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Plan Your Valentine’s Day in Denver

Plan Your Valentine’s Day in Denver | Valentine's Day | New Windows for America

Just a reminder that Valentine’s Day is just around the corner….February 14, 2023! There are all the romantic and classic gifts like roses, a box of chocolates, and jewelry but not everyone celebrates the same. This holiday is a celebration for anyone, for any budget, and anywhere! Still don’t know what to do or want to do something out of the ordinary? We’ve put together a list of Valentine’s Day options around Denver so you don’t have to spend the time, energy, or stress about what to do! All you have to do is enjoy yourself and get ready for the holiday of love!

Food Lovers!

Turn up the heat for a Culinary Date Night with the chefs at Cook Street! This hands-on, luxe Valentine’s celebration is something to be enjoyed with your special someone. This deluxe class offers an optional wine tasting, purchased separately, and sumptuous dishes guaranteed to spoil your palate. Be bold this year…do something unique and memorable! Be sure to sign up soon, as these classes book up quickly!

Love to Exercise?

Sign up and participate in Denver’s original Valentine’s Day 4-Mile. You might find a sweetheart, run into Cupid, or run with your loved ones! Dress up as your favorite couple from a movie or TV show or dress up for a fancy Date Night! Register today!

Music Lovers!

Concert by Candlelight with a special Valentine’s Day feature of “Romeo and Juliet” while bringing the magic of a live, multi-sensory musical experience. Get your tickets now to discover Valentine’s Day-inspired music at Skylight under the gentle glow of candlelight.

Celebrate Galentine’s Day!

Looking for a way to celebrate with your girlfriends? Join the Denver Milk Market’s Galentine’s Day with a special art installation, amazing cocktails, and a fabulous all-day brunch! Stroll down the heated Dairy Block alley and watch as local women artists transform (wo)mannequins into life-size art telling the story of female reinvention and power through the years! Click here for more details.

Are You Black at Heart?

Whether you are single or in a relationship, the Black Heart Ball is a gathering for all kinds of dark romantic individuals! Featuring some dark, danceable tunes, a cabaret of romantic and kinky performance art, and so much more! Dress in your best dark outfits, and have a beautiful evening of gothic romance! Click here for tickets!

Garden Lovers!

Valentine’s Day Rose Cordials and Halva at the Denver Botanic Gardens! For Valentine’s Day, come and enjoy some heart-themed herbal brandy cordials and treats. In this class, we create a rose cordial and a rose halva. A cordial is a drink made from a brandy tincture infused with herbs. Halva is a buttery treat made with spices. Get a hands-on experience making these treats and the recipes to take home, along with time to sample and enjoy together in class. We also discuss the herbal significance of rose as it is traditionally used in Ayurveda, an Indian form of Indigenous medicine. Click here to purchase your tickets today!

Ready to Say Yes?

Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas(ish) and celebrate Vegas style at the Talnua Distillery! As Valentine’s Day approaches, we’re shedding this cold and grey winter for something much more RITZY. We’ll have the little wedding chapel of your dreams set up and [ordained] Elvis in-house from 1-7:30 pm to officiate your wedding, vow renewals, commitment ceremony, or just have fun! They’ll even have a professional photographer on-site to capture the moment for you. Vegas Tourist costumes are HIGHLY encouraged with prizes for the best costumes of the day. If that wasn’t enough, stick around for specialty Vegas Valentine’s cocktails, food from Hippie Pie Yay, baked goods from A Kitchen Mouse Bakery, and an amazing. This is a 21+ EVENT! Find out more here!

Show Your Love for Your Home!

The team at New Windows for America is here to help you show your love for your home. We offer FACTORY-DIRECT PRICING on our windows and doors. We have a professional and knowledgeable team to help you choose the best windows and doors for your home, style, and budget.

Understanding Your Window Performance

Understanding your window performance | Replacement Windows Denver | New Windows for America

It is important to understand the energy performance ratings of your windows and doors as it relates to their potential for gaining and losing heat. The National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) provides information enabling homeowners to accurately compare window performance. Here is a summary of what gets measured and why.

