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Top 5 Reasons to Get New Windows for Your Home

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When you’re looking for ways to boost your home’s appearance and value, look no further than new windows. Many homeowners don’t consider this improvement project. It’s not an obvious or particularly exciting upgrade. But there’s a secret that many homeowners may not know: New windows save money. Here’s a look at the many benefits of new windows:

  • Insulation: Old windows let your air conditioning sneak out and noise sneak in. New windows provide better insulation that keeps your heating and cooling inside while also reducing noise from the street and neighborhood.
  • Energy Efficiency: Additional insulation means additional energy efficiency. Your air conditioning and heating will run less, which means reduced costs. You’ll stay comfortable through all seasons while reducing your utility bill.
  • Natural Light: You may not notice it, but your old windows become less and less transparent over time. When you get new windows, you’ll be surprised at how much natural light they let in. This reduces the need for lighting during the day and increases your home’s attractiveness. While new windows allow for additional natural light, they include technology that limits UV rays, protecting your walls, floors and furniture.
  • Home Security: Old windows can compromise your home’s security. When you choose new windows, they become a helpful and sturdy barrier against both the elements and any potential intruders.
  • Curb Appeal: New windows can make your home pop with attractiveness. As an added benefit, new windows are one of few home improvement projects that help owners recapture their investment upon resale.

If you’re considering new windows for your home in South New Jersey, Delaware or Pennsylvania, consider getting in touch with HomeStar Remodeling. We can provide energy-efficient windows that lower bills, increase security and enhance your home’s attractiveness.

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5 Most Common Winter Roofing Issues

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Winter can be the harshest season for your home and your roof. As you prepare for and experience the coldest part of the year, watch out for these common winter roofing issues:

  • Flashing Leaks: Flashings are the metal sheets that cover areas on your roof like skylights and chimneys. While these flashings are meant to prevent water damage, they are common sites for leaking. Look for corrosion, and use roofing cement to plug small holes. Larger openings will require replacement flashings.
  • Ice Dams: What is an ice dam? It’s a wall of ice that forms in the lowest area of your sloped roof, blocking proper drainage and creating a buildup of debris.

How does one form? When heat from inside your home drifts into the attic and warms your roof and melts ice. As this melted ice rolls to the roof’s edge, it refreezes and creates an ice dam. Proper attic insulation and ventilation is the solution.

  • Condensation: Condensation can gather in your attic when a cold roof comes in contact with warm air. Condensation can lead to dangerous mold. If you have condensation, call a professional for assistance. The solution typically includes improved attic ventilation and insulation.
  • Icicles: When temperatures drop below freezing on sunny days, icicles often form. Icicles appear in clogged gutters and downspouts, and they can create danger to people and damage for your roof. Reduce the chance of icicles forming by clearing gutters regularly, and make sure to perform gutter maintenance when spring arrives.
  • Snow Loads: Roofs are designed to withstand snow loads — especially in cold weather climates. But significant snowfall and ice accumulation can surpass what your roof is designed to withstand. Make sure to clear excessive accumulation, and keep an eye out for severe roof leaks, cracks in wall and masonry and water accumulation in non-drainage areas.

If you have questions or concerns about your roof this winter, contact HomeStar remodeling. We provide roofing service, repair and replacement in Delaware, South New Jersey and Pennsylvania, and we can provide expert guidance as you prepare for the coldest months of the year.

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5 Most Common Fall Roofing Issues

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Your roof is one of the most important and valuable components to your home. Make sure that it remains in good shape, and you’ll extend its usable life. Consider scheduling a twice-yearly maintenance and inspection to ensure a professional takes a close look and makes recommendations. Fall and spring are ideal times for these inspections.

In fall, keep an eye out for these fall roofing issues:

  • Shingles: Look for cracked shingles, or shingles with curling edges. Check also for penetrations and loss of granules. Each of these symptoms indicates a shingle that needs replacing.
  • Gutters: Make sure that your gutters are clean and clear of blockages. Given the amount of wintertime precipitation you’re sure to see, your roof must be draining properly. Install leaf guards to prevent excessive blockage.
  • Trees: Trim back trees that are near or scraping your roof. Winter’s dead branches can dislodge shingles and cause other issues.
  • Animals: Local squirrels, raccoons and other furry friends can also wreak havoc on your roof. If you see signs of wildlife visitors from the summer, apply repellent to ensure that they stay away during winter.
  • Attic: A well-insulated, well-ventilated attic is of the utmost importance. Moisture and condensation can lead to odors, mold and other undesirable outcomes.

If you need assistance in examining or repairing your roof this fall, get in touch with HomeStar Remodeling. Our friendly and helpful technicians can evaluate your roof and make recommendations on service.

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Saving Money on Home Remodeling

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Benefits of Keeping Your Home Energy Efficient

With rising energy cost, homeowners today are looking for ways to decrease their carbon footprint as well as their monthly energy bills. There are many ways to improve the energy efficiency of your home. Of course, every smart homeowner wants to know the best and most effective ways to cut down their bills. The following are a list of ways to drastically cut down you energy bills:

Energy Efficient Appliances:

Appliances that were made 2002 or older are outdated and non-energy efficient by todays standards. Buying new appliances such as new dishwashers, washing/drying machines, and refrigerators can save you close to 50% compared to your current appliances.

Energy Efficient Windows

Homeowners who have older windows that are drafty and inefficient are likely to have higher electric or gas bills. Even windows in newer construction communities are not made to be energy efficient and can experience problems as early as 8-12 years after they are put in. Replacing your windows with HomeStars’ Slocomb Protech 177 Window Series can save you between 24%-50% each month. Over a year this can amount to saving thousands of dollars over your current windows. If you are interested in learning more about the benefits of replacing you windows schedule an estimate with HomeStar today.

