FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

DOME FAQS

 

WHAT ARE THE DOMES MADE FROM?

The domes come standard with powder coated steel beams and PVC covering with clear PVC windows. There are options to upgrade these to a thicker steel as well as changing the cover itself.

 

The covering comes standard with a large clear bay window at the front as well as some porthole clear PVC coverings to bring natural light in. These portholes can be exchanged for a porthole window made of glass and aluminium which can be opened and closed for air flow or a mesh screen that can roll up (like a tent window) to allow airflow while keeping bugs out.

The standard door is like a tent door which zips in the middle and folds up. If you prefer an actual door then we have 2 to choose from. One made from aluminium and opaque glass and the other made from wood, both at additional cost. Both doors are wheelchair friendly at the standard width of 850mm (according to Australian Standards) and are lockable for safety.

HOW LONG DO THE DOMES LAST?

That depends on a few factors including;

-is it set up permanently or temporarily

-UV exposure

-humidity

-rainfall

-use of structure

 

However, as a ballpark figure you could expect;

8-15 years in a very harsh climate (i.e. far north queensland, NT and parts of WA/SA) on a permanent basis

10-15 years in a more mild climate (i.e. most of NSW/VIC/TAS parts of SA/WA) on a permanent basis

 

Please note that these estimates are to vary on the above mentioned factors, however, typically these estimates are more-so for the PVC coverings rather than the frame itself if the frame is looked after. More information on how to look after your dome is included below.

WHAT SIZES DO THE DOMES
COME IN?

Kingdomes structures vary in sizes from 4 metres to 10 metres in diameter.  Potential uses include;

4-5m

-small bedroom (1-2 people)

-sole person office space/home business

6-8m

-large bedroom w/ensuite

-office space/library/stock area

-man cave/she shed

-small PT/yoga studio (<15 people)

10m

- small house (for a young family)

-portable exhibition

-large luxury romantic retreat for couple

-dance studio

AUSTRALIA IS INFAMOUS FOR CREEPY-CRAWLIES, HOW WELL DO THE DOMES KEEP THEM OUT?

Sealed correctly with the press bars around the outside of the dome, there should be no issues with creepy crawlies. the mesh window comes standard with a mesh screening to stop flying insects. Please note that the glass porthole windows do not come with a mesh screen. There is also an option to have a magnetic fly screen door that does not affect your access to your regular door.

HOW WEATHERPROOF ARE THE DOMES?

The reason we chose to use PVC over canvas is that PVC has a much tighter threading which ensures true water tightness from the cover itself. To ensure that your dome is water/air tight please do the following:

On the day your new dome is set up, soak the cover using a hose (preferably with clean water) on a light-medium setting. This is to expand the PVC's fibres to ensure it is water tight.

Once this step has been achieved, your dome should now be resistant to the elements.

 

In regards to wind loads, the beauty of a dome is that the wind flows with the natural curvature of the dome so as long as the structure is firmly attached to the ground, the wind will go around it. However the structures direct wind capacity is rated between 100-120kp/h. 

HOW DO THE DOMES HOLD UP IN EXTREME HEAT/COLD?

 

You have the option of installing insulation panels (at extra cost) which help to keep the heat in in winter and to reflect the heat in summer. double this with the additional solar fan to extract the hot air out of the dome. If this however isn't enough then an air conditioning unit can be installed either through the floor or attached to an interior wall for both heating and cooling or install a wood fire stove via an optional stove jack through the roof to give a more natural feel. Stove jacks tend to be quite standard in size (6 inch exhaust port) and can be purchased separately depending on your budget and need. 

HOW DO I LOOK AFTER MY DOME?

To clean the exterior covering, some warm soapy water is fine or glass detergent. Please refrain from using strong chemicals to clean as this can weaken the integrity of the cover itself. For the insulation, a simple damp cloth and/or a wet/dry vac will do the job. please be mindful of how much water you use to clean the insulation as, with any type of carpet, molding can occur. For a deeper clean, you can hire upholstery cleaners from places like bunnings that will do the job. 

 

CAN I CUSTOMISE THE DOMES?

The positioning of the windows can be customizable to ensure you have the best view of your property as well as sun exposure. This includes the big bay window and the porthole windows. There is the option to add a skylight on certain sized models (7m plus).

You can also change the porthole windows to a mesh window which allows airflow into the dome while keeping insects out or a more sturdy aluminium and glass porthole window which opens and closes to allow airflow.

 

The location of the door is also customizable to ensure the most efficient point of entry as well as the 3 options of doors available which are;

1) regular zip up tent door for an authentic glamping experience

2) aluminium and opaque glass door to ensure both privacy and safety via its locking system.

3) Wood door to give a more rustic, back to nature feel which too is lockable for safety.

The additional extras such as the insulation panels and curtains also have a range of colours to choose from. 

A solar fan can be included at additional cost. The fans themselves can run via the included solar panel or plug straight into a wall socket.

Also at additional cost you can change the colour of the PVC covering to suit your requirements. We can even put your logo onto your dome if using it for business.

 

FROM DATE OF ORDER, HOW LONG SHOULD I EXPECT TO RECEIVE MY DOME?

This time can vary depending on where you live, the size of the order and other factors such as shipping times and COVID's impact on the shipping industry. As our domes are customisable to the clients specifications this time needs to also be factored in. We typically give a lead time of 3 months in extreme cases but usually 6-10 weeks on average. Eventually we will offer standard inventory that will have a much faster turnaround but at this stage our business focus is mass customization to keep our clients happy. 

Depending on our clients needs as well as where they are situated within Australia it can take up to 28 days to get different council approvals (CDC and DA approvals) before building the foundations/structures. This factors in well as the dome itself will be one of the last steps in the total overall build.

DO YOU PROVIDE DELIVERY?

At Kingdomes we are happy to take care of the shipping to your chosen destination Australia wide. We will factor in these costs into the total. If you are able to pick up yourself (a single cab ute with aluminium tray is sufficient for the smaller domes between 4-7m) then we can arrange to have it shipped to your closest port to save you money.