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Garage doors, especially recently constructed ones, are made to endure year after year of daily use and exposure to seasonal changes and harsh weather conditions. Even so, garage doors do not last forever. If you live in a seasonal climate like that of Washington, DC, and Maryland and can relate to any of the following situations, then you should consider replacing your garage door.
Your Garage Door is Not Insulated
If you live in Maryland or the Washington, DC, area and your garage door is not insulated, then you should make investing in a new garage door one of your top priorities. At present, you can attribute much of the discomfort you feel during winter and summer, and the dread you experience when the utility bill arrives, to the lack of garage door insulation on your property. Upgrading to a custom installed, well-insulated Clopay garage door could reduce your heating and cooling costs by close to 50%.
Your Garage Door is Not Working
There comes a time in every garage door’s life, after several years and thousands upon thousands of uses, when rising and lowering becomes difficult work. If your garage door regularly gets stuck or has failed in some other respect, it may be time to invest in a new one.
Your Garage Door is Damaged
If a series of harsh storms have left their mark on your garage door and it was damaged to a point at which it is hardly recognizable, it often makes more sense to replace rather than repair a garage door. Contact a garage door insulation and installation expert for a quote.
Your Garage Door is Not Exactly Attractive
Does your garage door mesh poorly with the rest of your home’s exterior? If it is on the older side, you should definitely consider a replacement. These days, garage doors come in a seemingly endless selection of colors, styles, materials, and designs. Finding an affordable and well-insulated garage door that is aesthetically appealing and will boost your home’s curb appeal should not be difficult.
Are you a resident of the DC-Maryland area who is looking for an attractive, durable, well-insulated replacement garage door? At Accurate Insulation, we stock only the finest garage doors. We offer superior installation services carried out by skilled and experienced service professionals. If you want a garage door that you can rely on, call us at (301) 358-0914.
Last updated 7 days ago
Have you found our recent blog posts helpful? To further explore the world of insulation so that you can increase your at-home comfort and reduce your energy costs, check out the following resources. To speak with a home insulation professional about any insulation problems in the Maryland or DC area, call Accurate Insulation at (301) 358-0914.
Last updated 10 days ago
While Maryland and the rest of the Mid-Atlantic States do get some cool weather, summers are oftentimes marked by heat wave after heat wave. In homes without proper attic insulation, these heat waves can raise the temperature of an attic to 150 degrees Fahrenheit or higher. To learn more about the characteristics and unpleasant effects of poor attic insulation, continue reading this article.
How Attics Heat Up
How can the attic temperature reach 150 degrees when the outside temperature rarely exceeds 100? Sunlight that hits the roof directly is transmitted through the shingles or other roofing material, heating the top of the attic. Once the air at the top of the attic is heated, the warmer air circulates throughout the attic, eventually warming the air near the floor of the attic to temperatures nearly as hot as the roof.
Hot Attics Make the Entire House Warm
Solar heat is radiant, and after an attic heats up, the warmth created by the sun spreads into the home. This can make both summers and winters less comfortable inside the home. Without proper insulation, air conditioned air will leak out of your home and be replaced by the warm, radiant summertime heat.
Hot Attics Are Expensive
If you have a state-of-the-art air conditioning system, you may be able to keep your home at your desired temperature. However, it will cost you. It is also likely to drain the life of your HVAC unit.
These days, the most effective form of attic insulation for most Maryland and DC homeowners is air-foam based. If you would like to prevent hot air from penetrating your home in the summer and cool air from entering in the winter, give Accurate Insulation a call at (301) 358-0914. Our home insulation services are available for owners of new and existing homes alike.
Last updated 12 days ago
Air leaks are one of the most common problems that homeowners deal with, and virtually all air leaks are preventable. To learn more about air leaks in the outlet gasket, which may account for as much as a fifth of the outside air that seeps into your home, check out this educational video clip.
Outlet gasket leaks are some of the easiest air leaks to solve, and patching up those leaks can be done without the help of a professional. Take a trip to your local hardware store, locate pre-cut foam outlet gaskets of the appropriate size, and carefully screw them into the wall. Your outlet gaskets should be solved in no time.
If you discover that your home insulation troubles extend beyond your outlet gaskets, it may prove wise to consult a home insulation professional. To speak with a friendly and experienced home insulation expert in the Washington, DC, area about foam insulation and garage door insulation solutions, call Accurate Insulation at (301) 358-0914.
Last updated 14 days ago
When it comes to home insulation, most builders and homeowners concern themselves primarily with the insulation of walls, ceilings and attics. While it is important to properly insulate all of these building elements, there are several other points at which electrically cooled or heated air escapes homes and outdoor air enters uninvited. These include:
Windows and Doors
Of course, air enters and leaves your home when your windows and doors are open. Unless you have highly effective insulation, however, these home access points are susceptible to air leakage even when they are closed. Professionally applied spray foam, which can effectively seal the area around a home’s doors and windows, is one of the best ways to improve your energy efficiency and at home comfort.
The area surrounding light fixtures, often left un-insulated for fire safety reasons, is another common point of air leakage to consider when insulating your home. If you are not sure where to start, a home insulation professional can inspect the areas around your lighting fixtures and devise a safe and effective insulation solution.
When a chimney is not in use, it has the potential to detract greatly from your at-home comfort. Run an infrared light test on your home’s exterior, and you are likely to see that the temperature of the air near your chimney is either much cooler or warmer than the rest of the air in your home. To keep heat from exiting your chimney except for when it is in use, keep the flue closed and hire a fireplace insulation professional.
Plumbing and Electric
In a well-insulated home, even the area around the pipes, wires, and cables of the plumbing and electric infrastructure is insulated. Spray foam works great for these applications.
If you want to ensure that there are no weak points in your building envelop insulation, you need to have your home or business inspected and insulated by a foam insulation specialist. With an administrative staff that has accumulated more than 100 years of experience in the industry, there is not a single insulation problem that Accurate Insulation cannot solve. To speak with a member of our dedicated team, call (301) 358-0914.