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  1. SPC Vinyl Flooring

    SPC Vinyl Flooring

    What is SPC Ridged Click Vinyl Flooring?

    Stone plastic compsite vinyl flooring is concidered to be an upgraded version of engineered vinyl flooring. SPC rigid flooring is set apart from other types of vinyl flooring by is uniquely resilient core layer. This core is made up from a combination of natural limestone power, polyvinyl chloride, anmd stabilizers. This provided an incredibly stable basefor each flooring plank. You can't tell that is what's inside these floors once they are installed. The floors look like any other engineered vinyl floors, with the core completely hidden underneath. SPC rigid vinyl flooring is quicklely becoming one of the most popular trends in home flooring.


    Each plank of SPC rigid vinyl flooring is constructed with the following layers:

    Wear Layer: This transparent layer ia at the top. It provided resistance to scratches and stains and is easy to clean.

    Vinyl Layer: This layer provided the decoration of the plank. Colors and pattens are

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  2. Estimaing Service

    Estimating Service

    Statewide Building Products have our own in house estimator and we can now provide our clients full take-offs, schedules, and shop detail drawings for all your reinforcing,

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  3. What is Reinforced Concrete?

    Reinforced concrete is created when concrete is poured over steel bars or welded steel mesh. Although concrete is a very hard material, it has a low tensile strength meaning it doesn't handle stretching forces well. By combining reinforcing bars (rebar) and welded mesh with concrete, engineers and builders counteract this to produce strong concrete slabs.


    Concrete and steel expand and contract at a similar rate and when steel is set in concrete it provides a formidable material suitable for modern buildings.


    When Was It First Used?

    Engineers have been using steel bars to reinforce concrete for many years now. It's noted that Francious Coignet first used iron-reinforced concrete to build a house in Paris in 1853. Some say that the practice has been around even longer than that.


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  4. Prepare your floor for Vinyl Plank Flooring

    The longevity of your vinyl plank flooring will depend on the condition how you prepare your sub-flooring. Uneven sub-flooring will cause your newly inserted vinyl planks to wear and rip, wasting valuable time and adding extra costs to your budget.


    Take the time to make certain that your sub-flooring is flawless. Putting in the extra time will allow the end results lifelong enjoyment.


    Here are a couple of ways to ensure the longevity of your vinyl floors.


    Concrete Sub-floor



    Firstly you will need to test the surface’s moisture level. This can be done by taping a square piece of vinyl with duct tape to your subfloor, ensure that the edges are sealed. Leave it for a couple of days and then remove the duct tape. Should the tape release with great ease, your floor is likely too damp for vinyl plank flooring.


    Moisture in your sub-floor can be caused by a number of sources. Your floor could not have a effective moisture barrier, causing moisture to leak from ground sources. Other possibilities include excess environmental humidity or plumbing leaks. The cause will have to be determined and addressed before installing your vinyl plank floors as this can jeopardise your installation.


    If you have no moisture problems you can move on to the next phase of the process.


    Check the smoothness of the surface with a carpenter’s level. If there are any high or low spots, patch the low spots with floor patching and sand the high spots with medium-grid sandpaper.


    Clean the floor to remove any debris and dust.


    Wood Sub-floor


    Cut plywood that is 6mm or thicker that fits the entire floor of the room and lay it down without any gaps. Make sure that the plywood joints do not align with the subfloor joints.


    Leave a 6mm gap alongside the joints and wall for expansion. You can now tighten the plywood to the subfloor with deck screws about 15cm apart.


    Identify any loose edges

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  5. I’ve ordered too much sand! Now what?

    Have you ever ordered too much sand for your building of DIY project?


    After the work has been completed the sand heap just sits there on the lawn or drive way and takes up your real estate. In this article we take a look at how you can gain value from it and reclaim your lawn.


    Start a vegetable garden


    If you ordered too much Brickie Sand then a vegetable garden is the ideal way to repurpose it.


    Mixing Brickie Sand with compost creates a great medium for root type vegetables like potatoes, carrots, sweet potatoes and beet root. The combination holds water and provides rich nutrients needed by the vegetables.


    Start a garden with excess brickies sand


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  6. What sand type should you be using?

    Sand is everywhere around us and when it comes to a building or landscaping project it becomes clear that you cannot just use any type of sand.


