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.

Benefits Of Using Infrared Thermography For Commercial Electrical Maintenance

The Benefits of Infrared Scanning for Electrical Maintenance

Electrical and mechanical systems can run into problems without warning. However, equipment failure is frequently preceded by a considerable period of increased heat in the various components of the system. If the increasing heat is detected in good time, the condition can be corrected before the electrical equipment fails. Infrared thermography is a powerful maintenance tool that can identify areas that are abnormally hot or cool. There are some benefits of using the technology to inspect electrical problems.

The inspection can detect several conditions:

Infrared thermography can detect several conditions that may undermine the operational efficiency of your systems. Some of the conditions include overloads, loose connections, inductive heating, open circuits, harmonics, unbalanced loads and defective equipment.

Safety

With the high speed at which complex industrial processes run, sudden failure may create hazardous conditions. This could include flying debris that may hurt your workers. By detecting electrical problems in good time, the tool helps to avoid fires caused by overloaded circuits or faulty wiring.

Financial savings

Inspections using infrared thermography will help in detecting problems and allow for repairs. This will mean fewer downtimes, a factor that will, in turn, result in fewer interruptions. When equipment is fixed in good time, productivity will increase, and you will realize significant financial savings.

Quality

In most cases, quality is a result of processes that run reliably and consistently. When you can deal with electrical problems, all your systems will operate optimally. This will allow you to deliver quality products, a factor that will not only earn you trust but also boost your business.

Lower insurance premiums

When your business experiences fewer interruptions, you will reduce losses and improve your cash flow. In case you have commercial insurance that protects against interruptions, you will pay lower premiums for the coverage. Compared to manual inspections, infrared thermography will not require you to interrupt services during the inspection. The toll will inspect electrical problems while systems are running. This will help to improve your profits.

How infrared works

The test firm uses either black-and-white thermal scanners, which require liquid-nitrogen cooling, or a modern, multicomponent color thermal-camera system. The color camera in this system is self-cooled, eliminating the need to transport liquid nitrogen.

The principle of operation is that operating electrical equipment gives off heat. This heat can be detected by the thermal camera and viewed and interpreted by an operator. The temperature of the scanned object can be calibrated in black-and-white or in color. Immediate action can be taken to correct the problem, or a picture called a thermogram can be taken and recorded for future reference.

Basic components of the color system are the thermal-sensing camera and a portable, rechargeable battery pack. With just these two components, effective real-time detection of hot-spots can easily be done.

Northeast Testing, however, makes use of several additional components to obtain fast, reliable data. These items are a camcorder/monitor, 3 1/2-in. computer disk system built into the thermal camera, rolling camera support, personal computer, color printer, customized software, and sometimes a VCR.

The thermal camera with built-in disk drive, camcorder/monitor, and battery supply is mounted on a rolling table. This unit is used (the camera can be handheld when desired) in the field when thermal scanning equipment.

The thermal camera has multiple function controls but is easy to operate. Control buttons include freeze-frame, store to disc, temperature level set, and four buttons for sensitivity level adjust: rough and vernier, cross-hair adjust, manual focus, date, time, etc.

Switchgear Thermography

A great deal of investment is presently being made installation of thermal viewing ports for switchgear. These ports allow infrared inspections to carry out without removing switchgear covers, thus it would avoid worker arc-flash exposure. Installation of permanent infrared sensors and continuous infrared monitors are also reasonable methods for recognizing potential thermal failures of critical equipment. The principle of outdoor switchgear assemblies is often compromised by defective strip heaters. The strip heaters increase the switchgear temperature slightly above ambient to prevent condensation during daily or seasonal temperature changes. Functionality of these strips heaters and their effectiveness to carry out this duty can decide by carrying out thermal imaging of the switchgear enclosures. In other words, and once again, absence of heating identifies a potential problem.

Benefits of Thermography Survey

A major insurance carrier estimates that nearly 25 percent of all electrical failures attributed to faulty electrical connections. Therefore, many insurance firms are the driving force behind requiring facilities to conduct annual infrared surveys. Infrared technology has evolved into one of the most effective technologies for preventing failures and added benefit of not requiring an outage to carry out, as it can done on raw. Several further benefits of infrared technology listed below:

Hot spots such as loose connections and bad contacts.

  • Under-rated cables overheating under existing demand.
  • Unbalanced loads.
  • Stressed earth leakage units, circuit breakers, conductors and other electrical elements.

Infrared Electrical Inspection Services

Detect system overloads, loose defective components and damaged switchgear. Infrared electrical testing finds hot, dangerous problems quickly.

Infrared electrical inspections find hot spots caused by defects in connections and components. Infrared thermography is used to find areas of excess heat (caused by increased resistance) so that problems can be corrected before a component fails, causing damage to the component, creating safety hazards and productivity loss.

Because increased heating is a sign of failure, infrared is the best diagnostic tool available for finding these hot connections in the early stages of degeneration. This is why your insurance company may have asked for an electrical infrared inspection, to find and prevent problems before they cause damage to your personnel, equipment and facility.

Conditions Detectable by an Infrared Inspection

  • Loose/deteriorated connections
  • Overloads
  • Open circuits
  • Unbalanced loads
  • Inductive heating
  • Harmonics
  • Defective equipment

How Night Vision Works

Here’s how thermal imaging works:

  1. A special lens focuses the infrared light emitted by all of the objects in view.
  2. The focused light is scanned by a phased array of infrared-detector elements. The detector elements create a very detailed temperature pattern called a thermogram. It only takes about one-thirtieth of a second for the detector array to obtain the temperature information to make the thermogram. This information is obtained from several thousand points in the field of view of the detector array.
  3. The thermogram created by the detector elements is translated into electric impulses.
  4. The impulses are sent to a signal-processing unit, a circuit board with a dedicated chip that translates the information from the elements into data for the display.
  5. The signal-processing unit sends the information to the display, where it appears as various colors depending on the intensity of the infrared emission. The combination of all the impulses from all of the elements creates the image.

