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Useful Tips After Changing Offices

There’s a lot more to do than just unpack after you’ve moved into a new space. Moving to a new office can contribute to stress which you already have in the first place. Getting organized after you’ve settled on your new space can save you time and energy. 

 

When you start panicking if whether or not you’ve missed something, you need only think about what you prepared for before you moved. Things like important documents, files, furniture, computers, appliances, etc., basically what you have in your previous office, are some of the things you can check on your own. The rest can be taken cared for by professionals. Use these helpful tips to be guided on how to be effective after moving into a new place. 

 

Check for safety 

Using the space immediately after unpacking without checking the lighting, wirings, and plumbing when they have outflows or breaches can be extremely dangerous. Although accidents are inevitable, they can be prevented. Before moving into your new office space, walk the premises with anyone from the building department to assure the area is safe and ready for the job. Check the switches, faucets, bulbs, and other essentials. 

 

Additional furniture 

Some furniture will have to be left behind especially if their size will not permit them to be moved to a smaller office. Planning with a good furniture company before and during the move can greatly help. You can coordinate with them to carefully plan the furniture you need the office to have and they can also suggest which types best suit the new workspace you have. After all the planning and installation are done, the need for additional furniture still can come up. Contact your local furniture company to get assistance. You might even be eligible to ask for a discount after availing of their service.  Some Kansas City office furniture is a great place to start.  

 

IT professionals 

IT technicians are crucial in making your new office usable. Computers, servers, telephone lines, and internet connections are their language. It is equally important to have them around during and after they have successfully installed your tech stuff and tools. Some wires may have to be re-installed, cables to be re-wired or computers to be re-programmed after the move. Should any issue arise, it will be truly helpful to have IT around.  

 

New business cards 

A change in business address means a change in business cards as well. Update your business cards so people can find you better. Provide precise location of your new address in your social media and business pages as well so your business partners, clients, companies you are a member of, organizations, service providers, friends, and family can discover you best. 

 

A lot of preparations are needed when changing office addresses. From planning to the actual move out and even after that, a lot of things need to be considered in order to have a successful transfer. Follow this simple guide and to have a more seamless move-out.  

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What Make a Good Repair Shop?

There are a lot of great mechanics and repair shops out there but it is important to leave our vehicles in the hands of approved and licensed experts. It is important that we do research and have a checklist in order to know if we really found the right people to do the job. It is also important that we know how to maintain our car to avoid problems. 

 

  1. All in one service – it is important that the shop doesn’t only repairs cars but provides different kinds of services for the customers to choose from for their convenience to go elsewhere. Auto repair in Patchogue provides different kinds of service at an affordable price. 

 

  1. Certified Technicians – it is important that the company hires somebody that is knowledgeable and highly skilled to do the job. Who has undergone training and has taken exams in order to qualify for the job. They should be able to show up to date certificates to assure the customer that they are suited for the job.
     

 

  1. BBB accredited – when running a business it is a must and a plus to be accredited by the better business bureau in that way customers would know that you are providing only quality and exceptional services at a reasonable price.  

 

  1. Licensed and Insured – it is important that a company is legally allowed to run and operate a business they should have licensed and permitted from the government. It is an assurance for the customers and also for them. It is also important that the company is insured to whatever damages or accidents may happen.
     

 

  1. Multiple locations – a good repair shop can expand their reach for the customer it is nice to have them from different locations so they can help you no matter where you are. It is also great if they offer services that can help you pick up and deliver your car in case that you are busy.  

 

  1. Reasonable price – it is important that the company charges on what is said on their website they should be reliable in order that customers can trust them. It would also be great for their longtime customers if they would have set promotions from time to time.
     

 

  1. Locally owned and operated – it is nice to have a repair service that is locally owned and operated in that way you would really know how they value their customers and build a great relationship.
     

 

  1. Reliable – it is important that the company delivers on the said time that they promised the customer. Their vehicles are very important in their daily life and there shouldn’t be any delay because if that happens customers will be left unsatisfied.  

 

  1. Professional staffs – it is important that the company and its staffs act professionally especially when handling their customer. They might be facing upset and angry customers it is important that they know how to deal with it calmly and correctly.  

 

  1. Great referrals – you would know a great company from the customer’s feedback and referrals the more people that are satisfied the more you know you made the right decisions. 
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Conservatory Glass Roofing

Who wouldn’t want a perfect view of the night sky while staying indoors? Yes! I’m talking about a roof made of glass. When we go to luxurious malls, airport, hotels, some of them, if not most, have glass anchorage roofing, we cannot help ourselves be overwhelmed by it. We cannot deny it outstanding effect of the interior elegance. Although it more costly than other types of roofing, you might want to consider after knowing its advantages.

Glass Roofing

Before I tell you its advantages, let me tell you first some of its disadvantages. One disadvantage is that it requires extreme care upon installation. Having professionals to do the job is the best option. You also need to consult to an architect if having a roof glass be fine with you considering structural and location factors. Another disadvantage is the ventilation but I believe it can be easily resolved. Maintenance and repairs might be costly.

Now, let’s proceed to its advantages:

Solar Control

Solar control glasses reduce heat that passes through the conservatory. This is perfect for those who enjoy a little heat from sunlight.  Also, during cold weather, its insulation keeps the interior of the house warm enough. That means you can have comfortable temperature all year long.

Energy-Efficiency

Since it has an adaptable temperature conditions, bills for heating or cooling will be cut down.

No Leaks

No one wants a leaking roof. Although roof leakage is sometimes inevitable, glass roofing will never leak (unless you break it good).

Self-Cleaning

Rain washes off dirt on your roof, so you don’t have to worry about becoming a part-time spiderman climbing on top your roof just to have it clean. Thus, there will be fewer accidents from falling off the house roof.

