Is it worth using travertine for interior staircases?

On the Polish, market there are a lot of materials which could be used for either the interior or exterior staircases. However, the object of desire for many an investor is stone, which guarantees durability and unique appearance. Most frequently the final investor’s decision to take is whether to choose granite, marble or travertine. The budget an investor can allocate remains a crucial point.

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How to design interior stairs?

These investors, who ponder how their interior stairs should be designed to look perfect and to be functional, face a big dilemma. Before getting down to a project, you should be beware of common mistakes made during a design stage, which might negatively influence your perception of this investment.

What might be the consequences of wrongly designed interior stairs?
The basic consequence of badly designed stairs in detached houses is mainly the lack of expected comfort, and at the same time problems with everyday usage of your stairs.In extreme cases, poorly looking stairs have a negative influence on the whole interior. The lack of experience in designing stairs should encourage any investor to seek cooperation with a designer who has plenty of successful realisations in their portfolio. In such circumstances, the likelihood of any mistakes is almost zero.

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A potbelly stove - what is it?

A potbelly stove is very simple to be installed as well as easy to be operated. What is more, it is a perfect solution for those who dream of having a fireplace at home but due to technical limitations, the installation of a traditional fireplace is not possible. Potbelly stove, which is in fact a free standing fireplace, is an interesting alternative to a room fireplace. 

A potbelly stove - what is it and how much is it to operate it?
A potbelly stove - the key to a cheap heating, can be connected without the necessity to demolish a newly completed interior. It is a cheap, efficient and wood-burning source of heat. Wood, which is an ecological fuel, is easily available. Free standing stoves, like fireplaces, can add an exceptional character and charm to any interior. They are usually made of steel or cast-iron, which for the most part, has an influence on their final appearance. Steel potbelly stoves usually take a simple form, they are smaller and are characterised by poorer heating performance. Potbelly stoves made of cast-iron are elegant and stylish. 

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When to choose steel inserts?

A lot of people wonder what type of a fireplace insert they should choose: a steel one or a cast-iron one? In no way is it an easy task, especially that before taking a decision, we should consider a number of other factors. To dispel any doubts, we are going to demonstrate when to choose steel inserts and when cast-iron ones. 

A lot of people wonder what type of a fireplace insert they should choose: a steel one or a cast-iron one? In no way is it an easy task, especially that before taking a decision, we should consider a number of other factors. To dispel any doubts, we are going to demonstrate when to choose steel inserts and when cast-iron ones. 

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When is it worth choosing a bio-fireplace?

When designing their interiors, a lot of people dream of their own fireplace, which will give their space a cosy and warm feel. However, the installation of a traditional fireplace is not always possible. In that case, a bio-fireplace is a perfect solution. When is it worth choosing a fire-place and how to install it?
A bio-fireplace is an ecological fireplace, which does not require any installation of a flue and chimney system, of a ventilation system or an external air supply system. It is an interesting alternative for anybody, who wants to enjoy the flicker of fireplace flames. 
A bio-fireplace - who for?
First of all, a fireplace is an ecological decorative element of any interior, which does not have such requirements as a standard room fireplace does, which means it can be installed anywhere we feel like it - including small spaces like the ones in blocks of flats. A bio-fireplace can either be an additional source of heat or the only one. 
A bio-fireplace usually resembles a traditional room fireplace, however, a lot of producers offer either its miniature varieties or a free-standing designers versions. The latter ones are more convenient as they can be installed in places of our choice. We can hang them on the wall, build them into a niche or even mount them on the ceiling. 
Bio-fireplaces, which is relevant, do not require any building permits or connection to a chimney installation. Thus, they can be installed in any place. Detailed installation instructions are found in producers’ manuals. A bio-fireplace is a perfect ground for architects, interior designers or ordinary users to show their talents.

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Conglomerate window sills - what interiors do they best harmonise with?

