TUFFA™ Products New Permit Document Holder

TUFFA Products is doing its part to keep your documents safe and secure with a tough, weatherproof permit document holder.

How is your workplace documentation managed on site? Are dirty, wet or even missing pages of your permits and procedures causing headaches for your staff? Tuffa Products now has its tough Document Holder in stock in the USA.

Large enough to easily hold a 100 page manual, it has a multitude of uses: Permit to Works, Safety Data Sheets, Instruction Manuals, Written Procedures, Checklists. All deserve to be cared for in proper fashion.

Designed and manufactured in Australia to handle their harsh conditions, Tuffa’s PDH01 is ready to go to work all over North America.

Suitable for all worksites and made of heavy duty tarp material, the document holder is 17.75” high x 12” wide with two metal eyelets and a velcro closure

Simply order online- https://www.flangetags.com/product/letter-a4-size-permit-document-holder-code-pdh01/

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Nanocap Technologies Unique Air Drying Process

Nanocap Technologies, LLC (http://www.nanocaptechnologies.com) announces the latest, highly-advanced iteration of its Nanocap Process, combining capillary condensation and osmosis through a semi-permeable membrane to dry air. Available for immediate licensing, this green process is considerably more efficient than the most common vapor compression model which requires cooling to dehumidify – in use since air conditioning was invented by Willis Carrier in 1902!

The current system squanders a large amount of energy, while Nanocap’s transformative process avoids this waste by separating the cooling process from the dehumidification process. The Nanocap Process may be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4mhWw6eFKIg

  • Substantial, positive environmental impact
  • Utilizes existing, proven technology, within architecture developed through cooperation with global leaders in the production of membrane filtration
  • Improved reliability
  • Semi-modular design
  • Increased customer satisfaction

Energy Savings

  • Energy savings of 20-35% possible during typical air conditioning use
  • Helps meet current and future efficiency standards
  • Air is dried separate from the cooling process
  • Energy-intense air conditioning would not be needed when only dehumidification is desired

Increased Customer Comfort and Satisfaction

  • Environmentally friendly
  • Lower operating costs
  • Humidity control is independent of cooling so air is neither too warm nor too cold
  • “Comfort-stat” will have humidistat and thermostat separated for individual comfort
  • Air won’t be “muggy” in very humid spaces
  • Noise levels may be significantly reduced
  • Add-in health benefits. No bacterial growth, no harsh chemicals that get entrained in the air causing respiratory illness, etc.

Lower Costs

  • Standard air conditioning cycle is used to cool dehumidified air only when needed
  • Dehumidifier may be incorporated in air conditioning systems either as embedded technology during the manufacturing process or as a retrofit to existing systems

Nanocap Technologies is proud to present the latest implementation of its revolutionary Nanocap Process for licensing to organizations that develop or utilize air conditioning and dehumidification technologies. The most important characteristics of the Nanocap Process are energy savings and increased customer comfort and satisfaction. Our system can be utilized with many applications that would benefit from a significantly improved air drying process, including residential, commercial, and industrial buildings, and high-humidity indoor environments. The unique advantages of the Nanocap Process, not available in any current air conditioners or dehumidifiers, will provide potential energy savings of 20-35% during typical air conditioning use, while helping solution providers meet current and future energy requirements. For example, homes in the United States use about 6% of all the electricity produced in the country, at an annual cost of about $29 billion to homeowners. Savings afforded by the Nanocap Process could amount to between $5.8 billion to $10.15 billion per year. When air temperature conditions are cool enough, end-users can choose only to dehumidify, thereby saving on operating costs. Finally, licensing our technology will clearly provide integrated and total solution providers with benefits that will result in significant increases in market share.

About Nanocap Technologies
Nanocap Technologies is an intellectual properties company focused on the invention of new, highly efficient dehumidification processes for practical applications. We invite licensees of our air drying technology, and will assist in testing our process by consulting with your engineers and advising on the setup of the system in your laboratories. Your organization will have the necessary time to confirm the potential for success before completing the licensing process.

The Principals of the Company
Arthur S. Kesten has a B.S. from New York University and an M.S. and Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Pittsburgh. Art was employed by the Bettis Atomic Power Laboratory (1955-1963) and the United Technologies Research Center (1963-1997) where he held several key scientific positions including their Associate Director of Research and Director of Research Programs. In 1997, he was named by the United Technologies Research Center as its Distinguished Engineer of the Year. He taught for many years at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and has presented talks on emerging energy technologies and sustainable development. Art holds many patents and has published many peer-reviewed articles.
Jack N. Blechner has an A.B. from Columbia College and an M.D. from Yale. He is currently Vice-President of Nanocap Technologies. He was Professor and Chairman of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Associate Dean at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine and had specialized interests in water and gas transfer through biological membranes during fetal development. While serving as Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army he was Chief of Perinatal Research and Development at William Beaumont General Hospital. He has conducted research in how water moves from mother to fetus across placental membranes and in the application of biological principles to physical systems.
For more information and to learn how our patented process can be applied to your products, please visit http://www.nanocaptechnologies.com, email us at info@nanocaptechnologies.com, or call us at (612) 486-2813.

