Home and Garden

How to safely hang outdoor Christmas lights

Right from shopping gifts to dinner with family and friends, everything has a special meaning during Christmas. One of the most exciting parts of this season is making your house come alive with lights. However, while you are planning to dazzle your neighborhood with Christmas lights, it is critical to adopt some safety precautions, especially, if you have small children and pets. This might be alarming, but there is no need to get too worried as these safety concerns can be easily resolved with some simple solutions.

We have listed down some useful lighting tips that can help ensure a happy as well as a safe Christmas celebration.

Exercise caution while hanging exterior lights
While hanging lights around the house, secure them with insulated holders instead of something flimsy and sharp such as nails or tacks. Also, refrain from fastening the lights on trees that are in close proximity to the power lines. Likewise, you should have a proper power outlet, preferably a ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI). This type of outlet immediately shuts down in case there is an overcurrent. You can either get an electrician to permanently install a GFCI outlet or purchase a portable outdoor unit that costs approximately $20.

Buy extension cords specially manufactured for outdoor use
While shopping for extension cords, ensure that they are designed for outdoor use. They should be waterproof as well as resistant to extremely low temperatures. Avoid putting them near to the driveway or sidewalk. Moreover, it is essential to pick extension cords of the right length as you don’t want them to bunch into an unflattering clump that affects the appeal of your Christmas lights and causes a hazard for pedestrians.

Always purchase waterproof Christmas lights
Whether you live in a snow-prone area or not, it always makes sense to buy waterproof Christmas lights. Don’t use indoor Christmas lights outside the house as they aren’t appropriately insulated like the outdoor ones. While shopping for outdoor Christmas lights ensure that it is endorsed by the Underwriters Lab (UL). This certification indicates that the product meets the national industry standards prescribed by the American National Standards Institute.

Switch to LED lights
If you are concerned about overheated Christmas lights starting a fire in the outdoors, then switch to LED lights with epoxy lenses. As compared to the traditional varieties, these are cooler to touch and consume less electricity. In a nutshell, they are safe as well as economical in the long run.

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Home and Garden

Interesting Christmas decor ideas for the festive season

With the holiday just around the corner, what is the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear the word Christmas? Our guess is shopping! But wait, not for gifts. You were smart enough to stick to the wish list early on to ensure that they are in stock. The most important thing, however, is to find the right kind of Christmas decor that transforms your home to put everyone right into the holiday spirit.

Christmas decor can be all the traditional paraphernalia from the gold ornaments to the angel perched on the top of the tree, from green and red lighting running the length of the hall to the snowman at the doorstep. Alternatively, you can simply change tradition and find your own styles to make a Christmas themed holiday.

Here are a few creative ways to capture the spirit of the season with interesting Christmas decor ideas this year:

Use multiple layers
Go beyond the traditional candlesticks, oversized snowflakes, and garlands on the mantle. Buy paper bells that can be strung together going all the way up the banister. Layer and experiment with different color combinations instead of the red and green. Accessorize with different patterns for the gifts, decorations, and even your dresses for the evening. All the glitter and gold is trending this season, so add a little more finesse with customized gold banners and table accents.

Use a theme
Theme parties are something to rave about, before and after the holiday. On Christmas Eve, after a nice dinner, all you want to do is sit around with your loved ones and friends to watch a movie. Nothing beats the classic rerun of “It’s a wonderful life” among some of the best holiday spirit movies. Plan a holiday movie night with Christmas decor that transforms your living room into a theme screening gala.

Edible decoration
Traditional ornaments look repetitive? Why not replace them for a variety of edible ornaments this festive season? Yes, you can buy edible decorations, including garland cranberries, garland popcorn, gum drops, ribbon candy, and even cookies to replace the traditional ornaments. However, ensure that you save enough for the Christmas decoration and not get carried away on a sugar rush by indulging in the creative edible ornaments.

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Home and Garden

5 best Christmas ornaments you can buy this festive season

One of the best things about Christmas is that it gives you a reason to decorate your home with glittery and shimmering baubles. It can get overwhelming to choose Christmas ornaments given the fact, there are so many types of ornaments and decorations. Thus, to help broaden your holiday horizons, here is a list of some of the best decorative articles for Christmas decorations at your place

BestPysanky miniature wooden Christmas ornaments
Ideal for small apartments, these miniature wooden Christmas ornaments can be used for tabletop Christmas trees. Each set contains 48 wooden pieces and includes figures raging sleds, snowmen to elves. The pieces vary in sizes and are more than an inch tall, making them suitable for small Christmas trees and advent calendars.

