Home Improvement: Is it time to replace your entry door? What to know

Some considerations

Mother Nature and Uncle Sam both are having their say in the remodeling business these days, starting — but not finishing — with the 2018 Cost vs. Value report.

This year’s version finds a slight decline, to 56.8 percent in 2017 from 57.9 percent in 2016, in the average payback for 20 common professional remodeling projects in 100 major markets. That’s mainly because the cost of doing those projects went up for all 20, while values rose for only about two-thirds of them.

Expect those trends to continue into 2018. The 3 percent to 5 percent gains in cost that we report here were calculated before fall hurricanes and fires began fueling what one building products distributor calls “a freight train of extraordinary demand”— demand certain to keep elevating the prices for many building materials.

Expect, as well, an even greater shortage of skilled workers in disaster-struck markets as those workers struggle to fix up their own homes and employers feel pressure to respond with pay hikes.

StatePoint Media and Staff Report

Remodeling Magazine’s 2018 Cost vs. Value Report found that curb appeal projects generated overall higher returns on investment than interior remodels.
Furthermore, the real estate professionals surveyed for the report gave the highest scores to projects that replaced existing features, like the front door.

Is it time to replace your home’s entry door? If your foyer is drafty, the answer is yes. Particularly with winter around the corner. Not only will a new door boost exterior appeal, it will prepare interiors for a temperature dip, making your home more comfortable, while saving you money on utility bills.

The No. 2 best value project for mid-range home improvements and No. 3 overall is installation of a new steel entry door, for which you will recoup 91.3 percent of the cost, according to the report.Adding a grand entrance fiberglass door also scored well with a 67.6 percent return on investment.

So, what should you be looking for in a door?

A tailored fit. Nothing feels quite as good as well-tailored clothing created specifically to your size, shape and style preference. Off-the-rack clothing just doesn’t fit everyone’s measurements. Similarly, off-the-rack doors fall short of expectations in the same way.
The materials and workmanship that go into custom-made doors are of exceptional quality and durability, and far exceed what is available as ready-made. Unlike consumer-grade doors, which are cut down to fit your need, professional-class doors are built to your exact measurements for a more secure and energy efficient door.

Energy efficiency. Look for ENERGY STAR certified doors, which have been independently tested and certified to meet strict energy-efficiency standards set by the Environmental Protection Agency.
While a new door does come with a price tag, it’s important to keep in mind that the right choice can help you lower your utility bills and ultimately present a return on your investment.
You know you have purchased an energy-efficient door if it has the ENERGY STAR label.

ENERGY STAR qualified doors and windows meet strict energy-efficiency standards. Replacing old doors & windows with ENERGY STAR products can lower household energy bills by 7-15 percent.

Quality materials. While wood doors offer a beautiful classic look, they require regular maintenance and lack the endurance, security and energy efficiency of fiberglass or steel. Consider opting for quality materials that will last a long time but not force you to sacrifice the look you want.
For example, the low-maintenance fiberglass options offered by door system manufacturer such as ProVia include collections that provide the classic look of real woodgrain, but are engineered to be highly energy efficient. The steel collection provides durability and energy efficiency, whether you opt for a woodgrain texture or a smooth steel look, and is a good choice if security is your top priority.

The right style. When selecting a style and color, take into consideration the current architectural elements of your home. Use online tools that allow you to upload an image of your home’s exterior and play with various combinations to determine the right fit. Keep in mind that an entry door can either be a place to maintain the overall mood of your home’s exterior or a way to add a pop of color.

This fall, set yourself up for a comfortable winter. Upgrade your entry door for substantial energy savings and a more secure home.

Original Source: https://www.salisburypost.com/2018/09/30/home-improvement-is-it-time-to-replace-your-entry-door-what-to-know/

Original Author: Staff Report

Published: Sept 30 2018

The Lowest Price Isn’t Always the Deal Homeowners Think It Is

It doesn’t matter if you are starting on a new construction project or a simple home remodel, going for simple or extravagant, sticking within your budget is important.  Although the price of any job is important there are many other factors that should come into play when choosing a contractor to create your dream home or produce a kitchen your neighbors will envy.  The lowest bid is not always the best choice.  Below are circumstances that may make you think about signing on the dotted line of the lowest bid.

