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3 Signs You Need Roof Repair

May 30th 2013 | Home Improvements | 0 Comments

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You may have a roof over your head, but is that roof doing its job as well as it should be? The value of a strong, secure roof is immeasurable; not only does it provide protection against the elements, it increases the efficiency of your temperature regulation systems and adds to the curb appeal of your home. Discovering leaks in the middle a wild rainstorm is a sign – a big, flashing, neon sign – that you need roof repair from roofers in Dallas. But there are others that can help you keep the great outdoors out and your heating and cooling dollars in.

It is important to conduct a roof inspection annually at the minimum; you may want to do a quick check after major storms as well. Be on the lookout for:

Missing Shingles

When properly installed, shingle roofs can last for 30+ years. When you spot missing shingles, it does not necessarily mean the entire roof was poorly done. It does mean you have to act. Take a look at the problem spot: has the whole shingle come off, or has the top layer separated from the base layer? If this is the case, your roof is still protected, and you likely have no damage, apart from a non-uniform appearance. If you have a flat 3-tab shingle roof, then there is no protecting base layer, and you’ll have to replace the shingle immediately during a roof repair in Arlington, TX.

Curling Shingles

Curling shingles can be caused by improper installation of the sealing strip, improper nailing, or lack of attic ventilation. It is rarely wind-related, though that certainly can exacerbate the problem. When a shingle curls, it allows moisture to infiltrate and cause gradual damage to the interior of the building.

One more shingle note: if you notice granules (like sand but from the roof shingles) in your gutters, it indicates that the shingles may be “balding” or becoming too thin to offer adequate protection.

Interior Damage

Damage to the inside of the structure can often be the first sign we see of a problem, simply because most of us don’t hop up on the roof all that much. It is also indicative of a much larger issue, though, because the moisture has infiltrated the roof’s surface and has started to work on your home. Mold, mildew, and structural damage will follow is the root cause is not fixed.

To check for interior damage, go into your attic or top floor and inspect the walls and ceiling for dark spots, water damage, light shining through, sagging between rafters, or bowed boards. These are big warning signs that you cannot afford to ignore.

It is easy to put off home repair projects as other obligations come up, but a solid roof is a top priority. Repairing your roof will ultimately save you from having to complete more costly structural repairs to the roof and home, and it will save you each month when you get your heating and cooling bills. Your roof is your first line of protection against the elements; take care of it, and it will take care of you.

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Understanding Dental Implants

May 01st 2013 | Dental Healthcare | 0 Comments

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If your teeth are causing you extensive troubles, you probably don’t want to endure endless extractions and root canals. You’re probably tired of ongoing dental visits and bills, and with good reason, too. There is an easier way, and that way is to find a good dentist and talk to him/her about dental implants.

If you’re in Bastrop, Texas and need dental implants, for instance, your first step would be to find a good dentist in Bastrop, Texas. The right professional is key. Dental implants can be risky. Just as it is with any other surgery, it’s important that you be aware of your dentist’s strengths and weaknesses. Don’t avoid leaving a bad dentist for fear of seeming rude. Dental infections can become problematic very quickly. You can avoid potential disaster by finding a good dentist before you get dental implants.

Treat potential dentists like you would candidates for a job. Ask them about policies, success rates, etc. Don’t be scared. You won’t offend a good, confident doctor. If anything, s/he will be glad you’re involved in your own healthcare.

Once you’ve selected a good dentist for your purposes, you are ready for dental implants. Be sure that you talk to your dentist beforehand. This big procedure is complex, so it’s important to be sure you’re ready to undergo it. Ask questions, talk about cost, and be sure you can afford implants. If you think you can’t pay, your dentist’s office can work with you. Many offer payment plans, and banks tend to offer healthcare loans for people who need them.

More importantly, though, you need to stay on top of your post-op care. Surgery is performed in a more or less sterile environment, but infection is still a major risk afterwards. The mouth deals with a lot of bacteria, so you need to be very careful. A good dentist can help you do this and offer solutions to manage short-term pain as well.

