Skylights for the Great Plains SPCA!

aspca outsideWe replaced skylights this week at a great location in Kansas City today…the Great Plains SPCA (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals).

 

It’s great to see that structures like this are using all the benefits of natural light in their spaces.

aspca beforeIn this case, the veterinary area had four large white plastic dome skylights that needed to be replaced.

We installed Velux flat glass skylights which are Energy-Star rated, so they will improve the energy efficiency of these spaces.  Additionally, Velux glass skylights hold up against hail far better than the plastic domes we removed.  aspca insideaspca after

 

 

It was hard to resist the friendly faces we saw while there! The next time we are aspca doglooking to add a family member, we will head to the Great Plains SPCA to adopt. We so appreciate the work they do every day finding great animals new homes!

Jeff

913.492.2989

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SKYLIGHTS AND INSURANCE CLAIMS

Why do insurance companies insist on replacing acrylic

skylight domes with more acrylic?

Very good question, and one I guess we need to find an insurance claims adjuster to answer.

Here is our view of the many reasons it just doesn’t make sense in 2014 to replace an acrylic dome with an acrylic dome….

1)  Acrylic was the technology in the 70’s and 80’s. It is no where close to the best material we have in 2014…why would you replace anything in your home with a technology that is 30 to 40 years old?finishedviewflashing

2) When we ask homeowners about this, we almost always hear “this is what the insurance company

will pay for.”

It makes us wonder if the insurer has even attempted to check prices for a replacement acrylic dom

e vs. a glass replacement skylight.  The price is very comparable, and yet, with glass you get a whole

list of huge advantages.

3) Replacement of just the acrylic dome part of a skylight involves disassembling and re-using an old skylight frame and hoping that frame then does its job on the roof for the next 20-30 years. Replacement with a new glass skylight gives you an entire new high tech unit on your roof, unadulterated and ready to perform.

4) Acrylic domes are not enegy-efficient. Velux glass is Energy Star rated. Using one is just like putting the finest quality windows on your home.

5) Acrylic domes create condensation when the temperature changes. Additionally, the view from inside is of ‘brown’ sky.

6) When hail happens, the acrylic skylights break. Glass rarely does. We have seen this year after year in Kansas City after hail storms. Glass is just so much stronger than plastic.

We think those are very compelling reasons to replace acrylic with glass.  Our goal is to empower homeowners with information they can take to their insurer when they request the latest technology in skylights.

Please feel free to call for more information and we can help you get the skylight that will serve you well for decades!

Jeff

913.492.2989

 

Is Your Skylight Contractor Registered As Required By KS Law?

roofinglicense      Have you heard the term “storm chaser” in reference to a roofing contractor? As resident of Kansas, we are all too familiar with the severe storm damage we frequently get here, but did you know that, like all other Midwestern states, the occurrence of “storm chasers” (roofing contractors who are migratory, following the storm damage) has been a significant problem in Kansas.

To protect Kansas homeowners and reputable Kansas roofing (and skylight) contractors alike, in 2013 the Kansas Legislature enacted the Kansas Roofing Registration Act.  Under the provisions of this law, every “roofing contractor” must obtain a roofing contractor registration certificate from the Kansas Attorney General in order to legally provide commercial or residential roofing services for a fee in Kansas.

WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO CHECK YOUR CONTRACTOR’S CERTIFICATE?

1) This certificate  proves that your contractor has liability insurance, worker’s compensation insurance, and is current on business taxes due to Kansas (evidence of a sound business).

2) This certificate is evidence that your contractor has established a reputable business in Kansas and can provide reassurance that he/she will be available for follow-up or warranty work, if needed.

3) If your contractor breaks any of the ‘rules’ of the registration….like taking money for a job and not completing it, the contractor’s certificate can be suspended and possibly revoked.

4) The certificate must be renewed annually, additional evidence that you are dealing with a business who is reputable and has a history of responsible business practices.

NOT SURE YOUR CONTRACTOR HAS A KANSAS CERTIFICATE?  Here is the list from the Kansas Attorney General:

http://ag.ks.gov/docs/default-source/documents/roofing-registration-applicants-by-business-name.pdf?sfvrsn=45

MIDWEST SKYLIGHT HAS A CERTIFICATE OF REGISTRATION AS A ROOFING CONTRACTOR IN KANSAS.

We look forward to serving your skylight needs!

Jeff

913. 492.2989

jeff@midwestskylight.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SKYLIGHTS AND INSURANCE CLAIMS

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WHY DO INSURANCE COMPANIES INSIST ON REPLACING ACRYLIC SKYLIGHT DOMES WITH MORE ACRYLIC?

Very good question….and one I guess we need to find an insurance claims adjuster to answer.

Here is our view on the many reasons it just doesn’t make sense in 2014 to replace an acrylic dome with an acrylic dome.

1)  Acrylic was the technology in the 70’s and 80’s. It is no where close to the best material we have in 2014.  Would you replace anything in your home with a technology that is 30 to 40 years old?

2) When we ask homeowners about this, we always hear “this is what the insurance company will pay for”.  It makes us wonder if the insurer has done their homework about the cost of a replacement acrylic dome versus a glass replacement skylight.  The price is about even and yet, with glass you get a long list of clear advantages.

3) Replacement of just the acrylic dome piece of a skylight involves disassembling and re-using the old skylight frame and hoping that frame then does its job on the roof for the next 20-30 year.  Replacement with a new glass skylight gives you an entirely new high tech unit on your roof, unadulterated and ready to perform.

4) Acrylic domes are not energy-efficient.  Velux glass is Energy-Star rated, quieter, and the newest glass is even self-cleaning.  Installing Velux is just like putting the finest quality windows on your home.

5) Acrylic domes are more prone to condensation.  Additionally, the view from inside is of ‘brown’ sky.

6) When hail hits, the acrylic skylights break.  Glass rarely does.  We have seen this every year in Kansas City.  Glass is just much stronger than plastic.  So much so that Velux  skylights come with a 10-year hail warranty.

We think those are big reasons to replace acrylic with glass.  Our goal is to empower homeowners with information they can take to their insurer when advocate for the common sense choice when replacing their skylight.

Please call for more info.  We would love to get you a skylight that will serve you well for decades!

Jeff

913.492.2989