An inner window sill is a major finishing element of every interior. It is installed in the stage of plastering a room. Thus, it is worth taking a decision in advance, in the initial phase of finishing works. The purchase of window sills gets a raw deal, yet if you decide to buy conglomerate window sills, we can give you a few tips, what kind of interiors do they match best.
An interior window sill does not only protect walls against dust, which hovers over radiators, but it is also a principal decorative element. Window sills are produced from various kinds of materials starting from wood, through natural stone and ending with PCV. However, if you decide on conglomerate sills, it is worth considering if they will match your interior.
What kind of interiors does a conglomerate sill harmonise with?
While choosing a conglomerate sill, we should bear in mind that it should not dominate any interior. Ideally, a window sill should match such elements as a floor, a kitchen worktop or furniture. Since conglomerate is found in a variety of shades, conglomerate window sills match almost every interior. It is worth remembering that in the case of dark wooden window frames, it is better to choose a sill of the matching colour while with light frames we can go for sills of similar or even of contrasting colours. We should avoid stones of expressive patterns.
Window sill installation
An interior conglomerate window sill performs several important functions. Among other things, it allows the heat from a radiator to be evenly distributed and it protects a radiator from dirt settling. For this reason, its proper installation is very important. If we do it unskilfully, so called thermal bridging may occur, which leads to an additional heat loss. So an optimal depth for a sill installation should range between 1 to 1,5 centimetre, and the chink between the edge between the sill and the wall should be filled up with thermal non-conductive material.



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Agglomarble stairs - are they worth buying?

Agglomarble, in other words synthetic conglomerate is the material of high quality produced from carefully selected marble aggregate with the admixture of resin, which acts as its binder. Thanks to the application of modern technological processing, agglomarble can be used to produce stairs. Is it worth buying agglomarble stairs? Agglomarble is an exceptionally durable material of smooth surface, which can be easily kept clean. Additionally, owing to the use of resin, it is less brittle than marble or granite.

How is agglomarble produced?
Agglomarble is the stone made from carefully selected marble aggregates, which combined with resin form uniform rock of very smooth surface. Its composition is based on 90% of marble aggregates and 10% of epoxy resin. The absorption of agglomarble is three times as low as that of natural stone and its resistance to crushing and abrasion twice as high as that of natural stone. That’s why agglomerate seems to be an ideal material to produce stairs.
Is it a good idea to buy stairs made of agglomarble?
The answer to the above question seems obvious. Agglomarble is resistant to external atmospheric factors, damage and scratches - so we can certainly choose it to make our stairs. Are we going to regret this decision. Definitely not as agglomarble is one of the few materials which is unaffected by many external influences at the same time retaining its beauty.
Due to an array of colours it comes in and because of its processabilty, we will easily choose a material that will be suitable for your interior.

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Agglomarble or conglomerate?

While decorating our apartment or our house, we face a dilemma, which stone to choose be it for a kitchen worktop or window sills or stairs. The quality of stone and its price, these are two decisive factors we take into account when taking a decision. Natural stone is now facing a growing competition of its synthetic counterparts such as agglomarble. How do these two differ and which one is better, let’s say for a window sill.∂

Agglomarble - what is this?
Agglomarble is nothing more than a synthetic conglomerate, which consists of 95% of crushed marble and 5% of polyester resin, which acts as a bonding. Many a person considers agglomarble to be better than its counterpart, as it is more resistant to numerous external factors. However, it is a synthetic product and its final shape is created by its producer. What’s more, it is characterised by an array of shades because during its production a limitless number of pigments can be added.
Which is better for a window sill: agglomarble or conglomerate?
Natural stone, which is the main ingredient of both agglomarble and conglomerate, for the most part determines their technical and durability parameters. Therefore, quartz conglomerate is the most durable material - resistant to damage, scratches, cuts and high temperature. The use of resin, which bonds the material, gives it some degree of elasticity, which enables manufacturers to produce conglomerates of large formats and of diversified thickness. It does not make much difference whether we will buy window sills made of agglomarble or of conglomerate. Both these products will perform their functions effectively. These are very flexible and elegant materials, which have got a lot of benefits like: 
· interesting appearance
· durability
· resistance to external environmental factors
· temperature absorption
· UV resistance
· repeatability of patterns i shades
When buying window sills made of conglomerate or agglomarble, we have to face one problem only, namely which colour will best complement our interior.
This is a perfect and durable alternative to all natural stones used in the window sills production.

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