5 Signs It May Be Time to Replace Your Windows

House Windows
 
You like to think that your windows will last forever. However, even the best-quality, most well-maintained windows will need replacing after a few years or decades of use.

Still, there are number of factors to consider when it comes to replacements. Here are the key signs you’ll notice if your home is trying to tell you that you need replacement windows.
 

1. You notice warping, breakages, or other damage.

 
Naturally, at the first sign of severe warping, window breakages, and other noticeable damage, you should investigate replacement windows.
 

2. Your energy bills are skyrocketing.

 
Older windows that need replacing will allow heat out during the winter and coolness out during the summer. Your energy bills can be reduced by 10 to 25% after getting replacements.
 

3. You’re having difficulty closing, opening, or locking your windows.

 
If windows were not installed correctly in the first place, this can cause serious damage down the line, such as warping and rusting. In the end, this may make it difficult to open, close, and unlock your windows, and replacements will be necessary.
 

4. You feel drafts or notice a lot of outdoor noise.

 
You shouldn’t be feeling breezes or drafts from your windows when they are closed, and you shouldn’t be hearing especially loud noises from outdoors either. If the latter is true, new double or triple pane windows can be added to help dull outdoor noises. Drafts also necessitate new installation.
 

5. The window styles don’t match your home style.

 
Depending on when you purchased your house, when it was built, and what you want the style to look like, you may need to replace your windows if they don’t currently match your décor choices.

Vinyl windows that past homeowners put into a historic home, for instance, may detract from the classic, old-style look of your house, and changing out these windows for a more traditional look will be beneficial.
 

Need Replacement Windows for Your Home? Contact Window Factory Outlet

 
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Window Features to Look for When Purchasing a New Home

House Windows and Living Room
 
So many factors go into purchasing a new home, but one factor should stand out above the rest: Your windows.

Surprised? You shouldn’t be! Your windows will play a huge role in how your home looks from the inside and outside, how expensive your energy bills are, the views you can see from various rooms, and the overall market value of the house.

When shopping for a new home, therefore, make sure to look out for these key window features:
 

Possible Leaks and Energy Efficiency

 
Think quality and money first. When buying a new home in New York, you want energy-efficient windows, meaning they’re insulated enough to withstand cold weather and don’t have major leaks.
 

Age

 
Sometimes, it can be difficult to tell how well a home’s windows will stand up against cold temperatures and harsh winds. In this case, check the age of the windows. Are they older than 10 or 15 years? You might need to consider replacement windows.
 

Style

 
Next comes style, and there are many considerations to make here. A lot of this has to do with personal preference. For example, you’ll usually have style options such as casement windows, double-hung windows, sliding windows, and various combinations of these styles.

On casement windows, the sash opens out, which some homeowners won’t like. It can hit outdoor shrubs or flower boxes. Others love the ease of use. But on double-hung windows, you open up and down, which is great for ventilation, but takes two hands to close and open.

You’ll want to make a choice that suits your needs. Check out our window options to learn more about each style.
 

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Sliding vs. Double-Hung Windows: Which Option Is Best for my Home?

Sliding Windows
 
Not sure whether sliding or double-hung windows are best for your home? You’re not alone! This is a common dilemma that many homeowners face.

Below, we’ll outline the main differences between both of these window types so that you can find the perfect option for your home and family.
 

Double-Hung Windows

 
Double-hung windows open vertically and offer a more classic look. They’re best for window openings that are taller than they are wide. Both the top and the bottom of the windows can open. This can be especially nice because when you open just the top sash, you get indoor ventilation that won’t flow directly on you or blow papers around on a desk, for example.

Some double-hung windows that have a tilt-wash feature as well, which allows them to be cleaned extremely easily. The main downside to double-hung windows is the main horizontal bar in the middle of the window, which is often located exactly at eye level.
 

Sliding Windows

 
As the name implies, sliding windows move side to side, and they’re optimal for wide walls where you’d rather use just one window (instead of two double-hung windows).

Ideally, all panels of your sliding windows will be able to open. This offers more options for ventilation. However, the downside of these windows is that they’re a bit more difficult to clean because you have to completely remove each panel for a full clean. The good news is that they can be removed from the inside of your house, so there’s no need to struggle in your bushes just to get to the windows!
 

