Bali Huts are a beautiful additional to your backyard. It’s a slice of the tropics that you can bring to your own home.
How do you avoid buying the wrong hut so your pleasure doesn’t turn into pain? It’s the internet. It’s hard to know who to buy from or what exactly to look for because every picture is beautiful, right?
Within a few minutes, you will know how to avoid the Bali Huts you don’t want and find the ones you do.
Here are 7 ways to avoid the Bali Hut Scam:
- Not all Bali Huts are created equal! Many people have found that some of the oversea suppliers give you something that is different from what you actually bought. The rafters are thinner, the crown is much smaller, thatch space was thinner, the wood has been painted and not stained and the fasteners were flimsy.Make sure you research suppliers first. Get into the forums and hear what people have to say about certain suppliers. If people are unhappy, you will hear about it. Look for a Bali Hut that has a lot of feedback on various forums. Email the company and ask questions. Make sure all the specs add up.
- Don’t just go for cheapest price. You want a Bali Hut that is big enough for all your future needs. Think about parties and holidays. You want enough room to comfortably fit around 4 people at one time.You also want to anticipate future needs. There may be a point that you would like to add a spa in your Bali Hut. Anticipate up – not down – for your space needs.
- Cheaper often means shortcuts are taken somewhere. Cost of labor, materials and production are just about the same no matter if you are a one-man dealer or have a corporation. Ask yourself if you are willing to risk lower quality and shortcuts.
- Don’t buy into the Grade A or B thatch sales tactics. There are no real standards to be able to have the quality control in place inside the Indonesian industry.Look for a company that puts their own quality control measures in place. Make sure that the thatch is appraised to meet a good company standard before and after shipping. Having a clean dry environment that stores your thatch before shipping to you is important.
- Low maintenance doesn’t always mean better, especially if your Bali Hut has to be replaced in 2-4 years. Look for 100% Money back guarantee, Rot free guarantees, and Rust proof hardware.
- DIYs could spell disaster. You can build one from scratch but what you can find locally will not be the standard that you need for your Bali Hut.Professional Bali Huts are constructed to withstand the forces of nature and last long into the future. It’s not worth the stress; leave it to the professionals.
- Beware of experts with bali huts for sale and instead look for specialists. Your local doctor could help you with an achy tooth but you wouldn’t go to him for that. You want a dentist; someone that lives and breathes his profession, right?
Stick to the specialists that live and breathe their Bali Huts like Aaron Outdoor Living!
You now know what you need to look for when buying a Bali Hut. This will help reduce your chances of buying something that you are either unhappy with or that does not meet your high quality standards.
There are so many different bali huts for sale on the market today, follow our tips so that you don’t end buying something that doesn’t suit your purposes or something of inferior quality.
If you do decide to get a bali hut make sure you maintain it correctly:
- Keep it dry
There are two things that can immensely shorten the lifespan of your bali hut – prolonged exposure to moisture and fungi. Moisture provides for a good environment for the growth of fungi which destroys the native materials of the hut, thus it is a must to keep your hut dry.
Of course it is impossible to restrict rainclouds from crossing over your sky, but you can help ensure that your bali hut gets the right amount of sunlight (if available) and it’s not obstructed by trees or bushes.
Also, the slope or inclination angle of your roof will protect it from storms and help drain off the rainwater faster. For rainy areas, above 50° inclination angle is advised to make it survive heavy storms better.
- Keep it clean and neat
Manual cleaning of the roof should be done to remove loose material, fallen leaves, moss and other stuff piled on your roof. These materials trap water and moisture providing for fungal growth.
In the process of cleaning, check for holes and loosened thatch. Uncomplicated holes with no underlying problems, can easily be fixed. Loosened sections can be secured back up to their fixings in the process of “dressing-up”.
- Keep it fungi free
Keeping it dry does not drive the fungi away for life. Fungicides must be applied to help keep the thatch dry and kill fungi and spores. Spraying fungicides must be kept on schedule to extend the lifespan of your bali hut for another 10 to 15 years.
Quaternary ammonium compounds are the best choice in killing off fungi. Quats also serve as wood preservative and curative which gives your thatched roof that beautiful sheen. Application should be done on a dry day (preferably 15°C). Using a spray gun, soak the roof with the chemical (1L per square meter) and leave on for 30 minutes for maximum absorption. You made have to reapply to keep the reeds wet, especially on a very hot day.