Jason Murer, a journalist specializing in the investigation of various cutting edge “green” products recently wrote an article called, “A Cheaper Way to Conserve energy: Ceramic Additives for Paint.” Below are some highlights that touch on just a handful of the benefits he explored.

Energy saving is not only great for the environment but also for the pocket book. We’re all familiar with the typical insulation you put in your attic or walls or investing in costly energy saving systems like radiant heat systems or solar panels. I recently came across a new type of insulation that takes state-of-the-art energy savings to a new level but keeps the costs much lower than any other type of energy saving material. It’s called insulating ceramic paint.

This kind of paint is a highly energy efficient for insulating interior or exterior surfaces. However unlike typical house paint coming in colors, this paint is meant to be added to traditional paint—giving people many color options.

Additional benefits to this kind of additive are:

* High Impact Resistance.
* Resistant to atmospheric pollution.
* Non-toxic & environmentally friendly.
* Highly scrubable on all surfaces.
* Resistant to UV degradation.
* Mildew resistant.
* Rapid drying for quick re-coating.
* Easy cleanup with soap and water.
* Dampens sound.
* Prevents condensation.
* Non-yellowing.
* Highly resistant to salt spray & air pollution.
* Contains safe yet effective Algaecides and mildewcides.
* Chemical and alkali resistant, chemical, high impact resistance to chipping.

Click here to read the entire article.

The Five Ds of Home Improvement

Great Curb Appeal Helps Your Home Stand Out

With an understanding of The Five Ds of Home Improvement, you should be in a good position to sort out the advice you’ll get from contractors, neighbors, magazines and family members when contemplating home renovations.

Distance – the importance of curb appeal
View your house from the street to get the most accurate first- and last-impression people have of your home. Keeping your home exterior well-maintained can be a good reflection of what’s on the inside. Sometimes you can judge a book by its cover, especially when it comes to the condition of a home.

Deficiency – how your home compares to others
It’s important to be aware of your home’s shortcomings when you’re deciding whether to undertake a home remodeling project, since obvious deficiencies can lower your home value. Compare your home to similar ones in your area to find out where you can make improvements, and make sure you do so with an objective eye.

Distinctiveness – what makes your home different

What are the main features you describe when asked about your home? Every home should have characteristics that make it memorable when viewed alongside similar homes, especially when it comes time to sell in a competitive housing market. Houses generally appraise for more value if they have two or three special features that make them stand out.

Demand – will your improvements interest others
Often homeowners confuse “off the wall” with “distinctive.” You want to be memorable in ways that will appeal to a wide group of people. Take an afternoon and look through some of the latest home interior magazines or tour a model home or two. If the experts aren’t including a feature, its appeal is probably limited.

Degree – weighing the benefits
Consider the benefits of the home improvement project. If you won’t see a return on your investment, don’t undertake it. Also be careful not to overdo it. Over-improving can cost you time and money. At the same time, small problems can become big expenses if overlooked, so make sure to take care of anything that may be a sign of bigger problems in the future.

Get a $1,500 Tax Credit with High-efficiency Home

The Federal Government’s recently passed Economic Stimulus package makes now the perfect time for upgrading your home with high-efficiency windows, doors, roofing, insulation and siding installed by Bordner. In addition to the year-after-year utility savings you’ll receive by updating your home with energy efficient products, you’ll also be eligible for a tax credit up to $1,500.

Follow These Steps to Claim your $1,500 Tax Credit:

Step 1: Contact Bordner to See Qualifying Products and Materials
Because not all ENERGY STAR products qualify for the credit, Bordner’s home improvement specialists will guide you through finding high-efficiency windows, doors, roofing, siding and insulation that match your preferences and the guidelines of the tax credit.

Step 2: Complete Your Energy-Efficiency Upgrade During 2009 and 2010
Bordner’s trained specialists will install your high-efficiency materials with the same “Satisfaction Guaranteed” service more than 40,000 Kansas City homeowners have enjoyed. Call Bordner at 816-358-2102 or email us at [email protected] This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for a free analysis and estimate of your project, or read more about Bordner’s expertise in, roofing, insulation, window, door and siding installation.

Step 3: File For Your $1,500 Credit!
Bordner will provide you with the Manufacturer’s Certification Statement, product labels and receipts you will need to file for the “American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009” tax credit.

Tax CreditContact Bordner for a free consultation!

Tax Credit Tips:

• Tax Credit is available for select roofing, siding, insulation, windows and doors.
• Replacement materials must be “placed in service” from January 1, 2009 through December 31, 2010.
• Improvements must be on the taxpayer’s principal residence.
• Tax credit is based on 30 percent of the total cost of the materials, up to $1,500.

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