I wanted the room to still feel like I was outside--all the other options I looked at made the room more of a sunroom/solarium--which I find too hot and claustrophobic! I hope my years of deliberating and finding a solution will help someone else with this same
I say just do it.
Jalousie windows were the "in thing" prior to central AC. When people were trying to stay comfortable with the use of fans or by opening windows for ventilation. They are not energy efficient and leak warm/cool air excessively. From an efficency stand point, an update would both save you money and keep you more comfortable. BUT the ultimate decision is yours............
Get a detailed description from your contractor on how this is going to be done. The more window, the better, to keep the original character of the house. I have seen some done where a good bit of siding is used around and between the windows and it just doesn't look as nice.
Page Latham, Realtor
Russell and Jeffcoat Realtors, Inc.
Coleman & Associates, Inc.
Deciding on whether it is a good investment to replace the windows depends on a few things.
* Are you looking to stay in the home for a while - or looking to sell soon?
* What is the cost for the work?
* What is the equity in your home - factoring in your cost for the windows would there still be equity (also considering the potential increased value.
Generally jalousie windows generate a "dated" look - so there is potential for increasing the value of your home and it saleability by upgrading the Florida room. If you're not looking to sell right away , then you and your family would enjoy the additional space and feel to the room.
I hope this information helps!
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