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How to Prepare for Your Replacement Window Installation

Are you preparing to install replacement windows in your home? If so, you might be looking forward to the improved appearance of your home. You’ll also be able to enjoy a decrease in energy use and an increase in your home’s value after you have your new windows installed.

First, however, you’ll need to prepare to have your new windows put in. If you’re working with a company like XO Windows, you shouldn’t have to worry about much since your window installers will handle all of the hard work for you. However, there are a few steps that you can take to prepare yourself and your home for your window installation project that will make the process easier for both you and the installers.

Properly preparing your home for a window installation means the installers will be able to work right away, so you won’t have to worry about being charged for additional labor. Plus, your installation crew will be able to get your windows installed more quickly. Lastly, your crew is sure to appreciate the gesture since clean, well-prepared working conditions make the job a lot easier and more pleasant.

Clear the Way

First and foremost, you should make sure that your window installers will be able to access your home’s windows quickly and easily. Moving obstacles out of the way will help ensure that the project can be tackled as soon as possible when your installers arrive at your home. It can also help prevent your items from being stained or otherwise damaged while your installers are working.

This means that you should move any furniture or other items that might be in front of or near your windows. Also, make sure that you move items that might be blocking the power outlets that are closest to your windows, since your installers will need to access them.

Head outside and take a look around your yard. Move lawn furniture or other items that are located near your windows, and make sure that there is room for your installers to use their ladders and scaffolds if you are having windows installed on the upper floor of your home. You should also ensure that you have ample room in your yard for your installers to park their trucks and unload the windows and all of their equipment.

Lastly, you should ensure that there is a clear path through your home to each of the rooms in which the windows will be replaced. Move breakables and other items out of the way so that your installers can get through with their equipment without causing potential damage.

Remove Your Window Treatments

Blinds, curtains and other window treatments can get in the way of your window installation and could be damaged during the installation process if they aren’t removed.

Also, if you are installing bigger windows, you will need to take down all of the hardware above your existing windows. This should be relatively easy to do if you are handy with a screwdriver.

Prepare for a Mess

Your window installers will make an effort to keep everything neat and clean while they’re working. However, window installation can cause a big mess. To protect your flooring, invest in plastic sheeting. You can tape it to the corner of the floor to keep it in place as your installers are working. You might also consider breaking down cardboard boxes and using the cardboard to create a path for your installation professionals to walk on.

Along with protecting your floor, you should also protect the other things in your home. Move any particularly valuable items into another room. If you will be leaving furniture and other items in the room, toss sheets over them to protect them from any dust and debris.

 

Following these simple steps before your installers arrive can make things much easier and can help speed up the entire installation process.

And if you are interested in installing new windows in your home, give us a call. We can talk to you about your options and come out to your home to measure for your installation. Contact XO Windows today − we’d love to hear from you.

Buying a New Home? How to Tell if the Windows Need Replacement

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Whether you just bought a new home or are in the process of buying, the condition of the home’s windows are an important consideration. Identifying any windows that need replacement will help you estimate investment costs and plan ahead to create a safe, comfortable home for you and your family.

To determine which windows need attention, check the following:

Window locks and latches.  Do they fasten completely and make the window secure against drafts and intruders?

Window panes.  Are any panes broken or cracked? Do they fit snugly in the frames, also called “sashes,” that hold them in place? How many panes are contained in one sash? For windows that have more than one pane, is there moisture between the panes?

Sashes that open and close.  Do the sashes move freely, or do they stick? Which direction does the window open?

Framework and surrounding areas, including both interior and exterior surfaces.  What are the sashes and main window frames made of? Does the framework show signs of deterioration? Are the corners developing gaps? Are there air leaks? Do you see peeling paint, water stains or mold anywhere?

Basement egress windows.  Is the window opening large enough for a firefighter in full gear to pass through? Are the windows’ dimensions in compliance with local codes and regulations? Can the window can be secured from the inside? Does it unlock, open and close easily?

Protection from the sun. Do the windows stop harmful ultraviolet, or “UV,” rays from entering the home’s interior?

Give Top Priority to These Windows

In any home, safety and security come before all else. Four points stand out:

  • Windows with defective locks or latches that cannot be repaired must be replaced. Replace all cracked or broken glass.
  • If the basement does not have doors that open directly outdoors and the basement will be used for anything other than storage, functional egress windows of proper size are of utmost importance. There should be one for every sleeping room as well as one for the living area.
  • Air leaks and moisture problems often originate from faulty window design, improper installation, or deterioration of framing and caulking. Because moisture or water damage leads to further structural problems in the home as well as the formation of mold and mildew, such problems must be immediately addressed.
  • If the direction a window opens poses a hazard, replace it with one that opens a different way. For example, a large window that opens into a small room could be replaced with one that slides sideways or opens outward.

Window Replacements That Save Money and Make Life Better

Your next considerations are improvements that lower energy bills and help your family enjoy using the windows.

