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Window Renovation

Window Renovation

All through winter, you may have felt the drafts creeping in along your window frames, noticed condensation gathering inside the glass, or experienced surging energy bills as your heat escaped with every cold snap. Spring is the perfect time to finally start that window renovation you’ve been putting off.

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What are the signs you need a window renovation/replacement?

First look for visible damages, such as worn weather stripping or faulty latches, which only necessitates a repair, not a full replacement. But if you see peeling paint, warping, rotting, water-damaged wood, or foggy condensation, you’ll likely need to invest in a full window replacement.

Next, be aware of the not-so-visible signs. Maybe you’ve felt a draft near a closed window or notice that the outside noises can be strongly heard inside. Similarly, if you struggle to open or close your windows, it could be a sign that age and moisture have damaged the windows to the point that they are no longer operable and should be replaced.

Finally, if your energy bills are high year-round, now is the time for a window renovation using energy efficient windows installed by a professional. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, heat gain and heat loss through windows are responsible for 25% to 30% of residential heating and cooling energy use. 

Replacing existing windows can potentially result in significant energy savings. Keep in mind, however, that windows are only one part of the equation. Other factors like your roof, siding, and doors play a role in energy efficiency and savings, too!

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Your Window Options

Materials: Window frames can be made from several different types of materials, all offering different benefits.  

  • Aluminum: Lightweight, durable, & easy to create custom shapes

  • Wood: Good insulator & great aesthetics

  • Vinyl: Low maintenance, durable, good insulator, & the most affordable window option

  • Composite: Reuse sawdust (“green” factor); can be painted and/or made to look like wood

  • Hybrid: Combine the best of different products

  • Glass: There are four basic types of treated window panes on the market: Single, double, triple, or quad glazed. These terms refer to the number of panes encased in the frame.

In addition, glazing and coatings are applied to keep heat out in the summertime and in during the winter months. These materials also block ultraviolet rays, reducing the effect of direct light on upholstery and other items in the home. More glazing generally means more energy efficiency.

The three types of coatings often used to treat the window panes are low-emissivity (low-e), reflective and spectrally sensitive.

Style: There are a lot more options out there, but here are the five most common window types.

  • Double Hung: Most popular option. It consists of two sashes that move up and down, allowing for half of the window to be open at a time.

  • Casement: Another popular option, casement windows are hinged vertically to open and close like a door. These are often operated with a crank or handle.

  • Awning: Similar to casement windows, but are hinged horizontally. When opened, they resemble an awning shape.

  • Sliding: These windows slide to open, moving on top and bottom tracks. They open on one half and have a vertical meeting rail.

  • Bow and Bay: Generally larger, these windows are built to project outward from an outside wall. The windows “bow” out forming a “bay” in the room.

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Match the Look & Feel of Your Home

Just as every home has a unique architectural design, so should your windows. It’s important to choose new windows that stay true to your home’s distinct style.

For example, if you have a Colonial or Victorian style home, you might consider opting for double-hung windows. A California Rancher style home would be unthinkable without sliding glass windows, and a casement style window can be found in almost all period revival home styles.

 Benefits of New Windows

There are many benefits of a window renovation project, from the seemingly mundane (new windows are easier to clean) to the more esoteric (improving the appearance and comfort of your home).

Then, there’s the fact that new windows have the potential to save you money in terms of energy efficiency, and even increase the value of your home when you decide to sell. New windows can also block harmful UV rays, which damage carpet and furniture, saving you on those replacement costs as well.

Finally, there’s the fact that new windows also improve security and safety since old, faulty windows can make it easier for criminals to gain entry into your home.

Is it time to replace your windows? 

 
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If your windows are drafty, foggy, damaged, or do not function properly anymore, consider new replacement windows! Call Greenawalt Roofing at 717-898-6000 to schedule your free estimate today!

Updating Your Home's Exterior

Updating Your Home's Exterior

Your home exterior says a lot about your personality, and if you feel the character of your home doesn’t accurately reflect your own, then you can completely change, update, and revamp the look of your house with exterior remodeling. Redoing the outside of your house is a big job and requires a lot of decisions regarding materials, style, architecture, and design, so there are some important things you should keep in mind when planning your remodel. And in case you’re not sure where to start, here are three important rules to consider when you decide it’s time for an exterior update.

