How Bay Windows Can Improve Your Home Both Inside and Out

bay windowsThe windows in your home set the tone for how you communicate with the outdoors. Small windows or windows hidden behind elaborate treatments create separation between the internal world of the home and the external world of the yard and beyond. Big, generous windows on the other hand integrate the interior and exterior of the house creating an expansive experience and flooding the interior with warmth, air and natural light. In this post we’ll take an appreciative look at the bay window, which is one of the best ways to join the interior to the exterior of your home.

Big Beautiful Bay Windows Winnipeg

More people are holding on to their homes longer these days and as a result they’re looking for ways to get more from the entire property. One of the best ways to do that is to install a big beautiful bay window in your home. The advantages of bay windows for Winnipeg homes are many and include:

  • Boatloads of natural light: The most fundamental change you can make to any interior space is to open it up to natural light. Installing a bay window in the living room or kitchen will completely change your experience of that space to the extent that it will seem like the whole room has undergone a renovation. Natural light has the added benefit of being beneficial to overall mental and physical health.
  • Increased curb appeal: Installing a bay window in a home is the kind of thing that neighbours and passers-by notice. As such it’s the kind of thing that tends to catch on. A bay window in house A suddenly begets a bay window in house B and so on. This is not simply a matter of keeping up with the Jones’ but a matter of others recognizing a good thing when they see it.
  • Savings on your heating bill: It may not be an obvious benefit but installing bay windows in Winnipeg homes can actually help save on heating bills. All the wonderful natural light we mentioned above can also bring a bundle of warmth with it on those bitterly cold but sunny winter days. Letting Mother Nature heat your home is always preferable to paying someone else to do it.
  • Increased home value: New windows always add to the bottom line value of a home and bay windows are no exception. Home buyers today want houses that don’t close themselves off to the world. They want the kind of light and air and contemporary feel they get with bay windows. Potential buyers often light up when they enter a kitchen with a bay window that provides a panoramic view of the yard. It’s the kind of thing that can seal the deal.

Bay windows from Weatherpro Windows and Doors display state-of-the-art construction techniques, a high degree of energy efficiency, peerless design and are easily installed by our highly trained team of professionals. If you’d like to give your entire property a boost consider bay windows. Winnipeg will be more beautiful for it.

The Top Trends in Windows and Doors this Year

Windows and Doors ReginaWhile the choice of new windows and doors for your home will be constrained in part by the architectural style of your house that doesn’t mean there’s no room to be a bit creative. Window and door manufacturers tweak their product offerings all the time so it pays to get up to date with what’s hot and what’s not before laying down your hard-earned money. In this post we’ll look at some of the hottest trends in windows and doors for 2016.

Windows and Doors Regina: What’s Hot for 2016

The right windows and doors can significantly enhance the curb appeal of your home just as surely as the wrong ones can detract from it. Keep these trends in mind when selecting your new windows and doors in Regina and you’ll help ensure your home will look it’s best for many years to come.

  • Expandable doors – When most people think of expandable doors they think of those metal, accordion style grates used to prevent break-ins. The expandable doors we’re talking about also have an accordion style to them but are large, uninterrupted panes of glass that can fold like Japanese screens to provide you spatial flexibility.
  • Big windows – Concerns about making the most of natural light are the driving force behind the trend toward larger windows. Why turn on the lights in the kitchen at 5 pm if you can delay that until 6 or 6:30 by simply installing larger windows? Larger windows also allow you to enjoy a greater sense of integration between the interior and exterior of your home.
  • Metal doors – Metal doors will continue to grab larger and larger market share in the coming year. Homeowners from coast to coast have discovered the enhanced energy savings as well as elevated level of security steel doors provide. They’ve also come around to the reality that no other home improvement project will generate the ROI of installing a metal entry door.
  • Vinyl replacement windows – While metal doors will continue to make inroads, vinyl windows will do the same when it comes to the replacement window business. Industry experts expect vinyl window sales to increase by as much as 10% this year and continue to nudge wood and aluminum replacement windows further to the edge of relevance.
  • Wood will continue to fade – Expect wood to continue its long, slow fade into the sunset. Real wood simply can’t keep up with vinyl and steel when it comes to long-term durability and affordability. Wood is not likely to ever completely disappear from the market but it will continue to morph from the common choice into a prestige choice for affluent homeowners.

If you’re in the market to replace your windows and doors this year call the experts at Weatherpro Windows and Doors Regina. We’ll help you determine if any of today’s hottest window trends are right for you. Whether you’re building your dream house or renovating a classic we’ll make sure the windows and doors you choose will add value, comfort and security to your home.

Ways in Which You Can Protect Your New Windows and Make Them Last Longer

windows calgaryReplacement windows represent a major investment so it is understandable that the majority of homeowners are keen to keep theirs in first-class condition for as long as possible. If you have just had your windows replaced or are thinking of doing so, the following tips should help to ensure they remain in an excellent state of repair for many years to come.

 
Maintenance Tips for Homeowners in Calgary: Windows You Can Be Proud of for Years to Come

For the sake of simplicity, we are going to divide our maintenance tips into three separate sections. If you don’t have screens fitted, you can safely ignore the last section.

  1. Frames – The easiest and simplest way to clean uPVC / vinyl frames is with a mild detergent and water. Never use any abrasive soaps or detergents as they could scratch your frames, causing permanent damage. The only real reason to clean your frames on a regular basis is to keep them looking good as they will not deteriorate due to the appearance of a few unsightly smears!
  2. Glass – To maximise the amount of natural light that illuminates your home during the daytime and to ensure your property looks as good from the outside as it does from the inside, it is important to keep the panes of glass in your windows sparkling clean. Again, this can best be achieved with a mild detergent, such as you use to clean your dishes, and water. The temperature of the water is not a critical factor but, for your own comfort, if you are cleaning Calgary windows during the winter, the warmer the better!
  3. Screens – At the risk of sounding repetitive, we are going to recommend that you clean your screens with, yes you’ve guessed it, a mild soap and water. To make sure you are able to dislodge any dirt caught in the mesh, you can also use a brush with soft bristles when cleaning your screens.

In addition to the above maintenance tasks, it is a good idea to lubricate sash windows on a regular basis, to ensure continued smooth operation over the years. For more tips and tricks on keeping your Calgary windows in superb condition, please call or email us whenever you wish. We have many years of experience in the replacement window business and are always happy to share our knowledge with local residents.