Keeping Rear Fanged Snake As Pets

Benefits of Having Snakes Around

It may not seem like snakes would be beneficial, but they can help keep rodent populations down. A single small snake can eat 3-4 mice at a time, and larger ones can go after rats. They also eat moles, voles, insects and some can even go after fish. In other areas of the country, snakes will eat animals like rabbits, nutria and other rodents that may be destructive to homes and crops.

Natural Snake Repellent Ideas

There are many natural snake repellent ideas that allow you to get rid of snakes without harming them.

Naphthalene

One of the most common snake repellents you’ll find is naphthalene. It is found in products like Snake-A-Way. You can go a much cheaper route and use mothballs, as this is the main component in them. I toss a few under the porch to keep the snakes from hanging out under there. Be aware that the scent of naphthalene is very pungent and can linger for weeks and even months.

Plant Lemongrass

It’s not known exactly how lemongrass repels snakes, but it does. Plant some around the perimeter of your home or garage as a snake repellent. Lemongrass bunches can get really large, so you’ll want to keep an eye on it.

Plant Wormwood

Like lemongrass, wormwood (from the genus Artemisia) can help keep snakes away. Keep an eye on this plant too, as it can spread rapidly.

Keep Chickens

Snakes will sometimes try to get into chicken coops for the eggs. Chickens, as well as guinea hens and turkeys, will attack and kill snakes that get into the coop. Pigs will attack snakes too.

Plant Roses

Snakes will try to get into birdhouses for the eggs too. They seem like bluebird houses the best, maybe because they’re on a post. I plant rose bushes at the bottom of the post and wind the stems around the post. And they make for a great snake repellent. No more snakes in the bluebird house!

Essential Oils

Cinnamon, clove, and cedarwood essential oils will all repel snakes. (Find them all here.) It’s thought that snakes think the oils will melt the scales, so they stay away from them. True or not, they work to keep snakes at bay.

What works to keep snakes away?

Keep food, water, and shelter opportunities to a minimum. View your property as habitat to be exploited by local wildlife. The fewer resources exist for animals, the lower the chances are of having a surprise rattlesnake encounter.

A few of the big ones:

  1. Rodent control – rattlesnakes eat rodents, so having rodents coming and going from your property will bring them in.
  2. Eliminate cool and moist areas, like the leaky hose or patch of lawn that nobody really uses.
  3. Clean up dog poop. This can attract rodents and the rattlesnakes that look for them.
  4. Rattlesnake Fencing to physically keep them out.
  5. Keep a generally tidy yard, and eliminate any opportunity for a snake to hide.

When Do Snakes Come Out?

Snakes are more commonly encountered when temperatures average between 80 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit; usually during the spring and throughout the summer. They are most active in early morning and late afternoon, as summer temperatures are often too hot for them to be out in during the hottest times of day. Snake activity will pick back up again in late summer and early fall before they go into hibernation or brumation. Brumation is more common in southern states where the climate is warmer and snow is less likely. Snakes don’t actually sleep in brumation but rather their bodies adjust to the lower temperatures, slowing down their metabolism, and making them less active. On warm winter days, brumating snakes will sometimes come out to bask in the sunshine, often surprising unsuspecting people with their presence.

While calling a professional pest control company is a guaranteed and safe way to tackle a snake problem, there are also some home remedies you can try to repel snakes. Home remedies to keep snakes away offer several benefits including:

  • Availability: Most home remedies to keep snakes away contain ingredients or methods that are readily available and easy to obtain. The guidelines for their use are also easily found on the internet.
  • Affordability: Most home remedies to keep snakes away are significantly cheaper compared to the cost of professional products and services on the market.
  • Ease of Use: Most home remedies to keep snakes away are easy to make or implement.
  • Safety: Most home remedies to keep snakes away are non-toxic to humans and pets compared to professional products on the market.

How to chase a snake away

If you spot a snake you suspect could be venomous, make sure to call animal control immediately. But if you know it’s a non-venomous snake and you just wish it would go away, chasing it off can be as easy as reaching for the hose. Spray the snake until he slithers away, hopefully before you get the creeps.

DIY snake repellent

If snakes seem to always find their way into your yard, keep them away with ammonia. Snakes hate the smell and won’t come near it. Soak rags in ammonia and place them in unsealed plastic bags. Leave the plastic bags where you usually see the snakes, and they won’t come back again.

Keeping snakes away from your pool

To keep snakes and even bugs like flies away from your pool, pour white vinegar around the perimeter. Snakes can absorb liquids through their skin, and won’t slither over the vinegar. Meanwhile, it’s same for kids and pets!

6 MUST-KNOW FACTS ABOUT SNAKES — READ TO STAY SAFE!

During spring and fall, temperatures are perfect for snakes to be out and about during the day. Not too cold, not too hot, just right for startling unsuspecting gardeners who are also outside taking advantage of the pleasant weather. During the summer, you need to watch out for snakes more in the early morning and at night, but they’re likely to be hidden away someplace dark and cool during the heat of the day.

While most snakes are nonpoisonous and tend to avoid contact with people when given the chance, they can still give quite a scare. The best way to avoid trouble with snakes is to understand their habits and how to avoid close contact with them.

Follow these tips:

1. Avoid Snake Habitat: In general, snakes hang out in damp, cool, protected areas. Watch out for them around rocky streams, wooded areas, retaining walls, garages, or anyplace around your house where there might be cave like conditions. Keep debris and wood piles far away from your house, and screen off underneath porches and crawl spaces to keep snakes out.

2. Watering Attracts Snakes: If you keep your lawn and garden well irrigated, you’re more likely to attract frogs, lizards, birds, and rodents which attract snakes. Well-watered, mulched areas (such as shrub beds and vegetable gardens) also offer cool shelter for snakes in summer, so be careful when walking or working in these areas.

3. Control Rodents: Snakes eat rodents, small reptiles, and birds. To minimize snakes around your house, keep bird feeders and nesting boxes away from the house, and work to reduce the rodent population.

4. Know Where to Find Snakes: On hot days especially, watch out for snakes in shady, cool areas – such as under your car or beneath piles of wood or debris. On cold days, expect to find snakes warming themselves in the sun, on a warm rock, or even a driveway or car engine. On perfect spring and fall days, keep an eye out most anywhere!

