Wooden homes are beautiful places to settle down, but many of them were built long ago. As a result, they may have a variety of faults that cause them to be heat inefficient, especially in out-of-the-way places like the attic. Here is how you can solve this simple problem with replacement windows and sealing up tiny holes in your attic.
How Much Heat Your Attic Is Losing
The inefficient windows and small holes in your attic can leak out a large amount of heat, more than you might expect. The holes and inefficient windows will cause heat leakage, amounts that will vary depending on your home and the size of the holes.
That's why you need to take some time to not only fix up these holes but to find wooden replacement windows for your home. You can probably seal up holes in attic on your own, but replacement windows are typically beyond most homeowners skills.
Sealing Up Leaks
Before replacing your windows, it's worth inspecting holes in your attic. These types of small openings are common around pipes, light fixtures, and bypasses that can be hidden by insulation. These small holes may add up to the equivalent of a two-foot square hole. That's why you need to take some time to seal up these holes.
Start by looking for potential leaks in the areas mentioned above and pull back the insulation. You may feel a draft as you pull it back that indicates a hole. When you find a hole, take a small bit of drywall and cut it with a handsaw to the appropriate size. Attach it to the hole with cement to hold it in place. Now push back the insulation and continue searching your attic until you find and seal all the holes.
Replacing Windows Are Crucial
Your attic windows may also be a major source of heat loss in your attic and replacing them with energy efficient ones can help eliminate much of this heat flow. This is especially true if you add blinds or other treatments to your windows, such as UV blocking tints. These types of treatments will not only block heat from escaping your attic, but keep it from coming in the summer and overheating your home.
Typically wooden replacement windows can cost anywhere from $800 to $1,000, but that price is worth it for the style boost you'll get by matching wooden windows with your wooden home. Trying to add others will create a clashing style that simply won't look as nice.
Call a professional window installation expert today to find wood replacement windows you like. They will then install the windows to make attic that much more efficient than it was before.
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