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Benefits of Timber Look Tiles over Hardwood Flooring

Posted by on Oct 26, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Benefits of Timber Look Tiles over Hardwood Flooring

Hardwood floors have been a staple in interior decorating due to the classic finish they offer a residence. Nevertheless, this type of flooring can cost a pretty penny. Additionally, you will be burdened with extensive maintenance measures to ensure your hardwood flooring stays appealing. Neglecting hardwood flooring will result in water damage, warping and more. If you like the rustic appearance of wood but don’t want to be saddled with high maintenance flooring, timber look tiles would be right up your alley. Below are some of the benefits that timber look tiles would offer you over hardwood flooring. Timber look tiles are more durable than hardwood flooring Undoubtedly, the biggest advantage that timber look tiles have over hardwood flooring is their durability. Hardwood floors are notoriously difficult to keep in pristine condition. This is because they can acquire damage from an array of causes including high traffic, exposure to direct sunlight, exposure to moisture and more. This means you would have to ensure the hardwood floors are cleaned, polished and sealed on a relatively regular basis. Not many people will have the time to undertake these tasks consistently. If you don’t have the time or inclination to do so, then timber look tiles would be ideal for you. Since these tiles are made from composite wood materials, they do not need to be handled with kid gloves. They can withstand exposure to moisture, temperature changes and even do well in high traffic areas without acquiring superficial damage. Timber look tiles are more reasonably priced than hardwood flooring When some people consider hardwood flooring, they tend to only keep in mind the initial cost of purchasing the wood planks rather than the long-term costs of maintaining this type of flooring. Firstly, hardwood flooring would be more expensive because of the materials they are made from. Secondly, hardwood flooring requires labour intensive installation, which would be costly. Thirdly, hardwood flooring would need a lifetime of maintenance, which would also cost money. Overall, your hardwood flooring will cost you money for the entire time that it is installed in your home. Timber look tiles are a significantly more economical option. Not only are they made from affordable materials, but also they are relatively easy to install. This means your initial investment will not be exorbitant. Moreover, timber look tiles will not require extra care measures in the form of refinishing and resealing over the years. This will keep the maintenance costs down to virtually...

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Three Ways To Make Your Office Garden A Wonderful Communal Space

Posted by on Sep 27, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Three Ways To Make Your Office Garden A Wonderful Communal Space

Everyone needs to get out into nature from time to time, and when you work in a busy office, an outdoor oasis can feel like a lifeline. If you’re lucky enough to be the person in charge of maintaining an office garden, it’s important to give a little thought to how best to make use of such a sought-after space. Luckily, there are just three simple things you need to do to ensure your office’s garden holds a fond spot in the minds of your employees. Create a welcoming atmosphere–for everyone Give some thought to the kinds of people who will be using your office’s garden and what they’ll be using it for. One very common purpose for such a space is as a place for employees to spend their breaks; studies have found that people who eat lunch outside the office in the midst of nature are happier and more productive than those who eat at their desks. So do what you can to give them a good space for it. A wide variety of plants–potted as well as in beds–make everything look gorgeous, and a water feature can be a beautiful yet inexpensive way to make a space look as though it’s had real thought put into it. A good patio is an important part of creating a space like this as it gives you the flexibility you’ll need to use the garden in a wide variety of ways. Talk with patio builders to choose the perfect materials and items for this outdoor space. You’ll also want plenty of seating. It’s a good idea to strike a balance between groups of seats, perhaps surrounding tables, and benches off on their own nearer the lawn and foliage. Sometimes people will want to catch up with colleagues in this space while others will prefer to sit alone–ensure both eventualities are catered for! Make sure you also provide a smoking shelter set a little way away from the main building for everyone’s comfort. This should have somewhere to sit down, a roof to keep the rain off and plenty of ashtrays.  Keep things clean, tidy and well-maintained Once you’ve decided what should be in the garden, it’s important that you’re careful to maintain those things as best you can. One of the most vital things you can do is to have the patio area blast-cleaned every spring. This vital step not only makes your office’s green space look much better, but it will also contribute to your employee’s safety by getting rid of slippery moss that may have built up over the autumn and winter. Anyone who skids on this is in danger of injuring themselves, and it’s important for your insurance and peace of mind that you do what you can to prevent that. Other than that, it can be useful to get a professional gardener in once every few weeks to tend to the plants and mow the lawn if you have one. Wooden furniture should be covered in the autumn and winter, paintwork should be refreshed annually and your office garden should in general be kept clean and tidy. Plenty of rubbish bins will encourage your employees not to litter the space while a solid fence is all you need to keep out most curious passers-by. Use...

