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Monthly Archives: March 2017

Maintenance for Asphalt Pavement

Asphalt Maintenance

Although pavement maintenance agendas will differ from property to property, the overall purpose of asphalt maintenance is to sustain its appeal and extend its life. Some paving maintenance tasks can be managed on your own or by an appointed staff, such as inspections and trash clearance; while others are best left in the hands of trained and equipped professionals. An ideal pavement maintenance should include basic tasks like regular assessments, sweeping, crack filling, pothole repair, periodic line striping, and most importantly, seal coating. Without a proper sealcoat, asphalt pavements will experience heightened wear and tear from traffic, weather, chemicals, salts, and more, which shortens their life and diminishes their aesthetic value.

Asphalt Seal Coating

Seal coats are emulsions that are brushed or sprayed onto pavements, providing a clear protective layer against moisture and the above-mentioned threats. There are several types of commercial sealcoats available on the market, but the most popular versions include fog seal, slurry seal, and chip seal emulsions. Some sealcoat products are water-based, which are easier and safer to spread. But there are also waterless versions that use organic or plant-based oils or hydrocarbon solvents instead.

Choosing to Seal Coat

If your asphalt pavement is old and in poor condition, it will not likely benefit from a new layer of seal coat. In some cases, it is more cost-effective to repair or replace deteriorated asphalt pavements instead. However, if your asphalt is in good condition, a periodic re-sealing can be a highly-beneficial maintenance decision. Talk to your trusted paving contractor for a professional recommendation of your asphalt’s maintenance and sealcoating schedule. They will know exactly what your property needs and at what intervals. The cost of having your asphalt seal-coated will depend on several factors, such as the square footage, the condition of pavement, and any additional surface applications needed.

Ways Pick Home Windows

Windows should match your architectural settings

It is very important for the windows to match the overall home décor. Ideally, you should hire an interior designer to advise you on what will look good and what will not. However, if your budget does not permit you to do so, you can simply read up a little through the internet to get a better idea about the various options.

It should be high on energy saving

When you buy home windows, it is important to take the external environment into consideration. There are several types of windows that come with different energy saving features. You can always look up the internet for the options.

Safety

Invest in strong and sturdy windows that are able to add to the security of the premises.

Easy to clean

The windows should be low maintenance, something that you can clean on daily basis. This will help you save a lot of money as well.

Right amount of ventilation

The sole purpose of a window is to regulate the amount of ventilation coming into the premises. Therefore, when you are buying a new one, keep in mind the extent to which it can ventilate the environment.

Tricks Paintless Dent Repair

This is a technique used for flattening the dents on the body of a moving vehicle, and more specifically, on the panels. Special metal rods and picks are used to get behind the shell. Then the technician manipulates them to push out the dent. This is how the surface becomes flat once again. One interesting fact about paintless dent repair is that it’s been around for over eight decades.

The straightforward answer is: no, it isn’t, but it’s worth looking at the details. As its name suggests, this type of repair technique works only when the paint of the car is intact. If it is damaged, a different method must be used. It is typically more complex and time-consuming. Additionally, when the paint is damaged, time is of the essence for getting the panel restored fully. The good news is that the paint used by modern vehicle manufacturers is highly resistant to cracking, peeling and other types of damage.

Paintless dent repair is most effective for minor dents and creases, hail damage and dings. It would typically work well even if there are multiple dents or creases close together. A close professional inspection of the vehicle’s damage is the best way to determine if this technique should be used or not.

This repair method is regarded to be effective and safe for both steel and aluminum panels. It is not known to cause any changes to the structure of these metals that would make them weaker or more susceptible to rust and other types of damage. It is worth noting that with this technique, the paint of the vehicle will remain intact too, provided that it is applied correctly, of course.

Theoretically, you can. The tools needed for paintless dent repair are readily available and don’t cost a small fortune to buy. There are also plenty of online videos showing you how to apply the technique correctly. Still, if you don’t have sufficient knowledge and skill, you risk causing further damage to your vehicle. That is why DIY repair is not a very good idea.

Summer Home Maintenance

Inspect Exposed Plumbing:

Check under your sinks and anywhere you can get access to exposed plumbing. Make sure there isn’t any dampness that could indicate a small leak in the plumbing.

Inspect for termites and other pests:

Inspect the basement or crawl space, eaves, and attic for termites, carpenter ants, and other wood pests. If you see signs of wood damage, call a professional exterminator. Look under the eaves for wasp or hornet nests. Handle wasp or hornet nests with care and call in a professional if necessary.

Patios and porches:

Clean the barbecue and hose down brick or concrete patio surfaces. Replace any broken bricks and patch concrete cracks. Wash outdoor or screened-in porch floors. Plant annuals in pots, or replant existing planters. Lubricate patio doors. Bring out and clean up your patio or porch furniture.

Complete painting projects:

If you’re painting your house yourself, wash your house first using a home cleaning formula. Scrape off crumbling paint, smooth rough areas with sandpaper, and fill in damaged areas with a best-quality filler. Choose the best paint you can afford. Prime any bare patches with a quality exterior alkyd primer before completing the job with an acrylic latex paint.

You might consider schedule interior painting projects too because warm temperatures allow for better ventilation and quick drying times.

Build or repair fences:

Repair any damaged areas of existing fencing and refinish as necessary. If you’re building a new fence, look carefully at the increasing variety of fencing materials. Make sure your fence complies with local codes and doesn’t encroach on city or neighbouring properties. Be sure to call your local natural gas utility or Call before You Dig agency to make sure you don’t have an accident and hit an underground gas line or other buried utility.

Inspect siding:

Check siding and trim around windows and doors for holes, dents, and gaps. Repair with wood filler or according to manufacturer’s instructions. If your home’s siding needs to be replaced entirely, summer is the best time for this one- to two-week project. Make sure you are aware of all the new choices in siding materials.

Garage Doors:

Now’s a great time to lubricate the tracks on your garage doors.

Replace your roof:

If you need a new roof, have it installed during summer’s warm, dry weather. Consider fire-resistant roof material if you live in an area prone to wildfire and if your current roof is not fireproof. Look for a reputable company that offers a good warranty.