Enhancing your Bay Windows

Bay windows look great both on the outside and on the inside. They add curb appeal to your home while letting in a lot of natural light. Bay windows help make a room look bigger, making cramped spaces feel less stifling. Depending on the style installed, your bay window might also provide a cozy nook where you can watch the world go by.

Once you have them installed, or if you already have some, here are some ways you can enhance the look of your bay windows.

Curtains and Blinds

Because bay windows are designed to be large and to let in a lot of light, they leave very little for privacy.  Installing curtains or blinds allows you to control how much light comes in and when. You can open them up during the day and close them at night, or close them during the day if it’s too bright. Curtains and blinds provide a great styling option to enhance the indoor and outdoor look of your bay window.

You can buy ready-made curtains specifically made for bay windows, or you can also get customized curtain poles for your bay windows to ensure the perfect fit. If you opt to go with blinds, use vertical blinds. These allow you to angle them for privacy. You can pair your blinds with curtains for a stylish look.

Window Seat

If your bay window has a big enough of a ledge it can be turned into a cozy nook. Add in some seat cushions, colorful fabric and you have yourself a stylish cozy nook. It creates an extra relaxation space in your home.  The perfect place to cuddle up with a book and hot chocolate on a snow day.

Other Décor Items

Bay window ledge not big enough for a relaxation nook? No worries. You can still decorate it so space doesn’t look empty. You can place indoor plants or even decorative vases on the ledge. If you have a cat who likes to curl up on the ledge, avoid putting any breakable items up there.

What are some ways you enhance the looks of your bay window?  Let us know in the comments below.

Different Window Styles for your Home

When putting in new windows it is important to take style into consideration. Are you going to go with double hung? Bay or picture windows?  Do you want round or square glass? Single or multi-panel windows? The possibilities are endless to find the right fit for our home. One thing to consider is space, do you want to make your home look roomier and bigger? You have to also consider that the style of your house, some window styles look better on a colonial vs a ranch style home.

There are an estimated 7 styles of windows to choose from. Each with its benefits. The styles to choose from are double hung, slider, casement, awning/hopper, picture, bay/bow, and garden windows.

Double Hung Windows

The double hung window is one of the most common styles of the window for traditional homes in the United States. Double hung windows are made of two sashes that slide up and down. Newer versions of the double hung window like those found in the HR40 windows, tilt in for easier cleaning. Because of how the sashes move, the window screen is located on the outside. The style compatibility with different types of homes contributes to the popularity of double hung windows.

Slider Windows

A slider window, like the double hung, is made up of two sashes. But instead of sliding up and down, they slide side to side. The bottom tracks require routine use for continued ease of open.

Casement Windows

Casement windows have one sash which is hinged to swing like a door. When open it leaves the entire window completely open for maximum airflow. The screen in mounted on the inside since the sash swings outward. Casements have been noted to work and look best on prairie and contemporary style homes[1]. It is generally operated with a crank. Casement windows are usually found on Tudor style homes as well craftsman, Prairie, and French country.

Awning/Hopper Windows

Take a casement window and install it on the side and you’ve got an awning window. Unlike the casement, an awning window is hinged on the top instead of on the side. This comes in handy when it rains and you still want some fresh air. Since it opens out and up, the rain will land on top of it instead of flowing inside. Don’t leave it open if it’s windy and rainy because the wind might blow the rain right into your home. A hopper window is also like casement on its side. It is hinged on the bottom and opens in not out. The screen for a hopper is mounted on the inside. Hoppers are generally used as basement windows.  Both types of windows look great in both traditional and modern style homes.

Bay/Bow Windows

Bay and bow windows are three or more windows combined in an angle that protrudes out of the house wall. They can be a combination of double-hung, picture or casement windows. It all depends on what the homeowner wants.  Bay and bow windows give your home a dramatic look and open up a room. They also let it a lot of natural light.

Garden Windows

The best way to describe the garden window is like a box window. Its boxlike nature allows the perfect amount of light to filter through for growing plants and herbs. It is also called a kitchen window, as it is typically mounted in the kitchen. Garden windows look great on all types of houses as long as it fits.

Picture Windows

Picture windows like, bay and bow, are great for letting in a lot of natural light. These windows don’t open at all. They work great in sunrooms and living rooms. Picture windows look great on both traditional and modern style homes.

