3-in-1 Solar Roof Cost & Comparisons – The Ultimate Guide

A 3-in-1 solar roof gets its name because it has been designed to accomplish three functions: insulation, protection, and solar power generation. – This means you can get a roofing system capable of withstanding harsh weather conditions like hurricane winds and hail, while helping you save energy in two ways:

By providing insulation, the insulation baked into the 3-in-1 roof makes indoor spaces more comfortable while reducing your heating and cooling costs. At the same time, 3-in-1 roof tiles generate electricity with built-in photovoltaic cells, lowering your monthly power bills.

When using the 3-in-1 roof, you also get a wide variety of design options. There are many shingle types and colors available, so you can choose a roof design that matches the rest of your home.

You can also choose between exposed solar shingles, which have a higher productivity, or you can cover them with a semi-transparent layer that matches the shingle design.

When the photovoltaic cells are covered, their productivity decreases slightly but they become completely invisible, blending in with the rest of the roof.

Solar roofs are part of a broad product category called building integrated photovoltaics or BIPV.

Unlike traditional solar panels, which are attached to the roof structure using a racking system, BIPV products are designed to become part of your building.

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Pella Window Prices in 2022: Cost to Install Pella Windows

We’ve used Pella’s own pricing tool, plus the actual receipts from homeowners that have had Pella windows installed in their home recently to come up with the most accurate prices available.

Pella Impervia casement window (black color frame) installed in a kitchen

Costs are up across all brands. If you priced windows last year and didn’t buy, expect estimates 12% to 20% higher in 2022.

Below, you can see the current Pella window price list. It gives a total cost range plus the average cost for fixed (non-operable), double-hung and casement windows – the most popular styles.

Details on your series choices are given below along with advantages and disadvantages to consider for each. Here are the Pella window prices for all series listed on the Pella website. These are installed prices, since most Pella windows are only available through local window dealers that sell you the package – the window plus installation.

The exceptions are the vinyl Encompass by Pella windows and the wood Pella Lifestyle Series, which can be bought online from Pella and are sold in home improvement and building supply stores.

Pella lifestyle double-hung window (unfinished)
Source: Pella

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14 Best Kitchen Remodel Upgrades for 2022: Costs, Pros & Cons

You don’t have to totally remodel the kitchen this year to give it a fresh feel. These top 2022 kitchen upgrades stand on their own and deliver excellent ROI whether you stay put forever or decide to sell in the next few years.

This isn’t a “kitchen trends you will see everywhere” article. Who wants a kitchen that looks like everyone else’s?

Instead, these hot kitchen trends for 2022 give you room to personalize the design to fit your vision of what the perfect kitchen should be.

Leading trends in design, color, texture, materials, and kitchen components are explored throughout to give you insight into how to customize your kitchen improvements.

Kitchen Upgrades for 2022 – Two Guiding Themes

Feel free to jump down to the list and discussion of the top kitchen upgrades if you’re pressed for time.

But if you are interested in the theme and counter-theme that designers are driven by in creating the hottest kitchens this year, you might enjoy this section. It’s a 60-second read.

Theme One is the Multi-function Kitchen

In the pandemic years, day-to-day life became more focused on the home. Work from home. School from home. Stuck at home.

As a result, the kitchen, more than ever, has become the hub of the house. Austin designer Claire Zinnecker affirms what we all know, “The kitchen is the perfect multi-use room because people naturally gather here.”

Many households embrace this in their kitchen improvement choices. “Kitchen meets living room.” There are appealing ways to make this work.

Multi-purpose kitchen meets living room – open kitchen layout
Source: These Three Rooms (Design: The Shaker Kitchen Company Photography: Malcolm Menzies)

Think versatility Is this your view of the kitchen? The multi-function kitchen is a combination of components related to food plus the addition of living space. As a result, it needs a little bit of everything – decent appliances, adequate storage, a tea and coffee station, generous counter space, open shelving, a charging device station, and decor that would fit just as well in a living room. The vibe says, “relax and stay a while.” Desk space or a second island with casual seating are wonderful if the kitchen’s footprint allows.

Terminology tip – This kitchen style is also called the blended kitchen and multipurpose kitchen.

Theme Two is the Food-focused Kitchen

This is the counter-theme. Yes, home life has become busier, the outside world is crazier, and some of us want a place to get away from it all. For many, the kitchen is that place!

Think more specifically of a space designed for food preparation – a daily routine that keeps you centered on what’s most important. In this kitchen, the price of gas and the politics of the day are forgotten.

This kitchen is best outfitted with high-performance appliances, plenty of storage for food and your favorite food-prep tools, spacious countertops, a double-basin sink – and a prep sink if possible.

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