Blog

10
Jul

Not All “Composite” Decks Are the Same!

For those of us in the Pacific Northwest, we know how rough the elements are on the exteriors of our homes. Decking is one of those things that can really take a toll from the 8-9 months of constant rain we seem to get. We all know wood is a poor choice if you want something that will look good

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12
Jun

The Warm Weather is Here…Get Started on Your Exterior Remodeling Work with Polar Bear!

 

6
Jun

Can Windows Keep Me Cooler in the Summer?

Yes. Energy-efficient windows are designed to insulate and prevent and prevent heat transfer between the inside and outside. The glass in our windows are treated with zinc and silver oxides during the cooling process. This application is known a low-emissivity coating (Low-E) and it reflects longer wave radiant energy (heat). So while in the wintertime it bounces the heat back inside

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5
Jan

Is Fiber-Cement Siding Bad for People and the Environment?

Absolutely not! In fact it is very much the opposite. Many people have mistakenly compared fiber-cement siding to asbestos siding. Asbestos siding is made from fine strands of minerals that are noxious to the human body and the environment. Fiber-cement on the other hand is made from a mix of cellulose (wood pulp), silica (sand), cement and water. James Hardie,

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5
Jan

Do You Really offer Real Wood Windows?

We hear this question a lot, and for good reason. Many window companies claim to offer window options in wood, however when they come out they really only want to encourage you to choose a vinyl option. Or maybe they only offer vinyl windows with faux woodgrains. While there are disadvantages of traditional solid wood windows in this environment, the

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5
Jan

How Do I Know if I Need New Windows?

The easiest way to tell is just by looking at them, if your windows have mold around the frames or moisture fogging up inside the glass they have likely failed. If your home was built before 1991 you most likely have aluminum windows which are terribly inefficient. High energy bills and cold, drafty rooms are obvious indicators, but there may

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2
Jan

Can I Get My Roof Replaced in the Wintertime?

Yes, we can replace your roof year-round, and for most applications in all types of weather. While sunny and clear days are ideal, they can be few and far between in Western Washington. We are able to work year round and install most composition and metal roofs in any kind of weather. Most flat roofs do require dry weather for

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2
Jan

Is it sunny enough for solar panels to work in the Northwest?

Yes. The technology has greatly improved to allow solar to be an economically feasible option even with our grey and gloomy skies. New generation photovoltaic systems are able to produce power from the UV rays that are present even on rainy and overcast days. While they are most effective in sunny weather, they can still produce a substantial amount of

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2
Jan

I have double pane windows already, why would I need to change them?

Double pane or “Therma-Pane” windows are not necessarily any more efficient than a single pane window. What makes glass options available today so much more insulating than the double-pane of years past is the coatings that they apply to the glass surfaces and the gases they put in between the panes. Low Emissivity treatments are coatings applied to the glass

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2
Jan

Are Triple-Pane Windows Necessary in Washington?

There are many common misconceptions out there regarding triple-pane windows. Most commonly you’ll discover it isn’t cold enough in our climate to require triple-pane windows which makes them a bit “over-kill.” However, needs vary from home to home and customer to customer. Some homes, for a variety of reasons, just tend to be energy hogs and require all the help

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