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3 Reasons To Build A Commercial Fence For Your Business

Posted by on Jan 30, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Reasons To Build A Commercial Fence For Your Business

If you conduct business on a piece of property that you own, you are likely aware of the extra work required to maintain and keep the grounds in a professional state that you and your employees can be proud of. If you are looking to make your life a little bit easier in this department, one potential idea would be to get some commercial fencing installed around key areas of the property, if not the entire plot of land. Here are three reasons why commercial fencing might be right for your business. Extra Privacy While fencing can help keep intruders off of your property, there’s another benefit to putting a fence up besides just deterring theft. Build the fence high enough and no one outside of the grounds will even be able to see what’s going on inside. This will give your employees peace of mind but can also be beneficial if you have a warehouse or other building that is handling research and development of innovative projects. Keep the prying eyes of your competition away from your property with commercial fencing. A Professional Look Commercial fencing can turn what might be just one building on your property into something that looks more like a secure compound. You can even get the fencing made with your company logo on it to increase the professional appearance you will be giving out to your clients and customers as they arrive at your offices to meet with you. Commercial fencing is a great way to add some immediate visual appeal without having to contact a landscape specialist. Confirmation of Property Lines If your business is located near a lot of foot traffic or near other businesses, a commercial fence can be a great way to claim what is yours. Even if you’re not worried about theft, it can still be annoying to see an unauthorized individual walking on company grounds. A commercial fence makes crystal clear where public land ends and your company’s property begins. A good fence will be able to keep your security guards positioned inside the building without having to patrol the outside property. Commercial fencing can add multiple benefits to your business besides just acting as a deterrent for theft. A well-designed fence can make your company look more professional, can shield sensitive materials or products from prying eyes and will stop even accidental trespassers in their tracks before they can cause a problem for you. Contact a commercial fencing company for more...

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5 Tips For Better Looking Gutters

Posted by on Jan 16, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 5 Tips For Better Looking Gutters

The gutters that surround the roof of your home can significantly affect the curb appeal of your home since they are highly noticeable. For this reason, you will want to be sure that your gutters are chosen carefully and are well taken care of. This way, they affect your curb appeal in a positive manner. Here are five tips for better looking gutters: Choose the Right Material: Rain gutters are made from many different materials, including copper, vinyl, and steel. For rustic homes, vinyl isn’t the best option because it won’t match the exterior decor of the home. You also don’t want to choose copper for a more modern looking home because it will stand out too much.  Keep the Gutters Clean:  To keep the material looking new and shiny, you will want to keep the gutters clean. You should be cleaning them every year before the winter season hits since this takes the most toll on your rain gutters. If the rain gutters are not cleaned, the build up will continue and the gutters can eventually snap from the weight of all the debris. On top of this, if the rain gutters aren’t kept clean, the debris inside can leak out to the rest of the gutters and make the outside of the gutters look really dirty and unappealing.  Repair the Gutters: Whenever you notice a problem with the gutters, you need to repair them right away. Otherwise, not only will it look bad, but it also means that your home is going to be susceptible to water damage since damaged gutters means that the rain water isn’t being washed away from your home as effectively as it should be.  Look for Rust: Pretty much all rain gutter materials are susceptible to rust because of the exposure to water. For this reason, you need to be on the look out for rust. If you notice rust, you need to have this part of the gutter replaced since rust can become significantly worse over time, which can lead to tears in the gutters. Besides, rust looks horrible and it will spread, which means that the curb appeal of your home will be reduced.  Replace the Gutters: At some point, you need to consider replacing the gutters on your home completely. Once they become old and you find that there is a great deal of dirt that cannot easily be removed and there are a significant number of repairs that need to be made, then it’s time to replace the whole system so that the gutters are more effective at removing water from your home and also for your curb appeal.  When you utilize these five tips, you can be sure that you have the best looking rain gutters in the neighborhood that also work efficiently. Contact a company like A-1 Seamless Gutters Inc for more...

