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Eat Healthy with Farm to Table Thai Food

Colorado is one of the best states to live if you are the kind of person that is into a healthy lifestyle. Whether you love to ski, hike, bike or mountain climb, there is more than enough opportunities available for people to get outside and enjoy their preferred physical activity. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that this beautiful state is also considered one of the most healthy states for overall well being in the United States, according to the latest Gallup survey. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is not just about physical activities either, it also includes consuming healthy and nutritious foods as part of your every day eating routine. While most Coloradans embrace the healthy diet that is so popular here, one area where this can be challenging is when it comes to eating out. It can be easy to backslide into bad habits when you are faced with all of the delicious deep fried foods that seem to make their way onto every restaurant menu. However, you do not have to give up going out to dinner in order to maintain your healthy eating habits. Instead of skipping the restaurant altogether, aim for places that boast a variety of healthy options on their menu. Thai food in Denver is one such great option.  A typical menu at a Thai food restaurant is full of spicy and delicious options, many of which also happen to be perfect as part of a balanced and healthy diet.

When you are on the search for a place that has more healthy choices other than just a dressing-free salad, keep an eye out for places that not only tout their healthy menu, but also work as a farm to table style restaurant. Places that source their ingredients from local farms are often going to have brighter flavors and more nutrients packed into each dish. When fruits and vegetables do not have to circle to globe to make it onto your dinner plate, then they do not have to be pumped full of chemicals in order to make sure that they survive the trip. Most farm to table restaurants can more offer more affordable dishes that are organic when they get their food locally (and also, both you and the restaurant are helping the local economy when you eat at their establishment.)

We are lucky to live in a state like Colorado, where it is fairly easy to find both healthy and farm to table style restaurants and we have quite a selection to choose from. If you feel pretty comfortable finding healthy options for nights when you are eating out, then your focus may be more on finding healthy options for weeknights when you do not have the time or energy to go out or cook at home. Thai Food takeout is a great way to fill your belly on these nights without having to feel guilty about consuming “fast food.” The next time you are in a hurry but you do not want to break your diet, swing by your local Thai restaurant to see what they have to offer.

Popularity of CBD oil treatments has made it easier to buy online

Most of the country heard about CBD oil for the first time when they watched a family administer it on national television to their young daughter with a severe form of epilepsy. The treatment method of CBD oil in people that suffer from epilepsy has shown that it can reduce and even stop the onset of future seizures. When this family used CBD oil, or water soluble CBD hemp extract, as a treatment for their young daughter, they gave their daughter her life back. Her seizures were once so debilitating that they would cause her to confuse for several hours at a time, and in some cases she would lose consciousness completely. By the time this girl’s family was able to track down a grower that had developed a strain of marijuana plant that was low in THC, the psychoactive compound in marijuana that is responsible for causing the feeling of being high, and high in CBD, their daughter was having an average of 300 gran mal seizures every week. That is one every 15 minutes! Her parents were desperate to get their daughter some relief, and relief was what they got. With daily administration of CBD oil, their daughters seizures have all but stopped. She now has a chance at a normal life again.

When this family allowed their personal story to be filmed and aired on national television in 2013, the CBD market started to explode. At the time, CBD oil could only be purchased in states where medical or recreation marijuana was legal, but since then, many more states have pushed up their timeline to allow the use of CBD based products in other states. You can even buy CBD oil online and have it (legally) shipped to all 50 states, so even if you do not have the access to a local dispensary, you can still pursue treatments with CBD without having to relocate to a new state.

Before this story aired, with was very difficult to find cannabis products that were low in THC. After all, THC was where the demand was, so why would growers attempt to create strains of plants that were naturally low in this? However, since the publicity that CBD has gained from successful treatment stories such as this one, it is now much easier to find cannabis strains that have little to no THC in them and are high in CBD instead. There are even shops like BIO CBD plus that are focused entirely on cannabis products that are intended for medical use with low levels of THC. The CBD is what interacts with the brain to help stop and slow the onset of seizures as well as a great number of other medical conditions. CBD oil is not just for people with epilepsy either, it can also be used in the treatment of depression, anxiety, inflammation, arthritis, low bone density, as an analgesic, as an anti psychotic medication, as a cancer fighting tool, and as treatment to fight the growth and development of tumors.

