Choosing the Right Rug for your Home

a classy designer rugFancy carpets and designer rugs have become ubiquitous companions of many Australian homes. They provide coziness and warmth especially in areas where cold weather is common, and offer a more homely feel to any room. Nevertheless, choosing the right floor covering for your home is never an easy task, and many factors need to be considered before making the final selection.

We talked with the designer rug experts at Catwalk Rugs, an online rug retailer, to find out about their take on choosing the right showpiece for any space.

While many designer pieces are versatile in their function i.e. they can be places in any number of rooms, it is important that the rug matches the surrounding colours and theme so it does not look out of place. This can prove to be a tricky task for some interior designers, as mismatched furniture, awkward colour matching and general aesthetics can ofter cause a compatibility issue. Patchwork rugs for example fit well with traditionally designed furniture and room themes, whereas more contemporary apartments better suit modern rugs. Flat weave, natural fibre and shaggy rugs can be made to fit with any room depending on the design.

a worn rug
For high-trafficked areas of the home, more durable rugs are required

In addition to selecting the right type for your chosen space, standards need to be set prior to purchasing based on the area you wish to cover. Durability is important, especially if your new carpet is going to cover a high-traffic area of your home. Not only do you need to consider the style and colours of your new floor rug, but you also need to ensure you are picking a suitable material for your expected use. Durability is affected by a number of factors, some of those being density or thickness, the material that makes up the fibers, and the manufacturing processes involved.

Carpet density refers to the closeness of the fiber strands especially as they are linked or connected to one another. Normally, a denser carpet will not easily crush down, and this contributes to greater durability and a longer lifespan. Unfortunately however, highly-dense rugs offer less softness. This is understandable since the fibers have to be placed close to each other to prevent premature crushing. Given this, a compromise often has to be made between durability and softness, although manufacturers are continually working to improve the durability of their softest and most comfortable rugs.

a modern patchwork rug in a loungeroomAnother thing to consider when choosing your new floor tapestry is its resistance to staining. Find out about how to care and clean for your rug, and discuss the pros and cons of the various fabric types with a trusted flooring expert before making your final purchase. Stain treatments for carpets are available in two different types. The first is the topical treatment where the fiber tips are given a coating. This tends to wear off over time and is not exactly an long-term preventative solution.

The second type of stain treatment is the whole fiber system which basically involves bathing the entire rug in a prepared solution prior to actual carpet production. This is a more effective treatment and is known to eliminate staining almost completely. Be sure to find out if the new focal point of your room is stain treated or now, before you buy. That way you’ll know if you need to be extra careful around it and how to clean up and spills should you have any.

Getting To Know Your Roofing Options

Roofing comes in several distinct styles as seen on many Australian homes. Generally, however, there are two main roofing types on most houses here. Typically, they come in one of two different materials, namely steel, and tile. We spoke with some of the commercial builders from construction company Vati Projects to get some inside information on various roofing options.

Steel roofing is normally further divided into several categories. There is Colorbond steel roofing and zinc-aluminum sheeting which can be treated or untreated. The former is actually the branded name of an Australian company that has made a name in the steel roofing industry. As such, of the various roofing types considered in the land Down Under, Colorbond has long been the top choice.

a colorbond roof on a house
An example of a Colorbond roof

There are many reasons put forward on how Colorbond has become the preferred roofing material in Australia. For starters, Colorbond is known for its elegant and stylish designs; more importantly though, the material is highly durable yet still quite flexible. This flexibility allows Colorbond roofing to withstand the harsh climate that often characterizes many areas of Australia.

In terms of colors used, Colorbond steel has thus far created approximately 22 different hues. This has enabled the material to blend well with any different colour scheme, including homes constructed to compliment their natural surroundings including those settled high up on mountains as well as those resting along limitless sand dunes and quiet creek beds.

In recent years, Colorbond as a company has diversified into home wall and gutter design as well. Their wall designs are completely non-combustible and can withstand damages caused by common house pests, notably termites. Because of this they are regarded as effective and durable home security measures with many Australian construction companies providing a 25-year warranty for these roof and walls.

