Snow Shoveling Safety Tips

Snow Shoveling Safety Tips

By: The Travelers Indemnity Company

When the driveway and walkways are coated in a thick blanket of snow, it is time to get a shovel out for what some consider to be a dreaded chore. But before you tackle the first snowfall of the season, take some time to read these safety snow shoveling tips to help avoid any potential injuries.

Snow shoveling can lead to a number of health risks for many people, from back injuries to heart attacks. The mix of cold temperatures and physical exertion increases the workload on the heart,¹ which may increase the risk of a heart attack for some. According to the American Heart Association, even walking through heavy, wet snow can place strain on your heart.

The following tips can help keep you safer when you set out to shovel:

  • Warm up. Warm your muscles before heading out to shovel by doing some light movements, such as bending side to side or walking in place.
  • Push rather than lift. Pushing the snow with the shovel instead of lifting can help reduce the strain on your body. When lifting snow, bend your knees and use your legs when possible.
  • Choose your shovel wisely. Ergonomically-designed shovels can help reduce the amount of bending you have to do.
  • Lighten your load. Consider using a lighter-weight plastic shovel instead of a metal one to help decrease the weight being lifted.
  • Hit the pause button. Pace yourself and be sure to take frequent breaks. Consider taking a break after 20 to 30 minutes of shoveling, especially when the snow is wet.
  • Consider multiple trips. Consider shoveling periodically throughout the storm to avoid having to move large amounts of snow at once.
  • Keep up with snowfall. Try to shovel snow shortly after it falls, when it is lighter and fluffier. The longer snow stays on the ground, the wetter it can become. Wet snow is heavier and harder to move.
  • Wear layers. Dress in layers and remove them as you get warm to help maintain a comfortable body temperature.
  • Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated while shoveling.

A national study² found that the most common shoveling-related injuries were to the lower back. Cardiac-related injuries account for only 7% of all injuries, but they were the most serious in nature. If you do not exercise on a regular basis, are middle-aged or older, or have any health conditions, such as heart disease or high blood pressure, you should check with your doctor before doing any strenuous shoveling. Consider using a snow blower or snow removal service as an alternative means of snow removal.

Snow and Ice Removal Requirements

Snow and ice not only pose a potential risk to you but also to others. As a property owner, you are responsible for making a reasonable effort to keep public walking areas around your property clear of snow and ice. Pre-treating your walkways and other paved surfaces with an anti-icing product can help make snow and ice removal easier. (Some Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc. clients have opted to have radiant heat installed under their walks and driveways.)  

Consider stocking up on ice melt in advance, as it sometimes sells out during long winters. You can store unused ice melt in an airtight container, out of reach from children and pets. Be aware that rock salt can damage brick, stone, asphalt and concrete walkways.

Be sure to check your local codes and ordinances regarding snow and ice removal requirements.

Sources:
¹ American Heart Association, 
http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Affiliate/Shoveling-Snow-Health-Hazards_UCM_426562_Article.jsp
² Nationwide Children’s, 
http://www.nationwidechildrens.org/news-room-articles/new-national-study-finds-11500-emergency-department-visits-nearly-100-deaths-related-to-snow-shoveling-each-year?contentid=86424

 

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We continue our series highlighting questions we have received on our Houzz projects. This week we answer questions on the Rustic French Country Estate.

We Answer Your Questions #6

We continue our series highlighting questions we have received on our Houzz projects. Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc. is pleased to be part of the Houzz network of professionals. Houzz is the leading platform for home remodeling and design; providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish – online or from a mobile device. From decorating a small room to building a custom home and everything in between, Houzz connects millions of homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals across the country and around the world. Houzz is the easiest way for people to find inspiration, get advice, buy products and hire the professionals they need to help turn their ideas into reality.

Often, Houzzers (members of the app) come to us with questions about our projects. Through answering these questions, we are provided the unique opportunity to educate Houzzers about our projects.  At times, we are not able to provide specific information for privacy reasons, but make every effort to accommodate Houzzers.

This week we answer questions on the Rustic French Country Estate.

