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14
10
2015

The Secret Weapon Against Winter Heating Bills Revealed!


If it’s too chillwinter windowsy inside your house during winter season and you’re having a hard time in dealing with it, you must not blame the weather because the old window is the one causing it. You have to understand that poorly constructed or old windows can create drafts and transfer all of the heat built up in your house out into the cold, which serves as the ultimate reason for replacing them. The most common cause of excessively high heating bills in the winter season is old windows! New windows are the secret weapon against your winter heating bills, and they’re not just beneficial during colder months but have advantageous all year round.

If you’re thinking that it’s time for you to replace your old windows, you need to give great thought on things you exactly want from it. Do you want something modern like white gleaming vinyl window or traditional with wooden sashes or bay windows? Apart from that, you also need to consider the cost and the amount of money you can save out of monthly energy cost because of improved insulation.

Wood is not just heavy in weight, but especially in maintenance since this requires staining, paint or varnished. This also has the ability to swell or expand under numerous weather conditions and fail to close correctly. On the other hand, metal windows are similar to wooden windows since this can also chip once painted or lose shine if not.
Majority of individuals considers vinyl windows because of ease of maintenance when planning to have their windows replaced. This type of window has the ability to look good even if they have been used for several years. The only thing needed is occasions wipe-down using “vinyl cleaner” to keep it sparkling clean. Below are some other reasons why many people prefer vinyl windows:

  • This type of windows is basically multi glazed and since double-glazed windows are considered as best insulator; triple glazed windows are becoming increasingly popular offer because of the unbelievable energy cost savings they offer. This can keep heat during winter season and increases cooling effect of air condition during summer. If double glaze window is offering one air layer among two panes, the triple glaze windows is providing 2 layers which offer much higher insulation degree.
  • Replacement windows out of vinyl materials are practically scratch free and do not require maintenance. To keep it functional and last for a longer period of time, the only thing needed is to regularly clean and wipe it with vinyl cleaning products, water and plain old soap can also do the job perfectly. NO scrapping or painting, vinyl window don’t age compared to other window materials.
  • Vinyl windows come in wide variety of sizes, colors and styles. Regardless if you prefer sliding or casement windows, there are fascinating colors and sizes that can perfectly suite your need, taste and home style. Double hung or also referred to as sash windows, replicate tradition wooden sashes style in vinyl but with stunning and cleaner sharp lines. Apart from that, you can also make use of bay or bow vinyl windows to maximize room space.
  • When it comes to price, the amount of money you will spend with vinyl windows are much lower compared to other materials. It’s quite unbelievable that you can get immense benefits out of lower price. This type of window is truly fascinating bargain since this does not only save on cooling and heating bills but it saves you from frequent replacement window cost.

 

So what more do you need to know? If you’re looking to reduce your heating bills this winter, new windows are your secret weapon!

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05
08
2013

What is a Bow Window and How is it Different From a Bay Window?


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Both bay and bow windows provide you with a great view of your surroundings. They are both arched and give you a larger viewing area. Both windows come in a variety of styles, and can be a magnificent addition to your home; although, there are significant design differences between these two window types.

What is a Bay Window?

Bay windows are usually made up of three windows, each of a different size. The center window is the largest, and it is flanked on either side by two smaller windows. These smaller windows are known as casement windows. The center window cannot be opened for ventilation.

Because of their construction, bay windows have a few limitations and a few advantages over bow windows.

What is a Bow Window and How is it Different?

Bow windows are slightly different in their construction. Instead of varied sizes, each window is the same. This allows the window to have a gradual curve along it, giving it a different design and feel.

Bow windows commonly require more construction than bay windows, and there may be more material that obstructs the view. A bow window will require more frames, because of the higher number of windows that need to be installed.

You will find three different types of installations for bow windows: casements, single-hung and double-hung. There are many styles, sizes and colors to choose from.

You might want to consider installing triple-paned glass. Having a large number of windows in the home creates the potential for high-energy usage, but installing double paned glass in bow windows reduces the amount of heating and cooling throughout the year. Older homes that have trouble keeping the energy costs low especially can benefit from this.

By installing bow windows or bay windows, you can create an elegant look and feel to your home on both the inside and outside. The smoothly arched curve creates a soft appearance to your home. Realtors have even been known to admit that it can be a huge selling point on a home.  It adds curb appeal and creates a focal point. It is a renovation you will not be disappointed with – and neither will any of your neighbours.

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25
07
2013

What are double glazed windows and why are they important


Double glazed windowsDouble glazed windows are made out of two separate panes of glass, separated by a 1/2″ to 3/4″ of argon gas. These panes are permanently sealed in place in an airtight frame.

Why they are important

Glass is effective at conducting heat. You only need to put hot coffee in a water glass to know just how fast heat transfer can happen.

Double-glazed windows, instead of relying on glass for insulation, instead relies on argon gas.

Conduction versus Convection

Argon gas molecules, individually, are an excellent insulating material. It takes a lot of energy to heat up and cool down air. Air is called conduction-resistant.

