Best Modern Commercial Roofing Options

Posted by on Jun 28, 2016 in Uncategorized |

There are many new roofing materials coming onto the market for commercial roofs; the tar and gravel method is no longer your only option. Here are some alternative commercial roofing options to talk about with your roofing contractor.  Thermoplastic Roofing Thermoplastic roofing material is becoming a very common option for roof installation because it is both very durable and reliable. This material is a composite that is resistant to ozone and damage from chemical exposure. This can be a great investment for your company, since these installed roofs can last for several decades and require less maintenance than older roofing materials.  Metal Roofing Metal roofing options are also becoming more sophisticated. Metal roofs used to suffer from a few pitfalls, including rust and corrosion. But with the combination of specific epoxy coatings, these roofs can prove to be both durable and resistant to the elements. Not to mention, they can make a big style statement for commercial establishments and help the business facade to stand out, if the metal roof contrasts well with the rest of the building’s decor.  Photovoltaic Solar Panels Another option is to incorporate photovoltaic solar panels into your roofing design. With this type of roof installation, you’ll use class and membrane material to support the cells. This is a great way to trap the solar energy that hits your roof and translate it for use in your home energy supply. The PV cells may be one of the more costly options because they aren’t in heavy use yet. But they can offset their own installation cost in the long run by helping to reduce your electricity bill.  Green Commercial Roofs Another option is to have a green roof made of sedum. These can be covered in vegetation, which helps to insulate the roof while making use of natural materials. These roofs have become popular in the past few years both as a cheap method of insulation and because they are socially responsible; they can help to dissipate heat and reduce the amount of heat trapped in commercial zones.  Commercial roofing options are abundant, so it’s important to talk with your roof installation contractor about the various options to choose which ones work for you. Your contractor may help you do a long-term cost analysis that includes the costs of roofing installation, the roofing maintenance costs, and any benefits that offset the upfront cost of your...

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Studying For Your PE Exam As A New Civil Engineer? What Can You Do To Improve Your Odds Of Success?

Posted by on Jun 28, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Graduating college with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering may have been one of the proudest moments of your life — watching the culmination of years of hard work, missed social engagements, and late nights in a professional degree that can allow you to work as a civil engineer anywhere in the country. However, before you obtain a full-time job in your chosen profession, you’ll usually need to take (and pass) the professional engineering (PE) exam. This final barricade to entry to an in-demand profession can sometimes seem like a huge hurdle, especially if you’re already burned out by the college grind. Read on to learn more about what you’ll need to do to improve your odds of success on your first crack at the PE exam, as well as some tips to make the test-taking process easier and less stressful.  What should you do to improve your odds of passing the PE exam on your first attempt? As with any test, the key to success is to practice. Although you may not necessarily need to shell out for an expensive or hands-on review course, obtaining a book of practice questions and quizzing yourself (with a timer available) can give you a good idea of the types of questions you can expect and the approximate amount of time you’ll be able to devote to each question without running the risk that you’ll need to rush through to finish. You’ll likely want to do at least a few minutes of practice questions each day to keep topics fresh in your mind and develop the discipline to quickly come up with answers rather than letting your mind wander between questions.  Is there anything else you can do to reduce test-taking stress on the big day? If you tend to be a nervous test-taker, you may worry that your exam day nerves could overcome any of the careful preparation you’ve put into the test. It’s important to do whatever you can to calm yourself and reduce the mental pressure you may be placing on this test. One way to do this is to adopt a test-taking method that can allow you to solve the easier problems first, giving you the confidence you need to tackle the harder or more time-consuming ones. You may want to start by going through the exam once quickly, answering only the questions you are confident about and can do quickly. During your second run-through, you’ll want to look at questions that are a bit more time-consuming or require you to review material but are able to be handled without devoting too much time. This will leave only the hardest questions for the end of the exam, when your brain...

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Tips And Tricks For Sump Pump Installation That May Be Useful To DIYers

