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July 26, 2017
Tips for a Successful Bathroom Renovation
Renovating this summer? Check out our tips for a successful bathroom renovation. At Box Brothers Roll-Off Services, our dumpster rentals can be a big help for Denver homeowners with any number of projects in the works such home extensions and DIY projects. Renting a dumpster makes clean-up easier, faster and safer. We’ll drop it off and haul away your debris for a stress-free finish.
Today, we share tips for a successful bathroom renovation to make everything go smoothly with your next project.
- Set a Budget. Decide how much money you can set aside for the entire project. Get an estimate on the labor costs for the job and subtract this from the total. The remaining amount can be spent on the materials for your new fixtures. It's a good idea to leave a little extra in the budget in case of unforeseen problems. Give us a call for our dumpster rental rates, too.
- Stick to a Timeline. Minimizing the time your bathroom is under construction is important, especially if it is the only bathroom in the house. Taking into account the time needed to measure, order and deliver the materials, coordinate with your contractor to get the work done in sequence and efficiently.
- Measure Accurately. To make life easier when it comes to buying new tiles, cabinets, and fixtures, you will need exact measurements. Draw up a to-scale plan of your bathroom with measurements and the locations of existing plumbing pipes and electrical wiring.
- Renovate from the Top Down. Removing old materials and replacing them starting at the ceiling and working your way towards the floor will ensure that your new installations do not get damaged in the demolition process. We can advise you on the right-size dumpster to handle all of these materials.
- Build with Ventilation in Mind. Good ventilation is necessary for a bathroom. Correct placement of an extractor fan will ensure continuous airflow. This will make your bathroom fresh, comfortable and prevent mold or rot from damaging the interiors.
- Choose Material for Floor and Walls Carefully. When selecting the material for your bathroom's flooring and walls, it is important to take the practical considerations into account as well as the aesthetic. Your floor and wall material needs to be waterproof, resistant to mold and mildew, durable, and for the floor, slip-resistant.
- Keep Your Plumbing Simple. A bathroom can have any combination of shower, bathtub, bidet, jacuzzi, toilet, and sinks. Plan your plumbing installations by taking into account the existing pipes. This way you can minimize extra pipe installation and maximize your use of space.
- Be Smart with Lighting. Take advantage of natural light with large, south facing windows if possible. An atmosphere can be created with built-in mirror bulbs and adjustable lighting. Remember to allow 4 watts of incandescent light per square foot.
- Remember Storage. In small, irregularly shaped bathrooms, fitting in practical storage cannot be forgotten. Take into account how many people will be using the bathroom and install easily accessible shelving, cabinets and storage units.
The last of our tips for a successful bathroom renovation is to plan for waste disposal. Ripping out old fixtures creates a surprising amount of debris. With a roll-off dumpster rental from Box Brothers, you can safely dispose of your construction debris quickly and with little hassle. For more information on dumpster sizes and pricing, do not hesitate to contact our team.
June 26, 2017
Read This Before Renting a Dumpster
Box Brothers Roll-Off Services wants you to have a successful experience with your rental dumpster in Denver. Read this before renting a dumpster and avoid the most common pitfalls encountered by people in your situation. If you are undertaking a construction or landscaping project, moving, or getting rid of unwanted furniture and appliances, a rental dumpster is a practical and affordable solution.
Before you decide to rent a dumpster, there are a few things you should consider.
First, find out if there are any specific restrictions or permits pertaining to dumpsters in your area. Some cities will require you to obtain a permit before putting a trash dumpster on public property, such as the street out in front of your home or business. Even if you plan to place your dumpster on your property, it’s best to avoid problems by asking your local municipality about regulations that apply to dumpsters.
Local homeowner’s associations can also have their own rules about dumpster rentals, so avoid getting in hot water with your neighbors by warning them in advance.
Next, don't leave it until the last possible moment to schedule your dumpster. As soon as you know the date for your clean out or move, call or go online to book your roll-off rental. At certain times of the year, rental dumpsters are in high demand. All rental companies have a finite number of units to rent at any one time. To avoid having to do multiple, exhausting runs to the dump on your own, reserve your dumpster well in advance.