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Asphalt vs. Fiberglass Shingles: Which One Is Right

Are you contemplating whether to choose between asphalt vs. fiberglass shingles when roofing your house? Both roofing materials have unique pros and cons, and that’s why it can be tricky to select what’s best. After reading this guide, you’ll be able to decide.

A new roof increases the value, thus the resale worth of your home. With the accurate rooftop, you can anticipate recovering almost 63 percent of the reasonable cost once your home value upsurges.

Shingles are the prevalent types of roofing materials on most residential homes. They come in different colors and styles, are cost-effective, protect your house, and can last for 20 years. However, choosing between asphalt vs. fiberglass shingles can be tricky.

What are Asphalt Shingles?

There are various alternatives when it comes to roofing, all of which have their merits and demerits. However, as far as your roofing options go, you must be sure to look at asphalt shingle roofing in Lubbock.

An asphalt shingle is durable, waterproof, and cheap roofing material. Its abundant colors and styles make it the most dominant type of roofing material in many countries.

Types of Asphalt Shingles

There are three types of asphalt shingles you can use to roof your house.

  • Strip Asphalt Shingles

Strip shingles are the original and most basic asphalt shingles. The shingles are also known as 3-tab shingles. The roofing materials are made from a single layer of asphalt and come with a flat form that usually exhibits a slate look. Additionally, strip shingles typically cost and weigh less compared to other asphalt shingles.

  • Dimensional Asphalt Shingles

Dimensional shingles are the most popular asphalt shingles. Also known as laminate shingles, the roofing materials come from two or more layers glued together for a denser multi-dimensional look.

Manufacturers make the product to replicate the wood shake and natural slate roofing aesthetics. Also, dimensional asphalt shingles weigh heavier than the 3-tab shingles.

  • Luxury Asphalt Shingles

The high-quality luxury shingles provide a distinguished look and functionality that outshines other asphalt shingles. These stunning roofing materials offer exceptional protection against weathering and present high-quality coloration and dimensionality.

Advantages of Asphalt Shingles

Asphalt shingles come with numerous pros for a better roofing experience. Here are the reasons you should roof using asphalt shingles.

  • Easy to Install: Asphalt shingles are very light and easy to cut, hence easy to install. You don’t need special tools or exhausting preparations. This means that you will only have a few days to have a splendid roof over your head.

 

  • Flexibility: Asphalt shingles can cover distinct roof shapes, forms, and angles. The roofing material works well with any roof, including a Dutch gable to cross-hipped.

 

  • Environmentally Friendly: You can easily recycle asphalt shingles. The product’s quality gets better after recycling as opposed to other roofing materials. In addition, many organizations focus on the disposal of shingles. This guarantees that only a tiny fraction of shingles get to the environment.

 

  • Durable: The asphalt shingle’s durability outshines other roofing materials in the market. Also, the roofing shingles provide resistance against extreme natural events like snow, rain, and hot temperatures. The type of roofing materials come with an opening to emit any heat or moisture confined in your roof’s upper floor.

 

  • Less Costly: Among the roofing materials you can get in the market, asphalt shingles are among the most affordable choice. This makes it an ideal option for home builders on a low budget.

 

  • Easy to Replace: You can easily replace your asphalt shingles. You can also replace the shingles one at a time without replacing the whole roof.

Disadvantages of Asphalt Shingles

The following are the cons of using asphalt shingles.

  • Vulnerable to Wind Uplift: Inexpensive asphalt shingles can get defenseless to strong winds. This makes them detach easily, thus making your roof vulnerable to leakages.

 

  • Can Easily Crack: Due to their lightweight nature, asphalt shingles can crack easily, especially when exposed to extreme temperature variations. In addition, extreme temperature fluctuations can cause your shingles to contract and expand, resulting in cracks.

 

  • Warping: One major asphalt shingle drawback is that they absorb a lot of water. As a result, the shingles get prone to warping leading to a weak roof that doesn’t protect your home.

What Are Fiberglass Shingles?

Fiberglass shingles are a practical option for your roof installation project. In addition, you can get the products that come from a woven fiberglass base mat.

A waterproof asphalt coating covers the roofing material. It’s then topped with ceramic particles that protect the shingles from harmful UV rays.

Types of Fiberglass Shingles

There are two types of fiberglass shingles.

  • Architectural Fiberglass Shingles

Also known as laminate shingles, roofing products are often the best option for more homeowners. Architectural shingles tabs come in different sizes and shapes but overlap in a manner that forms a visual interest on the roof.

  • Three-tabs Fiberglass Shingles

Three-tab shingles are measured as the industry’s standard in homebuilding. Each shingle has three separate tabs, each even in shape and size.

Advantages of Fiberglass Shingles

Here are a few benefits of installing fiberglass shingles.

