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Before gutter work, watch this gutter cover video

Sunday, April 7th, 2013

It’s spring time and many homeowners will pull out the ladder to clean their gutters as part of their spring cleaning ritual. Before you start, watch this video and give us a call. Cleaning gutters can be dangerous. Over 2,000,000 people were injured in ladder accidents during a 16 year study that ended in 1995. The number of injuries increased 50% from 1990 to 2005. Given the 50% increase in ladder-related injuries during the study period, the relatively high likelihood of hospital admission, and the predominance of injuries in non-occupational settings, increased efforts are needed to prevent ladder-related injuries.

One way to do that is changing what work you’re doing  at home and what you leave to professsionals. Installing gutter covers can eliminate the need for this spring cleaning ritual, along with numerous other benefits that prevent the need for other work on your home.

We offer seamless gutters and the Hallet gutter cover system, both which can reduce costly home maintenance and prevent home accidents.

About Schantz Home Improvement Company dba My Home Guys:

Schantz Home Improvement is a residential Atlanta Contractor specializing in Exterior Renovations and remodeling including Roofing, Siding, Replacement Windows and other needs. Schantz has earned the distinction of being appointed a Master Elite™ Residential Roofing Contractor by GAF; homeowners benefit with quality workmanship, quality materials, and manufacturer warranties.

GAF Introduces New TruSlate Genuine Slate Color Line

Friday, April 5th, 2013

GAF, North America’s largest roofing manufacturer, is proud to announce its new TruSlate color line—featuring the Americana Collection, which includes five Vermont slates, and the International Collection, which offers three international slates. All slates in the lineup are ASTM C406-S1 rated—the highest rating for quarried roofing slates.

 

The Vermont-sourced Americana Collection includes slates that have been used for over 100 years on some of the most prestigious properties and institutions throughout North America. They are known for their performance, quality control, reputation, and unique colors. The line includes Meadow Green, Charcoal, Autumn Dusk, Antique Purple, and Rustic Red. The International Collection colors are Greystone, Mystic Grey, and Onyx Black.

 

Whether you’re looking for a classic slate look or a truly unique roof that is the talk of your community, The TruSlate Premium Roofing System offers a rich and diverse color palette of S1-grade slates to help satisfy every property owner’s personal taste and to complement their home’s design and exterior color scheme.

Property owners can select one TruSlate color for their entire roof or can mix and match colors to create a truly unique-looking roof. The choice is ultimately based on personal preference and design objective.GAF truslate

About GAF

Founded in 1886, GAF has become the largest roofing manufacturer in North America. The company’s products include a comprehensive portfolio of steep-slope and commercial roofing systems, which are supported by an extensive national network of factory-certified contractors. Its success is driven by its commitment to Advanced Quality, Industry Expertise, and Solutions Made Simple for contractors, specifiers, and property owners alike. In 2011, GAF was the first roofing manufacturer to offer a Lifetime limited warranty on all of its laminated shingles and, in 2012, it introduced the GAF Lifetime Roofing System.

With a focus on social responsibility, GAF has developed Advanced ProtectionShingle Technology, which provides superior durability and wind resistance while reducing the use of scarce natural resources. The company has also developed single-ply and asphaltic membranes with superior durability and high reflectivity to meet the most rigorous industry standards while helping commercial property owners and designers reduce energy consumption.

GAF also supports the roofing industry through CARE, the Center for the Advancement of Roofing Excellence, which has provided education to over 125,000 professionals. CARE’s mission is to help professional contractors and distributors build their businesses through sales and management education, and to provide product and installation training to contractors, distributors, architects, property owners, and related industry personnel.

GAF announces CREST roof energy calculator

Thursday, April 4th, 2013

March 20, 2013 – GAF has announced CREST—the Cool Roof Energy and Sustainability Tool—to help contractors, consultants and building owners compare the energy cost savings of different roofing systems options. Available at www.cool.gaf.com, CREST is mobile-enabled, with preloaded utility cost information by postal code. According to GAF, CREST allows the building professional to print a customized report that includes images of the building site from publicly-available, internet-based mapping services, and searches rebates to the postal code level, including municipal and utility rebates, to help offer a truer sense of the real costs and benefits of different roofing system decisions. To help ease the process of projecting peak energy loads, CREST queries both the Oak Ridge National Labs (ORNL) “CoolCalc” and “CoolCalc Peak” calculators in a single step.

