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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.

This Small residential project incorporates one of our architectural designs “Pom Pom” using aluminium RHS we custom make all the framework in house and design the pattern to suit the clients particular size requirements. Powder coated in a bright white satin this tiny project has a not so small impact on the finished look of the property.

 

 

 

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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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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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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