Three Surprising Advantages Of Tilt-Up Construction

Posted by on Nov 14, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Tilt-up construction is quickly becoming a popular choice for new buildings in many areas; it refers to walls of a building being constructed flat on the ground and then tilted up by the use of cranes so they can be put in place and secured. This is done rather than the walls being built vertically, level by level. This type of construction can be used for virtually any building but is most popular for offices and showrooms or warehouses. Consider some surprising advantages of this type of construction so you can determine if it’s the right choice for your new building or facility. 1. It’s safer for workers overall and cheaper Most of the construction work for tilt-up construction is done on the ground rather than on scaffolding, so it’s safer for workers overall. There is less risk of falling, of having materials fall and of other height-related injuries when you use tilt-up construction. For construction companies, this is a consideration since it can mean lower insurance costs for them but for those looking to have a new facility constructed, it can also mean cost savings. A construction company that has lower insurance premiums may be able to charge less for their work, and the company contracting the work to be done may not need to take out additional insurance bonds or forms of coverage themselves. 2. Projects and phases can overlap When walls are constructed on the ground, projects and phases of construction can overlap. This offers two benefits, one being that the project can be completed in much less time than if each phase needed to be done separately. Another benefit is that this allows for better communication between each team of contractors in case there are problems with each phase. For example, if electrical wiring should run too close to plumbing fixtures this can be addressed immediately rather than the problem being discovered after electricians are off the job site. This, too, allows the project to be completed more quickly and easily. 3. Tilt-up panels can be created in any look When walls are created on the ground rather than erected level by level, they can be made to resemble any type of finished look. Textures, adornments and even curved walls can be created more easily than if designers needed to be on scaffoldings to create these looks. No matter the preferences of the owner, the tilt-up walls can be designed to accommodate. Consider these three advantages of tilt-up construction and note if it may be the best choice for your new building. For more information, contact a company such as Allcon (NSW) Pty...

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3 Common Reasons for Wooden Stump Damage

Posted by on Nov 13, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Several homeowners know quite well that living in a house with a fragile foundation is a ticking time bomb. Nonetheless, some with wooden stumps opt to disregard some clear signs that their houses need restumping. If your doors or windows seem to ‘stick’ when you’re opening and closing them, or the floors look rather uneven, it may be the right time for you to consider restumping your house. The following points identify three common causes of damage to your wooden stumps and suggest how you can curb each one of them. Insect Infestation Wooden stumps are often highly vulnerable to insect attacks. Despite their small size, wood-eating insects such as termites and wood ants can gradually but certainly compromise the structural integrity of your house, nibbling through its foundation bite after bite. Furthermore, these insects can cause severe damage to your house’s foundation since they can attack timber stumps located deep into the ground. Since spraying your timber stumps with chemicals repellants can only deter those insects on their unburied parts, it can be more effective to remove and replace the decayed stumps of timber altogether. Dampness                                                 In order to last, your house’s wooden stumps need to stay dry. Therefore, persistent rainwater can cause immense structural damage to your wooden stumps since the soil on which they are built may remain wet for a long duration. In turn, the damp grounds will expose your wooden stumps to increased moisture levels, and thus, lead to them to decompose. To minimise the likelihood of water damaging your wooden stumps, you should clean your gutters regularly, conduct repairs on cracked caulking, and replace damaged roof shingles. Soil Movement As your house exerts its weight on the ground below, it can cause soil movement as it self-adjusts to settle. After some time elapses, you may start to observe cracked exterior walls, uneven floors, or squeaking doors. These signs may indicate that the soil below the foundation of your house is undergoing a natural process of change. Although you can do little to avoid the settling of your house, directing rainwater downspouts reasonably far away from the wooden stumps can significantly reduce the possibility soil being washed away. If your house is erected on timber stumps, you’ll need to strengthen its foundation at some point because of the inevitable damaging effects of insect attacks, dampness, and soil movement among other natural factors. While it can be somewhat costly, you should use a professional such as Budget Reblocking to restump the wooden stumps of your...

