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Create a Livable Outdoor Space by Adding a Deck

Outdoor livable space is a popular trend. You can set up an outdoor seating area, outdoor kitchen or outdoor dining space. This allows you to entertain guests outside or host a larger party than what your home can hold. This trend inspired my wife and I to build our own outdoor livable space. However, one of the biggest decisions we faced was what the base for our space would be. We could use concrete, lay pavers or construct a deck. After doing a lot of research, we decided on a deck. It was a challenging decision, but we are pleased with the outcome. In fact, we are so happy we decided to start this blog and help educate other people on decks and livable spaces. Learn the benefits, learn the downside, learn how to care for your and learn what kinds of wood are best for an outdoor deck.

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Create a Livable Outdoor Space by Adding a Deck

Glass Options For New Businesses

by Kelly Simmons

Choosing the right type of glass to install in a new business requires some understanding of what the business needs may be. Combine this with the different options available, and you can make a selection that may actually increase the value of the property for prospective owners. The following guide can help.

Security Glass

Security glass comes in a variety of different options. The most basic consists of several layers of glass and plastic laminated together. The result is clear and looks just like glass, but it is difficult to break or fracture. The amount of layers can be increased depending on how safe the glass needs to be. For example, businesses that deal with high amounts of cash, like banks, or those with expensive products, like jewelry stores, often require the installation of bullet-proof glass. All businesses benefit from the weakest types of security glass, though, because they are also unlikely to break and cause an accidental injury as well as preventing break-ins.

Tinting

Shop fronts that will get heavy sun exposure, especially from the setting sun in the west, can benefit from built-in tinting. Another option is to install automatic solar control glass. This glass darkens and lightens in response to the amount of sun hitting it. These options look better than adding a tinted film to clear glass after installation.

Acoustic Glass

Opt for this glass if a business that can benefit from quiet, such as a doctor's office, will be located on a busy street. It can also be handy for loud businesses, such as small manufacturing, since the glass will help deaden the noise from inside. Acoustic glass has two layers of glass with a noise dampening core in between. It can be combined with solar or security glass, if necessary.

Self-cleaning Glass

This is an excellent option for upper story windows, since these can be difficult for business owners to clean. The glass is coated in a special film that allows water to quickly break down dirt and then wash evenly over the surface. The result is that dirt quickly rinses off with few if any streaks. Business owners can quickly clean these windows by simply hosing them down with water.

Fire Resistant Glass

This type of glass can better withstand heat, so it is less likely to blow out in the event of a fire. This can slow down the spread of flames through a building. The glass may also stay cooler to the touch, so people are less likely to burn themselves as they try to navigate their way out of the building.

For more information, talk to a glass provider like Jesse's Tri-City Glass & Mirror Inc.

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