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Energy Conservation & Sustainability

Windows don’t always require replacement in order to see and feel big results in reducing energy usage; however, energy conservation and sustainability is one of the primary reasons for replacing windows that are considered to be obsolete, particularly replacing single-glazed sashes with double-glazed sashes. Currently, most manufacturers’ warranties for replacement windows are from 2 to 10 years; however, historic wood windows with minimal maintenance have a performance life of 60 to 100 years. Retaining and repairing existing windows also conserves embodied energy (i.e. the sum of the energy required to extract raw materials, manufacture, transport, and install building products). Replacement window materials – primarily aluminum, vinyl, and glass possess some of the highest levels of embodied energy of all building materials.

Older windows are renewable and repairable; however, newer thermal windows are not repairable and once the dual glazing seals are broken, they must be totally replaced. While the advantages

of double-paned windows are well known, a properly

weather-stripped, single-glazed sash window can greatly reduce or eliminate air, noise and air infiltration (where most energy is lost). The cost of weather stripping is nominal when compared to the price of replacement windows.

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Energy Savers: Designing and Remodeling a Home

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Designing and Remodeling a Home

Before you design a new home or remodel an existing one, you should consider investing in its energy efficiency. You’ll save energy and money in the long run. It’s also a good time to invest in a renewable energy system that will provide your home with electricity, water heating, or space heating and cooling.

If you’d like to design an energy-efficient home, no matter what type of design, you should use what’s called the whole-house systems approach.

If you’re remodeling a home, conduct an energy audit to help you determine what energy efficiency improvements should and can be made to your home.

Learn how to optimize energy efficiency with the following home designs and construction techniques:

  • Advanced House (Wall) Framing Techniques

    Reduce lumber use and waste—improving energy efficiency—in the construction of a traditional wood-framed house.

  • Earth-sheltered Homes

    Incorporate earth into their structure and design for durability and energy efficiency.

  • Log Homes

    Use wooden logs to provide structure and insulation.

  • Manufactured Homes

    Feature energy-efficient options for new homes and improvements for older homes.

  • Passive Solar Homes

    Take advantage of climatic conditions, especially the sun, for heating in the winter and cooling in the summer.

  • Straw Bale Homes

    Use straw bales to provide all or part of their structure and insulation.

  • Zero Energy Homes

    Produce more energy than they use.

You should also explore your options for financing an energy-efficient home or improvements.

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Energy Savers: Designing and Remodeling a Home

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Englewood, Fl – Roofing Leaks Repairs and GAF ELK Timberline Shingle – (941) 270-2677

Roof replacement or roof repairsgafelk_logo Google 240 b 110 needed? – Timothy Parks Construction & Roofing can give you roofing piece of mind. Our professional GAF ELK Certified CE 18239 roofing service will provide the perfect solution for your home improvement and remodeling needs in Englewood, Fl. http://www.tprci.com/roofing.html (941) 270-2677 Englewood, Fl

A roof leak is a major nuisance for most homeowners in Englewood, Fl. Finding a roof leak can be frustrating or relatively simple, depending on location and weather conditions in Englewood, Fl. Campaigner WEATHER STOPPER LOGO http://www.tprci.com/roofing.html (941) 270-2677

If your roof is older, it is possible that the leak is within the roof field. This means the expanse of shingles, slate, shakes, whatever. If your roof is asphalt, then you can walk around with ease. Other materials such as slate, concrete tile or clay tile may not be so forgiving. You can crack roofing if you walk on it, so be careful. With regular shingles, look at the tops of the vertical knockouts. Look for missing colored granules. Look for cracks. Campaigner GAF ELK LOGO CE18239Possibly a nail has backed itself out of the roof sheathing. Simply take the time and call Timothy Parks Construction & Roofing in Englewood, Fl. (941) 270-2677 http://www.tprci.com/roofing.html

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Englewood, Fl – Roofing Leaks Repairs and GAF ELK Timberline Shingle – (941) 270-2677

Roof replacement or roof repairs needed? – Timothy Parks Construction & Roofing can give you roofing piece of mind. Our professional GAF ELK Certified CE 18239 roofing service will provide the perfect solution for your home improvement and remodeling needs in Englewood, Fl. http://www.tprci.com/roofing.html (941) 270-2677 Englewood, Fl

A roof leak is a major nuisance for most homeowners in Englewood, Fl. Finding a roof leak can be frustrating or relatively simple, depending on location and weather conditions in Englewood, Fl. Campaigner WEATHER STOPPER LOGO http://www.tprci.com/roofing.html (941) 270-2677

If your roof is older, it is possible that the leak is within the roof field. This means the expanse of shingles, slate, shakes, whatever. If your roof is asphalt, then you can walk around with ease. Other materials such as slate, concrete tile or clay tile may not be so forgiving. You can crack roofing if you walk on it, so be careful. With regular shingles, look at the tops of the vertical knockouts. Look for missing colored granules. Look for cracks. Campaigner GAF ELK LOGO CE18239Possibly a nail has backed itself out of the roof sheathing. Simply take the time and call Timothy Parks Construction & Roofing in Englewood, Fl. (941) 270-2677 http://www.tprci.com/roofing.html

Markets Served:

Cape Coral, FL

Sarasota, FL

Lakeland, FL

Orlando, FL

Cape Coral, FL

Port Charlotte, FL

Lakeland, FL

Sanibel, FL

Englewood, FL

Plant City, FL

Parish, FL

Altamonte Springs, FL

Captiva, FL

North Port, FL

Auburndale, FL

Ruskin, FL

Ocoee, FL

Boca Grande, FL

Manasota Beach, FL

Winter Haven, FL

St. Petersburg, FL

Oviedo, FL

Gasparilla, FL

Venice, FL

Lake Wales, FL

Dunedin, FL

Apopka, FL

Fort Myers, FL

Energy Savers: Attic Insulation

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(941) 270-2677 Sarasota

Attic Insulation 

Properly insulating and air sealing your attic will help reduce your energy bills. Attics are often one of the easiest places in a house to insulate, especially if you’d like to add insulation.

Before insulating or deciding whether to add insulation to your attic, first see our information about adding insulation to an existing house or selecting insulation for new home construction if you haven’t already.

Warning: if you think you have vermiculite insulation in your attic, there’s a chance it could contain asbestos. Don’t disturb it. Only insulation contractors certified to handle and remove asbestos should deal with vermiculite insulation.

Attic Insulation Techniques

logo_pink_is_green Loose-fill or batt insulation is typically installed in an attic. Although installation costs may vary, loose-fill insulation is usually less expensive to install than batt insulation. When installed properly, loose-fill insulation also usually provides better coverage.

Before installing any type of insulation in your attic, follow these steps:

  • Seal all attic-to-home air leaks. Most insulation does not stop airflow.

  • Duct exhaust fans to the outside. Use a tightly constructed box to cover fan housing on attic side. Seal around the duct where it exits the box. Seal the perimeter of the box to the drywall on attic side.

  • Cover openings—such as dropped ceilings, soffits, and bulkheads—into attic area with plywood and seal to the attic side of the ceiling.

  • Seal around chimney and framing with a high-temperature caulk or furnace cement.

            • At the tops of interior walls, use long-life caulk to seal the smaller gaps and holes. Use expanding foam or strips of rigid foam board insulation for the larger gaps.