2017 Patio Highlights

 

Altec’s 2017 Patio Highlights

 
Altec is a leading provider of patios and carports in Queensland. Whether we’re building a patio from the ground up or making alterations to an existing structure, you can trust our team to bring your design to life.
 
To see what 40 years’ experience in patio design and construction looks like, these are some of the most innovative projects we completed in 2017.
 

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Burleigh Waters

Fitted with black timber flooring and a glass fence, this patio’s contemporary design matches up perfectly with the property’s existing structure. The heat-deflective flyover design and Coolspan roofing helps combat South East Queensland’s hot weather while allowing for plenty of airflow.

 

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Bridgeman Downs

This standalone, heat-deflective spa cover demonstrates our ability to design any outdoor structure you need. Featuring Smoothtec roofing, it protects the spa from the elements without taking away the area’s breezy, outdoorsy feel.

 

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Stafford

Featuring another heat-deflective flyover design, this patio/pool cover’s Coolspan roofing provides a shady oasis in an otherwise exposed pool area. Offering an ideal hiding place from the sun on hot summer days, it makes the entire outdoor area more inviting.

 

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Wakerley

Perfect for outdoor entertaining, this lowset Merbau deck features a combination of both shaded and open-air sections. Designed to blend in seamlessly with the main part of the house, the heat-deflective flyover ceiling is fitted with fans and lights for increased comfort and convenience.

 

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Chapel Hill

With its insulated gable cover and long narrow design, this highset Merbau deck transformed the property’s outdoor area into an alfresco dining oasis. The roof’s insulation makes it cooler in summer and warmer in winter.

 

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Mt Warren Park

If you’re trying to make the most of your property’s surroundings, this deck is a great source of inspiration. The insulated cover and open-air, highset Merbau design shelters the area without obstructing its view, giving the deck a distinctive floating appearance.

Feeling inspired to build your own patio, deck, carport or custom cover? Get in touch with Altec to book a free design consultation today.
 

The Benefits of Insulated Patio Roofing

 

Want to enjoy your outdoor living lifestyle all year round? Designed to keep your patio warm in winter and cool in summer, Altec’s insulated roofing works by creating a barrier between your patio and the elements. It can block the icy bite of a cold breeze, and keep intense heat at bay on hot days.

If you’re not convinced you really need insulated roofing, don’t make up your mind until you know all the benefits.

 

Easy Climate Control

It might be known as a tropical paradise, but South East Queensland isn’t immune to less-than-ideal weather conditions. From relentless heatwaves to sudden cold snaps, this part of the Sunshine State is prone to extreme weather events.

Insulated roofing acts like a force field against bad weather, so you don’t have to go running indoors at the first sign of extreme temperatures.

 

Energy Savings

If you never seem to turn off your outdoor area’s overhead fan during summer, insulating your patio’s roof could make a huge difference to your power bills. The same goes for using portable heaters during winter; rather than relying on electricity-guzzling appliances to keep your outdoor area at a comfortable temperature, insulated roofing is designed to do the heavy lifting for you.
With skyrocketing energy costs to contend with, covering up your outdoor area with an insulated roof is a cost-effective way to knock a few hundred dollars off your next power bill.

 

Termite Protection

A termite infestation is every homeowner’s worst nightmare. Depending on how far the infestation has spread, getting rid of these pesky critters can be expensive. You may have to relocate while the extermination process takes place, or even rebuild parts of your home.

To safeguard your house against pests, Altec uses ant- and termite-resistant insulation. Installing this type of insulation will add an extra layer of protection to your home, so you can have peace of mind knowing tiny bugs aren’t eating through your property’s foundations.

 

The Aesthetic

An insulated roof can work wonders for the look of your outdoor area, in addition to making it more comfortable. Altec’s insulated roofing comes in a range of colours and finishes, allowing you to easily find a style that blends in with your home’s exterior.

If you’d like to learn more about Altec’s insulated roofing options, get in touch with our team today. Whether you’re thinking of adding a roof to an existing patio or you’re building a brand new outdoor area, Altec can help you choose the perfect roofing solution.

 

Altec at the Brisbane Home Show

 
If you’re planning an outdoor renovation project, be sure to visit Altec at this year’s Brisbane Home Show. You can see our state-of-the-art designs and talk to our experienced team about building your very own custom outdoor enclosure. No matter what kind of structure you’re thinking of adding to your property, Altec can offer expert advice on a wide range of outdoor solutions, including carports, patios, decks and privacy screens.
  
The 2018 Brisbane Home Show will be held 23 - 25 February at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre. Open from 9am – 5pm daily, it’s the ultimate event for anyone in search of inspiration for a home renovation.
  
As one of South East Queensland’s most trusted suppliers of outdoor structures, Altec knows what it takes to withstand tough weather conditions. We can help you choose the right type of enclosure based on the shape and size of your property, its exposure to the elements and the kind of aesthetic you’re trying to create.
  
