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Ready To Pave The Neighborhood? What The HOA Needs To Know

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If you are a member of a Homeowner’s Association and you are paying to have some of the roads fixed throughout the subdivision, there are some things you want to do to prepare the neighborhood for the changes. You want to make sure the roads get fixed properly, that all the people in the subdivision and the road workers are safe, and you want to get the problems repaired quickly. Here are a few of the things that you should consider getting or doing before the project begins. Notify and Inform You want to notify everyone in the area that these changes will be taking place, and during the pavement repair they may have to park in the streets if the roads are blocked off around their homes, and that there may be people parking around their home when their area of the road is being repaired. Use any electronic forms of communication you have to talk with the homeowners, like social media, electronic messages, and the phone. You also may want to put flyers in the doors with a schedule of the times and days when certain roads will be repaired. Crash Truck Rentals You can rent a crash truck to follow the road repair workers around. This is well worth the investment because the crash truck is designed to absorb the impact of a vehicle in case people are driving and not looking. You don’t want to deal with a lawsuit if someone in the neighborhood crashes into a worker or work vehicle and does damage or injuries. The crash truck will follow behind the crew with flashing warning lights. Contact a company like Stripes & Stops Company, Inc. to learn more. Preservation Contract  Get a contract to preserve the new pavement in place right away to make sure that the road is going to stay in good condition, and let the homeowners know how often the roads will be maintained. This could be everything from street sweeping to sealing if you are using asphalt. When you are in the HOA and you are responsible for maintaining the value and the quality of the neighborhood, the streets are very important. If you have a lot of problems with the streets where you live and you know it’s time to get them fixed, make sure that you let everyone know when it’s going to happen, how to keep everyone safe, and how you can prevent the roads from becoming damaged and poor in the future....

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3 Tips For Protecting Commercial Doors From Wear And Tear

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Because of all of the foot traffic that your business enjoys on a daily basis, there is a good chance that your commercial doors get a good workout. Even if you purchased high-quality doors and made sure that they were installed properly, you might still be noticing that your commercial doors are showing the signs of premature wear and tear. This is not uncommon for doors that are used often in a busy commercial setting, but luckily, there are steps that you can take to help keep your commercial doors in good shape. 1. Install Kick Plates One good step to take is to install kick plates on your doors. You have probably seen these before, installed on the bottom portion of doors in restaurants, retail stores, and other commercial settings. The good thing about installing kick plates is the fact that they can protect your doors from getting scuffed or otherwise damaged when people use their foot to open the door, and it can also protect the doors from carts and other items that might get moved around and bumped into them on a daily basis. 2. Install Door Stops If you do not have door stops installed on the walls that your doors hit when they are opened, then you could be risking damage to both the wall and to the door itself. Over time, this can cause anything from paint chipping on the door and wall to holes in the wall, so you probably want to do what you can to help prevent this damage. There are various types of door stops that can be installed to help prevent this. 3. Check the Hardware Regularly If you don’t already, make sure that you take the time to check the hardware on your commercial doors on a regular basis. As your doors are used, you can expect for hinges and handles to become loose, for example. If they are still used in the meantime, you can expect for holes to become stripped out, hardware to be lost and other issues. Tightening your hardware when needed and adding a little bit of lubricant can help keep hardware in good shape and can make doors easier to open and close at the same time. If your commercial doors are starting to show signs of wear and tear due to heavy use, you should know that there are steps that you can take to help protect them. Follow these tips if you’d like to keep your doors in the best shape...

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3 Tips To Save Money When Installing A Roof For A Brand New Home

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If you are working on the plans for building a new home, you might be more interested in picking out fun things like your countertops and light fixtures than focusing on the roof. However, if you would like to leave money in your budget for the fun things that you want, then you’ll want to look for ways to save money on other parts of the home, such as the roof. The cost of materials and labor for your roof can be expensive, but luckily, following these tips can help you save money when installing a roof on your brand new home. 1. Get Started on the Roof Early You’ll want to go ahead and make plans for your roof and work with your general contractor about your roof installation early in the building process. This is because your roof can be worked on while other parts of the home are being built, and the sooner that your workers get started on your roof, the sooner that the job can be completed. Since some parts of the process — such as interior work — cannot be completed until the roof is done, getting the roof done quickly can help you avoid expensive delays with the building of the rest of your home. 2. Choose a More Affordable Roofing Material It can be easy to get excited about some of the more pricey roofing options, such as metal roofs. Even though these roofs do have their benefits, however, there is nothing wrong with going with a cheaper roofing option. Asphalt shingles, for example, are a very popular roofing option and have been for a long time for a reason. They might not last quite as long as your average metal roof, but new shingle roofs should last for years, and they can be much more affordable to have installed. This is a good way to keep costs in check when building a roof on your new home. 3. Choose Trusses vs. Rafters In the past, rafters were a necessity for the roof of any new home. However, now you have another option: trusses. Since they come to the building site already ready to be installed, you do not have to worry about a lot of labor charges or other costs. This is a good way to save without sacrificing at all. A truss contractor can provide more info about this. As you can see, there are a few different ways that you can save money when planning for and installing a roof on your brand new home. These are a few of many ways that you can keep costs low during the building...