The reason this might be surprising is that air in our atmosphere seems to change temperature rapidly. However, this only happens because of convection, or the mixing of air of different temperatures by air currents. Convection causes rooms of air to heat up quickly, even though each individual molecule is resistant to changing temperature.

The great thing about double glazed windows is that the argongas between the panes is too narrow for effective convection. Air currents don’t develop, and the air doesn’t mix. Even better, the airtight seal on a double glazed window prevents any indoors or outdoors air currents from causing the argon gas inside the pane to move or mix.

Instead, the argon gas becomes a still blanket that insulates the window against conduction. Engineers call this a dead air space.Dead air space is very insulating, and is actually the main method used in thermoses and travel mugs to keep drinks warm.

Other savings

The installation options of double glazed windows are also much better than traditional windows.

Traditional windows typically are made up of sliding panes of glass along rubber or plastic tracks in the window frame. These are never fully airtight. Air currents from both inside and outside the house can seep into the space between the panes, compromising the dead air space. Even worse, air from outside can actually get inside by seeping through the seals on both panes of glass.

By contrast, double glazed windows typically open via a crank mechanism, instead of a sliding mechanism. When closed, they can be locked with a lever to create a perfect seal.

Condensation

Condensation occurs on the inside of windows when the air outside is cold, and on the outside with the air outside is hot and humid. Both scenarios are bad, as condensation can damage your paint and drywall. However, both situations can be avoided by using double glazed windows. The argon gas sealed inside double glazed windows is de-humidified, so no condensation occurs inside the window itself. The extra insulation greatly slows the temperature changes, so neither pane of glass even has a radically different temperature from the air it is exposed to. This prevents condensation from developing either inside or outside your home.

Double glazed windows are the wave of the future. They only cost slightly more than traditional windows, but will save you literally thousands of dollars in energy savings and renovations.

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22
07
2013

Everything You Need to Know About Picture Windows


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When choosing new windows for your home, the amount of choices can leave you a bit dizzy. We are here to make the decision a bit easier by giving you an in-depth look at picture windows.

What Are Picture Windows?

Simply enough, a picture window acts as a frame to the outside world. There is no glazing bars or any other feature that impede your view of the scenery outside the window. If you have a particularly impressive view, this is a great way to ‘frame’ it. It maximizes the area of the glass, so you get the largest possible view of your great outdoors.

View Versatile

Picture windows can come in a variety of styles. You can find windows that match your price, aesthetics, the architecture of your home, the weather conditions in the area you live in and more. Picture windows can lend a very modern look to a home, as well as let a great deal of light in. For individuals who would prefer glass that blocks some light, allows privacy or a more classic look, glass can be customized for various frosted patterns.

Their simple design allows them to be treated with various accessories that work. They can easily be fitted with blinds, curtains, awnings or any other add-on you can think of.

Very Efficient

Most of the picture windows you will find cannot be opened. While this may not be preferable, it makes them great for energy efficiency. There are no seams, which can let air out or in.  Most picture window models now come with Low-E glass and energy efficient ratings. With energy efficient glass, you stand to save at least 10% on your energy bill every year.

Security

Since most picture windows do not open, they are a lesser risk for unwanted intruders. Glass can be made to withstand a direct hit, heightening the chance that an intruder will think twice before a second attempt. There’s no worry of leaving the window open after you leave the house, and no anxiety over whether or not you’ve closed it.

Replacement

If you have older picture windows, you may want to consider upgrading. Older glass is less energy efficient than the newer stuff. Not only will you be saving a bundle on your energy bill, you will be helping the environment all year round.

The question you need to answer is ‘what do you want your windows to do for you?’ There are so many options available for picture windows;you will have no problem finding one that fits your home. Picture windows add aesthetics and value; they are an energy-smart choice for both your family and the environment.

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11
07
2013

How do you know it’s time to replace your windows


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There are many signs that your windows have outlived their usefulness. The big things to watch for are:

1. Your windows are outdated

Windows are the easiest way for heat to leave your house in the winter, and enter your house in the summer. Over the course of a year, any windows will cost you hundreds of dollars in energy, as compared to walls. However, in the last decade, new technologies have been developed that can prevent most of the high energy costs of windows.

Modern windows, typically sealed double-pane windows, have over twice the R-value of traditional windows. This means that they convey heat into and out of your house at less than half the rate. You can see a comparison of R-values of different window types on this contractor website.

In addition, new window installation systems, like casement awning windows, shut with airtight seals, preventing heat from crossing the window through air convection.

So what do R-values mean for your bottom line? It depends on your yearly weather patterns, energy usage rates, the size of your home, and the size of your windows.

2. Your windows are failing

Even if your windows are energy-efficient double-paned casement windows, they can still lose their insulating power over time.

You can check your windows by:

  • looking for hot or cold spots near the inside of windows;
  • wetting your finger and checking for small drafts near the edges of your windows;
  • holding a small flashlight against the exterior caulk seal, and checking to see if light makes it through

If any of these tests turn out positive, then your windows are failing and are letting more heat in and out than they have to.

