Low-E (low-emissivity) coatings are super-thin layers of metallic oxide applied to window glass to boost the thermal properties of the unit. As a key innovation that helped develop today’s high-performance products, you can’t find an ENERGY STAR®-certified window without them.
It’s time to prepare your home for cold weather. Following these home improvement steps will help make your home cozier and more affordable when the temperatures drop.
Many homeowners think of curb appeal when buying new siding, but it isn’t exactly practical. It’s only worth upgrading your home’s exterior-wall cladding when the current one is a structural liability, a drain on your finances due to frequent repairs, or both.
Local homeowners look to Exterior Source whenever they need new gutters, or for help with other exterior home improvement services. Today, we will explain what makes our LeafGuard® gutters different from other gutter protection systems and why they would make a great addition to your home. [Read more…]
Your roof is an important part of your home that plays a vital role through all seasons of the year. Here’s how to tell if it’s time to upgrade to a new roof:
Boosting the energy efficiency of your home via upgrades isn’t just about choosing the right products–you’ll also need to decide on whether to take the do-it-yourself route or work with a professional. While there’s nothing wrong with DIY, it does require extensive training and precise work to ensure the project is done properly. For the untrained homeowner, it’s always a better idea to choose a contractor for the job instead. Here’s why: [Read more…]
Have you ever wanted to increase your living space, plus enjoy the outdoors, while indoors? A sunroom is the perfect solution. A sunroom is unique in that it has the feel of an outdoor space, while acting as an expansion of your overall living space. It is a great option for homeowners who want to enjoy the beauty of nature, 365 days a year. Here are the top five reasons to consider adding a sunroom to your home:
Always take into account energy efficiency when planning your next home improvement. This way, you can enjoy a more comfortable home without worrying too much about energy costs. Here are two of the most effective, energy-saving upgrades you can invest in: [Read more…]
A properly installed roofing system should last for many years. Unfortunately, there are many contractors who perform substandard work, causing even a newly installed roof to fail early. Today, Exterior Source, the area’s trusted home improvement contractor, discusses why some roofs fail early and how we can help homeowners:
The underlayment is the layer between the roofing shingles and the roof deck. Its main purpose is to act as a waterproof barrier and to protect the roof deck from damage. This is why the quality of the underlayment has an impact on how long the roof lasts and on how well it protects your interior from the weather.
People use energy all the time, whether it’s for transportation, temperature control, cooling or entertainment. The choices you make about how you use energy have a significant impact on both other people and the environment. When planning your energy-efficient home upgrade, it pays to understand more about energy usage itself, like learning the difference between energy conservation and energy efficiency for starters. These terms may seem interchangeable, but they are actually quite different from each other. [Read more…]
Strong winds, heavy rain and flying debris from a storm can easily damage your roofing system. That’s why you should conduct a thorough roof inspection after any storm passes to determine if you’ll need a new roofing system. Read on as Exterior Source, the area’s home improvement expert, discusses a few things you should know about storm damage restoration: