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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.

How do you find an Atlanta roofing contractor

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013
I’ve been involved in the construction field my entire life, except my 10 years as a CPA.  Many homeowners tell me they simply don’t have the time to meet OR only one spouse can meet.  It is simply a huge mistake by not meeting up with your contractor.  First, I have no idea what a homeowner is looking to achieve with their Atlanta roofing project.  Unless they are a roofer, I would have to say neither does any homeowner.  Will they have any real basis to compare roofing contractor bids if the contractor doesn’t know your specs?   Likely, the homeowner simply just doesn’t know how much they do not know and why should they know how to install a proper Atlanta roof anyway?  That’s why we meet with homeowners to explain the components and benefits.
Questions we need to know before bidding your project.  What does the homeowner require for their Atlanta roof?
3 tab shingle
Architectural
Upgraded roof system
Basic roof
Warranty desired
GAF Golden Pledge lifetime warranty
Are you selling in 2 yrs, 5 yrs, or never
Ventilation needs
Leak barriers
Flashings
Interior attic inspection
Hail damage insurance replacement.
Take a similar scenario.  Someone makes five calls to retailers and tells them to give them a price for a suit.  You tell them you don’t want the most expensive suit, but of good quality.  Nothing too fancy, but not cheap.   You will get five different prices for five different suits.  “Good quality” “cheap” “fancy” all have different meanings for everyone.  You can’t possible expect to make a decision on buying a suit that way so why in the world would you make a $8,000 purchase that way??
Would someone hire an employee off a resume?  They can fire them if they made the wrong choice, but a roof should last 25 years or even lifetime with the new materials out now.  I can’t tell you how many times I have encountered customers who got it handed to them by a contractor.  I hear it from 90% of the customers I visit.  Nearly 100% of customers I speak to have some story of incomplete work, poor work, late start, wrong materials, or just plain got ripped off since their Atlanta contractor never started or didn’t finish after they got some money.  The statistics state that 48% (yes 48%) of consumers would NEVER hire their contractor again.  Why?  They don’t do their homework and hire the wrong company or they are just naïve.
I am not writing this so we can come out to visit homes and “sell” Homeowners.  It is for their benefit.  Any contractor who  comes out to “drop” an estimate in your mailbox or emails it to homeowners is just not worth their weight in salt.  These Atlanta contractors don’t care about what YOU want, but rather what THEY want –  a quick buck from the unknowing customer.  There are too many ways to mislead the consumer with vague proposals, etc.
Unfortunately, unless the homeowner plans to meet up together, we have to decline to bid the job.  I’ve gone that route in the past and it ends up that everyone is unhappy with the project.  There are too many communication mishaps about what the homeowner thinks they are getting.
We will gladly meet up at a convenient time of your choosing to discuss and educate a homeowner about their Atlanta roofing project and make it a successful one, even if they choose not to hire us!
About us:  Schantz Home Improvement is an Atlanta Residential Contractor specializing in Exterior Renovations including Roofing, Siding, and replacement windows
Atlanta Roof completion

Atlanta Roof completion

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.

 

 

 

siding project for a homeowner in Atlanta

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

We are starting a new siding project for a homeowner in Atlanta.  This homeowner, unfortunately got taken advantage of by his previous contractor.  This contractor had sided several home in the subdivision and apparently did good job.  Why would someone worry about him not doing just as good a job of them?  Well more than half done, the owner paid the contractor a progress payment and he never came back to finish the job.  He left 1/3 of the home untouched and also retained a deposit for the front door that was never ordered!  No return calls and no way to find him.

Unfortunately, this happens often in our industry!  I have heard this same story almost verbatim a few dozen times at least. A more common story is leaving the job perhaps 5% incomplete. Hundreds of stories there… After doing some due diligence and reading numerous reviews on Schantz, he chose to hire us.  We are glad to be able to help him.  Take heed.  You cannot rely on neighborhood contractors without vetting them out. Do a GA corporation search, check reviews online, view their website, check the BBB.  If you can’t get good information on them, you will be a high risk.  Again, this happens everyday and for most people are shocked they got taken.  Our industry is full of these people.  Protect yourself.  Do your research.

