The Summer is Approaching - New Roof Design Can Help Cool Your Home
As the summer rapidly approaches, roofing styles in South-Western USA directly influence the temperature of your home and therefore the cost to maintain a comfortable temperature.
In a new series, written by our resident building expert Martin Davies, he takes a look at what you should consider when choosing a new roof for your home.
"The prevailing climate and achieving maximal energy efficiency are some of the most important considerations when choosing a new roof style in warmer parts of the USA such as Arizona and California.
It is important to choose a roof that helps keep a building cool in a warm or even hot desert climate and to avoid high air conditioning costs in the spring and summer months.
The roof is the number one barrier against the elements and the type of roof that you choose should have the ability to deflect as much heat as possible. In addition, it should also release the energy not store and absorb the built up heat from the sun at the end of a long, hot sunny day.
Several factors affect how the suns energy is stored or released from roofs and certain materials are either very good or very poor at achieving this. Some materials will encourage the home beneath it to become warmer and this is especially true of traditional asphalt shingle as a lot of the energy is absorbed due to the nature of the material and the dark color.
A new method to control heat absorption is using cooling roof coatings which are improving each year as technology improves and there are several coatings that can be applied to roofs to reflect heat and release energy such as foam sprays, ceramic paints and elastomeric sealers.
If you have existing asphalt or other type of roof these aftermarket products can be applied to reduce the heat absorption. It is important to consult with a specialist roofing contractor to determine the best method for your home and comply with local building codes.
There are other types of heat barrier underneath the roof itself called a radiant barrier. This under roof barrier involves installing a reflective material such as a special reflective spray or metal such as aluminium within the attic space which acts like an internal radiating mechanism to reduce heat build-up. It is critical to consult with a professional who has experience of roofing projects in warm or desert climates and who is fully up to date on all the latest technology in heat absorption and dissipation."
Phoenix Chiropractor Relieves Running Injury
In this post I would like to highlight how easily your spine can be injured by running using worn or inferior equipment and how training shoes can have a huge impact on developing back pain and knee injuries.
As some of my regular readers may know, I have been running regularly now for around 6 months in an attempt to increase my fitness and endurance and its working! That was until the day after a 5 mile run last month when I spent several hours travelling to Arizona to visit my mother.
I wanted to warn other amateur runners like myself, to firstly ensure that you have the correct running shoes and that they are still doing their job of support and protection in all the right places. Running shoes do not last very long in most cases and should be replaced after a 4-6 months depending on the training you are doing and the surfaces you are running on. The harder the surface is, the more often you will need to replace your shoes to maintain your foot position and support to avoid injuries.
I would like thank the wonderful people at the Chiropractic office I visited back in August this year when visiting my mother in Peoria near Phoenix, AZ.
Chiropractic – Valuable Asset for Runners
There are several ways of ensuring you have the best shoes for the job, but one of the absolute best in my opinion is by seeing a fully trained Podiatrist who is also a specialist in biomechanics and is used to treating runners such as myself. The skill is highly specialized and can be somewhat expensive but if you run regularly especially on hard surfaces, it is worth it – believe me.
After travelling from California to Phoenix and carrying some fairly light luggage, I was almost incapacitated by a sharp pain in my right lower back. This was a short time after getting off the plane and left me in a great deal of discomfort. The pain continued into the evening despite some strong medication, so there was no alternative but to seek some professional specialist help.
My extended family are located all around Phoenix and my mother is in Peoria and I was lucky enough to find a great Chiropractic office only a short distance from my family in Fletcher Heights, who were able to see me at very short notice.
Chiropractic Care in Peoria, Phoenix
After a thorough assessment with the doctor, she informed me that my running shoes had probably stopped doing their job as well as they should and this had lead to strain being placed on my pelvic joints leading to pain and inflammation. After some gentle work on my low back and couple of adjustments which were thankfully not uncomfortable, I was sent home for the evening with an ice pack to reduce the inflammation.
The resident Podiatrist was able to see me the following day and confirmed the Chiropractor’s suspicion. After six months of training, my not so cheap running shoes had indeed given up the ghost and needed replacement.
After a couple of days and another treatment, I was pain free and able to return home to California albeit with some anxiety how I would feel after the plane ride. This was unfounded and I felt almost back to normal despite the cramped economy seating.
So, the lesson here is if you are a runner, or a sports person that takes their training and health seriously make sure you have the correct footwear and that it is doing what it should.
Chiropractic care is also extremely beneficial for all sports people and can prevent episodes such as the one I encountered. If you live or are visiting anywhere near Phoenix and are looking for a caring and highly professional Peoria chiropractor, I can’t recommend the whole team at Fletcher Heights Chiropractic highly enough. Thanks guys, you were amazing I really appreciate your kind attention and excellent care.
2016 – Californian Investors Influence Phoenix Property Market
Steve Gregory June 10th 2016
It appears the Phoenix housing market is in a period of sustained, if cautious recovery and that in 2016, a ten year record was broken as April turned into a record month for the buying and rental homes in the Phoenix metropolitan area. Could this have partly been fuelled by the return of investors from California – looking for a greater bang for their buck? It appears so, with both the residential and commercial markets improving. Greater yields are to be had outside of their home territory.
The median monthly gross residential Phoenix rent was at $969 in 2016 and increase from $934 per month the previous year. While this is still around 7% less than the peak of 2008, there are very strong and sustained indicators that the market for rental homes is in a period of growth and we hope longer term stability. Investors are holding tight and hoping that the rent rises will increase as inventory remains low. The latest rental homes and those for sale can be found by clicking the link to Phoenix Quality Homes which also gives direct access to some of The Valleys’ most experienced realtors, all in one place.
We will have a clearer indication, when the next set of Phoenix data will be released in September. 2016 will likely see it to continue the upward trend, as more people are moving into to the Phoenix area and it remains relatively affordable, by US standards.
This was also shown in a recent national survey, which demonstrated Phoenix is one of the top 10 U.S cities ripe for relocation. The survey also showed that despite the growth, it is still one of most affordable areas for home buyers according to data from national mortgage firm, HSH.com.
There are other supporting statistics that support the underlying improvement in the market
Only 231 Phoenix foreclosures took place in April, the lowest level since December 2006, (Source: The Information Market). The good news continues in that home building has continued to increase with a 25% increase since last year.
Home sales increases to 9,041 in May an increase of 8 percent from the previous 12 months Condominium sales increased from the same period in 2014 reached 1,637 last month, up from 1,514 from April 2015.
The median home price increased to $235,000, up around $20,000 from a year ago. The condo price increase was less marked, but still showed a healthy median price of $146,500 from $142,000 a year ago.
While the major indicators of performance are positive, there are factors acting upon the market that we cannot predict and only time will tell the rate and duration of this upward trend, especially in this election year.