Clay handprint and footprint keepsake kit
Holidays are made out of blissful memories and family traditions. Clay hand and footprint keepsake kits are a sentimental way to mark special occasions or holidays (such as a baby’s arrival, or adopting a pet dog, etc.). The 15 ounces of clay should suffice for making two ornaments each of four inches in diameter. They come with mold and glaze so that you can hang your beloved’s hand or footprint. There are no special tools required. Reviewers and customers suggest that the clay materials are durable and can for a very long time provided they are handled with care.

Christopher Radko Home is Where the Sled is ornament
If you are up for a splurge, Home Is Where the Sled Is from Christopher Radko adds a luxurious and artisanal touch to a Christmas tree, regardless of the theme. The Christmas ornament is crafted in Europe using specialized glassblowing techniques and Renaissance-era carvings. The ornament also features a cheerful scene of Santa Clause and sleigh brimming with multi-colored and rendered presents.

Melissa and Doug Mess-free glitter Christmas ornaments
The DIY (Do It Yourself) ornament-making kit is best suited for children and will probably last more than one Christmas. The kit can be used to make six foam ornaments and comes with seven sheets of glitter paper. Users and reviewers from across the country state that the DIY can help bring out a creative angle in your child and keep them occupied productively.

Lark Manor Glass Ornament assortment set
These set of Christmas ornaments are stunning and affordable. They are handcrafted and painted in sparkling shades of white and silver. Lark Manor Glass Ornament Assortment set can be a beautiful addition to your already splendid Christmas tree.

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food & drink

3 easy and simple Christmas recipes for you

Delicious and appetizing food is an inseparable part of Christmas. Whether you are having a casual family meal or a formal dinner, Christmas is incomplete without a roast, a pudding, a stuffing, and some gravy. While some choose to work with traditional family Christmas recipes handed down through generations others like to add their own twist to the meals. Whichever way you follow, here are three simple and easy Christmas recipes for you to add a sparkle to your holiday meal.

Yorkshire pudding
This classic Christmas pudding recipe requires ¾ cup all-purpose flour, ½ teaspoon salt, 3 eggs, ¾ cup milk, and ½ cup pan drippings from a roast prime rib of beef. The recipe will make six servings in about 30 minutes. Start by preheating oven to 450. Sift the salt and flour in a bowl. Beat the milk and eggs in another bowl until the mixture is light and foamy. Add the flour mixture to the eggs and milk and stir until blended. Pour the drippings in a pie pan of around 9 inches. Heat the dripping in an oven. Pour the batter over the drippings. Now, put the pan again in the oven and cook for 15 to 20 minutes until the pie is dry and puffed.

Traditional holiday lettuce salad
This salad recipe adds a light and healthy touch to an otherwise big Christmas meal. To make this salad, you will need 10 cups torn romaine, 2 medium-sized red apples (cubed), 2 medium-sized pears (cubed), 1 cup shredded Swiss cheese, ½ cup dried cranberries, 6 tablespoons lemon juice, 3 tablespoons canola oil, 3 tablespoons light corn syrup, 1½ teaspoons grated onion, 1½ teaspoons Dijon mustard, ½ teaspoon salt, and ½ chopped lightly salted cashews. Combine the romaine, apples, pears, cheese, and cranberries in a salad bowl. To make the dressing, mix together the rest of the ingredients. Pour this in the salad bowl and toss the salad. Top with cashews. This salad recipe makes 14 servings of 1 cup each.

Caramelized white chocolate spread
This simple and easy-to-make Christmas recipe will add a sweet and satisfying twist to your Christmas meal. To make this recipe, you will need a ½ pound Valrhona Ivoire white baking chocolate. You can buy this chocolate from specialty food store as well as online retailers. Chop the chocolate. The recipe also requires ½ cup warmed heavy cream and sea salt. Preheat the oven to 225. Place the chocolate in a medium stainless-steel bowl and bake for 3 hours until it is golden. Ensure to stir every 15 minutes. Slowly whisk in the warm cream into the chocolate. Add a pinch of salt. Let the mixture cool down and refrigerate it for about 10 minutes. Serve it with toasted rustic bread, strawberries, sliced pears, or sliced apples.

