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.

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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.

FOR SALE – 4Room Executive Modular Accommodation Building

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FOR SALE – 4Room Executive Modular Accommodation Building. Drastically reduced to make way for new display building. Offering contemporary modular building of the highest standard. Features aluminium cladding, double glazed windows and doors, solid bamboo flooring, leather feature walls, timber veneer features, fully tiled marble slab bathrooms, frameless glass, contemporary fixtures and LED lighting. Our modular homes are also available complete with solar PV panels and water tanks enabling off-grid compatibility. There is also the option to switch out the LED lighting fixtures to solar lighting equivalents. Our supplier has a huge range of indoor and outdoor solar lights that work perfectly with modular home applications.  Enquire now!

UrbanCollective Modular Building Design Challenge 2012- ending soon

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We have received fantastic interest in the UrbanCollective Modular Building Design Challenge 2012 with impressive house designs already submitted.  Just a reminder to all potential entrants that submissions are closing soon.

Entries for the Design Challenge close on 20 April 2012. The Challenge is open to all architects, engineers, designers and students around the world – individually or in groups.   Our Design Challenge is intended to find a winning contemporary and affordable modular house design, and help combat housing affordability in Australia.

Full details of the modular building requirements are available at

We will select the 3 finalists, from which the submission with the most ‘like’ on our Facebook page will be announced the winner on 30 April 2012 and awarded $2,000USD.

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Urban Collective delivers…

With delivery of hotel room equivalent accommodation buildings to the mining and resource sectors, Urban Collective is able to differentiate their modular building offering by providing high quality, contemporary accommodation.

Urban Collective can readily exceed the requirements of resource accommodation or mining camps, hotel/motel rooms, multi-level developments (low to medium high rise), holiday parks and affordable housing.



Urban Abode

Prefabricated housing, by definition, refers to a dwelling that consists of several factory-built components or units that are assembled on-site to complete the unit.

By way of background, the first major development in the history of the prefabricated house appears to have been the Manning Portable Cottage, designed in England in the 1830′s, to assist with housing in the colony of Australia.  Continuing to grow in popularity and usage throughout the early 1900′s, prefab’s image seemingly became somewhat tarnished during and after World War II on account of the need for quick and cheap mass produced designs to house military personnel and replace war-damaged homes.

When many people think ‘prefab’ they might have connotations of substandard, boring, or temporary housing that is lacking in style. But these days prefab has gone through a resurgence and is anything but…!!

Prefab is now representative of architecturally designed, contemporary, flexible and functional dwellings, which challenge any negative preconceptions. Prefabrication can offer many advantages over conventional building methods, most particularly:

· Shortened construction time

· Structurally superior (it is built to withstand lifting by a crane and road transportation)

· Increased quality control (given it is factory controlled manufacture with reduced error)

· Cost savings

· Greater green credentials (more environmentally friendly as reduced waste of up to 75% on standard construction methods, reduced site disturbance, and an opportunity to feature sustainable products)

· Improved access (particularly in remote locations where construction is restricted)

For our worker accommodation clients, on which the above advantages are paramount, URBANCOLLECTIVE offer reliable capacity and a revolutionary alternative to traditional workers accommodation by utilising the benefits of modular design and prefabrication to create contemporary, functional and sustainable living spaces for workers. URBANCOLLECTIVE offer full mining camp solutions by providing innovative modular office facilities, kitchen, laundry, toilet amenities, gymnasium, recreational and cold room options. Our “UrbanHabitat” workers accommodation range (currently comprising 1man, 2man, 3man and 4man designs) can be tailored and modified to suit your specifications, desired finish and budget.


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Urban Collective delivers another project on-time and on-budget supplying buildings to the gas fields in Queensland.

Offering high quality, contemporary worker accommodation, Urban Collective is exceeding the requirements of resource sectors, and also offer hotel/motel rooms, multi-level developments (low to medium high rise), holiday park cabins and affordable housing.

Modular Buildings

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With production completed on another project, Urban Collective continues striving to improve the health and wellbeing of remote workers by providing high quality, contemporary worker accommodation.

Urban Collective can readily exceed the requirements of resource accommodation or mining camps, and also offer hotel/motel rooms, multi-level developments (low to medium high rise), holiday park cabins and affordable housing.


UrbanCollective Modular Building Construction

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With production underway on another project, Urban Collective is doing their bit to improve the health and wellbeing of remote workers by providing high quality, contemporary worker accommodation to resource areas in Central Queensland.

This latest project is due to be delivered to site in early October 2012 and offers hotel room equivalent accommodation that offers sustainable features.

Urban Collective can readily exceed the requirements of resource accommodation requirements, and also offer hotel/motel rooms, multi-level developments (low to medium high rise), holiday parks and affordable housing.