Picking the right color for your home

The color of your home’s exterior adds to your home’s personality and helps add to its curb appeal. When it comes to choosing the color for the exterior of your home there are three visual points to consider. The colors for the siding, door, and trim should complement each other. Before you choose which colors to paint, here are some things to consider.

Home Style

Choosing the right color for your home can depend on the style of your home. Your house’s style determines which parts of the house to accent. You can also get ideas for color schemes.  Your choice of colors can either highlight your home’s style or mute it.

Light vs. Dark color

There are advantages and disadvantages to picking certain colors for your home. Certain colors affect your home in ways that you might not necessarily think about so make sure to put a lot of time thinking of your color choice. Darker colors tend to make a house look smaller while lighter colors can give the illusion of a larger house. But if you are looking for a more dramatic look, you could use a darker color to accentuate the shadows.

Climate

The climate you live in plays a major role in which colors you choose to paint your home. Colors fade faster with intense sunlight. Brighter colors tend to work better than dark colors in sunny regions because it is more noticeable when the dark colors start to fade. On the other hand, darker color homes work well in colder regions.

Neighboring houses

When picking the color for your home, it is a good idea to take your neighbor’s homes into consideration.  You don’t want to pick a color that clashes with your neighbors. You want to stand out but at the same time, you don’t want to be an eyesore. You have to remember that the colors you choose for your home’s exterior have a visual impact on the surrounding landscape.

 

At the end of the day, you want your house to look welcoming. Pick the best colors to showcase your personality without clashing with the rest of the neighborhood.

Vinyl Siding Benefits

Vinyl siding has become a popular choice for many homes in recent years. This is due to the many benefits and advantages it has over other siding types.  Here are a few of the benefits of a vinyl siding.

Energy Efficient

Vinyl siding is generally an insulated siding. Your home usually comes with insulation in the walls but vinyl siding provides an extra layer of insulation. This extra layer of insulation helps keep your home warm in the winter and cooler in the summer.  It helps make your home be more energy efficient because you lose less energy through the walls.

Durable


Unlike wood and metal siding, vinyl sidings can withstand harsh elements. They are made to be durable and last a long time. Vinyl siding doesn’t rot or corrode and can endure heavy winds and even hail[1]! Depending on who you buy from, you can usually get a lifetime warranty on your vinyl siding. The average vinyl siding on the market can last between 25 – 40 years or more depending on the gauge size[2].

Versatile

In addition to their energy efficiency and durability, vinyl siding comes in a wide range of colors. Love the idea of wood but prefer the quality of vinyl? No worries! You can find vinyl siding designed to look like wood. Some designs are so good, you have to be touching it to realize it’s not wood. There are vinyl siding options for all the different styles and house profiles.

Low Maintenance

Besides a simple cleaning once or twice a year, vinyl siding requires very little maintenance. It doesn’t need to be painted unless you choose to do so. Because it doesn’t rot or corrode, you don’t have to worry about constantly repairing various sections of it. You can go between 30 to 40 years with very little maintenance. Check out these tips on how to take care of your vinyl siding.

Cost Effective

In addition to being low maintenance and durable, vinyl siding is also a low cost product. It’s one of the least expensive siding materials on the market. Depending on your contractor, installation can be fast and inexpensive[3]. Due to its energy efficient insulation, you also save money on your energy bill.

Do you currently have vinyl siding? Are you interested in switching to vinyl siding? Get a FREE estimate and consultation today!

[1] https://www.vinylsiding.org/vsi-resources/why-vinyl-siding/

[2] https://unitedhomeexperts.com/the-pros-and-cons-of-vinyl-siding/

[3] https://www.builddirect.com/learning-center/building-materials/5-advantages-of-vinyl-siding/

Different Window Styles for your Home

When putting in new windows it is important to take style into consideration. Are you going to go with double hung? Bay or picture windows?  Do you want round or square glass? Single or multi-panel windows? The possibilities are endless to find the right fit for our home. One thing to consider is space, do you want to make your home look roomier and bigger? You have to also consider that the style of your house, some window styles look better on a colonial vs a ranch style home.

There are an estimated 7 styles of windows to choose from. Each with its benefits. The styles to choose from are double hung, slider, casement, awning/hopper, picture, bay/bow, and garden windows.

