Published October 1st, 2014 by

ultrax fiberglass windowsMost replacement windows companies located throughout Virginia offer great prices to attract customers. But price does not always tell the full story when it comes to how much value you are actually getting for your money. If you want a truly great service provider, however, you need to be willing to look beyond price and see the value they offer. This value can often be in the form of both tangible and intangible factors. I found BNWs replacement windows to be some of the best in Central VA for meeting and exceeding these criteria. Here’s a look at some of these factors that could swing your decision in favor of one contractor over another.

Quality

Quality is a hard thing to pin down. It could refer to the finish of the replacement windows; it could refer to the quality of materials used to make the window; it could even mean the way it has been installed. With so much ambiguity to this word, finding good quality can only be a subjective exercise. Quality – in its most functional form – is what the buyers say it is. Therefore, if you can find a company whose customers are raving about their quality, then this is the one you probably want to go with.

Customer-focus

This is another intangible. A company that is focused on its customers will often provide perks that no other company can. For example, if every order is fulfilled within 48 hours, that may well be the industry standard. In such a scenario, a company that guarantees a 24-hour fulfillment can be termed customer-focused. This isn’t a measurable attribute, because another company that provides the same 24-hour guarantee may have terrible customer service representatives manning their phones. However, if you can see superior customer focus in several areas, then that means this Houston replacement windows company is doing something right.

The right mix of these two intangible makes for a solid, tangible service that is reliable and trust-worthy. If you can find a company that is this and a whole lot more, you can consider yourself lucky, to say the least.

Published August 14th, 2014 by

With so many different types of windows out there, it’s hard to know which one to buy. The benefits of triple-pane windows are numerous and you can benefit from installing them on your home. Most window companies out there offer only double or single window panes, whereas window experts like Renewal by Andersen offers high tech window glass that is triple pained. Windows with thicker glass such as these are beneficial everywhere, especially if you live in a very harsh or volatile climate such as in Denver Colorado.

Here are some of the benefits of triple-pane windows:

They are energy efficient. Green technology seems to be the latest craze and everyone seems to want to lower his or her carbon footprint. Triple-pane windows have three panes of glass. In the middle of the panes is a gas called argon. This acts as an insulator that keeps heat from transferring through the windows. It’s even a better insulator than oxygen. The outside of the window is also treated with a Low-E (low-emissivity) coating that reduces the amount of heat that is emitted through the glass. Radiant thermal heat is the main way that your windows lose heat. Overall, the windows do a great job of insulating, which translates to lower energy bills for you. Your home will stay warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer with less interference from outside temperatures. For once, you’ll be able to enjoy those hot summer days in comfort.

window glass technology that reduces noiseThey dampen outside sounds. Since the windows have three panes of glass, noise is dampened as it travels through the glass. This is great if you live in a noisy neighborhood where you might have trouble sleeping at night. You’ll sleep soundly with these windows on your home. The only thing that’ll wake you up will be your alarm clock.

So if you’re on the fence about triple-pane windows, hopefully these tips have helped sway your opinion. With rising fuel prices, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to improve your home’s efficiency. It’ll increase your home’s value and lower the amount you pay for power each month. A little investment today can go a long way. Find out more about triple-pane windows by contacting your local window specialist today.

Published July 9th, 2014 by

bathroomThere are plenty of things that can go wrong in your bathroom. Glass can break or need to be replaced, glass shower doors may need to be replaced, and there are countless issues you can have with your sink, drains, and toilet. Call a glass repair or plumber to fix all of these issues.

A quick peak in your toilet or pouring a solution down your drain is usually the first step in a simple fix. However, these will only put an end to simple problems like small blockages or a tangled chain in your toilet. If something worse is wrong, be sure to call a professional plumber such as Mr. Rooter of Santa Cruz.

Plumbers typically help with the following bathroom issues:

  1. A thorough drain cleaning. This means that there is something clogging your drain. It could be a solid obstruction, a buildup of grease, or a clump of hair. To prevent these issues from occurring, make sure you don’t flush anything down a toilet or send anything down a drain that isn’t meant to go there. This includes q-tips, cotton balls, paper towels, grease, and more.
  2. Low water pressure. This is typically caused by a leaking pipe. When some of the water is able to trickle out of a pipe, it does not push through with as much pressure. This could also be a cause of mineral deposits building up and block some of the water from flowing through your shower head or sink.
  3. Pipe replacement. If there is a large obstruction or leak in your pipes, you may need to have them replaced. This could involve ripping up your yard to dig up the pipe and install a new one. Try to find a company who can do trenchless repairs. This means they have the experience and equipment to dig 2 small holes at either end of the pipe and replace it with minimal damage.

