Archive | April, 2015

Vinyl Windows: A Smart Replacement

20 Apr

Vinyl Windows A Smart Replacement

Vinyl replacement windows are a smart investment. They are one of today’s most popular replacement window options because they are attractive, effective, and increase a home’s resale value.

Vinyl windows have several practical benefits. For one, the material is great for insulation because it has the highest  R-value of any window material. R-value measures a window’s ability to trap air inside and prevent outside air from coming in. They are more energy efficient because they keep your home cooler during the summer and warmer during the winter.

In addition to the fact that vinyl replacement windows are good insulators, they are also very easy to maintain. Vinyl windows need almost zero attention after they are installed. Aside from the occasional hosing down and glass cleaning, they are low maintenance because you never have to paint them or refresh the material.

In terms of durability and security, they rank as one of the best as well. Vinyl windows usually have excellent locking systems that are set into the frame, so they are not easy to force open once they are securely sealed.

Vinyl windows are available in all kinds of styles, which make it possible to match them with any architectural style. They come in double hung, single pane, and rounded options in addition to the most basic, traditional styles.

Vinyl replacement windows also very budget friendly and are considered to be one of the cheapest choices when it comes to replacement windows. They are less expensive both in initial and long term cost compared to wood and aluminium-framed windows. People usually enjoy their biggest savings after vinyl windows are installed. It is common to experience utility savings up to 50%, and the government also offers tax credits of up to 30% of the price of the windows or $1500.

Jennifer Fields
Oklahoma City & Edmond Real Estate Agent
405.330.0031

Choosing the Best Driveway Lights

13 Apr

Choosing the Best Driveway Lights

If you have a driveway running along your property, then you probably agree that it is important to illuminate it properly in order to be able to see the road when you are driving on it at night. A driveway that is not properly lit can cause accidents, such as crushing landscaping by running off the road, hitting toys, and even running into your mailbox or house if you’re not careful.

Driveway lighting does not need to be expensive or difficult to install. You only need a small budget and a little effort to be able to create a well lit driveway. There are also several different types of driveway lights to choose from.

The first and most popular type of driveway lights are called market lights. These lights are very low to the ground, and you can either place them into the ground directly or mount them on little stakes.  These lights keep all of their illumination right where you want it – on the ground. These lights do not carry the risk of shining up into a driver’s eyes and blinding them or shining onto other areas that do not help you when you’re driving. However, you have to be careful when you are installing them because if you place them too evenly directly across from each other, you can transform your driveway into a runway. Avoid doing this by alternating the positioning of the lights on each side, so they offer a more pleasing view.

Solar driveway lights are another option. They are very easy to install and they don’t require electricity to run, thus making them very economical. Low voltage driveway lights are another efficient outdoor lighting fixture that are quite easy to install. They are also relatively cheap to purchase and consume minimal energy.

Driveway post lights can be a perfect lighting option if you want your driveway to have particularly abundant illumination. They come in several styles and designs, and the height you choose will depend on the length and shape of the area where they will be installed.

Driveway lighting does not only help you increase the value of your home and curb appeal, but it will also provide lighting for anything you are doing outside in the evening. It can also help illuminate any landscaped areas near the driveway to add to the beauty of your home during the night time hours.

Jennifer Fields
Oklahoma City & Edmond Real Estate Agent
405.330.0031

Choosing the Right Type of Window Glass

6 Apr

Choosing the Right Type of Window Glass

Although window are an essential part of every home, not all of them are created equally. Windows have become far more advanced and specialized over years with many more options now available. Choosing the right type of glass for your windows is an important decision.  Every type of glass has distinct properties that may make it more appropriate for one particular function over another.

Here are some of the more common types of window glass and the distinctive qualities of each.

  1. Tempered Glass. This type of glass is heat-treated and shatterproof. It crumbles into blunt pieces when broken, reducing the chance of injury. It is also very durable, so it is often used in things like doors and storm windows. Tempered glass is not an energy efficient option, however.
  2. Patterned Glass. This type of window glass is covered with patterns or designs which are often translucent and can be colored or plain. It is a perfect option for areas where both natural light and privacy are needed. The patterns prohibit anyone from looking through the glass, but allow enough light to enter through the glass to light the room.
  3. Tinted Glass. Due to the remarkable benefits that tinted windows provide to car owners, several homeowners also choose to have them in their homes. Tinted glass reduces the intrusion of UV rays into your home and also increases the level of privacy. Tinted filming has also been proven to considerably decrease the amount of time it takes to shatter glass, since the shards of glass are kept together by the film. This makes it more difficult for someone to break into your house through the windows.
  4. Low Emissivity Glass. This glass is energy efficient, coated on one side with a thin metal coating that reflects transmitted heat, and reduces heat transfer. It can reduce heat transfer up to70%. It does not, however, reduce the amount of light that passes into the room.

Jennifer Fields
Oklahoma City & Edmond Real Estate Agent
405.330.0031