Monday, 17 December 2012

Roller Shutters for Windows and Doors - FAQs

Direct Shutters in Adelaide is a South Australian-owned family business backed by over 25 years’ experience in the manufacture and installation of roller shutters for windows and doors in both homes and business premises.  We also specialise in the installation of security doors and window grilles.  For more information about the benefits to be gained from installing roller shutters on the windows and doors in your home, including enhanced security, a reduction in energy use, and added protection against fire, call Joe Anastasi on (08) 8244 4437 or email  Further useful information is available on the Direct Shutters website

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How are roller shutters made?
Roller shutters are manufactured from high-grade aluminium, and are insulated with high-density polyurethane.  They are constructed as a system of interlocking slats, and have a fade- and scratch-resistant baked enamel paint finish.  This means that shutters are extremely strong and durable, block up to 90% of the sun’s heat, and are able to stand up to a great deal of force.

Are roller shutters made in Australia?
A wide range of Australian-designed and -made roller shutters are available from reputable local shutter installers.  You should always insist on high-quality Australian-made shutters for windows and doors from a reliable and well-established manufacturer, such as OZRoll and Croci.

What sort of properties suit roller shutters?
As roller shutter design and construction is extremely versatile, it means they can be installed in practically any home, so no matter where you are living or the type of property you have, you can benefit from the added home security, reduced energy use and enhanced fire protection that roller shutters on your windows and doors provide.

Are roller shutters easy to clean and maintain?
Their sturdy construction from high-grade materials means that roller shutters last for many years and require very little maintenance.  Surfaces have been finished in a baked enamel paint, meaning that they are extremely durable and can be easily cleaned every few months with a damp cloth or by spraying lightly with water.

Do roller shutters allow you to control how much sunlight enters your home?
Roller shutters, unlike some security bars and grilles, open fully so that you can control the amount of sunlight or breeze that you let in through your windows and doors at any time, while still maintaining a high degree of privacy when required.

Are there a range of colours and styles available?
Roller shutters come in a wide range of colours and styles, meaning that you will be able to find a design that is right for you, your home and your lifestyle.  Talk to a reputable dealer to find out about the full range of colours and designs of Australian-made roller shutters available to homeowners.

How are roller shutters operated?
Although they are installed on the exterior of your home, roller shutters on windows and doors are operated from inside, either manually with a winder or strap, by battery units, or electric motors, both of which can also be remote controlled.

Is it possible to have remote control roller shutters installed?
Roller shutters can be operated by a remote control system that is either powered by a battery, or by solar power.  A remote control system means that opening and closing your roller shutters is quick and easy, and multiple shutters can be controlled with a single remote control unit.  Furthermore, a battery-operated remote control system is unobtrusive, requires low voltage, and does not need to be installed by an electrician, saving both time and money.

How do solar power roller shutters work?
Solar power shutters are operated by a solar tubular motor powered by small, lightweight solar cells that can be attached to the window shutter pelmet, on a nearby wall, or on the roof of your home.  They are unobtrusive and compact in size, and the stand-alone system can be installed quickly and easily, without the aid of an electrician.  Solar power shutters are also especially good in remote or rural regions, where it isn’t always easy to access a power source. 

A further significant benefit is that window shutters that operate on solar power are especially valuable in bushfire zones, because even when mains power is cut during a fire the shutters can still be closed in order to protect your property from flying sparks and burning embers (see more on bushfires below).

For further information on the benefits of solar power roller shutters, click here.

How do roller shutters help reduce energy costs?
Roller shutters are an effective, cost-efficient and environmentally-friendly way in which to keep your home cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter, cutting down on your use of air conditioning and heating, and so reducing your electricity consumption.  The insulating effect of roller shutters means that you can more effectively control the temperature in your home, which significantly impacts on your home’s energy efficiency.  Therefore, roller shutters can help you to make serious savings on your power and electricity bills, while utilising a green technology that doesn’t increase your emissions. 

For further information on how roller shutters can help to reduce your energy costs, click here.

Are roller shutters suitable for use in bushfire-prone areas?

Roller shutters can provide a valuable line of defence against the dangers of fire.  In extreme heat, windows will frequently crack or explode, meaning the glass will fall out of the frame, and so flying sparks and burning embers can enter your home through the now-unprotected space.  However, bushfire resistant shutters have been shown to be able to withstand extreme radiant heat and so prevent your window glass from breaking, thus providing a stronger barrier against encroaching fire.  In addition, aluminium window shutters have a baked enamel paint finish and are injected with polyurethane foam, which means they are also resistant to flames, so as well as protecting your glass they can protect the fabric and structure of your home and form an additional line of defence.  If you live in a bushfire-prone region, you should look for fire resistant shutters manufactured to withstand BAL 40 (Bushfire Attack Level 40).

