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Finding the Right Roofing Solution

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Some homeowners spot a leak and panic that this means they need an entirely new roof. Fortunately, this is not always the case.

Inspecting Your Roof

First, conduct a visual inspection from the ground using a pair of binoculars. Focus the lenses and check every inch of the roof and try to cover every angle. Look out for signs of aging such as cracks, curling or loose shingles. Pay special attention to the valleys, vent pipe and all spots that break or meet the roof. The flashing and boots should be intact, undamaged and in their proper places. Likewise, the roof’s edge should be flat, with no signs of wind damage.

You will also need to climb into the attic and check the condition of the wood parts, such as trusses and the underside of the roof deck, if visible and not covered by foam insulation.

There should be no water stains or signs of warping. Check the foam or blown-in insulation for clumps, which are a sure sign of water damage. Note your findings.

Signs That Indicate You Need Roof Repairs

The first question you have to ask yourself is: are the issues concentrated in a specific area? If yes, then you may be looking at some roofing repair work. It could be a dent or a hole caused by wind or a large piece of debris. However, just because this is a relatively minor problem, doesn’t mean you can put it off for later. Given constant exposure to sun and wind, even the smallest hole can expand in a short time causing more widespread damage.

Signs That You Need a New Roof

Setting aside your roof’s age—asphalt roofs that are 20 to 30 years old are typically at the end of their service life—consider your findings. For example, widespread damage such as curling, cracked or loose shingles are signs of aging.

The shingles may have bald spots where the granules have been worn off.

If you noticed pinholes of light while you were in the attic, you will definitely need to have your roof checked by a professional.

Blog Source: Arry’s Roofing Services | Repair vs Replace: Finding the Right Roofing Solution

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How Senior Living Communities Prepare for Hurricanes

Experts from The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration project an active 2018 Atlantic hurricane season, which runs from June 1 through November 30. At senior living communities like Sunrise, preparing for natural disasters involves thoughtful planning from seasoned, multi-disciplinary teams in order to be ready to respond and support residents during a storm.

Here, we answer some common questions about how Sunrise prepares for and responds to hurricanes:

Does Sunrise have a policy on how to act in of the event of a hurricane?

In the event of a hurricane or other natural disasters, our primary goal is to help ensure the ongoing safety of residents, while striving to maintain a quality level of service and comfort.

We’ve developed guidelines based on recommendations from local authorities and health organizations, as well as from our own extensive experience with storms. Our communities build upon these guidelines to create customized hurricane preparedness plans for their specific situations. Sunrise has more than 35 years of experience in disaster preparedness and recovery.

How do Sunrise communities decide whether or not to evacuate during a hurricane?

Our default plan is to “shelter in place,” as our buildings are constructed to withstand high winds and major flooding. Evacuating also puts additional physical stress on frailer seniors, and this is one of the reasons we prefer to shelter in place and help keep residents comfortable within their own home. We may, however, decide to evacuate depending on criteria such as projections of landfall location, wind speed, storm surge, flood zone, communications from local authorities and other factors. We keep a vigilant eye on the latest weather reports and remain in constant contact both internally and with local and state authorities to best understand the nature of the situation and stay abreast of all emergency-related updates. We will follow local authority standards if a mandatory evacuation order is issued.

How do communities help keep residents safe and comfortable if they decide to shelter in place?

Communities that shelter in place have a multiple-day supply of prescription medications, medical supplies, food, and drinking water to help bring continuity of care to residents. In the event of a power outage, emergency equipment including electrical generators capable of powering essential systems like lighting and air conditioning, are available to each community and are often pre-staged in anticipation of a storm. If an outage does occur, our team members will work to prepare the requisite accommodations so that regular services can continue with little or no interruption. If necessary, residents will be relocated to main common areas in times of high wind, rain, or hail.

The team will members continue to provide care throughout the storm, and many may even bring their own families to shelter in place at the community if Sunrise is a safer option than staying at home.

If an evacuation becomes necessary, where do you go?

Sunrise coordinates the operation from beginning to end, ensuring that residents are moved out of harm’s way and to a safe location away from the path of the storm. In most cases, both residents and team members will be transitioned temporarily to another nearby Sunrise community.

Transitioning from one Sunrise community to another provides a familiar, comfortable environment for residents and can help to alleviate anxiousness in a potentially stressful situation. And for family members, we’ve heard that knowing their loved ones are in a safe environment and will continue to receive individualized care and programming from the very same Sunrise team members helps to ease their minds, too.

How can family members check in on their loved ones at Sunrise during a natural disaster?

