“Let the sun shine in” is more than just a like from a free-spirited musical from the 1970s, it’s also something to keep in mind when considering a home improvement remodeling project. Thanks to a variety of window styles and configurations, homeowners can give their place an entirely new look while taking advantage of natural light, heat and beauty of the sun.
Depending on the style of home you own, as well as its location, the right window can not only beautify your property but help you reduce heating and lighting costs and even add a new dimension with regards to the décor. By consulting with a building contractor, you can easily discover the many ways new windows can raised the beauty and value of your home. Consider these questions when considering the installation of new windows:
Q: What are the types of windows available for home improvement remodeling?
A: There are a wide variety of window styles available including casement windows, which are windows that are opened by means of a crank; awning windows, that are pushed open from the bottom and tilt out rather than slide up; picture windows, usually large windows that do not open but provide a great deal of sunlight; bay and bow windows, which are a series of window panes arranged in an arc configuration and feature a ledge area wide enough for storing objects or even sitting; double hung windows, the most common type of window which features a top portion that remains in place and a bottom portion that can be slid up or down to open.
Q: How can windows installed during a house renovation help take advantage of the sun?
A: The more windows you have in your home, the more natural sunlight that comes through. By increasing the natural sunlight that is permitted to enter, the less electric lighting your home will need, thus lowering your energy bills. Also, sun passing through windows can heat up your home, cutting the amount of heat your home heating system will have to generate. Finally, windows can be opened in the summer time to allow fresh air to enter and generate a flow of air that makes air conditioning less of a necessity.
Q: What are some features to look for with new windows?
A: If you are considering home remodeling to install new windows, consider selecting windows with a special UV coating, which will permit sunlight to enter but cut down on the amount of harmful UV rays that enter, which can damage your furniture and appliances.
If you’re considering a home improvement remodeling job, consult with a professional contractor to find out how new windows can help you enjoy all that the sun has to offer.