  • Increased insulation: The layer of glass fiber upsurges the heat resistance of these shingles, giving them a faintly sound shielding factor for your home.

 

  • Fire resistance: The fiberglass in the shingle substitutes the paper-based material in organic asphalt shingles, making it an ideal option for fireproofing.

 

  • Value: The shingles are thinner and use less asphalt. However, fiberglass shingles naturally cost the same as organic shingles but are durable.

 

  • Environmental benefits: Since fiberglass shingles have less asphalt, they’re better for the environment.

Disadvantages of Fiberglass Shingles

Like other roofing materials, fiberglass shingles also have a few drawbacks, including:

  • Not The Best for Cold Climate: Extreme cold weather can make fiberglass shingles hard. This makes it hard to install or repair roofs during cold weather.

 

  • Durability: Since the shingles are not as heavy and rugged, fiberglass shingles are often not as durable.

Final Words

Both shingles types have a similar look, comprise asphalt and pellets, and are installed the same way. If you are unsure what to opt for between asphalt vs. fiberglass shingles, consult a professional roofer to help you make most of your investment.

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CRATE Modular & Block Shops Grand Opening

CRATE Modular, a leading manufacturer of modular buildings made from reused shipping containers, today announced the grand opening of “Block Shops,” a 1,900-square-foot retail and restaurant complex made out of steel shipping containers in downtown Atascadero, which CRATE partnered with Z Villages to develop.

The new retail complex brings with it Ancient Owl Beer Garden and Bottle Shop, Negranti Creamery, and custom hat retailer Stellar + Sun Hat Co. Opened by two local brewers Marcin Andruszkiewicz and Laurence Duterte who have spent time working with BarrelHouse Brewing Co., The Beer Garden will have 20-25 taps with craft beers with a combination of locally sourced variants from California, the United States, and all over the world.

“We couldn’t be more excited to have teamed up with a forward-thinking company like CRATE that not only has a high standard for energy efficiency, but also saves a huge amount of time during the development process,” said Max Zappas, CEO of Z Villages. “We were able to handle the site infrastructure and improvements while CRATE was fabricating the containers,” Zappas continued. “It was the perfect partnership.”

The complex’s developer and general contractor is Z Villages Development Inc.; Radlab is the architect; Above Grade Engineering is the civil engineer; Budlong and Associates is the MEP engineer; and CRATE handled the factory built scope of work including procuring the containers, fabricating the openings, as well as some of the mechanical, electrical, and plumbing components.

“Block Shops is a beautiful, modern project, and downtown Atascadero now has three new businesses to add to the growing roster of small businesses that are flourishing here,” Zappas added.

Located off of the famed U.S. Route 101, Block Shops is positioned centrally between Los Angeles and San Francisco, benefiting people traveling both north and south on the highway. The project’s creation began in 2019 when Z Villages stumbled on the Berkeley-based Fieldwork Brewing Company, which used the recycled shipping containers concept. Z Villages began working with Fieldwork’s architect to bring the concept to downtown Atascadero.

“CRATE is uniquely positioned to help tackle challenges that exist in the construction industry today,” said Rich Rozycki, CEO of CRATE Modular. “We pride ourselves on the ability to quickly turn over projects that impact people’s daily lives, and we’re ecstatic to be a part of a groundbreaking project that utilizes steel shipping containers like Block Shops.”

To stay up-to-date on the latest news from Block Shops, follow them on Instagram at @block.shops

About CRATE Modular

CRATE Modular is an industry leader in creatively repurposing single-use shipping containers into modular buildings for the multifamily, supportive housing, educational and residential construction sectors. Since its founding two years ago, CRATE has delivered over 2000 modules, representing over 500,000 square feet of buildings. CRATE Modular’s approach eliminates workflow inefficiencies, shortens the development cycle compared to conventional site-built construction, reduces waste and produces stronger and more durable buildings. CRATE Modular buildings are manufactured in Los Angeles and are delivered ready-to-install to our customers. For more information, please visit https://cratemodular.com/

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Edwards, a Carrier Brand & Airthings Agreement

Airthings, the global leader in indoor air quality solutions and energy-saving technology, announcement with Edwards, a leader in fire detection and alarm solutions since 1872, and a part of Carrier Global Corporation, the leading global provider of healthy, safe, sustainable and intelligent building solutions. The agreement commercializes Airthings’ business solution through more than 500 Edwards channel partners in the fire and security segment. Extending the distribution of Airthings technology represents tremendous progress toward making air quality monitoring a critical component of commercial buildings and as ubiquitous as the everyday smoke detector.

“Edwards and Airthings share a mutual commitment to improving indoor environments. Expanding our comprehensive fire and life safety offering to include indoor air quality monitoring will further enable our customers to create safer, healthier indoor environments,” said Angie Gomez, president of Edwards.

As part of the strategic agreement, Edwards will commercialize the Airthings for Business solution through its Channel Partners in the United States and Canada. The Airthings for Business solution lets you monitor, visualize and control your indoor air quality to ensure a safer and healthier environment, while saving on energy costs. Set up in a matter of minutes, the wireless monitors run on long-lasting batteries, making the solution easily scalable and customizable to any new or existing space.

