Proper roof insulation plus sufficient attic ventilation is the formula to extend the life of your roof and avoid a costly roof repair. Adequate attic insulation and ventilation work together to lessen the impact of the extreme heat and cold characteristic of Madison WI.
The primary job of your roof is to protect what’s beneath it. The job of the roof insulation and ventilation is to help protect the roof. Consistent airflow through the house is critical to keep the summer heat from “cooking” shingles from the inside and keep radiant heat from melting winter snow – reducing the risk of ice dams. Continue reading
One of the most important pieces of equipment designed to protect your home is the rain gutter.
In concept, the task is very simple. Rain Gutters help direct roof runoff away from the foundation of your house. Any water pooling at your home’s foundation can lead to soil erosion, rotted siding, create a breeding ground for mold and insects, and lead to water in your basement.
In order for gutters to work properly, you have to keep them clean. Debris such as leaves, pine needles, twigs, bird’s nests, hornet’s nests and a wide array of other materials can limit your gutter’s effectiveness. Continue reading
Experienced siding contractors know the protection for your home should be more than skin deep.
Your siding protects against the elements and if it’s doing its job, makes your home look great and gives it appeal. However, professional siding contractors know to protect your home as completely as possible from moisture and pests, more than siding has to be in place.
Under your home’s siding should be Tyvek type wrap or covering. If it isn’t installed over wood in exterior walls, it makes them more susceptible to water, which can cause rotting, leaking and large amounts of property damage. Do not hesitate to ask the siding contractors you are dealing with about this. Continue reading
Vinyl siding is the most popular siding choice among homeowners. Affordability and ease of maintenance are the primary reasons it is such a popular choice.
According to the Vinyl Siding Institute, the durability of vinyl siding continually improves over time. Color retention is a major area of improvement. The result is less need for painting especially compared to wood and other types of siding. Less painting can mean less lead and other additives from paint which can contaminate the environment.
The life span for vinyl has been increasing as well. Because of it’s durability coupled with color retention, there is less turnover of siding materials. No replacement means less manufacturing of replacement siding and less energy expended. Continue reading
Vinyl Siding is manufactured to be tougher than ever.
Today’s vinyl siding can withstand the elements, hold color and look great while doing it. And, it does all of these things while being a very cost effective siding solution for homeowners.
Vinyl siding and other polymeric siding, including insulated siding, are each certified and independently verified to meet or exceed demanding quality standards and performance characteristics. This is your assurance the siding you choose will help protect your home. Continue reading
Proper attic insulation and ventilation extend the life of your roofing. The two working together helps you avoid extreme heat in the summer that literally cooks your shingles from the inside and in the winter will not allow radiant heat from your home to melt snow cover causing ice dams and related problems.
Proper attic insulation and attic ventilation are part of an effective roofing system. Each alone have a positive impact but together protect the longevity of your roof, improving energy efficiency and allowing all of the mechanical systems to work most efficiently. Proper ventilation and attic insulation make your home a more comfortable place. Continue reading
Vinyl siding is a durable and affordable way to improve the aesthetics of a home and its function. With fluctuating energy costs and our reliable Madison WI winters, insulated vinyl siding is an extra layer of insulation for your home. Below are a few significant factors to consider when deciding whether insulated foam backed vinyl siding is a good choice for your home.
Foam backed insulated vinyl siding comes in two forms –
- The first (depending on manufacturer) is fused onto the vinyl siding panel
- The second form – is the foam backing is conformed to the panel
Traditionally, a good roof, depending on type of shingles and the craftsmanship in the installation, lasted between twenty to forty years. Now your roof can last a lifetime with the new style GAF shingles.
But the roof most homeowners have on their homes has a much shorter lifetime. Environmental issues can have a significant affect on the performance and longevity of existing roofs. Weather issues in Madison WI such as hail, heavy winters with ‘melt & freeze’ cycles, larger trees surrounding your home or unknown issues with the manufacturer of your shingles can all play a role in diminishing shingle function or shortening shingle life. Continue reading
Vinyl siding delivers the great looks and is easy to install. It also has a long life compared to wood siding, without the heavy maintenance. Vinyl siding helps homeowners avoid rotting, splitting and insect damage unlike wood. Or compared with exterior cladding, vinyl siding only requires simple, periodic cleaning with mild soap and a rinse from a garden hose. Continue reading
Roofing can last a lifetime. A good roof has the proper type of shingles, superior craftsmanship and correct and complete installation.
It’s possible to get shingles to last the life of your home if they are installed as part of a well-designed roofing system. In climates such as we have in Madison, WI, the system must be designed for weather issues such as hail, heavy winters with ‘melt & freeze’ cycles and even larger trees surrounding a home and so on. These are conditions to be considered if you really expect to protect your home. A complete roofing system for your roof is the best way to battle the elements. Continue reading