Dental implants are an alternative to dentures, so before you select them, be sure that dentures are not for you. Your dentist can offer an extensive comparison, but some baseline factors include cost, care, and risk. Dental implants may cost more up front, but dentures cost more in terms of management – you need to buy cleaners and means to adhere them to the mouth surface. Implants may be easier to use eventually, but there is more of an infection risk as the implant procedure is more invasive than just getting dentures. Essentially, be sure you have considered all of your options before you commit to just one thing. A good dentist can be helpful in this search, and it isn’t something that needs to be taken lightly. With a good bit of care and concern, you can ensure you get the best dental implants for a good price and with minimal safety concerns. When you take time and don’t rush into a decision rashly, you’ll end up with a lifetime of good results and better living. Good luck looking!

Chad Byler, DDS, PA
201 Hunters Crossing Blvd. #16
Bastrop, Texas 78602
(512) 308-9860

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Maintaining Asphalt Shingles

April 03rd 2013 | Home Improvements | 0 Comments

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Today, asphalt shingles are the most commonly used material for housetops in the United States. They are affordable, fairly easy to install, and readily accessible, so it makes perfect sense that millions would choose them over the alternatives. While they carry a very impressive warranty, asphalt shingles are not likely to last two decades or more without a little bit of maintenance. An annual inspection can make a big difference in how your roofing performs in the years to come.

Just Take a Look A proper inspection starts on the ground. There are many roof problems that can be seen from solid land, with no need for a ladder. If you notice missing shingles, a warping of the surface of the roof, or something else amiss from this angle, then you can pretty much guess that the picture isn’t going to get better the higher you climb. It is best, if you spot trouble from the ground, to contact Houston, Texas roofers at http://www.houstonroofingcontractors.co/ and get some assistance. The good news, at this point is, that you have avoided climbing to dangerous heights to look over the roof. If, however, the roof looks good from where you stand, it might be a good idea to get the ladder from the garage. This service can be handled by roofers, but if you are up to the task, ensure that it is planted firmly on the ground and make your way to the top of your home. Again, you are looking for potential problems. This can include broken, twisted, or missing shingles. The flashing should also be carefully considered. The sheet metal plays an important role in keeping your home dry and if it has lifted or been damaged in any way, it should be addressed as soon as possible.

Even if the roof is in good condition, overall, you might note a buildup of debris – fallen twigs, leaves, or dirt. Algae and mold can also make a home of your shingles. If this is the case, then you will want to give your roof a good washing.

The first question that you want to ask yourself before you start cleaning is ‘do I see any algae or moss growth?’ If so, this will be the first problem to be addressed. Regular roofing cleaners will not do away with the algae, so you will have to invest in an herbicide product at your local home improvement store. It can be sprayed on with a pump sprayer and left to dry for several hours (the exact timeline should be outlined on the product’s container). Once it has dried, it can be swept away.

The next step is to wash down the sides of your home, as well as the patios, and gardens to ensure that the dried algae is not clinging to those surfaces. The water on the garden is also helpful during the cleaning of the roof, as it will further dilute any cleaner residue that is rinsed from the surface.

Roof cleaner can also be purchased at the home improvement store and should be applied with a pump sprayer or pressure washer. However, one must be careful not to pound the shingles with too much pressure because it could cause them to lift. Once the cleaner has been applied it will have to sit for a few minutes or even a couple of hours, depending on the manufacturer’s guidelines. Roofers in the Woodlands highly suggest that homeowners carefully read the directions before beginning the cleaning process as all products differ slightly.

The final step is to rinse the cleaner from the roof. It is best to point the sprayer upward and allow a ‘rainfall’ of water to rinse the surface rather than pointing it directly at the shingles. Once rinsed, the roof should be ready to withstand another long period of torment, until you next scheduled inspection comes around.

