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5 Reasons To Choose Insulated Metal Panels For Your New Commercial Roof On An Older Building

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Buying an older building or retail store can save you thousands of dollars over building a new structure from scratch, but you may need to invest in a brand new roof pretty quickly. Replace missing asphalt shingles or leaky flat roof coatings with lightweight and tough insulated metal panels. This type of commercial roofing offers a wide range of benefits to the owner of a building already a few decades old. Easier Indoor Climate Control For most business owners, a chance to save money every month on heating and cooling costs is worth investing in insulated metal roofing alone. Each panel is constructed from two thin layers of steel or aluminum, sandwiching a thick layer of expanded foam that serves as insulation while making the panel even stronger against winds. With some panels offering extremely high R-vales, which is how insulation is rated, you may find that the new roof pays for itself in less than a decade in the amount of money you save on climate control. Aside from insulating the roof, these tight fitting panels also help maintain an air-tight building envelope to prevent losses of heated and chilled air. Fewer Re-roofing Visits Most metal insulated panel roofing products come with warranties covering at least 30 years after professional installation. With regular maintenance and inspections, you can expect the roof to last the rest of the building’s lifespan. Why spend more money for complete re-roofing jobs every decade or so when you can get a roof that lasts longer? Features that contribute to the longer lifespan of an insulated roof panel include The laminated construction method, since the multiple layers resist cracking better UV ray coatings, preventing sunlight from wearing down the metal layers and causing the finish to peel The light weight, which puts less stress on the roof structure and supports. Better Green Rating Want to get an edge over the competition by making your building as eco-friendly as possible? Installing insulated roofing panels provides you with the perfect green bullet point to add to your advertisements or brochures. You can describe how the insulation reduces your company’s reliance on electricity and explain how the panels you’ve chosen are recycled or recyclable. Faster Installation Most of the usual materials used on commercial roofs require a lot of experience and training for correct installation. However, insulated metal panels are so lightweight and easily mounted on the roof that practically any roofing crew can install them with minimal special equipment. This speeds up the installation process and helps you save money on labor costs for the roofing project. This benefit is essential when you discover your building has leaks or a sagging roof only a few weeks before your planned opening day. It’s equally helpful when your business is already operating and long downtime could threaten your cash flow. Getting the roof covered with a reliable new layer of material as quickly as possible gets you back on track faster. Reduced Need for Reinforcement Finally, consider how the light weight of an insulated metal roofing panel saves you money and time in structural reinforcement. Many roofs originally covered in asphalt or another very light material can’t hold up solar panels, solid metal roofing material, or heavy concrete tiles without major changes to the rafters or trusses. The...

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Avoiding Vocs: 4 Simple, Non-Toxic Solutions To Clean Your Glass Shower Enclosure

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Revamping your ordinary shower stall with a custom glass door and enclosure adds value and appeal to your home. Considering water, soap scum, and other debris can quickly buildup on the glass, periodic cleaning is essential to protecting the investment you made in your bathroom. Unfortunately, many glass-cleaning sprays contain harmful chemicals that are dangerous to the environment and your health. VOCs, or Volatile Organic Compounds, are common in many paints and household cleaners. These toxic ingredients will irritate your skin, eyes, and throat, while causing respiratory issues. In addition, prolonged exposure to VOCs can cause severe headaches, liver damage, and neurological issues. Fortunately, cleaning your new glass shower is possible using safe, non-toxic ingredients. Using these solutions, you can maintain the value and appeal of your custom shower in a safe, natural manner. Simple Squeegee Tool One of the safest ways to clean your glass door and enclosures is with a handheld squeegee tool. Of course, using the tool after each shower may be necessary to prevent heavy buildup. Choose a squeegee that uses a soft, rubber blade for the most efficient and effective cleaning. After each shower, move the squeegee blade down the glass, beginning at the top and working your way to the bottom. Use a microfiber cloth to wipe off the blade after each swipe. Work your way around the entire glass enclosure. Natural Glass Cleaner Visit your local discount store and you will find a large selection of glass cleaners. While these are effective for removing dirt and debris from your mirrors, glass walls, and windows, they do contain unnatural ingredients. For a natural glass cleaner, add the following ingredients to a spray bottle: 2 cups of warm water 2 cups of white vinegar Shake the spray bottle to mix before dousing one section of glass at a time. Allow the vinegar solution to sit and soak the glass for 10 minutes before using your squeegee tool to remove excess cleaner and residue. The vinegar solution will remove dirt and soapy residue without affecting your skin, eyes, or respiratory system. In addition, the 5 percent acetic acids in vinegar are antibacterial and antiviral, which will help prevent or kill mold or mildew in your shower. Stubborn Soap Scum Remover Even with a periodic cleaning, your glass door and enclosure may develop patches of stubborn soap scum. In most cases, your first inclination may be to use a more involved cleaner such as an abrasive scrub or bleach. These cleansers also contain VOCs, so creating a strong soap scum remover using natural ingredients is key. In a spray bottle, combine 2 cups of warm water with ¼ cup of baking soda. The baking soda creates carbonation when it encounters moisture on a surface. This carbonation dissolves away tough debris and soap scum. Shake to mix before spraying onto areas with soapy buildup. Allow the baking soda solution to rest a few minutes before wiping the surface with a wet microfiber cloth. Hard Water Spots Hard water and the accumulation of soap scum can cause spots to develop on your shower’s glass door and enclosure. These spots decrease the appeal of your modern, open, airy shower, but they are easy to remove using water and rubbing alcohol. To get started, clean your glass using one of...

