Building Materials Articles



Benefits of Protective Glass Coatings
Glass can be used to great effect in the home, but if it is not protected, it can end up looking less than its best. Keep your glass looking fantastic for longer with protective glass coatings. Here’s what you need to know.

hipages Client Wins NSW Master Builder 2010
hipages client Elvis Mardini of Mardini Constructions has been named the 2010 NSW Master Builder of the Year by the Master Builders Association.

Building Approvals – Worrying Trend in Housing Figures
The Australian Bureau of Standards (ABS) has released data that indicates a steady deterioration in building approvals, with a nationwide drop in August of - 4.7% from July.

Easy Guide to Downsizing
Downsizing may seem like a daunting proposition but when it’s all over and done with, you’ll appreciate the simpler lifestyle.

Buying or Building: Guide to Pest Inspections
Tommy Stewart of Victorian-based AAA Termite and Pest Control Services shared some of his extensive knowledge on all things pest-related with the hipages team.

Non Toxic Termite Monitoring
Give yourself peace of mind that termites are not stealthily invading your home by using termite monitoring.

Facts About Facade Cladding
Facade cladding can be defined as being non load bearing panels that are fixed to the supporting structure in some way.

Paint Vs Wallpaper
The advantages and disadvantages of both paint and wallpaper

10 Day Building Approvals in NSW
In New South Wales (NSW) the planning authorities have heeded the call from homeowners to streamline the approval process for certain developments, and have introduced a 10 day timeframe for certain qualifying projects.

Options in Acoustic Cladding
Acoustic cladding is basically any cladding material that is either specifically designed to have sound reducing properties or that naturally has sound reducing properties

Insulate Your Home with Paint Additives
Did you know that it is now possible to use paint additives to improve the insulation of your home?

Beautify Your Floors with Concrete Polishing
A polished concrete floor suits any style of home from traditional through to ultra modern.

Victoria Tops National Building Hotspots
A recent survey of the residential building industry has found that Victoria is the most attractive location for building a new home in Australia.

What You Need to Know About Subdividing Your Property
As the shortage of land increases, more and more people that live in prime residential areas are thinking about subdividing their blocks in order to make some money.

How to Renovate an Apartment on a Budget
Wondering how to renovate your apartment on a budget? Here’s our guide on renovating your apartment.

Building a Teenage Retreat
A teenage retreat can be whatever you want to make it as there are several options for creating it.

The Liveable Home
With half of all people over the age of 60 suffering some sort of disability, the practicalities of entering and moving around our homes in the future requires some careful consideration and planning.

Easy Guide to First Home Owners Grants
The First Home Owners Grant (FHOG) scheme was first introduced on 1 July 2000. Its aim is to give assistance to first home buyers and it is a national scheme that is funded by states and territories.

The Benefits of Building a Granny Flat
The benefits of building a granny flat are numerous, not least providing accommodation for your extended family or for generating rental income.

Options in Granny Flat Designs
Design options for granny flats now encompass a range of customisable configurations.

Emergency Roof Repairs
If you have a damaged roof that needs to be repaired ASAP, you’ll need to look for a roofing professional that provides a 24/7 emergency service.

What is a Construction Loan?
A construction loan is finance obtained for the purpose of building a new home, or renovating an existing home, on a plot of land.

Hiring a Green Plumber
In this age of increasing water consciousness, a green plumber can do a lot to make your home more water efficient.

Granny Flats - Now Easier to Develop
In NSW legislation enacted on 31 July 2009 made Granny flats part of the State’s Affordable Rental Housing policy, which classes them as a secondary dwelling.

Why You Should Get a Plumbing Inspection
To ensure that your potential new home has a sound plumbing system, you’ll need to call in the professionals – a plumbing inspector or a plumber.

Building a Storm Resistant Home
Ensure that your home can stand up to even the most extreme of weather conditions by building a storm resistant home.

Choosing a Roof for Your Verandah
A verandah is a fully roofed structure that runs along the outside of a house. As you can imagine, the verandah’s close proximity to the home means that the roof is of utmost importance.

Home Warranty Insurance Update – 25 June 2010
Builders must obtain Home Warranty Insurance, which they then issue to the home owner, before starting any work under a residential building contract.

Designing the Ultimate Shop Front
Your shop front is perhaps the most important part of your business so whether you are starting new or refurbishing, you want to make sure that you get it right.

