TPO Roofing Material

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TPO Roofing Material

If you just keep yourself up-to-date with the market trends today, you will find that in roofing industry, you won’t just find the common metal and concrete roof available. Roofers have reinvented and redesigned the materials to create other alternatives like the plastic roofing which is a product of recycled materials and one of the latest and the newest in flat roofing available in the market today, Thermoplastic Polyolefin Roofing Membranes or the TPO.

The TPO roofing material is considered a “new generation roofing membrane with combination of ethylene propylene diene terpolymer (EPDM) rubber and PVC. The basic characteristics of a TPO membrane are taken from the mixture of the two flexible membranes EPDM and PVC. These characteristics include long-term resistance to changing weather, tear and puncture resistance, temperature change flexibility, and chemical resistance.

Originally used for automotive applications, TPO consists of at least 20 rubber and despite its being a single-ply membrane, it has the three basic components of a roofing system which are the structural deck, the thermal insulation barrier in the middle, and a waterproofing skin. Just like the other types of roofing materials, it can also be manufactured in a variety of colors, including black. Since TPO roofing material is just relatively new in the market, its lifespan cannot be determined yet.

TPO roofing material provides several benefits and advantages over other roofing materials. A few of these are the previously mentioned attributes which were taken from the combination of the two flexible membranes. TPO is known for its being heat-resistant and remains heat-wieldable throughout its entire lifespan. It contains UV protection to avoid it from fading. Aside from its resistance to heat, TPO is also made to endure changing weather and climactic conditions. During hot weather like summer, it keeps the interior of the building cool, making it an energy-saver.

A typical TPO roofing material has good insulation performance because of its polymer and rubber content so it does not conduct sound, electricity, or heat. This type of material is one of the most recyclable in the market today and is very much environment friendly. Scientifically speaking, since TPO is an alloy, the thermal reaction of molecules on the materials causes it not to separate as compared to other compositions that are melted together and ground up. A TPO sheet is relatively stiff; some may be soft and flexible, while most can feel more firm and rigid which can help a lot in the installation process. These attributes have attracted roofing contractors, engineers, architects, and even homeowners and is currently becoming a good choice for their roofing system. TPO can be best used for commercial applications, especially flat-roofed system.

Olds Resurrection?

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Branding wars between GM divisions have resulted in the raising up of the Saturn name at the expense of Oldsmobile. Can Olds make a comeback? Some people certainly hope so. Read on for a behind the scenes account of the ending of one of the most historic names in the American motoring industry.

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Back during the late nineties, a conversation at a swank Auburn Hills, Michigan, French bistro turned heated when the talk shifted from personal pleasantries to discussing the ending of one of the most storied names in the automotive world: Oldsmobile. Gathered together in a separate room, the eight men and one woman were tasked with the responsibility of plotting multi-brand strategy for General Motors as well as to discuss concept cars that would make it off of design team drawing boards and onto production lines.

Suddenly, a red faced, balding middle aged man got up and left the group, and walked at a clipped pace through the crowded restaurant and out onto the front sidewalk. The remaining group was stunned, but the silence was soon broken by the leading EVP who announced what everyone already knew: the Oldsmobile name would be abandoned and Saturn would take its place in the GM line up.

This scenario is, of course, fiction but it is representative of some of the behind the scenes jockeying that took place leading up to the decision for General Motors to lay the venerable Oldsmobile name to rest. Dealer buy outs, model shifting, and brand reassessment were all to dominate GM meetings for several years until the deed was finally completed.

In 1897, the Olds Motor Vehicle Company was formed in Lansing, Michigan by Ransom Eli Olds, a manufacturer of gasoline engine and Frank Clark, the son of a small carriage shop operator. From that point forward through the time that the company became part of General Motors and until the final car was shipped in 2004, the “Olds” represented American motor history like no other. It was that sense of history, nostalgia, and purpose that brought about the turmoil and anguish experienced by those affected by the brand’s demise.