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5100 Westheimer # 200-A1
Houston, TX 77056
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Food Photographers in Texas

August 26th 2012 | Food Photography Tips | 0 Comments

Tips for Amazing Food Photos
So you decided that you want to become a food photographer – congratulations, but be ready for a lot of learning. It takes a great deal of practice, and a lot of research, to be able to become a photographer who can truly make food shine in a photo. Often a professional Dallas food photographer will have studied for years underneath an already established food photographer before they go on their own. That doesn’t mean that you have to give up your dream of becoming a food photographer. Texas novices have certainly done it with style in the past, but it does mean that you need to do a great deal of practicing and learn a lot before you can offer your services to the public. Here are a few tricks that should help you on your journey to becoming a great food photographer.

Tricky Tricks
Let’s start with the basics – angles. A straight on photo of a cheeseburger looks appealing, but is it appealing enough? What if you were to add some fries to the photo and to shoot the photo of the cheeseburger through the fries, with the fries out of focus in the foreground and the burger in focus the background? Will the photo work? You’ll have to try it, but it is definitely a photo that you will not find anywhere else, and that is one thing that you need to think about when you’re shooting photos of food.

In order to get your photos the attention that they will eventually deserve, you need to shoot at various angles. The best way to practice is to create one – and to shoot it in as many different angles as you can possibly imagine. When you’re editing the photos you will discover which angles worked, and which angles did not. Then, create an entirely different dish and do the same thing. Yes, this can take a while but it is one of the best ways to truly learn the art of food photography.
Cut things up! A photo of a cake sitting on a pedestal may be appealing, but even more appealing is a photo of a slice of the cake. Why is that more appealing? Because you can actually see inside the cake. You can see what you would be eating if you were to actually have that cake in front of you right now, which definitely makes it more appealing. You will find almost anything looks better if you cut it up when you take a photo of it. Even a photo of vegetables will look better if they are sliced up rather than if they are not.

And finally, don’t be afraid to cheat. Freshman photographers cheat all the time – do you really think a couple that is cutting their wedding cake is captured perfectly without posing for it? The same is true in the food photography industry. An artist who wants to make food in San Antonio look hot may take a few wet cotton balls and microwave them, hiding them behind the photo in order to create the effect of steam. Do a little research and you’ll find a bunch of different ways you can cheat when it comes to your food photography.

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Know Your Roofing Terms Before You Sign a Contract

June 18th 2012 | Austin TX | 0 Comments

Before you chose a roofing crew to re-roof your house, it’s important to know a bit about the roofing industry so you can talk with your roofers. Austin, TX, professionals will tell you that a bit of knowledge will go a long way toward ensuring you get the right roof to meet your needs. Here are a few terms that may help.

Barge Board – While it may be just a finishing touch, barge board is just as important as any other part of your roof. It’s a great way to cover the ends of roof timbers, as well as complete the overall job. This is one of the last things your roofers will do.

Beam – This one may make sense to many. It’s the structural component your Cedar Park, TX, roofing crew will place on your roof if you don’t already have them. Pitched roofs most often require these longer pieces of wood for a little bit of extra support during the roofing process, but other roofs may require them as well.

Cornice – This term sounds fairly decorative, and it is. It’s the overhang of the roof. You can see the roof’s cornice when you glance at a home, and many roofing crews will help to emphasize this pretty part of the roof with some decorative trim.

Eave – If the water doesn’t drip from the edge of your roof, it could seep beneath the shingles, and that could cause major water damage and call for additional roofing repairs. The eaves essentially function as a drip edge on a roof, and your roofing crew will take special care with this area.

Fascia – This one is just a fancy name for a very flat board. It offers a clean edge to the cornice of your home. Any roof would certainly look a bit more bare without this addition, and it could also create the potential for water damage if your Bee Cave roofers left it off.
Flashing – This is a metal material, and many roofing companies add it to some areas of the roof before they actually add the shingles. The metal strips help to make a water tight barrier in the event of leakage.

Rafter – These run perpendicular to the aforementioned beams. They make up the main structure on which your roofers will begin the foundation for your new roof. In most cases, the beams will already be part of your home. The roofers won’t actually be installing them.