You can always do a combination of 2-3 of these window styles in your home. The energy efficient HR40 window comes in all of these styles as well as any custom styles you might want like half circles. Get a free estimate on HR40 windows to learn more.

 

[1] https://www.thisoldhouse.com/ideas/choose-right-window-style-your-home

How to Clean Your Windows

No one likes looking at or through a dirty window. Sometimes cleaning your windows can be a hassle. Either the windows are too hard to open and it’s hard to reach places or they just streak with every attempt to clean them. Here are some helpful tips to make cleaning your windows easier.

Using right Tools

Using the right cleaning tools can be essential to properly clean your windows and avoiding streaks. Some people prefer to use a paper towel, others prefer to use a microfiber cloth.  Different things work for different people, whatever you use just make sure it doesn’t leave lint behind on the glass.

The most common tools used are a strip applicator to scrub the windows with cleaning solution. Follow up with a squeegee to wipe the window clean. Finish up with a damp cloth to wipe off excess water and drips to avoid streaks.

Using the right cleaning products

If you’re cleaning your window and it never seems to get clean, you might be using the wrong products. Vinegar has been praised for being good at cleaning windows without streaks[1]. A mixture of warm water and dish soap has been known to work as well. Sometimes Windex works just as well but you have to make sure you’re using the right tool as to not leave any streaks.

Clean on the Right day

Most people make the mistake of cleaning on a sunny day. We get it, the nicer the day the easier it is to get the motivation to clean. However, when you clean on a sunny day, the water and cleaner dry faster on your windows before you can wipe them away. Your windows will streak easier when cleaned on a hot sunny day. The best day to clean your windows is a cloudy day. Cloudy but not raining.

Clean everything

Sometime when cleaning we make the mistake of cleaning just the glass while ignoring the other parts of the window like the sills and sashes. Make sure to dust and vacuum the frame and sash if needed before you start washing.

Have some window tricks that have helped you clean your windows streak free? Share them with us in the comments!

[1] https://www.greatdayimprovements.com/cleaning-windows-with-vinegar.aspx

Hiring the Right Contractor for your Home Improvement Project

Home improvement projects can be overwhelming. One way to make it easier on yourself is by making sure you pick the right contractor for the job. A stranger will be in and out of your house during the course of your project. You want to invest in someone who’s trustworthy and gives peace of mind to you and your family. Here are some things to check for and to be wary of when you’re looking to hire a professional for your home improvement project.

How to find a good contractor:

  • Get referrals from friends and family.
  • Make sure to conduct thorough online research. Read more about vetting a company online.
  • Go in knowing what you want before you start asking for estimates.
  • Do over the phone followed by face to face interviews so you can put a face to the name of the person who’s going to be working in and out of your house.
  • Don’t let price be your only deciding factor, don’t forget that price does not always equal quality.
  • Get everything in writing – pricing, start and finish dates, etc. This makes it easier to follow up and fight a case if worst case scenario your contractor starts the job and disappears before finishing.
  • Verify with the contractor which part of the work they will be doing and which parts a subcontractor will do.
  • Before you make the final payments get receipts for all materials purchased.

Things to Check for:

  • You want to check and make sure your contractor has a license and insured in your state.
  • If you’re getting work done on your walls or pipes, check to make sure your contractor is EPA Lead-Safe
  • Check the references of anyone you interview for the job.
  • Length of the warranty that comes with the job and what the warranty covers in totality.

Things to be wary of:

  • The contractor is unable to give you a demo or actually show you what they’re going to be installing.
  • Your contractor can’t provide you with the written warranty or estimate.
  • The contractor tries to sell you on either the cheapest or the most expensive material without consideration for the quality.
These are a few tips to help you navigate hiring for your home improvement projects. A smooth process is a win for everyone involved.

Securing your Home Windows

If thieves want to burglarize your home they will always look to the doors and windows first. After making sure to secure your doors the next thing you can do is to secure your windows to make them harder to break into. The more difficult it is to break into your windows the more likely an average burglar is to give up, keeping you and your home safe.

What can you do to make your windows harder to break into? Here are a few things you can do.

Lock windows

The first and easiest tip for secure windows is to lock your windows. At night or when there’s no one home you want to make sure reachable windows are closed and locked to make it harder for someone to get into. Most windows have some type of lock system, older windows might have inefficient window locks. If your windows are on the older side, install add-on locks to make your windows more secure.

