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29 March 2011
If it rains at your house, you need a gutter system. Gutters prevent water damage from the roof to the basement. One type of gutter that is gaining in popularity is copper gutters. At Custom Insulation we believe copper trumps the rest.
Copper gutters will never rust or rot away; whatever the weather this gutter will withstand it. Copper gutters add a distinctive style and flare to your house which is different than your standard gutters. Their style is noticeable and recognizable and they add a visual appeal that can only be accomplished with copper.
Because it is more valuable, copper adds a higher value to your home. Also, they are more easily maintained than aluminum or vinyl. Copper gutters will oxidize and turn green over time unless you treat them. There are ways to preserve the shine with sealants, but it is not necessary. And, on the other hand, many people like and prefer the greenish look, particularly in older homes found in Worcester and in other parts of Massachusetts. Copper has an exclusive look.
Copper gutters are an excellent addition and investment for the exterior of any home. The many benefits: sustainable building material, cosmetic enhancement and increased home value, and low maintenance; mean that you're going to pay a bit more for copper gutters. The positive side is that you will be getting a product that lasts longer and is easier to maintain. Call Custom Insulation for more information.
22 March 2011
Architects, builders, and homeowners are trying more and more to reduce their impact on the environment, which shows in the increasing use of environmentally friendly materials. More and more architects and home owners with the environment in mind are turning to copper gutters.
Copper is not the only metal which can be used for gutters: aluminum and PVC can also be used. But copper is the best choice for gutters. The arguments for copper being the gutter material of choice are based on the fact that copper is one of a handful of materials that are considered to be fully sustainable. Only 12% of known copper reserves have ever been mined and most of what has been mined is still in use. Also, it is estimated that 55% of all the copper in use for architectural purposes is recycled.
Copper gutters have durability and longevity with a lifespan of at least 100 years. Therefore, over the lifespan of your home, there is no need to replace the gutters. This contributes to a reduction in demand for production of PVC gutters which is a process that damages the environment.
But maybe the environmental argument doesn’t stop you from thinking of the cost of copper gutters. On average, cast iron, aluminum and PVC cannot beat copper in price versus durability. There are two more advantages to copper gutters: it is maintenance free and copper is an algaecide and fungicide. It kills one of the biggest contributors to gutter blockage: moss. So pick any reason for copper gutters; they're environmentally friendly, they make great financial sense, they're durable and, best of all, they're attractive.
16 March 2011
Few homeowners are aware that there different ways to insulate their home, and that there are some differences among the two methods. Rolled insulation, or batting, is the most recognizable option to most home owners. Many consider it the neatest, cleanest and easiest to install, but it has its advantages and disadvantages just like the blown in insulation which is installed by a professional.
The main advantage of Rolled Insulation is convenience. Rolled insulation can quickly and easily be installed, and is sold at home improvement stores for the do-it-your-self homeowner with time on their hands.
The advantages of blown in insulation are performance and the speed of install. Despite the fact that rolled insulation is manufactured to fit in between standard sized studs - it still does not exactly match the "fill" of professionally installed blown in insulation. Blown in insulation has optimal performance because it fits securely into every nook and cranny. It fills every crack and crevice and surrounds every piece of conduit and obstacle, which makes for a much more effective barrier than rolled insulation.
Custom Insulation Company, Inc will come to your home and insulate in a few hours, what could have taken a few days to do with rolled insulation. And again, blown in insulation will get into areas that would have never have gotten to with rolls.
This brings up the point of price. Considering the cost of materials, the higher level of protection, and the amount of time and work that a do-it-yourselfer would have to invest, it could be very well worth a bit higher initial investment to have the blown in insulation installed by professionals. You may come to find that the money you are saving on your energy bills will help pay for that extra cost in no time
10 March 2011
When it comes to a home improvement that reduces energy use and improves the interior comfort of the home environment, many first look to energy efficient air conditioning and heating units as the answer. Energy Star HVAC units are indeed energy savers. They are also very costly investments and even those have limited effectiveness if other areas of the home where heat is gained or lost are not also addressed. The place to begin is with the attic.
Attic insulation and ventilation is a critical part of energy conservation in a home. Significant heat enters the home through the attic in summer and heat is lost from the attic in the winter. Attic insulation systems work less hard with less energy needed. Making sure you have proper attic insulation is key not only in the winter time but also in the summer time to prevent heat loss and cold air exiting through cracks.
Adequate attic ventilation is equally important to prevent heat and moisture from being trapped in the attic. Keeping the air circulating properly in the attic also aids in preventing unwanted heat gain and loss and prevents damaging moisture from rotting wood and promoting the growth of mildew and molds. If you are looking to make a home improvement that pays for itself in reduced energy usage as well as one that protects your most valuable investment, then contact us today. We will be happy to assess your insulation needs!
2 March 2011Besides the convenience of not being dripped on, gutters provide a useful and important function for the maintenance of your home. By channeling rain water to a central downspout and thereby away from your foundation, gutters help to prevent a slow but steady accumulation of moisture around the perimeter of your house. Over time, this can lead to foundation problems, leaks, or wood rot. If you were on the fence about installing gutters, remember that they can also provide added value to your home in more ways that one.