U-Factor

U-Factor measures how well a window is insulated and prevents heat from escaping. While the U-Factor can take any value, typically windows range from 0.20 to 1.20. The lower the U-Factor, the better the window insulates. The lower the U-factor, the greater the window’s resistance to heat flow and the better its insulating value. U-value measures the rate of heat transfer through glass (glazing). U-values, depending on climatic conditions.

Solar Heat Gain Coefficient

Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC) measures how well a window blocks heat from sunlight. It can range in value from 0 to 1. The lower the Solar Heat Gain Coefficient, the lower the level of visible light that can affect the brightness of a room’s interior, and the less solar heat the window lets in. The sun can provide free heat in the winter, but lead to overheating in warmer conditions. Selecting different types of Low E glass coatings allows for balancing Solar Heat Gain appropriately for each individual home. Certain products use spectrally selective glass that blocks infrared light while still allowing high levels of visible light—so you can daylight your home while maintaining comfortable temperatures.

VLR

Visible Light External Reflectance or VLR refers to the percentage of visible light that is reflected externally by the glass as detected by the human eye. The higher the VLR, the lighter your windows allow in your home.

Air Leakage

Air leakage is a natural part of all operating windows. It is the rate of air movement around a window, door, or skylight in the presence of a specific pressure difference across it. The lower the number, the less air flows through the window when it is closed and locked.  Air leakage also depends on the proper installation of a window, which is assumed in all ratings.

Save Money, and Use Less Energy

Installing ENERGY-STAR® qualified windows and doors lowers energy bills and saves you money. Replacing old windows with ENERGY-STAR® certified windows lowers household energy bills by an average of 12 percent nationwide. Lower energy consumption also reduces greenhouse gas emissions from power plants and homes. Can you feel your carbon footprint shrinking?

Shop for Windows that Perform Best for Your House

Window orientation and window direction are important factors to enhance your savings and can increase the energy efficiency of your home, as well as make it more comfortable to live in. The orientation of the windows in your home can affect the lighting of the rooms resulting in electricity and heating consumption. For example, south-facing windows allow plenty of light into the room as the sun tracks mostly in the southern half of the sky. A north-facing window typically receives less natural light, so choosing the right size and high-performance glass can make a huge difference.

Ask the Team at New Windows for America about how our windows can be specified with high-performance glass to meet ENERGY-STAR® criteria for our specific climate zone here in Colorado.

Selecting the right window for your home | New Windows for America

Ready to Replace Your Windows?

Ensure your windows are as energy efficient as possible to help you save energy, reduce your heating and cooling costs, and overall improvement of your comfort in your home. New Windows for America offers all kinds of different windows and doors, including ENERGY-STAR® rated windows and doors! New Windows for America has 25+ years of experience with installing windows, doors, and siding for your entire home! We are happy to work with you on finding the best window replacement for your Colorado home and can offer you a free estimate.

Contact our New Windows for America Team today and get a free estimate.

What is Low E Glass?

What is Low E Glass | Low Emissivity Glass | New Windows for America

Low Emissivity Glass, also known as Low E Glass, has a coating applied to it to make windows more energy efficient. Low E glass is one of the cornerstones of any energy-efficient window. Its primary purpose is managing radiation, whether it is solar, light ultraviolet, or heat. The secret is two microscopic layers of silver, which reflect heat back to its source. Other layers in the Low E coating filter ultraviolet and solar radiation, while allowing visible light through.

The Basics of Low E Glass

Low-E coatings keep the interior of homes cooler in the summer, and warmer in the winter by allowing visible light to pass through the glass while reflecting heat back to its source.

The Science of Low Emissivity Glass

Low Emissivity (Low E) glass manages radiation, including solar, light, ultraviolet, or heat via two microscopic layers of silver. The silver reflects heat back to its source.

How does Low E Glass work in different environments?

In predominantly heating environments, IntelliGlass reflects furnace heat back into the home, reducing the burden on the furnace, yet keeping your home warm and comfortable. Some solar radiation passes through the glass, acting as a source of free energy. Most UV radiation is blocked, while a high amount of visible light shines through.

In predominantly cooling environments, IntelliGlass reflects exterior heat away from your home. Solar radiation is filtered to preserve the comfortable indoor temperature the air conditioner provides. Most UV radiation is blocked, while a high amount of visible light shines through.

