How to Hang Christmas Lights on a Roof: Step by Step Guide 

Disclaimer: In no way should someone ever try to hang Christmas lights on their roof with a ladder when there is snow or rain present. This may cause serious injuries. We do not condone any such activities unless the proper safety precautions have been taken. It is important that you have someone present during the installation process of your Christmas lights on your roof. One should never try to go on top of their roof unless they are a professional and have the proper training. This may cause damage to your shingles and may cause injuries. Exercise extreme caution and consult with a physician before attempting to hang Christmas lights on your roof.  

 

How to Install Christmas lights on a Roof?  

If you have decided to attempt to hang Christmas lights on your roof, there are a few things you should keep in mind. First, make sure that you have the proper equipment. You will need a ladder, a drill, light clips, and of course, the lights themselves. It is important to have a helper when hanging lights, as they can hold the ladder steady while you climb up and clip the lights in place.  

Here is the Step-by-Step Process of hanging Christmas lights on your Roof.  

First Step – is to gather your Essential Items 

4 essential items to consider when hanging Christmas lights on a roof includes:  

Christmas Lights 

Christmas lights can be purchased at just about any store during the holiday season. However, before you purchase any lights, make sure that they are the type of lights that can be used on an exterior surface. These lights will be clearly labeled and will typically be more expensive than regular Christmas lights. C7 and C9 lights are some of the most used exterior Christmas lights. The main difference between these two types of lights is the size. C9 lights are larger than C7 lights, and therefore, are more visible from a distance. If you are hanging lights on a roof, it is important to choose a light that will be visible from the street. Another thing to consider when purchasing lights is the length of the strand. Most strands of lights are available in 25, 50, or 100 light counts. 

Timer & Controller 

It is also important to have a timer and controller for your lights. This way, you can set them to turn on and off automatically. This is especially helpful if you are not home during the day to turn them off and on manually. Without a timer, you run the risk of leaving your lights on all day and night, which can increase your energy bill. 

Light Clips 

Christmas Lights that are clipped onto gutters of a home.

light clips available, so make sure to select the ones best suited for your application. Most importantly, make sure that the clips you select can hold the weight of your lights without damaging your roof. A good rule of thumb is to select clips that can hold at least twice the weight of your lights. To make sure that you buy enough clips for your lights you should measure the area of your roof where you plan to hang your lights. Another good rule of thumb is that a clip should be placed every foot (or about a quarter of a meter) along the length of your roof or gutters. Light clips provide convenient and secure hanging for your lights on your gutters or shingles. There are many diverse types and sizes of

Other Tools and Equipment 

There are a few other tools and equipment that you might need when hanging lights on your roof. These include a ladder, light-hanging pole for easier places to hang lights without using a ladder. You will also want to make sure you have a good extension cord that can reach the outlet from your roof. It is important to use a heavy-duty extension cord that is made for outdoor use. Never use an indoor extension cord as they are not made to withstand the elements and can be a fire hazard.  

Step Two – Measure the Area of Your Roof. 

Now that you have gathered all of the essential items, it is time to measure the area of your roof where you plan to hang the lights. This is important so that you know how many lights and how many light clips you will need. It is also important to make sure that you have enough extension cord to reach the outlet from your roof. Once you have measured the area, it is time to start hanging the lights. 

Step Three – Understand Where You are Going to Install These Lights 

There are a couple places on your roof where you can hang your lights, but they do require specific clips. If you want to install your lights on your gutters, you will need to use gutter clips. These are specifically designed to hold the lights in place on your gutters without damaging them. If you want to install your lights on your shingles, you will need to use shingle tabs. These are also specifically designed to hold the lights in place on your shingles without damaging them. 

Step Four – Check Your Christmas Light Wattage 

It is important to make sure that your Christmas lights are not too powerful for your electrical system. Overloading your electrical system can cause a fire. To avoid this, make sure to check the wattage of your lights before you buy them. Most light strands have a wattage rating on the packaging. A good rule of thumb to follow is to make sure that the wattage of your lights does not exceed 80% of the maximum wattage capacity of your circuits.  

Step Five – Setup Your Timer 

After you have installed your lights and plugged them in, it is time to set up your timer. Timers are especially important if you are not home during the day to turn them off and on manually. Most light timers are simple to use and can be plugged into any standard outlet. Once you have your timer plugged in, set up your timer to have the lights turned on and off for your desired times.  

DaBella Wishing You & Your Family a Happy Holiday Season! 

From all of us here at DaBella, we want to wish you and your family a happy holiday season. We know that this time of year can be busy and stressful, so we hope that our tips help make your holiday season a little brighter. If you have any questions regarding our service or need any help, our team is always here to help. Contact us today at 844-DaBella.  

What are the Advantages of Solar Energy? Are There any Disadvantages?

While solar energy has been around for a while, and has grown in popularity in recent years, technological advancement as well as the cost of solar energy has stayed stagnant. Solar energy does not produce emissions or pollutants, making it an extremely attractive option for commercial, governmental, and environmental reasons. Solar panels are becoming increasingly popular as an energy source for residential and commercial properties.  

Traditional solar panels have been the standard for many years, but companies like GAF, the leaders in roofing systems have embarked on a journey to reinvent how solar energy is collected. Building-Integrated Photovoltaic (BIPV) solar shingles are the result of this innovation. These solar shingles are a type of solar panel that is integrated into a standard asphalt roofing shingle. The solar shingles are nearly indistinguishable from the rest of the roof, making them much more aesthetically pleasing than the large bulky solar panels. 

Solar shingles are not necessarily modern technology but have been loosely utilized by homeowners because they were expensive and produced far less output than other solar technologies on the market.  

However, GAF’s idea was to make a solar shingle that would be competitive with other solar technologies and more aesthetically pleasing. After years of research and development, GAF has finally released a product that is priced similarly to other solar energy sources and produces an output that is on par with the industry standard. Consequently, there has been a recent surge in popularity for solar shingles. 

So, What Are the Solar Energy Benefits? 

Solar energy has a plethora of advantages that make it an attractive option for powering both commercial and residential properties: Some of the solar energy benefits includes that it is a renewable resource that does not produce emissions or pollutants, making it environmentally friendly. Additionally, solar power is a free resource once the initial investment in solar panels has been made. Solar panels have a long lifespan and require extraordinarily little maintenance, making them a low-cost energy option in the long run. They may reduce your energy bills and eventually pay off most of the initial cost. Solar energy also provides different applications for homes and businesses. Another great and promising fact about solar energy is that the technology is constantly improving and evolving,  

Little Maintenance is Required 

Solar panels and solar shingles tend to be exceptionally durable and require little maintenance. Panels and shingles have no moving parts and are built to withstand all types of weather conditions, including high winds, hail, and heavy snowfall. Solar shingles are also exceptionally durable and can last for decades with extraordinarily little maintenance required. In most cases, the only maintenance that is required is to keep the panels clean of debris and to check the wiring periodically.  

Diverse Uses for Solar Energy 

While our home requires energy to keep you and your family comfortable, solar energy can help other aspects of your home other than just keeping electricity costs down. Solar energy can be used to heat your water, power your home’s ventilation system, and even to heat your pool. NASA themselves use solar panels on their satellites. This makes solar power a very versatile and practical energy source. Additionally, solar power can also be used to power an electrical vehicle.  