We continue our series highlighting questions we have received on our Houzz projects. This week we answer questions on the Rustic French Country Estate.

Houzzer: I love the warm color of the wooden beams. Are they rough sawn cedar? Did you stain them or just seal them? What band did you use to penetrate well enough to get/keep that color on rough sawn wood? It’s beautiful with your door. The home is stunning.

Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc.: Yes, the cedar is rough sawn and the finish applied is a sealer called LifeTime Wood Treatment. It makes the cedar turn gray and looking old. It is a product a lot of log home builders use. As for the process of application; it was completed onsite, so there is no record.

We continue our series highlighting questions we have received on our Houzz projects. This week we answer questions on the Rustic French Country Estate.

 Houzzer: I love this color. Do you know the paint company and the name of the color? Also, how did they get the mottled effect & depth in the stucco? Would this have been in the stucco when applied or a faux paint job afterward? It’s beautiful & just what I’m looking for.

Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc.: It was a custom glaze finish over a standard stucco color. The glaze was created onsite and therefore no record exists.

We continue our series highlighting questions we have received on our Houzz projects. This week we answer questions on the Rustic French Country Estate.

Houzzer: Can you please tell me the source of this roof? Thank you.

Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc.: It is a DaVinci Roofscapes Multi-Width Vineyard blend Slate roofing material.


Martin Brothers Contracting, Inc. has been providing our clients with a true custom home building experience since 1965. As a true custom home builder each home we build is unique. By that, we mean that each home we build is designed to meet the needs of the client, and to fit the site on which it is built. We have never built two homes exactly the same…the homeowner chooses the amenities and look of the home and the home is designed accordingly. We invite you to follow us on Houzz!

We Answer Your Questions #2

We continue our series highlighting questions we have received on our Houzz projects. Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc. is pleased to be part of the Houzz network of professionals. Houzz is the leading platform for home remodeling and design; providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish – online or from a mobile device. From decorating a small room to building a custom home and everything in between, Houzz connects millions of homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals across the country and around the world. Houzz is the easiest way for people to find inspiration, get advice, buy products and hire the professionals they need to help turn their ideas into reality.

Often, Houzzers (members of the app) come to us with questions about our projects. Through answering these questions, we are provided the unique opportunity to educate Houzzers about our projects.  At times, we are not able to provide specific information for privacy reasons, but make every effort to accommodate Houzzers.

This week we answer questions on the French Country Retreat Interior.

bath 10x15

Houzzer: What is the color of the paint? Hi, would love to know the color of the bathroom walls.

Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc.: It’s a Benjamin Moore color Squirrel Tail BM 1476 in a flat finish.

Houzzer: What is the bottom tub surround? It looks like a bronze finish. Love it!

Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc.: It is a custom panel supplied by the bath cabinet maker Hoosier House Furnishings, LLC, Goshen, IN. The look is achieved through a two-step painted process.

Houzzer: Love the tub. What is the size of it?

Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc.: It is a Kohler K1418-H Whirlpool Tub; 6 ft. model. This particular tub is no longer available from Kohler. Kohler most likely has a comparable model available. A reputable plumbing supply company in your area should be able to help you in securing a model that works for you.

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Houzzer: Hi, would like to know the ceiling height of the great room please? Thank you!

Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc.: The ceiling height is 11 ft. 4 in.

Houzzer: Would love to know wall color info, thanks.

Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc.: It is a Valspar color Almond Biscotti CI-67; however the painter used a Benjamin Moore flat paint.

kitchen 10x15

Houzzer: Love the island and range hood. Can you tell me the dimensions of the island and the paint on the range hood or technique? Thanks!

Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc.: The base of the island is 131″x 52″. The range hood is wood and was faux painted copper by an artist hired by the designer, S. P. Interiors of Mishawaka, IN.

Houzzer: Love the wall color; are you able to share info? Thanks.

Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc.: It is a Valspar color Almond Biscotti CI-67; however the painter used a Benjamin Moore flat paint.

Houzzer: Where did you get the chandelier?

Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc.: As a custom home builder, we do not select the lighting fixtures. Lighting was selected by the client and their designer and was purchased at Wabash Electric.

