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3 Reasons To Take A Look At Glass Railings

Posted by on Jan 13, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Reasons To Take A Look At Glass Railings

Whether a homeowner is building a new home, renovating their current home, or simply completing a new home project, there are plenty of decisions that may need to be made. Often homeowners find themselves picking the expected choice and not thinking outside the box. However, there are many benefits to choosing unexpected materials. When it comes to railing in or around the home, most homeowners look for sturdy and solid materials such as wood and wrought iron. However, glass railing is a great choice that many homeowners overlook. Here are three reasons to take a look at glass railing.  It Offers Safety Without Sacrificing The View Whether it’s a gorgeous landscape or stunning water view, it can be hard to strike a balance between safety and visual appeal. Glass railing allows for the best of both world. The transparency of glass allows for no obstruction of the view. The tempered glass used for this type of railing is also durable and can provide a safety barrier off of any deck space. This type of railing is great for ocean views and for decks and balconies that are high off the ground. The cost of this type of glass railing averages around $118.27 per square foot. Lets Light In Another great advantage of glass railing is that it can let light in throughout the home. It’s especially useful in homes with large staircases that dominate a room. Glass railing will allow for light to pass through one part of the room into another with minimal interference from the staircase. The cost can vary depending on the staircase size and the type of glass used. A 17 foot glass handrail for a staircase will range in price from $556.20 to $842.82. They Can Act As Wind Breaks In areas where wind can become a nuisance, wind breaks are a must for outdoor spaces. Glass railing can make an excellent wind break due to its smooth and uniform surface. This makes it ideal for patios and balconies that would otherwise be impacted by the wind. Often glass railing that is being used as a wind break needs to be taller in order to effectively block the wind. It’s also important to make sure the railing is anchored down thoroughly when using it as a wind break. Glass railing may not be the first thing that comes to a homeowner’s mind when they are choosing railing for either an outdoor or indoor space. However there are plenty of benefits to using glass. It offers safety without sacrificing the view. Glass railing also lets light in and can even act as a wind...

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What To Consider When You Get A New Picture Window

Posted by on Dec 18, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on What To Consider When You Get A New Picture Window

If your home is on a lot with a beautiful view, then installing a picture window gives you the ability to enjoy the scenery from the comfort of a warm home. Plus, picture windows let in a lot of natural light, and that is a big benefit if the light reaches your kitchen or work area. The view from the window may become the focal point of your home as guests admire the view and your family relaxes with the beauty of nature. If you’re considering a picture window for your home, here are some points to think about. The Window Frame Material Picture windows are quite large and heavy. If the weight is a concern, you can choose a light frame material such as vinyl or aluminum. A wood frame is a little more traditional, but you may actually prefer the sleek appearance of a thin frame made from aluminum or vinyl. If you’re worried about how the frame will look from the inside of your home, you may want to buy a picture window that has a wood frame on the inside that offers a traditional appearance while it has another material on the outside for durability and reduced weight. Another thing to consider when deciding on the type of frame for your big window is how well it insulates against heat transfer. Wood, vinyl, and aluminum frames come in various levels of quality. The higher quality frames are more expensive, but they insulate your home better. You get an idea on how well the frame insulates by looking at the energy ratings sticker. Choose the best quality frame you can afford no matter which type of material you choose. Window Glass Options When it comes to choosing the glass for your picture window, you have even more options. First, you need to decide if you want single, double, or triple panes. The more panes, the better the insulation. Since a picture window takes up a lot of space on your wall, you want the glass to have as much insulation as possible or the window will drive up your energy bill. Having multiple panes is one way to increase insulation. Gas or air is sealed between the panes to block the transfer of heat. Once you decide on the number of panes, you can choose a style. Plain glass may be the best so it doesn’t detract from the outdoor view, but you can make the window more decorative if you want by adding grilles or bars that section the glass into squares. For ease of cleaning, consider windows with the bars placed between the panes of glass. If you prefer the bars to be on the outside, you’ll probably want windows that have them on the interior side of the glass so they will be much easier to keep clean. The final choice in the glass for your windows is the treatment of the glass to block UV rays. This is especially important if the picture window is on the south side of your home. While you want to let in natural light, you want to block solar heat as well as UV rays that fade your furniture and upholstery. If your lot has a beautiful view of the woods, a lake, or a mountain,...