What about Gas Filling? Is it really in there?

Argon gas is an odorless, non-toxic gas that’s injected between panes of sealed glass to increase a window’s insulation and sound-proofing capabilities. Argon gas increases the R-value (measurement of thermal resistance) by minimizing the heat exchange through the window while reducing the possibility of condensation and frost build-up in cold or humid climates. Argon is an inert gas that is denser than air, making it more difficult for heat or cold to transmit through glass. Vinylmax uses sophisticated filling equipment and a Thermal Check verification system to ensure maximum performance.

What if our home is in a climate that is both heating and cooling?

Each IntelliGlass package features climate-specific Low E glass that is designed to maximize energy efficiency for your Energy Star Climate Zone. Choosing a triple-pane option provides the ultimate in window performance and meets Energy Star Most Efficient performance criteria.

Why Should I choose an Energy Star-qualified window?

You can improve your indoor comfort while saving money on heating and cooling costs. Replacing your home’s window with Energy Star-qualified windows can filter out damaging ultraviolet light, and save you hundreds of dollars on heating and cooling costs. If you have more questions about Energy Star-qualified windows, please ask our team at New Windows for America.

Ready to Replace Your Windows?

New Windows for America offers all kinds of different window styles that would be perfect for your kitchen! We have 25+ years of experience with installing kitchen windows, or windows for your entire home! New Windows for America is currently offering 25% off factory-direct pricing on our windows & doors! We are happy to work with you on finding the best kitchen window replacement for your Colorado home and can offer you a free estimate.

Contact our New Windows for America Team today and get a free estimate.

Window, Door, and Interior Design Trends to Look for in 2023

Window, Door, and Interior Design Trends to Look for in 2023

The new year is a great time to start fresh and evaluate your home’s needs and refresh your living spaces. The latest interior design trends have been leaning toward creating inviting, unique and comfortable spaces. 2023 is no different and furthers some of the trends we have noticed in the past couple of years. If you want to update your home, here are some trends to look forward to in 2023.

Black Window Frames

One of the simplest ways to get in on the latest trend of dark interior design is to choose a dark interior window frame. Although a bold black color can make some people nervous, this color is becoming more of a new neutral adding a sophisticated pop of color to your home. Black frames are versatile, complementing most interior designs, and make a subtle statement to your home.

Go Natural and Get in Touch with Nature

Make your house feel more vibrant and alive, and bring the outside in by incorporating houseplants, and greenery throughout your home. Known as the biophilic trend, it’s a way to create a sense of harmony between your home and the world outside, and is on track to be one of the biggest interior design trends of 2023.

You can also accomplish this by installing large picture windows, taking advantage of the outdoors, and seemingly bringing the indoors with light and views of the outside. Another option would be to create an indoor-outdoor connection by installing sliding doors to further your living space beyond your living room. Use your windows to breathe in the fresh air, listen to the sounds of nature, and boost your mood by letting the daylight in.

Art Deco Style

Celebrate the art deco trend and a touch of opulence by incorporating different window shapes into your home with maximalist shapes and geometrics. The Art Deco Glamour Trend is different than the traditional art deco as it brings a little more of the rich colors, bold geometry, and notable architectural shapes and elements. Bring eye-catching window shapes to match the architectural style of your home, use large art deco-style mirrors to add light to the room, and then accessorize with vases, frames, and home décor that includes touches of gold and elegance.

Vintage Design

Honor your home’s architectural design by matching the windows to your house’s style and roots. Bay and bow windows typically lend themselves to a craftsman or ranch-style home, whereas a Victorian-style home pairs well with single or double-hung windows. You can further complement your home’s design by using family heirlooms, and vintage décor from antique or thrift stores, and restoring their natural design spaces instead of doing a complete renovation job.

Sustainability & Going Green

For consumers and businesses, the importance of going green and being sustainable has risen greatly in the past couple of years. New Windows for America is proud to represent brands that are concerned with reducing waste, using appropriate materials, conserving natural resources, and improving air and water quality while at the same time protecting ecosystems and biodiversity. Vinylmax, Pella, and Milgard are just some of the brands that New Windows for America represents that are committed to improving sustainability in their products.

