The Importance of Roof Vents

What is a roof vent and what does it do? Does every home have one, and if not, should you get one? The answer is yes! The role of the roof vent is often underplayed and looked over by homeowners. However, a roof vent plays a critical role of protecting the lifespan of your roof and attic.

As a roofing company we highly advise you to check out this article and contact us to continue the discussion of figuring out what’s best for your roof!

http://www.homeadvisor.com/r/roof-vents/#.WNwydRIrJsMRoof Vents – What to Know About Protecting Your Home | HomeAdvisor The relationship between the roof and attic is one that many homeowners don’t understand. Some homeowners have heard that their roofs may not have adequate ventilation and think someone is trying to get them to sink a bunch of money into a superfluous home improvement project. In fact, roof vents are critical to extending the life of your roof, especially in newer homes. Given that putting in a new roof tends to be the most expensive home improvement installation of a home’s lifetime, protecting your roof is a vital piece of responsible homeownership.

You may have learned that older homes have little, if any, roof ventilation and seem to be holding up just fine. Older homes tend to have inferior weatherstripping, window insulation, and generally are not as airtight. This makes for extremely low energy-efficiency, but enough overall air circulation to combat the lack of roof ventilation. Upgrading your insulation and putting in replacement windows will dramatically cut down on your utility costs, but it may also create a ventilation problem. Condensation may begin to form on your windows and moisture may begin to infiltrate your roof as well, causing ice dams or rot on the roof frame. To circumvent this problem, adequate roof ventilation in the form of some type of roof vent is absolutely necessary.

If you have cathedral ceiling, roof ridge vents is the roof ventilation system of choice, but any number of roof vent systems can be generally effective. Roof vents include roof ridge vents, soffit vents, and gable vents. Each of these vents have slightly different designs themselves but can also overlap. For example, a soffit vent is a type of ridge vent, but ridge vents don’t necessarily have to be installed at your roof soffits. Studies are notoriously unreliable, as they are conducted in controlled, laboratory settings that often don’t play out in real homes. Older roof ridge vents would allow blowing snow to enter your attic space, causing structural damage. That problem was fixed. The technology is getting better and better, but we still don’t know anywhere near everything about roof ventilation. One of the only things you can trust is that any roof ventilation system will be better than no ventilation in modern homes.

Hip roofs can be more difficult to ventilate than other roof designs. The long continuous roof area makes for naturally more difficult ventilation, but it also makes ventilation more important. Soffit vents and a power attic fan tend to work best in combination, and although ridge vents and attic fans can interfere with each other and reduce efficiency, they still get the job done. If you need to install any kind of roof ventilation and especially hip roof vents, you should talk to multiple contractors. You may be discouraged if you find their suggestions contradict one another. They may both have valid points for your particular roof and local climate conditions. Try to find a roofing contractor who seems to have a good sense of how roofs work in general and one who is keeping up the latest roof ventilation research. Again, we may discover in another ten years a comprehensive roof vent system, but you can’t wait that long. Different systems may have different pros and cons, but installing roof vents now can help extend the life of roof and attic.

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DIY Tips and Tricks for Plumbing

Usually when you give us a call that means you’re in need of professional care for sewer repair. But what if we told you that there are tips and tricks you could implement yourself to upkeep your plumbing system? For minor problems, try dabbling with these tips. And if things get too messy, give us a call! We’re happy to provide our services.

http://www.homeadvisor.com/r/plumbing-problems-solutions/#.WNwxyxIrJsMHouse Plumbing Problems & Solutions | Kitchen Sink Plumbing Most homeowners are no stranger to common house plumbing problems. While a professional opinion is never a bad thing, not wanting to call a plumber for every little issue is understandable. Your plumbing is a big part of how comfortable your home feels. Small problems like leaky faucets and clogged drains can turn into big headaches if left unchecked. Don’t let a stopped sink stop you. There are many small problems you may be able to fix without hiring a pro!

Since the pipes are easily accessible, and there is generally some space to work with, bathroom or kitchen sink plumbing is a desirable place to start for a DIY. The best part about fixing plumbing yourself is the amount of money you can save. While purchasing a new sink is expensive, the parts that generally wear and cause problems are pretty cheap.

In an entire house plumbing system, water flow can be hindered in many ways. A stopped drain in a bathroom or kitchen sink plumbing system, however, is often the result of a clogged pipe. There is a pipe underneath your sink that has an “elbow” in it designed to trap objects and debris. Its usefulness has been demonstrated in many a sitcom by being the place where a wedding ring that goes down the drain is found. The elbow is also where many clogs form. If you’ve already tried chemical drain cleaners (which should be your first effort) with no results, it’s worth the time to remove the elbow to make sure it is clear. You’ll want to put a pan underneath it to catch the water that will spill out.

