Five Common Roofing Application Mistakes

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Successful roofing application requires that installers adhere to certain proper application methods. It is especially easy for inexperienced roofers and do-it-yourself homeowners to make certain roofing application mistakes simply because they are not aware of the various things that can go wrong. Here is a list of some of the most common mistakes and what can be done to avoid them, thus ensuring a successful roofing project.

Mistake: Not including the starter strip.

Problem: This does not provide the proper shingle application base.

Fix: Apply starter shingles at the rake, continuing along the eaves. The starter shingles should be cut to match the existing first course’s exposure. For new construction shingles, this means a measurement of nine inches. Three-tab repair shingles should measure five inches. Then about six inches off the length of the first shingle should be trimmed to stagger the shingles out from the first full course.

Mistake: Not ensuring that the shingles overhang at the eaves.

Problem: This could contribute to roof blow-off.

Fix: Make sure that the shingles overhang the eaves and rakes by at least one-half of an inch. There should be a spacing of about one-sixteenth of an inch between the shingles. Finish nailing three inches above the eaves, using the proper number of nails according to the geographic wind zone.

Mistake: Not properly aligning the shingles.

Problem: This is not at all aesthetically pleasing.

Fix: Vertical and horizontal shingle alignment will be required. This is best done in new shingle applications by using the chalk line. In repair application, the new shingles should be aligned with the shingles that are already in place. Horizontal chalk lines should be set every 10 inches from the bottom of the first course up. Vertical chalk lines should be set every 36 inches from the roof ridge to each shingle’s end, along the first course.

Mistake: Not properly nailing the shingles.

Problem: This could potentially lead to roof blow-off.

Fix: Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations in installing the proper number of shingles for the specific geographic wind zone. Four nails will be required in typical applications of three-tab shingles, but six nails will be required in areas where the wind velocity gets very high.

Placement of the nails is as important as the number of nails being used. Look at the manufacturer’s required placement areas to assess proper placement of the roofing nails. Drive the nails straight into the deck, never nailing from an angle if at all possible.

Know what nail length is needed before roofing application is attempted. Nails should penetrate the deck by at least three-quarters of an inch. Standard roofing nails with barbed shanks are typically 11-gauge or 12-gauge and have heads with diameters anywhere between three-eighths and seven-sixteenths of an inch.

Mistake: Using asphalt-based cements for shingle repair.

Problem: Use of incompatible materials contributes to further shingle damage.

Fix: Apply asphalt-based cement only on the underside of shingles. Damaged shingles with evidence of curling, cracking, opening, or splitting should all be replaced with brand new shingles.

This brief list represents just a few of the things that can go wrong in roofing application. Before attempting anything of this nature on their own, homeowners should consult with the professionals at United Home Experts, who can provide much needed information and advice about the best ways to repair and/or replace a roof and provide free estimates on complete roof replacement.

Pros and Cons of Vinyl Windows

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Choosing from among all the different types and styles of windows available and cutting through the clutter of conflicting “facts” from each manufacturer is an almost impossible job. And there is no reason for the homeowner to walk this minefield alone. Talk to the experts at United Home Experts. They know everything there is to know about windows, and they install virtually every type of window there is, so their recommendations can be based solely on what is best for the homeowner and not on where their next commission check is coming from.

The Advantages of Vinyl-Framed Windows

Vinyl windows can be ordered to fit the exact size of a home’s window openings. This can be especially Vinyl9500-Series_Room-Scene_Interior_4advantageous on older homes which may have odd-sized openings. By purchasing windows that are made to fit a home’s current openings exactly, vinyl windows can be installed quickly and easily with little or no damage to the surrounding siding. Naturally there may be a modest additional charge for custom sizes, but even with the additional charge, vinyl windows can still be less costly than many other alternatives.

Vinyl is not affected by salt spray or most air-born contaminants. Homes near the ocean, which are subject to almost continual salt spray, have discovered that vinyl does not rust, absorb moisture and swell or cause any of the other problems which other window frames are subject to under similar conditions. Vinyl is also unaffected by air pollution, even in heavily industrialized areas, which is something many other frames cannot boast of.