Looking for New Windows?

 
Window Factory Direct serves the areas of Buffalo and Rochester NY and offers the very best in both sliding and double-hung windows. We are proud members of the Better Business Bureau and the Better Contractors Bureau. When you’re looking for high-quality windows, choose Window Factory Direct!

Getting the Most Out of Your Replacement Windows

House Replacement Windows
 
Replacement windows can be a great renovation for your home, but it’s important to choose the right materials. You might wish to select different materials based on whether you are keeping the home or reselling it. Here are some things to consider to ensure that you get the most out of your replacement windows.

  • Wood is not the same as it used to be. Most lumber today is grown on tree farms, so the wood has not been able to age naturally. Modern lumber is not as durable as the type that was used decades ago, so you may want to consider an alternative such as vinyl windows. Another option is wooden windows with aluminum cladding, which helps preserve the windows longer by protecting the wood from the elements.
  • The wrong windows can hurt your home’s resale value. Older homes that used wooden window framing can lose some of their aesthetic value (and resale value) if the windows are replaced with a cheaper modern material. Wood windows can be an important architectural feature to the right buyer, so you may want to match the original color and style as closely as possible.
  • Extra panes really can make a cost difference. A lot of buyers think about energy cost savings when getting replacement windows. Dual-paned windows can be make it much more efficient to heat and cool the home if you’re replacing single panes. (The difference is much smaller if you replace storm windows with dual panes.) Triple-paned windows which are built with a layer of gas trapped between the panes really can cut down your energy costs.

Call Window Factory Outlet at 716-798-4157 in Buffalo or 585-208-6207 in Rochester for a free personalized estimate on your replacement windows today.

How to Clean House Windows for Maximum Curb Appeal

Clean House Windows
 
Nothing says clean house quite like sparkling, clear windows. Windows may be the way to look into or out of your house and home, but don’t overlook them as one of the best ways to add curb appeal to your home. Ideally a homeowner should clean their windows at least twice a year to keep your windows in top form.

A lot of people clean windows the wrong way, using paper towels, spray cleaner, and a lot of extra elbow grease. When you clean up this way, you just get a lot of wadded up bits of paper and static electricity which attracts dust and dirt. It isn’t long before you need a new cleaning when you use this method.

Cleaning house windows is much easier than you think. All you need is dish soap, water, a chamois, bucket, strip applicator, squeegee, and some old cotton rags. Mix a few drops of dish soap into a bucket full of water. Dip the strip applicator in the soapy water and clean the whole window, getting it nice and soapy. Remove the soap suds from the window by applying a squeegee in a reverse S pattern, cleaning the squeegee with a cloth rag after each turn. Use a chamois to remove any moisture and clean up any last bits of water with a rag.

While you are cleaning windows is a good time to consider the condition of your windows. Are they insulating the house well and lowering your utility bills? Are there any cracks that you have come across in the glass, or are any of the panes warping? If you find that you need replacement windows, call the professionals at Window Factory Direct.

Choose the Perfect Replacement Windows for Your Home

House Windows With Couch
 
Do you need to replace the windows for your home? Here are five things to consider when getting new windows:

  1. A more expensive window isn’t always better. According to a leading consumer magazine, a costly window didn’t do a better job at keeping out cold air and was OK at blocking rain. Other less expensive windows, including a vinyl window, scored high in their testing.
  2. Decide the material of your windows. You can get windows made from vinyl, fiberglass, aluminum, or wood. If you have an older home, wood windows might be your best choice since they may match your house’s style. If you want a window that needs less maintenance and doesn’t need to be painted, vinyl windows are a good option — and they cost less than other materials. If you can pay a little more, and want more durable windows, fiberglass composite windows might make sense.
  3. Choose the type of window glass based on where you live. If you live where it gets very cold, you may want to think about getting triple-pane windows which provide the best insulation against the cold. If you live on a noisy street, double and triple-pane windows will give you better sound insulation.
  4. Check the R-values of windows when shopping. The R-value tells how energy efficient a window is. A higher number means a window is better an insulating your home. For example, a single-pane window has a rating of 1 and triple-pane windows can range from 5 to 7 R-values.
  5. Choose a style that matches your home. If you have an older home, a window with a classic design might look better than a modern style window.

