New Construction or Replacement Windows?

When remodeling your house, do you need new construction windows or replacement windows? Replacement windows are ready to pop into your existing frame, but at times, you may need the more extensive solution available with new construction windows. Differentiating Between New Construction and Replacement Windows The construction windows used for new homes, as well as…

Round Top Windows Architectural Design and Performance

  Round top windows provide an interesting stylistic element to new construction, and can help keep the character of an old home. Sometimes used as an accent window or positioned above a rectangular window, they can also be designed as double hung models that offer all the energy efficiency of any other window. When properly…

What Material Makes The Best Window Frames?

When choosing window frames for your new windows, you have many options that will fit your budget and the style of your home, be easy to maintain, and provide you with the energy efficiency you need. Any of the most popular materials, which include fiberglass, vinyl, aluminum, or composite, can meet Energy Star certification, so…

Energy Star Windows Provide Optimum Energy Efficiency

Energy Star windows can make your home more comfortable, while creating maximum energy efficiency. Manufacturers that qualify for the label must meet three criteria: Manufactured by an Energy Star partner from around the country Certified after independent testing by the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) Meet NFRC ratings for energy efficiency per the U.S. Department…

Will Triple Pane Windows Reduce Noise?

Triple pane windows are great for energy efficiency, but should you buy them for their sound deafening properties? Home expert Bob Vila and others agree that while the windows are a smart choice for many reasons, they do not deliver on sound reduction. How is Sound Control Measured in Windows? Soundproofing is rated by STC,…

Should You Choose Vinyl or Aluminum Soffit Material?

Choosing the right soffit material will keep this essential part of your home trouble-free as it does its job of protecting your home. Also known as the eaves, the soffit is the gap between the roofline and the siding. Soffits may project out a few inches and contain vents for moisture control and attic ventilation.…

Maintaining House Siding Is Important

Maintaining house siding is an important part of what makes it last on your home. You may buy siding based on price, appearance, versatility, and promised length of service; but, properly taking care of it is what keeps it looking great and living up to the manufacturer’s warranty. Cleaning – a Key Part of Maintaining…

Foam-Backed Vinyl Siding By Mastic

  Installing foam-backed vinyl siding to your home is a better way to side your home than the traditional practice of affixing a sheet of foam under the vinyl. The Structure Home Insulation System by Mastic bonds low-maintenance, environmentally sound vinyl to expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam to produce a product that both saves energy and…

Understanding Energy Efficient Window Features

What makes an energy efficient window that improves the comfort of your home, uses less fuel, and reduces your energy costs? There are four main features that set some windows apart from the rest: the frame, the construction, the glass, and the installation. Window Frame and Construction A window should have a sturdy frame of…

The Best Type of Siding For Your Exterior Remodel

  One of the most dramatic exterior remodel projects you can undertake is replacing your siding. It instantly increases curb appeal and instills a sense of pride in you as the owner of the home. When you are ready to sell, you can expect to get back a high percentage of what you spent to…