Trades & Services

Roofing Materials & Styles

Types of Roofing StylesGable Roof – This roofing style is one of the most common styles employed when it comes to roof constructions. The roof is comprised of two evenly sized pieces, joint at the ridge of the roof, at the same angle. When this technique is used more than once on a building, and more than one gable is formed, it is call cross gabled.

Hip Roof – Hip roofing is when all sides of the building have pieces sloping upwards, joint at the top. This style of roofing is often found in areas where strong winds are experienced; as they provide better bracing. There are differentiations of hip roofs, depending on the shape and size of the house. Pyramid hip and cross hipped are two of these variations, but are built with the same format.

Flat Roof – As the name imply, the roof is one horizontal flat layer. It does, however, have a slight slope to allow for water and rain to run down. Flat roofs are not as common as gable and hip roofs, but are more affordable. It is usually not used in areas of colder climates as ice dams or snow would remain immobile and would also prevent water flow. 

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Roofing Materials:Roofing materials are dependent on various factors, such as the building style, size, climate within it is situation and the client’s wants and budget.

Clay Tile – Regarding the cost of clay tiles, in comparison to other roofing materials, these tiles are more expensive. The advantage of clay tiles is that it comes in a variety of colours, which means you can personalise your home. This material has a long lifespan and requires little maintenance. If pressure is applied, however, the tiles can crack easily; which can make repairs difficult.

Concrete Tiles – Concrete tiles are good for their durability and long lifespan. It is an attractive roofing style, but repairs and installations can be complicated. Concrete tiles are often used as it is cheaper than other durable tile roofing, such a clay and slate.

Metal Roofing – Metal roofs are quite light of weight compared to other roofing materials. Metal roofing is also known to be more environmentally friendly than other roofing materials, and some are recyclable. It is very easy to paint, and can therefore be personalised in colour to suit the needs and wants of the client. A disadvantage is that in rainy weather metal roofing can become noisy. Even through metal roofing has the drawback of being more difficult to install, it comes with the advantage that it can be installed over existing roofs; partially due to its light weight.

Slate –Slate is a natural stone, and is known for its classy look. The beautiful European look, however, comes with a costly price. The tiles are available in a variety of colours; including red, green purple, gray and black and is known to be one of the most fire resistant roofing materials. These costly tiles do however generate a problem of fragility and can be difficult to install or repair.

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TIPS

• Most roofs are replaced or repaired within in ten to fifteen years. Maintenance up to this period, however, is essential and fixing cracks and leaks will result in a longer last roof.
• When choosing the roofing materials, keep in mind that lighter colours and particular materials do not absorb the sun as much as others. This will, in the long run, save money as your home or office will be cooler compared to the contrary, cutting down on air-conditioning bills.

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Timber Venetian Blind Restoration

Here is some advice given by one of our loyal suppliers, Amazing Clean Toowong, on timber venetian blind restoration, and what they do to help maintain your blinds.

Real timber and lacquered blinds can be high maintenance and often are neglected until the wood splits or the lacquer starts to peel. If property owners have purchased good quality blinds they should last a life-time if looked after properly. When disaster strikes, save yourself a lot of money and consider restoring these beautiful blinds rather than replacing them. Even individual blades can be replaced if the dog has decided to have a chew!

Very briefly, here is what we do: 

Oiled Cedar Blinds: 

  1. Clean and dry the blind
  2. Dis-assemble the blind
  3. Hand Oil (2-3 Coats as required)
  4. Re-assemble the blind, replacing the cord, acorns and bottom rail plugs as required.
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Lacquered Timber Blinds 

  1. Dis-assemble the blind
  2. Remove lacquer from damaged side by sanding the blades, and remove dust
  3. Hand oil both sides, adding dye to the oil where necessary.
  4. Re-assemble the blind, replacing the cord, acorns and bottom rail plugs as required.
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Bugs in Our Curtains and Blinds

Here is some advice given by one of our loyal suppliers, Amazing Clean Toowong, on the types of bugs in our curtians and blinds.

There are two kinds of bugs in blinds and curtains – the creepy crawly ones and those that can make us sick. You may be surprised at the evidence of bug infiltration when taking a close look at the very top of fabric and in the head boxes. We close the window furnishings  at night to stop strangers looking in and to keep warm, but then flying insects, moths and cockroaches enter to keep warm and breed, leaving their droppings on the fabric. In the morning we get up, open the blinds and the bugs get rolled up as well and stay there forever. Depending on the blind type and fabric, those squashed bugs encourage bacteria to grow, collect dust and stain or corrode the material. The mould and bacteria that grows then spreads and releases spores into the air. These spores can make us sick and aggravate asthma and allergies. All we need to do to keep in control of these germs is dust or vacuum the fabric once a week and have them professionally cleaned once a year, the same routine as your carpets.

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What is Ultrasonic Cleansing?

Here is some advice given by one of our loyal suppliers, Amazing Clean Toowong, on Ultrasonic Cleansing. 

