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Artificial Turf Peoria AZ

Sunday, November 1st, 2015

Agape Turf transformed my friends ‘ugliest back yard in the world’ to an oasis that draws them outside for hours every day.

They have retired in the husband’s childhood home, built in 1940, in Peoria. My friends have done a lot of work on the inside but the back yard remained a long, flat, sandy expanse. Recently they’ve resolved to work on it, interviewed 4 landscape contractors, and thankfully choose artificial turf Peoria AZ. Agape Turf agreed with my friends idea of a slate patio and a meandering path leading to a smaller patio in the back. They have talented stone worker, took irregular slate slabs, laid them out like a jigsaw puzzle, and then began the tedious cutting process and laid out not only the patios and winding path, but an additional spot for a slate bench (which he made), for my friends bird- watching, as well as a place for my the husband’s herb garden.

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Agape Turf and his plant ‘maestro’ went to work. They laid 4 huge, rolling, raised beds containing a myriad of trees, bushes, flowering pants, and succulents laced among interesting rocks and stones. Their plant maestro is an artist who places each plant and stone with the greatest care. They are true geniuses for their designs as well as their ability to follow through to ‘make it happen’ and to incorporate their client’s needs. All of them are hard workers who are truly invested in making their clients the most lovely space possible.

The real test was to show the results to my friends son, who lived in the house for a while, and the sister-in-law, who grew up in the house. They were truly in awe of the transformation, and found it almost impossible to believe that this was the same yard. The phrase, ‘work of art’ was spoken many times.

The husband and wife whole-heartedly recommend Agape Turf and their crew. Not only is my friends yard beautiful, but the plants are guaranteed for 2 years, and the long lasting wear and year round beauty of the artificial turf. The price for it was competitive, and the work completed as quickly as weather and the holidays allowed. You just cannot do any better!

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Another friend also tried Agape Turf after seeing what they’ve done to our friends back yard. Back in the early summer of 2013, my friend Simon was contacting various landscapers for their backyard project, some of whom were referrals from friends or professionals.  Very few called back.  Agape Turf, was one of the ones who called back promptly. They scheduled a consultation pretty quickly, and they scheduled the project soon thereafter.  During the project itself, Agape Turf communicated options to my friend whenever they arose, and they quickly called back whenever my friend had questions or things to talk about.  I should note that during one week of the project, my friend was out of town, and so this communication was key.

Second, Agape Turf landscaping design and installation work.  In looking for a landscaping professional, my friend wanted someone who could come up with ideas despite vague and often unknowledgeable input from my friend, the client.  My friend is far from an expert in this area and don’t have much time to do things himself, and he therefore needed someone who could think of ideas that fit his general preferences and style.  From his uninspiring mulch-covered backyard, Agape Turf created a very peaceful outdoor family room, with a slate garden, a beautiful moss rock wall that looks like it had been there forever, ipe and slate benches, new foliage including a new Japanese maple as the centerpiece, and, per our choice after Agape Turf’s consultation and suggestion, a low-maintenance and artificial grass play area for my friend’s daughter.  Agape Turf also added a drip irrigation system, lighting to highlight the foliage at night, and timers for both.  Agape Turf work reflected the vision that my friend had expressed to him, made better by Agape Turf’s knowledge of what would look and work best with the existing backyard that my friend had.  And importantly, Agape Turf gave my friend a beautiful, low maintenance backyard that they could use for relaxing, entertaining, or playing with their daughter and their dog.

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Third, Agape Turf’s professional and courteous service.  In addition to being responsive and communicative, Agape Turf offered great ideas, like having a water feature that my friend chose not to do, without pushing them or pressuring.  My friend always felt like he was getting the work that he chose to have done.  My friend also felt that Agape Turf went the extra mile in their work.  For example, Agape Turf spent more time, effort, and money on their end (when their contract was already fixed) to get a perfectly-shaped and beautiful Japanese maple tree for their yard.  Agape Turf and their workers manually carried that tree up our back steps and through a narrow gate to get the tree placed, and that was hard work.  My friend know because he voluntarily helped.  Another example is Agape Turf’s work on my friend’s deck.  Agape Turf repainted their deck to compliment their backyard, and although my friend didn’t expect it, Agape Turf also offered to paint additional decking on the side of the house that was not part of the backyard.  My friend very much appreciated that.  Finally, Agape Turf was visibly courteous and respectful to their crew, who my friend thought they treated as partners in the work effort.  The crew were both great, and my friend could tell that they respected everyone and enjoyed working for Agape Turf.