For consumers, you can also do your part by purchasing energy-efficient windows and making energy-saving improvements to your home. Becoming energy efficient is an easy and cost-effective way to combat climate change, but also reduces your energy costs. Energy efficiency saves money, increases the resilience and reliability of the electric grid, and provides environmental, community, and health benefits.

The Team at New Windows for America is Ready to Help You!

Are you ready to get a fresh look for your home in 2023? The Team at New Windows for America is ready to help you with your interior and exterior updates with new beautiful, energy-efficient windows and doors to your home today. We are offering FREE in-home estimates and can get you on our schedule ASAP!

Reduce Heat Loss in Your Denver Home

Reduce Heat Loss in Your Denver Home | New Windows for America

Winter has finally set in here in Denver, with freezing temperatures and snowy weather. As Old Man Winter is settling in, we want to keep the cold out, and the warm heat in. Keeping the heat in your home makes your life more comfortable, while also keeping your heating expenses down. Heat loss in your home means that your house is not retaining the heat, and instead, it is escaping outside. Keeping your utility costs down this winter by reducing the amount of heat loss will make your wallet happy.

Ensure your home stays warm and comfortable all season long by making your home more energy-efficient. Taking a few simple steps can help you reduce the energy loss in your home and reduce your heating bills.

Keep Your Colorado Home Safe and Warm this Winter Season

Residential energy bills are on the rise this year, in fact, according to the Colorado Office of the Utility Consumer Advocate, your Xcel Energy bill could rise as much as 54% over last year.

Check your insulation in the attic

Heat rises, and if your attic is not insulated properly, all of that precious warm air will escape your home. If you are not able to safely check the insulation in your attic, contact a professional who can do an in-home evaluation.

Insulate your walls

If you have an older home, chances are that there is little insulation in your walls. Typically, exterior walls need to be six inches thick, while older homes may only have 4 inches. Adding blown-in insulation is a quick, easy and efficient option. Contact an insulation expert for an in-home estimate and evaluation.

Window Replacement

Are your windows not fitting properly, difficult to open/close, or warped? It’s easy to tell on a cold winter day if your windows are leaking precious warm air. Single-pane glass is much less efficient than double-pane insulated glass. Choosing a vinyl replacement window like Vinylmax is a cost-effective and efficient solution while at the same time adding beauty, and comfort to your Denver home.

Replacing your Front Entry Door

If your door feels like it is allowing cold air into your home, it is a good sign that your entry door needs to be replaced. Replacing your front door with a fiberglass or steel door can ensure that cold air doesn’t step into your home while giving your home an upgraded look and amazing curb appeal.

Sealing areas in your home

Warm air can escape through small cracks and spaces. Check around your sink pipes, appliance ducts, and chimney for areas that could be re-sealed or caulked to prevent warm air from escaping. Energy.gov has some great tips on how to reduce the number of air leaks in your home to cut your heating costs this winter!

The Team at New Windows for America is Ready to Help You!

We are ready to help you add beautiful, energy-efficient windows and doors to your home today and help you ensure you don’t incur any unnecessary heat loss in your home this winter. The bonus is that you will enjoy the benefits of your replacement windows all year long! We are happy to work with you on finding the best kitchen window replacement for your Colorado home and are offering you a free in-home estimate.

Contact our New Windows for America Team today and get a FREE In-Home Estimate.

Celebrating New Year’s Eve Around the World

Celebrating New Year’s Eve Around the World | New Year's Eve Celebrations

Did you know that the small Pacific islands of Tonga, Samoa, and Kiribati are the first countries to welcome the New Year, while the uninhabited islands of Howland and Baker Islands near the United States are the last places to welcome the New Year?

There are many unique and interesting ways the countries around the world usher in the New Year! Ringing in the New Year with Champagne toasts, partying to Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve, and watching fireworks seem like this is a way we celebrate every year. As we get older, it’s always a bet if we can stay up to watch the ball drop and make it to the stroke of midnight.

As we welcome 2023, perhaps you will consider including some of these creative, and unique ways of celebrating New Year’s Eve traditions from other countries.

