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Vinyl windows are designed to fit pretty much any home

If you are thinking that it is time to replace the windows on your home, then chances are good that you have already begun to shop around and look at the different types of windows that are available for your home. Windows can be made up of a variety of materials, from fiberglass, to vinyl windows. If you are confused at this point, let me clarify: the window FRAMES can be made up of many different kinds of materials, the center part of the window is pretty much always glass. However the material that is surrounding the window is what can help make the window more energy efficient and it also directly affects how long the window will last. When the window frames starts to break down, then the window itself becomes pretty useless.

Vinyl windows are a popular option for many home windows because they are durable, visually appealing, and efficient. On average, a vinyl window will last between 20 and 40 years with proper care.

Windows that are made from vinyl are also more cost effective; they cost approximately 10% less than windows that are made out of wood for example. Not only are they more affordable up front when you are initially purchasing them, but they will also save you money once they are installed. Vinyl windows are excellent options for people that want to find ways to be more energy efficient in their homes. They are more effective when it comes to sealing in any small gaps in your home that allow heat to escape through your window area. Vinyl is a natural insulator, so it is the perfect material to make a window out of. When you are shopping around for your new windows, make sure to look for vinyl windows that are specifically labeled as Energy Star certified in order to make sure that you are getting the most energy savings possible out of your new purchase.

No one wants to spend a lot of time taking care of their home maintenance, and windows are no different. Vinyl windows are low maintenance and easy to care for. The only regular care that a vinyl window will need is a quick wipe down with a soapy rag. Many windows even have a tilt in feature which allows for the outside of the window to also be easily cleaned without any dangerous scaffolding or climbing on the outside of your home.

Vinyl is also stylish and easy to accommodate any type of home. It can come in different colors so it can accommodate pretty much any home decor plan. It is extremely durable and is unlikely to peel, chip, stain or sag even when it is exposed to severe weather conditions. In fact, you would have to work very hard to make your vinyl windows look anything less that perfect.

Finally, vinyl windows are also very easy to install. They are manufactured so that they can fit in virtually any type of window frame and will complement pretty much any home.

Radon Mitigation can save your life

Did you know that about 21,000 people in the United States will die this year from radon gas exposure? Radon gas is the second leading cause of lung cancer and is second only to smoking, but unlike smoking which is a tangible choice that people make, you may be exposing yourself to radon gas right now and you do not even know it.

Radon gas is a toxic gas that has no color, taste or odor that is present in every home in the United States. It makes its way into a home through the foundation, often through the cracks and gaps and other little imperfections that exist in all man made structures, and it can build up to toxic levels over time. Even though radon gas is a naturally occurring gas that can never be comply rid of, there are many radon mitigation methods that can help keep the levels of radon down to safe levels inside of a home. The best way to understand radon gas and how it builds up is to think of yourself in an airtight box. Imagine there is a very tiny crack in the box and that box is sitting right on top of a grate that is slowly releasing a radioactive gas into the air and sometimes, into the box. Not all of the gas will make it’s way into the box, but if you do not put in a system to deal with that gas that is coming in, then over time there will be more gas in your box than there will be oxygen. That is what radon remediation does. It creates a system in a house the helps reduce the levels of radon and therefore reduces your risk of exposure to the radioactive particles that will damage your lungs and cause lung cancer.

Some homeowners that are aware of radon gas and it’s detrimental qualities will try to address the issue themselves by creating an air circulation system. That could include leaving the windows open and running a fan or air replacement system that helps “clear out” the radon gas. While this system can help reduce the buildup of radon gas, it does not actually create a long term solution and in the end it might be more trouble than it is worth than it would be to simply call a radon mitigation company.

Radon gas can be a significant health risk, which is the reason why more homeowners are conducting radon test in their home and why more potential home buyers are asking for testing to be done on a home before they complete the purchase. If you are currently a homeowner that has done testing in the past, it is also important to know that radon levels will ebb and flow over time, so you want to make sure that you are doing regular testing on the radon levels in your home. This is  simple and cheap testing process that could potentially save your life one day or the lives of your family.

