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Oct 8 14

Roofing Throughout History

by Sherriff-Goslin

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Roofing has always been used as a function to prevent against harmful damage to the home. Even in medieval times, buildings were typically erected so the roof extended beyond the walls causing rain to call further away from the building causing less damage over time. This also helped prevent rain from wetting the inside of the home.

Roofing itself is a building evolution constantly developing over time in the creation of new materials and strategies to increase durability amongst other roofing purposes. We have come such a long ways since the times of mud and straw roofs.

It is almost unimaginable today what it would be like to stay dry under a roof made out of banana leaves.

Starting in 40,000 BC, people used the skin of a wooly mammoth for roofing. The carcass skin would literally be laid over the roof since the animal was so large in size. As the population grew, people needed more options for roofing than from animals. Thatching wove into play in 735 AD becoming the roofing alternative to animal hide. Sod was laid over the tops of homes providing thick warmth. This method unfortunately did not last through storms and started to become an extreme fire hazard. People need something more fire resistant.

Clay tiles modernized themselves by becoming the known material to aid in fire prevention. Rock, sand, and dirt all prevent fire, so to think this being a fireproof and weather resistant option seamed plausible. First used in 10,000 BC by China then spreading to Egypt, Greece, and Rome, clay-roofing tiles became a hot commodity in the roofing industry. The noted solidity and durability of this clay material spread like wildfire, making for clay to be mass-produced for all to use. Various styles and colors became apparent to the roofing industry’s customes, creating buzz for more options to be available.

Slate became present in the mid-17th century in Jamestown, Virginia. Slate was a common material for roofing for its fireproof qualities, durability, and aesthetic beauty and used well into the 20th century, especially when used for 1920s Tudor revival style building renovations.

In the 1840s the first composite roofing material, consisting of woven fabric covered in tar and sand, appeared in London. Roll roofing developed from first composite roofing, but was crushed by the first asphalt shingle developed by Henry Reyolds. It was not until 1914 that F.C Overby added a crushed slate to this concept for added weight.

Metal roofing was next, exemplified by the U.S. Mint in New Orleans. The Mint chose a metal roof to be fireproofed with a 20-gauge galvanized, ridged iron roof on iron trusses. Metal rose in popularity due to its environmental benefactors pertaining to the reuse and re-purposing of the material.

Roofing materials of the future will be created and implemented in the direction of care for the environment, functionality, as well as both style and design in mind. Solar panels are the present innovative roofing trend of choice; who knows what will come next!

Sep 23 14

Why Sales Representatives Are More Important Than The CEO

by Sherriff-Goslin

Don’t think sales representatives are important? Sales representatives are even more important than CEOs! Debatable? I think not.

The goal for every business is to provide a service and support the sales team. If a company is lacking in revenues that company will eventually go under. All areas of the business realm relate back to the sales force: Architecture is commissioned to present a house a home owner will want to buy, but only after that realtor has sold the person(s) on that home; a marketer’s job is to reduce the cost of selling, the manufacturer makes quality items people will want, and the engineer designs a product that the marketers will be able to sell.

Top management exists for client relations and maintains the company’s hierarchy infrastructure to prevent internal collapse.

“It amazes me that some people don’t understand this,” states Jeffrey James, writer at CBS News. “If sales don’t happen, you don’t have a business, you’ve got a hobby. The entire structure of capitalism is based upon the concept of money and goods changing hands, which is selling. It’s absolutely absurd to think otherwise.”

Your company is represented by the people that sell the company. A sales representative will excel in his or her job when they understand the image of the company as well as being knowledgeable of the products or services the company offers and the industry in which such is marketed. Sales representatives can also act as marketers if the sales representative acknowledges who responds positively to the sales pitch.

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Sep 16 14

Answers To Your Roofing Questions

by Sherriff-Goslin

Q: I am often trying to get a quote from roofing contractors, as I am doing work in the insurance repair industry, and so many are often rude and refuse to give me any kind of price. Is there a science to ask this type of question?

A: Pricing is a dirty game as everyone wants your business. Call around getting quotes for various companies and go with the one in your price range with the highest quality reputation.

Q: A contractor noticed my ridge vent was barley nailed down and recommended I have it sealed. Is this necessary?

A: Most of the time, contractors are honest and looking out for you. In high winds, the ridge vent can be ripped off if not secure. Sealing the vent will also help prevent against water intrusion. Get this checked out annually before the rainy season begins!

Q: I am looking for a roofing contractor in my area. Where should I look?

A: Check out our branch locations all throughout Michigan, Ohio, and Indiana! Follow this link for contractor listings: http://www.sherriffgoslin.com/general.php?section_url=100

Q: How long should an average roof last before I need repairs or replacements?

A: A roof, on average, lasts between 15 and 20 years depending on various factors. Factors such as slope of the roof, quality of materials used and the workmanship originally executed, ventilation of the attic/roof, and the living climate could shorten the durability on any roof.

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A: The black stains you are seeing are algae growth, usually mistaken for mildew or fungus. Once algae are evident, it will spread quickly. This is due to algae being airborne and carries from rooftop to rooftop infesting entire neighborhoods. Sherriff-Goslin’s Art-Loc ® shingles are superior for algae resistance.

Q: What causes a roof to wear overtime?

A: Just like anything else, time takes its toll. However, ultraviolet radiation from the sun can quicken the aging process as well as water and wind damage from storms and snow. Lighter colored shingles will last longer than darker colored shingles overtime.

