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10 May 2011
There are a lot of people in and around Worcester, Massachusetts who are finally having their home repairs taken care of from this past winter’s ice dam damage. We have found that people who are having their interior ceilings and or walls pulled down and replaced are finding that their insulation is more than lacking. However, who wants to rip down interior ceilings and walls in undamaged rooms, just to replace old and ill fitting insulation? No one!
Blown in insulation is really about the only way to insulate existing, closed-up walls and ceilings. Tthe only other option is to start pulling off siding or rip out interior drywall.
Consider this if you are a DIY and are considering renting a machine. One reality of blown in insulation is that it is an imperfect process. It is not easy get cellulose fibers to pass through a two-inch wide hole and settle uniformly and completely all throughout a wall cavity. Especially in older homes, wall obstructions are everywhere in criss-crossing electrical wires, plaster "keys", blocking, etc.
Those who work with blown in insulation consider it almost an intuitive process. Most insulation technicians are experienced at finding blockages and wires, and know how to work around them. Contact Custom Insulation today to improve your home’s insulation and energy efficiency.
3 May 2011
If you think a few leaves and twigs in your gutters are harmless, think again. Regular gutter cleaning is the single most important key to avoiding major and expensive home repairs.
Gutters perform one duty: controlling the water around your home. If debris keeps gutters from doing their job, you can wind up with some serious problems. Here are just a few:
Clogged gutters are the number one cause of basement water problems. When gutters are clogged, roof water overflows and accumulates around the foundation. If this happens, basement leaks can be right around the corner.
Water backing up from clogged gutters will cause moisture damage to the wood fascia around the house. The rotted area will quickly get worse if the leak is not eliminated by cleaning the gutters.
Misdirected and clogged gutter spouts often cause driveways and walks to sag and crack.
Any newly planted flowers, plants, grass or trees can be killed by excess water from clogged gutters. Overflowing gutters can also cause erosion and put an early end to young plantings.
Bugs love moisture. Keeping gutters free of clogs and keeping the soil dry around the foundation perimeter can force bugs to go elsewhere rather than snack on your dampened two-by-four.
26 April 2011
One of the most tedious yard cleanup jobs is cleaning out the gutters. Even worse is paying someone else to clean out your gutters. Put an end to the time and expense. Custom Insulation has a product, the WaterFall Gutter Guard System that actually does what it is supposed to do: keep your gutters free of debris.
The WaterFall Gutter Guard System is a time saver and a cost saver. WaterFall has an innovative “step” design which keeps gutters clean of leaves and twigs while allowing water to flow into the gutters and away from your home. It’s innovative “step” design can hold up to 10 inches of rain per hour.
This gutter guard system has a patented design. It slides under any shingled roof, clips firmly to K-style gutters, and won’t blow away. It is very secure in all types of weather. And unlike many gutter systems which are unattractive, WaterFall Gutter Guard System does not change your roofline, you won’t even know it is there.
No more digging leaves and twigs out of your gutters; maintenance free WaterFall Gutter Guards are a great investment for your home and wallet. Prevent water damage, rotting fascia and roof damage by keeping your gutters clean with WaterFall. Contact Custom Insulation for a free quote.
19 April 2011
Every homeowner needs gutters and downspouts on their home. One style of gutters that are gaining in popularity is copper gutters. Here's a look at everything about this type of rain gutter.
Copper Gutters will never rust or rot. Better than any other type of gutter systems, they can stand up to most weather conditions.
Copper gutters add style and flare to your home which is different from standard gutters. Their style is immediately noticeable and recognizable. They add visual appeal that can only be found with copper. But, they also add value to your home and require less maintenance than aluminum gutters or gutters of other materials.
Unless you treat them, copper gutters will oxidize and turn green over time. There are several sealants available that can be applied to keep your copper gutters looking golden and shiny. However, most people prefer the greenish look, of oxidized gutters, especially in older homes.
Copper gutters are generally more expensive than standard aluminum gutters. However, due to their longevity you will make the money back over time because there is no maintenance with copper.
If you are looking for a beautiful gutter system that will stand up to the elements and last a lifetime, copper gutters may be your best solution. Give Custom Insulation a call.
12 April 2011
Copper Gutters are our specialty. Custom Insulation offers copper gutters in K Style which is the traditional style used in North America and Half Round, the traditionally European style, which will give your home or business that old-world feel. Half Round gutters are a timeless look that will set your house apart from the neighborhood.
For your home, only the best will do, and you need look no further than Custom Insulation for all of you copper gutter needs. A popular choice for new and remodeled homes, copper gutters are growing in demand not only because of their appearance, durability, and functionality, but because they are also very low maintenance.
At Custom Insulation, all of our copper gutters are made from the highest quality copper available. Copper gutters protect homes from water damage, and look great doing it.
5 April 2011
There are so many reasons to consider copper when you are considering gutters for your home. Visually copper gutters are very versatile, they look great and fit in visually on any style home, from period Victorian homes to contemporary. The color of copper gutters naturally changes over time, and in many ways this is part of their visual appeal.
Copper gutters are one of the most durable forms of gutters on the market. When you are thinking of installing copper gutters on your property, consider Custom Insulation Company. They will analyze your property from every perspective in order to get your new gutter system performing at an optimal level for water proofing.
When you are considering a gutter system for your home, of course your main concern is what will perform the best regardless of the intensity of the weather. With copper gutters you will have the peace of mind that comes from knowing you have one of the most resilient materials protecting your rooftops, siding and brickwork.
And of course, your next concern is appearance. Copper is a distinctive choice and that is visually striking. They will be a gorgeous and functional addition to any property; it’s little surprise that they are one of the most commonly purchased types of gutters on the market today.
Gutters are available in different materials and it comes down to a matter of personal preference. Copper has what many homeowners require from a functionality, aesthetic and performance perspective. Speak to Custom Insulation about a copper gutter rainwater system if you are thinking of changing the guttering on your home.
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!
Insulation helps keep your house cool in the summer!