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January 15, 2017

Facts About Home Window Installation

Paramount Siding and Windows in Colorado SpringsFacts About Home Window Installation wants to share with our customers the facts about home window installation. Homeowners planning on replacing their windows or installing brand new ones can get caught up in uncertainties. Is it necessary to hire a professional? Can I install the windows myself? Do I need to have old windows removed before the installation? How long will it take? We are happy to clarify the most common misconceptions and queries about window installation.

First, is DIY window installation a good idea or even possible? Unless you have experience in detailed construction work, it is not the best idea to attempt window installation by yourself. A professional window installation crew will have the skills to install your windows with an airtight seal for the best energy efficiency. You can depend on them to leave you with secure and beautifully finished windows that blend in seamlessly with your home's design.

You may think there are savings to be made by foregoing a professional window installation and just doing it yourself. Unfortunately, mistakes made when fitting windows can result in much higher repair costs later on. Often, the product warranties on windows specify that they must be professionally installed. This means that if you damage the window while attempting to install it yourself, you can easily void the warranty and be left with a broken window and no backup.

Window installation by a professional involves a few distinct stages. Overall, the process can take 4-8 weeks until completion. Start by requesting your in-home consultation – from the right company here in Colorado Springs, this should be free. At Paramount, one of our experienced professionals will listen to your needs and preferences regarding window style, material, security, energy efficiency, and aesthetics. They can share information and advice on the suitability of different windows for your home. They will then measure the dimensions for each requested window and confirm the style of window.

Once ordered, your new windows can be ready for installation within a few days if you opt for off the shelf, standard sizes. If you choose made to order windows, you can expect a wait time of around four weeks. A representative from the installation team will call you to schedule the installation at a convenient time of your choice.

On the installation day, you can expect the crew to start early and typically finish the entire job in one day. Each window will be methodically installed, with the removal of old windows if necessary. The window frame is leveled and set within the opening before being securely installed. An airtight seal is created, and the surrounding molding finished. Any last glazing treatments are applied before moving on to the next window.

Each window can take approximately 30 minutes to install. Upon completion of the installation, all debris will be collected and disposed of, leaving your home's interior and exterior spotless! The senior installation professional will do a full walk-through with the homeowner to demonstrate opening and closing of each window and ensuring complete customer satisfaction.

Knowing the facts about home window installation can clear up misconceptions before they happen. Paramount Siding and Windows in Colorado Springs wants customers to know what to expect when it comes to window installation. We are sure that our high standards will live up to your high expectations!

January 15, 2017

All About Casement Windows

All About Casement WindowsAt Paramount Siding and Windows in Colorado Springs, we are dedicated to finding the right windows for every customer's needs. This week, our blog is all about casement windows. We will explain how casement windows work, and why they may or may not be suitable for certain spaces. We’ll also share insider tips on the best placement strategy for casement windows and how to make the most of their benefits.

First of all, what is a casement window? Any window hinged on the side that fully opens by swinging outward is known as a casement style window. Usually, they are opened using a crank handle, allowing precise control over the angle of opening. It is also possible to find casement windows that open without a handle. These typically use a casement stay to remain open at the desired angle, even in windy conditions.

Sometimes customers confuse casement windows with awning or hopper windows. Both of these window styles also open outwards, but awning windows are hinged at the top, and hopper windows are hinged at the bottom. Casement windows are particularly suited for placement in hard-to-reach locations, such as above the kitchen sink. Their accessible crank handle allows easy opening and closing. The crank handle also makes the window much more difficult to open from the outside, contributing to a higher home security level.

With casement windows, it is up to the homeowner to choose on which side to have the window hinged. The crank handle is placed on the opposite side of the hinges. There are some basic guidelines to follow, taking into account aesthetics and practicality. Most customers here in Colorado Springs choose to put the crank handle on the side of their dominant hand for easy opening and closing, especially if it is in an awkward position.

If you have a pair of casement windows, that are placed directly next to each other, or on either side of a central picture window or bay window, you should have the hinges positioned on the outside. This will allow the two windows to open from the center, instead of opening like pages of a book. This creates the illusion of increased space and looks much more pleasing to the eye. For single casement windows, placing the hinged side towards the closest corner of a room will emphasize the appearance of continuous open space.

