So, you’ve decided to take that big step and remodel your home. If you aren’t spending above your means, congratulations are in order. Obviously, you are doing well enough to afford some nice upgrades. So, if you haven’t already decided what you want to have done, I might be able to at least give you a little input on one subject that you may not be dwelling on much: Windows.
Now, if you already have some of those old style single pane windows, you probably know that those must go. I have often been amazed at how little it takes to break one of these. I have broken them on accident by bumping into them, I’ve had dogs jump through them (my dogs are large and fearless), and I have even seen them shattered by harsh weather conditions. Hailstorms, to be more specific. So, ditch those for sure.
As with any aspect of a good home remodeling plan, it is essential to consider your needs. But regardless of any of that, you want your selection to be both strong and well-insulated.
Insulation is of the utmost importance. You may not know it, but most of your electric bill comes from just two activities….heating and cooling. Even large appliances like refrigerators and ovens don’t come close. One of the main reasons for this is that air naturally escapes from the tiny gaps that often exist along the edges of your doors and windows. As it does, it tends to be replaced by the air from outside entering through those same gaps. This then results in your system having to work harder to make up for the loss. But don’t go overboard, because a home without enough ventilation will tend to become humid. This can wreak havoc on pretty much anything you value.
One of the choices you will have to make is whether to install the new windows yourself or hire someone to do the job. This is the point where you will simply have to evaluate yourself honestly and determine if you can do it. One of the best things about the internet is that it enables you to research anything at any time. So, watch some videos of people installing the kind of windows that you are planning to install. Watch every step and make sure you can do every part. If you come to something that you feel doubtful about, you would be better off to call a licensed professional than to simply wing it and try to do something that you don’t really feel confident about. For window installation services Indianapolis IN has some good options. However, the last thing you want to do is just pick one at random.
You want to look for a company that offers a wide range of styles and accessories, as this tends to indicate thoroughness. When they come out to your home to check things out, watch them and make sure that they take measurements and make good notes. In general, use the same commonsense evaluation skills that you would utilize for anything else. If something seems fishy, it probably is.
I hope I have given you a little food for thought as you consider how to design your dream home.