Car Detailing

Car Detailing Services In OKC

auto detailing servicesYou are probably aware that car detailing is a crucial part of maintaining your car’s value, but might not understand why it’s so important. We reached out to a car detailer in Oklahoma City to get a better understanding of the process and the benefits from detailing your vehicles. Continue reading to find out more about the significance of car detailing, and get an estimated idea of how often you should be getting your car detailed.

Exactly What Does an Auto Detail Comprise Of?

Car detailing is the art of cleaning the interior and exterior of your car, truck, or boat to maintain it’s value and keep it looking nice. Many car owners run through the wash, but few take the time to have the vehicle thoroughly inside and out.

Not every vendor providing the service uses the same chemical treatment or same techniques, but most will clean your motor, headlights/taillights, and brakes — while eliminating any unwanted debris which could be hiding on either inside and outside your vehicle. Basically, any component of your automobile that requires cleanup, will get cleaned.

Why Are They Significant?

Not only will a detailed cleaning make your vehicle look sharp, but it also helps to remove any funk that might be stinking up the interior, it’s also beneficial for stain removal. That beer your buddy spilt in the backseat, or that wild Friday night you had back there with your lady – there might be some stains to remove.

Taking care of your vehicle should be a priority, for some, it’s the second biggest investment behind a home. By keeping the exterior clean and waxed you can prevent sun damage and any damage that may occur from tree sap or fallen debris that may stain your paint surface. Also, engine issues can be costly, which explains why it’s far better to keep up your car or truck today so that you can reduce the odds of something going on later on. Full engine details keep unwanted debris out of the vehicles engine compartment.

All this is also added benefit for maintaining resell value. When it is time to sell, any potential buyer will take notice of a well-detailed car and your asking price should be met with approval if valued fairly.

How Frequently Should You Detail?

Most specialists recommend a complete detail every four to six months, which equates to 2-3 times annually. However, that is only a guideline, there are obviously other variables to consider like weather conditions that may dirty your car quicker than normal, and any unexpected interior spills that would require detailed attention.

Bottom line, the more frequently you can detail your car, the better shape your car will be in. People who wash, wax, and clean their car on a constant basis will require less detailing than someone who neglects the vehicle. If you are a generally tidy person, detailing your car annually ought to be good enough for you. All you pigs out there that can’t keep your car clean, time to pay attention!

Ultimately, it is never a bad idea to get your car detailed before selling it. Details are comparatively cheap, and also a clean car may make a significant difference on how much somebody is willing to pay for it.

Wash And Wax

When you get the opportunity, take some opportunity to wash and wax your vehicle. Not only can this help to make your vehicle look newer for longer, but it will also make sure that any contaminants which might have stuck to the surface of your vehicle are properly removed and the surface gets sealed to protect it against unwanted debris and chemical contaminants.

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Many people who see chiropractic doctors swear by their care; there are others who believe chiropractic care is not even medical care. How do you know if a chiropractor is the right choice for your particular situation, and what should you believe and not believe about chiropractic care in Owasso, OK? We will explore the many myths surrounding chiropractors and their care, and hopefully point you in the right direction!

Probably the biggest misconception about chiropractors is that they are not “real” doctors. A chiropractor is a doctor, just not a medical doctor. A chiropractor is a specialist; just like you wouldn’t want a chiropractor working on your feet, you don’t want a podiatrist working on your spine! Chiropractors endure an extremely challenging educational process, similar to that of a medical doctor with the absence of surgery and pharmacology classes. As a matter of fact, some chiropractic majors also require 2 to 4 years of premed undergraduate classes before they begin the next 4 to 5 years in chiropractic college. Classes include radiology, neurology, physiology, pathology, bio-mechanics as well as the proper chiropractic techniques. Additional health care classes are required for graduation. In all, chiropractic students attend more classroom hours than medical students while both are in school!

Next, a chiropractic student must finish several hundred hours of real patient management in a clinical setting, much like an externship. The student is supervised by a professional chiropractor as the student chiropractor hones his or her skills. At such time the student is prepared to graduate from the program, the new chiropractic doctor must complete four sets of national examinations and the state board examination. If the student passes, he or she has achieved their license to practice, also known as a DC degree, or Doctorate of Chiropractic degree. Chiropractors are considered licensed health care providers and they must complete continuing education classes to stay abreast of the newest technology and techniques.

Once a doctor of chiropractic care is licensed in his or her state, they are subject to additional testing, licensing and monitoring by state and national boards. Chiropractors, like their medical doctor counterparts, can write sick leave certificates and are sanctioned by federal and state programs like Medicare, Medicaid and Workers’ Compensation. The biggest differences between medical doctors and chiropractic doctors is that the former can prescribe medication and in some instances, perform surgery. If you have an illness or require surgery, a medical doctor would be your best bet. If you have soft tissue damage, an injury to the spine or a misalignment of the spine, a chiropractor would be your best option. Chiropractors are excellent at healing back pain, spasms and headaches by enlisting muscle and massage therapies, exercises and of course, spinal adjustments.

Another misconception? That medical doctors and chiropractors aren’t on the same team. While some medical doctors feel they are superior to chiropractors, and vice versa, both sets have come to acknowledge that patients can benefit from various kinds of treatment, and that the patient’s well being is the most important aspect of their jobs. Hospitals now employ chiropractors on staff, debunking the myth that chiropractors aren’t real doctors.
And what of chiropractic care itself? There are many misconceptions about chiropractic care, including the thought that it is painful. Just the opposite is true. The release of pressure of the spine—the “cracking” or “popping” of the back—is a pleasurable experience when administered by a chiropractor. Many people believe that chiropractic care is reserved for just the neck and back, when it is actually useful in many areas of the body. Chiropractic care can be used to treat all types of soft tissue disorders and joint problems, as well as headaches, allergies and in some specific cases, even ear infections.