The top 4 questions you should always ask when leasing a car

If you are a first time auto leaser, then you probably are doing extra research so that you can be sure that you have a positive auto leasing experience. Part of making sure that you walk away from the car leasing service happy is to make sure that you are informed and that you are asking the right questions when you go in to sign your lease. These are the most common questions that you should never forget to ask before you sign a car lease:

1. How many miles are included in the lease? Leasing a car is different than buying a car for many reasons, and it is important to remember that once you drive your leased vehicle off of the lot, you are not simply free to do with it whatever you want. The car leasing service is going to impose restrictions on you and the car, and one of those restrictions is the number of miles that you can drive on the vehicle per year. It is standard for a car leasing service to impose a 10,000 to 15,000 mile limit per year. This is the average number of miles that a person drives per year anyway, so as long as you do not have a very far commute or plan to use the car for long distance driving, you should be fine. It is important to note that if you go over the mileage limit specified in your lease, then you will have to pay extra for each mile over that you drive. THis can really add up over time, so make sure that you are aware of the number of miles you think you will drive in year.

2. What kind of wear and tear charges to you impose? If you damage the vehicle while you are leasing it, the leasing service is going to expect you to pay for it. While normal wear and tear is expected and also allowed, some people have reported that their leasing company has gotten really nit picky with the things that they will charge you for. It should be expressly stated in you leaser what kind of damages that they will charge you for at the end of the lease. If they are not willing to be specific, then find another leading company that is.

3. Does the lease include gap insurance? Where there are some situations where gap insurance may not be needed, those are mostly in the minority, so you should always plan to get gap insurance when you are leasing a car. Sometimes this is provided in the leasing agreement for an additional fee, but more often you will have to find a company on your own to write you a policy for gap insurance.

4. What kind of down payment do they want for the car? The down payment can actually be negotiable, so do not hesitate to try to bargain with them when it comes time to pay the down payment. You will be happy that you did.

A private eye can tell you if you have a cheating spouse

It can be a terrible feeling to suspect that your spouse or partner is being unfaithful to you. It takes a lot of work and deceit to pull off that kind of subterfuge and get away with it, so often the spouse will know in their heart that something is not quite right, but they are so twisted up about it from the lies and manipulations that they just do not know if they can be sure about what their heart is telling them.  Many people go on for years in a marriage where one of the partners is cheating on the other because they do not have any solid proof to back up their accusations. That is where BrightStar Investigations can be useful to you. They can help you find the proof and confirmation that you need of any kind of infidelity one way or the other.

Hiring a private eye to investigate a spouse may seem like an extreme step, but keep in mind that they are only there to find out the truth. They will never find a cheating spouse where there is none to be found. They can put your heart at rest by finally giving you the truth that you are seeking.  If you are not sure if you should seek out a private eye to look into your spouse’s activities, then consider the following three actions. If you find that your spouse is engaging in any of these three things, then there is a strong possibility that they are hiding something from you, and that something could be an affair.

  1. They are suddenly at home a lot less often than they used to be.  If their work schedule has suddenly changed for no reason or they seem to be going on a lot more frequent business trips when they did not have to travel as often before, then there could potentially be another person involved romantically.
  2. They take their midlife crisis a little too far. If they are suddently changing a lot of things in their life for no apparent reason, then that might be cause for suspicion. Examples of this could be putting more effort into their physical fitness when they have never cared about it before, or if they are suddenly sporting new watches, jewelry or purses and they do not have a good explanation as to why, then it might be a reason to look into their actions when you are not around. The main idea is that there is a sudden change in their habits or behavior.
  3. Sometimes even a shift in their state of mind could be an indication of infidelity. If they suddenly seem less interested in their home life with you, or abnormally irritated or overly cheerful, these things could all be signs that they are fundamentally unyappy and espressing that with someone else.

The most important thing to remember is that a change in behavor does not always mean they are being unfaithful, but the only way to kow for sure is to go to .

Safety advice for using extraction equipment 

Making butane hash oil is a complex process, and one that is riddled with all kinds of safety hazards. Yet more and more people are attempting to make this on their own. Here is the best safety advice we can give you for making your own butane hash oil:

Use up to date equipment – make sure that any kind of extraction equipment that you are using has bee purchased new and inspect it carefully before you start to use it. Something as simple as a blown gasket could lead to disaster.

