Installing New Hopper Windows

When it comes to window replacement, the first windows that come to mind are the double hung and picture windows that are found throughout most homes.  Sometimes homes have small windows in certain spaces that are often occupied by hopper windows.  Hopper windows are small windows with full opening and closing functionality that are usually installed in rooms with limited space like basements and bathrooms.  New hopper windows can not only improve the look of these spaces, but also improve the energy efficiency of your house for lower utility bills.

Hopper windows can enhance the appearance and design of a room and when they are installed next to larger windows such as a picture window, they can help create a truly unique look.  These windows are hinged at the bottom and open inward from the top to let in sunlight and fresh air without allowing in rain.  The design of these windows also makes them very easy to clean.  In addition to the improvement in the look of the room, new hopper windows help improve your home’s security and energy efficiency.

The design of the opening mechanism of hopper windows provides security in rooms that are particularly vulnerable.  These windows have a locking mechanism towards the top of the frame that locks the lever handle where it opens for effective security.  The other advantage of new replacement hopper windows is the improvement in energy efficiency.  Hoppers are the most energy efficient small windows available because they can allow in more air for ventilation when open and their thick glass helps form an effective seal when closed.  You should consider installing a screen with your hopper window if you plan on keeping it open for air.

The one disadvantage of hopper windows is that there are no window treatments that provide adequate privacy with this style.  The best way to ensure your privacy with hopper windows is to have films or tinting added to the window or get a window with etched glass.  If privacy is a concern for you, the window installation experts of Green T Windows can help you choose a hopper window that offers privacy.

If you are considering replacing the hopper windows in your home, contact Green T Windows to learn about our vinyl replacement options.  Our hopper replacement windows are available in a range of frame colors including white, almond, oak, bronze, green, and brick red among others and the vinyl frames form a tight seal that can help bring up to a 60% return on investment.  Talk to one of our window installation professionals to get started on your new window installation.

The Benefits of Effective Air Sealing for Your Home

While many homeowners may not immediately notice air leaks around their home, the effects of the air leaks are very noticeable. 

Homes that are not properly sealed tend to have higher utility bills and are more susceptible to moisture damage which could cause structural issues or lead to mold growth.

Making sure that your home is properly sealed throughout is very beneficial as it could help lower your utility bills, improve the comfort of your home, and help decrease its exposure to moisture.

If you believe that your home is not sealing properly, make sure to inspect areas where air leaks are common to look for and repair any problems.  The most common areas for air leaks include drilled holes for pipes or cables, attics and basements, and windows or doors that are not properly sealed.

Holes or gaps in these areas can be repaired with gap-filling materials such as caulk or weather stripping and if your windows or doors are not sealing properly, they can be replaced to form a better seal.

The following are important benefits of making sure your home is properly sealed.

Lower Energy Bills

Homes that are not properly sealed are consistently losing air which means that the heating and cooling is leaking out.  This causes the HVAC system to work harder and turn on more often to get your home to the set temperature.

If your home is sealed properly, the HVAC system will heat or cool your home more efficiently while using less energy which will result in lower energy bills.  The increased efficiency of the HVAC system will also make your home feel more comfortable.

Related: The Benefits of Replacement Windows with Low-E Glass

Less Moisture

Improper sealing not only causes air to leak out, but it also allows moisture or water to leak into your home.  Excess water or moisture can lead to a range of problems such as warped wood and drywall and mildew or mold growth.

Homes that are sealed properly have a much lower risk of developing these problems because they prevent excess moisture from getting in.

Vinyl Replacement Windows Improve Sealing

If your home has old windows, replacing them with vinyl replacement windows can drastically improve the air sealing.  Green T Windows provides and installs several styles of vinyl replacement windows that help improve air seepage by forming a tighter seal that lasts longer than the seal formed by windows with wood or metal frames. Many of our windows also have insulated glass options to reduce air seepage even further.

Inspect your home to make sure that it is properly sealed throughout and if you are losing air through old windows, contact Green T Windows for our vinyl replacement windows.

What to Consider When Choosing a New Door

The front door to your home is one of the first features that your guests will notice as they enter and it will have an effect on the impression that people make of your home. 

Replacing your front door can enhance your home’s curb appeal and because the entry door has such an effect on the look and impression that people make of your home, choosing a new door should not be taken lightly.

The following are important things to consider when choosing a new entry door for your home.

Appearance

The appearance of the front door is important because it contributes to the overall curb appeal of your home.

Every home has a certain style to its exterior and the style of the door should match the décor of your home’s exterior.  One thing to consider when choosing a door is the material.  Entry doors are available in several materials such as fiberglass, steel, wood or some combination which provides a different feel, weight, and style.

Another thing to consider as far as style is whether or not the front door should have glass.  Front doors come with many different window styles to choose from including single glass panes, groups of small glass pains, or stained glass.

