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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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Most homeowners are least concerned about their windows.  Some only check their condition when they are badly damaged and need to hire professionals. Unfortunately, when your windows are in bad condition, they jeopardize your security and energy efficiency.  Here are four main signs that your windows have reached the end of their life and need to be replaced.

1. A Rise in Your Energy Bills

When your windows are old, they are prone to leaks. They allow warm and cold air to move in and out of your house, which means you will need to have your HVAC system on for a long time to attain the temperatures you want. This means that you will spend a lot of money on your energy bills. When you replace the old windows with new ones, you prevent air leaks, reducing your energy bills. Therefore, if you notice that your energy bills have gone up drastically, you should consider replacing your windows.

2. When You Hear Noise From the Outside

Your windows should block noise from outside. If you hear loud noises from the outside, and they don't sound dull, this indicates that your windows are not working properly. In most cases, it is a sign that your windows are not properly sealed or too old, or of poor quality. If you notice that the noises from outside are too loud, you should replace them with new and properly sealed ones. If you live in a noisy neighborhood, consider installing double or triple pane windows because they significantly reduce noise.

3. When the Frames Are Decaying

One of the most basic signs that you need to replace your windows is when the frames start decaying. Since your window frames are exposed to extreme weather conditions regularly, they can wear out very fast. When it rains, they become wet and start to decay. Although the frames hold the glass in place, the windows can easily break if the glass becomes too loose. Therefore, when you notice that the window frames are decaying, you should replace the entire window. 

4. When the Windows Leak

If you stand close to the window on a rainy day and feel some droplets, your windows are probably leaking. This can have severe consequences. When there is a lot of water leaking in your house, the structural integrity of your home will be affected. 

For example, if the water leaks to your floors, it may cause the wood to rot. Additionally, a leaky window leaves your house humid, which is an ideal environment for mold growth. Mold triggers various medical conditions, such as asthma. Therefore, if you notice that your windows are leaking, have them replaced by a professional.

If you notice any of these signs, you certainly need to consider window replacement. Hire professionals to remove the old windows and replace them with modern, energy-efficient windows. Contact a window replacement service near you to learn more.