Undergoing an Office Fit Out
Office fit outs are involved and you will need the help of a qualified shopfitter during the process.

Planning an Office Refurbishment
If you’ve decided that an office refurbishment will be of benefit to you, you will need to work with a qualified shop fitter.

Building a Sustainable Home on a Budget
Sustainable building is defined as the process of building a home so that it has minimal impact on the surrounding environment.

Renovating With an Architect
The perfect professional to help you realise your renovation visions is an architect. Read on for more.

Repairing Cracks in Walls and Ceilings
Repairing the cracks in your walls or ceiling is a fairly simple process so that you can choose to do it yourself, or you have a professional do it for you.

Why You May Need an Expert Witness Report
If you are unhappy about any aspect of building work, a building inspection, or other part of the building process and wish to seek compensation through legal proceedings, this is possible.

Night Flush Ventilation
Make your home more comfortable without the need for air conditioning by using the principles of night flush ventilation.

Low Embodied Energy Building Materials
Low embodied energy building materials are those that use less energy and fewer resources to make, transport and build.

Go Green with Lightweight Construction Materials
Lightweight construction materials are classified as environmentally friendly, green materials for several reasons.

Benefits of Reverse Brick Veneer
Reverse brick veneer, in simple terms, is when the bricks (the thermal mass) are placed on the inside of the structural framing.

Add Character With Aged Timber
Are you looking for a material that is environmentally friendly, incredibly durable, and looks absolutely amazing? Forget normal timber! Aged timber has all of these qualities and can make a huge statement in any home.

Decorate With Panel Mouldings
Are you looking for a way to create an extremely sophisticated, classic and elegant look in your home? Take a few cues from yesteryear and install some panel mouldings for a true sense of style. Read on for more info.

Choosing the Right Concrete Foundation Construction
If you are thinking of building a new home, it is important that you get the foundations right. One of the most commonly known and popular forms of foundation is the concrete foundation. Here’s what you need to know.

All About Pile Foundation Construction
If you are looking to build a home but you have loose soil or you suffer from site constraints, you may have to use piles in the construction of your foundations to ensure that your building is safe and sturdy.

What Is Raft Foundation Construction
When building a new home, it is vital that you get the foundations right or you might find your home moving, cracking, or even sinking over time. One option for your foundation is raft foundation construction. Here’s what you need to know.

Slab Foundation Construction
In the building of any structure, the foundation is the most important element. Because there are so many different types of foundations, it is important that you choose the right one for not only your building, but your soil conditions.

Energy Efficient Foam Cladding
Are you looking for a great looking, energy efficient form of cladding for your home? Why not consider foam cladding? It’s a relatively new product with many great applications. Here’s what you need to know.

Types of Plastic Fasteners
If you have materials that need to be joined together, plastic fasteners are an easy and economical way to do so. Here’s what you need to know about plastic fasteners.

Types of House Foundations
Foundations are perhaps the most vital element of any building, so you need to get them right. Here we explain exactly what a foundation is and the purpose that it serves.

Heat Your Home With Insulated Formwork
Are you looking for a new way of building that is both energy efficient and durable? Look no further than using insulated formwork in your home. Here’s what you need to know.

Fill the Gaps - The Benefits of Gap Fillers
If you have a gap in your home somewhere, you know how unsightly it can be, not to mention the risk of draughts, moisture, or insects entering the home through the gap and causing damage or discomfort. An easy way to seal the gaps is to use a gap fil...

All About Furniture Fasteners
Most types of furniture are made of a combination of materials, and for the furniture to do its job and have a decent lifespan; it must be assembled or built using the correct fasteners. Here is our guide to furniture fasteners.

Make a Stylish Statement with Frameless Glass
Frameless glass provides an elegant, classic, clean look that is ideal for use inside or outside the home. If you’re thinking about using frameless glass in your home, here’s what you need to know.

The Facts About Fixings
In any home there will be a time when you have to join two or more items together. This could be in the actual construction of the home, when you are hanging items, or even in furniture. Here is our guide to the most common fixings available.

Formwork
If you are using concrete around your home, chances are that you will need to use formwork while your concrete is setting. But what exactly is formwork and what is available? Here’s what you need to know.

Fasteners
In any home, there will come a time when you need to fasten two or more items together. This could be for structural or decorative purposes. Here is what you need to know and an explanation of some of the most common fasteners that you can use.

