Low-E Housewrap

How Housewrap Can Help Keep Your Home Cool

Whether you are a current homeowner or building, we strongly encourage you to consider utilizing Low-E Housewrap® for your home. Our Housewrap® serves as not only a weather resistant-barrier but also insulation and is essential for every climate. Specifically, Housewrap® helps keep your home cool in the summer and warm in the winter.

What Is Low-E Housewrap®?

Low-E Housewrap® is an ICC approved stand alone house wrap that can be used in lieu of traditional house wraps. It acts as a weather resistant barrier, which protects your home from moisture infiltrating your inner wall cavities, and also insulation, reflecting 97% of radiant heat and providing a thermal break. Low-E Housewrap® helps lower your energy costs and save you money! It can be installed behind any external cladding, such as vinyl and brick. Below are five main benefits of Low-E Housewrap®.

  • Saves Money On Energy Bills
  • Minimizes Water And Moisture Infiltration
  • Mold & Mildew Resistant
  • Minimizes Wind And Air Leaks To Keep Your Home Its Set Temperature
  • Increases Energy Savings

How Does Housewrap® Keep My Home Cool?

Everyone knows you need Low-E windows, right? But does anyone know WHY you need them? It’s because Low-E windows contain glass that has been coated in invisible layers of metallic oxide. This coating reflects UV rays and infrared light (radiant heat) back out into the environment. This means you use less energy to cool your home which in turn, saves you money! Low-E Housewrap® works in much the same way. It reflects 97% of radiant heat and adds R-4.17 behind hollow-back vinyl siding. If you pushed all of your windows together, it only makes up about 10%-20% of your wall system. The other 80%-90% is exterior sheathing (OSB). If we all know we should be using Low-E windows to protect that 10%-20%, why would you not use Low-E Housewrap® to protect the other 80%-90%?

Additional Benefits of Low-E Housewrap®

While we have already listed five benefits of Low-E Housewrap®, there are many more advantages! Below are six more reasons to use to our Housewrap®.

  • Improves Insulation System Performance
  • For Use Behind Most Exterior Cladding
  • Used by Top Builders and Remodelers Nationwide
  • Adds R-Value To Wall System
  • Installs Like Any Traditional House Wrap
  • Helps Meet IECC Code Without Switching to 2′ x 6′ Construction

Yes, You Do Need It!

Simply put – your home and comfort will greatly benefit from Low-E Housewrap® increasing your energy efficiency and thermal performance. And it’ll save you some money too!

Let Low-E Housewrap® help protect your home. If you are interested in installing Housewrap® to benefit you and your home in more ways than one, we can help you locate a Low-E dealer. To continue your home’s energy savings, read about our other high quality products!

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Everything You Need To Know About Low-E ThermaSheet®

The Roofing Underlayment You Need!

Have you ever poured hot coffee into a paper cup and burned your hand from the heat? As a result, you put a sleeve on your coffee cup to protect your hands from the heat. The coffee sleeve provides a thermal break between your hand and the hot drink, which is similar to what Low-E ThermaSheet® does for your roof. ThermaSheet® acts as a thermal barrier between the harsh sun and your cool, air conditioned home. In this article, we will describe everything you need to know about Low-E ThermaSheet® and the great benefits it provides homeowners.

What is ThermaSheet®?

Low-E ThermaSheet® is an insulated roof underlayment designed to help homeowners save energy and money while maintaining a nice air conditioned home. The thermal break created by ThermaSheet® reduces the temperature below your roof deck. The lowered temperature allows your HVAC system a much needed break in the hot summers, because less radiant heat is entering your home. In the summer, radiant heat is responsible for 93% – 97% of that heat gain. To put it simply, Low-E ThermaSheet® stops some of the heat from entering, which results in your air conditioner not having to work as hard to cool your home. This saves energy, which saves you money on your utility bill.

Low-E ThermaSheet® Product Benefits

Below are just a few reasons why Low-E ThermaSheet® can prove to be the best roof underlayment for you and your home.

Stand alone

Low-E ThermaSheet® is ICC approved to be a stand alone roofing underlayment. It does not
need to be used in conjunction with felt paper, synthetics or any other traditional roofing
underlayments. It is your roofing underlayment and insulation all-in-one!

