US Department of Energy Guide

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The project of lowering energy costs can be a daunting task to undertake. Homeowners need to consider cost, of course, in any home improvement job. Replacement windows are a great way to begin, but homeowners need to first consider spending some of the costs involved on sealing unwanted air infiltration in the house as a…

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Choosing a Front Entry Door

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Front entry doors are available in wood, steel and fiberglass materials. Today’s exterior doors frequently consist of a combination of materials. This type of door construction offers maximum insulating capability as well as excellent safety. High-end fiberglass and steel doors utilize a “thermal break” between the inside and outside skin of the door. This thermal…

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U-Value and SHGC Window Ratings

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In 1989 the National Fenestration Rating Council was developed to standardize ratings for windows. Energy-efficiency ratings for windows can be found by looking at the U-value and Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC). Ask your retailer or window manufacturer for these ratings before you purchase to make sure you are buying the most efficient window for…

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Vinyl Versatility

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Vinyl siding options offer many different style choices for the homeowner. Architecturally, choices include different sizes of Dutch Lap, Board and Batten, Clapboard and Shake. Some homeowners may want vinyl with a wood grain look and others may want a smooth look to the vinyl. Colors range from very dark to white. The Vinyl Siding…

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Muntins and Mullions

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Muntin is an age-old term used to describe spacing inside windows, doors and other building structures such as interior paneling and exterior siding. The term is even used in the design of furniture. Today we mostly refer to muntins in windows and doors as “grids”. These separations in the glass can be on the outside…

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James Hardie Siding

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For long-term durability, Hardie siding is a great choice. Fiber cement products from James Hardie are manufactured to be resistant to hail damage as well as being fire-resistant. Check with your insurer to see if you can lower your homeowner’s insurance rates with new Hardie siding installed on your home. ​ Over time, homeowners may…

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