The Disadvantages of Vinyl-Framed Windows

Vinyl windows cannot be painted. While the fact that vinyl windows come with the color imbued into the vinylshingle-siding itself can be an advantage, if the color is not quite right or if the homeowner wants to change the color of the house in the future, the vinyl window frames do not accept paint well, and this may detract from the overall appearance of a home.

If the vinyl frame is not held together by screws then it is welded. Unfortunately welding can cause as many problems as using screws. Poor welding can result in drainage problems which are not readily apparent and welds can also allow for air leakage, which negates most of the window’s insulating properties.

Choosing the type and style of window that is right for a particular home and fits into the homeowner’s pocketbook can be a real challenge. After all, a homeowner has several different window frames to choose from and each manufacturer is making confusing and competing claims to grab the homeowner’s cash. Hopefully the information in this article will equip the homeowner with at least some ammunition in the hunt for the perfect window.

Pros and Cons of Energy Efficient Windows

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Energy-efficient windows save the homeowner money on utility costs each and every month. On the surface that sounds like a wonderful thing and in many cases, it is. But everything comes at a price, so what exactly are the pros and cons of energy efficient windows?

Windows have changed a great deal in just the past ten years. Today’s energy windows are almost invisibly sprayed with a metallic coating that reflects more than half of the sun’s harmful UV rays back into the outdoors while allowing almost 100% of the sun’s natural light to shine through. A room supplied with UV-protected windows is not the gloomy place it was just a few years ago.

Advantages of Energy-Saving Windows

Windows used to be energy sinkholes, robbing a room of its warmth and causing utility bills to soar. Fortunately, CasementPushoutthat is not true any longer. An energy efficient window consists of two or more panes of specially treated glass with a layer of an inert gas, such as argon, trapped between the panes. Argon does not transfer heat well and so acts as an energy “blanket” between the sheets of glass, preventing the room’s warmth from escaping through the window.

But there is a lot more to an efficient window than simply an argon heat barrier. As previously alluded to, energy-efficient window glass is specially treated with a thin film of metallic particles which are designed to reflect away the sun’s UV rays while at the same time trapping the heat that is in a room and reflecting it back into the home. The result is an immediate saving on utility bills for the homeowner, but more than that, the view through an energy efficient double-paned window is virtually as clear and unobstructed as the view through an untreated single-pane window.

The National Fenestration Rating Council (the NFRC) rates windows for their insulating properties, their visual transmittance (how easily they can be seen through), their solar gain coefficient (how well they protect a room from the sun’s heat and UV rays) and air leakage around the edges of the windows. Homeowners should pay special attention to NFRC ratings and should look for the Energy Star ratings that are based on the homeowner’s region of the country.

If windows are 20 years old or older, if the windows have begun to leak, or if the homeowner is simply tired of paying utility bills that seem too high, the homeowner should look into replacing them with new energy efficient windows.

The new energy-efficient glass is more expensive than old-fashioned standard windows. However, the initial cost should not be the only factor when deciding on new windows. The window experts at United Home Experts, for example, can help a homeowner calculate the energy savings that can be expected with new windows. By calculating the energy saved each month, these experts can help the homeowner determine how much money will be saved each month on utility costs. In this way the homeowner can see exactly how long it will take for the new windows to pay for themselves and how much extra money the homeowner can enjoy each month. The homeowner should also keep in mind that as energy prices rise in the future, their savings will also increase with time.

One final advantage to double-paned windows is outside noise reduction. Homeowners who replace single pane windows with double paned windows, especially windows with a high Energy Star rating, report that street noise is reduced considerably, making for an overall more comfortable living environment.

Disadvantages of Energy-Saving Windows

Probably the biggest drawback to energy windows is the initial cost. Many homeowners, especially if they are andersenbathroom-resized-600planning to replace a number of windows, might see costs of 10% to 15% more for double-paned energy windows as opposed to double paned non-energy efficient windows. For a home with several windows, the added cost can increase the bottom line quite a lot.

Double-paned windows are heavier than single paned windows, and for some homeowners that might be a drawback.