Steel roofing can also be made using the zinc-aluminum model. As the term implies, this roofing design makes use of the combined aluminum and zinc treatment, although there is also the steel roofing design which is not treated with zinc aluminum. Either way, zinc-aluminum roofs are said to resist corrosion although their main disadvantage is that they can produce extreme heat which is not uncommon given the level of solar exposure in many part of Australia.

tiles on a roof
Tile roofs are quite popular in Australia

Tile roofing is also a popular roofing style. Tiled roofs typically come in slate, terracotta, and concrete with each variety having its respective merits. Concrete, for example, is known to remain highly functional even after 50 years. Slate roofing, meanwhile, will not be outdone with its life span of more than a century.

Additionally, roofing made from slate tiles are neither known to fade nor suffer from discoloration and cracks. Of course, in order to ensure that such damages never take place, it is essential that the slates get installed by a qualified professional.

On the other hand, terracotta tiles are the ideal roofing types for Australian houses nestled near bushes or in areas where bush fires are known to erupt every now and then. This is because of their non-combustible nature.

Interestingly, terracotta is also said to resist frost, an extreme weather condition not exactly uncommon in several Australian states. This makes terracotta tiles highly popular roofing types as well, especially in areas known for enduring generally cold weather.

Living Off the Grid – A Beginner’s Guide

Here at Urban Collective we love the idea of sustainable living. We’re suckers for energy efficient homes, we encourage the use of renewable resources such as solar power, and we think everybody should grow their own food. It was only a matter of time when we brought this all together to discuss getting off the grid completely.

It seems like the hectic nature of people’s working lives are pushing them back to the call of nature. Bush survival TV shows have shown a rise in popularity alongside an emerging trend of people to want to get away from society completely and live a more relaxed life outside of the boundaries, constraints and evils of city life. While this might sound like a good idea in theory, it can be a lot harder than you imagine, and even if you manage to get yourself free from the stresses of living in society, it is very unlikely that you’ll be able to live out the rest of your life with little or no human contact as all.

The ecocapsult modular home
The Ecocapsule. Coming soon to an off-the-grid hideaway near you.

While we’re all for homesteading and getting off grid, if you’re going to do it properly there is a lot of planning involved. You need to be dedicated, prepared and thorough when organising your plans for the future.

The first thing you need is a suitable piece of land where you can set up your new home. Obviously if you want to be alone and away from the rest of society a secluded ares would be best, although you will likely want to stay in touch with family and friends, and you may need to visit the store for food and other consumable on occasion. With the rise in the popularity of modular and portable homes, there are tons of new ideas available for you to consider.

Some recent developments in prefabricate modular homes include the new Ecocapsule. This solar and wind powered pod home is portable (it can fit inside a shipping container), self sufficient and perfect for any number of applications. It also comes with a rainwater and dew collector and a build in filter so you’ll always have something to drink.

Fancy, high-tech modular homes such as these will likely come with high price tag, so for those of us who want to do things a bit cheaper, these may not be the best option. Container homes have seen a rise in popularity in recent year, and while not as fancy to begin with, these can be make into the most extraordinary and luxurious residences. Why style and architecture probably aren’t the highest on the list of priorities for any homesteader, there is plenty of inspiration to be taken from the amazing versatility of container homes thus far.

a beautiful container house
An idea of what is possible with a simple and cheap container home

If you’re planning on doing things the old-school way, and just want a simple, energy efficient, and relatively cheap home to live in, it might pay that you speak with a local construction team that specialise in such projects. Construction companies will generally know which materials are best suited to the local climate. For example homes in sub-tropical to tropical regions of Australia from anywhere north of Brisbane will need good insulation to maintain a comfortable temperature during summer. Homes in the southern areas of Australia should be built with a northwards facing orientation to make the most of the winter sun.