  • Sometimes the lowest bid equates to a contractor using inferior materials. Lower quality is often synonymous with a low bid however not always that is why it is important to have open communication with your contractor.  Materials that are substandard often need to be replaced or repaired more often than those of higher quality.  This means you are spending what you would of on better materials later on repairs.  That just doesn’t make sense.  In many situations when you are renovating or building a new home it is cost effective to look into materials that are of better quality rather than settling for bottom budget options.
  • A lower bid may mean that your job could take longer than it should. Professional companies with several contractors on staff may cost a bit more than a single contractor because of the efficiency they can guarantee.  With more contractors on staff your project will continue to move along without hiccups no matter what other projects the company has in que.  This however, is not always true with independent contractors.

Often times companies are working on more than one project at a time and if a snafu occurs on another job a single contractor company is obligated to make necessary adjustments.  This means your kitchen renovation that was only going to take a month could stretch into two or three months.  Time is money, and this can quickly add to the stress and costs associated with renovating.

  • Often times contractors use a low bid to lure in clients. They produce a contract with a lower bid than the competition by not including the “extras”.  However, often the “extras” aren’t above and beyond and are actually needed elements of the project.  Contractors that specialize in low bid offers do so in a way that makes the extra costs come across as unexpected expenses.  This can be avoided by having a detailed contract that lays out all of the costs from materials to labor.  It is best to receive an up-front price for your project with any changes whether in budget, materials, time, labor, or anything not included in the contract must be approved in writing by the homeowner and the contractor with an agreed upon cost.

You certainly get what you pay for in new construction and home renovations but that does not mean that the highest bid will be any better than the lowest bid.  It just may mean that they included more in their proposal.  To get an accurate assessment of the bang you are getting for your buck you must have a detailed contract with a reputable company that is known for providing superior craftsmanship at industry average wage.

Learn more about Kearns Brothers, a full-service home improvement contractor servicing all Southeast Michigan’s construction needs by visiting their website at www.kearnsbrothers.com or contact a remodeling expert at 888.355.6700.

Tips to keep your home exterior intact this winter

St. Louis, MO – Winter can be a problem for your home exterior as it can cause variously hidden damages. These damages remain out of sight until the snow melts to uncover the damaged exterior. The exterior, especially the roof, is the most critical part. In winter when snow falls to cover the roof, it tries to penetrate into the walls and sidings after melting and may ruin the roof, siding or even window frames. The ice forming along the roof lines provide a risk called ice dams. The ice dam may prove dangerous to your home exterior causing molds and ruined paint as well as possibly getting underneath your shingles causing water damage inside your home.

Signs of damaged exterior

  • Peeling of paint from the walls
  • Mold
  • Damaged or leaking roof
  • Walls with dark spots
  • Humid wall paint when you touch it
  • Icicles

Here are some tips to remove the risk of possible ice dams and other winter issues relating to your home’s exterior.

Prevent Icicles

Icicles are the ice cones hanging from the roof or gutters when the snow melts. These may be small or large like big ice cream cones. If the icicles are small, they are not an issue, but larger size ones can cause severe damage. Large icicles mean your exterior is hiding damage, and the snow after becoming water is making ice dams because the water freezes again after going into gutters and holes near the siding and windows. To get rid of snow on the roof do not use a shovel to clear the surface as this may injure you and your roof simultaneously. Use a snow rake and try to clear up the snow carefully without damaging the roof.

Insulate the windows

If the windows are not properly insulated, it may cause uneven temperatures and large electricity bills. In the absence of insulation, your HVAC system works faster, and electricity consumption is increased twofold. So, insulating the windows is a good idea if you want your home to be energy efficient and damage resistant. Moreover, if you use your garage more often insulating the garage door is also a good option. You can get your doors and windows insulated at a reasonable price to avoid winter increases in your budget.

If you want some light from the windows, you can insulate the windows with cellular shades. The cellular shades will provide sunlight and insulate the windows at the same time.

For those who are décor lovers, fancy insulated curtains can be bought that go with the color scheme and design of the exterior.

Original Source: https://www.stl.news/tips-to-keep-your-home-exterior-intact-this-winter/176966/

Original Date: 9/26/18

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Motivations in Home Improvement

It doesn’t matter if you have lived in your current home for 15 years or just purchased your first home, a fixer-upper, there is a great chance that some home improvement projects are in your future.  From small renovations such as the installation of a new front door or something major like a complete kitchen remodel you will most likely turn to a company that specializes in home construction.

Updates can be something as simple as changing the way a room looks or updating the function a space serves or as grand as a adding an addition or modification to an existing room that is not being properly utilized.  The reasons for renovations to your home vary a great deal, the one thing that doesn’t is the need to ensure you and your family are prepared for the renovations.