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4 Reasons You Should Grow Kikuyu Grass on Your Property

Posted by on Nov 11, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Looking for a grass to cover your land, but want to avoid the hassle which most modern species come with? Why not try kikuyu? Kikuyu has been very popular in Australia for many years, for a variety of reasons. The originally African species can be seen growing in many gardens and fields all around Australia. So, why is it so popular? And why should you seriously consider growing it on your property? It’s Cheap Kikuyu seeds are very inexpensive, especially when compared to that of other grass species. Most DIY stores sell large bags, which you can use to grow the grass over large areas for a very low price. Instead, if you’d prefer to save a bit more money, a few well-placed kikuyu runners can fill an empty space very quickly. If you’d rather get the growing over and done with, kikuyu is also relatively cheap to buy by the square foot. It’s Fast-Spreading If you want kikuyu grass to replace another species, such as santa anna grass, or just to fill an empty area, it can do so quickly and without assistance, in most cases. This is mainly due to kikuyu’s ability to spread up to 4 square feet per month without competition, and its variety of spreading techniques. Because of this, some see kikuyu as very invasive, so be sure to border you garden beds heavily. It’s Low-Maintenance and Hardy Requiring very little water and often no fertilizer, kikuyu is certainly one of the hardier grasses. Though, when conditions are great, it may need more mowing than other species of grass. Kikuyu is also highly drought resistant, hence its popularity in Australia. Not only will it do well in direct sunlight, but it is also partially frost resistant. In addition, kikuyu will often remain disease-free and healthy. It’s Good-Looking Kikuyu usually remains relatively green, not only during summer, but also during winter, unlike the vast majority of warm-season grasses. The species may not be soft on the skin, but it will appear thick and lush, once established. On top of this, kikuyu will help prevent erosion more effectively than the vast majority of other grasses. Lastly, kikuyu produces significantly less pollen and other allergens than other grass species, making it great for families who experience hay-fever and other pollen allergies. You can learn more about the process of planting the grass, the cost, and other maintenance tips through landscaping companies such as Brook...

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Reasons To Hire Professional Office Cleaners

Posted by on Nov 10, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Whether you run a small business with just a couple of employees or you have a large office with many employees, it is important that you have it cleaned regularly. While you can do the cleaning yourself or appoint one of your employees to do it, a better option is to hire professional office cleaning services. There are several reasons why you should hire a professional office cleaning service. Appearances If your business is open to the public, appearances are everything. If your office or business isn’t as clean as it could be, people are going to notice. When they see that cleaning isn’t up to standards, they will start to think twice about doing business with you. After all, if it looks like you don’t care about a clean business, they may assume that you don’t care about your business in general. No Overtime Or Additional Employees When you choose to have one of your employees do the cleaning, you are likely going to have to pay overtime so they can do the cleaning on top of their regular work. If you hire an additional employee for cleaning, you are going to have that salary to pay. When you hire professional office cleaning services, you will only be paying for the work that they do. You don’t have to pay overtime or keep additional employees on staff. No Supplies Necessary You will not need to spend money on cleaning supplies, floor polishers and other equipment that is necessary to keep an office or business clean. All of these things are supplied by the cleaning service. Plus, they often have better equipment and cleaning solutions than you would buy, so they are going to do a much better job. Less Employee Downtime When an office isn’t properly cleaned, it can lead to illness spreading from person to person, causing employee downtime. For instance, carpets that aren’t vacuumed and steam cleaned regularly have dirt, allergens, and other debris trapped in the fibres. When people walk across the carpets, these things are released into the air, get breathed in and can lead to health problems. As you probably know all too well, when one person in an office gets sick, everyone else is likely to get sick, and many will take time off until they are feeling better. Professional cleaning services will keep the carpets, and everything else, clean and free of allergens and other dirt so your employees feel great and you don’t have to pay for sick time. For more information, contact a company such as Riteway Cleaning...

