Windows That Won’t Stay Open | A Quick Fix

Windows that won't stay open

Finally, a nice spring day and you want to let the fresh air inside your home but you have windows that won’t stay open on their own. This can be very frustrating to say the least. You can always prop the window open with a block of wood like my buddy does. Or you can continue reading and discover a quick fix for double hung windows that won’t stay open on their own. Read more

Winter Storm Safety Tips

winter storm safety tips

Now that we are in the dead of winter, I thought it would be a good opportunity to share some winter storm safety tips. It’s no secret that the coldest day of the year usually falls in January, in fact it is often on this very day. This is historically true here in Coal City, and this phenomenon spans from Illinois to the Northeast. Oddly enough, the Western States generally experience their coldest day in mid-December. Read more

Front Door and Window Trim Color Selection

Glass Door

Thinking about upgrading your windows and doors and wondering about the exterior color options? Your front door and window trim color can say a lot about your personality, but more importantly the colors need to match the style of your home. We have compiled a few images of brick homes and their entryways to help you with the front door and window trim color selection process:

Red Front Door

Red is a very bold color and is not for everyone. A brilliant red front door tells the world that you have a zest for life and that guests are welcome to come in to be entertained. Red can look outstanding in the right circumstances such as this grey brick home. Read more

Last Minute Christmas Window Decoration Ideas

Christmas Decorations

Just 5 days until Christmas 2015. Have you put up all of your decorations? If not don’t despair, here are some last minute Christmas Window Decoration Ideas.

Window Wreaths

Hanging Christmas Wreaths is one of the easiest and quickest ways to transform your home for Christmas. Hang a wreath from a red ribbon in front of every window on the front of your house. If you live on a corner lot, don’t forget the street view side of your home. If you are afraid of heights or simply don’t own a ladder. Hang the second story wreaths on the interior of your home in front of the windows. When the bedroom lights are on you can see the silhouette of the Christmas Wreaths from the street. Read more

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How to Repair Transom Windows

Transom Windows

Transom windows have been utilized in home design for several hundred years. In early designs, the main purpose of the windows was to allow additional light into a room as well as providing ventilation. More recently, transom windows have been incorporated into architectural designs more-so for their aesthetic value. Whether you live in an older home, or something more modern, at some point you may be forced to repair or replace the transom windows in your home. Read more

Installation Tips for Garden Shed Windows

garden shed windows

Unless you are super organized, my guess is your garden shed is a maze of gardening tools, supplies, kids toys, bicycles, and a boxes full of things you may never use again. To make matters worse most storage sheds are dimly lit making it very treacherous when you try to navigate this labyrinth. To make it easier and safer to sift through your shed, consider installing Garden Shed Windows to let in some natural light. Here are a few tips to help you with your project: Read more

How to Repair Chipped Windows

Repair Chipped Windows

As a temporary measure you can repair chipped windows by following the simple step by step instructions below. However; we can’t over-emphasize enough that this is a temporary measure and you should replace the broken glass as soon as you can. This is especially true for double pane windows. If the chip has breached the thickness of the glass, then you have broken the seal which will allow moisture and air into the gap between the two panes of glass. This will compromise the integrity of the window and ultimately lower its thermal efficiency. Read more

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Fall Home Maintenance | Windows, Doors, and More

Autumn Window

The cool fall weather is sneaking up on us. The good news is you may have mowed the lawn for the final time this year. Put this extra time to good use by performing these simple fall home maintenance chores:

Fall Lawn Care Tips:

You may have parked your lawnmower for the winter but your lawn still needs some attention. Fall is great time to fertilizer your lawn. Use a winterizing fertilizer that is high in nitrogen to promote root growth. This will make your lawn stronger when spring finally rolls around. Read more

Halloween Window Decorations Fun Ideas for the Family

Cobwebs over the front window
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Removing Moisture between Thermal Pane Windows

thermal pane windows

If moisture starts to appear between your thermal pane windows it is generally time to replace the insulated glass unit. More than likely the issue with the foggy windows is a broken seal. Since the basic construction of thermal pane windows is two individual panes with an air gap in between the glass, it is virtually impossible to clean the glass. Hence the need to replace the glass with new insulated glass.  This can save thousands of dollars over full unit replacement. Read more