Signs It’s Time to Replace or Repair Your Roof

Roofing repairs or replacement are an investment, to be sure, but roofing maintenance is absolutely necessary if you want to protect your home from serious long-term damage. One of the most common questions homeowners have about residential roofing is whether a particular roofing issue can be repaired or requires complete replacement. While the best way to find out for sure is to contact a trusted local roofing professional for a consultation, there are a few signs you can watch for that could indicate the need for repair or replacement of your roof.

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When to Repair

When possible, repairing your roof can save you significant amounts of money over total replacement. However, because of the way in which most residential roofs (such as asphalt roofs) are installed, repairing even minor damage isn’t always easy or practical.

You Have a Few Missing or Damaged Shingles

Sometimes, if you have just a few missing or damaged shingles caused by a recent storm or wind damage, it may be possible to find replacement shingles to “patch” these specific areas of the roof rather than replacing the entire thing. Acting quickly is key here; if you wait after the damage has occurred, the damage will likely spread to other parts of your roof, thus warranting the need for total replacement. Keep in mind that if your homeowner’s insurance policy covers roof damage caused by storms or wind, you may not have to pay for these repairs.

You Have a Minor Flashing Leak

Flashing refers to the water-proof barrier placed around sections where your roofing shingles meet your chimney or other structures on the roof itself. These materials can break down and cause leaks over time, and if the leaks are caught early enough, you may be able to simply have the flashing re-done and repaired without the need for a new roofing system.

When to Replace

Some roofing issues will call for total replacement. The good news is that replacing your roof will not only increase your place’s total value and improve your home’s curb appeal, but will also save you money on energy costs as well.

Your Roof is Already on the Older Side

Most residential asphalt roofs will have a life span of about 20 years, assuming the roof itself is well maintained. If you’re running into roof troubles and your roof is already on the older side, then it will probably be more cost-effective and sensible to replace the entire roof instead of pouring money into repairs on a roof that will likely need replaced within the next couple years, anyway.

You’re Seeing Light in Your Attic

When you go into your home’s attic, you should never be able to see light streaming in from outside. If you can, this is a sign that your roofing system is failing, and these issues will almost always require total replacement. Be sure to act quickly, as water and other debris may be getting into your attic in the meantime. Additionally, you may be losing a lot of efficiency with holes in your roof, so you should see some savings on utilities after you undergo repairs.

You Have Extensive Damage

Any extensive damage to your roofing, such as large sections of shingles blown off by a storm, will also require total replacement because they will not be able to be patched. The same applies to extensive moisture damage in the home caused by a roof leak.

Having to spend money on repairing or replacing your home’s roof is never fun, but by finding a reputable and experienced roofing company to complete the work, you can maximize your budget and protect your home from the elements. When in doubt about a roofing issue in your home, call a professional for a consultation.

Reasons Why Row Houses In Pune Turn Out To Be a Perfect Investment Option

If you are looking for a spacious residential property that’s well within your budget and offers the highest level of privacy, consider having a look at the row houses in Pune.

As one of the prominent IT hubs in the country, Pune is a home to some of the top international tech companies. This has resulted in a tremendous growth in the number of job opportunities in the city. No wonder why more working professionals have now started migrating to Pune with an intention to seek a permanent residence.

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The city’s skyline includes townships, high-storey residential apartments, mid-sized co-operative societies, row houses and bungalows.  However, with innumerable accommodation options at hand, one is sure to have a tough time making the right selection. Although individuals have their own choices when it comes to residential properties, row houses currently seem to be in great demand.

Before we get into the benefits of buying a row house in Pune, let’s rightly understand what a row house actually is. It can be defined as a single dwelling unit that is arranged in a row with a minimum of 3 other similar units. In most cases, the first and the last house in the row is usually larger than the ones in the center.

Supplemented with world-class amenities, most of these row houses are located in the heart of the city, another reason why they are more popular among working professionals. Listed below are a few more reasons why you should consider checking out row houses in Pune.

Economical and Spacious

Although well-furnished row houses are comparatively expensive than the standard 1 or 2 BHK flats, they are way too cheaper compared to lavish villas. Also, they turn out to be a good option for those looking for a good return-on-investment option. According to a research, the appreciation rate of a row house is much higher than a standard apartment. So, if you are looking for something that’s classy, spacious and economical, a row house in Pune would be the best option at hand.

