The Right Roof

Jackson / May 28, 2016

construction roofer carpenter worker nailing wood board with hammer on roof installation work

For us, it was important to choose a roofing material we knew we would not have to worry about for a long time to come. After all the renovations and repairs on our ranch, we were more than ready to just sit back and finally enjoy our beautiful home. We didn’t want to find ourselves dealing with issues again a few years down the line. Of course, unexpected things can happen and I don’t doubt that we will encounter problems here and there, but when it comes to our new roof, we wanted to make the best choice to eliminate some maintenance for us and avoid another replacement for as long as possible

The first crucial decision was choosing the roofing material we wanted. This can affect more than just the appearance of your home. Different roofing materials each have their own unique properties that may make them more ideal for certain conditions. It is easy to find detailed information about the various options out there. The most common roofing materials include:

  • Asphalt shingles
  • Metal
  • Tiles
  • Wood shake

There is also slate and other stone materials, concrete, recycled shingles, and other roofing materials, but these tend to be less commonly used and can be difficult to find. Similarly, it can be difficult to find a roofing contractor who knows how to work with these materials. We decided to stick to the more popular options.

Energy efficiency was second on our list of priorities, after durability. The landscape around here is quite flat, and being in a rural location there are few buildings or structures to block the sun. That means the sun is usually beating down full force on our main house. It can get extremely hot during the summer, while winters tend to be more mild. This made it easy to decide that a ‘cool roof’ was a must-have. Cool roofs reflect sun energy and reduce the cost of cooling. Their reflective property is usually a product of the material, a special coating, or the paint color. That means different roofing materials can work as ‘cool roofs’. Ultimately, we decided on metal roofing for its excellent durability and energy efficiency. The cost was steep, but we felt it was well worth it.

Now that we knew what type of roofing material we wanted to install on our home, our next task was finding a roofing contractor who had the necessary experience and qualifications to perform the installation. The quality of the installation can be just as important as the roofing material when it comes to standing the test of time. My brother-in-law referred us to company he had used for some commercial roofing work. The key selling points that convinced us to choose them were:

  • Their roofers are licensed and insured
  • They had a good reputation, and many positive reviews from satisfied customers
  • They had been in business for a long time and were established in the roofing industry
  • They were able to provide us with references for previous metal roof installations they completed
  • They offered a parts and labor warranty

Building a Life on the Ranch

Jackson / May 27, 2016

Sorry to have cut the last post off there. I felt it was a nice note to end on for my first post. Though as life goes, things rarely work out quite that neatly. This is the continuation of our adventure.

As you would imagine, it’s not that easy to just abruptly decide to buy a ranch and horses. Trust me, if it was, that impulse purchase would have been made a long time ago. It took a bit of time to sort out our finances and determine what kind of budget was available to us. My husband and I both have good jobs, and we rarely spend on lavish or unnecessary things. That means we had quite a bit saved up. Nevertheless, we knew we were looking at some heavy initial expenditures in order to have the kind of ranch life we wanted.

Finding a property was another challenge. It’s easy enough to find a house in the middle of a city, but sprawling ranches are much farther and fewer in between. We needed a location that would still be close enough to the city to make commuting convenient for us, especially with our daughter starting school any day now.

When we finally found the perfect place (well, perfect is not the most accurate description and you’ll see why in a moment) we jumped on it. My parents helped us get situated by providing us with some necessary supplies and equipment, and one of their lovely Paint Horses. My workplace offered me the option to work remotely, so we decided that would be the best thing to do while we settled in.

Now, here’s the thing: the property we bought was your textbook example of a “fixer-upper” and that’s being generous. It was going to require a lot of work to restore, and the price reflected that. We had spent much less than we initially expected to, but we were going to have to invest much more time, love, and care into transforming the place. That was an acceptable tradeoff to us though. We rebuilt, repaired, and restored bit by bit.

The last thing on our list now is a new roof for the main house. It was in surprisingly decent condition considering the state of everything else, but it was also clear that its expiry date was not that far off. We would rather address it now than wait for the first leaks to start appearing.