Security

Another important thing to consider when choosing a new entry door is the security it provides.  Front doors come with a variety of strong locking mechanisms including handle locks, deadbolts, or both.  If you are purchasing a front door with a window, the glass can be frosted or clear depending on your desire for privacy.  The front door is meant to provide security to your home so this is an important consideration when looking for a new door.

Front doors come with a variety of strong locking mechanisms including handle locks, deadbolts, or both.  If you are purchasing a front door with a window, the glass can be frosted or clear depending on your desire for privacy.  The front door is meant to provide security to your home so this is an important consideration when looking for a new door.

Related: When to Get Replacement Windows and Doors for Your Home

Installation

Most of the time, window replacement companies offer installation services and warranties for entry doors.  It is important to ask these companies what their installation process includes and discuss the terms of the warranty to see what it entails and how long it will last.  You should also ask if they provide services if there is an air or water leak or if the door becomes damaged and needs to be repaired.  Reliable companies will provide a warranty for new front doors and make sure it is installed and sealed properly.

You should also ask if they provide services if there is an air or water leak or if the door becomes damaged and needs to be repaired.  Reliable companies will provide a warranty for new front doors and make sure it is installed and sealed properly.

As you look for a new front door for your home, make sure to take these things into consideration.  The new door should enhance the look of your home and provide security and reliable window companies that provide new doors should also offer warranties and installation services.

Green T Windows carries and installs steel and fiberglass entry doors in a variety of different styles including entry doors, patio doors, and storm doors.

Contact Green T Windows to get started with a no risk, in-home consultation.

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Things to Consider When Buying Replacement Windows

There are many ways a homeowner can make upgrades to their home and one such upgrade that makes a significant difference is replacement windows.  When windows become worn out, they allow air seepage to occur from the outside which could contribute to higher energy bills.  New replacement windows form a tighter seal to help reduce energy costs and they can also improve the look of your home.  Full window replacement is a pretty big project and it is helpful to take the following ideas into consideration when shopping for replacement windows or a window replacement professional.

Installation Price

During the consultation with a window replacement professional, it is important to remember to discuss the installation price.  Some companies have discounts on the installation if multiple windows are installed and others may include the price of the installation in the overall purchase price of the windows.  It is also important to make sure that the installation services are personalized to your home for better quality installation.

Glass Quality

Many replacement windows come with high quality glass that is either double paned or coated with a specialized coating to help improve energy efficiency.  Double paned windows consist of two layers of glass with a gas between the panes that helps reduce air leakage to retain the heating or cooling within the house.  Specially coated glass such as Low-E glass strips sunlight of its heat to prevent the sun from heating up the home.  Quality window replacement companies will offer new windows with one of these glass types.

Frame Quality

The frame of the window is important for forming the seal that provides insulation and reduces air transfer for improved energy efficiency.  Window frames are available in several materials such as wood, aluminum, vinyl, and fiberglass.  Each material has positive and negative aspects to its function and upkeep.  Make sure to research into what frames a company offers so that you get the window frames that work best for your home.

Energy Certification

Another important aspect to look for when getting new windows is their energy certification.  Most replacement windows are built to improve energy efficiency and will have Energy Star certification.  Windows that have the Energy Star logo meet the qualifications for Energy Star certification and contribute to improved energy efficiency with no sacrifice in performance.  Make sure to look for the Energy Star logo on new replacement windows.

Warranty information

Many companies may claim to offer lifetime warranties on their replacement windows but it is important that you read the terms and conditions of the warranty to make sure that a true lifetime warranty is being offered.  Read over the warranty carefully and do not hesitate to ask questions before making a decision on purchasing the windows.

If you are looking to get new windows for your home, make sure to take these principles into consideration when shopping for replacement windows and a company to install them.  It is important to research the energy efficiency of the window features as well as the installation price and warranties offered by the companies themselves.  Green T Windows offers Energy Star certified vinyl replacement windows with pure virgin vinyl frames that are resistant to cracking and Low-E glass for improved energy efficiency.  Contact Green T Windows to learn more about our replacement window options and installation process.

Proper Window Cleaning Techniques for the Spring Season

The Chicago area is getting a taste of enjoyable spring weather and many homeowners in the area are opening their windows up to let in the spring air and sunshine.  The spring season is also the time of year when homeowners focus on home cleaning projects and the windows are one aspect of the home that needs to be cleaned after a long winter.  Having clean windows will not only improve the look of your home, but also allow in more sunlight.  The following are some tips for effective window cleaning that will result in clear windows.

Window cleaning is not a very difficult task as far as home cleaning projects go but it is beneficial to use proper cleaning methods for the best possible results.  The first step is to make sure you have the proper supplies.  These supplies should include a store-bought window cleaner or homemade cleaning solution consisting of water and vinegar, 3 microfiber towels or cloths, and some newspaper.  You should not use paper towels because they leave streaks and fibers on the windows.