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Five Tips for Choosing, Positioning, and Supporting the Fire Extinguisher for Your Welding Area

Posted by on Sep 13, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Five Tips for Choosing, Positioning, and Supporting the Fire Extinguisher for Your Welding Area

When you are welding, a lot of sparks are going to fly, and if they hit anything flammable, you may have a fire on your hands. Because of that, you need a fire extinguisher in your welding space. Here are some tips to keep in mind: 1. Invest in an ABE dry chemical fire extinguisher. When you start shopping for fire extinguishers, you will notice that they all carry different symbols or letters. The letters indicate which type of fire the extinguisher works on. When you are welding, a number of different items may catch on fire including the walls of your workshop or items in your workshop. An ABE extinguisher covers everything because it’s rated to fight fires on wood, paper, flammable liquids or live electrical equipment. 2. Make sure your extinguisher is in date. Fire extinguishers don’t last forever. They all have an expiration date on them. When you have an extinguisher, you have to check the date on a regular basis, and if your extinguisher expires, you should replace it on a timely manner. 3. Position your extinguisher near your work space. If a spark hits something in your workspace, a fire can start quickly. So that  you can put it out, have the fire extinguisher positioned in arm’s reach of the spot where you are doing the welding. Ideally, the extinguisher should be mounted on a wall or a stand next to you or behind you. You should not have to reach over what you are welding to reach it, as that could make it hard if not impossible to grab the extinguisher if a fire starts. 4. Consider more than one fire extinguisher. One fire extinguisher is certainly better than none, but there are cases where your safety may depend on having more than one extinguisher. To augment the extinguisher next to your workspace, consider installing another one near your fire exit. That way, if a fire escalates quickly, you can run to the exit, grab the extinguisher and try to put out the fire while standing safely in the exit, ready to leave if you cannot extinguish the fire. 5. Support your fire extinguisher with other supplies and processes. Although a fire extinguisher is essential, it’s not the only form of fire protection you should have in your work space. Ideally, you should also have some sand buckets, fire-resistant blankets or water available to suppress a fire if it occurs. This can be especially essentially if you realise at the last second that your fire extinguisher doesn’t work or if you have used all of the contents in your extinguisher to no avail....

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Five Tips to Make Sure Your Pet Door Compliments Your Home Security Efforts

Posted by on Aug 26, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Five Tips to Make Sure Your Pet Door Compliments Your Home Security Efforts

Before adding a pet door to your home, you should make sure that the door doesn’t degrade the safety of your home. There are several tips and ideas that can help you. Take a look at these ideas. 1. Don’t let small doors provide access to door knobs. If you have a small breed of dog, the pet door you use is likely going to be too small for an intruder to pass through. However, you also have to think about limbs. Make sure to position the door in a spot where if an intruder reached through it, he or she could not reach your door knobs or locks. To avoid this risk, you may even want to put the pet door in a wall rather than a human door. 2. Invest in a cover for large pet doors. If you have a large breed of dog such as a Greater Swiss Mountain dog, a large Munsterlander or any other relatively large dog, you don’t just need to worry about someone reaching into the pet door. Rather, you also need to worry about someone crawling through the door. To prevent that, have a lockable cover to put over the door when it is not in use. 3. Consider a pet door with automatic opening and closing features. A lockable pet door works perfectly when you’re on holiday or out of the house with your dog, but it doesn’t boost your security when your dog is home alone. In those cases, to prevent anyone else getting access to your home. Look into an automatic pet door. These open and close due to an electronic device on your dog’s collar. 4. Position a motion-detector camera over the pet door. In addition to positioning the door carefully or choosing an automatic door, you may want to look into security accessories as well. For example, a motion-detector camera can help. In particular, if you have a motion-detector camera attached to an app on your smartphone or laptop, you get a notification when the camera senses motion. That allows you to remotely see if the being crawling through your pet door is your treasured pup or an intruder. 5. Connect the pet door to a mudroom or garage without access to the house. Finally, to ensure your pet door is safe from a home security standpoint, you may want to consider installing the pet door so that it leads to your garage or a mudroom. Then, bolster the security on the door leading from that area to the rest of your house. With this approach, even if someone crawls through your pet door, they cannot get into the rest of your home. To get more ideas on security and other aspects of pet doors, contact a pet door...

