01
June
2012

How to Keep Your Attic & Garage Cooler During the Summer

With the heat of the summer, you are probably finding that keeping cool is nothing short of hard work. Staying cool requires staying hydrated and staying in water. Unfortunately, a summer full of pool time fun is not always an option. Two places that need to be kept cool in your home, during the summer, are the attic and garage. If you can keep these two locations cool, your home will become a more welcoming place to be.

With a hot summer day, you can blast the cool air of your air conditioning and get a little relief, but your AC is working very hard. Because the solar radiation has been heating up your home, through windows, walls, and the roof, the air conditioner is fighting the sun, and that’s one tough battle. Your attic can reach over 140 degrees because of all the heat radiating your roof. That heat doesn’t just stay in your attic, though. It works through the insulation, through the air conditioning ductwork in the attic, and into your cooling system. Battle the sun and the attic heat, your air conditioner has no fighting chance. To help cool your attic, you can install solar screens for shade. These go on the windows, porch, and plant trees.

Make sure your attic is ventilated with ridge and soffit vents, which allow s the passage of air through them. Also, insulate your attic to R-30, a 10 inch thick layer of insulations that goes above your ceiling. And finally, install a radiant barrier between your roof and your attic insulation. This is an aluminum foil material that prevents 95 percent of radiating heat from your roof from reaching the insulation on your attic floor.

To keep you garage cooler in the summer, there are several steps you can take, which together will reduce the temperature of your garage.

The first step is reducing direct sunlight from hitting your garage. To compete this task, plant trees along the southern half of the structure. When the trees are large enough, meaning this process will take some time, a shadow will cover your garage for a lot of the daytime.

The next step is insulation. Because your garage absorbs so much heat, you need to insulate your space. If you can find the drafty areas, seal them. Also, replace and bulk up on your insulation if you find that it isn’t making your garage cooler on its own. Find the thermal conductors, like metal, and cover them with insulated materials like plywood, particleboard, plastic, and rubber.

The third step is to fan out your garage. Because heat rises, you should have at least one exhaust fan mounted on the roof in an attempt to shunt the hot air out of the garage.

And finally, in a last ditch effort, a desperate attempt at a cooler garage, you can install an air conditioner in the garage. Though it can get expensive, if you want some seriously cooler air in the garage, it will get the job done.

A cooler garage and a cooler attic equal a cooler home and happier home.

01
June
2012

How to Decide Which Color of Shingle Will Look Best on My Home

The appearance of your house determines everything. A first impression is the most powerful impression there is. If your house does not have proper landscaping, structural integrity, aesthetic appeal, the value of your property drops tremendously. Whether you are looking to sell your home or you are building a home for yourself, choose the color of shingle that will enhance the style of your house, without being to catered to your particular personality, in the case that you might want to sell down the road.

Always think ahead. Because, hopefully, your roof will be around for a long time, you don’t want to choose a color based on a current trend, and end up with the wrong color. Architectural style also influences the color choice. With so many factors to consider, there are some steps you can take to find the perfect color of shingle for you home.

First: consider your climate. You want to get the most out of your roof. Choosing a color of shingle that will keep your energy bill low should be considered. If you choose a color that absorbs the sun and causes you to blast your air conditioning, you will regret it in the long run. So be cautious of the climate of your area. If you choose a white or light shingle, it will reflect the sunlight and keep the temperature of your house down. In addition to your home, the roof color affects your attic, by 20 to 40 degrees.

Second: keep aesthetics in mind. When choosing a color for your roof shingles, you want to coordinate with the color of your home—the bricks, wooden siding, stone, or stucco. If you do not coordinate, you will end up with a mismatched home that is a topic of question throughout the neighborhood. You might not mind that, but if you go to sell your home, you will regret the decision. Try a dark gray or black shingle for a gray or blue house. Or try a dark gray or black on a white house. You’ll have a traditional looking home, which is a safe choice.

Third: create the right illusion. If you want to make your house look bigger, choose a lighter color shingle. And just as this illusion is created, dark colors tend to make homes look smaller. Fourth: accentuate the architectural style of your home. While you might long for a Spanish style home, choosing that roof, with a colonial style home is not going to give you what you’re looking for. You cant’ change the style of your home, not even by changing the roofing. So accentuate the style you do have.

Fifth: look at a lot of different materials. When you are choosing a new roof, you want to have a basic knowledge of what to look for. Keep in mind, cost, lifespan, and style. Just like finding a good spouse or the perfect car, when you see that shingle, you’ll know if it’s the right one.

 

01
June
2012

Which Kind of Roof is Best for My Home?

When constructing or remodeling your home, there are many choices to make. What color of brick, if you even want brick, what accent colors, what type of lighting? All of these questions are important in determining the style and presence of your home. But one question, and one decision, will greatly impact the structure and style of your home. Which kind of roof is best? To answer this question you have to keep several aspects of home building in your mind.

You want the structure of your home to match the style of your home. If that means you surrender to your dream of a green roof for structural security, that is what you need to do. And in the long run, you will be happy with the sacrifice. The right roofing material is an important aspect of building a home. Before you make any decisions, you should look at all of your options. You want the best roof for your home and your style.

Check out various neighborhood, searching for roofing material. You need to have some knowledge, or at least a camera, so when you see a roof you like, you can verbalize it correctly. Match the type of roof you are looking at to the style and architecture of your home. Will it fit in? Will it look awkward? You might want a Mediterranean style roof, but have a colonial home. 