Remodeling: Know Why

It is important to understand why you are taking on any renovation project before getting started.  If you are adding an addition or gutting your kitchen in favor of a newly designed space, it is crucial to know why you are doing it.  Does the plumbing and electricity need to be updated?  Do you need a space that is more practical or a more usable floor plan? Are you just bored? No matter why it is important to get a hold of the motivation for the project as it will better help you to budget and prioritize.

Maintenance

It doesn’t matter if you have a new construction home or a historical home, maintenance is required to ensure that the everything needed to keep the home up and running is working smoothly.  Homes that are over a decade old must have regular inspections on electrical, plumbing, and structural elements in order to keep your home safe for your family.

Renovations driven based solely by maintenance will often mean that the budget for the renovation will mostly go towards hiring professional licensed contractor specializing in services like plumbing and electrical.  More often than not this type of work will require permits and inspections.

Updates

The plumbing and electrical in the home may be up to date however, the rooms may not function as you need them too or may just be an eyesore.  Plenty of times renovation are done just to bring a space up to date.  If this is the reason for renovations you will see a difference in your budget allocation as more of your budget will go to design elements, state of the art appliances, and trending home improvement materials.

Improving Efficiency

Other renovations are done just to improve the efficiency of the home. New windows, doors, siding, chimney updates, and insulation are all renovations that are completed to shrink energy waste and decrease their utility bills.  Other renovations may include new thermostats and solar panels.

As a full-service home improvement contractor servicing all Southeast Michigan, Kearns Brothers, Inc. offers clients a wide range of services to meet their construction needs including: roofing, siding, window, masonry, chimneys, gutters, and insulation services.  More information can be found at www.kearnsbrothers.com.

 

Workers remove roof from wrong house days before storm

Just days before an intense thunderstorm hit the Toronto area, an Oshawa woman’s home was left without a roof after a roofing company removed hers by mistake.

Jennifer Campbell says she received a call from her son while she was at work, asking her why she didn’t tell him they were getting work done on their home.

Campbell says, when she heard that her roof had been removed, “My heart sank.”

She told CTV Toronto, “They were calling for rain, wind and I had a bare roof right down to the plywood.”

As it turns out, the roofing company had mixed up their customer’s address and visited the wrong house. The home they were supposed to be working on was located three doors down from Campbell’s.

When Campbell arrived home, she said she found roofing materials strewn about her property.

“They didn’t just remove the shingles, they left a mess everywhere – sides of the house, backyard, debris, everything,” she recalled.

Campbell said she immediately called the police, the roofing company, and her insurance company. She said a representative from the roofing company admitted to their mistake and told her they would give her a good deal on a new roof.

“We were stunned,” she said. “I feel like it was their mistake. They weren’t invited here. They weren’t asked here.”

In the meantime, Campbell hired another roofing company to put an emergency wrap on the house to protect the roof from Friday’s wind storm before a new one could be installed. She said she may be able to file an insurance claim, but she will have to pay the $1,000 deductible.

When contacted by CTV News, a spokesperson for the roofing company said they would rectify the error.

“We want to be responsible for what we did. We will do her roof for free. If she wants us to do it, we can schedule it,” the spokesperson said.

The company also said they would pay the $1,000 deductible for Campbell’s insurance claim.

On Monday, Campbell’s new roof was completed by another roofing company.

Original Source: https://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/workers-remove-roof-from-wrong-house-days-before-storm-1.4108246

Original Date: Sept 25 2018

Written By: CTVNews.ca Staff

Home Remodeling: Preparing Your Home for Sale

There is a major difference in marketing a fixer upper verse a move in ready home.  Each has its own unique market with fixer-uppers fetching less for sellers and most often taking longer to sell than similar turn-key properties.  If home improvement projects aren’t your thing but you are looking to sell your home quickly it may be beneficial to hire a contractor to help tackle some of those simple projects, you have been avoiding.  The money spent now on exterior home improvements and small renovations will come back ten-fold with the sale price of your home and quick turnaround.

 

Below is a list of minor home remodeling project ideas that will help to increase the sale price of your home and decrease the time it takes to sell it.

Fresh Paint

Adding a fresh coat of neutral paint to your homes walls appeals to almost all home buyers.  Even adding in a fresh layer of paint on exterior trim and decking can add appeal and help sway buyers who are on the fence between two similar properties.

