Does Your Home Need New Windows This Year?
The Most Wonderful Time of the Year
Spring and fall are arguably the most wonderful times of the year despite the lyrics Andy Williams sings around the holidays…
At least, when it comes to the weather outside it’s the most wonderful time. You know, it hasn’t become frightful. Yet…
You get the opportunity to let some fresh air inside, allow the breeze to replace the work of the ceiling fans and invite the smells of the great outdoors into your home for a change.
No more keeping your home buttoned up to prevent the discomfort of extreme temperatures from getting in. Push back the curtains, throw open the sash and be free!!
Assuming, of course, that your sash will actually open…
Some of the most beautiful windows in the most extravagant homes can carry this honorable name. Beautiful wood windows that grace the walls of ramblers and mansions alike all have one major thing in common…
Painting is part of the natural maintenance of any wood product that gets exposure to the elements. It protects and provides an aesthetic appeal that you simply can’t achieve without it.
That said, over time it can cause a litany of problems when it comes to how your window functions.
Our home in Franklin, TN had giant wood windows that provided a lot of natural day light and looked incredible. But during the most wonderful time of the year when I like to keep all the windows open in my house, I ran into problems that caused me to blow a gasket or two…
The windows had been painted so many times that they no longer slid easily along the track like they once did. I had to really tug and pull on some of them. On others, I had to get the crow bar from the garage…
Once open, a handful of these beautiful windows required a little help staying open.
Ever experience the window that tricks you into believing it’s going to stay open only to jump out of your chair 10 minutes later when it slams shut on it’s own accord?
It’s even scarier when you have children close by…
We used to keep a 24 inch piece of lumber beside the window so we could prop it up once it was open. It was a simple solution to the immediate problem, but it certainly wasn’t a permanent fix.
This brings us to the topic of preparing for the seasons coming up.
As we all know, east Tennessee has a small window of opportunity (pun intended…) to enjoy spring and fall before the extreme temperatures of summer or winter begin. Enjoy it while it lasts! Because it won’t last long…
Let’s look at a few problems that may indicate a need to replace some windows in your home.
The Heat Lamp
Certain things should warm you up and make you feel better…
A warm mug of coffee, tea or hot cocoa, a cozy fire burning on a cold winter’s night, wrapping up with a soft blanket to read a book or your favorite pair of bunny slippers.
Do you know the one thing all these examples have in common? The fact that you actually WANT to be warmed up by them.
Your windows shouldn’t allow so much heat to pour through during the summer that you feel like your sitting under a heat lamp.
The point is to relax and get away from the 95 degree heat, not come in from the heat just to go sit right back in front of it.
Newer windows have a coating that will block much of that heat transfer and make your home much more comfortable during the summer months. There’s no need to live in a terrarium if you don’t want to…
Notice that’s not draught house… it’s draft-house.
And I don’t mean draft in the sense that you’ll be forced into military service, a place to write a paper or article (like this one), a cold beverage, choosing your fantasy football team, or the act of driving extremely close to the back of an 18 wheeler to get better gas mileage or reduce drag…
I mean the kind of draft that makes a cold night even colder. The kind where you check to see if you left a door open or a window cracked only to find out that the cold air seems to move right past your window as if it wasn’t there.
That’s the kind of draft house that doubles the electricity bill in the winter and forces you into your heavy coat just to sit down and enjoy dinner. The kind where you consider the plastic shrink wrap option your grandparents used to button up their home for the winter.
It’s cold, uncomfortable and completely unnecessary.
The Bath House
I love a really hot shower. The kind that leaves the mirrors fogged up for 10 minutes after I’m done. I don’t really care that the fog is there because I know it will go away in a few minutes.
What I don’t like is when my windows start to fog up when no shower was taken.
That’s the type of fog that WON’T go away on it’s own.
Ever see the fog that starts to develop on the glass but you can’t wipe it off? That’s because it’s between the panes and you can’t get to it.
It’s a sign that the seal has broken between the panes and they no longer provide the insulation value they once did.
I spent 5 years in the Marine Corps and one of the skills I developed within the first few months was how to project my voice so I could be heard.
Some call it yelling, but I like to think of it as creating an audible presence… it helps me sleep at night…
Regardless, I developed the ability to be heard a half mile away as if I were standing in front of you. It’s a skill that comes in quite handy now that I have children to corral. I want them to be able to hear me if I need to get their attention before they dash into the street.
If I happen to be in your neighborhood trying to get my children’s attention, you don’t really want to hear me through your windows, do you?
Whether it’s a dad yelling for his children to be careful, a neighbor’s dog barking incessantly at the other neighbor’s cat, the traffic of a busy street or the plane flying overhead, you don’t exactly want to hear these noises in your home as if you were standing outside, do you?
Peace, quiet, serenity… home.
Keep the outside noises, outside.
If any of what I described sounds vaguely familiar, you may be ready to replace your windows and upgrade to something that’s more suitable for your kind of home.
As a discerning homeowner, you don’t want to jump into an investment like new windows without doing some research into the best options for your home.
But is it even time to upgrade yet?
New windows and doors is a big investment and if you don’t need to worry about it yet, there are plenty of other ways to increase the value and look of your home.
Take our free online assessment to find out if it’s time to upgrade or if you can put that project on the back burner for a few more years. Not only will you discover if it’s time to start looking, but we will provide you with a 9-point checklist to help you choose a quality-focused, trustworthy contractor to do the work if it turns out that you ARE ready to upgrade.
Take the online assessment today and find out if you’re ready for new windows this year!