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

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

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

Cleaning Window Tracks

Cleaning window tracks and sliding patio doors can be a nasty job that takes a lot of elbow grease. If your windows or sliding doors have been ignored for a few seasons it may be time to do a little maintenance. While I hate the thought of cleaning window tracks myself, I have discovered a little-known trick than can turn this tedious task into something that is quick and easy. No scrubbing required! I like the sound of that. Read more

window warning signs

If you pay attention to a few basic window warning signs, you may just avoid some costly repairs. A quick monthly inspection may reveal issues with your existing windows. Let’s examine some of the more common window warning signs and just exactly what your windows are trying to tell you. If only they could speak! Read more

Opening Stuck Windows

Opening stuck windows in older homes can be quite a challenge. It is relatively common to find windows in historic homes that have been painted shut. The culprit is usually a lazy painter, or in the case of a recent Victorian Home restoration project, numerous painters who painted multiple coats of paint over the windows over time. This is the worst-case scenario, at best the windows of historic homes are simply stuck from lack of use. In either case, you can follow these five easy steps for opening stuck windows and letting the fresh air in. Read more

Removing Lead Paint

Extreme care must be taken when removing lead paint on older windows. Lead paint, which may be found in homes constructed prior to 1978, can lead to serious health problems. This is particularly true for children under the age of 6 who are exposed to lead. The source of the danger comes from flaking or chalking lead paint. The risk of exposure is amplified when sanding old windows during a remodeling project. Read more

Window Maintenance Checklist

Our Window Maintenance Checklist includes the vital steps to ensure the ongoing durability and functionality of your home windows. You may not realize it, but the windows in your home represent a large portion of your investment. Following our window maintenance checklist at least once a year can protect this investment and preserve the value of your property. Taking the proper steps to protect your windows and their frames will undoubtedly extend their lifespan. Read more

Lubricating Vinyl Windows

Regular maintenance including properly lubricating vinyl windows, can keep your windows operating smoothly for years to come. Conversely; if you go for years without lubricating vinyl windows you may find yourself extremely frustrated. This is especially true on the first day of spring when you want to let that fresh springtime air into your home for the first time of the season, only to discover that you are unable to open your jammed windows. Read more

Glass Conservatory Maintenance

Follow these glass conservatory maintenance tips to keep your conservatory in tip top shape for years to come. Okay, you caught me, the term “conservatory” is more likely used in the UK, while we here in the USA we are more likely to call it a sunroom! If you want to get technical, a sunroom is more of an extension to the main home with a traditional roof and tons of windows. While a conservatory tends to be 100 percent glass, or close to it, in both the roof and walls. With that said, more and more true conservatories are popping up in homes around the country. Let’s praise thanks to the Brits! Read more