1. Don’t Stand Out Like a Sore Thumb

If you were to look around your neighborhood right now, you’d probably be able to pick out a few elements that pop up over and over again in different houses. These are themes, and every neighborhood will have its own unique design themes. When you’re updating your home’s exterior, you don’t have to make your house look identical to your neighbor’s, but you also don’t want it looking entirely dissimilar.

For instance, if all your neighbors have painted their homes in muted Earth tones, then your home would stand out if you opted to repaint it bright pink. Similarly, if all the homes around are century homes in a traditional style, your house would be very conspicuous if you modernized the exterior. You can still express your own style and individuality through your exterior remodeling, but try to keep the look and style of the rest of the community.

2. Understand How Siding Will Change the Look of Your Home

Siding doesn’t just protect and insulate your house: it makes a statement. The material and siding style you choose can completely change the look of your home, and picking one siding over another will produce very different results for your exterior remodeling. When it comes to siding materials, here are a few of your choices:

Vinyl siding is affordable and low-maintenance, it cannot be painted over, and it’s available in a variety of styles, including shingles, board and batten, and dutchlap.

Fiber cement siding is resistant to fire, wind, termites, and rot, it looks like wood but is lower maintenance, and it can be textured to look like brick, stone, and other materials.

Steel is low maintenance, fire resistant, durable, and imparts a very modern feel to any house.

3. Look to Your Environment for Design Ideas

The geography and surroundings of your house should inspire the look and feel of your home exterior design plan. For instance, you can’t go wrong by opting for stucco siding and terra cotta colors if you live in the heart of canyon country. Similarly, blues and greens are great paint choices if you live near the ocean. Or, if you live in the country, imagine how at-home your house would look with stone siding and design elements that reflect the hills. By using nature and geography as your guide, your house won’t look out of place in its surroundings, and this will make your home welcoming and inviting.

Home exterior remodeling is a big project, and there are lots of things to consider before you start work. For more information about your remodeling options, design and style choices, and material possibilities, contact Greenawalt Roofing to schedule your free estimate today!

Important Parts of Your Roof

Important Parts of Your Roof

Most homeowners know how important their home’s roofing system is, but few actually know what makes it work, specifically, the integral parts of the roof that play a role in safeguarding your family from the elements. There are three major keys to a successful roofing system.

1. Roof Decking

The deck of your roof is the base on which every component is laid. It’s essentially the “foundation” of the entire structure. Material for the decking varies. The most common is oriented strand board or plywood, but newer homes have decking made of other materials, such as concrete, polystyrene, and even metal.

2. Underlayment

The underlayment is another integral component of your entire roofing system. This one is installed directly on top of the decking and, as its name suggests, under your asphalt shingles. This is usually made of a durable paper, and it serves as a secondary leak barrier that prevents moisture from entering the inside of your roof if it manages to go through the shingles.

Problems with the underlayment are serious due to its position under the roof surface. It’s often included in the roof replacement process since a new roof requires a new underlayment as well.

3. Flashing

Flashing is a common sight on sloped roofs, located on the front edge, corners, and ridges. These thin metal strips protect the most vulnerable parts of the roof from water damage. These components are one of the first things to look at when you’re doing a roofing project as they tend to wear out much faster than the rest of the roof. Timely replacement of roof flashing can prevent more expense roofing issues.

As your trusted local roofing company, Greenawalt Roofing will make sure the most integral parts of your roof are in good condition throughout the year. Call us today at (717) 898-6000 to schedule your free roof replacement estimate! We serve homeowners in Lancaster, PA and the surrounding areas.

Skylights & Sun Tunnels

Skylights & Sun Tunnels

Skylights and sun tunnels are a perfect way to bring natural light into your home or building. Not only does a skylight or sun tunnel bring daylight indoors but is also energy efficient. In order for the skylights and sun tunnels to be beneficial they must be installed correctly. Our sales representative will walk you through the variety of styles and sizes that fit your room or space that needs to be brightened up.