Double Hung Windows

The double hung window is one of the most common styles of the window for traditional homes in the United States. Double hung windows are made of two sashes that slide up and down. Newer versions of the double hung window like those found in the HR40 windows, tilt in for easier cleaning. Because of how the sashes move, the window screen is located on the outside. The style compatibility with different types of homes contributes to the popularity of double hung windows.

Slider Windows

A slider window, like the double hung, is made up of two sashes. But instead of sliding up and down, they slide side to side. The bottom tracks require routine use for continued ease of open.

Casement Windows

Casement windows have one sash which is hinged to swing like a door. When open it leaves the entire window completely open for maximum airflow. The screen in mounted on the inside since the sash swings outward. Casements have been noted to work and look best on prairie and contemporary style homes[1]. It is generally operated with a crank. Casement windows are usually found on Tudor style homes as well craftsman, Prairie, and French country.

Awning/Hopper Windows

Take a casement window and install it on the side and you’ve got an awning window. Unlike the casement, an awning window is hinged on the top instead of on the side. This comes in handy when it rains and you still want some fresh air. Since it opens out and up, the rain will land on top of it instead of flowing inside. Don’t leave it open if it’s windy and rainy because the wind might blow the rain right into your home. A hopper window is also like casement on its side. It is hinged on the bottom and opens in not out. The screen for a hopper is mounted on the inside. Hoppers are generally used as basement windows.  Both types of windows look great in both traditional and modern style homes.

Bay/Bow Windows

Bay and bow windows are three or more windows combined in an angle that protrudes out of the house wall. They can be a combination of double-hung, picture or casement windows. It all depends on what the homeowner wants.  Bay and bow windows give your home a dramatic look and open up a room. They also let it a lot of natural light.

Garden Windows

The best way to describe the garden window is like a box window. Its boxlike nature allows the perfect amount of light to filter through for growing plants and herbs. It is also called a kitchen window, as it is typically mounted in the kitchen. Garden windows look great on all types of houses as long as it fits.

Picture Windows

Picture windows like, bay and bow, are great for letting in a lot of natural light. These windows don’t open at all. They work great in sunrooms and living rooms. Picture windows look great on both traditional and modern style homes.

You can always do a combination of 2-3 of these window styles in your home. The energy efficient HR40 window comes in all of these styles as well as any custom styles you might want like half circles. Get a free estimate on HR40 windows to learn more.

 

[1] https://www.thisoldhouse.com/ideas/choose-right-window-style-your-home

Spring Home Prep

Plant buds peak from the ground as we near the end of winter and the start of spring showers is near. Spring will be in full bloom in a few weeks and it’s time to prep for the summer with spring cleaning. Here are a few spring home maintenance tips to help keep your home freshened up and maintained.

Clean gutters

During the fall and winter months, your gutters have collected everything from bird nests to debris and other things that might have clogged them up, making it difficult for melted snow and rain to drain properly. Now that the weather is breaking, spring is the perfect time to clean out your gutters and free them up for the upcoming spring showers. Clean gutters contribute to a healthier home and cleaner-looking curb appeal.

Window Cleaningspring window cleaning

It might have been easier to clean the inside of the windows during the freezing winter months but the spring gives an opportunity to clean the outside as well to improve the overall look of your windows and house. Drafty windows in the winter? for better efficiency, consider replacing your windows.  if you find broken latches, or glass as you clean the windows, it might be time for a replacement.  The HR40 windows come with rain wash clean glass for easier maintenance, so the rain does the outside cleaning for you! All you have to do is keep up with the inside window cleaning.

Clean yard

Curb appeal isn’t just influenced by how the house looks but the look of the yard as well. Snow has melted away it’s time to clean up the rest of the leaves and debris that got caught up in the snow. Rake up leaves and debris, and start caring for your lawn for an overall clean look.

Replace filters and clean vents

Your heater, vents, and filters have worked hard all winter long, time to give them a maintenance cleaning. Vents work best when they’re clean of gunk and dust. Take a day or a weekend and give your vents a thorough clean. Your furnace worked hard all winter and will most likely keep working until it gets much warmer out. Give it a good clean so it runs much more efficiently saving you on energy. You can also use this time to clean out your air conditioners to prep them for the upcoming summer months.

These are just a few of many things you can do to keep improve and freshen up your home for the spring. For more advice on home improvement projects like replacement windows, attic insulation, roofing and more, get a free no-obligation estimate here!

