St. Joseph, Michigan, USA, 2019-Sep-18 — /EPR CONSTRUCTION NEWS/ — Tarps Now® is pleased to announce new lines of Mesh Shade Tarps designed to reduce or eliminate exposure to intense sunlight and other forms of ultraviolet radiation and “windburn” that are commonly linked to causing skin cancers in both humans and animals. The extended offerings of Mesh tarps include a wide range of exposure grades to carefully fine tune results based upon the placement and application of the Mesh Shade Tarps.
To meet the need for protective coverings around homes, animal habitats and other outdoor structures, Tarps Now® also 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 intense sunlight, as well as other forces of nature.
Further increasing risks of exposure from extended exposure to Ultra-Violet radiation are Windscreens that offer varying levels of both UV protection and wind resistance, depending on the selected material and design.
Many businesses are adopting the use of Mesh Shade Tarps to protect employees who work in areas where prolonged exposure to the elements exists such as in agricultural processing areas, animal feedlot areas, warehousing dock areas, shipping and receiving areas, and many other applications. Applications for these new lines of Mesh Shade Tarps extend to uses in and around homes, such as patios, decks, thresholds, gazebos, pools, picnic areas, barns, kennels and other outdoor recreational areas.
St. Joseph, Michigan, United States, 2019-Sep-11 — /EPR CONSTRUCTION NEWS/ — Tarps Now® is pleased to announce increased commitment to Heavy Duty Tarps and Covers expanding the number of lines of heavy tarps and coverings engineered to meet the needs of Engineering, Procurement and Construction (“EPC”) contractors engaged in large scale projects throughout North America.
Noting the sustained growth in demand for high quality tarps in the construction marketplace, EPC Contractors who are actively engaged in completing turn key projects actively seek out the services of Tarps Now® for both stock sized tarp products, as well as a wide range of custom tarps covering products used in demolition, sandblasting, construction scaffolding, concrete curing, painting and finishing a wide range of projects serving heavy industry, electric and gas utilities, oil and gas pipelines, retail shopping centers, multi-family community projects, and healthcare industry facility projects.
Tarps Now® has invested in advanced technologies used to custom engineer and fabricate tarps products in an “on demand” modality. As a result of these investments, EPC Contractors benefit from accurate cost quotes, rapid order processing, engineering, fabrication and deliveries of high-quality, industrial grade tarp and covering products both on site and to EPC Contractor warehousing facilities as desired. Examples of tarps and covering used by EPC Contractors are as follows below.
St. Joseph, Michigan, United States, 2019-Sep-04 — /EPR CONSTRUCTION NEWS/ — In the wake of storm surges of up to 18 feet on Grand Bahama Island, Hurricane Dorian continues threatens residents of the Florida coastline, as well as Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and Southeastern Virginia coastlines, with the potential for high winds, heavy rains and storm surge.
While Dorian has been downgraded to a Category 2 Hurricane, municipalities, non-profit organizations, businesses and homeowners have begun stockpiling hurricane tarps, roofing tarps, mesh tarps, debris lifting tarps and tarp fabrics that help mitigate storm damage. 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. In addition, 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:
St. Joseph, Michigan, United States, 2019-Aug-28 — /EPR CONSTRUCTION NEWS/ — Due to increasing need for Military Grade tarps, covers and fabrics meeting the specifications of the military branches, as well as State, Federal and municipal governmental agencies, Tarps Now® is pleased to announce the release of military grade tarps and covers that are engineered to meet the specifications that includes A-A-55308, A-A-59403, A-A-59708, CCC-C-419, CCC-C-422, CCC-C-428, CCC-C-432, CCC-C-439, CCC-C-442, CCC-C-443, CCC-D-950, MIL-C-10799, MIL-C-20696, MIL-C-43006, MIL-C-43128, MIL-C-43627, MIL-C-44103, MIL-C-788, MIL-PRF-20696, A-A-59403, A-A-549403A.
