Innovative Building Products

Earlier the choices of building materials were limited to locally sourced materials like bricks, stones and timber, these materials have been used for centuries. Innovative building products are being constantly developed. Innovation in building products plays a very magnificent role among the most effective forces which guided the development of building forms and styles.

Check out this infographic to learn about some new building products that can be integrated into buildings with comfort.


Top Home Improvement Tips


Moving house is not a decision to take lightly. It requires commitment, hard work and a lot of strength to get through it. If only it was as simple as boxing up your belongings in one house and unpacking those boxes in another.

There are the viewings, budgets, paperwork and a lot of crossing of fingers to take into account. Sometimes there is even rejection involved when your offer isn’t accepted. It’s important not to take it to heart and persevere.

When you stop and think about how much your house is worth, do you think about it in its current state. Your home is your home, and it’s perfectly fine as it is. But, it may be worth taking a walk around your home and get in the mind of a third person. Not the estate agent but a possible buyer. Why should a complete stranger buy your home? What does it have to offer? Is there room for improvement? It may be worth putting aside a small budget for aesthetic enhancements:

New FlooringLived in floors can usually be covered with a rug of some sort and be forgotten about, but to potential homebuyers, new engineered flooring is in high demand. The flooring is comprised of wood layers stacked cross-grain and bonded together under heat and pressure – the process of this makes the floor more durable and stain resistant which is perfect for families with kids and animals. Investing in a beautiful floor will highly increase the resale value of your home.

Wash Your Windows – Newly washed windows can make a huge impression on potential homebuyers. The amount of light streaming in can make all the difference. Buyers want to be able to see out clearly as well as looking in. If you’re not able to do it yourself, hire a professional Window Cleaning Company who will give your home an affordable facelift.

Out With the Old In With the New – Bathroom and kitchen renovations don’t require a huge expense. Worn out baths, countertops and faucets can be refurbished to look brand new. They will increase the life of those fixtures for at least ten years for a fraction of the cost of buying new and getting it all installed.

If you have any tips to share, let us know!



InfoGraphic: Structured & Architectural Stainless Steel Work

Stainless is one of the most recyclable and safest building materials and It doesn’t contain harmful additives. You can get dent removed or repaired from stainless surfaces easily with the help of repairing services providers.

Check out the infographic to know more about the uses of architectural steelworks.



Broken and Scratched Glass Repair Tips



A broken window is a situation no homeowner or business person wants to have to deal with, but unfortunately, accidents do happen. For anyone dealing with a broken or shattered window, there’s not only the issue of handling the mess left behind that could be dangerous but there is also the matter of getting a replacement sorted.
Here are a few tips to help you with the clean-up process:

1)      Secure the area and make sure everyone is aware of the incident. Cordon off the area with chairs or other furniture to prevent further accidents.
2)      Without endangering yourself or others, assess the mess to evaluate how big your clean up area will be.
3)      Call a glass repair company, the faster the broken window is replaced, the less you have to worry about anything else coming through the window such as rain water or insects. They will also be able to help you asses if the window needs to be secured.
4)      When clearing up the glass, be sure to protect yourself. Wear close-toed shoes with thick soles and heavy gloves to prevent cuts from glass.
5)      Put any glass in old newspaper, wrapping the glass up in several layers and then place in a bin bag. Label the bin bag clearly to say it contains broken glass.

6)      Once the larger pieces of glass have been removed, carefully sweep or hoover away any smaller pieces, taking care to check for shards or particles that may be hidden behind other pieces of furniture or cushions.


Glass scratches are a common occurrence. From windows to table surfaces, scratches can take the sheen off the sophistication no matter the size of the scratch.
As a general rule, the heavier the scratch, the trickier it is to remove. If the scratch is deep enough to catch the tip of a fingernail, it is likely it is too deep to be repaired yourself.
Minor scratches can be repaired with a little effort:

·         Clean the surface area using a glass or window cleaner with a soft cloth then wipe dry with kitchen towel
·         Carefully and gently rub in a metal polish such as Brasso using small circular motions with a soft cloth.
·         If you don’t have a metal polish to hand, try using clear nail varnish. Use a thin layer on the scratch and remove any excess with nail polish remover lightly dabbed from a clean cloth.
·         Once polish is dry, polish to a shine. These steps may need to be repeated if you don’t get the desired results first go.

If the scratch is too deep, give us a call. Our Scratch removal System for glass repair is unlike any other scratch removal process globally.


Great Architectures Around the World

Those people who love to travel around the world, they should not miss the chance to explore the magnificent architectures of this world. Here are some examples of great architectures around the world which  everyone should visit:


On-Site Spraying

The ultimate guide to understanding On-site Spraying

What is it?

