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Tarps Now® Increases Commitment to Industrial Grade Heavy Duty Tarps

St. Joseph, Michigan, 2020-Oct-27 — /EPR CONSTRUCTION NEWS/ — Tarps Now® is pleased to announce expansion to its industrial grade lineup of Heavy Duty Tarps and Covers expanding the number of lines of heavy tarps and coverings engineered to meet the needs of Contractors, Trucking, Aerospace, Agriculture, Manufacturing and Warehousing industries.

Noting increased demand in the Engineering, Procurement and Construction (“EPC”) contractors throughout the North American construction marketplace, Tarps Now® is preparing for sharp increases in demand anticipated in connection with forthcoming stimulus legislation, as well as infrastructure spending.

Special focus is being applied to meeting the needs of EPC contractors who are actively engaged in completing turn-key projects, Tarps Now® has engineered its business model to rapidly process custom order flows. EPC contractors require accurate cost quotes, rapid order processing and deliveries of heavy duty tarp and covering products used to develop and construct a wide range of facilities serving heavy industry, renewable energy projects, highway construction projects, electric utility transmission projects, oil and gas pipelines, and many other types of industrial and residential community construction projects.

Tarps Now® Construction Industry Tarp Covering Products Include:

https://www.tarpsnow.com/construction-tarps.html
https://www.tarpsnow.com/concrete-curing-blankets.html
https://www.tarpsnow.com/debris-scaffold-debris-netting.html
https://www.tarpsnow.com/containment-sandblasting-mesh-barrier-fr.html
https://www.tarpsnow.com/debris-lifting-tarp-snow-tarps.html
https://www.tarpsnow.com/drain-tarps-leak-diverters.html
https://www.tarpsnow.com/geotextile-mesh-screens.html
https://www.tarpsnow.com/airbag-tarps.html
https://www.tarpsnow.com/salvage-covers-and-tarps.html
https://www.tarpsnow.com/painters-drop-cloths.html
https://www.tarpsnow.com/heavy-duty-tarps.html
https://www.tarpsnow.com/heavy-duty-vinyl-tarps.html
https://www.tarpsnow.com/waterproof-canvas-tarps-breathable-tarps.html
https://www.tarpsnow.com/heavy-duty-poly-tarps.html
https://www.tarpsnow.com/heavy-duty-vinyl-mesh-tarps.html
https://www.tarpsnow.com/hypalon-tarps-csm-tarps.html
https://www.tarpsnow.com/neoprene-coated-nylon-tarps.html
https://www.tarpsnow.com/industrial-tarps.html
https://www.tarpsnow.com/industrial-covers.html
https://www.tarpsnow.com/canvas-tarps.html
https://www.tarpsnow.com/custom-fence-screen.html

 

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2020 Hurricane Season Squeezing Supplies of Tarps and Industrial Grade Coverings

St. Joseph, Michigan, USA, 2020-Sep-21 — /EPR CONSTRUCTION NEWS/ — With an average hurricane season typically producing twelve storms over the six month Atlantic storm season, over twenty named storm systems have been recorded by the National Hurricane Center over the last three months. In addition, five active Atlantic tropical storm systems tied the record for simultaneous tropical storms in the Atlantic basin by mid-September, while tropical storm Beta advances through the Gulf toward the Texas and Louisiana coastlines.

These unprecedented weather conditions have lead to significant demand in tarps and coverings utilized to create temporary shelters, repair roofing, cover windows, divert flood waters, lift storm debris, protect exposed equipment, inventories and vehicles has U.S. based Tarps Now® operating at full capacity to meet demand by government agencies, non-profit organizations, businesses and consumers.

In many cases, stock and custom sized tarps, covers and industrial fabrics are being ordered for emergency stockpiling to meet sudden storm related disaster recovery needs. In these cases, Tarps Now® is meeting demand with stock sized roofing tarps, as well as Debris Lifting Tarps and Hurricane Mesh Tarps engineered to meet emergency situations. In addition, custom tarp manufacturing is offered to provide a full range of options to meet specialized disaster recovery applications. Stock and custom options are detailed as follows:

Tarps Now® Disaster Recovery Products:

https://www.tarpsnow.com/custom-tarps-made.html
https://www.tarpsnow.com/heavy-duty-tarps.html
https://www.tarpsnow.com/roofing-tarps.html
https://www.tarpsnow.com/canvas-tarps.html
https://www.tarpsnow.com/mesh-tarps.html
https://www.tarpsnow.com/poly-tarps.html
https://www.tarpsnow.com/vinyl-tarps.html
https://www.tarpsnow.com/fire-resistant-tarps.html
https://www.tarpsnow.com/specialty-tarps.html
https://www.tarpsnow.com/tarp-products.html
https://www.tarpsnow.com/debris-scaffold-debris-netting.html

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Mesh Tarps in High Demand as Work at Home Movement Encourages Renovation at Home and Businesses

St. Joseph, Michigan, USA, 2020-Sep-08 — /EPR CONSTRUCTION NEWS/ — Tarps Now® has announced the addition of new lines of industrial grade Mesh Tarps that offer a wide range of uses as protective coverings around home patios, decks, thresholds, gazebos, pools, picnic areas, barns, kennels and other outdoor recreational areas.

