Top Four Advantages of Perspex Compared to Glass for Greenhouses

Posted by on Apr 11, 2016 in Uncategorized |

If you are building a greenhouse or a cold frame, you can choose between a number of materials to complete your project, and glass and perspex are two of the main materials to consider. Whilst glass is the traditional choice, perspex may offer more advantages. Here are just a few of the advantages perspex offers over glass when it comes to greenhouses. 1. Perspex weighs less than glass. A sheet of perspex is lighter than a sheet of glass. This makes it easier to transport and move materials whilst you are building your greenhouse, but it also makes your final result easier to use. For example, if you have a cold frame with a panel that you can slide open to access your plants, a light sheet of perspex makes the door lighter and easier to open. In contrast, if it were made of glass, it would be heavier. 2. Perspex is stronger than glass. In spite of being lighter, perspex is stronger than glass. If falling fruit, lost birds or other threats hit your greenhouse, they are more likely to cause damage if it is made of glass than perspex. While glass may crack or shatter, perspex has enough flexibility to withstand the blows. 3. Perspex is easier and cheaper to modify. Perspex, or acrylic, is also easier to modify than glass. If you need to add a few ventilation holes to the perspex on your greenhouse, you can drill in those holes without worrying about cracking or chipping the perspex. Alternatively, if you pay someone to modify your perspex sheets so that they fit more easily into your greenhouse, that is typically cheaper than paying someone to cut or modify glass for you. 4. Perspex has great insulating properties. With a greenhouse, you need to use a material that allows light in, but at the same time, you need that material to insulate your greenhouse. A twin wall of acrylic has a R-value of 1.82. This is almost double the R-value of a single pane of glass, which is only .95, and it is almost the same as the R-value of a double pane of glass which is 2.0. However, keep in mind that perspex is lighter and typically less expensive than glass. As a result, in terms of weight and cost, it makes more sense to compare a twin sheet of perspex or acrylic with a single sheet of glass than with a double pane. If you want to learn more about how perspex compares to glass for greenhouses or any other applications, contact a perspex...

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Why Every Real Estate Developer Should Insist on Induction Bending for Pipes

Posted by on Jan 27, 2016 in Uncategorized |

As a real estate developer, you look for ways to make your develops run smoothly and function long after they are first built. This means choosing between various options during the building process including types of timber to use, types of roofing, and even the pipes in each part of the development. You may think the option of pipes ends with the material. You may be surprised to find that the way the pipes are bent for plumbing and for ground flow matter as well. Here are a few of the reasons that, as a real estate developer, you should insist on your contractors using induction bending for pipes. Seamless Bends One of the key points that many induction bending contractors will make is the process allows for seamless bends. This means instead of having pipes connected at the joints for the twists and turns, you end up with a seamless pipe with no joints. Since there are no joints, or very few if you have longer lengths of pipe, then you can reduce the chance of leaks from worn out or loose joints and washers. If there is a leak, you can have a technician locate the leak and patch that area without having to order multiple pipe pieces and refit those pipes. Reduced Overall Cost Another key point to remember about the induction bending process is that it can increase the size of the pipe which increases the flow. This means that areas that use pumps, like water run-off areas and sewer lines, will not have to exert as much energy. That reduces maintenance on the pumps, cost of operating the pump under heavier conditions, and an easier flow through the filtration pumps and pipes. This wider flow also reduces that amount of blockages and the repair costs those blockages can cause. Customization of Pipe Flow When you use traditional pipe methods, you limit yourself  to how the pipes can flow. This is especially true if you need to add on curved pipes, s-pipes, and special bent pipes to get the job done. This may take extra time for your plumbing contractors to put together since it uses not only extra planning time, but also time to place the pipes and special fittings. With induction bending, you can give the blueprint of the area to the contractors and have a full line of pipe built to fit the area seamlessly and without having to have special pipe fittings. In fact, you can even have the pipes expanded in some areas and smaller in others to fit tighter spaces and keep the flow going properly. These are only three reasons that every real estate developer should insist on...

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Benefits of Using Laser Cutting in the Production of Metal Components