Once you have the necessary supplies, it is important to follow these steps for the best results.  First, wipe down the window with one of the clean microfiber towels to remove dust and dirt from the glass and frame.  Then spray the window liberally with the cleaning solution and use the second microfiber towel to wipe off the cleaner.  The third towel should be used to wipe down the window a second time to completely remove the cleaner.  You can then finish off the job by wiping the window a final time with crumpled newspaper.

So as you open up your windows this spring and tackle other spring cleaning tasks, make sure to set some time aside to clean each of your windows.  This will help improve the look of your home and increase the amount of sunlight entering your home.  If you are looking to have some or all of your windows replaced this spring, contact Green T Windows.  We carry new vinyl windows in a variety of styles and provide full installation services.

Choosing a Color for Your New Replacement Windows

How to Choose color replacement windows

Once you decide to have windows replaced in your home, choosing the window style and type of frame is just part of the decision; new window frames have several color options as well. 

There are several things to consider when deciding on a color for new window frames and the color of the frames can differ on the interior and exterior.  Green T Windows offers several interior and exterior color options for each window type.

The following are things to consider when choosing a color for your replacement vinyl window frames.

Walls and Exterior

When deciding on a color for the window frames, it is important to take the color of the walls as well as the exterior of your home into consideration.

The trick is to choose a color for the frames that compliments the color of the walls without clashing or competing.  If you need assistance choosing a color that compliments the color of your walls or exterior of your home, consult a color wheel or one of our window installation professionals for help.

Neutral

If the color scheme is not consistent throughout your home or you feel like a bold color would clash too much with the existing design, then neutral colors may be your best option for the window frames.

Neutral colors for window frames may include off-white and brown colors such as almond or tan.  These colors are great for adding depth to your windows without clashing with the color of the interior or exterior of your house.

Consider No Color

Even though our vinyl replacement windows come in several colors, that does not mean that you have to choose a color for your windows.

Replacement window frames are available in white and off-white which can create a clean, sharp look and they will match your home regardless of the color and design.  White window frames are an excellent option if you cannot decide on a good color to go with your home.

Related: Benefits of Vinyl Replacement Windows

If you are having new windows installed in your home, consider these things when deciding on a color for the window frames.

Remember that window frames can be two different colors; one for the interior and one for the exterior.

Green T Windows offers all of our vinyl replacement windows in several color options as well as wood color options including light oak, dark oak, and cherry.

Contact Green T Windows to discuss the different color and style options for new vinyl replacement windows.

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Green T Windows installs new made in the USA replacement windows to homes in Aurora, Naperville, Elgin, Joliet and the entire Chicago suburban region.

Installing Garden Windows in Your Home

The spring season is the time of year for fresh gardens and home improvement projects and homeowners can combine both of these principles with the installation of garden windows in their homes this spring.  Garden windows are a unique addition to a home that allow in more sunlight than most window styles and also provide a place for plants and herbs to grow indoors, even during the winter.  They are available with frames in several color options to match the existing décor of the exterior and interior of a home.

One benefit of installing a garden window is that they create a greenhouse effect that allows plants to grow and thrive all year round in your home.  Garden windows have the appearance of trapezoidal boxes with glass panes all around that form a sort of enclosure.  This enclosure allows in plenty of sunlight and ventilation which helps the plants thrive on your window sill.  Homeowners can create a unique indoor garden for their garden windows by using any combination of plants, window boxes, and other objects.  These indoor gardens can also survive in the winter to give a home a touch of spring in the coldest months.

In addition to providing a place for an indoor garden, garden windows also benefit a home by allowing in more sunlight and increasing the energy efficiency of the home.  The increased glass surface of garden windows allows more sunlight to enter a room and the Low-E glass is heat resistant which keeps heat within the home during the winter and prevents heat from the sun from entering the home in the summer.  The tight seal formed by new vinyl frames also decreases heat transfer which results in higher energy efficiency for lower heating and cooling bills.  These energy savings help garden window yield a return on investment of over 60 percent.

If you are looking for a unique window option to put in your kitchen, garden windows are energy efficient and provide a space for an indoor garden that will survive through the entire year.  Green T Windows provides vinyl garden windows available in several color options that will provide a unique touch of elegance to the room.  Contact Green T Windows to learn ore about our available garden window options.

Cleaning Methods for Vinyl Siding

The harsh winter weather is now subsiding in the Chicago suburbs but after a long winter, the siding on your home may appear dull or dirty.  Homes with wood siding require plenty of maintenance and may even need to be repainted to restore its color but vinyl siding is much easier to maintain and will not fade in color or warp like wood siding can.  While vinyl siding is mostly stain resistant, a long winter like the one we just had could still leave the siding looking quite dirty.  The following are tips to effectively clean your vinyl siding and boost the appearance of your home.