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Houzzer: What is used on the floor?

Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc.: According to invoicing it’s 18″x18″ Florida Tile PietraArt Picasso Rustic Travertine. It was installed by Collins & Company, Bristol, IN

Houzzer: Is the travertine honed or polished?

Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc.: According to invoicing it is honed travertine.  (Honed travertine is the most common type of travertine flooring. This means that the surface of the travertine has been polished flat, but not completely glossed.)

dining rm 10x15

Houzzer: What is the paint color in the dining room, please?

Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc.: It is a Valspar color Almond Biscotti CI-67; however the painter used a Benjamin Moore flat paint.

study 10x15

Houzzer: Where did you find the arched French doors for the study?

Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc.: The doors were custom made by Rockwood Products Ltd., Millersburg, OH.


Martin Brothers Contracting, Inc. has been providing our clients with a true custom home building experience since 1965. As a true custom home builder each home we build is unique. By that, we mean that each home we build is designed to meet the needs of the client, and to fit the site on which it is built. We have never built two homes exactly the same…the homeowner chooses the amenities and look of the home and the home is designed accordingly. We invite you to follow us on Houzz!

French Country Retreat - Custom built luxury home by Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc., Goshen, IN

We Answer Your Questions #1

This week we are going to start a series highlighting questions we have received on our Houzz projectsMartin Bros. Contracting, Inc. is pleased to be part of the Houzz network of professionals. Houzz is the leading platform for home remodeling and design; providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish – online or from a mobile device. From decorating a small room to building a custom home and everything in between, Houzz connects millions of homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals across the country and around the world. Houzz is the easiest way for people to find inspiration, get advice, buy products and hire the professionals they need to help turn their ideas into reality.

Often, Houzzers (members of the app) come to us with questions about our projects. Through answering these questions, we are provided the unique opportunity to educate Houzzers about our projects.  At times, we are not able to provide specific information for privacy reasons, but make every effort to accommodate Houzzers. 

We start this series with the French Country Retreat Exterior

French Country Retreat - Custom Built Home by Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc., Goshen, IN
Houzzer
: Could you tell me paint color and the stone that was used on this beautiful home.

Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc.: The stone is a blend of Buechel Stone Corp.’s Fond Du Lac Castle Rock, Cream City River Rock, Pearl Gray Rock and Door County Cobblestone from Rose Brick & Materials in South Bend, Indiana. The mason used a light buff mortar. The stucco was blended with a custom color prior to application.

Carriage house doors on toy garage by Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc.
Houzzer
: The house is beautiful, wish you were in Michigan to build. What about the garage doors do you know what they are?

Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc.: The garage doors are custom wood doors from Carriage House Doors. We have built many homes in Michigan. We are licensed in Michigan and serve Cass, St. Joseph & Berrien Counties in Michigan. We build high-end custom homes within a one-hour radius of our Goshen, Indiana location.

French Country Retreat - Custom built home by Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc., Goshen, IN
Houzzer
: The house is beautiful. What is the square footage?

Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc.: Thank you! The finished living space is 5,527; with a total square feet under roof of 9,615.

GAF Grand Slate Roofing Shingles in Aged Oak
Houzzer
:
Could you please tell me about the roofing material?

Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc.: It is GAF-Elk Grand Slate Lifetime Designer roofing shingles in Aged Oak.  It has copper valleys, drip edge and flashings.

Marvin French Doors installed in custom home built by Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc.
Houzzer
: Where do I find the sizes for these French doors? We have a home in the National Register of Historic Homes in Maryland. I am trying to find French doors similar to these but do not know the sizes, or if you do custom work for French doors? Thank you.

Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc.: They are Marvin Ultimate French doors in Cashmere with Oil Rubbed Bronze hardware. We would suggest that you contact a remodeling professional that specializes in restoration of historic homes or a Marvin Door representative in your area to measure your door opening(s). Every opening is different and doors should be ordered accordingly. We work in Northern Indiana and Southwest Michigan and thus are out of your service area. Thank you for your inquiry.

