Windham Construction offers a full range of services – from minor roof repairs to complete replacement of even the largest roofs or general contracting needs.
No single home improvement project can have such a significant impact on your home as installing a new roof. Roof replacement can be a major headache and expense when done incorrectly. Whether your roof is shingled or flat, Robert Windham Construction has the product line and expertise to complete your job correctly, on time, and within your budget. You can rest assured that not only will your home look beautiful, but it will likely increase in value.
In addition to improving appearance and increasing your home’s worth, a professionally installed roof will give you and your family additional protection from snow, wind, rain, heat, and cold.
When a roof can account for as much as 40% of the average home’s exterior, many factors weigh into the choice of materials. Some surfaces are more beautiful than others. Some offer greater resilience or endurance. Some are more affordable. But, the one roofing surface which offers all those attributes in balance is the asphalt shingle.
Now accounting for about 80% of the residential roof surfacing in the United States, asphalt shingles are measured against a variety of standards that evaluate fire and wind resistance, tear strength, and other key performance indicators.
Asphalt shingles come in two basic types: glass fiber (a.k.a. fiber glass) and organic. Organic shingles consist of an organic felt material which is generally paper, saturated with asphalt to make it waterproof. A top coating of adhesive asphalt is then applied and the ceramic granules are then embedded. Organic shingles contain around 40% more asphalt per square (100 sq. ft.) than their glass fiber counterpart which makes them weigh more and gives them excellent durability and blow-off resistance.
Glass fiber shingles have a glass fiber reinforcing mat manufactured to the shape of the shingle. This mat is then coated with asphalt which contains mineral fillers. The glass fiber mat is not waterproof by itself. Its purpose is for reinforcement. What makes the glass fiber shingle waterproof is the asphalt. However, the asphalt itself will not stick to the mat. For this reason, “fillers” are used. The fillers in the asphalt cling to the glass fibers in the mat. The asphalt then encapsulates the glass fibers, fills all of the little holes and voids in the mat rendering it waterproof. After this cools a bit, adhesive asphalt is used to cover the mat and the ceramic granules are then embedded.
The ceramic granules are there for two reasons. The primary reason is to protect the shingles from the sun. The sun’s UV rays are very damaging to asphalt and cause it to deteriorate prematurely. This is one of the same reasons that gravel is used on built-up roofs. The second and more obvious reason for the granules is aesthetics. Asphalt shingles are available in a wide variety of colors to match almost any facade or landscape.
Vinyl provides enduring beauty and design flexibility. Using a variety of siding and soffit styles, colors, accessories and trim, you can update a ranch, add character to a colonial or even recreate a Victorian. Moreover, you can select siding that will be consistent with your home’s design and fit into the environment and neighboring homes.
Vinyl is now the number-one siding material available. And for good reason: Nothing beats vinyl siding, accessories and trim for sheer endurance. Unlike many other siding materials, vinyl is impervious to rain, cold, salt and snow. And vinyl won’t rot, peel, dent or show scratches, nor will it ever need painting. A simple soap-and-water rinse once a year is all that’s required to remove dirt and maintain the look of freshly painted wood.
Vinyl siding is a great investment. Re-siding a home is among the top ten remodeling projects in terms of overall payback. And, if you re-side with vinyl, you can often recoup 100% or more of your investment.
As North America’s largest manufacturer of vinyl building products, CertainTeed Corporation’s quality brands are the most trusted names in the industry.
Save Money on Energy Bills
New windows are a great investment to make in your home. The right window can reduce your heating and cooling bills, dramatically enhance your home’s curb appeal, and even increase the value of your home.
Whatever your reason for installing replacement windows, you have started out on the right foot by visiting our site. Take a few minutes to look at all of the options that we have available. That way, what might have seemed like an overwhelming task will now be easy – because you already know what you want. But, if you need more information, please Contact Us and we will be glad to answer any questions you might have.
