Green T Windows at Old House New House Home Show

Green T Windows at Old House New House Home Show

Green T Windows was in attendance at the 2017 The Old House New House Home Show at Pheasant Run in St. Charles, Illinois in February.

This annual event attracted thousands to the convention center at Pheasant Run to check out the latest trends in home interiors and exteriors and meet with the best contractors, designers and craftsman from across the Chicagoland area.

So of course, we were there to show off our windows, doors, and siding and answer questions from those in attendance. We love shows like this because we get the chance to talk to our local customers in person and demonstrate why Green T is the best home services company in Chicagoland.

We were doing giveaways all day long to visitors in attendance. Our biggest giveaway was for $7,500 worth of free windows to a lucky winner.

Watch the short video below to see the lucky winners:

Congratulations Kelly and Adam Stevens!!

We definitely recommend that you attend next year’s Old House New House Home Show.

We hope to see you there!


 

Since 1984 The Old House New House Home Show has brought together over 300 award-winning contractors, talented designers, creative craftsmen and industry innovators with an audience of 10,000 Chicago area homeowners in a celebration of home renovation and transformation.

Old House New House Home Show

Green T Services display at Pheasant Run


If you missed the show you can request an estimate online or call us: (630) 717-0007

Tips for Maintaining your New Siding

Home siding should be maintained

You saved for years to get the new siding your house needed, so let’s talk about a few ways to protect your new investment.

By maintaining the proper care of your new siding you will extend the life of your home siding and keep it looking new.

Regular maintenance is also key to ensure that your siding is performing well at insulating your home and keeping the moisture out.


Do Regular Inspections


Every so often go outside and inspect your siding, pay closer attention to where the siding meets doors, windows and the roof. Keep a look out for dents or gaps, and look closely at areas that might be susceptible to damage from trees or long hours of direct sun.

Illinois has a cold climate, which means your siding could show signs of ice damage. Examine your siding under your eaves for stains from water, this would be a classic example of ice damage. You may be able to prevent this condition by sealing gaps around your ducts or pipes in the attic and putting in insulation.

As a general rule of thumb, stay on top of minor problems to avoid high expenses down the road.

Related: Preventing Mold from Growing on your Windows


Cleaning your Siding


A quick rinse with your garden hose can go a long way. It keeps your siding free from debris and tree sap. Don’t spray at an angle, this prevents water from getting up underneath the siding panels. Using a soft bristled brush can help to remove any stubborn stains.

Thinking of pressure washing your siding? Keep in mind that some types of siding can be damaged by the high pressure, and it’s often best to hire a professional.

Tips for cleaning specific types of siding

  • Vinyl – Vinyl is relatively maintenance free, and the type of siding that most homeowners prefer. If you have vinyl, it is important to clean it by power washing at least once a year. If dirt and grime sit on the siding for too long it will start to set in. When cleaning, avoid using any harsh chemicals, like ammonia or bleach.
  • Metal  – Once metal siding is installed it’s relatively maintenance free. This siding should get a thorough cleaning every so often just to keep it clean and good looking. Metal siding can be cleaned simply with a hose or pressure washer.
  • Wood-Although wood is a favorite material when its comes to siding construction, it has the highest degree of maintenance. It’s recommended to wash wooden siding with only a hose and not a pressure washer. Using to much water pressure can cause the sealant or paint to come off. And it’s advised to paint wooden siding once every year to make it last longer.

Related: 10 Helpful Fall Cleaning Tasks [A Checklist for Busy People]

Questions about siding? Or thinking you need siding replaced?

Contact us Today!

Phone: (630) 717-0007


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Preventing Mold from Growing on your Windows

Let’s all take a moment to be honest with ourselves, we have all battled mold at some point in our house, whether it was the old food in our fridge or the shower in the bathroom.

But did you check your windows? Chances are no, cause it’s often the last point you think of checking. Do you even know what mold on windows looks like? Don’t worry we can help identify and prevent the mold from occurring from your window surfaces.

What does it look like?

 

Mold on window sillIf you look closely at the window sill you can often see the brown/black spots. That’s mold. You spray it with a cleaner and wipe it clean. That’s great because you removed the surface spores, but the spores have more than likely already started developing within the wood. If this is the case for you, your only solution to completely remove the mold is to replace your windows.

 

mold between window panes

Ever see glass that’s spotty, and you just can’t get them clean? You’ve tried every cleaner known to man and even tried scraping at it with your nail. Well, those spots are mold developing between the window pane. Only way to remove the mold is to again remove and replace the windows.


Learn more about our window replacement here!


How to prevent mold from forming?

 

Window mold is unsightly, and can be dangerous to our health. Cleaning your house and windows is a very important key in preventing mold growth.

