Tuesday, 22 August 2017 11:40

Q-Board (PVC) vs Wood Based Materials

Searching for an alternative to wood based materials? Q-Board (PVC) is an affordable and versatile material, that should be considered for your next project. 

 

 

 

What is Q-Board PVC

PVC Foam board or Q-board for short, is one of the most versatile materials on the market. This new generation of PVC Foam board is an extruded sheet which develops a naturally smooth surface upon cooling. Q-board, an Eco-friendly product, is self-extinguishing, water, moisture and mildew proof, resistant to termites and pests; Q Board also is also chemical resistant.  

 

 

 

 

Why Q-board PVC over traditional wood-based materials

The main advantages of Q-board are its smooth glossy finish, virtually zero water absorption, rigidity as well as sound and thermal insulation. Q-board can be worked like conventional timber and accepts drilling, screwing and nailing; heat folding, bonding, painting and edge banding making it an ideal alternative to traditional materials such as MDF, plywood and particle board.

 

Advantages of using Q-board PVC

Features  Q-Board (PVC) Plywood MDF 

 

Particle Board 

 

Water & Moisture Proof
Termine and Rodent Proof 
No Shrinkage or Swelling
Self-extinguishing
Corrosion Resistant
Splinter Free
Maintenance Free
 Environmentally Friendly
Smooth Surface  Smooth and Flat  Rough Texture  Rough Texture  Rough Texture
Outdoor Applications
Indoor Applications
Gluing and Laminating
Weather and Ageing Resistant

 

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Perspex ® Spectrum LED

 

  

Perspex® Spectrum colours have been specially formulated to give optimised colour performance, with both transmitted and reflected light using white LEDs. With improved diffusion of light and elimination of LED ‘hotspots’, the range facilitates slimmer designs. 

Features & Benefits:

  • 12 colours optimised for white LEDs
  • Perspex® 10-year outdoor guarantee * Conditions Apply
  • Brighter reflected and transmitted colours
  • Even illumination
  • Slim light boxes
  • Lower maintenance
  • Environmental benefits and cost savings
  • Custom colour matching service available
  • 100% recyclable
  • Hygienic - Perspex® is compliant with EU Food Contact Regulations

 

5050 RGB LED's

 

Perfect for any kind of decoration, Recommended for use with Perspex ® Spectrum LED.

 

Advantages of LED

LEDs bring several advantages to the lighting industry, including high efficiency and effectiveness when compared with traditional lamp sourced lighting. LED’s are extremely durable and robust and require little to no maintenance.  

  • Long-Lasting: LED Bulbs are proven to last up to 10 times longer than compact fluorescents, and far longer than traditional incandescents.
  • Durable: LED’s do not have a filament, meaning that under a circumstance in which a regular bulb would be damaged or broken, LED’s will not shatter.
  • Environmentally Friendly: No mercury or other hazardous materials are used in the manufacturing of LED’s, All LED’s (if needed can be disposed of safely).
  • Cost Efficient: LED light bulbs use only 2-11 watts of electricity (1/3rd to 1/30th of Incandescent or CFL) and these bulbs last for years so energy is also saved in maintenance and replacement costs

 

5050 LEDS Come Complete with: 

6A AU Power Supply/ Charger   

AC: 100V-240V ( WORLD WIDE COVERAGE) 
DC: 12V-6A 
Dimension: 120mm (L) x 55mm (W) x 30mm (H) 
Length: about 250cm (include power cable)  
Length of the charger cord: About 142 cm  
Length of the power cord: About 108cm 
Condition: 100% NEW WITH CE CERTIFICATION 

Power Polarity: Centre positive

44 KEY IR Remote Controller  

Easy connection and simple to use, lighting can be adjusted through infrared control.

Type: 44-Key Remote Controller

0utput: 3 channels

Input/Output: 12V

Connect Mode: Common Anode

Output current: <2A (each channel)

Working Temperature: -20°C- 60°C

Output power: 12V: <72W 


Product Specifications: 

 

LED Type: 

5050 - 300 LED's 

Colour:

RGB (Red,Green,Blue)

LED Quantity: 

300 LED's / 5 Meters total length (Can be cut every 3 LED's - Please contact for more detail)

Protection: 

Waterproof / Weather proof

View angle:

12DC, >6A

Working Power: 

72W/5M

Working Current/M:

0.35 - 1.2A

Working Temperature:

-20° - 50° C

IR Controller:

44 Keys IR Controler 

Luminous Flux:

1280 - 1400 Lumens/M

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Vitrabond® CU is a highly versatile copper composite panel, naturally durable and weather resistant however over time it will develop a Verdigris (green) patina making it an ideal Exterior Decorative Screen, especially in water feature applications. The 4 mm thick composite panel comprises of a fire-rated core, sandwiched between a Copper and aluminium cover sheets. This results in an outstanding surface flatness and high workability, coupled with an excellent strength to weight ratio. 

 

Product Specifications:

 

FIRE RATED

  • Vitrabond has been thoroughly rigorously tested to Australian Standards set by NATA (National Association of Testing Authorities), and approved by CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation) and Warrington Fire including full room burn tests.

WEATHERPROOF

  • Vitrabond is weatherproofed to BCA (Building Code Australia) clause FP1.4.

CODEMARK

  • Vitrabond® is ABCB Code Mark certified to comply with the building code of Australia ensuring that you are specifying a quality assured product.

LOW MAINTENANCE 

  • The Vitrabond finish has undergone 40+ years of exposure testing which is continuing to confirm its superior durability and low maintenance.
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Named after the Northern Territory city of Darwin here in Australia, QAQ's laser cut decorative screen pattern 'Darwin' features intersecting and overlapping circles of even-width lines with hexagonal centre circles.  It is a beautifully harmonious pattern that would work well with either a classic or modern interior or exterior decorating asthetic. 