New roofing can make your home more energy efficient

As a homeowner, you are likely always on the lookout for ways to make your home more efficient and to save money. Did you know that one of the best ways to improve your homes efficiency is to take a look at the kind of roofing and the insulation that you have? Insulation in particular can help make your home retain heat better and reduce your heating costs. Let’s take a look at how this is accomplished.

The role of the insulation in a home is to block the heat from escaping through your roofing in the cold winter months and also to keep out any unwanted hot air in the summer months. A home that has good insulation is going to be better at this than homes with inferior insulation. Good insulation is when you have an insulation with a high R value, and the insulation is installed by a roofer or other professional so that all of the exterior areas have a tight seal around them that keeps out any kind of air leaks.

If you live in an older home, then is it likely that it is in need of an insulation update, but before you pick up the phone to schedule an appointment for an estimate, let’s talk a little bit more about what the differences are between ‘good’ insulation and ‘bad’ insulation. Good insulation is measured by having a higher R value, which means resistance value. The R value is how well the insulation can resist the flow of heat from the inside of the house to the outside. The older types of insulation were typically fiberglass, which usually has an R value of 2.5-4 per inch. The newer insulation types, such as foam board or spray insulation typically have an R value around 6.0 to 7.5 per inch, which is significantly higher. That means that the home with the newer insulation is spending a lot less on their heating and cooling bills than the older home with the older fiberglass insulation.

Thankfully, if you happen to own a home with an older insulation system in place, you do not simply have to accept it and be stuck with it. You CAN make your home more energy efficient by updating the insulation in your home. This is best done during a roof replacement because then the roofer has easy access to your attic areas, but you do not necessarily have to wait until your next roof replacement to update your insulation. Many roofers can add new insulation from inside the home as well, they just need to get up into your attic space from inside the house.

By updating your home’s insulation, you can start to see reduced numbers on your energy bills and it can also increase the value of your home. Talk to your roofer about the current R values of the insulation on your home to see if there is a way to increase that number. If you are ready to learn more about your home’s insulation options, contact Academy Roofing today: www.academyroofinginc.com.

The difference between recreational marijuana and medical

Marijuana has been around for quite a while. Even though marijuana is just now starting to become legal in more states than it is illegal to purchase, the substance itself has been in the United States for many years. There is even historical evidence that suggests that it was used as far back as 2737 in ancient China. Even though cannabis is nothing new as far as nature is concerned, it is still something that the general public is still learning about.

Recreational marijuana is just starting to gain a foothold in the United States, and with that a desire for more information, for more knowledge is spreading. People can purchase marijuana at a dispensary for recreational as well as medical use, but many do not quite understand what the difference is between the two. So let’s examine and demystify the differences here.

There is a lot more that separates medical marijuana from recreational marijuana other than just the label. Of course there is a difference in intention behind the consumption of it: some people are using it to treat symptoms of an illness while many others are using it to get high. However, there are many forms of medical marijuana that do not contain the psychoactive chemical THC, which is what causes the feeling of euphoria in marijuana.  This type of cannabis is often higher in a different chemical, called cannabidoil. This can help relieve symptoms in patients without the stereotypical high that is often associated with marijuana. It is in this form that medical marijuana can be administered to children or people with seizure disorders or even schizophrenia.

There are also many legal differences between medical marijuana and recreational. Many states have chosen to legalize the use of medical marijuana while keeping its recreational use illegal. This means that a person has to have a prescription given to them by a doctor in order to be able to legally purchase and use it. In states where both recreational and medical are legal, there are often differences in the tax rates that are administered to purchases, with less or no tax being added onto sales of medical cannabis. For a patient that is seeking treatment, the price tag is also better as medical cannabis can be cheaper and is often able to be purchased in larger quantities.

While this often tends to be the speculation of the consumer, many people believe that medical marijuana plant strains are much more intense than recreational. In some cases this may be true, but it is important to remember that many people that are purchasing medical cannabis are opting for strains with very low amounts of THC which means that they are not experiencing the same kind of body high that a recreational user is getting.

While many people will gravitate towards one kind of cannabis versus the other, at the end of the day there are more similarities than differences between the two types. Each option also has a multitude of different strains that you can choose from in order to find your perfect high.