January 7, 2011
There are some key factors that need to be considered when installing windows into the home, regardless of the complexity of the job. Some of these basics may not apply in all instances; however, the first task is very important, and should never be skipped.
1. Although it sounds obvious, read the instructions before any DIY project.
2. If using full-frame windows, once the window rough opening is determined, it should be
measured for correct size, and the opening should be checked to verify that it is level and
3. Check for insulation within the interior cavity between the window frame and the window
rough opening. There should be a sufficient amount, but not so much as to interfere with the
4. All unfinished wooden surfaces need to be protected by applying stain or some type of
sealant. This is necessary to prevent moisture from attacking the bare wood.
5. Ensure that flashing is in place around the window opening. Verify that the existing flashing
is in good condition, and if you are in doubt, then replace it.
6. Window alignment should be verified before the window is fastened into position.
7. Make sure the weather stripping and the window's interior hardware is free of paint.
Windows are available in three basic forms; insert replacements, sash kits, and full-frame units. Full frame units are typically used for new construction because they provide the installer with the entire window and frame, including the sill, side jambs, and head jamb. Full-frame windows are used where the installer finds rotted window frame wood. This type of job becomes complex because all the rotted wood must be removed, leaving the window opening striped down to the rough framing.
Sash kits incorporate the use of the existing window frame, but it provides some new movable parts such as sash and jamb liners. Sash kits maintain the dimensions of the original window's glass area, so the aesthetics of the home is not changed. Sash kits are a good choice if restoring a home back to its original design.
The simplest type of window installation comes from the use of the insert replacement. Since most window replacement applications are based on upgrades of style or energy efficiency, most window installations will involve the use of insert replacement windows. Insert replacements, or pocket windows, are available in many standard window sizes. Furthermore, this type of window is encased within a secondary frame that is offered in vinyl, wood, fiberglass, aluminum-clad wood, and vinyl-clad wood.
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January 3, 2011
To get a great window clean you can either hire a professional or pick up a few good tips. When it comes to professional window cleaning companies the methods they use, the price you pay and the quality of the clean you receive can vary significantly.
1. Before taking on a window cleaning job yourself consider what your leisure time is worth. We have clients who in the past spent hours trying to clean their windows that still could not get the same result as a professional. A professional cleaner will be able to do a better job in a fraction of the time leaving you to pursue other more enjoyable activities with family and friends or even some 'me time'.
2. If you have decided to take on the task yourself always put your own safety first. There are a range of potential hazards around homes and businesses such as slippery paths, high windows and overhead power lines. Proper footwear and the correct use of cleaning chemicals is also of great importance.
3. There are literally hundreds of options and techniques available on places like YouTube on the Internet. Try some of the techniques suggested and see how long it takes to get the job done to your satisfaction.
4. Assess what tools you may require for your specific window cleaning needs. If you live in a one level home you may not require a ladder or long pole to access the windows you want. If you have high windows the cost of acquiring the necessary equipment plus the risks involved may be far greater than hiring a professional.
5. If after having tried some cleaning methods you are happy with your results, then you can clean your windows as often as you feel necessary. Professional services usually suggest cleaning windows 2 to 4 times per year for most homes. Commercial sites which require a clean image to match the product they sell or the corporate image of the company may require more regular cleaning.
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January 9, 2011
In our business we see all kinds of windows in all different stages of disrepair or misuse. Having some information on good window care can help keep windows looking new. We care about this because if the window are in good repair and the glass is unscratched or pitted, windows will really sparkle after we’ve thoroughly cleaned them. We care about the job we do and helping home owners get the most satisfaction from the appearance of their house is what makes us feel good at the end of the day. If you want the best from professional window cleaning service providers, keep these tips in mind.
Tip #1 Don’t Use Razor Blades on Dry Glass
Use soap and water to lubricate a window before scraping with either a razor or paint scrapper will minimize the incidence of scratches. A razor used on dry glass will scratch and mar the window pane. This is also true of car windows where special care must be taken with tempered glass. Razors should not be used on tinted or mirrored glass. Here are some more tips to consider:
1. Make sure that you use a new blade for each project. Dull blades can scratch a window even with soap and water because the edge of the blade gets “nicked” in use. These uneven areas of the blade can cause the blade to scratch a window.
2. If you’re not sure if the window can be scraped, test the razor edge in a small inconspicuous area of the window pane, usually a corner, before scraping the whole window.
3. Replace the blade when it becomes dull – even if the project isn’t finished.
Tip #2 Don’t Use Abrasive Nylon Pads
Typical kitchen dishwashing pads have a sponge side and an abrasive nylon side. Windows, however, are much softer than standard beverage or cookware glass and abrasives will scratch the pane. As a professional window cleaner, my recommendation is to use either fine grade steel wool or professional quality glass scrapers to remove stickers, decals, paint or other window debris.
January 13, 2011
Although windows appear to be solid and smooth, they are actually porous when viewed under a microscope. Glass is actually a series of "peaks and valleys" which capture and trap airborne debris and can attract and hold pollen and environmental pollutants such as acid rain, salt water, rust, airborne pollutants and calcium salts. Additionally windows can become water spotted and unattractive. This debris and/or discoloration can diminish glass integrity.
Acid rain and salt can be particularly damaging as they can permanently "etch" the glass that will require window replacement. Rust or oxidation will permanently discolor a window causing reduced efficiency.
Most newer homes contain thermal paned windows to reduce energy costs. These windows are designed to provide an "R-value" or resistance to heat gain or loss. Many homeowners don't understand that this "R-value" is based on a clean window and that pollutants, discoloration or spotting can significantly reduce the efficiency of the window. Keeping these windows clean will improve the resistance to heat gain or loss and allow the windows to better regulate the effects of exterior weather on overall energy costs.W
We recommend that windows be routinely cleaned at least 2x per year and more often if there is construction or heavy pollen. The cost of cleaning the windows will be significantly offset by the energy savings
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