How Rainscreen Cladding Works
Homes that are constructed using weatherboards or fibro may deteriorate gradually as a result of constant exposure to rain. An outer layer like the rainscreen cladding was developed in response to a need to block rainwater from penetrating walls.

Choosing Wall Coatings
Every home has interior and exterior walls that need to be protected in some way and also made to look more attractive. Wall coatings are the perfect way to achieve this and you’d be surprised at what’s available. Here’s what you need to know.

Thermal Resistance of Brick
Bricks are a great choice of building material but how effective are they in protecting against heat loss and gain? Are there ways of making bricks more thermally efficient? Find out what you need to know about the thermal properties of bricks here.

Block Systems
Are you looking for a building method that is efficient, easy to use and provides a great effect? Block systems may be ideal for you. Here’s our quick guide.

Add Support With Beams
Beams are structural supports and are a vital part of the construction of any home, or indeed, building. Here’s what you need to know about the different types of beams.

What Are Wood Adhesives?
Wood or wood products are a great addition to any home but how do you best ensure that they are correctly joined? Wood adhesives are a simple and effective way to join together different wood products. Read on for more.

Plastic Access Panels
If you need access to your plumbing or wiring, an access panel is the way to go. One type of access panel that you might like to consider is the plastic access panel. Read on for more.

Drywall Access Panels
Do you need access to the wiring or plumbing that is concealed behind your drywall? Don’t resort to ripping out and replacing the drywall as there are some great access panels that make access for maintenance or repairs a breeze.

Fire Rated Access Panels
Do you need access to the wiring or plumbing in your ceilings or walls but also need protection against fire? Fire rated access panels may prove to be the perfect solution for you. Here’s what you need to know.

Polyurethane Adhesives
Polyurethane adhesives are a type of adhesive that has a number of uses around the home and in construction in general. Here’s what you need to know about this very useful type of adhesive.

Green Painters
A green painter is qualified to give advice to homeowners about eco-friendly paints as well as green painting methods.

What is a Gable Roof?
Gable roofs are surprisingly versatile and it is actually possible to combine more than one gable in a roof.

What is an Asphalt Roof?
An asphalt roof is a roof that is made up of asphalt shingles (or tiles). Read on to find out more.

Choosing a Roof Design
There are several things that you need to consider when choosing a new roof design.

Benefits of Flat Roofs
There are several benefits to using a flat roof for your home. Read on for more info.

What is Roof Cladding?
Roof cladding is necessary for all types of roofs but how do you know what it does and what choices are available to you?

Concrete Benchtops
Concrete benchtops are benchtops that are made from concrete. Read on to find out more.

Types of Cladding
There are many types of cladding you can use to enhance your home. Read on to find out more.

Repairing a Fuse
Repairing a fuse is best done by an electrician. Read on for more information.

Horizontal Directional Drilling – What is it?
If you need to dig a hole for cables, pipes or other items but cannot disturb the ground above, you will need to find other means than the standard digging of a trench. One such method that may be used is horizontal directional drilling.

External Foam Cladding
External foam cladding is cladding that is made from a type of foam, such as expanded polystyrene.

Keep Clean With Antibacterial Tiles
Antibacterial tiles are tiles that, by nature, resist germs. The tiles, usually made from ceramic, have mineral particles such as titanium dioxide embedded in them.

Maximise Light with Plastic Walls
You could install bands of windows or skylights to bring the light into the home but another option is to use plastic walls.

Building Fire Protection Inspections
Building fire inspections, otherwise known as annual fire safety statements or fire safety audits, are an important safety consideration, as well as a regulatory necessity

Benefits of Sustainable Timber
Sustainable timber is timber that has been harvested in an ecologically responsible way. Read about the benefits of sustainable timber.

How to Avoid Building Delays
Building and renovating can be stressful, so it's important to know how to avoid building delays. Read on for more information.

Insulation Rebate Scrapped
The federal government has announced that the insulation component of the Renewable Energy Bonus Scheme, due to recommence on 1 June, has been scrapped.

Metal Cladding
Metal cladding is a great option if you are looking for a material that will hide any imperfections on the exterior of your home and last the test of time.

Weatherboard Cladding
Read on to find out more about what weatherboard cladding is and how you can use it on your home.

The Benefits of Vinyl Cladding
Vinyl cladding is great to use on your home’s exteriors as it looks fantastic and it’s also low in maintenance.

The Benefits of Timber Cladding
Timber cladding is a material that is becoming more popularly used on the exterior of buildings due to its beauty.