Do not blast in the open air – You should never, ever conduct your extractions in the open air. Not only is this incredibly dangerous and likely to lead to an explosion, but it is also very wasteful. Butane hash oil, for example, should always be blasted in a closed loop extraction system. This kind of system keeps all of the butane gas contained and prevents it from leaking out, which is when it can start causing problems.

Work in a well ventilated place. If you are making butane hash oil at home despite our recommendations not to, then at the very least you should always make sure that you are working outside or in a lab that is well ventilated. That is because substances like butane are heavy gasses that will sink the ground if they escape and they do not quickly dissipate. If you try to do an extraction in your kitchen and some of the butane escapes, you will have no way of knowing. At least not until you trigger a spark that causes it to catch fire. Butane gas has no odor, no color, and no smell. A well ventilated area in a lab will make sure that the room is cleared out and all the air is recycled on a regular basis.

Reduce any risk of electrical shock. Do not work in an area where there is a potential for a spark to be set off. For example, if you have a gas stove, you should most definitely not be doing extractions in your kitchen. Another piece of advice is that you should never, under any circumstances, smoke or test out your products in the same area that you made them.

Always follow the proper safety precautions. Follow all of the safety advice listed on your extraction equipment and do not be afraid to ask questions. Seek out a professional to come and observe your process the first couple of times if possible. Make sure there are no ignition sources anywhere near the lab area, and follow all of the recommended steps to reduce static shock while you are in the lab: wear the right clothing and shoes, and make sure that the fans are covered with static resistance ducting.

Get your materials from a reputable source. You want to make sure that you are working with a good quality butane gas, as well as good quality marijuana plant before you start the extraction. Your hash oil is only going to be as good as your original plant, so make sure that you are starting out with high quality ingredients.

Dental crowns help perfect your smile

Dental crowns are a fairly common procedure among most dentists. The crown is a cap or a covering that goes over an existing tooth or is put in place when there is a dental extraction and the gap left behind needs to be filled so that the other teeth do not start to move around into places that they should not be. Dental crowns are also helpful in keeping a smile looking white and perfect. The crown itself can be used to cover up a tooth that has yellowed beyond repair, a tooth that has started to come apart due to tooth decay and fillings, or even a tooth that has had a dental root canal and can no longer perform the functions needed of it as a normal tooth.

Depending on your dentist’s office, the process of getting a new dental crown is likely to take more than one dental visit – especially if the crown that is being applied is part of the process to replace a tooth that has been extracted. The first step typically involved in the process of getting the crown is all about making sure that it is going to be a perfect fit. The dentist will take measurements of the mouth to make sure that a dental crown is a good idea. These measurements will likely include X-rays so that they can confirm that the jaw bone and gums are in good condition and that there is room for the crown in the mouth. They may also want to asses the state of the surrounding teeth, because if there is an issue with the teeth that extends to more than one tooth, a dental bridge may be a better option than just a single crown.

Once the mouth has been assessed and it has been determined that a dental crown is a good option, the dentist will then take a mold of the teeth so that they can have a crown made. It is extremely important that the mold is done precisely, otherwise the crown that comes back from the lab will not be a perfect fit. Along with the mold of the teeth, the dentist will also do a color match. Unlike regular teeth, a crown will not change color with time, so it is important that the color matches the other teeth in  the mouth when it is first put over the tooth. If the crown is too white or not white enough, it is going to be very obvious and will stand out against the other teeth. The dentist provides the lab with a number that corresponds to the color of the surrounding teeth, and then when the crown is made it is tinted so that it will match those teeth.

Once all of this is completed, the lab returns the crown to the dentist and the dentist using a permanent glue or cement to fix the crown over the tooth. They might sand down some of the edges first of the crown by hand in order to ensure a perfect fit.

Common Radon Mitigation Questions Answered

Radon gas is a concern for most homeowners, so here some of the most commonly asked questions about radon that we hear from people that have not yet tested for radon in their homes:

Is radon testing complicated or expensive? No! It is extremely easy to test for radon, and you do not even need to have an expert come out to your home if you do not want to. You can buy do it yourself kits that will help you to test how much radon is present in your home. The most reliable and accurate test results will come from the experts like SWAT Environmental. 

If my home has a radon problem, can I do anything to fix it? Absolutely! If you find out that your home has some seriously high radon level, you should never give up or think that it is too late. There are many different radon remediation methods that can be used to lower the levels of radon in your home. The most effective method will depend on what your radon levels are and how the radon is getting into your home in the first place.

