Reduce Your Energy Bill

Heating and cooling costs can represent 54% of your energy bill. The older your home the more money you spend to maintain a comfortable temperature in your home. Why, because older homes were built with less energy efficient methods and materials. Homes built between 2000 and 2005 used 14% less energy per square foot than homes built in the 1980s and 40% less energy per square foot than homes built before 1950.

Energy_consumption
Energy Consumption

Improvements in the products that go in your home and how your home is built have kept energy consumption per square foot about even for the last 30 years. Inflation and increases in the average size of homes means the average home owner is spending more on energy every year. It’s easy to see why upgrading areas of your home to more modern and efficient products can save you money.

Insulation
When your home was built it probably only included standard insulation. If this is true consider adding a radiant energy reflection insulation like Esheild 11000 to your home. It reflects back 97% of radiant heat hitting it. Radiant heat accounts for 93% of the heat energy coming into your home via the attic during summer and 50% of the heat loss via your ceiling in the winter time. It is installed on the underside of your roof to keep the heat out and on the floor of your attic to keep heat in.

Windows
Older less well made windows are another area your home allows outside weather to affect your home. Window technology has come a long way. Glass can be coated with filter films to protect your home from sun damage while reflecting other spectrum’s of light that heat up your home. Multiple panes of glass with inert gas sandwiched between the panes increase the insulation value drastically over just a single pane of glass. In addition to more energy efficient windows consider adding storm windows. Storm windows are added to the exterior or interior of your existing windows. Storm windows aren’t normally left up year round. When not needed they are removed and put in storage.

Storm Doors
Any entrance/exit to your home is a location for heat loss or gain. Doors don’t have the same insulation value that a wall has and it has seems that can allow air in or out. Adding a storm door to the exterior or your door will boost the insulation and provide a better air seal. In addition you gain the added ventilation or light options a storm door brings.

Insulated Siding
If you are considering changing your siding then it’s time to consider spending more and getting insulated siding. What’s in your homes walls can’t be easily changed without a lot of effort so it’s an ideal opportunity to increase your homes overall energy efficiency while increasing your homes beauty.

Give K-Designers a call 800-728-3902 or visit us online www.k-designers.com and we’ll walk you through all of these options and more.

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I’ve chosen Vinyl as my siding, now what?

K-Designers Vinyl Siding InstalWhen building a new home, or remodeling an existing one, vinyl siding is now the most popular choice for siding. Not surprising with its affordability and versatility. But with it being so popular how do you make your home stand out compared to your neighbors?

Vinyl siding is a very versatile siding material all by itself with a variety of options built in. Board type, installation method, color, and designer elements are all choices you can make to create a unique look to your home.

Board Type
Vinyl siding is made to imitate a real wood siding installation. The most common styles appear to be strips of overlapping boards installed running horizontally in rows, bottom to top. Because styles have varied over the years there are a variety of standard board widths (4” to 8” ) to choose from.

Shakes and Scallops
Shakes like standard vinyl siding has a wooden counterpart. If you aren’t familiar think of old style wooden shingles except they are installed as a siding material instead of on your roof. There are a few different styles of shake from a little more uniform to more rustic and random. Scallops are a little different in that the exposed end is rounded into a half circle. You can use either of these styles to cover your entire home or just as an accent to your primary siding choice.

Installation Method
As I mentioned board style siding is primarily installed horizontally on your home. But some styles, like Board and Batten, are meant to be installed vertically. Any horizontal style siding can be installed on a slant to add visual interest to your home. If installed this way the angle usually matches the pitch of your roof or it’s done at 45 degrees.

Color
It used to be that your color options were limited to maybe three, now you have over a dozen standard colors with several designer options to choose from.

Designer Elements
Vinyl accent pieces give your install a custom and stylish appearance. Some like trim or wraps can match, contrast or harmonize with your main siding color. Other designer elements like headers, keystones, shutters, pilasters, sunbursts etc. come in a reduced color pallet since they are meant to make a statement by contrasting.

As you can see plenty of options to make your house truly custom with just vinyl, but if that just isn’t enough you can mix your siding materials. Accenting your foundation or breaking from one material to another based on the architecture can certainly add style to your home’s exterior. The most common pairing is probably brick or stone, but any siding material can be mixed if done with a little planning.

If you are looking to bring new life to your home let K-Designers guide you through the choices. Call 800-728-3902 or visit www.k-designers.com.