FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT ARE THE KING DOMES MADE FROM?
The basic components of our King Domes can be broken up into two components:
Description: Hot-rolled seamless steel pipe
Steel Type: Q235
Yield Strength: 235Mpa
Surface finish: Sandblasted and powder- coated
Material: Double layered PVC coated synthetic fibre cloth
Weight: Coloured Material- 850g/m2
Transparent Material- 950g/m2
Tear Strength: Longitude/Latitude – 462/348N
Peeling Strength: Longitude/Latitude –118/116 N/5cm
Applicable Temperature: -30 to 70ºC
Properties: 100% Waterproof, UV resistant, mould resistant, fire retardant, blackout properties.
HOW LONG DO THE DOMES LAST?
As a ballpark figure you could expect 8-15 years life expectancy of the King Domes. This is typically for the dome's cover rather than frame which can be purchased separately rather than having to replace the entire structure.
WHY SUCH A VARIATION?
There are many variations because the Aussie climate has such wide variations. As with any softer materials, UV exposure, weather, dust and vegetation all play a role in the slow degradation of the King Dome's cover. To minimise this over time, we recommend cleaning the cover every quarter (which will be described below) and remove any vegetation/dust periodically (via a blower or hose). Placing a shade sale above the dome will maximise the lifespan of the dome drastically while also keeping that summer sun off the cover.
KING DOME FAQS
WHAT SIZES DO THE DOMES
Kingdomes structures vary in sizes from 4 metres to 10 metres in diameter.
4m = 2.5m roof height
5m = 2.9m roof height
6m = 3m roof height
7m = 4m roof height
8m = 4.7m roof height
10m = 5m roof height
We can also cater for larger size domes under a custom option. Feel free to get in touch with us directly to explore this option more in-depth.
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. For extra protection we recommend sealing where the cover meets the floor from the inside with silicone or equivalent. The mesh window comes standard with a mesh screening to stop flying insects. Please note that the porthole window does 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. The only gaps around the bottom of the domes are underneath the door.
WHAT DOES THE SIZE ACTUALLY MEAN?
Originally we were going to give each of our sizes a funky name but this would simply cause confusion. To simplify everything we decided to name our King Domes after each dome's diameter, so for example:
A 5m dome will have a diameter of 5m which would mean a radius of 2.5m, a circumference of 15.7m and a surface area of 19.6sm.
CAN I USE THE KING DOMES ALL YEAR ROUND?
Not only can you do this, we highly recommend it. The domes can be erected and packed down but this is a lengthy process. With the high-quality materials used throughout the King Domes, they are designed to be set up on a permanent basis. This can help you to achieve a higher ROI if using for glamping accommodation as you don't need to rely solely on seasonal income like other glamping structures do.
WHAT IS A GEODESIC DOME?
This groundbreaking new spherical frame building was invented in the 20th century by an American inventor and architect known as R. Buckminster Fuller. The design became infamous for being able to evenly distribute various force loads throughout the structure. This made it stronger, more spacious (as you didn't need structural walls to hold up the ceiling) and a more cost-effective way to build structures as it required less material than conventional buildings.
HAS KINGDOMES CHANGED THE ORIGINAL DESIGN?
Buckminster Fuller had created the generic design of the frame which in essence, doesn't need to change. The age-old saying that you "cannot improve on perfection" somewhat still applies to the original design so there was no need to "reinvent the wheel."However dome structures have evolved from what once was in the mid 20th century. We have taken the design and added various accessories, swapped out the original (and much heavier) walls to a much lighter PVC and allowed more customisation to suit our clients needs.
WEATHER AND CLIMATE FAQS
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.
HOW DO THE DOMES STAND UP AGAINST WINDS?
In regards to wind loads, the beauty of a dome is that the wind flows with the natural curvature of the dome's surface so as long as the structure is firmly attached to the ground (which we of course we ensure it has the means to), the wind will go around it. However the structures direct wind capacity is rated to 120kp/h according to EN/ES standards.
HOW DO THE DOMES HOLD UP IN EXTREME HEAT/COLD?
We understand how versatile Aussie climate can be which is why we have designed our King Domes to cater for both cold and hot weather.
solar extraction fan
fly screen door
wood fire chimney ports
Split-system air conditioning units can also be installed in our domes just as you would a conventional dwelling. This can be achieved by running the A/C unit straight off an internal wall and plumb the wiring/piping through the floor (concrete slab or deck).
HOW DO I LOOK AFTER MY DOME?
To clean the exterior covering, some warm soapy water with your basic dishwashing 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.
DO I HAVE TO MAINTAIN THE FRAME?
As the frame is powder-coated, there shouldn't be much maintenance (if any). Sometimes however the paint can chip during the build/transport stage in which case we recommend to touch up the affected area with paint to minimise the potential for rust to occur. Sometimes you may also have to go around and tighten the tension bars to keep the cover nice and taught. This too is quite rare though.
ARE THE DOMES CUSTOMISABLE?
We have 2 options when it comes to our King Domes.
1) The Kingdomes Range: These are pre-designed templates that offer the optimal layout for each sized dome for one single price.
2) The Custom Range: You start with a basic structure and add the options, accessories and colours you want.
HOW CAN I CUSTOMISE THE DOMES?
All the accessories on our domes have multiple possible locations to place throughout. The total number of each accessory varies depending on which size dome you are after. Our window options for example can be swapped, removed or added from our Kingdomes Range.
There are too many ways in which our King Domes can be customised to mention here so it is best to reach out to us directly so that we can assist you more in-depth.
CAN I CHANGE THE COLOUR OF THE DOME'S COVER?
Absolutely. We have multiple colours to choose from that range from colours that blend in with the natural surroundings to colours that stand right out from everything around it.
CAN I CHANGE THE COLOUR OF THE INSULATION AND CURTAINS?
Yes, the colours for both the curtains and insulation can be changed. Our standard colours are a light grey for the insulation and a dark grey for the curtains to give a neutral colour scheme inside to match any interior layouts.
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.
FROM DATE OF ORDER, HOW LONG SHOULD I EXPECT TO RECEIVE MY DOME?
We typically give a lead time of 3 months in extreme cases but usually 6-12 weeks on average. 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.
DO YOU DELIVER TO COUNTRIES OUTSIDE OF AUSTRALIA?
We can definitely deliver outside of the Australia, but the costs can vary substantially depending on factors such as location, local taxes, tariffs, number/size of domes etc. Any taxes and added fees are the responsibility of the purchaser. Shipping times cannot be accounted for and will be updated throughout the manufacturing process. We can work out more itemised quotes for shipping to your country/destination, just reach out to us directly.
HOW MUCH DOES DELIVERY COST?
Australia is a big country and there are many factors that go into calculating freight costs. Factors include:
size of dome
number of domes
are you located in a popular freight route?
do you have the means to be able to unload the dome from the truck or will you require a crane or forklift to unload?
Our domes range from 350kgs to over 1Tonne so requires bare minimum single cab ute (single door is the longest part of a dome's kit at 2.4m packaged while the large double doors on a 10m are 2.4m both in length and height) but more likely a truck to deliver the domes.