Efficient Heating Tips for Winter

Although we have already entered the winter season, it’s not too late to take steps towards saving money with efficient heating precautions. Not only does the cold weather bring snow, it also increases heating costs. Don’t lose out on potentially thousands of dollars by not having your home efficiently heated.

To help you combat high energy costs, we compiled a list of efficient heating tips to help you save your money and energy this winter.

Keep the Heat in with Good Insulation

Heat easily escaping your home is a sign of poor insulation. In most cases, your windows have a huge impact on your utility bills and home security. Generally speaking, your windows, doors, and attic are the easiest places for heat to escape. This can be corrected by making sure you have seals on all of your doors. Furthermore, a plastic covering on the windows and sealing the attic door can make all the difference.

If you have one, much of your attention should be geared toward the attic as it is one of the largest areas of heat loss. Because heat rises, it can find any weak spots in the ceiling insulation and drain valuable energy. It’s important to make sure that you have your attic’s insulation at the proper depth to combat this. Additionally, check your exterior walls to ensure it has the proper amount of insulation.

Use Your Fireplace or Wood-Burning Furnace

The fireplace in your home is a great area to sit back and relax next to while you enjoy a good book or movie. Whether it’s electric, wood or gas, the fireplace isn’t just for show. Fireplace inserts can significantly improve the heating efficiency of your fireplace by blowing heat directly from the fire to your room. In addition, it limits the amount of potential heat and conditioned air that may be lost up the chimney. Use it to your advantage by turning it on during the cold parts of the day.

Maximize Airflow by Changing the Room’s Layout

A commonly overlooked factor that contributes to the reduction of warm air circulation is the layout of a room. Often times chairs and couches are the causes of a blocked vent. They prevent the flow of warm air from entering the room and reaching it’s desired level. You may notice this if you frequently increase the thermostat in your home without a noticeable difference in the temperature.

After removing any blockages from your vent, make sure that they are open and pointing in the right direction. If the vent is pointed towards the wall or downwards, it won’t be able to push the heat throughout the room. Another option is to turn on your ceiling fan and have it rotate clockwise. This ensures that warm air is kept downwards in the winter months.

Use the Sun’s Heat to Your Advantage

The sun provides free heat and sunlight for your home. Despite the smaller amount of sunlight during the winter season, you can still open the sun-facing windows to bring the heat inside your home. Just make sure that once the sun goes down, you close your window to maintain the warmth throughout the room.

Alternatively, heat-trapping curtains are a great way to reduce the infiltration of cold air. Curtains have the ability to trap heat within and transfer it to the entering air. This ultimately allows it to circulate at a warmer temperature while also preventing warm air from escaping through cracks in the window.  

Is Your Home Lacking Efficient Heating?

If you have a continuous problem of heat escaping your home, you may be in need of window or door replacement. Don’t let the drop in temperature drive up your energy costs this winter. For affordable, high-quality exterior services in Milwaukee, call JBS construction. Contact us today to receive a free estimate.

What Type of Siding is Right for my Home?

You choose a particular type of siding for your home based not only on aesthetic preference but also based on cost and functional requirements. While each type of siding available on the market has its own advantages and disadvantages, modern home siding materials are by and large well-engineered, durable, and cost-effective. With material quality at an all-time high, the one variable is installation expertise. It’s critical that your home’s cladding and underlayment are installed with skill and precision. In Milwaukee, Waukesha, and Ozaukee County, JBS Construction is your best choice for Milwaukee siding and exterior remodeling.

For many homeowners, having siding is a great way to keep their homes looking good without having to invest in repainting, caulking, and sealing. And a practically maintenance-free home exterior isn’t the only reason to invest in siding for your home. Siding can provide additional insulation, lower utility bills and increase resale value, and the work can be completed in just a few days. If you’re looking for a fast, affordable way to transform and improve your home’s exterior, siding should be on your short list.

