building a personal greenhouse
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building a personal greenhouse

It has always been a dream of mine to have a greenhouse that I could use to grow my own produce during the winter. I love garden fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, cantaloupes and a variety of other produce and it made me sad when I had to quit gardening for the season. I decided that it was time for me to invest in having a greenhouse built in my backyard so that I could continue to grow throughout the entire year. Learn all about the selection of the glass and how it needs to be cared for right here on my blog.


building a personal greenhouse

3 Things To Consider When Purchasing New Storm Protection Windows

Lee Moerman

If you live in an area that's at a high risk of getting hit by a hurricane or prone to severe thunderstorms, it's important that your house is outfitted with features that make it resistant to high winds and flying debris. One addition that will make your home more resistant to the elements is storm protection windows

Storm protection windows have components that shield and fortify your home's windows from the elements. There are a few different types of products available. You can replace the actual windows in your home with an alternative designed to be more resistant to high winds, or you can add a physical barrier to your window for additional protection.

Some homeowners go with both options to maximize the fortitude of their homes. Check out a few things to consider when deciding which type of storm protection windows are best for your home.

1. Do the windows detract from the look of your home?

One reason that some homeowners delay installing storm protection windows is that they're concerned the windows will detract from the look of their homes. If you replace your existing windows with windows that have stronger glass, they will look the same as any normal window style.

Should you decide to add storm shutters to your windows, it's important to go with a style that complements the architectural features of your home. Colonial-style shutters complement the structure of a home with a more traditional style, while hurricane-style shutters are flattering on homes with a coastal or island feel to them. 

2. Is professional installation required for the storm windows?

When you're on a budget, you might look for home upgrades that you can do yourself. Depending on the type of protection window that you select, it is possible to install some styles yourself.

One style that homeowners can install is hurricane fabric window protection. Hurricane fabric window protection consists of a block of fabric that you secure in place when a storm is approaching. It rolls up once the storm is gone.

More intricate options for window protection, like accordion and colonial shutters, usually require professional installation to ensure they look their best and function as intended. 

3. Will the windows add additional insulation to your home?

If you want to lower your heating and cooling bills, one thing that you can do is increase your home's insulation so that comfortable air stays in your home and air at an unpleasant temperature stays outside your home. Certain types of storm protection windows will increase your home's insulating properties. For example, protection windows manufactured from polycarbonate materials have the advantage of boosting your home's year-round insulation.