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Specialty Tools Used on Most Job Sites

Posted by on Jan 10, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Specialty Tools Used on Most Job Sites

Tools and equipment are essential to a construction operation, and while many of the tools used on the job site are the same as you use in your home workshop or garage, there are some specialty tools that you likely wouldn’t use. Contractors will often buy the tools they use regularly so they have them on hand, but some items are so special and expensive that renting or leasing them may be a better idea. It really depends on the contractor and how often they need those tools.  Hammer Drill and Bits A drill is a common item in any shop, but a hammer drill is a very specific type of drill that is designed to bore holes in concrete and cement blocks. Often the holes cut with it are ½ ” or larger, and the drill spins while the shaft hammers at the bit. This makes it easier to cut a hole through the concrete or cinder block. It is commonly used for drilling holes for plumbing, conduit, and wiring.   Concrete Saws This saw is used to slice through slabs of concrete and cut brick, concrete block, and other masonry work. If you need to lay conduit or plumbing under a concrete floor, a saw like this can be used to cut a channel in the floor, lay in some conduit and pour new concrete over it to fill the channel. Now that the conduit is in, you can snake wires in the conduit and keep them hidden. Demolition tools There are many tools used for demolition, but a few are specialty tools that you might only use on certain job sites. One of these is a jackhammer. They are large, loud, and run on compressed air but are very effective at breaking up cement slabs or other hard surfaces. A demolition contractor would likely have one or several of these in their site box, but since they require a very large air compressor, they are not a practical tool for your home shop. Tubing and Conduit Bending This one really falls under electrical specialty tools, but you could find it in a contractor’s box because conduit can be run by the contractor on a job as well as by an electrician. The tool is used only to put precision bends in the conduit but it does so without crimping the conduit so it is easier to run the wiring through the pipe. There is a bit of a learning curve with this tool because if your measurements are off, the bend will be wrong, and the conduit will end up either too long or too short for the intended run. If you’re looking to add any of these specialty tools to your shop, check out a company like Bourget Bros. Building...

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How To Make Your Home’s Entry More Welcoming

Posted by on Jan 3, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Make Your Home’s Entry More Welcoming

When people arrive at your home, you probably want them to feel as welcome as possible. Luckily, there are a few ways that you can make your home’s entry even more welcoming. Try these tips if you’d like to do so. Paint Your Front Door Many people keep their front door in a similar color to their siding. However, this can make your home’s entry a bit boring. One great way to make your entry more welcoming and to make your home really “pop” is to paint your front door in a nice, bright color that coordinates with and complements your home. Colors like blue or burgundy are great for front doors. Make it Well-Lit You don’t want anyone to have a hard time making their way to your front door. One way to make it a lot safer for people to approach your front door and to make it look a lot more welcoming is to make sure that it’s well-lit, so consider adding lighting to the front door area. Not only can this make your front door more approachable and easier to see, but it can also help you show off your landscaping. Add a “Welcome” Mat There are a ton of welcome mats on the market, so you are sure to be able to find one that is the perfect addition to your front door area. Choose one in a nice color and style, and you can make your home’s entry doors that much more welcoming. Plus, as an added bonus, you can help ensure that no one tracks in dirt or mud when they walk into your home, which is a good way to keep things neat and clean. Add Plants Plants are a great addition to any exterior area of your home, and they can do particularly well at your front entry. Whether you choose to plant pretty flowers and shrubs alongside the outside of your home or if you place a few potted plants just outside of your front door, people are sure to notice the beautiful live plants when they approach your front door. If you would like to make your home that much more approachable and if you’d like to add a bit of curb appeal to your home, following these tips can help. Once you do, people are sure to feel welcomed as they approach your home, and you might be surprised by how beautiful your front entry looks from the road as...

