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Five Benefits to Replacement Windows

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If you still have single-pane windows, you may be putting up with a lot of discomforts such as drafts, moisture, and rising energy costs. They may also let outdoor noise in. Energy-efficient replacement windows are a great home improvement project. Investing in insulation, sealing air leaks, and repairing your windows are great ideas as well.

Here are five benefits to replacement windows.

Soundproofing

Reduce outside noise by installing high-quality replacement windows. Windows featuring triple-pane, sound control, or laminated glass are three options to consider. To reduce sound even further, hang room darkening, sound-absorbing curtains. You can find these curtains at most any big box retailer or online.

Energy Efficiency

ENERGY STAR qualified windows can lower household energy use by an average of 12 percent nationwide. This amounts to $126 to $465 a year for a typical home with single-pane windows or $27 to $111 if your home has double-pane windows. Lower energy consumption is also environmentally friendly.

Improved Comfort

Quality replacement windows can improve occupant comfort by reducing the flow of heat into and out of your home. This helps to keep your home warm during the winter and cool during the summer. Additionally, this can reduce energy demand, thus saving you money when those dreaded energy bills come each month.

Return on Investment

Replacing existing windows with insulated, low-E, simulated-divided-lite vinyl windows has, according to the Cost vs. Value report from Remodeling Magazine, a national average return on investment (ROI) of 74.3 percent. Another material to consider is wood with a ROI of 69.5 percent. Project costs are generally recouped at resale.

UV Protection

Although, natural light provides sufficient amounts of Vitamin D and can help improve mood, too much of a good thing can be bad. After repeated exposure to direct sunlight, your furniture, drapes and floors can fade or discolor. Protect your belongings with ENERGY STAR certified windows that have ultraviolet-ray protecting coatings.

Multiple Applications for Closed-Cell Spray Foam Insulation

spray foam insulation

Closed-cell spray foam insulation is renowned for being a superior material for both residential and commercial projects. Its unique application allows it to improve energy-efficiency while also enclosing conditioned air inside the structure, thus, reducing the amount of money spent on wasted energy. It’s also virtually impervious to moisture, preventing the loss of R-value, as well as the growth of mold.

Because it will not shrink or settle, its high R-value – it can achieve an R-20 at 3 inches and R-41 at 6 inches – and acoustical performance lasts the life of a structure. It is manufactured on site by combining an isocyanate and a polymeric resin through state-of-the-art equipment. Properly installed, closed-cell spray foam insulation can adhere to a wide variety of substrates including concrete, metal and wood.

Applications for closed-cell spray foam insulation include:

  • Roofs: Spray foam insulation can be used as a re-roofing material, applied directly on the existing roof structure, providing two important benefits: 1) waterproofing and 2) increased R-value. This application is more commonly seen in commercial building rather than residential.
  • Exterior walls: One of the positive attributes of spray foam insulation is its versatility. It’s compatible with many wall types and can be sprayed onto the exterior sheathing in new construction projects, or assimilated between stud cavities in retrofit situations.
  • Interior walls: Upgrading insulation with spray foam insulation allows you to benefit from fewer drafts, more consistent indoor temperatures, better indoor air quality, and reduced noise pollution. Similar benefits can be achieved when installed under floors.
  • Custom insulation applications: Contact for more information

Carrig and Dancer Insulation specializes in insulating your residential and commercial building envelope using the highest-quality insulation materials. Our experienced team is ready to partner with you on your next project. Call us today at (253) 584-7704. For a free quote, click here.

Save Your Sanity With Soundproofing

Noise UpstairsSoundproofing can be a sanity saving home improvement if you have a house full of children or musicians!

With the theory in mind, that sound travels not only faster, but more easily through dense material; we can apply that concept to soundproofing our homes and our offices.

There are two forms of sound. The first is structure borne sound.Footstep Noise The sound vibrations travel through some medium. It could be the floorboards of the house, the ceiling or the walls. That is how we can hear someone walking a few doors down, or someone who is busy vacuuming upstairs. The sound we perceive travels through the wood, or through the ceiling structures.

Annoyed WomanThe second kind of sound is airborne sound, for example, the neighbor’s lawn mower, the airplanes flying overhead, cars passing by, or sirens on emergency vehicles. If we want to “stop” sound, we use mass and space. Mass will block the airborne sound, but space will keep the sound that is traveling through our structures from getting into our living areas.  We do this using the decoupling and insulating method. The image below illustrates decoupling and insulating. The insulation used is a special kind of mineral fiber insulation. Carrig and Dancer carries this kind of insulation and uses it for sound control projects.

There are other factors that are taken into consideration when soundproofing a building. We Insulationmay also need to sound proof the door, the air conditioning unit, the lighting fixtures, the windows and the pipes.  On some projects, it is just as important to retain the sound in a certain room as it is to keep noise out of a certain room.

For more information on sound proofing contact Carrig and Dancer at (253) 584-7704, or visit them on the web, by clicking here.

New Windows

Replacement Windows

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Should I replace my home’s windows?

The decision to replace the windows in your home is a big one.  How do you know if it’s really necessary?  With time and use, windows wear out.  They can become less energy efficient and begin to break down structurally.  There are a few definite signs that will let you know if it is time for replacement windows.