Ultrasonic Cleansing is one of the most thorough cleaning processes known. It is so thorough that ultrasonic cleaning is used in many industries, including the sterilisation process in hospitals, dental and ,medical clinics. High frequency sound waves produce millions of high energy bubbles in water that implode and literally suck all traces of dirt and grime from the blind. Nothing is missed. The simple fact is, it is the best clean available . If you are going to get you blinds cleaned, wouldn’t you want the bet result ?  

  • The only process that can remove nicotine stains.
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  • The only process that can remove mould and other heavy staining.
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  • Rejuvenates even the most tired of blinds.
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  • Prolongs the life of your blinds – saving you money
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  • Creates a healthier work and living environment. 
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No matter how well you dust you blinds, you’ll never succeed in removing the germs and bacteria that spread disease or remove mould, grease and insect stains that can deteriorate the materials. Having you linds ultrasonically cleaned and sanitised is essential in home and workplace environments, especially when occupants are babies, elderly or sufferers of asthma or respiratory conditions.

Landscaping

Landscaping is a broad topic, with various categories, but it comes down to modifying or adding features to a property’s appearance.  Whether it is gardening, concreting or building walls; landscaping covers it.

Concreting – Concreting is a technique used everywhere around the world. Whether it is to pave the roads or sidewalk, or if it is used for buildings or walls; concreting has become a part of the way we construct things.  Concrete is a mixture of cement, sand, other aggregate and water, which results in a very durable ending product. The benefit of concreting is its flexibility. It can be moulded into any shape and from, allowing it to be used for such a variety of purposes.

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Turfing – Turfing, also described as laying the lawn, is employed everywhere around us as its used on sporting fields, most homes, hotels, businesses and parks. It is an easy way to give your home a nicer appealing touch. Why have gravel and dust when soft green grass is an option?  The process of laying grass, however, is bigger than some think, as preparation includes weeding, fertilizing and preparing the soil. Turf, however, comes with many added benefits; one being cooling the air in its surroundings and releasing oxygen. It is also a benefit to those with allergies as it traps dust.  While some think turf is expensive, it is well worth the money.

Garden maintenance – The category of garden maintenance is very straight forward, but still needed.  In order to have the beautiful and tamed garden you want, it needs to be cared for. Garden maintenance includes any activity to spruce up you garden; such as mowing, hedging, watering plants, weeding or fertilizing.

Landscape design – Want to do something with your outdoor area, but just don’t have a creative bone inside you? Well then landscape designers can give you the garden you have always wanted.  Landscape designers will turn those bare open spaces into beautifully arranged gardens. It is important with landscape design, however, to have a budget in mind before planning, so that the designers know what you can and cannot have. They will also not only provide you with a beautiful garden, but advise you what will work best in your garden and in the climate you live in. Whether it is a new garden, or you want a garden make-over; landscape designers are what you need.

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Paving – Paving is best described as flooring for outside areas and is often seen in driveways, pool areas, walkways, patios and even barbeque areas. It is a process that will add value to your home, or office, and leaves a neat finishing result. Paving comes with a unique touch, rather than to just lay a slab of grey concrete. There as such variety of paving options, with different designs, colours and sizes. Pavers do not only have the benefit of design, but its durability  

 

Paving Materials
 
 

  • Concrete – Concrete pavers are often used as it is non-skid, so therefore safe to drive on and to walk on. It is also more price effective than some other materials and are high in strength.  Concrete pavers, however, can fade in colour quicker if not sealed regularly and therefore maintenance costs can add up overtime.
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  • Brick – Even though brick pavers might be more expensive that concrete, the process is a lot quicker and easier to install; which may cut on labouring fees. Brick pavers are easy to maintain and should just be washed when needed. They are known to crack under pressure, so consider the weight of the furniture or equipment used on that area.  These pavers aren’t offered in a large variety of shades, but this leaves no concern for fading pavers as the colours all occur naturally.  
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  • Clay – Generally clay pavers are all rectangular; which does not give the shape and size versatility as some other materials. Clay pavers, however, come in natural rich colours, which will not fade overtime and does not need to be sealed. Maintenance costs are therefore fairly low for clay paving.  
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  • Natural Stone – Stone pavers are an investment to your home and have a real stylish and sophisticated look. They are popular due to their durability and variety of stones that is to offer. Stone pavers are commonly used at homes, rather than commercial areas, commonly seen as footpaths or patios. Natural stone pavers do, however, have the disadvantage of absorbing moisture; which can sometimes lead to cracks.  
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Retaining walls – The purpose of retaining walls is to stabilise sloping ground. Retaining walls are often constructed from sturdy materials such as stone or cement, but timber is occasionally used. Depending on the slope, development approval is required in some circumstances from the council. It is recommended to seek advice before constructing a retaining wall. It is also important to consider drainage when installing retaining walls, as water building up against the wall can cause it to subside.

Cement Walls – Cement retaining walls comes in different forms. Using interlocking blocks are one technique used, and are quite popular as the blocks are already made. Interlocking blocks are known to be sturdy and durable through any kind of weather.

Stone Walls – Stone walls are popular due to its natural appeal and are often not only used for structural purposes; but for decorative reasons. There is quite a variety of stones to select from when installing a retaining wall; sandstone, granite and limestone being popular choices. Some stone types can be extremely pricey; however, the durability of stone walls is a major advantage and is off the longest lasting retaining wall techniques.

