Tax Return Why Invest

When it comes to your tax return investing that money can be a smart decision. Did you know the average tax refund is about $2900 in Florida based reported by Business Insider!

Financial Decisions

According to GoBankingRates, only 1 in 10 will use their return towards an investment. Others will make a major purchase or stash it into retirement. For some in 2020 making sound financial decisions is a New Year’s Resolution. There are so many things you can use that cash for, a vacation, a new toy or looking towards the future and investing it. 

A Smart Investment

One of TurboTax’s top 12 tips when investing your tax return is to put it towards your home. If your home is an older one, upgrading those windows and doors can have some incredible benefits both short and long term. When upgrading your windows and doors to energy-efficient products you will have lower energy bills. You increase the value of your property and security. 

NerdWallet stated, “That it’s all about energy efficiency and curb appeal,” if you’re looking to sell your property in the future. You’ll benefit greatly from upgrading an entry door or windows now and it allows you to have a stronger position in the market if you sell. 

Benefits

When replacing windows or doors in a home it can come with a  heavy workload. Not only do they a key role in functionality but in the aesthetics as well. We recommend taking the time to understand how many areas of your home are affected by the type of window and door that is selected. Windows and doors are one of the most used areas in a home. From opening and closing to the safety of the occupants, this is not a simple purchase. Take time to plan and to speak with a professional about concerns or what goals and look you have in mind. 

Interested in learning what to expect when Preparing For Window Replacement. For more information about replacing your windows contact Gulfside Windows and Doors today. We are here to answer all your questions and offer a free in-home consultation.

Why You Should Replace Your Windows

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Why You Should Replace Your Windows, Well one common reason that many Floridians replace their windows is to help keep their home cool. 

Floridians are always looking for cost-effective ways to help keep their homes cool in the hot and humid Florida temperatures. A great way to do that is by installing new windows. Here are the benefits of helping keep your call home cool with replacement windows.

Energy Efficiency

Upgraded windows provide much more energy efficiency than older styles. The overall comfort of your home will be improved due to better UV protection and ventilation.  Energy-efficient windows will help keep your home at a more consistent temperature because of their superior insulation properties.

Low-E Windows

Low-E windows have a multi layer coating that helps minimize the amount of ultraviolet and infrared light that comes through the window. This coating is a great insulator and will help decrease the cooling costs of your home and help keep temperatures down.

Gas Filled Windows

Another option of an energy efficient window is argon or krypton filled window pain. The gas creates an additional barrier of insulation to keep your home cool and prevent the heat from passing through.

Multiple Pane Window

The more window panes of glass used in your windows the more energy efficient they will be. With a double paned window with a gas fill you will be creating an effective barrier to the heat.

Window frame materials

Depending on the type of frame you have it will affect the insulation. Vinyl windows are a great energy efficient style windows because they can be created with multiple panes and insulation to help create an effective window that helps keep the heat out.

Wood Windows

Another possible option is wood windows because they can certainly help keep a consistent temperature in your home. However in a warm climate wood windows do require more maintenance and upkeep than traditional vinyl windows.

Aluminum windows

Aluminum windows are actually the worst choice for creating a cool home. Aluminum does not have very much insulating property and will allow the heat to come more easily into your home.

When it comes time to choose energy efficient windows to help keep your home cool year-round you have a variety of options. In order to determine which is best for your home you should contact the professionals. Call or stop by Gulfside Widows, Doors and More today to learn more about energy efficiency and keeping your home cool with replacement windows.

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For more information about replacing your windows contact Gulfside Windows and Doors today. We are here to answer all your questions and offer a free in-home consultation.

Preparing For Window Replacement

Preparing your home for window replacement is very important. When construction is done is being done in a home it can cause a mess and become very disruptive. When getting your windows replacements it too can cause some disruption in the home. It is important to properly prepare your home if you’re getting new replacement windows. Learn more about how to efficiently prepare for getting your windows replaced.

Move Items Out Of The Way

The process of replacing windows it’s quite involved and includes first removing the old windows and then installing new ones. In order for this to be done everything needs to be moved out of the way inside and outside. If you have furniture or tables in front of your windows you will need to have them moved out of the way so that the windows are accessible.

As far as the outside goes, you will need to move anything and everything that is in front of or on your first-floor windows.  They will need to be easily reached inside and out in order for proper installation.

