Achieving A Natural Look With Your Bathroom Remodeling Project

THE EVERYTHING-YOU-NEED-TO-KNOW BATHROOM RENOVATION CHECKLIST

Renovating a bathroom can be overwhelming. You have to decide how much you can spend, select the right products, and determine if you’re going to change the layout. And that’s often before you call a contractor. To ensure that your bathroom renovation runs smoothly, here’s a checklist to keep your project on track. Remember: A successful renovation is all about smart timing.

One Month Out:

-Prep for contractor’s arrival. Clear out medicine cabinets and bathroom closets, and set up a temporary grooming space where you can get ready out of sight of contractors.

-Shop for accessories. With most of the hard planning over, have fun shopping for towel bars, towel hooks, a toilet paper holder, and the perfect soap dish. If you have a new color scheme, pick out your new shower curtain or towels.

-Select a paint color. Once the tile is up and the flooring is down, you’ll be able to get a sense of what color to paint the walls. It’s difficult to pick anything before that.

-Check in with your contractor often. Every day, when the contractor arrives, ask what will be done that day and mention any project hiccups and concerns you might have. Keep the lines of communication open. Make sure he knows where to store materials and how to get into the house if you’re not there. Keep pets and children away from the work site.

Final Days:

  • Be flexible. If a project runs a few days over, try not to get frustrated. If that’s the biggest problem you’ve had, you got off easy.
  • Inspect the contractor’s work. Chances are you’ll do this every day, but if anything seems amiss, try to address it before the job is completed.
  • Celebrate. Throw down your new bath mats, unpack your toiletries, and sip a glass of Champagne.

Tub and shower

The first design decision for your new bath is whether you will have a separate tub and shower, a combination tub/shower, or just a walk-in shower. Roughing in the plumbing locations is one of the first construction milestones after the demo of a bathroom. Selecting and ordering plumbing fixtures is a critical first step in keeping your construction schedule on track.

Shower niche

When thinking of your shower space, keep in mind storage for toiletries and if you want a built-in niche. Niches are constructed during the framing stage. Once the drywall goes up, it’s costly to add one.

Flooring

Flooring is a key component in your materials palette and should be considered early on, when you are looking at cabinetry and tile. It’s important to understand the flooring thickness and its relationship to the cabinetry and transitions to flooring in other rooms.

Tile is the most common flooring choice for bathrooms because it holds up so well to moisture. In recent years, we’ve seen a growing trend for faux wood tile on bathroom floors and walls.

Drain

Planning for the shower drain is sometimes an overlooked detail in bathroom planning. This is an important selection to add to your plumbing list and order early.

Sharing with your sweetie is simpler when you’ve made space for these features.

  • Toilet room: Gives this area privacy; best if it’s got a door.
  • Separate shower stall: Lets bathers and shower-takers clean up simultaneously.
  • Dual workstations: Place double sinks 36 inches apart or more, measured drain to drain, so that you’ll have elbow room. Give each sink enough outlets and lighting, as well as mirror, countertop, and storage space.
  • Wide pathways: Traffic lanes 36 to 42 inches wide allow two people to pass each other without having to squeeze by.

Lighting and Electrical Considerations

Actual light fixtures don’t get installed until the very end, but the electrician will need to know how many junction boxes to install, where to install them, how many switches and dimmers (if any). Consider having enough overhead general ambient lighting as well as task lighting in the vanity area. I recommend using LED fixtures or bulbs with a color temperature of 2700k-3000k. You’ll want “soft white” lighting that gives a warmer yellowy color rather than a glaring “daylight” color temperature that gives off a blue light and makes you look sickly.

Think outside the box with lighting in the vanity area. Instead of 1 sconce above you mirror what about a lighted mirror medicine cabinet? Consider sconces that are more at your eye/face level on either side of the mirror, or funky pendant lights.

If you want an electric heated towel bar make sure you know where it’s going and have the model specifications to the electrician can wire properly for it!

What materials are needed for bathroom remodel?

Select your vanity.

Do not delay on selecting your vanity, some are custom made or are not in stock and can take several weeks to receive.  You do not want your finished bathroom to be delayed while you wait for your vanity to arrive from the manufacturer.  Most contractors will not begin work on your project until all the materials have arrived so this is a priority.  If you hired a bathroom remodeling contractor, have him help you with the process of selecting your bathroom vanity.

Select your bathtub and shower glass doors (if applicable).

Bathtubs, like vanities, can have a long delay in shipment depending on where they are coming from and if they are in stock.  There are a variety of different sizes and options for bathtubs including type of material, depth, length, with or without jets, and handles.  Becoming popular are the walk in tubs meant for aging in place.

Select your faucets and trim to be installed.

Selecting your faucets and trim is an essential part of your shopping.  There are “rough” parts to the shower fixtures which will be installed behind the drywall and under the tile floor.  Without those parts, you will be delayed in the middle of your project.  Be aware that the type of shower head options may affect your installation cost and be sure to match your tub and shower trim to your sink faucets; many times they are paired in a “family” of products such as Kohler’s “Memoirs Collection” .

Select the tile for your shower and backsplash.

Tile is just as important as your vanities because its such a large piece of the bathroom.  You will be selecting tile for your shower and backsplash so you will want to consider how well they coordinate with one another.  We tend to guide our clients against “matchy – matchy” with the different products to avoid a “washed” look.  For example, we might suggest not using white tile with white cabinets.

Select your toilet.

When it comes to toilets, the choice may seem simple, however, toilets are getting more and more sophisticated!   There are toilet options that are designed to be green and save water depending on which flush option you choose.   Additionally, there are a variety of style and color options. Manufacturers such as Kohler have families of sink, tub, and toilets which have the same style, making your product selection choices a little easier when you want them to match.

 Select your lighting.

Don’t forget to consider your lighting options…there are so many to choose from.  Not only do you have to decide between canned lights, pendant lights, or light bars – you also need to decide what you want out of your light switches.  For example, do you want to have a dimmer, is it important to have a built in night-light?  Those types of questions will lead you to the light that will fit your family’s lifestyle.

 Last, but not least, select your flooring

Flooring is your last and final piece to your master piece. Ditch the linoleum and select flooring that works with your design.  If you love wood but don’t want the hassle of maintaining a wood floor, there are now porcelain wood tiles that can give you the look of wood flooring.  Travertine flooring along with ceramic tile are also popular choices.

Your bathroom has the potential to look amazing.  The world of design and remodeling have endless capabilities to turn the idea of your space to a wonderful masterpiece. Start getting inspired by looking at local design build contractor’s website or better yet look to see if they have a Houzz profile.   Anything is possible no matter the size of the space.

Switchgear Electrical Maintenance

Why Scheduled Electrical Maintenance is so important

Do you believe in preventive electrical maintenance and testing or do you just count on repairing things as they go wrong? Make do and mend as our parents said. After all, the reliability and integrity of your electrical distribution system should be paramount and so is protecting your equipment and staff. Scheduled Maintenance Inspection and testing and servicing of equipment should be done on a regular basis, at least once every three years, but rather more often for critical components.

lectrical maintenance includes fault diagnosis, regular routine servicing, and repairing electrical components. The three main types of electrical maintenance are:

Preventive maintenance, where all equipment is regularly and properly serviced before any faults occur, where all equipment is kept in good working condition and continuously assessed. The maintenance is carried out when indicators signal that the equipment is deteriorating.

Periodic maintenance, which is the basic maintenance of all equipment by its user or operator and consists of data collection, visual inspection, cleaning, lubrication, and tightening of screws. Minimal training is required, although variables such as temperature, vibration, power consumption, etc., need to be identified.

Corrective maintenance, where the tradesman puts right any defect or fault found in the equipment as it is found.

Preventive Maintenance tasks are completed when the machines are shut down and Predictive Maintenance activities are carried out while the machines are running normally

Avoid long-term issues and save costs — a relationship with Tradesmen on Time is affordable and will allow a schedule tailored to your electrical maintenance requirements to be put in place using our state of the art cloud based booking software.

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BEST ELECTRICAL SAFETY TIPS FOR HOME OWNERS

Best Electrical Safety Tips

Most homes rely on electricity to power appliances, provide lighting and warmth. It is so convenient that we rarely think ‘safety’ around electricity until the danger is obvious.