  • Spain: The locals eat exactly 12 grapes at the midnight, with the hopes that it will bring them good fortune and prosperity throughout the new year.
  • Brazil: Make an offering to Yemoja, Queen of the waters, and a major water spirit, by throwing white flowers into the ocean. She also controls the seas and the small white flower offering gives blessings for the new year.
  • Greece: They hang onions as a symbol of rebirth, and promote growth throughout the new year, they also smash a pomegranate against the door of their house. The number of seeds that end up scattered equates to good luck to come in the new year.
  • Japan: It is tradition to welcome the new year with a bowl of soba noodles known as Toshi Koshi soba. The long and thin shape of the soba noodle signifies a long and healthy life.
  • Denmark: Leaving aggression and ill-will behind before the New Year begins with throwing a plate or two at your friend’s and neighbor’s front doors. The bigger your pile of broken dishes, the more luck you’ll have in the new year.
  • Ecuador: Cleansing the world of all the bad from the past year, and making room for the good in the new year comes with the burning of scarecrows, typically representing politicians, icons, or other figures from the past year.
  • Armenia: On New Year’s Eve, they bake “good luck” bread with a special “lucky” ingredient, by kneading “good wishes” into the dough.
  • Turkey: Sprinkling salt on your doorstep as soon as the clock strikes midnight is considered good luck to promote peace and prosperity.
  • Italy: Lentils symbolize luck and prosperity and are incorporated into foods enjoyed during their New Year’s Eve dinner.
  • Columbia: On New Year’s Eve, Columbians place three potatoes under their beds. One potato is peeled, one is unpeeled, and one is half-peeled. The first potato they touch will indicate their luck for the upcoming year. A peeled potato means financial problems, an unpeeled potato means abundance, and a half-peeled is somewhere in between.

We hope you had an amazing 2022! We sure did, thanks to all your support over the past year. Here’s to an equally great 2023! From our entire team here at New Windows for America, we want to wish you a happy, healthy, and prosperous new year!

White & Light Kitchen Windows

Top 5 Best Kitchen Window Styles | White & Light Kitchen | New Windows for America

Isn’t it funny that when people come over to your house, they always seem to gather in the kitchen? And why not, the kitchen is the heart of the home! Why not make this gathering room feel as inviting as possible? Creating a space that is abundant with natural light can be accomplished perfectly by upgrading your windows.

The Team at New Windows for America can help you find the best kitchen window style for your home. Some important things to consider when looking for new kitchen windows are:

  • Easy to use
  • Air Circulation
  • Design
  • Amount of Light

The Top 5 Best Kitchen Window Styles

  1. Sliding Windows
    • Sliding Windows are a perfect option for the kitchen, especially above the kitchen sink or counters. They are very easy to operate and give greater control for air circulation
  2. Garden Window
    • Do you like to cook with fresh herbs year-round? A garden window gives you the option of being able to grow herbs, small plants, or just extra space for those special trinkets. This type of window extends beyond the façade of your home and has glass on all sides, perfect for growing or letting natural light in.
  3. Double Hung
    • Double-hung windows are extremely popular for any room of the house, including the kitchen. Just as with the sliding window, you’ll have greater control over air circulation as you can open it from the top or bottom.
  4. Casement Windows
    • These windows are opened outwards by using a crank perfect for when you want to control the airflow. They are perfect for allowing brightness and airiness into your kitchen.
  5. Patio Door
    • A sliding patio door is like a large sliding window, allowing maximum natural light into your kitchen. Sliding patio doors slide on a track and are easy to open and operate.

Now that you have that bright and light kitchen you have dreamed of, we have come up with 10 design tips for you on how you can complement your new windows!

10 Creative Kitchen Window Ideas & Decorating Tips

A white kitchen exudes timeless sophistication.  With a bright and airy canvas, you can easily add your own style with backsplashes, lighting, hardware, etc., in a wide variety of colors, textures, and styles.