Timber Retaining Wall – Timber sleepers are commonly used in Australia to build retaining walls. Even though this is a popular technique used, timber retaining walls does not have a life span as long as those build with cement or stone and average at about fifteen years. It is important to ensure that all parts of the timber are treated before being installed. Despite the shorter life span, timber walls are often used due to being more appealing than other types of retaining walls.

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Water features – Many people incorporate water features into their outdoor areas to create a soft or relaxed environment.  Depending on the look you want to portray, you have to choose between a water fountain or fish pond. The advantage of these features is that they can, and should, work by using recycled water.

  • Ponds – Ponds can be constructed by using either concrete or brick. For those going for a more natural look, rocks and pebbles are often incorporated. Water ponds comes in such a larger variety of designs, there will be one to suit your needs.  Ranging from still ponds to waterfall ponds, this feature will add a sense of nature to your home.

What is Needed for Your Water Feature:

Depending on what feature you choose to install, there are a few extra parts to go with it in order to maintain it properly.

  1. Pump – If your water features has any type of moving water, such as bubbling spitting or water fall, it will require having a pump. There are a whole range of pumps to choose from; some noisier than other. Recirculating pumps are best to use when you have water fall.
  2. Filter – When a filter is used in conjunction with a pump, it will help keep you water feature healthy and clean. Just like any other type of filter, water feature filters remove dirt from the water.  There are a variety of water filters, some that will be outside the features and some located inside. External filters are often used for bigger sized ponds, to those located inside.

<Hint: It might be worthwhile to contact your local authority and find out what safety regulations apply to water features in your area before constructing a water feature.

 

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Flooring Facts

Flooring  

Whether you are installing new flooring or renovating; choosing the right type of flooring can be mind boggling. With not only different techniques available, but different materials and colours, choosing a floor type to fit your needs can only happen if you know the facts.  

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Timber – Timber flooring gives a home an instant warm, rich feel. It is perfect for those suffering from allergies, because unlike carpets, timber does not hold dirt after it has been cleaned. Timber flooring is offered in such a variety of woods, ranging from oak and pine to blue gum and jarrah, that there is a shade to suit anyone’s needs. Timber floors, however, come with the disadvantage that moisture will always affect it. Expanding or shrinking; timber floor boards will always change, to some extent, from when it is first installed. 

Bamboo – If you are looking for an eco-friendly way to style your home, bamboo flooring is your answer. Bamboo is not low in supply, as it is one of the fastest growing plants, and therefore it is very cost effective. Bamboo stalks go through a manufacturing process leaving bamboo floors flat, smooth and stylish. Bamboo flooring, however, can change colour over time. Strong light enhances this process and the floor’s shades might go lighter or darker. Overall, bamboo flooring is very easy to maintain and durable, but excessive moisture can cause it to expand. 

Laminate – Laminate flooring looks like timber flooring, however is made from synthetic materials. It is starting to become the desirable option of flooring as it is a cheaper and more durable option to hardwood. The benefit of laminate flooring is the fact that it looks real, but does not come with the disadvantage staining or scratching as easily as hardwood.  Laminate flooring may scratch in the odd occasions, however, can be repaired easily.  Laminate flooring does not require a lot of maintenance and can be cleaned by mopping, dusting or vacuuming. The only downside to laminate flooring is that excessive water can cause the floor to swell. It is therefore advised not to have laminate flooring in bathrooms, laundries or outside areas.  

Vinyl – Vinyl flooring is a thin layer of printed glazed flooring, glued onto solid surfaces. This technique is used to get an expensive look for affordable prices, as vinyl floor designs can often mimic the appearance of proper tiles.  Some prefer vinyl tiles over the real thing as it is not as cold. The main downfall to vinyl flooring is its life cycle, as it does not last as long as other flooring types. Repairing vinyl sheets or tiles, however, is fairly easy as only the damaged parts need to be replaced, without damaging other floor parts. 

Seamless flooring – Seamless flooring is commonly known as epoxy flooring and is often used in industrial, commercial and garage areas.  This technique is used in larger areas as it is easy to maintain and very cost effective. The process involves applying polyurethane coats to concrete floors, resulting in flooring without grout lines for dirt to grab to. Seamless flooring is beneficial in the workplace as it is durable, oil spills does not affect it and it is non-slip. One downfall, however, is that seamless flooring loses it shine after some time, and colours can become a little dull.   

 Tiling –Tiling is most commonly seen in kitchens, laundries, bathrooms, and outdoor areas, but is practical in most living areas of your home. Tiling is seen in almost every house due to its durability, and large range of designs, sizes and colours. Tiles do not damage easily, and is easy to maintain, however, the grouting between the tiles can be bleached or stained. 

This flooring technique is often seen as a category by itself as it offers such a large variety of tiling types.  

