Ask a Deicing Salt Supplier: A Buying Guide

Ask a Deicing Salt Supplier: A Buying Guide

If you own a business, chances are you’ll be buying deicing salt in large quantities once the winter hits. But with all the different ways to purchase deicing salt, it can be confusing to figure out what to buy.

To help you determine which product best fits your needs, we’ve asked a deicing salt supplier to break down a few popular options:

Bulk Treated Salt

This variety is treated with a liquid called magnesium chloride, which makes it much stronger and more effective than salt alone – so you’ll be using 20 to 30 percent less salt. If you have environmental concerns or are worried about causing damage to your concrete, this is a good option as it is less damaging to vegetation and less corrosive than traditional salt.

Winter Sand & Bulk Salt Mix

With 75 percent winter sand and 25 percent bulk salt, this hybrid is best for traction on thick, icy surfaces, or snow-covered roads. Depending on your needs, you could alter the ratio to your liking as the salt can be added in very small amounts if desired since it’s added to sand to prevent it from freezing.

Bulk Salt Sacks

If you are looking to purchase exceptionally large quantities of deicing salt for your commercial property, bulk salt sacks are a great option. The sacks generate less waste and are easier to work with for large spaces since your deicing salt technician won’t have to constantly open small bags.

If you have questions about which deicing salt product is best for your business, or if you want to explore additional options, contact Draglam Salt in Oakville.

Four Benefits of Custom Cabinetry

Four Benefits of Custom Cabinetry

The cabinets in your home might seem simply like a place to keep your things but with custom cabinetry, they can be so much more! Stock cabinets are standardized and built ahead of time. You can choose stock cabinets from a showroom and have some options for style and colour. With custom cabinetry, you work with a company like Newport Millwork and Cabinetry to design your cabinets with you to meet your particular wants and needs.

Custom Cabinet Quality 

Custom cabinetry guarantees better quality. Companies that offer custom cabinetry are dedicated to forming close relationships with their customers to understand their needs and therefore care about ensuring clients are satisfied with their cabinets.

As well, custom cabinetry is typically made out of locally sourced, high-quality wood and is built to last because it is made by hand instead of on an assembly line. By investing in custom cabinetry you can feel confident that your cabinets will last longer and add real value to your home.

Design Selection

When ordering cabinetry that is generic you lose options. Custom cabinetry makes it possible for you to experience a wide selection, as product availability, wood types and colours do not limit your choices. With custom cabinets, you can choose from a selection of wood, finishes and hardware. You also have the opportunity to discuss what carpentry styles you like and ensure you use the best installation techniques.

Functional Storage

In addition to better quality and selection, custom cabinets are more functional. Because the cabinets are customized, you are not limited to pre-determined shapes and sizes. You have the ability to think about unique ways to fill your space and make the most of the room you have.

You and your cabinet maker can work together to find a solution for organizational issues you face and find solutions to fit cabinets into strangely shaped places. If your room isn’t typical, that’s no problem because custom cabinetry is not supposed to be typical either! Considering factors such as the height of those living in your household will help you make the layout of your storage areas as convenient as possible.

Cabinetry Uniqueness

Custom cabinetry ensures that your cabinets are one of a kind. You will not have the same cabinets as anyone else and they will suit the personality of your home and the rest of your décor. A room like your kitchen will stand out not only as a functional space for cooking but as an aesthetically pleasing space to spend time. When working with an experienced and talented team on your custom cabinets you can feel like your style is reflected in your cabinet choices.

You may be surprised to learn that custom cabinets do not necessarily have to cost you more. Customizing your cabinets is a smart investment for your home, allowing you to maximize space while adding value.

Invest the extra time into planning the perfect cabinets for your space, needs and taste.  Get in touch with Newport Millwork and Cabinetry today to start discussing future plans for your home.

How To Prepare Your Home For Severe Weather

How To Prepare Your Home For Severe Weather

There has been an alarming amount of intense weather as of late. Hurricanes, heavy winds and storms have decimated some of our southern neighbours. Canadians are extremely lucky when it comes to weather, but hurricanes, tornados and earthquakes raise questions about our own emergency preparedness. How confident are you in the safety of your family, home, and belongings if a severe weather situation happens?

Be Prepared Beforehand

It’s critical to have a plan in place for your family ahead of time. Make sure you have discussed with everyone living in your home what to do in an emergency and practice that plan a few times annually.

Every member of your family should know what to do and not do, such as staying away from windows and doors once a severe storm begins. Everyone should also have a job to do and know how to be prepared and execute their responsibility. A great example of this is knowing who will turn off the water and hydro in a safe and prompt way. If an emergency happened, the average Canadian household would have to survive on their own for approximately 72 hours before help comes. Those first few days are the most crucial and will showcase how prepared your household is.

