TILE INSTALLATION GUIDE

A ceramic tile will outperform and outlast nearly any other floor covering product created for the same application.

Here at constructionweb, I lead you to the choice of tiles to layout and grouting. 

When it comes the selection of tiles, A lot comes into play this includes; 

SELECTION OF TILES 

  • Material –  Tile materials are porcelain, ceramic, brick, marble, laminate, slate, mosaic and vinyl. All these materials are available in many colours and price ranges.
  • Installation – Rooms such as the living room and kitchen require tough tiles that will last for long. Kids bedroom require tiles that will stand up to abrasion and heavy use as well. 
  •  Durability – While some tiles are resistant to wear and tear, some other options such as granite and marble may be prone to cracks and staining. Before tile selection, carefully consider the foot traffic in the intended area of installation
  • Resistance to water– In areas of installation such as the kitchen and bathroom floors, some of the better options for tiles are materials such as marble, granite, mosaic or ceramic. However, you must also remember that the smooth finish on marble and granite can increase the chances slipping. Slip resistant tiles are the best option. 

Hardwood and laminate are not good choices for the kitchen or bathroom 

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  • Resistance to chemicals –  Slates are hardy  tiles and the best choice for areas with chemical handling 
  • Maintenance– The ease of cleaning or maintenance should be put into consideration, Ceramic tile is long-lasting and relatively easy to maintain. Glazed ceramic tile is generally resistant to stains, water, fire and dirt, and can be cleaned up with a damp mop or sponge and common household cleaners.  Unglazed porcelain tile is popular for its natural look and chameleon properties, it is slightly more difficult to maintain and requires extra sweeping and damp mopping to prevent staining.
  • Pricing – Well, the price should be in your budget 
  • Availability – In case of tile breakage long after installation,  A similar tile should be readily available at the local depots 

GROUT 

Grout simply is a sealant used to lock the tiles tight, keeping water out and bonding the tiles together preventing the edges from chipping and cracking. Grout helps in controlling the functionality and durability of tiles and plays a major role in the day-to-day maintenance and the overall longevity of your tiles.

There are three methods when it comes to choosing the most suitable grout :

  • Matching grout
    Matching the grout colour to the tile colour makes the grout lines less noticeable and therefore the tile itself is accented. This is the best option if you have over-the-top beautiful tiles with a basic layout. 
  • Contrasting grout
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    A conflicting grout colour and tile colour will emphasize both the design and layout of the tiles, rather than the tile itself. Grout is a whole other design decision, therefore, gives it the consideration it deserves.

  • Neutral grout
    A neutral grout produces an appearance somewhere in between matching and contrast. Guess who lacked a clear explanation of this 

    EXTRA TILE TIPS

  • When dealing with mismatched tiling, don't vary the size, shape or colour palette and vice versa — always have a single consistent feature.
  • Though tile is durable and long-lasting, you may need to replace broken floor tiles occasionally. If you didn't save spares from the initial installation, there are a few options.

Thank you for reading, Do have a great day ahead

 

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Why Kenyans Needs to invest in solar energy

Last night Kenya and Uganda were plunged into darkness following a blackout in major towns. The power outage comes months after a similar blackout was experienced in Kenya but this time Kenya went down with Uganda.  Kenya power and The utility firm in Uganda confirmed on their twitter. 

It just about the time we invest in solar farming and other sources of renewable energy, I thought should highlight the benefits of solar energy because it is readily available. 

READ: SMART FLOWER SOLAR PANELS

There are many reasons why you should go solar, but improving the environment and cutting energy costs are the most common. Whether your motivations for going solar are economic, environmental, or personal here is why you should go solar. 

  • Reduce your electric bills 
  • Increase your property value – Realtors whose homes are fully equipped with solar systems are rated highly in the price tags 
  • Protect the environment – Solar is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint. The burning of fossil fuels releases harmful toxins into the earth’s atmosphere, and drilling for geothermal energy could lead to earthquakes. However, one of the most important benefits of solar energy is that it does not harm the earth.
  • Sustainability – The sun generates 10,000 times more energy than the earth needs annually and using this energy does not affect the performance of the sun therefore solar energy is a clean source of energy that has a much lower environmental impact than conventional energy technologies.
  • Finally, One of the benefits of solar energy that many people appreciate the most is that it is available off the national grid. In other words, people can become self-sufficient and enjoy all of the power they need for their homes and businesses and avoid all this mess of national blackouts.  

Always remember technology does not cost money it saves money. 

