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  • One Quarter of Home DIYers Get Injured

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    According to a survey by the National Safety Council and 3M TEKK Protection, 26% of home owners who have completed a home DIY project reported injuries to themselves or someone else in the household during a home maintenance project.

    And, many DIYers don't take the proper precautions before starting a project.  According to HouseLogic, "Among those who sustained personal injuries, 41% say they weren’t wearing personal protection gear when they were injured, even though what they needed was right at their fingertips."

    And it's actually not the more challenging projects that are causing these injuries. According to HouseLogic:

    • One in two (50%) who were personally injured taking on a home improvement project got hurt doing basic yard maintenance
    • Nearly one in four (24%) were put on the injured list while painting the inside of their homes
    • And nearly one in five (17%) blame routine home maintenance projects for their injuries

    Here are some more stats, courtesy of HouseLogic on home DIY injury statistics, and how to not become one of them.

    Seeing is believing

    When it comes to protecting themselves, nearly three out of four (72%) home owners are concerned with injuring their eyes when doing home improvement projects. Yet when it comes to protecting themselves during yard maintenance projects, only 39% are adamant about wearing protective eyewear and 62% falsely believe that sunglasses will guard them from injury while doing work like mowing or weed whacking.

    Protection is important to keep your eyes safe from projectiles and contaminants when working on home improvement projects like using a lawnmower, sanding, painting, or fertilizing. The blade of a power mower can reach a speed of 200 miles per hour and can hurl objects just as fast, turning rocks and twigs into dangerous projectiles.

    Breathe easy

    Although nearly half (49%) of DIYers worry about injuring their respiratory system, less than two in five (39%) are consistent about protecting their air ways and lungs when working on home improvement projects.

    It’s important to wear a NIOSH-approved respirator when tackling routine projects like clearing lawn debris, sanding walls, or spraying paint.

    Hear here

    And when it comes to hearing protection, nearly half (47%) of those who work with loud or high-decibel equipment, such as lawnmowers or power tools, don’t wear any type of proper hearing protection, even though continued exposure can lead to hearing loss over the long term.

    Hearing protection is recommended for continual exposure to anything over 85 decibels. Noise levels generated by mowers and chainsaws can range from 90-110 decibels.

    Exterior Specialties of PA is here to help with all of your pennsylvania siding, roofing, gutter, and deck projects. Call us today at 215-453-9180 for your FREE estimate.

  • Cool Roofing in Pennsylvania

    As summer starts to show itself, it may be the perfect time to talk about cool roofing options for your home or business.

    As we've mentioned before, cool roofs are always worth a look, as they have the ability to save you money on utilities. In fact, as facilitesnet points out, there are also many different types of government grants that you may qualify for, which increase the amount of money you will save dramatically.

    In the end, it's important to talk to your contractor to see if a cool roof is the ideal solution for your home or business, and if so, what grants you may qualify for. If you're interested, or even just want to talk it over call us today at 215-773-9180 or email us, and get a free consultation!

  • Are cool roofs worthwhile in Pennsylvania?

    Cool roofs have become an energy-saving phenomenon - by investing in a roof designed to lower cooling costs, many have saved money on utility bills and have spread the word.

    However, with a Pennsylvania climate, many people spend more on heating than cooling, bringing into question whether a cool roof is worth the investment. This is a significant question, to which there is only one answer -- it depends.

    In the suburban and rural areas of PA, the decision should be made on your current heating and cooling costs. Some houses are more efficient than others, and some areas tend to be hotter while others are cooler. Having a roof that reduces cooling costs means that heating costs may increase. Therefore, the decision to install a cool roof is based entirely on each individual house.

    In urban environments, another variable comes into play -- the urban heat island effect. In cities, temperatures are usually higher than in their surrounding rural areas, creating an 'island' of heat. This has to do with the absence of undeveloped ground and lack of vegetation in most cites, as well as the 'urban canyon effect' in which the increased surface area from tall buildings absorb more heat and tend to store it into the night.

    But what does this mean?

    It means that installing a cool roof in Philadelphia may increase your individual heating costs, but in the long run help to lower the cities heat which would decrease your cooling cost. Because of this, many cities (like Philadelphia) require cool roofs in their building codes.

    In the end, it's always worthwhile to have a professional come and look at your roof and help you decide. So call us today for a free, no obligation consultation, and we'll help!