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Posted by on Jul 12, 2016 in Uncategorized |

The Advantages of Glass Splashbacks in a Kitchen

Every type of material that you can choose for a kitchen splashback will have its own pros and cons, and glass is certainly no different. However, there are some very good reasons why homeowners choose glass for their splashback and for their kitchen benchtops. If you’re in the market for a new splashback for your kitchen, note why glass can be the best option over any other material.

Easy to switch looks

Glass splashbacks are typically not glued onto a wall. Instead, long pieces of glass are cut to fit the wall and then attached with connectors at each corner. The wall behind the splashback is painted, and the glass works to protect it. This can make it easier to change the look of your kitchen; you can have the splashback removed so you can repaint, and then have the splashback attached again just as easily. If you were to choose any type of tile as your splashback, removing it can mean removing the drywall to which it’s adhered and having to replace both the drywall and the tile. This can be a costly and messy job, so if you tend to update your kitchen’s appearance often, glass is the better option.

More durable

Tile used for kitchen splashbacks and benchtops is very durable, but it could still break if you were to set down something very heavy, pound something on the benchtop, or even expose it to high heat. The glass used for splashbacks and benchtops is very durable and meant to withstand this type of rugged abuse and heat from the kitchen. You may find that a glass splashback or benchtop lasts much longer than any type of tile, laminate, and other such material, so you would need to repair or replace it much less often over the years.

Lightweight

The splashback and benchtop material you choose will add weight to the walls of the kitchen and the cabinets themselves. In older homes that may have wood frames and flooring that have weakened over the years, you may find that you need to brace up the frame or the subfloor before you can add certain heavy tiles or a stone like granite. Glass is very lightweight and because a glass splashback is not glued to the wall itself, it typically won’t need this added bracing. It also won’t add much extra weight to the counters so you may not need to brace up the subfloor. This can make it a more affordable installation and also protect your home from potential damage caused by heavier materials.

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Posted by on Jun 17, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Batten Down The Hatches: Choosing Roofing For Buildings In High Wind Areas

It’s fair to say that Australia’s weather systems aren’t exactly forgiving, and various parts of the country are prone to cyclones, tropical storms and other sources of damaging high-speed winds. As such, the building situated in these areas must be constructed with wind resistance in mind from the ground up, and choosing the type of roofing to put on a building at high risk of wind damage is all-important. Unsuitable roofs can shed tiles and suffer structural damage that can be enormously expensive to repair, so keep the following factors in mind when choosing your roof:

What shape should the roof be?

A highly wind-resistant roof should present a low, sleek profile, to redirect wind around and over the building while avoiding generating too much wind resistance. Traditional two-sloped gable roofs are often unsuitable for these purposes, as wind hitting the flat sides of the roof is not redirected at all and can place great strain on overhangs and underpinnings.

Choosing a flat roof is obviously the most effective way of minimising wind resistance and is particularly useful when roofing commercial and industrial buildings. However, many residential home owners do not like the aesthetics of flat roofs, and planned communities may even block the building of a flat-roofed residential property. Consider choosing a hipped roof instead — these roofs slope downwards at all side of the building, to allow wind coming from any direction to pass smoothly over the roof.

What material should the roof be made from?

While traditional clay roof tiles look attractive and can stand up to some fairly robust winds, they are still vulnerable to wind damage. Moreover, tiles that are loosened by wind can come free, damaging other tiles in a cascade effect and even falling to the ground to endanger passersby. As such, a wind resistant roof should be made from slightly more exotic materials, such as:

  • Metal — Metal roofing is considered by many to be the standard for wind-resistant roofing, and the interlocked sheets of a well-made metal roof can withstand very high winds without shedding or becoming damaged.
  • Asphalt tiles — Heavy enough to resist high winds, and not prone to shattering like clay tiles.
  • Slate tiles — Extremely heavy and secure, but they are still prone to cascading damage if a tile is loosened. A good choice for residential properties where metal roofing would look too stark.

What about other design considerations?

