Friday, 21 February 2014

5 Benefits of Vinyl Windows

You ask what the hype is about vinyl windows. Why are they the “in” thing and why are they becoming a popular alternative over aluminum, wood and fiberglass? Here’s some insight into the big “why.”

Who doesn’t want it all - easy maintenance, energy efficient, aesthetic appeal, low economic costs and excellent value for design and installation! That is one package deal. So if you are looking for a change and would like some interesting windows in your home, vinyl windows offer quite the bargain.

Energy efficient
Vinyl windows are made of a substance called poly vinyl chloride commonly known as PVC. PVC is a synthetic chemical compoundthat has moderate to high R-value. R value is a number given to the degree of insulation a material provides. This means that vinyl is a good insulator preventing air infiltration, keeping warm air in and cool air out of your home. Of course this leads to reduced electrical costs. Vinyl windowsalso keep out harmful UV rays preventing the fading of your curtains and upholstery. Everybody loves that!

Aesthetic appeal
Our homes are important to us, the way they look, the way you feel when you walk into your front door and even the amount of light that filters in through the windows. Vinyl windows can be custom made to suit the exact look of your home. They are available in a variety of colors and shapes. They can be molded and shaped to the exact style you want and are available in shiny or matte finishes. For those of you who love the wood look vinyl windows are also available with a faux-wood grain finish.

Easy Maintenance
Vinyl windows wouldn’t be quite the rave if they weren’t easy to maintain. They don’t stain. They don’t allow water to seep in and hence are resistant to mold. They can be washed and cleaned whenever needed.  They are scratch free,don’t dent and definitely don’t rust or corrode.

Economic Savings
Since vinyl windows are easily manufactured it is easy to make them in bulk. This reduces the price of them considerately. Compared to other windows vinyl windows are the cheaper more economic option. They also have a larger variety of options to choose from as they are manufactured in a wide range of colors and styles. Vinyl windows are durable, can weather a number of climatic conditions and come out looking good and hence don’t need to be changed regularly.

Installation and Design
Vinyl windows are easily installable into your home as they can be made to fit the size and shape of your already existent window. You can choose how many window panes you have,whether they open on the inside or outside,the width of the sill and even the kind of locking mechanism you would like.
Champion Windows has a great variety for customizable vinyl windows. Champion testimonials should help with that little bit of insight you are looking for. When choosing vinyl windows just be sure to choose a color you will be happy with for a long time since you cannot repaint these windows.
Go “window shopping” today!

Roofing- Why choose a professional?

Storm chasers- they are called. They literally chase storms and then dupe homeowners by offering to do a free inspection and then to fix the roofs after the storm. These fly by night contractors are known to create problems on the roof even as they supposedly inspect it. They will of course fix it temporarily and disappear off the scene leaving you with more serious problems to deal with a few months later. You will not find them to fix it again for you. BEWARE of such contractors.

Roofing your home is not something that can be taken lightly. Apart from the huge expense and the stress of getting the whole project done, you don’t want to deal with inefficient contractors and the disastrous after effects of a job shabbily done. It is essential to look for a professional to do the roofing for you. An established, well known contractor will help you fix any problem which may arise later.

A professional will thoroughly examine your roof and give you an idea of what needs to be done and the approximate cost estimate. Sometimes it may look like a simple repair but as the roof is opened up, it may turn out to be something more major, calling for even replacement of the roof. A professional will caution you beforehand about such issues. He may ask for some amount before he starts work, but not ask you to pay the whole amount upfront like fly by night contractors.

Another reason to choose a professional is the technicalities involved like a permit needed for replacement of roof. A professional will have a license and will be registered with the local authority. He will get the permit for you and follow all safety procedures to install the roofing. He will also most probably have general liability and workers’ compensation insurance. As a homeowner, it is your responsibility to check out whether he has the license and insurance.
While you research thoroughly and look for a contractor look for all the things discussed above and then decide. Don’t settle for the lowest bidder, but talk to neighbors, friends and relatives and get references. While most contractors use branded material, quality installation is necessary. Investigate more about that.