Enjoy Complete Privacy

A row house can be considered as an independent villa, where you are the sole owner of the entire property. You get your own terrace space, a garden, and in some cases even a dedicated waterline. Moreover, you don’t have to seek a special permission from your neighbours when carrying out a specific repair task on your property, as no part of your property is being shared apart from the side walls. Above all, parking space is never a problem with a dedicated space allotted just for your vehicle.

Additional Facilities

Most row house communities include facilities such as a gymnasium, a swimming pool and even a community club. Larger ones may also include mid-sized recreational centers for children. A standard-sized apartment may usually not offer such facilities.

The ones listed above are just 3 out of many reasons why you should be opting for a row house in Pune. However, if you’ve already made up your mind in making an investment, do it right away, as the property rates in the city are sure to shoot up high in the months to come.

BEST PEST CONTROL SERVICES AND EXTERMINATORS

Modern Living brings its own challenges. Whereas most of those are physical and emotional, many are manifested in the form of day to day challenges pertaining to the housing and living conditions and how to cope with those effectively. One of the challenges of city living, especially if living close to areas that have natural pest infestation such as metro or near the woods, pest control becomes somewhat of a challenge. If you own or operate a food joint, effective pest management becomes more or less an existential issue. Whereas scheduled fumigation & disinfection have been carried out for a while now in most food preparation & service establishments as well as other commercial establishments that are prone to the incidence of presence of pests, the challenges have now changed and professional pest control services and insect exterminators are now becoming increasingly popular for commercial as well as domestic purposes.

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THE MOST COMMON TYPES OF PESTS
Depending on the geographical location as well as the construction and age of the building, there can be various kinds of pests. The most common ones are rodents and rats, cockroaches, ants, bedbugs, bees and wasps, chiggers, fleas, flies, lice, mosquitoes, meal moths, spiders, ticks, termites etc. Although most of these are not harmful in themselves, their presence in the house or establishments can definitely be a cause of concern. Many insect repellants are available these days but most have been known to have a limited effect, while some have been known to be out rightly unsafe. Most households and businesses these days prefer to outsource the pest management and control services to professional agencies that have expertise in insects removal, termite control, bed bug control, mosquito fogging etc.
THE NEED FOR PROFESSIONAL PEST CONTROL
Pest control services are a highly specialized field of service that has many different roles that begins from pest inspections to plotting out an effective pest control and management plan based on the level of infestations. Effective pest control is extremely important not only because of hygiene but also because many of these pests can cause and spread diseases, sometimes quite severe ones. Professional insect exterminators are trained to safely use specializedpesticides and in the use of effective chemical treatments. The pesticides and chemicals that are available to the pest control services are definitely more effective than those that are available for consumers off the shelf. Professional pesticides also last longer and provide residual protection whether it be for rodent control, termite control , bed bug control or the other pest control services. Pest control professionals will also be well versed in the latest technologies and treatments such as herbal treatments or sterilization treatments that are gaining popularity and are proving effective against certain kind of pests.
HOW TO FIND THE BEST PEST CONTROL PROFESSIONALS
One way is the tried and tested way of referrals and past experience. But ties are changing and technologies are now being used in all aspects of life, even when searching for services. The internet can be a valuable resource in searching for effective pest control and insect removal services by comparing those against one another in terms of prices, the range of service provided as well as the reading the reviews of their services posted by the users. To access each website one by one can be a time consuming task and an overall futile exercise,it’s much better to consult websites that act as an aggregator of services such as YouDo service. There you can get a one click access to some of the best and most widely used insect exterminator services that are available locally within your city. The way it works is extremely simple too. All you need to do is to post a task elaborating your specific requirements towards pest control and explain in your own words the level of expertise required, along with a budget, should you want to disclose one and YouDo will ensure that the local pest control contractors from the list get in touch with you and offer their services and other relevant details so that you are able to take a much more informed decision based on the wide choice of the pest control services available. YouDo has a unique process of verifying each and every contractor and only once the contractors approved they are allowed to sell their services on YouDo. It gives the customer a great sense of safety as well as genuineness. You can then examine all the offers in front of you and take an informed decision about the services you might want to use. YouDo simplifies the selection process as many of the services are already filtered out. If they are not found to meet your requirements as well as make the choice more thorough there are multiple reviews as well as social ratings available for all contractors. All this is free of charge to the customers while the contractors pay a nominal fee based upon the service provided. Even in most populous cities as Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and others information about quality experts available to anyone through the web. As a result, the contractors more willing to accept complaints and rectify those since their reputation in hometown is at stake and they are being reviewed on a constant basis.

