Tag: window repair

  • Picking the Right Replacement Windows

    Courtesy of Joel Sartore/National Geographic/Getty Images via AARP Home

    There are many things to consider when replacing your windows: materials, budget, energy efficiency, finding the right contractor...The list goes on.  It can prove to be quite a headache.   Here are some tips, courtesy of AARP Home, to consider when replacing your windows:
    • Define and prioritize your goals for replacement windows regarding energy efficiency, maintenance reduction, noise control, security and appearance.
    • Gain at least a basic understanding of the properties, costs and tradeoffs associated with various replacement systems (PDF),materials (PDF) and glazing options.
    • Don't assume that national name-brand windows are better than lesser-known brands. Buy only replacement windows rated by the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC). Also look for products certified by the American Architectural Manufacturers Association(AAMA). Use NFRC performance data to compare specific window models.
    • Resist unsolicited sales presentations. Seek estimates only from local dealers/installers with solid track records who can provide credible references.
    • Shop around. Don't be pressured into making a quick decision by today-only price offers.
    • Check dealer claims about your eligibility for window replacement tax credits.
    • Before installation begins, compare the brand and model numbers of the windows brought to your home with those listed on the contract. If your installer obtained the windows from a dealer, ask to see the installer's order sheet.
    • Don't make a big down payment. Make sure the payment schedule stipulated in the contract allows you to maintain leverage throughout the installation process. As always, don't make a final payment until the project is completed to your satisfaction.

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  • Preparing Your Home for Winter

    Courtesy of Yahoo! Homes

    When cold weather hits, it's important to bundle up your home.  Here are some tips via Yahoo! Homes to prepare your house for the winter and keep your home cozy:

    Windows and doors

    If you've ever worn a thin shirt when cold winds were whipping around outdoors, you know that you're going to get sick if you don't cover up with a jacket. The same is true for your home. If we think of your home's exterior as clothing, windows and doors are like a thin shirt; they are sensitive areas that can easily be affected by the cold and cause the entire house to suffer.

    Sealing your doors and windows can be the best solution to preventing cold weather damages to your home. Doors and windows that have problems with air leaks can cause wood rot, increase energy bills, and be a catalyst for mold and mildew growth. How do you know if your home has air leaks? Turn off your heating system, close all the doors and windows tight, and turn on an air vent in the kitchen or bathroom; then light an incense stick and waft the smoke around the inside of your suspect windows and doors. Where the smoke from the incense begins to blow, you've got an air leak. Solve this problem by sealing the exterior and interior of the window or door frame with a paintable or appropriately colored latex caulk.

    Roofing

    From ice dams to snow mounds, winter weather can severely affect a shingle roof that is unprepared against the cold. If your shingle roof is more than eight years old, you should have it inspected by a professional shingle repair expert during the fall before the cold has a chance to affect it. Damaged shingles, poor attic ventilation, and decaying sealants can all create roof leaks that might not become visible until severe and costly damages have already taken place.

    Exterior walls, soffit, and fascia

    Gutters, soffit, siding, and fascia are all exterior elements of a home that are affected by wet and cold winters. Be sure to have your gutters cleaned thoroughly to prevent roof leaks or ice dams. Soffit and fascia should be given the once over and repaired when damages are visible. Soffit damages can increase heating bills and allow cold air to enter the attic, ensuring ice dams and damaged roof shingles. Don't forget to check your siding and have a professional painter seal and paint any damaged siding areas to prevent rot, mold, and high energy bills.

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  • Choosing the RIght Windows for Your Home

    Courtesy of Pella Windows and Doors

    Are you in the market to replace your windows? Here is an article that is extremely informative on all of the window choices out there and how to choose the ones that are best for you, whether that be vinyl, fiberglass, aluminum, wood or other options.  Choose what's best for your style and your wallet with these helpful tips.

    http://www.diynetwork.com/windows-walls-and-doors/windows-buying-guide/index.html

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  • Poor Window Maintenance Increases Cost

    Yes new energy efficient windows are a good way to save on energy costs, but it doesn't stop there. Maintaining these windows is almost equally important in factoring their efficiency.

    According to FacilitiesNet,

    When properly maintained, windows can be expected to maintain their solar and thermal properties throughout their 30- to 35-year service life.

    So, it stands to reason that if you don't maintain your windows properly, your windows will have a much shorter service life, which will end up resulting in early window replacement.

    Window manufacturers are constantly trying to up the ante and improve upon window efficiency. Check out these innovations courtesy of FacilitiesNet:

    One of the new technologies available today is the motorized shade. When used as part of a building’s daylighting control, the units can provide an easy way to minimize solar heat gain in rooms with southern exposures. Controls for the units can be interfaced with room lighting controls or centralized building automation systems to regulate both light levels and solar heat gain.

