Saving On Your Energy Bill With Insulation

Walls and Roof Insulation

We all know the benefits of proper house insulation: thermal comfort, reducing energy consumption, getting rid of mold and excessive moisture etc. All of these things contribute in the long run to considerable money savings that will pay for the initial investment.

There are different types of insulation that can be added to a residential building and they include:

Walls and roof insulation

These are the most popular types on insulation, considering that the walls and roof are the most exposed to the action of environmental factors. In this case, insulation will bring you savings on your energy bills as well as increased thermal comfort, during summer and winter alike.  The important step is to have a known Dallas roofer install upgraded insulation.

Floor insulation

About 25-30% of the heat can be lost through the floor, when there is no insulation added.

Insulating the foundation

Experts say the foundation is the most neglected element when it comes to insulation, and this can have unpleasant consequences. In most cases, non-insulated foundations result in a phenomenon called “thermal bridge”, which allows heat loss and limits the thermal comfort.

Pipe insulation

Insulation of pipes situated outdoors or in unheated spaces involves a minimum investment, but in return it provides consistent savings in the winter, by reducing thermal loss.

 

Checklist For Starting Your Tenant Build Out

Tenant Buildout Checklist

Since finding a commercial space that meets your needs exactly is almost impossible, tenant improvements are in order, before starting to use it. These improvements consist in various custom interior finishes that must be negotiated up front with the landlord and written in the lease agreement. They may include:

  • Installing new flooring (hardwood floor, laminate, carpet…)
  • Demolishing existing walls or constructing new ones
  • Re-painting the walls
  • Making modifications to the electrical, HVAC or plumbing systems
  • Other upgrades previously negotiated.

If you are in the position to start your tenant build out, make sure to communicate properly with the landlord and find out how much of the costs are they willing to cover. Also, it is good to know that some operations are not typically included in a tenant build out: office furniture, data cabling, phone cabling and other upgrades considered above standard.

You must also be aware that for starting your tenant build out, you need a lot of documents from property management, as well as from engineering: appropriate certificates, licenses, insurance, declarations, construction plans reviewed and approved, a proven Dallas general contractor and sub-contractors, permits, confirmations, other plans if necessary (such as fire safety plans), as well as a detailed schedule.

 

Building Maintenance To Get Your Business Ready For Spring

Getting Your Home Ready For Spring

As the cold season will soon fade into spring, it is time plan the maintenance for your commercial building. Winter weather can be challenging and makes buildings go through a lot, so you must ensure that your business is ready inside and out for the warm season.

You should put on your check list a few operations that enhance both the functionality and aspect of your commercial building.

Inspect the roof

Any roof must go through a detailed professional inspection  by Dallas commercial roofers, after the winter, to ensure that it has not been damaged by the severe weather specific to this season and can continue to protect your building effectively.

Assess the walkways and the parking lot

The freezing and thawing cycle may cause the apparition of cracks and holes and you should patch them up, to prevent any potential liability.

Work on spring landscaping

The vegetation outside your commercial building has probably been affected by the cold season and it is time to boost the curb appeal by cleaning debris, trimming dead branches and fertilizing the lawn.

Make windows shine bright

Widows are likely dull from debris buildup during the cold months, so you should contact a professional window-cleaning service. Clean windows inside and out always make a huge difference in a building`s aspect, not to mention that they allow more natural light in.

 

Roofing Materials That Protect Against Storm Damage

Protect Your Home From Storm Damage

Professionals in the roofing industry such as JNT Developers of Dallas select the materials by taking into account the regional climate, because some are designed to be more resistant to certain weather conditions than others.

Storms represent a challenge for any roof, and if they are a common occurrence in your region, you should review the resiliency performance of different roofing options, before installing a new roof above your head.

Among all roofing materials, clay tiles, stone-coated steel and composite roofing provide the best protection against storm damage.

Clay roof tiles

This material is durable, sustainable, provides energy-efficiency and requires low-maintenance. Repairs can be performed with ease. Clay tiles are particularly resistant to fire and hail and some are rated Class 4, which means that they can resist to significant impact.

Stone coated steel roofing panels

This roofing option is well-known for its durability, light weight, resistance to wind, hail, ice-damming and fire, which makes it a great choice for regions where storms occur. It is one of the best materials to withstand hail, being rated Class 4, as well as wind speeds of 120 miles per hour.

Composite roofing

This is a luxury roofing option, created from high-quality resins, with an impeccable aspect and highly resistant to wind uplift, with no water infiltration, and Class 4 impact rating.