You may be asking yourself—is chiropractic care safe? Chiropractic spinal adjustments are extremely safe but only when administered by a chiropractor. There have been countless research studies to confirm that the risks of serious injury or problems resulting from spinal manipulation are rare; as a matter of fact, it is recommended that this method be used in the majority of lower back pain problems, as opposed to a more invasive solution, like surgery. To quash the rumor that chiropractic care is “quack medicine”, it has been around for over 100 years, and numerous scientific studies have been conducted to provide chiropractors with the safest and most effective healing methods available. Ongoing research provides the doctors with the newest diagnostic methods and treatments, ensuring the most up-to-date, scientific measures for patient care.

Once you commit to Frisco chiropractic center, don’t worry; it is not a lifelong commitment! Many patients see a chiropractor to ease an ailment or injury, while others maintain an ongoing relationship with their chiropractor, engaging in preventative care. While preventative care is best—just like well check-ups with your regular doctor or cleanings and exams you’re your dentist—regular adjustments to your spine would be most beneficial. Your spine experiences normal use by walking, sitting, driving—all can take their toll. By continuing chiropractic care, a patient is less likely to sustain an injury because their body is adjusted for it. While this may not be true for every instance, it is just like preparing your muscles for a long run; the likelihood of injury is diminished due to preventative care. This proactive care can help you avoid problems in the future and help you feel better, move with more freedom, and stay healthier throughout your lifetime. While it is not necessary to continue chiropractic care once you start, it is a recommended part of the preventative care of your body.

To round out the misconceptions about chiropractic care, many people believe it is very expensive. Quite the contrary; chiropractic care is often very affordable and very worth the cost. Just like anything else of value, there are maintenance costs involved and none more important than your body! There are some insurance plans that cover chiropractic care costs and many doctors accept payment plans, depending upon your situation. Overall, the cost of chiropractic care versus the care of a medical doctor is substantially less.

The myths about chiropractic care are commonplace and often just that: myths. It is important to know that manipulation of the spine is best left to the professionals and that “cracking” your own back or having someone press on your spine can cause more harm than good. As with any major life decision, from buying a house to contemplating health care, make sure you have conducted ample research to make informed choices.

Note from Ann: Last week I shared a dataviz how-to guide. Paul Denninger has a great alternative solution to share! He uses hidden bars, also known in the Excel community as floating bars or white bars, to build “two” charts in one. Enjoy!

Getting excel to do complex work is easy; making the output look nice is a different matter. I took the challenge to recreate Ann’s graph because I’m always looking for better ways to display information.

The solution required a stacked bar chart, so the only problem was lining up the starting point for the second dataset. A buffer needed to sit between the end of the first set of bars and the start of the second so that it would force the second set to line up correctly. Hidden data had to fill the gap. Here’s how I did it.

First, start by inputting the original data. Sorting the rows from large to small will help make the chart easier to build.

Original Data

First, input the original data

The next step is creating the dummy data. Insert a column between the two existing datasets and populate it by subtracting the first column from “1.” This gives you a series of percentages that start at the end of the first bar and end at “1.” The problem of lining up the second dataset is solved at this point.

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Create a column of dummy data

With all of the data in place, creating the chart is easy. Use a stacked bar and include all 3 columns.

Setting Chart

Insert a stacked bar chart

Once the chart has been built, it’s time to hide the dummy column. Highlight the red data series and choose the format menu. Fill the series with the same color as your background. This makes the bars blend into the background and leaves them invisible. Do the same for the data labels. The dummy information is now hidden and your second dataset lines up properly.

Removing Dummy Bars

Make the dummy data invisible

The y-axis still needs to be fixed since the values are organized from low to high. Invert it by highlighting it and opening the format axis menu. Tick the “categories in reverse order” radio button to have the bars arrange themselves from high to low.

Fix the vertical axis

Flip the y-axis

Here is the primary display difference between this solution and Ann’s. Due to the hidden data, the x-axis begins at 0 and goes up to 200%. Since it’s a big challenge to make repeating axes in one chart, and one that I haven’t solved, it’s probably best to remove the x-axis altogether. Since the data values are shown in the bars, removing the axis should not make data interpretation more difficult. In fact, it will be easier for people looking at the chart since they don’t have to rescale the second data series in their heads.

Finally, decrease the gap between the bars and invert the fill and text colors for the overall bar. This makes it stand out from the other series. It’s personal preference whether you want to make the data labels bold or not.

Expand, invert the colors and remove the x-axis

Expand, invert the colors and remove the x-axis

Your chart is finished and you have improved on excel’s built in data presentation immensely. Other than the problem with the x-axis, this solution gives the same result as Ann’s. It’s a visually appealing way to compare two or more groups across the same categories.

When he isn’t playing with Excel and learning to use R better, Paul Denninger is trying to start a company. He currently manages investments for people and is on a constant search for data to analyze. He spends enough time working with nonprofits that he might make a career change and do it full time. You can see more of his work on his blog, Risk Assets.

Two weeks ago, I challenged readers to re-create the “after” version of a side by side bar chart. You can read the full post here.

Congratulations to the 9 contestants! Click on the contestant’s name to see their chart.

  • Regan Grandy
  • Sara Vaca
  • Alex Kadis
  • Katrina Brewsaugh
  • @CaptainCane64
  • @PD_ssp
  • Will Fenn
  • Angie Ficek (Check out how she used her own data!)
  • James Coyle (Check out how he used his own pre-post data!)

Now it’s time to post the how-to guide.

Step 1: Study the chart that you’re trying to reproduce in Excel.

We’re trying to re-create a side by side bar chart like the one shown below. We’re comparing how Coalition A and Coalition B scored on Innovation Network’s Coalition Assessment Tool.

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Step 2: And the secret to making side by side bar charts in Excel…

…is that we’re going to make two separate bar charts, one for Coalition A and one for Coalition B. When we copy and paste the charts from Excel into PowerPoint or Word, they’ll look like a single cohesive chart.

