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How Does Your Siding Improve Your Home’s Energy Efficiency?

Did you know that the average U.S. home uses around 10,766 kilowatt-hours per year? This is according to a recent report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), but the exact amount still varies for each state. Fortunately, you can reduce your monthly energy expenditure by knowing what you should do and what you should avoid. Even investing in your home’s siding and exteriors serves not only to enhance its visual appeal but also improve its energy efficiency! Trusted siding and roofing contractor Polar Bear shares their insight:

Why Energy-Efficient Windows Are the Way to Go

It’s no secret that quality energy-efficient replacement windows have a higher price tag than builders grade ones. However, when you consider their long-term benefits, you’ll see them less as an additional expense and more as an investment. In today’s post, local window and roofing contractor Polar Bear discusses why energy-efficient replacement windows are the way to go.

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How Do James Hardie® Siding Products Perform Against a House Fire?

James Hardie® fiber cement products are renowned for their benefits, like durability, a long service life and low-maintenance requirements. In today’s post, local siding and window contractor Polar Bear discusses another important feature that’s not as often discussed — how siding can help improve your home’s fire resistance.

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Fire-Resistance Key Terms

Siding must pass the standards set by building codes and certified laboratories in order to qualify as fire-resistant materials. To understand how fire resistance applies to siding and other building materials, the following are some of the important terms that will be frequently used as you compare siding products and their qualities:

Combustible — A material can be considered combustible if it burns or ignites readily. Building materials like timber and certain types of polymer can be categorized as combustible.

Non-combustible — A material can be considered non-combustible if it does not burn or ignite under tests that simulate conditions like direct exposure to flame and contact with embers.

Ignition-resistant — A material can be considered ignition-resistant if it doesn’t ignite from prolonged exposure to open flame. During tests, exposure can last between 10 to 30 minutes.

Fire-resistant — This term specifically applies to structures and whether they can contain a fire. In comparison, the term “ignition-resistant” applies to materials.

James Hardie Products

As a James Hardie Elite Preferred siding contractor, we at Polar Bear recommend their products to homeowners who are looking to boost their home’s fire-resistance. James Hardie products, including their best-selling HardiePlank®, are made of fiber cement, a combination of cement, wood fibers and fine silica sand. Fiber cement siding has similar characteristics as brick and stone, which is a definite improvement from most other siding products.

It’s important to note that no material stays unaffected by the heat produced by house fires. However, ignition-resistant materials can help slow down the spread of fire, which would buy time for the home’s occupants to make their way to safety and prevent fire from spreading to neighboring properties. James Hardie products have a proven track record for ignition resistance that many insurance providers offer discounts to homeowners who have had such products installed.

Polar Bear windows and siding options can help enhance your home’s exterior. Give us a call at (425) 290-5579 or fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment. We serve customers in Seattle and the surrounding communities.

Signs That It’s Time to Replace Your Home Siding

Regardless of the type of siding protecting your house, it will need regular maintenance and eventually need to be replaced. Breaking and cracking siding as it ages is a problem you will want to address before it affects other parts of your house. Once it lets in a leak or bugs, the time may have already passed to address it without paying for costly fixes. 

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