Why Hire Professional Roofing Companies?

The benefits of hiring a professional roofing company are about the same benefits as hiring any sort of building professional. However, due to the importance of a roof top to a building’s long term sustainability and comfort, it stands to reason that one should take some precautions with their rooftop. A roof top holds off the worst of the natural elements in a region, and it will over the years take an enormous beating from nature every year. While most roof tops are intended to last a while, even the toughest of them require regular maintenance, if not truly frequent maintenance such as heating and cooling systems or plumbing systems.

Hiring a professional roofer to deal with this essential element of your building is a good idea. This is particularly true of buildings with unusual types of roofing materials, such as slate or ceramic tiling. While these materials are not common everywhere in the world, regions where they are tend to produce roofers who know how to deal with them. And while many of these exotic roof tops are building to last longer than typical roof tops, they still can and will need periodic work, particularly after nature releases its fury on your area. Given as some of these roof tops can can also be quite old, it also stands to reason that a professional’s services should be employed to prevent these aging edifices from sustaining further damage.

Even if your building’s roof is made of a more conventional material such as asphalt shingles, tending to these elements of a structure is not always easy for do it yourselfers. Even something as simple as laying down new shingles blown away in a storm can be a difficult and hazardous effort that that few home owners are prepared to deal with on their own. While some home owners are brave enough to tackle simple roofing jobs on their own, those who have problems with heights or poor physical dexterity will likely find climbing to the top of their roof potentially dangerous. Professional roofing contractors know how to avoid these dangers and accidents are covered under the company’s liability rather than your liability.

Further, some roofing jobs can be so incredibly complicated that even the bravest do it yourselfers can’t hope to tackle themselves. Serious damage to a roof top, ranging from a collapsed to tree to needing a near total replacement of the roofing material, as well as installing complicated and potentially dangerous insulation is definitely a job for professionals, no matter how confidant a home owner is. The bigger the job you need done to your roof, the more likely it is that you should leave the job to the professionals rather than risking it yourself, particularly when there’s a serious hazard to life and limb involved.

Roofing companies are available in nearly every inhabited area in the industrialized world and are not hard to find. You could do something as simple as jump on Google, pick a roofer, and check them out on their company website to see if they might be able to handle your situation. And the benefits of working with these professionals can not be understated for jobs that are too dangerous for an untrained home owner to manage on their own.

Go Outside!

play outside

Childhood Obesity is one of the primary concerns of our nation today. From the first lady making recommendations about portion control in the school cafeteria, to clothing lines being created in order for obese children to still “look cute” we find our nation in a loosing battle with weight gain. However it doesn’t have to be that way. There are several ideas that can help our children overcome obesity that don’t include starving them at school just to have them eat a package of M&Ms as soon as they get home.

Before we apply any specifics to our discussion of obesity, lets start our conversation with the general principal of creating a campfire.

When you want to build a fire on a campsite, or any place really, you need three key ingredients, fuel, oxygen, and heat. More often than not, you light your fire with a match or something, but the general principle is simple, you need firewood, air, and something to get that fire started. BUT WAIT! What happens when you start the fire? Does it immediately go out? Do you have to keep lighting it? No. You only need to get the fire started and then remember to feed it with the proper amount of fuel.

The same is true with our young people…

In order for our children to live healthy lives, they need three key ingredients.

  • Fuel – Balanced Diet that includes all the major food groups. (That’s all we’re going to say about that because Mrs. Obama has already done enough damage here, that we aren’t going to muddy up the waters any more than they already have been.)
  • Oxygen – Yes, the oxygen level in the stuffy confines of your bedroom are actually lower than that of the outdoors.
  • Heat – And there, as the bard would say, lies the rub. But what is heat in this context. Simple. Activity.

Our children need to GO OUTSIDE and see what kind of activity they can get in to. Sports, games with friends, adventures, hiking, fishing, boating, water sports, hunting, camping, gardening, or even just going for a walk. Get the sun on their faces, and let them breathe the air they need!

This may seem far simpler than it should, so let’s dive in.

When a child is between the ages of 5 and 15 they are able to expend a great deal of energy working on tasks or playing games that adults can do without expending any noticeable energy. Their bodies naturally engage at a higher level than their adult counterparts, and can therefore burn more calories than their adult counterparts. This is a great advantage for children who hope to be able to lose some of the weight that they have packed on while conquering Halo or Grand Theft Auto. All they need to do is get started.

Just like a fire that begins with small amounts of fuel and a simple spark, the fire that burns within our children may need to be coaxed a little at first. But after some time, they will be able to perpetuate their own flame and be able to find their own outdoor activities that stimulate their body and mind.

Additionally, serotonin levels in the brain are regulated by physical exertion. Children who never exert themselves will be found to be far more depressed, lethargic, and withdrawn than children to are regularly active within their normal lives. Another key factor in the development of balanced brain chemistry is sunlight. The body uses sunlight to regulate Vitamin D, which helps to aid in mood, and bone density. When bone density increases, and muscles become stronger, children are less likely to succumb to fractures, or other injuries. Furthermore, the development of complex muscle fibers in a child can increase their resistance to allergens, cold and flu viruses, and other transmittable sickness.

Maybe you are thinking that this is all too good to be true. Maybe you think that getting your kid out in nature is simply not enough of an answer to the kind of problem you are currently facing. Well, to you I’d say, “try it.” Get your child outside for more than an hour a day. Even if that means that you have to go with them for the first few times, it will be worth it in the end.

Get an hour or more of sunlight and vigorous activity every day for two weeks, and just see what happens. The warm sun, the clean air, and the activity that accompanies them will make a noticeable difference in the lives of your children, and maybe even you.

A Vacation In The Treetops

Recently I went on a trip to the mountains. We stayed up in a cabin at about 9,500 feet elevation in Lincoln National Forest. When you have been around mountains your whole life, it isn’t all that special, but for a guy like me from the plains of Texas, it is quite an enjoyable experience. It was incredible to see all of the huge fir and pine trees covering the landscape. It was also somewhat breath taking to look out over the edge and see for miles and miles as we drove up the mountain road.

The Forest

The cabin we were staying in seemed to be built in the absolute perfect spot on the mountain side. From the porch you could see out over the valley that wound between the peaks. As we explored the canyon, we came across a little lake that was in a clearing. Out on the water was an elderly gentleman getting a little fishing time in. Though the lake wasn’t big, this guy was out in one of those inflatable fishing boats so he could get to the fish out in the middle a little better.

Interested in how he was doing so well, we were able to start up a conversation with the guy about his gear and so forth. Before we knew it, he was giving us a pretty detailed run down of everything he was using. He even told us where he got some of the stuff. I was pretty interested in his little boat. I had never seen something like that so I inquired as to where I might could find something similar. He was glad to tell us that he found some information on different ones on a site called Top Inflatable Boats. “They have all kinds of reviews so you can pretty much just pick your favorite,” he explained. He mentioned I could either go there like he did, or just simply look up inflatable boats for sale online and see what comes up.

It was great to get to spend time with this man, as he continued to share with us some of his secrets to catching al of the the great fish. I was definitely taken back of just how open he was to conversation and spilling all of his tactics. That was probably the most memorable part of the trip, as we spent the rest of the week fishing on the lake catching trout galore. If you ever get a chance, you might plan a trip with your family, or even yourself and a couple friends, and head out to Lincoln National Forest. You just might fall in love a little more with Mother Nature.

If you’re interested, here is a short video to help you with some of your trout fishing technique.