In addition to the new lines meeting Military Tarp specifications, Tarps Now® is also pleased to announce the release of tarps and covers meeting the needs of the United States Forestry Service which includes: (5100-86), MIL-C-3953, MIL-C-7219, MIL-C-10799, MIL-C-12369, MIL-C-43128, MIL-C-43734, MIL-C-43734D, Class 3, MIL-C-43375, NFPA-701, SS-481, SS-482, CPAI-63, CPAI-84.
The new lines of military grade tarps and fabrics are Made in the USA and are engineered to cover sensitive equipment, create weather-resistance outdoor tents, and secure and protect large items during transportation. These high-quality military grade tarps and covers are flexible, waterproof and flame retardant, as well as resistant to tearing, abrasions and resistant to Ultra-Violet light damage. For applications requiring military grade fabric, rolls are now sold in lengths of 50 to hundred yards.
St. Joseph, Michigan, United States, 2019-Aug-22 — /EPR CONSTRUCTION NEWS/ — Due to increasing demands of EPC Contractors and construction firms throughout North America, Tarps Now® is pleased to announce the addition of new lines of rugged concrete curing blankets engineered to meet the needs of the construction industry.
Tarps Now® manufactures its concrete curing blanket lines using the toughest woven polyethylene fabric and engineered for correct insulation and extended longevity. In addition, these new lines of concrete curing blankets using a flexible foam which provides the highest possible R value factor to accelerate the concrete curing process during all types of weather.
Being highly resilient and hydrophobic, the micro-foam selected by Tarps Now® during the manufacturing process ensures superior performance, with an outer poly outer shell that extremely durable and long lasting. Tarps Now® concrete curing blankets also feature a deep black on the exterior to provide maximum temperature gain from solar heat, thereby maximizing interior insulation layer R values ranging up to 7.7.
Supporting the new array of Concrete Curing Blankets offered, Tarps Now® provides a variety of stock or standard sizes of concrete curing blankets ranging from 12-mil, 1/2-inch closed cell measuring 3 x 25 feet to 12-mil, to 1/4-inch closed cell blankets that are 12 x 25 feet. Further, as a U.S.-based custom manufacturer of tarps, covers and insulated curing blankets, Tarps Now® produces custom concrete curing blankets sizes for any project. In addition, wet concrete blankets also are available for ordering where conditions warrant this type of use.
ST. JOSEPH, MICHIGAN, UNITED STATES, 2019-Aug-21 — /EPR CONSTRUCTION NEWS/ — High demand for Hay Tarps and agricultural tarp coverings has proven to be a catalyst for expanding offerings of tarps and coverings used in the production of hay and other farm products. Noting that unprotected hay is subject to 25 percent loss due to weathering and exposure, Tarps Now has underwritten the manufacture high quality Heavy Duty Hay Tarps that feature reinforced poly material which are designed to be resistant to the effects of Ultra-Violet Radiation which has proven to reduce the total cost of ownership, as lower grade fabrics often used by farmers across North America were far less durable.
In addition to the premium grade of fabrics utilized, the agricultural tarp coverings manufactured by Tarps Now® also feature brass spur grommets every two feet and 2-inch loops of webbing every four feet along the perimeter. This proprietary design ensures long lasting durability due to secure fittings, as well as easy anchoring of ropes, spiral pins, pipes and posts.
Heavy Duty Farm Hay Tarps
Manufactured in the United States, Tarps Now® agricultural tarp coverings have a silver exterior to reflect sunlight and reduce interior heat. Not only do these agricultural tarps protect farm products from damaging outdoor elements; they also serve to organize and consolidate farm products, resulting in easier transport to indoor storage.
St. Joseph, Michigan, United States, 2019-Aug-16 — /EPR CONSTRUCTION NEWS/ — Tarps Now® is pleased to announce it has increased commitment to expanding the number of lines of Heavy Duty Tarps and Coverings engineered to meet the needs of Engineering, Procurement and Construction (“EPC”) contractors throughout the North American construction marketplace.