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Considering A Whole-Home Evaporative Cooler? Know The Advantages And Disadvantages

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An evaporative cooling system will use air outside your home to cool the air inside your home by having it pass over a moistened pad. It can cool down your home from anywhere between 15-40°F, making it an acceptable way to keep your home cool in the summer. That said, the unit has its own advantages and disadvantages over central air conditioning. Consider the following things when researching a whole-home evaporative cooler. Advantages Energy Efficiency When compared to central AC, a whole-home evaporative cooler will be more efficient in several ways. What may be most appealing to you is that this type of unit will use 25% of the electricity compared to central AC. Over time, this can lead to substantial savings on your electric bill. If you are using a whole-home evaporative cooler to replace an aging central AC system, the cost savings will be even more dramatic to you by simply replacing old HVAC technology. Environmentally Friendly Central AC also requires refrigerant in order for the appliance to cool down the air. This refrigerant has to be monitored and refilled periodically in order for the unit to work. Malfunctioning central AC units can have refrigerant leaks, which need to be addressed for the unit to run. A whole-home evaporative cooler just uses water and air from outside, so there is not need to maintain special chemicals to run the unit. It also won’t involve calling an HVAC technician to refill the special chemicals. Disadvantages Maintenance Expect to perform more maintenance with a whole-home evaporative cooler. This is because the unit works by rotating a pad through water, which air passes through and becomes cool. This pad will need frequent cleaning to remove the dirt and debris that can accumulate on it over time. Cleaning the pad is not difficult, and can be done on your own, you just need to keep an eye on it and remember to do it on a regular basis. In addition, there will be a filter for the water coming into the unit that needs to be cleaned as well, but the maintenance is less frequent when compared to the pad. Climate A whole-home evaporative cooler works best in climates that are dry. If the climate is humid, the air passing through will become overly humid. If the air is dry, it will become humid at a level that is more ideal for your home. For more information on whole-home evaporative cooler system, speak with an HVAC contractor in your area like Metro...

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Time To Decorate: 3 Safety Precautions To Take When Decorating Your Roof

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The holidays are here. It’s time to start decorating your home. Whether you’re going hog-wild, or only planning a few strands of lights, safety should be your number one concern. Before you climb up on your asphalt roofing, here are three tips that will help keep you and your roof safe. Think Ladder Safety Before you start hauling boxes of decorations up to the roof, you need to make sure that you’re going to have a solid foundation. That begins with the proper ladder. The first thing you need to do is make sure that you’re using the right ladder for the job. For instance, if you only have a ladder that reaches 6 feet, but the edge of your roof stands 10 feet high, you’re asking for trouble. The top of your ladder should reach the edge of your roof. If it doesn’t, you’ll need a new ladder. It’s also important that your ladder be firmly planted on the ground. If the soil is soft, place a piece of plywood on the ground and set your ladder on top of that. Finally, if you have a two-story home, you should rent a scaffold from your local equipment rental company, instead of using a ladder. A scaffold will allow you reach the lower edge of your roof, and will provide you with a work area to place your supplies. Keep it Clean and Dry Now that you know you have the proper ladder, or scaffold for the job, it’s time to make sure that the work area is clean. Your roof should be clean and dry before you begin setting up the decorations. Use a broom to remove any dirt and debris. If your roof is wet, wait until it dries out to begin decorating. A wet roof can lead to slip and fall accidents. It can also lead to electrical hazards, especially if you’re going to be plugging your holiday decorations in while you’re on the roof. Avoid the Gutters When it comes to decorating your roof, you might think that your rain gutters are a good place to start. Unfortunately, that would be incorrect. Using your gutters for decorations could lead to serious roof damage. This is particularly true if the decorations are too heavy for the gutters to hold. Once the gutters pull away from your home, they’ll take a portion of your roofing material with them. That means you’ll be replacing your roof and your gutters after the holidays. Protect your roof. Keep the decorations off your rain gutters. Now that the holidays are here, make sure you take proper safety precautions when decorating your roof. Use the tips provided here to avoid injuring yourself, or damaging your...