  1. Consider adding a white or creative and colorful backsplash to complement white window frames to balance light and space.  
  2. Upgrade to a new range or updated vent hoods, which can often feel more like a statement piece or a piece of furniture.
  3. For the kitchen walls, a warm natural color or gray paint can tone down the brightness or add a splash of color with wallpaper or brighter wall color.
  4. Replace your countertop with a natural stone or wood to warm up the space.
  5. Update your lighting fixtures especially at the island and over the kitchen sink area.
  6. Add some texture to your chairs and stools by adding slipcovers.
  7. Switch out the kitchen flooring with a fun geometric tile, porcelain, or durable stone tile.
  8. Consider repainting or refinishing your kitchen cabinets instead of a full replacement.
  9. Add roman shades to your new windows for privacy.
  10. Upgrade your kitchen sink fixtures for a relatively inexpensive update.

Ready to Get Started on Replacing Your Kitchen Windows?

New Windows for America offers all kinds of different window styles that would be perfect for your kitchen! We have 25+ years of experience with installing kitchen windows, or windows for your entire home! New Windows for America offers some of the industry’s best brands, including Vinylmax, Milgard, Pella, and more! We are happy to work with you on finding the best kitchen window replacement for your Colorado home and can offer you a free estimate.

Contact our New Windows for America Team today and get a free estimate.

Christmas Traditions Around the World

Christmas Traditions Around the World | New Windows for America

As Christmas will be celebrated around the world this week, we decided to switch up our topic and bring you some fun facts we have found about how Christmas traditions are celebrated around the world! There are so many interesting and beloved holiday traditions that are kept by families worldwide, maybe some of these are even some that your family celebrates.

We would love for you to comment on your favorite Christmas traditions too!

Germany

Saint Nicholas, separate from Santa Claus, leaves small presents like coins and fruit in children’s shoes. Germans also have a hidden pickle ornament on their Christmas tree. The one who discovers the pickle during the Christmas season receives a bonus gift or lots of good luck and fortune in the coming year. Another interesting tradition is Krampus Night where people dress up as the devil Krampus, and walking the streets. Krampus scares any children who have been misbehaving during the Christmas season

Mexico

Christmas is a very popular holiday in Mexico. With many traditions such as candle-lit processions, dancing, and nativity scenes, the month of December is a month-long celebration with family feasts and pinatas. The typical Christmas feast is centered around tamales and vibrant red poinsettia flowers are used in holiday arrangements throughout the country.

England

Children leave out mince pies for Santa instead of cookies. These miniature pies or filled with dried fruit, and are very popular during the English Christmas season. Did you know that English people actually say, “Happy Christmas” instead of “Merry Christmas”?  This is because King George V said it during his first royal Christmas message in 1932, and it apparently stuck!

New Zealand

In the Southern hemisphere, Christmas is celebrated during summer! So many families get together for barbecuing with fresh seafood, meats, and other seasonal vegetables. The Pohutukawa is the New Zealand Christmas tree. This tree is a special coastal species that blooms with a bright red flower in December.

Denmark

There are many Christmas traditions in this small country including superstitious characters called “nisser”. They play tricks on the household all throughout the Christmas season, but are also believed to provide protection, and will be appeased by a serving of “risengrød” on December 23. Many Danish families also light real candles on their Christmas trees and dance around the tree, holding hands while singing carols. After enjoying a Christmas dinner of roast goose, duck, and pork roast, the dinner ends with a bowl of “ris a la mande” served with a cherry sauce. The person who finds a whole almond in their bowl wins a special gift.

Ireland

A lit tall red candle in the front window symbolizes warmth and shelter for the holiday season. Every Irish household has at least one box of “good” biscuits filled with pink wafers and bourbon creams. Many families participate in a cold Christmas morning swim typically as part of a charity fundraiser. Roast goose, vegetables, cranberries, and potatoes are typical Christmas feasts in Irish homes.

We thank you for your business this past year and are so grateful for your support this past year. As we celebrate the holiday with our families this Christmas, the Team at New Windows for America would like to also wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas.

Friday Fun Tips for Denver – 12/16-18/2022

‘Tis the Season to get out and spread some Holiday Cheer this weekend! There are many free events around town, as well as other great opportunities to spend a little Christmas spirit for your loved ones! Let us know if you know of any other fun things to do around your neighborhood this weekend!

Après Ski Market
December 16-18, time varies
Dairy Block Alley

Holiday Makers Market
December 16, 5-9 p.m.