Solar Energy Can Help Lower Your Electricity Bill 

Solar power can provide significant savings on your electricity bill. Panels and shingles produce the most electricity during the daytime when energy demand is typically high. This electricity can be used to power your home, and the excess can be stored in batteries or sold back to the grid. Solar power can also be used to offset energy costs during peak demand periods.  

When energy demand is high, utilities often charge higher rates for electricity. Solar power can help offset these higher rates by providing energy during these periods. Solar power can also help you avoid blackouts and brownouts.  

Technological Advances in Solar Power 

Solar power is constantly evolving with modern technologies being developed to increase efficiency and decrease costs. Solar panels are becoming more efficient at converting sunlight into electricity. Additionally, new materials are being developed that can be used to create thinner and more flexible solar panels. These advances are making solar power more viable for a wider range of applications. 

Disadvantages of Solar Power 

While solar power has many advantages, there are also some disadvantages to consider. Solar power is a renewable resource that does not produce emissions or pollutants, but the manufacturing process does create harmful emissions. Solar energy has improved over the years, but can it keep up with demand in the future? Unaffordable prices are generally associated with solar power units and may deter consumers from adopting solar power. Efficiency is not at 100% yet as solar panels and shingles require a lot of space. If there were a solar panel on every square inch of your roof, there is still a chance that it would not be 100% efficient. Cloud coverage can also be an issue as solar power requires as much sunlight as possible to produce energy.  

Manufacturing Process Hurts the Environment 

Despite the advantages of solar power, the manufacturing process of solar panels and solar shingles can have a negative impact on the environment. The production of solar panels requires the use of harmful chemicals, including cadmium, lead, and selenium. These chemicals can pollute the air and water and have been linked to health problems in factory workers. Also, solar panel production generates a significant amount of waste. While the coal and oil & gas industries produce much larger amounts of pollutants and waste, solar energy is still considered much cleaner. 

Can Solar Energy Keep up With Energy Demand? 

The world’s energy demand is constantly increasing, and solar power will need to keep up if it is to become a major player in the energy market. Solar power is currently less than 3% of the world’s energy mix according to the U.S (United States). Energy Information Administration, but this is expected to increase in the coming years. Solar power is expected to grow significantly in the next decade, but it will need to continue to evolve to meet the demands of the future. Environmental concerns have switched the world’s mindset and focus to renewable energy sources. Solar power is a renewable resource that does not produce emissions or pollutants, making it a desirable choice for the future. Solar power is constantly evolving with modern technologies being developed to increase efficiency and decrease costs.  

High Cost to Manufacture & install 

Solar power is an expensive renewable resource. The cost of solar panels has decreased significantly over the years, but the cost of installation and maintenance is still high. Solar power is not currently competitive with other forms of energy, but this is expected to change in the future. The cost of solar power is expected to continue to decrease as technology improves and more companies enter the market. Solar power is an appealing source of energy due to its many advantages. Solar power is renewable, efficient, and environmentally friendly. Although the initial cost of solar power may be high, the long-term savings are significant. Solar power is a viable option for the future of energy production.  

Solar Energy Requires a lot of Space and Sunlight for Optimal Performance 

Solar panels and solar shingles are not 100% efficient, so a lot of space is required for optimal performance. Additionally, cloud coverage can reduce the amount of sunlight that solar panels and solar shingles receive, which reduces their efficiency. In the future, solar energy efficiency without optimal sunlight may be more feasible.  

The Transformation of Homes is Our Calling 

If you are looking to invest in solar energy for your home, the first step is assessing your roof. Is it big enough to hold the number of solar panels you would need to power your home? Is your roof getting to the end of its lifespan? Does it get enough sunlight? These are crucial factors to consider before making the switch to solar power. Many that start to do their due diligence may overlook the fact that solar companies sometimes may not install their panels on an older roof, for safety purposes. Also adding substantial weight to your roof may cause more harm than good.  

If you are interested in seeing the transformation of your home with DaBella, contact us today. DaBella uses top grade asphalt architectural shingles and other high quality roofing materials backed by industry leading warranties. DaBella also is a proud member of very few contractors in the industry with the title of a GAF Master Elite Contractor. This title allows us to offer exclusive colors, product lines, and warranties. Call DaBella today at 844-DaBella for a free no-obligation estimate. 

Why is There Mold on The Window Sill?

Types of Mold Found in Homes 

The mold that can be found in your home comes in a very wide range of colors and looks. According to the CDC, the most common molds are Cladosporium, Penicillium, and Aspergillus. 

Mold can be brought into your home in a variety of diverse ways such as coming through your vents, through your windows and even on your clothing after being outside. After the spores have been transferred inside your home, they look for wet spots so that they can grow and reproduce. 

While there could be a wide range of molds that could be present the most concerning is stachybotrys chartarum, or more commonly known as black mold. Black mold is notorious for being hard to get rid of and could be a clear sign of problems with the functionality of your home. 

Symptoms of Mold Exposure 

The more common symptoms of mold exposure are:  

  • Itchy red eyes 
  • Watery eyes 
  • Cough 
  • Sore throat 
  • Shortness of breath 
  • Skin rashes that 
  • Sinus headaches 

Those who have asthma, or a mold allergy may have stronger effects to mold. According to the CDC, there have been recent studies that have pointed out that early exposure to mold in children could lead to the development of asthma. This is more so for children who are genetically prone to asthma as well. 

Where Does Mold Grow the Most? 

Mold does like to grow in the wet spots of your home where leaking has occurred such as your pipes, roof, walls, or any place where there may be leak and excess moisture. It will also grow on the window sill and between the panes from condensation. Mold around the windows is a clear sign that the windows have lost their efficiency and functionality and therefore should be replaced. 

Condensation Within Panes 

Especially during the winter season, Condensation can become more present around the window area. The dry warm heat from inside interacts with the cold moist air coming from outside therefore causing condensation. This condensation can then cause mold if left unchecked. We created an article on how to get rid of window condensation from inside and from the outside of the window.  

How to get rid of Mold on window Sill 

Vinegar 

Vinegar is an excellent treatment for killing that mold that is present around the window. White vinegar has an extremely high acidity that will break down the mold organism. The best way to use vinegar is to put it in a spray bottle and then spray the area that is affected. You can then take a clean cloth and wipe away any remaining mold. If you have a tough spot of mold, you may need to let the vinegar sit for a few minutes before wiping it away. Keep the window open afterward to dry the area. 

Baking Soda 

Baking soda is another wonderful way to clean off the mold that is on the window. It is known that baking soda has natural cleaning properties that will kill the mold and also help to prevent it from coming back. To use baking soda, you will want to make a paste with water and then apply it to the area that is affected. You will then want to let it sit for about an hour before wiping it away with a clean cloth. 

You can also choose to mix the baking soda with vinegar to create a more powerful cleaning solution. To do this, you will want to mix equal parts baking soda and vinegar together and then apply it to the area that is affected. You will then want to let it sit for an hour or so before wiping it away with a clean cloth. You may need to repeat this process a few times to completely remove the mold. 