EPC Contractors are firms actively engaged in completing turn-key projects requiring accurate cost quotes, rapid order processing and order deliveries of tarp and covering products used to develop and construct a wide range of facilities.
Projects typically involve large scale construction projects, heavy industry, electric and gas utilities, oil and gas pipelines, retail shopping centers, multi-family community projects, and healthcare industry facility projects.
Tarps Now® EPC Industry Product Highlights:
St. Joseph, Michigan, USA, 2019-Aug-12 — /EPR CONSTRUCTION NEWS/ — Tarps Now® is pleased to announce the expansion of its Canvas Tarps division to meet the needs of municipalities, state government agencies, the Federal government and large industrial concerns throughout North America. The genesis for unprecedented sales growth relates to Tarps Now® specializing in delivering Industrial Grade Canvas Tarps throughout North America.
Quality Made in the USA, Tarps Now® Canvas Tarps delivered through this fast-growing division are manufactured using Premium Grade Cotton Canvas Duck Fabrics which are breathable and waterproof, as well as very durable. Crafted with superior stitching, double-folded hems, and sturdy brass grommets for proper tie-downs, Tarps Now® Industrial Grade Canvas Tarps are available in a wide range of standard sizes fitted with various grades, colors and weights, as well as a selection of distinct material refinements such as treated, untreated, natural and fire-retardant fabric treatment options.
As a result of continuing rapid growth of the Canvas Tarps division, Tarps Now® offers the widest selection of standardized Industrial Grade Canvas Tarps found in the entire tarps industry. In addition, Tarps Now® also offers custom fabrication options to the exact specifications sought by its customers using a custom configuration application for on the TarpsNow.com website.
PERTH, Australia, 2019-Mar-28 — /EPR CONSTRUCTION NEWS/ — Perth’s leading concrete equipment hire company has bolstered its already extensive inventory of top branded machines with the arrival of a National battery-powered ride-on floor stripper.
This powerful, yet compact floor stripper will meet the needs of even the most demanding contractor, boasting an impressive 8 – 10 hours of operation on a single charge and capable of easy and rapid removal of even the toughest floor coatings such as wood, ceramics, screed, membranes, vinyl, linoleum and carpet.
The unit has a built-in 240V charging system which can be plugged in to any power outlet and its battery operation means it is environmentally friendly, with no harmful carbon dioxide fumes. It is also much quieter than other fuel driven floor strippers and creates hardly any vibration.
From a safety perspective, this battery powered ride-on floor stripper is unit is hard to beat. It has an automatic kill switch which is triggered when the operator seat is unoccupied and is totally manoeuvrable with complete hydraulic control and a zero turn radius.
This unit is also comfortable to ride and drive and very easy to operate. Ergonomically designed controls enable safe and easy handling and the precise hydraulic steering enables easy manoeuvring in tight spaces and accurate control of the machine’s movement and speed.
Removable weights mean that it can be configured to meet any elevator weight restrictions, so it’s easily transportable for use in any application including multi-storey buildings. Its tyres are also non-marking giving contractors and customers peace-of-mind that the job will be done to exacting standards.
According to Geoff Holtmeulen, MD of Concrete Hire, the availability of this new machine will be welcomed by contractors who want a combination of power, speed, efficiency and versatile manoeuvrability for their floor stripping jobs.
“As Perth’s concrete equipment hire specialists, we make sure that the machines we stock enable our customers to achieve the best possible outcomes. This new floor-stripper is widely acknowledged as the best in its class worldwide, and we’re confident that it will prove to be a sought-after asset for floor-stripping applications, both commercial and domestic.”
He added that every project has unique considerations and that the choice of concrete equipment has a material effect on the outcome of the job. “We have over 25 years of experience in the concrete preparation and remedial industry and have seen the benefits of appropriate equipment selection, so we urge people to talk to us upfront in order to achieve the best results.”
