Life is full of unexpected events, and that includes potential disasters. And when Mother Nature does decide to throw a wrench in the gears, business facilities, as well as other commercial properties, often get the short end of the stick. And this can leave business owners scrambling to recover as well as doing their best to repair any property that ended up sustaining damage.
When catastrophe strikes your place of business and you are left needing repairs to your building, do you know where to turn?
Watch Out for “Storm Chasers”
After an emergency, business owners may feel rushed when it comes to repairing damage and getting to life as normal, especially when it comes to fixing their roof. However, being in this state of panic can leave these individuals vulnerable to roof scammers. One trend that has caused no shortage of trouble for innocent business owners is known as “storm chasing.” This involves conmen preying upon those who have suffered a natural disaster. How does storm chasing work?
When a natural disaster hits a particular area, especially when local roof repair companies have more work than they can handle, storm chasers will come to town. They will then focus on building a team, often by posting ads promising a six-figure income that naturally sounds attractive to applicants.
Next, the head storm chasers will reach out to a local and legitimate company specializing in roof repair, offering extra labor for the business to use. In exchange, they will request authorization to work under the name of the legitimate business, and warranty, and propose a profit-sharing arrangement. The storm chasers will then begin to operate under the legitimate company’s name. They will often take on hundreds of jobs, and all under the name of a business that is well known, which causes clients to be quick to hire them.
Big insurance payouts begin to be collected by the storm chaser team for repairs and replacements that are performed, causing the team to pocket a significant amount of money. But the work that they have done is often very shoddy, and while the team leaves the area with the money they have collected, the work they left behind begins to break down – especially when the storm chaser team is nowhere to be found.
Because of this, the local company often suffers. In most cases, they cannot honor warranties for the work that was completed by the storm chasers. This leads to the company either going out of business or losing a significant amount of business and their previous reputation.
If you are on the receiving end of a storm chaser crew’s work, your building as well as ability to carry on with work may suffer significantly. Therefore, you want to beware of storm chasers when you are in need of actual repairs.
Find a Reputable Roofer
For commercial building owners, there is good news, and it comes by way of the Old School Group. When your place of business has sustained damage and you are in need of emergency assistance, this elite group of professional roofer’s works together to provide you with the skilled labor that you are in need of. They also keep each other accountable.
In order to become an endorsed member of this group, a professional roofer must not only be endorsed by an existing member but meet the strict criteria that are upheld, carry proper licensing and insurance, a verified track record, and more. As a result, the customer service received by those in need of assistance is the utmost quality, with shared accountability and expertise, as well as a “Lifetime Service Guarantee” for all work performed.
In the wake of a storm, those part of the Choice Roof Contractor Group will be there to provide you with all of your roofing repair needs and aid you in getting back to your business as soon as possible.
Aside from saving you a lot of money in energy bills, providing your home with better insulation and airflow and adding up to the overall design of your home, a new window can be installed even without a cost for hiring a professional installer. If you are insecure about your skills and knowledge, perhaps it is better to handle the task to the professionals, but if you possess the adequate equipment and some clue about housework, follow this guide and complete the task successfully.
Prepare the field of work and gather the required data
First, get highly familiar with the terrain. Do all the measurements of height, width, and squareness of the existing window and make sure the new model fits. Decide if you are going to keep the frame of the old window and replace just a glass or to conduct full-frame replacement.
Small adjustments in distances can be compensated with shims, but larger differences require full-frame replacement. For highly precise measuring, measure each dimension at three different places using a measuring tape. It is recommended to do the measuring before you go purchasing a new window model.
Extract and remove the old window
To avoid buying a new set of stop pieces for a new window, you may re-use the existing ones. Use a utility knife and various adequate tools to remove them without damaging them or apply wood filler to fix pieces if the damage occurs nevertheless. Before reattaching them to the new frame, use the paint to cover cracks.
You may repaint the frame as well, especially if you decide to keep the old frame. In the next phase, you should take out the inside sash and remove the outside sash in the same manner. If there are any additional chains or chords, use pliers to de-attach them. If you decide to keep the old frame, make sure to clean it up thoroughly before placing the new window glass. It particularly refers to removing cracked wood, fixing smaller damages and removing remained screws or nails.
Installation of the new window model
You should keep the set of outside stop pieces when removing the old window. Now you can use them to navigate the new window, just apply caulk along them before that. Center sashes in the frame and slides them slowly leaning on the bumper stops. Place the new window and use mounting screws to adjust it properly.
Once the procedure is completed, the window should function smoothly without any gaps.
Having high-quality windows properly installed at your house is essential for the cost-efficient functionality of your home. Steady quality windows directly regulate your energy needs and bills. Windows regulate the levels of insulation in all premises, provide an adequate airflow. Protect your property and finally add up to the overall design of your home.
When replacing the old windows, damaged, worn out or malfunctioning and planning to install the brand-new ones. The best is always to hire professional installer and window replacement experts. In the case you decide to replace windows on your own, using personal skills and some available equipment. Here’s a list of the best tools to use.
Measuring tools for job precision
Before replacing the existing windows with new models, make sure you know the numbers precisely. You’ll have to be sure about height, width and squareness of each surface to avoid loose glass and air leaking at the edges. Use the most precise measuring tools you have and avoid approximation of the numbers.
Hammer, knife and flat bar
These tool pieces kind of go without saying. The delicate procedure it is, you won’t be able to replace the old windows without a phase of rough action. The inside and outside sash and all the stop pieces have to be removed. So prepare a steady hammer, sharp utility knife, screwdriver and a flat bar for balance.
There are phases during this procedure that can be slightly risky. Removing of the glass surface, cleaning of the old frame or removing the whole frame and some other aspect might require mask, gloves. And glasses to prevent you from harming yourself. Don’t rush and overestimate your skills.
Tools for installing a new window
Assuming that you have chosen the adequate new window model and that you have removed the previous one completely and properly, you will need a powerful drill, silicone gun, screws, and screwdriver to place the new window in its place. If required, you should have to expand foam somewhere near, wooden shims and possibly a helping hand next to you.
Whether you simply want to refresh your property by investing in new windows or to replacing the old ones or you have an emergency problem caused by sudden window damage, choosing the new ones should be done carefully. The worst thing you can do is just walk down the store and pick the model you like. Matching window’s design with the overall home’s design is important. However, considering technical aspects and features of the window are more important.
Here are some aspects you should analyze carefully before making a decision, to invest your money into window models that will surely pay off in the long run.
The price is not a guarantee
Homeowners are often ready to invest huge money into expensive window models believing that better thermoregulation will result in decreased energy bills and pay off eventually. It is probably true, but sometimes the high cost of some window models exceeds by far these bill savings. Thus, try to balance your current energy loses window features and the actual needs of your house and match it with some economical solution.
Type of window that fits your needs
There are many aspects of your house, as well as your everyday lifestyle; you should consider when choosing the optimal window model. The market offers a wide range of different types and styles. If you live in the area with extreme weather conditions, triple-pane windows are probably the best option for your home. Single and double-hung windows are a great choice for spacious family homes. Sliding panels provide great airflow and protection mechanisms if children are around. Casement windows fit into the classic home design but require enough space for swinging out. If you are short with the room, choose slider windows.
Match the function and the form of the window
There are some features each window provides depending on the material it’s made of that you should consider before purchasing. Pay attention to U-values (window’s capacity for heat control), the numbers indicating insulation provided by a given window model and some similar parameters.
Once you have chosen the right window model for your home, make sure to hire professional installer providing high-quality service. High-quality window model won’t worth if it’s improperly installed.