Chemical Mold treatments 

If you have a spot of mold that is tough to get rid of, you may want to try a chemical treatment. There are many distinct products on the market that are designed specifically for mold removal. You will want to follow the instructions on the product label and take any necessary safety precautions. You may also want to ventilate the area well when using any chemical products. Make sure that the chemical product you use is safe to use on the window material as well as the frame.  

Safety Precautions Prior To Cleaning Mold 

No matter what method you choose to clean the mold, there are some safety precautions that you should take. First, you will want to make sure that you are wearing the proper safety gear. This includes gloves, goggles, and a mask. This will help to protect you from any toxic spores that may be released into the air when you are cleaning the mold. You will also want to make sure that the area you are working in is well ventilated. You can do this by opening a window or door to let some fresh air in. After you have cleaned the mold, make sure to wash your clothes to make you do not spread the spores to other areas of your home. If you have any respiratory problems, you may want to consider having a family member or hiring a professional to do the job for you. 

How to Prevent Black Mold on Window Sill 

The best way to prevent mold is to keep the area around the window clean and dry. You will want to wipe down the window sill and frame on a regular basis. Make sure to dry the area well after you have cleaned it. You will also want to keep an eye out for any condensation and moisture on the window. If you see any, you will want to wipe it away and dry the area well. You can also use a dehumidifier in the room to help keep the air around the window dry. Taking these steps will help to prevent mold from growing in the first place. Make sure your exhaust fans are working and your family is using them when taking baths and showers as well as in the kitchen. Open windows and doors in your home to help to bring fresh air into your home. If your home has an air conditioner, make sure it is operating efficiently and the drip pan is clean and drain pipes are clear of debris.  

Leaving windows Open During the Winter Can Promote Mold Growth.  

One of the main causes of mold is moisture. When there is excess moisture in the air, it can condense on cold surfaces, such as windows. This can happen even if the temperature outside is not that cold. When this happens, it can create the perfect environment for mold to grow. Leaving your windows or doors open during the winter, when there is cold moist air in the home, can promote mold growth in your home.  

Is Mold Dangerous & Toxic to Your Family 

Mold can cause a variety of health problems, especially in young children, the elderly, and those with respiratory problems. Mold can cause coughing and wheezing, as well as aggravate asthma symptoms. In some cases, mold can even cause serious infections. If you or a family member starts to experience any of these symptoms, you should see a doctor as soon as possible. 

Although, in general mold is not something that should be taken lightly, there are thousands of diverse types of molds that are found across the world. It is almost impossible to tell if mold is dangerous without taking it to a laboratory and having it tested. The best thing to do is to monitor your home and clean the area where mold is present as soon as possible.  

Consider Replacing Your Windows With DaBella

If your windows are getting to the point where they are getting old in age and are no longer keeping the cold out or the heat in like they used to, it may be time to replace them. Old windows can develop gaps and cracks over time that can let in drafts of air. This can not only make your home less comfortable but can also make your energy bills go up and increases the chances for mold growth around the windows. Replacing your windows with newer windows can help to seal up any cracks and gaps and can also help to improve the insulation of your home. This can help to keep the mold away and can also help to lower your energy bills. 

If you are interested in learning more about DaBella’s replacement windows and sliding glass doors, our vinyl Glasswing windows have proven to be the homeowner’s choice for the last several years. Our windows and doors are backed by a manufacturer limited lifetime warranty and are energy star rated. They are also made of durable materials that will not warp or rot. This means that they will last for many years to come and will help to keep your home comfortable and energy bills low. Contact us today at 844-DaBella to learn more about our replacement windows and doors and to schedule a free in-home consultation. 

What is a Soffit?

Chances are that if you have ever done a roofing or siding project for your home in the past that soffits have been a part of the equation. But what is a soffit, really?  

While there are a lot of important aspects of your home such as your windows, doors, gutters, your soffits are equally as important. A soffit is defined as any horizontal surface that serves as a roof overhang. gable, or drop. 

What is a Soffit on a House?  

A soffit is an important part of your home’s ventilation system and helps to protect your home from water and pests. Soffits are also a wonderful way to add style and curb appeal to your home. You may think that these soffits are not a big part of your home’s exterior look, but once you get closer to your home, they are clearly visible. Soffits come in a variety of colors, styles, and materials to help you get the look you desire for your home. If you take the time to look closely at the soffits on your home, you will likely see that they are an important design element. There are many ways that you can use soffits to improve the look of your home, and they are a terrific way to add value to your home as well.  

There are a few diverse types of soffits that you can choose from depending on the style of your home. Vinyl soffits are a popular choice because they are durable and easy to maintain. Wood soffits are also a popular choice for their natural beauty and ability to be painted or stained to match the trim of your home. At DaBella our soffits are made of James Hardie fiber cement. Fiber cement has many benefits and can even be used as the material for your soffits. Usually, soffits are either matched to the siding or the trim of your home to give your home a finished look. 

Your soffit is essentially any material that is installed to cover the area underneath the overhang of your roof. 

What is the purpose of a soffit?

The biggest reason that soffits are an essential aspect of your home is because they provide ventilation to your roof. Heat builds up in your attic in 2 ways, this includes the sun’s heat as well as the heat that rises and builds up within your home. This trapped heat will eventually lead to premature shingle deterioration. 

Soffit ventilation will help to remove this trapped heat and help to extend the life of your roof. To properly ventilate your attic, you need a balance of intake and exhaust vents. The soffit is the perfect place for your intake vents as they are located low on your roof and can take in the cool air that is needed to balance out the heat in your attic. 

Soffits are also important for keeping pests and insects away from your home. Insects are attracted to the heat that builds up in your attic, and soffits help to keep them out. Wasps, hornets, and bees are all attracted to heat, and soffits can help to keep them from building nests in your attic. Soffits are also a great way to keep small animals such as squirrels and raccoons from getting into your attic. These animals can cause a lot of damage to your home, and soffits can help to keep them out. 

What are Fascia’s and Soffits? 

The fascia is the board that is attached to the ends of your rafters. The soffit is the material that covers the underside of your eaves.  

The soffit is what you see when you look up at the underside of your roof overhang, and the fascia is what you see when you look at the edge of your roof. They are an important part of your homes ventilation system, and the fascia is an important aspect of your homes appearance. 

What is the difference between a soffit and an eave? 

The biggest difference between a soffit and an eave is the purpose. A soffit’s main purpose is to serve as ventilation for the home, while an eave’s purpose is mainly aesthetic but also the eave provides protection from the elements for the soffit. Eaves are the edge of the roof that extends past the exterior wall of the house. They are often decorated with molding or other accents to improve the home’s curb appeal. 

The Benefits that your Soffits give your Home 

Ventilation

As we stated earlier, one of the main benefits that your soffits give your home is ventilation. Having proper ventilation in your attic is key to prolonging the life of your roof. The heat that builds up in your attic can cause premature shingle deterioration. Soffit ventilation will help to remove this trapped heat and help to extend the life of your roof. 

Weatherproofing

Wind and rain can cause severe damage to your home if your eaves are not properly covered. Another great benefit that your soffits give your home is weatherproofing. Soffits help to protect your home from the elements by providing a barrier between your home and the outside elements. Soffits also help to keep moisture and condensation from building up in your attic, which can lead to mold and mildew growth. 