In addition, Airthings sensors provide air quality data to Abound, Carrier’s new open-technology platform designed to make building environments more intelligent, efficient and responsive.

Abound aggregates data from different systems and sensors and provides building owners, operators, and occupants transparency into relevant and contextual insights about air quality, thermal comfort, and other performance data. Airthings’ sensors will provide indoor air quality data and insights to the Abound platform via the Airthings API.

“Airthings is on a mission to empower the world to breathe better through simple, affordable, and accurate technology solutions. Together with Edwards and Carrier, we can build on our pursuit of making air quality sensors an essential element of every building and home–helping even more people take control of their air quality and protect their health,” said Oyvind Birkenes, CEO of Airthings. “Entering a strategic agreement with a brand like Carrier is a massive step that will accelerate the evolution of air quality monitoring into an indispensable aspect of any HVAC system or building safety solution.”

Why Indoor Air Quality Matters

Buildings can harbor high levels of harmful substances and create conditions that are detrimental to not only health and wellbeing but productivity too. In fact, the air indoors is typically 2 to 5 times more polluted than outdoors according to the EPA. Since most people spend 90% of their time indoors, whether that is in school, the office or other buildings, it is important to ensure good air quality indoors.

For more information visit airthings.com and carrier.com

 

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What Are the Different Types of Farm Tractors?

Every year, the agricultural industry adds over $1 trillion to the US economy. This incredible feat is largely due to the ever-advancing technology associated with this industry.

Equipment and vehicle refinements add considerably toward the farmer’s cause, helping them to harvest ever-increasing amounts of crops and other foodstuffs. Foremost of these is the humble farm tractor.

These are the different types of farm tractors that help farmers improve efficiency and production.

Utility Tractors

Utility tractors perform a host of functions around the farm. They’re used for towing all types of tractor-trailers and heavy farm implements. These include hay cutters, thrashers, and harvesters.

They’re powerful vehicles with low to medium type engines ranging from 45 Hp to 140 Hp. This type of tractor assists the farmer with plowing fields, transporting heavy loads, and navigating rough terrain when necessary.

Utility tractors are indispensable on small farms where the farmer can’t afford specialized machinery for all these tasks.

Compact Tractors

Compact tractors work well on farms with no major land tillage requirements. For instance, they’re widely used in fruit yards, nut farms, and vineyards.

These tractors are small and powerful and can come in handy for a wide range of small-scale farming tasks. The user can sit comfortably on the vehicle while trimming branches or picking fruit.

Due to their small size, these tractors are economical to run, too. Some types of compact tractors can perform a huge range of functions, just like their full-size counterparts, learn more.

Row Crop Tractors

These types of tractors work well on farms where farmers plant crops in a row. Like utility tractors, they perform a wide range of tasks.

They’re used for weed control, plowing, harrowing, plowing, and pulling seed drills.

Most row crop tractors come with several user-friendly benefits like comfortable driving, adequate row spacing features, greater ground clearance, and easily detachable or attachable implements.

Industrial Tractors

This category comprises several types of tractors used in the farming industry and elsewhere. Most of them are purpose-built for particular functions like logging, or construction.

These tractors often have crane attachments and can also carry heavy loads. They don’t have a three-point hitch like most farm tractors. They have a drawbar instead.

Three-Wheeled Tractors

Three-wheeled tractors are basically tricycles for farmers. They offer supreme maneuverability, but they’re a rare find nowadays.

Garden Tractors

Garden tractors suit very small farms where most work takes place in small areas. Their maximum engine power size of 20 Hp, and they’re most often used for mowing lawns or tilling flower beds.

The wheels of these tractors look like very thick scooter wheels. That’s so they don’t tear up the lawn while mowing, as the usual types of tractor tires would.

Garden tractors are exceptionally popular among homeowners and farmers alike, and there are over 100 different types to choose from.

Implement Carrier Tractors

These modified utility tractors make it easier to work with large implements. That’s because the chassis frame between the front and rear tires is longer than usual.

Farmers can mount drills, loaders, rotary sweepers, sprayers, and seed drills to these farm vehicles.

Automated Tractors

Most modern-day tractors feature a host of autonomous features like row spacing, climate-controlled cabins, electronic injector systems, and much more.

One of the most far-fetched innovations is the automated tractor. These vehicles need no one to help them around the farm. They operate entirely autonomously via pre-programmed routes and functions and are handy for repetitive tasks.

Farmers can control them via GPS if needed.

Choosing the Types of Farm Tractors You Need

Tractors are extremely expensive. So, if you’re new to farming, or you’re confused by newfangled tractor terminology, these are the things to consider:

What Do You Want to Use the Tractor For?

This is the most important part of choosing a tractor. There’s no sense in wasting money on a tractor with a host of features you don’t need.

