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Eyes to the Soul of Your Home

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If the eyes are the windows to the soul, are the windows the eyes of our homes? If they are, they say a lot about the house, and if you are planning on selling your house in the next few years, it is best to have those windows in the best condition possible, and I don’t mean just clean and sparkly though they need to be that too. New windows are a huge selling feature. They’re one of the top five things potential buyers ask about a home, so the investment can add considerable value as well as instantly upgrading a dated exterior and increasing your home’s curb appeal.

Inspect your windows regularly for the following:
• Drafts
• Condensation and fogging
• Rot or mould

• Cracked caulking If your windows show any of the above symptoms, then it is time to replace them. When buying windows, look for: High R-value (which determines how well the window prevents heat loss), and low emissivity (which reflects the heat to the warm side of the glass). Before you go shopping for new windows, or if you are thinking of adding to or enlarging your existing windows, get to know the different types of windows you will come across: • Casement: Swinging in and out like a door and operating with a crank, they offer a high level of ventilation and have a tight seal when closed. This is a great choice for hard-to-reach or awkward places because they’re easier to open. • Double-hung: One of the most common types of windows, they consist of two sashes that move up and down. They are great for ventilation and complement any style of home. • Picture: Large and fixed and usually flanked by two casements or double-hung windows, their big, dramatic shape allows for lots of natural light and unobstructed views. They can be pricey because of their size, and keep in mind that they offer no ventilation. • Bay: Made up of one large fixed window in the middle and a casement on either side, they project from an exterior wall and are a staple in many Victorian-style homes. Take caution when installing – they’re large and heavy, meaning they need adequate structural support.

You have two choices for window installation: retrofitting (inserting new windows into the existing casing) or brick-to-brick (stripping out the windows and frames and starting fresh). Retrofitting is less expensive, but brick-to-brick is the more energy-efficient option. And remember, if you’re installing a new window where one didn’t previously exist or enlarging an existing window opening, you have to get a building permit.

  Go see some of the window places in Squamish for more ideas: Speedy Glass and Tantalus Doors