Going Green!

Windows

Energy Wasters

Air Infiltration -Happens when cold air or heat passes through small gaps or crevices in your windows. -1/16 of an inch gap around the sashes and main frame of a standard size window will allow as much air to enter your home as missing a brick in your wall! Conduction -The transmission of heat through matter -You lose valuable energy dollars because heat moves to the coldest area.

Old Window Costs

There are measurable cost associated with old windows in your home: The cost and efforts of constant cleaning. The cost of a lower resale value. The cost of maintenance. The cost of replacing furnishings damaged by the sun!

— Peak Performance Glass Tax Credit

Peak Performance IS ENERGY STAR tax credit qualified in all 50 states. Installed in 2009 and 2010. 30% of purchase price Maximum credit: $1,500 for qualified windows and doors NFRC-certified energy ratings -U-Fator of 0.30 or less -Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC) OR 0.30 OR LESS Ask today about the DH530. Materials Direct USA. 563-335-2500

— Why Select Energy Star?

When selecting Energy Star qualified windows, door or skylights, look for the display unit label which tells you whether the product is qualified in your area of the county. Lowers Utility Bills, Lessens Maintenance Costs. Pays for Themselves! An Affordable Solution

Greatly improves the appearance and value of your home. Eliminate time-Consuming maintenance chores. Provides a more comfortable home.

Siding

Mastic Supports Sustainable Building Practices

Beauty and Performance for Your Home and Our Planet

Mastic Home Exteriors by Ply Gem can help you meet your sustainable building goals and earn points in leading green building certification programs.  Our products offer features that positively contribute to sustainable building practices, improved energy efficiency or lifecycle benefits of homes.  All are important aspects of sustainable building and reflect Mastic’s contribution to the Ply Gem Enviro initiative.

Sustainable Resources:

  • Mastic vinyl siding is manufactured from abundant natural resources: salt (57%) and natural gas (43%).
  • Vinyl siding generates less construction site waste than cardboard packaging, brick, or lumber.
  • Our Performance Metals have been evaluated by a third party and are Green Circle certified to contain a minimum of 67% recycled content.
  • Ply Gem facilities reuse and recycle.  All post-product scrap material, pallets and packaging material, reducing raw material needs and landfill use.

Energy Efficiency:

  • Vinyl siding requires less energy to manufacture per square foot than brick and mortar. 1
  • Mastic vinyl siding is lighter weight per square than other cladding options, so it requires less fuel to transport. Less fuel used means less pollution.
  • When properly installed, Structure EPS Insulated Siding can reduce thermal bridging and help meet the requirements of an Energy Star Qualified new home. Structure EPS Insulated Siding, with a verified R-Value of up to 3.0, have been tested using the new 2011 FTC-Compliant testing method (ASTM C1363).
    • R means resistance to heat flow. The higher the r-value, the greater the insulating power.

Lifecycle Benefits of Homes:

  • Mastic vinyl siding is durable and requires no site finish.
  • When installed properly and under normal use, our products should never require painting or staining. They won’t crack, peel, blister, or rot.
  • All of our aluminum accessories are easily recyclable. In fact, at the end of its lifecycle in building applications, 100% of the aluminum can be recycled.

Roofing

Owens Corning

Owens Corning is a world leader in building materials and composite solutions, delivering a broad range of high-quality products and services. But did you know that Owens Corning is now offering leadership in creating sustainable solutions for the roofing industry? Check out some Owens Corning sustainable roofing practices below.

Pave the Way to a Healthier Planet

Owens Corning Roofing & Asphalt, LLC, was the first roofing manufacturer to help create a process that increases shingle recycling and material reuse across the country. It’s a 360-degree approach to sustainability, where attention is given to the end of life for shingles in addition to raw materials and manufacturing. When you take our Shingle Recycling Pledge, you turn your old roof into new roads.

In addition to Duration® Premium Cool Shingles, Owens Corning Roofing offers TruDefinition® Duration®, Duration®, Oakridge®, Supreme® and Classic® Shingles in Shasta White that also meet ENERGY STAR® ratings.

No matter what color you pick, your Owens Corning™ roofing system will have features that
support sustainability including durability, reducing waste and energy efficiency from a company
that is committed to sustainability.

Durability

  • 1. Owens Corning pioneered the development of fiberglass-reinforced shingles and today makes shingles designed for improved durability
  • 2. All Duration® Series Shingles product lines achieves the highest wind ratings available in the asphalt shingle industry at 110mph* for (ASTM D 3161, Class F) and 150mph* for (ASTM D 7158, Class H).
  • 3. Owens Corning™ WeatherGuard® shingles achieve the highest impact resistant rating at a Class 4 for (UL 2218) and wind resistance rating to 150mph* for (ASTM D 7158)
  • 4. Tru-Bond® sealant on Duration Series and Oakridge® shingle product lines grips tightly to the nailing strip on the shingle below for greater bonding strength providing long-lasting protection for your home

Reducing Waste

  • 5. Owens Corning Roofing is a roofing manufacturer with a national strategic alliance for end-of-life shingle recycling through the Preferred Contractor Shingle Recycling Program and help contribute to certification requirements for LEED® and the NAHB National Green Building Standard
  • 6. Berkshire® shingles, Woodmoor® shingles, Woodcrest® shingles and Duration Premium shingle products help reduce waste-to-landfill by staying on your roof longer
  • 7. Owens Corning Roofing offers algae-resistant (AR) shingles in areas with high humidity to extend the life of your roof which helps reduce waste-to-landfill and other resources associated with maintenance

