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Wise Replacement Window Selection Increases Impact of Any Sunroom Design

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You don’t need to add a room to have a sunroom. The right choice of replacement windows can create the same impact with a wall of windows.

In a sunroom design, an architect or designer make a distinction between a sunroom and a sunny room, but thoughtful window replacement selection blurs the lines. More and more homeowners in Madison WI are looking to the addition of new, larger windows to gain the benefits of a sunroom without a major addition to the property.

Older homes, traditionally, have smaller windows than recently built structures. A sunroom design that simply includes adding more, larger windows to a selected room makes sense. The benefit of a true sunroom or solarium can be had by a much less costly remodeling project. Opening up a corner room with large windows wrapping two sides transforms the space. Continue reading

A Dozen Questions for a Replacement Windows Contractor Before the New Window Installation

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Consider your search for a replacement windows contractor like hiring an employee. The questions you ask up-front determine if they get hired.

Selecting the right replacement windows contractor is the best way to ensure a new window installation goes smoothly. Correct installation not only boosts energy efficiency but improves the aesthetics of your home. Poor installation can let the Madison WI seasons influence your life indoors as well as out. Working with a professional who provides the experience, training and proper tools represents money well-spent. But, how do you find the right professional? In spite of the advertising, not every window company has the expertise to do the job right the first time. Choosing the correct replacement windows contractor is the first step to insure your project is a long-term success.

Direct Questions for a Replacement Windows Contractor

Here are a dozen pointed questions to ask every potential replacement window contractors you interview. It is wise to get details from more than one before a window installation project, too. Trusting your contractor is a significant part of the contract. You are putting your home in their hands. Check references and credentials. During your first sit-down meeting, ask: Continue reading

Spring Is the Perfect Time For Window Replacement

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Don’t let warmer temperatures let you forget about your window replacement plan – the cold drafts of winter will return

If window replacement has been on your mind over the past few months or longer, now that the temperatures are getting warmer it may be time to pull the trigger.

An important thing is to not let the warmer temperatures put your window replacement on hold again. Remember, the cold drafts from this past winter will return as will condensation on the panes of glass. The moisture from failing windows may even be causing water damage you cannot see.

The reality is if you have had to think about window replacement, your replacement windows are probably long overdue. To help decide on whether a window replacement is right for you this season, consider some of the factors below. Continue reading

Solar Tube Skylights – The Best Way To Light A Room In Madison Wisconsin

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Solar tube skylights are growing more popular for making interior and north facing rooms brighter

Solar tube skylights represent a great home improvement option for interior and north facing rooms. These rooms generally lack the natural daylight we all enjoy. It used to be homeowners had very limited options. 

The questions many people pondered were, do we move to a new home, add a window, or switch on the lights every time we use the room? What many people are discovering is using daylight from the top (the roof) is a great option.

Solar tube skylights are one of the best, most logical home improvement options for people with existing homes in established neighborhoods and condominiums. Solar tube skylights are very affordable and quick and easy to install. Continue reading

Selecting Roofing Contractors in Madison WI

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Expect to get any two of these three items when selecting a roofing contractor

If you need one in Madison WI, there are plenty of roofing contractors to choose from.

The problem most homeowners have is finding roofing contractors they can trust. After all, most homeowners do not replace roofs often. In some cases maybe only one purchase in a lifetime. Possibly twice, but the purchase date can be twenty years apart. Not a great situation for gaining knowledge and skill at making a decision. Continue reading

Ice Dam Prevention In Madison WI

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Proper insulation and correcting attic bypasses can help stop ice dam problems

An ice dam, the ridge of ice that builds up on roof eaves, is a common wintertime problem for Madison Wisconsin residents. An ice dam can cause costly structural damage that can affect not only the roof, but the interior of walls, floors and multiple levels in your home.

The shelf of ice and the icicles hanging from the gutters are obvious to the homeowner. What’s not always  apparent is the cause of an ice dam. Continue reading

Winterizing a Home in Madison WI

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Sealing air leaks at doors, and windows will help keep you warmer and save you money

Winterizing a home to prepare for the upcoming Madison Wisconsin winter is easier than most think. To help lower your heating bills and enjoy a comfortable winter season, there are just a few basic steps to follow in winterizing a home.

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Sun Tunnel Skylights – A Great Home Improvement In Madison Wisconsin

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Sun tunnel skylights can brighten halls, closets bathrooms and more.

Sun tunnel skylights are a high impact and inexpensive way to improve the look and the feel of your home. The natural light coming from the sun is magnified to brighten up any area in your home.

Sun tunnel skylights are quick to install, are extremely affordable, opening up your home like no other door, window or skylight can. Brighter and energy efficient, sun tunnels and skylights create a feel no other home improvement can match.  Continue reading

Replacement Windows – Installation Is Key in Madison WI

The biggest mistake we see homeowners make is obsessing on statistics about replacement windows they buy for their homes.

Problems can occur when homeowners rely solely on the product stats. The reason is second part of the equation revolves around the contractor you choose to do the work and what techniques the contractor uses to install the products you choose. Even the best products can be reduced to average or below average performance as a result of poor installation. Continue reading