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Keep Sela in mind for water damage repairs.

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With the start of our storm season we never know what we may be facing this year with the potential of hail, wind and water damage being a real possibility. Sela has the experience and expertise to help with water damage to what is most likely your most valuable asset. Your home. Water damage can not only lower the value of your home, but can be a health hazard if not repaired correctly. No matter what may cause your water damage, Sela can get the job and restoration done appropriately. Our goal is to return your home to its original safe and beautiful condition, as if nothing ever happened. Go to our website for more information or to contact us!

Musician uses LP’s for roof.

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Wondering what to do with all those old LP’s that you have or inherited? Well, Matt Glassmever had an idea for his 350 records that he had laying around. He used them to roof his porch. Matt was met with many skeptics when people saw what he was doing, but says that he had left 100 records outside for two years and they faired well with no deterioration, other than the labels peeling off. Each album has a nail and a washer in the center whole to secure it and to keep them from leaking. It may not be too pretty, but it works. Looks like Matt has come up with yet another way to be green! LOL!

White Roofs in NYC.

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In New York City, Mark Z. Jacobson, a professor of civil and environmental engineering at Stanford University, has been doing a study on white rooftops for apartment buildings to see if the color change from black would have any kind of affect on keeping the buildings cooler and more efficient. Their findings have been very eye opening. So much that the city is embarking on a push to change as many roof tops as possible to white. The change could have enough of an effect on the downtown area, that it would actually reduce the “heat island effect” that makes the city 5-7 degrees warmer than the actual temperature at night in the summer. In 2011, on the hottest day of the summer, a white rooftop measured 43 degrees cooler than a black roof. That is huge and no doubt will reduce energy consumption for the building.



Branson rocked by Tornado

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Branson was just one of many areas hit by devastating storms just yesterday. The tourist town of Branson was hit by a tornado with winds of up to 130 mph that was reportedly 400 yards wide and on the ground for 22 miles. Miraculously there were no fatalities and only 33 injuries from the storm that hit around 1:00 a.m. March 1st. The town and its businesses are working feverishly to get things up and running if possible, by March 12th, which is the beginning of spring break for the area. There will be some businesses that will have no chance of opening anywhere near that date, as they sustained heavy damage and will need months to make repairs or rebuild.

What kind of gas do window manufacturers use in windows?

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You hear it all the time when window shopping. The windows you are looking at will typically say that they are “gas filled” windows to conserve energy and increase thermal value. So what kind of gas do they use anyway in these windows? Is it dangerous? Here are the facts for you to be a consumer in the know.

There are two common types of gas that are used in windows. Argon and Krypton. Both gases are called inert gases, meaning they do not react readily with other substances. These gases have a higher resistance to heat flow, then air. The gases are sealed between the panes to decrease a windows U-Factor, or the rate at which the window conducts non-solar heat flow. Argon gas is inexpensive, non toxic, non reactive and odorless. Krypton is more expensive and has better thermal performance.

There you have it. A crash course on window gases!

Lumber Exchange Building was first Skyscraper of Minneapolis.

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Designed by Franklin Long & Frederick Kees, and built in 1885, the Lumber Exchange building was billed as one of the country’s first “fireproof” buildings . It is the oldest high rise building in Minneapolis and outside of New York City is the oldest building with twelve or more floors. The building you see now was built in three different stages. The original building was tall and narrow, later a wing was added and later still 2 stories were added to the top. Some call it ugly and others realize that it is a significant part of architectural history, and for that, it is beautiful in its own right.

Source: Wikipedia

Batt and loose fill insulation. What is the difference?

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When insulating your attic you will need to choose from Batt or roll insulation, and loose fill insulation. So what are the differences between the two? We thought  we would spell it out for you so you have a general knowledge of the differences. Contact us to talk about your situation.

Batt or Roll Insulation – The more common type of insulation that comes in the form of a roll that consists of flexible fibers, usually fiberglass. You also can find rolls made from minerals, wool, plastic and natural fibers, such as cotton or sheep’s wool.
Rolls are available in widths of standard spacing of wall studs, and attic or floor joists.They are available with or without facings. Manufacturers often attach a facing to act as a vapor or air barrier. Rolls with special flame-resistant facing are available where the insulation will be left exposed. A facing also helps with  fastening during installation. However, it’s recommended that you use unfaced rolls if you’re reinsulating over existing insulation.

Loose Fill Insulation – Loose-fill insulation consists of small particles of fiber, foam, or other material. These particles form an insulation material that conforms to any size or type of space. The ability to conform makes loose-fill insulation well suited for retrofits and for situations  where it’s difficult to install other types of insulation.
Most material used for loose-fill insulation include cellulose, fiberglass, and mineral wool. These materials are made using recycled materials. Cellulose is primarily made from recycled newsprint. Most fiberglass contains 20%–30% recycled glass. Mineral wool is usually produced from 75% post-industrial recycled content.