Beauty Meets Efficiency

New Windows Increase Home Value

People spend hours trying to figure out the perfect paint colors and fuss over their landscaping and more to try to capture optimal curb appeal — but they often bypass an important feature — glass windows and doors.

WindowGlass windows and doors have come a long way — especially in the past 20 years, according to Erik Ashcraft, windows product manager at Milgard Windows & Doors. “The technology to build windows has changed a lot. They are much more energy-efficient, and are the key building envelope.”

Milgard Windows & Doors are our Partner of Choice for our 2018 Northwest Idea House being built in Lakewood. Their products will be featured throughout the modern farmhouse-style home that will be open for tours later this summer.

The dark-framed windows in “black bean” on the Idea House really pop against the white exterior. The window shapes are also interesting — some are round. Large glass doors in the Idea House will create a seamless transition from the dining area to the patio outside, which will make entertaining a breeze, quite literally.

Trends in new construction and the red-hot remodel markets include those large glass doors, according to Brent Wright, doors product manager. Windows with classic white frames, or that are paintable are also in high-demand.

Other advances in glass include better energy efficiency with Low-E glass coatings — up to four are available now — that keep temperature regulated in cold and heat, and also help keep harmful rays from fading furniture, carpeting, and flooring.

In addition to making a home more comfortable, new windows can change the look of your home, both inside and out. Hello, curb appeal!

WindowSigns your windows/doors need replacing:

  • When you sit near a glass door or window and can feel a cold breeze in winter, or it seems especially hot in summer.
  • The window is tough to operate.
  • There are cracks and gaps around the window and door edges.
  • It looks outdated, and you want fresh design.

TIP: If you need to replace your glass doors or windows — or just want to — the Milgard professionals suggest you do your research, get recommendations by word of mouth, and make sure you are receiving a solid warranty in case anything goes wrong. Milgard offers a full lifetime warranty on most if its products, many include for accidental glass breakage coverage. milgard.com

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