It is essential to regularly clean your home’s interior, to help prevent mold growth. The most common locations where mold is found is in the bedroom and bathroom. That’s because these areas buildup more dust than any other room in the house, so it is important to regularly dust, wipe down and vacuum these areas.

Related: Spring cleaning tips for windows

Another great way to prevent mold in your house to reduce the amount of condensation on your windows. This can be done by setting your air conditioning thermostat above 70 degrees. To maintain proper airflow in your home, it is important to keep ceiling vents open always.


Interested in learning more about our windows? Give us a call today!


 

3 Reasons to Replace Your Windows During Winter.

3 Benefits to replacing your windows during the winter season.

1. Scheduling: Often, contractors and installers experience a lull in business during the winter months, especially after the holidays. Chances are you can get your window replacement scheduled much sooner than you could in the spring or fall.

2. Affordability: Along with easier scheduling, contractors and suppliers may offer discounts, sales or other incentives during this slower season.

3. Lower monthly expenses: Once your new windows are installed, you will experience the benefits of energy efficient windows. In addition to warmer rooms, you should start seeing immediate savings on your winter energy bills.

Source: https://www.angieslist.com/articles/dont-fear-winter-window-replacement.htm
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Don’t Fear Winter Window Replacement

Your first thought may be that window replacement is a fair-weather job, but replacing windows in winter offers unique benefits.

When “Old Man Winter” has arrived, the mercury drops and frozen winds start whipping, cold air can find its way into your home. Any break in your home’s “envelope” — the home’s outer shell of that protects the inside from the elements — is a prime source for air leakage.

Typically, windows account for the most surface area in your home’s envelope openings. And when you have old or inefficient windows, air leaks can make the temperatures inside uncomfortably chilly during the winter — not to mention the added wear on your HVAC system as it struggles to maintain the set temperature.

Will winter window replacement make your home a freezer?

Your old, leaky windows may have you considering a window replacement project, especially if the inside of your house is cold during the winter.

‘But, wait,’ you wonder. ‘Why would I replace my windows in the winter? My house will be freezing during the project!’

This is where research comes in handy. When looking for a window installer, ask about the procedures they follow to keep your home from getting cold during installation.

Best practices for winter window replacement jobs.

1. Remove one window at a time: During a window replacement project, installers should remove only one window at a time and replace it with the new window before moving on to the next one. That way, they limit the number of openings exposed to the cold air outside.

2. Use plastic floor-to-ceiling barriers: For larger openings, the installer should cover the opening with plastic floor to ceiling barriers. One example is installing bay or bow window, which are made of a number of windows such as double pane and picture windows.

3. Keep doors closed: When replacing a window, the installer should keep the door to that room closed, limiting the amount of cold air that can find its way into adjoining areas of the home.

4. Cleanliness practices: Along with winter cold comes mud, whether from rain or snowfall. Installers should use tarps, shoe-covering booties and other practices to ensure your home remains clean.

Source: https://www.angieslist.com/articles/dont-fear-winter-window-replacement.htm
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5 Awesome Ways to Insulate Your Windows for Winter

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While looking into the best way to insulate our drafty windows this winter (apart from replacing them), I put together this mini-guide of solutions we found so far, including the pros and cons of everything from layered curtains to shrink-wrap film.

1. Rubber Weather Sealing: You can buy strips of self-stick rubber weather sealing at a hardware store or online. Cut long strips down to fit your window dimensions, then peel and stick to the frame to close any gaps and keep out drafts.

Pros: Cheap, effective, minimal alterations to appearance of windows.
Cons: When you peel away the rubber strips, they can damage paint or leave a sticky residue.

2. Window Insulation Film: You can buy window insulation kits from a hardware store or online. Kits usually include plastic shrink film that is applied to the indoor window frame with double-stick tape, then heated with a hair dryer to shrink the film and remove any wrinkles. Check out our tutorial in the link below.

Pros: Cheap and effective.
Cons: Gives windows a cloudy, shrink-wrapped look.

3. Cellular Shades: Cellular Shades insulate while still letting in light through the windows. They can be ordered and custom cut from home and design centers. We found a good set of step-by-step instructions for installation here.

Pros: They let in light and can be custom-fitted for doors and windows.
Cons: They can be expensive and may not insulate as much as heavier curtains.

4. Layered Curtains or Insulated Curtains: Use heavy fabrics or layered curtains over the windows to keep out drafts. Or, purchase insulated curtains with built-in thermal backing.

Pros: Looks good, can be matched to your home decor.
Cons: Curtains can be expensive and heavy drapes can block out light.

5. Draft Snakes: Draft snakes are fabric tubes placed on a window sill or under a door to prevent cold air from creeping in. You can make one by sewing a tube of fabric to fit the width of your window and filling it with dried rice.

