window installations

December 8, 2014

The Right Windows Can Make All The Difference

The Right Windows Can Make All The Difference

Windows are a very important part of your home; they give your home personality and allow your home to be filled with light and energy. However, they can also allow for your hard earned money to fly right out of them, if they are older and not energy efficient. Having the right windows installed into your home that are aesthetically pleasing, functional, and energy efficient will increase the curb appeal of your home and save you money in energy costs throughout the entire year.

The experts at Tri County Exteriors want to help you understand how windows can really help to save you money and increase the comfort of your home for you and your family.

Benefits of installing energy efficient windows into your home include:

  • Lowering both heating and cooling costs. New ENERGY STAR windows will prevent either cold or warm air from leaving your home, depending on the season. Less energy will be used to heat or cool the home.
  • Making your home more eco-friendly, with new ENERGY STAR windows will also reduce your carbon footprint by minimizing the amount of resources you use to heat and cool your home to a comfortable level.
  • Protection for the most important features of your home. This includes things like paintings and pictures hanging on your wall, your furniture, and flooring. ENERGY STAR windows have a special coating on them that prevent UV light from entering your home and over time damaging the items located within.
  • ENERGY STAR windows allow you to stay more comfortable within your home, no matter what the temperature is outside. The interior panel of ENERGY STAR windows stays warmer than other standard windows, keeping you and your home warmer during the winter. And during the summer they work to reduce the amount of heat allowed into your home, without stopping the light from getting into your home and brightening it up.

Along with being functional and cost saving to your wallet, adding new ENERGY STAR windows can add style and personality to your home. There are many different styles, colors, and types of windows to choose from! For more information on how replacing your home’s windows with the right ENERGY STAR rated windows will benefit you, your home, and your pocket book, contact the pros at Tri County Exteriors today!

December 1, 2014

Why Are My Windows Hard to Open & Close?

Why are my windows so hard to open

When windows are new, they glide open and closed with little effort, but over time, their operation can become more difficult–especially if they have not received proper upkeep and maintenance.

Many people never give their windows a second of thought until they are not working properly. Cleaning and lubrication of moving parts are a vital part of keeping your windows operating smoothly and easily most of the time. However, there are a handful of issues that can make your windows difficult to open, even with routine cleaning and maintenance.

In the sections below, we’ll discuss common issues that can make the most popular types of windows in use today difficult to open.

Single & Double Hung Windows

Single and double hung windows are most often difficult to open due to a buildup of dirt, dust, and debris over time. As the buildup worsens, friction increases, making the windows very difficult to open and close.

Since this is the most likely cause, start by cleaning the window frames and spray with a non-silicone, solvent-free lubricant. Open and close the window several times to work the lubricant in.

If the window is still difficult to open and close after doing this, your problem is likely associated with a spring that is too tight. Adjusting (or replacing if necessary) the spring should return the sash to its normal operation.

Awning & Casement Windows

Awning and casement windows have more points of failure than single and double hung windows, so the cause for these windows being hard to open and close can be a variety of things.

The best place to start is to remove the sash from your awning or casement windows. The method for doing this can vary depending on the window brand, so consult the instruction manual for your particular windows for more information on how to do this properly.

After you have successfully removed the sash, check for stripped or loose screws. If you find any, this is likely the cause of your problem.

If the problem continues after replacing stripped or loose screws, or if you do not have any, lubricate the hinges with a silicone or dry Teflon spray lube. Work the lubricant into the hinges by opening and closing the windows several times.

If you are still having issues after trying the two methods above, it is likely that you have a malfunctioning operator. Contact your window manufacturer for replacement parts or a local window repair company for repair services.

Sliding Windows

Sliding windows are simple windows, relying on rollers and a sliding track. They are the easiest type of windows to open and close–often requiring just a push of the finger. If they become difficult to open, the problem most likely lies with the roller system.

First, clean the roller system and track with a simple soap and water solution. In many cases, this will solve the problem, but if it does not, lubricating the rolling system should solve the problem.

If the problem continues, your rollers are bad. Contact your window manufacturer to buy replacement rollers or contact a local window repair company.

Staff Writer (2014 November) Why Are My Windows Hard to Open & Close? Retrieved on November 17, 2014 from Quality Windows and Doors

September 6, 2013

Need Energy Efficient Windows?

New technology has been emerging over the past few years with newer innovations with energy efficient windows. Low energy windows typically come with either two or three window panes. The space in between the panes are filled with an argon gas used in the welding process. Argon gas is very popular in the manufacturing of multiple window panes because if how inexpensive it is. This allows the window to be more efficient in maintaining a constant atmosphere throughout the whole room. This is done with what is referred to as the U value or factor, which is responsible for the window’s resistance to heat flow.

There are many advantages to installing energy efficient windows:

The reduction of U.V. rays that can damage your carpet, walls, and furniture from the solar.

25% to 50% saving on energy costs from heat loss. It is estimated that a home owner can save up to $600 in one year on cooling and heating costs with replacing older less efficient windows.

There are a number of types of windows available:

• Single hung

• Double hung

• Picture

• Bay

• Awning

• Slider

• Casement

What to look for when choosing energy efficient windows:

• The lower the U-factor the better for homeowners in colder climates.

• Low Solar heat gain coefficient or SHGC reduces the heat in warmer climate.

Both SHGC and U-factors should be considered when the home is exposed to both hot and cold seasons.

Windows with an AL or air leakage rating of 0.03 or less is ideal for reducing the quantity of air that is lost during assembly of energy efficient windows.

For more information on window installations in the Bucks County and Montgomery County area, call us today! (215) 322-0110 or email us at: sales@tricountyexteriors.net
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