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Every year, more and more home designers and engineers recognize the superiority of composites over traditional materials, such as metal, plastic or wood. This is due to the fact that composite materials provide unmatched performance by their individual constituents, and manufacturers are turning to ignoring old materials and methods in favor of composite fabrication. Composites have quickly become a way to achieve high structural performance at affordable production costs.
As far as windows are concerned, they come with a number of different types of insulating frames and glass. By combining a thermally efficient frame with a thermopane glass adapted to the climate, you can customize every existing window in the house. Improving the thermal resistance of a window frame contributes to better overall energy efficiency. Each frame material has its own advantages and disadvantages and some are more resistant than others.
What are composite window frames and what are the reasons that make them a good choice?
Composite window frames are made of composite wood such as timber and laminate. They are super stable and have the same structural and thermal properties as traditional wood frames, with even better resistance to moisture and degradation.
A type of very efficient frames, usually used in passive houses, is composite coated with aluminum. Between composite and metal, there is a free space, and the air in this space is a very good insulator. The advantage of composite window frames coated with metal is their enhanced weather resistance. There is no danger of rotting or impact damage, as in the case of wood frames installed in the wrong climate.
Composite frames combined with plastic are also a great option, but their share is still low. It is estimated, however, that their popularity will increase due to their particular resistance, easy maintenance as well as resemblance to the natural wood (natural wood is still considered by specialists and beneficiaries alike as the most aesthetically pleasing window framing solution).
Composite materials in the structure of window frames offer many advantages. Here are the most significant:
- High strength and rigidity
- Light weight
- Eco friendliness during the production process
- Increased durability, resistance to frequent use and long life span (are still-new technology, but it is estimated they are strong enough to last up to 30 years)
- Impact resistance
- Increased dimensional stability
- A variety of colors and finishes to choose from
- Good chemical properties, corrosion resistance
- Fire resistance
- High service temperature
- Extreme outdoor environmental resistance
- Low maintenance requirements
- Low thermal conductivity
- Low thermal expansion
- Adapted energy conductivity (e.g., can be used to amplify or absorb vibrations)
- Appropriate insulation
- Relatively low resources consumption for raw material production
- Recyclability – composite materials and aluminum are recyclable, which translates into energy savings and eco-friendliness.
There are really no downsides of composite windows, perhaps except for the cost, however you avoid the cost of window replacement Lincoln contractors do for windows that are not as long lasting. They are at the top end of the price range, being less affordable than the popular PVC windows, but considering all their advantages including lifespan, durability and energy-efficiency, composite windows help you save money in the long run.
When you have to build a roof for your home, or replace the existing one, the options you have are quite numerous and the challenge is to choose the best one.
Not all roofing solutions are suitable for any type of building. Factors that influence your choice include the area where you live, the temperatures and rainfall during the year, the insulation you wish to add and more.
The roof must be 100% functional; after all, it’s most important role is to protect the house from weather, during many years and even decades.
In the US, there are different types of climate and areas where storms with severe rainfall and hail are not a rarity. Not to mention that the effects of global warming bring these problems even to areas where they have not been a common occurrence until recently. In this context, buildings should be prepared for such situations. Whether we talk about construction techniques, reinforcements, or the way people react to natural disasters, it is clear that measures are in order, if you want to ensure safety.
Having a solid roof above your head is one of the most important things. Today, there are impact-resistant shingles that definitely help with storm damage. It is true that this solution represents a more expensive investment than regular roofing, but it is a very long term investment in the safety of your home, which also reflects in the increased value of your property.
Stone coated metal shingles
Looking for a roof that is wind and storm resistant, lightweight but, at the same time, strong, durable and aesthetically appealing?
Stone coated metal shingles represent one of the best options when it comes to impact resistance and protection against storm damage, and come recommended by a Dallas general contractor experienced with roofing. If you choose this roofing solution, snow, wind and hail will be no longer a problem, and the 50-year warranty turns this material into the ideal solution for any roof. Its particular resistance is provided by the durability of the metal combined with stone, as well as by the efficient fastening system.
Stone coated metal shingles are designed to provide maximum safety and a great aspect of the roof.
Other advantages include:
- Light weight and earthquake resistance – such a roof is up to 7 times lighter than a traditional roof. A lower weight means a lower loading of the structure and low costs related to roof installation, considering that no structural improvements are required.
- Fire resistance – materials used in the fabrication of stone coated metal shingles are non-flammable (steel, aluminum, zinc and natural stone).
- Sound insulation – thanks to the stone coat, these roofing materials provide good sound insulation.
Disadvantages of stone coated metal shingles:
- This roofing system has a higher purchase price, compared to other roofing systems, although the price-quality ratio is quite fair
- The installation of stone coated metal shingles is more difficult than regular shingles and should only be performed by a team of specialists, to avoid installation errors that will affect the functionality and warranties.
Florida roofs are exposed to special climate conditions – the humid subtropical climate in the north and the tropical climate in the south can both be harsh on roofs. The state gets a rainy season from May to October that stresses roofs not only with large quantities of precipitation, but also with extreme weather events, such as thundershowers and storms. To be able to stand up to the extreme conditions, Florida buildings cannot use just any roof – the roofing products selected for the buildings in the region need to be strong and able to withstand anything from strong winds and harsh sunshine to heavy rain. Here are the best products for roofs in Florida.
A popular and affordable solution that offers longevity, attractive appearance, quick and easy installation and comes with low maintenance needs. They are a bit sensitive to very harsh winds and really large hail stones can also hurt them, but they can efficiently withstand heavy rain and harsh sunshine. Most shingles are warranted for 25-50 years.
Clay and Concrete Tiles
These traditional roofing solutions are just perfect for Florida. They confer attractive appearance to the building underneath and they live very long, in most cases for over a century. Clay tiles are also resistant to ignition, insects and rot and they require very little maintenance. There is only one thing that homeowners should know about before picking the material for their new roof: both clay and concrete tiles are quite heavy, so the building they are installed on needs to be able to support the extra weight.
Especially suitable for flat or low-sloping roofs, single-ply roofs are great, durable solutions for both commercial and residential buildings in Florida. Single-ply systems are available in many different colors, light-colored varieties offering the additional benefit of reflecting the sun’s heat, thus improving the building’s energy efficiency.
Another popular solution for both residential and commercial applications. The alloys used for making metal roofing systems include steel, aluminum and copper, steel being the most common and the most popular. Metal roofs stand up well to harsh winds and heavy rain, they are resistant to fire and unattractive for pests, the only thing that can damage them being hail. Metal roofs don’t have any special maintenance needs, but they do need to be inspected and cleaned at least once a year.
Make the Best Choice – Consult an Expert
If you are still not sure what roofing material would work best on your roof, the best thing you can do is to consult a Panama City roofing expert. Call a contractor to visit your building, tell him about what you want in terms of appearance, durability, resistance and the price range you can afford and ask him to provide detailed descriptions of the pros and con of each of the materials he recommends. Make sure you ask all the questions you have about the roofing – you will want to make the best decision for your home and your budget, so you need all the information you can get.