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Keeping Comfy This Summer – And All Year Long

We’ve hit that sweet spot in the year: Mornings and evenings are refreshingly crisp and cool, days are longer and mild, and heavy winter coats get a final wash before they’re bid adieu, traded out for a light jacket or sweater.

While we may savor these in-between seasons – the ones that convince us that we could never live in those one-temperature-all-year-long states – don’t get too comfortable. In just a few short weeks, our sweet spring breezes transform into humidity-heavy heat, which means that now’s a great time to make sure your home is set for the season – both inside and out.

Roofing and siding

Nothing ruins a home’s curb appeal more than a faded, warped or falling-apart façade, especially with barbecues and block parties right around the corner. But pretty exteriors aside, properly installed roofing and siding can make a huge difference in your home’s energy bills this summer.

While vinyl siding is the most cost-effective option, brick, stone, and Hardie siding need little upkeep and stand the test of time, repelling moisture and termites and providing an opportunity to add insulation to your home during installation. More insulation means more temperature-control and comfort inside – and fewer of your dollars escaping outside, along with your air conditioning.

And don’t just think of your four walls: If past winters have you noticing that your home is prone to icicles on your gutters, it likely means you have ice damming issues: when heat escapes through the roof, melting the snow. When that snow refreezes, it means icicles – and melting and refreezing water that can seep into your home as it backs up under the shingles.

Just because the snow has retreated for the season doesn’t mean the problem’s solved: Your cool air can escape through the same gaps, cracks and holes as your heat. Curious about one of the best ways to save energy in your home? It’s through the roof!

Air conditioning

It’s been a mild winter, which means summer could also break some records this year. But with the proper air conditioning system installed in your home, all you need to keep comfortable during the sweltering season is literally right at your fingertips.

Sure, it’s fun to stock up on sunscreen and to haul out your flip-flops, but nothing ruins that first 80-degree day faster than your A/C unit going kaput. If you haven’t had your air conditioner serviced in a while, or need a new one installed, now’s a great time to beat the heat and call Malcarne to get your home set for summer.

The best thing about a whole-house system installed by Malcarne isn’t just the comfort you’ll enjoy all scorching season: It’s the fact that new units are super-high efficiency, meaning you and your wallet can take a vacation this summer.

Whether you have a system installed already or have muddled through with fans and box units, energy-saving options and upgrades abound. More traditional ducted systems – always a better option than a window unit – rely on channels that carry cool air inside from a unit outside the house. Newer ductless systems take up less space, are quieter than many other units, and are even more energy-efficient – to the tune of 30 percent. And less energy used always means less money spent.

Now’s the time!

For those who are inspired by spring weather to pare down, clean up or turn over the proverbial leaf, now’s the best time to help your home also put its best foot forward.

If you’re considering a renovation or remodel, whether it’s outside, inside, or adding a brand-new addition to your house, you may end up getting more than you bargain for. When completing a project that adds more space, for example – maybe that first-floor master suite or extra kitchen space – Malcarne also does an energy retrofit, finding ways to save energy throughout the whole house. What does this mean for you, the homeowner? Even when your home’s square footage goes up, your utility bills go down – a win-win in any situation.

Looking for a more comfortable, more efficient home with even less turn-around time? Don’t wait until summer’s officially settled in. Keeping those elements out and your bought air in is crucial, and the experts at Malcarne can revamp your roof, siding and air conditioning systems to make this summer your most comfortable and economical.

After all, it won’t be “jacket season” for long.

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Roofing: Right, the First Time

Chances are, there are many portions of your home you simply never think about – that is, until something goes wrong. Your roof? It’s that kind of area: It’s going to keep the elements out and expensive heat in, and if it needs fixing, it just needs a few new shingles thrown on it – right? Not necessarily.

At Malcarne Contracting, we understand the importance of fixing and installing roofs right – the first time – so your roof can continue to be that unnoticed, albeit important, piece of your home.

We’ve finally said farewell to winter, with its snow, ice and freezing rain. But don’t forget about those elements quite yet: If you’ve noticed any leaks thanks to feet of slowly melting snow, now is the time to call Malcarne to fix those problems before another spring rain.

Perhaps you detected those deceptively pretty icicles around your roof over the winter: They may look serene, but they’re a sign that storms are brewing in your home. Ice damming is the process when heat escapes from your home, warming your attic space and the roof above it. Snow then meets the roof; the water runs down to the eaves, or edge, of the roof, where it’s still cold because it’s not directly over the warmed attic; and the water freezes, since the temperature of the eaves is lower. The cycle starts again with each new snow, continuing to build up a wall of ice and producing a recurrent puddle of water. That melted water can back up under your roof’s shingles – which are made only to shed water – and make its way inside your house.

And as roofing experts, no job is too small – or too big – for Malcarne. Our know-how extends to complete roof replacement as well. You may not notice any of the typical winter-to-spring issues yet, but if the time is right to replace your home’s roof, we know there’s a right way to get the job done, and keep you from any future damage.

Looking for some energy-saving spots in your home? One of the best places to make those energy-smart changes is in your roof, too. The main cause of ice damming, for example, is heat leaving the house – and that’s simply dollars flying out the door. A well-insulated roof and attic kills both birds with one stone: You keep in more of the heat you’re paying for, and you’re no longer at risk for water from those icicles.

Not thinking twice about whether your roof is up to snuff? That’s the peace of mind you can count on with Malcarne.

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Preventing Ice Damming On Your Roof

Winter snows may be pretty and serene, but they bring with them a not-so-lovely side effect: ice. While shoveling and salting may work for your driveway and walkways, your roof is at risk for ice dams, which result in damage that may have you wishing for a year-round warmer climate. Still, a little prevention not only ice-proofs your roof, but can save you money on those winter energy bills.

Ice damming happens when heat escapes from your home, warming your attic space and the roof above it. The flakes piled on the roof from that picturesque snowfall melt when they meet with the warmed roof; the water runs down to the eaves, or edge, of the roof, where it’s still cold because it’s not directly over the warmed attic; and the water freezes, since the temperature of the eaves is lower. The cycle starts again with each new snow, continuing to build up a wall of ice and producing a recurrent puddle of water. It may look like a snow globe outside your window, but up on the roof, the melted water can back up under your roof’s shingles – which are made only to shed water – and make its way inside your house.
Your roof, insulation and sheet rock are all susceptible to damage when this happens: When it’s wet, sheet rock can expand, dry out, crack and if it gets too wet it may completely fall down. Insulation gets packed down, allowing even more warm air to escape from your attic and exacerbating the problem – not to mention increasing the risk of mold and other problems that happen when water leaks inside a home.

Since the issue is in the roof’s eaves and gutters, experts recommend – and building codes require – installing an ice shield along that area, between 36 and 72 inches up your roof. This protects the roof from ice dams, and prevents water from coming in the house as it melts and puddles up. Still, while it’s a good preventative measure, experts at Malcarne recommend treating the root of the problem as well.

Keeping your roof ice-free is simple: It’s all about good insulation and air sealing. The main reason why ice dams occur is because heated air is leaving the living quarters of the house. By sealing up any gaps, cracks and holes between the ceiling and the attic floor and making sure your insulation is adequate, heat won’t be able to escape from your home as easily – and will stay away from warming that roof.

An added bonus? Proper insulation saves you money on your utility bill – and while a professional needs to install ice shields, you can tackle the task of insulating, keeping your heat where you’re paying for it to be.
So enjoy that next snowfall, but take precautions to keep it and all its icy glory outside, where it belongs.

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