Before and after siding project below (unrelated)

BEFORE PHOTO Siding project in atlanta by contractor Schantz

 

AFTER PHOTO Atlanta siding project by contractor Schantz

AFTER PHOTO Atlanta siding project by contractor Schantz

 

Getting Atlanta contractors to bid on your home improvement project before final closing

Friday, June 29th, 2012

Contractors get many calls from buyers looking to receive estimates on a home they have purchased prior to final closing.  Of course they love it when someone calls them for business!  However, the usual sequence ends up like this.  The caller states they are closing in two weeks and want to start the work right after.  However, they don’t have time to meet at the home.  A detailed estimate and/or a budget amount is prepared based on a site review or via desktop software (mainly roofing or gutter work).  This is generally sent via email with a concurrent phone call.  We never hear from them. Ever. Not one word of thanks for your time or the estimate or anything!  This has been the general experience for years.  Boy! Talk about feeling used.

Is it any wonder home buyers cannot find a contractor to bid their project?  Most contractors offer free estimates, but are not willing to give free consultation especially when the owner can’t find the time to meet you.  Take the right steps and be sure to receive a valid, reasonable bid.  After all, you are the one who will rely on the information.

Contractor bids can vary by well over 100% from low to high.  So, how do you get a reasonable bid? Find one or two quality contractors and take the time to meet them on site.  The contractor will be much more willing to assist you in hopes of future business.  They will also understand what you want them to bid on and the specifications YOU desire.  Otherwise you might get a bid for a very cheap or a very expensive project neither one being what you want.  How will you even know if you don’t meet up with them to discuss your needs?  If you ask a car dealer “what’s the price for a car” you will get 100 different answers.  You need to tell them what kind of car and what options YOU want.

You may not hire that contractor for this project, but perhaps you may just find a good contractor’s name for the future.  Without taking these steps, you will have no idea if the bid you receive is worth the paper it is printed on.  So take some time out to meet up.  It will be well worth it.

Looking for an Atlanta Roofing Contractor?

Friday, January 27th, 2012

Avoid contractor nightmares and get your new roof from Schantz Home Improvement, a Master Elite™ Residential Roofing Contractor. We’re running our best deal ever for 3 days only! Name your own roof price and save thousands more with a FREE lifetime manufacturer warranty.
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5 Reasons to choose Schantz to repair Atlanta roof hail damage

Saturday, May 7th, 2011

If your roof in the Atlanta region was damaged by recent hail, here’s 5 reasons to call Schantz Home Improvement.

  1. Whether you need roofing repairs to return to the original condition, or a completely new roof of newer quality, we’ll help you make the decision based on budget, value, insurance recovery and other factors so you can make an informed decision.
  2. A written agreement with clear list of all materials and workmanship is standard. Most contractors give you a one page proposal and since homeowners are usually not roofing experts, they don’t realize what’s omitted or substandard until the project is underway.
  3. Master Elite Roofing Certification. It’s not just a piece of paper. Because of their unique training and factory-certified status, roofs installed by Master Elite™ Contractors are eligible for special warranties — all backed by GAF’s financial clout as North America’s largest roofing manufacturer. After all, a warranty is only as good as the manufacturer that stands behind it. With a GAF roof, you know that you will be covered throughout the warranty period —without fail!
  4. If appropriate, we’ll offer an option to purchase a 50 year warranty for  your roof at a substantial discount- 80% off for installs completed by May 31, 2011.  That’s right, while some contractors charge higher prices after a storm, we’re offering a special deal. Why? We’re not a fly by night operation swooping in and we want your referrals for future business.
  5. A clean work site. We wouldn’t want to live in the middle of an unsafe construction site and know you don’t want to either.  We keep things tidy as your project progresses and when we’re done, our inspection team will make sure your yard is cleaned properly of any debris.
  6. BONUS: We do more than just roofs! Our contracting services include windows, doors, siding, and much more.

About Schantz Home Improvement:  Schantz Home Improvement Company of Atlanta, Ga. provides contracting services for a variety of exterior home projects. Schantz is not a professional sales organization like many contracting companies. We send an experienced estimator to your home that possesses extensive construction knowledge. We feel it is imperative to understand the complete construction of your home in order to evaluate the proper solution for your home improvement project. Merely understanding a window or piece of siding is not sufficient. We will offer you the solution that provides the best VALUE for your situation.

