Day: October 29, 2019

Stainless steel v galvanised steel: a comparison

To the uninitiated, there may not be much to choose between galvanised and stainless steel; however, if we take a look just beneath the surface of these durable and often-used metals, we can see some differences that can help you to decide what is the best material for your construction project to ensure you get the best value over time.

Stainless steel

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US construction guru Bob Vila states that both materials have great weatherproofing properties, with both holding up well against rust; however, if exposed to saltwater, galvanised steel will perform worse than its stainless cousin. On the other hand, chlorinated water will play havoc with stainless steel, so taking into account the areas in which the metals will be employed is vital.

According to Vila, galvanised steel has the edge over stainless if two pieces of the material may come into contact with each other during their use. The friction when pieces rub against each other can cause the stainless coating to rub off and even cause parts to end up welded to one another. The selection of one type of steel over the other is vital to its longevity, with the correct choice varying from project to project.

An introduction to ductwork

A vital part of a heating system, ductwork helps to regulate airflow around the system. This ensures that the pressure is equalised throughout and that a heating system works both efficiently and safely. Ductwork parts such as ells, tees, reducers and vent caps help the system to operate. The choice between galvanised and stainless steel parts for these systems is all down to the environment in which they are installed. Maritime-based ducting would be best with stainless steel due to the salt-heavy environment, whereas galvanised steel would not react to the chlorine in the air around a swimming pool.

Ductwork parts

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For advice on how best to spec up your ductwork, contact a specialist such as

Different steels for different folks

Ensuring that you choose the correct materials for your construction project is vital to its effective operation and longevity. As we have seen above, there is seldom a one-size-fits-all solution to specifying parts, with project managers needing to consider carefully the local environment, the intended use of the parts, the buildings, and a whole range of other considerations.

Ultimate Streetwear Combinations for Winter 2019

Streetwear has a list of key items that make up the basic wardrobe. This list includes a hoodie, a puffer jacket, some high-top trainers and a beanie. Looking closely at these staples, you can pretty much work out that these items are perfect for the cold winter weather.


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Now that winter is upon us, it’s the ideal time to make up some of the best streetwear combinations that will keep you warm and fashionable this year. Here are some of the most fool-proof combos that will keep you doing streetwear the right way to end the year.

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Flannel Shirts and Joggers

When you choose streetwear you want to make a statement. Choosing a vibrantly coloured flannelled shirt will really add a bit of spice to the dull winter weather. Opt for a shirt made from thick flannel to keep you warm. Balance out the colour with some plain joggers to keep that laidback style that streetwear is synonymous with.

Beanie and Jeans

The best way to make a beanie work this winter is to pair it with a great pair of jeans. A mid-wash-style denim with a fisherman fold beanie keeps your look warm but still on trend. You could even pair these with Farah shirts from

Layers and Hiking Boots

Understanding how to layer properly is key to nailing the perfect streetwear look. To do this, opt for clothing of different lengths so you can see each layer when you wear them on top of each other. Add to this combo a pair of hiking boots. Luxury hiking boots are making a big splash on the streetwear scene, and what better time to add them to your wardrobe than in the harsh winter weather?

Hoodie and Baggy Trousers

Hoodies are a perfect winter item of streetwear. You can make a real statement in a bold hoodie. If you are choosing a bright-coloured hoodie, pair it with a plain pair of baggy trousers to balance out the look. If you don’t fancy the baggy trouser look, why not go for a pair of joggers instead? These will keep you equally as comfortable and warm whilst still being on trend for the streetwear style. For really cold days, pop your puffer jacket on over the top.