5. Understand Snake Temperament: Snakes are rather sluggish in early spring when they first come out of hibernation, and in late fall when they’re getting ready to sleep again. During these times, they may be too inactive to move out of the way or warn you before striking. During warmer months snakes are more active and fast-moving, so you may get more warning before they strike, but they can also be more energetic and aggressive.

6. Lift Carefully: When lifting something off the ground that could have a snake underneath, use a pole, and lift it toward you, so that the object will be between you and the snake. If you lift it away from you, the snake – if there is one – is more likely to run over your foot!

How To Get Rid Of A Racoon

How to keep raccoons away from your home

If you know what kind of damage raccoons can cause, it’s no surprise you don’t want them hanging around. It’s not limited to a tipped over trash can from time to time. Female raccoons in search of a nesting site may rip off shingles, fascia boards or rooftop ventilators to get into your attic. Once they are inside, they will tear up insulation, go to the bathroom and bring with them a host of parasites. Then again, they might avoid the attic all together and make themselves at home in your chimney, crawl space or under your deck or porch. And of course, they’ll want a snack which is easy to access from a nearby garden, decorative fish pond, pet food bowl or trash can.

How to determine the size of your problem

Raccoons are nocturnal, so they can be hard to detect. It’s especially important to pay attention to the clues they leave behind and to the frequency and amount in which they are left behind. Here are some things to look for:

  • Evidence of feeding — tipped over trash cans, damage to your garden or fish pond, a spilled or emptied pet food bowl, knocked over bird feeders, a disturbed compost pile.
  • Tracks
  • Droppings

In addition to the evidence they leave behind, you may also able to hear them visiting before you ever see them. No matter what alerts you, once you’re aware you have raccoons hanging around your house, it’s best to try to get rid of them as soon as possible.

UTILIZE REPELLENTS TO GET RID OF RACCOONS

Homemade Raccoon Repellents

Using homemade recipes is a natural but not-inexpensive method to get rid of raccoons. There are two categories of repellents you can make or use: taste repellents, and odor repellents. Taste repellents use strong and offensive flavors, such as cayenne pepper, to deter a raccoon’s interest. Odor repellents use strong and offensive smells, such as ammonia.

Taste Repellents

One homemade “taste” raccoon repellent recipe uses 1 bottle hot pepper sauce or 1 bottle cayenne pepper powder and mixes it with a gallon of water and a teaspoon of dishwashing liquid. The soap helps the liquid to adhere to what you’re spraying, and should be sprayed on the entire area that you would like to protect. The cost to gather the ingredients for this and other homemade recipes can range from $9 to $20 for a single application.

Homemade recipes can seem like a cost-effective way to get rid of raccoons at first, however because they are easily washed away with rainfall (Central PA gets an average of 130 days of rainfall each year), you need to apply the product fairly often, which leads to greater expense and effort to get rid of raccoons in the long run. Also, hot peppers and soap are nose, mouth and eye irritants in animals, children, and adults, should they come into contact with the sprayed area. Cost of Application: With 100+ reapplications per year the cost for a single year can be greater than $300.

Effectiveness for Getting Rid of Raccoons: Fair

Odor Repellents

A raccoon is very sensitive to smell so it’s natural to try using strong odors as a way to keep them out of gardens and under patios. Household products can be used as a repellent such as, ammonia and mothballs, however these products need to constantly be replaced, are harmful when they come into contact with mucus membranes, and mothballs are purported to be toxic. Professional trappers report that intelligent raccoons are more likely to remove an offending odor, or cover it up than to vacate the premises. Cost of Application: Continuous ($150/year or more)

Effectiveness for Getting Rid of Raccoons: Negligible

Electronic Repellents

Sprinklers are another method to deter raccoons because they really dislike being around water. Running your sprinklers at different times during the day to get rid of raccoons will work, but since we’re living in a time where water is becoming more precious every day, this solution can be wasteful and expensive. Many parts of the United States will no longer allow sprinklers to be run every day so taking this route is not environmentally friendly or cost effective. There are products on the market specifically designed to conserve water while providing effective deterrents for raccoons.

Motion Activated Sprinklers can be purchased for $50 to $180 depending on the product. These sprinklers are only activated when they sense something approaching. The device then emits a mist of water and a noise to accompany the water and effectively frightens the raccoon away from your yard. Cost of Units: $50-$90 PER UNIT Cost of Units: $50-$90 PER UNIT

Cost of water additional Cost of batteries additional; some units are solar powered, which is more cost effective. Effectiveness for Getting Rid of Raccoons: Good (depending on brand)

Cayenne Pepper Spray to Protect Your Garden

Raccoons are chicken predators and they wreak havoc in vegetable gardens. Dealing with a raccoon infestation can be a very frustrating situation!

Cayenne pepper is one of the natural raccoon deterrents and a great way to repel critters and pests. These pesky rodents hate the smell of this homemade raccoon repellent.

It makes it an effective ingredient then, in homemade animal repellent sprays.

What you’ll need:

  • A small canister of cayenne pepper
  • 1 bottle of hot sauce
  • 1 gallon of water

Instructions:

  • Add 1 small canister of cayenne pepper and 1 bottle of hot sauce to 1 gallon of water
  • Spray the solution all over your garden plants, bushes, and shrubs
  • Reapply after rainfall.

How do you make sure that raccoons get out and actually stay out?

You must determine the animals’ entry point. Typically, raccoons get in through the eaves of the roof or in openings at the foundation level. Once you’ve located the access point, the next step is to make your home inhospitable. Raccoons enjoy the dark, so a strategically placed flashlight can be a deterrent.

Because they’re also put off by strange noises, playing a small radio may help keep them at bay. Finally, raccoons hate the smell of ammonia, so leave a saucer full of the stuff (or an ammonia-dipped rag) near the creatures’ entry point. Within 48 hours, thanks to one or all of the above tricks, the raccoons are likely to vacate the premises.

Once you’re certain your visitors have left the building, the final step is to seal up the access points so as to prevent return. In future weeks and months, periodically walk your home’s perimeter to check for signs of a pest presence. Likewise, remain vigilant about securing trash bags and cleaning up after outdoor meals.

