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Riverside, MO

Finding a Qualified Roofer

There are so many roofing companies in the Kansas City area! Seems that there are more roofers than roofs...okay, a slight exaggeration. There are many though. How do you sort through the sea of roofers then? How do you know when you have one you can trust to do a good job at a good price? The answer is: Research! You have to do your own due diligence when selecting any contractor. Roofers are especially important for a number of reasons: 1. Your roof is very important...if it leaks, your home is subjected to the elements and some very costly damages to structure, insulation, wall board, and even your contents (furniture, flooring, etc.). 2. The Roofer's employees are working on your home and at heights of 20 ft and more above the ground. Work related accidents happen all the time to roofers and the medical bills can be expensive. 3. There is a lot of fraud going on in the roofing industry. Many people pay half down or...sometime even in full...and the roofer vanishes with their money. Sometimes, the job is completed but the roofer charged you for premium upgrades, like Owens Corning TruDefinition Duration Storm shingles, and installs the cheapest 10 year shingle form the big box home improvement store! Thankfully, all of these issues can be avoided...with a little due diligence on your part. Reputable and honest roofers in the Kansas City area DO Exist! Companies like M.B. Roofing http://www.mbroofi who have been in business about 20 years. These companies will have: 1. Experience and training to make sure your materials go on correctly (by following the manufacturer's recommended overlaps, nail spacing and placement...etc.). 2. They will have the type of General Liability to protect you against any potential damages to your home AND will have the Workman's Compensation to cover the workers from work related injury. 3. The Roofing Company should be able to prove the materials are exactly what was quoted by showing the invoice from the supplier and or being there with you upon delivery. Don't take chances by hiring an ill-qualified or under experienced roofer! Take my advice and research the roofer. Ask about Testimonials from previous clients: http://www.mbroofi timonials/ like the ones that MB Roofing has clearly posted on their website. Yes, Qualified Roofers are out there!  (Dec 30, 2012 | post #1)

Humble, TX

Roofing Damage in Kingwood/Humble

With the recent storms and related high winds last week, there certainly are a lot of broken limbs and downed trees in our area. Christmas Eve and Christmas Day saw tornado watches and warnings. Winds averaged in the 20 to 30 mile per hour range. While there were no reports of an actual tornado in Kingwood, we know what happened a little over a year ago. Remember...was it October 2011? The tornado that went through the Magnolia Cove and Kings Point villages? Dozens of families had from minor to significant damage on their homes. Roofs damaged and or torn off. Trees cracking in half and dropping onto roofs. Water damage from the rain leaking in. Thankfully, there were several area contractors that responded to the scene to help home owners out. It's important to act fast because you must tarp the roof to prevent minor or moderate damage to the roof from becoming major interior damage. In addition, wet insulation can mildew quickly in our warm, moist climate. All in all, the general contractors and insurance agents worked together closely to get homes back into shape. I saw Scott Baumgartner of Colton Roofing http://www.roofers up on many of those roofs. He and his crew did an exemplary job of covering up quickly. Scott and many of his crew are your neighbors in Kingwood. This really is a great example of neighbors helping neighbors! If there is any question at all that your roof needs to be inspected after the recent wind storms, give Scott a call. He will come out and inspect your roof for damage. There is never a charge for his free inspection or estimates.  (Dec 30, 2012 | post #1)

Humble, TX

How Do Businesses Reconnect with Past Clients?

If your business is like most Kingwood / Humble area businesses, you have probably done business with hundreds if not, thousands of clients over the years. In this economy, business has trailed off for many of us. How do you get customers into your store? To your website? How do you get prior customers to return to your business and spend money again? One way is to add a bunch of money to your advertising budget. But, let's be honest here, who has that kind of money to throw around for such a low return on investment? Let's use a little bit of what we do have (time) and re-market to previous clients. Here are the top 3 ways that local businesses are using to reconnect with previous clients: 1. Send handwritten "Thank You" letters. If you have built up physical addresses of your clients (especially service businesses) you can have an employee write thank you notes and address them to all your previous clients. Let them know that you appreciate their business and would like to see them again. Don't sell in this letter! Use it just to reconnect. 2. Reconnect via email. If you have been diligent in collecting email addresses for your clients, now is the time to put them to good use. Join a service such as iContact or aWeber or Constant Contact. Import or input those addresses. Send out the initial email as a thank you letter and ask for permission to keep them on your list (this is required). Then you can build up a series of timed messages. Maybe some tips related to your specialty. Sprinkle in some selling via some well timed sales or promotions. Don't oversell though. 3. Update your Facebook profile and use it to engage your clients. Put a link to your Facebook profile on every email that goes out. Make up cards or window stickers with QR code links to your Facebook profile. Create engaging Facebook content with tips and questions for your users. Create a program to promote Facebook check-ins at your store...this is free advertising to all the users friends. I hope these three tips have helped spark some creativity in your own business. Read more about marketing to your local clients on my website http://www.localma ats-the-value-of-a -referral-or-a-rev iew and let me know of any unique ideas you have for connecting to your previous clients.  (Dec 30, 2012 | post #1)

Humble, TX

Importance of Removing Leaves from Roof

When I was out walking in Kingwood the other morning, I could not believe the number of homes that still have leaves on their roofs. Not just a few leaves but significant piles of leaves. Leaves were collecting along the valleys where the siding and roof rakes meet. This is a real problem because the leaves are actually impeding the flow of water off the roof. Those leaves get wet and retain water. Those wet leaves up against the siding causes rot. http://www.saveons eplacement-estimat es Replacement of siding and other home improvement projects becomes a necessity when this problem is left to fester. When siding begins to rot, you are inviting termites, roaches, mice and other insects an rodents into your home. They are looking for breaches in your home's protective skin so they can invade the warmth of your walls and attic. The other issue with siding rot is eventually there will be a leak there and water getting into your walls leads to very expensive framing, sheetrock and insulation repairs. You just transformed an affordable siding replacement job into an expensive remodeling job. So I urge you homeowners to step back away from your homes and look at your roof. Look for areas where leaves collect and clear them out of there. If there is any question about whether rot is starting, contact a siding expert and ask for a free inspection.  (Dec 30, 2012 | post #1)

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