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Painting A Brick Home’s Exterior: 5 Things You Need To Know

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There is a long list of things you can do to improve the aesthetic of the exterior of your home: landscaping, planting a garden, and painting are all options. What if you have a brick house, though? Is painting the sole provenance of those with wood houses or paint friendly siding? It is absolutely not. In addition, if you go about it the proper way, painting brick can look quite good and change up the look of your home’s exterior. Throughout the course of this article, you’ll learn about 5 things you need to know if you decide on taking the plunge and painting your brick exterior. You Must Prep The Area Properly Before getting started, you need to know that prepping the area you plan on painting is absolutely integral to applying paint to brick. If you don’t plan on properly prepping the area, then you might as well consider this task a lost cause. First and foremost, pressure wash your house from top to bottom. Make sure that you’re getting the areas that will require paint application especially clean. Then, take notice of damaged surfaces. Damaged surfaces can interfere with the painting process in a variety of different ways. Look for holes in the brick, as well as areas adjacent to the brick, such as window panes, etc. Fix the area using epoxy or other quick, go-to fixers. Next, remove any loose paint with a medium grit sanding block and a paint scraper. Fill in any loose areas between molding and brick with caulk. Then, as you would with any paint job, protect your doors, windows and lights with protective surfaces such as plastic or tarps in order to prevent any stray paint from hitting them. Painting Can Improve Your Property Value If done correctly and carefully, painting your house can actually improve the value of your property. However, it is highly recommended that you consult with your broker or real estate agent before painting for the sole reason of improving your property value. You Can Give Your Brick A Distressed Look You can give your house a gritty, urban, distressed paint look that is reminiscent of the natural decay of some Midwestern and east coast cities and is becoming increasingly popular in more suburban and rural areas. After letting the paint dry for one day, you can chip away at it, either haphazardly, or carefully, to make it seem like urban wear and tear. In addition, if you place a screwdriver on the brick and give it a quick tap with a hammer, you can distress the paint on the brick. Consult With Paint Experts Consult with paint experts are your local hardware or DIY store to get the best idea of what kind of paint – brand, type and color – will work best with the type of brick that your home’s exterior consists of. Generally, people in the know can give you a great deal of advice before you hunker down and purchase that first bucket of paint. You Can Stain Instead Of Paint In place of painting the brick exterior of your home, you can stain it. Staining actually works in the exact same manner that painting your brick exterior does, so simply follow the above steps. Staining your brick house can rejuvenate...