Soffit – This is the underside of your eaves. There are typically vents under here to allow a bit of extra ventilation into the house so the attic area doesn’t get quite as hot as it otherwise might.

Truss – Beams and rafters make up the main support system for your roof, and the truss is part of that support network. These are large triangles that help hold the beams and rafters up, and as with the other pieces, your roofers probably won’t be actually laying these in place when they work on your roof.

Learning more about the terminology your roofers use may help you have a better understanding of the job at hand.

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What Makes Your Eyelashes so Amazing

November 10th 2011 | Health | 0 Comments

They are beautiful, without a doubt, but what really makes long lashes worthwhile? Though nearly everyone has a set, very few people truly understand the importance that lashes play in keeping the body safe and healthy.

Preventing Injury and Infection Most importantly, eye lashes keep the eyes safe from debris, foreign objects, sunlight, and sweat. These outside elements could be very detrimental to the sensitive eye tissue and a minor injury to this bodily organ could lead to more serious complications later in life, which could ultimately affect one’s ability to see properly.

In addition, the catching of the debris can prevent the transfer of bacteria from those objects to the eye. Bacteria can lead to an infection, which can quickly spread once it has reached the eye. With a directly link to the blood stream, the eyes could very easily serve as a porthole for bacterial infection.

Think Like a Cat Have you ever noticed how sensitive a cat’s whiskers are. Though they may be just long hair, they can tell the animal a great deal about his or her environment. In much the same way, human eyelashes work to alert the body of potential airborne contaminants and if you have ever questioned their sensitivity, just look how quickly they react when touched. The jerk reaction is what keeps the eye safe when something flies at it. Closing the lid is the primary source of defense against injury.

Health Indicators Though it may seem odd, doctors can actually use eyelashes as a gauge of health in some instances. If they begin to fall out at an unusual rate, it can be a sign that something more serious is occurring within the body. For some, eyelash growth is stunted or stops completely. For those individuals, there is the option to consider Austin Latisse application to grow full, thick lashes.

Creating a First Impression With all of the advancements made in recent years to help men and women improve their physical appearance, it should come as no surprise that beauty matters. It takes only mere seconds for one person to make a first judgment about another. Physical appearance is one of the most important factors in that first impression. Long, thick, full eyelashes are considered a sign of beauty. They can also be interpreted as a sign of a person who takes care of or herself, who is confident, and who takes pride in or herself. They help with non-verbal communication and undoubtedly help create an excellent first impression, which matter substantially when on a date, in an interview, or when giving a presentation. If you think that your physical appearance is not making the right statement, discuss Latisse and other cosmetic options with an hCG doctor.

It is very clear that these tiny hairs make a big difference. For this reason they should be treated with respect. Eye makeup should be washed away before bed each evening and applied evenly whenever warn to prevent damage to or accidental removal of lashes.

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Austin, TX 78746
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It’s Not Just Wrinkles that Concern Us as We Age

January 13th 2011 | Dental Healthcare | 0 Comments

While millions of Americans spending many of their waking moments fretting about the new lines and wrinkles that adorn their once youthful faces, they are overlooking something that could be giving away their age even more notably. After all, it isn’t just the skin that ages along with the person, teeth also show the wear and tear of years of use. Yellowing, decaying, and cracking happen over time, until one day a person wakes up to look in the mirror at a smile that is no longer the one that he or she remembers. So, what can a person do to prevent this tell-tale sign of aging? Technically, there are several things that will help you keep your pearly whites nice, pearly, and white.

Prevent Erosion and Decay You have likely heard it since the first day of grade school, if not before. You must brush your teeth and see the dentist regularly! There is good reason that the American public so adamantly ingrains this way of thinking into its youth. Brushing, flossing, and regular dental care helps to ensure that teeth stay clean and decay free. But that isn’t all that factors into keep your smile intact. Food and beverage choices greatly impact how white, clean, and bacteria free teeth remain. Avoiding an abundance of sugary, dark colored foods can help maintain white teeth that are free of decay. Chewing sugarless gum is also beneficial, as it help to remove food particles that may have gotten stuck in the teeth and also produces saliva, which helps wash away bacteria and neutralizes the acid levels. Increased acid levels lead to increased rates of decay.

