Choosing Between Tiles And Tin For Your Roofing

Every aspect of a home is important thus, it is important to decide carefully when roofing in Sydney because you have many options but the most common one is whether to choose tin or tiles. According to Chris Edgar, a member of the Master Builders Association of South Australia, there are advantages and disadvantages to the two materials.

When it comes to versatility, the steel is leading but looking at the lifespan of the material, tile is the clear winner aside from the fact that it is better in insulating sound and it has heritage appeal.

Mr. Edgar said that lightweight steels are ideal for architectural buildings because it can be formed into curves while the recommended pitch of tile is only from 18 to 22 degrees. Variance can be achieved when steel is used.

The only issue is that there is a big difference in the weight. Roof made of terracotta can be very heavy. The tiles can be as heavy as 60 kilograms for every square meter while steel only weighs five kilograms for every square meter.

Mr. Edgar said that flat roofs cost less to install but there might be problems in the future it the plumbing, wiring or the air conditioning system has to be changed. Flat roof is beautiful and it is possible but it has to be maintained more than the pitched roof because blockage can occur.

It is recommended to have at least two degrees of pitch because the curl on the edge can help in preventing the rain from coming back if it does not have enough run-off speed to begin with. On the other hand, roofs with higher pitch are more flexible.

Both tin and tiles can incorporate solar panels but the radiant heat can have an impact the panels. Tiles made of terracotta or concrete has the ability to absorb heat and as soon as the temperature drops, it sends it back out. Steel, on the other hand, lets heat pass through which is why the ceiling space can heat up a lot faster but dissipation is also quite fast.

For homeowners planning to do roofing in Sydney, make sure that you choose steel if your house is located in an area where bushfire is common.


Sumitomo Chemical Acquires Botanical Resources

Botanical Resources, an Australian firm that specializes in growing insecticidal compounds for pest control in Sydney and anywhere else in Australia,recently managed to close a deal that granted majority stockholder status to the Japan-based Sumitomo Chemical.

The Japanese company recently acquired 82.9% of Botanical Resources’ shares, in addition to also acquiring affiliated companies belonging to the BRA group from the company’s shareholders. Following this transaction, Botanical Resources, as well as the BRA Group will then operate as a consolidated subsidiary of Sumitomo Chemical.

Botanical Resources is an Ulverstone-based company founded in 1996 by Ian Folder, which he established when he spearheaded a management buyout of CIG’s pyrethrum assets. From there, the BRA Group began.

The BRA Group’s primary specialization is in the production of the insecticidal compound pyrethrin.Pyrethrin is a natural insecticide that is found in the extract of pyrethrum daisies. They function as insecticides by attacking the nervous systems of pests, whilst remaining safe to use due to being harmless to people or animals. Pyrethrin also breaks down in sunlight, making it fairly environmentally friendly as well. The BRA both processes the pyrethrum daisies and grows them in farms, located in Tasmania.

Sumitomo Chemical has recently been reported to be expanding into environmentally friendly agricultural chemicals, and this acquisition seems to part of that. The Japanese company sells its products across 80 countries, with most of its products aimed at protecting people from mosquitoes, known for carrying diseases such as dengue and malaria.

Reports from Japan suggest that the buyout will lead to Sumitomo Chemical full control of the BRA Group’s  production chain that stretches from the pyrethrum daisy farming all the way up to the finished product.  Other reports state that Sumitomo will be seeking ways on how to improve pyrethrum cultivation techniques, as well as seeking out more uses for pyrethrins.

This new collaboration will be focused on developing mixtures with existing chemicals, and creating new mixtures, whilst utilizing Sumitomo’s product line. As part of an extended deal, the two companies will continue their cooperative development programmes.

Tasmania is noted as the world’s largest producer of pryrethrins, which makes the state a key location for pest control in Sydney and the world. The state accounts for one-third of the global market at around 60%-70%. During the last harvest season, there were at least 100 growers across 1500 hectares across the state.


How To Obtain The Right Quote For Solar Panels On The Gold Coast?

