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Look back at ’11 when making resolutions

Kearns Brothers Featured in Master Handyman 2011 Roundup

For his roundup of 2011, America’s Master Handyman®, Glenn Haege spoke to our very own Gary Kearns about what homeowners should think about for getting their home renovation project going in 2012. Gary notes that a major obstruction to projects getting started is that home owners are paralyzed by all available information on the internet, making it hard to know whom to trust and not.

You can read the full 2011 roundup from Glenn Haege.

Reduce your energy bill and consumption now. Save money now and later.

In our roofing world, right now, during the summer months our sales consultants are peeking into and even climbing into attics.  The overwhelming majority of attics we see are brutally hot…too, too hot!  When an attic is that brutally hot there is potential for serious problems.

Serious problems that could arise due to extreme heat in attics:

-overheating of the wood decking (whether it’s the old time 1” x 6” plywood or the new technology O.S.B. panels) can take all the moisture out of the wood and make it brittle (reducing integrity of the roof decking, durability and promote dry rot).

-overheating in the attic can cause premature degradation of the roofing shingles (causing early and costly replacement. reducing your ROI) .

-overheating can cause moisture build-up and promote mold growth (not a good thing).

-moisture build-up can also sit on fiberglass insulation, compacting the thickness thus reducing the r-value (reducing r-value allows more heat or cold to penetrate into your home).

-excessive heat in the attic can penetrate through the insulation and into your home making your a/c unit work more often and harder (increased wear and tear on your unit reduces longevity).

WHAT CAN YOU DO?

Ventilate and Insulate.

Proper ventilation. There are two parts to proper insulation, intake and exhaust.  Providing intake air is equally as important as exhausting the attic air.

The intake air brings in fresh, cooler, less humid air.  The intake air is pulled up from the edge of your roof and runs along the bottom of the roof decking, cooling the decking, evaporating moisture and replacing the hot, stale, moist air.

Exhausting the attic air…important because it gets rid of the bad air.

Insulation. Not very sexy but very effective increasing the comfort level of your home, reducing the work load for your air conditioning unit as well as the furnace in the winter.  Insulating your attic reduces the transferrance of heat into your home in the summer (of course) and reduces the heat going into your attic in the winter time reducing condensation.

Storms, high winds, down power lines, safety first

The power of Mother Nature!  That was quite a blast and show she provided today, July 11, 2011 in Dearborn and I am sure other towns in Southeast Michigan.

We are experiencing a power outage at our Showroom because of the storms which is resulting in intermittent phone service, no internet access, no power to our computers……Sounds like it could be a Saturday Night Live skit….”what do we do?,”  “we have to write our proposals?,”  “I can’t get Goolge maps, how do I know where to go?”

We can do it!

I have access to incoming emails through our website via my iphone.  We will be able to contact you by phone after that..providing you leave a phone number.

We can tarp your roof after the major tree limbs are removed….that should be covered by your insurance carrier.

Small limbs that have punctured your roof….we can probably take care of that.  We have the resources to help our neighbors.

We ask for your patience while we navigate the next couple of days.

This is really good news on a day like today:  7-11-11…..Free Slurpees at 7/11 today…I heard that on the radio.

Looking from the inside out..I can see the stars

SKYLIGHTS?!  Who doesn’t like skylights?  They add beauty and light into your home.

They can even help save on the electric bill (no reason to turn on the lights!).

However, my experience has shown me that the homeowners who don’t like skylights are the ones who have leaking skylights.  The question is, why are they leaking?  Quite often, it is not the skylight itself.  It is poor installation.  We love Velux skylights because of their quality and their flashing kits (that’s the kit of pieces that stop water infiltration between the skylight and the roof). We expertly install hundreds of Velux skylights a year.

But, you say, your’s are leaking!  Well, let’s look at the installation practices. If you’re considering skylights with your new roof, or just installing new skylights into your existing roof, I implore you to address two critical areas.

First, is the installer using a manufacturer’s flashing kit with the skylight?  Velux makes specific flashing kits for their skylight installs, and this helps to ensure against leaks and offer a great warranty.

Second, where are these skylights being installed?  If they are on a steep roof, great!  However, if installed on a low pitch roof, special curbs may be needed to be built and installed.  This is where the question of who installs the skylights becomes critical.

Unfortunately, I have seen skylights installed on extremely low-pitched roofs where a special curb was not used.  The curb raises the back end of the skylight further off the roof deck, ensuring the water doesn’t pour in!  So, how can you make sure your skylights are properly installed?  Call Kearns Brothers.  We will build the curbs right in our warehouse, install Velux skylights with Velux flashing kits, and back it up with a great warranty.  Sleep well at night, look at the stars & the moon, know that your skylights won’t be leaking, and you can have no worries about the spring rains!

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