Necessities You’ll Need to Have on Hand

You have a plan, but you also need to the most basic necessities to be ready to survive for those very important first few days. The biggest essentials needed are of course water, food, a first aid kit, a radio and working flashlights (with batteries). A great idea for any home is to have a Rubbermaid bin with these things in it, and that everyone in the household knows exactly where it’s located.

Some other very useful items include; candles, blankets, pocket knife, duct tape and extra clothing. There are many other others things that could be useful in case of an emergency, so keep a list of things that could come in handy in such situations and try to have them on hand when you need them.

Prepare the Exterior of Your Home

Let’s start with what you can do to strengthen the outside of your home. Make sure all windows and doors, including garage doors, are in great shape with no cracks or rot. If your property needs new windows, I suggest checking out Thermo-Bilt Windows & Doors to replace them.

Window shutters are a great way to give your house some extra protection. Also, be certain that all windows, doors, chimneys and any other ways into the home are secured, sealed and waterproofed. Clean out gutters and eaves troughs, as a blockage could cause overflow and leak into your foundation. Lastly, remove any dead trees or branches from around your home to avoid them being blown into or onto your house.

This is a scary topic to discuss with your loved ones, but it could save their lives and yours, so keep an open dialogue. Worse-case scenario thinking is a lot more useful than the “it could never happen to you” point of view. Plan ahead, be smart and most importantly, be safe.

4 Ways Dehumidifiers Improve Your Home

4 Ways Dehumidifiers Improve Your Home

When it comes to HVAC systems, many people are unaware of the numerous benefits of dehumidifiers. If you’ve noticed excessive condensation on your windows, experienced mould issues, or if anyone in your household suffers from asthma or allergies, a dehumidifier can be a great help. Home dehumidifiers work by removing excessive moisture from the air which can significantly alleviate some of these common problems.

Here are 4 ways dehumidifiers can improve your home:

Increases Home Comfort

Homes that are too humid tend to feel muggy or sticky. Dehumidifiers help remove excess moisture from the air to make your living space feel more comfortable. As well, they keep your home cooler whilst improving the air quality.

Prevents Moisture Buildup

High moisture levels can cause structural problems in your home in the long-term. When condensation accumulates, mould and mildew build up, which leads to deterioration and furniture damage. This is especially important if your home is well insulated for energy efficiency due to the reduced air circulation.

Reduces Allergens

Allergens and allergy triggers such as mould, mildew, and dust tend to favour humid environments. Dehumidifiers can help reduce the amount of moisture that supports allergen growth, thereby improving the air quality in your home and preventing bacteria from forming. This can be especially helpful in rooms with poor air circulation where water is frequently used like basements, bathrooms, and laundry rooms.

Home Pest Control

Moist environments often attract spiders, insects, and other pests. Try to take note of which rooms you find pests in most often; if they tend to be the most humid, a dehumidifier can really help rid your space of moisture and discourage pests from entering your space.

To find out more about how a dehumidifier can improve your home, contact Aire One Heating & Cooling.

HVAC Maintenance: Your Fall Checklist

HVAC Maintenance: Your Fall Checklist

Now that fall is upon us, it’s important to make sure you complete your HVAC maintenance before it gets cold out and it’s time to crank up the heat. By having your furnace and air conditioning specialist conduct a series of essential tasks, you can ensure your HVAC system is in good working order for the season.

If you’re unsure of what to ask your HVAC technician, this fall maintenance checklist should get you started:

Check operation of blower fans and motors

The blower is a critical part of your heating system. Your HVAC system’s performance will suffer if fans are covered in dust and grime or the motor is sluggish. Your technician can ensure everything is clean and well-lubricated, and replace parts that are no longer working correctly.

Change HVAC filters

It’s important to change your filters prior to turning on your furnace to prevent introducing contaminants that can cause damage, especially if they serve both your heating and air conditioning systems. Your service provider can advise you as to how often your filters should be changed to ensure your HVAC system is functioning optimally.

Check duct insulation

Over time, the insulation in your ducts can become worn which can cause your energy bills to skyrocket. It’s important to have your ducts examined to prevent heated air from escaping before it has a chance to reach your living space.

While this fall maintenance checklist should give you the basics of HVAC maintenance, it’s important to have a professional perform a thorough examination to ensure your equipment is working safely and efficiently.

For award-winning service contact Aire One Heating and Cooling to book your fall maintenance appointment today.

