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Make Your Next Roof Environmentally-Friendly

One way in which many homeowners are doing this is through roofing their homes with metal. According to a recent industry survey, metal has a 10% share of the residential roofing market – an increase of over 25% in the past year alone. According to Todd Miller, President of Classic Metal Roofing Systems, the “green” benefits of metal roofing have been a key factor in the industry-wide growth. Another major factor, according to Miller, is that today’s homeowners can choose from a wide range of metal roofs that were designed specifically for homes. No longer does a homeowner have to settle for a “commercial” or “agricultural” look in order to have the benefits of metal roofing. Metal roofs are available now which closely replicate the look of such traditional roofing as shingles, wood shakes, slate, and tile.

One of the key environmental benefits of metal roofing is that most products have very high recycled content. Homeowners everywhere separate out their recyclables each week on trash day but how many opportunities are there to really close the loop and make a major home purchase with high recycled content? Metal roofing is the way to do that. Aluminum roofing has approximately 95% recycled content while steel and copper roofing have a recycled content of around 35%.

Metal roofing is also a very sustainable product, enjoying a long term and essentially maintenance-free life. It doesn’t take much for homeowners to see living proof of metal roofing’s longevity. In almost all communities across North America, it is easy to find metal roofs on government offices, churches, residences, and other buildings dating back to the early 1900’s and even earlier. To make them even more durable, most modern metal roofs capitalize on the latest in coatings technology by having beautiful finishes that are warranted for 40 years or even longer, meaning that homeowners have a product that lasts a long, long time, completely without maintenance.

Yet another green benefit of metal roofing is its low weight. Metal roofing can be as little as one-twelfth the weight of conventional shingles. This means it is often installed over existing shingles, saving the need for old shingles to be dumped into landfills. Installation over existing shingles also increases a building’s thermal mass for energy efficiency and, over the long term, can reduce the weightload on aging structures, helping them to last longer.

A final green benefit of metal roofing is its energy efficiency. There are several ways in which various metal products achieve energy efficiency but the maximum benefit comes during the summer months when a metal roof will keep an attic naturally cooler, reducing the cooling load. This is accomplished first through metal’s ability to quickly shed any heat it does gain, rather than to radiate that heat into the attic space even after the sun has gone down. Additionally, many metal roofs have an integral airspace between the metal and the roofdeck, essentially blocking heat transfer by conduction. Finally, technology has really advanced metal roofing with the recent development of reflective pigments. These special pigments, when used in the quality paint systems employed by modern metal roofing systems, naturally reflect radiant heat, meaning that even a dark colored roof can have a high degree of beneficial reflectivity. According to Miller, many homeowners who purchase metal roofs enjoy energy savings of up to 20% and even more after the roof installed.

It’s no wonder that, with all of its benefits, metal is rapidly becoming the roof of choice for homeowners who care about the environment … and their own wallets.

For more information on residential metal roofing, its green benefits, and how to obtain it for your home, contact Classic Metal Roofing Systems, PO Box 701, Piqua, OH 45356, , email, Tel. 1-800-543-8938.

Here come the fall leaves, so choose a weapon

Ah, those beautiful fall leaves—beautiful as long as they are on the trees, that is.

Left to pile up on the ground, leaves can provide the perfect environment for fungus growth, which can attack turf and shrubbery. Leaves piled high against a home's foundation or siding can lead to mold, mildew and rot.

Not to mention the fact that vermin and other pests love the protection that leaves provide up against a home. And fallen leaves slick with rain or ice can result in a nasty fall.

But you've got plenty of ways to take care of the problem.

As low-tech as it sounds, a rake is still a great weapon. It's environmentally friendly and gets the job done thoroughly.

Wood handles have been largely replaced with lighter, more user-friendly metal or composite materials. Some brands have padded grips and are ergonomically designed for a good grip and fewer back, neck and shoulder injuries.

Rakes are now available in a host of shapes and sizes to get between ornamental shrubbery without the least bit of damage.

If you want to go with something that provides more power, you have plenty of choices.

Electric and gas powered leaf blowers have become increasingly popular over the last couple of decades. The power blower moves the leaves into a pile which, as with using a rake, must be placed into garbage bags or cans for disposal.

Many power blowers can also be used to vacuum leaves. This can be an especially tedious task if you have lots of leaves since the bags are small and anything larger would create too much weight to tote the device. And some are adopting ordinances against leaf blowers due to the noise and air pollution that they create.