Our primary focus is the safety and comfort of each resident. We also know that family communication is very important, and we work to keep family members informed as often as possible, which includes sharing general updates on our community websites and calling or emailing families.

How can short-term stays be a helpful option for families?

A short-term stay is usually recommended for a senior recovering from a hospital visit or other health-related circumstances. But it’s also an option for a senior who may be safer at one of our communities rather than in their own home during a hurricane. Short-term stays allow seniors to receive ready access to food, water, medical supplies, electricity, and companionship during a time when traveling is difficult. It provides peace of mind to families who may be making their own preparations for a storm, allowing them to focus on their homes while Sunrise provides their loved one with quality care, meals, and more.

How does a Sunrise community recover after a storm?

Sunrise team members will do everything possible to help the community recover as quickly as possible after a hurricane. This includes any necessary clean-up efforts and conducting safety checks of buildings to ensure the community is ready to welcome residents back home.

No matter the situation, Sunrise team members help residents weather the storm in as much comfort as possible and work to quickly return their community to the warm, familiar atmosphere that residents love.

Are you prepared for a hurricane or natural disaster? Visit the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) hurricane readiness guide for tips on how to prepare and stay safe from the threat of a hurricane.

 

Blog Source: Sunrise Senior Living | Handling Hurricanes: How Senior Living Communities Prepare

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Why Your Roofing Marketing is Not Working

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I’ve always had a deep desire to start my own business and make an impact. In college, I worked for a construction company and I saw how difficult it was to generate qualified leads for their business. They were completely dependent on outside forces like new construction projects and referrals.

When the economy tanked, this caused major headaches for the owner, and the company almost went under. I knew that there had to be a better way, and the Internet was the key. I struggled initially to get results for my clients. What I realized was that I was overcomplicating the process — focusing too much on tactics and not on strategies. After a few flops (and watching my bank account rapidly decrease), I remembered a simple marketing approach I had used years before in college for the construction company. It was counter-intuitive but effective.

I tried it with a roofing client and got amazing results. In 18 months, we’ve turned this strategy into a simple step-by-step guide for roofers who want more jobs quickly. I call it the Automatic Roofing Job Generator.

Using The Automatic Roofing Job Generator, our first client received seven qualified commercial roofing leads in their first week. From those seven, two of them became happy clients, and we’ve seen very similar numbers with every client since. I knew I was onto something, and so I created a webinar to share this new system with as many businesses as I could.

The Automatic Roofing Job Generator

While every business is slightly different, some things remain constant. In speaking to over 200 roofing businesses it became clear that there were seven key frustrations common to them all:

  • Ineffective online marketing. Many roofing businesses spend large amounts of money on ineffective online campaigns without seeing results. Lead generation, particularly online, is a huge challenge for many companies in this space.
  • Reliance on the weather. As a rule, most roofers rely on bad weather to generate demand for their services. However, if the weather is good, then they need other methods for generating business.
  • Lack of skilled labor. The single biggest challenge facing the roofing industry is finding skilled workers. The demographic skews older and the lack of young people interested in the trades affects every roofing contractor.
  • Difficulty with sales. In the past, canvassing and door knocking were the go-to methods for building business. While these methods still work, they’re effectiveness is slipping.
  • Reliance on one or two big clients. Relying on one or two large corporate clients puts roofers in a perilous position. Their over-leveraged position can lead to real problems if the client relationship goes sour.
  • Cash flow problems. Slow pay is a part of the construction industry’s culture, and it’s not something that roofers have a great deal of control over. While they wait for payments to materialize, they have payrolls to meet and suppliers to pay, along with fixed overhead needed to keep the business running.
  • Reaching key decision makers. This is particularly true on the commercial side. Identifying and meeting key decision makers is tough when you are using telemarketing or canvassing methods.

Investment or Expenditure?

The reason we say that a business invests in marketing is that the business is expecting a benefit to come from the expenditure. They want to generate new roofing jobs from their marketing efforts. If that doesn’t happen, the business isn’t investing anymore, it’s spending.

Marketing efforts tend to fail for two specific reasons: First, there’s no real strategy in place designed to bring clients in on a regular basis; and there’s lead-management system in place making it easy to contact and do business with clients.

Old Method vs. New Method

Traditionally, most roofing businesses have relied on old-school lead generation strategies like canvassing, door-door sales, direct mail, storm chasing, local television, trade shows, and HomeAdvisor.

While these strategies still work on some level, they really only reach people who might not be looking for your services currently. These interruption-based, outbound marketing strategies have become less effective at spreading the word as the “noise” level for consumers has increased.

