Hillcrest, Hamilton

7 days ago

How to choose the right Curtain Lining

Robert Anderson from Curtain Clean Hamilton

Windows play a major role in controlling the temperature within a home. During winter it is easy to lose heat, and in summer it is easy to overheat a home if windows are not appropriately covered. Professionally fitted, lined drapery can reduce window heat loss by 40-60% when closed*. Working all … View moreWindows play a major role in controlling the temperature within a home. During winter it is easy to lose heat, and in summer it is easy to overheat a home if windows are not appropriately covered. Professionally fitted, lined drapery can reduce window heat loss by 40-60% when closed*. Working all year round, lined drapery is an important tool in creating a thermal insulation barrier.


Today we look at the advantages, types and options of drapery lining.

There are many advantages to drapery lining:
1. Creation of a thermal insulation layer.
2. Protects soft furnishings from sun damage.
3. Resistance to dust and mildew.
4. Creates a dark room environment (dim or black out).
5. Prolongs the appearance and life of your drapes as lining helps protect the fabric from harmful UV rays.
6. Improves drapability.
7. Stronger acoustic properties with more layers.


NOTE: In a hot climate, lining helps to reduce heat transfer into the room.

TYPES OF DRAPERY LINING

There are several different types of lining which can be chosen based on the requirements of each drapery installation.

THERMAL
One layer (1 Pass) of coated acrylic suede compound is known as thermal lining. It offers the advantages of insulation and energy savings, helping to keep rooms’ warm in the winter and cool in the summer. It is important to understand that a certain amount of light will pass into the room with this construction. As with all quality linings, thermal lining not only protects soft furnishings from fading, they are also treated to resist mildew and enables good drapability.
The manufacturing process of a thermal lining involves a thermal coating being applied directly to the reverse side of the fabric to reduce the amount of harmful ultraviolet light passing through the fabric, whilst increasing the insulation.

BLACKOUT
Three layers (3 Pass) of coated acrylic suede compound is known as ‘blackout’ thermal lining. This process offers the same benefits of thermal lining but also totally eliminates light penetration. Blackout lining naturally minimizes the risk of natural flaws in the fabric from showing through. It also adds body to the fabric and provides a good stable base for roman blinds.
TIP: when drawing your curtains during the day, a blackout lining will ensure the colour of your main drape isn’t saturated/washed out by sunlight.

DIMOUT / TRIPLE WEAVE
Unlike coated linings, a dimout lining is a woven construction which allows a small amount of light to pass through – hence the name ‘dimout’ as opposed to ‘blackout’. It is a popular lining in both commercial and residential applications due to its affordability, washability and noise reduction properties. It has a soft, thick handle which adds fullness to a light weight fabric such as silk and taffeta.
TIP: Darker dimouts achieve a higher degree of light reduction than lighter colours.

INTERLINING
Interlining adds body and fullness to lightweight fabrics such as silk and taffeta. Its composition is typically either a blend of polyester/viscose/cotton or 100% napped cotton. Interlining also improves insulation and acoustic properties of a room through noise reduction and provides extra protection from harmful UV rays. It works as additional padding for headboards and pelmets when used between the face fabric and lining.

SILICONE
Advancements in technology have led to coated lining layers being made of a silicone compound, which creates a soft agile handle and has the added benefit of not eliciting or holding any loose dust as experienced with acrylic suede lining. Silicone backed lining is a coated lining product with three layers of silicone on one side, providing protection from elements such as sun and moisture. This product is also washable, making it easier to maintain, however it cannot be dry-cleaned.

NOTE FOR COATED LININGS:
For both thermal coated and blackout coated linings, the coated side of the fabric must face the glass to maximize UV and mildew resistant properties.
Thermal lining and blackout lining is NOT machine washable, it may be gently hand washed if necessary, drip dried with coated surfaces facing out. Professional cleaning by a specialist is the recommended option.

ATTRIBUTES

FIRE RETARDANT

Linings with fire retardant attributes have either had a treatment applied to the yarn/fabric retrospectively or the fibre/yarns used to produce the fabric have been engineered to possess inherent FR characteristics. FR linings meet all government requirements/standards and are suitable for residential and commercial use.

OEKO-TEX
ENVIRONMENTALLY BETTER - Oeko-Tex Standard 100 is an independent international certification. Linings that carry this certification mean that the fabric is free from harmful substances and safe for people and the environment. For more information visit oeko-tex.com/standard100.

Interested in adding a lining to your existing curtains? We can help with that! Call us on 0800 579 0501 to book in.

7 days ago

Stay warmer this winter with retrofit double glazing

RetroFit Double Glazing - Waikato

Winter's here and are you noticing a lot more dew on your single glazed windows? Check out our video on how we can help you make your home warmer, drier and healthier all year round. Talk to our local team about how we can tailor a double glazing solution for your home. Get your no obligation … View moreWinter's here and are you noticing a lot more dew on your single glazed windows? Check out our video on how we can help you make your home warmer, drier and healthier all year round. Talk to our local team about how we can tailor a double glazing solution for your home. Get your no obligation free measure and quote here or call 0800 658 658.

