Sustainable Roofing Solutions
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.Feb 5, 2018Verified
Having just moved into a house on the start of summer, my wife and I found it was unbearably hot on hot days, but really just in one room with a vaulted ceiling: the parts of the house covered by the regular, narrow attic were much cooler. I'd been looking into all house fans, but was concerned that they would not solve the problem in my house because they must be placed in the parts of the house without the heat problem and try to draw hot air down and around corners to reach its intake. I found a device made by a Massachusetts company, Tamarack Technologies, which would directly vent to the outside of the house and close shut at R10 insulation level when not in use. This seemed like the way to go. After failed attempts to get one-trick-pony whole house fan companies to step outside their boxes, I just ordered the unit so that now I could just go on Thumbtack and say "install this unit". Separately I got a quote from the company who last serviced the roof on the building, but the estimator basically told me they weren't interested in the project. Kasra at Sustainable Roofing Solutions was a breath of fresh air. Trained as an architect and an expert in passively efficient building designs, he listened and said I was spot on with my concerns about the air flow. He gave me good ideas about more common solutions to this problem - in particular suggesting a powered skylight. I very nearly returned the unit and went with his suggestion - until we discovered that the specific roof design of the house made a skylight less suitable. But once we had determined that was a dead end, I got enthusiastic, professional and capable work. All in all, the project came in on time and budget. I'm very satisfied with the outcome, and it has definitely made my home livable on hot days and the evenings after.Oct 10, 2016VerifiedKasra K.'s reply
Thank you much Sam for your support and intelligence! I really enjoyed getting this small but very interesting project done for you. I think it became clear that the fan is not so much designed ideally for a roof installation although I think you should have no problems because of the text book water proofing work you agreed to. All that the manufacturer would need to do is make the top side (roof side) of the unit another 2 to 6 inches taller but in any case I think it would take some kind of a natural disaster to make that thing temporarily leak. I look forward to an eventual follow up with you and possibly the manufacturer. For anyone who is reading, don't forget the adage we learned in school regarding passive lower tech architecture, 'Passive buildings (or semi-passive in this case) need active people..'. Passive buildings are cheaper, more intelligent and efficient and they keep you in better shape and healthy. My final conclusion: Only use as much technology as you need and explore your real needs. Best wishes.
SRS is an experienced and seasoned contractor and authentic green builder. They solved the low slope roofing leak at our residence a few years ago after two other contractors failed. They have a one-stop shop, comprehensive and valuable in their approach and it is apparent from all the favorable customer reviews they have received over the years, including this one. Get ready to solve the problems of your building, reasonably and efficiently. SRS is a smaller size company bringing the big size personal attention every discerning customer wants.Jan 11, 2018Kasra K.'s reply
We are glad we where able to help you and your valuable understanding for what works.
My father was a General Contractor and I am quite familiar with the challenges professional builders face. I myself was a real estate agent for about a decade and I have been exposed to the difficulties and high costs pertaining to buildings and the improvement/maintenance efforts always needed. Building contractors are in an overly challenging field, providing essential services to the public and often times they are underappreciated. This makes a good deal of them use coping mechanisms that are not in full integrity. I dealt with SRS for many years as they provided service for my clients. Every experience with this company included integrity, fairness and fantastic results. Whether replacing the entire roofing system or repair and restoration work they are proficient with, this contractor was a stand out! I think their extremely high standard of care due to the owner’s hands on involvement, always made the difference. If you are looking for quality, honest, value driven work, Sustainable Roofing Solutions is the contractor for you. Good luck with your project, but you won’t need luck if SRS is your contractor. Jessica P.Jan 26, 2018Kasra K.'s reply
Thank you Jessica for your trust and recognition. It always helps everyone when we have clients who have understanding and appreciation for our efforts!
We had Sustainable Roofing inspect our asphalt shingle roof after last season’s rains when a leak developed. Kasra, the owner of the company, charged a reasonable fee and did a thorough inspection of the roof and even the siding and rest of our exterior. He gave us an informative verbal report on a good deal of what was going on with the exterior with special focus on the leak issue. He also showed us digital photographs to support the education and ensuing consultation with his recommendations. He also gave us a written estimate sheet. He put no pressure on us and left with a smile. We already had another estimate but it was an easy choice to make because everything he presented and explained for us seemed 100% scientific and very upfront. At the same time, it all came at a reasonable price that did not seem misleading whatsoever. The price was higher than our first estimate but it was obvious it was a much more thorough service; taking care of the immediate leak as well as doing most of the pending maintenance needed that we had neglected for so long. About two weeks later, Kasra came out himself with an assistant came for the first day and got the work started and set up for the finish a couple of days later. It really felt like we got more than what we paid for because they did all of the right procedures, stopped the leak and gave us peace of mind for the years ahead. At my request, I even received a follow up email with photos of the work done and that really nailed it there because my feelings about the great service we had received, just felt totally confirmed. Thank you SRS!Nov 26, 2017Kasra K.'s reply
Thank you too!
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- What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?Our shop rate is $85 per man hour at this time.
- What is your typical process for working with a new customer?Complimentary telephone consultation, analysis, question and answer session at start of process.
- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?Through many professional and trade associations including the American Institute of Architects.