Regularly check all your outlets

Overloaded outlets are the main cause of electrical fires in homes. Never exceed the maximum power consumption permitted to avoid dangerous faults.

Have a professional repair your electrical appliances

Unless you have taken a professional course on electrical appliances repair, do not try fixing your own devices. Many homeowners have been seriously injured trying to repair appliances while they were still plugged in.

Never touch electrical appliances with wet hands

It is tempting to touch a hairdryer or shaver with wet hands but you should never fall for it. Make sure your hands are perfectly dry before using any electrical appliances to avoid serious injuries

Wear shoes while using power tools

It is important to wear proper attire when handling outside power tools like the lawn mower. You might think it’s cool to mow the yard without shoes on until the blades catch your toes

Fall Outdoor Electrical Maintenance Tips

You may never want to deal with a freezing outdoor light or a hot tub that doesn’t heat up when the winter arrives. Repairing these issues can be extra difficult when the sub-zero temperature sets in. So before the chill wind blows, make sure that all your outdoor electrical fixtures are checked and fixed.

Protect Your Outdoor Lights

Most homeowners and business owners often ignore their outdoor lights thinking that they’re fine as long as they produce light. However, exterior lights such as pole lights, signage lights, and building lights are prone to damage due to their location

Check Your Outdoor Space Heater

Your outdoor space heater draws a huge amount of electricity, and other old electrical circuits in it may not be rated for this kind of use. If you use a portable space heater, you have to make sure that its electrical outlet and circuits are sized properly, and rated for the load. Don’t use the unit on plug strips, two-prong adapters, or extension cords. Talk to your local electrician in Arlington, TX, for expert recommendations

Repair Your Landscape Lights

Your landscape lights did a great job of improving your home’s outdoor aesthetics last summer. Don’t you think it’s time to pay them back for a job well done? Give them a dose of TLC!

Check Your Outdoor Hot Tubs and Spas

Just like your outdoor lights, your outdoor hot tubs and spas can also freeze up when their electrical parts fail, especially when the temperature gets extremely low. Checking and repairing their electrical circuits as early as fall can avoid equipment failure and guarantee a better water heating process throughout the winter.

BEST PREVENTIVE MAINTENANCE TIPS

Are you looking to learn something new about performing preventive maintenance in your building? If so, you’ve come to the right place. This week, we interviewed six different building management experts and asked for their best advice regarding preventive maintenance best practices in their respective fields.

“How does preventive maintenance promote electrical safety in the home and workplace?”

Deerwester: “Each year, too many lives are disrupted by electrical fires and too many families mourn the loss of loved ones who have been fatally injured by electricity on the job. Thousands of people in the United States are critically injured and electrocuted as a result of electrical fires and accidents each year. The best way to protect your family, your home or your workplace against electrical risks is to be prepared and prevent an accident before it can happen.”

“What tips can your organization share regarding preventive maintenance best practices?”

Deerwester: “Electricity is a necessary part of our lives that we tend to take for granted, but using it safely is vitally important. ESFI’s website has a variety of helpful information regarding maintenance best practices. Here are tips that I can share regarding electrical maintenance, HVAC maintenance and preventive fire safety.”

Electrical Maintenance Tips:

Learn about your building’s electrical system so that you can safely navigate and maintain it.

All electrical systems should have an electrical inspection if the building is older than 40 years or has had a major addition, renovation or large appliance added.

Only use licensed, insured and bonded contractors that will stand behind their work.

Only purchase items that have been tested or marked by a nationally recognized testing laboratory to avoid counterfeit electrical goods.

HVAC Maintenance Tips:

If your furnace is more than 15 years old, or if your air conditioner is more than 10 years old, it is likely time for a replacement.

Make sure fuel-burning heating equipment is vented to the outside without obstruction.

Replace the HVAC filter at least every 90 days.

Keep intake and output vents clean and clear of debris and dust.

Have your heating and air conditioning systems inspected by a qualified service professional at least once a year to make sure they are running at optimal efficiency and to diagnose any potential problems.

The Importance of Electrical Maintenance and Safety

Electricity can do amazing things; whether it’s charging your cell phone or powering entire cities, it is something that has changed our world and technology as we know it. One of my first experiences with the power of electricity came when I was around five years old. My brothers thought it would be funny to have me grab the electric fence that kept our pigs in the pasture and laugh as I struggled to let go as the fence was zapping me. Needless to say, that experience quickly led me to respect the dangerous side of electricity – and taught me a new trick that I played on a few of my younger cousins growing up too.

Although electricity is a very necessary and useful part of our daily lives, its safety precautions should not be taken for granted. Not only is it vitally important to know how dangerous electricity can be, but special attention about how poor maintenance on electrical systems can lead to electrical failure in equipment, or worse, catastrophic fires should also be noted. Although it may seem insignificant, basic electrical maintenance can go a long way in preventing electrical fires or electrical surges which can damage property. Below are a few basic tips you can do at your home or business to help ensure your electrical systems are performing as they should.

There are many more ways to stop electrical issues before they start, especially for businesses with larger electrical systems, including a standard electrical preventive maintenance program (EPM). A standard EPM program should consist of a scheduled inspection of electrical systems to include testing and maintenance of critical electrical components and their support systems. It is also imperative to remember that whether you’re dealing with electrical components within your business or at home, if you are not familiar or comfortable with electrical systems, have a qualified electrician assist you in any inspections, maintenance, or electrical repair needs.

As I conclude the writing of this article, the words of Elton John’s song come to mind, “And suddenly I’m flying, flying like a bird, like electricity, electricity, sparks inside of me, and I’m free.” Unlike the words in Elton’s song, if your feeling sparks of electricity, you most definitely will not be free. Don’t let poor electrical safety get the best of you.

The Practicality Of A Commercial Led Electrical Lighting

Tips for Choosing the Best Office Lighting

Tips on choosing the best office lighting in Brea can help you pick the perfect lighting for your office. Lighting does more than illuminate a space; it improves visual clarity, enhances focus and affects mood. Office lighting usually serves one purpose: It makes everything bright so the staff can see and work more effectively and comfortably. However, these lights often cause more problems than they are worth, such as producing glares and flickers. Fortunately, you can improve your office with optimal lighting for maximum work performance.

Pick the right bulbs

Light bulbs range in intensity and color based on the Kelvin scale. Most offices use fluorescent lighting with 6500K bulbs, which resemble the lighting intensity of regular daylight. Make sure every light in the office has the same color temperature for balanced lighting throughout the workspace. In addition, try introducing ambient light to the space. Open a window, or place a lamp on the desk with a low-intensity halogen bulb to render your workspace with more clarity.

Supplement overhead lights with task lighting

Reports from Consumer Health state that overhead fluorescent lighting can cause everything from hyperactivity to sleep problems. Switch to task lighting with low-glare bulbs, and position the lighting away from your computer screen and toward your work surface. Gooseneck lamps are ideal for situations when you need to cast more or less light on an area.

Use indirect lighting

Direct lighting combined with a bright computer screen leads to eyestrain, headaches and low productivity. If possible, turn off the overhead direct lighting and substitute it with indirect lighting from lamps. Space the light fixtures evenly around the office for uniform coverage

Choose neutral colors for the office

Whether you light your space with overhead lights, task lighting or wall sconces, optimize the lighting consistency with a neutral room color. Avoid using dark or bright colors for floors and walls. Instead, use neutral tones with low-range reflectance.

What is an ‘L E D Light’?

The L E D stands for Light Emitting Diode. A light-emitting diode is a small semiconductor device. It emits photons of light when electric current flows through it. LEDs are the light source inside the lamps you can buy from our online lighting store.

LED lights have many advantages over other lighting technologies, including:

Higher energy efficiency (‘lumens per watt’),

Much longer lifetime,

Switch on instantly at full brightness,

Precise control and dimmable options available,

Compact size, cooler operating temperature (reduced fire risk), and more

What to Check When Buying an LED Light

Buying the right LED light can be a little overwhelming at first. But if you follow this short guide, you’ll be on your way to getting the best lighting for your home or business.

Lighting Wattage & Brightness

In the old days, you could buy a ’60 Watt’ bulb from the lighting shop, and that was that. Things aren’t so simple anymore, because LED lights are advancing so quickly. In other words: the wattage of a light bulb or fitting is no longer a direct guide to its brightness. So be sure to look out for the “equivalent wattage” or the actual light output (specified in lumens).

