Benefits of Replacement Windows

Your neighbors just got their windows done, your home doesn’t feel as comfortable as it used it be and you’ve been told your windows might be the problem. You’ve considered getting your windows replaced but what are the real benefits?

Replacing your windows is a home improvement project that gives you returns moving forward. Here a few benefits of getting your windows replaced.

Getting your windows replaced increases your home value. A homeowner can get up to 71% of the project cost when it’s time to resell 1. According to a CNBC article on home improvement, Vinyl replacement widows are “a functional update” that can bump up an asking price on a house about $8,500, and can also be appreciated for improving the energy efficiency of the home.2 Another way replacement windows can help you get your money back is with energy efficiency. With energy efficient windows you can save money by cutting down on your energy costs. With properly insulated windows, you’ll cut down on heating and cooling costs because your furnace and A.C won’t have to work as hard to keep your home comfortable.

Older windows that may be hard to open can be a safety hazard. You want your windows to be easily opened and escapable in case of any emergency. Getting your windows replaced enhances the safety of your home. According to the National Safety Council, “most residential building codes, bedrooms and other sleeping areas must have a secondary means of escape in case of fire or smoke, and that exit is often a window.”3 You don’t want your windows getting stuck while trying to open them. You also don’t want them falling unexpectedly when you expect them to stay open, especially if you’re cleaning them or are trying to escape through them.

Newer windows with top notch insulation and glass can help eliminate outdoor noises, helping keep the peace and quiet comfort of your home.

New windows with matching capping and amazing clarity can enhance the beauty of your home. Curb appeal and when you look out your window. Along with the beauty comes less time spent cleaning as well. Newer windows are now designed to be more convenient for cleaning, so you spend less time cleaning your windows and more time enjoying the comfort and safety they bring to you.

Most windows generally have to be replaced about seven years after installation. Is your home ready for new windows? While you’re researching and considering choosing a contractor to work on your windows, don’t forget to check out our blog about Warranties (do the link thing to warranties to the last blog). Your home is an investment and it should stay comfortable for you.

Replacement windows help keep your house feeling like home.

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1. http://www.remodeling.hw.net/cost-vs-value/2017/

2. https://www.cnbc.com/id/48692031

3. http://www.nsc.org/learn/safety-knowledge/Pages/about-national-window-safety-week.aspx

Knowing What Your Warranty Covers

One of the worst things that could happen is having a product break down, calling the company only to find out your warranty just expired or it doesn’t cover the repairs needed. Any home improvement project is an investment into your home and it’s always important to make sure that your investments are protected. A good coverage warranty is one of the ways you can make sure your home improvement projects are protected.

Before considering a company or contractor for your home improvement project, whether it’s roofing, window replacement, siding or even a bathroom remodeling you want to find out what’s included in the warranty, how long it is for and what it covers. Ask for the manufacturer’s warranty as well as the service warranty to compare with other companies before making a decision.

For this blog post we’ll focus specifically on warranties for window replacement, the majority of the information can be applied to other home improvement projects as well. The average warranty is usually a “Limited life time warranty” as most windows tend to be replaced every seven years. However most of those limited life-time warranties are not transferable to new home owners and they usually don’t cover normal wear and tear repairs. Basically “you used it, we’re not responsible for it.” This is unrealistic of course, which is why Peoples Products offers free inspections after the installation at the 1 year, 5 year and 10 year marks. We’re committed to your satisfaction and we want to make sure your product is working just as we assured you it will.

You’ve found a decent company with a warranty with good coverage, now what? Now you want to ask what happens if the company goes out of business. Most big companies stay in business for a long time but don’t necessarily have the best warranty options. A mid-sized or small local company might have the best warranty policies but what happens when you sell your house or when the company goes out of the business? Sometimes that means it is no longer covered, but some warranties, like ours, are transferable so the new homeowner is covered for the windows as well.

You’ve done your research, you’ve found the right warranty for your window replacement (or home improvement project). Not sure what else is next? Check out our previous blog about “Things to Consider When Getting your Windows Replaced.”

Your home improvement project is an investment, always be sure to read the warranties and protect your investments.

 

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Things to consider when your windows need replacement

Whether it’s after 7 years or 40, eventually every window breaks down and loses its effectiveness and has to be replaced. If you’re at the point in your home’s life where it needs new windows, there a few things to consider to make sure you’re getting the best windows to keep your house feeling like a home for a long time.

The first thing you want to do is figure out what goals you want to attain with your new windows. Do you just want something that looks pretty, do you want something that provides security/safety, do you want something to keep your house cool in the summer, do you want all the above? It is also very important to know if you want the same type of windows you had before or if you’re willing to try something different and look at the options.