24 February 2011If you want the most for your money, our cellulose blown in insulation is the top choice. It out performs most other insulation methods on the market and is less expensive too. Cellulose is also a natural organic, recycled material which has no harmful effects on people or the environment. The building industry has been using fiberglass as the old stand by and recently builders and home owners have been looking for a better solution.
16 February 2011
If you want a product that stands for quality and durability, then you should definitely choose the products that are made by Lennox. Heating your home can not only be comforting and beautiful, but it can also leave stress on the owners for the energy bills that heating a home can create. Purchasing an energy efficient heating unit is the way in order to relieve this stress. Lennox makes a wonderful Pellet Stove that is capable of heating an area of 900 up to 2,000 square feet. This is a free standing pellet stove that will give adequate heating while at the same time saving money.
The major benefit of these pellet stoves is the fact that they are very easy to use. Many people have the wrong outlook when it comes to pellet stoves. They believe that there is a lot of maintenance that has to be done with the fireplace inserts or free standing stoves. However, with the Lennox Pellet Stove models, they have an ash pan that is the largest pan of any model on the market today. This allows the owner to only have to clean this pan maybe two or three times a year. This means that the owner can spend time enjoying their fireplace instead of maintaining or cleaning it. These models also employ a control system that will basically run itself once you have set it. They have a bright LED screen for easy viewing. You can set these inserts or free standing units to work up to 41 hours of operation without you having to touch it again.
These units have a bay view shape so that you can have a full view of the burning fire inside.These stoves are the perfect stoves to not only save you money but to also enjoy the beauty, warmth, and ambience that they bring. Contact us today to learn more about our stoves and be sure to check out our insulation methods and other find services and products we offer.
9 February 2011
It really is essential to have a gutter system especially in the Boston area. Having gutters will prevent all sorts of harm from the roof all of the way to the basement. Rain gutters will prevent costly water damage. One form of gutters we offer that are fairly popular are the copper gutters.
Copper gutters are excellent to have for numerous factors such as the fact that they'll never rust or rot away. What ever the weather happens to be, this gutter type will withstand it well. Copper gutters add a distinctive style and flare to your house. Their style is right away noticeable and recognizable. It adds a sense of visual appeal that can only be discovered with copper. It's really more valuable than other materials, and adds an even higher value to your residence. You won't have to maintain them as much as aluminum or vinyl, but they do require some upkeep. The one area you will only want to keep an eye on is with oxidation. Copper gutters will oxidize and turn green over time unless you treat them. There are methods to preserve the shine including by utilizing sealants, but it is not needed.
On the other hand many people prefer the greenish look, particularly in older homes made from stone or stucco. There's an exclusive appeal or look to it that's only developed with time. You'll see them on homes that grow ivy as well. All of these features pretty much mean that you're going to pay a bit more for copper gutters. The positive side of that is you might be truly obtaining a product that lasts longer. You will also invest less time maintaining them. Contact us today to learn more about our gutter systems as well as our insulation methods and other fine services.
2 February 2011
Many winter fantasies revolve around a crackling fireplace. Perhaps you're sipping hot chocolate with the kids and talking about snowflakes. Maybe you're even roasting marshmallows. Or, maybe you're cuddled with your honey by the light of the glowing embers. It's a beautiful scene, isn't it? Make the fantasy a reality with our top quality Lennox Fireplaces. We have couple different types of fireplaces to keep you warm through this winter season, but we'd like to briefly talk about our Montebello gas fireplace .
Gas fireplaces replicate the look and feel of wood fireplaces only there requires no wood logs to chop or purchase. These fireplaces are easy to operate, as they are activated by a wall switch or remote control. Gas fireplaces produce cleaner flames, leading to less air pollution. Gas fireplaces also have stunning looks that are located in an optimum manner to maximize the comfort they deliver. The designs are minimalistic and sleek, so these fireplaces do not take up much place by themselves.
Today's gas fireplaces have the look of traditional fireplaces. Fireplaces are available in a wide variety of styles, including traditional masonry and more contemporary looks. The Montebello has a clean-face design that is smooth and elegant, reminiscent of a classic masonry fireplace. The instant convenience of Lennox gas technology gives you total control of your fireplace and its heat output. Plus, the Montebello is available in two sizes with an array of premium accessories to give you the freedom to create the fireplace that fits your style and your home. Contact us today to learn more about our fireplaces. Also be sure to check out our insulation methods to keep your home warm during the winter and cool during the summer!
26 January 2011Heat loss from your house might seem like a massive jolt to your domestic budget. Imagine having your heating system work overtime just because you are not warm enough. Yet, to keep yourself safe from repair costs, and keep the heat inside your house, you need to insulate it well through different methods. Well Custom Insulation has the solution and that is our blown-in cellulose insulation.
Insulation helps keep your house cool in the summer!