Light Bulb Shape & Base

No one wants to find out the light globe they bought is the wrong one and doesn’t fit. Thankfully, all light bulbs have a code which describes their base and shape. So look out for names on your existing light bulbs. Or, check the spares cupboard, and you’ll be most of the way to buying the correct product. See our related blog post for more information: crack your light bulb codes.

Energy Efficient Lighting

Light Emitting Diode (LED) and Compact Fluorescent Lights (CFL) bulbs have revolutionized energy-efficient lighting. CFLs are simply miniature versions of full-sized fluorescents. They screw into standard lamp sockets, and give off light that looks similar to the common incandescent bulbs— not like the fluorescent lighting we associate with factories and schools.

LEDs are small, very efficient solid bulbs. New LED bulbs are grouped in clusters with diffuser lenses, which have broadened the applications for LED use in the home. LED technology is advancing rapidly, with many new bulb styles available. Initially more expensive than CFLs, LEDs now bring more value since they last longer.

The Status of Energy Efficient Lighting

With a burgeoning supply of far more efficient light bulb options, the EU began a phased ban of incandescents in 2009. followed suit banning the manufacture and import of higher wattage incandescent bulbs beginning in 2014.

LED Light Bulbs

LEDs (Light Emitting Diodes) are solid light bulbs that are extremely energy-efficient. When first developed, LEDs were limited to single-bulb use in applications such as instrument panels, electronics, pen lights and, more recently, strings of indoor and outdoor Christmas lights.

Manufacturers have expanded the application of LEDs by “clustering” the small bulbs. The first clustered bulbs were used for battery-powered items such as flashlights and headlamps. Today, LED bulbs are made using as many as 180 bulbs per cluster, and encased in diffuser lenses, which spread the light in wider beams. Now available with standard bases that fit common household light fixtures, LEDs are the next generation in home lighting.

Which new-generation light bulb corresponds to my old bulb?

Did you know that the lighting in the average home uses around 16% of the total power consumption? This means the lighting in your home holds considerable cost-cutting potential! Replacing your old lamps with a modern alternative is a good start.

When replacing an incandescent bulb or a halogen lamp, you will now have to choose between a LED or a compact fluorescent light. But what exactly is the difference?

Compare wattage

The comparison chart below shows you exactly which energy-saving light bulb or LED lamp you can replace your old incandescent light bulb or halogen lamp with to get the same amount of light (i.e. the power expressed watts).

Think in terms of lumens and forget about watts!

The light output of LED lamps continues to increase exponentially year by year.  Which is why the comparison chart above merely serves as a guideline. Where a 7-watt LED lamp is currently required to deliver a certain light intensity for instance, in a year from now, this may well have dropped to just 5 watts, and is likely to have dropped even further to just 2 watts in four years’ time.

Colour temperature

Alongside the light intensity (number of lumens), the colour temperature is another deciding factor when choosing the right LED lamp.

How to Choose the Right Light Temperature for your Bulb or Fixture

Light appearance is measured in temperature using the Kelvin scale.   Unlike the weather outdoors lower color temperatures (2700K) indicate ‘warmer’ colors of orange and yellow, and higher color temperatures (6500K) indicate cooler colors like blue and white

Know Your Color Temperatures

Most bulbs will advertise color temperature on the package.  This will tell you how warm or cool the color of the light is.

2700K – 3000K – This is the warm or soft white range, best suited for areas in the home where you want to relax or entertain.

3500K – 4500K – This is more a neutral white light range, giving a balance between warm and soft color light.

Over 5000K – Generally referred to as daylight and best suited for use in offices, workshops, bathrooms or other areas where high detail visibility is important. It can also help energize you in the morning.

Some people will also just have a preference for a certain color temperature or mood.  You may even notice a color temperature will look better on your particular skin tone.  The good news is there are options for everyone.

There are also bulbs and light fixtures that adjust color temperature so you can adjust the light to fit your mood or tasks through out the day for even more variety.

DJs Or Wedding Reception Bands

Types of Copyright Rights

Public Performing Right

The exclusive right of the copyright owner, granted by the Copyright Law, to publicly perform a copyrighted work. For musical works (performance rights organizations — i.e. PRO) issues licenses on behalf of copyright owners affiliated with their organizations granting others the right to perform the work in, or transmit the work to, the public.

Reproduction Right

The exclusive right of the copyright owner, granted by the Copyright Act, to authorize the reproduction of a musical work as in a record, cassette or CD. For musical works, the issues what are known as “mechanical” licenses on behalf of copyright owners granting others (usually a record company) the right to reproduce and distribute a specific composition at an agreed upon fee per unit manufactured and sold.

Derivative Work Right

The exclusive right of a copyright owner to make other works that utilize major parts or components of his or her work. Think remixes, mashups or videos. For example, when a producer wants to incorporate someone’s copyrighted musical work into a visual work like a movie, the producer needs to obtain a synchronization license to synchronize the musical composition in timed relation with audio-visual images on film or videotape.

Digital Performance Right in Sound Recordings

Sound Exchange along with Record Companies license the exclusive rights on behalf of copyright owners in a sound recording (which is separate from the copyright in the underlying musical works that) under Copyright Law to authorize many digital transmissions (e.g., Internet streaming).

There are two types of licenses for digital streaming of a sound recording:

  1. The license to use the music composition embodied in the sound recording. Acquired from the PROs.
  2. The license to digitally broadcast the sound recording of the musical composition. Acquired from Sound Exchange.

Can DJs use Spotify: Is it legal to DJ with Spotify?

The work of a DJ has become more complex over the years, at least in the legal aspects of it. That’s because, unlike in the past when a DJ could get music through tapes and CDs from artists and their affiliates, most music is now released online. Platforms pretty much own most of the music released nowadays. The increased dominancespecifically, then leads to the question.

This is a tough question and there may not be a direct answer to it. That’s because, as per the terms and conditions, you cannot use music from to DJ. The terms and conditions state that, “the company only grants you a limited, revocable license to use their content for non-commercial purposes.” In other words, you can use their content to DJ for your own entertainment, but not for the use at commercial gigs. But here is where it gets interesting. Spotify does allow the use of its music within certain DJ software. These are App, djay 2 and djay pro. This means that you have expanded rights to music entertainment, when using their music on these DJ software programs. These rights emanate from the fact that they have exclusive agreements with these specific companies. With such selective rights to usage, it is difficult to tell, on which side of the law you are on when you DJ using music.

Do DJs Have To Pay For Their Music?

So, do DJs have to pay for their music?

Absolutely. DJs have to purchase the singles, albums, tracks and anything else that they plan to alter and include in their mixes. However, besides this legal purchase, they may or may not need a specific license that allows them to play copyrighted music in front of a large crowd. Several countries impose this law, making DJs pay a fee for this digital license, and others do not, as the location and associations responsible for the even have to pay them instead.

In several countries, the law is very specific about the type of payment DJ need to make to acquire the digital license. This fee qualifies them to play, copy and alter tracks from any copyrighted material, including CDs, vinyl, cassettes, digital recordings, and other media. They can also legally copy these to a digital audio player, hard drive, mp3 player, etc… In these countries, DJs must acquire this permission before starting their professional career that implies using copyrighted music for their mixes.

When it comes to the US, DJ’s don’t have to pay for this permit to play the music. Of course, they still need to keep it legal and purchase all the tracks they plan to use, but there’s no need for the digital license. Venues such as restaurants, halls, or clubs, are the ones who pay for the DJ’s rights to play music. There are the so-called Performing Rights Organizations, in short PROs, that act like a middle man between the music producers, songwriters, artist, and the venue that wants to play their music. In the US, such organizations are… After they pay their fees to the music’s respective owners, the venues are now allowed to play it for the crowd. When a DJ works for such a place, they are also automatically allowed to play these tracks without paying any fee.

BeatStars

BeatStars is one of the biggest and most popular sites for DJ/producers looking for beats because it’s an online marketplace for hip-hop and bass instrumentals. Budding beatsmiths and professionals upload their music here looking to sell or license them to MCs and vocalists looking for instrumentals to rap or sing over.

It’s hot right now because there are a lot of respected producers and beatmakers on the platform selling quality beats for cheap. One story is of the young rapper who bought a beat on it for $30, recorded a vocal at home and put the song out on the internet.

