The 411 On Double Pane Windows | Windows Boise

The 411 On Double Pane Windows | Windows Boise

Window Installation Boise | Home Energy Optimization Boise

Most people never really give much thought to their windows. Odds are you have never even thought of the type of windows that you have in your home or business. But the type of windows you have can make a huge difference.

 

What's the difference?

Traditional single pane windows are poor insulators that can leave rooms overly hot or overly cold. Modern double pane windows on the other hand, keep the hot temperatures out in the summer and the cold temperatures out in the winter. In fact there are a host of reasons to insulate your home or business with double pane windows.

Double pane windows lower energy costs. In a double paned window there are two parallel panes of glass that are set into the window frame separated by a small space. The space is filled with air on the lower rated windows and by a safe, inert gas in the higher rated ones. This space and the gas between it separates and insulates the inside of your home or business from the temperatures outside. By lessening the amount of heat gain or loss from outside conditions, double pane windows increase the comfort level inside.

No more overly hot rooms that get too much sunlight or overly chilly, drafty, damp rooms from having thin, single paned windows. Having more efficient windows will increase the overall comfort of your home or business. Noise reduction is another benefit from having double paned windows. They not only insulate against temperature extremes, but significantly reduce the amount of noise pollution from busy road ways, noisy neighbors or construction sounds outside. UV coatings are available for double pane windows too.

Although not recommended for colder climates where solar heat has its benefits, a UV coating in hotter climates reduces the need for air conditioner usage and reduces the fading of furnishings, curtains, and carpets from sun damage. Homes and businesses with double pane windows see a substantial cost savings in their heating and cooling bills as well. Even low end double pane windows can reduce energy consumption by 24% in cold climates and 18% in hot climates. But high end models can see a savings of 30% to 50% percent per year. In a few years the savings from having double pane windows installed more than covers the cost of installation.

Overall, with the savings, the comfort and value of double pane windows there really is no reason not to install them. They’ll reduce your heating and cooling bills and make your home or business comfortable all throughout the year. 

We are excited to provide the highest quality double pane windows.  Give us a call for a free estimate and find out how you can change your energy bills immediatly!

Rooftops Energy Solutions 208-576-2500

The Real Truth About Wood Shake Roofs | Roofing Boise

The Real Truth About Wood Shake Roofs | Roofing Boise

The Real Truth About Wood Shake Roofs

Wood burns easier and more quickly than cement or asphalt. Despite this known fact, many homeowners continue to use woodshake for their roofs. These types of roofs are considered a premium product that adds natural beauty to the home and blends well with its natural surroundings. However, the dangers far out-weigh any aesthetic comforts woodshake roofing provides. 

Fire Hazard

The most apparent danger with wood shake roofing is the fire hazard. As wood ages, the drier it becomes, making it more susceptible to fire. This is especially true with the homes located in foothills or wooded areas. The embers from a fire or lighting strike can easily ignite a woodshake roof quicker than a roof made of the traditional asphalt shingle.

Upkeep and Maintenance

The weathering effect can cause multiple problems for wood shake roofs. For example, as wood gets wet it expands. As it drys out it can shrink and crack. As the years pass, these continual effects can cause structural damage to the shingles. Also, debris can get lodged in between the shingles. Some of this could be leaves and miscellaneous wind-blown debris. As these items accumulate on the roof, the they can impede the shedding of water. As a result, wood-destroying fungi can grow, or the wood can begin to rot.

Insurance

Insurance companies often encourage homeowners to replace wood shake shingles by offering discounts. If the homeowner rejects the offer, the insurer can charge a steep premium in order to maintain coverage. Or, in extreme situations, decline or cancel the insurance coverage. This reason, alone, should be enough to persuade a current, or future, woodshake shingle homeowner to review the type of roofing for the home.

While the beauty of a new woodshake shingle roof cannot be denied, the inherent hazards should also not be denied or ignored. These types of roofs are temporary, require continual upkeep, are prone to fire, and are more expensive to insure. 

Many established communities in the Treasure Valley have wood shake roofing still on their homes.  We highly suggest, especially in areas of higher fire hazard, to replace any wood shake roofing as soon as possible.

Spring is the perfect time for replacement!

Please call us with any questions or concerns about your woodshake roof or to schedule a free estimate! 208-576-2500

5 Things To Check On Your Roof TODAY! | Roofing Boise | Boise Roofing

5 Things To Check On Your Roof TODAY! | Roofing Boise | Boise Roofing

Roofing Boise | Boise Roof Repair

There are plenty of preventative maintenance recommendations for your Boise home, but few are as important as a roof inspection. This should be conducted once or twice a year depending on where you live and how harsh the weather is. There are many fixes that you can complete by yourself, but if you are unfamiliar with the required repairs or squeamish about climbing up high, call a roofing professional. They will inform you of what maintenance needs to be completed as well as provide a free estimate for the cost of repairs. As spring and summer quickly arrive, pay special attention to these five things that need to be checked on your roof.

