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Trade & DIY Blog | Bradfords Building Supplies

Customer Communication May 18th 2022
18 May 2022

Customer Communication May 18th 2022

Bradfords’ mission: ‘help people build’ has many connotations. During the early stages of the pandemic this meant offering a source for the products and materials which self-employed trades needed to keep working. Now, national, and global situations mean that our role to help people build is as important as ever, but that focus must be on looking at the broader context to ensure that we are enabling building beyond just the supply of materials. 

How To Lay Your Patio
14 April 2022

How To Lay Your Patio

We’ve already shown you how to prepare the groundwork, so now it’s time to learn how to lay your flags and slabs for an expert finish to your brand new patio. After creating a solid foundation, it’s time to lay your patio.

Patio Preparation: Putting The Groundwork In
14 April 2022

Patio Preparation: Putting The Groundwork In

A new patio can breathe new life into your garden, giving a high-end look and providing you with a great place to sit whilst enjoying the sunny weather. Bradfords has all you need to create the perfect patio, but it’s important to put the groundwork in and ensure all bases are covered when it comes to the preparation.

How To Lay Artificial Grass
14 April 2022

How To Lay Artificial Grass

Lay Artificial Grass as a replacement to real grass and you can achieve a well-manicured lawn all year round with minimal up keep. This type of grass can be used for a wide range of projects including play areas, pool surrounds and rooftop gardens.

How To Seal A Shower Tray
14 April 2022

How To Seal A Shower Tray

Whether you fitting a new shower tray or resealing your existing tray, our guide on how to seal a shower tray will take you through the job step-by-step.  Once you get the preparations out of the way, sealing a shower tray or bathtub is a fairly simple task that any DIYer can do. Our guide will make sure you have the right tools, products and techniques for a quick and easy job.

Patio Cleaning And Maintenance
14 April 2022

Patio Cleaning And Maintenance

No matter how well your patio has been laid and how high the quality of materials you use, you’ll still need to treat it with plenty of love in order to keep it looking its best. That doesn’t just mean regular cleaning, it also involves maintenance work that will prevent damage and prolong your patio’s life. Keep reading for a few top tips.

Treat Your Decking Right
14 April 2022

Treat Your Decking Right

Decking is a common feature in many gardens as it provides a sturdy and stylish platform that can be used all year round. Compared to a lawn it is relatively low maintenance which is often part of the appeal, but to keep it looking its best, it is recommended that you clean, restore and treat your decking on a yearly basis.

How To Use Postcrete
14 April 2022

How To Use Postcrete

If you are due to complete a project involving fixing wooden, concrete or metal posts, then you may need to learn how to use postcrete to secure them. Postcrete is widely known for securing fence posts and is predominantly used as part of the process when installing fences.

If you need to learn how to use postcrete effectively, we’re here to help.

How To Mix Mortar
14 April 2022

How To Mix Mortar

Are you about to work on a project that will involve using mortar? If so, you’re in the right place. Mortar is normally used for binding building bricks or blocks to form walls or structures, fill and seal gaps in brickwork, and sometimes to add decorative colour to masonry walls.

If you need to learn how to mix mortar to complete your project, we’re here to help.

How To Lay Palio Flooring
14 April 2022

How To Lay Palio Flooring

If you are looking for a new flooring solution, look no further than Palio flooring by Karndean. Its durability and ease of fitting make it a great choice for lots of projects and rooms for non-expert fitters and professional fitters alike.

Toolkit Essentials Checklist
11 April 2022

Toolkit Essentials Checklist

Getting the right Toolkit Essentials is important for any DIY or trades project.  Here at Bradfords, we believe that everybody should have their own toolkit. For the trade professional or seasoned DIYer, you probably already have an extensive collection of tools. For everybody else, it may be at the bottom of your list of priorities. Buying tools that will stand the test of time is important, but for the cost that this involves, it may be easier to buy tools separately.

A Guide to Choosing Exterior Paint And Wood Care Products
11 April 2022

A Guide to Choosing Exterior Paint And Wood Care Products

When it comes to painting the outside of your home, the choice of exterior paint and wood stain products can be confusing. Here’s a quick guide to help you make the right decision.

10 Unique DIY Planters
7 April 2022

10 Unique DIY Planters

Are you looking to showcase those flowers this summer? We have found 10 unique planters that are easy to do and will bring your garden to life.

Using Railway Sleepers in Your Garden
6 April 2022

Using Railway Sleepers in Your Garden

Using railway sleepers in garden design is a great way of adding something a little different to your outside space this summer, from the natural worn look of reclaimed timbers to the fresh clean edges of newly cut sleepers, the humble railway sleeper is a versatile addition to any garden space.

How To Lay A Foundation With Blue Circle
30 March 2022

How To Lay A Foundation With Blue Circle

Do you need to learn how to lay a foundation for an upcoming project? If so, you’re in the right place. Laying a foundation provides a sturdy structure to build upon...

