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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Vinyl Windows became very popular in new home construction around 1990. Their popularity continued through 2005. A large percentage of homes built in this time period featured vinyl windows. If you own a home with vinyl windows that was built in this era; it’s just a matter of time before you need to perform a vinyl window repair yourself, or hire a reputable window repair contractor to do the work for you.
With the fall season upon us in Illinois and now that the leaves have started turning colors; it’s time to prepare your winter window inspection checklist. You need to perform a thorough examination of your windows before the Illinois temperatures drop and well before the first snowflake falls. Preparing and following your winter window inspection checklist each fall can ensure your home is ready to fend off the cold temperatures and blustery winter weather.
Why should you inspect your windows before winter? Because, in the colder climate like we have in Illinois; the windows of your home are one of the primary sources of heat loss.