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Dancing may offset some effects of aging in the brain study says

Most of us have always loved dancing, whether or not we were even good at it. It’s such a wonderful thought to know that even at an older age, the benefits of dancing are essential. Dancing tends to remind us of when we were younger and exhibits a great energy that allows us to let loose and forget about any troubles we may be experiencing. Whether you are in senior living, a nursing home, or even a retirement community here in Colorado, reading about the effects of dancing on an aging brain could be helpful and uplifting! Read more…

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“Older adults often ask how they can keep their brain healthy,” said lead researcher Aga Burzynska. “Dance may end up being one way to do that for the white matter.”

 

Indiana University Bloomington to launch new Master of Architecture program

 

Starting in the fall of 2018, there will be a new Master of Architecture degree program in the Midwest. Indiana University Bloomington (IU) will offer the degree from the campus’s new School of Art and Design. The primary focus of the program will be in Columbus, Indiana, the modernist playground located south of Indianapolis. Read more…

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In architecture, education is paramount. Our profession is a balanced mix of creativity and engineering. I’m thrilled to see such a great school like IU add this masters program to their curriculum. I’m looking forward to seeing the creativity and work produced through this midwest architecture program. Good luck to the future students!

Tooth Whitening 101

As your preferred Highlands Ranch dentist office we know that our job is to give you the best smile possible. Often, that includes recommending regimens such as whitening your teeth. Not sure how it works or how to move forward? Here’s an article to help you out!

What is Tooth Whitening? Details on Tooth Whitening Methods and Procedures

http://www.colgate.com/en/us/oc/oral-health/cosmetic-dentistry/teeth-whitening/article/tooth-whitening Tooth whitening lightens teeth and helps to remove stains and discoloration. Whitening is among the most popular cosmetic dental procedures because it can greatly improve how your teeth look. Most dentists perform tooth whitening.

What It’s Used For

The outer layer of a tooth is called the enamel. The color of natural teeth is created by the reflection and scattering of light off the enamel, combined with the color of the dentin under it. Your genes affect the thickness and smoothness of the enamel. Thinner enamel allows more of the color of the dentin to show through. Having smoother or rougher enamel also affects the reflection of light and therefore the color.

Every day, a thin coating (pellicle) forms on the enamel and picks up stains. Tooth enamel also contains pores that can hold stains.

The most common reasons for teeth to get yellow or stained are:

Aging makes teeth less bright as the enamel gets thinner and the dentin becomes darker.

It is also possible to have stains inside the tooth. These are called intrinsic stains. For example, intrinsic stains can be caused by exposure to too much fluoride as a child while teeth are developing. Other causes include tetracycline antibiotics. They can stain a child’s teeth if taken by a mother during the second half of pregnancy or by a child who is 8 years old or younger. Teeth are still developing during these years. Trauma may also darken a tooth. See more…

Benefits of Commercial Metal Roofs

As roofing contractors we are always looking for new ways to bring you the latest and greatest. With spring here and summer around the corner, it may be time to consider updating your roof. Have you ever thought about metal? Though underrated, metal roofs can actually provide multiple benefits to you and your building.

Let us know your thoughts about metal roofs.

http://technofaq.org/posts/2017/03/the-benefits-of-commercial-metal-roofs-at-affordable-prices/The Benefits of Commercial Metal Roofs at Affordable Prices | Techno FAQ  Large scale businesses and industries would never invest in cheap roofing systems, and will always install the best quality metal sheet roofs for extra strength, protection and durability. But now this trend is being copied by the medium and small scale commercial buildings too. The strength of sheet metal roofs has been proven with time and aging, and people have seen that these last longer. Hence, many small scale businesses are also getting metal roofs these days for their offices.The number of commercial buildings, both big and small, with metal roofs is now increasing across the whole of Texas.

There are a lot of advantages of metal roofs over concrete roofs, and they are as follows:

-A big reason to get metal roofing is to increase the aesthetic value of the buildings, and also get special features that are possible only with metal roofing. You get lots of designs in the exterior for styling and show. Hence, the building as a whole looks great.

-Well weather coated and treated metal roofs only need little maintenance. You just need to periodically check that the coating has not worn off. Being maintenance free, it will also relieve you from labor costs and a separate quota in budget for roof repairs every few years. A well built metal commercial roof will last for more than 5 decades without constant care, repairs and little maintenance. Read more…

 

Faucets Making Noises?

Is your faucet too loud? Have you ever thought about doing something about it? Here at Go Direct we focus on plumbing repair , including issues like such. You may be intrigued to fix it yourself, but don’t rush to such a decision. It may be best to hire a plumber. Know your the causes and options before tackling the monster yourself!

http://www.homeadvisor.com/r/faucets-make-noise/#.WNwZWxLyvR0Loud Faucets & How to Repair | HomeAdvisor  Do your faucets bang and grumble when you turn them on? Do the sounds coming from behind your wall make you nervous when you’re running a bath? Not to worry. Here’s a quick list to help you identify the cause of your faucets’ noises.