The Benefits of Concrete Cladding
Concrete cladding is a newer type of cladding, especially in the domestic market, but it is a type of cladding that can have many benefits.

Guide to Aluminium Cladding
If you are after a type of cladding that is attractive, will last a very long time, and that creates a wide of looks, look no further than aluminium cladding.

What Are Acid Stained Concrete Floors
Try acid stained concrete to invigorate your existing concrete flooring

Wall Cladding
If wall cladding sounds like something that appeals to you, read on for more.

Sandstone Cladding
Sandstone cladding can make your home look stately and grand. Here’s some more information.

Stamped Concrete Floors
Stamped concrete floors are simply concrete floors that have had a pattern of some sort stamped into them.

Recycled Concrete Flooring
Recycled concrete flooring is concrete flooring that utilises waste materials in its manufacture.

Recessed Power Points
Recessed power points are electrical outlets that have been recessed into the wall by a certain amount so that the plug of an appliance sits within the wall and does not protrude out

What is Geopolymer Concrete?
Geopolymer concrete is one of the building materials that has become more popular in recent years due to the fact that it is significantly more environmentally friendly than standard concrete.

Glass Reinforced Concrete
Glass reinforced concrete is a relatively recent innovation and is a very unique concreting product. Here’s some more information about this innovative product.

Precast Concrete
Precast concrete is becoming more and more popular in new construction and renovations and for good reasons.

Interior Concrete Block Walls
Interior concrete blocks are walls inside the home that are made from concrete blocks.

Concrete Removal
Concrete removal should be done by professional concretors. Here’s what you need to know about concrete removal and how it works.

Ideas for Extensions and Additions to your Garage
If you are thinking about extending or adding to your garage, you need to know what you’ll be using it for, as this will determine the scope of what you do.

Creating a Sustainable or Eco-Friendly Home
Creating a sustainable or eco-friendly home from scratch is easier to achieve than modifying an existing building, though it is possible to retrofit or alter certain elements.

Fixing a Running Toilet
A running toilet can seem like a minor problem but you should get it fixed as soon as possible as it can be annoying, waste lots of water and actually cost you a lot of money.

Fire Door Inspections
If you have a fire door or fire doors on your property, they need to be regularly inspected and maintained in order to ensure that they continue to do the job that they need to do. If you are due to have your fire doors inspected, here’s what you nee...

Preventing a Plumbing Emergency
There is nothing worse than suffering from a plumbing emergency, especially when it is out of hours. That's where an emergency plumber can help.

Choosing Home Plumbing Fixtures
If you are renovating or need to replace your fixtures in your bathroom, kitchen or laundry, it can be tough finding the right ones. To make it easier, here is our guide on choosing your home plumbing fixtures.

High Pressure Drain Cleaning
If you have a blockage in your drain, get it cleared quickly and effectively with high pressure drain cleaning. Read on for more.

Commercial Doors
Commercial doors are vital for providing security to your commercial property but they also make a huge impact on the look of your business as well.

Pipe Insulation
You may think that your plumbing is fine as it is and doesn’t need to be insulated but you’d be surprised at how much difference it can make. It is especially important to insulate your hot water pipes. Read on to find out why.

Save Money on a Plumber
If something has gone wrong with your plumbing, you’ll need to call out a plumber. Here are some tips to help you save money when you call the plumber to your place.

Finding Water Leaks
Water leaks can be obvious or invisible. Luckily, there are some great ways of finding even the smallest and most hidden of leaks. Read on for more.

Plastic Pipe Plumbing
If you need to have part or all of your plumbing replaced or repaired, one option which is becoming more commonplace is plastic pipes for plumbing

Copper Plumbing
If you are installing new plumbing, one material that is perennially popular is copper pipes.

Low Water Pressure
If you’re turning on the tap and not getting much water, chances are that you have trouble with low water pressure. To see if this is a problem for you and to get it fixed, you’ll need to call a plumber. Here’s some more information.

Fire Pumps
If there is a fire in a building, it is important that the fire suppression system or sprinkler system is working properly. This is why a correctly plumbed and well working fire pump is necessary. Read on for more information.

Free Insulation Safety Checks
The government will pay for free safety checks for foil insulation installed under the federal governments insulation rebate program. How to Claim Your Free Safety Check

Plumbing Services
Any home, business, or industrial property needs plumbing in order to provide water and take away wastes in a safe, efficient manner. The only people that are correctly qualified to perform these services are plumbers. Read on to learn more...

