PT Quality Constructions http://www.ptconstructions.com.au Sydney's Premier Pergola & Patio Builder Mon, 18 Sep 2017 02:13:36 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.1 HARDWOOD TIMBER DECKING VS COMPOSITE DECKING http://www.ptconstructions.com.au/hardwood-timber-decking-vs-composite-decking/ http://www.ptconstructions.com.au/hardwood-timber-decking-vs-composite-decking/#comments Sat, 16 Sep 2017 23:16:55 +0000 http://www.ptconstructions.com.au/?p=13281 Composite decking is generally considered the more environmentally sustainable option. Although hardwood timber decking is a more natural product, it takes many years for a forest to reach full maturity again once lumbered. Composite decking however, is made using a percentage of recycled plastics, manufactured plastics and hardwood wood chips and fibres. If it is […]

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Composite decking is generally considered the more environmentally sustainable option. Although hardwood timber decking is a more natural product, it takes many years for a forest to reach full maturity again once lumbered. Composite decking however, is made using a percentage of recycled plastics, manufactured plastics and hardwood wood chips and fibres. If it is environmental conservation that is your priority, then composite decking is the product for you. Composite decking also provides an even colour tone and length due to it being a manufactured product. Hardwood timber decking may have imperfections in the grain, also the colour may vary slightly between each board. Depending on your taste, this may or may not be a good thing. Although hardwood timber decking does not have the same consistency as composite decking, some people will agree that this only adds to its natural appearance, and the knots and inconsistent colour tell the story of the timbers life line, and this character can not be replicated in a manufactured product. Natural hardwood timber also provides a warmth that composite decking can not.

When it comes to home safety, Hardwood timber decking can become quite slippery when wet. Composite decking however, has a non slip surface.Composite decking also has the advantage of not splintering.

Composite decking is generally manufactured for an easy installation with a concealed fixing finish. Hardwood timber is traditionally fixed together with stainless steel screws. A concealed fixing system can also be applied to hardwood timber although the installation process would be slightly more labour intensive that the process for composite decking.

Hardwood Timber Decking VS Composite Decking

Hardwood Timber Decking VS Composite Decking

One of the biggest deciding factors in choosing your timber decking material would be time management for the maintenance required. While a hardwood timber deck may provide you with all the benefits that natural timber has to offer, you must be prepared for the maintenance that comes with it. As the proud new owner of a hardwood timer deck you will be required to regularly clean and oil your hardwood timber deck and occasionally possibly have to re-fix a few boards here and there due to general expansion.The climate that you live in could have an impact of the expansion of your hardwood timber deck. Composite decking only requires minimal cleaning done just as you would general maintenance. Unfortunately composite decking can be prone to grow mould.

As far as cost goes, composite decking will be the more expensive option. Although hardwood timber decking prices have risen over the years due to stricter exporting laws and general availability, composite decking still remains to be the more costly approach.

When making a decision to chose composite decking or natural hardwood timber decking, the choice is a personal one. Both have their pros and cons and in the end you as the homeowner, need to be happy with your choice.Take into consideration, the area that the material will be used in, for example, will the deck be a high traffic area used for regular entertaining , cooking etc. To decide which product will be most durable for your required purpose. Also consider how much spare time do you have to dedicate to maintenance and finally and most importantly of all is your budget. How much money do you have to spend on the project and exactly how do you want to disperse the funds. If an outdoor fireplace, top range BBQ or pergola are more important to your needs, then you may not wish to allocate a large chunk of your budget into composite decking.

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COMPOSITE DECKING MATERIAL INFORMATION http://www.ptconstructions.com.au/composite-decking/ http://www.ptconstructions.com.au/composite-decking/#comments Thu, 14 Sep 2017 09:19:07 +0000 http://www.ptconstructions.com.au/?p=13266 If you are considering adding a timber deck to your alfresco area, then you may want to consider composite decking as a more durable, long lasting and low maintenance option. So what is composite decking and how is it made ? Composite decking products are made up of a combination of wood and plastic fibres. […]

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If you are considering adding a timber deck to your alfresco area, then you may want to consider composite decking as a more durable, long lasting and low maintenance option.