Our world has changed dramatically: People no longer live, work, shop and buy as they did a decade or two ago. And yet, most businesses in this space still try to market like it’s the 1990s. The fact is, consumers no longer want to be interrupted by marketers or harassed by salespeople. They want to be helped.

Most people now primarily shop and gather information through Internet search engines such as Google. The average information seeker conducts dozens of searches per day and rather than listen to a sales rep, read a spam message, watch a TV ad or fly to a trade show. Most people find it easier to sit at their desks and find the information online.

The new method for lead generation is an actual system that takes your prospects on a journey, building a relationship from stranger to a paying (and happy) client.

It casts a wide net, educating your prospects and providing value first. It allows you to reach people who are actively looking for your services in your area.

This method is also less expensive and yields quicker results than most traditional forms of advertising, thereby making it more cost-effective. And most importantly, it provides value by answering a key question:“How can I help?”

There are four key strategies that make the Automatic Roofing Job Generator so effective. We’ll cover them briefly here:

Strategy 1: Harness the power of Google AdWords

There are thousands of people looking for roof repair, reroof and roof replacement services in your city. AdWords allows you to instantly target interested buyers looking for your services.

Strategy 2: Use unique landing pages and targeted online ads

Creating targeted ads and specific landing pages for each keyword is a powerful way to create a cold prospecting lead generation machine.

Strategy 3: Use free inspections and free estimates

The key thing that makes or breaks a campaign is your offer. By offering free inspections and estimates, you’re opening the door to new business.

Strategy 4: Learn to convert your leads into a cash generating machine

Efficiently responding to leads as they become available is key to making any lead generation strategy successful.

In today’s market your prospects have virtually unlimited options, most of them only a click away. For that reason, competing on price alone is not enough to fuel growth.

In the end, the historically tried and true four P’s of marketing — Product, Price, Place and Promotion — are all being challenged by a simple winning formula — add value first.

Blog Source: Roofing Contractor | Value First: Why Your Roofing Marketing is Not Working

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How Modern Technology Has Impact Our Homes

How Modern Technology Has Changed Our Homes

Modern technology has in many ways changed our homes and our way of life for the better. We can now talk about smart homes because they have become high-tech and full of different gadgets that connect with each other, and, together, make our homes better, more comfortable and, above all, safer.
It is true that technology has made us somewhat more passive than the previous generations, those of our parents and grandparents, we lead a more comfortable life where we can find anything we want and need on the internet, we cannot imagine life without Wi-Fi, and practically everything can be connected to it nowadays. But that is how life is now, and it is getting more modern and high-tech by the day, and we simply need to keep up. According to Georgia Roof Pro, the local residential roofing company in Duluth, GA, there are many benefits to this kind of life.

When it comes to our homes, one of the biggest benefits of technology is that it has made them more energy-efficient. And how is that? First of all, a lot of the things in our homes can now be automated with the help of all the modern gadgets available on the market. And what does that mean for energy-efficiency and our homes? Think about the lights in your home. How many times have you left them on when you didn’t even need them? How many times have you forgot to turn them off when leaving the room, or even leaving the house? Have you ever left them on all night, or when you’ve been out of the house for a long period? Well, now there are numerous options for automated and remotely controlled lighting such as Lifx Color or Philips Hue LED. They can be turned on and off remotely, and even be programmed to turn off when nobody’s home, saving a lot of energy along the way.
The same goes for thermostats. We use too much energy on heating and cooling our homes, and cannot seem to figure out the optimal temperature, when to turn it on or off to achieve the best performance. Smart thermostats now do all of that for you. When nobody’s home, they switch to economic mode, using as little energy as possible, and they can be programmed to turn on just in time to heat up your home before you arrive. This way you don’t have to leave it on all the time and waste energy.
And maybe the most important thing for some people, modern technology has significantly changed the level of security of our home. It can make homes much safer with smart cameras, digital locks, smart alarms, and many other smart gadgets. Cameras with night vision, motion and temperature sensor, locks that automatically lock your doors, and alarms with motion sensors on doors and windows allow you to feel safe inside your home, as well as when you leave it. And apart from that, a bonus of these security gadgets is that they can all send alerts of suspicious activity to your smartphones when you’re away so that you can prevent and minimize any danger or damages.

 

Blog Source: Georgia Roof Pro | How Modern Technology Has Changed Our Homes

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A Joint Approach to Choosing a Roofing System

Architects, specifiers and roofing contractors play an important role when working with a building owner to design a commercial structure that protects the building’s occupants from the outside environment. A building’s roofing system is an essential part of the building design phase, and planning the roof construction from the beginning can be extremely complicated. Producing the best design possible at an affordable price is of the utmost importance for everyone involved.