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3 Reasons Why Construction Surveying Is Essential

Posted by on Nov 28, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Reasons Why Construction Surveying Is Essential

Before any construction project can take place, whether it is a modest home that is being built or a huge commercial or industrial structure that is in the works, construction surveying has to happen. Basically, for construction surveying, an experienced commercial surveyor comes out and marks off the area of the property on which building will take place. These are a few reasons why this is such an essential step. 1. Make Sure the Land is Properly Prepared It can be difficult to visualize how large a building will be once it is constructed when you are looking at a bare piece of land. Once the area where the home or other structure will be built is marked off by a construction surveyor, however, this is much easier to see. This allows those who are involved in the building process to see things like whether or not the building process will be affected by the slope of the land. This allows proper planning to have the ground graded or otherwise altered so that the building process can go smoothly. 2. Get the Necessary Permits With most building projects, it is necessary to have permits from the local government. In order to secure these permits, construction surveying is often required first. This is because the inspector who comes out to take a look at the property and the building plans will be better able to identify what is being done so that he or she can give permission or advise changes to the building plans. 3. Avoid Property Line Disputes The last thing that anyone wants to deal with while in the middle of a building project is finding out that the structure that is being built has been built on the wrong side of the property line. In an ideal situation, all properties would be nice and square and would be large enough for what is being built on them. This is not always the case, however, and property line disputes can become a real issue. By having a construction surveyor come out before the building process gets started, it is easier to determine whether or not there will be a property line problem. As you can see, construction surveying truly is an essential part of the pre-construction process. If you are planning on having a home or other structure built, you will not want to skip the construction surveying process. Instead, you’ll want to take it seriously and choose the right...

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3 Reasons to Install Parking Bumpers in Your Business’s Parking Lot

Posted by on Nov 1, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Reasons to Install Parking Bumpers in Your Business’s Parking Lot

Does your business have an adjacent parking lot that you are also the owner of? If so, you are likely aware that you are responsible for its upkeep and ensuring that the lot remains acceptable and safe for your incoming clients and customers. While you can hire a grounds person to help manage this area, there’s one additional thing you can do that can go a long way towards improving the safety and overall professional feel of your business: get parking bumpers installed. It might not seem like a big deal at first glance but here are three ways that parking bumpers can actually help your business. Improve Traffic Flow If your business is typically very busy, you likely have customers coming in and out of your lot throughout the day. If your lot is just a big slab of asphalt without any clearly defined parking spots, it’s pretty much a free for all out there and that could lead to a lot of congestion as customers try to get in and out of the area. By installing parking bumpers, you are clearly creating specific lanes throughout the parking lot, which will help improve the overall flow of traffic and help give drivers a better sense of which way they need to go. Lower the Chances of Property Damage and Fender Benders While you could just draw some chalk lines if you want to create specific parking spots, there is another advantage that going with parking bumpers instead can provide: greater security. if your parking lot comes right up to the entrance of the building, the bumpers will act as a buffer that will stop anyone with a heavy foot from accidentally getting to close to your store or office. In an especially crowded lot, parking bumpers could also prevent someone from accidentally hitting the vehicle in front of them when pulling into a parking spot. Safety for You and Your Customers When a parking lot does not have any parking bumpers, it can be incredibly easy for someone to cut across multiple parking spots to get to the other side of the lot instead of going the long way around. But if there are parking bumpers across the entire lot, it won’t be that easy for someone to zigzag their vehicle through the area. By forcing customers and clients to stick to specific lanes when traveling through your lot, you can hopefully prevent an accident from happening. The last thing you want is for someone walking towards your store to be injured by a driver who was in a hurry to cut through to the other side of the parking lot. If your business’s parking lot feels like the Wild West, it might be time to get some parking bumpers installed. Bumpers can help create a natural flow of traffic in and out of the lot and can act as a safeguard against drivers hitting other vehicles or pedestrians. Contact a contractor like Unit Step Company for more information about installing...