Energy Efficiency

  • 8. Duration® Premium Cool Shingles utilize granule technology that reflects the sun’s rays to keep roof cooler, resulting in a more comfortable and energy-efficient living space
  • 9. Cool Roof Shingles meet California’s Title 24 standards and helps to lower carbon dioxide emissions and the heat island effect
  • 10. Duration® Premium Cool Sunrise, Frosted Oak, Harbor Fog, Oakridge® Shasta White, Duration® Shasta White, and Classic® and Supreme® Shasta White shingles are Energy Star® Rated *see actual warranty for details, limitations and requirements.
  • 11. Multiple plant locations across the United States allows Owens Corning Roofing to be a regional supplier, save transportation energy and can contribute to resource efficiency credits in the LEED Building Guidelines and NAHB National Green Building Standard

Company Commitment

  • 12. Owens Corning is committed to sustainability – to meet the needs of the present without compromising the future  In 2006, set targets for reducing environmental impact focusing on seven key aspects of resource use and emissions.
  • 13. Owens Corning ranked 56th in Newsweek’s Green Ranking of Fortune 500 Companies.
  • 14. Owens Corning’s World Headquarters in Toledo, Ohio, USA, achieved USGBC® LEED Existing Building Silver Certification
  • 15. Owens Corning foam plant in Gresham, OR, USA, achieved USGBC LEED New Construction Gold Certification

For more information about these and other green features of Owens Corning roofing products,
visit http://www.owenscorning.com/roofing and http://www.owenscorning.com/sustainability

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Home Improvement Concerns

Home improvement can be scary. If you are a home owner (new home OR older home) you probably know how many things can go wrong when fixing, building, or adding to an existing structure. Once you tear into the existing structure of a home you are immediately exposing yourself to the the problem of old out dated and under code materials. Not only do you have to replace and update the existing materials but they also have to connect and properly mesh with new high end quality products. As if this isn’t hard enough, making it all look and feel exactly like you want it to adds greatly to the complexity of any home improvement project.

To tackle Home improvement projects:

In the past, you may have decided to take on home improvement projects yourself and found the project overwhelming and quickly exhausting your time, energy, and money.

Or you may hire “fly by night” home improvement contractors who show up and leave before your concerns are adequately addressed, and without warranties or additional services when things break or are not properly installed.

Oftentimes, home owners hire notarized local home improvement companies at outrages mark up prices who continually add to the cost of the project, offer no personalized services and do not even come see if the project was finished correctly.

Depending on the project, Home Improvement can end up being a lot like event planning. And if your not careful, you can miss very important steps along the way. Everything from foundation, to plumbing, to electricity, to drying walling and framing, to roofs, windows, flooring, cabinetry, and design work needs to be well throughout and coordinator and installed. Problems along the way can cause long term serious damage to your home.

No one ever said home improvement is easy. In fact, quality home improvement takes times, thoughts, and often issues present themselves that add to the original estimated price of improvement.

MATERIALS DIRECT USA believes strongly that there are affordable options for home owners for quality home improvement products at low cost.

After much research, time, and experience, Materials Direct USA has come up with a balanced solution to home improvement. When it comes to home improvement we believe no one should have to sacrifice expectations or desires. It is your home after all. Choosing the right home improvement company can depend upon a lot of things. But your personal request should come first. We are not saying we are the right choice for you, but we believe we offer the perfect balance between price and quality.

Materials Direct is able to provide you the highest quality brand name home improvement products at low direct prices. We take our time, making sure we do quality work that wont break your bank. Let’s be honest, here at Materials Direct USA we are not perfect, unforeseen events happen, as well as occasional mistakes as every home is different. But we see our work through to the end, offering warrantied products and unlimited amount of services. We make sure that you are provided with every last detail written in your contract with top quality performance.

Windows, Doors, Kitchens, Baths, Siding, Floors, Roofs, Room Additions, Decks, Sun Rooms, Design and Installation.

We offer all of these products along with great customer service and satisfaction. Don’t believe us, call us today for information on our referrals and consumer testimonials.

We understand HOME IMPROVEMENT can be a dreaded topic of discussion but RELAX and let us take care of the hard work. It’s what we are good at.

Feel free to share contractor horror stories or ask questions and comment.

Materials Direct USA believes strongly in local commerce and community awareness, offering highly rated Eco-frienldy USA made products.

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— Energy Wasters

Air Infiltration -Happens when cold air or heat passes through small gaps or crevices in your windows. -1/16 of an inch gap around the sashes and main frame of a standard size window will allow as much air to enter your home as missing a brick in your wall! Conduction -The transmission of heat through matter -You lose valuable energy dollars because heat moves to the coldest area.Image

— “Peak Performance” Glass

On Lite of Soft Coat LoE^2 Glass -During winter months, the glass helps to keep rooms warmer by reflecting heat back into the home while letting warm, solar rays enter. -In the summer, the LoE^2 glass blocks infrared and ultraviolet radiant solar energy, keeping your rooms cooler. Argon, a NON-TOXIC, clear and odorless gas -Denser than air and prevents the formation of convection currents, and the overall transfer of heat between the inside and outside of your home. Intercept Warm-Edge Spacer System -Unique U-channel spacer design that helps reduce heat loss near the edge of the insulating glass unity by reducing conduction.