Curb Appeal

Everyone knows that first impressions are everything.  No matter how hard we try not to judge a book by its cover, we just can’t stop.  This is true of your home as well.  Take time to ensure that your homes first impression will be a good one.  Freshen up the landscape, add welcoming elements to the porch such as lighting and seating, and perhaps even a new front door.

Updated Lighting

The installation of more natural lighting can never hurt your homes chances of being sold quickly and at asking price.  Home remodeling experts recommend modern, energy-efficient options over track lighting and older outdated styles.

Replace Old Plumbing Fixtures

There are just some stubborn stains that won’t come out of tubs and sinks.  This can be a real turn off to buyers.  Refinishing the tubs surface is just one way to add that sparkle back to your bathroom.  New, unsoiled plumbing fixtures is another, both really bring a new, cleaner appeal to your bathroom.  The same is true of fixtures in the kitchen and laundry areas.

New Flooring

Although a bit costlier than some of the above-mentioned projects new flooring can really change the look and feel of a home.  Replace broken tiles, replace worn out carpet with new, and polish those hardwood floors.

There are many major home remodeling projects that should wait to be taken on by the new buyer as they require more personal touches and may not even be important to them.  Small, neutral updates don’t radically alter the appeal of a home therefore enhancing it without structurally changing it.

As a full-service home improvement contractor servicing all Southeast Michigan, Kearns Brothers, Inc. offers clients a wide range of services to meet their construction needs including: roofing, siding, window, masonry, chimneys, gutters, and insulation services.  More information can be found at www.kearnsbrothers.com.

Green options in home siding

Green options in home siding
Stucco, reclaimed wood and brick can be more eco-friendly than vinyl siding and other materials.

If new siding is on the list of must-do home projects this year, there are many factors to consider. Though it’s a transformative renovation, replacement siding is a significant and potentially expensive undertaking. Therefore, careful consideration must be given to the materials used and their maintenance, longevity, insulation factor, and cost. Many homeowners also want siding that is eco-friendly.

Sustainability is an important consideration for many homeowners. Data from the National Association of Home Builders’ “Green Multifamily and Single Family Homes 2017 SmartMarket Brief” indicates that at least one-third of single-family and multifamily home builders who were surveyed said that green building is a significant portion of their overall activity (more than 60 percent of their portfolio). By 2022, this number should increase to nearly one-half in both the single-family and multifamily sectors. Green building has become an important and established part of the residental construction sector.

Where siding is sourced, the materials that go into its fabrication and how well that siding insulates a home are key aspects of its ‘green factor.’ The following are some of the more sustainable options in home siding.

A house sided with clapboard, or a log cabin-inspired look, is iconic. These types of siding are typically made from insect-repellant pine, cedar, cypress, or redwood. While lumber certified by the Forest Stewardship Council is environmentally friendly, homeowners may want to seek out reclaimed lumber. This wood has history and causes very little environmental impact. Plus, timber salvaged from old buildings or fallen trees may be superior to new wood because it likely came from slow-growing, old trees with dense grain.

Avoid any negative environmental impact by choosing locally produced or reclaimed bricks Ñ or those made from post-consumer content. The longevity of bricks can often offset the energy expenditure in their manufacture. Plus, many bricks are made from natural clay, which can be an excellent insulator.

HouseLogic says traditional stucco is made from sand and Portland cement mixed with water to make a usable plaster. It’s tough and durable – often lasting the life of the house. Eco-friendly variants include stucco made with an earth-and-lime mixture, offsetting the CO2 emissions associated with cement production. Stucco can reduce air infiltration that causes drafts in a home.

Fiber-cement is similar to stucco in that it is made from sand, Portland cement, clay, and wood pulp fibers. It can be fire-resistant and insect-proof and will not rot. It’s a stable material that can recover almost 80 percent of the initial cost, according to the National Association of Realtors¨.

This nonrenewable resource can be beautiful on a home and durable, but mining it can impact the environment. If homeowners can use reclaimed or displaced stone, those are more sustainable options. Manufactured stone, which is cement and other materials molded to look like stone, is also aesthetically appealing and more eco-friendly.

Replacing siding is a significant undertaking. Homeowners can consider sustainability when selecting replacement siding materials.

Original Source:  https://www.news-journal.com/green-options-in-home-siding/article_623cc1a2-b6bb-11e8-944f-2fa57d92898d.html

Original Date: Sept 15 2018

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Should I Hire A Professional Contractor for Renovations?

