Good Insulation Can Help Your Energy Bills
- Wednesday, 29 April 2020 11:30
There are many materials for home insulation. We know some of them, such as polystyrene or glass wool, for years. Others like hemp or cork are new, natural materials, which we have been hearing about more and more recently. At the global level, things change and in addition to the effective insulating characteristics of the material, new selection criteria appear. However, a thermal insulation must meet certain conditions in order to be considered effective.
Thermal insulation of residential and commercial building is necessary to minimize heat losses in winter and prevent heat from entering during summer. In addition to increased comfort, you also reduce the energy costs required for heating or cooling the building.
The insulation can be done during the construction of the house, or added later to the walls, basement or roof.
Thermal insulating materials, natural or not, are chosen according to their performance, and this is determined by several parameters:
- Thermal conductivity – determines the ease with which heat passes through the material.
- Thermal resistance – is the parameter that links the conductivity to the thickness of the insulating material.
- Thermal diffusivity – is the ability of a material to conduct heat relative to that of its storage.
- Density – a high density material has a high overall weight which means it has low thermal diffusivity.
- Vapor permeability – Thermal insulation Lansing MI offers must be vapor permeable, otherwise the building will develop mold problems.
Hail Storms in Michigan
- Wednesday, 08 April 2020 10:51
Michigan can be hit with severe weather such as hail storms several times per year. In 2019, the National Weather Service reported some record breaking frigid days with cold and lake effect snow in the beginning of the year, and bad weather unfortunately continued in the following months, culminating with severe storms in the summer.
On June 1st
, thunderstorms that rolled through West Michigan brought some massive hail stones of the size of baseballs, combined with strong wind that caused some severe damage in some areas. At the end of august, there was another severe weather phenomenon across lower Michigan, that brought tennis-ball sized hail (besides heavy rain, wind and lightning).
But the largest hail storm occurrence in recent years happened in 2012, when Detroit areas had no less than 10 hail reports (the largest was 1.75 inches).
Hail storms can cause severe damage to buildings. The most exposed areas are the roof, siding and Lansing windows
, and building owners in hail prone areas must take special protective measures and consider impact-resistant materials when they perform a siding or roofing project. An impact-resistant roof is a class 4 roof, which means that it is made from special materials tested for impact, which are expected to be resistant in severe weather conditions, providing less repairs and replacements, as well as lower insurance premiums.
Weather Resistant Roofing Materials
- Thursday, 19 March 2020 11:12
Heavy rain and snow, high winds, hail, harsh sunshine and extreme cold – these are the weather systems and events that are becoming increasingly frequent these days, even in geographical regions that used to get calm, predictable weather the year around. The roof being the topmost line of defense on any building, the increased frequency of extreme weather has increased the demand for weather-resistant roofing materials – here are the best choices:
- Fiberglass asphalt shingles – these shingles offer more resistance to extreme weather than more common, 3-tab shingles, while being affordable and long-lived, too;
- Cement tiles – this durable roofing solution works great in regions that get wide variations in temperature and they can stand up to high moisture, dry spells and extreme snow, too. Cement tiles are a bit brittle, therefore somewhat sensitive to large hail and other types of impact, but they can protect you without getting damaged from most storms;
- Metal – the alloys used for making metal roofing panels are extremely resistant to snow, rain, heat, high winds and fire. Metal roofs can be damaged by impact, but in most cases, the damage sustained is only of a cosmetic nature and does not affect overall roof health. Metal roofs can also be further strengthened with the help of various coatings, check them out http://www.hankinshomescapes.com/.
Tips For Preventing Home Exterior Storm Damage
- Wednesday, 26 February 2020 13:34
Among the many tips for preventing exterior storm damage we could mention:
- Securing your garden furniture –otherwise, stormy conditions such as heavy winds can use it to break windows or other parts of your home;
- Fixing drainage-related issues – perhaps the first measure to be taken is that of cleaning gutters and downspouts; clogged gutters can cause water infiltrations in your home;
- Using impact-resistant windows – older windows can crack or break easily during stormy weather;
- Ensure that the foundation is safe –there should not be any gaps in your foundations, to prevent water from getting in and causing severe damage;
- All exterior dangers should be removed – this may include trimming tree branches that can fall on your house during a severe storm; despite the fact that trees are usually resistant, old trees are quite a danger;
- All doors and windows must be closed and secured properly;
- Installing more resistant siding is also a good idea – the most preferable material for sidings is steel, but a denser type of vinyl can also do the trick;
- Having your roofing and siding system inspected by http://www.hankinshomescapes.com/hankins-homescapes-siding-products on a regular basis is very useful, as you can fix problems in due time and thus prevent any serious exterior storm damages.
Signs Your Attic Might Need More Insulation
- Wednesday, 12 February 2020 15:02
Despite the fact that they add charm and grace to any roof, ice dams can be indicators of a more serious problem, namely improper attic insulation. In short, these ice dams form when the snow on the roof melts due to the rising heat, combined with the sun heat. And when water freezes again, those interesting ice shapes are formed. Pretty as they may look, they can seriously damage your roof and gutters.
At the same time, another typical clue would be that of moisture in the attic. This should be addressed immediately; otherwise the problem can only get bigger. Unusual temperature changes also ring a bell for more insulation needed.
A drafty house is another clear indicator of insufficient attic insulation. There are several methods which can help you determine the exact reason for these drafts.
If energy bills are unexpectedly high, there might be something wrong with heat losses during winter. It means you need to investigate a bit further and take proper measures to improve insulation.
In case you discover that insulation is the cause of all these symptoms, it is highly advisable to resort to a company that can guide you in this domain, while offering good-quality work done by expert teams, http://hankinshomescapes.com/insulation-products