  • Making use of windows for adequate ventilation and temperature control saves heating and air conditioning costs. If you have windows that don’t open or that are not placed correctly, new windows may be the solution.
  • Window materials, number of panes, glazing and caulking all make a difference in how well windows insulate. Replace those that do not provide a thermal barrier between indoor and outdoor temperatures. Add glazing or replace windows that allow harmful UV rays into the room. If the home is in a noisy location, replace windows that do not insulate adequately against sound.
  • If windows stick, there may have been slight settling of the entire house. Try rubbing the blunt end of a candle on sash edges that should slide easily. If that does not help, you may need expert help in replacing the window.

Final Considerations

Lastly, consider changing out ugly windows for ones that enhance the home’s appearance and add value to your home. Garden windows, for example, make a room seem larger than it really is and give the airy feeling of being outdoors.

XO Windows Makes Window Decisions Easy for Arizona Residents

Residents of Phoenix and nearby cities know that XO Windows is the place to go when their windows need replacement or repair. Our window experts are happy to help, and customer satisfaction is guaranteed.

To learn more, get a free estimate or call 602-396-4825.

Securing Windows for Arizona Monsoon Season

The sky grows darker as clouds begin to populate the sky, a subtle warning of the storm that’s soon to follow. Gradually, the wind picks up and humidity seems to increase, making the Phoenix valley feel almost tropical. The combination of moisture in the air and sweltering heat seems surreal for Arizona, where dry heat dominates the summer and humidity is almost unheard of. Time to close those windows!

If you’ve ever experienced a summer in the valley, you’re all too familiar with this scenario. Chances are, there’s a monsoon on the way! Monsoons in Arizona are usually accompanied by an enormous cloud of dust called a haboob, often spreading across the length of the entire valley and reaching heights taller than 5,000ft!

These dust storms aren’t just an inconvenience when you’re trying to drive home on the freeway with limited visibility, but they can also be a health concern to you and your family. They kick up a huge amount of dust and pollen which is sucked up into air conditioning vents and spread throughout your home. Those dust particles can carry harmful bacteria that can cause allergic reactions. Not only that, but Arizona monsoons tend to cover everything exposed to them in a thin layer of dust!

So what options do you have to minimize the damaging effects of these summer storms? One option is to ensure that your windows are up-to-date and properly sealed. Intense monsoon winds, dust, and heavy rain will test the durability of those replacement windows like nothing else. Follow these steps to properly secure your windows in preparation for the next big storm.

Replace or Repair Windows with Seal Failure

Before taking drastic measures like purchasing new replacement windows, do a quick walkthrough to identify energy inefficient windows around the house. Windows in need of replacement will be poor insulators as a result of frame deterioration or poor sealing. Typically, these windows are beyond repair and are a sign that you should start researching replacement windows.

While shopping for replacement windows, keep in mind that if  your home’s old enough to have single-pane windows, it’s probably a good idea to ditch them for some double- or triple-paned windows that will be more efficient insulators.

Contact your local window providers to see whether triple-paned windows will offer you any additional benefit over double-paned options in your area. If you’re a Phoenix resident, triple-pane windows might not be worth the extra cost, given the exceptionally warm climate. The benefits of triple-pane replacement windows are much more apparent in cold weather climates.

Replace Windows with Warped or Deteriorated Frames

Just because the window glass is intact doesn’t mean that those are energy efficient windows. Have you checked the frame? Improper sealing can cause serious structural damage to your window frames and the area of the house surrounding the affected area. If you have a warped or deteriorated frame on your hands, you can bet that moisture build-up is sure to follow.

By this time, it’s usually too late to repair the windows and they should probably be replaced, especially if they’re wooden frames. Once deterioration sets in, it’s basically impossible to reverse. The soft, warped wood will continue to collect moisture until the constant draft becomes so unbearable to residents that they’re forced to purchase replacement windows.

Clear Debris

Over time, leaves, dirt, dead insects and other debris builds up in the window tracks. After too much build-up, the windows become hard to close and require some cleaning. Use a vacuum cleaner to remove the dust and debris.

While you’re at it, double check that the weep hole is clear. The weep hole is a small on the exterior side of the track that allows water to drip outdoors instead of inside. Not only will your windows function better and close properly, they look a lot nicer when they’re clean!

Seal Leaks with Caulking

During the inspection of your home’s windows, you may find that some of the existing caulking has eroded or cracked away. This is a pretty good sign that you’ve got a leaky window on your hands. If you also feel a draft coming from the same place, you can be certain that there’s a leak. Leaks are a small problem and aren’t usually cause for replacement windows.

Caulking is a sealant that’s available at most home improvement stores which is inexpensive and easy to apply. After clearing away debris and old, cracked caulking, you can go ahead and apply a fresh line to the unsealed area. Be sure not to apply new caulking over old caulking that has cracked. Remove it and apply a fresh layer of polyurethane caulking instead, since it’s better at preventing moisture than acrylic or latex caulking.

Conclusion

As a Phoenix valley resident, you should have a decent understanding of the extreme weather conditions that we regularly experience as well as a firm grasp on how to protect yourself and your property from those conditions. Replacement windows can significantly improve the interior comfort level of your home by keeping the bad weather out of your living space.

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