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Cell Phones

iPhone XS – Phone Review

Since the Black Friday sale is around the corner, we planned on reviewing the brand new iPhone XS, which was announced in September 2018, to give you an honest opinion on whether or not it should be on your black friday sale wishlist.

iPhone, a smartphone operating on Apple’s iOS mobile operating system has been a market leader ever since its inception in 2007. Post the release of the first iPhone in 2007, Apple has released eleven generations of smartphone, each with a major upgrade in the IOS software as well as hardware changes.
Let’s take a quick look at the eleven generations of iPhone;

iPhone

IOS

Release date

 iPhone  iPhone OS 1.0  June 29, 2007
 iPhone 3G  iPhone OS 2.0  July 11, 2008
 iPhone 3GS  iPhone OS 3.0  June 19, 2009
 iPhone 4  iOS 4  June 21, 2010
 iPhone 4S  iOS 5  October 14, 2011
 iPhone 5  iOS 6  September 21, 2012
 iPhone 5C  iOS 7  September 20, 2013
 iPhone 5S  iOS 7  September 20, 2013
 iPhone 6 / 6 Plus  iOS 8  September 19, 2014
 iPhone 6S / 6S Plus  iOS 9  September 25, 2015
 iPhone SE  iOS 9.3  March 31, 2016
 iPhone 7 / 7 Plus  iOS 10  September 16, 2016
 iPhone 8 / 8 Plus  iOS 11  September 22, 2017
 iPhone X  iOS 11.0.1  November 3, 2017
 iPhone XS / XS Max iOS 12  September 21, 2018
 iPhone XR  iOS 12  October 26, 2018

 

Here is a quick snapshot of the evolution of iPhone Screen Sizes over the years:

iPhone

IOS

Release date

 iPhone 3.5 inches 2007
 iPhone 3G 3.5 inches 2008
 iPhone 3GS 3.5 inches 2009
 iPhone 4 3.5 inches 2010
 iPhone 4S 3.5 inches 2011
 iPhone 5 4 inches 2012
 iPhone 5C 4 inches  2013
 iPhone 5S 4 inches 2013
 iPhone 6 4.7 inches  2014
iPhone 6+ 5.5 inches 2014
iPhone 6S 4.7 inches 2015
iPhone 6S+ 5.5 inches 2015
 iPhone SE 4 inches 2016
 iPhone 7 4.7 inches 2016
 iPhone 7 + 5.5 inches 2016
 iPhone 8 4.7 inches 2017
 iPhone 8 + 5.5 inches 2017
 iPhone X 5.8 inches 2017
 iPhone XS 5.8 inches 2018
 iPhone XS Max 6.5 inches 2018

Did you know the Black Friday Sale Revenue is expected to grow by 15% in 2018, in comparison to the Black Friday Revenue in 2017?

Speaking of the latest addition to the iPhone family, iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max are available for purchase for prices starting from $999 and $1099 respectively, making them one of the most expensive phones in the market. (You could expected to get them at cheaper prices and big discounts during the Black Friday Sale) But the question here is, are these iPhones worth the cost?

The new iPhone XS is loaded with latest features and technology that its predecessors missed out. Let’s take a look at the detailed feature list;

1. Display: Following Apple’s legacy, the iPhone XS too, has no hardware updation in comparison to its predecessor iPhone X. Both iPhone X and iPhone XS come with a 5.8 inch screen, that is decent enough for the big screen enthusiasts, while being functional enough to carry around. Although the display specifications of both iPhone X and iPhone XS are the same

  • 9.5:9 aspect ratio True Tone OLED
  • 2436 x 1125 pixels (458 ppi)
  • 2.9% screen-to-body ratio

Apple claims that the iPhone XS delivers 60% greater dynamic range with HDR content. Hence, you can expect better image & video quality.

2. Design: Although the iPhone X and iPhone XS look exactly the same, if you pay close attention to both their specification, you will find that the iPhone XS is lighter than iPhone X by 3 grams.

  • iPhone XS – 143.6 x 70.9 x 7.7 mm and 177g
  • iPhone X – 143.6 x 70.9 x 7.7 mm and 174g

3. Speaker Volume: Similar to the design difference, a very small and not-so-noticeable difference is the speaker volume and stereo support which has been improved in iPhone XS by about 25% since iPhone X.

