10 Things That You Wish You Knew Your House Needs

We often think that we could save money on home finishing/ improvement materials that are cheap. Or sometimes, we often ignore that some materials are not needed because it just seems like you would spend more money on an even more quality material that has the same function as other materials (e.g. using PVC pipes for your plumbing instead of PPR pipes since PVC pipes are cheaper). Well, it's true that they both serve the same purpose - that is - they are designed to transport water to your bathrooms or kitchens, but each of these materials have their advantages over the other depending on the usage.

Continue reading to find out which home finishing / improvement materials you wish you knew your house needs.

PE Insulation Foam

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Polyethylene (PE) insulation foam is an excellent material used to provide thermal insulation as well as acoustic insulation. Installing insulation foams in your home, let's say underneath your roof will help dissipate the heat that your roof absorbs and help reduce the noise your roof makes when it rains or when birds or other creatures walk on your roof.

You can also apply this material in other areas of your home such as walls, air ducts or floors. Where you use insulation foam is really up to you!

Some advantages of PE Insulation Foams may include:

  • Environmentally friendly

  • Very light-weight

  • Easy to adapt the foam to all surfaces and structures in the home

  • Non-polluting, non-toxic and fire safe

  • Made with fire retardant additives with a self extinguishing feature

  • Highly effective thermal and acoustic insulation levels

  • Closed cell feature makes water and moisture resistant. Resistant to most chemicals and acids

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Solignum Wood Preservative

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Solignum Wood Preservative is formulated to penetrate into wood products and remains there to serve as an active barrier against termites, fungal decay, and woodboring insects. Apply Solignum Wood Preservative as a pre and post construction treatment to timber materials around your house such as doors, jambs, cabinets, stair handrails, or any furniture that require treatment.

Some advantages of Solignum Wood Preservative may include:

  • Environmentally and user friendly

  • Low risk toxicity profile

  • Proven and tested active ingredients

  • Reliable

  • Ready to use

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Grout Sealer

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Grout sealer is a necessary component of the tile installation process. It is formulated to penetrate the tile grout and protect it against fungi, mold, mildew & bacteria growth. It can be applied to indoor and outdoor areas. Sealing the grout helps prolong its look, texture and consistency.

Some advantages of Grout Sealers may include:

  • Water resistant

  • Anti mold & mildew

  • Anti bacteria

  • Stain and dust resistant

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Waterproofing

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Waterproofing a building provides a barrier over surfaces of structural members of buildings to prevent water from penetrating these surfaces. When building waterproofing is ignored, it can be responsible for a great amount of damage repair cost for you. Some types of waterproofing may include: Polyurethane, Cementitious, Rubberized Asphalt, Bituminous Membrane, and etc.

Some advantages of Waterproofing Materials may include:

  • Anti mold & mildew

  • Reduces maintenance costs after heavy rainstorms or flood especially when electrical fixtures/ appliances are affected

  • Decreased water absorption

  • Easy to apply

  • Prevents corrosion of reinforcement bars

  • Prevents dampness and seepages inside the building

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PVC/ WPC Panels

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Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) or Wood Plastic Composite (WPC) panels are both a trend in interior design. It adds aesthetics and create an illusion of height for your home. Installing PVC or WPC on your ceiling or walls makes a whole lot of difference to the ambience of your space by adding an accent and making that space more modern and attractive.

Some advantages of PVC/ WPC Panels may include:

  • Environmentally friendly

  • They come in multiple design options

  • Provides good and modern aesthetics

  • Light-weight and durable

  • Highly water resistant

  • Low in maintenance

  • Easy to install

  • Budget friendly

  • Fire retardant

  • Termite and fungal decay proof

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PPR Pipes and Fittings

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Polypropylene Random Copolymer (PPR) pipes and fittings are light-weight plastic piping systems that are thicker than PVC pipes. PPR pipes can withstand high temperatures and pressure therefore, making it viable to be a replacement for galvanized or stainless pipes. PPR pipes are safe and non-toxic, which makes the PPR the best choice for drinking water piping systems.

Some advantages of PPR Pipes and Fittings may include:

  • Easy to install

  • Environmentally friendly

  • Non-toxic

  • Smooth inner surface

  • Long term service

  • Can withstand up to 80°C (or more) of heat

  • High resistance to some chemical substances

  • Color, odor, and taste of water retention

  • Provides heat and sound insulation

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Pressure Tank and Pressure Pump System

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Pressure tanks help store water under pressure when the pump is not running. It also builds up a reserve supply of water during times of high demand. Water is pumped into the tank containing air, compressing the air, and putting the water under pressure. The more air compressed, the greater the water pressure. As the water stored in the tank is being used, the pressure in the tank lowers. The pump runs when the pressure inside it reaches a certain preset pressure and fills up the tank up to the preset maximum pressure then shuts off automatically (when equipped with a pressure switch).

Some advantages of Pressure Tank & Pressure Pump Systems may include:

  • Improves water flow, supply, and pressure

  • Regulates water pressure

  • Supports water demand within the household/ establishment

  • Can help distribute water pressure in multistory buildings

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Gypsum Boards

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Gypsum boards are one of the widely used materials in home or building construction for interior designing works. Gypsum boards are used as surface materials and are applied prominently to walls, dividers, or ceilings. Some properties of gypsum boards that make them a material choice for construction in industries may include: Fire Resistant/ Non-Combustible, Acoustic Insulation, Thermal Insulation, Moisture Resistant.

Some advantages of Gypsum Boards may include:

  • Provides smooth surface

  • Balances indoor atmosphere

  • Provides good aesthetics and functional features

  • Easy to install

  • They come in multiple functions (fire resistant, acoustic, moisture resistant, etc.)

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Skim Coat

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A skim coat is a thin layer of drywall joint compound that is applied to help create a flat and uniformed surface on walls and ceilings and can be painted or re-textured. Some reasons why skim coating is done may include: Damage Caused by Wallpaper, Drywall Repairs, Old Surfaces, Unappealing Surfaces, New Installs, and etc.

Some advantages of Skim Coats may include:

  • Budget friendly

  • Provides smoother surfaces

  • Easy to apply

  • Provides good aesthetics even when not painted on

  • Can cover seams/ spaces, and rough surfaces

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Solar Lighting Systems

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Solar lighting systems are a good option when you want to cut down your electricity bills as Solar Lighting Systems collect energy from sunlight which is converted into electricity which is stored in batteries. However, do not expect that electricity collected by the batteries can provide electricity to your appliances too - unless you have a solar farm in your backyard.

Some advantages of Solar Lighting Systems may include:

  • Renewable energy source

  • Reduces electricity bills

  • Diverse applications

  • Low maintenance costs

  • Easy to install

  • Environmentally friendly

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