Woodland Windows and Doors Blog

This is where we will post relevant articles, information, and how-to's related to all things windows and doors. Check back often for updates and new information!

Kitchen Sink Windows

Everyone longs for a room with a view and there is no more welcome view than the one from the window at the kitchen sink. No matter what style kitchen you have, a window above the sink is always appropriate and when you're cleaning dishes for what feels like longer than necessary, you'll be grateful for the view in this room. How can you select a w...

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Icy-Wet Windows This Winter – Maybe Time to Replace

The snow is finally melting and your icy wet windows are returning to normal, so that you can see outside. If the inside of your windows were foggy, icy or wet during these past months of freezing temperatures it may be time to replace your windows. It may be time to get an assessment of the condition of your window's. Suffice it to say, it's norma...

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2021 Trends in Windows & Doors

Far and away the biggest contributor to 2021 window and door trends is the pandemic. For many of us, our lifestyles significantly changed in 2020, prompting homeowners to renovate to accommodate these changes. With more people working from home, children learning at home and families staying home, three window and door remodeling trends emerge to r...

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Basement Window Replacement

People always ask, are basement windows a standard size or style?

Not exactly, however we can recommend a category of window styles that would meet the utility needs of a basement window.

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Are Double Hung Windows Better Than Single Hung?

 

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY AMERICA

HAPPY JULY 4th - Wishing you and your families a peaceful and joyful celebration!

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Farmhouse Black Windows from Marvin, Andersen and More

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Black windows are a natural fit for a Farmhouse style home, so it’s no wonder we’re noticing the trend with so many beautiful examples in our neighborhoods. Black windows work with the typical warm or cool neutrals like cream, beige, silver sage and grey interior colors. They complement the minimalist style and are stunning in contrast with the typical white board and batten exterior siding.

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Construction Can Go On in Illinois

For those of you wondering why local builders are still on the job we thought you might find guidelines for Home Construction Deemed Essential interesting laid out so concisely by Bill Ward, EVP Home Builders Association of Illinois.

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Stuck Windows This Winter - What You Need to Know About Hard to Open Windows

The simple anatomy a window
 
Windows operate on simple mechanical principles. Understand these and you can diagnose your window problem.
 
Single and double hung windows simply move up and down in channels in the window frame. Balancing mechanisms, such as rope and pulley, spiral or block and tackle, assist in raising and lowering the window sashes, and prevent them from sliding downward.
 
Andersen Casement Crank
Casement and awning windows operate by a crank handle and a track. The windows are opened and closed by means of a crank mechanism, which resides against the frame on the inside. The crank houses a series of gears inside a metal housing, which moves a control arm, attached to the sash, which slides along a track.
 
Sliding windows rely on rollers and a sliding track, like a sliding door. To open and close simply requires just a push.
 
Eliminate obvious maintenance problems
 
Often, the reason windows are hard to open and shut is because they’ve not been properly maintained. Windows are finely engineered, rely on moving parts, withstand extreme weather, and are built to last a long time. A well-maintained window will operate smoothly, year after year.
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Single and double hung windows become difficult to open if there’s a buildup of dirt, dust, and debris. Over the years, friction from the buildup increases making the windows difficult to open and close. Try cleaning the window frames and spray with a non-silicone, solvent-free lubricant, opening and closing the window several times to work the lubricant.
 
If you have old painted windows check the sides of the sash to be sure they have not been painted (never apply primer or paint to the edges of the sash). If excess paint has been applies around the window frame and sill, gently slide a putty knife between the sash and the frame to release the paint. You might try using a hair dryer to blow hot air around the edge of the sash until you can move the window. After successfully releasing the window, lubricate the window frame interiors, channel guides, with pure paraffin candle wax, such as an unscented white votive candle.
 
Casements and awnings that are difficult to open and shut will require removing the sash (consult the instruction manual for your windows) and checking for stripped or loose screws. Lubricate the hinges with a non-silicone, solvent-free lubricant, and then open and shut the windows several times to work in the lubricant. It is helpful to keep the gears lubricated to make turning easy by applying a few drops of oil around the base of the handle if it’s difficult to turn.
 
Easy to clean sliders
Sliders that are difficult to open and close may simply require cleaning the roller system and track with a simple soap and water solution. If this doesn’t solve the problem, try lubricating the rolling system.
 
If the problem persists
 
After eliminating the obvious causes of hard to operate windows if you windows still don’t open with little effort, you’ll need to eliminate the most common repair problems. Failed or worn out pulleys or tension springs are common repairs for single and double hung windows. Chipped, broken or bent gears require you to buy a whole new casement crank unit for your casement window. Broken wheels may need replacing on sliding windows.
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Windows are basically simple mechanisms requiring only regular maintenance to work well.  Mechanisms can be faulty or wear out, which requires replacing parts, re-installing the frame or other repair.  These repairs may appear easy enough, but they can actually be tedious challenges better left to professionals who have mastered the art and science of window repair.
 
Woodland’s window manufacturer’s websites offer tips on window maintenance; check out Marvin, Andersen, and Pella.
Don’t get stuck inside this winter.

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Foggy Windows - Repair or Replace?

As soon as fall breaks toward winter and outside temperatures drop, some windows in your home may appear a bit cloudy. Depending on where the fog is occurring, the problem may be as simple as excess moisture developing due to the difference in indoor and outdoor temperature or it might be more serious because the window seal is failing.

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Best Mid-Century Modern Home Windows and Doors

Mid-Century Modern Home - West Chicago, IL

You’ve driven by one and you may have even stopped to look at it. The Mid-Century Modern Home rarely goes unnoticed. Sleek lines, curtain walls of glass, horizontal window designs and contemporary doors are what defines a Mid-Century Modern home.

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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays

If there is righteousness in the heart,
there will be beauty in the character.
If there is beauty in the character,
there will be harmony in the home.
If there is harmony in the home,
there will be order in the nation.
If there is order in the nation,
there will be peace in the world.
So let it be.Scottish blessing

We wish everyone a Merry Christmas and blessed holiday season.

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Happy Thanksgiving

Woodland continues to be grateful each day and each year for our friends, family and the community of customers who support our business -- for 50th years now. We hope you have a very special Thanksgiving Day with your loved ones. 

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Happy Veteran's Day

Woodland celebrates America's veterans!

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Black Windows Trending

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Have you noticed that black windows are replacing white windows for home renovations and new homes? Now offered by most manufacturers, black is perfect for accentuating the clean simple lines todays homeowners prefer.

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Fall Open House – Celebrating 50 Years

We hope you’ll join us next Saturday, October 5th at Woodland Windows and Doors at the corner of Lake and Gary for our 50th Anniversary Fall Open House. We invite you to learn about what’s new for windows and doors, gather with neighbors, family and friends, or enjoy some fun with your kids.

Why visit an Open House?

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Black Windows For All Home Styles

Modern Farm Style - Andersen Black Windows

You know you’ve been admiring all those home renovations or new homes that with the black windows but thinking, that would never work for our home, it’s too traditional. Look again, those black window sashes and frames are installed in all types of homes, craftsman, farm, ranch and yes, modern. For many manufacturers black is offered as a standard color and for virtually all manufacturers black, even multiple shades of black come as finishing options for your interior, exterior or both.

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Replacement Window Divided Lite Options

Architectural detail defines a home and selecting the right window grilles or grids expands the character of your home. The grille pattern on these Marvin casement windows located in a small laundry room allows the eye to move between the outdoor scenery and back to the simple wood detailing on the window glass that creates a warm feeling in the room. The designer boldly mixed window grille patterns on these side-by-side windows in order to accommodate a narrow window. The result is aesthetically just right.

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HAPPY EASTER

Wishing you a beautiful Easter weekend. Woodland will be closed Good Friday, April 19th to celebrate this special holiday.  

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Contemporary Windows

Marvin Contemporary Window series 

A home in the woods needs more glass, which is why the owners of Interior Design Group, IDG in Lisle, Il selected Marvin Contemporary Studio series for their own home nestled on a wooded lot not far from Chicago.

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Replacement Siding Transforms House

Time takes it's toll on homes. Homes need constant repair and upkeep. As important is to maintanence is keeping them updated. When it's time to make a serious repair to your home take a page from these homeowners who didn't just replace their worn out siding and old windows with new versions of the same thing. These homeowners completely transformed their home. It looks like it was just built.

