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Renovating an older home? Know the risks.

Thursday, February 5th, 2015

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Asbestos is a fire-resistant and durable mineral fibre. In Brisbane and all over Australia asbestos was used to insulate homes. It is a fantastic barrier against heat, noise and as mentioned before is fire resistant. Not only was it placed in walls, flooring, decking and roofs but was also mixed with other substances. Asbestos can be found in cement and plaster making it a great risk for home renovators.p4150096

Asbestos Use

Up until the early 1980’s materials mixed with asbestos were utilised in building construction. Products containing asbestos were used right up until the late 1980’s. Products that may contain asbestos if your home is older than 40 years include gutters, roof felt and shingles, cement, board siding & under sheeting, soffit boards, main panels and fuse boxes, walls, stucco, blown-in insulation, deck under-sheeting, downpipes and sadly the list goes on. This may seem overwhelming but there are now as many asbestos removal companies in Brisbane as there are asbestos cases. When renovating or demolishing an older house there is a high chance of coming across asbestos-containing materials so get in a professional before you begin your project.

If products made of asbestos are in good condition and left undisturbed, they do not pose a significant danger of releasing asbestos fibres into the air. However, once these materials have been disturbed or start to deteriorate then they pose a threat. Often a problem arises when material containing asbestos is drilled, sanded, moved, broken or dropped. During a renovation one or all of these actions are probable.

To avoid this risk have an asbestos inspection and asbestos removal company come in before you start your DIY project.

 

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The Hazards of Asbestos

Once asbestos is released into the air it becomes a hazard. Asbestos fibres are incredibly fine and can stay afloat in the air around a construction or demolition site for hours. Breathing in asbestos fibres causes a range of serious health problems the most common being lung disease and lung cancer. Asbestosis is the most common result of asbestos inhalation. It’s what the scarring and stiffening of the lungs caused by inhaling asbestos dust is called. Asbestosis causes breathing difficulties and can lead to fatal diseases like pneumonia and heart disease. Exposure to asbestos has also been documented to cause lung cancer and mesothelioma. The thing about these diseases is they take years to expose themselves and by this time it’s too late. Don’t take the risk of working with asbestos and hoping nothing happens, you will regret it in years to come.

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What you Can Do

If you are planning a renovation project and know your home is older then 40 years make sure you get in an asbestos removal and inspection team. Ensure the company you choose is licensed and qualified to remove asbestos and that the staff are knowledgeable, wear appropriate gear and are happy to give advice.

More information for asbestos in Brisbane can be found online at http://www.deir.qld.gov.au/asbestos/.

Remember when it comes to the health of yourself and your family it’s always better to be safe than sorry. Call an asbestos removalist for your next renovation project.

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Automated Gates : The Breakdown

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

Are you considering installing a gate to for your back fence, or for the side of your home? Maybe you’d like added security by including a gate and fencing structure at the front of your property?

Of increasing popularity amongst businesses and home owners are automated gates. Many people are opting for this type of gate for many reasons.

Many people who invest in automated gates will tell that the benefits outweigh the negatives, how about we look into this in more detail?

Types of Automated Gates:

There are many types of automatic gates available to the community each with their own unique look and functionality. Some are designed purely for commercial security purposes such as the barrier arm gate, and others are more versatile, such as the cantilever gate.

Most commonly used gates include:

Slide Gate:

Slide gates are a common for both residential and commercial properties, as they’re simple to use with basic functionality. Your slide gate will be aligned to the fence and when the signal is made the gate will slide backwards on rollers at the bottom of the fence.

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Unfortunately if there is any obstruction on the ground near the track the gate may have difficulty opening and closing. It could be any debris, from sticks getting caught, to rocks so be sure the area is always kept clear.

Swing Gate:

Most commonly utilised for residential homes the swing gate is one of the most basic automated gates on the market. Swing gates are attached to the fencing or wall structure by hinges on one side which allow the door to open on a 90 degree angle. Exactly as the name suggests the door ‘swings’ out to open and close.

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Your only issues with the swing gate is obstruction of the ‘swing’ motion and perhaps faulty hinges.  You also need to make sure you leave enough distance between you and the gate to avoid dings.

Other Types Available:

  • Bi-Folding Gate
  • Vertical Pivot
  • Cantilever Gate
  • Vertical Lift Gate

As you can see there are many automated gate types available, which is why you should do your research before committing to any gate.

