If you’re considering some home improvements in the upcoming year, you might be looking at ways to cut your utility costs. There are many ways that new products can help you with that. Here are some DIY ideas as well as some things you can work with your local roofer or siding company on.
Perform Regular Maintenance
Although it may be too cold to re-caulk around the outside of your windows right now, it’s a great way to save some money. If you already have double pane windows, making sure the caulk is solid and goes all the way around the windows can make a big difference. If you haven’t re-caulked the inside, you can do that any time of year. Also look at the weather stripping around your entry doors. The heat and cold take a toll on it and it should be replaced anytime you see a hole, tear or if it’s no longer affixed to the frame.
Check Your Insulation
When was the last time you looked at the insulation in your attic? Did you know once insulation gets wet (or even damp) it can’t do its job? That means if you’ve had a roof leak, you need to replace the insulation in that area. It’s an easy DIY job or you can hire a company to do it for you like your local roofer.
Insulation recommendations have also changed. Many of the home in the area built before about 1980 don’t have the recommended amount of insulation in the attic. Topping yours off to meet today’s recommended R-values cans save you energy all year long.
Replace Your Siding
If you’ve been thinking about an exterior home makeover, start with new siding. Again, changes to building codes mean that most homes in need of new siding don’t have the right R-value. Your siding company can install an insulative house wrap before installing your new siding. You may even realize your home is less drafty in addition to seeing reduced utility bills.
Consider a New Roof
If your roofer has told you that your roof is aging and that a roof replacement would be a better option than another roof repair, talk to them about architectural shingles. Architectural shingles are designed to remain cooler than older shingles which can reduce cooling costs.
You can reduce your energy usage whether you hire a roofer or a siding company tackle a few DIY projects. If you’re looking for one company to talk to about your insulation, a roof replacement and new siding, call Frank-Dale Roofing & Exteriors. We offer free estimates and stand behind our work. Call (414) 425-5796 or fill out our contact form today.