How to Open a Stuck Window

Stuck Window

There is nothing more frustrating on the first day of spring than trying to open a stuck window. You were hoping to let the fresh spring air into your home but the windows are virtually sealed shut. Windows can be stuck in the closed position for a variety of reasons, and it may require a specific technique to open the window depending on the root cause.

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Shutter Styles to Accent Your New Windows

Raised Panel Shutters

Now that you have installed new, energy efficient, windows in your home, it’s time to think about adding shutters to accent your new windows. While most shutter styles in use today are installed for aesthetic value only, fully functional shutters are still available but less common. When the appropriate, working shutters are selected, and are installed properly, they can help to protect your new window investment. This is particularly true if you live in high risk areas such a coastal cities or the Midwest where the threat of tornados is common.

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Severe Weather Window Shutters

Roll Up Shutters

Whether you live in a coastal area or in the Midwest along Tornado Alley; high winds can be a real concern. In both cases you may want to consider installing severe weather window shutters to protect your home from Mother Nature’s wicked wrath. With advanced warning you and your family may have time to evacuate to a safe haven; however your exposed windows will be subjected to flying debris.

For the most part, the shutters installed on homes today are non-functional and added for their aesthetic value only. But if you live in a high-risk area, you should consider severe weather window shutters to protect your home. Read more

How to Build Window Headers

WIndow Header Installation

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Adding Front Door Sidelights

Front Door With Sidelights

A great way to improve the curb appeal of your home is adding front door sidelights. The additional windows on either side of the front entry door will also let more light into your home and illuminate your foyer. There are many choices for the glass itself including decorative glass, Low-E glass, and obscure glass.

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Home Energy Assessment Survey

Green Energy House

Thinking about upgrading your home windows to Energy Star® Windows? Take the Home Energy Assessment Survey so you can see the before and after results and determine the overall efficiency of your home. Follow this link to the Energy Star® Home Energy Yardstick online analysis calculator. Take the home energy assessment survey now and once again after your new windows have been installed. This is a great tool to help you calculate and understand the savings you have realized by installing your new energy efficient windows. Compare the before and after reports to see your actual savings and how you stack up as compared to other homes in your area.

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Installing New Windows Will Save Energy Costs

Board and Batten Shutters

If you live in an older home installing new windows will save energy costs. Older single pane windows are far less efficient when compared to new high-performance windows which are constructed with two panes of glass and a Low-E Coating. Upgrading to ENERGY STAR® new windows will save energy and reduce the heat loss through the windows by 10 to 20 percent depending on the style of the existing windows.

Installing New Windows Will Save Energy, But How Much?

Yes it is true that an upgrade to ENERGY STAR® new windows will save energy and thus reduce your monthly utility bill. However the amount you will save varies greatly depending on what area of the country you live in. The style and condition of your current windows can affect your savings as well. While upgrading from double pane windows to ENERGY STAR® windows will reward you with some savings, the payback is far greater if you current windows are single pane.

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Glass Entry Door Installation Tips

Front Door With Sidelights

Tired of your old front door? Is the old entry door weathered and rotted? Are you ready to change the appearance of your home? Upgrading to a Glass Entry Door can change the entire look of your house. Here are a few Glass Entry Door Installation Tips to help you with your project:

Safety Tip

Pre-hung, glass entry doors can be quite heavy. You will need to recruit a friend to help you lift the assembly. Manhandling a pre-hung door is a two man job!

Remove the Old Door:

Carefully remove the old door and surrounding trim. Unscrew the hinges from the door frame and place the old door to the side. Use a pry-bar to remove the old door frame and exterior brick molding trim. Take care not to damage the surrounding siding.

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Storm Door Installation Tips

Storm Door

If you live in a northern state with a colder climate such as Illinois your home should already have a storm door. If it doesn’t, you should consider installing one before the next cold front heads your direction. A simple storm door installation can be one of the easiest ways to improve the efficiency of your home heating and cut down on cold winter drafts.

You may be worried that a storm door installation project is difficult and complex? Not at all, with the kits that are available today, your installation should be quick and easy. Still not convinced? Then simply hire a professional contractor like One Source Renovation to complete the task for you. If you feel up to the task then follow these tips for a successful project: Read more

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Glass Block Basement Window Installation Tips

glass block

If you need to replace your old, single-pane basement windows consider upgrading to Glass Block windows. Glass Blocks are weather-tight, maintenance-free, and are very energy efficient. With an R-Value of up to 2.0 glass blocks will help to keep your basement warm in the winter, an important consideration for those of us living in Illinois and other northern states.

Follow These Basement Window Installation Tips

Clear the Window Opening

Remove the old window being careful not to break the glass to avoid injury. Using a pry-bar or wrecking bar remove the old window jamb. You may need to use a saw to cut the wood at the four corners for a clean demo. Remove the window sill, the side jambs, and the head jamb. Using a hammer and chisel chip away at any remaining mortar and/or wood that may be left behind. Read more