Benefits of Double Pane Windows

Due for a window replacement? If you are looking to maximize the energy efficiency in your home, it may be time to consider installing double pane windows.

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Double pane, or dual pane, windows are windows with two panes of glass as opposed to single pane windows, which one have one pane of glass. In double pane windows, there is a small opening between the glass pane to allow for better, more efficient insulation.

Some double plane windows just have plain air sitting between the glass panes; however, the more energy efficient double pane windows have argon gas between the glass panes. Argon is chosen for double pane windows because it is inexpensive, non-toxic, and odorless. Double pane windows with argon gas offer better insulation because gas is heavier than air. Argon gas also helps to prevent frost from forming on the bottom of the window in cold weather.

Did you know that windows account for approximately 50% of your heating and cooling bills? This is why it is so important to have good quality windows installed in your home, specifically dual pane windows. Perhaps the biggest and most noticeable benefit of installing double pane windows is the increased energy savings. While single pane windows may cost less initially, dual pane windows will eventually save you money due to the increased energy savings. Some estimate that double pane windows can save 20%-30% on annual energy bills.

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Another benefit of dual pane windows is that it helps in noise reduction because of its insulating abilities. While it does not soundproof things completely, it does help to keep a quieter home. This is especially beneficial for those who live on a busy street or for those who work at home.

For those who are due for a window replacement in the near future, we recommend double pane windows. They are available in many popular window styles, including casement, double-hung, and sliding and provide the most energy savings. Interested in a window replacement? Contact us today!

Floor to Ceiling Windows

Some views deserve to be un-interrupted, which is why floor to ceiling windows are a great option. In addition to adding in lots of extra sunlight, these oversized windows help to bring the outdoors in. Whether you are looking to brighten up a space or enjoy a picturesque view, floor to ceiling windows can be one of your favorite features in your home.

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Floor to Ceiling Windows from Pella. Photo: Pinterest

Prior to installation, it is a good idea to consider the angle in which the sunlight reaches that area of your home, the time of day, and the time of day you plan on spending time in this space. For example, some may not like the sun beaming into their home early in the morning, while others may prefer it.

To avoid too much harsh sunlight, an option would be to consider investing in window coverings for those days when the extra light isn’t as necessary. For floor to ceiling windows, curtains and blinds are the two most common window treatments. Blinds offer a minimalistic look. They work well to minimize harsh sunlight, while also allowing for a clear view when not in use. On the other hand, curtains can add a feeling of luxury. In addition, they can block out more sunlight than blinds since the material is typically much more opaque (depending on the material you purchase).

As you may know, custom made windows can get costly. Even though the view may be slightly interrupted, a great way to save some money would be to arrange several factory sized windows together to create a gallery of windows. This is also a great opportunity to create an eye-catching display that will wow your guests.

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Floor to Ceiling Windows from Anderson Windows and Doors. Photo: Pinterest

While floor to ceiling windows can be installed in almost any room, they can be used seamlessly between indoor and outdoor living spaces. We recommend including French doors, or sliding doors, for easy access between the two spaces. Combining indoor and outdoor spaces with floor to ceiling windows is perfect for those who love to entertain. Essentially, you are no longer confined to one entertaining space and your guests can mingle seamlessly between spaces.

Unfortunately, it is hard to pinpoint an exact cost of floor to ceiling windows since every space will require a different dimension. The cost of floor to ceiling windows in your home will depend on several factors including size, quality, your geographic location, and installation costs. Even though floor to ceiling windows are often pricey, they can dramatically update the look in any home and can be incorporated with any design style.

The Pros and Cons of Vinyl Windows vs Wood

Window replacements are a great investment for your home. New windows can help you save money, add value to your home, and provide ease of use. Vinyl and wood are two of the most popular window materials on the market today. Like many finishes to your home, vinyl and wood have their own advantages and disadvantages.

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Cost of vinyl windows vs wood

The cost of vinyl windows is unbeatable. It is the least expensive window material on the market and it is widely available. Part of the reason why vinyl windows are so cheap is due to their mass-production and high demand. On the other hand, this often means that custom vinyl windows can cost a bit more.

