The roof bears the brunt of constant exposure to the sun and rain as well as adverse weather conditions, so more than any other part of the house, your roof is prone to wear and tear. To maintain the quality of your roof, roofing experts recommend regular inspections and repairs performed by a reliable Delaware roofing contractor like Homecraft® Inc. at least once every year. Through this proactive maintenance plan, not only will replacements, tear-offs, and extreme roof makeovers be prevented, your roof will also last longer.[…] Read More
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If you think “first impressions last” only applies to people, think again. Like people, houses are often judged by outward appearances first. You might have spent a fortune renovating your bathroom or kitchen, but buyers won’t bite if your home’s exterior lacks that “wow” factor—curb appeal. This article from Examiner.com explains the importance of curb appeal in getting homes sold:[…] Read More
With proper maintenance and preventive repair, your roof will last much longer than its given lifespan. However, unforeseen and unavoidable circumstances like storms can wreak havoc on your roof and necessitate roof replacement. On her website, Pretty Handy Girl, Brittany Bailey described how a tree fell and severely damaged her home’s roof. If you face a similar situation and think you need new roofing in Wilmington, DE or Newark, DE, the blogger offers a few helpful tips:[…] Read More
“Homeowners looking to save on rising energy bills can start right at the front door,.” said a product management expert in an article on the Daily Press. Aside from the usual wear and tear, this accounts for one of the biggest reasons why households should think about inspecting their doors annually. The need for greater energy-efficiency in homes is partly responsible for insisting that households throughout the country should have more of these ENERGY STAR-rated products.[…] Read More
An article on the Daily News-Miner website published last November 28, 2013 discusses the problem of excess condensation occurring on window panes during winter. Water drops can form on windows whenever the level of humidity inside a home is too high, in contrast to the dry cold of the outdoors. If left unattended, the droplets can freeze, causing a mess for homeowners. There are several solutions to reduce condensation, as the article suggests:
“Three things: make sure your home is properly ventilated, aim for less than 40 percent relative humidity to keep both you and your home healthy, and consider replacing your windows or adding external removable window insulation during cold months.
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Older, poorer performing windows can create problems no matter what you do to your interior air. Bad seals around operable windows, metal spacers between the panes, and inadequate insulating value can cause the window surface to get cold enough for condensation to occur. If you’re not ready to invest in new windows, consider some type of moveable window insulation like foam board (on the outside) or well-sealed plastic film (on the inside).”
Better insulation can prevent windows from getting too cold, thus preventing condensation from forming on their surface. However, merely changing the insulation on clearly dilapidated and old windows will do little to change anything. If the budget permits it, householders shouldn’t hesitate to purchase replacement windows in West Chester, PA.
With the right windows in Newark, DE, locals can live comfortably despite harsh winter conditions outdoors. A window replacement with a sturdy, insulated frame and treated glass panes can reliably keep out the cold and even reduce energy usage by as much as 25%. Consumers should enlist professional contractors such as Homecraft® to provide such quality products.
(Article Excerpt and Image from Balance the moisture in your home to avoid window condensation, newsminer.com, November 28, 2013)
A post on the delmarvanow.com website dated October 14, 2013 details the history of early shingle producers in Delaware. The shingling industry back then was technically crude than the products we have now, but it was an honest trade that relied on the hard work of skilled craftsmen. The blog post explores the historical process of shingle-making through the eyes of the historian, Howard Pyle:
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In an article on The Buffalo News website, Angie Hicks discusses how householders can further improve their homes to be more efficient in energy usage. Switching to energy efficient products can reduce the amount of power a household uses drastically in the long run. The article lists a number of home products that the government is willing to subsidize partially so that homeowners can improve energy usage:
To qualify for the tax credits – which reimburse homeowners 10 percent of the cost of an Energy Star-qualifying home-improvement project, up to $500 – the improvement must have been made in 2012 or 2013. Here’s a list of products and appliances that may qualify for a tax credit, but keep in mind that the total credit can’t exceed $500:
• Insulation or insulating material, 10 percent of cost.
• Exterior window or skylight, 10 percent of cost, up to $200.
• Exterior door, 10 percent of cost.
• Metal roof with pigmented coating, or asphalt roof with cooling granules, 10 percent of the cost.
• Advanced main air-circulating fan, $50.
• Natural gas, propane, or oil furnace or hot water boiler, $150.
• Electric heat pump water heater, $300.
• Electric heat pump, $300.
• Central air conditioner, $300.
• Natural gas, propane, or oil water heater, $300.
• Biomass stove, $300.
Metal and asphalt roofing, accordingly, can improve energy efficiency in the home. Due to their excellent insulation properties, metal and asphalt roofs can prevent excessive amounts of heat or cold from entering the home, as well as in keeping indoor temperature from draining out.
While metal is the more durable of the two, asphalt roofing is generally more affordable. Metal is also highly resistant to fire and asphalt is immune to the expansion and contraction caused by temperature changes. Quality metal and asphalt roofing in Delaware can be installed by skilled contractors like Homecraft® Inc.
Since the federal government is offering a tax credit on home improvements centered on energy efficiency, householders should take the opportunity to install quality roofing in PA, whether it’s asphalt or metal. Look up the list of appliances and products approved by the government for 2013 deductions.
From The Buffalo News, Get tax credit for adding energy efficiency, October 20, 2013