Economic indicators, such as Housing Starts tracked by the NAHB, seem to correlate to weather indicators recorded by NOAA.
This year’s winter has brought severely cold weather. For instance, NOAA reports that at the beginning of February, 2014, 75% of the Great Lakes were frozen. the largest ice cover for the date since 1996. As the winter weather moved through the Midwest and the Northeast, the NAHB reported “Following the ten point drop in the HMI to a level of 46, total housing starts declined 16%…”.
NOAA states that Chicago reported 33.2 inches of snow for January, the third snowiest month for the city. The NAHB reported “Regional data confirm that weather played a large role in the decline for January. The pace of Midwest single-family starts (seasonally adjusted) declined 60% from December to January and was 50% lower compared to January 2013.
So, the severe weather this winter has affected growth in housing.
But, Spring will come. Spring will bring warmer temperatures and the opportunity to once again have new home building and home improvement projects.
Spring will also bring the threat of flooding. Each cubic foot of compacted snow remaining on the ground will cause flooding in areas never before susceptible to flooding resulting in costly damage to homes, if not properly prepared.
When considering the inevitable results after such a difficult Winter, you should consider the most vulnerable part of the house to flooding, the Basement Window. Even low-level flooding can cause intense damage through this vulnerable opening.
Glass Block is a great choice for basement windows, or any window that may be susceptible to flooding. Glass Block Windows have the characteristics of a solid concrete block wall. And now, you can choose to have ventilation in the window.
While glass block windows provide protection against water penetration, they also provide a high level of security against burglary. Glass Block provides an excellent solution to demonstrating that our home is not an easy target for the criminal, while still maintaining beauty and elegance in the home. You can also forget about painting, caulking and puttying. There’s nothing to peel, rot or rust. To clean, simply hose the outside and wipe the inside lightly with a damp cloth.
Installation is easier than expected. Glass Block windows, such as those from Eastern Glass Block, are available pre-assembled. You can choose standard or custom sizes, with or without ventilation. Call us at Eastern Glass Block for a free estimate. We have over twenty years of experience designing and installing commercial and residential Glass Block nationwide. We would love to share our experience with you.