GM’s decision to go with Saturn was not an easy one, but it was predicated on two things: the dealer network and brand potential. Saturn’s biggest plus has always been its “no haggle, no hassle” price policy. The sticker price on the car was the sticker price consumers paid. No need to enter into protracted and uncomfortable negotiations when purchasing a car, instead the atmosphere in a Saturn showroom was unlike any in the business: cordial, folksy, and friendly. Olds dealers, although given an opportunity to adopt the Saturn sales strategy, never could quite incorporate the Saturn way of thinking.

As far as brand potential, some felt that Oldsmobile had the better chance since Olds was a 100 year old name and Saturn barely 10 years old. Perhaps a generation ago that would have held true, but with the onslaught of new, foreign brands in the US market, customer loyalty for Olds had been eroding for quite some time. Not since the Cutlass dominated the line up in the late 1970s and early 1980s had a model captured the amount of sales that the Cutlass had. Indeed, a steep and steady drop in sales over the years exposed Olds’ weaknesses while Saturn was perceived by some as having the best chance of the two divisions of not only succeeding, but thriving.

Could Oldsmobile ever be resurrected? Never say “never”, but the logistics behind bringing Olds back make the possibility of that happening remote. As it stands right now, GM is looking at possibly cutting additional brands, such as Pontiac and Buick, each of which are considered to be at risk. Quite frankly, changing tastes and market conditions warrant a reduction in car lines, not an increase.

For Olds fans all of this is sad news. However, much like the retired Packard moniker, Oldsmobile will likely live on for a generation or more in the form of existing models on the road and in car clubs dedicated to the Olds name [they are legion]. Olds’ loss is Saturn’s gain and the division’s demise ultimately benefits General Motors as well as consumers.

Importance Of Evaporative Cooler Maintenance

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Evaporative cooler maintenance can keep your air coolers perfect even if you were using it for 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. The evaporative coolers need a major cleaning every season and also routine maintenance regularly during the entire cooling season.

The air cooler needs regular maintenance in places with hot climates because constant working of the air coolers leads to building up of unwanted sediments and minerals. You should replace the pads at least twice dur…

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Evaporative cooler maintenance can keep your air coolers perfect even if you were using it for 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. The evaporative coolers need a major cleaning every season and also routine maintenance regularly during the entire cooling season.

The air cooler needs regular maintenance in places with hot climates because constant working of the air coolers leads to building up of unwanted sediments and minerals. You should replace the pads at least twice during the entire cooling season or as frequent as once a month during its time of constant operation.

Correct evaporative cooler maintenance will make the coolers last longer and work more efficiently. To maintain the air cooler perfectly, you should clean and disinfect the cooler in every six months. To ensure good flow of air into the room, you should prevent the build-up of sediments, fungus and algae inside the air cooler by using water softeners. Make sure that you specially clean the filter pads and the basin present inside the air coolers. There are windblown dust and pollens that get accumulated in the basin, creating sludge and blocking the pumps, water distribution system and the filter pads. So the interiors of the air cooler should be cleaned at regular intervals.

Maintenance Tips Before Summer and After Summer

Evaporative cooler maintenance should be conducted regularly to keep the cooler disinfected and clean. Since air coolers are the major instruments to distribute air in a surrounding, and people will always be breathing that air, so it is very important that the air should be fresh and clean. The air can be fresh only when there is regular maintenance of the air cooler.

During summer, following are the ways:

* Remove all external weatherproof covers

* Remove the filer pads and clean them thoroughly with a water hose

* Clean all the waterways thoroughly including the sump and bleed-off systems

* Refit the filter pads, close the drain valves and open water inlet valves to allow the units to fill them with fresh water

Immediately after summer, clean the air coolers in the following ways:

* Disconnect all powers to the unit

* Take out all the sediments and slimes from the basin with a brush

* Let all the dirty water flow out from the tanks and pipes

* Clean the basin and water pump guards with a cloth soaked in diluted household disinfectants

* Dry the internal parts of the air cooler by running the fan

* Fit waterproof covers to external units

Easy Guidelines For Maintaining The Coolers

Evaporative cooler maintenance is not a difficult task and can be completed within very less time with minimum of assistance from external sources.

