In this post, we’ll talk about the signs your windows are ready for replacement and benefits and options when it comes to new windows.
There are many reasons why you may want to replace your old windows. They offer smoother operation, lower maintenance, energy savings, fewer drafts and easier cleaning. However, it can be expensive to replace your windows so here’s what you need to know before you make the investment.
Do your windows feel drafty? Do they fog up? Do they stick or refuse to stay open? Often you can repair and restore old windows if you’re willing to set aside
the time. With that being said there are situations where repair is not worth your time or the expense.
- Rot: If you have rotting wood it’s tough to stop unless you commit yourself to replacing all of it and then you will need to maintain it regularly.
- Fogged double-pane glass. Once fogging occurs between the glass panes it can’t be fixed. Replacing the glass is the only solution, which can be very expensive. Consider replacing the window instead.
- Replacement hardware. You may be able to get hard-to-find parts from online suppliers but often new windows are the only option.
Windows are one of the more prominent features of a home and can change the way your home feels and looks. The design of your window should be very important to you when selecting new windows. The right windows can add value to your home and choosing the wrong windows will actually detract from that value. The overall look of a home or space should be a key factor in the window selection process.
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You can reduce your energy bills by 10%-25% by replacing your old windows with energy-efficient ones. When properly selected and installed, energy-efficient windows can help minimize your heating, cooling, and lighting costs.
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Are you ready to expand your view and improve your home? Contact us online or phone (630) 717-0007 to learn more about window replacement!
Yes, you read that correctly, September is right around the corner. Which means colder weather is coming too. So now is the time to start thinking about replacing those drafty windows. And what better time than during our September to Remember special. During the month of September ONLY, if you purchase 10 of our custom made windows, you receive a free patio door with blinds! Sounds like something you’re interested in? Great give us a call today!
Now you might be asking yourself how do I know if I should replace my windows? Easy, here’s four reasons why you should replace your windows.
1. Brrrr…. That’s quite a breeze coming through.
Drafty windows are never a good thing. They cause your energy bill to sky rocket, and can make relaxing around your house uncomfortable. To see if you have drafty windows, close windows tightly and see if you can feel a breeze or cold air coming through. You may think that it’s just a minor leak, however minor leak turns into big leaks. So replace them now before they cause bigger issues in the future.
2. You have difficulty shutting or opening your windows.
If you’re having difficulty opening or shutting chances are your frame is settling, which can lead to future structural damage over time by forcefully opening and closing the windows. You want to be able to enjoy the nice fall breeze that is right around the corner, let us help you enjoy all that fresh air by replacing those hard to open windows.
3. There’s moisture inside the window panes.
This could be a sign that the window seal could have failed. Not only is the window now allowing moisture to get inside the window panes, the insulating value of the window is now generally reduced. Now keep in mind that if your seeing moisture on the outside of the glass this a pretty normal occurrence.
How can you tell if it’s inside or outside? Easy go over to the window and touch the window, do you feel the moisture, great! This means the moisture is on the outside and the seal isn’t broken. Don’t feel the moisture? That means it is time to replace them with one our custom made windows. A bonus about our windows is that it comes with a lifetime warranty against seal failure
4. Your Energy Bill is Outrageous
We all feel like our own bills are outrageous, take a look again at your energy bills. Are your heating and cooling costs high? Low-energy efficient windows can be the cause. Replace those less efficient windows with one of our custom made ones and save during our September to Remember special and save money of heating costs this winter.
We’ve compiled the best spring cleaning tips to keep your windows sparkling and looking their best.
1. Clean glass with a squeegee – Paper towels can leave traces of fibers and streaks. Using a squeegee eliminates those concerns and also decreases the amount of time spent getting a streak free finish. Use a soft cloth to dry your window if necessary.
2. Use your vacuum attachments – Using the narrowest vacuum attachment to clean your window tracks is the first step to clean window tracks! The vacuum should remove any large debris, dirt, and dust that may have accumulated over the winter.
3. Clean window tracks with a toothbrush – The best way to get in the groves and small corners of your window track is to use a toothbrush or old electric toothbrush and cleaning solution. Just make sure to label the toothbrush so no one tries to use it for teeth later!
4. Use vinegar as a cleaner – using a solution that is 1 part vinegar to 2 or 3 parts water does a great job gently cleaning your dirty windows with supplies that may already be in your home. Bonus: it’s pet and kid safe.
5. Clean screens with a garden hose – Take screens off windows and lay in grass or other non-muddy surface outdoors (make sure you have an organizing system so they go back on their proper windows) Use the strongest wash setting on your garden hose to clean your screens in record time. Use a scrub brush to get any tough, grimy spots. When one side of your screen dry, flip and repeat.
6. Refresh your curtains – Toss your curtains in the dryer on the air-fluff cycle for 10 -15 minutes and hang immediately for a quick refresh that perfectly frames your windows.
7. A throwback tip – give your windows an extra buff shine with a crumpled newspaper. Run the crumpled paper over your window a few times. This tip is an oldie, but a goodie!
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The windows and doors of a home are much more than just a point of entrance and a portal to let in the sunshine and summer breeze, in the case of an emergency they are also a means of escape or rescue. It is important for homeowners to view their doors and windows in this way so that if an emergency occurs, they can use their doors and even windows as an escape route. It is recommended that families devise a plan of escape in case of an emergency such as a fire and consider these tips for making doors and windows especially a safer means of escape.
- Planting shrubs or laying wood chips under a window can help break a fall if the window is needed as an escape route.
- Windows and doors should always be locked in households with small children.
- For ventilation, open windows that are out of the reach of children.
- Keeping beds and other furniture away from windows will not only help prevent children from climbing through them, but also keep the area clear if the window is needed for an escape.
- Window and door treatments with cords such as blinds and drapes should be kept out of the reach of children.
- Do not ever paint, nail, or weather strip a window shut in case it is needed to escape an emergency.
In addition to following these safety tips concerning windows, homeowners should also have smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors to warn their families of any danger. These pre-cautions along with a well devised escape plan will help families safely avoid emergencies by getting themselves out of danger by using their doors and windows.