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Schantz Home Improvement Company Awarded Best of 2012 on Kudzu

Tuesday, February 5th, 2013

Voted by Kudzu users as a top company in the Atlanta Area Home Improvement Industry

Atlanta, GA– Dec. 23, 2012 – Schantz Home Improvement Company was named a Best of 2012 winner in Atlanta, GA on Kudzu, the leading source of local business information and consumer reviews. Over 5 million businesses competed across 30 categories, and winners were awarded based on the highest number of votes received on Kudzu.com.

Greg Schantz, Owner stated, “We’ve worked hard for years to establish and maintain a contracting company consumers could trust in an “untrustworthy” industry.  Our philosophy is simple “Do Things Right!”  Our repeat c

ustomers and online reviews are a testament to our dedication.” We are proud to be recognized as one the most highly regarded home improvement contractors in Atlanta.  We will continue to exceed expectations for consumers roofing, siding, replacement windows and door replacement needs.”

“Consumers value companies who appreciate their business and provide superior service. We wanted to create an open forum where the best companies could be recognized by Kudzu users,” said Fran Wills, General Manager of Kudzu.

For a full list of Best of 2012 winners, visit: http://www.kudzu.com/best.

best of 2012 Atlanta contractorAbout Schantz Home Improvement Company:

Schantz Home Improvement is a residential Atlanta Contractor specializing in Exterior Renovations including Roofing, Siding, Replacement Windows and other needs. Schantz has earned the distinction of being appointed a Master Elite™ Residential Roofing Contractor by GAF; homeowners  benefit with quality workmanship, quality materials, and manufacturer warranties.

About Kudzu:

Kudzu helps consumers research and evaluate services and choose highly rated  providers in their area. Kudzu.com features expert videos, business profiles, consumer reviews and 30,500 money-saving deals for homeowners in every major U.S. city. Kudzu.com is owned by Cox Search Inc., a subsidiary of Cox Enterprises, a leading communications, media and automotive services company. Cox’s businesses include Cox Communications, Manheim, AutoTrader.com and Cox Media Group. For more information, visit http://www.kudzu.com.

Alside Expands Promenade Patio Door Collection with Contemporary and Classic Styles

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

 

Functionality and energy efficiency inspire patio doors’ design.alside siding and patio doors

 

 

February 14, 2012 – CUYAHOGA FALLS, Ohio – Alside, a leading manufacturer of vinyl windows and siding, is expanding the Promenade Patio Doors Collection with the introduction of Contemporary-Style and Classic-Style Sliding Patios Doors. This collection of patio doors is designed to function flawlessly, protecting homes from inclement weather and reducing energy loss while adding exceptional aesthetic value.

“Promenade delivers consumers’ “must-haves” in their ideal patio door,” said Robert Schindler, senior vice president of marketing for Associated Materials, Inc., Alside’s parent company. “Combining beauty, practicality and strength, we’ve created a collection that’s energy efficient with the architectural appeal to fit any home style.”

Both Contemporary-Style, with slim 3″ rails, and Classic-Style, with generous 5″ rails, feature a double-wall design and multi-chambered construction for outstanding strength and thermal protection. For easy, quiet operation of the door panel, these patio doors are developed with a precision-engineered tandem roller system. Promenade patio doors will never need painting; and are made with premium vinyl that won’t chip, peel, crack or warp.

The two new styles join the popular French Rail door with its 5″ top, 7″ bottom, and 3′ side rails introduced last fall.

Designed with energy efficiency in mind, Alside offers a variety of ENERGY STAR® qualified ClimaTech® insulated glass package options that help reduce the transfer of heat and cold, leading to improved energy savings year round. In addition, added thermal performance features such as dual internal and external weatherstripping and a warm-edge spacer system combine to provide homeowners in any part of the country a thermally-efficient solution.

Promenade Contemporary-Style, Classic-Style and French-Style Sliding Patio Doors are all available in 2-, 3- or 4-panel configurations in a variety of sizes. Homeowners can choose from a solid color doors, interior woodgrain choices, and a collection of decorative glass options. For added visual appeal, cut or polished V-grooved glass patterns and six elegant handle finishes also are available.

For additional information on Promenade Sliding Patio Doors or other Alside products, please visit www.alside.com.

