Fall 2015 Edition

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In This Issue:

Tips for Your Gutters
Insulation
Upgrading Your Heating System

How are your gutters?

Gutters play a key role in protecting your home from water. What happens when you neglect your gutters? Hear these helpful TimberTips from Sam with Safe Guard Home Inspection on the importance of keeping them clean.

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What you need to
know about insulation

When you’re building or renovating your home, insulation certainly isn’t one the
“fun” decisions — like paint colours, countertop materials, or flooring styles. In fact, it’s a
decision that many homeowners either make too quickly or outsource to someone else.

Sometimes, that means they’re not getting the right insulation for their needs ... and they won’t realize until it’s already in action.

So here’s a TIMBER MART primer to choosing insulation for the different areas of your home. It’s not a
glamorous decision to make, but you’ll thank yourself when you’re snug and cozy as the wind howls outside.

Evaluate your current insulation

Is your home too chilly in the winter, with uneven warmth and out-of-control heating costs? Is it uncomfortably hot in the summer, with mold growing in the basement? Those are all signs of insulation problems.

Do your homework

You’ve probably heard of R-values, but do you understand them? They’re how to determine the capacity of an insulating material to resist heat flow. The higher the R-value, the greater the insulating power.

Don’t fixate on the price

Yes, of course, the price is something to consider. But it’s not a good idea to simply pick the cheapest possible insulation because you don’t really find it all that interesting. The insulation you choose will have a direct impact on your ongoing heating and cooling costs, as well as the environment.

Know your zones

Different areas of your home call for different types of insulation. Think about how you and your family will be using each room of the house, in case certain rooms would benefit from sound absorbent insulation — we’re looking at the teenager with the drum set!

Here are a few examples of how different
types of insulation work in different areas:

Attics and exterior walls

You’ll want to look for semi-rigid batt insulation designed for exterior wood and steel stud walls — like ROXUL COMFORTBATT® — to keep the heat from escaping. It’s made from natural stone and recycled slag, so it’s a high-density insulation that will fit snugly into wall cavities and won’t slump over time.

Interior walls, floors, ceilings

Choose insulation designed for interior walls, like ROXUL SAFE’n’SOUND® because it offers protection from fire and also absorbs sound. Stone wool has excellent fire ratings so it does not burn, and its higher density properties also make it an ideal solution for minimizing sound travelling between rooms.

Basements

In order to insulate the entire building envelope — keeping your home’s heat from seeping into the cold ground — you should look at insulation sheathing board like ROXUL COMFORTBOARD that’s water repellent and fire resistant. Layer it with ROXUL COMFORTBATT® and ROXUL SAFE’n’SOUND® to keep your home cozy.

Exposed floors

If you’re turning a porch into a comfortable sunroom or struggling with freezing cold cottage floors, you can insulate the floors to stop air and moisture from getting in. Insulating these exposed floors with ROXUL COMFORTBATT® will also help eliminate condensation and mould growth, while reducing the risk of frozen pipes.

Remember, investing in quality insulation will pay for itself in the long run because your energy bills can be lowered significantly.

If you have questions about choosing the right insulation, your friends at TIMBER MART are always here to help.

Happy Insulating!

Winter warm-up

Upgrading your heating systems

Hot showers, warm floors, and comfortable living spaces — all available immediately, at a price you can afford.

The top three factors in choosing a heating system are energy-efficiency,
lifestyle, and budget. But it can be tricky to figure out which option is the best
fit for all three, especially considering each home — and budget — is different.

Here at TIMBER MART, we’re always ready to lend our expertise. Here’s what
you need to know if you’re considering upgrading your heating system...

Heat Pumps

If you use electric heat, a properly-designed and installed heat pump can cut your energy bills down significantly, because it’s forcing the warm air — and the cool air, in the summer — to circulate in your home. But do your homework about the initial upfront costs, as well as the return on your investment.

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Oil

Consistently rated one of the most efficient heating options, oil can quickly bring a house up to the right temperature. There’s also a faster hot-water recovery than with other fuels. Don’t worry about your tank leaking, because the new tanks use double-containment technology to keep everything in place.

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Natural Gas

It’s not available everywhere yet, but natural gas is quickly becoming the energy choice of many Canadians. It’s sometimes available as an upgrade when you build a new home, depending on the area. Its versatile to power fireplaces, stoves, BBQs, and pool and hot tub heaters or even to power a snow-melting system for your driveway.

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Solar

Solar heating equipment can be added onto a mortgage of a new home — and it’s costly — but experts say homeowners wind up paying far less than they are saving each month. Homes that use solar heat are often eligible for large rebates from the government.

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Upgrading your heating system is a big deal, so be sure not to rush into it. Don’t make any decisions
without first seeing capital and operating cost comparisons for a range of systems.