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Congrats To Andersen Windows On Energy Star Award

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We are happy to congratulate one of our longest window suppliers, Andersen Windows on their ENERGY STAR® Sustained Excellence Award!

At Andersen Windows, you’re getting more than just beautiful windows and patio doors. You’re also getting a commitment to energy efficiency and the environment.

The ENERGY STAR® Sustained Excellence distinction is reserved for ENERGY STAR partners demonstrating outstanding leadership year after year. The 2012 Sustained Excellence Awards are given only to organizations that have been named ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year for three or more consecutive years.

For over 100 years, Andersen has built a reputation for environmental stewardship and energy-efficient products. In fact, Andersen has been part of the ENERGY STAR program since it started, and was the first window manufacturer to be named an ENERGY STAR National Window Partner of the Year in 1999.

Congratulations to our good friends at Andersen for their commitment and success in helping our customers save the environment and money with their products!

Supplier Showcase: Owens Corning TruDefinition® Duration® Shingles

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TruDefinition® Duration® Shingles are specially formulated to provide greater contrast and dimension to any roof. Through the use of multiple granule colors and shadowing, TruDefinition® Duration® Shingles offer a truly unique and dramatic effect. The exclusive combination of color and depth is what makes TruDefinition® Duration® Shingles like no other.

TruDefinition® Duration® Shingles are available in popular colors with bold, lively contrast and complementing shadow lines for greater dimension. They feature a Limited Lifetime Warranty*, 130-MPH Wind Resistance Limited Warranty*, and an Algae Resistance Limited Warranty.* Beyond the outstanding curb appeal and impressive warranty coverage, they also come with the advanced performance of patented SureNail® Technology.

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* See actual warranty for complete details, limitations and requirements.

Keep Sela in mind for water damage repairs.

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With the start of our storm season we never know what we may be facing this year with the potential of hail, wind and water damage being a real possibility. Sela has the experience and expertise to help with water damage to what is most likely your most valuable asset. Your home. Water damage can not only lower the value of your home, but can be a health hazard if not repaired correctly. No matter what may cause your water damage, Sela can get the job and restoration done appropriately. Our goal is to return your home to its original safe and beautiful condition, as if nothing ever happened. Go to our website for more information or to contact us!

Musician uses LP’s for roof.

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Wondering what to do with all those old LP’s that you have or inherited? Well, Matt Glassmever had an idea for his 350 records that he had laying around. He used them to roof his porch. Matt was met with many skeptics when people saw what he was doing, but says that he had left 100 records outside for two years and they faired well with no deterioration, other than the labels peeling off. Each album has a nail and a washer in the center whole to secure it and to keep them from leaking. It may not be too pretty, but it works. Looks like Matt has come up with yet another way to be green! LOL!

White Roofs in NYC.

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In New York City, Mark Z. Jacobson, a professor of civil and environmental engineering at Stanford University, has been doing a study on white rooftops for apartment buildings to see if the color change from black would have any kind of affect on keeping the buildings cooler and more efficient. Their findings have been very eye opening. So much that the city is embarking on a push to change as many roof tops as possible to white. The change could have enough of an effect on the downtown area, that it would actually reduce the “heat island effect” that makes the city 5-7 degrees warmer than the actual temperature at night in the summer. In 2011, on the hottest day of the summer, a white rooftop measured 43 degrees cooler than a black roof. That is huge and no doubt will reduce energy consumption for the building.

Source: cleantechnica.com

 

Branson rocked by Tornado

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Branson was just one of many areas hit by devastating storms just yesterday. The tourist town of Branson was hit by a tornado with winds of up to 130 mph that was reportedly 400 yards wide and on the ground for 22 miles. Miraculously there were no fatalities and only 33 injuries from the storm that hit around 1:00 a.m. March 1st. The town and its businesses are working feverishly to get things up and running if possible, by March 12th, which is the beginning of spring break for the area. There will be some businesses that will have no chance of opening anywhere near that date, as they sustained heavy damage and will need months to make repairs or rebuild.

What kind of gas do window manufacturers use in windows?

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You hear it all the time when window shopping. The windows you are looking at will typically say that they are “gas filled” windows to conserve energy and increase thermal value. So what kind of gas do they use anyway in these windows? Is it dangerous? Here are the facts for you to be a consumer in the know.

There are two common types of gas that are used in windows. Argon and Krypton. Both gases are called inert gases, meaning they do not react readily with other substances. These gases have a higher resistance to heat flow, then air. The gases are sealed between the panes to decrease a windows U-Factor, or the rate at which the window conducts non-solar heat flow. Argon gas is inexpensive, non toxic, non reactive and odorless. Krypton is more expensive and has better thermal performance.

There you have it. A crash course on window gases!