Trees should be planted strategically around your home to increase shade in the summer months and block strong winds if you live in a windy area. You can read more about using trees to reduce your energy costs here. By preparing a good design plan before you start the construction and development of your new home, you can save yourself a lot of money and hassle in the long run. Another good idea is to research online about other people who live off-the-grid and find out about potential pitfalls you may encounter. It’s better you find out about any potential problems before you settle in, rather than finding out once you’ve already moved in.

Once you have decided on a design for your new home and can get it built on the land you have selected, your next step is to start planning out your garden and any changes you might wish to make to the surrounding area to make things easier for you in the coming years. That’s enough from us for today though, we’ll go into more detail about permaculture and gardening in a future post.

If you have any questions about anything above, please feel free to get in contact with us via the form on our contact page. We love to hear from our readers and we’re always happy to offer advice or guidance on modular home construction and other related projects, or anything else we have discussed on here.

Quick, Easy Plumbing Tips to Add Value to your Home

Many homeowners are quick to forget how cheap and easy it is to make small changes around the home that can have a dramatic effect on the overall property value. The bathroom is one of these forgotten areas as many people assume that the price of a qualified plumber is out of their budget. Many of the tips listed below can be implemented for a very small outlay and can be implemented very quickly.

beautiful tapware in a modern kitchenThere are many beneficial additions that the average plumber can implement around your house in a matter of hours. Starting with the tapware throughout the bathroom and even the kitchen tapware, there is a wide range of taps and faucets available on the market today. Simply swapping your old dated set of taps for the newer chrome finish taps would significantly improve the look and give a modern feel about the property. Do some research before purchasing your new taps, look in design magazines and even check out your local Reece Plumbing or Tradelink store for some advice on what is popular.

Get a local plumber to check for any water hammer while installing the new hardware. Dishwashers are a huge timer saver and should always look to be installed in any modern kitchen. Make sure you purchase a water efficient model though – it will save you money in the long run! If you are planning on renovating the whole kitchen be sure to have your plumber or kitchen renovator design the room in such a way that the dishwasher is hidden beneath the bench tops or behind cupboards, nobody wants a dishwasher in plain sight as they aren’t very aesthetically pleasing.

a bathroom shelf recessedDepending on your budget it may be a good idea to look into purchasing a water saving shower head. These showerheads come in all shapes and sizes to accommodate different designs. An eco-friendly home is always a great way to add value as many families are now adopting to a more environmentally friendly life style, both for money saving reasons and to help the environment. Although the initial cost of a new showerhead may seem over the top when you purchase it, you will reap the benefits when the utility bill comes around which will eventually pay for the investment through the money saved. If you are in the Sutherland Shire, Damien McEvoy Plumbing offers showerhead installation services  and is able to suggest additional water saving methods to homeowners while on site.

Another easily applicable trending feature in bathrooms is the removal of what some consider an eyesore, the soap tray. One way around this has been through recessing into the brickwork within the shower to create a shelf within the wall. This recessed shelf creates a very smart sleek look and can add a sense of elegance. While looking to make improvements within the bathroom there should also be a move to remove any shower curtains and replace with a modern looking shower screen. Many plumbers offer shower screen installation services and homeowners report that this new addition can increase a apartments rental price in urban cities like Sydney by $10-$15 a week.

watertankThe Australian view on water saving methods is a strong talking point and there is a push for homeowners who have the extra room available to have a water tank installed. This is an old addition to the house that is increasing in popularity as there are more and more Government rebates given out to those that are willing to make the investment. Many homeowners are investing in rain water tanks (RWT) for the convenience of irrigation and option to water wherever and whenever they want regardless of the water restrictions that may be in use.

Keep in mind that water run off that is collected is non-potable which means that it is not fit for human consumption. Don’t let this deter you from the installation though as this water can be used for a wide range of indoor and outdoor activities ranging from flushing toilets and urinals, washing dirty laundry to irrigating the lawn and garden, and even washing the car. There is always the option to have your local plumber even install a water treatment system that would allow you to use the collected water for drinking and bathing purposes as well.



