March 14, 2018
Tips for Choosing Replacement Windows
If you’re on the hunt, check out today’s tips for choosing replacement windows from Wholesale Home Improvements in Denver, Colorado. Browse through and start imagining what kind of windows would look fabulous on your home. Don’t forget to consider the functionality as well. Windows that both look great and do a great job will take your home from drab to fab instantly.
Consider Your Home’s Architecture
The first thing to think about when choosing replacement windows is the overall style of your home. Windows come in lots of different shapes and sizes. You can get different kinds of glass and grills that will dress up the window’s appearance.
Some styles will fit with your home’s existing architecture. Others may not quite make sense and end up looking a little out of place. For example, a contemporary style home would look fantastic with floor to ceiling windows. Those same windows might seem curious on an older Tudor or Colonial style home.
Choose Colors and Accents for Your Window Frames
You can also decorate the area surrounding your windows. Consider adding interesting accents with decorative window frames. Or, go with simple frames, but painting them the right color can make them pop. Again, keep your home’s architecture in mind as you choose the colors and accents. Done well, this can add that little extra something to your home. Beware, it can also be distracting and detract from the overall look if not done right.
It’s okay if you don’t quite know how to do it. Our window experts can give you tips, advice, and recommendations of what accents will work best when choosing replacement windows.
Consider the Interior
When thinking about your home’s architecture, don’t focus solely on the outside. Windows also are a huge part of the aesthetic of the interior or your home as well. Pick windows that work for the room they are in. For example, for first floor bathrooms, choose a window that lets in light but doesn’t offer an easy line of sight into the room. You want privacy but also don’t want to be in the dark.
Try using windows as a focal point of the room. Interesting shapes or grills added to the window can have a positive effect on how the room looks.
Plus, if you have a magnificent view outside, huge picture windows are a fantastic way to bring the outdoors into your living room or bedroom. Sit back and enjoy that view in climate-controlled comfort.
Consider the Sun’s Position
Take the sun’s positioning into consideration as you choose windows. This applies most when you are first designing a new home but still consider it when choosing replacement windows.
The type and size of window you choose concerning the sun’s position can have a significant effect on your heating and cooling bills. For example, it may not be ideal to place a big sliding window right where the afternoon sun will strike in the summertime.
What Purpose will Your New Windows Serve?
The purpose of windows is most often to let in light. In some cases, they may also serve to let in people, for example, sliding glass doors or elegant French Doors with large windows leading out to a porch or balcony. If you want to let light into an interior space, like a closet or hallway, maybe choose solar tubes or skylights. A traditional window wouldn’t work in this case due to the lack of an exterior wall.
How Should the Windows Operate?
There are various methods for opening a window, including not opening it at all. Windows can slide side-to-side, or up-and-down. They can also swing out from the top, bottom or one of the sides. Or they can swing in instead of out. Your particular needs will depend on your space and how it is situated.
In hard-to-reach places, a crank handle for opening the window may come in handy. Small windows generally don’t make good sliders. You can only open half the window, so if the window is small to begin with, you won’t get much ventilation. However, sliders work great when you don’t have space to swing open the window.
Picture windows (windows that don’t open) are great when you want a view but don’t want to take as much of a hit on your energy efficiency. Windows that open are always less efficient than windows that don’t, so keep that in mind when choosing replacement windows.
If you want windows that open, but are still reasonably energy efficient, choose windows that swing out rather than slide. These are called casement windows. As the wind strikes the window from outside, it pushes the glass against the sash. This tightens the seal and makes it harder for the cold air to get in.
What Are Your Ventilation Needs?
Also, consider how much fresh air you want circulating through the home. Lots of fresh air sounds nice until you stop to think about the energy efficiency ramifications.
This also has to do with how your windows operate and their placement. If the wind always comes from a specific direction and you want to block it, consider picture or casement windows on that side. If you're going to let air in, however, big sliders may be a better choice.
Most homes end up with a combination. They may have some picture windows, and others that open to let in the fresh air as needed. What you choose all depends on the style of your home, ventilation, and energy efficiency needs.
We hope these tips for choosing replacement windows has given you a good starting point. If you still have questions, feel free to contact us here at Wholesale Home Improvements. Our friendly team of experts can help with everything from design questions to picking out the right brand of windows to correct installation. With almost 25 years of experience installing windows and working on other home improvement projects around Denver, we’ve built our business on customer satisfaction. We look forward to being a part of your next home improvement project.
