Double Hung 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.
Doors and windows are arguably one of the most important aspects of your home’s exterior. The doors are the last thing you see when leaving and the first thing you see when returning home. Windows are your everyday access to the outdoors, whether viewing with heat or air conditioning on or opening for a mild breeze when the weather permits. The downside of windows and doors is how they can cause a heavy power bill or security risk when not functioning properly. Before installing windows in a new home, or before older houses develop a problem, it’s important to consider the options of how modern styles can provide great looks and function.
New windows aren’t the same as the windows of yesteryear. The simplest way of describing the changes is a wordy testament in modern building code which explains the expectations window manufacturers are required to abide by. The fact of the matter is new houses have new windows, older houses have old windows unless you’ve replaced them. The difference between new and old windows you see and experience daily as a homeowner is far more important than any explanation a contractor can give about why you need new windows.
You may raise your windows for fresh air and cooling breezes during the summer, but probably don’t think about them much during the winter. However, you should take the time to assure they function properly as they are an important part of your home and protection against the weather. If they aren’t properly installed and sealed, they can allow a cold draft into the home. Your heating bills soar and your comfort levels decrease. If you do realize you need new windows, consider their purposes and the options available.
Holiday season is quickly approaching, and if you are like so many other people, you have gift giving on your mind. If you are also like many other people, you have some people on your list that are more difficult to buy for than others. Make this holiday season the one that you give a gift that keeps giving long after the new year has passed. Give the gift of new windows and see the benefits add up year after year.
Double hung windows have become the standard by which other are judged. They can serve as the typical basic window, or be built to more exacting standards to provide better than average quality. The value and efficiency of double hung windows is far superior to the older system which used a single pane window in conjunction with a secondary storm window for added insulation. Because the two panes of glass are integrated in a single unit, they cannot become misaligned allowing for drafts and cold spots to develop in the home.