As consumers learn more about the importance of sustainable living, more homeowners are turning their attention to eco-friendly projects for their homes. As demand increases so does supply and there are many in the construction industry seeking for eco-friendly solutions to help consumers live sustainably. One of these solutions which has been growing in popularity is metal roofing.
The rise of metal roofing
When you look at all the benefits of metal roofing, its easy to see why it's become so much more commonplace in America. Metal roofs are some of the most durable roofs you can find. They can withstand the most fierce weather including heavy rain, snow, hail, and strong winds. In addition to holding up against the weather, they're impervious to other things that threaten most roofs such as fire and pests. Because they are so durable and easy to maintain, they benefit the environment in a number of ways.
One of the major ways that metal roofs can help the environment is by saving energy. Metal roofs are considered cool roofs because they reflect the suns rays back up into the atmosphere rather than absorbing them like dark roofs (such as asphalt shingle roofs) do. According to a study on different roofing materials at the Oak Ridge National Labratory, cool metal roofing was the most effective at reflecting sunlight. The research also suggests that cool metal roofs could even lower the ambient temperature in urban areas by reducing the urban heat island effect. In warmer climates, metal roofing can be a huge advantage because not only do they lower cooling costs, but they are conserving that energy to be used elsewhere.
When a roof is replaced, most homeowners don't give a thought to what happens to their old roof. Usually, the old roof ends up in a landfill. The more often a roof needs to be replaced, the more waste that's going into landfills. Another major advantage to metal roofing is that it can last 2-3 times longer than an asphalt shingle roof. That means 2-3 times less waste. Combine that with the fact that metal roofs require very little in the way of maintenance and you begin to see why so many homeowners are beginning to switch to metal roofing.
Of course no roof lasts forever and even a metal roof will need to be replaced eventually. Unlike other roofing materials that usually end up in a landfill, metal roofs are highly recyclable. Most metal roofs already consist of up to 40% recyclable materials to begin with. But 100% of the metal roof can be recycled once the roof is replaced. That means that old roof can be turned into a new roof for someone else or into something else. Where it won't end up is in a landfill.
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I've only just joined so I thought I would put a few words together.
Ok, I've got a 1964 Vitesse 6 that has previously had its body restored, a 2000 engine from a MK2 saloon fitted along with a overdrive unit and a Swing spring at the rear. The interior was completely replaced and looked very good when I purchased it 2 years ago.
Since owning, I've replaced the battery which failed 1 hr after buying the car, don't you just love some sellers.
It also pulled badly to the left. Various tyre shops couldn't fix it, so it went to Jim Stokes and Â£400 later I find I've got a bent chassis by 6mm but packing and setting of the castor and camber by them she's now perfect.
Replaced both tread plate panels and fitted oversize circlips to the uj's to stop slow speed knocking.
Fiddled with the choke settings so that a clothes peg is not needed so much too hold the choke on.Shame it's not fitted with a twist and lock knob.
General tuning etc of ignition and carbs. Originally fitted needles seemed to be to weak across the range judging by its performance and colour of the plugs. So I'm now using reprofiled needles that are better but I'm sure not perfect. Need a RR.
Two weeks ago I fitted an alternator kit from C.Witor after modifying the internals of an old rectifier unit.
So now plan to fit a kenlowe type fan, pertronix and then 2500 manifold with either HS4's or 6's.
If I can find a good 6-3-1 manifold then that will go on too.
Need to replace the front springs to lower the front as it looks like its dragging its a*se with the swing spring fitted.
The rear shockers also feel as they are nearly bottoming out so any rear passengers end up doing great impersinations of Churchill the dog.
Sorry got carried away, this was only supposed to be a few words.
More to follow!!
This one takes me to the studio in a grand old soviet style concert hall.
Russian trams take many shapes and sizes, most of them dating from 40 years or so ago.
They only ever get stopped by the odd car that is stupid enough to get in the way.
(saw one the other day,a demolished brand new BMW. Unfortunately it blocks the trams solid for hrs while the insurers arrive in true bureaucratic russian style)
They have a great way of warming up the most important parts.
Now why couldn't the British think of that?
Life inside, while frosty patterns form on the inside of the windows.
She's as ugly as the back end of a bus, or in this case a tram.
This is a Volga. They refuse to die or get damaged by russian roads.
The view from outside the concert hall
No-one would ever pretend, in the Soviet Union they didn't do things without a sense of style especially inside.
Where I spend the next 5hrs or so working or trying to practice.
I have never been so relieved as to catch this one back....-20C with a wind & 40 minutes wait!
This is the result of living in a "developing" country.
Some things develop from time to time, some don't.
Here the new generation tram, with old generation prices....28p to go any distance.
Now there's an idea for London Boris!
Fuel Rail Question...
So I'm in the middle of getting all the parts together to replace the Lucas Mechanical PI system on my car to a modern EFI system, more for reliability, ease of tuning and saving petrol than there being anything wrong with the current set up, and I have a question re the fueling.