  • Ceramic: Ceramic tiles are produced from clay that is heated at extremely hot temperatures.  The pattern or design of the tiles is often created by the finishing glaze, as the natural colours of ceramic tiles are usually red or white.  This glaze also prevents the tiles from dirt and stains and therefore, in most circumstances, ceramic tiles do not have to be sealed, except for the grout.  Ceramic tiles are durable and come with the added benefit of being quite cost effective.   
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  • Porcelain: Porcelain tiles are often mistaken to be natural stone as it can be made to look like marble, limestone or slate. Many prefer porcelain over stone tiles, as it can look just as good, is extremely durably, but come at a lower cost. This versatile tile is suitable for outside areas as well as they withstand any type of weather and do not chip easily.
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  • Marble: Marble tiles are known for their elegance and durability, and therefore also comes with a greater price. It is vitally important to get marble flooring sealed, by professionals, at least once a year to protect your floors from dirt and stains. Marble tiling is often liked for the fact that this natural stone is biodegradable. 
  • Granite: Granite tiling is expensive, but comes with beauty to fill your home. These tiles are perfect for high foot traffic areas as it is one of the most durable tiling techniques. When using granite tiling, keep in mind that the tile is quite heavy and cannot be used on certain surfaces.  The benefit of this biodegradable stone is that it is quite resistant to moisture and has, therefore, become more popular in homes over the last decade.   

     

  • Limestone: Limestone tiling offers a soft touch to a room with its natural light coloured stone.   Limestone tiles are not as dense as other tiles, but are very durable and due to its porous nature should be sealed to prevent staining.  
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  • Sandstone:  Sandstone tiles come from sedimentary rock and are offered in a variety of earthy colours. Sandstone tile’s durable nature allows it to be used in both indoor and outdoor areas. These tiles should get sealed on a regular basis (every 1 -2 years) to ensure moisture and stain resistance. This is especially important if used as pool tiles, as excess water will absorb if not sealed. Sandstone is often used around pool areas, as it offers a rough tile when not polish; which results in a safe, non-slipping surface.  
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  • Slate: Slate tiling is sometimes known as stone tiling as it is carved from rock, hence the bumpy texture. It has a completely different feel compared to other tiles, which acts as a non-slippery benefit.  Once slate tiles are sealed properly, it is extremely durable and has a very long life. This natural rock comes in a variety of shades, and unique designs.
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  • Mosaic: Mosaic tiles are created by combining various tiling materials, such as porcelain, ceramic and glass.  Mosaic tiling is popular due to its uniqueness, at an affordable price. It is extremely versatile as it is offered in every colour, design and pattern possible. More often than not, mosaic tiling is used for decorative purposes, but is used as flooring; especially in bathrooms.   
     

 Preparing and renovating floors can be a time consuming process, which involves a variety of techniques. 

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Stripping Stripping is a process to get rid of old finish, or wax, off timber floors. Once your floorboards are starting to change colour and does not look as shiny as usual, it is probably time to strip the floor and repolish it.
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  • Prevent all movement and foot traffic whilst performing the stripping process.
  • Stripping floors is an easy, but time consuming job. The process involves mopping the stripper onto the surface, then stripping it by machine and then removing the residues with either mop or vacuum. The floor is then rinsed a few times with water, followed by neutralizer application; which will eliminate the white stains.
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Sealing
When and what floors should be sealed? If the floor you have installed is porous in anyway, it needs to be sealed. This is not only to keep moisture out, but prevents stains. Whether it is timber, tiles, concrete or vinyl; check with you supplier it needs to be sealed. It is important to note that any floor sealer cannot be used on any floor. Not all tiles need to be sealed, but sealing is especially important for tiles that are made from natural stone; such as slate and marble. These tiles are porous and it is important to seal them so they will be protected from spills and dirt. The grouting, on the other hand, always has to be sealed. This will make cleaning easier, and leave your tiles looking good for longer. If the grout is not sealed, it will stain extremely easy. It is important to let the grout dry completely before applying the sealer. When working with timber, it is safe to say that almost all timber floors needs to be sealed. Concrete floors are also porous, and it does not matter if it is used in the garage, basement or outdoors, it does need to be sealed to prevent staining. 

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Have Mould Problems With Your Curtains & Blinds?

Mould is a problem that exist to all homeowners, epsecially to those living in tropical Queensland.

Here is some advice given by one of our loyal suppliers, Amazing Clean Toowong, on how to tackle this issue.

Preventative Measures

 Curtains and Blinds are two of the most common victims of mould and mildew and yet it often remains undetected due to its growing on the back side of the window furnishings! It can be particularly troublesome for allergy and asthma sufferers. Take preventative steps now. Our sub-tropical climate and associated humidity promotes mould and mildew growth so the best preventative is to keep your window furnishings as dry as possible.  Keep rooms well ventilated with fresh air and fans, but if we must use our air-conditioners, keep the vents and filters clean.  While mould and mildew is relatively easy to remove from timber, aluminium and polyester fabrics used in most blinds these days, it is quite difficult to remove from softer, moisture absorbing materials used for curtains. Early detection and treatment is best as it kills the mould spores and therefore stops them from spreading. If it is left too long however, the blinds and curtains can be permanently stained.

Anti-Microbial Treatments

Anti-microbial technology effectively controls the growth of mould and bacterial spores arising in home textiles. These growths generate spores that float through the air and latch on to any surface it can penetrate with a root system. They also cause unpleasant odours and stains. 

