When we bought this house, we knew we were going to have to replace the windows throughout the whole place. We actually wanted to replace them anyway, because they were single pane windows and were not going to do very well at keeping the heat out in the summer and the heat in during the winter. But they are also starting to fall apart and not work very well, so we have to replace them anyway. But the nice thing about doing that is we now are going to have new vinyl windows that we have chosen the style of. So we get to choose the way that they look and the way that they open, which will be really nice. I have never really liked the windows that you have to first unlatch and then crank open slowly. I wanted ones that would just slide open one way or another, and that were really simple to lock and unlock when they were in use. We decided to go with the vinyl windows because not only do they have nearly unlimited options when it comes to the color and style, but they are known to hold up really well under the direct sunlight and intense heat that we get in the summers. We are hoping to not have to replace the windows again while we are living here, and so we surely wanted to get something that was going to have a really long life, because there will be a lot of use and sun damage and we don’t want them to have to be replaced any time in the next several years.
Once we get this project taken care of, we probably don’t need to start another one for awhile. We are thinking of putting in a new patio in the back yard, but that can wait until next spring. The windows are enough for this year for sure, as they are not the cheapest project that we could have started this time around. But we are going to be really happy with them once they are completed, and so it will be worth the money, and the time and effort that we are putting into them, that is for sure. I just can’t wait until they are completed and installed and we are using them, because at that point I will be really excited about the project and choosing to do it when we did. But until then, it just seems like a lot of work and a lot of money that may not have been necessary. We do have windows right now, but we just wanted better ones, and the vinyl will certainly be better in the long run, that is for sure. I’m really excited about choosing the color though, that is one thing that I am looking forward to about this project. Because we can then choose everything else around that, which I am happy that we get to do. I just want them to be in and the whole thing to be over at this point.