 
 

In order for the skylights and sun tunnels to be beneficial they must be installed correctly. Our sales representative will walk you through the variety of styles and sizes that fit your room or space that needs to be brightened up.

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Living Room: Velux skylights with blinds allow full control over the light in your living room, from sunny and inviting gatherings to theater-like dimness on family movie night. Controlling the light as needed also helps control the electricity bill.

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Kitchen: Choose "Fresh Air" skylights to release warm, moist air and clear out cooking odors. Light from above adds natural daylight without eating up your cabinet space and provides balanced lighting for delicate cooking tasks.

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Bathroom: Choose Velux No Leak Solar Powered “Fresh Air” Skylights for beautiful natural light and relaxing fresh air that won’t compromise your privacy. An easy remote control allows you to open the skylight to release moisture accumulation when you shower. And with no electricity requirements, it beats any bathroom fan.

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Bedroom: Sleep under the stars, wake up to plentiful sunshine or drift off in total darkness. Choosing skylights with blinds such as the Electric “Fresh Air” Skylight allows total control over the light in your bedroom without sacrificing privacy. And with blackout blinds, you can block the light – 98% to be exact – for light sleepers in need of deep sleep.

Hallways: Just because they don’t always have a view doesn’t mean hallways and stairways don’t need natural light. Choose Velux Sun Tunnel Skylights to funnel daylight through a reflective tunnel to illuminate the spaces below. 

Benefits of Installing Velux Skylights & Sun Tunnels:

  • Adding natural light to your dark spaces

  • Electrical remote control options

  • Lower energy cost with free lighting and venting; allows warm air to escape cooling off your home

  • Can visually expand interior space making small spaces feel bigger

Interested in getting a quote?

 
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Call Greenawalt Roofing at 717-898-6000 or fill out an estimate request form to set up an on-site consultation to bring daylight into your dark room or space today!

Front Door Styles

Front Door Styles

A front door is a home’s first chance to make a good impression. After all, your front door is the first thing visitors see when they approach your home, so it’s important that it makes the right statement.

In addition to enhancing the exterior of your home for your own enjoyment, a sturdy and attractive front door can also help with curb appeal when the time comes to sell your home.

According to Remodeling Magazine, replacing your front entry door is a high-value project, as homeowners generally recoup 91.3 percent of the costs upon resale. 

Finally, a quality, durable replacement door can provide an added level of safety and security for you and your family. According to the FBI, a burglary takes place about every 20 seconds in the United States and 34 percent of burglars are able to enter through the front door. Built tough, today’s solid wood, fiberglass, and steel doors tend to feature door handles and high-quality locking mechanisms constructed of superior metal for extra durability.

Whether modern or classic, a well-crafted front door is the perfect marriage of form and function. With today’s wide variety of styles and materials, it’s easy and economical to transform a basic front door into a grand entrance.

  • Entry doors. Your entry door gives visitors to your home a glimpse of your personality and your style! There are a wide variety of classic and modern looks that provide practical solutions as well as the aesthetics that make your home stand out. From classic wood grain to decorative glass doors, there are endless ways to customize.

  • Double entry doors. Unlike a simple front entry door that opens to one side, double doors part in the middle, leading guests into the center of your entryway. Double entry doors work particularly well on larger homes where the overall scale of the home won’t be overwhelmed by such a large and dramatic entry point.

  • French doors. Composed of panels of glass, French doors are particularly beloved because they allow for some privacy, while letting in a ton of sunlight and blurring the boundary between indoors and outdoors. Popular for both exterior and interior use, French doors traditionally come in pairs (like double entry doors), open from the middle and either swing in or swing out. To provide an extra level of privacy, homeowners often install curtains or blinds.

  • Patio doors. Beautiful as well as functional, patio or sliding glass doors bring the outdoors inside. These space-saving sliding glass doors come in many styles and colors, and feature triple weather stripping for improved insulation and energy efficiency.

  • Storm doors. Adding a storm door to your entryway door is a wise investment. Storm doors create a barrier against bad weather, protecting your front door from the brunt of bad weather. They can also help reduce air leaks and be used for ventilation in the summer. Storm doors can also be customized with numerous screen and glass options.