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

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

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

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

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

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

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