How to get free music on BeatStars

The best part is that while the beats here are cheap, there are also lots of free downloads to be had. The quickest way is to go to the Tracks menu at the top of the screen, and then click on “Free Beats”. This brings up a big list of all the tracks you can grab for free in exchange for an email address or a follow on BeatStars (it has a social feature similar).

Another way to go about it is to just click on a playlist you like: the BeatStars interface feels like browsing through (smart!) so you have different playlists based on mood and genre. Once you pick a playlist, the beats will show up and you can pick out the ones that are free because they’ve got a download icon beside them. All you need to do is to click it and enter an email or follow the beatmaker on BeatStars to grab the instrumental.

Pros: Hot site now for hip-hop beats and instrumentals, thriving marketplace and community

Cons: Hip-hop and bass music-focused selection may leave those looking for house / techno and EDM out in the cold

How Many Songs Should I Have in My DJ Set Library?

It is often a safe measure to preselect twice as many songs in your library then you plan on playing during your DJ set. You can only play a maximum amount of songs in a DJ set but it is important to have more songs as a backup for when you want to switch energy levels or genres. There are multiple places where DJs get their music from. So if you want to enlarge your DJ set library feel free to take a look at the article.

It is important to think about what you are going to play at your DJ set and to keep in mind what you might play based on what the crowd wants at the time.

So, take the amount of songs you are going to be playing per hour based on the genres you are going to play and multiply them by 2 or 3 times. This way you are prepared for every change that might happen when playing live. Just enter the artist name, genre or custom tag you gave your songs to quickly find them and mix them in.

Carpenter Ants Control

Pharaoh Ants

Appearance

Pharaoh Ants are small, about 1/16-inch long. They colored light yellow to red, with black markings on the abdomen. Pharoah Ants look similar to Thief Ants, but Pharoah Ants have three segments in the antennal club. Since they are so tiny, they can travel and trail to many places.

Diet

Pharoah Ants will feed a wide range of foods; they feed on proteins, sweets and fats. They can feed on both dead and live insects. If choosing baits, consider their complete dietary needs, sweets, proteins and grease based baits. Below is our recommended baits for protein/grease and sugar needs.

Reproduction

Pharaoh Ants grow from egg to adult in about 45 days. The queens live as long as 39 weeks and can lay about 400 eggs. Workers only live up to 10 weeks.

Nests and Trails

Pharaoh Ants, being tiny, can be found in diverse places. Inside, they like to nest in warm areas. Their nests are usually well hidden, and the can forage far away from the nest with trails marked by trail pheromones. Pharoah Ants can be persistent, with large colonies

Outside, Pharaoh ants may nest in shaded areas or under debris. In the northern climates, these ants can not survive year-round outside.Indoors they prefer to nest in recessed areas like wall voids, under some appliances, in wall outlets, and under carpets for protection. If their colonies are disturbed or the colony becomes too large, they may move.

Ant control treatments

Ants are among the most difficult pests to control. With their complicated colony structure, ever changing foraging behaviour and of course large populations, successful ant control is a challenge even for the experts. Here at Ethical Building and Pest services our experience combined with a range of specialist ant products allows us to get on top of even the most persistent ant problem.

What ant control treatments do we provide?

standard pest control treatments will stop ants getting into the house, but if you have a major problem, to get lasting control of ants it is important to kill the queen (or queens) in the nest. Without the Queen laying eggs the nest cannot recover from a treatment. But with nests hard to find and some species having many nests in a colony, control can be difficult. We use a range of ant baits to eliminate nests. Ant baits consist of attractive ant food and a slow acting insecticide. The ants take the bait back to the nest and feed it to their nest mates (including the queen) and the colony is doomed. Baiting can take between a couple of days to 2 weeks to eliminate the nest, but it provides complete control.

Internal ant control treatments

internal ant treatments are designed to get rid of ants that are causing a nuisance inside the house. Many ants commonly nest in the house – ants love wall voids and roof insulation! We spend time to identify the species and locate the nest so we can use the most effective treatment. Typically this will include the use of baits inside and a perimeter spray outside the home.

Outdoor ant control treatments

Ants around the perimeter of the home have the potential to come inside, but more commonly they cause problems in outdoor entertaining areas or through undermining pavers. Control is achieved through a combination of sprays, baits and insecticide “sands”.

Lawn ant control treatments

Biting ants in the lawn can bit a nuisance (and painful!), especially if you have children wanted to play outside. We can use a range of products (mainly baits) to get rid of ants from your lawn allowing children and pets to use the lawn safely.

Ant Exterminators, Control & Removal

The end of winter is a cause to celebrate: the return of warm weather, the anticipation of spring and summer. But when spring and summer arrive, so can hordes of ants. Hundreds or thousands of them can literally appear overnight.

The following ant species is found living:

Carpenter Ants do not eat wood; prefer to nest and excavate water-damaged wood.

Field Ants build large mounds and can be confused with carpenter ants.

Ants emit a rotten coconut smell and infest kitchens and pantries.

Pavement Ants nest under flat stones, sidewalks, and concrete slabs outdoors.

Pharaoh Ants prefer nesting indoors, especially in commercial buildings with artificial heating.

Ants are one of the most common pests in and around homes in the Midwest. Ants have a wide variety of nesting habits and food preferences. Some ants build nests in soil, producing characteristic mounds, while others nest in homes behind moldings, baseboards, countertops, and similar areas. Unlike most ants, carpenter ants are wood-destroying pests and nest in decaying or moisture-damaged wood.

Many ants enter homes from outdoor nests as they forage for food. To locate a nest, follow the trail of ants. You can encourage foraging by setting out attractive food, like a dab of honey or jam on a stiff piece of paper. Ants take regular routes between their nest and the food source by establishing a chemical (pheromone) trail. You can locate the nest by watching where the ants go; for some ants, such as carpenter ants, this works best at night. If the nest is discovered, it can be treated or removed (in the case of rotted wood).

GET RID OF ANTS WITH A PROFESSIONAL ANT CONTROL SERVICE

Can you get rid of ants? Outdoor nests can be very difficult to eliminate without chemicals. Using water to flood nests is usually not effective. Use of gasoline also is ineffective, dangerous, and causes environmental pollution. Repeated drenching of a nest with an insecticidal soap solution is sometimes effective, forcing an ant colony to relocate. Remember: in order to relocate an ant colony, you must kill or relocate the queen (or queens).

Do It Yourself Pest Control

Our website is dedicated to providing DIYers with the information you need to do your own pest control. We provide information on insect identification, insect control instructions, rodent identification, rodent control measures, professional equipment, and information about professional strength insecticides and herbicides.

Can’t find the answer to your pest control question? We employee expertly trained pest control technicians to advise you.

How can I get rid of ants?

Ants are a social insect that lives in colonies. Ant control treatment plans should include killing the entire colony. Just spraying an ant with a typical ant spray, particularly a repellent spray will only kill a few at best and scatter the colony.

Ants may enter your house foraging for food or seek shelter. Understanding the behavior of ants will help you with the recommended ant control procedures outlined here. Ants enter through the smallest openings, foraging for water or food. They are in search of either sweet based food or protein/grease based foods. Once the ants find a food source, they will leave a pheromone trail for other ants to follow.

Do I have Ants or Termites?

Many people can’t tell the difference between ants and termites.

Can House Ants Harm Me?

One of the most common pests that homeowners have to battle is ants. As you may know, there are several types of ants that create colonies and make their presence known within kitchens, bathrooms, and outdoors on your sidewalk, driveway, and yard. While many people can live with ants and accept their presence (as long as they are not near a food source), once they begin invading pantries and crawling on food, ants become a real concern. This begs the question: Can I eat food touched by ants? The five-second rule should not even be considered if ants have touched your food. Sharing a snack with ants can have unexpected consequences no matter how innocent the act can sound.

Why do I have ants?

Most ants create colonies where they can thrive which means they are constantly in search of a food source for survival, which can lead them into your home. A kitchen is a perfect area for ants to infest with the potential for crumbs, dog food left in bowls, penetrable food packaging, and food such as fruit left out on tables and counter tops. No one wants to find pests in their home, but it can happen to virtually any homeowner.

