If you are looking to do a remodel in Los Angeles, one of the first and least expensive projects you should consider is replacing your windows, according to Studio City contractor, Hugs Construction. Windows come in many different shapes and sizes, and are made out of various materials. As you’ve probably read in our other post, Los Angeles Green Remodeling Tips, there are many benefits to upgrading your home’ s windows. One of the biggest benefits is that the new energy-efficient windows will save you money on every month’s utility bill. “EnergyStar.com claims that this change ‘lowers household energy bills by 7-15 percent. Lower energy consumption also reduces greenhouse gas emissions from power plants and shrinks a house’s carbon footprint.'”
Another reason to upgrade to new windows is to better control your indoor temperature. New energy-efficient windows will trap warm air inside on cold winter days, and keep hot air out on hot summer nights. Because these windows provide more insulation, you will be more comfortable in your new home.
Also, new windows can provide for better soundproofing, both to keep your neighbor’s noise at a minimum, and to trap the noise coming from your rooms inside your house.
Four Different Types of Windows
1. Vinyl – Vinyl is currently the most popular type of windows on the market, according to your local Studio City contractor, Hugs Construction. Vinyl is one of the most affordable choices, as well as one that requires the least amount of maintenance to upkeep. Double glazed vinyl windows offer good insulation against hot and cold air, as well as sound. Finally, although most people purchase these types of windows in white, they come in many different finishes to create a customized look for every room of your home.
2. Casement Windows – Casement windows are the type you will most likely find in older homes, although some people still purchase and install them in their new constructions or remodels in San Fernando Valley. These windows open to the outside by turning a hinge. These types of windows are good for allowing a breeze into a stuffy room and letting in light. Another great benefit is that they allow to easily open and close a window in a small space, or in a place where the window is hard to get to. With a casement window, one just needs to grab the crank that is located in the middle to operate the window.
3. Picture Windows – The names of these windows state what they are good for, which is creating a good picture of the outside. These windows do not open, so they don’t obstruct the outside view with screens or center panels. They simply let in light from the outside. Make sure to only install picture windows in places where you don’t need ventilation, or next to, or above other windows that do open.
4.Sliding Windows – These types of windows are also very commonly installed into new homes or remodels in San Fernando Valley. These are windows that slide open to the side, using a panel. A great benefit to these windows is that if they are big enough, they can be used as an additional exit from a room in case of fire or an emergency. All you’d have to do is pop out the screen, and climb through the window.
Hugs Construction has over 20 years of experience and is a full service construction company in the San Fernando Valley and surrounding Los Angeles area. We work on projects of all sizes, such as kitchen and bath remodeling, wiring and electric work, soundproofing, installing windows and doors, specialty projects and new constructions.
We pride ourselves on utilizing green products to sustain the environment. We strive to maintain high customer satisfaction with every job, making sure that our work lasts for many years to come.
To get a quote for your home renovation, contact us.