Window Replacement Billings MT
Montana’s climate is unpredictable, with the possibility of temperatures varying between ninety degrees one day to just above freezing the next. And, while the nuances in the weather are one reason that many Montana residents love their home state, knowing that the weather is entirely unpredictable is a concern for the homeowner who is in the process of building a brand new home.
The windows throughout the home, for instance, are responsible for protecting and insulating the homeowner from the elements, and the homeowner involved in a new build has the opportunity to choose the windows that will work best for their lifestyle and the overall efficiency of the home.
While the look of the windows will represent the style of the homeowner and the volume of the windows throughout the home will contribute to the amount of light being allowed in the home, understanding the windows insulating capabilities is also a very important aspect when deciding which windows are appropriate for the Montana climate.
Window Replacement Billings MT
Windows are rated for their insulation capabilities by a value called the U-Factor. The U-factor is a number that represents the combined insulating factor of the window frame, the glaze on the glass panes, and the spacer that separates the glass panes. The lower the number of the U-Factor, the more efficient the windows.
For climates like Montana, windows should have a U-Factor of .30 and below, and many of today’s highly efficient double pane windows will perform to these standards. Some triple paned windows have a U-Factor of .15 and below, and are some of the most efficient windows ever built.
Also, widows have a number that determines the amount of solar heat gain, and this number is defined by the abbreviation SHGC. And, while the efficiency of the windows in the Montana climate should be at or below .30, the SHGC should be greater than 0.6 to maximize the possible solar heat gain on the colder wintry days. Also, it is important to consider where the windows are placed because the efficiency needs for the home are different in accordance with the daily angle of the sun.
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Are Energy Star Windows Worth It?
If you’re remodeling your windows, then you might be considering Energy Star windows. These windows can cost considerably more than windows that aren’t Energy Star qualified. Is it worth making the investment? Learn more about the benefits of Energy Star products that go beyond saving the environment.
- Protect the contents of your home through low-emissivity coatings which reduce UV rays through the windows. In other words, the sunlight won’t damage your artwork, carpets, furniture and drapes. Although the heat gain is reduced, the visible light that enters into your home isn’t.
- Energy Star windows will perform as labeled. You can trust the marketing, because these products go through a rigorous certification process.
- Save money on your utility bills. A typical home will save $100 or more annually on heating and cooling costs when you install Energy Star windows. How much you save will depend on the style of windows you currently have, single or double pane, and where you live.
- Reduce your carbon footprint by installing more efficient windows through reducing your energy consumption.
- Energy Star products help keep your home more comfortable by keeping the temperature consistent during the winter and summer.
- Higher-performance windows reduce the load on your HVAC.
- Energy Star windows reduce the condensation around your windows, reducing the amount of water damage to the frame and surrounding materials.
When it comes to deciding whether Energy Star windows are worth it, don’t just look at the initial cost. Consider the long-term savings on your energy bill and your carbon footprint. Although the federal tax credit ended for Energy Star product installation, your state or community may have rebates and/or discounts for installing more efficient appliances and materials in your home. This could greatly affect the cost of your Energy Star windows. Don’t discount the value of windows labeled with the Energy Star certification.
If you have any questions about Energy Star Windows for your home, call Lynnrich Siding today.
Seal Drafts to Save Money
Seal drafts to save money, we’ve all heard this. Almost everyone’s home has a draft; it doesn’t matter if the home is newly-built or if it has been standing since our state’s inception, there are likely air gaps around windows, doors, electrical outlets, attic hatches, dryer vents, etc. And these air gaps can be a problem for even the most efficient furnace this winter. But there are a few simple methods to close up these air gaps. Here’s how…
Weather stripping is hands-down one of the simplest and most inexpensive methods to seal air gaps around doors and windows. Around the perimeter of a door, check for strips of light. If you can see light, then there’s an air gap.
Check the exterior weatherstripping first, because oftentimes it’s the culprit. Weatherstripping can age and break down. And if it appears broken down, it’s fairly simple to replace. Simply remove the old by pulling it free from its track and, assuming the old piece was the perfect length, lay the old piece alongside the new, mark the length, and then cut the new piece to size.
