Friday, 14 November 2014 17:32 Written by G&G Restoration Last Monday it was 70 degrees and sunny. As oft happens during this time of year in the midwest, the average temperature is now below freezing. Such is life living in the Kansas City area (or anywhere in the midwest really). For some people, the dry indoor heat causes skin cracking and for others, indoor allergens mean some miserable days ahead. Since we’re all about comfortable homes, take these five lessons on keeping your home livable during the winter from guys who spend it improving homes around Kansas City. One of the biggest problems about indoor heated air is dryness. Normally, during the summer, the humidity is above 50 percent – that means that the air is holding half of the moisture that it’s capable of holding at a given temperature. The warmer the temperature, the more moisture the air can hold. During the winter, with temperatures very low outdoor, there is much less moisture in the air because it can hold much less, even if it’s 100 percent humidity! This means that the heated air being circulated at home and at work doesn’t have any moisture in it and, much like the desert, will actually sap the moisture from the human body. A humidifier adds the water back into the air, helping to stop your hands and lips from cracking and keeping your nose from drying out, meaning fewer wintertime viruses. Plus, it saves you money on energy bills because moist air feels warmer and is more comfortable. You spend less on gas, and get a healthier home. Humidifiers can be installed as an attachment to your central air conditioning system or can be stand-alone units for one room or area. It’s not just a hopeful look forward, some spring cleaning can seriously help with indoor allergens. As we head into the cold season, make sure to wash sheets and pillow cases, and give the pooch a wash too! Remember that winter generally means sealing up your home, meaning everything inside your home is now going to stay inside – including allergens. Make sure that the common places where allergens lurk are cleaned before we get deep into the winter season. Your bed is one such place where allergens gather, so make sure you have washed everything thoroughly including sheets, comforters and pillow cases. It might even be time to replace those old pillows as they tend to gather allergens over the years! Pets are the other major source of allergens in the home. Pet dander and all of the other things animals track inside can cause major discomfort for allergy sufferers. Wash em’ down once a week if possible! And if you’ve got a cat that you have to wash, make sure to share any pictures that you manage to take while doing it with us on Facebook! Insulation is one of the easiest ways to save money and keep your home at a comfortable temperature with appropriate humidity. This one is simple, if you’ve got an aging home with the original insulation, chances our you’re missing out on a lot of potential savings and a new level of comfort. Keeping the cold air out and the warm air in is what insulation is all about. Insulation is more than just that pink stuff in the attic. It fills the walls, fills cracks between the inside and outside of your home and can even be used on the exterior of your house. Thermal siding combines a lay of exterior insulation with heat responsive paneling that steels your home against both the cold and the wintry weather. This kind of insulation can have significant benefits when used in combination with upgraded indoor insulation. When it’s this cold out, pipes can freeze and burst. While we never advocate wasting water, keeping the taps open at just a few drips per minute will stop a lot of pipe freezing problems. Also, leave cabinetry that hides pipes open to the warm air inside your home. Just that small bit of warm air can keep your home safe from disaster! Especially where pipes are against exterior walls, it’s worth your while to also insulate the piping. This stops the heat from escaping the pipe and seals out the cold trying to reach it. Even if you do this, we still recommend keeping the faucets dripping. Yes, science says that your indoor spaces affect your mood and how you cope with stress over the winter. Don’t disregard science! Take some time to get your home updated for the season, wether that’s hanging christmas light or going on a shopping trip to get or get supplies to make some new indoor decorations. If you’re going to be living mostly inside for the next several months, then make your home as comfortable as welcoming as possible. Decor is an important part of livability, there’s no doubt about it. Especially during winter, having this space to provide physical and emotional respite is paramount to well being. Make it awesome, and make it yours – you’ll be happy that you took the time to do it! Thursday, 23 October 2014 20:12 Written by G&G Restoration
If you’re going to make the investment to get a new roof for your home, the make sure you’re getting the right roof that will last for years to come. As an Owens Corning preferred contractor, we’re proud to offer the exclusive Total Protection Roofing System. Most people think of roofing as shingles, and while these are an important part of roofing protection, without the backup from the total protection system shingles can only do so much and will wear out much more quickly. You need an integrated system of components to really protect your roof and your home’s value. One important piece of this puzzle is a ventilation system for your attic. Owens Corning VentSure intake and exhaust ventilation systems helps replace the naturally rising warm moist air from your home with drier air. This can help prevent mildew, mold and other hazards from forming in your attic. Plus, during the winter, your attic will be kept closer to the outdoor temperature helping cut down on damage from ice damming. Basically, when icy precipitation begins to fall, as it often does here in the Kansas City area, the amount of radiated heat from the entire roof will be reduced, thereby reducing melting near the top that refreezes near the gutters and forms dangerous and damaging accumulating ice flows. Couple this ventilation system with the WeatherLock Self-Sealing Ice and Water Barrier to keep all of the moisture and precipitation on the outside of your home. This system protects areas where water has a tendency to pool and creep inside. Using an underlayment like Fiberglas Reinforced Felt and the synthetic DECK DEFENSE system will help keep wind-driven rain from getting underneath the shingles. Starter shingles protect the eaves of your roof where it is most vulnerable to damage. Providing an aesthetically pleasing straight edge with a special sealant for attaching the first rows of shingles. This helps keep shingles from blowing off while making sure water gets to the gutter where it belongs. Special shingles from Owens Corning also protect the hips and ridges of your roof. Only once you’ve addressed all of these issues can you be sure you’ve got complete protection, and only then should you add on the genuine Owens Corning shingles. They even come in all different styles to match your unique home! Don’t do a half-hearted job protecting your biggest investment. Go all the way with Owens Corning and their Total Protection Roofing System!