Also, in order to see any significant energy savings each month, a homeowner must replace all older windows with the new, higher-priced energy windows at the same time. No appreciable savings will result from simply replacing one old, leaky window with a new high-efficiency window while leaving all the others in place. However, replacing all the windows at the same time can be a large job and can also be expensive.

It is also necessary for homeowners to be quality-conscious when buying high-efficiency windows. Off brands or cut-rate windows may not be properly sealed and can cause more problems than they solve. Poorly insulated double-paned windows can allow condensation to form between the windowpanes, indicating that the windows are not doing their job properly. Saving money up-front by buying lower-priced windows may not result in the energy savings that the homeowner had planned on. This situation can be eliminated by only dealing with reputable companies such as United Home Experts, who have years of experience installing high-efficiency windows in the Northeast, and who only sell quality windows.

To sum up, the advantages of high-efficiency windows is a reduction in harmful UV radiation entering the home marvinwindows-resized-600from the outside while at the same time reflecting the heat inside the home back into the home. This results in substantially lower monthly utility bills. Modern high-efficiency windows are also virtually clear, affording almost perfect views, as opposed to the film-coated windows of only a few years ago.

The disadvantages are a higher initial cost (although high-efficiency windows generally pay for themselves within three to four years through lower monthly utility bills) and the fact that in order to get any real monthly savings all the windows in a home must be replaced at the same time.

The experts at United Home Experts have helped out many families pick and choose the right window for their homes, while saving them on the utility bills. The team at United are certified window installers by major brand manufacturers and our members have over 20 years of experience of installing windows, so you can count on us.

Pros and Cons of Casement Windows

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A casement window, or casement, is affixed to a frame at the side by one hinge or multiple hinges. They differ from awning windows, which have top hinges, and from hoppers, which have bottom hinges. This type of window can either be used by itself or as part of a pair within the same frame. What are the casement window pros and cons? Read on to find out.

Pros

Ventilation

These windows offer the best ventilation of any other window type. Since they open outward, they can catch fresh 13air, side breezes and light more easily than other window types. While open, the standard casement window is 100% open to the outside, except in the case of a pair of casement flanking windows on either side of a fixed picture window.

Energy Efficiency

When these windows are closed, they are the most energy-efficient of all window types. Because the casement window sash is movable, it is able to fasten very securely to the weather-stripping when in a locked position; thus, very little outside air can get in. This type of window is especially good to have in a very windy climate.

Ease of Washing

Because of its design, this type of window14 is usually a very good choice for hard to reach places. This is why it is so often found over kitchen sinks. Because they are cranked open instead of being slid up and down, casement windows are easier to open and close, and this also makes it easier to wash them.

Most of today’s better-constructed casements pivot on their hinges as they open, moving the entire sash away from the hinge side of the window frame. This provides a space to reach through to wash the outside of the window while still being able to stand inside the house.

Brand Quality

There are major power players in this industry, including Marvin, Simonton, Pella, and Andersen. There are many quality window manufacturers, but our caution is to evaluate each brand because quality varies with pricing and brand. We can walk through the best recommendations with tailored estimates with different window brands and pricing.

Cons

Easier to Break Into

Casement hardware and hinges should be checked thoroughly before installation, and they should be checked periodically to make sure they are maintaining their stability. This type of window is usually very difficult to break into even if they are locked, but as they age and their hardware becomes rusty or faulty, they become an easy target for burglars. Consult with the professionals at United Home Experts, and they will send a contractor out to inspect older casements and make recommendations as needed.

More Expensive

This type of window is can be more expensive than other types of windows. If casement windows are desired, a quality window is a must. Because of the weight added by multiple glazed sashes, both the hardware and structure of the casement window selected need to be top-notch.

Size Limitations

There is a reason for never seeing large casements. There are limitations, when it comes to size, even given the best hardware and construction techniques. The consultants at United Home Experts can give customers a much better idea of the maximum sizes available.

There are many reasons to invest in casement windows for the home, but there are also some major disadvantages to using them. Discussing these and other issues with a qualified professional like the ones at United Home Experts will help savvy homeowners made an informed decision.

How do Energy Efficient Windows Work?

