Belton Hail Storm

Posted on March 31, 2014 by  
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A pretty March day here in Bell County turned ugly in the blink of an eye. As many people were getting ready for a sunny weekend, Friday afternoon changed many peoples plans as they were pelted with hail.   Many homeowners came home to broken windows, trees that lost foliage due to the brutal hail, and roofs completely torn up.

Peerless Enterprises knows that damage to your home is a stressful experience.   Also, Peerless knows that many people come into town to take advantage of your situation.  We understand that since many people are in a state of desperation or inexperienced in dealing with disaster, people make quick decisions that could lead to years of regret. Choosing a contractor to work on your home is a very important decision.

Many storm chasers might have great sales ability but have little or no knowledge in roofing.  These people are more abundant than many homeowners realize.  Since they are not familiar with the area, many of these storm chasers quickly deceive the public as if they are locals to blend or assimilate with the locals.  This includes changing their phone numbers to the local area code so they are no longer out-of-towners.  They promise to eat deductibles, give homeowners money back, to buy business which is often considered insurance fraud.

Also, the homeowners believe that if the contractor eats the deductible, they are winning.  What the homeowners do not realize is that the contractor has to make a profit somehow.  They often eat the deductible and cut corners on the roof to still make their profit.

Peerless has the best warranties in the industry.  We value the business of our neighbors and plan to be here after the storm and many years to come.  Choose local and make the Right Decision.  We look forward to earning your business.

Insulation can save you money.

Posted on April 26, 2012 by  
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Why Insulate Your House?

Heating and cooling account for 50 to 70% of the energy used in the average American home. Inadequate insulation and air leakage are leading causes of energy waste in most homes. Insulation:

  • saves money and our nation’s limited energy resources
  • makes your house more comfortable by helping to maintain a uniform temperature throughout the house, and
  • makes walls, ceilings, and floors warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer.

 

Which Kind Of Insulation Is Best?

Based on our email, this is one of the most popular questions homeowners ask before buying insulation. The answer is that the ‘best’type of insulation depends on:

  • how much insulation is needed,
  • the accessibility of the insulation location,
  • the space available for the insulation,
  • local availability and price of insulation, and
  • other considerations unique to each purchaser.

Whenever you compare insulation products, it is critical that you base your comparison on equal R-values.

What Is an R-Value?

Insulation is rated in terms of thermal resistance, called R-value, which indicates the resistance to heat flow. The higher the R-value, the greater the insulating effectiveness.The R-value of thermal insulation depends on the type of material, its thickness, and its density. In calculating the R-value of a multi-layered installation, the R-values of the individual layers are added.

The effectiveness of an insulated ceiling, wall or floor depends on how and where the insulation is installed.

  • Insulation which is compressed will not give you its full rated R-value. This can happen if you add denser insulation on top of lighter insulation in an attic. It also happens if you place batts rated for one thickness into a thinner cavity, such as placing R-19 insulation rated for 6 1/4 inches into a 5 1/2 inch wall cavity.
  • Insulation placed between joists, rafters, and studs does not retard heat flow through those joists or studs. This heat flow is called thermal bridging. So, the overall R-value of a wall or ceiling will be somewhat different from the R-value of the insulation itself. That is why it is important that attic insulation cover the tops of the joists and that is also why we often recommend the use of insulative sheathing on walls. The short-circuiting through metal framing is much greater than that through wood-framed walls; sometimes the insulated metal wall’s overall R-value can be as low as half the insulation’s R-value.
R-VALUE
Insulation Type R-Value per inch thickness
Fiberglass blanket or batt 3.2
High-performance fiber glass blanket or batt 3.8
Loose-fill fiber glass 2.5
Loose-fill rock wool 2.8
Loose-fill cellulose 3.5
Perlite or vermilculite 2.7
Expanded polystyrene board 3.8
Extruded polystyrene board 4.8
Polyisocyanurate board, unfaced 5.8
Polyisocyanurate board, foil-faced 7.0
Spray polyurethane foam 5.9

 

  • Let’s use an example where we have 6″ of cellulose covered by 6″ of fiber glass batts in the attic. We take the R-value of cellulose, which is 3.5 and multiply it by 6 to get 21.0. We then take the R-value of fiberglass batts, which is 3.2 and multiply that by 6 to get 19.2. Since the insulation is layered one on top of the other, we add them together 21.0 + 19.2 to get 40.2.
  • If we live in a region where the recommended R-value is 38, we already have 40.2, so we do not need to add insulation. What happens though, if we live in a region that recommends 49-we need to add some insulation, but how much? That’s easy too! Take the recommended R-value, which is 49, and subtract what we have already, which is 40.2 (49 – 40.2 to get 8.8). We need to add an R-value of 8.8. The R-value of an inch of fiber glass batts is 3.2. Divide the amount we need to add, 8.8, by the R-value per inch, 3.2, to get 2.75. Batt and blanket insulation comes in several thicknesses. One of these is 3-1/2″. So one layer of 3-1/2″ fiber glass batt insulation added to what we have will give us a little more than what we need. It is always ok to add more insulation than is recommended. Just remember not to pack it too tightly because packing it can reduce its effectiveness.

West Texas Storms

Posted on April 26, 2011 by  
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Peerless Enterprises is currently in the Abilene area assisting area residents with their roofing needs.  We will be available to serve clients beginning April 27, 2011.

Bell County Home and Garden Show

Posted on February 22, 2011 by  
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The annual home and garden show was a success!  Thanks to everyone who stopped by.  Hope to see you again next year.