You also need to keep in mind that your contractor will need an area to set up their items such as ladders, tools, tables and possibly scaffolding for higher floor windows.

Cover-Up Furniture

Window replacement creates a lot of dust and dirt. Your contractor will have plenty of drop cloths to cover the area surrounding the windows.  However, you may want to cover up any large pieces of furniture or flooring in the area to prevent them from getting dusty. Also, keep doors closed to minimize the spread of dust.

Remove Window Treatments

If you have window treatments such as draperies, shades or curtains you will need to remove them prior to installation. Make sure you ask your contractor because you may only have to remove the draperies and not the hardware. This will help you when you put your window treatments back.

If you have pictures or wall decorations near your windows you should remove them as well. Even though the contractors are not working in that area they will be working near it and you should move the items to avoid any accidental damage.

You may have to do a little bit of work prior to window replacement however it will make the process run more efficiently. In the end, you will have brand-new, energy-efficient windows and your home will look great. Call the window experts at Gulfside Windows and Doors today to see how we can improve the look and feel of your home with a brand-new set of windows.

For more information about replacing your windows contact Gulfside Windows and Doors today. We are here to answer all your questions and offer a free in-home consultation.

Top-Rated Non-Impact Windows

Hurricane season can be a dreaded time for many Florida homeowners. Non-impact windows are designed to withstand hurricane-force winds and offer families more protect from the elements. There are many great brands that offer non-impact hurricane windows and doors, to help highlight some options our team shares some of the top-rated non-impact window brands below.

PGT Windows & Doors

PGT windows and doors are known for their non-impact windows and offer a variety of other products.

WinGuard laminated glass is three times more powerful than standard automobile windshields, the manufacturer says, adding that it adheres to Florida’s building regulations and passes large- and small missile tests. 

A powerful inner layer blocks noise twice as well as double-pane insulated glass, the business claims.

When reviewing individual brands CGI, WinDoor, CGIC, and Western Window Systems PGT is undoubting a powerful market leader for hurricane window providers. This industry giant has helped them to become a recognized brand leader in the window and door industry.

Andersen

Andersen A-Series offers have the protection of Stormwatch for its impact windows. Stormwatch windows have been tested and approved to stand firm in elemental coastal situations. These tests have provided data guaranteeing to withstand High-Velocity Hurricane Zones.

Anderson states that Stormwatch is available for several of their window and doors products.  Combining style, energy sustainability, and product quality they have a strong place in the window and door industry.  Andersen windows have concealed structural reinforcements that equip them to withstand severe storms.

Custom Window Systems

A Lifetime Limited Warranty from CWS is something that sets them apart and offers an amazing benefit. CWS firmly believes in its WindPact window products and backs it. They offer written worry-free consumer promise. The Windpact Plus hurricane window and door line available from Assured Storm Protection provides hurricane security. CWS backs its products with a solid statement.

“We produce impact-resistant and non-impact vinyl or aluminum windows that encompass a wide variety of styles and performance. Our windows are scientifically researched, engineered and tested to meet and exceed increasingly stringent coastal regulations.”

Custom Window Systems
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For more information about replacing your windows contact Gulfside Windows and Doors today. We are here to answer all your questions and offer a free in-home consultation.

Signs For Window Replacement

Homes commonly have wear and tear, learn signs to look for relating to window replacement needs. Have you ever been sitting in your living room or kitchen and couldn’t help but notice the neighbor’s dog sounded a little louder today? Or maybe you woke up to unexpectedly foggy windows after a cold night. Well, you’re not alone! Many homeowners experience these and other clear indicators that their windows have aged to the point where an inspection and replacement are in order. Here are the telltale signs that your windows need to be replaced soon!

High Energy Bills & Replacement Windows

Grab your energy bills for the past few months and see if there’s a trend in rising prices. If so, that could also explain why your house may have felt unusually drafty as of late. If you have a smart thermostat then you may even be able to check the app on your phone to see usage patterns and draw conclusions. Remember the neighbor’s dog we mentioned earlier? Windows that aren’t keeping the outside air out are also letting outside noise in more than what they should! This is a major sign that a window replacement is needed.