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Almost every homeowner is concerned these days with energy efficiency. The reason for such concern has to do with saving money. Energy efficiency translates into savings on utility bills each and every month. Over the course of a year even small monthly savings can add up to a fair amount of money saved.

One way that homeowners can save on utilities each month is to make certain that their windows are energy efficient.

HOW ARE DATED WINDOWS COSTING ME?

Old-fashioned windows that allowed heat and air conditioning to escape quickly and easily are now a thing of the past. Today’s highly energy efficient windows are nothing like the windows of even twenty years ago. With older-style windows, a home could lose as much as 30% of its energy costs through its single-pane windows. In fact, windows used to be considered thermal holes, but no more. Today’s windows are closer to being thermal blankets than they are to being thermal holes.

HOW EXACTLY DO THESE WINDOWS WORK?

How energy efficient windows work is not difficult to understand. Nor is it difficult to compute just how much the average homeowner can expect to save on utility bills each month.

High-efficiency windows consist of two or more panes of glass with an inert gas, generally argon, filling the space between the panes. This inert gas does not conduct either heat or cold well, thus providing an excellent thermal barrier. But that is not the only way an energy efficient window prevents heat from escaping a home.

HOW HEAT IS LOST BY CONVENTIONAL WINDOWS

  • When heat is lost by simply passing straight through an object and then escaping onto the other side of an object 10(such as heat passing through a single-pane window glass), this is known as conductivity.
  • Heat can also escape in other ways. It can pass through glass directly as infrared energy this is known as radiation.
  • It can also be lost through convection. When the warm air inside a home touches a cold pane of glass, the warm air gives up its energy, sinks to the floor and pulls more warm air against the cold glass, causing drafts.
  • The final way in which heat escapes is through poorly insulated areas as simple air leakage.

HOW DO I CALCULATE MY SAVINGS?

The speed with which heat dissipates has a U value. The lower the U rating, the better a material blocks the dissipation of heat. Insulation has an R rating. The higher the R-value, the better a material insulates.

Energy efficient windows sometimes have both an insulation rating (an R rating) and a U rating to indicate how quickly heat passes through the window. What the homeowner is looking for is a window with the highest R rating and the lowest U rating that is affordable. Many windows only have an R rating. Remember, the higher the R-value, the better.

INSTALLATION COST VS. MONTHLY SAVINGS

Highly energy-efficient windows have a higher initial cost than normal windows, but initial cost is not the whole story.

Depending on weather conditions, high-efficiency windows can save the homeowner a quarter of their cost or even more in energy savings each year, meaning that high-efficiency windows can pay for themselves in four years or even less, and each year after that they are putting money into the homeowner’s pocket through utility savings.

With only a little maintenance, high-efficiency windows can last for fifteen to twenty years, or even longer, meaning that over their lifetime they pay for themselves over and over in energy savings.

Plus, as the price of energy continues to go up, the monthly savings grow even higher.

THE VARIOUS ELEMENTS OF ENERGY EFFICIENT WINDOWS

So how exactly does a high-efficiency window keep the sun’s heat out and keep the heat from the house in? Part of it has to do with the double panes and the argon gas as described earlier. However, a very large part of the “secret” of high efficiency windows is in the glass itself. There is an almost invisible coating on high-efficiency glass. The coating contains tiny particles of metal, which reflect the sun’s damaging UV rays back outside the window to keep a home cool in the summer, and which also bounce the heat inside the home back into the interior of the house keeping the house snugly warm in the winter.

LOW-E WINDOWS

These windows, often called Low-E windows, in effect have an almost invisible mirror built into them that holds the home’s heat in and keeps the sun’s UV heat out.

An even higher R-value window has triple panes of glass, and two hollow chambers filled with argon gas. The 11primary problem with this type of window is the weight. Three panes of glass in a single window are heavy as well as bulky and require extra time and cost to mount properly. Such windows do, however, save a considerable amount of energy and so save the homeowner money on utility bills each and every month.

Possibly a better window yet has a sheet of a suspended film hung between two panes of coated glass. The suspended clear sheet is also coated with reflective metal particles just like the glass, but the suspended sheet is much lighter and slightly more transparent, allowing a clearer view than a heavier three-pane window while providing virtually the same high R-value of insulation. Suspended film windows are both lighter in weight and less costly.