For more information on their new battery-powered ride-on floor stripper or for any other specialist concrete equipment hire in Perth, get in touch with Concrete Hire on 0418 222 273 or visit their website, www.concretehire.com.au.
Kershaw Doors Ltd who are a very well established timber door supplier since 1999 have extended their contemporary styled Mega Oak door range to include a high quality external door version which includes both a solid and glazed option. This new addition to the range was developed during 2012 released at the end of that year and is now on a special release price for 2013.
The Mega Oak exterior door specification surpasses many of it’s counterparts in the industry yet is offered at a very reasonable price of £281.69 for the solid version and £364.44 for the glazed option. Both doors are available in 2 popular sizes of 762mm x 1981mm and 838mm x 1981mm.
The Mega is constructed using a laminated Maple and Beech core, has 18mm Solid Oak edges and a superior 3mm thick Oak facing. The Mega 3V glazed option has the same specification as the solid door with the addition of 3 x 24mm Frosted glass vision panel (Low E Argon) units.
The doors are supplied boxed and ready to finish. In addition to the standard sized Oak Mega, Kershaws Doors have extended the range further to include both a solid and glazed side panel, offering versatility when creating grand entrance sets to your chosen design function.
The Mega solid panel 610mm x 1981mm is a substantial width to compliment either door and the Mega V1 glazed panel is 457 x 1981mm featuring a doubled glazed vertical panel of clear glass. These panels are to the same construction standard as the regular Mega Oak doors. See Kershaws Doors Ltd website at www.1doors.co.uk to order these special offer doors or view the vast range of timber doors available. In addition Kershaws Doors Ltd are able to offer some styles as Made to Measure options. For helpful door informationvisit Kershaws Blog at http://www.1doors.co.uk/blog/
Leading flooring manufacturer Flowcrete North America Inc is introducing at World of Concrete 2013 the world-renowned Deckshield parking protection systems into the Americas market.
Flowcrete Deckshield has built-up an extensive track record protecting outdoor parking structures within Europe, the Middle East and Asia – and is now being manufactured by Flowcrete North America for projects across the Americas.
The system – available in a choice of polyurethane and rapid-curing MMA variants – is being introduced on the back of increased demand for a product capable of delivering both a protective and aesthetic function in modern parking environments.
Tony Crowell, Managing Director of Flowcrete North America Inc, which has its headquarters in Conroe, Texas, said: “World of Concrete is the perfect place to introduce the Deckshield systems to the Americas audience.”
As the growth in construction of commercial structures continues, more and more cars visit airports, retail malls, hotels, office blocks and public buildings.
By utilizing the very best of protective coating systems on the internal structure of the parking area, visual appearance can be enhanced, light reflectivity improved, traffic movement regulated and ongoing structural maintenance can be kept to an absolute minimum.
“We feel Deckshield has an exciting future in these new markets and will become a major part of our business in the years to come.”
As well as launching Deckshield at the Las Vegas event, Flowcrete North America Inc is also promoting products including Flowfresh FCUV a four-component, semi gloss UV light stable polyurethane concrete coating. Designed to be used as a UV stable sealer or as a lock coat for quartz broadcast floors with Flowcrete’s hygienic Flowfresh flooring systems, FCUV includes the Polygiene® antimicrobial system, offering exceptional chemical resistance.
Flowseal Ultra, a fast curing and UV stable polyurea coating, is also being featured at World of Concrete. A two-component, chemical resistant system, it is designed to be used as a fast curing UV stable sealer, or a receiving coat for flakes and quartz broadcast systems.
Flowcrete will also be talking to visitors to their stand at World of Concrete about the company’s advantage within the marketplace in the manufacture of sustainable flooring.
Tony Crowell added: “We pride ourselves on being the green conscious flooring specialist.”
In line with its sustainable corporate philosophy, Flowcrete North America has restricted the use of toxic components in our flooring products. This includes manufacturing products that are free of components including Phthalate, Nonyl Phenol and Solvents.