Ants typically live outside, sending scout ants away from the colony to search for food. These explorers are usually the ants that you find in your drain, on the floor, and around food items. Human food is also appealing to ants. Once the scout finds a food source, they signal other ants to follow his trail and continue to take food and bring it back to the colony. The number of ants following this same trail grows as their food source remains available.

Pavement ants are small, black or brown ants that create small hills of dirt or sand in the areas between slabs in the sidewalk or your driveway. These ants are relatively harmless but can make their way into your home if they find an easy entry point. Pavement ants do not cause structural damage, but some clients do not like their presence on their property.

“Sugar ant” is a general name for ants that are attracted to sugary foods. If you see a sugar ant, you can be seeing Pharoah ants, acrobat ants, or odorous house ants, being the most common. Odorous house ants are a little bit less than a ¼ inch in size and dark brown or black. Their most distinct feature is the coconut or pine odor they give off when crushed. Sugar ants go after sweets in your pantry, especially when the packaging is penetrable such as cereal boxes.

A Few Eye Care Tips

How to Choose the Best Sunglasses for Your Eye Health

Most people choose sunglasses based on how they look and how much they cost. But sunglasses are so much more than a fashion accessory. If selected correctly, sunglasses can provide much-needed protection against the sun’s harmful rays.

Why is eye protection important?

The sun projects harmful UV rays all year, not just in the summer and even when it’s cloudy. Anytime you go outside, your eyes are exposed to these harmful rays. Protecting your eyes with quality sunglasses is an important step toward optimal eye health

Left unprotected, your eyes can suffer significant damage from UV rays. UV absorption by your eyes can cause or contribute to a wide variety of eye conditions, including:

Cataracts: Cataracts develop on the lenses of your eyes and lead to blurred vision or even blindness.

Macular degeneration: UV rays damage your retina, resulting in loss of vision and increasing your risk of going blind.

Pterygium: Exposure to UV rays can cause the tissue that lines your eyelids to grow over the white part of your eyes, irritating your eyes and affecting your vision if it reaches the cornea.

Photokeratitis: Also called ultraviolet keratitis, this painful condition results when your eyes are sunburned and causes inflammation of your cornea, light sensitivity, blurred vision, and dry eye.

How do I choose the best sunglasses for eye health?

Not all sunglasses offer UV protection. Even those marketed as UV-blocking sunglasses may not provide the protection you need for optimal eye health

Here’s what to look for when shopping for sunglasses:

Style and fit: Sunglasses with large lenses are good because they protect more of your eye, but wraparound sunglasses block the most sunlight.

Lens tint: While the darkness of the lenses isn’t as important as the UV rating, dark or mirrored sunglasses make it easier to see in bright sunlight, helping you strain your eyes less.

UV rating: Pick a pair of sunglasses that protect against 100% of UVA and UVB rays. Note that not all store-bought glasses offer this kind of complete protection.

How to Choose the Best Sunglasses

Sunglasses may be perceived as a stylish fashion accessory, but in reality they are a key element in maintaining healthy eyes.

Doctors strongly recommend both children and adults wear sunglasses whilst outdoors, to block the sun’s destructive ultraviolet (UV) rays. UV rays can cause a variety of eye ailments, including cataracts, macular degeneration and ev​en skin cancer around the eyelids.

Sunglasses do not need to be expensive to protect the eyes, though very low priced ones may not provide optimal optical clarity. What is important is the label that states the UV protective rating of the sunglasses

According to the American Food and Drug Administration (FDA), a good way to test the optical quality of your sunglasses is to focus on a vertical edge or line and move your head back and forth, “allowing your eyes to sweep across the lens. If there is any wiggle in the line, then the lens may have an optical defect and you should choose another pair.”

Children need sunglasses too!

Children are just as vulnerable to UV rays as they spend more time in the sun than adults. For best UV coverage, they should wear well-fitting sunglasses made from polycarbonate. Children, like adults, should also wear a wide brimmed hat with the sunglasses for added protection when they are spending long hours outdoors. Clothing with UV blocking coating is recommended for additional protection

The Importance of Wearing Sunglasses and How to Choose the Best Ones for You

While it’s no secret that style, fit, and cost are primary considerations for most people when buying sunglasses, they’re much more than just as classic fashion accessory. Of course you want your sunglasses to look good, but you also want them to function properly. Besides helping you see better on bright days, they should also protect your eyes (and the surrounding area) from harmful ultraviolet (UV) radiation.

HOW WEARING SUNGLASSES PROTECTS YOUR EYES

Most people wear sunglasses so they can see more easily when driving or spending time outside on a bright day. While pretty much any pair of sunglasses, including those that don’t offer protection from harmful UV radiation, can help shade your vision, it takes a specific kind of darkened lens to protect your eyes and help preserve your long-term vision.

CATARACTS

Cataracts can make your vision cloudy or blurry, and they may even make colors appear less vibrant. They’re largely considered an age-related problem, because by age 80, most Americans have a cataract or have already undergone surgery to remove one. But did you know that approximately 20% of all cataract cases are caused by extended exposure to UV light?

MACULAR DEGENERATION

Macular degeneration, which is the leading cause of blindness in the United States, damages the macula lutea, a small spot near the center of your retina required for sharp central vision. Because this part of the retina contains millions of light-sensing cells, eye experts believe it’s likely that routine exposure to UV rays contributes to the development and progression of the disease.

SKIN CANCER

You may be careful to put on sunscreen when you head outside for prolonged periods of time, but chances are you don’t slather it on your eyelids. Because up to 10% of all skin cancers occur on the eyelid, it’s important to wear sunglasses that offer complete UV protection to help mitigate your skin cancer risk in this sensitive area.

How To Choose Sunglasses

Sunglasses make up a $4 million dollar industry in the United States alone, which means we can assume that people are buying sunglasses all the time. But picking out your next pair of sunglasses can sometimes feel like a burden.

Between all the options, knowing what looks best on you can be hard. Plus, you want to make sure the frames not only look great but also improve your life. If you’re in this situation, look no further. In this article, we’re breaking down everything you need to know how to choose sunglasses. Soon, you’ll be an expert on choosing sunglasses.

How To Choose Sunglasses: Face Shape Comes First

Before you begin choosing sunglasses, you need to figure out what kind of face shape you have. While this might sound a bit trivial, it will help you narrow down what looks best to you.

Why Do You Want Sunglasses?

Next, you want to ask yourself why you want sunglasses. Do you want them for sports or some other hobby?

If so, you’ll want to check out sporting frames that give you better vision. For instance, fishers can have an easier time spotting fish with frames custom-built for that very reason, and hikers can see better views with frames that give more color to the world around them

Tips for Optimal Eye Health

Most of us are well aware of the five senses bestowed to us through which we interact with our environment, i.e. vision, hearing, smell, taste and touch, right? But how many of you have ever really wondered which of these is considered as the most valuable.

Sure, each of these senses is invaluable in its own right, but vision is considered to be the most important of all, as it is used to perceive about 80% of all impressions.

So, now you’re getting a better idea of why you should tend to your eye health much more seriously, and if not, it’s going to hurt your pocket as well. Wait a minute, did I just say ‘your pocket’? Let me get it right, it hurts ‘our’ pockets!

In fact, neglecting eye care not only affects you financially, it also affects your quality of life. One in six American adults (aged 45 and above) suffer from one or the other type of eye problems and the risks associated with vision loss only grow as you age. According to estimates by the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), by 2020, 43 million plus Americans will be affected by age-related eye diseases.

Healthy Diet Healthy Eyesight

Yes, it starts as simple as that; you are what you eat and so is your eyesight. Foods rich in nutrients like vitamin C and E, zinc, lutein and omega-3 fatty acids strengthen your eyes against age-related eye problems like cataracts and macular degeneration.

When To Consult A Dog Bite Lawyer

Dogs bite about 4.5 million Americans each year

Dogs are often referred to as “Man’s Best Friend,” unfortunately dogs are animals, animals are unpredictable, and animals often bite causing potentially devastating injuries. In reality, domestic dogs bite about 4.5 million Americans each year, half of which are children between the ages of 5 and 9. According to the Centers for Disease Control, one in five (20%) of these dog bites lead to an injury requiring medical attention. Although strays or other strange dogs can be the culprits, most attacks are caused by a familiar dog, such as a friend’s pet or even the family dog.

