Tired of That Worn Out Floor?

Posted by on Jan 13, 2016 in Uncategorized |

When something is subjected to friction for an extended period of time, it’s bound to appear ragged and old, which is inevitably displeasing to the eye. When it’s time to finally replace those old and worn out floor tiles, you need to think about a material that will be durable, cost efficient and pleasing to the eye. Bamboo floors have, in the recent years, become more popular, due to their exotic looks, and they are also rather inexpensive. Due to the similarities with hardwood flooring, it’s become an extremely appealing choice for many people. Why the bamboo floor is your best option When the time comes to change the appearance of your home, do not settle for second best. Bamboo flooring, like hardwood floors, comes from natural vegetation. However, unlike hardwood, bamboo is a type of grass. Its maturation period is around three to five years compared to hardwood trees that may take up to twenty years to mature. It’s ecologically friendly because the bamboo plant is able to renew itself. Therefore, it has little or no effect on the natural environment, both in the short and long-term. It’s stylish and has the same look and feel as hardwood floors. It’s also cost efficient and can help you save a lot of money in the long-term, considering it’s as durable as a hardwood floor. It’s easy to maintain because all you have to do is sweep, clean with a non-alkaline cleanser or vacuum it regularly to remove the small debris that may build up between the floor panels. The bamboo floor is more water resistant than hardwood floors, meaning it’s less likely to succumb to water damage or develop stains. Installation The best bamboo floor boards should be cut from mature and dry bamboo sticks. Bamboo floorboards maybe floated, glued or nailed. The best installation method will be suggested by the facility contractor you hire after close inspection of the existing floor. The contractor and the owner should then inspect all the boards to be installed to ensure that none of them is damaged. After installation, the homeowner should ensure that they control the moisture content to prevent any potential damage that may be caused. It’s upon you to make the best choice to suit your needs. After all the insight on bamboo floors, you may realize that bamboo floors are the best choice you can ever make. If you still need more information about bamboo flooring, contact a local flooring...

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The Dos and Don’ts of Garage Floor Epoxy Sealing

Posted by on Jan 4, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Having an epoxy coating installed over your garage floor allows you to get longevity in the floor, as it helps to seal it. Aside from the sealing quality, epoxy can also help you get a clean, shiny surface. It becomes easier to clean and maintain, not to mention better to look at. Here are some important things to keep in mind when it comes to epoxy flooring. Dos: The first thing you should do when you are considering epoxy flooring in your garage is to look for a warranty. Whether you are purchasing a DIY kit or having it installed professionally, ensure the product being used is covered by a warranty. This allows you to get free labor work if there is an issue with your garage floor within that period of time. Also ensure you are keeping up with maintenance of the epoxy floor after it has been installed. This is not a do-it-and-forget-it type of sealant. You still need to keep the floor cleaned on a regular basis. While the flooring does become low-maintenance as opposed to the garage flooring before, it still needs regular inspections. Clean the floor regularly by sweeping it and washing it. Once it is clean, you are able to look for any signs of damage, such as cracks or holes in the surface. Epoxy floors can handle a good amount of heavy objects, but you should still place a pad or similar item underneath motorcycles and other objects that might scratch the flooring. Avoid using cleaners that contain vinegar or citrus, since the acid can ruin the epoxy. Don’ts: When you are applying the epoxy flooring, make sure you don’t apply it without first correcting current issues. If your floor already has hairline fractures, they need to be repaired first. If you are using a contractor for the epoxy sealant, they will likely do this for you. However, if this is a DIY project, you need to purchase a filling product for the cracks and holes. Concrete filler is available if you have a concrete floor in your garage. Look closely at the floor before applying the epoxy and ensure it is completely clean and dry before beginning. Unless you are 100 percent confident in your ability to do a flawless job, don’t install it yourself. You will be much happier with the results if you pay a little more for a professional to install the epoxy floor. They can inspect the floors, complete repairs and do the installation all at the same time. You will know you are getting the best result possible when hiring a...

