New Vs. Replacement Windows

What’s the difference between New Windows and Replacement Windows?

If you’re considering new or replacement windows for your home you may be wondering what the difference is. Really, there isn’t that much difference between the two options. It all depends on the type of window and whether you can leave the frame intact.

Wood window replacement

With wood windows, you have two basic options. If you are looking for a full replacement the existing window and frame will be removed and brought to the studs of the home. If the window sash or frame is intact then it is possible to put a new window insert without touching the frame. It is best to consider how large your window is because having an insert verse a whole new window and frame can leave you with less glass space.  If you replace the entire window and frame you will have more area of clear glass.

If the whole window frame is replaced the interior trim must be removed as well. It will not be reinstalled due to the damage that will happen during the removal process. If you have custom trim that you do not want to be replaced you should consider having windows installed as an insert rather than a full window replacement.

Vinyl or metal windows

With these types of windows you basically only have the option of full replacement. For vinyl and metal windows the entire frame and sash are removed down to the studs. Then after a new window with sash and trim are installed. Your home’s interior and exterior trim will have to be replaced during this process. The benefit is that if there are any issues with your trim, it can be fully replaced. Your home could have a whole new look and feel.

Which option is best for you?

First of all, it depends on what type of windows you have and the look you want. Also consulting the help of an expert will guide you in the proper direction for your home and personal needs and budget. When it comes time for new or replacement windows call the Bay area window experts at Gulfside Windows, Doors and More for expert advice, consultation, and installation.

 

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Adding Or Eliminating Windows

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Adding, Eliminating Or Reducing Windows

Did you know that brand new window locations can be created in certain areas of your home? You can also reduce, enlarge or eliminate a window in your home. Whether you have lived in your home for several years or have just moved in you may want to change or add a window in a specific area. Maybe you’re looking to add more lighting or to take advantage of the view. You may also want to remove or reduce a window to create more privacy or for other aesthetic reasons. All of these options are possible but there are some things to consider before doing so.

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If you think you want a window installed in your home you should first use a piece of paper or cardboard representing the size of the window and put it on the wall for visualization purposes. You should also note the location of the window on the exterior as well. This will allow you to make sure that things on the outside of your home will not inhibit the window in any way. Your gas meter, electrical panel or any other meter should not be within at least 3 feet of the window opening.

When you have a new window installed a structural header will be necessary in order to support the window framing. You must realize that the cutting of the interior and exterior will slightly exceed the window size. Electrical or plumbing lines may need to be re-routed as well to allow for the new window.

Reduction Or Elimination Of A Window

For whatever reason, you may want to make a window smaller or eliminated altogether, this is called a buildup. Before moving forward you need to cover part or all of the window to see what it would look and feel like in your home. Use cardboard because it is thicker and will give you a more accurate feel if the window is gone. If this is taking place in a bedroom you will have to check building codes. Generally, bedrooms must have at least one window that is no higher than 44 inches from the floor and a height of 20 inches and width of 24 inches.

Enlarging a window

Depending on your needs you may want to make a window space larger or even turn it into a doorway. This is called a cut down because the sill of the window is lowered to make it larger. You also need to check building codes for heights of windows and requirements for door installations.

In general, all of these jobs will require construction to your home. Do not try to attempt these jobs on your own or cut corners. Call in the professionals.

 

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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.

 

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What is Window Low-E Glass Coating?

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What is Window Low-E glass coating?

What is window Low-E glass coating and why does it matter? Whether you are purchasing new or replacement windows a term that you will begin to see is low-E glass. This is an important feature in your windows and can decrease your energy bill. Investing in Low-E coating is a smart move for all homeowners. Read on to find out more about Low-E glass is an important feature in windows.

Low – E glass

First of all the “E” stands for emissivity, which is the ability of a material, in this case, glass to be able to radiate energy.  The energy from the sun is from your HVAC system and absorbed by the glass, it is either pushed away via air movement or radiated by the surface of the glass.  It is important for windows to have a low emissivity rating so that the surface of the window will reflect radiant energy.

When a window has a low-E rating it means that the surfaces will improve the windows insulation properties. Purchasing windows with a low-E rating will keep temperatures more consistent inside of your home even on the hottest or coldest of days.

Low-E window coatings are very important for Florida homeowners. By increasing your insulation properties and decreasing the amount of UV and infrared light that comes from the sun you will gain energy efficiency. With windows that decrease UV, you will see a reduction in your utility bills. 

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Hurricane Proof Windows

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What are the benefits of Hurricane Non-impact Windows?

Many coastal Florida homes have hurricane proof windows for obvious reasons. In order to protect from the heavy winds and rains during the possible hurricane, these sturdy windows will give you peace of mind. However hurricane proof windows aren’t just meant for strong winds and rains. There are a few other less common benefits to having impact windows in your home.

Energy Efficient

By design hurricane proof windows are meant to keep the wind and rain out of the exterior of your home. The other side to that is that they are extremely energy-efficient and great at keeping the air-conditioning or heating inside your home where it belongs. The multi layered design of these windows helps insulate your home and maintain the proper temperatures. This will save you money on your utility bills as well. Learn more at energy star

Noise reduction

Hurricane proof windows are also soundproof. Because of their design outside sounds such as wind, thunder and even the noise from your neighbor’s party will be muffled. Another benefit of the soundproofing is that it keeps the sound inside your home as well. Play your music or TV as loud as you want because it won’t bother your neighbors.