Missing Shingles

Missing shingles are often a warning sign of more extensive damage that may be hidden beneath. This is something that can be easily detected and must be taken care of right away. If you ignore the warnings, subsequent extensive damage may occur. Missing shingles expose your roof, allowing for rain to trickle into the interior of your home. An experienced roofer will also be able to detect other leaks within your home that may be caused by water saturating the underlayment of your roof.

Cracked Vents

If your roof was installed with plastic vents, over time they are highly susceptible to cracking or warping due to exposure to elements. When this occurs, water can leak into your attic and damage the interior of your home. Unfortunately, most do not notice that there is a problem with a cracked vent until water marks are visible on the ceiling of their home. A home inspector will be able to identify any and all cracked vents.

Gutter Issues

Maintaining your gutters is one of the most important things you can do to prevent water from damaging your home. The primary purpose of gutters is to channel water away from the foundation, which is the key to your home's structural integrity. For them to work properly, they must be maintained and be clear of clogs, holes, sags, and other debris. Fortunately, gutter problems are generally easy for homeowners to fix and are a relatively inexpensive repair if caught early.

Moss or Algae

Algae is frequently mistaken for mold of mildew on roofs, but that black discoloration or streaks that are highly noticeable are actually algae. This forms where moisture pools on the roof's surface. Areas that are humid or near bodies of water have the highest likelihood for algae formation. Similarly, moss grows in dark, damp areas and can cause lifting in shingles. There are a variety of methods that can take care of this problem, but a professional can ensure that all areas have been thoroughly checked.

Debris

Debris on your Boise roof can not only be destructive, but dangerous. If you find debris on your roof, it is best to leave its removal to professionals. There are a number of ways that debris can be removed depending on the type of debris and whether portions of your roof will need to be taken apart in order to successfully rid of it. The primary goal of removing debris from your roof is to prevent it from impeding the flow of water, which may cause potential pooling.

The best part of hiring a Boise roofing professional is the piece of mind you will receive knowing that the issues were taken care of correctly!  We can't stress enough the imporance of damage control.  

Spring and Summer are the perfect time to inspect the damage winter and age has done to your roof.  

Give us a call if you have any questions or if you notice any problem areas.  We always offer free estimates!

208.576.2500

When Should You Remove Snow From the Roof Yourself? | Roofing Boise

When Should You Remove Snow From the Roof Yourself? | Roofing Boise

In the winter, many homeowners waiver back and forth as to whether they should hire a snow removal company for the roof. Perhaps, they believe that hiring a snow removal company can be expensive and that they can remove the snow themselves for less money. However, when is it the right time to hire a professional to remove snow on a roof?

In most instances, an individual should contact a professional when removing snow from the roof.

However, if you have a small, one story house, you may be able to remove the snow yourself if you have experience.

In many instances, you can use a long snow rake to remove the snow from the roof while actually standing on the ground. Many hardware stores have snow rakes available for purchase and the price will fluctuate depending on the efficiency of the tool.

Some tools just work to slide the snow off while others reach under the snow, forcing it to fall due to gravity. If you decide to remove the snow on a roof yourself, consider asking a friend for assistance.

When removing the snow on your own, remember that you must make sure to anticipate where the snow will fall in the first place. The last thing you want is for the snow to fall on you while performing the job. Also, even if you live in a smaller house, you may want to consult a snow removal company if the roof has a large amount of snow.

If you are apprehensive in any way or have never removed snow by yourself, then always hire a company that you can trust.

If you live in a two-story home or have a roof that is difficult to navigate, then you will want to hire a professional.

Everyone should remember that climbing onto a roof and removing snow can be very dangerous, especially if you do not have any experience. It only takes one stumble and you could fall off your roof and severely injure yourself. That act can in the long run cost your more than just hiring a company that specializes in snow removal.

To receive a FREE estimate on the cost to remove snow from your roof along with any ice dams that might be causing issues and potential damage to your roof, please give us a call.  

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The Higher Risk of Water Damage in Winter Due to Snow | Roofing Boise

The Higher Risk of Water Damage in Winter Due to Snow | Roofing Boise

The snowfalls of winter come with many risks, and your home is not exempt from danger. Water damage due to heavy, wet and melting snow as well as ice can cause severe water damage within your home. Not only can melting ice and snow make its way into your basement, but it can also easily damage your roof. Ice dams and clogged gutters can spell disaster for your roof, but there are some ways to spot damage and fix it before it’s irreparable.

Is Your Roof In Danger, Boise? | Roofing Boise

Is Your Roof In Danger, Boise? | Roofing Boise

Storms can wreak havoc on homes, and roofs can sustain a substantial amount of damage. Recent storms in Boise, Idaho have caused considerable damage. Heavy snowfall and sub-zero temperatures have left homeowners with financial issues in the Treasure Valley.

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