Natural Methods to Keep Mice Away

Mice can be not only destructive but also very irritating. They multiply fast. Just let one mouse take up residence in your home. In no time, the little gray rodents will be in just about every room in the house. Getting rid of the mice before they get out of hand is the way to go. If your home or commercial premises is under mice attack, here are 5 tips for naturally controlling mice brought to you by Pest Control North Brisbane.

a sneaky mouse1. Use a Pet

If your house is mice infested, a pet cat might just be the solution you need. Mice cannot stand cats. The moment the mice smell the scent of the cat, the moment they hear the cat meow, they will just pack their bags and run for their lives. Alternatively, you can encourage birds of prey to nest in your yard. They are mice’s natural predators. You will notice the number of mice in your home reduce significantly after such birds start to nest in the area.

2. Using traps

Trapping mice is easy. There are various kinds of traps that you can use to catch the mice. It is advisable to use those traps that do not kill the mice. Killing the trapped mouse does not change anything. Instead of killing them, set them free far away from the house. Try one of the traps that catch the mouse inside a container. You can also use rodent glue. Apply the glue on a pad and place it on the path used by the mice or rats. You can then set the trapped animal free far away from your home.

3. Ultrasonic devices

Having one of these in your home is one of the most effective ways of getting rid of mice. The device emits ultrasonic sound that the rodents cannot stand. It is important to note that the ultrasonic devices are safe for human beings and other pets. This method works on the mice however if used very often they can get used to it and it will cease being effective. Don’t leave the devices on all the time Switch them off, and back on again from time to time when necessary.

4. Keeping your home clean

a mouse invader in a homeRegardless of whether you use the best pest control methods to getting rid of mice, if your home is filthy, they won’t be effective. The mice will always come back. If you wish to do away with mice completely, keeping your home clean is the only option. Clean your house thoroughly corner to corner, especially make sure food and scraps are not left exposed. You should put the food in airtight containers rather than leaving them in packets. Rats and mice can quickly chew the packages, but generally not more solid containers. Also, remember to keep all your garbage away from the house as the smell of it attracts mice.

5. Using repellents

Using repellents is another efficient way of keeping the mice at bay. Peppermint oil, for example, has been proven to be a superb natural mouse repellent. The mice can barely stand the smell of the peppermint oil. You can also grow a peppermint plant in your house. The plant’s scent naturally repels the mice. Another alternative if to use kitten litter, the mice will smell odour of cat’s urine and leave under the premise that there is a cat in the house.

You do not need to live under the same roof as mice or other rodents. Use these five mice control methods and kiss the problem of rogue rodents in your home goodbye. If you try the above methods but still seem to have a problem with rodents, get in touch with a local pest control company for some advice on your specific situation.

How to Grow Vegetables in Containers: Become an Urban Growing expert!

Nothing beats the fresh flavor of home grown vegetables and herbs. You can learn to grow your food in containers today. Growing vegetables in containers is an amazing experience that will guarantee that you get a ready supply of fresh vegetables throughout the year. These tips come courtesy of the organic gardening team at The Herb Store.

Did you know: Almost all types of vegetables grow really well in containers? All you have to do is to pick the right plants that will suit your preference.

• Tips on how to pick the right spot to grow your garden plants…

an array of herb plantsMost vegetables require at least six hours of direct sunlight and plenty of fresh air every day. Be sure to pick a site that meets these two conditions. If, for instance, you plan to grow peppers and tomatoes, you can save them from blight by having them in an open space with a lot of fresh air.

During extreme cold season, you can save your plants by placing the containers near the sunnier part of your home.

During summer, you should avoid placing the pots directly on a cemented terrace. Cement heats up quite fast which might not work well with your plants. Excessive heat can hinder growth.

You can place larger pots on carts to make it possible for you to move them around depending on the conditions at the time.