In some cases, a utility vehicle might better suit your needs, especially if you have a small property. There are three main things to consider when choosing a tractor based on your needs:

  • Can you operate the tractor comfortably?
  • Do you want a wheel- or track-type tractor?
  • What attachments do you need?

Answering these questions can help you to choose from the wide range of tractors listed above.

What Type of Drive Train Do You Want?

The drive train affects several maintenance aspects when it comes to your tractor as well as its performance. There are three main types of drive trains, namely:

Gear Drive Trains

These are long-lasting and efficient types of tractors. Some may include features, like slip clutches and shear pins, to reduce the chance of accidental damages.

Hydrostatic Transmissions

Do you have a need for speed? Hydrostatic transmission can go faster than other kinds of tractors. They also have hydraulic fluid to protect your engine from an overload.

Belt-Driven Tractors

Belt-driven tractors don’t offer much protection for the tractor’s engine. The belt can slip or stretch when placed under tremendous strain.

The Necessary Attachments

Tractors aren’t always compatible with every kind of attachment you need. Do some research on the parts that come with your tractor, as well as any additions you can buy separately.

If the brand you choose doesn’t offer the full range of accessories and implements you need, there’s no guarantee that aftermarket parts or those from another manufacturer will work with your tractor.

The next thing to consider when looking at the attachments is how easily you can attach and detach them without wasting too much time.

You’ll need to deal with attaching and detaching implements often, so make sure you can do this easily and quickly.

The Latest on Tractors

Apart from choosing among all these different types of farm tractors, you’ll also have several brands to choose from when it comes to finding your ideal farm vehicle.

So, it pays to work closely with your local supplier to find a solution to this complicated task.

Are you fascinated by the latest innovations in the industrial and construction industries? Bookmark our site and check back regularly for updates on the latest news when it comes to industry and agriculture.

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Solar Power: 7 Questions to Ask Before Going Solar

Going solar is a big decision for the homeowner. With the solar industry is blossoming,  the abundance of information about solar panels can leave you with more questions than answers.

Ready to break up with your local power grid? If so, there are many factors to consider before unplugging your home, as this eco-conscious endeavor can be risky and expensive. As a homeowner, it’s important to take calculated risks rather than signing the dotted line without a second thought.

For those homeowners hoping to cover their bases, here are seven essential questions you should ask before going solar.

How many panels will I need?

Solar panels have a lower power density than, say, fossil fuels or coal, meaning you will need more panels to generate the same amount of energy as a traditional grid. The typical American home needs about twenty to twenty-five solar panels to cover one hundred percent of its energy needs.

However, you don’t need to completely unplug from your local electrical grid to use solar panels. Now you may be wondering: How many solar panels do I need to run my home? You can start with a few solar panels for your home before working your way up to full coverage. For those solar panel beginners, fifteen panels may generate enough power for half of your energy needs, which means you pay fifty percent less to the power company.

Is my house suitable for solar power?

Not all homes are ideal for solar power. If you live in an older home, make sure to check the condition of your roof. Solar panels will be added weight on an already old roof structure, so ensuring that your roof is structurally sound to support a set of panels is essential.

To assess the solar panel aptitude of your home, perform a thorough inspection of your roof. If it needs repairs, it’s best to get them taken care of before installing solar panels. The added cost of uninstallation may not be worth the cost of the initial setup.

How much will this cost me?

Solar panels are a significant investment, but ditching electricity bills and relying on a local power grid is worth the high initial costs. While it may take years for the energy savings to outweigh the upfront expenses, installing solar panels drastically increases the resell value of your house. You can also earn tax incentives for generating your renewable energy, saving you even more money on monthly bills.

What type of panels should I look for?

Your home’s unique energy needs can be met with solar panels, but which ones? There are three main types of panels: monocrystalline, polycrystalline, passivated and rear cell (PERC), and thin-film panels. Each panel is designed with different energy consumption needs in mind.

If you need a high-performance panel and don’t mind a bit extra upfront cost, consider a monocrystalline panel system. Monocrystalline panels are made from pure silicone and are the most space-efficient panels on the market. Polycrystalline panels are a step down from monocrystalline versions. While monocrystalline panels are cut from a singular silicon crystal, polycrystalline panels are made from multiple silicon crystals. These crystals are then melted together and made into a sheet. They are cheaper upfront but often lack efficiency and need frequent replacing.

Passive and rear cell, or PERC, panels are a newer version of the monocrystalline panel. Its unique take on the technology helps the panel collect energy by reflecting light upon itself. This process allows PERC panels to collect the same amount of power with a smaller panel, saving you space.

Thin-film panels are a quick solar treatment for your home. They are skinny and flexible and don’t require any backing or framing, allowing them to be installed anywhere easily. They come in various sizes to fit your home’s specific needs and are easily replaced without having to tamper with your entire grid. Thin-film panels are inexpensive. However, they will need replacing often.

Should I install them myself or hire a professional?

If you feel up to it, installing solar panels is a relatively simple job. Your panels should come with set-up packages that make set-up a breeze. However, be warned that connecting your solar panels to your home’s grid is the tricky part.

