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Natural Light Skylights

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You know that openness, brightness, and general good feeling that fills a room with many windows and plenty of natural light?  Natural light not only opens up a room, making it look larger, but it has many other benefits as well.

Benefits of Natural Light

Of course we all like working, reading, or really just…being… in a well-lit room, but lightbulbs can only get you so far when it comes to natural light’s other benefits. 

  • Saving Money – Energy efficiency is not only the “green” way to go, it will also save you money. Adding natural light to a home has been known to cause up to a 75% decrease in energy costs (Patio Enclosures).  This is because you will spend less money on lighting and heating the home.
  • Vitamin D – Sunlight provides Vitamin D, which in turn helps improve immune systems, happiness, and make you feel less fatigued. This is especially necessary in a state that has cold winters that make it difficult to get outside much during them.
  • Reduces Mildew or Mold – The natural light coming through your windows actually kills mold and mildew. This is good for the health of everyone in the house (and the life of the home).

Ways to Let Natural Light into Your Home

  • Skylights – These are the windows that mount directly on the roof to bring in natural light and ventilation. These allow a fairly large amount of natural sunlight in, especially when it’s a bright, sunny day outside.  They also tend to give the room a very spacious look to it because you can easily see outside through them (they’re just like a window on the wall), so the look out to the sky and vast surroundings make it seem like the room goes out a little further than it actually does.
  • Sun Tunnels or Solar Tubes – The name is a pretty good descriptor of what a sun tunnel is: a tubular skylight that extends from the roof through the ceiling.  These are less expensive than a skylight, and they still provide a good amount of natural light into a room.  They’re great in closets, bathrooms, and hallways.  You’d be surprised how much natural light a room collects when an adjoining hallway has a sun tunnel in it.  (See our previous blog, The Benefits of Skylights and Sun Tunnels, for more information on the two).

To better pick which option is best for you and your home (or maybe you’ll want a mixture of both), our previous blog on skylights and sun tunnels can help, or contact us at Triple Peaks Roofing!  We’ll also be able to come to your home and provide you with an estimate to give you a better idea of what will work for you!


How to fit your home into your New Year’s resolution

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How to fit your home into your New Year’s resolution

It’s that time of year again – New Year’s resolutions.  You might be a couple weeks into yours already, or you might be trying to decide what exactly you need to accomplish in 2017 before you can make a list of goals (and a plan on how to achieve them).  Many people choose resolutions that revolve around their jobs, fitness and weight loss, or their overall health, but a lot of times something on which you spend so much time goes completely ignored with resolutions – your home.  Sure, you know some renovations need to be done.  Perhaps it’s time for some minor fix-ups inside, or maybe you REALLY need a new roof or sunlight.  But you have no plan to make these happen.  What are the steps to set a New Year’s resolution for your home?

  1. Figure out your goals – You can’t set a plan for anything without knowing exactly what your goals are. Follow the SMART goal structure – Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Timely. Make sure you know exactly what needs to be done, prioritize when it needs to be done, and make sure you can afford the job.  If you can’t, there’s no point in even setting the goal because you won’t ever achieve it anyway.  By following the SMART goal structure when setting your home-focused New Year’s resolution, you will ensure that you’re setting goals you will actually achieve, and then you can start making a plan for how to make it happen.
  1. Decide on your budget – Since you have your SMART goal created, you can now sit down and come up with a budget. Talk to other people you know who have gotten the same type of work done and see what they spent and which companies they used.  Get quotes from companies to see what’s realistic, and of course, determine how much you can even afford to spend that is realistic for you.
  1. Set a timeline – If you have a leak in your roof, maybe the new roof or patches on your roof should be prioritized and should be done soon. If it’s something more cosmetic, make sure you decide to do the work or have the work done at a time when you have time to have work being done in your home and when you will have the money to do it all and to do it right (do NOT skimp on jobs with your home, especially big ones—you’ll actually end up losing money)!
  1. Do your homework – You need to decide if you’re going to do the work yourself or hire a professional. Do you have the time and knowledge/skillset to do the work yourself?  If so, go for it.  But hiring a professional may end up saving you money in the long-run because the job will be done right the first time.  On that same note, though, make sure that when hiring a professional, you check their reviews, ask them to show you previous work, and interview them thoroughly enough to make sure that they are going to get the work done properly the first time.

