If you are looking to build an eco home that has energy efficiency, it can be useful to make sure you use the right building materials. Here are some building materials that can help increase the energy efficiency of your new home.
Concrete is a great, eco-friendly material for building homes, especially when used in exposed floor slabs. It has a high thermal mass that helps the block to stay at a stable temperature, including not heating up in summer and not cooling as much in summer, especially when it is well designed and located to make the most of the winter sun and shaded from much of the summer sun.
When deciding on bathroom flooring, there are so many choices within the marketplace that making a purchase can be very overwhelming. For most people, hardwood flooring is out of the question because of its problems when put in contact with water. But if you love the look of a wooden style floor and want something more robust, bamboo could be the choice for you.
Why is bamboo a better idea than hardwood floors?
Carpeting is a great flooring option for your home when you need a quiet flooring upstairs or you want something soft and warm underneath your feet. Here are some simple tips to follow when you intend to install it on your own.
Clean and Prepare the Floor
As with all flooring installations, you need to prepare the floor before you begin installing the new carpeting. If there is carpet or other flooring materials, remove it and get down to the subfloor.
When building your new home or performing refurbishments, you should consider incorporating plywood into the structure. This composite material is ideal for building internal panelling, doors, exterior cladding and flooring. Plywood has high dimensional stability and consequently, the panels are very strong. This can be attributed to the alternating placement of the veneers that are glued together to form the plywood. In simple terms, the wood grain in every ply is always perpendicular to the adjacent one, preventing easy distortion.
If you live in a home constructed before 1980, there is a likelihood that your home could contain asbestos in your floor backing, sheet flooring or floor tiles and other parts of the home. It is recommended that you treat these materials as presumed asbestos-containing materials (PACM) until they are confirmed otherwise through specific testing procedures by qualified contractors.
Asbestos removal must only be done as a last resort, since the removal process poses the highest risk for release of asbestos fibres.