If you are like most homeowners, there will come a time when you must consider renovations around your home.  It could be the kitchen is outdated or the plumbing in the bathroom is no longer working properly; whatever the reason you will start to consider whether you should tackle the renovations by yourself or if you should hire a professional to get the job done.   Most homeowners will opt to hire a professional contractor because it saves time and money in the long run.  The question than becomes who will you hire and how will you know that they are reputable?

Choosing a contractor starts with a search of the local area to find licensed, insured, and reputable professionals who offer services in your area.  After meeting with contractors, you will be able to narrow down the selection based on the following:

  • Familiarity with Home Improvements That are Similar to Yours

Although no two home improvement projects are quite the same there are usually some common elements amongst them.  It is important to hire a professional home improvement contractor that is familiar with the type of renovation you are seeking.  If you are looking to renovate your kitchen or bathroom than it is important to find a contractor that has experience in kitchens and baths.  If you are looking to do exterior home improvements then it is crucial you seek a contractor with experience in siding, window installation, chimney repair, roofing, and more.

  • Vendor Connections

To complete any project your contractor must have access to the materials and supplies that are needed. Better yet is when the contractor that you hire has access to materials and supplies through vendors that offer significant discounts thus allowing your budget to stretch further.

  • Experience in Various Home Improvement Skills

Not only is it crucial that the contractor you choose has expertise in the area in which you are seeking to have renovated but also that they have a wide range of expertise that have been developed overtime with on-site experience.  The contractor that you hire should have experience with the pitfalls that can occur in your project.  This way if they should incur any with yours they will know how to handle them effectively.  From hanging windows, mounting doors, framing walls, or installing a new subfloor your contractor should have experience to keep your project running smoother.

  • An Understanding of the Importance of Safety in Renovations

Safety should be of the utmost concern when it comes to your home and family.   When a contractor performs their job with safety as their top priority it means your job will be done correctly and without injury or property damage.  The contractor should pull the proper permits for the job, understand OSHA regulations, and be compliant with local codes.  Not only will they be schooled in safety surrounding home improvements so should their employees.

There is never a reason not to hire a contractor when it comes to all your home improvement needs.  Not only can they save you time and money, it will help to ensure that your project is done correctly from the start.

As a full-service home improvement contractor servicing all Southeast Michigan, Kearns Brothers, Inc. offers clients a wide range of services to meet their construction needs including: roofing, siding, window, masonry, chimneys, gutters, and insulation services.  More information can be found at www.kearnsbrothers.com.

We really do try to keep up with the Joneses

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You’ll get the best return on your investment by pursuing projects that most increase resale value, including painting, building a deck, upgrading the kitchen and/or bathroom, updating the floor, enhancing landscaping/curb appeal, and replacing windows and siding.

The competitive urge doesn’t just compel athletes and rival companies to try harder. New research suggests that, when it comes to home improvement, homeowners are driven by the need to compete with the folks next door.

Results of a recent survey of consumers, conducted by Wakefield Research for Home Depot, reveal that:

» More than 50 percent of Americans feel the urge to upgrade their homes’ appearance after seeing neighbors do so first.

» Seven in 10 millennials fess up to feeling this pressure, and nearly half of Gen Y responds to this pressure by finishing a home improvement project in order to outdo adjacent residents.

» Parents tend to be more home improvement-competitive than those without children.

» Outdoor upgrades and indoor projects were undertaken by 89 percent and 62 percent, respectively, among those seeking to outshine a neighbor.

Sarah Fishburne, director of trend and design for Home Depot in Atlanta, says she didn’t expect some of these findings— particularly the high percentage of respondents who admitted to feeling the need to outclass their neighbors’ home improvements.

“I was also surprised that this is truer of families with kids,” she says. “But it makes sense when you think about it. A home is usually the most expensive thing we own, and we really have a lot of pride in our homes. We want it to be a reflection of our personality, and we want to show it off.”

Javier Nunez-Jusino, a Florida real estate agent, agrees.

“Human beings are competitive by nature, and we don’t like to stay behind. While I’ve learned that most people do not like to buy the nicest house in the neighborhood for many reasons, we do see homeowners upgrading their properties in order to keep up with the overall look of the community and the value of their property,” says Nunez-Jusino.

Shame and culpability can be influencing factors, too.

“Especially on the exterior, owners can feel guilt for having a home they think is not as nice as their neighbors,” says Derek Christian, owner of Blue Ash, Ohio-based Handyman Connection. “You can feel like you’re letting your neighbors down by not keeping up. Consider that a bad-looking house in the neighborhood can hurt those around them trying to sell.”