So what is composite decking and how is it made ? Composite decking products are made up of a combination of wood and plastic fibres. The wood component can range from wood chips, sawdust and wood fibre pieces. The plastic component can consist from either newly manufactured plastic, to environmentally sustainable recycled plastic. The use of recycled plastic makes this a huge win against our efforts to reduce landfill and carbon emissions.

Another advantage of composite decking is that because composite decking is an industrially produced and manufactured item, and not a natural material, a more standard finished product can be guaranteed. In terms of colour, length and shape, every composite decking board will be mostly identical and the finished result will be more seamless that that of natural timber.

As the supply quantity of natural hardwood timbers become more scarce, due to the introduction of strict import and exporting guidelines and general environmental awareness,  the cost associated has now become more inflated than recent years. This change in the timber market has allowed composite decking to now become quite cost competitive.

Composite decking is available in a wide range of colours, textures and styles giving you ample choice. Composite decking is also now growing in popularity as faux timber product are hitting a current trend in the  home renovator market.

It is important to remember that not all composite decking is the same , and the manufacturing process and materials have also changed and improved over the years. There are two types of plastic used for manufacture in Australian composite decking products. The first is high density polyethylene ( HDPE )

HDPE is a soft , flexible material. This would be the most common plastic component forund in Australian composite decking products. HDPE  is most commonly sourced from recycled materials such as milk bottles or pure virgin polymer. The downside to using recycled HDPE is that low grades of HDPE are not meant for exterior use, making it less fire resistant  and also a higher risk of deterioration. To offset this issue, manufactures have had to include fire retardant additives during the manufacturing process, making the product slightly less environmentally friendly due to the chemical makeup. This is why  virgin HDPE is added. The combination of both recycled and virgin materials results in a superior , durable product.

The second material is PVC. PVC is a hugely popular building material that you will find used around your home. Most commonly we would find PVC downpipes and gutters used in our homes. PVC is a hard plastic that is fire resistant and also UV resistant. PVC is well suited to exterior , weather-prone areas. The downside to PVC plastic component in composite decking would be first of all the texture . As PVC is a hard ,material , the feeling under foot would not mimic the feel of natural timber. The second would be the degree of difficulty upon installation due to the lack of flexibility.

The wood fibre is also an important component to composite decking products. It is used as a filler in the production process to reduce the manufacture cost of composite decking products. Generally there would be less than 50% timber fibres and as you would expect , hardwood timber fibres would outperform the durability of soft wood timber fibres.

Installation of composite decking products can be different from natural hardwood timbers. There are options of screws and concealed fixing systems. Manufacturers will recommend their preferred method depending on the composite decking product chosen. Some Composite decking boards will expand and contract as much as 1 mm with every 4 degree Celsius of fluctuation in temperature. In this case , specific fixing systems are used and spacing between boards and abutting wall are larger.

The maintenance of your composite deck is fairly simple. Just wash down and clean every few months , no oil is required to maintain the material. This fact alone is what makes composite decking an attractive option for residents. Many families are simply time poor and can think of better ways to spend their spare time than maintaining the outdoor decking area.

Composite Decking

Composite Decking

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ALFRESCO OUTDOOR ROOM DESIGN http://www.ptconstructions.com.au/alfresco-outdoor-room-design/ http://www.ptconstructions.com.au/alfresco-outdoor-room-design/#comments Mon, 11 Sep 2017 05:12:47 +0000 http://www.ptconstructions.com.au/?p=13252 When space is a limiting factor, which is common in Sydney’s inner city, and all the popular elements of outdoor alfresco living are required , the landscape designer is presented with a challenge; to simultaneously address the site restrictions and design a garden that meets the homeowners often long list of requirements for alfresco outdoor room […]

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When space is a limiting factor, which is common in Sydney’s inner city, and all the popular elements of outdoor alfresco living are required , the landscape designer is presented with a challenge; to simultaneously address the site restrictions and design a garden that meets the homeowners often long list of requirements for alfresco outdoor room design.

