Windows tend to be understated when it comes to their contribution to interior design. Yes, they allow light inside, but their purpose extends far beyond that in the form of bringing attention to certain portions of the wall and emphasizing certain portions of a room. They also dictate where your furniture will go, and determine the ultimate starting point for your interior design. So if you have a home remodel on the horizon, take a look at these 4 types of windows that will make all the difference in your home.
Arch Top/Gable Style Window
Rectangular windows are great, but when your room is rectangular and most of your furniture ends at a 90-degree angle, it can get a little monotonous. Break it with an arch top window, which is a rectangular window that ends in a curve instead of a flat top. The curve will bring softness to a room dominated by sharp corners, let in more natural light, and even make your room look a little taller as a result.
Transom windows are a horizontally-lengthened window that sits on top of a doorway or is up near the top of a ceiling, and it’s a great way to bring in light through wall space that was previously unutilized. Place them on top of any entrance into your home, or if you have some room between the top of your kitchen cabinets and the ceiling, install some in the wall space there to bring in more light into your kitchen area without any increase in electricity bills. A personal favorite of mine is putting them above your bed! It’s a great way to add more light to a place that not a lot of people prioritize when it comes to renovations.
“Bringing the outdoors in” is the phrase many a salesman uses when trying to sell a window, but with French doors it’s far more literal, doubling as both a window and a way to exit into the outdoors. French doors innately create a sense of grandeur when implemented into a room, and can be utilized to elevate a room to more formal standard since it is now an entryway into the home. Pair them with a set of sidelight windows to further increase light penetration, as well as frame the doorway to make it even more of a grand statement.
Bow and Bay Windows
If you have the luxury of having a home with large rooms, you may find that all that space comes at the cost of a certain feeling of intimacy, or if you have a smaller space, you lack a little nook you can call your own. Both problems can be solved with the addition of a bow and bay window, which is a trio of windows that protrude out from the wall to add an additional few square feet of space to a room. This extra room can be used for a seating area, a place to put your desk, or even as a small corner to tuck in a breakfast area. Regardless of what you do, having a space that is cradled by a view of the outdoors allows you to feel the coziness of a small room without feeling trapped. The fact that it makes the exterior of your home a little more interesting doesn’t hurt either.
Overall, windows play a huge part in how we utilize and interact with a space, which is why it is especially important that you select the right ones when given the chance, as they will likely be there for years to come. If you feel that you could use some assistance with that selection, we over at Innovative Contracting Services would love to help you. Feel free to contact us via phone call, or by inquiry form. We specialize in improving homes, and would love to assist you with your next housing project.
Houses are expensive, and so is maintaining them. That’s why a lot of people choose to cut costs and fix problems themselves, and for simpler things like furniture assembly, sealing drywall, and painting, it’s a viable option. However there are somethings that require more skill, and for the average person is just too dangerous to do. One of them, unsurprisingly, is roofing, and while many passionate homeowners believe they can do it, it is one of those tasks you should farm out to a professional. Here are 4 reasons why you should not attempt to DIY a roof.
Contractors have licenses for a reason. They studied and trained to ensure that the work they do is up to a suitable level of quality, and that that work lasts. Attempting to skip those steps and immediately carry out work on your home untrained can risk doing a job improperly, risking potential problems like leaks and structural issues.
Lack of Understanding
You may have a sense of what the problem would be, but chances are you don’t have the level of understanding required to spot it and then fix it. Small leaks can often be looked over to the untrained eye, and often times are not as obvious as you think. Even if you spot it, you would then need to repair it without damaging the electrical wiring, and improper sealing can still allow moisture through, causing rot and mildew.
Probably the most obvious danger of working on a roof is that you might fall off. Contractors have special equipment, protocols and training to ensure that the work they do doesn’t put themselves or others in serious danger. They also have experience in getting the tools they need up there and doing work, without letting anything fall down and risk hurting anyone below. Therefore, it is important to understand that while it may be cheaper to do it yourself, it is not worth it if it is at the expense of injuring yourself and others. Let contractors do it so that you don’t have to.
Even if you manage to get through the whole project without injury, chances are it took you a lot more time to get it done. Contractors have many years of experience doing work like this, to the point where it is usually pretty routine. In other words, they can get the job done faster, and likely to a higher standard of quality too.
Ultimately, while there are some DIY projects that you can do yourself, it is best to hire a contractor when it comes to things like roofing. Not sure who to trust with this job? Contact us at Innovative Contracting Services for work in roofing, siding, and windows. Enjoy your fun, DIY hobbies and leave the rest to us.
