Nearly 5,000 children in the United States are treated in hospital emergency departments annually for injuries sustained from falling out windows, according to the Safe Kids Worldwide® campaign. Many of those falls occur during spring and summer months as families open windows to let fresh air in but fail to take adequate safety precautions which can lead to accidental falls.
To help raise safety awareness, Pella Corporation has partnered with the National Safety Council, through its Window Safety Task Force, and others in the window and door industry to communicate to consumers about the importance of proper installation, function and use of windows in a home or building.
Pella offers these important tips to help enhance home safety:
Remember there is no safety substitute for responsible adult supervision around children. Set and enforce rules about keeping children’s play away from windows, doors and balconies to help prevent an accidental fall or injury.
For greatest safety, keep your windows closed and locked when children are around. When opening windows for ventilation, open those that a child cannot reach. For example, on double-hung windows which feature two moveable sashes, open the top portion for ventilation and keep the bottom part closed for greater safety.
Keep furniture such as beds and dressers — or anything children can climb — away from windows to help improve safety in your home. Don’t allow children to jump on beds or sofas, which could lead to accidental falls or injury. Furniture placed under a window can create an enticement to climb and the potential to fall, especially for young children. Furniture placed under a window could also slow your escape from a home in the event of an emergency, such as a fire.
Windows provide a secondary means of escape from a burning home. For greater safety, determine your family’s emergency escape plan and practice it regularly.
Designate a door as the primary exit and a window as an alternate escape route from each room in your home. Make sure each opens quickly and easily and keep the escape route free from clutter, which could present a tripping or falling hazard, especially in dark or smoky conditions. Remember that children may have to rely on a window to escape in a fire. Help them learn to safely use a window under these circumstances.
When performing seasonal repairs or cleaning, make sure your windows and doors are not jammed, painted or nailed shut. You must be able to open them quickly to escape in an emergency. If they don’t, it’s time to consider replacement, because windows and doors can be replaced; lives can’t.
Windows, which tilt in for cleaning, not only provide greater convenience, but greater potential safety, too. When choosing windows, look for those which can be cleaned from the interior simply by tilting the unit inward, eliminating the need to climb an exterior ladder for window cleaning.
If you have young children in your home and are considering adding window guards or window fall prevention devices, properly install approved guards that meet American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) standards, and feature a quick-release mechanism, so they can be opened for escape in an emergency. Consult your local building code official for more information on approved fall prevention devices and proper placement.
If you live in an area subject to hurricanes, consider impact-resistant glass for windows and patio doors to help provide year-round protection from winds, rain and flying debris. Impact-resistant glass, which cannot be easily penetrated helps protect your home year-round, providing a safe solution.
If your home features impact-resistant windows or patio doors designed to withstand hurricane-force winds, train your family members to first attempt to open the window to exit through it in an emergency, rather than trying to break the glass. Impact-resistant glass cannot be easily penetrated, so it’s important to acquaint everyone in your household with how to open units, or designate other exits if the unit is fixed in place and does not open.
For added protection, choose blinds and shades with no room-side cords; window treatments with traditional cords can contribute to childhood injuries. One option is Pella’s Designer Series® collection of windows and patio doors, which feature blinds or shades protected between panes of glass. The cordless operation of the collection and protection of window treatments between glass helps keep children and pets safer in the home. Designer Series windows and doors are also beneficial for those with allergies and asthma; units featuring blinds protected between panes of glass can significantly reduce indoor airborne allergens. Recent research found that windows with traditional room-side blinds collected 200 times more of certain indoor airborne allergens than the Designer Series products.*
Additional window safety tips are available year-round at: www.nsc.org.
For more information on quality windows, please click here, or contact your window specialist at New Windows for America at 303.920.0175.
*Based on data from research conducted by the Department of Occupational and Environmental Health at The University of Iowa.
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 advises customers to look for three things when shopping for windows:
A good quality window so they never have to shop for windows again as long as they own their home
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.
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.”
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
Spring has sprung! The days are longer and the air is warmer. Time to put away the winter coats and break out the toolbox. Winter storms and temperatures can wreak havoc on a home and finding out where repairs may be necessary is vital. Some are cheap; others…not so much. In any case, it needs to be done. So get up off your duff, grab a pen and paper, and get ready to look at these Top 10 Spring Things to Check!
Spring Cleaning. Your house has been shut up all winter; hermetically sealed against the cold winter storms. Now that spring is here, it’s time to open the windows and start dusting! Make a list of what need to go into storage and which rooms are in most dire need of cleaning.
