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.
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.
Welcome to the Service Partners Contractors Club. Your loyalty has earned you membership in this value-added, customer-focused club. We are excited about this new program it will bring you, our customer, more value to your business, while recognizing your commitment to Service Partners as your trusted supplier. From our informational webinars on industry related subjects that provide you with the latest information, to our training programs that help you maintain a competitive edge in the marketplace, every aspect of the Service Partners Contractors Club has been built with your success in line. For example, our solid vendor relationships are a key factor to your business development and we have numerous relationships with successful vendors to help grow your bottom line.
These programs work with discounts exclusively for you as a club member. Here are a few of those current relationships. Allpro Technology is a preferred partner of our Contractors Club. Allpro Insulator Software is a premium operational software that manages all aspects of your business software issues. Electric Gas Industry Association, or ECGI, is a national leading organization that provides business training and financing to help small businesses throughout the country. HomeAdvisor, formerly ServiceMagic, is a market leader in generating qualified leads for service businesses across the country based on location and specifically help you in the retrofit marketplace. Energy Circle Pro is a complete website and marketing platform designed for independent energy efficiency professionals. They offer professional website designed with numerous package options and extensive CMS platform training is always included.
In addition to marketing service providers, we’ve developed tried-and-true marketing tools for our club members, Tools that continue to pull in results. Custom door hangers, postcards, and leave behind cost effective methods that are used to great effect without breaking the bank.
Now a bit about our training programs: The Service Partners Contractors Club has developed a building science and Home Performance training program available to members at a substantial cost savings. BPI is the nation’s premier standards development and credentialing organization, or residential energy efficiency retrofit work. Your club membership offers training by BPI standards in both the analyst professional and envelope professional designations. As an authorized BPI test we also administer the certification exams for analysts and envelope professional certifications.
Be on the lookout for a new training project that is under way inside the Contractors Club. We are working with Advanced Energy out of Raleigh North Carolina to develop online training modules for best practices in fiberglass
batt insulation, blown fiberglass insulation, and air sealing. These trainings will be available in both English and Spanish versions and available directly on your office computer. They will include a certification exam after each session. These trainings will be available to all your staff at a minimal cost.
When dealing with large gaps within a home, consider using backer rod as filler before caulking. Backer rod provides a flexible but yet firm surface to apply caulking to. Another benefit of backer rod is its ability to repel water and help seal off air leaks. It will also provide ideal joint design (two points of adhesion with less of the product applied in the middle of the joint) for caulking. Using backer rod will inevitably save you and your customers money, as it is less expensive then caulk. Next time, before you fill a gap with large amounts of caulk, consider backer rod.
October is a great month to add insulation in homes that need need increased energy savings and additional comfort. In most locations across the United States it is cold enough to work in the attic without a cooling machine such as the chill box. Depending on how old your customer’s insulation is, you may need to remove a portion of the old insulation to better insulate the area. Older insulation may not be as resistant to heat transfer as today’s insulation products due to technological advances in manufacturing. Also, older insulation has the potential to be contaminated by mold growth if there has ever been a water leak or unwanted critters in the attic. Replacing old insulation is the best case scenario. To remove insulation consider using an insulation removal system for loose-fill insulation. This system will help speed up the process and allow you move on to the primary job which is adding new insulation to the home.
Service Partners is the largest insulation distributor in the country with over 75 locations nationwide. Our insulation supply locations are strategically located across the United States to better serve you, our customers.
Door sweeps are the small pieces of rubber or vinyl at the bottom of a door that effectively cover the gap where the door meets the bottom of the frame. This area is almost always built with a gap to allow the door to open and close smoothly. Contrary to its name, the door sweep doesn’t “sweep” anything. It acts as a buffer between the small gap and a home.
Not only that but it saves you money on energy as well. By acting as a layer of insulation and a seal between the air on the other side of the door and the inside controlled temperature air, it is effective at preventing heat transfer or heat loss through air movement. Of course, it is even more effective when combined with a screen or storm door, because then less air is allowed to even come to the door in the first place.