Make sure not to neglect your home in your New Year’s resolutions.  If your resolutions include roof work or a new roof, siding, ventilation, attic insulation, or dump trailer rental, contact us at Triple Peaks Roofing for more information on how we can help you achieve them!


May is National Home Improvement Month

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`Salute to the Month of May – Two Main Events to Celebrate in the Month of May. It is Home Improvement Month and Memorial Day.

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National Home Improvement Month of May

May is Home Improvement Month – We would like to briefly discuss the importance of finding balance for your roof and ventilation systems as we come to month’s end and looking forward to the Memorial Day Holiday. This month Triple Peaks Roofing was featured with AirVent http://airvent.com/index.php/products/exhaust-vents/ridge-vents/shinglevent2#success-stories for a home with a problematic roofing/ventilation system. We were able to provide this homeowner with the right tools for their particular roof which not only gave them a beautiful new roof that has amazing roof lines and curb appeal but a balance ventilation system that will not only extend the life of their roof but help reduce their energy costs. For more information on ventilation, please see our blog https://www.triplepeaksroofing.com/2013/12/12/top-benefits-attic-venitlation/

Remembering Our Troops this Memorial Day – As Jeff, one of the owners of Triple Peaks Roofing, reflects on his own personal service in the United States Army, all of our thoughts and prayers goes out to all the families who have lost their love ones – Fathers, Mothers, Sons, Daughters, Aunts, Uncles, Brothers and Sisters – while bravely serving in the American Armed Forces. Please join Jeff and the rest of Triple Peaks Roofing in remembering those who gave their all for Duty, Honor and Country. So, as we are having our picnics and celebrations this memorial day, please voluntarily and informally observe in your own way, the “National Moment of Remembrance” at 3:00 p.m. local time. Please give those who gave their “ALL” a moment of remembrance and respect, pausing from whatever you may be doing for a moment of silence. Then celebrate their lives and their family’s sacrifices that they provided in order for us to keep this Great Nation of ours Free.

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Why We Follow Industry Standards

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In an induventilation_ridge_ventstry where doing things the right way the first time is so important and safety is such a major issue, following standards is one of the most crucial part of the business.  The standards that are out there are there because they include practices that have been tested by professionals with products that can be trusted.

Because Triple Peaks Roofing follows industry standards, customers know that they are getting tried and true methods of roofing that not only promote the safety of the workers but also promises a quality service and product so that customers know they are putting their money to good use.  These standards ensure that roofs are being repaired, replaced, or built properly so that it lasts and does not have to be redone in a short time.

Standards are incredibly important when building and repairs are being done because of all the building codes that must be followed for both commercial and residential buildings.  Requirements for things like ventilation are included in these codes so that individuals can stay safe and healthy.

Industry standards are set into place in order to keep residents safe from things like fires and to avoid wasting energy.  Tests and studies are run to discover the best and most efficient ways to accomplish this safety and energy efficiency, and standards are formed from them.  It may seem like a given that roofing companies would follow industry standards in order to give their customers the very best possible product, but standards are something that must be studied on a regular basis, as they change often.

