The emphasis on low cost products drives lower quality products. Poor quality means products have to be replaced more often. When you have to replace building materials frequently, they cost more when you include installation costs. Walmart focuses on consumable products, ones that aren’t expected to last a long time. They don’t sell cheap house … Read More
Windows for Houses (Not Computers)
Windows are getting bigger as they become more energy efficient. Maybe you live in an older home and don't realize you can replace your existing windows with larger ones? So what exactly do you need to know about windows for houses?
When Replacing Windows for Houses
When building a house, there are many types of windows to pick from. You have fewer choices when buying replacement windows but you don't have to stick with the size and/or style you have today. So here are just a few ideas to help you plan your next big window project:
- The Pros & Cons of Replacement Windows, and remember you don't have to replace them all at once!
- Window Sizes: How Big? How Tall?
- Custom Windows in Many Shapes
- House Windows, Window Styles & Shutters
Window Maintenance & Repair Tips
Maybe you're not ready to replace your windows. Then you want to take good care of them, so you can enjoy them for many years.
- Caulking Windows Inside & Outside
- Wood Rot Repairs for Windows & Other Wood Trim
- Save Money & Bubble Wrap Windows to stay warm while saving up to buy energy efficient windows.
When looking at windows we tend to focus on their size. Because most windows have four straight sides, we forget that there are many different custom windows with more/fewer than four sides. It’s hard to remember their shapes. So we’re going to start collecting photos of custom windows with different shapes. We invite you to share photos of … Read More
You might think bay windows were named for the San Francisco bay but they’ve been around a lot longer. Their first use was as highly ornamented additions to buildings during the baroque era. They provided extra living space indoors in contrast to a balcony with outdoor space. They were a popular feature in Victorian architecture and from the United … Read More
Clerestory windows aren’t new, originating in the temples of ancient Egypt. They were an architectural technique to bring lighting into buildings, so they only needed to use candles and torches at night. You’re probably familiar with clerestory windows, without knowing what they’re called. They’re a specialty window today, used on taller walls. Unlike most window styles installed one … Read More
Caulking windows is one of the best ways to stop drafts in your home. Most homeowners associate caulking with sinks and bathtubs because you replace this caulking more often, but caulking windows is equally important. It’s just that caulking windows and doors is typically part of a larger painting project, so you forget about the … Read More
When you realize there’s a draft coming from your windows, you might think about new windows or storm windows if you have older, wooden windows. These are the traditional solutions to reducing unwanted air flow, to stop cold air from outside getting into your home. New windows are the right long term solution but what … Read More
We spend lots of time and money decorating our homes inside, which makes sense because we spend more time indoors. There are fewer ways to decorate your home’s exterior if you’re getting your ideas from driving around your community. One of the most popular ways to accesorize a house is with shutters but that’s not why window shutters were invented. Window shutters were originally … Read More
As building techniques and materials improve, we’re able to enjoy the outdoor more with glass walls we couldn’t imagine just a few years ago. Window sizes are getting bigger like this living room shows. In other places we’re using smaller windows to provide more flexibility in where to place furniture plus decorating wall space. That’s … Read More
A bow window is made up of four or more windows arranged in a curved shape that extends beyond the exterior wall of the house. It provides a wider view of the outdoors. Bow windows often provide more sunlight into the room because they are wider and have have more glass panes, typically 4 or … Read More
The bay window dates back to medieval times so they’re not new. They way to recognize a bay window is made up of one larger window in the center, with 2 windows on either side. which are typically smaller than the center window. The window forms a space projecting out from the house walls, forming a bay … Read More