Windows: Essential Parts of These Popular Projects

Windows: Essential Parts

There are many options for windows, so there’s no need to think of Denver window installation as a project with inherent limits. Instead, it can result in a dramatically improved architectural appearance just as much as it can restore an original design. Here are some of the most common types of projects that involve windows:

Structural Restoration

This is most commonly needed when the old windows had wood frames. Wood rots, cracks, and is subject to being eaten by insects. Eventually, new window frames are needed because the old ones have failed. The new ones can be made of wood, but it’s more common for homeowners to switch to vinyl or metal in order to avoid further problems with rotting or insects.

Storm damage also results in the need for straightforward restorations. In these cases, new windows are typically parts of larger projects. Carpentry work, replacement siding, and windows may all be included. This can be a good time to go ahead and make upgrades, but often, insurance policies only cover restoring the house to its original design.

Architectural Upgrades

Homeowners can really get creative when they have budgeted for a full-on redesign of a part of the house. Now is the time to go for custom windows in unique shapes, put in a row of plate glass windows, or add a sliding window wall. The last two options will allow light to flood into the room and make it very cheery. Be sure to use insulated, double-glazed windows so that it doesn’t get hot as well!

Smaller upgrades are less costly and can be done much faster. Try adding a small custom-shaped window to an area that’s usually too dark. This works very well in high places where it’d be a hassle to use artificial lighting. Add unique windows over doors, too. Their high placement preserves home security while bringing visual distinctiveness to the house.

Upgrading Old Windows

Sometimes it’s not the looks of the window that need to change, but its functionality. Replace old single-glazed panes with double-glazed ones for a huge boost in efficiency. Add frosted windows to bathrooms and other private areas to bring in light without the possibility of prying eyes. Replace windows that don’t open with ones that do so that fresh air can be let into the house.

These are just some of the ideas that can be used to freshen up a house with windows.

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Top 3 Things To Know About Condensation

You just got out of a nice warm shower. Look at the windows. Do you see that layer of fog and the droplets running down in rivulets? That’s condensation and normally, it’s really not a bad thing. However, when you start to find precipitation when no one has been in the bathroom, it’s time to start worrying. What may not seem like such a small thing can cause problems in areas you can’t see. Damaged paint, mildew in the drywall, and stained wood decorations are just a few of the problems that unwanted moisture can cause.

Here are the top 3 things you need to know about excess condensation in your house.

  1. A good thing is causing a bad problem. You’ve worked hard to make sure that your house is air tight to keep the heat in during the winter and out during the summer. The windows and doors have a good seal around them and you’ve found all of the cracks and holes in the walls that leak the conditioned air that you are paying good money for. Unfortunately, your hermetic house is now holding humidity from daily showers, dishwasher discharge, and slightly clogged dryer vents. Unwanted dampness is now trying to find its way out and can’t; raising the ambient moisture level which leads to…
  2. Higher humidity creating hidden horrors. When condensation can’t dissipate into the surrounding air, it has a tendency to collect in dark damp places and make them worse. Mildew and mold begin to develop in unseen areas and soon spread out along the edge of drywall and wooden joists in the walls. By the time it begins to show through the paint or peek out from floorboards and moldings, it’s a good bet that your walls need more than a coat of Kilz. As an added problem, residual droplets will eventually eat through wood varnish and stain or discolor wooden furniture and trim. Renovation or worse may be necessary. Don’t fret yet, however because…
  3. Controlling condensation is enormously easy. If you start to notice excessive vapor around the house, all you need to do is open a window. By letting fresh, albeit chilly, air circulate for ten minutes a day during the frosty months, you can prevent mold and mildew from taking over the house. Cold winter air is naturally dry and will act as a sponge; drawing out surplus damp and keeping unhealthy spore growth at bay. On the other hand, if the cost of reheating the house is too much, there are mechanical and chemical drying options that will keep your home dry. Search through the net and find one that works for you.

