A definite trend to current building designs is the introduction of Alfresco areas. Australians love the outdoors and we love entertaining! It is absolutely no surprise that a feature in new homes combining our two loves, the alfresco, has become such a popular inclusion.
There will be many hurdles to get over with the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games next year... and not all will be Track and Field events!
Williams Group are currently putting together a strategic plan to minimise disruption to our business and that of our customers (particularly on the Gold Coast).
We are looking at ways to get product into our depots and out to your job sites, however based on information from GCCC we believe there is a high chance of delays in deliveries to site.
Since November 2016 the NSW state Government has been rolling out generational change for home warranty insurance. In NSW, commencing October 3, the Government has reduced the number of brokers by 75%, paving the way for ongoing changes over the next few months.
Given the complexity of this insurance, I would recommend that you check with your current provider and or discuss with either the HIA or MBA.Go to HIA website Go to MBA website
A growing trend, particularly in the southern states, is the introduction of Floor Cassette Systems. These provide a fast, cost effective way to install a complete structural flooring system for both ground floor and upper storey applications.
Williams Group Australia don't generally see a lot of requests for this service, however we are monitoring the market and possibly will offer this service in the future.
One of the most common issues with brick masonry especially face brick is that of efflorescence, unfortunately this is common on new masonry units, it is powdery and sometimes “fluffy” deposit that forms on the surfaces of porous buildings such as concrete block, clay brick and mortar and concrete.
As a rule the formation of efflorescence requires 3 conditions; the presence of soluble salts, excessive amounts of water and evaporation of water as the masonry units dry, depositing salts on the surface.
The soluble salts that appear as efflorescence can enter the wall from various sources;
Mortar components, particularly cement, soil or fill in contact with the wall, Sea spray in coastal areas.
If you’re asking yourself "Do I need to seal my pavers?" you aren’t alone – it is one of the most common questions we are asked! You’ve just purchased some pavers for your new outdoor entertaining area or driveway and you’ve likely invested a bit of money into the products to make sure your new space is perfect.
The short answer to the above question, is no, you don’t need to seal your pavers. While it’s not necessary for any structural or performance reasons, we do recommend that you seal your pavers to protect your investment. If you’ve bought products from Williams , you’ve invested your property and sealing your pavers will ensure they look great and remain that way for years to come.
The last thing you want is for your brand new paved area to be stained from the BBQ, spilt drinks, tannin stains or anything else your area may be subject to. These types of stains can be tough to remove buteasy to prevent! Sealing your pavers will allow you to clean and maintain them with little effort allowing you to protect your investment from anything that your family throws at is (literally).
The use of composite and plastic decking products as an alternative to timber may still be relatively new in Australia but there's already a vast range of products available and it's growing.
We have found throughout our Williams Group stores that the use of of both composite cladding and decking is growing at an exponential rate.
Wood-plastic composite (WPC) deck products are the dominant type, although there are rice husk-plastic and other fillers, as well as entirely plastic versions.
The main reason for its popularity is its low maintenance but other benefits include its standardised size and straightness, as well as its termite, water and UV resistance.
Williams Group Australia recommend and can supply many differing products from different manufacturers, we have found that Modwood in either the 88x23mm or 137mm decking would have the major share of the Williams WPC decking business, however products from Biowood and Trex are making a noticeable change on the Williams Group product offer.
One of my favorites is the Biowood Castellated Cladding this product looks great and also provides the installer with an easy installation process. Extensive use in the commercial fit out market.Read more: Composite timbers
Williams Group now stock GEOHEX, another great Australian made product with some great applications; agricultural, residential, industrial, sporting and mining to name a few.
The GEOHEX™ Erosion Control System is a unique and innovative ground stabilisation technology that is easy to use and quick to install.
GEOHEX™ is a permeable ground stabilisation technology that has been engineered for use in multiple applications ranging from soil & turf stabilisation for the enhancement of water saving measures to the reinforcement of roads in and around mine and construction sites.
With a load rating of 1200 tonnes per square metre the GEOHEX™ system is a safe and cost effective substitute for concrete in many applications. It is environmentally friendly and designed to reduce maintenance and logistic costs while at the same time increasing safety and water conservation.Read more: Geohex Erosion Control