Signs Of Raccoons Living On Your Property

These are some of the common signs of raccoons either living somewhere on your property or making a habit of scavenging around your property for food:

  • Trash from garbage bins strewn around your driveway or yard.
  • Garbage or recycling bins with bite or scratch marks around the lids.
  • Garden beds with homegrown fruits and vegetables that are damaged and eaten shortly before harvest.
  • Raccoon tracks around your yard or other areas of your property. The shape of their prints is similar to that of a small human hand, just two to three inches long, with sharp, pointed claws at the tips of each finger.
  • Holes in your lawn or portions of grass that have been torn or dug up (although this could be evidence of skunks or some other type of nuisance animal).
  • Scratching or bumping sounds coming from inside the walls, ceiling or some other area of your home, attic or garage; this could indicate the presence of raccoons or some other rodent or wild animal that has built a den.

Get Compensation For Many Types Of Injuries Using A Personal Injury Lawyer

How to Choose the Best Personal Injury Attorney for Your Case

Getting fair compensation for your injuries can depend on having a good attorney. Here’s what you need to know to hire the right attorney for your case.

Choosing a personal injury attorney can be a challenge. There are so many out there. Some attorneys have their names and faces plastered on billboards, while others don’t even advertise. Some have offices in high-rise buildings, while others work out of small offices

Some attorneys limit their practices to catastrophic injuries from medical malpractice and wrongful death. Others concentrate on asbestos and related toxic poisoning cases. Many have expertise in car accidents, slip and falls, and workers’ compensation.

Find an Attorney You Can Trust

You must have total confidence in your attorney. You don’t want to be second guessing them throughout your case. Using your existing network is a great way to find someone who’s trustworthy and accountable.

There’s nothing wrong with reading an attorney’s advertisements, social media, or website.  The firm’s website is a great way to find out what types of cases the attorney handles, and where they practice. Some attorney sites even describe the injury compensation they’ve recovered for select clients.

How to Choose a Personal Injury Lawyer

Most people don’t think too much about personal injury attorneys until they are in an accident. People get injured all the time in all kinds of ways, and in most cases those accidents are due to someone else’s negligence. Sometimes the resulting injuries are severe, and the recovery long. Injured people may miss work or become unable to work in the same field because of those injuries.

If you have been in an accident, seriously consider contacting an experienced personal injury attorney rather than trying to sort things out on your own. Personal injury attorneys have experience negotiating fair settlements with insurance companies and those at fault. Personal injury attorneys are also able to pull from experts and evidence to provide a more accurate estimate of the actual damages you suffered, in terms of injuries, treatments, therapy, lost wages, lost quality of life, etc.

If you have never met with a personal injury attorney before, you may wonder how you can find a good one, how exactly they help you, and what you should ask them. So here are some suggestions for choosing a personal injury lawyer. How Do I Find a Good Personal Injury Lawyer?

It can be difficult to tell whether someone is a good personal injury lawyer. But there are some guidelines you can follow to help you find a good one. First, make sure you look for a lawyer who practices in the state where you live or the state where you were injured.

Second, look for lawyers who handle your kind of case. For example, if you were injured in a car accident, look for a personal injury lawyer who handles car crash cases. You can usually find this information on their website. Third, once you have a working list, check and see if there have been any disciplinary actions filed against the lawyer you are thinking of contacting.

How to Choose a Personal Injury Lawyer

How do you Decide what Lawyer is Right for you?

This is a guide about how to choose a personal injury lawyer. Hiring a lawyer is one of the most important decisions you can make on behalf of you and your family. For some people, hiring a lawyer may be a whimsical decision, based purely on advertisements. For others, the choice of who to hire is based on the attorney’s experience, skill, reputation, and expertise in handling personal injury cases.

What if I Don’t Want a Trial? How Can I Still get Full-Value for my Personal Injury Claim?

Sure, everyone hopes their case will settle without a fight. But think about it. Wouldn’t you agree that having a seasoned, Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer is the best way to increase the risk to an insurance company and, accordingly, having them offer a fair settlement to you? You need to hire the lawyer the insurance companies hope you don’t hire

Hire a lawyer the insurance company is afraid. Lawyers that scare the insurance companies care more about their clients and will successfully take them to trial. Insurance companies pay fair value to the clients of aggressive, talented trial lawyers.

Also, just because you hire a trial lawyer does not mean a suit will be filed. It doesn’t mean you will necessarily end up in trail either. But by hiring a trial lawyer, you improve the chances of your case settling sooner and for a higher value. Since insurance companies don’t want to take any risk, they don’t want to make a lowball offer and face having a lawsuit filed against them.

Before you hire an attorney, make sure the attorney is experienced in the type of law you need help with. It’s important to know how to choose a personal injury lawyer for your specific type of claim. Make sure the lawyer devotes most of their practice to that area of law.

Choosing a Good Personal Injury Lawyer

You’ve decided to hire a lawyer to handle your personal injury claim. It’s a smart move, but there’s more work to be done to ensure that your case ends up in the right hands.

In any kind of personal injury case, having the right lawyer on your side can make a big difference in terms of money and time, which makes choosing the right personal injury lawyer an important step. But where do you start your search, and how do you know what to look for when it comes to the attorney-client relationship in a personal injury case?

Starting Your Search

Most lawyers who specialize in personal injury cases tend to represent a particular side of these kinds of cases—either the plaintiff (the person who was injured) or the defendant (the person, business, or other entity who is alleged to have caused the plaintiff’s injury)—not both. If you’ve been injured, you want to hire what’s called a “plaintiff’s lawyer.”

Personal recommendations and word of mouth are probably the best place to start when you’re looking for a lawyer. If someone you know had a good outcome with their personal injury claim, ask to be put in touch with that person’s lawyer.

Consider any special needs you have and some key practicalities. For example, could you benefit from an attorney who speaks a language other than English? Is the lawyer’s office close to public transportation? Unless there are special circumstances, you’ll want to hire a lawyer with a local office, or in the location where your accident occurred.

