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What Is Stone Cladding & Why Should I Use It?

Stone Cladding

The modern building and construction boom has seen a wide range of new and previously rare construction materials become commonplace. One of these materials is stone cladding. In the past, stone cladding was reserved for wealthy or upper class properties because it was expensive to buy, install, and maintain.

However, Stone Cladding Perth tell us that this has changed over the past decade or so as quarrying and building techniques have advanced. Stone cladding is now a relatively affordable option which is available to anyone. It’s attractive, durable and customisable. It can be used internally or externally, and it offers a touch of style and class that simply can’t be matched by other building materials.

What Exactly Is “Stone Cladding”?

In the past, if you wanted something to look like it had been made out of some sort of stone, you pretty much had to make it out of stone. This was done, but it was expensive and time consuming. Modern stone cladding technology allows you to make it appear like your walls or structures are made of real stone at a fraction of the cost.

Applying stone cladding is as simple as glueing/cementing your cladding to existing walls. If you’re building a new house or outbuilding, all you need to do is make sure that you’ve got a smooth, structurally sound wall to apply the cladding to.

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How to Landscape for Privacy

Landscape for Privacy

With over 24 million people in Australia, it’s highly likely you will find yourself with neighbours. And that’s whether you want them there or not. If you’re a farmer, then you’ve got privacy galore. However, if you’re a city or suburb-dweller, then you don’t have that luxury. Instead, you have to look at your landscape design options to create a sense of it instead.

If moving to greener pastures is not an option, then consider these landscaping tips for creating your serene slice of paradise among the densely populated suburbs.

  1. Evergreen Hedges

If you don’t need a fence, or the price tag puts it out of your league, then consider an evergreen hedge. Use privet hedges or shrubs to offer a sense of privacy as well as shelter. A privet hedge can be quite high-maintenance with how much trimming it requires, so you may prefer shrubs. Visit your local landscaping expert for advice on the best plants to use for privacy hedges.

  1. Lattice Screens

Whether you want privacy in your porch or semi-private walls around your yard, lattice screens can help. You can either use them as a form of temporary fencing, or as a foundation for climbing plants to grow on. If you add climbing plants, it won’t be long until the lattice screen is a beautiful mixture of greenery and wood.

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Sustainable Landscaping – What do you Need to Think About?

Sustainable landscaping

When it comes to sustainable landscape design, there are three main things that you should think about – reducing energy use, reducing water consumption, and preventing the introduction of harmful chemicals into the environment. While many people choose to use experienced landscape designers to help them develop a sustainable garden and outdoor living space, there is no reason why you can’t do it yourself.

Keep in mind that you will need to dedicate a significant amount of time and effort to your garden design if you decide to do it yourself, but you will definitely find it rewarding and worth it if you enjoy spending time outside. The following guidelines should help you develop the perfect sustainable yard:

Reduce your water consumption:

Although it may seem difficult at first, it is actually extremely simple to reduce your garden’s water consumption. Just because you don’t want to water it anymore doesn’t mean that your garden has to be dead and dry looking – in fact, with a few informed choices, just the opposite is true.

The first thing that you should do is choose plants which are suited to your environment. As most of Australia is hot and dry, most of these will be native plants of some description. Things like eucalypts and bottlebrushes are very popular in home gardens, and should definitely be at the top of your list.

At the same time, you want to eliminate any practices which waste water. This includes things like sprinklers which aren’t well positioned, water features which encourage evaporation, and the watering of large lawns. If you find yourself wasting a lot of water on your lawn, then you have two options – you can either replace it with a synthetic lawn, or you can water it using greywater from your washing machine or shower.

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Never Put these Things Down your Drain

Drain

It’s amazing what people will throw down their toilet. Ask any plumber for some great stories. Many people don’t seem to really care about where everything goes – if it goes. We all know that there is a mess of pipes below the seat, and then it’s a bit of a blur as to where all the pipes take the stuff. Probably a treatment plant somewhere, right? But once you press the button on the toilet or pull the plug in the sink, for us the problem is gone.

