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There is often a great deal of confusion between expanded (EPS) and extruded polystyrene(XPS), with many people assuming they are essentially the same, but in fact expanded and extruded polystyrene are very different products.

Firstly there is the manufacturing procedure involved in creating the product. Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) is made using small expandable beads that inflate with heat, and then are placed into a mould, where they expand to fit the shape. The expanded beads trap air, which gives expanded polystyrene its insulation properties, but also leaves it venerable to water absorption, reducing the insulations effectiveness over time.

Extruded Polystyrene (XPS) is made by mixing polystyrene pellets with chemicals that liquefy the pellets. A blowing agent is then injected into the mixture, forming billions of miniature air pockets. This frothing mixture is then pushed through a shaping die to give the required size and minimise wastage. Once cooled the boards can be further shaped and wastage returned into the manufacturing process.

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Foamular Extruded Polystyrene Insulation helps to reduce heat loss and lower operating costs for floor heating systems.

Placed below ground around the edge and under the concrete floor slab, Foamular creates a thermal barrier to minimise heat loss, lowering operating costs and reducing energy demand.

Being a closed cell extruded product - Foamular will not rot or decompose in below grade applications.

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Are you searching for an effective way to update the outside of your home or to complete your new home? Want something that doesn't require too much in terms of maintenance?  Stone cladding is the perfect solution for you. Stone Cladding is a great way to create interesting, unique and beautiful facades and this is the reason it is so popular. You'd be surprised in how you can use Stone Cladding to really jazz up your home's exterior. CraftStone comes in varying colours and textures to suit any design.

CraftStone is suitable for both interior and exterior applications, including feature walls, fireplaces, chimneys, columns, pillars, retaining walls, water features and around pools. The installation cost of laying CraftStone is often less than half the cost of laying natural stone. Colour-fast and virtually maintenance free, all CraftStone products come with a 25 year limited warranty. For more information pleasevisit our website or contact us.

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The Dr Chau Chak Wing UTS building used Foamular Extruded Polystyrene in its recently completed construction. Regularly said to resemble a crumpled paper bag it is the first building in Australia designed by world acclaimed Architect Frank Gehry. The building was named after Australian-Chinese business leader, Dr Chau Chak Wing, who donated $20 million to the construction of the building.

Foamular Extruded Polystyrene was chosen as insulation for the buildings Plaza Decks, due to its ability to support high loads whilst providing outstanding energy efficiency, as well as Foamular's higher R-values saving energy now and well into the future. Foamular maintains its physical and thermal properties for a warranted 20 years with a 50 year plus life cycle. Foamular Extruded Polystyrene is ideal for many areas of commercial, residential and civil construction. It is CFC free, has high strength, high R values and is virtually 100% moisture resistant.

For more information visit Foamular or call 02 9831 1623

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A recently built new home on the Central Coast of NSW at Buff Point, designed and project managed by Harris Building Design Services, entered into the Building Designer Australia 2014 Design Awards and became a finalist in two categories. The original home had issues with Mines Subsidence, Flood Prone Land and High Water Table. The new home is a single storey elevated custom designed home with four bedrooms, two bathroom and double garage. The home owner selected Duratuff Select Vinyl Cladding in the colour Soft Maple for its 50 year warranty, thermal properties and low maintenance product . Additionally chosen was 30mm insulation on the back of the cladding to help keep the home cool in summer and warm in winter.   Duratuff is available in a range of profiles, 10 Standard Colours and 2 vibrant options from the "Colourscapes" collection.

Austech's range of Duratuff Select Vinyl Cladding makes an appealing, economical, attractive choice to home owners and businesses alike. Visit Austech today to find out more or simply make an enquiry.

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