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Make Your Roof More Energy Efficient

There are a lot of reasons why homeowners are turning to more energy efficient products for their homes. Not only will it positively impact your energy bill, but living in an energy efficient home increases air quality, reduces moisture-related issues and can even improve your resale value. There’s a number of updates to make your home more energy efficient, starting with your roof!

“Cool” Roofs.

Southern states that experience hot temperatures have been using this simple, yet effective, trick on homes for years. Homes with dark roofs absorb much more heat than homes with lighter colored roofs, making the indoor temperature much higher. The result? Your home cooling system works harder when its paired with a darker roof, which means your energy bill skyrockets. Lighter colored, or “cool,” roofs reflect the sunlight as opposed to absorbing it, making it a more comfortable and energy-efficient, living environment for you and your family.

Insulation.

Keep warm or cold air out of your home by installing insulation in your attic. Homes that have poor insulation leave room for hot and cold outdoor air to make its way inside which will make your HVAC system work that much harder. An overworked HVAC system will drive up energy bills, and no one wants to pay more than they should.

As you can see, there are a lot of factors that contribute to the energy efficiency of your roof. Whether you’re looking to improve the color, material, insulation, or slope, Tri-State is ready to lend a helping hand in your home improvement process.

Don’t know where to start, or what works best with your budget? Let us take a look and provide you with a consultation, completely free of charge. Fill out our estimate request form and a Tri-State team member will contact you to schedule your free estimate!
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Smooth ways to save this winter

Winter makes everything rougher: the roads, your skin and especially saving money. Hank has your back during the rough months with some winter energy-saving tips revolving around your windows, heating systems and actions.

Windows

  • Cover windows using plastic film or sheets and install insulating window dressings like heavy drapes or cellular shades.
  • Open curtains during the day to let in sunshine and the heat it brings, then close them at night to help insulate and trap the heat inside.
  • Seal leaks with weatherstripping or caulk. Drafts can enter through gaps in windows, doors and fireplaces.
  • Install high-efficiency windows that can reduce costs through insulation.

Systems

  • Install a programmable thermostat to turn down temperatures during working or sleeping hours.
  • Have your furnace inspected for efficiency and schedule appropriate service and maintenance.
  • Replace filters regularly to ensure high function and efficiency of your furnace.
  • Regularly clean ducts and vents in heating systems, fireplaces and stoves for maximum efficiency.

Behavior

  • Keep your thermostat set as low as is comfortable. Wear layers—and socks!
  • Be intentional about turning off lights and appliances when they are not in use.
  • Unplug electronics when possible. Even turned off, they can draw energy.
  • Put Christmas lights on a timer and use high-efficiency LED bulbs in displays to limit energy costs during the holidays!

 

No matter your energy-saving goals this winter, Hank and the Tri-State gang are here to help! Use our online contact form to ask us any questions about the insulating, energy-efficient options available for windows, siding and roofing!

Tri-State offers new line of energy-efficient windows

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Tri-State Windows, Siding & Roofing has a new line of ENERGY STAR certified windows that not only save energy once they are installed, but are also made with eco-friendly products, further reducing the carbon footprint of your remodel.

The Berkshire Elite High-Performance Vinyl Windows are designed as a replacement window and are excellent for home remodels or upgrades. The windows are made with vinyl, a recyclable material that weighs less than other window products requiring less energy consumption during shipment.

The window design and materials also have several energy-saving features to lower your utility bill.

Energy-saving insulation glass

Windows are roughly 80 percent glass, so which type is used is one of the most important factors contributing to energy savings. Berkshire Elite High-Performance Vinyl Windows are built with a dual-pane insulating glass unit with double strength glass. That’s all fancy terminology for the windows will do a better job of keeping warm in during the winter and solar heat out in the summer.

Foam-enhanced mainframe

This optional feature further increases energy efficiency by reducing the possibility of even the slightest draft.

BroadView narrowline frame and sash

The narrowline frame and sash provide strength and an expanded glass area. But the embedded chambers also increase energy efficiency, rigidity and durability.

Click here to learn more about Berkshire Elite High-Performance Vinyl Windows or to get a free estimate from Tri-State Windows, Siding & Roofing.