Window replacement and window repair are two important aspects of home maintenance that cannot be neglected. Windows are one of the most important and beautiful features of most any home. They are also a way to allow the sun to filter into your home and give it a welcoming glow for family and friends.
Just as important as replacing and repairing windows is maintaining and protecting them. When you take steps to preserve and maintain your windows on an ongoing basis, it is less likely they will need replacement or repair as soon as they would have without this attention.
One way to protect and maintain your windows is through the installation of window awnings. These beautiful features of a home can not only protect, but they add character and an updated look to most any home. If your home is older, you can even purchase awnings that give it a quaint, historical look as well. Window awnings are versatile and easy to install in most cases.
So what do awnings have to do with maintenance? First of all, window awnings can make your home more energy efficient by reducing the solar heat gain that penetrates windows during the hot summer months. This helps you not only protect your windows and surrounding area, but it save your money on energy costs. Since awnings are protecting from the outside in, they are also protecting your draperies, carpet, blinds, and furniture. Fading is no longer an issue where sunlight typically pours into your home because awnings are a barrier for the harmful rays.
Awnings come in a variety of styles and shapes and installation is usually quite simple. You can purchase awnings that open at an angle, open half-way, or open fully. They can be managed from the inside of your home making them even more convenient. When awnings are closed, they retract into a protective casement that protects them until they are needed. They are non-intrusive and do not detract from the home’s exterior when closed either.
Most awnings are easy to install and require some simple, ordinary tools. For example, to install your awnings and protect your windows to avoid window replacement, you will likely need:
· Electric drill
· Drill bits
· Tape measure
This is not a complete list but it does give you an idea of the simple tools required for installation of awnings that can protect your windows and your home. All awnings come with specific instructions and detailed drawings to facilitate installation. Reading the directions thoroughly ahead of time will make the job easier and it will go much faster when you know what to expect.
Before you go to the trouble and expense of window replacement and window repair, take a look at awnings to protect your windows. If your windows are already damaged or need repair, take care of that first. Replace rotted wood or peeling paint. Replace any broken panes or other problems with the window. If you are in the process of replacing windows due to irreparable damage, now is the perfect time to install window awnings to ensure a long life for your new windows.
Repair and maintenance of windows is an important aspect of maintaining the beauty and integrity of your home. And prevention of problems is one way to delay or avoid those repair and maintenance issues. Although awnings won’t completely prevent window damage, they can be a huge asset when it comes to protecting them. Consider installing your awnings today and you’ll enjoy a more beautiful and well-maintained home tomorrow.