Metal roofs can protect your home from the most extreme weather events while being both durable and attractive. Metal roofing is also becoming a growing trend due to global warming and Eco-friendly individuals wanting to try and make an impact on the environment. A metal roof can decrease a homeowner’s carbon footprint due to the roofing being partially recycled material as well as the ability to lower a home’s energy consumption. Metal roofing does cost more than the traditional shingle roof, but many homeowner’s see the roofs benefits outweighing the additional cost.
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Now that you have determined if metal roofing is right for your home you must also determine which Tennessee Roofing Company to go with. Weather Tamer is both the leading Knoxville Contractor as well as Tennessee Contractor and specializes in metal roofing. Weather Tamer has been making homeowner’s love both their energy bills and exterior since 1961 and takes pride in each and every job they complete.
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Sunrooms are something which can add a luxurious feeling to even a relatively modest home. They’re fairly common in some parts of the country, although many of us often associate them with the homes of the wealthy where the homes themselves are more than large enough to accommodate converting a room to a sunroom. However, sunroom installation is a possibility in virtually every home provided that there’s enough square feet available on the property for it to be constructed, either on your own or by a Knoxville contractor.
A terrace or patio adjoining your home is a natural choice for a site to install a new sunroom if you’d prefer the enclosed space of a sunroom to an open air patio. There really isn’t much difference between a sunroom and any other room in your home, except for the important distinction that the walls are made of entirely of glass and frames instead of being solid walls which are broken up by the occasional window.
After a sunroom installation, you’ll be able to enjoy the beauty of your home’s outdoor space without having to contend with insects and other pests. You can also spend time enjoying the outdoors in colder weather, since a sunroom is enclosed. If you enjoy sunbathing, having a sunroom also allows you to get a tan even in the middle of winter, depending on how low the temperatures drop and whether or not you choose to heat your sunroom. Many people use these additions to their home as three season rooms, while others decide to have them heated so that they can be used year round.
At this point, the question is whether sunroom installation is something that you might want to do yourself or that is best left to the professionals. The cost of doing it yourself is lower than the cost of hiring a Knoxville contractor to do the job, but there’s more to consider here than just the price.
There are kits available as well as plans you can use, which means that you don’t have to be a handyman or an architect to build a sunroom, but you will need some degree of mechanical aptitude and an affinity for working with tools carefully, since you are dealing with glass here, after all. If you’re considering taking the do it yourself route, then you also need to consider how much time you’re willing to invest in a DIY sunroom installation. If you’re not an experienced builder, you may find that it’s a much bigger and more time consuming project than you’d thought it would be.
Hiring a Knoxville contractor to build a sunroom costs more than doing it yourself, but there are several advantages to leaving this job in the capable hands of professionals. This won’t be the first time that they’ve done a sunroom installation, so they know how to get the job done right the first time. They’ll also be able to get the installation done in much less time than if you were to try building a sunroom yourself. In the long run, having your sunroom professionally built is usually a better choice, at least if you value your time and your peace of mind.read more
Just like people everywhere else, homeowners in Knoxville are interested in keeping their heating and cooling costs down. As you may know, your home’s windows and doors are the places where you lose the most heat in the winter (and cool air in the winter). If your windows are drafty, especially if they’re older, just adding some weather stripping may not be enough; it could be time to call a Knoxville windows replacement company about having new windows installed in their place. However, you can’t just throw any old window in there and assume that your home will suddenly be much more energy efficient.
There are a lot of different shapes and sizes of windows out there, but what’s just as important as how your windows look is what they’re made of and how good of a job they do of preventing the kinds of air leaks that lead to higher heating and cooling bills for your home. When you’re ready to replace windows in your home, you’ll want to talk to a Knoxville windows professional about what materials are available and which might be the best choice for your home. Frames may be made of a variety of materials, but in many cases, vinyl replacement windows are the best choice in terms of insulation. If you’re worried about the idea of a vinyl frame, thinking that it will look artificial and cheap, don’t be. Modern vinyl window frames are available in a wide range of styles and can look just as good as wooden frames (and often better than other options like fiberglass).
Insulating your home more efficiently with replacement windows doesn’t end with the frames, however. You can also choose insulated glass for your windows; these are generally double paned glass with an argon-filled space in between for better insulation. Many Knoxville windows specialists will be able to show you a sample of the work they’ve done on other homes as well as brining a smaller version of the windows they offer when they come out to take a look at your windows and evaluate the task at hand. If the contractor you’re dealing with can’t or won’t do this, you should probably go elsewhere – after all, you wouldn’t buy anything else without at least seeing it first. This is especially true when it comes to something as important as your windows.