• Tips on what containers to choose…

Any container can do just fine. However, you can still consider the following two factors:

• Size: The containers should be big and spacious enough to hold the plants and allow enough breathing space. Get containers that are at least 10 inches wide and 12 inches deep. Such sizes hold moisture for longer. In fact, the bigger the container, the better for your plants. Herbs will usually grow is slightly smaller containers than vegetables.

• Drainage holes: Whatever container you go for, make sure it has enough pores to drain off excess water. If the pot doesn’t have enough holes, drill some using a ¼ inch drill. Remember to line the bottom of the pot with a cloth to prevent the soil from spilling off to the floor. The pores should not be too big to let out all the water though. Your plants need that water.

cherry tomatoes in a potDifferent vegetables require different pot sizes. For instance, tomatoes and cucumbers thrive well in containers that are 20 inches wide. These two vegetables produce vines, so you can erect a wire cage into the container to support the vines. Larger pots make this possible.

• Tips on what materials the containers should be…

Your plants won’t mind which material you choose to house them really. However, if you choose to house the plants in clay pots, you’ll have to water them more often than the other types of pots. Clay pots are more porous than pots made of other materials.

The color of your pot also matters. Darker colors are known to absorb excess heat. They may eventually heat up the soil. Extreme heat is not good for your plants, so avoid such containers.

Also, avoid vegetable containers made of treated wood or any other chemical compounds. The chemicals may affect your vegetables.

• Tips on the types of soil you should use…

You need to impress your plants with just the right soil. They can be choosy sometimes.

For optimum results, make sure you mix in equal measure potting soil, peat moss, and vermiculite.

You can now fill the pots to two inches of the rim.

• Tips on how to plant your herbs and vegetables in Pots…

There are two options. Either you can plant seeds directly in the garden containers or you can choose to transplant the seedlings. You may purchase the transplants any garden center.

Consider this hint!

Plant any of the following directly into the garden container: carrots, radishes, spinach, beans, and corn. Remember to water the pot before planting. Allow it a few hours to drain excess water then plant seeds according to the package instructions. We recommend that you plant more than one seed in the pot to save guard against those seeds that will not germinate. After germination, you can thin the excess seedlings.

After you’ve planted, you can now water the container gently and evenly. Just remember to keep the soil moist always.

Look out for weeds and pests as you watch your garden plant flourish.

Getting The Best Solar Panels For Your Home

Having solar panels for your home is often seen as a good form of investment. This is especially true in several countries, notably Australia, where the use of solar energy can involve possible rebates, and not to mention electricity prices! Generally, such policies differ from one Australian state to the next so be sure to check with your government or council.

The idea of installing solar PV Systems can also prove to be financially advantageous when viewed from a selling perspective. In many cases, when it comes to the prospects of selling a given Australian home, those that carry functional solar panels have better chances of being sold at significantly higher market prices. However not all solar panels and systems are the same. If you’re unsure how to compare them check out this handy guide which tells you how to choose a quality solar PV System.

Apart from the financial benefits, the more important role of Australian solar panels has to do with helping local households become active participants in ongoing efforts to save the environment. The sun is known to produce tremendous amounts of energy which is completely clean. By opting to settle for this alternative energy source, people will eventually become less dependent on gas and oil, efficient sources of power but can carry various contaminants that tend to harm the planet.

In addition, solar panels eliminate the need for huge machinery and equipment as in the case with oil energy. The process of transporting oil to different stations for the needed conversion can involve unnecessary destruction of roads. This does not include the costs involved during transportation which can easily reach hundreds of thousands of dollars.

With solar panels, these problems will cease to exist. Transportation issues, for example, will hardly be an issue, especially since energy generated by the sun will go directly to the installed panels. Consequently, the accompanying inverter will work on converting the captured solar energy into the desired AC electricity, the traditional energy type used in many home settings.

Having solar PV panels also goes a long way in reducing carbon emissions. Since solar energy is pure, it carries no pollutants that can contaminate the air. The general estimate is that when at least 1MWh of solar energy is generated, approximately a tonne of carbon dioxide is prevented from being produced.