Posted by on Jun 7, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Hiring a sump pump contractor to install a new sump pump is your best option for this type of job. However, if you want to try to install your own sump pump, you may need a few tips and tricks to help you along the way. Here are a couple of those tips and tricks that may make the job easier for you as a “do-it-yourselfer.” Wait Until the Water in the Pump Hole Is Really Low Sump pumps, by their very working nature, gather water in their pump holes and send it back up to an exit point outside of your home. If it has rained recently, the water levels in this collection hole will be high, and a sump pump installation and replacement will be more difficult to do because you will not be able to see all the way to the bottom of the hole. Wait until there has been a good dry spell and the water in the collection hole is low so that you can see the bottom of the old pump and where to detach it. Shut off Your Electricity to the Pump Completely A sump pump does use some electricity. You may see some covered wires traveling down the length of a pole to the pump, or traveling up the wall and away from the pump. Regardless of how the wires feed into your old sump pump, you will want to shut off the electricity for safety reasons. If you do not have the fuse switch clearly marked in your fuse box, you will need to play with the switches until you find the one that controls the pump. Otherwise, you can shut off the main breaker switch to your whole house and be assured that you will not be electrocuted while you disconnect the electrical wiring from your old pump and reconnect it to your new pump. Place a Bucket Near the Sump Pump Pipe Right Before Disconnecting As you remove the old sump pump, you will have to detach it from the pipe that carries the pumped water out of your home. When that happens, you will have a gush of water that will spill out everywhere. This is due to the fact that there may still be some water in this exit pipe from the last time your old sump pump fired up and then shut down. To keep things from getting messy, keep a large bucket ready and very close to this pipe so that when you are ready to disconnect the pump, the bucket can catch any water that was trapped in the exit pipe. For more information on replacing your sump pump, visit Rite-Way Waterproofing or other...

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The First Two Things To Do If You Want To Put A Fence Around Your Commercial Property

Posted by on May 21, 2016 in Uncategorized |

You might want to erect a fence around your commercial property for a more dramatic, elegant feeling. You may think it’s an easy thing to do, as all you plan to do is to call a commercial fencing company and have them install the fence. However, here are two things you’ve got to do first to make sure you avoid trouble. Make Sure The Fence Will Go On Your Property Before having any commercial fence work done at all, your first stop should be the county clerk’s office to retrieve a copy of your property’s deed. The legal description in the document will help you to be sure that any fence you put up will be located on land that you own. One of the reasons it’s so important to read the deed is that you may already have a fence of some kind on the property and just plan to put the new fence where the old one is. This can be a mistake if the old fence is not legally on your property. The last owner might have made an informal deal with a past owner of an adjoining property; that deal is unlikely to protect you and your interests today. If you install a fence on ground that is not yours, the current owner may find out and you might be legally obliged to move the fence. If you are aware that a current fence is on someone else’s land and want to retain that space, talk to your lawyer about drawing up appropriate documents and talk to the land owner about what they may be willing to consider. Check Your Property’s Zoning Another thing you’ve got to do before allowing the fence to be built around your commercial property is to ensure it will meet any zoning standards. A zoning officer should be able to help you consult the town’s ordinance to look for requirements that have to be met in terms of height, setbacks and materials. If you don’t think your fence will meet those requirements for any reason, you can ask for a variance permit that will allow you to build as you like. In order to have a variance approved, you may need to present proof and testimony from other businesses in the area to support the idea that your fence will not be problematic for them, customers and motorists in the area. Even after you find out about current standards your fence must adhere to, it is smart to ask the zoning officer about any zoning changes that may be upcoming. While you are typically only bound by today’s requirements, news about possible changes might affect the decisions you make. After...

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Two Tips to Help Reduce Your Home Heating Expenses

Posted by on May 5, 2016 in Uncategorized |

If you’re like some people, your wallet really starts to feel the pinch when the cold season rolls around. While you may be aware of just how much it’s going to cost to run your heater, you also don’t want your family to have to deal with a constant chill when you’re relaxing at home. Although you may think the key to saving money on your energy bill is to keep your heater turned off most of the time, this isn’t the only solution. Here are two tips that can help to reduce your home heating expenses. 1. Investment in a Smart Thermostat One of the first things you should do when you’re trying to drive down the cost of heating your home is purchase a smart thermostat. This device may be the key to helping you keep your heating bill at an affordable level. Smart thermostats are connected to the Internet through the Wi-Fi signal in your home. You essentially “teach” the thermostat about your daily habits by manually programming your desired temperatures in at different times of the day. For example, if you normally turn your heater off in the morning when you leave for work and then turn it back on once you arrive home again, the smart thermostat will track this.   After the smart thermostat has enough information about your schedule, it will begin to automatically raise and lower the temperature in your home at select times of the day so that it becomes much easier for your heater to ramp up. Since your heater won’t have to go into overdrive to combat completely freezing indoor temperature conditions, you may find that there is less energy usage, which results in a more affordable heating bill. 2. Check Your Home’s Insulation The insulation in your home plays a large role in whether or not you’re able to keep indoor air separate from outdoor air. If the insulation is not thick enough, the warm air inside of your home may be seeping outdoors and the cold air might be seeping in, costing you more money in the process. You want to keep as much of your heated air inside of your home as possible and the cold air out. This keeps your heater from having to consume as much energy to maintain your indoor temperature. Bringing in a qualified insulation contractor can help you determine whether or not your home needs more insulation. Making your heating bill more manageable doesn’t have to be difficult if you know what to do. Start using these tips right away so you can keep more of your hard-earned dollars in your pocket. For further tips, contact a representative from a...

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