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The Benefits of Living Green Walls

Living green walls are a surefire way to enhance a building’s visuals, improve air quality as well as employee alertness and energy levels. Over the past half century, a notable increase of urban-living seekers has led to a considerable uptick in air pollution and loss of green spaces. Living green walls (also commonly referred to as vertical gardens or living walls) are a wonderful solution for any property interested in improving their space with intrinsic benefits of nature.

Living green walls infuse the dull expanse of interiors with life-renewing greenery. They offer an inspirational and aesthetically intriguing natural boost to employee morale. Whether they are installed on the exterior or interior of a building, the structures of living, breathing plant life create the “wow factor” so many interior designers seek while championing sustainability.

Visual Benefits of Living Green Walls

Living green walls make a breathtaking statement by creating alluring and inviting environments. They are as equally impressive in appearance as they are purveyors of good health; the plants in the walls work as a natural air-filtration system that building occupants can enjoy. Employees are greeted by a green lush environment while savoring the soothing effects of being around an abundance of foliage.

An emerging trend in green design, these vertically sprawling gardens of green are springing to life across the world on the exteriors of skyscrapers, in hotel lobbies, office reception areas and more.

Improved Air Quality

Living green walls are natural air-filters, creating a cleaner, more invigorating work environment that will lead to better overall employee health and production. Officer workers are often exposed to air toxins in their work environment such as formaldehyde, carbon monoxide, VOCs and benzene. Living green walls metabolize harmful toxins while releasing oxygen into the workplace air, much like office plants but on a much larger scale.

Energy Cost Reduction

The interior and exterior living green walls function to cool the air in the warmer summer months by a process known as “evapotranspiration.” The winter months see the added advantage of building insulation thus reducing energy costs for heating the building.

Exterior living green walls can reduce wall surface temperatures by as much as20 degrees celcius, resulting in significant energy savings and air conditioning costs.

Noise Level Reduction

One of the lesser known benefits of living green walls, the structures can reduce noise levels in buildings. Plants have been used, throughout the world, to reduce noise along roads and highways. Living green walls expand on this concept as vegetation ‘naturally’ blocks high frequency sounds while the supporting structure can help to diminish low frequency noise.

Living green walls act as extra insulation with a layer of air between the plants and the wall. They also reduce noise levels by reflecting, refracting as well as absorbing acoustic energy.

 

Our  Green Screens are constructed from solid aluminium, twice folded for structural integrity with a 10+ year Dulux powder coat warranty. Available in 8 standard sizes, pot configurations and fully customisable to suit your space, our Green Screens are perfect addition to any residential or commercial application.

We specialize in custom work, so if you want a screen made completely to your specifications visit our website, Request a Quote and describe your ideas to us!

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Kleencut Solutions Announce Launch of the ‘Green Screen’.

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We are excited to announce the launch of our newest product the decorative ‘Green Screen’. The screen incorporates the beautiful aesthetics of a vertical garden with our architectural decorative screening; the end product is the ‘Green Screen’.

Partnering up with DMC Landscapes, we are able to provide customers with options such as plants, installation, irrigation and more. Create your perfect space to relax in peace with these beautiful screens, enhancing your home and complementing your design.

 

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We laser cut the unique pattern of your choice around the perimeter and place our recycled polypropylene wall pots into the mounting slots, we then fold the outside sheet twice and weld it to create a rock solid integrated frame with built in fixing points.

We have 8 standard sizes and pot configurations to choose from and the beauty is, we can customise the system however you please, or join them together to cover the entire side of a building. With different plant and irrigation options available in the market you can create a unique vertical garden feature incorporating the style and sophistication of our decorative screening, to suit any application.

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Constructed from solid aluminium, twice folded for structural integrity with a 10+ year Dulux powder coat warranty our Green Screens use specially designed pots to lock into the screen grid in three places. Available in 8 standard sizes, pot configurations and fully customisable to suit your space, our Green Screens are perfect addition to any residential or commercial application.