Monday, 06 October 2014 13:53 Written by G&G Restoration Kansas City is always at risk from severe thunderstorms and hail as we saw last week. With the atmosphere unstable thanks to the changing seasons, we’re likely to see more rain with the cooler temperatures. As we head into fall and the temperatures start to drop, so do leaves! Severe weather during this season can cause a far greater than average number of leaves to drop all at once. While it probably won’t hurt the tree as it enters hibernation, it can certainly make a mess for you to clean up! Hail is the biggest culprit on this count, plus it can cause some serious roof damage that you do not want to have going into the winter months. Especially in the older neighborhoods of Kansas City, the taller trees are going to drop a lot of leaves. You might enjoy the changing of the season and all the beautiful colors, but you probably won’t enjoy all of these leaves falling on your roof just waiting for their chance to clog up your gutters. Fall isn’t just the biggest season for yard cleanup, it’s also when you most need to make sure that your gutters are completely clear. Clearing gutters now will save you the hassle of having to do it when it snows – a dangerous and more expensive task.
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A gutter cleaning pro will be able to take care of it for you if you prefer, and why not have them cleared by someone who also inspects roofs? Especially if you think you may have roof damage from the hail, getting in touch with us can seriously save you the headaches that come along with gutter cleaning. Enjoy fall! Don’t spend it mucking about in the gutter! Hire us, save time and let us make sure that your roof is ready for winter weather! Tuesday, 16 September 2014 17:05 Written by G&G Restoration The US Department of Energy is committed to saving energy, stopping pollution and saving consumers money. Their Home Energy Saver website tool can help you identify home improvements that can save you money and help the environment. Two of the largest expenses for most homeowners are heating and cooling costs. If your home is more than about 10 years old, your home’s insulation is likely out of date and not providing the kind of heating and cooling retention you really need. Insulation for Kansas City homes is particularly essential because of the steep climate variations from winter to summer. Keeping the temperature from shifting significantly inside can stop the breakdown that occurs in all variety of fixtures from constant heating and cooling cycles. Most new homes are fitted with insulation using new standards that lock in the warm or cold air, but older homes may not have been built in a time where energy savings were as much of a priority. While this saved builders and home buyers some money on the front end, as energy prices have increased over the years, those decisions have come back to bite homeowners! It’s also a big environmental concern. As our planet continues to heat up, the more energy each home uses equates to more pollutants dumped into the atmosphere. Climate shifts are already taking place and we have to do everything we can to slow or reverse them. Updating your Kansas City insulation installation is a simple way to to do your part for the environment – and keep your heater from running all winter. G & G installs Owens Corning Pink Panther specialty insulation that provides less thermal conductivity than competitors products, meaning that you get the most savings. There are lots of the other ways that you can use less energy and save money as well. For tips, tricks and to find more information on reducing your energy bill and carbon footprint visit: http://energy.gov/energysaver/articles/energy-saver-guide-tips-saving-money-and-energy-home Tuesday, 19 August 2014 17:13 Written by G&G Restoration
Roofing Kansas City homes is work for the professionals, because real professionals know what kinds of roofing materials are available and which ones are the best choices for your home. If you’re getting a new roof put on anyway thanks to storm damage, water damage or simply age, you may as well get the material that you like best and that provides the best protection from the elements. A trained Kansas City roofing expert will help you pick the material that matches your needs and tastes. Wood shingles and shake roofing are the standards that we use on most area homes, they provide solid value and can last up to about 30 years. What most people don’t realize is that these are merely one of many options to choose from when it comes to Kansas City roofing materials. For example, slate roofing is made from layered sedimentary rock and provides a strong roof covering with longevity of around 80 to 100 years. Because slate does not naturally absorb water, it is essentially waterproof. Because of this, it’s nearly maintenance free, it’s fire resistant (it’s rock after all) and, as it’s a natural insulator, it’s also extremely efficient. The best part though might be it’s natural beauty. Slate comes in a variety of colors depending on where it is quarried with greys, purples and cyan just some of the shades available. A more classic option is to go with tile roofing. Used as early as the third millennium BC, fired tiles have been used as a decorative and very functional roofing material through much of our recorded history. These kinds of tiles come in a number of different styles ranging from a flat arrangement to spanish tiling that that rises and falls to create a textured effect. They’re strong against weather, which is probably why they have been used for so long, and can create an exciting new look for your home. If you’re looking for roofing Kansas City, give your hometown, certified pro roofer a call today and get your home a completely new look!