 


On-site spraying is classified as spray painting activities that are carried out on the premises of a client. The work is usually carried out either before or after normal working hours to avoid disruption to the client and their staff.

Health and safety is paramount and no work will be started until the process of masking and protecting any adjacent surfaces is complete. Often the masking will take longer than the actual paint spraying itself.

Why is it used?



On-site spraying is used when an establishment requires a maintenance or refurbishment upgrade or is having a fit out project that requires a professional finish.

  
What surfaces can be sprayed?



Almost all architectural can be sprayed. From shop fronts, office windows, and front doors, to garage doors, cladding and ceilings.

·         Shop fronts may require a facelift due to being tired and worn
·         Office windows can look tired and tarnished, especially if the building is old
·         Front doors and garage doors may look a bit battered with paint peeling off
·         Exterior cladding can become discoloured and weathered
·         Ceilings often gather dirt and if there has been a leak, damp marks can be left

So what are the benefits?



First and foremost, on-site spraying is a cost effective solution to applying paint. Instead of replacing windows and doors at a high cost, a spray will give an instant update breathing in new life to the exteriors.

Secondly, on-site spraying is highly efficient. Consider how long it will take to hand paint a door compared with spraying a door. Spraying is a rapid way of completing a project without compromising on quality or finish.  This same finish will be consistent - even giving a factory-finished look.

Thirdly, on-site spraying is very convenient. As mentioned above, most work will take place outside of normal working hours, leaving disruption to a minimum.

Fourthly, re-spraying protects surfaces therefore extending the life cycle of a building.

Architectural spraying is something ARS Ltd specialises in. Our on-site spray coating and repair services are second to none. If you have a still have a question or two regarding on-site spraying, please get in touch with us via the website.

Tips To Repair Residential Scratched Glasses

Glass is one of the most important construction and d├ęcor materials used in UK homes. Be it windows or cupboards, a home is incomplete without glass. It is again important to understand that, be it mirrors, windows, coffee tables or other furniture, scratches are a part of the daily lifestyle but can be a vexing problem and many times limits the functionality. It is not just kids and pets, but even adults can accidentally leave behind scratches on glass surfaces. Well, this is where glass repair services come into play. Generally, a scratch that is deeper than a fingernail will require the attention of a professional repair service. However, if it is just a slight mark, the scratch can be undone applying some very easy DIY techniques.

 
Dealing with small scratches

If you have noticed a minor scratch on any type of glass surface, it is advisable to work on it immediately. Prolonging a repair might lead to a bigger crack easily.

Toothpaste: Many homemakers in UK rub regular toothpaste over minor scratches to smoothen the abrasion. Surprisingly, the method does work in most cases.

Ammonia solution: Dilute 15 ml of ammonia in half liter of water. Dampen a soft cloth with the resultant liquid and rub it over the scratch in a circular motion. Repeat the process for a couple of times and soon the scratch would be gone.

 
Dealing with larger scratches that are smaller than fingernails

There are two ways to proceed with the DIY scratch removal technique in this situation. Firstly, try getting a proprietary product that specially deals in glass scratch removals. You would find a dozen of brands in the hardware stores. These products will generally come with a manual / details instruction about scratch removal. Note that the products would be differed for etched glasses, colored glasses, plain glasses, etc. the glass repair kit will come along with a drill and a disk that allows you to easily improve upon the scratch. Take your time and don’t try to overdo.

Secondly, and a better alternative to the above would be using a jeweller’s rouge that comes with a buffing pad. Rubbing the pad in a circular motion over the scratch will help minimise the damage and deformity of surface. You may also want to additionally add ammonia and water mixture to the rogue to smoothen the process.

Removing scratches from cook tops
 
Many homes in UK are currently using glass cookware. Scratches in the kitchen are obvious but there are DIY solutions to deal with minor ones. Prepare a dense mixture of baking soda and water and rub it gently over the scratched surface in a circular motion for 4-5 times. Wash off the surface and soak up the moisture with a clean and dry cloth. The scratches should be gone.

You may also use metal cleaning and polishing creams available in the market for an easier job. However, it is advisable to consult with the manufacturer if the cleaner would be recommended for your appliance.

Removing scratches from spectacles
 
Scratches in the eyeglasses will lead to difficulty in clear vision and consequently need to be repaired immediately. However, DIY techniques are not quite advised in this case. Inexperienced hands can lead to further damages and more expenses. 

Talk to professional glass repair service provider for a clean and qualitative job.