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Finally, Agape Turf is a very nice and personable guy, my friend thought their were easy to be around and very pleasant to work with.  Their are also  very honest and trustworthy, which was important to my friend due to budget issues and the time he was away from home during the project.

I would highly recommend Agape Turf to anyone who, like all of us, wants to have a peaceful and beautiful backyard.  My friend was not one who was looking for a zen space in their house or anything of that spiritual variety, but he certainly got one, as well as a backyard that he is now very happy with.

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Patio

Thursday, September 3rd, 2015

Builderscape Inc. did an awesome job to our backyard!  We really enjoyed working with the Builderscape Inc. team for a major landscaping project in our backyard.  We really only had a rough sketch of what we wanted (stone walkways, built in bbq, etc), but the Builderscape team was very helpful with the design of the backyard and coming up with creative ideas about what would look nice and fit well in our space. They were also very patient with my husband and I – we probably changed our minds 4 or 5 times about major decisions and it was never a problem.

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They made and designed mostly all of the beautiful Columbus Paver Patios that’s why we hired them.  The actual work was completed on schedule and looks great – They ended up building a raised patio section with pavers for a patio table, a stone wall to support a flower bed, a built in bbq, another flat paver section bordering our lawn, a drainage system along the side of my house, and timed lighting throughout the backyard.  Everything is constructed very well and we didn’t have any problems during construction or since completion. We have received so many compliments on how great our backyard looks!

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The Builderscape Inc. team is very easy to work with – at one point in the project the electrician came back with a higher price than anticipated for our bbq island, and the team split the extra cost with us – I thought that was very nice of them.  We are planning on landscaping our front yard at some point over the next year or two and will definitely hire Builderscase Inc. again for that project.

I had eight (8) different landscapers/designers come to my house in a two week period and gave me estimates for my backyard project.  My wife and I didn’t have a big budget and we wanted to not only get the most with what we had to spend, but we wanted quality workmanship and someone we can trust.

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The Builderscape team arrived at our house and provided us with an estimate, which was very reasonable and by far lower than some of the other companies out there.  We didn’t want to spend money on a designer so my wife actually drew what we wanted in our backyard on Microsoft paint.  The Builderscape team took a look at the drawing and gave us some suggestions to actually SAVE MONEY instead of like the other contractors who were trying to up sell us and spend more. Builderscape Inc. was the only one who didn’t sound like a salesman trying to play the high low game.  They provided us with the reasonable estimate, break down and start/end date.

When I purchased my house, my backyard was never landscaped and just an open area with dirt.  The project took approximately four weeks as promised and I was so impressed with their work during the course of the project. The other contractors stated they would “come by” during the work and “check” on their “employees.”  We went with Builderscape because the team leader stated he will do the work himself and he delivered as promised. I was very impressed on how detailed their work was.  We even went to the stores together to pick out the fire pit materials, stones, and trees they planted for us.

I highly recommend Builderscaoe and once again thank you very much, I look forward to working with you in the future.

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Pool Service Glendale AZ

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015

I recently started receiving monthly pool service from Aqua Clean Pool Service, LLC. My first interaction with Aqua Clean Pool Service was back in February 2012 when I purchased a home that had an in ground pool in the Glendale area. I called multiple company’s looking for someone to basically come out and bring the pool back to life (it was green and not swim-able). Aqua Clean Pool Service was the only one who picked up and sounded very knowledgeable and quoted what I felt was a very reasonable price, so I hired them to do the job. Aqua Clean Pool Service came out the next day and was finished in just a couple days, the end result was great. They recommended that I start chemical and cleaning service with them but I wanted to try it myself as this was the first home I have owned with a pool. To my surprise they actually spent the next 15 min or so giving me pointers on how to do so and told me to give them a call if I ever had questions or needed help.

