Window History | a Look at Residential Windows of Yesteryear

Window History

Let’s take a quick break from all that technical stuff about window repair and maintenance and explore window history for a moment. Have you ever wondered what the residential windows of yesteryear looked like? This brief article on window history may answer a few of those questions. Read more

Window Condensation | NFRC Window Condensation Ratings and What they Mean

Window Condensation

When selecting new windows for your home, I bet you haven’t considered the window condensation rating of the product. You’re not alone, most home owners are unaware that the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) even has a window condensation rating system. You may be familiar with the more common elements of the NFRC rating system such as the U-Factor, the Solar Head Gain Coefficient rating, the Air Leakage rating, and even the Visible Transmittance rating. But the average Joe (no offence if your name is Joe) hasn’t even thought about window condensation, while making the assumption that all windows are created equal in this department. Wrong! Read more

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Window Insulation | Two Methods for Insulating Windows & Doors

Window Insulation

When you install your new energy efficient windows in your home, you need to pay close attention to the window insulation that fills the gap between the window frame and the wall studs. Leaving this gap unattended will all but eliminate the benefits associated with the installation of new insulated glass windows. The two methods for insulating windows and doors are filling the gap with spray foam, or Chinking, which is basically filling the gap with fiberglass insulation. Let’s take a quick look at both methods: Read more

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Sticky Sliding Door Repair | How to Fix a Sticky Patio Door

Sticky Sliding Door

In this article we will take a look at a few steps you can take to fix a sticky sliding door. While sliding patio doors are a convenient way to access your outdoor living area, a sticky sliding door can be a nuisance. While there are various nuances for specific brands, I found this video on how to repair an Anderson Sliding Patio Door. Your sliding door may be a different brand, but the basic premise is the same. Remove it, clean it, fix it, lube it, and adjust it! Read more

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Preventing Storm Damage | 6 Ways to Protect Your Home in an Extreme Storm

Preventing Storm Damage

Let’s take a peek at several options for preventing storm damage to you and your home. With the recent back to back mega storms, it seems fitting to carry on with our series of articles on how to protect your property in the event of a super storm. Read more

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Plywood Hurricane Shutters | Protect Your Windows from Flying Debris During a Storm

Plywood Hurricane Shutters

Installing plywood hurricane shutters can protect your windows from damage caused by flying debris during an extreme storm. When properly installed, plywood hurricane shutters will also protect the interior of your home from wind and water damage. As we discussed in the previous article “Hurricane Window Protection”, the optimum thickness for the shutters is 5/8” thick plywood. DO NOT use OSB. Now let’s take a look at three common installation methods. I also found, and posted, a couple of videos that demonstrate the procedures discussed here in this article. Read more

Hurricane Window Protection | How to Choose the Best Solution

Hurricane Window Protection

The U.S. is in the midst of Hurricane season, which seems to be a good time to discuss hurricane window protection. Whether you live on the coast in the southeast or several hundred miles inland, you should consider hurricane window protection products to protect your home in the event of a storm. Taking the time to cover your windows prior to the storms arrival will not only protect the windows themselves, but can also protect the contents of your home and the people inside. Read more

Cleaning Window Tracks with Ease Using Baking Soda & Vinegar

Cleaning Window Tracks

Cleaning window tracks and sliding patio doors can be a nasty job that takes a lot of elbow grease. If your windows or sliding doors have been ignored for a few seasons it may be time to do a little maintenance. While I hate the thought of cleaning window tracks myself, I have discovered a little-known trick than can turn this tedious task into something that is quick and easy. No scrubbing required! I like the sound of that. Read more

Nailup Glass Block Windows | Fast & Easy Installation

nailup glass block windows

Installing Nailup Glass Block Windows in lieu of conventional glass block windows can be a fast and easy alternative. The installation process is simplified to the extent that the average DIY homeowner can take on this simple weekend project without hesitation. Read more

Installing New Sash Locks | Step by Step Instructions

installing new sash locks

Installing new sash locks on your old windows sounds like a simple task but there are a few things you need to be aware of. Will the new sash locks mount in the same position? Do the sashes fully close and align properly? How can you repair damaged screw holes so your new sash locks will be safe and secure? Let’s take a look! Read more