2016 Home Show Season is here!

Please join us for two great events coming up later this month.

  • Times Union Home Expo: Fri Feb 19 – Sun Feb 21, Times Union Center, Albany NY. We will have representatives at the Westchester Modular Homes booth, located on the floor of the ice rink.
  • Saratoga Springs Rotary Home Show:  Fri Feb 26 – Sun Feb 28, Saratoga Springs City Center.  Look for our sister company Saratoga Construction’s booth# A1.  This is always our favorite show, and new for 2016 is FREE ADMISSION FOR EVERYONE!
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Factory Tour!

It’s that time of the month again! The first Saturday of every month give you the chance to take a factory tour and see how it’s all done. This Saturday (5/4/2014) Westchester Modular Homes will be offering a factory tour from 10 am – 3pm.. Meet the builders, and see the quality Westchester Modular Homes puts into building their homes. You are also invited to tour two professionally decorated models at the factory. You must be 18 to tour. Please call us for more information. 518-587-0100

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It’s HOME SHOW SEASON!

Please come join us at these upcoming home shows:

Great Northeast Home Show – Albany NY, Feb 8-10, Times Union Center, Feb 8-10. We will have representatives at the Westchester Modular Homes and Harvest Homes booths.

Saratoga Springs Rotary Home Show – Saratoga Springs NY, March 1-3, Saratoga Springs City Center.

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Introducing…

We’re delighted to announce the release of our newest series of homes – the Craftsman series.

In response to a demand for non-traditional ranch style homes that also reflected a true craftsman style, this new series was developed. Our objective was to incorporate Craftsman style exteriors with today’s demand for open floor plans, large front porches, and an abundance of windows to allow for natural light.  The series will include all of Saratoga Modular Homes’ high quality standard specs in addition to these additional features:

  • 9/12 hinged rafter roof pitch
  • 24” gable end overhangs
  • Upgrade Certainteed® Monogram Deluxe siding and 5” corner posts, vinyl window trim
  • Dormers (per standard elevation)
  • Craftsman Style Front door by Thermatu®

We will also offer packages to match the siding, shingles and trim necessary to complete the site built porches.

This line of ranch style homes offers the look and appeal for the empty nester, second home buyer, or even the first time homebuyer who is looking for that extra sizzle in their new home.

Whether you’re an empty nester, second-home buyer, or even a first-time homebuyer, this line of ranch style homes offers that extra sizzle you’ve been looking for. 

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The Pain of Visiting Model Homes; Our Solution

Scoping out model homes can be a great way to jumpstart the process of planning for a new home. Many prospective customers get excited to find out what they like and what options are out there – even to gain decorating ideas!

One of the things we hear from many people is that when they visit model homes (in many locations), they’re not in the best condition. Namely, the trim is splitting, drywall is cracked, items are broken or missing…it’s not perfect, as it should be. Why would someone display a model home in such a condition, especially when it’s supposed to represent the best a company can do?

We try to do better by offering an actual factory tour for our potential customers. Think about it – you’re visiting the real factory that would build your home and furthermore, you can see the homes being built! The tour is conducted inside of a dry, climate-controlled factory just 90 minutes south of Albany in Dutchess County (Wingdale, NY).

If you’ve researched modular construction, seen photos or videos, and are interested in more, a factory tour is a really great way to continue the planning process. Nothing comes close to being in the factory and being able to ask questions or voice your concerns. There are also two model homes on site! If you’re ready for a tour, contact us to learn more and register.

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R-Value of Insulation

An R-value is one of the most popular building metrics – but you may find, as you’re thinking about building or finding your next home, that you don’t quite understand what it is and how it can be useful.

To measure heat transfer in insulation, an R-value is used. There are two tests that are essential to determine an R-value.

ASTM C518 Test

This test is relevant to single materials – a sample of the insulation material is placed inside a heat flow meter apparatus between a cold plate and a hot plate. As heat flows from the hot to cold plate through the insulation, the testing device measures precisely how much heat is flowing.

ASTM C177

This test uses a guarded hot plate to measure heat flux through materials that have a low thermal conductivity. It is usually used for flat materials.

Interestingly enough, testing for R-values measures every aspect of heat transfer: convection, conduction, and radiation. If you were testing a rigid foam board, heat would be moving through the foam via conduction, and through the air bubbles within the foam via radiation. There wouldn’t be convection through such an airtight material, but convective loops forming within the air bubbles would speed the transfer of heat through the material and would affect the heat transfer measurements.

By capturing all three methods of heat transfer through materials, R-value gives us a great way to compare insulation products.

In fact, the R-value measurement was created and popularized because it easily communicates relative insulation values.

Make sense? What other things do you wonder about as you move forward with building your home? Shoot us an email at info@saratogaconstruction.net

 

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Three great Home Shows coming to the Capital Region!

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Each of the next 3 months will bring a great home show to our region!

The Great Northeast Home Show comes to the Times Union Center in Albany NY on February 10-12.

The Saratoga Springs Home Show comes to the Saratoga City Center in Saratoga Springs NY on March 2-4.

The Capital Region Spring Home Show comes to the Halfmoon Sportsplex in Clifton Park NY on April 13-15.

For more information, visit our facebook events page at:

http://www.facebook.com/events/334578969897609/?context=create#!/pages/Saratoga-Modular-Homes-LLC/135877526743?sk=events

Hope to see you there!

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