The last element in energy-efficient windows are the low conductivity spacers mounted all the way around the edge of each piece of glass. The edges of glass represent the area most susceptible to the transfer of heat, but modern windows have placed low-conductivity spaces in this area to totally minimize the conduction of heat around the edges of the glass.

Thus an entire window system is created with one goal and only one goal: to keep harmful UV radiation out and to keep the good, clean heat of the building from escaping to the outside.

 

THE RESULTS OF ENERGY EFFICIENT WINDOWS

The result is a warm, comfortable living environment with utility costs kept to an absolute minimum. Homeowners considering replacing existing windows would do well to consider energy efficient windows and the long-term savings that they represent.

Those in the Northeast who are seriously looking at the monthly savings that high-efficiency windows provide should talk to the window experts at United Home Experts. The highly trained installers at UHE have years of training and real-world experience in installing high-efficiency windows and they can answer any questions that a homeowner may have including calculating how long it will take for the high-efficiency windows to pay for themselves in monthly utility savings.

Pros and Cons of Wood Windows

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Homeowners today have more window choices than ever before and each manufacturer has convincing arguments that their particular type of window frame is the best. This article makes no attempt to sell the homeowner on a particular type of window; the only goal is to provide the homeowner with unbiased information regarding the pros and cons of wood windows so the homeowner is better equipped to make an informed decision.

Deciding what is right for a particular home remodel can be exceptionally difficult, especially when it comes to replacing windows. Homeowners who are conflicted should talk to someone who knows windows inside and out, such as the window experts at United Home Experts. We install virtually every type of window imaginable, which means our recommendations can be based solely on what is right for a particular home and for a particular budget and not on which product they are expected to push.

There are vinyl windows, steel-framed windows, clad wood, composite, aluminum and fiberglass windows as well as genuine wood. A lot of choices; a lot of pros and cons to weigh and consider.

The Advantages of Wood-Framed Windows

For many people, especially those in older, more traditional homes, there really is no choice other than real wood-5framed windows. There are several advantages, as well as drawbacks, to genuine wood.

Genuine wood has a look and a feel to it that nothing else can match. Wood is classic; wood is solid; wood is the real deal. Virtually all other window frames attempt to mimic the look of wood. Why settle for cheap imitations when the real thing is available?

Genuine wood frames help to insulate a home far better than almost any other kind of window. Real wood provides 400 times more insulation than steel window frames and 1,800 times as much as aluminum-frame windows. The additional insulation that real wood provides can help keep a home warm in the winter and cool in the summer and can save the homeowner on utility bills all year round. Wood-framed windows also provide an excellent barrier to outdoor sounds”much more so than virtually any other frame.

Wood frames are also easy to install so long as the installer has basic tools and carpentry skills. A homeowner can guarantee that wood windows will be properly installed by employing the services of a true professional from United Home Experts. The skilled technicians at United Home Experts have years of experience installing wood-frame windows and provide a guarantee with each installation.

For the homeowner attempting to go “green,” genuine wood window frames are as environmentally sound as it is 6possible to be. Wood is the very definition of eco-friendly. Trees are a renewable resource, and wood window frames need never end up in a landfill”but even if they do, they naturally break down into compounds that are beneficial to the soil.

Wood, if given care, will last a lifetime. The same cannot really be said of most other types of frames. Also, unlike metal frames, wooden frames are not prone to rust – a decided plus in many locations.

It should be noted that it is also possible to purchase wood-clad window frames. These are wooden frames that are covered on the outside with vinyl or even aluminum. The advantage to wood-clad frames is that the outside of the window is protected from the elements while the inside retains the look, feel and insulating properties of genuine wood.

As far as aesthetics are concerned, wood wins hand-down if the homeowner chooses to paint. While some other types of frames may accept paint, wood embraces any color a homeowner chooses to apply. Wood not only welcomes paint, it virtually demands it. Wood also enhances the value of most homes. The reason most other types of frames attempt to look like wood is that the majority of homeowners prefer wood, and genuine wood window frames almost always demand a premium whenever a home is sold.

