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Benefits of using Plexiglass for windows

Acrylic or Plexiglas windows are finding increasing popularity among home owners who are looking for an effective safe and easy to install option instead of glass. Plexiglass is not a total alternative to glass windows - it does have a few negatives. It scratches more easily than glass and is susceptible to melting if it comes in contact with direct heat. But the many advantages it offers makes installing Plexiglass windows something that every homeowner should consider. Increased Transparency Plexiglass is more transparent than glass and allows more light to enter the house. Glass allows about 80% of light to pass though it but Plexiglass allow 90% to pass. In regions where the sunlight is not so bright and the use of natural light should be maximized, Plexiglass is the better alternative. It also makes sense in low light conditions, such as tree shaded parts of a home. Break And Shatter Resistance Plexiglass windows have a much greater resista

Remodel, But Think Of The Environment Too

Green building construction has been a hot topic in the construction industry for many years. And while the focus on green new construction is long overdue, what about the older homes that were built before the importance of green building materials and techniques were recognized? According to a study done by Harvard University, there are more than 120 million homes in America that are over 32 years old. Over $233 billion is spent each year on remodeling them. These older homes were built when energy was cheap and the environmental impact of construction was not recognized. What Green Remodeling Achieves It is estimated that about 800,000 homes are remodeled in this country every year. On an average it can be assumed that the life of the remodel will be around 30 years. One way of looking at is that each year green remodeling can produce 24 million years of green living (800,000 x30). And green living means greater energy efficiency in the home,