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We also specialise in custom work, so if you want a screen made completely to your specifications visit our website, Request a Quote and describe your ideas to us!

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Houzz – The Big Cover-Up: 10 Uses for Laser-Cut Screens at Home

Houzz is a great website for all your property inspiration. Recently they posted about Laser-Cut Screens and we wanted to share it with you. For the complete article click here.
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Aesthetically, laser-cut architectural screens can be used to provide a decorative wow-factor to the exterior of a home. But functionally, they can also provide privacy, shade, light, shelter and ventilation. Screens have certainly come along way since the days of simple trellises, and now laser-cut screens are available in a range of materials with customised patterns to suit the style of most homes. Here are 10 reasons to put up a laser-cut screen on your house.
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Secure Your Home in Four Easy Steps

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Most home burglaries are opportunistic, meaning if your home appears to be safe and secure, you are less likely to be burgled. There are a number of ways to ensure that you protect your home and minimise the risk of being broken into. Here we discuss our top tips to make your property safer.

1. Secure the area.

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Installing fences and gates around your property is an instant deterrent for any burglar. It makes your property harder to get into and ensures that your belongings are not on show. Seeing as most home burglaries are by opportunists, fences will instantly discourage burglars. With our range of fencing and gate options, you don’t have to compromise on design – we can create custom work for your specific project. With our new range of ‘Ezi-Ali’ gates and fencing, you can also install them yourselves, contact us for more information.

2. Lighting

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Lighting is a brilliant way to add security to your home. Simply having lights on in a home, will put off burglars, by making them believe someone is in the house. Obviously you don’t want lights on all the time, it would be quite costly and not to mention not very energy efficient; however there is a range of technology that allows you to set your lighting to turn on at specific times, through a timer. With home technology you can even turn your lights on, from afar, with your smart phone. Motion sensor lighting is also a great way to put off unwanted visitors.

3.  Appearances

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The easiest way to deter burglars, is to simply make it look like someone is there. Keep up appearances by leaving a pair of shoes outside the home. If you are going on holiday, why not leave your car in the driveway and catch a ride to the airport. Ask your neighbours to pop round and open/close your curtains, or even take your trash can out on garbage day – making your home look lived in.

4. Alarm System

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Probably the most obvious solution, install an alarm system. Even just making it look like you have an alarm system will make your property look more secure and deter burglars. Don’t however put the brand of alarm system on your windows, it will make it easier for burglars to know what alarm system you use and disable the alarm. Choose an alarm system that uses motion sensors as well as protecting doors and windows, for added security.

Protecting your home is easier than you think. Visit our website or contact us, to find out how we can protect your home with fencing and gate solutions.

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New Ezi-Ali Range Launched by Kleencut Solutions.

Over at Kleencut Solutions we are incredibly excited to announce the launch of our new range Ezi-Ali. The ‘Ezi-Ali’ range of aluminium slats and louvre products work together with our already popular, architecturally designed screens.

The range includes; louvre shutters, gates, slat fencing, window screens and aluminium shutters. The products have been designed with the customer in mind, allowing home owners to install them with ease. They also compliment our already popular designed screens, so that you can use them in conjunction with our screens and create a design that flows throughout your property.

Ezi-Ali Aluminium Louvre Shutters.

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There are an array of benefits to installing shutters in your home. They are a low maintenance option, they add privacy and create a perceived security, and create UV protection and flexible light control. Shutters are a highly desired addition to any home, meaning they will be a good investment to your property. The Ezi-Ali louvre shutters have been designed for a quick and easy assembly, that you can do yourself. We have a variety of louvre frames both standard and custom designed, to ensure the perfect finish for your home. With an array of planking systems and two piece blades you can achieve a three dimensional look and our machining division manufactures various fittings, to suit specific projects.

Ezi-Ali Gates

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Adding gates to a property, again has the added benefits of; increased property value, security and
privacy, while being low maintenance and can also reduce insurance premiums. With Ezi-Ali gates
the design allows for simple assembly and installation, without losing the strength that comes with
welding. They require no top or bottom rail, due to our unique patented framing system, making it
easy to line the gates up with infill panels. Dispatched as a flat pack kit, which can be cut down on
site, they are ideal for homeowners wanting to install themselves. Another exciting feature is that
the gates are produced in a range of powder coat colours, allowing you to incorporate your design
scheme.

