Exterior Basics

Blown-in Attic Insulation

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One of the most likely places for heat to rise to is your roof or attic. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, “More than 50 percent of the energy used in a typical American home is for space heating and cooling. Much of that conditioned air escapes through poorly sealed, under-insulated attics. Only 20 percent of homes built before 1980 are well insulated”.

The Department of Energy estimates up to 10 percent annually can be saved on your energy bills when your attic is properly insulated.  The majority of homes we inspect in Kansas are in Zone 4, which the Department of Energy recommends an R value of 38 (that equals 13” of blown in insulation).

The "R" stands for resistance to heat flow. The higher the insulation R-value, the greater the insulating power.

If your home is more than 10 years old, you most likely need more insulation. It is estimated that up to 90% of homes are under-insulated.

Let Elemental inspect your attic to see if it is properly insulated. While we are visiting, let us take a look at your windows to see if they are energy efficient as well. 

Roofing Basics

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Did you know you should have your roof inspected on a regular basis? Kinda like going to the dentist for a cleaning, although with your roof, you don't have to do it twice a year. When you have your roof inspected on a regular basis, you may find potential issues early on, hopefully preventing them from becoming a cavity er...I mean an even bigger issue.

In Kansas and surrounding states, we know all too well what damage Mother Nature can do, even small hail can cause significant damage. If your area was hit with hail, regardless of size, we suggest having a professional come out and take a look. Most of us contractors provide fee estimates (hail yes!)

  

What Shingles should I use?

As you may have figured out, we are an Owens Corning Preferred Contractor. Does that mean we only use Owens Corning products? No, it does not. We build to suit our customers needs, whether you are looking to spend $10,000 or $100,000.00 on your roof, we will work with you to provide options to fit your budget.

We also have financing available. Give us a call or email us to find out more.

Siding

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 There are two primary functions to siding your homes exterior.

The first is how it can provide a pleasing look to your home. The second is to provide protection from the elements (rain, snow, hail, etc).
With a myriad of siding choices out there, there is one important thing to think about; how well will my choice keep water from getting in?
Some kinds of siding are better for keeping out moisture than others, like vinyl and aluminum siding. These are perfect for regions susceptible to wet climates. Less effective water barriers are wood, stucco or stone. If you live in a climate that gets a lot of rainfall, these choices might not hold up as long as aluminum or vinyl.
Another thing to consider before making such a large decision is color. Getting a sample doesn't always afford you the "whole picture". We suggest driving around and looking at other houses with siding. See what colors are pleasing to you on a large scale, this may help prevent expensive decisions that end in disappointment.


Gutters

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Do I actually NEED gutters?

Gutters are small but critical components of a roofing system. They are a long-term investment for the infrastructure of a home or building. With proper slopes, gutters are essentially culverts that collect rain running off a roof and send it to downspouts that carry the rain water to the ground and away from your home; protecting your siding, doors, windows and most importantly, your foundation.

As you may know, gutters also collect other debris like leaves, blowing trash, dirt (which turns to mud) and other items that can clog your gutters if not regularly cleaned. We all know what happens if your gutters are clogged during a rain shower; but did you know in dry conditions clogged gutters can be a fire hazard? This can happen if left over debris like dry leaves, twigs, branches, etc are left in or around the gutters. Even in certain wet situations, a short-circuit may occur if water encounters an open electrical wire, causing sparks which could lead to a fire.

With all of the new technology out there today, there is sure to be an option that will fit your style and budget. Whether you are looking for new gutters or options for your current gutters, give us a call and let one of our experts answer your questions.

Windows

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 Depending on the condition of your current windows, the following factors may play a part in a decision to install new windows:

During the Winter months, non-energy efficient windows may represent a source of unwanted heat loss, discomfort and could possibly cause condensation issues. Windows have undergone a technological revolution in recent decades, possibly leading to less air leakage, lower heat loss and warmer window surfaces (improving comfort and minimizing condensation).

During the Summer months, non-energy efficient windows may play a major source in unwanted heat gain. Another technological revolution seen in recent years is low-E coatings that reject heat without darkening the glass. With this technology, it is now possible to reduce solar heat gain while improving comfort, all while providing clear views and daylight.

Brands We Use

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We offer a wide variety of products, if you don't see the brand you want, let us know and we will work with you to fit your needs.


Roofing Products

Shingles

Owens Corning

Malarkey

TAMKO

CertainTeed


Metal Roofing Available

Wood Shakes Available


Siding Products

CertainTeed


Windows

Franklin

Simonton

Andersen


Gutters

Senox 

ACM

PlyGem