My home was built recently, should I still have it tested for radon? Yes, always. Radon does not discriminate when it comes to getting into homes. It is true that some new construction homes are built in a way that is better at keeping radon out of your home, but you should never consider that a guarantee that every possible path for radon is blocked. Short term tests are cheap and only take a few days to do yourself in your home, and if they come back with higher than safe levels of radon in your home, you will be happy that you did them. So do not think that a new home is any safer from radon than an older one.

My neighbors do not have radon issues, should I still get tested? You should always test your own home for radon even if your neighbors are not seeing an issue. Radon levels can fluctuate used on the time of year and the location of a house, so just because a neighbor is fine does not guarantee that you are. You might have some cracks in your basement walls or gaps in them that you are not aware of that is slowly letting radon gas into your home.

I’m buying a house, should I wait until i move in to test it for radon? If at all possible you should ask the current owner to have their home professionally tested for radon and then ask to see the results. A home with high levels of radon is not necessarily a bad purchase, but it may give you some negotiating room when it comes to discussing the price of the home. After all, you will have to take on the cost of having a radon abatement company come to your home and you may need to do some additional construction repairs on the home to help prevent further radon from making it way into the house.

Yoga class explanations for beginners

Joining a yoga studio for the first time can be a bit intimidating. After all, there are so many different types of classes and experience levels, and how in the world are you supposed to know what kind of yoga class is going to be the right fit for you?

Vinyasa Flow – This type of yoga class is all about flow. Think of this type of yoga as almost a dance. The movement and poses are fluid and move with your breath. These kinds of yoga classes are great for all levels of abilities because they can easily be modified. Also, you are not holding poses for very long periods of time as you are in other yoga types. Do not be surprised if you find yourself working up a sweat in a Vinyasa yoga class.

Adaptive Yoga – if you think that you are not able to do yoga due to some kind of mobility restriction, think again! Adaptive yoga classes are intended to do just that. This is a class where all of the poses are adapted using props such as straps, chairs, or blankets in order to assist someone in their yoga experience. This kind of class is great for anyone that might have an amputated limb, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, arthritis and much more.

Ashtanga Primary –Ashtanga yoga is all about routine. In Ashtanga yoga you are going to get the same yoga class every time as the class is constructed around the idea of six main yoga series.

Deep Healing Yoga – This kind of yoga is intended to implement many different yoga styles along with deep breathing and meditation in order to stimulate the healing properties in the body.

Kundalini Yoga – This type of yoga is like a fuse of meditation yoga. This kind of class is very different than other yoga types. It is considered a very spiritual practice and involves intense breathe work as well as chanting or singing and meditation.

Yin Yoga – this yoga is class is great for yoga students that are any and all levels in their practice. This is a class that helps you to take control of your mind and guide you toward finding your Zen. Poses are held longer – for up to several minutes at a time. This would also be considered a mediation yoga class and is all about relaxing into long poses. This kind of yoga is great for people that are looking for an outlet to stretch and relax into.

Reiki Restorative – Reiki restorative is another great yoga medication combination. Reiki is an ancient Japanese Buddhist practice that is intended to help heal the body in areas that need it. It can also help to restore emotional wellbeing.

Restorative Yoga – This kind of yoga is very much like it sounds. It is all about restoring the body. Since this yoga is intended to help restore the body, you will feel like the poses and series are less strenuous. This kind of yoga is great for people that are recovering from an injury.

What you need to know about diamonds before you start shopping

The best way to know that you are making a smart purchase when you are buying an engagement ring from a jeweler is to be knowledge about the product. In fact, this applies to any situation where you are making a big purchase. You would never consider it a wise decision to walk into a car dealership and purchase a car without doing a little research on the history of the company and the vehicle itself. Nor would you buy a house without researching other homes in the area to make sure that you are going to pay a fair price for the house. The more money that is involved in a transaction, the more important that it is for you to do your own research so that you can make sure that you are making a wise investment and that you are getting a good value for your dollar. When jewelers refer to the 4 C’s in terms of evaluating the quality a diamond, many people start to glaze over, but it is worth it for any person that is considering a diamond purchase to have at least a little bit of understanding of how the 4 C’s work. At the very least it will help you to better understand what the jeweler is talking about when they are showing you rings, and at the worst it could potentially prevent you from being ripped off by accidentally purchasing an inferior diamond.

