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Winterizing Your Skylights

Posted: Wednesday, August 28th, 2013 | Filed under: Home Improvement, Shading systems, Skylights, window treatments
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Winterizing Your Skylights is Important

Winterizing Your Skylights is Important

In the warm weather, all of the beautiful sunlight streaming through your skylights can make winter seem like a distant memory.  However, chillier weather is just around the corner, and as the days grow shorter and shorter, little by little there are things that you could be doing to make sure that your skylights are in tip top shape to deliver you with an energy efficient winter.  Here are a few of the tips we’ve collected as we’ve worked closely with top contractors who build homes with skylights. Read more »

Will Exterior Awnings Make my Home More Energy Efficient?

Posted: Tuesday, August 20th, 2013 | Filed under: Home cooling, Uncategorized, window shading, window treatments
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Energy Saving Ideas

Energy Saving Ideas

Most people understand that energy efficiency equals budgetary efficiency, and so we see a growing number homeowners who are looking for ways to make their homes more energy efficient.  One way to introduce energy efficiency into your home without the need for any major construction is to add awnings to the exteriors of your home that have significant window spaces.  You may ask why people seek out homes with large windows if they want to be energy efficient, and the answer is that the windows can be very efficient, as long as the homeowner has the proper shading systems to control the amount of light that enters the home.  In cooler months sun streaming through large windows can help heat the home, and in the summertime, strategic shading over those same windows can help cool the home.  And that is where awnings come in.

 

In fact, in 2012, the Professional Awning Manufacturers Association (PAMA) did a study that showed fabric awnings could save homeowners up to 50% on their warm weather energy bills by reducing the air conditioning load in hot weather months.  Also, the US Governments Department of Energy advises window awnings for “reducing solar heat gain in the summer by up to 65% on south-facing windows and 77% on west-facing windows.  You can use an awning to shade one window or have an awning custom made to shade the entire side of your house.”   So, you can indeed have your windows and keep your home cool too. Read more »

Will Skylights Increase my House Value?

Posted: Wednesday, August 14th, 2013 | Filed under: Shading systems, Skylight Shades, Skylights
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Skylight

Skylights; Do they add value or diminish it?

When deciding on what design changes you want to make to your house, your own preferences lead the way.  However, you may also consider evaluating your preferences in design and decorating to be sure that they will add to your bottom line….should you ever sell your home.  When you are going to invest money into home improvements, wouldn’t it be ideal to maximize how much value those projects will one day add to the worth of your home?  Yes! Read more »

Skylight Design Tips

Posted: Monday, August 5th, 2013 | Filed under: Shading systems, Skylight Shades, Skylights
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Bringing the Great Outdoors, Indoors

Bringing the Great Outdoors, Indoors

Natural light is the most flattering, and bringing elements of nature into the home is a timeless design option for any homeowner starting work on home improvement construction.  Whether you are looking to upgrade or completely change a bathroom, bedroom, kitchen, or hallway, skylights are one of the best ways to bring the great outdoors indoors.  They allow you to gaze at the sky through every season of the year, and every hour of the day, a never ending overhead portrait of blues, whites, grays, purples, and even oranges and reds. Read more »