Furthermore, Flowcrete North America products can assist specification professionals in qualifying for LEEDS® credits through the LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) Green Building Rating System™
Flowcrete North America Inc is on World of Concrete’s Booth S11339, from February 5th to the 8th, 2013.
The construction and maintenance division of Howden UK mark a record five years since their last Lost Time Incident and their fifth 5 star award from the British Safety Council. While the year may be nearly over, 2012 has been a highly successful one for the construction and maintenance division of Howden UK, which marked five years since their last Lost Time Incident (LTI). 2012 also marks the fifth consecutive year that Howden UK construction and maintenance division has been awarded the British Safety Council’s 5 Star Award for Health and Safety Management and working to best practise.
Nigel Francis, General Manager, Howden UK, Construction & Maintenance Division comments: “We believe that undertaking British Safety Council 5 Star Award for Health and Safety Management and working to Best Practice audit has raised the awareness of health and safety practices in our management team and our site personnel, resulting in a greater commitment to safe working practices in the workplace.”
Howden UK’s recent award from the British Safety Council, which was awarded following a three day audit carried out at their Kingswinford office and at West Burton Power Station, also marks another cause for celebration for the company. This is because this 5 star award, which is highly sought after in the industry, and which they were first awarded in September 2007, also gives them the opportunity to finally apply for the council’s most prestigious award.
Nigel Francis continues: “By achieving a 5 Star rating, Howden UK has qualified for the right to apply for the British Safety Council‘s prestigious Sword of Honour Award. Howden UK has been successful in being awarded the Sword three years out of four and we will be applying again this year. There are only 40 swords presented to companies worldwide each year. To achieve the Sword of Honour award, an in-depth portfolio has to be compiled, detailing the organisation’s Management Procedures with regard to Health & Safety, their commitment, initiatives and involvement of the workforce. The submission is externally reviewed and scored against Best Practice worldwide.”
Maybe you are a home user getting ready to tackle a Do It Yourself (DIY) task or maybe you are a professional taking on a new job, but in either case you probably recognise the importance of having the right tools for the job. Fix 8 also recognise that whilst a bad workman always blames his tools, having the right power tools to hand will help get things off to a much better start.
Indeed Fix 8 pride themselves on their ability to supply both the amateur DIY person and the professional tradesman with high quality power tools at prices to suit all budgets. As an example you may just need a lightweight cordless screwdriver for very occasional use around the house, in which case Fix 8 would recommend a small 3.6v model. However, they also supply a wide range of heavy duty cordless screwdrivers and drills in a wide range of voltages from 10.8V to 36V, including the common sizes of 7.2,9.6 and 14.4V, as well as truly industrious high power 24 and 36V models. Fix 8 advise that the latter are ideal for professionals and are ideal for continual heavy use including drilling in to concrete.
When it comes to working with wood then they supply a complete range of electric planers, routers and sanders to cover all of your woodworking needs. Indeed they specialize in the Makita range of sanders, which have been chosen by Fix 8 for their ease of use, durability and value for money. They offer a full range of Makita sanders from high-powered angle sanders, orbital sanders, belt sanders, filing sanders, palm sanders through to multi-purpose sanders.
Fix 8 also have a wide range of power tools designed for working with harder materials such as concrete, ranging from heavy duty hammer drills capable of using extra long drill bits through to stone cutters.
All of Fix 8’s power tool range can be found on their website, where pictures, and full descriptions of all of their power tools can be easily accessed and ordered online. Best of all if you spend more than £50, next day delivery is free, and as Fix 8 recognises that your time is money, you can even have your new power tools delivered directly to the site you are working on, saving you time by letting you get on with work and not having to wait at home for a delivery.
On their new website Fix 8 also offer a wide range of accessories for all of their power tools, from spares batteries to dust extraction units and Bosch jigsaw blades, making them a one stop shop when it comes to power tools.
