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Ideal Roofing Selection 101

February 24, 2017

When one speaks of home improvements, more often than not, this is immediately connected to either interior remodeling or exterior house painting. One can easily rearrange furniture and effortlessly apply coatings of paint, but imagine an individual scaling the tops of houses to complete a metal roof installation. For the DIY junkie, remodeling and painting may possibly be a piece of cake but roofing repairs may prove otherwise. From the height alone, tinkering with the roof is already risky. Add a couple of pounds from the tools, the slippery feel of the steel and the not so soft ground (that is the only thing thatll break your fall)—an ideal equation for a concussion waiting to happen. The cost of a steel roof installation is traumatic but falling from the roof with only the ground breaking your fall is more traumatic.

Planning. Every project, be it a metal roof repair or replacements, needs keen planning. Make al list showing the pros and cons of every aspect of the installation. An example would be choosing between asphalt shingles over a steel one. The former is much cheaper but it will easily break on you. The latter is expensive but itll prove its purpose in the long run. With regard installation, the asphalt shingles does not require a rocket scientist to set up the same. For the metal, I suggest you hire a professional to do the job. This is not a simple DIY project for it entails much complexity. So if youre not that confident with your roofing skills leave everything to the pros. Speaking of the pros, Ill share with you how to select the crme of the crop.

Selecting the Ideal Roofers. Collect then select. Two simple words but these terms summarize the whole process of hiring a roof contractor. Use everything in your means in order to know the actual situation of a company. Do a research concerning their past projects, their clients (satisfied or otherwise) and their position in the industry. Look into the longevity of the company; remember that an entity will not last that long in the business if they provide substandard service. Are they endorsed by any organization? Ask your family and friends for their referrals and recommendations. If youre using the Internet, take advantage of those establishments that offer free estimates. Note if there is a huge discrepancy in the price. If there is, be quick on your steps. This may be caused by inefficient estimation/quotation done by an individual who has no idea what hes doing. Whats worse is that if he over quoted, youll ended up buying more sheets of metal or tile shingles thatll be left deteriorate. Make certain that youll be getting a licensed, bonded and insured company. You may opt to ask for their certifications, if the company cant furnish the same—go on to the next one. These are some of the tips thatll help you weed out inferior crops.

Execution of the Project. You may not be available every time the roofers are doing their work. So be sure to lay down everything you want in writing. From the materials to the time frame allotted for completion, all of these must be agreed upon before the start of the project. But to be realistic, not everything you want can be done. The experts will recommend what can be finished based on what you currently have and established on the limitations youve set. These are the signs that separate the bad from the good and the good from the better—setting realistic goals, making use of what is within your reach and doing a great job in spite the limitations.

A General Overview of ADT Safewatch VideoView Home security Camera Systems

February 15, 2017

These days, video surveillance technology is indisputably one of the most effectual ways to augment the security of your houses. Since its very advent, it has adeptly mitigated the various security concerns of the people and this is also one of the chief reasons behind its colossal popularity. However, opting for this up to date technology is not at all a trivial issue and hence it is very important that you must take the assistance of some of the veteran and well-known home security solutions providers, such as, ADT.

A Brief Introduction on ADT Video Surveillance System:

ADT video surveillance system is a part of the ADT home security solutions. ADT trained personnel tactically places the cameras in every single corner of your residence and in this way defends the same from all sorts of dangers and misfortunes.

What are ADT Safewatch VideoView home security camera systems?

In addition, with ADT Safewatch VideoView home security camera systems, you can even watch video from any room in the house from any of the connected television or monitor. ADT Safewatch VideoView even allows the users to keep an eye on every single portion of their house through any smart phone or iPad, even while they are traveling abroad.

Diverse Features of ADT Safewatch VideoView:

Secure Viewing: With the advanced data encryption and security features of ADT Safewatch VideoView, now you no longer need to get concerned regarding the protection of your privacy.

ADT Remote Server: ADT remote server competently obtains the video footage from the ADT cameras, which are located in every single corner of your domicile.

See who is standing at Your Door: Furthermore, with ADT Safewatch VideoView home security camera systems, now you can effectively see whos standing outside the door. In this way, you can even verify whether your family members have arrived home safely or not.

Check who is in Your Home: ADT Safewatch VideoView home security camera systems even have the potency to record up to 30 seconds of each triggered event. ADT Safewatch VideoView even plays a significant role in saving up to 30 days of continuous activity with DVR.

Watch your Kids: Whats more, with ADT Safewatch VideoView, you can even keep an eye on every single action of your kid from any of the room in your house.

Keep an Eye on your Home from Anywhere: ADT Safewatch VideoView home security camera systems even enable you to maintain a constant surveillance on both your home and pets even while you are traveling abroad for any kind of business purposes.

