Tips to Hire Roofing Contractors

When your roof starts leaking, it is time for repair. Even if you used strong and high-quality materials on your roofing, time will come when it will necessitate special attention from you. Nobody can handle roof installation, repairs, and replacements better than roofing contractors. But the problem is, where do you start?

After gathering a list of possible roofers from the yellow pages and referrals from relatives and friends, the next logical step is to evaluate them. Most people choose roofers based on price alone. But cost of repair should not be the sole basis of selecting a contractor for your roof. Since at stake are your roof, house, and peace of mind, better ask the contractors the following questions before signing the contract:

1. Are you a member of any roofing organization? Reliable roofing contractors associate themselves with organizations that can contribute to their reputation. In turn, the organization is bound by strict guidelines and standards, which the members should strictly adhere. The contractor can contribute to the positive feedback about the organization by doing well on their roofing job or can ruin its reputation by doing poorly. Therefore, there is pressure involved to do well on every project for the roofing organization to be able to showcase its roofing contractors association.

2. How long have you been in the business? A good roofing contractor knows the ins and outs of roof jobs. He can easily spot roof problems and take care of them. If you are not ready for repair yet, he can recommend alternative roof covering products. You will know if the person you are talking to is a competent roofer if he can give you great advice on the available products to repair your roof and can explain to you in detail the procedure of roof repair. Usually, those who are more than three years in the business can provide you a comprehensive information on roofing.

3. Do you have a license and insurance? A reputable roofing contractor knows how to take care of his crew and his job. If a contractor offers you a very low bid for the project, there might be some loopholes somewhere. Ask him about worker’s compensation and liability insurance. What will he do if your roof leaks again after only a few months of completing his job? If he says he will repair it free, it must be in writing. If a worker is hurt while on your roof, is he liable for this? Ask for copies of these certificates for your own protection. Also, secure copies of their licenses or credentials. You may contact your city or county clerk’s office to find out the requirements for roofing contractors in your locale.

4. Do you specialize in this type of roofing? If yes, you may ask for photos or names of previous repairs similar to yours. If not, you may ask for possible names of roofing contractors that you can call.

5. What type of products do you use in roofing? As mentioned, competent roofers can provide answers to queries like this and explain to you, in layman’s terms, the things that you need to know.

6. How soon can you complete the work? Timeframe should be established in the beginning, not towards the end of the project. If the work is not finished as schedule, does the contractor gives a discount?

7. What time do you usually begin working? Like the estimated date of project completion, you must also be very clear with the working hours. If you do not want to be awakened at 6 am by the sound of pounding on your roof, communicate it with the contractor.

8. How much is the cost of replacing the roof? A good contractor does not just provide you with the cost of repair; rather he should present you a detailed description of the products and cost of each, and manpower cost. He should clearly break down the details, provide you with product samples, and literature from the specific product samples.

9. Can I ask for references from previous jobs? Feedback is very important when choosing a contractor. You may want to ask for a list of ten names with phone numbers of recent customers, possibly within the last 12 months. You do not need to call each, just randomly pick three to four names. When you call them, ask about the contractor’s job performance, responsiveness to information asked, quality of work, and related questions that can help in your decision. Be sure to limit your questions to at most five when you call the referrals.

10. How long is the company’s workmanship warranty? Some warranties are for a year, some are longer. Make sure to have a copy of the said warranty.

11. How do you handle problems and complaints? You may want to ask for a specific situation and have the contractor explain how he handled it. You may want to request a referral from a job that involved a complaint. You can research in your local licensing departments if the said contractor had disputes, suspended license, and other related issues. If you found out something from that research, ask to the contractor how he was able to resolve it.
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Advantages of Metal Roofing Materials

Over the years, more and more home owners and home builders have become aware of the benefits of using metal roofing materials. This is proven by studies conducted by the National Roofing Contractors Association. Metal roofing usage has increased over the past ten years.

Because of this, more metal roofing materials are distributed in the market. These are very different from the tin barn roofs home owners and home builders have used in the past.

Due to the need for a stable home, high technology has provided the answers for the customers’ need to a fire-resistant, durable and lightweight roofing material that at the same time will look good when installed in their home.

Advantages of Metal Roofing Materials

There are many reasons why home owners opt for metal roofing.

Durability. Once metal roofing has been properly installed, it can last as long as the house can. It completely seals out water from entering. It can also survive high wind and can shed snow easily. Metal roofing resists fire, insects, rot and mildew. That’s why most metal roofing come with a strong warranty. That is because companies know that their products can last from 20 up to 50 years.

Light Weight. Metal roofing is lightweight when compared to other materials such as tile or concrete. Generally, metal roofing is from 50 up to 150 pounds for each square. In fact, some types of metal shingles can be applied over an existing roof without tearing it off, thus adding support for the structure.

Ease of Installation. Metal roofing is so easy to install that the next thing you know, you have already done it. Accomplished contractors do not have to waste too much time on the job because metal roofing can be installed fast. This is perfect for emergencies, such as when you need to install a strong roof quickly because a huge storm is on the way. The process of installing it only takes a day or two.

Fire Resistance. Metal roofing is given a class A rating because it is non-combustible. You should ask your contractor whether the roof you chose is classified under the group of metal roofing materials that will not ignite under intense heat.

Low Heat Absorption. It has been mentioned that metal roofing can reflect heat effectively. Because of this, it minimizes the heat that is absorbed during midday. Metal roofing also has a structural system that uses dead-air space found between the roof deck and the metal which increases the energy efficiency.