Most roof manufacturers require certified contractors to install their product to make the warranty valid .It thus makes better sense to buy the whole roofing system from the company who will install it for you. One such company is Champion Window. All other aspects related to roofing like attic ventilation, leak barriers etc. apart from the aesthetics is taken care of by their professionals. Not only that, reviews of Champion Window has customers expressing their satisfaction about the courteous service and the thorough job done by the company professionals.

Choose only a professional and don’t compromise on the quality of the work even if it may cost you a little more. Choose the right roof suitable for the climate you live in. If you live in regions prone to high winds, hail or storms choose material able to withstand these.

Right roof, right contractor = safe, comfortable home.

Monday, 27 January 2014

How to know your garage door needs to be replaced

Just like the entry door of your home, the garage door is the feature which is most noticed and makes your home standout in the neighborhood. Garage doors are available in various sizes, styles, colors and materials. The right garage door will enhance the appearance of your home and even increase the value of your home, if ever you plan to sell your home.

However if you already have a garage door, ensure that it is cleaned and maintained regularly for it to look good and function smoothly. Since the garage door is one of the components of your home with many moving parts, there will come a time, it will start having problems.
Some problems can be attended by repairing while in some cases like safety issues, it is best to consider replacement. So how do you decide – when to repair or replace. There are some simple things you can do to check the functioning of your door.

Look for dents, scratches, warps or any other damages to your door. If it is superficial, they can be repaired. However if it is serious and can affect the whole door structure, consider replacing.

Check the opening and closing mechanism of the door. If the door is jammed shut, it may be due to a bent track or worn pulley. If it makes a squeaking sound while opening or closing, the rollers and bearings may need lubrication.

If the door makes a scraping sound, there may be misalignment. Check whether the tracks are clean for smooth operation of the door. Check for the proper working of the garage door opener.
Another important feature to check is the auto reverse safety option. This protects your pet or child from getting accidentally injured. Place some object under the door and close the door. It should auto reverse and go up as soon as it hits the object.

If your garage is attached to your home, as in most cases, check for proper insulation to avoid air infiltration. A properly insulated door will reduce your heating and cooling costs.
While these are some simple checks you can do, it is best to call a garage door professional to get the repairs done, unless you have some experience. Unsafe garage doors can cause serious accidents, even death sometimes.

However if your door is too old, looks too dull and has too many repairs to be done, the best option is to replace the garage door. While buying a new garage door, the right style to suit your home would be your first consideration. However, be sure to get the necessary safety features and good insulation for the door too. Another aspect to consider would be the strength of your door. It should strong enough to keep intruders out. Also buy durable doors which are easy to clean.

Buy your garage door from companies which install it for you and provide any other service needed later on. Regular maintenance of the door is extremely important for better performance and durability.
Champion Window manufacture, supply and install garage doors for you. Available in various styles and able to withstand even extreme climates and storms, their garage doors have satisfied many customers with their good performance. You can check out the website and reviews of Champion Window for further information and give them a call for free consultation.

Friday, 24 January 2014

Tips on Cleaning Windows

Over time our windows get stained and scratched and it seems like no amount of cleaning will make them look new again. But there are a few things that we can do to make our windows looking new and shiny for longer. First off, regular cleaning, as tiresome as it sounds, is something that must be done. We don’t want permanent stains that sometimes form because of irregular cleaning. Here are a few tips on how to clean your windows.

1. Avoid Streaks
The most annoying part about cleaning a window is not the cleaning but the drying. It requires painstaking effort to properly dry your window without leaving a single smudge of streak. Using newspaper to wipe a wet window is the probably most popular way to do it.

Another thing you can do is use a rubber squeegee. The trick here is to dry one corner of the window first and then use the squeegee to dry the rest of the window. Starting in a wet patch is likely to cause all sorts of streaks. You can also wipe the edge of the squeegee from time to time if you feel like there is too much water being spread around.