Change the Filter. This is a bi-annual job best done during the spring and fall. Clogged air filters in the furnace often cause the unit to work harder which means a higher energy bill.
Air out the Attic. Leaks or condensation buildup in the attic are a great place for mold and mildew to start. By opening attic vents and letting a fan blow through, you dry out the stale, possible humid air and make it harder for spores to grow. This is also a fantastic time to look for those leaks and get them repaired.
Test the top. While we’re on the subject on the roof, safely climb up and check for broken, worn, or buckled shingles. The summer heat will exacerbate any damage that’s already been done during the winter and increase the chances of a leak. While you’re up there, check the chimney as well.
Gauge the Gutters. This one gets a whole section of its own since this can be a huge job. Yearly cleaning of the gutters will keep old detritus from compacting and composting; weighing down the bracers and creating sagging areas. It’s also another place to figure out how much graveling your shingles have lost.
Scope the Sides. Since you started at the top, work your way down. Look for cracks and leaks around window frames and doorways. Are there breaks or damage to the siding? Maybe this is the year to slap a fresh coat of paint on.
Brace the Bottom. The melting snow has a tendency to wash earth away from the foundation so you may need to replace it with new compacted soil to prevent basement leaks. Look at outdoor faucets as well for breaks or leaks in the wall around them.
Look at the Lawn. Wander around your yard and find low spots where water may collect. It may be great for the grass in that area, but it also means that water is flowing away from other spots that won’t look as healthy later on in the season. De-winterize your lawn tools now as well. Change out old gas and clean the contacts so that you aren’t fighting to start the mower when the time does come to trim the grass.
Check the Cooler. Whether you have forced air A/C or and evaporative cooler, this is the time to get them cleaned and cleared. Check the A/C condenser for any twigs or other fan blade damaging debris that might cause costly repairs. Open up the swamp cooler and clean the media to prevent that nasty musty smell the first few times you run it.
Deck out the Deck. Let’s face it, with longer days, you’re going to be out here more and it needs to be nice. Look for damaged or warped boards that need to be replaced. Break out and hose off the patio furniture that has been buried at the back of the garage since late fall. Take the cover off of the grill and give the slats a scrape to clear off the dust that has collected.
Prepping for spring and summer isn’t really hard to do. It can be time consuming and may claim a few weekends. While inspecting your house, take a look at your windows, siding and doors. Do they need spring cleaning, or maybe even replacement? Contact New Windows for America for a FREE estimate! When you have completed this checklist, you will know that you can sit back, relax, and enjoy the summer.
There are a lot of reasons that you could be considering replacement window and/or doors in Denver or Boulder. Maybe it’s time for a new look to match fresh paint or siding, or perhaps your existing windows or doors have become weathered or damaged. Regardless of why, it’s important to choose something that doesn’t just look great on your home, but represents the right long-term value for your house.
With that in mind, here are a few easy steps you can follow to help you get a great deal on replacement windows and doors in Denver:
Consider colors, styles, and materials. Because it’s something that every guest and visitor will see, you should pay close attention to the style that you are going for. Your windows and doors can completely change the look and feel that your home gives, so take the time to consider different colors, textures, and even shapes. Often, our customers find that the “perfect new window or door” for their Denver or Boulder home isn’t the one they first thought it would be.
Take durability and energy costs into consideration. Although having the right look is important, it shouldn’t be the only factor in your decision. That’s because windows and doors can be constructed in many different ways, and from lots of different materials. You should choose something that will last for a long time, look great over the years, and help keep energy costs down by insulating your home’s doorway. You might be surprised at the difference a new window or door can make in your monthly bills.
Choose the right Denver or Boulder company to provide and install your new replacement window or door. Choosing the right company for replacement windows and doors in Denver is important for a couple of reasons. First, a business with a good reputation isn’t going to sell you a product that the employees wouldn’t want in their own homes. And second, you can be sure they’ll handle installation and any future questions to your satisfaction.
Buying a new window or door for your Denver home is easy, but choosing the right one takes a little bit of thought and a few expert opinions. The replacement window or door should stay in your home for many years to come, so why not ensure that you’re getting the very best for your style, budget, and energy-efficiency needs?
For the best doors, replacement windows, and siding in Denver and throughout the Front Range, contact New Windows for America. Our friendly staff will be happy to walk you through your options and help you find the answer that’s perfect for your home.
Visitors to Colorado know us for our gorgeous scenery and friendly faces. If you have lived in Denver or Boulder for more than a few months, though, you probably understand our second reputation: the one for extreme and unpredictable weather.
