Archive May 20, 2019

Concrete walls? Why not!!

It’s all about raw, industrial finishes these days, from plywood to concrete. Concrete is turning into a global trend for interior designers.

Once deemed cold and industrial, concrete is now one of the most desirable design motifs of our age

The stark, minimalist nature of exposed concrete has divided opinion for the better part of a century. Used in architecture as far back as Roman times, its heyday came with the dawn of Brutalism and would-be utopian architecture of the 1950s, ’60s, and ’70s. But as the go-to choice for Communist-bloc housing and controversial civic experiments, it’s no wonder concrete didn’t immediately join the likes of marble, rare timber, gold, and leather on the list of luxurious materials worthy of the most beautiful homes on the planet.

A generation of architects began to use concrete in elegant, single-family homes in the second half of the 20th century. Now, in 2019, it is a truly desirable material, giving us some of the most breathtaking houses built in recent times.

CONCRET_ART gives surfaces the solid, tactile, appearance of naturally aged concrete. It reproduces the aesthetics of the solid-looking cement. Featuring the textured detail of a concrete wall, Concret Art instills a raw and exposed look that is popular in current trends. With its simplicity, there are homeowners who would choose this design for their sitting room, study, bedroom and office. The light grey of the concrete wall works well with most colour schemes, since it blends as a natural backdrop to the space.

DIY Spray Foam Kits

You know your home needs insulation and after researching the insulation options and materials available you think spray foam insulation is the way to go.

You heard about spray foam kits, and being somewhat handy around the house, you wanted to look into this DIY option further.

Low pressure spray foam insulation kits can be used to insulate certain areas of your existing home. If you are an experienced homeowner, you can use the kits to insulate small areas of your home, like your rim joist or in some cases your crawl spaces. In most cases, spray foam kits are made to insulate around doors, headers around windows, or to fill in spaces.

Larger spray foam kits can be used in areas like exposed walls and attics, but only for homeowners who know how to apply the material.

Can you DIY Spray Foam?

The quick answer to this question is yes, but doing your research first and knowing exactly how to install the material is the bigger question.

Spray foam is a superior insulation material, but it is demanding to apply to the surfaces you wish to insulate. You will have to follow the directions for the specific kit that you buy exactly so that you don’t install it incorrectly and don’t waste any product. The best option is to read over the directions before you even buy the kit so you know exactly what to expect.

Another thing to keep in mind is that the foam must be applied evenly. While an experienced contractor can make it look easy, if you’ve never worked with the material before it can be a challenge. You must also ensure the foam is sprayed evenly because it expands so dramatically you need to control its depth so you don’t waste material.

What is a Spray Foam kit?

A DIY spray foam insulation kits, also known as a froth pak, in most cases are low pressure polyurethane spray foam.

They come in various sizes and are usually a two-component quick set foam kits that comes with foam, hoses, spray gun, and extra nozzles.

These DIY spray foam kits can be used to create an air seal in areas of your home if the foam is applied correctly.

If you are considering using a Spray Foam kit, why not give us a call and we can answer any questions you might have.

Mould Prevention

You find peace and comfort in your home, but if you notice an unpleasant odour or discoloration of walls, that comfort fades fast once you realize you have mould in your home.

The first step is to completely remove the mould.

Make a solution of chlorine bleach and water – usually 1 part bleach to 3 parts water – or get hold of a household detergent like Domestos bleach spray with bleach as an active ingredient.
Using a stiff-bristled brush, scrub the blackened area.
Rinse thoroughly and dry.

Once the mould is gone, you will probably want to re-paint the room, but the colours and types of paints available with mould inhibitors probably don’t appeal. Thankfully we have found the perfect solution.
Combat 444 can be added to any regular water based paint such as Crown or Dulux. You can choose your favourite paint and colour and know that the mould growth will be significantly reduced.