Following are some instant cooler maintenance tips:

* Shut off the power and water supply before you start to clean your air cooler

* Install new media pads at least twice during the entire season to prevent unnecessary clogging of dust, pollen, mildew and minerals from evaporated waters

* Remove the cooler drain tube in the reservoir pan and cleanse out all elements like silt, dissolved salt, stored dirty water, old pad fibers with nylon brushes and plastic scrapers.

* Check to see that the V-belt is not cracked.

* Rotate the motor and the blower wheels to check the correct working of the air cooler. Replace the wheels in case of any damages

* In case the water is not flowing smoothly through the side panels then clear the blockage by placing a flexible wire into the tube-end orifice.

So maintain your air cooler following the above-mentioned guidelines to enjoy fresh and healthy air.

Imagine This – Retractable Awnings

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Retractable awnings combine old-world craftsmanship and technology into a fantastic array of options.

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Retractable awnings combine old-world craftsmanship and technology into a fantastic array of options. Living in California? Retractable awnings with a sun sensor can keep your patio cool and shady whether you are home to open it or not. Living in Texas? The wind sensor offered by Retractable awnings can close the awning while the homeowner is at work when a summer storm blows up. High winds can tear an awning from the side of a house, but Retractable awnings with a wind sensor will close and keep the awning safe. Washington residents will enjoy the rain sensor that will close the retractable awning to prevent pooling of rainwater with enough awning pitch/angle.

Yet no matter where you live, the timer option lets you keep the afternoon sun off your porch in the late day when it’s hottest, but not in the morning when it’s pleasant. The timer is designed to let the homeowner enjoy the convenience worry-free. Retractable awnings can make a fantastic gift for homeowners to give themselves.

The wind, rain and sun sensors from Retractableawnings are a technological dream come true for the busy homeowner. He or she has so much to do between working, running errands, raising families and trying to enjoy quality time. Retractable awnings are more than an investment. They are the ideal in home improvement for every part of the country. The sensors offer freedom and convenience, both of which are at a premium in the modern world.

If that host of features did not make the Retractable awnings an attractive investment, then imagine not having to do detailed maintenance. They are made from the highest quality materials that do not rust or fade (within manufacturer’s warranty) and there are no mechanisms to oil. Basic cleaning requires a spray hose from time to time. Simplicity, itself.

Still not totally convinced? There are different types of awnings for different areas of the house. The lateral arm system is the best for families because it opens and closes over the head and is the very best choice for a deck or patio. There’s no fear of children running into the side arms. The canopy is ideal for windows and comes in multiple shapes like the dome and half-moon.

Retractable awnings reduce utility bills, improve appearance, and provide shade, as well as improve property values. Homeowners will enjoy a great exterior appearance that also raises the value of the house whether they plan to sell the property in the future or not. It’s not hard to imagine why Retractable awnings do well, but there are some who may yet hesitate over the expense.

Cool shade on a hot summer day is a priceless commodity in all parts of the country. A quiet place to enjoy a respite from the day during a warm spring shower is a priceless place. No fear or worries about a windstorm pulling it off the house when out of town, across town or even across the street is precious.

Imagine this; imagine the perfect home with the right color siding, great Retractable awnings and the sense of peace, security and hospitality that surrounds it. Retractable awnings fit into that image neatly. So for homeowners in Philadelphia, Cape Cod, Wilmington, Seattle, Los Angeles, Malibu, Dallas, Boise, Miami and Nashville, finding the perfect retractable awning has never been so simple.

The time to invest in Retractable awnings is late winter and very early spring. After the Retractable awnings are installed, kick back and enjoy the shade for barbecues, evening drinks on the patios or just quiet, lazy afternoons with cool ice tea and a good book to read. Install the possibilities with Retractable awnings and discover the softer side of summer.

Torch Roofing

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Torch Roofing

More popularly known as the rubberized asphalt, the torch roofing system is commonly used in flat roofs. Basically the concept of torch-applied roofing system involves melting asphalt using a torch to create an impermeable roof. However, torch applications are highly hazardous to both roofers and the public. Roofing workers may suffer serious burns from the torch and high temperatures can possibly start a fire. Most roofers are not insured for the fire hazard that’s involved in the application of this system. This is the main reason why most manufacturers no longer permit direct torch application to wood substrates. Still, in view of the overwhelming demand of torch roofing, roofers readily take on the job albeit the risks involved in its application.