In essence, walls are sprayed with a mould destroyer which removes the flower (black, brown or green spots) from which spores are released.  The flower can only be removed while it is still alive. If it has died then it has become part of the surface it is on and cannot be removed.

The mould destroyer then needs to be removed to stop the roots from feeding from it once it begins to break down.

The final step is to spray with Meditech. Meditech stops the re-growth in its tracks by starving it of its food source. Complete coverage is essential.

Mould and bacteria removal is effective only on existing problems. Because spores are air-borne they can re-enter at any time via air-vents, gaps in walls, cracks in floors, windows etc. For this reason, preventative treatments can only be guaranteed for a maximum of 6 months.

 Amazing Clean Toowong. 2011

Fencing

Fencing
 
 Need fencing? Whether it is for security, privacy, marking barriers, keeping pets in the yard or just for styling, suppliers at After A Quote can help you find the perfect fence. There are three points to consider, however, prior to installing any type of fencing.
  1.  Always discuss the structure, material and height of the boundary fence with your neighbouring properties.
  2.  When considering what type of fencing you will make use of, keep in mind your view. Brick walls might not result in a desirable outcome when you have a view
  3. At all times, make sure that you are abiding by fence height regulations.      

     

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Fencing Materials   

    

Timber – Timber fencing comes in a variety of designs and has been the traditional fencing option in Australia for many years.  There is often the option to choose between hardwood and pine, with hardwood being the more durable and expensive one out of the two.  Downside about timber is the fact that it can rot if not treated appropriately. Timber fencing, does however, have the advantage of being repaired easily.   

 

Colorbond – Fencing made from colorbond steel comes in such a wide variety of colours; it is hard not to find a colour that will suit.  One of the factors that make colorbond fencing unique is that is completely recyclable.  Colorbond fencing is also a great security barrier and provides privacy as there are no splits or gaps to see through.     
Chain wire – Chain wire fencing is not often seen in residential areas, but rather securing commercial and industrial properties, sporting fields and car parks. Wire fencing is not always the most attractive choice; however, it does have a long life span at an affordable price.  Chain wire fencing is fairly easy to repair and is not of high maintenance.   

Glass – Glass fencing is often used to secure pools or used as barriers for balconies. Glass is of high maintenance as it requires regular cleaning. It can, however, be tinted; this allowing a bit of privacy whilst preserving your views.    

Brick wall - A brick wall fence is a rendered cement wall that requires very little maintenance.  Brick wall fencing is not only employed by thousands of home owners for security purpose, but also due to the fact that a brick wall can be painted to match the exact colour of the building. Brick walls leaves room for creativity as designs can be altered to different levels.      
Steel – Steel fencing is known for its durability and is quite easy to maintain. It can, however, dent easily if not handled appropriately. Steel fencing can also corrode, and therefore should not be used for pool areas or in coastal locations if not treated appropriately.  If utilized in suitable areas, steel fencing is a great option as it is available in a large variety of colours and designs.  
  
  Fencing Structures and Types

 

   

Tubular – Tubular fencing is often used for securing pools and does not require a high degree of maintenance. It is mostly made from either steel or aluminium, and quite frequently used as pool fencing as kids cannot climb over the spikes or loops.  Tubular fencing is available in different designs, and often has an elegant look to it.    

Retaining wall – The purpose of retaining walls is to stabilise sloping ground. Retaining walls are often constructed from sturdy materials such as stone or cement. Depending on the slope, development approval is required in some circumstances from the council. It is recommended to seek advice before constructing a retaining wall 

 

Pool fence – With pool fencing there are various rules and regulations to abide by. When installing fencing for the pool, height is a factor and should be at least 1.2m high. The type of material used for pool fencing should also be considered as various fencing types is seen as climbable and is therefore not permitted.  It is also important to note that all pool gates require self closing hinges.     
Balustrade – A Balustrade works as a safety precaution around a balcony, staircase or patio.  The railing is there to prevent people from falling, but also adds a decorative touch.  Balustrade comes in various designs and different materials can be used. This allows homeowners a huge choice and it is therefore easy to compliment your house design with the right balustrade.         

 Slat – Slat fences have become popular due to its durability and ability to provide privacy.  Slats are aligned horizontally, allowing fine rays of light to come through and are most commonly made from timber; but aluminium is also frequently used. Slat fencing has a unique style and is often not only used as fencing, but as feature walls in outside gardening areas.   

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Carpets Info

1.      Carpet cleaning  

Carpet cleaning is important to get done professionally. Weekly cleaning does not get rid of all the dirt and odours on the surface of your carpet and therefore professional machinery is needed. Carpets do have the ability to cause potential health issues and it is therefore important to live in a clean environment, especially for people with allergies. 

Carpet cleaning is important, but doing regular DIY vacuuming is what maintains the carpet in good condition. 

How Often Should I Get My Carpets Cleaned?  

It is not always visible to the eye, but carpets become dirty real quickly due to kids, pets, dust, food and drink spills, dirty shoes and any other incidents. It is therefore important to get carpet cleaning done regularly. A standard timeframe to work with is between 12 and 18 months. This, however, depends on personal circumstances and usage. 