Besides these general concerns, there are also a few specific precautions you should take when choosing wind-resistant roofing:

  • Avoid overhangs: Deep overhangs and other architectural embellishments can be very attractive, but they also dramatically increase the amount of uplift the roof experiences. Keep overhangs to a minimum, and avoid wide, flared guttering.
  • Choose a tough underlay: The underlay you choose for your roof should have excellent tensile strength to avoid tearing and damage from broken tiles.
  • Avoid staples: Stapling roof tiles or sheets down is quick and easy, but does not provide much in the way of strength. Nail your tiles in instead.
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Posted by on Mar 1, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Garbage Removal Services: Why You Should Let the Professionals Handle It

When it comes to handling your household garbage, hiring a local professional garbage removal service is certainly the best way to go. At a reasonable fee, you will get all your garbage taken care of in an efficient, safe and responsible manner. However, for those of you who are still determined to handle your own household garbage, there are a few things you may want to consider.

The equipment

In order to handle the garbage on your own, you will have to get a skip bin to hold and transport the garbage from your home. You will need to find a good skip bin hire deal or purchase one, if you feel so inclined, which you will then have to maintain at your own cost. Having a garbage removal service handle this for you, means you will not have to think about skip bins or their maintenance.

Safety concerns

Unless you are quite keen on separating your garbage, there are some hazardous materials that get thrown in together with the rest. These include items such as household cleaners, batters, fluorescent bulbs, garden chemicals and paint products, among others. They emit fumes that can be harmful to your health if you are repeatedly exposed to them, requiring protective clothing when handling this garbage. Most professionals are better equipped to handle these risks than you are, so it is better to let them handle it and eliminate the risk of disease.

Another safety concern has to do with handling the skip bins or dumpsters that store and remove the garbage from your property. Bins and dumpsters are made from dense material so that they can be viable for use with minimal repairs for a long time. This makes them quite heavy so that without proper skills and equipment to move them, you could get seriously injured. Rather than risking injury, let the professionals handle it.

Disposal

If you choose to handle your own household garbage, you are choosing to be responsible for both the collection and removal of the garbage from your home, as well as the final disposal of it at the right place. There are designated dumping sites that you can locate within your state or municipality, and you will have to pay in order to access them. Further, there may be items in the garbage that can be recycled and while you may know a few, there are others you may not be aware of simply because you are not a professional in the garbage business.

Garbage removal companies have a rapport with the disposal sites so by hiring bins, you will save both time and money dealing with these sites. In addition, they know all the recycling plants and can easily ensure that all the re-usable materials get to them in proper condition, something you may not be able to do as well.

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Posted by on Feb 23, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Finding a Contractor to Maintain Your Swimming Pool

A pool takes up a considerable amount of money and investment to construct. Seeing all these colossal amounts of money go down the drain is quite an unpleasant experience. All this can happen when you hire an amateur to do the job. Care has to be taken when maintaining the pool and, therefore, in selecting a proper pool maintenance contractor. There are definitely a few things you will want to consider when looking to hire a contracting company to maintain your swimming pool. 

  1. Do a Background check. A pool is too big of an investment to just let amateurish work spoil it. If you are seriously looking for a qualified contractor, then it is time to do a proper background check. This involves looking at records relating to the business and seeking for any complaints on the maintenance company. Search for a listed accredited company and follow them, even on social media, and get reviews, recommendations, or complaints on the company. Positive reviews equal better customer service.
  2. Get Recommendations. You know that neighbour or colleague with a swimming pool? The best real-time honest opinion about their maintenance contractor is from them. It is from them that you can also settle on a targeted list of who to approach. This group is normally willing to share their experience.  They can direct you away from or to a particular set of contractors. Recommendations can also come from internet forums or community websites where people share insights into the pool maintenance experiences they have had. But care and caution have to be taken in these, as they are easy to compromise.
  3. Get references:  You have spoken to your neighbour and also gotten recommendations from sites and friends. You select the company you want and arrange a meeting. The most logical step to take is to ask for the list of clients that they have maintained pools for. If the contractor is volunteering the list of their clientele, then it’s a great sign. Go through the list and don’t just pick the top four. Randomly go through the list and choose contacts randomly. Get their honest opinion and reviews about the contractor. Most importantly, know when the job was done. This is a pointer to whether the listed clients have been cherry picked.
  4. Always listen to your gut: From the time the contractor approaches you, always ask yourself whether they are worth the trouble. Too-low estimates or asking for payment in cash can be pointers. Follow your gut no matter what.
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Posted by on Feb 9, 2016 in Uncategorized |

How to Create a Mini Yard on Your Apartment Balcony

Exposure to nature is proven to have positive effects on your mental and physical health. However, if you’re one of the 11% of Australians living in a flat, you’ve probably not had the luxury of a yard to visit every day — until now. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to turn your apartment balcony into a miniature garden.

