Content related to ‘Exteriors’
This Web Exclusive article is contributed by Tim Croll, manager of business development for FXI Building Products Corporation, maker of Leaf Defier® gutter protection systems. Clean gutters are a necessity for every facility. The failure to keep gutters free of obstructions and debris can lead to multiple problems that, in many cases, prove more timely and costly to fix than the initial preventive methods. This is because rainwater and moisture, if left unchecked and not properly funneled away from buildings, can: increase stormwater runoff leading to overflows that cause landscaping erosion; cause roof water overflows that may eventually cause foundation cracking; produce biological pollutants such as mold; and create conditions that invite insects, vermin and other pests to feed and nest. As a result, an important component of facility management, but one that is often underused, is gutter protection. The fact is that few facility managers understand the full value of systems that dependably direct the flow of water away from their facilities. Even if cleaned regularly, gutters can become clogged with obstacles ranging from twigs, leaves, and pine needles to seeds and acorns to animal remains. Consequently, this debris not only prevents the free flow of water from properties, it also creates a moisture-laden breeding ground for pests and other creatures. Subsequently, studies have recently defined the importance of reliable and tested gutter protection products, which have been proven to direct the flow of water and particulates through gutter valleys, while eliminating obstructions. Properly maintained and monitored gutters can help prevent the formation of heavy sludge pockets that cause sags and other forms of water related damage. In addition, gutter protection systems can also help eliminate threats to indoor air quality. This is because clogged gutters can cause seepage, which can lead to the growth of mold in drywall, sub-floors, carpets, and rooftops. As a result, quality protection systems can improve the interior environmental quality of structures by consistently funneling water away from rooftops and reducing the opportunity for moisture to penetrate building envelopes. Research within the pest management field has also confirmed the potential benefits of gutter protection systems, which if used properly can change conducive conditions away from pests, critters, and insects and toward facility managers. For instance, recent tests have shown that effective systems can solve pest problems by keeping gutter pathways clear of potential food sources, while helping to prevent all forms of pests from entering the gutter cavity, including breeding insects such as mosquitoes and carpenter ants. Subsequently, proper gutter protection strategies should become… …Read More…
This heater is designed to provide outdoor comfort heat to spectators in open air stadiums.
The manufacturer of portable heated matting products has added four partners to its distribution network.
Keep America Beautiful has announced the organizations that have been awarded $2,500 grants through the 2010 Graffiti Hurts Grant Program.
This article by Cameron Riddell, president of Bird Barrier America, highlights the threats birds pose to FM budgets.
This emergency and/or non-emergency roof leak response service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
the state’s Action Plan for Buildings provides a roadmap to transform five billion square feet of commercial space to “net zero” energy users by 2030.
Support for the Open Network Video Interface Forum (ONVIF) standard ensures the 40 new fixed body models integrate with compliant video products from other vendors.
The Professional Grounds Management Society will present its E. Earl Wilson Award to Jeffrey Bourne of the Montgomery County (MD) Department of Recreation.
North 38 is far from just a roof over a student’s head. The facilities are designed to allow students to study, focus, and play in a relaxed, modern setting.