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How To Choose Replacement Windows

Almond replacement windows with white painted interior trim

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 8, 2012 3:53:00 PM / by john herman posted in double hung window, Energy Efficient Windows, Home Improvement Tips, double hung, picture window

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I think that white trim looks great with almond windows.almond window with white trim  Many of my window customers have white interior trim with almond color windows. They select the almond color window to blend with the exterior color of the house.

There are many different color combinations available in both vinyl and composite windows. You can also order windows that have been factory painted on the exterior. Homeowners looking for the ultimate matching exterior can even have a factory painted exterior in a custom color of their choice. Here are a couple of photos of almond interior with white trim. With vinyl replacement windows, you can acheive almost any desired visual result, in addition to saving energy!picture window in almond with white trim

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Home Improvement Tips: Window Maintenance

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 2, 2010 12:53:00 PM / by john herman posted in Chemical Gasses, Cloudy Day, Glass Windows, Harsh Chemical, Home Improvement Tips, Linting, Maintenance Guidelines, Maintenance Routine, Microfiber Cloth, Mild Detergent, Mild Dish Detergent, Paper Towels, Sparkle, Spray Bottle, Spray Wash, Spring Maintenance, Streaks, Strokes, Warm Water, Window Sill

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If washing your glass windows is part of your spring maintenance routine, consider expanding the ritual this year.  We have tips to make your windows sparkle and to take your yearly maintenance one step further!  Instead of just wiping down your windows, following these proper yearly maintenance guidelines will add years to the life of your new windows.

Washing Windows

All you need to make your windows sparkle like never before is dish detergent, a squeegee, an old towel, a vacuum cleaner, paper towels, a non-linting microfiber cloth and a spray bottle.  Pick a cloudy day to wash your windows, as sunlight will make them dry too quickly and can leave streaks.  You do not need a specialty cleaner to make your windows sparkly and clean.  A couple of drops of mild dish detergent mixed with warm water will work perfectly .  Dish detergent is the perfect window cleaner because it is made to cut the grease that has built up on your window over time .  An added bonus to using mild detergent to clean your windows is the fact that the detergent does not contain any harsh chemical gasses that would be released into the atmosphere or even into your home .  Put your homemade solution into a spray bottle and you are good to go!

Tilt in your windows for easy cleaning.  Spray one side of the widow with your cleaning mixture and wash it with a microfiber cloth.  After washing, wipe the window down with a squeegee.  Keep the squeegee clean between strokes by wiping it off with a towel.  Try to alternate the direction of your strokes to reduce streaking .   Use the same process on the inside of the window – spray, wash, squeegee and repeat.

Use your homemade spray to clean the window sill as well, it is likely pretty dirty.  Clean the spray and dirt up with a few paper towels or the microfiber cloth.

Looking for Damage

Now that the windows are clean, look for damage.  Often, we think of window damage as a break by a baseball or other glass shattering incident .  In fact, there are several other ways windows can be damaged subtly.  Some of these subtle problems include water damage from faulty roofing or gutters, poor interior ventilation, stress fractures from ice, and a shifting foundation that warps the window openings.  This damage develops over time, which makes it easy to miss.  These small problems will compound to create excessive damage which will force you to purchase an entire home’s worth of replacement windows.  Regularly checking your windows for damage and then purchasing new ones in smaller quantities will be easier on your wallet.

Checking Hardware and Treatments

When you are sure the windows are securely back in place, it is time to look at your window hardware.  Both hinged and sliding windows are susceptible to damage which will keep them from staying open or closed.  If you are having a problem with keeping windows open, it’s time to call the experts – don’t prop open the window with a stick!  This will further damage the window casing and will be more costly in the end.  In most cases, these are quick and relatively inexpensive fixes.

By now, your windows should be clean, damage-free and open.  That means it’s time to kick back with a glass of lemonade and enjoy a summer of sparkly windows!

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