February 27, 2018
When to Invest in a Bathroom Addition
Are you wondering when to invest in a bathroom addition? This information, from us here at Wholesale Home Improvements in Denver, can help you decide. Bathrooms are an expensive investment, and in some cases they don’t add much resale value, ruining your return on investment. Here we’ll look at a few situations when it makes sense to add another bathroom to your home.
Home Prices Are On the Rise
Take a look at the pricing trend for homes in your neighborhood. If prices are increasing steadily, that new bathroom could improve your resale value by enough to make it worth it. If prices are stagnant, or if your house isn’t particularly charming to begin with, a brand new bathroom addition isn’t going to make much difference.
You Only Have One Bathroom
Having more than one bathroom is a huge selling point for buyers. Many buyers will not even look at a house that has only one bathroom. If you have a family and only one bathroom, you know exactly why.
Your bedroom to bathroom ratio is also essential. Buyers tend to prefer houses that have about the same number of bathrooms as bedrooms. Therefore, a three-bedroom house with only one bathroom is a situation where you should invest in a bathroom addition to attract buyers down the road.
Also, pay attention to your shower and tub count. The most versatile option is to have one of each. Families with young children will be looking for a tub to bathe the kids easily. Older folks, on the other hand, appreciate showers that are easier to get in and out of than slippery tubs.
Don’t Waste Your Time with a Half-Bath
If you do decide to go to all the work and effort to add a new bathroom, don’t bother with a half-bath. Build at least a three-quarter bath with a shower stall. The reason? You’ll get a better ROI. In general, a half bath offers a 10.5% increase in your home’s value. A full bath adds a more generous 20%.
It’s Worth It
You won’t hear families complaining about their new bathrooms after a remodel. You’ll never hear someone say they want to go back to sharing a bathroom. If you plan to live in your home for several years, the ROI when you invest in a bathroom addition might be your personal satisfaction. Sometimes it is simply worth it to make improvements to your home, regardless of the financial side.
We hope these ideas about when to invest in a bathroom addition have been helpful. Of course, if you have any questions or concerns feel free to talk to one of our friendly representatives here at Wholesale Home Improvements. We’ll help you design and install the perfect bathroom for your home. And we can help you do it without breaking the bank. We provide quality products at low prices so you can make your house the way you want it. Give us a call today and let’s get started.
February 17, 2018
Is Steel Siding Best for My Home?
We answer a lot of questions here at Wholesale Home Improvements in Denver. One that often comes up is this, “is steel siding best for my home?” Today we’re going to try to answer that for you. Keep reading to learn about the pros and cons of metal siding. Then you can make an informed decision.
When thinking about buying home improvement materials, also consider both the upfront cost and the long-term one. Many people focus only on what it will cost right now. We completely understand that budget is important, but only looking at right now doesn’t accurately reflect the actual. Let’s take a closer look to help you determine, is steel siding best for my home?
We mention this first because steel siding is extremely durable and you can expect it to last for many years. Some suppliers offer warranties of 20 to 40 years. That’s a lot of confidence. Of course, if the siding is installed and maintained correctly, you can expect it to last much longer than that.
What makes steel siding so durable? It doesn’t chip, crack or warp as other products can. You don’t have to worry about rodents or termites eating it up, or mold and mildew taking hold. It even provides a lot of protection against home fires.
While metal can dent easily, thicker steel siding often doesn’t have this problem, so there’s no need to stress when it starts hailing. Metal can also rust. But if the installation is done correctly, the chances of water getting inside are minimal. Properly installed steel siding repels instead of absorbs moisture.
You can tailor the energy efficiency of metal siding to your climate. If you live in a hot climate, you can add reflective coatings that will turn away the sun’s rays and help keep your home cooler. If you live in a colder climate, like Colorado, you can opt to paint siding a darker color to help absorb the sun’s heat.
Steel siding doesn’t require much maintenance. In fact, with the right protective coating, you won’t have to do much except wash it a couple of times a year. Dirt and other toxins can react with the metal and cause erosion, so a simple wash with soap and water will help prevent this from becoming a problem.
Like other siding products, the color can begin to fade over time. All you have to do is apply a fresh coat of paint, and your siding will gleam like new again.
Manufacturer’s make metal siding from recycled goods. Plus, when you’re done using it on your home, they’ll recycle it again to make something else. This is great when trying to build green.
The biggest drawback to steel siding is the upfront cost. But even this drawback lessens over the years. Steel siding lasts so much longer and costs so much less to maintain that it tends to balance out.