For example, the design of roofs has changed over the years.  The older standards required a different design, but a roofer must be able to look at a structure and determine what design will best fit the needs of the roof.  Older roofs may have drainage issues becnrcaause at the time, technology, materials, and structuring was not as well-understood as it is today.  With so many resources at our fingertips as roofers, it is becoming more and more crucial to find perfection in the basic design of a roof, on which so much is dependent.  When a roof has drainage issues, it could be because it is not up-to-date with industry standards, which have changed to accomplish better drainage and fewer leaks.  The National Roofing Contractors Association recommends a ¼” slope for each linear foot of roof, the installation of interior drains to help prevent ice dams from occurring, and the installation of two drains in every section of the roof in case one gets clogged.  There are many other roofing standards to follow; these are just a few examples of what is consistently being studied and improved upon in order to give customers the very best for their money, ensuring a quality roof that will last years.

Industry standards have improved so much over the years that the life of a roof has increased dramatically.  Depending on the type of shingle used, roofs will now last upwards of 15 years before new shingles must be placed, and they will last even longer if done correctly.

At Triple Peaks Roofing, we pride ourselves on the education of our contractors and employees.  Because of this education, our contractors are constantly up to date on industry standards, following the requirements to a T to ensure the safety, health, and efficiency of a person’s home or office.  It is important to us that our product and services are at the very best, following the testing and studies done by the experts whose jobs are to keep constantly reviewing the current standards and finding out if they can be improved.  With Triple Peaks Roofing, customers can always rest assured that they are getting the most up-to-date information and that the contractors have the most current education about what works.  This includes the increasing knowledge on energy efficiency and ways to improve upon it.

For more information on what standards we follow as a roofing company or to schedule a consultation, please contact us.


Why Does My Roof Cost So Much?

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shingle2When it’s time for a new roof, it can be surprising how much they cost, so it is important to be educated on what all is being paid for when you are purchasing a new roof.  It’s not just supplies!  In today’s market, a new roof costs between $8,000-10,000.  The rise in costs can be contributed to a couple of things.  First, the rise in oil costs caused the cost of shingles to skyrocket 3 times the average cost, and they never went back down.  Another contributing factor is that Ohio has a monopoly on workers’ compensation, and there are no other companies other than the State of Ohio from whom workers’ compensation can be received, so companies are tied to their prices.  Because roofing is one of the top 10 most dangerous jobs in America, the average price for workers’ compensation is 41-51 centers for every dollar that they make.

Some other things that contribute to higher roofing costs are:

  • Roofing companies have a 9 month cycle, meaning they have to make their money in 9 months versus 12 but still have 12 months of overhead
  • New vehicles and updated maintenance on vehicles are both necessary so that the vehicles don’t leak on customers’ driveways that they try so hard to keep clean
  • Training of contractors on rain days, training tools, and school for employees to get better and be the best – these are the things that help us and make us better

So while shopping around, you may notice that roofing costs will vary.  The prices of legitimate contractors will be similar for the reasons listed above, along with other necessary costs that only legitimate roofing companies will face.  We at Triple Peaks Roofing define a legitimate roofing company as a company who is using workers’ comp, legitimate roofing insurance (not carpenter’s insurance, which some roofing companies use, but it doesn’t cover everything that legitimate roofing insurance should cover).

Why does roofing cost more with a legitimate contractor?

  • Payroll taxes, RITA taxes, county taxes, etc – sometimes up to 25 different cities in a year because taxes are paid in each city in which the contractors work
  • 1099 contractors are paid cash, contractors then give them 1099, and that person has to pay his own taxes. This harms our economy more than it helps because it doesn’t give us a good tax base.
  • Work with high-end products – no products out of Big Box Stores, which are made just for the Bix Box Stores and do not have the same quality as what we buy from our supply houses that only deal with roofing companies
    • We tend to gravitate toward CertainTeed Roofing because they have the best warranties and a company with the longevity of being in business for 150 years, and you will never find a CertainTeed shingle in one of the Big Box Stores.
  • Free estimates – nothing in life is free; the time, gas, ladder racks, and overhead costs from estimates all have to be paid for somehow
  • Commercial plates on vehicles instead of regular plates
  • Following OSHA regulations and having proper safety gear – contractors work slower in safety gear, and the safety gear costs money, but safety is a big concern for us
    • Government regulations are always passed onto the consumer, which means the home or business owner has to pay for these regulations to be properly followed

Triple Peaks Roofing does use subcontractors to try to maintain our costs to continue to do work.  Our subcontractors go through the same training as our employees, and they also have to come into the office on rain days for training and must be re-certified with us every year.