To select, detail and specify the most appropriate roof system for a project, it is recommended that the commercial roofing contractors have past experience with several of the available material options, an understanding of roof assembly materials and system options, and an understating of roof design considerations. Utilizing a collaborative approach from the first phase of the design process is imperative in order to identify all of the criteria and required performance characteristics early. The design phase should involve clear communication of the designer’s overall concept with specifications and drawings the can then be executed by a professional roofing contractor.

Components to Consider

When selecting a roofing system, there are many different options available including thermoplastic, EPDM, metal, green roofs and more. While each of these roofing systems has its own advantages and disadvantages, it’s vital that the choice of roofing system fits the building’s usage, climate or location, energy and environmental performance and warranty.

Building Usage

A primary consideration during the design phase is the intended use of the building. The building’s occupancy, insulation needs, and maintenance schedule will need to be fleshed out. For example, a warehouse would require a different roof system compared to an educational institution or hospital. Also, the aesthetics would be more important for a school or healthcare facility and the design of the roofing system may need to include certain textures and colors for brand identify or curb appeal.

Climate

The aspects of the climate that most affect the design of the roof system are the amount and type of precipitation, temperature, and wind. A building in a dry climate does not need the same type of roof as a building subjected to daily rains. High rain climates should also factor in the annual amount of snow accumulation. Snow can drift and collect in corners, topping flashings and leak in the facility. Hail can puncture a roof system, therefore, a roof that can withstand the harsh elements is needed.

If the geographical location of the building experiences large temperature spreads between summer and winter, a roof system that will expand and contract with thermal movement is a good choice. Climate will affect the amount of insulation needed in the roof. Predominately hot areas should consider a reflective roof system to save on cooling bills. Savings in cold climates depends on several factors including cost of heating energy compared with cooling, the slope of the roof, insulation, and size of the building.

In areas that are prone to high winds, identifying wind uplift requirements is important. Any location with the wind gusts higher than gale force should take wind speeds into consideration. Even a 40-mile-per-hour wind can cause a poorly attached roof to detach from the building.

Efficiency

Today’s construction climate places a heavy emphasis on energy efficiency. A building’s roof was once just thought to be a way to keep the inside of a building dry, but the impact of a roof can have on energy consumption is understood now more than ever. The roof system is one of the largest surfaces of the building envelope; therefore it has a significant impact on the energy-efficient operations of the building.

Warranty

Roofing system warranties can sometimes be confusing. Many times, manufacturers don’t have a published warranty and in some situations, the manufacturer or roofing product has been on the market less than 10 years, with warranties ranging from 10-20 years. Features that you want to consider for a commercial warranty are exclusions for consequential damages, additional cost for the warranty, exclusions for ponding water, whether it is a “repair or replace” warranty and whether the warranty is transferable.

Roofing Systems

A roof system is arguably the most vulnerable part of a building’s exterior. Ultraviolet radiation, wind, rain, hail, snow, and sleet all affect a roof system’s performance. Performance is based on good design, quality materials, proper installation and a preventative maintenance program. There is an abundance of roofing systems, but below are the most common systems for commercial buildings.

 

Built-Up Roof

Built-up roof (BUR) systems consist of multiple piles of felts, fabrics or mats that are laminated together with bitumen, asphalt or coal tar pitch. The application incorporates alternating layers of piles and bitumen and is finished with gravel application, mineral cap sheet or weather-resistant coating. BUR is designed to meet a broad range of waterproofing applications and is highly resistant to punctures and weathering.

Metal Roof

Metal roofs are systems in which standing seams, R-panels or corrugated metal panels are mechanically fastened to existing structure points. Metal roofs provide architects, building designers and owners with a variety of choices ranging from the type of metal to dozens of color options. Because of its excellent strength, durability and fire resistance, metal roofs are the rising star of the energy-efficient and sustainable building movement. This roof system has a longer lifespan, but can be a costly upfront investment.

Cool and Green Roofs

Cool roofs use a highly reflective surface to emit the radiant heat back instead of transferring the heat into the building below. Cool roofs are beneficial to a building and its occupants by reducing energy bills decreasing air conditioning needs and decreasing roof temperatures that can help extend the service life of the roof. Also, cool roofs offer benefits beyond the building itself as it can reduce the local air temperatures, lower peak electricity demand and reduce power plant emissions.

