Storm Windows vs Replacement Windows
Storm Windows vs Replacement Windows

For many years now, the buzz has been that replacement windows would save homeowners money on their power bills, keep the family warmer or cooler and enhance curb appeal. Homeowners were educated as to how the panes insulated the home, what types of windows required little-to-no maintenance and how to check for leaks before owners sought new windows. While all of this is good to know, the cost of replacement windows can be staggering. If the checkbook can’t support either new windows or overpowering power bills, there is an alternative. In a new twist on an old subject, storm windows vs. replacement windows could mean an all around savings as well as increased curb appeal for Colorado homeowners. Never Heard of Storm Windows? Storm windows offer extra protection against the vagaries of extreme weather and are usually removed each spring. They can either fit outside or inside existing windows. Choices are clear glass or plastics like Plexiglass. Glass is heavier, more fragile and more expensive, while plastics are cheaper, lighter and can become scratched. In addition to protecting existing windows, storm windows help insulate better than replacement windows. Storm windows fitted outside existing windows get condensation that must be vented through a “weep hole” before it can damage windows. They do, however, prevent air leakage, and they also keep weather from damaging existing windows. Indoor storm windows fit tighter to the existing window, causing a sort of suction that keeps air from leaking out. They provide ease of use and cleaning as well as […]

Is a Home Warranty Worth the Price?
Is a Home Warranty Worth the Price

Knowing if you should spend money, sometimes up to six hundred dollars on a home warranty is a consideration buyers and existing homeowners should think about. There are many cases when having a home warranty in place is well worth the money and other times that it may not be worth the cost. Bank owned homes and short sale homes will generally not pay for the buyer to have a home warranty in place and in these cases it may be prudent to have a home warranty. One thing to keep in mind is that home warranty plans generally do not cover pre-existing conditions so knowing that you have an air conditioning unit that does not work is not a reason to buy the warranty. These houses since they have been owned generally by people that are at danger of losing the home and probably lived in the home for many months knowing they were losing the home tend not to take such good care of the property so problem could arise shortly after you take ownership. In this case, you may want to consider a home warranty and the out of pocket expense might be money well spent. If the home you are buying is fairly new, say between one and 5 years, then a home warranty could be something you forgo at the moment because most things that go wrong don’t happen in the first few years that a house is built. A home that is six to […]