Just washing the car or spraying the garden for bugs can impact our environment as harmful chemicals get washed down into stormwater drains.

The summer season is the time when we like to be outdoors doing a few odd jobs, and it’s when a person should be paying attention to what you is really going down your drains.

The following list is not comprehensive, but there are a few items here that you should avoid allowing into your sinks, toilets and drains.

Fertilisers

Using garden fertiliser is okay as it will be integrated into the soil and assisting plant growth. The fertiliser we are talking about is the old stuff you might have in your shed and you want to toss it. Don’t dump it into the drain system and ultimately into the waterways.

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Choosing Your Fence

Choosing Your Fence

When choosing a fence a lot will depend on what you want that fence to do for you. Fences can be built for privacy, security, decoration, safety, boundary marker and a fence to contain kids and pets.

Once you have made up your mind, then selection gets a little easier.

Privacy – tall, no gaps, durable and cost effective. You will find that a timber fence covers all those requirements fairly well. Look for a panel fence, easy to install, not too hard on the pocket, and decide on the height.

Security – height, structural strength and suitable material. Perhaps a mesh fence mounted on steel posts at heights of 2 metres to 3 metres will do the job.

These types of fences are okay for a business, but don’t look so good around your home, giving it the look of a prison. If you are really into keeping your home secure then a very tall timber fence that hides your property and prevents intruders climbing it might be the solution. Another solution is brick pillars with a lower brick wall between and then steel or aluminium posts or spears to a height of over two metres look good as well as being a deterrent for would be thieves or intruders.

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Materials Used in the Carpet Cleaning Process

Carpet Cleaning

The general carpet cleaning process can be extensive. It involves a variety of materials that help a carpet to look its best without weakening its fibres. So before you can clean the carpet, it’s a good idea to look those things that will be used in the process.

It is clear that water is used in the carpet cleaning process, since it is the base for any cleaning solution. Many professional cleaners have equipment that uses water as it’s cleaning base, but it’s important not to saturate the carpets, because it takes too long to dry and mould can develop. This is one thing to watch for when doing your carpets at home.

The temperature of the water is important as well. The water needs to be warm enough to dissolve the dirt in carpet fibres. It should not be too hot or else it might shrink some types of carpets, such as wool.

The amount of pressure being used in the carpet cleaning process must be checked properly. As professionals, like Commercial Cleaning Perth, know – Pressure is important as it ensures that the carpets being cleaned are treated without too much stress being added. Water weakens the fibres and if too much pressure is applied, it can damage them. At the same time, it’s important that enough pressure is applied to get the job done properly.

The pressure generated by a cleaner will cause the water and other compounds being used to move through the carpets quite well, taking out the accumulated dirt, but enough pressure must be applied to ensure that the carpet fibres are not going to suffer from more stress than needed. This is especially critical for finer carpets where some fibres might be at risk of wearing out or breaking apart.

Some chemicals may be used including some bleach or detergent materials.  Try and make sure organic detergents are used in cleaning your carpets. That way there will be no toxic fumes as the carpet dries and when the dirty water is disposed of, it won’t poison the waterways.

Sometimes the chemicals used might cause irritation on some fibres.  Some small amounts of chemicals remain in the carpet after cleaning it and can cause irritation to children or pets who sit on it. Eco-friendly products are less likely to have this effect.

A vacuum cleaner is typically used to remove the moisture and cleaning compounds from the carpet as the cleaning progresses. Again, the amount of suction should be carefully regulated so it will suck out all the dirty water and help dry the carpet without being so strong it is likely to cause damage.  There are many points to consider when getting carpets cleaned either professionally or by yourself. If you follow the instructions on the carpet cleaning equipment and the cleaners, you should have a great deal of success and make your carpet look bright and new.


