Go green with your roofing materials!

Everyone knows that one of the most popular trends today is to “go green” and use environmentally friendly materials when building a home or any other kind of project. Whether you are driving a cleaner energy vehicle, unplugging chargers from wall sockets, or remodeling an old home, going with the energy efficient option is the best choice for personal home energy spending as well as global reductions in pollution. No one wants to see the earth burn up and get destroyed in a fire-y mess, so taking the time to make smart choices about your personal energy use is an important way to make changes happen globally. Green building materials are a great way to make this change happen, and eco friendly roofing materials are becoming particularly popular. Instead of remodeling your roof with materials that are going to decompose quickly, make a smarter choice and select a building material that will provide better insulation for your home and are also made from cleaner, recyclable materials!

 http://www.roofingexperts.com/Many top notch roofing companies and roofers are starting to offer green roofs and green roofing materials as part of their construction package in order to keep up with this trend. The push for clean and recyclable roofing products has encouraged roofers to keep up and stay relevant with new roofing trends. This means better products for consumers who are remodeling or repairing their roofs. For example, a new composite roof insulation appeared on the market in 2013 and is now LEED certified. This insulation is made from recycled materials, is formaldehyde and hydrochloroflourocarbons (HCFCs) as well as cholorfluorocarbons (CFCs). This insulation is also entirely recyclable. What better way to provide new roofs for people than to work with materials that are good for the earth while also reducing home energy spending by increasing insulation?

Another great new product that is helping the roofing market move into more environmentally friendly areas is a metal roofing panel that is eco efficient. There are many reasons to go with metal roofing panels, including versatility in construction and design, but these special efficient panels are something new. These insulated metal roof panels are designed with enhanced thermal performance, meaning they are more energy efficient. They reflect unwanted heated, keeping your home cooler in the hot summer months and providing significant savings in your home energy bill.

Another unique new addition to the residential roofing repertoire is sod and turf roofing. While wooden shake and shingle as well as thatched roofing has gone out of style because these materials are prone to fire, the new sod and turf roofs have a bit of a different take on an old theme. They are modeling after the rooftops on 17th century Scandinavian home designs and use wooden boards as a base. These boards are covered in layered birch bark which waterproofs the roof, followed by layers of grass, sod, and turf to secure the bark while providing insulation and absorbing water. There are so many great new ways to go green with your roof that it will be easy in the coming years to select the right option for you!

Reasons to choose asphalt for your driveway repaving

Every home owner with a drive way has experienced this question at least at one point in their ownership time, how can I bet repave my driveway? So many driveways are in need of repaving, and many were not created with the intention of lasting for several years. Instead, it is common to see driveways that are made from gravel, that are potholed and cracked, made from disjointed concrete, or other forms that are not conducive to handling varying weather and temperatures and remaining solid and strong. But the best options there there are for repaving a driveway or paving over a gravel or peddle driveway are asphalt. There are options for using concrete to repave a driveway, asphalt pavingbut concrete is not at all flexible and it has a tendency to break, crack, and move under pressure. This is not ideal for a driveway, as the best option is to have a level and straight driveway that does not move based on external pressures. These are all things that can be solved with repaving your driveway in asphalt instead of more gravel dumps or newly poured concrete. Below we have listed several positive benefits of using asphalt instead of the other driveway options that are on the market these days.

Gravel.

Many driveways are gravel, and after a season or two the gravel beings to disappear. Wind, rain, and regular use will displace the gravel and remove it from the driveway and the place where it needs to be. With asphalt, it can be laid directly on top of the gravel, and will not shift or move due to any outside elements. The asphalt holds all the gravel in place, and there will no longer be bare spots in the driveway that you notice in the car.

Concrete.