If you’re not sure where to begin when it comes to building or renovating an outdoor area, Altec can bring your ideas to life. We specialise in creating spaces that transition seamlessly between indoor and outdoor areas, ensuring any new structure we build blends in with your home’s existing design features.
  
When it comes to renovating the outside of your home, speaking with a professional is the best way to ensure a stress-free build. Whether you’re looking to lock down a colour scheme or you’re having trouble deciding which materials to use, our expert design consultants can make sure you get every detail right.
  
Don’t wait any longer to start living your dream alfresco lifestyle - book your tickets to the Brisbane Home Show online today.
 

How to Maximise the Lifespan of Your Carport or Patio’s Roof

 

From hail storms to pouring rain, the roof of your patio or carport has a lot to contend with. No matter how well-designed your outdoor structure is, even the strongest materials become vulnerable to wear and tear after years of exposure to South East Queensland’s harsh climate.

If you’re hoping to avoid a costly repair bill, these are some of the steps you can take to maximise the lifespan of your carport or patio’s roof:

 

Check for Damage

Even if the roof of your outdoor area looks fine from below, you never know what kind of damage could be lurking out of sight. Try to inspect the roof of your patio or carport at least once a month, and after every bad storm.

Not sure what to look for? Loose shingles and slightly raised panels are susceptible to powerful winds, while small dimples are a typical result of hail damage. Anything that looks out of the ordinary could indicate trouble.
Clear Gutters and Downpipes

Without a proper drainage system, heavy rain can wreak havoc on outdoor structures. Clearing away soggy leaves may be a bothersome job, but it’s got to be done if you want the roof of your carport or patio to survive the wet season intact.

Gutters and downpipes form an integral part of your outdoor area’s structural integrity. Failing to clean them regularly can result in water damage when it rains, and fire hazards during dry spells. Clogged up pipes can also attract rodents and other creepy crawlies.

 

Don’t Forget to Clean

Even if your carport or patio is structurally sound, failing to clean its roof regularly can bring down your home’s whole aesthetic. You’d never let your floors or kitchen benches get covered in a thick layer of dust and cobwebs, so why neglect your outdoor area?

Use these cleaning tips to keep the roof of your patio or carport looking fresh:

  •   Get rid of algae by hosing down your roof (just be careful not to slip over or fall off your ladder, and avoid high-pressure water as this may damage your roofing materials)
  •   Use a broom with a telescopic handle to brush away cobwebs
  •   Trim back tree branches to prevent debris from building up.

Roof maintenance can be a hazardous task for amateurs. If you’re not sure what you’re doing, call in Altec to get the job done properly.

 

 

Decorating Your Outdoor Area for Christmas

Decorating Your Outdoor Area for Christmas

Christmas is just around the corner and it’s time to dust off your decorations and start prepping your home for the holidays. To make the outside of your house look extra festive this year, Altec can help you bring a touch of Christmas cheer to your patio.

Whether you’re planning to go wild with Christmas lights or you want to create a more subtle effect, get the look you want with these outdoor decorating tips:

 

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Get Creative with Christmas Lights

There’s nothing wrong with adding a few fairy lights to your patio and calling it a day – but if you really want to make your home stand out, don’t be afraid to get creative with your Christmas lighting scheme.

Here are some cool things you can do with Christmas lights in your outdoor area:

• Wrap foliage in fairy lights – From towering trees to tiny pot plants, any type of greenery will look festive once it’s been bound with twinkling fairy lights.

• Highlight windows and doors – Tracing the outside edges of windows and doors in rope lights will make your home look like a glowing gingerbread house.

• Hang glowing wreaths – Make your Christmas wreath look even more festive by fitting it with a few fairy lights.

To keep your patio free of electrical hazards, always check the Christmas lights you’re planning to install on your patio are suitable for outdoor use. Read the instruction manual carefully and make sure none of your electrical leads are damaged.

 

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Create Ambience with Christmas Candles

If you prefer a soft glow to flashing fairy lights, give your outdoor area a beautifully festive vibe by placing a few candles around your patio. Keep in mind candles can create a fire hazard when left unattended, and you should always extinguish them before heading indoors.

Create the perfect setting for an alfresco Christmas dinner by placing clusters of chunky candles on and around your outdoor dining table. Securing your candles inside cylinder shaped glass vases will make them harder to knock over, minimising the risk of fire damage.

 

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Embellish Store-Bought Decorations

Not much of a DIYer? If you still want to add personal details to your outdoor Christmas decorations, simply alter store-bought items. Add a few homemade details to your wreath by decorating it with foliage from your own garden, or tie old ribbons around store-bought reindeer figurines.