How To Find The Right Personal Injury Lawyer

Whether you want to hire a lawyer to handle all aspects of your personal injury claim, or you just want professional guidance on settling your personal injury case yourself (or preparing it for small claims court or arbitration) you don’t want to hire just any lawyer. You want an experienced personal injury lawyer. And you want one with whom you are comfortable.

Finding an Experienced Lawyer

The practice of law has become highly specialized, and many lawyers know less about personal injury law than you will after some reading through this site. So, your first task is to find a lawyer who has experience representing claimants (known as “plaintiffs”) in personal injury cases. You do not want to be represented by someone who has primarily been a lawyer for insurance companies, even if they’re experienced. Such a lawyer may be too accustomed to taking the insurance company’s side and might not fight hard enough for your claim.

There are several ways to find experienced plaintiff’s personal injury lawyers. The best way to proceed is to comparison-shop. Get the names of several lawyers and meet with each of them to discuss your claim before you decide to hire any one of them

Friends and Acquaintances

Contact friends or coworkers who have been represented by a lawyer in their own personal injury claims. If the friend or coworker says good things about the experience, put that lawyer on your list of people with whom to have an initial consultation. But do not make any decision about a lawyer solely on the basis of someone else’s recommendation. Different people will have different responses to a lawyer’s style and personality. Also, at any particular time a lawyer may have more or less energy or interest to devote to a new case. So do not make up your mind about hiring someone until you have met with the lawyer, discussed your case, and decided that you are comfortable entering a working relationship.

Lawyers You Already Know

You may already know a lawyer, either personally or because the lawyer has represented you before in some legal matter. And that lawyer may be very good at the job. So, when you consider hiring a lawyer to work on your personal injury claim, it may seem obvious to hire this person you already know

A Night On The Town With The Help Of The Party Bus

Tips On Choosing The Right Party Bus For Hire

A party bus hire may be a fun and luxurious procedure of transportation for a big group of individuals. Most party buses are equipped with numerous attributes and great amenities which could help turn what would be an ordinary excursion into a rockin’ party on wheels! This article will look at Why you should party bus hire in Sydney for any occasion.

Outfitted for the party

You should hire a party bus that offers a spacious interior, which has ceiling height and sufficient leg room and also having enough seating for the guests on board. You also want to have the ability to mingle with the group and have easy access to chat to one another. You also want to make certain that the bus is equipped with the right type of entertainment that you will needed, which will vary depending on the type of occasion you are hiring the vehicle. A high-quality sound system and disco lights will be more right for a night out on the town, where you would want something more relaxing if you are on a sightseeing tour.

Party bus hire Sydney – Be certain to reserve the bus ahead of time

Due to the popularity of the party buses, you really want to make certain that you are able to reserve the particular style of transportation you require well ahead of the actual date you will need to use it. In peak season these vehicles are in high demand and you might wish to arrange the booking well in advance, a good two to three months is often recommended.

Check on the reputation of the party bus companies

Prior to using a particular service operator you really want to make certain to do your due diligence to check the company is able to supply a well equipped and maintained vehicle, which comes with a sufficiently licensed and experienced driver.

On board Amenities & packages

not all party buses are equipped with leather seats, custom bar, 3D stereo sound system, LED TVs and many more. These buses also allow you to bring alcoholic beverages, food and also your entertainment. It provides so much fun that you may never want to stop the ride! Know more about the packages to click the link below.

Tips To Get The Most Out Of Your Party Bus Rental

A perfect way of transportation for weddings, bachelor, bachelorette parties and other events is renting a party bus. This is also a great way to safely transport your family, friends or employees to all sorts of events. Below you can find some tips to make sure you get the most out of your party bus rental.

Pick Your Route

Are you going to have a simple trip from Point A to Point B, or are you going to plan several stops at various places along the way? You will need to inform the party bus company about the route since many of them charge for fuel. Plan the itinerary beforehand and let the company know of it in order to inform your chauffeur.

Make Sure You Understand Party Bus Rental Prices

Every company has its own payment structure. Hourly or flat rate the prices will vary. Make sure you understand any additional charges like fuel or any other costs. As an advice, check just to be sure that they do not have any hidden payments that you will discover after the rental. Ask about the policy and how much you will be charged if you go over the time you initially settled. The price stated in the contract will be the final sum you will have to pay for the services you requested.

Pick Your Party Bus

Make sure you select the vehicle that fits your event. If you do not check the details, you may not have the elegance you are wishing for, so make sure to inspect the vehicles before you decide. When you check your party bus, verify every light and inspect every electronic device. If the bus is not in a perfect shape, move on or report the malfunctions so you will not be charged for them, or you can negotiate a lower price

Make Party Bus Rental Reservations

You should reserve a month in advance and confirm the reservation within a week before the event. Even if you are planning to rent a party bus for a wedding or another event that does not have a flexible date, the reservation should be made as far as a year before.

HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT SIZE PARTY BUS FOR YOUR SPECIAL OCCASION

When you’re planning a celebration, you want every detail to be perfect. If your epic plans include a party bus rental, you’ll want to make sure you reserve the right size for your group. When you’re looking over party bus options you’ll notice that most listings designate the maximum group size for that bus.

SPECIAL OCCASIONS OFTEN MEAN SPECIAL ATTIRE

When reserving a party bus rental for a prom, wedding or other formal occasion, it’s important to keep the attire of the party bus guests in mind when choosing the size of the vehicle. If you have a smaller group of 12 and choose a party bus with a capacity of 15, you might think you’re all set. While your guests will all fit, it doesn’t mean that they’ll be comfortable.

KEEPING THE PARTY GOING

One of the biggest perks of a party bus rental is that the festivities can continue while you’re in the bus. It’s important to consider any onboard activities when planning for the size of party bus you need.

HELLO STRANGER

Just because a party bus is filled with all your favorite people doesn’t necessarily mean that they all know, or are comfortable, with each other.

THE PLUS 3 RULE FOR A GREAT EXPERIENCE

There’s one more thing to keep in mind – there’s almost always an extra body or two that will make its way into the party. It will be easy for you to welcome these additions if you’ve planned for a little cushion in the seating space ahead of time. It’s a good rule add 3 to the number on your guest list, possibly a few more if you know your group tends to spread the word and invite others along.