To book your free estimate for a new roof with Triple Peaks Roofing or for more information on our company, please visit our website or give us a call!


Dump Trailers

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dumptrailersDump trailers are extremely useful and convenient for any home improvement project.  This time of year brings home improvement projects, including construction on the inside and outside of the home; cleaning out the garage, attic, and basement; and building new garages and add-ons to homes.  These projects become much neater and simpler with storage for all this trash with the use of a dump trailer.

With so many ways to get a dump trailer (buying and renting them from different places), it helps to know the difference between different kinds.

One kind of dump trailer is dropped off by the supply house (or rental company), and it is secured into the concrete of the driveway by digging into the driveway.  Not only does this severely damage and tear up the driveway, but it also takes up more than half of the driveway, leaving little room for vehicles to go in or out, and if the job is a long one, cars may be stuck elsewhere for quite some time.  The damage to the driveway is costly and unnecessary.

For a selection that gives you the option to shop around for the supplier that will give you the best deal (and best quality) of your materials, such as shingles, it is important to find a company that can provide a dump trailer without attaching it to the requirement that you also purchase their inventory.

Triple Peaks Roofing offers towable dump trailers while allowing you to shop around for the best prices on supplies for your home improvement project.  These towable dumpsters hold all materials up to 40 square feet while only taking up the width of one car.  The best part is, there’s no damage to your driveway, and they can be moved!  If the towable dump trailer needs to be relocated, Triple Peaks will hitch it onto the back of the truck and move it to the desired location.  The lack of driveway damage alone will save a lot of money and hassle, but long projects no longer have to be an inconvenience.

Big home improvement jobs can be complicated and time consuming enough without having to worry about the trailer that is supposed to be making the process simpler and less messy.

For more information on towable dump trailers for your home improvement projects, call Triple Peaks Roofing.


Repair or Replace Your Existing Roof?

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Hail Damage, Roof Repair, Roof Replacement, Triple Peaks Roofing Avon OHWith spring in the air, big home projects are on everyone’s minds, especially when something is broken and needs to be fixed or replaced.  Leaky faucets and chipped paint are simple fixes, and it is usually an easy decision whether to get a brand new faucet or to just fix the current one (plus the plumber usually tells you right there if it isn’t fixable).  With roofs, though, it can be more difficult to discern which option is best.

When it comes to roofing and other big projects, consumers should really do their research about what the best option is that will make the roof last the longest so they can get the most out of their money—and rightfully so!  So what is the best option when it’s time to update your roof?  Another layer of shingles with some repairs on the area that’s leaking?  Or ripping off the shingles and putting on an entirely new roof?

The answer to that question really depends on the nature of the necessary repair.  A small tear in the roof causing leaks can easily and inexpensively be patched up and have new shingles placed as a replacement.  Sometimes this means that the new shingles won’t match the original roof because they no longer make those shingles, but it’s usually pretty manageable to get the shingles very close to the existing roof shingles.  Even more serious damage can be fixed by a partial re-roofing to avoid getting an entirely new roof.

It’s when the entire roof needs to be updated that it becomes a difficult decision.  Laying new shingles onto an existing roof is certainly less expensive in the moment, but is it less expensive long-term too?  Well, first, it’s important to take into account that if you already have two layers of shingles, it will have to be torn off, since the International Residential Code only allows for two layers.  If you only have one layer, the decision is yours, but shingles tend to hold better when attached directly rather than being placed on top of other shingles.  If this is the route you choose to go, you could find yourself needing another repair much sooner than you would like.  Another thing to consider is that completely tearing off the roof allows the roof to be inspected so that any issues can be found before adding more on top of it or before it becomes a problem.