The new lines of Mesh Tarps offered by Tarps Now® are being placed in service as Windscreens in agriculture facilities, outdoor livestock agricultural processing areas, animal feedlot areas, shipping and receiving areas, buildings, warehouses and other outdoor structures benefiting from reducing the harmful effects of extended exposure to the elements.

To meet demand, Tarps Now® custom manufactures protective mesh tarp coverings in a variety of mesh screen exposure ratings, weights, fabric grades and colors that are all engineered to provide outstanding levels of protection from high winds and intense sunlight, where extended exposure to Ultra Violet radiation is recognized to contribute to skin cancer and other ill health effects.

Tarps Now® also offers a complete line of industrial grade mesh fabrics that provide very specific levels of exposure, as well as the ability to choose from standardized sizes, as well as a high degree of customization to meet very specific applications. These include industrial strength debris netting, fire retardant mesh tarps, hurricane grade mesh tarps and other types of specialty applications.

Details on exposure rated Mesh Tarps and supporting fabrics are as follows:

Tarps Now® Mesh Tarpsper Exposure Rating:

https://www.tarpsnow.com/shade-tarps-polypro-mesh-95.html 95% Exposure
https://www.tarpsnow.com/86-knitted-shade-mesh-tarps.html 86% Exposure
https://www.tarpsnow.com/polypro-mesh-shade-tarps-70.html 70% Exposure
https://www.tarpsnow.com/polypro-mesh-shade-tarps-60.html 60% Exposure
https://www.tarpsnow.com/polypro-mesh-shade-tarps-50.html 50% Exposure
https://www.tarpsnow.com/polypro-mesh-shade-tarps-50.html 40% Exposure
https://www.tarpsnow.com/7-9-oz-hurricane-trampoline-mesh-tarps.html
https://www.tarpsnow.com/privacy-fence-screen-mesh-netting.html
https://www.tarpsnow.com/mesh-fabric-by-the-yard-roll.html
https://www.tarpsnow.com/debris-scaffold-debris-netting.html
https://www.tarpsnow.com/heavy-duty-vinyl-mesh-tarps.html
https://www.tarpsnow.com/geotextile-mesh-screens.html
https://www.tarpsnow.com/fire-resistant-mesh-tarps.html
https://www.tarpsnow.com/mesh-shade-tarps.html
https://www.tarpsnow.com/specialty-tarps.html
https://www.tarpsnow.com/tarp-products.html

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Masonry Cosmetics announces the release of over 300 case studies and the launch of GoldStandardStaining.com

South Bend, Indiana, USA, 2020-Aug-26 — /EPR CONSTRUCTION NEWS/ — In the winter of 2013, Masonry Cosmetics began a mission. Don Foster, Vice President of Masonry Cosmetics, started a project to help customers classify masonry staining companies based on the long-term performance of their products. Knowing architectural firms and engineers would appreciate this information that would help them find staining companies to solicit bids from, he began the process of distinguishing between companies that could or could not identify long-lasting jobs, ones that “stood the test of time.”

Masonry Cosmetics began the search. They identified three other major stain companies in the same territory, the Midwest United States; Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Kentucky, Ohio, and Pennsylvania specifically. These companies had been put in the same specifications as Masonry Cosmetics by architects. Reaching out to each company, all of whom claimed to have long-lasting products and a lengthy history, they asked if they could provide any of the following: two jobs twenty years or older, five jobs fifteen years or older, and five jobs ten years or older. None would identify a single long-lasting job. One firm cited concerns about methodology, another claimed to fear antitrust litigation, and the third simply did not respond.

However, Foster would not give up so easily.

Developing a list of jobs from these firms garnered from their websites, from magazine articles, and from their YouTube videos, Foster reasoned the jobs a company chose to showcase on their own volition and use in advertisements and publications would constitute a fine resumé of its best work. Assembling a team together, Foster sent them out to have a second look at these sites. Masonry Cosmetics could not find a single job that lasted the test of time that was applied to brick, for even ten years. Foster found that even jobs that were four to six years old often showed signs of deterioration. While these firms might have a lengthy history, they are unable to substantiate their claims of their stains lasting many years with any evidence that either they have provided, or that Masonry Cosmetics is able to uncover.

This project would be the inspiration for what was to come in 2019.

In 2019, Don Foster began to assemble examples of Masonry Cosmetics’ work into case studies. Endless nights were spent going through photographs of projects taken all the way back in the early 1990s, assembling information, pictures of projects before, during and after completion, and getting in contact with the location’s owners. Then, he and his team traveled. They traveled across the United States with one mission: to prove that Masonry Cosmetics doesn’t belong in the same category as it’s competitors, taking thousands upon thousands of photos of buildings they completed jobs on decades before.