This beautifully transformed Elk Grove Village home choose replacement Craneboard Honey Oak, Dutch Lap siding, white porch and ceiling soffits, white gutters with oversize downspouts and Marvin Infinity casement bow windows.

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Condensation and Ice Buildup on Windows in Extreme Weather

Our extreme cold weather can wreak havoc on our daily living. Near the top of that list is the nuisance of ice and condensation build up on our windows. We’re here to tell you that it’s something to attend to but not that uncommon in freezing temperatures.

With extreme cold outside temperatures, beads of moisture or condensation can accumulate on the inside glazing of your windows. Then a layer of frost or ice develops on the glass or in the corners near the window frame, it’s natural to worry. What are the causes, and if your windows have this problem, what can be done?  

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Marvin Integrity Windows & Doors for Gorgeous Condominium

 Chicago Condominium

Leave it to the owners of this gorgeous downtown Chicago condominium to select Marvin Integrity ‘ebony’ finish for their new windows and doors. Their choice of sleek casements, awnings and an expansive patio door system, all contemporary looks, gives the individual units and the building a fresh look.

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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to All

A special thank you to our customers for a great year!

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Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone from the team at Woodland Windows and Doors!

We wish you the happiest of times with your friends and family as you open your home in celebration. We're eternally grateful for our community of customers.

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Modern Window Designs

Andersen E-Series Windows

The owner of this St Charles home who has worked in the building industry for years, selected Andersen E-Series modern windows and doors to connect the inside of his home to the natural landscapes outdoors. His floor to ceiling glass designs could be perfectly executed with the design ability to line up jambs that maintain perfect sightlines to the outside. E-Series allowed him flexibility beyond the structure to include custom walnut interior finishes and black aluminum exterior design choices. This amazing project is a perfect illustration of how frameless glass expanses, narrow profiles and the special awareness of one’s environment all come together to create a perfect modern home.

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Historic Home Window Replacement – Don’t Spoil the Neighborhood

Mission Style Historic Home

Replacing a home’s old windows, especially in historical neighborhoods, with bad replacements has a lasting effect on the curb appeal of your home and the neighborhood. Windows define a house as the most prominent feature that can add or detract from your home’s style. It was no surprise then when the new owner of a classic 1899 mission style home in a Chicago suburb, a professional architect, readily spotted the offending replacements as upsetting the rhythm of the house and set about to restore the home’s original façade.

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Infinity Premier Partner

Woodland Windows & Doors has proudly featured Marvin products for years offering a full selection of their three brands, Marvin, Integrity and Infinity. The Infinity brand is a favorite replacement window among remodelers and homeowners alike. It’s designed to have the look and feel of traditional wood frames, but with modern features and low maintenance.

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Traditional Sunroom Additions – Selecting Windows & Doors

The trend toward bringing the outdoors in to our homes makes the addition of a sunroom very popular. If your goal is to open your home to natural light, fresh air and natures views you’ll want to select a style that optimizes your window and door choices. Traditional sunroom additions give you the maximum flexibility to select the size, style and location for your sunroom windows and doors.

Traditional Sunroom Addition

Traditional Sunroom Addition

A ‘site built’ or sometimes called ‘stick built’ addition is built from scratch on-site. In this case, the wood, concrete, glass, siding, shingles, insulation, lighting and every other component is selected to closely match your existing home or to upgraded standards. A traditional sunroom addition is constructed by a contractor just as any regular addition or house would be. Permits are pulled, a foundation is laid, walls are framed, insulated and sheet rocked, roof trusses are built, and the room is wired for power.

Since the primary purpose of these rooms is to create a bright and airy space, particular attention needs to be given to the window and door selection in order to get the maximum benefit of the room. Here are some key considerations for your sunroom addition windows and doors.

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Condo Window Replacement Options

Foggy glass, rotting wood, shrinking caulk, or leaking windows are all signs that your windows likely need replacing. When you own a condo and belong to a Homeowner Association (HOA) what options do you have for replacing the windows in your unit? Do you need pre-approvals from your HOA?

Condo Window & Door Replacement Project

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Marvin Replacement Windows & Doors This Spring

When we think about remodeling our homes, we imagine a kitchen, bathroom, more space or maybe an outdoor patio. Few people dream about remodeling their home’s infrastructure, windows, doors, siding, heating and cooling systems, that sort of thing. If you’re thinking about remodeling your home, start by improving your infrastructure with Marvin replacement windows and doors this Spring.

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Marvin Replacement Windows

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Black Windows Are Now Widely Available

No longer just a trend, Black windows are now offered by more manufacturers because they can be as versatile as white.

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Marvin Ultimate

White windows have long been a standard choice, yet increasingly black, once used as a focal point color, now black is also seen as a neutral window color. White windows are still selected for traditional homes and black is increasingly selected for a variety of styles from chic modern to historic renovations. For example, black windows, black gutters and fascia complements the red or brown brickwork of many old buildings.

The fact is that the color black is elegant and goes with everything the same way white compliments other colors and a variety of design choices.

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Wishing You and Your Family a Glorious Easter

From All of Us at Woodland Windows & Doors

 

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CEU Course - Fenestration in Contemporary Residential Applications

Explore the 'wide open possibilities' of Marvin Scenic View Doors and earn 1-CEU at this complimentary CEU Training Event hosted by Woodland Windows & Doors. March 16th from 11-1pm, including lunch.

If your projects include expansive door openings this is the perfect time to gather information and learn more about fenestration for large window and door openings in residential applications. The course will be presented by Marvin experts, Taylor Neill, CSI, CDT and Tim Vande Loo, CDT at Woodland where you'll be able to see a beautiful 14' x 10' Marvin Multi-slide Door.

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Window Condensation in Winter

 

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Condensation on your windows operates on the same principle as steamed up bathroom mirrors after taking a shower. The steam from the shower is too heavy to be carried away in the air, so it condenses onto the coldest surfaces in the room and you get a steamy mirror. Likewise, if the moisture in your home is too dense to remain in the air, it too will condense onto the coldest surfaces in your home, which are most likely your windows.

In a nutshell, if you see condensation on your windows you most likely have too much humidity in your home and you’ll want to focus on reducing the sources of humidity. Typically, winter is more troublesome than summer when it comes to condensation because you home is closed up to keep the heat in. Warmer air holds more moisture than cold air, which is why condensation will appear on your window more often during the winter months.

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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

 

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Window and Door Replacement Designs with Purpose

 

Walk into a beautiful space, a classic museum, an elegant hotel, a swank lobby or a beautiful home and we’re struck by how we feel.

Design should express and reinforce the essential idea of the space. The room’s angles, ceiling heights, architectural details, focal points or the outside landscape.

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Integrity by Marvin Windows

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Wood Windows - White or Natural?

 

If you’re a fan of HGTV you most likely think that white is the only color for your home’s interior windows and trim. Then again, if you’re a fan of This Old House and love traditional and historic homes, you most likely think that natural wood is the more beautiful choice. Is one choice better than the other? It depends on the look you want to achieve and your existing window and trim color.

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Marvin Ultimate White Interior Windows

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Remodeling Tips at Open House

Thinking about remodeling your home and replacing your old windows? Come to our Open House this Saturday, September 30th and pick up a copy of the remodeling guide with tips about replacing your windows. 

This Old House Remodeling Tips for Replacing Windows

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Why Visit an Open House?

 

We hope you’ll join us Saturday, September 30th at Woodland Windows and Doors at the corner of Lake and Gary for our Fall Open House. We invite you to learn about what’s new for windows and doors, gather with neighbors, family and friends, or enjoy some fun with your kids.

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Why visit an Open House?

Woodland sponsors the Open House because we’re completely dedicated to showcasing and educating the community about the beautiful and functional products available for your new home or your home improvement. We also like to hear directly from customer’s what products and services you need from us. What better way than to open the doors for people to leisurely explore, talk with experts and learn regardless of your immediate intentions to buy?