Houses are wired differently, and figuring out how to connect and run a new energy system can be a daunting task to the unskilled electrician. Hiring a professional is a safe bet when dealing with the minutiae of the wiring. However, you can take it upon yourself to contact your local energy supplier and discuss your options. You may disconnect entirely or slowly cut back on your energy usage until you run entirely solar. It is also a good idea to look into whether you need to register your panels to receive tax incentives.

Is this worth the investment?

Installing solar panels means transferring your entire home to a new way of operating, which can be a chore. A hefty investment of time and money will go into this change, so it is natural to ask whether it is worth the investment.

If you consider the broader scope of our current energy market, the need for renewable sources is rising. After all, there is a surging demand for independent grids to power homes when local grids are unreliable. Soon, the norm will be homes that generate their energy, so considering this as a resale factor is also vital. The initial costs are daunting, but the payoff is worth it.

Do I need to consider my HOA?

Before installing solar panels, the last thing to consider is whether you need to contact your HOA about your panels. Home Owners Associations can set their own rules about placement and sizing of panels, but many states have declared it unlawful for HOAs to deny their residents their rights to have solar panels on their homes. If you encounter issues, consider speaking with your solar panel representative, who can help advocate on your behalf.

Final thoughts

Switching to solar carries many questions, and soon you need to be an expert on all things solar. What kinds of solar panels are right for you, how many, and how are you going to get them up on your roof? Is this expensive? Is it worth the investment? Will my neighbors complain about my solar panels? These are all factors that need to be addressed before you move ahead with going solar, but the pros far outweigh the cons. Not only will you save money in the long run, but you can also contribute to solving our energy crisis and make renewable energy part of your home.

 

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5 Ways To Add Value To Your Investment Property

Choosing to invest in property can be a difficult decision, particularly if the property needs work. Depending on why you choose to invest in a property, you may have your work cut out for you. Most people invest in property to flip it in a few years, make several major modifications that up the resale value, then sell it for a handsome profit. That’s smart property investment and good business.

But if you’re new to the property investment game, perhaps you need a little guidance on how best to invest in property. For example, which properties to invest in and how you can add that extra something that’ll skyrocket your property’s value in a few years. Here are a few ways that you can add value to any property you’ve chosen to invest in.

Fix the obvious

If you’re buying an investment property, chances are it could use some work. You know that going in and if you weren’t aware, it’s important to bear that in mind. One of your primary goals should be to fix any obvious major flaws. Let’s say that the roof might need some work – that could be a fairly significant investment. However, a partial or completely new roof adds great return-on-investment in the long-run. Similarly, new flooring will do wonders for the home’s current look and the resale value down the line.

Landscaping is critical

One of the most critical but often overlooked parts of a house is the exterior. In terms of resale value, it is perhaps even more important the interior. There are many considerations when it comes to your landscape, and many different ways to tackle problems to add value. Putting in a lawn is generally a good idea, if one doesn’t exist already. Be careful with your plant selections as well, as you don’t want to overwhelm your garden space – certain types of plants are invasive and will quickly take over. Be aware. Tidy up your trees and hedges often, but don’t go all Edward Scissorhands.

A little paint goes a long way

One of the first things that most investment property buyers will do is paint – a little paint has the potential to go a long way indeed. If you don’t like the colours that currently exist – then repaint. Narrow down the types of people who could be moving into your property and paint according to what you think they might want the space to look like. If you want to save money on this task – hire your neighbourhood kids to help you or do-it-yourself over the course of a weekend.

Brand new appliances

Few things go as far in any investment property as brand new appliances. Let’s say you’ve bought a 30-year-old home, and it still has all of the functioning-but-very-old appliances from 10+ years ago. A fresh upgrade on these appliances will help you save money in the long run, as many appliances in the modern era are far more energy-efficient than their aging counterparts. You can even get grants from the Government for making your investment property more energy efficient.

Make small additions now

There are several relatively small additions that you can make to your aging property without having to break the bank that will increase the value and help to attract new tenants or buyers when you’re ready to sell. Things like air conditioners and dishwashers are a great addition that tenants will generally thank you for. These relatively small investments will pay off when it comes to potential rent increases and make great selling points down the road.

Add a pool

One of the great additions to any home, and particularly to a home that’s made to be sold for a profit is the addition of a pool. With the world getting hotter, people are looking to the water more than ever, as a place to spend their time. If you have the backyard space, why not invest in a pool? If not for yourself, then perhaps for your tenants. It will give you an option to stick some money onto the initial asking rental price.

Whatever your plans for your investment property, there are so many ways to increase its resale/rental value without having to necessarily break the bank. And after all, it is an investment property. It’s your job to make it the finished article and sell it for a profit.

 

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8 Powerful Applications of Epoxy Flooring

Epoxy flooring provides a high-performance and smooth surface that lasts for several years. No wonder, this flooring is being increasingly applied in residential and commercial applications.