As you begin your search for the perfect roof to complete your new home or remodeled home, keep an open mind. You might find that by hearing the names of roofing material, you wouldn’t expect the same look. For instance, you might not expect that metal roofing is made as individual shingles, with a texture and shape resembling slate, tile, or wood shingles. So as much as looks are important, you also want to remember durability. Continue your search by looking at the lifespan of different roofing material. Ranging from a traditional 20 years for composite shingles to a lengthy 50 years for various kinds of metal roofing. Depending on how keen you are on upkeep, when considering roofing materials, you also have to consider how much you are willing to spend on maintenance in the future.

Knowing some background information on various roofing materials, as well as the look and style, you can then proceed to cost. You might not be surprised to find that the most durable materials are the most expensive. But, this does not mean that the highest quality material is the best decision for your particular home. If you know you are going to live in your home for quite some time, go ahead and invest in a long lifespan roof, but if you know you wouldn’t get enough return on your investment, it might be wise to save some money—still getting a good quality roof, but not highest in quality or money.

Choosing the right roof for your home is a fun and investigative process. Enjoy learning about roofs and make the best decision for your family.

 

01
June
2012

Top Reasons to Get a New Home Roof

Let’s face it, we want our home to last as long as possible, without investing any more money into it. We look at a crack and think it’s not bad enough to fix. But wait until things get bad enough to fix causes a lot more issues down the road. When looking at your roof, do you ever notice a missing shingle or other issues? As much as you might not want to get a new roof, here are five reasons why you might need one.

Maintenance is imperative for your home. Just like we take care of our bodies, our homes need some good, old-fashioned tender, love and care. You might not even notice a problem with your roof. But to avoid a roof disaster, you might just have to bite the bullet.

If you own a flat roof you are more inclined to inherit the roofing problems of your next door neighbor. So if you see that your neighbor is having issues with their roof, chances are your roof has the same problem. For some reason, flat roofs stick together. If one of them has roofing issues, all of them are having roofing issues. So don’t take a chance, don’t mock your neighbor. It will come back and get you, too. If you notice your neighbor getting roofing help, you should get some too.

Roofing can be a finicky aspect of your home. You have to be very careful when getting your roof constructed. If there is only one level of shingles, it might not be enough. If your roof has three layers of shingle, chances are that your roof can cave because of the weight. The roof can sag in an area allowing water to seep in through the ply boards, which causes the board and the drywall in the ceiling damage. So if you find that only various shingles have been replaces on your roof, that is not good enough. Don’t just replace a few shingles, unless you know for a fact the ply board under the roof is in good condition. And even then, you are putting a lot of trust in your home. If two layers of shingles are on your home, your roof needs to be replaced.

If you are renting out your home, you should replace your roof when a new tenant coming in. And if your turn around is to quick to completely replace your roof, at least get a complete inspection done. You want your tenants to come into a home, looking to invest. So you should invest as well. Spend some time on the roof, don’t just get a contractor to take a quick look. Get a roofing specialist to fix any issues, inspect it thoroughly, and you will find that your roof will last longer.

If your roof is 20 years old, you must give it some true tlc. Maintaining a roof, keeping the gutters clean, and having it inspected regularly does wonders. So pay attention to your roof, and warning signs that signal repair, and hire a roofing specialist.

01
June
2012

How to: Keep Your Home Cool in the Hot North Texas Summer

If you live in the North Texas region, you know exactly just how hot summer can be. Outside you lather on the sunscreen and spend as much time in the coolness of the water. But what are you supposed to do when you go into your home, and it is not cool enough? With the hot North Texas sun baring down on your home, you need to protect your house, just like you protect your body when you are outside. So here are some tips on keeping your home cool.

The first thing you need to do is be cautious and smart with your air conditioning. For smart ways to save on the AC, set the thermostat at 70 to 75 degrees when you are home. When you are away from the house bump it up to about 80 degrees. You don’t want to turn it off completely, though. If you turn it off before you leave, you will end up spending more money trying to cool the house back down from its overheated state. Next, you need to manipulate your air conditioning thermostat. When electric devices, such as your television, computer, lamp, or other electric producers of heat are near the thermostat, the AC senses the heat and runs longer than necessary. For the next step you might need to step outside. Bare the heat for a short while, as you look at where your unit is. You want to place room units on the north side of the house, when that is a possibility. Because of the shade it will get on the north side, the AC unit will use up to ten percent less electricity. In addition to keeping your unit on the north side of the home, you can plant some trees around your windows, providing shade, and saving you up to 25 percent of the energy a typical home uses. And last, you need to know when to upgrade. Consider purchasing a new air conditioner if you have one celebrating its tenth birthday (air unit). If your central air is more than 12 years old, it’s time for an upgrade.

 

The next tip is remembering that heat rises, which means your attic can reach a temperature of up to 150 degrees. So here’s how to help your attic. Make sure your attic is properly insulated from the rest of the house. You might need to install sweeps and weather-stripping around the door. Or, if you have a hatch-style entrance, purchase a stair-insulator cover, such as an attic tent, to seal it. Sealing off the attic will tremendously help keep your house cooler.

And finally, harness the heat. Because not all hot weather is bad for your electric bill, try changing up your laundry habits. Line-dry clothes outdoors, this means skipping the drying, saving you money, energy, and cooling off your home. And because you spend so much time outdoors in the pool, hang dry your towels. Bonus: solar rays can kill some smell-causing bacteria. It’s truly a win-win.

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