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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.

Call us today at 303-920-0175 or click here for an estimate from New Windows for America!

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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5 Things to Look For When Choosing Replacement Windows in Denver or Boulder

Choosing Replacement Windows Denver

When you need replacement windows for your home in Denver or Boulder, it can be tempting to simply make a few calls, or take a trip down to your local home improvement store. After all, you probably want new windows installed into your home quickly… not to mention at the lowest possible cost.

But, there is more to choosing the right windows than simply finding the right price, or a set of glass in frames. In fact, years of experience have taught us that there are five important things you should look for when choosing replacement windows in Denver or Boulder:

Quality

Although a lot of different replacement windows, and companies, can all look the same, some brands are more reliable than others. In many cases, you can spot differences in quality simply by feeling the windows with your hands. Looking at the warranties that are offered is a good way to see what kind of quality is available, as well.

Energy efficiency

As we all know, living in Colorado means dealing with heat, cold, and everything in between – sometimes all in the same month. Having replacement windows that are energy-efficient saves you money and makes your home more comfortable.

Free Estimates

One of our qualified window professionals will arrange for your free in-home estimate with no further obligation from you. It’s quick, easy and we offer an exceptional price that nobody can match for the quality of products you are receiving.

Factory direct sales

Although there aren’t many businesses like ours that offer factory-direct sales to the public, you shouldn’t settle for anything less. That’s because buying factory-direct replacement windows can help you save a lot of money. Plus, when you cut out the middleman, you can get better answers to your most important questions.

Choosing the right Colorado replacement window company

Although products and policies are very important, so is working with the right business. That’s because the right replacement window company is going to stand by what they sell, making sure you are satisfied with your purchase (and the installation) at every step in the process.

All windows aren’t the same, and you only want the best for your home. That’s why you should do what hundreds of other Colorado homeowners have and call or visit New Windows for America today. We’ll help you find the Denver or Boulder home replacement windows that are perfect for you!

Click here to fill out a FREE ESTIMATE request form, or call our showroom at (303) 920-0175 or (877) WINDOWS today!

Window Safety Tips

Pella Windows Home Safety

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.

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

Top 10 Spring Things to Check

Spring Cleaning

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!

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.

How to Get a Great Deal on Replacement Windows & Doors in Denver

Energy Efficient Window Denver Boulder Colorado

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

What You Need to Know About Colorado Home Siding Replacement

Replacement Home Siding Denver

Do you need new Colorado home siding replacement? If your house has been around for decades, you might. That’s because, even though siding lasts a long time, it will eventually wear down under the weather conditions you find in Denver and Boulder. When it does, replacing it should be one of your top priorities, since new siding doesn’t just make your home look great, but also makes it safer and more efficient.

To help you understand why – and because it’s important to choose the right replacement siding in Colorado – here are four things you should know:

  1. New home siding is beautiful. Perhaps the best reason to change the siding on your home is simply to give it a fresher look. Whether you’re trying to improve its “curb appeal” to buyers, or just add a new touch to the property, replacement siding can give your house a fresh appeal in a short period of time.
  2. Home siding is fire-resistant. Siding manufacturers have developed a number of ways to make their products more fire-resistant. Hopefully, that’s a feature you’ll never need, but if you do then it could help to save lives, or minimize the amount of damage that has been done to your most important investment.
  3. The right siding can lower your energy bills. As with doors and windows, replacing the siding on your home can help make your house more energy-efficient. That means fewer bills in the summer and the winter, along with more comfortable living spaces for your entire family. Your replacement siding may even pay for itself over time!
  4. Different materials (and styles) make Colorado home siding versatile. One of the greatest things about replacement siding for your Colorado home is that it can be adapted for virtually any look, color, or style. That means your home can be modern or traditional, urban or rustic; you can decide the style you want without sacrificing all the other great benefits that come with vinyl or steel siding.

When you need the very best in Colorado home siding, it’s time to call or visit New Windows for America. Not only do we have a great selection and competitive prices, but all of our products are backed by strong warranties and our commitment to customer satisfaction. Why not talk to us about new siding for your Denver or Boulder home today?

Call us today at (303) 920-0175 or click here to request a FREE estimate!

Why Energy Efficient Windows are a Hot Topic in Colorado… and What You Can do to Cut Energy Costs

Energy Efficient Window Denver Boulder ColoradoVisitors 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:

  1. 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?
  2. 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.
  3. 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?

Click here for your FREE window replacement or new windows estimate today!