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Have Someone That Is Elderly Living Alone On Your Street? 2 Ways How You Can Help Them

Posted by on Dec 12, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Have Someone That Is Elderly Living Alone On Your Street? 2 Ways How You Can Help Them

If you have someone that is elderly living alone on your street, you should help them as much as you can. Below are two things you should consider doing for them to help you get started. Stay Cool and Warm The summer heat and winter cold can be dangerous no matter if it is inside or out. This is especially true for someone that is elderly. If the elderly person you are helping has an air conditioning unit installed, and it is not working, have it repaired for them. Visit with them and you can easily tell if their house is warm or cool enough. If it is not, check the thermostat to see if it is set correctly. If it is, then the unit itself likely has problems. Contact an HVAC contractor to come to the home and service the unit. They can do maintenance on it and check it for repairs. If problems are found, ask the contractor to go ahead and repair the unit. If the HVAC unit is old, you may want to consider replacing it. If your elderly neighbor cannot afford this, you can do this yourself or get with other people in the neighborhood to help pay for it. Make Their Home Safer Because this person is elderly, they have a higher risk of falling and hurting themselves. You can help with this by making some changes to their home to make them safer. One thing you can do is to install grab bars in the shower to help them get in and out. Install grab bars near the toilet to help them sit down and stand up. Put rubber mats in the bathtub to keep them from slipping. Install lighting in hallways and stairs to ensure they are lit enough for the elderly person to be able to see well. Tape area rugs that are on the floor so they do not slip when the elderly person steps on them. Check the locks on the doors to ensure they are all working properly. Check the window to make sure they are locked. If it is in your budget, have a security system installed in their home. This system should also have a medical alert system. This should also include a bracelet the elderly person can wear so they can easily get help if they fall. Talk with other people in your neighborhood about helping you take care of the elderly person. You could set up a schedule to check on them regularly so not one person has to do...

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Maintaining Flat Roofs During the Fall and Winter Months

Posted by on Nov 22, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Maintaining Flat Roofs During the Fall and Winter Months

Flat roofs present special maintenance requirements, but when the weather starts to turn colder, there are some special considerations that need to be addressed. When snow and ice become a concern, it is better to have prepared ahead of time then to have to deal with damage after it has happened. Here are a few things to think about as the weather starts to cool but before it turns frigid. Removing Debris and Inspecting the Roof Take a few minutes in the fall to inspect the roof and look for damage that may allow moisture to build up under the roofing material. While you are up there, clear off any debris that is on the roof from low-hanging trees or other obstructions. A fallen limb or small sticks could become a problem when covered with snow and ice, so a little prevention now can make a huge difference later. Clear Drainage Systems Before the Snow Flies While you are up on the roof, take a few minutes to check all the drains for debris that may be blocking them, along with the gutters, if your building has them. This is the time to clean them out and get everything around them removed. Blocked drains or gutters will allow water to sit on the roof, and this can cause damage in the long term. Sealing the Cracks During your inspection of the roof, keep an eye out for cracks in the roofing materials. If there are any cracks, they need to be repaired or sealed right away. Cracks in the roofing will allow water to seep in and under the roofing material, damaging the wood underneath. Depending on the roofing material, you may have to replace sections of the roof, but a commercial roofing contractor will be able to tell you what is best in your situation. Keeping the Heat In While this is not necessarily part of the roof, there is another concern to address before the weather turns cold. Insulation between the roof and ceiling is critical in cold climates. If you are lacking the proper insulation in that space, the heat will escape through the roof, and this can affect your electricity bill, but more concerning is that this can melt the snow on the roof from underneath. The moisture will be trapped, and when temperatures drop, the water can refreeze and form ice dams that will not allow moisture to run off to the drains or gutters.The buildup of water or moisture can find its way in and under the roofing material, causing damage to the roof structure. Talk to a company such as East Texas Roof Works & Sheet Metal LLC. for more...

