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Remedial Wall Tie Installation & Replacement

Replacing cavity wall ties with a remedial tying system is a low-cost alternative to rebuilding walls that are suffering from wall tie corrosion. For 30 years wall tie replacement has become the accepted method of solving the problem of cavity tie failure.

Wall tie failure occurs when the ability of the built-in tie-system to secure the façade wall of a building to its structural frame is compromised. Failure may be due to not enough ties having been incorporated into the build or deterioration of the ties as a result of rust and time. 

In the case of wall tie corrosion, the rusting steel generates an expanding build-up of iron oxide layers as the steel erodes. The damage that can be caused by the expanding ties depends on the type of wall tie used in construction.

Terry Evans, Business Development Manager, Thor Helical Australia.  www.thorhelical.com.au

Sydney’s Coastal Regions – Salt Exposure.

If your home or heritage building is located in Sydney’s coastal regions, it’s more than likely suffering from varying degrees of salt damage, particularly if your building is more than 50 years old.

Salt causes deterioration of wall ties and the crumbling of mortar. In older houses and blocks of units over time, wall ties will rust completely. Therefore leaving a cavity wall unsupported and compromising the safety of your home.

Left unattended, salt damage could lead to a collapse of your outer skin of brickwork. Wall ties are installed using the Thor Helical system, which drills wall ties into both the internal and external brickwork. This procedure is quicker to fix and more cost effective for you. 

Premier Pointing are the Approved Installer of Thor Helical Remedial Masonry Repair & Reinforcement Products. We can provide you with the correct assessment necessary to replace or install your remedial ties – and tie them in ourselves!!

If you’d prefer to work with a team of experienced Remedial Wall Tie specialists give us a call today on 0450 942 080 or Get In Touch

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Is your tradesperson ‘Home Owner Warranty’ approved?

There’s no better feeling than being a homeowner, right? You’ve probably put a significant amount of hard work into creating your perfect home. So of course, you’d want to ensure your pride and joy is protected. Especially when it comes to renovation or building time.

Part and parcel of being a homeowner, is enlisting the services of tradespeople. Whether you’re getting that stone wall repointed or you’re finally building that extension – you’ll want to ensure the job is completed at maximum quality and efficiency.  This is where it becomes important for you to have an understanding of the insurances out there, which are designed to protect you and your asset.

Home Owners Warranty (also known as Builders Warranty or Home Building Compensation Fund – HBCF), is an insurance designed to implement the Home Building Act 1989. It protects you, the consumer if you lose your deposit, the tradesperson doesn’t compete the job or it’s defective, they become insolvent, die or disappear.

In 2015, the second highest form of compliant to Fair Trading was jobs left uncompleted. Protect yourself from falling into this statistic by selecting a trade company that is H.O.W approved.

In NSW, Home Owners Warranty must be taken out by your builder and a certificate of insurance must be provided to you if the value of work is over $20,000.00

So, if your next renovation works have just been valued at over $20,000.00 – ask your tradesperson for a Certificate of Insurance, which (if they are already approved) will obtain through iCare HBCF.

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Tips for choosing the ‘Right’ Tradesman…

  1. Before contacting anyone – do your research!

Prior to requesting quotes or contacting repointing companies, conduct a little research of your own – simply give yourself a better understanding of what your building may require and what skills you should expect from your craftsman. Building your knowledge arms you with the right questions to ask when you’re being quoted, and therefore can help you make the right decision when choosing a potential repointing specialist.

  1. Ask, ask, ask?

Ask your craftsman plenty of questions during the quoting process, but remember it’s equally important to ensure you’re asking the right ones. Don’t get too caught up on costings initially, first focus on questions like:

  • What is your licence number? Do you have public liability insurance?
  • What qualifications or expertise do you posses?
  • How long have you and your workers been repointing or tuck pointing?
  • What is your process for removing mortar? What mortar do you use?
  • How will you ensure the site remains clean?

Never hesitate to ask for more detail regarding your quote. If there’s anything on there you don’t understand, it always helps to double check.

  1. Check references and previous work…

Not only should you check your chosen company’s website and gallery, don’t be afraid to ask them for references or addresses of previous work they’ve completed so you can have a look for yourself. All good repointing specialists and tuck pointer experts are proud to show off their work.

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