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Step 3: Type the data into Excel.

Make sure you choose a purposeful order to your data, like the highest percentage on top and the lowest percentage on bottom.

Excel often flips the data table upside down when creating charts, i.e. if you want the overall scores to be at the bottom of the chart, then you need to put the overall scores in the top of your data table. (Or, you can reverse the order of the categories later on.)

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Step 4: Create the first bar chart.

You know the drill: Add data labels inside the end of your bars. Choose a color palette that matches your client’s logo or your own logo. Use an action color to draw the reader’s eye where you want it (in my example, the overall score). Delete unnecessary ink like the tick marks, grid lines, and border. Use gray to de-emphasize things like (n=7) and the axis labels. Reduce the gap width.

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Beginner Excel users: If you need extra instruction, check out how to make a basic bar chart and my Excel for Evaluation chart tutorials.

Step 5: Copy the first chart.

Rather than re-create the wheel when making the second bar chart, let’s save some time by simply copying the first chart.

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Step 6: Populate the second chart with Coalition B’s data.

Use the “select data” feature to put Coalition B’s percentages into the chart.

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Step 7: Adjust the second chart’s bar color and title.

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Step 8: Delete the second chart’s axis labels.

Yep, you’re right, the second chart’s bars are going to get waaaaaay too long. We’ll fix this in Step 9.

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Step 9: Re-size the second chart.

Here’s my super scientific secret for making sure each chart is the same size: I measure the plot area with a business card.

First, adjust the first chart's plot area so that it's the width of a business card or post-it note.

First, adjust the first chart’s plot area so that it’s the width of a business card or post-it note.

Next, I adjust the second chart's plot area so that it's the same width as my business card.

Next, I adjust the second chart’s plot area so that it’s the same width as my business card.

Step 10: Paste the charts into PowerPoint or Word.

Select both charts and paste them into PowerPoint or Word at the same time. Here’s what it looks like on a slide. Looks like a single chart!

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Thanks to everyone who participated in the first and second dataviz challenges! I hope these challenges give you a chance to practice and build upon your Excel and visualization skills.

Last time, we made a streamlined version of the basic bar chart by adjusting Excel’s default settings. Basic bar charts are great when you’re just looking at simple patterns, like one series of data at a time.

However, sometimes we need to compare several series of data at one time. For example, the Innovation Network team and I recently compared the capacity of 12 different coalitions using our coalition assessment tool. We calculated coalition capacity in 7 different areas, such as Basic Functioning and Structure and the Ability to Cultivate and Develop Champions. To learn more about the tool, check out some materials from a recent presentation here.

The “before” chart: Here’s a clustered (aka cluttered) bar chart based on fictional data from the coalition assessment tool. The default Excel chart to compare Coalition A and Coalition B might look something like this:

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A default clustered bar chart in Excel. Bleh.

Or, you could use the switch row/column feature to make a default chart like this:

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Another default clustered bar chart in Excel.

These default clustered bar charts work… kind of. Well… not really. Actually, no, they really don’t work at all! My brain needs a couple minutes to read the default charts and really think about comparisons.

The “after” chart: Luckily, with a little Excel elbow grease, we can make the patterns pop out even faster. Here’s a side by side bar chart:

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Now, my brain can see the patterns almost immediately: Both coalitions scored highest on Basic Functioning and Structure. Both coalitions scored lowest on Sustainability, with Reputation and Visibility scoring pretty low as well. Coalition A scored higher than Coalition B on every section of the assessment. The overall scores were 80% for Coalition A and 50% for Coalition B. Phew! This is much easier for my brain.

The dataviz challenge: Re-create the “after” version of the side by side bar chart in Excel, R, or some other free software program. When you’re finished, email me or tweet a screenshot to @annkemery.

Tips for beginner Excel users: First, learn how to make a basic bar chart. Then, check out this powerpoint for tips on making a side by side bar chart.

Bonus for advanced Excel users: Instead of copying this dataset exactly, think about how you might use a side by side bar chart in your own work. Can you re-create this chart using your own data or your own color scheme?

The prize for playing: Beer or coffee, my treat, the next time you’re in DC; a professional development opportunity; and bragging rights.

I’ll post the how-to guide in two weeks, on June 10, 2013. Happy charting!

Two weeks ago, I challenged readers to re-create the “after” version of a basic bar chart.

Congratulations to the 9 winners: Molly Hamm, David Napoli, Susan Kistler, Jon Schwabish, Ethan, Mike, Sara Vaca, Samantha Grant, and Kevin Gilds! You’ve officially won bragging rights and a beverage of your choice, my treat, the next time you’re in DC.

Now it’s time to post the how-to guide!

Step 1: Study the chart that you’re trying to reproduce in Excel.

We’re trying to re-create a basic bar chart like the one shown below. We’re examining how a nonprofit has grown over the past six years. This is a simple metric so we don’t need anything more complicated than a basic bar chart.

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Step 2: Type your data into Excel.

Here’s how I typed my data into the spreadsheet.

Hot tip for advanced users: I wanted to abbreviate the years (i.e., ’07 instead of 2007). If you type 07, it will turn into 7, because Excel automatically removes zeros at the beginning of numbers. To fool Excel into keeping the zero, you must add an apostrophe; typing ’07 will turn into 07. So, if you want to get ’07 as your final result, you must add two apostrophes; typing ”07 will turn into ’07.

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Step 3: Insert a bar chart.

Highlight or select the data table. Go to the Insert tab. Click on the Column icon. Select a 2-D Clustered Column Chart. For additional help with inserting charts, check out this tutorial.

Now we’ve got our default bar chart (shown below). There’s nothing technically wrong with this bar chart. However, with a few small tweaks, we can really improve the formatting.