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Toxic Substances to Look Out For When Engaging Demolition Services For a Project

Posted by on Nov 7, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Although demolition sites may seem like a disorganized mess, there is actually a method to the madness. Bringing down a building is not only carefully orchestrated, but in-depth research is conducted beforehand. One of the most important considerations to have would be limiting people’s exposure to harmful chemicals. Granted, a contractor worth their salt will already be knowledgeable on the dangers that chemicals pose to their crew as well as the inhabitants of the home. However, this does not mean you should be complacent. New homes tend to be free of all these chemicals, but older homes that are being retrofitted to become up-to-date are a gold mine of toxic hazards. So what are some of the toxic substances to look out for? Synthetic Mineral Fibres These manmade fibres come from materials such as ceramic, wool and fiberglass. These substances may not be as life threatening as asbestos, but they are found in products used for thermal and sound protection. Coming into contact with them can cause eye irritations, throat irritations and irritation to nasal glands. There has also been worry that long-term exposure could lead to lung cancer since these substances contain fiberglass. If you are working on a property that is fraught with synthetic mineral fibbers, your crew should be fitted with respirators as well as protective clothing to limit any contact that they may have with the fibres. Formaldehyde Some house are built with wood that was treated with formaldehyde. This type of wood was typically used in creating panelling. When the panelling is manipulated through sawing or other methods, the wood dust released in the air will be have formaldehyde, too.  During demolition, the wood dust can make its way to nasal passages, and continuous exposure could lead to nasal cancer. Contractors offering these demolition services should always wear respiratory gear, especially when dealing with the panel boards to avoid posing unnecessary risks to their health. Lead The most common culprit of carrying lead is paint. Although most houses will not contain this compound, it tends to be in painted steel beams. Workers who may not be aware of this may go ahead and torch the steel beams during demolition, and this exposes them to airborne lead. If you suspect there may be lead paint on the premises, workers ought to be provided with respiratory gear as well as hand washing stations before engaging their demolition services. For more information and advice, contact a company like Allam’s...

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4 Things To Consider When Buying A Chain Wire Mesh Fence

Posted by on Nov 6, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Do you need to secure your business? Are you thinking about installing a chain wire mesh fence around the property? A chain wire mesh fence can be an effective way to secure a piece of land. Compared to brick or concrete fences, chain wire mesh is relatively inexpensive. It’s also fairly easy to install. Chain wire mesh fences may all look the same, but there are actually many different variables to consider. If your fence will be used to provide security, you want something that’s sturdy, durable and difficult to climb. Here are four of the most important factors you should consider: Wire gauge. The actual wire in the chain wire mesh comes in different thickness levels. The thickness is measured by its gauge. The lower a fence’s gauge, the thicker the wire in the fence. Lower gauges are also generally more expensive than higher gauges. Choosing the right gauge level often depends on balancing budget with wire thickness. If you’re buying the fence for security purposes, you’ll likely want to buy the lowest gauge possible without busting your budget. Chain material. You may think that all fences are made out of steel, but that’s not the case. Stainless steel is the most popular choice because it’s resistant to corrosion and the elements. However, stainless steel can also be heavy and difficult to manage. If you’re installing the fence yourself, you may find it challenging to handle stainless steel.  Aluminum is an alternative material that is growing in popularity. It’s lighter than stainless steel, so it’s easy to move and install. However, it’s not as strong and is also easier to break down. Coating. You can certainly install a metal fence without any additional protective coating. However, a fence with a protective coating will have greater resistance to UV and water corrosion. Coatings are usually made from vinyl, PVC or polyester. Coatings are also available in a variety of colors to give the fence a more appealing look. Some property owners choose green coatings so the fence will blend in with the surrounding landscape. Grid size. Finally, you’ll need to decide how big you want the holes in the fence to be. Generally, fences with smaller holes are more expensive than those with larger holes. For commercial security purposes, it’s usually wise to err on the side of smaller holes. Those smaller holes make it difficult for someone to climb the fence. Also, if the holes are smaller, that means there’s more chain in the fence, which makes it more durable and tougher to knock down. Visit a local fence dealer, like those found at Central Coast Fencing Industries Pty Ltd, to learn more about the different types of chain...

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