Added Security

Hurricane proof windows are similar to a car windshield when they are cracked. These windows will not shatter but rather crack and fragment. Hurricane proof windows make it very difficult for burglars to break into your home because they will not be able to break the glass fully.

Hurricane proof windows will withstand heavy winds and rains for sustained period of time. However they also have security, noise reducing and energy benefits. If you are looking to install impact windows on your home call the experts at Gulfside Windows Doors and More.

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Preparing Your Home for Replacement Windows

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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 has several steps including 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 can create a lot of dust and dirt but not to worry the contarctor should have drop cloths.  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.

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. 

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.

Windows & A Cooler Home

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How Can New Windows Keep Your Home Cool?

When it comes to your home staying cool windows play a large role. Windows are more than just house décor, they affect ventilation, brightness, and the temperature of your home. There is nothing worse than the inside of your home feeling more like the outside. 

Air conditioning systems are the usual answer to the reducing heat but the cost can add up over time. Even the best air conditioner can’t keep your home cool for long if you have drafty or inefficient windows. Drafty windows account for approximately 15 percent of your home’s total energy loss. During the summer months, this number can skyrocket!

Keep reading to find out how new windows can help to keep your home cool and save you money!

Superior Insulation from Vinyl Frames

Cracks in your window frames can cause the temperature in your home to rise. Check for the cracks and get them fixed as soon as possible. New windows with vinyl are a great way to keep your home cooler. Vinyl windows containing an extra chamber provides insulation by preventing cool air from escaping through the window frames.

The heat efficiency of vinyl windows is not the only advantage, they’re also easy to maintain. Exposure to intense heat from the sun can cause fading but the heat-resistant vinyl is able to withstand many environmental situations.

Reduce Heat Transfer with Low-E Rated Windows

Another appealing feature of new windows is that they have the “low-E” label. The term low-E means low emissivity. This is one of the best solutions for reducing heat transfer through your windows. Low-E materials are thin and are applied to the glass while being manufactured.

They can help to reduce the overall cooling costs in your home when it is hot outside. Older windows can lack this quality. With low-E, your home will remain cool and reduce heat transfer through the glass. When you purchase new windows, be sure to request low-E rated glass for the best protection.

New Glass Material and Designs

If you are replacing old windows, tinted glass windows are a great option. They absorb a large part of the solar heat and minimize the amount of heat getting through. 

Multiple paned windows or insulated glazing units can also act as a good temperature regulator. With the help of the insulating air between them, they can help keep your room temperature cooler while keeping burglars at bay.

Gas Filled Windows

Argon and Krypton are used in the manufacture of new windows. Both of these gases offer insulation properties that will help keep your home at a consistent temperature. When these gasses are combined with low-E property, the indoor temperature of your home will decrease. As a result of this, you will save money on energy-related costs that would have been spent on more frequent cooling of your home.

New windows manufactured with modern technology can make a difference in regulating your home temperature. Windows with the right conductivity and barrier can help keep your room cool even if it is very hot outside. Your best option will be windows that feature the latest cooling and energy-saving technology.

As a homeowner, you know that new windows installation represents a significant investment. As a result, you want to make sure that you are getting the right one for your home. The good news is that new windows installed by professionals will help keep your house comfortable throughout the year while saving you future costs on cooling systems. 

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Window Replacement

Prep your home for window replacement.

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 window experts at 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.

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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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Vinyl Windows Replacement Pros & Cons

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When it comes to replacing windows, it can overwhelming. Replacing your old windows to new ones can take a lot of work & time. Choosing which window or door design or material you would like, there are so many options! It is important to consider every option & which one makes the most sense for your current situation & future. Today we will dive into the pros and cons of vinyl windows.

PROS

Save you money in energy bills. With vinyl windows, you don’t have to worry about warping and losing seals. Vinyl windows can keep their shape with varying temperatures. They are the highest quality materials and resist heat transfer. By resisting heat transfer, they will save you money on your heating and cooling bills. 

Easy to install. Windows installation is one big task, which takes a lot of time and gives a lot of aches. Vinyl windows, on the other hand, are made for easy installation, especially when replacing existing windows.  All you have to find out a reliable and experienced quality contractor, who knows how to replace your existing windows quickly and easily.  

Easy to maintain. When it comes to easy maintenance, vinyl leads its way with a reputable name in the market. There’s no beating these windows with its swing out, flip down, and pull out features for stress-free cleaning. 

Hard-wearing. Spending your precious money on vinyl will pay you back in the future. Once again, resistance to heat and cold is what makes this material stand out among other windows options. You can rest assured about the quality of vinyl windows. They will hold their shape, size, and color, over time.

CONS

Environmental Impact: While vinyl is cheap to manufacture, the manufacturing process and the material itself is all chemicals. Since these windows are not natural, they can impact the environment, and harm surroundings. 

Fewer options. Despite a huge selection of vinyl windows offered by various window companies with various different window options, glass options, and color options, no one can compete for wood windows when it comes to variety. If you’re looking for a variety, vinyl windows may not please you. 

Remain fixed: Vinyl is not a good option for you if you want to change your window every now and then as these windows are not paintable. Unfortunately, with these windows, you cannot mix thing up after some time. If you like to change, wood can be the best option.T

Windows replacement done right can give you comfort, and getting your hands on the right window can save you a lot of money and regrets, at the end of the day. When it comes to choosing the best windows, vinyl can benefit you in many ways, despite some disadvantages. 

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