Your floors are an often overlooked but very important part of your home. Dirty, tattered, outdated or ugly floors can make your home look far less attractive and valuable than it may be. In contrast, beautiful and well kept floors give your home a special sparkle. It is especially important to pay attention to your flooring if you are thinking about selling your home. By installing clean and beautiful new floors, you can increase the value of your home far more than the cost of your flooring. My background as a real estate agent has taught me what potential buyers want in floors, and now I'm going to teach you. Make your home all it can be with floors that say your home is the best.
If you are looking for new windows for your house, you really cannot go wrong with vinyl. They will look good, increase your home's resale value, and help make your home more energy efficient. While you are shopping for your vinyl windows, here are 5 tips to help guide your purchasing decision.
Many vinyl windows made today are created with additives that protect your window from becoming brittle, fading, or turning yellow. Ask your salesperson about what windows will have these special additives, as it can be difficult to tell on your own.
A quality vinyl window will also have internal chambers that help provide insulation and give the widow extra strength. Welded corners also make a window very durable.
Single and double hung windows have interlocking sashes, which can be a place that air can leak in from the outside. If the sashes are enforced with steel, they will give you the best insulation possible.
Windows minimize potential heat loss and gain by combining warm edge spacers and inert gas between the panes. Windows that efficiently minimize heat loss and gain will be identified by having a low-e coating.
All windows have a U-factor, which is how they are rated in terms of glass insulation. Windows with a low U-factor will provide better insulation. A high rated double pane window will have a U-factor around .30, and triple pane windows can be as low as .15. If energy efficiency is your concern, use the U-factor as your guide.
It can be very difficult to clean traditional windows on your home, especially if they are on the second floor or higher. Look for windows that tilt inward, making them very easy for cleaning inside your home.
Depending on the street that you live on, you may want a window that has great noise reduction. Barking dogs, traffic, and even noisy neighbors can all be things that keep you awake at night. Thankfully, they don't have to be. Double or triple pane windows will help limit the amount of noise that you hear inside your home.
A double lifetime warranty is one of the best warranties that you can get for a window. It covers common defects, such as condensation that appears between windowpanes. The warranty can even be transferred to future homeowners.
If you consider these tips, it will help ensure you get the best vinyl window possible for your house.