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 8.27.22.
Fast Facts About House Siding
Homeowners considering house siding services, should consider whether they want wood siding installation or a maintenance-free house siding. While wood siding installation provides a rustic appearance, it does need routine maintenance to avoid dry rot. For this reason, many homeowners opt for the installation of LP® SmartSide® siding, which can imitate the appearance of wood. This replacement siding does not need maintenance and is resistant to damage by birds and insects.
How Replacement Siding & Underlayment Can Be Used For Energy Efficiency & Water Management
A benefit of LP® SmartSide® siding is that it can increase a home’s energy efficiency when installed with Insultex™ House Wrap which assists in home air sealing. That’s because Insultex™ House Wrap has a rating of R-6. In addition, Insultex™ House Wrap provides a drainage plane that allows any water that passes through the cladding to exit without causing damage to a home’s structure. This is especially important for homeowners choosing LP® SmartSide® installation because of how tight the house siding sits to the underlayment.
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Points To Consider Before Proceeding With Home Window Replacement
New home windows should be thought of as an investment. That’s because energy efficient windows can lower utility costs. Some of the most energy efficient windows available are Marvin replacement windows. Their Infinity® Windows are made from Ultrex® Fiberglass. The advantage of this material is that it has been proven to be eight times stronger than the material used in vinyl windows. This line of Marvin replacement windows comes with a full frame installation which creates more energy efficient windows than insert window replacement.
House Windows & Condensation
Homeowners considering window replacement because of the presence of window condensation should work with a trusted contractor that can advise them if the condensation is the result of too high of moisture levels within a home or because of the need for new home windows. This is especially true in the winter months when home humidity levels should be under 30%. When home humidity levels exceed this amount in the winter, the home’s warm air meets the cold air on the windows, causing condensation to form. Condensation is particularly alarming on wood residential windows because it can ruin them.