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3 Ways Concrete GPR Scanning Can Speed Up Your Concrete Cutting Process

Posted by on Dec 22, 2015 in Uncategorized |

If you are planning to seek concrete cutting services on your property, seeking a concrete GPR (ground penetrating radar) service can help speed up the work immensely. Concrete GPR machines are able to map out what lies beneath the concrete surface. This greatly reduces the planning work needed before the concrete cutting process thus expediting the work in a number of ways. Read on to see the different ways these scanning services can simplify your concrete cutting process. Pin-point exactly where to cut If you are seeking a concrete cutting service so as to have installations carried through, concrete GPR scanning can speed up the task by allowing your contractor to locate exactly where the utilities that need to be accessed are located. For example, if you need to install water piping or data cabling, the radar scanner will show exactly where these systems located are below the concrete surface. This reduces much of the second-guessing and ensures that the work is done right the very first time. The contractor can then cut along that area and access the utilities they need in a quick and easy manner. Avoid cutting through tough rebar mesh Concrete GPR services can also reduce time waste during concrete cutting by helping your contractor avoid running into rebar pipes during the process. Rebar is made of reinforced steel and it can greatly complicate the concrete cutting process, taking up more time than is required. However, through concrete GPR scanning services, the contractor can identify exactly where the rebar lies and avoid it in the first place. Avoid structurally weak areas Concrete GPR scanning services can also speed up your planned repair or maintenance work indirectly by deterring concrete damage that would then necessitate lengthy repair work on your property. For example, the scanner will help identify risky areas that could potentially get damaged if disturbed. Good examples include areas with internal cracks, areas with internal voids or areas with reduced concrete reinforcement. By avoiding these areas, the cutting process is achieved in a straightforward manner without a lot of remedial work being carried out. Planning concrete repairs, maintenance, inspections or demolitions? Ask your concrete cutting contractor, like those from Robert Guy & Sons Pty Ltd, about concrete GPR scanning services. If your contractor doesn’t offer the scanning service, you can seek a separate contractor for that part of the job. Either way, you will enjoy a relatively quick and much safer concrete service on your...

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Trouble with Hot Water? 3 Warning Signs of Failed Hot Water Systems

Posted by on Dec 16, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Hot water is vital to your daily showers and general cleaning, especially during winters, so you’ll want to ensure that your water system is in prime working condition. Over time hot water systems connected to gas or electrical mains will undergo some wear and tear, which needs to be repaired for you to get uninterrupted hot water supply. Avoid the risk of electrocution and danger by consulting with a qualified technician for any repair work. If you face any of these warning signs, then you will need hot water repairs immediately. No Hot Water Running from the Taps If your water heater is connected to your gas system, the absence of hot water could be because of insufficient gas supply in your home. Check other gas-powered appliances like your gas cooktop or heater to see if they are working. If they aren’t working, you may have to consult with your gas supplier to check the gas supply in your home. If you have an electrical hot water system, the problem of no hot water could be because of a tripped circuit breaker. In this case, the circuit breaker or fuse may need replacement. If neither of these issues is the problem, then you will need to contact a technician to diagnose and undertake hot water repairs. Hot Water Tap Isn’t Working The first thing you should do is check whether just a single hot water tap isn’t working or if all the hot water taps in your home have stopped working. If hot water isn’t coming out from a single tap or all of the taps, it could be because the pipes have gotten damaged internally or the tank is leaking. Only a hot water technician has the expertise to fix any leaks in tanks and bursts in pipes. Be sure to call the technician for undertaking hot water repairs as soon as possible, especially when you’re dealing with this problem in winter. Strange Sounds in Water Tank Hearing strange sounds in your water tank could be because of a range of different things, but it usually occurs because sediments built up on the tank surface, preventing the seamless flow of water. Flushing out the tank and cleaning it internally can usually fix this problem. This hot water repair job is best for professional technicians because they have the expertise to flush out tanks safely without causing any damage to your existing plumbing units. These warning signs are clear indications that you may need hot water repairs—call a professional technician immediately to avoid any inconvenience to your...