We install three of the most popular types of siding: vinyl, fiber cement and engineered wood. We have found these types of siding to be popular with homeowners for a number of reasons, including good durability and lifespan, reduced upkeep over real wood siding, and having a nice selection of color and trim choices available.

Vinyl siding is made from flexible plastic, and it is popular with homeowners because it is durable, requires much less upkeep than wood, comes in a wide variety of colors and styles, and can last a long time. In fact, some manufacturers offer lifetime warranties for their vinyl siding. And, in many cases, these warranties are transferable if a house is sold.

Fiber cement siding is made from sand, cement and cellulose. It is popular with some homeowners because it offers even more durability than vinyl, and it needs even less upkeep. Like vinyl, it comes in a wide variety of colors and styles, and it has an even longer lifespan than vinyl, due to its damage-resistant nature.

Engineered wood siding is made from wood fragments that are bound together with a resin binder, creating siding that looks like wood but doesn’t have any of the material flaws found in real wood. It is popular with price-conscious homeowners because it offers the classic beauty of real wood siding at lower, more affordable prices. Like other modern types of siding, it is also durable (often lasting up to 30 years or more) and practically maintenance free.

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Wisconsin Siding Repair

To protect your siding, it’s a good idea to have it regularly inspected and maintained by Wisconsin siding repair experts who can identify and repair problem areas before they can lead to extensive, pricey damage. Because siding does such a good job of wrapping the exterior of a home, it’s sometimes easy to forget that damage that seems minimal on the outside can still potentially lead to structural or serious damage in the interior. This is precisely why it is important to have your siding regularly inspected: to catch small problem areas before they turn serious.

Signals that you may need siding repair services include:

  • Loose or missing panels or shingles
  • Deteriorating or rotting siding
  • Cracked vinyl siding
  • Insect or mold damage
  • Split or cracked siding panels
  • Peeling paint
  • Improperly sealed nail holes and joints
  • Damage around exposed chimneys or chases

If you notice any of these common signals, it is in your best interests to contact siding professionals who have real experience evaluating siding for damage, faulty workmanship and degradation. After a thorough inspection, they can advise you on your options and the many pros and cons associated with various types of siding. Not all types of siding are right for all types of homes (or homeowners), so having a knowledgeable professional who can help walk you through the many options available can help you find what’s right for you.

A note about preventative maintenance: It is important to note that every type of siding requires some level of care, and the less diligent you are about following the care guidelines for your siding, the more likely you are to need the services of a siding repair specialist.

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Wisconsin Vinyl Siding

Considering investing in vinyl siding for your home? Let our Wisconsin vinyl siding experts help. Vinyl exterior siding is an excellent siding solution for many homeowners because it offers so many choices and an impressive value for the price. There’s a reason vinyl siding is so popular with homeowners, and part of that reason is because homeowners are smart about how they spend their money!

Here are just a few reasons to choose vinyl siding in Wisconsin:

  • Vinyl siding is incredibly low maintenance, only requiring the occasional wash and no painting whatsoever.
  • It comes in a wide selection of color, style, design and texture choices.
  • It is quite durable, with a resistance to damage from dents, rot, rust, insects, and elemental damage (like hail).
  • Siding variations give homeowners even more choices, with the ability to choose vinyl shake and shingle sidings; board and batten siding; solid core siding (for added energy efficiency); wood-grain panels; vertical siding; dutch lap; seamless siding; and more.

A note on maintenance: Although vinyl siding is an extremely low maintenance siding solution, it does require some care. This includes occasional washing with a mild soap. Not only will this keep vinyl siding looking clean and appealing, it will also protect it from damage due to debris, mildew, mold and algae.

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Wisconsin Cedar Siding

Considering authentic cedar siding for your home? Let our Wisconsin cedar siding experts help. We know how much Wisconsin homeowners appreciate the rustic charm and natural good looks of genuine cedar, and choosing this siding solution for your home’s exterior is a smart way to increase both the beauty and value of your home.

