Month: December 2017

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.