December 16th, 2014 by Cathy Rust
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Canmore Black Shake
Euroshield is a rubber roofing product that has been manufactured in Calgary, Alberta for the last 13 years. It is made from 75% recycled rubber tires and 20% other recycled material for a total of 95% recycled material. Each new roof contains between 250 and 1000 rubber tires, and any scraps produced during installation can be collected and recycled into new product (depending on location).
There are four product lines:
- EuroSlate, mimics the look of slate. Available in Brownstone, Greystone and Blackstone colours.
- EuroShake, mimics the look of cedar shakes — available in either the hand split or taper-sawn looks and three colours: weathered brown, grey and black.
Both the EuroSlate and EuroShake are the original products developed by EuroShield. They are about 3/4″ thick at the butt end and interlock using a tongue and groove system. They weigh approximately 3.3lbs/square foot and need no additional truss support.
- EuroLite Slate is available in Rustic Brown, Sterling Grey and Charcoal Black.
- EuroLite Shake is available in Woodlands Brown, Silverwood and Saxon Black.
These products are thinner and lighter than the two original products and are less expensive than the original products. EuroLite Slate is 3/8″ at the butt end, EuroLite Shake is 1/2″ at the butt end. The cost for these two products is mid range between asphalt shingles and premium roofing products such as slate, cedar shakes, metal, etc.
Some of the other advantages of these rubber roofing tiles:
- Durable and maintenance free,
- Lifetime transferable warranty,
- Extreme hail resistance,
- Easy to install (although read installation instructions thoroughly),
- Quiet, with sound deadening and insulation qualities
I asked Brian Eberle, Marketing Director for Euroshield, about Euroshield’s waste program. He responded:
Our policy is to accept cut waste panel sections free of nails and other contaminants for recycling from anyone who has purchased product, however for practical/cost reasons it tends to be those in Alberta that return scrap material due to reasonable proximity to us.
For more information or to find a dealer near you, visit the EuroShield website. http://www.euroshieldroofing.com/
December 10th, 2014 by Contributor
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Vinegar is a great household cleaner
- Vinegar works as an excellent surface cleaner. If you want to work something different in to your house cleaning techniques, then try using a spray bottle of half vinegar and half water as your regular household cleaning fluid. You will find that the acid in the vinegar cuts through the grease and dirt that can accrue on the surfaces in the kitchen very nicely, and won’t be harmful at all, like some stronger chemical cleaners can be. You can use neat vinegar on tougher jobs, like oven cleaning or floor cleaning.
Use a 1:1 ratio of vinegar and water for cleaning.
- A splash of vinegar in the washing up bowl will mean that you are able to get your dishes cleaner even easier. Using the same grease cutting chemical process, you will find that vinegar makes light work of getting rid of dried on and greasy stains form your dishes, leaving them looking sparkling.
- As a glass cleaner, vinegar is an excellent product for ensuring that you are able to reduce the amount of streaks that you get, because it dries out a lot more quickly than water, reducing the residue marks as it evaporates. For the best results, you should use a really clean cloth, and go downwards in a zig-zag motion. For even better results, follow the vinegar cleaning process with a rinse of water, and a squeegee dry off!
» Read more: 7 Ways to Clean with Vinegar
December 2nd, 2014 by Cathy Rust
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Sherbourne Common Water Screens (stormwater treatment)
Sherbourne Common at Night
Waterfront Toronto was established in 2001 by the city of Toronto, the province of Ontario and the federal government. Its mandate was not just to revitalize the waterfront area, but also to do it using a framework of sustainability. They have developed incorporated into the design such things as making the roadways more pedestrian and bike friendly, creating parks surrounding housing developments, creating mixed-use spaces for businesses, services, education and housing. Low-income housing was also included in the plan. The building code standards are stricter than the city’s and are continually improving. Finally, riverfront and lakefront rehabilitation was one of the primary mandates. If you haven’t been down to see the wave decks yet, they are unique, award winning structures that have provided connections and continuations of pathways, but have also assisted in revitalizing the lake beneath it. Toronto Conservation Authority counted an increase in fish species below the decks from six to 27 at last count. » Read more: Waterfront Toronto Aims to Build the Greenest Community in North America
November 26th, 2014 by Contributor
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Everyone wants the best for their property and do their best to improve it every now and again. Decorating your home is one of the easiest ways to make your place feel like new, without really making that big of a change. When it comes to decorating of walls, it is necessary to mention the trend that has been in the spotlight recently, i.e. green walls, also known as living walls or vertical gardens. Living walls are self-sufficient gardens that are attached to indoor or outdoor walls of a property. Such walls easily make a significant change to a place and turn in into a lovely natural area. Vertical gardening is a great method to grow plants in a more innovative and unconventional way and is also a wonderful solution for properties, where it’s not possible to have a garden.
There are many reasons why more and more people have started to invite this new trend to their homes. Here is some more information about living walls and their number of benefits presented by London gardeners.
» Read more: Living Walls And Vertical Gardens
November 24th, 2014 by Contributor
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Summer is gone but with temperatures remaining high enough it may be difficult to think about heating and energy efficiency. You definitely should, however, consider that winter will be here soon and with its snow and cold weather. What you do now can have huge impact on your electricity bill and how well your home will be overall prepared to face the season challenges. The more you do about energy efficiency, the better.
Here are some general tips on how to make your home energy efficient for the cold months to come. Think about what your home can use and go for it. Carefully consider what you can do to change how much you spend on heating and how to make your home more efficient.
» Read more: Tips for an Energy efficient warm winter