Specialists from Homelife Warranty Protection Discuss Benefits Of Insulation

HomeLife Warranty ProtectionIf you want to get the most energy efficient use of your home, proper insulation is a must. In today’s expert interview, we speak with HomeLife Warranty Protection founders Dennis and Nicole Roehl about what areas need special attention.

Q: Today we welcome HomeLife Warranty Protection to our site to discuss ways proper insulation can save a homeowner from an uncomfortable situation.

HomeLife Warranty Protection: Thank you for choosing us.

Q: We know that homes are insulated. But why?

HomeLife Warranty Protection: Insulation works to keep the temperature and moisture levels in your home best suited for everyday living. And, sealing off air leaks also reduces your home’s energy efficiency footprint.

Q: What is the most important part of the home to insulate?

HomeLife Warranty Protection: There isn’t one area that’s more or less important. I would say, however, to start with the ceiling and walls and work your way around from there.

Q: How can a homeowner determine if they have enough insulation in the attic?

HomeLife Warranty Protection: Attics should be insulated with an R-30 value material, which equates to 11 inches of fiberglass or eight inches of cellulose insulation. Before adding these materials, it’s a good idea to check for any air leaks and seal your attic access.

Q: What is a radiant barrier?

HomeLife Warranty Protection: A radiant barrier is a reflective material used to reflect radiant heat. They are typically used in attics of homes in warmer climates to help keep cooling costs down.

Q: What type of insulation is ideal  for exterior walls?

HomeLife Warranty Protection: If a home is already finished, blown insulation is fine. This can be installed by what’s known as the dense pack technique. Blown insulation provides significant benefits with minimal disturbance to the rest of the house.

Q: Is it possible to insulate the floors above a heated garage?

HomeLife Warranty Protection: This is a very simple project that requires roll insulation and flexible metal rods which keep the insulation in place.

Q: Should the foundation be insulated?

HomeLife Warranty Protection: A well maintained and insulated foundation will keep any below-grade rooms comfortable and work to prevent insect infestation, radon, and moisture problems.

Q: What are some ways to insulate a basement so that it can be used as livable space?

HomeLife Warranty Protection: The interior wall should be insulated along with any exposed ductwork. Insulating basement walls minimizes thermal bridging and helps reduce condensation on hard surfaces below grade.

Q: Why do some insulation materials require fire-rated covering?

HomeLife Warranty Protection: Certain materials release toxic fumes when ignited and must be covered with a flame retardant.

Q: What are some different kinds of insulation?

HomeLife Warranty Protection: Batt and roll insulation, concrete blocks, foam board, loose fill, and spray insulation are all good choices. Insulated concrete blocks have gained popularity over the last 10 years in new construction.

Q: How should the crawlspace be insulated?

HomeLife Warranty Protection: That depends on whether it’s ventilated or unventilated. Unventilated crawl spaces should be sealed airtight. If you have a ventilated crawlspace, pay careful attention to the area below the floor, especially around air vents.

Q: Are there ways to add comfort to a home built on a concrete slab foundation?

HomeLife Warranty Protection: New construction should utilize insulated slab. It is extremely cost prohibitive to insulate the perimeter of an existing home, but it can help reduce heating bills by up to 20% in extremely cold regions.

Q: Does insulation really make a difference to my overall utility costs?

HomeLife Warranty Protection: Absolutely. Proper insulation can help homeowners save 30% or more in utility cost.

Q: What other improvements keep the home cool and comfortable?

HomeLife Warranty Protection: We would suggest installing ENERGY STAR-certified windows and doors and making sure your HVAC unit is inspected at least twice a year.

Q: That’s great advice. We appreciate your time today and thank you for joining A Gathering Of Experts.

HomeLife Warranty Protection: Our pleasure.

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All About Sliding Glass Doors with Morgan Exteriors

Morgan ExteriorsMorgan Exteriors discusses the clear benefits of modern-day glass in today’s expert discussion.

A Gathering of Experts: Welcome, and thank you for your time. Today, we want to talk about doors. Warmer weather is coming and, for many, that means it’s time for a home exterior update.

Morgan Exteriors: Yes, it does, and a new door is a wonderful project!

A Gathering of Experts: What kinds of doors does Morgan Exteriors install?

Morgan Exteriors: We offer a full line of French, entryway, and sliding glass doors.

A Gathering of Experts: What’s the difference?

Morgan Exteriors: French doors are usually installed in sets of two and they swing in or out depending on one’s preference. They are a grand addition to decks and balconies.

A Gathering of Experts: And sliding doors? Where do those fit best?

Morgan Exteriors: Like French doors, sliding glass doors are great for accessing your home’s outdoor space. We install many of these on lower-level areas, such as a ground-level patios.

A Gathering of Experts: How many types of entryway doors are available?

Morgan Exteriors: We can install a door regardless of configuration – single, double, even triple, if need be. We have virtually unlimited designs, styles, and colors.

A Gathering of Experts: How does installing a new door change the look of the home?

Morgan Exteriors: Whether you realize it or not, the doors on your home make a statement. They can be inviting or not so friendly.  A clean, new glass door that opens easily brightens up the home and welcomes guests.

A Gathering of Experts: But installing new doors is really expensive – isn’t it?

Morgan Exteriors: We believe that you get what you pay for in building materials. Our doors are not the cheapest on the market, but they offer a value beyond anything you’d get at a ‘big box’ retailer.

A Gathering of Experts: Such as…?

Morgan Exteriors: We are known for our lifetime warranty on doors, windows, and vinyl siding.

A Gathering of Experts: Okay, that’s different. Lifetime?

Morgan Exteriors: Yes, of course. As well, our premium vinyl doors are impact-resistant and durable. They are low maintenance, too!

A Gathering of Experts: Energy efficiency is a big topic these days. How do your doors perform?

Morgan Exteriors: Every door we sell is ENERGY STAR certified.

A Gathering of Experts: What does that mean exactly?

Morgan Exteriors: ENERGY STAR doors have been rated by an independent team based on standards aggregated by the EPA. A certified door is one that’s proven to reduce energy consumption and help keep your inner atmosphere comfortable.

A Gathering of Experts: How do I know my door is being installed correctly?

Morgan Exteriors: Our employees are trained by the factory and supervised by home improvement veterans. That’s why we package our doors with a lifetime warranty!

A Gathering of Experts: Before we close, can you tell our readers a little about your company?

Morgan Exteriors: We were established in 1995 by Kirk Morgan, who remains involved with every project in one way or another. Kirk has been known to show up to job sites unannounced just to make sure things are going smoothly. He has worked hard to build this company, which is reflected in the fact that we’ve been voted Tampa’s # 1 door and window installer for 15 years straight. Our customer service team is available by calling 813.931.4663. We proudly serve Tampa and the surrounding communities.

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