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Tenants Leave You With A Mess? 3 Steps To Eliminate Problems When Renting A Dumpster

Posted by on Oct 17, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Tenants Leave You With A Mess? 3 Steps To Eliminate Problems When Renting A Dumpster

If your tenants moved out and left you with a big mess to clean up, you’re going to need a dumpster. Renting a dumpster will give you the space you need to get the mess cleaned up all at once. While you have the dumpster on your property, it’s important that you take some precautions to prevent mishaps and additional problems. Here are three steps you should take while you have your dumpster. Keep the Area Clean If you’re going to be cleaning up garbage with heavy odors, it’s important that you keep the area around the dumpster as clean as possible. Strong odors can attract pests, which can cause additional problems for your clean-up efforts. This is particularly true if the pests that are attracted to the dumpster end up inside your rental property. To keep the pests away, be sure that the area around the dumpster is clean before you leave the property each day. Lock it When You Leave If you’re not going to be staying on the property while you’re cleaning, you’ll need to make sure that the dumpster is secured each night before you leave. Dumpsters can be an attractive nuisance to people who are interested in what you’re throwing away. Unfortunately, if someone is injured while digging through the dumpster on your property, you could be held legally responsible for their injuries, especially if they decide to hire a personal injury attorney. Prevent injuries and liability issues by locking your dumpster each night. To lock your dumpsters, simply close the lids and secure it with padlocks. Most dumpsters will have latches on each lid that can be secured with locks. However, if the dumpster you rent doesn’t have a latch, wrap a chain around the dumpster and secure it with a lock. Schedule Additional Pickups If your tenants left an entire houseful of trash, you’re probably going to fill your dumpster at least once during the clean-up effort. To make sure that your dumpster doesn’t overflow while you’re cleaning, be sure to schedule additional pickups with your dumpster rental company. In most cases, the company will make additional pickups to prevent overflows. If your tenants left you with a mess, make sure you rent a dumpster for the cleanup. The tips provided here will help you avoid pests, injuries, and overflows while you’re cleaning. For additional assistance with the cleanup efforts, be sure to contact a contractor in your area. For more information, contact local professionals like Keith Krupenny & Son Disposal Service...

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Are You Installing a Commercial Fence Around Your Construction Site? Learn the Benefits of Using a Fence Wrap

Posted by on Sep 28, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Are You Installing a Commercial Fence Around Your Construction Site? Learn the Benefits of Using a Fence Wrap

If you are completing a commercial construction project on your business building or warehouse, you will likely be placing commercial fencing around the construction site. This helps to keep those out who should not be entering the site. If you plan on using one of these fences, you may want to consider a fence wrap. A fence wrap is a large banner of sorts that is wrapped around one side or all the sides of your commercial fencing. Learning the benefits of a fence wrap can help you decide if it is ideal for your construction project. Here are three benefits. It Helps with Dust Control If your construction site is near other buildings, you may be required to control the dirt and dust around your construction site. This helps keep the air clean for other people in the vicinity, as well as the buildings and cars in the area. Wetting the dirt is one way to control dust. Another is to use a fence wrap. The dirt can’t pass through the wrap, ensuring the dust stays within the boundaries of your construction site. You Can Use It to Advertise When your building is under construction, you can use a fence wrap around the commercial fencing to advertise your business or let people know you will be leasing space in the building in the near future. With a fence wrap, you have full control over the design, words, or logos that are placed on the wrap. This is a great way to take a blank space and use it for something valuable to your business. It Helps You Keep the Building Under Wraps The last benefit to a fence wrap is that it helps you keep the construction project under wraps. Many building owners want to keep their projects hidden until construction is complete and they unveil the entire project. But this is hard with commercial fencing, as people can see through a typical chain-link fence. If you want to keep the exterior of your construction project hidden from the public until it is complete, a fence wrap is the way to go. A construction fence is not the most aesthetically pleasing thing, nor is a construction site. But thanks to a fence wrap, you can keep things hidden. Additionally, you can use the wrap to advertise and control dust. If you are placing a construction fence around your construction project, these are just a few of the reasons a fence wrap may be a smart idea for...