This is precisely the  challenge landscape designers face everyday. While the design brief might start with a relativity simple request for a stylish indoor / outdoor living alfresco living space, the scope of the project can rapidly expand.
This particular space is heavily focused on entertaining and represents an alfresco oasis with outdoor room that is seamlessly integrated with a swimming pool and spa as well as a small patch of lawn and flourishing garden beds.

The main focus of the planting adjacent to the pool , which was tucked into a corner of the garden, is a row of oldhammi bamboo. This not only screens the neighbouring house, it provides a refreshing tropical backdrop. The bamboo is complimented by low level plantings of bird – of – paradise in front of the timber screen wall in the lawn area. This wall acts as a frame for the oversized steel clock, which is viable from all points of the landscape as well as the homes interior living areas.

Also incorporated into the pool area is a raised timber platform, which is just the spot for a coffee or aperitif. Next to the deck there is a garden bed with a cycad underplanted with liriope, both hardy plants well suited to a poolside location. opposite, there is a spa, which is clad with elegant glass mosaic tiles and is only a couple of meters from the outdoor room.

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Outdoor Alfresco Room Design

the capacious alfresco outdoor room is very much and extension of the house. It includes an expansive food preparation and cooking area, a space for dining and a lounge area. each of these luxurious outdoor living zones flows effortlessly into the other and out to the lawn and pool areas.

The outdoor room design features flamed granite paving with a chunky inlay of tallowood in the lounge area.The outdoor kitchen boasts a floor – to – ceiling wall of honed bluestone and granite benches. To cater for different cuisines, it not only contains a full size teppanyaki hotplate but also an elaborate smoker,both integrated into the benches.

For warmth and to set the scene for cosy chats,the lounge area features an impressive locally designed and manufactured wood-burning fireplace. There is also a ceiling mounted electric heater over the dining table. To ensure that the rear of the house and the outdoor room is bright as possible, there are skylights in the roof over the outdoor kitchen and electrically controlled aluminium louvres in the roof over the dining and lounge areas.These louvres can be re-angled at the press of a button, to let sunlight in or capture cooling breezes.They can also just as easily be completely shut when it rains to keep the weather at bay.

This beautiful outdoor oasis is a balanced ,easy-flowing design that embodies alfresco outdoor room design at its best.

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LOUVRE OPENING ROOF DESIGN, ITS YOUR CHOICE http://www.ptconstructions.com.au/louvere-opening-roof-design/ http://www.ptconstructions.com.au/louvere-opening-roof-design/#comments Mon, 11 Sep 2017 00:59:30 +0000 http://www.ptconstructions.com.au/?p=13246 Outdoor rooms, pergolas, patios and the like are fantastic additions to your outdoor space but depending on the aspect of your yard, they can create darkness and even dampness. of course, we usually head outside to experience the elements, not sit in a cold dark room. A opening louvre roof system such as this one […]

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Outdoor rooms, pergolas, patios and the like are fantastic additions to your outdoor space but depending on the aspect of your yard, they can create darkness and even dampness. of course, we usually head outside to experience the elements, not sit in a cold dark room.

A opening louvre roof system such as this one will let you control the light and sun exposure in your outdoor room, depending on the weather. Another convenient option is to install the rain sensor that is programmed to close opening roof automatically when rain is sensed via the built in weather station. Or you may like to keep things simple with the hand wind open and close option while keeping cost down. This impressive project is complete with an outdoor lounge room and kitchen, making it ideal for entertaining or simply relaxing with the family.

The louvred roof means the homeowner can catch some rays while reading a magazine when the weather is fine. When it rains the space can still be enjoyed by simply closing the opening roof system. Another standout element of the design is the shadow-clad feature wall , witch gives the space a cool modern edge.  With so many design options available and precise planing required you may need to call on the professional services of your local builder for advice.