Cuts down on energy usage

ThermaSheet® can help reduce your carbon footprint and help reduce your home energy usage. Your planet will thank you for choosing ThermaSheet® as your roof underlayment!

Saves money on monthly bills

Who doesn’t love saving money? As we described earlier, installing ThermaSheet® can decrease your monthly utility bills by saving on energy. Warm summer temperatures mean your air conditioner is working hard to keep you cool. Let ThermaSheet® work together with your home HVAC system to give you more summer spending money.

Lightweight

ThermaSheet® is about 500 square feet and weighs 18 lbs.

Serves as a vapor and moisture barrier

ThermaSheet is also a protective vapor and moisture barrier! This will help keep unwanted moisture from building up in places such as attics, crawlspaces, and ceilings. Not only is ThermaSheet® a vapor barrier but it also self seals around fasteners! There are THOUSANDS of nails in a normal roofing system. The closed cell polyethylene foam core of Low-E ThermaSheet® self seals and acts as a gasket around every penetration. No more water finding its way through nail pops and rotting out your roof!

Non toxic material

Protect your family and yourself by utilizing non toxic materials for your home. ThermaSheet® is 100% made in the U.S.A using non toxic, easy to handle materials and available nationwide.

Durable and Versatile

Low-E ThermaSheet® is durable and can be left out when “drying time” is needed. It can be installed under shingles, metal roofs, clay tile, and more!

Easy installation process

ThermaSheet® is easy to cut and install, providing a simple and fast installation process.

ThermaSheet® Product Details

Below are brief product details, however, the product benefits and details are endless. Give us a call for specific questions about the product details.

  • Self seals around fasteners
  • ⅛” thickness available nationwide. 7/32” thickness available to comply with California Title 24 Cool Roof standards
  • Can be used for new and re roofing
  • TDI, CA, and FL approved
  • Built in overlap, meaning full five square coverage

Are you ready to start saving money and energy each month? Low-E ThermaSheet® can benefit your home and family in more ways than one. Give us a call today if you have any questions or to get started on your Low-E ThermaSheet® purchase!

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Protecting Your Home From Radon

Did you know that radon is the number one cause of lung cancer for nonsmokers and the second leading cause of cancer overall? According to the EPA, radon is responsible for about 21,000 lung cancer deaths a year. Furthermore, did you know that radon could be in the air you breathe at home?

You are probably now thinking, “How can I lower radon levels in my home?” We have a solution for homeowners looking to decrease radon levels and the heat transfer between your home and the ground below it. Low-E SlabShield® is a radon barrier, vapor barrier, and under slab insulation all wrapped into one product!

What is a Radon Barrier?

Radon gas moves through the ground and comes from the natural decay of uranium. Radon can enter homes through cracks in floors, walls, and foundations. According to the EPA, old and new homes can have radon problems, including well sealed homes. Once radon enters your home, it is trapped and can build up over time. A radon barrier is laid underground below a concrete slab, which helps keep radon from seeping the slab and into your home. Low-E SlabShield® serves as an effective radon barrier to protect homeowners from radon in their homes.

What is a Vapor Barrier?

Water vapor can cause a variety of moisture issue problems in your home. A vapor barrier prevents water vapor from reaching building walls, ceilings, attics, crawl spaces and roofs. Vapor moisture can cause mold to grow and rot your home building materials, which can be avoided with the help of Low-E SlabShield®. Low-E SlabShield® acts as a vapor barrier due to its closed cell polyethylene foam.

What is Low-E Slab Shield?

Concrete is a conductor of heat, which means it is a poor insulator. When temperatures drop outside, you actually lose heat through your floor as it moves through your concrete foundation and into the ground beneath your home. Low-E SlabShield® substantially reduces this heat transfer by keeping more of the heat inside your home. Low-E SlabShield® is a significant upgrade when added to any exterior snow melt system as well. Once again, a considerable amount of the heat generated in the tubes beneath your slab in this kind of system is usually lost to the ground below. When added to this system, Low-E SlabShield® makes it much more efficient. The teenager that shovels your driveway will thank you! SlabShield® also adjusts itself to the ground, which makes for an easier concrete pour.