Posted by on Dec 29, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Metal manufacturers and fabricators these days are constantly looking for ways of delivering high-quality products to users of metal products. Since cutting metal material into the desired shapes and sizes is part of their normal operations, it is important that metal manufacturers and fabricators find efficient ways of doing the job. Laser cutting machines have been hailed for many of the successes that have been realised in the metal production industry. The following points will help to explain why many metal manufacturers and fabricators have opted for laser cutting as a way of meeting their metal cutting requirements: Higher level of precision Precision is perhaps the greatest benefit laser cutting machines can offer. These machines will allow for a remarkable level of positional accuracy and provide you with smoother, clean-cut edges that are without dust formation due to their automatic recording capabilities. The best part about laser cutting is that high-quality precision cuts can be achieved over and over again to provide consistent results. So how is the much talked about precision achieved? A laser cutting machine will trace the outline of a metal component, melt the metal, and then cut out the molten metal part. Provided that the material can be melted, a laser cutting machine can cut any metal precisely according to the required configurations. More materials savings The precision cuts provided by laser beams normally gives leads to yet another economic advantage; minimal material wastage. With laser cutting, material deterioration is minimal since the heat-affected section is normally small and material close to kerf rarely gets affected. This leaves you with less quantities of scrap material to recycle, as recycling increases your overall cost of operation. Greater safety The safety of machine operators working in metal production facilities or plants has always be a matter of topmost priority to metal manufacturers and fabricators. The cutting blade used in a traditional blanking press, for example, normally moves up and down as it cuts through metal, but the machine isn’t necessarily designed with safety features to block a hand from getting stuck in it. This type of cutting machine exposes people to serious safety risks. Besides being automated as mentioned earlier, the laser beam used to cut through metal is usually confined to a light tight box so that the machine can require limited human intervention when it is cutting. Hence, no protective cover will be required as is the case when using a blanking...

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Combining Beauty With Practicality: Timber Staircases

Posted by on Dec 7, 2015 in Uncategorized |

When you first think of staircases, you might not think about the aesthetic appeal. Instead, your main priority could be having a regular staircase to walk on and one which is sturdy enough to hold a large amount of weight. You might think about steel, concrete or metal stairs, but these materials don’t give your home or office an appealing look. That’s where timber staircases might be perfect. The beauty of timber is that the wood itself is incredibly sturdy in its natural form, so it is very much capable of handling harsh weather and weight. Because of this durability, it is a great material for building staircases. To add to this, timber itself can be shaped and glossed to provide a modern and appealing look. When it is formed into a staircase, it can give your property a fresh look. Here are some of the benefits of choosing a timber staircase: 1. Timber reflects and absorbs light Timber wood, particularly when used to build an indoor staircase, provides a light shine to your home. If the timber is glossed over, it will help make your home a warm and welcoming environment. 2. Timber species are flexible in strength One of the huge benefits of timber is that there are a number of different species which have differing levels of hardness. This is great because it gives you the added flexibility to choose the right level of strength for your staircase. For example, an American Oak species has a rating of 6.0 while a Grey Ironbark species has a rating of 14. An American Oak staircase would provide your home with a lighter touch while the Grey Ironbark will give it more of a traditional and darker appearance. This flexibility is great because it allows you to find the right color tone for your home while deciding on the appropriate strength that you need. 3. Low shrinkage for the outdoors You might be worried that a timber staircase may absorb a high percentage of water. However, unseasoned timber only has a shrinkage percentage of 6%, which effectively means that it will only absorb 6 mm from every 100 mm of rain. So if you are interested in having an outdoor timber staircase, you can rest easy knowing it will only absorb a small percentage of rain. If you are looking to install a staircase, a timber staircase will provide great durability while also giving your property a fresh...

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4 Factors You Should Consider When Selecting Chain Link Fencing

Posted by on Nov 23, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Not all chain link fences are the same. This article discusses four critical factors that you should base upon to select the most appropriate chain link fence for your home. The Gauge of the Wire Chain link gauge is measured in numbers. The smaller the number, the stronger that wire is. In practical terms, wire gauge is an indicator of how much steel was used during the making of that wire. Chain link wire has a small number, which means it has more steel in it than a wire with a large gauge number. You should buy chain link fencing that has a small gauge number. This will be very strong, and it will last for long without being damaged by wear. Consider the Mesh Size Mesh size refers to how small the diamond shapes in the chain link are. Oftentimes, the smaller mesh size may indicate that more steel was used to make that mesh. This is because more materials are needed to weave a small-sized mesh when compared to the materials needed to weave a large-sized mesh. Confirm this general observation with a fencing contractor or supplier. Buy based on the advice about the most appropriate mesh size for your needs. For instance, the smallest mesh size may be the best if you want to fence a tennis court on your property. Mesh Coating The steel used to make the chain link fencing materials is highly susceptible to corrosion. Manufacturers add a protective coating in order to prolong the useful life of that fencing material. Some manufacturers coat this steel with zinc. Zinc corrodes in order to protect the steel underneath it. Once the wire is cut, the zinc coating develops a powdery coating that covers the exposed steel (a process called cathode protection). Other manufacturers coat the steel with aluminum. Aluminum does not provide cathode protection in the same way that zinc coatings do, so the chain link will rapidly corrode at the point where it is cut. However, aluminum makes the mesh very strong. Pick the coating method that meets your needs, or as advised by a fence contractor. Colour Many manufacturers now offer chain link in a wide variety of colours. This is achieved by adding a polyvinyl chloride coating having the colour you want. This coating also provides additional protection from corrosion since it blocks moisture from reaching the mesh. Explore the colours available and pick the one that suits you. For instance, you can pick a green mesh for your garden. You will select the best chain mesh fence if you base your purchasing decision on the factors above. Get expert advice in case you are not sure about which option to...

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