Plant thorny bush

Another easy way to deter burglars away and secure your windows is to make them inaccessible from the outside. Planting a thorny bush below your windows can deter someone from trying to break into them.

Install window Alarm

If the first two methods don’t deter a burglar, a window alarm might send them fleeing. There are many types of window alarms on the market but simple window sensors should do the job. The window sensors will notify you when the windows open and when they are broken. You can arm the sensors when you go to bed at night or when you leave for the day. You can also connect the sensors to alarm local authorities when the windows are broken into or opened.

Install shatterproof glass

If your windows don’t already come with shatterproof or high impact glass, you can replace the individual panes of vulnerable windows with shatterproof glass. The glass will be harder to break compared to regular window glass but still looks the same as normal windows. You can also invest in reinforced glass. It is harder to break and makes a lot of noise in the process of breaking. That might scare the burglar off or alert your family that someone’s trying to break in.  To keep from having to buy new glass to put in your windows, when you’re looking at replacement windows, ask about the type of glass used. If you can get high impact glass, it’ll be worth the investment for the added security.

If you aren’t already taking these precautions we highly recommend that you consider them. Windows serve a purpose aesthetically in your home but it’s just as important to make sure that they are secure. Keep your home and your family safe.

 

 

 

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Preparing your Home for Your Replacement Windows

Congratulations! You have a big day ahead, you have scheduled for your replacement windows to be put in. Now how do you prepare for this? It can be a bit nerve-racking to have strangers walking and working around your home. To calm your nerves, make sure to buy from a company you trust, and once you’ve done that we’ve put together a few ways prepare your home for the big day.

Clear the Way

Your installers will need enough room to move around the windows for proper installation. Move furniture, lamps, curtains, blinds and other window fixtures that might be in the way. You don’t have to move everything but move enough stuff out of the way so the installers can move around with ease to install your new windows. Don’t forget move lawn furniture out of the way to allow installers to work on the outside of the windows.

Be Around

Installers would have to get into your home in order to install your replacement windows, it will be helpful for you to be around for the appointment or at least be around to let them into your home and to answer any questions they may have about moving things or getting around. Once everything is sorted out you can trust to leave and go about your day. If there’s no chance of you being around, make arrangements ahead of time for your contractor to get into your home.

Cover Things up

It might get a little dusty during the installation process. Installers generally do a great job cleaning up after themselves. But it wouldn’t hurt to cover up some furniture to keep it from getting dusty.

These are just a few things you can do to help make your window installation process go smoothly for both you and the installer.

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What to look for in windows when buying a home

Buying a new home? Congrats! But we do know how stressful and overwhelming the entire process of purchasing a home can be.  There’s so much you have to know and look out for to make sure you’re getting the best value for your money.  Windows are an important detail to consider when looking at potential homes because they can either add to the overall value of your home or add to the long-term costs. Windows are generally overlooked among the long list of other home buying details, but we’ll explain to you why they shouldn’t be.

Replacement windows are an investment into the value of the home and it’s important to note if you’re going to have to replace the windows or if the previous owner already did. Windows provide light, warmth, and ventilation for our homes, but they can also be a burden on your home’s energy efficiency.

Here a few things to consider about the windows in a home that you may be thinking of buying.

  • Ease of operation – if the windows are hard to open and close that might become a safety issue as well as an energy one. A window that doesn’t close properly leaves room for drafts, sending your hard-earned money in heating and cooling right out. You shouldn’t have to wrestle with your windows to open them for some fresh air or to close them afterward.
  • Draftiness – This is especially hard to track in the summer but not impossible. If the house seems drafty around the windows, they might be due for replacement. New windows but still drafty? They might not be the right windows for your house. Proper energy efficient windows should keep the heat out in the summer and the cold out in the winter. Of course, insulation and doors contribute to draft but the windows play a major role as well.
  • Durability – You don’t want windows you’re going to have to replace the following year or even 7 years down the line. Ask the right questions: Are they double pane windows? What kind of gas fills the windows? Do they have heat mirror to reflect UV rays? If the windows look like they have condensation on the inside they might not be properly insulated anymore.

Window problems but it’s your dream house? No worries! After closing you can replace the old windows with new more energy efficient ones!