About Alside

Founded in 1947, Alside is a leading manufacturer of vinyl siding and accessories, vinyl windows and patio doors, and fencing and railing products for the residential and commercial remodeling and new construction markets. With headquarters in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, Alside has nearly 3,000 employees at seven manufacturing facilities. Alside products are distributed to licensed professional remodeling contractors and home builders through a network of over 100 company-owned supply centers and select independent distributors across the country.

A division of Associated Materials Incorporated (AMI), Alside is a recognized leader in the home improvement industry and is a charter member of the Vinyl Siding Institute, the American Association of Architects, the National Association of Home Builders, the National Association of the Remodeling Industry, and an ENERGY STAR® partner. For additional information on Alside products, please visit www.alside.com and follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/alside.

 

EDITORS NOTE: Schantz Home Improvement provides all Alside products and installation in the greater Atlanta Georgia area.

 

 

 

BI-PARTISAN LEGISLATION INTRODUCED TO CREATE PERFORMANCE BASED REBATES FOR IMPROVING THE ENERGY EFFICIENCY OF EXISTING HOMES

Sunday, September 2nd, 2012

On March 21, 2012, Congressmen  David McKinley (R-WV) and Peter Welch (D-VT) introduced the “Home Owner Managing Energy Savings Act of 2012? (HOMES Act). This bill creates a new performance-based existing homes rebate program for homeowners to improve the energy performance of their homes. RESNET applauds this bill and these Congressmen’s leadership on energy efficiency.

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The HOMES Act provides a federal rebate of up to $8,000 for homeowners to improve the energy performance of their homes.  The amount of the rebate is driven by the percentage the energy performance is improved.  The following is the amount of rebate driven by the percentage improvement:

  • $2,000 for a 20–24 percent reduction
  • $3,000 for a 25–29 percent reduction
  • $4,000 for a 30–34 percent reduction
  • $5,000 for a 35–39 percent reduction
  • $6,000 for a 40–44 percent reduction
  • $7,000 for a 45-49 percent reduction
  • $8,000 for a 50 percent or more reduction

The legislation specifically recognizes RESNET standards for certified Home Energy Raters to verify the credit, RESNET accredited software programs to model and calculate the energy savings and RESNET Energy Smart Home Performance Teams to install the improvements.

RESNET was part of the coalition which worked with Congressmen McKinley and Welch in drafting this legislation. RESNET feels strongly that a performance-based model, which allows the consumer to decide how to best retrofit a home, is good public policy and deserving of support. This is just one more step toward the revitalization of the housing industry and a more energy efficient America. This also reflects the added credibility that RESNET has in Washington.

RESNET will be working with its strategic allies in urging that Congress take action on this bill.

RESNET also urges you to contact your Congressional delegation to encourage them to join Congressman McKinley and Congressman Welch in co-sponsoring the bipartisan HOMES Act.

To view the proposed legislation click on HOMES Act

Track this bill and write congressmen http://www.opencongress.org/bill/112-h4230/show

 

Energy Incentives for Businesses in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

Sunday, August 12th, 2012

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) provides numerous tax incentives for businesses.

New Clean Renewable Energy Bonds (Section 1111): The new law increases the amount of funds available to issue new clean renewable energy bonds from the one-time national limit of $800 million to $2.4 billion. These qualified tax credit bonds can be issued to finance certain types of facilities that generate electricity from renewable sources (for example, wind and solar).

Qualified Energy Conservation Bonds (Section 1112): The new law increases the amount of funds available to issue qualified energy conservation bonds from the one-time national limit of $800 million to $3.2 billion. These qualified tax credit bonds can be issued to finance governmental programs to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and other conservation purposes.

Extension of Renewable Energy Production Tax Credit (Section 1101): The new law generally extends the “eligibility dates” of a tax credit for facilities producing electricity from wind, closed-loop biomass, open-loop biomass, geothermal energy, municipal solid waste, qualified hydropower and marine and hydrokinetic renewable energy. The new law extends the “placed in service date” for wind facilities to Dec. 31, 2012. For the other facilities, the placed-in-service date was extended from December 31, 2010 (December 31, 2011 in the case of marine and hydrokinetic renewable energy facilities) to Dec. 31, 2013.

Election of Investment Credit in Lieu of Production Credit (Section 1102): Businesses who place in service facilities that produce electricity from wind and some other renewable resources after Dec 31, 2008 can choose either the energy investment tax credit, which generally provides a 30 percent tax credit for investments in energy projects or the production tax credit, which can provide a credit of up to 2.1 cents per kilowatt-hour for electricity produced from renewable sources.  A business may not claim both credits for the same facility.