Low-E SlabShield® specifically features:

  • Decrease in Slab Response Time
  • Excellent Radon Barrier
  • Excellent Vapor Barrier
  • Exclusive Interlocking Tabs
  • Convenient & Lightweight
  • Puncture Resistant to 93 PSI
  • Crush Resistant to 70 PSI
  • Helps Retain Curing Moisture for Stronger Concrete

Let us help you lower the radon levels in your home and work toward lowering the impact radon has on our lungs. Low-E SlabShield® can serve as a radon barrier to achieve this goal!

How To Make Your Old Home More Energy Efficient

Making your home more energy efficient is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint and save money on your energy bills. There are many simple tips you can follow to make your home more eco-friendly, and in this blog post we will discuss some of the best ones. We’ll also provide information on how you can get started with energy solutions for your home. So if you’re ready to make a change for the better, keep reading!

Get an Energy Efficiency Audit

If you’re serious about making your home more energy efficient, the best place to start is by getting an energy efficiency audit. An energy efficiency audit is a comprehensive assessment of how much energy your home currently uses, and how much could be saved through simple changes. It can also identify any areas where you could make improvements to your home’s insulation, heating and cooling systems, and windows and doors.

If you’re interested in getting an energy efficiency audit for your home, there are a few things you need to know. First, not all auditors are created equal – be sure to choose an auditor who is certified by the Building Performance Institute (BPI). Second, the cost of an audit can vary depending on the size and age of your home, as well as the auditor you choose. However, most audits cost between $300 and $500, and many utility companies offer rebates that can offset the cost.

Once you’ve had an energy efficiency audit, it’s time to start making changes around your home. One of the easiest ways to make your home more energy efficient is by ensuring that it’s properly insulated. This means sealing up any cracks or gaps in your walls, ceilings, floors, and windows. This will help to keep heat in during the winter and out during the summer – resulting in lower energy bills year-round.

Seal Air Leaks In Your Home

Sealing air leaks in your home is a simple way to make your home more energy efficient. Air leaks can occur anywhere around your home, and they can cause your heating and cooling systems to work harder than necessary. This can lead to higher energy bills and increased wear and tear on your appliances.

To seal air leaks in your home, you’ll need to find where they are located. One easy way to do this is by using a lit candle. Turn off all of the lights in your home, and then blow out the candle. Hold the lit candle near the edges of your windows and doors, and if the flame flickers, you have an air leak.

Once you’ve found the air leaks in your home, you can seal them with caulk, weather-stripping, or door and window sweeps. These materials are relatively inexpensive and easy to find at your local hardware store.

Another way to make your home more energy efficient is by ensuring that it’s properly insulated. This means sealing up any cracks or gaps in your walls, ceilings, floors, and windows.

Use Smart Home Technology

Many homeowners are now using smart home technology to make their homes more energy efficient. Smart home technology allows you to control your home’s energy use from your smartphone or computer. You can use it to monitor your energy usage, set heating and cooling schedules, and receive alerts when appliances are left on.

If you’re interested in using smart home technology to make your home more energy efficient, there are a few things you need to know. First, not all smart home technology is created equal – be sure to choose a system that is compatible with your appliances and heating and cooling systems. Second, the cost of a smart home system can vary depending on the size of your home and the features you choose. However, most systems cost between $200 and $500.

Utility companies are also offering programs that can help you make your home more energy efficient. These programs typically offer free or discounted energy efficiency audits, as well as rebates for making energy-saving improvements to your home. Many utility companies also offer discounts on smart home technology, so be sure to check with your provider to see what’s available.

Making your home more energy efficient doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive – even small changes can make a big difference.

Upgrade Your HVAC System

If you’re looking to make your home even more energy efficient, one of the best things you can do is upgrade your HVAC system. A new HVAC system can help you save money on your energy bills and reduce your carbon footprint.

If you’re interested in upgrading your HVAC system, there are a few things you need to know. First, not all HVAC systems are created equal – be sure to choose a system that is compatible with your appliances and heating and cooling systems. Second, the cost of a new HVAC system can vary depending on the size of your home and the features you choose. However, most systems cost between $2,000 and $5,000.