Epoxy makes a great surface for homes because of its versatility, attractive appeal, and durability. The surface is easy to clean, impermeable to moisture, and needs little maintenance.

In the commercial domain, epoxy flooring is used for industrial sites, warehouses, offices, and shop floors. That’s because the surface is resistant to any kind of damage and can withstand heavy loads. Epoxy floors also create a hygienic and safe working environment for workers.

In this post, we’ll share the top residential and commercial applications of epoxy surfacing.

Epoxy Flooring: Residential Applications

Owing to its durability and luxurious appeal, epoxy flooring is the surface of choice among homeowners and interior design experts. The high-quality hardeners and resins used by epoxy flooring experts can seamlessly bond to any kind of surface during a home remodeling project.

Let’s look at the residential applications of epoxy flooring for interior and exterior remodeling projects.

  1. Kitchen

Epoxy offers a long-lasting and durable surface for kitchen countertops. The surface is non-porous and resistant to moisture, thus making it ideal for the cooking area. The antimicrobial surface doesn’t trap food material or other spills and provides a safe area for cooking up delicious treats.

Epoxy surfacing is an excellent solution for those looking for an economical kitchen makeover. The surfacing comes with endless design possibilities to complement the existing interior decor.

Bonus: Epoxy surfaces are heat resistant to 500°F (more than twice the temperature of boiling water). So, homeowners needn’t worry about keeping hot pans on the countertop.

  1. Driveway and patio

Epoxy flooring is ideal for outdoor applications because of the benefits shared earlier. In addition, these surfaces can stand up to the harsh UV rays. The flooring system is resistant to fading and doesn’t turn yellow in the presence of sunlight.

  1. Garage

Being extremely tough and durable, epoxy surfaces can withstand heavy equipment and machinery.  Whether you park your vehicle in the garage or use the space as a workshop, epoxy flooring can take all the wear.

The surface is resistant to chemicals (engine oil, deicing salts, fuel, or car battery acid), stains, high-intensity activities, and high traffic. Finally, the surface is naturally moisture resistant. Hence, it’s an ideal choice for garages where leaks and spills (water and petrochemical spills) are common.

  1. Basement

Epoxy flooring is an excellent choice for busy basements that double up as a recreational area or a home gym. The surface can withstand heavy traffic and high-intensity workouts.

It is a great choice for damp basements with poor ventilation. The surface is virtually waterproof and prevents moisture from seeping into the subfloor. Epoxy can cope with varying levels of humidity, keeping problems like mold or mildew at bay.

Epoxy Flooring: Commercial Applications

Epoxy surfaces are the surface of choice for commercial spaces as they last for a long time and are an economical flooring solution. Moreover, installing epoxy flooring is easy and quick, significantly reducing downtime.

Here are a few commercial applications of epoxy flooring.

  1. Undercover Car Parks

A well-finished and neat-looking undercover car park is critical when it comes to commercial spaces like malls and offices. Epoxy surfaces are hard-wearing and perform well in such areas. The surface not just stands up to the heavy foot and vehicle traffic but also makes the parking area look great.

Moreover, parking spaces are often subject to rainwater and elevated water levels. Epoxy surfaces with their anti-skid characteristics are resistant to moisture, making them ideal for undercover car parks.

  1. Warehouses

Concrete flooring is a common surface applied to warehouses and industrial units. However, this porous surface can easily get damaged and stained due to oil, grime, and dirt.

A fast-paced environment like a warehouse could use epoxy flooring as it’s not just durable but also non-porous. This makes the surface resistant to moisture and dirt that otherwise penetrates porous surfaces and leaves ugly stains.

Besides, owing to the world of benefits it offers, the epoxy system is ideal for specific areas in warehouses like the pedestrian walkway, the pallet storage area, and the forklift movement spaces.

  1. Offices

Corporate offices should opt for epoxy surfaces as they can withstand heavy foot traffic and are easy to clean and maintain. Moreover, the surface’s bold aesthetics makes it an awesome choice for businesses looking to boost their brand image.

  1. Commercial Gyms

Epoxy surfaces are increasingly being applied to gyms and sports facilities because they are slip-resistant and can weather high-intensity activities like weight lifting.

Further, the flooring adds an interesting appeal to an otherwise boring decor. Epoxy flooring can be customized to create a strong brand identity for the gym floor and used for segregating certain workout areas.

Summing Up

Epoxy flooring is resilient and brings safety and beauty to any high-traffic area, be it in a home or a commercial space. It is the perfect option for floors that must withstand extreme temperatures, foot or equipment traffic, chemicals, and oil without peeling or corroding for years.

No wonder, this surfacing option is in high demand today and being used in commercial and residential spaces. The applications shared above will help you understand the scope of usage for epoxy flooring.

Author Bio:

Karen Lopez is a freelance content writer at marketing digest. With her keen interest in home decor and remodeling, she loves contributing insightful articles about the latest renovation trends in residential and commercial spaces. In her free time, she enjoys listening to Jazz music and watching Netflix.

