Wash away your  monsoon blues

The monsoon is around the corner, but you can make your home look vibrant even in those cloudy, gloomy days.

The season calls for warm scintillating colours such as red, yellow, green and orange which brighten up your room. Alok Goel, CEO of Nitco Ltd, offers some tips to combat the weather with a dash of colour.

Damp walls have become a nightmare every monsoon. The easiest way to maintain dryness and prevent leakages is by tiling up your wall.

Tiles are simple to maintain at a negligent cost and add an attractive look to the room.

One of the greatest properties of tiles is that they are non-porous which means that their surfaces are completely sealed. A wall, however, has tiny openings which enable water to seep in.

Having a non-porous surface also means that it does not absorb oil and other likely stain-causing elements.

The non-porous nature of wall tiles means they do not swell or otherwise become disturbed during or after exposure to moisture, such as from the steam of a shower or the splashing of water in a kitchen sink.

Wall tiles are available in different shapes and sizes and also in abundant designs. Tiles allow you to get extremely artistic with innovative arrangements and patterns.

For example, you can use several tiles of one specific colour to create a wall border, or alternate between tiles of different sizes to create some visual contrast. You can also use wall tiles to produce a mosaic.

Porcelain tiles have rich colours, textures and design. No matter how long they are used, they look brand new. Porcelain tiles are made from a blend of fine-grain clays and other minerals to produce a very impenetrable body, which makes them highly resistant to moisture.

Look for a matt tile which has a shiny finish. This combination of matt and gloss addresses all the needs of a customer: a natural look and finish, anti-skid properties so that one does not slip with the rainwater, and a surface which is effortless to clean and is perfect for the rain.

Wooden floors tend to become poor in quality because they react to moisture in the atmosphere and expand.

However, if you already have wooden flooring and find it cumbersome to change to tiles, you should ensure that it is thoroughly waxed and polished to protect it from humidity. Instead, wood finish tiles are a better option giving a natural feel of wood and yet being weather proof.

Tiles are a striking and practical addition to any home but floor tiles can sometimes be slippery. What is the best way to battle this potential issue this monsoon?

Anti-skid tiles created by using high-precision technology are easy to maintain and protect a person from slippery floor.

Anti-skid tiles are highly recommended for construction in the open because they are very robust and able to cope with different weather conditions like the monsoon.

Anti-skid flooring tiles are resistant to graze and blemish and hence lend a timeless appeal, where they are installed.

The best part about these tiles is that they are available in various sizes and colours. They are highly functional in nature and can be maintained easily.

City’s luxury home  market surging

Global Initiative for Restructuring Environment and Management (GIREM), an independent body focused on urban planning, development and corporate real estate, in its latest issue of GIREM 101 has found that Bangalore’s luxury home market is surging ahead, driven by demand created by the IT sector.

The luxury home market potential is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of around 28 per cent till 2013 with demand led by the senior management class, corporate houses, non-resident Indian businessmen and high net-worth individuals.

Bangalore has become one of the most sought-after destinations for luxury housing segment, a property (an apartment or a villa) costing over Rs 3 crore.

Along with the luxury housing segment, GIREM 101 has highlighted the need for improved workplace environment, onus of the facility managers. The issue also reveals that there are ‘disturbing’ gaps in the training of facility management professionals in an industry worth over USD six billion.

Shyam Sundar S Pani, President GIREM stated, “GIREM 101 will provide continuous insight into market movements. We begin with Bangalore’s luxury home segment which is in sync with the aspirations of a young and strong IT workforce, primarily.

Along with the home segment, we are looking at improving workplace environment and the April issue looks at how training is key for those entering the facilities management industry.

GIREM 101 strongly advocates training of skilled and semi-skilled personnel, many of whom are migrants from II and III Tier cities and experiencing cultural transformation.”

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