Emergency Plumbers
The plumbing is something in your home that you tend to never give a second thought to until something goes wrong. Unfortunately the plumbing doesn’t always break during business hours and this is when emergency plumbers become very handy.

Unblocking Toilet Drains
Going to the toilet should be a simple everyday task but it can be a nightmare if your toilet or drain is blocked. Here’s what you can do about unblocking toilet drains.

Toilet Repairs
You may not pay it much thought except for the few moments that you visit it each day but the toilet is one of the workhorses of the home. If it breaks down or no longer works as it should, then life can become very uncomfortable...

Commercial Plumbing
It’s not just residential properties that need plumbing – most, if not all, commercial properties need to have good, reliable plumbing as well. There are commercial plumbing companies that can take care of all aspects of commercial plumbing for you....

What is Coloured Concrete?
Concrete is a great, practical flooring and building material but why settle for drab, grey concrete when there are some brilliant coloured concrete available? Here’s what you need to know!

Waterproof Concrete Sealers
Concrete is great to use as a practical or decorative material in the home but despite how tough it is, it still needs protection from water. One of the best ways to do this is by using a waterproof concrete sealer. Here’s what you need to know.

What are Structural Concrete Sleepers?
Do you need to build a retaining wall or other structure around the home that needs to be strong and stable?

Waterproofing Basement Walls
A basement can be a very useful addition to the home but you have to make sure that it is well protected against moisture and damp. Here are some great suggestions for waterproofing your basement.

Concrete Sleeper Retaining Walls
As the name suggests, these retaining walls are constructed from concrete sleepers. The concrete sleepers are extremely strong as they are steel reinforced, making them structurally for walls up to 2.4 metres high

Concrete Waterproofing
Concrete is strong, durable, and is perfect for both utilitarian and decorative purposes around the home. However, concrete is also porous and so it needs to be protected so that it does not get damaged by water.

Concrete Pavers
Are you looking to pave part of your outdoor area in order to create an entertaining area, a driveway, or pathways? Concrete pavers could be the perfect choice for you as they are attractive and durable. Here’s what you need to know.

Concrete Seal Waterproofing
No matter what purpose concrete serves in your home, it needs to be properly protected in order to prevent damage, preserve its life, and stay looking its best. One way to do this is through concrete seal waterproofing. Here’s what you need to know.

Heritage Concrete Sleepers
Do you love the look of timber sleepers but are looking for a stronger, more durable, long lasting alternative? Why not choose heritage concrete sleepers?

Cladding
Cladding is the exterior surface that can be as important as the structure of your home. Most buildings are required to have some type of cladding for structural soundness. In homes, cladding may also be used to serve a number of critical functions

Stone Cladding
Cladding refers to the external cover of a house which is used to create a desired appearance, and/or protect it from snow, rainwater, UV damage and airborne toxins.

Facade Systems
Are your outdoor walls looking a little drab, a little dreary or a little worse for wear? Are you looking for a way to really ramp up the wow factor of your exterior? Facade systems could be the ideal solution for you. Here’s what you need to know...

Exterior Paint
Exterior paint is an excellent way of both protecting an outside surface and making it look much more attractive. While you may think of your home when you hear exterior paint, it can be used on all kinds of outdoor surfaces. Here’s what you need to...

Stone Cladding Systems
Stone cladding is a popular cladding materials in use for most structures today. Its high-end appearance, durability, and protection against harsh elements make it suitable for exterior as well as interior cladding uses.

Timber Decking Oil
A deck is a beautiful addition to any home but to keep it in top condition, it needs to be regularly protected. A great way of doing this is by using timber decking oil. Here’s what you need to know.

Clay Brick Pavers
Pavers come in various materials, each having its own unique benefits. Among the types of pavers, clay brick pavers are the most popular in homes.

Applying Acrylic Bonding Agents
Bonding agents are natural, compounded or synthetic materials used to join different parts of a structure without using mechanical fasteners. An acrylic bonding agent is one such adhesive that is ideal for bonding concrete and stone.

Clay Bricks
Clay bricks are man-made materials that are widely used in building, civil engineering work and landscape design. These bricks are made from clay by burning it at high temperatures.

Epoxy Bonding Agent
Epoxy is a durable adhesive with bonding properties that rank highly among the glues range of products.