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2 Things That You Can Do to Help Your Air Conditioner Keep Your Home Cool

Posted by on Sep 6, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 2 Things That You Can Do to Help Your Air Conditioner Keep Your Home Cool

One of the worst parts about the summer is the sheer amount of strain that you can put on your air conditioner while trying to keep yourself and your family cool. This strain can very easily lead to higher utility bills and extensive damage to your air conditioner. Listed below are two things that you can do to help your air conditioner keep your home cool.  Block Out the Sunlight One of the biggest ways to help your air conditioner keep your home cool in the summer is to use a variety of methods to keep sunlight from making its way into your home. This is vital because every little bit of sunlight that gets into your home is going to raise the temperature a bit. In the end, this can lead to your house being several degrees hotter than it needs to be, which means that your air conditioner has to work that much harder to offset this increase in temperature. To block out the sunlight, consider utilizing blackout curtains as a relatively inexpensive solution. This option can block out about 99% of sunlight, which will go a long way to lowering your cooling bills and the strain on your air conditioner. If you want to still allow a bit of sunlight into your home, consider solar screens. Solar shades are meant to pop into the same spot that your current window screens occupy, but they will block out a large portion of sunlight while still allowing a breeze into your home and preventing bugs from entering your house. Get Rid of Heat Sources Another way to help your air conditioner keep your home cool is to find the most common causes of heat within your home and get rid of them. One way to do this is to make sure that you go through the house and turn off any televisions or computer systems. Computers in particular can produce a lot of heat if they are left on.  Another heat source to get rid of is traditional light bulbs. Instead of using traditional bulbs, consider utilizing LED bulbs that can produce the same amount of light (or more) but do so while generating less heat. Finally, consider avoiding using your oven or stovetop as much as possible due to how quickly it can cause the inside of your home to heat up, which will force your air conditioner to come on more frequently. Whenever possible, attempt to cook your food on a grill outside of your home or utilize your microwave to keep your house from heating up. Contact an air-conditioner repair service such as All American Air & Electric, Inc. today to ask about anything that you can do to help your air conditioner keep your home cool. Blocking out sunlight and getting rid of heat sources are just two ways to lower your cooling bills and limit air-conditioner strain during the...

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Lower Your Energy Costs And Improve HVAC Performance

Posted by on Aug 17, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Lower Your Energy Costs And Improve HVAC Performance

If you’re like most homeowners, you likely rely on your HVAC system throughout the year to keep temperatures comfortable inside. But with regular use, your HVAC system is put through a lot of wear and tear that can inhibit proper performance and increase your energy costs. Here are a few things you can do to ensure optimal HVAC performance year-round and decrease your overall energy expenses: Replace Your Thermostat Installing a programmable thermostat in your home that’s compatible with your current HVAC system is sure to help decrease your monthly power bills by up to 15 percent and will enable you to manage indoor temperatures whether or not you’re home. Being able to manage temperatures while away will ensure that your air conditioner and heater aren’t used when unnecessary, which will help reduce wear and tear overall and minimize the need for costly repairs as time goes on. Programmable thermostats come in many sizes, designs, and shapes which should make it easy to incorporate one that complement’s your home’s current decor. Seal up Your Ducts If your home is fitted with a forced-air HVAC system, your household might be losing up to a whopping 30 percent of temperature controlled air flow if any cracks, holes, or even minor leaks have developed in the ducts. Unusually high energy bills during the summer or winter, the development of stuffy rooms, or spaces that seem hard to keep warm or cool throughout the year are all signs that your ducts should be sealed as soon as possible. To decrease wear and tear on your system and increase air flow for proper temperature control indoors, use mastic sealant or thermal metal tape to seal the edges of all the ducts you can access. Don’t forget to seal ducts in your basement and attic! Plant Some Deciduous Trees Planting some new deciduous trees on your property near windows that get direct sunlight during the day and in front of your exterior HVAC unit is an excellent way to protect your home from excessive heat and cold throughout the year. In the summer, deciduous trees are full of large leaves that will shade your house from the sun’s heat. During the winter months, deciduous trees lose their leaves and allows the sun to heat things naturally up inside. Landscaping with new trees can even increase your overall property value by up to 20 percent. Some beautiful options to consider include dogwood, crab apple, and European beech. These methods and techniques are sure to help keep your home cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter without having to put a lot of wear and tear on your HVAC system. You’re likely to save a considerable amount of money on energy expenses throughout the year too.  For more information, talk to a professional like Nathan’s Heating & Air Conditioning,...