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Pricing: 

Different carpet cleaners have different pricing options. Some charge per square metre, and some per room. See which suits you best when choosing between suppliers.
What Technique of Carpet Cleaning is Best to Use?
When choosing what technique to use different factors should be considered. Is drying time important? When was the last time the carpets were cleaned?  What fibres are the carpets made off? What stains and odours is being treated? By answering these question your supplier should be able to  advice you whether you should dry clean or steam clean. 

What is the Difference Between Dry Clean and Steam Clean?
Both these techniques have their own advantages and disadvantages. Depending on what method is used, carpets can be dry from 30 mins to 8hrs.
Dry cleaning techniques differentiate depending on what suppliers you use, three of which will be discussed.  

  

  1. Dry-Foam Method: This method is performed by applying a shampoo to the carpets; which is left to dry before vacuuming it up. The shampoo soaks up the dirt as it dries.
  2. Dry-Chem Method: This is also known as Bonnet Cleaning, and is the more popular way of dry cleaning. The process is very similar to the dry-foam method, however instead of using a vacuum, bonnet pads are used instead. These pads rotate at a high speed absorbing the dirt from the carpets.
  3.  Dry-Compound Method: Instead of using soap or liquids, a powdery substance is spread over the carpet and left to absorb the dirt. A large vacuum machine is then used to extract the dirt and chemicals from the carpet.

 

 Dry carpet cleaning does not mean that no water or moisture is involved, but is highly beneficial when you need the carpets to dry quick.
  

Steam cleaning is better explained as hot water extraction. The process begins by pre-vacuuming the intended rooms thoroughly.This is to eliminate all dry-soils prior to spraying the cleaning solution on the carpets; which is followed by treating all spots and stains. With the use of the steam cleaner, a solvent is released into the carpets at a high temperature, this allowing the dirt to rise. The dirt is then sucked up by a high pressure extractor and the carpets are left with clean with a fresh deodorised smell. The technique does leave the carpet damp longer than some other methods; however it removes the dirt and smells from a deeper surface.   

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  2.      New carpet  

A new carpet can really change the look and feel of a room. With the variety of colours, textures and styles, the choice of carpet really comes down to personal preference and the suppliers at After A Quote can help you find the best carpet for you. Carpets are not only decorative, but can be beneficial as it helps reduce noise, especially between levels on multi-story buildings. 

Different types of carpet.  

It is important to remember that the denser the carpet, the longer it will last. The density basically depends on how close the yarns are packed together. There are various different types of carpets, with all of them falling under one of three categories of construction; cut pile, loop pile or cut and loop pile. 

Cut pile is when the tips of the loops have been removed during the weaving process and therefore the carpet is constructed with single strands of fibre.  Cut pile carpets often have a very soft look to them. Loop pile is weaved loops of fibre left uncut.  The loops can all be one height, or designs can leave them all at various heights.  Loop pile carpets are quite durable and are easy to maintain as it does not hold stains. And lastly, cut and loop pile combines both techniques to create various designs. 

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  • Woven – Woven carpets are known to be the best quality carpet. It does come with a higher price than other carpet styles; however it is extremely durable and comes in a variety of designs.
  • Saxony – Saxony carpets are a denser cut pile weave, and are often found in homes due to its soft touch.  This carpet comes in such a large variety of colours and designs but it does, however, tend to mark footprints or other movements on the carpet.
  • Tufted –   Tufted carpet has a cut pile and it is one of the most commonly used carpets today. Tufted carpets have primary and secondary backings to provide durability and is more cost effective than majority of other carpet types.
  • Frieze – Frieze carpets is a form of cut pile with all fibres twisted. It has the advantage of not showing foot prints or vacuuming marks due to its shaggy appearance. Frieze carpets can become a little pricy; however it is a perfect choice for a family home.
  • Plush (sometimes known as velvet). Plush is a form of cut pile carpeting with the pile slightly twisted. It is often found in bedrooms due to its dense feel. Plush Carpet has a very elegant look to it, however, high foot traffic becomes very visible.
  • Berber – Berber carpets are one of the most popular loop pile carpets, especially due to its durability. The colour of a Berber carpet is usually an off-white to light brown. Different Berber carpets does come in a variety prices, however with a higher prices comes higher quality. The main disadvantage to Berber carpets is that it can be damaged easily if the loop starts unravelling.

Different fabrics used.

