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Window Ideas and Information for Homeowners

You needed new windows so you hired a contractor and had them put in replacements. Your last check is long since cashed, but now you’re starting to notice something odd: your windows are letting in cold air. And on closer inspection, there are some traces of mold just beginning to grow on the sills. You have the sinking feeling that… Read more
A window replacement is a sizeable investment—but it’s well worth it, in terms of making your home more energy-efficient, visually appealing, and comfortable. We sat down with Jeff Ludy of Houston Window Experts to ask your top questions and make the window replacement process more manageable. Here’s what he had to say. How can you tell that it’s time to… Read more
It can be hard, as a homeowner, to know that you’re getting quality workmanship and products for your money. Often, the difference between a good installer and a bad one lies in technical know-how that takes an industrial professional to spot. To help sort through these issues, we spoke to John Litsey, of Houston’s Window City. John clued us into… Read more
Homeowners, beware. As summer approaches and the temperature rises, your utility bills are about to do the same. Fortunately, there are plenty of simple changes you can make that will reduce your monthly bills without sacrificing comfort. So before you crank up the AC, check out our top energy-efficient tips—and use those utility bills savings on a summer vacation instead.… Read more
 What are some of the biggest changes you are seeing in the window industry? We see the continued growth of homeowners who want greater access to the outdoors with large spans of glass, as well as larger windows and doors. There’s also a new trend toward mid-range products, as opposed the high-priced windows and doors, with an emphasis on greater… Read more
When you decide to install new windows, you have tons of companies to choose from. But most of the time those offerings break down into two kinds: large window dealers and independent installers. Today we talk to Billy Vaughan, the co-owner of B&B Custom Renovations in Fairfax, Virginia, about the benefits of relying on a local contractor for your windows replacement… Read more
A small window firm in Mackinac Island, Michigan, is aiming to revolutionize windows in homes all across America. Construction professionals have long known that windows were a weak point in a building’s outer envelope. While a tightly constructed, insulated wall can achieve R-values over 50, even the most efficient modern windows top out at around 4-R. According to the Department… Read more
People who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones—but they shouldn’t have to suffer through high energy expenses either! Rising interest in large glass installations is changing the way architects, builders, and homeowners think about walls and windows. The trend right now in homebuilding is toward more glass: large picture windows, sliding or folding glass doors, and curtain walls are… Read more
French Door Installation Cost Modern homes are trending toward open, airy rooms and living areas, so the more glass surfaces and window square footage you can fit into a space, the better. For many homeowners that means enlarging existing window openings. This could be achieved by converting two side-by-side single hung windows into one large picture window, for instance, or… Read more
Wood rot, mold, structural damage, and insect infestations—there’s nothing pretty about water seeping into the cracks and seams of your home. Unfortunately, a poorly installed window that lacks proper flashing can be a gateway to these unpleasant phenomena. Flashing is an essential component of proper window installation. It catches rain that is blown at an angle onto your home. Siding… Read more

Replace Your Windows or Install New Windows

Few home remodeling projects can pack as big of a punch as new windows. Aesthetically, a home is transformed by sleek, clear windows. And then there are the other benefits: energy savings thanks to a Low-e coating and tight seals, noise reduction, less cleaning and maintenance, and just an overall better, clearer view. While the upfront costs can be high, homeowners will get that initial investment back eventually through savings on energy bills. Get inspired with our window design ideas.