Everyone loves that new car smell, but when it comes to actually buying a new car, we all tend to show a little less enthusiasm. The excitement of choosing a new car can be squashed quickly as soon as you start trying to price compare, apply for loans, negotiate, choose a dealer, and everything else that goes along with trying to get the best bang for your buck.
A vacation can be a great way for families to bond, but it helps to get off on the right foot. If you or someone else in your family suffers from flight anxiety related to air travel, it can put a strain on your trip before it even gets started. If you’re visibly nervous during a flight, it can affect your kids’ attitudes, as well. Younger children may say they’re too scared to even get on a plane. That’s why it’s important to learn how to manage their (and your) nervousness about flying.
Whether you’re 16 or 60, it’s never too early or too late to start taking better care of your money. You need to think beyond the present day. You need to make sure that you’ve secured your future in a financial sense. Obviously, as we’ll discuss in this article, you can’t predict everything in life. But that’s why you need to make sure that you’ve got a safety net in the form of substantial savings. This all starts with you making smarter decisions when it comes to your money. It’s time to take charge. This beginner’s guide should help you to start managing your personal finances well.
Self-help books have been a major industry for decades, and for good reason. While our education system may teach us plenty about traditional academics, the framework for balancing your social and professional lives against your internal needs are sometimes neglected. Self-care is important, and everyone has the innate tools to create a healthier inner life. Follow these four tips to start on your path.
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Flowers can be a beautiful gift for any occasion. But did you know they are not just for looks? Each flower carries a message with its own individual meaning. Here are eight of the most popular flowers with their sweet meanings so you know which flower is just right for your loved one!
With roofs being any building’s primary defense against the elements, it is imperative they be able to withstand extreme heat, strong winds, heavy rains, punishing snow and severe hail. However, as they are constantly exposed to one or more of these destructive forces every single day, roofs can become susceptible to different kinds of damage.
Unfortunately, you can’t stop the sun from shining, the wind from blowing and the rain, snow and hail from pouring. What you can do, however, is to make sure that your roof is in good condition; the first step of which entails having regular and proper maintenance done on your system.
Why Is Commercial Roof Maintenance Important?
Roofing maintenance is primarily carried out to spot potential issues, allowing commercial property owners and managers to take action before they get worse. This not only simplifies repairs because issues to be addressed are smaller, but will also help lower costs with less work needing to be done. Maintenance work will be an additional expense for you, but it can actually help you save down the line by keeping more extensive repairs, and even roof replacement, at bay. Not to mention that you’ll be making the most of your current roofing system’s service life.
MOISTURE PROBLEM: Moisture exposure not only leads to mold and mildew growth, but can also weaken structures over time.
How Commercial Roof Maintenance Is Done
Commercial roof maintenance may be a bit more complicated and demanding compared to what residential properties require due to several factors. For one, the roof of a building is typically bigger than that of a house. Commercial roofing systems and materials also differ from what are typically installed on homes. Roofing jobs on commercial properties may also need to be performed while business is ongoing, unlike in homes where the inhabitants can simply leave for a while to avoid being inconvenienced.
The first step? Developing a maintenance plan. Years of building or property management will give an idea of the basics, but you need a thorough plan for roofing maintenance to be effective. So, you’re going to require the assistance and expertise of a commercial roofer. Roofing contractors are particularly experienced in crafting maintenance plans for commercial roofs, so they’ll be able to provide you with what you need to keep your roofing system in good shape.
What’s in a Good Commercial Roof Maintenance Plan?
A maintenance plan has two basic components: inspection and repairs.
An inspection is a means of evaluating a roof’s condition and checking for any signs of problems. Through it, a roofer will be able to determine if something needs repairing.
During an inspection, your roofer will check inside and outside your property. Indoors, they should check for:
- Water stains on ceilings and walls
- Mold and mildew growth
- Obvious water leaks
ROOF PENETRATIONS AND FIXTURES: Seals around skylights, AC units and vents, along with other items attached or installed on the roof, must be checked during roof inspections.
