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Calgary Landscaping, Landscaping Tips For Swimming Pools.

If you think of a back or front yard swimming pool, what sort of image comes to mind? Imagine a simple rectangular pool in the middle of a mass of concrete? To home owners in Calgary, a pool must not be designed to useful only; the swimming pools can be beautiful and fun. The key is to provide an attractive, exciting pool and the area to completely complement each other.

In finding landscaping companies in Calgary for landscaping a swimming pool, there are three key ideas to keep in mind; safety, comfort and beauty. This article will shield light on how to achieve all the ideas in a landscaped swimming pool.

Plants Plants and rocks are important elements in landscaping area around a swimming pool. They can really help the Pool merge with their surroundings, almost as if it were in a natural environment. However, it is advisable to be careful when choosing the plants. For example, a flowering tree will be fine, but do you consider sweeping leaves and flowers of your pool constantly? It will be if it is any evergreen that is beautiful all year round with little maintenance.

Lighting Outdoor lighting can make your pool environment look festive and inviting. If you want string lights, tiki torches, or underwater LED lights make sure that your pool and its environs are well-lit. Not only does it provide great atmosphere. It also an important safety features. Adequate lighting reduces the chances that a family member or a guest stumbling or falling into the pool. You can also emphasize the light to draw attention on special items such as statues or fountains design.

Shelter Not every moment you enjoy spending on your pool environment actually spent on the pool itself. Shelters are not only beautiful; but also a comfortable place in the shade for you to relax and enjoy while outside. Add table and chairs, and you have perfect dinning. This shelter can be in octagonal or turret-shaped structure.

Fencing Fencing is absolutely necessary for each pool. Not only will it protect your privacy, it will also prevent accidents that can result in children from the neighborhood who visit your pool unattended.

Masonry & Paving Stones It is a good idea to cover the ground around your pool to prevent the soil and the penetration of dirt and grass in water. However simply poured concrete is not the best choice for ground cover. Masonry and natural pavers are additions to your landscaped swimming pool. On one hand, these materials are usually not bright white poured concrete, so it will be less hard on the eyes during sun light. In addition, materials are not so slippery when wet as in a smooth surface and reduces the chance of someone falling. The possibilities are unlimited when planning the design for your swimming pool area. How do you go about? Surf your internet, check your design magazines and consult professional landscape companies.

Pro Window Tinting Tips

My name is Brad Maguire, I'm a window tinter by trade, and if you're considering getting some window tinting, whether it be for your home, car or office, then there are a number of points you should be aware of so you make the best decision for your particular environment and circumstances.

The number one and undoubtedly the most crucial thing you need to discriminate about window film is the difference between good window film and poor film. Why is this so important?

Good quality window film will last for the life of your windows whereas bad window film will only last 2-3 years, depending on the rigours of your environment.

The only way for a non-professional person to discern between good and poor quality film is price and guarantee. When talking to a supplier, find out how long the film is guaranteed for. If it's not at least 12 years save yourself the pain. And also beware of the shady operator who offers you a guarantee on cheap film and hikes the price, to make it look like it's good film, but will either not be around, or simply do nothing if you get back to them because your tint has degraded.

Here's the tip, (and incidentally I've found this to be true with most things), if your only consideration in getting quotes is looking for the cheapest possible price, then you will naturally gravitate towards the poor product and the real price you pay will be in around 3 years when your windows start to blister, fade and/or peel and just look horrible. Be warned, the cheapest price is usually just crap!


There are a number of benefits you can get from window tinting, and each particular film you use will encapsulate some of these advantages, so the first thing you should be sure of is the most important reason for installing window tint. Lets look at each advantage in a little more detail.

Heat Rejection: Premium window film rejects heat by blocking up to 73% of infra-red radiation through windows. That really is cool!

UV Rejection: Good quality window film stops up to 99% of infra red radiation from penetrating your windows. And as a bonus, it also blocks 93% of glare, which does wonders for your view and makes things look cool!

Privacy: The right film will also provide daytime privacy, enabling everyone inside to be cooler, enjoy the views, and at the same time have total privacy from onlookers in daylight.

Impact Safety and Security Films: These specially designed films stop glass from shattering on impact. Safety films are designed to withstand the force of human impact, while security films can withstand a bomb blast without shattering. Since the collateral damage from accidents where windows are broken comes from shards of glass flying like shrapnel, or large sections of glass dropping like a guillotine, the major problems around safety are mitigated. It also stops your windows from being a soft and easy entry point for burglars, because both the effort and noise required to force entry is so noticeable thieves, would rather simply move on in search of an easier, 'softer' target.

