Archive | January, 2015

Energy Efficient Windows

30 Jan

Difference (pros and cons) in Windows: Vinyl vs Wood

When you decide that the time has come to replace your windows, you will typically find that any kind of replacement will create a dramatic difference within your home. Whether you are simply updating the décor, adding value to your property, or improving the energy efficiency of a structure, window replacements can be an ideal solution. However, that doesn’t make the choice of which material to use any less important.

Fortunately, replacing your windows doesn’t have to be stressful. Understanding the differences between the vinyl and wood options will help you to prioritize your needs, and create a foundation for you to make the right decision. Here is how to identify the type of window that you home wants, and needs.

1.     Consider the Energy Saving Benefits

Now more than ever, it has become increasingly important for homeowners to focus on their property’s ability to reduce temperature management costs and conserve energy.

Vinyl is a tried and tested insulator, which can define it as a wonderful choice for windows. Through dual weather-stripping, you can maintain your windows’ efficiency, eliminating drafts and ensuring your home is as comfortable as possible.

On the other hand, wood is also an insulating material, and wooden frames can be ideal for preventing the outside atmosphere from seeping into your home. A number of modern wooden windows can also be accessed with weather stripping services that provide a great defense against condensation and excess noise. However, if you fail to maintain your windows properly, you may find that wood struggles to withstand weathering, leaving your home more accessible to the elements.

2.     Consider your Budgetary Confinements

It’s fair to say that vinyl windows are often much less expensive to purchase than wood, and can offer years of valuable service. According to professionals, energy-efficient, high-quality vinyl windows can be an excellent investment, as the material does not swell or shrink when exposed to alterations in humidity. Combine that with strong manufacturers’ warranties, short turnaround times, and consistency, and you’ll find that vinyl windows are a very attractive option.

Comparatively, wooden windows are more costly. Because they utilize a natural resource, wooden windows are affected by the impact of supply and demand. Unfortunately, the price of natural and unique beauty is not only higher during installation, but also throughout the life of your window as well, due to the requirement of continuous upkeep.

3.     Consider How much time You Have for Maintenance

Vinyl windows require the absolute minimum in maintenance efforts. One of the reasons why this material is so popular with window replacements is that it doesn’t need to be stained, scraped or painted to look good. Generally, vinyl is unaffected by moisture, and can be insulated at its core to provide sound resistance and good thermal quality. What’s more, a vinyl window only needs to be cleaned occasionally.

Wooden windows, on the other hand, require a degree of ongoing maintenance. If wood is left exposed to the elements, it can easily crack, fade or rot. However, wood can also be stained or painted to match other areas within your home. If you are drawn largely to the architectural appeal of your windows, and are willing to put time into the upkeep, wood replacement windows can be stunning.

In Conclusion

Wood and vinyl windows both have distinct positive and negative qualities when it comes to considering design and durability. Choosing the effect that is right for you will depend on which factors are the most important to you.  

For any questions or if you are looking to improve your home, please give us a call at (617) 480-6836 or email us at info@aureliconstruction.com or visit www.aureliconstruction.com

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Discovering the Newest Fad

23 Jan

Discovering the Newest Fad: Vinyl Plank Faux Wood Flooring

Many people believe that wooden flooring is a perfect way to create an atmosphere of elegance and sophistication within their home. However, hardwood flooring is not the only option available for homeowners who want to achieve the wooden flooring look. There are actually a number of carefully manufactured materials.  One such as vinyl plank faux wood flooring, which can be used to simulate the look of hardwood without the potential negatives associated with buying the authentic article.

Vinyl Plank Faux wood Flooring Defined

Hardwood flooring is constructed using natural materials, produced when trees are harvested and cut into carefully measured planks. Vinyl, on the other hand, is a man-made material, generally manufactured using petroleum. Vinyl plank faux wood flooring mimics hardwood flooring in appearance, as well as the way that it lays. Usually, this type of flooring will be elegantly printed to match the markings and colors that can be found within the natural knots and swirls of hardwood.

The Comparative Costs of Flooring

There are a number of important factors that you may take into account before you decide to jump on board with the latest fad in flooring trends. Today, most of us are living on a budget, which means that if we are going to spend money on improving or enhancing our homes in some way, we need to feel as though that cost is justified.

Authentic hardwood flooring can cost anywhere between $8 and $12 per square foot installed, although this price can vary according to the species of wood that you choose. In some cases, woods that are regarded as softer materials, such as pine and plywood, can be purchased for lower costs, however these are far less desirable, and less durable options.

Analogously, vinyl faux wood flooring generally costs between $3 and $7 per square foot installed, for materials that are fairly decent in quality. If you so choose, you may decide to purchase high-end or luxury quality vinyl planks, and you will still not pay as much as you would on an average hardwood flooring.

Life Cycle and Durability

There are two primary types of vinyl flooring to choose from: solid and printed. If you want to get the faux wood look in your flooring, then you will need to select the “printed” option. Printed materials are protected with an invisible layer which defends the surface of your floor. Generally, most manufacturers are happy to guarantee the material for as long as ten to twenty years.

Furthermore, it is difficult to beat vinyl flooring in areas of your home that would benefit from moisture resistance. Consider, for example, that you want to get that fresh wooden look within your bathroom, kitchen or even basement. Moisture can have a harmful effect on authentic wood, even if your planks have been treated, and over time, you may find that the surface begins to warp. Vinyl faux wood flooring, on the other hand, is completely impervious to moisture, even if the water is left to stand. Because of this reason, vinyl is more versatile, and generally can be installed within any room of the home.

Design

Some people argue that you can only achieve the true elegance of wood with authentic wooden flooring. However, the surface of vinyl faux wood flooring provides an exact representation of what the material it is mimicking should look like. Because of the reason, it is possible to accurately achieve a stunning example of just about any species of wood. Unlike with real wood, though demand on the market will impact prices to a certain extent, consumers will regularly find that the price gap between rare, exotic wood species, and common woods is not particularly high.

Vinyl also provides homeowners with the opportunity to install padding under their flooring, which gives you the beauty and appearance of hardwood, mixed with the comfort and support of a more yielding, pliant material.

For any questions or if you are looking to improve your home, please give us a call at (617) 480-6836 or email us at info@aureliconstruction.com or visit www.aureliconstruction.com