You can sign up for a free HR40 window estimate good for one year here!

Signs it’s Time for Window Replacement

Windows are an important part of every home. They provide security, comfort and add value to your home. Unfortunately, windows don’t last forever. But when it comes time to change make sure you upgrade to the right windows for your home. But how do you know when your windows are due for replacement?

Here are a few symptoms your windows display when they’re ready to be replaced

Drafts –Do you have cold drafts coming into your home in the winter? Chilly spots near windows even with the heat is cranked high? Drafts in your home contribute to high energy bills because you’re letting the warm air out in the winter and hot air in during the summer.  Leaky windows?  That is as bad as leaving your back door open in the winter with the heat on. You’ll be letting hard earned money right out through cracks in your windows while making your heater and air conditioner work harder to try and keep your home comfortable.

Hard to open and close – One of the great perks of windows is that they keep the outside sounds and air out of your home but can let the outside world in if you choose to. If your windows are difficult to open and you have to wrestle them when you want to let a little air into your home, then it’s time to replace them.

Rotting – If your windows are wooden and look like they’re rotting, it’s time for a replacement. Rotting windows look bad, can be hard to open and close, and the frames start failing in supporting the window glass.

Condensation – Frost build up and condensation on your windows shouldn’t be the norm. Condensation is a sign that the window insulation has been compromised. Without proper insulation, your windows let your heating out and the cold air in. Make sure to be on the lookout for condensation in your windows.

If your windows have any of these symptoms, it’s time to replace them. You can read about the benefits of replacement windows here.

For high quality, exclusive, energy efficient replacement windows, get your free no obligation, good for one year HR40 window estimate here!

HR40 and Heat Mirror Technology

HR40 windows come packaged with Heat Mirror technology to keep your home feeling comfortable no matter the season.

Heat Mirror technology is an exclusive UV-blocking film that transforms regular windows to extraordinary windows.  It’s a high performing energy efficient glass technology that improves thermal insulation. It is extremely more efficient than a low-E coating on window panes. Low-e coatings are much more commonly used but have a thermal insulation performance of R-3 while Heat Mirror can perform up to R-10. Heat Mirror is heat reflective and provides the same thermal performance as five panes of glass with Low-E coating[1].

What Makes Heat Mirror Different? [2]

  • Heat Mirror® IG provides center-of-glass insulation performance ranging from R-7 to R-10
  • Blocks 99.5% of harmful UV rays
  • Offers superior winter heating and summer cooling due to its multi-cavity design
  • Reduces condensation buildup on the glass during winter
  • Weighs about 33% less than triple-pane glass

How does it all work?

Heat flow works in three basic ways, conduction, convection and radiation. Conduction is the way heat moves through things, convection is the way the heat circulates through gases and liquid (warm air is lighter so it rises, and cold air is denser so it sinks). Radiant heat, on the other hand, travels in a straight line and heats any solid thing in its path that absorbs the heat. Most insulation works by reducing conduction and convection. Reflective products reduce the radiant heat gain.

Heat goes to where there’s no heat, it attempts to resolve temperature differences by warming up cold areas[3]. What this means is, in the winter when you turn your heat on, it moves to warm up cooler areas, so when you have drafts or cold walls and windows, the heat flows to those areas to warm them up. If your window is inefficient then your heat basically flows to warm up the glass of your windows instead of staying in and warming up the desired room. During the summer, it works on a similar idea of heat from outside flowing towards indoors to warm up rooms because there’s a temperature difference. If you can feel the heat of the sun while standing in front of our windows, your windows are probably not working as efficiently as they should be.

The Heat Mirror technology works on the mechanism of radiant heat, by reflecting that radiant heat back into your home instead of seeping through the windows.

R-Values

Now we know how heat works but what do the R-values mean? The resistance to conductive heat flow by insulating materials is measured in R-values also known as thermal resistance. The higher the R-value the higher the insulating effectiveness. So R-7 insulation is more effective than R-3.

This innovative window technology comes with a serious pedigree. It was used as part of the B2 Stealth Bomber. The stealth of the plane comes from the extremely low heat signature thanks to Heat Mirror film on the windows to radiate heat generated back into the cockpit and a liquid-cooled engine.

Its heat-reflecting properties are so revolutionary, Popular Science magazine named Heat Mirror® as one of the 100 greatest inventions of the last 1,000 years!