It may also prevent heat loss if it is made of a good insulation material. Heat loss happens when heat is transferred between two materials when there is a difference in surface temperature. If the cold outside air touches the door sweep, and the door sweep is warmer than the air, the heat from the door sweep will be lost. If the door sweep is cooled and the material becomes colder, heat will be lost because the house is warmer. Rubber is a fairly good insulator for this purpose, which is why it is the material most often used in door sweeps.
The “brush” type of sweep is good for reducing air flow, but will readily transfer heat if temperatures are different – which is why a lot of modern outer facing doors are no longer sold with this type of sweep. If a door sweep gets worn and falls off you may ask yourself if you need to actually replace it for the customer. Do a simple test. If you feel air entering through the bottom of the door, then absolutely – your customer needs a door sweep. If not, and you cannot see the light from outside within the customers home, they may not need one. Though it certainly will never hurt to add one!
Contact us today to find out how you can help weatherize your home with door sweeps.
As a valued customer, we are offering you the exciting opportunity to join the Service Partners Contractors’ Club. What is the Service Partners Contractors’ Club? This club offers special discounted services, educational webinars, marketing tools, networking opportunities, regional conferences and much more to qualified customers. Membership is 100% free for all qualified customers.
Service Partners is more than your trusted supplier of insulation and equipment. We also want to provide the education, support and sales tools customers need to help grow their business. We are committed to helping our customers expand and diversify their business. That is why we have created the Service Partners Contractors’ Club. We look forward to sharing all of the benefits of this new opportunity with our valued customers.
Service Partners proudly participated in the restoration of the 200 year old historic Hanover Tavern located just outside of Richmond, Virginia. The gutter materials were supplied by Service Partners and will help aide in the weatherization efforts on the famous structure.
About Hanover Tavern
The Hanover Tavern first received its license from Hanover County Courthouse in 1733 making it one of the oldest Tavern’s in the United States. For almost two centuries the Tavern provided meals and lodging to those having business before the Hanover County courts. It has hosted such historic figures as George Washington, Patrick Henry, Lord Cornwallis, and the Marquis de Lafayette.
Service Partners is delighted to help keep a deep part of our country’s history intact by supplying the gutter materials needed to the contracting staff that restored the Hanover Tavern.
Summer is in full swing and heat waves have been making their way across the United States. As summer prolongs, water could become scarce. To help prevent water loss, recommend that your customers use low-flow shower heads. These shower heads will help reduce the amount of water used when bathing and help the water supply in the local area, not to mention your customer’s water bill.
Another tip you can supply your customers with is using Faucet Aerators. These little mechanisms can go a long way by saving gallons of water use from the faucet. Your customers will be glad they installed these water saving devices later in the summer when water could be hard to come by.
Doesn’t everyone need to save money? There are many things you can encourage your customers to do around their home to lower their energy costs. Here are some simple projects that you can recommend to get them on their way to having more money in their wallet.
Adding insulation is one of many ways to save. Knee wall attic access doors and attic stairs are often left un-insulated. Recommend to your customers that they insulate theirs. Another way to reduce heating and cooling bills is to make sure homeowners have adequate insulation in the attic. The attic is the easiest place to add insulation for a homeowner or contractor in most cases.
Let your customers know that insulating is a great start to helping reduce energy bills is not the only thing that can be done to stop heat loss and air infiltration. A drafty home is not only uncomfortable, but expensive as well. Ask yourself, does the home need weather stripping? Can you feel cold air coming in around doors and windows on a cold windy day? You may not have thought about it this way before, but if you have a ¼” gap at the bottom of a 3’ wide door, you have 9 square inches of open space. If you had a hole this size in an exterior wall, you would fix it right?
Check for places that need to be caulked. Look for gaps and holes around door and window frames, wall and roof vents, electrical boxes, plumbing fixtures and skylights. Look around outdoor faucets and where gas pipes and electrical lines enter the house. Check the joints where siding joins at corners and where it meets the roof and foundation or where it meets the fireplace chimney. Service Partners offers a wide selection of caulks to meet all of your needs.
Saving water will also save your customers money. Regular shower heads can be replaced with more efficient low-flow shower heads. They can also save by shortening the length of their showers and washing their clothes in cold water.
These are just a few things you can recommend to your customers to help them get started saving and reducing energy costs.