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Important Questions To Ask When Hiring A Window And Door Company

When planning to upgrade or install new windows and doors it can be common to get a little confused on what questions are important to ask. You want to make sure you hire the right company for your home improvement project that will do the best job. Gulfside Windows and Doors is here to help you understand which questions are important when selecting any window and door company. 

Installing or replacing windows and doors is a project that should be done by professionals. The house aesthetics and weather sealing can be negatively affected if not done by a professional window and door company. Our team recommends when hiring a window and door company to do your research first.  

Below are several important areas to review before hiring a window and door company.

Company’s Experience 

Learning more about the window and door company’s experience or any completed work will give you a direct look into the qualifications of the company. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t work with a newer window and door company but ask for examples of their work.

Quality of Technicians

The quality of the whole window and door work depends on the skills and the way the company has trained their technicians. You can choose the technicians who are actively learning and certified with advanced capabilities to handle significant stuff. Ask the window and door company about their qualification process for its technicians.

Reviews and Testimonials 

Another great way to learn more about the window and door company is to research their reviews online. If the company has been in operation for a few years there should review’s on social media platforms or shared on their website.  

Accreditations 

It is very important to check that the window and door company have the proper license and insurance. You can double check with the Better Business Bureau to show the credibility of the services they offer as well. Other accreditations are available based on state be aware of any that are valid for your window and door interest. B

Warranties and Insurances 

Accidents and mishaps are inevitable but you can be prepared by asking what warranties and insurance. Insurance is recommended to protect you from any accidental damages during the project. As for warranties, they help maintain the newly installed doors and windows. 

If you have already found a company that checks all the boxes, why wait? Go ahead, starting and reach out for a quote right away. Do not forget to double check with Gulfside Windows and Doors for that price match guarantee option.

Hurricane & Storm Safety

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Why Is It Necessary To Check Your Home Thoroughly After A Hurricane Or Storm?

If your city has faced a major storm or hurricane in the past couple of years, then we recommend checking your home. You can hire local services to clean up and sanitize the place if it has just survived a major flood as well. If it was just a storm, make sure that you follow up with a thorough check to make sure safety measures have been met.

Why you should check your home after a storm?

After the storm, your home might become weak due to the havoc meted out to it by nature. You can start with a routine check out briskly wherein you monitor the basic damage done. Then you can go a little deeper into the house or take notes of what is completely damaged. The final stage will be when you list down things or accessories in your home that will need complete replacement. By doing this, you can rest assured to have a safe home and withstand nature for many more years to come.

What should you check the home after a storm?

    • Check for gaps and loose hinges: If the windows had faced a lot of storm action before someone closed it, then the hinges might have become loose. The loose or broken hinges means the window is not in proper shape and requires quick or immediate window replacement.
    • Check for cracks on glass panes: A strong gust of storm might bring along with it brambles, branches, and dash against windows. Whether the windows have a glass or wooden panes, checking them for any cracks will help. If you ignore these cracks then it will not last for a few days too.
    • Check for gaps from the frames: Call in the professionals if you see a gap between the frames and windows. There are companies like Gulfside offering quick and cost-efficient window replacement and installation services.
  • Get completely new windows: This is the last thing you might do nevertheless, depending on the level of damage, you might go for this anyhow. If the window has been old and this last storm had totally devastated the home, the windows might require complete replacement.

To get a free, no obligation quote contact Gulfside Windows, Doors, & More and schedule a free in-home consultation.

Window Replacement Signs To Look For

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Top Signs Its Time For Window Replacement

With the climatic change, wear and tear, it is only a matter of time before your windows need to be replaced. Here are a couple signs its time for you to replace your windows.

Top Signs To Look For 

    • Windows are not opening or closing with ease: Windows with iron frames can rust over time, without proper anti-rust paint.  The rust can unhinge window panes or break cause problems with the nuts and bolts. This means could mean that one strong windy night your window could come off completely. This is a telling sign you must not ignore its time for a window replacement.
    • No protection from rain and storm: If the window is not closing properly and does not seem to be protecting the inside. This is a definite sign its time for a window replacement.
    • Higher power bills: If the window is not closing properly it could be causing the room to cool slower. Likewise, if the heater or humidifier is on. Keep track of the bills and if you see a sudden rise in the bill and check the windows. If that bill is high it could be a sign its time for a window replacement.
  • Your home is old and needs repairs overall: If you are planning a home renovation overall, windows are a huge part of this type of project. This will be a necessary step to ensure your home is fully renovated.

Seeking professionals is the most cost-efficient way to ensure you have the best window for your window replacement project. For more information about replacing your windows contact Gulfside Windows, Doors, & More today. We are here to answer all your questions and offer a free in-home consultation. Learn more about how Low-E Glass Coating is important.

What Affects the Cost of Replacement Windows

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What factors can affect the cost of replacement windows?

If you’re in the market for replacement windows you may have noticed that replacement windows can be costly and time-consuming. Most homeowners are looking for the most bang for their buck. Here are some tips to let you know what affects the cost of replacement windows.

Window Material

There are a large variety of window model options. Between different materials and different ratings, your choice can drastically affect prices. Keep in mind a higher rated window will last longer and is more energy efficient than a less expensive model.

Wood

The window frame is made of wood and is beautiful with any style of home. However, a window sill frame that is made of wood requires regular maintenance and can deteriorate over time depending on weather conditions. Price will vary depending on style and design.

Aluminum

Aluminum windows provide soundproofing and do not change when exposed to temperatures or moisture. However, aluminum is a heat and cold conductive material and can lower your energy efficiency.

Vinyl

Vinyl windows are a common option for many homeowners. They are typically the most inexpensive choice and offer good insulation qualities. Vinyl windows do not require very much maintenance however they can expand and contract during temperature changes.

Fiberglass

Fiberglass windows are similar to vinyl in that they don’t they offer good insulation and require very little maintenance. They also do not expand or contract at all with changes in temperature or moisture levels. Fiberglass windows also come at a very high price.

Labor

A large part of the price of any home-improvement is the cost of labor. Whatever needs to be done to your home will affect the cost. If it is a simple replacement with the same size window that has no damage or issues you will be looking at a reasonable price as opposed to a window that needs a size change or major repairs.

No matter the price of your window installation, keep in mind that it is a great investment for your home. You may not see 100% return on your investment right away but over time you can see anywhere up to 80%. The best way to determine the price of new windows to speak with the experts.

 

For more information about our cost-saving home windows, energy efficient windows, impact windows, and variety of patio door and entry door options, contact Gulfside Windows, Doors, & More today to schedule a free in-home consultation.

Replace Your Windows

Replace your windows to help keep your home cool

We are always looking for cost-effective ways to help keep our 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.

How to Prepare Your Home for Replacement Windows

Guide to Prep your home for your new windows

If you’ve ever had any construction done in your home you know that it can be messy and disruptive to your daily life. This includes window replacement. In order to properly prepare your home for your new replacement windows here are some tips to help the job be done efficiently.

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 your 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 replacement windows company you can trust: Gulfside Windows, Doors and More today to see how we can improve the look and feel of your home with a brand-new set of windows.

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)

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, Doors and More.