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Consider These Three House Renovations

Jul 7, 2008
Your house needs a little fixing up. But where do you start? Three areas in which it never hurts to improve are the floors, the doors and the windows. These are three house renovations that can be easily fixed that make a huge difference in your home's appearance.

Fixing your flooring can be one of the best ways to improve your house. Good, durable flooring lasts for years and can withstand the abuse you and your family give it. If you end up selling your home, great flooring can help you get a better price.

The type of flooring available is astounding from carpet in the living room and the bedrooms to hardwood flooring in the hallway to tile in the bathroom to laminate or linoleum in the kitchen. It pays to research the types of flooring available because they really vary in cost and durability. Also be sure to find out how to maintain it. Some only require a weekly sweeping while others need special care. You may consider installing the flooring yourself: Laminate floors are actually rather fun to install.

The next items to consider for renovation are the doors. Not only are they important in terms of aesthetics, but they also are important factors in terms of security and heating bills. You want a door that is attractive but that can also withstand break-ins. Likewise, a door that is not well-sealed can be a source of heat loss. Depending on your budget and whether you are looking for exterior or interior doors, you may consider steel or wood models.

You will probably want to match your door frame to those of your windows. Windows are also important in terms of looks, security and heat loss. There are many companies available that manufacture attractive window that are surprisingly secure against breakage and are remarkably energy efficient. Double-hung windows flip out and are very easy to clean inside and out. Replacement windows are available in vinyl, wood and aluminum varieties. Each type has its own advantages and disadvantages, so be sure to consider each one carefully.

In considering any of these projects it is important to plan carefully. Assess your budget to determine whether you have the cash available. Also be sure to consider the time involved to install your purchase. Do you know how to do it? If you don't, spend the extra money and hire someone to do it. Most home improvement stores offer financing so you can begin enjoying your purchase quickly.

Floors, doors and windows are popular, easy ways to give your home a whole new look. Get some home improvement magazines, check out all the new styles then try them in your home. You'll appreciate the comments you'll get by making these simple changes.
About the Author
Clinton Maxwell repeatedly makes news stories on issues relating to kitchen design subjects and kitchen cupboards designs. You can find his work on new kitchen designs over at http://www.kitchen-cabinets-tips.com .
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