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Home Design and the Windows You Want

Whether you're building a new home or renovating an older house, windows are an important design aspect which provide a functional use and cosmetic appeal. In many cases, the same blueprint design can look like a completely different house depending on window choices. It's important to discuss with your contractor what options are available and determine which windows will best serve your needs.

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A Beautiful Home Exterior

A beautiful home exterior is something everyone wants, and can obtain with proper planning and design skills. Whether you're renovating an older home or upgrading a relatively new house, there are proven means to make your house have curb appeal and offer an inviting welcome when you have company. Certain aspects of the house are noticeable from the street or as someone pulls into your driveway, other parts of the house become obvious as a guest walks along the sidewalk from the driveway to your door. Once you understand what's important, you can design your home in a way that will make all your friends want to come visit.

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Why You May Want New Siding

Siding on a home, and especially vinyl siding, is expected to last forever outside of a disaster situation of fire or a fallen tree. In general terms and practical consideration, if the vinyl siding is cleaned annually and repaired when problem arise after storms or other physical damage occurs, it will last “forever” regarding the homeowner's lifetime. However, everything on Earth has a breaking point, and even siding can reach a point at which it needs to be replaced to maintain your home's appearance and continue to provide the function for which the siding was designed of protecting the rest of your home from the weather.

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When to Choose Non-Traditional or Standard Double Hung Window Styles

Some houses are better suited for traditional window designs than customized or specialty windows. Some people prefer a plain design that doesn't draw attention provided by double hung windows. That's fine, it's your house and should be pleasing to your eyes while suiting the practical needs of you and your family. On the other hand, specialty windows can provide practical functionality when used properly according to the intent of their design. There are a few considerations to evaluate when deciding what style of windows you want or need as replacements.

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What is R-Value and How Does it Apply to Your Home’s Insulation?

The whole point of insulation is to prevent air and moisture from penetrating through the walls of your home. Insulation can be implemented into the walls, the attic, and even underneath the house just below the flooring. Insulation is so vital to your building’s protection that it is regulated by the city, state, and federal agencies. These agencies essentially look for the following criteria:

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Signs You Need New Windows

Every homeowner is aware they may want to replace their windows at some point in time. In some cases, it may be a matter of saving money and building equity in the house before upgrading to nicer windows than the house came with. The issue becomes glaringly obvious when living in an older home, or a house which wasn't taken care of properly by the previous owners, and the windows are damaged or don't function properly. The good news is that depending on how large your home is and how many windows it has, the replacement process doesn't have to be an expensive repair or even a large job which turns your home into a construction site for an extended period of time.

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Does Siding Ever Need to Be Replaced?

Vinyl siding is sold as a lifetime solution to a home's exterior. Whether it covers or replaces an existing siding system on an older home, or if it is in fact the outer covering of a new home, vinyl siding is the most efficient system available in today's building systems for efficiency and permanency. However, sometimes siding needs to be replaced. It may be due to storm damage, it may be due to repeated damage over the years, or you may simply want a different style of appeal applied to the outside of your home. Although siding is designed to maintain its structural integrity and protect your home, there are situations in which you may want to replace it.

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New Doors to Greet the Summer Weather

Spring and summer weather begs a beautiful house to invite guests and welcome company. Although your friends already admire your taste in decorating, there are means with which can make them feel more welcome in your home. Entry doors, side doors, and deck or patio doors are a fairly simple means of letting your guests know they are welcome in your home while defining the areas they have been invited to visit.

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Should You Buy Grid Windows?

When buying new windows, it’s a good idea to determine your home’s needs. A lot of homeowners consider grid windows, contacting their provider for a quick, professional installations. Also referred to as grilles or muntins, grids are window strips—made from vinyl, wood, aluminum or PVC—which divide a pane’s glass into smaller panes. If you’re considering buying grid windows, or if you want to know more about them, read on.

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How Long Does Insulation Last?

If your energy bills keep going up, you might have an insulation problem. Over time, insulation wears down. Weather, critters and general age can degrade your home’s temperature protection. That said, you can find out how long your insulation will last before a swap-out is needed. Depending on your home’s insulation type, you’ll be protected for a few decades. That said, a few factors can greatly reduce your insulation’s lifespan.

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