Homeowners throughout the country are seeing the added benefits that insulated vinyl siding offers over traditional siding materials. Offering the same durability and low-maintenance features as traditional vinyl siding, insulated vinyl siding offers an increased energy efficiency that helps homeowners to save on energy bills year ‘round.
Take a Load Off Your Heating & Cooling Systems
Insulated vinyl siding offers superior durability and insulation value. The foam backed vinyl material stops air from escaping from your home. This traps the hot or cool air that you pay for within, and allows your temperature regulating systems to work as designed, not overtime like they have been. If those systems run on electricity, you will save on those bills every month. If they run on fuel oil, you will you less and therefore pay for less oil.
Durable, Lasting Aesthetic
The energy saving benefits of insulated vinyl siding do nothing to take anything away from the beauty of the material. Available in a wide range of colors and textured finishes, insulated vinyl siding can be customized to fit any home. It is an extremely durable material that will retain its factory-fresh appearance with little required maintenance. And unlike traditional siding materials, insulated vinyl siding doesn’t require scraping and painting, and cleaning vinyl siding can be done with a common garden hose.
Get a Return on Your Investment
Installing insulated vinyl siding onto your home is a smart investment. The money you will save on energy bills and the increased value of your home will add up and through the years pay for the cost of installation.
When the time comes to wrap your home in new siding, Hi-Tech is your leading source for the precise installation of durable, energy efficient insulated vinyl siding in Massachusetts. Call us toll free at 978-440-5020 to find out more or for a siding estimate.
Now that the winter months are upon us, the thought of replacing your existing windows has probably past to the wayside. Most area contractors only replace windows during the warmer months, but not the professionals here at Go Advanced Siding. We install replacement windows all winter, in virtually all types of weather. We are one of the few companies doing window replacement in Methuen and the surrounding town during the cold weather months.
Our expert installation crews, our custom sizing of our windows, and the experience we bring to planning your project all go into making winter window replacement possible – with less hassle than you’d expect! Our experts can quickly and professionally install new, energy efficient windows during these months when your existing windows are costing you the most money. Our crew can deconstruct your existing windows and install new ones in just one day, limiting the amount of time your home is exposed to the cold air.
Thanks to the energy saving properties of the windows we install, you could notice a decrease in your energy costs this Winter, right after installation. That is money in your pocket that you’ll be able to find far better uses for in the new year.
Don’t sit around all Winter in a drafty house, waiting until Spring to improve the comfort of your home. Turn to Go Advanced Siding for window replacement this Winter and reap the benefits right away!
Go Advanced Siding would be happy to discuss your windows, roofing or other home improvement projects. Call us at 978-440-5020, or visit our web site at http://goadvancedsiding.com/ for a FREE in-home evaluation and estimate.
Homeowners who think ice dams are an unavoidable part of living in New England should think again. Clogged gutters and dripping icicles are not good for the health of your home, as they can force melting snow and ice back up under the edge of your roof and into your home, where significant damage can occur. The best way to prevent ice dams from forming is to make sure you have a cold roof.
Ice dams form when melted snow runs down your roof and refreezes near the edge. But this only happens when the main part of your roof warms to above 32 degrees F, which is warm enough to melt the snow, while the roof edge remains below freezing.
What raises the temperature of the roof is not sunshine, but an attic that is too warm. Heat escaping from the living area into the attic warms the underside of the roof deck and melts the snow from the bottom up. The water then trickles down to the edge of the roof, which is still cold enough to freeze it again.
It stands to reason, then, that the secret to preventing ice dams is to keep your roof cold enough to prevent the snow from melting in the first place. Here’s how to make that happen:
- Build up attic insulation. Proper insulation will prevent rising heat from warming the attic space and the roof. Blown-in cellulose insulation is the most effective as it seals better than rolled fiberglass batts. It is worth having a professional tackle this important job. As a bonus, you are likely to find your heating bills will go down thank to the reduction in heat loss.
- Close and seal gaps. Even a well-insulated attic has gaps and cracks where heat can bypass the insulation and warm the roof. Plug these leaks around pipes, chimneys, access hatches, light fixtures and wall tops with foam, caulk or blown-in insulation to more completely seal off the attic.
- Add a roof ridge vent and soffit vents. Properly positioned vents will draw outside air through your attic and balance the temperature between the outside and inside. The ridge vent in particular is important for proper airflow. Be sure any insulation you install does not block the flow of air through soffit vents.
After a particularly heavy snowfall, it helps to rake the snow off your roof using a snow rake. This helps reduce the amount of snow available to melt and cause problems. Always follow safety precautions when working on or around the roof, particularly when snow and ice make footing precarious. And never use a snow rake while standing on a ladder!
Take steps now to create a cold roof before heavier snowfall begins. Call Hi-Tech Windows & Siding toll free at 978-440-5020 for information on adding attic insulation or for an evaluation of your roof’s ventilation.
The real estate market in Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire continues to be among the most active and competitive in the country. We are definitely in a “seller’s market” with home prices approaching all time highs. But it still takes some preparation to make sure a home is appealing to buyers and will command top dollar.