Although excess condensation can cause numerous aesthetic, structural, and health problems, it is a relatively simple situation to remedy. Keep an eye on the windows and you’ll catch it before it becomes a problem. If nothing else, open a window. Fresh air is good for the lungs!

When is it a Good Idea to Replace the Windows in a House?

Windows are some of the most prominent parts of a house, yet except for being fitted with some sort of coverings, they tend to get ignored by residents. This is because they will last for years before failing completely. Even so, it’s a good idea to pay more attention to them. Window replacement in Denver may turn out to be needed after all.

Old Windows May Not Be as Efficient as Possible

Like everything else, windows have become better over time. While there may not be a big difference between today’s windows and those made 10 years ago, there’s no doubt that those made 40 or 50 years ago are obsolete. One of the biggest differences is the switch from single-glazed windows to double-glazed and even triple-glazed products. A double-glazed window has a layer of air or other gas sealed between the panes, and this serves as insulation.

Wooden Frames May Harbor Hidden Rot

Wooden window frames are subject to rot, insect infestation, mold, and cracking. However, these problems often start with what seems like a tiny worn spot – a spot small enough to be missed if the windows aren’t carefully looked over on a regular basis. Even worse, a small defect can allow water to enter the frame underneath the surface and cause extensive damage not only to it, but the structural framing around the window opening.

To prevent problems of this sort, make sure to check over the windows and the surrounding wall areas every few months. Even better, pre-emptively replace the windows with vinyl, which doesn’t rot, crack, or draw insects.

It’s Drafty Near the Windows

This shows that they aren’t forming tight seals. Either there are gaps between the glass and the frames or there are spaces between the frames and the house. If the windows have always been this way, they’re probably of the old, inefficient variety. Newer windows can be drafty, too – failed seals or damage between the window frames and the house will let air in. Either way, leaky windows should be replaced.

These are just some of the reasons windows should be replaced even if they’re working the way they always have done. New ones provide tight seals when closed, have multiple efficiency features, and in most cases, use frames that will never rot or crack. Check out the options today to see how much better the technology has become.

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Siding, Trim and Railing: 2019 Is All About Color!

By Brian Kirn – CertainTeed

As the industry’s color leader, we’re always listening to our customers’ feedback and evaluating what colors to add and to which products. In 2019, we’re excited to extend 16 colors to a variety of products in the CertainTeed lineup.

Siding to Get New Colors

Cedar Impressions

We’ve been blown away by the positive response to Cedar Impressions® Individual 5″ Sawmill Shingles‘ authentic cedar shingle appearance. After receiving a multitude of requests for solid colors to mimic the look of painted/dipped shingles, we’re proud to announce the launch of five solid colors to the Individual 5″ Sawmill Shingle panels and mitered corners: Colonial White, Natural Clay, Savannah Wicker, Seagrass and Sterling Gray.

Monogram

We’ll also be launching two new additional colors to the Monogram® line for the standard Double 4″ (D4) Clapboard, Double 5″ Clapboard and Double 5″ Dutchlap profiles, as well as to the extended length panels (16′, 20′ and 25′) in the D4 profile and to the Board & Batten Single 7″ family. These two new bold colors – Melrose, a saturated red apple color, and Brownstone, a bold, creamy chocolate color with hints of red – join the four colors added in 2018 (Espresso, Slate, Midnight Blue and Castle Stone). These new colors will also be introduced in a full line of complementary accessories that include: J-Channel, Undersill Trim, Outside Corner, Inside Corner, Bay Window Corner, T4 Universal Soffit and Trim Coil.

We have introduced a new solid color accessory for the Cedar Impressions Single 7″ Straight Edge Perfection Shingles that will very closely match the color Cedar Blend. The color will be available in the full line of Cedar Blend Solid accessories, which includes Outside Corner, Inside Corner, J-Channel, Undersill Trim, Cornice Mold and Bay Window Corner.

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New Season for New Windows

Did you spend your winter under piles of blankets because of drafty windows? Now is the time to consider new windows for your home.