Then simply put the new piece into the track and, again, check for any sign of light. If light appears at the bottom of the door, your door sweep may be misaligned with the door. Some door sweeps can be corrected, and if your door sweep will not allow adjustment, consider replacing the old door sweep for one that can be adjusted.
When you have all the windows and doors sealed, then consider hanging heavier, insulated curtains. Insulated curtains will do a lot to keep out the chill. Yes, insulated curtains are more expensive, but they are going to increase the efficiency of your furnace, and those savings will eventually recoup the initial cost.
And remember, with the cold weather upon us, it’s time to replace your furnace’s filter and have your furnace cleaned and serviced for the winter season. You don’t want to have your furnace go out on a cold night this winter. If you have any questions, or would like to replace your windows and not have to worry about weather stripping, contact Lynnrich today!
Summer Storms and Roof Damage
Was your house hit by the recent hail storm? If so, give us a call today so that we can inspect your roof and siding have damage.
Summer is upon us and while the warmer days and longer night make such an appealing daydream, it also means that dramatic hail storms, violent lightning storms, and even possible tornadoes are upon us. It may not be all that bad, unless you are someone who has had to struggle with an insurance company to cover your end of a replacement roof.
If you are concerned about damage to your roof from a storm, give Lynnrich a call to evaluate your roof for you, and Lynnrich can even help you to take the next steps with your insurance company to ensure that your home stays protected from the elements with a functional roof. Document, document, document… Document the damages to your roof , so that your insurance company can’t question the how or when damage happened.
Determine if your roof has been damaged
You should be able to check the majority of damage from the street or yard of your home. Obviously the best thing would be to walk the roof and check for damage up close. But the roof can be a dangerous place, and you may just want to call Lynnrich for an up close inspection. But, if you want to do the preliminary check on your own, head out to the street or backyard—if you’re in the street please be sure to check for cars—and inspect the roof.
With all of the hailstorms that we’ve encountered in the past few years, check to if the hail has taken out entire sections of asphalt shingles. Also, shingles will bruise or dent from hail, although these dents or bruises are not always visible. A set of binoculars to check the roof can be beneficial. Don’t forget to check the downspouts of gutter for grit that has been pelted from the shingles during the storm.
Even if you cannot see damage from the street, in the event that there is grit from the shingles either in the downspouts, on the ground at the base of downspouts, or in the gutters, it may be time to call a professional to check your roof. If you have spotted damage to your roof post-storm, make sure to document the damage, if possible, with photographs.
If your home or business suffered damage in any hail storm, please contact Lynnrich today!
Selling Your Home? Remember To Update The Curb Appeal
You’re not going to be in the market for a new home, often. In fact, many people find that if they’ve built that perfect custom home, they want to live in it for years, maybe forever— good construction will withstand time. But, what many people don’t consider, when they’re purchasing a new home, is the land around the home—the lot. While landscape is much more easily changed then, say, the amount of square footage in the home, it’s still something that should be given consideration.
Selling Your Home? Remember To Update The Curb Appeal
Consider the curb-appeal of your home. Will a concrete driveway, leading up to a garage, suffice as the home’s only initial walkup, or would a path made of stone, or pavers, or stamped concrete that leads from the street to the front door compliment your personality and style? Is the front yard all grass, or are there decorative islands of stone and shrubbery?
Consider the backyard of the home. Many people today are building enormous food gardens, or kid-play-areas. If you’re an in-and-outdoors type of person, you’ll want your style and the area around the home to reflect your style.
Decks and porches are great places to spend time outside on your own property, enjoying the outdoors. Consider how the home will be built. If it’s just one level, maybe even a stamped concrete patio would suite your needs, although multi-levelled homes might be well-equipped with a multi-level deck. Three tiers of space on a deck leaves plenty of room for entertaining guests. A front porch, or a sun porch—places for reading, and enjoying your morning coffee while the warm rays of the sun creep up the walls. Front porches are great ways to enjoy a summer evening, enjoying someone’s company, or enjoying the serene quiet of your neighborhood.
Regardless what type of person you are, the outside of your home will play a part in your overall, customized home design. That’s why you buy a fully custom-built home from a reputable contractor, because your getting the entire package—everything you want—in one place.
If you are looking for roofing, siding, windows or doors to add to your home for curb appeal, please contact Lynnrich today!