4. Dual Sim: A fairly old feature that other smartphones (mostly android) have been offering for a long time now – dual sim support is an additional feature in the iPhone XS, a relief to the iPhone fanbois looking to use two sims. Though Apple has been late in adapting the dual sim technology, it still withholds its position of a technology leader by introducing eSim, which is not your usual dual sim phone feature. The ‘e’ in the eSim stands for embedded, as the sim card is embedded in the phone instead of having a physical sim card slot. Though eSim support is currently limited, it is expected to grow since iPhones have them now. With eSim, you can use the service of any carrier. Other than the missing physical slot, the dual sim functionality in iPhone XS works similar to that of other mobile phones, both the sim cards work simultaneously in one device.

5. Touch Sensing: iPhone XS comes with an additional touch sensitivity of 120Hz touch sense. This will help make the iPhone XS faster, as it can now respond upto twice as faster to touch than its preceders.

6. Face ID Recognition: Apple claims that the iPhone XS is faster in face ID recognition than the previous versions of the phone.

7. RAM: The iPhone XS comes with a robust 4GB RAM, which would definitely outperform the 3GB RAM in iPhone X, making XS faster, smoother and better rendering.

8. GPU: GPU or Graphic Processing Unit in the iPhone XS is of 4 core, which is expected to perform better than the 3 core GPU in the iPhone X. This would help iPhone XS process better display and image quality, when compared to the iPhone X.

9. Camera: Apple has been boasting about the improved camera in iPhone XS. Mimicking Google Pixel’s HDR+, Apple has used the ‘Smart HDR’ that combines the best parts of multiple photos taken at different exposures into a single image. Along with this, the iPhone XS also comes with a 6-piece lens and a 1.4µm pixel size, that could perform better than the 1.22µm pixel size of the iPhone X.

10. Charging: Apple claims that the wireless charging on the iPhone XS is better, and that it can charge faster than the iPhone X.

11. Battery: Despite Apple’s claim of faster charging, iPhone XS has a battery capacity lesser than that of iPhone X. While the iPhone XS is packed with a 2,658 mAh battery, the iPhone X comes with a 2716 mAh battery. In Spite of a lower battery capacity, Apple claims that the iPhone XS has a longer battery life than that of iPhone X by almost 30 minutes. This isn’t a great relief to the users as the battery life of iPhone X is said to be poor.

12. Water Resistance: The iPhone XS is said to have a better water resistance when compared to iPhone X. While the iPhone X has a water resistance of upto 1 metre depth for 30 minutes, the iPhone XS has upto 2 metre deep of water resistance for 30 minutes.

13. Storage: The iPhone XS comes in a storage variant of 64 GB, 256 GB and 512 GB whereas the iPhone X comes in only 64 GB and 256 GB variants.

14. Price: Listed below the prices of the iPhone XS and its preceder iPhone X (Prices below are regular prices, you could get an iPhone XS or iPhone X at :

iPhone XS iPhone X
64 GB US $999 US $899
256 GB US $1149 US $1049
512 GB US $1349
Colours Gold, Silver, Space Grey Silver, Space Grey

Did you know an average person’s spend is expected to grow by $5 in 2018, as compared to the Black Friday spend in 2017, raising the Black Friday average spent of an individual from $335 to $340 in 2018.

Should You buy iPhone XS?
Should I buy iPhone XS?

If you are an iPhone loyal looking for an upgrade, iPhone X might be a better option over iPhone XS, considering the very few additional improvements at the cost of extra $100 (or you might get iPhone XS at the price of iPhone X during the Black Friday Sale). A lot of complaints regarding the iPhone XS charging issues has been received throughout the globe. The phone seems to not recognise the plugged in charger if the screen is off. One has the wake the screen every time to continue the charging. This could be disheartening when you spend a whopping $999+ for a phone and end up not being able to even charge seamlessly.

Although Apple claims that the iPhone XS charges faster than the iPhone X, the phone comes packed with a slow charger and a fast charger cost an additional $75, which is not something everyone would be willing to spend. If you have already bought an iPhone XS or willing to buy one, you could get the fast charger at amazing discounts during the black friday sale, don’t miss the chance to grab the offers.

