They serve as our view to the outside world and bring the glowing sunlight into our home every day. What is this mystery product? Windows, of course. They are so much more than a view, however, as they also shield us from the cold air, the rain and anything else that the hand of mother nature decides to deal.

Windows are a core component of any home and can contribute significantly to the overall environmental impact of the home. The Triangle area house thousand of homes, many of which have inefficient windows that cause the home to consume way more power than necessary. This contributes to increased power consumption, higher electricity bills, and environmental impacts that could be easily alleviated.

With all of this responsibility weighing upon them, windows take an absolute pounding – sometimes literally. There will inevitably come a time that every individual will need to consider repairs or completely new window replacements.

Window replacements are available as either wood or vinyl and can usually be matched to the current look of any home. The time to consider window replacements is when the cosmetics of the current window or the structure is beyond repair. Additionally, many individuals decide to replace their windows for insulation reasons. The majority of window replacements carry a warranty but, if cared for properly, are expected to last for up to 20 years.

As for installation, it is often recommended that the homeowner enlist the help of a local window replacement company like Raleigh based Coyote Siding and Windows or another licensed and reputable contractor. If an individual isn’t comfortable with window replacements or isn’t familiar with the installation process, this will be the only option. The window specialist can provide the supplies or the homeowner can purchase them directly from a local home improvement store, which can often result in substantial savings. By purchasing the products, homeowners will sometimes save on the higher prices that contractors may charge for the convenience of providing the window replacements.

During the installation of window replacements, homeowners will want to pay close attention to the work being done. It is advisable to look for small cracks around the window that may lead to higher energy costs. How? If cool air finds it’s way through the cracks and into the home, the heating system will have to work harder to keep the home’s interior warm. This will result in a higher heating cost. The opposite is true of the warm summer months with air conditioning having to work harder to keep the home cool if hot air is creeping into the home through cracks in the window construction. Window replacements should include caulking and weather stripping to help eliminate this problem. The company that provides the window replacements installation will also be able to provide some type of weather protection as well.

Raleigh and the surrounding area is loaded with licensed window replacement specialists. Find one that fits your needs and have a window assessment done for your home. Technological advancements have provided these companies with tools that can accurately measure inefficiencies associated with your windows that will help you make an informed replacement decision.

If you think your bathroom could use a boost, you’ve got company. Bathrooms are among the rooms most likely to be renovated in a home, according to the Home Improvement Research Institute. Homeowners spend about $4,900 on home makeovers during the first year they own their homes, while about 60 percent feel their bathrooms are “inadequate.”

It can be easy and inexpensive to update your bathroom.

It can be easy and inexpensive to update your bathroom.

The good news is that there are ways to make over your bathroom without spending a lot of money on remodeling costs and without replacing old fixtures. Did you also know that a remodeled bathroom will not only look great, but it could save you money as well by choosing appliances and fixtures that reduce energy and water usage? Try these tips:

Clean Start

You may be able to save yourself the cost of replacing worn-looking toilets, bathtubs or sinks with a good cleaning. Built-up soap scum, hard-water stains, rust, calcium and lime can dull the look of a bathroom and make it seem older than it actually is.

Try using a powerful cleaner designed for tough bathroom stains, such as Kaboom Ultra Scrub, to give your bathroom surfaces an instant makeover. Ultra Scrub’s thick cream clings to surfaces and its scrubbing granules get deep into textured surfaces to remove grime and stains, without scratching. Stay on top of your bathroom‘s appearance using maintenance products such as Kaboom NeverScrub Continuous Toilet Cleaning System. It allows you to throw away your brush and never scrub your toilet again.

Splash Of Color

Use mildew-resistant, latex paint to add new color to the bathroom. Be sure to use a bin primer over any water stains or spots before starting the job, and pay careful attention to detail-areas, such as woodwork or trim around mirrors.

Home designers often say the bathroom is a good place to experiment with colors. If your home has more muted tones, consider using bright hues in the bathroom to help make the room seem cleaner and brighter.

 

Refinish Your Bathroom

As opposed to an entire makeover, a bathroom refinishing is a faster as much less expensive alternative that produces fantastic results. A professional refinisher can upgrade your old bathtub, shower, tile, sink, and countertop in any color you like and often offer lifetime guarantees.

Accessorize

Finally, add some decoration to the bathroom to make it seem less stark and more comfortable. You may want to hang some family photos on the wall or a framed picture or two. Just be sure not to make the bathroom appear too cluttered. Remember, if you have limited space, home designers say less is more.