Q: How long does it take to build a home?
A: While small homes and additions take approximately 16 weeks to complete, larger projects often take 3 – 6 months. Custom design homes may require up to a year or more.
Q: Do I need a contractor if I am building a home?
A: Yes. A general contractor can help you plan your project, hire workers, and ensure that mistakes are not made at your expense. Hiring a contractor can help you save money in the long run and avoid needless hassles.
Q: Is there a standard calculation to use when trying to figure out building costs?
A: No. Each construction project is unique and has different associated costs. The only construction jobs whose costs can be standardized are tract homes. Square foot pricing is just an approximation at best in most cases.
Q: What style window should I consider?
A: Personal preference weighs heavily in making a decision. Consider size, style to match your home, color, glass, insulation rating, tint, and more.
Q: Insulation ratings on windows?
A: Windows that have good insulating value will make your home more comfortable. The reason is the window allows less heat or cold into the room. An insulated window will also be warmer on the inside. Windows with high insulating values are less likely to have problems with condensation.
Understanding the U-factor is important since it indicates the thermal conductivity. The lower U-factor means a better insulated window. This is noted as Low-E.
The other term to know is the R-value which refers to the resistance of the window to heat. Better windows have high R-values and low U-factors. Most new windows are labeled with an energy information sticker showing the ratings. Check with the window manufacture for specifications.
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