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Monthly Archives: July 2014

The Top 4 Benefits of Having a Skylight

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If you find your home is dark and dreary the skylights Ottawa contractors install can provide a lovely feature to lighten and brighten. Here are the top four benefits of having a skylight:

Health Benefits

Natural light is the healthiest light you can use in your home. It is softer and more pleasing and is better for our minds and bodies. With the skylights as Ottawa home’s feature you will be exposed to much needed Vitamin D and B1 which will keep you healthier and happier. We need the sun to help keep our minds happy and skylights can help you avoid issues such as seasonal affective disorder and depression. Sunlight can also lessen fatigue and the occurrence of headaches caused by artificial lighting. Last but certainly not least, sunlight can help lower blood pressure.

More Light

This is an obvious benefit. However many people do not realize that a skylight will provide more light than a wall window as it is undisturbed by shadow. You will experience a brighter and more pure light through skylights brightening your home making it more cheerful and inviting. You will also have access to more sunlight which means you will not need to use as much electricity. They are especially pleasing if you have a home office offering natural light to avoid the harshness of desk lamps or the shadowy light from overhead lights.

Design Feature

Skylights can also offer a stunning design feature to your home. Whether you have one placed in the centre of your home to provide a stream of natural light down into your main foyer or stairwell, on the back of your home on an extension or as a feature in a family room or master bedroom skylights can be designed to offer drama, interest and height. They also offer better definition to existing features in your home from moulding to coffered ceilings. You will also see purer colour in artwork, on the colour of your walls and the details of home decor items.

Natural Disinfectant

Skylights also naturally reduce the occurrence of mould and mildew in your home. Sunlight is a natural disinfectant and can be very effective when placed in bathrooms where dampness can lead to mould and mildew growth.

The skylights Ottawa contractors install will allow you to have a more pleasing space, reduce your energy bills and let you feel healthier and happier in your home.

How To Choose Your Ottawa General Contractor

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Here are some tips to help you hire trustworthy and experienced Ottawa general contractors to provide you with the renovation services you require for your home renovations:

Ask Around

Ask friends and family if they know of a contractor they have worked with in the past. Nothing is better than finding someone who has a proven track record working with someone you trust.

Do your Research

Once you have some names do your research. Make some calls, check out their websites, read further testimonials and view their online portfolios of jobs they have completed.

Call a Short List

Following your research make a short list of Ottawa general contractors you would like to call. You can then do some quick interviews to find the contractors who are available as well as who will be able to offer the services you require. Ask some basic questions including:

  • Can they handle the scope of work required for your project?
  • Do they have experience in doing this type of work?
  • Can they offer financial references (to ensure they are not fly by night contractors)?
  • How many jobs do they handle at once?
  • When would they be able to start your project?

You should then end up with three or four Ottawa general contractors you would like to meet face to face. Set up appointments to provide them with a tour of your home and to review the work you would like them to handle. Ask specific questions while they are there and make sure you communicate well. You do not want to end up with a contractor that is difficult to understand. You want someone who will be patient and explain everything in layman’s terms so you will always know what is going on during the project. Ask if you can visit a current job site and for references of clients you can call.

Detailed Quotes

Ask each contractor for a detailed quote with a breakdown of everything from materials to tradespeople and compare costs and fees. Ask them how they will work if it looks like the costs will go over budget and ensure they will consult with you before proceeding with costly issues when they arise. Make sure materials are about 40 percent of the costs.

These tips will help you find the Ottawa general contractors you can trust to complete your project on time and on budget.