Building trustworthy relationships with your customers is a vital part of expanding your business. A sure fire way to help build trust between you and your customers is to be up to date on current events in your industry. This will give you an advantage over competition by showcasing your knowledge.
A great way to keep up with current information is to frequently read blog posts by top sources. One source we recommend is the New York Times. The New York Times has a variety of blogs that keep you up to date on many of the most relevant topics in the industry. The blog “Green” from the New York Times is an outstanding resource to obtain the latest information on energy and the environment. The next time you are with your customer, you will be able to spark up conversation and hopefully it will lead to future business.
Service Partners is the largest insulation distributor in the United States. Currently, Service Partners has over 75 branch locations that provide building materials such as fiberglass insulation, shingles, fireplaces, spray foam and accessories to all 50 states.
During the hot summer months, many of us will experience droughts throughout the country. You can help reduce the use of water for your customers by installing low-flow showerheads in showers or bathtubs. Be sure to select a showerhead that has a flow rate of no more than 2.5 gallons per minute at 80 psi for optimal water savings. Your customers will see water savings between 25% -50% by using an energy efficient showerhead.
You can also advise your customers to use faucet aerators throughout their home. Aerators are the screw on tip of the faucet that can be replaced to restrict the amount of water flow. Ideally, you’ll want to install an aerator that has a flow rate of 1.0 gpm for maximum water efficiency. However, anything lower than 1.75 gpm would be more efficient then what is typically used in new faucets directly off the shelf.
If your customers are using a well for water supply, these adjustments will have a significant impact on their water usage and allow them to save for future droughts. Customers that are accessing their local water utilities will see a decrease in their water usage bill and effectively be putting money back into their pocket. Don’t forget, the little things like a low flow showerhead and aerators can go a long way for your customers.
Service Partners is the nations largest insulation distributor of fiberglass insulation and accessories. We supply contractors & retailer businesses with fiberglass, spray foam, accessories and other building materials.
It is that time of year again where the weather starts to turn warmer and homeowners start making plans to make improvements to their home & landscape. Many homeowners are DIYers but a large number are not and will call on you to help them with their projects this spring. These weekend warrior wannabes don’t know a hammer from a nail and need all the help they can get from a prepared contractor.
Service Partners carries a variety of tools to help you on roofing jobs to building decks. Your tools will likely take a beating over time but don’t worry, Service Partners has a large inventory on hand for when you need a replacement. We carry extension cords, hammer staplers, safety & fall protection, flexed blade knifes and many other accessories you’ll need on the job.
Be prepared for your customers and give your nearest Service Partners location a call to help you gather all the accessories you need for a busy spring & summer.
The attic of a home for most of the United States can be a dreadful place to visit in the summer for homeowners. Depending on the geographical area, attics in the summer are stereotypically scorching and feel hotter than the Arizona desert. If the right measures are taken, attics don’t have to be extremely hot in the summer.
First, you’ll need to advise homeowners never to cover attic soffits with insulation. By covering the soffits with insulation, you’ll restrict the flow of air in the attic resulting in temperature increase.
Secondly, help your customers that are in an existing home to install baffles in the attic. Baffles or vent chutes allow for air to flow into and out of the attic as well prevent any insulation from covering the soffits. Accuvent is a relatively new type of baffle that many contractors are using in attics because of its ability to not absorb moisture eliminating the threat of mold and its uncanny flexibility.
Lastly, an attic ventilation fan is essential to help control the heat within an attic during the summer months. An attic ventilation fan will push the hot air out of the attic and help bring the cooler air from outside in. This will help jumpstart airflow throughout the space and reduce the high temperatures.
Helping your customers reduce the temperature in their attic will result in lower energy bills, increased life of roofing materials and an overall increase their comfort in the home.
We recently posted the importance of content on the web and how a blog can be a great way to start. If you are looking for a greater web presence, then you should consider signing up for the Contractors’ Club. The Service Partners Contractors’ Club has partnered with Energy Circle Pro to bring you, our customers, an opportunity to have a marketable website for your business.
Below are ten reasons to sign up for the Contractors’ Club and get started today building your website!
1. Low cost of entry and fast development – a complete website designed in less than a month
2. Choice of professional designs, customized for energy efficiency pros
3. Lead capture tools to qualify best prospects
4. Complete site control with a simple but powerful content management system
5. Optimized for search engines to drive inbound traffic to your site
6. Blogging functionality to enhance SEO
7. Assorted sidebar widgets for an interactive customer experience
8. Hosting at world class data centers
9. Ecommerce store option available
10. Extensive training and support
Club members can login to the Contractors’ Club website and click here to get to Energy Circle Pro information. If you’d like to join the Contractor’s Club and are currently not a member, you can apply here, and don’t worry, the application is free of charge.
Service Partners is the largest insulation distributor and supplier of fiberglass insulation in the country. Our organization supplies all 50 states with more than 75 branches nationwide.
Thermafiber Rain Barrier/Continuous Insulation products are designed for exceptional performance in rain screen and cavity wall construction applications. Rain Barrier HD provide energy saving continuous insulation (ci), fire protection, and acoustical control while efficiently draining water from a wall cavity system. Rain Barrier products are non-combustible and compatible with common wall ties and air barrier systems.
A few characteristics:
Non-combustible, non-deteriorating, & inorganic
Repels and efficiently drains water
Heavy density rigid board
Conserves energy, reduces Greenhouse gas and carbon emissions
Fire resistant to temperatures above 2000º F (1,093º C)
Controls noise and sound
Available in dark and regular colored
For additional information on Thermafiber Rain Barrier, please contact your local Service Partners branch. You can find the Rain Barrier HD Data Sheet here.
In today’s economical climate it is advantageous for your business to have a website. If your business doesn’t have a website, you should at least start a blog. You can start a blog for free at http://wordpress.com/. This site will walk you through every step to starting your blog.
Why a blog?
A blog is a great start to helping build your brand as an expert and trustworthy source in the industry. It will allow you to publish relevant content about your industry, business and own expertise on the web. Writing valuable and informative content is a great way to connect with your customers and promote your business. It will also help launch the start of your web presence to attract and retain more customers.
Marketing Tip: Content is King on the web. The more unique and original content you can put on your blog, the better chance you have of being found on search engine sites such as Google and Bing.
Service Partners is the nation’s largest insulation distributor with over 75 branch locations across the United States. We supply fiberglass insulation, spray foam, gutters and metal building insulation to businesses and contractors.
The Department of Energy recently posted a few tips to help you and your customers maximize their fireplace and chimney efficiency this winter.
Here are a few of their tips:
1. Keep the fireplace damper closed unless you have a fire burning. It can be easy to forget to close it when the fire has burned out, but keeping the damper open can cause drafts and heat loss in the rest of the house.
2. Install tempered glass doors and a heat-air exchange system that blows warm air back into the room.
3. Check the seals around your fireplace flue damper—if the seals aren’t tight, you could be losing home heating through the chimney.
4. Insulate your chimney. Exiting exhaust from chimneys can create creosote build-up and can decrease the efficiency of your fireplace. Liners provide maximum efficiency for your chimney and protect masonry from corrosive byproducts of the flue gases.
5. Get your chimney properly inspected by a chimney sweep certified by the Chimney Safety Institute of America each year before it gets too cold. A certified chimney sweep can offer advice to help make sure all the components of your fireplace and chimney are functioning efficiently and safely.
Lastly, and this may seem obvious, but if you don’t use your fireplace, consult an expert and have the chimney flue plugged and sealed.
Service Partners is the largest and most trusted insulation distributor in the United States. We have over 75 branch locations that supply all 50 states with insulation products.