Finally of course there's the matter of looking good. Good quality window film also adds style to windows; and for many people it's the aesthetic charm that tinted windows add that is the driving force for installing them.

SPECIFIC ISSUES RELATED TO CARS AND VEHICLES The next point I want to discuss is relevant to vehicles and it concerns installing the darkest legal tint on your car.

In all States and Territories of Australia, the darkest legal tint permitted on a vehicle is one with a VLT (visible light transmission) level of 35%, on all vehicle windows (excluding the front windscreen, which cannot have any window film except for a visor strip across the top). The northern Territory and Western Australia are the only exceptions. In the Northern Territory you are legally permitted a minimum VLT of 15% for windows behind the driver; and in WA you are allowed 20% VLT on windows behind the driver.

So here's the critical point. Most vehicles already have a slight tint in the glass in their front windows, so this should be considered when adding tint to a vehicle. Here's why.

If the factory glass on your car already block 30% of light, when a film with the "darkest legal tint" of 35% is added to this window, it will emit only 35% of light into a window that is already only emitting 70% of light, so the end VLT will be impacted by the addition of both tint ratings.

This is critical because if a driver by mistake fails to comply with tinting laws, the result can be a fine. But even worse, if a vehicle is involved in an accident and its illegally dark windows are considered by the court to be a contributing factor, this could mean the nulling of your insurance policy, leaving you exposed to the full financial implications of the accident. Additionally a criminal charge could apply if property is damaged or people are hurt.

The final thing to remember is that by modifying a vehicle with illegally dark windows, the vehicle is deemed to be unroadworthy, which means you can't drive the car again until it has been put through a roadworthy test, in which case the illegal tint will have to be stripped off the windows. That's why the combined VLT of both the glass and film really should be considered when you're selecting the appropriate tint for your car.

So what do I really want you to get from this article? When it comes to window tinting, make sure you use a good quality film and that your installer has the knowledge to be able to offer you the right solution for your circumstances. That way you'll end up with a range of benefits, instead of a series of problems.

Why Air Powered Lifts Are The Safe Choice

It's understandable whenever people show scepticism towards products made with new advances in technology. That's the case for air powered home elevators. Safety is what primarily comes to most minds 'Are they safe?' Without beating around the bush, the answer is a definite yes. There are quite a number of reasons to prove so, and they are each described below.

Comparison with Traditional Lifts

It's pretty much a fact that the chances of experiencing a free fall inside an air powered lift are far slimmer than inside a traditional one. Apart from that, there is one other area of concern, and it's about what happens in the event the machine fails in between stops. As shown in dramatic film and television scenes, being stuck in an old-school lift isn't an easy situation to get out of. Not only are you helpless and incapable of doing much but also, you're at the mercy of your local representative, whom you'll have to call for help. Since the lift car is held in place by the faulty system, it will take time and effort in order to reposition the car next to a floor and have the doors forced open. The experience can be frightening, especially for the claustrophobic.

Meanwhile, round lifts are designed in a way that the car doesn't get stuck during a power failure. Instead, it is made to safely descend to the bottom with the aid of air pressure.

Air Pressure Protection

Air serves as the ally and power source of these round elevators. Air is tightly contained in the cylindrical structure, which is why there's always a pocket of air underneath the lift car when situated on an upper storey. The lift ascends through the removal of air above the car, and this is how the required electricity is utilised.

The laws of physics enable a cushion of air below the cabin to be readily available. The cabin itself has a seal secured at the top, and this is where the magic of going up or down happens. The motors atop the cabin create the negative air pressure whenever the lift experiences system failure, which results in steadying the lift in position. The descent that follows is controlled and safe. Upon reaching the ground floor, the lower door is automatically opened. Nobody ends up harmed or injured.

Emergency Backup

A second layer of security is incorporated in air powered elevators: the emergency brake. This feature goes in line with the safety mechanisms of traditional elevators, but itÕs really meant as a last resort. The reliable mechanical brake system can swiftly stop the lift car in an unlikely event that the air pressure has been compromised (for reasons such as a part of the tube with broken glass).

Stability when Stationary

The tube of the lift is constructed with motors that ÔsuckÕ air out of the cylinder, causing the car to rise up the shaft. The system also properly locks the car into place upon stopping at an upper floor. It will not be susceptible to any floor levelling issue or creep condition.