Green roofs or “living roofs” contain an abundance of plant life absorbing rainwater, providing insulation and helping lower urban air temperatures. Green roofs provide insulation, lower the need for heating and cooling, and can reduce the urban heat island effect. This roof type can be more expensive to implement compared to others.

Coatings

Coated roof systems are a cost-effective solution for extending the life of an existing roof system. Coatings provide a highly reflective surface that may lower roof surface temperature, decrease indoor cooling costs, and ultimately, reduce overall expenditures. By forming to irregular roof surfaces, coatings seal cracks and splits in the roof surface. Once applied, coatings form a seamless, watertight seal over the entire roof.

Roof Maintenance

A collaborative approach including the architects, specifiers, commercial roofing contractor and building owner to design and install a roofing system is essential to prevent critical mistakes from occurring. The right roofing system will protect the investment for decades, while the wrong roofing system could result in costly repairs, damage to the building and its contents and possibly an early tear-off or re-roof. The protection of the investment doesn’t end with the right roofing system but relies heavily on the roof maintenance program.

Roof inspections should be performed regularly by trained commercial roofing professionals. Early problem detection makes repairs manageable before they become serious. Inspections and maintenance should also be made after extreme weather events such as tornadoes and hurricanes.

Conclusion

The roof is one of the most important parts of a commercial building. A poorly designed or installed roofing system affects the rest of the structure. Fostering a collaborative working relationship with commercial roofing contractors and designers with consideration for both parties input and expertise will improve the state of commercial roofing design. An extremely knowledgeable commercial roofing contractor will be able to provide specific roofing systems, allowing the design team to select the proper roof system for the buildings usage and climate.

 

Blog Source: Roofing Services and Solutions | A Collaborative Approach to Selecting a Roofing System

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Tips to Keep Roof in Good Shape

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Roofs are constantly exposed to harsh outdoor conditions, so keeping it in good shape requires regular inspections as well as scheduled maintenance conducted by your trusted roofing contractor. The following is an overview of what you can do to keep your roof in good shape.

 

Doing Your Own Roofing Inspection

If you’re wondering why you need to conduct your own inspections in addition to scheduled professional roofing maintenance, consider that the latter is done every two to three years. Anything can happen in between, and by keeping an eye on your roof, you can save yourself from having to deal with expensive – and unplanned – repairs.

Think of it as the equivalent of an annual physical: a medical professional inspects your health and makes recommendations on your diet, medication and lifestyle. You follow these recommendations for the rest of the year, perhaps by keeping tabs on your weight and making sure you follow the doctor’s advice. Doing your own roofing inspections is what following the doctor’s advice is to residential roofing. You’re keeping an eye on your roof’s condition until it’s time for the scheduled checkup with a roofing professional.

How to Inspect Your Own Roof

All you’ll need to do are visual inspections, so you’ll need a good pair of binoculars and maybe a notebook or a phone with a high-resolution camera for recording your findings. On a clear day, inspect your roof using your binoculars, and take note of signs of damage: cracked, missing or curling shingles, holes and dents as well as cosmetic issues, such as algae stains and discoloration. Pay special attention to valleys, protrusions and other breaks in the roof, such as dormers. There should be strips of metal – known as flashing – in these breaks. They protect these vulnerable areas from possible leaks. The first row of shingles should be perfectly flat against the roof’s edge; otherwise, you may be looking at signs of wind damage.

Finally, climb into the attic, and watch out for water stains on the rafters along with clumped insulation – both are signs of water intrusion and should be addressed by professionals. There may also be pinholes of light which should also be addressed before they develop into bigger leaks.

Blog Source: Elite Roofing Solutions | How to Keep Your Roof in Good Shape

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WHAT YOU EAT INFLUENCES YOUR MOOD

Do you know the experiment with the swimming mouse? It demonstrates that unhealthy food negatively impacts your mood. When the quality of your food declines, the first thing to go is your good mood – long before you see the effects in your body. This is what Julia Ross argues in her book Mood Cure – The 4-Step Program to Take Charge of Your Emotions – Today.

DIGESTION AND MOOD

Back to the mouse… It concerns an experiment used in the field of motivation and depression research called the swim test: A mouse is placed in a small tank of water. It swims vigorously, trying to find a way to escape. The mouse wants to survive, that is its primal instinct, so it continues to struggle. But this is not true for mice exhibiting signs of depression — these mice struggle half-heartedly until they finally give up and float. In the experiment described in the book, Irish researchers gave the mice probiotic bacteria, which have been shown to have beneficial effects on gut health, before placing them in the tank. These bacteria-fed mice swam much longer, more powerfully and with less adrenaline in their blood than those without the bacteria. The bacteria used in the experiment were psychoactive bacteria, which are said to produce mood-boosting substances. This shows that our brain and our digestive tract are closely connected.

