Remodeling Your House To Make It More Energy Efficient And Eco-Friendly

Posted on: 6 July 2016

When you decide to take on the task of remodeling your home, you may be wondering what direction you should take your remodeling efforts in. If you have decided that you want to make sure that your home is as energy efficient and eco-friendly as possible, the next step will be to determine what changes you want to make to get your home on that level. Get to know some of the areas of your home that you can remodel to make it environmentally friendly. Then you can contact your contractors to get your projects started as soon as possible.

Install Energy Efficient Windows

The windows in your home are one of the areas that run the highest risk of energy transfer between your home and the environment outside. Older windows may have shifted or deteriorated, causing gaps around the window frame and the walls of your home. Many of these older windows also use single pane glass or glass that is not designed to optimize efficiency.

Newer windows can be perfectly fitted to your home to prevent gaps that would cause unwanted thermal energy transfers. They can also be purchased with double pane or even triple pane glass to further increase energy efficiency. The multiple panes of glass leave tiny spaces between glass layers that can trap thermal energy that would slip through a single layer of glass, preventing it from making it all the way into (or out of) your home.

And finally, you can also purchase what is known as low-e glass, which is a type of window glass that is coated to prevent thermal energy transfer. It allows you to have a great deal of visibility through your windows without letting heat pass through the windows. Be sure that you choose new windows with multiple panes and low-e coatings so that your window contractors install the most energy efficient windows possible when you remodel your home. 

Upgrade Your Roof

Your roof is another area of your home that could potentially be the cause of a great deal of energy inefficiency. Any damage to your roof, holes, gaps, or missing shingles could potentially allow the sun to penetrate your attic space as well create a direct air flow from outside. Additionally, some roofing materials are more energy efficient and eco-friendly than others.

Recycled rubber roofing, for example, meets both of these criteria. The rubber roofing comes from recycled tires. Rubber is not conductive, meaning it does not transfer the heat and thermal energy it absorbs from the sun into your home. It is also a thick and durable roofing material. This means that it is good for the environment because it is made from recycled materials and energy efficient because it is highly effective at preventing energy from penetrating it into your home. Other eco-friendly and energy efficient roofing options include tile and steel or other metal roofing.

Now that you know a few of the ways that you can remodel your home to make it more eco-friendly and efficient, you can get started on your remodeling projects as soon as possible. Contact a company like Custom View Exteriors to get started.


Choosing Great Looking Windows

After I fixed up my yard, I realized that my home itself could use some curb appeal. I decided that one of the biggest eyesores on my home other than the porch with the flaking paint was the windows, so I started shopping for replacements. I was able to find a great deal at a local window shop, and to my surprise, they had a large variety of windows available. It was incredible to find windows that were as functional as they were beautiful, and when they were installed I was really pleased with the outcome. This blog is all about choosing great looking windows.