THE TRUE COSTS OF VENTILATION MISTAKES
From Comfort, to Cost, to Safety
wonders to keep a roof from getting too warm, which prevents the thaw/freeze cycle that can lead to serious damage from newly formed ice. In warmer climates, the effects can be just as dramatic. While leaking from ice dams can cause mold to form in hard-to-reach places, mold can also come from excess condensation on your air ducts during the warmer months. Better venting means more moisture being expertly removed from the home to keep these problems from starting. Not only will you avoid costly and time- consuming mold removal, but the cooling costs will dramatically decrease because vents will not be working as hard to fill the entire house with cool air.
Spring is here, or at least around the corner. Spring is always a great time of the year and a perfect time to talk about ventilation. When it comes to roof ventilation, there are several different schools of thought. While some claim it’s only important in warmer climates, others say your house is only properly and wholly ventilated once you’ve installed
Whether it’s a matter of comfort, cost, or safety, there are many reasons to take the time to do a ventilation job right. If you needed another reason to give your ventilation practices a second look, proper venting also extends the life of the roof as it reduces exposure to the elements. This simple system of intake and exhaust can have a major effect on
a few vents in your gables, regardless of climate. Because of this disagreement, the importance of proper ventilation can get lost. You must consider your venting system’s design and how it is constructed to fit the structure at hand. Ignoring these pillars of proper roof ventilation can quickly escalate into inconvenient and costly damages to the structure. The importance of roof ventilation systems varies by climate. Your main concern in colder climates should be the prevention of ice dams. Any experienced contractor will have seen the damage an ice dam can do to a roof and home. The dramatic effects of leaking can leave both your structural integrity and your wallet in a real lurch. Taking the time to plan out and execute a proper installation job will protect you from ice dams. Proper ventilation does
homeowners, whether they realize it or not, and they’ll surely thank you later for taking the time to do the job right. Here at Central Michigan Roofing, we offer the full line of Snap-Z Standing Seam Ridge Vents. For more information, give us a call.
– Emanuel Herschberger
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CELEBRATING EMPLOYEE APPRECIATION DAY
Practicing flexibility in the office
Praising team efforts and accomplishments
Employees are the backbone of any business, big or small. If you’re looking for a way to give thanks to your hardworking staff, there’s no better time than now. Employee Appreciation Day is a non-official holiday that takes place on the first Friday of March. However, this holiday doesn’t have to be confined to a single day, nor does it have to be expensive. HISTORY In 1995, the idea came to Dr. Bob Nelson — also known as the “Guru of Thank You” — and he put it into action. Dr. Nelson is a founding Recognition Professionals International board member, head of Workman Publishing, and author of “1,001 Ways to Reward Employees.” His goal was to create and bolster the bond between employee and employer in all industries. OBSERVING EMPLOYEE APPRECIATION DAY An employer can use many different methods to give thanks to their employees. To celebrate, employers across the country throw office parties, buy lunch for the whole office, or give their workers part of the day off. Other ways to celebrate on that day, month, or throughout the year include: The start of a stress-free job begins and ends right under your feet. If you don’t have the right boots, then you literally don’t have a foot to stand on as far as your efficiency goes. Between the oncoming springtime months and the looming summer heat, you’re going to want a pair of boots that can get the job done, while not being too hard on the eyes either. While the type of roofs you typically work on will play a factor into your choice in footwear — be they asphalt, clay, slate, concrete, wood, or metal — here are a few pairs to consider for keeping you grounded no matter what job you’re tackling. THOROGOOD MEN’S AMERICAN HERITAGE Any longtime roofer knows that Thorogood brings a lot to the table when it comes to dependable workwear. This particular model boasts a thoroughly cushioned design made from dependable grain leather. The perks continue with a MaxWear Wedge outsole that is sure to keep your feet safe and out of the elements. A steel-toed version is also available. RED WING HERITAGE CLASSIC Few brands deliver dependability like Red Wing. If you want to show the guys on the job site that you mean business, Organizing an after- work gathering • Buying surprise snacks for the entire office
Giving thank-you cards to your staff
Creating an encouraging environment
Recognizing team and individual achievements publicly
THE IMPORTANCE OF APPRECIATION No matter where they work, employees want to be treated like human beings. When they’ve reached a personal or professional goal or they accomplish a feat for their team, they want to be recognized. And when that recognition is given, employees feel proud of their work and valued as individuals within the company. It doesn’t take much effort to give that praise, and when you do, it affects the whole company in a positive way. Taking the time to value people for the work they do will create a happier and more productive workplace. Let this year’s Employee Appreciation Day be the first day of many to celebrate the efforts of hardworking employees. Now You’ve Got a Leg to Stand On there’s no better way to pass the message along than with a pair of classic Red Wings. Looks aside, their functionality leaves nothing to be desired. They feature a rubber outsole that will provide great traction on slippery surfaces. They are also waterproof for those pesky spring showers. MERRELL MOAB 2 HIKING BOOT Lastly, this versatile pair of boots is sure to see you through any outdoor occasion. Whether you’re hard at work on the site or taking a hike up a mountain, these boots deliver. If the sleek design isn’t enough for you, the reasonable price won’t hurt either. You’ll be able to get the most out of their lightweight, cushioned design that includes a slip-proof
THE BEST BOOTS FOR ANY ROOFING JOB
Vibram outsole. No matter what season you’re in, these boots offer a variety of options to match the changing weather conditions. It may be worth grabbing a few pairs to stay ahead of the curve.
