Are you confused with the terms often used by home remodeling contractors? Hear from our COO, Andy Lindus, as he clears up the confusion on some common terminology used in the remodeling industry.
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Window Replacement Terms
Solar Heat Gain
Solar heat gain focuses on the amount of outdoor heat that penetrates to the interior of your home. Solar heat gain is rated from 0 to 1.
Homeowners should seek windows with lower solar heat gain numbers because they will do a better job of keeping a home cooler in the summer months because they’re blocking the heat put off by the sun.
Air infiltration ratings disclose how well the window wards off outdoor air from coming indoors through the windows. Before determining the best windows for their home, it’s imperative to understand the warranties offered by the contractor and manufacturer.
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Roofing & Insulation Terms
Another construction industry term that’s often used, but not always fully understood by homeowners is “hot roof”. In layman’s terms a hot roof is a non-vented attic space that is fully packed with insulation. They’re frequently used in homes with vaulted ceilings.
Before installing one on your home, it’s worth noting that not all roofing manufacturers will offer full warranties to homeowners that have hot roofs installed because the shingles tend to have a shorter lifespan when an inexperienced contractor attempts this type of project.
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When we mention the phrase “CFM rating” we’re often met with a blank stare by homeowners. However, it’s something worth understanding. CFM refers to cubic feet per minute and is used with regards to air flow. When our team is completing a home performance test, one of the elements we measure is the frequency a furnace has to cycle on and off each day. The proper utilization of insulation and attic air sealing ensures a more comfortable and energy efficient home.
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