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Pros And Cons Of Double-Paned Windows

Posted by on Nov 30, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Pros And Cons Of Double-Paned Windows

Energy-efficiency is a concern to anyone that pays an electric bill. Those drafty doors and windows soon add up to you throwing your hard earned dollars to the wind. While you can’t eliminate your electricity bill completely, you can reduce some of the heating and cooling costs by reducing these drafts to make your home more energy efficient. One major way to do this is by installing double-paned windows.  Advantages  Double-paned windows save money by reducing energy consumption. It makes sense that two layers of glass would offer more insulation than just the one layer that single-paned windows offer. Since there are two panes of glass, the amount of outdoor noise pollution that enters your home is lessened, resulting in a quieter home. You can have your double-paned windows coated with UltraViolet (UV) coatings and other various glazes, depending on your budget and what the manufacturer offers. Very cold areas should limit coatings that reduce the sun from coming in the home because the sun will help warm their home in the winter. However, in hotter areas, UV coatings should be maximized to limit the sun from heating the home, which will reduce the usage of air conditioning units.  Pro Tips: Get the Most Out of Your New Windows Replacing only one window may not change your energy consumption much. So, if you are on a limited budget and can only replace one or two windows at a time, don’t be discouraged when you don’t see an immediate change on next month’s bill. If you can replace all the windows at once, that is the best decision to make. Remember that some window providers do offer specials and discounts if you buy a certain number of windows at once, so keep that in mind when you are budgeting.  Don’t try to buy a cheap product. Quality is essential if your investment is to be successful. A cheaper window can cause condensation to develop between the panes, creating a moisture issue in your home. You should have a professional install the window to be sure it fits correctly. If not, much of the money spend on the project may be lost because of poor installation.  Remember that these windows are an investment and they will pay for themselves over time. In addition to the savings you will reap each month on your energy bill, you are also giving your family a more comfortable and quieter home.  Contact a business like Gallagher Bros. Inc. to learn...

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Three Reasons To Hire A Professional For Your Blinds Installation

Posted by on Oct 20, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Three Reasons To Hire A Professional For Your Blinds Installation

The right style and color of blinds can instantly increase a room’s aesthetic quality, not to mention serve its intended purpose of blocking sunlight and providing privacy. While you can have fun picking out your preferred set of blinds at the store, it’s ideal to turn over the duties to a professional at this point. Trying to hang your own blinds, unless you have experience in this area, can be challenging and lead to frustration. Hiring an installer means that the job will be done quickly and correctly and that you won’t have to worry about any blind-related issues in the future. Here are three reasons to hire a professional. The Right Tools Installing blinds not only involves a degree of expertise, but also access to the right tools. If you’re the type of person who doesn’t have a full workshop of tools at your disposal, you’d face spending a significant amount of money to get the right tools for the job — and then you might not use the tools again for some time. Blind installation requires tools such as a drill, drill and driving bits, level, and tape measure. A professional installer has all the right tools for any blind job, meaning you won’t have to spend your hard-earned money on your own tools. Adaptability Although you hopefully took detailed measurements of your windows before buying the blinds, there’s always a chance that the blinds won’t fit as they should. If you ordered custom blinds, you won’t likely be able to return them, meaning you’ll be out the money because of your measurement miscue. A professional blind installer has dealt with a wide range of issues over the years, meaning he or she has the experience to potentially alter a set of blinds that doesn’t fit and complete the job correctly. Whether it’s getting creative with the bracket position or expertly changing the length of the blinds, a professional has the right touch for the job. Speed The exact length of time required to successfully install a set of blinds depends on the blinds and your windows, but a professional can get the job done before you could even finish reading the instructions if attempting the project on your own. As such, hiring an installer will save you time — you won’t waste time fussing with the project and you’ll have the job completed while you’re doing something else. The speed at which a professional can complete the job becomes even more valuable if you have multiple sets of blinds that need to be...