It’s cost-efficient in the long-run to have contractors at the house fewer times rather than doing part of a roof at a time.  Keep in mind that in your roofing costs is labor, materials, and time, so when you keep it to only one installation/repair, it saves you money!

Of course, everybody has times when big projects need to be done, and there isn’t the money to do a full re-roofing that you may want to do.  In this case, it’s definitely better to do any repairs that need to be done rather than waiting and letting them get worse.

If you’re interested in learning more about getting a new roof or repairing your current roof, contact Triple Peaks Roofing.


The Benefits of Skylights and Sun Tunnels

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Sun tunnelAfter buying a new house, or even after living in a house for a long period of time, some people decide that they just don’t have enough light in one room or hallway in their home.  Of course, natural light is better, more cost-efficient, and can provide much more light than some artificial lighting.

Before you can decide to install natural lighting in your home, you should first know the difference between a skylight and sun tunnel and decide which is best for your needs.  A skylight is the one that most people tend to be the most familiar with:  a window that mounts directly on the roof to bring in natural light and ventilation.  These provide a large amount of natural light on days when it’s bright outside since the light is coming straight down into the home through a fairly large amount of glass.  A sun tunnel, on the other hand, is a tubular skylight which extends from the roof through the ceiling.  A sun tunnel can usually be installed to bring natural light to a dark hallway, closet, or any room that cannot have a window added to it.

Both skylights and sun tunnels are great for adding extra light to the home, but they must be installed properly.  When a skylight isn’t installed properly, it can be easy for leaks to come through from the roof.  This is why it’s important to use a contractor who is experienced in installing skylights and uses a good quality skylight, such as Velux.

Sun tunnels add light to rooms without the added cost of a skylight.  Some excellent places where a sun tunnel would be more fitting than a skylight are hallways, bathrooms, and closets.  It makes more sense to put a sun tunnel in these types of rooms since the size is more fitting, and the cost of a skylight is not necessary in these rooms.  The other benefit of adding a Sun tunnel is the convenience of also having a light inside the tunnel in place of your existing light.

Solar skylights are another option for those homeowners looking for natural light and fresh air added to a roof, not to mention the added benefit of energy efficiency in the home.  These skylights use sunlight to charge a battery that opens and closes the skylight, which allows for the perfect amount of ventilation and energy efficiency.  These skylights may seem like an unnecessary cost since the cost is higher than that of regular skylights, but with the laws put in place in 2008 and 2009, the purchaser of a solar skylight is eligible for 30% Federal Tax Credit on the labor and materials.  Adding in a solar blind to a skylight also gives the buyer an eligibility for this tax credit, and after the tax credit, it ends up being just $200 for a solar blind and window when compared to a fixed skylight.  A solar blind absorbs heat and blocks out solar rays while giving you a transparent or light blocking advantage.

Velux adds further benefits to using a contractor like Triple Peaks Roofing & Construction, Inc. who installs their products by including a 10-year no leak warranty (Velux flashing required) with their skylights.  Triple Peaks Roofing is one of these contractors who installs Velux skylight products.

If you’re looking to add a skylight – traditional or solar – or sun tunnel or add solar blinds to your home, call Triple Peaks Roofing, who serve the Cleveland, Ohio, area.


Why Ice Dams Keep Forming This Winter

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An ice dam is a ridge of ice that forms at the edge of a roof and prevents melting snow from draining off the roof.  The water that backs up behind the dam can leak into a home and cause damage to walls, ceilings, insulation, and other areas.

Ice dams - 2This February has broken records in multiple areas and has been one of the worst February’s in history.  Because of this, ice dams have been forming more than usual, wreaking havoc on people’s roofs and homes.  Most of the ice dam issues are strictly because of this horribly brutal February, but they can also be caused by lack of ventilation and/or insulation.