Defend Your Property: Last but not the least, ADT Safewatch VideoView even provides you with active email alerts whenever any kind of trouble arises in your home.
Apart from this, ADT video surveillance systems further treats the clients with some of the attractive packages like,

ADT Indoor Camera Package
ADT Camera packages
ADT Multi-Camera Package
ADT DVR Package

All of these ADT video surveillance packages incorporate with some of the additional facilities like, ADT Indoor Color Cameras, ADT Digital Video Recorder etc.

Roofing In Dallas As Compared To Other Cities

February 6, 2017

Roofing Dallas as Compared to Other Cities

Roofing varies state to state, not just in installation traditions but in color and styles available.In the Dallas area there are several roofing factories. GAF, Tamko, Atlas, Certainteed, Tamko, all have a presence here with GAF having two factories, one the old Elk plant.

If you go to any of the manufacturer sites you’ll see a zip code selector for colors and, of course, contractors. GAF, for example shows a WeatherMax and Marquis but in my 31 years as a contractor and eight years as an installer before that, I’ve never seen them. One of my new sale techs sold some once and all hell broke out. We fixed it by, as my father says, passing it on to the consumer through reduced profits. I’m not really sure I fully fathom that anything was passed on.

A few years ago a client wanted exactly what he had on his roof. I knew it was a Tamko Heritage weathered wood and place the order. When he rounded the bend and looked down the hill he saw his roof darker than all the neighbors. I thought the manufacturer had changed the granule drop. I called Spec Roofing Supply and they told me they brought in product from Kansas City and it was darker. Never knew it. Never guessed it. Did my job, I thought, and now was in a pickle. The man was selling his house and was sure that it wouldn’t sell because it was different. So we sold all the neighbors roofs, as it had hailed in Coppell, and we put on the entire rainbow. The angry client was confused but he paid me about six months later.

In 1995 a lot of roofing was brought in from around the country from manufacturers that most roofers had never heard of or seen. These air nailing carpetbaggers did terrible jobs and now the roofing can’t be matched.
Besides having different colors and styles, roofing manufacturers have different drops, color mixtures with the same name, and even variations within the same plant due to the texture of the asphalt, temperature at application, or different pressures applied from different machines. This variation in pressure can influence how the roofing reflects light.
Then after all this comes the discontinuation of colors, the changing of the shapes and sizes and warranties.

GAF had the Timberline that started as an organic productwith a 25 year warranty. It went glass about 1980 and went to 30 years. When Elk put out the Prestique II 25 year product, GAF answered with a 25 year Woodline. Then it became a Woodline Plus, then Timberline 25. Atlas kept messing with the warranty and added 5 years to theirs making it a 35 year instead of a 30. Then everybody else changed their 25, 30, and 40 year products to 30, 40, and 50 years respectively. Then the 50 became lifetime.

GAF bought Elk, dropped most of its own colors and ran with the Elk ones.
Now you have a home in Dallas with a 30 year Timberline put on in the 1990′s and the insurance wants to pay you for a 30 year but you really have a 40 year.
The color doesn’t match and fading is not the reason. The length and width of the product don’t match and Allstate doesn’t care because the policies have exclusions. You know you should have read that policy.
Owens Corning calls its Weathered Wood by the name Driftwood and if you’re new to the business and use generic terms the supply house will send you a different color than you want.
All the manufacturers use the term “slate” to refer to a bluish hue don’t they. Yes, all but one. When ordering Tamko the term slate means dark brown.
Cedar means sand color, black is black, but slate and weathered wood can get you a mad client.
Dallas has seen a lot of materials come and go. The dance is endless. Now you have GAF products that you can get specialty ridges for in all the colors or some of the colors in some of the ridge styles, or they have their own particular ridge.
Some roofers cross brand manufacturers ridge and field product because they want to use a cheap 20 year ridge on their class IV lifetime roof.
We lost a roof to a janitor last December. We proposed using Armorshield II lifetime with a heavy ridge and Shinglemate felt. The job was to be hand nailed and everything on the roof was to be new. New stacks, new valleys, StormGuard on the penetrations… and everything.
The janitor used no felt, used 20 year class nothing for ridge and starter, replaced no pipes, metal edge, and put in no valley material. Then he shot it on with pistols.
It doesn’t matter, this house on Silverlake Rd in McKinney,75070, is for sale.
If the buyers inspector looks under the starter he might be able to tell the felt is the original but I doubt it. The problem will come when the roof gets older and has wind or hail damage. I’m sure the roofer, er, janitor, said “we used the old felt.”
Let’s get this straight:YOU CAN NOT REUSE FELT. Those word do not compute. The felt is mute. It is full of holes and does not meet the criteria for a subroof.
The worst part is the guy doesn’t even know he did a bad job because he’s not really in the business. He has no certifications, no formal training, no real understanding of what “system” means when referring to a roof system. Otherwise he would have put down at least 15 lb felt.
This example show that Certainteed makes 20 year three tabs, that he used for ridge, that match their 50 year class IV roofing. Most manufacturers take care to keep this from happening.
Since Jon Wright Roofing started in 1979 nothing is the same. Nothing.