  •  Nylon – Nylon would be found in most homes as it is not only extremely durable, but stain resistant. It is the perfect fibre to use for families with kids and pets.  Due to its ability to handle wear and tear, nylon carpets are recommended in high foot trafficking areas.
  • Polyester – Polyester is not as pricey as wool or nylon and is easy to maintain. Polyester comes in a range of colours with the advantage of not fading easily. It is not recommended in areas with heavy furniture or a lot of foot traffic as it not as durable as some fibres. It is, however, a soft and comfortable carpet fibre.
  • Wool – Wool does have the disadvantage of being more expensive than other carpet fabrics; however the superior difference can be felt by one stroke. Even though wool is not as stain resistant as synthetic fibres, it is a soft, comfortable fabric, with long lasting durability. It comes with the option of keeping its natural colours, or is very easily dyed to a preferred colour. If you are looking for something a little more luxurious, wool is an excellent choice.
  •  Olefin – Olefin is also known as polypropylene and is the least expensive fabric used for carpets. Olefin is not always as durable as the other carpet types; however is very resistant to stains and will not fade due to sunlight.Blends – To get the qualities of different fibres, blends are available. Wool and nylon blend will provide you with an extremely, durable, conformable carpet.
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Pet Owners
 
 

  

  

 

  • If you have pets that live inside it is very important to get carpets that are stain resistant. Durability is also important, especially for cats, and therefore nylon is recommended. Wool is extremely durable, but does not have the stain resistance needed for pets.
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1.      Damage repair

Whether it is food or drink spills, caused by flooding, burns or pets, the suppliers at After a Quote can help you repair your damaged carpets.

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Everything Solar

Solar

Considering solar, but need the facts? Here is what you need to know about solar power, solar hot water systems and solar pool heating. Whether you want a new system, replace an old one, or simply need advice; our suppliers at After a Quote can help you.

Solar systems produce heat and energy from the sun without the harm of pollution. It is especially beneficial to those who live in the remote areas of Australia. Installing solar panels gives you access to free energy, whilst preserving our environment.

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Before Buying Before installing any type of solar system it is important to check two things.
1. As all energy comes from the sun, it is highly recommended to check that no buildings or trees will shadow the solar panels. Limited contact to sunlight will consequent in limited results.
2. Get an expert to inspect the stability of your roof. It is important to know whether your roof is in good condition and can hold the weight of solar panels, and in some cases a storage tank.

Solar Power (Electricity)
Solar power is created when sunlight hits the solar panels, which will be located on your roof. The electrical current is produced when sunlight comes in contact with the silicon wafers; also known as photoelectric cells. Solar panels charge during daylight which provides you with clean, renewable energy when needed.
Solar power systems can be installed using two different techniques.

1. Grid-Connected Solar Power – This is the most frequently used system and is connected directly to the power network. This means when there is a shortage in solar power; electricity will automatically be sourced from the grid. There are two things included when installing a grid-connected solar power system. An inverter and an electricity meter. The inverter is what transfers the direct current to the alternating current and the electricity meter measures the flow of electricity. This flow can be either the outflow of electricity from the grid, or solar electricity credited from your side. Credited electricity is a major advantage to solar power, as you can sell unused electricity back to the grid.

2. Stand-Alone Solar – With this system the power goes to batteries, where it is stored. Stand alone solar is more expensive than the other system as it is more complex and is not connected to the electricity grid. The disadvantage of this system, compared to grid connected solar power, is the fact that stand-alone can reach a fully loaded level; whereas grid connected can never be full.

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Hot water system

The use of solar hot water systems is an excellent way to pay less for your hot water. Solar panels are essential, just as it is for solar power. However, hot water systems use the heat of the sun, where solar power produces energy from light.

How It Works

Hot water is stored in a tank after it has passed through the solar panels that are located on the roof of the building. Water is purely heated by sunlight as it circulates through the collectors. The storage tanks for the hot water are available in various forms and are made from either stainless steel or copper.

Positioning of storing tanks comes in two options; hi-line and lo-line units. Hi-line units have the storage tank on the roof, located above the solar panels. Lo-line units, on the other hand, provide you with the option of having the tank inside or outside as it is on ground level. Many prefer lo-line units as only the panels are located on the roof, with the tank out of sight. When the water storage tank is located at ground level, an electric pump is used to circulate the water to the roof collectors, where the water is heated. Both hi-line and lo-line units can be gas or electricity boosted.

Electricity and gas boosters are used on days where sunlight is not sufficient for heating purposes. The use of electricity or gas is used to supplement energy when the energy coming from the sun is not sufficient enough to raise the water temperature to the expected level.  Therefore, you will never go without hot water, but save lump sums by using renewable sources.

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 Pool Heating
Solar pool heating is an affordable way to warm up the pool and use on the chilly winter days. This system is easy to install as it works through the existing pool pump. By placing solar water collectors in a sunny spot; such as the roof or on ground near the pool, allows the sun to heat the water that will be transferred back into the pool through the water pump.

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Considering Blinds?

Choosing the right kind of window covering can be time consuming, and sometimes difficult, when not knowing all the odds and inns of each type. With choices ranging between shutters, curtains, blinds and awnings, it is important to know which will benefit your home and why. 

Blinds have become more popular over the years as it offers such a wide variety of options. With choices ranging from vertical to horizontal, slat to solid, colour, style and fabric; choosing the perfect blinds can be mind boggling.

Where to Start:

Before choosing the colour and style of blinds, you need to determine the purpose of the blinds and whether the blinds will fit within the window frame, or extend over the perimeter of the window frame. It is found, especially in older buildings, that the recess is deeper, and therefore the blinds must extend over the edge of the frame.