The battery life of iPhone XS doesn’t seem to be anything better than that of iPhone X. This is a disappointment, considering its previously mentioned charging issues. You might want to keep a portable charger handy if you want to own an iPhone XS, don’t forget to get discounts on the iPhone portable charger during Black Friday.

A lot of user reviews have shed light over the iPhone XS’s fragile design. The back glass as well as the screen has said to shatter into pieces with a drop. Hence, not the best choice for the clumsy ones among us.

But if you are an android user, or someone looking for a feature-loaded mobile phone, here are some options you could consider at cheaper prices, we have compared them side-by-side for you:

iPhone XS SAMSUNG GALAXY S9 LG G7 THINQ HUAWEI P20 PRO
 Pricing $999 / $1,149 / $1,349 $720 $750 $749
 Dimensions 143.6 x 70.9 x 7.7mm (5.65 x 2.79 x 0.30 inches) 147.7 x 68.7 x 8.5mm (5.81 x 2.7 x 0.33 inches)  153.1 x 71.9 x 7.9mm (6.03 x 2.83 x 0.31 inches) 155 x 73.9 x 7.8mm (6.1 x 2.9 x 0.31 inches)
 Weight 177g (6.24 ounces) 163g (5.75 ounces) 162g (5.71 ounces) 180g (6.35 ounces)
 Screen Size 5.8 inches (147.32mm) 5.8 inches (147.32mm) 6.1 inches (154.94mm) 6.1 inches (154.94mm)
 Screen Resolution 2,436 x 1,125 (458ppi) 2,960 x 1,440 (570ppi) 3,120 x 1,440 (564ppi) 2,240 x 1,080 (408ppi)
 Screen Type Super Retina OLED Quad HD+ Super AMOLED Quad HD+ FullVision LCD Full HD OLED
 Battery 2,659 mAh 3,000 mAh 3,000 mAh 4,000 mAh
 Internal Storage 64 / 256 / 512GB 64GB 64GB 128GB
 External Storage None microSD microSD None
 Rear Camera Dual cameras:
Wide-angle, 12MP, f/1.8, 1.4μm pixel size
Telephoto, 12MP, f/2.4
12MP, dual aperture f/1.5 and f/2.4, 1.4μm pixel size Dual cameras:
Standard, 16MP, f/1.6, 1.0μm pixel size
Wide-angle, 16MP, f/1.9, 1.0μm pixel size
Tri-lens camera:
RGB, 40MP, f/1.8
Monochrome, 20MP, f/1.6
Telephoto, 8MP, f/2.4
 Front Camera 7MP, f/2.2 8MP, f/1.7 8MP, f/1.9 24MP, f/2.0
 Video Capture 4K at 60fps 4K at 60fps 4K at 30fps 4K at 30fps
 NFC Yes Yes Yes Yes
 Bluetooth v5.0 v5.0 v5.0 v4.2
 SoC Apple A12 Bionic Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 Huawei Kirin 970
 CPU 64-bit hexa-core 2.8GHz octa-core 2.8GHz octa-core 2.36GHz octa-core
 GPU Unknown quad-core Adreno 630 Adreno 630 Mali G72 MP12
 RAM 4GB 4GB 4GB 6GB
 WiFi Dual band, 802.11ac Dual band, 802.11ac Dual band, 802.11ac Dual band, 802.11ac
 Operating System iOS 12 Android 8.0 Android 8.0 Android 8.1
 Other Features IP68 certified, Lightning connector, Qi wireless charging, dual SIM IP68 certified,
USB-C, 3.5mm headphone jack, WPC/PMA wireless charging
IP68 certified, USB-C, Qi wireless charging, 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC IP67 certified, USB-C

 

If you planning to buy a new phone anytime soon, consider buying it during the black Friday sale and grab amazing discounts.

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Society

5 reasons that make cremation a preferred choice

Cremation is growingly becoming one of the most preferred choices over a traditional burial. The statistics come to show a significant increase in cremations, which was not seen in the recent past. Interestingly, the number is expected to increase as the method becomes more known and practiced. There are several factors that are found to contribute to this trend. The specific benefits are unique to cremation, and this has not only to lead people in the country but around the world to opt for cremation.

Here are five reasons that make cremation a great choice for the final body disposition method.

