Guides to industry standards and tolerances
Guides to Industry Standards and Tolerances for construction, including solid plastering and painting are used within Australia in addition to the National Construction Code. The information contained in these documents is important as it outlines expectations of your trade.
Venetian Plaster to feature on The Block
Kingi and Caro from the Block are using ROCKCOTE Venetian Plaster in their Master Ensuite to create a stunning bathroom. Read on to find out how and where you can use Venetian Plaster in your wet areas...
Natural Materials System Guide now available
ROCKCOTE has added a full systems guide to Natural Materials to our complete ROCKCOTE Systems Guide. It provides plasterers and applicators with the ability to determine the best system for each project and for each purpose within the project.
New product: ROCKCOTE EcoStyle Primer
ROCKCOTE welcomes a new product to its EcoStyle range. The ROCKCOTE EcoStyle Primer is a cost-effective, tintable, GECA accredited, non-toxic, water-based primer that will ensure excellent adhesion of paint topcoats to surfaces.
Rental properties no problem for EcoStyle Paints
Three years ago, Frances Mangleson and business partner, Allan Martin renovated a block of four units in Brunswick Heads, NSW. Built in the 1950s, with a brick veneer added in the 1960s, the units badly needed refreshing prior to being placed on the rental market.
Nurturing the craft of the artisan
There is a good reason why ROCKCOTE refers to people who work with our natural materials as artisans. Working with natural building materials is a highly skilled process that requires comprehensive knowledge of building systems, application techniques and an understanding of individual...
New Green Tradies™ Program launched by the Green Building Institute
Thousands of trades people and trade contractors will now able to receive training in sustainability through a new program called ‘Green Tradies™’, developed by the Green Building Institute.
The Green Tradies™ Program has...
The condition of your substrate affects choosing ROCKCOTE coating systems for AAC (Hebel)
The condition of your substrate will have a great effect on the ROCKCOTE system you will need to follow, particularly when applying product over AAC (more commonly known as Hebel). Check out the guides in this article to find out the best practice for this substrate and how to get the optimum finish.
The importance of sealing around windows and control joints
To prevent moisture leaking through your walls and to allow for slight movement and contraction of render to occur, it is very important to ensure that windows and control joints are properly sealed with a paintable, flexible sealant.
Business Management for Trade Contractors Workshops
The Australian School of Finishing Trades in conjunction with ROCKCOTE are running some upcoming courses on Business Management for Trade Contractors in Nerang, Gold Coast, QLD. These courses are for anyone working in the QLD Construction Industry and looking to gain a Trade Contractor Licence from the Queensland Building and Construction Commission.
We're no greenies - we just know better business
Celebrated sustainable business ROCKCOTE guiding new generations
YANDINA: THEY are the Sunshine Coast business with a $20M turnover heralded by world leaders for inspiring real homes and businesses that won’t cost us the earth – literally.
Now ROCKCOTE is helping...
Want formal qualifications for your trade skills? Convert on the job training into qualifications
The program, which is a fully funded Construction Skills Queensland initiative, is aimed at workers and career seekers from the building and construction industry who have developed significant skill levels and abilities throughout their careers, although hold no formal qualification recognising their experience. ATTC can identify the skills participants already hold, and then provide gap training that is needed to meet the requirements of the relevant qualification.
What's in your paint? Why it's important to look for non toxic, low VOC paint
Most contemporary buildings such as homes and offices feature an array of painted surfaces but what’s concerning is that a lot of paint contains nasty ingredients that can potentially have serious consequences for human health.
Quick Render Fibre Reinforced cements itself in the Quick Render range
Another product has been added to our popular Quick Render range. Quick Render Fibre Reinforced has been developed specifically for high suction substrates. It is primarily used on Hebel and core filled fibre cement sheet trade name products such as AFS and Ritek.
Glancing light – how to avoid it
Glancing light occurs when either natural or artificial light hits a flat wall from a parallel angle. It casts shadows on the wall, which give the appearance of an uneven wall with many imperfections. This article gives many examples of glancing light and a few quick tips on avoiding it.
ROCKCOTE Smooth Set gets a refresh
ROCKCOTE Smooth Set has really taken off with customers continuing to request the ‘polished concrete look’. The formulation has recently been changed and it is now being made on White GP Cement instead of the Off White (HE) Cement giving it a longer pot life and working time. Smooth Set also has a new bag and will soon be seen on shelves in the bag below.
PM100 High Build new bag and volume
ROCKCOTE PM100 High Build has received further product development at the end of last year. The product is now lighter and the new bag weight is 9kg, while the yield remains the same.
The product is now a lower density, which means the product can give greater yield (go further or build higher on the wall) without adding weight. It will also be packaged in a larger bag to allow 12kg of product. This means the bags will be more stable on the pallet and allow more product to be sent per pallet (80bags at 12kg versus 80 bags at 9kg).