4 Facts About Cool Roofs To Consider Before Installing One For Your Home

Posted by on Nov 21, 2014 in Blog, Construction & Contractors | 0 comments

The concept of cool roofs has been around for a long period of time. This started when people discovered that white colored roofs kept the interior of the rooms underneath much cooler. This is because white roofs do not retain as much heat from the sun as darker roofs do. However, modern cool roofs are more than just about the color. To have a cool roof, you must also consider the material that is being used, and more. Here are some facts to understand before you have a cool roof installed on your home:

  1. ‚ÄčExtensive Project Requirements: When you install a cool roof, there are a number of factors to consider, which is why it may be best to hire a roofing consultant who can help you determine which materials are best to use, as well as what style of roof will work best. 
  2. There Are Building Regulations: There are many different building codes for your city that will help you to determine whether or not you are going to be able to install the cool roof you want for your home. There could be some regulations on certain materials and styles that cannot be used in your city. 
  3. The Amount of Savings Vary: Just by painting your roof white, you can reduce your energy costs significantly. This means that installing a complete cool roof by using the right materials and style can reduce the costs even more. However, you also have to consider the upfront costs for the installation of a cool roof. You will want to determine how long it will take to see the savings that you make after taking the upfront costs into consideration.
  4. The Climate Makes a Difference: If you live in a warm climate, you will definitely benefit from a cool roof more so than if you live in a cooler climate. In fact, if you live in a cooler climate, then it can take much longer to see the costs of installing a cool roof outweigh the amount of energy savings that it provides over the years. 

There are a number of factors to consider before installing a cool roof for your home, so be sure that you think about these facts to determine whether or not installing one is right for you. Remember that just because you will see some savings in your energy costs because you will not have to run the AC as long, does not mean that you will not suffer because of the upfront costs of installing the roof through companies such as Rippy’S Roofing & Construction Inc.

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How To Use Your Body Heat To Stay Warm When Your Home Loses Heat

Posted by on Nov 14, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

When your home loses heat you need to find a solution fast. An inefficient roof or other problems can leave your home vulnerable to winter’s most destructive snowstorms, winds and freezing temperatures. In addition, your furnace or boiler won’t work as efficiently as it should. In fact, you can actually lose heat from this problem. Your roofing specialists from places like Standard Roofing & Exteriors Ltd can stop the heat loss with a better roof. Until you speak to your roofers, your family can use its own body heat to create warmth in the home. Here’s how.

How Can Your Body Make the Home Feel Warmer?

Your body has the ability to regulate its temperature. It does this by shivering, sweating and secreting special hormones. The hormones tell your body when to release heat and when to conserve it. It normally does this when you become too hot or too cold. If your family shares sleeping quarters, your bodies can create enough heat to warm up the area.

Your family can find a carpeted room that still receives some heat from the furnace or boiler. You might choose a smaller room like your child’s bedroom or den. An inefficient heating appliance can heat smaller areas better than it can large areas, such as the living room or master bedroom. Large areas require more energy to remove cold air, which makes the furnace or boiler work harder and stay on longer.

Now that you know how you can stay warm, it’s time to get your sleeping quarters ready for the night.

How Do You Sleep?

Once you choose a room to sleep in, here’s what you do:

Prepare Your Makeshift Bed

Place thick quilts or blankets over the carpeted flooring. You should use as many coverings as needed to accommodate your family’s size. In addition, carpet’s fibers can insulate your bodies against any cold air that seeps through the flooring.

Line Up Your Family

Because some younger children can’t regulate their body temperatures as well as adults, you want to place these family members in the middle of the makeshift bedding to keep them warm. Your oldest kids can lie on either side of their younger siblings. You should take one side of the makeshift bed and your spouse can take the other. These positions can help seal in your bodies’ heat.

Finally, place quilts and blankets over your family. The coverings thick textures can trap the heat produced by your family. These temporary sleeping quarters may keep your family warm until your roofers take care of your home.

Dealing with a damaged roof can create many problems with your home’s ability to retain heat from your furnace or boiler. But with the right temporary provisions, you can find a way to stay warm until the problem gets fixed.

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How Construction Crews Destroy Concrete With Embedded Rebar

Posted by on Nov 12, 2014 in Blog, Construction & Contractors | 0 comments

Rebar reinforces poured and vertical concrete structures. In the event that concrete demolition is necessary, special considerations for reinforced concrete must be taken into consideration. Really old rebar is dangerous and can act as sharp projectiles during an explosion. Construction and demolition crews proceed with a few different techniques when dealing with embedded rebar.

Cutting the Rebar Sections Loose

If a construction worker can cut the rebar sections loose without causing the entire structure to fall on his head, then he will use a chainsaw with a diamond encrusted chain. With the assistance of any old blueprints, workers mark off the areas of the building with rebar and start cutting sections free from the top of the building to the second storey of the structure. At this point in the demolition process, implosive devices can topple all of the loose cement inward or a wrecking ball knocks it down. (There is more control in the wrecking ball, and therefore the contractor gets better results with fewer injuries to crew and passers-by.)