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Window and Door Inspections and Installation

You’ve settled into your dream home that you purchased last year when a huge storm blows through your area. Rain pounding against the house and streaks of water wash across your windows and doors. You scamper around your home ensuring yourself that all the windows and doors are securely closed when you notice a small water puddle on the floor next to the sliding patio door. You wipe it up and the next morning the floor is still dry and you conclude that it was just a hard pounding rain the likes of which no barrier could have kept some amount of water from penetrating.

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Poor Installation is a Common Problem

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Remodel with Fresh Modern Looks in Window and Doors

A consistent theme among customers looking at windows and doors for their remodeling projects is to profess that they want a modern look. After talking and showing them various products, we begin to understand what ‘a modern look’ actually means to most people.

What they’re usually describing is the desire for an up to date, fresh look that is fashionable. Although it’s very important when remodeling to stay true to the style of the home, there is a lot of latitude to replace windows and doors with products that will modernize your home.

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Condo Window Replacement and Qualified Installers

Leaking condominium windows are not always obvious, that is of course, until the problem is hard to ignore. Most CC&Rs (Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions) assign windows as the homeowner’s responsibility, yet when leaking windows become a structural concern the association typically assumes the project of replacing the windows in the entire building.

While the question of who will pay for the new windows is important, if you have a system wide problem, the question is who will diagnose and solve the problem? The common expense and unit costs can be determined after project estimates are obtained.

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Merry Christmas

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

From All of Us at Woodland Windows and Doors

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Happy Thanksgiving

Did you know that it was Abraham Lincoln who, in the midst of the Civil War, in 1863, established the annual celebration of Thanksgiving? Sarah Josepha Hale, a 74-year-old magazine editor, wrote a letter to Lincoln on September 28, 1863, urging him to have the "day of our annual Thanksgiving made a National and fixed Union Festival." She explained, "You may have observed that, for some years past, there has been an increasing interest felt in our land to have the Thanksgiving held on the same day, in all the States; it now needs National recognition and authoritative fixation, only, to become permanently, an American custom and institution."

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Foggy Windows? Condensation or A Broken Window Seal.

As soon as fall breaks toward winter and outside temperatures drop, some windows in your home may appear a bit cloudy. Depending on where the fog is occurring, the problem may be as simple as excess moisture developing due to the difference in indoor and outdoor temperature or it might be more serious because the window seal is failing.

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Condensation on the Glass Surface

Condensation on glass surfaces happens, for example, on a hot humid day when moisture may accumulate on the exterior side of your windows. Likewise, on a very cold day, moisture can build up on the interior side of your windows. Condensation on your windows can be worse when the outside temperature is below the dew point of the indoor air. Water or frost appears when warm moist air comes in contact with colder dry air.

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Window and Door Magazine 2016 Dealer Awards

Every day at Woodland Windows and Doors, we strive to bring our customers the best of everything – customer service, great products, creative solutions, state of the art showroom and much more. Therefore, when Woodland was selected by our industry peers, for the

Window and Door Magazine 2016 Dealer of the Year Award for the most innovative enterprise, we know we have you, our customers, to thank for expecting the best.

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Window Replacement Remodeling Ideas that Enhance

Replacing strategically selected windows during your remodel can significantly enhance your entire project. Have you ever been invited to see your neighbor’s or a friend’s newly remodeled kitchen and what you see are updated appliances, cabinets, countertops, floors and freshly painted walls? What you’re seeing is very typical and would be more accurately called a kitchen replacement, not a remodel. The same thing happens with window replacement. A home’s windows are old, inefficient, inoperable, or badly worn and the homeowner replaces them with a new replica of the old windows. Like the new kitchen, the new windows look and function better, but the space hasn’t improved. A better way to get the most out of replacing your windows is to focus on enhancing – improving the quality of your environment by intensifying and amplifying the effect of your windows.

If you're remodeling, replacing windows can significantly enhance your overall project.

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Replacement Window Installation – No Shortcuts Allowed

 

NOShortcutsYou’ve just spent months, if not years making the decision to replace your leaky inefficient windows. You’ve taken the leap and selected the best windows that your budget could manage. Now comes one more decision, which may be the biggest one you’ll make – who will install your new windows and what is their installation process? Remember this -no shortcuts allowed.

Before signing a sales order for your replacement windows, select an installer and take the time to see at least one finished installations. Know the proper steps to install your type of window, for your particular home. Before you sign the installation contract read the detail.

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Avoid Costly Window Repair With a Simple Walk

 
It’s enjoyable to walk neighborhoods and look at beautiful homes and landscapes. Since windows are my business, my trained eye can’t help but notice potential trouble spots on some homes.
 
Topping the list of trouble spots are window sills. They’re in various stages of disrepair from peeling paint to unpainted exposed wood to rotting to rotted trim boards. As a homeowner, you can avoid costly window repairs if you take a simple walk around your home.

Older homes with original windows are likely to be made from wood. The woods used were typically hardwoods, giving them an enduring quality if maintained. Over time, wood windows were manufactured from softer woods that may not be as rot resistant as the hardwoods. In either case, quality wood windows will last a long time if maintained.

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Drafty Windows Letting the Winter in?

Tired of a drafty house?
Tired of taping gaps around your windows?
Tired of winter already when it’s only January?

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Can’t see out your windows?
Condensation dripping down your windows?
Tired of winter already when it’s only January?
The weather outside shouldn’t appear on the inside. If you’re constantly chilly the culprit may be your old windows. If your windows are letting the winter in - it may be time to replace your old windows. Inefficient windows leak cold air and moisture.
 
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Velux Skylights Reimagine Winter

HGTV 2015 Smart Home
The success of HGTV is that it stretches our imaginations. This year homes have featured skylights that brighten the interior space. For years now HGTV sponsors a contest and selects one home that best represents the design and building trends for the year. This year’s 2015 Smart Home features a modern farmhouse in the very hip Austin, Texas. It’s “modern” in that it’s a fresh take on the classic traditional farmhouse style. The architect’s use of skylights to reimagine the space caught my attention as we slip into the annual winter darkness.
 
In the last decade, builders installed recessed lighting in ceilings in an attempt to brighten the dark corners of a home. Now with technological advances like solar power, built in shades, and always clean “Neat®” coated glass, VELUX® skylights are replacing artificial lighting with natural lighting.
 
As the winter turns the skies darker, windows barely capture light depending on the time of day, whereas skylights provide balanced daylight that fills even remote corners of a room.
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Window detail creates that model home feel.

Earlier this year our blog titled “Want that model home feel? Aim high”, suggested that the very act of creating taller windows and doors in your home increases the wow factor found in model homes. The desire to create that model home feel in your own home is a sentiment many homeowners express. Another design secret is the importance of detail.
Once a home’s style is determined, what makes that style come alive is attention to detail. It’s important that you take the time to select the windows, doors and other objects in your home beginning with three design principles.
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Installation Blunders You Can Prevent

HDTV is a popular TV channel featuring remodeling wonders. The shows begin with a demolition phase, which is instructive. It’s not uncommon to uncover unwelcome discoveries behind the walls, while the poor homeowners look on hopelessly. At Woodland, we hear stories and witness similar problems all the time when we install replacement windows. It’s a crying shame to see how badly windows can be installed whether new construction or previously remodeled.

At Woodland we have a holistic approach to window installation, which is why we prefer to install the windows we sell and why we don't install windows we don't sell.

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Sustainable Windows - What's New?

Sustainable windowsWindmills in the back yard, rain barrels under gutters, and concrete front lawns, it’s looking like more homeowners are joining the sustainability movement. Sometimes these obvious efforts to do the right thing can seem extreme. When it comes to home building or remodeling, sustainability starts by critically thinking about how windows affect a home’s overall climate.

Windows typically comprise 10-25% of a home’s exterior wall area, and in a climate like ours, they can account for 35-50% of the heating and cooling needs of the home.

When you’re ready to remodel or build a new home talk to architects and builders who understand sustainable design and enlist them to help you create a three step balanced approach to sustainability.

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Stuck Windows This Winter – What you need to know about hard to open windows.