The 4 C’s stand for cut, color, clarity and carat. Let’s take a slightly deeper look at what each of these things mean and how they will effect the price of your diamond.

Cut is the shape that the diamond is shaped into before it gets to the display case. The small little cuts on a diamond are called facets, and the more facets that a stone has, the more sparkle the diamond will give off. Each facet should create a look that helps to make the stone truly reflect light and sparkle to the best of its ability.

The Color of a diamond is fairly straightforward and easy to understand. The color refers color – or the lack of color to be more precise – in a diamond. When you think of a diamond, you probably think of a clear gemstone, but in truth all diamonds likely have a tiny bit of color to them. The larger a diamond, the more likely you will notice if the stone is murky or has little flecks of color in it, so you want to balance the size of the stone with a stone that has excellent color in order to make your engagement ring really shine.

Clarity is when the diamond has very few imperfections inside the stone. These imperfections are called inclusions and they can interfere with the stones ability to reflect light and sparkle.

Carat is the C that you have most likely already heard of. It refers to the weight of the diamond, so the bigger the diamond, the higher the carats.

Signs that you need your home windows replaced

When the windows of your home are in good condition, then your home is more energy efficient was well as safer. If you are just moving into your home or you are curious if it is time to replace your windows, then check the following tips to see when it is time for window replacement or repair.

You can no longer easily open and close the window. This could mean that the window has shifted or there is some other issue. Either way, the window will need to be taken out and either replaced or repaired.

The window frame has a visual separation from the walls around it. You might see cracking in the paint on the wall next to the window or sagging, warping, or chipping on the window frame itself. These types of issues are especially common for windows that have frames that are made out of wood. Wood frames are some of the oldest types of frames, so it is pretty common to see them in older houses. While they are beautiful and classic, they also require much more work to maintain them then newer versions of windows such as vinyl windows. If you have purchased an older home that was not well taken care of, then chances are that the wood window frames were also not kept up on and they will likely need to be replaced.

Take a good look at the overall appearance of the window. Often just by simply looking at it you can asses the condition of the window and its frame. Are there any water stains
around the window? What about chipping in the frame or in the glass itself? If the frame does not look quite right then there is a chance that it was installed incorrectly.  Is there any moisture or fog or mist in the window itself? Condensation means that the seal is broken in the window and it is now letting in water and moisture that it should not be doing. In some cases this can be repaired by a professional, but if the window is already fairly old, it might be more cost effective to replace it.

Another way to asses damaged or old windows is to look at their performance. How effective are they at keeping out the elements like water and wind? Do you notice a significant change in the temperature of the room when you stand near a window? Or perhaps do you feel a draft that is coming from a particular window? The purpose behind the design of modern windows is to allow you the luxury of a view outside your home while still keeping the home operating at a level that makes it energy efficient. If you are losing money every month on your energy bills, then your windows are likely not doing their job and need to be replaced.

If the window is old enough that it is a single pane window, then you will want to invest in a double or triple pane window. You will be amazed at the difference it will make in your home and how much money you will save on your energy bills.

Questions you should be asking your transportation services

The most important aspect of finding a good transportation service is that they are going to take care of your loved one and get them to their final destination efficiently and with little discomfort to the patient. That being said, there are quite a few factors that you will need to take into account when you are narrowing down the field to find a good medical transportation service. Here are just a few of the questions that you should ask of any potential transportation service:

  1. How much of the costs will my insurance cover? Some companies may try to gloss over how much of the costs will be reflected back to you. There are even some companies out there that will try to tell you that the insurance company is going to cover all of your paramedic and medical transport costs even if the insurance plan does not specifically state that they will. Never assume this is true: you should always call to verify what your coverage is for medical transportation before you book a service. A company can make promises about coverage but they are not the insurance company and should not speak for them.
  2. How long as the company been in business? You always want to use a service that is experienced and has been in business for at least a few years.
  3. What are the costs for air travel? Air travel and ground travel are two different animals, so make sure that you know what the different costs are if you are planning on use both services.
  4. What services do you offer? Most medical transportation services will at the very least include ground transportation, but there are also services that offer air transport via helicopter as well as special event transportation and long distance transpiration. Each patient is going to require a different set of services, so use a company that can accommodate all of your needs.
  5. What kind of aircraft do you use for air transportation? Are they using a helicopter or plane, or both?
  6. Do you have a contract? Most services will require a contract, just make sure that you actually read everyone before you sign a contract. You want to make sure that they are going to be responsible for any issues that come up during transport. Some companies try to slip in additional fees or clauses into their contracts that will only come up after the fact, so do not hesitate to reject any contracts that seem overly complicated.
  7. How long of a time period does your contract cover?
  8. Is your service bedside to bedside or curb to curb? At the very minimum, most services will cover transportation from curb to curb, but there are others that will take it a step further and go from bedside to bedside. This can be handy if you have a loved one that is in need of help that starts at the bedside.
  9. Do you offer emergency ambulance services? A service that is also able to offer emergency transportation services if the need arises can be especially useful