Therefore, if we eat clean and feed our gut healthy foods, this can have a positive influence on our brain and increase our vitality. As Hippocrates said, “All disease begins in the gut.” If our gut is healthy, this puts us in a better mood and relieves symptoms of depression. Eating unhealthy foods, like trans fats, can affect our mood and contribute to depression. Trans fats are found in natural foods like meat or milk and industrially produced foods like baked goods (cookies, cakes), convenience foods, fries, chips, fast food, etc.

In her book Gut, Giulia Enders suggests that maybe it is your gut that belongs on the therapist’s couch and not your head. How we eat influences, among other things, whether we go through life in a good or bad mood. Researchers at the University of Oxford wanted to find out if the inmates of a prison near London were more peaceful if they ate a healthier diet. Normally, the prisoners’ meal plan consisted mainly of bread, fries, and sweets. In the experiment, the inmates ate the same food but in addition received a pill with vitamins, minerals, and fatty acids. Within the short span of five months, the test subjects committed 37% fewer criminal acts than their fellow prisoners who did not receive the pill.

A few vitamins and minerals are the secret to a more tranquil life? In her book The Mood Cure, Julia Ross talks about the following “good mood foods”:

  • Fish (“Japanese people eat ten times more fish than Americans and suffer from depression ten times less often”), poultry, eggs, seafood, on account of the protein
  • Flaxseed, nuts, and fish because of the omega-3 fatty acids
  • Vegetables – the more vibrant and colorful, the better
  • Carbohydrates from fruit, vegetables, legumes and whole grains

Foods like chicken, tuna, legumes, and nuts contain tryptophan, an amino acid. This amino acid is responsible for maintaining the serotonin levels in our brain. If these drops, we get moody and feel depressed. In order for the body to absorb it, tryptophan has to be combined with carbohydrates. This might explain why dieters who completely eliminate carbohydrates may often find themselves in a bad mood.

Omega-3 fatty acids also improve your mood. Joseph Hibbeln, a psychiatrist from the USA, examined the blood samples of 800 people who committed suicide. All 800 showed a significantly low level of omega-3 fatty acids in their blood.

HEALTHY GUT FLORA

You can do your gut some good by fasting regularly. The neurologist David Perlmutter recommends fasting for 24-72 hours every season. You can also make your gut bacteria extra happy by incorporating the following superfoods into your diet: pickles, sauerkraut, yogurt, salmon, herring, avocado, coconut oil, turmeric, mustard. Wine, coffee, and chocolate (in moderation) promote healthy gut flora as well.

MOOD AND DIGESTION

Not only our gut and its contents can positively or negatively affect our mood, but our moods can also influence our digestive tract. When you are anxious and stressed, you can quickly develop a nervous stomach and diarrhea or your digestive system might shut down and stop absorbing the food you eat.

The exact relationship between nutrition, gut flora and mind has yet to be determined, but it is an interesting topic and one I will continue to follow in future.

One last tip: if you have been in a funk for a while, you might be suffering from a vitamin D deficiency. You should have your blood levels checked by a doctor to assure that they are within the normal range.

 

Blog Source: RUNTASTIC | GUT HEALTH: HOW WHAT YOU EAT INFLUENCES YOUR MOOD

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Avoid Moving Scams: Tips To Make Sure Your Movers Are Legit

Simple Tips to Avoiding Moving Scams During Your Move

Approximately one in every six Americans move every year and unfortunately, moving scams still happen on a regular basis. The sad truth is that when consumers take a company at their word or fail to do their homework, they’re much more vulnerable to fraudulent tactics. These unscrupulous companies have the power to completely derail your life. You cannot afford to take any chances when hiring a residential or commercial moving service. To help you avoid scam artists, make sure to follow the tips below.

 

Do your research

We cannot stress this enough. We live in the digital age, which does make it easier for bad companies to masquerade as authentic ones. The upside of that, however, is that it’s never been easier to access useful information.

Take advantage of the internet and conduct ample research before deciding on a professional moving company. Check out a given company’s website, look them up on the Better Business Bureau site, and pay a visit to consumer protection websites (such as www.protectyourmove.gov). These resources are absolutely priceless. By taking your time to ensure you work with real, highly rated companies, you’ll be in a better position to protect your family and your property.

