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How to trust a contractor? Part One: Be a Bulldog, Research

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A common question, yet people get caught up with the wrong company all of the time. High pressure, tons of desperate promises to get the job, then left with more problems than first started. Guys like Mike Holmes are so popular because of companies that practice poor work ethics to make a buck–nice people, bad contractors.

Create your own “short list”

Ask people you trust to refer you to companies to complete your home improvement project. Contact suppliers and material yards to ask who they recommend, most likely it will be folks who pay their bills. Also, run background checks. Make sure these companies carry insurance, are bonded, and are properly licensed and are in compliance with the State of Washington.

Do your homework before you call

Once you call a company for an estimate your name and information are in their database. Dealing with shady folks will only produce shady results.

Here are some places and links to research prior to making the initial call to a contractor:

Meet Face to Face

Now that your short list has past the above requirements, make sure you set an appointment to meet and interview your potential contractor in person. In the day of speed, slowing down to actually meet who will be working at your home is critical and SAFE. If you don’t want anyone inside your home, ask to meet at their office or a nearby coffee place. The real research begins at this meeting. Be prepared with questions like these:

  • “Can I drive by a job site that is in progress this week?”
  • “Do you have an active referral list?”
  • “Who are your suppliers?”
  • “What are your payment terms?”
  • “What quality control and job site monitoring procedures do you have in place?”

To Sky Light or Not to Sky Light?

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Considering Installing a Skylight in Your Home?

Even though we live in the Northwest where sunlight is hard to come by, installing a skylight can add much needed light to darker areas in your home.

Think about these benefits:

  • Possible energy savings by using the natural light instead of electricity. Most skylights are Low E and have earned the Energy Star rating. Low E is a coating that absorbs IR light.
  • Changes the look and architecture of your ceiling.
  • Increases the value of your home.
  • Opening skylights increases ventilation when heat and humidity are an issue. Privacy, a lot of the homes are being built so close together, trying to provide light with privacy has become an issue.
  • Skylights give you light from above, especially important in bathrooms and hallways. Skylight is natural light without the sun.
  • Skylights have many features such as remote openers with or without screens and covers as well as tints and colors to the glass finish.

We have a full-time carpenter available to install your skylight. Call us for a free estimate at (425) 881-9771.

Gutters: No Rain on Your Parade

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A proper gutter system will keep water away from your home’s foundation, crawl space and basement. Controlling where and how water flows from your roof top prevents damage to the exterior of your home.

Maintaining the condition of your gutter system is essential. A good time to check your gutters is early Spring and Fall. Look for leaks, wood rot, and loose downspouts. Cleaning the gutter trough is needed, too. Anything interfering with the flow of water needs to be removed.

Think about these products if you are in the market for a new gutter system: Copper Rain Chains, Rain Barrel Systems, and Gutter Screens.

Enhance the Curb Appeal of Your Home, Go Round. Install a Copper Half-Round Gutter System.LHRR installs 5K-style continuous aluminum gutters with 2x3 downspouts in both stock and custom colors. Also, We offer gutter screens in black and silver. Think about changing the curb appeal to your home–go Round! Install half-round gutters on your home to add a different dimension and curb appeal to your home.

Larry Haight Roofing Co., Inc. Helps Customers Go Green

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Seattle, WA, January 1, 2008– Larry Haight`s Residential Roofing Co., Inc. has a year-round resolution: to save its customers money and protect the environment by going green.

The Redmond, Washington company is dedicated to providing homes with valuable energy-saving options, including quality ENERGY STAR rated skylights and roofing products that save customers power and money.

“Going green is a huge movement in the building industry,” said Michael Haight, vice president of the company. “In the areas we serve, energy-efficiency is important and often ends up saving customers a lot of money in the long run.”

ENERGY STAR rated products meet strict energy-efficiency guidelines set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Department of Energy. A joint initiative of the EPA and the U.S. Department of Energy, the ENERGY STAR program helps homeowners save money and protect the environment through energy-efficient products and practices. Results are already adding up. With the help of ENERGY STAR, the amount of energy Americans saved in 2006 was equal to a reduction in greenhouse gasses of 25 million cars - all while saving $14 billion on their utility bills.

Energy-efficient choices can save families about a third on their energy bill, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent without sacrificing features, style or comfort. The ENERGY STAR rating helps consumers make the best energy-efficient choice.

A member of the Western States Roofing Contractors Association and the Roofing Contractors Association of Washington, Larry Haight Residential Roofing is fully licensed and bonded. The company has proudly served thousands of happy homeowners throughout Washington, including Redmond, Bellevue, Woodinville, Mill Creek, Sammamish, Issaquah, Seattle, Edmonds, Everett, Snohomish, Kirkland, Mercer Island, Mukilteo and the East Side.

Roofing Experts Make Going Green Easier Than Ever

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According to the U.S. Green Building Council, buildings in the U.S. account for:

  • 36% of total energy use/65% of electricity consumption
  • 30% of greenhouse gas emissions
  • 30% of raw materials use
  • 30% of waste output/136 million tons annually
  • 12% of potable water consumption

Fortunately, green building - which aims to protect and improve the environment and lower operating costs in the long - run - is now so popular that it`s been said to be entering the mainstream. From Brad Pitt contributions in New Orleans to hit TV show “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” green building is, indeed, becoming a new consumer consciousness.

What does green building have to do with roofing?

Everything.

Roofing company Larry Haight`s Residential Roofing Co. proudly offers ENERGY STAR products - including skylights and roofing products - that protect the environment while saving customers money. One such product is the Solatube, or “miracle skylight,” which harnesses sunlight through a rooftop dome to naturally light any room. Larry Haight`s Residential Roofing Co. offers 10-inch and 14-inch Solatubes compatible with many other Seattle roofing products.

The company has proudly served thousands of happy homeowners throughout Washington, including Redmond, Bellevue, Woodinville, Mill Creek, Sammamish, Issaquah, Seattle, Edmonds, Everett, Snohomish, Kirkland, Mercer Island, Mukilteo and the East Side.

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