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Before You Trim Trees, Remember: One Person’s Yard Waste Is a Zoo Creature’s Treasured Treat

Posted by on Jul 29, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Before You Trim Trees, Remember: One Person’s Yard Waste Is a Zoo Creature’s Treasured Treat

If you’re a committed green person who would like to recycle or re-use everything you don’t need anymore, you should definitely contact your local zoo before you have your landscaping tidied again. Many zoos accept branches of certain trees to feed animals or use as habitat for the animals in their care. This is a great way to keep yard debris out of the landfill and make a zoo creature happy at the same time. Here’s what you should know. Branches of leaves, fruit, and flowers are called “browse” The term “browse” is used to describe the natural tree, shrub, and grassy growth that animals munch on throughout the day when in their natural habitats. Zoos try to mimic that type of feeding by offering animals like elephants, giraffes, and zebras branches of trees to both nibble on and play with in their enclosures. Some zoos have entire gardens or growth plots devoted to raising specialty browse plants like eucalyptus for koalas and bamboo for pandas. But it’s difficult for most zoos to grow all of the plants that diverse animals need, so some zoos accept donations of branches cut from property-owners’ trees and shrubs. Many common plants are delicacies to zoo animals There are quite a few common trees and shrubs that are accepted as browse donations in zoos which offer this program. Some of these include Crape myrtle Japanese maple Citrus tree Pear tree Sycamore   Mimosa   Acacia Willow Grape vines, photinia bushes, hackberries, and tulips are also included. Many animals, including elephants, love evergreen trees. including Fraser and Douglas firs. The elephants wave the branches around and then strip the needles from the boughs. How browse donations work Not all zoos accept donations of branches and yard debris. Of those which do accept donations, you must have specific plants to offer in enough quantities to make it worth their while to pick the branches up, and they usually can’t travel more than a few miles to retrieve the yard waste. It’s best to call ahead to find out whether the amount and type of branches you have will be accepted for pickup. Even small donations may be dropped off at the zoo. Although you won’t be able to see your branches actually fed to the animals, you can rest assured they appreciate the gesture. Again, call ahead to be sure someone can accept your donation. When there are no zoos nearby, contact a local veterinary hospital, petting farm, pet store, or other exotic animal provider and ask if they can use any of your fresh cuttings. If trees have been sprayed—even with organic pesticides—they can’t be accepted. Branches must also be freshly cut, not dried out and inedible. If there is any fungal or severe bug infestation, you should not donate branches but should instead burn them or have your tree-trimming or tree-removal service dispose of them properly for...

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Complement Your New HVAC System With These Energy-Saving Home Updates

Posted by on Jul 13, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Complement Your New HVAC System With These Energy-Saving Home Updates

Your new HVAC system is sure to help keep your family comfortable while spending time indoors throughout the year. But running your air conditioner and heater on a regular basis for temperature control tends to result extra energy expenses on a monthly basis. The good news is that you can introduce a couple of energy-saving home updates that will complement your new HVAC system and help offset your heating and cooling costs. The following home updates will also minimize HVAC wear and tear year-round: Introduce Some Ceiling Fans If you don’t already have ceiling fans installed throughout your home, consider introducing a few. Making use of ceiling fans will decrease your HVAC system’s workload and minimize wear and tear, which should help keep the system in excellent shape as time goes on and minimize the need for expensive repairs. While most HVAC systems use about 3,500 watts of power on an hourly basis to function, ceiling fans typically require only 60 watts of power each hour. Running your ceiling fans at night instead of your heater or air conditioner and using the fans to complement the performance of your HVAC system during the day can save you an impressive amount of money on energy costs throughout the year. Program your ceiling fans to run counterclockwise during the summer to create constant air movement and a light breeze throughout your home. In the winter, program your ceiling fans to run clockwise to keep the warm air circulating. Have New Windows Installed Having some new energy efficient windows installed in your home is an excellent way to save some money on your heating and cooling expenses throughout the year. Your new energy efficient windows should also reduce unwanted drafts inside your home, which will make it easier to maintain comfortable indoor temperatures throughout each day. Most energy efficient windows also resist condensation buildup on interior glass surfaces, which will help to keep mildew and mold from developing. What’s more is that energy efficient windows are designed to resist the transmission of ultraviolet rays, which will help to protect your flooring, furniture, and walls from fading and cracking due to sun damage. After making these energy-saving updates to your home, it should be easy and convenient to maintain comfortable indoor temperatures throughout the year without putting too much wear and tear on your new HVAC system or spending a fortune on energy expenses each month. Talk to a company like TODDCO, Inc. to learn...

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