We’re back, and Wow what an exciting month it’s been! If you’ve been following along with the blog this year, Thank you so much! I sincerely apologize for our delay. We’ve finished making changes to the website and I’m happy to report, we’re back with new and improved content. So feel free to check out the site, or feel free to reach out directly via phone, email, or using our new online chat feature if you’ve got any questions for us regarding solar panels, roofing, insulation, window repair, gutter installation, or if you’ve got questions about our wide range of Smart Home services. We’re happy to help walk you through an energy analysis on your home, and just need your energy bill to get started on a free consultation – so don’t wait any longer, give us a call today!
We’ve discussed roofing in prior blogs so you know what to look for, how to look for it, and why when it comes to roofing – but there are a couple of key facts that bear repeating: 1) According to https://roofingcalculator.com a typical roof lasts about 30 years, while https://www.consumerreports.org states it’s anywhere from 10-90 years depending on the quality. That’s the difference between replacing a roof in your lifetime or not – so quality is a pretty big deal. 2) Roofing improvements are essential for home value, and can have long-lasting impacts to everything inside your home as well as heating/cooling, so it’s important to consider whether your roof needs replacing at least once in your lifetime, per home – if you move, you’ll definitely want to check out the roof before you make a purchase!
Here are a couple of quick reference points on what to look for if you need to replace your roof – especially if you’ll need a new roof prior to making a solar-panel system investment (otherwise, you’ll just have to remove the solar panels to install the new roof when applicable, and then re-install them later). Check out the following video from Consumer Reports which discusses a few things to look out for, and discusses different asphalt shingle roofing styles and different features of each: https://www.consumerreports.org/asphalt-shingles/best-roofing-shingles-from-consumer-reports-tests/.
If you’re interested in hearing a roofing quote or a roofing + solar quote, please pick out your favorite Owens Corning roofing style here – https://www.owenscorning.com/en-us/roofing/shingles – and let us provide a free quote that you can compare to other contractors in the area.
With years of industry practice in residential construction, we’re poised to help you answer questions you have regarding both small and large-scale projects, and specialize in saving energy. This is a top focus for us because it can truly help, and has helped, our customers save money both short and long-term. Solar energy is an investment, but if you’re able to find a solar payment that’s less than the average monthly cost of your energy bill, and offset your energy usage by 85% or more, it’s likely that you’ll see some real savings by going solar, with or without our company. The reason you choose us is our dedication to you, the consumer, and our superior products and workmanship.
SUNTEX is committed to the quality of their products and services. We utilize industry-standard practices and tools to help our customers analyze their energy consumption and cost reduction goals – from the initial energy audit, to project financing products – to solar panels and full system monitoring. Because of this focus, we seek the best quality products to exceed customer expectations and anticipate their needs.
Innovation, as well as information and technological knowledge, are the core competencies of the company, and are essential for current business progress. This innovation refers to the continuous improvement of all products and processes, not just technological ones. This week we’ll do a product deep-dive so you can check them out for yourself!
Every once in a while, your home may need a tune-up, particularly those houses that just went through a devastating winter storm. According to roofingcalculator.com a typical roof lasts about 30 years (https://roofingcalculator.com/news/how-long-do-roofs-last#:~:text=Generally%2C%20you%20can%20expect%20your,as%20well%20as%20the%20environment). If you find yourself in this situation, don’t fret over the cost or the hassle of choosing a developer, simply pick out your roof style here – https://www.owenscorning.com/en-us/roofing/shingles – and call us today! We’re happy to deliver a zero-cost quote so you can compare us to other contractors in the area, and make the decision for yourself – in either case, we’re happy to help you choose what’s best for you and your family.
Meet Jose Ismael! Having already helped hundreds of homeowners save money on their energy bills, Jose is a proven leader in the solar industry, and his dedication to his team and to his customers is unparalleled. As a servant leader, it’s easy to see why people follow him: Jose fosters a sense of urgency and shared passion for clean energy within his team. He leads by example, trains based on experience, and is one of the most genuine leaders you will ever meet.
Jose’s keen eye for relationships and dedication to serving his customers allows him to find superior products in the market, and develop new programs to incentivize homeowners when going solar with SUNTEX. Early on in his career at the first solar company where he began, Jose earned the Award of IRONMAN within the first 6 months within this company! While at Erie Construction back in Knoxville TN, his work ethic and ability to drive a team forward set him apart as he and his team completed more than 100 roofing installations, within the first 6 months. Jose has always been ready to support and manage his teams well even on high demand and short notice. After Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, his team was one of the first on ground travel there to help people who had lost everything rebuild their roofs. Jose will be getting NABCEP certification from SEI in 2021.
Jose’s passion for helping people is obvious from the moment you meet him, but something that may be less obvious about him, is that his favorite sports team is the Mexico national futbol team – his love for them only compounds during the World Cup. When asked about his favorite avenger, he said he’s not into superheroes – probably because he is one – but he enjoys a good turkey/avocado melt sandwich, just like anyone would.
This week we’ve taken a journey through the history of key inventions in the home improvement industry such as insulation, electricity, and lighting, so it’s only natural that today we focus on another key area: roofing. As you likely guessed from the insulation blog post, thatched roofing styles made from straw or grass, or clay/tile roofs were the norm for many decades, and it wasn’t until recently (in the last 100 years) that roofing has evolved into the asphalt-shingles we know today. For an interesting read on the history of the composition and style of the asphalt shingle market, check out the following link, which credits Henry Reynolds as the inventor of the first asphalt shingle: http://asphaltmagazine.com/roofing-101/#:~:text=In%201903%2C%20Henry%20Reynolds%20%E2%80%93%20a,8%E2%80%9D%20x%2016%E2%80%9D%20pieces.
While we do not provide this style, it’s important to celebrate the marvel that is dome-style roofing. For a brief history, and a few examples of this type of architecture, check out the following link on PBS.org: https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/buildingbig/dome/basics.html.
I believe we’re still a few years out from an affordable and reliable solar-shingled roofing product, though it is a comfort to know that Tesla is already producing this material, and hopefully that trend will continue: https://www.tesla.com/solarroof.
For more roofing industry insights, or if you have questions about the durability of your own roof, please give us a call today for a free quote.
Well, we made it to March! Hopefully this means we’re out of the woods and on our way to spring and sunny weather. For a few interesting facts about the third month of the year, check out the following: https://www.almanac.com/content/month-march-holidays-fun-facts-folklore.
March is a great month to start thinking about home improvements. With the crazy weather subsiding, and before the scorching temperatures begin, it’s a great time to go solar before those energy bills climb back up again. With the winter storm behind us, some people may still be working on simply fixing the storm damage that was done in February! If this is you, please know we are here to help, and there are a ton of resources for you to make this happen, such as:
- Apply for the FEMA disaster assistance program: https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20210220/texas-survivors-affected-winter-weather-can-apply-federal-disaster
- Upon applying for FEMA assistance, you will also be asked to submit an application for the SBA Disaster Assistance loan: https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/disaster-assistance
- If your home/business was not impacted by the storm, but you’re still interested in making home improvements, a HELOC loan may be right for you. Learn more here: https://www.investopedia.com/mortgage/heloc/
- Then, if you’re only interested in repairing your roof or going solar, we’ve partnered with financial institutions Sunlight Financial, Sunnova, and Mosaic to help you out.
For more information about any of these options, please give us a call today!