If you live in the Buffalo or Rochester area, then visit Window Factory Outlet for a large selection of windows to match your budget and style. For a free estimate, visit our website.

The Importance of Energy-Saving Replacement Windows

Energy Saving Windows
 
Energy saving replacement windows conserve your finances and reduce the overall demand on energy resources. Standard windows in general, generate costs, and these costs accumulate each month. What may seem like a nominal sum today can add up to a significant amount in no time. According to House Logic, window replacement projects produce a $12,000 return on value. House Logic also cites the “Remodeling Impact Report,” a study that found an 80% financial return on project cost in estimated home value. Some of the features of an energy saving replacement window include; the Low – E factor, which is one of the most important reasons to purchase replacement windows. It is a reflective coating that blocks out harmful UV rays, keeping the heat out during the summer and inside the home during the winter; Gas Fills, like Argon, for example, add to the strength and effect of insulation and boosts the energy rating; and Spacers, assist the insulation effect and also prevents condensation in the glass.

Window Factory Outlet

Window Factory Outlet provides customers with a wide variety of choices so that you can select your ideal windows complete with all the desired features and components. Window Factory Outlet offers every type of energy saving replacement window you will ever need including New Construction windows – which usually need to be replaced after a period of 15 years, and best used to improve the efficiency, upkeep, and style of your current decor. Increase the amount of beautiful and energy-saving natural light within your home; Replacement Windows – reduce outside noise, generate energy savings, increase the value of the home, and improve security. Our replacement windows enhance both the functionality and the overall aesthetic, and Vinyl Windows – crafted and designed to complement the current motif and color scheme and of your home and property. Vinyl welded frames are sturdy and long-lasting, providing durable resistance to the elements over many years.

Proudly Serving Buffalo and Rochester

Window Factory Outlet serves the cities of Buffalo and Rochester, New York. We provide free estimates and fast installation. Window Factory Outlet is a registered professional member of the Better Contracts Bureau LTD. and is also an accredited business with the Better Business Bureau. Contact us by filling out an email form on our site or call us today in Buffalo at (716) 392 – 6812 or in Rochester at (585) 208 – 6207.

8 Types of Windows to Consider for Your Home

Living Room With Bay Window
 
Windows are functional and aesthetically pleasing. There are many shapes and styles to choose from. Consider the room you are designing and the ways you intend to use it. Carefully imagine each room in the style you want to convey. Your ideal window style is determined by your preference and the room you are designing. Below are different types of windows you may want to consider.

  • Stationary windows are ideal if you prefer very large, picture windows that do not open. They are the best for admitting lots of natural light into the room and to maximize your view of the outside.
  • Slider windows slide to either to the right or left in the sash of the frame. They remain flush with the panel and do not extend outward or into the home when opened.
  • Single hung windows are opened by sliding the bottom panel upward. The top window does not slide and remains stationary.
  • Double hung windows are a very popular. This window can be opened either by sliding the top down or sliding the bottom up.
  • Transom windows are smaller windows placed above doors or other windows. Ordinarily, transom windows are positioned high to allow extra light to enter the room. Window coverings are not often needed. Transoms come in many different shapes such as elliptical, half round, triangle or eyebrow to add character to a room. Most transom windows are stationary, but they may be made to open if you prefer.
  • Bay windows add a popular design element to your decor. They create the feeling of greater living space by expanding outward. Bay windows are placed in dining areas to accommodate a kitchen table or in a bedroom to create a cozy area for sitting. They come in double hung, single hung, stationary, or casement window types.
  • Casement windows are opened by turning a crank handle. The crank may be turned in either direction to open outwards.
  • Awning windows are hinged at the top and open from the bottom outwards. Most are a louvered style, which can add a cottage-style charm to a room.

To learn more about your options when installing new windows, contact the window experts at Window Factory Outlet. Our professional staff is waiting to answer all your window-related questions.