Utility companies are also offering programs that can help you make your home more energy efficient. These programs typically offer free or discounted energy efficiency audits, as well as rebates for making energy-saving improvements to your home. Many utility companies also offer discounts on HVAC systems, so be sure to check with your provider to see what’s available.

Making your home more energy efficient doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive – even small changes can make a big difference. So take some time to learn about the different ways you can save energy and start saving money today!

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Spring Home Maintenance Checklist

The flowers are blooming and the sun is shining, which can only mean one thing: Spring is here! And with Spring comes the inevitable task of doing some much-needed cleaning. Whether it’s inside or outside your home, there’s a lot of work to be done. In this blog post, we’ll provide you with a spring home maintenance checklist of everything you need to do to get your home ready for Spring. Let’s get started!

Home Maintenance Tips for Spring

Now that you have a Spring home maintenance checklist, it’s time to learn some tips and tricks for completing each task. Here are a few pointers to help you get started:

  • For tasks that require the use of harsh chemicals, be sure to read the labels carefully and wear protective gear.
  • When cleaning the windows, start from the top and work your way down. This will prevent streaks from forming.
  • Use a vacuum cleaner with a dust bin attachment to clean furniture and other delicate surfaces.
  • To get rid of musty smells in the basement or attic, place bowls of vinegar or baking soda around the area.

With these tips in mind, you’re now ready to tackle your Spring cleaning with ease!

The Importance of Spring Home Maintenance

Regular home maintenance is essential for keeping your property in good condition. By completing some simple tasks each Spring, you can avoid costly repairs down the road. Here are a few reasons why it’s important to perform Spring maintenance:

  • Prevent pests from invading your home by cleaning up food and water sources.
  • Keep your AC unit running efficiently by changing the air filters.
  • Identify any potential problems with your home systems before they become serious issues.
  • Keep your home looking its best by refreshing paint, caulking, and grout lines.

Spring is the perfect time to get ahead of any potential home maintenance issues. By completing a thorough inspection of your property, you can ensure that everything is in good working order. Below, you’ll find a complete checklist for your interior and exterior spring cleaning projects!

Interior & Exterior Spring Home Maintenance Checklist

Interior Spring Cleaning Checklist

1. Clean and vacuum carpets

2. Vacuum upholstery

3. Change bedding

4. Wipe down cabinets/shelves with a mixture of vinegar, water (1:1 ratio) and baking soda to get rid of grease stains or other tough spots on the surface

5. Remove window blinds, wipe off curtains and freshen with a light soap solution and hang out to dry

6. Clean inside refrigerator – wiping down shelves, drawers, wall behind refrigerator

7. Dust all surfaces in living room, including bookshelves, lamps etc

8. Wipe any dusting clues that may have accumulated on outside windowsills throughout house using a wet cloth or sponge

9. Inspect the exterior of your home for any cracks or holes that may need to be filled in

10. Test your home’s smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors to make sure they are working properly

11. If you have a fireplace, now is a good time to get it cleaned and inspected by a professional

12. Spring is also a good time to have your septic tank pumped if you have one on your property

13. If you live in an area prone to flooding, check your homeowner’s insurance policy to make sure you are adequately covered

14. Schedule annual maintenance appointments for any major appliances in your home such as air conditioners, furnaces etc

Exterior Spring Checklist

1. Inspect the roof for any damage or missing shingles

2. Repair any cracks in the driveway or sidewalks

3. Trim back any overgrown trees or bushes

4. Reseed any bald patches in the lawn

5. Clean out gutters and downspouts

6. Inspect and clean AC unit (if applicable)

7. Wash and polish the exterior of your home

Have Fun, and Happy Spring!

Now that you know what needs to be done both inside and outside your home, it’s time to get started on your Spring cleaning! Be sure to work through each item on the checklist systematically so that you don’t miss anything. And most importantly, have fun! There’s nothing like a clean house to make you feel refreshed and ready for the warm weather ahead. The team at Low-E has got a wide variety of energy saving products for your home!