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Protecting Your Class-A Apartment Complex’s Roof: Factors To Consider When Choosing Your System

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Before you contact your contractor to repair or replace your stylish Class-A apartment complex’s roof, you may want to think about the type of roofing system you want to use and why. Although there are many types of commercial roofs that may benefit your building, only one is right for it. The roof should protect your building from snow and ice damage. However, it should also save your residents money on heating costs each year. Here are two factors you may consider when choosing your commercial roofing system. Type of Building Foundation The roofing system you choose from your contractor should fit the needs of your apartment building’s foundation. For example, if your complex’s roof is flat, you may want to install a roofing system over the foundation that allows water to flow seamlessly to the ground instead of collect on it. Flat roofs may not drain water or melted snow as good as roof’s with steep or sloped surfaces. Steep or sloped surfaces allow water to pour or drain downward. The wide surfaces of a flat roof may not have the ability to remove water once it collects on it. Instead, the water puddles on your flat roof, freezes and forms deadly ice dams along its edges. The problem becomes worse if you live in a snowy or icy location of the United States that experiences harsh winters, then unusually warm springs. Once the snow and ice melts in the spring, water can penetrate the building’s roof, as well as other foundations in the complex, such as the ceilings and walls of your residents’ apartments. You may want to install a roofing system that accommodates your complex’s flat foundation, as well as improves it’s ability to withstand ice and water damage in the winter and spring. Your roofing contractor, like Central States Roofing, may offer systems, such as metal roofs, to fit your needs. These types of systems may be better equipped to drain excessive moisture and water than asphalt shingled roofs because they may have advanced capabilities and features. It may be possible for your roofing contractor to completely replace your flat roof with another system, such as a sloped metal roof. A metal roof may have the ability to melt ice and snow when it builds up on it. In some cases, your contractor may retrofit the metal roof with special panels that heat up in cold weather.  In addition to installing the right commercial roof, you may want to ask your roofing contractor about placing additional drainage systems around the building. Even if the roofer placed a metal roof over the building, the system may still fail if it doesn’t have the proper drainage system installed. In this case, you may want to have your roofer install a better quality of gutters, spouts and other applications during the roofing project. Appearance and Style Once you choose the right type of roof for your apartment complex, you may wish to select a specific style for it. For instance, if you choose the metal roofing system with heated panels and advanced drainage system, you may want to highlight these features as much as possible to attract prospective tenants.  You can have your roofer install metal roofing panels that look exactly like traditional wood shakes or Mediterranean tiles. You may also choose colors...

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Don’t Take The Stairs: How To Ease Your Fear Of Elevators

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While no statistics have been issued, interviewed many workers who suffered from a fear of elevators. If you commute to a large building and elevators trigger enough acrophobia or claustrophobia that you’d rather take numerous flights of stairs, you may want to try some fear-reducing strategies. Read on to learn how safe elevators really are and how to overcome your fears. Educate Yourself on Their Safety Features Your fears may be eased if you look at some statistics firsthand. For instance, has some great stats that illustrate how elevators are both safer than cars and escalators.  One fear that you may have is of an elevator car losing control and plunging down. However, according to the Washington Post, that occurrence would be unlikely because the elevator would have to overcome many safety features in place. For example, they reported that the ropes (actually 2 to 8 woven steel cables) must be able to hold the mass of a fully loaded car times 12. If you need a good visualization for the cable’s strength, you may want to look at the strength of a rock climber’s spring-loaded camming device. These wires could only be a few millimeters thick in diameter, but they have immense strength to hold a rock climber and his or her gear. Now, picture a bundle of those camming wires wrapped around in a thick cable—and remember, there is more than one thick cable in place. All of these cables together can hold between 1,000 to 6,000 lbs. If by some slim chance a cable did fail, the elevator’s computer system would detect the change and clamp the pulleys above the car, and the brakes underneath the car would glide smoothly on rails to help stop the elevator comfortably. Build Up to Riding the Elevator with Exposure Therapy While learning about elevator safety features can soothe the rational mind, your fears may still get the better of you. A good way to overcome your fears of elevators may be through exposure therapy. You could try this on your own or with the help of a therapist. Basically exposure therapy encourages you to confront your fear in a safe environment. It is also a progressive therapy, so these baby steps will eventually lead to you riding in an elevator. If you decide to see a therapist, he or she may have you sit or lie down and just visualize being on an elevator. Some therapists actually have simulation software for computers, and you can use it to see an elevator in a game-like setting. After you conquer visualization techniques, you may move on to just being near the elevator or a similarly crowed place (like a train car). Then, you may actually take the elevator up one or two floors and get off. Ultimately, the exposure therapy will build on itself with the goal of you riding the elevator with no problem. This is a great therapy because it can break down any avoidance patterns and negative reinforcement you may be experiencing. Ride Elevators that Meet Your Standards Along with educating yourself and receiving therapy, you may want to inquire about your office building’s maintenance contract. A more-involved contract may make you feel safer. For instance, a “full-maintenance” contract or a “parts, oil, and grease” contract...

