Detecting Window Leaks

A little time spent now detecting window leaks in your home will pay big dividends down the road. The savings from this preventative window inspection can be as simple as reduction in your monthly utility bill or huge savings by avoiding costly repair bills. Here are several simple methods you can use to detect window leaks including the home pressurization test, the flashlight test, the paper gauge test, and a simple visual inspection for damage caused by window leaks.

Home Pressurization Box Fan Test

To locate small, yet potentially costly window leaks, you may need to perform a home pressure test:

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Will the Installation of New Windows Reduce Energy Costs in my Home?

Savings Graph New Windows Reduce My Energy Costs

You just received your latest utility bill and are wondering if new windows reduce energy costs? If you live in an older home, with older windows, the answer is most certainly yes new windows reduce energy costs.

This is particularly true if you live in a Northern climate such as Illinois. Imagine the effects of the winter weather if you live in the windy city of Chicago and surrounding areas. A small leak around just a few of your older windows can add hundreds of dollars to your energy bill.

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Window Cleaning Tips

Window Cleaning

You open your window blinds to let the beauty of the outdoors shine through. You enjoy watching the birds in your Naperville backyard as you sip on your morning cup of java. The last time you cleaned the windows on your Jolliet home was a year or two ago. Follow these window cleaning tips so you can fully enjoy the panoramic views of your backyard once again.

Selecting a Window Cleaning Product:

When searching for a window cleaning product at your local market, choose an environmentally-friendly-green brand that is made specifically for cleaning windows such as Clorox Green Works.

Make Your Own Window Cleaner:

Some window cleaners may leave your windows streaky. Have no fear; you can make your own window cleaner. Read more

How to Build Your Own Replacement Window Screens

Screen Assemble

So you have just moved into your dream home in Naperville or Aurora, the weather is beautiful, and you decide to open your windows and let in the fresh air. Oops, no window screens. This must be one of the things the home inspector should have discovered prior to closing. No worries, you can build your own window screens. Or you can hire a local contractor like WindowRepairGuy.com to build replacement window screens for you.

Step 1:

Carefully measure the inside dimensions of each of the windows in your home to determine the total amount of screen frame material you will need for the project. To calculate the total length of framing required for each individual window add 2 times the height and 2 times the width. Therefore; a 2FT x 3FT window will require a total of 10FT of screen framing, plus scrap. It’s a good idea to make a detailed list of each window size and location as you go to save time later.

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Change the Look of Your House by Adding Window Muntins

Muntin’s vs. Mullion’s

So what is a Window Muntin? First we better set the record straight as there seems to be some confusion as to the difference between a Window Muntin and a Mullion. A window Muntin is the decorative slats that break up a window into smaller panes. These are also known today as window grills or grids. In days-gone-by, Muntins actually served a structural purpose by holding small panes of glass together in a larger window opening. Today however; a Muntin is primarily a decorative accessory.

A mullion is a heavy structural member that separates and supports two larger windows. A mullion is typically found between two double hung windows that are installed side by side. For instance, a smaller room such as a bathroom or small bedroom may have a single window that is 26” wide x 48” tall. A larger living space may have two of these windows adjacent to one another to create a 52” wide x 48” tall window. In the latter case, the structural member between the two double hung windows is called a Mullion.

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Window Frame Painting Tips

Window Wood Rot

Weather Shield Repair 1x229x162-largeSpring is a great time to repaint the tired, old, wooden window frames on your double hung windows. But before you start painting; you need to properly prepare the windows to accept a coat of fresh paint that will last for years. Follow these window frame painting tips for a successful project.

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Replacement Pattern Glass for Your Windows

If you are replacing old windows in your home or office you may want to consider Pattern Glass as an alternative. Installing Pattern Glass in lieu of standard clear windows can change the overall appearance of your home. When installed in an office environment; many pattern glass options can add a level of privacy and security to your workplace.

Create your own custom look by selecting a pattern that accentuates your room or the exterior of your home. Here are just a few examples:

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Window Boxes – Add a Finishing Touch to Your Replacement Windows

You have just upgraded your home by installing new, replacement windows. Now it’s time to add some finishing touches. What better way to beautify your window installation than to add window boxes and then planting some of your favorite flowers.

Now that spring has arrived, you need to select the flowers that are best suited for your location. You should take into consideration which direction your windows are facing before deciding which flowers to plant. A window on the South side of your home should receive ample sunlight, while a Window Box on the North side of your home will be shady for the majority of the day. Be sure to select flowers that will thrive in these conditions.

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The Advantages of Using Tempered Glass for Your Office Windows

When it comes to safety in the workplace at your Coal City Illinois Office, you may want to consider using tempered glass to prevent accidents and injuries. Tempered glass has safety features which are best suited for industrial facilities, public buildings, bus terminals, vehicles and more. By replacing your existing Office Windows with tempered glass it is possible that you could prevent injury to your employees. Tempered glass will drastically improve cleanup efforts as well, if windows are ever broken as a result of an accident in the workplace. Here are some of the principal advantages of switching over and using a qualified contractor to handle the conversion, such as One Source Renovation.

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High Impact Ideas and Inspiration for Home Improvement

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Once yου’ve decided to make a significаnt improνemеnt tο your home, it’ѕ temptіng to simplу visualize how nicе the rеѕults wіll bе. You need gооd planning and fоrethоught tо аchievе thοsе rеsults, though! Τhеse imрοrtant tips and inspiration for home improvement can help you reaсh уour home improvement goal wіth as lіttle рain as possible. Read more