We’re going to manually adjust 9 settings in Excel: the axis labels, the data labels, the border, the bar color, the font size and color, the gap width, tick marks, the legend, and the grid lines. We’ll go through each of these steps, starting with the axis labels and working around counter-clockwise. These tweaks just take a few seconds each to make. When added together, they can make a big difference.

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Step 4: Delete the axis labels.

Click on the axis labels themselves. Then press delete on your keyboard. I do not advocate for removing the axis labels on every chart. This is a matter of personal preference. In this example, the data are so ridiculously straightforward that we really don’t need the axis labels.

step4Step 5: Add data labels.

Data labels are the numbers inside the bars that show how many participants were served each year. To position the data labels inside the bars themselves, we need to use a 2-step process. First, right-click on one of the blue bars and select “Add Data Labels.” Second, right-click on one of the labels and select “Format Data Labels.” You’ll get a pop-up screen like the one shown below. You can tweak the label position. In this example, I selected “Inside End.” Then, you can simply click on one of the data labels and change the text color to white. For more help with data labels, watch this tutorial.

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Step 6: Remove the border.

Right-click on the border and select “Format Chart Area.” Click on “Border Color” and select “No Line.”

Removing the border is also a personal preference. I started deleting my borders after reading one of Edward Tufte’s books in which he advocates for charts being situated inside and alongside the narrative – rather than sticking charts in the appendix or adding awkward “Figure 1.4″ labels. Border-less charts tend to help the reader’s eyes glide down the pages of your report a little more seamlessly.

Step 7: Adjust the bar color.

This chart was originally designed for an Ignite session. You can view the slides here.

After giving the presentation, there were a few audience questions. One man, with his (first? second? third?) glass of wine in his hand, asked how I selected the turquoise color scheme. He was laughing (with me? at me?) because I was wearing a dark turquoise shirt, a light turquoise blazer, a turquoise necklace, a turquoise bracelet, and turquoise earrings. Yes, even my toenails were painted turquoise. I mumbled something like, “I guess I just really like turquoise!” and promptly ran off the stage. #npfail

The correct answer would’ve been that colors should be used strategically so that the reader’s eyes are naturally drawn to certain patterns in the data. For example, I purposefully drew the reader’s attention to the 2012 bar. The key is to select a plain color (e.g., gray, or light turquoise in this example) and what Stephanie Evergreen calls an action color (e.g., dark turquoise). For examples of plain colors and action colors, check out Stephanie Evergreen’s post on assigning a color system for graphs.

I like to professionalize my charts by tweaking Excel’s default color scheme. During fun projects like this, I select color schemes from Design-Seeds and use the Instant Eyedropper to determine each color’s RGB code. I selected the Cherry Palette for this Ignite presentation (shown below). During real projects, I match colors to the client’s logo.

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Sometimes I save my color palette and RGB codes within the Excel workbook itself for safekeeping and easy reference.

So how do you adjust the bar color? Click on one of the bars. Click on the paint can icon. Select “More Colors.” In the pop-up window, select the “Custom” tab. Type in the RGB codes for your plain color and the action color.

Step 8: Adjust the font size and colors.

Here’s another spot where personal preferences come into play. When I’m going to be pasting my chart into a report, I often match my chart’s font to the report (e.g., Calibri size 11, which we typically use for the body text). When I’m going to be pasting my chart into a single, standalone handout, or into a powerpoint slide, I use much larger font sizes (e.g., 14, 16, or 18 point font). When I’m using data labels within the bars (see Step 5), I often use bold font to make the text pop.

Gray can be used strategically to dull-down the least important features of the chart – like the horizontal axis labels (’07, ’08, ’09, ’10, ’11, and ’12).

We’re getting closer! Not there yet…

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Step 9: Adjust the gap width.

Gap width is a lesser-known, but very cool, feature of Excel. The gap width is the amount of space between the bars. The default setting on most computers is 150%, which means the distance between the bars is 1.5 times wider than the bar itself.

To adjust gap width, right-click on one of the bars and select “Format Data Series.” In the pop-up window, you can increase or decrease the gap width, as shown below. I often use 50-75% rather than the default 150%.

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Hot tip for advanced users: The gap width feature is also very useful for histograms. You can decrease the gap width to 5% so that only a sliver of space remains between the bars.

Step 10: Remove tick marks.

For help with tick marks, watch this tutorial.

Step 11: Remove the legend.

In this simple chart, the legend doesn’t serve any purpose. To remove the legend, simply click on the legend and press the Delete key on your keyboard.

Step 12: Remove the grid lines.

Again, because this chart is so simple, we don’t need the grid lines. For help removing the grid lines, watch this tutorial.

We’re all done! Here’s the finished product.

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Step 13: Add a caption (optional).

Charts are inserted into a variety of communications modes: within the body of a report, as a standalone chart that’s printed out and hung on a bulletin board, as a standalone chart that’s printed and used as the handout at a meeting, on a powerpoint slide…

This particular chart was flashed on the screen for 15 seconds during my Ignite session, so there was no need to add a caption. My voice served as the caption.

However, when creating standalone charts, you’ll want to add contextual details so that the reader who passes by your chart on your organization’s bulletin board can quickly grasp the chart’s key takeaway message. One of the best ways of adding contextual details is to add a caption within the Prime Real Estate at the top of the chart. For an example, check out this post by Cole Nussbaumer.

Bonus

I hope this was helpful! Click here to download my Excel file. Thanks again to the dataviz challenge winners, Molly Hamm, David Napoli, Susan Kistler, Jon Schwabish, Ethan, Mike, Sara Vaca, Samantha Grant, and Kevin Gilds!

Discussion Questions

What are your favorite tools for selecting color palettes and determining RGB codes? When do you add captions to your charts, and what are your strategies for selecting the most important findings to emphasize in that caption? Have you adjusted the gap width for any of your charts, and if so, in what situations?