The pervasive demand for torch-applied systems greatly influenced by the flexibility of applications under various weather conditions. In areas that have below-freezing temperatures, torch roofing is a welcome alternative since it can be applied under any weather condition. However, the relatively high figure of incidences of roof fires evidently caused by torching operations prompted several roofing contractors association to provide their members with group-funded insurance. This is also due to the fact that most insurance carriers refuse to provide insurance for building contractors who are offering torch roofing services.
Torch-related fires have significantly declined since the implementation of the National Torch Safety Program in 2003. However there are still some risks involved that still cannot be addressed by the training program. The bigger issue is the structural designs both in residential and commercial sectors, which are mostly wood frame constructions. The nature of materials used in buildings pose particular risks since they are highly susceptible to fire.

In Canada, the biggest construction loss occurred in Downsview, Toronto in the year 1999. An entire condominium complex with wood frame construction was practically reduced to ashes after accidentally ignited by a roofing worker’s torch. Such devastating events have caused roofing contractors to reject projects that require the use of the torch roofing system.

Since the risks associated in this type of application, manufacturers have come up with alternatives such as the cold-process roofing applications. Manufacturers have introduced self-adhering membranes that are available in the market nowadays to hopefully reduce the necessity to the use torch roofing systems. Although there is a demand for this application system, they are still restricted to warm-weather conditions. Indications show that torch roofing system will still be the prevalently preferred method. Hence, the safety and security in the use of this system will still be a cause of concern to contractors and insurance companies.

OK, Your Book is Printed … Now What!

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Many years ago when I worked in camera store, a customer came in one day with a very old roll of unexposed B&W film.

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Many years ago when I worked in camera store, a customer came in one day with a very old roll of unexposed B&W film. He wanted to buy a camera that would fit that type of film so he could use up the film. The film was so old, all camera manufactures had long since quite making cameras that would take that type of film. I explained to him that the roll of film was worth maybe $2.00 (if it was still any good) and suggested he throw out the old film and consider a new camera and wooowooo “color” film. He thanked and left with is old roll of film.

I think about this story quite often when I am dealing with authors and writers. They have such knowledge and enthusiasm for their ideas and topics, unfortunately many of them, especially new writers and authors seldom give little if any thought to who will be buying their books and where and how they will be getting them.

I often ask these writers, “who is going to be the recipient of your book?” Most writers simply tell me “they are going to sell them”. My next question is “where will you sell them?” Most people respond with “bookstores and the Internet”. Then the tough question, “and how are you going to go about doing this?” That’s when I get met with a blank stare.

Many writers, especially new ones, have often given little thought to where and how they are going to go about selling and distributing their books. When you think about it, most new authors and writers are so absorbed in their manuscripts they have little time to even think about selling their books, aside from a few fleeting thoughts. I tell all of them, the purpose of printing your own book is to get it into the hands of readers. Getting books into the hands of readers can be done many ways.

Some people write and print small runs of books, solely for immediate family and friends. Others have more lofty regional, national and international distribution ideas. Both ideas of getting books into reader’s hands are good, but one takes much more thought and much more work than the other, but both have the right idea.

I was interviewed by a television Creative Director a short time ago; she asked me “what advice could you pass along to anyone thinking about writing their first book.” My answer was immediate and definite “think about who the audience is for your book and how you will go about getting that book into the hands of your audience”. I went on to tell her, if every author thought about who their audience was, and how they were going to market their book, they would have a much better chance of having a more successful book project, that everyone would benefit more from … the author, the printer and most of all the readers.

What I hate seeing, are talented authors with wonderful manuscripts or books, trying to determine after the fact how and were they can sell their books. In many ways they are no different than the young man I encountered years ago who had a roll of film and was looking for a place to use it, the film, just like a manuscript … not matter how good it is, needs to have place for it to fit in.