    At Statewide Building Products we supply and deliver 3 types of sands to the Perth, Perth Metro and Western Australia regions. In this article we dive into the sand box to see what sand works best for your project.


    Brickies Sand


    Brickies Sand contains a clay component that makes it and ideal building component to use for laying bricks and block work.


    Due to the presence of clay particles it doesn’t soak up and hold a lot of water and mixes well with cement. Using a ratio of 6 parts bricks sand to 1-part cement binds it together into a more manageable mortar to use. Add some gravel to the mix and you have concrete.


    The rule of thumb is that if your requirement is for the end product of your labour to be a hard-set result, then brickies sand is the type you want in the mix.


    Fill Sand


    Fill Sand is fine type of sand that is ideal for projects in areas that require drainage. Think of it like sand on the beach.


    When the waves crush on the sand the water almost immediately drains into the sand as the wave pulls back. It works the same way when you use fill sand to fill the gaps around a septic tank you have just installed, or if you are planning to put a fish pond in the corner of your garden.


    The sand fills the spaces around your material to secure it from shifting. In the event of an overflow, the water simply drains into the ground.


    The primary use of fill sand in Western Australia is to create a level compacted ‘sand pad’ or base for a new house, new shed in the back yard or if you plan an extension.


    Plaster Sand


    As the name implies, it is used for plastering mix. It is a mix of fine graded sand that is clean from any rough particles

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  7. Are you vetting your builders?

    In October of 2016, 9 News Perth ran a segment about the boom of dodgy builders in the Western Australia region. This raised concerns with consumers who were in the begining stages of planning to renovate the homes, or planning to build a new house.



    On Facebook it gave rise to local community groups like Shonky Builders WA, where consumers discuss and report issues they have with work done.


    Websites such as also

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  8. Fears for WA workers as Cooper and Oxley building sites shut

    HUNDREDS of workers could be locked out of a job, with one of WA’s biggest builders hitting financial trouble.


    Work has stopped at major Cooper and Oxley projects all over the state, including a $101 million development in Subiaco believed to have contributed most of the company’s woes due to cost blowouts.


    Angry subcontractors owed money were unable to collect machinery and tools from locked construction sites on Monday.


    Ceiling fixer Jake Tomlinson said he has valuable sanding gear sitting inside the padlocked site.


    “Between me and my partner,

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  9. 5 Questions people ask about plasterboard

    5 Questions about plasterboard Making use of plasterboard for walling and partitions in new houses and developments has become a very popular and cost-effective alternative to using brick and mortar in the last decade.


    Where tradesmen in Perth are well aware of the do’s and don’ts when constructing with plasterboard, there are a lot of DIY enthusiasts that have questions when considering it as part of their renovations or upgrades in and around the house.


    We look at the 5 most asked questions and shed some light on it.


    1: Can I paint straight on to plasterboard?


    A large quantity of houses and homes these days are not plastered internally. Stud partition walls, and often the inner faces of the outside walls are lined with plasterboard,

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  10. The true cost of structural steel

    The true cost of structural steelThe cost of structural steel goes beyond what you pay for it per beam. Aside from the material cost you also need to consider delivery charges, the cost of labour on the building site as well as the placing the beams in the correct positions.


    At Statewide Building Products we aim to reduce the true cost of any building project by working together with you and your trade contractor to:


    • cut and provide only the length of material that you need
    • offer a fixed $45 delivery fee for orders under 2 tonne in the Perth Metro Area


    By working together and cutting the structural steel at our site, prior to delivering it to your building site, not only does it reduce the amount of building product wastage but it also reduces delays in the building schedule.


    Nothing delays a project more that building material arriving on site and then finding out that the structural steel is not up to spec. Most tradesmen would be able to remedy the situation by cutting to spec onsite, but this normally means that they are taking man power from one task and placing it over onto another for that period. Add all those incidents together over the project schedule and it does start eating into your budget and timeframes.


    The benefit of having your reinforcement and structural material ordered with us is that we can align the preparation and delivery schedule with that of your builder or project manager to ensure that the correct amount of material arrives at the right time. Not only does it reduce the changes of increased cost but a tradesman with access to material at the right time, is a happy tradesman.


    It is important to remember that when it comes to anything on a building site that is structural related, it is not a DIY job. You will need a proper team who are familiar with the requirements of the job. The building product you use must be of the best quality available to ensure longevity of your house or commercial building.


    View our range of structural steel products and contact us to discuss your building plans and

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