lift the exterior of your home and provide the perfect welcome. Why not check out or latest stock now, you won’t be disappointed. For more information call us today on 0191 2734073 or visit the Blacketts Doors website.

 

Weather Impact on May Garden Centre Sales

Weather Impact on May Garden Centre Sales
Results of the Garden Centre Association’s (GCA) May Barometer of Trade showed that the weather was a big factor in sales during May (2017) and divided the country. Compared to the same month last year (2016) sales in the south were 9-13% down; the north fared better with sales down by 2%-6%.

“The weather played a big factor in our members’ May sales figures with, contrary to the norm, the north having better weather than the south,” said GCA chief executive Iain Wylie. “However, all of our members had a tough job trying to top the figures from May 2016 which was the highlight of last spring.”

Furniture and barbeque sales were -12.47%, gifts up 1.22% and hard landscaping -14.39%.

“After a buoyant start in May which included a bumper Bank Holiday weekend, the second week in May was a disaster,” said Cowell’s Garden Centre director Martin Cowell. “The daily average temperatures were 12-14 degrees, which certainly hampered sales, however, the last two weeks saw the weather improve and sales were flying again. We ended May -1% down on 2016 which considering the weather and record sales the previous year, we were very pleased with. It could have been much, much worse. Our top five performing departments in May were bedding at +6%, perennials +12%, shrubs +6%, garden lighting +88% and irrigation up +24%.”

Member garden centre sales showed an average overall decrease for the month of 4.64% and an average overall Year to Date increase of 6.4%.

The GCA Barometer of Trade reports are compiled using actual sales figures and provide an up-to-date trading position statement. They are made available mid-month following the end of the prior month after all member garden centres have submitted their results.

Internal Doors & External Doors from Blacketts Doors

Searching for Internal Doors & External Doors
With many door styles available in oak, ash, cherry, red hardwood, pine, pitch pine and HDF white primed, having options in pre glazed or un glazed, internal & external doors. We are unable to supply composite or PVCu doors.

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Blacketts Doors – Internal & External Doors
Blacketts Doors offer a range of high quality joinery wooden internal and external doors, in a range of solid and glazed styles. A North East (UK) based family business, established for over 50 years, we can supply a vast selection of quality glazed internal wooden doors, external wooden doors door furniture, door frames and architraves and delivered anywhere in mainland UK (some Scottish Highland exceptions).

We pride ourselves on exceptional customer service and competitive prices on all doors, offering a like for like price match guarantee. For information & order enquiries please call 0191 2734073 or visit the Blacketts Doors website.