Wood windows typically cost significantly more than vinyl, not including the additional maintenance costs. Unlike vinyl, wood can be cut and customized to any shape.

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Durability of vinyl windows vs wood

Vinyl windows may be the least expensive material; however, vinyl windows are durable, despise their low price tag, and are not susceptible to rust or corrosion.

If they are well taken care of, wood windows can last a lifetime. Additionally, wood windows are not prone to rust-which can be a huge concern in areas with high-humidity.

Colors and finishes of vinyl windows vs wood

Vinyl windows are often available in white. This is largely due to the likelihood of darker colors fading. Often, manufacturers consider darker vinyl colors as “premium” colors and end up charging more. In addition, many paints have a hard time sticking to vinyl; thus, the color you choose for your vinyl windows is often the one you are stuck with until they are replaced.

Wood windows have that classic charm that vinyl windows often try to imitate. While many homeowners that decide to incorporate the natural wood look into the interior of their home, wood windows can be painted any color on both the interior and exterior of your home.

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Wood Windows by Pella Windows and Doors

Maintenance of vinyl windows vs wood

Vinyl windows require very little maintenance, which is one of their biggest selling points. They never need to be sanded or painted, and they can be cleaned easily with soap and water.

Wood windows will need repainting every few years or so. When wood windows go untreated, they can rot and swell from moisture. This causes the window to be difficult to open and close.

Insulating factor of vinyl windows vs wood

Vinyl windows are good insulators; however, since vinyl windows are often hollow, they have a more difficult time keep hot and cold air out of the home than wood windows.

Quality, wood windows are the best insulators of the materials available today. In the long run, wood windows can actually help you save a ton of money on your heating and cooling bills.

There are several factors to consider when choosing vinyl windows vs wood including: cost, durability, colors and finishes, maintenance, and energy-efficiency. While vinyl and wood are both quality window options, it is ultimately your preferences that determine whether you choose to install vinyl or wood windows.

Outdoor Upgrades with the Highest Return on Investment

Do you plan on moving in the near future? Many homeowners who prepare to move within the next few years often feel overwhelmed at the amount of home improvement projects that they feel their home needs. Since most people don’t have unlimited budgets, it is good to know which projects will give you the best bang for your buck. Your home’s exterior is the first thing guests will notice about your home; thus, it is important to keep your curb appeal updated. Even worse, it can steer potential buyers away.

 

Whether you plan on moving in the near future, or you simply want to upgrade your curb appeal; researching the return on investment for home improvement projects is a must, especially in the metro Richmond area. According to the 2017 Cost vs. Value report (www.costvsvalue.com), here are the top three outdoor upgrades with the highest return on investment in Richmond, Virginia:

 

3. Wood Deck Addition

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A wood deck addition is a great way to add some outdoor living space and value to your home. Wood deck additions have an impressive ROI of 62.7%. Although there are many options for wood decks, the most popular choices are lumber and cedar. One of the major drawbacks with wood decks is that it requires lots of maintenance.

An important question to ask yourself is whether you plan on hiring someone to do the maintenance, or will you be doing the work yourself? The cost of hiring someone to keep your deck in good shape can get costly quick, which is why composite decks are a popular option. Although composite decks require less maintenance, their high costs cause their lower ROI.

2. Steel Entry Door Replacement

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A steel entry door replacement has an ROI of 81.5% in Richmond, Virginia. Steel is durable, weather resistant, and doesn’t warp or rot like it’s wood counterpart. Compared to wood and some fiberglass options, steel entry doors are relatively affordable. Since wood doors require routine sanding and re-coating, steel entry doors are a good option for homeowners who prefer an entry door with low maintenance. Additionally, they provide good insulation (because of their foam core) and can even save you a couple of dollars on your heating and cooling bill!