You’ll also want to have a close look at the vinyl replacement windows that contractors offer you in order to make sure it works properly. For instance, if the locks are difficult to use on the scaled down sample version of your new windows, they’ll probably be even harder to operate on the real thing. New vinyl windows can go a long way towards reducing your household’s energy costs, but make sure to choose a reliable Knoxville windows replacement company and examine their samples ahead of time so that you know exactly what you’re getting before they’re permanently installed in the walls of your home.read more
Your home’s siding can be either a blessing or a curse – and sometimes, both. Wood siding looks great when it’s taken care of properly, but as anyone who has a home with wooden siding knows all too well, maintaining this kind of siding takes a lot of work. Every five to ten years (if you’re lucky), your home needs to be scraped, stained or painted. It’s a huge job which everyone with wooden siding dreads. You can hire a Tennessee contractor to do this for you and while this can be more quickly, it can also be a pretty costly proposition. Either way, it’s something which needs to be done to keep your home looking good, but not something anyone looks forward to.
Then there’s older vinyl siding. Vinyl siding always looks good when it’s first installed and although it does need less maintenance than wood siding, nothing lasts forever. Eventually, vinyl siding can start to show its age: fading and warping. Of course, the vinyl siding which was installed on your home in 1975 might have looked great in its day, but if you could do it all over again, you probably wouldn’t go with avocado green or orange! If your siding has seen better days or you’re sick and tired of all the maintenance that wood siding requires, then you may want to consider replacing it with insulated vinyl siding.
Having a Tennessee contractor install new insulated siding on your home won’t just make it look better; it will also make your home more energy efficient. Everyone’s concerned with preserving natural resources and reducing their carbon footprint these days and naturally, everyone’s always been interested in lowering their utility bills. New insulated vinyl siding allows you to do both while giving your home a much needed facelift. Insulated siding helps keep your home warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer, which makes it a more comfortable place to live.
There are a number of advantages of choosing to hire a Tennessee contractor to put up new siding. For starters, you’ll have a much larger choice of colors and styles than you would have in the past. Whether you prefer a traditional or a contemporary look, you can find insulated vinyl siding which matches what you’re looking for. Then there is the cost. The price of new vinyl siding is a lot less than the cost of maintaining wooden siding over the years – and its insulating properties mean that you’ll save even more in the form of lower energy costs starting as soon as you have it installed.
With so many styles and colors to choose from, energy savings, making your home more environmentally friendly and lower maintenance, insulated siding is an obvious choice. If you’re thinking about replacing the siding on your home, start talking to an experienced Tennessee contractor about the benefits of new insulated vinyl siding.read more
Your roof is a vital component of your home. It keeps out rain, snow, wind and sun as well as helping your home to maintain a stable temperature. However, your roof is also perhaps the most vulnerable part of your home and experiences constant wear and tear from its exposure to the elements. A roof can last as little as 15 years or even less, depending on the type of roof and how well it has been maintained; but can also last significantly longer when it’s properly cared for. No roof, no matter how high the quality of materials used to construct it or how well it was installed, will last forever. There will come a time when you’ll need the services of a Tennessee roofing contractor to perform repairs on your roof or completely replace it.
If your roof has gotten to the point where repairing it is no longer an option, you may want to explore having a replacement roof installed which is a little more durable than a roof made from conventional shingles. Among the options that an experienced Knoxville roofing company may be able to offer you are metal roofing solutions. Metal roofing is strong enough to be able to stand up to the elements and will often last significantly longer than will most other types of roofing, provided it is properly maintained.
Tennessee roofing companies may offer you two different choices of metal roofing: metal shingles or ribbed metal roofing. If you want to preserve the look of an older home’s roof or you’d like to go for a more traditional look for your home, this is probably the option you’ll find the most appealing. Metal shingles look virtually identical to fiberglass, wood, ceramic or slate shingles, but with the advantage of greater durability that comes from being made from steel.
If you’d like your roof to have more of a contemporary look or you’re planning a new construction, then ribbed metal roofing might be a better choice in your case. Ribbed metal roofing has a distinctively modern look, but also offers a number of advantages over traditional shingles. The ribbed construction of this steel roofing facilitates drainage, since each of the valleys in between the ribs of the roofing material act as a channel to drain water from the roof. Since their design doesn’t allow water to pool easily on your roof, provided your roof hasn’t sustained any serious damage, a ribbed metal roof can prevent many of the problems which plague traditional shingle roofs.
Before you make a decision about a new roof, it’s best to do a little research on your own and then contact the professionals at a Tennessee roofing company to get their advice on what kind of roofing may be the best choice for your home. When your roof is ready to go, it only makes sense to go for something that will last a little longer next time; a metal roof just might be the best way to go.read more