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Posted by on Oct 24, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Wired vs Wireless Home Alarm Systems

One of the best ways to deter burglars from breaking into your home is to install an alarm system. These come with a variety of functions but one of the biggest choices you will need to make is whether to go with a wired or wireless alarm. Here are the pros and cons of each.

Wired system

Pros

  • It is often argued that wired alarms are more reliable, and while that may not be true anymore due to modern technology, wired alarms are still more difficult for burglars to shut down than wireless alarms.
  • Due to electromagnetic interference not being an issue, you’re much less likely to receive false alarms with a wired alarm rather than a wireless one.
  • The wired alarm is often connected to the home phone line but these days wired alarms also have their own wireless connectivity enabling the authorities or yourself to be contacted even if the phone line is cut.
  • Wired systems often require little to no maintenance, unlike wireless systems.

Cons

  • The wires will need concealing, which can mean more work and more expense from the installers.
  • These wires can then get in the way if your home requires renovations.
  • If you ever choose to upgrade or add to your security system, this will inevitably require more drilling and wires to be hidden.
  • Wired alarms are usually connected to the home phone line which can be cut, not to mention that many homes don’t have a land-line anymore.  

Wireless systems

Pros

  • These are easier and cheaper to install than wired alarms as there’s no need to drill through walls and floors to hide wires. Additionally, because it takes less time, you pay less for labour.
  • Wireless alarms have been used for more than 10 years and they now work better than ever. The number of false alarms has been reduced and the alarms are now more reliable.
  • The sensors of a wireless system are usually battery powered, meaning that they will still work if the power is cut or during a blackout.
  • Wireless alarms are portable, so when you sell your home and move, your alarm can come with you.
  • Due to the simple nature of the wireless alarm, it is much easier to upgrade this type of alarm. It also won’t get in the way if you do any renovations to your home.

Cons

  • Similar to internet connections, wireless alarms can be disrupted by interference. This can mean that the alarm doesn’t work or it goes off at unpredictable times. Electrical interference from power lines, baby monitors, televisions and microwave ovens can cause wireless interference issues.
  • You need to remember to replace the batteries in the sensors regularly to keep the alarm system working properly.
  • Wireless systems can be hacked into, just like your wireless internet connection, but with much more serious consequences. The alarm can be shut down or made to go off to replicate false alarms from a distance of 10 feet from your home, which means a burglar can simply shut off your alarm or jam the signal before they enter your home.

Whether you go for a wired and wireless home alarm system will depend on how you wish to use it and your house, but ultimately both are reliable so the choice really is yours. For more information, contact a company like Pro-Tect Security Management.

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Posted by on Oct 17, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

3 Reasons To Install a Timber Fence

When you are in the market to put up a fence, you can choose vinyl, metal, fibreglass or opt for timber, which is the most classic of all these types of fencing materials. Real timber has an appearance that just can’t be matched by any other kind of material because it evokes timeless qualities, such as warmth, comfort and sophistication. If you’re still on the ‘fence’ about choosing timber, here are a few other reasons to help you decide.

Flexible Designs — Timber provides you with a number of design choices that can meet all of your aesthetic needs. You don’t have to just erect a standard fence when it comes to timber, you can downsize and go for a picket fence style that mimics a classic, small-town feel, or you can go a little bit more bold with a board fence, which consists of solid wood boards for increased privacy, with a trellis at the top that can support plants and flowers.

Wide Range of Looks — The cool thing about timber is that you don’t have to stick to just one type of timber when you install a fence made of this material. If you’re on a budget, or you want a more rustic look, then pine and cedar are ideal choices for your fencing. If you want to go high-end to achieve a rich appearance, then you probably want to go with mahogany, which has a red and brown colouring that is distinct. Mahogany is expensive because it only grown in Central America, South America and Africa, which means it’s not widely available and less of it is manufactured. Oak is another timber that is popular. It has a light brown hue that’s almost beige and is often used in country style houses. Another choice you have is maple, which is one of the hardest and most durable types of timber on the market, like with Sweetmans Timber Pty Ltd.

Environmentally Friendly —  When you opt for timber fencing, you’re using a material that is a natural resource that can be replanted, unlike metal, vinyl or fibreglass. Not only are new trees planted to take the place of trees used for building, but the timber you use in your fencing still retains some ability to absorb carbon dioxide in the air, which is beneficial to the environment. Non-natural fencing material requires processing and manufacturing in a factory, which requires greater energy and emits more pollutants into the air than harvesting wood.

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Posted by on Oct 13, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Four Asphalt Repairs to Expect with Older Residential Driveways

Buying an older home comes with the expectation that certain repairs are necessary. One of the areas you may overlook is are asphalt-covered areas, such as the driveway. Before you finish your repairs list and budget, make sure to include the following four repairs you can expect with older driveways. 

Cracks in the Asphalt

Cracks in the asphalt are caused by rain, debris, and normal wear and tear on the material. If you find cracks in the driveway, they can be fixed with a stone filler. This filler will need to be placed in all of the cracks individually and not on the driveway as a whole. Once all the cracks are filled in, a new weatherproofing seal will need to be applied to the entire driveway. This will seal the crack and prevent further cracks from occurring due to rain or snow.

Potholes in the Asphalt

Potholes occur when a crack manifests and leads erosion and loosening of the gravel. With normal wear and tear this erosion will develop into a pothole. You can handle this as a do-it-yourself project by using an asphalt patch and sealer. This will restore the area and will seal the newly patched spot from weather conditions.

Side Erosion in the Asphalt

Side erosion is the noticeable cracks and loose gravel you find on the sides of the driveway or walkway. When you notice these areas you ma also not ice that the sand is also eroding. This type of erosion will need to be fixed by a professional by either stabilising and relaying the drive way with a new foundation or by repairing and rebuilding the side’s of the driveway to form a barrier for further erosion to occur.

Loose Top Gravel

Some loose top gravel is normal, but if you see extensive amounts of gravel, it many be time for a new driveway. Extensive amounts of lose gravel can mean that not only is the seal faded, but erosion weather is also a problem. In order to replace the drive way you can contact an asphalt contractor, like A-One Asphalt Pty Ltd, or replace it yourself if you town the right equipment.

Ideally, most repair work will be done before you sign the final paperwork on the house. If you notice these issues after signing, consider hiring a contractor to give you a price estimate for a new asphalt driveway of for the asphalt repairs. The contractor has the benefit of having the eight equipment, the experience, and a warranty in their work should something go wrong later.

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