The Disadvantages of Wood Frames

The need for paint is one of the disadvantages of genuine wood frames. Wood was once a living substance, and if 7left untreated it can rot or warp and will begin to look old. Wood frames which have not been properly cared for can twist slightly or can swell with moisture, making it difficult (if not impossible) to raise or lower the window. Homes near the ocean, which are subject to salt combined with moist air, are especially vulnerable; wood-frame windows in these homes will need more attention than those in many other areas of the country.

Wood is also vulnerable to insects, especially (but not limited to) termites. Of course, if the home is sided with wood then the tiny extra amount of wood in a wood-framed window makes little difference. Keeping the frame properly painted will ward off insects.

Another disadvantage can be cost. Wood frames generally have a higher initial cost than vinyl or steel frames. Keep in mind, however, that wood frames can last far longer than most other frames if properly maintained, and wood never rusts. Many homeowners also feel that the rich, solid, traditional appearance of genuine wood more than makes up for its initial cost difference.

All of this presupposes that the supplier of the wood frames has provided the homeowner with good quality wood 8to begin with. Wood should be free of knots and warping, and should have the outward appearance of being in perfect condition. Homeowners can be assured of excellent quality if they deal solely with companies that have an excellent reputation and which are known locally.

In most cases choice is good, but when it comes to choosing the right windows for a home remodel, the sheer number of choices can become overwhelming. The trick is to seek professional help and advice. The professionals at United Home Experts know windows and they genuinely care about the looks of a home as well as the homeowner’s wallet. Ask for help from the professionals, because choosing the right windows is a decision that most homeowners have to live with for many years.

Exterior Paint Protection

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Sun, rain, snow, and ice. Everyone knows that these adverse weather conditions can cause damage to human skin. That’s why there are things available to protect against these things, such as sunscreen, umbrellas, winter coats, and gloves. What most people may not realize, however, is that they need to protect the outsides of their homes from these weather conditions, just as they would need to protect themselves if they were going outside.

Think of it this way. Humans expose themselves to weather conditions for a certain amount of time before they go inside to get out of the cold, heat, or dampness. The exteriors of their homes do not have this luxury. Day in and day out, homes that are treated with exterior paint face the harsh realities of unpredictable weather. For this reason, it is necessary for homeowners to check the condition of their outside paint at least once a year. Chipped, cracking, or peeling paint exposes the wood to the elements as well, and this can cause serious damage to a home’s structure.

One of the things to look for is fading paint. Are there areas where the exterior paint is lighter than it is in other places? These lighter segments are the trouble spots. Paint fade is an indication that the wood is not being protected.

Also, look for signs of 2something called “alligatoring.” This is what happens when the paint starts puckering, wrinkling, and overall just looking like the skin on an alligator. This is a sign that water is getting through and penetrating the surface of the paint.  When this is discovered, it’s important to repaint immediately to avoid any further damage.

In selecting a paint to use for exterior paint protection and repair, it is important to make the choice with an eye toward paint protection. First, it will be necessary to pressure wash any areas to be painted in order to get rid of all the damaged
paint and debris. Complete this step a few days in advance to give the wood enough time to dry.

Next, the wood will need to be primed. Sherwin-Williams Wood Primer is highly recommended, in either the oil-based or latex versions. The oil-based primer is better for areas that are prone to staining. The latex version is best for wetter areas, where mildew is a concern. Either type of primer can be tinted to match the color of the paint to be used.

After the primer is applied, it is time to paint. Two coats of very high quality latex paint like Sherwin-Williams’ A-3100(R) Exterior Acrylic Latex Paint should be used. This kind of paint is affected less by the sun’s ultraviolet rays than are other types of paint.  It also adheres well to all wood surfaces and is less likely to experience blistering or puckering in wet conditions. It is a flexible, mildew-resistant paint that expands and contracts in relation to temperature changes to prevent paint cracking and peeling.

As soon as the first signs of fading paint and cracked surfaces appear, contact the professionals at United Home Experts. They carry a wide selection of paints and can give you more detailed advice on selecting the best paint protection for your home.