How to Choose Party Bus for Your Event

When you are planning to attend an event, you need to take time deciding the right party bus you need to hire. Hiring the best party bus can be confusing given that you have multiple options, it might be a daunting exercise if you have never booked a bus before. You need a bus that will safely transport your friends or family to a party, a bus that will create a mood for the coming event.

Understand the bus rental prices

When you are planning to hire a bus for your occasion, you need to be familiar or at least have a clue of the possible cost. Party busses differ in price depending on their size, luxury, and the design. Choose a favorable party bus that charges fairly based on the hours you will travel.

You can go through the fee structure of the party bus and make sure you understand the surcharges like fuel and any other occasional expense. Most companies hire their busses based on the hours. You need to find a party bus that you are comfortable paying for and the service should be worth the price.

Select your music and refreshments

Before you book a party bus, you need to discuss with the company if you are allowed to play your music using their systems. Remember it is a party bus. Therefore you need to find a bus that you will be allowed to be selective in your music

Capacity to can accommodate

It is important to determine the capacity that the party bus can accommodate. Some party bus rental has a maximum capacity to accommodate. You will, therefore, be charged an extra fee for the extra seats. The bus party rentals have different size of party buses; you need to select one that can accommodate a good number. You are also supposed to book some extra seats in case you are expecting some visitors

Tips To Selecting The Right Party Bus

Party Rentals in Miami understand for a fact not all of the party buses are made equal. And that is a fantastic thing since it is difficult to throw an epic celebration on a standard party bus. The worst part is a boring party since your aim is an adventure for your colleagues, friends, loved ones, or even your children. The truth, choosing the right party bus sets the tone for the whole adventure. You get all the amenities, for example, courtesy beverage bars, surround system, lights, and, the comfort of leather interior seats. However, that just the start!

Big Buses

The big bus needs to be your ride of selection when you entertain many guests for an event. All of your party guests could travel in comfort and fashion to places in Miami-Dade and Broward County.

Sprinter Party Bus

The Mercedes Sprinter Limo Bus is the best way to package all that comfort and luxury into a small bundle. Nonetheless, it can accommodate 16 passengers. You’ll come across drinks, entertainment, and, the same leather luxury as the more significant party buses. However, you could rent it for a cheaper cost

Mini Party Bus

A mini party bus is ideal for groups that don’t require the space of a large party bus. However, the mini is capable of carrying up to 30 guests and can be decked out with surround-sound, movie screens, leather, color changing LED- lights, and, a lot more

Pick the limousine or the party bus?

Often you’ll remember your school prom, and you can help but think of your limousine ride. Sometimes we see limos full of high school kids on their way to their celebration and enjoying themselves, and you hesitate to get the party bus.

Stucco Repairs Ceilings

Tips for Choosing the Right Stucco Contractor

Whenever you’re in need of a stucco contractor, whether it’s for stucco repair or you need completely new siding for your home, you should choose your contractor carefully. It’s important to take the time to research contractors and filter through them or you could end up receiving sub-par service. This could result in you having to hire a second contractor to fix what the original one had done. So, before you hire a stucco contractor for your project, be sure that you are taking the necessary steps.

RESEARCH MULTIPLE CONTRACTORS

The first thing to avoid is hiring the first stucco contractor that pops up in a Google search. While you may end up actually hiring that contractor, you still want to research a handful of different companies before making a decision. The main thing you should look for is a company that specializes in stucco. General contractors may offer stucco services, but a contractor that specifically specializes in stucco will deliver the high-quality results you want.

ASK FOR BIDS

Before you make a decision about which contractor you’re going to hire, you’ll want to ask at least a handful of them to send you bids for the project. This will allow you to compare prices, experience, and estimated project timelines of each contractor. Remember, the cheapest price is not always the best option. Take a look at each bid carefully and try to narrow your choices down to two or three contractors.

ACQUIRE REFERENCES

Once you have your choices narrowed down, you should ask each of the remaining contractors for a list of references. The only way to truly know how well a contractor will do the job is by seeking advice from previous customers. Ask each of the references how their projects were handled from start to finish. They will be able to tell you how the contractor communicates throughout the project and how friendly or accommodating they were. At this point, you should be able to select the contractor that you would be most comfortable working with.

ASK ABOUT THE PROCESS

Once you’ve chosen the stucco contractor for your project, you should ask what the process will be like from start to finish. This means asking when they will begin and end their work on a daily basis. You may also want to ask about what happens when the project is complete. Most stucco contractors will ensure your property is left exactly how they found it but be sure to ask how your contractor plans to clean up after the work has been completed. You may be told that a dumpster will need to be placed in your driveway throughout the project. This will be something you and your family need to plan around. It is strongly recommended that you get the entire scope of the project in writing. This is good for both parties so there is no confusion about any phase of the stucco installation or repair.

Invest Some Time When Choosing a Stucco Contractor

When a home improvement project requires a stucco contractor, most homeowners will likely not have the names and phone numbers of any installers stored in their computer, smartphone, or address book.  Since the need for a stucco contractor may be a once-in-a-lifetime circumstance, the first reaction of a homeowner might be to ask a friend or a family member if they or someone they know could recommend a reputable company.

While this could provide a viable lead, it will in all likelihood merely scratch the surface of what will be needed to make a comfortable and informed decision on the contractor who will ultimately be awarded the project.  In other words, it would be prudent to invest some time in doing research, or homework, before settling on a stucco contractor – and while there are indeed several stucco companies to choose from in Toronto and the GTA, homeowner diligence upfront will pay dividends in the long run from the standpoint of return on investment.

First and foremost, it is suggested that homeowners obtain a minimum of three written estimates from various stucco companies – this is no different than shopping around for a new roof, interior/exterior painting, or kitchen renovations.  While this may seem like a somewhat tedious process, it is an important element in making an informed decision on how the money will be invested – and should any contractors hesitate or outright refuse to provide a written quote, this should be a ‘red flag’ to direct research time elsewhere.

Stucco installations represent a substantial financial investment, and choosing the right stucco contractor is vital to achieving both the desired look and the best return on that investment. Therefore, dedicating an appropriate amount of time for research/homework before making a final decision would also be a wise investment.