What is Cladding?

Cladding is an exterior finishing system meant to protect the underlying structure (like a home) and provide an aesthetically appealing finish.
It is the application of one material over another to provide a skin or layer intended to control the infiltration of weather elements. Usually this term has different meaning depending on the materials used and the accepted standard in each industry.
There are many different types of wall cladding; external wall cladding, building cladding, exterior walls materials etc.

Cladding, often referred to as panelling is more commonly applied to the exterior walls of a building but it can also be installed inside a home especially in wet areas like a bathroom or kitchen.
Cladding can provide additional weatherproofing and ventilation. External cladding will provide an added or extra layer of protection from the weather and fluctuating temperatures which can otherwise cause warping and deterioration. And even dampness.

The types of Cladding:

Weatherboard Cladding:

Weatherboards are usually made from reconstituted hardwood or timber that can be painted or stained however you would like them to be. They can be fixed to all kinds of underlying material such a brick.
The slight downside is that weatherboard requires ongoing maintenance to stay in a good condition.



Brick Cladding:

Bricks are easy to work with. They are a good insulator while being lightweight. You can create various looks with different coloured bricks in a cladding system.



Stone Cladding:

Stone cladding is comprised of thin layers of natural or simulated stone on the exterior of buildings or homes. Stone cladding can make a building look more natural and earthy.



Metal Cladding:

Metal cladding is long lasting, durable, lightweight and strong.


Now you know the different types of cladding, be sure to call on us if you need your cladding repaired.

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Home Maintenance 101 (II)

What could be the worst case when you are running late and the moment you rush to bathroom to get a shower and you find a leak in the faucet? Well, this freaky situation might have been avoided if regular checks would have been done. After Heating & Cooling checklist, we have come up with Plumbing checklist that you might want to follow as to avoid the horrific situation we just mentioned above. Let’s get started with Home Maintenance 101 (II).

18. Inspect faucets for leaks

19. Flush 1 gallon water from the water heater if the valve is in working order

20. Check water pressure in home 21. Inspect accessible, exposed drain lines for signs of leaks

22. Inspect accessible water lines for signs of leaks

23. Check to see if sump pump is working

24. Test water heater operation

25. Check for slow drains in bathtubs and sinks

26. Check operation of water heater elements (electric)

27. Check amp draw of water heater elements (electric)

28. Check operation of water heater gas burner (gas)

29. Check thermocouple on water heater (gas)

30. Check gas valve on water heater (gas)

31. Check flue pipe for deterioration on water heater (gas)

32. Inspect shower tiles for obvious cracking or separation

If we have missed out any point, do leave us a comment and we’ll add it up in the list. Stay tuned until we come up with Home Maintenance 101 (III), meanwhile do enjoy reading other posts.

Home Maintenance 101

Just like regular oil changes keep up your car on the road, regular home maintenance keeps it in good condition. If you think it’s going to be a tedious task, you are probably mistaken. It won’t take your extra time and if it gets done regularly, it will save you wasting your hard earned money. However, it’s a long list of various tasks, but you schedule them accordingly. Since it’s a long list, we’ll feature all the checklist points in 4 posts so that you can also get time to check all the points yourself and if you get stuck, get help of local handyman. We have covered “Heating and Cooling” in this post. Have a look at the below checklist.

1. Check and clear primary & secondary condensate lines and pans

2. Inspect evaporator coil if accessible

3. Inspect condenser coil

4. Check system operating pressures (Freon levels)

5. Test temperature rise and drop of furnace, A/C and heat pump

6. Check belts and pulleys; adjust if necessary

7. Lubricate motors if oil ports are accessible

8. Inspect filter; replace if customer has a replacement filter

9. General inspection of wiring in the furnace and the A/C units

10. Check amp draw of evaporator motor

11. Check amp draw of condenser motor

12. Check amp draw of compressor

13. Inspect furnace chambers and burners

14. Check controls and safeties on furnace

15. Visual inspection of expose flue pipe

16. Check thermostat operation

17. Check crankcase heater operation for heat pumps

We hope this checklist covers all the necessary points related to Heating and Cooling. If we have missed out any point, do leave us a comment and we’ll add it up in the list. The second part of Home Maintenance 101 series will be featured in a few days meanwhile visit www.arsltd.co.uk for more information.

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The Most Luxurious Hotel Suites in the World

How do you define the term luxury? Well, luxury may be a buying a Lamborghini for some people or may be its wearing a Patek Philippe on their wrist but there are people who don’t mind spending $67,000 for a night. Have a look at this infographic and think what it’s like to be a rich person.



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