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Employee Comfort: What Bobcat Features Help To Keep Your Workers Happy?

Posted by on Dec 15, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Nobody likes working out in the Australian heat during summer, but if you choose the right bobcat to use in your next project, at least your employees won’t have to be uncomfortable. When it comes to the bobcat cab in particular, there are a variety of comfort features available that you need to be aware of. By knowing about these in advance, you can feel a lot more confident that you are providing your employees with a great space to work in when you hire a bobcat. Climate Control The extent of the need for climate control depends on where the bobcat is being used. Some cities in Western Australia, for example, have an average mean temperature in the mid 30s. However, coastal cities, like the Gold Coast in Queensland, have an average temperature in the mid 20s. When hiring a bobcat to use in the hotter parts of Australia, an enclosed cab to make the most of climate control is a must. If you have ever wondered why your employees don’t work as well in the heat, it’s because the hotter the body gets, the more glucose is used to keep the body temperature under control. However, this glucose is also used by the brain, and lower levels of glucose make it harder for the brain to function at its best. By providing your employees with an external method for keeping cool while they work, they don’t need to use their own body stores to keep cool. Body Comfort Another thing you need to consider when hiring your next bobcat is the comfort the seat of the bobcat will provide to your employee. While some bobcats come with a standard seat for the driver, others have a better range of options that will keep your worker happy while they spend hours in the bobcat cab. Lumbar support, seat suspension, and a decent sized cab for those employees with long legs are going to make sure the working conditions are top-notch. Over 13% of the Australian population experiences lower back problems, and an employee suffering a sore back is not going to be able to operate your bobcat on rough terrain for any length of time. Employees who can’t work are not profitable to your business. Keep your employee comfort in mind before you choose the next bobcat you plan to hire. A happy employee is a productive employee, and that goes a long way to getting the job done right the first...

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Asbestos Removal: Inspection Options for Your Building

Posted by on Dec 7, 2015 in Uncategorized |

The term asbestos is used to refer to a group of minerals that were incorporated into buildings. The material was favoured because of beneficial properties such as resistance to fire, electrical insulation, affordability, good tensile strength and sound absorption. Unfortunately, asbestos consists of fibrous crystals that are highly hazardous when inhaled. This can lead to development of conditions such as lung cancer and asbestosis. Therefore, it is important to commission inspection of your home to determine whether the hazardous material is in your building. This is critical if your house was built in the 1980s or earlier because asbestos was popular during that period. Here are the main types of inspections to consider choosing for your building. Management Inspection Management asbestos inspection is designed to identify any asbestos containing materials in the building structure. The assessment is performed by licensed asbestos consultants who can identify all the building elements that are likely to contain asbestos. Presumptive examinations will assume that all the suspect materials in the building contain asbestos. However, you can request for sampling and testing by an accredited laboratory for more conclusive results. The latter option is more expensive because you will need to pay for collection of samples, lab analysis and the report. The primary objective of management inspections is to help in understanding the risk of asbestos exposure and in developing a suitable control or removal plan. Refurbishment and Demolition Inspection The hazardous asbestos fibres that are responsible for causing lung diseases and disorders are released when the asbestos containing materials are disturbed. Therefore, it is important to commission inspection of your building before commencing a refurbishment or demolition project. If you do not, the fibres will be released due to abrasion or general contact between your tools and the pertinent materials. Indiscriminate disturbance will contaminate your property and surrounding areas. This type of inspection will be intrusive because the consultant will have to check wall and ceiling cavities. The cost of this type of inspection can be high since the objective is to find all asbestos, including the hidden materials. Clearance Inspection If your building has asbestos and you hired an expert for removal, you should commission a clearance inspection. In simple terms, this process involves testing the air and visually assessing the building for remnant asbestos materials or fibres. The technician should ensure that the amount of asbestos remaining is negligible before clearing your space. The objective of clearance inspections is to ensure that the general property and buildings are suitable for reoccupation.  For more information, contact a local asbestos removal...

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