9 days ago

Poll: Should the Avalon Drive bypass have a 60kmh speed limit?

Libby Wilson Reporter from Hamilton Press

The change - down from 80kmh - is one of several suggested by Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency.
But Hamilton Deputy Mayor Geoff Taylor said it seems "close to failing the common sense test".
Read more here. Do you think the Avalon Drive bypass should have a 60kmh speed limit?

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Should the Avalon Drive bypass have a 60kmh speed limit?
  • 13.6% Yes, it would be safer.
    13.6% Complete
  • 81.1% No, it's meant to help people get through the city quicker.
    81.1% Complete
  • 5.3% Not sure, I need more information.
    5.3% Complete
132 votes
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8 days ago

Plasterer/Painter/Wallpaper hanger wtd

Jane from Gordonton - Puketaha

We have a small patch-up inside (paid) job for a professional.
4 bathroom areas in our house need plastering, hang new wall paper and/or a repaint.
We will supply the paint and wallpaper.
See attached pics. We are on Puketaha Road.
Text if you are interested. Experienced persons only apply please. … View more
We have a small patch-up inside (paid) job for a professional.
4 bathroom areas in our house need plastering, hang new wall paper and/or a repaint.
We will supply the paint and wallpaper.
See attached pics. We are on Puketaha Road.
Text if you are interested. Experienced persons only apply please.
0212282530.
Thank you.

9 days ago

How affordable is travel within NZ?

Lorna Thornber Reporter from Stuff Travel

Hi everyone, I'm Lorna, a Stuff travel reporter. We're doing a story on how affordable travel within NZ is. For those of you who have travelled within the country post-lockdown, we'd like to hear whether you've been able to find suitable flights, accommodation and activities … View moreHi everyone, I'm Lorna, a Stuff travel reporter. We're doing a story on how affordable travel within NZ is. For those of you who have travelled within the country post-lockdown, we'd like to hear whether you've been able to find suitable flights, accommodation and activities within your budget. Do you think accommodation providers and tourism operators are doing enough to entice New Zealanders to explore their backyard? Please let us know in the comments below, your message may be used in our story.

8 days ago

What do you think of this approach to a book on depression?

Libby Wilson Reporter from Hamilton Press

How We Got Happy profiles 20 young Kiwis who have experienced depression, but focuses on how they keep themselves well.

The coffee table book was created by Waikato friends Eve Macfarlane and Jonathan Nabbs, who share their own stories in it.

Read more here. What do you think of this approach to … View more
How We Got Happy profiles 20 young Kiwis who have experienced depression, but focuses on how they keep themselves well.

The coffee table book was created by Waikato friends Eve Macfarlane and Jonathan Nabbs, who share their own stories in it.

Read more here. What do you think of this approach to a book on depression?

If you'd like one, you can buy it here. Proceeds go to the Mental Health Foundation of NZ.

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8 days ago

This week's latest Blueprint

Hamilton Harcourts

View Hamilton Harcourts' latest interactive Blueprint.

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8 days ago

Masport or morrison 18' or 19' body

Nigel from Hamilton East

Not selling.
Am after masport or morrison lawn mower body and drive axles in reasonable condition not to much rust.
Any help appreciated.

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9 days ago

Attitudes toward travel, New Zealand survey respondents needed for my Master's study.

Francene from Hillcrest

Hi, I'm a student completing my Master's degree at The University of Waikato. Due to the lockdown and restrictions, I had to change my project entirely to ensure that I'd be able to complete the project and submit my thesis in Feb 2021.

My project is exploring attitudes towards … View more
Hi, I'm a student completing my Master's degree at The University of Waikato. Due to the lockdown and restrictions, I had to change my project entirely to ensure that I'd be able to complete the project and submit my thesis in Feb 2021.

My project is exploring attitudes towards travel before and after the COVID-19 restrictions. I need people currently in New Zealand or Australian who hold a valid restricted or full licence. The questionnaire takes roughly 15-25 minutes and I really appreciate everyone who participates :)

Thanks in advance, Francene Thomas.
Link below:
waikato.qualtrics.com...

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10 days ago

2020 Volunteer of the Year Award - COMMENDATION

Heather Moore from Volunteering Waikato

Volunteering Waikato would like to congratulate Glenys Wood who received a Commendation in the 2020 Volunteer of the Year Awards.
Glenys started engaging with ethnic women through her job and has continued to support them for 17 years on a voluntary basis. She has the ability to think outside the … View more
Volunteering Waikato would like to congratulate Glenys Wood who received a Commendation in the 2020 Volunteer of the Year Awards.
Glenys started engaging with ethnic women through her job and has continued to support them for 17 years on a voluntary basis. She has the ability to think outside the box and connect with them in ways that allow her to share information and practical skills. Glenys was nominated by Shama Hamilton Ethnic Women's Centre.
Our thanks to the good folk at Smith & McKenzie Steak House who provided a lovely prize. We hope you enjoy your night out Glenys!
Click the READ MORE button to see the announcement of this award!