Ice dams are forming on even the best roofing systems.  The freezing temperatures and amount of precipitation were the causes of most of the ice dams in February.  Now that it’s starting to warm up during the day and then freezing again in the evening, it will only get worse until all the dams can be removed or melted.  This is happening in areas where ice and water shields would not normally be applied, as Ohio code for an ice and water shield is 3 feet up a heated wall.

It is important to get the ice dams on roofs cleared before a leak starts.  This way, there is no damage inside the house from a leak, and it doesn’t have to be damage control but instead will be leak prevention.  If you need an ice dam removed in the Cleveland area, contact Triple Peaks Roofing.


Why You Should Choose Triple Peaks Roofing

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29c3a22603f7c11d_5757-w173-h173-b0-p0--angiebutterfly10Triple Peaks Roofing is one of many roofing and construction companies in Ohio, many of which claim to be the best.  Many roofing contractors will tell their potential customers that nobody else has products like them or that their prices are the very best.  So why choose Triple Peaks Roofing instead of any of those companies?

The first thing to ask the companies you are interviewing to fix or replace your roof is why their prices are what they are.  If they are very low, are you really getting quality work and a good value?  If they tell you they have the best products, you could very easily look and see that all of the products they use are just like other companies A, B, and C.

The trick is to feel comfortable with the contractors that will be doing the work on your home, and the way to do this is to interview the contractors with a strong list of questions that leaves no doubt in your mind that you’ve made the right choice.

To make the process of finding a roofing contractor easier, you have interviewed co-owner of Triple Peaks Roofing, Jeff Heitzenrater, asking many crucial questions, answering your main question of “Why should I choose Triple Peaks?”

Q:  So, let’s be honest…you can Google roofing companies and find multiple in the area.  So why should homeowners choose Triple Peaks?

Jeff:  Triple Peaks Roofing is on site every day, and our warranties are backed by our manufacturers.  All the companies have the same products, but the difference is in the install, so we focus on education our contractors.

Q:  How do your prices compare to others?

Jeff:  The prices will be mostly the same, but some companies may vary by $500-$2000.  If a company is charging $500 more, you have to ask yourself if you’re getting the same value.  If they’re charging less, the quality of work may not be the same or the credentials or education for the roofers.

Q:  Are there warranties on your products or on your work?warranty1

Jeff:  We offer one of the best warranties that are out there through Certainteed – a 25 year workmanship warranty.  Saint Gobain, who started in 1665 and is celebrating their 350th year in business, owns Certainteed, which is the manufacturing company of the shingle we use.  This roof comes with a 50 year labor material warranty, which is transferable the first 15 years.

Q:  What services and products do you offer at Triple Peaks?  Do you have a list?

Jeff:  We have a list of our exterior and roofing services on our website, Google+, and Facebook.  You can also find us on Twitter at @triplepeaksroof.

Q:  To what cities do you travel?

Jeff:  We will take jobs anywhere from the islands (Put-in-Bay) to Mentor on the Lake and everything in between to south into Medina.

Q:  Do you have referrals for your work available?

Jeff:  Yes, just ask us!  We have testimonials on our website as well.

Q:  What credentials do you and your contractors have?

downloadJeff:  We are a SELECT ShingleMaster company, we have credentials with Owens Corning, and every roofer that we have is certified through the Air Vent Inc., Master Single Applicator test.  We are also a preferred contractor for Owens Corning, and we are a winner of Angie’s List’s Super Service Award, honor roll recipient, and we are accredited with BBB with A+ rating.

Triple Peaks Roofing takes pride in the level of education the contractors are given.  Triple Peaks is on the site every day and has warranties backed by the manufacturers.  It’s not in the product, since all the companies have the same ones, but it’s in the install and the education that Triple Peaks Roofing does from the top down that makes us a better roofing contractor.

For all of your roofing and exterior needs, contact Triple Peaks Roofing.