One of the the best things about living in Orlando Florida is the beautiful architecture styles and Spanish influence seen in homes throughout the state. This particular tile is called Redland clay and as you can see it really adds gorgeous coloring and patterns to the roof.
We chose this picture because of its rustic appeal and beautiful blending of colors that tie into the overall style of the home. Achieving a good balance can be hard to do when designing a house and the roof is often neglected. Typically, the most common type of roofing materials we see are asphalt shingles, probably due to their lower price point, making them more affordable yet not very appealing to the eye.
One of the more popular roof tiles is terracotta. As seen in this tile roofing photograph, it provides a crisp, sharp contrast with it’s orange glow. A word of warning though, as breath taking as terracotta tile is, it tends to be a little more susceptible to damage and cracking!
When it comes to durability and longevity, tile roofing is still one of the best roofing choices there are. Many roofers recommend tile not because it is expensive, but because it is a roof that has been used for centuries and proven to last for years. With so many profiles and styles to choose from, homeowners can easily compliment most architectural styles with a good tile roof.
Throughout the Orlando area and the state of Florida, you can see the various types of tile roofing capping roof tops all over. There are several styles that can be seen including cement, metal, barrel tile, Spanish clay, synthetic and slate. Each having its own unique look and aesthetic appeal.
Tile roofs can set the stage for a stunning photograph. Depending on the size of the home you may want to bring your wide angle lens to capture the entire roof in one shot. Or you can try to get a picture of the rooftop from a higher elevation and view point. Photography is all about the perspective and subject. The next time you are out with your camera, take advantage of the architectural beauty that surrounds you. Don’t be afraid of being creative and take pictures from a unique perspective and in different lighting to capture the image. You never know…even something that seems as boring as a roof or a fence can turn out to be a great photograph to hang on your wall.
One of the most important elements in great photography is…inspiration! Here we have our top 5 picks for photography sites that inspire….enjoy!
Daniel Kennedy Photography – Don’t be fooled by the very simplistic homepage of Dan’s website. A dive deeper in and you will see some of the most stunning photos.
2. Clayton Bozard – Clayton’s ability to capture the emotion and clarity of his photo’s are simply incredible. A great site for those who like pictures of people. Website: www.claytonbozard.com
3. Tom Hoops Photography – Vintage style photographs of men and women, Tom has an uncanny ability to not only capture an image, but they almost seem to tell a story of his subjects. One of our favorites! www.tomhoops.com
4. SymbolPhoto.com – A wedding photographer based out of Boston, Symbol manages to capture the perfect moments on that special day. Weddings events take a truly experienced photographer to get images like these. Simply amazing!
5. PhotographyServed.com – Last on our list is a great place to get inspiration. Photography Served is a site of curated photos from photographic artists from all over. There are so many good images on this site it would be hard to pick just one as a favorite. However, the collage of photographs will certainly help get the creative juices flowing.
Since vinyl fencing was introduced as an alternative to wood fencing on horse race tracks, pvc (poly vinyl chloride) fencing has gradually moved from being merely an equestrian safety consideration to being a popular and viable type of residential railing.
For most homeowners, inherent problems that come with traditional privacy fencing such as wood, chain-link and hedges are even a big consideration. With an eye towards permanence and low-cost maintenance, vinyl fences in Orlando have become a popular trend for enclosing a yard. A little known fact, PVC is the second largest manufactured and sold plastic resin in the world today!
Durability: Unlike wood, vinyl does not rot, rust, splinter or warp and is resistant to bugs thus giving it a longer life span, and it also rust-free. Experts say that vinyl is five times stronger than wood. This is fencing that is going to serve you for years!
Low Maintenance: Maintenance cost for vinyl is remarkably low as compared to wood fencing. This also applies to cleaning vinyl: with water, detergent and a cloth, it is easy to maintain the sheen on the fence. It is also extremely easy to erase any unwanted writing or graffiti off the fence. Dirt and debris wash away easily with a periodic spraying from a garden hose.
Aesthetic Value: Vinyl comes in a variety of colors, making it easy to synchronize with the color and decor of the home. You do not have to settle for anything that does not match your color scheme.
UV Resistance: Vinyl does not easily ignite and is classified as self extinguishing with a flash point of approximately 900 degrees. The fence is also significantly resistant to fading and cracking since the color goes deep into the pith of the vinyl, unlike paint
which may peel off over time.
Flexibility: Vinyl doesn’t snap or break off as easily as wood, making it particularly valuable in wind-prone locales or places that receive a lot of rain.
Eco-friendliness: In an age where people are increasingly sensitive to environmental degradation, vinyl fencing offers a great alternative. Vinyl needs very little energy to make and releases lower emissions into the environment and is sustainable, lasting longer than the other more expensive alternatives. Vinyl also offers an Eco-conscious alternative to the diminishing supply of trees harvested for wood fencing.
PVC fencing is one of the safest and aesthetically pleasing fence choices especially for families and pet owners as it contains no nails or sharp edges that can harm children or animals.
Is There A Downside to Vinyl?
Replacement Difficulty: As opposed to other fences, replacement of damaged vinyl may require professional workmanship even on a small section of fence.
Cost: While vinyl has proved to be cost-efficient in the long run, erecting a vinyl fence is costlier compared to other fencing solutions, making it out of reach for people on a budget.
Fluctuation: Over very extreme weather conditions, vinyl may expand or contract. However, the fabrication and installation procedures accommodates these weather-related shifts.
Deterioration: Some PVC fencing may be susceptible to fading especially if exposed to severe weather. While recent advances in technology have largely mitigated these concerns by adding special polymers, it is important to consider whether the color will be affected when exposed to the elements.
Choosing the right decor for your Orlando home is as much a matter of preference as it is about convenience and practicality. And just like choosing your wardrobe or accessories, you want to achieve the right feel. How you decorate your home speaks volumes about your personality. It is all about merging personality and balance and getting the perfect feng shui.
The cool thing about home decoration is that it is possible to spruce up your living space without breaking the bank. It is indeed true that the best need not be the most expensive.
For those who have never been, the Wonder Works building on International Dr. in Orlando Florida might be one of the most interesting architectural designs the city has to offer. Hats off to the architects for the exterior and interior design, however, there’s not much more to it than the outside view of the building. A laser tag arena designed for kids and an attraction located in the heart of touristy International Dr. that can be incredibly busy during peak season.
Update: The Orlando location will be closed from 9.10.14 through 9.28.14 for some remodeling per the website. The good news is you can get a great shot of it from across the street and it won’t cost a dime!
This amazing creature also known as a “sea cow” was protected under the Endangered Species Act of 1973 as well as the Florida Manatee Sanctuary Act of 1978. They are gentle, slow moving sea creatures that inhabit the coastal waters here in Florida. Ranging in size from 800-1200 pounds. Although protected their biggest threat are boaters. Because they move so slow, they are often injured unintentionally by boat propellers. Many coastal regions throughout the state have “manatee zones” where by law, speed must be reduced to a minimum in order to help prevent injuries. Read more