In the area of noise pollution, solar panels also have very few movable parts and will hardly make any significant noise as they go about their work. This means that they can never be expected to annoy next-door neighbours or even disrupt their peace of mind.

An interesting aspect about solar panels in Australia has to do with the government target of having at least 20 percent of national electricity requirements being provided by a renewable energy source in the next five years. Obviously, this is one national program that seeks to raise the level of awareness among Australians on the many benefits set to be gained from using natural energy. The Labor government in Queensland recently published their solar targets including “one million solar rooftops in Queensland by 2020.”

In this case, the sun is the most qualified candidate in terms of generating renewable energy. This means that, as part of existing environmental policies in Australia, solar power is expected to play a major role in future energy needs all across the region. Given this, installing solar power systems is a concept that should eventually catch hold among many Australian households.

Designing an Energy Efficient Home

With electricity prices soaring and a much higher emphasis on saving the planet, it is important to implement different strategies, during the design stage, to make your home more energy efficient and sustainable. Using a number of techniques it is now possible for you to live in an environmentally friendly home without having to sacrifice aesthetics. In other words it is possible to build a home that looks fantastic and is great for the planet. Builders are able to use a blend of the latest lightweight materials to create environmentally friendly homes that offer energy efficiency, superior insulation, high quality finish, thermal protection, acoustic solutions, low maintenance, long term durability, reduced building costs and environmental sustainability.

eco-friendly wooden home

Timber’s low embodied energy make it the perfect choice for the frame of your house. The manufacture of timber requires 70%-90% less energy than steel and up to 94% less energy than aluminium. Unlike those other products construction timber releases very minimal amounts of carbon dioxide, sulphur dioxide and volatile organic compounds into the atmosphere during its manufacture.

Allowing as much natural light into your home as possible will reduce your reliance upon electricity. A generous amount of glass windows and doors will help allow maximum natural light into your home. Installing LED lighting throughout your home will then greatly decrease the amount of power used when the natural light just isn’t enough.

Hebel is an extremely flexible building material. It has very good acoustic properties, blocking and absorbing sound from outside while providing excellent acoustics inside. Hebel is also fire and white ant resistant which is quite important. It is also superb for our climate conditions as it is designed to outperform traditional brick veneer in regards to thermal properties. Rendered Hebel also looks great and uses less than a 1/4 of the resources and raw material of other masonry, saving on building costs while helping to save the planet we live on.

Using lightweight, thermally efficient roofing materials will reflect more of the sun’s heat, which will help to improve the energy efficiency and lower power bills of your home. Doing this will keep the roofspace cooler and provide greater thermal comfort indoors. Installing a solar roof vent in your home will also help to suck the hot air out of your roof and can reduce the living area temperature of your home by up to 60c during the Summer. Also putting large eaves around your house will help shade the exterior walls of your home and can greatly reduce your reliance upon air conditioning.

Also keep in mind the positioning of your home on its block of land. Those looking to add solar power and solar hot water are advised to have as large a roof space as possible facing as close to North as possible. With the ever increasing popularity of eco-friendly prefab housing options in the Australian market, it has become even easier to reach energy efficient goals. Recently, one Australian company has gone as far as to create the nation’s first carbon positive prefab home, for a very modest $260,000 + GST.

carbon positive solar powered dwelling
Image: Inhabitat


By implementing some of the recommendations stated above you can be well on your way to having a fantastic looking and incredibly energy efficient home, which can benefit your wallet as well as help save the planet we live on.

Importance of a Good Roof Design

The Roof. It is arguably one of the most over worked and under appreciated part of any house. It would probably come as a surprise to some that roofs still have to be maintained. “Maintenance” goes beyond sealing up holes or giving it a fresh coat of paint. The process of maintaining your roof starts by knowing what kind of roof has been installed.