What compensation can dog bite victims recover?

If you have been bitten by a dog, you are entitled to recover fair and adequate compensation for losses and damages. These might include a broad range of damages suffered by the victim. The two main areas of harm are economic damages and non-economic damages

Most homeowners insurance policies in Washington cover dog bites

Policies usually have “medical payments” coverage to help pay for medical bills incurred as a result of a dog bite until the case is resolved. Medical payment is no-fault coverage. In addition, most homeowner’s liability policies will pay the general damages for pain and suffering caused by a dog as well. By talking with an experienced attorney, you will benefit by having a full evaluation of all possible insurance coverages and liable parties may be for your claim. So, it is very important to discuss all your options with a dog bite attorney as soon as possible.

Tips to prevent dog bites

There are many collisions and natural disasters that can’t be prevented, but there are many things for which you can take precautions, even dog bites. Below are some things you can do that will give you a very good chance of preventing an incident where you may be attacked or injured by a dog.

Seek legal assistance today

We would all hope that everyone would take responsibility for his or her own actions, or the actions of his or her pets. No one wants to start a legal battle with his neighbor, but we would all hope our neighbors, friends or family members would do the right thing if their dogs caused trauma to another person. Unfortunately, not everyone makes the right choice.

Choosing a Dog Bite Attorney

Read Our FREE Dog Bite Guide

When seeking out an attorney if you’re bitten by a dog, it’s important to feel comfortable with the attorney that you’re speaking with. It’s important to trust the attorney that you’re speaking with, and it’s most important to find an experienced attorney who has proven results. You want someone who has a vast experience in this area of law. I think it’s important to have someone who specializes in personal injury law and who has experience in the realm of dog bites. They should be able to show you their abilities, based on their history, experience, prior awards, settlements, and judgments. You will benefit from someone who’s going to work hard, someone you trust, and someone who really knows that they’re doing. This is all done by hiring an experienced attorney.

Dog Bite

A dog can be a wonderful addition to a family. As a nation of dog-lovers, our pets bring us joy, unconditional love and years of companionship. Unfortunately, some of them also bite. Those bites can sometimes be quite serious, resulting in major injuries. In fact, about 1 in every 60 people in the U.S. suffers a dog bite annually. Approximately 1 million dog bite victims seek medical attention and 30,000 must endure some type of reconstruction surgery. Children are the most common victim.

Dog Bite Injuries

Severity of dog bite injuries depends on many factors, including type of breed, size of the victim, duration of the attack and how quickly the victim received medical attention.

The Massachusetts Department of Health reports head/face/neck injuries stemming from dog bites is most common among young children. In fact, 73 percent of children under 4 who sustain dog bite injuries will suffer injury to these regions, as will nearly half of all children between the ages of 5 and 14. Upon receiving medical care, these victims should be specifically examined for facial fractures and nerve damage.

All dog bite victims should first seek immediate medical attention, even if the wound doesn’t initially seem severe. At the very least, doctors will want to prescribe antibiotics to ensure a serious infection does not develop.

Bites should also be reported to the local animal control office. Although frequently serious dog bites are inflicted by a family pet or one beloved by a neighbor, family member or close friend, many times, damages for dog bite injury lawsuits are paid by homeowners’ insurance claims. Our legal team can work as amicably as possible to file these claims, so as to secure your compensation, but also preserve your relationships.

Dog Bite Attorneys

represents dog bite victims because irresponsible dog owners continue to let their pets run wild, where they can attack and bite people — usually young children — for being in the same location or on the same property. ​Dog bites often require serious medical attention, such as suturing, infection suppression, and even plastic surgery. When you or a loved one’s rights, health, and financial recovery are on the line, you can rely on our Sacramento dog bite lawyer.

Sometimes, specific breeds such as Pit Bulls, Dobermans, and Rottweilers have histories of attacks and must be treated with additional caution. But almost any kind of dog, under certain situations, may bite or attack. Owners who are careless in these situations may be held accountable for their negligence and the actions of their animals.

We usually seek compensation through homeowners insurance. Most standard policies include coverage for this kind of incident. As with all our cases, we look for maximum compensation for the type of injury at hand.

Dog Bite Injury Lawyers

Despite being man’s best friend, many dogs are owned by irresponsible people who do not properly restrain their animals or do not have a concern for the safety of others. As a result, many dogs run wild or are badly trained, leading to serious dog bite attacks.

follows a “one bite” rule which means a dog owner is not held liable for injuries their dog inflicts unless they knew or should have known that their dog was potentially dangerous, such as if they have bitten another in the past or if they have a history of aggressive behavior. An injury victim must prove negligence on behalf of the owner, or that the owner did not take care to prevent the injury.

When you or someone you love was hurt as a result of a dog bite injury, it is important that you act quickly, as the statute of limitations on cases of this nature is two years. Take photos of the bites at the initial stage and as they develop in addition to seeking medical attention and ensuring that your doctor keep track of your injuries in your medical report

Roof Installation Tips

Factors To Consider Before Selecting Roofing Material

THE STYLE OF YOUR HOME OR BUILDING

The architectural style of your home or commercial building may dictate what type of roofing materials need to be used. For example, while asphalt shingles are compatible with most styles of homes, tile roofing may be more suitable for the style of historic homes. The style of a commercial property is extremely important when selecting its roof covering. Some buildings may need a built-up roof, while metal roofs might suit the style of other commercial buildings.

THE ROOFING APPLICATION

Whether the new roof is being applied to a brand new structure, as a replacement roof, or as an addition to a home or building makes a big difference in your roofing material selection. With new roofs, you have more choices because you’re not limited to existing components, such as roof materials currently on the roof, the underlying roof structure composition, roof pitch, etc., as you are with replacement roofs. Adding an addition to a home or building also limits your roofing material choices because the roof addition needs to function and blend in with the existing roof structure to which it is being attached.

OWNERSHIP

Roofing is a cost that will give you a return on your investment if you’re staying in your home for most of your life, or remaining as the owner of a commercial building long term. If you’re not planning to own the property for at least 20 or more years, it might be best to install a roof with a shorter lifespan that is less costly.

STATE BUILDING CODES

Some states have building codes or other restrictions that may prevent you from installing a certain type of roofing. For instance, some states at risk for hurricanes, tornadoes, or forest fires may prohibit certain types of roof shingles.

MUNICIPALITY REQUIREMENTS AND RESIDENTIAL COMMUNITY COVENANTS

In addition to state building codes, many municipalities may have their own building requirements that dictate the types and grades of roofing that must be used. If you live in a private or gated community, you may need to adhere to building covenants that outline acceptable types of roofing shingles and roofing material restrictions.

Guide to Roofing Costs & Estimates

You may not think about your roof that much, but as soon as it needs repair it will be impossible to ignore. Even just one leak can cause significant damage to the rest of your home. By properly maintaining your roof and replacing it at the end of its lifespan, you will ensure it does its job of protecting all that lies underneath it. Plus, replacing your roof will increase your property’s value, since potential buyers will have the peace of mind knowing that they’re not going to need to take this project on themselves.

Choosing a Roofing Material

There are several roofing materials to choose from, which will significantly impact how much your roof will cost.

As a general rule of thumb, the more you spend upfront, the longer your roof will last. Depending on your current budget and the amount of time you intend on staying in your home will naturally sway you towards favouring budget or longevity. If you have a particular look in mind, this will sway you more towards style being an important consideration

Durability

Asphalt shingles will typically last anywhere from 15 to 30 years. Mileage will vary depending on many factors, including weather (the warmer the climate, the sooner they’ll need to be replaced) and pests. Depending on the last time the roof was replaced and how long you plan on staying in your home, if your home has asphalt shingles then it is most likely that you will need to replace them at some point.

Advantages of Asphalt Roofs

Perhaps the biggest advantages is that asphalt has lower shingle prices, which is why so many homeowners opt for this roofing material. Asphalt shingles are also highly versatile in their appearance and can be made to look like other materials like slate, wood or tile, and also come in a wide variety of colours, giving your home many customization options.

Metal Roof vs Shingles in Cold Climate – Which Should I Choose?

Although, Huntsville Alabama is known for its warm climate temperatures typically decline during the winter months. The average temperature in AL in January and February ranges between 30-40 degrees. While snowfall varies each year in Huntsville the winter often brings rainy condition. That’s why it’s important to make sure your home’s roof is in optimal condition. Therefore you’ll want to invest in quality roofing materials that can accommodate the weather.