New Windows for America

New Windows for America advises customers to look for three things when shopping for windows:

  1. A good quality window so they never have to shop for windows again as long as they own their home
  2. A company that stands behind the products they sell, and offers the warranties to prove it. This gives the customer the comfort of knowing if anything goes wrong with their new windows, it will be taken care of at no additional cost.
  3. And most importantly, quality at an affordable price.

New Windows for America is a family-owned and operated factory direct suppliers of the highest quality vinyl, wood and composite windows available. In business since 1987, owners Clyde and Kathleen Lundeen say their company helps homeowners find the right windows at the right price, designed to suit the Colorado altitude.

“We sell great products at affordable fair prices. Our customer comes back for additional products and refer others to us all the time,” explained Kathleen.

“We have unbeatable warranties that cover every part of the window including the glass and installation,” Kathleen said. “All this along with an exceptional price that nobody can match for this quality of window.”

Better Business Bureau

New Windows for America has an expert team of installers who have been with the company since its early beginnings. Exceptional service combined with excellent products and warranties have made New Windows for America an A+ Gold Star Winner with the Better Business Bureau since 2003.

For a free, no hassle estimate, fill out the estimate form to the right, or call us at 720.920.0175.


Grammond, Jo-Anne, “New Season for New Windows”. Spotlight Magazine. Spring 2015

When Should I Replace My Windows and Doors?

New Windows for America | Replace Windows and Doors

Springtime has come around again and it’s time to start looking at exterior home repairs. Windows, doors, and siding can be expensive and time consuming replacements and knowing when they are necessary is crucial. Can it be put off for another year, or is it time to start looking at budgeting now. How to tell? To make that decision easier, here are 3 signs that it’s time to replace windows, doors, or siding.

  1. Leaks. This is the most obvious sign that replacement is necessary. A gap between the doorway and frame that lets light in is also letting that expensively heated air out. As a house settles, frames shift and lose their original shape; warping the door or window as well. This causes leaks that may be fixed temporarily with foam sealers or stick on weather stripping, but in the long run, will require replacing the frame and window alike.
    • How to tell: The easiest indicator is the feel of a draft. Moving a lit candle around the edge of the window or door and looking for abnormal flame motion will indicate air movement in and out of the casement. In the case of leaking siding, cold areas may form inside a room with an outside wall. These spots will occur close to the wall itself and might even be felt by hand.
  2. Difficulty Operating. Another indication of warping frames can be detected when windows or doors are difficult to open or shut. When they were installed, they moved smoothly and without trouble. Expansion of the wood in the frames or the frames moving “out-of-square” will keep the window or door from sliding easily on its rails or hinges. This will eventually lead to more sticking and loss of function.
    • How to tell: In sliding windows and doors, applying a small amount of lubricating jelly in the runner will help a window that is simply running paint-on-paint or is low on lubricating grease that was part of installation. Difficulty in movement after sliding open and shut around 10-20 times indicates a disfigured frame and replacement is necessary.
      In swinging windows and doors, friction areas in the frame will be visible where the frame is pinching. A small section that does not hinder opening or closing is ok, but indicative of future problems. Replacement is necessary when major effort is required to operate the window or door.
  3. Aesthetics. In a house that has historic value, replacement may not be an option. In younger homes, however, perfectly usable, yet outdated, windows, doors, or siding may need to be updated to increase resale value or to coordinate with a new theme design. Another visual indicator might be chipped paint, cracked panes, or water stains. These are signs of neglect and disuse that make a negative statement about the homeowner.
    • How to tell: Signs of neglect are often obvious, glaring, and can be detected on a daily basis. In the case of design or outdated style, a consultant may be required to make the final call.

It is important to keep windows, doors, and siding updated and in good condition for many reasons. Leaks cost money, framing disfigurement causes frustration, and poor maintenance announces neglect; all problems that no homeowner wants. Proper repair or replacement, however, will improve the home and life all around.

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