How to Choose The Best Vinyl Sidings

If you have planned for a remodeling of your house or even just the exterior of the house then you might be thinking of various siding options. However, there will be a number of materials that will be running in your mind. You might also have a lot of natural materials like wood clapboard or brick or even stucco. These are traditional materials that have been used for many years now. But if you are trying for something less expensive, easy to maintain material then you can opt for alternatives like vinyl. This synthetic vinyl siding is going to be the best choice for you.

There are certain factors that you have to consider before choosing the vinyl sidings in Oklahoma City. So, how to choose the best vinyl sidings? Here are some of the ways that you can decide on your choice.

Climate Matters

The first thing that you need to consider would be the climate and the location of your place. As we all know that these sidings are going to be placed in the exterior and hence we should consider the climatic conditions. Your location could be either is very hot or cold so you should choose the vinyl siding that would withstand the extreme conditions. The insulated foam is going to be the best vinyl siding that will suit these extreme conditions. This type of siding is going to set according to the climatic conditions. It will not fade or have a crack, dent, etc.

Consider Architecture Before Choosing

You can choose the board n’ batten siding contractors in Oklahoma City, if you are particularly trying to remodel your 19th-century homes. Vinyl siding goes very well with the modern construction and architecture and the board n’ batten style suits all types of architecture. They are modern and give a fresh new look to your building. If you want to give your house the old wooden style Victorian feel then the best option you could choose would be the cedar vinyl siding.  This would give a classic look to your house that would match the old ageless stylishness. So, choose the vinyl siding according to the architecture of the building. Also, if your architecture would suit everything then go according to your taste and give your house a dashing look!

Pocket-Friendly

The most important thing we should consider while choosing these vinyl sidings would be the cost. We should always take care that these type of construction things fall within our budget. But with vinyl sidings, you need not have to worry much as these are considered the best options that would fall within the budget and are considered as the most affordable by many existing users. You have an array of designs and patterns and choices to make from vinyl sidings.

The best choice to remember while chooses the exterior sidings for your homes would be the vinyl sidings. These are cost-efficient yet give you the classy look that you always wanted. Then why wait? Go for it and give your home’s splendid looks that you always wanted to.

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Address:722 N Broadway Ave Suite 301 Oklahoma City, OK
Phone: 405-437-2104

Townhomes: Things To Consider When Buying One

Are you looking for a townhome to buy or rent? Well, there are some amazing townhomes in OKC for sure but you need to make sure that you are choosing the right one. The townhouses are something between the condos and detached single-family homes that offer the best of both. Lately, the popularity of the townhome has increased a lot. People are looking for this type of house to settle in. There are some great pros that you can enjoy while buying a townhome for residing. These pros are:

  • Better affordability
  • More ownership of the property
  • Lesser maintenance

Tips to buy the best

When you are looking for one of the best townhomes to buy in OKC, there are certain important tips that you have to follow. These are:

  1. Consider hiring areal estate agent

You will need a professional agent to guide you through the properties when purchasing your home. This is essential to ensure that you are getting all the essential information about the properties. The agent charges a certain amount or commission but he will help in negotiating on your behalf and guide you through all the essential things.

  1. Costs of the townhomes

The costs of the townhome can differ from one area to another. You need to know current cost of the same in OKC so that you get a fair idea about the pricing. The price may depend on area covered, amenities and locations as well. You have to choose the best and most convenient townhome according to your budget.

  1. Look for the condition of the house

Though any townhomes may look perfect from outside, it may not be. There can be a lot of defects and issues when it comes to interior of the house. You need to thoroughly check the house before you buy. Having defects that may not seem a lot at this time can become a bigger issue in the future. These defects can make your invest more money for repairing of the property.

  1. Visit the house

After checking the pictures in the website, you have to personally go and visit the house ones. Every seller will allow their potential buyers to come in and check the house. It is very important to go and check the house thoroughly before you make a decision to buy the townhome for you.

  1. Do not forget to negotiate

Of course, this is one of the important tips for you all. Never settle for the price the seller asks. Always negotiate. The sellers too know that the buyers will negotiate and they tend to set the price a bit higher. Negotiate as much as you can to get the best townhomes for rent in OKC.

Conclusion

These are some of the essential tips that you have to follow to ensure that you are buying the best townhomes in OKC. Make sure to choose the real estate agent very carefully. You have to look for the essential criteria when looking for the agents. Check their experience, credibility, reliability as well as license.

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J Marshall Square
Address: 9017 N University AveOklahoma City, OK
Phone: (405) 702-0060

All You Need to Know about Surfactant Chemicals

Whether cleansing your face or washing clothes or doing laundry works, the product that peeps into your mind is surfactants and these compounds will help you to make your task easier and works efficiently. The chemical compound that lowers the surface tension of another substance and improvises the liquid and another compound contact is termed as “Surfactant”. In the chemical industry, the surfactants are actually one of the most versatile products. These products have a wide range of applications that range from detergents in households to drilling muds and from pharmaceuticals to food items.

Many of us may be familiar with the word surfactants but we may not know what actually it is and how do they work. To help you out, we have listed information about surfactants. Also, the benefits of surfactants and other valuable properties are depicted below for giving you a clear vision about the product!

Surfactant- What is it?

In all the cleaning detergents manufacturing process, the primary component used will be surfactant cleaner. The term “surfactant” generally means “surface-active” components. As its name indicates, its prime role is to act on the cleaning surface and helps in getting rid of dirt from the surface.

How actually Surfactant work?

The sufficient number of surfactant molecules in the solution combines with one another and results in the formation of structures called micelles. As soon as micelles are formed, the surfactant compounds arrange themselves in such a way that the head position of the component is exposed to water while the tails are protected from the water since it positions them in the center of the structure.

These micelles work together to remove dirt from the surface. The tails surround the dirt by sticking onto the surface and the head position removes the dirt by pulling it from the surface. Likewise, the surfactant molecules work together on the surface to remove the dirt.