Many customers residing on the Gold Coast admit they find it difficult to obtain a solar quote. It may seem uncommon for these customers to google some companies offering solar panels on the Gold Coast and get quotes over the phone. These companies found online may not be even from Queensland and will utilize subcontractors for the installation.

For those working in the area, they can actually do a free onsite quote, design and install the jobs quickly by themselves. They make it practically different from the rest of the competitors in the area.

So here are some questions you may want to ask about solar panels on the Gold Coast, specifically on installation.

  • What’s the Best Position on the Roof for Solar Panels?

For optimum performance, the best position is facing North on the roof. You can also put the solar system on the NE, NW or E + W. You can actually split the solar system for best results such as facing the Eastto absorb the morning sun and the West for the afternoon sun. Every property is designed differently and for this reason, you need to go out and get a quote.

  • What’s the best inverter?

The heart of the solar system is the inverter and for this purpose, there are two types that work well – the German manufacturer SMA as well as the Italian manufacturer Aurora.

  • What kind of warranties are there on the products and on service?

Manufacturers provide full product warranties for all the solar panels on the Gold Coast, which actually assuresowners of solar systems that it will work for severalyears.

  • Who does the paperwork?

For some solar system providers, they do all the paperwork, from the initial request through the STC form to obtain a small rebate, which is actually the discount for the installation.

  • How else can you save for your power bills?

When you request for a quote for solar panels on the Gold Coast, some can provide recommendation on how to lower your energy bills,like using energy efficient lighting, or transforming your pool to off peak or through installation of hot water using the solar panels. Thisshould however not compromise your comfort.


A Fresh Look For Your Old Bathroom

You have a lot of rooms inside the house but the most essential and intimate is said to be the bathroom. It creates a strong impression on your guests and it is important as it is where you clean and refresh yourself every day. It can be quite disgusting if not taken care of since buildup of mold, dirt and clutter is inevitable. Not to mention you need to have cloakroom basin vanity units to replace your old ones.

A little love for your bathroom can go a long way. You don’t have to decide on a major renovation because it takes up time and money. HomeAdvisor published that the average budget for bathroom renovations nowadays can be between $5,911 and $13,384 while the high-end ones can reach over $22,000.

Adding a fresh touch to your bathroom does not have to be that expensive. All you need is a few hundred dollars at the most. It will make you feel better using your bathroom and it can add value to the property, at the same time. Here are a few ways to freshen up the bathroom according to experts.

  • Lauren Tolles, an interior designer and business owner, said that the bathroom in a home covers 10 per cent of the entire property value. Fresh pain can on the cabinets and walls can give the room an updated look. It is recommended to choose neutral color schemes while colors can be added from accessories and linens. When painting outdated cabinets, sanding and priming should be done properly. Don’t forget about the ceiling.
  • Organizing and decluttering. Annie Draddy, an organizer from New York said that everyday items should be taken out of the box and placed inside clear containers. Time to let go of loose items and unnecessary products inside the bathroom. When choosing storage solutions, go for the functional and pretty ones.
  • Choose modern hardware. If you have pretty cloakroom basin vanity units then you just need to replace the hardware in order to give them new look. The same style is recommended but a different finish or latest model can give a new touch.

Effective Ways In Reducing Monthly Water Heating Bill

There are several ways on how you can help in reducing monthly water heating bill and most of these methods are practical and effective. Aside from saving money in the process, you will also help the environment with your less energy and resources consumption. Here are some ways.