50 year residential roofing warranty – Atlanta Georgia

Friday, May 6th, 2011

Our 50 year roof warranty offer is now even better! Schantz Home Improvement is offering a limited time only special with 80% off GAF Golden Pledge 50 YR 100% replacement warranty.

GAF Golden Pledge

GAF will replace or repair your roof for FREE for 50 years for material defects or 25 years for workmanship defects. The warranty transfers when you sell your home. You will pay nothing for repairs for the next 25 or 50 years depending on the issue with the roof. Must complete installation by 5/29/11. FIRST 5 customers only. Hurry- don’t miss out.

Who is GAF? GAF is North America’s largest roofing materials manufacturer.

Why use GAF products? Proven quality, wide range of materials, and the manufacturer provides the warranty and maintains the warranty records so you have peace of mind.

Why hire  Schantz Home Improvement for your roofing contractor?

Schantz Home Improvement joins an elite group of contractors with the Master Elite Residential Roofing Contractor Certification. To be awarded this recognition, Master Elite Residential Roofing Contractors have undergone Factory Certification and have committed to specific principles and values in their selling practices, business process and installation methods.

The GAF Materials Corporation products being sold and installed are backed By GAF, America’s Largest Roofing Manufacturer. A commitment to providing you with an effective and comprehensive roofing system that delivers satisfaction for years to come is the hallmark of membership in the extremely select national group of GAF Master Elite Residential Roofing Contractors.

In 2004 there were approximately 700 licensed roofing contractors. Less than 20 (2%) were approved as GAF Certified Master Elite Roofers.

“Schantz has always strived to provide exceptional service, ” said Greg Schantz, President of Schantz Home Improvement. “Now our customers have an added level of comfort provided by GAF and their special warranty program for customers of Certified Master Elite Roofers.”

Unfortunately we’ve discovered several local Atlanta roofing contractors advertising they are GAF certified when in fact they are not.  Schantz Home Improvement has an authentic certificate and you can always validate our certification by contacting GAF directly, including searching their web site.

Cleaning up after your Atlanta contractor is gone

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

Atlanta contractor Schantz Home Improvement mitigates damage and project clean up by assessing property protection needs in advance, and implementing protective measures.

We’ve all seen it. Some have experienced it. The Atlanta contractor leaves a mess of the construction site during or after the project. When you compare contractors to hire, this is usually not even on the consumer checklist, however, it’s one of the most annoying things about construction projects. When the contractor is gone, you shouldn’t have anything to clean up, unless there is a discussion with the contractor in advance about special circumstances.

At Schantz Home Improvement, our construction teams have a checklist of procedures for before, during, and after a project is completed. This includes mitigating potential mess and damage by assessing the areas that will be impacted during the project and and providing the appropriate protective barriers, as the type of project warrants. It is a challenge to keep yards clean, especially when peeling off old materials that break into miniscule pieces which may then be spread by weather conditions.

We can’t eliminate every iota of broken up materials, but there is much that can be done to keep your property safe and mitigate the spread of any debris throughout the entire project. When the Schantz team is gone, you’ll be focused on enjoying your renovation or repair, not on cleaning up after the contractor is done.

Equally important, hazardous materials are properly disposed of, as required by law. We all share in the proper care of our planet, and protecting our environment impacts our drinking water and our health. Below is some interesting information about pollution enforcement in our area.

2010 EPA Enforcement Actions Yield Significant Pollutant Reductions in the Southeast

(Atlanta – Dec. 7, 2010) U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 4 announced today that concluded enforcement actions in fiscal year 2010 (FY 2010) will result in the treatment, minimization or proper disposal of more than 9.8 billion pounds of hazardous wastes. Respondents in the Region 4 states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee, and on tribal lands will invest more than $420 million in pollution control and cleanup and will implement more than $5 million in Supplemental Environmental Projects. The concluded enforcement actions include more than $15 million in assessed penalties.
”EPA’s mission is to protect human health and the environment,” said Gwen Keyes-Fleming, EPA Region 4 Administrator. “We are committed in Region 4 to ensuring that pollution problems that impact our communities and neighborhoods are addressed through vigorous civil and criminal enforcement.”