That’s not always a bad thing, since it means you can enjoy golf, hiking, and skiing all in the same week. But, when it comes to your utility bills – especially for heating in the winter and air conditioning in the blazing summer months – it’s not all wonderful news. Those energy costs can really add up, and in the past few years, homeowners throughout Colorado have been looking for ways to save money and be more comfortable at the same time.
Here at New Windows for America, we are helping our customers throughout Denver, Boulder, and the Front Range to make their homes more energy-efficient. You can enjoy the savings, too, by making a few small investments around the home, such as:
Replacement windows. When you aren’t using modern, properly installed windows in your Colorado home, you literally let money fly out through the cracks. Given that they are so easy to upgrade – and that our replacement energy efficient windows come with free installation and strong warranties – why wouldn’t you want to have the best and keep more cash in your own pocket?
New doors. Next to the windows, doors are the most common culprits for money-wasting inefficiency, as they can let lots of warm or cool air in and out of your house all year long. Besides being energy-efficient, new doors can give your home a new look and feel. To see the difference the right door can make, you just have to spend a few minutes looking through the hundreds of options we offer our customers.
Updated vinyl and steel siding. Not only can siding help reinforce your home’s insulation, but it can also add to its beauty and value while protecting you from the elements. If your siding has become worn – or you just think it’s time for a fresh color and/or style – now is the perfect time to visit New Windows for America and see our Denver home siding options.
High energy bills don’t have to stop you from enjoying life in Colorado and getting the most from your house. Why not talk with a member of our team today and see how easy it is to lower your monthly utility costs through replacement windows, doors, and home siding?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Contact us for an In-Home estimate or call us at 303-920-0175 today!
All throughout winter, you worked hard to keep the warm air in and cold air out. Unfortunately, it difficult to make outdoor repairs in the middle of a snow storm. However, with spring making its way in and the ice melting away, it’s time to start finding and sealing the leaks in your house. These leaks can be difficult to locate if you don’t know what to look for and consultants are expensive, so here are a few quick tricks to check your home’s integrity.
Windows – During the winter, you may have noticed that cold areas or condensation collected around one or more of your windows. This means that the window is probably leaking. Fortunately, finding out how much is a simple process. On one side of the window (inside or outside), use a hair dryer to direct air around the edges. On the other side, hold a piece of tinsel or a burning candle in the area that the hair dryer is blowing. If the candle flickers or the tinsel moves, you’ve found a leak which may be repaired with a sealer or weather stripping, but will ultimately require replacement. On the other hand, if you’ve performed the above leak test and found no weak spots, but the window was still cold in the chilly months, it may be time to replace the window with something more energy efficient. The rubber and sealers that manufacturers used in the past have a tendency to break down over time; allowing heat exchange between glass in double paned windows or miniscule leaks in single panes. Either way, it’s time for new ones.
Doors – The hair dryer/candle test can be used for doorways as well. Just as with windows, look for air movement to indicate leaks. Unlike windows, however, weather stripping provides a shorter term fix due to the swinging nature of doors. Additionally, the foam insulation in aluminum doors will deteriorate in less than 10 years and the metal will transmit unwanted outdoor heat inside. This is harder to check except in extreme temperature conditions. The simplest fix is replacement with solid wooden doors.
Siding – This can be the most difficult section to check since there are very few places that will show air leaks. The good news is that many companies sell FLIR attachments that will connect to your iPhone or Android and allow you to detect thermal changes in the sides of your house. Once you have found a leak, your local DIY store should have more than a few sealing options for you.
Roofing – If you have access to your attic, then you have three excellent options for finding heat leaks. The first method uses nothing more than your eyes. Search for water stains or mildew patches where condensation or water leaks have developed. If you find none of these, go to your thermostat and turn the fan to “On”. With all of your outside windows and doors closed, this will create positive pressure and it’s time to break out the candle again. Search the edges of the attic: the floor, the apex, and seams between roofing boards. If none of these have revealed any problems, safely ascend to the rooftop and use your FLIR attachment to look for changes in temperature that might indicate a small, unnoticed leak. A tube of roofing tar is fine for one or two small spots, but large scale leaks will need a professional roofer.
Blocking out hot summer temperatures is just as important as sealing away cold winter air. By finding leaks, you will stay comfortable and happy during the extreme months. Most importantly, the energy savings will more than balance out the cost of repairs. Keep your house (and your checkbook) protected.
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