Repeal of Certain Limits on Business Credits for Renewable Energy Property (Section 1103): The new law repeals the $4,000 limit on the 30 percent tax credit for small wind energy property and the limitation on property financed by subsidized energy financing. The repeal applies to property placed in service after Dec. 31, 2008.

Coordination With Renewable Energy Grants (Section 1104): Business taxpayers also can apply for a grant instead of claiming either the energy investment tax credit or the renewable energy production tax credit for property placed in service in 2009 or 2010.  In some cases, if construction begins in 2009 or 2010, the grant can be claimed for energy investment credit property placed in service through 2016, and for qualified renewable energy facilities, the grant is 30 percent of the investment in the facility and the property must be placed in service before 2014 (2013 for wind facilities).

Temporary Increase in Credit for Alternative Fuel Vehicle Refueling Property (Section 1123): The new law modifies the credit rate and limit amounts for property placed in service in 2009 and 2010. Qualified property (other than property relating to hydrogen) is now eligible for a 50 percent credit, and the per-location limit increases to $50,000 for business property (increases to $2,000 for other/residential locations). Property relating to hydrogen keeps the 30 percent rate as before, but the per-business location limit rises to $200,000.

HardieZone System offers siding with specific performance attributes relative to Atlanta

Monday, November 28th, 2011

No matter where you live, now you can own a home with an exterior that’s ideally suited for its local climate. The HardieZone™ System offers siding with specific performance attributes relative to the climate where your home is being built. So while other siding companies offer a one-siding-fits-all solution, James Hardie gives you the ability to get the right siding for your climate every time.

 

HardieZone Map

We’ve Taken Luck Out of the Equation

We based The HardieZone™ System on the eight individual climatic variables that primarily affect long-term performance of siding. Using these factors we arrived at ten distinct climatic zones. Though different, we found common variables in certain regions, allowing us to engineer the HZ5 product line for zones 1 through 5 and the HZ10 product line for zones 6 through 10.

HardiePlank® lap siding,  the most popular brand of siding in America, is engineered based on the The HardieZone™ System.

GAF Stays Ahead of the New ‘Green’ Codes

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

Sustainability codes and guidelines have made an impact on the construction industry. In roofing, the influence of LEED, Title24, Miami 21, Global Cool Cities Alliance, and other programs and initiatives is undeniable. Major property owners, including the U.S. Navy, have mandated white roofs for their properties; and many more property owners are asking about sustainability. GAF, North America’s Largest Roofing Manufacturer, has been proactive with products and services that help roofing professionals and property owners meet these standards while providing the building performance that they need. With the adoption of the International Green Construction Code (IgCC) expected to begin as early as 2012 in some jurisdictions, GAF offers a wide range of products that meet or exceed the code’s requirements – such as innovative products like EverGuard® Extreme® TPO – confirming the company’s leadership role in the roofing market.

EverGuard® Extreme® TPO is the first product designed for applications of solar on rooftops, with exceptional durability and the reflectivity needed for these installations. This durability makes it an ideal product for any roof, especially where property owners are looking to meet sustainability guidelines, earn LEED credits, or prepare for a future solar installation. EverGuard® Extreme® is only the latest of GAF’s products that supports these new sustainability codes; Energy Cap™ BUR and SBS sheets were the first asphaltic membrane products to meet the requirements of Title 24 and other white roof standards, and will also meet IgCC requirements. Among the many other GAF products that meet the requirements of the new code are Timberline® Cool Series™ shingles, TOPCOAT® roof coatings, and GardenScapes™ vegetative roofing.

Additionally, GAF offers programs and services that make it easier for contractors to comply with these codes. GAF has addressed making recycling more accessible in a number of ways, including a multi-year sponsorship of the Construction Materials Recycling Association’s  (CMRA) Find-A-Recycler section of shinglerecycling.org, as well as the creation of the Certified Green Contractor program, which rewards contractors for their recycling contributions.

According to Bob Tafaro, President and CEO, “Sustainability means different things to different people. At GAF we take a pragmatic approach, which means offering the right solutions for our customers as well as focusing on using resources wisely, efficiency in operations, and end-of-life outcomes for our products.”

