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4 Reasons to Replace Your Timber Cladding with Vinyl Cladding

Posted by on Jan 24th, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 4 Reasons to Replace Your Timber Cladding with Vinyl Cladding

Many people enjoy the look that timber cladding can give the exterior of their home. Unfortunately, there are plenty of reasons why timber cladding might need to be replaced. When that must happen, you’ll probably be tempted to simply stick with what you know, but that is rarely the best idea. Instead of replacing your timber cladding with more timber cladding, here are just four reasons why you should opt for vinyl cladding instead. 1. Watertight One the most important things to look for in cladding is an ability to resist water damage. After all, any moisture that is allowed to seep through is going to put the structural integrity of your home in jeopardy and potentially result in costly repairs. While timber cladding and vinyl cladding can both stop water, vinyl is a completely watertight material. If you live in an area that frequently experiences periods of heavy rainfall, vinyl is where it’s at. 2. Low Maintenance One of the biggest problems with timber is that it makes for relatively high maintenance cladding. Wood has to be painted, stained, sealed and re-sealed, so it isn’t exactly the most convenient option. In stark contrast, vinyl cladding is pretty much maintenance free. It never requires painting or treating, and it will never warp or crack. If you need to clean it down, all you’ll need to have at your disposal is some mild soap and water. 3. Pest-Proof Wood looks great to humans; unfortunately, it tastes great to termites. Since timber cladding sits right out in the open, you’ll always need to watch out for any signs that it has attracted unwanted guests. Termites will love getting a chance to eat their way in; if this occurs, you timber could need to be replaced once again, and they could even penetrate to other parts of the property. Luckily enough, even the most malnourished of termites won’t want to chow down on vinyl cladding. 4. Cost-Effective If you have to get your timber cladding replaced, you’ll already be facing costs that could probably have been avoided if you went with vinyl. Instead of opting for timber once again, go with vinyl to reduce the risk of needing to carry out further renovation work and pick up cladding material that cost significantly less than timber. You’ll save on your upfront costs. You’ll save on maintenance costs. You’ll save by not needing to worry about having your cladding renovated until many years have...

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Pre-Purchase Inspection Guidelines To Help You Buy A Safe Home For Your Family

Posted by on Jun 24th, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Pre-Purchase Inspection Guidelines To Help You Buy A Safe Home For Your Family

You should carry out appropriate pre-purchase building inspections before buying your new home. Proper inspection of a building will ensure that safety hazards are discovered, and you won’t have to buy a home that will put your family in danger. Below are basic inspection guidelines to help you assess the safety of a home you intend to buy. Assess the Structural Stability Make sure you pay attention to the structural stability of the house you want to buy, so as to detect any defects that may be present. The house should be well maintained, and repairs should be up to date. You may want to ask for a repairs report showing what has been repaired and replaced in the past. Some features, such as a sagging ceiling, cracks on walls, a noisy deck and roof ice dams may be signs of a faulty area in the structure of the house. When you notice these signs and anything else out of the ordinary, ask for a detailed explanation of the cause from the seller. Also, it’s best to hire a professional pre-purchase building inspector who may identify underlying problems that cannot be detected from the surface. Examine the Ventilation The ventilation of a home has a great impact on its durability. If the ventilation is insufficient, then moisture levels may rise so much that they trigger rotting, water damage and growth of moulds. As a result, degradation of the house will be high and its durability will not last long. Before you buy a new home, inspect the ventilation and ensure it’s sufficient. Some signs of poor ventilation you can look out for are growth of moulds, rust and a foul, musty smell. The structural layout of a home will also determine the type of ventilation that is most suitable for that home. You may want to hire an expert contractor to help you assess if the ventilation in the home you intend to buy is suitable or not. Identify Hazardous Areas Don’t settle for a home with hazardous features just because you’re desperate or in a hurry to move in another house. Pay attention to any hazardous places present in a home as you carry out pre-purchase inspection. Also, if you have kids or an elderly person at home, then remember to put their needs and wellbeing into consideration. Some hazardous features include loose fixtures, slippery floors, staircases lacking guardrails and weak gas lines. Request for repair or renovation of any hazardous features you will notice. Otherwise, if you don’t want to lose the house, you can have the price reduced so that the discount on price can cater for repairs or elimination of hazardous features in the house. The safety of a new home is one the most important things you should pay attention to. Carrying out proper pre-purchase building inspections is a great way of minimizing the safety risks and hazards of a new home, so talk with building inspections services in your area before purchasing a...

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Why Your Commercial Premises Should Have Window Security Films

Posted by on Feb 26th, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Why Your Commercial Premises Should Have Window Security Films

Security is something of utmost importance for every property owner; no one wants intruders to gain forceful entry into their property and steal or cause damage to their interior assets. What is more, all people inside a particular building should be protected from harm that may be caused by natural disasters such as hurricanes, mild earthquakes or fierce storms. That perhaps explains why, over time, manufacturers of safety and security-enhancing products have continually been striving to provide people with unique and effective ways to protect their homes, commercial buildings and industrial premises. If you are a commercial building owner, you should know that installing window security films is far more than just a safety and security addition to commercial premises, as shown by the following points: Sun control Commercial premises that are designed to allow plenty of sunlight into the interior space are usually favored because they can significantly reduce energy bills resulting from artificial lighting. Although natural lighting comes free of any electricity bills, it is important to point out that too much sunlight will increase glare and temperatures inside your premises. High temperatures may cause your air conditioning unit to run longer. Excessive glare, on the other hand, may make it very difficult for employees to view any computer screens, and you will end up losing money when your employees are not working optimally. In the end, what you save in terms of reduced cost of artificial lighting may be canceled out by more expenditures on A/C operation and lost worker productivity. Installing window security films will allow you to moderate the amount of glare and heat that enters the interiors of your commercial space. These security films come with reflective properties that help direct a considerable amount of sunlight away from your windows. Visual impact Adding security films to your windows is a superb way to update the exterior look of your commercial buildings without necessarily interfering with the exterior design of the premises. These films come in an extensive array of decorative styles to match the exact requirements you have for your outdoor space. Some of the decorative styles available on the market for you to choose from include frosted, patterned, mirrored, etched, and dusted versions, etc. Also, make sure you consider the privacy rating of the films, as each decorative version has a unique transparency level. With these two essential benefits associated with a window security film, you can be sure of a good return on your investment over the long...

