Your homes windows have an often overlooked yet important job of helping to keep your Chattanooga home well-ventilated, comfortable and safe. Windows can typically last anywhere from 20 to 40 years, depending upon the type of window, where it’s located and the amount of maintenance provided. Wear and tear from exposure to the elements also affects their condition over time, decreasing energy efficiency and comfort by creating drafts and leaks. Read more
Springtime in Chattanooga is here, and before long, summer will spread its wings and put your home to the test! This spring, if choose multiple trades on your remodeling project, Armor Xteriors will take off $1000 on your project!
Give us a call today at (423) 760-3333 or click here to schedule a FREE In-Home consultation with one of our experts and let this year be the year you transform your home, save money on energy cost, and improve your homes value.
A quick look at your roof and home’s exterior could reveal minor problems that have begun over the winter, which you can have repaired before they become major issues.
Even if you can’t go up on your roof because it’s too high, you can inspect your shingles, flashings, and chimneys using a pair of binoculars. If you have a flat roof or a single-story home and are able to climb up, do so with caution.
Check for misaligned, cracked or missing shingles, all of which can let water seep in. Also check flashing (those metal pieces where the shingles meet places like your chimney) for rust, and inspect the caulk around pipes or skylights to be sure it hasn’t cracked.
Take a look at the chimney. If it’s masonry, inspect the joints between bricks or stones for pieces that have fallen out or have vegetation growing in them. Both could be signs of water problems.
After you’ve finished inspecting the roof, examine the rest of your home’s exterior. Consider pressure washing your home if it needs it. Then check the exterior paint for chipping. Scrape and touch up any places that have exposed wood, to prevent rot.
If you have more questions about your homes exterior, feel free to give Armor Xteriors a call at (423) 760-3333 to schedule a free in-home consultation and estimate.
The feeling you get after taking a look at damage to your home after a storm is one you will not forget and will make your heart sink. So what should you do? Can you fix anything or should you call a contractor?
Below are 4 simple steps that everyone should take after the storm hits. Read more
The single most important aspect of your windows is how they help insulate your home. But, did you know there are several factors that can effect your windows’ energy efficiency? Before you replace your windows we want you to be knowledgeable of these factors and what energy efficient windows can do for your home. Here are three things to consider when choosing energy efficient windows.
I: The window frame material affects its energy efficiency.
Here are a few of the most popular window frame materials.
There are several kinds of materials that can make up your window frame.
- Vinyl windows are known for their ease of maintenance, colors that coordinate with any exterior palette, and their energy efficiency. These windows have a high level of insulation, eliminating loss of air and keeping the muggy summer heat, or frigid winter winds, out.
- Wood windows require a bit more maintenance. However, wood is an excellent insulator, making wood windows extremely energy efficient.
- Aluminum windows are low-cost and low-maintenance. When considering these windows in terms of energy efficiency, it’s best to look for thermally-broken aluminum windows. A thermal break is a low-conducting composite material that separates the aluminum on the outside of the window frame from the aluminum on the inside and is designed to reduce the transfer of heat or cold between your home and the outside.
- Composite windows combine multiple window materials to take advantage of the benefits of each. Although these windows typically perform well, they are the most expensive window in the market.
II: Glass has the greatest impact a window’s energy efficiency.
Glass packages have the greatest effect on your window’s energy efficiency. You may pay a little more for a great glass package up front, but you’ll also save more in the long run.
Here are some glass options to keep in mind.
- Low E – Reflects infrared light keeping heat inside in the winter and outside in the summer. It can also help keep your carpets and furniture from fading.
- Gas Fill – Either Argon or Krypton can be placed in between glass panes to provide greater insulation than regular air.
III: Consider ENERGY STAR certified windows.
ENERGY STAR is a government supported program that uses a specific criteria to define an energy efficient window.
How does ENERGY STAR determine what makes energy efficient windows? By measuring four different parts of the window: the glass, the gas, the spacer and the reinforcement. The combination of these factors influences the unit’s U-value and solar heat gain, both of which are drivers for meeting ENERGY STAR performance level
To be labeled as an ENERGY STAR product, the U-factor and SHGC (Solar Heat Gain Coefficient) ratings must be less than or equal to those established by ENERGY STAR.
- U-value The U-value or U-factor is commonly described as the amount of heat transferred through a material. The lower the U-factor, the slower the rate of heat flow and the better the insulating value.
- Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC) The SHGC refers to the amount of heat from the sun that windows and doors allow into the home. The lower the number, the greater the ability to reduce the amount of heat absorbed into the home.
Home improvement projects can be expensive. If you need a new roof, or new siding, or replacement windows, those aren’t the kind of projects that can wait; putting them off can make things a lot worse—and potentially a lot more expensive—later. That’s why Armor Xteriors has partnered with the best to offer you affordable financing options that will fit your budget.
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