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I <3 HOUSTON

Hi, everyone! I am Linda, and through my lifestyle blog I’ll try to offer you little secrets when it comes to preparing and living in Houston. But you can use these tips and advices no matter the city you come from.

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But mainly I’ll focus to Houston area, since I know my city the best. Hopefully we’ll be seeing each other every week with new blog posts.

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Watch out for roofing scams

Build your dream house

There isn’t a single person who hasn’t at least once thought about their dream house. In dreams everything seems easy, but when the right times comes we realize that there are a lot of things we should pay attention carefully.  First, we have to pick up right location, after that, there are various technical things we never dreamed that we would have to take into account.

One of them is definitely picking the right constructor to build the roof of the house. Believe it or not, lately, a lot of people have a problem with that. In a desire to build a house as soon as possible people often neglect the quality of the work. As one of the most important components of any home, the roof should be constructed with a special attention. If we are hasty, we may have a lot of problems in the future. Because when it comes to roof repairing there is not much time to waste, all the elements of the house depend on it.

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Problems that roof scams can bring you

Today there is increasing rate of roof scams. Vulnerable homeowners meet fraudulent roofing contractors who became became highly skilled in their methods of fraud.  Recognizing them is often hard but if they insist on full payment before work is completed or create a damage none occurred, there is a big chance that you have hired a fake roofers.  No one enjoys being a victim, especially when it comes to the safety of their homes.  Here are some suggestions that you may consider when it comes to hiring a roof constructor.

First of all pay attention that roof constructor who you are hiring is well established, insured, licensed professional with a federal tax identification number and lasting address.  Always ask about company’s certificate of insurance and make sure that is valid. Is also wise to check experience, references of other people in your area who had similar problems as you. If you are dealing with roof damage caused by the storm, do not believe the roof constructor who is knocking on your door in order to offer you ”quick and effective” help. Real roofers don’t do things like that. Also, as I said previously never pay full price, wait for work to be completed. Take your time before you make a decision. It is important to be sure and aware of all these mentioned facts. As they say is better to prevent than to cure.

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How to find the right roofer in Houston?

If you are living in Houston and dealing with the ”roof repairing problem” it will definitely help you to check out my blog and see what my experience with local roofers are. Houston is a city of millions and believe me when it comes to your home the most important thing is that you are around reliable people with no need to questioning the security of the work.

Our city of Houston

Houston – ”The city with no limits ”

Probably everyone heard about worldwide popular singer Beyoncé. But did you know where she was born? It’s a about the most populous and also popular city in Texas, it’s about Houston. How they like to describe it ”the city with no limits”. If you want to experience this, the best choice you can make is to go there, but before read the text and perhaps make your decision much easier.

Economy, multiculturalism & others interesting facts about Houston

Houston is a very developed city.  Worldwide recognized for its energy industry especially for oil and natural gas, aeronautical industry and also well-known because of its multiculturalism. This city is the perfect place to live because of the great opportunities for employment.  All this stems from the strong energy base which definitely deserves credit for a successful economy of Houston. Many companies acquire their wealth on that issue. If are you looking for a job, Houston for sure has a lot to offer to anyone seeing a better business future.

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Due to its geographical position in the south of America, this is the place where many different cultures meet. Besides a strong economy, people like to live in Houston because this city is full of mutual respect. They feel comfortable no matter what their religion, nationality, race or skin color is. Acceptance is for sure one of the indicators of the success of the community.

There are a lot of interesting things that you probably didn’t know about Houston. For example that ”Houston” is the first word that Neil Armstrong said when he landed on the moon. I’m sure that you can assume the link between moon and Houston. Yes, the answer is NASA, another reason for Houston’s recognition. This US space agency, established in 1958 in order to achieve a long-term development of civil and military aircraft, is a real heaven for those who are truly interested in space exploration.

Except for scientist, it’s also easy for professional athletes to find their home there. This city has long winning tradition in many sports. If you want to improve your talent, train hard and maybe you will become a part of some of these professional major league teams: the Huston Astros, Houston Texans, Houston Rockets, Houston Dynamo, Houston Dash or Scrap Yard Dawgs. And for those who enjoy watching the match, I sincerely recommend that you try and book tickets for the Super bowl since Houston is host for the year 2017. This is an excellent opportunity to enjoy both the city and the Super Bowl sensation.

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Houston, we don’t have a problem!

With the population of more than 6 million people, there should not be a problem for things to do in this city. There are so many possibilities whether you want to live there or just go for a visit. If you go just for a visit have a great time, and who knows and maybe this journey  will make you think about this place as the next place where you want to live! And certainly Houston has covered everything you need.

Where to eat in Houston

Where to find a good place to eat in Houston?