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The state of the Real Estates

There has been an unending debate this year about mushrooming malls all over Kenya, Nairobi to be specific. Today, there are more than 15 malls under construction, Others are undergoing renovations in a struggle to attract footfall.

Currently, there are 57 malls and the number will increase to over 70 malls in 2018. In the recent past, Nairobi has seen malls such as Garden City, TRM, The Hub, and new ones are lined up. The new ones are Two Rivers and Riviera Malls on Limuru Road, Capital Centre, Greenspan, T-Mall and Kiambu Mall.  

The retail market in Kenya has experienced increased supply and is currently estimated to be in surplus. Also, the office market is adversely affected, a significant number of office buildings in key office nodes of Upper Hill and Westlands have very low occupancy rates.

Although land in Upper Hill area remained the most highly valued with an acre going for Kshs.521 million and Ruaka the most expensive satellite town at Kshs.68.3 million an acre, the sector experienced a marginal decline in prices as demand in some suburbs fell due to oversupply.

The demand for offices spaces is usually driven by the growth of the services sector. The major players in the services sector include Government, Financial institutions, Professionals firms and NGO’s. Kenya’s real estate market operates in a weird cycle, It starts and ends after every general election.

Over the last decade, Kenya has experienced a real estate boom with prices rising rapidly amid high demand from both long-term investors and speculators, a 1-3 bedroomed apartment skyrocketed from Kshs. 5 million to Ksh 13 million. Interestingly, most of the houses are not standalone units with own compounds but high-rise apartments.This means developers are maximally using land as they seek to reap big from their investments.

The Onset of the current condition in the industry dates back in 2006 when then President Mwai Kibaki commissioned the expansion major roads across Nairobi in an effort to ease traffic congestion in the city. Thika road for instance.

But news of a property doubling or tripling in price always attracts speculators. So, within no time people hurriedly pumped money into acres of land hoping to sell them at higher prices. By 2010, everyone in Nairobi was a real estate investor.

Infrastructure developments, specifical improvements on the road network around the city, have also helped in opening up satellite towns and raising the values of land and homes, which could diffuse the rapid price increments in Nairobi. The most recent case being syokimau, where the newly Nairobi Standard gauge railway terminus was launched. Investors are advertising their land “four hours to the beach”. The pricing is ridiculous as we speak 

Fast forward 2017  land and apartment prices have gone overboard, Affordable housing is long forgotten. Prices are rapidly rising across Kenya as more developers join the sector, it is in the capital that prices have increased sharply ensuring that houses remain out of reach of the average working Kenyan

An acre of land in Karen, which was selling at Sh3.5 million had by then topped Sh20 million and a similar piece of land in Runda had hit the Sh40 million markup from Sh4.5 million in 2005. Today an acre of land in Karen has risen to Sh 70 million and an acre in Runda is now selling at Sh 100 million.The pricing disconnect could be evidence that home prices are overly inflated, a situation made worse by the swelling land prices.

Lack of affordable housing has led overpopulation  in Slums. With about 2.5 million people living in 200 settlements in Nairobi, the slums contain 60 percent of the city’s population, anybody good at maths will tell you over 1.5 million people live in slums.

Slum houses are built with wood, tin, galvanized iron sheets, and latticed wood strips. With limited space, tenants often sleep on the floors. The large population and little space make the cramped feeling of the Kenyan slums unimaginable, but I won’t deviate anymore it is a story for another day, back to The state of the real estate, I think that  Kenyan property prices have exceeded their elastic limits and this can only result in one consequence; recession. An  Economic recession is oncoming.

Current property owners will certainly not realize full returns on their investments. Let me break it down how, The rapid increase in value and prices of property to levels that are unaffordable by the population results to lower demand for property, then prices declining tremendously. This is by far the most I can remember from my business education in high school.

The real estate bubble has bursted!

So what? I hear you ask.

People borrowed heavily at high interests from banks to buy homes. Most investors ditched other economic activities and invested in real estate which promised high returns. Oversupply and loans default eventually brought these investments tumbling down.When the property bubble bursts, it usually affects a country’s economy particularly banks, mortgage firms and insurance companies.

Companies are downsizing and closing down some branches, this coupled up with the capping interest rates by the government has forced banks to retrench some of its workers.

This condition of overplus office spaces,  malls and ridiculous pricing of apartments is not permanent, of course, there has to be a market price correction and a law to cushion the ever inflated prices.

Investors need to be advised to venture into other sectors like manufacturing and agriculture to diversify,   Build factories and not malls and lots of office space.

On a lighter note, how comes speculators haven’t pulled out of the real estate business like the quail busine

 

 

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