Casement windows are an exceptional choice if you want a well-ventilated home. They can open completely, allowing maximum airflow. The crank system also lets you set them at the right angle to catch a breeze and direct it indoors. If you have a pair of casement windows on opposite sides of the house (or room), you should have one hinged on the right side and the other hinged on the left side. This encourages the movement of fresh air through your home.

Now that you know all about casement windows, nothing is stopping you from making the best decision for your home windows. Contact us here at Paramount Siding and Windows in Colorado Springs to request an in-home consultation or to view our range of casement windows from top brands.

December 26, 2016

Do Vinyl Windows Last?

PICT0613.JPGAt Paramount Siding and Windows in Colorado Springs, Colorado, our customers often ask do vinyl windows last and are they worth the investment? We know the low cost and ease of maintenance of vinyl windows make them a very attractive option for homeowners on a budget. However, the "cheapest" option is not always the most financially sound option. Paramount’s goal is to get you the best deal on the ideal home windows, doors, and siding, so today we’re providing insider information that can help you make the best possible decision.

Generally, vinyl windows don't last as long as wood or metal windows. They do however offer other benefits, including the wide variety of designs available, good insulation properties and affordable cost. The longevity of a window is important information for a homeowner. It is helpful to have a rough idea of when your windows will need replacing, especially if you plan to sell your home in the future.

The lifetime of a window can vary depending on the type of weather conditions it is subjected to, as well as the maintenance it receives. The first clue to knowing how long your windows will last is to look at the warranty length. The warranty will give you a good indicator of the expected lifetime of any window. Many vinyl windows carry a warranty of 15 to 25 years. If you end up wanting to redeem the warranty, be aware that most carry strictly defined terms. If the window is exposed to a harsh climate (like our cold Colorado winters), accidentally damaged in a botched DIY job, or does not receive the minimum maintenance requirements, the warranty is probably void.

Factors that decrease the life expectancy of your windows include exposure to harsh sunlight, damp conditions, extreme temperature fluctuations and lack of maintenance. Long hours of sun exposure can deteriorate your vinyl windows and eventually lead to cracking. To protect your windows from damaging UV rays, use a protective sealant and consider creating shade over your southern facing windows with awnings.

Vinyl windows installed in climates with high humidity levels can suffer from gradual water damage. If there is little sunlight hitting the window and the temperatures are continuously low, the windows will never fully dry out, meaning harmful fungus and microorganisms can thrive. Again, a protective sealant can give your vinyl window an added barrier and extend its lifetime by a few years.

Finally, your vinyl window is more likely to last its expected 20-40 years if you follow the manufacturer's guidelines on maintenance and cleaning. This is usually just semi-annual cleaning with soapy water and a soft cloth to avoid build-up of dirt. You may also be advised to have any damage repaired promptly and by a professional. This will give your windows the best chance of functioning well and looking good for as long as possible, as well as keeping your warranty intact.

For more information on do vinyl windows last (and are they worth the investment), simply contact us here at Paramount Siding and Windows in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Our experts will answer your questions and help you find the best option for your home and budget. Request a free consultation today. 

December 5, 2016

A Complete Guide to Wood Windows

A Complete Guide to Wood WindowsOur experts at Paramount Siding and Windows here in Colorado Springs, Colorado know that many homeowners love the appearance and solid feel of traditional wood windows. So, we've created this complete guide to wood windows to help you determine if this is the right investment for your home and discover the best approach to buying wood windows.

With wood windows, there is no competition when it comes to adding character to your home. The end product always looks amazing. Unfortunately, the price and the maintenance needs of this window material can deter people from buying them. Let's look further into what you need to know before deciding one way or the other.

There are three main types of wood windows available: off the shelf, made to order, and custom. The prices between these vary hugely, so it is wise to explore the different options before you commit to one. All kinds of wood windows require some basic maintenance in order to keep them in good condition. With the right care, your wood windows can last indefinitely.