 

New Windows1.  Windows Become Drafty

All windows will let a little bit of air into and out of your home, but you should not be able to detect a draft.  If you can, then the windows are letting too much air through.  Over many years of use windows can become warped or the frames can become loose which would allow too much air to pass through.  If this happens your heating and cooling system will have to work harder to keep your indoor temperature at a comfortable level.  That will cause your energy bills to be higher, which is a sure sign that the windows need to be replaced.  Weather stripping is a temporary remedy for this problem, but since sealants expand and contract, the leaks will not be sealed for very long.

2.  Difficulty Opening and Closing the Windows

This sign is a pretty obvious one.  Clearly, if you cannot open or close your windows they are no longer useful and ne to be replaced.  Wooden windows can warp and cause them not to go up and down.  Metal windows, when not properly painted can rot or rust, which can also cause them not to operate properly as well.  Double hung and triple hung windows utilize a balance system that allows them to move up and down.  If this malfunctions the windows might suddenly slam shut, which is hazardous.

3.   Condensation Between Panes on Double or Triple Paned WindowsWindows

If there is condensation, fog or even white calcium deposits between the panes of glass in triple or double paned windows, it is a sign that the seal between them may have been broken.  This means that the glass is no longer insulating against the outdoor temperatures.  In cases like this, the windows, or at least the panes of glass must be replaced.

Thermostat 4.  High Heating and Cooling Costs

If your heating and cooling costs are high, old and inefficient windows may be the cause.  If the windows in your home are very old they are probably not energy efficient.  In the long run, replacing the old windows with new, energy efficient windows will save you enough money on your utility bills to pay for themselves.

If you would like to find out if your windows should be replaced call Carrig and Dancer at (253) 584-7707 or visit our website here: http://www.carriganddancerinsulation.com/ .

 

If you would like to read the original article that inspired this blog post click here.

Monsoon season has arrived

It’s that time of  year again. The time when Arizona receives the most  substantial portion of rain for the year. In preparation for Monsoon season, Carrig and Dancer found a nifty article outlining the 20 or so chores needed to complete before monsoon season takes full force. The completion of these chores will ensure our homes are safe and dry from the severely heavy rainfall. Among the comprehensive list of chores like patching the roof, staking young trees, adding surge protection, and ensuring that your lawn and porch are ready to bear the rain, is a much overlooked task. That is the task of installing and properly situating vapor barriers. The vapor barrier is essentially a condensation controller for your insulation. It is used to resist diffusion of moisture through the wall, ceiling and floor assemblies. In the depiction below, the vapor retarder is on the interior of the wall. Which is common in hot, humid climates. The warm, moist air enters the wall cavity and accumulates onto the cold interior wall board.

Vapor Retarder

One of the worst case scenarios homeowners may face is moisture damage. According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development , one third to one half of all homes have damp conditions which may result in the development of pollutants such as molds and bacteria. One of the best preventative practices, as advised by the H.U.D. is to install an exterior wall sheathing with an effective air barrier. This will significantly affect the pressure gradient across the wall. Sheathing of an exterior wall will create an air barrier that minimizes the intrusion of humid outside air.

Exterior Insulation and Brick or Stone Veneer-img src: www.stanford.edu

The effects of moisture damages are far reaching to say the least.
Carrig and Dancer specialize in residential and commercial insulation. We will service your every insulation need to improve the value and the comfort of your home.

 

 

The Clean and Simple Guide to Washing Windows

Washing windows is one of the many have-to’s or honey-do’s we check off our home maintenance list every year. It requires time, organization, and a will to finish a job well done that improves both the look and feel of your home for family, friends, and neighbors.

Cleaning with Standard Window Cleaning solution and paper towels actually rubs the dirt around which creates streaks. On top of that, the motion creates a static charge which attracts even more dirt and dust to the windows.The following method is a non-toxic, environmentally friendly method that should enhance the length of time needed until the next cleaning cycle.

Window Cleaning

The first step is to gather the necessary materials. Get a few large buckets; one to hold the supplies, another bucket for the white-vinegar solution, and a third for the soap and water solution.

We recommend the following materials.

  •                 One bucket of soap and water simple solution
  •                 A ½ cup white vinegar one gallon water solution
  •                 Squeegee
  •                 Towels
  •                 Sponges
  •                 Lint-Free Cloths

Then count the windows in the house. Tally them up in order to not skip a single window. While checking off each window, inspect the amount of dirt and grime built up on each.  For those with an overwhelming amount of vinegar, use the soap and water solution with a separate cloth for that bucket.

Go around the grimy windows first with the soap and water. Remove the sediment gently with a separate cloth. Rinse and prepare for the white vinegar solution.

Now, begin washing using a sponge with the white vinegar solution. Place a towel at the bottom of the window to catch the excess water. After wiping the window down with the squeegee, use a towel to wipe once more with the white vinegar solution. Then dry with a lint-free cloth. Follow this procedure for each window.  It is a best practice to clean the windows during a time of day when the sun is not shining directly on the windows.

 

For more information on residential window installation, treatment, or insulation, contact Carrig and Dancer at 253 584 7704 or visit our website http://www.carriganddancerinsulation.com/