 

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7 Ways Construction Firms Ensure Worker’s Safety

As a business owner, it is your responsibility to promote a safe and secure work environment while ensuring your workers stay away from unnecessary accidents and injuries. After all, every employee loves to work inside an accident and injury-free workplace because it boosts their productivity and morale.

But, unfortunately, workplace injuries are a common occurrence these days, regardless of a business’s nature. In fact, as the BLS states, in 2017 alone, companies experienced more than 2.8 million non-fatal injuries and workplace illnesses. It means that every three out hundred employees can experience a workplace injury.

That said, such injuries and illnesses occur when employees don’t abide by safety rules, regulations, and protocols. While every business out there has different safety protocols that workers need to follow, the construction industry is more prone to accidents. So, it would be best if you took extra care to protect on-site workers.

However, today, the construction sector isn’t what it used to be. During the last decade or so, construction companies have become more competent and do whatever they can to provide their workers with a safe and secure work environment. So, if you’re a contractor, project manager, or construction company owner, listed below are a few ways you can ensure worker safety;

Evaluate your workers before hiring them. 

Knowing whether your on-site workers have the professional experience and physical ability to perform construction-related tasks safely and efficiently will go a long way when trying to avoid accidents and injuries.

If the job description includes performing strenuous tasks, operating heavy machinery, and exposure to hazardous materials and chemicals, you must ensure your employees are at their peak mental and physical condition. It is one of the best construction site safety tips that anybody can give you!

Provide safety gear.

Construction sites are notorious for unforeseen accidents and unpredictable safety hazards. So in order to ensure your construction site workers remain as safe and secure as possible, it is a no-brainer to provide them with the latest safety gear and equipment.

Some essential safety equipment and protective gear include hardhats, eye protection gear, three-point harnesses, hearing protection, to name a few. Moreover, slip-resistant steel toe boots, gas masks, heavy-duty gloves are a few other standard safety equipments and gear employees need to wear on the construction site.

Give regular breaks to workers. 

Being a construction site worker is physically taxing. But, unfortunately, these workers are not super humans and can experience fatigue and tiredness like everybody else. Therefore, construction company owners should need to give their on-site workers regular breaks, whether it is an hour-long lunch break or a 15-minute pause to stretch their legs.

That said, some on-site workers might want to utilize their break to earn money for working overtime. However, it is your responsibility as the owner to encourage them to take a breather and give their bodies a break. Doing such a thing will dramatically lover the risk of hazards and accidents tenfold!

Use Signs to warn employees of hazards and danger. 

Construction company owners must task their project managers and contractors to post up signage near high voltage wires or other areas where electrocution might be possible. On the other hand, if employees have work in areas with an increased risk of electrocution, electricity supply must remain off in these particular areas until they finish their work.

Project managers, contractors, and owners must cordon off accident-prone areas with pylons, ropes, and barriers to ensure employees don’t enter these high-risk areas unnecessarily. Posting signs that say something as simple as ”Danger” or ‘Risk Of Fall’ are simple but work like a charm when you’re trying to make the construction site as safe as possible for your workers.

Thoroughly inspect the construction site. 

Before starting any project, it is the construction company’s job to inspect the construction in order to identify potential safety hazards and risks. Identifying these safety risks and hazards and the possible accident they can cause will allow you to consider every aspect while developing your safety plan. So, conducting a job hazard analysis followed by a thorough inspection of the construction site will help avoid occupational hazards and injuries.

That said, you must also create a list of possible health and safety hazards along with a plan to avoid them. Once you do, distribute this plan amongst your workers and ask them to keep it with them at all times. It will allow them to tackle issues when they arise while remaining vigilant of hazards in specific areas of the contrition site.

Inspect equipment and tools regularly.

Construction workers rely on heavy machinery and equipment to do their jobs efficiently and effectively. If these equipment and machinery malfunction, there is a higher risk of health hazards, especially loss of limbs or death in some cases. In fact, according to OSHAaround 75% of construction site injuries occur due to failed equipment and machinery.

Construction companies can ensure their heavy machinery and construction equipment remain in tip-top condition through regular inspection and maintenance, avoiding failure and malfunction. On top of that, regularly maintained equipment would function more efficiently and ensure the construction project finishes before the deadline.

Communicate with your workers.

Effective communication plays an essential role in keeping your construction workers safe and secure. Individuals working at a construction site must always be aware of existing health risks and other external hazards. Therefore, workers should be encouraged to communicate with the management to let them know about safety plan aspects requiring changes. Moreover, they should also be encouraged to report potential areas that are prone to health hazards.

Conclusion. 

Unfortunately, no matter how much you prepare, construction injuries and accidents will always happen. That said, you have to ensure your workers are as far away as possible from such accident-prone areas.

If, for some reason, a worker experiences an occupational injury, be prepared to provide said worker the care they need to get back on their feet. After all, when you keep your workers happy, they will work more efficiently and ensure your construction project finishes on time.

 

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