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Can Air Conditioning Help You Lose Weight?

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If you’re looking for ways to aid your weight loss journey, you will be surprised to learn that your air conditioning has a lot to do with achieving a healthy weight. Even though eating right and exercising will be the biggest factors in your weight loss, your AC can lend a helping hand. Keep on reading to find out how you can reap the benefits of your HVAC system. Colder Temperatures Help Your Body Burn Fat When you keep your house quite cool, your body needs to work harder to maintain a core temperature of 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit. In fact, researchers in Britain believe that one of the reasons why people have been gaining weight in the last few years is because the average home temperature has started to rise. In the 1970’s, homes were kept at around 64.9 degrees. Three decades later, the average home temperature is almost two degrees higher.  In fact, if you learn to live in a cooler environment, reducing your home temperature by 10 degrees (keeping it in the low sixties instead of the low seventies), while keeping your diet and activity level the same, your body will burn fat stores to produce the heat you are missing from your environment. In total, you could lose over eight extra pounds annually by keeping the AC cranked during the summer and the heat down in the winter.  Warmer Temperatures Help You To Eat Less If the idea of cranking the AC down to such a low temperature does not fly with you, you can utilize it in the opposite direction. Increased heat in the environment curbs the appetite, as the body does not exert energy through cooling, but instead uses water stores in the form of sweat. If you set your AC at a temperature that is perfectly comfortable, around 70 degrees, your body is neither hot nor cold. Your appetite will remain the same. But, if you increase the thermostat and allow the cooling system to cool to 80 or 85 degrees, you’ll see a decrease in food consumption– your hunger cues decrease as your body works to cool itself.  Also, because your home will be warmer, you’ll eat more foods that don’t require cooking and are natural sources of water: fruits and vegetables. Finally, to keep the natural cooling system of your body working, you’ll drink more water instead of consuming food, as digestion generates heat. Drinking more water before meals can lead to a decrease in calorie consumption, adding up to about an eight pound weight loss each year.  Colder Temperatures Help You Fall Asleep Your brain does better sleeping in a cool room. Sleeping soundly is essential for weight loss, and falling asleep in a colder environment can make it even more effective for controlling your weight. You need to sleep for weight loss simply because sleep provides your body with the rest it needs to perform daily tasks. Sleep deprivation makes people less likely to exercise, more likely to depend on high-calorie stimulants like lattes or sugary foods, and less likely to control impulsive behavior— like eating ten cookies instead of just one. Studies show that people fall asleep more effectively in cooler environments, and stay asleep better in warmer temperatures. Therefore, lowering the AC while you are going to...

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Shipworms: Why Are They So Destructive To Your Dock’s Pilings?

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Protecting your dock from erosion and bad weather is essential. But did you know there could be another, more destructive problem attacking your dock’s pilings right now? Wood boring worms called shipworms are water-dwelling animals that eat the wood of dock pilings. You can’t get rid of shipworms with pesticides or by simply removing them. However, a marine contractor can kill the wood boring worms for you by repairing and securing your dock’s pilings with a protective PVC material. Here are things you need to know about shipworms, and why it’s critical you contact a marine contractor to take care of the problem for you. What Are Shipworms? Wood boring worms or shipworms aren’t true insects. In fact, they come from the mollusk family and live in the salt water surrounding your dock. Although shipworms eat wood as a food source, the pests can’t survive without water. Like many other marine life, the worms use gills to breathe oxygen through water. Most marine contractors refer to these pests as sea termites because of their destructive nature. Once shipworms find your dock’s pilings, they burrow through the wood until there’s nothing left. This can be very dangerous for anyone standing on the dock — especially if it collapses into the water. You can look for signs that you have a shipworm problem in your dock’s pilings. This is the first step to protecting your dock. How Do You Know If You Have Shipworms on the Pilings? To make sure you have shipworms in your pilings, you’ll need to physically enter the water to find them. The worms are not easily seen from a distance due to their small sizes. Once you enter the water, look for 1/16-inch round holes along the bottom half of your pilings. The holes will be located near or below the water’s surface. If you have a large infestation in your pilings, you’ll see large groups of shipworms attached to the pilings. Although the worms are light in color, the pests look black or dark when wet. Although you can’t see them, the holes in the pilings contain the larvae of shipworms. Even if you brush off the adults, the larvae still endanger the structural safety of your dock and pilings. You’ll need a marine contractor’s help to stabilize and secure your pilings from the adult wood boring worms and their young. What’s the Most Effective Treatment for Shipworms? You can try to get rid of the shipworms yourself by applying creosote to the wood of the pilings. However, creosote is generally ineffective in getting rid of your problem permanently. In addition, creosote isn’t safe for humans or the animals living in the water around your dock. Your marine contractor can solve your shipworm problem and repair the dock in two steps: Cover the Pilings in PVC Jackets The first step requires the contractor to encase the entire bottom halves of the pilings in waterproof PVC jackets. PVC jackets prevent water from touching or penetrating the wood of your dock’s pilings. As a result, the adult shipworms and their larvae die from the lack of oxygenated water.  Your contractor doesn’t have to remove the adult shipworms or larvae once they die. The pests no longer threaten your dock. But if the pilings sustained a lot of damage, the contractor can install new...