Once you have checked out their latest range of power tools online you may want to order some of the extensive range of fixings and fasteners that they sell, in order to complete your job, all of which are also available with next day delivery. Fix 8 also offer a comprehensive range of support online as well as having highly knowledgeable staff that can handle all of your telephone enquiries.
If you’ve run out of fresh ideas and do not know how to keep the scene in your backyard going, why not consider some of the following product selections. They will certainly give your garden a new look. Whether you want to mix and match products or give your garden that relaxing feel, don’t scratch your hair out of frustration. Just look for the following products and watch your hard labor come to fruition. Of course no one said beautifying your garden would be easy. As in any designing project, planning well is always harder than its execution. Get your pen and pad out and start planning with some of these products in mind.
Decorative garden stones are ideal for giving your outdoor space a more elegant, interesting look while still being practical. Garden stones come in a wide variety of different sizes and shapes, and many offer a motif that might be near and dear to your heart, like the “Gather” garden stone, designed with colorful butterflies, the“Love Blooms Here” garden stone, complete with fairies, butterflies and flowers in an ivory finish, or the “Love” Garden stone, which features text, boldly colored dragonflies and water lily blooms. You can pick one type of garden stone and use several of them throughout your space to create a walkway or you can pick different ones to mix and match throughout your garden.
Urn fountains are a subdued yet noticeable addition to any garden. Urn fountains are made from faux-stone materials that look surprisingly real up close, and the graceful curves and shape of the fountain, along with the delicate stream of water emanating from the fountain are sure to give your garden a relaxing feel.
Acorn fountains have a traditional look much like the alabaster fountains you probably grew up seeing in your neighbors or grandmother’s garden. Made from ivory alabastrite, acorn fountains look just like real stone, and the bright, vibrant color is sure to get the attention of visitors. Place an acorn fountain in the middle of your garden as a marvelous centerpiece. Not only will the fountain be beautiful, but the added visual interest will really make the colors of your flowers and plants pop.
Wind chimes are a beautiful, soothing addition to your garden or outdoor space. Wind chimes come in a variety of different materials and styles. The most common type is classic aluminum wind chimes, which produce soft, gentle tones throughout the day and night. If you’re looking for something more decorative, consider acrylic hummingbird chimes, which are adorned with colorful hummingbirds. For the ocean lover, acrylic dolphin wind chimes can bring a bit of the sea right to your own backyard. You can also add delicate rhythmic sounds to your garden by adding natural or coated bamboo chimes to your garden. If you have a very large outdoor area, consider mixing and matching different types of wind chimes or buying multiple sets.
Antique-Style Ivory or Sage Duck Décor
Adding an antique-style ivory or sage duck statue to your garden is a great way to add a bit of color and whimsy to your space. The weathered finish of the statue gives your wood duck a delightful old-time feel, similar to those found in the gardens of yesteryear. Choose just one or two duck statues, or if you have a small pond or fountain, purchase multiple ducks to make a charming outdoor scene for your garden. You can even put other animal statues like roosters or chickens nearby to give your area a bit of a wild farm feel. Don’t spend your money on antique statues from consignment shops and flea markets when you can buy high-quality new ones that will last longer for just a fraction of the cost.
What garden would be complete without singing birds? Adding the barnyard birdhouse to one of your nearby trees with area-appropriate food and water will definitely draw beautiful avian creatures right to your home. Large enough for a small family of birds, the barnyard birdhouse will add a rustic look to your garden.
Blue Floral Planters
If you have herbs, vegetables or flowers that you prefer to grow in planters rather than in the ground, planters painted in a Delft style are perfect for almost any space because the vibrant Delft blue and crystal clear white will match anything you put in them. You can choose to buy blue floral planters in a variety of different sizes and with or without a drain hole depending on your needs.