Virtual office spaces are better for business people that travel frequently 

If you are wondering what it takes to conduct your business on the go, the answer is not very much at all. Many people find that with only their laptops, a reliable internet connection and a phone they can do most of what they would normally accomplish in their office. That is why the popularity of big corporate office is slowly dying away and in it’s place virtual offices are creeping up. Virtual offices allow people the freedom to work from home or any other location while still taking part in all of the benefits that they would have from a regular office space. Whether it is a virtual office or a shared office space, they can give many of the same benefits to employees or small business owners while also saving them money and giving them more flexibility and convenience in when and where they choose to go into the office.

For people that travel fairly regularly, a virtual office space can be a big help. First, it allows them access to a virtual receptionist. A virtual receptionist can make sure that they do not miss any important calls while they are on the road. They can answer, screen and even transfer calls to the business owner when they are away from the office while giving a professional first point of contact to the caller. No one wants to reach what sounds like a personal voice message system when they are calling someone on a business matter. That is why virtual receptionists can be a big help in maintaining a professional front even when they are running a one person show at the moment. Virtual receptionists can come in the form of a person at a remote location answering the phone during business hours, and a professional automated system answering calls in the off hours.

Virtual offices also provide another valuable service to the traveling business person: they give them a business address that they can present to their potential clients. This address also lends to the increase in a professional demeanor for a small or new business, as people are naturally a little wary of business addresses that are PO Boxes. Instead of a PO Box, the business owner will have a real street address that they can print on their business cards. This address can also be used to receive mail at, so a person using a virtual office does not have to worry about professional letters and packages being sent to an insecure location when they are not there. A virtual office receptionist can accept mail and sign for packages and then store them securely until they are able to be picked up. This makes life easier for the business owner as well as the clients, and everyone walks away with a better peace of mind and confidence in the company.

There is often additional onsite security systems in place at shared office spaces so each person that is renting out space is confident that their private information will be protected.

Get the best quality work from Academy Roofing

We all know that Colorado winter storms can be a nightmare. They can almost be as bad as the late summer hail storms that Colorado is known for, or the high speed wind storms that can happen just about any time of the year.  That is why it is so important that your home has a high rated high quality roof that is built to withstand any kind of weather that this beautiful state can throw at it. That is where Academy Roofers comes in. They have been providing quality roof repairs and replacements in Colorado since 1980, so they know all of the challenges, as well as the benefits, that go hand in hand with owning a home in Colorado. Here are the top qualities of Academy Roofers to consider:

– Longevity. Academy Roofing has been in business for more than 35 years.  The reason they have been around so long is that they understand that a big part of being a successful roofer is being a successful customer service company. They treat each client as if they were their only client by taking the time to listen to them and understand their needs and worries.

– They are part of the community. Being a successful local business means being part of your local community. They are not just employed in the Denver area, they also live in it. That means that they are committed to making their community the best it can be by helping ensure the quality of the homes and businesses around them by giving them quality roofs to exist under.

– The services that Academy roofing offers are well rounded. They work on jobs of all shapes and sizes, including roof repairs, complete roof replacements, residential homes and commercial buildings. Some of the products that they offer in addition to regular roofing include: solar roofs, cleaning or installing gutters, putting in new insulation, building a walk-able deck system and much more. Even if you just have some minor issues that need to be addressed, such as replacing torn or missing shingles or helping track down and fix the source of a leak, they have the ability and know how to do it.