Ready to Answer All of Your Questions

A reputable stucco company, such as Canadian Stucco, should basically anticipate that potential customers will want and need to know this type of information and be willing to respond openly and honestly.

How to Repair Stucco

At first glance, the seamless coat of stucco on the East Boston house looked as bulletproof as a sidewalk, the perfect foil against the harsh wet weather of this coastal city. Yet beneath its lush cloak of ivy, the cement shell was a mess of cracks and buckling, signs that water had gotten in and damaged the underlying wood lath.

When properly installed, stucco (a cement- or lime-based plaster) is about as carefree and long-lived a cladding as anyone could wish—100 years is not uncommon. But when big cracks or blisters appear, the time to make repairs is right away, before the damage grows.

Stucco Recipes

Watch The Weather

Freezing temperatures can ruin wet stucco. Wait for nighttime temperatures that stay above 40 degrees before tackling repairs. Hot, dry, windy weather can also interfere by sucking out moisture the mix needs to cure properly. Work in the shade so the stucco doesn’t dry too fast. Between coats, keep the patch moist by covering it with a plastic sheet

Work Safely

The alkalis in wet cement can cause burns. So when working with fresh stucco, wear gloves or touch the mix only with your tools, not your fingers. Keep a bucket of water nearby to wash any splashes off your skin.

Finish It Right

No patch, no matter how expertly textured, will match the color of the old stucco around it. To do that, you need to apply a pigmented coating over the entire surface. The patch at this house was covered with a thick, sprayed-on acrylic elastomer that bridges and seals hairline cracks. Other acceptable coatings include concrete paints and stains, mineral paints, lime washes, and “fog coats” of pigmented cement. Whichever coating you use, make sure it’s alkaline tolerant and permeable to water vapor. Otherwise, it will be peeling off in no time.

HOW TO CHOOSE THE BEST STUCCO COLOR FOR YOUR HOME

It’s all about curb appeal — whether you’re adding stucco to your home’s exterior or changing the color of old stucco, the color you choose can affect your home’s curb appeal. Much like picking a stucco texture, choosing the right stucco color for your home can be a little overwhelming. If you’re worried about picking the wrong stucco color for your house or are having trouble visualizing how your home will look with the color scheme you’re considering, then this article is here to help you.

Getting Started

When choosing the best stucco color for your home or building, it is probably a good idea to first purchase some samples and do a comparison board. Sure, this may seem like overkill, but wouldn’t you rather find out that hot pink color you fell in love with isn’t going to look so good on your home before your stucco contractor installs 2,000 square feet of it?

Ideally, you should use the same material for your sample board that will actually be on the exterior of the house, because the color will often vary a bit depending on what it is being applied to. Once you have your sample board, take it to the building site and figure out which stucco color looks best against that particular environmental backdrop.

Stucco Basics

Stucco base coats are usually a cement-based, plaster-like compound that goes on the outside of your home. Whether you’re using a “one-coat” (which usually is actually a two-coat) or a three-coat stucco system, the final coat is called the finish coat. The finish coat can be cement or acrylic based (I recommend acrylic because of its flexibility). You can purchase a stucco finish coat that already has the color mixed in it, or you can pick a color and paint it later (I recommend getting it pre-mixed for a more uniform look).

Location, Location, Location

You ever hear the phrase, “location, location, location” when it comes to real estate? Well, the location of your home is often important when determining the best choice of exterior stucco color, as well.

Home Tips: Repainting Stucco

The stucco on my home’s exterior looks faded. What can I do to make it look new again?

Stucco, like many surfaces, can fade – especially when it’s exposed to direct sunlight. But, making it look new again is easy. Quality paint can revive the look of your stucco, giving your home a fresh, new appearance

What if I want to completely change the color of my stucco?

No problem. Just like any surface (for example, wood siding), stucco can be repainted to suit your color preferences. If you want to achieve a darker shade than your original stucco color, and the surface is in good shape, quality paint can probably provide the coverage you need in one coat. Painting a lighter shade over a darker tone may require two coats. When selecting a new color, don’t forget to coordinate with other exterior colors on your home such as shingles and trim.

There are so many exterior paint products on the market. How do I know which one will be the best for stucco?

Most exterior paint products are formulated for application on a variety of surfaces, from wood siding to brick and stucco. The knowledgeable sales people at Sherwin-Williams can tell you about products like Duration® Exterior Coating, and SuperPaint® Exterior Latex Paint. Just tell them a little about your home’s exterior and your goals, and they’ll help you select the coating that will best suit your needs.

Which are better, latex- or alkyd-based products?

Acrylic latex products perform the best on stucco. Most do-it-yourselfers find that latex products are easiest to use because they are easy to apply and they clean up with soap and water Acrylic latex paints also offer good gloss and color retention as well as good coverage that dries fast.

Do I need a primer?

If the surface of your stucco is in good shape with no exposed substrate, possibly not. However, if you need to make a lot of repairs, using a primer will make your finish coat look great and provide the beautiful, long-lasting results you expect. Ask the experts at Sherwin-Williams to help you pick the right product for the job.

Tile Flooring Installation Isn’t For Everyone

How to choose floor tiles

Choosing floor tiles? A great flooring choice for hallways, kitchen diners, bathrooms, contemporary living spaces and even outdoors, floor tiles come in ever more varied design choices. Pick from natural stone, such as terracotta, limestone or marble, or from manmade materials, such as porcelain, ceramic or concrete. Find out everything you need to know about floor tile materials, installing floor tiles, and tips for floor tile maintenance.

NATURAL OR MANMADE FLOOR TILE MATERIALS?

Natural stone tiles have unique textures and tones, but are more likely to crack or scratch than a manmade materials, and may need sealing once laid – and resealing in future. Manmade materials are usually more affordable and come in a wide range of designs, but tend not to have natural stone’s character.

NATURAL STONE TILES

Natural stone tiles typically come in natural, honed or polished finishes. Natural surfaces tend to be matt with texture and pitting; honed tiles are smooth but matt; polished tiles have a smooth sheen. The higher the polish, the more water-resistant, but also the more slippery the tile will be

Marble is porous so choose honed or polished finishes, particularly in a kitchen. Available in a range of colours, it’s a good choice for bathrooms.