If you find yourself crouched low to gravity, feet hip width apart, abs firm, elbows tucked, arms ready to lift and you’re not a sumo wrestler, you may have a problem of stuck windows.
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Don’t get stuck inside this winter. If you’re wrestling with old or new windows you can do something about it before winter arrives. First, understand that humidity causes wood windows to swell, accumulated dust causes tracks to increase friction, and loose or faulty tension springs fail. It’s also possible that the installation wasn’t done correctly. If the window wasn’t installed perfectly square, if too much insulating foam was compressed in the wall cavity, or if setscrews weren’t properly adjusted - your window can be hard to open.
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Remodeling Old Homes with Sustainable Materials

The building industry has transformed over the past decade because of new technologies and designs that make our homes more comfortable and more economical. Traditional homes valued for their quality craftsmanship or architectural significance can now undergo renovations to bring them up to modern building standards without compromising the beauty of the original home.
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Replacing Windows - Keep Your Criteria to Three

To broaden your chance of selecting the right replacement window, narrow your criteria.

 

 
Choosing the right replacement window can be an overwhelming task because of the seemingly limitless options available today. If you focus on only three criteria, you’ll triple your chance of choosing successfully.
 
The three essential criteria to weigh are, your window budget, the window U-factor and the window warranty – everything else is ancillary.
 
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No Regrets Remodeling – Start with the Basics

When we think about remodeling our homes, we imagine a kitchen, bathroom, more space or maybe an outdoor patio. Few people dream about remodeling their home’s infrastructure, windows, doors, siding, heating and cooling systems, that sort of thing. The secret to no regrets remodeling is to start with basic home improvement and finish with the nice to have luxuries.
 
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It’s a well know fact among realtors and contractors that homebuyers prefer homes that have been well maintained. If the windows are leaking or the patio slider won’t slide, buyers don’t care how beautiful the kitchen is. Buyers want the basic systems to work, well aware that maintenance can be costly, and people are afraid of that. On the other hand, if a buyer knows they don’t have to spend money replacing the basics, they’re more likely to buy the house and dream of their new kitchen.
 
 

 

 
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Soundproof Windows Can Quiet That Noise

Our cities, towns and neighborhoods are increasingly noisy places to live due to the faster pace of life, proximity to highways, airports or trains, and increased density of housing. So it’s little wonder more homeowners and builders are interested in windows and window upgrades that will dampen outdoor sounds.
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The question is, can new windows reduce unwanted outdoor sounds from being heard inside your home?
Sound travels through mechanical waves. When a plane flies over your house the sound reverberates through surrounding particles; including; gases, liquids and solids, which vibrate or collide and pass the sound energy along to our ears. The denser the medium, the slower it will travel and so, the more the sound will be absorbed before it reaches your ears. If you want to select windows that will produce a quieter home, you need to pay attention to the acoustics – the sound control of a window.
Now the question is, can windows be made to be acoustically soundproof? Answer, no, however there are techniques for making windows that dampen sound?
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Low-E Gets Personal

Perhaps no term is uttered more frequently, in the world of windows, than Low-E. By now, most people think they know what that means, but few know what it means for their home. This is because continued advances in glazing (glass) technologies allow you, with a little advance planning; select from different Low-E finishes for different windows in your home. With minimal effort your budget will go further and you’ll get a more energy efficient home.
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A Northern Climate
In a nutshell, our northern region climate is dominated by heating energy use. Our summers can get hot and humid requiring air conditioning, but heat waves are usually short lived, while winter is cold and long. It’s a straightforward decision to choose windows with a higher SHGC (solar heat gain co-efficient), which means the window, will reflect heat back into the home, collecting more solar heat.
Window Orientation
In addition to our northern climate, you want to consider the orientation of the windows in your home. Specifying Low-E requirements for different windows allows you to maximize your home’s comfort and spend your money wisely. In other words, it’s no longer, one size fits all, and instead Low-E comes in a sophisticated array of options to meet your exact needs.
Here are simple northern region strategies to consider when planning a remodel or new home.
South facing windows: Choose a high SHGC glazing – above 0.40. South windows are a good source of passive heat in winter, but if you use this strategy you also need a roof overhang that provides shading in the summer.
West facing windows: Choose a low SHGC glazing to reduce much unwanted afternoon summer heat gain. Overhangs don’t work well against the low evening sun.
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East facing windows: Like west facing windows, keep the size of these windows to a minimum in order to control unwanted solar gain or loss. Most people select a low SHGC, however some prefer a high SHGC glazing as a good way to warm cool mornings.
North facing windows: Minimal contribution to the temperature control of your home’s interior.

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3 Things to Know About Passive Solar Heat


Soaring costs for heating and cooling our homes, energy efficiency becomes a priority. Homes are becoming better insulated and sealed allowing the heating and cooling systems to operate at peak efficiencies, reducing usage and costs. The next leap in efficient home design and maintenance is maximizing passive solar heating and natural ventilation. Windows play an invaluable role in the performance of our houses and today’s window options can provide a custom energy efficient solution for your unique house. 
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As a child, before air conditioning was built into most homes, I remember summertime when my mother would open all the windows at night or the very early morning to cool off the house. Then, about 10:00 am she’d close them and pull the drapes to keep the house cool the entire day. Granted the house was dark and stuffy, but compared to the 100º temperatures outside it was a haven.
Today we hear about home energy assessments to measure airtightness, or dual pane low-e windows to manage solar heat, or low U factors to measure performance, but do we really know what these mean for our own home?
Most people don’t know how to remodel or design a new home applying energy efficient principles. While there are multiple things that go into making a house energy efficient, there are three basic principles when selecting your windows: the orientation, the glass, and ventilation.
Window Orientation
If you are remodeling your home or designing a new one the sizes and locations of windows should be based on the cardinal directions of the house – north, south, east, and west.
North/south oriented windows are the best option for visual and thermal comfort and accommodate larger glass openings without over heating, compared to east/west facing windows.
• North-facing windows admit even, natural light with little glare and almost no unwanted summer heat gain
• South-facing windows provide the most winter sunlight but little direct sun during the summer
East/West facing windows receive direct daylight at certain times of the day, which is often preferred for breakfast rooms or sunrooms and should be equipped with shading options.
• East-facing windows provide morning sun, but sunlight entering at low angles often leads to blinds down and lights on and offers little heating in the winter
• West-facing windows allow the afternoon and summer evening light to lengthen the day, may require blinds to cut the glare and invites little heat in winter
Glass
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Selecting the right glass depends on the location of your windows and the geographical region of your home. Low-e has become a universal term for energy efficient coating applied to the window glass. Actually, advances in glass coatings and new regional energy codes, Low-e options can be customized to your home’s requirements. Whether you need high light and low heat or greater protection from fading – there’s a Low-e for your requirement. Next week’s blog will explain your glass options in detail.
Ventilation
When remodeling or designing a new home select window styles and window locations that optimize ventilation for added comfort and efficiency.
Fresh air circulation makes a huge difference in your well being while indoors. Educate your self on the many options including skylights with automatic sensors for opening and closing or awning transom windows above interior doors to circulate fresh air throughout your home.
With so many options available to customize window energy performance throughout your home it can be confusing. Remember this, select the right type of window style for the window location and specify the finish and size of the glass. If you do these things, you can improve the energy efficiency and comfort of your home.

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When Replacing Windows Enhance - Don’t Just Replace

We should have changed our windows rather than simply replace them when we had the chance. We’ve all heard this lament at sometime from a homeowner who completed a major remodeling project. Today, more than ever, homeowners contemplating a window replacement or general remodel project need to listen to this cautionary tale. When it’s time to replace your windows, seize the opportunity to enhance the look of your home, do not just replace your windows.
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Be Strategic
It’s likely that 75% of the windows in your home as they were originally installed are still functionally adequate for your lifestyle. However, it’s likely that there are rooms, which could be visibly enhanced with a different style window. Consider casements to replace double hung windows, so you don’t have to climb on your kitchen counters to open a few windows over the sink? Maybe, the stationary transom window above the entry door could be replaced with an awning inviting fresh air to flow through your home? Or maybe it’s time to update your home’s curb appeal with a more contemporary look by selecting new windows that have minimal detailing and integrated window coverings? Simple changes can yield dramatic results.
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Replacing Windows. To Everything There Is A Season

How do I know if my windows need to be replaced? It’s a question we get nearly every day and I must admit that when I hear that question a song plays in my head. The song goes something like this; to everything there is a season…a time for this and a time for that. That sentiment is indeed the best way to answer the question. Everything eventually wears out and is replaced with something else. In the case of windows that ‘something else’ is far and away better than what it is replacing.