They found, as they predicted, the stain that had been applied had not only not faded, cracked, chipped or otherwise been compromised or hurt the wall it had been applied to- it looked identical to when it had been stained, case after case, the results were the same. Masonry Cosmetics stain can stand the test of time in ways others stains simply couldn’t even compare to. The proof was in the pictures… and now you can see the pictures for yourself.

Masonry Cosmetics is proud to announce the release of its website, GoldStandardStaining.com, where you can go and view the evidence for yourself. There, you’ll find over three-hundred completed case studies with more to come of jobs sorted by age and put into rankings: Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Bronze. These jobs can go as far back as the 1980s, some staining jobs done by Masonry Cosmetics co-founder Rick Conner using the Proprietary Proven Masonry Stain, before Masonry Cosmetics itself was created. The entire history of Masonry Cosmetics has been laid out, and it’s there for all to appreciate and enjoy.

You can find the over three-hundred case studies at https://www.goldstandardstaining.com/.

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Hurricane Hannah Increases Demand for Tarps used for Disaster Recovery in Texas

St. Joseph, Michigan, USA, 2020-Jul-28 — /EPR CONSTRUCTION NEWS/ — With Hurricane Hannah now strengthening to Category 1 levels in the Gulf of Mexico, the potential for high winds, heavy rains and storm surge expected in Southern Texas, consumer and business are preparing for what’s expected to be an above average hurricane season requiring preparation with a hurricane mesh tarps, heavy duty tarps, drain diverter tarps, debris lifting tarps and traditional blue tarps to recover damaged roofs, doors and windows.

Tarps are often used to immediately cover damaged roofing areas, broken windows and doors, as well as used to move debris, provide for water capture, sunscreen and shade, debris lifting, protective coverings and many other uses that protect homes, businesses, livestock and pets following hurricanes and tropical storms. Noting the dramatic changes in weather closely linked to climate change, Tarps Now® has focused on providing protective tarps and coverings critical to hurricanes and tropical storms common to the Caribbean and the Eastern Seaboard.

To meet the unique needs of consumers and business in the wake of heavy storm damages, Tarps Now® also custom fabricates tarps prefabricated for mitigating damage to homes and other outdoor structures. The company also encourages the use of protective mesh tarp coverings that come in a wide range of different screen factors, weights, fabric grades and colors that are specifically engineered to deliver varying levels of UV protection and wind resistance, depending on the selected material and design, to better support evaporation.

Tarps Now® Recommended Hurricane and Storm Recovery Products:

https://www.tarpsnow.com/hurricane-mesh-barrier-tarps.html
https://www.tarpsnow.com/heavy-duty-tarps.html
https://www.tarpsnow.com/drain-tarps-leak-diverters.html
https://www.tarpsnow.com/canvas-tarps.html
https://www.tarpsnow.com/roof-debris-lifting-tarps.html
https://www.tarpsnow.com/construction-tarps.html
https://www.tarpsnow.com/mesh-tarps.html
https://www.tarpsnow.com/salvage-covers-and-tarps.html
https://www.tarpsnow.com/poly-tarps.html
https://www.tarpsnow.com/shade-tarps.html
https://www.tarpsnow.com/vinyl-tarps.html
https://www.tarpsnow.com/specialty-tarps.html
https://www.tarpsnow.com/tarp-products.html

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Vertical Sash Windows Now Available From Malbern Windows

Leading UK double glazing specialists Malbern Windows can now provide its customers with a range of state-of-the-art vertical sliding windows. The windows, which have been carefully designed and produced by Synseal, use modern technology to deliver high-quality security and insulation while also being an eye-catching addition to any home.

The new vertical sliding windows can be installed in homes throughout the North West and combine modern technologies with traditional styling. With a new-take on the Victorian sash windows, these vertical sliding windows are ideal for both period properties and new builds.

The windows boast excellent high energy efficiency and have even been recommended by the Energy Saving Trust, which fits in nicely with Malbern Windows’ energy efficiency policies. There are nine colourways for customers to choose from, all of which are available from Malbern Windows. Choose from woodgrain white, cream woodgrain, Irish oak, golden oak, cherrywood, golden oak on white and cherrywood on white.

As with all products sold by Malbern Windows, the new windows have high security features that will help in protecting your home from burglars and intruders, thanks to robust locking mechanisms on every window. Not only this, but the windows are also incredibly easy to maintain, meaning customers won’t have to worry about repainting or varnishing.

The vertical sash windows use uPVC materials over timber frames, which allow them to withstand weathering. The windows also have multi-tilt features that help with cleaning and maintaining throughout the year.

“We at Malbern Windows are thrilled to be able to provide our customers with these excellently produced windows,” said Wayne Clarke, Managing Director Retail of Malbern Windows. “We work to incredibly high standards, only offering products that feature energy efficiency, security and aesthetic qualities, so you can trust that these new vertical sliding windows are up to scratch.”