Butterfly Garden Stakes
Garden stakes are purely decorative items that bring extra life and color to your garden. No garden is truly finished until there are beautiful butterflies floating around, but luckily, you can add them yourself! Butterfly garden stakes come in a translucent red color that catches the sun and makes them glimmer in the light. Try adding butterfly garden stakes along walkways or within groups of plants that need a burst of color. Butterfly garden stakes can also be used as decorative reminders to prune or trim certain items in your garden the next day or week.
Bullfrog Garden Solar Light
If you want to keep your garden glowing at night without the cost of expensive solar or electric lights, bullfrog garden solar lights can do the job while adding a fun, whimsical style to your garden. Bullfrog garden solar lights are made with a high-quality poly-resin for durability in all conditions.
There you have it, affordable, useful, durable and stylish decor that’ll beautify your garden. Hopefully these ideas and great products have livened up your day as they will certainly lighten up your garden for days, months, even years. Most of all you can get all these products at affordable prices. For more decorative products and ideas to beautify your garden, visit Affordable home decor.
Festival Foods enlisted the help of Acoustical Engineer Eric Wolfram of Milwaukee-based Scott R. Riedel & Associates, LTD, who consulted with Acoustiblok’s Jay Boland to choose Acoustifence noise barrier material, a product of Acoustiblok, Inc. of Tampa Florida, to bring the decibel level down below the legal threshold and restore peace and quiet to the neighboring community.
When Wolfram first investigated the site in September, decibel readings ranged between 78.4 and 90.7, loud enough to be a risk for noise-related health problems to nearby residents and workers, had they been subjected to the noise over time. The Sheboygan Department of City Development demanded the level be reduced by at least five decibels, Wolfram said.
“The existing refrigeration pump and motor systems produce extreme noise levels,” Wolfram said. “This noise reverberates within the sheet-metal paneled enclosure interior and escapes through several different exhaust and ventilation openings.
“Additional noise was generated by the cooling and exhaust fans mounted above the enclosure.”
Minimal structural changes were required, as the ⅛- inch Acoustifence was easily attached to an existing chain link fence and the outdoor-rated QuietFiber with a perforated metal cover was capconed to the building.
The results were better than Wolfram had hoped, with decibel levels reduced to 57.3 the moment the barrier was in place – well below the City’s legal threshold, and more than 20 decibels lower than before the Acoustiblok products were installed. Neighbors are no longer bombarded with the irritating chiller noise, now replaced with the ordinary ambient sounds that existed before.
“Sounds from local traffic and roadways exceeded that of the compressor equipment after installation of the Acoustifence and QuietFiber products,” Wolfram said.
Lahnie Johnson, founder and president of Acoustiblok, Inc., applauded Festival Foods’ quick action in addressing the noise complaints right away, stating that the product combination was the perfect solution for this particular type of noise challenge.
“The Acoustifence and QuietFIber treatments were the perfect solution for the Festival Foods chiller noise, as both of these materials are designed to hold up in inclement weather, and as you can see from the results, they do their job well beyond everyone’s expectations,” Johnson said. “The Acoustifence and Quiet Fiber are also substantially less costly than attempting a structural enclosure solution.”
Acoustiblok noise abatement material was installed in the nearly completed Artist Workshop Studios recording facility, an in-the-box (ITB) studio designed and built by Artist Workshop Studios owner Tom Donofrio. Acoustiblok was chosen to provide a sound barrier for the small, 12 foot x 12 foot basement studio that could drop decibels levels within the space and provide a neutral acoustical environment for recording.
Donofrio, an electrical engineer, and musician who has built recording studios in the past using different sound deadening materials, chose Acoustiblok for his newest project after consulting with Marilyn Myers of Acoustiblok, Inc., because of its sound damping and noise blocking qualities, as well as its thin, flexible structure that adds no volume to walls within the studio space. Attached to the studs before drywall is hung, Acoustiblok performs without the need to add layers of rigid drywall or modified drywall, a method Donofrio used in the past with mixed results and significant floor space reduction.
“I was looking for a product that would lower the decibels in the studio without taking up any additional space,” Donofrio said. “I was able to achieve the neutral acoustics desired in the space, which makes me extremely happy.