Once you know what you generally want out of your new windows (or even if you can’t decide), you want to make a comparison list of all the different types of frame materials available to you and what each of their benefits are. There’s generally 4 different types of frame materials: Vinyl, Aluminum, fiberglass and wood.It’s always important to do your research so you have as much information as possible.

You will also want to look at glass options. Do you want double glazed or triple glazed, argon gas or krypton gas, there’s so many options it can get overwhelming. Find a reputable window replacement company or a few and compare information with your own research to help you make a decision.

As you start calling up contractors and window replacement companies, you want to create a comparison checklist to keep track of budget, window quality, contractor costs, energy efficiency, prices, project timeline, manufacturer’s warranty, service warranty, etc.

Speaking of warranty, you definitely want to read every warranty before you sign anything or agree to anything. Whether you’re going with a small local company or a major national company, reading the service and manufacturer’s warranty for your new windows is important. Down the line whether you stay in your home forever or put it on the market, you want your new windows to be covered for repairs and inspection if there ends up being an issue with them. You want to know if the warranty is transferable, if it covers repairs or normal wear and tear (most warranties unlike the Peoples Products HR40 warranty usually don’t cover wear and tear).

Check references, follow your instincts, if something doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t right. Double check and get a second opinion always to make sure you’re getting the right deal and making the right investment. Getting new windows is an investment you’re making into your home’s future. It should be worth it and if it’s energy efficient, you’ll save money in the long run.

At the end of the day you want to listen to and use a professional who knows what they’re doing.

 

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Document Your Home Improvements

“If a family is looking at two houses; yours and a comparable one, the difference between selling your home or not may be your documented home improvements.”

Getting renovations done to your home is supposed to be an exciting and exuberant feeling. When you take photos of your house prior to home improvements being completed, and after,  seeing the difference can be magical.  This is a great way to show your friends and family how much of an impact these changes make when it comes to appearance.  Your home is your canvas and you always want it to be the perfect painting.  painting of a home

When you take these photos of your home renovations it actually goes a lot further than just showing friends and family how great it looks.  These pictures are crucial when it comes to legal and insurance issues.  Not only do you want to take photos before and after any work is getting done, but take them during the project as well.  Barry Ansbacher, a board-certified construction lawyer based in Jacksonville, Florida, says “If you have a later dispute with your renovation contractor because something has failed, you can establish who did what.” By documenting this information you will be able to tell if it was the original builders or your contractors who made the mistake.

If you are trying to sell your home, it can be helpful if you can show documented changes that came to life for all of your home renovations.  If the buyers ask to see photos and documents of all the home improvements, and you are capable of providing them it may go a long way in adding to establishing a better ROI (return on investment).  Selling your home may not always be easy, but when you document all of this information it may be beneficial to submit them to your realtor; whose job it is to advocate your highest resale volume. documenting

If a family is looking at two houses; yours and a comparable one, the difference between selling your home or not may be your documented home improvements.   If you can sell a potential buyer on all of the hard work and money you put into your home compared to another house, it may be the deciding factor.  Proving to a buyer that you and your contractors didn’t take any shortcuts could be a big factor in completing the sale.

Most importantly, after all is said and done make sure the replacement cost of your home has been adjusted to the current market.  There is no need to be paying a premium for an amount you simply don’t need.  

For more tips on your home improvements make sure to check back with us weekly!

 

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Your Roof and Milk: What’s The Difference?

Your roof and a gallon of milk may have more in common than you think.

Your roof has a tough life – it endures the beating sun, the pouring rain, strong winds and torrential snow. Despite that, the roofs over our heads may easily fall into the category of out of sight, out of mind, when it comes to home ownership. However, the dangers of an aging roof are drastic, and if not properly inspected and maintained, can lead to major damage to the inside of your home.  High utility bills are also a danger of aging roofs. An aging roof can cause excessive water leaking into your house as well as poor attic ventilation and condensation. This forces your furnace and air conditioning systems to work far less efficiently than if your roof was in prime condition.  gaf_tru_SLATE_roof_tile_multicolor.337185057_std

Your roof is very similar to a carton of milk; over time they will both go bad.  Although the time frame is much different; the outcome is very similar.  Living in the North East, chances are you have grown adapt to the drastic climate changes.  Your roof, however, may not feel the same way. All the rain and snow may create an environment conducive to mold growth or rotting. This can eventually smell terribly, and become cause for major air quality and health concerns. Just like milk in your refrigerator, your roof has an expiration date. If you don’t assess the problem, eventually there will be a nasty turnout.

