Can We Really Trust Older Windows?

Can We Really Trust Older Windows?Calling all older-home owners!

If you live in an older home in the area, it might be time to start thinking about making a few renovations and updates. One update that many older New York homes need is new windows, and while it may seem like a waste to replace windows that are in good working order, it might actually save you some money in the long run.

If your windows are 15 years old or older, it is time to start thinking about new windows. Some signs that it may be time to replace your old windows are if the windows stick when you open or close them, if you find moisture on the inside of your windows, and if your windows have single-pane glass, which is what most windows in older homes are.

Single-pane glass is serviceable, but does not do much to cancel outside noise. If you notice that your home is very noisy, if you can hear a lot of what’s happening outside, you may have single-pane glass in your windows.

Another benefit of newer windows is efficiency: whether you’re heating your home in the winter, or cooling your home in the summer, newer windows will lock in the hot or cold air, and allow you to run your heater or air conditioner less. This will undoubtedly save you money on your electric bill.

If you have an older home, and notice that your windows are drafty and outdated, it might be time to consider replacing your home’s windows.

At Merle Builders, we feel not only will you enjoy the benefits of greater outside noise cancellation, newer windows are made to be energy efficient, so you will see a reduction in your energy costs.

Contact us if you’d like to talk to an expert contractor about potentially replacing the windows on your older New York home.

Adding A New Deck To Your Home

If you’re renovating your home’s exterior, consider adding a new deck to your home. It’s almost Summer and what’s better than entertaining friends with a barbeque and some lemonade out on the magnificently built deck?

With a new deck, you’ll increase your home’s living area, being able to entertain and enjoy time with your friends and family outdoors in the nicer months. Plus, it’s an easy way to increase the value of your home if you’re thinking about selling or refinancing in the future.Adding A New Deck To Your Home

Adding a deck to your home may seem like a big job, but if you plan out exactly what you want, a professional will be able to complete your project in just a few short weeks.

Some things to consider when building a new deck on your home or property; budget, timeline, and wish list. You can consider adding common things like fire pits, seating but additionally an amenity like an area for grilling.

If you like to entertain, consider adding extra dimensions to sit and talk with guests. If you grill often, you might want to think about adding a built-in grilling area for making those delicious feasts. Another great deck addition is a fire pit, especially if you have kids who like to roast marshmallows or if you like to sit out under the stairs, staying warm with your company.

All of these things come with a price tag, so make sure you consider your overall budget when you’re making your plan.

Remember, adding a new deck to your home can increase the value of your home and will give you a new living space to spend time with your friends and family. At Merle Builders, we have the professionalism, experience and attention to detail to make sure that your new deck is a beautiful addition to your home. If you live in the Central New York area, contact us for a quote today and if you have any questions please feel free to ask.

Top 5 Renovation Projects

Top 5 Renovation ProjectsRenovating a house is an exciting time. Transforming a space into something new and refreshing is like starting over with your personal style. With a renovation, you’re able to make your home look more attractive, current, and comfortable.

Knowing which room to renovate first, how to do so, and who to hire for help are just a few of the decisions you will need to make. Add on top the colors, patterns, fabrics, fixtures, furniture, etc., and you have a lot to think about.

Renovating a home can include a complete re-do right down to the studs or simply be a change of color and decor. Regardless of the outcome, there are certain areas of the home that Americans are more apt to fixing up over others.

According to angieslist.com, the top five home renovation projects that provide the most return on your money are as follows:

Kitchen: As long as your kitchen renovation budget doesn’t go over 20% of the value of your home, you can receive an 85% investment return.

Bathroom: it’s a fact; outdated bathrooms are an eye sore. Even though this room is the one least spent in, a bathroom renovation can provide an 80% investment return. A complete bathroom re-do can cost an average of $10,000.

Deck: as an ideal outdoor space and when the right materials are used (durable and weather-resistant), a deck can provide you an 80% investment return.

Siding: as the most attractive feature of the exterior of your home, the siding plays a crucial role in the aesthetic appearance and offers up an 80% investment return. You will likely spend an upward of $10,000, but the money spent is worth it.

Window replacement: as one of your home’s most important sources for energy efficiency, and add in the fact that they complete the outside appearance, replacing windows is a solid investment with a 70% return.

Since 1962, expanding families, new homeowners and many others across greater Central New York have trusted in Merle Builders to construct their perfect home or property. We specialize in elegance, customization and perfection. Our goal is to build each and every home according to your exact needs and preferences.

From single-story patio homes to sprawling two-story townhouses, we construct and design each property according to your lifestyle. For more information, contact us today!