Benefits of Automated Gates:

  • Most people purchase automated gates due to the increased level of security and safety. Due to the lock on the gate being automated an intruder cannot open the gate unless they have the remote or code.
  • Automated gates are also a lot more convenient to open due to the simple code or press of a button. You don’t need to struggle with a lock or latch that’s faulty or tricky you can stay in the comfort of your car.
  • An added bonus of the automated gate is that there is now a whole range of different type available, from varying materials and colours. However the material you do choose will be have their benefits and disadvantages.
  • Due the modern touch of the automated technology the gate will certainly be more appealing to anyone who’d like to purchase your home or property in the future, as it increases the property value.

Disadvantages of Automated Gates:

  • Due to the electrical workings of an automated gate you may have issues with electrical failings. However most will now be made to open throughout power failures.
  • Cost they are more expansive then a traditional waste but many will tell you its worth every peny.

Automated gates are one those luxury or modern conveniences that will  benefit for your property, in value and asthetics. However if you do like the appeal and practicality of the automated gate then you can find out more or purchase one through a fencing company.

At Fencing Ingleburn- Pro Touch Fencing you can have a automated gate installed hassle free. You’ll find automated gates are quite popular products available from most fencing companies.

 

Popular Interior Paint Colours for 2014

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

A fresh lick of paint really revamps a space and brings life to any room.  This seasons colours are beautiful, rich and natural, the amazing hues chosen by designers and painters for this year is a colour palette created by nature.  2014’s colour schemes are derived from the ocean and the forest with cool colours of sky blue and mint green, warm sandy beige’s and browns inspired by drift wood.  The calming seaside colours can be lifted with pinks, whites, yellows or industrial shades.  Here are a few tips on how to use these vogue colours and make them your own.

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Classic.

The ocean hues range from mint green to pale delicate blue to fresh turquoise.  Use these blues to paint the walls and choose cushions and throws in sandy beige and seashell pink.   Use this colour combination in a room full of natural light and lined with windows.  The light and colours will help you to feel like you’re on vacation all year round.

Modern.

Make these natural and neutral colours modern by pairing them with contemporary designs.  A room full of the lively colours inspired by the beach can be striking with industrial metals in rust or dark silver.  This is perfect for a kitchen space.  Paint your cupboards blues or beige’s and invest in a rust coloured bench top to lift the room.  Be inspired by the beach but play with modern elements.

European.

Be inspired by the energy of nature, use bright and friendly colours to accent the walls in the living room, family room or kitchen.  Combine cool teals with rich reds and bright yellows for a touch or European summer.

Cooling.

If you live somewhere too hot you will try anything to stay cool.  Cool yourself down with colours of the sea in any room.   Pick greens and blues of jewel and mint tones.  The calming colours will help feel cool and calm even in the middle of summer.

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Warming.

The tone of the year is ocean, the colour of the year is mellow yellow, these themes combined create a beautiful warming space.  Use yellow in open spaces  to create a fun, fresh and warm space.

Calming.

For the bedroom stick with the beachy colours but add in pastel tones.  Creamy whites, pinks, yellows and greens are light and airy creating a good space to relax and sleep.

Pretty.

For the living room go for beautiful natural colours, stick with filtered blues and  greens but add a splash of lilac for a breath of fresh air.  These colours are timeless and will look beautiful in winter and summer.

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Natural

All the tones for 2014 are neutral but try to stay away from cold hard surfaces which can be common in modern life, look to the woods for warm colours.   Think grey stones, apple green and deer brown.  These colours with pops of blue evoke a wonderful sense of nature, these colours are stylish but ultimately create a comfortable home.

Mud.

Brown colours are beautiful, natural and can be paired with almost any colour.  This years delicately named colour looks beautiful with shades of blue or off black.  Use in the bathroom or kitchen for a striking change.

White.

White is always an easy choice but this year its not for the walls.  Paint walls warm greys or shades of taupe and create a beautiful sun room with white furnishings.

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Ombre.

Ombre colouring has been a popular choice for almost everything over the past 2 years, this year it has reached paint.  Go safe with grey to white or be more bold with red and yellow on walls and furniture.  The ocean wouldn’t be complete without a beautiful sunset.

 

Go for beautiful, warm and natural colours this year and make any living space will like the ocean.