If you’re still wondering is steel siding best for my home, give our experts a call today at Wholesale Home Improvements, and we can help you pick out the perfect siding product for your needs.
January 16, 2018
Choosing Energy Efficient Windows
Choosing energy efficient windows is no small task. At Wholesale Home Improvements in Denver, Colorado, our experts specialize in making easier for you. Energy efficiency is dependent on various factors that work uniquely depending on your particular home. We have put together some great tips for helping pick out the best option for you.
Energy Efficiency for Existing Windows
First, let’s talk about budget-friendly energy efficiency. Perhaps, you are looking to improve the energy efficiency of your home, but replacing all of your windows isn’t in your budget right now. If your windows are still in decent condition and there’s no real need to replace them, you’re in luck. There are quite a few things that you can do to up your energy efficiency without buying new windows.
First, add some caulking or weather-stripping. This will help seal up places where there might be air leakage. Caulking goes on areas where there are no moving parts. Use weather-stripping for areas that are not stationary, like doors and windows that open. You can also add window treatments to the glass that will help reduce the flow of heat. They work both ways, in the winter they cut down on heat loss, and in the summer they cut down on heat gain.
Adding storm windows helps a lot, but is a more significant investment. You might consider installing them only on the side of the house that receives the most abuse from inclement weather.
When it’s Cold Outside
There are a few things that you can do based on the kind of weather you are dealing with. When it’s cold outside, follow these tips for maximum window energy efficiency.
Try covering your windows with a transparent plastic sheet on the inside. This can help cut down on drafts. Alternatively, you can add insulating window shades to button up windows that are still drafty after adding caulking or weather-stripping. At night, close all your curtains and shades. This will help prevent heat loss through the cooler night temperatures. Be sure to open everything back up during the day to let in as much sunlight, aka warmth, as possible.
When it’s Hot Outside
Here are a few other tips that are more useful during the warmer weather months. Opt for white blinds or shades since white will reflect heat away from your home.
You’ll receive the most sun from the south and west facing windows in your home. Keep those shades or blinds drawn all day and maybe even add some awnings to those windows. You can also add reflective coatings to the window panes themselves to help reflect away more of the sun’s heat.
New Energy Efficient Windows
There comes the point when your windows are just too old, too leaky, and too drafty. All the weatherizing tips in the world aren’t going to be of much use if your windows are just plain worn out. New windows can feel like a steep investment, but you will regain a lot of what you spent on lower energy bills and maybe even tax credits if you’re savvy about it. There’s a whole range of options out there for making windows more energy efficient. Let’s take a look at some of the critical aspects of choosing energy efficient windows.
The Right Design
Energy efficient windows have convenient performance ratings that you may think you can use to determine which ones to buy. Most buyers probably figure they should buy the best rating they can afford. But the ratings don’t take into account your home’s orientation. When choosing energy efficient windows, so look at what ratings work best for your situation.
There is a whole science built around what is called passive solar design. This is basically choosing and positioning the windows to increase solar gain in winter and decrease it in summer. Of course, all of this depends on the climate and which direction your home faces. We highly recommend getting professional advice on windows as there are so many variables. Plus, you need to know how those variables interact with each other when choosing energy efficient windows.
The Right Materials
As we mentioned, windows come with different energy performance ratings. The type of glass and window coatings obviously plays a large part in this rating. Less often thought about, but the material you use for the frames also plays an important role. Different materials allow for different amounts of heat transfer. Plus, some materials work better in certain climates.
Even how the window opens has an impact. The actual construction of the window affects how leaky it will be. Windows that open will always have a certain amount of air leakage, but there are ways of reducing it. Let’s look at a few and talk about which ones are better.
Awning type windows are hinged at the top and open upward and outward. Because the sash presses against the frame to close, this type of opening has lower leakage. Casement windows are basically the same except they open outward from one side. These also have lower leakage. Hopper windows are hinged at the bottom and open inward. These are also in air low leakage camp.
Single and double hung windows have panes that slide up and down. This is where you find higher air leakage. The sliding factor doesn’t allow for a seal quite as airtight. Single and double sliding windows slide from side to side. The same thing applies here and they tend to have higher air leakage.
Installing Your Windows
You can make all the right decisions when choosing energy efficient windows, but they won’t work correctly if they are installed wrong. Make sure you hire a reputable company with experienced experts that know what they’re doing; otherwise, all your planning and efforts will go to waste.