1. Lay Artificial Grass The logistics of laying down real turf on a concrete or wooden balcony are a little too complex to make it worth your while, but astroturf is a great alternative. High quality commercial synthetic grass can look just as good as the real thing, without all the drawbacks. As long as your balcony is relatively flat with good drainage, you’ll be able to get artificial grass laid on your balcony with little difficulty. Call in a professional to ensure your luscious lawn is the perfect foundation for your new mini yard.

2. Get Potted Plants Since you won’t have any soil to grow them in, pot plants are your next best bet. A variety of plants will adapt to container growing — from flowers to vegetables. The right plants for you will depend on how much space you have, which containers you prefer, and whether your house faces the sun. If you do your research before choosing, you’re bound the find the perfect foliage for your new yard. 

3. Place Outdoor Furniture What good is a yard if you can’t immerse yourself in it? Depending on the size of your balcony and its weight limits, you’ll have plenty of options for outdoor furniture. If you like relaxing, an outdoor chaise lounge and parasol will give you the opportunity to bask in the glory of your new garden. If you’re a foodie, why not opt for a table and chairs with a small barbecue? Unless your have a balcony that can withstand a very high load, opt for lightweight, wooden furnishing.

4. Attract Wildlife You’ve got the flora — now you need the fauna. Being high off up the ground, you’re in the perfect position to attract birds and butterflies to your new yard. Plants with pollen and nectar (like lavender and honeysuckle) will create a haven for pollinating insects like bees and butterflies. If you prefer birds, they’ll appreciate brightly coloured flowers too. If you have enough space, birdbaths, nest boxes, and feeders will all boost your chances of creating your own tiny wildlife park.

Even if you don’t have a lot of space, it is possible to create a mini oasis so you can enjoy the benefits of the outdoors. 

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Posted by on Jan 28, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Improving Treatment of Your Household Wastewater to Reduce Contamination

Having a wastewater disposal system in your home is important. However, with such systems, your household wastewater should be properly managed as well. This is because the wastewater may contain contaminants that can degrade the quality of water for uses like drinking, food preparation, and watering of livestock. Some of the potential contaminants in your household wastewater include infectious viruses, excess nutrients like nitrates, and disease-causing bacteria. Properly installed and maintained systems for the treatment and disposal of household wastewater will reduce the impact of the system on surface and ground water. Therefore, here are ways of effectively handling your household wastewater. 

Volume

Minimizing the volume of household wastewater that enters your treatment system is an effective strategy. This is because less volume improves the treatment by reducing the number of times you have to empty your holding tank. This means that waste will spend more time in the system, increasing the time for settling, aeration, decomposition, and soil contact. To reduce the volume of wastewater, you will have to minimize water use.

You can do in many ways. For instance, eliminate the non-functional uses like flushing your toilets to dispose of waste, such as tissue, which can be disposed like solid waste. You can also turn off the water between uses and fix any plumbing leaks. More importantly, create awareness in your family on how to reduce water use.

Quality

Domestic wastewater often contains some amounts of contaminants. This amount can be relatively small, but has a huge impact on the usefulness of the water in your home. Therefore, to ensure that you are improving the quality of your wastewater, try the following:

  • If you have a garbage disposal unit, minimize its use because they deposit large amounts of organic matter and suspended solids into your septic system. Moreover, they use additional water, and since you want to minimize water use, this won’t be so good.
  • Don’t push disposable diapers, paper towels, tampons or grease down the drains of your septic tank because such materials can clog the system and affect its performance.
  • Avoid putting toxic substances in the drain of your septic tank because they will end up in the ground water. Such substances include solvents, acids, degreasers, and the like.

Collection

Collect all the waste that should be treated to minimize the escape of untreated waste. Leaking treatment pipes or tanks can allow the wastewater to return to your water supply system without being treated adequately. Moreover, don’t let rainwater or water from your roof drainage to add to the volume of your wastewater. Instead, divert the clean water away from your house.

For further assistance, contact local professionals, such as those from Multiple Trades & Maintenance.

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