Get a Tip-Top deck with Decking Oil
A deck is the perfect place to spend time in summer, whether it becomes your outdoor eating area, for entertaining, or just relaxing. However, to get the most out of your deck, it needs to be protected in order to keep it in tip top condition.

Cobblestone Patios
Create a patio area that is elegant, charming, attractive, and durable all at the same time by using cobblestones for your flooring material. Here’s what you need to know about cobblestone patios.

Cobblestone Pavers
Are you thinking about using paving in your outdoor area? Why settle for standard paving when you can introduce the charm and elegance of cobblestones? Here’s what you need to know about cobblestone pavers.

Ceiling Access Panels
The ceiling in your home can hide a multitude of wiring and plumbing services so that you don’t have these impinging on the look of your home. But what happens if one day you need access to these services so that you can perform maintenance or repair...

Decking Cleaner
A deck is a beautiful and practical addition to any home but over time the protective coatings wear down, and dirt, mould and other detritus can start to affect the look of the deck.

Cedar Decking Oil
A deck made from cedar is a beautiful addition to any outdoor area, so you want to protect the timber and enhance the natural red tones as much as possible. The perfect way to do this is by using a cedar decking oil. Read on for more information.

Cobblestones
If you’re looking for a way to add charm, style, and a feeling of old world elegance to your home, look no further than cobblestones. Cobblestones can be used in many different ways and you’ll be surprised at how versatile they are.

Cobblestone Systems
Cobblestones create an attractive, elegant, old world feel when they are used within any home or garden. To make getting the look of cobblestones easier, there are some great cobblestone systems available. Here’s what you need to know.

Cobblestone Driveways
A driveway is an essential component of most homes but why settle for something utilitarian and drab when you could opt for the natural beauty and elegance of cobblestones?

Types of Adhesives
Adhesives have a number of uses throughout many areas of construction and throughout the home in general. In fact, you’d be surprised at how many different types of adhesives there are. Read on for more information.

Metal Work
Metal work is a unique and distinctive way of adding decorative detail to the home. This may be a pair of stunning entrance gates or a decorative ornament for the interior or garden.

All About Adhesives
Whether you want to join together two materials temporarily, or create a strong, permanent bond, there is an adhesive out there that will do the job for you. Here’s what you need to know about adhesives.

All About Access Panels
There is nothing worse when you realise that you need access to your wall or ceiling cavity in order to make vital repairs or maintenance to your wiring or plumbing.

Anti Slip Tiles
Tiles are a beautiful and practical addition to any home but floor tiles can sometimes be slippery. What is the best way to combat this potential issue?

Mosaic Tiles
Mosaic tiles are small tiles made from stone, glass or ceramic set to create an almost infinite number of patterns and designs.

Industrial Adhesives
In the construction industry, there are many different adhesives that are used for a number of different purposes. But how do you know what adhesive is suitable for a particular purpose? Here is some information.

Keep Safe With Anti Slip Floor Coatings
You’ve just laid a beautiful floor in your home but you’re worried that it may prove to be a little too slippery, especially when it’s wet.

Anti Slip Floor Solutions
You’ve installed a hard flooring surface inside or outside your home and it looks fantastic but what do you do if it’s a little slippery, especially when it’s wet?

Rebuilding Victoria After the Bushfires
The Victorian bushfires were one of the worst natural disasters in Australia’s history. the support given by Australians to help their fellow countrymen was phenomenal...

Roof insulation materials
Installing roof insulation can reduce your energy bills by up to 30% and help minimize the greenhouse footprint of your home.

Foil faced building blankets
Building blankets are lightweight bulk insulating materials, typically used to line the roofs, walls or floors of buildings.

Reflective foil sarking
Sarking is a layer of flexible insulation typically installed under roofing tiles when a home is being constructed. It consists of aluminum foil laminated onto paper or plastic backing with a flame retardant adhesive and fibreglass reinforcing mesh,...

Obtaining a Construction Certificate for Building Work
If you are considering building a new home or altering an existing property, one should be aware that council approval is required to proceed with your plans. Three key steps are required in this regard:

Plywood
Plywood is a versatile building material that has a multitude of applications in all areas of the home. But what exactly is plywood and what different types are there? Read on for our guide to plywood.

Double Clay Brick
Brick is one of the most popular methods of construction and there are several types of bricks available. Double clay brick is one option but why should you choose it over other forms of brick? Read on to learn more.

