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Tips before you start your summer renovations

Summer is an excellent time for home renovations, especially when installing new windows and doors. However, any reno project needs some careful planning. Here are a few things to consider when planning your summer window and door project.

 

Identify your goals

Before anything else, it’s essential to specify what you want to achieve. Do you want more light in your living room? Do you want better access to your backyard? Do you want to reduce your energy bills? Identifying your home’s pain points before starting renovations will help you develop solutions and improvements.

 

Set your budget

You may want to emulate the luxurious home decor photos you see on Pinterest, but is that financially realistic? Your dreams may exceed what you can afford. Setting a budget can help you focus on what you need to achieve your goals without remortgaging your house.

 

Remember efficiency

No matter what style of windows or doors you purchase, a summer reno project is an excellent opportunity to improve your home’s efficiency. Energy Star-approved windows are about 20 per cent more energy-efficient than regular windows, which can drastically reduce your heating and cooling costs. Plus, you may be eligible for financial help from the federal government through the Canada Greener Homes Grant program.

 

Plan for the future

Plan for the future when choosing your windows and the materials they’re made of. Vinyl is a superior choice to materials such as wood and aluminum, as it requires little to no maintenance and is a breeze to clean. You’ll be thanking yourself for choosing vinyl every time you clean.

 

If you’re installing new windows in a multi-storey home, choose double-hung windows for ease of care. They’ll enable you to clean the windows’ exterior and interior without going outside or using a ladder, saving you time and effort.

 

Choose a reputable contractor

Don’t trust your summer renovation project to just anyone. Do some research before choosing a contractor. Look for a company that’s invested in the community and has an established reputation. Also, ask for references and check with the Better Business Bureau.

 

Your best choice for installing patio doors in Ottawa

With Canadian Comfort Windows & Doors, your summer renovations are in good hands. Whether it’s patio door installation or window replacement, our experts work efficiently and cleanly, and we guarantee our labour for 10 years. We’ve served clients in Ottawa and the surrounding area for over half a century. Contact us today to get a free estimate on your summer renovation project.