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Top Reasons you need Replacement Windows

Keeping your home’s windows in top condition is essential for countless reasons. Sometimes regular window upkeep and repairs isn’t enough for helping them function properly. When this happens, it is time to replace the old ones with more efficient ones. To help you decide whether it is time for replacement windows in your home, here are the top reasons to replace those outdated windows.

Having Cold or Hot Drafts Blowing Through

Anytime there are cold or hot drafts blowing through the windows even with proper insulation and upkeep it is time to replace. New windows will help keep your home at the right temperature and save you money on your energy bills because you won’t be wasting money on your HVAC.

Damaged or Cracked Windows 

Cracked or damaged windows should always be replaced. Broken windows are a safety hazard for you and your family and should be quickly replaced.

Difficult to Open 

Windows that are difficult to open need replacing as well. The main reason for this is safety.   If there is a fire and it’s your only escape you want to be able to open it with ease and get out quickly. Just make sure if you’re on second, third or fourth level floors that you have a fire escape ladder to use to get down safely.

Too Easy to Open and Climb Through

Yes, it is awful to have windows that do not open easily, but you also don’t want them to open so easily that criminals can open and climb through them. If your windows don’t lock or are damaged in some way making your home easy to access, it is time for replacement windows. High-quality designed windows should provide some level of security to a home and lock up properly. After all, keeping your love ones safe and comfortable should be top priority.

Giving the Home a New Look and Feel – Update and Remodel

Sometimes old windows are drafty, dangerous and poor looking. To help give your home value and a new look and feel it is time to upgrade. If you are worried about them not looking right because you have an old farm style or Victorian house, do not. You can now order windows that are designed to fit your home’s look and feel with ease while provide better security and comfort to a home.

Block Out Noise

If you live near a roadway or in a neighborhood where you want to drown out the loud noises sound barrier windows are outstanding to install into a home. Not only do they block out unwanted noised, but they can block out drafts and reduce your energy bills too.

With all these important reasons, making the decision to install better windows into a home should come with ease. If you are worried about the cost of installing new windows, do not. After all, think about the money you are wasting trying to heat or cool a home with poor windows. Then, think about the value and beauty you will be adding.  When you are ready for replacement windows call or stop by Gulfside Windows and Doors for all of your needs.

 

Should I Replace All My Windows

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We get asked often, should I replace all my windows at once?

Typically homeowners will know when it’s the right time to replace most or all of their windows. But in some cases, they may not be up to tackling such a large project all at once. Here are a couple of things to consider if this is your current situation.

Savings

Understanding how cost occurs for a window replacement project and how the cost can vary based on the size of the project is a great place to start.

Most window companies are in a position to get the best labor pricing when you order 5 windows or more.  Windows cost typically cant be adjusted but labor costs can be significantly more on a smaller project.  When you consider that the per window price is the same for all projects but labors price is configured differently it makes you think of the financial value of replacing all your windows at once.  This means if you decide to replace all of the windows except one, but later down the road, you want to replace the remaining window it could cost more.

Therefore in the case of purchasing five to eight windows at a time, a window company may be in a position to offer you the best price on installation. This is because the team will already be at your location. Giving you a better deal on labor costs.

Time Frame

If you decide to get that great value on replacing all your windows but are concerned about how long the project will, don’t be replacing a whole house of windows can be done much faster than you realize. Especially if your working with a larger company verse single contractor’s.

It can take about four to eight weeks from the time of the ordered placed until your windows arrive *this can vary depending on the time of year & type of windows you order as well*. Your window company will communicate with you throughout the process and guide you as your project is making progress.

On the day of installation, the time it takes to complete your project depends on a couple of factors. The type & number of windows you’re installing, the current condition of the window frame can play a role. Generally speaking, you can expect a crew to spend about 30 minutes on each window, replacing the old with the new.

The Look

Your house window’s play a large part in the look and feel of your home. Window details can get foggy for homeowners and you may become used to seeing a minor window deflect. Now a guest who comes for the first time may notice it much more clearly. Any small mismatch in terms of paint on the windows, a cracked pane, rusted grills, worn-out frames can bring that weird look on the guest face! 

One way would be to give a call to the windows installation tech expert and get their advice. They will look from all angles, including energy efficiency and suggest the best possible solution. 

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.

 

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

Low-E Glass Coating

Low-E Glass Coating

What is Low-E glass coating on a window?

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.

 

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.

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.

New Window

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.

 

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.

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.

How To Keep Your Home Cooler & Save Money

How Can New Windows Keep Your Home Cooler and Save Money?

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.

 

Heat

 

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.

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.

Hurricane Proof Windows

What are the benefits of Hurricane Proof 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.

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.