Can you feel the heat, Phoenix? So far in 2013, we’ve had ten or more days of 100+ degree weather here in the Phoenix Valley and it’s only getting hotter moving forward. Around this time every year, we reach a moment that I like to refer to as the ‘melting point’. This is the very moment when one can say with complete confidence that you will not feel a cool breeze upon your face for the next three months. It’ll be 115 degrees at 3pm, 90 degrees at 3am and the notion of keeping the heat out and the company in couldn’t sound more appealing.
Builders, contractors, and DIY home remodelers living in the Phoenix valley must account for the radical seasonal weather changes and how it affects their business. As a craftsman, you can expect your friends, family, and customers to ask you for advice about practical ways of keeping the heat out. One of the easiest and most significant ways of preventing heat is ensuring that your home is properly insulated. This means double checking that you’ve installed quality entry doors and windows throughout the home.
Phoenix entry doors are exposed to a diversity of elements, so as well as being properly sealed, the exterior should be resistant to rain, dust, and high sun exposure. There are many considerations for choosing an entry door in Phoenix, but let’s focus on insulation and keeping the heat out, specifically.
Steel and fiberglass doors are a trendy choice for Phoenix homeowners but are typically less efficient insulators. Wooden doors tend to be a trustworthy choice. Solid wood doors come in variety of styles – from simple and stylish to elegant, projecting an atmosphere of affluence. They tend to be thick and heavy, making them efficient insulators if sealed properly. With that said, Phoenix’s heat, dry air and dust tend to quickly damage some wooden doors, make sure you talk to an expert, when you are picking out your choice of door. A less expensive and reliable alternative would be stock wood doors, including wood-veneer and engineered wood, which are less prone to expanding than solid wooden doors. For additional advice about entry doors, please read, “Choosing the Perfect Entry Door for your Phoenix Home”.
Your windows are another important consideration to take into account while evaluating the insulation efficiency of your home. A great example of a hyper-efficient insulation solution in the window department is the Low-E reflective glass window. This low-cost, solar control glass option has a low emissivity coating applied which improves performance by reflecting solar heat and blocking visible light for glare control. This coating is applied on both the interior and exterior glass panels, while a capacity of Argon-filled gas occupies the space between, reducing heat conductance through the window.
The reality of living through an Arizona summer is that you’re going to spend a significant amount of time inside your home, so whether you’re remodeling a customer’s house or improving your own, use the products that will ensure the time spent indoors is enjoyable. Low-E windows not only excel at preventing heat leakage into your home, they look nice, function efficiently, and insulate interior spaces, contributing to an inviting and comfortable living space.
Younger Brothers carries an extensive variety of window options, including vinyl, aluminum, and wood-clad windows appropriate for all new construction or retro-fit projects.