Reflective Foil Insulation
Are you looking for a type of insulation that can dramatically reduce the amount of heat that enters your home via the roof in summer? Reflective foil insulation is the perfect option for you. Read on to learn more about how it works.

Lightweight Building Blocks
Are you looking for a building material that is lighter than standard materials yet still has all the same qualities, if not more? Why not consider lightweight building blocks? Read on to learn more.

Wall Panels
Are you looking for a way to easily update the look of your home or to hide walls that are looking less than stellar? Why not consider using wall panels? These are available in a huge range of colours, styles, textures, and designs, and if you can’...

Wood Choices
Wood is a versatile material that can be used all throughout the home for both ornamental and structural purposes. But how do you choose the right wood for your project? Read on for more information.

Pipe Embedding
Pipe embedding traditionally uses sand, a material that requires quarrying to obtain. But what if there was a new material that makes use of glass that would otherwise be sent to landfill? Read on to learn more.

Natural Stone
In the home, there is an increasing trend towards using natural materials. One of the most popular materials is natural stone, with it being used both indoors and outdoors. Read more about this growing trend.

Fibre Cement
Fibre cement is a common building material but how exactly can you use it for projects in your home? Read on to find out what you need to know.

Copper
Think of copper and you’ll likely think of a metal that is both decorative and useful. But how does it stand up as a building material? Read on to learn more.

Strawbale
Do you fancy living in a straw house? Don’t laugh. Strawbale walls are tried and tested, long-lasting, environmentally friendly – and strong enough to withstand a whole lot of huffing and puffing.

Rammed Earth
With sustainability becoming more and more popular in building, people are looking for ways to create environmentally friendly buildings that are as stable and good looking as those built using traditional methods. Rammed earth is a building materia...

Eco Friendly Concrete
Concrete is a great building material but is there a more environmentally friendly option? It is possible to use concrete in a sustainable way. Find out about some eco friendly concretes.

Mud Bricks
Mud brick (also known as adobe; from the Spanish word for earth) is one of the world's oldest building materials. It is used in buildings dating back centuries and even thousands of years. These include the Great Wall of China, the Bam citadel in Ira...

The Effect of Salt on Stone
Stone is becoming ever more popular in outdoor areas – in stone walls, around the pool, in entertaining areas, and so forth. But salt, which is prevalent in coastal areas and also in homes that have salt water pool systems, can have an effect on sto...

Contractors, Subcontractors, and Employing Them
Whether you are involved in a small or large building project, it is likely that you will need to engage the services of a contractor, subcontractor or both. But what do contractors and subcontractors do, and how do you ensure that you are hiring th...

All You Need to Know About Apprenticeships
Have you thought of entering a trade but are wondering what is involved in doing so? Most trades are entered into via way of an apprenticeship. Read on for our guide.

Types of Glazing
You may think that glass is glass but the truth is that no one type of glazing is suitable for every application. This is why there are so many different types of glazing available. Read on to learn more.

Eco-friendly Building Materials
Brick veneer isn’t necessarily the most eco-friendly building material for your home. Making bricks requires a lot of energy, and brick veneer provides poor insulation, meaning more energy, to heat and cool your home. Bricks can also be difficult to ...

Insulated Concrete Forms
ICFs, or insulated concrete forms are polystyrene frameworks filled with concrete and rendered to create a wall. The polystyrene framework has a high insulation (R-value) and generally does not require additional insulation.

Roof Flashing
Waterproofing the roof is vital for the integrity of the building, and one of the most important steps for doing so is the installation of the roof flashing. Read on to learn more.

Green Bricks
Why not consider using green bricks in your next building project? They are just as good as standard bricks but are better for the environment and your hip pocket.

Precast Panels
Precast panels are an excellent option for the home as they are made in a controlled environment. This ensures that the quality is not only high, but consistent.

Expansion Joints
Expansion joints are specifically designed to allow the building to move safely during thermal expansion periods. Be aware however that a control joint and an expansion joint is not the same thing, even though the terms are sometimes used interchang...

Salvaged building materials
A shortage of new land in Australia's cities, and the development of low-cost project homes, means it is now often cheaper to knock down and rebuild a home rather than renovate it. This has lead to a housing demolition boom - but most of the material...

Wiring
Wiring is one of the most important aspects of any home. It is important that it is sufficient and that it is safe. Read on to find out more.

Walls - Glass
Are you looking for something different to use as a feature wall in your home? Why not consider using glass? Glass is no longer confined to the standard splashbacks – it can now be used on entire walls.