Halt the Daily Grind Grinding teeth in your sleep or otherwise wears them down faster so they become more susceptible to cracking. In the same manner, avoid biting down on overly hard materials, such as corn kernels, which can catch weaker teeth off guard and cause painful splits that must be professionally repaired. Cracks in the teeth are also more susceptible to stains, which means tooth whitening will need to be done more often to maintain a crystal clean look.

Gum, Gum, Gum As stated before, chewing gum can play a large part in keeping the mouth clean and bacteria free, but that isn’t the only type of gum that plays a part in dental health. Many people become so concerned with keeping their teeth white, that they completely overlook the gums. This soft tissue that holds the teeth in place is just as susceptible to problems — if not more so – as the teeth. That means that brushing shouldn’t be focused just on the whites, make sure that a gentle brush is used to wipe away plaque and food build up on the gums. Also, be sure to floss regularly, as this pulls away plaque that builds up between the teeth making the mouth more susceptible to gum disease and decay.

Bright White There is, last but not least, the matter of keeping an extra white smile. Yellowing teeth are a very big indicator of age. A cosmetic dentist can do a professional whitening to bring the color back to its original pristine look, but you can also prevent staining through food choices (mentioned above) and regular professional cleanings.

About the Author: Bobby Milton has worked in the dental industry for over 20 years and writes and lectures on many different dental topics

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Looking For Professional Teeth Whitening And Emergency Dentists

January 12th 2011 | Dental Healthcare | 0 Comments

When you need an emergency dentist to put in dental implants, your best bet is to start searching the listings in local phone books or to check with an online search engine. Finding a reliable dentist is important, especially if they have to do an emergency procedure. Having a tooth fall out, get chipped, or become inflamed is no fun, but having a procedure done incorrectly would be even worse.

Start looking for a dentist in Austin before an emergency happens. Regardless of whether you are accident prone, or just looking for someone to check your teeth, it is a good idea to have a plan set in place before an emergency can occur. Know what your dentists offer, and how well they will respond to an incident needing immediate attention. This will give you peace of mind if an accident or incident does occur.

In other cases you may not be looking for someone who can handle an emergency. If you are looking for professional teeth whitening, for instance, your method of searching for a dentist may be entirely different. There are several options when it comes to having your teeth whitened. You’ve most likely seen the toothpaste boxes that suggest they’ll help you get whiter teeth. You’ve probably seen the commercials for professional teeth bleaching. You may have even heard of light activated whitening systems and laser whitening. There are many procedures that can help you get whiter teeth and a smile you aren’t afraid to show. Which method would you prefer?

Research the different types of systems available to you, then search for a dentist that offers the systems that best match your preferences. Determine whether or not the dentist has reliable credentials, and whether their personality makes for a good fit. Getting along with your dentist will make visits go much more smoothly. Once you have contacted a dentist with the procedures you are interested in, arrange a time to sit down with them and ask questions. What are the conditions needed to treat the tooth? How comfortable are they doing the procedure? Do they have anyone they can refer you to who has recently had the procedure? What steps will you need to take to ensure the procedure is safe and effective? Ask them any questions you may have thought of in your earlier searches but didn’t have answers to.

Finding a dentist in an emergency can be a painstaking task. If you take steps to ensure you already have a dentist in place, the job of finding a dentist is one less task to consider during a major tooth ache. When you look for a dentist, whether you want dental implants or professional teeth whitening, you should be sure to check their history to see what sort of training they’ve had and how well the procedures have gone in the past. Cross-reference their prices with the costs of other dentists. Find a dentist you work well with, so a surgical procedure will go over much more smoothly.

About the Author: Denver Smith has extensive experience in the dental field and actively consults in this industry

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