To define the purpose of the blinds ask yourself questions such as; how much light do you want to let in? Is it being used for a window, or a doorway? Is it for insulation, privacy or decorative purposes? When you answer these questions, go through the following types of blinds and analyse which best suits your needs. It is then when price, colour and style come into question. The benefit of having blinds, instead of curtains, is the fact that the amount of light coming in can be adjusted with a pull of a cord.

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Different types of blinds.

  1. Sunscreens –These blinds are often used in living areas as it limits the day time glare without completely blocking outside views. Reducing the cost of air-conditioning due to keeping the majority of the heat out is a benefit of sunscreens. A downside to this style, however, is that privacy is limited at night time when interior lights are on.
  2. Vertical Blinds – Vertical blinds are found in all types of fabrics and colours; and therefore you can set your own price range by the type of vertical blinds you are looking for. Vertical blinds are easy and fast to operate. It also requires less cleaning as it does not hold dust as much as other blind types. Vertical blinds are, however, known to break faster than horizontal blinds.
  3. Roman Blinds – There are various types of roman blinds and  they are made from a single piece of material which elegantly folds into pleats. All roman blinds have the same concept and are often used in rooms where privacy and no light is wanted; such as bathroom and theatres. An advantage of this style is that the thickness of the material varies in accordance to personal preference.
  4. Holland Blinds (Roller Blinds) – Holland blinds are very simple, but can portray an elegant touch to a room at a very reasonable price. It is available in a large number of colours and fabrics and therefore fits into any room. These blinds can be simply used on its own or in combination with curtains in large areas. The blinds are very easy to maintain, as cleaning is minimal. Holland blinds are distinguished from other blinds as it comes with the option of either manually opening it by chain pulls, or can be motor operated by control.
  5. Aluminium and Timber Venetian Blinds –Aluminium is lighter than timber venetian blinds, as timber can be bulky. It is also a much cheaper option, compared to timber, if cost is of concern. However, timber blinds is often the choice in living areas, rather than aluminium, to keep a natural feel to the room. Aluminium venetians, on the other hand, is often used in bathrooms. Venetians comes in different colours and the wood can be dark or light. Aluminium is easier to clean than wood, but it is all up to personal preference. 
  6. Panel Glides – Panel glides are often used when large window areas or doorways need to be covered. Depending on the material used, panel glides are occasionally used as room dividers. Panel glides have a modern look to it and these Asian-style blinds can be altered to personal style to whether sunscreen or privacy blinds are needed.  Stacking also varies from left, right or centre. Rather than rolling up, panel glides slides across the area covered.
  7. Cedar Blinds –Cedar blinds is also a type of wooden venetians that comes in two different shades. The blinds are of light weight and easily operated. A major benefit to cedar blinds is its low maintenance. Cedar wood does produce its own oils, and only needs to be treated every few years according to some experts.
  8. Bamboo Blinds – Bamboo blinds are becoming a popular way to style a room as it is more affordable than other window covering.  Some bamboo blinds, however, does allow rays of light to come through so it often not used in rooms where privacy is needed.  Bamboo blinds does, however, come in a variety of styles and straw thicknesses, so personal preference is accommodated with this eco-friendly blind. 

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What Materials or Fabric Should You Use:

In the end this comes down to personal preference, but there are issues to consider.  Blinds do not only provide privacy, but will keep the designated area cooler when the proper blinds are used. This often cutting energy bills, as air-conditioning is not always needed. It is therefore important to choose the right blinds for the purpose intended.

Some rooms get more light than others. Sun can damage furniture, and therefore, in several circumstances, you will have to go for the thicker material blinds to not only cool down an area, but protect furniture from extreme sunlight.

If you are considering wooden blinds, keep in mind that they can be pricier than other fabrics. Wooden blinds also do not handle moisture well and it is therefore important to consider the moisture levels in your room.

If you are going for that natural look, and price is of concern, bamboo it the cheaper option over wooden blinds. Bamboo blinds are also believed to be environmentally friendly, depending on how it is treated at manufactures. As bamboo is naturally renewable, this fast growing plant is biodegradable, which make it an eco-friendly option.

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Measuring

Blinds can be installed in two different ways, and therefore measurements differ depending on the blind fit. When measuring cut for a window it is important to know if the blinds are measured for face fit or recess fit. This depends on whether the blinds will be located on the outside of the window frame (this being the face fit) or whether the blinds will hang inside the recess (this being recess fit).

When measuring, always use a metal measuring tape as this provides accurate results. Taking note of where any window handles are is also important. Always measure in millimetres.

Measuring for face fit –    

  1.  Measure the width from exactly where you want the blind to hang on the outside of the window edge to the other side. People usually allow for roughly 50mm overlap either side.  
  2. Measure the length by measuring where you want the drop to start and finish. Once again, a 50mm overlap is sufficient.
  3. Redo the measuring several times to eliminate any errors.

   Measuring for recess fit -

  1. When measuring the width, measure it from the inside of the wall from side to side. Do this in three different spots along the drop of the window and note down the shortest distance.
  2. Make sure you always measure in a level line.
  3. Measure the length from the top of the recess to the bottom. Once again, do this in three different locations along the width of the window and note down the shortest distance.
  4. Redo the measuring several times to eliminate any errors.

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