Foam Backed Siding
Traditionally siding has been seen as only a cosmetic upgrade for the home. However, HomeStar carries new siding options that have foam insulation built into the siding panels. A siding replacement project using foam-backed vinyl siding returns 77.6% of its initial cost at resale, according to “Remodeling” magazine’s “Cost vs. Value Report” — one of the higher returns listed in the annual survey. This siding upgrade can save homes 20% or more on their monthly energy bills. Homeowners who want to learn more about siding can request a no obligation, free estimate, with HomeStar Remodeling today.

Central Air Condition
Although still expensive, many new central air units are much more efficient than those of the past. With newer units your home can be cooled down faster and more efficiently.

Common Roofing Issues

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Common Roofing Issues

Missing Shingles

If your shingles are peeling or have fallen off your asphalt roof you want to take immediate action. As a roof gets older, shingles become brittle and weak and can crack and fall off during moderate to high winds. In addition to being unsightly, every missing shingle leaves at least one or two exposed nails which allows a little bit of water to leak onto the wood decking underneath. This issue may be able to be remedied with a simple repair or may require a full replacement.

Black Algae

A common roof problem is black algae that appears on your roof as a dark stain or streak. Black algae is more of a cosmetic issue, however roofs that have black algae are absorbing small amounts of water which can be problematic if they go too long without being addressed.

Cracked Pipe Collars

A very common area where roof leaks occur is around the pipe collar. Most pipe collars are made of rubber membrane that is designed to seal around your pipes. Many of these pipe collars are made of cheap rubber that can become brittle and crack with moderate to extreme heat and cold; this can leak to a leak in your home that will rot out your decking and may also cause noticeable damage to drywall.

Age of Roof

If your roof is over 15 years old it has gone through over 60 seasons of weathering and damage. If your roof is older that 15 years it is recommended to go into your attic to look for signs of damage or wear. Take a flashlight into your attic and look for dark staining on your wood, white or black mold, or sunlight through you roof. If you see any of these issues it is recommended you call a Delaware roofing expert immediately.

If your experiencing any of these issues don’t hesitate to call the experts at HomeStar Remodeling to get a free estimate today. Call us today at ******** or request an estimate online at HomeStarRemodeling.com

Roof Ventilation

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A major factor that determines how long your roof will last is ventilation. If the Roof is not properly ventilated the extreme heat in the summer and condensation in the winter can significantly shorten the life-span of a roof. Many “Builders Grade” Roofs should last 20 years, but by no properly ventilating the roof homeowners often end up replacing the roof before it is 15 years old.

Why does ventilation play such an important part in the lifespan of a roof? The moisture(humidity) will condense at a cool temperature causing damage to the wood decking. The average household produces over 4 pounds of water vapor a day. When hot air and moisture rises and has no where to go it condenses on the underside of the plywood sheeting of the roof, causing the plywood to expand and delaminate. Damaged plywood will loosen the nails holding the shingles in place and can add thousands when the rotted plywood has to be replaced.

Choosing the right company.

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For most homeowners choosing the right company to remodel their home can be a long and stressful process. Homeowners must chose between small, often untrustworthy contractors or bigger more reputable companies who charge more money. Unless a homeowner knows a trustworthy contractor friend they are often left to guess on which company to use. Most homeowners simply want a company that’s trustworthy, has a great product, has reasonable pricing, and has a quality installation crew. Why is it so hard to find a company that offers this? Well, most companies are too focused on making money to care about product quality or are to disorganized to offer competent services.

Homeowners that use larger, more reputable companies will typically get a good remodeling experience with a decent product. Larger companies are used simply because they seem familiar, their logos can often be seen on billboards, trucks, and television. But does familiarity correspond to quality work at affordable pricing? Because these companies typically spend huge amounts of money advertising and marketing, their overhead is extremely high. These companies will pass on their high overhead to their customers by artificially inflating their prices on their remodeling products. However these larger companies will typically offer better warranties as well as higher quality installers than the small “one-truck” contractor.

Conversely, homeowners that use a smaller more unknown contactor will get a lower price than they would when using a larger company. However, the remodeling industry is one of the most heavily complained about industries in the country. Many of these complaints are due to the dishonesty and unreliability of small contractors who are doing whatever they can to keep their company solvent. Jobs that take weeks, sub-contracting, drugs, alcohol, unreliability, and dishonesty are words that have been used when describing local contractors. After the job has been paid for it can be extremely difficult to reach the contractor if any issues with the product arises. Not all local contractors are bad, and there are a lot of small contractors that do quality work. However, unless you personally know a small contractor or know a friend or relative who has dealt with them it is recommended that you do not take the risk.

So with all of this uncertainty in the industry what is a homeowner to do? At HomeStar Remodeling we understand this dilemma and strive to create a remodeling experience that blends the best aspects of both the big and small companies. We only use the highest quality window, roofing, and siding materials. At the same time we realize that the freshest food in the world does not make a good meal unless you have a quality chef; with this in mind we only the most highly trained installers are allowed to join our remodeling team. In order to keep our overhead low we use targeted marketing strategies rather than the “spray and pray” marketing strategies of other companies. We understand that once customers get their roof, windows, or siding installed they don’t want to ever have to worry about it again. We recognize this so here at HomeStar Remodeling all our products have lifetime-transferrable warranties that not only increase the homes energy efficiency but also increase the homes value.

It is recommended that before doing any job you get a few estimates to ensure that you are making a knowledgeable decision. Be sure that HomeStar Remodeling is one of those estimates.