We just completed our search for a reputable roofing contractor, and we’re excited for the work to get underway. In my next post, I’ll discuss how to choose the right type of roofing for your home, as well as a qualified roofing company to execute the installation. The roof is one place that you definitely do not want to skimp on when renovating or restoring a home. It affects not only your property value, but also your comfort and energy efficiency.


I Want A Pony

Jackson / May 26, 2016

Hey this is Rebecca taking over my husband’s book blog. ┬áIt seems he has been much busier as of late so I’m going to take this in an entirely different direction now.

I’ve always felt blessed to have been able to grow up on a ranch just outside of a major city. I enjoyed all the amenities and convenience of city life, while having a peaceful retreat where I could roam and soak in the natural beauty of the world. My parents raised horses, among other things (3 dogs, 2 cats, and a cockatiel to be exact). You could say I had the dream childhood for a little girl. While others wished for a pony, I had an entire stable to call my own. Needless to say, I grew up with different experiences from most. I learned responsibility, independence, and the value of hard work at a young age. My parents expected me to help around the house, as well as take care of the horses. It wasn’t just all fun and games. For a kid, the amount of responsibility I had was immense. The lives and well-being of other living things were in my hands. That’s not to say I didn’t love every minute of it.

After I graduated from high school, I moved out of state to attend college. A big part of me never left that ranch though. I longed for the freedom and fresh air every single day. I knew that as soon as I was done doing what I needed to do, I would return to that ranch. Fast forward eleven years, and I have finally found my way back to where I want to be. Life took some unexpected twists and turns. It took me much longer than expected to return to ranch life. During college, I met a wonderful man who was smart, funny, and kind. He was everything a Prince Charming should be. We got married the year after we graduated from college. At this point, my life was intertwined with someone else’s, and we both had to set some personal goals aside to establish our goals as a partnership.

We had our first baby three years ago. It’s incredible how quickly time flies, and it seems to only speed up more when you have a child growing up right before your eyes. We maintained a busy city life not far from where I grew up. My husband shared my interest in eventually buying a countryside home like my parents’. We visited often, and he fell in love with it almost immediately. I am thankful every day that we see eye to eye on so many things.

We were caught up in our careers and parenthood for a while, and it was hard to imagine finding time to consider any major changes. The turning point was last Christmas, when we spent the holidays at the ranch. We were having dinner with the whole family when my sister asked our daughter, “What do you want for Christmas?”

Her reply, “A pony.”

My husband and I looked at each other and we knew that we couldn’t put it off any longer. We bought a ranch, complete with three beautiful Paint Horses.

Merry Christmas, Rebecca.

Price is Never the Problem

Jackson / March 1, 2016

I just read a chapter in Grant Cardones book about your price never being the problem. I can attest fully to this when i got a renovation loan from Louisville Renovation Loans. Their interest rate was higher but they sold me. Why? Because i trusted them more. Cardone says its not about the price its about the trust. If the customer trust you or your product then they will buy no matter what the price is. Heres an example. Lets take Starbucks. Its the coffee monopoly. They make more money selling coffee than any other coffee hangout. Why? Why would someone go to Starbucks and pay 3.68 for a medium coffee when they could make it at home for pennies. Its because people trust and love Starbucks. They could raise the prices and people would still come. Its all about the trust. Now you may ask how to get your customer to trust you. Get the product in front of them. Get them hands on. Show them in person. Meet in person. All theses will get that person to trust you. Investing your time in someone goes a long way.

My Blog

Jackson / February 26, 2016

Hey guys. This is my blog and on my blog im going to write about books that i am currently reading. Most likely they will be Business books. The one im reading right now is called Sell or Be Sold by Grant Cardone. Its about how to sell if you cant figure that out by the title. He talks about all different kinds of things from believing in your product to objections that customers are going to have and how to get by them. Its a great book if you are in the sales field in any way. Grant Cardone is also a good figure to follow and learn from. He has other books as well like 10X which i will be reading next. So for the next few blogs i will be writing about Sell or be Sold.