Pros: Cheap, easy to make as a DIY project.
Cons: It only insulates the window sill, not the glass or frame.

Source by: http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/5-ways-to-insulate-your-windows-for-winter-37643
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10 Helpful Fall Cleaning Tasks [A Checklist for Busy People]

Fall cleaning season has arrived! Time to get the last of the outdoor dust and dander out of your home before you seal it up for winter. We’ve compiled a helpful fall cleaning checklist of useful tasks, so you do not have to spend time rounding up your tasks.

  1. Wash the outside of your windows.
    • Since windows are not cleaned often, it’s important to make time to do this task at least a few times per year. Fall is a great time to remove your window screens and scrub the glass clean. You won’t want to do this task during the winter, so it’s best to do a final thorough cleaning now. Use a hose and scrub brush to clean any large debris from the outside of your windows and screens. Wipe down with a microfiber cloth to leave it sparkling clean.
  2. Wash the inside of your windows.
    • Fall’s changing weather is actually helpful for cleaning. Cloudy weather makes it easier to see streaks on your windows and mirrors. Choose a cloudy day to  scrub the inside of your windows with glass cleaner and and microfiber cloth. Pro tip: buff the inside clean with newspaper for a great shine.
  3. Clean your window treatments.
    • Send your delicate material to the dry cleaner or follow special instructions on the tag of your window treatments. If you keep up on the window treatments’ cleaning during the year, you may only need a quick vacuum over the fabric to spruce it up.
  4. Wash your walls.
    • A task to save for a rainy day, washing walls is boring one but can make the room shine. Dust the walls and use a magic eraser on any grease spots.
  5. Clean your upholstery.
    • Vacuum and spot clean as much as you can. Get a professional cleaning if you’ve never had one, or your cushions are particularly dirty or stained.
  6. Have your carpets professionally cleaned.
    • Thank us later.
  7. Test smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors.
    • Change the batteries, too.
  8. Replace the furnace filter.
    • Improve your air quality for the winter season and change the filter. This allows you to breathe cleaner, dander-free air instead of circulating the same dirt, pollen, and debris through your home.
  9. Sweep the chimneys.
    • A job for the professionals, as well. This task helps improve your air quality and also makes your fireplace safer.
  10. Clean and drain your gutters.
    • The rainy weather of fall can sweep leaves into your gutters and clog them up. This can cause drainage issues throughout the wet winter and spring months. Clean the gutters now, or regret it later!

A September to Remember: Amazing Special Offer From Green T!

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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.

Green T’s Best Spring Cleaning Tips for Windows

We’ve compiled the best spring cleaning tips to keep your windows sparkling and looking their best.

Bay Window with Casement Flankers1. 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!


Ready for new energy efficient windows?

Call Us: (630) 717-0007


The Benefits of Replacement Windows with Low-E Glass

About Low E WindowsThe windows of a home are often replaced for one or both of these reasons: to improve the overall appearance of the home and increase its energy efficiency.  

The vinyl frames of new replacement windows can greatly improve the situation on both fronts but coated Low-E glass can really boost the energy efficiency of a home.

The coating on Low-E glass prevents the sun’s UV rays from entering the home which brings several benefits in addition to increased energy efficiency.

Green T Windows offers a variety of new vinyl replacement windows that all feature Low-E glass.


For a free estimate call: (630) 717-0007


The coating on Low-E glass windows works by stripping sunlight of its long-wave radiation, which is the heat source, while allowing short-range radiation, the light, into the home.  Radiation is the leading cause of heating and cooling loss in homes so reflecting the radiation while still allowing the light to pass through greatly improves the heating and cooling efficiency.

Related: The Benefits of Effective Air Sealing for Your Home

While improved energy efficiency is the main benefit of Low-E glass, blocking the sun’s radiation also leads to several other benefits:

  • Improved Comfort: Not only does Low-E glass reduce the radiant heat level of a home, but it also reduces condensation, mold, and mildew as well as outside noises.
  • Lower Energy Bills: Improved energy efficiency means that the heating and air conditioning will have to run less often which leads to lower bills.
  • Protection of Furnishings: Radiation from the sun can cause the color on drapes, carpet, and furniture to fade and Low-E glass reduces this possibility by blocking the radiation.
  • Improved Appearance: Replacement Low-E glass windows not only improve comfort and energy efficiency, but they can also improve the appearance of your home as well.

Installing new vinyl windows with Low-E glass can improve the appearance of your home while also improving the energy efficiency and overall comfort inside the home.

Green T Windows offers vinyl replacement windows with Low-E glass in a range of different styles including double hung, garden windows, sliders, pictures, and more.

Contact Green T Windows to learn more about the benefits of our Low-E glass replacement windows. Call Us: (630) 717-0007