Many believe these motivational emotions are healthy and constructive.

“I think the urge to keep pace with your neighbors is a very good thing,” Christian says. “Homes go through life cycles and need to be renewed or the home and neighborhood can degrade.”

Plus, when it’s time for you to list it, “you want your house to appraise and sell for the highest price. If you’re not maintaining your home and staying up on shifts in styles and trends, this will hurt the value of your home,” adds Fishburne.

Régine Labossière, author of The256Project.com home renovation blog, recommends using this motivation productively and channeling this improvement impulse to produce desired results.

“Have a plan for what you want out of your home and what changes you need to make in the short and long term. Then, work on a strategy to achieve those goals, which should include researching renovation costs, creating a project timeline and exploring alternative options to achieve your objectives,” says Labossière. “The most useful projects are ones that improve the function or safety of your home, will make you happy, and serve your long-term goals.”

Nunez-Jusino says you’ll get the best return on your investment by pursuing projects that most increase resale value, including painting, building a deck, upgrading the kitchen and/or bathroom, updating the floor, enhancing landscaping/curb appeal, and replacing windows and siding.

“Also, don’t be afraid to ask your neighbors for advice about their home improvement projects and experiences. Chances are your homes were built around the same time period, so there’s a good chance they can share helpful tips and recommend professionals to hire,” says Christian

Original Source: https://www.omaha.com/inspiredliving/we-really-do-try-to-keep-up-with-the-joneses/article_1c4d794c-9620-5f32-8737-4f66f746d913.html/

Original Date: Aug 22 2018

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Window Options That Work with your Home

Windows are indeed one of the most obvious features of a house. Homeowner must ensure that windows are installed properly and that the style compliments the architectural design of the home.  As a homeowner it is important to work with your contractor to ensure the exterior of your home goes with the windows that are chosen.  Little things like the shape, size, and style of the new windows should be considered.  It is important that the windows that are chosen are useful and stylish for both the interior and exterior of your home.

There are several window replacement options that you should consider regardless of whether you are building a new house or remodeling your present one. Although, the options you might be faced with might at first seem a little bit overwhelming, choosing the most suitable new windows will make your home a lot more enjoyable and beautiful.

Below are some options of window installations that could work with your home:

Single/Double Hung Windows

Single hung windows consist of two sashes, the top being stationary while the lower one moves upward to allow for little breeze into the house. These types of window installations were common in earlier years but have started gaining attention again in recent times. They are more energy efficient but are limited in some ways.

Double hung windows are like the single hung windows however, both sashes of the double hung windows can be opened. The sashes move vertically along the window frame, just opening a crack or more. This window installation is however not very energy efficient as they are known to allow air escape more than other windows.

Sliding Windows

This is a very common window replacement for old homes as well as for new homes. It makes use of a panel same as the hung windows however, the sliding windows move sideways to open. It opens easily and is usually safe from bugs. A large sliding window can serve as an added emergency exit in the event of a disaster as the screen can be easily and quickly removed.

Casement Windows

When installing new windows, the casement windows are usually perfect on both sides of a bay window so far adequate space is available for them to comfortably open. These windows unfortunately can’t be installed near a deck simply because of their design.

This window installation works via a crank, which when turned, the window opens on a hinge from the right or left. Casement windows open outwards; this allows you to choose how far you want to crank it. When closed, they seal tight and are energy efficient.

Fixed Windows

As the name implies, this type of window installation can’t be opened, it only functions as a passage of light and to offer an amazing view. A lot of large windows are fixed simply because practically, they are too large to open. If perhaps there’s a room in your home which you might most likely never open its window, but only need it to get more sunlight then you should consider a fixed window installation. Fixed windows are much more secure than the other window styles. Make sure the seal works fine and air can’t get out through it. This will help reduce cooling and heating bill during the summer and winter respectively.

In conclusion, when searching for window replacements or perhaps you’re simply just installing new windows; you should consider every option so that you can choose those that best fit your home. Incorporating different types of window installations into your home is a great idea as it depends on the room, the position and many other factors. It is just important to get the best value and energy efficient ones.

As a full-service home improvement contractor servicing all Southeast Michigan, Kearns Brothers, Inc. offers clients a wide range of services to meet their construction needs including: roofing, siding, window, masonry, chimneys, gutters, and insulation services.  More information can be found at www.kearnsbrothers.com.