Third, decide on the location for your dumpster before it arrives. Make it’s as easy as possible to move your debris into the dumpster by placing in close to the work site or the entrance of your home. Be sure the area is clear of hazards like low hanging tree branches or cables. Measure the area accurately before choosing a size for your dumpster. We have seen too many customers guesstimate sizes and then have to change their location at the last minute when the dumpster doesn't fit the space.
Of course, rent your dumpster from a locally owned business. Many national dumpster rental services advertise their services in every town across America, but bigger is not always better! These companies usually subcontract the work to a local business anyway, and simply earn a fee for doing so. By going straight to the smaller independent companies like Box Brothers, you can usually save some money and better support to your local economy.
For prompt, friendly service and affordable prices on rentals, depend on Box Brothers Roll-Off Services. We are a family-owned and operated business serving customers across the area of metro Denver. We think that if you read this before renting a dumpster, it should give you a good idea of how to make the most of your rental and avoid problems, but if you have any doubts questions, just get in touch. We are happy to give you honest and practical advice on how best to use a rental dumpster for your project.
May 21, 2017
How to Prevent Illegal Dumping in Your Roll-Off
Knowing how to prevent illegal dumping in your roll-off dumpster can mean the difference between a great experience and an exasperating one. Box Brothers Roll-Off Services, serving all of metro Denver, would like to offer you some tips on how best to use and protect your rental dumpster.
Unfortunately, when you rent a roll-off, some unscrupulous people can take the opportunity to quietly rid themselves of their trash by sneaking it into your dumpster. This can be very frustrating, especially if you’re in the middle of a project and somebody else's waste takes up the precious space you’ve paid for.
Hide Your Dumpster
To prevent your private dumpster rental from turning into a community free for all, choose your location carefully. If you have a fenced in yard, or a gated drive, try to place your dumpster inside the perimeter and as close to your house as possible. Try to keep it off busy streets that have a lot of foot traffic. You want to make it difficult for people to pass by and drop things in unnoticed.
Close Up the Dumpster
When not in use, keep your dumpster covered. A simple tarp, tightly secured with a rope or bungee cords will act as a deterrent against opportunistic dumpers. At night, you should try to keep the area around your dumpster well-lit, maybe aim that motion-activated light over your garage directly at the dumpster area or set up a temporary spotlight to keep it illuminated.
Get In and Get Out
The longer you have a rented dumpster on site, the more likely you are to suffer from illegal dumping. This means you should plan to have the dumpster delivered when you know you are ready to fill it. Ordering your dumpster to arrive before you have much to put in it means there will be space in your dumpster over a longer period, and a bigger risk of other people's trash making their way into it.
Keep an Eye on Things
If at all possible, try not to spend extended periods away from the property where your dumpster is located. If you do have to leave your home or the site unattended, let your neighbors know that you have a rental dumpster. Ask them to keep an eye on your dumpster and maybe have lighting timed to turn on after dusk. Again, a covered and well-lit dumpster makes it less likely of a target.
Become a Detective
Check your dumpster each day for illegally dumped items. If you do find other debris in your dumpster, check to see if there are any identifying labels, receipts or addresses. Some illegal dumpers are not as clever as they think they are. Do not be afraid to call law enforcement and give them any information you have collected. Even if police cannot identify the perpetrator, it may help you or your neighbors in the future if the problem repeats itself.
Box Brothers Roll-Off Services offers dumpster rentals across metro Denver and understand that it’s not always 100% possible, but knowing how to prevent illegal dumping in your roll-off can make it difficult for any potential dumpers to act. Hopefully, this information will help you minimize your risk and have plenty of space to get rid of your unwanted debris quickly, safely and affordably.
April 20, 2017
Evidently, Philadelphia Had a Dumpster Pool Problem
Box Brothers is happy to report the safe use of dumpsters in Denver, unlike other cities. Yes, evidently, Philadelphia had a dumpster pool problem that managed to call attention to both the safety practices of dumpster rental companies and the bizarre inventions of overheated city dwellers. And in August 2016, the Mayor's office had to release a statement reminding citizens that the city would not issue permits for “dumpster pools” and that people should find other ways to have fun and cool down.
The issue came to a head after the organizers of a neighborhood block party rented a dumpster and turned it into a makeshift pool. They started by thoroughly cleaning the dumpster before lining the bottom with plywood and rounding out the sharp corners with pool noodles. A large tarp was then laid down before they filled the dumpster to the brim with water from a nearby fire hydrant.
