The entire US have been seeing some extreme winter weather of late. It has put a hold on home sales, home improvement work, and many other kinds of purchases. However, US consumer sentiment is still growing, even in spite of these hurdles. February posted slight gains in The Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan survey recently released.
Results of Consumer Sentiment Survey
Reuter’s surveys gauge certain economic indicators on a 0-100 scale. Any number over 50 indicated a positive response to the particular indicator. Consumer expectations read at 72.7, higher than the 71.2 posted in January. The overall index on consumer sentiment finished at 81.6 for February. This is a .4 increase over the 81.2 number posted for January. While slight, we are continuing to make gains. In fact, this number posted gains on the polled economists’ prediction of 81.3.
Economists also predicted a 94.0 barometer of economic conditions, which was also exceeded by a final 95.4 reading at the end of February. They predicted one-year inflation to be 3.2% and five-to-ten inflation to be 2.9%.
What Does This Mean?
Positive consumer sentiment is a great indicator of a recovering economy because it shows confidence in the decision to make big purchases. Consumers are one the main drivers of economic growth, so willingness to participate means an increase in both the housing market and the economy in general.
As survey director Richard Curtin said, “The most significant implication is not whether consumers have correctly assessed the weather’s negative impact on the economy, but the resilience consumers have demonstrated in the face of the polar vortex as well as higher utility bills and minimal employment gains.”
With both consumer sentiment and home sales on the rise, there has never been a better time to get a great ROI on your home improvement dollar. Something as simple as new roofing shingles can give your home the boost it needs to sell for the highest price.
We are excited to announce that Sherriff-Goslin Roofing Contractors will be exhibiting at the 2014 Kalamazoo Home Expo and Garden Show on March 6-8, 2014. They state that the purpose of the expo is to “showcase new building trends, products, ideas, and inspiration! Whether you are a homeowner, looking to buy, or plan to build a new home, this is a great family-friendly event. They also features lots of educational sessions, special show discounts, and activities for the kids.”
The Sherriff-Goslin Exhibit
Sherriff-Goslin Roofing Contractors will be exhibiting our top-notch roofing shingles and other roofing products at the Home Expo and Garden Show. You will also get the chance to meet some of our talented roofing contractors, ask them questions, and get advice. We will be stationed at booths 273 and 274. Don’t forget to come visit us!
Purchasing Tickets to the Home and Garden Expo
If you plan to attend, you will be able to save $2 on your tickets to the Home Expo and Garden Show by purchasing them in ahead of time at Lake Michigan Credit Union. You can also purchase tickets online at http://www.kalamazoohomeexpo.com.
If you are interested in new roofing trends and products or just looking for a little inspiration, then you can’t afford to miss this expo. There will be something for every homeowner, especially if you are looking to buy or build a new home. If you live near Kalamazoo, bring your whole family and prepare to have fun! See you there!
The portions of the roof underneath the shingles rarely get any attention. However, the quality of the roofing materials beneath your shingles is one of the main indicators of how well your roof will perform. Your roof insulation, in particular, has the ability to greatly increase your home’s energy efficiency. How do you know which type of insulation will work the best? The greatest determining factor is the R-Value.
What Is R-Value?
R-value is used to measure how resistant your insulation will be against heat flow. The higher the R-Value, the less energy you will use to control the temperature in your home. This conserves energy and save you money. It also prolongs the life of your HVAC system, which won’t have to work as hard.
Which R-Value Should I Choose?
Which R-Value you should choose for your roof insulation depends on a variety of factors. These factors include the type of climate where you live, method of heating and cooling, size of your home, and location. Talk to your roofing contractor to get an educated opinion on how these factors should affect your choice. Many types of insulation will also make you eligible for tax credits. Ask your roofing contractor to recommend a type of insulation that will make your home more energy friendly as well as save you some money.
What could be better than caring for both your wallet and the environment at the same time? Pay a little attention to the less-pretty but highly-functional underside to your roofing shingles! Call up your roofing contractor to find out which type of roof insulation will make you home the most energy efficient.
Midwestern values are highly touted as one of the best reasons to live here by the residents of states such as Michigan, Indiana, and Ohio. While the Midwest is home to a diverse group of people, what attracts all of these people to the area is the openness, friendliness, and straightforwardness of its residents. We love our traditions, and we love nothing more than when others want to share them!
Our Midwestern Heritage
We get our values from our freedom-loving heritage. We have always supported every person’s right to liberty. The Midwest provided the main arteries of the “Underground Railroad” that led slaves to freedom. All but one of the Midwestern states banned slavery. We believe in goodwill toward our fellow man, and helping him out when in need. We also have a stalwart Calvinist heritage, leading to valuing of honesty, love, and hard work. We love our families, and do what it takes to take care of them. We are also proud of our rural heritage, and strive to support our local farmers.
Sherriff-Goslin’s Similar Values
It’s because of these traditional Midwestern ideals that Sherriff-Goslin has been able to find a home in the Midwest for so long. Midwestern values and the Sherriff-Goslin values go hand-in-hand. We began as a ‘one horse’ roofing company in 1906. Three generations later, relatives of the original founders continue to run our roofing business by the core values that our company was founded on: honesty, integrity, and friendly service. We combine respect and tradition into a mutually satisfying relationship with each one of our customers.
Midwesterners, we are so proud to share a home with you! Continue being friendly and kind to one another.
Recently, many areas of the United States are instituting bans on wood shake roofs to prevent the spread of fire. Others have held off on complete bans and are opting for incentivizing alternative roofing materials or beginning long-term observation of wood shake roofs. Two counties in California, Woodside and Portia Valley, have recently opted to wait before implementing a full ban on wood shake roofs to gather more information and weigh their options.
The Dangers of Wood Shake Roofs
The problem with wood shake roofs, even those treated for fire resistance, is that they can be a source of burning embers that can become airborne and spread the fire to neighboring homes. These are known as firebrands. There are treatments available for preventing such things, but the resistance wears off after time and still does not provide the same fire-resistance as traditional asphalt shingles. Additionally, many insurance companies will not insure homes with wood shake roofs. This means that an area recovering from a devastating fire will not be able to rely on the reassurance of insurance payouts. The Insurance Information Network of California says that, “Roofs are the first line of defense, and a self-extinguishing fire-resistant roof is your chance to actually become a firefighter to help save your house.”
Incentivizing Roof Replacements
If these areas decide upon a wood shake ban, they are considering implementing incentive programs for roof replacements of homes with existing wood shake roofs. There is discussion of using grant money to fund these roof replacements. Individuals who live in an area without wood shake bans should still consider the advantages of using a shake-style roofing shingle alternative with high fire resistance.
Reducing fire risk is a community issue, and one of the best ways to minimize the danger is with fire-resistant roofing shingles. Asphalt shingles are one of the best alternatives to highly flammable wood shake shingles. We will be watching the progress of the wood shake ban legislation with interest.