  • Instead of taking long baths or extensive shower, have a quick shower to freshen up and clean yourself. Although there is nothing wrong with pampering yourself in luxurious baths, doing it every day would be time consuming and impractical.
  • Turn off the shower when soaping up, shampooing, shaving or brushing your teeth. This will not only help in reducing monthly water heating bill, you will also lower down your water consumption.
  • There are those who keep the shower on just to keep themselves warm while taking a shower during winter. However, this would mean wasting a lot of water and consuming more energy for the heater. To keep the bathroom warm as you take a shower, keep the bathroom door tightly shut but make sure to turn the fan on. It would also help if you have rich and fluffy towels or bathrobe nearby.
  • Use cold or regular water when doing the laundry instead of warm water. Although in some cases you might need warm or hot water on washing your clothes, most of the time, you would only need regular temperature to wash your laundry loads.
  • Fix the leaks and other boiler issues. A constantly dripping faucet or pipe could mean losing several gallons of water in a day and that means a lot to your consumption. To keep you water and heating facilities in tiptop condition, have a regular maintenance check by a qualified technician at least once in a year.
  • Utilize your dishwasher efficiently. Only wash your dishes when they would amount to full load. Set the washer to shorter cycles and if your dishwasher has a booster heater, use it.
  • Install a heat trap on your water heater tank as this would help in reducing monthly water heating bill effectively. Call a technician to install the heat trap.

Investment In Hotel Industry Lower In Asia Pacific But Higher In Thailand

The number one in hotel investment in Asia Pacific is Hong Kong with current deals at 11 totalling almost $1.5 billion, a report from JLL states. The second spot is given to Japan with activities amounting $1.2 billion. Despite the presence of budget accommodation in Sukhumvit and other hotels, Thailand is still booming.

For Hong Kong, a number of the deals can be converted into projects consisting of office and residential buildings. The last few years saw an increase in hotel owners trying to convert their establishments to office space because of the high demand.

JLL’s head of investment sales in Asia, Mike Batchelor, said that hotels are quite attractive in Hong Kong because of the lower rates in every square foot which is lower than other assets. These purchased hotels are then proposed to be transformed into office space.

It was 2013 when Japan saw an increase in hotel investment and it has continued to remain strong. Transactions until September 2017 have already reached a total of $1.2 billion. Tourism is expected to increase as the Tokyo Olympics in 2020 comes to a close. The government is targeting to have 40 million foreign travellers by that time.

Mr. Batchelor said that the hotel market in Japan is mostly dominated by local investors. Lately, there is an increase in the volume of international investments.

For Thailand, this year is still booming with $335 million investment in the hotel market. Majority of these investments are funnelled in Bangkok. The number is the highest since 2014. JLL played a big role in some of the hotels sold this year with a total selling price of $111.5 million.

The report states that the continued growth of Thailand is due to the stability of the politics government and the fact that hotels are more affordable compared to other countries in Asia. As a matter of fact, it has budget accommodation in Sukhumvit which attracts more travellers. Hotel investments are lower than 22 per cent as a whole in Asia Pacific mainly because of the low supply of hotels on the market.


When Is The Right Time For Shop Fitouts In Canberra

There are several reasons why commercial establishments are investing on modernizing their shops or outlets. One is to get a better impression from their customers, another is to provide a better working environment to their employees. Search for a service provider that is trusted by more customers and one that has positive reviews and testimonials. Although anytime is the right time to have shop fitouts in Canberra, there are perfect timing for the job and some of them include the following:

When you have the budget

Remodelling your shop involves a good amount of money. You have to factor in the expenses for the labour, materials and how the temporary downtime for your shop would impact on your income. However, if you would think about its benefits to your business, the decision to remodel your shop would be a good one. Ask for cost estimates to have an idea on how much you are going to spend for the project. Ask for cost estimates to at least three service providers in the industry. If you have the budget for it, take on with the project right away.

When your shop needs redesigning

Having an impressive shop fitouts in Canberra is also a great way to reintroduce your brand to the market. Remodelling your shop is also ideal if your shop has have the same look for over a decade. It would be worth it to give your establishment a fresh look that would attract customers and would have them checking your store. This is also suitable if you noticed that your shop has been lagging in sales or if there are new competitors in the industry. Having an attractive shop will make your business relevant despite having newcomers around.

During low season

You know exactly when the low season is for your business. Take the time to do shop fitouts in Canberra when your sales is low. For instance, if you sell summer wear, have the remodelling on a winter. If your shop runs on weekdays, have the project on a weekend. in the end, it’s all a matter of having the right timing.