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10 days ago

2020 Volunteer Excellence Awards - Long Service Award - WINNER!

Heather Moore from Volunteering Waikato

Congratulations to Bill Hill - winner of the 2020 Long Service Award!
In 1956 Bill had a serious accident and was so grateful for the assistance of The Order of St John he decided he would give back to the organisation. He joined in 1977 as a volunteer, and for 42 years has undertaken many roles, … View more
Congratulations to Bill Hill - winner of the 2020 Long Service Award!
In 1956 Bill had a serious accident and was so grateful for the assistance of The Order of St John he decided he would give back to the organisation. He joined in 1977 as a volunteer, and for 42 years has undertaken many roles, the latest being Health Shuttle Driver. Bill loves all people, regardless of age, ethnicity, etc and always treats everyone with respect, caring and friendliness. It is safe to say that any debt Bill felt he owed to St John has been well and truly paid back.
Congratulations Bill! and thanks to Seasons Magazine who have provided Bill's prize.
Click the READ MORE button to see the announcement of this award!

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9 days ago

Are you ready to get Upcycling?

Resene

The Resene Upcycling Awards are coming back this month, the third year in a row! Watch this space and get prepared for the announcement; there are great prizes up for grabs.

Upcycling is the term used for taking a preloved item and transforming it - whether it's for a new purpose … View more
The Resene Upcycling Awards are coming back this month, the third year in a row! Watch this space and get prepared for the announcement; there are great prizes up for grabs.

Upcycling is the term used for taking a preloved item and transforming it - whether it's for a new purpose altogether, or just to give it an ‘extreme makeover'. Consider using the school holidays to get Upcycling with the smaller members of your household - or use the next rainy day to drag out the paint and your creativity!

In the meantime, check out some of the creative cookies from last year.
Pick your paints

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9 days ago

Ayurvedic Cooking Workshop

Dr Rachna Kumar from Ayuspa: Ayurveda, Beauty & Well-being

Are you keen to learn about Ayurveda, spices, their effect and get the skills to cook a holistic vegetarian meal for the whole family?
If you are interested, make a reservation today.

Date: Saturday 11th July 2020.
Venue: Ayuspa 26 Bates Road Tamahere Hamilton
Time: 10 am to 2 pm
Cost $80, bring a… View more
Are you keen to learn about Ayurveda, spices, their effect and get the skills to cook a holistic vegetarian meal for the whole family?
If you are interested, make a reservation today.

Date: Saturday 11th July 2020.
Venue: Ayuspa 26 Bates Road Tamahere Hamilton
Time: 10 am to 2 pm
Cost $80, bring a friend/daughter/mother and get $10 off
Contact: Ayuspa 0272802472 or rk@ayuspa.co.nz

Workshop includes
Basic Understanding of Ayurveda
You will learn the art of making delicious though simple Ayurvedic balanced meal.
Importance of healthy food consumption.
All ingredients
Cooking three-course meal
Cooking demonstration and explanation
Meal together
Take away lots of fun and a new skill.
www.ayuspa.co.nz...

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9 days ago

Can you imagine having more than 30 operations?

Libby Wilson Reporter from Hamilton Press

Hamilton woman Melody Johnston has stopped counting - but she needs two more surgeries to save her life.

The 25-year-old is in renal failure but needs weight loss surgery to fit the criteria for a lifesaving kidney transplant.

Read more here. Johnston's family has set up a Givealittle pageView more
Hamilton woman Melody Johnston has stopped counting - but she needs two more surgeries to save her life.

The 25-year-old is in renal failure but needs weight loss surgery to fit the criteria for a lifesaving kidney transplant.

Read more here. Johnston's family has set up a Givealittle page to help fund the surgery.
Can you imagine having more than 30 operations?

9 days ago

Can you imagine having more than 30 operations?

Libby Wilson Reporter from Hamilton Press

Hamilton woman Melody Johnston has stopped counting - but she needs two more surgeries to save her life.

The 25-year-old is in renal failure but needs weight loss surgery to fit the criteria for a lifesaving kidney transplant.

Read more here. Johnston's family has set up a Givealittle pageView more
Hamilton woman Melody Johnston has stopped counting - but she needs two more surgeries to save her life.

The 25-year-old is in renal failure but needs weight loss surgery to fit the criteria for a lifesaving kidney transplant.

Read more here. Johnston's family has set up a Givealittle page to help fund the surgery.
Can you imagine having more than 30 operations?

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