To find out more about the windows and other products available through Malbern Windows, visit www.malbernwindows.co.uk now.

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Todd Doors Unveil New Product Collection For 2012

Todd Doors, who specialise in supplying high quality timber doors around the UK, have unveiled a brand new collection for 2012. The range, which compromises of a variety of door products including French doors, doors with sidelights and sliding doors, is set to make the pulses of every home owner and interior designer racing. Not only is the collection new but it also contains massive price reductions, ensuring that every home owner can get the door that it right for them.

Choosing a door might sound easy but it is actually incredible difficult. Ideally, the room should complement the door. Offering doors at such a high quality, this is no problem at Todd Doors. The only problem will be choosing the preferred one!

Todd Door’s brand new collection for 2012 is populated by a grand selection of oak doors. A popular wood for both interior and exterior doors, oak is proven to stand the test of time and is beautiful in colour. Choose the Biarritz Oak door (was £466.80, now £350.10), complete in satin lacquer or maybe opt for the Catalunya Oak door (was £310.80, now £233.10) as a stunning finale to a lounge that celebrates trend setting styles. For a touch of grandeur, try the Catalunya Walnut door (was £346.80, now £260.10) which is darker in colour, adding real depth to a room.

Glazed doors are a great way of allowing more light into a room and can connect a home’s rooms together. Todd Doors offer a range of glazed doors, from the single full-length pane which offers a maximum amount of light and shadow to permeate through, to multi pane doors. These doors are great for kitchens and bathrooms alike. Try the Spanish-inspired Zaragoza Walnut & Wenge door (was £550.80, now £413.10) for some Iberian charm or, for a lighter feel, the Faro Oak door (was £394.80, now £296.10).

All Todd Doors interior and exterior doors are produced from the very best timber, real wood veneer and man-made materials. For this reason, each door may vary in appearance and is completely unique. Every door is made by expert craftsmen and promises to be robust and incredibly sturdy. Many of the products from the new 2012 range can also arrive in glazed and fire door versions, offering customers a real peace of mind with every purchase.

To view the new 2012 product range in its entirety, please visit:

http://www.todd-doors.co.uk/spotlight/new-for-2012-29.aspx

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Insulate yourself against increasing energy costs with Force 8

Force 8 is following Scandanavia’s lead by launching high-tech VEKA triple glazing: and during March is offering it at the same price as double glazing.

There is now a solution to skyrocketing energy bills, as Stockport based window and composite stable doors manufacturer Force 8 is launching a range of triple glazed windows that will keep your heat levels up and your bills down. And as a special offer for March, it is offering these high-tech windows at the same price as its regular double-glazing.

Managing director Dennis Sumner explained: “Triple glazing has been around for decades in Scandinavia and Canada, but the rising costs of energy in the UK means now is the time for the extra pane. “With the cost of energy set to increase year on year, we believe that the market is more than ready for triple glazing.”

VEKA windows incorporate the latest glass technology, using plantitherm glass and argon-filled units to maximise insulation. The VEKA 70mm FS frame system can achieve U-values down to 0.6W/ m2-k – which in simple terms means a vast saving in heat loss per square metre of glass.

“Triple glazing is the most energy-efficient window available today, and offers 40 per cent more efficiency than standard ‘A’-rated double glazing. When you fit Force 8’s new range of triple glazing you are installing the very latest product that the glazing industry has to offer,” said Dennis.

Force 8’s triple-glazed windows are available in hundreds of different styles and in white or wood grain colours. “There are no compromises in terms of aesthetics or sight lines, weather performance or security, and the cost savings for our triple glazing can be up to 50 per cent less,” added Dennis.

“This is a great advantage to house builders, home owners and developers looking to meet energy-efficiency regulations and appreciate the benefits of triple glazing without the hefty price premium.”

Force 8 also offers a comprehensive range of composite doors using the VEKA frames that can be fabricated with side panels or into arched frames.

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Force 8 launches round pivot windows in REHAU profile

Force 8, the Stockport-based REHAU trade fabricator and composite doors specialist, has launched what it believes it the UK’s first round pivot window in the REHAU PVC-U profile system.

Dennis Sumner, Managing Director of Force 8, said that he expects demand to come from both the retail and commercial sectors where the REHAU brand is so strong.

He said: “Round pivot windows add an interesting design feature in domestic properties and are also used extensively as part of commercial design schemes. We believe that they have the potential to create valuable new sales opportunities for installers, particularly in REHAU profile which is so renowned for its quality and ease of installation.”

The new round pivot window is a perfect demonstration of Force 8’s bending expertise, with eight bends in total used to achieve the perfect circle.

The window is completely reversible through 180º which makes it easy to clean when necessary and it has security catches at the top and bottom to ensure the safety and security of users.

Force 8 is offering the REHAU round pivot in diameters from 750mm to 1200mm and in white as standard. It can also supply in Mahogany, Rosewood or Golden Oak wood-grain, or in any one of REHAU’s coloured foiled finishes.