There are different kinds of roof systems used on both homes and commercial buildings.  The most common type of roof is the traditional tiles. Countries like England and the Mid-Atlantic use natural slate. Each kind of roof type has its own set of characteristics which affect their durability and longevity. If you are looking for a roof that is durable and would last a long time, then opt for metal type roofing. Metal Roofs have a very long life expectancy and have been used for centuries.

metal roof architecture design

In order to know what kind of maintenance should be done on the metal roof, it is important to first identify what kind of metal roof it is. There are two kinds of metal roofs: Architectural and Structural. Architectural roofs are those that provide waterproofing layers and are aesthetically appealing. Structural metal roofs are those that can act as roof decks and provide a waterproofing layer similar to the wall cladding on modular homes. This type of roofing is the one that can commonly be seen in commercial buildings. Both these types of roofing are eco-friendly, with the ability to be recycled by simply melting down the metal,as we touched on in this post.

After identifying what type or form is installed, the next step is to identify what type of metal was used. The most common type of metal used for roofs are: steel, aluminum, copper and tin. Some roofs are also made of zinc and lead coated copper but this is rare in Australia as there is legislation in place which forbids certain materials to be used on anything that may collect drinking water.

To wash a metal roof, simply use a water hose or power washer to remove the dirt and grime. If there are still some dirt left, a brush with some detergent or trisodium phosphate can get the job done. Avoid using sharp cleaning tools like wire brushes or steel wool as they may damage the protective coating of the metal roof. Metal roofs that have polymer coatings like Kynar would require maintenance once the coating fades. The coating hardly ever fades and would usually last a lifetime. Roofing made of  steel, zinc or copper have a very long lifespan as well and would only require maintenance if there was a problem with the design or installation.

A house isn’t much of a house if it doesn’t have a roof. Taking care of your roof, or investing in a good one, is a major part of house maintenance.


The Benefits Of Metal Roofing To The Environment


In Australia, metal roofing is one of the more popular roofing systems. The reason for this involves both financial and aesthetic considerations. From a design aspect, modern day metal roofs have been crafted in a wide variety of styles. Metal roofing contractors are able to create stunning and sophisticated settings for even the simplest Australian homes.metal roofers in Sydney

On the financial front, metal roofing has long been noted for its durable features. When installed in either commercial or residential establishments, metal roofs can be offered with a lifetime warranty. Obviously, this does away with the prospects of doing minor or major roof repairs in the immediate future, and allows many Australians to save on other possible expenses.

In recent years, the option of settling for roofing materials made from metal has acquired a new and more pressing significance. Given the present state of the environment, the need to make use of more eco-friendly materials has become urgent. In this regard, metal roof manufacturers have been able to provide the needed solution.
Presently, these manufacturers are known to make extensive use of the recycling concept, reducing the number of waste materials that are needlessly dumped in various landfills. This is especially true for roofing materials fashioned from steel. See this post about modular homes utilising aluminum

Metal Roofing Eco DesignWhen recycled steel materials are used as a second roofing layer, there is often extra insulation benefits that come with it. Eventually, this should result in significant savings for both cooling and heating expenses. Additionally, opting for metal roofs carrying the so-called cool colors are said to help decrease electricity consumption by half during the hot summer months in Australia.

Noise pollution is another common enemy of the environment. It’s interesting to note that metal roofing can help fight off this so-called enemy. When used to cover shingled roofs, metal roofs can provide an extra barrier that should keep external and annoying sounds effectively at bay.

Another good thing about metal roofs is that they are not exactly ideal places for the growth of certain types of fungi. Some of these organisms can accidentally fall into many residential water systems especially during strong rains.
Consequently, these can contaminate the existing water systems and expose people to a variety of risks, including serious ailments. Fortunately, this need not happen with roofs crafted from metals where organisms like mildew and algae are not able to grow and flourish.

Undoubtedly, there is more to metal roofing than just durability and affordability. Its adaptability to meeting the present needs of the environment has also made this type of roofing the ideal choice for those who want to participate in ongoing efforts to save Mother Nature and reduce those ever increasing Australian energy prices.