 

Who isn’t excited when it comes to food? Hungry or not the time for try some new specialties is always right. If you are planning to visit or perhaps moving to Houston you will have plenty of choices. Houston is a city well known for its multiculturalism. You can taste this ethnical diversity in more than 10, 000 restaurants. These are representing cuisine from more than 70 countries.  With so many options it’s not surprising that is sometimes hard for visitors to choose the right ones. In order to help you, I will set aside the most popular ones. Take a look at the most loved spots.

It’s time for specialties

Chicken and waffles are one of the most popular meals on the Southern. If you want to try the best-prepared ones, you should go to the Breakfast Club. Maybe you’ll have to wait a little bit more than expected but be patient because these are worth every single minute of it. And for those who love pasta more go to the Tony’s and try handmade ”pansotti”. Pansotti is a kind of filled pasta covered with parmesan puff. At the Goode Company seafood, you will be able to try sea specialties, one of them is Campechana-a mix of crab, shrimp, avocado, salsa and jalapenos served in a cocktail glass. One of the best BBQ restaurants is Gatlin’s Barbecue. What I sincerely recommend you, is to order and enjoy eating delicious ribs. And don’t forget to save some room for the well-recognized American dessert called style bread pudding.

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Houston with family

Family trip?  Sounds great! There are so many places in Houston where you can have   unforgettable family moments.  First of them is definitely Downtown Aquarium.  There you can enjoy your meal but except that you will be able to try some new adventures.  On Shark voyage, you’ll have an amazing ride through the tunnel seeing various species of sharks swimming around you. This is just one of them if you want to see more check the website.  Furthermore, Hickory Hallow will bring you the real Texas feeling.  It’s a rustic place, where everything is about cowboy spirit. If your kids only had a chance to see cowboys on cartoons this is the opportunity to show them what they look like in real life. I guarantee that they will be thrilled. In spring, the perfect place to go with family is The Lake House, found in the heart of Discovery Green Park. Take a seat and enjoy your meal with a beautiful lake view. While you are enjoying the sun your kids can have fun climbing, playing on the playground or sailing motorized boats in the lake.

Moving to Houston

If you are moving to Houston probably you have rented or bought a place to live in.  Besides good restaurants maybe is good for you to know where to find a proper person to help you repair damage caused in your home. People find themselves in different problem situations. One that has recently risen is roof repairing and according to that roof scams. The best you can is follow my blog and find the best solution for your problem

Finding the best roofer in Houston

Looking for a roofer?

Are you searching for a reliable and well reputed Houston roofing contractors? However, like anyone of us when you start looking for these professionals, you will stumble across various options, but you have to choose one carefully to get the wanted results.

When you are picking any contractor, it is imperative to check the quality of their past roof repair services in Houston and local area. It is extremely likeable that you come across a company that is offering roof repair services at a reasonable price. Here, you need to check that are they able to satisfy your need completely without degrading the quality, so that you don’t end up with a roof full of holes and even bigger damage when they leave. When it comes to installing roof or roof repair, it is essential to utilize quality material and employ adequate techniques so that the roof withstands extreme weather conditions.

Money issues

Mostly, when people search for emergency roof repair services in Houston, they do not care about the quality offered by the contractor. Therefore, it is highly advisable to provide regular maintenance to the roof in order to lengthen its life and improve its performance. Apart from checking the quality, budget in most cases also plays an important role in selection of Houston roofing contractors.

If you are on a limited budget, and not finding any contractor in your area, look on the internet. When you start browsing the internet, you will find many companies and contractors providing roof repair services in Houston area. On the internet you will find companies that offer services not just in Houston but in other areas as well. You may also get offers and discounts, which will save your money up to a great extent, but be on a lookout that contractors you find online have all the necessary licenses and insurances, and if you need more reassurance ask for their past work, since that might help seal the deal.

My story

But don’t wait till you have serious problem, schedule regular roofing inspections, since they are the best way to be sure that a small problems won’t get worse and out of hand. A couple of years ago when I was in the process of buying a new house, before making the final decision, I did some online research and called Victor one of many Houston roofers but definitely one of the kindest and honest I have ever met. His Anchor Roofing crew did a thorough inspection of the roof and gave me a report of the current state at the time, even though roof wasn’t in the perfect condition it still wasn’t the time to change it. What I liked about Anchor Roofing was the honesty and professional approach and how they didn’t try to upsell me a new roofing system, but they did warn me that I should do regular at least once a year roof inspections, as well they’ve told me that after every hailstorm or strong wind storm I should inspect the roof, something I at the moment didn’t care for.

