3 Stimulating Incentives To Elevate Your Patio Space With Teak Furniture

3 Stimulating Incentives To Elevate Your Patio Space With Teak Furniture

Mar 31

The timeless elegance of teak outdoor furniture cannot be surpassed when it comes to delivering classic appeal and functional practicality. Whether you choose A grade teak or any other, this hardwood matures beautifully and provides decades of use. While teak furniture carries a heftier price tag than other outdoor furniture options, it’s longevity and resistance to harsh weather is well worth the expense. Here are some reasons to upgrade your patio space with teak outdoor furniture. Unsurpassed Quality It’s no secret that hardwood teak can last you a lifetime. Within the teak world, several grades exist. A grade teak is known to be the best quality and carriers a heavier price tag than B and C grade teak. When a teak tree matures, it has a dense core in the middle of the trunk that looks darker than the rest of the wood. This is the heartwood of the tree – which is then converted into the finest quality A grade teak. This heavy and dense part of the wood is filled with natural oils to protect it from water damage and insects without much effort. While all teak furniture commands a significant expense, this once-in-a-lifetime investment for such high quality furniture makes it appealing to many homeowners. Resistant To Weathering Hardwood teak outdoor furniture is built to last, even in the harshest weather conditions, including rain, sun, winds and hail. That’s why many homeowners prefer to invest in materials like teak, rather than lightweight materials like plastic and wicker that could get blown away or damaged in harsher climates. Since hardwood doesn’t hold the sun’s heat like plastic and metal, outdoor furniture made from this material remains comfortable even when it’s scorching hot outside. Treating hardwood teak with special sealants and oils will help to increase its lifespan significantly. Lower Maintenance Teak outdoor furniture, especially A grade teak doesn’t require much maintenance to stay in tiptop shape for a long time. Teak furniture needs a little cleaning a few times annually, but doesn’t require anything out of the ordinary. You simply need to wash the wood with a mild cleaning agent, warm water and a brush and your teak furniture will look as good as new in no time. Timely maintenance removes dirt that accrues over time to keep your outdoor furniture looking top notch.   Every home is different, so choosing the perfect furniture for your patio...

Moving Day With Toddlers Underfoot: Four Essential Tips To Help Parents Survive

Moving Day With Toddlers Underfoot: Four Essential Tips To Help Parents Survive

Mar 25

Moving with small children is hard on many levels. In addition to trying to purge their possessions as they cry, trying to pack as they unpack or explaining the emotional parts of moving, you also have to deal with the logistics of moving day. Luckily, you can make moving day easier with these four essential tips: 1. Distract the kids on moving day If you don’t want kids underfoot as you move, you have to distract them on moving day. If you have a friend or neighbour who is willing to watch them, arrange a childminding session or a “playdate” out of your house to keep them out of the way. Alternatively, pay someone to come to your house and distract the little ones as you move, or buy them a mesmerising handheld video game or new toy to distract them. 2. Create an outlet for mimicking If you don’t have anything to distract the kiddos, they are likely to want to get involved in the action. It is natural for kids to mimic adults, and you should create an outlet for that urge. Have a few empty boxes that your children can carry to and from the truck. Alternatively, while you are packing, purposefully pack a few small boxes lightly (with towels, plastic toys or other lightweight items). On moving day, have those boxes in a special pile and put your little removalist in charge of them. 3. Schedule extra time for emotions, meltdowns and snacks As you know from living with little ones, they can sometimes have big emotions. If possible, do not create a tight schedule on moving day. Instead, schedule everything with a two to four hour flexible window. That gives you the time you need to deal with meltdowns or other toddler issues without compromising your schedule. 4. Be clear about which vehicle your kids will get to ride in If you have toddlers or young kids who love big trucks, they may be dismayed if they find out they don’t get to ride in the cab of the moving truck. If you are hiring a moving truck you will be driving yourself, be clear before moving day about which of your kids will get to ride in the removalist truck and which have to ride in the family car. If your kids know what to expect, it can help things to go more...

Benefits Of Using Roof Trusses

Benefits Of Using Roof Trusses

Mar 12

A large number of homeowners opt not to use trusses on their roofs because of the financial implications of such an undertaking. These homeowners therefore end up settling for stick framing for the roofs. While roof trusses may be an expensive addition to your house, they are definitely worth the expense. There are several advantages associated with the use of roof trusses over conventional stick framing. This article explores a few of these advantages, especially for the benefit of first-time homeowners.   Roof Trusses Are Building-Specific One of the major advantages that roof trusses have over stick framing is that trusses are engineered products. A roof truss is designed using advanced software applications that allow for greater attention to detail in the structure of the truss. With roof trusses, the one-size-fits-all rule is not applicable. This is because the trusses are designed with the specific properties of your roof in mind. For example, the truss will have a load-bearing capacity that corresponds to the specific weight of your roof. This is achieved through software analysis of the timber plates that the truss is made of.  Stick framing cannot achieve this level of specificity. Flexible Designs Another reason you should invest in a roof truss is that it offers the construction engineers and architects a great degree of flexibility in terms in the kind of designs they can come up with for your intended structure. For one, a single roof truss can be used over a much longer distance than a stick frame. This means that your structure will require fewer bearing locations on the inside, hence allowing for greater design flexibility. An even greater advantage of this is that the use of roof trusses allows for the construction of highly unique structures that would otherwise cost a fortune if stick framing was to be used. Trusses also allow for construction of structures whose designs are too complex to be supported by conventional stick framing.   Installation Of Trusses Is Much Faster Last but not least, roof trusses are advantageous in terms of the installation requirements. This is because trusses are pre-fabricated off-site and come ready for installation. This is important in a number of ways. First, it helps to reduce the amount of time that the roof on your structure lies open.  This helps to prevent damage to interior parts of the structure. Secondly, it reduces the amount of...