For further information on how roller shutters can help to protect your home from bushfires, click here.

Will roller window shutters protect against storm damage?
In strong winds and storms, damage to windows and doors is always a danger.  Flying debris and broken tree branches can be propelled at great speeds and velocity in heavy winds, while heavy hail can shatter windows or the glass in doors.

Roller shutters are produced from aluminium and have foam insulation, which means they are extremely strong and durable, and able to resist just about anything heavy winds or extreme weather can throw at them.  Also, when they are closed, roller shutters do not rattle or shake in high winds, are quick and easy to operate (either manually or by remote control), and can be closed at a moment’s notice of an impending storm.

For further information on how roller shutters can help to protect your home against storm damage, click here.

Can roller shutters help to improve home security?
Roller shutters are extremely strong and able to stand up to a great deal of force, as they are manufactured from high-grade aluminium and constructed as a system of interlocking slats.  In addition, they have an internal locking mechanism that will ensure that the shutter is locked in position when it is closed.  For further peace of mind, however, key locking can also be installed or, if you have solar powered or remote controlled shutters, these lock automatically, further preventing the shutters being opened or forced from the outside.

Do insurance companies recommend installing roller shutters?
Roller shutters are recommended by many Australian insurance companies as a means of enhancing your home security, and this can make a difference in some cases to the cost of the home insurance premiums you pay.

Sunday, 16 December 2012

Ceramica Tile + Design Adelaide Offer a Design Consultancy Service for Choosing Ceramic Tiles

Ceramica Tile + Design is an Adelaide owned and operated independent importer, distributor and retailer of superior quality tiles from around the world.  They offer a wide range of design consultation services to help homeowners choose the right bathroom, kitchen, or outdoor tiles to suit their home and budget.  Contact Design Consultant Anita Sweeting on (08) 8346 6653 or Ceramica Tile + Design at

Ceramica Tile + Design is one of Adelaide’s leading importers and retailers of ceramic tiles from the world’s most well-respected manufacturers.  In addition, they also offer a design consultancy service that will enable you to make all the right tiling choices for your home.

“in recent years there have been some stunning new developments in technology that have revolutionised the way ceramic tiles are designed and manufactured,” said Anita Sweeting, Design Consultant at Ceramica Tile + Design.  “This means that there are a huge number of new and innovative styles and design concepts now available from the world’s best makers.  We provide a design consultancy service for our customers that showcases the very best of these new ranges and styles, and enables our clients to choose from the latest collections now available on the international market.”

Ceramica Tile + Design work with clients to help them to discover the many exciting and innovative contemporary tiling solutions now available to homeowners in Adelaide.  They work in close consultation with customers and use their expert knowledge to help homeowners create design concepts that are unique and that make the most of what the world’s best tile makers are now able to offer.  “As experts in ceramic tiles, we understand what will look good in your home, but we also have the knowledge and expertise to guide you towards the right type of tile to suit your lifestyle and budget,” said Anita Sweeting.   “For instance, we also help you to understand what sort of finish will suit your home, how to have your tiles installed and what you need to do to maintain them in pristine condition.”

However, as they import premium quality tiles from the best manufacturers worldwide, Ceramica Tile + Design will also help you to formulate a design concept incorporating the most attractive and innovative tile designs available on the market today, and their design services also extend to other aspects of home and interior design as well.  Anita Sweeting said, “We are always happy to work with customers to develop any aspect of a design concept, whether it be furniture, fixtures or fittings, in order to create a total, integrated look.  Our aim is always to help you to design a setting that will show off your home and your new tiles in the best possible light, and our experience and expertise means that we can advise you on any aspect of home decoration and renovation.”

The design and manufacture of ceramic tiles has changed a great deal, and new innovations continue to be developed.  Therefore, if you are building a new home, renovating your existing home, or you simply want to explore the imaginative and innovative new ranges of tiling solutions that are now available in Adelaide, contact Ceramica Tile + Design for expert advice and guidance, and a design service that incorporates the very best of what the international tile market now has to offer.

To find out more about the benefits of working with a design consultant when selecting tiles for your home, click here.

