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The wonder that is Astro-Turf!

Just last week we had a customer come through our business looking for an astro-turf to be laid in his garden, this kind of job can be tackled in many ways. I wanted to write a blog on the different types of pitches you can get.

Artifical grass can be made primarily out of 3 components; polyethylene, polypropylene and nylon. Each of these materials have different characteristics and are used depending on the type of pitch needed.

Astro turf or synthetic pitches have a general life span of 10-15 years. Many schools have installed artificial grass surfaces, most commonly as part of an all weather training capacity.

The most popular type of synthetic turfing is called Third generation (3g) turf. The turf contains rubber crumbs and sand in fills for extra performance. This type of surface utilises longer fibres to ensure it can hold both rubber and sand infills. The third generation synthetic pitches are generally regarded as being about as safe to play as natural grass surfaces. In cold conditions the ground does not freeze over, therefore providing a safer ground for children to play physical sports on, such as rugby.

3g turf surfaces are normally used for football but can also be used for rugby however a shock pad is required to be installed underneath it. The benefits to artifical grass is that is looks and feels natural and can be played on at all times. The turf also retains its characterisitcs and is maintenance friendly. The turf is also environmentally friendly and requires no water in most cases which means no water wastage. There is also no need to have to mow the lawn which results in no weed removal and no CO2 emissions or pesticides.

The drawbacks to artificial turf is that it can be a heat hazard as the ground absorbs the heat, this can make it dangerous to play on there. Also really important to note that once you choose artificial turf you have no choice but to install another synthetic turf as it kills living organisms in the subsoil making it impossible without years of remediation to grow anything on that surface.

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–        If there is ever an option to save money, our builders in Cardiff feel you should take it! Using dimming switches for your lights and using energy efficient bulbs can seriously save you some money over the duration of the year. Why wouldn’t you want to save some of your hard earned money by such a simple yet effective tip? If you are having difficulty installing a dimmer switch, give our builders in Cardiff a call.

–        Whenever you need something for the house, going to a local retailer who stocks materials to help you with your home DIY is the best option. Our builders in Cardiff feel that taking pictures of what has maybe broken or needs repairing, as it can be a good referencing point for the staff member dealing with you to ensure they are giving you exactly what you need to complete the task.

–       If you are a newbie to home DIY our builders in Cardiff recommend that you start small! By this we mean, don’t try to attempt a home extension on your own… Completing the small tasks will build your confidence and in turn give you experience using the tools needed to complete the job. When you have gained some DIY experience you will feel a lot more comfortable attempting to complete the bigger home DIY jobs.

–       Another good tip our builders in Cardiff will recommend is giving the walls in your bedrooms, lounges and kitchens a fresh lick of paint! When a room in a property has new paint it gives that room an updated, modern feel which in turn spells our VALUE added to your home. When choosing paint colours or Cardiff builders feel that Neutral colours appeal to the majority of people and from experience it is what is mostly desirable to people in South Wales.

–       Regular inspections we feel are vital to ensuring you find out whether any work actually needs to be carried out. Our builders in Cardiff have worked on numerous jobs for clients that had no idea that they had deteriorating roofs or outdated electrical systems. If you feel you cannot complete general home inspections yourself, then feel free to call us and we will happily deal with that for you.

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The Future of Construction & Building

The future of construction is one filled with innovation and opportunity. Advances in tech has allowed many builders in Cardiff and the surrounding areas to find where the opportunities are. Self healing concrete and 3d printed houses will be part of the future of building.

    • For example, the TERMES system was developed by Harvard researchers to develop a system of self organising robots to work together to build structures. The system was inspired by termite colonies who demonstrate swarm like intelligence. These robots are fitted with sensors and are given some sort of blueprint to work from and a set of traffic laws which tells them where they can and can’t go during construction. The huge advantage of this is that the robots can go where we are unable to easily build or places where it is too dangerous for humans to go.


    • This technology isn’t directly associated with construction but it could benefit construction companies in terms of costs associated with travelling to sites. Smart roads are roads with wireless charging technology, first seen in South Korea these roads charge your electric vehicles whilst on the move. With this tech, there will be no longer a need to re-fuel thus saving money on cutting back on the dangerous fossil fuels.


    • Now to all you builders out there, self healing concrete is one that we came across time and time again. A concrete mix is embedded with capsules of sodium silicate. When a crack forms, the capsules rupture and release a gel like healing agent that hardens to fill the void. The main advantage to this is the elimination of concrete cracks and expensive concrete maintenance.


  • Finally, plant based foam. A polyurethane foam made from plant materials like hemp, kelp and bamboo that can be used in turbine blades, insulation and furniture. This material is not just non toxic but is made from sustainable sources. Hemp grows 3x quicker than trees. These materials are obviously much better than plastics currently being used and it has better insulation properties and higher thermal resistance.


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