Simpler ceremony
Cremation supplies and the practice, overall, does away with the need for the elaborate ceremony associated with burial. Essentials such as pallbearers and caskets are not required. Cremation involves an urn that is much smaller, which makes for easier handling.

Environmental consciousness
The traditional practice of burial requires a lot of ground space and causes contamination due to the embalmment of the body with heavy chemicals. Moreover, the casket is typically designed from wood and further causes environmental damage. Cremation too takes a toll on the environment due to its carbon emissions. However, the impact is far lesser with the technological advancements of cremation supplies and equipment.

Cost
Cremation is indubitably a more affordable choice when compared with a traditional burial. It eliminates the cost required for a casket, burial plot, embalming, etc. The family is already in the middle of a difficult time, and cremation can effectively lower the burden of funeral cost.

Acceptance of religious institutions
For the longest time, cremation was prohibited or considered a violation of beliefs among most religious institutions. However, today there is a growing acceptance of this alternative to the old burial tradition. The factor adds to making cremation an ideal form of body disposition among most communities.

Flexibility
Traditional burial services demand a plethora of essentials that must be met. On the other hand, cremation offers better flexibility as it can be performed immediately. Moreover, the memorial service can be held weeks, months, and even years later. This provides loved ones and friends the time travel to pay their last respects.

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Fashion

Clothes display ideas for retail stores

When you are running an apparel display store, the most important thing for you is the different kinds of clothing racks that you can fix in your store for displaying the collection. Well placed clothing racks can make the apparels in your store appear better and make them easily accessible to shoppers. Additionally, it makes the store look attractive from the outside and make people want to walk-in. There are many different types of clothing racks that you can have in your store. Some of them are mentioned below.

Pipe clothing racks
Some of the best clothing companies and outlets use clothing racks in the form of pipes that are attached to the walls. This makes the store look unique and attractive. To put this type of clothing rack in your store, you can use the wall-mounted displays facing outward in order to grab your customers’ attention. Pipe clothing racks also give you a lot of extra space to keep other products or simply make the store more spacious.

Wooden pallet racks
Wooden pallets can be used for many things, including displaying clothes. You can find wooden pallets for displaying clothes in many retail store outlets. They not only help you display the folded clothes, but also make the store look warm and welcoming. Most customers will be attracted to the store for its welcoming and cozy vibes because of the wooden pallet clothing racks. You can add your own touch to the wooden rack based on the unique style your store has.

Grid wall clothing racks
A grid wall can be used for several types of clothing racks you can use to display your collection. Most retailers use the grid wall stand for placing panels that hold and display the clothes. Grid wall stands are customary and are a widespread way displaying all kinds of products including clothes. Once you have a grid wall stand in your store, you can put baskets and rods where your products will be on display.

If you have a sports collection, then grid walls will make an excellent clothing display as they often work well with jerseys, running shorts, shoes, hats, and all other sports-related apparels and goods.

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Real Estate

4 reasons to opt for steel buildings

Not just in commercial and industrial sectors, unconventional structural options such as steel buildings are thriving in the residential market as well. Steel buildings are versatile and can be used for a variety of purposes. Lately, if you have been contemplating about investing in a steel building but can’t exactly wrap your head around this idea, take a minute and read further to know how this option could benefit you.

Strength
When compared to the other building materials, steel aces the strength to weight ratio. In other words, despite its light weight, steel buildings are much sturdier and long-lasting. Steel happens to be approximately 50% lighter than wood. Since it is lighter than concrete, steel dramatically lowers the requirements for footing and foundation. Moreover, it is resistant to mold and mildew and is non-combustible.

Affordable
Steel buildings are a great alternative if you are looking for a budget option. The metal takes less time than bricks, cement, and wood for procuring and casting, automatically implying it demands limited effort and money. When the steel building is finished, its roofs are treated with a heat-deflecting coating, which saves heating and cooling costs in the future. Furthermore, steel is immune to insects and termites, therefore, you can save a fortune on the pricey maintenance expenses every year. Steel is 100% recycle, so it is an excellent choice if you happen to lead a sustainable lifestyle.

Saves time
One of the best parts about opting for a steel building is that it can be quickly constructed as opposed to traditional structures. Some businesses even offer prefabricated structures, i.e., they are in semi-constructed state and just need to be transported to the site for the final assembling. In a nutshell, a steel building is a lifesaver for people who can’t spare much time on the logistical part of the construction.