Metal and shingle are the most common roofing materials that are presented to homeowners. These days metal isn’t only reserved for warehouses and industrial properties. A lot of our residential clients have some form of metal roofing. However, shingle roofs are traditional and you can find them on thousands of houses throughout Huntsville. Which material is able to best withstand the colder climate?

How Metal Roof Systems Perform In The Winter

The cold climate and its harsh elements can wear down on your roof decreasing its lifespan and performance. Fortunately, metal is a material that is ultra durable and is effective at withstanding the elements

Reduces Heating Costs

It’s no secret that residential home owners in the U.S spend so much more money heating than cooling during the summer months. Metal functions as an insulator preventing both cold or warm air from escaping. Thus results in significantly lowered energy bills. In fact, the surface temperature of a metal roof tends to stay warmer than the outside temperature while an asphalt shingle roof can be a few degrees cooler.

Less Susceptible to Snow and Ice Damage

Yea, snow, and ice can cause major structural damage to a roof which is why it’s considered to be an enemy to most type of roofing materials. However, a metal roof can provide much more protection. Snow m and doesn’t accumulate on a metal roof. Instead, it literally slides off preventing ice dams and damage to the gutters.

Residential Roofing Best Practices

Asphalt shingles, which cover 80 to 90% of residential roofs, have undergone much change in the last 20 to 30 years. Until the late 1970s, all asphalt shingles were manufactured from a heavy organic felt mat that had established a reputation for both strength and flexibility and generally outlasted their 15- to 20-year life expectancy.

Since their introduction in the late 1970s, fiberglass shingles have come to dominate the market, accounting for over 90% of shingles sold today. However, premature failure of some fiberglass shingles in the 1980s and 1990s tarnished the product’s reputation and spawned a number of lawsuits and resulted in a toughening of standards and a general improvement in fiberglass shingle quality.

Shingle styles have changed as well. The common three-tab shingles of the 1950s and 1960s are now joined by no-cutout shingles, multitab shingles, and laminated “architectural” shingles.

Asphalt Roof Shingle Quality

Shingle quality is often difficult to determine visually since it is based largely on hidden factors such as the strength of the reinforcing mat (organic felt or fiberglass), the strength and flexibility of the asphalt, and the amount and type of fillers used. In most cases, however, the guidelines outlined below can help to select shingles that perform as promised.

Organic Felt vs. Fiberglass Asphalt Shingles

Organic shingles are built around a thick inner mat made from wood fibers or recycled paper saturated with soft asphalt. Fiberglass shingles, on the other hand, use a lightweight nonwoven fiberglass held together with phenolic resin.

CHOOSING A CONTRACTOR: QUESTIONS TO ASK WHEN HIRING A ROOFING CONTRACTOR

There’s no more denying it or putting it off. There are water stains on the ceiling. You’ve found a few shingles in your yard. There are birds, squirrels or raccoons in your attic (or maybe all three, yikes!). Whatever the case may be, the signs are clear: it’s time for a new roof.

Where can I find the best, certified roofing contractors in my area?

Getting a new roof or a roof repair starts with finding the right roofing contractor for the job. You can find the best, certified roofers in your area by checking out our network of independent roofing contractors in the Owens Corning Roofing Contractor Network

Roofing companies and contractors in our Owens Corning Roofing Contractor Network are selected for their commitment to customer service, reliability, and professional craftsmanship. Additionally, they must meet high standards and satisfy strict requirements

But, Do I Really Need a Roofing Contractor?

Installing a new roof, or repairing an existing roof, is a big job and a big investment for your home. Working with a qualified and trusted roofer who understands roofing materials, safety, and building codes and requirements will ensure the job is done right. You’ll also have warranty options offering peace of mind that the roofing contractor will stand behind their work for years to come.

Okay. I Want to Hire a Roofing Contractor, But How Can I Tell Who Is Qualified and Who Isn’t?

Most homeowners start with a list of about two to five roofing contractors, and meet with about two to three, before making their final decision on who to hire for the job. Searching for qualified roofers online, or getting recommendations from friends and family, are two ways to get started on creating a shortlist of roofing contractors to consider, but may not give you all the information you need to tell who is qualified and who is not.

Interviewing Tips for Wedding Videographer

HOW TO CHOOSE A WEDDING VIDEOGRAPHER

Planning your wedding can be a daunting process – whether you’re a planner or not; it tests your organizational skills, your time management, your taste in fashion and also your patience with your spouse (to-be). There’s no course on how to choose a wedding videographer. In fact, most people have never booked an event vendor before and were never thinking, “Oh, I can’t for the day to book my florist!”

But we’re not here to talk about flowers that you’re going to use for a day and then throw away. You’re here because you’re interested in how to choose a wedding videographer. You’ve either seen your friend’s wedding film or have been strongly advised by someone you trust that it was one of the best decisions they made to save their memories. I can proudly say, with my undeniable bias, that a good wedding videographer will capture not just the scripted and candid actions on the day, but things that you will miss on the wedding day, along with performances, traditions and most notably, the sounds at your wedding.

WHAT’S THE STYLE?

The question of style is WAY more subjective than the look and sound of the video. In such a case, I’ll mention major styles that you’ll encounter in your hunt for a wedding videographer

Video montage – usually different clips from the day edited together with some music. All you hear is music.

Music video – Very similar to the Video Montage style but usually contains fancy effects, similar to ones you’d find in a conventional music video. Often times, these videos are edited with a top 40 track or a trending song on the airways.*

Slow motion – a more cinematic style of film in which the clips are mostly or completely in slow motion. Videos may sometimes contain sound bytes from things said during the day.

Cinematic story-telling** – This is a very cinematic style, with resemblance to movies. This style is complete with black crop bars, emotional music and a film-like look, integrating segments of speeches and wedding vows at key moments in the video to help give context to the couple and their story.

WHERE DO I LOOK?

You can start with seeing what friends and family got. You can Google local vendors. Ask your wedding planner for references. You can also just book Aperture Lane since you’re reading our article. Why not make things simple? 😉

How To Choose A Wedding Videographer

I was on the phone to a potential wedding client the other day and I was answering a lot of questions.  It got me thinking that if I were not around and my sister or a friend had to employ a videographer for their wedding, what questions would I tell them to ask the videographer?

How to choose a wedding videographer, here are some questions to ask.

Do they shoot documentary or cinematic wedding videos?

Do they direct a lot or do they use a “fly on the wall” approach?

How many shooters or cameras will be used?

Do they shoot HD or 4K?

What extra equipment will they use such as drone, gimbals etc?

How long does it take to get the finished video?

Will the video be on DVD or a digital file?

How many copies will you receive?

Who does your photographer recommend?

Can they send you a sample copy (or 2) of a fully finished wedding?

Can you meet them in person?

Documentary or Cinematic

What does this mean? The difference is huge between these two styles. A documentary wedding video will show the wedding as it happens moment by moment. It will be lightly edited and the full ceremony, full speeches, first dance etc will be filmed and will play back as it happened without much creative flare.

Cinematic weddings on the other hand will be highly stylized and usually a lot shorter than the documentary type video.  Cinematic weddings tell the story of the day in a more romantic way using a lot of directed shots with drones, sliders and gimbals (camera stabilizers)

Directing or “Fly On The Wall”

Some videographers direct the action a lot and some don’t, they are unseen and are akin to a sniper, taking shots that nobody is aware of.

HOW TO CHOOSE A WEDDING VIDEOGRAPHER

Choosing the right wedding videographer is one of the most important things for your wedding day. Your wedding video should be a cherished a memento, which you would like to show to all of your guests, and later to your children.

Thus, it is very important to hire a very good wedding videographer who can capture the most integral moments of the day with ease and create a beautiful wedding video

START RESEARCHING AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE:

The earlier you start researching about your wedding videographer, the better your chances are to find one who will match your style and expectations. After carrying out a good amount of research, shortlist your favourites. Watch the trailers of the wedding films they have made and see if the trailers can move you emotionally. You should also research the education and experience of the relevant wedding videographers.