Perhaps the safest and greenest demolition process of all, water jettisoned at concrete strips it away. As the water blasts away more and more concrete, the rebar is exposed. In addition to hydrodemolition safely chipping away the concrete, the rust and corrosion of the rebar is also blasted away, making the rebar reusuable in another project. The water simply sinks into the ground or trickles down to the local sewer system. The crew does not need or use explosives or any other particularly dangerous method to demolish a building.

Fracturing with Grout

Another method to expose rebar and remove the concrete around it carefully is the grout method. Special expanding grouts fill holes drilled in the concrete. As the grout dries, it fractures the concrete, leaving the rebar in plain view. This is one example of how concrete at the foundation level can be removed and keep people safe from bits of rebar flying off into the air.

If You Need Demolition Help 

Consult with a demolition contractor. Explain to him or her that you know your building has rebar in it and that you want the building torn down in the safest way possible. The contractor can check with provincial building codes and construction plans (if they still exist) and then suggest one of the above methods with quotes for each to help you decide what you want to do next.

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Keep Your Backyard Workshop Warm This Winter

Posted by on Nov 7, 2014 in Blog, Construction & Contractors | 0 comments

Don’t let your backyard workshop sit unused during the coldest part of the year. Whether it’s housed in an old garage or a shed, the winter cold that seeps in can be held at bay by finishing and insulating the interior walls and ceiling. Not all sheds are completely waterproof, so it’s best to work with a professional installer like one from High Country Insulation Inc. to make sure the shed is properly prepped and ready before you begin to insulate.

Batting Vs. Spray Foam Insulation

Most freestanding garages, sheds and workshops aren’t insulated at all, so the only thing standing between you and the cold outdoors is a thin sheet of metal or wood. For any heating solution to work, you have to begin with insulating the building.

Standard fiberglass batting insulation isn’t a good choice for most backyard workshops. Not only is it difficult to install, it takes up more room so it can lower the interior square footage of your shop.

Foam insulation is a better choice, especially in unfinished outdoor buildings. You can use it in metal or wood sheds, regardless of the wall thickness. The foam provides comparable R-Value, which is the measurement of insulating ability, to batting, but you can get it into every nook and crevice of your building. A closed cell foam provides twice the R-value as an open cell, making it the better choice.

Seal Everything

Before the foam is installed, your insulation contractor will make sure your workshop is sealed well. This includes checking and replacing the seals around windows, doors and joints. A break in the shed’s seal lets warm air out and cool air in, compromising the quality of the insulation. Any gaps in the siding or leaks in the ceiling will also require repair.

The Basic Process

For a workshop with a finished interior, the insulation process is simple.

  • The contractor will drill small holes in the walls between the studs.

  • He will blow the foam into the walls, where it will expand and fill any gaps. This ensures there are no uninsulated areas.

  • Holes will be patched and painted over.

  • The process will be repeated in the ceiling.

If your interior isn’t finished, drywall or plywood walls will first be erected before the insulation is installed. After installation, you can finish the walls as desired.

In mild climates, insulation may be all you need to create a four-season workshop. In colder regions, a combination of insulation and an outside heat source will make your workshop worthy of year-round use.

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How To Begin Troubleshooting A Non-Functioning Gas Water Heater

Posted by on Nov 6, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

A gas water heater is a wonderful way to provide your home with hot water. Yet many people remain mystified when their gas heater stops producing hot water. Luckily, this problem can often be easily fixed–even by a complete amateur. So if your hot water tank has recently stopped working, read on. This article will teach you how to begin troubleshooting a non-functioning gas heater:

Step 1: Check to see if water heater is functioning.

The best way to try and find out what is going wrong is to first find out what is going right. Therefore, determining whether the water heater is properly lit is the logical first step, as the answer to this question will help to eliminate a number of possibilities.

The first step is to take off the metal cover at the base of your water heater (depending on your specific heater, this may require the use of a screwdriver). But before you do this, make sure that your heater’s control knob is set to “pilot.” That will keep the burner from igniting while you have your face up against the heater.

Once the cover is off, you want to check a) whether the burner is lit and b) whether the pilot light is lit.

Step 2: Relight the pilot light, if out.

If your pilot light is out, you will need to relight it. First, turn the gas valve completely off, and wait for a couple of minutes so that any lingering gases have time to dissipate. Now turn the valve back to the “pilot” setting and push it in to get the gas flowing.

Note: on some models there will be a separate red button you push to perform this function.

At this point, some heaters will automatically light the pilot. Others, however, have to be lighted manually using a long barbecue lighter. If you are able to get the pilot light lit, replace the cover and then switch the valve to turn on the burner; your problem may well be solved.

If, on the other hand, you are unable to get the pilot light lit, it is likely the case that you have a defective thermocouple. To fix this you will need to call either your local gas company, or a professional water heater repair technician. 

Bottom Line

Many water heater problems can be fixed without having to call a professional repair person. Yet it takes certain knowledge in order to make such minor repairs yourself. The information contained in this article should provide a valuable introduction to the water heater troubleshooting process. To learn more, contact a company like Avalon Plumbing & Heating Ltd. with any questions or concerns you might have.

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