Glass Block Windows
Windows are probably not something you think about often as they're just a part of your house which lets light in and allows you a view of outdoors. On occasion you clean them and on days with nice weather you open them to let in fresh air. As long as they open and close smoothly and lock securely you've never considered the options available with modern or customized windows, yet there are new designs available which can provide features you'll truly enjoy having as part of your home.
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Windows are an important aspect of any house or building for a number of reasons. They have to both look nice and function properly, otherwise you might as well just have a wall without the window even being there. They also add to the efficiency of the home by sealing the exterior against bad weather, or opening easily to allow nice weather to come in. Different window styles can add function and value to any room according to specific needs, or a basic window style can provide the function of the window without distracting from a different focal point in the room.
Whether you anticipate living in your home for years, or you want to put it on the market in a few months, you may be contemplating a home project that will add value to your home. Value-added projects are those projects that increase the value in your home on the market. From new siding to a manicured lawn, there are real ways you can increase your home’s value in a weekend. Specifically, you can replace your old windows.
When a window is physically and visibly broken, especially the frame, it's obvious to anyone it needs to be replaced. There are other more subtle reasons for replacing a window which often means the window is broken in a way which isn't clearly obvious. When the windows don't open and close smoothly, don't lock, or have a draft in the winter and allow warm air inside during the summer, they are structurally compromised. Other reasons to replace windows may be to upgrade to modern window features, change window styles, or simply for cosmetics if the old ones appear worn out.
You may have considered the value of new windows for your home, especially if you live in an older house, but what about for investment properties? Of course you want to keep your expenses low when flipping a house, but some ideas are well worth the value they provide. New windows can help a house sell faster and for more money, therefore making them an important consideration toward turning an investment property.
Glass block windows are common in basements and bathrooms. These are translucent, thick blocks of glass that allow light to flood into the room, but without being able to see through them. Glass block windows are almost like masonry, and as such, they offer greater security.