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By June I was done with the “do it yourself” philosophy and I called Aqua Clean pool service Glendale AZ back, again they came out and was there the same day to give me a quote, I thought it was a great value based on the amount of time it would give back to me so I started the service and am glad I did. A couple times during the summer small things went wrong with my older equipment and Aqua Clean Pool Service was always available to help (they are very knowledgeable and prompt), not to mention my pool sparkled all summer long. I am just glad that I found a reliable pool service who takes pride in their work and delivers great results and service. If you have a pool Aqua Clean! It’s well worth it.

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Aqua Clean Pool Service was recommended to me by a friend, when I was planning to buy a house with a pool. My friend informed me that they were extremely responsive, willing to help, quick to get on the job and help with the needs of my pool. And they are also great in letting my friend know on things he does not really need to spend money, looking out for his best interest together with the interest of the pool, which helped my friend avoid spending unnecessary $.

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My friend purchased cleanup and ongoing maintenance from them and they are just awesome.  Not to mention, very tech savvy, quickly responses to emails, text (SMS) messages which I really like and benefit in my busy schedule.

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Aqua Clean Pool Service was amazing from start to finish.  They also helped my neighbor design their pool area and was very patient and helpful the entire way.  They took their time meeting with my neighbor and was always very pleasant without getting frustrated if my neighbor made changes or wanted to view different options. They also would always answer my neighbor’s calls throughout the process and helped them with any issues/questions they had.  Their prices were also very similar to many other pool companies but with 5 star service.  They are really amazing, they scheduled all the construction dates and helped resolve any conflicts or issues my neighbor had through out the process which was overall seamless and according to timelines and budget.  The pool came out beautiful and my neighbor and I love everything about it.  It has now been about two months and any time my neighbor have called about a question or needed something small fixed, they came out immediately and resolved it.  We are incredibly happy with their service and quality of work.  A great group of people to work with.

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Do you want a pool repair service you can trust?  Do you want someone who will do a good job re-plastering your pool and repairing leaks?  If you answered yes, then you are looking for Aqua Clean Pool Service.  Our pool had some major leaks needing major repairs.  They did great work.  They even brought in a civil engineer to make sure what we were asking for would work in our soil situation.  They responded to our calls promptly and left the yard looking clean.  I highly recommend this pool repair service.

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Roof Replacement Scottsdale

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

The harm that a faulty roofing can do is not that simple if not repaired immediately. Even the smallest leak could cause replacement of the house’s insulation. Moisture causes molds and mildew to develop. Therefore, knowing how to handle the smallest leaks is very important. Having your roof replaced will also save you from bitterness of weather. The heat of the sun, heavy rains and storms leave their disastrous effects on roofs after some specific time and you’re in need for repair as well as replacement of it

Should you want to avail the services of a roof replacement company or want to replace your shingle roof, slate roof and also you live in Scottsdale AZ, you should pick one name which is Stapleton Roofing. They are a trustworthy, licensed, bonded and insured professional roofing contractor. You can consult with Stapleton Roofing roof replacement scottsdale services in case roof can nevertheless be repaired, or maybe it is replaced. They are a family owned/runned company with big reputation for high quality of workmanship and customer satisfaction.

Cracked tiles are not going to make the roof leak. Everyone has cracked tiles on their roofs. They break from thermal expansion and contraction and from people walking on them (including fixing cracked ones). It is a bread and butter item for inspectors. I wouldn’t be surprised if the inspector is the one who cracked them walking on it (most of them do not go on the roof – just peak over the eaves).

The underlayment (tar paper) and flashing that is under the tiles is what does the work in keeping you dry. So unless the break exposes the underlayment to sunlight that will dry and crack it or is more of a missing piece that lets a good deal of runoff get to the underlayment it is not a big deal. Replacing tiles with minor cracks and missing corners is something that can be put off for some time.