21 of the new REHAU windows have already been manufactured and supplied by Force 8 to Windoworld for installation in a local school in Portsmouth. The company’s bending expertise and efficiency means that all 21 windows were supplied in just two weeks; and the success of the project means that the company is now offering the windows as a standard product with a lead time of just one week.

The round REHAU pivot windows join Force 8’s extensive portfolio of curved, arched, gothic and hexagonal frames, all available on short lead times and to bespoke designs.

Further details are available via the website at www.force8.co.uk.

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Force 8 commits to innovation with launch of arched composite doors

UK composite door specialist Force 8 has signalled its intention to remain at the cutting edge of the UK’s window and door industry by continuing to release new, innovative products.

The Stockport-based company has just unveiled its new line of arched composite doors, designed to provide customers and suppliers with an even greater range of options when it comes to choosing doors for homes and business premises.

For more than 20 years Force 8 has been a major player in the replacement windows and doors sector, known across the UK for its seamless one-piece arched door frames. The company is also famous for its wide range of composite doors, capable of providing homeowners with an entrance that not only looks fantastic, is incredibly durable and has amazing insulating properties, but can keep a property safe thanks to its heavy-duty build.

Every member of the team at Force 8 has now drawn on their knowledge and experience to create the latest range of arched composite doors.

“This was a natural progression for the company, after we have pioneered the arched frame within the industry, along with the composite door, it was just something we had to do,” said Dennis Sumner, managing director at Force 8.

“The new door design now enables the use of an arched frame in some areas without compromise on the design, and will give a far cleaner look to the finished project.

I believe this is another first for the industry by Force 8 and demonstrates our commitment to innovation, even in the present economic climate.”

The new range of doors from Force 8 is now available online, along with the company’s established ranges of composite front doorsfire doors and windows.

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Copper Electric, Ohio & Kentucky’s Premium Electrical Contractor, Celebrate 65 Years in Business

It all started 65 years ago, with one employee and a few clients. Now, over six decades later, Cincinnati-based Cooper Electric enjoys a healthy business, with service vans spanning two States.

The company are now seen as one of the country’s top service-based electrical contractors for the residential, commercial and industrial sectors – including their flagship Thermographic inspection service.

They still pride themselves on their core values – quality, value and service. Strict standards are maintained, including the answers on their phones twenty four hours a day, and a requirement for each of their experienced on-site staff to have completed a minimum 4-year apprentice program. So, if your Thermographer requires inspection, you can guarantee it will be attended to promptly.

As the company’s management team explain, the key to their success has been the value they base on every one of their clients:

“Using the highest ethical standards, we promise to provide the best electrical solutions for our customers through QUALITY, VALUE, and SERVICE. We strive to implement a long term relationship with our customers, based on safety, prompt service, and anticipating our customer’s needs. To guarantee our QUALITY, we will continually invest in training and education for our work force, and will never knowingly violate the standards of the National Electrical Code” they say.

The biggest pride-call for Cooper Electric is their client return rate, which currently sits at well over 70%.

“That in itself is a testament to the importance we place on everyone we serve. We’d like to thank everybody for a wonderful first 65 years in business, as we excitedly look forward to 65 more”.

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Rapid Restoration Launches New Website For Easier Navigation Of Restoration And Remediation Services Information

Rapid Restoration announces the launch of their new website, rapidrestorationmn.com, and the new features that it offers its customers. The website is easier to navigate and allows the user to choose the area of interest from the menu at the top. Some of the new areas include:

  • FAQs : Provides information on the most commonly asked questions, and gives tips about what to do in the event of a specific emergency like water flooding your basement, or after a fire.
  • Testimonials : Offers case studies on what other people have experienced
  • Certifications : Lists the certifications that Rapid Restoration has
  • Services offered for water damage restoration, mold remediation, smoke and fire damage repair, storm damage, and biohazard cleanup, which includes crime scene and meth lab decontamination.

Rapid Restoration also includes their 24-hr emergency line, so victims of disasters and emergencies can reach them at any time of the day or night for immediate service.

About Rapid Restoration
Rapid Restoration offers complete emergency services and restoration of both building and contents for water damage, fire, biohazard, and storm disasters to residents and businesses around the Twin Cities metro area. Their commitment is to provide property owners with dependable services using the latest in technology and equipment to help them get through any disaster, 24-hours a day.

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Force 8 Demonstrate Roof Construction Quality With Full-Scale Model

Ever wondered if your conservatory roof has been constructed correctly or if it’s been built to last? Specialist roofing company Force 8 has constructed a full scale roof model in its Altrincham showroom so you can examine up close the sections and intricacies involved – and check for yourself if your roof is fit to weather the weather.

Plus, if you do find you need help or advice, the team at Force 8 can provide the perfect solution to suit your individual needs and budget. As the roof is the part of the conservatory most exposed to the elements, it is most likely to deteriorate first. So having a new conservatory roof fitted or just replacing old conservatory panels can make a dramatic difference to your home, safety and comfort.