This year during my regular roof inspection and maintenance, again done by Victor and his roofing crew from Houston, he told me that every home has a different and unique kind of roofing structure, what that means is that if you want to replace your current roofing system with any other kind, the existing roofing structure needs to be properly installed. He mentioned one funny thing how people do their own inspections and then try to “convince” a professional roofer they don’t need roof repairs or a replacement. But let’s be honest only a professional contractor or a company can guarantee that there are no serious issued with your current roof.

Although guys from Anchor didn’t ask me to write this I had to say that besides doing roof inspection on residential homes they also inspect commercial buildings as well. And if your home is need of a repair don’t worry they offer roof repair and roof replacement services no matter if you have a residential or commercial place in question. They are ready to offer you professional service done by experience and skilled team that is going to any type of repair or replacement on your roofing system. If you are experiencing any kind of roof related issues give them a call as soon as you notice that your roof is need of repair. Like me you can rest easy knowing that a crew of licensed and insured Houston roofers is on the job.

Anchor Roofing, Inc.
3511 Bering Dr.
Houston , TX 77057
Phone: (713) 266-2777
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Payment Method: All Major Credit Cards and Checks


Who to call when your roof is in trouble

My roof problems

If you ever find yourself in need for a quality roof repair or replacement here in Houston then you should call the best roofing company in Houston, Brinkmann Quality Roofing Services. A few years back I had some major roof issues that needed immediate action and after googling and researching for a while and contacting my friends I realized they were the perfect crew for my job. They are reliable and very professional, family operated company opened nearly 40 years ago. From the moment they stepped onto my property and roof I noticed their professionalism and hardship, something you can rarely see today.

Unlike other companies out there, they inspected by roof for free and gave me a fair estimate. So if you are looking for a reliable roofer give these guys a call and let them inspect your roof for free. Furthermore what surprised me is that they are opened 24 hours a day and seven days a week, customers can call anytime of the day in case they have a roof problem or need consultations.

Another point worth mentioning is they partner with producers like GAF, Tamko and etc, and they offer warranty direct from the manufacturer. You might think what is so special about it? Well not everyone gives customers that same warranty, which puts the customer in a weird situation in case of any future repairs. Something trivial as a leak caused by a missing shingle can cause serious damage to your roof, not to mention storms and high winds or even animals like raccoons or rats, if you are facing any of these problems or suspect that you might be, don’t wait and contact Brinkmann Roofing service before it is too late.

Museums in Houston

The Houston Museum District

The Houston Museum District is a group of 20 historical centers, exhibitions, social centers and community associations situated in Houston, Texas, devoted to advancing workmanship, science, history and culture.

The Houston Museum District right now incorporates 20 historical centers that recorded an aggregate visit of a little more than 8 million in 2012. The majority of the historical centers offer free times or days and 11 of the galleries are free all the time.

The Museum District particularly alludes to the territory situated inside a 1.5-mile radius of the Mecom Fountain in Hermann Park. The Museum District Civic Association contrasted the region with Georgetown in Washington, D.C. furthermore, to the French Quarter of New Orleans.

The beginnings of the Museum District are found in 1977, when it got to be evident that some move should have been made to allow easier access to the museums. This call for group change moved into the non-benefit Montrose Project by the mid-1980s however changed into the Museum District Development Association of Houston (MDDAH) presently. In light of the works of this association, the Museum District was formally perceived by the City of Houston in 1989. The establishing association was broken down in 1994, yet the Museum District is presently under the sponsorship of the Houston Museum District Association, established in 1997.

The Museum District pulls in guests, understudies and volunteers of any age, foundations, and ethnicities to find out about and praise craftsmanship, history, culture, and nature around the globe. More data on the 20 organizations of Houston’s Museum District might be found on their authority website.

In the late 1970s, the territory at present including the Houston Museum District had fallen into deterioration, severely requiring consideration from local, region and state governments to enhance streets and enhance the region, then perilous for pedestrians and cyclists.

The Houston Museum District started as a grassroots group development in 1977 drove by Alexandra R. Marshall whose idea was to make a passerby inviting region with the Museum of Fine Arts, at the convergence of Bissonnet Street and Montrose Boulevard, as its center. In such a firmly vehicle-arranged city, and one which right up ’til the present time holds the title of the biggest city in the United States without zoning, this was genuinely dynamic.

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The Museum District Development Association of Houston proposed a multi-stage plan to decorate and make more walker neighborly region situated between Allen Parkway, Buffalo Bayou and Hermann Park. It exploited the chance to make in Houston a range of essential urban significance, like the French Quarter in New Orleans, St. Germain in Paris, and Georgetown in Washington, DC.

