Construction Training

Driving a forklift or operating a crane are specialised skills. As with anything that requires trained-in skills, being shown how to do something at the start, can save you a lot of time and the frustration that comes with having to work things out yourself from scratch.

Quite a number of people who are interested in environmentally-friendly housing are also the type of people who like to do things themselves. This is often a good thing, as when you work on your own property you tend to take more care with detail and making sure that the final product is perfect.

But when it comes to constructing large things like buildings and using heavy machinery, it’s important to be trained, both to operate the machines efficiently and as a safety measure.

Most professional builders and industry workers get certified at approved training schools around the country, like HPOTS Training, but individuals can just as easily sign up for and take a course too. It’s well worth spending the time to do this before tackling a large job with unfamiliar tools.

Transportable Homes

Transportable homes can often be some of the most environmentally friendly. Normally they don’t require large slabs of concrete to be laid or much on-location construction that damages the natural vegetation on a property. They are built in modules that are assembled on-location and these modules being pre-built and already fitted out with the plumbing and fixtures don’t leave a lot of waste material around after construction.

They are often called re-locatable homes as well and the ability to move them away from a property without demolition and leaving rubble behind to litter the ground is another large environmental advantage. As it’s also unnecessary to build an entirely new house at another location, the

In Australia, a significant proportion of the population is spread over a huge area and conditions in these rural communities can change. Primary production is big and fluctuating weather can determine the number of workers needed in an area. Mining communities grow up in an area and then move on once the resources have been recovered.

The ability to re-locate a home can be a very cost-effective advantage in many cases and has resulted in a good market demand for transportable housing. There are a number of businesses specialising in these homes that operate in many states.

What is an Eco-friendly Roof?

An eco-friendly roof is usually considered to be a light weight, low-maintenance roof which is covered on top with real, live plants. This vegetation layer incorporates the use of plants of your choice depending on the climate of the area, the structure of the roof and its maintenance. Basically the living plants are installed on top of the conventional roof. These roofs are sometimes also called planted roofs and they carry a host of environmental and economic benefits.

Eco-friendly roofs have actually been around for centuries and becoming increasingly popular again in recent years as a solution to reduce urban heat in summer and reduce heat loss and energy consumption during the winter months. As they implement the use of living plant material they are touted to reduce pollution and substantially improve the air quality as well. Green roofs minimise the footprint of the roof and also add to the aesthetics of being surrounded by a green setting.

Here are some main benefits …

  1. Green-roofs are an attractive alternative.
  2. They minimise unwanted heat by limiting conduction into the building. Implementing a green roof can considerably reduce the demand for air-conditioning by up to 75%.
  3. They improve storm water storage by retaining storm water in the substrate. Various research studies show that a green roof can retain 90% of the rain water. This type of roof considerably reduces the storm water run-off.
  4. They protect the roofing membranes from extreme climatic fluctuations which in turn extends the durability and longevity of the roof in some cases helping a roof to last twice as long as conventional roofs.
  5. They cool the surrounding air by lessening the heat radiating out and the heat island effect that occurs in urban areas.
  6. The can mitigate noise and glare.
  7. Most of all they can be more affordable than the conventional roofs.
  8. A green-roof substantially increases the wildlife habitat ( if you want to ! ) and vegetation of urban areas.
  9. Most of the materials used in a green roof re composed of recycled stuff. This ultimately creates a market and demand for recycled materials like compost, soil, mulch and various other eco-roof components.

Green living roofs are environmentally friendly, aesthetically appealing and a practical roofing solution. When well-looked after, they can add value to your property.  Go Green.

 

 

Repairing Metal Roofs – Things to Consider

Opting for a metal roof has a number of advantageous including the natural strength of the material, reduced spending on energy, the availability of many colours and it’s recyclable nature. However, as with all roofs, repairs are sometimes necessary as a result of damage from adverse weather, knocks and prolonged use.

Here are some important factors to consider when conducting repairs on a metal roof :

The condition of your roof

Get your roof inspected by a professional roofing contractor to determine whether you need roofing repair or replacement. In Sydney, we like www.allroofingservices.com.au.

It’s worth-while getting an inspection done after heavy storms, because storms can cause damage that while minor at first, have the potential to develop afterwards. The cost of repairing a metal roof or having to replace it can be held off if caught early.

It’s also considered good roofing practice to replace a metal roof if you find that more than thirty percent of it has been damaged.

Repair costs

Copper, aluminum and steel are all used. In Australia, the most frequently-used metal roofing is colorbond, which has been found to handle Australian conditions rally well. Note that repair costs for each of these materials are different.

Other factors that affect the cost of roof repairs include the rates charged by the contractor. You need to find out if they charge by the hour or for the whole job, as charges that are hourly based tend to be costly where there is additional work to be done on your roof that was not anticipated.

The warranty given after installation

Most new roofs come with a written warranty when they’re installed. You should make the time to read it so that you’re aware of what is and isn’t covered in the warranty period. Usually one is offered by the roofing supplies manufacturer to protect you from defects resulting from faults during manufacture and the other one is given by the roofing contractor to protect you from faults resulting from their poor workmanship. The roofing contractor who installed the roof or the roofing material manufacturer should be responsible for repair costs arising from poor materials or installation.

The expected useful life of your roof

The age of your roof is a determining factor in whether you should repair it or wait for some more years. Knowing the age is easy if you’re the house owner who had the metal roof installed. If you purchased you home and have never replaced it’s roof, then you may need to hire experts to make estimates. It’s been observed that you sometimes need to carry out repairs on metal roofs 2 to 4 years after installation as leaks seem to develop.

Whether the roof is flat or sloped

A flat metal roof needs repairs more often than a flat roof because it tends to collect water more easily. A sloped metal roof will shed it.

Qualifications, licensing and insurance details of the roofing contractor

The roofing contractor hired to carry out the repairs on your metal roof should be qualified and licensed. They also need to be certified by roofing supplies manufacturers to install their products. Roofing work is dangerous and the contractor should possess workers compensation insurance to cover cases where you may be sued for personal accident injuries. It’s also advisable for them to have professional indemnity insurance to protect you financially from poor workmanship on their part.