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Older homes often have extremely durable original wood windows that with regular maintenance and repair can last 100 years. On the other hand, homes built within the past 50-60 years usually require wood windows to be replaced around 20 years after installation. These wood windows are more prone to rotting primarily due to the fact the wood is not old growth and so not the hardwoods of yesteryear. Additionally, techniques such as finger joints and the environmental restrictions placed on paint ingredients, reduces the paint’s preservative and anti-microbial properties.

While it’s possible to repair surface damage caused by mold, wood rot or cracks, these may be an indication of deeper damage or a precursor to future infrastructure damage because the window system is slowly failing. The most important thing to determine is whether the surrounding structure of the home has sustained any damage. Inefficient windows can leak, allowing water to enter your house both in front of and behind the walls, inviting mold and mildew to grow.

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Traditional Homes Mix With Modern Building Materials

Some of the most beautiful neighborhoods around Chicago and its suburbs are the old tree lined streets of traditional homes. Famous for it’s historic architecture Chicago reflects the best of classic homes through the years. Prairie, craftsman, Victorian, farmhouse, brick row houses, limestone mansions – we’ve got it all. If you love the traditional styles that have defined our beautiful area, but want modern functionality – learn how you can mix traditional styles with modern products.
The benefits of remodeling or building a new home using modern windows, skylights, doors, siding, sunrooms and other building products are quite simple; ease of use, better performance, lower utility costs and less maintenance.
Ease of use and better performance
Today’s products are produced using new technologies that make life easier. For example, built in and auto controlled window treatments can be preset to open and close at optimal times. They are simple to use, while maximizing daylight and minimizing unwanted heat gain or loss. There are multi-point door locking systems that engage automatically when the door is closed.
Lower utility costs
Without argument, low E dual and triple pane insulated glass lowers costs over the length of owning your home. Other improvements like insulated oversized glass, gives you more natural daylight to keep your home warm and reduces your need for electric lighting. Modern skylights with special coatings and ventilation are now built in new forms that can direct light and control ventilation in a room.
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Less maintenance
Whether you purchase natural wood windows or synthetic vinyl windows, more than ever before, today’s finishes have a higher resiliency to weathering, mold or mildew. Modern windows tilt inward for easy cleaning and offer water spot resistant surfaces for skylights and hard to reach picture or awning windows.
Traditional exterior and transitional interior
One way to combine the desire for a traditional home with an equal desire to use modern materials is by blending classic style with a few contemporary elements. Keep the traditional exterior façade, while using more contemporary materials for the interior. For example you can choose that classic red brick Georgian exterior and add more windows and glass patio doors, rather than the traditional small and sparse windows. Select traditional brick moldings made of low maintenance composites or vinyl around the windows, rather than the higher maintenance wood choice.
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The interior can be less traditional with an open floor plan that invites in more natural light. Create entire window walls without completely violating the traditional style of your home by using multiple French doors with glass transoms for a floor to ceiling light wall. Modern folding doors are an alternative if selected in dark hardwoods for a more traditional look. And replacing stationary transoms with remote controlled awnings will help ventilate your home creating cross breezes that will cut down on energy consumption.

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8ft Doors Give that Model Home Feel

Why do we feel happy when we walk into a model home? The best ones are the new high-end developments where the builders incorporate the latest features and materials. What you’re likely feeling is the sense of light, openness and a connection with the outdoors. How do they create that space? Today, home builders are using windows and doors in new ways that maximize the homeowner experience, leaving you wanting to move in. What if you could create this same feeling in your own home?
When you get back home, take a close look at your home’s windows and doors? Do they look undersized, do your walls look barren without windows, is your sliding patio door original, so that a Hollywood film producer could select your house for a remake of a 1950’s family TV series?

The feeling you had in the model home was likely because the windows and doors were chosen to obtain unobstructed views and lots of light. Manufacturers are making multi-panel glass and taller doors that flood rooms with light.

If you want to achieve this look and feel in your home, begin by researching the two standard styles of patio doors, the patio slider or the French swing door(s). Within these two general categories you’ll find a plethora of options such as, French style sliding patio doors with two, three or four-panel configurations, folding doors and pocket sliders. Generally speaking, most people select a slider in the bedrooms, kitchen or family rooms and French doors are preferred for the more formal areas such as the dining or living rooms. From the start, check your answers to a few key questions.
√  What is the largest size that my current opening or wall can accommodate?
√  What direction does the foot traffic flow through the room to the outside?
√  Is there space to open French doors into the room? Could one door open and the second door remain stationary?
At this point you can check out the window showroom, because you have enough information to explore the best possibilities for your home. A few additional pieces of information will be needed before you proceed too far down the path. You’ll want to make sure your header is built according to code and has the proper load requirements for the wall. You’ll also need to measure the rough window openings from stud to stud. All of these are important perimeters that will allow you to choose from standard sizes rather than spending unnecessarily on custom sizes. Remember, when getting a window, write down the dimensions and always put the width first and the height second – always.
Once you’re in the showroom, remember to aim high and settle on the tallest doors your room can accommodate functionally and aesthetically – 8ft, 9ft, or 10ft.? This one feature will do more to give you the open and expansive feeling of a newly built home. Marvin, and Andersen offer these 8ft heights as standard sizes while Pella can accommodate 8ft heights. 
Marvin’s Remodeling & Replacement solutions guide is a great place to orient you to the options. Remember, if you want that model home feel – you’ve got to aim high.

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Stuck Inside all Winter Without Fresh Air? Hard to Open Windows.

 
One might expect old windows to become stuck or hard to open, but it’s quite a different thing when it happens to new windows. Most people would agree that newer windows should glide open and shut. Then again, most people expect to clean and maintain their car from the first day they drive it home - through the life of the car. Like cars, windows are finely engineered, rely on moving parts, withstand extreme weather, and are built to last a long time. Therefore, window owners who appreciate a smooth ride on the road will appreciate how smoothly a well-maintained window will operate, year after year.

Care and maintenance guides are available from all of the major window brands including specific recommendations by model or type of material. Woodland Windows and Doors major brands, Marvin, Andersen and Pella provide detailed instructions on their websites. Generally speaking and in simple terms, most manufacturers recommend the following ongoing maintenance.

  • Weather-strip is in good condition and properly attached to surfaces. Interior and exterior window finish is maintained so that the window material isn’t exposed. Maintaining wood, painted wood, aluminum, vinyl, or steel requires different upkeep according to the individual product guides. 
  • Trim off any old loose exterior caulking around the outer edges of the window frame and seal any gaps with a high quality caulk. 
  • Tighten any exposed hardware screws securely.
  • Check that all hardware (locks, opening mechanisms, hinges etc.), sills and tracks are clean of any sand, dirt or dust and operate smoothly. If required, lubricate hinges and moving parts with a dry silicone spray. Make sure the weep holes are clear of dirt and open. 
  • All glass can be cleaned after wiping loose debris from the surface with a soft, dry cloth.
  • Maintain the beauty and performance of your window hardware with periodic cleaning. White paint finish, stone, antique or bright brass, wash hardware using a mild detergent and a soft cloth. Polished or brushed chrome, wash hardware using a soft cloth and polish using a commercially available chrome polish according to manufacturers’ instruction. Oil rubbed or distressed bronze are ‘living finishes’ with no protective coating. Occasionally, apply light mechanic oil to deepen the color and sheen of the hardware. 

Following this maintenance routine as needed or annually will go a long way to preserve your window performance and avoid costly repairs. However, even the best maintained windows need repair.

Common repairs to double-hung windows.
 
If it is a wood window, the wood may be swelling. With other types of windows, there may be dirt, dust, and debris built up or a mechanism has failed. It’s not uncommon for mechanisms such as tension springs to fail in as little as five years, making windows difficult to operate.
 
These kinds of repairs are straightforward, but that doesn’t mean quick or simple, particularly if you’ve never seen it done before. Woodland recommends cleaning and maintaining your double-hung windows with these easy steps.
 
In the first case where the wood swells when the temperature or humidity changes, the fix is to plane or sand down the window sashes and lubricate the inside of the window frame jambs or channel guides. If a dirty window frame is the problem, clean the window frames and spray with a dry silicone spray lubricant. Lastly, if the window is still difficult to open or close, the problem is likely to be a faulty mechanism.
 