Ezi-Ali Slat Fencing

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The benefits of fencing are quite self explanatory, but mainly, they allow you increased privacy and security. The aluminium slat fencing in our ‘Ezi-Ali’ range is designed to be easy to assemble – see a theme here? We use pre-machined frames at various spacings, which incorporate our Pushloc system; eliminating the requirement for any fixings. It allows for a high quality finish unlike other systems, as there are no snap-in fill pieces or gaps. The range has an array of frames to meet all applications, as well as 10 different aluminium slat blades and two piece slats available in 3 different sizes. The comprehensive range of angles and channels, along with our new 1 and 2 way post systems, will create a professional finish every time.

Ezi-Ali Aluminium Shutter Systems.

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Our ‘Ezi-Ali’ range of Aluminium shutter systems includes three different types of shutter systems.

Slimline Shutter System.
This system has been designed to achieve a minimalistic look and to mirror the framing designs of the traditional timber shutters. The beauty of this is it maximises vision without effecting the structural integrity of the shutter.

Commercial Shutter System.
This system has been designed using a more robust frame and blade system to meet the higher density high rise market. Saying that we have found an array of customers that use this system purely for its chunkier look.

The All Weather Security Shutter.
This system was designed with safety in mind. When this product was first released it was
designed to provide a window treatment and security screen in one product It has gone on to be
used both internally and externally.

We are incredibly excited to announce the new ‘Ezi-Ali’ range, allowing homeowners the option of
installing an easy to use range of products, for a high-quality finish that won’t mean compromising
their design. For more information on the range, or for advice on a project please get in touch with
us.

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Choosing Materials for Decorative Screening.

Whether you are thinking about installing decorative screens yourself or getting someone else to install them, it is incredibly important that you use the correct materials. Your screen could look amazing, but if the right materials haven’t been used, it won’t look that way for long. Before you start on any screening project, ensure that you have read up on the best quality materials to use.

There is a range of cheap and nasty materials used in the decorative screening industry, that can leave customers out of pocket or their maintenance schedule damaged; having to replace shabby materials. At Kleencut Solutions our ranges only use high quality 3mm solid aluminium plate with a Dulux powder coated finish. For custom projects we can of course use a whole range of other high quality material if requested from; timber, acrylic, Perspex, plastic, copper, brass and more. If you are considering a decorative screen make sure you are educated on the following materials.

Corten Steel.

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Stains from Corten Steel Material

Corten steel is a mild steel that once left to the elements will develop a beautiful rusty patina and texture. Used in the right specific application it is great. However that lovely looking discolouration will leech rusty stains all over whatever is beneath it, creating a maintenance or cleaning nightmare for the unsuspecting customer. There are ways to combat such a thing by using marine clear coat sealers, although they tend to burn off in the sun over time, thus costing more money than anticipated.

What we recommend to attain the same look for a similar price, is to use a solid aluminium plate and a wonderful product called “Interpon sable Core Ten powder coat”. It is a corten steel replica powder coating that is a great alternative. You still achieve that rusted look finish with a bit of texture, however you save on painful maintenance and expensive clear coatings.

Aluminium Composite:

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Cheap Aluminium Composite Materials

Aluminium composite is the most popular product being used as a budget option material for decorative screens, frequently seen used in the major home & hardware stores. This product is a 3 year time bomb waiting to happen. Developed in china using a .1mm D grade recycled aluminium skin on each side, it is made for cladding usage and meant to have a silicon expansion joint covering any cut edges. More and more companies are using this as a budget option for screens. What people don’t realise, is that it in 3-4 years all the ugly open edges, where you can see the composite, will deteriorate and the cheap dream will become their nightmare. We all love to save a buck here and there, but in some cases when you are looking to renovate or bring some life to your space, you are far better looking at the purchase as an investment. Spend a bit extra to have a high end top quality product, like powder coated solid aluminium plate laser cut screens.