Touch of glass
Glass conservatories are most people’s preference as they provide clearer views than using alternative materials, and self-cleaning glass is ideal for those hard to reach places that need cleaning regularly. For new glass conservatory roofs Force 8 uses energy efficient glass from leading manufacturers Pilkington. And Pilkington Active Blue provides improved solar control and is more energy efficient.

Alternative options
At Force 8, however, new conservatory roofs are available in both glass and polycarbonate. And new polycarbonate roofs with multi-chambered polycarbonate can give u-value as low as 0.5 w/(m²-k) and are available in a range of colours and depths.

Whether you want to replace conservatory panels, just the components, or maybe you’d like a bespoke roof designed to fit your conservatory precisely, Force 8 can accommodate all your requirements. Plus, all its bespoke conservatory roofs are produced by leading conservatory roof manufacturers Ultraframe, so quality is assured.

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There’s No Need To Hit The Ceiling About Problems With Your Conservatory Roof

Have your dreams of letting the sun shine in on your house been dimmed? Does the light level in your conservatory make it seem more like a cellar than a greenhouse?

If so, then one look up should reveal the source of your problems. It’s likely that your conservatory roof is past its prime, and needs replacing.

And at Force 8 Windows and Doors, we’re ready to put the light back into your life by substituting your old and discoloured glass with sparkling, new, state-of-the-art panes which will actively repel the dirt, and make your conservatory a bright spot once again.

A new conservatory roof, or just new panels fitted with the latest Pilkington Active Blue glass won’t just improve the look of your conservatory or garden room – they’ll make it feel like a completely new room.

And the latest self-cleaning glass now available from Force 8 Windows and Doors will mean no more clambering to get to those awkward to reach areas to keep them sparkling.

A glass roof is provides much greater sound insulation inside your home than traditional polycarbonate. As one of our delighted customers told us after having a replacement conservatory roof installed: “I can now hear the television in my conservatory since Force 8 replaced my old polycarbonate roof for a glass one.”

If you don’t want to be able to see the sky and the stars through your conservatory roof, but you still want to be sure of having the best possible protection from the elements, then Force 8 can also fit a bespoke new polycarbonate roof, from leading manufacturer Ultraframe.

Letting the sun and the natural light into your home is one of the great joys of having a conservatory. But you also want your house to be protected from the worst the weather can throw at it. So whether you have a conservatory, or might just be thinking about having one fitted, you can weatherproof your house, and keep it safe as well as beautiful, with the latest composite doorsstable doors or fire doors from Force 8.

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Spring Means a Spring Clean with the Help of HSS Hire

As spring begins, it is time to start clearing your garden of all the unwanted winter mess which has piled up over the previous months. It’s not just the garden either, as the rest of your home is probably due a traditional ‘spring clean’, so why not let leading tool and equipment hire specialists, HSS Hire help you out?

HSS Hire, the award-winning tool and equipment hire company, has an extensive range of items to help with a wide range of indoor and outdoor tasks. From carpet cleaners to lawnmowers, ladders to drills, HSS Hire is on hand to help.

Starting outdoors – why not revitalise your patio or deep-clean your driveway with a mini power washer? Around the rest of your garden the use of lawn scarifiers, lawnmowers and lawn aerator can breathe new life into an ailing lawn. Or if you are just tidying up then why not hire a shredder, chipper or a leaf sucker?

If you are looking to work at a height, to clean windows or gutters, then HSS Hire will have the right ladder, tower or lift to suit your needs.

HSS Hire also has the equipment to help the indoors stage of the ‘spring clean’ too, such as carpet cleaners and steam cleaners, so there’s really no excuse to not have a shiny home this Spring. Or if you need to do more than just clean, HSS can supply wallpaper strippers, paint strippers, dust sheets and spray systems to help you redecorate professionally.

Category Manager, James Rice of HSS Hire explains it is a great time of year to freshen up your home and garden, “As spring begins and the extra hour of sunlight lightens our evenings, our gardens will be getting more use. Taking the necessary steps now to prepare your garden is crucial, so when summer arrives – hopefully bringing the nice weather with it – your garden will be a beautiful, tranquil retreat.”

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Survey Reveals Facilities Managers Wasting Up To A Day A Week On Equipment Management

A survey and whitepaper sponsored by HSS, the national supplier of tool and equipment hire, in association with the Facilities Management Association (FMA), has discovered that almost one third of Facilities Managers are spending almost a day a week on the management of their equipment. Launched today, the whitepaper based on the survey results, written by leading FM consultant and journalist, Martin Pickard, known to many as “The FM Guru” can be viewed online at www.hss.com/outsource.

The survey, conducted amongst a sample of 330 Facilities Management (FM) professionals, working both in-house and for outsource specialists, found that:

* almost 30% of managers spent between 10% – 20% of their time on equipment matters.
* 81% report that margins fell in 2010
* 48% anticipate that the Public Sector Spending Review will have a negative impact on their business
* 40% report that equipment problems are responsible for service related issues in more than one out of five cases
* the economic environment is impacting on capital decisions with more than half of the survey respondents admitting to keeping kit beyond its useful life, with a quarter admitting losing productivity as a result of the age of their kit.