Benefits of Surfactants

Surfactant chemicals mixed with some cleaning agents and help those cleansing agents to remove stains and dirt’s from the surface. Similarly, without the addition of surfactants in soaps, the cleansing process will get worsen since without surfactants the soap will not mix with the water.

Additionally, these chemical compounds can also be used as one of the ingredients in lubricants. In shaving creams, these substances help to limit irritation just by allowing razors to get rid of the stubble.

In cars, surfactants are added to lubricants and help in keeping particles away from the engine parts and keep the car in good running condition.

Other Valuable Properties

In addition to the reduction of surface tension, surfactants are also responsible for performing various other beneficial properties and that includes,

1) Wetting

2) Emulsifying power

3) Suspending power and

4) Foaming

Definitely, we can’t even think of a day without surfactants. It’s been used in almost all of the chemical industries for the manufacturing of various products. Without surfactants, your toothpaste will not foam and there would be a lack of shaving foam and sun creams will seem unappealing.

Surfactants are not only an essential ingredient for home products. It also plays a major role in metal cleaning, oil production, and textile processing too. Choosing the appropriate surfactant will make your process efficient, resource-intensive, less energy requirement and sustainable!

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Chemical Products Industries, Inc.
Address: 7649 SW 34th St, Oklahoma City, OK
Phone: (800) 624-4356

Essential Features For The Call Track Software

Call tracking software tools are essential for the businesses to track their leads and analyze some essential data. There is no doubt that these software tools can help you in different ways. Using the right and the best phone call tracking software can help you to know more about the caller’s profile i.e. age, location, gender etc. They also come with a better customer relationship management tool that can help you in real-time analytics. You can definitely use all these essential pieces of information for curating a better and more effective strategy for the marketing.

Features to look for

When you are opting for a call tracking software tool, there are certain features that you must look for. The features of the software determine how much beneficial and useful the software will be. Here are some of the features to look for:

  1. Intuitive dashboard: The dashboard is one of the essential features that display all the essential information that you are looking for. It also helps you in analyzing the call and all the essential details.
  2. Callers’ profile: Another important feature that you need to opt for is the caller profile. Your call tracking software must have the ability to track the caller’s profile by recording some of the essential and relevant data such as caller’s location, time of the call, duration, device and many more other details.
  3. Real-time analytics: This is the next feature that you have to look for. You need to access the important analytic information that you can use for your business. the real-time analytics can improve the ability to deliver the kind of call experience you can the customers to have.
  4. Call recording: This is the most important feature. Though most of the call tracking software tools has this feature, you have to make sure that the call recording is of good quality. This will help you to improve the quality of the calls and also you can understand your customer’s complaint.
  5. Keyword tracking: The next essential feature of the call tracking software is the keyword tracking. Ideally, the keyword tracking can help you to know and understand which keyword is doing the best job and bringing the maximum leads. This can help you in making better marketing campaigns using the most relevant keywords for your business.

Besides all these important features, make sure that the call tracking recording software tool is easy to use. User-friendly interface is very important and you cannot buy a tool which is complex and too difficult to handle.

Summary

There are many call tracking software in the market. But before you choose one and buy it, make sure to look for the features it has. The features play a vital role and you will need these features for your call tracking software. With these features, you can analyze the important data and make sure that you are using the best methods for marketing. Quality tools can also help you in evaluating better and most effective strategies for the marketing of your products and services.

Reasons To Hire A Luxury Yacht In Cabo

Life is all about experience and moments you create. Do you agree to that? Well, one such experience that you will never forget to go on a ride on yachts in Cabo. As much as it is easy to book, it is quite hard to forget the moments and the experiences you have there. There is nothing more relaxing and relishing than to hire a yacht in Cabo and have a wonderful trip. There are many yacht options available but you need to find the best one for your good experience. If you are still wondering why to spend so much money on a luxury yacht, then you are at the right place. There is no doubt that you have to spend a lot of money but here are some of the reasons to go for it:

Reason 1: Once-in-a-lifetime experience

There is no doubt that the money you spend to hire a yacht is huge. Though the yacht booking can be expensive, the memories and experience you come back with is even more precious and expensive. You can enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime experience that is unforgettable. You can have a great experience there for sure.

Reason 2: Quality time with close ones

Generally, people book the yacht to party or spend time with friends or family or with the special one. The yacht lifestyle is unique than that of the regular vacations. You will have to stay there for few days while the yacht will sail through the ocean or sea. This is a great time which you can spend with your family and friends away from hustle-bustle of the city and work pressure. You can actually spend a great quality time with your friends and family.

Reason 3: All the facilities available

Another biggest reason why you must enjoy a yacht ride is that you will not feel anything is missing. It will be home away from the home. Some of the luxury yachts provide welcome drink, fruit platter, full meals and snacks. Also, these yachts come with unlimited open bar. You can also enjoy snorkelling, paddling, sightseeing etc. in the package. This can be surely a great experience for you.

Reason 4: Complete privacy

One of the main and most important reasons why you need to hire a yacht is to enjoy the peace and tranquillity during the holidays. The luxury yacht can offer you with all these amazing benefits. Of course, when you are with your friends, family or the special someone privacy is the most important thing. You will get to enjoy everything with the help of this.

Conclusion

So, these are some of the important reasons why people love to book yacht charter in Los Cabos. If you want to enjoy a perfect dreamy vacation in the most luxurious way, then this is the ideal thing to do. The luxury yachts come with trained professionals who can take care of all your needs and special requests. This is a luxurious lifestyle that you can enjoy but you need to choose the best yacht for that.