GAF’s operations have led the way in sustainability. GAF was the first major shingle manufacturer to have recycling at each of its shingle plants, and now has two zero-waste-to-landfill manufacturing facilities, with a goal of adding many more. “Our manufacturing process is very resource-efficient,” stated Martin Grohman, Director of Sustainability at GAF. “In addition to shingles, our plants recycle metal, cardboard, and oils, as well as everyday items like batteries, paper, inks and toners, and CFLs.”

While these new codes will continue to mean changes for the construction industry, GAF will continue to lead the way with products, services, and operations that meet the toughest requirements of both the most stringent codes and the most demanding property owners.

About GAF

Now proudly celebrating its 125th year in the industry, GAF has become the largest roofing manufacturer in North America, with sales of nearly $3 billion annually. The company’s products include a comprehensive portfolio of steep-slope and low-slope roofing systems, as well as composite decking, which are supported by an extensive national network of factory-certified contractors. Its success is driven by a commitment to provide property owners and specifiers with the best and safest choice in roofing and by helping supportive contractors and distributors to build their businesses and avoid hassles.

With a focus on social responsibility, GAF has developed single-ply and asphaltic membranes with superior durability and high reflectivity to meet the most rigorous industry standards while helping commercial property owners and designers reduce energy consumption.

The Company also supports the roofing industry through CARE, the Center for the Advancement of Roofing Excellence, which has provided education to over 125,000 professionals. CARE’s mission is to help professional contractors and distributors build their businesses through sales and management education, and to provide product and installation training to contractors, distributors, architects, property owners, and related industry personnel. For more information about GAF, visit www.gaf.com.

GAF’s “Ugliest Roof in America” Contest Winners to be Featured on Lifetime’s Designing Spaces

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

GAF, North America’s largest roofing manufacturer, recently partnered with the Lifetime Network’s Designing Spaces to offer a free roofing system to the winner of its “Ugliest Roof in America” contest. The roofing system is valued at up to $15,000 and the winner will be featured on a segment of Designing Spaces. Entrants were asked to submit photos showing the condition of their roof as well as a story about the hardships that their roof is causing in their lives

.gaf ugliest roof contest

After reviewing an avalanche of submissions that came in through the company website, the GAF decision panel selected Eileen and Jorge Tello and their daughter Emmalie of Port Chester, NY as the winners of the new roofing system. The Tello family’s old roof was literally falling off of the house; shingles were missing, granules were gone, and every time it rained, water would stream into their home. With Eileen’s heart condition and expensive medications, it caused a considerable financial burden when she lost her job and health insurance. Jorge is self-employed and a portion of the family’s income comes from tenants who live on the second floor of their home. If the roof continued leaking into the tenants’ apartment, the Tellos would lose a valuable source of income.

“It was an incredibly difficult decision to select a winner, but in the end we at GAF agreed that the Tellos were a very deserving family with a very ugly and dysfunctional roof,” stated Paul Bromfield, senior vice president of marketing at GAF. “Everyone on our decision panel felt good about being able to make a life-changing contribution to a family in need.”

GAF spared no expense, installing Camelot®, its most popular Lifetime Designer Shingle. Other system components contributed towards the home included Deck-Armor™ roof deck protection, Weather Watch® leak barrier, Pro-Start™ starter strip shingles, Cobra® ridge vent, and Timbertex® premium ridge cap shingles. The installation occurred in late August and was taped for a Designing Spaces segment that will air on Friday, October 21 and Friday, October 28 at 7:30am.

Designing Spaces is a half-hour informative series that guides viewers on how to make their homes more beautiful and functional.

About GAF

Now proudly celebrating its 125th year in the industry, GAF has become the largest roofing manufacturer in North America, with sales of nearly $3 billion annually. The company’s products include a comprehensive portfolio of steep-slope and low-slope roofing systems, as well as composite decking, which are supported by an extensive national network of factory-certified contractors. Its success is driven by a commitment to provide property owners and specifiers with the best and safest choice in roofing and by helping supportive contractors and distributors to build their businesses and avoid hassles.

With a focus on social responsibility, GAF has developed single-ply and asphaltic membranes with superior durability and high reflectivity to meet the most rigorous industry standards while helping commercial property owners and designers reduce energy consumption.

The Company also supports the roofing industry through CARE, the Center for the Advancement of Roofing Excellence, which has provided education to over 125,000 professionals. CARE’s mission is to help professional contractors and distributors build their businesses through sales and management education, and to provide product and installation training to contractors, distributors, architects, property owners, and related industry personnel. For more information about GAF, visit www.gaf.com.