HR40 window installation

Preparing your Home for Your Replacement Windows

Congratulations! You have a big day ahead, you have scheduled for your replacement windows to be put in. Now how do you prepare for this? It can be a bit nerve-racking to have strangers walking and working around your home. To calm your nerves, make sure to buy from a company you trust, and once you’ve done that we’ve put together a few ways prepare your home for the big day.

Clear the Way

Your installers will need enough room to move around the windows for proper installation. Move furniture, lamps, curtains, blinds and other window fixtures that might be in the way. You don’t have to move everything but move enough stuff out of the way so the installers can move around with ease to install your new windows. Don’t forget move lawn furniture out of the way to allow installers to work on the outside of the windows.

Be Around

Installers would have to get into your home in order to install your replacement windows, it will be helpful for you to be around for the appointment or at least be around to let them into your home and to answer any questions they may have about moving things or getting around. Once everything is sorted out you can trust to leave and go about your day. If there’s no chance of you being around, make arrangements ahead of time for your contractor to get into your home.

Cover Things up

It might get a little dusty during the installation process. Installers generally do a great job cleaning up after themselves. But it wouldn’t hurt to cover up some furniture to keep it from getting dusty.

These are just a few things you can do to help make your window installation process go smoothly for both you and the installer.

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HR40 and Heat Mirror Technology

HR40 windows come packaged with Heat Mirror technology to keep your home feeling comfortable no matter the season.

Heat Mirror technology is an exclusive UV-blocking film that transforms regular windows to extraordinary windows.  It’s a high performing energy efficient glass technology that improves thermal insulation. It is extremely more efficient than a low-E coating on window panes. Low-e coatings are much more commonly used but have a thermal insulation performance of R-3 while Heat Mirror can perform up to R-10. Heat Mirror is heat reflective and provides the same thermal performance as five panes of glass with Low-E coating[1].

What Makes Heat Mirror Different? [2]

  • Heat Mirror® IG provides center-of-glass insulation performance ranging from R-7 to R-10
  • Blocks 99.5% of harmful UV rays
  • Offers superior winter heating and summer cooling due to its multi-cavity design
  • Reduces condensation buildup on the glass during winter
  • Weighs about 33% less than triple-pane glass

How does it all work?

Heat flow works in three basic ways, conduction, convection and radiation. Conduction is the way heat moves through things, convection is the way the heat circulates through gases and liquid (warm air is lighter so it rises, and cold air is denser so it sinks). Radiant heat, on the other hand, travels in a straight line and heats any solid thing in its path that absorbs the heat. Most insulation works by reducing conduction and convection. Reflective products reduce the radiant heat gain.

Heat goes to where there’s no heat, it attempts to resolve temperature differences by warming up cold areas[3]. What this means is, in the winter when you turn your heat on, it moves to warm up cooler areas, so when you have drafts or cold walls and windows, the heat flows to those areas to warm them up. If your window is inefficient then your heat basically flows to warm up the glass of your windows instead of staying in and warming up the desired room. During the summer, it works on a similar idea of heat from outside flowing towards indoors to warm up rooms because there’s a temperature difference. If you can feel the heat of the sun while standing in front of our windows, your windows are probably not working as efficiently as they should be.

The Heat Mirror technology works on the mechanism of radiant heat, by reflecting that radiant heat back into your home instead of seeping through the windows.

R-Values

Now we know how heat works but what do the R-values mean? The resistance to conductive heat flow by insulating materials is measured in R-values also known as thermal resistance. The higher the R-value the higher the insulating effectiveness. So R-7 insulation is more effective than R-3.

This innovative window technology comes with a serious pedigree. It was used as part of the B2 Stealth Bomber. The stealth of the plane comes from the extremely low heat signature thanks to Heat Mirror film on the windows to radiate heat generated back into the cockpit and a liquid-cooled engine.

Its heat-reflecting properties are so revolutionary, Popular Science magazine named Heat Mirror® as one of the 100 greatest inventions of the last 1,000 years!

Heat Mirror is an advancement in window technology that not only helps hide the world’s best stealth plane but is also used to increase energy efficiency in the Empire state building[3]. You can bring that high-level technology to your home with the HR40 Window. Reduce your heating and cooling costs and keep your home comfortable.

Get your free estimate good for one year here.