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How to Add Fun and Function to a Space With Bathroom Accessories

Posted by on Aug 11, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How to Add Fun and Function to a Space With Bathroom Accessories

Your bathroom will always need some accessories, including a soap dispenser, wastebasket, towel rods, and the like. You may not give much thought to these pieces, but if you’re remodeling or just looking to add some style to the space, you should shop carefully. Drab accessories can make the bathroom itself look drab, and you might miss out on some added storage options if you don’t give those pieces some thought, whereas these simple accessories can also add style and make the bathroom look downright fun. Note a few tips when you’re ready to shop. Plan the towel rods and hooks Rather than just getting one towel rod to go across the wall outside the shower, plan how to set out towel rods and hooks for maximum convenience. Are there four people in your family? Then shop for four hooks and space them out in a square. Do you prefer one towel for your body and one for your face? Get two racks and stagger them, one set slightly higher than the other, for better function and a more attractive look. Consider if you might add extra hooks behind the bathroom door or put one higher up the wall next to the window or in another space to hold bathrobes. Adding new towel rods and hooks allows you to set them out in a way that works for you. Use metal and glass for dark spaces If your bathroom is a bit dark and dim, choose metal in a silver tone or glass accessories. The silver metal will reflect light to brighten the space, and glass won’t absorb it, as does oil-rubbed bronze or another dark shade. You can then coordinate the metal accessories with silver picture frames you use for mirrors that you might hang like artwork, to add even more light to a darker bath. Add color If your bathroom is painted a standard white or another dull color and you don’t have the funds to repaint the space or add new, colorful tile, you can bring in that color with your bathroom accessories. Choose a color from your linens to coordinate, or if your towels are also white, opt for a favorite color in your bathroom accessories. Porcelain that is colored a nice blue or even pink can brighten the bathroom, or you might opt for a glass material that is colored a sea foam green, sunny yellow, or even shades of red and orange for some personality in the...

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4 Ideal Flooring Materials When Building Your Personal Patio Space

Posted by on Jul 15, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 4 Ideal Flooring Materials When Building Your Personal Patio Space

If you’re in the market to build an alfresco patio space, then you need to consider several components, including the flooring materials. You’ll naturally want floor materials that resonate with the existing look of your home, while offering you a comfortable experience underfoot. Your patio floor choices should ideally be weather resistant to avoid buckling or cracking in winters. Here are some ideal flooring materials when working with patio builders to create your personal alfresco space. Concrete Concrete paving on patio floors is a long lasting and permanent solution, making this an excellent material when you don’t like the idea of making changes too often. Patio builders are best equipped to do a professional installation job because this material requires precision for a level and even finish. Concrete patio floors that aren’t properly installed run the risk of buckling and cracking over time. If you get tired of it after a few years, this concrete paving can provide a foundation for tile or brick setting. Concrete is also a popular choice for other outdoor spaces like a driveway, backyard and carport.  Brick Brick-finished patio floors provide a non-glare surface that blends in well with almost every outdoor façade imaginable. Apart from their traditional reddish brown appearance, bricks come in different colour combinations, textures and shapes to choose from. If you’ve decided to go with this, make sure your patio builders are equipped to provide an even surface. Flagstone Flagstones are flat-stone slabs of either sandstone or limestone and are popular flooring choices for patios and other outdoor spaces. Flagstone is often considered a more attractive flooring material than concrete because it can be arranged in a variety of patterns, shades and colours based on your personal preferences and outdoor colour scheme. The irregular shapes and patterns have the ability to add decorative texture to your entire patio space. Wood Patio decks are often made of treated wood because this material is weather and slip resistant. Wood decks are durable, lightweight and easy to install, making them a good choice when you want a quick-installation patio flooring solution. Wood decks don’t retain heat in the same way that other flooring materials do, so you can walk around barefoot without feeling much of the sun’s heat. But wood patio decks have to be maintained periodically to protect them from mildew, fungus and rust stains. When working with your patio builders to build an alfresco space, consider these ideal flooring materials and apply your own personal touch to create a unique...