Weathertex 

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Weathertex board materials

Recycled timber is another product currently on the market, that requires constant re-oiling maintenance or expensive painting to achieve the desired colour. This material requires regular upkeep; it doesn’t have the solid density of aluminium plate, therefore it chips and scratches easily and can swell around the fixings over time. It does of course have one great upside, being it’s recycled hardwood pulp and good for our planet, but that is quickly forgotten when you add the  routing, painting, oiling and various other toxic elements to achieve the finished product.

At Kleencut we can fully install your products or give you all the know how to DIY install yourself, making sure you choose the right products. It can be easier than you think and save you in the pocket at the same time. We want to open a topic of discussion, where you the client can ask any questions you may have that we can help with your project.

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Create the Perfect, Intimate Outdoor Space.

We spend a lot of time outdoors, whether it’s entertaining or just relaxing. One of the most important factors, is creating an intimate and private area. We want to be able to unwind in our gardens without worrying about prying eyes. There are a range of options to ensure that you create a beautiful and private outdoor space, that you can relax in. Take into consideration the design of your property, the space available and use these top tips, to help you create your perfect garden.

Plan your layout.

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It is important to look at the space you have available carefully, to get the most out of it. Breaking up your layout, will allow you to utilise the space and create smaller intimate spaces throughout. Screens are the perfect solution for adding privacy to a large outdoor area. Use them to create smaller pockets of enclosed spaces, without closing it off entirely. Mix up laser cut designed screens like ours, with hedges, timber, or even fabric. You also need to think about access throughout the garden, connecting your space. By connecting enclosed spaces you will create privacy, while still allowing flow throughout the area.

Think about your design.

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Make sure you consider the design and style of your home. If this isn’t taken into consideration, when you go from indoor to outdoor, it won’t flow and your outdoor space will feel strange. Incorporate the interior style of your property into your exterior, ensuring that the interior and exterior compliment each other. Use a similar colour scheme and furniture that is similar to the era and design of your property. Custom screens allow you to personalise the design, so that you can create the pattern you want, ensuring that they fit with your scheme. If you have already decorated your interior and you are now looking to extend the design to the exterior, custom screens are the perfect way to connect the house with the garden.

Incorporate features.

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By incorporating a feature into the garden, you can add a sense of intimacy as well as a point of interest. A water feature will help make your space more intimate, less in terms of layout, but more by adding a soothing noise to block out your neighbours! Different points of interest will create small pockets of intimate spaces throughout your garden that you can connect together. Create a feature screen, with a bold and interesting design, to really add some wow factor too.

Create a cosy atmosphere.

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Once you have planned your layout, designed your intimate areas and incorporated features and access to them; use a variety of plants and furniture to make your space the perfect place to relax. Vary the height and size of your plants and vary the shades of green you use; this will create more depth to the area. Include fabric decorations such as, pillows or a rug. This will add texture to the space and create comfort. Warm lighting will also help you create an intimate space; use hanging lights or string lights. Include feature screens that have rich colours, such as the ‘Red Emperor Pearl’ or ‘Weathered Copper’, to create more warmth and cosiness.

Get in touch with us to find out how our range of screens, can help you create your perfect space outdoors.

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Custom Screens Create Your Perfect Space

Whether you are looking to create privacy outdoors, or a multi-functioning living area indoors, custom screens are the perfect solution when thinking about space, privacy and design. When you are designing a new home, or updating your existing home, you want to make your dreams a reality and create the space you want. Custom pattern screens allow you to showcase your personality, in a functional manner; creating the perfect design solution.

Open-plan living spaces are still very much in high-demand. By incorporating a custom screen, you are able to create a multi-functioning space with an open-plan feel, while still making a statement with a bespoke design. Following this through to the outdoors, screens allow you to create multi-purpose yet private, entertaining spaces outside, without compromising design.