If you have a large yard, you might want to consider a large walk-behind vacuum. It's a mini street sweeper and can be used on paths, patios, driveways, streets and turf. It has a huge bag that can be emptied into garbage bags, trash containers or, better yet, your compost pile. One caution: vacuuming up wet leaves can make emptying the bag a huge challenge.

But here's our pick: Try a mulching mower. It mulches the leaves and grass and shoots the material back into the turf for nutrients. An optional bag can be used when you have more leaves than you need mulch.

A battery operated mulching mover is effective and environmentally friendly.

Regardless of how you gather leaves, one of the best things that you can do is to utilize the leaves as part of a mulch pile. You can recycle the leaves with other organic materials to create rich nutrient that can make your garden both healthy and the envy of the neighborhood.

Need Some Change?

The point being we all do what we are good at, we have emotional attachments to our exercises and when you have an emotional attachment you have a bias, so when you have a bias you can not look at anything from a neutral perspective.

We need to do something we are not so good at and for that we may need a little bit of guidance, to find out what our needs are prior to reaching out for our goals.

Most of us need to start at the basic level and work on strengthening our core, the section in between our ribcage and pelvis, before going on to do more challenging workouts.

This takes patience and a good understanding of the spine and our abilities to stabilize our 33 vertebral segments.

The DVD addresses these issues, click here to order a copy today.

So start moving and choose life today.

Don't call a contractor until you know what you're buying

You've decided to improve a part of your home. And you've decided not to do it yourself. Obviously, you will need to hire someone to do it for you.

This is when you need to know more about the inner workings of home improvement contracting. Deep within our vault of contracting knowledge, there are many secrets consumers should know.

Here's a formula to save you some money and heartache:

If you're shopping for a new sweater, you know about lots of factors to consider: color, size, fabric, neckline, weave, pattern, appearance and price. After all, you're good at sweater shopping because you have done it for years.

But if you're in the market for, say, a new roof, chances are it's not something you have purchased before.

So you're going to have to very quickly learn as much about roofs as you've learned over the years about sweaters.

Don't call a contractor before you do. Why?

That's why you should spend a lot of time on the Internet, reading magazines and talking to friends before you call a contractor, even if the temptation to bring in an expert early on is strong.

Learn about all the materials out there, their strengths and weakness and, importantly, their price.

Doing this puts all the bidders on an even playing field, and makes clear what you want, and your price range.

And, here's the big payoff: If you have a good sense of the product price, the main variable will be the installation cost.

Some contractors count on you not knowing about your various material choices and costs so that they can charge you an exorbitant installation price.

You can rule that our right there, with your knowledge of the product, and a written document that explains what you know.

So the lesson: When you know the product price and all about the product, suddenly the daunting task of a major home improvement can feel a lot more like buying a sweater.

Enjoying the Outdoor Lifestyle Now and in the Future

In addition to economic conditions, this is also a reflection of society’s changing demographics: a greater percentage of the population is age 50 or older.  Individuals are remaining in their homes as they grow older, making accommodations to live independently and comfortably.

An alternative decking solution is an attractive option for homeowners who plan to stay put.  Made from wood plastic composite or PVC, the safety and comfort of the materials, the low maintenance requirements, and extended warranties result in a smart investment that pays dividends for homeowners now and in the future.

Safety and Comfort

Due to their weather-resilient composition, alternative decking solution planks do not warp or buckle, unlike traditional treated wood decks.

Warped wooden planks can create an uneven surface, thereby increasing the likelihood of tripping, falling, and getting injured.

In addition, treated wood can begin to chip and splinter due to weather exposure after a relatively short time, causing additional surface irregularities and creating hazards for bare feet.

In addition, some products, such as TimberTech, meet or exceed all Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards for slip-resistant walking surfaces.

Low Maintenance

Because alternative decking solutions resist sun and water damage, they maintain their color and beauty for years.

Painting, staining or sealing – burdensome annual projects with treated wood decks – is unnecessary, eliminating these challenging and potentially expensive chores.

Alternative decking solutions also resist weathering and warping, so you won’t need to replace rotting, uneven or insect-damaged boards.

Extensive Warranties

Many manufacturers offer extended warranties. TimberTech, for example, has a 25-year warranty program.  Homeowners can take comfort in the fact that they will not have to worry about the quality of their deck for a long time.

“For the current housing market, the 25-year warranty is a major benefit,” said Morris Carey, Co-Host of the nationally syndicated radio talk show “On The House with the Carey Bros. & Rebecca Cole”.  “People can enjoy their homes without having to worry about replacing deck planks – or the whole surface – after a few years.”

For homeowners, that confidence is priceless: an investment in the future that’s well worth it.