Plumbers are a great resource when things are going wrong in your bathroom. Most people don’t have experience working with pipes and drains, so leave it to a professional.

Published July 3rd, 2014 by

It’s everyone’s first choice to prolong the life of their air conditioner as long as possible. People seldom start searching for a new HVAC system until after they have brought a professional AC service out to attempt a repair. Sometimes heating and air systems are just beyond the point of return though. If it is indeed time to throw out the old one and install a brand new air conditioning system, don’t jump the gun on buying the first model you see in a Sears catalog. A little time spent researching could save you hundreds in energy savings over the coming years.Coleman Air Conditioning Unit

Look for energy efficiency ratings and badges from organizations like Energy Star. Geothermal pumps are a unique kind of heating and cooling system that uses the earth’s natural energy beneath the surface to move heat to and away from the home. You can also apply for significant tax credits that will subsidize the cost of these units. Ask your local AC service company what they would recommend for an energy efficient model that won’t break the bank.

Our top pick for 2014 was the Coleman Echelon Series with Touch Screen Communicating Control. This line of air conditioners features a split system air conditioner and heat pump with a low WhisperDrive sound level. Average annual energy usage adds up to 1,680 kilowatt hours. One of these HVAC systems will probably cost you close to $2,500.

Published June 11th, 2014 by

Reason to Invest in Your Windows and Lighting System

Highlight Your Salt Lake City Views

When you live in a beautiful area like Salt Lake City UT, views are important focal points in your home. In order to display the best views, large quality windows are a great way to bring life to your space. Keep your windows clean for a crystal clear view of the outdoors.

The issue with having too many windows in your home is that it can make your house a target for intruders. People are less likely to break in by going to a lighted front door with a strong lock, and more likely to break a window around the side when no one is home. They may also assume many homeowners leave windows unlocked and attempt to push it open to break in.Capture

An alarm system is a great way to deter trespassers from stealing or damaging items in your home, and it will often scare them away. In order discourage someone from targeting your house in the first place, consider installing a strong outdoor lighting system. Call an electrician in Salt Lake City UT to help you design and install a quality system.

Keep Safe with Lighting

Outdoor lighting will stop people from coming on to your property for a couple of reasons. First of all, intruders know that being in a well-lit area means it is easier to get caught. Neighbors are more likely to see and report an incident. Aside from the obvious, someone who has taken the time to decorate their home with lighting is someone who takes pride in their home. Intruders know that these are the homeowners who are more likely to have a security system of some kind

Outdoor lighting is also a great idea for your home in Salt Lake City because it can expand your living area and provide some functional purposes. Lights in your backyard means it will be more fun to entertain company outside on warm nights. In a way, it helps expand your living area with additional seating opportunities in the light.

You will also be safer from someone getting injured on your property. It is common to trip over steps, roots, or rocks in the dark of night, and having lighted pathways avoids these issues.

Published May 29th, 2014 by

When thinking about replacing home windows it is very important to that you find windows that fit a certain criteria for your home.

  1. The windows fit the right size of the window opening.
  2. The material and functionality of the windows fit the style of your home.
  3. Each window style is right for the location on your home.

These are all ideas that you need to think about before going out and shopping for replacement windows. By choosing windows that fit this criteria you will be gaining greater benefits and earn a better return on investment.

Measuring for replacement windows is a very important process that is not as simple as you would think. You will want to make sure that the new replacements will fit correctly in the window opening but still allow for some wiggle warm as the home expand and contracts during seasonal changes. If you leave too much wiggle room then you will lose proper insulation and that could cost you thousands over the lifetime of owning the home. If your replacement windows are too snug then the added pressure could actually damage the window frame or glass. With these ideas in mind you will need to get the perfect measurement to achieve the greatest results.

There are many different window styles and materials that you could choose from depending on your home renovation budget. Vinyl replacement windows are very budget friendly and they also more versatile when it comes to color options and styles, you can find great information about vinyl windows here. Although you will need to keep in the mind the design of your home and you may find that wood replacement windows are best for your home. If you are unsure about which material is right for your home then read this great article on buzzle.com that explains the benefits of each. Once you understand the material that will look best on your home then move onto the examining the room style that the windows are being installed.

Examine the room that the windows will be installed and pay attention to the amount of light that is coming into the room and what the potential air flow will be. If you find that your room needs more light then picture windows will be a great fit. Casement windows are great for increased air flow and light into a room. Limiting the amount of light and airflow is also a possibility with your standard double hung style of window. All of these are viable options for a home and just remember to look at the big picture to ensure that your new windows will fit well.