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Los Gringos Charters
Address: 20924 Chester St, Castro Valley, CA
Phone: (866) 373-2905

Points To Consider When Choosing Internet Service Providers

Whether it is home or office, having the right internet access is no longer a choice but has become a necessity. It is as important as other utilities because businesses and even homes make use of the internet for almost everything. This includes keeping in touch with friends and relatives, making new acquaintances and friends and also for conducting various commercial and business transactions. Imagine a world without the internet for a day, it would seem as though the whole world has come to an end. Hence, it is not surprising when we come across thousands of people paying so much attention to choosing the right internet service providers Artesia. But the task of choosing the right service provider is not easy given the fact that we have so many options. Hence it would be a good idea to have a look at the main points to be kept in mind if you are planning to go in for a wireless internet service provider.

Speed

If you are a business owner running your home-based business from your home, then you certainly need to spend quite a bit of time on the internet. If you are running an eCommerce business then it is quite obvious that your internet connection will be the main pillar upon which your entire organization will rest. You must, therefore, make sure that the speed of your internet is quite fast and reliable. You must check on the actual download and upload speed using the tools at your disposal. It may not be always the right way forward to go by the statements and advertisements that are shared by the ISPs or Internet Service Providers in Las Vegas.

Availability

While the availability of internet services in urban areas should not be a problem, you could have an issue when you are located in a rural area. There is no point in having a fiber connection of a high-speed cable connection if the area in which you are living is not connected by it. You must, therefore, do your homework properly and ensure that the area where your business is located has the right internet connectivity. Speed, reliability, and uptime are some important points that you must never lose sight of. You could try for 4G networks or satellite networks in remote areas but cost again could be a prohibitive factor.

Cost 

There is no doubt that internet connections are recurring revenue expenditure. However, big or small your business may be, you have to depend on an internet connection round the clock. Therefore you must do your research and then choose the right ISP that offers the best possible rates. You must know how to draw the right balance between price and speed. You cannot, as a small start-up company with home operations, think about a $1000 a month high-speed fiber network. You perhaps can do well with a much more affordable package that also offers a decent download and upload speed.

Reliability

Your ISP should be reliable and should ensure that it can ensure uptime of at least 99.99%. Anything below that could be damaging to your business and therefore you should not compromise on this under any circumstances.

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Plateau
Address: 7111 N Prince St, Clovis, NM 88101 Clovis, New Mexico
Phone: (575) 389-5100

What To Look For In A Used Car Loan?

Do you want to buy a car of your own but cannot afford a new one? Don’t worry as most of the people cannot afford to buy their new car. You can buy a used one. If you do not have that much cash with you, worry not. Luckily, you have option for used car finance or loan. But if you are looking for used car loan in Oklahoma City, you have to consider a lot of important factors. There are certain things that you have to look for. Read on to know more about these.

Factors to consider

Here are certain factors to consider:

  1. Interest rates

Like any other loan, when you are looking for used car loan, you have to pay a rate of interest for every month. Now, this rate of interest can vary from one bank to another or from one lender to another. Thus, you have to be sure of choosing the best interest rate that offers you least hassle and better convenience. Also, the interest rate can differ with the total tenure. So, you need to be careful about the rate of interest.

  1. Total loan amount

Another thing that you have to be aware of is the total loan amount. When you are choosing a car, keep in mind the amount of the loan you can claim to get the car. There are some high-end preowned cars that are available in reasonable prices. You need to choose one such car which is in good condition as well.

  1. Assess the EMI affordability

When you are considering for a loan, you have to make sure about the EMI that you have to pay. You have to assess the EMI affordability first deducting all your monthly expenses, such as insurance premiums, existing EMIs and household expenses. If you pay a huge amount as downpayment, then your monthly EMI will reduce automatically.

  1. Check the processing fee

No matter whether you are taking a used auto loan rates in OKC, every bank will apply a processing fee for the loan. This processing fee can be different for different lenders and also it can depend on the total loan amount. You have to check the processing fee to ensure that no cost is hidden.

  1. Reliability

Another thing that you have to look for when it comes to taking car loan is the reliability. There are many fraudulent lenders available in the market who may lure you with amazing offers and discounts. But they may levy hidden charges and costs in the monthly EMI. So, beware of these frauds and choose the one which is highly reliability.

Final Words

These are some of the important factors that you have to consider when applying for a car loan. You must ensure that you are getting the car loan in Oklahoma City from a reliable source. There are many reliable and experienced lenders whom you can trust. You have to do your own research to ensure that you are getting the best offer for buying your used car.

Contact US:

Focus Federal Credit Union
Address:420 NE 10th St, Oklahoma City, OK
Phone: (405) 230-1328

Points to Consider at the Time of Picking a Bathroom Sink

Choosing a chic, family friendly and easy maintenance sink can lead to  lot of confusion as people often get stuck between a multi useful countertop basin or a classic pedestal one or a wall-mounted sink. Therefore, here is everything that shall help you choose the perfect sink for your bathroom.

Types of Sinks

  1. Pedestal Basin: These have a stand which hides all the clumsy pipe works giving a contemporary or traditional look (whichever and however you choose to place it) to your bathroom.
  1. Semi-Pedestal Basin: These are wall hung yet have a shorter pedestal which still hides all the plumbing ugliness behind it and the room looks more spacious.
  1. Wall-Mounted Basin: With the bathroom floor completely on show, this type helps you to fix the bathroom sink according to your or others height which is not possible I case of the above two.
  1. Free-Standing Basin: These elegantly sculpted pieces, captures more floor spaces of the bathrooms than the pedestal and the semi-pedestal sinks. Therefore, these are more appropriate for very spacious bathrooms.
  2. Counter-Top Basin: These designs are sleek and are fitted on top of a work surface or bathroom furniture (counter), which has the drawers and cupboards below which keeps the room clutter free. They come in a variety of designs such as; oval shaped, square or rectangular shaped or bowl shaped.

The other two varieties of the counter-top basins are, SEMI-RECESSESSED BASINS and INSET BASINS.

