Spring Home Inspection Checklist

Now that the weather has finally turned the corner, we thought it would be a good time to share our spring home inspection checklist. It seemed like winter would never end, but spring has finally sprung. If you are like most home owners, you hunkered down for winter and have totally ignored the exterior of your home. After all, its much cozier inside by the fireplace, rather than trying to climb a ladder outside in the cold, wearing boots, mitts, and a parka. But that’s all behind us now, so you can head outside to enjoy the fresh air and take along our spring home inspection checklist. Read more

Black Window Trim

Black window trim can provide a unique, contemporary look for your home or office. The appearance can be particularly stunning when black window trim is incorporated into a modern décor. In many cases the use of black or another dark color can eliminate the need for costly window treatments. The trim itself, with its high contrast, becomes the focal point of the windows. This is an added benefit in a small room where heavy curtains can overpower the space. Eliminating the curtains can also be an advantage in darker spaces, where the additional light is much welcomed. Read more

Window sill dry rot is a common problem on older homes. This is especially true if the home in question was poorly maintained. If the home owner neglected peeling paint or cracks in the caulking, window sill dry rot is inevitable. Once the wood is damaged, its too late for a fresh coat of paint. You will need to dig deeper and remove the dry rot. I found this handy video that demonstrates the easy steps required to remove window sill dry rot like a pro. Read more

Window Light Box

Adding a window light box to a dark room in your home may the perfect solution to illuminate the poorly lit space. Basements, particularly in northern homes can be dark and dingy due to the tiny windows just above ground level. The same can be true for attics that have been converted into a living spaces or toy room for the kids. Sometimes it is all but impossible to add a real window due to structural constraints. If there are few or no windows in the space, installing a window light box can provide the feeling of natural light entering the room. Read more

Window Replacement Pricing

Window replacement pricing can vary dramatically from one contractor to another. Hopefully you have obtained at least 3 quotes from reputable window contractors for comparison purposes. But how can you decide which one you should choose. Remember there is “more to the price than just the price” so the last thing you will want to do is simply run off with the lowest bid and sign a contract. You better do your homework first, so you can ask the right questions and fully understand each quote. Read more

Locating Wall Studs Using a Stud Finder

Locating wall studs should be your first mission when installing new windows in your home as part of your remodeling project. With any luck you will find a stud that is in the perfect position to serve as the starting point for the new opening. If you don’t, not to worry, it simply means you will need to add one additional stud to frame the opening for your new project. Be sure to check out our article and video on “How to Frame a Window Opening” before you get started. Read more

Properly Installed Windows

Properly installed windows can affect both the longevity and functionality of your new windows. You thought you hired a reputable window contractor. The job is complete, everything looks good, they cashed the check, but something seems like it’s just not quite right. Your windows appear to be a little drafty. Maybe you notice preliminary signs of mold starting to grow on the window sill. Now your wondering if you have properly installed windows? Read more

Installing accordion windows, or in the case of the above photo, accordion doors, can open up a room to the outdoors. If you enjoy nature and an abundance of fresh air, accordion windows will bring the outdoors inside your home. You will enjoy a breathtaking view whether the windows are open or closed. In the closed position, accordion doors are like a wall of glass. Open them up and let the fresh air flow inside. Read more

Popped Out Window Sash

Have you ever experienced a popped out window sash on your double hung vinyl windows? Perhaps you were performing your spring cleaning and you swung the lower sash inward to clean the outside of the glass. It’s likely that you positioned the sash too low in the side rail, and then you inadvertently raised one side higher than the other. The next thing you knew you were staring at a popped out window sash and scratching your head trying to figure out how to put the sash back in place. Read more

Pop Out Windows

I came across this interesting concept for pop out windows and thought it would be fun to share. Architect Aldana Ferrer Garcia has developed a new style window which lets you enjoy a striking view of the sky without stepping outdoors. Garcia’s Pop Out Windows may revolutionize the way we think about windows in the future. The unique design offers countless new ways to incorporate windows into the architectural designs of new homes and offers new concepts for remodeling city apartments and upgrading older homes. Read more