Published May 22nd, 2014 by

Not all replacement windshields are equal – and neither are the methods and materials used to attach and seal them. While I don’t know for sure, and probably never will, I suspect that one windshield that recently ended up on my car was of poor quality. I do know that it started to leak within a few months – either due to faulty installation or materials.

When you research windshield replacement, one frequent topic of discussion is whether or not it matters to use an OEM – or original equipment manufacturer – windshield. I’m still no expert on the subject, but my understanding is that the biggest difference between OEM and quality non-OEM windshields is often the price, with the former costing more than the latter.

Windshield quality is windshield quality – whether it comes from the original manufacturer or not. What you will want to do is make certain that your new windshield meets the same standards as your old one and offers the same fit, strength, and safety.

You should also stick to companies that specialize in windshield repair. In addition to needing a quality windshield, you also need expert installation; the installation methods need to be sound and the bonding agents need to be first-rate. You’ll want to work with companies where the technicians are constantly trained and where bonding agents meet to exceed manufacturer standards.

With this in mind, you should probably avoid relying on car dealerships or other companies that only occasionally perform repairs or replacements. There are several windshield repair companies here in Burlington, Vermont, where I live and you should have no trouble finding quality specialists in your area, too.

Finding an expert windshield repair company is more crucial than ever today. This is because modern car designs employ large windshields that are designed to help absorb the force of an impact. Poorly installed or ineffectively bonded windshields can pop out in an accident, putting you at risk and compromising your car’s ability to keep you safe.

That said, even if you know the quality you need from your repair, it can be difficult to be sure you’re getting it. If you want advice from someone you can trust, ask your insurance carrier which windshield repair company they would recommend in your area. They work with these companies on a regular basis, and they want your repair or replacement windshield to last just as much as you do – else both of you will be paying for a replacement.

Published May 16th, 2014 by

Homeowners in Chicago invest in making their home look and feel like a true getaway from the peril3M window films of the work day. Your home should be a place you look forward to spending time in. Whether you are there with a child most of the day or return home from your daily commute after the sun goes down, they key to a happy life is a happy home. There are a number of improvements you can make around the home to create a better living space. Uncluttering your most trafficked rooms and taking all media out of at least one sitting room in the house can help calm you and find peace in the midst of an increasingly busy life. One thing you may not have thought of though is residential window tinting.

The main reason I started researching dimming the amount of light that my windows let in was because the windows at my office are tinted and it makes my office exponentially more enjoyable. I have found that in my house, the tint we chose took some or the warm, orange hue out of the light that shines through. The result is a cooler tint to the room’s appearance and reduced glare on the television screen, pictures, and other reflective surfaces.

Some of the other big selling points that the window tint installer you choose will be sure to educate you on are diminished fading of upholstery, reduced energy demands, extended life of HVAC systems, increased privacy from the outside, and reduced hot spots near windows. 3M Window Film received the best reviews from the research I did. Find a window tinting company like Chicago Window Tinters near you to install 3M products and start enjoying your home again.

Published May 12th, 2014 by

Quality window companies can be very difficult to locate sometimes because there are rarely needed, but when you do require glass service you need the company to perform quick and efficiently. The windows in our homes do more than just providing us with a pretty window to look outside – they also help increase the efficiency of a home. The efficiency of your residence is detrimental to paying the lowest amount of energy costs every month.

There many different signs besides broken glass or rotting framing to show that you are need of replacement windows. These signs include air flow, fogging, and cold or warm spots on the glass itself. If you are experiencing any of these issues then I would visit Glass Doctor because of their expertise in the window and glass industry.

  1. When examining your windows and frames take your hand and slowly run it along the outside of the window frames. If at any moment you feel air that is a different temperature then that is an indication that you will need a repair or replacement. Even though this air flow may be tiny it could cause drastic energy charges over time that you shouldn’t have to pay for. Just picture dropping a penny out of your window every day and not being able to get it back.
  2. After the air flow examination look at the glass and see if there is any fogging in the glass. You can tell that it is foggy because when you try to clean it off it will not disappear. This is because there is moisture in between the glass panels and that is making your windows less efficient.
  3. At the same time of inspection of fog take your hand and touch the glass. If the glass is drastically cold or hot then that means your window is not insulating properly. These cool and warm spots on your window are indicating that temperature is being conducted between the glass and entering into your home.

There are many other types of tests that you can perform to see if you need window repair or replacement. If you are unsure then I would make sure to contact the window manufacturer or a window repair company like Glass Doctor. These two mediums will be able to assess your window properly and inform you of different issues.