Concrete is often a choice for home owners when paving a driveway, but they do not last very long. As concrete is very brittle, it cannot handle growing tree roots, shifting foundations, or inclement weather. The concrete can break apart, crack, shift in places and move or erode. This is all just a reason to choose asphalt over concrete. There will be no issues with cracking or erosion, as asphalt can shift with the elements. It is flexible, and allows for the heat and the cold to contract and expand it without causing there to be any cracks or other damages to the slab. Not only does asphalt move with the elements, but the sun quickly heats it up so that there are no patches of ice left on the driveway to make the car slip. Concrete does not heat up as well as asphalt, and so ice can form in the long winter months, making the driveway a treacherous place. Asphalt on the other hand will help the homeowner by melting the ice as the sun comes out, reducing any risk in ice patches forming or remaining in any shade that may remain over the driveway.  These are the two most important things to keep in mind then choosing what material to use when repaving a driveway.

 

Replacing a roof can be an easy process.

This past summer, I had the opportunity to go out and buy my own house.  It was a great way to start investing into real estate and building some equity.  While the loan is not scheduled to be paid off for quite some time, I still think that it is pretty interesting to note some of the things that I probably will not have to worry about with the house.  The big one that comes to mind is the twenty-year replacing of the roof. I appreciate that this is something that I will not have to deal with because this apartment had its roof replaced about five years ago, which means that only in twenty years will this be an issue.  I truly hope that this is something that I will not have to worry about, but I am not sure what that is going to look like.  The big thing for me to keep in mind is that there are a number of other houses on the market that I am interested in and consequently, I may need to worry about those roofs.

roofingReplacing a roof can be a very easy process.  The biggest thing to keep in mind with that is the fact that much of the roofing is done in a single day and that can be very loud.  I have a limited amount of experience witnessing this, but was able to do so when my family  replaced the roof on the home in which I grew up.  I was happy with how that product turned out and the roof is still strong years after that construction happened.  With that in mind, I hope that I will not have to worry about the roofing on my apartment.  This big issue with that is that I recently experienced a leak into my apartment.  The issue was during one of our big rain storms and when I went to the bathroom in the morning, there was a little puddle that was accumulating underneath the heater in the bathroom.  I quickly called a roofer who came out and fixed the problem. This is obviously my own anecdotal story, but I think that it could be a lesson for a lot of people that think that because their roof was replaced recently that they do not have to worry about a leak.  It is good to always be conscious of your surroundings and I think that that is just one good example.

I will probably try to do something like that in the future.  I think that it could help me out immensely.  Nevertheless, I hope that this is the last roof repair that I have to deal with.   If it becomes an issue again, I am probably going to have to question the craftsmanship of the people that built the roof the first time.  Hopefully this will not be an issue though and I will not have to call the HOA company to complain about a leak in my bathroom during a rain storm.

 

An Awning Installation Was What my Mother Needed

A beautiful victorian home in the hills of Pittsburgh is what my mother has always wanted, and my father did everything in his power to make sure it happened for her. My parents took care of three active children. We enrolled in dance classes, played softball, joined cheerleading and swim club, and went to summer camp every year. That being said, it took my parents a very long time to save up for the dream victorian home that my mom always wanted. They finally bought a big blue three story house outside of the city when the last of us went off to college.

A lot of work had to be done to bring the house to the condition that they wanted, and it took my parents a few years to do that. There were brightly lit bedrooms and a grand bathroom with a claw foot tub. There was room for the piano in the entry way and all of my mother’s cats loved to sleep on the servant’s stairs. It was a beautiful home with a beautiful garden, but a garden that my mom couldn’t enjoy.

custom awningMy mother battled and won her fight against skin cancer about 10 years ago. Though she’s had a clean bill of health ever since, she can’t take her chances on relapse by sitting in the sun. And this is a shame because she loves gardening so much. The house was everything she wanted, but unfortunately the back yard and porch were not covered so it kept her from going outside very often. So that my mother could fully enjoy her new house, my siblings and I had a custom awning installed over the back porch with an extension over the garden so that she could work there too. The extension retracted so that the flowers and shrubs could get the sun they needed during the day and would rest in the shade whenever my mother was weeding or planting.

A custom awning was exactly what my mother needed to be able to enjoy her new backyard without sitting in the harsh sun. The awning design and installation company worked with us to create the perfect design for her needs. They had not necessarily done an attached awning with a retractable extension before, but they were willing to design and implement our suggested design so that our mother was completely happy. She needed something that fit her lifestyle perfectly and we wanted to provide that for her.