You Recently Experienced Intense Weather

We live in Florida, so this one should be a giveaway. Surprisingly enough, however, folks are usually busy cleaning up the yard or street and forget to check on their seemingly in-tact windows. Some things to consider for Gulfside residents are sea salt, humidity, or coastal winds. More inland residents should still take extra caution especially after a Tropical Storm and any Hurricane. Being aware of the condition of your windows will allow you to be more tuned in on if it is time for a window replacement.

Seeing Fog Between Double Pane Windows

If you have double-pane windows and are seeing fog build up then you more than likely have a problem on your hands. A good way to verify this is to test the temperature of the actual window glass on the inside of your home. If it feels hot or cold to the touch (depending on the season) then the windows simply aren’t doing the job they were designed for. This means it is time for a window replacement on your home.

You Don’t Have Double Glazing

Another sign might be that you don’t actually have double pane windows. This is particularly common in historic districts or older homes that have a lot of charm but lack in efficiency. Single pane windows are the culprit for many things including residents or guests feeling like they just can’t get comfy indoors. Double pane windows can literally save you thousands in energy costs, so it’s a worthwhile investment! We recommend considering double pane when receiving a window replacement for your Florida home.

Inspect the caulking on the outside of the window

Have you taken a look at the outside of your windows? Things to look out for are the caulking and sealing of the window itself. If there are gaps, cracks or any other smaller damages to any portion of the window or frame then you’re going to want to schedule an inspection and get the issue remedied as soon as possible. These small, but important, details can progressively impact your family. When you find problem areas like these then it is time to consider a window replacement.

What Should I Do Now?

No one likes to have to replace windows, especially during the holidays, but we can promise that nothing is worse than something like this causing an even bigger problem for you in the months to come. Give us a call and we’ll work together to make sure that your windows are taken care of, your home is a safe place, and that you’re saving money by doing the right thing.

To get a free, no-obligation quote contact Gulfside Windows And Doors and schedule a free in-home consultation. Learn more about questions to ask when hiring a window company.

How To Keep Window Tracks on Sliding Doors Clean

Tips for cleaning your window tracks

One of the most daunting tasks of a homeowner can be keeping those sills and window tracks clean. Especially when it comes to sliding glass doors. We’ve all been there, the door won’t slide smoothly; the slider gets stuck. What a pain! While it’s not a fun job to clean, it can be easy if you follow these steps:

First of all, you need to gather your materials. Most of these items are already lying around your home!

  • Vacuum including brush attachment
  • Soft cleaning brush or toothbrush
  • Spray bottle with water
  • Sponge or cloth
  • Vinegar, dish soap and baking soda (optional-to enhance cleaning)

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Addintional Helpful Cleaning Tips

First use your vacuum to get the dirt out of the windowsill or slider track. This will give you a better base to clean with as well as suck up any bugs or other materials that may be there.

Next get your spray bottle ready. For a little extra oomph, you can add some vinegar or dish soap to the water in a spray bottle. You may want to sprinkle some baking soda on the window tracks or sill first to help remove the embedded dirt. However if your windowsill is made of wood you want to use very few chemicals and as little water as possible. Lucky for us Floridians most sliding glass doors are fiberglass or aluminum in material.

Once you have sprayed the windowsill take your sponge or cloth and wipe up the dirt. You may need to use a cotton ball or a Q-tip in the harder to reach corners. You should keep a bucket of clean water handy so that you can rinse out your dirty sponge from time to time.

Lastly, take a dry cloth and wipe the excess moisture away leaving a nice clean and shiny window sill.

In order to keep your windows looking great all the time be sure to clean them regularly and don’t allow too much build up.  For other tips on window maintenance as well as information on replacement windows contact the experts at Gulfside Windows and Doors.

To receive a free, no-obligation quote contact Gulfside Windows And Doors and schedule a free in-home consultation. Learn more about questions to ask when hiring a window company

 

Front Door Hardware

Front door hardware adds curb appeal

The front entry door is more than function, it acts as an inviting entry for guests into your home. This look should also include the door hardware.  Is your front door hardware dull and rusty or not functioning very well? It may be time for a replacement. If you are investing in new front door hardware, there are a few options you should consider before making the choice.

Multiple options

When looking for door hardware you will have numerous options. You will be able to choose from keyed or keyless locks, handles, levers, knobs, deadbolts. You want to be sure that whatever you’re choosing matches the style and finish of your front door.