How To Find Air Leaks In Your Home

If you’ve been feeling a chill in your home, even when the temperatures are up, it might be due to air leaks. Air leaking into and out of your home can waste energy and make your home uncomfortable. In this blog post, we’ll show you how to find and fix air leaks in your home!

Common Sources of Air Leaks

Air leaks can come from a variety of sources in your home. Some of the most common sources of air leaks are:

  • Windows and doors
  • Attic hatches
  • Ceiling fixtures
  • Baseboards
  • Electrical outlets
  • Plumbing fixtures

To find air leaks in your home, start by doing a visual inspection of all the potential leak sources. Look for cracks or gaps around doors and windows. Also, look for any places where two different building materials meet, such as where the trim meets the wall or where the foundation meets the sill plate.

Once you’ve identified all the potential air leak sources in your home, you can begin sealing them up! Start with the easiest fixes, such as caulking around windows and doors. For larger gaps, you may need to use weatherstripping or expanding foam sealant. Once you’ve sealed up all the air leaks in your home, you should notice a difference in both your energy bills and your comfort level!

How To Identify Your Home’s Air Leaks

Once you have identified the common sources of air leaks in your home, it is important to find and fix the specific leaks. One way to do this is to use a smoke pencil. A smoke pencil is a tool that emits a stream of smoke, which you can use to identify air leaks.

To use a smoke pencil, first close all the windows and doors in your home. Then, light the smoke pencil and hold it up to the cracks and gaps in your home. If you see any smoke coming through the crack, that means there is an air leak!

Once you’ve identified all the air leaks in your home, you can start sealing them up. Start with the easiest fixes, such as caulking around windows and doors. For larger gaps, you may need to use weatherstripping or expanding foam sealant. Once you’ve sealed up all the air leaks in your home, you should notice a difference in both your energy bills and your comfort level!

Sealing Your Home’s Air Leaks

Once you have identified all the air leaks in your home, it is time to start sealing them up! Start with the easiest fixes, such as caulking around windows and doors. For larger gaps, you may need to use weatherstripping or expanding foam sealant. Once you’ve sealed up all the air leaks in your home, you should notice a difference in both your energy bills and your comfort level!

Caulking

Caulking is a sealant that you can use to fill small cracks and gaps around your home. To caulk an air leak, simply apply the caulking material to the crack or gap and smooth it out with your finger. Caulking is best for small cracks and gaps around windows, doors, trim, and baseboards.

Weatherstripping

Weatherstripping is a sealant that you can use to fill larger cracks and gaps around your home. Weatherstripping comes in a variety of materials, such as foam, felt, vinyl, and metal. To weatherstrip an air leak, simply apply the weatherstripping material to the crack or gap and secure it in place with tape or nails. Weatherstripping is best for larger cracks and gaps around doors and windows.

Expanding Foam Sealant

Expanding foam sealant is a sealant that you can use to fill larger cracks and gaps around your home. Expanding foam sealant comes in a can and expands to fill the crack or gap. To use expanding foam sealant, simply apply the material to the crack or gap and smooth it out with your finger. Expanding foam sealant is best for larger cracks and gaps around plumbing fixtures, electrical outlets, and ceiling fixtures.

Sealing Your Home’s Air Leaks

Once you have identified all the air leaks in your home, it is time to start sealing them up! Start with the easiest fixes, such as caulking around windows and doors. For larger gaps, you may need to use weatherstripping or expanding foam sealant. Once you’ve sealed up all the air leaks in your home, you should notice a difference in both your energy bills and your comfort level!

Use Reflective Insulation To Prevent Air Leaks

One of the best ways to prevent air leaks in your home is to use reflective insulation. Reflective insulation is a type of insulation that reflects heat back into your home. This means that it can help keep your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Reflective insulation also helps prevent air leaks, because it creates a barrier between the outside air and your home.

There are a variety of different types of reflective insulation, so you can choose the one that best suits your needs. Some types of reflective insulation are made of foam, while others are made of metal. Reflective insulation can be installed in walls, ceilings, and floors, making it a versatile option for any home.

If you’re looking to improve the energy efficiency of your home, reflective insulation is a great place to start. It’s an easy way to prevent air leaks and keep your home comfortable all year long!

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