  • If there is grime or soil buildup on the siding, it can be cleaned with a garden hose, soapy water, and a soft brush or cloth.  Use the soapy water and the brush or cloth to scrub the siding lightly to loosen the dirt and grime and then spray the siding with the garden hose to rinse away the soapy water and dirt.  Washing the siding from the bottom up will get the best results.
  • If you discover that one of the panels of your vinyl siding had been cracked or damaged over the winter, contact Green T Windows for a replacement panel.  One of the benefits of vinyl siding is that single panels can easily be replaced.
  • Stains that are not removed with soapy water can generally be removed with high pressure rinsing.  However, you must use caution to avoid high pressure rinsing for prolonged periods of time and make sure you do not high pressure rinse other fixtures and surfaces.

The vibrant colors and striking appearance of vinyl siding can add a lot to the look of a home but the dirt they accumulate over the winter can make the color look dull and diminish your home’s overall appearance.  Fortunately, vinyl siding is very easy to clean and by following these simple tips, you can have your siding looking new again.   If you would like more information regarding the maintenance or installation of vinyl siding, contact Green T Windows.

The Benefits of New Vinyl Siding for Your Home

The snow that has been blanketing the Chicago suburbs is finally beginning to melt and as we get nearer to the spring, many homeowners are gearing up for some long awaited home improvement projects.  One home improvement project that can greatly improve the appearance of your home is the replacement of the siding with new vinyl siding.  Vinyl siding has several benefits over other siding types aside from boosting your home’s curb appeal and Green T Windows offers and installs vinyl siding options in a range of colors, styles, sizes, and profiles.

One advantage of new vinyl siding is that it can be customized to create a unique look for your home that suits your specific tastes.  Vinyl siding is available in many colors and profile styles to create different looks and Green T can install siding panels with 6 inch or 3 inch exposure to add even more variation in the appearance.    In addition to its design versatility, vinyl siding is also very durable as it can handle strong winds, rain, snow, and extreme temperatures.  You can rest assured that your new vinyl siding will not only improve the appearance of your home, but also last for years to come.

Another benefit of new vinyl siding is that it requires very little maintenance compared to other siding types.  Wood siding must be scraped, sanded, and repainted every year or so but vinyl siding only needs to be cleaned with soap and water which will save much time, money, and energy.  The way in which vinyl siding is installed also makes the panels easy to replace if one should become damaged or missing.  These panels are installed by hammering nails through the top of each one which allows them to be easily removed for replacement as well as expand and contract in fluctuating temperatures.

As you get ready to tackle new home improvement projects in the next couple months, inspect the current siding on your home and consider the option of new vinyl siding especially if your current siding is worn out.  The professionals of Green T Windows offer preliminary consultations and measurements for new siding along with a free written estimate of the work.  Contact Green T Windows to learn more about how you can transform the look of your home with new vinyl siding.

Questions to Ask in a Consultation for Replacement Windows

The decision to replace the windows of your home is a big one as window replacement is a rather large project.  However, replacement windows can benefit your home in many ways such as improving its look, energy efficiency, and the amount of natural light allowed in the home.  Green T Windows provides complete window replacement services that begin with an in-home consultation.  The following are important questions to ask during the consultation to ensure that you get the right windows for your home.

Will these windows match the interior and exterior of my home and are they customizable?

It is important that your replacement windows are of a color and style that is consistent with the design and décor of your home.  Green T offers windows in wooden styles and various color options to match both the interior and exterior of your home as well as custom colors for more unique homes.  During the in-home consultation, ask about our color options to choose one for your home.

Do you have replacement windows that suit my needs or can existing windows be adjusted?

Green T offers a variety of window types to suit a range of applications but not all homes have standardized window sizes.  Once we help you decide which window types will work best for your home, we take measurements of your windows to determine the right size to fill and seal the space.  All of our replacement window types are customizable for any size glass and frames.

What is the price for the installation with labor included?

It is important to fully understand the cost of a job as large as window replacement and we provide an accurate, detailed quote at the end of the in-home consultation that itemizes the cost of the windows, installation materials, and the labor.  Our in-home consultation and quote are completed at no cost to the homeowner.

Can I expect my home to have improved energy efficiency?

The improved energy efficiency provided by replacement windows is a major reason that some homeowners choose to have them replaced.  You should be aware of what type of improvements to expect as all of our windows are Energy Star qualified with vinyl frames that form tighter seals to reduce air seepage.  Our technicians can help you choose windows that will maximize the energy efficiency of your home.

If you would like to schedule a consultation for replacement windows, contact Green T Windows.  Our technicians will help you decide on the right windows and provide a detailed quote.