Style and finish

There will be many styles to choose from when selecting front door hardware. Be sure that it matches the style and design of the home. Another factor to keep in mind is the finish.   You will be able to choose from brass, Antique brass, polished nickel, chrome and many others. Consider your tastes and your current home style so that you can choose to finish that you like while maintaining the same design.

Placement and size

Prior to replacing your current lock you need to look at the existing hardware. So that you don’t have to worry about painting unfinished part of your door need to find something that is the same size or even larger than what is currently there. You also need to measure the area as well to make sure that you purchased the right size.

Locks

There are basically two types of locksets available for residential entryway doors the mortise and the tubular. The tubular model is the most common and least expensive option.  One key is inserted into the exterior door knob which operates the lock..

A mortise lock it fits into an area that is cut into the edge of the door and typically comes with a deadbolt. When you turn the key the knob and the deadbolt are released which creates the most secure lock set available. If the lock that you are looking at does not have a deadbolt you may want to consider adding one. A deadbolt lock has an extra layer of security for your exterior door. Be sure to find one that has a low profile which can help protect your door from forced entry.

Choosing front door hardware doesn’t have to be tricky. Even though there are numerous options with this handy list you will be able to choose what is best for your home. If you are looking for exterior doors or hardware accessories call or stop by Gulfside Windows, Doors and More today where our experts can help you with all of your needs.

Hurricane Impact-Resistant Windows & Tornadoes

How Hurricane Impact-Resistant Windows Protects Against Tornadoes

Statistics show that about 1,000 tornadoes occur in a year in the United States. Studies have also shown that a tornado storm is capable can attain wind speeds of about 318mph, which is about 512 kph.

Tornadoes

These tornado storms have been reputed to hit large metropolitan areas, causing a huge number of casualties in the process. In times like this, you’ll need to take extra caution to limit the danger of an impending tornado storm.

Everyday innovations are occurring and society is seeing new ways that can increase security against storms. Impact windows technology has a long history. Due to the persistent tornadoes and other violent storms, South Florida residents are focusing on upgrading windows and doors to impact-resistant measures.

These building codes have helped to reduce the level of damage and destruction caused by tornadoes. Did you know that impact-resistant windows and doors are made to withstand winds reaching up to 200mph? Hurricane impact-resistant windows can help protect your home against tornadoes and all wind-based storms.

Laminated Glass

The technology of the impact-resistant windows dates back to the 20th century. It was first used with safe car shields and then used for home windows to help prevent against tornadoes and other powerful storms for destroying homes and lives. The shatter-resistant film windows, as well as the inner-membrane technology, are the two popular options of these windows.

What makes impact-resistant windows so powerful is the heavy-duty frames with laminated glass and a special silicone glazing to increase support. This material protects the glass from breaking away from its frame. The inlayer of clear polyvinyl butyral helps to keep the window intact although wind-borne debris or the tornado may cause a crack on the window. This helps in the prevention of destructive winds, like a tornado, from gaining entrance into your house.

Possess A Strong Frame 

The frame of the impact-resistant window deserves as much commendation as does the glass. Impact-resistant windows are unlikely to break during tornadoes because of their strength. Although the impact of the storm may cause them to bend, they, however, come with weather stripping. This weather stripping prevents the entry of water into your house even if the frames if the windows should bend.

Due to long term usage, impact-resistant windows could crack and cause water to enter your house. The presence of weather stripping helps to prevent water damages due to varying degrees of storms.

Increase Protection With Impact-Resistant Windows

Impact-resistant windows are very useful, especially for those that reside in places that are susceptible to tornadoes. At Gulfside Windows and Doors, our team of experts can support your window or door project by answering any question you may have about products or installation.

To get a free, no-obligation quote contact Gulfside Windows And Doors and schedule a free in-home consultation. Learn more about questions to ask when hiring a window company.

PGT Windows Noise Reduction Windows

How PGT® Windows Reduce Noise

Your home should be your safe place and a place to rest or recoup from the day. With older or poorly installed windows and doors, you may find yourself hearing the outside world inside your home. If this is the case noise reduction windows & doors can offer the best solution to provide relief from outside noise. PGT WinGuard products can provide up to 32% noise reduction and provide increased security.