Common repairs to casement windows
 
Typically debris is built up in the window track or the moving parts need to be lubricated or replaced. Another common cause of problems could be stripped or loose screws causing friction between the window sash and frame. You can check for this by removing the sash from your awning or casement windows.
Woodland's customers know they can call if their new windows don't operate smoothly and Woodland will take care of problems after installation, but everyone should know that a little maintenance goes a long way. For more about cleaning and maintaining your casement windows. Check out how to clean a Marvin Casement Window.
Remember, a little fresh air goes a long way to get us through the winter - don't get stuck inside.

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Installation and Why Our Installers are Woodland Windows and Doors Employees

Have you ever heard the term slippery slope? It means an idea or course of action, which will inevitably lead to something unacceptable, wrong or disastrous. At Woodland Windows and Doors, we think window and door installations done improperly are like a slippery slope – once they start heading downhill they keep going downhill. There are some things that as a business you just have to invest in to ensure the job is done right and we at Woodland think that installation is one of those things.

How hard can it be to install windows and doors? Tricky for a professional who's learned the ins and outs - largely because of all the things that can go wrong. Woodland recognized years ago that the surest way to fail was to leave the fate of our customer’s job in the hands of others. We’ve experienced the slippery slope first hand such as, when a few windows arrive defective, but it goes unnoticed until they’re put into the window opening or a second story window requires special equipment to reach it, which wasn’t planned for. We know how quickly a job can go downhill and we know that the surest way to deliver an expert job is to control every aspect of it with trained people who are committed to a perfect outcome.

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Lighten Up Your Winter This Year

After last year’s winter, the very thought that winter is coming evokes dread in most Illinoisans. Rain, snow and ice are tough, especially in record cold. Did you know that last December the average daily low temperature was 18˚F? For many people, gray skies that deprive them of natural light are the real scrooge.  In December 2013 81% of days were cloudy, including one long spell of cloudy weather lasting 11 consecutive days. Winter’s hard and it is a season when you don’t get enough light, so why not add light to your home and brighten your spirits this winter?
If you’ve dreamed of becoming a snowbird and escaping to Florida, or if you’ve imagined a brighter future for yourself living in the southern hemisphere, then you’re still rational. If you think this winter is going to be different than prior winters – we won’t mention last winter – you are becoming irrational.
If either state describes you, consider the words of the American painter, Walter Andersen, “Nothing diminishes anxiety faster than action.” It’s November, you’ve got time to quiet your anxiety and take action to make a change before old man winter robs you of your cheery disposition. 
Have you ever heard the term daylighting? Daylighting refers to the practice of placing windows and reflective surfaces so that during the day natural light provides effective internal lighting. If you maximize the amount of light that enters your home, your visual comfort will increase and you’ll also reduce the use of electric lights, saving you money. So what can you do to apply the principles of daylighting in your existing home and do so before winter?  
There are multiple ways to achieve this affect, including adding windows to your home, lowering, raising, or enlarging a window, or adding skylights to light interior spaces.
Skylights or roof windows can be placed into a roof, either sloped or horizontal and are designed to provide daylighting and ventilation. Today’s skylights are made from dual pane, triple-coated with Lo-E3 dual-sealed glass providing you with energy efficiency and comfort. And Velux glass coating is designed to keep the glass clean, giving you a better view. Properly positioned skylights can be installed to avoid admitting direct sun on task surfaces or into your eyes by bouncing the light off white walls or adding appropriate climate controls to balance emitted light throughout the day. Basically, it is transmitting light where there was no light before – emitting natural light – and happiness - during those dark days of winter.
Velux skylights and roof windows can take the darkest room and brighten it while eliminating the harsh color shifts of incandescent and florescent lighting and reduce your winter electric bills. Adding skylights allows the full light spectrum or natural light to enter your room and the effect that has on you physically, emotionally and psychologically is well documented. Available in multiple designs, Velux can accommodate multiple rooflines and the flat design provides a sleek look. Depending on your needs, skylights also come as fixed with a wood frame or vented models with either a manual rod for opening and closing or a solar powered remote option. If you’re interested in factory installed blinds complete with a built in solar panel power source, you’ll be able to control the amount of light you want and may qualify for a 30% Federal tax credit.
What spaces can you improve in your home by adding more natural light, your kitchen, the breakfast nook or maybe, your favorite corner near the fireplace? Can you imagine yourself enjoying natural light brightening up any of these spaces in your home? Last December the average daily low temperature was 18ºF. Winter is just around the corner. If you don’t want to relive the winter of 2013 why not make a change, take action and check out Velux skylights and roof windows before winter arrives at your house?

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Chicago Homeowners’ Views on Vinyl vs. Wood vs. Aluminum Replacement Windows

Homeowners who choose vinyl to be their favorite material for replacement windows reason from the fact that vinyl is a high quality material and very flexible when it comes to usage.
 
With vinyl windows, regular painting is not necessary. Moreover, you only need to periodically wash the windows to keep them in good condition.
 
Vinyl is made from Polyvinyl Chloride, which is a very efficient heat insulator. Therefore, vinyl windows will keep heat in during the winter and keep it out during the summer. This will always save you the burden of high energy bills as devices like heating and cooling systems will utilize less energy. Vinyl is cheap, yet very long lasting. Vinyl windows also come in different colors, designs, and shapes to choose from – you are not limited to just a select few colors or sizes.
 
However, there are some downsides to this window material. For example, vinyl windows can potentially fade in extreme weather conditions, especially in too much heat. When this happens, the window must be wholly replaced because vinyl cannot be repainted.
 
For some homeowners, wooden replacement windows are the best choice. Why? Unlike vinyl, wood can easily be shaped into various styles.  Wood is also very strong and durable and can withstand adverse weather conditions. Some woods, for example Mahogany, can last for decades without rotting. Wooden windows are also good insulators, thus, they can regulate temperatures during the summer and winter to save on energy bills.
 
Wooden windows have also got their own downsides, however, as well. Number one, they have to be painted regularly. This means an increased cost of maintenance. Number two, they are susceptible to molding which can interfere with the fiber of the wood. Lastly, wood can be affected by termites.
 
There are also those who are of the opinion that aluminum replacement windows are the best. It is resistant to rust, making it unnecessary to do regular painting. Aluminum windows are also very easy to clean. This way, the homeowner can use his time to engage in other activities instead of spending it all with cleaning the windows. Aluminum is typically less expensive than wooden windows.
 
The only tangible disadvantage of aluminum window is that it has low energy efficiency. It easily allows heat to pass through it. This increases energy bills as there will be a need to use HVAC systems more often.
 
In conclusion, every homeowner must look at the disadvantages and the advantages of these three materials before choosing on the one that will best suit him or her.
 
 

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Learn Which is the Better Option for You: Full Replacement Window vs. Partial Replacement Windows

Is a full replacement window better than a partial window replacement? This post is intended to shed some light on this great question. If you are planning to add some new windows to your home, and are still undecided about which option to choose, read on and learn more.
 
Full Window Replacement
 
A full window replacement also known as a full window installation, which involves removing the whole existing window, including the frame and replacing it with new components. In other words, full replacements involve doing away with the entire window, frame, molding, and so forth.
 
Benefits of Full Replacement Windows
 
It appears that full replacement window has more advantages than partial replacement windows in many ways. Many homeowners are often advised to opt for full frame replacement windows when:

The old frame is deteriorated or damaged beyond repair.They want to capitalize on energy efficiency by installing efficient replacement windows. 

There are a number of reasons to go for full-frame replacement windows. To begin with, this technique replaces the outdated window frame with something that can add curb appeal to your home. With full-frame replacement windows, all the mold and rotting problems will be taken care of. This can help to maintain the structural integrity of your home. Also, new window-frames are well insulated between the rough opening and the frames. For this reason, full replacement windows will save more energy; thus, reducing the burden of costly heating and cooling bills.
 