You may be asking yourself, “what can I expect my roof to look like as this aging process takes place?” There are many signs of an aging roof. The most obvious of which is shingle curling.  Curling is when the asphalt shingles on your roof begin to harden and shrink.  You may be able to see granulates falling into your gutters. Another sign is mold and moss growth.  Moss can grow on roof surfaces that don’t get much sunlight especially in cool, moist climates. Any obstruction of the roof can cause issues with drainage and ventilation. Mold likes to grow in dark, damp spaces, such as in the curled areas of your shingles. Mold can cause air quality problems and even health risks – neither of which you want in your home.7628_WISEMAN-MILK-GREEN-BOTTLE-T

We all know what happens when a gallon of milk sits in the fridge for too long.  It will start by smelling terribly and stink up the fridge. It quickly becomes undrinkable, and what was once a nutritious, vitamin-filled drink, is now a chunky, non-potable mess.  This is very similar to your roof in the sense that water accumulated beneath these curling shingles create rot, mold, and a stench throughout the whole house.  When milk begins to curdle and stink, you don’t even think to keep it in your fridge.  If your roof begins to stink and grow mold, then it should have the same result; GET RID OF IT and have a new one installed.

For more home improvement tips make sure to check back with us for weekly posts.

 

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Siding: The Body Of Your Home, Keep It In Shape

Don’t let siding fall by the sideline.

If you are looking to sell your house, the name of the game is boosting the value of your home.  One of the best ways to do so is to have your old siding replaced. It’s sometimes hard to tell when siding needs replacing, and homeowners tend to only see damaged siding when it’s become completely decrepit and falling apart. It is very important to have your siding in peak condition, as it can result in leaks, water damage and infestation. But not only that, good siding increases your curb appeal.  A commonly asked question from homeowners is “Will new siding rejuvenate my home enough to make it worth the cost”?

Replacing your siding is not always at the top of your priorities when it comes to home improvements, but it should be.  Luckily there are specific things the homeowner should look for in determining whether a home’s siding needs replacement.  For instance, the homeowner’s first concern is typically the faded siding. But fading can indicate a larger issue. If vinyl has faded, it may also mean the waterproofing on the siding is compromised, which can lead to water infiltration and structural damage.

A more noticeable burden you may encounter is your vinyl rotting or cracking.  In any event, cracked, broken, or loose pieces of siding must be removed and replaced. Otherwise, water may seep behind those pieces and cause problems down the road.  This can also create rotting beneath the initial layers which can then generate molding and a whole new problem for you and your family.  Another common troubled area is that bubbles can appear beneath the outer layer of siding, indicating that water has become trapped. Stylelite Siding 2

Luckily, checking for these issues isn’t difficult.  Stand about 50 yards away and look for missing pieces of siding, fading or any other significant damages you can see at distance.  When getting close to the home you can check for mildew or rotting.  Most importantly look for cracks and holes. This could become an efficiency issue, letting the external climate into your home, increasing your energy usage.

When selling a home, the roof and the siding will be the first two parts of the home the buyer will look at.  These are the introduction to the rest of the world whom are driving past your home.  Don’t let your old siding stand in the way of a successful home sale.  Stylelite Siding and Panels by Prodigy are designed to deliver a WOW! from all angles.  With the most marvelous colors Stylelite products are designed to give your home the best look in the neighborhood.

Peoples Products Stylelite line is about more than just looks.  If you’re interested in Stylelite Siding make sure to check out our here.

For more tips on how to boost the value of your home, make sure to check back with us weekly!

 

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Roofing In New England

Long Winters, New Roofing? Not Quite Yet

When living in New England the life expectancy of your roof is anticipated to be a bit lower when compared to homes in dryer or more temperate parts of the US. According to the National Roofing Contractors Association the most commonly used roofing materials in the U.S. are asphalt shingles. They come in a wide array of colors, patterns and styles. Here are a couple tips for keeping your roof in peak condition this winter season. If you’re plagued by ice buildup on the roof, removing some or all of the snow between storms might prevent leaks into your house. Never try to pry off ice that’s already formed, as that could damage the roof. If you must be on a ladder, work at an angle so the falling snow doesn’t push you over. This alone may extend your roofs life span (and yours too!)