Decrease Maintenance

Soffits also help to decrease the amount of maintenance that your home needs. Soffits that are made of fiber cement are minimal maintenance and do not need to be painted or sealed like wood soffits do. Fiber cement soffits are also termite resistant and will not rot like wood soffits.  

Added Curb Appeal:

Soffits also add curb appeal to your home. Soffits that are made of fiber cement come in a variety of colors and styles to match the exterior of your home. If they are maintained well, they can increase the overall curb appeal of your property. 

How Much Do Soffit Replacements Cost?  

The cost of soffit replacements can vary depending on the size of your home, the type of soffit you choose, and the company you choose to do the work. Wood soffits will cost more to replace than vinyl soffits. While fiber cement soffits may cost more than vinyl and are cheaper than wood soffits, they last much longer than vinyl and do not require as much maintenance as wood.  

The James Hardie Soffit 

James Hardie Ventilated Soffit in Arctic White
James Hardie Ventilated Soffit

DaBella and our partner at James Hardie provide superb high quality fiber cement siding products as well as their fiber cement soffits. Their soffits come in 2 distinctive styles either vented, of course for better ventilation or smooth styled soffits. Both come in a variety of colors to match the painting of your new siding. Their vented siding is excellent not just for ventilation but also reduces the chance of condensation. Condensation in your attic will increase the chances for mold and mildew and staining and ruin your framing over time.  

James Hardie’s vented soffits not only prevent condensation in your attic, but they also allow humid air to escape. Homes in warm climates see high electricity bills because of the air conditioning costs, Vented soffits help with this as they help decrease those costs and help get rid of that unneeded warm air. In cooler climates that may see higher levels of snow and ice, vented soffits help reduce the condensation from forming on the interior side of roof sheathing and preventing the build-up of ice dams on the exterior side of the roof. 

DaBella is the leading Roofing & Siding Replacement Contractor in the US (United States) 

If you are looking to make an investment that will last a lifetime, consider DaBella for your next roofing or siding project. We offer some of the best roofing and siding products on the market, as well as a wide range of colors and styles of siding and roofs.  

With over 11 years in business, DaBella strives to transform the home improvement experience for our homeowners. We walk our homeowners through the entire project from start to finish, making the process as easy and stress-free as possible. We pride ourselves on providing the highest quality products, outstanding customer service, and unmatched artisanship.  

DaBella has been recognized by many organizations for our commitment to quality and customer service including Qualified Remodeler’s Top 500 List. This year DaBella ranked #11 on the list of the top home improvement companies in the country. In addition, we have been recognized by GuildQuality and one of their Guildmaster award recipient for the last 5 years.  

If you are interested in seeing what kind of transformation DaBella can make for your home, contact us today at 844-DaBella and we will be more than happy to schedule a free in-home consultation. We will discuss your vision for your home and walk you through the entire process, from start to finish. 

New Construction Windows vs Replacement Windows

There are a few things to consider when choosing replacement windows over new construction windows. Replacement windows offer a quick and easy solution, they can last much longer than a new construction window and are a much better investment for your home for numerous reasons. In this article we will go over all of the differences and similarities between the two types of windows. As well as the pros and cons of each type so that you can make a more informed decision based on your specific needs. Hopefully, by the end of this article, you will have a good understanding of which type of window is best for you and your home.  

What is a Replacement Window?  

Replacement windows, also known as “aftermarket” windows, are a type of window that are not typically installed during the construction of a new home. Instead, they are purchased and installed by the end-user. They come in a variety of styles, sizes, and materials. Replacement windows are an excellent choice for users who want a quality window that is not typically available in new construction, or for users who are looking to upgrade from a new construction window.  

Usually, replacement windows are a type of window that is installed after a new home has been constructed. They are typically installed in the areas where the original window was not functioning properly. This can be due to weathering and age.  

There are a few diverse types of replacement windows including retrofit windows, flush fin windows, insert windows or block frame windows. We will be going through each type below.  

Retrofit Replacement Window 

Another term that is commonly used for replacement windows is retrofit windows. These are types of windows that are made to cause the least amount of disruption possible to the home.  

Flush Fin Replacement Window 

A flush fin replacement window is one that is usually installed in homes that have stucco siding although they can also be installed with other types of siding. A flush fin window is one that is installed directly into the pre-existing window frame with the exterior fins extended out to create a flush fit with your exterior siding. The fin extends out to the point where it will hide the window frame.  

Insert Replacement Window 

Sometimes referred to as pocket windows, insert windows are fully assembled windows that are positioned to fit into the existing frame of the window. This is most commonly installed into wood frames that are still in good condition and a homeowner that wants to keep the wood style in place.  

Block Frame Replacement Windows 

Block frame windows are a type of replacement window that is made of wood, vinyl, or fiberglass. The main difference between block frame windows and other types of windows is that block frame windows have a nailing flange that is attached to the perimeter of the window and do not have a nail fin. This nailing flange is used to secure the window in place. Block frame windows are an excellent choice for homeowners who want a window that is easy to install and that will last for many years. 

What is a New Construction Window?  

New construction windows are typically installed during the construction of a new home. The installation process is different than that of replacement windows. New construction windows are installed before the exterior walls are finished, and they are usually installed from the outside of the house. The main difference between new construction windows and replacement windows is that new construction windows have a nail fin that is used to secure the window in place. The nail fin is a strip of metal that is attached to the perimeter of the window. The nail fin is used to secure the window in place by being nailed into the studs of the house. The windows are held in place by nails or screws that are driven into the studs around the window opening. The windows are then sealed with caulk or expanding foam to create an airtight seal. 

The Difference between new construction and Replacement Windows 

New construction windows are made to be installed during the building process of a new home. The biggest difference between new construction windows and replacement windows is the nail fin. Nail fins are the small, plastic strips that run along the outer edge of a window and are used to secure the window in place. New construction windows have these nail fins attached to them already, making them ready to be installed during the building process of a new home. Replacement windows, on the other hand, do not have these nail fins attached. Instead, they have what is called a flange. 

New Construction vs Replacement Windows, what is the Best Window for Your Next Window Project?  

So, which window is right for your next window project? If you are building a new home and the exterior walls are exposed, you will need to install new construction windows with a nail fin. If you are replacing existing windows, you will need to install replacement windows without the nail fin. The type of window that you choose will depend on the project that you are working on.  

Here are the situations of a remodel and what type of window would be the best for the job: 

Creating a new Opening for a window 

For implementing a new opening for a window, you may want to use a new construction window as this type of window will come with the nail fin already attached so that it can be installed and attached to the wall studs.  

For a Remodel & Replacing an Existing Window 

If you are remodeling your home and need to replace an existing window, you will want to use a replacement window. Replacement windows do not come with a nail fin attached, so they can be installed without having to attach them to the wall studs. This makes them a desirable choice for remodels because they can be installed without damaging the exterior of your home. We at DaBella will do an exact measurement of your existing window and will send that to the manufacturer so that you will have an airtight seal to protect your home from water leaks, drafts, etc.  

Expanding or Scaling down the Opening of a Window  

If you are looking to either expand or shrink the size of an existing window, it may be best to use a new construction window. Your contractor will need to reframe the wall cavity in order to create the necessary opening and have the nail fins attached to the studs.  