Highlights in Region 4 include the successful conclusion of the Agency’s first case under the National Enforcement Priority for Mining and Mineral Processing with a civil judicial settlement with CF Industries, Inc. of Plant City, FL. This precedent-setting consent decree will require CF to spend over $12 million to reconfigure current manufacturing or waste handling processes and install/operate a Wastewater Treatment Unit and will result in the elimination or treatment of over 9 billion pounds of hazardous waste.

Region 4 is committed to ensuring that enforcement actions achieve measurable results for the environment and the public health in communities that are disproportionately impacted by non-compliance with environmental laws and regulations. To that end, in FY 2010, Region 4 concluded enforcement actions in potential environmental justice areas that will require Respondents to spend more than $237 million to come into compliance with environmental regulations. Seventeen of the enforcement actions concluded in potential environmental justice areas in Region 4 include Supplemental Environmental Projects benefiting communities and populations impacted by non-compliance with environmental laws. Approximately $12 million in federal penalties will be assessed for companies located in these communities.

In FY 2010, the Region 4 Criminal Enforcement Program referred 35 cases for federal prosecution and 1 case to a state court system. Prosecutors in Region 4 charged 13 corporations and 36 individuals with environmental crimes, most of which were felonies. A total of 49 defendants were convicted of environmental crimes. Criminal defendants were assessed over $7.6 million in fines and over $2 million in restitution. In 2010, 26 new investigations were initiated.

As in past years, these results can be viewed using an interactive Web-based tool that highlights many of the enforcement, compliance, and community-based activities that EPA carried out in FY 2010. The website also includes a map that provides the public with detailed information about the enforcement actions taken at more than 4,500 facilities throughout the United States.

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We dug through the EPA site to see more about the direct impact for Georgia.  Here’s what we found:

Region 4 – Georgia

Civil Enforcement
Estimated Environmental Benefits – Commitments to Reduce Pollution & Protect the Environment:
Direct Environmental Benefits
  • Pollution Reduced, Treated or Eliminated (Pounds) (1)
23,915,000
Investments in Actions & Equipment to Reduce Pollution & Protect the Environment (Injunctive Relief) $11,194,701
Investments in Projects that Benefit the Environment & Public Health (Supplemental Environmental Projects) $5,361
Civil Penalties Assessed $3,304,338
Civil Enforcement and Compliance Activities
Civil Judicial Enforcement Case Conclusions 3
Final Administrative Penalty Orders 57
Administrative Compliance Orders 13

Georgia

John Wieland Homes and Neighborhoods Inc., and John Wieland Homes and Neighborhoods of the Carolinas Inc., Atlanta, GA: On November 9, 2009, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Justice announced that John Wieland Homes and Neighborhoods Inc., and John Wieland Homes and Neighborhoods of the Carolinas Inc., based in Atlanta, GA, have agreed to pay a $350,000 civil penalty to resolve alleged violations of the Clean Water Act.
http://yosemite.epa.gov/opa/admpress.nsf/d0cf6618525a9efb85257359003fb69d/314c65c7a62095b285257669005e9d2f!OpenDocument

Price vs Cost

Tuesday, December 30th, 2008

It is easy to be confused when comparing various contractor bids.  In tough economic times it is even more important to choose wisely. Comparing price to cost is critical. Price is what you will pay out of pocket now. Cost is what you will pay over the life of the purchase.  Low bids and even choosing the middle bid can be much more expensive than the high bid. Did you ever buy a shirt that didn’t make it throught the first wash? How about a car that suddenly needed numerous repairs after 50K miles?  I think you get the point.  So how can you judge the right Price? Evaluate your “contractor” not the “bid.” Check online references such as Kudzu and the BBB. Check how long they have been in business through the BBB or verify thier incorporation date through the state registry. Generally past perfromance is a good indicator of future performance.  Walk away from anyone you can’t find extensive information easily through the internet.  There is a reason companies hide. It is a choice, not by chance.