Cons  

More time and labor intensive to installDepending on the window’s size, there might be a need to replace window treatments inside the home

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Argon Gas and Its Impact on Replacement Windows

Argon is one of the group eight elements in the periodic table. It has an atomic number of 18. Argon gas makes windows more energy efficient. Argon has a higher density when compared to that of oxygen. This means that the Argon gas between the layers of double or triple paned windows is less affected by convectional currents and drafts .The windows will therefore have a higher insulation value. This saves on the cost of energy since the homeowner will not have to spend so much on heating and air conditioning during summer and winter.  
 
Argon gas also reflects excess heat better when compared to plain air. Un-welcomed heat is inhibited from entering your home, leaving you only with the desired warmth. This is a much needed property, especially during hot weather.
 
On the other hand, Argon gas may have adverse effect on your window panes. Argon gas will dissipate out of your window after some time; this results in its reduced efficiency. This problem can be easily taken care of by using nonmetallic spaces that seal better and will not allow your gas to escape. Argon gas replacement windows are not available at higher altitudes (i.e. at 2500 and above). 
 
Improper sealing can also cause leakage of your Argon gas. Manufacturers normally use two methods to seal gas into your replacement window panes, namely, the one-holed method and two-holed method. The former is thought to be the best as it minimizes the possibilities of the gas escaping.

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Replacement Windows Buying Guide

Windows play a key role in our homes. Windows allows fresh air, light and ventilation inside, but they are often taken for granted. Windows contribute to the general beauty of a home, thus choosing the right style that suits your house is of paramount importance. However, many homeowners often have a hard time choosing between wood, aluminum, and vinyl replacement windows. This article will address the several ways in which wood, aluminum, and vinyl are different and how they are similar.
 
Wood Windows
 
Pros: Whether you live in an old home or contemporary home, wood replacement windows offer a variety of colors, finishes, and styles to meet your specific preference or taste. Many homeowners are often tempted to opt for vinyl because of its low cost. Before you make such a decision, consider the initial cost versus long term benefits. Wood windows are more durable than vinyl and therefore provide more value for your money. Moreover, wood is an excellent insulator, making it extremely energy efficient.
 
Cons:  Wood was once an organic material. If not given proper care, it can start to rot while it is still installed in your home. You will need to keep mold and water off of your wood windows to ensure they remain in good condition.
 
Vinyl Windows
 
Pros: Vinyl replacement windows are made mostly of PVC (polyvinyl chloride) together with some other types of plastics. Vinyl windows do not need any staining or painting on the outside or inside of the house, eliminating the need for serious maintenance. Also, vinyl is relatively cheaper when compared to wood windows, and is a poor conductor of heat. PVC windows are the most popular replacement window options available right now. Their low maintenance requirement, high energy efficiency, durability, and low cost make them the best choice for the majority of homeowners who are shopping for replacement windows.
 
Cons:  Vinyl material may be a threat to the environment as polyvinyl chloride releases poisonous dioxin when exposed to fire. Furthermore, you cannot paint vinyl windows into the colors of your choice, thus finding the exact color that matches the style of your home may not be easy.
 
Aluminum Windows
 
Pros: Aluminum windows can be designed to meet or exceed energy efficiency standards. High performance aluminum replacement windows can improve energy efficiency by a large percentage. Aluminum requires less maintenance because it is resistant to corrosion and weathering, and can withstand extreme weather conditions. Additionally, aluminum can be easily manipulated into virtually any shape to meet your tastes. With an endless assortment of finishes, glass options and designs, aluminum offers a variety of possibilities from the cheap to most sophisticated window systems.
 
Cons: The main issue with aluminum is that it doesn’t offer excellent thermal efficiency. Aluminum is a good conductor of heat, thus aluminum windows may not work marvelously in extremely hot or cold climates.

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Importance of Efficiency Windows in Your Chicago Home

Windows play several important roles. Basically, they help in filtering out sunlight and air, even as they allow them to enter through it. Without windows, your rooms would without doubt be a little dark, uninteresting, and dingy. Windows come in many types including single pane windows, double pane windows, wooden shaft windows, vinyl replacement windows, aluminum windows, etc. etc. Windows are definitely a basic necessity of any home, especially if you are living in an area with extreme weather during winter and summer.
 
However, it is quite unfortunate that many homeowners are still using older windows which are inefficient. They have not yet discovered the true value of energy efficient windows. Windows are heavy consumers of energy. An average American home may lose about 30 percent of heating and cooling energy through windows. Energy efficient windows save a lot of money on monthly utility bills. In fact, some new replacement windows have been designed in such a way that they gain energy instead of losing it.
 
If you are building a new home, their higher purchasing costs can be offset as you will probably require a smaller,  less expensive air-conditioning system. Your choice of window can have a significant impact on monthly utility bills. Windows gain or lose heat by means of radiation, convection, conduction and air leakage. This is referred to as heat transfer and is expressed with U-factors or U-values. U-values are opposite or converse to R-values. Thus, a U-value of 2 is the same as an R-value of 0.5 0r 1/2. Not like R-values, the higher the U-values, the better. In other words, higher U-values have better insulation.
 
Conduction is the transfer of heat through a solid, such as metal. Most of the heat is lost through windows via conduction.  With less conductive window frames, such as wood and vinyl, you slow down heat flow. Double or triple pane windows are filled with nonreactive gas, such as Argon and Krypton between panes of glass. This helps to reduce heat flow, as well.
 
Radiation is the transfer of heat from a warmer place to a colder place. For example, if you stand near a fire, you’ll get a warm feeling on your body. On the contrary, your body feels cool when it radiates heat when taking a cold shower.
 
Air leakage through windows accounts for a huge percentage of heat loss through windows. Modern replacement windows have great features that efficiently stop the loss of heat through conduction, convention, radiation or air leakage.
 
Double pane and triple-pane glass windows are known for their superior insulating values. And combining double-pane or triple-pane windows with low-E coatings boosts energy efficiency considerably.

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Best Windows for Your Chicago Home: Wood, Vinyl or Aluminum

There are three different types of window materials available – vinyl, wood, and aluminum. When you are ready to replace your old, drafty, inefficient windows, you may need to choose one of these options. Keep reading and discover the pros and cons of each material.
 
Benefits of Vinyl Windows
 
There are many reasons why vinyl is the most preferred replacement window option. Vinyl replacement windows are durable, aesthetically appealing, affordable and almost maintenance free. Vinyl is also known for its amazing insulating properties because it is a poor conductor of heat. For this reason, it stops heat from coming inside the house during the summer months. In the same way, it prevents cold air from coming inside during the winter months. However, not all vinyl windows are the same. You get what you pay for, goes the old saying.
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Single, Double, or Triple Pane Windows for Chicago Homeowners

Since the greater part of the window is made of glass, choosing the right window that can dramatically improve your energy efficiency at home is paramount. There are three main types of replacement windows namely: single, double and triple pane windows. Double and triple pane windows are made with layers of glass. The layers are usually filled with gas, such as krypton or argon to improve insulation.
 
Single Pane Windows
 
As the name suggest, a single pane window has only one glass pane that is attached on the window’s frame. Glass is a good conductor of heat and tends to allow the transfer of it. During winter seasons, when heating your home becomes a necessity, there can be substantial heat loss through single-pane glass windows. However, single pane glasses are less expensive than their double and triple pane counterparts.
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Why You Should Opt for Energy Efficient Windows in Chicago

What are energy efficient windows and why are they so popular? Let us explain! In brief, an energy efficient window is a window that has met or exceeded Energy Star ratings. In other words, an efficient window is an Energy Star rated replacement window and usually has an inert gas between its panes.
 
Energy efficient products, such as refrigerators, furnaces, and water heaters have become the new norm for individuals that are modernizing their homes. Every homeowner is trying everything possible to save money on electricity bills.
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High-Performance, Energy Efficient Windows in Chicago

Gone are the days when homeowners used to choose windows based on their design and style. Today, more and more homeowners are becoming energy-conscious and want to reduce the costs of heating and cooling their homes. Therefore, selecting energy efficient windows is a critical step for them.
 
