Choosing the Best Roofing Material for Your Home

Ever noticed that great roofs don’t get the attention they deserve? With a watertight roof being one of a home owner’s major concerns, it’s surprising how little attention roofing material receives. We’ve always known that roofs are important. They’re the crowning glory so to speak of your home. That makes choosing the right materials for your roof of high importance.

Roofing Material


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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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If you’ve not made a list of driveway ideas, relax. The driveway is often overlooked as a functional slab of concrete or asphalt tasked with transporting your car from the street to the garage. But first impressions count and the exterior of your home is what people initially notice when visiting.

driveway ideas

With imagination and the use of the right materials, you could have an interesting driveway for a great price. Pinterest is a great place to start when making a list of driveway ideas. Pinning your favourite shapes, colours and materials to a board keeps everything in one place.


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stonemasonA Stonemason specialises in working with stone, from carving headstones to creating decorative finials. Masonry is an old art form with early humans putting stones together to make homes, which was followed by decorative stonework.

A Stonemason creates functional yet beautiful work which is crafted with precision care to meet the needs of each homeowner, whether it’s the ornamental foundation stone of a new building or a replacement for a worn door mantel.

Stonemasonry is an unusual craft profession as it can’t be completely replaced with mechanization. However. stonemasons will make use of tools like water jets and lasers for cutting.

There are different types of Stonemasons. Quarrymen work in quarries cutting raw stone that is trimmed down in size and worked by other stonemasons. Sawyers transform rough blocks of stone into smaller chunks and banker masons work in workshops to shape stone.  A carver is a stonemason specialising in creating patterns and design.

stonemasonFixer masons focus on fixing stones in place on a permanent structure. This is a very highly skilled and dangerous job, as the stonemason works at high elevations with heavy rock attached to block and tackle systems. Memorial masons specialize in the construction and carving of memorials like stone plaques and headstones.

It is not unusual for a mason to have experience and skills in several branches of the craft.

A good stonemason can look at a block of material and see how it will develop, with an eye to weak points and cracks which might damage the finished work.

This skill is usually achieved through experience alone, as apprentices learn about how different rocks behave and feel. A fully qualified stonemason is also capable of working with a wide range of stone, from hard granite to soft limestone.

A stonemason will have the following skills:

  • Excellent team work skills
  • Ability to understand and follow instructions carefully
  • Ability to follow a design brief accurately
  • Good physical health
  • Creative mind
  • Ability to use initiative
  • Practical skills
  • Drawing skills
  • Capacity to carry out basic calculations

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