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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


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

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

Benefits of Vinyl Flooring

26 Mar

Benefits of Vinyl Flooring

If you have decided to rip up the old flooring  in your home and lay down something new, you might wonder which types of materials will be best for the look you want and the budget you have. Certain rooms in your home may have more choices when it comes to viable options; however, when we’re talking about the bathroom or kitchen, vinyl flooring offers the perfect solution.

Vinyl flooring is often called resilient flooring. It is versatile and durable flooring that continues to increase in popularity. Vinyl floors are an excellent, attractive flooring choice that can bring style and elegance to your interior, while also offering great functionality.

In fact, vinyl flooring offers a number of advantages. The biggest advantage of vinyl flooring is, of course, the cost. Vinyl flooring is very economical compared to other sorts of flooring, which makes it very budget-friendly. It is also easy to install, which means DIY-ers with basic skills can lay them down themselves instead of having to incur the costs of hiring a professional. Vinyl floors last a long time and don’t have to be frequently replaced, which also saves you a lot of money in the long run.

As far as durability goes, nothing compares to vinyl.  It will not rip or tear when installed over proper sub-flooring and can sustain the weight of heavier items and appliances. It is able to withstand the most highly trafficked areas in a home without sacrificing aesthetic appeal.

Another reason vinyl flooring is so popular among homeowners is its cleanliness and hygiene. Vinyl wood flooring is water resistant and almost seam-less, so it prevents bacteria growth and mold build up. It has a high resistance to moisture because it is covered with three surface coatings of wax, which also minimize dirt build up and scratch marks.

Jennifer Fields
Oklahoma City & Edmond Real Estate Agent

Choosing the Right Patio Set

23 Mar

Choosing the Right Patio Set

By adding a patio set to your yard, you can create a new outdoor living area for your family and friends. A patio area usually extends into your backyard from your home or takes up a separate area in the yard. Its size will determine what kinds of patio sets you can utilize from both a size and style perspective. There are many arrangements you can create using a variety of chairs, tables, and benches. Also think about how many people will be using your patio. You’ll want to be sure to get a table large enough to accommodate your family.

You’ll find patio furniture sets vary greatly in styles and materials. Materials range from wood, steel, and plastic to aluminium, iron, and composite materials. Steel and iron are the most durable and will last for years with minimal wear and tear. They can endure extreme weather conditions like strong winds, heavy rains, and intense sunlight.

Choose a material that is relatively easy to maintain. You don’t want to spend a lot of money on regular maintenance. Wicker, for instance, requires very little maintenance. If you want waterproof furniture, you may want resin plastic or treated wood.

After you figure out what type of material you want, you can add accessories. Most patio sets come with pre-made holes in the tables to hold umbrellas, so find one that will provide nice shade.  There are also tons of fun, colorful cushions and outdoor pillows available to add an additional touch of style to the area.

Jennifer Fields
Oklahoma City & Edmond Real Estate Agent

Create a Great Impression with Living Room Furniture Sets

19 Mar

Create a Great Impression with Living Room Furniture Sets

Your living room is one of the most important rooms in your house, not only for its functionality, but also for design. Your living room is where you can express your personality through decor and set the tone of your home during day to day living and when you’re entertaining guests.

Living room sets are a great way to decorate a living room. Living room sets generally include a sofa or couch, a coffee table, a love seat, and side tables. They are conveniently grouped into sets that are designer friendly, so you don’t have to try to figure out how to find and piece together every item yourself. They create a nice foundation for the rest of your decor.

Another advantage of furniture sets is that they are a very budget-friendly option when you want to follow a particular theme or color scheme. All the pieces in a living room set complement each other with regards to their material texture, color, and style. Buying furniture pieces separately can become quite expensive. In a way, you are receiving a form of a “bulk discount” when you buy an entire set.

Before purchasing a living room set, however, consider its quality. Make sure that the set you choose is durable and high quality enough that it will last a long time. Find out how the furniture was made and what materials were used. Don’t ever assume that price and quality are always directly correlated. Some expensive furniture sets cost more due to their quality, but other are just overpriced cheap materials. There are many furniture sets that you can find for a lower price, but that are as high of quality as more expensive options. Shop around to compare prices and styles because there are many great deals out there if you take the time to look.

Jennifer Fields
Oklahoma City & Edmond Real Estate Agent

How to Improve Your Indoor Air Quality

16 Mar

How to Improve Your Indoor Air Quality

Keeping our indoor air quality clean is important. Although you naturally feel safe inside the comforts of your own home, the quality of your air may actually be harming your health. It is important to take measures to ensure that you have high quality air in your home, as it will make a difference in how you breathe and will help reduce your risk of suffering from allergies.

Below are some helpful tips on ways you can improve the quality of your indoor air:

  • Install flooring that enables you to breathe easier. There are flooring options available these days that have a lower retention of allergens. Dust and allergens cannot accumulate as easily, which drastically improves air quality.
  • Have your cooling and heating systems checked and cleaned regularly. Dirt can accumulate in your air ducts and air filters, and if it continues to pile up, it begins to disseminate into the air. Having your ducts and filters cleaned regularly will reduce the allergens in your air and will also help your systems function more efficiently.
  • Minimize the use of pollutant-producers. There are things we use at home that are full of chemical pollutants that are harmful to the body. Examples include harsh cleaning agents and paints. Explore more natural-based materials to use inside your home.
  • Control the moisture content in the air. Moisture causes mold and mildew buildup, which can be extremely harmful to your health when breathed in. Take measures to keep the air inside your home dry by using exhaust fans in your bathrooms, drying dishes well before placing them in your cabinets, using dehumidifiers, and not overwatering your plants.
  • Ventilate your home properly. Keep the fresh air in and the bad air out. Proper ventilation allows air to circulate. To properly ventilate your home, keep your doors and windows open when the weather is nice, so fresh air can enter and replenish the air inside your home with fresh air. Mechanical ventilators can also help cleanse the air during months with harsher weather, when it is not feasible to keep your home open.

Jennifer Fields
Oklahoma City & Edmond Real Estate Agent