Gyprock Impactchek™. Because Accidents do Happen.
CSR Gyprock® has released Australia’s first 10mm impact resistant plasterboard for walls. Walls lined with new Gyprock Impactchek™ can provide better protection against everyday knocks and damage

CSR Gyprock Soundcheck
A bad night’s sleep can adversely affect people’s behaviour, performance and general health. Both mental and physical health is diminished when sleep is affected.

Fibre Cement Cladding
Fibre cement is an abbreviation for Fibre Reinforced Cement (FRC), and fibre cement building materials were developed by James Hardie in the early 1980s, as a replacement for asbestos-based building products. Read on to find out more about this mate...

Soundproof Your Home With Plasterboard
Homes are becoming increasingly noisy, with homes being built closer together, a rise in the popularity of entertainment systems, increased traffic, and a whole host of other factors.

Zego External Insulated Façade System
ZEGO External Insulated Façade System (EIFS) is a versatile and economical fire retardant foam wall cladding system designed for any structural surface new or old including timber frame or steel frame and brickwork!

Tiles - Revamp Your Old Tiles
Information on how to revamp your old tiles by painting them and giving them a new lease of life

Skirtings
Skirting boards, along with architraves, are important as they create an overall framework for your home. Read more about skirtings here.

Natural Paints
Are you worried about the health effects that may result from using standard paints in your home? Natural paints are a great alternative.

Low Toxic Paints in the Home
Using Natural Paints allows the pollution of the air inside your home to be far less

Timber Stains
If you have a timber floor, a timber stain can be a great way of highlighting its natural features, while still protecting the floor. Read on to learn more about your options.

Lightweight Construction Materials
Lightweight construction materials can be a great choice when it comes to building a home. Read on to find out more.

Trusses
Trusses, in building terminology, are normally associated with the roof. Find out why trusses are so important to your building structure.

Bamboo Products
Bamboo is an excellent environmentally friendly alternative to wood. Bamboo is renewable, naturally light in colour, and stronger than most woods,

Brick and Stone Work
Brick and stone work can be used both inside and outside the home to great effect. How can they be used and what are their advantages and disadvantages?

Structural Engineers
Structural engineers are required in many building projects to ensure that the home is safe and comfortable to live in. Read on to learn more about their role.

Surface Preparation
Poor surface preparation will result in a paint job that does not last and that looks less than optimal

Decking Materials
When building a deck, most people think that timber is the only option available to them. However, there is a huge range of materials available, including ones that you may not have thought of before. Find out more below.

Polished Concrete – A New Flooring Option
Benefits of Using Polished Concrete as Flooring

Staircases and Lighting
Falls on staircases can be a major cause of accidents in the home. Surprisingly it is often the smaller staircases such as split level stairs which can be the most dangerous.

Options for Windows
There are many options for windows available in the marketplace and they provide all sorts of protection from the weather’s elements.

Windows Instead of Walls
Consider using large windows instead of a standard wall – you’ll get a view that goes on forever and your living areas will feel so much more open

Suspended Ceilings
Are you looking for a ceiling that is easy to access, looks great, and has excellent sound quality? Maybe you need to cover a ceiling that no longer looks it best. Whatever it is, suspended ceilings may be an option for you. Read on to learn more.

Joist Protection
Water damage is a concern with any deck, especially if the water penetrates the joists, causing rot. However, there are joist protection systems available, specifically designed for use in outdoor areas in order to ensure that joists last as long as...

Tiling - Things to Look Out for When Installing
1. When installing tiles be sure that accurate measurements are made. 2. ...

Monier Horizon Will Inspire
CSR Roofing, the makers of Monier and Wunderlich roof tiles, has created the Monier Horizon roof tile - a flat concrete shingle, produced in its state of the art production facilities located throughout Australia.

Prefabricated Homes
Are you looking for a holiday home or home that is modern, cost-effective, environmentally friendly and able to be relocated

Paint - Alternative Finishes
Pearl, Suede and Metallics to name but a few new paints to try within your home

Flooring - Glass
Glass flooring can be used inside or outside the home as a great decorating feature

Wood Colouring Choices
Natural and lighter colour woods look great in rooms that you want to look more open and spacious....

Paint: The Latest Colours and Trends
Thinking of repainting your home but not quite sure what colours or finishes to use?

Window Frames
Windows are one of the essential elements of the home, and the perfect window will set the look for any room.



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