3 Reasons to Update Your Windows and Doors

3 Reasons to Update Your Windows and Doors

Are you considering giving the exterior of your property a makeover? Do you like saving money? Do you want to keep old man winter out this season? Well, the fall is the perfect time to do all these things by replacing your existing windows and doors. Here are a few reasons why undertaking this project will be beneficial to you and your home.

Lost Energy, Means Lost Money

Do you feel drafts in your home? Do your heating bills seem to go up every year? The problem could be your old or neglected windows. Although the cost of windows varies by size, style and quality, one thing you should make sure of no matter what windows you choose is that they are energy efficient. Look for windows that have the ENERGY STAR sticker on them. According to the Efficient Window Collaborative, the average 2,600-square-foot home can save around 15% on their energy bill annually by replacing all its windows with energy efficient windows.

Doors have the same issues that windows do, only they are obviously much larger, which means more heat can escape if they’re not sealed properly. Make sure you replace them as well, for peace of mind that your home is fully insulated, and that your money isn’t seeping out the cracks.

The best place to buy energy efficient windows is a discount window and door store. Why pay more at a big box store for window and doors? A great example of a place to check out is Thermo Bilt Windows & Doors. Besides saving money on your heating bills, their windows are factory-direct, which means there is no middleman to increase costs or cause delays.

Add Value to Your Home

According to the Remodeling Impact Report, which assesses the value of various house renovations, you can recoup around 80% of your investment in replacing your windows and doors.

If you’re selling your house, curb appeal plays a major role in getting potential buyers to consider looking at your property. The same remodelling report found that 96% of realtors suggested to sellers that they should update or replace outside elements of their home for better curb appeal. If the outside looks inviting, people are more inclined to want to see the inside, and your front door is one of the first things potential buyers will see.

Give Your House a Makeover

If you are planning on staying in your home, then why not have it look as beautiful as possible? Generally, the first thing people see when they look at a house is the doors and windows, which can be an eyesore or a point of envy. For example, the of a new door can offer people a slight glimpse into your personality, and what type of home is behind that door.

If you plan on replacing your old windows and doors, again, consider your options and budget. Do your homework online to find the best price, and don’t underestimate places that offer discount window and doors. Doors and windows help you get the most out of your home, whether you plan on selling it or living there for years.

Window Replacement: 5 Questions You Need To Ask

Window Replacement: 5 Questions You Need To Ask

Investing in window replacement for your home is a considerable investment with a number of benefits. New windows can enhance the appearance of your living space, reduce energy costs, and add value to your home. While it’s imperative to do your own research and familiarize yourself with some of the options on the market, hiring a contractor who is trustworthy and reliable is vital in ensuring you are happy with the result in the long-term.

Below are 5 questions to ask your contractor before replacing the windows in your home:

How many panes does the window have?

Some believe that triple-paned windows are more energy-efficient than those of the double-paned variety, however, others maintain that there is no difference. Be aware that while all energy-efficient windows are at least double-paned, not all double-paned windows are energy-efficient. Make sure your contractor is trustworthy and willing to answer your questions about various window designs and their insulation capabilities.

Are they energy-efficient?

The growing cost of utility bills and the heightened awareness of the environment means that energy efficient windows are becoming increasingly prevalent. Energy-efficient windows are especially important if you live in a climate with extreme temperatures although insulation capabilities should be a priority for all homeowners. When replacing your windows, be sure to ask your contractor if a particular design is energy-efficient. Keep in mind that energy efficiency has to do with a combination of factors such as the type of frame, the number of panes, the type of coating used and the number of coats applied, the filling that goes between the panes, and the type of security locking system.

Do they have a security locking system?

Many people overlook the importance of a good quality security locking system. If your window is on the main floor and is easily accessible from the exterior of your home, pay special attention to ensure you choose a window that is strong and secure to have peace of mind regarding your family’s safety.

What materials best suit my preferences and needs?

While it’s important to do your own research when it comes to buying new windows for your home, having a contractor who is willing to openly discuss the advantages and disadvantages of various materials can be immensely helpful. Tell your contractor about the visual aesthetic you desire and your expectations regarding maintenance and performance. For example, wood is durable but it is relatively high-maintenance and requires sanding and refinishing in order to preserve its appearance.

How long before they need to be replaced?

Depending on the number of windows being installed, window replacement is generally a considerable investment so it’s important to ask your contractor what their expected lifespan is. All windows are not created alike. While most windows are made to last 10 to 20 years, cheap, low-quality windows may only last 3 to 5 years. Beware of manufacturers that claim their windows last a lifetime and are unwilling to back those claims in writing.

If you live in the Toronto area and are looking to replace the windows in your home, contact Thermo-Bilt Windows & Doors.