Monday, October 5, 2009

Windows and siding

As expected, last week was a whirlwind of activity as we received siding and windows. There is a huge learning curve as we learn HOW to put these things onto the house! I mean...of course Mark KNOWS how to put them on, but this is his first time working with fiber cement siding, and of course my first time working with anything.

The windows are Milgard, and we were very pleased with their appearance. They are white vinyl, with divided lites in the upper half...kind of an arts and crafts look thrown in my little white farmhouse. We got interior grids for ease of maintenance, so the only downer is they don't show up as much as I'd like due to the tinting of the windows. Yes, the windows are tinted like the windows of a rock star limo not because we like the look, but as a function of the low-e glass. In the words of Wikipedia "These coatings reflect radiant energy, thus tending to keep radiant heat on the same side of the glass from which it originated. This often results in more efficient windows because: radiant heat originating from indoors is reflected back inside, thus keeping heat inside in the winter, and infrared radiation from the sun is reflected away, keeping it cooler inside in the summer." Doesn't it sound like a good thing? But there is a small price (literally and figuratively).

Here's my Mom surveying Mark's work. I believe it passed inspection.

Can you see the little white farmhouse coming to life?


  1. This is so exciting! Good job Marky!

  2. Hey Mark, that piece of siding, third from the bottom, looks a little crooked to me. Did you remember to use your level????

    Just kidding. You guys are doing a FANTASTIC job on the house. Wish I was there to help out. Well, I could at least bring you a beer every now and then!!


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