Guide to Installing Balustrades Which Meet NZ Building Code

If you’re planning on installing balustrades or wondering if you need to, then you’re in the right place. We’ll walk you through the process of identifying if you need a balustrade, the options you have and how to make sure it will meet the current NZ Building Code. Let’s jump to it!

Balustrades

What is a balustrade and do I need one?

A balustrade is basically a safety barrier. It can vary in appearance from simply a rail with supporting balusters, all the way to a full fence. It’s often confused with a bannister, which is a type of handrail. Both have the same purpose though: to keep you safe.

A balustrade is needed wherever there is a drop of more than a metre, such as on a deck, staircase or balcony. The NZ Building Code clause F4 says that “a barrier is needed when someone could fall vertically one metre or more.” (more…)

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Brick or weatherboard? Choosing the cladding for your new home needs more than deciding what looks best. It’s about the type of home you are building, the cost of the different types of cladding and the location of the house. Let us help you solve the battle of the cladding and choose the right type for you.

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With so many tradespeople belonging to different accreditation organisations, how do you know which one to use and what tradesmen accreditations are right for the job you want doing? Is an industry based accreditation offer the same as one from the government? We’re here to dive into the mysteries of what the most common tradespeople accreditation are. Let’s jump on in!

Tradesmen Accreditations

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Many homeowners are under the false impression that the vast majority of winter damage comes as a result of unusually cold temperatures. What causes most damage is the drying due to cold air and the up and down fluctuation of temperatures that comes during winter. Add to that the general lack of rain, those causes a lot of stress on plants and can make them much more susceptible to winter damage. This is especially true if the plants are not native to the climate and suitable for the environment. Some plants just need a little extra help to get through the winter unscathed. A few preventive steps and a little bit of your time are all it takes to protect your plants against the most common plant problems during winter. Here are some other things to keep in mind as you work to protect your trees and to help guard against winter damage.
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installing solar panels

If you’ve ever considered installing solar panels, you are not alone. Kiwi homes are generally exposed to 20-30 times more energy from the sun than they use in power or gas and most of its going to waste. By making use of it, we can reduce emissions, create jobs and contribute towards energy independence.

The cost of solar panels continues to fall rapidly and it’s become competitive with other power generation options. So it’s not surprising to discover that the installation of solar power in NZ has increased by 370% in the last two years.
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draughtsmanYou want to renovate your home. Which tradesperson is the best person to help you with this: a Draughtsman, Architect or Builder? Whether you are building a brand new home or adding an extension, who should you contact first?

Let’s look into what each professional does and how they can help you. (more…)

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hiring a roofing contractorHiring a roofing contractor is a big decision. As building professionals, they can help you with repairs and re-roofing. Installing a new roof is often one of the most expensive and important home renovation projects you’ll do as a homeowner.

Your roof is the first line of defense against all-weather extremes from gale force winds to heatwaves. So it’s important that you select both the best roofing company and materials.

Durable products, quality installation and competent workmanship are critical to protecting your investment.  Here’s what to consider when you hire a roofing contractor. (more…)

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Finding a skilled tradesperson can be a challenge.  You need to be confident that the person you are letting into your home is an honest professional, well equipped to complete the job.  So what is the best approach to finding a skilled tradesperson at a competitive price? Builderscrack has some useful advice to help you.

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Irrigation InstallationIrrigation installation professionals offer a range of irrigation related services including repairs, maintenance, design and installation.

Irrigation installation professionals will design systems tailored to your individual garden requirements.

This includes the choice of fully automated systems, tap timers and manual systems.

Consult an irrigation installation professional when you’re planning a landscaping project or upgrading your garden. They’re also useful when you’re sick of spending hours watering your garden and want to install an irrigation system to save time.

A properly designed and installed irrigation system will not only wave water, but they’ll prevent your garden suffering from the effects of a lack of water by providing effective water coverage and accurate irrigation run duration.

Irrigation installation services include:

  • Installation of irrigation systems
  • Garden irrigation systems repairs and maintenance
  • Landscape irrigation design and installation
  • Installation of green walls and vertical gardens
  • Installation of green roofs

irrigation installationAn irrigation system will protect your investment in your garden and home, while buying you extra hours in the week. Regular watering is important for any garden and by maintaining the health and appearance of plants and grass.

Grass, plants and trees can be costly to establish and need ongoing watering.  Plants, shrubs and grass may die from lack of water, incorrect watering or over watering.

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fireplaceA fireplace installer is a tradesperson who installs and works with fireplaces and their surrounds.  Often the actual structural part of a fireplace isn’t built by the installer but is pre-fabricated.

Once a builder has completed the basic structure, an installer will be responsible for setting it into the structure and attach all required gas and wiring. Once it’s positioned, the fireplace installer will add the mantle and any extra trim to finish it off.

There are many different types of fireplaces and restriction in your area may affect which type your home is best suited to. These include, Wood burners, ventilated and non-ventilated gas burners.

Fireplace installers offer many service including:

  • Servicing fireplaces
  • Replacement of baffles and other running repairs
  • Testing of wood (wet wood will not burn properly and can leave solid residues of acetic and pyroligenous acids which with age is transformed by heat into hard, porous, shiny material or a flaky dust. This is called creosote and can ignite at any time)
  • Re-roping doors and resolving problems caused by stratification (which is the neutral pressure plane and the effect of negative air pressure in the home with the use of a Magnehelic Differential Pressure Gauge)

It is always advisable to hire a professional for any fireplace work as when dealing with a fireplace you are dealing with combustible gases, electricity, and potentially dangerous emissions, and potential fire hazards. Improper installations could easily result in disaster.

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