You can find a tundra-like climate in Alaska, but at the same time, Hawaii’s climate is like a rainforest. And then the rest of the country is somewhere in between. If you’re a homeowner, you’ll want your home to be as energy efficient as possible — especially in regards to your specific climate—and having the right windows is key. If you’re looking for the ideal windows for where you live, read on to see what’s a good fit for your home.Colder Climates
In places where the temperature drops below freezing, home heating is a must. And that plays a role in the U-Factor, also known as the rate that indicates heat loss. You’ll want a window [...]
Each new year gives us a chance to reset the clock and start anew. And here at Modernize, we believe that goals are healthy, but interests evolve and so should yours. If this is the motivation you need to update your home, look no further. Whether it’s just tweaking some accents for additional appeal or expanding the actual size of your home, fads change with the times. Here are some of the newest trends coming your way.Making Room
Let’s face it — living in the modern world ain’t cheap. More and more families are living together to save on expenses, and that means different generations are living under one roof. If you find yourself in this predicament, [...]
Roofs: they’re what protect us from the elements. They give us privacy. They give us shade. And most importantly, they give us a shelter. A home wouldn’t be complete without a roof, so it’s important to keep yours is in tip-top shape. But is it? It’s best to find out before problems mount so you can avoid costly and dangerous repairs. Here are six warning signs that should be on your radar.Roof Age
The good news is a standard roof should last at least twenty years, if not longer. But there are variables to consider, of course. How well ventilated is yours? How many layers of shingles do you have? Was the old roof removed? Knowing your [...]
If you’re anything like most homeowners, you don’t think a lot about your roof until it’s time for a new one. Suddenly you realize how much you need that protective coating of tar and shingles. It’s what shelters your home and belongings, protects your family, and fends off the effects of every type of weather.
With that much at stake, it makes sense that you’d want to pick the right kind of roofing material. After all, if your roof is going to be exposed daily to the hazards of the local climate, you need something that can stand up to the elements. Here’s how you can select the right surface for your area’s weather and get plenty of [...]
The perks of solar are no joke. A rooftop system can do more than just cut down or even eliminate your utility bills. A solar panel installation generates energy from a renewable source and reduces CO2 emissions for your household. Solar panels work hardest when the sun is shining and when AC use increases your home’s energy demand. Plus, the homeowners that install them qualify for lots of incentives and tax rebate programs—talk about a win-win!
But there’s a lot more to solar than free, clean energy and lower electricity bills — although, admittedly, that part of the deal is pretty sweet. Installing panels on your property comes with a bunch of unexpected [...]
If the eyes are the window to the soul, your windows are surely the soul of your home. Whether you’ve got wide bay windows with a stunning backyard view, casement windows that make it easy to flood your home with a fresh breeze, or a protruding garden window perfect for up-close wildlife interaction, your home’s windows are your link to the magnificent outdoors just on the other side of the glass. Unfortunately, the bird population doesn’t feel quite as charmed about your windows. In fact, an estimated one billion birds die each year in the US alone from window collisions. To birds in flight, a window is an optical illusion. They don’t see the panes of glass [...]
Welcome to the new world of home buying! At Modernize, we’re constantly looking for new technologies and adaptations that are both good for the Earth — and worth the value they provide. All too often, these green improvements end up costing homeowners a lot of their own green in the process, without offering much in the way of returns. With that in mind, we put together a list of some of the best projects we’ve seen—initiatives that look as good on your bank statement as they do on paper. Read on for the full scoop below.These Panels Make Solar Energy Look Good
Solar providers are no strangers to incredulous looks—when they quote homeowners the number for a new [...]
I don’t want to awaken your inner alarmist, but there’s a good chance your home will be broken into in your lifetime. In 2014, the FBI reported that there was at least one burglary every 18.2 seconds—faster than you can say “there’s no place like home.”
Windows provide the access for a good deal of those incidents. First floor windows are the second most popular entry point for burglars—and many break-ins occur simply because the resident leaves one unlocked. With an average $2,251 of property loss on the line, it’s imperative that you keep your home secured with the right equipment, starting with your windows. Luckily, there’s a whole [...]