Windham Construction is proud to install replacement windows from the biggest names in the business – Andersen, Marvin, Eagle, Alside, Alcoa and CertainTeed.
If you have single-pane windows, windows that do not close snugly, or older aluminum frames, upgrading to windows with energy efficient features like double-pane, tinting, and low-e glass will result in unbelievable year-round savings.
Improve Your Home’s Appearance
Our wide selection of styles and hardware options can improve the look of your home both inside and out. Often, simply changing the window style can dramatically change the entire appearance of a room.
Get more fresh air circulating in your house by replacing fixed units with operable venting windows. You’ll be amazed at the difference quality windows make to the quality of life in your home.
Stop Progressive Damage
If your wood frames or the areas around your windows are rotting, the problem is not going to go away – it will only get worse. Stop the problem before it spreads and causes more costly damage. Installing new vinyl clad windows will not only stop the damage, it will keep it from returning.
Stop Furniture / Drapery / Rug Fading
Replacing your old, inefficient windows with new, energy efficient, tinted windows will stop the sun’s damaging effects on your furniture, draperies and floor coverings.
No More Painting!
Your new Andersen windows will never need painting or staining. Save even more money every few years by eliminating this costly and bothersome chore.
How To Know When To Replace Windows
By replacing a home’s windows, you can update the look of your house, increase your home’s energy efficiency, enjoy easier window operation, and spend less time on the cleaning and maintenance of windows. Plus, you are investing in the long-term value of your property.
If you are uncertain about whether or not to replace your windows, here are some key indicators that current windows may be past their useful life:
- Windows are warped or rotted
- Windows are chipping, deteriorating or have water stains on the window or the area around the window
- Frustration with windows that are difficult to open and close
- Air leaks in, out, or around the window causing cold drafts in the house
- There is ice build up or a frosty glaze on the interior of the window
- Condensation or fogging occurs between glass panes making windows impossible to clean
- There is excessive outside noise coming through the window
If you have noticed any of these signs, it may be time to replace your windows. While replacing windows is a considerable investment, it is well worth the expense if you are losing money through these openings.
Andersen windows feature High-Performance™ Lo-E4™ glass, which is 35% more efficient than ordinary dual-pane glass in heating months and 41% more efficient in the cooling months. These efficiencies can help reduce total energy bills up to 25% over standard double pane glass. Andersen windows also meet energy efficiency ratings recognized by ENERGY STAR® and Green Seal.
What is Low-E4™ Glass?
Fewer Water Spots and Easier Cleaning
New Low-E4 glass features an innovative titanium dioxide (TiO2) exterior coating, which makes cleaning easier. When this coating is activated by sunlight, dirt loosens from the glass and can be washed away by rain. The special TiO2 coating also makes the glass dry faster with up to 99% fewer water spots*.
Adds Thermal Protection
Andersen Low-E4 glass employs a hermetically-sealed system for optimum insulation from heat, cold, and sound. A patented low-conductivity spacer separates the two panes of glass. The space between the two panes is filled with an argon gas blend to minimize the thermal transfer. Compared to ordinary dual-pane glass, High-Performance Low-E4 glass is 41% more energy-efficient in summer and 35% more efficient in winter. Depending on where you live, that can cut your energy bills up to 25%**.
Helps Keep UV Rays Outside
High-Performance Low-E4 glass works like a sunblock to filter ultraviolet (UV) rays that can fade fabric and damage furniture. Ordinary dual-pane glass lets 63% of UV light pass through. High-Performance Low–E4 glass is layered with 11 microscopic coatings that cut UV transmission down to 17% with virtually no effect on the clarity or color of the light that enters your home.
Reduces Sound Penetration
In addition, High-Performance Low-E4 glass also reduces sound penetration significantly, even when compared to single-pane glass.
*On exterior surface when activated by sunlight.
**A study of identical homes comparing Low-E4™ glass to ordinary dual-pane glass showed a 25% savings on cooling bills, 10% on heating. Savings may vary.