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Know the facts

Do you know the facts, are you sure that you know the facts when it comes to having building work or a renovation done.

“Ignorance may indeed be bliss” it’s also VERY expensive.

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Know the facts


I was having lunch with some friends the other day and they told me that they were talking to some British friends about that often trotted out pieces of miss information

“The cost per meter square to build a home in Portugal”.

 

 

If there is one thing that makes my blood boil it is any statement on the price per M2 to build or renovate a home in Portugal.

I decided to do a quick demonstration of how insane this often bandied about value is.
We had two glasses of wine in front of us so I took a large drink out of mine taking the level down to about half that of my friends glass.

I asked if this full glass of wine cost 2 Euros then how much does this half full glass cost. The obvious answer that came back was 1 Euro because it was half the quantity.

The obvious answer is of course WRONG so I said  NO it could be 15 Euros because it could be better quality wine. It could even be 20 Euros if my glass was included in the sale.

What I was trying to demonstrate was how can you compare prices (Apples for Apples) as its often called if what you are actually comparing is Apples and Oranges!
The eventual price difference could have you left without enough money to finish the work.

A word of advise. Please take it.

If a builder Ever gives you a build price per square meter before he FULLY UNDERSTANDS EXACTLY WHAT YOU WANT – Walk Away and keep walking.
The reason that I say this is because I know of many a building project which has been deliberately quoted without some vital elements missing which will be added later and charged at a higher profit margin.

Take for instance a house that you want to have built. You have agreed the price you are going to pay “Key in Hand” So you can sit back and relax and wait for the work to be done.

As the work is coming to a close you see that there are no gutters or drainpipes and as a result the mud outside the house is splashing dirt onto your nice new wall paint. Oh the paths, drives and patios are not included either oops!. What about the garden gates, top soil, fencing, Electricity supply and connection, water connection, Gas, Television. Handrails to the stairs, gas bottle store, garage door, mosquito blinds, post box I could go on and on but I will finish by saying that the short list above could cost 17,000 to 20 Thousand Euros on top of the cost of your Key in hand house price which makes a mockery of any price per square meter price anyone gives you.


If you want to know the facts about your new build or renovation project talk to Castelo Construction. info@casteloconstruction.com

See our website at www.casteloconstruction.com

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Decking


Decking in Portugal is different


It can be a very attractive addition to your home making stunning pool side areas, flooring in a garden sun shade or outside dining area.

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decking in Portugal


Why is it different ?
Apart from the fact that here we have access to fantastic hardwood decking from the forests of Brazil and Guyana.

We also have treated softwoods and a whole range of man made products from recycled materials to plastics, rubber and aluminum.


The real difference is the huge thermal and humidity changes that any decking has to cope with in Portugal.
Here are the enemies of any decked area in Portugal – Sunshine, Cold and Humidity/Rain
Sunshine

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Old decking in Portugal


Firstly the UV (ultraviolet light) in the sunshine will fade anything that is left out in it.

Decking takes the full force of the sun.

When the sun shines it heats the decking so much that you cannot bear to walk on it.

The extreme heat makes the fibers of the decking contract which causes buckling and warping of the boards which in turn can snap ever the toughest stainless steel fixings.

As most decks are laid without high quality fixings they become a mess very quickly.
Some man made or recycled products can be unsuitable for bare feet in the summer.
Cold
Has many of the problems associated with high temperatures and sunshine. But when they are constantly heating and cooling the maximum amount of stress is applied to the decking.
Take for example a deck that is laid half under permanent shade and the other half in full sun. The stress on the timbers will be immense and an alternative product or specialist decking installer should be used.


Humidity/rain

Decking which is laid without proper drainage will usually fail fastest. It will also encourage the growth of algae and lichen on the boards which can be very slippery to walk on.
If the deck has been fixed with steel screws or a mixture of steel and aluminum fasteners then the humidity can lead to rapid failing of the fastening systems and loose, boards that rattle when you walk on them or boards which lift up at the ends making it unsafe to walk on the deck.


Portugal may throw lots of problems at an outside decking area but they can be avoided if the right supporting structure, board material, fixings and drainage is used.
Ask Castelo Construction for advice on your Portuguese decking project.