Louvre Opening Roof

Louvre Opening Roof

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Patio Design Ideas – Outdoor Patio Living Design Ideas http://www.ptconstructions.com.au/patio-design-ideas-outdoor-patio-living-design-ideas/ http://www.ptconstructions.com.au/patio-design-ideas-outdoor-patio-living-design-ideas/#comments Sat, 21 Nov 2015 04:07:07 +0000 http://www.ptconstructions.com.au/?p=13048 The post Patio Design Ideas – Outdoor Patio Living Design Ideas appeared first on PT Quality Constructions.

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patio design ideas & knowledge and experience is by calling upon a professional timber decking, patio, pergola, contractor.

Most new dwellings are now designed to incorporate an outdoor room or alfresco entertaining area, and most home renovations revolve around improving indoor-outdoor access and the creation of a purpose-built space for enjoying the outdoor lifestyle for witch Australia is famed. Ideally, a garden and home, or renovation, should be designed and planed with the home improvement designer closely collaborating with the homeowner, right from the start. But when this isn’t possible, and experienced professional can create an outdoor living space to compliment an existing home or any significant existing outdoor feature, such as a swimming pool.

It’s not only larger blocks of land that benefit from the ministrations of a skilled contract patio professional. if you have a small , narrow or awkwardly-shaped area ,  a professional will know just what to do. Similarly, if all you have is a balcony, townhouse courtyard or rooftop to work with, a professional will know all the tricks of the trade for maximizing the space you have. Simply put, a pergola and timber decking professional can come up with patio design ideas and solutions that just wouldn’t occur to the average person, which means you will get the outdoor living alfresco you need and want .

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Benefits of Having a Gabled Pergola http://www.ptconstructions.com.au/benefits-of-having-a-gabled-pergola/ http://www.ptconstructions.com.au/benefits-of-having-a-gabled-pergola/#comments Fri, 17 Jul 2015 08:48:33 +0000 http://www.ptconstructions.com.au/?p=12996 Gabled style Pergola roof is usually the most common type of pergola you could add to your patio area. It can add design style and appeal to your property, also can enhance a pergola into a Very highly and practical eye-catching backyard living area. A gabled style pergola area has quite a few benefits over […]

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Gabled style Pergola roof is usually the most common type of pergola you could add to your patio area. It can add design style and appeal to your property, also can enhance a pergola into a Very highly and practical eye-catching backyard living area. A gabled style pergola area has quite a few benefits over the flat style pergola. Gabled style roof is a pitched roof covering with triangular shape at each end. Due to the fact the roof is brought up to a ridge rather than flat, it results in the feeling of much more head height and area below the roof. In the case of a pergola, this serves to give the area a more open feel, turning what might otherwise be a flat featureless veranda roof into a true indoor outdoor living area.

More benefits of having a gabled pergola

Gabled patio roofs are actually far better in the stormy months as the gable pitch of the pergola would mean the water flows straight off. Whilst flat patio pergola roofs can collect rain water and cause structural troubles, gabled style roof will funnel it away fast through a simple design that will take full advantage of gravity.

Heat benefits when having gable style pergola

Due to being pitched gable style roof it will deal with hot summer sunshine significantly greater than any flat roof. during summer the sun will strike a flat pergola from one angle resulting in warming it up very quickly, the angle sides of a gabled pergola means the sun can strike the patio pergola more indirectly and therefore really does not heat it up as quick. If the gables ends are open on the pergola of the roof in summer time, this additionally results in much better ventilation below the roof, enabling heat to dissolve naturally.