 

Read the reviews

Piggy-backing off of the research point, make sure to read real customer reviews! Many residential and commercial moving services will have customer testimonials on their site. While these do have value, remember that the company can pick and choose which reviews to feature (or they could even be fake, in rare cases).

In addition to their BBB rating, you can also check out sites like Yelp. You should be skeptical of companies that have only gushing, positive reviews to their name. Not every customer will have an overwhelmingly positive experience. It’s actually better to see a company respond quickly and professionally to a complaint than a site with absolutely no negative reviews. And even though there’s a wealth of information on the web, don’t forget to ask friends and family for their personal recommendations.

 

Double-check their certifications, licensing, and insurance

This is a biggie. Any legitimate moving company is licensed, insured, and certified. Interstate movers must register with the federal government, but each state regulates local movers (and each one has their own requirements). Interstate movers have two options for liability, which offer very different values. Your mover is also required to have their own insurance and must provide you with proof of it upon request.

After making sure your residential or commercial moving service has certification from the American Moving and Storage Association, ask to see proof of their insurance and registration. Your mover should also provide you with a pamphlet that outlines your rights and responsibilities during a move. If they fail to provide you with this info, choose a different mover.

 

Get an in-home estimate

A lot of people don’t think to ask for an in-home estimate, but it can actually weed out the crooks and give you a better idea of what your cost will be. Companies that won’t provide in-home estimates will likely find a way to charge you more than their original quote suggests. If you don’t want to deal with an unwelcome financial surprise on moving day, get your in-home estimate ahead of time. This will ensure there’s no miscommunication between you and your mover and that you fully understand the costs you may incur during your move.

Be sure to get a few different estimates to compare rates, too. If one estimate seems much higher or lower than the others, you may want to avoid it. The company may be trying to take you for a ride or lure you in with an unreasonably cheap price for illegitimate reasons.

 

Blog Source: On The Move | Avoiding Moving Scams: How To Make Sure Your Movers Are Legit

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The 5 Features and Benefits of Flat and Low-Slope Roofs

Flat and low-slope roofs are often associated with commercial properties. With contemporary architecture becoming more commonplace, this type of roofing is becoming more popular. As one of the roofers who provide quality low-slope roofing options, Elite Roofing Solutions shares with you its benefits.

 

  1. It’s Windproof – Perhaps the main advantage of low-slope roofs is its inherent wind resistance, which is significantly better than its steep-sloped counterparts. If you are choosing a single-ply roofing like TPO or EPDM, quality installation is important: a single loose seam, gap or hole could grow quickly when exposed to high winds.
  2. It’s Accessible and Easy to Maintain – The nearly-flat surface allows roof access without the need for climbing equipment (we recommend against going near the roof edge, though). If you need to perform a visual inspection, covering the entire roof area would be easy. This also helps expedite professional repairs. With residential-sized flat roofs, roof repairs can be done within a day.
  3. Durable – Certain low-slope residential roofs, such as modified bitumen and the traditional built-up roofing (BUR) – also known as gravel and tar roof – are extremely durable and can withstand moderate foot traffic. If you wish to convert your roof into a roof deck, then such kinds of low-slope roofing would be perfect. You can host a rooftop barbecue without worrying about damaging your roof.
  4. Utility – If you happen to have split air conditioning units, you can also maximize your living area by siting the compressor half of your AC on the roof, similar to commercial properties. It will take some assistance from your HVAC expert, but the result can help you save on precious floor area as well as minimize the noise caused by the AC.
  5. Energy-Efficient – Older roofing types like the aforementioned BUR are thick enough to minimize the amount of heat absorbed through the roof. With less heat reaching your indoor living space, less cooling is needed, which helps reduce your monthly energy consumption. Membrane roofing like TPO can achieve this same effect with its natural white color – which reflects the sun’s rays back to the source – or with reflective coatings.

 

Blog Source: Elite Roofing Solutions | 5 Features and Benefits of Flat and Low-Slope Roofs

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A Guide in Prepping a Commercial Roof for Winter

The roof is a commercial building’s first line of defense from natural hazards. In areas with climates that cause severe or even moderate winter weather, a winter commercial roof maintenance program should be an important concern for facility managers and building owners. The extreme conditions can cause a lot of damage to many different areas of the roof and building, especially if the roof hasn’t been properly maintained and prepped.

A winter preparation maintenance program will help identify potential issues that can become problematic due to thermal movement in the building during the winter season, and issues related to snow and ice accumulating on the roof. Ideally, problems can be fixed under better conditions when the roof is dry as opposed to emergency repairs that ultimately require a return visit from a commercial roofing contractor to fix the damage. Routine maintenance and implementing a winter-prep program decreases the risk of damage to the roof as well as reduces interior damage due to water entering the building through a leak in the roof.