Since its creation, the various endeavors of the Houston Museum District associations have included group ventures, tree planting, walkway arranging, development and extension, esplanade outline, improvement and beautification, foundation of open transportation to and from the territory, police support and different social events.

The Montrose Association, the Museum Area Municipal Association, the South Main Civic Association, the Cultural Arts Center of Houston and TALA (Texas Accountants and Lawyers for the Arts) all had impact in the advancement and ensuing achievement in the formation of the Houston Museum District.

Visit Houston

What to see in Houston

The style-wise occupants of the nation’s fourth-biggest city and third-biggest region (Harris) realize that there’s no city like Houston.

With more than 2.2 million inhabitants, the city pulls in guests and transplants with a great blend of world-class expressions, blasting business, star games and honor winning food.

As whatever remains of the nation finds what local people have known from the start, Houston is at long last getting a charge out of the acknowledgment it merits. Simply a year ago, the city found itself on a few “best of” records, including the Travel + Leisureroundup of America’s Favorite Cities and the Hotwire.com list of most reasonable U.S. excursion goals.

See with your own eyes, here in Houston, where quite a bit of day by day life happens outside, because of mellow, year-round temperatures. Take time to investigate the mixed, society filled neighborhoods, display spaces and attractions, which offer various flavors that must be found here.

Take the food, for instance. Many cutting-edge gourmet experts have made a home in Houston, where burger joints eat out more than inhabitants of anyother city. Here, you’ll discover James Beard Award champs and universally prestigious gourmet experts serving up creative cooking that habitually gets the consideration of foodies in Bon Appetit, Food and Wine and Saveur.

Be that as it may, the upscale eating scene is just a cut of Houston’s luxurious offerings—a reality that the city’s culinary brains plan to demonstrate with the Houston Culinary Tours. Each of the close, 16-man, culinary expert led visits go for demonstrate the underbelly of the city’s sustenance scene—one taco truck and ethnic business sector at once.

Wander Downtown amid your stay and find a flourishing proficient expressions scene, with expert inhabitant organizations in artful dance, musical drama, orchestra and theater; just four different U.S. urban communities can say the same. Furthermore, the adjacent Museum District asserts some authority as the nation’s fourth biggest, with 18 social powerhouses set inside squares of each other.

We have our own particular version of Central Park, as well, offering almost 1,500 acres of green space in the heart of the city. Simply inside “the circle,” Memorial Park is home to an open fairway, swimming pool, tennis courts, trails and the sky is the limit from there. Downtown, Discovery Green park is furnished with WiFi, a ranchers market, puppy runs, fine eating and ice-skating amid the winter—only one a greater amount of the 650 or more urban green spaces filling the city.

As anyone might expect, organizations likewise perceive the charm of Houston’s offerings. A quarter century on the Fortune 500 rundown call the Energy Capital of the World home. Flying examination is amazing at NASA central command—the office in charge of putting the primary man on the moon—and Texas Medical Center remains the biggest on the planet with 47 exceedingly commended exploration and treatment foundations.

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Come. Live like a local for a couple days and find why Houston’s blend of worldwide claim and Southern appeal have caught the creative energy of tastemakers the world over.

Sports and Houston

Sports in Houston

Houston and its surrounding metropolitan area has a vast sporting culture, and people living in Houston are regularly active in many sports that city has to offer. Either they are just spectators or participants. Houston is one the best sport destinations in the US. The city regularly hosts world class sporting events like Olympic qualifying soccer matches to rodeos and Super Bowl in 2017. Residents can attend sports and events from 4 major professional teams as well as collegiate sports. If you want something more peaceful you can always go for a run in the Memorial Park or sailing to Clear Lake and Galveston Bay. Beside the popular sports, there is also a number of other sports available like for example fencing.

Houston offers 6 major league teams: Houston Texans – NFL, Houston Rockets – NBA, Houston Dynamo – MLS, Houston Dash – NSWL, Houston Astros – MLB and Scrap Yard Dawgs – NPF. Unfortunately Houston isn’t a home to an NHL team – yet. It is worth mentioning that Houston Dynamo won the MLS cup in 2006, only a year after they moved from San Jose, they have also repeated that endeavor in 2007 as well. Houston Rockets won two NBA titles back in 1994 and again in 1995.

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Houston’s four stadiums hold over 150 000 fans and regularly feature events throughout the whole year. Toyota Center and Minute Maid Park, homes of Houston Rockets and Astros are located in Downtown Houston, being a part of an urban renaissance that made Houston into a destination that is alive throughout the day and night. Houston Astros home Reliant Astrodome is first domed stadium in the US, and NRG Stadium is NFL’s first stadium with a retractable roof. As well Houston Dynamo’s stadium and Scrap Yard Complex are both situated north of Houston in Woodlands.