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What You Need To Know Before Replacing Your Home’s Siding

Posted by on Aug 26, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on What You Need To Know Before Replacing Your Home’s Siding

After a while, the effects of sun, wind, rain, and storms can cause significant damage to your home’s siding, and you’re going to have to replace it. But there’s a lot to consider before buying new siding willy-nilly — you have to know your home’s current condition, the cost and labor required to replace your siding, and you have to make the decision on what type of siding you’re going to stick on your house for the next decade or two before it’s time to replace it again. If you’re looking for all the information required before replacing your siding, then here’s what you need to know. Clean Bill of (Home) Health It’s usually pretty obvious when your siding needs to be replaced — signs include warping, molding, and discoloration — but you need to make sure that any problems with your siding haven’t made their way to the structure of your home itself. Check around the windows of your home; the siding there is easier to peel off and get a look behind for any leaking or molds. Repeat this all around your home — tiny, cosmetic problems on one part of your siding are one thing, but extensive damage will manifest itself in more than one place, and you want to make sure your structure is sound before applying new siding. Costs Upon Costs The next thing to decide on is whether or not to have a professional install your siding or whether you can do it yourself. While this decision does depend partly on what type of siding you decide on (more on that below), it’s also worth taking into account the cost of both tearing down the old and putting up new siding if you hire out. The costs of paying for labor are often offset by the contractor taking upon themselves the burden of disposing of the old material, which can be costly to dump. However, if you’re ready to tackle this project by yourself, make sure you’re aware that the standard cost of materials will be added to by the cost of tools and your time. Style is Everything Finally, before you go tearing chunks of your home’s siding off, you’ll need to decide what it’s going to be replaced with. The four general categories of siding are wood, aluminum, vinyl, and the relatively new invention of fiber cement. Wood looks timeless and can be matched to any decor, but does take a lot of upkeep to keep it looking nice. Aluminum is less finicky and less expensive than wood, but does tend to dent easily. Vinyl is easy to take care of, cheap, and comes in any color under the sun, but is prone to warping and/or cracking under extreme weather. Fiber cement looks like wood without wood’s drawbacks, but is easily the most expensive option, clocking in at $3-$5 per square foot. Click here for more information on siding...

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Three Unique Design Features To Add To Your Vinyl Siding Installation

Posted by on Aug 12, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Three Unique Design Features To Add To Your Vinyl Siding Installation

If you want to have a durable and practically maintenance free siding, vinyl is a great choice of materials. In addition, siding can often give your home a plain lap-siding look. Today, many newer materials can be used to make your siding look unique. You can also do things like add custom trim around windows for more of a personal appearance. If you want to have a unique look for the siding on your home, here are some design features that you may want to consider for your siding installation. 1. Using Different Vinyl Siding Styles On Your Home There are many different choices of siding materials to use on your home. Vinyl materials can even come in designs that resemble board-and-batten and other custom looks. Using this different style can be a great way to break up different design features. For example, if you use lap siding on the walls of your home, shakes or board-and-batten can be used to give the roof details around gables and other features. 2. Breaking Up Design Details With Trim And Cornice With Vinyl Siding If you use different types of siding styles, you will need to use trim and cornice to break up different types of materials. This can be done by using wide friezes to create lines between different materials on walls and gable or roof structures. It can also be used to divide siding on a wall and materials that you use to finish an area like a porch. Detailed trim can also be used at eaves to add a bit of extra detail. 3. Giving Plain Vinyl Windows More Detail With Composite Trim If you have vinyl windows installed in your home, you may find that they have few options for custom details from the factory. This can be done by adding trim around the windows when you have siding installed on your home. Details like wide friezes and moldings can be installed with your vinyl siding to give windows the custom details you want. You can even have window seals built for your windows when you have the siding installed on your home. These are some of the unique features that you may want to consider for your siding. If you are ready to have new siding installed on your home, contact a vinyl siding installer, like WeatherSeal Windows, and talk with them about giving your home a unique look with some of these...