Andersen Windows Benefits

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Most people don’t often think about window replacement unless there is a major problem. The fact is, though, that are many good reasons for home window replacement, even without a major emergency necessitating the change. Andersen Windows with Stormwatch(R) are some of the best on the market today. Here are just a few of the benefits of adding these amazing accessories to any home.

Improved Seasonal Comfort

Replacing an old, drafty window – especially a single-paned one – can improve your home’s ability to maintain a AndersenBedroom-aw10-103-resized-600warmer interior by about fifty percent. Today’s Energy Star-rated version is made with special technology that combines frames that are energy efficient and high-performing glass.

This same glass that keeps the interior air warm is also better able to protect a home against the hot sun during the summer months. This window type with the high-performing glass reduces the amount of heat that comes into your home by at least fifty percent. Just think of how much heating and cooling bills can be reduced by installing it into the home.

Increased Curb Appeal

Switching out some features of your home can have a dramatic, immediate effect on your its exterior appearance. AndersenExterior-04-075-resized-600United Home Experts has a vast selection of window, door, and siding products that offer many options to homeowners that often complement many homes, whether they have a more traditional or a more contemporary design. And with all the trim packages that are available for both the exterior and the interior, homeowners can be sure that their custom-designed window will have a unique look.

Low Maintenance

Vinyl and fiberglass frames never need to be painted. In many cases, much of the newer hardware used in replacements is constructed from durable stainless steel or die-cast zinc that undergo numerous tests to ensure they will hold up in any home. In fact, most of the best window manufacturers today offer a full lifetime warranty to the original homeowner, covering both materials and labor.

Improved Home Security

In addition, a new window can give your home added security. The Andersen brand has been forced-entry testedAndersenBathroom-resized-600 for safety. Most now offer locking systems with multiple points that render lock breakthroughs nearly impossible.

Reduced Sound Transmission

A new window has the often overlooked ability to inhibit the transmission of sound. Noise comes in various frequencies from many different sources. With the world’s population increasing every year, it is becoming more difficult to control noise by the day. These glass features of the home can be the weakest
link when it comes to maintaining sound control.

Environmental Benefits

Last but not least, a new window can aid in improving the environment. When less energy is used to heat and cool the home, fewer natural resources are being used up, and so there is less impact on the environment.

Is It Time for a Replacement?

Many homeowners may be confused as to whether they really are in need of window replacement. A consult with the professionals at United Home Experts can help any homeowner better understand their options in order to make a more informed replacement window decision.

EPDM Roofing

WHAT IS EPDM?

EPDM stands for Ethylene Propylene Diene Terpolymer.

It is a rubber membrane with a single ply that has been a major solution in the low-sloping commercial roof industry for over four decades. It is the most popular choice of architects, consultants and contractors in both new construction and replacement projects because of its value, quality, and other various benefits.

WEATHERING ABILITY

One of the major benefits of this roof type is its outstanding weathering ability. It is both waterproof and hail resistant. Because of this, it is ideal for a variety of climates, including here in the Northeast.

DURABILITY OF CONSTRUCTION

EPDM, because it is made from rubber, is also very flexible and durable. It is able to expand and contract in relation to weather changes, and this ensures that it will hold up better than other roofing solutions over time.

The unique way in which it is formulated ensures that EPDM is virtually resistant to exposure to harmful ozone and UV radiation. It also stands up well to the test of cold cracking. Because it does not rely on plasticizers to achieve flexibility, there is no potential danger of brittle membranes due to future plasticizer loss.

LONG LASTING

The lifetime costs of EPDM membranes have exceeded other popular low-slope systems, such as built-up roofing, roof_membrane_1modified bitumen, and thermoplastic that have been mechanically attached.

The durability of the EPDM membrane has also led to very long life expectancy ratings, including over 23 years in covered applications, more than 26 years in exposed applications and an estimated ultimate service life of over 50 years.

ENERGY SAVING

EPDM offers a variety of options that enhance energy efficiency to commercial roofing professionals. White EPDM membrane systems have been built with increased UV resistance in mind. These types of systems offer similar performance characteristics to the black EPDM membranes, but with even more energy and environmental benefits. It has become increasingly popular to add white coatings to black EPDM membrane surfaces to extend the life of the roof, increase energy efficiency, and decrease pollution.