The custom awning company made exactly what we asked for and my mother was so pleased that she cried when she saw it. Now she can enjoy gardening and sitting on the porch swing in the shade during her retirement without fear that her skin cancer will return. We would suggest this company to anyone who was looking to add some shade to their outdoor space. Plus the awnings are stylish and don’t seem out of place because the designers fit the colors and styles to fit the home and space perfectly.

Make sure your web host has an SSL certificate.

When you are getting started with your web host, there are a lot of details to keep in mind. At a first glance, web hosting seems to be such a simple an straightforward venture. You lease space on a web server for little to no expense and end up with a no risk web page situation. All is well, right? As it turns out, if you do not take a few important details into consideration, you could end up with a bit of a situation on your hands. Your web host needs to have a few qualifications before you can feel completely comfortable working with them as your web host. No matter how free or inexpensive the web host agreement is, without having some details ironed out, you may not end up with the kind of web hosting situation that you would have hoped for. There are two fairly essential aspects of your web hosting relationship that you should take care to work out ahead of time. When you do so, you will end up with the ideal web hosting situation, rather than some half hearted and ineffective method for taking care of these important details.

http://www.name.comOne of the most important aspects of your web hosting relationship is the SLA, the service level agreement that you and your web host agree to. In this agreement, several fairly critical details are included that make a big impact on the kind of web hosting relationship you have. The two most important of these details are your web host’s availability as well as the web host’s consequent reliability. The service level agreement will specify the length of time as well as the amount of downtime a server will have each year due to scheduled maintenance and other details. This downtime factors into the web server’s availability and consequently your web site’s availability to your customers. A website that is frequently down for maintenance quickly becomes seen as unreliable, and without working out these this detail, you risk your website ending up looking flaky, and thereby your company. Working these details out in advance will allow you to know what to expect from your web host, and will also give you leverage if they do not hold up their end of the agreement.

The other important detail is whether or not your web host works with a SSL, or a secure sockets layer. When a server can provide this kind of a service, like Name.com can as a web host, then you know that your potential customers will be able to trust your website as a reliable source for ecommerce instead of fearing that internet hackers will steal their information. Working with an SSL certificate means that your website looks significantly more secure and will allow you to reach more of your customers. People will feel comfortable conducting transactions on your website, which is important for websites that are just getting off the ground. Knowing these details can help you start off with a strong web host relationship in order to get the most out of your web hosting experience!

Repairing rather than replacing with Blinds ‘n’ Drapes

Often enough in life something happens and your things are damaged or ruined. Things cannot always be fixed but when it is a possibility to repair rather than replaces I think it is always the best bet. Depending on what the problem is with your blinds or shades, you can usually do a little bit of searching around online and find someone, somewhere who has written about how to fix that specific problem. You might want to check out a few different sites to find the best option. Your ability to replicate these fixes though might depend greatly on your craftiness, willingness to put in time and effort as well as how bad the problem was to begin with. Usually if you can’t totally fix the problem you should at the very least be able to make the problem smaller or less noticeable.

blindsIf the problem is too big for you to be able to fix yourself or if you just do not care enough to even take on the task of trying to repair your blinds or shades yourself, you can always take your broken blinds or shades to a window covering store such as Blinds ‘n’ Shades and have them take a shot at repairing the damage. Most places that sell any kinds of window coverings will offer some sort of repair services. They might not be able to fix your problem depending on what it is and how bad it is but it is worth it to stop in and check before you write off your old window coverings and invest a lot of money on replacing them.

At the very worst if you are to replace your old and broken window coverings, you would have to go to a window covering retailers like Blinds ‘n’ Shades anyway to look for new ones and so it is not like you even have to waste any time making an unnecessary trip. This way you know that you have done all that you could to make sure that you are not wasting your money on buying new things when your old ones are quickly and easily reparable.

If you have any problems with your blinds or drapes, take them over to Blinds ‘n’ Drapes or your local window covering retailer and see if there is anything that they can do to help get your window coverings back looking like new or see if you can find any information online about small things that you can do yourself to at least make them look and function a little bit better, even if it is not all of the way or perfect. The small change could end up making a huge difference in how well the blinds look, function, and how well you are able to control important factors such as how much light you are able to let into your home and how much privacy you are able to get from outside streets and buildings.