Cost Differences Between Replacement and New Construction Windows 

The cost of new construction windows can vary depending on the size, style, and material of the window. Also keep in mind that new construction windows also do not last as long and usually only have a lifespan of 10 years. The cost of replacement windows can also vary depending on the size, style, and material of the window. They are generally more expensive than new construction windows for the fact that they last much longer and are much more energy efficient than a new construction window.  

New construction windows or also known as builder grade windows have been notorious for failing in a significant percentage of cases in as little as 10 years. This is due to the fact that new construction windows are made with lower quality materials and are not as energy efficient as replacement windows. Replacement windows are made with higher quality materials and are much more energy efficient. So, when deciding which window is best for your home, keep in mind the quality of the window and how long you want it to last. 

DaBella is the Top Window Replacement Company in the United States for a Reason 

DaBella is the Top Window Replacement Company in the United States for a Reason. We are a family-owned and operated business and our commitment to quality is unmatched. DaBella and our Glasswing windows offer our windows in a wide range of window styles and other options. We use only the best materials, and our team of experts are always on standby to help you choose the perfect window for your home. We understand that replacement windows can be a big investment, so we offer a wide variety of financing options to make the process as easy as possible. 

If you are ready to take the next steps toward your window replacement project, contact DaBella today for a free no obligation estimate. Our window experts are here to help you with the transformation of your home. 

Stucco vs Fiber Cement Siding

Picking the right siding for your home can be overwhelming at times at can feel like there are endless options to choose from. However, when you narrow it down, there are 7 types of siding that you can choose from that are very popular to homeowners. To help you make your decision, we have put together a side-by-side comparison of two of some of the most popular types of siding on the market today: stucco and fiber cement siding. Hopefully, by the end of this article you will have a better understanding of which type of siding is right for you and your home. There are numerous circumstances in which each type of siding can be beneficial. Including where you live, the climate, and the style of your home. However, both types of siding have their own unique set of pros and cons that you should take into consideration before making your final decision. 

Composition 

Both fiber cement and stucco siding are manufactured materials that are made of numerous elements. We will break down each below: 

Fiber Cement Siding  

Fiber cement siding is made of a mix of Portland cement, sand, water, and cellulose fibers. The wood fibers give the siding added strength, while the Portland cement acts as a binding agent. Our manufacturer, James Hardie, also includes additives which adds enhancing performance. 

Stucco Siding 

Stucco siding is made of a mix of cement, sand, water, and lime. It is applied in three coats, with the first being a scratch coat, the second being the brown coat, and the third being the color coat. The brown coat and color coat are usually applied with a trowel, while the scratch coat is usually sprayed on. The end result is a durable and long-lasting product that has the look of clay or rock.  

Installation Differences 

Another key difference to consider is how the two types of siding are installed. James Hardie fiber cement siding should always be installed by a professional. Stucco siding is a little more involved and should only be installed by a professional. 

Fiber Cement Siding  

James Hardie professionals are required to go through significant and highly intense training on best practices in order to install fiber cement siding. If you already have wood, vinyl, or metal siding, then the installation should be fairly simple and straightforward. However, if you were planning to switch from stucco to fiber cement, then the installation process will be a little more complicated and will require a much more involved removal and installation process. But the benefits of adding fiber cement siding to your home far outweigh the cost and time it takes. 

Stucco Siding 

Stucco siding installation is a multi-step process that generally takes 3-5 days to complete and multiple coats of stucco are applied. Every stucco installation is different and requires a professional to complete the job. While every home is different and requires skill and artistic touch to complete the job, However, cracking is not uncommon no matter how well the installer is trained.  

Style & Aesthetic Considerations 

You want a siding that will give your home added curb appeal and increase the value of your home. Both types of siding provide a large number of options for you to choose from. 

Fiber cement Siding 

Fiber cement siding is becoming more popular each year for a number of reasons. First, it has a modern, sleek look that can be perfect for contemporary or modern styles of homes. Second, it comes in either vertical or horizontal panels. 

Stucco Siding 

Stucco siding is also an extremely popular siding option that has been around for centuries. It is a classic siding that has been used on a variety of homes, from small cottages to large mansions. Stucco can be applied in several assorted colors, textures, and styles to match the look of your home. It is a versatile siding option that can be perfect for any home. Stucco siding is also a great option if you are looking to add curb appeal to your home. It is also an exceptionally durable siding that can last for many years. 

Durability 

Your home requires a siding that is both durable and long-lasting. Both types of siding are great options, but are they comparable? 

Fiber Cement Siding 

The biggest benefit to choosing fiber cement siding is the fact that it is one of the most durable siding options available. James Hardie Fiber cement siding is warrantied for up to 30 years and rarely requires any maintenance. This is due to the fact that it is made of a mixture of cement, sand, and fiber which creates an extraordinarily strong and sturdy product. Fiber cement siding does not tend to crack like other types of siding and is one of the most resistant materials to weathering. Fiber cement is resistant to pests, fire, mold as well as rot.

Stucco Siding 

While stucco is a durable siding, it is not as resistant to the elements as fiber cement siding. Once it dries, it becomes extremely hard and resistant to cracking. However, over time it can start to crack and chip due to exposure to the elements. This type of siding does not do well in wet or high precipitation environments and can cause serious cracking and consistent damage repairs. This type of siding is great for homes located in the southwestern area of the United States because of dry warm air conditions.  

Maintenance  

James Hardie Fiber Cement siding and stucco siding require various levels of maintenance. Fiber cement siding requires much less maintenance than stucco siding, but both types of siding require regular inspection for signs of damage or problems.  

Fiber Cement Siding 

While fiber cement siding is an exceptionally durable and minimal maintenance siding option, it is important to inspect it regularly for any signs of damage. You should inspect your fiber cement siding at least once a year for any cracks, chips, or other damage. It could also be beneficial to do a yearly cleaning with a low-pressure pressure washer or garden hose. If you live in an area with high winds, it is important to inspect it more often for any damage that may have been caused by wind or debris. If you do find any damage, it is important to repair it as soon as possible to prevent further damage.  

Stucco Siding 

Stucco siding should be inspected monthly for any damage that may have occurred if you live in an area with high precipitation. Any water that is trapped within your stucco siding can cause serious cracks and stylistic damage that could lead to costly repairs. 

What is the More Eco-Friendly Option 

Both types of siding are green options, and both provide less access to landfills than many other types of siding. 

Fiber Cement Siding 

Fiber cement siding is made of a mix of Portland cement, sand, water, and cellulose fibers. This mixture creates an extraordinarily strong and durable product. Although it does cause some emissions, the production process of fiber cement siding has become much more environmentally friendly in recent years. Because James Hardie provides a longer lasting product, this type of siding is not recycled as often as other types of siding.

Stucco Siding 

Stucco siding is also a green option as it is made of concrete, lime, and sand. This mixture makes an exceptionally durable product that can last for many years. Although, because it does not do well in moist environments it may reduce the air quality of your home and little energy efficiency is gained from this type of siding.  