Carefully chosen renovations made before putting up a “For Sale” sign can help ensure a quicker sale at a higher price. But home sellers should beware of the “easy fix” of cosmetic changes that might look good, but won’t truly enhance the value of their property. This is especially true of older homes. Here’s why.
Homes built after 1985 use an average of half as much energy as those built earlier. The move toward more efficient systems and materials have led to homes that require much less fuel to heat, and less electricity to cool. These are important factors to home buyers.
A survey by the National Association of Homebuilders found that 90% of people think energy efficiency is “very important” when choosing a home. A study in the Washington, DC market found that homes which had received energy efficient renovations sold for 3.6% more money than home with no energy efficient work done. It is clear that buyers who are getting ready to make a significant investment are looking for substance over style.
There are home improvements that deliver both energy efficiency and improved curb appeal. For example, replacing a home’s windows with updated, energy efficient models not only reduces energy loss throughout the year, but can also transform the look of a home’s exterior. Other energy renovations that work well and also look good including insulated siding, more efficient entry doors, and new roofing with proper ventilation and attic insulation.
Of course, if you make any or all of these renovations you might decide not to sell your home after all! But you’ll still benefit from the improved comfort, reduced energy costs, and enhanced aesthetics of your “new look” home.
Call Hi-Tech Windows & Siding toll free at 978-440-5020 to schedule a free in-home consultation on roofing, siding and window replacement.
We’re finally ready to install a new entry door and my husband is thinking about installing one himself. I’m not sure that’s such a good idea, but is it really that difficult?
A: You’re ready to upgrade the entry door for your home to boost curb appeal and increase its value. You may have decided to get your door from a big box home improvement store or maybe you’re thinking of ordering through a professional licensed & bonded home exterior company such as our company, Coastal Windows & Exteriors.
While DIY entry door installation might seem like a great way to save a few dollars, the truth is that you don’t want to cut corners when it comes to your new entry door. There is a lot of skill involved when it comes to entry door installation and improper installation can lead to unnecessary headaches as well as energy loss.
Here are the reasons why DIY door installation isn’t the best idea for the average homeowner:
1. DIY Door Installation Can Lead to Damage
There’s a lot more involved than simply putting a new door on its hinges and calling it a day. It’s important that the door is properly aligned within the frame. Getting the door into place is an art of its own, and taking incorrect steps in this process can lead to damage to the door, the door frame, or even your walls. Two big mistakes we have seen are:
- Not repairing rot properly leading to more damage.
- Not flashing the trim on the outside which prevents water to come behind the trim and ends up damaging your new door; not to mention mold and/or rot down the road.
2. Entry Doors Are Relatively Heavy (and Awkward to Handle)
One of the reasons why DIY door installation is difficult for a lot of homeowners is because entry doors are quite heavy. This is especially the case when you invest in high quality entry doors that are made of fiberglass and contain glass windows along with an energy efficient foam core. You’ll often need an extra set of hands to balance the door and place it at the correct angle for installation. It’s very important to make sure you install the door level or the locking latch won’t line up and you will see gaps at the top or sides of door. This also makes the door not energy-efficient.
3. Bad Installation Results in Lost Energy
If you do manage to get your door installed from start to finish, you’ll need to be sure that it’s installed correctly. It can be difficult to see incorrect door installation with the naked eye. Unfortunately, incorrect installation can cause a lot of headache and hassle in terms of energy loss—resulting in higher energy bills than you had to begin with. If you can see light around your door frames, it’s almost guaranteed that you’re losing energy. If you feel drafts around your newly installed door, that’s another sign you’re losing energy. Doors account for 11% of energy loss in a home so it is very important to make sure they are installed properly with right kind and amount of insulation.
4. Insulation Mishaps We See
Three main insulation issues we see from a DIY door install are:
- Not caulking it properly with the correct kind of caulk. It should be a combination of caulk and sealant.
- Many forget to add window tape down across the bottom seal.
- Getting the correct amount of insulation on the top and sides is crucial. It’s important not to pack it in very tight as the job of fiberglass insulation is to breathe. You also need to make sure you have enough insulation. Finding this proper balance is key!
5. Installing A Plumb Door
When you install your entry door, it’s very important that your door is plumb; meaning perfectly vertical. If your door isn’t plumb inside of the frame and improperly installed, you run the risk of:
- Your door sticking when you open and close it
- Energy loss
- Squeaky and loose hinges
- Uneven flooring, which causes tripping hazards
- Damage to the door or surrounding areas during the installation process
Upgrading a front entry door is one of the best return on investments that a homeowner can opt for. Entry door replacement continues to top the charts year after year on Remodeling Magazine’s Cost vs Value report- as much as 100% or higher ROI for specific types. When you’re ready to install a new front entry door, it’s best to leave it to the pros. If you have questions about entry door installation or you’d like to discuss the best options for doors in Massachusetts or New Hampshire, get in touch at contact or call 978-440-.