Posts Tagged ‘Energy Efficient’

How Long Does a Roof Last?

Wood Shingles on Roof

Wood Shingles on Rooftop

The length of time that you can expect you roof to last depends on many things. The materials that create the roof and the weather that the roof will have to withstand both can drastically change how long you can expect your roof to last. Here is a quick walk-through of nine different roofing materials and how long you should expect them to last once you install them.

Short-lived

One of the most common types of roofing material that a Newport Beach commercial roofing contractor sells is asphalt shingles. These are in use on just about any house you want. They are cheap, fire resistant, and easy to repair. They do however only last between fifteen and thirty years which is pretty short for a roof. Continue reading

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Best Windows for a Media Room

Traditional Design

Traditional Design

The living rooms and dining rooms are a staple of most Baltimore area homes and, in the past, a family’s time got spent there. Television, video games, and even board games got played with the children to stimulate their imaginations. Technology has continued to get better every year and designers have began to build media rooms to include a few of your family favorites. Your media room welcomes natural light that is able to enter when finished. Continue reading

How to Increase Natural Light in Your Home

Energy Efficient Windows

Natural Lighting

There are many ways that you can increase how much natural light comes into your Baltimore, Maryland home or business. By doing this, you are able to save some money on your utilities, stop your eyes from being strained, and it can have a positive psychological and physical effects. Having increase natural light in an area can cause better concentration, better moods, and even a productivity increase at work. Here are a few tips on how to get more natural light into your home.

Maximize Existing Natural Light

One of the simplest things you can do is make sure that the curtains and shades get pulled all the way back and all the way up. By moving furniture that blocks more natural light from entering, natural light will pass to the rest of the room. Continue reading

How to Protect Windows from Bad Weather

Weather proofing

Weather Stripping

By keeping your windows protected during bad weather, you are also protecting yourself from things like broken glass. You must have your Baltimore home ready for bad weather long before it is at your door. Figuring out ways to protect your windows from mother nature can make a big difference in the damage a storm can do to your home.

If a vicious storm hits and throws something into your window, breaking it, the wind will start wreaking havoc on anything that it can blow around inside your home. If the storm is bad enough, it can end up putting pressure on the roof and pushing it up until it comes off completely. Continue reading

Window Replacement Trends

Replacement windows

Windows

One of the most requested renovations that most Potomac area homeowners ask for or end up doing themselves is window installation. The latest trends in window replacement involve many options. So, here is a little buyer’s guide to help you choose what you want featured in your home.

Energy Efficiency

Older windows in your home are the biggest area of energy loss. Cracks, holes, and places that are not sealed well give up your heat to the outside world and let that nasty cold in. You can spend an extra hundred dollars a month on your heating bill with the wrong windows. Buying a new energy efficient window replacement for your home will end up saving you money in the long run. They even open up the opportunity for you to get an energy efficiency tax credit this year. Continue reading

How Do I Make My Home More Energy Efficient?

Energy Efficient House

Energy Efficient House

Many times homeowners engage in home remodeling projects which are designed to help the home be more energy efficient.  While there are bigger projects such as replacement windows and reroofing projects that can be very beneficial, there are also a few ways to make a home more energy efficient without breaking the bank. Northern NJ homeowners can benefit from the following ideas designed to whittle down the energy bills without costing an enormous amount of money upfront.

Refrigerator Replacement

It sounds too simple really, but simply replacing your refrigerator can translate into quite the energy savings. This appliance can be one of the biggest energy users in the house. Just over the last 5 years this particular appliance has undergone major changes in terms of energy use. For instance, when you compare the best “energy star” fridge from 2001 with the latest models available with today’s Energy Star rating you would see between a 20 and 40 percent improvement in terms of energy use. It can be beneficial and energy efficient to replace other appliances such as dryers and dishwashers as well. Continue reading