Other issues raised from this “groundbreaking” survey include 31.6% of respondents being worried about prosecution for non-compliance with health and safety legislation and a quarter reported that they could not prove their compliance with regulations. In terms of training, 90% reported their operatives had been trained to use the equipment but only 70% thought they could prove it through paperwork.

“The majority of FMs do see benefits in outsourcing with less than a quarter buying all of their own equipment,” writes Martin Pickard. “Despite this, equipment is still consuming a lot of management resource and equipment related issues are far too common. Equipment is being kept beyond its useful life as a result of the recession by those who have retained ownership while those that have outsourced have less exposure to the problems that creates.”

It is apparent from the whitepaper that for equipment outsourcers to be successful they have to demonstrate the ability to add value through specialist knowledge and technical innovation. Martin Pickard adds that solution driven commercial products are increasingly required by equipment users and that the most prudent facilities managers are those engaging successfully with leading equipment providers to develop new strategies in support of corporate objectives.

HSS works with many facilities management companies to deliver bespoke managed equipment plans through its “Outsource” service. HSS Outsource allows FMs to benefit from a move from fixed to variable costs, the minimisation of capital investment, equipment innovation and guaranteed compliance.

“The solution provides all the benefits of ownership with none of the responsibility,” says Chris Davies, HSS CEO. “It also provides a 24 hour helpdesk, advanced planned preventative maintenance regime, and the most rigorous reactive service delivered via our national network and maintenance staff. Most importantly however, Outsource provides an opportunity for facilities managers to only pay for what is in use, managing their costs efficiently in line with customer needs in challenging times.”

Martin Pickard concludes: “Emerging from a recession is a critical time for companies and it is at this time more than ever that management need to concentrate on their core business and proposition. Fixed costs and capital investment are unpopular with businesses under pressure. What could be more convenient than guaranteed availability of whatever kit you need, wherever you are and replaced with new or fully maintained equipment when you need it?”

The FM Whitepaper contains a wealth of information gained from the survey divided into five sections: Industry Outlook, Management of Equipment, Equipment Innovation and Replacement, Compliance and Training. You can view the complete white paper, Facilities management and facilities equipment, written by Martin Pickard (FBIFM) by clicking on the link – www.hss.com/outsource.

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Facilities Management Association to Give Formal Endorsement to HSS Training

HSS Hire, the national supplier of tool and equipment hire, has received formal endorsement for its specialist training division, HSS Training, from the Facilities Management Association (FMA). HSS Hire becomes the first company under this newly launched scheme to gain such recognition.

HSS Training was rigorously assessed by the FMA to gain this endorsement, achieving full compliance across all categories including management, venues, training material and trainers.

HSS Hire Training Director, Mark Winfield comments: “We are delighted to have received this endorsement from the FMA – we are commited to offering the best training and to making it easy for our customers to access the training they need and it’s nice to have what we do formally recognised by such an important third party. Over the past two years, we have invested significantly in our training capabilities with new training centres across the UK and Ireland and we’ve expanded the courses we offer and in the team of experts that deliver them. We look forward to continuing this progress into the new year and beyond.”

Chris Hoar, Chief Executive of the FMA, adds: “HSS Training is a very professional organisation, something that was evident as soon as we entered their training centres. They demonstrate an excellent commitment to highest standards in training with a skilled team of trainers, a broad range of courses that link to trade organisation and professional body requirements and very good, modern training facilities. The FMA had no hesitation in endorsing HSS’s training capability and the courses they offer. They are the first company to achieve our endorsement and have really set the standard for the rest of their industry.”

The announcement comes just days after HSS Hire launched its latest training catalogue featuring new technical, safety and rail sector training courses and including a range of new e-learning courses. The innovative click and flick version of the training catalogue enables easy viewing of the catalogue online.

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HSS Buoyant As They Secure Thames Water Contract Win

HSS Hire, the UK’s award-winning tool and equipment hire company, has secured a 5 year, multi-million pound contract for the hire of tools and equipment to Thames Water.

The agreement will see HSS supply any contractors working on Thames Water projects throughout the region from their extensive range of small tools and equipment as well as safety & survey equipment and health & safety training.

It’s the latest in a series of big contract wins for HSS based on their its innovative ‘through the line’ approach which sees it supply all contractors working on behalf of the end-customer. Acting as a supply base for any of the equipment requirements at all Thames Water projects, HSS will offer one point of contact and a 24 hour service to any onsite contractors for the provision of reliable, safety-compliant tools and equipment at centrally pre-agreed, competitive rates. This will not only ensure consistently low costs and encourage a level playing field for those contractors but will also guarantee HSS’ rigorous service levels throughout all areas of the supply chain.