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3 Brainy Tricks To Transform Your Tiny Guest Bathroom Into A Sprawling Haven

Posted by on Jul 15, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Brainy Tricks To Transform Your Tiny Guest Bathroom Into A Sprawling Haven

Ever felt embarrassed with the miniature size of your guest bathroom when you have friends or family staying over? You’re not the only one. With the soaring rates of real estate in Australia, it’s hard finding a big enough bedroom, so a spacious guest bathroom is probably the last thing on your mind. But nifty bathroom renovations can potentially eliminate this space problem for you, especially when you follow these brainy tricks to transform your tiny guest bathroom into a sprawling haven. Choose A Homogenous Colour Tone To Maintain Continuity Keep in mind that changes in colour tones or shades create breaks and dividing spaces, which can end up making the bathroom look small and closed up. Choosing a homogenous colour tone to maintain continuity and unbroken flow in the space during bathroom renovations can easily circumvent this problem.  For instance, don’t choose light walls and dark tiles or vice versa because this will visually chop up the room and make it look smaller. Instead, blend the wall colour, ceiling colour and tile colour to give the room a continuous and uninterrupted look of spaciousness. Use Clear, Frameless Glass Screens For Showers When it comes to building a shower enclosure during guest bathroom renovations, you have the opportunity to choose between clear and textured glass, along with framed and frameless screens based on your personal taste. Keep in mind that textured glass can make the room feel like it has an additional wall. While you’re probably able to add privacy, this visual barrier will close up your bathroom. You will get a similar feeling when you choose framed glass screens because of the obstruction created. Instead, use clear and frameless glass screens because this option will eliminate any visual obstructions to create an uninterrupted and larger space.  Add Floor-To-Ceiling Mirrors To Bring Depth To Small Spaces Mirrors bring a significant amount of benefits to a tiny bathroom, so you may want to consider this brainy option during bathroom renovations. Mirrors bounce and reflect light to make any room appear brighter and bigger, so you cannot go wrong when you choose floor-to-ceiling options for your guest bathroom. Not only do they add visual depth, but they also infuse a more luxurious bathroom feel. But apart from aesthetic appeal, mirrors also provide functional value for people when they brush teeth or get ready. An expansive mirror outfitted with lights will enhance the impact of spaciousness in your guest bathroom. If you’re planning guest bathroom renovations, consider these brainy tricks to transform a tiny guest bathroom into a sprawling haven....

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Winter Wear | 3 Steps To Pack Your Woollen Sweaters For Storage

Posted by on Jun 29, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Winter Wear | 3 Steps To Pack Your Woollen Sweaters For Storage

If you have a small home with minimal storage options, then hiring a self-storage unit may be ideal for seasonal items like summer and winter clothes, blankets and jackets. But when storing any item, you’ll naturally want to pack it in the best way possible to protect it from damage. Follow these steps in your quest to pack your woollen sweaters for storage. Clean Your Woollen Sweaters Before placing your woollen sweaters in the self-storage unit, be sure to wash or dry clean them. Any dirt or dust that remains embedded in the woollen material can cause mildew and mould to form over time. This will damage your woollens, and you may not be able to use them again. Check the label on the back of each sweater to establish whether it can be washed in a machine or whether it needs to be dry cleaned. Some woollen sweaters can be washed in a machine, but with cold water only. Be sure to follow the washing instructions to prevent your woollens from shrinking. Wrap In Breathable Fabric Once your woollen sweaters are washed and dried, you will need to wrap them in a protective covering before placing them in the self-storage unit. Wrapping them in breathable fabric is ideal to prevent moisture from damaging them. Cloth covers are best suited for this wrapping task because they allow the woollen materials to breathe through them. Avoid using plastic bags and covers because they tend to trap moisture inside, which will then cause mould and mildew to form on your winter sweaters. Excessive mould will render these woollen sweaters unusable. Avoid using coloured fabric covers because excessive moisture inside the self-storage unit may cause colour to run from the cover onto your sweaters.   Stack In A Cardboard Box Once you place your sweaters in breathable fabric, stack them in a cardboard box and shut it. Don’t over pack the box because you need to give your woollen sweaters enough space to breathe. If one box isn’t enough, use another to stack the rest of your sweaters. Avoid placing the box near walls and floors because these spaces attract more moisture than other areas. Instead, place the box on top of a table and label it. This way you will know exactly what is in the box when winter arrives once again.   Your woollen sweaters are typically used only in winters, so follow these smart steps to place them in a self-storage unit when they are not needed during other months of the...

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Why Opt for a Roller Door for Your Home’s Garage?

