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Fast Facts About Insulation & Siding Projects

22 February 2020

Our team answers homeowner questions every weekend on WCCO 830 AM from 9:00 am-10:00 am.  Have your most pressing home improvement questions addressed by calling or texting 651-989-9226.  Here’s the must-know information our COO, Andy Lindus, shared on 2.22.20.

The architectural style of a story and a half home can make it tricky to insulate, making them prone to heat loss and ice dams.  Below is an example of what this can look like.  At the peak and edge of the roof, there is noticeable amounts of snow.  However, in the middle section of the roof, there’s a difference of about three inches of snow because there is not much space to add the amount of insulation needed.  In this scenario, one the most cost effective insulation methods can be installing three inches of foam insulation down the entire slope and then installing a metal roof which will shed snow and prevent ice dam growth.

heat loss on a roof

An optimum time to have your attic insulation professionally evaluated is when you are replacing your roof.  This is because not all attic spaces are easily accessible with the roof intact.  Particularly in spaces with vaulted ceilings, contractors should be pulling up plywood to verify if the insulation has settled.  At times, it simply needs to be dense packed again.  In other instances, the roof deck should be removed, and spray foam insulation should be applied.  If needed more can be added through the home’s fascia boards.

Homeowners considering the installation of new siding are wise to consider steel or LP® SmartSide® because of their longevity and durability over vinyl siding.  These characteristics are particularly important in the Midwestern climate where substantial temperature swings are rampant.  When higher end, foam backed vinyl insulation is compared with steel or LP® SmartSide®, the price difference is minimal.  LP® SmartSide comes in an array of profiles.  When prefinished in Diamond Kote®, the siding is accompanied with a 35-year warranty.  In terms of house siding color combinations, the choices are endless.  Digital renderings of your home with various siding options included allow homeowners to visualize what their selections could look like on their actual home.

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Homeowners with a laundry list of home improvement projects can quickly become overwhelmed and be at a loss of how to get started.  While it can seem like a smart idea to retain the services of companies that limit themselves to the installation of a single product, such as windows or siding, this approach can have significant drawbacks when compared to working with a general contractor.

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