Apple Announces Unified ‘TV’ App for Apple TV, iPad, iPhone

Apple Announces Unified 'TV' App for Apple TV, iPad, iPhoneApple’s new MacBook Pros with Touch Bar controllers might have stolen the show at its Cupertino event today, but there was also a significant update to the company’s TV ecosystem. A new app, simply called TV, will be coming to Apple TV, iPad and iPhone for free later this year, and will unify the content that users buy and subscribe to across multiple services.

The interface might hold clues to what Apple was often rumoured to be working on, though the company was earlier expect to launch its own TVs. With the new app, shows, movies and even live events are sorted and organised within the TV app’s interface. You can use Siri to launch into a video just by its name, or by the name of a channel or service, or even by the name of a sports team. A queue called Up Next will show what you’ve been watching recently, and will automatically sync across devices. Recommendations curated by human agents will also be visible.

Apple also showed off interactive content in a demonstration by Twitter which merged real-time conversations and reactions with content playing live. Twitter will be bringing sports matches, general news and special election coverage to users for free, in partnership with BuzzFeed and Bloomberg, among others. Users can jump into conversations, vote in polls, and experience TV in a whole new way.
Services in the US include Hulu, Starz, HBO Go, DirecTV, Dish network, and of course iTunes. Users will be able to rent or buy content within the interface.

In another announcement, Minecraft will be coming to Apple TV. In total there are now over 8,000 apps currently available in the Apple TV app store, including 2,000 games and 1,600 content apps.
Apple also showed off improved iOS functions for Japan, such as detailed transit information in Maps including fares comparison and local signs. CEO Tim Cook pointed out that iOS 10 is now running on 60 percent of compatible Apple devices, whereas the latest version of Android has barely 1 percent penetration and won’t even be available on the majority of Android devices.

Finally, it was reiterated the Apple Watch Nike+ will go on sale tomorrow, with India in the first wave of launch countries. It will be priced at at Rs. 32,900 and Rs. 34,900 for the 38mm and 42mm versions respectively. This variant of the Apple Watch Series 2 integrates the Nike+ Run Club app which features workout guidance, and also has unique Sport Bands and watch faces.

Disclosure: Gadgets 360’s travel and hotel for the event in Cupertino were sponsored by Apple.

We discussed everything you need to know about the new MacBook Pro on Orbital: The Gadgets 360 Podcast. You can either subscribe via iTunes or RSS or just hit the play button below.

Samsung Is Recalling 2.8 Million Washing Machines in the US Over Injury Risk

Samsung Is Recalling 2.8 Million Washing Machines in the US Over Injury RiskSamsung Electronics Co Ltd, already reeling from a global recall of its Note 7 smartphones, said on Friday it would recall about 2.8 million top-load washing machines in the United States following reports of injuries.

The top of the washing machines can unexpectedly detach from the chassis during use, posing a risk of injury from impact, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission said.

The South Korean tech company has received nine reports of injuries, including a broken jaw, an injured shoulder and other fall-related injuries, the agency said.

Samsung has received 733 reports of excessive vibration in the washing machines or the top detaching from the chassis.

The recall involves 34 models of top-load washing machines made between March 2011 and November 2016 and costing $450-$1,500.

The top of the affected washing machines could separate when a high-speed spin cycle is used for washing bedding, water-resistant or bulky items, Samsung said.

The company has also been sued by some US customers, who have alleged that their machines “explode during normal use”.

Samsung, the world’s top smartphone maker, scrapped its Galaxy Note 7 smartphone last month after failing to resolve safety concerns.

It had announced the recall of 2.5 million Note 7 units in early September following numerous reports of the phones catching fire.

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Bragi Dash’s MyTap Feature Summons Siri or Google Now With a Tap Near Your Ear

Bragi Dash's MyTap Feature Summons Siri or Google Now With a Tap Near Your Ear

The Bragi Dash is a smart wireless headset that runs an operating system called Bragi OS. The company has been pushing new features with software updates to the headset. For instance, version 2.1 of the software brought in multi-lingual support and improved Bluetooth. Now Bragi is out with version 2.2 that brings in a feature called MyTap. Come November 21st, wearers of the headset can just tap twice near their ear to summon Siri or Google Now on your phone, depending on whether you’re using iOS or Android respectively. This is different from AirPods, that require you to tap on the headset itself to summon the digital assistant.

This feature is part of the Kinetic User Interface, which is meant to recognise gestures that don’t require the user to touch the headset. The company suggests more such gestures will be out soon. For example, – such as accepting phone calls by simply nodding, or shaking your head to decline them, or tapping the sides of your face to change songs.

