When looking to make your home more spacious, it may seem that there are no other options than to actually renovate the home and produce more space, or move to a new home that offers more space than the one you currently reside in.
As these options can be somewhat costly, it is understandable if for the moment you choose to settle on the space your home currently provides you. While you can’t renovate or move, however, it doesn’t mean you can’t make your current home feel roomier. With the right type of replacement windows, you can drastically change the look and feel of any room in your home. Continue reading
When was the last time you changed your windows? As with any part of your home, windows will age, and deterioration will become more obvious once you really start looking. They may appear outdated or worn, or their functionality may not be as smooth as they used to. There are numerous ways a window may fail due to old age but most significant failures may be invisible. Continue reading
Homeowners may sometimes find themselves confused in the process of choosing replacement windows. Fortunately, things can be made easier if they consider the home’s architectural style and if they decide on the purpose of their new windows.
Taking the architectural style of homes into account is easier said than done, however; a wide range of architectural styles, from Federal to Dutch Colonial Revival, is largely common, and homeowners need to familiarize themselves with those styles before they can make a well-informed decision. While the wrong window style won’t have a direct effect on how the windows function, it will distort the entire architectural design. The concept of architectural design means that the elements of a residential property should match with one another to achieve aesthetic cohesiveness, which is something mismatched windows just cannot.
For an easier selection process, homeowners can turn to window replacement professionals who provide a slew of window styles. They need to remember, though, that certain rules of thumb apply in window style selection and that these rules are in place not to throw people off but to aid them. For instance: those with Federal-style homes can opt for double-hung windows, while those with Dutch Colonial-style homes can choose dormer windows.
The nation’s capital, Washington, D.C., typically experiences a mild winter compared to its neighbors. However, Washington, DC locals still have to brace themselves for occasional snowstorms, so they should have multiple layers of clothing ready when they go out. When at home on the other hand, their best defense against the cold temperatures is insulated windows, and thankfully, they can insulate their windows with some DIY tips.
An effective way of insulating windows is to apply caulk to every gap or crack around the window frames. However, the efficacy of this method largely depends on the type of caulking product used, so if you wish to try this to insulate your windows, better get yourself acquainted with the different types of caulk on the market. Latex caulk is best to use in wooden frames, while for metal frames, concrete and mortar repair caulk or silicone caulk are best to use. A few types of caulk like butyl rubber sealant and acrylic-based caulk can be used for both wood and metal surfaces.
Adding window film can also help insulate your windows, and you can easily buy them from any hardware store. All you need to attach window film is double-sided tape, so make sure you have ready if you decide to try this method. Ultimately, if DIY attempts prove too much for you, you should consider hiring window specialists to install new windows for you instead.
Nothing lasts forever, as an oft-quoted adage goes, and it certainly holds true in the case of windows. The elements will take its toll on them day and night for years on end. They will weaken in time and warrant a new set of windows, but how do you know when the replacements are just what you ordered?
For one thing, replacement windows consist of two or three glass panes spaced together in a single sash. Argon gas is put in the gaps between the panes. The most important factor when shopping for replacement windows is by determining the R-value and the U-factor of your preferred windows. The R-value is the product’s level of insulation with values ranging from between 0.9 to at least three. The U-factor is the window’s ability to lock in the heat and the numeric values range from 1.1 to 0.3, with the latter having the best heat-retention.
You may have heard of something called low-emissivity glass. This is designed to keep heat in or out of the home depending on the current season – a one-way street in essence. Heat-absorbent glass is great for preventing sunlight deterioration on items nearest to the window such as drapes and furniture.
A replacement window works for your home when you have a good contractor for the job. Best of all, the federal government will reward you for it.