The National Safety Council presented Owens Corning with the Green Cross for Safety medal at its 15th annual fundraising dinner in Atlanta last night. The dinner honored Owens Corning for its steadfast commitment to improving safety and health in the workplace and beyond.
“Receiving the Green Cross for Safety medal honors the dedication of all of our employees,” said Owens Corning Chairman and CEO, Michael H. Thaman. “We lead from safety, which means our ability to execute on safety is a primary indicator of how we perform as a company.”
Congratulations to Owens Corning!
The environment is a hot topic nowadays and everybody seems to be on the green bandwagon. From recycling soda cans, to using canvas grocery bags, to hanging clothes out to dry in the sun, conservation of our natural resources is a daily part of the new century. So what if you have good intentions but not enough motivation to follow through? Are you a lazy environmentalist? Here are some relatively simple tips that will make you feel like you are doing your part to save the earth, with minimal effort and time. Go green!
Place a bucket, pail, or barrel outside your house to collect rainwater. After your receptacle has filled, you can water your indoor plants for free. Or use it to rinse off dishes before placing them in the dishwasher. You could even wash your dog! In order to not attract mosquitoes, don’t leave standing water outside for any length of time. Those pesky bugs lay their eggs in stagnant water, so make sure you use what you’ve collected right away. After trying your hand at rainwater collecting a few times, you might want to peruse the many commercially available rain barrels and purchase one. These barrels can attach to your down gutter and typically hold 40 to 80 gallons of water. If you are really ambitious you can purchase multiple barrels to collect rainwater from different spots around your house and water your entire landscaping.
If you are a coffee drinker, you may be throwing away a valuable garden nutrient every day. Used coffee grounds are rich in nitrogen, magnesium, calcium and potassium. While organic coffee is best because it hasn’t been treated with pesticides, you can still get the same benefits from non-organic. As a lazy environmentalist, just toss the coffee grounds directly on top of your soil. This is an excellent and free year-round fertilizer. Tomato plants, blueberries, roses and evergreens all thrive on coffee ground fertilizer because of its acidic nature, which also makes them a great deterrent of slugs and snails. So use them around plants that are being eaten alive by these pests. Coffee grounds can be added to composts piles too if you’ve got one started.
Along with coffee grounds, banana peels, fish bones and egg shells are also great organic matter for your garden and rose bushes. Bury banana peels a few inches in the soil around roses for more vibrant blooms. Roses love fish bones, but be sure to bury these a little bit deeper – at least a shovel head’s depth to keep dogs and other animals from digging them up. Egg shells provide needed calcium to your garden. Wash them out and crush before burying in the soil. You can also circle egg shells around a vegetable plant to deter slugs and snails.
If you read your daily newspaper while drinking your morning coffee, you’ve got another cheap and handy garden helper. Layer newspaper under mulch and it becomes a weed barrier. The newspaper will slowly decompose and fertilize your flower beds in the process. Newspaper is a wonderful, and natural, substitution to the plastic weed barriers available for purchase from your garden store. Newspaper can also be used to get rid of unwanted sod when starting a new flowerbed or vegetable garden. Simply layer four or five sheets of overlapped newspaper directly on top of the sod, water it down, cover with mulch and wait until spring. You will then have a grass-free area to start planting.
Vinegar is a great option to buying toxic, commercially made weed and pest killers or cleaners. White distilled vinegar is cheap to buy and most households already have it on hand. Use a vinegar and water mixture to soak away clay pot stains, spray a mixture of vinegar and compost tea onto plants to protect against disease, or use full-strength on weeds that grow between the cracks of your sidewalks and pathways. A spray of vinegar along door thresholds or windowsills where ants gather will stop them in their tracks. Acid-loving plants flourish with a douse of vinegar and water mixture every now and then. And if you have a cat that likes to use your child’s sandbox as its personal bathroom, vinegar can discourage the practice.
So even if you are ho-hum about saving our natural resources, incorporate one or all of these tips into your daily routine. With little effort, you might surprise yourself and become greener, along with your garden of course!
When is it time to get a new roof?
When buying a new house, or getting a roof put on, you get a roofing material that is rated for a period of time. For years, the most common was a twenty- or twenty-five year asphalt shingle. Now, roofing materials are much more adventurous and better looking. You can look around your neighborhood and see some great-looking roofs on houses very similar to your own. You may still have ten years on your twenty-year shingles, but is that a good enough reason to put off getting a roof you really like? If you’ve done frequent roof repair, or have discovered that a different roof may save money on your power bill, or even if you’ve seen a roof that would make your house look great, you should consider getting a new roof.
What options are there in roofs?
Asphalt roofs can usually have up to three layers, so you can get a new roof without having to do a tear off. Newer asphalt shingles have exciting new cuts and colors and are rated for a much longer period of time than common 3-tab. Laminated shingles have designs called architectural or presidential, and they can give a roof a much more three-dimensional look.
Metal roofs look much better than in past years when they were used more for industrial and commercial buildings. Now, they are a top-of-the-line residential product. Newer metal roofing panels are treated to absorb heat in the winter and reflect it in the summer and they’ve gotten much more durable.
Composite materials have also enjoyed a surge in the roofing market do to sustainable building practices and green living. Roofing tiles made from recycled tires and building materials are quite strong. They also offer color options you won’t find anywhere else.
Where is the best place to find a roof?
A roofing contractor will be your best source in finding the roof you want. They will have the experience, product knowledge and contacts needed to get prices and make an informed decision. Do you really want to spend another ten years doing roof repair? Or do you want to have a spectacular-looking roof?
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We love our home,after all we built it,some 35 years ago. Had been re-stained several times,and did a new roof, but that was years ago. We needed a update, and no worry outside for our home. After checking out several remodelers, and looked for references, Sela was the most reliable, honest prices, and great representatives. We felt reassured that our decision was the right one. The rep was fantastic,kind and got the ball rolling. He looked out for us, and recommended a great insulation man for our attic, and got the crews lined up. The crews that showed up from the roof, to the siding to the gutters, and electricians, well we could not of asked for more kind people. The new color, and trim, and new roof color, to some new windows, well it is fantastic. All was completed in the alloted time, and before the weather turned cold. We have a nice warm and cozy home now, and we are proud of all the work that was done. – Michael & Cheri B.
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Had a very good experience with SELA with our hail damaged roof replacement this fall. Appointments were always right on time, they met and worked with my insurance company claims adjuster to make sure they found all damage. They scheduled the job to meet our schedule – and what seemed to be way ahead of other contractors that were in the area. Dumpster, materials and crew all showed up right on time and they finished the job in two days (working late into the evening). A super job in cleaning up. The roof looks great. Overall, very good job. I would use this vendor again. – Andy E.
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It is that time of year again – winter with tons of snow and ice! The University of Massachusetts has a great article on how ice dams form and how you can prevent them with maintenance.
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Our partner, Owens Corning received a perfect score of 100 percent on the 2014 Corporate Equality Index (CEI) published by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation. This is the 10th consecutive year Owens Corning has achieved a 100-percent CEI rating.
Congratulations to them and their employees!
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We are proud to be partners with Owens Corning and offer their products – especially ones like Oakridge Shingles. Not only are they amazing for your home, but now they come in a variety of colors to fit the aesthetic needs of any homeowner. Below is a gorgeous dark green:
For more color options, visit the Owens Corning website or give us a call to see the full line for your home!
Congratulations to Jerri Shufelt of St. Louis Park – the winner of our $10,000 Home Improvement Sweepstakes! We can’t wait to get started on her project!
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