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Three Industrial Cooling Tower Problems And Their Solutions

Posted by on Jan 25th, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Three Industrial Cooling Tower Problems And Their Solutions

As is the case with other types of industrial equipment, cooling towers are bound to suffer wear and tear after being in use for extended durations. This often creates the need to carry out maintenance and repair-related activities on the cooling tower. This article discusses three common problems that affect industrial cooling towers and their solutions for the benefit of business owners looking to undertake DIY maintenance of these cooling systems. White Rust White rust on industrial cooling towers takes the form of a white, powder-like surface that often appears on pre-dominantly wet surfaces of a cooling tower. White rust is an especially common problem with cooling towers made from galvanized stainless steel. The pre-dominantly wet conditions on affected cooling tower surfaces encourage the rapid spread of white rust on the galvanized surface. Dealing with white rust on cooling towers often involves the use of a stiff-bristled brush to get rid of the powdery rust and the application of protective coatings such as aluminum paint and epoxy-based paints that have high quantities of zinc. In severe cases of white rust, there may be a need to use chemical cleaning solutions alongside the stiff-bristled brush. Examples of these solutions include Phosphoric and citric acid. Should it come to this, care should be taken not to strip off the galvanic coating on the cooling tower through the over-zealous use of chemical cleaning solutions. Scaling Scaling is also a common problem with industrial cooling towers. This problem occurs when the high temperatures within the cooling tower interferes with the solubility of mineral compounds in water being used with the evaporative cooling equipment. The now insoluble mineral particles are deposited on heat exchange surfaces of the tower. Accumulation of these deposits over time creates a “scale” on the heat exchange surface. The scale reduces the tower’s ability to disperse heat, thereby making it less energy efficient. Scaling on cooling towers can be tamed by the use of mineral stabilizers that prevent the deposition and subsequent accumulation of insoluble minerals on the hearting surface of a cooling tower. Biological Contamination Biological contamination of cooling towers refers to the growth of bacteria, algae, and other forms of biological life on cooling tower surfaces. Extensive biological growth on a cooling tower can lead to the formation of a biofilm on the affected surface, which will offer unwanted insulation around the cooling tower. Application of biocides on affected surfaces of the tower can help to keep biological contamination at bay. For further assistance, contact local professionals, such as those from Breezewater Pty...

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Questions a Potential Homeowner Should Ask about Solid Timber Doors

Posted by on Jan 18th, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Questions a Potential Homeowner Should Ask about Solid Timber Doors

When you start touring homes and narrowing down the home you want to buy, there are certain questions you think of asking. Some of these questions deal with the age of the wiring, when the last time the heating system was checked, and the last time the roof was repaired or replaced. One set of questions you may overlook asking relates to your solid timber doors. Here are some important questions you should ask: Has the Door Been Weatherproofed Recently? This question is one of the first that you should ask. Ideally the answer should be yes and the time frame should be within the last two years since most weatherproofing lasts about that long. If the real estate agent doesn’t know the answer, or if the answer is no, then you will need to have the door checked by a contractor. The contractor will check for damage, wood rot, or weakness due to weather and water damage. If none is found, then you can have the door weatherproofed and maintain that as part of your household maintenance routine. If the door does have damage, it may need to be replaced, though repair is an option if the damage is minor. What is the Type of Wood Used in the Door? Different woods have different maintenance steps that need to be completed in order to keep the door in good shape. For example, if you have chosen a solid timber door made of teak timber, then you may need to invest in teak oils to keep the door looking its best. You may also find that some woods need a different type of weatherproofing or waterproofing agent made especially for them. The type of wood used for the door also plays into how you can stain it, paint it, or if it will change to a lighter or darker shade naturally over time. Has the Door Frame Been Damaged or Replaced? Even if you are focusing on questions about the solid timber door, you may overlook the frame. If the frame isn’t made of the same wood, if it is older or newer, or if it has been replaced recently, then you need to know. These factors can play into possible drafts that may occur from an ill fitting door frame. They can also play into how you maintain the door versus how you maintain the door frame and weatherproof both effectively. Another aspect to consider is security. If the door frame is older and can easily be damaged, then the strength of the door may not matter. These questions, and their answers, can make a big difference when you make an offer on your home. Make sure that you write down the answers and that you double check with the contractor, such as those at Johnston Joinery, during a building inspection to ensure there are no problems that may lead to wood rot or timber door...

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About Me

Every time anyone goes in an out of our bathroom at night I can hear it because the bathroom door squeaks. I've asked by husband to fix it so many times that I am sick of the sound of my voice. I am getting a contractor to fix the job and do all of the other jobs on my husband's to do list. I am sick of nagging him, so I'm hiring in someone to get rid of all of these little issues. This blog is for other fed up wives who just want to see their houses fixed like they asked.

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