Our team answers homeowner questions every weekend on WCCO 830 AM from 9:00 am-10:00 am. Have your most pressing home improvement quandaries addressed by calling or texting 651-461-9226. Here’s the must-know information our COO, Andy Lindus, shared on 4.9.22.
Homeowners opting for composite deck installation have the choice between many types of decks. A material that wins high marks with deck contractors and homeowners alike is Millboard®. The decking has a lot of depth, notable textures, and a finish that looks like aged wood. Deck contractors appreciate how easily it can be installed. The material is affordable and does not get too hot in the summer months. Even in frosty, snowy, and rainy conditions, the composite decking surface does not become slippery. It is an ideal decking material for the dramatic temperature fluctuations that Wisconsin and Minnesota encounter.
Another aspect of decking that homeowners should carefully consider is the deck footings. A diamond pier is a reliable choice that will stand the test of time. A diamond pier is diamond shaped cement pier that has five rods that get jackhammered into the earth. Helical piers are another excelled selection. They can be thought of as giant drill bit placed in the earth to support a deck. They work well for buildings and footings that are close to the water table.
Many homeowners choose to install insulation to improve a home’s energy efficiency. Home insulation is offered in a variety of types including fiberglass, cellulose, and spray foam. When compared with fiberglass insulation, cellulose will settle more. However, when cellulose settles, a crust is created that makes it harder for air to flow through. In addition, the fire retardant used in cellulose insulation can act as a rodent deterrent. Just as important as the type of insulation used is an attic’s ventilation and air sealing. In Wisconsin and Minnesota, homeowners should strive for an attic that is R-60.
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Window replacement is one of the most energy efficient home improvements. Picture windows rank high in energy efficiency because they cannot be opened or closed. This reduces the risk of air or water infiltration. Sliding and casement windows from Infinity® from Marvin also rank high in energy efficiency. That’s because sliding windows have interlocking panels that provide a seal. In casement windows, a single sash presses up against the frame when the window is closed. This allows for maximum levels of energy efficiency.
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