What is the Best Siding Option for Your Home 

When it comes to deciding what type of siding is best for your home, it is important to consider the climate you live in, the amount of maintenance you are willing to do, and the look you are going for. If you live in an area with high winds, it is important to choose a siding that can withstand the wind. If you live in an area with high precipitation, it is important to choose a siding that will not be damaged by the moisture. It is also important to consider the look you are going for. Although stucco does provide a durable and stylistic look, it may not be the best choice for your home. 

James Hardie siding provides a long-lasting product that is minimal maintenance and comes in a variety of style options to choose from. If you are looking for a siding that will provide you with a return on your investment, fiber cement siding is the best option for you. 

See Why DaBella is the #1 Choice for Your Next Fiber Cement Installation 

It is important to consult with a siding specialist to get the best estimate for what it would cost to replace your current siding with fiber cement siding. Here at DaBella, we offer free in-home consultations to help you decide which type of siding is best for your home as well as providing you with an estimate for the job. We understand that replacing your siding is a big investment and we want to make sure you are making the best choice for your home. Contact us today to schedule your free consultation and see the possibilities for your home and the transformation we can make for you. 

Double Hung Windows vs. Single Hung

If you are shopping around for replacement windows and are wondering what the difference is between single and double hung windows. Here we will explain the main differences including the benefits of both, price differences, where they should be placed in your home, which type of window provides the best ventilation as well as maintenance and cleaning.

Difference Between Single and Double Hung Windows

The biggest difference between the two is how they mechanically operate.

Single Hung Window made of vinyl
Single-Hung Window

What are Single-Hung Window?

With a single hung window, the bottom sash moves up and down while the top sash is stationary. This is the most common type of window, especially in older homes. The bottom sash is usually larger, providing more space to let in air than the top sash.

What are Double-Hung Windows?

If you are looking for a window that will provide both aesthetic and functional benefits, then a double-hung window is the perfect option for you. Double hung windows use two sets of movable
Double-Hung Window with vinyl frame
Double-Hung Windows
 sashes, one on the bottom and one on the top. This allows more light and air into the room, as well as making it easier to keep the window clean. Some people are uncomfortable with the idea of double hung windows because they believe they cannot be cleaned well. This is not always the case. In fact, many double hung windows can be cleaned just as well as single hung windows.

Which Type of Window Provides the Best Ventilation

The best way to get ventilation in your home is to open the windows. This will allow fresh air to circulate throughout the room and help to keep the air inside your home clean and free of pollutants. The best type of window for circulation is a double-hung window as cool fresh air will flow in from the bottom and the hot stale air will flow out from the top.

Cleaning & Maintenance

One of the reasons that many homeowners choose a double-hung window is for their ease of maintenance and cleaning. Double-hung windows come with a tilted sash that makes the sashes come out inward and allows you to clean the inside and outside of your window. Making these types of windows the perfect choice for windows located on the second or third floor of a home. Single-hung windows on the other hand do not usually have this feature and may require you to take off the screen on the outside of window to clean the outer portion of the window.

Single hung vs double hung windows, Cost Differences

The cost for replacement windows can be significant and choosing a window that is cost effective can be a critical decision for your home. Double-hung windows are slightly more expensive than single hung windows. This is because Double-hung windows have more mechanisms than single-hung windows because they have two sashes that open instead of one.

Where in your home will this window be installed?

Double hung windows are great for installation on the second or third story of your home because they are incredibly easy to clean from the comfort of inside of your home. While single-hung windows are better suited for the first floor for cleaning.

Energy Efficiency Comparison

Both types of windows are extremely energy efficient, what energy efficiency comes down to is the type of material you choose for your windows. Vinyl windows tend to be one of the most energy efficient window options and the most cost-effective option as well. Vinyl windows are made with thermal resistance in mind and have a higher R-value. The R-value is a measure of a material’s ability to resist heat flow and is the window industry’s standard for measuring a window’s energy efficiency. The higher the R-value, the better the window is at resisting heat flow and the more energy efficient it is. Our vinyl replacement windows are Energy Star rated, making them significantly more energy efficient than your older out of date windows.

What is The Best Style of Window for Your Home?

The best style of window for your home will depend on your personal preferences, your geographic location, as well as the needs of your home and where it will be placed.
If you are looking for a window that provides the most ventilation, then a double-hung window is the best option. If you are looking for a window that is easy to clean and maintain, both types of windows are incredibly easy to clean but double-hung do have their advantages. But, If you are looking for a window that is cost effective, then a double-hung window or single-hung windows are both excellent options.

Contact DaBella, The Professional Replacement Window Contractor

Whichever window you choose, make sure to consult with a professional at DaBella who can help you make the best decision for your home. Updating your windows is a big decision and should be done with care. DaBella is here to help you through these tough decisions, and we can make suggestions so that you are happy with your investment in your home.
DaBella offers single-hung and double-hung windows as well as many other vinyl window styles that are perfect for your home. We have experts who can help you choose the perfect windows for your home, no matter what your home’s needs may be. Contact us today at 844-DaBella to get started.

Solar Shingles vs. Solar Panels

Solar shingles are solar cells that are integrated into a roofing system and are solar panels that look like shingles and produce an energy output for your home. Solar panels are the more traditional option and are installed on top of the roof. Here we will talk about some of the differences and similarities between solar shingles and solar panels.  

What are Solar Shingles?  

Solar shingles are small-scale panels that can be permanently attached to the roof of a home. Like solar panels, solar shingles use a photovoltaic system to generate energy. Solar shingles are not a new technology on the market but are becoming increasingly popular for their improvements in looks and functionality. They consist of solar cells that are integrated into the roofing system and act as normal shingles but produce an energy output for your home. Solar shingles are less visible on the roof and can be a more aesthetically pleasing option for some homeowners. 

Cost of Solar Roof Shingles vs Panels 

Solar shingles are not a recent technology and have been around for a while, but the biggest drawback was the price and problems with functionality. As technology and solar shingles have advanced over the years and innovative ways to reduce the cost of installation, solar shingles have become more affordable. The cost of solar panels is still a cheaper option, yet the benefits of solar shingles far outweigh the cost. Solar shingles are less visible on the roof and can be a more aesthetically pleasing option for some homeowners.  

Other things to consider when deciding how much a solar shingle system will cost include the size of your home and how many solar shingles you need to get the most sunlight as possible. Something else to consider is that solar shingle installations usually take place during a roof replacement. This is so that the solar shingles do not need to be replaced as soon as possible, which could save you money in the long run. Undoubtedly also increasing the cost of a solar panel or solar shingle installation.  

Benefits of Solar Shingles 

Solar shingles offer a variety of benefits to customers who are looking for ways to save money on their energy bills. Among these benefits are improved home value and attractive aesthetics. 

Home Value  

Solar shingles can increase the resale value of your home. A recent study conducted by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory found that homes with solar energy systems sold 20% faster than homes without solar energy systems. The study also found that solar-powered homes sold for an average of 4.1% more than homes without solar energy systems. This means that if you install a solar shingle system on your home, you could see a return on your investment when you sell your home. Also having solar energy as shingles makes your home much more aesthetically pleasing.  

Environmentally Friendly Solution for Home Energy 

Solar shingles are a great way to produce energy for your home in an environmentally friendly way. Solar shingles are made from silicon, which is a natural element, and they do not produce any emissions when they are generating electricity. This means that solar shingles are a clean and renewable source of energy. Solar shingles are also a wonderful way to reduce your carbon footprint. 