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Tips for Identifying a Ranch Home and How to Choose the Best Roofing Material

Posted by on Oct 27, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Tips for Identifying a Ranch Home and How to Choose the Best Roofing Material

Ranch style homes are often mentioned and pointed out, but the relative simplicity of the home sometimes backfires and leads to false identifications. If you think your home is a Ranch, but you’re not positive, there are a few tips for identifying the style and knowing for certain. That knowledge can help you choose the best building materials when working with roofing contractors on a repair or replacement project. Identifying a Ranch Home Ranch style homes have a one-story design with a floor plan that can resemble a simple rectangle or have more of an L-shape, depending on whether the home has a built-in garage. The home will have either wood or brick in the siding to help the home blend in well with the surrounding nature. A Ranch home has little ornamentation. Windows have shutters and sliding glass doors break up the straight lines of the house but you won’t see any other decorative designs on the home. The roof will have a similar simplicity with its modified, low-pitch gable roof with a potential cross-gable if the house has the L-shape. Best Roofing: Wood Shingles Wood shingles pair well with either the wood or masonry siding found on a Ranch home. The shingles continue the nature inspiration for the home while still adding a touch of visual interest. Choose a shingle stain color that complements the shingles or wood siding rather than perfectly matching the colors. If you want to make a bolder visual statement on the roof, you can instead choose wood shakes. The shakes came from the same type of wood as the shingles but shakes have a rougher, rustic cut than the smoother shingles. The texture can help add dimension to your Ranch roof. Best Roofing:  Asphalt Shingles Are project costs your primary concern when undergoing the roofing project on your Ranch? Wood roofing isn’t the cheapest roofing material around and the potential for weather damage also means you might have some maintenance costs in the near future. Consider using asphalt shingles as your roofing material instead. The composite asphalt shingles have a lightweight design, which sometimes makes these shingles a bad choice for gable roofs due to the steep sides amplifying wind damage. But the modified, lower-sloping sides of the Ranch gable mean the wind damage isn’t as large of a risk. Asphalt shingles are low maintenance and will ensure your project costs stay low since the composite material is one of the least expensive roofing supplies...

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Tips For Choosing Natural Stone For Your Bathroom Countertops

Posted by on Oct 11, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Tips For Choosing Natural Stone For Your Bathroom Countertops

If you’re designing or remodeling your master bathroom, you may spend a lot of time considering materials for the walls, floors, and shower stall. However, at a certain point you’ll want to turn your attention to the vanity tops. While these countertops don’t get as much use as those in the kitchen, your choice in material still influences both how the vanity looks and how well it holds up to daily tasks. Consider installing natural stone for your vanity countertops. Look into Reliable Granite Granite is one of the most popular materials for kitchen countertops because of its durability and beauty. As Home and Garden TV points out, these qualities make it ideal for the master bathroom as well. Granite comes in so many colors and patterns that you could select this material for virtually any design style. For example, black granite with minimal veining would make a bold complement in an ultra-modern bathroom, while a slab with a beige base and warm speckling would look inviting in a rustic bathroom. Consider Luxurious Marble If you have a Mediterranean-style bathroom or want to create a spa feel, marble is a good option. Marble promotes instant luxury in your bathroom, and you can even carry it through to the shower stall or other tile work. Marble takes a little more upkeep than granite – you’ll need to have it re-sealed on a regular basis. However, natural marble will develop a beautiful patina over time. Get Creative with a Different Stone Though granite and marble are more standard, you could also choose from slate, soapstone, limestone, or sandstone. Each of those stones comes with its own design profile. For example, slate is typically matte black, but it also comes in black, green, or purple. It also offers an organic look suitable for more casual spaces. If you want a really organic look, consider a slab of limestone with charming fossils embedded in the rock. Sandstone, with its coarse graining, is an attractive addition to a beach-style bathroom. For a chic effect, consider the cool gray of soapstone – it’s also the densest and least porous of all the non-traditional stones. Match the Edging to the Design Style No matter your natural stone selection, you’ll also have choices in the edging. An eased or square edge is the most common, and it will fit in with any design style. If you have a more luxurious bathroom, you could consider a bullnose or ogee edge. Both of these are rather ornate. A creative edge for modern or industrial style bathroom is aggregate. Here the edge is left “natural,” as if the contractors just broke the stone off. Choose stone countertops for both durability and beauty in your bathroom vanity top. For more information, contact a professional in your area or visit a website...