1. Manufactured Stone Veneer

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The project with the highest return on investment in Richmond, Virginia for 2017 is manufactured stone veneer with an ROI of 102%. This is even higher than the national average of 89.4% ROI. Stone veneer creates a feeling of ageless character and aesthetic. In addition, it is manufactured to withstand time; most manufactures offer a 50 year limited warranty.

Manufactured stone veneer is one-third the weight of full-thickness stone; thus, it can be adhered to most wall surfaces. Since the product is manufactured, it comes in a variety of colors and textures-which closely resemble the look of authentic stone.

 

These are the top three home improvement projects with the highest ROI for the Richmond, Virginia area. However, you should choose your next home improvement project based off of what you believe would be the best value for you and your family. As always, call an expert for any questions on home improvement projects.

 

© 2017 Hanley Wood Media Inc. Complete data from the Remodeling
2017 Cost vs. Value Report can be downloaded free at www.costvsvalue.com

Are Window Replacements Worth the Investment?

“Windows are the eyes to the house.” You might be familiar with this quote if you’ve ever watched the popular sitcom Parks & Rec, and we can see some similarities in this analogy. Replacement windows can drastically update your home’s curb appeal, along with increasing your home’s value. Additionally, new windows can provide us a clear view to the outdoors, perhaps serving as our home’s “eyes” in that sense.

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Does your home need a window replacement? Most people can scrape by with repairing their current windows; however, if you come to a point where your windows no longer slide open correctly or lock in place, then it may be time to consider a window replacement.

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Window replacements may not be the most glamorous or exciting home improvement projects; however, there are several benefits to installing new windows in your home, including:

  1. Ease of use. Are your windows difficult to open and close? This is due to swelling. Swelling occurs as moisture sits along the side of your windows. With window replacements, swelling will no longer be an issue; thus, your windows will be easy to open and close. As an added bonus, you will experience little to no drafts since your new, professionally installed windows now have a tight seal.
  2. Added resale value. According to the National Association of Realtors, “Projects such as siding, window and door replacements can recoup more than 70 percent of their cost at resale.” Considering this, window replacements may be well worth the splurge.
  3. Save money. Every window installed by Balducci Exteriors is guaranteed to meet Energy Efficient standards, which leads to savings in heating and cooling costs. ENERGY STAR estimates that you will save $126-$465 a year when replacing single-pane windows, or $27-$111 a year when replacing double-pane. Eventually, your windows will pay for themselves.

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With factors such as: climate, style of home, and lifestyle, choosing the right windows for your home is crucial. With several comparable window brands and companies out there, how will you know which is right for you and your home?  Balducci Exteriors has you covered.

Should I Replace My Entry Door?

One way to instantly improve your home’s curb appeal is with an entry door replacement. A new entry door can enhance the look of your home by updating its current style, or selecting a completely different door to dramatically change up the look of your home.

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Too often, homeowners choose cheap and bland doors when choosing an entry door for their home. When choosing a new entryway door, don’t be afraid of choosing something fun! Your entry door should showcase your style and personality, as well as enhance your home’s curb appeal. This can easily be achieved by adding a pop of color to your entry door that contrasts with your home’s siding and trim colors. It is also important to choose an entry door that highlights your home’s architectural style.

What should I consider when purchasing a new entry door?

Do your research ahead of time. Check out some of the available options on the market today by browsing online, as well as in-store. Manufacturers typically list their nearby showrooms, where you can see what you plan on buying in person.

Consider material. The three most popular options on the market today are wood, fiberglass, and steel. Typically, steel and fiberglass doors have a better insulating power than wooden doors. It is important to note that all of the materials available have their own advantages and disadvantages so it is important to do some research on what will be the best for your home.

Choose an experienced installer. Entry doors are often referred to as entry door systems because they come pre-made with a frame. To save some costs, you may want to choose a replacement door that is the same size as your current door. Otherwise, you’ll have to have your entryway reframed, which requires a professional.

A front door replacement can elevate your home’s curb appeal dramatically and can add value to your home. Since the front door is often the first thing people see about your home, it is important to make a good first impression. When choosing a front door, do some research ahead of time, consider the material that you prefer for your home, and choose an experienced installer.