Made from natural cedar, cedar shingles and shakes offer homeowners the beautiful, natural look of wood without the upkeep and maintenance needs of traditional wood siding. To retain their rustic good looks, cedar shakes and shingles are typically stained in earthy tones like browns, reds and grays.

Reasons to choose cedar siding in Wisconsin include:

  • Cedar siding can last an incredibly long time if properly cared for. In fact, if properly installed and maintained, cedar siding can last up to 75 years (although warranties will often only extend up to 25 years).
  • Cedar has a natural resistance to insect infestation and rot.
  • It is considered a higher-quality siding product and can increase the resale value of a home.
  • It can be painted or stained just about any color.

A note on cost and care: Although cedar siding offers many benefits, it should be noted that cedar shingle siding is typically more expensive when compared to other traditional home exterior siding options. In addition, cedar shakes and shingles are prone to mildew, mold and woodpecker damage if not properly maintained. Finally, part of maintaining cedar siding involves having it stained every five years to maintain its resistance to elements, rot, and mold.

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Wisconsin Cement Siding

We often wonder why more homeowners don’t choose fiber cement siding in Wisconsin. Although it is a relatively new siding choice, it is an excellent exterior solution, especially for the variable weather conditions that Wisconsin homes must handle. If you’re considering investing in new siding for your home, be sure to consider fiber cement—you might be surprised at the many benefits that this exterior siding solution has to offer.

Made from sand, pressurized cellulose, and cement, fiber cement offers a surprising array of design and style choices since it can be manufactured to replicate so many different types of materials. And, that’s not all. Other reasons to choose fiber cement siding include:

  • Fiber cement siding is incredibly durable. In fact, it can last more than 50 years.
  • It does not swell, decay, rot, or combust, and it is resistant to damage from termites, water, fire and temperature-related expansion/contraction.
  • Fiber cement siding can be painted, and it can be designed to replicate the look of wood, stucco or stone.
  • It is an affordable alternative to natural wood siding. (Although it is typically more expensive than vinyl siding.)
  • It is safe for the environment.
  • It comes in a variety of finishes and can be painted any color.

A note on maintenance and installation: Although fiber cement siding offers many benefits, there are a few considerations of which homeowners should be aware. For instance, the joints in fiber cement siding need to be sealed to prevent wear and cracking, and it does require regular spray cleaning to remove debris. Finally, if it is painted, it needs to be repainted every 15-20 years or so.

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Wisconsin Wood Siding

Considering wood siding for your home? Let our Wisconsin wood siding experts help. We know how much Wisconsin homeowners appreciate the rustic charm of real wood, and choosing a wooden cladding solution for your home’s exterior is a smart way to increase the beauty and value of your home for a relatively minimal investment.

Here are just a few reasons wood siding is so popular:

  • Because wood can be cut to just about any size and specification, wood siding comes in a virtually unlimited number of sizes and styles.
  • Wood can be painted any color or color combination.
  • There are several gorgeous wood species to choose from, including White, Red and Jack Pine; Cypress; Redwood; and Douglas Fir.
  • Multiple siding patterns are available, including cove lap siding (which is similar in looks to traditional siding but has a distinctive decorative groove), bevel siding (which may be the most popular siding style due to its beautiful appearance and high-level of functionality), and channel rustic lap siding (which looks like traditional wood siding but does not have any of the splits and cracks that can be found in wood siding).
  • When properly cared for, wood siding can outlast vinyl siding.

A note on durability and maintenance: Wisconsin homeowners considering exterior wood siding should be aware that it requires considerably more maintenance than many other types of siding, including vinyl siding, fiber cement siding, stucco, and aluminum. Not only must it be treated and painted every 5-10 years, if it is not properly cared for, it can become damaged by rot, insects, swelling, decal, mold, mildew, and even fire.

