Mike’s Guys Handyman: 5 Signs it’s Time to Replace Your Windows

Replacing windows is among home maintenance projects that can make a huge impact on both the functionality and the value of your home. As with anything, it’s better to maintain properly working windows and replace them regularly, versus waiting until you have multiple failed windows on your hands! Here are 5 signs of window failure to look out for, via our handyman division, Mike’s Guys:

1. Poor Operation. A common issue with aging windows is that they stick when opening and closing. This is often caused by a balancing issue in which dust, dirt, pollen, or other buildup becomes lodged in the tracks. In some cases, cleaning out the tracks can help with sticking, but usually this is a sign that the window will need to be replaced soon. Read more

6 Tips You Need to Know When Buying Replacement Windows

Few home repair projects can provide you the pay-back of window replacement. Quality replacement windows will not only refresh the look of tired windows, but also help you save on your monthly energy bill year round, make your home quieter, and increase your home’s resale value.

6 Tips for Buying Replacement Windows:

  1. Before you do anything, determine how many windows need to be replaced throughout your home. It’s ultimately more effective to have all windows replaced at the same time, as old windows can be less energy efficient and cost you more on your electric bill in the long run.
  1. Decide on a budget. The cost of windows can range greatly, depending on the type of glass, size, shape, and required installation. When shopping, gather several estimates so you get a true cost for the replacement windows. This will narrow your options and ease the process. Compare companies by getting a breakdown on the estimates for materials, labor and any costs of disposing of the old windows.
  1. Choose the right time of year for the project. Replacing windows involves the old windows being totally removed, meaning your house will be open for brief periods of time. Having this done in the dead of winter might not be a good plan! Likewise, having several open windows during the hot summer will be hard on your air conditioner (and your wallet!). Spring or fall months are generally mild and best suited for this type of home improvement.
  1. Check out the energy ratings and insulation on various windows. The type of framing will determine how much maintenance is required. For example, wood is beautiful, but vinyl might be the better option if you don’t want to worry about maintaining window frames.
  1. Ask about all of the different windows the company offers. Most companies run various promotions, but the windows they are featuring may be outside of your budget constraints. Asking about all of your options can get you the windows you need, without breaking the bank.
  1. Replacement windows come with warranties. Make sure you get the specifics, such as if the warranty can be transferred if you sell your home, and how long the warranty will remain in effect.

New windows are a major investment, but are a great asset and will make all the difference the comfort and the curb appeal of your home.

If you’ve been thinking about getting your windows replaced, now is a great time! Contact us to schedule an appointment and get your new windows installed just in time for summer! Read more

New Windows and Video Surveillance Systems

Check out the windows we are installing on a current project. Along with the benefit of energy and noise reduction, they give a great fresh and open look! Simply changing the configuration and style really makes a difference.

Thinking about new windows?

  • Talk to Charles at Nix Window and Door www.nixdoor.com.
    They have a great showroom. He can show you all the options, and help you pick the right windows for your home.
  • EPA baseline energy efficiency is fine in most cases. Anything else generally won’t make a big enough difference to warrant the cost.
  • Be wary of “window salesmen with a great deal for you!” Great deals with window installations usually mean shortcuts and hidden charges. Stay with brand-name windows made by companies who have been in business for an extended period of time.
  • Have us come out to provide design ideas and to give you the cost of your project.

Video Surveillance Systems

The recent advancements in technology have made video surveillance systems user-friendly and much more affordable than you would think. For most homes, a four-camera system can view all the entry points to your home and be installed for a surprisingly affordable cost. One of the neat features is to integrate it with your TV. If the doorbell rings or you hear a noise outside, one or two pushes of a button on your remote and you can see what’s going on outside your home. Another great feature is that you can view your home video surveillance from your smart phone, no matter where you are. Read more