How to Make Your Home More Energy Efficient

Optimizing a home’s overall energy efficiency can involve multiple home projects. The impact that different parts of a home have, like the quality of a roof and windows, determines its true energy efficiency or carbon footprint. A number of home improvements can be completed in order to reduce a home’s energy consumption, such as replacing windows and doors with more energy efficient alternatives. So where do you start?

A Roof’s Contribution to Energy Efficiency

A roofing system is among the most important aspects of a home. It keeps a home and those inside protected from the elements while playing an important role when it comes to energy efficiency. One way to improve the energy efficiency of a home is by installing a lighter colored asphalt shingle.

Shingles with a lighter color, such as Owens Corning’s Shasta White which carries the ENERGY STAR® label, prevent the transmittance of heat radiance into a home by reflecting UV rays and not absorbing too much heat. This stops excessive heat from building up underneath a roof, which in turn would affect the temperature inside a home. Properly installed and functional vented soffit bordering a roof is essential for the release of any potential heat that has accrued. On the other hand, a liquid silver coating can be layered on top of a flat roof surface in order to insulate against and reflect excess heat.

Windows and Energy Efficiency

Windows play a considerable role in determining what a home’s true energy consumption is. Windows that are manufactured with inferior components, glass packages or were improperly installed are likely to place a strain on a home’s heating and cooling functions. This results from air infiltration, otherwise known as drafts, and the loss of either cold or warm air through the frame and or glass of a window. All of which will increase both utility costs and the carbon footprint of a home.

By investing in energy efficient windows with good structural integrity, the interior of a home will be more comfortable year-round while helping to diminish utility related expenses. Good windows will also protect against excessive sunlight and noise. Overall, investing in quality windows with professional installation very much pays off in the long run.

The TopLine Home Improvement Difference

If you’re looking to enhance your home’s energy performance, look no further than TopLine Home Improvement. We specialize in making homes not only more beautiful but energy efficient. Our custom-made virgin vinyl Okna replacement windows exceed ENERGY STAR® requirements. These windows have customizable features and are crafted with only the highest-quality materials for energy savings and an exceptional life span. Our pitched and flat roofing options are affordable and are of the highest quality, keeping your home dry, protected and insulated from the Northeastern weather. We’d be happy to have the opportunity to serve you. For a free estimate, contact TopLine today at (718) 769-4555.

How to Choose the Best Entry Door for Your Home

When it comes to changing an entry door, there are many high-quality options to choose from. Modern entry doors feature the latest advancements in security, energy efficiency as well as durability. Entry doors made of reinforced steel or fiberglass provide a beautiful door solution that will play an integral role in defining the particular style of a home for many years.

Today, it’s essential that a door offers more than just aesthetics. Entry doors should serve the purpose of insulating a home from the elements, while sourcing greater security, privacy and a stylish design.

So, how do you pick the best entry door for your home? Here are a few things to keep in mind:

The material of the door. Steel or fiberglass entry doors offer great durability and performance. Steel doors, while typically a less expensive option, provide excellent security and longevity. Fiberglass doors are more expensive but mimic the look of traditional wood grain without the maintenance of an actual wood door. Although steel doors can also be textured to simulate the look of real wood. Fiberglass provides superior thermal efficiency and insulation compared to steel. However, contemporary steel or fiberglass entry doors would greatly improve the insulation of a home relative to an older entry door.

The color of the door. Something that will complement your home’s exterior. Darker shades of paint or wood grains offer an interesting contrast with a lighter-color home and vice versa.

The style of the door. Something that fits with the overall look of your home. If you have a more intricately-designed facade, an intricately-designed door would mesh well with the rest of the house. Simpler doors with little to no embossments work well with toned down facades, creating a clear aesthetic flow. There are many hardware options that come in different compositions and finishes to supplement a door’s appearance.

The price of the door. You want something that’s affordable but also looks great. That’s why TopLine offers top-notch designs at different price points. Whether you’re looking for an intricate fiberglass door or a more basic and functional steel door, we have options that are sure to satisfy.

It’s important to take all of these factors into consideration when choosing a new entry door for your home. The sales professionals at TopLine can work with you to find the entry door that will more than meet your expectations. Contact us today for a free and informative door estimate.

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