New Zealanders typically live in a home with either wooden or aluminium windows. These two types of joinery are well respected by both builders and homeowners alike. However, people have their favourites and with good reasons. That’s because there are pros and cons for both aluminium and wooden joinery. Ultimately the decision rests with you in choosing the joinery type best for your home.
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This is part two in our three-part series “weatherproofing your home for winter”. Last week we covered inspecting fireplaces, wood stoves and chimneys. We also discussed cleaning your gutters and roofs. Read last weeks blog post. This week we cover winterizing your house exterior, doors and windows.
As temperatures start to fall and household prices continue to rise, the need to stay warm without increasing your bills has never been stronger. Heating your home on a budget has never been greater! We’ve got some helpful suggestions for you to minimise your energy usage and keep warm this winter.
Start by making the most of natural sunlight during the day, opening curtains to let the warmth in. This can be helped by trimming any trees that prevent sun entering your house. If you don’t have the time to trim hedges or trees, hire a gardener or arborist. (more…)
A good way to attract Chinese buyers or tenants is to consider designing with Feng Shui (風水) when building or renovating a home. Designing with Feng Shui uses the Chinese system of geomancy believed to use the laws of both heaven and earth to help one improve life by receiving positive qi (energy).
Feng means wind and shui means water. In Chinese culture wind and water are associated with good health; thus good feng shui came to mean good fortune.
Choose round structures. While a rounded house could add significant cost to any new build consider where else you can include round design features.
A skylight is a window built into the roof of a house in order to allow natural light to come into the house directly. They may be installed for aesthetic purposes, or as part of a heating system. There are many different types, such as ventilating, fixed, tubular, flat, round, polygon, pyramid, dome, ridge and lean-to. Your specialist will advise you of the best suited type for your desires.
A skylight is essentially a window that’s built into the ceiling/roof of your home to let natural light directly in.
They may also be installed to be visually appealing or as part of a wider passive-heat strategy. There are a range of skylights available all with different designs, materials and components. When hiring a skylight installer, ask them what options they recommend for your home.
It’s not common to select a skylight that’s too big for your house, when you’re trying to add as much natural light as you can. The best ones have a poorer insulation value than the same space of roofing, so the bigger it is the more heat will escape in winter and enter in summer.
Therefore it’s recommended to consider how much sun your roof gets and the temperature variations between winter and summer before deciding on the sizing.
It’s a general guide that a skylight will let in 8x as much light as a similarly sized window.
There’s three types generally available in wide use. A ventilating skylight, a fixed sky light and a tubular sky light.
When working in homes, a glaziers tasks are relatively straightforward. They may include installing glass in new windows, retro fitting double glazing, shower enclosures, cabinets and doors. While modern homes are usually built with standard window sizes, a glazier is often required to cut glass to specific measurements for unusual or stained glass windows in older homes.
The main duties of a glazier include: Cutting, grinding, polishing and drilling glass. Handling of sheets of glass in the warehouse, during transportation, and at the work site. This may involve using slings and power lift devices.
Applying adhesives, sealants and caulks. Using, cleaning and maintaining various types of equipment. Administrative tasks such as preparing estimates and invoices, supervising assistants, and ensuring compliance with building codes.
When hiring a Glazier or Window Technician check they have knowledge of different types of glass and how to work with them, skills in cutting, smoothing and installing glass, building standards and regulations for glaziers and health and safety procedures.