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What to Know When Choosing the Right Windows for Your Home

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What to Know When Choosing the Right Windows for Your Home

When it comes to researching new windows for your home, there are a lot of factors to consider. If you notice that windows in your home are leaking, tough or impossible to operate, or are made of single pane glass you should consider replacing them. Researching new replacement windows can be a daunting task because of the array of options that exist today. We are going to talk about the most important factors when choosing the right replacement windows for your home to help make your decisions easier.

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Styles

In today’s modern world, windows come in many shapes and sizes. Here are some of the styles you can choose from. Here are main different styles that are available today. Single & double-hung windows are very traditional and allow the window to slide open vertically. Double-hung provides extra advantage by allowing the top or bottom window to open.  Sliding windows feature sashes that move horizontally.  Casement windows are hinged at the sides and open outward. Rollout windows are hinged from one side and only are you often find this style in a bathroom.

Materials

Replacement windows come in vinyl, wood, aluminum, wood-clad, composite or fiberglass. Each window frame looks and performs differently, and cost differences among materials vary widely.

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Vinyl

Vinyl replacement windows are less expensive, but don’t consider them cheap because of this. A properly installed and well-constructed vinyl window can be a practical choice for many homeowners while still offering energy efficiency with minimal air leakage.

Wood

Wood replacement windows will require more up keep than vinyl windows, wood-clad or aluminum frames. Since wood has the potential for rot and decay, you should maybe steer clear of this type if you live in rainy or very humid climates.

Wood-clad

Wood-clad replacement windows have aluminum or vinyl exteriors and a wood interior. There have been known to be prone to rotting in the sills and jambs because of water that will pool in those areas.

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Composite

Composite replacement windows are composed of plastic resins and wood shavings that mimic the look of real wood, but are virtually maintenance free. They are also a great choice for eco-friendly homeowners because the manufacturing processes of these windows are made from recycled plastics.

Fiberglass

Fiberglass windows are similar to their composite counterparts in the fact that they are made of a mixture of glass fibers and polyester resins. Fiberglass windows are extremely energy efficient and are rated the strongest and most durable window product on the market. The nice thing about fiberglass is that you are able to repaint it different colors & it won’t twist or warp like wood frames can.

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Window Insulating Factors

Understanding U-factors & R-values

The U-factor of a window is how much heat it allows through, which measures the thermal conductivity. Lower U-factors equals a better insulation window. You have probably heard of the term R-value before and that refers to the resistance of the window to heat conduction therefore making it the inverse of U-factor.  The best windows will have high R-values and low U-factors.

Double Pane & Triple Pane

If your home currently has single pane windows you will love the addition of adding a second or third pane of glass. Multiple panes of glass trap a layer of air or gas between the panes increasing the insulating factors allowing less heat to pass through the window. If the space between the panes is filled with argon or krypton gas you will have more insulating power than just air.

Low-Emittance Coatings

How does the thought of letting in heat from the sun in the winter, but keeping your home’s warmth inside? This is essentially what a low-emmittance, or low-e coating, will do for your home. Low-e coating is a clear, microscopic metal oxide layer that is installed on the surface of one of the panes of glass.

Lindus Construction specializes in SeasonGuard windows. Give us a call at 1-800-873-1451 or check us out on the web at www.lindusconstruction.com. Tune into 830 WCCO every Saturday morning from 9a-10a with Denny Long & Andy Lindus for our home improvement show.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Replacing Your Windows & Siding Simultaneously

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Though the weather may not reflect it, the calendar is saying that spring has sprung!  Earlier this month, we took an entire day to get all of our employees in the same room at same time.  (With 100+of us, this can feel like quite a feat!)  “Aha moments” are always abundant when we get everyone in the same room (though a JibJab video and caffeine can be of great assistance in the morning!)  One of our installers brought up the fact that there are several ways a homeowner benefits from replacing their windows and siding at the same time.  While this concept makes perfect sense in our industry, it’s not something a homeowner may even be aware of as they plan home improvement projects. 

Why it’s a Good Idea

Replacing your siding and windows in tandem allows you to achieve the best possible scenario.  It oftentimes saves you money because caulking and sealing window openings & trim and siding joints will only need to happen once.  This saves you in labor costs by not having this work performed twice.  Because these two projects are so often done concurrently, it’s fairly easy to find a contractor that can perform both tasks which also saves you by not having to hire two separate companies.  Another way you save by replacing siding and windows synchronically is in energy costs.

Protecting Your Home if the Work Must Be Performed Separately

If you’ve already had the siding replaced and are now noticing that your windows aren’t as energy efficient as they once were, there are still ways to protect your siding during the removal of the old windows.  One method is to install window trim around current windows when the new siding is installed.  This prevents the new siding from protruding the nailing fins.  This means that when the old windows are removed only the window trims will need to be removed, leaving the siding undisturbed.  Installing window trims with screws, rather than nails, can also minimize damage during the window removal process.