There are many different signs that will show a homeowner that it’s time for a roof replacement. Don’t wait for a big leak to call a roofing contractor. Being proactive will ensure less damage to your house and will eventually save you money.
Signs it’s Time For a New Roof
How Old Is Your Roof?
If your asphalt roof is only 5-10 years old, chances are it has plenty of life left in it. Asphalt roofs typically last between 20-30 years so if your roof is within the ladder of that time range, you may not have that much time left.
Entire Shingles Are Missing
A shingle here or there isn’t the end of the world as they can be replaced. But, if shingles are missing all over your roof, your house will start to look like a checkerboard. Additionally, this probably means that something is wrong with your roof.
Curling of Shingles
Shingles that curl means that the edges turn upward and away from the flat position that they previously were. This shows that your roof is weathering and could be a sign that potential leaks are in the making.
Granules in the Gutters
If you look in your gutters and see a pileup of shingle granules, it’s something to worry about. That means that your shingles are becoming less protective and the quality of your roof will start to deteriorate quickly.
Sunlight Through Your Attic
This may be the easiest thing to notice, but go up into your attic during a sunny day and look for sunlight making its way into your attic. If light can get in, that means so can rain, air, snow and possibly critters.
This is probably the most frantic sign that should yield immediate action. A sagging roof usually indicates structural damage and the problem is just waiting to get worse.
For more information, please feel free to reach out. Our team at Innovative Contractor Services is here to make sure that your damage roof gets repaired or replaced immediately.
Looking for a new roof? Innovative Contracting Services provides homeowners throughout Massachusetts with a range of re-roofing, roof ventilation, and free roof estimates. Homeowners often come to us and aren’t sure what they are getting by replacing their roof. They will hold and keep a failing roof just because they only see the money coming out of their bank account. Listed below are the main benefits that you’ll gain by installing a new roof.
1. Energy Savings: An roof older roof can leak air into your house making your energy bills rise. A new roof with Innovative Contracting Services will be fully insulated and air will always stay inside. This means your air conditioning and heating systems don’t need to be cranked up to compensate for a leaky roof.
2. ROI: The money you put into your new roof isn’t just disappearing. New roofs yield on average a 70% ROI.
3. Protecting Your Home: A failing roof will result in many more problems than a leak. If not fixed, water can cause so many more issues from mold growth, structural damage & more. The longer the wait, the more money you’ll end up spending to fix the problem.
4. Curb Appeal: Hows your roof looking? If you’re walking down the street and your roof is unsightly, a new roof will bring a breath of fresh air to your home.
5. Property Value: If you plan on selling your home anytime in the near future, a new roof will surely help you out. It make selling your home an easier process as an older roof is much less attractive from the homebuyers standpoint.
6. Peace of Mind: Family is important and replacing your old roof with a new one is the best way to keep everyone safe. You’ll feel better at the end of the day knowing your house is safe.
For more information about Innovative Contracting Services, please feel free to reach out. We can be reached over the phone at 781-393-4427 or through our online contact services.
Siding is one of the main things that homeowners completely overlook when trying to remodel their home. Improving the look and feel of your home and trying to get a good return on investment can be a tough mission to tackle. Well, siding often yields a great ROI, it instantly can take your home from looking like it was built in the 1800’s to looking brand new and so much more. But, how do you necessarily know that it may be time for new siding? Let our team teach you.
Main Signs That It’s Time For New Siding
1. Your Home Constantly Needs to Be Repainted: If your home needs to be repainted every 5-6 years then you’re simply wasting money when you shouldn’t be. Even wood siding should be able to keep its paint for longer than that. If the siding is chipping, peeling or cracking then that should be addressed.
2. Rising Heating or Cooling Bills: If your homes heating or cooling bill already seems too high or has climbed in costs more than normal, you need to investigate. There can be a lot of issues causing this including your roofing, windows, siding, insulation and more. But, siding can certainly cause this and as a homeowner, we highly recommend finding the solution.
3. Warping & Rotting: Your siding could be rotting and you could have no idea. If you take a sharp object such as a screwdriver, walk around your home and poke under any siding that is warped. If the underlayer has begun to rot, then it’s time to replace.
4. Cracked Siding: Walk around your house and make sure that there are no cracks. These cracks can invite in unwanted water, moisture and pests. If it is an isolated instance, then repairs may solve the problem, but if it becomes more serious than it may be time to replace.
5. Interior Paint & Wallpaper is coming off the Walls: A sign that moisture has gotten into your walls is when paint or wallpaper starts to peel. Replacing your siding may be the only to stop this.
For more questions about when new siding is needed, please feel free to reach out. Our team is here to help and provide you with all the siding installation you may need.