The true style and design of gabled pergolas

For the reason that the gabled pergola has been such a very simple tried and tested patio pergola design, a patio area with a gabled roof structure can easily be built fairly easily, which usually can be a great cost saving. The distinctiveness style of the gable pergola design also means low upkeep, with colorbond pergolas or aluminum frames being extremely weather resistant and also needing very little attention from year to year. If perhaps there are any kind of drawbacks or negatives at all to gabled pergolas, it could very well be argued that they are not best suitable for regions vulnerable to very high wind gusts, because a cyclone could perhaps get under the cavity and lift up the roof. Aside from this, gabled pergola roofs mark all the boxes, offering cosmetic attractiveness, additional shelter from rain and heat and convenience of building. It is a amazing style that has really been the test of time and would certainly be an outstanding option for any outdoor patio & pergola designs

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Deck Screws Vs. Nails – Timber Decking Fasteners http://www.ptconstructions.com.au/timber-decking-fasteners/ http://www.ptconstructions.com.au/timber-decking-fasteners/#comments Sat, 08 Nov 2014 08:33:57 +0000 http://www.ptconstructions.com.au/?p=12743 There really is no option when it comes time to decide whether you should nail or screw that timber deck down. Hardwood timber patios exposed to our harsh Australian climate of hot to cold, expanding and contracting need to be screwed down although you may notice many decks are still being nailed down today. By […]

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There really is no option when it comes time to decide whether you should nail or screw that timber deck down. Hardwood timber patios exposed to our harsh Australian climate of hot to cold, expanding and contracting need to be screwed down although you may notice many decks are still being nailed down today.

By nailing your timber deck verandah and not using the correct deck screws you may saved some time but in the long run will cost you time with the constant maintenance needed to hammer those nails down before someone stubs a big toe on the nail head.

So your patio timber deck has to support the little kids running over it, you’re out laws relaxing on it, and having your BBQ mates re-enacting some sports plays on tv. And today’s timber decks can be complicated constructions as they have a cosmetic role in your back yard. With cascading staircases, fancy timber screens and split level designs, today’s timber decks aren’t the pain simple timber boxes of the past years and your timber decking fasteners needs careful consideration.

All of this suggests that your hardwood timber deck truly needs to hold itself together. You may be adding lots of time and income in creating and constructing a sturdy, beautiful deck that your family members and good friends will benefit from. Just one look at these terrifying cases, of Devastating Domestic Deck Failures, so this shows us that we really should be planning about what timber deck screws  is going to hold everything together. By the way, one other big lesson from this write-up do not NAIL your deck to the supporting framework and use big, solid screw fasteners, like batten screws.

Let’s take a look at the benefits of a purpose designed timber decking fastener screw. We’ll start with its physical look, the timber decking screw head, its drive, then the shank with its threading and sharp point.

The timber decking screw head must have a flared, countersunk profile which provides the same flat top surface but with a larger counter sunk load bearing surface area towards the timber decking boards. Well, if you look closely, you’ll see the counter sunk head shape flares out to lay against the board. This design will mean the timber decking fasteners head will resists the tendency to work its way into the wood or out of the timber after it’s been fixed down.

Careful consideration must also be taken to the drive bit your decking screws use, you should want to go with a square drive. A deck screw with using the Phillips drive has one advantage, it’s a reliable common screw head that is used for softwood wood screws and everyone’s toolbox is full of these screwdrivers bits.

When you work with a square drive bit you’ll see its unique ability, the tapered profile of the driver bit definitely wedges within the screws and holds the decking screw in place for whatever angle, even when aiming down to drive into a decking board. The square drive bits arguably endures much less stripping of the timber decking fasteners heads than any other type of design. So you can think of what these benefits do for building effectiveness.

The extreme point and deep sharpened threads are engineered to easily bite into the hardwood and bury itself easily and steadily. Think about how wood retains the screw in place and then think about a nail struggling to do the same job. The counter sunk head is actually partly threaded and tapered so that the threads cuts quickly. However by the time the screw is set and fixed, its head is anchored and not moving anywhere now.

So let’s get back to relaxing out on the back patio timber decking with family and friends having a few cold beverages and not worrying about the constant maintenance from those popping deck nails.

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