Why A Slate Roof Still Makes Sense
6 January 2015
A century ago, most homes had slate roofs. Then, this roofing material, made naturally by layers of sedimentary rock being pressed in the earth over time, was plentiful and affordable. Then came manufactured roofing materials like asphalt shingles, and slate fell out of fashion. However, this type of roofing still has a lot to recommend it.
Advantages to choosing slate for your roof
1. Durability. The chief advantage to using slate for your roof is durability.
Amazing Cranes: 5 Things You Didn't Know Cranes Could Do
30 December 2014
Cranes aren't just for lifting heavy construction equipment. These handy machines are useful for all kinds of purposes including entertainment and health care. Here are some unusual uses for cranes.
Imagine eating a meal 164 feet in the air surrounded by nothing but a beautiful view.
One company has decided to use cranes to give people a dining experience like no other. Dinner in the Sky is a restaurant group that offers patrons the opportunity to eat on a platform in the sky being held up by a crane.
Are Cranes And Hoists The Same Thing?
22 December 2014
If you aren't in the construction business you may use the words "crane" and "hoist" interchangeably. The machines are similar to each other, but they do have some key differences.
Hoists are machines that are able to lift loads straight up and down. They can't move the load from side to side at all. They tend to run cables that are known as hoist ways. Hoists are much simpler than cranes are because they only have the one direction of movement.
Pay For Your Solar Energy System With These Government Programs
17 December 2014
Installing solar panels on your home can trim your energy bills by as much as 90 percent. However, it costs an average of $19,200 to install a small 2kW system, which can provide a decent amount of power for a 3,000 square foot home if you watch your energy consumption closely. If you want to install a solar energy system, but the price puts it out of reach for you, use one of these government programs to cut the cost of the system to a manageable amount.