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Options For Adding Air Conditioning To Your Backyard Shed

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If you have a backyard shed that you plan to renovate for a workshop or office space, you want to make sure the space does not get overheated in the summer to protect your precious electronics and other equipment. A space that feels like an inferno during the height of summer is also hazardous to your health. You have a few options for equipping an outdoor shed with air conditioning. The following guide can help you decide what option is best for your needs. Duct System AC If you have a very large shed with more than one room and equipped with electricity and plumbing, a duct system might be the most efficient solution. This option requires you to hire a contractor to plan the duct system, choose the right materials and install the cooling system for you. Licensed, experienced contractors should be able to install new ducts without making extensive cuts into walls and the ceiling. Before beginning any work, the contractor will determine the heat-gain calculation of the structure. The heat gain is an estimate of how high the temperature increases inside of a building due to the sunlight, lights and other heat-generating items such as appliances. Based on the heat gain and size of the structure, the contractor can choose the right type of energy-efficient AC unit. Installing a programmable thermostat can also help the unit run more efficiently. Depending on the seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER) of the unit, you may be able to qualify for a rebate for your new AC unit. Ductless Split System AC A large one-room shed can be adequately cooled with ductless split AC system mounted on a wall. The shed must have an unobstructed wall and electricity. A split AC system consists of an indoor air handling unit and outdoor compressor. You can also install the indoor unit on a ceiling mount or drop ceiling. As with a duct system, the contractor will use the shed’s heat gain calculation to pick the right ductless unit. The contractor will connect the two components via a conduit after boring a hole into the wall. The conduit contains a condensate drain, tubing and the AC power cable. The indoor component cools the home via a forced-air system. Ductless splits systems can cool large rooms and are ideal if you have no interest in installing ductwork. They also include features such as programmable thermostats and remote controls. Some ductless units are also eligible for rebates. Window Units If you have a window in your shed, you can install a window unit to cool a small space. You can use an air conditioning size calculator to determine the AC capacity of your shed so you can pick an appropriate unit. Depending on the type of window you have, you may have to remove it and replace it with a frame and panel that is more suitable for an AC wall unit. Alternatively, you can hire a contractor to cut a hole below the window for the AC so you can continue to enjoy the view to the outside after the unit is installed. If you install the window AC yourself, the unit should come with mounting brackets that you can secure with wood screws. Make sure to seal the edges around the brackets with...

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Dressing Your Doors? 3 Window Treatments For Your New French Doors