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the chinook

Upon seeing these photos I asked Andy, “Why did you say I looked cute in this?” (It is–I think–common knowledge that we look different in photos than we do in the mirror. This has always been my experience anyway. And which is closer to reality: the photo or the mirror?) Andy said, “Well, you can’t see the bow in the photo.” (There’s a little scarf tie at the neck of this sweater, which, yeah, you can’t really see in the photo.)
Bow = cute.

I posted these photos (from Friday) anyway because it’s the first time I’ve worn shoes (and not boots) outside the house in a few months. Friday was crazy windy. It was so windy, my first thought was of the Chinook winds in Colorado, which I always think of as the wind that brings spring. Though it wasn’t that warm, most of the snow had melted, and I thought I could smell or sense spring in the wind. So I decided to wear these cute shoes with triangular cutouts for the first time.

We went to a movie and then stopped by a local bar with friends for a pint. The bar’s power was out due to the high winds, but they had the place all candlelit, the taps were working, and we had cash. It was lovely–quiet and intimate. When the lights came back on and the jukebox started blaring, I was a bit sad.
This isn’t Colorado, and there aren’t any mountains and thus, no Chinook. It is Monday now and there is a good foot of fresh snow on the ground. Back to the boots.

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a pretty girl is like a violent crime

…if you do it wrong you might do time
But if you do it right
it is sublime

–Magnetic Fields, “A Pretty Girl is Like”

Here’s a shop preview where the only discernable theme is: prints! And lots of ‘em.

1950s mocha lace and peach taffeta wiggle dress.

1960s polka dot and stripes ascot-neck dress.

1950s mustard angora and lambswool cardigan, by Glasgo.

1950s rayon blend gingham dress with big button tabs and matching belt.

Bronze brocade Nelly de Grab maxi skirt.

1960s pink and lime green two-piece fleur de lis knit dress set, from Saks Fifth Avenue.

Bright yellow daffodil cardigan, by California Girl.

Stunning 1950s black satin and chiffon cocktail dress.

Blue sailor-ette print dress.

Teal chantilly lace skirt.

1950s sepia paint daubs print taffeta dress with mesh peek-a-boo neckline.

Blue willow print cardigan.

Wear it two ways–tie in back or front! 1960s woodcut windowpane print dress by Whistle Stop.

Floral chintz print blouse.

1960s chainlink print dress with bow at neck, by Nelly Don.

Diane Von Furstenberg scallop edge wrap sweater with sparkly Lurex thread.

1930s navy swiss dot muslin day dress trimmed in satin.


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henry darger – in the realms of the unreal

I fully admit to being way behind the curve on this, but I plead technical difficulties. When In the Realms of the Unreal, the documentary about the life of outsider artist and writer Henry Darger first came out in 2004, I was immediately fascinated and couldn’t wait to see it. I didn’t get a chance until it came to Netflix in 2005, but the DVD I received wouldn’t play in my machine. I remember being really annoyed, as I was so looking forward to learning more about this artist and his strange work.

I recently saw this post on Some Girls Wander with photos taken of Darger’s room–which had been left as it was when he died in 1973, but has since been dismantled–and decided I needed to make an effort to see the film again.
Darger was the author of a 15,000-page manuscript titled The Story of the Vivian Girls, in What is known as the Realms of the Unreal, of the Glandeco-Angelinnian War Storm, Caused by the Child Slave Rebellion, which he illustrated with several hundred drawings and watercolors.
Darger, who’d had a troubled, difficult childhood, spent largely in an asylum for “feeble-minded children,” was a self-taught artist. One of the most fascinating sections of the film is the description of the variety of methods Darger used to master his various characters: tracing, collage, and photo enlargement among them.

I won’t even try to describe the plot of The Vivian Girls. It’s epic. The illustrations are by turns stunningly beautiful and nightmarishly disturbing.

I found myself mesmerized by his use of color.

The film does a brilliant job of showcasing Darger’s art, at times animating it, and in a couple cases incorporating it into old photos of Chicago (where Darger lived), in a film collage.


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minty keen

Minty Keen is a relatively new shop in downtown Grand Rapids. Angie, the adorable owner, has lots of great vintage–mostly furniture and home decor items, but some great dresses, too! (Love the one shown above.)

The storefront, with that awesome yellow tandem bike parked on the left.

The shop is open and airy, but chock-full of beautifully displayed items. And it’s not just vintage–there are items for sale from local artisans like the Beerhorst family and artgoodies.

This neat old window with a metal bird attached to it caught my eye. If you’re in Grand Rapids, you should definitely check the shop out! (Minty Keen is located here.) Angie also has a nice little Etsy shop.

After stopping by Minty Keen on Saturday (we were dropping off a few dresses for Angie to sell for us), we headed out for our now-regular pinball date. Grand Rapids (in this respect alone reminding me very much of NYC) tends to empty out on summer weekends as everyone heads up to their cottages. So we mostly had the Pyramid Scheme–and our favorite game, Bride of Pinbot–to ourselves. I wore this 1950s cotton floral print day dress.

You can see the print a little better here, as well as the cute little fabric loops which decorate the neckline and the pockets. I’m also wearing a heart locket that I’ve had since I was a child.
Funny story: there’s an ivy-covered wall across the street from the Pyramid Scheme that is pretty much the perfect spot for photos. We’ve taken more than a couple there. Last time we played pinball I saw a group of three young hipsters take some shots there. And on Saturday, well…a dude with a camera and a gal in hot pants, halter top, and high heels got out of their car and proceeded to take some shots. I didn’t get to see the whole shoot (I was playing pinball) but at one point, I saw the woman putting her top back on. I don’t know if she was merely changing into a new outfit or taking photos au naturel, but it was pretty funny. They hopped back in their car and took off rather quickly after that. I guess all kinds of people see the beauty in an ivy-covered brick wall.

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New Arrival – 20 March 2013

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