    One of the most promising developments is the “smart window.” Smart windows use a small electrical voltage to change the light transmission properties of the glass. Depending on the technology used, the windows can vary from translucent to reflective. By connecting the windows’ control to a building automation system, the properties of the window glazing for entire areas or buildings can be regulated to minimize heat gain or to maximize the use of daylight.

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  • How to Decide When You Should Replace Your Windows

    Replacing your windows can be a costly and time-consuming ordeal, so before you decide to go through with it, here is a checklist to help you to decide when is the right time, courtesy of FacilitiesNet.

    1. Is the existing window system structurally adequate and does it accommodate building movements and structural loadings? If not, it's probably time for a replacement. This is critical from a safety as well as a performance standpoint.
    2. Is the system effective at controlling water leakage, moisture migration, or unwanted air infiltration?
    3. What is the condition of the system components? Check the frame, sash, glazing, hardware, weather stripping, sealants, and exterior paint or other surface coatings.
    4. Is it possible that the adjacent wall system is contributing to the problems experienced? If that’s the case, it may be time to do some wall renovation instead of replacing the windows.
    5. Is the building historically significant? If so, there may be a few more hoops to jump through in selecting particular window products.

    It is important to assess whether the benefits of replacement outweigh the benefits of repair/maintenance. By judging the above five aspects of the window, hopefully you can decide which would be beneficial.

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  • What to Know About Window Security Film

    Not all window films do the same thing and not all films are effective for your windows' needs. The main reason for window security film, according to FacilitiesNet.com, is to prevent shards of glass from injuring people if a window breaks.

    Security film "encapsulates the glass" so that broken glass doesn't go flying into multiple directions in small pieces.

    Security film is also thicker than solar film, and, instead of being applied to just the visible portion of the window, like solar film, security film is installed into the window.

    Check out the different types of window security film installations here.

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  • Window Construction Terms

    Do you feel like you're reading Latin when you are researching window construction and window repair?  Here are some basic terms and definitions courtesy of eHow.

    Rough Opening

    The term rough opening refers to the hole in the wall into which the window will be put. Rough openings are usually constructed to be 1 inch wider and 1 inch taller than the window itself. This allows a half-inch of play all around the window so that when the window is installed it can be made level and plum with shimming.

    Header

    A header is a strong piece of wood that is installed horizontally at the top of the rough opening. The purpose of a header is to carry the weight of the wall that is above the window and redirect it to the studs on each side of the window so that there is no downward pressure on the window itself.

    Stud

    A stud is a vertical piece of wood or sometimes steel that is the main component of a framed wall. On each side of the window there will be a stud that extends from the top to the bottom of the wall, known as a king stud. There will also be a stud on each side that extends from the bottom of the header to the bottom of the wall, effectively supporting the header. These studs are known as jack studs or cripple studs.

    Shim

    A shim is a small piece of tapered wood, usually cedar, that is wedged in between the rough opening and the window so that they hold the window in place. Leftover cedar shingles are often used for this purpose. Once the window has been positioned properly, the shims are cut off flush with the face of the wall and eventually covered over with interior and exterior window trim.

    Sash

    A double hung window is a traditional type of window that is made of two sashes, each of which has a number of panes of glass held in it. The term sash refers to the part of the window that is pushed up or down to open or close the window. Common window sashes have two, four or six panes of glass in them. A double hung window with two sashes, each of which has six panes of glass in it, is referred to as a "six over six window."

    Frame

    The window frame is the part of the window surrounding either the glass in a fixed window or the sash in an opening window. After the window is installed, the finish trim is attached to the window frame.

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  • Gain Window Energy Efficiency with Solar Film

    The solar heat that comes into your house through your windows plays a big factor in the overall effiency of cooling your house.  According to the Department of Energy via FacilitiesNet, solar heat gain through windows is responsible for roughly one third of a building's cooling load.

    To help alleviate this, solar window film is often employed. The film is placed on the interior side of the window and reflects and absorbs the incoming sunlight.

    Not only does this film keep your house cool, but it also helps to maintain an even temperature throughout the house.

    According to FacilitiesNet, don't expect a dramatic decrease in your energy bills, but the payoff will show up over time. Plus, you'll be able to curl up more comfortably on that sofa by the window to read your book.

    It's important to find out the best solar film for your particular situation, and make sure that film won't damage your type of windows.

    Exterior Specialties of PA is here to assist with all of your window repair and window replacement needs. Call us today at 215-773-9180 for a free estimate!