If you’re planning to get a new siding this season, you should consider investing in a vinyl. This particular siding material used to have a bad rep, but technological advancements in the industry have turned it into something stronger and better. Still, there are still some common myths and misconceptions surrounding vinyl siding. Homecraft® Inc., the premier siding contractor in the area, debunks four of them here.[…] Read More
Windows play a big role in keeping your home lovely, comfortable and energy-efficient. You’ll want to make the most of their service life and performance, which means setting aside some time and effort for their upkeep. Window maintenance can be fairly simple, but there are a couple of things you’ll want to avoid. Homecraft® Inc., the premier replacement windows company in the area, shares the three worst window maintenance habits.
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One simple way to enhance the look and feel of your bathroom is by adding more windows. But what kind of window will actually suit your space? One of the most trusted roofers and window contractors in the area, Homecraft® Inc. shares some of the essentials you need to consider when picking a window for your bathroom.
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Thermal bridging is a phenomenon that causes thermal tracking or ghosting. In today’s post, local vinyl siding company Homecraft Inc. discusses what causes thermal bridging, its effects on your home, and what you can do to prevent it.
What Is Thermal Bridging?
Thermal bridging is a phenomenon that results from temperature differences between the framing and the insulated sections in walls and ceilings. This causes thermal tracking or “ghosting,” where the shape of the underlying framing is tracked on the walls and ceilings, sometimes even on siding. The cooler parts of the wall or ceiling form a barely noticeable layer of condensation, which attracts soot, dust, and other fine particles.
Thermal tracking is barely noticeable at first. By the time it becomes noticeable, it’s difficult to remove. The only practical way to address it is to repaint the wall or replace the wallpaper. Siding may also be repainted, depending on the material.
How to Prevent Thermal Bridging
To prevent thermal tracking, you need to address its cause, thermal bridging, as well as other factors:
Insulation — Your home has an insulated enclosure known as the energy envelope, which is made up of the exterior walls, the attic, and fenestrations (windows, entry doors, and skylights). Thermal bridging happens when the framing doesn’t have enough insulation, resulting in temperature differences. Therefore, wall and attic insulation needs to be applied. Installing insulated vinyl siding can bolster exterior wall insulation, and is less likely to form exterior thermal tracking.
Indoor Air Quality — Thermal tracks are formed accumulated particulates in the air, typically a combination of soot and dust. If your home is heated using a fuel-burning heating system, you need to make sure the exhaust is not leaking into your indoor living spaces. You also have to make sure that HVAC air filters are replaced when clogged. Installing a whole-home air purifier can also help remove indoor air pollutants.
Relative Indoor Humidity — Condensation is the third factor that contributes to thermal tracking. Keeping indoor humidity at 50% relative to outdoor humidity levels can help prevent indoor condensation. Running exhaust fans in the bathroom and kitchen can help control sources of indoor condensation. An indoor humidifier/dehumidifier, integrated with your HVAC system, can help maintain relative indoor humidity levels all year round.
Homecraft Inc. is your leading provider of entry doors and insulated vinyl siding. Give us a call at (302) 703-1109 or (610) 215-2562. You can also fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment. We serve customers in Newark, Wilmington and Middletown, DE.
Investing in hiring reliable window installers for your window replacement will pay off in a big way, not just upon completion but also in the long run. In today’s post, the local roofers at Homecraft Inc. share another reason to invest in good window installers: so you don’t have to worry about the following common window installation mistakes.
Not Following Manufacturer Instructions
You’ve probably met a few people who did something once and pretended to know it all. Good window installers never rest on their laurels and stop learning. This is an important trait when you’re in the business.
Windows may look the same, replacement window manufacturers build their windows differently, which means there are differences in how they’re installed. Even small components like fasteners are not interchangeable; making the mistake of not following manufacturer instructions to the letter can result in problems like leaks, rattling or difficult operation. At Homecraft Inc., we offer replacement windows from Andersen® and ProVia®, and our installers are trained not to mistake one for the other.
Not Inspecting the Wall Opening
Good installers will always make sure that they are working on a sound structure before they begin installation. A good roofing installer will make sure that the roof deck isn’t damaged or structurally compromised before installing a new roof. A good window installer will likewise make sure that the window opening and framing structure is structurally sound before the new window comes on.
Ignoring Building Codes
Replacement window companies are expected to have more than just a passing knowledge of local and international building codes, and ensure compliance with every installation. This is important because noncompliant installations can pose safety risks and will be compelled by the city inspector to be torn down. Some homes may be so old that they’re not up to date with window building codes, and window installers are expected to perform corrections.
Homecraft Inc. is your leading provider of roof repair and window installation services. Give us a call at (302) 703-1109 or (610) 215-2562. You can also fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment. We serve customers in Newark, Middletown and Bear, DE.