Off the shelf wood windows are the most affordable option and can be bought from home centers for approximately $300 per unit, depending on the size. They are only available in a limited range of standard sizes and designs. If you are seeking wood windows for a newly constructed home, you can choose off the shelf wood windows and have the rough openings made to accommodate them. These windows are usually made from unprimed pine and can be brought home on the same day as purchase.

Made to order wood windows are more expensive but offer a wider range of possible designs and glazing options. These windows can be personalized to your needs and are available in many shapes and sizes. You can request made to order windows from home centers, lumberyards and window retailers. Usually, a choice of different woods such as Douglas fir, pine, and alder are offered. These windows typically take four weeks to be made and can cost around $800 per unit.

Custom wood windows offer you full flexibility in functional design and appearance. These windows are the best option if you wish to create an original design, replicate a historic window or incorporate windows of unusual shapes.

The sky is the limit when it comes to custom wood windows. You can create custom wood windows as simple or elaborate as you like with options of leaded art glass and frames of solid mahogany, oak, maple, or cherry wood. You have much more flexibility in the hardware of the window with cranks and hinges available in solid bronze or your choice of materials. These windows are typically only available from window retailers, and the cost can run into thousands of dollars per unit. A waiting time of six weeks is required for these wood windows.

Paramount Siding and Windows offers our customers in Colorado Springs a complete guide to wood windows, along with help choosing from all three options in wood windows mentioned here. Depending on your practical needs, design preferences and budget, we can recommend the ideal window for your home or commercial property. Once installed, you'll enjoy their timeless appearance and insulating abilities, which can help save money on heating bills during Colorado's cold winters.

Feel free to contact our team if you have any questions or would like to schedule a consultation. 

November 25, 2016

Best Energy-Efficient Window Type for Cold Climates

Best Energy-Efficient Window Type for Cold ClimatesColorado’s cold climate presents a particular challenge to homeowners. Too often, much of the heat generated inside the home escapes out through windows, unsealed doorways, and uninsulated areas. To help you choose the right products for a cozier home, Paramount Siding and Windows in Colorado Springs has put together a guide to the best energy-efficient window type for cold climates.

In order to create a comfortable living space in your home, you need energy, usually in the form of central heating and fireplaces. This can contribute significantly to your monthly household bills. You don't want to see these funds going to waste – or out the window.

Unfortunately, insufficiently insulated glazing can account for 25% of an average home energy bill. To protect your bank account, investigate the NFRC ratings of products before you buy them. And don't be afraid to shop around and compare different brands.

Frames

The best energy-efficient window type for cold climates needs to have fully sealed frames to prevent drafts. They should also be properly installed by a professional. While aluminum frames are robust and affordable, they’re not good insulators. If you live in chilly Colorado, you should choose wooden or clad frames if your budget allows. Otherwise, vinyl frames can insulate well at a more affordable cost.

Glass

One pane of glass will not be able to insulate your home as well as two or three panes of glass. Double or triple glazed windows will drastically increase the R-value of a window, which measures the capacity of a window to prevent heat transfer. The vacuum created between the panes, or the gas fill, will act as a buffer to stop heat from escaping and cold from entering your home.

Also, pay attention to the spacers used to separate the panes of glass. Warm spacers made from wood or rubber perform much better as insulators than metal spacers.

Coatings

Beyond frames and glass is a range of coatings and treatments that can be applied to window glass to make it even more efficient. A Low E-Coating can be used to reflect heat back towards its source. If this transparent metallic oxide is applied to the inner surface of the outermost pane of glass, it will reduce the amount of heat that escapes from your home across the window. This especially worthwhile on large picture windows or sliding patio doors, which have more potential for heat loss.

Etcetera

Logically, opting for multi-paned windows in place of one large pane will increase the overall energy efficiency of the window, however, many clients prefer large window panes for aesthetic purposes.

Finally, installing storm windows on the inside or outside of your window glass is another method to increase overall insulation. These can serve a double purpose if your home is located in a cold climate (like chilly Colorado) and an area prone to extreme weather (like hail).

Before making any purchases, you can always request a free consultation from Paramount Siding and Windows. We are happy to assist you in finding the best energy efficient window type for cold climates and the perfect fit for your home. Call or contact us today for more information!

 

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