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A GAF Roof with Asphalt Shingles

Gutters are an integral part of your roof’s health. With all of the seasonal weather changes we have in New England it is important to maintain your roof and gutters throughout the year. Prior to the freezing winters we endure in the North East, many residents have to deal with excessive leaf accumulation in the gutters and on the roof. If this buildup is not stopped, the dead leaves will trap moisture from snow and ice. This will accumulate in your roof and gutters, leading to ice wedging damage that could cost you hundreds or more. Radiant protection in your attic via a multi-layer thermal reflective material can reduce or eliminate icicles altogether.

If your roof is exhibiting signs of wear and tear, consider a new roof. Catching these problems while early in the process could lead to preventing damage that can later drive up the cost of a new roof. It’s important to be pro-active rather than re-active when handling roofing issues. If you’re missing shingles, or you’re noticing your shingles delaminating, it may be time for an overhead overhaul. Curling or bending shingles may be a sign of a roof that’s in need of repair or replacement. If you can see from ground level that shingle granulates are coming off your roof and falling into your gutters, this is a sure sign it’s time for a new roof.

But it’s not just the bad weather that affects a roof. As with all things, time takes the biggest toll. Most experts agree that a roof will last between 20 and 25 years regardless of most weather conditions. That is the reason that Peoples Products is a Certified GAF Roofing Dealer. Our WeatherStopper Roofing Systems are warrantied for 50 years; for most people, it will be the last roof they’ll ever need.

If you think your roof is damaged or just plain old, don’t try and fix it yourself. Have a professional look at it. Peoples Products offers a free roofing inspection and estimate, so if you think your roof may be at that stage, be sure to contact us. Don’t wait – it’s literally a matter of the roof over your head. Keep checking back with us for more tips on how you can save time, money and the environment.

 

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The First Impression – Your Home’s Door

Old Door, Old House; New Door, New Home

When it comes to your home, your front entryway is the center focus of curb appeal. It is your homes first impression to any guests, and it plays a major role when selling your home to any potential buyers who visit. In 2015, main entry doors came in as #1 as the more valuable improvement you could make for resale beating out renovations to the bathroom, kitchens and even the master bedroom additions. The value that a new front entryway adds to the impression your home can have, lands it as one of the best investments you can make.

If you are not in the market for a brand new door, there are a few less expensive alternatives to boost your home’s curb appeal. Decorations can play a role as many people boost the appearance of the front of their house by using colorful plants and flowers to give their home some vibrancy and life! This is never a bad idea if you are on a tight budget. Another option would be to switch up the color of your front door with a fresh coat of paint. When considering a change of color, ensure you stay within the style of your home. An option for someone with an older house with a solid wooden entryway would be to stain and polish the door rather than painting it; maintaining the look and feel of your home.

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Stylelite by Provia

If it is time for a new door, you do have some options; traditional solid wood and fiberglass doors are the most common. Our Stylelite front doors by ProVia are the most energy efficient doors around. All Stylelite fiberglass entryways are foam filled with thermally efficient insulation, and sealed with weatherproof adhesive. ComforTech glazing packages adds an extra layer of insulation to the already superior Stylelite door line. If you’re looking to impress, all Stylelite doors have designed glass options and they look amazing.

If you think your front entryway, or any door for that matter, needs to be switched out due to damage or age, please don’t try to fix it yourself. Have a professional look at it. Peoples Products offers a free door quote and estimate, so if you think it is about that time for your new door, be sure to contact us.

Keep checking back with us for more tips on how you can save time, money and the environment.

 

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Peoples Products 2016 Kickoff Event

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This past weekend, Peoples Products celebrated a successful 2015 and got ready for an even better 2016 at their annual kickoff event. The event was attended by all of the staff at Peoples Products, where awards were distributed to top performers in helping customers with products and services and recognition was granted to all the hard working folks in the entire company. We're proud to share some of our favorite moments from the party with you.

To our current clients, some of the faces you'll see here are familiar; to prospective clients, these are the kind-hearted, hard working folks you're going to be seeing in the near future!

Thanks for taking the time to keep up with us. We're looking forward to seeing more of you all in 2016 for all of your home improvement needs.

Thank You From Peoples Products

Welcome To The New Peoples Products!

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Peoples Products is proud to go live with our brand new website. 2015 was a great year for us, and we wanted to kick off 2016 with a fresh new look and a more customer oriented feel. Our new website is more navigable and easier to understand, hopefully meaning that you’re going to be able to find what you need more easily.

Now you’re more easily able to submit requests for services, pricing quotes or information. We’ve worked hard to create attractive landing pages that showcase our products, and we really hope you’re more able to get an idea what products and services we have to offer.

Please poke around the site, see what we have to offer, and reach out to us if you have any questions! We can’t wait to hear from you.

We’re looking forward to working with you in 2016.