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Updating your home periodically is imperative for protecting your investment. From new windows or countertops to fresh landscaping and outdoor living spaces, these updates increase the appeal, function, and value of your house. To create a more modern and stylish space, many homeowners replace outdated sliding doors with French doors. Although the cost may range from an estimated $350 to $4,000, the project offers a large return on your investment. Choosing French doors is smart for lovers of natural light, but the added sunlight increases the temperature of your home. Using these treatments, you can dress the glass of your French doors to limit sunlight when necessary. Natural Materials Most French doors lead out to a porch, deck, or patio. To keep in line with your outdoor space, consider dressing the glass doors with materials you can find in nature. Here are a options: Bamboo – Purchase traditional shades made with bamboo. When open, bamboo shades are perfect for your outdoor space. When closed, the shades allow only small amounts of sunlight in to your home. Burlap – Currently a hot trend in home décor, the natural look and feel of burlap is a smart choice for your French doors. Purchase a lightweight burlap panel for each of your glass doors and hang from a tension or magnetic curtain rod. Window Tinting If you want to decrease your home’s heating and cooling costs while enjoying the original look of your French doors, consider tinting the glass. While surprising to hear, today’s window film does not peel or create a bubble on your glass surfaces. When applied correctly, the tint reflects up to 80 percent of heat passed through the glass. In addition, French doors with tinted glass stops the harmful ultraviolet rays of the sun from entering your home. Use the following steps to apply tinting film to your French doors: Clean the glass panes using a no-streak cleaner and paper towels. For the best results, clean both sides a few times. Be sure to dry the glass with a clean paper towel. Cut your preferred tinting film to fit the glass of your doors, but add another inch on all sides. Separate the tint from the liner and lay each section of tinting film on a clean, flat surface. Face the adhesive side up on the surface. In a spray bottle, combine 3 cups of water with a few drops of gentle dish detergent. Spray the soapy solution on the adhesive side of the tinting film. Use generously. Move the film to the door and slide the wet side onto the glass. Be sure to position the film over the glass of your door. Use a squeegee tool or hard plastic card to smooth out the tinting film, if necessary. Use a single edge razor to trim off the excess film. Complete the process for each door. Traditional Treatments Natural shades and window tint are appealing options for your doors, but you may prefer the traditional look of common treatments. Drapes are not ideal dressings for your French doors since they may fall on the fall, but specialized curtains and blinds are appealing choices. Many home décor stores offer a few variations on curtain panels for a glass door. If privacy is your top concern, consider a sheer...

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Parking Lots Matter: How To Be Sure Your Parking Lots Are Appealing To Customers

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If you own a small business, the condition of your parking lot may not be at the top of your priority list. However, a parking lot is literally the gateway to your business, and a bad experience for clients and customers may leave them fuming before they even walk in the door. That’s why it’s important for business owners to ensure their parking lots are in top-notch condition and properly equipped. Below are a few things you can do to get your parking areas ready and kept in optimal condition: Start out right One of the worst mistakes a small business owner can make is trying to piecemeal a parking lot together from vacant space adjoining the building. Mowing grass and having gravel poured and spread is simply not enough to present your business to customers as a serious, substantial operation. Instead, you will want your parking lot to be level and paved. It will take the skill of a professional civil engineer to help convert vacant land into a parking area that will last and provide reliable service. That’s why you should always consult with a contractor that understands the value of making your parking area more than a temporary-appearing plot of land. Only a qualified paving company will be able to gauge soil conditions, drainage and other aspects involved with making a parking lot, so don’t attempt to go “cheap” by using inexperienced workers or others who don’t appreciate the details. Yes, it will cost more to get it done correctly, but you will find that your bargain was no bargain at all as your inexpensive parking lot starts filling with potholes and floods during every rainstorm. Keep it clean Once you have a parking lot in place, it’s going to need regular maintenance to keep it in optimal condition. Parking areas accumulate not only soil, but they also contain oil, gasoline, engine coolants, brake fluid, rubber from tires, embedded glass and metal fragments and a number of other substances. All of these things can either breakdown an asphalt coating over time or become hazardous to your customers. Loose items such as nails and screws can cause flat tires and angry clients. While you may think cleaning your parking lot is a job you can do yourself, there are reasons why it should be outsourced to a professional sweeping company like USA Services of Florida. These individuals are experts at knowing how to: Remove difficult stains and deposits with the appropriate chemicals and equipment Avoid damaging parking areas by using the correct procedures Dispose of accumulated debris that might not be otherwise suitable for disposal in regular trash Spot possible problems such as sinking spots, pavement cracking and other concerns that will require repair Details are important A customer-friendly parking lot is more than a paved slab; instead, it includes several amenities and thoughtful details. Below are some of these that you should incorporate into your business’ parking area: Clear entry and exits – be sure that your entrances and exits are clearly marked so there is no confusion about how to get in and out of your lot. Also, use reflective paint to prevent drivers from accidentally crossing curbs. Provide ample illumination – lighting your parking lot is important even if you aren’t going be open at night....

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