Posted by on Jun 20, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Why Opt for a Roller Door for Your Home’s Garage?

A roller door is not just for commercial facilities and warehouses but is a good choice for residential homes as well. A roller door is made in sections or panels, and these fold up on themselves, so the door then sits in a housing unit above the door frame. This is opposed to the door sliding up a set of tracks and resting on the ceiling of the garage. If your garage needs a new door or you’re having a new garage built, note a few reasons why a roller door can be the better choice versus any other type. Less risk of damage Why would a roller door have less risk of damage or need less maintenance over the years? One reason is that they don’t put the entire weight of the garage door on the tracks, either along the garage door frame or the track on the ceiling of the garage. As the door opens and folds up, this weight is then dispersed into this housing unit. With less weight and less pulling and tugging on the tracks as the door opens and closes, it’s less likely that the track will pull away from the garage itself. This can mean reduced risk of the door track coming loose or off-center; in turn, you may need to repair the track less, and the door is less likely to get stuck along uneven tracks. Easier manual operation Many homes have an automatic garage door opener today, but you may not want this option for a number of reasons. It may be more expensive than you can afford, or you may be worried about someone using a copycat opener to access your garage. Whatever the reason, a roller door can often be easier to open manually because of the information above; you’re not lifting the weight of an entire garage door with a roller door and then having to push the door into the tracks above the garage space. This makes it a better choice for those who want a manually operated door for their garage, without the added risk of physical injury. Better insulation A roller door often needs a track on the inside of the door frame to keep it in place. This can mean a more snug fit, for added insulation. Items in your garage, including your car, are then protected from extreme cold or heat from outside. If you have an attached garage, this can also mean less risk of losing heating or air conditioning out the garage door. A more snug fit can also mean reducing noise pollution from outside as well so your home is quieter with an attached garage. For more information, contact The Roller Door Doctor or a similar...

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How To Clean and Maintain Your Teak Furniture

Posted by on Jun 6, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Clean and Maintain Your Teak Furniture

Teak is a tropical hardwood that’s widely used in outdoor furniture because of its extreme durability: it has a natural weather- and rot-resistant quality. Valued for its high resistance, it’s often times used for boat decks, construction, veneer, and patio furniture. Known for its rich golden honey color when it’s new, teak will develop a silver grey patina over time if left alone. If kept regularly cleaned, it’ll stay the golden honey color longer, as cleaning will prevent mold and mildew build-up. Here’s how you can keep your teak clean. Starting With The Least Aggressive Solution Sometimes the simplest solution is the best one. Before trying anything else, sometimes doing a quick wash with mild soap and water is all that’s needed. Other times, a deeper and more aggressive method is called for. You can either buy a store bought cleaner or use your own DIY solutions, which can include the following: One cup of vinegar with a gallon of warm water One cup of bleach and one cup of laundry detergent with warm water If your teak is especially stained, mix in two teaspoons tri-sodium phosphate cleaner Applying Cleaning Solution When applying the solution, use either a spray bottle or a garden sprayer. A garden sprayer is recommended as it works well and requires less effort with your hands, and it evenly distributes the solution well. Do this in a well-ventilated area and spray the teak solution all over to soak the furniture. Keep it wet with solution for at least fifteen minutes. When scrubbing, use a nylon plastic scrubbing brush and a garden hose to rinse it off. One important tip to remember is to do all of this cleaning in the shade, as you don’t want the sun to dry out the solution too quickly. After cleaning, wait twenty-four hours before eating off of it, and if the teak is still wet, try mixing oxalic acid with warm water and cleaning the teak again. Applying Oils If you want to apply oil, first wait twenty-four to forty-eight hours after the initial cleaning. You can also decide whether or not you want to sand the furniture. Sanding is usually a better solution when the teak has already experienced some discoloration; otherwise, sanding is unnecessary. After completely wiping the table clean, you can begin oiling your teak. Remember the following tips: A sponge is the recommended way to apply the oil because it’s easy to control Don’t apply too much oil in one space at one time, as it’s difficult for liquids to soak into teak and it will cause too much stickiness that is hard to clean up The oiling may seem to be making the teak too dark initially, but it will lighten up over the summer Avoid pools of oil; take your sponge and spread it out for a nice uniform coating Do two to three coats, and for regular maintenance, you’ll have to do it once a year By cleaning and maintaining teak furniture, not only will your furniture last longer, but it’ll maintain its beauty for a long...

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