Finally, after the work of a wedding videographer catches your interest and you are keen to hire them, arrange a meeting . You must meet the actual person who will be shooting your wedding and not their assistant. You must keep a list of important questions ready for them

Here are a few ideas for some of the questions that you should ask them in the first meeting:

• How many years experience do you have in wedding videography?

• Have you ever worked with the photographer whom I have hired? (Provide the name of the photographer)

• Will there be any more videographers to accompany you?

• What will be the production style of the wedding film? Will it be cinematic, vintage or documentary?

• Which parts of the wedding day would you film?

• What type of camera do you use?

• How do you generally incorporate music to the wedding film?

• What are the packages that you offer?

• How long do you take to deliver the final video? Will you show me a finished sample?

Choosing a wedding videographer?

All wedding suppliers like ourselves undergo assessment, as brides and grooms do their research when choosing wedding suppliers for their special day. Most couples will sit down together and have their wedding planner handy with lots of scribbles and crosses.  They will be figuring out what entertainment they wish to have at their wedding, along with several other bits and bobs.  However, how do you go about making the decision of choosing your wedding videographer?

The average cost of a wedding videographer in short can be as low as $450 at the cheaper end of the scale. This can go all the way up to the higher bracket of $2500+.  The pricing a wedding videographer attaches to their service is purely driven by the quality of their completed wedding films.  As the known phrase goes ‘You get what you pay for’.  I feel this is a fair statement in the world of wedding films

There are generally two systems wedding videographers adopt in terms of wedding film packages.  Some companies will offer a variety of choice, but some will keep things simple and only offer one or two.  This may help brides and grooms filter down their choices of choosing a wedding videographer, as they may only want certain elements of the day filming.  The key point here again when choosing your wedding videographer is….DO YOUR RESEARCH!

This question doesn’t have a definitive answer.  The reason being it is all down to what the bride and groom are looking for. From a professional perspective, it is great that a company will have all the best camera equipment at their disposal! However this only goes so far, as the person operating that equipment and editing your wedding films still needs to know what they are doing when all the footage is in the computer ready to be edited.

Is a wedding videographer worth it?  Definitely!!! There is nothing more life like than watching a real time recollection of all the special moments from your wedding day.  As a Derbyshire wedding videographer I can confirm that from the heart “I love what I do”.  I love to help people too, so if you need some questions answering about the topic or interesting in personally booking me please get in touch.  I would love to hear from you

How to choose a Wedding Videographer?

Choosing a wedding videographer can sometimes be a daunting task. It’s one of the most special and important days of your life, and there are many suppliers on the market. You want to make sure you make the right choice!

Our first piece of advice is to take time to do some research. Do a search online of several different wedding videography companies’ websites, and focus initially on their portfolio. Try to identify what kind of style you are going for. Most wedding videographers nowadays will take a more cinematic approach, rather than documentary style  – but even within that, each videographer will have their own different style and technique. Some use black and white for example. Some prefer to focus almost exclusively on the couple without much footage of the guests, while others like to show off the couple and guests as well as footage of both the key moments and the parts the wedding couple may not have seen! Some like to really show the context with lots of images of the surroundings and nature. Some use funky upbeat music – others barely use music at all.

Watch a few different videos from each of the wedding videographer’s portfolio and try to get a feel for their style, as this is essentially what your wedding video will also look like.

Once you have an idea of the type of style you want, you can then narrow things down. One of the key things that will influence your decision is of course budget. Most videographers will prefer to discuss the price directly with you, rather than publishing on their website. This gives you both the opportunity to discuss tailored packages. In any discussion make sure you check for no ‘hidden extras’.

Other factors that can be helpful in your decision are reviews. There is no better advertising for any business than satisfied customers! Check for real reviews on Google, Facebook or other wedding supplier platforms, and also on their website

All About Commercial Painting

Why Commercial Painting Contractors Are Necessary for Business Success

To be successful in the painting organisation, or any other business for that matter, you need to have some type of purpose. You need to understand why you want to get into a specific market and know how you desire your business to develop. Everyone will have various reasons for beginning a service but there are some typical themes.Of course the inspiration to start and start a company for lots of individuals originates from the chance to earn money. However there are numerous other reasons individuals go into organisation. Listed below we take a look at ten excellent reasons to begin a painting business.

Creating Appeal

The work done by commercial painters can help to create a much greater level of appeal to your customers, clients and vendors. People are only naturally going to feel comfortable going into a facility that has a fresh look that is inviting. You want your building inside and out to look its best so that people want to come in and do business with you. The paint you have for your building is also going to create greater appeal for your employees. They will feel better about going to work in a place that is looking its best and it will help to improve the overall attitude of your workers.

Safety and Comfort – When you have your place painted by professionals the painters are going to make sure that they create an environment for everyone that feels much more comfortable. They can advise you on the applications and colors that will work best for your facility so you can be sure to get the right scheme and combinations so people feel more at ease shopping, visiting and working in your area. The right paint job is also going to help to create a safer atmosphere for everyone as the right applications can be made to withstand use and wear for years, making the building look its best and safest at all times.

A Money Saver – When you have your painting handled by professional contractors, they are not only going to know what will work best for your building but also what will wear well for you so that you can get the most from your investment. The contractors have the experience to help guide you into applications that are going to last longer and look their best with little maintenance, saving you money in both the short and long term.

Tasks Performed for the Business

Commercial painting contractors make sure that the facility buildings and its surrounding environment is a safe, pleasant and comfortable place for visitors, tenants or shoppers to stay and do business in.

Commercial painting contractors perform various jobs depending on the needs of the facility. At one time, they may be needed to re-paint the building exterior, particularly in corporate office buildings wherein good appearance must often be maintained. At other times, they may be high up in the air doing high-rise painting. In facility warehouses, contractors often come in to repair damages to the deck waterproofing system.

In retail facilities like shopping malls and stores, contractors may be needed to maintain the roofs, walls and floors. The same holds true in hospitals, hotels and public-frequented locations, wherein the daily visitor traffic exerts more physical load that can speed up damage and deterioration to the buildings.

Enhancing the Business Image

Commercial painting contractors specialize in a particular activity that is very critical to any business establishment. To make buildings maintain a clean and attractive appearance is a very necessary work conducted by commercial painting contractors. The effect of a visually-appealing building is an enhancement in business reputation and overall image, and deepening the business relationships with customers, tenants and business partners alike.

It is not only that the facility needs to look inwardly and outwardly appealing, it must stay that way for a very long time. It takes skills and experience to provide this beauty and longevity all at the same time. Commercial painting contractors with deep expertise can design attractive coating systems that are high in aesthetics and function. Their knowledge of the painting industry is useful in selecting the right coatings and materials that the facility needs to achieve a particular look and function, as well as provide long-lasting protection and performance.

Providing Good Value for Money

Experienced commercial painting contractors indirectly help the business cut down on maintenance costs. They can identify affordable paints that best suit the needs of the facility. Their expertise in surface preparation and coatings application means that their work activities are conducted and completed in a more efficient and speedy manner, saving time, reducing wastes, and eliminating further costs.

Improve Productivity Levels

If you’re thinking about simply putting up white walls, you’ll want to rethink that decision. Studies show that color impacts productivity at work. If you want to provide your employees with an office space that’s conducive to work, then stay away from white walls. Painting pros can help you determine what colors are ideal for the workplace. They know the bevy of options you can go for and are in an ideal position to help you work out which ones will suit your organization the best.

Ensure Positive Impact on Emotions

Color influences a person’s emotions. Bold shades like red can induce anxiety and aggression at work, but can be a good option for food restaurants, right along with orange. Pale green, though, can inspire employees to be much more creative while blue helps promote calmness at work. Gray tones, on the other hand, can add a note of sophistication to your office space, which can be an excellent way of making the right impression on clients. If you’re just starting out and you’re meeting up with clients at your new office, those gray accents on your walls can set the right tone for the meet and make a favorable impression on your clients. By engaging the services of reputable business painters for excellent results, you can promote the right ambiance for the workplace.

Get Talents on Board

Experienced talents often have the freedom to choose their employees. If you’re just starting out, though, you may not be able to compete with the slew of benefits big companies with deep pockets can offer. No worries. Improving your office space is the first step to signing up the new hires you want. If you put in time, money, and effort into creating the ideal workspace, that’s going to send the right message to potential employees and can be one of the many reasons they’ll end up saying yes to your job offer.