I have the shiney new fuel rail ready to drill out and I was wondering if I need a pressure relief valve on the end of the fuel rail to keep fuel in the rail supplying the injectors or not? This question has arisen out of when I purchased a set of Bosch injectors from a BMW the fuel rail has one on the end. I have an adjustable fuel regulator mounted on the bulk head to ensure the fuel entering the rail is at the correct pressure from the pump but wasn't sure about fitting a PRV at the other end or not?
finally I managed to get some things fixed on the racer:
- The silencer is modified to fit and in place. A custom big box (oval with 262x116 mm, with 350mm length to fit under the trunk) with some additional tweaks. I hope it meets Zandvoort noise restrictions without further mods required.
- I switched from rubber engine mounts to PU engine mounts. Shore 70. Not much engine movement left at the moment. I'm curious how long they will last or if the metal-PU bonding will detach.
The next step: doing a nice conversion for the front coilovers to shorter shocks so I'm not constantly running on the bump stops...
So, I'm going to start blogging about spitfire tweaking. I've been pretty busy last year with non-car related stuff (read: the business that pays my rent), so no racing, no fiddling, and not mutch Spitfire at all. Now I'm going to clean up the garage, reload the starter batteries, wipe the dust from the cars, and pick up again the work where I stopped: get a new TÃœV for the road car, build a new exhaust for the racer, and get the front suspension sorted: new dampers, modify the a-arms to get track width and camber right.
Will I be racing this year? I have no clue yet, but since a slightly changed business is even more time consuming than ever, I'm really not sure about it. But I descided to create no pressure for this, fine if I can make it happen, but I'm not going to sacrifice mental health for it, or risk to appear at the track with a poorly prepped car, that happened to often in 2009 to me. I'm not going to make that mistake again -- too expensive for too little fun.
I will try to keep this updated with results and pictures when I have some results to present.
The theme this month was "Post 70s Sporting Legends" - pictures HERE.
Our Jag was almost sent away; they didn't believe it was 74! Ended up next to the new 500... not what I'd consider a sporting legend!!!
Also met up with my friend with the GT6; who lent me the caliper spreader - I "lent" him four pints of real ale
Aaron here; I believe I may be the first person to take up residence in this blog section. If not; then I must be the youngest.
Anyway; my car's thread is here.
And a random video of it is here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1HC2qrnOl4I
Thought id be the first to start a blog.
With regards to the car, not much is happening, focus has changed. Car is going to be made as std racing spec as possible, classic race series is out my budget but if i make it stock performance i should be able to manage a hillclimb or two a year.
I got the all clear from the hospital yesterday, leg is now at 95% strength after 7 months of healing, however it still needs some work. As such a race licence is a no go for 12 months until the give me the 100% status. More importantly i've been banned from snowboarding for another year and a half which is just shit.
Job situation may change things once again, if i do get formally offered the new job everything will change again, i cant take the car with me so it will end up going into storage.
So all in big changes ahead.
My last place of work was on the seventh floor of a Defence building, we shared the Navy 'tea room'. The local ants managed to find the sugar bowl there, (how long does it take for a 5mm ant to climb seven storeys and take the booty home?) So some clever bod put out some ant poison nearby,and stuck a warning notice above it "warning ant poison" with arrow pointing to it.
The local 'lad' responded, within a day, with a note stuck under the first one saying "it's no use warning them they can't read".
Suspect he was the same one who put the notice up on the main board saying " I (Name ) apologise for my embarrassing and despicable behavior at the Melbourne Cup Day party next Tuesday."
has anyone here joined a class action claim against the VAG group.
I understand there is a deadline next month.
Having never done the PPI or other claims I don’t know how it works apart from its no win no fee and up to 30% fee. Thinking of these guys
Is there a down side ?
Darren, I can force a password reset at the admin end, and reset the key behind it. It will mean you have to go through the lost password routine, but it will make sure your clean at this end at least.
let me know if you want me to try it.
John is right, the deployment of a 'slow burn' prank is the sign of a true master of the art.
Many years ago, when I first started teaching, I made the mistake of admitting that I had a PSV license and I got roped into driving the school's ancient Bedford coach when the regular driver was ill. On one trip to Thorpe Park I discovered that I had forgotten to bring my book and was facing 6 hours of total boredom, sitting in the cab with no working radio either. After an hour of cleaning the dashboard and sorting the tachograph discs I was so bored that I was ready to chew off my own lips and I absentmindedly pulled off the rubber cover from the steering wheel boss. Under the cover was a neatly folded piece of paper on which was written 'Don't be so nosey, now put it back'
Now, that's the work of a master.
To mark its third birthday, I took The Boss's Jeep (eugh...) for its first technical inspection this morning. It took eight minutes, including writing out the VAT invoice. Yer man in the white coat tests the suspension and brakes and stamps the car document. Twenty quid, thank you. Job done.
The same man (in the same white coat) had been testing the A5 every year when I took it for its final pre-sale test a couple of years ago. No, he can't do it - it's four wheel drive. But you've done it for the last four years, I whine. Come with me, he says. Stamp, twenty quid, VAT invoice. No inspection necessary. Four minutes.