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Aug
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awarded  Tumbleweed
Aug
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comment How useful is double-glazed glass for sound and heat insulation in a semi-tropical climate?
Thanks, Ben, that's helpful. I'll check and see if I can find similar information locally. Manufacturer ssociations, when they exist, can be useful to avoid being ripped off.
Aug
20
asked How useful is double-glazed glass for sound and heat insulation in a semi-tropical climate?
Aug
17
comment What is a reasonable expectation of decibel reduction when sound proofing?
@RobP. Sounds nasty. I'm sorry about that.
Aug
17
comment The best kind of tiles for using on floor and walls
Hi Jack. Well, the general concensus online was that because vitrified tiles were synthetic, they were more impervious to stains, and also were structurally uniform. Plus, where I am at least, natural stone tiles are extremely unpopular, so there is little by way of choice. In any case, the result looks Ok. Whether it is, time will tell. Thanks for your good wishes.
Aug
16
comment The best kind of tiles for using on floor and walls
Thanks for the feedback, Jack. This question was posted some time ago. After much consideration I went with vitrified tiles for the floor, and ceramic for the walls. I quite like granite, and was thinking about it for the floor, but it seems to have various problems, including possible structural weakness, and being porus and absorbent. I suppose these tiles just need the grout lines sealed, which means the spaces between the tiles, right?
Aug
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asked Waterproofing dome
Aug
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comment What is a reasonable expectation of decibel reduction when sound proofing?
Any update on this? It's been a couple of years.
Aug
13
accepted Should I paint wood in a roof that is not directly exposed to the outside?
Aug
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accepted Should I choose PVC or aluminium window frames in a hot, humid climate?
Jun
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comment Should I choose PVC or aluminium window frames in a hot, humid climate?
Thanks for your comment. Is the cost difference between PVC and aluminium significant where you are? I don't think that would be an issue here, but is PVC cheaper where you are, and if so by how much? Also, is having a thermal break in the aluminium standard practice, and how much does it add to the cost? Kurt also mentioned the possibility of a thermal break.
Jun
13
comment Should I choose PVC or aluminium window frames in a hot, humid climate?
Is it possible to have a hybrid type setup, by say coating the aluminium with something? Alternatively, the WP article on anodized aluminium says "Anodized coatings have a much lower thermal conductivity and coefficient of linear expansion than aluminium."
Jun
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awarded  Commentator
Jun
13
comment Should I choose PVC or aluminium window frames in a hot, humid climate?
How big an issue is the greater conductivity of aluminium vs the lesser conductivity of PVC in practice? Does it make a big difference if the window frame is exposed to direct sunlight?
Jun
12
comment Should I choose PVC or aluminium window frames in a hot, humid climate?
Thanks for the helpful reply, Kurt.
Jun
12
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Jun
12
asked Should I choose PVC or aluminium window frames in a hot, humid climate?
May
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awarded  Editor
May
13
comment The best kind of tiles for using on floor and walls
@Aaron My bad. I didn't explicitly ask a question. I've now edited my post to ask it explicitly. if it is too vague, please say so, and feel free to suggest a better formulation.
May
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