Heat Mirror is an advancement in window technology that not only helps hide the world’s best stealth plane but is also used to increase energy efficiency in the Empire state building[3]. You can bring that high-level technology to your home with the HR40 Window. Reduce your heating and cooling costs and keep your home comfortable.

Get your free estimate good for one year here.

1 https://longroofing.com/blog/heat-mirror-window-technology/

2 http://www.kensingtonhpp.com/heat-mirror-film-technology.html

3 https://energy.gov/energysaver/insulation

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Double Hung HR40 windows with heat mirror

HR40 Windows

What makes the HR40 windows different from other windows? The HR40 Window represents the pinnacle of residential glass technology. Not only does the window offer a more clear and vivid view of your surroundings, it enhances your home’s energy efficiency rating by retaining considerably more heat than the leading competitors.

Here are some of the things that separate us from the competition, making our windows the best on the market.

Heat Mirror film

The krypton gas and foam filled frames of the HR40 windows work in conjunction with the Heat Mirror technology for optimal thermal efficiency. It blocks 99.5% of harmful UV rays and reduces condensation buildup on the glass during the winter. Heat Mirror® IG provides center-of-glass insulation performance ranging from R-7 to R-10. Standard low-e coating only provides a thermal insulating performance of R-3. Heat mirror technology has been recognized by Popular Science as one of the “100 Best Inventions of the [last] Millennium.”

High Impact Power-Strength Glass

The HR40 windows come with high impact strength glass that takes the burden of worrying about the kids breaking your window with a soccer ball. The strength of our glass can be tested by banging a nail into a board using our glass as the hammer.

 

Krypton gas with low E coating with easy to operate double pane sashes

Double pane windows are usually the window of choice because it’s twice the glass of single pane & not as heavy as a triple pane. Triple pane windows can be very hard to operate. Triple pane windows tend to be heavier and wider than standard double pane. The wider frames can make it difficult to install and require more wall accommodation to fit. Double pane windows are made up of two panes of glass with argon gas in the middle. Argon gas is the norm because it is 6 times denser than air. This is important because the denser the gas, the harder it is for heat to pass through it. Dense gas = more thermal efficiency.

The HR40 window is also double paned but instead of Argon, we use Krypton gas. Krypton gas is 12 times denser than air and twice as dense as argon, as a result, it provides a higher thermal efficiency and more energy savings. The low E coating on the glass reflects heat back into your home which adds to its energy efficiency.

Foam filled frames

Another huge advantage of the HR40 window are the foam filled frames. These are used to better insulate the edge of the window to help maintain temperatures. When you touch your refrigerator door it doesn’t feel cold, but if you were to touch your window in the winter it’s very cold. The frames for the HR40 are built on the concept of refrigerator doors. They have closed cell foam insulation for the same high thermal control and efficiency as your refrigerator door.

Rain wash clean

Glass has to be cleaned from both sides to truly be clean. With the HR40 windows, you only have to clean the inside. In the words of the HR40 manufacture Chuck Wetmore, the usage of the sun clean glass on the exterior of the window makes “the glass a lower maintenance product.” You spend less time cleaning the outside of the glass. Cuts your window cleaning time in half.

Pure white vinyl capping

A window capping is a material that covers up the wood around the window. Capping helps give the window a finished look. Capping is usually aluminum or vinyl covered aluminum. Aluminum capping oxidizes over time, leaving a chalky residue behind when rubbed against. Vinyl covered aluminum is a nice material that doesn’t oxidize. Even when contractors offer vinyl covered aluminum capping, it’s usually not the right shade of white. Even though it might say white on the box it tends to be a blueish grey instead. This, as a result, it is made of reprocessed vinyl. When the capping doesn’t match the window, it affects the overall look of the window.

To remedy this issue, the capping used with the HR40 windows are made of pure virgin vinyl. The vinyl in our capping didn’t use to be something else in its previous life, it’s as pure as they come giving it the perfect and true shade of white. The perfect matching capping & frames to keep your windows looking great in the long term.

The frames and capping are available in over 20 colors if white isn’t what you’re looking for.

These are just some of the few things that set the HR40 windows apart from others. Interested or have questions? We can help! Sign up for a free estimate that is good for one whole year. Sign up today & you’ll be entered to win a free iPad.