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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.

Enter To Win A Fireplace!

At Carrig and Dancer Insulation we offer a variety of insulation services for both residential and commercial needs…but did you know that our highly skilled contractors can offer more to you than just insulation products? We also offer many products that add a finishing touch to your home, such as Heat & Glo fireplaces.  These modern day fireplaces are great for indoor or outdoors, available in wood burning, gas or electric.  To see a full list of fireplaces please visit our website.

“Experience fire in new ways with this REVOlutionary new series.” ~ Heat & Glo.

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The brand new Heat & Glo REVO fireplace features a patented, invisible Razor™ burner, a reflective black glass interior, and a slender, 7-inch deep profile. The REVO fireplace is available in three sleek models (square, linear, vertical), making it a versatile addition to just about any space!” Quote from Heat & Glo

AND, right now you can enter to win a new REVO gas fireplace, thanks to our friends at Heat & Glo.  The grand prize is a new REVO gas fireplace ($6,000 value) or one of seven $100 American Express Gift Card weekly prizes.  Click here to enter to win!

Carrig and Dancer is ready to install your new fireplace today!  Our excellent service is available in ten locations serving Arizona, Southern California, Nevada, New Mexico & Washington. To schedule your estimate please call 253-584-7704, send an email or visit our website.