If your pipes are too small, distributing water can result in screeching or banging coming from your faucet. In new homes, this is simply a case of small piping. If you have an older home, you could have mineral build up in your pipes restricting your flow. In either case, it’s best to hire a plumber to take a look. If you do have smaller piping or build up, you may need to install new pipes.

Most likely, a loose washer within your faucet itself is causing your noises. Tightening or replacing your washer will eliminate the unwanted sounds. If your faucet continues to make noise, check your washer seat. A clogged seat will cause a humming or whistling sound. Via homeadvisor.com

Understanding What’s Inside Your Mouth

As one of the top Highlands Ranch dental offices, we care about educating our patients. Taking care of your teeth goes beyond just flossing and brushing twice a day, it calls for understanding the other parts of your mouth as well. To help you learn about the mouth’s role and how the various parts work together, here is an article breaking down each function.

Beyond Teeth – What’s Inside Your Mouth – Dental Health Center – EverydayHealth.com

http://www.everydayhealth.com/dental-health/101/beyond-your-teeth.aspxYour mouth is made up of more than just teeth, so good oral health goes beyond simply brushing and flossing. In addition to your teeth, your mouth is made up of gums, oral mucosa, the upper and lower jaw, the tongue, salivary glands, the uvula, and the frenulum. All of these structures play an important role when it comes to good dental health and are routinely examined when you receive dental care.

The Oral Mucosa

When you open your mouth and look in the mirror, everything that isn’t a tooth is covered by a protective lining called the oral mucosa, which is a mucous membrane similar to the mucous membranes that line your nostrils and inner ears.

The Gums

Your gums are the pinkish tissue that surrounds and supports your teeth. Also covered by oral mucosa, gums play a critical role in your oral health. Healthy gums are firm, cover the entire root of the tooth, and do not bleed when brushed, poked, or prodded. Gum disease can ultimately lead to tooth loss, so taking care of your gums by flossing daily is just as essential to dental care as brushing your teeth.

The Upper and Lower Jaw

Your jaws give your face its shape and your mouth the structure it needs for chewing and speech. Human jaws are made up of several bones: The upper jaw contains two bones that are fused to each other and to the rest of your skull, while the lower jawbone is separate from the rest of the skull, enabling it to move up and down when you speak and chew. Read more…

 

 

 

 

Early Spring Allergies Are Here But We Can Help

The winter in the Denver area has been much lighter than usual, in terms of precipitation and coldness and that has brought on earlier spring plant growth. This might be a good thing if you are a gardener but it isn’t as good if you are suffering from allergies.

http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/local-news/plants-blooming-weeks-ahead-of-schedule-in-much-of-coloradoGot allergies? Plants blooming weeks ahead of schedule in much of Colorado – 7NEWS Denver TheDenverChannel.com DENVER – Allergies bugging you a little earlier than usual? That’s because spring plant growth is several weeks ahead of schedule this year.

The National Phenology Network tracks seasonal changes in plants and animals around the country and its latest ‘Spring Leaf Index’ data show plants along the Front Range and in the eastern plains of Colorado are leafing out about 20 days earlier than what is normal for the area.

Those areas of the state are also experiencing drought conditions due to the recent string of unusually warm, dry weather.

As seen in the map below, much of the southern portion of the country is running ahead of schedule (dark red is 20 days early and dark blue is 20 days late).

The Colorado Rockies and the western slope are mostly seeing typical plant activity, as snowfall in the mountains has been above average so far this year.

Parts of the West Coast that have had a very cold, wet winter are lagging several weeks behind schedule. Read more…

If your allergies are getting the best of you this season we at Pasterkamp Heating and Air Conditioning can help you improve your indoor air quality.

Hit by hail? Here are Watchdog’s tips to hire an honest roofer | Watchdog | Dallas News

Spring is here and so are the spring hail storms. Hail struck northern Dallas this last Sunday and damaged homes, buildings, and cars. For those who were affected now is the time to assess the damages and take care of your home.

There are a lot of options but they are not all created equal. Unfortunately, scammers come out after the hail and will try and take advantage of you. It is important to do your research when you are choosing a roofing company. Check out these tips from Dallas News on picking an honest roofer.

http://www.dallasnews.com/news/watchdog/2017/03/27/hit-hail-watchdog-tips-hire-honest-rooferHit by hail? Here are Watchdog’s tips to hire an honest roofer | Watchdog | Dallas News Texas also doesn’t require that contractors and roofers provide workers’ compensation for employees or general liability insurance. Reputable companies do. If they don’t, that’s a warning sign.

Use Internet search engines to drill deep into the backgrounds of prospective hires. Use Google to check their names and their company names with these words in separate searches: “rip-off,” “complaint” and “scam.” Are others complaining about them?

In the many towns and cities that make up North Texas, there are dozens of reputable companies with long histories. You want one of them.

Get at least three bids from contractors. A low bid is not necessarily the best pick. See more…

JNT Developers is a fully bonded and insured roofing company.  We have provided replacements for thousands of customers across the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. We are happy to prove our honesty to you and will gladly handle all of your Dallas roof repair needs.