A lot of companies in the laser cut industry are hesitant to cater to a client’s request of customised designs. We very much believe that in a consumer driven market, it is important to be able to provide the customer with what they want. There are endless possibilities when it comes to pattern choice, if you can imagine it, we can cut it.

For a recent project we completed, ‘Todd Street’, the client had a pressed tin feature on their kitchen counter face and they wanted to apply the same pattern to a laser cut decorative screen.

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The screen was to be used as a partition between the kitchen and lounge, and incorporated cabinetry and some timber substrate for support, finishing the job off beautifully. Shelving is a great way to finish the piece off and divide the space, as the owner can alter the density, based on the number of object stored. The screen separates the living room and kitchen, while still allowing a large and open feel to the area. The use of the pressed tin, not only creates a statement, but allows the design to flow through the two areas.

Another example of custom patterns on screens can be seen in our ‘Woodford’ project.

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In this instance the customised screen added a new dimension to the design on the house, as well as allowing the owner to personalise their property and really put their stamp on the home. Here the design was a tree of life, where we incorporated laser cut gate screens and decorative fence inserts. The gate screens create a completely unique and impressive design that you wont see anywhere else.

Whether you are building a new house, or revamping an old one, you want to create your perfect home. By creating custom patterns, it really allows the owner to get exactly what they want, with a unique design. When considering an open-plan area, to successfully combine openness and separation, it is important to make sure that if you are dividing a room with a screen, that you consider the colour scheme, layout, functionality and visual properties. Your screen design should flow with the room, and depending on your design, make a statement.

By incorporating custom patterned screens, you are able to create the space you want and have control over the design – allowing for a bespoke and fantastic design solution. Get in touch with us and we can work with you and our design team to create the perfect feature for your next project.

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Kleencut Solutions: Forecasting Our Biggest Year

2016 is well underway and over at Kleencut Solutions, we’ve had an amazing start to the year. As you will have hopefully noticed, seeing as you are reading this, we have a sparkling new website complete with our very own blog. We will be sharing all our exciting news and general musings here, so make sure you keep checking back. For now, let us tell you what 2016 has in store for us.

 

Beau Kleencut Solutions

What better way to introduce the newest member of the Kleencut Solutions team, than through our new blog? We are happy to announce that ‘Big Beauy’, otherwise known as Beau Stanborough, is joining us as the main man in the warehouse. Big Beauy’s extensive knowledge of pattern design and technical drawing, will hold him in great stead for ensuring everything runs smoothly in the warehouse. It is at the same time we sadly say goodbye to our Scottish kipper, Jock Sinclair, who is off to University to follow his dreams and become a millionaire, so that his family doesn’t have to eat haggis anymore! On a serious note, we couldn’t have made it this far without Jock and we wish him all the best in his new ventures.

We also have an array of inspiring projects forecasted, with what’s set to be our biggest year yet. The first of which is a huge project at Brisbane Airport, where we are working with Watpac, to install skylight diffuser panels. We have developed an amazing laser cut decorative screen and fixing system, to allow maintenance, while still retaining an architectural elegance and a striking feature to look at. With the possibility of flourishing throughout the entire airport, we are excited to see what the future holds.

kuru Newstead, Kleencut Solutions Project

We are continuing to work with longstanding client and good friend Michael Cavallucci, from Cavcorp, who is responsible for beautiful developments ‘Kurv Newstead’ and ‘The James on Helen’. We are contracted to manufacture laser cut screens for over 80 units in a new complex on Doggett Street, Fortitude Valley; which is sure to be a force to be reckoned with and a smart buy for any punter on the market. Alongside these amazing projects, we are also greatly anticipating the newest and largest project on the horizon, “Lucent Gasworks”, which is currently under construction.

You might think we have a lot going on over here, but there is still more! We are making it our mission this year to think of breakthrough concepts that will evoke a genuine reaction. We aim to introduce a new range of innovative new designs, so watch this space.

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Hello world!

Welcome to Kleencut Solution! We’ll be blogging on this site really soon – we have heaps of awesome projects to share with you!

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