Rather than trying to become a master of Christmas arts and crafts overnight, these simple embellishments can save you tons of time and effort.

Once you’ve got your outdoor Christmas decorations set up, you can start celebrating the festive season in style. Of course, Christmastime in South East Queensland can get pretty hot and humid. To keep you outdoor area cool this Christmas, we can offer handy tips on shielding your patio from soaring temperatures in our blog post on Technology to Improve Your Outdoor Living.

 

Spring Cleaning - Getting Your Outdoor Area Ready for Spring

 

Now that winter is done and dusted for another year, it’s time to start getting your outdoor area ready for spring. After months of enduring damp weather and less frequent use, your patio or deck may be looking a little worse for wear – but giving it a quick makeover doesn’t have to be a daunting task. Here’s how to make spring-cleaning your outdoor area as painless as possible.

 

De-Grime the Floor

Dust and dirt can build up in your outdoor spaces over winter, especially if you live near the beach or in a busy urban area. Getting rid of this layer of grime as soon as the weather starts warming up is essential to making the most of your patio during spring.
 
Begin by clearing all your outdoor furniture out of the way. Sweep up any dead leaves and neglected pot plants, and then mop the floor using a gentle detergent. You might need to bring in a gurney to get rid of the worst of the grime. Make sure the cleaning products you’re planning to use won’t damage your patio’s flooring materials by checking labels and spot-testing prior to use.

 

Wash Wooden Furniture

Scrubbing wooden furniture with a soft brush and mild soap can remove any mildew that may have set in over winter (add bleach or vinegar to shift stubborn stains). Once you’re done, wiping a generous layer of wood polish over each piece of furniture can help add extra shine. To prevent your hard work from going to waste, make sure you allow the wood polish to dry completely before placing it outdoors again.

 

Freshen Up Outdoor Cushions

Forgot to bring your cushions indoors during winter? Everyone loves a good cushion in their outdoor area, but these decorative features don’t fare so well in cold and damp conditions. To banish the last of those drab winter tones, putting any mouldy cushions through the wash can make a huge difference to the appearance of your patio.
 
If winter has done serious damage to your cushions and they’re too far gone to save, give your patio an instant makeover by buying some new ones. Scattering cushions with pretty patterns and bright colours around your outdoor area is a great way to welcome the arrival of spring.

 

Make Time for Repairs

Whether your patio came off second best in a bad winter storm or is simply starting to show signs of wear and tear, this is the perfect time of year to do repairs. From minor adjustments to complete structural overhauls, repairing faults can make sure your space is both comfortable to entertain in and strong enough to withstand the upcoming storm season.
 
Now that you know how to prepare your patio for the arrival of alfresco living season, check out our gardening tips for spring.

 

How To Keep Your Patio Or Deck Warm In Winter

 

Outdoor spaces are only for summer, right? Wrong! It doesn’t take a lot of effort to ensure your patio or deck can be used all year round, rather than just when the weather is warm.

 
 

Choose the right heater

Choose the right heater

A high-quality outdoor heater can make a huge difference to your space. There are a variety of heater types you can use, including standing electric heaters, radiant heaters mounted on the wall or ceiling, gas-powered patio heaters, or even outdoor wood heaters. The heater you choose may depend on factors like the size of your patio or deck, how open it is to the elements, your access to power or how your seating is arranged.

 
 

Rugs and pillows

Throw rugs and pillows

Blankets and pillows can cosy up even the coolest spot. Perfect for an autumn evening spent catching up with friends over a barbecue, the right pieces don’t just offer a nice way to beat the chill – they can also add to your outdoor décor. If your space is quite exposed and you’re worried about your blankets and pillows being ruined, we recommend keeping them indoors. Simply bring them out when you want to use your patio or deck.

 
 

Wind Blocking

Wind blocking

Wind-chill is a major issue for many outdoor areas. If you find your patio or deck has the wind whistling through it during the cooler months of the year, consider adding a barrier to make your space more comfortable. Wind blocks can be created in several different ways, so it comes down to how much you’re willing to spend. Consider options like:

  • Blinds
  •   Louvres
  •   Slats
  •   Floating glass walls
  •   Retractable awnings
  •   Plant life
  •   Full or semi-enclosure.

 
 

Let there be light

Let the light in

Or, more accurately, the heat. If you can invite sunlight into your space without opening it up to the wind, you can help keep your area warm and inviting on even the chilliest day. Skylight domes or panels in your roofing can help with lighting and warmth, so your patio or deck stays bright and comfy all year round.

 
 

Insulated Roofing

Insulated roofing

Insulation is like a thermos for your home. It can help keep the air at your preferred temperature, whether that’s warm or cool. Insulated roofing works well on its own, but pairing it with any of the options above is a great way to maximise the effectiveness of your heater or warmth from the sun.