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By the way, people are often told that tile roofs will last 50 years or more. Don’t believe them. The underlayment dries out from heat and exposure in as little as 20 years requiring a very, very expensive removal and replacement process. The tile craze started about 30 years ago around here. We had asphalt shingles before that. If water is getting under the tiles, the felt will stop it from coming through. But there are strips of wood laid horizontally along the roof to hold the tile and, given enough time they may rot, the nails loosen and small leaks develop. So it is good to fix things up.

1: Shingle roof

Greater than 80% houses in US contain Shingle roofs. These are measured from the selection of standards like wind and fire resistance, tear strength ability. There is certainly a good amount of Shingle colors, styles and materials.

Appropriate for most any style home, especially those with steep-sloped roofs but not as lasting as slate shingles. Shingle roof is a type of roof that needs replacement after certain period of time. Over the course of time it loses its glory and ability to offer 100 percent roof protection.

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2: Slate Roof

Slate roofs have been around for centuries and have proven to be a great roofing medium. It has the capability to resist fire, hail along with other bitterness of weather a lot more than any other material.  In the past, families built homes with the idea that the house would be passed down from generation to generation and were built from materials that would withstand this amount of time

Slate roof repair – this is the sort of roof that requires a 100% professional worker. Repair of slate roof will require the job of a stone mason, so you cannot ask any ordinary roofer to fix the problem as he might to more  damage to the roof instead or successfully repairing it. There are a lot of roof replacement companies claiming of being experienced or experts on repairing and/or replacing  roofer slate roof. Please beware of this companies.

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Horse Riding Boots

Saturday, January 28th, 2012

Not all people are fond of riding horses but those who do buy the outfit needed to ride one. They have equestrian clothing that helps them stay on the horse more comfortably and lessen the occurence of sliding off it. They also have equestrian boots that not only help with their foothold but also keep their feet warm in chilly or winter days. Wearing the right clothes makes riding more comfortable and safe and also stylish.

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Mobile Home

Sunday, September 18th, 2011

There are many advantages in bringing a mobile home or an RV on vacations. A lot of things can be brought in it and you can even park at the parking area of a stopover to sleep on your own bed. Going to parks and picnic areas is comfortable with the RV. The TV and player can also be brought to keep the kids entertained on a long drive. An additional thing needed will be RV insurance which will help during emergencies or if ever the RV breaks down for some reason. Traveling would be worry-free with the right insurance. There would be less worry and more time to think about what you can do to have fun on vacation.

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Jungle Gym

Monday, August 29th, 2011

Kids enjoy playing games and do a lot of activities. A lot of them like physical activities like running around and playing hide and seek. There are areas in the neighborhood that have its own playground where the kids can play. They usually enjoy the slides and the see-saw. Some contact professionals for jungle gym installation Connecticut area. It is a real treat for children to see their own gym in their own backyard.

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Equestrian Boots

Friday, June 24th, 2011

Horse riding is fun. Kids will enjoy riding on a horse and going around a short trail around a small farm or area. Some give more time in learning how to ride the horse and control it more efficiently. They also dress up properly with equestrian boots and clothing to be more comfortable while they are riding. The clothing are not just comfortable but designed with horse riding in mind. A rider will be able to keep on the saddle longer than with the use of ordinary clothes.

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Watching Through Binoculars

Sunday, June 19th, 2011

Watching things from afar is difficult especially if you are trying to admire something like birds or other wild animals. They usually hide when they see or feel the presence of people. To be able to admire them, people use bushnell binoculars or telescopes. They don’t want to disturb the creature from what it’s doing in order to observe what they normally do when there is nothing that makes them feel threatened. Watching through high performance binoculars or optics make it feel like you’re so near you can almost touch it.

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Truck Accidents

Sunday, June 5th, 2011

We never really know what might happen on the road and highways. But we really don’t like to see accidents especially those involving a truck. It’s quite devastating when a truck gets into an accident in a highway. Truck drivers should always be aware of their surroundings so as not to cause injury to other people. When someone has been in a truck accident, they can call Houston Truck Accident Attorney to help them with their case. Lawyers will know better what legal rights a person has and will be able to help in getting compensation for what has happened.

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