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Tilt Latches | Replacement & Repair

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

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Carrying Glass | The Safe Way to Handle Window Glass

Carrying Glass

Carrying Glass on the jobsite or at home can be more hazardous than you may imagine. In this article we will discuss the safe way to properly handle window glass. These tips are useful for both the professional contractor and a do-it-yourself homeowner. So if you are repairing or replacing the windows in your home, here are a few things to keep in mind when carrying glass. Read more

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Spring has Sprung |Spring Window Cleaning Tips

Spring Window Cleaning Tips

It’s that time of year again; spring window cleaning should be an annual event. Even high quality windows and doors require regular maintenance to prolong their life. Constant exposure to nature including rain, sunlight, snow, humidity, dust and dirt can take its toll on your windows. Addressing these issues with proper care can extend the life of your windows. Read more

Garden Window Installation | Brighten Up Your Kitchen

Garden Window

Create a mini greenhouse in your kitchen by installing a garden window over your sink. If your kitchen faces the sun, a garden window as a great place to grow plants and herbs. Your new miniature greenhouse will allow more natural light to enter the kitchen and make it feel larger. Upon completion your new garden will be at your fingertips. Read more

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Removing Window Scratches Using Cerium Oxide

removing window scratches

When preparing your home for resale you may notice some minor, yet unsightly, scratches on your windows. This can be common on older windows that are situated near tree branches that contact the glass as the wind blows. Or perhaps small children have scratched the glass while playing with their toys. In either case, removing window scratches prior to the home inspection is advisable. It never surprises me to learn that such a minor detail has turned off a prospective buyer. Read more

Interior Window Shutters | Installation Tips

Interior Window Shutters

Installing interior window shutters is a great way to dress up your new windows. Interior window shutters also provide privacy and are an excellent choice for bedroom windows and master bath windows. This is especially true for master baths located on the main floor of your home. Read more

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Replacement Windows vs Repairs When Selling Your Home

replacement windows

The decision between buying replacement windows vs repairing your current windows is a common dilemma when selling your home. A home inspector will more than likely uncover any window issues during the pre-sale inspection. In many cases this will negate the sale of your home, depending on the scope of the repairs and the issues they discover. The problems the inspector finds could range from simple component repairs such as latches to far more serious issues such as wood rot from extended exposure to water. If any of these conditions exist, you will be far better off if you move forward with the window repairs, or if needed, buying replacement windows, before you list your home on the market. Read more

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Pre-sale Home Inspection | Window Glass & Rot Issues

window seal issues

If you are about to purchase a home, you will need to obtain a presale home inspection report prior to closing. This is generally a requirement by the mortgage company to unveil any costly repairs that may be needed. Even if the lender doesn’t require a presale home inspection, you should take the initiative on your own to protect yourself financially.  If you are about to sell your home it’s in your best interest to keep the windows off the bargaining table.  Trust me on this! Read more

Inspecting Windows to Eliminate Water Leaks and Drafts

Inspecting Windows

You need to protect your home from the outside elements. Inspecting windows on a regular basis is an important step to eliminate water leaks and drafts. Both can create costly issues if left unattended. Water leaks can lead to very expensive repairs if the surrounding structure or the wood window frames themselves are rotted. Excessive air leaks will hit you in the pocket-book every month with higher heating and cooling charges.
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Sunroom Design Considerations and Window Choices

sunroom design considerations

A sunroom is a great addition to your home and can become your favorite spot to relax and enjoy the outdoors. If you are planning on adding a sunroom to your existing home this spring, you have come to the right place. In this article we will share a few of the most practical sunroom design considerations and window choices. You should review all of these factors before you move forward with your sunroom project. Read more