Of course with the almost 25 years of experience that we have here at Wholesale Home Improvements, we’ll make sure that your windows are installed correctly. We hope this information is helpful for you when choosing energy efficient windows. Feel free to contact us with any questions or for a free quote.
December 19, 2017
How to Choose the Right Siding for Your Home
How to choose the right siding for your home can be a little confusing. Wholesale Home Improvements in Denver offers a bit of advice to help you navigate the tricky waters. There is a massive array of siding options out there. Various materials, styles, and price ranges make for a tough decision.
To choose the right siding for your home, think about these three things: the climate, the style of your home, and your budget. The right home siding is vitally important. Siding is your home’s main defense against the weather. Choose a material that will work well in our Colorado climate.
Siding is also the largest and most visible part of your home. That means it plays a huge role in your home’s aesthetic. Choose a siding that looks nice and goes well with the existing style of your home. Otherwise, it will end up looking strange and disjointed.
Let’s take a look at the most popular siding materials. This can get you well on your way to selecting the right siding for your home.
Vinyl is the most common siding material out there because it hits all the main high points, making it appealing to many people. Homeowners love vinyl siding because it is economical, easy to maintain and is extremely durable, often lasting for many years. It is also easy to install, making it a favorite among subcontractors.
Aesthetically, vinyl is impressive. It comes in many different colors with lots of options and accessories. Homeowners can create virtually any look with vinyl siding. They can even mimic other materials that might be harder to maintain or don’t last as long. It’s a great, all-around option.
Brick is the second most commonly used siding material. In fact, in some parts of the country, such as in the South, brick is king. People have been using brick as a building material for thousands of years.
The one downside to brick siding is the price. It costs about four times as much as vinyl siding. Over time, brick can even out the upfront cost because you won’t have to replace it. But there will be upkeep required over time, which may mean hiring in a specialist for repairs if you want the job done correctly.
At Wholesale Home Improvements, we help customers achieve the look of brick siding with a product called Nailite. It looks authentic, can be matched to any house time period or style, and it comes without the brick cost or ongoing maintenance requirements. If you’re on a tight budget as a homeowner doing renovations or investor completing a flip, this simulated brick siding makes economical sense.
Plaster or Stucco
This sturdy siding material is supremely popular in the western part United States. It is very versatile, can be used inside or outside, and can even be applied to curved surfaces. The upfront cost is rather low, and maintenance is minimal adding to its popularity.
Another great benefit to stucco is its ability to work well in virtually any climate. There are two types of stucco. The traditional kind is made by mixing cement, sand lime and water. A synthetic version looks practically the same but is made using a polymer base.
Synthetic stucco had some issues in the 1980s with significant moisture problems. But now that those problems have been corrected it is an excellent option for your home’s siding. Synthetic stucco has the added benefit of offering outstanding energy efficiency.
Cement board has been around for a while but is now starting to gain popularity, especially amongst green builders. The siding is made by mixing cement, sand, and cellulose (wood-fiber waste) together and then curing it with pressurized steam.
The point of fiber cement board siding is to make a siding that imitates wood without the problems that traditionally come with wood siding. You don’t have to worry about termites and other insects; fiber cement won’t rot and is resistant to moisture problems. This siding on average lasts about 50 years, so it’s a durable product and won’t end up in a landfill for decades.
Wood is a beautiful, traditional siding. Its popularity, however, has been fading over the years. Wood requires more maintenance than most other siding types. It needs to be repainted once in a while and is vulnerable to both rotting and insect damage.
Some products that can be used to minimize these damages. Unfortunately, though, they have to be reapplied every few years and won’t solve the problems completely.
Engineers are working on innovative new products that may satisfy those that like the traditional look of wood but don’t want to deal with all the maintenance. One option that not many people think of is steel siding which is available in all types of colors and even in a wood-look design. This durable and easy to maintain siding can last for 40 years and is a great way to help avoid bugs, termites and fire.
If you really must have wood and budget is no object, tropical woods are available. They are generally hardier but more expensive. There are even a few more products available, so customers who can afford it can get the handsome look of wood siding. If you are interested in one of these options, be sure to chat with our staff to find out the best options.
Now you have some more information about how to choose the right siding for your home. It is an important decision, and our friendly staff here at Wholesale Home Improvements is always happy to help. We have almost 25 years of experience working with siding in the Denver area, and we have the perfect siding to recommend. Our installation team is efficient and good at their job. We’ll have your home all wrapped up in its new skin and be out of your hair before you know it!