Although we can all appreciate human ingenuity, and as a dumpster rental company we are flattered that people see such potential for our great product, we have to admit there are many reasons why this is not a clever idea.
First, a dumpster is for storing waste. And while many toxic and harmful substances are banned from being disposed of in a dumpster; no used dumpster can ever be considered sanitary enough to swim in. We don't even want to think about the kinds of germs that partygoers came into contact with or may have ingested while swimming in a dumpster pool.
Another important issue to address here is the water source. The organizers of the block party in Philadelphia illegally opened a fire hydrant to fill their makeshift pool. Fire hydrants eject water at extremely high pressure. The force of this water can be enough to injure bystanders or even cause traffic accidents. Also, using such a large volume of water could mean that in the event of a fire in the neighborhood, the hydrant may not have sufficient water supply to put out the blaze.
As you can imagine, there are numerous hazards associated with using a dumpster incorrectly. If you are considering renting one, it is important to first ask yourself whether a dumpster is right for the task you need to complete. If you are planning to dispose of household trash, garden waste, old appliances or furniture, recycling material or construction debris in a safe, fast, and affordable way, then a rental dumpster is a great option. On the other hand, if you’re more interested in creating a swimming pool, performance stage, tiny residence, or children's playground, please look elsewhere for a solution.
Evidently, Philadelphia had a dumpster pool problem and we can only hope that this trend won’t spread to any other cities. At Box Brothers Roll-Off Services, we are committed to providing a safe, efficient and affordable option for waste disposal. We also feel it is part of our responsibility towards our customers to ensure they have the necessary information to use their rental dumpsters responsibly. For prices and more info on our services, please feel free to contact us.
March 14, 2017
Colorado Construction Growth In 2017
Here at Box Brothers, we are keeping a close eye on Colorado construction growth in 2017. What we’re seeing is that the state is set to experience some significant changes to its economy over the course of the year. While rural areas are expected to struggle with droughts and severe conditions for farmers and ranchers, the construction sector, hospitality sector and health sectors can look forward to growth and an increase in the number jobs. To keep up with demand in these sectors, Box Brothers offers safe and affordable roll-off dumpster rental services.
The construction industry is ready to enjoy yet another productive year in Colorado. This will be most evident on the outskirts of cities, like north metro Denver, where single-family homebuilding is set to pick up more steam. The population growth we’ve experienced in the state over the past few years is predicted to continue, with an estimated 95,000 new residents arriving in 2017. This brings the state’s population to a total of 5.5 million people. The boom in population is one of the reasons for increased construction, as more residences will need building in order to accommodate growth.
With Colorado construction growth in 2017, workers can look forward to a healthy job market and plenty of new opportunities. Unemployment is currently low at 3.5% and steadily dropping. The mining sector is the only area that has experienced a high rate of layoffs in recent times. This is due to the lowered value of oil, natural gas, and coal. Fortunately, there are plenty of jobs being created this year in construction, tourism, and healthcare.
Overall, Colorado should gain 63,400 new jobs over the course of the year. This represents a growth rate of 2.4% and keeps us on the list of top ten states with highest job growth. In Colorado, there hasn't been a period of job growth as successful since the 1990s. Colorado is a seriously attractive option for skilled trade workers seeking opportunities. This boom will be led by the construction industry and the addition of 9,000 jobs, making it a lucrative moment for job seekers with building experience.
With this massive increase in construction activity, we are predicting a higher demand on building infrastructure and waste removal. Fortunately, our company offers services to both homeowners and commercial businesses. Whether you are renovating your kitchen or leading operations on the construction of a brand-new home, it is inevitable that a lot of waste will be produced. Our roll-off dumpster rentals offer the perfect solution for the disposal of demolition debris, construction waste, land clearing debris, in addition to household furniture and appliances.
This is the perfect moment to be involved in the construction industry, whether you are a job seeker or builder/employer. Keeping your construction site operating smoothly, free of hazards, has never been so important. For a quote on our services or more information, do not hesitate to call your local waste removal experts, Box Brothers Roll-Off Services serving metro Denver. We’re looking forward to the Colorado construction growth in 2017 and are ready to help you with efficient and safe waste removal.
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