Tips on buying new shades or shutters for your home

If you are in the market for new blinds and shades for your home, you will know that there are more choices available than you ever imagined.  Today, the number of options available for someone looking to put new window coverings for their home is overwhelming to say the least.  If you are new to this, you will understand what we are talking about.  We have complied some advice from homeowners, retail sellers, and experts in the industry to help guide you through this process.

There are many reasons why people buy new shades for their home. Some people seek privacy from their neighbors, other people are looking to make their home more stylish, others buy new shades or window coverings to keep their home warm in the winter and to reduce hot or cold air from escaping the house, and others get new blinds for a combination of the reasons just listed. Either way, with all of the choices available today, this can be daunting.

A great place to start is by a visit to a local seller of drapes, blinds, and shutters.  You should go in not expecting to purchase, but to educate yourself on some of the options available to learn more about what you want and what will work well for your home.  Fabrics and More has a great selection of drapes and knowledgeable staff who can help answer your initial questions.

Once you go for this first visit, you will have a better sense of what to look for and the types of window treatments you want for you home.  Here are some things to consider when you choose to get new window treatments for your home:

– Privacy and lighting: Do you need a lot of privacy? How about natural light? Some people prefer to have a home which is lite up primarily from natural light, while others like to keep their blinds closed and rely primarily on the lighting installed in their home.  This will determine the style and fabric of window covering you will want to purchase for your home.  There are designs which are meant to maximize natural light, and other designs which are meant to keep the light out.  You will also want to consider privacy.  If you are looking to create privacy and perhaps a noise barrier, you will want something different than if you live in a home where you have a lot of space and very few neighbors.

– Budget: Are you going to be installing windows in your entire home, or are you just looking to outfit one or two rooms? If you are installing new window treatments in your entire home, this will cost much more than just a few rooms.  You will want to price out various options.  You can even choose to mix it up, putting more expensive window treatments in certain rooms, and less expensive window treatments in other rooms.

Once you have figured out your style, the reason you are getting blinds, and your budget, you can begin to really search around and purchase your new window treatments.

Marty Erzinger is a wealth advisor in Colorado.

As a young adult today I know that it is important for me to start planning for my financial future. Responsibilities such as these seem like they should be so far down the road, I still haven’t ever even applied for a credit card! However, with such an unstable economy I know that it is important for me to start thinking about these things and planning ahead for my future. While I work three different jobs, none of them offer me benefits, meaning that on top of not having health benefits, I also don’t have any form of a retirement plan. Knowing that social security may not be around by the time I am thinking about retiring, I have come to realize that it is never too early to start thinking about your financial future. One day I hope to be able to hire a wealth advisor such as Marty Erzinger to help me organize my finances.

Marty ErzingerWhile the thought of being wealthy enough to need to hire a wealth advisor such as Marty Erzinger is very far down the road, a girl can always dream, right? I think that if I ever come upon enough money that I need help managing it for my future, I would definitely want to give some of that money back to my community. Marty Erzinger has a lot of experience in helping wealthy families fulfill their desires to give back to their community through philanthropy. There are many wonderful organizations doing a lot of great work in our communities that rely on the support of private donations. Without the support of private donations many of these organizations would not be able to reach and advocate for the people within the community that rely on their resources. I believe that giving back to one’s community is a very important responsibility for those people who can afford to help.

As a young adult I have many friends who work multiple jobs in order to support themselves, and I include myself in that group. Many of my friends work for non-profit and community organizations that seek to provide support and resources to the members of our community who need help. My friends and I work very hard and for the most part I feel very rewarded by the work that I do. However, I always wish that I could do something more. If I was financially stable enough to donate money to some of my favorite organizations, I would so gladly do so. Unfortunately, I am not in a place financially  where I can do that. For now the commitment of my time and energy will have to be enough for me to give to these wonderful organizations. I hope that those members of our community who are more financially stable than my friends and I are will think about donating to a local non-profit organization of their choosing. With the help of a wealth advisor, making a monthly or yearly donation can be very manageable.