It’s fair to note that the Dash already has a handful number of operations it performs using the touch-sensitive outer surface of the headset. The update also brings in a feature called WindShield, which blocks out wind noises when using the headset in audio transparency mode – something that allows you to hear the surroundings alongside music.The Bragi Dash is capable of receiving new features via updates thanks to the Bragi OS platform powered by a 32-bit ARM chip built into the headset. This, along with the 27 built-in sensors, is what is able to make the Dash recognise the above-mentioned gestures.

Netflix Might Soon Have an Offline Viewing Option, Says COO Sarandos

Netflix Might Soon Have an Offline Viewing Option, Says COO Sarandos

It looks like Netflix may get an option for offline viewing after all, which will allow subscribers to download movies and TV shows prior to watching.

Speaking to American TV outlet CNBC before the premiere of its new original series, The Crown, Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos said it’s a feature they’re “looking at it now, so we’ll see when” it actually happens.

Sarandos said this shift in the company’s policy has to do with the prevalent downloading culture that’s already a part of the audience’s behaviour in the 130 countries Netflix expanded to, at the beginning of the year.

“They all have different levels of broadband speeds and Wi-Fi access,” he said, talking about the varying heights of Internet infrastructure found in places like India and elsewhere. “…As we get into more and more (of the) undeveloped world and developing countries that we want to find alternatives for people to use Netflix easily,” Sarandos added later.

For what it’s worth, rival Amazon already offers offline viewing options for its Prime Video service. And with Amazon India expected to debut Prime Video in the country, that – amongst other things – could be the deciding factor for new subscribers and converts.With Netflix facing saturation in its US home market, focusing on features that international viewers call for makes sense to drive a regular uptick in subscribers. Companies such as Google have long understood this, building India-specific features for YouTube in Smart Offline earlier this year, and following it up with the YouTube Go app just last month.

Xiaomi Mi Air Purifier Pro With OLED Display, Increased Capacity Launched

Xiaomi Mi Air Purifier Pro With OLED Display, Increased Capacity Launched

Xiaomi on Tuesday unveiled its third air purifier, the Mi Air Purifier Pro. Boasting of increased capacity and coverage, it also is the first in the series to sport a display – an OLED one at that. It is priced at CNY 1,499 (roughly Rs. 14,800), and will go on sale from November 11 midnight from the company’s online store in China. At the same time, the newly introduced Mi PM2.5 Detector will go on sale, at CNY 399 (roughly Rs. 3,900).

The highlight feature of the new and significantly larger Mi Air Purifier is the OLED display, which now shows real-time air quality using the PM2.5 concentration scale for particulate matter, alongside temperature and humidity. An LED ring around the display changes colour from green to red based on the air quality, and the company is also touting an auto brightness feature that will adjust to the time of the day.

As we mentioned, the Mi Air Purifier Pro is significantly larger than the Mi Air Purifier 2, with dimensions of 735x200x260mm. Xiaomi says it is meant to service rooms as large as 60 square metres, compared to the 37 square metres the Mi Air Purifier 2 could handle. It weighs in at 9.7kg.The Mi Air Purifier Pro has a clean air delivery rate (CADR) value of 500 cubic metres an hour, compared to the 310 cubic metres an hour on the smaller model. The company is also touting a laser particle sensor for more accurate detection of air quality, capable of spotting particles as small as 0.3 microns in diameter.

It bears a triple layer 360-degree filter on board, with a PET pre-filter, an EPA filter, and an activated carbon filter. As before, the Mi Air Purifier 2 is Wi-Fi enabled, and can be controlled via the Mi Home app for Android and iOS. The app also lets users also share control with family members, and has three modes of operation – auto, night (sleep), and manual. Users can also set timer, and get reminders to change the filter.

As for the Mi PM2.5 Detector, as expected, Xiaomi introduced the air quality monitor on Wednesday. Just like the Mi Air Purifier Pro, it features an OLED display with a colour indicator. The display shows the PM2.5 concentration, and, can also be made to show the time. The display will also adjust brightness according to the time of day.

The tiny, hand-held Mi PM2.5 Detector measures 62x62x37mm, and weighs in at 100 grams. The detector can both be placed at home, and carried around – it has a battery life of 2-3 hours. It is compatible only with the Mi Air Purifier Pro, Mi Air Purifier 2, and Mi Air Purifier. The accessory makes sense to use with the latter two, as they don’t feature a display.