Replacing your old windows could result in significant energy savings of more than 25%. Your choice for replacement windows will likely be based on the cost, style and the efficiency of the window. Now, double and triple pane windows are available on the market. So whether you are living in an old home that needs a window upgrade or building a new home, choosing energy efficient replacement windows is of paramount importance.
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Understanding Energy Star Labels on Replacement Windows in Hinsdale

Energy efficient replacement windows are becoming increasingly popular. More and more homeowners in Hinsdale have replaced their inefficient old windows with modern, efficient windows that will reduce the transfer of heat, thus cutting their monthly energy costs and reducing a lot of outside noise. But it should be noted that not all energy-efficient windows are made the same. You should opt for those that meet or exceed the efficiency standards, such as those set by the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) and Energy Rating system.
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Window Replacement and Energy Savings

If you have decided to replace your old windows, you have probably found out that there are a wide variety of window replacements available. All of them can add curb appeal and enhance the warmth and comfort of your home. This can also be a necessary step to be taken when you are preparing to sell your property to help make it more attractive to buyers.
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Single or Double or Triple Pane Replacement Windows in Hoffman Estates, IL

When replacing your old windows, you want to use a replacement window that will not only add curb appeal to your home, but perform its best as well. Except for single pane windows, double and triple-pane windows are good options in Hoffman Estates, Illinois. The right replacement window which is best for your home will depend on a few factors, such as aesthetic goals, energy savings, and your budget.
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Vinyl vs. Aluminum vs. Wood Replacement Windows

There are three main materials which today’s manufacturers use to make replacement windows: vinyl, aluminum, and wood. Each material has its own pros and cons. At Woodland Windows, the popular material used for replacement windows is vinyl. Vinyl windows made are from polyvinyl chloride (PVC)—a plastic material. So why is this material popular?  
Vinyl Windows
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Buy Energy Efficient Windows

You will be surprised to find out that replacing your old windows with new efficient ones can bring a significant change in the general appearance of your home, in addition to saving you money on monthly utility bills. Of course, there are many options when it comes to replacement windows today, including wood, vinyl and aluminum windows. Installing high efficiency windows in your home will not only improve your property's curb appeal and save money, it also adds to the value of your home.
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Reasons to Choose Argon Gas Replacement Windows

Argon gas is an odorless, tasteless and colorless gas that is extensively used in making fluorescent lights, light bulbs, photo tubes and now replacement windows. It is denser than normal air and has a very low level of chemical reactions. In other words, unlike oxygen, argon gas will not corrode or react with any type of window material. These windows include a vacuum-packed unit that is filled with argon gas between panes of glass to improve energy efficiency.
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Choosing Between Vinyl, Wood and Aluminum Replacement Windows

Are you thinking of replacing your old windows, but do not know whether to pick wood, aluminum or vinyl windows? Are you always bombarded with commercials on the TV or flyers in your daily newspaper or just plain confused as to what's best for your home?  After you know what kind of house you have and what your needs are, it is quite easy to pick the best replacement window that will be a good improvement for your home and cost effective as well.
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The Many Benefits of Energy Efficient Windows in Chicago

The U.S. government is trying to push every homeowner and business to embrace new energy efficient windows. Remodeling old structures and replacing inefficient windows with Energy Star windows has many benefits. Replacing your old windows with modern ones will add to the value of your home and help you save a great deal of money on monthly utility bills.
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Vinyl Windows vs Aluminum Windows vs Wood Windows

If you are remodeling your home and are debating whether to use vinyl, aluminum or wood windows, then keep reading and discover the pros and cons of the three most common types of windows.

As a homeowner, it is important to make a wise choice after understanding the good and the bad of vinyl windows, aluminum windows, and wood windows.
 
Choosing a Replacement Window
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Windows Single Pane vs. Double Pane vs. Triple Pane Dilemma

It can be an expensive investment to replace your home’s windows and for that reason, it should be researched thoroughly. Do you need single or double or single pane replacement windows? A particular climate calls for a specific type of window and because of this, there isn’t one clear-cut answer to the question. 
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Understanding High Efficiency Windows

Windows provides our homes with ventilation, warmth, light, and cool breezes, but they can also affect a home’s energy efficiency— mostly in a negative way. You can reduce your monthly heating and cooling bills by installing energy efficient windows in your home.
 
As a result of technological breakthroughs, advanced products and techniques are now available to craft stunning and energy efficient replacement windows that retain heat far better than the traditional way of crafting a window.
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Single Pane vs. Double Pane vs. Triple Pane Windows

When shopping for new replacement windows for your home, you will want to consider several factors. One of these vital factors to pay attention to is the glass. The common window options available in the market today are single pane, double pane, and triple pane. Triple pane seems to be gaining more popularity, but double pane remains the most preferred option for most homeowners. However, experts say triple pane option is likely to overtake its double pane counterpart in the next few years.

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Choosing Energy Star Qualified Windows in Chicago


If you are worried about the looming winter months and what the chilly weather means for your monthly utility bill, you aren’t alone. This is the perfect time to consider replacing your old windows with the energy efficient ones. This will reduce your energy bill, save you money, and keep your family warm inside.

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Vinyl Replacement Windows vs. Wood and Aluminum for Wheaton Homeowners

When it comes to replacing older windows in your home, there are lots of factors to consider. You will think of things like color, shape, style, and which Wheaton home remodeling company you want to hire to install them for you. However, the type of material used to craft the window frame is arguably the most important factor when choosing which window to install in your house. There are three popular materials used to craft replacement windows: aluminum, vinyl, and wood.

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What is Argon Gas and How Does if Impact Replacement Windows?


What is argon gas and why is it commonly used in replacement windows? This is one of the most asked questions at our company. If you are wondering about it, you aren’t alone. This post is created to give a detailed answer about the question.

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HOA in Chicago

Many property owners ask a lot of questions concerning Homeowners’ Associations (HOA). The HOA is an independent organization that manages a group of investors. Woodland and most of its neighborhoods where they do work have them. More often than not, the association is made of residents from the surrounding areas who work with a real estate property manager.

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High Efficicency Windows - What You Really Need to Know

For the majority of homeowners, remodeling their homes is quite an exciting event. So, it is of paramount importance that you opt for materials that are durable, easy to install for the professionals, and need little maintenance. For this reason, you might want to look out for high efficiency windows in order to reduce expenses on energy bills. Let’s go through this a step at a time, shall we?

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Single, Double and Triple Pane Windows

Windows play significant roles in our houses. Aside from allowing natural air in the house, they beautify the room, as well. When choosing a window for a replacement or for a newly constructed house, you may need to select the right type. The three common types are: single, double and triple pane windows. These windows are typically more expensive than their conventional counterparts. Nevertheless, for many homeowners they are worth the money. The three windows have their own advantages and drawbacks. So pay much attention to what you need.

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EPA Guidelines for Chicago Home Remodeling


There are a couple of things you need to think of when giving your home a facelift: Should you remodel your bedroom first, or the rest room? Should you remodel your entire home, or add some few rooms? How do you answer such questions? But did the thought of lead in your remodeling project ever cross your mind? If yes, you might want to learn the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) guidelines first.

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Energy Star New Windows: Save Your Money


Windows allow light and fresh air in the house. But as much as windows play a critical role in our homes; they can also contribute significantly to the increase of utility bills. That is the main reason many homeowners are looking for ways to replace their traditional drafty windows with contemporary energy efficient ones. Having these new windows not only saves you money on electricity bills, but makes your home look beautiful and warm.

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Full Replacement vs Partial Replacement of Windows


Many people are looking forward to replacing their damaged home windows this spring. They are looking for windows that perform and function better, need less maintenance, are more energy efficient and durable. Window replacement is not as expensive as some homeowners make it out to be. They really aren’t. In fact, they are a good investment in your home.

 

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Cost of Replacement Windows vs. Energy Savings

While energy costs continue to rise, many homeowners are looking for ways to save money on energy. Reducing the level of energy consumption is also the responsibility of everyone as environmental problems are becoming more and more horrendous. If you are serious about saving money by cutting back on utility costs, replacing your traditional windows is of paramount importance. 

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For Naperville Homeowners Replacement Windows Are Not A Matter of ‘If’ but ‘When'

Every homeowner in Naperville worth his or her salt knows that at some point their house is going to need its windows replaced. When a new house is purchased, even if it is brand new and has never been lived in before, the windows are going to need replacing whether it is in five years or twenty-five. Even the strongest and best-built houses can begin to show signs of wear and tear in the windows within as little as three years. But if a house is fifteen years or older and has never had its windows replaced or only had them replaced once or twice, it may be time to inspect them and begin shopping for replacements.

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