Reduced Rain Noise

I love rain. I love how it sounds on the metal roof, on the asphalt road, and on the pond. But the sound of rain on a glass roof is another experience. Do you know what I mean?

Natural Day Light

Another energy efficiency factor! Maximizing indoor light, without using or with less use of electric lights, cuts down your electric bill. It also gives you a natural experience with that of being outdoors. Imagine yourself reading a book under a glass roof. Again, do you know what I mean?

Best View

This is the last one on this list but never the least! In fact, this is the main reason why anyone would consider having a glass roof. Night sky, stars, moon, sunrise, sunset, and even rain! These are natural stress relievers. A home should be the place where we feel secure and where we can rest. Adding these views in our home is priceless. Just imagine the countless scenarios you can have under a glass roof.

Imagine not only the scenarios where you are doing something you like but also the scenarios where you are with someone you love – your family, friends, and lover, and even being alone with yourself. This is the part where you’ll agree with me – it is worth it.

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White, Blue, and Green Roofs

This might be new to our ears, aside from the commonly known aksteelking.com roofing types such as asphalt shingles, slate and tile shingles, metal roofing, and flat roof, there is actually roof types named before colors – green, blue, and white roof. Well, we can always call any type of roof as blue roof if it is painted blue, green roof if painted green and white if painted white. But obviously, that’s not what we are going to talk about. These types of roofs might have something to do with its name, but they’re more than colors.

Roofs

Let’s start first with the white roof.

White Roof 

White roof is also known as cool roof. It is painted with white coating that reflects sunlight up to 90%. It can bend during hot days because of its elastic property. Its solar reflecting property gives numerous benefits. Reflecting light means cooler building which minimizes energy use 10% to 40%, thus saving money from air conditioning. Since it lowers waste energy of ACs and other machines, it also lowers down the smog and CO2, which mainly causes global warming and climate change. Aside from these, having a cooler roof extends the roof life span because it prevents warping and cracking thus reduces roofing waste (another plus for the environment).

However, there are new studies that disputes it effect on the environment. Yes, it reflects light and heat, but that is not always a good thing. These suggest that the “cool” temperature is only in the roof level. Reflected heat is actually directed into atmosphere and is then mixed with black and brown soon particles which contribute even more to global warming. It might lower the waste energy from the air conditioning but not more than on how it increases the heat in the atmosphere. Aside from that, having cooler roof collects moisture on the surface of the roof thus inversely affects the algae growth.

Blue Roof

Blue roof is designed to hold rainwater temporarily during a rainstorm. This is best applicable to urbanized cities that have combined sewers. Keeping the rain water from reaching the sewers prevents the sewers from overflowing. Blue roof will then slowly release the rain water when the sewers are already capable of receiving it without overflowing. This protects the local streams, ponds, oceans, or other natural resources like fishes and vegetation from being contaminated.

Green Roof

Green roof is a type of roof that is completely or partially topped with vegetative layer, hence it is also known as living roof. It requires layers such growing medium and drainage layers. Although it is costly upon installation and structural requirement since it is heavy, it can save you money in the future because it is low cost maintenance. Aside from its environmental sustainability benefits (e.g. air and noise pollution treatment, natural cooling properties, and UV absorption), it is long lasting, from 30 to 50 years of life span depending on the maintenance and structural support and layer designs.

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What is Green Roofing

Have you watched the movie sequel Lord of the Ring or The Hobbit?  If you did, then the picture above is no stranger to you. And I bet that one way or another, you wondered what it is like to live in such house, or more, dreamed of building similar house. Well, good news for you! You can actually achieve that and you can start by having a green roof. So let’s talk about green.

Green Roofing

Green roof, also known as living roof, gives a lot of benefits aside from its gorgeous and lovely look. The main benefit of the green roof is its environmental sustainability benefits. This includes its natural thermal insulation property that gives natural coolness and reduces humidity; reduces noise pollution; natural pollutant filter from pollutants like carbon dioxide and heavy metals from rainwater; ultraviolet radiation absorption; low-cost maintenance; rainwater retention keeping sewers from overflowing quickly; natural insect habitat; and long life span, about 30 to 50 years depending on it structural support and maintenance.

A green roof is made up of different layers:

Roof Deck

Roof deck is the base of your roof. It must have a strong foundational structure to support the weight of the entire green roof. It should be covered with a waterproof layer like asphalt or bitumen felt then another layer for root resistance.

Drainage and Water Retention

This is where the excess water drains through. Layer of pebbles is perfect as the drainage. Larger pebbles should be in the bottom while smaller pebbles on the top. The large pebbles in the bottom ensure the exit of the contained water while the smaller pebbles on top filters the water.

Substrate

This is the growing medium of your green roof. It should be 70-200mm deep and the soil should be containing nutrients appropriate for the desired plant growth. Using top soil or garden soil with high organic content might cause overgrowth of vegetation. Aside from that, this kind of soil is heavier especially when wet. Thus it is recommended to use soil that is light-weight and has low organic nutrients. You can customize this by mixing organic material with inorganic material like crushed brick or expanded clay.

Plants

This is the last layer and the most awaited one. This is where you can decide which plant you’ll be using but not all plants you desire are advisable. There are lots of choices though, lots of varieties of grasses and flowers. However, there are two main factors you should consider in choosing your plant. First is how much maintenance you could provide and the second is how much sunlight your area has. You must also consider that thicker your plant be, the heavier your roof will become.

There are two kinds of plant perfect for a green roof. First are the sedums. These plants only require low maintenance all year round as it is used in elevated conditions. The second one is the wildflowers. Wildflowers can survive in a growing medium with low organic nutrients. You cannot just use any types of plants. Consider the root growth and the nutrient requirement.