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Three Reasons to Have a Professional Install New Insulation in Your Home

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One of the most important ways to reduce your heating bill is with insulation. Good insulation means using less energy to keep your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer months. When installing new installation, you have to decide whether to do it yourself or hire a professional. If you are a homeowner that likes to do your own projects, it may seem like an easy decision, but there are good reasons to let a professional do this work. The following are among the most important. Removal of the old insulation Installing your new insulation is not the first thing you must do. Your old insulation must first be removed, and this can be a bigger job than it looks like. You will need to wear protective clothing and an air mask. Depending upon the space in your attic, you may have to work in a tight area. A residential insulation company will do all of this work as part of the installation job and dispose of the old material. You may have asbestos in your old insulation You may be unaware that your old insulation contains asbestos. This flame retardant material is no longer used, but it can still be found in older houses and buildings. Disposing of it can be extremely dangerous and requires a specialist. A professional will be ever alert to the presence of asbestos, and, if it is discovered, they can give you advice on who to call for proper disposal. Optimal installation When you hire a professional contractor to install your new insulation, they will be able to use the right type of insulation for your house. In many situations, this means the use of insulation that is prefabricated in rolls that is laid down on the floor of your attic or the side walls. But it can also mean loose insulation for certain areas of you house where it will create a better barrier to trap heat. It may be best to use a foam insulation that is applied by a spraying technique. A professional will also be able to do all of the necessary prep work. One example is the use of mesh wire to hold certain types of insulation in place. There are a lot of projects that you can do around your house, but you should call a professional to install insulation. Quality residential insulation companies will be the ones that specialize in this type of work, so focus your effort on hiring one of these...

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Why Should You Replace Your Furnace And AC Unit At The Same Time?

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If either your furnace or your air conditioner fail and you have an HVAC technician out to give you an estimate for replacement, you might be surprised if they recommend you replace both appliances at the same time—even though one is still working properly. It’s common for homeowners to assume the HVAC company is trying to scam them or just drum up extra business, but this is unlikely to be the case. There are actually several benefits of replacing both units and reasons why your technician may be recommending you do this. Here’s a look. The new unit may not be compatible with your old ductwork. If your home’s ducts are older, they may not be large enough or positioned properly for use with a newer furnace or air conditioner. If you were to replace just one unit, you’d be left with ducts that were compatible with just the old unit or just the new unit. This could lead to uneven heating and cooling in certain rooms. By replacing both your furnace and your AC unit, your technician can then make any needed adjustments to the ductwork and be confident that it’s entirely compatible with both of your new appliances. You might save on installation costs. If one unit is still operating but your HVAC technician feels it may be on its last legs, you might be better off just replacing them both at once rather than hoping the other one doesn’t fail a few months down the road. Most HVAC companies will charge you less to install a furnace and AC together than to install one and then the other later on. The air conditioner coil usually sits on top of your furnace, so it’s easier (and less time consuming) for them to do both at once. Integration with your older appliance may harm your new appliance. New AC units are not always compatible with the blower units that were used on older furnaces. And new furnaces are not always compatible with older AC units. While your HVAC technician might be able to “rig” your system to run mismatched appliances together, this is likely to cause additional wear and tear on the appliances, causing them to break down more quickly. Your appliance may not even be covered under warranty when used in a mismatched system. For the best efficiency and lowest risk of breakdowns, it’s best to pair a new AC unit with a new furnace from the same manufacturer. Click here for more info about air conditioning...

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Decorating Ideas For An Ebonized Hardwood Floor

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Hardwood floors are a luxury for your home. They feature the pretty grains and warm palettes typical of the wood you’ve chosen. However, maybe you’re looking for a more neutral foundation for your flooring. Ebonizing is a process in which contractors finish wood floors with a black stain. The stain can range from very translucent to completely opaque. You can also choose finishes ranging from a high gloss to a gentle sheen. Safari Chic A chic décor style for the living room is inspired by Africa. Safari style can take on different looks, but the palette often includes sand, beige, and black. The light, warm colors work well for the furnishings. Leather chairs are an attractive accent. A common accent piece is a faux animal skin rug, such as zebra or tiger. Such rugs pop against an ebonized wood floor. To keep the look a little warm, consider one of the translucent stains with a low to mid gloss. Mod An ultra-modern style looks sophisticated in any room. For this décor style, start with opaque ebonizing and a medium to high gloss finish. This gives the clean profile characteristic of the style. For palette, a couple options look very attractive. You could go for shades of neutral, such as taupe and beige. Alternatively, you could opt for a pop art color scheme. With this option, start with a black and white palette, then add bright colors for accents. Either way, choose furniture and décor with clean lines and clear geometry because this is characteristic of the style. Updated Historical On the opposite side of the spectrum, ebonized hardwood floors don’t have to be exotic or mod. A very translucent stain can simply darken the wood while leaving the grain clearly visible. This gives the floor a beautiful, timeless effect that matches well with traditional décor. You could decorate your rooms with vintage wood or plush, oversized furnishings. A darkened wood floor also makes textiles pop, so lay down a granny rug, or decorate with colorful throw pillows and quilts. Luxurious Neutral As Home and Garden TV points out, the deep color of an ebonized hardwood floor simply speaks to luxury. Consider an opaque stain but with a low-gloss finish for any room. Add rich neutral hues to your décor, such as cream or warm taupe. In the kitchen and bathroom, marble countertops or tiles look stunning against the foundation of this kind of floor. The style of furniture can range from contemporary to vintage, and you can even add in some warm wood furniture to the...