Like the Mi Air Purifier Pro, it features an inbuilt laser particle sensor with accuracy up to 0.3 microns. Users can access the Mi PM2.5 Detector via their smartphones as well, using the Mi Home app. The app will show historical data as well.

Preparing Your Home for Storm Season

There are still a couple of months left of storm season, so if you haven’t already prepared, what are you waiting for?! Preparing for a storm is so important as it can protect your home, belongings, and of course yourself from any unfortunate damage caused by high wind, hail, flooding, and more. Start getting ready for the next storm of the season now, so that you’re ready for anything later.

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Keep Track of the Weather

This one seems like a given, but if you’ve just been having an easy weekend sitting on the couch and watching TV, it’s easy to forget to check the weather (especially if you’re living in a place where it rains all of the time anyway.) Stay up to date with the weather, and check at least once a day to ensure you’re ready for anything that might come your way. Tornados and hail can come seemingly out of nowhere, so make sure you have real time hail reports at the ready if it starts to look foreboding outdoors.

Gather Emergency Supplies

In case a storm does hit and you’re left without running water or power, and you’re stuck indoors due to the insane weather, be ready for it by getting together some essentials beforehand. You should always have gallons of water on you, these are cheap and can save a lot of hassle down the road in many situations. Fill up your tub with water for brushing your teeth and towel bathing (just make sure you put the used water down the sink so you aren’t bathing in toothpaste!) Have flashlights at the ready, and get some dinners ready that will keep well in a cooler and don’t need to be cooked.

Update Your Home

Taping up windows so they don’t shatter might seem like a good idea when you see it on TV, but it’s almost entirely ineffective. Don’t be caught in a mad scramble looking for important documents and photographs to avoid them being blown away or getting rained on. Keep everything important in one safe area of your home so that in the case of an emergency, they will be easy to grab. However, it’s best to protect yourself from having to do that in the first place so make sure you’re ready ahead of time. Seal up any holes in the roof, windows, and doors, and get shutters if you can.  Don’t forget the outdoors too! Remove any outdoor furniture and trim tree branches that could fly and break a window or wall of your home. Of course, the best protection from storms that you can get is insurance. Be sure your house is insured against damages caused by weather, and if you live in an area with flooding, consider getting flood insurance as well.

Storms can be intimidating and destructive, and if you truly feel you or your home won’t be able to withstand a storm you should evacuate to the nearest safe area. But if you’re confident that you’ll be able to emerge from storm season victorious (and maybe just a bit damp!), these pointers will help you achieve that victory.

Remodeling your bathroom with freestanding whirlpool tub

Are you looking for the stylish, modern tub for your bathroom? You can have many different types of tubs in stylish designs. Many people are getting so confused in choosing the best one because it comes in different styles, materials, designs, shapes and sizes. This article will help you to get the suitable one for your bathroom. It is not a big thing it is very easy to choose it by you without any confusion. Nowadays many people are looking for the freestanding bathroom which gives them elegant and attractive look.

While installing the bath tub most of the people are facing the common problem is the space in the bathroom. If you are having very small space then it is quite difficult to install it. In those situations you need to worry about it you can use different types of bath tub which is suitable for your space. You can get it in different shapes and sizes so you can make everything perfect easily. The free standing tubs are suitable for all dimensions and it is very popular in the market. Most of the customers prefer this because it is very easy to use and affordable.

Another convenient option is the freestanding whirlpool tub and it gives you lot of advantages. It is the best option and perfect one to all home. It is a smart idea because it saves lot of space in your bathroom even it is small. Mostly the people who want to make it as a traditional can use these kind of choice. If you are having old type of tub in your home you can use this to get the new innovative stylish look. In the whirlpool tub it consists of different styles and designs to attract the customers.

Buy it through online:

Nowadays people are searching everything through online instead of searching in the offline stores. There are lot of tubs are available in the online stores with different designs, shapes and styles. In the offline shops only the limited numbers of tubs are available and also the cost is very high. You need to choose the best site to purchase because we cannot say all sites are providing you the reliable service. Read the reviews and ratings of all the sites and finally the pick the best one who is providing you good service. Get the best material bath tub for your bathroom at the affordable cost.

To install the bath tub in your home you need to get help from professionals. They know to place it perfectly in the exact place of your home. Depends on the place they will adjust it and fix to give the neat look. It is better to ask suggestions from the experts to purchase the bath tub which is suitable for your home. It should be fixed properly without occupying more space and also it should give you the good attractive trendy look. Enjoy your free time in tub and get some relaxation.