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    Important Considerations Before Insulating Your Attic

    Last updated 3 months ago

    Department of Energy data shows that a well-insulated attic can reduce the average homeowner’s heating bill by 10 to 50 percent. Insulating your attic can even reduce your cooling bills in the summer and make your home more comfortable all year round. But before you begin an attic insulation project, read this article for important tips on prep work, installation, and other considerations.

    Attic Insulation Preparation
    Before opting for insulation, have professionals fix air leaks around the attic windows, pipes, exhaust fans, ducts, wires, chimney, and flue to maximize the effectiveness of your new attic insulation. Repair roof leaks and redirect exhaust vans and vents to the exterior. Before you can actually insulate the attic, you’ll need to clean the space and remove all the items in it, as adding insulation may require professionals to pull up the plywood floors.

    Consider Type and Material
    There are two main types of attic insulation: loose fill and blanket insulation, which is also known as batt insulation. Material options include fiberglass, cellulose, and mineral wool. Cellulose is the most effective, but it will rot and grow mold easier than other materials if exposed to water. Ask a home improvement company which insulation material would be best for your attic.

    Evaluate Current Insulation
    Use a flashlight to inspect your existing insulation. If you see material that is stained, moldy, or compressed, replace it. If your home was built before 1990 and you notice insulation with shiny flecks, it may be asbestos. If you have any doubts about your current insulation, call a pro to inspect it and remove it.

    Platinum Exteriors of Dayton can perform a thorough inspection of your attic’s insulation. We can prepare your attic for insulation, install insulation, and work on your roof, windows, doors, gutters, and siding. Call us at (888) 434-5977 or visit our website to learn about the home improvement services we offer.

    A Look at Radiant Barrier Insulation

    Last updated 3 months ago

    Conventional insulation systems can resist conductive and convective heat flow. Radiant barriers use highly reflective materials such as aluminum foil, backings, and thermal insulation materials to reflect radiant heat. When the sun is beating down on your home in the summer, the radiant energy is primarily what heats your home. In the winter, radiant heat is what often escapes from a home, cooling it off. By installing a radiant barrier, you can greatly reduce the radiant heat transfer between the indoors and outdoors, thus reducing your total energy costs.

    Platinum Exteriors can add high-quality insulation to your attic, basement, or walls, keeping your Dayton home warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. To learn more about how we can inspect your home and replace your existing insulation or add insulation, call us at (888) 434-5977. Visit us online to learn more about the services we perform on doors, siding, windows, and roofing. 

    Improving Home Efficiency with Insulation

    Last updated 3 months ago

    You don’t have to install a new heater and rebuild your home to achieve better home efficiency this winter. A much less expensive way to ensure optimal efficiency is to keep your home properly insulated. Learn more about improving your home’s efficiency with insulation by watching this video.

    Silicone is usually used to keep smaller cracks near the windows properly sealed, whereas foam is a great way to seal larger spaces. Cellulose and weatherstripping can also be applied in some areas to achieve excellent insulation.

    Platinum Exteriors offers home improvement services in the Dayton area, such as insulation for the ceiling, walls, and attic. Call us at (888) 434-5977 if you have any questions, and pay a visit to our website to see how we can lower your heating bills while keeping your home warmer this winter.

    Reasons to Keep Your Gutters Clean this Winter

    Last updated 3 months ago

    Keeping your gutters clean is one of the most important home maintenance projects of winter. If the gutter becomes clogged with leaves, it will start to collect water. This water will eventually drain into the attic, the foundation, or the siding of your home, which can cause structural damage. Read on to learn more about the importance of gutter cleaning this winter.

    Avoid Gutter Damage
    Dirty gutters will clog, which causes water to build up. Dayton has damp winters, and standing gutter water will probably take a long time to evaporate if it is not cleared out. Standing water, over time, will rot or rust the gutter so badly that it will need to be replaced.

    Maintain Home Appearance
    A clogged gutter that is overflowing with leaves and dirt looks sloppy. When it rains, water will carry some of the debris from the gutter to the side of your home, which can make your home look dirty and may damage the paint.

    Prevent Flooding
    Clogged gutters may leak into the home, causing a basement flood. A flooded basement can result in structural damage and damage to any items stored in the basement.

    Stave Off Mold
    Mold and mildew grow well in damp environments, which is exactly what you will have if your gutters are not cleaned. Even a small leak caused by clogged gutters is enough to promote mold growth, which can cause health issues and allergy problems.

    Keep the Foundation in Good Shape
    If water reaches the foundation, it can freeze, which causes cracking and overexpansion. Water can also shift the soil beside and underneath the foundation, causing further damage. If the home siding is exposed to water, it can be damaged by rust or mold, leaving unsightly marks.

    Platinum Exteriors of Dayton has years of experience providing gutter cleaning, siding replacement, roof maintenance, and other important home services. Visit our website to see how we can keep your home in good condition and save you money. If you have any questions, call us at (888) 434-5977.

    How Insulation Keeps Your House Warm in the Winter

    Last updated 3 months ago

    Proper insulation is essential to keeping your house warm in the winter. Have you ever thought about how insulating materials trap heat in the winter? Contrary to what many people believe, insulation doesn’t stop heat from going out of home; rather, it slows the flow of heat. Insulating materials such as fiberglass, wood, concrete, mineral wool, foamed plastics, and vegetable fiber are used to trap air and slow the rate of heat loss in the winter. These insulating materials are found inside batts, and are placed inside a home’s ceilings and interior and exterior walls. For windows and doors, weatherstripping is used to create a dead-air space that slows the flow of heat.

    For all your roofing, siding, door, window, gutter, and insulation needs, contact Platinum Exteriors. We offer high-quality home insulation services throughout the Dayton area. Call us at (888) 434-5977 or visit our website to learn how we can keep your home warmer and save you money on your energy bills this winter.

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