As a nation that loves the outdoors, it seems a shame to wait for the perfect weather to enjoy it! Whether you choose to curl up in a woolly blanket or find the perfect outdoor heater, you’ll thank yourself for winter-proofing your patio or deck this year.

Want more information on patio screens or enclosures? Contact our expert team online or by calling 1800 503 682 today!

 

 

Getting Council Approvals For Your Patios, Decks and Carports

 

The council approvals process can be tricky and time-consuming. From knowing which council to get your permits from, to making sure you’re filling in the right forms, there are all sorts of steps involved – and each one has its own elements that can go pear-shaped.

We’ve been doing this for a long time, so we know how best to get things done. Here are our tips for getting through the council approval process quickly and easily.
 

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The basic steps:

 

  • •  Zoning (check with local authority)

 

  • •  Determining which permits (if any) you need

 

  • •  Drafting and Engineering

 

  • •  Applications and fees

 

  • •  Waiting for approval!

 

Each of these steps can be quite time-consuming, and occasionally be difficult to manage. This is particularly true if your home has any special local authority limitations regarding trees, protected species or specific building envelopes.

Council approvals can be complex and stressful. Choosing the right builder can minimise the hassle, as they will either handle the process for you, or guide you through what you need to do – and when it should be done by.

At Altec, we happily handle all council approvals for our customers at no extra costs outside the application fees.

For more information on council approvals for your home extension, visit our page on council approvals, or simply contact our friendly team on
1800 503 682.

 

 

We’re Not Trying To Be The Cheapest

 

It might sound crazy to admit this, but we aren’t trying to be the cheapest patio builders in Brisbane and South-East Queensland. Why? It all comes back to our core beliefs. These main values that we stick to are what set us apart from the rest and keep us as the #1 Patio builder in Queensland.

 

Quality Products 

Quality products

We want the best results, and to get the best results you have to use the best products. Quality materials and reputable brands are essential to achieving amazing home extensions, and that’s something we believe in.

 

Excellence in Design and Construction

Excellence in design and construction

Our dedication to excellence in both design and construction is central to what we do. We don’t believe in just throwing up a structure as fast as possible – we prefer to plan it with you to ensure you end up with an end result that every member of the family loves.

 

Genuine Value for Money 

Genuine value for money

What does ‘value for money’ mean to us? It means you get an asset for your home, one that adds dollars to your property value and will stand the test of time. No one wants a patio cover or carport that has to be replaced in 5 years. We deliver a hardy, durable product that can be enjoyed for years to come.

 

Genuine Value for Money 

Stress-free projects

Spending hours on the phone trying to coordinate a project isn’t our idea of fun, so why would we make our customers go through that? Our experienced designers and builders work with you to ensure a smooth build from start to finish, so you can kick back and relax as your new extension is built.

Sure, it might be odd to proudly proclaim we aren’t trying to be the cheapest option in the market. But we stand by our values and will continue to deliver the extremely high standard of patios, carports, decks and enclosures that we have been creating for more than 40 years now.

If you would like to find out more about what Altec can offer you, request a free consultation today!

 

Ideas for an Alfresco Dining Area at Home

 

Sick of running the air conditioner all day, every day during summer? Switch off and ditch the indoors for a stunning alfresco space that will make everyone glad to head outside and enjoy the breeze.

If you’re stuck for inspiration, check out some of our favourite outdoor dining areas!

 


 

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Furnish your space well

The right furniture will have your alfresco dining area looking great and feeling comfortable. Make sure you have enough seating options to cover the standard number of people you have over for outdoor gatherings.

 


 

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Go beyond the paper plates and plastic cups

While the most noticeable elements of an outdoor space make a big difference, sometimes the little things can have the biggest impact. Dress up your dining space to reflect the occasion with sophisticated glassware and china.

 


 

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Sometimes simple just works

You don’t have to deck out your patio to create a comfortable and inviting alfresco experience. Stick to the basics, and let good company and quality chats set the scene.

 


 

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Photographer: Greg Hocking

Use your space well

Sometimes more is more – if you have the room and the resources, going all out and creating a functional outdoor kitchen can add heaps of value to your home (and to your lifestyle!).

 


 

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Keep it light

You’re bound to use your alfresco dining area when the weather is at its warmest. Make the space light and bright, and invite breezes in with louvre-style features and built-in ceiling fans.

 


 

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Equip your area

If you’re a regular party host, you’ll already know what you need to make sure everyone has a good time. Whether it’s a bar fridge, an esky, or cocktail-style tables, personalise the space for your alfresco needs.

Whether you prefer a minimalist look or you’re planning out where the built-in double barbeque will sit, an alfresco dining area is the perfect place to enjoy the weather and make memories.

Stuck on getting your space sorted for the hottest months of the year? Make sure you check out our post on how to prep your patio for summer before you get started.

 

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