Limestone comes in earthy shades and both textured and polished finishes. It can stain and scratch, so avoid putting it in high traffic areas, such as kitchens.

How to Choose Floor Tiles

Tiles are a great flooring option that can work for any room. They’re easy to clean, long-lasting, and stylish, but choosing the right floor tiles for your home can feel challenging. Luckily, it’s easy to choose floor tiles if you consider your needs and personal style. You can then select a material, incorporate your own style, and shop for the tiles you want.

Choose ceramic tiles for an inexpensive, classic option. Ceramic tiles are popular options because they are inexpensive and fit with any decor. You can choose large tiles or small tiles, depending on your preference. They are easy to install on your own, but you’ll need to work harder at keeping them clean, as they are porous and absorb liquids

Select porcelain tiles for a durable option that’s still budget friendly. Porcelain tiles are one of the most durable on the market, and they’re also water resistant. Another perk is that they’re easy to clean. Porcelain tiles have a classic look that is easy to fit into any style.

Opt for cork tiles if you want soft, quiet floors. Cork is a recent trend that can be a nice addition to any room, if you like the look. It’s great for people who want a floor that absorbs impact, and it’s also resistant to water and germs, making it a good choice for kitchens and bathrooms

Select bamboo floor tiles for a durable, sustainable option. Bamboo is becoming a popular choice for people who want to use environmentally-friendly materials in their homes. Bamboo tiles look similar to wood flooring, but they’re made of the fast-growing grass. You can find bamboo tiles in strips or planks

How to Choose the Right Floor Tile

There’s more to selecting a floor tile than meets the eye. Beyond choosing the color and style that you want, you should consider how much foot traffic the tile will get and if it fits in with current trends. Both of these factors will affect how long the tile will last before needing to be replaced because of wear or changing trends.

To kick off your selection process, you should first know the trends. Currently, large-format tile is leading the pack. This 12- by 24-inch tile is a stylish option for entryways, kitchens or bathrooms. On the other hand, small hex tile is a popular option for bathroom floors. This vintage option brings a classic look to any bathroom, but is too small for larger areas like a kitchen or entryway. Instead, another popular option for kitchens and entryways is plank tile that looks like wood. This option has been gaining steam for the last few years and remains a great way to get the look of hardwood with the durability of tile.

Tile Durability

Speaking of durability, this is the next thing you’ll want to address to help narrow down your choices. You should ask yourself, how much foot traffic will this tile get? After installing a brand-new tile floor, the last thing you want to find is a crack or chip. That’s why you want to make sure that if you’re putting tile in a high-traffic area like an entryway or kitchen that it’s durable enough to stand up to the challenge. To find out how durable the tile you’re looking at is, check out its PEI (Porcelain Enamel Institute) rating. If the tile has a PEI Class 1 rating, you should not consider it for the floor. A PEI Class 1 rating means the tile is not meant for any foot traffic. It should only be used for wall tile. Ratings of PEI Class 2-5 are acceptable for floor use. Class 2 is meant for light traffic, while Class 5 rated tile is the most durable, meant for heavy to extra-heavy traffic.

Ceramic tiles generally have a PEI rating of Class 1-3, meaning they do not handle heavy foot traffic as well. The trade off is that they are generally less expensive than porcelain tiles. So, if you’re on a budget and working on a room with light to moderate foot traffic, ceramic tile may be the way to go.

Finally, you can consider natural stone tiles, such as travertine, marble, slate and limestone. These stone tiles are more fragile to work with because they are more porous and sensitive to acidity from fruit juices and alcohols. Therefore, they are not recommended for use in the kitchen. However, they are a beautiful option for entryways or bathroom floors and walls. If you’re looking for a unique, high-end look, natural stone tile may be just what you need.

How to Choose Tile Flooring

There’s a reason why so many homeowners love tile floors, as it is one of the most versatile floor coverings on today’s market. The best part is, it’s as functional as it is aesthetically pleasing. Not sure how or where to begin your journey to a home lined with multidimensional tiles? Flooring America associates are highly trained and enjoy helping you find flooring tiles that complement your décor.

Finding the Ideal Tiles for Your Home

Our reputable flooring store offers an array of tiles to upgrade the elegance of your residential interiors. Product lines are available in an array of colors, patterns, and styles so you can customize the look of any room in your room. Floor tiles are a conversation piece on their own! Let us help you find tiling that makes your visions come true or checkout our latest brand Floorcraft® Catlin tile flooring selections for ideas

Ceramic vs. Porcelain Tile

We offer two types of tiles at Flooring America: ceramic and porcelain. Our associates are knowledgeable about every type we sell, ensuring that you know all your options. We carry the best name brands in the industry at prices that won’t break your budget

Tile: Strong as it Is Beautiful

The great thing about either types of tile flooring is that they offer a number of benefits for appealing long-term use. You don’t have to stress about a spill if you have little.

important things you should consider when you’re choosing tiles

Before you start

Think about the style of your home. Have a look through magazines and online for images of tiles you like. Try and not go against the style of your home – instead, work with it

Tile size

Small-sized tiles are usually suited to small residential areas such as kitchens, bathrooms and toilets

Room size

Large tiles make a room feel larger and airier. Using floor tiles on the walls will make the space seem more cohesive, but you can’t use wall tiles on the floor. A floor tile will have a harder glaze and will be made of harder materials to withstand traffic. In a small room, light-coloured tiles will make the space feel bigger. If you have a large room you have more options; you can chose from light to dark tiles.

Colour

Consider the general feel you want to achieve in the room you are tiling – serene and relaxing or moody and atmospheric? Unless you have a feature area such as a splashback, tiles aren’t normally the focus of a room, but they can complement other design features of a room. In a bathroom you might want a restful relaxing setting, so go for colours that blend well together. In a kitchen you might want a more vibrant option, so choose colours that contrast.

Grout

Don’t forget the importance of choosing the right grout colour. A contrasting grout will emphasise lines and the design, while a grout in a complementary colour as the tile will give a subtle effect. Ensure your grouted areas are sealed to prevent staining.