Although rubber flooring is widely used in commercial settings such as cafeterias, hospitals and gym weight rooms, it’s gaining traction as a viable flooring for homes, too.
One big reason is style — rubber flooring is available in a huge array of colors and textures that make it an appealing designer’s choice. A skilled installer can even cut rubber into patterns and mosaics that make eye-catching, one-of-a-kind floors.
Plus, it’s sound-absorbent, impervious to moisture and it’s cushiony comfortable underfoot. It comes in sheets for nearly seamless installations and DIY-friendly tiles that fit together with interlocking edges. Rubber flooring can be glued down, but many products are so heavy that glue is unnecessary — the flooring simply lays flat and stays put on its own.
The choice of sports flooring depends on a number of factors:
1. Area shape
Simply, this is the design of the space where the gym will occupy.
Many customers prefer an interlocking rubber flooring tile; thereby avoiding the need to glue or adhere the rubber tiles to the ground. Interlocking rubber floors are loose laid on the concrete; and do not require glue or adhesives.
Other customers prefer rolled rubber flooring; due to the seamless appearance and easy cleaning methods. Rolled rubber flooring is very popular in commercial gyms, weight rooms, locker rooms and more. Rolled rubber can also be a great choice for your home basement gym.
2. Use of space
Different mat thicknesses demand different use. Aerobics and low impact use generally can do with ≤4mm thick while high impact sports and heavy weight areas demand extra padding.
Gym flooring must be Durable
3. Durability and maintenance
Gym and sports flooring require regular cleaning.This means the rubber should be able to withstand wear and tear and perform consistently well with regular cleaning. Contact us today to request a quote or to learn more about stall mats here.
Note : There is a difference between rubber and polypropylene material. The finishes, appearance and installation of the material varies. The latter can also be installed in basketball courts, tennis, netball and playgrounds etc.
Apart from being green products, the new breed of solar lighting solutions are guaranteed to ensure savings on electricity bills. We see this in application with the solar lanterns with new features including mobile phone charging capabilities, garden lights, indoor lighting ( reliant on solar panels) and even security lighting like our outdoor wall lights with motion sensors.
2. Think Smart
Your mobile phone should be able to control your lighting. If it can’t , you need an upgrade. Your lighting system should be so intuitive that they know when you have left a room or need to get that coat from the back of your closet. We have great installers and fantastic new smart lighting that can be customized for your office, home, car or garden. Contact us here
3. Lead with LED
LED lighting simulate natural daylight, is less harmful to the environment and saves energy compared to incandescent light bulbs. Commercial spaces such offices are now adopting LED panels in favour of the commonplace fluorescent tubes.
New market entrants like the LED strips work well for staircases, corridors, counters and any other suitable surfaces. We see an uptake in these for 2015.
4. Pendant, chandeliers and wall mounted lighting
Previously a reserve of the lounge areas in hotels and homes, these 3 types of lighting are streaming into other common areas including showers, kitchens, bar areas, stairwells and corridors. The designs for these lighting types are ever increasing and clients are constantly in search of affordable but high quality lighting.
The statement chandelier pieces are remarkably in demand for commercial projects and pendant lighting being a star performer in residential housing.
5. Automotive LED lighting
Car lighting for the headlights, interior and body are all going LED. We have had success with our rim stickers which mimic LED. LED strips, especially for the interior of cars,are a potentially healthy niche market. We see an upsurge in LED in other numerous applications.
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The following images are some of our best interior design inspirations. Notice the prevalent use of bamboo flooring and the effect the bamboo has on the spaces. Bamboo finishes create a general warm feel to the interior and can be applied variably from the floors to the ceilings, to staircases and table tops if desired.
Some bamboo is softer than others and, therefore, can easily be dented(think high heels) or scratched (pets or machinery) . For example, carbonized bamboo, which has been boiled to produce a darker color, softens the bamboo considerably. It however may be found to be more aesthetically appealing than natural bamboo.
Strand Woven is the hardest type of bamboo flooring and is most comparable to the hardest of wood floors. It’s made from strips of bamboo that are shredded into strands and combined with resins, which help protect the flooring.
Strand woven bamboo is water proof and moisture resistant, which can greatly increase the life span of your floor compared to wooden flooring.
There are also solid bamboo and engineered bamboo flooring. Solid bamboo flooring comes in either horizontal or vertical grain types, which refers to the way the bamboo strips are laminated together when the flooring is manufactured. Which to choose? If you like the look of the natural bamboo nodes showing in the floor, then choose the horizontal grain. The vertical grain has a more uniform appearance with no visible knuckles, or nodes. Engineered bamboo flooring appears like solid bamboo from above, but those top layers are actually attached with adhesives to another layer of wood, such as plywood or pine (Source: Ask.com).
Choosing the color is the easy part. That depends on your taste and the colors in the room. Bamboo flooring comes in a variety of colors that will suit any taste or interior. You can choose anything from a natural blonde to burnt mocha, Irish moss and red cognac. When considering color, traffic is again something to consider. The natural golden color is neutral and goes well in most decors, but it is not recommended in highly trafficked areas because marks will be more visible
Bamboo can be specifically chosen depending on where it is to be installed. Indoor bamboo flooring differs from the outdoor decking. Decking is made from vertically laminated bamboo strips individually selected for color and compatibility.
It has low moisture absorption and high resistance to decay and UV damage, higher density and rigidity than wood finish and is easy to maintain. All you need is your basic mop or broom to keep dirt and debris from piling up.
Additionally, outdoor decking has:
! No rotting, cracking, warping or splintering
! Looks and feels like natural wood, but harder and more durable than wood
! Can be cut, fastened, drilled and sanded like real wood
! Termite resistant
! Environmentally friendly alternative to using hardwoods
There is a price difference between indoor and outdoor bamboos. Generally, outdoor bamboo flooring costs more than the ones installed in interior spaces.
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Two roads diverged in a wood and I – I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference. ~Robert Frost
Once you choose to construct a home back home, the next immediate step is to identify how to start. Most people rely on relatives or friends living within Kenya to select a site (location) , obtain designs and construct the home. In order to ensure that the building commences and progresses smoothly they periodically send money home. This arrangement has worked for some but an increasing group of diaspora get conned by their own family members because of poor workmanship or non-existent projects. Family ties prevent them from taking legal action against them. Today we advice you on how to avoid these problems.
1. Let Professionals Handle your Project:
Building professionals ensure a number of things. First, by appointing a team of professional contractors, you benefit from expert advice in design, construction, costs and all other aspects of the project including legal standing.Building professionals also ensure that the quality of workmanship in construction is upheld. They become your eyes and ears on the ground.
Letting professionals handle your project also enables you to easily acquire mortgage if need be, from lending institutions In Kenya, a registered architect and some instances, a registered engineer is required for all projects.
2. Don’t Send down all the Money at Once:
For construction projects, it is smart to remit funds gradually as opposed to in lump sums. The reasoning is this: the risk of loss of funds in unscrupulous deals is reduced.
3. Conduct due diligence
Always make an effort to verify all project details. These details include:the validity of issued certificates, the evidence of the construction site, the status of the project and the reputation of the contractors.
4. Stay connected with your local team
Keep constant communication with your local contractors. Make an effort to visit the site at least once a year, to assess the situation on the ground. Keep your eyes on your investment!
5. Retain all relevant documents
Your property documents are what you need and will stand proof of ownership in case of legal tussle or private incursions. Examples may include the title deed/settlement agreement or share certificate for the land, the architectural & structural documents and significant agreements.
You may find the paper below particularly useful.
The Cost of building works paper can be downloaded below