Curved Window Glass

You may have seen high end homes or commercial building with curved window glass installed. While it looks pretty cool; I have often wondered how curved window glass is made. Would it be feasible to incorporate the curved glass into the average home? The answer is yes it can be done, but you better have deep pockets. Each individual piece of glass can take upwards of 6 hours to manufacture. So for the average homeowner, it sounds like flat glass windows is the way to go. Of course you can still obtain the curved effect using flat glass in the construction of a bay window. Read more

Fake Basement Window

Is your basement dark and dingy? Do you feel a little claustrophobic when you spend time downstairs in a room without windows? The solution may the installation of a fake basement window. There are several different approaches you can take for this. You can mount an old window frame with a backlit image or simply install an instant decal like those found at Fathead.com Read more

Window Warning Signs

Your home windows are trying to speak out and you should be listening. What are your windows trying to tell you? If you are experiencing any of the following window warning signs your need to listen up! Read more

recycled windows greenhouse

With all of the window replacement projects we have completed over the years, I often wondered what we could do with the old windows that we have removed from the homes. It seems like such a shame to take the old windows to the landfill or even to a recycling center. Then I came across this interesting news article about how to use recycled windows to build a greenhouse. What a great idea!!! Read more

Peak tornado season may have passed for our area; however, a tornado can strike at any time throughout the year. While you can’t eliminate the danger from the wrath of a powerful tornado, there are a few steps you can take to lessen the impact. We have some tips for window protection during a Tornado as well as debunking some of the common tornado myths. Read more

home inspection

In an earlier article we reviewed some of the top home inspection issues that may be uncovered during the inspection process. While the top deficiencies were mentioned in the previous article we have expanded the list to include these additional home inspection issues that you may need to deal with when selling your home. Read more

Coal City Father's Day

If you are looking for something to do with Dad this weekend, we have listed a few Coal City Father’s Day events to choose from. We found a couple of things to do in neighboring Morris and Joliet as well. I guess those window repairs will just have to wait until next weekend. Oh well! Read more

home inspection issues

Signing a contract to sell your home is only half the battle. The next step is the home inspection process which can be nerve racking for both parties, especially the seller. While older homes may be more susceptible to the inspector discovering deficiencies, newer homes are not immune to home inspection issues. The list of potential home inspection issues is quite extensive, below are some of the top deficiencies unveiled in an inspection. Read more

Contractor Scams

Watch out for these contractor scams when it comes time to repair or replace your home windows. Perhaps you are planning to put your home on the market and need to complete some repairs prior to listing the home. You need to be extremely careful when choosing a contractor to perform the work. The same theory applies if you are undertaking any upgrades to a home that you have just recently acquired.

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Tilt Latches

Most of today’s double hung windows tilt out for easy cleaning and maintenance. The tilt latches on many of these designs can be easily broken. Most of them are made of plastic and can become damaged with an over-zealous homeowner who aggressively pries on the tilt latches. Some higher-end windows have metal tilt latches which are far more durable than their plastic counterparts. Read more