Adding a louvre roof to your existing home or new build in the middle of winter is the perfect timing to protect you from the winter elements and to be ready for the summer months.
“The weather may be considerably cooler at this time of year but a customised, automated louvre roof over a patio, spa pool, or deck, or as a freestanding feature anywhere on a property, provides a space sheltered from the elements,” says Craig Rogers, owner of Canterbury-based company, Louvre Solutions.
“There are often fine, crisp days in winter when it would be great to be outside and the protection of a louvre roof can make doing that so much more appealing, especially with our integrated heating and side screens.”
During the warmer months, louvre roofs are equally beneficial, making them structures for all seasons.
Craig has significant experience in the architectural louvre industry and knows the benefits of his company’s products. Quality is paramount too over the range of products, which, as well as motorised opening louvre roofs, also includes elliptical sun louvres, privacy and security screens, gates, fences, chimney cowls, cedar louvres and vertical sun shades – all the company’s louvre roofs come with a ten-year warranty.
With more than ten years in the industry, Louvre Solutions’ reputation has been built on a solid foundation. Testament to this is the positive feedback from clients and a robust network of contacts including independent builders, building companies, architects and landscape architects, all of whom recommend the company to potential clients.
“I work with our clients throughout the entire process for every project, from design to manufacturing and installation. This relationship is very important to Louvre Solutions. I know what works and what doesn’t, both from a practical and aesthetic perspective and attending to any adjustment needs that may follow is all part of our service,” says Craig.
The custom-made louvre roof product, with bespoke features like powder coated colouring tailored to the client’s needs, can be included in a new build and/or retrofitted to an existing home. Many louvre-roof installations are taking place now, not only to take advantage of the benefits they offer during winter months, but also to be well-prepared for summer.
While Louvre Solutions’ headquarters and factory are based in the heart of Canterbury, the company has agents throughout the South Island based in Timaru, Wanaka, Nelson, Marlborough and Queenstown.
Visit www.louvresolutions.co.nz for more information, or phone 0275 356 286.
Local family business Garden Classics has been creating the best outdoor living solutions for Canterbury homes for more than 20 years.
The expert team designs and produces water features, pots and planters, as well as statues and ornaments, from its Christchurch-based factory and showroom. “If you can’t find a product that’s exactly what you want, we can put together custom-designed products tailored to your specific requirements,” says owner, Richard McKendry.
The company has also been involved in the development of a range of fantastic commercial projects over the years, including the creation of concrete features for Wigram Skies, Rolleston Square, and Ocean Ridge, Kaikoura.
Manufactured from traditional concrete or new lightweight, glass-reinforced concrete, Garden Classics will strive to meet your needs with its unique selection and bespoke service. “Whether you are browsing our huge range of ‘in stock’ items, or perhaps you’re after a specific creation to bring some extra life to your garden – we have the right solution for you.”
Central Otago and the Southern Lakes region are known for their extremes of climate – scorching hot 30+ degree days in the summer and temperatures plummeting well below zero in the winter. Such fluctuations call for building materials that perform at the highest level of efficiency, especially with respect to thermal insulation.
It is well known that the areas of a home from which heat escapes are around its windows and doors. Designing window and door frames to prevent heat escaping has reached the highest standard with the use of unplasticised polyvinyl chloride or UPVC. This material, when used in conjunction with low emissivity double glazing, achieves an R-value of .8 for insulating effectiveness and thermal performance. To interpret the jargon, that’s very high and will help you enjoy a perfectly comfortable atmosphere in your home, while also lowering power bills. It’s the ideal product for the southern environment.
UPVC Windows and Doors Ltd of Dunedin manufactures and installs these UPVC products using the Deceuninck Zendow profile, the world’s largest manufacturer of UPVC window and door systems. The frames come in a range of seven colours and have a fifteen-year guarantee. Once installed on a house, the frames look very similar to the beauty of timber frames but, unlike timber, they are virtually maintenance free. There are other benefits too, with high security locking features, high sound insulation and maximum water tightness for areas prone to driving rain and snow.
You can contact UPVC Windows and Door Ltd about UPVC frames on
0800 455 501.
For the look and feel of real stone, Eldorado Stone provides a stunning appearance, without the weight and cost of the real thing. Hard as Rocks is New Zealand’s exclusive supplier of the product, which is the most realistic architectural man-made stone available on the market – and the world’s biggest selling stone veneer.
Earthquake tested by BRANZ, Hard as Rocks offers the largest range of stone profiles and colour selections available in New Zealand. The company makes it simple, with all stone types the same price, so once you have had your plans priced you can change stone options without having to re- price your new build, renovation or landscaping project. Most profiles are individual pieces, so you can even mix stone profiles and colours, or change the grout colours to give you a truly unique look to suit your project.
Hard as Rocks maintains building compliance and quality control by only using its own licensed applicators, trained not only in waterproofing and stone application, but also in detailing and the little extras that hold true to the eye – guaranteeing a flawless, professional finish. South Island Schist profiles and River Rock are Hard as Rocks bestsellers, but you also have the option to select from other stone profiles from around the world, including Hawaiian Lava Stone, European Castle Stone or English Country Rubble.
Visit the Hard as Rocks display at stand 61 at the Home Ideas Centre, 37 Mandeville Street in Riccarton, to see the options for yourself. Phone 0800 ELDORADO (353 672), 022 043 0541 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The solid, sought-after work of Andrews of Canterbury Contracting Ltd is creating a strong presence across the region.
Along Moorhouse Avenue there’s the smart louvre gates at Mitsubishi Motors. And, just across the road at Co Kids Childcare, the team has created a safe, functional environment with fences, a retaining wall, deck, sandpit and a tree house.
Educational centres command code-compliant, built-to-last solutions that’ll survive the rough and tumble. Andrew Osgood and Andrew Pratley recently installed the boundary fence at Kaiapoi North School using loop-top pool fencing in Heritage Red. Previous projects include Shirley Primary’s fence, the decks at Akaroa and Sumner schools, and Oxford Area school’s retaining wall.
Initially the two Andrews were colleagues on a Canterbury farm until 2014 when they teamed up to become a formidable partnership. Osgood has done the hard yards – literally – 160kms of fencing on a station in Nullarbor, Western Australia. A perfectionist, he’s particular with the finished project – down to the nuts and bolts. The job’s not done until its perfect.
Pratley is the man of action, having previously managed his own farm. Including their hard-working assistant Josh Knight, they’re a small but great team with flexibility – for farms through to family homes.
Their equipment includes a 1.5-tonne excavator and they source cost-effective, high quality materials. “If you want a good fence, don’t skimp,” advises Osgood. “In the long-run it’s best to spend a little more.”
He says the ideal time to build a deck is winter. Materials are cheaper and it’s their quieter season. “When the recommended products are used, we always give a 12-month warranty.”
Visit www.andrewsofcanterbury.co.nz or phone Andrew Osgood on 027 899 3556.
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