Am I saving money using the cheapest quote?
You have 10 quotes, prices differ wildly, which should you go with? The rule of thumb is simple, if it's too good to be true, it usually is, if it's outragously expensive, you're probably getting ripped off...So, which one do you go with?learn more
Are all Patios built the same
The simple answer is NO. Every company has their own way of building patios, carports and alfresco's. Usually the longer the company has been around, the better as you would assume that they have made their design mistakes and learnt from them. Some companies will sell you the world and build your new patio as cheap as possible, while others (including myself) actually take great pride in their work and deliver as promised. The main differences are in the construction design, materials used and the quality of workmanship.learn more
Import Steel vs Aussie Steel
WOW, here's a good topic! The truth is Australian made steel leaves import for dead. Whilst aussie made steel is considerably more expensive, it has several benefits. The galvanising (rust proof coating) is up to 5x thicker and the outer finish of the steel is so much smoother. The dense weight per metre is also up to 50% heavier. If you want a long lasting patio or carport, which has the best rust protection, it is a must to use Australian Steel.learn more
"e" Prime, what is it, do I need it?
'E' Prime or better known as Etch Primer is a layer of powdercoat that does 2 main things. Firstly it creates a much better bond between the steel and the top coat or colour coat and most importantly, it severely reduces the possibility of rust. Do you need it? The closer to the ocean you live, the more reason to have it.learn more
Why do I need Council Approval?
There are a number of reasons that you should always have council approval for any new structure that is permanently installed on your property. As much as it may seem like a money grab for the local council's and engineering companies, you do need it and you do want it. This is a great topic, please read on for more..learn more
Patio Lights, Fans and Heaters
Love it, want it, gotta have it... I started putting lights into my patios 8 years ago because I was building my own patio at my house and as I entertain alot, it seemed like the natural thing to do. The end result was so impressive that I just had to add built in lighting packages to our already impressive range of options available. This then lead to outdoor fans and now were talking radiant heaters aswell...learn more