Ceramica Tile + Design offer a design consultancy service

Saturday, 15 December 2012

Osteopathic Treatment in Australia - FAQs

Amber Laris is an Australian osteopath who has been treating patients in her osteopathic clinic in the heart of the Adelaide CBD for over 30 years. If you have further questions about what is involved in osteopathic treatment, or would like to find out more about the benefits to health and well-being of osteopathy, contact Amber Laris on (08) 8221 6100 or visit her website

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What types of illness, injury or discomfort is osteopathic therapy suitable for?
While osteopathy is highly effective at treating specific complaints and conditions, in particular musculoskeletal problems, it also addresses a wide range of general health problems and conditions.   As osteopathic therapy is holistic, it also seeks to address your general well-being as well as treating particular injuries.

What parts of the body does an osteopath treat?
An osteopath treats almost any structure in the body (e.g. joint, muscle, tendon) that, through injury, misuse or deterioration, is not functioning effectively and is causing pain, discomfort or stress.

What does osteopathic treatment consist of?
Osteopathic treatment may involve: soft tissues being massaged; joints being articulated or mobilised; muscles being exercised through stretching and resistance; or visceral techniques, i.e., the gentle and rhythmic manipulation of internal organs.  All of these techniques are aimed at restoring balance and stimulating the body’s natural ability to heal itself.

What is Osteopathic Manipulation Treatment (OMT)?
Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT) involves precise amounts of physical pressure being gently applied to specific locations on the body, perhaps the affected area but also possibly at another point.  OMT may sometimes require a short, forceful movement called a high-velocity thrust, when you might hear a clicking or popping noise.  This is not painful and is entirely normal and to be expected.

Is osteopathic treatment painful?
Osteopathic manipulation and treatment is not painful, although there can sometimes be feelings of discomfort as an injured part of the body is manipulated.  Alternatively, you might experience a mild soreness immediately following a treatment session in the same way as you might after physical exercise.

Is osteopathy suitable for pregnant women?
Osteopathy is suitable for pregnant women, many of whom find it beneficial as means of reducing back pain.

Can osteopathy help to prevent injury?
If you are involved in activity that places undue stress on your body (e.g. high impact sports, or a job that involves a lot of manual labour), osteopathic treatment can help to prevent you from developing problems.  

For further information on the ways in which osteopathy can restore your sense of well-being, click here.

What can I expect at the beginning of a course of treatment?
At the outset of a course of treatment, your osteopath will require information regarding your medical history (including any accidents or traumas), lifestyle and overall sense of well-being, as well as the more precise nature of your complaint.  They may also wish to test your coordination and reflexes, and your blood pressure.  This will then be followed by a thorough physical examination that will explore your bones, joints, muscles, ligaments and tendons.  Your osteopath may also want to test the flexibility of your arms, legs and back, and will also look carefully at your spine, perhaps examining your posture and balance.

How many sessions will I need?
After an initial examination, your osteopath will decide upon a personalised treatment plan and will share with you the process as well as the outcomes that can be expected as the treatment progresses, alongside an expected timeframe for the treatment.  It might be that only a few osteopathic sessions are necessary, perhaps followed by an occasional check-up, or your osteopath may recommend a regular course of treatment.

For further information on what to expect from osteopathic treatment, click here.

What training and qualifications do osteopaths have?

An osteopath in Australia is required to undergo a minimum of five years’ training, which consists usually of a Bachelor degree followed by a Masters degree.  As part of their training, an osteopath in Australia will undertake studies in a wide variety of disciplines.  

Are osteopaths registered?
All osteopaths in Australia are registered with the Osteopathy Board of Australia (in association with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency) and a registered osteopath is able to practise in all Australian states and territories.  Osteopaths are also required to undertake programmes of continuing professional development in order to ensure that the osteopathic healthcare services they provide are delivered to the highest possible standard.

For further information on training and qualifications of osteopaths in Australia, click here.

Do I need a GP referral to visit an osteopath?

Osteopaths in Australia are classified as primary healthcare professionals, which means that they are qualified to diagnose and treat patients without the need for a prior referral from a general practitioner (although see below re: Medicare and osteopathy).

Can I claim a Medicare rebate for treatment by an osteopath?

If you have a chronic condition (e.g. a long-standing musculoskeletal condition), you are eligible for a Medicare rebate on five sessions of osteopathic treatment, provided your condition is being managed by a GP who has provided you with MBS Chronic Disease Management services as part of a GP Management Plan (GPMP) and Team Care Arrangements (TCAs). 

Can I claim for osteopathic treatment on my private health insurance?

Most private health funds in Australia will offer either a form of ancillary or extras cover that will either entitle you to a set number of osteopathic treatment sessions throughout a calendar year (depending on the level of cover), or will make a contribution towards the cost of osteopathic treatment sessions, up to an agreed amount.

For further information on Medicare rebates and private health cover for osteopathic treatment, click here.