– Academy roofing is also experienced with working with all of the different insurance companies in the area. When your roof is in need of repairs, nothing can be more frustrating than having to jump through hoop after hoop after hoop trying to get their insurance company to pay for the work to replace your roof. Thankfully, academy roofing has gone through this many times before, so they can help you by making sure that timely and accurate estimates are sent to your insurance company as needed, and they will always contact you or your insurance company if they find additional damage that could cause the total cost of your repairs to go up.

Your home is your castle, so keep it warm and dry by using an experienced and reliable roofer like Academy Roofing. Contact them today at

What are Ebikes?

As more and more electric bikes are making their way from the showrooms and out on to the streets, many people are wondering: what exactly is an Ebike, and is it right for me?  If you have never seen an Ebike – electric bicycle – before, then you are probably envisioning something that looks like a moped or a scooter, or perhaps even a paired down motorcycle, but an Ebike mostly resembles a regular bicycle more than any other type of motorized vehicle.  Typically it is a bike, any bike, that has been tinkered with in order to add a small motor and battery to power it to the stem of the bicycle.

You may be thinking that since it is an electric bike, that there will not be the traditional pedals on it in order to propel you forward, but that is also not true. An Ebike still has all of the same features that a regular bicycle will have, right down to the bike accessories and the pedals. You always have the option of moving the bike forward using the pedals and not using the motor at all. The idea behind an electric bike is not to replace traditional cycling, but more to augment it. It gives you a helpful hand in getting up and over hills or even taking over the propulsion if you are tired and need a break from pedaling.  When you are on an electric bike, you have three options available to you for movement, you can pedal, you can turn on and use the motor to move you, or you can pedal at the same time the motor is on.

An electric bike has a motor that is powered by a battery, so naturally that battery is going to run out of juice after a certain amount of use and will need to be charged. Most Ebike batteries are very easy to charge through the use of a regular wall outlet.  You simply plug it in for a few hours and then you are ready to get back on the road. Batteries to your Ebike’s motor will eventually run out and need to be replaced, but not until you have charged it around 1000 times.

Many people wonder how you can operate a bike with a  motor on it but not have to have a license in order to ride it, much like you do with motorcycles and scooters. The regulations in the US currently state that as long as an ebike motor is only capable of achieving up to 20 miles per hour and has a motor that is no higher that 750W that is it still considered a regular bicycle. Of course, you can always add your own force to the force of the motor to go faster than 20 mph if you wish, but the motor itself can only be capable of 20 on its own. As a result, most of the electric bikes that you see in local shops will automatically fall under these guidelines.

Easy roof care tricks

Taking care of the roof of your house is one of those chores that you always forget about until a problem arises. Homes in general require a lot of care, they are sort of like a well behaved two year old: you think everything is going great and then you turn your back for two minutes and suddenly everything needs work. Roofing can be tricky for many homeowners to keep an eye on, since many people either do not have the ability or the tools needed for them to access the tops of their roofs to perform the recommended inspections on them. However, there are a few simple tricks that you can do from inside your home that will help you to keep an eye on the state of your roof, before you end up having a massive leak that will be more time consuming and more expensive to repair. Also, if you are completely unsure about what kind of state your roof is in, then do not be afraid to contact your local roofing contractor to have them do an inspection for you. These are fairly quick and painless and not as expensive as you may be thinking. But first, follow these steps to do your own initial (and free) inspection before you decide if you need to bring in a roofing contractor.

  • First, walk around and look at all of your ceiling areas from the inside of your home. You want to try to observe all of the areas that you normally would not notice, such as rooms with vaulted ceilings. Use a flashlight to shine on any areas that you are worried about to make sure that you are not seeing a shadow from a window. What you are looking for is anything out of the ordinary, such as changes to the color of paint in an area, or any change to the texture of the drywall. If you see places where the paint is bubbling, or the drywall is sagging, then you need to call in your roofer as soon as possible. That means a small leak has become a big problem and needs to be addressed.
  • Look around at the walls as well, if there are places where it looks like a water stain is coming down the walls, then you could have a leak that is right where the wall is located. If you feel comfortable climbing into your attic and taking a look around there as well. Pay attention to weird smells as well as sights. If it smells musty then you may also have an issue.
  • The most important thing for you to remember is that it is better safe than sorry. If you think that you have a leak coming in from your roof then call your roofer to have them take a look. If you end up being wrong, at least you double checked and now you do not have to worry about it hanging in the back of your mind.