With HERO, you can Finance Home Renovations

With HERO, you can Finance Home Renovations

HOME IMPROVEMENT: Coachella Valley Reaches HERO Milestone

James Reed
Published/ March 3, 2017/ Updated: 3:03 p.m.
More than 1,000 homeowners have made 2,000 installations using PACE financing through HERO.When they launched their patio cover business in Indio in June 2015, Chris Angulo and business partner Sergio Mata got a lot of business outside the Coachella Valley, in cities such as Lake Elsinore, Corona, Fontana and Banning.
Angulo and Mata, who founded and run C&S Patio Covers, then started hearing from other contractors — air conditioner installers, solar panel specialists and the like — about the HERO Program, the nation’s leading provider of Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing.

Wood and Aluminum patio covers

Wood and Aluminum patio covers

Wood and aluminium patio covers

No matter where you live or what weather you have, you need to have a solid cover for your patio to protect it from harsh sunlight and heavy rainfall. For people new in this gardening industry, they often make a rather bad choice on choosing the material for covering, and the worse part; they don’t even get the proper guidance on how to go about it. So if you’re one of the victims of such bad choices, then this article is definitely for you. Here, I will discuss in detail of the best ever materials that you should use and why.

Wood patio cover:

Wooden patio covers offer a characteristic look and feel to your present yard. Think about getting as a wooden porch cover if your present yard is made of wood. This includes a decent blend and it is all the more satisfying to the eye, and is a strong option when you need to hang something from the yard cover. Property holders appreciate hanging things, for example, vases, winged animal feeders and even lofts, so a wooden yard cover works perfectly for these things.

Wood is additionally less expensive than aluminum, settling on it a fiscally shrewd choice. Wooden yard covers have different drawbacks. Wood is more defenseless to common harm, for example, termites, rain, wind, form and different contaminants. This implies you need to maintain your wooden porch patios all the time. This supports the long haul expenses of owning a wooden yard cover and timely maintenance is sometimes frustrating.


Aluminum patio cover:

Aluminum yard covers typically last longer than wooden porch covers since they don’t have issues with dampness, termites, wind and other common components. They require little support and maintenance, basically run a power washer, hose or wipe over the whole cover and it remains clean for an expanded timeframe.  Aluminum porch covers take more aptitude to introduce, making it more costly and hard to assemble. Mortgage holders have a tendency to appreciate the feel of wood more than aluminum.


Which one is better?

If you ask me considering the many pros and cons I described above with each category, I would still suggest the aluminum patio covers for your yard. Aluminum is not vulnerable to the earth. It can deal with harsh sun, rain and practically whatever else nature can toss at it. This additionally implies there aren’t numerous area confinements. They tend to outlive wooden yard patios because they are not helpless against termites, shape, wood decay or rust.

Aluminum yard patios are likely the most prominent strong porch cover out there. Less expensive, more strong and requiring less upkeep than most different materials, aluminum porch spreads aren’t going anyplace and are always enhancing yard cover plan. Aluminum wood mimics the presence of wood, while holding the superior characteristics of aluminum. An aluminum confined cover with an unmistakable, polycarbonate shelter is an extraordinary approach to manage the rain and sun without making a space that feels an excessive amount of like being inside.

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How entrepreneurs survive

How entrepreneurs survive

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Chris Angulo always wanted to run a company. He studied business administration at California State University San Bernardino and then returned to the eastern Coachella Valley, where he sold cars and then helped manage a manufacturing plant. But it wasn’t until he met Sergio Ramirez, a contractor, that he knew he’d found his business partner.

“I always knew I wanted to start my own business, I just didn’t know how and with who. I needed the partner,” Angulo said. “Sergio thinks big, and I like his way of thinking. He thinks this company’s going to be huge.”

Ramirez, a Mexico City native who came to the U.S. in 2002, saw potential in specializing in patio covers — projects could be done quickly, teams could be small and profit margins could be big. There are about 6,600 construction companies in the Inland Empire, according to census data; three out of four of them have fewer than 10 employees. Plus, the idea lined up with a statewide spike in home renovation— remodeling spending jumped 16 percent from 2015 to 2016, according to the California Association of Realtors.

Angulo got his contractor’s license; Ramirez already had most of the tools they needed. Each man put $2,000 into a business bank account. In July 2015, they made a Facebook page and started knocking on doors and going to swap meets. Almost three months later, they got their first job — and established profit margins close to 100 percent.