“I didn’t want a sound quality that was too dead or too live, so the Acoustiblok turned out to be an excellent choice.”
Donofrio and a friend were able to hang the 3mm Acoustiblok on the newly framed stud walls within the studio space, including cutouts around a window and electric sockets, and seal the seams according to installation recommendations, all in less than four hours.
The Artist Workshop Studios recording space was built for Donofrio to indulge his own talents as an acoustical guitarist and vocalist, and to be made available to artists on a budget who need an affordable studio with high quality production equipment and the expertise of a seasoned technician to record a song or album.
“Acoustiblok is a perfect choice for establishing sound quality within a sound recording studio like this one,” said Lahnie Johnson, president and founder of Acoustiblok, Inc.
“Unlike additional drywall or other solid rigid materials used for sound reduction, the 1/8-inch heavy, limp Acoustiblok allows the room to be a damped, expandable acoustical envelope. As such, a studio or home theater has less reflection and actually sounds significantly better.”
Installation of 18,000 square feet of non-fiberlass Quiet Fiber® noise abatement material has been completed in the massive generator room of the newly constructed, 750,000 square foot Galleria 360 mall in Santo Domingo.
Quiet Fiber, a product of Acoustiblok, Inc. in Tampa, Florida, was installed on the ceiling and walls of the mall’s generator and substation rooms. These rooms house the industrial emergency generators necessary to keep power running in this coastal area of the Caribbean, plagued by frequent power outages.
The Galleria 360’s industrial generators, installed by Santa Domingo-based Edelca, are a staple in this island republic. Edelca owner Carlos Montos, Edelca consulted with Jay Boland of Acoustiblok, Inc., and used Quiet Fiber on the project after achieving excellent results with Quiet Fiber on a similar project at the La Sirna Superstore in the eastern coastal town of Higuey, Dominican Republic.
“Even though Quiet Fiber is not the least expensive product on the market, I keep coming back to it because the results beat all the competitors’ noise deadening products with double the noise insulating qualities,” Montos said. “The customer on this job wanted to install a double layer of a different product but I convinced him to try the Quiet Fiber.
“I’ve been designing and installing these emergency generators for 20 years, and I have never had the results from other noise abatement products that I have with Quiet Fiber, and now I’m trying to use it everywhere.”
Montos says noise from these industrial generators on which the island has become dependent in order to maintain consistent power is a major problem plaguing businesses and residential property owners when the generators are running. Not only is generator noise bad for business, but its constant drone can cause permanent hearing loss. Another important consideration in the selection of soundproofing material is its fire resistance.
Recently in Santo Domingo a serious fire started in a generator room, and the existing foam sound proofing material was a prime contributor. The fire caused Montos to search for a new fireproof solution. Quiet Fiber is fire resistant even at 2,000 degrees.
“The noise levels are almost unbearable, so you need to have an adequate level of soundproofing in place when they are running,” Montos said. “I always install noise absorbing material wherever I install my generators, and Quiet Fiber is the best soundproofing product we’ve ever used.”
Montos and his crew were able to easily cut the Quiet Fiber to fit around electric conduits, and secured the material to the walls and ceiling with standard insulation stick pins.
The sound deadening qualities of Quiet Fiber will help to protect the mall’s employees, and streams of tourists and local residents from the high volume industrial noise caused by the generators when they are operating.
Lahnie Johnson, president and founder of Acoustiblok, Inc., says that the application of Quiet Fiber in the Galleria 360 generator and substation rooms was exactly what was needed for addressing the high decibel, reverberant sound emanating from the concrete walls.
“Quiet Fiber was designed with this type of hot, humid environment in mind,” Johnson said. “When you’re addressing solid surface noise issues, which in this case with concrete walls, you need a product with proven maximum sound absorption, high temperature rating for fire blocking, and hydrophobic (resistant to moisture).”
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.
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.
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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.