Posts made in November, 2017

Interlock Paving Patterns

»Posted by on Nov 27, 2017 in Paving Patterns | 0 comments

Interlock paving design and installation is a trendy architecture technique that is favored by a lot of people. It is important to note down that there are many different styles and designs one can choose from depending on the skill of the interlock paver company they choose. To understand interlock paving more, let’s break it down into its two words interlock and paving. Interlock means to connect two objects while paving is actually what you call installing the pavers into certain patterns of which you will be sticking together which is why it is called interlock paving.   

 Paving Patterns

Pavers are usually made out of cement, and sometimes you can even add a little color to the primary grey color of cement. Interlock paving is usually used for floors, walkways, driveways, and patios to add some aesthetic appeal to the overall look of that area. Moreover, there are many different patterns to choose from that would go perfectly with any style or design. Here are some of the interlock paving profiles you can choose.  

One popular choice for interlock paving patterns or design is the running bond pattern. This is the most common pattern used among homeowners today. Due to the simple pattern to lay, easy installation, and uses the least amount of waste compared to the other designs. Running bond is laid side by side creating illusions with its strong linear lines.   

These illusions can make your patio look longer or even wider depending on the direction it’s laid. This is the plainest paver pattern but needs minimal cutting which lowers the amount of work and the cost of installation. Running Bond is perfect for small areas-making them seem bigger, and also for areas close to the house to draw attention to your home’s architecture.  

Another design that you can use for interlock paving is the basket weave pattern. Originating from the old English landscape design era, this is a well-known pattern that will bring a vintage look to your area. The pavers in this pattern alternate between vertical and horizontal pairs. The paired pavers create rows and columns that have an eye-catching effect.   

You don’t have to stick with one color; you can get creative with this pattern by adding contrasting or complementary colors as well. This model is ideal for homeowners looking for a historical or vintage look. However, it is becoming less common compared to the other designs. The basket weave is also very durable and is perfect for nearly every location in your outdoor space. You could see this model in most sidewalks as it is fashionable for that type of interlock paving.

These are some of the many interlock paving patterns you could choose from when you are planning to install some. Always to make sure to contact the proper interlock paving contractors to ensure that the installation of it is properly done. You may also opt to do it by yourself, but you risk not doing it well especially if you are not familiar with paving plus a more extended installation time since you are just one person instead of hiring a contractor that would be able to give you a team.   

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Three Simple Tips to Do in Lowering Your Electric Bills

»Posted by on Nov 18, 2017 in Arborists | 0 comments

In today’s world, things are made easier by technology. There are appliances now for almost every job that is needed to do in our household, and all of them eats electricity to function. Because of this, we are facing an electric bill that has huge numbers in them; yes, appliances make our life easier, but our bills do not.

We need not worry too much of our electric bills though because we can still do many things to manage it and make it smaller. To help you in saving money, here are the simple tips to do in lowering your electric bills. If you found this article useful, better make your household know of it and also share it with your friends.

1. Plug Off your Appliances When Not in Use

When you turn off your appliances but leave them be in the socket, you are wasting money because these appliances suck off electricity even when not in use; they are called energy vampires.

There are simple solutions to it, simply plug off the wires from your appliances so they would not have the chance of consuming power. Another solution you can do is to purchase energy strip outlets, where you can simply flip switches to turn off the electricity and prevent the energy vampires on doing damage.

2. Watch out for your Refrigerator

Another thing to watch out for is your refrigerator because this appliance costs you more money than most of your other appliances combined. To save money, you have to watch out for your refrigerator and keep it in good condition.

One of the parts of a refrigerator that is ruined easily is the door seal, which can turn loose for some time of use. When this door seal is loose, the coldness will escape the fridge, and the machine would run for longer, and this would drive your electric bills up. When this happens, simply replace this part.

Another way to help our refrigerator to function optimally is to clean its coil for at least twice a year. All you need to purchase is a coil brush to do the job.

Another way to save electricity through the refrigerator is cooling or freezing your things in bulk. Your refrigerator would function more efficiently when it does not have to run all the time, buy groceries and store your goods at once so that the refrigerator can cool and freeze them in fewer session, and thus lesser electricity needs.

3. Plant Trees

As surprising as it may sound but planting trees would save you money. Not that trees produce electricity, but they save your usage when they provide that shade that would insulate your house from the sun. You would not need to use your air conditioning as much because the tree would make your place cooler.

Planting a tree on backyard is no easy task though, you need to plant it in the exact, right spot. It has to block the path of sunlight, but let the breeze pass through to your house. For planting the trees correctly and also to maintain them, contact professional arborists.

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