Siding and Your Home: What You Need to Know

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Siding and Your Home: What You Need to Know

When it was time to re-side our home, I quickly found myself overwhelmed by the different siding options. I could side my home in cedar shingles, wood planks, fiber cement planks, vinyl siding or metal siding, just to name a few of the options out there. I spent a lot of time wading through websites trying to figure out the benefits of each material and which would be right for me. While there was a lot of information about the materials, most of it didn't apply to me. It was about installing the siding or buying or selling the siding. I created this so if you are looking for siding, you have a one-stop resource that lays out the different types of siding and their benefits. This should help you avoid having to wade through information that does not apply to you to find what you need.



Making Plans To Expand Your Plant? A Few "Utilitarian" Tasks You Need To Do First

Expanding your industrial plant is an exciting venture. It usually means that your company is ready and willing to take on new clients and accounts, and you are able to offer more services through your plant. However, before you get the architect in and begin rapid expansion, you should probably do the following tasks first, and with good reason.

Utility Locating

With a plant as big as the one you already have, you may not even know where all of your utility lines are located. For all you may know, half of them might be right underneath the area where you are hoping to break ground on new construction. Typically, it does not cost much to get the phone, communications, electrical, sewer and water and gas companies to come out, locate these lines, and clearly demarcate where they are buried underground. Once you know where all of these utilities are, then you can choose to relocate the lines, relocate your expansion to another side of the plant, or alter the design of the new addition to accommodate where the utility lines fall.

New Utility Line Construction

With any new construction, there is always the need to add new power, fuel, sewer and communications lines. If you are fortunate enough to not have to move your new wing to another part of the property, you will still need to begin construction by installing these new utility lines. Since you already have the utility line companies out to mark off where your underground lines are, they can take things a step further by showing you where you can install fresh lines for the new expansion. Be sure to have your electrical and construction contractors on hand so that everyone involved with this project knows exactly where the lines are going. If you have also hired an architect, be sure he or she is at the same meeting.

Checking Your Plant's Current Electrical, Gas and Water Loads vs. What You Will Need

While the electrical and gas companies are present for either of the above utility checks and markings, have them check out your current electrical, gas and water loads (i.e., what you use on average every month for these specific utilities). Then have them and your engineers calculate what you will need once the new addition is fully built and functional. This will also help your contractors and/or architect design and install your new utility lines so that everything will be fully operational with few kinks on the projected deadline.