How to Save Money on Your Home in 2015
Perhaps on January 1, you set a New Year’s resolution to save money on your home in 2015. How’s your goal coming along? If you’re looking for more significant ways to save, here are two ideas you might not have thought of yet: applying texture coating and installing new windows.
As a California homeowner, you know how wild the weather gets out here. Your home’s exterior is battered by wind, beat on by the sun, dried out and dampened by humidity fluctuations, and moved on its foundation by the shifting earth. Texture coating is made to withstand the elements and provide durable protection against whatever Mother Nature throws at it.
The long life of texture coating is the first way it provides savings for 2015. Once you apply the texture coating, you can expect it to last the rest of your life. That means you never have to repaint your home again! Imagine the savings you enjoy over time compared to repainting your home every few years.
The second way texture coating pays for itself is in the energy savings it provides for your home. A special reflective pigment in texture coating gives it the ability to reflect sunlight, lowering the temperature on your home’s exterior by up to 40 degrees. This makes it far easier to keep your interior cooler. The US Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory points out that texture coating on California homes can reduce cooling costs by nearly 22%.
Another investment option to save money in 2015 is to replace the windows. Rest assured that this type of upgrade will pay for itself in time, especially if you are replacing leaky, old single-pane windows. Like texture coating, the first way you can expect to save is with improved energy efficiency. According to Energy Star, a replacement window can save you $27 a year by providing better insulation, blocking UV rays in the summer and preventing air leaks. This may not seem like substantial savings, but multiply the estimate by the number of windows you replace and you could save hundreds per year, savings that pay you back for your investment over time.
Second, replacement windows increase the value of your home. This is great news any time, but it’s especially important if you’re selling your home this year. New windows are appealing to homebuyers because of their aesthetic beauty and energy-saving qualities, allowing you to increase the listing price of your home when you put it on the market.
If you’re ready to start saving money in 2015 with texture coating or new windows, Approved Contractor is the place to turn. Please contact us online or call us at 818-483-3531 for your free estimate.