How To Use Stonemarket Fast Point Jointing Compound
30 March 2022

How To Use Stonemarket Fast Point Jointing Compound

Jointing compounds are used outside on patios as a form of grout and provide the perfect finish for outdoor tiles, paving stones and slabs. Are you about to work on a project that will involve using a jointing compound? If so, you’re in the right place. 

How To Prepare To Paint Walls And Surfaces
30 March 2022

How To Prepare To Paint Walls And Surfaces

Prepare to paint walls and surfaces in the best way possible and you’ll find that not only does the finished result look more professional, but it makes the overall task go a lot smoother too.

Discover Our Dulux Heritage Paint range
30 March 2022

Discover Our Dulux Heritage Paint range

At Bradfords, providing high-quality and professional standard products are at the core of our product offering. That’s why we’re proud to bring the Dulux Heritage paint range to our customers.

Building Sustainable Communities
30 March 2022

Building Sustainable Communities

Focus at our recent @Builders Merchants Federation sustainability forum was on scope 3 carbon emissions...

Customer Communication March 3rd 2022
3 March 2022

Customer Communication March 3rd 2022

With so much going on across the country and the globe I thought it would be helpful to confirm what is happening within Bradfords.  We have record levels of staff in the branches and have increased our focus on customer service and are developing a few key initiatives to improve the service we offer.

Customer Communication February 10th 2022
10 February 2022

Customer Communication February 10th 2022

As we move through February, I thought it would be helpful to provide you with a Bradfords Business and Service update.  On Friday we were awarded ‘Builders Merchant of the Year’ and ‘Sustainable Initiative of the Year’ at the Builders Merchant News Awards in London. It is great to be recognised by your peers however it is you our customers that make us what we are – thank you.

Customer Communication January 13th 2022
13 January 2022

Customer Communication January 13th 2022

As we start the year, I felt it would be amiss if I didn’t give you an update on the business.  Stock availability is good across most product sectors. Lightweight blocks continue to be a challenge and our buyers are working hard to find alternative supply routes.

Customer Communication December 8th 2021
8 December 2021

Customer Communication December 8th 2021

What a year 2021 has been and I would like to thank you for your continued support. Bradfords is nothing without its customers and we are so grateful for what you do for us.  Stock availability has continued to improve, and the team have worked tirelessly to get us back to our best position this year. We are entering 2022 in great shape to be able to give you what you need in the quantities you need.

Customer Communication November 29th 2021
29 November 2021

Customer Communication November 29th 2021

Christmas is fast approaching, and like you we want to do our best to preserve the ability for us all to have the Christmas we were denied last year.  If you would prefer not to visit our branches, then please do give the branch a call to arrange for your products to be delivered.

Customer Communication November 8th 2021
8 November 2021

Customer Communication November 8th 2021

Please find the latest update on all things Bradfords and details of climate change, building sustainable communities.  COP26 brought together the world’s leaders to tackle the issue of climate change head on. There is so much in the press now, and it is very difficult to know what is real and what is not. In the weeks and months ahead, we will cut through the jargon and help you make informed decisions on the best way to design, build and run homes in the future.

 

Customer Communication October 25th 2021
25 October 2021

Customer Communication October 25th 2021

Welcome to my latest update on all things Bradfords as we head into Autumn.  Stock availability has remained flat but there are signs of some of the major supply issues easing. There is concern that haulage will continue to be a challenge right up to the end of the year. 

Customer Communication October 2021
1 October 2021

Customer Communication October 2021

I want to keep you up to date on all things Bradfords.

Stock availability is improving however issues remain with chipboard flooring and lightweight blocks. Inflation continues with our cement supplier and plasterboard supplier advising of double digit increase in January 2022. We continue to challenge these rises to try to minimise the impact on the cost to you. 

Customer Communication September 2021
1 September 2021

Customer Communication September 2021

I want to keep you up to date on all things Bradfords.  The national driver shortage has been well publicised in the last few weeks. The good news is that Bradfords are well resourced, and we have increased our capacity, taking delivery of 10 LGV’s in the last couple of months. Our lead times remain at 1-2 days across the branch network.

How To Lay A Block Paving Driveway
2 August 2021

How To Lay A Block Paving Driveway

There are many benefits to laying block paving for your own driveway. First of all, you’ll save on money, and you’ll also get to design it exactly how you’d like it. That’s why we’ve created this step-by-step guide on how to lay a block paving driveway.

7 Unique Garden Ideas
9 July 2021

7 Unique Garden Ideas

Fancy sprucing up your garden? We can help you there! With our 7 unique garden ideas, we’ll provide inspiration suitable for a variety of outdoor spaces. If you want your garden to look interesting without too much hassle, we have a range of low maintenance garden ideas for you. Have a small garden? Don’t fear. You can still make the most of your outdoor space with our water feature suggestions and small country garden ideas. Read on to discover all of our other unique garden ideas and tips!