The Benefits of Skylights in Your Everett Home

Are you considering adding a skylight (roof window) to spruce up your home’s appearance? The aesthetic, economic and even health benefits are many. Here are just a few advantages of skylights.

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Natural Light

Everything looks better under natural light. Window lighting can be very bright or dull depending on the time of day. Skylights windows provide balanced, natural lighting from above, enhancing the look of your decor and color schemes.

Healthy Environment

Skylights enhance a fresh, healthy environment. For starters, there are mood-elevating benefits of more sunshine. (Ahhh, feel that Vitamin D building up in your system.) Skylights also help eliminate pollutants and smells that build up in your home from normal, day-to-day activity: dust, pet hair, mildew, cooking odors, chemicals released from household cleaners.

Mold Reducing

Mold is an especially worrisome problem in Everett’s drizzly weather. It thrives in places that are dark and damp with stagnant air making sunlight and a fresh breeze two of your biggest weapons for keeping it at bay. Stop window condensation. Skylights that open release those toxins and help circulate fresh air into your home, ensuring it will be a healthy, pleasant place to live for years to come.

Better View, Without Loss of Privacy

Get a better view without sacrificing privacy. In homes that are built close together bedroom and bathroom shades often remain closed. By adding a roof skylight, you can let more light in without worrying about prying eyes.

In addition, many skylight options come with blinds or shades that allow homeowners to diffuse or block the light during certain times of the day or programmable touch-screen remote controls that allow homeowners to schedule times for skylight blinds to close and open.

Contact us today to learn about how you can get skylight windows installed in your Everett home.

Save Money

Save on energy bills. Heat naturally rises and is pulled out through skylights that open while cool air is pulled in through lower level windows. On those hot summer days that means you can be less dependent on air conditioning. For more ways to save money, check out Low-e Glass.

Make Your Guests Feel Comfortable

Add natural light to bonus rooms. If you’re considering converting an extra room into a home office or turning your attic into a bedroom, skylights and roof windows are the perfect way to add light and making them feel comfortable. This is especially true in attics with sloped roofs where it can be difficult to add windows.

 

 


What is Low-E Glass?

Going Green

With the ongoing efforts of modern “green” building and the emphasis on energy efficiency, the typical consumer will undoubtedly run across the term Low-e glass when shopping for windows, doors or skylights. Whether the shopping is for new construction or a remodel project, it pays to know just what the terminology means. Tip: Roof Skylight Windows can also help you go more green.

How Low-e Glass Works and Saves You MoneyIllustration of How Low-e Glass Works

So, put on your thinking caps and we’ll journey back to school for a bit. You see, Low-e is a term related to thermodynamics, a sub-field of the science of Physics. Without too much technical jargon, we will look at the importance and the practical effects of Low-e glass for your home or office. Continue reading “What is Low-E Glass?”


Window Condensation – Causes & Remedies

window condensation with autumn leavesIt’s that time of year! The leaves are changing color, the mornings are cooler and here in the Northwest our windows begin to get foggy. Window condensation can be anywhere from mildly annoying to outright damaging to our homes. Beyond the obvious fogging of windows, the moisture can cause wallpaper to peel, damage plaster and even lead to serious issues with mold and the resultant health hazards to occupants.  Fall and winter typically mean more indoor activities, warmer room temperatures and greater differences between inside and outside temps.

Skylight Windows for Your Home Can Help Reduce Mold.

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Energy Efficient Home Windows

staying cozy insideToday’s homeowner, whether considering building a new home or upgrading an existing home, will often have a healthy interest in energy efficiency. Here in the Pacific Northwest, wind, rain and cold belongs on the outside of our homes, not the inside. Also, Seattle area homeowners not only want energy savings, we want our products and building procedures to be as green as our state nickname. Here at Goldfinch Brothers, Inc. we hear you! Our products are state-of-the-art in terms of energy efficiency. Our employees receive ongoing education to ensure our customers get the latest information for decision making when considering windows and doors from our showroom. Efficient windows and doors are more than just a product on display, too. Our CAD Design Engineers will listen to your needs and ideas then give you a complete package of the most energy efficient and green products and processes found anywhere.

Technically speaking, whether your desire is for wood, composite or aluminum frames we will supply the best products available. The types of glazing options available, from LoE-366 (which exceeds Energy Star requirements), solar bronze, self-cleaning glass or hurricane glazing for coastal regions where it may be required, will not just meet, but exceed your window requirements. Continue reading “Energy Efficient Home Windows”


Fiberglass Windows – The Pros & Cons

Fiberglass windows have traditionally occupied a small niche in the replacement window market, but they have noticeably started to gain traction in recent years. The most recent market report released jointly by the American Architectural Manufacturers Association and the Window & Door Manufacturers Association shows them having a 3.2 percent share of the market, and “more contractors are installing them because more homeowners are asking for them,” according to Remodeling Jim Cory of Remodeling Magazine. Continue reading “Fiberglass Windows – The Pros & Cons”


Window Buying Process

showroom-3Whether you are renovating an older home or building it new, the window shopping and buying process is essentially the same. For new homes, the contractor will have samples and suggestions you can choose from before the actual building process begins. For renovations, the simple steps outlined here will get you the best, most satisfying experience available.

Once you narrow down contractor selections, you will want to get a free in-home consultation. It is usually suggested to get three bids before you make a final selection. The thought of spending thousands of dollars on new windows can be nerve-wracking enough, so you won’t want a high-pressure sales pitch. Once the contractor knows your needs the best choices for your situation can be presented. If you have a budget, stick to it. Continue reading “Window Buying Process”


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