2. Use Clear Floor Wax
A clever way to keep dust from building up on the outside of your window is to apply a clear coat of floor
wax to the glass after you have thoroughly washed and dried it. This prevents the dust from sticking to your window and it makes your next cleaning a lot easier. It also prevents water spots after the rain and any other smudges that are likely to appear on your window. You could probably even get away with a dry wipe the next time you clean.

3. Vinegar for Windows
For those of you who like to experiment with environment friendly cleansing agents you can try adding vinegar to water and use this solution to clean your window. If you find that it leaves streaks, add a dash of liquid hand soap to the solution the first time. From then on, vinegar should work just fine.

If you feel like you have tried everything and your only hope now is to get new windows go for it! Many manufacturers make windows with glass that is very easy to clean. My neighbor just had her windows replaced by Champion Windows and gets splendid results just by wiping her windows with a wet cloth and taking a squeegee to them. I have never seen someone look forward to cleaning as much as she does now!

Thursday, 12 December 2013

Vinyl or Wood replacement windows

Thinking of replacing your windows and don’t know what to choose? Wood or vinyl? What is right for my home? Which will look better, which is energy efficient, which lasts longer? And what about the cost? Those are all the questions you need answers for.

Well, wood has been the choice since ages and vinyl is a more modern option. Both are strong and durable and both have their advantages and disadvantages. So which is better?Well, if you are looking for aesthetic appeal, wood is always better than vinyl. But vinyl windows manufactured with modern wood grain technology can look almost like wood.

 Both wood and vinyl are good insulators and hence energy efficient. However modern vinyl windows are argon enhanced with double panes and hence more energy efficient.The main drawback of wood is the maintenance it needs. It needs to be painted regularly. It can rot, twist or warp and hence become difficult to operate over years. It can also be attacked by termites. Wood thus needs regular maintenance for it to last longer.

Vinyl on the other hand needs the least maintenance. It needs no painting and is very easy to clean; all you need is a mild detergent and piece of cloth. Vinyl provides excellent resistance to air pollutants, does not rot, and you have no fear of termites attacking it. Vinyl retains its finish and looks, unlike wood which looks old after some years. Vinyl windows are available in many colors, styles and design options and are easy to install.

Wood windows can approximately cost 2 or 3 times more than vinyl, so here too vinyl is the winner.
Vinyl however is a popular choice nowadays and as it is supplied by most window companies it is easily available. You can also get windows of any size or style to achieve a perfect fit and to go with the architectural style of your home. You can find out from different companies and get estimates from them. If you read reviews of window manufacturers like Champion Window or look up their website, you can find all the information about the performance of their vinyl construction, argon enhanced windows. The windows are also Energy star rated and certified by NFRC (National Fenestration Rating Council) for better window performance.

As the decision has be finally made by you, weigh the pros and cons and make your decision carefully. But whatever you go for- wood or vinyl, buy replacement windows which are energy efficient. Look for the Energy Star label. This would be a real good investment giving you returns in terms of savings in energy bills all through the life of the windows. You also will have a comfortable healthy home. Also buy windows from companies which install them for you to ensure better performance. 

Add Beauty to your Home with vinyl sliding doors

It is a decision I never regret. Adding a sliding patio door to my home. While I added it a year ago for more light and style and also because my friend got one (!!!) I am amazed what a difference it has made. It completely changed the look and feel of my home during the day and the night too.

With sunlight streaming in through the day, the home feels cheerful and vibrant. And what a joy it is to have a cup of coffee looking out at the natural view out or enjoy the fresh air coming in. It even motivated me to put plants in the patio adding up to the natural appeal. The room looks bigger and spacious almost like they put up mirrors to create the illusion of more space. Since the doors are sliding and not swinging, they don’t take up any space. I could arrange decorative vases in the corner, as the sliding doors can still open without hindrance. It was a perfect solution for a cramped space allowing more space to arrange the furniture.
Party time too is fun. I hosted a barbeque party last month and moving all the needed things and some furniture was not a hassle at all, thanks to the broad patio door. My friends too enjoyed the extra space and the easy moving in and out through the door.