1 https://longroofing.com/blog/heat-mirror-window-technology/

2 http://www.kensingtonhpp.com/heat-mirror-film-technology.html

3 https://energy.gov/energysaver/insulation

The image came from https://longroofing.com/blog/heat-mirror-window-technology/

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Roofing In New England

Long Winters, New Roofing? Not Quite Yet

When living in New England the life expectancy of your roof is anticipated to be a bit lower when compared to homes in dryer or more temperate parts of the US. According to the National Roofing Contractors Association the most commonly used roofing materials in the U.S. are asphalt shingles. They come in a wide array of colors, patterns and styles. Here are a couple tips for keeping your roof in peak condition this winter season. If you’re plagued by ice buildup on the roof, removing some or all of the snow between storms might prevent leaks into your house. Attempting to pry off ice could result in damage to your roof. If you must be on a ladder, work at an angle so the falling snow doesn’t push you over. This alone may extend your roofs life span (and yours too!)

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A GAF Roof with Asphalt Shingles

Gutters are key to your roof

Gutters are an integral part of your roof’s health. With all of the seasonal weather changes we have in New England it is important to maintain your roof and gutters throughout the year. Prior to the freezing winters we endure in the North East, many residents have to deal with excessive leaf accumulation in the gutters and on the roof. If this buildup is not stopped, the dead leaves will trap moisture from snow and ice. This will accumulate in your roof and gutters, leading to ice wedging damage that could cost you hundreds or more. Radiant protection in your attic via a multi-layer thermal reflective material can reduce or eliminate icicles altogether.

If your roof is exhibiting signs of wear and tear, consider a new roof. Catching these problems while early in the process could lead to preventing damage that can later drive up the cost of a new roof. It’s important to be pro-active rather than re-active when handling roofing issues. If you’re missing shingles, or you’re noticing your shingles delaminating, it may be time for an overhead overhaul. Curling or bending shingles may be a sign of a roof that’s in need of repair or replacement. If you can see from ground level that shingle granulates are coming off your roof and falling into your gutters, this is a sure sign it’s time for a new roof.

But it’s not just the bad weather that affects a roof

As with all things, time takes the biggest toll. Most experts agree that a roof will last between 20 and 25 years regardless of most weather conditions. That is the reason that Peoples Products is a Certified GAF Roofing Dealer. For 50 years the WeatherStopper Roofing Systems are warrantied; for most people, it will be the last roof they’ll ever need.

Fixing a roof yourself is a hassle and generally difficult to do. Have a professional look at it. Peoples Products offers a free roofing inspection and estimate, so if you think your roof may be at that stage, be sure to contact us. Don’t wait – it’s literally a matter of the roof over your head. Keep checking back with us for more tips on how you can save time, money and the environment.

 

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The First Impression – Your Home’s Door

Old Door, Old House; New Door, New Home

When it comes to your home, your front entryway is the center focus of curb appeal. It is your homes first impression to any guests, it plays a major role when selling your home. To any potential buyers, this is the first thing they see. In 2015, main entry doors came in as #1 as the most valuable improvement you could make for resale. Even beating out renovations to the bathroom, kitchens and even the master bedroom additions. The value that a new front entryway adds to the impression your home can have, lands it as one of the best investments you can make.

Not in the market for a brand new door?

There are a few less expensive alternatives to boost your home’s curb appeal. Decorations can play a role as many people boost the appearance of the front of their house by using colorful plants and flowers to give their home some vibrancy and life! This is never a bad idea if you are on a tight budget. Another option would be to switch up the color of your front door with a fresh coat of paint. When considering a change of color, ensure you stay within the style of your home. An option for someone with an older house with a solid wooden entryway would be to stain and polish the door rather than painting it; maintaining the look and feel of your home.

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Stylelite by Provia

If it is time for a new door, you do have some options; traditional solid wood and fiberglass doors are the most common. Our Stylelite front doors by ProVia are the most energy efficient doors around. All Stylelite fiberglass entryways are foam filled with thermally efficient insulation and sealed with weatherproof adhesive. ComforTech glazing packages adds an extra layer of insulation to the already superior Stylelite door line. If you’re looking to impress, all Stylelite doors have designed glass options and they look amazing.

If you think your front entryway, or any door for that matter, needs to be switched out due to damage or age, please don’t try to fix it yourself. Have a professional look at it. Peoples Products offers a free door quote and estimate, so if you think it is about that time for your new door, be sure to contact us.

Keep checking back with us for more tips on how you can save time, money and the environment.

 

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