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Update Metal Shutters with Rust-Inhibiting Spray Primer And Paint

Posted by on Aug 3, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Update Metal Shutters with Rust-Inhibiting Spray Primer And Paint

Unpainted, metal storm shutters can be dressed up to complement the exterior of your home with a coat of rust-inhibiting spray primer and two coats of paint. If you need to repair or update your storm shutters before you paint, talk with a place like Active Hurricane & Security Protection. The following steps will teach you how to transform the shutters so that they look newer and add appeal to the outside of your home. Materials soft bristled scrub brush industrial strength detergent water hose drop cloths masking tape exterior primer (with rust inhibitor) exterior paint mixing stick paint sprayer ​Clean the Shutters And Prepare The Work Area Secure and lock the shutters. Add a small amount of industrial strength detergent to a scrub brush. Apply the detergent to the shutters and use firm pressure as you remove surface stains and residue. Rinse the shutters off with a steady stream of water and allow plenty of time for them to dry. Place a drop cloth underneath each shutter to protect the ground from primer and paint. Apply pieces of masking tape over the areas next to the shutters so that they are not exposed to the primer or paint. Apply Primer That Contains A Rust Inhibitor Apply the primer and paint on a day that is not windy or hot. Windy conditions can cause the primer and paint to splatter onto other parts of your home. Hot weather can cause the primer and paint to dry rapidly and bond improperly. If the weather is predicted to be hot, opt to add the primer and paint early in the morning or late in the day. Mix the primer to eliminate air bubbles. Remove the canister from the paint sprayer and fill it with the primer. Reattach the canister.  Stand a few feet away from the first shutter. Hold the paint sprayer perpendicular to the shutter and squeeze the nozzle. Move the paint sprayer in straight lines. Stay the same distance away from the shutter as you cover it with primer so that it is applied evenly. Add primer to the remaining shutters in the same manner. Wait for the primer to dry. Add Two Coats Of Paint Clean out the paint sprayer’s canister with soapy water and rinse the interior with a water hose. Stir the paint and fill the canister. Reattach the canister and apply an even coat of paint to each shutter with the same steps that were used to apply the primer. After the paint dries, add a second coat. Wait for the paint to dry before removing the masking tape or opening the shutters. The freshly painted shutters will give your house an updated appearance that will continue to look great for many...

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Natural Lighting: Getting More Light In Through Your Home’s Windows

Posted by on Jul 16, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Natural Lighting: Getting More Light In Through Your Home’s Windows

Do you feel as though your home is just too dark and dreary? Natural lighting is a healthy mood elevator that can drastically change the openness and mood of your environment, but it can be a challenge to get all that warm light in. Whether you’re considering a new window installation or just want to make some fixes to your current design, there are some strategies that you can consider to draw in that bright, beautiful glow. Install Clear Glass Panes Many older homes have windows that are “broken up” by frames. A single window may be in a few or more “portions,” interrupted by wood or plastic dividers. Not only does this break up the light, but it also obstructs the view that you have outside. Consider replacing these windows entirely by a single unbroken glass panel. This is a much easier solution than an entire window installation, but it can still radically alter the way the light hits your room. Similarly, you may want to remove tinted, frosted or textured glass, as all of these options will obscure the light. Uninstall the Screens Do your windows have screens that you never use? This is very common; many home builders install screens on homes to give the homeowner the option, even though they may never actually open their windows. You can simply remove these screens entirely; they serve no architectural purpose, they are merely there to keep the bugs out. Screens tend to be dark, so they obscure not only the light but also damage the appearance of the window itself.  Get a Coating There are special types of glass and glass coating designed specifically to let more light into your home. These are called low reflectivity windows and window films — they are so named because they don’t reflect as much light away from the exterior of the window. Many of these window treatments are very easy to apply and can be added to existing windows. They are an affordable way to let more light in without a major investment or renovation. Your contractor can often give you more ideas on whether a new window installation or augmenting your existing window setup might work best for you. For the most part, new window installations tend to be a fairly trivial process when done by professionals — so if you feel as though your current windows just aren’t cutting it, don’t be afraid to look at some other...