When my friend had come visiting with her kids, we could chat along keeping an eye on the kids playing out, through the patio door.I can go on about this- but I have to say- you SHOULD consider putting up a sliding door. You can put it up anywhere, living room, dining room or kitchen. And then of course in your bedroom if you want to create a romantic atmosphere. While sliding doors themselves add to the beauty of your home, you can further enhance their beauty with drapes or shades. Add appropriate lighting and see the mood change at night.

Sliding doors are mostly made of glass and metal, vinyl or recycled material too. My sliding doors are vinyl and have a double pane argon enhanced, high performance glass. The glass lets in more light and on the whole the door is energy efficient with proper sealing to prevent air/water infiltration for the times I have to keep the door closed. There is also a good locking mechanism for safety.
While I didn’t research much and got the door on my friend’s recommendation from Champion Window, I can say I am satisfied not only with the door, but also with the good service I got all through the process of purchasing and then the installation. You can read reviews of Champion Window for further assurance from customers and even check their website for details. Go ahead and transform the look and feel of your home with vinyl siding doors.

Thursday, 14 November 2013

Benefits of Installing Vinyl Windows

Are you looking to reduce your utility bills by making your home more energy-efficient? Then installing brand new vinyl replacement windows is a great way to save energy and keep your home comfortable no matter what the weather is. What’s so great about vinyl windows? Wait till you find out their benefits!

Benefits of Vinyl Windows

No Maintenance: Yes, one of the biggest headache most homeowners face is how to keep the windows in a good condition so they look good and last long. Well, if you have vinyl windows, that’s one worry less! Vinyl is easy to care for, doesn’t corrode, warp, or don’t show scratches and dents easily. You don’t even have to bother about sanding or repainting vinyl windows. Vinyl is also very durable, so unlike aluminum windows which may corrode with time, vinyl windows are built to last and won’t rust, ever! And cleaning them is a breeze – just use mild soap and water and your windows will be squeaky clean in a jiffy!

Energy-efficient: Vinyl, which also known as polyvinyl chloride or PVC, has a high R rating, which means it provides a superior degree of insulation and is resistant to heat flow. This translates into better energy efficiency, because a well-insulated house will seal in the heat during winter but remain cool during summer. This means a substantial saving on your utility bills all year round. Install double-pane replacement windows from the living room to the basement to maintain an ideal temperature in your house in any kind of weather and keep it from getting too drafty.

No condensation: Double-pane vinyl windows don’t fall prey to condensation, as do aluminum or wood windows. So that means you don’t have to deal with misted up window panes or worry about excess moisture buildup in the house leading to mold or mildew problems.

Look attractive: Vinyl windows can be customized as per your personal tastes. You can choose from a wide variety of colors to blend well with your home’s exterior and architectural style. They look way better than wood or aluminum windows and are available in attractive finishes with numerous design options and can be molded into desired shapes to suit your taste.

Noise Reduction: Vinyl windows, especially double-pane windows stifle out the noise and let you enjoy peace and solitude. So install vinyl windows and you needn’t worry about cars blaring their horns, the wind howling, or the neighbor’s pet barking away!

Economical: As compared to wood, fiberglass, and aluminum, vinyl replacement windows are very economical and can fit into even the tightest budget!

So, what’s not to like about vinyl windows? They’re the number one choice for American homeowners, and their market share grew up to 68% in 2012 from a mere 36% in 1996 according to the AAMA (American Architectural Manufacturers Association)! Opt for certified professionals, such as Champion Windows, to install the windows so you rest assured the installation is done right and the windows will serve you for years to come!Save money and give your home a whole new look and increase its curb appeal by investing in vinyl replacement windows.