Q: Can an existing roof be covered with a new layer?

A: There are building codes that restrict the number of layers allowed per roof. Sherriff-Goslin’s Art-Loc ® shingles is a great choice for this type of situation as there is a way around the codes sometimes. Another layer can be installed over the pre-existing roof layer for shingles types that lend themselves to roofing over another layer of shingles.

Sep 9 14

Fantasy Football Strikes Again

by Sherriff-Goslin

imagesThe football fantasy buzz is flying around again! Fantasy football is a virtual competition where people can build teams with their favorite players and pull in points based on how those selected players do in real life games. People are reviewing their player’s stats, smack-talking their friends, and making bets on who will win this season.

Who ever thought fantasy leagues could generate such revenues for businesses?

The New York Times reported that DraftKings has already raised $41 million in a new round of financing from firms like media group Raine Group, who are investing heavily this season. Why do people flock to this game, or profitable competition?

Forbes reported that the National Football League is a $9 billion industry and that the college football league ranks at $6 billion. Football all across the board draws attention, and fantasy football players have the opportunity to reap some of the benefits … well if there is a good fantasy team established that is. Even with a player’s negative publicity, the virtual league still thrives.

 

Here are some facts to not ignore when drafting this season thanks to ESPN:

1. Over the past two seasons, when Rob Gronkowski is off the field, Tom Brady’s completion percentage is 59, his yards per attempt is 6.8, and he has a 26-to-11 touchdown-to-interception ratio.

2. Over the past two years, when Rob Gronkowski has played, Tom Brady completes 65 percent of his passes and has 7.7 yards per attempt and a 33-to-8 touchdown-to-interception ratio.

3. Last year, Patriots wide receivers were tackled at the 1-yard line eight times.

4. That was three more times than any other team.

5. If you regress that to the league average (3.3), Tom Brady would have had four additional touchdown passes and would have finished as the eighth best fantasy QB.

6. Last year, only one quarterback had more drops from his pass-catchers than Tom Brady.

7. The quarterback who had more passes dropped than Tom Brady? Matthew Stafford. Detroit had 46 drops last season — 10 more than any other team.

8. Those 46 drops accounted for 7.5 percent of Detroit’s total targets, which is also highest in the NFL.

9. Last year, Golden Tate was targeted 94 times.

10. And had two drops. Two.

11. With Scott Linehan calling plays as his offensive coordinator from 2002 to 2004, no quarterback had more fantasy points than Daunte Culpepper’s 888.

12. With Scott Linehan calling plays as his offensive coordinator from 2011 to 2013, only four quarterbacks had more fantasy points than Matthew Stafford’s 863.

13. In 2014, Scott Linehan will call plays for Tony Romo, who is currently being drafted outside the top 10 at QB.

14. Matt Ryan was under pressure on 154 pass attempts last season.

15. That was the most in the NFL and 31 more than the next QB.

16. Prior to last season, Ryan had never attempted more than 94 passes under pressure.

17. This offseason, the Falcons drafted RT Jake Matthews in the first round, added Jon Asamoah from Kansas City, got Sam Baker back from injury and hired Mike Tice as the offensive line coach.

18. During the first five weeks of the past season (the only time Julio Jones and Roddy White were on the field together), Ryan was sixth among QBs in fantasy points.

19. On passes of 15 yards or more, when targeting Kelvin Benjamin, Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston was 23-of-41 (56.1 percent) and averaged 16.5 yards per attempt.

20. Kelvin Benjamin had eight touchdown receptions of 15 or more yards, which tied for the most of any player from an automatic qualifying conference.

Choose wisely this season, and don’t give in to a high buy in. Good luck!

Sep 2 14

Futuristic Housing For Everyone

by Sherriff-Goslin

8491312280_6fee937d98_zA lot of single families are looking to move into urban communities but the problem is that homes are not available in the good neighborhoods or they are too expensive. One way to meander around this dilemma is to reconstruct a home that has already been built. This helps to rebuild communities for the better as well. We are talking about the home of the future!

Sustainability 

Build with global climate change in mind. This means use materials that have been recycled or choose products that are naturally green friendly like bamboo that grows at a faster rate than wood does, which saves trees in the long run. You can use bamboo in for a plethora options: cabinets, flooring, doors, or other home entities.

Companies are ceaselessly testing new prototypes for home development with multiple purposes that save energy. Shingles are being created lighter and with lasting durability; weather stripping is water defiant, glass used for windows is transitional and insulation has become storm resistant, thanks to today’s innovations.

Affordable

Look for homes that need minimal manicure work. It is much more affordable to fix something already in existence rather than create something new from scratch. Recreate an abandoned home. Find building with a desirable frame that is already standing in place and work off of what is currently there. Up-front costs will be a lot higher for something new. Instead, take care of what you have to avoid big fixing costs later down the road.

Adaptable

Being “green” and doing something different has everyone preaching. Reconstruction gives off a modern feel once complete and you will be the trendsetter amongst your friends. It is easier to adapt to new practices after a few weeks and then you will wonder how you ever managed before!

Think of reconstruction with a previous frame as the new American dream home of the future. Ask your contractor how to create a sustainable and affordable home that is right for you. These practices will result in a safe, beautiful, and long-lasting residence. It only takes little changes to make a huge difference.