Solar shingles produce no emissions, unlike fossil fuels, which are a leading cause of air pollution. They also have a small carbon footprint, which is the number of greenhouse gases that are emitted into the atmosphere.  

Seamless Aesthetic Design 

The main reason homeowners choose solar shingles vs solar panels is that they offer a variety of benefits to customers who are looking for ways to save money on their energy bills. Among these benefits are improved home value and attractive aesthetics. Solar shingles are less visible on the roof and can be a more aesthetically pleasing option for some homeowners. At DaBella our solar shingles are provided by GAF energy and are seamless with the rest of your asphalt shingles. Also, all the wiring is above the shingles and is amazingly easy to repair if ever needed. Solar panel wiring on the other hand is located under the panels which do cause  

Quick and Easy Installation 

GAF’s brand of TImberline® Solar Shingles are extremely easy to install. In fact, they have created the first nailable solar shingles on the market and after installers go through a simple training program by a GAF training professional, they are ready for installation. The solar shingles wiring is next to the solar roofing system and makes the installation even easier and will be much simpler to repair if it were ever needed compared to other brands of solar shingles and solar panels.  

Traditional solar panels require far more nails in your roof than a solar shingle because solar panels are installed over the asphalt or tile roof. This causes much more chances for leaks and other issues during installation.  

Low Failure Rate 

Traditional solar panels and other brands of solar shingles typically use a material that often gets overheated. GAF uses a PERC solar shingle system that does not overheat and reflects light to create even more energy for your home. In addition, GAF provides a 25-year warranty on their solar shingles as well as a 25-year warranty on the output that is generated from their solar roofing system. 

Disadvantages of Solar Shingles 

There are many benefits of Solar Shingles but very few disadvantages to GAF’s Timberline Solar Shingles.  

Cost of Solar shingles compared to Panels 

While the cost of GAF solar shingles is slightly more than panels, their innovative system of solar shingles can easily be repaired. Also, they are much more aesthetically pleasing than traditional solar panels.  

Limited Mobility 

Unfortunately, solar shingles are not as easy to transfer to a new home as solar panels. It is better to leave the solar shingles on the roof as they could help you sell your home in the future. 

Solar shingles vs. Panels. Which is best for my home?  

As you can see, there are many benefits to solar shingles that solar panels really cannot compete with. Solar shingles are a terrific way to reduce your carbon footprint, provide clean and renewable energy, and increase the value of your home. Solar shingles are also a great option for those who are looking for an aesthetically pleasing option. If you are looking for a quick and easy installation, solar shingles are a great option for you. Solar shingles have only a few disadvantages compared to solar panels, but they offer homeowners many more benefits.  

Cost: Solar shingles are a cost-efficient way to power your home with renewable energy. Solar shingles are less expensive to install than solar panels and their price has been steadily decreasing over the past few years. Solar shingles are also a wonderful way to reduce your carbon footprint and help the environment.  

Aesthetics: Solar shingles are less visible on the roof and can be a more aesthetically pleasing option for some homeowners as they are seamless to the rest of your roof and blend in better with the rest of the home.  

Durability: Solar shingles are a durable option for your roof. They are made from high-quality materials and are designed to last for many years. In addition, they are easy to repair if ever needed. Solar panels, on the other hand, are not as durable and can be damaged more easily. 

Solar shingles are the best option for most homeowners. They are less expensive to install, more aesthetically pleasing, and more durable than solar panels. Solar shingles are also a fantastic way to reduce your carbon footprint and help the environment. 

Contact DaBella Today to Learn More About our Solar Roofing Options 

If you are looking to add outstanding value to your home and want to install a renewable energy system that will last for many years, then you should consider solar shingles. Solar shingles are a low-cost, easy-to-install system that can provide you with clean, renewable energy. Not only are solar shingles a cost-effective way to power your home, but they are also a great way to reduce your carbon footprint. solar shingles are less visible on the roof and can be a more aesthetically pleasing option for some homeowners as they are seamless to the rest of your roof and blend in better with the rest of the home.  

DaBella currently provides homeowners located in Denver Colorado, San Diego California, and Sacramento California the option to add solar shingles to their roof replacement project. If you are interested in learning what kind of savings that GAF and DaBella can provide you with Timberline Solar Shingles, contact DaBella today at 844-DaBella for a free no-obligation estimate.

How to Get Rid of Condensation Inside Windows? | 6 Tips 

If you live in a warm climate, you may have noticed that windows can get quite moist inside during the winter. This is due to the warm air and moisture coming in from the outside. This can cause condensation to form on the inside of the window, which can be a pain to deal with. Condensation in windows should not necessarily set off a warning sign that your windows are bad or broken. It could be because your windows are doing exactly what they were designed to do.  

Windows allow warm air and moisture to come in, and the freezing air and moisture on the outside to escape. This balances out the indoor humidity and helps to keep your home comfortable. If you are noticing a lot of condensation on your windows, there are a few things you can do to try and fix the problem.  

How to Stop Condensation on Windows on the Interior?

1. Dehumidifiers Work Great to Stop Unneeded Moisture in your home.

A dehumidifier is an ideal solution for condensation in windows. By removing the excess moisture, you can help to reduce the risk of future damage and improve the air quality in your home. If you live in a warm climate and experience a lot of condensation on your windows, a dehumidifier may be your best solution.  

2. Moisture Eliminators are Also a Great Way to Help Reduce Condensation.

There are a few distinct types of moisture eliminators on the market, and they all work to help reduce the amount of moisture in the air. These products can be placed on the windowsill, or anywhere else in the room, and will help to absorb excess moisture. If you are looking for a more natural solution, you can try using a moisture eliminator made of silica gel. These products are available at most hardware stores and are very cheap and can be a wonderful way to help reduce condensation in your windows. 

3. Use Your Exhaust Fan When Bathing or Showering.

Using your exhaust fan when bathing or showering is a terrific way to help reduce the amount of moisture in the air. By blowing the air out of the room, you can help to remove the excess moisture from the air. This will help to reduce the risk of condensation on windows, improve the air quality in your home, and reduce the risk of mold growth.

4. Air Dry Your Clothes outside instead of Indoors.

Air Drying your clothes indoors does work for those soft fabrics but the moisture does not magically disappear from within your home. Eventually you will find that your windows will be coated in a layer of condensation. Air dry your clothes outside to avoid the unnecessary moisture buildup.  

5. Your House Plants Could be Causing Excess Moisture

If you have plants in your home, you may be wondering if they are causing your windows to get wet and congested. Plants can be a big part of your home, and it is important to remember that they need certain things to live and thrive. One of these things is humidity, which is why plants can cause your windows to become wet and condensation to form. If you notice that your windows are constantly getting wet, it might be worth moving your plants outside or to a more humid environment, at least during the wintertime.  

6. Keep Your Dryer Vent Clear

Your dryer vent can get clogged with material from your clothing and while the clothes are drying there is nowhere for that moisture to go but inside your home. By keeping your dryer vent clear, you can help to reduce the amount of moisture that is drawn into your home from the outside. This will help to reduce the risk of condensation on your windows, improve the air quality in your home, and reduce the risk of mold growth. 

