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Replacing Windows and Doors: Why should you Do It

By Jim Conway Subscribe to RSS | May 16th 2012 | Views:

Windows are a crucial element in the design of a home. They perform somewhat contradictory roles. While they offer you a glimpse of the world around you, they also shield you from the outside world. People looking to remodel or renovate their home find that replacing doors and windows can alter the look dramatically. While a new window can make your house brighter, replacing your old door can make it more inviting. Besides enhancing your security, it can also help you cut down on energy bills. Here are some situations where replacing your windows or doors would make sense:

- Old homes often struggle to contain their energy bills. Fogged windows, ice dams, gaps around windows, loss of warm air around attic vents, and high energy bills are some of the common telltale signs in an old home that call for replacement. You can check for improper weatherizing by measuring the temperature in different rooms. A difference in 2 or more degrees indicates that the weather stripping around the doors and windows needs to be updated. If you aren’t sure about energy efficiency, call you power company to conduct an energy audit.

- Security and safety shall always remain a major concern, especially in old and worn out windows. You can replace them with doors and windows that use superior construction with state of the art locking systems. For instance, French doors can be secured with extra locks and screws to protect the panels from being opened from their tracks.

- Natural light and ventilation should be an important consideration when adding windows. To make sure that they bring in natural light, make sure that they open from the inside. There should be enough windows to occupy at least 8 percent of the floor space. And in bathrooms, they should be at least 3 square feet with at least half of it open. There are special glass like frosted glass, stained glass and glass blocks that can ensure privacy and yet ensure sunlight.

- If you are adding windows, keep in mind that installing many windows can allow for natural light, but can make furniture placement difficult. Similarly installing a patio door can join indoor and outdoor living areas, but it can also affect your privacy.

Replacing old and dilapidated windows not only adds decorative value, but has several paybacks including lower energy costs, better light, and security.

Jim Conway - About Author:
The author manages a company that’s engaged in replacement windows in Kansas City and also writes reviews about Kansas City Doors and Replacement companies.

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