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5 Ways to Reduce Your Energy Bills

Posted by Builders and Remodelers on Jan 4, 2021 12:25:58 PM

Changes in seasons will often cause homeowners to pour more money into their electric bills. Heating expenses rise, while changes in sunset times create a heavier reliance on electricity for lighting. However, as a homeowner, there are a few things you can do today that can save you hundreds if not thousands of dollars down the line on your energy bills. 

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Topics: Window Tips, Windows, Siding, Doors

Performance Ratings for Windows and Doors

Posted by Builders and Remodelers on Dec 15, 2020 12:04:14 PM

When it comes to the overall performance of your windows and doors, it is vital to understand their efficiency, which means understanding how to read performance labels.  Performance labels are applied to a window or door at the point of manufacture, and they indicate the results of individual tests. These tests indicate the efficiency of a product, and these ratings are some of the most important factors when it comes to replacing windows and doors. Performance ratings grade efficiencies like U-Factor, VT, and Air Leakage, all of which impact monthly energy bills and living standards. These ratings are best used when compared to ENERGY STAR's map for ideal ratings based on different geographic regions. 

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Topics: Window Tips, Windows, Window Features, Siding, Doors

How to Keep your Energy Bills Low this Winter

Posted by Builders and Remodelers on Nov 18, 2020 9:07:47 AM

Without proper care and attention, energy bills in the wintertime can grossly exceed what we actually have to spend to keep our homes comfortable. The sheer variety of ways that energy efficiency can be leached from a home is one of the greatest problems facing the diligent owner. Improperly sealed windows, old siding, inadequate insulation in the walls  -- there is, unfortunately, a plethora of little escape routes and crannies for the heat to leave and the cold to work its way in. In this article we’ll talk about some of these routes, and go over some practical ways to address them. 

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Topics: Window Tips, Windows, Roofing, Siding

7 Signs to Replace your Siding

Posted by Builders and Remodelers on Sep 25, 2020 9:50:40 AM

Siding is the protective material attached to the side of a home that protects against wind, rain, snow and debris.  It also has a major impact on quality of insulation, and total energy efficiency of a home. However, siding is one of the most consistently overlooked aspects of a home when it comes time to budget for renovations.  Siding may wear down, grow old, or even become a liability for home energy efficiency over time.  As such, make sure to consistently evaluate your siding for signs that it may be time to replace it.  Below is a list of some of the most common signs that it’s time to have a local siding company come take a look. 

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Topics: Siding

New House Siding Brings ROI, Lower Energy Bills

Posted by Builders and Remodelers on Jun 12, 2020 9:58:53 AM

When we think of home improvement projects, siding replacement may not be the first project that comes to mind. Siding is an element of your house that typically blends in, becomes an indistinguishable part of the whole. This is precisely why it’s so important not to take it for granted - a simple investment in this forgotten -yet essential- fixture does more for a homeowner than you may think.

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Topics: Siding

Why You Should Choose Vinyl Siding

Posted by Builders and Remodelers on Mar 20, 2020 3:00:00 PM

The material you select for your home’s siding affects more than just the visual aesthetics of your home. Siding provides layered protection to the exterior of a house or a building. Think of it as the first line of defense, shielding against elements such as weather, winds, and UV rays. Siding is also responsible for maintaining a consistent and comfortable environment on the inside of your home.

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Topics: Siding