Tell-tale signs it’s time to replace your windows:

  • You hear your windows rattling when it is windy outside
  • You notice your windows develop an icy or frosty glaze inside the window pane
  • You feel your home becomes drafty with cold air in the winter months and warm air in the summer months
  • You see excessive condensation on your windows or they become fogged
  • You have to prop your windows open because they will not stay open on their own

 

Tell-tale signs it’s time to replace your siding:

  • You are adding on to your home
  • Your current siding looks weathered and constantly needs new paint
  • Existing siding has extensive insect damage or dry rot
  • Current siding has stains or has weathered unevenly
  • Existing siding shows signs of buckling or decay.

 

Looking for a professional to assist you with new windows & siding?   Let the professionals at Lindus Construction help you. Call us now at 1-800-873-1451 or check us out on the web at www.lindusconstruction.com to schedule a free in-home estimate today. Tune into AM 830 WCCO on Saturdays from 9:00-10:00am hosted by Denny Long and Andy Lindus to ask questions regarding your home improvement projects.

 

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Which Window Style Makes Sense in Your Home?

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Filed under Awning, Bay, Bow, Casement, Double Hung, Garden, Sliding, Vinyl Windows, Windows, Wood Windows

Shopping for windows can be a daunting task, especially when it comes to dissecting what type of window makes sense in your home.  Terms like “casement” and “double hung” are all terms we’ve heard but may be unsure of what exactly they mean.  Simplify the shopping process by understanding these terms.  Below, we’ll give you the 411 on major window styles, all available in Lindus Construction’s SeasonGuard window line which is the only windows to receive the Energy Star Award three years in a row.

Awning:

By Definition: Hinged at the top, they open outward and leave a small area beneath both sides of the glass.

Ideal For: Bathrooms & kitchens because they can allow odors to quickly escape.

Perks of SeasonGuard Awning Windows: Awning windows which have one of the industry’s lowest air infiltration rates, because they feature three continuous seals of weather stripping.

Bay:

By Definition: Room with a view?  Likely you’ve got bay windows to thank.  They typically consist of one larger window that does not open and a smaller one on each side that can.    

Ideal For: Living rooms but can be used to showcase a view in dining & bedrooms as well.

Perks of SeasonGuard Bay Windows: An anti-water penetration system helps protect against unwanted water and moisture damage. This system protects your most precious investment—your home.

Bow:

By Definition: Similar to bay windows, bow windows provide a panoramic view.  They have anywhere from 3 to 6 sections divided by wood or laminate.

Ideal For: Living Rooms, Kitchens, Dining Rooms & Bedrooms.

Perks of SeasonGuard Bow Windows: Specifically designed to protect your home from excess moisture and the damage it causes.

Casement:

By Definition: They can be hung in pairs or solo.  Casement windows are operated by cranks that swing them outward and provide great air circulation.

Ideal For: Casement windows are great for bathrooms & kitchens where air sometimes needs to be circulated quickly.  They also work well in attics where window openings may be more difficult to reach.

Perks of SeasonGuard Casement Windows: Utilizing three continuous seals of weather stripping, SeasonGuard casement windows have some of the industry’s lowest air filtration rates.  Plus, they are easily operated and have functional hardware which makes cleaning a breeze.

Double Hung:

By Definition: A double hung window looks like two small windows stacked on top of each other vertically; they are the most popular style in today’s homes.

Ideal For: Bedrooms, bathrooms, sunrooms and utility rooms.

Perks of Double Hung SeasonGuard Windows: Minimal maintenance and easy operation with tilt-in feature.  Recessed pick resistant locks offer the best in security.

Garden:

By Definition: A garden window gets its name because it imitates the symmetry of a greenhouse.  It extends out from the side of your home.

Ideal For: Kitchens & Sunrooms.  They offer you a place to showcase your houseplants or tchotchkes.

Perks of SeasonGuard Garden Windows: The adjustable height glass shelf is standard.  The handle is easy to reach and both trapezoids are fully operational which offers worry-free ventilation.

Sliding:

By Definition: Just as the name implies, a sliding window shifts open along a track.

Ideal For: Living rooms, walk-out basement, bedrooms & above kitchen sinks.

Perks of SeasonGuard Sliding Windows: The signature narrowline window design allows for a maximum glass viewing area. 

 

Tune into AM 830 WCCO on Saturdays from 9:00-10:00am hosted by Denny Long and Andy Lindus to ask questions regarding your home improvement projects. Call us now at 1-800-873-1451 or check us out on the web at www.lindusconstruction.com to schedule a free in-home estimate.