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Commonly Asked Questions About Reducing Heat Loss From Your Windows

Posted by on Jul 7, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Commonly Asked Questions About Reducing Heat Loss From Your Windows

During the winter months, your home’s windows can be a major source of energy loss, but many homeowners assume that there is little that can be done about this problem. As a result, they may suffer through the winters while paying higher energy bills to heat the drafty house. Fortunately, there are a host of options available for reducing heat loss through your windows, and having the following couple of questions answered will give you a better idea of a couple of the available options.   How Can You Reduce Drafts Along Your Window Sills? Drafts coming from along the window sills are a common source of heat loss. These drafts occur because there is a small gap between the window and the frame which allows cold air to enter your home. This problem is often caused by worn weather stripping, and simply replacing the stripping should correct this problem.  After you install the new weatherstripping, you should close the window and hold a lit candle along the window sill. A flickering flame will indicate that the problem was not corrected, and you will need to inspect the weatherstripping to make sure that you have it installed perfectly straight and level.  How Do Insulated Windows Work To Reduce Heat Loss? For those that are needing to upgrade their windows, it is important to consider the benefits of insulated windows. These windows use dual paned glass to help reduce the amount of heat loss that occurs. Between the two pieces of glass, there is a space that is filled with an insulating gas.  In addition to this gas, these windows usually have an energy efficient coating. However, you may need to apply this coating to the exterior of the windows every few years, because the combination of heat and rain will start to break it down. Luckily, these coatings are sold in aerosol form, which will make applying it to your windows a simple task.  Ensuring that your home is as energy efficient as possible requires more than just limiting how much you use your appliances. It also must entail reducing any existing sources of heat loss that may be occurring. While your windows are likely a major source of energy inefficiency for your home, knowing how to eliminate a drafty window sill and why insulated windows work will help you to reduce the energy that your home loses through its windows. In addition to saving you money on your monthly heating bill, this will also help to keep everyone in your home as comfortable as possible. For more information, contact a company like R & K...

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How To Maintain Your Windows For Maximum Energy Efficiency

Posted by on Jun 11, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Maintain Your Windows For Maximum Energy Efficiency

As much of one-third of your home’s heat loss takes place through your windows and doors. Your windows can also let unwanted heat into your home during the summer. For this reason, it is worthwhile to consider your windows when you are looking for a way to make your home more energy-efficient. Of course, installing new energy-efficient windows is the best way to be sure that your windows are not causing excess heat loss or warming your home during the summer. However, if you are looking for a smaller financial investment, there are several things you can do to your existing windows to make them more energy-efficient. Storm Windows: Storm windows are additional glass panels that are mounted to the inside or outside of your existing windows. They offer many of the benefits of installing double-paned windows without the expense of replacing the entire window. Storm windows help prevent outside air from entering in to your home, preventing hot air from entering during the summer and cold air from entering during the winter. They also prolong the life of your existing windows by protecting them from the elements. Storm windows range from about $180 to about $560 per window, depending on the type of glass (low-e or regular glass) the type of window, and whether you install them yourself or hire a professional. They are not the cheapest option, but are a long-term solution that can reduce your heating and cooling costs. Seal Cracks: Without installing storm windows, you can improve your windows by making them airtight. This can be done by replacing cracked panes, and adding or repairing the caulking and weatherstripping around the windows. Caulking and weatherstripping save you money and make your windows more energy efficient by preventing your heated or cooled air from escaping from cracks around your windows. Caulking and weatherstripping are available in home hardware stores for just a few dollars, but you may want to invest in hiring a professional to check your windows and seal them. Reflective Films: Reflective films are another way to improve the energy-efficiency of your windows, particularly in warmer climates where the major concern is keeping the heat of the sun from entering your home. Window films are available in light reduction, heat reduction, or UV blocking models. At around $20 per roll, window films are an inexpensive option. As with caulking and weatherstripping, window films can be installed by homeowners themselves, but they will be more effective and look better if they are installed by a contractor (such as Distinctive Siding & Window). By paying attention to your windows and investing a little money, you can make your home more energy...

