In the past, windows on homes were only thought of in terms of what could be seen through them, like how well that life outside the home could be observed from indoors or how much sunlight could be allowed inside. But these days, windows are considered to be aspects of a home that are to be looked at, not just through.
As a result, makers of modern replacement windows have adjusted their approach in terms of how these products are “viewed.” Americans are putting more thought into the precise style and functionality of the replacement windows they are purchasing for their homes.
They’re not just a sheet of glass anymore.
As with many other aspects of a home, people are looking for windows which require a lower amount of maintenance. So manufacturers have been producing their windows with stronger, sturdier materials like advanced composites, paints, and stains . . .
We often get asked just how, precisely, installing new windows can change your home. There are a lot of answers to that question, but it’s better shown with pictures, and then explained with words. So, here are three examples of a before-and-after with windows that show how they transform a home.
Let’s start with this example, a fixed window being made into one you can open:
Before (left) After (right)
Needless to say, the rough wood won’t be there for long. It’ll eventually be painted to match the trim in the rest of the house so that it will blend in well and look like the window has always been there. We chose this example to emphasize a few points.
First, and most obvious, it’s now a window you can open; instead of having to hope a fan can pull in some air, you can now get some nice . . .
It’s the window you want… but does it have the warranty you want?
Windows have to last a long, long time; after all, they’re a key part of your house. But say you put in a window, and a year later, you start having problems. In fact, it’s likely; due to the many varieties of windows out there, they tend to be replaced every seven years, on average. Are you covered by the warranty? Here’s what to look at when you’re looking for replacements for your windows.
The Many Parts of Windows
A window may seem simple; you open it up or close it depending on how cold it is. But in truth, a window is a complex system, with all sorts of parts. A warranty may or may not cover the glass, the finish, the hardware (such as the lock), the screens, the installation, and so on. . . .
Replacing your home’s windows can be a large expense. Therefore, most homeowners delay it and live in denial about the fact that new windows are a necessity. Having recently replaced the windows in my home, it is amazing the difference that new windows can make in your home’s comfort level and oil bill!
For those of you living in denial, here is a candid list of the top 10 signs your home needs new windows:
Your daily work out consists of opening and closing your crank windows. Wear and tear over time can cause the gears and hardware of your windows to fail. Opening your windows should be easy, not a work out.
Your home’s windows are currently painted shut. This happens in more homes than you would think. Not being able to open a window on a beautiful, sunny day just seems like such . . .
Keep the snow out with green heating and home protection.
The cold winter months are headed our way, and it’s important to ensure that your home is nice and toasty before the first cold snap arrives. But it can be difficult, at first, to figure out how to make your home greener while also keeping it warm. Here are five ways you can make your home greener, warmer, and save some money into the bargain.
1. Change Your Furnace Filter
During the winter, your furnace should have its filter changed once a month; otherwise, it will have to work harder to keep your home at the ideal temperature, burning more fuel, creating more waste, and costing you more money. You’ve got multiple options, though: The best is to get a permanent furnace filter, which uses electrostatic charge, aka static cling, to seize particles and junk out of the . . .
Natural light can be an attractive feature in a home. And your home’s windows are intended to allow that soft, natural light to filter into your rooms. However, they shouldn’t be allowing inordinate amounts of hot or chilly air to invade your interior space.
If your home has old windows, it may be time to replace them with more energy-efficient units. There are a number of window replacement choices available on the market today. One option would be to invest in what are called double-glazed windows. But what exactly are they?
The “Double” in Double-Glazed Windows
We can define double-glazed windows by examining each of the words separately. The “double” refers to the number of panes of glass in each of these windows. Instead of a single pane of glass, they have two panes which are positioned a few millimeters apart. This configuration provides twice as much . . .
Homeowners know that it can be a real pain to replace old or deteriorating windows. The process involves making a mess, opening a huge hole in the side of your home, and then putting in either hours of meticulous work or a big chunk of cash paying someone else to handle it.
So it’s completely understandable to be tempted to keep costs down by opting for the least expensive replacement windows available instead of energy-efficient windows, which can cost up to 15% more. But choosing high-quality, energy-efficient windows can result in substantial benefits in the long run. Here are a half dozen advantages of energy-efficient windows.
Better insulation. You might be surprised at just how effective energy-efficient windows are at keeping the outdoor elements at bay and eliminating “hot” or “cold” spots in rooms. They form a barrier against cold weather so that your home stays warm . . .
Many homeowners are in denial that they need new windows. During the cold winter months, the drafts coming from your windows are a constant reminder that they need to be replaced. But, during the warm summer months, replacing your windows falls further down the to-do list.
How do you know that it is time for new windows?
There are 3 factors that you should consider when determining if you windows need to be replaced- energy efficiency, maintenance and ease of use. However, getting new replacement windows is a project that has year round benefits and savings.
The first test of your windows is the comfort level of your home. Does your house maintain an even temperature during the winter and/or summer months? Are some rooms cold and drafty while others are cooler? Do your windows whistle on a windy day? All of these are indicators that your home’s windows need . . .