This pattern has a 50% privacy and sun block-out rating, making it a suitable choice for when you want just a bit of privacy or shade, or simply to delininate a room with beautiful and striking style.

QAQ manufactures a number of circular patterned screens, some of which we have previously spotlighted here on our blog, including the minimalist 'Capri' pattern, exotic 'Budapest', and the elegant 'Valencia' pattern. 

'Darwin' has a classic, uncomplicated simplicity about it that has made it a popular choice for our customers. Shown here are some of our favourite installations of this design. 

Above: For our platinum retail distributor, Living Effects, a 'Darwin' wall of 600mm x 1200mm screens cut in smooth-grain compressed hardwood were painted in a russet red and featured as part of an 'Autumnal' display room.  This room features two inverse patterns of our 'Autumn' design in the 'rusty metal' corten. 

At the chic bohemian boutique, Camilla's, at Melbourne's stunning Emporium Mall, a large 'Darwin' screen painted white creates texture on a plain white wall. Next to it is our 'Istanbul' design. 

In a more unusual installation, 'Darwin' screens were placed over mirrored recesses in a modern bathroom.

Lastly, in one of the easiest and most popular methods of enjoying laser cut decorative screens, a compressed hardwood 'Darwin' screen hangs as decorative art on an outdoor patio wall. Standoffs were used to hold the screen a few centimetres off the wall, giving it a more sculptural, three-dimensional quality. Learn how to hang a decorative screen on a wall in our full tutorial here. 

 

QAQ wholesalers to retailers, builders, landscapers, and many other Australian businesses throughout Australia.
 
We can custom cut screens in a wide variety of sizes, designs, materials, and finishing options.
 
To custom order, fill in our quick quote form or contact a sales representative  at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  
To see more installations of 'Darwin' as they come in, as well as to learn more about the city of Darwin, Australia, and the stunning natural scenery around the Northern Territory, follow our 'Darwin' Pinterest board here.  You'll find a board for every design we have spotlighted so far, filled with photos of beautiful installations alongside the travel destination namesake or style aesthetic the design inspires.  
 
Thanks for reading!
 
~Christine Rice
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The most affordable and basic way to enjoy a QAQ decorative screen is simply to hang it upon a wall as decorative wall art. Hanging a screen flat against the wall would seem to be the most obvious method, but it is also the least flattering. Screens are more three-dimensional artworks than flat canvases, so you want to make the most of the sculptural aspects of the inner cut-outs by hanging it a few millimeters from the wall, creating shadows, depth, and ultimately more of a visual impact in your home.

 

 

Most of the screens hung in the QAQ headquarters have been hung in this method, using a bolt called a standoff or separator. These can be easily purchased at any local hardware store, or purchased with the screens from QAQ. The standoff is a small two-piece bolt that has one bottom barrel that screws into the wall, and one top, flat-head piece that screws into the top of the screen and screws through to the bottom barrel. Two plastic washers sandwich the screen in between the two main pieces just to give it extra grip and protect the screen surface.  It looks like this:

 

 

Standoffs come in many a variety of sizes and materials, such as: brass polished chrome or gold; brass satin chrome, silver, or gold; and in aluminium satin, blue, black, chrome silver, and satin silver. They should be matched to the color of your screen or interior decorating scheme.

 

Here's a black aluminium standoff on a black powder-coated aluminium 'Valencia' screen.

 

 

 

 

And here is a blue aluminium standoff on a blue powder-coated aluminium screen.

 

The larger the screen the more standoffs required, so we recommend one standoff per every 600 millimeters. If you purchase QAQ standard sized screens, this equates to:

 

  • 6 standoffs for a 600 x 1200 mm screen
  • 8 standoffs for a 1200 x 1200 mm screen
  • 10 standoffs for a 1800 x 1200 mm screen
  • 12 standoffs for a 2400 x 1200 mm screen
  • 16 standoffs for a 3600 x 1200 mm screen

 

 

 

 

Two of the larger screens we have in the QAQ showroom are an aluminium 'Pretoria' and corten 'Cayman'.

 

The corten screen has a brass polished chrome standoff and the aluminium screen has a matching aluminium chrome silver standoff. You can see the decorative possibilities of this simple detail in coordinating your screen with your overall interior or exterior decor scheme. And as any fashionista will tell you, style is all in the details!

 

How to Install a Decorative Screen on a Wall Using Standoffs:

 

Installing a screen onto a wall using standoffs is easy and will only take a few minutes work, though it's best to have an extra pair of helping hands to help you hold the screen in place for marking and screwing it into place. Here's how:



 

  1. Place the screen on a wall and mark your drilling points.
  2. Drill the marked holes in the screen.
  3. Drill or awn a hole in the wall. Drill hard materials like concrete and awn into drywalls. The harder the wall, the stronger the anchor will be once it has expanded inside the wall.
  4. Insert the nylon anchors that come with each standoff into the wall holes.
  5. Screw through the long, bottom bit of the standoff into the nylon wall anchor.
  6. Place a washer on the standoff cap screw and pass it through the screen holes, then add another washer onto the same screw before bolting all together in the bottom standoff barrel.

 

QAQ screens typically weigh around 4.5-5 kilograms each, while the larger, 2400 x 1200 mm size weigh up to 20 kilos, so be sure to hang the heavier screens on a hard wall for a maximum security hold.

So there you have it, our complete installation guide using standoffs. If you have any questions or issues regarding standoff installation, I am happy to assist you.

~Christine

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