EPDM roofs that are ballasted often act the same, in construction, as roof surfaces that are reflective. Although stone ballasts and pavers are not as reflective as white coatings, ongoing industry tests indicate that there is a positive impact on energy usage with this EPDM system type. During the day, the ballast absorbs at the same time as it shades the roof membrane. Then, in the evening hours, the heat is released. Some other EPDM roofing accessories include garden roof systems and photovoltaic panels, which both help to increase a structure’s energy savings.

As is the case with any roofing system, insulation is crucial to ensuring that any building is energy efficient. Adding extra insulation to an EPDM roof can not only increase the effectiveness of a building’s thermal resistance, but it can also eliminate thermal short circuits and potential moisture issues.

CONCLUSION

With so many roofing options available today, it might seem daunting to choose which one would be best for any individual project. EPDM membranes, however, stand out as the most versatile material, and they have a proven track record that reinforces why this is the best option for nearly any construction project with a sloping roof.

Contact the professionals at United Home Experts today for an expert opinion on your next roofing project.

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10 Beautiful Roofing Shapes and Styles

When it comes to the construction of a house, there are many roofing shapes and styles from which to choose  –  so many, in fact, that many people may not have the time to research all of them. Here is a quick list of 10 of the most popular and functional roof styles. We can install asphalt roof shingles on any of these styles of homes, except flat roofs, we use a different material called EPDM.

ROOF TYPES

1. ARCHED ROOF

This roofing type is most likely not going to be used for the whole building construction, as they can be costly to install, but can be used as an accent to add tremendous aesthetic value to the home.

2. BONNET ROOF

This type of roof is also not usually used on a whole house. It can mainly be found gracing the back porch or a decorative veranda. This roof type is similar to both the hip roof and the pyramid roof, which are mentioned below. The main difference is that two of the roof’s sides slope out at an angle.

3. CROSS-GABLED ROOF

This roofing type is most likely not going to be used for the whole building construction, as they can be costly to install, but can be used as an accent to add tremendous aesthetic value to the home.

 

4. FLAT ROOF

This is one of the easiest types of roof to identify because it is very common – and flat, as its name implies. Flat roofs are easier to construct than any other roof type. They are safer to stand on, and they are generally more accessible for maintenance and repairs. The main drawback to this type of roof is that it does require more maintenance than other types, largely because the lack of slope can tend to accumulate debris.

5. GAMBREL ROOF

This type of roof is very similar to the Mansard Roof. This Dutch-inspired type of roof is made up of four slopes, two on each side of the home. The lower slope is a much steeper vertical style than the upper slope, which might be visible from below, but it might not.

6. HIP ROOF

As mentioned before, this roof is very similar to the bonnet roof. The main difference is that the four sides of the roof meet at a ridge or a flat spot, instead of coming to a point at the top. This enhances the practicality of the roof type.

 

7. MANSARD ROOF

This type of roof is quite similar to the Gambrel Roof mentioned above, with a few minor differences. The main one is that the Mansard Roof does not have the vertical gable ends and the roof overhanging the facade of the home, as is the case in the Gambrel style. This French style of roof offers extra room for increased living or storage space on the top story of a house.

8. PYRAMID ROOF

True to its name, this roof type is shaped like a pyramid. This is another type of roof that is not practical to use on a whole house, but can add a beautiful decorative touch to small home sections or to corresponding outside structures like garages. angle.

9. SALTBOX ROOF

This is interesting type of roof is asymmetrical in form and features a long pitched roof with one very long side and one very short side. Oftentimes, this results in a house that is multi-storied in the sense that one side of the construction is only one story, while the other side of the building features two stories.

 

10. SKILLION ROOF

This roof type has one single sloping roof surface. It looks like one half of a triangular roof, and it can be compared to a flat roof whose roof sides have been inclined just slightly. It is not often used in full home construction but can often be seen as a special roofing option for multi-level homes

For project examples and more detailed information about different roofing shapes and styles when determining which ones might best suit their needs, homeowners should contact the professionals at United Home Experts.