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Wisconsin Sliding Windows

If you’re considering investing in new sliding windows, JBS Home Exteriors can help. Our Wisconsin sliding windows services cover everything you need to make the right choice in windows for your home: from selecting the materials to getting the right size, our professional window installers can help.

Many Wisconsin homeowners choose sliding windows for their beauty and style. Often called “sliders,” sliding window replacements can have one or two sliding panels (called “single sliding windows” and “double sliding windows”) which slide horizontally. Because sliding windows do not use any interior or exterior space to open (since they simply slide back and forth to open and close), they’re a smart, stylish way to get windows into a room that doesn’t have much space.

Here are a few more reasons sliding windows are so popular:

  • They use interlocking rails that promote security and energy efficiency.
  • Closed and locked sashes cannot be removed from outside (further increasing the security of these windows).
  • The window sashes lift out, making them easy to clean.
  • They come in a wide variety of materials, sizes, shapes, designs, textures, finishes and colors.
  • Each one is custom fit.
  • Optional glass treatments can be used to promote privacy, sound reduction, UV protection, and energy efficiency.
  • When coupled with vinyl frames, sliding windows are practically maintenance-free since they do not peel, rot, or ever need painting.

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10 Ways to Keep Mold Off Siding in Wisconsin

Worried about keeping mold off of your precious siding in Wisconsin? Don’t worry—with these tips your siding should be mold-free for years to come.

  1. Let the Sun Shine In
    If you want to deter mold growth on siding in Wisconsin, you will need to keep your home bathed in as much direct sunlight as you can find. Because mold grows in damp, dark places, keeping your home’s exterior bright can help deter mold from taking root. A great way to keep the sun shining on your home is to keep your trees and shrubs properly trimmed and tidy. Not only will this allow more direct sunlight to hit your home’s exterior, it will promote air circulation.
  2. Kill the Moss Monster
    Moss may look warm and inviting, but it also promotes the damp, dark environment that mold loves to grow in. To help keep mold in check, get rid of moss anywhere in or around your home or on your siding that you may find it.
  3. Schedule Cleanings Regularly
    If discipline is the key to keeping your siding mold-free, regular, scheduled cleanings are the tool that keep homeowners on task. All you’ll need are a garden hose and a soft-bristle brush, and cleanings need only be completed every three months or so.
  4. Get Rid of Climbing Vines
    Although vines may look lovely on siding, they (just like moss) promote a damp, dark environment in which mold thrives. As much as you’ll miss it, you’re better off protecting your siding from mold by cutting back vines and ivy.
  5. Keep Your Rain Gutters Serviced
    Water that spills over from a clogged gutter system can promote mold growth on siding (and it’s not good for your foundation either!). To help keep your home’s exterior dry, maintain your rain gutters with an annual cleaning schedule.
  6. Be Smart With Your Sprinklers
    Unless you’re cleaning them, there’s little reason to water your home’s exterior siding. So, when you use your sprinkler, take a look and make sure that you’re not hitting your home. Not only will this save you money on water costs, it will help reduce the amount of mold-growing moisture on your siding.
  7. Consider Using Mold-resistant Cleaners
    If you really want to protect your siding from mold, consider investing in a mold-resistant cleaning solution. Another side benefit is that these sorts of cleaner often reduce how often you need to clean to prevent mold.
  8. Don’t Wait
    If you see mold on your home’s siding, act fast. The longer you wait, the harder it will be to get your mold problem under control. A good first step if you see mold on your exterior siding is to use a solution of bleach and water. If you get it soon enough, you can often stop mold before it grows into a big problem.
  9. Get Your Ducts in Order
    A common place for siding to get moldy is around exterior ventilation ducts. The steam that pours out of these ducts can create just the right environment for mold growth. Be sure to check around venting areas frequently.
  10. Insulate Properly
    Keeping your home properly insulated can make a big difference in reducing the risk of mold on the exterior or your home. Just like mold will grow around warm, cozy vents, it will grow on warm, cozy siding that is leaking its home’s inner warmth.

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