3. Your windows are allowing condensation.

Windows that heat or cool rapidly build up moisture condensation, especially in humid climates. This can have terrible effects on your house. Interior condensation can seep into your window frame and compromise the seal. Exterior condensation can cause paint to peel. If you notice peeling paint or a warping window frame, you should immediately replace your windows before they cost you any more money.

4. You just do not like how your windows are performing.

There are a lot of personal aesthetic reasons that you might have for not liking your windows. They might let too much noise in, interfering with your sleep or enjoyment of your day-to-day life. Your windows also might not open or close easily and cause you stress and frustration. They could also let too much light in or cause glare.

All of these are perfectly valid reasons to replace your windows. Windows, like everything in your house, are there for your enjoyment. If you do not like your windows, why not replace them?

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10
04
2013

What are the benefits of vinyl windows?


vinyl windowsIf you need new windows and are on a budget, vinyl will likely be your best friend. They are a cost-effective alternative to aluminum, wood and fiberglass models, but don’t think for a second that the price has anything to with the quality. The term “budget-friendly” often causes people to be a little on edge, as if the cost of a commodity determines its worth. While this may be true in some respects, it certainly is not with respect to vinyl windows. The benefits you can expect to receive when replacing your existing units with these are too many to list, but we will do our best to mention the most important ones. Let’s start with the basics then. What do most homeowners look for when buying new windows? If you are thinking energy-efficiency, then give yourself a pat on the back! Everyone wants to save money, and a good set of energy-efficient windows is a great way to do just that.

The long-term cost-savings that can occur by swapping out old, drafty windows definitely make vinyl a solid option. Thus, you get the best of both worlds; a low initial price and an excellent return on your investment for years to come. Isn’t it great when things like this work in our favor? If you are still unsure of whether vinyl is the best option or are simply unconvinced about their ability to compete with the other materials available on the market, here is a list that may (hopefully) change your mind. There is no reason why you should be burning a hole in your wallet if you don’t have to, particularly if your failure to select the right option is due to ignorance. Be informed and save money. This is couldn’t be more important than for someone who is planning on performing a full renovation. It is not uncommon for replacement windows to cost a few thousand dollars. Vinyl is just as good as wood and fiberglass (and much cheaper).

Why go Vinyl?

  • Highly energy-efficient; the insulation value of vinyl window is remarkably high due to the polyvinyl chloride material they are made out of. Also known as PVC, its R-value (the ability to prevent air from passing through) is unmatched.
  • Easy to install; their simple design allows even the most unskilled person to put up vinyl windows.
  • They come in a wide variety of colors and finishes; you can get choose a set that is fully customized to meet your personal taste.
  • Durable, maintenance-free and long lasting; this is the ultimate trio that every homeowner looks for. Vinyl windows are basically the “set and forget” types. Scratch, stain and UV ray-resistant, what else can you ask for?
  • Quiet; one major benefit to higher having windows with higher R-values is the amount of noise reduction they offer.
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03
04
2013

Bay vs. Bow Windows: the pros and cons


Bay and Bow windowsThinking about getting a new window for your home? If so, if you want to get creative and buy something unique that will be a beautiful sight to see, you may want to consider choosing a bow or bay window. These types of windows are often regarded as the epitome of class and luxury; they certainly know how to make an impression. Their massive size, curved shapes and ability to allow plenty of light into a room is why most people dream of owning a home with these windows. Not many houses these days are made with them, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have one installed. Given their size and ability to attract immediate attention, bay and bow windows are typically best suited for living areas, but they make for great bedroom accents as well. Think of the turret towers that Victorian homes are best known for.

You are probably wondering what the difference is between these two window types. Don’t worry; many of us cannot tell them apart. However, there are some key distinguishing elements that are worth mentioning, particularly if you want to choose a window to complement your interior design efforts. While both windows will be sure to increase the spaciousness and size of the room where they are installed, it pays to know what makes each of them unique. Here is some helpful information regarding bay and bow windows, as well as the benefits they offer and the ideal scenarios in which they work best.

Bay vs. Bow; Which Should You Buy?

  • Bay windows consist of three or more large panes of glass that are installed at an angle. They project outward, meaning the window itself extends off the exterior of the house to a certain degree.
  • Bay windows are originated from Victorian architecture. For this reason, they are best suited for homes that were built during this era. However, manufacturers now make many types of bay windows that look just as great on modern houses; the key is to find the right one for yours.
  • The downside to bay windows is that most cannot be opened (although they fare better than bows in this respect). Since they are fixed, you may not want one if you are looking for a way to ventilate the room.
  • Bow windows are comprised of casement windows that are installed together in a curved shape. In contrast to bay windows, you won’t need to hassle with adding extra structural support for these (especially if installing on in an upper level room).
  • Bow windows allow more light in to spaces due to the multiple panes of glass that are present.
  • Due to lack of space for a window opening system, you will need to have a bow window custom fabricated if you want to be able to open them.
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