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2 Types of Windows That Can Make Your Home More Comfortable

Posted by on Jun 3, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 2 Types of Windows That Can Make Your Home More Comfortable

Choosing to replace the windows in your home can be a great idea, especially when you consider the many different types of windows available to you and the benefits that they can provide. Electrochromic and soundproof windows are just two great window types that can make your home much more comfortable. Soundproof Soundproof windows are ideal if you live in the center of a busy town, have noisy neighbors, or if your house is built near a busy road or highway. All of those situation can provide you with a rather unpleasant home life that can make it difficult for you to sleep well, or even relax in your home. Windows that are soundproof can consist of either two panes of glass separated by empty space between them, or of a single thick pane of glass. These types of windows can typically eliminate between 90–95% of the sound entering your home. A nice bonus to using these types of windows is that they will also benefit you by keeping the peace between you and your neighbors. This is because the windows will also block sound from leaving your home, which means that playing your music, movies, or video games at a high volume is less likely to bother your neighbors. Electrochromic Electrochromic windows are a type of window where the glass is designed to darken as an electrical current is run through it. These windows can darken to the point where they are completely opaque, or they can be darkened slightly to lower the amount of light entering your home but still allow you to see outside. These windows are ideal if you want to be able to make your home as dark as possible if you sleep during the day, or just simply enjoy a dark home. This is because these windows will reflect about 98% of the light away from your home. This level of reflectiveness can also benefit your financially. This is because all of that reflected light will not be heating up the inside of your home. Since your home is cooler, you will not need to use your air conditioner as much, which will lower your utility bills. Speak to a contractor like Arch Design in order to discuss the many great window replacement options available to you. Electrochromic windows are great for keeping your home cool, private, and dark. Soundproof windows will make both you and your neighbors happy because they will prevent a lot of sound from exiting or entering your...

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Keep Your Car’s Window Tints Looking Good With These 4 Tips

Posted by on Apr 7, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

If you have finally made the decision to put window tint films on your car, you are excited about the way your car will look. However, you may not realize that there are certain things you need to do so that the car window tints remain intact and undamaged. Here are some things you can do to keep your window tints looking good. Wait to Roll Down Windows When you first get window tint films for your car, be aware that they need to have time to dry. Make sure that you don’t open and close your car’s windows for a few days to allow them to set properly. If you do not do this, you may find scratches and other signs of damage on your brand new tints. Fix Bubbles with Credit Cards Over time, you may notice that there are little air bubbles between your car window and the window tint film. You can fix these small bubbles with a plastic credit card by gently pressing the edge of the card against the bubble and moving it in a smoothing motion. The bubble should flatten and the film should adhere to the window once again. You can also use similarly-shaped cards, such as store reward cards and library cards. To make sure you don’t scratch the window tint film with the card, you may want to use a cloth or towel between the tint film and the card you’re using. Be Careful with Seat Belts If you are like a lot of people, you aren’t very careful with the seat belt as you take it off. This can be damaging for your window tint films because the metal part of the seat belt can accidentally hit the window as the belt recoils, causing dings and scratches on your tints. To make sure this doesn’t happen, remove your seat belt slowly and stay mindful of where the seat belt ends up when you take it off. Don’t Use Ammonia-based Cleaners You may want to clean smudges and stains off of your windows, and you can use soft cloths, water and commercial window cleaners on your window tints. However, it is important that you avoid cleaners that contain ammonia. Ammonia-based cleaners can eat away at the tint film over time and make it more likely to peel. For more information or if you would like professional assistance, contact Utah Window Tinting or a similar...

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