The Perfect Basement Apartment

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The Perfect Basement Apartment

When we got married, my husband and I moved into a lovely brick home. Because we were young and in debt, we would have benefited from being able to rent out a portion of our home to tenants. Unfortunately, our home didn’t include a basement apartment. If your basement is currently not being used, consider transforming it into a basement apartment. Before renting it out to tenants, you will need to make sure it meets certain specifications. For example, most local governments require basement apartments to contain a certain amount of windows. Usually, you will also have to ensure that your windows meet size requirements. On this blog, you will discover how to create the perfect basement apartment with the right windows.


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Will Your New Windows Have Drafts?

It is frequently thought that replacement windows will be more prone to developing drafts. Often, this belief is due to the idea that replacement windows will not fit the window frame as well as the original windows. However, professional window technicians will be able to ensure that your replacement windows are as secure as possible. Additionally, a layer of weather stripping will be placed around the edges of the replacement window to seal any gaps that may be present. Interestingly, older windows can actually be more prone to developing drafts as the wood can warp or contract, which can create drafts. Also, older windows may have weatherstripping that has severely degraded to the point where it no longer provides noticeable benefits.

Can Your Replacement Windows Reduce Noise Pollution?

For those that live in urban settings, noise pollution can be a serious problem for life inside the home. The sound from traffic, snow plows, garbage trucks and other vehicles can be extremely disruptive to you at all hours of the day. Much of this noise will enter through the windows as glass can be an excellent conductor of sound. Luckily, there are windows that are designed to be noise suppressing. This type of window will be more expensive than basic options, but the quality of life improvements can be worth this expense. Also, having this type of window can help to increase your home's interest in buyers when you go to sell it as noise-suppressing windows can be in high-demand in urban areas.

What Are The Advantages Of Tinting Your New Windows?

You may be aware of the fact that you can have the windows to your car tinted. However, it is easy to overlook the ways that tinting you residential windows can benefit your home. In particular, tinting the window can help to reduce the energy gains that the home will experience from sunlight shining through the windows. Also, this sunlight can cause discoloration of your carpeting and hardwood floors, but having a tint in place will help to prevent this form of wear and tear from degrading your floors.