Santa on the Square
December 17, Noon-4 p.m.

Visits with Santa & Mrs. Claus
Sunday, December 18, 11a.m.-4 p.m.
Denver Union Station

Holiday Carriage Ride
Sunday, December 18, 5-7 p.m.
Centennial

When Should You Replace Your Siding

When Should You Replace Your Siding | Siding Replacement | New Windows for America

Siding is your home’s first line of defense against weather and pests; acting like an exterior windbreaker while insulating and protecting your home. When siding starts to fall apart, it becomes quite unsightly and invites pests and moisture leading to larger problems. Replacing your home’s siding may seem like a daunting and large project, but if using the right contractor, and the right products, and depending on how long you live in your home, chances are you probably only have to do it once. Unfortunately, your home’s siding won’t last forever. So how do you know when it is time to replace your siding?

Here are some signs to look for when you think you may need to do a siding replacement.

Excessive Maintenance

Taking care of your Colorado home’s siding will help prolong the life of your siding. Does it seem like you continually must repair spots on your home’s siding? Scheduling an inspection or maintenance check on your siding should be done once or twice a year, while the cleaning and maintenance are left up to the homeowner. This can be quite a time-consuming project, and you may want to consider having a siding that is more low maintenance to make better use of your time with other daily activities.

Extreme Color Fading or Peeling

Curb appeal is important to you and your neighborhood. Once the color on the siding begins to fade it can become quite unsightly. Do you find yourself having to paint your siding more frequently because it is peeling? In Colorado, we have 300+ days of sunshine per year, and that sun can be brutal on our homes. If you had sun-damaged siding and replaced or repainted it several times, and the damage returns quickly, this may mean a structural problem.  There are options for sun-resistant vinyl siding, and fiber cement siding available in a variety of colors that don’t require constant maintenance and will retain their color for many years.

Cracks & Gaps

Cracks and gaps can be quite unsightly but can also lead to inviting in moisture or pests. The integrity of the underlying wood structure may be comprised or worn down. Water damage from rain, snow, or pests may contribute to some of the siding becoming loose. Although these small areas can be repaired as a short-term solution, it is recommended to replace damaged siding as soon as possible to protect your home, as well as the appearance of your home.

Rotting & Warping

Does it look like your siding is warped, buckled, or starting to crumble? This could be a sign of rot which can spread across the exterior. To test for rot, insert a screwdriver gently under the boards and joints around the gutters and chimneys. Is the area soft, and easy to poke into? This could be a sign of rotting damage. There are many new brands of siding like cement board or siding made from a vinyl composition that do not naturally decay when exposed to long periods of moisture. 

Damage from Pests or Storms

Large-scale damage from storms or small damage from pests can present themselves as larger problems if not repaired or replaced. The damage could allow moisture to get into and under the siding which could reach your home’s structural framework or mold growth.

Higher Energy Bills

Rising costs of electricity and temperature swings may not be the only cause of your higher energy bills. Older siding does not insulate your home as well, making your furnace and air conditioner work harder to maintain the temperature in your home. Air leaks and drafts are common in defective or old siding. It may be time to replace your siding if you find you are paying more for heating and cooling bills.

Benefits of Replacing your Siding

Your home can look dramatically different with new siding, enhancing, and upgrading your home’s curb appeal, as well as increasing the value of your home. Installing and upgrading your siding could make a big difference in eliminating drafts, as well as saving on your energy bills in the winter and summer months. Ask the Team at New Windows for America about the different types of siding we offer, as well as siding that is rated by Energy Star for efficiency advantages.

Ready to Get Started on Your Siding Replacement Project?

If you are unsure if your home’s siding needs to be replaced, call the team at New Windows for America. We have 25+ years of experience with installing windows, and doors, including siding installation, specifically suited for our Colorado climate. We can help you figure out whether you can repair or need to replace your siding. New Windows for America offers some of the industry’s best brands, including James Hardie Siding, LP SmartSide, and Crane Performance Siding to name a few. We are happy to work with you on finding the best siding replacement for your Colorado home and can offer you a free estimate and determine if your siding needs to be replaced.

Contact our New Windows for America Team today with any siding questions you may have!