Safe and alterable
Most steel buildings are extremely strong and they have a better chance to endure natural calamities such as earthquakes, hurricanes, and tornadoes. Additionally, you can easily incorporate any structural changes to these structures in the later years at cheap prices.

Some of the top steel building companies you can check out are Arch Buildings, Armstrong Steel Building Systems, Curvco Steel Buildings, Encore Steel Buildings LLC, General Steel, Olympia Steel Buildings, and Rhino Steel Building Systems.

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Home and Garden

Five reasons why you should install a home elevator

Home elevators offer a simple and quick way of moving between two floors. Many homeowners previously relied on a stair lift installation to assist the elderly or injured up and down a flight of stairs. Home elevators are today’s alternative to stair lifts that can only transport a person as opposed to lifting cabs that can move people and objects between two floors.

These installations are no longer a luxury or simply a necessity for elderly people, but an investment too. Here are five reasons that might persuade you to consider installing an elevator at your place.

Increases the property value
It may come to you as a surprise but installing an elevator at your place actually increase the home value making it a profitable investment after all. Homebuyers today are looking for properties that feature modern amenities and being in trend, home elevators are increasing the resale value of said property. A rising concern among homeowners with respect to better mobility and accessibility has also fueled the demand for home elevator installations.

Productive use
Who said home elevators only help transport people up and down a few flights of stairs? You can move furniture, bulky objects, and anything that you plan to buy and install at your new home. Say you have purchased a brand new 72 inch LED TV and would rather move it to the upstairs bedroom by yourself. You can have it hauled up effortlessly and safely using the elevator instead of risking climbing upstairs with a heavy load. These elevators help improve your mobility to save you time and mainly the effort of moving bulky objects.

Area and space
The square footage of your home increases when you install an elevator at just the right spot to save living room space or a mini lounge space upstairs in place of where the staircase would have spiraled up to the top.

Enhanced safety
You may not realize this but even a small gap in the faulty stair board sticking out can cause you to trip and tumble down a long flight of stairs. A home elevator system reduces the chances of suffering from an accidental fall. Home elevator systems can also be customized to request secure credentials that only allow home members to access the top floor thereby improving your home security to safeguard against a break-in or intruders in the house.

Multipurpose use
Home elevators save space, can be custom designed to bear loads of varying capacity, and can also increase the style quotient of your home. As an added bonus, modern designs are energy efficient and feature unique pneumatic and hydraulic drive systems to power the elevator cab.

 

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Travel

Here’s how you can benefit from HotelGuides’ cash rewards program

There is no dearth of travel sites on the Internet which will let you books hotels at your preferred holiday destination. These travel websites require you to make bookings in hotels according to your budget and other preferences. However, most of these popular travel sites require you to pay fees for making hotel reservations and even charge a cancellation fee if you decide to cancel your trip at the last moment.

Though these travel sites reduce the burden of making reservations by eliminating all the intermediate factors, you’ll have to make payments for booking and canceling. Moreover, not all the transactions on such websites are transparent; you might be charged additional fees or have to pay more for a hotel room that is available at a lesser cost on some other travel site. Since most sites require you to shell out money, a travel website that has credible cash rewards programs and amazing discounts is a welcoming change.

HotelGuides™ has an incredible cash rewards program, which will enable you to earn money on booking hotels! Read on to know more about the same.

Cash rewards program
HotelGuides™ has made over 5,000,000 bookings till date, and the users have received money in return for the bookings. According to the cash rewards program by HotelGuides™, when you make five hotel reservations, they’ll send you $25 in return. There is no limit to the number of times you can make the reservations. The travel site writes reward checks to the individual who makes the reservation. This means that you can book hotel rooms for yourself, your business, or any organization, and you can easily earn some extra cash this way. It is quite easy to get started with the cash rewards program. All you have to do is make a hotel reservation through HotelGuides.com and save your confirmation number, once you have five confirmation numbers, email these to rewards@hotelguides.com along with your name and contact number. You’ll soon receive a check for $25.

Another highlight of opting for this cash rewards program is that it is in the form of an extra benefit, which means that the money you receive here will not be deducted from the traveler’s hotel chain rewards point. Also, you can send the confirmation numbers after completing the trip as these rewards do not expire. To reap the benefits of this cash rewards program, you can start anytime you wish.

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