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Types Of Residential Tree Care Services

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If your home has a large yard with plenty of trees, chances are good that you’ll need the services of tree care professionals at some point. You can call on these experts to help with everything from removing a downed or damaged tree after a storm to landscaping your unruly foliage.  While you may choose to handle some of your tree care—such as trimming—yourself, sometimes it makes more sense to hire professionals to get a job done, especially if it’s a big or even dangerous task. Not only do tree care experts have the experience to handle a wide variety of jobs, they’ll have specialized tools that you most likely don’t have on hand as well.  Here are a few services that you can get from tree care experts: 1. Soil Care and Fertilization  The first step to healthy plants and trees is good soil care and fertilization as needed. Tree care experts will visit your home and test the soil conditions to see what it needs to produce robust foliage. This is especially helpful if your plants and trees aren’t thriving or are dying, because your soil may be missing important nutrients. The professionals may take sample of your yard’s soil to check its pH levels, and adjust accordingly. Look for tree care companies that use eco-friendly phosphate-free fertilizers to eliminate water pollution risk. 2. Storm Damage Care After a bad storm with damaging winds, your yard may have trees with broken limbs or loose roots. Not only are these conditions unsightly, they can be dangerous, too, if a branch falls to the ground or onto an electrical wire. The arborists will come and safely remove any damaged tree limbs, as well as inspect the tree for any other weak areas caused by decay or insect infestations. If a branch is just broken in one area, they can prune to keep the healthy portion intact.  3. Tree Removal Services  If you suspect a tree in your yard has died due to a bug infestation or disease, the arborists may need to remove the entire thing for safety reasons. They can also remove stumps using specialized machinery to prevent a landscaping eyesore. 4. Landscaping  You can hire tree care professionals a few times a year to trim branches and leaves for aesthetic purposes. You may also need to have your trees pruned if their branches obstruct windows, doors, driveways, or any other areas that you need to access on a daily basis.  For more information, contact local professionals like Schulhoff Tree & Lawn Care,...

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Want A Cheap Inground Pool Fast? Fiberglass Is Best

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If you have wanted to get a pool for your home and you aren’t sure how you can make it happen in a short amount of time and on a tight budget, a fiberglass pool could be the solution to your dilemma. A fiberglass pool is one of the easiest pools a contractor can install at your property, and the pool is going to be something that you can enjoy for years. Here are a few of the reasons why you want to look into getting a fiberglass pool. You Need a Pool Fast Are you looking to have a pool installed in a very short amount of time? The fiberglass pool can be ordered from the manufacturer and delivered quickly, or if the pool contractor already has one in stock, it can be delivered within days. This means that you could be swimming shortly after you order the pool, if the contractor can get the pool dug out to put the liner inside. You Don’t Want Maintenance With a concrete pool, you’ll have to worry about water and bacteria getting absorbed into the porous concrete, and you’ll have to constantly monitor and fill the pool with chemicals. A vinyl liner pool brings problems like tears in the liner and the liner coming away from the edge of the pool. Since the fiberglass pool is a solid frame, it’s going to be impermeable so bacteria doesn’t get absorbed. You also don’t have to worry about tears and holes. Your Budget Is Lacking If your budget isn’t high and you don’t have the money for a concrete pool or a customized pool, picking out a stock fiberglass pool that is already made or made on an assembly line is one of the best ways to save money. You can get the pool you want, and improve your property, without going over your budget. Talk with a few different pool contractors in your area to see who has a fiberglass liner in stock, who can get the pool installed quickly, and how much this project is going to cost. Some of the pool contractors may have payment programs that you can look into so you can pay on the pool in a few different payments, or others may have a credit card company that finances people looking to put a pool on their property. Once you have quotes and financing, you can set a date for swimming. Contact a company like KrisCo Aquatech Pools & Spas to get...

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