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2 Things To Think About When You Are Building Your First Horse Barn

Posted by on Sep 22, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 2 Things To Think About When You Are Building Your First Horse Barn

When you decide to build your first horse barn to bring your new horse to, you want to get it right from the very first. If you design it correctly, you will have plenty of room to work with your horse inside and plenty of room for other horses when you decide that you want to add on. So, what are some things that you should plan for and make sure that you have in your horse barn? Live With Your Property For Some Time You don’t want to buy a new property and immediately start building a horse barn. Spend a few months or even a year on the property before you build. The reason for that is you are going to see everything the property has to offer, where the swampy spots are, where the shady spots are, and where the really hot spots are. Once you know that, you know where all the good places to build a barn are.  You can also track the way the wind and weather around your property. If the wind generally moves from one direction, you want to build your barn so that it doesn’t blow right into your barn. That will drive snow and rain into the barn. If you don’t want precipitation blowing into your house, why would your horse? You may also want to see if you can place the barn behind a natural windbreak, just as an added protection.  Create a Way to Create Spaces Your horse will have their own stalls, but you may have a time when you have a horse that needs to be isolated for some reason. They may be recuperating from an injury or you have a new horse that you want to carefully introduce to the rest of your horses. In that case, you might not want to leave them in their stall all the time. Even the most comfortable stall is going to start wearing on your horse after some time. So, create some spaces where you can let your horse out from their stall and let them have a little bit of space. You can do that in a couple ways. One is to have a large room with storage on one end. You can install a gate in the middle, and use the other end for your horse to have some space.  Getting a new horse is exciting. If you are going to build a horse barn, make sure you keep a few things in mind for your horse’s comfort and for your own comfort. Then contact a contractor from a company like Swiss...

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3 Gutter Improvements That Will Prevent Repair, Leaks, And Water Damage

Posted by on Aug 31, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Gutter Improvements That Will Prevent Repair, Leaks, And Water Damage

Gutters can be a great addition to your home, but they also need to have maintenance like gutter cleans. Lack of regular maintenance can lead to repair needs and even serious damage to your home. To prevent these problems, you may want to have some improvements done. This can include solutions like better fastening systems, gutter guards, and even seamless gutters. Here are a few of the things that you can do to prevent damage to your gutters and your home. 1. Keep Debris Out And Avoid Ice Dams With Gutter Guards The debris that gets inside your gutters can lead to a lot of problems. It causes water to settle, and eventually rots. This moist material can add so much weight to the gutters that they eventually come loose. It can also be a starting point for leaks. Adding gutter guards can help reduce the problems that you may have with debris in your gutters. In addition, newer solid guards are an excellent choice for Northern climates where the winter weather can cause ice dams that cause wear on shingles and leaks on the roof. 2. Improve Fastening Systems And Add A Roofing Membrane At Eaves There are many different ways to fasten gutters. Conventionally, a long spike-like nail has been used to do this. The problem will nails is that with the expanding and contracting of wood, they can eventually work their way look. Using something like screws or special nails with ribbed edges called ring-shanked nails can be a good way to prevent this types of problems. In addition, you may want to add a layer of roofing membrane on the first rows of shingles on your roof. This can help prevent water getting beneath shingles at the gutters, as well as give extra protection from shingle wear due to debris or ice dams. 3. Install Seamless Gutters And Reinforce Areas With Seams To Prevent Leaks Seamless gutters are another solution that you may want to consider for your home. These sections of gutters are continuous and do not have the seams that are prone to leaks. There will still be seems at areas like corners, but there is less risk of leaks and problems in the middle of sections. In addition, seamless gutters can also have reinforced corners that help prevent these problems to ensure your gutters do not have leaks. With the right improvements, you gutter will last long, need fewer repairs, and protect your home from damage. If you want to improve your gutters, click here for more...

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