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Home Living : August 4th 2009
HLN - HOME LIVING: NORTH, Tuesday, August 4, 2009 5 ................................................. ●● HOMELIVING » ADVERTISING FEATURE » ADVERTISING FEATURE Insulate from the floor up Brighten up Installingaskylight is not overly labour-intensive and can be completed inafew hours. Askylight willmakeatremendous difference to the look and feel ofa room; natural light makes colours look brighter and people feel better, says Skydome managing director Michael Bonello. Before installingaskylight you need to consider: ❏The room where you are installing the skylight, as different rooms require different levels of light. For instance, kitchens and bathrooms generally require more light than bedrooms; ❏Ifaparticular part of the room needs to be illuminated, as this will determine the position and size of the skylight; and ❏The position of the skylight. For example, if it is facing west, youmay need to consider offsetting the light intensity by using blinds. Mr Bonello saysasimple, costeffective means of guiding the light to the room isalight carrying (roof to room) flexible tubing system like Skyflex. ‘‘This isareflective, lightweight tube that can be cut and sized to suit the application and deliver the light directly to the room below without the need for buildingaGyprock or timber lightwell in the ceiling cavity,’’ he said. Homeownerscannowinstall insulation inanexisting floor with the launch of Bradford Insulation’s Optimo – sonamedas it’s the optimumwayto boost the home’s comfortandenergy-efficiency. Typically, sub-floor insulation must beinstalled at thesametime as the floor by placing the floor above the insulation. With Optimo, insulation canbe installed in timber floors afterahome is built, by fixing the newly-designed batts to timber joists underneath the house, bottom up. Optimo has been developed so it is rigid enough to hold itself in place between joists, but soft enough tobe manipulatedandinstalled. It is one of the highest thermal-rated sub-floor insulation products, witha maximumR-value of R2.5. Sound can enter thehomeanywhere that air is also able to enter, so external noise canbetransferred through the floor. Optimo ismade using Rockwool, which is regarded by architectsandbuilders as the industry standard for acoustic insulation, making itasoundabsorber. It can reduce sound transmission through the floor by up to 6dB. Not only will it help reduce noise entering thehomefrom outside, it will also dampenthe sound of foot traffic on timber floors. Rockwool, the primary material in Optimo, is alsoapopular insulation for fire protection in buildings. It doesn’t burn or contribute to the spread of flame, which could save vital minutes in the event ofafire. Available at major hardware outlets. Details: call Bradford Insulation on 1800 333 332 or visit www.bradfordinsulation.com.au NEED MORE SPACE? 1300 30 11 90 We Specialise in Ground Floor and First Floor Extensions AFTER Check out our Stunning new designs on display at: Australia's leading provider of natural light. Cnr Queens Rd & William St. Five Dock, Or Browse over 50 stunning designs online & request your free brochure and current price list at. www.belleceilingdomes.com Classic Home Improvements P/L Phone 1300 721 150 Builders Licence No 66902C Skylights To suit your décor Before Ian Cubitt’s
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