Outside, your roofer should go over every component of your roofing system, going from corner to corner. Some visual signs they will be looking for will include:
- Prolonged standing water, particularly on flat roofs
- Bubbling on the roof cover
- Damaged, loose or missing roof flashing
- Tears and cracks on roof cover and seams
- Blown-off roof cover
- Loose or detached lightning protection system
- Compromised seals around roof penetrations and other fixtures, such as skylights, air conditioning units or vents
- Damaged, loose, clogged and/or incorrectly sloped gutters
- Previous repairs to see if they are still intact
After an inspection, your roofer will provide you with a detailed report of their findings along with their recommendations should repairs be required. Roof repairs have to be planned to ensure that the most pressing issues are prioritized first, keeping business interruptions to a minimum. By having minor roof problems repaired as soon as possible, you can prevent them from growing and getting worse, avoiding premature roof replacement.
When to Perform Commercial Roof Maintenance
You should schedule regular roof inspections no less than two times a year – every six months or in the fall and spring – to make sure that even the smallest problems left by the harsher seasons are detected. Inspections must also be performed after a hurricane or severe windstorm, with frequency increasing as your roof ages. Furthermore, if your rooftop gets foot traffic, it may require more checks from your roofer.
How to Find a Reliable Commercial Roofer
The success of any roofing job, may it be inspections or repair, depends on your roofer’s capacity, so you need to take the time looking for a trusted, experienced and certified roofing professional. Here are some tips you can keep in mind to help you find a roofer worthy of your trust and investment:
- Ask to see a copy of their license and business permits.
- Ask for proof of insurance and bonds, making sure they offer liability and workers’ compensation coverage.
- Ask for a list of references you can call to verify the roofer’s performance.
- Ask about the materials and products they use and in which they specialize.
- Ask about warranties and guarantees.
PROACTIVE VS. REACTIVE: Do not wait for any of your tenants or clients to complain of a leaky roof before you prioritize roof maintenance.
If you want any of your belongings to last, you need to take care of them. The same goes for the roof that protects your business and assets. Not considering subscribing to a roof maintenance program could be one of the biggest mistakes you could do as a commercial building owner or facility manager. Roof maintenance may not seem like a big deal so long as the roof is not leaking, but when it does, it may already be too late. So, if you have not yet developed a roof maintenance plan, now is the time to look for a good commercial roofer in your area.
Mike Curcio co-owns and founded CMS Roofing. With more than two decades of personal experience in the roofing industry, he shares the knowledge that he has acquired over the years through the company blog. Check it out for updates from Mike!
Many parents cringe at the thought of boarding and sitting in an airplane with their kids. While flying with kids is not always a fun time, there are some things you can do to make things easier, before and during the flight.
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Window replacement is an important home improvement project that can bring a number of advantages to your home. And as one would expect, a home improvement project as valuable as this typically requires quite an investment. This makes it all the more important to make sure that everything goes well, from planning to installation.
In this post, I will guide you toward identifying if your new windows have been properly installed.
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Making the most of replacement windows means choosing the best option. And to ensure you make the right choice, it’s crucial that you pay attention to the major components of a window, starting with the frame.
The Importance of Choosing the Right Window Frame
Thanks to technological advancements, a number of window frame options is available to you today. However, keep in mind that not all window frames are created equal. All options have something to offer but some fare better than others in effectively addressing your needs. So what window frame should you choose?
Remember that the right window frame is one that can effectively seal out moisture and drafts, preventing moisture-related issues and helping maintain a stable indoor temperature in the home. It also has to be durable enough to not only withstand outdoor threats but to maintain as well the window’s form, ensuring it stays functional throughout its lifespan. Additionally, the right frame is beautiful, making a window more appealing so it can better complement your home.
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Guest post contributed by Jane Williams
One of the things that can change your looks is your hairstyle. A hairstyle is essential because it can make you look beautiful and affect your mood. Hair must be designed and must compliment your physique. It must be decided by you to choose which color for your hair and what design you prefer. There are different styles according to personalities and gender.
But going to a salon regularly for your hair treatment can be very difficult. In this era where you have to work day and night to make your lifestyle better, you can’t worry about your care and looks. You have to work hard to be able to pay for your expenses, and after this, sometimes there’s not much left to take care of your hair. Thankfully, there are some methods you can do yourself at home to make your hair look great. There are six simple tricks you should do daily to make your hair gorgeous.
As you get older, your hair color changes into white which may not suit you. This look can also change your personality. So to avoid this color change, you can color your hair daily using a brush. In this method, you can choose the color that suits your hair. After coloring your hair, you can look and feel younger.
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