Welcome Rain…No Leaks Please!

After a long, drawn out battle with the summertime Sun and blistering heat, the Rio Grande Valley located deep in the heart of South Texas finally received some relief. This relief came in the form of a tropical system bringing rain to a much needed area prone to drought and fires each year. But after a long dry spell with temperatures reach over 100 Degrees daily, a sudden change in climate with rainfall keeps many of the Brownsville roofers in check with the local community. “It happened to me last year, a very hot and dry summer then a sudden blast of rain, and my roof began to leak” say Jessica Castillo, a Brownsville resident and a homeowner. In Jessica’s case, she purchased her home about 5 years ago but her roof is at least 20 years old as of the writing of this post. With the South Texas heat breaking records for the past 7 years, your traditional composition or “asphalt” shingles seem to wear down much quicker than the 30 years they are warrantied for. “The shingles are warrantied for 30 years under normal wear and tear conditions, but here in the valley, there is no such thing as normal conditions with this heat year round.” says a local roofer who preferred to remain anonymous. Because of this, many homeowners are confused as to why their roof is not warrantied when a leak happens in their home, unfortunately, due to the extreme conditions we live under in the Rio Grande Valley, we are technically exempt from the warranties that normally come with a new roof. Unless your roofing contractor specifically writes down and includes a specific warranty for you, you are generally liable for the repairs to your roof. Some roofers recommend spraying your roof with water throughout the summer about 2 or 3 days a week just to keep it from “working” too hard in the heat, but you may end in up in a Catch 22 as it is during this time that cities across the valley initiate water conservation because of the annual drought conditions that occur here. So keep in mind the next time you get your roof serviced to ask about a maintenance plan or schedule a time before, during, or even after the summertime to get your roof reviewed for any potential problems before it becomes a big problem.


Things to Look For In the Best Camera for Beginners

Pictures and videos are great when it comes to capturing fun and inspirational moments. When looking for the best camera to start with, there are a few things to consider. This is because all photography equipment is not the same, as each has their own individual performance qualities and product specifications. As a beginner, you almost obviously need a camera whose settings you can easily understand. Portability, operation and navigation should be at you convenience. We provide you with guides and tips on how to choose the best camera for your event or fun photo shooting, just so you make a wise decision when you approach the stalls. In this case, here are some features to look for in the best camera for beginners.

Powerful Lens
The most important factor to consider when selecting a good camera is the lens specifications, which is often expressed in mega pixels. It is the determinant factor as much as the quality of pictures in your beginner photography work is concerned. Some cameras available in the market today are labeled as the best for such tasks, owing to their high resolution and clarity of the images produced.

Automatic Features
The best photo-shooting devices for beginners come with automatic features to help make the task easier. These would include features such as the silent shutter, image enhancement, and the flash bracket just to mention a few. The quiet shutter can make a big difference during the shooting especially where silence is required during the ceremony. The flash bracket on the other hand is important for enhancing image quality as a shadow control feature.

Sufficient Memory
As a beginner in photography, you may want to capture the same image a number of times and then select the image to keep based on how it comes out. A camera with sufficient memory allows you to capture as many images as possible without having to have to delete through previously taken shots. The best camera for beginners will have expansive internal and the external memory capacity.

Lightweight
Some shots require a lot of movement, especially for events or when capturing moving objects. The ideal camera for beginners should be light enough to carry without causing much fatigue. This ensures that you don’t strain too much during the photo session or even practice session. Furthermore, light cameras are easier to operate, especially where tight angles are required when taking specific shots.

The best way to get the ideal best camera for beginners is to look at product reviews and testimonials online and compare for price, specifications, warranty and product features. With these, you can expect a smooth and fun experience during your first shots capturing amazing moments.