 


Houzzer: What is the width of these French doors and what is the space between each door? The look is beautiful!

Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc.: Every opening is different and doors should be ordered accordingly. What fits in one home does not necessarily fit in another. If you are interested in recreating this look, we would be happy to assist you at a fee. We work in Northern Indiana and Southwest Michigan. Thank you for your inquiry.


Martin Brothers Contracting, Inc. has been providing our clients with a true custom home building experience since 1965. As a true custom home builder each home we build is unique. By that, we mean that each home we build is designed to meet the needs of the client, and to fit the site on which it is built. We have never built two homes exactly the same…the homeowner chooses the amenities and look of the home and the home is designed accordingly. We invite you to follow us on Houzz!

Custom built luxury home by Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc., Goshen, IN 46526

Learn the Lingo of Rooftops

From: Houzz
By: 

When it comes to a roof, knowing a few terms will help you talk to your roofer next time there’s a leak or you decide to reshingle. They’ll also help you discuss a remodel project that includes an addition, skylight or dormer. For the most part, these terms cover the principal parts of a roof and the openings we commonly find going through a roof — creating the possibility of leaks.

Two of the most basic and common roof types are the gable and hip. These are easy to build and economical. Because they shed water and snow easily, they’re well-suited to wet and cold climates around the world.

Aesthetically, gable roofs and hip roofs are quite different.

gable roof wants to stress the vertical; it points upward to the sky. It’s identified by triangular gable ends and a single ridge between two sloping roof panels.

Gable roof example; exterior renovation by Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc., Goshen, IN

All four sides of a hip roof slope inward. Its lines stress the horizontal and float in parallel over the earth. These are important distinctions, because the way a house meets the earth and sky tells us a lot about its designer’s intent.

Hip roof example; custom built home by Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc., Goshen, IN

A few more basic roof parts are the ridgerake and eave.

The ridge is the highest point where two roof planes meet and is generally going to be the highest part of the house. Because of its linear nature, a ridge is commonly referred to as a ridge line. The location of the ridge is important in many localities where there are height restrictions on building, as the height of a house is often measured from the ground to the ridge. For this reason, it’s important to know what the local restrictions are and how these will affect the design.

Ridge line example on estate built by Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc., Goshen, IN

The rake is the angled element at the gable end of a roof and is composed of the trim and structure (rafters) that extend out from the house. The rake can be finished in a plain, simple manner or in a highly stylized and elaborate way.

Example of rake, custom built home by Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc., Goshen, IN

The eave is that element of a roof that projects out from the wall of the house and consists of a soffit and fascia. The eave can either be close, or tight, to the wall of the house or quite a distance away. Since the primary function of the eave is to take rainwater away from the walls of the house, the farther out it is the better it can serve that function.

Decorative eave on lake cottage

Learn more about the interior of a roof

For the rest of the article please click on the article below.

Learn about more roof styles and materials in the Houzz story archive

To learn more about Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc., please visit our website.

Stunning Home Renovation

Sunroom Addition built by Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc., Goshen, INThis week on Martin Brothers Monday we bring you a 1,458 sq. ft. walk-out basement and sunroom addition project along the St. Joe River that included a sunroom and master suite on the main level and a bar and theater room on the lower level. An additional 2,082 sq. ft. was remodeled and the exterior was completely renovated. The elevation to the pool and river was altered to make it easier to access both. The home was like new inside and out upon completion of the project.

New pool deck accessed by the new deck. Addition & remodeling by Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc., Goshen, IN Remodeled kitchen in home remodeled by Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc., Goshen, IN

Architectural design by Phil Jenkins, AIA, Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc.; general contracting by Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc.; cabinetry by Ayr Custom Cabinetry; interior design by Designs Unlimited; photos by Studio 33.

To see more photographs of the project, including before, in-process and after, please visit our Facebook page.

Martin Brothers Contracting, Inc. is a general contractor specializing in the building of fine custom homes, remodeling, renovations and additions. We serve an area within a one-hour radius of our rural Goshen, Indiana location. We are licensed to build in both Michigan and Indiana.

Interested in seeing more of our remodeling projects? Visit our website!