5 Common Office Building Fire Safety Violations

Fire Safety Violations

Small business fire safety and fire protection is something which should always be taken very seriously, but which perhaps isn’t. Often, things like fire safety get pushed to the backburner, simply because business owners and managers have more important things – in their eyes at least – to do with their time.

Unfortunately, this leads to a wide range of fire safety violations. While the exact nature of these will vary according to the exact workplace fire safety laws in your state or territory, some of the most common fire safety violations include in Australian small businesses include:

  1. Using Poorly Maintained Fire Safety Gear

Fire safety equipment is essential when it comes to making sure that your small business is protected from fire. Things like fire extinguishers, smoke detectors and sprinkler systems are essential, and are often required under Australian law.

However, a lot of people don’t realise that these fire protection systems need to be serviced and maintained regularly. Most fire extinguishers should be tested at least once every six months, while you should test your smoke detectors regularly and replace their batteries as needed. If you don’t keep your fire safety gear well-maintained, you could find yourself in violation of workplace safety laws.

  1. Not Containing Fuel Sources Properly

Potential fuel sources need to be contained in appropriate storage containers or areas to reduce the risk of fire. Things like flammable liquids or gases need to be held in fire resistant containers, and isolated from potential ignition sources. Failing to do this can not only make your premises extremely unsafe, but can also put you at serious risk of breaking the law.

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Your Landscaping Needs

Landscaping Needs

In an age where technology is the rage, one of the simpler products is roll on lawn. But there is quite a bit of dedication and hard work that goes into producing a piece of roll on lawn. If you like to learn how things are done, to understand new things, visiting a turf farm might turn out to be an educational and enjoyable experience.

Types of Turf

Most of the turf farms in Western Australia grow quite a few different varieties of grass to suit the individual needs of both the people working in the landscaping business and the homeowner. Grass types like Matilda Soft Buffalo or Kikuyu can deliver results good enough to make even a fussy landscaper happy. Turf farms realise that variety is the key to making all their customers happy.

How is it Done?

The question is: how do turf farms make it all happen? Well, it’s not rocket science in its complexity but there are a few necessary steps. Not surprisingly, by mixing grass seeds and water and providing a lot of attention and love, the result is a satisfying product. By nurturing these different varieties of grass for one to three years, some specialised tools are then used to harvest the turf so that there is no damage to the root system. This is done by using a sharp blade, inserted below the roots, so that a roll of lawn can be lifted.

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How to Make Your Shed Match Your Home with Colorbond

Shed in Backyard

Not every suburban home has a shed in the backyard, but where this is possible there are many advantages, from extra storage space for the lawnmower, kids bikes and golf clubs to a place to work from when you are doing DIY projects. You can even clean it up for a teen’s birthday party or make it into a playroom for the children.  You could sit there and do your own hobbies while they play.

But one thing you would probably be concerned about is what the shed looks like. If you have a house you are proud of, adding any kind of old shed will only devalue your property. That is why it is important to take care with the design and the materials used. Don’t find some cheap material that is half worn out already for your shed. A new shed should be built with new materials so it looks spick and span, not like an old wreck.

If you have Colorbond roofing on your home, it is easy to build a shed to match by using the same material for the shed roof. In fact, Colorbond cladding can also be used too, either in the same colour or in one that matches the colour of the house walls. There are so many lovely colours to choose from in the Colorbond range that this will not be a difficult thing to do. Matching up the colours will unify the whole look of the home and shed.

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Different Types of Fencing Needed For a New Block

Different Types of Fencing

Many people choose a new block of ground to build their home on for various reasons. It may seem cheaper to build your own home than to buy one that is already built, and you can design it to suit your lifestyle. However there will be additional costs and fencing is one of them.

Not everyone has handyman skills, so fencing contractors such as Eline Fencing Perth will be needed to put up the fences that are needed. These will vary depending on the size of your land and what you intend to have on it. If you have pets, you will need to have a fence that will keep them in, particularly dogs; cats can usually jump over any kind of fence unless it is a high, security type.

Here are the different types of fences you may need.

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