Thames Water will also be using HSS’ revolutionary online business management system, ‘HSS LiveHire’, which will provide them and their contractors with unprecedented transparency and control over their equipment hire portfolio.

Announcing the contract, HSS Chief Executive Chris Davies, commented: “We are delighted to be working with Thames Water on this exciting new agreement. We believe firmly in helping our customers to save time and money and this new collaborative partnership model is a pioneering approach that will do just that by promoting price transparency and operational efficiency. It will also encourage the cross-hire of equipment between contractors which will help reduce both any potential downtime and the environmental impact of multiple deliveries to site.”

HSS Hire is a UK-based tool and equipment hire chain that has been serving big businesses, trade and DIY customers since 1957. It is the Hire Association Europe’s Hire Company of the Year 2009 and Contract Journal’s Plant Hire Company of the Year 2009. In 2010 it was awarded the HAE’s ‘Excellence in Customer Care’ award.

With 250 outlets in the UK and Ireland stocking everything from Floor Sanders, Carpet Cleaners to Heater Hire, HSS Hire are on hand to help you find the tool you need.

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BizziBid.com Now Saves North Carolina Homeowners Money By Providing State-Wide Coverage

In order to address the increasing demand for state-wide contracting bid services in North Carolina, BizziBid.com now provides free, state-wide coverage for home improvement and remodeling estimates. Submission for bids at the web portal is free of charge with a minimum of three, hand-picked contractor responses guaranteed for all customers.

Just because the U.S. Economy is taking a significant time to recover doesn’t mean that homeowners have to put off repairs and upgrades. The BizziBid.com website lets homeowners choose remodeling estimates by either repair category or sub-region in the state of North Carolina.

The website offers a wide selection of certified contractors across North Carolina that can perform work ranging from large bathroom remodeling to replacing the roof on the family home. One of the more popular aspects of the BizziBid service is that consumers do not incur a commitment to pay for estimates and can comparison shop between a greater number of companies before choosing to spend monies on improving their home.

Ryan Coery of BizziBid.com states, “With North Carolina being so diverse from one side of the state to the other, homeowners have such a wide variety of needs. Therefore, we now have pre-screened local and licensed home improvement contractors that can meet those needs from the Mountains to the Ocean.”

BizziBid.com continues to be one of the online leaders of connecting home owners with the right contractor at the right time for a good price. The staff is confident that consumers searching for North Carolina home improvement project quotes and assistance will be able to get help through the recently expanded services that encompass the state.

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HSS Hire Supports News Ladder Safety Campaign

HSS Hire, the UK’s award-winning tool and equipment hire company, has announced it will be supporting the Ladder Association’s new safety campaign ‘Don’t be a Ladder Lightweight’.

HSS Hire Supports News Ladder Safety Campaign

The initiative will encourage proper training in ladder use to help combat the over-confident and sometimes unsafe approach of ladder users who underestimate the associated dangers. The campaign is also aimed at ensuring ladder users, managers and supervisors are competent in line with Work at Height regulations.

With an estimated 2 million operated daily, ladders are – and will remain – an invaluable and flexible piece of workplace equipment. However, as with any type of working at height, they pose potential risks to the well-being of the operator and the ‘Ladder Lightweight’ campaign hopes to educate those that take ladders and their associated risks for granted.

Ladder Association chairman, Chris Ball, says: “Sadly, familiarity breeds contempt. Our aim is simply to promote an informed and professional approach to ladder use, just like any other piece of access equipment. Falls can be avoided by sensible and proportionate management of the risks – knowledge and skills best acquired through training. We’ve actively supported the Health and Safety Executive’s Ladder Exchange initiative for the last 3 years to help highlight the importance of safe ladder use”.

Integral to the initiative is the association’s new Code of Practice which can also be used as a stand-alone reference. With a foreward from the HSE, the code comprises employers’ and users’ responsibilities, the Working at Height Regulations, risk avoidance and the importance of planning, inspection and maintenance. The CoP also complements the Ladder Association’s one-day training course, offered by HSS Training.

Head of Health and Safety at HSS, David Wilson, adds: “The ladder is, and always will be, integral to working at height but it’s also not without risk. It’s really important that people understand the dangers of using ladders in the workplace and at home and that they are aware of the correct procedures to help minimise those risks. By using the right equipment, by ensuring that it’s fit for purpose and by being aware of the safest working practices, the risk can be managed and ladders can be used safely. We’re able to help on all accounts and are delighted to be supporting this latest ladder safety campaign”.

HSS Hire remains the only tool and equipment hire company to have achieved the coveted 4* British Safety award and also offer a comprehensive range of industry-recognised safety, technical and personnel training courses.

HSS Hire Service Group is a UK-based tool rental and equipment hire chain that has been serving big businesses, trade and DIY customers since 1957. It is the Hire Association Europe’s Hire Company of the Year 2009 and Contract Journal’s Plant Hire Company of the Year 2009. It has just been recognised by the HAE for Excellence in Customer Care.

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