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Looking Inward to Project Better Outward Results THE ART OF MANAGING ONESELF
you can figure out how you learn and how you work with others. Incorporate these strengths into every aspect of your life and watch yourself grow. There can be no growth without documenting your journey and trying to predict patterns. That’s why Drucker says you should write down any and all important decisions you make. After several months, look back and see the results of these choices. You should predict what you think will happen and then see how it actually turns out. This will allow you to better gauge what actions to avoid and what to take risks on. Finally, Drucker stresses the importance of recognizing your deepest values and holding onto them at all costs. This will allow you to conceptualize where you belong in the world and visualize what kind of environment you should be making the greatest contribution in.
Famous self-help extraordinaire Peter Drucker was at the forefront of management science before it was even a proper field of study. His range of influence has spanned over 70 years, spread out through nearly 40 books and countless other published works. It goes without saying that his word shouldn’t be taken lightly. Drucker’s theory of better management starts with better management of oneself. This doesn’t have to revolve around the office; it doesn’t even have to revolve around your family or your hobbies. This idea of “management” can be applied to any walk of life. One of the basic tenets of this theory is that you cannot improve your performance based on weaknesses or factors that can’t be controlled. Instead, we have to know our strengths to know where we belong, both in our professional life and our life at home. By focusing on your strengths, you can improve them until they far exceed your weaknesses. Once you have these areas identified,
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• 2 teaspoons
• 3/4 cup popcorn kernels
• 2 teaspoons
• 2 tablespoons flaky sea salt
• 1 teaspoon black sesame seeds • 2 teaspoons white sesame seeds
• 1/3 cup canola oil
• 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
Directions 1. In a small skillet over medium heat, toast sesame seeds. Shake skillet often and cook until white seeds are golden and fragrant, about 2 minutes. Transfer to a small bowl and add garlic, onion, and salt. 2. In a large saucepan, combine popcorn kernels and oil. Cook over medium-high heat, covered, until popcorn kernels start to pop. Once popping, continue cooking and shaking the pan intermittently until popping ceases, about 3–5 minutes. 3. Transfer popcorn to a large mixing bowl. Pour in butter and toss to coat. Finally, add seasoning, toss again, and serve.
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Inside This Issue
The True Costs of Ventilation Mistakes
Employee Appreciation Day!
A Few of the Best Boots the Industry Has to Offer
A Look at the Theory of Managing Oneself
Let’s Retire These Health Myths
THE 5-SECOND RULE WILL MAKE YOU SICK
safer alternative. However, in most circumstances, bottled water is no healthier than tap water.
We live in the golden age of information. The answers to many of life’s questions are just an internet search away. Despite this readily available wisdom, we still have a bad habit of believing health-related myths. Here are three popular health “facts” that are total works of fiction. THE 5-SECOND RULE KEEPS FOOD SAFE Obviously germs and bacteria don’t really wait five seconds to pounce, but snatching your chip off the floor fast keeps most of the germs away, right? Not according to a 2006 study published by Dr. Paul Dawson. He found conclusive evidence that when food comes into contact with a contaminated surface, bacteria are transferred immediately. Even one second spent on tile, wood, or carpet is enough to infest your food with salmonella or another serious contaminant. BOTTLED WATER IS SAFER THAN TAP WATER People seeking out safer water alternatives increases the sales of bottled “spring water” each year. However, bottled water is more expensive, bad for the environment, and, as Dr. Morton Tavel of the Indiana University School of Medicine pointed out, over 50 percent of bottled water is just filtered tap water. The same effect can be achieved with a home filtration system. Of course, if the tap water in your area has been contaminated, bottled water is a
CRACKING YOUR KNUCKLES CAUSES ARTHRITIS The connection between knuckle-cracking and arthritis came from studies where participants self-reported their habits. Modern medical research has shown these results to be false. The official stance from the John Hopkins Arthritis Center states, “There is no evidence
that cracking knuckles causes any damage such as arthritis in the joints.” Still, chronic knuckle-cracking can lead to reduced grip strength, so you might want to break the habit anyway.
You’ve probably heard these myths for years, but just because something is common knowledge doesn’t mean it is true. With information so easily available, always take the time to research the facts, especially when it comes to your health.
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