How Does Condensation on Windows Happen?  

Condensation on windows occurs when your cold windows are exposed to the warm moist air inside of your home. The water vapor in the air will condense on the cold surface of the window and this is what causes the water droplets that you see.  

In order to prevent condensation, you need to control the amount of moisture in the air. This can be done by using a dehumidifier, or by reducing the number of moisture-producing activities in your home.  

Exterior Window Condensation 

Exterior window condensation is a frequent problem that homeowners face during the winter. When the weather starts to get cold and the wind starts to pick up, the moisture in the air can coalesce on the exterior of your windows. This moisture can then cause the windows to become wet and sticky, leading to problems like water droplets or frosting on the glass. There are a few things that you can do to prevent exterior window condensation from happening.  

Getting Rid of Condensation on the Outside of the Window  

Because condensation on the outside of your windows is seasonal and is the cause of cold weather in the mornings, you can wait for the sun to come out and dry out the windows. If you do not like waiting for the sun to dry the windows, you can also try to use a water repellant solution that you may already use on your motor vehicle can help to keep the water from forming.  

Condensation In Between Panes of Glass 

Having window condensation in between the panes of glass in your window is a less common but more severe problem. It happens when there is a breach in the seal between the panes of glass in your window letting out the argon gas and letting in moist warm air. This can be caused by a manufacturing defect, or it can be caused by damage to the window. If you have condensation in between panes of glass, you will need to replace the window. 

When Should You Worry About Moisture on Windows 

If not taken care of, window condensation can lead to a number of problems including mold growth, water damage, and reduced air quality. In order to prevent these problems, it is important to take steps to control the amount of moisture in your home. This can be done by using a dehumidifier, reducing the number of moisture-producing activities or objects such as house plants in your home, or by opening the windows to allow for ventilation. 

In even worse circumstances the water can seep through the gaps, damage your window frames, and cause blistering, cracking, and peeling of paint, and warping. Also, if you have water on your windows, chances are that you also have water on other aspects of your home. This includes your walls, floors, inside your insulation, and could eventually cause staining and can even lead to structural damage.  

Need to Replace Your Windows? Call the Professionals at DaBella.  

No matter what the problem is with your windows, the professionals at DaBella are here to help. We offer a wide variety of window styles from our own signature brand of Glasswing windows. Our installers are experienced and factory-trained to install them perfectly. With over twenty years of experience, we can help you get the windows that you need to improve your home’s energy efficiency and keep your family comfortable in the winter. Contact us today at (844) DABELLA to find out more about our signature brand of windows and how we can help you get the windows that you need. We also offer a number of financing options to make replacing your windows more affordable than ever.  

How Do Solar Shingles Work?  

It is quite common to see solar panels on top of a home’s roof or on top of an office building. But a new type of solar option has been created. You have more than likely walked past a home with this new type of solar technology, but they are much harder to spot, they are called solar shingles. Solar shingles are made from a thin film that is installed on top of the roof and act just like regular asphalt shingles. The film captures sunlight and turns it into heat. But they also add the benefits of solar energy to reduce your energy costs and provide a clean source of energy for your home.  

Solar shingles are becoming a popular choice for homeowners because they do not stick out from the roof and look like a normal part of the house. Also, they are becoming increasingly more affordable as technology improves. Solar shingles are a wonderful way to reduce your carbon footprint and help the environment.  

What are Solar shingles?  

Solar shingles are made by the same material as regular solar panels with wires, and photosensitive film that is waterproof and attracts sunlight and converts that sunlight into energy for your home. GAF Timberline Solar Shingles are made with a special type of photosensitive material called Mono PERC cells that are designed to withstand extreme heat while still putting out their designed energy output.  

Installation Process for Solar Shingles? 

Usually, solar shingles are made to be installed during a roof replacement or during new construction. This is due to reducing the cost of the installation and the fact that there could be additional structural changes to the home as well as reducing the chance of error in installation. The benefit of installing Solar Shingles when getting a new roof is that your roof will last much longer and should not need to be replaced for many years to come.  

Solar shingles are easy to install for any contractor that has had roofing experience in the past. They come in strips and are applied to the roof in a similar fashion as regular asphalt shingles. Installation crews who have years of experience and are comfortable working on a roof can install them in a breeze. 

At DaBella, our manufacturer GAF, has created an amazingly easy guide for installation and have innovated the first nailable solar shingles that are made to withstand the elements. Including rain, snow, and wind speeds up to 130 mph. Once installation of the solar shingles the solar shingles are then connected to the home’s electrical system.  

GAF’s Timberline Solar Shingles come in long strips and are easy and fast to install and quicker to install than a traditional solar panel or asphalt shingle roofs.  

Once a permit is applied for and completed to connect the system to the electrical grid and is connected and operating as it should. Your home will now have the ability to utilize solar power for your energy needs. Solar shingles work by harvesting the sun’s energy and converting it into electrical energy that can power your home. Unlike traditional solar panels that only have one function of creating solar energy to be used for your home, solar shingles act as an energy provider but also act as an actual shingle.  

It is extremely important that you have a professional installation crew that has had experience with solar shingles to do this project as it does take some skill to professionally install these shingles. A DIY’er may have trouble getting the shingles installed properly as they are not designed to be installed by just anyone. GAF Timberline Solar Shingles are made to only be installed by a GAF certified contractor.  

Cost of Solar Shingles  

The cost of solar shingles will be determined by the size of the roof and how many solar shingles can be installed on it in order to achieve optimal sunlight harvesting. If the roof has too much shade from trees, then the shingles may not be able to produce a high output of solar energy. Of course, the price of new solar shingles will also vary by brand. The price for new solar shingles and a new asphalt roof can range from $30,000 to $100,000 depending on multiple factors such as size of the roof, where the sun hits and how many solar shingles are needed.  

Efficiency of Solar Shingles 

Solar shingles are efficient in their ability to produce solar power. They are able to produce around 5.96 watts of power per square foot and they can produce this power even in low light conditions. They are also exceptionally durable and can last for over 25 years with an energy output warranty that also lasts for 25 years. Solar shingles are a terrific way to produce solar power for your home and can save you a lot of money in the long run. 

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GAF’s solar shingles have been tested and passed by an independent certification company has met industry standards such as the UL 7103 building integrated photovoltaics certification which tests the safety of electrical, temperature, mechanical loading, wind resistance, impact, and fire tests. The product’s output wiring system is also investigated for conformance with the provisions of the National Electrical Code (NEC). GAF has also claimed the award of Best of innovation for Smart Cities CES 2022. GAF has estimated that 1 out of every 4 homes in the United States has their brand of GAF architectural asphalt shingles making them far more popular than any other material on the market. They have also completed far more solar shingle installations than any other company as well, including Tesla’s solar roof. While GAF does not provide an energy storing system with their shingles, it is possible to have the solar shingles connected to an energy storage system from another company.  

If you are interested and are a homeowner located in Denver CO, San Diego CA or Sacramento CA and are wanting to learn more about the GAF Timberline Solar Shingles and to see if they are right for your home, contact DaBella today for a free estimate and see what kind of savings we can help you achieve. Contact DaBella today at 844-DaBella.