Materials Used to Make Basins

  1. Ceramic Basins: These are perfect for the family bathrooms as it is easy to clean the glossy surface and maintain it.
  1. Glass Basins: Though these are generally used as a countertop basin but make sure that you place them in the rooms where no damage is caused.

 

  1. Stone Basis: These luxurious basins are absolute favorites as a counter-top basin but are generally not used in family bathrooms. Do follow all the instructions of the dealer for fixing and maintaining it.
  1. Solid Surface Basin: These family basins are hygienic and easily maintained. These are the combinations of countertopand seam-free basins.
  1. Resin Basins: It is an affordable choice for a vanity unity. Since, it is lighter in weight compared to others; therefore, it makes the wall-hung vanity less heavy.

Bathroom Sink Purchasing Tips

  1. Make sure that the wall-hung basins are securely attached only to solid walls as a false wall cannot hold the basin for too long.
  2. A lot of basins come with pre-drilled tap holes which will lead you to choose between a single-lever tap and a monobloc tap.
  3. In case, there is no tap hole on the basin, then, you have to choose between a tall washbowl tap and a wall-mounted tap.
  4. Many contemporary basins do not have the facility of the traditional plug and chain designs for the wastes. Nowadays, the basins either have the pop-up design or the flip-top designs for the wastes. So, do choose according to your convenience.

Why To Hire A Professional SEO Expert?

Search Engine Optimization or SEO is a crucial factor to consider as this determines the rank of your business websites. Though it may sound simple and easy, it is not! There are a lot of things that you have to look for when it comes to search engine optimization and it is not possible for a person if they are not an expert. Hence, it is very important to hire a professional Boston SEO expert. You can be at complete peace of mind that your business website is in the hands of the professionals. There are many reasons why you need to hire a professional SEO expert.

Reasons to hire SEO expert

  1. Time saving

If you are trying to take care of the SEO on your own, then it can be quite time-consuming, especially if you have no experience in this. First of all, it needs a lot of expertise and if you do not have then you may have to learn before you start. This can take up a lot of time which can affect the rest of the business functionality. So, it is better to hire an expert and save a lot of time. You can use that time for the rest of the business functions.

  1. Knowledge and expertise

Another obvious reason why you must consider SEO expert is that it will help you in different ways. With vast knowledge and great expertise on this field, the experts can help you in evaluating some of the best strategies. This can be quite helpful for your business and make your website quite popular.

  1. Updates on latest trends and changes

The SEO trends are always changing as the Google updates are changing the search algorithm. So, you need to make sure that your SEO strategies are always updated and have the latest additions to increase the visibility and credibility. You need to understand that the latest trends and updates are essential for the effectiveness. Only an expert in this field will keep themselves updated with the latest changes and trends.

  1. Cost-effective operations

You can spend a lot of money on the SEO of the website but if you do not have reasonable knowledge on this topic, you might end up wasting money. To ensure that your investments are yielding results, you have to choose the best expert. This will provide you with the cost-effective operations.

  1. Improves ROI

When you are investing your hard earned money, you have to make sure that you have the best result. With the help of the best experts, you can improve the ROI.

Conclusion

So, these are some of the reasons why you need to invest your money on hiring one of the best SEO company in Boston. They are experts with professional experiences. They can analyze the reports and make some great strategies out of it. They are also great in researching about the keywords and how the keywords can have a great impact on the SEO. Overall, with the help of the experts, you can be at complete peace of mind.

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Richardson Media Group
Address: 75 Congress Street, Suite 214, Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Phone: (603) 373-8866

Frameless Shower Doors: What So Special About It?

Deciding on the perfect shower door is always a task. With so many options for shower doors available, you can naturally get confused. There are many types of doors that you can install for your shower, but the most popular one (as of now) is the frameless shower doors. What is so special about these frameless doors for shower? Well, besides being aesthetically marvelous, it can offer a lot of characteristics too. If you are confused whether to install such a door in your shower, then this article will help you in making a final decision.

Specialty of frameless shower door

Any high quality frameless shower door uses a sturdy and durable tempered glass. So it doesn’t require the support of a metal frame around its exterior edges. This provides a beautiful clean look with a modern touch. There is no visual obstruction in the shower door in OKC. In fact, many people love this door because they provide a beautiful view to the stonework or intricate design of your shower area.

But if you are thinking that they are metal free in nature, then they are not. They generally do have some metal but the frameless doors are virtually metal-free. But the clips on the stationary panels, handles and hinges have to be made up of metals.

Pros and cons of frameless shower doors

Before you finally make a decision to buy a frameless shower door for your bathroom, you need to make sure that you are aware of all the advantages as well as the disadvantages. Here are the pros and cons of using a frameless shower door:

Pros:

  • Can be customized: Most of the frameless shower doors can be customized according to your needs. These doors come in a standard size but in case you need something bigger or smaller, you can customize that.
  • Aesthetically appealing: There is no doubt that the frameless shower door can look extremely modern and elegant. They make your shower space look expensive and beautiful as well.
  • Easy to clean: The glasses are easier to clean than the metals. With a simple glass cleaning solution, you can wipe the entire door and make it look new and glossy again.
  • Complete see through: There will be no obstructions and hence one can see the shower area fully. If you have done some splendid tile works in the shower, one can see that through the frameless door.

Cons:

  • Expensive: The only drawback to this frameless shower door is that they are more expensive than that of the framed ones or the semi framed doors.

Conclusion

So, it is quite clear to you that the frameless shower door in Oklahoma City can be a great choice. But you need to make sure that you are choosing the best service for the installation. As mentioned above, there are no metal frames around the glass edges. Hence, only a very experienced and well-skilled professional team can do this without harming the door or damaging it at all. Make sure to choose the best service for the customization and installation of the frameless shower door of your bathroom.

Contact US:

Central Glass & Mirror
Address:232 W Britton Rd,Oklahoma City, OK
Phone: 405-840-1636