How to Avoid Losing Energy Through Your Doors

Your front door is the weakest link when it comes to preventing heat and air from escaping from your home. This can be particularly problematic in the winter months. All of that hot air escaping can lead to your heating expenses being significantly higher than they should be. The following are tips that can help to minimize loss of energy from your home.

Add New Weatherstripping to Your Exterior Doors

Weatherstripping is the process in which gaps around doors and windows are sealed to protect from the elements. The most common way that people lose energy from their homes is due to damaged or inadequate weatherstripping. When your door is closed, the weatherstripping should provide a complete seal. This not only keeps the air inside the house, but it also prevents things like dust and water from getting in through the door.

Over time, the shape and size of a door can change, despite the seal of the weatherstripping. If your door is not completely sealed, you should be able to easily locate the leaks on a cold and windy day. The best way to locate leaks is by lighting an incense stick and moving it around the edges of the door – if the smoke is either sucked in or blown out, then you have located a leak in the seal. You should be able to find most leaks just by feeling for air with your hands though. Wetting your hand can help as it will make you more sensitive to the sensation of cold air.

If you locate leaks, then you have a few options to fix the problem. The first is adhesive foam weatherstripping made of rubber or plastic, which can be cut down to fit any door. This method is straightforward enough that you can do it yourself. However, this method will not keep a good seal for too long. You will probably have to replace it again in a couple of years’ time.

A more reliable option would be to use interlocking metal stripping. However, this option is significantly more expensive, and you would likely need to hire a professional to fit it.

Replace Your Old Door

If you have tried the above steps and you find that you are still losing a significant amount of heat through your door, then it is time to consider purchasing a new one. You should be aware that doors with glass can often be energy inefficient. If you get a door with glass, then you should make sure that it contains what is known as a “thermal break” between the inner and outer frames.

If you still want to go with a glass door, then you should consider a door with low-emissivity coatings. These layers will make the door slightly more expensive but can potentially reduce energy loss by up to 50%.

You should pay attention to the solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC) rating of any door that you plan on purchasing. The lower this value, the less heat from the sun will be transmitted into the house. You should get a door with an SHGC rating that makes sense in the climate of your town. If you live in a cold area then you probably want a door with a higher SHGC rating. However, if you live in a hot climate then you should get a door with a lower rating.

While installing a new door is not a particularly difficult job, you should consider hiring a professional. Improper door replacement jobs can cause you to lose even more energy through your doors. With the help of KC Construction, you can rest easy knowing that with our professional door replacement services, you will not give you the same energy loss issues that your old door did. With energy efficient doors, you’ll see a huge difference in your utility bills.

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Trends in Siding

Siding is the material that is applied to the exterior walls of a house. It is meant to deflect water away and to protect the walls from being deteriorated by the weather. It also serves to insulate the house against the weather. Siding is also key to the aesthetics of the outside of the house. If you want to really turn heads in your neighborhood, you need to be up to date on the latest siding trends. Thankfully, we have you covered.

Environmentally Friendly Materials

Some siding companies have begun to offer vinyl siding with an added expandable Styrofoam insulation layer. This kind of material will also help you to save money and reduce your carbon footprint by insulating your home against the elements. That type of siding could become more popular in the future because there is work being done to get the government to allow tax breaks on insulated siding.

The Most Popular Siding Material Is Vinyl

While different localities are susceptible to various siding trends, it is clear that vinyl siding is by far the most popular form of siding in the country. This can be expected to continue for quite a while, due to the simple facts that vinyl siding is one of the most affordable and easy to maintain materials.

People Are Starting to Focus on Accessorizing

A clear trend that beginning to develop in siding aesthetics is the usage of accessories with siding. When it comes to accessories, most people are choosing to keep it low key. Subtle features which add trims and accents to the siding are popular. Most people’s accessories focus on keeping the siding long-lasting and easy to maintain while adding a subtle pop to the aesthetics.

The Mixing of Different Siding Materials is Becoming Increasingly Popular

Homeowners have been much more likely to mix and match different siding materials in recent years. This is a great way to make use of more expensive materials such as stone and brick without breaking the bank. A subtle amount of an expensive material, if used tastefully, can end up being more aesthetically pleasing than if the material has been used exclusively. This kind of approach is commonly used near the entrance ways to the home so that it can make the maximum visual impact when guests arrive.

Color Trends

The siding industry tends to adapt to changing color trends than other industries such as the fashion industry. This is probably because it is much quicker to start manufacturing clothes than it is to manufacture siding. You can, therefore, observe the color trends of other industries to predict the trends for siding colors. Color trends can vary between different localities, so it would also be wise to observe what colors your neighbors are using to get an idea of the local flavor.

Recently, contrasting colors have been exploding in popularity when it comes to exterior design. Dark siding contrasting with white trim around elements such as the windows are becoming particularly common. When used correctly, contrast can cause the eye to be drawn to certain design features. Contrasting colors is a different technique which can be used successfully in a variety of various types of architecture.

Dark hues have also proven to be very popular in recent times. Dark gray is one of the more common colors that is being used on exterior siding. These colors are enjoyed partially because they take significantly longer to fade than brighter options.

More and More Homeowners Are Opting for the Lowest Possible Maintenance

An emerging trend is that homeowners are purchasing siding with ease of maintenance being the main thing on their minds. More and more people are opting for function over aesthetics, preferring to waste as little of their precious free time as possible on home maintenance. Manufacturers have started to produce siding that is especially resistant against issues like rotting, cracking, and splitting, meaning that the siding can stay up for the maximum amount of time possible while requiring only a small amount of maintenance.

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Why Go Vinyl?

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