“PGT WinGuard® windows and doors significantly reduce ambient noise by absorbing sound rather than transmitting it, keeping outside disruptions where they belong.”

There will be a PVB interlayer also. Being thick, this layer can break down the sound waves that come from outside. The Sound Transition Class (STC) indicates the sound-reducing efficiency of the PGT WinGuard® Windows. This shows that the windows provided by PGT will ensure a very quiet atmosphere inside the home. PGT WinGuard® Windows can ensure uninterrupted sleep even if the house is located in a very noisy neighborhood. The glass of the PGT WinGuard® Windows reduces heat buildup inside the house so that the homeowner heating or cooling bill is decreased. This will facilitate more conservation of energy through the home. The window frames provided by PGT WinGuard® Windows come in a variety of designs, finishes, & hardware offering many options.

Ideal For Summer & Winter

Replacement Windows provided by PGT WinGuard® Windows is not only energy-efficient but also more comfortable. They ensure a better curb appeal. These windows are of superb quality and they effectively block the sound waves from entering the home. The special coating on this glass allows natural light inside the home but blocks UV and Infrared rays. Since emission from these coatings is very low, there will be no fading of interior articles including furniture.

During summer these windows keep the interior cool by way of preventing heat penetration and in winter it prevents heat from escaping from inside the home. PGT Windows offer double-hung windows to effectively block the sound waves that come from outside. The PVB interlayer and the impact-resistant glass together make the house free of noise pollution. When it comes to noise reduction PGT Windows help ensure that the homes are sealed tightly to prevent drafts of sounds from entering. The windows are made exactly according to measurements and other specified details of the home. The high-quality glass and the composite frame made of exclusive quality material together ensure superior performance by the windows. Once PGT Windows is installed the energy bills will be considerably lower.

At Gulfside Windows and Doors, our team of experts can support your window or door project by answering any question you may have about products or installation.

To get a free, no-obligation quote contact Gulfside Windows And Doors and schedule a free in-home consultation. Learn more about questions to ask when hiring a window company.

Things To Consider When Buying A Sliding Glass Door

A sliding glass door is an excellent choice for modern homes, sliding doors can add more functionality and style to any home. Sliding doors are a popular choice for many homeowners because they have the ability to let in light and not protrude into the living space. Sliding glass doors are suitable not only for residential properties but also for commercial properties. They come in a variety of sizes, shapes, and designs. All the options allow you to find the best option for your home. Choosing a sliding door is not an easy job and one should keep certain things in mind before spending money. That is why we have outlined a couple of areas to take into consideration before buying a sliding glass door.

1. Security

Security is the most important factor to consider when investing in a sliding door. This is because sliding doors can cause security issues when they are not protected properly. It is an important one to set up a door with an alarm system, curtains, and a strong lock system for increasing the security levels. The property owners should make sure that the doors come with security design and features which ultimately give options to obtain optimal results.

2. Durability

A sliding glass door can last up to 30 years and a homeowner should consider the thickness of the sliding glass door before buying. Apart from using thick glass, applying weather stripping on it will help to keep the dust away from the door. Another area to think about is utilizing vinyl on the door frame. This can help prevent chipping and other problems to a large extent.

3. Size 

Size plays an important role in a sliding door and one should know the measurements in detail before ordering a door. Those who are not sure of the size should seek ideas from professional contractors for overcoming complications. Moreover, it will help a lot to make a door with correct sizes which exactly fits a home or commercial property.

4. Frame materials

It is necessary to consider the frame materials while purchasing a sliding door. A sliding door should withstand from cold, show, heat, and other elements. Therefore, it is a wise one to buy a door product with high-quality materials for minimizing unwanted problems. Vinyl sliding glass doors are a great option for a property because they offer amazing thermal performance that can help lower energy bills significantly. Therefore, they require very little maintenance enabling property owners to save more money.

5. Compare

Gulfside Windows and Doors has a variety of sliding glass door options that are available, we have partnered with some of the top name brands like PGT, Simonton, and Jeld Weld to provide customers with the best quality. Take time to compare your options and select the best fit for your style of home and function needs.

To get a free, no-obligation quote contact Gulfside Windows And Doors and schedule a free in-home consultation. Learn more about questions to ask when hiring a window company.