Green Roofing, Siding and Windows
Time for a new Roof or Siding? Get a durable exterior that will save you money on your utilities for years!
EcoBuilders knows how to green every aspect of home improvement. When it’s time for new roofing or new siding or other green exterior renovations, you have an ideal opportunity to upgrade to higher energy efficiency without any dust or disturbance inside.
The exterior of your home is the first line of defense to keep extreme temperatures from entering your home and to prevent the loss of expensive heated or cooled air from escaping. We’ll show you energy efficient and cost effective options to upgrade your home’s exterior, making it more durable and saving you money on your monthly utilities.
Green Siding and Roofing
Replacing your siding or roofing gives you a great opportunity to lower your utility bills and get a tax credit while performing routine maintenance! Thermal breaks at the studs allow outside air to come in and expensive conditioned inside air to escape. Adding insulated sheathing under your new siding or roof eliminates these thermal breaks and provides a complete air barrier, a cost effective option to lower your utility bills and receive tax credits.
These infrared photos show how much heat is lost without a good air barrier. The blue house is wrapped in insulated sheathing, giving a complete seal; the red is a conventionally insulated home and shows how much energy is being lost!
[photos compliments of Dow Chemical]
We’ll help you choose the best option for your home and budget, whether you choose vinyl or Hardie Plank siding, asphalt shingles or a cool metal roof.
When you upgrade your siding, it’s a good time to consider upgrading your windows too, so the frames can be wrapped and create a continuous air and water barrier. Heat gain and loss through windows accounts for up to 50% of a home’s heating and cooling needs. Technological improvements such as low-e coatings have advanced the insulating quality of windows and substantially reduce heat loss and gains. Now there are windows with an R10 value, almost equal to the R value of walls! Benefits of new energy efficient windows include:
- Quieter home interior – multiple panes and insulated frames block outside noise.
- Reduced utility bills– new windows lose less heating in winter and absorb less heat in summer.
- Reduced fading of curtains, furniture, and flooring – low-emissivity coatings can block up to 98% of UV rays.
- Improved quality windows are made from better-quality materials, easier to operate and carry extended warranties.