Roof Inspections

Because commercial roofs are constantly exposed to the outdoor elements, it’s essential for a professional commercial roofing contractor to perform routine inspections. The summer heat can cause cracks in the membrane while heavy winds can cause wind uplift. Often this damage goes undetected until winter when the roof may sustain even further damage from heavy snow loads or ice expansion.

To reduce the risk of leaks — or worse, a whole roof section collapsing — it’s imperative to identify and eliminate all defects and problems of a building’s roof before winter begins. Commercial roofing experts recommend conducting at least two roof inspections per year, one in the fall to get ready for winter, and one in the spring to find and correct any damage the winter weather caused.

Every part of the commercial roofing system should be inspected: the decking, insulation, any underlayment, the surface membrane, flashing, all roof vents, drainage pipes, and gutters. A failure at any point could cause damage. Membrane failures, such as split seams, cracks, holes, buckles, and blisters are the most common problems, but out-of-place fasteners, defective flashing, clogged drainage systems and rooftop debris can also hurt roofs during the cold season.

Roof Cleaning

Once a layer of snow comes in, it can bury access points making it more difficult to get to the roof’s gutters and drains, therefore a fall inspection is pertinent. During this inspection, it’s important to discard leaves, twigs, and debris that are covering the roof’s surfaces. Additionally, be sure to remove obsolete equipment that has the potential of causing damage in high winds, and look around for any other loose parts that can wreak havoc in high-wind conditions.

When leaves and debris collect in the gutter system, it eventually will create a clog in the downspouts and the rainwater will overflow the gutters, damaging the roof and potentially the exterior of the building. The added weight of the wet leaves and water could also cause the gutters to pull loose from the anchor point and collapse.

To prevent these problems and unforeseen repair costs, make sure to keep the gutters relatively clear through the fall season. Once the trees in the area are bare, it’s an optimal time to do a thorough roof cleaning.

Snow and Ice Removal Plan

If the building is located in an area where snow and ice are common, it’s a good idea to create a roof snow and ice removal plan. Identify areas that are prone to drifting snow and ice accumulation, and pay special attention to those areas during the winter season.

If snow isn’t promptly removed from the roof, the snow can melt during the day and then re-freeze during the evening in what’s known as the freeze/thaw cycle. After this cycle takes place, the snow will develop into layers of ice and become far more difficult to remove in addition to weighing considerably more than fresh snow. During the freeze/thaw cycle, ice has a tendency to form around roof drains and restrict proper drainage. This becomes a serious hazard not only because of the additional weight it places on the roof but because as the snow and ice melt, water can slowly seep into cracks and crevices in the roofing membrane and then freeze, expanding the openings and causing additional damage and costly repairs. It’s also not able to check on the roof periodically to make sure that any melting snow and ice is draining properly and not pounding on the roof surface.

Inspection Team

Depending on the slope of the roof and the ease of access, inspections sometimes can be done by the building owner or the facility manager, but in many cases, it’s recommended to hire a professional commercial roofing contractor to make sure the job is done safely and correctly.

Beyond professional inspections, facility maintenance staff should be responsible for removing debris from the roof as well as unclogging drains and gutters. Additionally, a staff member should always be on the lookout for damaged roofing systems, as they visit the rooftop far more frequently than professional commercial roofing contractors. If any issues are noticed throughout the year, it’s highly recommended to repair them quickly rather than waiting for a larger issue to arise.

Preventative Maintenance

The best way to avoid roof-related problems and strengthen weather resistance is through a regular care and preventative maintenance program. Proper maintenance prolongs the life of the roof and in many instances, allows for repair instead of replacement when a problem is identified. The frequency of inspections for routine maintenance depends on several factors, including the age of the roof, recent weather events, rooftop foot traffic and conditions identified during previous inspections. That said, scheduling inspections at least every six months is an effective way to make sure that other impending business does not sidetrack them.

Conclusion

With both preventative and routine maintenance in conjunction with a winter preparation program, building owners and facility managers can extend the longevity of the roof and safeguard it against severe damage. The best way to mitigate winter damage to a commercial roof is to hire a professional commercial roofing contractor who will conduct a thorough inspection and make any repairs needed before the winter weather arrives. Prioritizing quality roof inspections will provide peace of mind when rough weather arrives.

 

Blog Source: Roofing Services & Solutions | Prepping a Commercial Roof for Winter

 

 

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